Stock Up: Give yourself some time to assemble supplies. Order tea tins, rice paper candies, and Chinese envelopes from Pearl River.
Set the Table: For a favor that doubles as a place card, print guest fortunes on nice card stock and place in envelopes with their names on the front.
Add Some Color: Line tea tins with plastic baggies so water won't leak onto the table and fill them with fresh flowers in the colors of the Year of the Rabbit.
Mix Drinks: Serve festive beverages like Red Sparkler cocktails made with blood orange sorbet, prosecco, and chilled Tsingtao beers with limes. Or fill a champagne flute (extra points if it's chilled) three-quarters full of prosecco and add a tiny scoop of citrus sorbet to the glass. The sorbet keeps the cocktail chilled as you drink.
Serve Store-Bought Apps: Dress up store-bought egg rolls or dumplings with homemade dipping sauce. Whisk together a half cup soy sauce with a quarter cup rice wine vinegar and a quarter teaspoon sesame oil and garnish
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Stock Up: Give yourself some time to assemble supplies. Order tea tins, rice paper candies, and Chinese envelopes from Pearl River.Read More »from How to Host a Chinese New Year's Party at Home
- DailyCandy | Work + Money – Thu, Jan 27, 2011 6:57 PM EST
Crummy weather making you want to stay in bed all day? Be comfortable with some of our favorite finds.
DKNY Fleece Robe
A bathrobe can double as jammies. End of story.
Available at net-a-porter.com, $58.
It ain't pretty, but this one-piece sure is comfy and brings back childhood memories.
Available at llbean.com, $49.
Royal Apothic Room Spray
Spritzing A Versailles Afternoon will not turn your one bedroom into a palace, but it will smell of carnations, tuberose, orange blossom, and tangerine.Available at royalapothic.com, $30.
Dried lavender bunches provide a bit of aromatherapy and let you avoid the potential hazard of leaving candles burning all night.
Available at 3rliving.com, $16.
It's okay if you still sleep with a stuffed animal. We don't judge.
Available at brookfarmgeneralstore.com, $35.
Whether you prefer your rock to walk into a room before you or not, we've got your engagement ring covered.
Doyle & Doyle Vintage Diamond Cluster Platinum Ring
Halos of smaller diamonds act like a push-up bra for the center stone. The modest .51-carat diamond is boosted to Elizabeth Taylor-esque proportions.
Available at doyledoyle.com, $4,500.
A clean, antique-inspired style for daintier fingers. The delicate rose-cut gem in an eighteen-karat yellow gold setting is crafted in New York.Bittersweets New York Twig Eternity Band
Available at conroywilcox.com, $1,950.
The sparkling diamonds set the entire way around or just between the joints of the fourteen-karat gold twig band look like twinkling stars between tree branches.
Available at bittersweetsny.com, $1,300.
With a slimming knife-edge setting in reclaimed fourteen-karat white gold andRead More »from Engagement Rings for Every Budget
Defy droopy curls, banish frizz, and say good-bye to bad hair days forever.
Easy to use and so soft you can sleep in them, the strawberry-shaped sponge rollers create loose waves that are, well, downright delicious.
Available at amazon.com, $10.
Hot Tools ceramic tourmaline deep waver goes both ways. Clamp wide panels and count to ten, then decide whether you want polished Old Hollywood-style glamour or natural, tousled, I-wake-up-looking-like-this waves.
Available at ulta.com, $48.
It's a brush! No, wait, it's a scalp massager! Silly, it's a brush and a scalp massager in one.
Available at muji.us, $5.50.
Going, Going, Gone
Promotions editor Hali is blown away (har har) by the T3 Featherweight Journey Travel Dryer. No scorched scalp, no wind tunnel effect, no frizz, and normal drying time cut by a third. The only con: She'll never be able to use anything else. Available at shopt3micro.com, $130.
HOW TO DO ARead More »from 9 Tools You Need to Have a Good Hair Day
Do dire predictions of snow, blizzards, and more snow have you itching to hop on a plane headed to warmer climes? We couldn't agree more. Here's what you need to get you there in style:
Travel by Land Candle
Cover up stale hotel room air for about eight hours with Land by Land's pocketable Travel by Land candle in a scent like gardenia.
Available at artintheage.com, $12.
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Altitude + cocktails (screw-top wine and sleeping pills) = eyes swollen shut. Darphin's potent serum tackles both puffiness and dark circles.
Available at bluemercury.com, $75.
Related: How to Cover Up Dark Circles
All-natural shea butter- and aloe-rich Product pomade is also all purpose. Dab it on dry cuticles or use it to condition rough, chapped skin.
