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WHAT SHE SAID: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

Today we bring bring back our feature, “What She Said…” in which we both review books that the other has previously read and reviewed. This feature arose because of a very serious dilemma we faced at Casa de Smugglers: what happens when one of us reads and reviews a book that the other desperately wants to read and review? We can’t really post about the same book AGAIN, right? WRONG! Thus, “What She Said…” was born. Thea read The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein last year and has been t...
Tags: Books, Science Fiction, Book Reviews, Young Adult, Victor, Ana, Elizabeth, Mary, Justine, Frankenstein, Thea, Victor Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, 8 Rated Books, Kiersten White, What She Said


GoldLink Debuts “Justine’s Interlude” on A COLORS Show

Hopefully this means a new album is dropping this year.
Tags: Videos, Jazz, Justine, GoldLink


What to Expect in 2019: Retail Trends

By Rieva Lesonsky Most of us small business owners start the new year with mixed emotions. We’re hopeful and optimistic about growing our businesses, yet with anxious about all the challenges we know we’ll face. To find out what lies ahead, I’ve collected a number of tips, predictions and advice from people in the know. We’ll be exploring general consumer, financial and economic trends, as well as what to expect in the fields of marketing, technology, retail, HR and money. We also have contribu...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Business, Instagram, Youtube, Disney, US, Billie, Sales & Marketing, Walmart, Customers, United States, Victoria, Ibotta, Right Now, Justine


Gift Guide 2018 Roundup: Gifts for Everyone On Your List

Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for the cook, the dinner party host, the devoted dog parent, the environmental activist, the self-taught design scholar, the utilitarian, or just to fill the stockings, we’ve got you covered. Take a look: For the Zero-Waster Above: For the eco-conscious person or cook: these organic cotton Couvre-Plat Round bowl covers come in three sizes from Àplat and fit our ethos of zero-plastic and no single-use disposables. More zero-waste (and surprising...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Books, England, France, US, Gifts, Brooklyn, House, Michelin, Gift Guides, Holiday Gifts, Host, Western Japan, Julie, Justine


10 Things Nobody Tells You About Shiplap

Here at Remodelista we’ve been nursing a healthy obsession with shiplap for the last few years. But there are a surprising amount of misconceptions about shiplap: as one craftsman pointed out, the kind of cladding that’s been popularized over the last few years by shows like Fixer Upper isn’t, in fact, true shiplap. (Or, as he put it: “No, Joanna; that’s not shiplap.”) Here’s what you need to know to separate shiplap fact from fiction: 1. How to tell if it’s shiplap? Mind the gap. Above: Tr...
Tags: Books, Matthew Williams, Brooklyn, Walls, Austin Texas, Justine, Joanna, Josephine, Provincetown, Joanna Gaines, Remodeling 101, DIY & Remodeling, Remodel & Renovation, Remodelista, Wood Paneling, Windows & Floors


Editors’ Favorite Ornaments of 2018, Glitz and Glamour Edition

Each year brings ornaments more beautiful than the last. This year our favorites range from miniature silver mirrors to hand-painted baubles from Denmark—all worthy of display well past the holidays. Rosy, Hand-Blown Orbs Above: An affordable pick that looks luxe: the glass ornaments in the Boxed Ornaments Desert Set from ABC Carpet & Home are all hand-blown and one-of-a-kind; $24 for a set of six. Silvered Mirror Ornaments Above: Julie and Francesca both like the Maureen Fullam Gil...
Tags: Books, Holidays, New York City, San Francisco, Poland, Denmark, Editors' Picks, Ornaments, Julie, Justine, Francesca, Derian, 10 Favorites, ABC Carpet Home, John Derian, Holiday Decor


10 Things Nobody Tells You About Painting a Room White

Painting a room white can make it feel open, clean, spacious, quiet, or simple, and it’s always the go-to when it comes time for us to paint our interiors. But there’s more to white paint than you think. For example: tiny variations between white paints can give a vastly different effect on your space. Here are 10 things to know before you paint a room white. 1. Only a few white paints are actually pure white. Above: The many shades of white; photograph by Mel Walbridge from Architects’ 10 ...
Tags: Europe, Books, Florida, Matthew Williams, La, White House, Boston, How-to, Paint, Brooklyn, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pasadena, Seattle, Hollister, White


