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With some simple styling tips, you can get more mileage out of your wardrobe by making your summer clothes work for the colder seasons. Not only that, but you’ll also save money by buying fewer clothes. Here are a few examples on how to wear your summer clothes in the fall. Denim shorts With some...
Like me, you might be a foodie. Eating is a hobby. You’re always on the hunt for dazzling dishes and are never afraid to try something new. You take great pleasure from trips to the farmers market, and your Instagram feed is full of restaurants to try. But you can take your love for tantalizing...
With some simple styling tips, you can get more mileage out of your wardrobe by making your summer clothes work for the colder seasons. Not only that, but you’ll also save money by buying fewer clothes. Here are a few examples on how to wear your summer clothes in the fall. Denim shorts With some...
Like me, you might be a foodie. Eating is a hobby. You’re always on the hunt for dazzling dishes and are never afraid to try something new. You take great pleasure from trips to the farmers market, and your Instagram feed is full of restaurants to try. But you can take your love for tantalizing...
When it comes to putting together an outfit for the cooler season, you can never go wrong with a few classic staples. Here are a few quick and easy tips that will help you put together a chic outfit in no time. Wear all (or mostly all) black I don’t make the rules, but black...
For eight years of my life, I went to school dressed in a uniform. Polo shirts in shades of light blue and white paired with a navy and forest green tartan so thick it would have better served as a tablecloth. Hair was required to be natural colors, and you couldn’t wear makeup of any...
When it comes to putting together an outfit for the cooler season, you can never go wrong with a few classic staples. Here are a few quick and easy tips that will help you put together a chic outfit in no time. Wear all (or mostly all) black I don’t make the rules, but black...
For eight years of my life, I went to school dressed in a uniform. Polo shirts in shades of light blue and white paired with a navy and forest green tartan so thick it would have better served as a tablecloth. Hair was required to be natural colors, and you couldn’t wear makeup of any...
It was about five years ago that I gave my wardrobe a complete makeover. I looked at it hung up neatly on its rail — organized by color, of course — and thought to myself, “None of this belongs to the person I am today or the person I want to be tomorrow.” I pulled...
When it comes to women that have made a difference in style, Grace Kelly tops the list. The 1950s Hollywood starlet is the epitome of elegance (tied with Audrey Hepburn). Many of the outfits that Kelly wore in her prime are looks considered to be timeless. Here are easy tips for how you can embrace...
When it comes to women that have made a difference in style, Grace Kelly tops the list. The 1950s Hollywood starlet is the epitome of elegance (tied with Audrey Hepburn). Many of the outfits that Kelly wore in her prime are looks considered to be timeless. Here are easy tips for how you can embrace...
Warmer weather is a great time to experiment with color and add some boldness to your look. We know that pastels always are a go-to for spring, but why not step out of the box a little? Here are 4 super chic spring and summer color combos to try: 1. Hot pink + yellow Bold...
Biz Buzz shares business tidbits from the tri-states. In addition to this update from Dubuque, we will highlight developments from Dubuque and Bellevue, Iowa, in Tuesday’s edition. A locally owned clothing boutique has launched a satellite location within a Dubuque casino. Dirt Road Darlings recently opened a location within the Diamond Jo Casino gift shop....
Warmer weather is a great time to experiment with color and add some boldness to your look. We know that pastels always are a go-to for spring, but why not step out of the box a little? Here are 4 super chic spring and summer color combos to try: 1. Hot pink + yellow Bold...
An old boyfriend once suggested to me that if I didn’t have such fat legs, I would be “perfect.” I feared to ask exactly what “perfect” meant. I always had been insecure about my legs. I have legs from my mom’s side of the family: Short and chunky. If there ever were a cankle, I...
Although my days in Dubuque were years after the demise of the flagship department store, Roshek’s, I notice that the very mention of the epic department store’s name induces the misty-eyed look people get when remembering first love. The fragrant tobacco counter. The vast notions department. The record racks with listening booths on the mezzanine,...
As Chrystina Morteo forged her way into the entrepreneurial realm, it became clear that she wasn’t cut from the same cloth as many others in the business community. Morteo said her Mexican-American heritage set her apart, especially in a small community. On top of that, being a woman only complicated efforts to get her foot...
We all have our sense of style. The way we dress is one of our basic rights and privileges. We know what we look good in, and our compass tells us what looks and feels right for us. If you are familiar with Marie Kondo’s philosophy, she guides us to only wear clothing that “sparks...
Spring is such a happy and inspiring time, you’d think we’d always know what to wear. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen. Despite the mental reset the season can bring, we all get stuck. But we don’t have to stay that way. Here are 5 cute spring outfit ideas to get you started on what to wear...
While comfort will continue to reign supreme for clothing and accessories in 2021, when it comes to footwear, there are a variety of fun fashion trends that make a statement. The good news is that there’s no need to overhaul your entire closet. And it’s easier than ever to incorporate trendy pieces into a comfortable...
Did you know that approximately 80% to 99% of what we see on our skin as adults is a result of our exposure to daylight? This is known as photoaging. According to the International Dermal Institute, photoaging is an increase in wrinkle formation, a loss of tension and elasticity, degeneration of the vascular supply and...
