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Imagine a product that will help reduce environmental pollution and eliminate static cling all at the same time. What a wonderful way to start the New Year. No more laundry byproducts leaching into our drinking water, no more costly detergent bills. Sound too good to be true?
Being fashion forward and living in the Inland Northwest is considered by many to be the ultimate oxymoron. Sometimes it seems we don't hear about a new fad until it's old news everywhere else. But here's a fashion tip you may want to pay attention to for a number of reasons: It's the hottest rage on the runways of Paris and Milan for next season, it's inexpensive, and it can be worn by just about anyone. The basis for this fashion fad can be traced to the Masai tribes of Africa. There, women wear similar looking bangles to indicate wealth and social standing. Fashion designers in Italy picked up on this simple embellishment and turned it into the latest craze to come out of Europe.
'Tis the season to celebrate! Statistics tell us the average woman will attend at least three parties or events during the holidays where she is expected to wear a dressy outfit. If you will be attending more than one gathering between now and New Year's Eve, you may be wondering what to wear. Unless you win the lottery and can afford a new outfit for each event, I suggest doing what women have done for years when faced with this dilemma - get a classic little black dress.
Mattel just wants us to trade in our old dolls.
Tames Alan in a Victorian dress emphasizing the corsetted waist.
1. KHQ's Debra Wilde, top, and (2.) KREM's Nadine Woodward.
The elections may be over but a new campaign is beginning, a grass-roots movement that is slowly gaining support. At issue is a dissatisfaction with casual attire at what were once considered formal events. I have heard from a number of readers asking why people don't dress up more often. As one woman put it, "It used to be that a lady never went out of the house without gloves. Now the only time you see anyone wearing gloves is when there's snow on the ground and the gloves they wear are from REI." Others have complained that no matter what the event, people in Spokane wear jeans.
A Navy midshipman in dress uniform. Photo by Associated Press
As the days grow shorter and the temperature begins to drop, we start thinking about ways to stay warm during the coming winter months. It's especially important to pay attention to the temperature if you are caring for a baby, and prevent her from becoming too cold or over-heated. While healthy babies do not need to be kept warmer than other people, there are a few guidelines you should follow to help keep them comfortable. Use your own comfort level as a guide. If you're feeling chilled, chances are so is baby. A quick check of her face can tell you if she is in need of another layer of clothing. Babies tend to lose that rosy coloring on their cheeks as their body temperature drops. This is due to the blood flow being routed away from their extremities and to the core of their torso.
Intoxication, which became a sensation when it was introduced in 1942, is now available again.
Quietly, a vampire enters the Inland Northwest Blood Center. No one bats an eye. Occasionally she takes a long draw from the IV bag filled with a dark red fluid at her side. Satisfied, she moves on. Have we just stepped into the "Twilight Zone"? No, it's merely the end of October and time to celebrate All Hallow's Eve, a day when normal adults dress as blood-sucking monsters and sip on IV bags full of cherry Jell-O.
David Duchovny plays FBI Agent Mulder on "The X-Files."
American Cancer Society pin.
Once a year, a group of dedicated people at Sacred Heart Medical Center takes on a monumental task - producing a musical variety show that's very nearly Broadway-worthy. They sing, dance and strut their stuff across the stage for two hours to raise funds for the Sister Peter Claver Endowment Fund. This year's production, "Swingin' at the Heart," promises to be another winner.
Job hunting? Maybe this sounds familiar to you: You have the experience, education and desire, but you just can't seem to land a job. Whether you're a teenager looking for part-time work after school, or an experienced executive making a career change, you seem to be stalled. Something is holding you back from being hired. It could be you simply don't have the right qualifications. Or, maybe it's your appearance.
Notice that just the top button is buttoned on this Hugo Boss wool suit with a boxy, wide-shouldered jacket.
A bright scarf adds some zip to this ensemble in autumn colors.
The days are getting shorter. The Seahawks have left Cheney. The Nordstrom anniversary sale is just a memory. It all adds up to one thing: summer in the Inland Northwest is drawing to a close. It's time to put away the shorts and tank tops and pull out the pullovers. But, this year, let's do it right. To make sure those white pants are still white next Memorial Day, you need to take a few precautionary steps now. Before storing anything, it should be properly cleaned. Even though it may look OK to the untrained eye, the International Fabricare Institute warns some stains are invisible and may darken over time, especially sugar or fruit stains, such as wine or juice.
The Cool Thing collar gets a thumbs up.
(From For the Record, August 13, 1997:) Opening date: The official grand opening of the Spokane Valley Mall is today at 9:30 a.m. The Clothesline column in Tuesday's In Life section incorrectly listed the mall's opening date.