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Suit Yourself: Here Comes the Sun!

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 07:41
It’s easy to pick out a cute beach towel. It’s fairly simple to grab the right sunblock. It’s a breeze to select a large enough beach bag to throw those items inside. The swimsuit?—that’s another issue. Arm yourself with what’s trending and you can take some of the work out of what looks good and what’s popular this season. Read more...

Color Me Pretty

Monday, 27 January 2014 05:56
Pantone®’s color of the year for 2014 is Radiant Orchid. According to Pantone®, it’s a color with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It’s a blend of fuchsia and purple and pink undertones. But if you ask me, I think it's a bold, bossy lilac. Its presence is strong—so strong I feel I can smell it when I look at it.  Read more...

Ask the Farmgirl

Thursday, 09 January 2014 07:32
It’s a new year and that means you’re going to exercise more and be nicer and blah, blah insert lofty inspirational goal here. I think we can all agree you are going to continue to shop and hunt for cool home décor pieces so why not at least resolve to find a new, hot spot to scour?  Read more...

Snow Globe Chic

Monday, 16 December 2013 11:26
Every year, winter forces the issue: practical or pretty? When you listen to Jamie Grasman, co-owner of jb & me, looking good and feeling good is something we all can pull off. Her top five outerwear staples are cozy and comfortable, so pick and choose and remember to never let a little shivering spoil your style.  Infinity scarves: Try a faux fur infinity scarf for a touch of glamour. Wear with your sweaters or on cold days when you just want some extra coverage. Available in a variety of colors. Grasman’s favorite is an “animal print that’s a nice neutral… Read more...

Mascara Wars

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 06:09
You can keep your blush, bronzer, and eye shadow. My makeup drug of choice is mascara. Mascara gives me that extra something I can’t get from other makeup products. I feel more girly, sophisticated, mysterious, and glam. I want lashes that hit things far before I reach them, like kitty whiskers. I want to bat my lashes and knock people into the next room or at least create a windstorm of sorts. Yes, I’m talking Mr. Snuffleupagus lashes. These are my true feelings.  So, heading out to find my next fix isn’t easy. I’m thrifty at heart (but this won’t… Read more...
Right now, every woman’s hand is curved around a pumpkin spice latte. It’s this season’s hot accessory, so it’s no surprise the pumpkin services offered at the Salon & Spa at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel will be well received.  Enjoy two services from $159 and take that healthy obsession to the next level. Consider something out of the ordinary, such as the Pumpkin Scrub that uses one hundred percent pumpkin products incorporated with a brown sugar scrub to exfoliate. Or try the Pumpkin Spiced Mud Wrap, filled with pumpkin enzymes to hydrate and create a smooth finish on the… Read more...

Style at Any Age

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 09:45
If someone documented your closet with a time-lapse camera, over time you might see quite the evolution: One day you’re charmed by anything floral print or Bohemian—only to outgrow it for the security of stripes and their clean lines and orderliness. Trends come and go, so it’s important to find style that suits your personality. Call it intuitive style, if you will, but every age deserves a fashion rebrand. Read more...

This Week's Pretty Pick

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 04:28
Bella Donna is an Italian phrase that translates to beautiful woman. It certainly makes a fitting boutique name, too. Head to Zeeland and you’ll find Bella Donna Boutique, filled with clothing and accessories to make you feel beautiful, all collected and curated by owner Elizabeth Fetkenhour. “I shop for pretty. This translates to a more vintage feel with lace and pearls,” said Fetkenhour, who notices more contemporary looks in her lines and what she carries in the store catering to women ages twenty-eight to forty-eight. Fetkenhour has been making women feel beautiful for almost four years now, and the perfect… Read more...

Best Foot Forward

Friday, 06 September 2013 04:04
Shoe sales come and go—but when you throw in the word “mega” and “multiple tents,” you’ve got our attention. On September 25, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Wolverine Worldwide holds the Mega Sample Sale at their Rockford headquarters to benefit the Heart of West Michigan United Way. What this means is footwear and selected apparel from $10 to $35, with savings up to eighty percent off suggested retail pricing. The sample shoes “sometimes are never used,” says Kelly Ballou, marketing director for Caterpillar. “They might never even come out of the box, or might be put on a table or quickly… Read more...

Muse on a Mission

Thursday, 15 August 2013 10:53
“Self confidence is best expressed in clothes.” So says Latesha Lipscomb, the creator of Women Who Wine, a monthly soiree dedicated to women in transition, working women and women hoping to better themselves. Each gathering is sponsored by local boutiques who tend to answer the call without hesitation. In the past, support has come from Chai Boutique, Swirls Boutique, Blu by Goodwill and Sydney’s Boutique. Guests sip some wine and network with like-minded stylish women and donate fashionable items all for a good cause—and always with a creative twist.  “Every month I pick a different local organization to wine for.… Read more...