UPDATE: El Paso TX Dentist Sponsors 2 Free Dental Days
UPDATE: via Dr. Mehrnoosh Darj’s Office
“The announcement published in recent days, says that the Free services day at Socorro location (10760 North Loop Dr), is Today November the 5th, this is a mistake, the services were provided last Friday November the 2nd, attended by almost 90 people. We do apologize for the inconvenience, we will be having another free dental services day next year.”
El Paso, TX – 10/03/12– El Paso TX dentist Dr. Mehrnoosh Darj is helping his community during these difficult economic times by holding two free Emergency Dental Treatment Days.
The first free dental treatment day will be on Oct. 26th 2012 from 9am to 4pm at 211 Texas Ave, El Paso, TX 79901
The second free dental day will be on
Nov 5th (see update above) 2012 from 9am to 4pm at 10760 North Loop Drive, Socorro, TX 79927
The Emergency Dental Treatment Days will provide free dentals treatment such as needed extractions or cleanings for anyone (adult or child) who cannot afford dentistry.
“Anyone with a dental emergency or in need of pain relief, who could not afford it, will be treated at NO COST on a first-come first-served basis” explains Dr. Darj, adding “I would like to do my part as a dentist to help and hope others would join me in this effort by spreading the word.”
Dr. Mehrnoosh Darj asks the Media to invite local residents who are in need of emergency dental treatment but cannot afford immediate dental care to be aware of this free offer.
Details of Dr. Mehrnoosh Darj’ other community events can be found at
www.DentistryElPasoTX.com and www.DentistSocorroTX.com
People helping people have been one of the prominent strengths of our country. During these hard economic times, the spirit of giving and helping is needed more than ever.
By: Sharon Mosley
With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time get down to some serious shopping — for cocktail attire, that is. Most of us know the sinking feeling of having an important party to attend and feeling like we have nothing to wear. But before the ice cubes start tinkling, you can head off the panic attacks and take some advice from a fashion pro — Nina Garcia. As the fashion director of Marie Claire magazine, a judge on the Project Runway series and author of Nina Garcia’s Look Book: “What to Wear for Every Occasion,” Garcia is an authority on what to wear on the party circuit.
“It’s a good thing I love a cocktail party,” she says. “In my business, I sometimes attend a cocktail party or two every night of the week. So believe me when I tell you that I have this down to a science. Cocktail parties are about elegant, show-stopping outfits that turn heads. Period, the end.”
Luxury fabrics and embellishments are key to getting glamorous, according to Garcia. “Ruffles, feathers, beading, or sequins are all welcome at a cocktail party — though, generally, not all on one dress,” says Garcia.
Here are Garcia’s tips from her Look Book on what to wear to your next soiree:
—A Cocktail Dress: Nothing beats the LBD (little black dress), admits Garcia. “It’s easy to accessorize, always slimming, total perfection. Black does not have to be boring; mixing textures or matte and shiny materials adds an interesting edge to your basic black.” Garcia suggests adding a patent leather belt or shoes, or a satin jacket over a crepe dress. “For a posh event, I wear something simple and elegant. A tailored silhouette with a skirt that hits just below the knee is becoming to almost every figure. Anything that falls more than an inch or two below the knee to just above the ankle is a tough length to pull off, unless the skirt is very, very fitted or you are Grace Jones. Believe me.”
When Garcia has a semiformal fashion industry event, she says she goes for “an edgier look: asymmetry, strong color and sophistication. Break out of your chromatic rut and try a gorgeous jewel tone or a rich, deep red or burnt orange.”
—Separates: These are the pieces I personally rely on for holiday festivities. Garcia suggests silky pants and a sequined tunic as an excellent alternative to the cocktail dress. “You can also wear sequined baggy peg leg trousers (very YSL), a silk jumpsuit, or sharp tuxedo pants.” If you’re in a tropical climate, even shorts can be dressed up with opaque tights and stilettos, she says. “Add a silk blouse, throw on a tuxedo jacket, and you’re ready for action.”
