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I love a good cocktail just as much as the next person, but the perceived complexity of creating a drink that looks and tastes like one I’d get at a mixology bar often deters me from fixing myself one at home. It turns out, though, you don’t need an arsenal of strainers, mixers, and muddlers to make a solid libation, as I learned from Theo Lieberman, head bartender of the speakeasy-esque Milk & Honey. 
Lieberman specializes in creating delicious cocktails with seamlessly combined flavors (M&H’s extensive menu is divided into a whopping eight cocktail categories). Watching him make drinks is akin to watching Doc Brown hover over a lab experiment. While there are some recipes I can barely wrap my head around, one, the Reyka New Maid, seemed easy enough for me to try on my own. All it takes is five ingredients and some ice cubes. No shaking or stirring necessary. 
Check out the easy how-to below:
Reyka New Maid
2 oz. Reyna Vodka
3/4 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. lime juice
3 slices of cucumber
Small handful of mint
Combine ingredients over ice, garnish with mint sprig and 3 cucumber wheels for presentation. 
— Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant
Photo credit: Reyka Vodka

I love a good cocktail just as much as the next person, but the perceived complexity of creating a drink that looks and tastes like one I’d get at a mixology bar often deters me from fixing myself one at home. It turns out, though, you don’t need an arsenal of strainers, mixers, and muddlers to make a solid libation, as I learned from Theo Lieberman, head bartender of the speakeasy-esque Milk & Honey

Lieberman specializes in creating delicious cocktails with seamlessly combined flavors (M&H’s extensive menu is divided into a whopping eight cocktail categories). Watching him make drinks is akin to watching Doc Brown hover over a lab experiment. While there are some recipes I can barely wrap my head around, one, the Reyka New Maid, seemed easy enough for me to try on my own. All it takes is five ingredients and some ice cubes. No shaking or stirring necessary. 

Check out the easy how-to below:

Reyka New Maid

2 oz. Reyna Vodka

3/4 oz. simple syrup

1 oz. lime juice

3 slices of cucumber

Small handful of mint

Combine ingredients over ice, garnish with mint sprig and 3 cucumber wheels for presentation. 

— Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant

Photo credit: Reyka Vodka

A few weeks ago, Sarah Balch and I paid a visit to the Swarovski showroom in New York City, where we learned about the art of decking out your manicure in crystals and exactly which options to use. Being as nail-obsessed as I am, I was already excited to check out all of their offerings, and once we arrived at the offices, I was floored—the whole place was even more sparkly than I imagined.
All of the gemstones, jewelry, and crystallized accessories were stunning, but the gorgeous chandelier in the center of the room was one item in particular both Sarah and I couldn’t take our eyes off of. I only wish I could have one just like it in my own apartment, that is, if my apartment wasn’t a tiny studio about the size of that entire light fixture…
— Marianne Mychaskiw, InStyle.com Assistant Beauty Editor
Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

A few weeks ago, Sarah Balch and I paid a visit to the Swarovski showroom in New York City, where we learned about the art of decking out your manicure in crystals and exactly which options to use. Being as nail-obsessed as I am, I was already excited to check out all of their offerings, and once we arrived at the offices, I was floored—the whole place was even more sparkly than I imagined.

All of the gemstones, jewelry, and crystallized accessories were stunning, but the gorgeous chandelier in the center of the room was one item in particular both Sarah and I couldn’t take our eyes off of. I only wish I could have one just like it in my own apartment, that is, if my apartment wasn’t a tiny studio about the size of that entire light fixture…

— Marianne Mychaskiw, InStyle.com Assistant Beauty Editor

Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

What the LA Editors Wore to the 2014 Emmy Awards
Last night, we attended the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards and the Governors Ball after-party. Red carpets, bright lights, and an inevitable Jon Hamm spotting meant that we needed to look our best for the big night. We enlisted the help of Glamsquad to work their magic on our hair (we both opted for The Weekender!) and lucky for us, they smoothed, curled, and primped all from the comfort of our own offices.
As for our looks, I opted for a more summery vibe, with a silk blue and white dress, while Stephanie went glam with her mirror-belted sheath. See below for more outfit details!
- Janelle Grodsky, Associate Editor, LA Office
Left: Janelle Grodsky (Associate Editor)Dress: MadewellClutch: Clare VivierShoes: Jimmy Choo
Right: Stephanie Samson (Special Projects Editor)Dress: David KomaClutch: Kenneth ColeShoes: Jimmy Choo

