This might just be the greatest invention since sliced bread. No running to the store for butter, no cursing when you burn your hand on the oven and no crying when your laborious pie crust is burnt to a crisp. We’ve found your saving grace — pie bakers who deliver the goods to your door with a click of the mouse. Keep Reading!
If you’ve got a product junkie, diva teen or hair-obsessed guy or gal in your life, then you know how much they appreciate a good hairstyle. For all those last-minute shoppers out there (guilty!), we’ve combed through the top hair accessories, products and tools to give you the ultimate shopping list for hair lovers. Keep Reading!
Today marks the Festival of Light, one of Hindu’s biggest and brightest celebrations. This ancient festival celebrates the triumph of light over dark and good over evil. Keep Reading!
Let your nails do the talking this Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re happy-go-lucky in love, looking for Cupid’s arrow or feeling single and sassy about a holiday filled with X’s and O’s, we’ve got 16 nail art designs for you to love.<!–more Keep Reading!–> C’mon, venture out from a classic red nail and show your true colors this Valentine’s Day.
Getting a mani for V-Day? Share a pic of your Valentine’s Day-inspired nails in the comments below!
Thanksgiving is the ALL American holiday, it’s a day where the dining table is set and families gather to enjoy a true feast. For some it’s a traditional family-style meal with classics like, a dressed turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and homemade pumpkin pie – tried-and-true family recipes that are counted upon year after year. Keep Reading!
A Christmas market is the place to revel in the festivities of the holiday season. Whether you’re looking for a romantic date on the town or just want to chow down with friends, the colorful, open-air market stalls offer singing, dancing and twinkling lights, plus an over-abundance of roasted chestnuts, glühwein, schnitzel, crepes and more. Need to cross some presents off your gift list? Go shopping and surprise your friends and family with unique gifts like authentic wood carvings, toys, knitted goods, nutcrackers, pottery or local crafts. No matter where you are in the world, we’ve found a Christmas market for you. Keep Reading!
So you totally forgot that it’s Valentine’s Day weekend, or maybe work has been too crazed to plan anything — we’ve been there. If you’re the last-minute type, we’ve got some love-ly ideas that show you put some thought and effort into saying “I love you.” The best part? You can do it all from your phone. We’re not talking wilted bouquets or dusty chocolate boxes here. Check out our fave services that get fresh flowers and unique gifts to the door without the mass chaos that may ensue in the chocolate aisle.
2. BloomNation: Because the person who makes you crazy in a good way deserves much more than a generic floral arrangement. Keep it local, and send a hand-crafted floral arrangement designed by a local floral artisan.
3. Postmates: Calling all procrastinators: Meet your Valentine’s Day lifesaver, Postmates. Dubbed the “Uber of packages,” you name it, and it’s delivered in under an hour. Whether it’s flowers for your sweetie, a latte to brighten their day or dinner for two from your fave restaurant, you can take your pick from any restaurant or store in your city, whether they offer delivery or not. (photo via @postmates)
4. Minibar: What’s a celebration without a little bubbly? Minibar is here to lift your spirits by delivering the goods: wine, liquor, beer, mixers and more. With a few taps on your phone and a brief 30-60 minute wait, Minibar will be at your door. It’s available in major cities across the U.S. and delivery is free. (Free on iOS and Android)
5. All You Need Is Love GLITTER Gift Box ($129): It’s true, all you really need is love… but some wine would be nice too, and perhaps some dark chocolate and maybe a bubble bath with a flickering candle, amiright? This glittering gift box is filled with everything but the bathtub.
7. Mouth: Valentine’s Day Tasty Treats: Why make your lovebird’s heart flutter when you can make their mouth water with indie food and booze from Mouth? Get small-batch food and drinks, made by real people, delivered right to your door. With so many tasty gifts to choose from, we suggest you start with the Valentine’s Day XO Tasters and Love Potion #9.
8. Goldbely: You won’t have to spend endless hours searching for the most deliciously unique gourmet eats for your foodie-obsessed love. Goldbely’s team of food explorers has done the work for you. If you want to impress your main squeeze with a lobster dinner, Goldbely will deliver it fresh. Homemade chocolate truffles to melt your lover’s heart? No problem.
9. Farm to People: Edible gifts truly are the way to a loved one’s heart, so this Valentine’s Day, speak the language of love through small-batch artisanal goods like Sea Salt Truffles, Chocolate-Dipped Almond Coconut Macarons or our fave, Chocolate-Vanilla Bean Cream Sandwiches.
10. Reserve: Things are about to get personal when it comes to dining out. Thanks to Reserve, you can reserve your table and pay your bill (tip included!) without ever pulling out your wallet. Why not reserve time with your main squeeze and not worry about the little things? (Free on iOS)
11. EatStreet: Remembering the mass chaos of last year’s Valentine’s Day dinner reservation? Opt for a romantic night in and get your dinner delivered right to your candlelit dining table. Choose any of your local flavors, and EatStreet has you and your dinner date covered with the tap of a button. (Free on iOS and Android)
What delivery services make your heart skip a beat? Talk to us in the comments below.
It’s that time of year, the hustle and bustle of holidays has fizzled away and winter has rooted itself, initiating a craving for warmth and revelry.
This year, instead of moping around the house in your Snuggie awaiting spring, pass the time with food, friends, and booze.