An intimate pastel desert elopement in Valley of Fire State Park

If there was ever a reason to believe that everything happens for a reason, Justine + Peter’s Valley of Fire elopement as captured by Gaby J Photography is it. Justine had actually always dreamt of a small wedding in the desert—a complete change of scenery from New Jersey. But it wasn’t until their venue fell through that they were actually able to make this dream come true… in four months, no less! Luckily, she had a pretty distinct vision by then, so everything came together just right. Just...
Tags: New Jersey, Wedding, Las Vegas, Peter, Valley, Pete, Justine, Cora, Gaby, O'hara, Elopements, Elopement, Valley of Fire State Park, Gaby J Photography, Justine Peter, Valley of Fire State Park Las Vegas


Caroline & Justine Will Punish Those Who Spoil Persona Q2

The Velvet Room’s young inhabitants Caroline and Justine are threatening to punish those who publish spoilers for the upcoming 3DS game Persona Q2. Persona 5’s adorably aggressive sister duo Caroline and Justine have announced restrictions on the posting of spoilers for soon-to-be-released 3DS dungeon-crawler Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth, promising a variety of hideous fates […]
Tags: Games, Anime, Announcements, Atlus, Persona, 3DS, RPG, Caroline, Justine


Editors’ Picks: Our Favorite Holiday Finds from Garnet Hill for Hostess Gifts and More (Plus 25% Off and Free Shipping)

With the holidays fast approaching, we’re on the lookout for hostess gifts for the onslaught of holiday get-togethers, plus non-kitschy decor to help our homes feel festive when we play host. Lucky for us, Garnet Hill has a curated selection of , perfect for the domestic doyenne in your life, or just to treat yourself. Our editors took a look through the collection; here’s what we’re coveting. Above: Annie and Alexa both gravitated towards these Wooden Trees; $78 for a set of three. “My pate...
Tags: Books, Holidays, Germany, Gifts, Maine, Editors' Picks, Linens, Annie, Holiday Gifts, Alexa, Sponsored Post, Kane, Tabletop, Garnet Hill, Michelle, Bedding


Reading List: Podcasting

I argued in my recent post What’s Next for Podcasting? that we’re at a pivot point where podcasting is becoming a mainstream content format for all types of shows and creators as Hollywood enters the fray. There’s a surge of interest by both creatives and businesspeople in podcasts right now, so I’ve compiled a reading guide to help newcomers get up to speed on the state of the podcasting market. Follow these links for thoughtful analysis by operators, investors, and journalists in the space and...
Tags: Apple, TC, Spotify, Hollywood, Sweden, Podcasts, Australia, China, US, Tech, Harvard University, Rolling Stone, Alexa, Lightspeed, Iab, SVP


10 Easy Pieces: Editors’ Favorite Hand-Operated Kitchen Tools

There’s a class of kitchen gadgets that are so souped-up, overcomplicated, and employ an excess of tech, that leave you wondering if you’re really cooking at all. Then there’s the old-fashioned, hand-crank-able tools that can get a whole group involved, if you like, and by the time you’re through, you can be certain you’ve really made the ice cream, apple pie, pasta, bread, butter, or mayonnaise yourself. Here, in our editors’ picks edition, are our personal favorite hand-operated kitchen tools....
Tags: Amazon, Books, Tools, Pennsylvania, Italy, New Zealand, Annie, Kitchen Tools, Anderson, Helsinki, Martha Stewart Living, Michelle, Julie, Justine, Weston, Margot


10 Easy Pieces: Remodelista Editors’ Favorite French Cleaning Tools

This past summer I spent a month in France unearthing all sorts of French secrets: What region makes the best butter? Where do the Provencal buy their pétanque sets? What do the Parisian’s use to clean their parquet floors? Where is everyone getting their shoes? Some questions were left unanswered; others I got to the bottom of. Some of my best discoveries, turns out, were found in the most typical of hardware and sundries stores. When it comes to cleaning, the French aren’t wielding harsh chemi...
Tags: Amazon, Cleaning, Books, France, Marseille, Paris, Laundry, Editors' Picks, Annie, Brushes, Michelle, Julie, Justine, Margot, 10 Easy Pieces, Remodelista


What’s next for podcasting?

