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Whether you treat yourself to a whole set or just a few pieces to mix in with what you already own, spring has sprung in the dinnerware department. Check out just a few of the patterns that will brighten the table – even if leftovers are on the menu.Hello, sunshine: The Summer Stripes Collection of ironstone dinnerware from Pier 1 features colorful colors and stripes. Ea…

Dear Vicki: I love new, unusual details in my clothes, especially ones that I take the time to construct myself.My question is, can you find me a simple sleeveless shell that is also interesting in some way? I use really lovely, expensive fabrics, and I want something that will be worth the time and investment. Thank you for finding a new look for me. – Anne P.Dear Anne:…

Putting on lipstick after I finish my foundation has become a staple in my makeup routine. Much like adding frosting to a freshly baked cake, it completes the entire look. So, when I received my free birthday sample of Le Marc Lip Crème lipstick in the shade Kiss Kiss Bang Bang courtesy of Sephora, I was beside myself with joy. (Yes, I love lipstick that much.) After a…

Dear Vicki: I try to find new or interesting details in ready-to-wear and add those looks to my sewing. Right now I have been seeing more shirts with rolled-up sleeves that have tabs that button up to hold the rolled sleeve, and I would like to copy this look. Have you seen a pattern with this detail? Thanks. – Patty S.Dear Patty: I am suggesting McCall’s 7251. This pa…

Every curly-haired woman knows the importance of having a winter hair care routine in place even before the first snowflake falls. The air doesn't just dry out your curls, it creates a drought for them. And, just like someone trapped in the desert without water, they are plagued with an unquenchable thirst that can only be satisfied with the right hair products.  While t…

It has taken me years to master the seemingly unattainable perfect eyebrow shape. Much like a bad haircut, after many (MANY) horrific incidents involving plucking, waxing and threading, I never thought I'd get there. It has taken a lot of patience (and a little bit of prayer), but I'm finally content with my eyebrow shape. While I'm not an official eyebrow expert, unoffici…

Like any makeup junkie, I like to keep up with the latest beauty brands. When I started hearing a lot of buzz around the brand ColourPop, I decided to finally give in and try one of their popular lippie stix collections: Vixen.  My first impression of the Vixen collection, which was around $20, was that the actual colors of the lippie stix coincided with what was advert…

During winter, we trade our bronze complexions for oversized sweaters, thick boots and warm parkas. After a while, the cold adds dreariness to not only our outside world, but our closets as well. A great way to liven up your winter wardrobe is with bright accessories with just enough color to make your outfit pop. Who said winter clothes had to be just as dull and lifele…

Dear Vicki: I am going on a cruise in March, so I want to make something to wear to fancy dinners. I already have a fabric I have had for a couple of years. I just love it, but it is very, very sheer, almost not there. I am lost in finding a look and a pattern, so please find one for me. – Kara R.Dear Kara: You sent me a sample, so yes, I know how sheer your lovely fabri…

Flowers are for Valentine’s Day, but they’re also a sign that spring is ahead. This is just a sampling of some of the floral patterns coming soon or already available – just in case you want to get a jump start on your spring wardrobe.Double dipping: A sheath dress from Thalia Sodi combines two perennial favorites – floral and animal prints. Regularly priced $89.50…

Dear Vicki: I get so cold all winter. I wear turtlenecks and sweaters, and I want to have help picking a pattern for a very casual jacket that I can wear all day just to keep me warm. Thanks. – Violet H.Dear Violet: I just made a quilted vest myself using Butterick 5957. I took off the collar so that I can wear it with some of my shirts as well as any other sweater. Now …

Dear Vicki: A long time ago you wrote about a tiny shoulder bag for a grandmother living in a senior facility, just big enough for her room key. I didn’t have any interest at the time, but now I would love something like that for my cellphone, because I walk a lot and listen to books and podcasts, and I think it would be perfect. Can you repeat this pattern, please? – …

Dear Vicki: When I was a young child, my mother made a cloth book for me that helped me learn to tie my shoes and button my clothes. It also had snaps and zippers. Can you find something like that for me to make for my kids? Thanks. – Janey T.Dear Janey: I found something really new and different for you to make for your kids that I really love. It is from Indygo Junctio…

Winter is a time for making snow angels, drinking hot cocoa and unfortunately dealing with dry, acne-prone skin. Luckily, these five beauty products will help your skin looking refreshed and rejuvenated while battling the cold. Quench your skin's never ending thirst this winter with a little help from some friends: 1. Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil This light weight oil is per…

At an early age, I felt an undeniable urge to express myself. As a child I was painfully shy, so while speaking my thoughts was difficult, writing them down came quite naturally. In fact, it came so naturally that I found myself getting lost in each and every mark I made on paper. I left notebook after notebook brimming with carefully thought out comics, short stories …