—Accessories: “A little black dress is the perfect backdrop for a statement piece,” she says. “Stunning drop earrings with an updo, an ornate cuff, or bangles to show off a toned arm.” However she urges caution: “Always make sure your jewelry isn’t taking over you or your ensemble and keep everything in proportion to your frame. Balance is key in dressing and in life.”
—The Wrap: Garcia suggests wearing a sequin-encrusted number that will “encase you in a cloud of sparkle.” For colder weather, she likes sumptuous velvet wraps or a faux fur chubby, stole, bolero or vest.
—Party shoes: Go for strappy heels. “Metallics add glam to a simple dress,” she says. Booties are another modern and chic way to accessorize cocktail attire, “especially with pretty lace or pattern stockings to add a little texture and whimsy.”
—Handbag: A clutch or small bag is another accessory that can make a party outfit come alive. “A vintage bag is always a lovely accent piece,” says Garcia. “Other alternatives are a clutch bag of soft material like leather, satin, or mesh; a box clutch, which is harder and usually geometric; or a jeweled minaudiere.” And no, your bag does not have to match your shoes. “Choose a bag that complements your ensemble,” she says. “For instance, if you’re wearing black with a patterned or brightly colored shoe, go for something like a black beaded clutch with a detail or trim that picks up a color from the shoe.”
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Making Fashion History in Your Own Closet
By: Sharon Mosley
When Tim Gunn wants to make it work, he writes another book about fashion — this time he is sharing his expertise on “the fascinating history of everything in your closet.” With co-author Ada Calhoun, the newest “Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible” (Simon and Schuster, $28) reads like a walking tour of a fashion museum depicting everything from the history of Cleopatra’s crown to Helen of Troy’s sandals to Madonna’s cone bra, from Dynasty’s power suits to Hillary Clinton’s pantsuits. This is definitely a book to give your favorite fashionista this holiday season.
With the charm that has made him a household name from his “Make it work” directives on Project Runway , Gunn offers candid insights on how the 1960s ruined American underwear, how Beau Brummell created the look men have worn for more than a century and why cargo Capri pants are a plague on our nation.
“While many historians concern themselves with the dress of indigenous civilizations, the work of certain designers, or with very specific periods in fashion, I am most interested in the clothes we wear right here and now and how various looks came into vogue,” says Gunn. “My focus in this book is on Western fashion, with a particular emphasis on American. I will look, piece by piece, at the items most Americans have in their closets and ask, “Do you know where this garment comes from — before Old Navy?”
Although all the historical fashion tidbits in Gunn’s “Fashion Bible” are intriguing, the last chapter focusing on “Your Closet Worksheet” is probably one of the most helpful checklists I’ve ever seen put together providing very specific tips on a wardrobe makeover. Since fall has arrived, it’s the perfect time to heed Gunn’s advice and start making your own fashion history. Here are his suggestions for checking out your own closet:
—First, throw out all the ratty, stretched out, riding-up underwear. Ditto for old socks and hosiery. Do you have some really nice underwear for special occasions? Do you have shapewear? Do all your bras actually fit? What size are you really? If you’re not sure, go get measured — it’s free — in the lingerie department of a boutique or department store.
—Throw away all the T-shirts that are falling apart or stained. Get some simple cotton T-shirts of whatever style looks best on you and consider wearing them as undershirts (under jackets or button-down shirts) more often than on their own.
—Get rid of all the jeans that don’t fit you. Consider investing in some flattering dark wash jeans if you don’t already have some.
—Is your favorite dress a Helen or a Cleopatra? (Gunn writes about the draped dress silhouettes worn by Helen of Troy and the more structured gowns worn by Cleopatra in his book). Which of these two dress types do you have more of? Do you have shoes and purses to match every dress? Do you have anything on a hanger that is getting stretched out? Jersey dresses need to be folded.
—When it comes to Capri pants and shorts, Gunn wastes no words: Throw them away. Just kidding. No, really: if we’re talking about cargo capris, take a good hard look at them and see if they are doing anything for you. Look at all the shorts you have and determine if they’re the right length for you. If not, what length might be better? Also, check skirt lengths.
—Do you have any vests? Consider getting a vest this fall to liven up a pair of jeans and a shirt.
