- Mon, Feb 24, 2014 8:19 AM EST | Comments
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After a long day, it's easy to reach for the phone and order delivery for dinner. After a month -- even a short one like February -- your credit card bill and scale will reveal the downsides of this habit. And what about the New Year's resolutions you promised to stick to this year? Frozen diet meals aren't always as satisfying, but they are a quick, easy, and relatively healthful solution.
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A tasting panel assembled by Cheapism.com put two types of frozen diet cuisine -- pasta with red sauce and enchiladas -- to the test. True to the site's commitment to reviewing inexpensive goods, none of the entrees cost more than $4 and two of the top-rated choices cost only about $2 per serving. That may be more than a home-cooked meal, but it certainly beats takeout.
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- Fri, Mar 7, 2014 11:32 AM EST | CommentsDum, dum, da-dum! Here comes the H&M wedding gown. The ivory frock has a Grecian silhouette with a flowing maxi skirt, ruched waist, and floral beaded neckline, and is oozing with old-Hollywood charm. The best part: It’s $99. With the cost of the average wedding dress a staggering $1,211, it’s obviously a steal. It's the latest addition to the stream of budget-friendly gowns that have hit the market in recent years, with mainstream retailers such as Target selling stylish options for under $200. “Everyone should be able to have a great and affordable wedding dress,” an H&M spokesperson told the Daily Mail on Friday. Check out five more wedding gowns that won't crash your budget. —By Elise Sole
- Fri, Mar 7, 2014 2:43 PM EST | CommentsEntryways are one of the most used spaces in your home and often the most difficult to keep organized. It's so easy to come home, shed your various layers in a heap and then move onto the next thing. In our home, the entry can easily become cluttered with anything from shoes and coats to dog leashes and toys. Some people have the luxury of a mudroom, a small room right inside the door where all shoes, outerwear and accessories live. We don't have that kind of dedicated space, so I decided to make one out of a closet by the back door, but any nook would do the job. My mudroom is small, but it has a lot of personality thanks to an abundant use of color. Most everything in the room--including a floating bench and storage baskets--are a DIY of some sort. Click through the slideshow above to see how I turned a closet into a functional mini mudroom.
- Fri, Mar 7, 2014 11:46 AM EST | CommentsTypically we keep our heads up at Fashion Week so we don't miss anything. But at the recent shows, our eyes were glued to the ground, fixated on all the over-the-top, ugly, hilarious, and downright scary shoes. From the runways to the sidewalks, models and showgoers alike hit the ground running with some outrageous footwear, pushing stilettos, sneakers, and sandals to the limit (and, in some cases, well beyond). From New York to London to Milan to Paris, here are some of the craziest shoes you'll ever see. By Joanna Douglas, Yahoo Shine Senior Fashion and Beauty
- Fri, Mar 7, 2014 12:06 PM EST | CommentsBy: Ivy Jacobson for TheKnot.com
When we heard that Kourtney Kardashian is (finally) ready to wed Scott Disick after seven years and two children together, according to Life & Style, we were thrilled for the reality star. There hasn't been a proposal or ring yet, but remember, we're talking about a very nontraditional couple here. What Kourtney and Scott do reportedly know, however, is that they want to have a destination wedding in Punta Mita, Mexico! We're fully on board for a gorgeous, beachy wedding in Mexico with lots of vibrant colors. If you are too, here are some ideas to give your own wedding bold Mexican flair!
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- Fri, Mar 7, 2014 10:38 AM EST | CommentsBy Bobby Schuessler, Refinery29
In a dream world, our closet closets would be chock-full of Chanel, Céline, Dior, and all of the fanciful spring offerings that come from our favorite luxury fashion houses. In reality? Not. Happening. Because, while we can sometimes swing one luxe handbag or pair of shoes per season, shelling out six figures for a full-on designer wardrobe doesn't fit within our budget. And, like most people, we'd actually prefer to see our savings-account balance stay above the $2 mark.
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But, just because you don't have Daddy Warbucks' income doesn't mean you can't have nice things. It just takes a little shopping finesse to discover those affordable must-buys that could easily pass for Prada or Lagerfeld. And, we went ahead and tracked them down for you. From adorable sandals to fun dresses, the spring goods we're bringing you all look high-end, but they actually ring in under $50. Because, you definitely don't need to spend a million bucks to look like it.
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- Thu, Mar 6, 2014 5:36 PM EST | CommentsThe American Society of Landscape Architects recently released the results of its 2014 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey. Landscape architects who specialize in residential design across the country were asked to rate the expected popularity of a variety of residential outdoor design elements for the upcoming year. No shocker: The findings showed that people are looking for low-maintenance design suited for entertaining and relaxing. Here's a look at some of the specific landscaping features and backyard elements that respondents rated as the most in-demand for 2014.
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- Thu, Mar 6, 2014 2:41 PM EST | CommentsEmily Holt, photo by Jason Schmidt
I'm not used to being me in a photo," says Karlie Kloss, who, in spite of her protestations, seems perfectly comfortable doing exactly that. Naturally flashing her sly, alluring smile and leaning ever so effortlessly against her kitchen counter, she looks every inch the supermodel. Still, she's on to something: Since the age of fifteen, Kloss has perfected the art of embodying someone else's vision. But representing herself, in the first home she can call her own-a West Village town house purchased just last year? "It's taking me out of my comfort zone," she says with a laugh. Then she falls back on a familiar move: the trademark supermodel jump. "That jump paid for this house," Kloss, now visibly more relaxed, says-and she's only half-joking.
