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Fresh Market cookout meal a real bargain

Looking to get your grill on before the summer is gone? The Fresh Market is taking the grunt work out of putting together a fire-ready smorgasbord.

The Summer Cookout meal serves eight and features eight mild Italian sausages, a Southwest veggie kit prepped for grilling, pretzel buns, two pounds each of coleslaw and potato salad and an apple ...Read more

Have you hit the COVID-19 wall? Here are some ways to cope

I've hit my COVID-19 wall.

I'm over obsessively rubbing my hands in sanitizer as I move through the aisles of the grocery store. I miss getting my hair done. I really miss the yoga studio. I'm now afraid of public restrooms. And I'm incredibly nervous that at any moment, I'll get a call from my mom telling me that my dad - who has a ...Read more

Books-A-Million summer sale nets free reading material

Have your eyes started to burn from all the streaming? Online TV and movie options are great, but every so often one finds a need to turn off the devices and dive into a good book.

Books-A-Million has a deal to keep you in reading material through the summer and beyond. For their summer sale, buy two books and get a third free in dozens of ...Read more

Jeantrix is the Philly fashion brand with leather jackets featured in Beyonce's 'Black is King'

PHILADELPHIA - In the wee hours of Friday morning, Deric "Nyce" Crawley mindlessly scrolled through his phone. When he saw that the music video for "Already," a song from Beyonce's newest visual album Black is King, was uploaded to YouTube, it stopped him in his tracks.

In one scene in "Already," Ghanaian rapper ...Read more

Aquatica knocks 30% off single-day tickets online

ORLANDO, Fla. - This deal takes a special kind of bargain hunter. The super saver in question must both love the excitement and the spontaneity of spending a day at the water park, but also be a practical person who enjoys planning ahead.

SeaWorld's land of waterslides, Aquatica has been looking for exactly this kind of visitor. Guests who ...Read more

Laptops, desks and lots of hand sanitizer. How back-to-school shopping looks different this year

CHICAGO - Jocelyn Lopez, an incoming senior at Round Lake High School, usually gets an early start on back-to-school shopping. This year, she's made just one purchase: a planner for tracking her schedule and assignments.

Classmates told her she was crazy, she said, "Because what is there to plan?"

After switching to virtual learning ...Read more

What not to wear for a (virtual) job interview

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: What would you recommend for summer interviewing attire? Sleeveless button-down tops and a skirt? Sandals OK or not OK? I'm at a loss. You always say there are no more rules in fashion, but I feel like there are still many rules for interviewing clothes!

_Alanna G.

Dear Alanna: Congratulations on scoring a job ...Read more

The best Lollapalooza fashion: We look back at the zaniest, coolest festival styles from years past

CHICAGO - Lollapalooza has been a fixture in Chicago for 15 years, and in that time has evolved into a social gathering that celebrates style as much as it does music. Each year is defined not only by the performances on stage, but also by the runway of street style that descends on Grant Park. Recall the 2012 sea of crochet dresses, the ...Read more

The impact of COVID-19 on our future vanity? Well-being will trump how we look.

Recurring beauty appointments were once staples in our planners. We set firm dates for colors, cuts and weave maintenance. We penciled in times to have our brows arched and our eyelashes extended. We went in for facials and Botox. And we couldn't live without our twice-monthly mani and pedi.

The coronavirus, however, put a halt to such ...Read more

Answer Angel: Am I too old for long hair?

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: Like so many others, I haven't been in a salon for a haircut in many months - six and counting. That might be an adult record for me. Anyhow, for the first time since I was a little girl, my hair is long enough for pigtails. (That is not the look I'm going for but to illustrate my point.) It's inches past shoulder ...Read more

Think you know how to shop at Neiman Marcus? New campaign matches customers online with an adviser

DALLAS - Neiman Marcus is heading toward a fall exit from its bankruptcy reorganization with a new ad campaign that's designed to make the Dallas-based luxury retailer more approachable.

The "Your Neiman's" campaign directs shoppers to a digital hub of services that can start with a style adviser and continue online, with curbside ...Read more

You can win the battle of the biting bugs

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: In the pandemic, I don't go outdoors much except to walk the dog. But I am getting eaten alive by biting bugs that seem to be especially ferocious this season. Can you recommend any insect spray that will solve my problem? It seems to be getting worse and worse. Killer virus. Swarms of biting insects. What's next? A ...Read more

Pro tips on caring for your skin while wearing a face mask

Wearing a face mask has become a part of our daily routine and looks like it will be the norm for the foreseeable future. But as the summer temps heat up, wearing a mask increases the chance of skin irritation. We spoke to two Chicago skin-care pros about how to save your face while staying safe.


"There are ...Read more

Luxury sneaker brand Koio uses teen's 'ode to Chicago' poem to create summer's hottest kicks

CHICAGO - Luxury sneaker brand Koio has teamed up with Young Chicago Authors and Taisaun Levi, the 2019 Indy winner of the city's premier spoken-word contest, to create a special edition of the classic Capri Triple White sneaker digitally printed with Levi's poem.

The project began last year when Levi was a student at Chicago's Crane Medical ...Read more

Nike releases cool new Grateful Dead skateboard shoes

Nike and the Grateful Dead are jamming together.

And the result are these cool new sneakers - the Nike SB Dunk Low Grateful Dead shoes.

Soon to be the preferred footwear of Deadheads from coast to coast, these Grateful Dead Nikes will be available in three colors - yellow, orange and, the best-looking of the bunch, green - and borrow from some...Read more

An end to beauty product mix-ups in the bathroom

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I wanted you to see my text exchange with a few of my girlfriends that outlines a genuine problem that maybe you can help with. It started when Claire M. sent around a photo of her bathroom counter with three white tubes of products side-by-side that she uses every day (sunscreen, toothpaste, "skin smoothing cream...Read more

Makeup and masks: Beauty tips for summer and coronavirus

It's hot outside. Summer means a natural look and lighter makeup, but wearing a face mask adds another challenge, making it easier to sweat off all your hard work. With your lips and cheeks hidden, the focus is all on the eyes this season. But even if half of your face is covered, there's still lots to work with. Lashes and eyelids can handle ...Read more

Beyond just saying 'Black Lives Matter': Beauty industry is called on to act

PITTSBURGH - Is the beauty industry's commitment to fight racism only skin deep?

This question is at the heart of many conversations unfolding on social media as protests continue nationwide in the wake of George Floyd's death in May in Minneapolis while in police custody.

Dozens of cosmetics brands have released statements expressing their ...Read more

Fashion icon Iris Apfel on color, quarantine and teaching college students

AUSTIN, Texas - At 98, fashion icon Iris Apfel has made it to the pages of a coloring book.

"Iris the Coloring Book" goes on sale July 14 and celebrates not only Apfel's life in fashion but also the 10-year connection between her and the University of Texas' textiles and apparel department.

The book benefits the department's UT in ...Read more

James Lileks: Is this the end of the men's suit?

Brooks Brothers, venerable men's clothiers, has declared bankruptcy. Let us blame changing societal standards. I do not know if that is really the reason, but I do not know anything about business, so I am going with the "changing standards" theory.

It seems true, right? The department stores are limping. The retail bloodbath of 2020 ...Read more