—Gunn is not a fan of fur, so he believes when it comes to coats and jackets, a trench with a removable lining is really all you need, unless you live in a colder climate and need a warmer coat.
—Are you a handbag cultist? Gunn reminds us that we don’t need to spend tons of money on a purse. Ask yourself if you have a large bag for day that meets all your needs and a small bag for night.
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Fall Fashions — Dos and Don’ts
By: Sharon Mosley
Let’s face it: we all have our “don’t” days — some of us more than others. But at the beginning of a new fashion season, it’s not a bad idea to review some of the best ways not to be a “Don’t” and be more of a “Do” when it comes to getting dressed everyday. Here are a few of my favorite reminders for fall:
Don’t put away your white jeans. It’s an old rule that is constantly broken in today’s fashion world. And yes, your mother probably always preached that one should never wear white after Labor Day. Well, the times they are a-changin’, and the fall runways were awash in the white stuff. Now, perhaps you can relieve your white linen shorts of further duty, but those white jeans are definitely players for cool weather wardrobes. I like them teamed with a cashmere black turtleneck — very Audrey Hepburn and very cool.
Do mix up your colors and prints. This is another rule that’s been broken time and again this year. Yes, there is a trick to all those color-clashing pieces, but it can be fun to give your wardrobe a new lease on life with unexpected color combinations. I like pairing purple with red and turquoise with emerald. If you stick to an “analogous” mix (colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel), it’s easier to get a new look without trying too hard. Colorful accessories can also be a big boost to an all-neutral wardrobe.
Don’t let your budget get you down. Most of us don’t have carte blanche to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe every season, so we need to take what we have and give it a fresh twist. (See above). But it’s a true fashion maxim that money doesn’t buy style, and there are plenty of ways to find fresh trends at budget-friendly prices. Think Target, H&M, Lands’ End, Forever 21 and more.
Do think comfort. Life is hard enough without worrying about tripping over five-inch stilettos or squeezing into too-tight spandex shape wear. Figure out what your comfort level is and stick to it. That can mean having a “go-to” outfit that acts as a uniform you wear whenever you want to feel and look great, even if it’s something like a shapely jersey dress with kitten heels.
Don’t be a bag lady. You do want to be comfortable, but you don’t have to wear shapeless, baggy clothes. They can actually make you look bigger. If you have a problem area with one part of your body, then find a great tailor to help you get a great fit. Edith Head once said you should wear clothes that are loose enough to prove you’re a lady, but tight enough to show you are a woman. ‘Nuff said.
Do show off your own personality. This may be the best “Do” on the list. While many of us do want to keep up with the latest fashion trends, it’s not a “Do” to be a fashion victim. Find your own style “signature” and stick to it. This is easy to do with accessories like costume jewelry. I love vintage Victorian jewelry. It’s almost as fun to shop for these interesting baubles as it is to wear them!
Men’s Fall Fashion Trends: Top 10 Fall Picks
By: Sharon Mosley
Hey, guys, this fall you don’t have to be afraid of the dark. From black leather to inky blue denim and velvety merlot corduroy jackets, the bright lights of men’s fashion trends have been turned down low and a more mysterious side of sartorial news has emerged. So what will turn up in the best-dressed guys’ closet this season? Tom Julian, a fashion consultant with the New York-based Tom Julian Group and a men’s style author, shares his must-haves for fall.
—Double the style. Julian advises adding a double-breasted suit, sport coat, sweater or outerwear jacket to your wardrobe.
“Most men have moved away from the three-button look to the two-button look, so why not add a double-breasted style?” asks Julian. “Think of this look as more casual and easy, not quite as buttoned up as the double-breasted suits worn by Prince Charles.”
—Accent on leather. Skin is in this fall, says Julian, especially when worn as accents on coats or sweaters — perhaps on the sleeves or set into chest panels of coats. Leather is an important detail, especially when mixed with other fabrics for even more texture interest.
