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Need An Escape? OPI’s Island-Style Manis Are Just The Thing

Attention, those in need of a spring vacation (a. k. a. all of us): We’re in a tropical state of mind thanks to OPI and their new Hawaii collection. We teamed up with them to give you the beach break you need both virtually and in real life. Vote for your favorite mani in our Hawaiian Getaway Sweepstakes and one lucky winner will receive a trip for two to the Polynesian paradise. The rest of us can channel the Aloha spirit thanks to OPI’s Little Hulas mini pack of four nail lacquers, complementary with a purchase of $75 or more in the Hawaiian Getaway Sale; plus, four cool manis to try with your new polishes. We tapped Valley Nails—NYC’s premier nail art salon—to create these exclusive island-style manis with the OPI Hawaii collection. Get the rundown below for the step-by-step how-to, and jumpstart your journey to umbrella drinks in bikinis.



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In Case You Missed It: Gilt Goes DIY-Chic For Thanksgiving on the Today Show

The countdown to Thanksgiving has officially begun — and we’re getting ready for the big feast with chic DIY holiday decor to offset that beautiful bird. Gilt’s Lifestyle Editor Chassie Post shared her easy (and totally genius) tips on Today, from revamping Halloween pumpkins with festive flowers to dressing up dinner napkins with cool natural elements like acorns and maple leaves. Get inspired and pencil in some crafting time for yourself before guests arrive this Thursday!

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P.S.-I Made This…Erica Domesek’s Gilt-Exclusive DIY Boots

News flash: The nerd factor went out of crafting a long time ago, thanks to the rise of DIY genius Erica Domesek — blogger, author, and “fairy craftmother” behind P.S.-I Made This…. To celebrate the release of her new entertaining book, P.S.-You’re Invited…, we enlisted the lifestyle guru to create these exclusive-to-Gilt projects that couldn’t be easier.

The bow & chain boot:
black grosgrain ribbon (available at M+J Trim)
gold chain (also available at M+J Trim)
Wythe NY over-the-knee boot (available at Gilt)

– String ribbon through both chain ends
– Tie the ribbon together at the back to secure


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Holiday Crafts: Winter Circus Pull Toys

This project might require a bit of time, but the results are worth it — you can can finally transform those cheap plastic toys into something timeless…and meaningful (like the toys that we used to get as kids!). If you have older kids, this is a real gem of a project that will give them a sense of pride — they’re Santa’s elves building toys and making the littlest tots smile.

Mom and Founder of Style Me Pretty

Plastic animal toys
White plastic dip spray
Leather cord
Wooden bead
Red paint and small paintbrush
Wood stain
Wooden wheels
Metal rod (to fit in the wheels)
Drill and drill bits
Wire cutters
1/2-inch thick piece of wood, 3-inches wide by 24-inches long
Craft saw
3/4-inch nails
Small eye hooks
Super glue

. Spray all the plastic animals with 1 to 4 coats of Plasti Dip, following the instructions on the can. Let dry.


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