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Some keep a T-shirt for every occasion. Tania Jonjack has a T-shirt for every recommendation. In the past few months, the Galena resident embarked on a quest to share her entire T-shirt collection, which she estimates to be around 100. Each day, she posted a new shirt on her Facebook page. With the T-shirt came...
When Ann Butzier first opened her shop, Namaste, five years ago, you couldn’t find the word “athleisure” in the dictionary. “It was a word I’d heard, but it wasn’t common,” she said. “I remember using it in a conversation with a customer and she said, ‘Oh, that’s a cool word.’” The word “athleisure” was first...
Whether you have plans to travel far and wide this summer or even just to your neighboring town, these are the pieces that should make it into your suitcase so you can put together versatile, practical and chic outfits. 1. Statement sunglasses It’s such a small item that sometimes gets overlooked. Not only are they...
Who needs a whole new outfit when you can just do some simple tweaks instead? These tips on how to look stylish are easy to do and take your outfit up a notch without having to do much. 1. Drape your coat This simple styling trick sets you apart from everyone else and is a...
SOAVE, Italy — Gucci and Saint Laurent are two of the highest profile luxury fashion houses to announce they will leave the fashion calendar behind, with its relentless four-times-a-year rhythm, shuttling cadres of fashionistas between global capitals where they squeeze shoulder-to-shoulder around runways for 15 breathless minutes. The coronavirus lockdown, which has hit luxury fashion...
MIAMI — When Los Angeles-based fashion blogger Jacey Duprie finally emerged from days in sweats, changing into black jeans, an ankle-length camel sweater and Gucci loafers, she counted it as one of those “very big victories that used to be small victories.” Since people have spent weeks stuck in isolation, their bodies molded into beds...
Influencer / noun: A person or thing that influences another. When it comes to being influential, Samantha March knows the power of a well-crafted opinion. Since 2009 and at the height of taking to the World Wide Web to post ponderings about a plethora of subjects, the 32-year-old launched a blog, chicklitplus.com. There, she focused...
Women can choose what they use on their skin and hair as part of their daily regimen. And natural cosmetics and skincare have become popular options. According to the 2017 Green Beauty Barometer survey, 74% of women with children at home and 60% of women without children at home claimed that purchasing green or natural...
Meet our new monthly fashion columnist, Carolyn Arentson. Originally from Carroll, Iowa, and now calling Dubuque home, the 25-year-old uses her background in modeling, styling and photography to create an online destination for women to get chic inspiration for their style and life. Carolyn launched her blog, mychicobsession.com, three years ago, with and eye toward...
On June 17, 1932, 24-year-old Gladys Richard walked down the aisle at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in East Dubuque, Ill., wearing a green slip dress, with a delicate matching cape. The young woman was beginning a new chapter in her life, with her wedding to Bill Doerr. Eighty-four years later, in August 2016, her great-granddaughter...
There’s nothing like not knowing what you’re going to wear to start your morning off on the wrong foot. You’re running around frantically, hating all your options, feeling the pressure, becoming late for work, which results in more pressure. Sound familiar? These six tips will take away that dreaded feeling and make getting dressed in...
Looking for some out-of-the-ordinary styles? We spoke with a variety of tri-state boutique owners about how shopping locally can be beneficial to both the consumer and to the community. Donna Weber and Monique Butcher are the co-owners of Classy & Chic Boutique, a shop located in Dubuque’s Historic Millwork District. “Most big stores typically have...
Searching the skincare aisles in any store can be overwhelming, to say the least. From cleansers and moisturizers to serums and oils, toners and spot treatments, there are so many options. But what does your skin really need? Sarah Blindert, a skincare specialist and owner of Shivelight Massage and Skincare, said that what you should...
We all know someone who scours listings for the best deals, who visit thrift stores and consignment shops with the obsession of a stalker and who can’t wait to tell you how little they paid for a fabulous outfit. Thrift shoppers are passionate about the art of bargain hunting, and with consignment shops thrown into...
I am positive that in 2020, we are all striving to look our best, while putting in the least amount of effort, day to day. Careers, children and even self-care can occupy our free time and spread us so thin. But putting your best face forward, literally and figuratively, should be mandatory, not optional. It...
You would think that having almost 20 years of experience in the beauty industry, I would have a lot of tips to share about beauty and fashion. A hairdresser for many years, I would have, in the past, been able to share the latest trends. No problem. But that almost feels like a different life....
NEW YORK — Victoria’s Secret, which once defined sexy with its leggy supermodels in their lacy bras and oversized angel wings, has a new owner. Now, the big question is whether the once sought after but now struggling brand can be reinvented for a new generation of women demanding more comfortable styles. The company’s owner,...
So, you have the ring. What’s next? Dress shopping, of course. Although finding the perfect dress might seem like a tough task, local bridal consultants have advice for brides on the hunt for their ideal wedding gowns. Sherrie Keating, owner of Cheryl-Ann Bridals & Tuxedos in Dubuque, assured there are many styles and silhouettes for...
When it comes to planning for winter weather, what to wear is a huge component — especially in the Midwest, where Mother Nature can keep you guessing. Luckily, braving the elements and staying warm doesn’t mean you have to kick your fashion sense to the snow-covered curb. A few local experts offered their insight on...
The fashion industry is abuzz this month discussing the 2019 fall-winter fashion lines making their way down the runways worldwide. Staple items of yesteryear, including fringed-out clothes, distressed leather and denim pieces and the once-scorned supersized shoulder shapes of the 1980s, are making a comeback, and fashion-savvy shoppers in the Dubuque area are turning to...
Full, beautiful brows are on trend again and Hollywood celebs can’t stop buzzing about the precision results achieved with the microblading technique. Using a handheld manual tool, microblading technicians create hair-like strokes of semi-permanent pigment to mimic natural brow hair, adding to or darkening the appearance of the existing brow. That’s right, it’s a face...
What makes someone beautiful to you? Do you immediately think of physical characteristics such as flowing hair; glowing, wrinkle-free skin; a flat tummy; and straight, white teeth? Most of us tend to make quick judgments about an individual based on her outer appearance. We spend extraordinary amounts of time, energy and money fixing our outer...
After a long and seemingly endless winter, spring is really going to happen. Honest. It’s around the corner. There’s just no telling how far away that corner is. To be ready for the spring fashion trends, local boutique owners share what they have to offer in their shops to beat back winter and welcome spring...
Gone are the days of shapeless floral moo moos and nautical-inspired tents intended to hide a growing baby bump. Today’s maternity clothing trends aim to stay on target with mainstream fashion and celebrate or even highlight a woman’s expanding belly. And while online shopping gives expecting mothers an abundance of maternity options, it doesn’t help...

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