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Current / By Susan Martin

Fall trend

A simple dress is a smart addition to the wardrobe, and shift dresses are a trend for fall. “The streamlined ’60s-inspired silhouette is having a moment. Details like crisp collars and mixed materials add a fresh touch,” reports the August issue of People Stylewatch.

Shift dresses appeared on the fall 2014 runways in New York as well as abroad; a couple of styles are shown here. Look soon for affordable styles landing in stores.

Dorm decorating

If you’re going to college this fall, here’s a decorating idea from interior designer/columnist Rosemary Sadez Friedmann: “First arrange and rearrange the furnishings in the room. Sometimes a bed on a different wall will make all the difference in making the room feel right. Try putting two desks back to back rather than each against a wall. The back-to-back desks also can serve as a visual room divider. Consider turning your bed into a day bed by using toss pillows against the wall during the day. This way the bed is a couch during the day and a bed at night.”

– McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Drawn to light

They may not be for every room, but patterned lampshades can be a fun way to kick up your decor. We’ve spotted them in stripes, florals, paisleys and chevron, medallion and trellis prints. Solid colors are another way to go.

Cosmetics news

Looking to experiment with some new eyeshadows? The Smashbox Full Exposure Palette features 14 must-have neutral shades from nudes to blacks. Shimmers are on the top row and mattes are on the bottom. The palette includes a double-ended brush and an insert with tips on creating the best look for your eye shape. There is also a deluxe sample of Full Exposure Mascara. It is available for $49 at Ulta, Sephora and

– Atlanta Journal-Constitution

And finally ...

“I love making my own clothes, but it takes a lot of time. One of my best friends and I have sewing parties together. I tailored my prom dress!”

Actress Zooey Deschanel, in InStyle magazine, August issue.