Lifestyle The latest Lifestyle news and blog posts from ABC News contributors and bloggers. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:43:56 +0000 en hourly 1 More than Sculptural: The Artwork of Nick Cave Sat, 06 Sep 2014 19:18:24 +0000 Troy Mcmullen In 1991, Nick Cave’s “Soundsuits,” a pioneering body of work that pushed the boundaries of Abstract Expressionism and Conceptualism, catapulted the artist to a kind of insular stardom rarely achieved in today’s crowded and increasingly global art world.

The project, more than twenty sculptural forms bedecked with dazzling and bejeweled costumes based on the scale of his body, forced viewers to contemplate the works as art and fashion. A former dancer in Alvin Alley’s company, Mr. Cave created colorful, orchestrated performances that framed the project both as performance art while proposing the pieces as ritualistic objects.

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Artist Nick Cave's work titled, 'Sculpture.'

Mr. Cave has long employed a wide range of mediums including sculpture, installation, video, sound and performance while mounting shows at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Denver Art Museum and the Trapholt Museum in Denmark.

Now, Jack Shainman Gallery in Manhattan is hosting a two-part exhibition of new work by the artist at the gallery’s two Chelsea locations. “Made for Whites by Whites” and “Rescue.”

Both shows include artifacts and found objects Cave amassed from his travels around the globe.

“Rescue,” on view at Jack Shainman Gallery at 524 West 24th Street, includes  sculptures that incorporate found ceramic dogs sitting on furniture within elaborate grottos or dreamlike dens, the gallery says. “Made for Whites by Whites,” showing at the Jack Shainman Gallery at 513 West 20th Street, centers around objects which promote racial stereotypes, the artists says.

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James Prinz Photography

“The materials and forms tell a story,” Mr. Cave said at the show’s opening. “What you see here are objects found and created to lift the idea of what art can explore and can tell you about our lives.”

Mr. Cave, a Chicago-based artist, who shouldn’t be confused with the Australian musician of the same name, has been represented by Jack Shainman since 2006.

“He’s very ambitious as an artist and that drives the scale of his work,” says Mr. Shainman, a veteran New York gallerist who recently opened a 30,000  square foot, multi-purpose project space in Kinderhook, New York. “He’s not a person who takes any short cuts so what you see really comes out of this amazing, ambitious personality.”

Both shows run through Saturday, October 11, 2014 and will be accompanied by special programming.

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‘Family’ of Vacuums Have Adventures Out of the Closet Thu, 04 Sep 2014 20:59:41 +0000 Jared T. Miller CN henry hoover 1 jtm 140904 16x9 608 Family of Vacuums Have Adventures Out of the Closet

Danny Walker poses with his "family" of Hoovers--Henry, Hetty, and two Little Henry toys. (Caters News Agency)

Vacuums cleaners have come out of the closetand  are living a happy family life, at least the vaccums owned by Danny Walker in Abingdon, England.

Walker, 28, admitted he gets bored while vacuuming, and decided to give his “Henry” — a vacuum model produced by British company Numatic that dresses up the average hoover with cartoon eyes and a smile — a life of its own.

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Henry Hoover dons protective clothing during a day at the brewery with his owner, Danny Walker. (Caters News Agency)

“I thought ‘everyone loves Henry Hoover,’” Walker told Caters News Agency, regarding the immensely popular vacuum model. “So I decided to take him on little adventures and get people wanting to see what he’ll end up doing next.”

Walker began posting pictures of the adventures to Facebook about two years ago, showing the vacuum in a variety of situations. He works at a brewery, and the vacuum can be seen hopping on beer trucks, posing with his kids’ Christmas presents, and even traveling with a family of its own. Numatic makes a pink, “female” vacuum called a “Hetty,” and the brand’s popularity has led the company to produce “Little Henry” toys. “Little Henry” enjoys trips to the park with his “father” and other family outings in many of Walker’s photos.

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Henry Hoover pushes his "son" in a playground swing. (Caters News Agency)

Taking pictures of a family of Hoovers in a small town like Abingdon  raises eyebrows, but Walker says his Facebook fans—which number in the thousands—are worth the effort.

“People would say ‘here comes hoover boy,’ and some of the looks I have had in the past were priceless,”  he said. “But the Baby Hoover fans need their daily dose so it’s always worth it.”