—Tweed please. Again, texture plays a big role in men’s fashion trends this fall, adds Julian. So snap up a pair of tweed or corduroy pants. “Tweed can be the trouser for a business look paired with a navy blazer, while cords can be cut like a jean and ideal for weekend dressing,” says Julian. One of the best new colors to show off those textured pants? Look for tasty Bordeaux to spice up that fall wardrobe.
—Round it out. Don’t be square. Instead, check out a rounded collar on shirts or polo shirts to add a new look to jackets or pull-over sweater vests. “The basic shirt or polo looks a bit British with this different rounded collar,” says Julian. But he cautions: “Please wear this collar open without a necktie.”
—Go green. “The green color palette is an easy way to update a man’s wardrobe,” says Julian. This year the olive greens are darkening the closet doorways. “These greens have a real military vibe to them,” says Julian.
—The Big T. Turtleneck, that is. This classic piece is back this fall in a major way. Julian suggests taking the soft approach and choosing a little luxurious touch with cashmere mixed with silk or cotton. “The turtleneck still seems a bit Beatles,” he admits, “but today it can be dressy and worn with a suit or sporty and worn with denim.”
—Dark denim. Denim is always a wardrobe staple, but this fall, whether it’s a shirt or jacket or a jean, the best denim pieces are in darker colors, such as black or blue or burgundy.
—Get vested. It’s the best layering piece you can buy, says Julian. “Use the vest as an accessory item,” he says. “Young men like to wear a vest with T-shirts or knit Henleys. Other guys like that like to dress up a bit can pair it with a shirt and tie.”
—Boot it. Kick off cooler weather with the “must-have” footwear of the season. Julian suggests buying at least one new pair of boots. “Think either urban and biker or rugged and Red Wing.”
Top it all off. And the accessory of the season that’s making the fashion headlines? “The newsboy cap in fabrics like tweed or flannel is a great way to put some flair into anything you wear,” says Julian.
Love Can be More Elegant the Second Time Around
By: Rose Bennett Gilbert
Q: I’m a newly wed at age 63! My new husband will move into my home, and I want to make it feel fresh and different. (I lived here with my late husband for 42 years.) I’d appreciate a few ideas on how to spruce things up without a major makeover, especially in the master bedroom. I plan to keep my antique furniture, and I want to make the room feel just a little more masculine.
A: Think paint. It’s always the quickest and easiest way to rehab any room.
Other fast and effective change-agents — especially in a bedroom — are linens and accessories. A new, tailored comforter or bedspread — or canopy, if you’re blessed with a four-poster — will give any old bedroom a fresh attitude. New sheets, especially with your new monogram, of course, will provide a subtle welcome to your new husband.
And while you’re at it, rearrange your furniture, too. A new spouse merits a new perspective.
Otherwise, changes can be as major as new carpeting or as subtle as a new arrangement of pictures on the wall. Here’s inspiration from designer Phoebe Howard, aka the “Mrs. Howard,” who owns a line of interior design stores in the South with her husband Jim. We borrowed this quiet, elegant photo from her first book, “The Joy of Decorating” (Stewart, Tabori & Chang) to show how effective sotto voce colors and a classic, symmetrical furniture arrangement can be.
Phoebe has hung framed prints around the room in what she calls “orderly grids” to give structure to the walls. Chalk one up for masculinity. Then she balances the grid with feminine, soft bed hangings, scalloped linens and the graceful S-curves of the l9th-century English mahogany stool.
With its gentle tone-on-tone color scheme and timeless antiques, this is a serene scene well set for grown-up happiness the second time around.
Q: Where do color trends come from?
A: From everywhere in the world, according to two color experts, Doty Horn of ColorVoyant and Lisa White, creative director of WGSN, the trend analysis and research firm.
They predicted color trends of the future — well, as far as 2013 and 2014 — for members and guests of IFDA (the International Furnishings & Design Assn.) last week during the huge and hugely influential New York International Gift Fair. Among their prognostications:
— Pattern-on-pattern is back, with color as the common denominator.
— Fragility, which Doty defines as “feminine strength” — will be an earmark of coming colors. Look for crumpled-, shattered- and worn-color effects. For lace, look for stitched and frayed finishes, and for “smoggy” and feathery colors, as well.
