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Deals & Steals: Free movie ticket to Marvel 'Avengers: Endgame'

Get a free $9 movie ticket to see "Avengers: Endgame" or any other movie of your choice.

Ziploc is offering the free ticket through Fandango.com with purchase of two participating products through June 30. The limit is four freebies per household.

Products include various counts of Ziploc sandwich ...Read more

The best day to fill up your gas tank to pay less

Gas prices seem to fluctuate each week without warning. Fuel prices are up 50 cents since the beginning of the year, and spike even higher during peak travel times, such as Memorial Day and summer vacations.

But you can fight back by filling up your tank on the right day, according to a new survey by GasBuddy.

The fuel-savings app tracked ...Read more

Inspired by a galaxy far, far away, these 'Star Wars' mementos could be yours forever

CHICAGO - The stuff of "Star Wars" - and there is unfortunately no better way to adequately describe the Death Star-sized planet of stuff that has been created in response to "Star Wars" since 1977 - filled McCormick Place earlier this month. Since many of you weren't able to make it to Lucasfilm's extravagant Star Wars ...Read more

What's real armor like to wear? With 'Game of Thrones' as the excuse, I found out at the Art Institute

CHICAGO - It is a few weeks before the final season of "Game of Thrones" begins, and I am standing in the Art Institute's arms and armor galleries, some 30 pounds over my standard weight.

I am wearing, naturally enough, key components to a suit of armor: an intricately decorated blue-and-gold cuirass covering my chest and back, a ...Read more

13 things every traveler should know before visiting a national park

If national parks are anything, they're diverse - stunning wildlife, mountains, geysers, beaches, lakes and more make up the beautiful landscapes. Given the variety on offer, the details of your vacation are going to depend on where you're headed. However, there are a few things to keep in mind, no matter which park you have your heart set on....Read more

Answer Angel: Too many bangles and beads? You decide.

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: My Facebook feed, all of a sudden, seems to be filled with links to stories like "39 Fashion Mistakes That Are Making You Look Older." I scrolled through all 39, and I admit I have committed some of the "mistakes" (shapeless dresses; overly sensible shoes; capri pants; sandals with socks; granny ...Read more

Answer Angel: Is the unibrow catching on? The lowdown on brow trends

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: What in the name of all that's good and holy is going on with eyebrows? The rule used to be that they start at the inner edge of your eye. Now it looks as if they're edging close to meeting in the middle. Yikes!!!

- Judith L.F.

Dear Judith: I am happy to say that the unibrow that really does meet in the middle (think...Read more

The best time to visit Italy

A popular vacation destination for Americans (and the world at large), Italy is a gorgeous country with something for every type of traveler. There are cliffside villages, ancient Roman ruins, scenic beaches, renowned wine, and delicious food worth experiencing. However, there's also a lot to keep in mind when choosing the best time to visit ...Read more

Gwendoline Christie wears a dress that deserves its own starring role

Can you tell where the flames on the background poster stop and the dress begins? No, and that's just part of the joy of this gloriously floaty Iris van Herpen couture gown, worn by Gwendoline Christie to the "Game of Thrones" New York City gala premiere this month. This is just one of a series of photos of Christie posing dramatically...Read more

Christian Louboutin: 3 minutes with the world's most famous shoe designer

CHICAGO - Christian Louboutin, the famed French shoe designer known the world over for his instantly recognizable sky-high stilettos with their iconic lacquer-red soles, sat down to talk about his inspiration, the difference between designing for women and men, and a not-to-miss hidden gem in Paris.

I caught up with the designer in Chicago, the...Read more

Spring 2019 kids fashion trends: Llamas, cute prints

Llamas are surging and almost catching up to unicorns in the popularity race that is kids' clothing trends. So say some marketers of tyke's togs who claim that while the ubiquitous magical creature has a real-life competitor, it's still beloved by children. But the llama-unicorn rivalry is far from the only thing happening in children's apparel ...Read more

Answer Angel: Polka dots: Chic enough to keep or time to give them up?

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I have an expensive dress that simply does not fit correctly. Answer Queen, please tell me if polka dots are trending for spring. Or should I jump on eBay to sell it? Help please.

- B.S.

Dear B.: Answer Queen! Nobody's ever called me that. Thank you for the compliment. I don't think you can ever go wrong wearing ...Read more

Choose clothes that match your eye color. This and 4 other ways to boost your image.

Most people don't have time to pull a full Marie Kondo on their wardrobe or apply and star in a television show to revamp their image.

So we've rounded up some quick tips for boosting yourself and your style from Minnesota-based image consultant Jill Swanson.

1. Demote some things in your closet. Bling up others. No, unlike some scenarios in ...Read more

The most expensive countries in the world and their cheaper, cooler alternatives

The saying "you get what you pay for" doesn't always apply when it comes to traveling the globe. Sure, many bucket list destinations are worth their eye-popping price tags, but there are plenty of affordable - and arguably cooler - alternatives to these well-trodden, budget-busting destinations. Below, we listed the most expensive ...Read more

Spring 2019 rainwear trends for women, men and kids

That old phrase "April showers bring May flowers" is so 20th century, a quaint cliche from back in the day when weather was ... predictable.

Today's increasingly bizarre weather patterns - monsoon in the morning, then (maybe) completely dry and tropical by the evening commute - a rain wardrobe in the age of climate change has to be ...Read more

8 of the most visited national parks (and where to go instead)

Since it was signed in 1906, the United States Antiquities Act has conserved millions of acres across 58 national parks. These protected areas encompass some of the country's most extraordinary landscapes, which has unsurprisingly prompted growing tourism numbers in the most popular parks. Competing with throngs of tourists while visiting ...Read more

Answer Angel: Keeping those makeup smears off the pillowcase

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I'm on the hunt for a foolproof method of removing makeup at bedtime that doesn't leave me feeling greasy, oily or like my face is still kind of made up. I hate to see telltale cosmetics on my white pillowcase when I wake up but can't seem to find a solution. And what about those mascara smears on my nice towels after ...Read more

Modern wedding fashion for mothers of the bride and groom

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. - It's wedding season and, naturally, the focal fashion point is on the bride. But tucked behind the scenes are the mothers of brides and grooms, who wrangle their own wedding dress plights. The challenge is real: Find something young but not inappropriate; hip, but not too wild; flattering, maybe even a little sexy, but classy...Read more

Spring's top trends: Neon brights, utility dressing and a beachy vibe

Fashion is often a barometer of current culture, but in the case of spring 2019 style trends, fashion is more like a sartorial reaction to the heavy headlines and political party disparity that pepper newsfeeds daily. Think bright, optimistic color, free-spirited psychedelic vibes, handcrafted textures, palette cleansing neutrals and clothing ...Read more

7 rookie mistakes to avoid on your Palm Springs vacation

Palm Springs has been one of the most glamorous and fun places to visit in California since it served as an upscale escape for Hollywood stars in the '50s. Rumor has it that Hollywood actors were required to stay within 100 miles of Los Angeles (in case they were needed for publicity or filming), so Palm Springs was built as a desert getaway ...Read more