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How to balance comfort and style in work shoes

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: My husband and I are in the health care field and on our feet all day long. I've got shoes that work for me, but those comfort shoes are UGLY. In a pandemic I understand that this is not the most important question, but I feel like looking good top to bottom is a kindness to our patients and respect for ourselves. Any ...Read more

The dos and don'ts of wearing a mask while dining out

Restaurants in cities and towns across the nation are reopening their dining rooms, and many people are venturing back in.

Even with tables spaced 6 feet apart, you need to take precautions to limit your exposure to the coronavirus. One of those is wearing your face mask. But how do you do that and still eat?


The first thing ...Read more

Dried and gone to heaven: Florists embrace arid new design trend

BALTIMORE - You know the old story. Shell out a bunch of money for a big, gorgeous bouquet of flowers. Take it home and the clock starts ticking. You have a few days. Maybe longer, if you can slice the stems right and remember to stir in the mysterious packet of plant food.

Fortunately for the cost-conscious consumer, low-maintenance, longer ...Read more

Columbus teen builds sneaker restoration business amid pandemic

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Antonio Davis, like so many teens, spent the early weeks of the pandemic unsure of what to do with himself. Then he switched off the television and started a business.

Laurise Johnson did the math. As an education specialist at an East Side after-school program, she's all about the math.

Binge-watching 16 seasons of "...Read more

Amazon launches 'Luxury Stores' with Oscar de la Renta as its first designer

Wondering what Amazon might be tackling next? The online retailer on Tuesday (Sept. 15) announced the launch of its "Luxury Stores" with Oscar de la Renta as its first designer brand.

Luxury Stores is launching with some exclusivity, which has always been a characteristic of upscale branding. Eligible Prime members in the U.S. are ...Read more

10 basics to keep as you try to unclog your closet

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I find myself spending more and more time in warm climates to avoid the cold winters. I find that I no longer want to share space in my closet with my heavy-duty cold winter wardrobe. I'd like to pare down to just a list of 10 essentials.

If you were to pare down to a "capsule" a cold-weather wardrobe, what ...Read more

Her creativity stretches from goody baskets to event planning

BALTIMORE - The biography page on Alexis Streets' website describes her as a "celebrity dessert stylist." The description covers only part of what the Savage resident does at her business, Basket Treats by Alexis Streets.

She provides ornate displays of what she calls Bougie Balloons, operates a mobile dessert truck called The Dessert...Read more

Brides say yes to the dress, even as pandemic disrupts wedding plans

PHILADELPHIA - Once Alexandria Maurizzio and her fiance got engaged last November, they wanted to be married within a year. Even if a pandemic got in the way.

So this November, Maurizzio, 28, and Philip Thomas, 25, plan to go forth with their outdoor wedding in Bucks County, where they hope to see at least 150 of the 200 guests they invited.

&...Read more

Today and throughout history, US fashion industry closely tied to labor unions

PITTSBURGH - Labor Day has more to do with fashion than the old-school rule that it's the last time to wear white until next year.

In fact, the industry owes much of its evolution - particularly in the 20th century - to the social, economic and creative accomplishments of labor unions and their members, a legacy that lives on today through ...Read more

Hair-care vending machine with products for Black, brown people opens in Detroit

DETROIT - Hair styling products, lip gloss, lashes and other beauty supplies can all be found in a new vending machine in Detroit.

Called the Lavish Box, the vending machine was created during the pandemic to make hair care and other products mostly used by people of color accessible to those who are Black, brown and anyone in between. The ...Read more

The best smudge-proof makeup to wear under a face mask

CHICAGO - Since we've been at home for almost six months, we're probably not wearing as much makeup as we were before, and some of us have ditched makeup all together now that half of our faces are occupied by masks.

But when you want to add a pop of color to your lips, or a simmer of your face for meeting up with friends for a socially ...Read more

In the age of COVID, home sewing sees a resurgence

PITTSBURGH - Home sewing got kicked to the curb sometime in the 1980s or '90s.

Once, every schoolgirl learned to cook and sew, with rows of sewing machines filling "home ec" classrooms. But teens are no longer required to learn to sew in school, "fast fashion" made home-sewn clothing more expensive than store-bought apparel,...Read more

White sneakers are 'in' for most events, outfits

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: I notice an increasing number of models wearing basic white athletic shoes with all kinds of clothes, casual and dressy. Is this a thing now? I like the look, plus the comfort factor. What brands/styles do you recommend?

- Latisha N.

Dear Latisha: White sneakers are back for (almost all) events and outfits. Yes, you ...Read more

Elizabeth Wellington: Chadwick Boseman brought Black superheroes to life and died like one

We didn't know it when he was with us, but there was something magical about the late Chadwick Boseman.

We probably sensed it in Boseman's eerily true-to-life big-screen portrayals of American icons like the first Black Major League Baseball player, Jackie Robinson, or the first Black Supreme Court justice, Thurgood Marshall.

We watched the ...Read more

Demand for organic cotton linens helps family business grow by 400% during pandemic

PHILADELPHIA - While businesses across the United States are reeling from the recession sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, one family-owned linens business is thriving.

American Blossom Linens, the consumer-facing brand of the nearly 90-year-old Wyncote-based distribution company ATD-American, has seen its revenue jump by 400% since April. The ...Read more

Q&A: 5 questions with Louis Vuitton's Virgil Abloh

Chicago native and Louis Vuitton's men's artistic director Virgil Abloh may be on the brain as of late, given our time outdoors is measured and online buying may have gotten out of control with all the time spent indoors.

Just Google his name and you'll find that Abloh has helped fundraise for amfAR Against COVID-19 with Fashion Unites and just...Read more

5 beauty products to try while you're in quarantine

CHICAGO - We've all been stuck at home for the past five months, and it looks like that's going to continue, so if you've ever wanted so shake up your beauty routine, now is the perfect time to experiment. But whether it's dying your hair an edgy color, switching to a natural deodorant or trying a moisturizer with retinol, there can be an ...Read more

Accessorize your shoes with one-of-a-kind laces

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: My favorite shoes are Nikes in bright colors - red, turquoise, hot pink and orange, with soles the same color as the shoes. They come laced with round shoelaces in the same color as the shoes. The shoes are still in great shape but the laces are wearing out. These shoes really only look good with the same color laces, ...Read more

There won't be a fall fashion season, which is why it's more important than ever to shop local

There won't be a fall fashion season this September.

Trends don't matter: Who needs a new power suit or the latest in back-to-school denim when most of us are working and learning from home? Special occasions are a no go, so glittery holiday frocks and ball gowns are a non-issue. Women's magazines' annual September issues will be more about ...Read more

'I wanted to create.' Self-funded refugee launches high-end fashion label in Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. - At first glance, local entrepreneur Albert Lukonga's story may seem like the idyllic "American Dream."

From childhood poverty to the successful launch of his own business in Lexington, one might label him as one of the few lucky refugee success stories.

But luck is just opportunity meeting months, years or even a ...Read more