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Answer Angel: Two weddings and a funeral

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I’m traveling cross-country for a wedding. But, sadly, I now learn that a funeral service for a dear friend is also scheduled in the same city for that weekend. So now I’m going to a joyful event and a very sad one. And many of the same people will be attending both events. I had planned to wear a simple black ...Read more

Sunday Best: Balenciaga takes the ‘black lace dress’ to a new level at spring 2022 show

When you think of the words “black lace dress,” the garment that springs to mind probably doesn’t look a whole lot like this one, does it? I literally shrieked (quietly, mind you) at my desk upon seeing this photo, taken at the Balenciaga spring 2022 fashion show in Paris this month. It looks as if it sprang from an Edward Gorey drawing,...Read more

Pittsburgh woman launches online boutique aimed at cancer survivor needs

PITTSBURGH — When Lisa Lurie endured chemotherapy, a double mastectomy without reconstruction, the removal of lymph nodes in her arms and the removal of her ovaries to fight breast cancer at age 47, she struggled with the lifestyle components of her treatment.

Oversized T-shirts were common chemo-wear to allow for port access. Drains used ...Read more

Laurie Hertzel: Order books now for holidays

Supply chain issues are delaying printing and shipping. Order early to ensure you get what you need.

It's only mid-October but I implore you to turn your thoughts to the winter holidays, if just for a minute or two. If you are planning to buy books as gifts — and surely you are — now is the time to order them from your local ...Read more

Minn. illustrator Adam Turman designs undies for Duluth Trading Co.

From building facades to boxer briefs, local artist works in media that are highly visible — sometimes discreet.

MINNEAPOLIS — There's good reason why Adam Turman has been called the most visible artist in Minnesota. The St. Louis Park illustrator's striking, stylized designs adorn the walls of bowling alleys, breweries, ...Read more

Answer Angel: Those annoying bra pads

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: Along with a multitude of women, I ditched the bra during the stay-at-home phase of the pandemic. I still like some comfortable coverage though and now have mostly switched to well-fitting sports bras or the ever-popular “bralette.” What is the deal with the removable pads, though? If I don’t take them out when ...Read more

Retail trends evident in new Evereve flagship store in Minnesota

Evereve has opened a new flagship store with double the sales space.

EDINA, Minn. — Evereve's new flagship store in the 50th and France shopping district is designed to emphasize how customers can connect with each other and with what they wear.

Even in this age of digital shopping and quick home deliveries, brick and mortar stores ...Read more

Arts and crafts retailer Michaels to enter Etsy’s business

Arts and crafts retailer Michaels has plans to compete directly with marketplaces such as Etsy that host some of its best customers: makers.

The Irving, Texas-based retailer is preparing its digital platforms to begin to sell customers’ creations by mid-2022.

Michaels Cos. CEO Ashley Buchanan mentioned that the plans were in the works ...Read more

Sunday Best: Bernadette Peters shimmers at the Tony Awards in Bob Mackie gown from 1983

Got anything in your closet that’s 40 years old? Bernadette Peters did, and she wore it to the Tony Awards last month. The Broadway star attended the event in this appropriately star-encrusted Bob Mackie gown, which she first wore for a magazine shoot in 1983. Peters and Mackie first met on the set of “The Carol Burnett Show,” where she ...Read more

Oscar Mayer launches ‘Street Meat’ apparel collection

Oscar Mayer’s new streetwear line is a real wiener.

The 138-year-old meat production company – known for its wieners and cold cuts – announced its streetwear line, aptly called Street Meat, last week, which features a range of products using the brand’s signature red, orange and yellow colorway and logo.

The new 13-piece capsule ...Read more

Sunday Best: Yara Shahidi won at the Emmys with her turn (and twirl) in this vintage-inspired Dior gown

The Emmys may have come and gone two weeks ago, but it’s never too late to celebrate a perfect dress like this. Yara Shahidi, of TV’s “Black-ish” and “Grown-ish,” wore a vintage-inspired Dior gown on the red carpet in a vivid shade of Kelly green — appropriately, as its classic silhouette looks like something Grace Kelly might have...Read more

With supply chains stretched, grocery prices keep going up across the US

If you've ever thought about becoming a vegetarian, now might be the perfect time.

Food prices at the grocery store have shot up across the board during the pandemic as demand has surged, and labor shortages and other disruptions have added costs at nearly every stage of the food supply chain.

Prices for meats and fish have led the way so ...Read more

Elizabeth Wellington: Roller skating has wheeled itself back into popularity

PHILADELPHIA — The night started wobbly.

But after a few laps, I was gliding around the roller rink lost in the tunes of Luther Vandross’ “Never Too Much” and The Fat Back Band’s classic, “I Found Lov’n.”

I waited for the first chords from New Edition’s “Candy Girl” but no such luck.

No, I wasn’t daydreaming about ...Read more

Answer Angel: Too many eye makeup options

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I like to read the fine print in fashion/beauty magazines where they list the makeup the model is wearing. Recently I saw a caption that described the three different eyeliners the model was wearing. Three! Is this what we’re supposed to be doing now? Really? Who has the time or interest in doing that? Am I missing ...Read more

Lil Nas X goes high fashion with a pricey, limited-edition Jean Paul Gaultier collaboration

Lil Nas X has gone from old town roads to high end international fashion brands.

Many weren’t able to cop a pair of the rapper’s controversial Satan Shoes, and another exclusive piece of clothing ...Read more

Alexandra Ford English tapped as global merchandising director at Ford

Alexandra Ford English, the great-great granddaughter of the founder of Ford Motor Co., has been tapped to lead an effort to expand the family brand once harnessed by Versace to sell $1,135 hoodies, the automaker announced Monday.

The newly created role of global brand merchandising director puts English, 33, in a position to use business ...Read more

Answer Angel: Solutions for stadium no-purse rules

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: Football season is starting and so do the “no purses” restrictions at stadiums, at both college and pro games. This summer, women unaware of the restriction at some pro baseball parks had to trudge back to their cars to deposit their purses. What’s your advice on how to bring in your cellphone, keys and other ...Read more

Donation do's and don'ts -- plus busting some Goodwill myths

I was among those who purged possessions during the pandemic. As I waited in line at the Goodwill in Burien, Washington, I wondered which of my donations would sell and which might end up in the dump, burdening the nonprofit.

That's what I wanted to find out when I started working on this story. But Goodwill won't tell you. Donations are their ...Read more

Behind the scenes of Goodwill, the first name in secondhand stores

SEATTLE — It's a Tuesday afternoon, and a steady stream of vehicles is pulling up to the donation station at the Goodwill in Renton, Washington. Employees in fluorescent vests dash back and forth, offloading the day's haul: garbage bags bulging with clothes, a fishing net big enough for a 20-pound Chinook salmon, two plastic crates crammed ...Read more

‘WandaVision’ star Elizabeth Olsen wore dress designed by sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley to Emmys

The Emmy Awards were a family affair for Elizabeth Olsen.

The “WandaVision” star wore a dress designed by her sisters, twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, to the ceremony at L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Sunday.

“Elizabeth is so lucky to have two sisters who are incredible designers and know her style so well,” Olsen’s stylist, Elizabeth...Read more