St. Paws: A thrift store for animal lovers

St. Paws Thrift Store rescues animals from abandonment, homelessness, abuse and neglect. It you’re an animal lover who just can’t resist a good thrift store, St. Paws is for you! Every time you make a purchase or a donation, it will help a cat, dog, horse, bunny or companion animal.

St. Paws began with a mission to serve and protect animals. Their mission is to help organizations that are engaged in protecting, sheltering and caring for abandoned, neglected and abused animals.

St Paws accomplishes their mission by serving as a portal for your tax deductible donations, whether with cash or through gently used clothing, handbags and accessories, fashion jewelry, and various household items which, in turn, are sold in the store. 100% of the profits from the sales are then passed on to these organizations.

St. Paws is operated and run by a group of dedicated volunteers who are all animal lovers. Located at 304 12th St. in West Columbia, the store has an excellent selection of clothing for men, women and children.

Everything is nicely arranged, sorted by size, clean and on hangers. There is also a good selection of shoes, with sandals and dress shoes in like-new condition. Items are generally in the one to three dollar range.

As you take your time looking around the store, don’t be surprised if a sweet cat who loves to be picked up follows you and seeks out your arms.

The store is very clean and bright, attractively arranged, and quite spacious. The staff, likely seen holding small animals as they work, is made up of volunteers who love animals.

There is limited free off-street garage parking (about eight spaces) directly next to the thrift store, and several more outdoor spaces.

St Paws is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit St. Paws Thrift Store online or on Facebook for more information and an array of photos.

With an ever changing selection, you’re sure to come home with treasures…and maybe even an adopted pet.

As always, maximize your style and minimize your spending~

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8 Looks for the Art of Casual Chic

Though casual chic may sound like an oxymoron, the truth is that you can look chic in almost anything you wear (sans workout gear and pajamas). The key to mastering the art of casual chic is to combine comfortable clothing with a hint of sophisticated flair. That flair may be demonstrated by your shoe choice, accessories, hair or even absolute confidence in your appearance. Once you’ve mastered the casual chic look, you’ll always have something to wear no matter where you go, be it a cocktail party, grocery store or barbecue.

Flirty Chic

The colorful palette on this otherwise sophisticated, streamlined dress takes Sarah Jessica Parker straight into the realm of casual chic. Her getup is dressy enough for an afternoon or evening of cocktails and mingling, but could also work while running errands or at a low-key lunch. To achieve a flirty, casual chic look like this one, wear a well-fitted dress with comfortable shoes and relaxed hair.

Street-Wear Chic

As senior fashion market editor of “Harper’s Bazaar,” Joanna Hillman knows a thing or two about fashion. Here, the blond-haired maven looks calm, cool and collected in her baggy blue blouse and neutral skirt. Create this look by wearing slightly oversized apparel paired with texturized locks, sunglasses and minimal jewelry.

Leopard Chic

Mischa Barton shows her wild side in a leopard print top and ballet flats. She keeps the knee-length skirt casual and youthful with a simple hairstyle and minimalist accessories. Pairing her printed top with a denim A-Line skirt and studded belt keeps the look casual, but the bold prints provide an extra wow-factor. Her black tights and flats make the ensemble perfect for fall. Add a neutral-colored jacket and you’re set for winter, too!

Summer Chic

Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian is all about laid-back apparel. She pairs a very casual, loose T-shirt and tattered denim shorts with heels to instantly transform the look into casual chic. Heels are an easy way to dress up any casual look, whether you’re in leggings, jeans, a blazer or jumpsuit. For a touch of flirty flair, wear a splashy accessory as Kardashian does.

Trendy Chic

The always trending Linda Papadopoulos, psychologist and author, keeps the momentum going with this creamy fitted blazer and dark denim jean. To bring her ensemble up to chic-dom, she layers with a flowing, patterned scarf. Scarves, like heels, instantly add a bit of chic sophistication to any look. Try one in a neutral color, like Papadopoulos, or a splashy color if you’re feeling frisky.

Autumn Chic

What makes model-turned-photographer Delfina Blaquier’s outfit casual chic is her layering techniques. Without the trench-length cardigan and colorful scarf, the white dress underneath would read more dressy than casual. Experiment with layering your outfits to create a casual, yet fashion-forward look.

Hippie Chic

Actress Gillian Zinser, seen with actor Tristan Wilds, channels her inner hippie with this casual chic ensemble. The short jeans paired with a fun, patterned top makes her outfit instantly interesting. Add the purple, matching headband and it’s a fashion-forward ensemble. To master the art of casual chic you must not be afraid to take fashion risks.

