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Buffalo Magazine: Style

When cabinetmaker John Thiesen gets his hands on a piece of wood, he lets the lumber tell its own story. “If I’m building a Mission-style vanity or turning a burl bowl on the lathe, I let the wood talk to me,” explained the master craftsman. His process depends on whom he’s working for. “I let the creative process flow when I’m doing design work for myself and all…

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Just when you finally grasped the concept of feng shui, there’s a new Eastern-inspired concept making an impact in the design world: Wabi sabi. A mash-up of two old Japanese words, over centuries it’s come to express an important philosophy. “‘Rustic elegance’ is a quick translation of wabi sabi,” said Josh Smith, co-owner of Buffalo’s Sato Restaurant Group, who has …

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Caroline Barr describes it as a lightning bolt: The moment she realized she was supposed to be a designer. From there, she says, everything sped up. She got her degree at arts-focused Villa Maria College; moved to Cape Cod; began working at a small furniture store and secured her first clients; then brought that experience back to Buffalo to be closer to family. Her wor…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

In my efforts to help people understand the opposite sex, I’ll share an interesting conversation I had with my friend Dave. Dave told me that women have always had an unfair advantage over men in matters of love and relationships. He said that from an early age, women’s magazines like Vogue and Cosmopolitan, with articles on “How to Land a Man” or “5 Tips to Make you a …

Buffalo Magazine: Style

What do you buy for the very first guy in your life? No pressure, but he deserves something spectacular that pairs well with his interests and personality. Whether he’s adventurous, loves to eat, enjoys reading or is always up on the latest tech trends, we have the perfect present to surprise your dad with this year — all locally made or sourced. For the dad who loves red…

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Until about 10 or 15 years ago, the most popular cosmetic procedure for men was a hair transplant. Today, men are having forehead and eye wrinkles smoothed, back and neck hair removed and excess fat around chins and other areas taken care of. Area doctors and providers of both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic services are noting an uptick in the number of Buffalo-a…

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Another Father’s Day, another gift-wrapped tie? Let Buffalo entrepreneur Shelden Gibbs help give your traditional Father’s Day gift a funky twist. At Classic Knot, Gibbs sells bow ties with an updated flair that only an 11-year-old could bring. Gibbs had been wearing the ties himself for years, but found the selection in men’s shops lacking in modern panache. He took…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

I’m inspired by feedback from readers who have bravely stepped back into the dating scene. I’ve also heard comments from those who’d like to…but are too nervous to face all the insecurities that come along with it. It’s not easy to find a match, but it can certainly be fun to try. Allow yourself the space to feel vulnerable, silly, nervous and maybe even disappointed at…

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The mere memory of a delicious meal amid the ambiance of a particular setting is no longer enough to commemorate an occasion. You need pictures of the event — or it might as well have never happened. Artistically formulated shots of the food, drinks and backdrop. Filtered snaps of any interesting subjects you need to promote your adventure. The pics head to Instagram, a…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

I learn so much about life (and myself) through my experiences with other people. My romantic relationships, especially, have helped shape my opinions, expose me to experiences and give me a chance to gain another perspective. All relationships have value. How can I call my previous marriage a failure when it brought me my beautiful son? I feel blessed to be co-paren…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

It’s no coincidence that some of Buffalo’s best-dressed women also happen to own clothing stores. One might think it’s because a 2,000+ square foot personal closet expands the options, but it’s more the opposite — a keen style sense is what led them to retail in the first place. Sharon Randaccio Red Siren 976 Elmwood Ave. Sharon Randaccio didn’t need to open a store.…

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Whether we like it or not, money plays a role in dating. You can measure someone’s generosity and predict how they will behave in a potential relationship from the very first meeting. Similarly, when I go on a blind date, my own behavior with money has a way of revealing how the date is going – and my own intentions going forward. To wit: If I know immediately that…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

Over the last few years, shoppers have witnessed the rapid transformation of the retail market. Rules on how we shop, where we shop and when we shop have changed dramatically. The emergence of e-commerce and the so-called “Amazon Effect” have disrupted the industry and created an ongoing consumer shift to online shopping. That has created havoc for traditional retailers…

Buffalo Magazine: Weddings

Kristin and Greg married at St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Church — then celebrated at Park Country Club. Event planner: Gabrielle Pagano, After 5 Events. Dress: Bliss Bridal. Hair: Jocelyn Carpenter, The Makeup and Beauty Parlour Inc. Make-up: Nicole Morris, The Beauty Atelier. Flowers: Maureen's Buffalo Wholesale Flower Market. Photographer: Shaw Photography Co.