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Answer Angel: Big trip, small bag

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: Is it possible to pack for an Alaska trip (a cruise) in just a carry-on, especially if you are a plus size?

I mean, if you are a size zero you can pack for a month with carry-on only. But a 5-foot-10 Queen? Hello???

--Judie C.

Dear Judie: Yes, definitely. It is easier on a ...Read more

Help! My kid wants to be a Sephora tween

Earlier this year, my daughter started coming home from school and begging us to buy her "skin care." She's 9.

I had heard of "Sephora tweens," the catchy name given to young kids swarming the cosmetics store seeking specific — and often pricey — products made popular on social media. But I was startled that even without...Read more

The Pet Gala is paws-itively adorable

OK, WHAT? Apparently, there is a dog version of the Met Gala, known as the Pet Gala, and why has nobody ever told me about this before?

Anyway, the Pet Gala, held May 20 in New York, is a benefit for the American Kennel Club’s nonprofit Museum of the Dog, and the pooches attend dressed in mini ...Read more

Answer Angel: How best to wear small jackets?

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: For a few years now, I’ve noticed that many women’s jackets -- blazers, denim, sweaters, etc. -- are open and look too small to button or zip up. Is this a thing now?

Sometimes it looks nice and allows a nice view of the top underneath. Other times it looks outrageously small and tight. How to ...Read more

This entrepreneur has bottled the scent of Philadelphia. No, it doesn’t smell like trash

PHILADELPHIA -- Alex Rodriguez, creative director of RDZ Parfums sprayed his newest scent, Philadelphia, inside of Old City’s Perfumology.

My olfactory glands danced to the full-on cherry palooza.

“That’s the water ice ...Read more

Beyond gray hair and wrinkles: How to prevent signs of premature aging

We can’t beat Father Time, but there’s a chance we can keep him at bay awhile and slow down the appearance of aging — if we pay attention to our bodies.

Premature aging can be caused by a variety of factors, from the environment, to sun exposure, to beauty products and our diet. The acceleration of aging can be visible in wrinkles and ...Read more

Nearly 2 in 3 millennials, Gen Zers say they prefer alcohol-free dates

Move over boozy brunches and cocktail-fueled first dates — millennials and Gen Zers are raising a glass of sparkling water to the latest trend: dry dating. This movement is all about ditching alcohol and focusing on creating genuine, sober connections.

According to ...Read more

Answer Angel: Sun hats

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I live where a sun hat is a requisite when you are out and about. The issue is that the hats that I try on in stores are way too big for my head…and if I purchase them online and they don’t look good, there is the hassle of returning them.

Are there any known manufacturers of sun hats that make ...Read more

A ‘houseplant hotel’ gives greenery the spa treatment — and keeps them alive while you’re on vacation

PHILADELPHIA -- Yolanda Palmer ushers visitors through Foliage, past towering ferns, hanging ficus, and monstera with leaves that look like Swiss cheese, to the 300-square-foot greenery hotel nestled in back of her plant boutique.

Here, close to a dozen clivia, hibiscus and ...Read more

Expert: There are better ways to consume olive oil than drinking it

TikTok is full of creative ways to improve your diet — through new recipes or food hacks — stemming from users’ growing fascination with gut health. The latest fad is chugging olive oil first thing in the morning.

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Odele grew hair care brand via Target; now, it's eyeing women's sports fans

MINNEAPOLIS -- The brand seemed to appear out of nowhere, populating Target shelf space among other "clean label" hair products during the pandemic.

Its minimalist aesthetic and positioning next to pricier brands appealed to consumers looking for affordable yet better-for-you hair care.

In just four years, Minneapolis-based Odele ...Read more

Answer Angel: Summer sweater options?

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: Once again, summertime is rolling around, and once again I would love to wear my cute sleeveless tops (and I don’t care if my upper arms are flabby — deal with it, people!).

But once again, restaurants will be running their A/C at meat-locker levels. Can you suggest layers I can put on top that ...Read more

3 ways to fight off mosquitoes this season

While we love hotter temperatures, sunnier days and adventures outside, we don’t love the bugs that come with it — especially when they bite. Mosquitoes are pesky insects whose bites can cause irritation, allergic reactions and bring diseases.

There are more thanhomeandleisure/fashiondaily/fashiondailynews/s-3254899">Read more

Odele grew hair care brand via Target; now, it's eyeing women's sports fans

MINNEAPOLIS -- The brand seemed to appear out of nowhere, populating Target shelf space among other "clean label" hair products during the pandemic.

Its minimalist aesthetic and positioning next to pricier brands appealed to consumers looking for affordable yet better-for-you hair care.

In just four years, Minneapolis-based Odele ...Read more

Answer Angel: Search for lasting lipstick, mascara

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I am turning to you to solve my two biggest makeup problems.

First: Is there any lipstick that really, REALLY stays on? For hours? For a whole evening? I’d even settle for one that lasts through an entire meal? Every lipstick I have ever used needs to be reapplied after even a few sips of coffee. It...Read more

How to survive graduation season

Graduation season is a time of celebrating accomplishments and extending best wishes for life's next chapter, but it can also be a time of stress when juggling party planning and gift decisions.

In the National Retail Federation's annual graduation gift survey from last year, feedback from more than 8,400 consumers found people expected to ...Read more

‘Food freedom’ is pulling the plug on toxic diet culture

The latest food trend doesn’t restrict your diet; instead, it embraces it.

According to Healthline, there are various aspects of food freedom, typically ranging from ditching diet culture to promoting healthier choices ...Read more

Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Gigi Hadid were two Met Gala winners

The Met Gala, at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, came and went last Monday in a flurry of enormous gowns, wild accessorizing and some questionable dress-code interpretation. (The theme was “The Garden of Time,” but the Costume Institute exhibit being unveiled was “Sleeping Beauty”; homeandleisure/fashiondaily/fashiondailynews/s-3246247">Read more

Answer Angel: Socks with sandals?

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: My male relatives (son and husband) wear rubbery slip-on “slides” sometimes called “pool” or “shower” sandals — the style that soccer athletes, etc. wear when they take off their cleats.

My men prefer slides to flip-flops because they can wear socks with them. I think socks with sandals ...Read more

3 foods that might help you sleep better

When battling sleep issues, taking melatonin or drinking chamomile tea might help. However, a study reveals certain foods might also aid in catching some much needed zzz’s.

Drinking caffeine or energy drinks, enjoying fried foods or sweets, and eating ...Read more