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Elizabeth Wellington: Pantone's color of the year is 'Classic Blue' so you feel protected and tranquil

When interior designer Barbara Balongue chose dining room chairs for Wayne, Pa., eatery Autograph Brasserie in a plush midnight blue, she was aiming for a vibe that was expensive, regal, and most important, calm.

"We live in a fast-paced, high-tech life," said Balongue, principal of the Villanova firm Balongue Design. "This ...Read more

Answer Angel: Tree-free ideas for Christmas ornament

Hey readers, my mailbox is overflowing with your suggestions for what to do with your cherished Christmas ornaments now that you're downsizing or just sick of the hassle of putting up (and taking down) that tree. Lots of readers lamented that their grown kids have no interest in using their parents' sentimental decorations in their own homes. ...Read more

9 best things to do in Phuket: beaches, temples, wildlife and much more

Phuket is a stunning island located off the western coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. With miles of beaches, numerous luxury resorts and tourist-friendly bars and restaurants, it's easy to see why it's one of the country's most popular destinations. To ensure you have the best getaway on this tropical island, we've outlined the nine best ...Read more

Nedra Rhone: 2019 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for beauty lovers

The holiday season is a dream for lovers of beauty and personal care products when you consider the range of gifts curated into ready-to-go packages just for guys and girls who love to go glam. Whether over-the-top or for everyday use, these gifts are sure to appeal to the beauty junkie in your life.

Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Glaze All-Over ...Read more

Sunday Best: This bonnet from the upcoming film 'Emma' just might brighten your day

I just thought your day might be improved by this bonnet. (It is rare that a day cannot be improved by a new bonnet. This week, Sunday Best is apparently written by Jane Austen.) This lovely bit of millinery from costume designer Alexandra Byrne ("Elizabeth: The Golden Age," "Mary Queen of Scots") is worn by Anya Taylor-Joy ...Read more

Mexico in December: Why you should visit the country's most popular beach destinations before peak season

If you live in a part of the world where the late fall and winter months mean bone-chilling cold, clouds, and days of rain or snow, you've likely dreamed of a warm-weather winter vacation. One problem: You aren't alone. January through April are peak season across the world's sunbelt - especially in Mexico. From Christmas onward, prices for ...Read more

Answer Angel: '70s fashion enjoying a resurgence

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: In the '70s I wore eyeglasses with enormous frames that covered half my face. Are they back in style? I've inherited some vintage ones that I was considering getting new prescription lenses for, but I'm not sure I love the look.

- Kendra L.

Dear Kendra: It is only a matter of time before a new generation discovers ...Read more

Doreen's Deals: Buying gift cards for the holidays? Beware of this new scam

Cyber grinches are working overtime this holiday season to steal gift cards from unsuspecting consumers, warns the Better Business Bureau.

A growing scam has emerged in which hackers remove gift cards off racks in stores where they are often kept out in the open and use a magnetic strip reader to scan account numbers. They scratch off the ...Read more

Deals & Steals: Unlimited free Frostys at Wendy's for $2

Get a whole year of free Jr. Frostys at Wendy's by making a $2 donation to the nonprofit Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

Make the donation for a limited time in restaurants or online to get a Frosty Key Tag good for a free frozen treat each time you make a purchase at participating restaurants. Tags are good Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2020. Order ...Read more

Elizabeth Wellington: From Urban Outfitters to 'Good Morning America,' this Philly designer is building an ethical fashion empire

PHILADELPHIA - In designer Amy Voloshin's Kensington studio, everyone was nervous.

A selection of cozy 100% cotton PJs peppered with dreamy celestial prints and evil eyes were going to be featured on the next day's edition of Good Morning America's Luxe Deals for Less. It would be for GMA's Friday-before-Thanksgiving installment, and if ...Read more

8 of the best things to do in Palm Beach

Ritzy and historic, Palm Beach in Florida is a suitable vacation destination for travelers who want a beach, spa, or foodie getaway. While it's well-known for the Mar-a-Lago Club, there's a lot more within Palm Beach and the surrounding areas to keep visitors entertained. From wildlife spotting to waterfront biking, here are the eight best ...Read more

Photographer and filmmaker Ari Seth Cohen shows us what style and love over age 60 look like

Sometimes you feel like donning 1950s rockabilly wear, and other days you want to be a cowboy wizard.

True story when you talk to photographer and filmmaker Ari Seth Cohen, the mind behind the blog, the book and the film "Advanced Style" - media about the fashion-forwardness of the over-60 set in New York City and around the world. ...Read more

Answer Angel: Bringing back some fashion classics

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: Can I still wear the beautiful hand-knit Fair Isle sweater my mom bought me on her trip to Scotland. Or is it hopelessly passe?

- Brenda P.

Dear Brenda: What's old is new again. Classic Fair Isle sweaters - named for a tiny island off the coast of Scotland - are back in a big way. These sweaters - often associated ...Read more

Edible florals, crystals and bathroom tarot readings: Our favorite wedding trends for 2020

When it comes to weddings, traditionalism is taking a back seat, and couples are shaking things up to make their nuptials celebration all the more personal and extravagant. The Knot released its annual curated list of the top wedding trends for the new year last week, and everything from decor to food to entertainment is being flopped on its ...Read more

Answer Angel: Wardrobe double standards in TV news

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: Why do women on TV newscasts look like they're dressed for a cocktail party and men look like they're dressed for business?

- Kathy K.

Dear Kathy: Ask any on-camera female news pro and she'll tell you that she gets massive numbers of unsolicited comments on her wardrobe, hair, makeup, jewelry and body parts. It's not...Read more

Spanx of a bygone era: Behold the power of the binding undergarment

MINNEAPOLIS - A lot of boning is happening in Twin Cities costume shops right now, and get your mind out of the gutter. We're talking about the process of assembling the bone-like structures that support corsets.

Autumn Ness, who wears a Children's Theatre Company costume shop-created undergarment to play the stepmother of "Cinderella,&...Read more

14 things that are guaranteed to annoy a TSA agent

Decades ago, going through security was as simple as throwing your bags - everything still packed nice and neat - onto a scanner belt and then breezing through a metal detector. However, the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, called for stricter security measures, and less than two months later, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) ...Read more

8 underrated US destinations that should be on your radar in 2020

If you're anything like us, you've already started gathering ideas on where to travel next year. And while there are plenty of big-ticket destinations worth a spot on your 2020 travel bucket list, we want to call out a few places that may have been overlooked. Whether you want to discover something new or spread the love (overtourism is real, ...Read more

Hat designer to auction heady Louis Vuitton creation

A one-of-a-kind Louis Vuitton pink marabou feathered hat that was created by Long Island designer Ivy Supersonic and has quite the heady past will be offered for sale in an online auction being held from Nov. 13 through Nov. 22.

Under a variety of different circumstances that could fill a book, at one time or another since its creation in 1999 ...Read more

Answer Angel: Should you listen to the fashion gods?

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: Recently I read that the newest color for fall is mint green. I cannot find it anywhere. I remember a few years ago the "it" color was sort of an orchid/lavender color, and it also was not available in that current season. Is it only the high-priced boutiques that possibly have the trending colors?

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