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By Mel Fabrikant Friday, February 22, 2013, 02:35 AM EST
By Mel Fabrikant Friday, February 22, 2013, 02:35 AM EST
By Sharon Mosley Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 04:06 PM EST
Think you can just throw on a pair of leggings, a tunic top and make a mad dash for the office hoping you don't spill your caramel latte on that new handbag you spent a month's rent on? Well, if you're the type who gives your order at Starbucks more attention (or that handbag du jour) than what you wear to work, maybe it's time for a little "dress for success" review.
Dressing for work has never been more of a challenge with so many choices available. Let's face it; the boring black suit is just that — boring. However, with a shrinking job market, making a good impression still counts more than ever. So whether you're going to your 25th interview or have the job of your dreams, here are some style tips from fashion expert Nina Garcia, creative director at "Marie Claire" and judge on "Project Runway."
By Rose Bennett Gilbert Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 03:57 PM EST
Q: The living room of our apartment opens onto a little balcony. The door out is between two large plate glass windows. My question is, what kind of curtains to use that will cover the windows and still let us go in and out the door?
A: While you could install curtains that would draw clear of the door when needed, it may be that curtains per se are not really your best answer here.
In the photo we show here, New York designer Michelle Slovak solves a similar problem by using a clever combination treatment:
By Mark Maynard Saturday, December 29, 2012, 06:40 PM EST
Today, the SL is coupe and roadster in one, though it stretches the definition of roadster. This modern SL is full-fledged luxury and far from a jaunty ragtop. As it has been, the SL is a grand tourer — comfortable but with menacing potential.
By Rose Bennett Gilbert Monday, December 17, 2012, 11:54 AM EST
A: Condolences. A lost art collection is a loss indeed. No doubt you spent long, happy hours searching out pieces that spoke to you personally. And no doubt, you will resume the hunt as soon as you've healed the larger gaps Sandy left in your life.
By Post Saturday, December 15, 2012, 08:48 AM EST
Every year on December 24, children and parents alike gather to celebrate and reenact the beloved story of Jesus’ divine birth.
As Muriel Ryan sat in a pew one year, watching dozens of angels and shepherds file clumsily onto the stage, she couldn’t help but think there had to be a more relatable way to tell the Christmas story so it would resonate with the everyday person.
From this idea blossomed the new, family-friendly holiday book, The Innkeeper’s Wife.
By Post Friday, December 14, 2012, 08:58 PM EST
By Shawn Dell Joyce Sunday, December 09, 2012, 08:20 AM EST
The greenest choice of tree is a potted Douglas fir from a local nursery that you can plant outdoors once the warm weather arrives. This little fir tree will clean your indoor air during the holidays and clean carbon from the atmosphere year-round after it is transplanted. If you bought a live tree then planted it in spring every year, you could offset your family's carbon footprint in twenty years while creating a green holiday tradition.
By Rose Bennett Gilbert Tuesday, December 04, 2012, 09:37 AM EST
A: Let me answer your question with a question: how soon are you planning to sell? If you're going to flip the house in the next few years, hubby may have a point. Sad to say, but not everyone is as adventuresome as you.
By Rose Bennett Gilbert Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 06:19 PM EDT
Q: We spent a few days in Morocco on our vacation and came home enchanted with the colors and patterns, especially the ceramic tiles and hand-woven rugs. My husband thinks they are too "exotic" for our conservative community, but I'd still like to know more about Moroccan style and where to find any in the U.S.
A: Do I have a resource for you! You're not the first Westerners to develop a "craving for Morocco's spicy design mix," as author Maryam Montague puts it. Interior designers have long beaten a path to Morocco, looking for inspiration and new ideas.
By Angela Sanders Friday, July 27, 2012, 03:35 AM EDT
There are various collectors worldwide, to whom, the life and times of Vincent van Gogh has been an inspiration; not only from an investment aspect, but from his paintings and the intensity of the artist that they portray. This inspiration has been created in generations of artists, film-makers and musicians, who have helped to immortalize the charismatic “Vincent”, particularly in Van Gogh reproductions and paintings.