— Neon brights will offer balance to such fragile effects, says Doty. Think citron, orange glow and yellow, yellow, yellow!
— Local color will take on new meaning, according to Lisa White. Expect renewed interest in classic crafts such as patchworks and ikats, batiks, tie-dyes and African tribal decorations.
— She also foresees “Missoni” effects in color mixes, spatter motifs and yellow, yellow, yellow! as we move into 2014.
Fall Fashion Wish List
By: Sharon Mosley
Move over skinny jeans; there are some new style moves in town this fall, and these clothes are more fun than ever. Yes, fashion is fun again with bright colors, bold shapes and glamorous graphic prints. It’s enough to put you in a shopping mood again. Here’s a quick list of some of the biggest hits this season:
—Tough black leather. You’ve gotta have at least one piece of leather in your wardrobe. It’s the new “go-with-everything” fashion trend that gives you the freedom to mix and match anything and everything as well as add a little new slickness. From sleek zippered jackets to cropped pants or quilted skirts, take your pick and put some modern spin into your life.
—The lace dress. Kate Middleton may have inspired lots of fans with her chic slip dresses covered in lace, but now you, too, can dress like a princess. There are lots of interpretations of this favorite available this fall, and chances are you’ll love wearing one of these to not only any cocktail event but also holiday parties as well.
—Printed pants. These can be tricky but oh, so fun, too. Choose a pair of trousers in a graphic print. (I think the smaller patterns are best.) Then you can pair them with a solid-colored sweater or jacket. If you’re really adventurous, pair printed pants with another coordinating print.
—A colorful coat or jacket. What one piece can really make a statement in your wardrobe this fall? One bold coat or jacket in an intense color. Whether it’s a traditional trench style or a menswear overcoat or a patent parka, any outerwear piece this year makes a real style statement in color from pastels to brights.
—A heavyweight sweater. Cooler weather always means a return to sweater staples. So take advantage of the new textured knits and warm up your wardrobe by mixing them in with your printed pants and skirts.
—The gold piece. Metallics this fall are making a golden statement. Yes, silver always shines, too, but there are plenty of reasons to be a golden girl this season — from shimmering gold jeans to leather shift dresses and embroidered jackets. Accessory tip: Animal print shoes and boots are tres chic with the golden girl glamour.
—The pantsuit. It’s been a few years that working women really had options when it came to getting dressed for the office. If you didn’t work in a creative industry, then it was tough to wake up and throw together separates that had a stylish flair. Now designers have once again embraced matching trousers, pencil skirts and jackets that make getting dressed for work easy again. The suits this fall are made contemporary with architectural silhouettes that are menswear inspired but still feminine. Don’t hesitate to combine these “matched” pieces with other things in your wardrobe … like a leather jacket … or colorful blouses to give them even more versatility.
Next week, the wish list for fall accessories!
How to Get a Cheap Fashion Thrill: the Chiconomy Wardrobe
by: Sharon Mosley
Fashion expert and author Anna Johnson has coined a new word to explain how to get glamour-girl style at bargain prices: “chiconomy.” In Johnson’s latest book, “Savvy Chic: The Art of More for Less,” she shares lots of tips on how to skip the lure of “fast fashion” and impulse shopping and still put together an impressive wardrobe.
“When I shop I have watertight ground rules that stop impulse buys in their tracks,” says Johnson. “Clothes need to be well made, have staying power through the seasons, and interlock with other existing mainstays in my wardrobe.”
Here are a few of Johnson’s ground rules for building a “chiconomy” wardrobe:
—Keep it classic. “Because I may want to wear one piece of clothing for several years, I will choose slightly more conservative, classic styles (easy when buying vintage) and then put them hard to work. Every top I own has to go with my favorite rip-off Balenciaga-style tuxedo pants or an A-line skirt. Each dress has to fit at least three occasions. And the jackets need to be day-to-night or trans-seasonal. One pair of shoes and one bag “matches” but the rest don’t have to.”
