Posts tagged Halloween

How To: Halloween-ize your Work Attire

In a professional environment such as work or school, you want to maintain a sophisticated look but you can’t let your Halloween spirit down! Here are the top ways to spruce up your outfit, get in the holiday groove, yet still look like you belong in an office environment.

Halloween Nail Art:
Changing your nail design is one of the best ways to show changes in season, mood, and even holidays. You can go big and paint on ghosts or pumpkins, or you can be subtler with black nail polish with orange glitter on top. For amazing DIY Halloween manicures, visit

A nice Halloween designed headband is a discreet way to pull off some Halloween spirit. It also guarantees you a professional/preppy look. One like this is simple, so easily prepared, and even able to be made in the luxury of your own home.

Halloween Tights:
This fall season patterned tights are more popular than ever. Just slip a pair of candy corn or ghost patterned tights under a simple dress and you’re guaranteed to look festive.

Anything Orange:
A professional looking orange blazer or a pair of light orange denim jeans could easily do the trick and make you look extra spirited in a somewhat professional manner. An orange cashmere scarf or orange shoe apparel is a more subtle way to look the part.

~Jenna, fashioniSTA

Trick-or-Treat: There’s an STA Event Coming to a Store Near You!

Northampton Halloween Event

It’s Halloween at STA Northampton!

Join us on Friday, October 26th, 3pm - 8pm and get 20% off on all new arrivals!

Plus you can sip cider and munch on cupcakes and candy while you shop!

Second Time Around
34 Pleasant Street
Northampton, MA 01060

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Charles Street Hot Cocoa and Cookies Event

Roll the dice and claim your prize at Second Time Around!

Join us on Thursday, October 25th from 2pm - 7pm and hot cocoa and cookies with a special discount.

Depending on the number that you roll, you’ll receive either 10% off and double frequent buyer card points, 20% off, $10 off $50, or 30% off!

Don’t have a frequent buyer card yet? Sign up today (it’s free!) and earn one point for every item over $10 that you purchase. Once you reach 100 points, you’ll get $10 off your next purchase!

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82 Charles St
Boston, MA 02114

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Georgetown Pick Your Candy Event

It’s a stylish trick-or-treat at Second Time Around Georgetown!

Join us on Thursday, October 25th from 5pm - 8pm to grab candy, drinks and a special discount.

Snag either 10%, 20% or 30% off your entire purchase this one night only!

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3289 M Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

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Greenwich Roll-the-Dice Event

Roll the dice and claim your prize at Second Time Around!

Join us on Thursday, October 25th from 4pm - 6pm to shop, sip and save with light fare, drinks and special discounts.

Depending on the number that you roll, you’ll receive either 10% off and double frequent buyer card points, 20% off, $10 off $50, or 30% off!

Don’t have a frequent buyer card yet? Sign up today (it’s free!) and earn one point for every item over $10 that you purchase. Once you reach 10 points, you’ll get $10 off your next purchase!

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6 Greenwich Ave
Greenwich, CT 06831

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Harvard Square Halloween Event

It’s Halloween in Harvard Square!

Join us on Friday, October 26th from 3pm - 8pm to sip our trick-or-treat mimosas and get a special discount.

Depending on what cup you choose, you’ll get either 10% of 20% off your entire purchase!

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8 Eliot Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Thompson Street Ghoulish Girls’ Night Out

Trick or Treat at STA!

Join us on Friday, October 26th from 5pm - 8pm and enjoy Halloween treats, 10% off new arrivals and 30% off all other fall items!

Also, when you spend over $100, you’ll get the chance to enter our gift card giveaway!

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111 Thompson Street
New York, NY 10012

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Wicker Park Halloween Event

Trick-or-Treat at STA!

Join us on Saturday, October 27th from 12pm - 4pm for Halloween mimosas and a pick-your-discount candy bowl.

Depending on which candy you choose, you’ll get either 10% off and double frequent buyer card points, 20% off or 30% off your purchase, and one lucky piece will have a $25 STA gift card attached!

