Do you ever irrationally worry snakes are going to come out of your bathroom sink? Well, you might not want to watch this. Guy Whitall, the director of a safari lodge in Zimbabwe, slept a peaceful eight hours with no idea he was sharing the room with an eight-foot crocodile hiding under the bed. "The really disconcerting thing about the whole episode," Guy admitted, "is the fact that I was sitting on the edge of the bed that morning, barefoot and just centimeters away from the croc." In fact, Guy didn't know about the croc until he heard the maid scream! Check out Good Morning America's coverage of this story right out of your nightmares.
In light of New York Fashion Week and all those long legs, we're showing you how to get the bod of your favorite top models. Whether you're looking to tighten and tone your abs like Miranda Kerr or get Heidi Klum's shapely gams, these workouts are just what you need to rock the latest fashions. With help from celebrity trainers like Andrea Orbeck and Valerie Waters, you can get runway ready at home with these seven videos. Pick a favorite or do them all, but get ready to sweat like a supermodel!
If what they say is true and the journey really is the destination, then you are going to need some stylish travel accessories! In this week's POPSUGAR Home segment on POPSUGAR live, I showed off four travel tools that will appeal to design-philes. Watch the video then shop the products below.
- Passport Holder ($42)
- Travel Candle ($12)
- Luggage Tag ($30)
- Dopp Kit ($69)
These leather passport covers make it easy to find your passport in the bottom of your bag. Plus, I love the gold debossed "passport" stamp on the front. It's like you are saying, "Hello," in lots of different languages, even if you are just going to Canada.
A great way to make anyplace feel like home. These clean-burning soy candles from Catbird in NYC come in six really delicious scents. My favorites are the fig leaf and campfire, but you really can't go wrong.
Sure, you can use the paper one at the check-in counter, but why not get a good-looking luggage tag that is going to last for years? I love these because they come in primary colors and are round, as opposed to boring old rectangle. Bonus: these tags make it easy to spot your bag on the carousel.
I love Dopp Kits! They are the perfect way to corral all of your toiletries while traveling, and this one from The Good Flock is made from waxed canvas, which helps protect the rest of your bag from any spills that might occur. Plus, these are wonderfully unisex and make great gifts!
Whether you're prepping for your college send-off or need stylish space savers for your first postcollege apartment, you'll want to add these compact, multitasking trinkets to your Summer shopping list!
- Acrylic Bed Tray ($79): This is useful for more than just breakfast in bed. Use it to hold that hot laptop while pulling an all-nighter study session (or just binge-watching episodes of Orange Is the New Black).
- Alarm Dock ($38): This dock turns your iPhone into a cool, midcentury-inspired alarm clock while it charges. Just upload the iTunes app, and you're set!
- Horizon Round Crunch Can ($15): The faded ombré exterior on this collapsible hamper not only saves space, but also looks better than the mesh alternative that shows your skivvies!
The season for alfresco dining is in full swing, but that doesn't mean you need to limit yourself to eating in your yard. We've taken the guesswork out of planning the perfect picnic with easy-to-pack pieces that are just as chic as they are convenient!
- Apolis + Kinfolk Garden Bag ($78): A practical substitute for the traditional basket, only much more useful! If you don't have a green thumb, try leaving it in your car as a handy substitute for disposable grocery bags when you aren't packing a picnic.
- Stackable acrylic glasses ($12 for a set of four): A chic substitute for paper or plastic cups, these glasses can be re-used but won't break or weigh down your bag. The clever stacking shape also comes with a handled tube so you can easily transport them if you run out of room in your bag.
- Collapsible Food Tent ($6 for a set of two, originally $8): These cute food covers will keep bugs at bay without cramping your picnic style. They collapse for easy storage and can snap into shape with just a pull of a string. At two for $6, they're also a steal!
- Wasara biodegradable plates ($6 for a set of six): Eco doesn't always have to mean ugly – these sculptural plates will add instant panache to your picnic. Instead of traditional paper, these plates are made with 100 percent tree-free renewable materials (sugar cane fiber, bamboo, and reed pulp), so you can compost them when you're finished!
