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Pretty Cookie Packaging Idea from Loverly

[Photo by Elizabeth Messina on Kiss the Groom] Cookies are always a good idea. Sending guests home with yummy takeaways will make any celebration (wedding, baby shower, birthday party) all the more memorable.  And here’s a presentation idea worthy of a steal: Wrap homemade treats in glassine bags and seal with pretty patterned paper. Find even more unique and creative […]

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A Quick Way to Test the Quality of a Fabric

Here’s a trick to use before buying a silk or knit item—and it won’t cost you a thing. Simply pull your potential purchase across width and lengthwise, testing the resilience. Lesser-quality material tends to sag, while higher quality will stay firmer. According to Beth Amason, a fabric coordinator for New York City clothing manufacturer Vandale Industries who has sourced materials […]

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Daylight Savings Ends This Weekend!

A quick reminder: If you live in an area that observes Daylight Savings time, it ends Sunday, November 3, at 2:00 a.m. Be sure to turn your clock back one hour—hello, extra hour of sleep! If you’re looking to seize the extra time, check out our ultimate to-do list. (But shut-eye is an excellent way of celebrating, too.)

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How to Make Your Clothes Smell Good

If your clothes are clean but have lost that freshly-laundered smell, Kim Castellano, author of The Dirty Side of Fashion (To buy: $20, fashionfirstaid.com), recommends tossing your garments into the dryer with a sachet of lavender.

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How to Get Lipstick Off of Skin

If someone’s ever planted their pucker on your cheek with freshly-applied lipstick (hello, Aunt Bea!), or if you’ve been a little bit too overzealous with your Halloween makeup, you can understand how difficult wiping away a heavy lipstick stain can be. The next time you’re in a crunch and don’t have any makeup remover handy, try this trick. Dissolve the […]

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A Trick for Keeping the Entryway Clean

Does this scene sound familiar? It’s been a long day away from home, and the first thing you do is drop all of your bags and miscellaneous junk as close to the door as humanly possible. Before you know it, “entryway” has become synonymous with “clutter”—we’ve all been there. According to Fugen Neziroglu, Ph.D., clinical director of the Bio Behavioral […]

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Which Side of the Car is the Gas Tank On?

When you pull up to the gas station in your own car, you may not even have to think about whether the tank is on the left or the right side. But if you’re renting or borrowing a car, this quick trick will save you from anxiously craning your neck out the window in search of the gas tank before you fill up (we’ve all been there).

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A Better Blowout in Five Easy Steps

Unless you are my friend Genevieve—who is the exception that proves the rule—you can not blow out your hair the way a professional stylist can. And you’ll never be able to. Not only have the pros spent more hours than you have styling hair, but they’ve got certain advantages in terms of positioning that enable them to do things (such […]

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How to Clean Embellished Denim

Decked-out jeans require some TLC, though not as much as you might think. It’s important to check the label, but you can generally machine-wash printed, colored, velvet, and motorcycle styles if you take a few precautions.

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Creative Halloween Cocktail Idea from Loverly

[Photo by Aaron Shintaku on Inspired By This] Are you one of the many brides who picked Halloween season to tie the knot? Skip the spooky elements (black cats are cool but don’t need to be a part of your day) and use cocktail hour as the time to celebrate the holiday.  This couple made creative labels for serving their very […]

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