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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...

Transition into Fall with Fashion's Night Out

Tuesday, 04 September 2012 11:37
Transition into fall like a fashion pro with style tips that allow you to stretch those summer items into the beginning of the next season. “You can take a lot of outfits through the early fall months,” says Brynne Marsden Roberts, owner of the swank consignment boutique Rock Paper Scissors located at 145 Diamond Ave. SE in Grand Rapids. With fickle weather working against you, Brynne suggests layering first and foremost along with the possibility of leggings to create brand new outfits from existing summer pieces. Another rule for the books, “keep in mind fabrics and their make. The weight… Read more...

Paging Indian Summer…

Thursday, 30 August 2012 16:26
Summer is almost over (oh, c’mon, everyone’s thinking it), so why not grab a few last rays of sunshine and a few last minute summer items for one last fashion fling! Think colorful and funky jersey headbands that run for around $16 to tame wild beach hair. “We offer different styles of them. We do great with them year round,” says Karla Scheifele, owner of Karla’s Place, a unique gift boutique priding itself on affordable items and a welcoming environment that Scheifele describes as “a place that makes you smile.” Rock those head wraps throughout the year and check out… Read more...

Have Bronzer, Will Travel

Tuesday, 31 July 2012 09:54
Summer traveling can take a toll on a girl's beauty routine. Staying regal looking on the road in between trips to the family cottage and weddings is easy if you keep in mind the following key beauty ingredients for your makeup bag. "Beauty balms are all the buzz right now," says Mia Walker, owner of Smooch Beauty Boutique. A beauty balm, or BB, is new on the skincare front and is an all-in-one, fingertip application complexion product that fills in pores and evens out skin tone. It's fast, easy, and perfect for low-key summertime looks. "People are in love with… Read more...

Home is Where the Art Is

Friday, 20 July 2012 10:01
Think you have to scour out-of-town stores and shop online for hot-ticket home décor items featured on the Today Show and in American Dream Cottages magazine? Try looking right under your nose here in Grand Rapids at the Artgoodies studio. Owner Lisa Price is behind the one-woman show selling tea towels, aprons, and pillows all embellished with Price’s original linocut block prints in bicycle, owl, and strawberry motifs. “It’s amazing to be named one of the hottest housewares companies in the USA,” says Price on her blog. The artgoodies style is what happens when a degree in printmaking and a… Read more...

Pretty Professional

Thursday, 05 July 2012 10:09
Looking the part of a professional and stylish career woman in intense summer heat can be a challenge but it’s important because, “The way we dress really affects how we’re feeling about ourselves,” says Lisa Jabara, co-owner of Hot Mama. “We have a lot in for summer for our professional moms.” From lighter, gauzy cotton knits to a three quarter sleeve blazer that is professional but not too heavy, there are ways to keep the sizzle exactly where you want it in your wardrobe. Mixing a blazer with a bright, yellow or coral top underneath paired with a fun turquoise… Read more...

Tan Lines Beware!

Thursday, 21 June 2012 14:07
The best way to maintain even skin tone throughout the summer is by applying sun screen, and lots of it. But one afternoon in the sun can imprint a halter top tan line for the rest of the season, and that just won't do when your bridesmaid dress is strapless. Here are some suggestions, as provided by our readers on Facebook, for ways to treat sunburn, and treat it fast, so that you can avoid itching and peeling before your skin's next public appearance. AloeUsing aloe to treat skin raw from a sunburn soothes and and heals. Sarah Griffith Leis… Read more...

Your Best Accessory is Your Smile

Thursday, 07 June 2012 16:38
Are you sporting a sparkling smile? Don't give up your daily dose of coffee (or red wine). Get a perfect grin with these teeth-whitening tips from dentist Dr. Jeff Helmus. Dr. Helmus says most people come to his office for teeth whitening because they want to look younger. He recommends a couple different clinical-strength ways to brighten up teeth that can be done at home or in the dentist chair. Whitening gel, made up of carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide, is squeezed into trays that women wear over teeth for a half hour. "When you put it on your teeth,… Read more...