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Susan Martin

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.


BABY, IT'S cold outside -- and most Western New Yorkers are not amused.According to the calendar, this marks the first week of spring. But with snow flurries, high winds and chilling temperatures in the forecast, who would believe it?No, record-breaking low temperatures are not making headlines day after day.No, Western New Yorkers are not up to their earmuffs in …

Green lipstick and body glitter may be one way to dress up for the St. Patrick's Day parade Sunday afternoon, but to make a real Irish statement, do it with words.Popular proverbs, musing maxims and just plain silly sayings show up on mugs, balloons, pins, hats, T-shirts, suspenders, even aprons.If you think "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" says it all, think again.A perusal of t…

HERE'S THE wrinkle: There's a Sabres game on Grandmother's birthday. The parents plan a visit to her house with family; the teen-agers plan a visit to Memorial Auditorium with friends.Set the family excito-meter. It's squabble time.Every family squabbles. But experts say that there is a clear distinction between healthy and unhealthy family quarrels."Given that family…

THINK OF it this way. You may never have spotted the Wonder Bread or Kaufman's bakeries; never noticed such neighborhood hangouts as Parkside Sweet Shoppe or the Central Park Grill; never passed by the purple brick florist shop or the historic St. Mary of Sorrows Church.Never. Never. Never. That is, of course, if the inbound section of the Kensington Expressway, from …

All of THE RIGHT CLOTHES FOR ALL OF THE RIGHT PLACES. SENSATIONAL SUITINGS FORlife in the city; snappy sportswear for Saturdays in the sun; demure dresses for afternoons on the veranda; and all-out elegance for evenings under the stars.This spring, pulling together a warm-weather wardrobe means mixing familiar classics -- navy jacket, white tailored blouse, long p…

Undoubtedly the most distinctive theme running through the designers' collections this spring is the suited look, worn with skirt or trousers.Most often, designers choose the trousered suit. And, usually, they opt for some combination of navy and white -- with brass buttons.Other suits are shown with skirts hemmed at the knee. In navy or white, these are reminiscent o…

SUNGLASSES ARE HOT RIGHT NOW. NOT ONLY ARE THEY a terrific fashion accessory, but consumers have learned that eyes -- like skin -- need protection from the harmful effects of the sun. Whether driving, boating or stepping out during lunch hour, it's always a good idea to take along a pair of sunglasses.The good news, of course, is that consumers not only can protect th…

Sure, the ivory bangle on your wrist, your snakeskin shoes and the lizard trim on your handbag cost a pretty penny. But the animals from which these ornaments came paid a high price, too.For many wildlife species, fashion dictates a look that kills.By 1999, for example, the only reminder of the largest land mammal on earth may be the smallest ivory trinket, say conser…

She dresses in elegant evening gowns, long gloves and carries a white handkerchief. She entertains kings, presidents, millionaires and thousands of fans. She sings funny songs, old songs, new songs and songs written just for her.She's the incomparable Hildegarde.At an age where most people have long slowed down, the 83-year-old woman who immortalized the song, "Darlin…

THE MOST popular accessory in the New York designers' spring preview collections will sheer-ly raise a few eyebrows. The chiffon scarf.Those who follow designers' leads will tuck one into the front of a jacket for day and fling another around the neck -- with the ends trailing off behind them like butterfly wings -- for evening.Now, while flipping one of these chiffon…

DESIGNERS have dreamed up something daringly different for after dark: Dressed-up sportswear.It's a simple idea, really. Take an all-American classic -- a tank top, jacket, jump suit, blouse, even a tennis sweater -- and do it up in a super-luxe spring fabric. Make it sheer in chiffon, silk georgette or cotton voile. Add some sequins, maybe even a touch of humor, and …

THE MESSAGE for spring may be "Bring on the Navy," but designers put their own creative spins on the season's major trend.Patricia Pastor for Perry Ellis trims her navy and white creations in eyelet lace.For the polished professional, coordinated separates include collarless jackets, trousers and skirts in an all-new "Dominican" check pattern or matching solids. The c…

In a season filled with red, white and (navy) blue, designers salute one pattern that is nothing less than pure, all-American style.Stripes! Is there anything so snappy, so sharp, so spring?Stripes go every which way throughout the spring collections. There are bold horizontal and vertical stripes; casual ticking stripes; stripes cut on the bias; and stripes that are …

Dressing for daytime this spring calls for refined shapes in fluid fabrics.The color emphasis is navy and white with a touch of brass. There are more trousers than skirts on the New York runways. Most of them are classic and unadorned; a few have short, fuller legs.Most skirts are hemmed at the top of the knee, but long slinky styles are included in many collections. …

There comes a moment during the week-long previews of New York designers' collections when fashion writers look at each other and ask, "What are we doing here?"It may happen at the Bill Blass show when a model sports a sequin-covered tennis sweater priced at $7,500.It may happen at Marc Jacobs when Miami-inspired suits are accessorized with pastel leather beach ball p…