Spring is a time of renewal not only in nature but also in the fashion world. It’s an exciting time for clothing boutiques, whose owners and stylists visit trade shows and markets, scoping out new colors, fashions and styles to bring into their shops for the season. “I just went to the Atlanta market and...
As Chrystina Morteo forged her way into the entrepreneurial realm, it became clear that she wasn’t cut from the same cloth as many others in the business community. Morteo said her Mexican-American heritage set her apart, especially in a small community. On top of that, being a woman only complicated efforts to get her foot...
Did you know that approximately 80% to 99% of what we see on our skin as adults is a result of our exposure to daylight? This is known as photoaging. According to the International Dermal Institute, photoaging is an increase in wrinkle formation, a loss of tension and elasticity, degeneration of the vascular supply and...
Although my days in Dubuque were years after the demise of the flagship department store, Roshek’s, I notice that the very mention of the epic department store’s name induces the misty-eyed look people get when remembering first love. The fragrant tobacco counter. The vast notions department. The record racks with listening booths on the mezzanine,...
While comfort will continue to reign supreme for clothing and accessories in 2021, when it comes to footwear, there are a variety of fun fashion trends that make a statement. The good news is that there’s no need to overhaul your entire closet. And it’s easier than ever to incorporate trendy pieces into a comfortable...
We all have our sense of style. The way we dress is one of our basic rights and privileges. We know what we look good in, and our compass tells us what looks and feels right for us. If you are familiar with Marie Kondo’s philosophy, she guides us to only wear clothing that “sparks...
Spring is such a happy and inspiring time, you’d think we’d always know what to wear. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen. Despite the mental reset the season can bring, we all get stuck. But we don’t have to stay that way. Here are 5 cute spring outfit ideas to get you started on what to wear...
An old boyfriend once suggested to me that if I didn’t have such fat legs, I would be “perfect.” I feared to ask exactly what “perfect” meant. I always had been insecure about my legs. I have legs from my mom’s side of the family: Short and chunky. If there ever were a cankle, I...
When it comes to fashion, there are no rules. Although there always is a place for classic looks and timeless outfits, sometimes you’ve got to wear something a little outside of the box. That’s where these unexpected fashion combos come in. Pairing items that you wouldn’t normally expect is a great way to stand out...
When it comes to fashion, there are no rules. Although there always is a place for classic looks and timeless outfits, sometimes you’ve got to wear something a little outside of the box. That’s where these unexpected fashion combos come in. Pairing items that you wouldn’t normally expect is a great way to stand out...
Knowing how to shop your closet is a valuable skill to have. Not only do you save money by shopping less, but you also get more use out of what you already have. Take these tips on how to shop your closet for a new outlook and appreciation of what’s already in your wardrobe. 1....
Knowing how to shop your closet is a valuable skill to have. Not only do you save money by shopping less, but you also get more use out of what you already have. Take these tips on how to shop your closet for a new outlook and appreciation of what’s already in your wardrobe. 1....
If you’re going to think positive during a pandemic, then one thing you should add to your list is self-care. And Faces MedSpa aims to help with that. Daniel Givens, a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, and his staff have been in their new office home on Cedar Cross Road for a little more than...
Whether you’re someone who sets resolutions or not, there’s just something about a fresh start and getting the new year off on the right foot. Many are re-examining their eating and workout habits, but there’s one place not many think to evaluate: The closet. After all, a decluttered closet is a decluttered mind. Here are...
If you’re going to think positive during a pandemic, then one thing you should add to your list is self-care. And Faces MedSpa aims to help with that. Daniel Givens, a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, and his staff have been in their new office home on Cedar Cross Road for a little more than...
Fashionable and comfortable always are the goal, especially when you are entertaining at home. These four outfit ideas will help you put together stylish, yet doable outfits for your hosting events — even if those events are a little smaller than usual this year. 1. Knit pants + knit sweater + sparkly flats Knit pants...
The holiday season can be a stressful time of the year for most people. But with these easy-to-copy holiday outfits, there is one thing you don’t have to worry about: What you’re going to wear. 1. High waist skirt + plaid shirt + heels + statement necklace If you already have a closet full of...
Have you been feeling as though your wardrobe is boring and out of date lately? Do you think you need to set your closet on fire and start over? Not so fast. If you want to upgrade your style and your closet, try adding these seven pieces to your wardrobe first to refresh and upgrade...
As things start to open up, getting out and having some (safe) fun is on everyone’s mind. Whether you find yourself grabbing some socially distanced drinks with your girls or heading out for a date night, use these tips on how to put together a great night out look: 1. Start with jeans if you’re...
When you take care of your clothes, you take care of yourself. And by making your clothing last as long as possible, you save money, get to hold onto the things you love and make the most out of your wardrobe. Here are some tips how: 1. Follow washing machine instructions Things such as what...
They can be colorful or come in basic black, make a political statement or just a funny one. Masks made of cotton and other washable materials have become big sellers and an emerging fashion item, as face coverings have been increasingly mandated around the world to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Sales are expected...
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...
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...
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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