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  Fashion August 2017 Fashion: Step Into Fall in Style!

By Karen R. Smith


It’s hard to believe summer’s on the wane as the days are still hot and sunny, but with kids about to head back to school, we all know Autumn is coming. The good news is, there are great new shoe styles for everyone in the family, which means you and yours can step into the new season with a smile!

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  Fashion July 2017 Fashion: You Can Keep Cool

By Karen R. Smith


We’ve had an early taste of high temperatures here in the Southwest, and most of us weren’t ready for it. The mercury rose to 116 here in Tucson, and up in Phoenix, it was five degrees hotter. From the look of it, we’re in for a long, hot summer. There are strategies you can use to stay more comfortable, and none is more important than the fabrics you choose to wear.

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  Fashion June 2017 Fashion: You Can Be A Bathing Beauty!

By Karen R. Smith


Have you dreaded the mere thought of finding a new bathing suit this summer? Do you hate going to the malls and trying them on, attempting to hide your underwear while seeing how the suit might fit without anything else on? Have you felt there was no suit designed for your curves? Or was it that you couldn’t find anything long enough for your torso? The good news is that manufacturers have finally heard us, and this year marks the beginning of a whole new era in swimsuit shopping. No matter how alienated you might have become, I urge you to put those past experiences aside and shop for a new bathing suit!

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  Fashion May 2017 Fashion: Leaving the Neighborhood
        While Staying at Home

By Karen R. Smith


Regular readers know I usually promote shopping locally because it benefits our community and makes for a more sustainable lifestyle. Yet the Internet brings lots of things right to our desk and makes things available from other wonderful communities around the globe. The key to successful online shopping is to spend your time wisely, and curated buying sites can make it easy. Curated buying sites are entities online that carry merchandise from multiple suppliers, providing one-stop shopping opportunities for a host of different things. The largest (and probably most successful) of these is probably Amazon, where you can get everything from an automobile to a comic book and just about anything in between

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  Fashion April 2017 Fashion: For a Perfect Pair of Jeans

By Karen R. Smith


Had you at the title, didn’t I? Let’s face it -- we are all looking for that perfect pair of jeans. If you are lucky enough to have found yours, drop what you are doing and go right out and buy at least another two pairs. You need to do it right now because manufacturers change jeans ALL THE TIME. Sometimes in little ways, like adjusting the dimensions to work better with the other clothes in their line. That adjustment might not work for you, however! And lots of companies simply change their jeans each season, so what was available in the spring is just a memory by summer. Again, if you are reading this as the owner of a perfect pair of jeans, get out there and buy more while you can!

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  Fashion March 2017 Fashion: Going Green... or
Celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day in Sustainable Style!

By Karen R. Smith


We all enjoy sharing a toast to Saint Patrick on March 17th and it proves there’s a little bit of Irish in everyone! Wearing something green is a ‘shout out’ to this beloved patron Saint, but this year, why not go green in the sustainable sense too?

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  Fashion February 2017 Fashion: Happy Valentines Day!

By Karen R. Smith


Valentines Day has always been one of my favorite holidays, and I think that’s because it’s got no rules other than spread love and have fun. Whether you’re figuring out what to get your spouse, or debating the perfect V-Day gift for your BFF, there’s lots to choose from and some terrific bargains too!

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  Fashion January 2017 Fashion: Start the New Year Right

By Karen R. Smith


Back in the day (in this case, way back!) bed linens were only available in white, so putting those on sale was automatically a ‘white’ sale, and the term has stuck despite all the colors, patterns and styles of household linens available today. Retailers traditionally saw a slump after Christmas; that was eliminated by deeply discounting necessary household linens in the weeks immediately after the holiday. Today, the tradition continues, and it’s still called a White Sale despite all the colors and patterns that are now available.

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  Fashion December Fashion: Holiday Shopping Guide

By Karen R. Smith


I think there are two kinds of people in the world--the folks who enjoy the actual physical experience of Christmas shopping, and the folks who avoid it like the plague!! I've got friends in both camps and there are ideas for everyone here

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  Fashion November Fashion: The Lowdown on Ankle Boots

By Karen R. Smith


At every Fall and Winter show I attended, ankle boots were the big news. They completed every look, and whether they were paired with feminine dresses or butch trousers, they looked perfect. After years of high boots and the endless UGG craze, ankle boots look fresh, finished and fabulous!

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  Fashion October Fashion: How to Celebrate Halloween Without Hollowing Out Your Wallet!