Don’t have a frequent buyer card yet? Sign up today (it’s free!) and earn one point for every item over $10 that you purchase. Once you reach 10 points, you’ll get $10 off your next purchase!

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1543 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

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FashioniSTA File: Halloween 2011

Happy Halloween to all of you stylish candy-seekers! This is the occasion where what you wear really does matter the most, and now it’s time for us to give your our best and worst picks. Some people really brought their A-game, whereas some either went a little too far (Coco), or not far enough (Nicky Hilton, I’m looking at you). From the celebrities to real girls, we sound off on all the costumes from this Halloween week.

Will and Kate Do Every Morning Show
It’s simply amazing, the royal couple were able to make guest appearances on both the Today show and Live with Regis and Kelly. They were also able to magically transform themselves to look like the show hosts, dressing up as the royal couple on their wedding day. Is there anything this couple can’t do?

While Regis (dressed as an uncanny version of Nick Lachey for the whole show) and Kelly earn big points for their adorable ode to the couple, the Today show really went all out. Fusing actual footage with their own scarily accurate reenactment of the royal wedding, we almost even bought Al Roker as Prince Harry. The cherry on top was the addition of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie shouting, “Mummy sends her love!” Clearly the Today producers don’t mess around when it comes to wedding reenactments, but the cuteness factor that Kelly and Nick doled out just couldn’t be matched. Kelly was a natural wide-eyed version of Kate on her wedding day, staring at William lovingly (which we probably would do too if we were fake marrying Nick Lachey…can you tell we’re secret 98 Degrees fans?). We have to give this one to Regis and Kelly’s show (minus Regis), under the caveat that if Regis had been filling in as Wills, we might not have swooned as much.

Most Convincing: Holly Robinson Peete as Lil Wayne. The best costumes of the ones that you least expect from a person, after all this is Halloween where you get to be anybody for one night, and we’ve got to commend this girl on going for it. Are we the only ones who did a double-take when seeing these photos? This resemblance to the rapper was nothing if not uncanny, from the tattoo sleeves to the tattoo tears to the grill she managed to rustle up. Not only would we not know where to find this stuff, but we can’t seem to figure out how to make that signature Lil Wayne face. And yes, we’ve been trying.

Most Original: How could we not give this award to one of our own? After seeing the costume our Nolita Manager, Tara (as seen on Bravo’s “Fashion Hunters”), put together, we were having a style field day. Not only is this costume an original homage to the late and great actor, but we’re loving the fact that she went for substance instead of something overdone. To top it off, these are all designer pieces that can easily be worn again. Leave it to Tara to make this Charlie Chaplin costume from pieces found in her own store. Her pants are Helmut Lang, the shirt is Steven Alan, the vest is Trina Turk. The blazer doesn’t have a label, but according to Tara, it was “the cherry on top and TOTALLY completed the outfit because of the tailoring….[Charlie's] blazers were always cut up in the front!”

Cutest Couple: Sure you expect stars to go way over the top for Halloween, I mean they can definitely afford it and probably have some unbelievable costume hook ups, but sometimes simple is better.  Ali Larter and hubby Hayes MacArthur pull off bumblebee costumes in the best way possible.  She looks absolutely adorable with a disheveled bob and some kick ass tie up ankle boots, and props to him for not being scared to don a one piece yellow spandex suit.  Any man who goes to that length in order for the two of you to have matching costumes is definitely a keeper.

Creepiest Couple: Doug Hutchison dressed as his teenage wife, Courtney Stodden. Hypothetically speaking, if we were teenage girls who wanted to wear a scantily-clad costume, we might dress as Courtney Stodden. However, we can’t seem to figure out what would possess a man over the age of 50 to dress like her. We get that he’s into the whole underage, burlesque look, but we thought that only applied to his significant other. The only thing that creeps us out more is his wife’s costume as a “sexy cheerleader.” We won’t mention what we thought she was going for…

Most Expected: Snookie as some sort of cheetah/cat creature? Sex kitten gone wrong? Head to toe fur, over the top makeup, fake nails (and hair) we know we can’t really expect anything less from Snookie, but we’re just not impressed with her outfit choice this year. Instead of getting all dolled up she kind of played it safe by looking, well, very much like she looks every other time she’s out in public (albeit with a little more make up).  We think Halloween would have been a great excuse for her to break out of her mold and go for more of a subtle kind of sexy or be something more playful and less New Jersey-ish, like Princess Jasmine or Batman.