Available at store01.prostores.com, $14.
Baggu Zip Pouches
Crafty carryalls co. Baggu has added zip pouches to its collection so your makeup doesn't mingle with your Read More »from What to Pack on Your Next Vacation
- DailyCandy | Fashion – Mon, Jan 10, 2011 7:52 PM EST
Cold outside, hot (and dry) inside. It's a recipe for skin disaster. Here's help.
Dry? Bee Yummy Skin Food ($39), made from organic raw honey and bee pollen, works wonders on anything from blemishes to scars to chapped skin.
Dull? Kate Somerville's ExfoliKate ($85) needs just two minutes to make your face smooth. Follow with Apot.Care, the new dermocosmetic range from France (from $60), packed with active ingredients to give tired skin sparkle.
Problem skin? Cor soap (pictured right, $14 -$125) works as a natural antibacterial agent to help with clogged pores; its silver foam exfoliates and brightens.
Weary? Then smother yourself in Ole Henriksen African tea self-heating body souffle ($65) - the perfect remedy for sore muscles.
Chapped? Pommade Divine (pictured left, $11.95) is a multipurpose balm made with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and arachis oil. Use it onRead More »from The Best Tried-and-Tested Skin Care Products for Cold-Weather Survival
Forget 2011's predicted It color (honeysuckle pink, really?). This year, the party dress code is about one thing: sexy sparkles. So we asked Jessica Richards and Jules Stringer of new store Shen Beauty to help us create a dramatic, glittery cat's eye.
1. Prep the eye area with a light foundation or concealer. Using a shadow brush, sweep a shimmery neutral glitter base (Becca Loose Shimmer Powder in Odette, $20) all over lids up to the brow bone, dotting along inside corners to diminish dark shadows.
2. Apply glitter shadow in a deep neutral shade (Jemma Kidd Make Up School Crushed Jewel Crème Duo in Bronzeite, $26) starting about two-thirds of the way on top of the lash line, extending outward and feathering upward into a V-shape toward the brow bone. Continue along bottom lash line, building color from the outer corner of your eye, blending and smudging for desired intensity. Tip: Dust some fine, loose powder underneath your eyesRead More »from Party-Ready Makeup
Making promises to finally get in shape, organize your home or eat healthy this year? No worries. no matter what your goal, we've found the products that will help you get there.
If Your Resolution Is...
To train for a marathon
After you hit your targeted six-mile-run mark, a victory lap in the tub with muscle relief bath soak will be in order.
Available at spacenk.com, $30.
To shape up without working out
No need to sacrifice her hairdo at the gym: Fila resistance shorts compress and help tone glutes - no perspiration necessary.
Available at fila.com, $35.
To finally organize your drawers
Rid your sock drawer of all things holey; a better view of a pretty, scented drawer liner is good incentive.
Available at hammocksandhightea.com, $25.
To go on more datesRead More »from How to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions
A single-note musk scent such as Not a Perfume
NYE Party Tips from Happily Ever Laughter
Most nights, the stroke of midnight turns your brood into a pumpkin patch.
New Year's Eve is not most nights.
Ensure their nice spell lasts a few extra hours with these family-friendly celebration tips from Fae Diddle Diddle, proprietress of fairy princess troupe Happily Ever Laughter.
Take the lip-lock out of the ball drop.
Institute new ceremonies to make it more about magic. Put candles on cupcakes, walk outside, or blow out a flame at midnight.
Play games that are fun for kids from 0 to 92.
Ask guests to bring leftover cardboard gift boxes to build an epic fort, or have everyone snap photos of meaningful things from 2010: Partygoers can guess which image belongs to whom.
Bonus Project: Have the kids make their own noisemakers.Read More »from Making It to Midnight
- DailyCandy | Fashion – Wed, Dec 29, 2010 5:36 PM EST
Make sure that midnight kiss is money with Yves Saint Laurent's 24-karat gold-flecked lipgloss.
Available at yslbeautyus.com, $30.
Dab a little near the inside corners of your eyes or near your brow bone to look wide awake (even at 3 a.m.).
Available at spacenk.com, $42.
These hair accessories add a hint of glitz to any do and keep stubborn strands on lockdown.
Available at rue21.com, $5.
This Jennifer Behr hair accessory adds a smidgen of holiday cheer (and is the perfect excuse for skipping the dopey New Year's Eve headpiece).
Available at jenniferbehr.com, $68.
The sparkly lacquer in Black Eyed Peas-referencing Boom Boom Pow adds just the right amount of nighttime shimmer.
Available at deborahlippmann.com, $20.
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