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The Fashion Folder: Party Ready

By Roxy L. Rowton Many of us don’t give much attention to special-occasion dressing in our wardrobes because our day-to-day style rotates around work wear, off-duty clothes and the sometimes dressy dinner attire. We don’t think we need special-occasion clothing, so we don’t stock our wardrobes with it. When a special-occasion arises out of nowhere and we need party-ready attire, it isn’t hanging in the …

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Quinn’s Goldsmith Has Unique Jewelry Designs You Won’t Find in Big Box Stores

By Amy Taylor Sponsored by Quinn’s Goldsmith Quinn’s Goldsmith has been designing award-winning pieces of jewelry for almost thirty years, and this holiday season is no different. President of Quinn’s, Terry Quinn, designs unique pieces with his customers in mind. Special Collections at Quinn’s Terry Quinn has captured the essence of the season with the Ice Crystal Collection, which includes …

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Time to Reboot: Boot Making 101

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By Roxy Rowton When it comes to fashion, it often begins at the feet, and there is no other footwear more stylish and versatile than boots. While the choice of boot can clearly articulate an individual’s sense of fashion, preferences in boot styles reveal an eye for detail and inclination for practicality or ingenuity. A great pair of boots can …

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The Autumn Roster: Your Closet Essentials Guid

By Roxy L. Rowton Transitioning to the structured routines and schedules that come with the onset of autumn can be complex, but deciding which clothing to wear for a new season shouldn’t be. Stocking your cold-weather closet with an assortment of foundational and dependable core garments yields a simpler approach to tackling the question of “what to wear” for a variety of autumnal activities, as well …

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Shop Talk Part 2: The Jargon of Fashion Continued

By Roxy Rowton Building a better wardrobe is in large part about knowledge. Getting dressed can be complicated, but even the most elementary understanding of basic fashion vernacular can demystify which garments to select for individual style (form) and wardrobe needs (function). Here are 14 more terms to add to your fashion vocabulary. 1. Matchmaking: Coordinated garments can provide a straightforward approach to getting appropriately …

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Shop Talk Part 1: The Jargon of Fashion

By Roxy Rowton Today’s consumer culture thrives on choices. Even the most elementary understanding of fashion shop talk can illuminate the how-to’s of building a fashionable, but economical wardrobe. Keep these key terms in mind as you build yours. Adaptability: The ability of a garment to mix and match with a variety of wardrobe fundamentals, classic staples and fashion trends. The curation of carefully selected fabrics, silhouettes, …

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A Wrinkle in Fashion: Livable Linen

By Roxy Rowton Linen is one of summer’s hardest working and most remarkable fabrics. Embrace an unadulterated frame of reference on this summer classic as linen brings its sunny disposition and exceptional aptitude for coolness and freshness into the warm-weather closet. The word linen is a derivative from Latin for the flax plant. Botanists acknowledged the remarkableness of linen by naming the flax plant “Linum Usitatissimum,” …

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Summer in Blue and White

By Roxy L. Rowton As welcoming as a gentle summer breeze, the harmonious color combination of blue and white is a perfect sartorial gesture to a season of recreation and relaxation. If fashion has a favorite color palette for the sun-drenched days and balmy nights of summer, it’s got to unabashedly be blue and white! This enduring color combination has been the inspiration of sartorial interpretations …

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Social Butterfly

By Roxy Rowton The social season never ends. One social calendar rolls into another with the invites continuing. The social wardrobe should be as individual as each one-of-a-kind invitation. Each and every social request is an invitation to dress your very best—with a pleasing and attractive appearance. The social dress code do’s and don’ts that had guided the fashionista and pragmatist for generations have gradually given …

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Fresh from the Wash

By Roxy Rowton Before storing away cold-weather garments to make way for fashioning a new seasonal wardrobe, it is a good practice to clean wool and/or cashmere clothing. Contrary to the care labels in many woolen garments, these can be laundered by hand or in the washing machine. Hand washing is the gentlest method of all to clean wool and cashmere clothing. It also provides an …

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