By Karen R. Smith


Halloween has become big business and is now second only to Christmas in terms of holiday revenue generated. If you’re a baby boomer, no doubt you recall a simpler time, when a sheet made a ghost or a cardboard box became a robot. Now, with a Halloween boutique in just about every neighborhood, and major retailers adding huge Halloween sections on their sales floors, it’s a whole new ballgame, filled with choices for costumes and decor. While that’s certainly terrific if you want - and can afford - a store-bought experience, many families are seeking something more personal and less expensive. There’s no substitute for the fun of creating Halloween together, and anyone can do-it-yourself with a little imagination and a lot of laughs!

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  Fashion Fall Finds

By Karen R. Smith


Despite the continued warm sunny days here in Tucson, it’s still Fall. Little kids went back to school, college kids returned to classes, and we’ve flipped the calendar to September. So although we’re still enjoying the pool, by now the straw bag and sandals are tired...and so are we! I’m not suggesting that we need to don boots and sweaters. It’s not Minneapolis, after all. But I do think a change of style and color feels right at this time of year, and it’s a chance to introduce a difference into the mix. The real difference in spending Fall in the sunny southwest is one of fabrics. Easterners are removing their wools and such from storage; we’re just switching from linen to rayon!

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  Fashion And the Heat Goes On...

By Karen R. Smith


While the rest of the country is starting to plan for Autumn temperatures, we’re just hitting our stride here in southern Arizona, where the three-digit days will go on for several months, and maybe more! One of the reasons to love this season is that you can put away anything heavy or fussy and stick with simple basics. A good friend of mine hones her wardrobe down to four foundational pieces to ride out the heat, and it’s a brilliant system. She culls everything else out for spring and fall, keeping only white tee shirts, black tee shirts, denim shorts and all sorts of skirts out for the dog days of summer. I suggest you give it a try, because it’s truly an easy and fabulous way to ride out the heat!

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  Fashion Cool (and staying that way!)

By Karen R. Smith


There comes a moment when it’s just too hot to shop. A moment when we’re happier staying home rather than brave the escalating temperatures. When you’d rather not leave the comfort of air conditioning, swimming pool and that pitcher of margaritas. Crank up the AC... stay home... and go shopping via your keyboard. There are fabulous clothes out there, just waiting for you to find them via the internet, and free shipping abounds. Besides, when evening comes, you’ll want fabulous things to wear when it’s cool enough to go outside!

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  Fashion Shoulders back!

By Karen R. Smith


Looks like our three-digit days are here again, so dressing for the warm weather is the way to go for the next five months or thereabouts. By now, you’ve seen as many beautiful off-the-shoulder dresses and tops as I have, and probably at least a few have followed you home. I have one question: were you as miserable wearing yours as I was in mine???

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  Fashion Traveling in Style

By Karen R. Smith


If you’re starting your travels with the onset of Spring, as many of have, it’s time to consider how to look your best when you’re away from home. Needless to say, where you’re headed may be dictating some of your wardrobe choices, like needing formal wear for the weekend galas on a cruise ship or hiking shoes for a visit to Yellowstone National Park. Yet there are strategies that will work no matter where your vacation takes you!

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  Fashion Warm Up with Hot Trends!

By Karen R. Smith


One of the advantages of living in Tucson is we get high temperatures with the onset of Spring, so we can try out fashion’s summer trends before the rest of the country. There are several new looks I’ve been itching to try, and now’s a great time to experiment ­­ if you decide it’s not for you, you’ll be able to take it back to the store and exchange it for something else.

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  Fashion Color me Confused

By Karen R. Smith


This being the March issue of Tucson Happenings, I was all set to discuss all things green. Not in the sense of recycle/reuse, since I’d written on that recently, but in the sense of the actual color green and its popularity in everything from clothing to carpets.

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  Fashion New Options as the Days (and some of the skirts) get longer

By Karen R. Smith


I’ve seen lots of terrific clothing in the Spring shows and thought this column would be a great place to tell you what you can find right in your own neighborhood (or at your own computer). Some of these are already available; others are being phased in as the weather warms up.

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  Fashion Flat and Fabulous

By Karen R. Smith


With the start of a new year, I need to make a confession so as to renew our acquaintance with clarity and honesty.Here goes: the most exciting shoes I have seen for 2016 are (brace yourself!) FLATS. I make this statement as a woman who owns nothing but heels; even my tennis shoes have a wedge. Normally, I don’t even look at flats, but 2016 is different. Flat shoes are suddenly fantastic ­­ and available in a broad range of styles and materials. Flat shoes are… dare I say it? Fabulous!

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