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Polka Dots? Yes, Please ...

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 09:34
When your youngest daughter’s name is Pearl, you have an eye for what looks good, and you used to sew, so it’s natural to open your own children’s clothing boutique, no?  Lindsey DeYoung runs Polka Dot Pearl, an Internet-based children’s boutique. DeYoung’s background is in photography, and she’s ready to share with the world her secrets for outfitting your little darlings.   “Coming from that experience of helping families pick out clothes for their kids and coordinating outfits—I pull that into the selections I order,” said DeYoung, who imports the clothing from other countries and features Wednesday sales on the… Read more...

Paper Trail

Tuesday, 05 February 2013 09:15
The Bodies of Art 2013 Spring Fashion Show, 1001 Sheets, features student designers at Kendall College of Art and Design. Fashion shows promoting new spring fashions will be popping up everywhere, but this one is a tad different: The show is completely paper-based, meaning all garments showcased are constructed using a variety of paper.  “Audiences should think outside their experiences with paper everyday—with copy paper or notepaper or paper they throw away at home—and look at the quality and texture and how paper is made. It is so similar to cloth. It’s soaked and dyed and stitched just like cloth,”… Read more...

Something New

Friday, 18 January 2013 11:19
Weddings are magical. From the moment the ring is presented to a girl, a wave of super-human powers surge through her body, propelling her into planning mode with the tenaciousness of a saber-toothed tiger. OK. So we kid. But the truth is, planning a wedding is quite an undertaking. Make the process fun and make way for GRunveiled, a wedding show for the contemporary bride that takes the “something old” out of the whole borrowing rhyme.  “The difference is that we’re more of an art show,” said Aletha VanderMaas, co-creator of the event. “We have real artists, working with you… Read more...

Tips From a Style Guru

Wednesday, 26 December 2012 13:57
As we roll into a new year, we take some of our old, tired habits and styles with us. You’ve now been put on notice! It’s time to freshen up your look, update with color, or just learn a few tricks to take better care of your hair.  “The difference between a good day and a bad day can be the way your hair is styled in the morning,” says style guru Gene Davidson, owner of The Edge Salon in downtown Grand Rapids and an expert on how hair could dictate your mood. His first lesson?   “Don’t overcomplicate your hairstyle.”… Read more...

Top 5 Beauty Stocking Stuffers

Monday, 03 December 2012 16:02
The power of pint-sized beauty products slipped into a stocking is undeniable. From faux eyelashes, to glitter nail polish, and lip gloss that smells and tastes like confections, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. A chat with Erick Gerson, a professional makeup artist with experience in makeup and airbrush makeup for weddings, fashion, video, and print, has us talking about his favorite product picks worth giving for the holidays. Josie Maran Argan Oil. A moisturizer for everyone, this product is perfect for the season’s cool weather. “It makes skin very supple, and you can actually use this in… Read more...

Shopping Never Felt So Good

Thursday, 08 November 2012 10:00
Guilt-free shopping. If that’s just something you think people talk about, you would be wrong. It’s happening in huge proportions at the eighth annual Saint Mary’s Health Care Shoppe Soirée. The event at Thousand Oaks Golf Course on November 28, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., combines two key forces this season: holiday shopping and donating to good causes. Shop, sip, and savor delicious desserts and cocktails, with proceeds benefiting the Personal Care Area of The Lacks Cancer Center at Saint Mary’s Health Care. So, what does the Personal Care Area do? It provides patients with a retreat to receive complimentary salon treatments… Read more...

One Woman's Junk...

Friday, 26 October 2012 15:11
In every woman’s closet there’s a clothing item that languishes away, worn maybe once a year (for pity’s sake) or never worn at all. Whether a gift, expensive purchase or laden with buyer’s remorse, this item needs to go and Chelsea Slocum is here to tell you where to take it—to the clothing swap.“People are skeptical at first,” says Slocum who’s attended and is now holding a swap in her home. “They picture clothes in a giant mountain and women sifting through them.” Women also wonder how different body shapes and sizes fit into the equation. But the fact is,… Read more...

Boot Girls are Smart Girls

Tuesday, 09 October 2012 11:31
Nancy Sinatra sang that catchy tune “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” and boy, was she ever right. Today, women are still wearing their boots, loving their boots, and making sure they have more than enough pairs. The new trend this year is the bootie, a short ankle version that has a real kick to it. “It’s so important to have the short boot this year,” says Kim Petroelje, owner of Studio K Clothing Company in Holland. “It’s the trend this year.” After Fashion Week, the shorter boot look was everywhere with people tucking or rolling their skinny jeans into… Read more...

Say No to Perfect, Fall Hair Gets Tousseled

Thursday, 27 September 2012 14:59
As the seasons change, so do we. If you’re ready for a new fall look but just don’t know your options, Tanaz Hair Boutique and Day Spa has plenty to say about the latest trends and ways to perk up your style. “We see a lot with the bob,” says co-owner Badrie Shahbodaghloo, “not a perfect bob but messier, edgier with some razor cuts put through it or finger waves—not perfect but a kind of messier, 60s look.” When it comes to color, most women go darker in the fall but consider something new instead such as color blocks. “Underneath,… Read more...

The Fun and Female Side of Furniture

Thursday, 13 September 2012 14:11
Giddy, is how Michelle Grzybowski describes the feeling she gets creating furniture pieces to enhance someone’s home. She suggests bringing “life into your home with a pop of color or tone it down with grays and whites,” and you ought to take her advice as her business, {re}imagined Just For You is blooming with vintage furniture finds that have been repurposed, shabbied, and painted for a whole new look. Call it French Country Style, add the whole going green idea by using existing pieces in the world and think about the fact that these quality pieces have been around for… Read more...