Scarecrows, Turkeys and Hay Piles: Leah Remini’s Mad Thanksgiving Decorating Skills

11/08/2013 at 02:56 PM ET

Some may see it as the dingy, poorly lit corner where the celebrities and the pros put their heads together every Monday night on Dancing with the Stars and try to figure out how to survive another week.

Leah Remini sees it as a canvas.

“She decorates the entire studio,” gushes Corbin Bleu, who is at the top of the leader board this week. “So when it was Halloween time, she decorated the entire front. Then literally the day after Halloween, the first day of November we showed up and everything was all Thanksgiving. We had scarecrows and there were turkeys, there were all these hay piles.”

“I love all holidays,” says Remini.  “It’s just a little thing that makes everybody smile and I love doing it.”

For a place that’s more known for the essence of sweat and smelly feet, scented candles now fill the air.

“Leah decorates everything everyday,” adds pro Cheryl Burke. “It makes it more of a home than a mental institution.” Partner Jack Osbourne agrees: “I love going in one of the studios after Leah because she always has incense and candles burning so when you go in there it smells fresh and not like feet.”

And what’s Remini’s number one tip for holiday decorating?

“If you can hire somebody to do the lights, you definitely should. That’s the absolute worst part. You get halfway done with that and you wonder if you really want to do the house up!  I also pull a lot of inspiration from magazines and try to recreate it. And then I go to Target.”

—Michele Stueven

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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I love Leah Remini! What an amazing woman she is…big fan! I still watch my DVDs of King of Queens all of the time.

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