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5 Savvy (And Fun!) Things to do with the Family When the Power is Out

We just read that the power should be returning to New York City residents by this weekend (hallelujah!). And while the London Times office is starting to get back to normal, many of us are still without electricity back at home. So we decided to get savvy (as always) and come up with a few creative ways to keep our families occupied during these last few days in the dark (because the stir-craziness has definitely set in for many). We hope you are all staying safe! We cannot wait for the LT team to be here and fully back in action by next week. Here’s what to do until then:

1. Get Literary. Playing Words With Friends on your iPhone may not be the best idea when it comes to conserving battery power. You can, however, flex those creative muscles with a pen and paper by making up your own Mad Libs. Take turns switching and filling in each other’s stories, then read them out loud to the entire family. You’re bound to finally break out a few giggles.

2. Pamper Yourself. Now is the time to play around with all of those DIY Beauty ideas you’ve been meaning to try. Nail art is an obvious option, but there are also plenty of facial masks to experiment with. If it’s during the day, try coming up with a cool new hair or makeup look that you would never have time to perfect on a regular schedule (or try it out on one of your budding fashionistas). And if those don’t work, you could always go for a relaxing bubble bath, right?

3. Become a Mad Scientist. Remember all of those classic kitchen experiments you used to do as a kid? (Come on, you cannot forget the egg in a bottle one!) Break them out again with your children – you’d be amazed what one can do with a little food coloring and H2O.

4. And While You’re in the Kitchen… Why not bake a bunch of cupcakes or cookies and bring them over to all of your neighbors? Or pretend you’re on a camping trip and roast marshmallows over the stove. For added authenticity, build a tent in your living room and eat them in there while telling each other ghost stories.

5. Break Out the Scissors and Glue And cut up all of those magazines lying around your house (after reading them, of course). We used to love making creative collages when we were younger. Also, we know you still have those cootie catcher making skills from the 7th grade. Make one and try telling each other’s fortunes, or guessing each other’s secret crushes…

Staying safe from Sandy but still want to help out New York City? Here’s are some great ways to make a difference towards getting our city going again!


Trick or Chic with LT: The Stylish Sleuth

If you’re a Halloween procrastinator, right about now you’re probably considering rummaging through your closet to put together a last-minute costume for that party you have to go to on Friday night. Lucky for you, that’s exactly what we’re doing too, and we’ve happened to come up with a pretty good idea if we don’t say so ourselves:

We can’t believe we hadn’t thought of this sooner, but one of fall’s most popular prints (houndstooth!) also doubles as a fabulously chic detective costume when it’s done in a dress. Pair it with a trench, a wide-brimmed hat and some wedge booties to pull together the look. Find yourself a magnifying glass and if you really feel like going all out, a quirky tie-necklace. And it looks like you’re set, Nancy Drew!

Trick or Chic with LT: Silver Screen Starlet

We’ve already decided that store bought costumes are out of the question this year for Halloween. So here at the London Times office, we’ve been flexing our creative muscles to come up with costumes whose pieces can be worn on the 31st and beyond. This week we’re channeling the glitz and glamour of stars like Bette Davis, Greta Garbo and Jean Harlow by putting together an ensemble straight from the Old Hollywood silver screen itself:

All it takes is a classic dress (like the LT Satin and Jersey) and a few key 1920’s-inspired accessories. Grab a fur stole, a vintage hat, some beaded baubles and an Art Deco embellished heel (all of which are going to be widely on trend thanks to the much anticipated release of The Great Gatsby, by the way). If you really feel like going all-out with DIY aspect of this costume, take a look at this makeup tutorial which will have you literally looking like you’re in a black and white film all night.

Trick-Or-Chic with LT: Masquerade Madness

As tempting as purchasing a one-time wear, polyester Halloween costume (yet again) sounds, we think we’re going to pass this year. Being the savvy stylistas that we are at London Times, finding a look that can be worn on the 31st and beyond is a challenge we’re willing to take on. Our first trick-or-chic piece involves turning the Dot Mesh Dress (a classic LBD that can practically be donned 365 days a year) into a disguise fit for a modern-day masquerader:

The great thing about this costume is that it takes virtually no time to put together and basically everything can be worn again. Since the black dress is nice and simple, you can really go all-out  with those DIY skills on the mask – try glitter, plumes, rhinestones, the works! Give it a modern look with bold, metallic accessories like a brocade blazer (which, by the way is a cool statement piece for fall), a bejewled necklace and shiny shoes.

And the Winner of The LT Savvy Style Challenge Is…

Congratulations to Megan of Chasing Davies, our Savvy Style Challenge champion! We want to give a big thanks to everyone who voted and participated in this contest. Hopefully, you enjoyed checking out all of the savvy looks and picked up a shopping tip or two along the way.  Our fan winner has been contacted (so check those emails!) and we can’ wait to hook her up with $150 to London Times as well as $100 Amex to finish the look. If you want to shop the Metallic Stripe Dress worn by all of the girls throughout this challenge, remember, it’s just a click away!

The LT Savvy Style Challenge: Meet Megan of TF Diaries!

The Savvy Style Challenge wraps up this Sunday at midnight, so don’t forget to cast your vote for the best fashion blogger! Today we want to introduce you to our final contestant, Megan of The Frugalista Diaries.

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The LT Savvy Style Challenge: Meet Lydia of Chic on the Cheap!

There’s one more week left for the LT Savvy Style Challenge, and although some may be pulling further ahead than others, there’s still plenty of time to vote for your favorite fashion blogger AND automatically be entered to win $150 to London Times as well as a $100 Amex card to complete your own look. Today we want to introduce you to one of our top contenders, Lydia, of the expert savvy shopping blog, Chic on the Cheap.

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