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    If you are a homeowner, you are probably now spending at least part of your free time communing with mother nature and focusing on landscaping. This year, when choosing a new tree or shrub to enhance your property, you can give the ecosystem and the local economy a needed boost by planting a…

      You’ve seen the ads: Leave your everyday cares behind and get away from it all at a luxurious wilderness lodge! You can feel the stress leave your body as you imagine yourself lounging on the deck of your cabin suite, tucked away in the natural splendor of one of America’s great forests. You…

        When it comes to interior decorating and color, I advise my clients to follow their hearts. Sometimes color preferences are not always the same as favorite colors, but after some sound planning on a new color scheme, your heart’s color desires can and probably will rule supreme!

        Ever wonder how venues like Von Jakob Winery & Brewery, Walkers Bluff and Marion Cultural & Civic Center put together such stunning Christmas displays? So did we, and Sarah Switzer, event coordinator and manager at Von Jakob, shared her insights with Life & Style.

        This time of year, when summer is cooling off but fall isn't quite here, can be a tricky time to be stylish. A cold morning could turn into a hot day, or it might rain for a week. Be prepared with outfits that are capable of keeping up.

        Ditch clunky jewelry in favor of sparkling necklines, studded shoulders and other details that take the “excess” out of accessorizing.

        The embellished sweater trend is part of the fashion world’s contemporary affinity for laidback luxury. While boyfriend jeans are a casual way to stylishly spend the day in comfort, the embellished sweater takes a seemingly basic article of clothing (the sweater) and adds glamour points by the dozens with color, texture and shine.

        Keep the overall vibe feminine, yet understated, by wearing these tops with fitted bottoms. Skinny jeans and pencil skirts are easy options.

        — Rana Daunis

        Fashion week always has surprises in store. But for winter 2013, the biggest shock was the overwhelming amount of fur on the runways. Despite fur’s steady decrease in popularity among consumers over the last several decades, Vogue UK reported that 69 percent of designers included genuine fur…

        People who wear hats, Mary T. Patterson said, are “daring, comfortable with who they are, don’t have anything to prove and are willing to try something new.”

        Although many trends come and go, the best kept secret of the style savvy is to splurge where it counts and save when shopping on a whim. When shopping for sandals, rather than spending money on an exotic impulse purchase, take a look at your spring wardrobe and make a list of the colors, st…

        With Christmas just around the corner, most of us are wondering what to get that special someone. Watches are a great choice because they offer both function and style, and with the wide range of looks available today, you are sure to find just the right one. Of course, you may end up wantin…

        With fashion week come and gone, the fall shopping spree has begun.

        A color swatch of Tangerine Tango, Pantone's top color for 2012. Of course, few people would want to saturate a room or their wardrobe with the color, but it's a great choice for a world that needs a shot of energy and boldness. The experts at Pantone Color Institute, a New Jersey-based comp…

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