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Current by Susan Martin

Garden Walk Buffalo

Sunday is the final day of Garden Walk Buffalo – which always takes place the last full weekend of July. The 21st annual Garden Walk Buffalo this year features more than 400 gardens and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Touring the gardens is free; no ticket required. There are free shuttles, too. Maps and information are available at three headquarters: Richmond-Summer Senior Center, Richmond Avenue and Summer Street; Buffalo Seminary, 205 Bidwell Parkway; and Evergreen Health Services, 206 S. Elmwood Ave., corner of Chippewa Street.

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Mara Hoffman news

Women’s wear designer Mara Hoffman, a Buffalo native, unveiled her Resort Swim 2016 collection earlier this month during Swim Week in Miami, Fla. The collection was inspired by the designer’s recent travels to Morocco.

A release described the collection this way: “From wandering through the incredible Jardin Majorelle, visiting the souks and their abundance of beautiful ceramic pottery and rugs, to seeing and smelling the stalls of spices, and tasting the tagines and mint leaf teas, the experience had an impact on all of Hoffman’s senses. As a result, this collection is infused with new color palettes, silhouettes and floral prints, the latter marking a first appearance for the label.”

In June, Hoffman introduced her first Activewear Collection, available at

Mad for plaid

New York designer Adam Lippes, another Buffalo native, has been tapped by Target as part of its fall plaid campaign. His mission: To create more than 50 items inspired by buffalo plaid for the Adam Lippes for Target limited-edition collection of apparel, accessories and specialty home goods. It’s expected to arrive at Target stores and on Sept. 27.

Stay tuned.

And finally ...

“I pride myself on being able to get ready in 15 minutes, and that’s including a shower. I’m my dad’s child, and it’s just the way we were raised. You shower, you get dressed quickly, and you leave. I’ve only recently started to have fun with hair and makeup.”

Elizabeth Olsen, in the Beauty Talk column in InStyle magazine, August issue.