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Expert Tips for Coloring Your Hair at Home

Today I went to an unusual press event at the Sally Hershberger Salon in downtown Manhattan—unusual in that we spent the whole time talking about home hair color (which salon colorists are usually loathe to recommend because it can cut into their business). Anyway, I picked a few tips about how to apply it better when doing a root touch-up […]

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A Pretty Bouquet With a Pinecone

Reader Victoria M. tagged Real Simple in this lovely photo on Instagram, while she was reading the December 2013 issue. Love the festive touch that the pinecone gives the bouquet. Another idea for a pinecone—a place card holder, seen here: Get more stylish holiday decorating ideas.

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Free Shipping Day 2013

Last-minute shoppers take note: This Wednesday, December 18, hundreds of retailers–including popular outlets like Toys “R” Us, J. Crew, and Sephora–will ship your goods free of charge with guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve.

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Berry Bridal Shower Theme Idea from Loverly

[Photo by Melissa Biador on Wedding Chicks] Planning a bridal shower for a favorite bride-to-be? While some prefer to avoid the theme parties, others fall in love with them (and pull them off without a hitch!). Themes can be fresh and festive without being cheesy (think color, season, or fruit). This strawberry garden celebration was charming from the flowers to […]

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This Season’s Most Coveted Gift

Believe it or not, a recent study reveals that gift cards are this season’s favorite gift to give and receive.

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How to Make a Too-Big Ring Fit Your Finger

Have a beautiful ring you adore, but can’t wear because it’s too big? If you don’t want to pay to get the ring resized (or simply don’t have the time), follow these tricks from celebrity stylist Kimmy Erin: • Cut a small piece of moleskin ($5, walgreens.com) that is the width of the ring. (Hint: The longer it is, the […]

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How Much Wine Should You Serve?

Follow this general rule of thumb to ensure you have enough wine to serve (without overbuying) at your next event.

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Homemade Gift Tag Idea

Looking to make a special holiday gift pop? Try this sweet idea for a DIY gift tag: Outline the shape of your favorite cookie cutter onto colored paper, and then cut out the design and tape onto your wrapped present. Better yet, if you’re giving a box of homemade sweets, use ribbon to fasten the cookie cutter right onto the […]

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The Best Way to Put on Mascara

I often get asked how to avoid a clumpy mascara application. I just saw a new trick (which, after nearly 20 years in the industry is really saying something): Swipe the formula on your arm hairs first! Yes, it is a small mess (though nothing that a makeup wipe can’t fix), but this removes excess makeup from the brush so […]

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A New Way to Decorate With Poinsettias

The unofficial plant of the holiday season, try a fun twist on displaying usually-potted poinsettias by showing off a single stem: Simply cut a blossom off of your plant, and place in a shiny bud vase filled with water. The best part? The red or white “petals” are actually leaves, which gives your “flower” a shelf life of at least […]

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