Get your neighbor’s onboard and reinvent the throwback booze cruise into a progressive stroll of cruising the neighborhood on foot. Gallivant from house to house sampling delicacies and drinks at each stop.
Give your booze cruise a theme. Anything from a Mad Men style affair complete with classic cocktails and toothpick-skewered foods to a cultural soirée of global delights, think Brazilian caipirinhas and feijoada at one stop, moving onward to Italian Limoncello and gnocchi at another. Satisfying the sweet tooth, a progressive chocolate hop would hit the spot. Ignite the chill of winter with hot toddy’s and alcohol-infused cocoas while savoring decadent desserts at each house.
Those who have an affinity for cocktail shakers and martini glasses as opposed to ovens and mixers, simplify your progressive cruise to just booze, yet it’s advised for hosts to pair some sustenance to soak up that alcohol.
For vinophiles make each stop centered on a bottle of wine paired with cheese and crackers. Take guests on a boozy jaunt down the bourbon trail having a snifterful at each stop, pairing caramel rich bourbon with chocolate and fruitier renditions with salty snacks. Head south of the equator and channel palm trees and beaches with a tropical cocktail explosion, complete with fresh fruits and miniature cocktail umbrellas.
The possibilities are endless and the progressive booze cruise is a sure way to chase the winter blahs away.
In celebration of a day devoted to love—I’m sharing my love of PINK!
Happy Valentine’s Day
Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
show how much I LOVE YOU!
Valentine’s Day isn’t for everyone but who can resist the PINK and RED decor, the witty cards, creative packaging and sweet treats!
The thought of a homemade trinket or sentiment is a sure-fire way to express your love. So channel your inner cupid, get out your glitter, glue, craft scissors, recipes and heartfelt notes to say, I love you to family, friends and lovers with a DIY inspired Valentine. Check out these inspirational faves:
1. Festive Tassel Garland sure to brighten up Valentine’s Day with pink and sparkle. Find it on Etsy from GlamFeteByBri
2. Pink Milk. Who didn’t love this as a kid? Adults and kids alike will find joy in sipping this all natural pink milk on V-Day from momtastic
3. How sweet are this DIY dip-dyed ombre mittens? Made from an old sweater and crafted from the heart. Check out the how-to at ModCloth
1. Season someone’s Valentine’s Day with a hug! These hug salt and pepper shakers can be found at the Moma shop-not DIY but a cute gift
2. Make your baked goods extra heartfelt with this DIY Heart-Shaped Paper from Martha Stewart
3. Love these popsicle stick geometric hearts painted in gold and white from Oleander and Palm
(For Playful Lovers)
As with physical attraction, the food experience begins with the eyes. This Valentine’s Day, dish out the love with the aphrodisiac vigor of food and drink. Whether you’re hitched or single, incorporate any of the following into your V-Day meal for tantalizing effects.
The Aztecs called this fruit, ahuacatl, which translates to “testicle.” Spanish conquistadors introduced the avocado as a stimulant, and the avocado’s fame spread so voraciously that Catholics were forbidden to eat it.
Get figgy with a fruit that represents fertility, is pleasing to the eye, and supple to the touch. The fig is representative of a woman’s unmentionables and is bestowed as a token of love in Italy.
Stripped leaf by leaf, the artichoke is a sensual vegetable to eat. Like undressing a lover and nibbling their neck until you reach—bliss.
Use fresh basil to pump up your passion—the leaves contain numerous libido-lifting nutrients. If a Roman man accepts a sprig of basil from a woman, he is as good as engaged. Take that, Romeo.
The queen of passion-inducing foods, the plump and creamy, flesh-colored oyster is high in zinc, which helps increase the sex drive. Suggestive shape aside, the oyster should be sucked from the shell raw after tarting it up with lemon juice.
This phallic symbol offers a sweet way to end a meal. In Indian traditions, the banana was offered as a gift to the fertility gods.
Dubbed the food of the gods, chocolate contains theobromine, a compound similar to caffeine, a natural stimulant. Montezuma, the great Aztec emperor, was known to imbibe 50 cups of hot chocolate before tearing loose on his harem.
Whatever is in vogue will do. Alcohol is known to reduce inhibitions and spark celebration. They say that the effervescent scent of champagne replicates female pheromones.
With an aroma supposedly sexually stirring to women, the almond is associated with fertility and passion. In Greece, sugar-coated almonds are tossed as a send off for a romantic honeymoon.
Erotic and restorative in nature, eggs are associated with virility and, most obviously fertility. French brides break an egg at the front door to encourage a large family.
February 2013, Flavor616 Magazine
Take note of these Valentines:
I’m so dizzy, my head is spinning! If you’re not love-sick this Valentine’s Day, this card should do the trick, from Dear Hancock
Do it like the French! Say I love you with this playful card from Yellow Owl Workshop
Cleverness from Rifle Paper Co.! They also have one’s with the phrases, “You’re the Cat’s Pajamas.” and “You’re the Bee’s Knees.”
A modern, neon statement heart to say— I “heart” you Valentine, from Catbird NYC
This is a personal fave, I just can’t resist! Who doesn’t love UNICORNS! Also from Catbird NYC
This is a kit from baily doesn’t bark it includes 4 blank cards w/envelopes, embossed white hearts, customizable black chalkboard hearts and chalk!
Feeling crafty and want something EXCEPTIONAL to give your valentine? Try creating these heartfelt, DIY Paint Chip Garlands from Brit + Co