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Current by Susan Martin

Victorian Christmas

It’s one of Western New York’s favorite holiday traditions, and it’s coming up fast. Victorian Christmas at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Ave., kicks off Dec. 3 with a wine tasting and silent auction. Other events include several fashion show luncheons, an Irish Christmas celebration Dec. 7, a gourmet wine and food pairing dinner Dec. 8 and a Girls’ Night Out dinner and fashion show Dec. 10. The historic Wilcox home and visitors center will be decorated by the Eighth District of Federated Garden Clubs of New York State through Dec. 30,

TR Site members can begin making reservations at 9 a.m. Monday. Reservations open to the general public at 9 a.m. Tuesday. You can read more on the Web site at For information and reservations, call the site at 884-0095.

In the loop

Infinity scarves are nothing new but when an extra layer of stylish warmth is required, the fall/winter versions are worth checking out.

Texture is key here. You’ll find them in chunky popcorn knits, twisted loop cowl necks, fleece and plenty of faux fur – with some large enough to be pulled up and worn as a hood.

Buffalo artisan Megan Carroll knits and crochets a version of infinity scarves, too. She calls her “strand scarves.”

“They are small pieces that layer on top of each other – a strand on top of a strand on top of a strand to make one chunkier piece,” she explained.

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Another option: The faux fur collar punctuated with a jewel, $49.50, from INC International Concepts at and select Macy’s locations. The collars come in a choice of black, gray, leopard print and a color called “wine tasting.”

And finally ...

“Salmon pink is happy and familiar. Everyone’s skin looks amazing with it. It’s neither too feminine nor too masculine with the energy to hold a room whether day or night.”

Rob Southern, one of the designers quoted in the new book “House Beautiful Pink,” by Lisa Cregan (Hearst, $24.95).