Want to spruce up an outdated sofa, but don’t have the budget—let alone time—for a big overhaul? Try throw pillows. Pillows add texture with a modern twist, absolutely no heavy lifting required. You can even rotate them for the holiday season, opting for warmer tones now, and brighter colors come spring and summer. Get more living room makeover ideas.
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Still haven’t booked your flight home for the December holiday season? It’s time to decide where you’ll spend each holiday and figure out your travel plans—now.
Get ready to slip into some nice new cozies. These popular Christmas gift items go on sale in November as retailers try to appeal to shoppers with well-priced packaged sets.
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 […]
We’re just one day away from Halloween 2013, an occasion that, according to the National Retail Federation, will be celebrated by more than 158 million people. Other interesting facts found in their fascinating infographic: The average Americans will spend $23 on candy, $21 on decorations, and $28 on costumes this year… so, a whopping $72 on average. Scary, indeed! Looking […]
The annual rush for back-to-school clothes has ended, so retailers cut prices on excess inventory, which includes a lot of denim.
Is your smartphone basically a family member? Do you tweet before you get out of bed? Be honest: At some point while reading this very post, did you stop to check your email? Real Simple and The Huffington Post have teamed up to learn how women balance (or not balance, as the case may be) their lives in our digital […]
Finding a good deal while shopping is always exciting—but before you buy an item based on its great price tag, use this quick trick for seeing if there’s a good reason for why your potential buy is marked down. Turn the garment or bag inside out, and inspect the lining. According to Christian Siriano, who designs a line of shoes […]
You spend a pretty penny coloring your hair… and you don’t want to see that money almost literally poured down the drain. According to Vicki Casciola, a hairstylist in Las Vegas, showering with hot water can lead to the outer layers of hair strands to swell and peel up, allowing color molecules to escape. Monitor your shower temperatures, aiming for […]
Navigating the beauty aisle at drugstores can be tricky—sometimes stores will put a house-brand product right next to a near-identical brand-name one. The bright side? The copycat pick may be the better choice. As a general rule, house-brand cosmetics often contain the same ingredients as their more famous twins. Ron Robinson, the founder of BeautyStat.com, suggests thinking of these products […]