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Choose the Right Lens to Make Flattering Portraits

<i>Nikon D800, 105mm f/2.8 Micro VR lens, F/3, 1.60s, ISO 800.</i><p>The lens you choose to make a picture strongly affects how the subject will look. When …

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This gingerbread gnome home is a sweet way to bring a little woodland whimsy indoors. It makes a cozy decoration for the mantelpiece, but it’s also perfect for tabletops where it can be studied in detail.<p>Since this gingerbread house has many elements, give yourself plenty of time to create. It can …

Tops / tees/tshirts/tanks/blouses/tunics/hoodie tops

Details:<br>- Cotton blend knit fabric. very soft and stretchy<br>- Extra long sleeves -- really long sleeves<br>- Slips on<br>- Oversized hoodie<br>- The shoulders are designed to expand and fits any size<br>- V neck<p>SIZE XS(US S 0-2, UK 6-8, Italian 36-38, French 32-34)<p>Bust: fits bust around 32-33<br>Waist: fits waist around …

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My name is Traci Hines, and I’m a singer, mermaid model, performer, accessory designer, and a makeup artist too. Today I’m sharing step-by-step directions to help you achieve a fantastical mermaid look this Halloween.<p><b>Tools</b> <br>A good set of makeup brushes<br>An eyelash curler<p><b>Products</b> <i><br>Face:</i> <br>Mineral …

How-To: Carbonated Ice Cream

If making homemade ice cream the old fashioned way just isn’t potentially dangerous enough for you, then take a look at this video from The King of Random that demonstrates how to make ice cream with a fizzy kick by using dry ice.

Flashback: Holiday Embroidery Patterns

<b>By Noelle Corcoran</b><p>One of my favorite things about the holiday season is looking for new and fun ways to get crafty with decorations. This year, I’ve decided to brighten up our holiday table with some fun and festive embroidery patterns. I’ve made some cloth napkins with them, but the possibilities …

Recipe: White Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bark

Peppermint candies don’t just grown on trees, despite what beloved childhood board games would have you believe, so until science can crack the genetic code of the candy cane tree this White Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bark recipe from Mom On Time Out might just be the next best thing.

Make a Light Up Star

This retro light-up star is a bold and beautiful holiday moment to add to the mantle. I would have thought this was a big budget purchase, but Marianne Canada shows us how to make it ourselves over on HGTV’s blog, Design Happens.

Handmade Gift Idea: Body Scrub + Face Spritzer

Rue Magazine has two luxurious DIY beauty tutorials that would make lovely handmade holiday gifts; a grapefruit rosewater facial spritzer and a coconut coffee body scrub. Both sound like they would smell divine and will definitely make the recipient feel totally pampered.

How-To: Fold-Back Dress Neckline

Add eye-catching fold-back detailing to your favorite dress pattern with this fold-back neckline tutorial from Gertie at Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing!<p>Ready to give it a try? Head over to Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing to see the full how-to.

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Craft on Twitter: "These DIY felt ribbon candy ornaments from @purlbee make us feel Christmas-y. They're so easy! http://t.co/SaJjjI5anF http://t.co/2VkKznKDFT"

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How-To: Felt Ribbon Candy Ornaments

Transform colorful felt strips into delicious pieces of holiday decor with this fun felt ribbon candy ornament tutorial from Molly’s Sketchbook on The Purl Bee!<p>I’m definitely going to make a few of these for my own Christmas tree! How about you?<p>Ready to start stitching? Head on over to The Purl Bee …

The Ultimate Makers Holiday Gift Guide 2015 - Craft | Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

* Street prices may vary<p>Community Editor for <i>Make:</i> I get ridiculously excited seeing people make things. I just want to revel in the creativity of the masses! My favorite thing in the world is sharing the hard work of a Maker.<p>Introduce electronics into your craft projects with the Flora sewable …

Mixed Metal + Nature Gift Tags

Here’s a lovely gift tag idea from Design Sponge that will bring any present to the next level for your beloved recipients. Nature and sparkles are what the holidays are all about!