By Rose Bennett Gilbert Friday, June 29, 2012, 11:44 AM EDT
Q: We love our old house (l892) too much to move, even though the way we live is very different from life when the house was built. Over the years, we've made a lot of adjustments, such as adding a family room and a bigger garage. Now we're facing the kitchen, where the breakfast room is separate and a butler's pantry divides it from the kitchen. If we take down the walls and make one large space, what will that do to the overall resale value of the house -- if we ever do decide to move?
By Sharon Mosley Thursday, June 28, 2012, 11:37 AM EDT
When Britney Spears, Katy Perry or Miranda Lambert want to make sure their nails stand out as much as their dresses on the red carpet, they let celebrity manicurist Elsbeth Schuetz take their hands and paint her magic on their fingertips.
"Nail art is very hot right now," says Schuetz, who has received numerous beauty industry awards and works with a Los Angeles-based agency using Nailtini and Nails Selection products. "Not only can an inexpensive polish creation brighten our day without breaking the bank, it has also become de rigueur for starlets and musicians to rock attention-getting nails on red carpets and in magazines."
By Mark Maynard Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 11:37 AM EDT
The Dodge Charger is one of the best family sedans of 2012, merging style and function. And it makes the most commanding design statement of all mainstream cars. You know it instantly on the road by its don't-mess-with-me face, the sculpted sides and -- at night -- that circuit of racetrack LED taillights. And for 2012, Charger raises the status bar with an optional eight-speed automatic transmission on V-6 models.
By Sharon Mosley Friday, June 22, 2012, 08:33 AM EDT
By Rose Bennett Gilbert Thursday, June 21, 2012, 08:26 AM EDT
Q: The staircase in our "new" old (l926) Georgian has a small landing under a big window. There's not enough space for a piece of furniture, but it could use something.
From the entrance hall below, it just looks plain. Mirror? Painting? What?
A: Any -- or even all -- of the above should relieve the plainness. But there are other options, even for a small landing.
In the sweeping, classically beautiful stairwell we show here, a slender demi-lune ("half-moon") table just fits on the landing, where it becomes the focal point of a three-part arrangement: table, vintage gilded mirror and a collection of handsome blue-and-white ware.
By Mark Maynard Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 08:41 AM EDT
By Sharon Mosley Friday, June 15, 2012, 08:33 AM EDT
Time to dive in and take the plunge ... into the deep waters of swimwear fashion. For some, it's a murky pool, but there are ways to tread through the shopping experience that most women dread no matter what their size. Here are some tips and trends to get you ready for the summer season ahead:
--First of all, you need to face the facts -- the body-shape facts. You don't have to wait until you get in front of a dressing-room mirror to figure this one out. If there is any sagging or drooping in your midsection, a string bikini is not for you. Opt for a one-piece instead.
By Rose Bennett Gilbert Thursday, June 14, 2012, 08:26 AM EDT
Q: We'd like to do over our master bath but in the same footprint. We really can't enlarge the physical space. Maybe you have some ideas on how to update without upsizing?
A: New materials can change the attitude of the room so dramatically you'll forget all about actually enlarging the floor space.
For example, if your old bath is all about ceramic tile and you're into a country/Victorian mood, consider switching to tongue-and-groove wainscoting with a vintage-patterned wallpaper.
Rather go upscale and more contemporary? Look what uber-designer Steve Gambrel does with travertine marble in the elegantly simple bath we show here.
By Mark Maynard Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 08:41 AM EDT
It took me about 90 miles to stop driving the Audi TT RS like a power-crazed teenager. From the first time I started the engine and heard the raucous exhaust, I couldn't resist blipping the throttle. I was on the loose with 360 turbocharged horses and a healthy 343-foot-pounds of torque that mainlines from 1,650 rpm to 5,400 rpm. That's basically from second gear through sixth.
As the red mist lifted, the Audi-ness soaked in. There is almost a delicate refinement to the engineering of accelerator action, steering and gear engagement. Then I apologized to the car for being so greedy in my first days of driving, and it responded by showing me new limits that were in supercar territory.
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