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Faribault Mill prepares to go national with first store outside Minnesota

The blanket company has new equipment and products and wants to become a household name outside its home state and region.

MINNEAPOLIS — To Ross Widmoyer, Faribault Mill is part of Minnesota's rich fabric of legacy brands. After rapid growth, the forward-thinking chief executive hopes to weave a new chapter in the blanket maker's ...Read more

Answer Angel: Makeup madness

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I seriously want to know why so many women have SO much makeup. I have friends and relatives who practically hoard makeup. One, who rarely wears lipstick, had 60 tubes in her drawer. I know some who have makeup suitcases to carry a ton of accouterments on trips! My sister has about 40 eye shadows, 20 or so eyeliners ...Read more

A beautiful bouquet of ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ stars

Sunday Best

OK, so I know I featured Michelle Yeoh last weekend in this space, but if you think I am capable of resisting the A-plus level of color coordination gorgeously demonstrated by the “Everything Everywhere All at Once” cast at the Critics Choice Awards Jan. 15, clearly we have not met. (Also, frankly, Sunday Best could ...Read more

Answer Angel: Bait-and-switch hairstylists

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: Is there any recourse in this situation I ran into recently? I made a beauty salon appointment with my regular stylist, and they even confirmed that appointment, reminding me if I don’t show up, I’d still be charged 100% of the scheduled service price. Then, when I show up, they tell me my stylist no longer works ...Read more

Sheryl Lee Ralph stands up for her younger self — and the beauty of all Black women.

Sheryl Lee Ralph reminded Black girls — and many grown Black women — of our natural beauty on the Golden Globes red carpet last week.

When an InStyle reporter asked Ralph, who was phenomenally dressed in a...Read more

Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh glitter at Golden Globes

The Golden Globes, which took place last Tuesday, are a joke, but the fashion and the often-fabulous speeches are real — and what a treat it was to see this legendary pair sparkling like the stars they are. Angela Bassett, who won the supporting actress award for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” glittered in this elegantly sequined ...Read more

TikTok-viral candle warmer lamps might be just what your home is missing

Over the past few months, #DesignTok has been taken over by a new interior design trend: candle warmer lamps. According to, the TikTok trend kicked off when ...Read more

Permanent jewelry, featured in Netflix's 'Love Is Blind,' comes to Minnesota

Offered in the form of bracelets, anklets and sometimes rings, metal chains are welded together to symbolize the lasting bonds of friendship and love.

MINNEAPOLIS — Brittany Thompson and her friends are linked for life.

The 26-year-old and 10 of her BFFs had thin gold metal chains welded shut around their wrists and ankles during ...Read more

Remarkable Vivienne Westwood dressed Carrie Bradshaw and the Sex Pistols, too

Vivienne Westwood, the British fashion designer known both for clothing the 1970s punk movement and for decades of creating beautiful high-fashion gowns for runways and red carpets, died Dec. 29 in London, at the age of 81. Hers was a remarkable life in fashion; you may remember her for the safety pins and torn T-shirts in which she dressed ...Read more

Answer Angel: Socks with sandals?

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: My partner and I have an ongoing dispute about wearing socks with sandals. He’s a fan. I think it is a bad look — a nerdy, “clueless tourist” style. Who is right?

— Brooke K.

Dear Brooke: It hurts me to say this but you’re both right. Personally, I’m on your side. I wouldn’t wear socks with sandals. ...Read more

4 ways to recover from holiday debt according to experts

Indulgence is practically expected during the holiday season, from food and drink to presents for the kids. But all that indulgence comes at a cost. Finance website Brankrate predicted that the average American family would spend $1,455 on food, ...Read more

How State & Liberty and James van Riemsdyk are changing the NHL fashion game

PHILADELPHIA — Eight years ago, State & Liberty was selling dress shirts out of the trunk of a car. Now, it outfits more than 60% of the NHL, including almost all of James van Riemsdyk's Flyers teammates.

Lee Moffie, State & Liberty's founder, grew up in the same hockey circuit as van Riemsdyk. With Moffie playing in Connecticut and ...Read more

Kansas City grocery opens with Amazon technology to change the way we shop and eat

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A new grocery store opened Friday in Kansas City’s East Crossroads, bringing not only healthy and organic food to residents but also state-of-the-art technology and a venue for local businesses to expand their reach.

Community Groceries held its grand opening, and owner Kortney Lee and staff are hoping to revolutionize ...Read more

Will inflation ease its painful grip on consumer prices in 2023?

DALLAS — Since the 1970s, Americans have come to understand that global shocks such as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine can send gasoline prices spiking for a time, but a dozen eggs aren’t supposed to be so expensive.

Eggs were one of the biggest price gainers in the grocery shopping cart in 2022, but the kitchen staple has its own reason: ...Read more

Laura Yuen: New leaf, new year? Don't underestimate the power of small

What if the secret to a better you wasn't about achieving bold, life-altering feats, but performing minuscule, low-effort habits?

Forget trying to lose 15 pounds, getting eight hours of sleep a night, or giving up alcohol in January. Think smaller. Now even smaller.

Every year my New Year's resolution is to become more organized. It's why I ...Read more

Answer Angel: Repairs for a designer purse

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I have a beautiful Bottega Veneta purse in need of repair. Do you know of anyone who does this kind of work?

— Pat S.

Dear Pat: For an expensive bag like that you’ll want a skilled shoe repair expert. This is something an old-school repair shop can handle. An internet search will guide you to one near you. Also, ...Read more

Has the time for fine and antique clocks passed? This seller hopes not

CLAYTON, Mo. — Is time running out for fine and antique clocks?

Sales are down, and prices are, too. Interest in them has been fading for years.

But clocks are circular. Their faces are circles, their gears are circles, their hands move in a circle.

"I think the market for antiques will come back. We all say it's a cycle, that ...Read more

Texas women make Oak Cliff’s Mosaic Makers Collective more than a store

All over America, new stores opened just days or a few weeks before the pandemic lockdown in March 2020. Some were owned by independent entrepreneurs with big ...Read more

The 6 best national parks for winter wildlife spotting

Enjoying the national parks may be the highlight of summer vacations, but visiting in the winter has its own perks. The crowds are long gone and depending on when you go, you might just feel you have the whole park to yourself.

If you’re brave enough to embrace the low temperatures with lots of snowfall and ice, you can be in for a real ...Read more

How Pantone’s Color of the Year brightened the lives of Southern California designers

Pantone’s Color of the Year 2023, officially called Viva Magenta 18-1750, is expected to shape design in all kinds of ways in the coming year.

Viva Magenta is a bold color. describes it as a sexy reddish-purplish-pink midway between red and blue on the color wheel.” Pantone calls it “an unconventional shade for an unconventional time.” ...Read more