Formal & Fun

Blake Lively, actress and fashionista, is known in the fashion world for her eclectic taste and flare for red carpet outfits. Though this particular outfit is more formal than casual, Lively layers the sheerness of her blouse and lace skirt with a fitted blazer. Her flattering blazer says business, but the ethereal quality of her top and its lack of structure add a touch of casualness. Combine formal elements with daytime fabrics like a light-colored lace for a similar look.

Stealth Shopper Checks Out LAB Consignment Store

LAB Studio in midtown Toronto. Since it is by appointment-only, the address is on a need-to-know basis to enforce its privacy factor.

Intimidation factor: Negligible. Though it is a high-end consignment boutique, LAB is located in a sunny, inviting, exposed-brick walled studio space.

Number of salespeople on floor: One, owner Lauren Baker.

Response time: Immediate. She opens the door.

Vibe: Suzanne Rogers’ closet meets private-school dorm room.

Price range: From $18 for undies to $4,000 for the Elizabeth Hurley/Versace safety-pin dress.

Rating: Three pairs of silver-heeled pumps out of four.

Remember that iconic Versace oversized safety-pin dress that Elizabeth Hurley wore to the London premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994? Hurley was supposed to be the film’s star Hugh Grant’s arm candy but she totally eclipsed him and put her own career on the map.

That dress is making a guest appearance at LAB Studio designer clothing consignment shop. I’d visited LAB’s previous incarnation as a vintage emporium at Ossington and Queen (LAB refers to the initials of owner Lauren Baker), but was unfamiliar with her next outpost on Avenue Rd. and Wilson. After having a baby 14 months ago, she decided to downsize and open a midtown studio.

She’s done with vintage polyester. LAB is the go-to for label lovers: everything from Alaia to YSL but in a stress-free environment. I pore through assorted racks and unearth a Missoni here; a Dolce & Gabbana there.

I spy a Celine perforated leather dress; a sleeveless floral Jil Sander frock; an edgy Ann Demeulemeester number with tags still on; and a beautiful Marc Jacobs cardie with seashells around the neck that cost $995 at Bergdorf’s but $299 at LAB. Everybody has a Burberry trench. Who else has a Burberry kilt?

A client brought in 56 pieces ranging from 1994 to 2007, the source of the Versace dress.

“Another woman texted me that she was consigning a piece she bought two days ago,” Baker says. “She bought it online and it didn’t fit. It was final sale — bad for her but good for me.”

There are purses galore: Fendi, Chloe, Prada. Lauren even has a designated Louis Vuitton corner which includes a blue train case, wallets and the coveted bags — much of them brand new. A classic “lumineuse emprente” bag is priced at $2,429, down from $3,100 retail. A mini “looping bag” is on sale for $299 from $760.

A glass case contains sunglasses, undies and Spanx. The fireplace mantelpiece serves as jewelry counter for goodies like a Gaultier charm bracelet and Marni necklace.

And shoes, glorious shoes! From Sam Edelman to Balmain. Lauren has the de rigueur vertiginous stilettos including a pair of crazy platform Louboutins that only Daphne Guinness and Lady Gaga could pull off. More manoeuvrable footwear includes Max Mara riding boots, Brian Atwood rock chick boots with gold studs at the back and Dior lace-ups.

Clothing sizing ranges from zero to 14. Larger sizes don’t generally consign, she says. It’s probably because high-end designers don’t cut more generous sizing. But that is changing with designers like Michelle Obama fave Isabel Toledo now targeting the plus-sized market.

Monday edition: The modern man’s guide to timeless traditional style

A well-made and well-fitted suit is a classic wardrobe staple all men should invest in. Whether for business purposes or special occasions, only, a suit shows sophistication and speaks of versatility. Black, gray, navy and brown give off a more refined look and are timeless. Use these as your “go-to” suits.

If you’re looking to add some spice to your suit style, refer to Tom Ford’s spring/summer 2014 collection. The use of bright and fun colors in this collection give suave a whole new meaning. Tom Ford’s seasonal collection for 2014 was inspired by the carefree era of the seventies.