What the LA Editors Wore to the 2014 Emmy Awards

Last night, we attended the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards and the Governors Ball after-party. Red carpets, bright lights, and an inevitable Jon Hamm spotting meant that we needed to look our best for the big night. We enlisted the help of Glamsquad to work their magic on our hair (we both opted for The Weekender!) and lucky for us, they smoothed, curled, and primped all from the comfort of our own offices.

As for our looks, I opted for a more summery vibe, with a silk blue and white dress, while Stephanie went glam with her mirror-belted sheath. See below for more outfit details!

- Janelle Grodsky, Associate Editor, LA Office

Left: Janelle Grodsky (Associate Editor)
Dress: Madewell
Clutch: Clare Vivier
Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Right: Stephanie Samson (Special Projects Editor)
Dress: David Koma
Clutch: Kenneth Cole
Shoes: Jimmy Choo

The girls from cityMANI stopped by the InStyle office to prettify our nails with polish from CND and Julep. My pick? I fell in love with this super summery shade Lobster Roll by CND. With a staff of more than 20 manicurists, cityMani brings the manis to you—your house, office, basically anywhere (they once even made a visit to the park)!
—Sarah Weir, InStyle Beauty Assistant
Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

The girls from cityMANI stopped by the InStyle office to prettify our nails with polish from CND and Julep. My pick? I fell in love with this super summery shade Lobster Roll by CND. With a staff of more than 20 manicurists, cityMani brings the manis to you—your house, office, basically anywhere (they once even made a visit to the park)!

—Sarah Weir, InStyle Beauty Assistant

Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

A new season, a new 9W x InStyle shoe collection!

We fall hard every time our editor-designed footwear lands in stores or online. And the most recent limited edition capsule was no exception. Four InStyle editors stepped up their style game and came to work in their killer 9W x InStyle heels. From ladylike cool to offbeat prep, take a look at how they each styled their shoes. See the looks above and their outfit breakdowns below:

Judy Meepos (InStyle Editorial Assistant) in "Tessa" pumps
Blouse: Equipment
Tank: Isabel Marant Etoile (similar style)
Skirt: T by Alexander Wang (similar style)
Bracelets: Jawbone, Alexander Wang, Cartier, Hermes
Rings: Carbon and Hyde, Gorjana

Andrea Cheng (InStyle.com Associate Editor) in "Jaiden" booties
Sunglasses: Bonlook
Shirt: J. Crew
Jeans: Frame Denim

Marianne Mychaskiw (InStyle.com Assistant Editor) in "Elia" open-toe sandals
Dress: American Apparel
Necklace: Forever 21
Cuff: Bisjoux

Anne Kim (InStyle Assistant Editor) in "Cate" ankle-strap pumps
Sunglasses: Prism
Sweater: TSE
Button-down: Steven Alan
Shorts: Urban Outfitters

Pumped up? Us, too. Head on over to InStyle.com to shop the shoes and get the lowdown on the collection.

Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

InStyle's 20th Anniversary: Looking Back With Donna Bulseco
In honor of our 20th birthday, we’re taking a walk down memory lane with the help of longtime staffers. Assistant Managing Editor Donna Bulseco top edits and oversees all editorial content for the magazine, and has been at InStyle for eleven years. We interviewed her to find out her favorite InStyle memory, how she landed her position, and what she’s excited for in 2014:
What year did you start?I started freelancing in 2000—my first story was “The Wedding Day Diet,” which was an interview with celebrity nutritionist Carrie Latt Wiatt—who had worked with Julia Roberts, Dennis Quaid, and Sela Ward, among others—and the story appeared in InStyle Weddings, a special bridal issue. A year later, I worked with Vera Wang on a story called “My Formula for a Fun Wedding,” and got to interview her in her fab Manhattan apartment—in her closet! We sat on couches in the walk-in surrounded by her extensive designer wardrobe, and her housekeeper brought us tea. That’s how big it was!
How did you land the job?Martha Nelson, who created InStyle, had recommended me to Janice Min, the editor of that issue, who is now the Editorial Director at The Hollywood Reporter. I was freelancing at the time, because my son was young and I wanted to be able to pick him up from elementary school. But I really fell in love with the brand and the staff, and I ended up being the Deputy Editor on those issues. In 2003, I became a full-time staffer at the main magazine. Big moment! 
How has your position changed since you started?I am more of an “inside” person now—instead of going out and interviewing or producing, I work with the editors to polish, hone, and refine their stories. In many ways, I’m a “first reader”—I come to a new story and look at it the way a reader might. I look at the elements on the page and see whether the photos, words, and intent of it all add up for the reader.
What was your most InStyle moment?Working on the “Style 100" feature in the December issue has always been great fun—so I’d have to single that out as a high point—which happens year after year! I adore lists—when I was at W, I used to raise my hand to do the “In & Out” list. InStyle's list is just as discerning and relevant, but not nasty. We're just getting started on 2014 now. It's such a cool look back every year.
What is your favorite InStyle memory?I love the celebration of our massive September issue—our editor Ariel Foxman acknowledges the hard work we’ve put into the magazine—and last year there was cupcakes, champagne, and a photo booth.
I also remember the first InStyle Golden Globe party I attended—we were told that as hosts of the party we should invite a guest to dance with us, and I asked NBA star Rick Fox to dance. That move got me brownie points with my son Roy, who’s a big basketball fan. When I called him the next day on his cell, I heard him yell out to his pals on the playground, “My mom danced with Rick Fox!” and all the kids screaming “Yay!” And Rick Fox has definitely got the moves on the dance floor!
Meeting The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons in 2011 was also memorable—it was the year he won the Globe (above). He is such a brilliant comic and charming guy.
What do you love most about working at InStyle?I love words, I love stories, and I believe in the power of narratives. So what I love most is being challenged every day to make sure the words on our pages are smart, informative, and fun. Every magazine has a “voice”—ours is like having a conversation with a stylish friend who’s in tune with what’s going on. So when I edit the text, I try to maintain that voice and approachability.
What has changed the most since you’ve started at InStyle?Our readers now engage with us in so many different ways—on Instagram, InStyle.com, Tumblr, and with the magazine. It’s fun to think about what goes where: As journalists, we always have lots to say, so the digital universe gives us creative avenues to express ourselves.
What are you most looking forward to this year at InStyle?Probably what I always look forward to when I come to work: collaborating with the smart, funny, creative people on staff. After so many years, that collaboration still feels genuine and very fulfilling. 
For more on our 20th anniversary, head on over to 20th.instyle.com to celebrate with us!

InStyle's 20th Anniversary: Looking Back With Donna Bulseco

In honor of our 20th birthday, we’re taking a walk down memory lane with the help of longtime staffers. Assistant Managing Editor Donna Bulseco top edits and oversees all editorial content for the magazine, and has been at InStyle for eleven years. We interviewed her to find out her favorite InStyle memory, how she landed her position, and what she’s excited for in 2014:

What year did you start?
I started freelancing in 2000—my first story was “The Wedding Day Diet,” which was an interview with celebrity nutritionist Carrie Latt Wiatt—who had worked with Julia Roberts, Dennis Quaid, and Sela Ward, among others—and the story appeared in InStyle Weddings, a special bridal issue. A year later, I worked with Vera Wang on a story called “My Formula for a Fun Wedding,” and got to interview her in her fab Manhattan apartmentin her closet! We sat on couches in the walk-in surrounded by her extensive designer wardrobe, and her housekeeper brought us tea. That’s how big it was!

How did you land the job?
Martha Nelson, who created InStyle, had recommended me to Janice Min, the editor of that issue, who is now the Editorial Director at The Hollywood Reporter. I was freelancing at the time, because my son was young and I wanted to be able to pick him up from elementary school. But I really fell in love with the brand and the staff, and I ended up being the Deputy Editor on those issues. In 2003, I became a full-time staffer at the main magazine. Big moment! 

