Daphney Contreraz

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10 Clever Shoe Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

(Image credit: Design*Sponge)<p>I love shoes. Sadly for my wallet, the shoes I find myself the most drawn to aren't necessarily the most practical ones. …

Storage Ideas

16 Tips to Make You Oh-So Photogenic

With wedding season in full swing, there are bound to be cameras around. And while it’s safe to say we all probably remember our worst photo sesh faux pas, from closed eyes to a double chin, there’s no need to deal with that nonsense this summer. The solution? Take some advice from models, …

Shailene Woodley

25 Essential Baking Tips and Tricks for Beginner Bakers

Oh, Martha. You make it look so easy. Cream the butter, sift the flour and voilà! A perfectly baked cake. Well, we’ve tried. And it doesn’t always work like that. If your cookies always end up burned or the thought of activating yeast makes you start to sweat, here are 25 baking lessons to help you …


20 Party-Ready Maternity Dresses for Modern Moms-to-Be

There are a lot of gorgeous mamas-to-be on the party circuit this summer, including our very own Brit! Because the jersey-knit maxi can only go so far, we’ve rounded up 20 fancy frocks that are so hip, you’ll probably try to wear them <i>after</i> you have your little one.<p>1. Maternity Mirror Floral T-Shirt …


10 Things You Absolutely Need In The Bedroom

How many can you check off the list?<p>The pieces and ideas you need for your most comfortable, luxurious, and personal bedroom ever. How many can you check off the list? This piece originally appeared on elledecor.com.

Interior Design

Ellen's 12 Rules for Novelists

By Ellen Meister<p><b>1. Start your story as close to the inciting incident as possible.</b><br>Avoid the temptation to provide your reader with backstory first. …

What's the One Key Ingredient Every Great Story Needs?

"You complete me," says the Joker to Batman in <i>The Dark Knight</i>, displaying not just an uncanny grasp of cinema knowledge (he's quoting <i>Jerry Maguire</i>), but an uncharacteristically shrewd grasp of story structure too. Something is confronted by its opposite; Batman meets the Joker, and together both …