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10 awe-inspiring caves to visit in the US

You may not realize that the U.S. is filled with hidden, mysterious caves. Several are part of the national or state parks, and they're worth the excursion. Whether you are a thrill-seeker looking for an adventurous exploration of a cave, or like the intimate, magical side, the United States has plenty to offer. Here are 10 of the most amazing...Read more

Pittsburgh company makes Fiesta ware for your walls

PITTSBURGH — It's funny how things work out. Don Cella always thought he would be a developer like his father, but his hobby ended up being his livelihood.

"He loved taking pottery classes in high school and thought it would be a retirement project," says his sister, Angela Arena.

Now brother and sister run Limelight Tile & ...Read more

Fashion find of the week: Gear up for the Olympics with sustainably made Team USA apparel by Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren is once again an official outfitter of Team USA for the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo — this time with an emphasis on sustainability.

Athletes will wear for the closing ceremony parade sporty white drawstring jackets with an American flag graphic on the sleeve. Jackets will be paired with a striped belt made from Repreve recycled ...Read more

Answer Angel: How to fit in at outdoor music events

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I’m going to an outdoor festival later this summer. I have no clue what to wear. I’m older than the usual concertgoer, but I want to look like I actually belong there. My favorite bands are playing and I’m going with a group of younger people. I guess what I want is a sophisticated boho look — no torn jeans, ...Read more

Myla Robinson makes earrings in Baltimore, gives portion of profits to those in need across the country

BALTIMORE — Myla Robinson has always “made stuff.” Whether it’s Shrinky Dink plastic or cicada wings, she can find a way to craft with anything.

“Myla is someone that is so creative and humble,” said CiCi Flanagan, Robinson’s friend and customer. “She doesn’t like when you say it’s art, she wants to call it stuff.”

The ...Read more

A Washington teen made a beautiful prom dress — out of duct tape

Look closely at this beautiful prom dress, worn by its designer Larissa Leon (a 17-year-old student in Sunnyside, Yakima County) and inspired by the colorful, full-skirted folklórico dresses of Mexican dancers. And then consider this: It’s made entirely from duct tape. Leon made the dress as an entry in Duck Brand duct tape’s annual Stuck...Read more

20 things to know about the new kaleidoscopic exhibit of Prince's shoes at Paisley Park

MINNEAPOLIS — He had bespoke shoes for each and every outfit. And then some, like platform sneakers and roller skates with transparent wheels that lit up.

By official count, Prince had about 1,200 pairs of footwear housed at Paisley Park.

Over the ankle, over the knee, zip up the side with a peace-symbol zipper pull. All custom made, of ...Read more

10 years in, Shinola begins to find its footing again after pandemic, with new CEO

DETROIT — This year marks a decade since Shinola's inception. Within just a few years, the Detroit watchmaker gained popularity just as the city declared bankruptcy, creating a brand identity that many consumers found compelling: embracing a city's struggles.

In that time the luxury design company, mainly known for its watches, has rapidly ...Read more

‘It’s been a nightmare.’ Businesses struggle to find T-shirts, hats amid shortage

AKRON, Ohio — There are not many commonalities among computer chips, chicken wings and T-shirts, but one is that they are all becoming increasingly hard to find.

Similar to local car dealerships and restaurants, T-shirt shops are having difficulty with supply shortages.A supply chain at capacity

"It's been a nightmare," ...Read more

Sunday Best: Helen Mirren effortlessly lights up Cannes red carpet

You might not be in need of a ray of sunshine these days, but here’s one anyway: the always resplendent presence of Helen Mirren, on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival on July 6. Note the magnificent jewels, the casually held sunglasses, the expression of, “Yes, I know I’m glorious, and I’m fine with it.” In other words, ...Read more

Answer Angel: Hang on to your skinny jeans

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: A few months back, you answered a reader’s question about the return of high-waisted jeans and you gave them a thumbs-up review. I’ve been meaning to email you a related question. Everywhere I look online, I see that straight leg jeans are now the fashion. They look kind of baggy (the old “boyfriend jeans” of ...Read more

Aruba vs. Barbados: Which Caribbean island is right for you?

Those of us who have been waiting to travel again might want to answer the question in this article title with an emphatic “Either!” or “Both!” But let us explain why you need to make a choice. Despite obvious similarities, Aruba and Barbados are poles apart from each other in some subtle and not-so-subtle ways. Below, we’ve broken ...Read more

James Lileks: Why real stores are better than online, pt. 2,239

I bought a new computer mouse the other day. Ruined it the same day. I blame the pandemic.

Problem: My wife's mouse for her work laptop stopped working. As the hunter-gatherer in the family, I said I'd get her a new one. Yes, me.

Before society reordered itself permanently, and people worked in these places we called "offices," you ...Read more

Nedra Rhone: How to dress post-pandemic? Just do you.

Slob-chic, athleisure, casual comfy — you've undoubtedly heard some version of these terms over the past year in reference to pandemic fashion. They have been used to refer to any attire with some combination of a stretchy waistband, loose fit and/ or soft material — in short — something comfortable.

This has been the overriding ...Read more

Bra shops saw sales spike during pandemic: What shoppers bought

DETROIT — In the early days of the pandemic when most of the country was in quarantine, local bra shops saw a spike in the purchase of fun and flirty lingerie.

Over the last few months, that spike has turned into an increase in maternity purchases.

"We're starting to sell maternity and nursing wear more than we've ever sold before,"...Read more

Answer Angel: How to make your pearls shine like new

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: My mom gave me her string of cultured pearls but they look kind of dirty. How do I clean them? Or, can they even be cleaned?

— Lucy C.

Dear Lucy: Your question gives me an opening to repeat some advice I’ve given my own sisters: Wear your “good” jewelry;, don’t just tuck it in a drawer for special occasions...Read more

Summer’s coolest dress is an instant classic. OMG, did you see this?

For the second project in a series of storytelling products to be released sequentially throughout the summer New York product designer Nik Bentel set out to create the perfect summer dress by looking back. Way back.

Using Sandro Botticelli’s 1480s masterpiece The Birth of Venus as inspiration, Bentel set out to recreate, as accurately as ...Read more

3 metro Detroit retailers say clothing trends are shifting. Here's how

DETROIT — As offices reopen, many of us aren’t ready to give up — entirely — the T-shirt and sweatpants combination we've all grown to love while working from home.

But retailers are noticing a transition in what customers are buying as they prepare to return to being seen in public as the world returns to a sense of normalcy as the ...Read more

Women come face-to-face with an old foe after a year of pandemic: the underwire bra

BALTIMORE — It’s been 16 months of working from home, free from the confines of both her downtown office and her casual but still business-appropriate wardrobe.

Underneath the leggings, top and flip-flops she’s been wearing instead, April Webbert feels liberated.

“It’s been a sports bra or no bra,” she said. “You couldn’t go ...Read more

Answer Angel: How to give old watches new life

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I put away my old “good” watch in favor of the colorful cheap ones that match my spring and summer outfits. Now that I am all hoarded up with a colorful collection of pretty watches (mostly made in China), I can’t find battery replacement stores. Looking on the internet, I see batteries but no directions about ...Read more