Real Life FashioniSTAs: Keeping up with the trend of making your own costume out of designer goods, we bring you two friends of our dear FashioniSTA Leslie. Dressed to kill (literally) as Bonnie and Clyde, they made these costumes from their own closets and from raiding consignment stores. Love it!

BEST (and SCARIEST!): Heidi Klum (as always).  No one puts in as much effort as she does, nor is anyone as original or creative. Runner-Up is Debra Messing as a Dia de Los Muertos character (pictured below).  Gotta love a costume that requires such lengthy make-up application! And that head piece!

WORST: Tie… J-Woww, for someone who makes as much as she does, you’d think she could afford a better costume than something from a Legs Avenue bag… why I expected more, though, is beyond me. Another misstep was Coco, that chick who was walking around with Ice-T (pictured below).  What was she?  Just some kind of failed version of “sexy”? Oh, she was supposed to be a sexy devil, that makes sense. Another shock was Bethenny Frankel as some kind of Hello Kitty concoction.  You are too old for that kind of thing, missy.

Finally, we leave you with what we find to be the most hilarious costume known to man: Kelly Ripa as a pageant toddler from Toddlers in Tiaras. Happy Halloween!

The Most Stylish Halloween Party - Tonight at Our Chelsea Store!

Put some haute into your Halloween by joining us at our Chelsea location tonight as we kick off the spookiest weekend of the year!

From 5-9pm we will be serving up drinks, treats and the best trick of all with a magically additional 10% off everything in the store!

Whether you’re snagging last-minute additions to your costume or just on the haunted hunt for amazing designer deals, we’ve got all the style treats you’re craving.

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94 7th Ave
New York, NY 10011

Halloween Costumes for the FashioniSTA in All of Us

Stumped about your Halloween costume? That seems to be a recurring theme among many fashioniSTAs this year. Instead of going as a slutty train conductor, we’ll give you some glammed-up options that will make you a style-maker in the Halloween game.

Cruella de Vil
She may have tried to terrify over a hundred adorable puppies, but at least she did it in style. While we certainly don’t condone dog-napping, it doesn’t mean that you can’t channel her style this Halloween. This is the perfect opportunity to break out that LBD that you somehow haven’t gotten to wear as much lately. Pair a tailored black dress with an oversized faux fur coat in either an off-white color or a daring Dalmatian print. This is great especially for a chilly Halloween, but should you not be into bundling up, you can always sport a smaller stole. For a truly Cruella look, don red, satin evening gloves, a pair of jade earrings, a large cocktail ring, and carry that signature cigarette holder. Try a thin fishnet tight and pointy-toed heels, and to really cement the character, either go with a black and white wig or tease your natural hair.

And of course to portray the woman with the highest cheekbones known to man, break out the bronzer and contour yourself a supernatural bone structure (for a mini Cruella makeup overview, click here). Finish off your makeup with a dramatic smokey eye and a red lip, bring the crazy and you can color yourself Cruella. Puppies not included.

Mad Hatter/Willy Wonka
These are two equally stylish costumes that can be almost interchangeable with just a few tweaks. To be the Mad Hatter, first grab yourself a fitted blazer in a deep jewel tone - think plum or green. You can pair this with any fitted top of your choosing, just make sure that your neck has enough room for an oversized bow tie. Whether you go for a classic black bow tie or you mix it up with a crazy print, these are generally inexpensive, and you can always just use a piece of thick ribbon. Go with a shorter circle skirt on the bottom in any color, and finish off the look with tights and a top hat (feel free to go with a mini top hat!). For an added detail, take an index card and write 10/6 and stick it in the hat band.