—Color it neutral. “The palette of my wardrobe is brown, cream, and electric blue for winter and fall. Then white, black, honey beige, and bright yellow for summer. That’s this summer. The splashes of bright color can change season to season but the bedrock of my everyday clothes is monochrome. And monochrome does not literally mean black and white. Black and white can make you look like a waitress. A wardrobe based on black doesn’t really stretch into summer and all white is high maintenance. My vote instead rests with a trio of neutrals that best suit your skin tone. With a uniform set of base tones, there is never any anxiety about what matches because it all blends. It’s total chiconomy.”
—Lay a foundation. “If you can only spend one hundred dollars and want to change your wardrobe, buy a dress or some brilliant pants (not jeans) or a vintage coat, then, as money trickles in, build the wardrobe up from one (or all three) of these items. Personally, I am a coat-and-dress girl. The coat covers all (including much cheaper clothes) and the dress banishes the need for an outfit, spanning the seasons with bare legs and sandals in the summer, and tights and boots in the cooler months.
—Invest and splurge. “The truth about modern fashion is that practically anything you see at the top of the style food chain proffers a knockoff discount version further down the line in almost no time at all. My wardrobe is about ninety-percent vintage and select (ethical trade) el cheapo glamour, and a precious handful of items that are the real thing. Basically I fake everything except the handbag, the coat, and the shades.”
—Wake up your wardrobe with surprises. “A functional, reliable wardrobe is comfortable, but a little low on surprises,” admits Johnson. “For this reason I am forever stocking up on scarves, vintage costume bangles, berets, hosiery in rainbow colors, and classy (but easily faked) details such as oversized sunglasses or a large men’s watch. Wearing uncluttered, slightly plain clothing with very clean lines gives you the head-space and the confidence to go bold with accessories. I call it good fun and even better fiscal fashion sense.”
The East Draws Zest From Layered Patterns
By: Rose Bennett Gilbert
Q: I was intrigued by your recent column on decorating with Moroccan style. I’ve always loved it when there were a lot of different patterns used together (Matisse is my favorite artist). But I’m afraid to try it in my own home. Are there guidelines that would make it easier to put a lot of designs together?
A: There are only three rules you need master to create a successful mix of patterns, Western-style. 1. All the patterns must have a common color denominator. 2. There should be a discernible difference in the scale of the patterns: large, medium, small. 3. A successful mix includes both geometrics and florals.
But that’s talking pattern mixes, Western-style. When it comes to the Moroccan way of layering patterns, the rules are slightly different because you’re mostly dealing with geometrics. You also have more surfaces to decorate. As author/designer Maryam Montague points out in her colorful, new book (“Marrakesh by Design”), Moroccan floors often wear wall-to-wall patterns.
Often, the pattern is on the ceramic tiles, for which the region is famous. However, in the bedroom we show here, borrowed from her book, the cement floor has been stencil-painted (by the author herself). The interlocking design underscores the other patterns in the room, including the red carpet that speaks to the red in the overall floral pattern on the bed throw.
Here, the walls and ceiling are plainly painted. Other rooms in Maryam’s vibrant book have lively tiled walls — especially wainscot-high — and dramatic ceilings, often stencil-painted in exotic colors.
Q: My sister-in-law has a theory that you shouldn’t paint your rooms certain colors because they make people look ugly. I am about to do my bath over in chartreuse (with navy accents). What about it?
A: Chartreuse and navy — so smart together — anywhere but in a bathroom.
Your sister-in-law has a point worth discussing. It’s all about physics. Color bounces. Surround yourself with chartreuse walls and you’ll end up looking greenish yourself. Not what you want to see first thing in the morning.
The good news is, once you understand this phenomenon, you can harness its power and use it to good advantage. So go paint your dining room red, your bedroom a warm rose and enjoy basking in these warm colors’ reflected glory.
Operation Homefront partners with Sierra Providence Health Network for the Back-To-School Brigade
Operation Homefront and Sierra Providence East Medical Center along with Sierra Medical Center have joined forces this pre-school season to collect backpacks and school supplies for military children on Fort Bliss.
Operation Homefront of Texas, the non-profit that provides emergency financial and other assistance to military families and Wounded Warriors, along with area community partners will be collecting donated backpacks and school supplies, and monetary donations, to be distributed to the children of service members at the beginning of the school year in the fall.
