Celebrities can help get a business off the ground by being photographed wearing its clothes or accessories. It’s the sole reason many firms send them free stuff.
In short, machines can knit as well as your grandma, and even go one better —now they’re tricked out with 3D modeling technology too. Yahoo Makers caught up with IKEA designer Sarah Fager to discuss IKEA’s plans for 3D flatbed knitting for the company’s PS 2017 collection.
It’s been around, but this is the first time we’re seeing it mashed up with the can’t-stop-won’t-stop rainbow hair trend, which has hit the full spectrum of colors from pastel streaks to dreamy “betta fish hair” to ultra-dramatic “sand art hair.” Now, if you want to make your Lisa Frank-esque rainbow mane glow (or just enjoy the shock factor of those who do!), you most definitely can. The poster children for this trend are longtime rainbow-haired Megan McCay, who Instagrams at RainbowMegz and pro makeup artist Mishele DiMaria, who Instagrams at MicheleDiMariaDesigns.
To kick off 2016 in style, you need to check out handcrafted accessories. They’re unique, elegant, will make a statement, and don’t cost a fortune. The List’s Holly Morgan is checking out artisan jewelry because it’s What’s Trending. Also on Yahoo Makers: Turn Old Jewelry Into Gift Magnets 5 Tips for Layering Necklaces and Other Jewelry How to Revamp Your Gems and Jewelry with Nail Polish Related video on Yahoo Makers: Let Yahoo Makers inspire you every day!
Ever dream of flower-bombing a Christmas tree? If so, this is your year. Right now, blooms are bursting from the boughs of Christmas trees like never before — and the effect is absolutely refreshing. As demonstrated by flower-loving blogger Bri Emery of Design Love Fest and Martha Stewart Living’s “floral fantasy” tree feature, vibrant silk flowers are the ornament of the moment.
2015 had no shortage of wacky health moments. Between down-there spa treatments and caffeinated sandwiches, this year left us scratching our heads … and anticipating all the new WTF moments sure to come in 2016. Here are our picks for the craziest news that came out this year. Did we miss anything?
There are approximately 25-30 million real Christmas trees sold in the U.S. every year… and an estimated 47.1 million Americans on Pinterest. What does that mean? Tons of DIY Christmas tree trends at the Internet user’s fingertips. We’ve sifted through cyberspace to narrow down some of this year’s top Christmas tree trends.
Think cheesecake pumpkin pie, raspberry pie dark-chocolate cake, or even a savory version, like chicken pot pie cornbread “cake.” We’ve rounded up a few that are perfect for Thanksgiving, including a piecaken recipe from NYC’s fabrick that went viral after a segment on Live With Kelly and Michael earlier this week. Related on Yahoo Makers: Thanksgiving 2015′s Hottest Trends: Turkey Recipes, Tabletops, and Treats Long-time foodies will recall that early versions of piecakens have been around since 2007, but this is the year that they’ve really taken off.
These super sparkly, bearded bros are enough to make a glitter-loving crafter cheer — and sheesh, they’re more lit than a Christmas tree! Seriously though, last year’s beard baubles have given way to flashy “glitter beards,” i.e., gobs of pink, gold, chunky, small, you-name-it glitter smoothed through those manly bristles, resulting in some seriously dazzling ‘dos. And hey, we’re all about guys getting crazy creative with their hair (remember this unicorn beard tutorial?), especially since most hair tutorials are aimed at the ladies — like the recent “glitter roots” trend.
Get ready to gobble up the most notable, most beautiful, and downright most delicious trends for this year’s holiday feast! We’ve dug a little deeper than just declaring “Friendsgiving” potlucks are a thing. (They are, but we’ve all heard that already!) Instead, we dove into tabletop trends, food crazes, and even the “it” turkey of 2015.
Find out which of the 10 most-searched diets could be a fit for you. The arguments about the “best” diet — Paleo or vegan? “These findings support recent recommendations for weight loss in that most calorie-reducing diets result in clinically important weight loss as long as the diet is maintained,” the researchers write in JAMA. In addition, a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that eating fewer calories — not following any particular diet — was the most important factor for fat loss. In fact, the breakdown of fat, carbohydrates, and protein in a diet “did not play a significant role” in how much fat the overweight and obese participants dropped.
