CHICAGO — Revelers attending holiday events downtown may notice a novel set of stores and attractions popping up along the Magnificent Mile.
There aren’t enough of these new tenants to fill the many vacant storefronts along North Michigan Avenue. But by offering shoppers fresh options, including handcrafted goods from Mexico, luxury apparel...Read more
A fitness tracker, gym membership, ergonomic chair, an air conditioner — if you didn't know your FSA or HSA may cover these items, you may not be getting the biggest bang for your buck out of these popular health care savings accounts.
Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts both allow people to squirrel away pretax money to ...Read more
Dear Answer Angel Ellen: This subject came up over dinner last night at a pizza restaurant with friends. One of us said she had a friend who always carried a container of crushed red pepper she loves which she found on a trip to Italy. She claimed it was different (and better than) the popular U.S. brands like McCormick, etc. So this made the ...Read more
If you are dreaming of a lovely, needle-free Christmas tree, you are in luck.
Gone are the days of stiff, flimsy, plastic trees. Artificial trees are now more realistic than ever before, and they are growing in popularity.
In fact, about 80% of homes will opt for an artificial tree compared to only 20% of Americans going for a real, live ...Read more
The holiday shopping week, never mind Black Friday, has descended on retailers big and small.
As most savvy shoppers know, myriad deep holiday discounts are offered well before Black Friday, the day after turkey and all those sides. Sales promotions for the hottest toys, clothing and electronics have been splashed across TV, company websites,...Read more
SEATTLE — Well over a decade ago, my mom bought me a fire engine red KitchenAid stand mixer. It felt like unwrapping my own version of a golden ticket, one that would provide entry to a whole world of mixing, kneading, whipping and — given the additional attachments I chose to buy — grinding, pasta sheeting and more. Of course it didn't ...Read more
Dear Answer Angel Ellen: Watching TV recently, I noticed a woman sports anchor wearing a bright blue blouse with her black pants and black blazer with bright blue pointy toe heels. Her slightly flared pants almost touched the floor with just the toes of the electric blue pumps peeking out. I thought she looked fashionable and really put-...Read more
Dear Answer Angel Ellen: Help! I have a (splurge) soft-sided Hammitt Oliver tote that has been sitting for a while in the fancy “dust bag” for storage that came with it. (I know, insert eye roll here.) Now the outside of the tote is wrinkled and I’m at a loss on how to get the wrinkles out. Any suggestions?
— Lynn D.
Dear Lynn: Since...Read more
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Phillies tanked the World Series and the Philadelphia Union blew its championship game, but the Philadelphia Eagles is the sports team that keeps on giving.
Not only are our beloved Birds riding high on an 8-and-0 season, the team’s offensive giant and fan favorite, Jason Kelce, launched his homeandleisure/fashiondaily/fashiondailynews/s-2750071">Read more
Dear Answer Angel Ellen: Please explain to me the difference between leggings, jeggings, pantyhose, joggers, tights, sweatpants and plain old pants. I am so confused. I went online to buy some fitted pants (slacks?) with a little stretch and now I am overwhelmed.
— Beth A.
Dear Beth: I’ll do my best to explain these terms, though you ...Read more
Costume designer Ruth E. Carter won her first Academy Award (after 30 years in the business) for creating the glorious costumes of 2018's "Black Panther" — the first superhero movie of her career. Now she's back, designing "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" (in theaters Nov. 11), and here's just a tiny ...Read more
WINTER PARK, Fla. — Elena Bean is getting into the holiday spirit and she’s noticed retailers are offering bargains for savvy shoppers.
“No matter what, everyone wants a good deal,” Bean said.
Bean, 35, of Orlando, was at Winter Park kids’ clothing and toy store tugboat & the bird picking up Christmas pajamas for her 8- and 6-...Read more
DALLAS — Luxury shopping doesn’t start and end in beautiful stores — sometimes it pops into other stunning spaces. That’s what Louis Vuitton is doing Nov. 15 when it brings its Cruise 2023 Collection to Dallas for an invitation-only shopping event at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.
Dallas’ luxury retailer Neiman Marcus unveiled its luxury gift list for the year, which includes a 600-diamond Cartier tiara, a custom Barbie-pink Maserati and a trip to Aspen for private polo lessons from famous players.
Neiman Marcus is holding to its over 90-year tradition of creating over-the-top gifts for the holiday in its annual ...Read more
Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I thought I was too old to have teenager-type skin problems but here I am, mid-30s with breakouts. I’ve tried my old go-tos, but I think I need heavier artillery at this point in my life. I don’t think my pimple problem is serious enough to seek out a dermatologist. Any suggestions?
— Olivia K.
Dear Olivia: As ...Read more
"The Crown" returns to Netflix in its fifth season Nov. 9, in a time of great upheaval for the British monarchy both on screen (the season takes place in the 1990s, as Charles and Diana's marriage publicly crumbles) and in the present day. Costume designer Amy Roberts will be showing us some familiar looks this ...Read more
- How to spend your FSA money before it expires at the end of the year
- Along Chicago's Mag Mile, a new crop of retailers await holiday shoppers. ‘We love that our store surprises people’
- Steelers' Heyward leads initiative to provide city high school boys with access to dress clothes
- Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Family Dollar, 99 Cents stores: What do they sell? How do prices compare?
- Win up to $2,000 by swapping Santa’s cookies for Rice Krispies