The finishing touch on your dinner spread? It might be in the backyard. Collect pinecones, or if the weather outside is frightful, stop by a craft store instead (most stock them for seasonal projects). Then grab a paintbrush, gold paint, and card stock. In just three steps, you’ll have elegant place card holders for every guest.

DIY Pinecone Place Card Holders

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December 22, 2014

Ever wanted to twirl center stage, wrapped in tulle? Well, now is the time to dress like a prima ballerina. This standout winter trend is equally charming dressed up (with a pleated skirt and flats) or down (think leggings and a cozy sweater). Better start mastering that pirouette.

Most Coveted

  1. Jill Jill Stuart Pleated Fit and Flare Dress. A fit and flare silhouette with a full skirt? A ballerina trademark.
  2. Stephen Dweck Drop Earrings. Chandelier earrings are the ideal dramatic accessory for opening night.
  3. Chloé “Bronte” Shoulder Bag. A pretty-in-pink petite shoulder bag completes this elegant outfit.
  4. Valentino “Rockstud” Flat. Embellished T-strap flats are not your typical ballet slipper, but these look just as graceful.

 

By Elizabeth Burns, Assistant Fashion Editor

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December 22, 2014

For deodorant marks: You slip into that LBD and alas – there are white streaks all over it. Grab a hanger from the dry cleaners and rub the spot gently using its foam cover.

For cleaning denim: If you’re in the less-is-more camp when it comes to washing jeans, try steaming your skinnies and spritzing a fabric-refreshing spray to fight odor-causing bacteria.

For suede care: Before putting your suede shoes away after wear, use a horsehair brush to dust off accumulated dirt. Proactive cleaning will prevent trips to the cobbler later.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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December 22, 2014

You set out milk and cookies (and even took care to leave carrots for Rudolph). Now that the little ones are asleep? It’s finally time to dress up those gifts. Lucky for you, we have three whimsical ideas to make this year’s holiday a memorable one.

Kids' Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas

Add Some Sugar
Weave a candy cane or lollipop into the bow. Better yet, wrap smaller boxes with a candy necklace. Something to open and a tasty treat? Double whammy.

Rope Them In
Tie packages with a jump rope in place of ribbon. They can use it later to burn off some of that excess holiday energy.

Deliver the Goods
Place a small gift in the bed of a toy truck, then steer the pickup under the tree to make a special delivery.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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December 19, 2014

With hotly anticipated movie releases and history-making ad campaigns, these celebs are all abuzz. We’re just not sure which deserves more attention – their work or their style.

Best Dressed

  1. Reese Witherspoon channeled her Wild side in a perfectly polished RED Valentino leopard-print coat paired with a Saint Laurent bag.
  2. Amy Adams turned up in a floor-length Max Mara number, giving us every reason to look forward to the return of the shirtdress.
  3. Jourdan Dunn got sporty in a two-piece look by David Koma, complete with pom-poms on her Sophia Webster heels.

 

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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December 19, 2014

Kristina Tsipouras is a busy woman. Juggling two brands, Soulshine yoga apparel and ZOOS beverages, she’s a pro at managing mayhem. And since you’re probably approaching peak levels of holiday-season chaos, we asked this wellness expert to share her go-to ways for staying balanced.

Soulshine Yoga

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December 19, 2014

The rumors are true: after this February’s showsNew York Fashion Week will be forced out of Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park, its home since 2010.

The NYC Parks Advocates just reached a settlement with the city after arguing that NYFW’s tents and equipment illegally took over the public space, using the park for commercial purposes. Due to their claim, Fashion Week will be prevented from renewing its contract with Lincoln Center, which was supposed to house the event until 2020.

Although a new location hasn’t been named yet, I have no doubt the street-style stars will flock (#selfies and all).

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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December 19, 2014

Alexander Wang has only been at Balenciaga for a couple of years, but he’s already left a mark on the house’s bag game. His latest addition? The Neo Classic Mini, a petite shoulder bag with a chain strap that has street-style star written all over it.

Balenciaga Neo Classic Mini

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This newest style builds off the Balenciaga heritage while keeping the designer’s modern aesthetic in mind. The duo of top-notch leather and minimal hardware has become a signature within Alexander’s namesake label, so its no surprise that the formula also works for the iconic French house.

Currently, the $1,635 bag comes in black, navy, and a very photogenic shade of bubblegum pink. And in January, a limited-edition, electric-blue option will hit the brand’s online store. All eyes are on February though, when it’s pretty much guaranteed that the Neo Classic Mini will be spotted on shoulders throughout fashion month.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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December 18, 2014

You forgot to pick up a roll of snowflake-covered paper. Again. Not to worry: we’ve got you (and the environment) covered. Here are three common household items that double as gift trimmings.

Eco-Friendly Wrapping Paper

Extra Tote Bags
Repurpose one of yours as a gift bag. Then toss the actual present inside and cover with tinsel. A gift in a gift? You’re too kind.

Spare Tea Towels
Have an extra (fancy) towel? It’s perfect for wrapping a beverage. Lay the towel flat and stand the bottle up in the center. Now draw all the ends up and secure with an elastic band. Bonus points for adorning the top with an ornament.

Road Maps
In the age of GPS, you don’t need them anyway. Fashion the maps like you would regular wrapping paper. Then take it to the next level by adding a vintage toy car.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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December 18, 2014

A dress that combines special-occasion style with shapewear? It does exist. Every NUE by Shani number comes with built-in figure-enhancing technology. Read on to see how it works (then snag one to enhance those get-fit resolutions).

NUE by Shani

Construction
Made of compression fabric, the inner construction of a NUE dress is specially woven with spun Lycra to shape and mold the body. Which means you appear a size smaller, even before the New Year’s diet kicks in.

Tailoring Tricks
NUE dresses combine soft yet structured fabrics with precise darting and ruching to boost your natural shape. The result? A figure-flattering dress any woman can be confident in.

Patent-Pending Technology
Founder Shani Grosz incorporates the latest shapewear technology into her designs, eliminating the need for uncomfortable boning and waist-cinching contraptions.

Now that you’re acquainted with this multi-tasking line, get shopping. Our NUE by Shani Boutique opened Thursday, December 18, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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December 18, 2014