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  • 7 Stylish Ways to Get Away

    You've plotted your getaway, now it's time to claim your baggage. Here's how to pack your bags in style.

    This clear zipper pouch is carry-on approved, meaning less hassle in the screening line.
    Available at flight001.com, $8.

    THE BEST DESTINATIONS FOR A WEEKEND TRIP
    Add one of these tags and you're pretty much assured that no one's grabbing your bag off the carousel.
    Available at pamelabarsky.com, $10.


    Zippered bags will keep everything in it's place.
    Available at baggu.com, $12 for two.

    70+ GREAT SUMMER SHOES

    Never lose your nail clippers ever again. Or anything else.
    Available at cocooninnovations.com, $30.

    Jaunty stripes stand out in a sea of boring black.
    Available at urbanoutfitters.com, $70.

    HOW TO PACK FOR VACATION MADE EASY


    Skip plugging in the iron at the hotel. Pack dresses in a garment bag and arrive wrinkle-free.
    Available at verabradley.com, $130.


    Pack in some old-school glam with an updated steamer trunk.
    Available at steamlineluggage.com, $280-$320.

    More

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  • Best Books to Bring to the Beach

    It's summertime, and the reading is easy. And our beach bag is already packed (and waiting by the door) with books that sizzle, simmer, steam - or make you laugh so hard your daiquiri bubbles out your nose.

    Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead
    Sara Gran's heroine, private investigator Claire DeWitt, arrives in post-Katrina New Orleans to use dreams, omens, and the occasional mind-expanding herb to help her solve a missing person/murder mystery. Smell something funny? That's not the city rotting in the humidity - it's our serious case of writer's envy. (Read our interview with Sara Gran here.)
    Available online at amazon.com, $15.

    learning to swim!Learning to Swim
    Once we dove into Sara J. Henry's debut, we didn't come up for air until it was finished. When Troy Chance spots a bundle fall from a ferry opposite the one she is riding, she instinctively dives into icy waters to retrieve it. It's a crazy move - one that saves a life and changes hers in a way she could not have predicted.

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  • 9 Summer Essentials for the Beach Bum

    We've found all the necessary objects so you can hang ten, frolic in the surf, or just lounge in the sun.



    Karen Kimmel's Tote Bag

    A sturdy, breathable canvas tote so you can scout for shells by the shore.

    Available at aplusrstore.com, $34.

    101 SWIMSUITS TO MAKE A SPLASH

    Sharks in Motion Playing Cards

    Waterproof shark cards for the card shark - perfect for a round of Go Fish.

    Available at kikkerlandshop.com, $10.



    Roxy Lollypop Sandals

    The braided candy-color straps make these a sweet beach treat you wouldn't mind getting some sand on.

    Available at zappos.com, $34.

    78 SPRING SANDALS AND SUMMER SHOES



    Sandy Feet Casting Kit

    Create a keepsake to remember the sand, the surf, and fun in the sun. And also the amount of whining that Junior did while trying to sit still for this.

    Available at uncommongoods.com, $15.



    Reversible Printed Canvas Floppy Hat


    Protect your pretty face with a cute sun hat - you'll thank us when you look more "California Gurls" than "California Raisins."

    Available

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  • 7 Best Hair-Removal Products to Stay Smooth

    Who wears short shorts? We will, thanks to these seven at-home hair removal revelations.


    Skintimate Flirty Mango Moisturizing Shave Gel

    Skintimate is to shaving gel what Maybelline Great Lash is to mascara: a tried-and-true classic. Senior copy editor Allison digs how it thickens up so quickly - not to mention the sweet aroma of mangoes in the morning.

    Available at cvs.com, $3.

    101 SWIMSUITS TO MAKE A SPLASH

    Venus Bikini Trimmer

    A perfect solution for electrophobes, the battery-free, low-cost tool has a guarded comb/razor that makes for a neat, even trim whether used in the shower or dry. Web intern Stephanie says it's perfect for maintenance between waxes.

    Available at pgestore.com, $5.


    17 MUST-HAVE HAIR TOOLS

    Shobha Sugaring Kit

    At-home waxing has a bungee-jumping level of intimidation. Shobha's kit lowers it with its denim (yes, denim) strips that are durable and reusable after a machine wash. Unlike other wax kits, the sugar

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  • How to Pack for Vacation Made Easy

    When you're born in Rome, raised in Paris, and splitting your time between L.A. and NYC, you pick up if nothing else (well, besides a few languages and epic taste) how to pack light. Ilaria Urbinati, celebrity stylist (a.k.a. the reason Bradley Cooper always looks so dashing in a suit and ladies like Krysten Ritter and Emmy Rossum end up on best-dressed lists) and co-owner of Confederacy boutique, gives us her formula for maxistyle with minimum baggage.

    Everything You Need for a Warm-Weather Three-Day Getaway

    The Basics
    3 pairs of socks
    4 pairs of undies
    2 bras

    70 WARM WEATHER VACATION SPOTS

    The Pieces
    1 white button-up ("You can wear it long over jean shorts, as a bathing suit cover, or tied over your shorts or chinos.")
    2 tank tops
    2 tees
    1 pair of chinos ("There are a million good pairs at J.Crew right now.")
    1 pair of skinny jeans
    1 pair of denim cutoffs
    1 pair of shorts (cotton or linen)
    1 long dress
    1

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  • Wedding Playlist: 7 Great First Dance Songs

    When it comes to the soundtrack for your special day, picking a song for your first dance can be a doozy. A romantic show-stopper or a low-key love song? Something you can slow dance to, or would you rather shimmy and shake? Luckily, we've got more than 170 tunes that'll deliver on the dance floor -- even if you've got two left feet.


