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Sunday Best: Expect greatness (or at least great gowns) from Elle Fanning in Hulu series about Catherine the Great

Did I choose this photograph because it involves a pink velvet cape that I wish I were wearing right now? Quite possibly! But I also quite like the juxtaposition of the elaborate period costume and the camera technician's no-nonsense hoodie. Anyway, this is Elle Fanning, playing the young woman who would become the Empress Catherine II of ...Read more

How to have a wedding during a pandemic. Tips from the pros

Planning a wedding was labor intensive before coronavirus became a common phrase. Now in the throes of a pandemic, couples may feel like they're spending even more time making sure they have a memorable day that they enjoy.

According to the Knot, 93% of couples with wedding dates planned during the spring and summer months have not ...Read more

The 10 most striking landscapes in the world

As we continue to stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, we're more inspired than ever to use our vacation days once it's safe to travel again. While there are some vibrant metropolises and beach towns that often make our annual vacation list, the world is full of magical places that offer unique, jaw-dropping scenery. To help you plan ...Read more

Firehouse Subs' meal deal feeds families and saves lives

Feed the family and do some good with this Firehouse Subs' deal.

The restaurant chain's Family Meal Deal, available through June 29, features a choice of three medium subs, three bags of chips and three cookies for $24, plus tax.

Sub options include:

Firehouse Meatball with provolone cheese

Hook & Ladder (smoked turkey breast, Virginia...Read more

Use McDonald's app to score these deals

Craving coffee or french fries?

Well, you're in luck because McDonald's has a few deals available through its app.

First up, get any size of premium-roast hot or iced coffee for 99 cents daily when placing an order with the app. This offer is only valid through June 28.

If a salty snack is what you seek, the fast-food chain has $1 off large...Read more

Answer Angel: Gained a few pounds? You're not alone

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: If you don't answer this question really soon, it might be too late for me, but maybe it won't be too late for others with a little more willpower than I have. How to avoid the COVID-15? By that I mean the 15 pounds I'm gaining as a result of staying home during the pandemic.

I find myself standing in the kitchen at ...Read more

The 6 biggest myths about hotel room upgrades (and how to score one)

As we know firsthand here at Oyster, not all hotel rooms are created equal. It's been a longstanding part of the industry that hotels and resorts, at their discretion, can offer guests a hotel room upgrade. However, talking your way into a hotel upgrade requires a lot more than an extra dose of charm as you approach the front desk - and, as it...Read more

How to apply makeup in a masked world

COVID-19 has caused us to rethink just about every daily routine, including applying makeup.

A full face of lipstick, blush and bronzer has taken a backseat to less-is-more looks as women kicked off their shoes and slipped on sweats to shelter in place. Now that stay-at-home restrictions are easing, face masks are creating new challenges - and ...Read more

How to prevent 'maskne' and other face mask skin issues, according to dermatologists

Wearing masks to reduce the spread of coronavirus is still required in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for shoppers and workers at essential stores, but the practice has led to a new complaint - "maskne," breakouts caused by wearing a mask for long periods of time.

Part of the reason why people might get maskne is because the skin ...Read more

Using Zoom, hair stylists help clients cut and color their own hair at home

CHICAGO - We're all getting to that point of quarantine fatigue. We haven't seen our loved ones in person, we now wear masks when we leave the house and our hair has grown longer than we're used to.

So is it possible to re-create salon services at home during the coronavirus pandemic? Thankfully, a few local stylists are coaching clients on how...Read more

Answer Angel: A gal pal fashion question roundtable

When you're 14 years old, going into high school and mostly stuck at home during a pandemic, you've got plenty of time on your hands. So, I gathered some girls (remotely of course) and asked them for their style and shopping questions. I told them I'd do my best to come up with some sensible answers. Thanks to Amelia I., Annabelle F., Natalie ...Read more

Everything you need to know about the upcoming Real ID rules

For now, traveling isn't possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That being said, the upcoming Real ID rules will have a huge impact on domestic travel in the U.S., so you don't want to be caught unprepared once it's safe to fly again. The Real ID rules are 15 years in the making and have undergone several phases of implementation between ...Read more

Target going ahead with special limited-edition designer partnership on dresses

MINNEAPOLIS - Will consumers, many of whom have been staying in and wearing sweatpants during the pandemic, be in the mood for a special collection of dresses?

Target will soon find out.

The Minneapolis-based retailer, which has built its cheap-chic reputation from its highly anticipated designer partnerships, will launch a new one in a few ...Read more

College freshman gets kicks designing cleats for major-leaguers

SEATTLE - Kirkland, Wash., native Andrew Urrutia realized he was on to something when his Lake Washington High School baseball teammates raved about the cleats he'd custom-designed for himself.

The pitcher would strip his cleats of paint and decals, then repaint them with personalized, colorful designs. Word spread to other schools, where ...Read more

Answer Angel: Quick, easy fix for thinning eyebrows

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: What is left of my eyebrows is fading and thinning. Not a great look. I see ads about fiber eyebrow enhancers. What would you suggest to make my eyebrows look their best?

- Adrienne B.

Dear Adrienne: The number of eyebrow products is overwhelming and confusing. There's all sorts of ways to spend money on your brows ...Read more

How to host the best virtual graduation party

You've looked forward to this for roughly 18 years. It's time for your family to celebrate the graduate. And what you had envisioned - family and friends filling the house, senior ceremonies - has been docked due to COVID-19.

You can still have all the parties you want.

Maybe you have a family-focused Zoom (after all, Grandma doesn't need to...Read more

Cocktail Hour: 10 international drinks to help you pretend you're on a beach somewhere

If your family trip to the Caribbean or romantic getaway to Europe's beaches was postponed, we feel your pain. Sitting on a lounger by the ocean, listening to the waves crash is one of the easiest ways for us to relax and recharge. Fortunately, there's one thing that can transport you to a beautiful beach somewhere: a cocktail that perfectly ...Read more

How to give yourself a buzz cut (or even a fade) during the shutdown

PHILADELPHIA - We've been inside for a while. And barbershops and hair salons have been deemed non-essential in Pennsylvania and New Jersey - meaning that, by now, many of our manes may be looking downright shaggy.

Cutting your hair at home isn't easy, but if you're game, there is one hairstyle that could be pretty simple to achieve: The humble...Read more

Answer Angel: How to safely remove your fake nails

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: How can I remove my acrylic nails without tearing up my own poor nails underneath. I have 1/4 inch of my own nails showing and with nail salons closed where I live, it is time to do it myself?

- Genevieve J.

Dear Genevieve: For acrylic, gel or powder dipped nails:

_Get yourself a nail file 180 grit or less. The ...Read more

Elizabeth Wellington: Is my mask less effective if I wear makeup?

There are those of us who are letting our old beauty obsessions go by the wayside in quarantine (so long bras, heels and yes, makeup). But some of us still insist on wearing full faces - including foundation and lipstick - when we leave the house, whether it's on our weekly outings to the big box stores or just a walk around the block.

That ...Read more