The podcast market will discover the answer to a foundational question about its future in the next few years. Will it continue along the path of music streaming, where all podcasts are available everywhere on free, ad-supported tiers?  Or, will it follow the path of streaming TV into paid subscription services with exclusive content? Today, effectively all of the industry’s revenue is from advertising — at least in the United States. However, we’re seeing the first steps being taken towar...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Spotify, Hbo, Hollywood, China, Amy Schumer, US, Tech, Netflix, Pandora, West, United States, House Of Cards, Npr


What to Read in This Week’s All Hallows’ Eve Issue

This week,we’re going to the dark side. Here’s what’s coming up: Above: The witching hour: Photograph via Custodian; see more at Object of Desire: Handmade Luxe Brooms from a Brooklyn Artist. Annie tours a sparse and slightly gothic house by a Portuguese architect Alexa uncovers our favorite sources for a new pitch-black trend Fan takes on noir kitchenware for the Halloween table (and beyond) And Justine travels to the far corners of old New England for Friday’s house tour. Plus, three s...
Tags: Books, Brooklyn, New England, Alexa, Table Of Contents, Justine, Melin Tregwynt, Center of London Welsh Coast


Current Obsessions: The Londoners

From a new London townhouse available for stays to a look inside the rooms of writers: here are 10 things that crossed our radar this week. Above: Photograph from this week’s Upstairs-Downstairs Living in a Historical Building in Norfolk. New in London: Redchurch Townhouse, the latest lodgings from Soho House, in the city’s trendy Shoreditch neighborhood. Now open in Amagansett: a new shop from Finnish stylist turned shop-owner (and longtime Remodelista favorite) Tiina Laakkonen (and it’s...
Tags: Books, UK, London, Instagram, Harry, Annie, Norfolk, West Coast, Shoreditch, Palm Springs, Michelle, Soho House, Justine, Margot, Amagansett, MEGHAN MARKLE


‘All About the Washingtons’ Canceled by Netflix

Netflix has canceled “All About the Washingtons.” The scripted comedy starred Joseph Simmons — Rev Run of Run DMC — and real-life wife Justine Simmons playing fictionalized versions of themselves raising a family of four kids. After Joey decides to retire from a long career as hip-hop royalty, his wife Justine takes advantage of the […]
Tags: News, Netflix, DMC, Joey, Justine, Joseph Simmons, Justine Simmons, All Abouth the Washingtons


Trend Alert: 10 Ways to Decorate with Paint Splatters

Straight from the artist’s atelier: paint splatters embraced as charming decor. Above: A part-time dining room in a family’s Cobble Hill townhouse doubles as the kids’ art room the rest of the time, hence the homeowners’ selection of Nightwood NY’s dripped and splattered Painter’s Table. See more in Serial Remodelers Settle Down: A Brooklyn Townhouse Reinvention from Elizabeth Roberts. Photograph by Dustin Aksland, courtesy of Elizabeth Roberts Architecture. Above: Brooklyn ceramicist H...
Tags: Books, Brooklyn, Italy, Walls, East Village, Justine, Upstate New York, Elizabeth Roberts, Dustin Aksland, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Cobble Hill, Palette & Paints, Pugliese, Dining Rooms, Art & Decoration, Marianne Evennou