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Department Store Vs. Drug Store Makeup: Can You Tell the Difference? Wed, 03 Sep 2014 19:48:29 +0000 ABC News ABC makeup mar 140902 16x9 608 Department Store Vs. Drug Store Makeup: Can You Tell the Difference?

One of these models is wearing $600 in makeup from a department store, and the other model is wearing $180 in makeup from a drug store. (ABC News)

Even if you have the cash to spend, do you really need to pay big bucks for makeup to look great?

To find out, ABC News’ “20/20″ tested out products from a drugstore and from a department store on two identical twin sisters.

Former cosmetic salesperson Shaina Azad and ABC makeup artist Camilla Zola applied $180 in drugstore makeup on one sister and $600 in department store makeup on the other sister.

The department store products:

  • Foundation,$62 x 2
  • Concealer, $40
  • Powder, $62
  • Bronzer, $52
  • Blush, $62
  • Eyelid primer, $16
  • Eyeliner, $22
  • Eye shadow, $79
  • Mascara, $25
  • Lip liner, $30
  • Lipstick, $35
  • Plus tax, TOTAL: $600

The drugstore products:

  • Foundation,$16 x 2
  • Concealer, $40
  • Powder, $10
  • Bronzer, $15
  • Blush, $7
  • Eyelid primer, $5
  • Eyeliner, $12
  • Eye shadow, $8
  • Mascara, $15
  • Lip liner, $2
  • Lipstick, $11
  • Plus tax, TOTAL: $180

Can you tell which sister you think is wearing the department store makeup and which sister is wearing the drugstore makeup?


The sister on the left is wearing the department store makeup, and the sister on the right is wearing the drugstore makeup.

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Toddler Puts Heavy Metal Spin on His ABCs Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:15:47 +0000 Suzan Clarke

Most children sing their ABCs a cappella, like they’re taught in school, or maybe with a little flair, the way they may hear it on “Sesame Street.”

Ethan Conrad is not like most children. When he sings his ABCs, he rocks out, heavy metal style.

Video posted to YouTube on Tuesday showed Ethan, then 1, singing what could be recognized to be his ABCs, but the boy had supercharged his rendition, even adding a bit of head banging.

When he started out singing his pacifier made it hard to hear the lyrics, but once he removed it, he really got going.

Ethan loves to hang out in the basement where there’s a music studio, his father, Sean Conrad, 27, said in a Wednesday interview with ABC News.

Conrad works in a bank but is a music enthusiast. He plays in a hard rock/heavy metal band called Acid Reign, and regularly holds jam sessions in the basement of his home in Canal Winchester, Ohio.

Ethan loves to be part of those sessions, his father said.

Conrad’s wife, Katelyn, happened to be recording video on her phone one day last year when Ethan decided to go for his metal solo, his father’s music playing in the background.

“And he just randomly decides to go up and start singing ABCs,” Conrad said. “We had been working a lot with him on his ABCs, you know, singing the regular ABC song, but for some reason he just felt an urge to rock out to that, just a complete spur of the moment. … We’re just completely shocked, like, ‘What is happening? Where did he get this from?’”

Conrad only decided to post the video online after friends who saw the clip encouraged him to share it, and he’s stunned by the response. The video had been viewed more than 8,000 times as of Wednesday night.

“I love it. It’s really surreal, it’s amazing,” he said. “I just keep asking myself, ‘Is this really happening?’ You know, I’m kind of dumbfounded by it. It’s amazing. It’s a great ride, so far.”

Ethan, who’ll be 3 next month, is still rocking out. His father said the boy has the family’s musical genes.

“Even just today, he was downstairs playing drums and he insisted – he loves to insist – that I go play along with him. So today, he was demanding that I play guitar,” Conrad said. “He’s playing the whole drum set. … He whales on the drums. I’m kind of impressed. That’s my boy!”

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Inside the US Open Salon, Where Tennis Champs Get Glammed Up Before Matches Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:34:44 +0000 Lauren Effron

The world’s top tennis players, from Roger Federer to Maria Sharapova, are not only superior athletes but brands unto themselves, and part of being a brand is looking good, even during a sweaty hours-long battle on center court.

When these big names hit the salon at the annual U.S. Open tennis tournament in Queens, N.Y., the stylist many of them come to see is Julien Farel.

“It’s about looking good,” Farel told ABC News’ Rebecca Jarvis, noting that professional athletes have become icons and celebrities.

