Now's the time to start planning your Summer vacations, and if they involve your significant other, you want to make sure the romance factor is high. While you can pick a sexy destination like Paris or Puerto Vallarta, no matter where you are headed, you'll want to keep fighting at bay. For common travel pitfalls that every couple faces and solutions to help you avoid them, watch the video now!
You know that your bridesmaids are the one thing that has kept you sane throughout the wedding process, so it's a no brainer that you want to get them something that says "thank you" in a big way. Here are four gifts that will have them forgetting all about your most recent meltdown email/phone call/text.
Heath Ceramic Vase
Everyone needs another vase, especially if that vase is one of Heath's coveted ceramic classics. There is a range of prices and lots of colors available, making it easy to pick a different one out for each girl. The bud vases start at $23, but if you want to go bigger, they have those too.
Turkish Fouta From Scents & Feel
Elegant, long-lasting, and versatile, I can't say enough good things about these guys. Great for the bathroom, the beach (as a sarong or a towel), and for travelling, these woven pieces just get better with every wash. Buy each girl a different color or style based on their personalities.
Custom State Cutting Boards From Etsy
Order handmade cutting boards ($48) for each girl in the shape of their home state or the state they call home. This is especially great for people that like to entertain; it would be a perfect cheese board.
Customized Personalized Stationery From Rifle Paper Co.
Personalized items are a great way to say "thank you" and make someone feel special. Plus, custom cards ($85 for 25) are exactly the type of thing that people love to have but rarely buy for themselves, making them the perfect gift.
Just ahead of Father's Day, here is a hilarious viral dad and daughter video series for you, except you only get a glimpse of the actual 2-year-old girl as she's played by a full-grown man (wearing a barrette and heart locket necklace). The two-video series (so far), dubbed "Convos With My 2-Year-Old," is the brainchild of Matthew Clarke, who realized his interactions with daughter Coco would make great fodder for a video. Matthew's friend David Milchard reenacts the scenes with deadpan delivery, portraying Coco to hilarious perfection. Watch the first video now, and click here for the just-released second episode!
Got a girl grad in your life? We know what to get her! Go for something that will make her feel pampered, organized, and a little more grown up. Whether she's in the process of job hunting or settling into her first apartment, these gifts will help her celebrate this new chapter of her life in style.
She'll need stationery on hand for grad gift thank-you notes and job interviews, so treat her to a personalized stationery set from iomoi. With over 100 styles to choose from, ranging from preppy to bohemian, you're bound to find something she'll love.
Self-Inking Personalized Stamp
If she's already settled into a new place, throw in a self-inking personalized stamp. It beats having to handwrite a return address and even makes bill paying cute! Similar versions are offered at Dabney Lee.
These Kaleido Trays not only look really cool, but also save space. She can use them separately or stack them together for a colorful focal point in any room.
It's time for her to ditch her ill-fitting dorm sheets and indulge in a quality option like this Serena + Lily Kite Sheet Set. Since other layers of bedding mainly cover sheets, look for options with pretty colors and interesting patterns that feel a bit more special than a plain white set.
Even though nobody goes to a wedding for the favors, you still want to treat your guests to a thoughtful souvenir of your special day. Here are three ideas that will have you looking like a champ and your guests feeling oh so appreciated.
Travel Candles and Matches
Travel candles paired with a box of decorative matches are a lightweight and long lasting favor. With so many good-looking matchboxes on the market, you will be spoiled for choices but if personalization is the name of your game, there are plenty of
customizable options. Your guests will think of you fondly every time the sweet smell of the candle banishes the stale smell from their hotel room.
Local and Delicious
Give your guests a taste of your wedding location by gifting them something site specific. Not only is it a delicious treat (we hope), it's also a great way to give guests a feel for the area, especially if they are visiting someplace new. The favor can be as diverse as olive oil, chocolates, individually wrapped fresh baked cookies or locally pressed apple juice — as long as it is something that you love, it's fair game.
If you are throwing a small party, favors can be a little more labor intensive. A multilayered gift like a planter pot, seed packet, and plant ID stick has a lot of moving parts but guests will remember the personal touch. If you want to really go the extra mile, include a meaningful recipe that corresponds with the seed packet or a dish that is being served at the reception and you've got a gift that will keep on giving.