To turn this Hatter into Wonka, go with a velvet blazer and simply take out the index card and spray paint it gold. Carry your newly made golden ticket and a couple chocolate bars and you’ll be the candy man himself in no time!

Couture Clown
I’m not sure if all of you saw the Bratz movie that came out a few years ago. No? Ok well, allow me to fill you in on the greatest clown costumes I’ve ever seen. The art to finding style inspiration is to look in unexpected places, so don’t judge my taste in movies just yet. The easiest parts of this costume are the white tights and the black shoes. For the mini top hat, they are available at a bunch of costume shops online, and I also stumbled upon some at H&M. You can also make a top hat using two black felt circles and gluing a thick piece of black felt between the circles (for a tutorial, click here). Take a piece of tulle about a foot long and tie it around the base of the hat for added texture.

For the outfit, grab a colorful circle skirt and stuff a tulle petticoat underneath. Or go with a black or white skirt and top it off with a colorful top. You can play around with these two pieces, but I would suggest going with a sweetheart corset top with piping and adding a colorful, short-sleeved, fitted jacket. You don’t need to go high-end with this, you can grab anything that has a bright color palette or pattern and mix them together. This is the perfect time to mix patterns and look great! The most important touch of this look is the makeup. Take a shimmer cream shadow in a bright color and draw an oversized diamond shape around one of your eyes. Fill it in and place self-adhesive rhinestones on each of the four corners. Ta-da you look like you’re with the chicest circus in town!

You’ll look rawther chic (that’s French for fashionable) dressed up as me, Eloise! To go as the most famous Plaza resident, grab a shorter black skirt and a white, short-sleeved button-down and you’re almost there. For complete authenticity, go with a Peter Pan collar and a ruffled front with slightly puffed sleeves. Pretty specific, but there are also a ton of other options out there that will work.

If you have black suspenders lying around, I’m concerned on a number of levels, but they will come in handy for this look. If you happen to not own any, black ribbon will look great pinned to look like suspenders. Sport white knee socks and black Mary Jane flats, and top off your look with a red bow headband. This is also a great look because you can literally roll out of bed and your hair will be Halloween-appropriate (and you also get to wear flats, which is a nice relief).

To go the extra mile, round up a skinny pug dog (as if there is any such thing) to follow you around as your token Weenie.

If all else fails, you can always throw on a wrap dress, a pair of demure pumps, put an oversized sapphire on your left ring finger and dazzle as Kate Middleton. British accent optional.

~Ashley, FashioniSTA

Halloween Style Icon: Heidi Klum

If there’s one lady to watch every Halloween, that would be Heidi Klum. I’m not sure how this woman manages to host Project Runway and run multiple businesses while managing to pull off these Halloween masterpieces. Oh right, she has a Halloween costume designer. Now I’m insanely jealous of her on a number of levels, but until I have my own costume designer on retainer for a single holiday, I’ll be living vicariously through my favorite Heidi Halloween costumes.

Garden of Eden
Leave it to Heidi Klum to take a biblical reference and add sparkles to it. Dressed as a forbidden fruit/snake combination, with Seal as a blonde Eve, Heidi definitely took her costume to the limit. Not only does that apple probably weigh more than she does, but between the fangs, the face paint and the snake head, she really committed to this concept. To say that it blew the “sexy cop” costumes out of the water is an understatement.

Goddess Kali
This costume marks the beginning of Heidi’s head-to-toe body paint period. With six additional arms somehow adhered to her body, and with the embellished headpiece/shrunken heads, this costume probably took about as long to make as the last Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Although the backlash from this costume wasn’t all positive, the intricate detail and over-the-top use of body paint sealed Heidi’s place in the Halloween hall of fame. The fact that I can’t tell which arms are actually hers is just an additional fun guessing game. By the way, are those red contacts?

Lady Godiva
Another striking historical allusion from Heidi. Well done with the horse, by the way. My favorite thing about Halloween is that you can never go too over-the-top (although I am a little concerned about how she ended up getting the horse into the party). This costume was probably a challenge at first, what with the whole Lady-Godiva-was-naked thing that her designer had to work with. But I guess there’s nothing that a nude-colored body suit with discreetly-placed sparkles can’t overcome. The long, blonde wig is pretty much the only part of this concept that any of us normal people can hope to recreate, which leaves this concept to the celebrities.

