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Answer Angel: Black tie events are no joke

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I am invited to a black tie event several months away. Who knows whether it will be canceled because of Covid, but if it isn’t, I need to know the answer to this question: Would it be OK for me to wear one of those T-shirts that look like a tuxedo? I really don’t want to spend the money to rent a tux and the shoes,...Read more

Oscar Mayer selling $5 sheet face mask inspired by its bologna

Oscar Mayer has entered the beauty business — and it’s no phony baloney.

In what it says is an inspiration from a classic childhood tradition of turning a slice of bologna into a face mask, the iconic packaged meats brand is selling a limited-edition skin care mask for $5 on Amazon.

Kraft Heinz, its parent company, has partnered with Seoul...Read more

Elizabeth Wellington: André Leon Talley was the fashion world's 'visionary'

André Leon Talley shared his fabulous encounters with Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren, Karl Lagerfeld and Diane von Furstenburg in his monthly column, "Life with Andre," a staple of American Vogue in the 1990s.

He had the kind of access to designers, celebrities and models, fashionistas only dreamed of and he wrote about his ...Read more

Secrets of a Calif. curvy Sports Illustrated model

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Like a lot of young women who have moved to Los Angeles over the past 100 years, Ella Halikas has big dreams of becoming a star. But she wants to do it on her own terms, as a curvy model in a fashion industry that prizes Size 2 bodies.

For the 24-year-old from Walnut Creek, California, that has meant fending off such ...Read more

Sunday Best: Remembering fashion icon André Leon Talley

A remarkable life in fashion has ended: André Leon Talley, former Vogue editor and creative director and longtime iconic figure in the New York fashion scene, died last week at the age of 73. Known for his dramatic caftans and capes, his larger-than-life presence (literally; he was 6-foot-6), his love of accessories and his keen eye for color...Read more

At travel convention, pandemic-weary visitors are in a buying mood

PITTSBURGH — All hail Mickey Mouse. According to AAA, the No. 1 destination for Pittsburgh travelers remains Orlando, Florida, the home of Walt Disney World.

"That is followed by Las Vegas, Jamaica, Italy and Ireland," said Ida D'Errico, producer of the Pittsburgh Travel Showcase presented by AAA Travel.

That information was ...Read more

Recycle by refilling: Meet the women bringing ‘refilleries’ to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — Larissa Russo, despite her master’s degree in engineering and well-paying job, joined 2021’s Great Resignation in April.

Like many of the around 38 million Americans who quit their jobs last year, she made the move after spending months at home, when she suddenly had time to think about her habits and priorities. And the ...Read more

Snoop Dogg planning to launch a hot dog brand called ‘Snoop Doggs’

Snoop Dogg, already famous for sipping on “gin and juice” and smoking cannabis, is getting into the junk food game.

The hip hop superstar is apparently planning to launch his own line of hot dogs, aptly called “Snoop Doggs.”

According to Billboard, Snoop’s attorneys applied to the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a ...Read more

Amid omicron surge, NYC’s iconic Katz’s Delicatessen now selling ‘Get Well Soon’ packages, starting at $115

If chicken soup is just what the doctor ordered to sooth your cold-weather blues, one of New York City’s most iconic eateries has the perfect remedy.

But it comes at a hefty price.

Katz’s Delicatessen is offering a new package tailored specifically for those under the weather, whether it be battling COVID-19 variants, the flu or ...Read more

Why the fashion of 'And Just Like That ...' brings Moira Macdonald joy -- even as she eye rolls everything else

And just like that, I watched "And Just Like That ..." (Insert emoji of air being let out of a tire, if such an emoji exists. And if it doesn't, why not?) I was not wearing a hat when I watched it, because I am not Carrie Bradshaw, despite being in her age demographic. Maybe it would have been better if I had.

Because that is, at ...Read more

Sunday Best: ‘Cyrano’ promises to be a lovely, fashion-filled musical

Need a little fantasy, on what’s surely a gloomy day? Here’s a photo from “Cyrano,” the new movie musical arriving in theaters next month featuring Peter Dinklage as the brilliant writer Cyrano de Bergerac and Haley Bennett (pictured) as the woman he loves from afar, Roxanne. I haven’t seen the film, but it promises to be, at minimum...Read more

Answer Angel: Are costly creams and lotions worth it?

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: Do I really need a body lotion, hand cream, morning face moisturizer, nighttime face moisturizer, and eye cream? If so, is there really a difference in all these products? Is there one I can use for my whole body? Is there really a difference between drugstore products and yummy smelling products that cost a fortune ...Read more

Detroit's only Black woman-owned yarn store weaves together art, friendships, community

DETROIT — Sally Moore's belief in her power to "make magic" is unshakable.

As Moore has faced challenges dished out by law school, high-stakes litigation cases and competitive entrepreneurial competitions, along with the destructive impact of breast cancer on her support circle, the magic has still been with her.

Even during this ...Read more

Reclaiming self-care's revolutionary roots for community wellness

ATLANTA — Well-meaning adults would tell Anana Johari Harris Parris when she was a young girl that she needed to take better care of herself.

"I was like, 'How?' I felt everybody else had it figured out and I didn't," Parris said. But years later, she would be forced to take a big step toward her own self-care.

After the birth of ...Read more

Are your shower habits hurting your skin?

There’s nothing quite like a nice long hot shower. But, for those who suffer from dry skin, a change in their daily routine may be essential to keeping it at bay.

Time and temperature

According to Thomas Knackstedt, M.D., a dermatologist at Cleveland Clinic, when it comes to dry skin, the way we shower can contribute to the problem. ...Read more

Made those New Year’s resolutions? Scammers are ready for you

Be alert, consumers: Even your plans for a better 2022 might not be safe from scammers.

The Florida Attorney General’s office is warning that those well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, learn a new skill or save money might provide opportunities for grifters ready to cash in.

That commitment to work out more? If you’re ...Read more

Answer Angel: Products for curly and wavy hair

Dear Answer Angel ElIen: I have slightly wavy hair and would like to find a product that would emphasize waves and could be scrunched into curls.

— Rebecca L.

Dear Rebecca: You’re in luck. There’s been a huge proliferation of products for every degree of curl and wave. Finding the right product(s) is a huge step toward eliminating ...Read more

Taco Bell selling taco subscription program, and it’s a steal

The pass costs around $10 a month, depending on the location

Taco Bell may have taken the Mexican Pizza and other beloved items off its menu, but at least they hooked it up with a new taco-a-day subscription program.

The subscription, called Taco Lover’s Pass, launched on Thursday. It can be purchased on the Taco Bell app through ...Read more

'She's a summer': Color consultant helps clients see their true hues

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Although winter is officially here, Ciara Krempley will be thinking of summer when she goes to her closet to choose an outfit.

At least in terms of color.

The 29-year-old Downtown resident discovered earlier this month that she falls into the "summer season" after a session with a local color consultant Megan ...Read more

Answer Angel: Facial hair woes

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I have a longtime, very close friend whom I don’t see often because they moved to another state. When I saw her a month ago, she had two long chin hairs plus a really fuzzy face. I saw her a week later and they were still there. How can I tactfully tell her about using a women’s facial hair remover? I think she ...Read more