The Back-To-School Brigade program is a nationwide campaign by Operation Homefront and Dollar Tree, now in its sixth season. Last year, more than $3 million of supplies were collected thanks to the generosity of Dollar Tree patrons nationwide.
“We are proud to assist military families and help prepare their children for the upcoming school year. It is our hope that the donated school supplies will help motivate the students and provide them with a strong foundation for a successful school term,” said Sally Hurt, CEO of Sierra Providence East Medical Center.
Donations can be made at all Sierra Providence East Medical Center, Sierra Medical Center, all Dollar Tree Locations, WFSS Inc., Casa Ford, and Balfour Beatty on Fort Bliss.
Both hospital locations will collect supplies July 30 – August 10. Once the program ends, Operation Homefront volunteers will collect and distribute the gifts to military children during the back-to-school season in August and September. Log on to OperationHomefront.net for more details on how to contribute.
Cash contributions are collected throughout the campaign to purchase backpacks by checks sent to Operation Homefront of Texas, 10157 IH 35 North, Suite A, San Antonio, TX 78233 or online at www.operationhomefront.net/texas.
Back To School Trends, A Colorful Fall
by: Sharon Mosley
It’s time to do your fashion homework, even if it is still the middle of summer. You can study up on some of the latest trends and make your shopping that much easier, according to Todd Christiansen, divisional merchandising manager for Lands’ End Kids.
“It makes sense that parents are doing their research to make their dollars go further. If kids’ backpacks fall apart or they tear through the knees of their pants, it’s not only money that’s wasted, but the time it takes to replace them.”
A survey conducted by Lands’ End revealed that 3 out of 5 parents love to shop with their kids “because they love seeing the new styles and products.” And a whopping 96 percent of parents said they would share first-day-of-school pictures on Facebook.
So what fashion trends will kids be posing in for those Facebook photos?
Here’s a roundup of the latest must-haves for girls and guys going back to school:
“The key for girls to make the grade this back-to-school season is color,” says Jennifer Coccaro, senior merchandise manager for Lands’ End Kids. “Color is everywhere, whether as a striking statement in pencil-fit pants and skirts or a more subtle surprise in shoes and accessories.”
—Colored bottoms — Look for denim and corduroy in the season’s hottest silhouette — the pencil leg. It doesn’t have to be tight, just slim and trim. Mix it up with a fun skirt with a ruffled hem that has a little bit of flounce.
—Space-dye style — The trendy, striated space-dye pattern is fun and comfortable when done in French terry separates such as hoodies, long-sleeve dresses, ruffled knit skorts and rolled-up pants.
—Detailed Tees. Forget the plain Jane T-shirts. This fall, dress up everyday jeans or skirts and blazers with Tees embellished with delicate ruffles and pin-tuck detailing.
—Dresses and Leggings. They’re the perfect duo offering style and comfort. Solid color leggings make a great accent for any printed dress, while mixing-and-matching prints and patterns lets girls create their own personal looks.
—Long-Sleeve V-neck cardigans. To top it all off — these cardigans are the most versatile layering pieces that can add a playful pop of color to any outfit. Longer lengths are perfect because you can belt them for a more tailored look.
For the boys:
“Boys will break the mold in back-to-school this back-to-school season with looks that are rugged, tailored and comfortable,” says Adam Napier, senior merchandise manager for Lands’ End Kids. Here are five must-haves for the boys on your back-to-school shopping list:
—Graphic rugbies — The stripes are on the back-to-school playing field. Embroideries, screen prints and dip dying make the Rugby shirt a go-to-fashion-must-have for the guys.
—Cadet-inspired pants. These rugged pants are a sure style hit this fall. Dressed up or down, these are the official pants of fall.
—Hoodies — By now, a collegiate favorite, the hoodie is updated with a lining of super-soft cotton Sherpa fleece.
—Five-pocket corduroy pants — Jeans may be an all-time basic, but cords are back in style in pigment-dyed rich colors such as rust, blue, mahogany and gray.