Though few other 21-year-olds have the means to buy such an impressive starter home in one of Manhattan's most-sought-after neighborhoods, as Kloss is quick to point out, "I've worked really hard to be in this position." In the last five weeks alone, she's traveled between jobs in New York, Zurich, London, New York again, Madrid, back to London, New York, London for the third time, St. Barth's, back to New York, then Paris, and now back again. It's the kind of itinerary that makes it easy to understand why, having kept such a pace for most of the last six years, Kloss had never really felt at home anywhere. Now that she's in her early 20s, though-adulthood, really-she felt it was finally time to plant some roots.
Kloss shopped around for two years before finding this somewhat hidden, greenery-covered home on a quiet street a few blocks off the Hudson River. She liked the notion of being in the West Village-it's where most of the people she'd met said they would want to live-along with the small garden in front where she could plant flowers and herbs. The interior, however, was an unknown frontier. "I really had no experience at all decorating or being a homeowner," Kloss says. "I knew I wanted to make it mine, but I wasn't quite sure how to go about doing that."
Enter Nate Berkus, whom Kloss knew of from his appearances on Oprah and had then met through a mutual friend. "I've been in the business a really long time," Berkus says, "and to work with someone who gets so excited over the delivery of a mirror is really nice." The two set about creating a home that reflects both Kloss's personal style and her age. With iron hooks from Anthropologie, a waterfall-style console from interior-design resource Made Goods, and the mirror Berkus is referring to (a custom brass-shark tooth piece from Chicago-based Antiques on Old Plank Road), her rooms are luxurious without being overly cluttered with inappropriately expensive rarities. "I wanted to mix and match the same way I do with fashion-wearing, say, a beautiful Saint Laurent tailored blazer with an H&M T-shirt," says Kloss, who paired high-end feather wallpaper from Lee Jofa with drapes from Restoration Hardware. Since, at the moment, she's wearing a cozy Theyskens' Theory sweater and skinny jeans, it's clear that comfort and a sense of warmth are priorities, too-hence the mostly neutral tones and tactile properties of everything from an ivory sheepskin bench in her living room to the grass-cloth wallpaper in the kitchen nook.
Kloss and Berkus also purposely left room to grow in the multilevel house. Though the guest bedroom upstairs is currently the "shove-everything-in-there-and-close-the-door room," as Kloss calls it, at some point she'll likely convert it to an office for her many side projects-including (at the moment) her jeans collaboration with Frame Denim and her philanthropic, nutrition-focused vegan baking business, Karlie's Kookies. Downstairs in her "football-watching room" (she roots for her home team, the St. Louis Rams), there's just a big comfy couch from Restoration Hardware and a black-and-white print from her first shoot with Arthur Elgort. (She's also awaiting the arrival of two wildlife-themed photographs from her friend Patrick Demarchelier, which may end up here as well.) She plans on filling up the empty spaces with souvenirs from her travels down the road-most recently she brought back a hand-woven throw blanket from a trip to Myanmar.
The room Kloss really loves, though, is the kitchen. On the marble counter near her beloved cherry-red KitchenAid mixer is a photo of herself with Momofuku Milk Bar's Christina Tosi, her Karlie's Kookies partner. When she's not striding down the runway wearing Oscar de la Renta, Anthony Vaccarello, or Donna Karan, Kloss is fond of charmingly folksy aprons embroidered with such sayings as a balanced diet is a cookie in each hand and cookie queen-and she's recently been making English toffee from her uncle's secret recipe. Call it Karlie's Kholesterol. "It's everything my cookies aren't," says the model, who eats mostly vegetarian and stocks her kitchen with quinoa flour.
As far as comfort zones go, then yes, we're standing in the sweet spot, so to speak. But in the process of buying and decorating her first house-learning to communicate her taste, work within a budget, and stand up for everything that's important in truly making it hers-it's clear that Kloss has become more confident in her decisions. "As models, we're dressed in everyone else's designs, but this is my space," she says. "It's definitely been an opportunity for me to learn who I am."
- Tue, Mar 4, 2014 3:30 PM EST | CommentsPatricia Garcia
From the looks of things on the street, sneaker mania has hit an all-time high. So it's only logical that the next iteration of the trend would be to borrow from the boys. With masculine kicks sporting more and more feminine color combinations as of late-think Raf Simons's lime green and pale pink version-we're predicting, come spring, you'll be hunting around your boyfriend's shoe closet for a few ideas. Here, we suggest five men's sneakers, from Marc Jacobs to Balenciaga, you'll want to buy now-in a smaller size, of course.
- Thu, Mar 6, 2014 1:03 PM EST | CommentsWant to play music for your little one that has toddler-appropriate lyrics but isn't sung by a cartoon, a puppet or a grown man dressed like a dinosaur? In other words, want to play music for junior that entertains children without ostracizing adults? Here are 7 albums intended to delight the youngsters and parents, alike.
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