Pacific Northwest Fall Festivals & Pumpkin Patches – Western Washington for 2018

  It’s that time of year for our big Pacific Northwest fall festivals and pumpkin patches list we compile for you! As in the past, we’ve teamed up with Angela from Frugal Living NW  to bring you a roundup of fall festivals, pumpkin patches and cider squeezes around the Northwest! If you see an event that we missed, leave a comment & I’ll add it to the post! Let us know what your favorites are, too, and what you like about them! Make sure to check out our list of the best places to check the aut...
Tags: Amazon, Fall, Entertainment, Frugality, Carnival, Pacific Northwest, Hay, Northwest, Buckley, Justine, Bailey, Western Washington, Angela, Lattin, Tacoma Dome, Western Oregon


Before & After: A Pet-Friendly Overhaul for the Laundry Closet

When Remodelista contributing editor Meredith Swinehart began planning for a big move from her longtime San Francisco Victorian apartment into her boyfriend’s early 2000s condo in nearby Emeryville, she started by scoping out available real estate for her furniture and essentials: a niche for her rolling desk, pantry shelves for her baking tools, and empty wall space for favored artwork. But there wasn’t an obvious available spot—or any spot at all—for one particularly unglamorous necessity: the...
Tags: Books, Pets, San Francisco, Paint, Laundry, Meredith, Sponsored Post, Emeryville, Justine, Behr, Meredith Swinehart, Laundry & Utility Rooms, Painted Walls, Dogs & Cats, Pet Accessories, Painted Furniture


The High/Low Table: 11 Ideas to Steal from the Hudson Valley

Meet Dana McClure, Chris Lanier, and their son, Parker. Former Brooklynites—she’s an artist/textile designer, he’s a chef/food stylist—they decided a few years ago to head for the hills to combine talents and set up their own upstate New York creative center. At Ravenwood, their newly remodeled 1850s barn, the couple stage Hudson Valley harvest meals in the fall, spring, and summer and also host a weekend farm stand. (See the schedule for the full list of goings-on.) The Ravenwood motto: “Where ...
Tags: Amazon, Books, New York, Texas, Cook, Holidays, Ebay, Maine, Ikea, Entertaining, Chris, Rustic, Tabletop, Williamsburg, Parker, Dana


Trending on Gardenista: The End-of-Summer Garden

This week on Gardenista: Above: Michelle tours an architect-designed lake house Once More to the Lake: A Family Holiday House in Slovakia. Above: “Worried your plants will shrivel in the summer sun this holiday weekend? Instead of hiring a plant sitter, consider the clay option,” writes Alexa. See her 10 picks for clay watering solutions in 10 Easy Pieces: Terracotta Plant Nannies. Above: A simple, DIY way to upgrade your doorknob: see Doorbell Letters for Modern Victorians. ...
Tags: Books, Philadelphia, Slovakia, Michelle, Justine, Trending on Gardenista, Gardenista, Indoor/Outdoor Living, Summer Garden, Outdoor & Gardens, Alexa See, Cape Cod Bay Take


A Typical Day on an Antarctica Expedition Cruise

What’s a typical day like in Antarctica? What do you do? How do you spend your time? How cold is it, anyway?! I’ve gotten so many questions about Antarctica, but what I’ve really wanted to write about is what a typical day in Antarctica is really like. First things first: anyone who has been to Antarctica is laughing because there’s no such thing as a typical day in Antarctica!  You’re held to the whims of the harsh environment. Your crew might have the best laid plans, and they can be knocked ...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Japan, New York, Featured, Australia, Blog, Lunch, South Africa, Kyrgyzstan, Antarctica, Broadway, Adelaide, Brazil, Himalayas, Brian


Wanderlust Globe Locket

Jewelry artist Justine Brooks understands wanderlust: she's traveled all over the world. Fellow explorers?and lovers of planet Earth?will vibe to the spirit of this exquisite locket. A gifted metalsmith, Justine hand-carves the continents from sterling silver, adding a high-powered magnet to make the globe a secure place for tiny, important things: shells or beads from abroad; pills you need on hand; a love note from someone who still gives you butterflies...or hopes and dreams that nobody but y...
Tags: Shopping, Justine, Justine Brooks


