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How To: Lemon Twist Garnish

A few years ago, I set out on a journey to really up the ante on my cocktails. And to me, a garnish takes any 'ol boring cocktail to the next level. So one night out, I asked our friendly bartender to teach me how to twist, and to my surprise, it's easy as pie. Our cocktails have been prettier ever since, and now yours can be too. xo, Abby Capalbo Step One Cut the ends off each side of your lemon (or orange or anything you're...

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Tips for Photographing Kids

When it comes to taking beautiful photographs, we like to leave it to the pros, or, even better, pick their brains for tips and tricks. Today that pro is our girl Ruth Eileen. She is not only a crazy talented wedding and lifestyle photographer but she knows how to capture the littles like nobody's business. Dive into her 5 easy tips that will up your mini human photographing game starring SMP's littlest mascot, Thea. Use...

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Entertaining 101: How to Set A Table

Learning to set a proper place setting for any occasion is the foundation of successful entertaining. If you've ever wondered which fork goes where, what that extra spoon is for, or where to place that additional wine glass, wonder no more! SMP's own Abby Larson shows you how it's done in the video below, so you'll be a table setting...

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Tips for Decorating Your TV Wall

T.V.'s are a necessary evil. We get it, but why oh why must they be so unsightly? That's where Jess comes in to play. With these tips you'll be styling your way to a television wall that is far less ug and, dare we say, pretty? Symmetry, hiding plugs and upping your horizontal book stacking game are all a part of the fast lane to T.V. wall goodness. Read on to see how you can craft a beautiful backdrop for couch surfing.

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Three Steps to a Pretty Porch

You may not have the opportunity to purchase or build the home of your dreams, but you can get a little closer to it by embracing the home you have rather than fighting it’s style. At first it may be difficult to see, but it can be achieved by blending your style with typical features of the architectural style of your home. xoxo Julie Blanner Last year, we purchased a Tudor Revival and it wasn’t love at...

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How to Throw a Summer Party in 5 Easy Steps

As much as I love to entertain (and I really love it), it can sometimes be a bit intimidating. The menu, the decor, making sure everyone has a great time - it's a lot to think about. Luckily for all of us, Awake Photography and Glam + Rust have five simple steps for a successful summer party, and trust me, you'll want to take notes.

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How-To: Make a Garden Fabulous Centerpiece

A genius way to effortless entertaining is to find quick shortcuts; simple ways to make prep and decorating that much easier. Using store bought blooms and greenery from the garden, Myrtie Blue will have you well on your way to a gorgeous, party-ready centerpiece in no time. So go grab your favorite flowers and follow these easy steps to centerpiece perfection captured by ...

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Summer’s 10 Commandments of Undone Hair

From messy buns and tousled waves to loose braids and even bedhead, the lived-in look is our favorite for summer hair. To nail this trend, we'll be following these 10 commandments for undone hair featured over at Sarah Sarna (an SMP favorite!). A born and raised California girl, Jennifer of HOMETOWN HEROINE reveals her secrets below! The 10 Commandments of Undone Hair 1. Do not strive...

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How to Pack for a Picnic

As soon as the forecast calls for sunny and warm weather, we've got picnic on the brain. Lazing on grassy lawns, alfresco dining (Aren't picnic foods are the best?), tossing the ol' frisbee—it's seriously the best way to spend an afternoon. No stranger to picnics herself, Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting on Martha has the art of picnicking down pat, and we're sharing her best tips below! From...

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How To: A Simple Summer Floral Arrangement

A quick cheat, as we like to call them can take details from ho hum to crazy beautiful in a matter of minutes. We use these shortcuts for everything from decorating to last minute party preparation and now we can add florals to that mix thanks to AvaFlora. With store bought blooms and a sprinkling of foraged greenery from your own backyard, your summer flowers will be downright enviable. Spring and summer...

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The Perfectly Classic Martini

When it comes to the serious business of cocktails, sometimes you just can't beat a classic. And there isn't a classic we love more than the Martini. This sinfully simple, yet tasty drink will forever top our lists. Now all we have to do is master how to make one at home! Thanks to the experts at Bon Appetit, we are ready to sit back...

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A Statement Powder Room + 17 Wallpapers that Wow

A small space like a powder room is so easy to overlook but with it being the room that most guests will end up visiting, why not make it wow? An easy go-to is wallpaper. It completely transforms a space, including the smallest of rooms.  James Wheeler is showing you how to take a bathroom from boring to mega fab and spilling his tips for picking wallpaper. See even more from...

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How to Become a Morning Person

Waking up early to fit in a workout or sit down to a real breakfast sounds like dream, but it can be a struggle not to hit the snooze button. If productivity isn't reason enough, studies have shown early risers to be happier and healthier, too! Turns out Blair of The Fox & She, who admits she is definitely not a...

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Gorgeous Ways to Give Your Home Cottage Charm

Nothing makes my heart flutter more than an authentically quaint cottage. These classic homes fill the pages of fairytales and line the streets of some of my favorite neighborhoods. If you love the cottage look and want to add a touch of it to your own home, look no further! With these tips from...

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Effortless Beach Waves

Believe it or not, warmer days are ahead. And we can't wait to let our hair down and bask in some sunshine! Beach waves are the perfect look for the season, but we can't all get to the beach for a dose of perfectly salty air. Instead, use a tapered curling wand, texture spray, and these tips from Jennie Kay Beauty for effortless beach waves (minus the beach)!   Clip the top section of hair up and out...

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How to Host an Impromptu Fiesta for Cinco De Mayo

We're not sure how anyone can possibly forget about a holiday filled with delicious tacos and margaritas, but it happens. If Cinco de Mayo snuck up on you this year, don't panic—you can host an impromptu fiesta in a pinch! Check out our handy slideshow below for quick and easy tips to celebrate the best holiday ever. Now that you have the food covered, get some Cinco de Mayo decor inspiration below!  ...

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Simple Cake Decorating Inspiration

We'd all love to bake like the pros, but in reality, decorating a cake can leave your kitchen looking more like a disaster zone then the chic bakeries of Paris. But with some simple decorating inspiration, you can have cakes that only look like they were made by the pros. Get 5 amazingly simple cake decorating ideas in the video below!  ...

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10 Tips for Your Best Fake Tan Ever

A fake tan is always a smart idea to get sun-kissed skin without the sun damage, but horror stories about Oompa Loompa orange skin, splotches and streaks make us wary of a bad fake-bake. Good thing Hello Natural has come to the rescue with these 10 essential tips for the best fake tan ever—it's a must-read for every wanna-be bronzed beauty, just in time for the warmer months! From Hello Natural...

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How to Fake a Blowout

While we'd all love to treat ourselves to a professional blowout multiple times a week, busy schedules and hectic lives often prevent this kind of pampering. But with Jennie Kay's awesome tips, you can get the perfect "fake" blowout right at home! Don't believe us? Get ready to be awed by this fake blowout in the video below!   Gather a "mohawk" section in the center of your head and separate this section...

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Spring Inspiration for Your Home

Sweet Annie Floral Design and Ruth Eileen are showing just how easy (and gorgeous) incorporating blooms into small vignettes in your home can be. Decorating with flowers and greenery is one of the easiest ways to celebrate a bygone winter. Say see ya later snow with these tips for crafting moments of beauty all...

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