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10 of the best spring getaways on the East Coast

When most people think about spring getaways, spring break comes to mind. And while that's certainly part of the spring travel season, it's not the only amazing vacation that you can take. The truth is outside of Mexico, the Caribbean and some parts of the Southern United States, spring is shoulder season. And even in those prime destinations,...Read more

Answer Angel: Making 'athleisure' outfits work for you

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I want to get in on the "athleisure" trend, but have no idea where to start. How do I put together a comfortable outfit that doesn't look like I'm leaving the gym? There are so many companies and I have no clue what brands/styles/etc. to get. Please help!

- Claire M.

Dear Claire: What you're looking for is everyday ...Read more

Sunday Best: From New York Fashion Week, a gown reminiscent of a bouquet of flowers

In browsing through hundreds of photographs from New York Fashion Week (which took place earlier this month), something about this one caught my eye. From Oscar de la Renta (now designed by Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia), it's a metallic pleated gown which has a bodice made up of golden feathers. The striking placement of the feathers - some ...Read more

Fashion find of the week: Jet set in style with Open Story, Target's new luggage brand

With spring break season around the corner, Target has a new luggage and accessories brand that will help you jet set in style.

The Target-owned label called Open Story features nearly 40 options, including hard-side carry-on luggage, hard-side checked suitcases, backpacks, cosmetic cases, garment bags, totes, duffels, weekender bags, travel ...Read more

Amazon is primed to change the fashion industry with 'Making the Cut'

Supermodel Heidi Klum hosted fashion reality show "Project Runway" for 16 seasons, but one element was missing: Many of the beautiful clothing designs that went down the catwalk could not be immediately bought by the audiences that cheered for them.

So as Klum launches a new fashion-based reality show, "Making the Cut," next...Read more

Fashion find of the week: Aerie swimwear made from recycled plastic bottles

You heard Punxsutawney Phil - spring is coming early this year. That means it won't be long until we're swapping snow boots from swimwear.

Aerie launched this month its first eco-friendly capsule collection called Real Good Swim. But these are no ordinary swimsuits. Not only do they come in 10 styles with 35 color options, but also the ...Read more

Answer Angel: Getting cash for vintage wedding gowns

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I have two wedding dresses, one was worn in 1957 and the other in 1989. Both were professionally dry-cleaned and boxed. I am hoping to sell them but have no idea who might be interested in buying them. Any suggestions?

- Pat S.

Dear Pat: Wow, those dresses are a blast from the past. Because both of the gowns are old ...Read more

Retail Therapy: J.C. Penney is focused on getting the merchandise right with a.n.a. relaunch

FRISCO, Texas - If this 118-year-old retailer is going to fashion a turnaround, it needs fashion that more people want to wear.

J.C. Penney is ready to start talking about that, starting with denim, because women swear by their jeans. When they find a brand that fits well, they buy it over and over and in multiple colors and wear those jeans ...Read more

The 9 best spring break party destinations for fun, sun and nightlife

March is just around the corner, which means college students across the United States are gearing up for spring break. Whether you're celebrating a week off from class or shaking off winter's cabin fever, there are lots of reasons to indulge in the rowdy holiday tradition. With only a few weeks left to plan your getaway, we've broken down the...Read more

Disney World raises prices on some annual passes

ORLANDO, Fla. - Walt Disney World has raised prices for some of its annual passes. The changes kicked in last week.

For the Disney Platinum Plus Pass (the top tier of Disney World annual passes) for non-Florida residents, the price is now $1,295, up from $1,219. That's a 6.23% increase. However, the rate for Florida residents for Platinum ...Read more

Sunday Best: Handing out Academy Awards for best outfits at the Oscars after-party

While the Academy Awards red carpet this year was a fairly restrained affair (lots of asymmetrical silhouettes in pink, white or black, leaving me wondering where all the extra sleeves went), the after-parties showed off some more playful choices - often in vivid color. Three of my favorites: Freida Pinto, draped in a sumptuous green velvet gown...Read more

Why is Panama Central America's new tropical playground?

Few countries of Panama's size (it's smaller than South Carolina) can pack such a diversity of landscapes and travel experiences. Panama's rugged interior of jungle and volcanic terrain slopes down to sandy beaches, with deserted islands dotting both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts. Between Panama's natural wonders, underwater adventures, ...Read more

Answer Angel: Navigating the birthday gift minefield

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: My daughter's birthday is coming up and I want to give her a gift of cash (about $500) so she can go clothes shopping. She is a beautiful young woman but she has poor taste and buys clothes that don't fit properly. Laundry is another issue - don't get me started. She has a new job and it would be great if she had about...Read more

Nike celebrates Chicago with 40 NBA All-Star Weekend designs. Here are our top 10.

NBA All-Star Weekend finally returns to Chicago Feb. 14-16 for the first time in 32 years and brands are dropping special edition kicks, jerseys and an array of streetwear throughout the week leading up to the big event.

Nike, Jordan Brand and Converse have dominated the lineup with over 60 items created for All-Star 2020, including 40 pieces ...Read more

Is the fashion week model broken?

PITTSBURGH - Invitations to a fashion week were once limited to a small, elite crowd of editors and influencers in an even smaller number of style-savvy cities.

That changed when fashion blogging began. The ability to shoot and share a runway show in real time via social media eroded that exclusivity even more. Then there's the rise of fast ...Read more

Where to travel in Europe in April

Whether you're planning a family trip during spring break, a romantic getaway for two, or a solo trek, Europe in April is a great destination. Why? For starters, flights to Europe are cheaper than they will be in the height of the summer. That also means that Europe's most famous destinations will be a lot less crowded. The weather across most...Read more

Doreen Christensen: A fond farewell

After 40 years, I've decided to hang up my press pass, pica pole and proportion wheel and retire from this wonderful newspaper. The company made an offer I can't refuse. I'm ready for a bit of rest and more travel with my husband, Dan.

I've had many different jobs at the Sun Sentinel, from editing the TV Book to laying out news and features ...Read more

Sunday Best: Penélope Cruz brings some sunshine to a rainy week with this Ralph & Russo gown

Should you be in need of a touch of spring, in dress form, here you go: This is Penelope Cruz at the Goya Awards (Spain's equivalent of the Oscars) in Malaga Jan. 25, wearing a Ralph & Russo gown that seemed to be made of lilacs, wisteria and delicately trailing vines. You can imagine it creating a light, warm breeze. I will be picturing ...Read more

Answer Angel: Renting usually way to go with tuxedos

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I'm invited to a black tie event and maybe you can answer my question. In the long run is it cheaper and smarter to rent a tuxedo or to buy one? In other words, how many times would I have to wear the tux to make it worth purchasing one instead of renting? Also, can I wear a white tux or dinner jacket instead of the ...Read more

Sleep cages and ice baths: The extreme lifestyle of biohackers

In the predawn darkness, you can see an eerie red glow shining from the windows of the Hudson, Wis., home of Thaddeus Owen and his fiancee, Heidi Sime.

The couple are awake, having slept in their Faraday cage - a canopy over their bed that blocks electromagnetic fields like the Wi-Fi signals or radiation from cellphone towers, which they ...Read more