–Read It!–

By Nicole McManus

Love is in the air… and who doesn’t love a fantastic book or two? Below are two remarkable love stories, perfect for this extended February. (Leap years give us all an extra day of reading!) Five Feet Apart, by Rachael Lippincott with Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis Stella Grant has been coming to the same […]

The New Old Me

By Mary Ann Crimi

I am born with straight hair and chubby legs. Mom dresses me in darling pinafores with matching socks. Firstborn, you know. Through elementary school she still controls my appearance: uniforms and corduroys. And home perms. I never really mind until junior high when I meet the competition. I attempt to join the Bobbi Brooks crowd, […]

Youth Dew

By Mari Wallace

I can’t remember who introduced me to Estee Lauder’s Youth Dew, but it was love at first whiff. Youth Dew started out as a bath oil, but because of its success, the manufacture of the perfume followed in 1953. Estee Lauder’s assessment for the longevity of this ever-popular fragrance is that “women still like to […]

Ginger Gray, owner of Doodlebugs Children’s Finery & Gifts in Georgetown, finds her appreciation for her quaint and beautiful hometown increases with each passing year. “More and more people are seeing the great potential we have in Georgetown. I’ve lived here since I was three years old, and growing up we had to travel to […]

My husband, Eric, is quite handy around the house. His current home improvement project is putting up and finishing the dry wall in the garage addition at his mom’s house. When he’s done with that, he’s planning to put up crown molding in our living room. In some ways, having a handy husband is a […]

Learning by Giving

By Joan Leotta

As a child, I never cared about clothes – until a certain pale blue sleeveless organza with a blue satin sash appeared in my closet one day, the summer I was seven. It was a hand-me-down from my older cousin Diane. Perhaps it was the shade of blue and the wide satin belt that my […]

A Color to Dye for

By Jeffery Cohen

When I was a boy, I wanted to be just like my Dad, so when I saw photos of him in the Navy with a full beard, I wanted one too. Unfortunately for me, at eight years old, the best I could do was to draw one on with my mother’s eyebrow pencil. In high […]

What Lies Within

By Rose Ann Sinay

Remember Carrie Bradshaw’s dream closet in the movie Sex in the City 2? We all oohed and aahed in the theater when she unveiled her luxurious walk-in Shangri-La. Several dozen pairs of stunning designer shoes (each costing at least a month’s salary) were perfectly aligned on shelves, sparkling under hidden light bulbs, conveying the sophistication […]

Wardrobe “Dis”Function

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

I admit it. Sometimes I feel like I am only half woman. You see I am not much of a shopper. I have to be in the right mood to enjoy the experience of trying on clothes because it only depresses me when things don’t fit. That’s why I have tons of earrings as they […]

The Tao of a Couch

By Erika Hoffman

Any decorator worth her myriad of swatches would advise reupholstering, at a minimum – slipcovers, but most likely the dump. In 1979, that divan cost $500.00. A present from my mom to us for our newly bought first home; it charmed me with its flowery pattern over a black background. Oriental and feminine, the sofa […]

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