“They must look great. So hair, clothes, makeup, everything [has] to work,” he said.

Farel has even doubled as a good-luck charm. He cut Rafael Nadal’s hair before he won one of his U.S. Open titles.

“Two days ago I got Andy Murray for the first time and he said, ‘What is so particular with your haircuts?’ I said, ‘You might win the tournament,’” Farel said.

Heading into the tournament, Ana Ivanovic said Farel trimmed her locks and gave her “sunkissed” highlights, noting it was the first time in her life she had ever had her hair colored.

“We compete and we are tough on court, but off-court, and also on-court, we want to be feminine, we want to still be woman, and beauty is such a big part of that,” the Serbian tennis champion said. “I think that’s the first thing someone notices, is your hair, your appearance, so it’s important to look good.”

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Tennis champion Ana Ivanovic (right) shows off her new haircut styled by Julien Farel (center), to ABC's Rebecca Jarvis (left) at the 2014 US Open in Queens. N.Y.

Before her first match, Jelena Jankovic got her nails done and said she waited to get her hair cut until she got to the tournament so that Farel, who cut her long brown locks up to her shoulders a few days ago, could do it.

“I just wanted a change,” Jankovic said. “I had long hair for so long and I just wanted a nice short cut. It’s nice. I look younger.”

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Stylist to the tennis stars Julien Farel works on tennis champion Jelena Jankovic's hair at the 2014 US Open in Queens. N.Y.

This Grand Slam tournament means big money — bigger than the Super Bowl. U.S. Open winners take home $3 million each, compared to $92,000 paid out per NFL player who wins a Super Bowl. Last year, U.S. Open spectators and athletes generated an estimated $720 million of economic activity in the New York City area, compared to the $430 million the Super Bowl is expected to bring in when it comes to MetLife Stadium at East Rutherford, New Jersey, in February. The U.S. Open is a two-week tournament, whereas the Super Bowl is a one-day event.

So it seems getting glammed up before taking center court is just another part of loving the game.


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Back-to-School Deals on Clothes, Electronics, Other Essentials Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:06:27 +0000 ABC News


Back-to-school shopping procrastinators can now rejoice: Some of the best deals come around Labor Day for clothing, tech and supplies. Here are the biggest categories, websites and store-wide deals we could find.


– Buy one and get one 50 percent off on children’s shoes and apparel

– $5 off $50 using code TGT4QBJF

– Save $40 on an Epson 2530 printer and receive a $5 Target gift card (normally $99.99, sale: $59.99 plus $5 Target gift card)

– Save $50 on Beats by Dre Studio over-the-ear headphones (normally $299.99, sale: $249.99)

– Save $30 on Bose Quiet Comfort 15 Around-the-Ear Headphones (normally $299.99, sale: $269.99)

– 20 percent off Skullcandy Jib earbuds (normally $9.99, sale: $7.99)

Old Navy

– 40 percent off in-store and online. No code needed

JC Penney

– $29.99 eyeglasses at JC Penney Optical.
– 15 percent off the entire site and store including uniform polos and khakis.


Girls’ and boys’ approved school wear polos, currently $3.97.

Disney “Frozen” girls’ graphic tee, currently $6.97.

Secondhand Online

ThredUp offers brand-name kids’ clothing gently used for a fraction of their original price. Use code ABC40 for 40 percent off your first thredUP order.

– A different spin on online used clothing is from Schoola. They sell used clothing online, but families who donate clothes designate a school as a beneficiary and a percentage of the price goes back to the donor’s school: 40 percent. Try it out with a 25 percent off code: GMA25.

– 15 percent off the entire site code COMJBTS15 and deals on backpacks like this High Sierra Swerve marked down from $100 to $39.

Other Deals

– iPad 16GB Retina Display: Radio Shack and Walmart have the best prices this week, $50 off at $349.

Don’t Buy an iPhone … Yet

– Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 6 Sept. 9 with the new phone available Sept. 19. Even if you plan to buy an older model, prices usually go down when a new phone is announced. Older models are often discounted by $100.

Don’t Buy a Laptop at Your College Bookstore

– A recent report showed campus bookstores inflating the prices of laptops by 35 percent over online prices.

Add the deals you’ve found in the comments and share with other procrastinators.