Robot Superhero
When you literally cannot distinguish who is wearing the costume, it’s either a really awful Garfield costume, or it’s incredibly awesome. Heidi’s costume from last year fell into the latter category, as she not only painted the top half of her body in solid, purple glitter paint, but she also spent the night walking on robotic stilts. Now I’ve never had to make myself three feet taller, but I have painted my entire face, and let me tell you, the removal was a two-day process. The dedication was pretty remarkable on Heidi’s part, and I’m only slightly confused as to how a person can look so skinny as a robot. The fact that the supermodel sported a Tyra Banks hairline only added to the costume.

Since this year the supermodel is hosting two parties, she’s doubling up on the costumes. From the sneak peek that she’s let people see, she’s going for a crazed monkey for her NYC party (below, right), and for her Vegas bash, she’ll be decked out as a…human body (below, left). It’s like a modern take on the traditional skeleton costume, only way creepier. When there is exposed muscle and organs involved, it tends to take a turn for the creepy. Is it weird that I’m still dying to see the finished products?

~Ashley, FashioniSTA

Halloween Everyday (of this week at least…)

Happy hump day ladies! We only have to endure three more days this work week before our alter egos get to come out to play! Can’t wait till then to spread some Halloween fear? Don’t fret, we’ve come up with some fun and affordable ways you can incorporate your Halloween spirit into everyday wear!

Bewitchy Jewels
Try adding a touch of creepiness to your jewelry this week. Remember those neon green and orange spider rings we wore as kids, why not bring ‘em back and pass them around the office? Or for a more grown up look, mix a little scary-glam into your accessories. Betsey Johnson has a ton of Halloween inspired jewelry – actually in true Betsey fashion, we’re gonna have to guess that this jewelry is most likely part of her regular line. From rhinestone encrusted skull earrings (shown below, right) to spider adorned bangles, you can count on Betsey for a funky, one of a kind piece to add to any outfit. Or if you’re looking for pieces you can wear over and over again, check out Stella & Dot’s Renegade line. Mix the Renegade cluster bracelet (shown below, left) with a rhinestone snake wrap for a touch of Halloween creepiness, then after the holiday is over, mix it with all your other bangles throughout the fall and winter seasons for an edgier look.

Spooktacular Makeup
Sure being at the office or out running an errand or two may not warrant full on face paint, but there are simple make up tricks that can bring a little haute to Halloween makeup details. To glam it up, try cat-like eyeliner, glittery eye shadow, false eyelashes or some colored mascara – but not all at once, we are going for subtle, not clown-like here! Nail polish is also a great way to add a little Halloween spirit to your everyday outfits. Paint all your nails black, leaving one blank, then paint that nude nail orange and add a dash of sparkle to one or all of your fingers. If you’re looking for something a little more fun, try out a candy corn, ghost or jack-o-lantern design.

Haunting Finishing Touches
To add a dash of fun to your outfit on Monday, pair a Halloween themed tee, like one with a skeleton or pumpkin print, under a blazer. A tee paired with a fitted blazer is always a yes, especially when that tee has an awesome print on it. If your work is more professional and less business casual, pair a skirt with spider webbed or animal printed stockings and a taller boot to show off just a hint of Halloween spirit.

Channeling your inner good girl? Dig out those ruby red slippers you wore when you were Dorothy that one time in college and pair them with navy cropped pants and a white button down. Top off the look with traditional pig tails with a curl at the end or a sparkly red headband.

Feeling a little wicked? Nothing gets you in the spooky spirit like coordinating different black pieces to create a chic homage to witches everywhere. Go with tight black pants, a sheer black top and a chunky black sweater, accenting your look with a sparkly statement necklace and green nails to bring out your inner Elphaba (right). Top off your look with your favorite betwitching headpiece – whether it’s a black feathered headband or a fedora. You can also go the extra witching mile with pointy-toed shoes in black patent or matte leather.