How has your position changed since you started?
I am more of an “inside” person now—instead of going out and interviewing or producing, I work with the editors to polish, hone, and refine their stories. In many ways, I’m a “first reader”—I come to a new story and look at it the way a reader might. I look at the elements on the page and see whether the photos, words, and intent of it all add up for the reader.

What was your most InStyle moment?
Working on the “Style 100" feature in the December issue has always been great fun—so I’d have to single that out as a high point—which happens year after year! I adore lists—when I was at W, I used to raise my hand to do the “In & Out” list. InStyle's list is just as discerning and relevant, but not nasty. We're just getting started on 2014 now. It's such a cool look back every year.

What is your favorite InStyle memory?
I love the celebration of our massive September issue—our editor Ariel Foxman acknowledges the hard work we’ve put into the magazine—and last year there was cupcakes, champagne, and a photo booth.

I also remember the first InStyle Golden Globe party I attended—we were told that as hosts of the party we should invite a guest to dance with us, and I asked NBA star Rick Fox to dance. That move got me brownie points with my son Roy, who’s a big basketball fan. When I called him the next day on his cell, I heard him yell out to his pals on the playground, “My mom danced with Rick Fox!” and all the kids screaming “Yay!” And Rick Fox has definitely got the moves on the dance floor!

Meeting The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons in 2011 was also memorable—it was the year he won the Globe (above). He is such a brilliant comic and charming guy.

What do you love most about working at InStyle?
I love words, I love stories, and I believe in the power of narratives. So what I love most is being challenged every day to make sure the words on our pages are smart, informative, and fun. Every magazine has a “voice”—ours is like having a conversation with a stylish friend who’s in tune with what’s going on. So when I edit the text, I try to maintain that voice and approachability.

What has changed the most since you’ve started at InStyle?
Our readers now engage with us in so many different ways—on Instagram, InStyle.com, Tumblr, and with the magazine. It’s fun to think about what goes where: As journalists, we always have lots to say, so the digital universe gives us creative avenues to express ourselves.

What are you most looking forward to this year at InStyle?
Probably what I always look forward to when I come to work: collaborating with the smart, funny, creative people on staff. After so many years, that collaboration still feels genuine and very fulfilling. 

For more on our 20th anniversary, head on over to 20th.instyle.com to celebrate with us!

Look Who We Met: Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes
I’ve been hooked on the Alabama Shakes since I first heard “Hold On" off their first-ever EP back in college. Shortly after that, they played the CMJ Music Marathon in New York (a mini music festival that often taps up-and-coming talent just before they get big), and I remember being shocked when I realized that the lead singer, Brittany Howard, is a) a woman (her raspy southern twang threw me), and b) has a stage presence unlike any other member of a blues rock band today—or ever. To put it simply, this chick can wail. 
We met backstage before her set during the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour at Terminal 5, and naturally talked about her concert wardrobe and must-have items for touring. I was pleased with how candid her initial response was in reference to the former. “I wasn’t raised to pay much attention to fashion,” she told me. “But I appreciate why people like it—it’s an artwork like anything else. And I do like to look nice for my audience, so I dress up when I go onstage to show them I appreciate them.” I for one can say that I definitely appreciate her awesome Lynyrd Skynyrd T. 
— Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant
Head over to InStyle.com to read the full interview!

Look Who We Met: Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes

I’ve been hooked on the Alabama Shakes since I first heard “Hold On" off their first-ever EP back in college. Shortly after that, they played the CMJ Music Marathon in New York (a mini music festival that often taps up-and-coming talent just before they get big), and I remember being shocked when I realized that the lead singer, Brittany Howard, is a) a woman (her raspy southern twang threw me), and b) has a stage presence unlike any other member of a blues rock band today—or ever. To put it simply, this chick can wail. 

We met backstage before her set during the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour at Terminal 5, and naturally talked about her concert wardrobe and must-have items for touring. I was pleased with how candid her initial response was in reference to the former. “I wasn’t raised to pay much attention to fashion,” she told me. “But I appreciate why people like it—it’s an artwork like anything else. And I do like to look nice for my audience, so I dress up when I go onstage to show them I appreciate them.” I for one can say that I definitely appreciate her awesome Lynyrd Skynyrd T. 

— Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant

Head over to InStyle.com to read the full interview!