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45 Kitchen Cabinet Ideas We're Obsessed With

There's rose gold involved.<p>Spice up your kitchen storage spots with decorative colors, finishes, and hardware. Whether you prefer a traditional look or something more modern, these design ideas go far beyond plain-old cupboards. We've got inspo on inspo (on inspo) for you, so you can finally tackle …

N1 Residence Modern Simplicity: The Exciting White Igualada in Barcelona

<b>Igualada N1</b> is a project completed this year by Jaime Prous + Damián Ribas in the municipality with the same name (Igualada), Barcelona, Spain. …

15 Great Songs You Probably Didn't Hear in 2013

From 15 of the best albums of the year<p><b>Year in and out,</b> we compile a list of tunes that flew under the radar, mostly from underrated or emerging artists. We call that list "The best songs you probably didn't hear this year." We do that in lieu of an obligatory and trite Top 10 Albums of the Year …

Revenge Season 3, Episode 9: All the Exclusive Wardrobe Details From Costume Designer Jill Ohanneson!

After a two-week break, last night's new episode of <i>Revenge</i> was well worth the wait! As Emily and Daniel take part in a romantic photo shoot for …

Katy Perry on Motherhood: 'I'm Definitely Not There Yet'

Katy Perry isn’t ruling out the possibility of having children one day – but it’s not happening tomorrow.<p>“I’m definitely not there yet, and I can’t …

Ben Affleck: Jennifer Garner Is the Most Important Person to Me

Ben Affleck has one person to thank for his recent slew of successful films: his wife, Jennifer Garner.<p>In a new interview with <i>Playboy</i>, Affleck, 41, …

Eat More Of These Four Things For A Stronger, Healthier Brain

Remember these four letters: <b>DDFM</b>. If it’s easier, think of them as call letters for a cheesy radio station, “Double D FM!” The letters stand for four nutrients critical to brain health that you probably aren’t getting enough of: Vitamin D, DHA, Folate and Magnesium. Research suggests that our diets …

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How To Choose a Sofa: 50 Designer Tips

Everything you need to know.<p>Everything you need to know about sofas in one place. Experts such as Windsor Smith, Barbara Barry, and Steven Gambrel share how deep a sofa should be, which style goes with which, how to select pattern, and more.

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'Disney Princesses Are Stupid,' Says 7-Year-Old Girl From Argentina

Miranda, a 7-year-old very outspoken girl from Argentina, is the star of a video that is generating a lot of buzz (3 million views and counting) in the South American nation and beyond since last week, especially among women. That’s because Miranda, very simply put, called Disney’s princesses such …

The Historical Origins Of 6 Swear Words

In fact, Americans swear so often, the U.S. made airing indecent or profane language during certain times a federal crime. Cue the FCC.<p>For the sake of knowledge though, we looked into the etymology of a few of these words (some of which violate our style guide!). Learn where they originated …

30 Unexpected Wedding Costs Brides Forget to Budget For

<i>Photo Credit: Still Frames Photography</i><p>Sticking to your budget is one of the trickiest parts of planning a wedding -- especially because there are so many hidden costs. To help you out, we checked in with wedding vendors and financial experts across the country to uncover the top items that couples …

Flashback: Make a Gumdrop Garland

<b>By Brookelynn Morris</b><p>When I was thinking of a holiday project that would capture the season’s spirit of color and sparkle, I decided to approach a technique that was easy and familiar — stringing garlands — but to challenge myself to think of a more interesting material than the standard popcorn or …

Lauren Laverne on style: the ladylike trend

Amy Winehouse destroyed boho. Once she arrived (by which I mean simultaneously revolutionised popular culture via every available access point – the charts, high fashion and celebrity), boho became a no-no. The perplexingly ubiquitous coin belt, gypsy skirt and fur-gilet combo that had haunted the …