Remember, for a quick fix, mix black with some sparkle for an instant boost of Halloween glam!

~Kristen, FashioniSTA

A Halloween Perfect Pairing: Regis & Kelly

This week is Halloween week at STA! For those of you who have been tuning into our “Perfect Pairing” blog series, we are mixing it up a little this week in honor of the spookiest day of the year. We at STA have unanimously decided that the Perfect Halloween Pair Award goes to Regis & Kelly. Not only are these two on the ball when it comes to covering every pop culture reference in their costumes, they’re also not above have 97 costume changes in an hour-long show. I totally endorse this by the way, one costume is for people with one personality.

These two have dressed up as pretty much every pop culture reference from reality television “characters” to real life master chefs to a tribute to High School Musical. Here is a closer look at my favorite costumes:

1. Rachel Zoe and Brad (…and Taylor…and Rodger)

If we had to name a fashion power couple, they would be it. Not only do they dress for a living, but between their voices and catchphrases, it’s hard not to talk like them after watching The Rachel Zoe Project. You also know it’s a good costume when just a photo of the two of them makes you burst out laughing. The hand gestures, the semi-nasal/Valley voice, the oversized accessories, I can’t get enough! The only thing that would’ve made this costume skit better would’ve been if it was Gelman who had come out in a bleached, unbrushed wig and threw a Taylor hissy fit.

2. The Kardashians

Kelly Ripa’s facial expressions are so priceless that she nailed Kris Jenner with a cropped wig, huge set of hoops, and that signature power pout. But this bit was truly an ensemble production, with pretty much every crew member taking on a different Kardashian character, with Regis occasionally chiming in as the token man’s man that is Bruce Jenner. But the best part is the realization that one person can play every female part just by adjusting the wig length…minus Kandy, of course, their long lost Kardashian sister, which had to be played by Art Moore.

3. Real Housewives of NJ

So my bias towards the RHONJ aside, the “Last Supper” skit was the greatest Halloween idea since bite-sized candy. Since the finale to season one of the series was by far the greatest moment in housewives history, obviously it deserved the homage that Regis and Kelly paid, but the combination of real clips and reenactments really took this to another level. Between the hairline and the facial expressions, it’s like looking in a mirror, isn’t it, Teresa? Just a sidenote, Regis looked a little too authentic as season one Caroline…

This year I think they should revisit this theme and hash out the Teresa/Melissa/Kathy drama…while Gelman dons a knit hat and makes an appearance as Jacqueline’s daughter Ashley (Ashlee?).

4. Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen

Putting aside the fact that I’m serious about my love for Elizabeth and James and The Row, I find the Olsen twins to be outrageously satirical. How can you not dress up as them when the only thing you need to do is wear sunglasses and carry Starbucks cups that are bigger than their calves. (P.S. how am I just now seeing the identical similarities between them and Rachel Zoe? Is this a West Coast thing, or are they all secretly from the same gene pool?) There was a very important factor missing in this: Gelman as a resurrected Bob Saget.

5. Katy Perry and Elmo

Ah, the cleavage heard round the Sesame Street universe. This would be good enough with just Kelly and a puppet, but to put Regis in an Elmo costume skyrocketed it to TV gold. I never want to hear another person complain about wearing a uniform, a 70something man had to wear a costume for made exclusively for preschool teachers.

If I could be so bold as to suggest Halloween costumes for them this year, I would recommend an all-Housewives-themed event, with a side of the royal couple, obviously. Am I the only one that desperately wants to see the two of them as Will and Kate? No, I’m not. However, I would happily accept Regis as Charlie Sheen and Kelly Ripa as Nikki Minaj (day day day day day day).

~Ashley, FashioniSTA

It’s a FashioniSTA Halloween!

Tune in all this week as we bring you Halloween, STA-style. Whether it’s haute or just hilarious, the best thing about Halloween style is it’s never boring! We’ll bring you everything you need to have a ghoulish and glam Halloween, so stay tuned!