Build a picture-perfect frameAimee Song, the interior designer behind Song of Style, brings her signature SoCal style and shares how to craft a garden-party-ready succulent frame, from scratch.
-Frame (size depends on where you'll be hanging your garden)
-1" chicken wire or "hardware cloth" (you can get this at any hardware store)
-1"x1" wood strips (amount depends on size of your frame; see step 4)
-Plywood (same size as frame)
-Nails, screws & hammer
-Can of varnish Spray (you can get this at any hardware store)
-Succulents & cactus soil
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1. Go frame shopping: A vintage frame makes for a great look when it comes to planting succulents, but a contemporary one could also be funky and cool when paired with plants. Feel free to play with different colors and finishes-it all depends on how much focus you want put on the frame itself.
2. Spray the frame with two coats of an outdoor urethane varnish so that the wood
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Build a picture-perfect frameAimee Song, the interior designer behind Song of Style, brings her signature SoCal style and shares how to craft a garden-party-ready succulent frame, from scratch.Read More »from DIY Decor: How to Build a Picture-Perfect Frame
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Layer the FlavorsCelebrity chef and Top Chef contestant Sam Talbot gives us the recipe for one of his favorite summer dishes and shares his best cooking tricks.Read More »from 10 Cooking Tips and Tricks You Haven't Heard 1,000 Times
1. How To Chop An Onion Without Tears
"The key to chopping onions-whether it's a red onion, a white onion, a shallot, or even garlic-is to set a glass of water out in front of the onions. I don't know the science behind it per se, but if you're cutting the ripest or teariest onion known to mankind, and you have a glass of water, there will be no more tears. It's like an Ozzy Osbourne song."
2. Use Coconut Oil to Make Your Dishes Healthier
"Coconut is one of the miracle fruits that we have been blessed with. For example, coconut milk is a great alternative to a dairy product or any sort of fat that you would use. There is coconut vinegar, which helps raise your metabolism and alkalizes your blood. There is coconut meat and dried coconut. I even use it as deodorant. To make a peppermint-based deodorant, add a touch of essential oil to
Two can often be better than one, especially when it comes to painting your nails this season. Here, we spoke with the experts on the hottest shades to pair now.
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A soon-to-be-released study questions the safety of the popular procedure.We're in the middle of bikini season, which means many women are looking for easy hair removal options. Laser hair removal, which is offered in medical offices as well as in freestanding medi-spas and salons, has become a sought-after method. According to the American Academy for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, laser hair removal was the third most popular nonsurgical aesthetic procedure (after Botox and hyaluronic acid fillers) in 2012, totaling more than 1.2 million treatments. But a new study puts its safety into question.
This past May at the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery's annual meeting, Dr. Gary S. Chuang, dermatologic surgeon at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, reported the preliminary results of a study he conducted that demonstrated that laser hair removal releases potentially harmful toxins into the air. Chuang and his research team are analyzing the final pieces of data this week, and then the study will be published in a medical journal shortlyRead More »from Breaking: The Hidden Dangers of Laser Hair Removal
Now you can try out our favorite summertime staples without having to dip into your hard-earned vacation fund. Here, we've hand-selected the top wallet-friendly products that'll still make you look like a million bucks this season.
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Thanks to designers like Oscar de la Renta and Christopher Kane, neon hues are officially haute stuff-as long as you know the new rules to keep it chic. (There's a fine line between Boy George and Boy, Band of Outsiders, after all...) Here's how to capture fashion's new neon phase without any candy rave flashbacks.
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On the fall 2013 runways, bigger was definitely better, with teased-to-there twists and wide-set waves ushering in the return of volume. Here, we round up the defining looks and give you the inside scoop on how to make them your own.
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How to love your work?Thirty-three years ago, Paul Ekman's newborn daughter, Eve-pink, naked, not one hour old-did something wonderful: She flashed her dad an undeniably authentic smile, the kind the baby books say infants can't make until they're weeks old. Now 79, he wishes he had time to pore over the movies he shot of his girl every day for the first month of her life. "What a joy that would be in my dotage," he says, wistfully. And-because Ekman is a renowned scholar of human emotion, who proved through the analysis of facial expressions that our core emotions are universal-his motivation is as much work as fatherly affection: He'd love to try to upend the conventional wisdom about the slow rate at which humans are thought to develop. But he has a full plate already, collaborating, for instance, with the Dalai Lama on investigations into meditation and emotional equilibrium-and he's not getting any younger.
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AvocadoWe asked nutritionist Dana James which foods to add to your diet so you can feel like you're 19 again. (Ok, only a time machine can do that, but these will help, we swear!)
The green fruit that could has fat. That's right, it contains monounsaturated fat. This is a good thing. The fat is so tiny it can slip through membranes and protect cells from free radical damage. This enhances vitality and mental acuity, and improves skin texture. Bonus: Avocados may also improve bone density thanks to the mineral boron, which helps absorb calcium, and a whole avocado contains 14 grams of fiber, which expedites the removal of toxins that can lead to aging.
Avocados are best served as an unadulterated raw food. (We've never liked cooking avocados.) Make a cooling cucumber and avocado soup with fresh mint, toss avocado into organic mixed greens with lemon vinaigrette, or add avocado to a nori wrap filled with baby greens, wild salmon, tomatoes, peppers, and sprouts.