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New Phone Scam Targets Vacationers in Hotel Rooms Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:53:13 +0000 Linsey Davis

What started off as a pit stop at a Best Western hotel in New Orleans  ended up as a major pitfall for Christine Bicek and her daughter, Katie Bicek.

“It’s about midnight and our hotel room phone rings,” said Christine Bicek of Houston. The voice on the phone claiming to be from the hotel’s front desk said, “I need your card number to put on file. Otherwise you need to get out of the room.”

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Katie Bicek gave the woman her debit card number and went back to sleep.

When Christine Bicek woke up, she said she immediately remembered the phone call and thought something seemed “sketchy.”

“I said to Katie, ‘You need to check your bank account,’” she said. Katie Bicek did and learned that all of her money was gone.

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With 34.7 million Americans predicted to be on the roads for the Labor Day weekend, according to AAA,  security experts are issuing warnings about schemes that target vacationers at their hotels.

It turns out that the scam that targeted Christine and Katie Bicek is a common one.

“We can identify the source of any phone call going in and and we identify these numbers,” said John McEnroe, assistant general manager at the Hotel Beacon in New York. “They were all outside numbers. Some of them were going through an Internet-service provider.”

The American Hotel and Lodging Association said: “The hospitality industry is not immune to unscrupulous activity. … [The industry] provides regular updates to hoteliers on fraudulent activities.”

The following are tips shared by Adam Levin of IDT911 Consulting when on vacation:

1. Once you are in the hotel room, don’t give your credit card information over the phone. If there’s a problem, go directly to the front desk.

2. Check in with a credit card instead of a debit card.

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How to Vacation for Next to Nothing as a Mystery Shopper Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:28:05 +0000 ABC News

ABC News’ Paula Faris reports:

The Chulews — Mike, Rebecca and 2-year-old Veronica — recently went on a summer vacation for practically free.

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The Chulews of Texas have performed about 150 mystery shops this year, saving about $5,000 in expenses they would have bought anyway including vacations like this one. ABC News photo.

Their gas, flight, hotel and even their meals were about 80 percent off.  That’s because the Chulews of Texas are mystery shoppers.

“If I wasn’t a mystery shopper,” Rebecca Chulew said, “I don’t even know how I would pay full price for these things.”

Click here to learn about accredited mystery shopping companies.
Watch: ‘Travel hacking’ secrets to traveling super cheap.
Related: Secret shopping sites look to put money in your pocket.

The Chulews said being a mystery shopper was like going on a secret spy mission.

Mystery shopping companies hire people to grade everything, from free newspapers for guests and towels laid out for the beach to whether the hair dryer in the bathroom works.

Shoppers then document their findings and opinions on a score sheet.

“We’re always looking for mystery shoppers,” said David Lipton, president of the mystery shopping company Sensors Quality Management. “The most successful mystery shoppers are those who are reliable, responsible. They have a keen eye for detail. They can follow the instructions that we provide.”

When the Chulews recently stayed at a hotel in Corpus Christi, Texas, they noted that the pillows in the lobby were messy and that there was sand on the carpeted steps.

At the end of their stay, though, the Chulews gave the hotel a thumbs-up. The hotel declined to comment to ABC News.

The Chulews said they’d performed about 150 mystery shops this year, saving them about $5,000 in expenses they would have bought anyway.

“My haircut was a mystery shop,” Mike Chulew said. “My clothes. My shoes. My socks.”

“Once you know you can get a half-priced pair of shoes for doing 20 minutes of paperwork, why not?” Rebecca Chulew said.

“[Mystery shoppers] will save a significant amount off of their airfare, their stay at a hotel, a night out at a restaurant,” Lipton said.

But there are scams out there, he added. Be wary of companies that ask you to pay them money upfront.

Make sure you are dealing with a reputable company. Here’s some advice from the FTC on how to avoid a scam. And there’s a mystery shopper trade group that provides web resources.

Mystery shopping is just one way, though, to save big on a vacation as the summer comes to an end.

  • Christine Partello of Boston and her fiance saved $75 on their honeymoon this summer by using Yapta. The website tracks the price of your flight and sends a notification if it drops.
  • Gail Presses of New Orleans saved $600 by booking her hotel through Tingo. It tracks prices and automatically rebooks your room when the price drops.
  • Rahul Razdan of New Jersey used Zalyn to find a car rental coupon, saving his family $246.
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#LikeaBoy Social Media Campaign Celebrates Boys’ Sensitive Sides Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:22:47 +0000 ABC News

ABC News’ Juju Chang, Alison Kenworthy and Jen Pereira report:

With 47 million clicks and counting, the “Like a Girl” advertisement campaign from Always is sparking a national conversation on female empowerment and self-esteem.

