- Vanity Fair | At Home – Wed, Mar 5, 2014 11:11 AM ESTJosh Duboff
John TravoltaFor probably the rest of her life, two-time Tony winner Idina Menzel will get "Adele Dazeem" jokes wherever she goes.
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After John Travolta introduced her at the Oscars on Sunday night in creative fashion, the Internet has held on tight to the gaffe and not let go. An @AdeleDazeem twitter account was created within minutes. Slate offered up a John Travolta Name Generator. A photograph of a (quite amusing) playbill insert for If/Then featuring Adele Dazeem's bio blew up; it turns out it's fake, which we suppose only indicates how fanatical people are about Dazeem-gate in that someone went to the trouble of creating this.
Travolta himself had remained silent about the incident until last night, when he released a brief statement: "I've been beating myself up all day. Then I thought, 'What would Idina Menzel say?' She'd say, 'Let it go, let it go!' Idina is incredibly talented and I am so happy Frozen took home two OscarsRead More »from John Travolta Has Been “Beating Himself Up” Since Botching Idina Menzel's Name
- James S. Murphy
The toughest Oscar race this year was for best actor. Right until the awards began the race was almost certainly down to Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave and Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club. (McConaughey was the eventual winner) What also seemed certain was that Leonardo DiCaprio was not going to win this year, or possibly any time soon, unless he becomes a different kind of actor, a much less cool one. Cool guys don't win Oscars.
Although modern coolness emerged out of jazz and spread through popular music, the movies brought cool to the masses by giving audiences unparalleled access to it. Where else can you sit and stare at cool people for hours? The movies have been good to cool, and cool has been good to the movies. So why is it that so few of the actors who have embodied cool have ever won the Academy Award for best actor?
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- Put Papers in Their Place
Sort your papers and save your sanity! Use these steps to sort papers and minimize the clutter in your home.
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• Pave the way for a more streamlined tax season-and beyond-by ridding your workspace of junk mail (including junk e-mail) and excess paper. Having a clean desk and in-box makes it easier to identify and respond to important tax documents when they arrive. Spend time opening junk email and click on each Unsubscribe link. Then go to Catalogchoice.org to opt out of catalogs, credit card offers and donation requests. Make a sweep of your house to collect errant to-do lists, sticky notes, credit card statements and receipts-anything paper-and place them in a folder or box.
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• Go through bins of paperwork you keep, tossing what you don't need and sorting the rest into folders (such as home repairs and tax forms) that can go into a filing cabinet. Compile a master list of all your tax-related to-dos
To make a garden truly sing, start from the ground up. What you "floor" your garden with is arguably just as important as what you plant. In her new book, Gardens Are for Living: Design Inspiration for Outdoor Spaces (Rizzoli), Los Angeles landscape designer Judy Kameon shows how to make each part of your yard fully and delightfully user-friendly.
In a quiet corner of her garden, Judy Kameon laid rectangular slabs of bluestone in a warm lilac shade. "I like to mix up the geometry with different sizes," Kameon says. "I find the asymmetry even friendlier than squares."
Best For: A larger slab is luxurious -- even in a small space -- for both modern and traditional properties.
Installation Tip: Draw a few designs on paper until the shapes feel balanced, then fit the piece on-site like a puzzle.
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- Cheapism.com | At Home – Wed, Mar 5, 2014 8:16 AM EST
By Raechel Conover, Cheapism.com
This February we invited readers to take the Frugal Month Challenge and commit to what some have called a "no-buy month." My family of four embarked on this cheap-living challenge and now I'm back to share the results.
A quick refresher on the rule: Buy nothing extra -- only the bare necessities. For my family that meant we paid our mortgage and other monthly bills and bought groceries, dog food, and gas, but that's pretty much it. We even tried to pare down our grocery budget to increase our savings.
The Results. After accepting this frugal/no-buy-month challenge last year and saving a whopping $472, I was already a firm believer. Truth be told, my husband and I were actually looking forward to a no-buy month. Although we try to stick to a tight budget, we faced some financial challenges this past year, including a cross-country move and a new baby.
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We eagerly embarked on the frugal month
- Astrology.com Home and Garden Horoscopes | At Home – Tue, Mar 4, 2014 2:37 PM EST
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Watch your bottom line and seek lasting value as you meet your wants and needs today. Music via cell phone or music via MP3 player? The choice is yours. At least you get to keep the music, unlike ringtones that are lost when you buy a new phone.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Okay, you have decided that an addition will not overprice your home for its neighborhood, and best of all, you will finally have the home office space you need to spread out your weekly projects in. These two facts lead to a flurry of pitching and tossing things you don't need.
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
The attention you pay to the shades of colors in bloom will increase your knowledge and sense of harmony when decorating your new home. This is definitely a time you should please your highest self.
- Country Living | At Home – Tue, Mar 4, 2014 2:22 PM ESTThe odds of spotting a four-leaf clover are pretty darn small-about 1 in 10,000, actually. Chalk that up to the fact that the appearance of extra leaves is the result of a genetic mutation. The world-record holder-a 56-leaf clover!-was grown by a retired crop researcher in Japan in 2009. Wanna get lucky? Plant white clover (left) as a ground cover or in containers. Even the garden-variety shamrocks are sure to delight.
Talk to us: Have you ever found a four-leaf clover?
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- Elizabeth Street | At Home – Tue, Mar 4, 2014 12:44 PM EST
Is your home overrun with children's toys? Do you feel like your house is looking more like a preschool than the stylish home you would like? Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to live stylishly with your children's toys and contain the ever-growing clutter.
Click through the slideshow for some valuable tips for storage solutions and getting your children to clean up after themselves!
Isn't it daunting when you visit other people's homes and their furniture and accessories appear as if they were custom designed for their space? Everything looks high-end and totally unique, down to the last detail.
Now, of course it's possible that this was the work of a genius decorator (sigh). But it's also likely that this friend has a few tricks up her perfectly tailored sleeve. You too can get this look--without breaking the bank. The only catch? You'll have to get creative and do a little DIYing.
Check out the slideshow above for ten projects that will make your home look like a million bucks but will leave the bucks in your bank account. A few of these DIYs are time-consuming, but trust us, they're worth it.
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