    "Make You Feel My Love," by Adele

    The marriage of an old soul and a pop tart. A compromise is in order in the form of this sultry cover.

    Available at itunes.apple.com.

    67 SPARKLING ENGAGEMENT RINGS


    "Never Had Nobody Like You," by M. Ward

    This one calls for dancing shoes and a wedding dress you can shimmy in.

    Available at itunes.apple.com.

    98 UNIQUE WEDDING DRESSES


    "Stay Here Forever," by Jewel

    You're down for whatever, forever.

    Available at itunes.apple.com.

    WEDDING DRESS SHOPPING: DO'S AND DON'TS


    "Old Fashioned," by Cee Lo Green

    Cee Lo takes you back to lovers' lane.

    Available at itunes.apple.com.


    "Only You Can Love Me This Way," by Keith Urban


    Sway

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  • Party Time: Kentucky Derby Day

    You needn't be a Southern Belle petticoat-deep in Derby tradition to throw an acceptable Run for the Roses bash. (Though if you are, can we come over?) Here are tips to take you through every step of decorum, from accenting a floppy hat to the perfect bourbon cocktail. See you in the winner's circle.


    Make a Designer Derby Hat with Eugenia Kim

    The NYC-based mad hatter shows you how to trick-out your Derby headgear. All you need is a big ole topper, a vintage scarf or ribbon, scissors, grommet kit, Sharpie, and hammer. Pair with cocktails for a glamorous viewing to the finish line and beyond.

    Watch the video.

    FIND THE PERFECT FANCY HAT


    DIY Necklace of Roses

    Unless you can run at breakneck speed around an oval faster than a thoroughbred, a blanket of roses shall not be lain over your shoulders. Instead, drape a circle of silky flowers around your neck to ensure (at the very least) a Best Dressed victory.

    Get the directions.

    HOST A PARTY ON THE CHEAP

    Fancy

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  • 7 Mother's Day Gifts Chosen By Moms

    Mom knows best - and she knows she doesn't need another "#1 Mom" mug. Shop the editors of DailyCandy Kids' picks below for a proper present.

    Bossypants by Tina Fey


    "She's so funny. I'm dying to read this memoir after reading Fey's hilarious essay in The New Yorker." - Meryl Levin, Kids New York Editor

    Available at amazon.com, $14.

    78 PAIRS OF CUTE SPRING SHOES

    'Lette Macaroons

    "Because having my own pastry chef is probably not an option, I'll take a box (or five) of these macarons. And I'll probably hide them under my pillow for covert snacking. I love everything about them, from the colors, to the taste, to the packaging." - Kelly Aiglon, Kids Chicago Editor

    Available at lettemacarons.com, 24 for $38.

    HOW TO MAKE CHEDDAR BACON SCONES

    Gold Crocheted Earrings

    "I so rarely wear earrings these days (they're exactly the kind of thing my kids would yank on), but I still long for these delicate, affordable earrings crocheted from gold wire." - Lisa

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  • 3 Exercises for Bikini Confidence

    After a long winter of hibernating in puffer coats and parkas, you're ready to make a splash. Get your beach bum into swimsuit shape with fitness phenomenon Tracy Anderson's targeted moves.


    Hot to Get Rid of Love Handles

    Some curves make us feel sexy. These are not them.

    WATCH THE STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO

    1. Get into a push-up position with legs a bit farther apart than your shoulder width.

    2. Bend your right leg and dip the knee down, so you can feel where your lower abs start to tense.

    3. Kick that leg up and out as high as you can. You should feel your back muscles work all the way through your shoulder.

    4. Repeat 10 times, and then switch to your left leg.


    Give Your Butt a Lift


    Get your rear in gear with some backward leg lifts.

    WATCH THE STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO

    1. Grab a 3-lb. weight and get down on all fours. Balance with your hands on the weight, placed vertically out in front of you. If you don't have a weight, put one hand over the other on the floor and balance that way.

    2.

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  • A Super-Easy (No-Bake!) Royal Wedding Recipe: Chocolate Crunch Cake

    Snail mail should be ashamed: It seems millions of invites to the royal wedding were lost (ours included).

    But that doesn't mean we can't indulge like royalty on Friday. Thanks to this recipe by the lovely/crazy Brits at NYC's Tea & Sympathy restaurant, we'll be devouring Prince Will's beloved no-bake chocolate biscuit cake.

    WATCH THE STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO

    The directions are so easy, but one bite and you'll get it: Imagine a souped-up Rice Krispies treat made with graham crackers (a suitable substitute for the traditional digestives the Brits use), condensed milk, and good chocolate. We cordially invite you to get it all over your face.

    Prince William's Chocolate Biscuit Cake
    Serves eight

    DIY: A ROYAL WEDDING HEADPIECE

    Ingredients

    For the cake
    1 box graham crackers
    ¼ c. raisins
    ¼ c. nuts, chopped
    5 oz. dark chocolate
    5 oz. milk chocolate
    1 stick butter, room temp.
    1 14-oz. can condensed milk

    ANOTHER RECIPE FOR

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