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Runway Sugar Rush

Monday, 29 April 2013 12:26
Treat yourself to a fantasyland of clothing and candy at the Runway for Charity fashion show. The Design 1 Fashion Event is now called Runway for Charity—and while proceeds still benefit the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, one thing is for certain: Everyone involved is going to have a darn good time doing it.  “We wanted something fun and bright and playful; something that there’s many sides to, like candy,” said Paige Cheever from Design 1 Salon Spa. “We’ve got colorful candy and chocolate candy that’s dark and rich and regal. Another section is frosting, so it’s pastels and fun and… Read more...

Fashion, Fun, and Family

Monday, 08 April 2013 12:37
Fashion and art rub elbows at the annual There’s No Place Like Home Fashion Show held April 24 at the Goei Center in Grand Rapids. This event benefits Liz’s House and Bridge Street Place, housing communities of Dwelling Place, to continue to offer support to women who are homeless and/or victims of domestic violence.  The fashion show celebrates women taking their first steps toward greater independence and stability and will host media personalities and community leaders on the runway as they model the latest trends and style classics provided by Leigh’s and Fitzgerald’s. New this year is the children’s fashion… Read more...

Daydream Dresses

Wednesday, 20 March 2013 10:29
Poetry in clothing form, the kind of garments the girls wore in The Great Gatsby—those are of some of the dress styles found at Myrtle Mae’s Chic Boutique, the heart and soul of Harder and Warner Nursery in Caledonia.  A little flapperish and a lot vintage looking, the collection of lightweight spring dresses in creams, champagne, and tea-stained hues are feminine and flirty, in designer brands from Ryu, Cecico, and areve. There’s a wispy black dress with tulle decoration. I spied a lace-tiered number in brown and a series of rose-colored choices, along with an oatmeal-colored lace dress with a… Read more...

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...