Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I am a 13-year-old girl on a $35-per-month clothing allowance. How do I make my dollars stretch?
- Amelia I.
Dear Amelia: Whether you're 13 or much, much older, your clothes budget will go so very much further if you shop at thrift stores, secondhand shops, consignment stores and church sales. And you're never too ...Read more
College-bound kids can sign up for a free six month Amazon Prime Student membership, which includes free two-day shipping and other benefits, including textbooks.
Students can sign up with a .edu email to get benefits similar to a full-price Amazon Prime membership, which normally costs $119 a year. The service makes it easy for parents to ...Read more
The mere mention of Bali evokes images of lush, tropical rainforests, expansive beaches and beautiful Javanese architecture. While it's easy to assume that a vacation to Bali will cost a small fortune, this beloved Indonesian island offers some of the best values of any tropical paradise on the planet. There's plenty of budget accommodations, ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA - The moment marketing consultant Mia Colona walked into a recent women's networking dinner in a tailored, canary yellow pantsuit from British fast fashion chain Topshop, she felt all the eyes - attached to bodies clothed in black and dark gray - follow her to her seat.
"I was so glad I went with yellow that night," ...Read more
I'll have more to say next month about the costume-design nominees for this year's Academy Awards - but today, let's tip an (elegant) hat to a film that should have been nominated in this category, but wasn't. The gorgeously imaginative costumes of "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" designed by Ellen Mirojnick ("The Greatest Showman...Read more
Take the Audible Challenge 2020 to get a free $20 Amazon credit by listening to three book titles at least 3 hours long on the free Audible app on any mobile device. Choose from 180,000 titles.
This also would be a great way to put to work that new Echo, Kindle or Fire device that you got over the holidays.
The reward is for new or current ...Read more
Look down at your feet. It's winter, and chances are you're wearing a pair of boots. Whether it's a pair of thigh-highs or wedges, boots are one of the fastest ways to step up the style in your wardrobe this winter. Do some fancy footwork and slip into one or more of these trends right now. You might even find some of them on sale! Time to ...Read more
Many of you probably are working on some fitness goals in January. Even if you're not satisfied with your progress, I'm all for feeling good in the moment. This week I'll share some easy tricks for dressing around the belly you'd like to hide so you can look stylish while you work toward your best body. Whether you have indulged in too much ...Read more
It's just three weeks until the 2020 Academy Awards, arguably Hollywood's biggest celebration of the year. But lots of Hollywood's A-listers turned out Sunday night to walk the red carpet, schmooze and reward one another trophies for acting in films and TV at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, generally regarded as one of the big precursors to ...Read more
We have now, apparently, entered the Green Velvet Pantsuit stage of awards season - and I could not be happier about it. (The world, in general, needs more green velvet.) From the Critics Choice Awards Jan. 12 we have Greta Gerwig, writer/director of "Little Women" (and do NOT get me started on how she should have been nominated for ...Read more
Dear Answer Angel Ellen: A friend of mine was ranting about "millennial hippies." I was too embarrassed to ask her what age ARE millennials anyhow. Can you help me out on what's what in terms of millennials vs. centennials vs. baby boomers versus Gen(eration) X and Gen Y and Gen Z. And what will follow Generation Z?
- Kathy K.
Now that the holiday decorations are all put away (hopefully), it's the perfect time to let go of all the extra stuff in our closets so we can really enjoy getting dressed for those sunny vacation days ahead.
There are always clothes you need to get out of your closet, drawers and wherever else you stash them -- even the laundry bin. So, spend ...Read more
It's nice to start the year off fresh and clean out your closet. But, doing a full-on purge can be a daunting task. And sometimes, holding on to pieces can serve a purpose. I believe fashion is cyclical, and part of building a timeless wardrobe is investing in high quality pieces that you can keep throughout the years. However, keeping clothing ...Read more
Sign up to get a free box of winter cosmetics and personal care products from Walmart. Shipping is $5.
Seasonal Beauty Boxes are mailed four times a year stuffed with full-sized products from name brands including Secret, Olay, L'Oreal, Rimmel, Dove, Neutrogena, Tresemme, Crest, Cover Girl and others.
There also are samples and high-value ...Read more
Perched on Florida's southern tip, Miami draws visitors from around the world with its blend of urban buzz and glamorous beach scene. However, visiting Miami is very different from visiting other popular Florida destinations. Why is that? Well, in terms of cultural diversity, vibrant nightlife and overall bustle, Miami can feel light years ...Read more
The Pantone Color Institute doesn't just want you to see Classic Blue in 2020. It also wants you to taste, touch and hear it.
For the first time, Pantone turned the announcement of its color of the year - "a timeless and enduring hue elegant in its simplicity" - into what it describes as "a unique multi-sensory experience." ...Read more
Lots of post-holiday hair questions ...
Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I'm 52 and I have been going gray for years. The gray used to be only at the temples and now it's everywhere. My hair looks like a tiger's tail. What should I do? If I color it darker, I'll have to keep it up and there's that pesky grow-out line. I had thought about having the ...Read more
What can we expect in a new decade from fashion's most creative movers and shakers? All you have to do is take a look back at the past and into the future ... not an easy way to predict the up-and-coming fashion trends, but there's always a new way to put all the oldies but goodies together with a new spin ... sometimes even with a touch of ...Read more
The warmth of the holiday season is long gone, but the chill of winter remains as does our need for thick materials like denim, wool, leather and cashmere. Our typical winter uniform of sweater, jeans and boots can quickly become monotonous and a bit lackluster. Dare I say that we get stuck in a rut when it comes to dressing in finicky weather ...Read more
Dear Answer Angel Ellen: Even though it's a new year, I'm still not over the letdown of the holidays. This time of year is always a bummer for me, but it is getting worse. All that preparation, decorating, shopping, wrapping, cooking, entertaining and then - poof - it is over in what seems like just a couple of hours. Here's my question: Is ...Read more
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