Now, a gender twist is taking the conversation even further.

Always Redefines What It Means to ‘Run Like a Girl’

Ilana Wiles, creator of the blog, loved the ad’s message so much she asked her readers to submit photos of their daughters doing “all the amazing things our daughters do,” she explained, along with the hashtag #LikeAGirl.   

But then something unexpected happened.

“It was my readers who started posting pictures of their sons doing so-called feminine things,” Wiles of New York City, recalled.

Soon her blog was flooded with pictures of little boys proudly displaying their feminine side, from putting on polish to playing with dolls, all with the defiant hashtag #LikeABoy.

“We would never want someone to tell our girls that they can’t do the same thing boys can do,” said Ericka Souter, editor at “But when it comes to boys, we limit them to what we think are the right things for little boys to do and the right ways for little boys to act and we have to ask, ‘Is that really fair?’”

Heather Castic, a mom from North Carolina, posted a picture of her 2-year-old twin boys “playing princess” with their 4-year-old sister.

“That’s what my boys do,” Castic explained. “They emulate their sister and it was actually very refreshing to see other people out there with boys doing things just like my boys do because sometimes you question if it’s normal.”

She says her boys, who love dinosaurs as much as tea parties, are helping to redefine what it means to be “like a boy.”

“I really think the hashtag should have been #LikeAKid because it’s what kids do,” Castic said. “They’re just using their imagination. They’re at an age of innocence. They’re just having fun.

Added Wiles: “Housework and childcare isn’t girly. It is what makes a good man and a strong family. Every little boy should be handed a doll and a toy vacuum.”

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Hand Rejuvenation for Better Engagement Ring Selfies: Before-and-After Shots Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:35:54 +0000 ABC News ht hand plastic surgery split mt 140814 16x9 608 Hand Rejuvenation for Better Engagement Ring Selfies: Before and After Shots

These are Christa's hands before (left) and after (right) her hand rejuvenation. (Courtesy of Dr. Ariel Ostad)

ABC News’ Alexa Valiente reports:

When Christa got engaged last fall, she, like thousands of other women, wanted to show off her engagement ring on social media. But after snapping a few photos, she realized she didn’t like the way her hands looked.

So the 33-year-old from Mount Sinai, New York, turned to fillers, hoping it would smooth out her hands in order for them to become more “selfie worthy.” She recently shelled out more than $3,000 for hand rejuvenation at her dermatologic surgeon Dr. Ariel Ostad’s office in New York.

Christa told Ostad she was unhappy with her hands because she thought they were veiny and her knuckles were “very red.”

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Within minutes of the procedure, Christa was happier about the appearance of her hands. “The veins are not as blue,” she said.

Ostad said he has had several patients show him photos they had taken of themselves and point out their flaws.

“I’ve noticed over the last six months [that] patients actually bring a selfie in the examining room,” he said.  “They show me what bothers them and what they would like to fix.”

The quest for the perfect selfie photo has gotten so extreme that filters and photo edits just aren’t cutting it for some people, who are instead going under the knife to physically alter their appearance in hopes of a better selfie.

After seeing how she looked in photos from her wedding day, Jen Muir, 33, said she realized she hated the way her nose looked and has shied away from taking selfies ever since.

“I can see everybody posting pictures of themselves, and I’m thinking, ‘Why can’t I do it? What’s the problem?’” the Long Island, New York, woman who’s originally from Costa Rica said. “I saw a guy taking a selfie one of these days, and I thought, ‘I wish, I wish I could do it.’”

So Muir decided to have a nose job and spent $15,000, all for a better selfie.

“I want to change my profile. I feel like my nose hangs,” she said. “I also want to change my bump. I feel like it’s too big.”

Her plastic surgeon, Dr. Samuel Rizk of New York City, also credited social media for an uptick in business, the biggest trend he has seen in his 16 year career. “I personally would see two to three patients a day that have come in from selfies and social media,” he said.

Muir was so happy with her new nose that she started crying.

“I love it,” she said. “I just see my eyes and my lips and my teeth. I can see my teeth more, and that’s what I wanted.”

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