—Long-sleeved button downs — Whether it’s a colorful washed oxford or a long-sleeve plaid shirt, these are classics that will mix and match with denims and cords alike.
Olympic Fashion Fever
By: Sharon Mosley
Time to wear your true colors — red, white and blue! To celebrate the upcoming Olympics in London, many fashion companies are offering lots of ways to get inspired both here and across the pond. Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite things to get you in the winning spirit, just in time for the summer games.
—The official site — Start your search for Olympic-inspired fashion here at www.teamusashop.com. It’s chock full of everything from collectible pins and accessories to T-shirts, hats and jewelry for the whole family. My favorite is the USA flag logo bracelet made of stretchable paracord. It will stretch 15 feet if you ever find yourself in a situation demanding a strong rope. Fifty shades of red, white and blue? Hmm … $44.95.
—Boden USA — One of Britain’s well-known retailers for women, men and children, established by Johnnie Boden in London in 1991. Boden was launched in America in 2002. This summer, you can find all kinds of stylish accessories online, too. The Union Jack flag charms are memorable additions to a charm bracelet. (www.bodenusa.com)
—Judith Leiber clutch purses – Another way to get into the British spirit big time. Judith Leiber is famous for her jeweled minaudieres, which have become a collector’s item since the Hungarian-American designer founded the company in 1963. This year, Leiber has new crystal clutches that are tributes to the Olympics. My favorite features the Union Jack flag, priced at a mere $3,495. (www.judithleiber.com)
—Gemvara stackable rings — In celebration of the 2012 Olympics, Gemvara is introducing a limited edition of stackable-style rings inspired by the official Olympic rings. The online retailer of fine jewelry produces more than 1,500 original designs that can be customized using your choice of gemstones and precious metal options to create one-of-a-kind looks. The rings cost $150 to $250. (www.gemvara.com)
—Dannijo necklaces — Dannijo is another luxury jewelry company named after two sisters, Danielle and Jodie Snyder, whose designs have a rock ‘n’ roll vibe. (Beyonce is a favorite customer.) To celebrate the Olympics, the Snyders created unique “collar” necklaces studded with red, white and blue Swarovski crystals, making a bold style statement and another jewelry collectible for $995. (www.dannijo.com)
—Old Navy T-shirts — You don’t have to actually go to London to show your team spirit, you can just pick up a “Team USA” T-shirt at Old Navy stores. Check out the dozen or so graphic Olympic-inspired shirts ranging in price from $6 to $22. And while you’re there, pick up a pair of red, white and blue flip-flops! (www.oldnavy.com)
—Union Jack boots — Yes, this has to be one of my top picks! Clark’s has come up with a great-looking pair of canvas desert boots with the Union Jack flag printed on them. Talk about real show-stoppers, and they’ve got to be really comfy! Grab ’em quick. They are on sale for $89.99 at www.piperlime.gap.com.
—Red, white and blue nails — Nails Inc. celebrated their British heritage with red, white and blue nail polish shades for the Queen’s Jubilee. Paint alternate shades on each finger or create miniature Union Jacks, the ultimate tribute to the Queen. In “St. James,” a classic blue red, “Floral Street,” an opaque white, and “Baker Street,” a cobalt blue. Priced at $9.50 each, these nail colors are available at Sephora and Sephora.com. I’m going for the “Baker Street” blue; I’ve always had a thing for Sherlock Holmes.
Donate at Your Local 7-Eleven and Support Special Olympics Texas
WHO: Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) – Greater El Paso area…
WHAT: …invites you to help make a difference in the lives of athletes in your community. Stop by any local 7-Eleven convenience store through July 31 and make a donation at the cash register. A $1 contribution makes you a bronze medal donor, a $2 makes you a silver medal donor and a $3 donation makes you a gold medal donor. Your donation, no matter how small, will support more than 2,000 athletes in the Greater El Paso area.
WHEN: through July 31, 2012
WHERE: any local 7-Eleven store
WHY: Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect. SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 44,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship. To learn more, visit www.specialolympicstexas.org or call 800.876.5646. Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas; fb.com/SpecialOlympicsTX; youtube.com/specialolympicstexas.
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