Contrary to popular belief, growing your own herbs is easy. No, really! Here are three low-maintenance, practically foolproof picks that will have you channeling your inner Martha Stewart in no time.
- Eggling Grow Kits ($10): These little ceramic eggs come preseeded with either basil, mint, or thyme. Gently crack open the top with the back of a spoon, water, and wait. Each Eggling comes with an extra seed pack, just in case the first round doesn't take, all but guaranteeing success.
- GrowBottle Hydrogarden ($35): Housed in recycled wine bottles, these organic/heirloom herb gardens come with everything you need to grow herbs hydroponically. Follow the directions and your oregano, chives, basil, parsley, or mint will sprout within two weeks. With proper care, these good-looking gardens will produce all year long.
- Misco Self Watering Pot (from $6): Available in a variety of colors and sizes, these lightweight pots are self-watering and therefore perfect for the forgetful or frequent-flier gardener. A lipped reservoir makes it easy to keep an eye on the water level and a ventilated base helps with drainage. Once you plant the herbs, these puppies will be on the plant equivalent of autopilot.
If you're sweet on Mad Men's '60s-style set design but aren't sure how to interpret the look for your home, we're here to help! We have three decor finds inspired by the iconic midcentury pieces we spotted on the set – no flea market trolling necessary!
Colorful glass vessels were used a lot in '60s interiors. We saw these navy-blue beauties in Pete and Trudy Campbell's home in season five and were tickled to find these aquamarine Sultan Canisters ($30 each) at Z Gallerie. We're tempted to display a colorful collection of them like Jonathan Adler did at the Parker Palm Springs.
Keep reading to discover more modern Mad Men finds, and watch the video to see how we'd style them!
Video hosting service Vimeo has an online video editor called Enhancer which, starting today, has 500+ new filters (known in Vimeo-land as "Looks") to add Oscar-worthy effects to your videos.
When we say Oscar-worthy, we actually mean it. Vivoom, the company behind the new Looks feature, uses the same technology as Hollywood visual effects studios like Rhythm & Hues, which won the best effects Oscar for Life of Pi.
Some of our favorites from the Vimeo Looks library are Warm Fuzzy Feeling, Vintage B&W, and Brighter Days. All Looks are free, but only for a limited time. Soon, the video filters will cost about $1 each, and moviemakers will be able to try them on before they buy.
The Looks are categorized by mood, locations, time, holidays, and colors. But the most useful category is genre, which sorts filters by movie types like adventure, noir, sci-fi, and horror. There are different ways to fine-tune the filters, too. Editors can apply a filter to just a selection of the video, while the intensity of the Look can be adjusted with a slider on the left.
Vimeo Enhancer also has an impressive music library with over 750 songs. Most music is free, but some cost $2 for personal use and $20 for commercial use.
If you're in need of some filmmaking inspiration, we've rounded up 27 of the most beautifully crafted Vimeo visual wonders.
These days, anyone with a smartphone can become an amateur cinematographer, and we can't imagine a better subject than your little bundle of joy! During the first year of baby's life, every day is going to bring about change that seems worthy of documentation. Rather than spend his or her entire infancy hitting the record button, use these 10 must-remember moments as a guide for the times that you should definitely have your phone or video camera at the ready. Baby, you're a star!
Beautiful Creatures — out today — is based on a YA book series and follows the relationship between a magical being and and a mortal. But don't be too quick to disregard it as yet another paranormal romance. With its smart dialogue, literary themes, touching love story, and all-star cast (including Jeremy Irons, Emmy Rossum, Viola Davis, and Emma Thompson), we think it deserves to stand on its own.
The film's greatest strength may be its stars, newcomers Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich. The pair play star-crossed teen lovers in the Deep South, with Alice as a new girl in town who happens to be a witch (or "caster") and Alden as bookish popular guy Ethan Wate. We recently chatted with Alice and Alden about Valentine's Day horror stories, their favorite books, and awkward bonding with their costars over foot massages. Watch now to see what they said!