Expert Advice: 12 Insider Tips for Sourcing Antiques and Vintage Online

We all know how to snag the best stuff at a tag sale—get there before the crowd, pounce when you see something you want. Getting the best deals, on the other hand, often means being there just as the doors are closing, when sellers are desperate to unload what’s left. But it’s a whole different game when you’re shopping online—whether you’re in the market for high-end antiques or flea-market finds. More and more sites are selling these items, some by auction and some at set prices. We ask...
Tags: Books, New York, Etsy, Ebay, Paypal, How-to, House, Queens, Paris, Nolan, Hudson, Expert Advice, Ann Arbor, Midwest, Soho, Justine


Expert Advice: 12 Insider Tips for Shopping for Antiques Online

We all know how to snag the best stuff at a tag sale—get there before the crowd, pounce when you see something you want. Getting the best deals, on the other hand, often means being there just as the doors are closing, when sellers are desperate to unload what’s left. But it’s a whole different game when you’re shopping online—whether you’re in the market for high-end antiques or flea-market finds. More and more sites are selling these items, some by auction and some at set prices. We ask...
Tags: Books, New York, Etsy, Ebay, Paypal, How-to, House, Queens, Paris, Nolan, Hudson, Expert Advice, Ann Arbor, Midwest, Soho, Justine


DIY: New England Spatter-Painted Floors

Here on Cape Cod (where I’m lucky enough to spend the summer), splatter- or spatter-painted floors are so common that we take them for granted. I don’t know why our Victorian area ancestors started spatter-painting their floors—perhaps they couldn’t afford rugs, or more likely, they didn’t want to constantly beat the sand out of them—but I, for one, am glad they did. First of all, spatter-painted floors hide a multitude of sins; almost nothing shows up on them. But more important, they are simpl...
Tags: Books, Diy, Matthew Williams, Paint, Diy Projects, Flooring, Cape Cod, New England, Jackson Pollock, Truro, Justine, Palette & Paints, DIY Ideas, John Derian, Painted Floors, Boston Design Duo Ikea


Essential Oils DIY: An All-Natural Lavender Linen Freshener

For our miniseries on essential oils, we asked Dawn De La Fuente, owner of herbal apothecary S/he Studio, for smart, simple ways to use essential oils around the house. Today: a freshening spray for bed and bath linens, for a bit of luxury in bed and the sense that your linens have been hung to dry outside (even if they haven’t). Above: The summer bedroom, breeze included. Photograph by Justine Hand. There’s nothing like the smell of linens hung to dry in the sun, or, better yet, a summer ...
Tags: Cleaning, Books, Diy, Linens, Bedrooms, Justine, De La Fuente, DIY Ideas, Domestic Science, Fabrics & Linens, Dawn de la Fuente, Cedarwood Virginia Essential Oil, Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, Orange Sweet Essential Oil, Neroli Orange Flower Essential Oil


Travel Tips from the Wanderlust Tribe!

Throughout the month of July, I asked our community of travelers to provide their favorite travel tip. Anyone who entered got the chance to be entered in a drawing for an Eagle Creek Global Companion 40L Carry-on bag! Here are all the travel tips that came in starting with the winner who was picked randomly using Random Number Generator: Pay for a lounge membership! – The comfort and security it provides, particularly for a single woman traveling alone, is so worth it. It actually costs less tha...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Europe, Florida, England, Texas, London, Microsoft, Mexico, Germany, Women, US, Ukraine, Ireland, Hawaii, Gear


Before & After: A Low-Cost Summer Guest Room Makeover, Cape Cod Edition

Earlier this summer, Remodelista editor in chief Julie Carlson realized she had to do something about the neglected guest bedroom in her Wellfleet, Massachusetts, summerhouse if she wanted repeat visitors. Formerly used as a study, the room had seen better days: The shelves were lined with dusty academic tomes, the baby blue walls and ceiling were peeling, and the closet interior and ancient iron radiator hadn’t been painted in decades (if not a century). For advice on achieving the perfect summ...
Tags: Books, Color, Paint, Cape Cod, New England, Bedrooms, Julie, Justine, Behr, Palette & Paints, Julie Carlson, Mill Valley California, Justine Hand, Painted Walls, Hawkins NY, Orleans Massachusetts