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On special night out, shine like a star

Watching the stars cross the red carpet during awards season makes a lot of us mere mortals feel we need to step up our wardrobe - especially when it comes to going out for a special occasion such as an elegant dinner or party.

"It doesn't matter what age group, people like watching the red carpet to see what colors and styles are in,&...Read more

Elizabeth Wellington: State of the Union's white-wearing congresswomen reminded me of the church-going black women in my family

Most of the women in the U.S. House of Representatives wore all-white ensembles to President Trump's State of the Union Address Tuesday night to pay homage to suffragists.

Winter be damned.

But the strength of these politicos, from New York Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, in her chic pants and matching capelet, to Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, ...Read more

Doreen Christensen: Grocery prices are on the rise. Here are tricks to save 75 percent (really!) on food

Grocery prices are on the rise, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a new industry marketing report.

Retail food prices are expected to rise 1 percent to 2 percent this year, says the USDA Economic Research Service. That's echoed in a February Acosta Sales & Marketing report, which predicts consumers will pay more for meat...Read more

11 rookie mistakes to avoid on your first Los Angeles vacation

Hollywood has beamed Los Angeles into movie theaters and televisions across the globe since the 1920s. No matter where you're from, you've seen the City of Angels, so it's no surprise it's one of the top tourist destinations in the world. And Los Angeles really does have it all: sunny skies, sprawling beaches, movie studios, theme parks, world...Read more

Answer Angel: How to furnish your apartment with Marie Kondo castoffs

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: Great news! Our adult son got a good job, moved out of our house, rented his own apartment and is, finally, on his own (and out of our hair). Now, he needs everything to launch his life on his own. I'm wondering if you have some tips for saving money as he begins to furnish his place, which currently has little besides...Read more

Deals & Steals: $5 movies and $5 concessions at AMC Theatres on Tuesdays

Get $5 admission at AMC Theatres on Tuesdays and use a coupon to get cheap concessions, too.

Join the free AMC Stubs Insider club to get the cheap admission to any movie showing on Tuesdays. Members also get one free refill on large popcorn purchases and earn points toward $5 rewards.

Use a coupon to get $5 deal on a 20-ounce Coke and a ...Read more

NuFace and other high-tech beauty gadgets to use at home

For years, the sirens of the beauty and dermatology industries have lured us with promises of instant lifts and tighter, brighter skin along with the elimination of wrinkles, acne, cellulite and unwanted hair by way of lasers and other high-tech treatments. Frankly, all those fancy treatments are expensive, with sessions often running into the ...Read more

Deals & Steals: Did your Comcast cable or internet bill increase? Here's what to do about it

Our Comcast bill doubled in January. Chances are, your bill went up, too.

When I called to ask why our internet bill jumped to $70 a month, I got a doozy of an answer.

Comcast had tried to contact me in December to renew the promotional rate I had been receiving, the customer service rep explained, but since they were unable to reach me to ...Read more

The biggest mistakes to avoid in Puerto Rico

Just a few hours away from many major East Coast destinations, Puerto Rico is a vibrant, tourist-friendly island known for its beautiful beaches, warm hospitality and incredible ecosystem. After sustaining severe damage from Hurricane Maria in fall 2017, Puerto Rico is once again ready for tourism - one of the island's major industries. While ...Read more

Answer Angel: Should you keep your nail polish in the fridge?

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I opened my friend's refrigerator the other day and was surprised to see that is where she stores her nail polish. I asked her why, and she says it makes it last longer. Is this true? Since nail polish can cost $7 or $8 per, I'd like to preserve it as long as possible.

- Suzanna E.

Dear Suzanna: The answer is yes and...Read more

Rachel Brosnahan is now the face of her late aunt Kate Spade's fashion label

Rachel Brosnahan, the award-winning actress of the award-winning show "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," is officially the face of Frances Valentine's newest line, "Love, Katy."

Frances Valentine was created by Brosnahan's aunt, the late Kate Spade, and Spade's husband in 2016. The couple was originally introduced to the fashion ...Read more

Wouldn't these Chanel creations look lovely on the Academy Awards red carpet?

Yet another in the long list of Really Swanky Events I Don't Get Invited To, this is the Chanel Spring/Summer Haute Couture fashion show, held last week at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Yes, they're indoors here, under a dome.) This photo, which looks intriguingly like a group of very fashionable poufy-haired ladies experiencing a very slow ...Read more

Airplane etiquette: 8 things every considerate traveler does when flying

What is it about flying? The rules of civility seem to get canceled as frequently as flights in a storm. And that's why a considerate traveler is an absolute godsend. These are the thoughtful, compassionate folks who make everyone's flight a bit smoother thanks to their courtesy. We're taking the time to applaud all the behavior that makes ...Read more

Aldi vs. Publix: Price comparison on 10 common food items is shocking

I scan the grocery advertisements inserted into the newspaper each week to see what's on sale. I'm usually shocked to see the price difference on food at Aldi and Publix.

Here are 10 items you can buy at Aldi for 75 percent less than advertised sale prices at Publix last week. Plus, in most instances, Aldi's sizes are larger than those at ...Read more

Deals & Steals: Free ticket to see 'Black Panther' at AMC Theatres

See the Marvel Studios blockbuster "Black Panther" for free at AMC Theatres in February.

The chain is offering free tickets to the Academy Award-nominated film to celebrate Black History Month on Feb. 1-7 at 250 participating theaters. The Walt Disney Company, which owns Marvel, also said it will give a $1.5 million grant to support...Read more

Top toy trends for 2019: YouTube, augmented reality, more

While it may not be easy predicting the hot toys kids will be clamoring for, some of the latest trends can give parents a hint of what may turn into the next craze.

"In 2019 everyone will want to be a kid again," says Laurie Schacht, chief toy officer at Adventure Publishing Group and Toy Insider Mom. "Whether kids are using ...Read more

Answer Angel: Drama at the hair salon — should she switch stylists?

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: My regular hair stylist, A., has been out sick, and it seems as if she won't be coming back soon. I went to another stylist, B., at my stylist A.'s salon (she's the owner) and got a decent haircut. Recently I needed another haircut. A. (out sick) suggested D., another person at her salon, but I decided to go to the one...Read more

Valentine's Day gifts for your sweetheart

Love is in the air, and it's time to start picking out something sweet for your valentine. Here are some romantic, practical and silly gift options for the special someone in your life.


An actual view of the night sky from the location and date you provide is the subject of this constellation print - such a ...Read more

7 adventurous vacations the whole family will love

Planning a family vacation is a form of art. It requires finding the right balance between ease and activities that will interest multiple generations. No wonder crowd-pleasers like cruises and kid-pleasers like theme parks frequently end up on the itinerary. And that's OK - we love a good cruise, a fun day spent with Mickey and all the ...Read more

Answer Angel: How does Pelosi keep going in those heels?

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I am not political at all, but watching U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has raised a style question that maybe you can answer. How can a 78-year-old woman wear 4-inch heels without falling flat on her face or limping as she exits the White House after a meeting with the president?

- Judith F.

Dear Judith: I'm ...Read more