Shattered-glass manicures are taking over Instagram and nail salons alike. Like many trends these days, the look originated in South Korea by Eunkyung Park, owner of Unistella Salon in Seoul, and has caught fire online due to the reflective finish of cellophane strips and the architectural design. There aren’t many tutorials out there that show you how to re-create the look at home, mostly due to the fact that they should be done with gels. “It has to be done with gel, or else it will peel off,” says Fariha Ali, an LA-based nail artist - and my personal nail guru. She explains how the look will last longer with gels, saying, “You have to put a layer of clear structure gel to encapsulate the cellophane before the top coat.” Fariha suggests you can use holographic tape to achieve the look as well, but it needs to be a thin material - nothing too thick or chunky. Related: Nail Art Like You’ve Never Seen But who am I as a beauty reporter if I can’t figure out an easy, at-home version of this look?
Grab the glitter from your crafting stash, friends, because there’s a new spot to sprinkle those sparkles: on your head. Rather than covering up their roots, some bold hair innovators (including celebs like Miley Cyrus and Lucy Hale) are mixing globs of hair gel and glitter to highlight them. Sheesh, we still weren’t quite over the hair tattooing craze started by Kylie Jenner the other week! While glitter roots aren’t for wallflowers (or that office meeting, maybe), it’s not a look reserved solely for ’90s Halloween parties or over-the-top ice skater costumes either — simply because of the precision of the application. To create the look, mix a chunky type of glitter with a clear hair gel and paint it on with a sturdy paintbrush, blending it about an inch out from your roots.
Airbnb is possibly costing residents of New York City’s most popular neighborhoods a few hundred dollars each year in rent. From hipster-heavy Williamsburg to buttoned-up Midtown Manhattan, residents are paying anywhere from $37 to $69 more each month thanks to the so-called “Airbnb effect,” according to the The Real Deal, a New York real estate news site.
While there’s tons of examples of ultra bold ink out there, our favorite new trend is the complete opposite: delicate, tiny, minimalist tattoos. These blink-and-you’ll-miss-’em designs are simple and elegant, perhaps capturing a symbol, a geometric shape, or a pretty pattern. Related on Yahoo Makers: Ink Grandma Would Approve Of: Cross-Stitch Tattoos Go Viral Tiny tattoos are subtle enough to add just a bit of interest to hands, feet, arms, even ears, yet easy to cover up if needed — which is in part why they’ve gained popularity among models and celebrities like Kendall Jenner. Jenner recently got her first two tats, both white ink on her middle finger.
By Karin Beuerlein, HGTV.com You’re shelling out a lot of money to remodel your home, so you don’t want your upgrades to look dated in a year or two. These features, styles and finishes are timeless — not trendy — so you can remodel with confidence knowing that you’ll love your look forever. Visit HGTV.com for even more home updates that won’t go out of style
Halloween is a month away, but Pinterest has already revealed two big costume trends you’ll see on Oct. 31. There are already 5 million costume pins this year on the social network, and Pinterest tells Yahoo Makers that DIY costumes are more popular than ever before. Millennials are not only choosing to make their own costumes, they prefer to coordinate their getups with groups of friends. The National Retail Federation reports that this year 8 out of 10 millennials are planning a costume that matches their buddies’, so it comes as no surprise that group costume ideas are one of the top trends on Pinterest. Pinterest says ’90s costume ideas are five times more popular than they were at this time last year.
Neighborhood connections have often been replaced with online connections, leaving people feeling a little lonelier as they walk around their neighborhoods–and without anyone from whom to borrow that proverbial cup of sugar. In 2012, Laurell Boyers and her husband, Federico Bastiani, were feeling that isolation when they moved in together in Bologna, Italy. The messages were simple at first, looking for someone to run errands with, looking to change train tickets, or looking to split a bottle of wine – the type of things a neighbor does with another neighbor.
“Parents are pushing the envelope in lots of ways in terms of choosing names that will be different,” Pamela Redmond Satran, author of The Baby Name Bible and creator of Nameberry, tells Yahoo Parenting.
There’s a new ab move in town, and it's called stomach vacuuming — a simple breathing exercise that’s supposed to activate and strengthen your deepest stomach muscles. But does it work?