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What if Disney’s Chicest Villains Wore Marchesa?

A goldenrod gown for Belle, filmy seafoam silks for Cinderella: We all know that Marchesa’s sumptuous, floor-sweeping dresses were practically made for Disney princesses. But this season, ahead of today’s Spring 2016 show, why not forget the flounce and flou and consider the New York brand from a …

Bye-Bye Basic, Say Hello to 7 Chicken Salad Recipe Twists

<i>Header image: CHOW</i>Whether you’re headed on a plane, the car, or just going to the beach, chicken salad sandwiches are a surefire way to please …

Recipes

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6 Aerial Photos Of Earth’s Breathtaking Colors

Aerial photographer Bernard Edmaier captures a breathtaking array of the planet’s colors, from white glaciers to red lava to blue seas.<p>Of all the planets known thus far in the universe’s murky infinity, Earth is the most colorful. <i>EarthART: Colors of the Earth,</i> a new book from Phaidon, puts the …

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Kalen Hollomon for Capsule SS15

Each season, fashion and lifestyle tradeshow Capsule commissions a single artist to create an exclusive body of work to be featured on invites, signage and printed newsletters distributed during stops in New York, Paris, Berlin and Las Vegas. Previous years have seen Hisham Bharoocha, Amy Jean …

How-Tuesday: Make Your Own Marbled Scarf

My mother and I used to marble paper on the weekends when I was younger. To this day, I still feel like I am a mad scientist when I marble, experimenting with new colors and testing new patterns.<p>Even if you don’t have experience with marbling, it’s a fun project to try with friends. It requires …

Friendship Bracelets

It’s the same technique practiced by summer campers everywhere. But when fashioned in sophisticated colors and luxurious strings and yarns with metallic accents, these knotted bracelets become great adult accessories.

Jewelry

How-Tuesday: Make a Magical Kaleidoscope

Remember looking through a kaleidoscope as a kid? It was like being a pirate on a treasure hunt, but instead of discovering unexplored land we were glancing into a world of brilliant beauty.<p>Most of the supplies needed for this great project can be found in your home — some of them are even …

Why I Eat A Plant-Based Diet

The on-trend diet isn't a fad and it's way more sustainable than it sounds. Here's how I started eating more veggies and grains and loved every healthy second of it.<p>I started eating a whole foods plant-based diet nine months ago. I had gained 20-something pounds from a hormone-related health issue …

DIY Nesting Rope Bowls in Under 10 Minutes

Got keys, loose change, and other odds and ends in desperate need of a stylish handmade home? We thought so. That’s why we took it upon ourselves to hack our own set of nesting bowls or baskets… using nothing but rope and hot glue!<p><b>Materials:</b> – rope<p>– hot glue<p><b>Tools:</b> – scissors<p>– hot glue gun<p>We found …

Stretch Your Dollar: DIY Instagram Canvas Prints

If you love snapping cool pictures with your smartphone using Instagram but don't know what to do with those square shots, then try making your own …

Crafting

An Easy (and Cheap!) Way to Glam Up Your Bookshelf

Rocks make sturdy (and cheap!) bookends, but they don’t have to look so rugged. Make them shelf-worthy with a coat of gold spray paint. What an upgrade!<p>WHAT YOU’LL NEED<p>Read More<p>large rocks ( 2 )<br>• Metallic gold spray paint ( 1 can )<br>• small cork adhesive pads ( 1 pack )<p><b>Ready to make?</b> Find out how …

Growing Mushrooms The Cheap And Easy Way

Image source: 66squarefeet<p>I have a confession to make. I do not like mushrooms. When I say this, I don’t mean to imply anything other than the simple …

How To Build A Solar-Powered Still To Purify Drinking Water

The author’s solar still, with one pan in it. The still actually has room for two of these. Note that the glass top is at an angle, allowing the …

TOG: All Creators Together

The dream of many a design enterprise—the best designers, meaningful materials, Italian production, a community of fans, reinterpretations made by artists—TOG is all of this, and more. “All creators together” is the idea behind this new design adventure by Brazilian company Grendene, just launched …

Design

Frank Horvat's best shot: the seedy side of 1950s Paris

In 1956, a New York agency asked me to do a sexy story for a US "men's magazine" about the nightlife of Paris, where I was living. I was 28 and had little money, so was glad to accept. I headed for Place Pigalle and asked nightclub doormen if they would let me in to photograph the girls in their …

Incredible Up-Close Textured Details of Frozen Flowers

Photographer Mo Devlin takes an interesting approach to flower photography by first freezing his buds in order to produce these stunning, abstract compositions. Using a macro lens, Devlin captures intriguing light, texture, and unexpected details within the dramatic colors and shapes set in ice.<p>The …

Daffodils

Animal Architects: Bowerbirds Design & Build Showy, Colorful Homes to Attract Mates

Turkeys strut, peacocks preen, and bowerbirds design. Of all the strange things that male birds do to attract a mate, the bowerbird's ritual is the …

Chen Chen & Kai Williams Creative Carpet Designs

Collaborating with luxury carpet manufacturer Tai Ping, Chen Chen & Kai Williams created a series of four carpets that stopped me in my tracks. I …

Design

Autonomous Machines: Windup Toys and Other Analog Devices Express Themselves through Art | Colossal

<p>As part of her MA work at the Design Academy Eindhoven, artist and graphic designer Echo Yang created a series titled Autonomous Machines where …

A Creepy New Startup Wants To Create Living Avatars For Dead People

By scanning the digital footprints of our dearly departed and recreating their personality, these MIT entrepreneurs hope to use artificial intelligence to bring them back to life in the virtual world.<p>Can a robot help you live forever? Not exactly, yet, but it might be able to help you talk to loved …

Brilliant Door Design Flips Over to Open and Close

Vienna-based Austrian designer Klemens Torggler has crafted a revolutionary piece of architecture that allows one to enter and exit a room by shifting a multi-panel door, known as <i>Evolution Door</i>, to an adjacent position without a floor track. Instead of having to install additional components for a …

Demonstration

Roundup: 11 Inspiring Do-It-Yourself Projects With Leather

Wanting to incorporate leather into your life, but unsure how to do it? Here are 11 do-it-yourself projects using leather that range on a scale from …

A Weaving Tutorial for Beginners

I’m obsessed with textured weavings right now and this tutorial for beginners on Etsy is just my speed. Accessible enough for a first-timer like me, yet it includes advanced additions like the tufted yarn portion. I am inspired by this, are you?

Hand-Stamped Love Note Spoons

Use this stamping tutorial to make your own hand-stamped spoons! Add love notes for a cute and romantic gift!<p>616<p>4139

Blue Patina Mason Jar Tutorial

Oh how I love <i>Mason jars</i>! Especially these vintage glam beauties created by Tara over at <i>Suburble</i>! These jars would be gorgeous for centerpieces or …

Crafting