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Susan Martin is Home & Style Editor at The Buffalo News. She is a native of Western New York and graduated from St. Lawrence University and Syracuse University.


SOMETIMES, it's exhilarating and fulfilling. Oftentimes, it's irrational, sexist, impenetrable, exhausting and self-defeating.That, to Amy Jones, is show business.The 1971 graduate of Buffalo Seminary was in Buffalo Monday to receive the school's annual achievement award. Since beginning her career in the film business, Ms. Jones, who grew up in Buffalo, has worked as…

It was after six trips to Africa that Sarita Hopkins Weeks located the prized acquisition: The cowhide skirt with the brilliant beadwork.Mrs. Weeks had been searching for years for the skirt, a garment worn by the nomadic Masai tribe. Although the style is still worn in Africa, such leather garments are a rarity -- which made her even more determined to find one.Mrs. …

"THIS TIME I really think I have something," Mickey tells his physician in the film "Hannah and Her Sisters.""I mean, I am absolutely convinced of it . . . I have a little dizziness, and I think I'm developing a hearing loss in my left ear. Or is it my right ear? I can't remember now."Convinced that he is dying from a brain tumor, Mickey, a hypochondriac portrayed by …

WHEN ACTRESS Lisa Bonet, who plays Bill Cosby's daughter Denise on television, wears one of her extraordinary outfits, she is dressing up for more than the camera. She also is bringing African history alive."The hats, the mix of colors, the fabrics -- these are all very African," said Ingrid Thomas Anderson, a contemporary California designer with a historical interes…

Santa Claus has it easy. Every year it's the same old holiday duds. Baggy red suit, silly hat, sensible boots.But for those merrymakers looking for something to brighten the already-festive season, behold. It's Christmas time -- and whether that means a round of parties or a quiet gathering at home, updating one's holiday wardrobe does not have to be as challenging…

SHE'LL SHOOT anything that moves, on the left or on the right.That is what editors at TV Guide concluded last year after naming Lesley Stahl, of CBS' "Face the Nation," as the toughest questioner on the three major networks' Sunday interview broadcasts.Ms. Stahl was up against anchors David Brinkley, George Will and Sam Donaldson at ABC's "This Week With David Brinkle…

When you're dressing for two, style is not impossible.This is the time of year when mothers-to-be become mothers-in-need for something -- anything -- to wear to the annual holiday bash.Whether the affair is a formal company dinner or a casual family gathering, there are stylish solutions for women fearful that they may have to borrow Santa's red suit."Maternity clothi…

SARAH WINTERS never responded much to her mother's requests to get dressed or pick up her toys. It wasn't a hearing problem. It wasn't a behavioral problem. It wasn't even a motivational problem.What Sarah was suffering from was a "processing disorder" -- a language deficiency. Early diagnostic testing had revealed "that Sarah showed a weakness in expressive and recep…

One of the easiest changes a woman can make any season is a new hairstyle. A snip here, a snip there -- even an inch or two makes a noticeable difference. But as the old saying goes, it's easier said than done.A cut is one option that makes some women terribly nervous. They want something workable, yet styled. Something not too far out, yet new. Something sophisticate…

Robert Eiseman recalled the day a letter arrived from a little girl in California. She wrote to say that she loved the Florence Eiseman dresses her mother bought for her, but that every one of them was blue. Did they come in any other colors?, the young customer wondered.Like all letters received by the late Florence Eiseman during her more than 40-year career, this o…

The perfect choice for toting necessities this fall is anyone's bag.While the past few seasons have seen a trend toward smaller, more structured shapes, expect to see a return to moderately larger styles.The reason: Manufacturers realize that a woman needs a handbag for function. For many customers, a small bag really is an additional purchase."Some women may prefer t…

Bracelets, brooches, beads and bar pins -- dating from the late 1800s to the present -- will be among the items exhibited and auctioned at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery this month.More than 140 jewelry pieces and collectibles will be featured in the major fund raiser -- entitled "All that Glitters . . ." -- which will include a gallery exhibition, lectures, silent auc…

Gloves have come a long way since the pristine styles of the '50s. This fall, women can dress up their hands in gloves that are bejeweled, be-ribboned and be-tasseled. Classic styles are adorned with charms and chains -- worn over the gloves.No delicate jewels or bangles here. This look calls for bold rings, chunky chains and mosaic bracelets. Ornaments jazz up other …

LAST SEASON on "L.A. Law," two lawyers from McKenzie-Brackman went to bat for a senior citizen who had been swindled out of her lifetime savings by an unscrupulous investor.The two lawyers -- Stuart Markowitz (Michael Tucker) and Jonathan Rollins (Blair Underwood) -- decided to pursue the case even though the elderly woman couldn't afford their fees. The important thi…