‘Teatro Prometeo’ presents: ‘Lección Para Señoritas’

Teatro Prometeo at Miami Dade College (MDC), one of the major success stories in Miami’s theatrical history and the only Spanish-language conservatory in the country, announces the presentation of Leccion Para Señoritas. Set in a cabaret in the ‘Roaring 20s ‘, Lección para Señoritas is a modern version of renowned play, The School for Wives, written by Jean -Baptiste Poquelin Moliere (Paris, 1622 – 1673). This performance is directed by renowned actress/director Neher Jacqueline Briceño and it marks part of the new stage repertory at Teatro Prometeo for graduates of the Conservatory in Theatre Arts. Performance will be in Spanish with English supertitles.

When: March 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 & 29 at 8:00 pm

Where: Teatro Prometeo, at MDC’s Wolfson Campus

300 NE 2 avenue

Miami, Florida

Oscars 2014: Best Dressed List

The 2014 Academy Awards red carpet was littered with stunning style choices. Among the sea of perfectly attired ladies, were a few best-dressed standouts. Angelina Jolie sparkled in a floor-skimming Elie Saab Haute Couture gown. The soft, feminine design was quite a departure from the dark, sultry frocks she has sported in years past. It was refreshing to see one of Hollywood’s most beautiful leading ladies don something pretty, rather than edgy for a change.

Jolie was not the only star that opted for the princess-inspired look. In fact, if there was one common theme on the carpet last night, it was light-colored gowns embellished with diamonds. White was the most popular hue, followed by soft, pastel pink, purple, and blue. The red carpet was the epitome of what the Academy Awards is best known for: Cinderella moments.

One star in particular arrived looking like Cinderella herself. Newcomer Lupita Nyong’o donned a powder blue princess gown accented with Fred Leighton jewelry and the modern day version of the tiara: The headband. Her style was on point: Nyong’o has emerged as Hollywood’s modern day Cinderella. In just one short year, the one-time unknown actress has skyrocketed into stardom and has earned a place as one of Tinseltown’s most talked about fashionistas.

It seems as if almost every best-dressed starlet that hit the carpet took a cue from Nyong’o. Kate Hudson, Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts, Penelope Cruz, Kerry Washington, Maria Menounos, and Giuliana Rancic all rocked the fairy princess look. Stars that dared to diverge from the trend were limited – especially on our best-dressed list. Some of the hot non-pastel cloaked babes include Jennifer Lawrence, who sported a fire engine red Dior number, and Olivia Wilde, who kept it classic in black.

All in all, the Academy Awards red carpet was a wonderful wrap-up to a fashion-packed awards season. What better way to commence a season packed with so much fashion diversity, than to bring it back to where awards season style began: Dressing like a princess. Before the red carpet became a high-fashion runway that designers use to showcase the latest trends, the Oscars was known for allowing Hollywood’s leading ladies to be Cinderella for the evening. The princess-style fashion on this year’s carpet is an homage to early awards ceremonies. Style reflected the theme of the ceremony: Living a dream. Before the infamous Angelina Jolie thigh-high slit, were old Hollywood movie stars who epitomized glamour, elegance, and fantasy. It is refreshing to see awards show style finally return to where it began.

Choose The Best Fabric For Sewing Your Dream Garment

In order to design beautiful clothes that you love to wear, having an idea regarding different fabric surely helps. Online fabric store have made it easy for the buyers to pick up the exact selections they like based upon specific budgets and requirements. If you are planning to sew a garment anytime soon, it is surely time to pick up the exact fabric that touches your heart. Go for wrong choices and all you have in your hands is an unsuccessful project. Best garments require a seamless integration of patterns with fabrics for creations that stand out and appear unique.

Those undertaking a sewing project start from one of the two definite scenarios.

  • You adore a patterns now want to fabric to match the same
  • You have the fabric, now all you require is some suitable pattern

Wherever you may be starting from, a knowledge regarding different types of available fabric surely helps. If you have a pattern with you, use it as a guide to reach the exact fabric that will suit the same. When you are sewing garments, it is important to know about the main 12 available varieties. This includes the following:

  1. Voile Cotton: Voile is semi-sheer lightweight fabric having fantastic draping qualities, which you can buy from fabric stores.
  2. Rayon Challis: This lightweight, smooth fabric drapes well when compared to other fabric, lightweight varieties these are slightly heavier.
  3. Lawn Cotton: It is more a less similar to voile the only difference being is that lawn is crispy or when compared to the other type.
  4. Denim: For those who are looking for something heavier than other fabrics, having little stretch or drapes, denim is the ideal choice.
  5. Knit: It can be of various types from medium weight to completely lightweight. When you require loads of stretch this is your best. Patterns can be for either knit or woven with exact specifications.
  6. Chambray: This is another lightweight smooth fabric variety. However, compared to others of its ilk it doesn’t stretch or drape as well.
  7. Flannel: when you are looking for a lightweight and soft fabric flannel is a good choice. It is for cold temperatures and you may prepare pants, shirts, and jackets using this.
  8. Double Gauze: This unique fabric contains 2 gauze layers that remained woven together. It is a breathable and light fabric is a good choice for you in all regards.
  9. Silk: This delicate and lightweight fabric is dreams come true for any sewing project. When you are looking for elegance and sophistication, you do not need to look beyond silk fabric. It has slight shimmery appearance and slippery as well. Those who want can use it as a lining fabric.
  10. Wool: You can choose from 200 different types of this fabric to work with. You cannot even think of winter fabric without wool.
  11. Satin: it has a glossy appearance similar to silk and can be lightweight or heavyweight as you choose.
  12. Linen: This medium weight fabric comes with minimal elasticity, but ideal for warm weathers.

Win a VIP experience at the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Starting today, Visit Fort Wayne announced a contest offering a coveted VIP experience at the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale, located in Fort Wayne, IN. The contest runs through Monday, March 24 and features a Fort Wayne Girlfriend Getaway and VIP experience at the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale.

Every year the Vera Bradley Outlet stages a gigantic sale where savvy shoppers can save 40-60% off retail prices on Vera Bradley’s great handbags, luggage, and accessories. It is expected that over 60,000 women will be checking out the sale running from April 9-12, 2014.

So what are you waiting for? Grand prize winner receives four VIP tickets to the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale for Friday, April 11. In addition, winners will enter the sale prior to the official door opening and will receive VIP check out as well. Prize package includes a grand cargo bag, grand cosmetic, all-in-one cross body tote, umbrella, and ditty bag. Guests of the winner receive a grand tote, cross body tote, and umbrella. Plus, the lucky winner and her three guests will receive an over night stay at the Courthouse Marriott for April 10.

Darker Horse Creative’s 5th annual BEAUTY BASH

Fred Miller & Triphena Johnson cordially invites you to celebrate the beauty of giving at Darker Horse Creative’s 5th annual BEAUTY BASH! in association with our Media Partner Sophisticates Black Hair Magazine and our key sponsors Luster Products, Avalon Products, Soft Sheen-Carson, Creme of Nature, Clintex Laboratories, Mixed Chicks, and Remy Contreau. A portion of all proceeds to benefit Selected Autism Awareness Organizations. “The Puzzle” is the national ribbon color for Autism Awareness. We strive to impact not only those from the beauty world but all people who have needed the assistance of the organization to which we contribute for the year. Our philosophy is that even greater than those committed to creating physical beauty are those committed to the beauty of giving.

Come party with a purpose! It’s not just another beauty industry party. It’s a Bash! Sharing the beauty of giving and bringing awareness to Autism! A VIP Reception with a Remy V “hosted bar” and lite fare will be served from 7:00 – 8:00 pm only.

Music by DJ Mike Dunn! Come join the party!!

You will not want to miss the FANTASTIC Hair & Fashion Presentation brought to center stage by Kevin Pendleton and Team Texture of LUSTER Products!

Monday, June 23, 2014
7:00 pm – 12:00 am
Showtime Promptly at 9:00pm
Location: The Shrine 2109 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL. 60616

You don’t have to be in Chicago to assist. Make a contribution in any amount that fits you at anytime if you can’t attend.
The 2014 Dark Horse Creative (DHC) Vanguard award & Dark Horse Creative (DHC) Pacesetter award Honorees are:

President of Luster Products-Mr. Jory Luster Sr.
Celebrity Makeup artist -Mr. Joseph Hampton
Founders & Owners of Mixed Chicks- Ms. Kim Etheridge, & Ms. Wendi Levy
Celebrity Hair stylist & Artistic Style Director for Soft Sheen-Carson- Mr. Johnny Wright

Purchase tickets online please-
Attire: Cocktail
No Sports Attire Must be 21 for bar service !

**Pics from past Beauty Bash click link below**…


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?- Yes, you must be 21
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?-YES
What is the refund policy?-There are NO REFUNDS
What happens after the show?- Lights, Camera Action & Dancing the night away!
What’s the attire? Be Fun, Be Fabulous and Be Fashion Forward
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