Summer is in full swing, but don't worry if there isn't a lighthouse in your peripheral vision or in your immediate future. You can still channel the feeling of being at the seaside with a few key decor picks.
- Sea Salt Soap ($7): I would buy these for the packaging alone, but the soap itself is also wonderful. It has actual sea salt in it so it's great for exfoliation and has a nice scent that reminds me of the sea. It also lathers very well so it's great for shaving.
- Knot Door Stop ($37): Even if I didn't have doors, I would still want it this rope knot door stop! (Is that crazy?) It would be fun on a mantel or near a fireplace paired with some driftwood as part of a beachy tableau.
- Stripe Towel ($18): These lightweight, highly absorbent towels would work well in either the kitchen or the bathroom. Made with natural dyes, the color is nicely muted and will seamlessly transition into Fall and Winter without looking out of place.
Whether you're a bride-to-be or an A-game entertainer, my secret to making these no-mess, lace-like cones is all about getting the right supplies: six-inch paper doilies and heart stickers! You can actually skip the measuring, cutting, gluing, and taping — something you'll be grateful for if you're making a ton. Fill them with rice (or the three alternatives I suggest in the video) to throw at the bride and groom, or watch to see how you can use them at your next party!
In case you missed the POPSUGAR Live edition of our favorite trends from this year's Dwell on Design show, we brought you a video of the show! Check out our full coverage here.
Clean your vases: Before filling your vase with fresh flowers, make sure to wash it well. Bacteria builds up in the vase and can impact the longevity of your flowers. Don't be afraid to use a sponge and some detergent. Even a drop of bleach!
Strip off leaves: Leaves that are submerged in water will cause bacteria and compromise the life of the arrangement. Strip off anything that will be below the waterline.
Make the arrangement in your hands: By making the arrangement in your hands, you have more control and have a good idea how it will look in the vase.
Cut stems on an angle: Cutting stems on an angle allows for more water absorption. Be sure to use something sharp as dull blades can crush stems, making it harder for flowers to get water. Cut your flowers just before putting them in water; limiting their exposure to air makes them last longer.
Change the water: Flowers like fresh drinking water, just like you! Change the water every couple of days to ensure a longer-lasting arrangement.
Ditch the standard tie gift by helping Dad out with home-related Father's Day presents that are stylish but masculine. While they feel indulgent, these items all retail under $50, so they're affordable as well!
Rocking Whiskey Glasses
Guys' night in just got classier, thanks to this set of Rocking Whiskey Glasses ($20 for a set of six). The convex bottoms make for a cool conversational piece, but also gently mixes the liquor to expose it to oxygen and boost the taste. While they look precious, the glasses can be thrown in the dishwasher to make cleanup easy.
Jumbo Ice Cube Tray
If Dad prefers his whiskey on the rocks, top off the gift with a jumbo ice cube tray ($9). The large, perfectly shaped square cubes will make his drink look like it was poured by a professional, and will also dilute his drink more slowly.
Cheese Board Slate
For dads with foodie tendencies, give him something spectacular to serve snacks on. Since Dad can use chalk on this Slate Cheese Board ($40) to spell out what he's serving, it will take the guess work out of having to identify each item for guests. The philosophy is less explaining, more partying.
Personalized Leather Catchall
Help Dad get organized with a small catchall ($29) that will work in any space. Whether he uses it for his night stand or office desk, this catchall manages to feel luxe yet rugged at the same time. Starting at just $29, you can even personalize it with his monogram, name, or initials for just $7 — a small detail that makes this gift feel even more special.
Outdoorsy dads will appreciate this candle alternative ($14) made from herbs, wood, and sap. Gender-neutral scents like juniper, cedar, and desert pinon smell fresher than the muskier, '70s-era alternatives, and will transport him to his favorite hiking trail — even on the days he's stuck inside.