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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 14:38

Thoughts on 2017’s fashion trends

Every new year brings new style trends. I still clearly remember one of my best friends from college coming back from winter break with solid colored shirts and pants exclaiming that “color blocking is in this year!”

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Wednesday, 30 March 2016 14:43

Canine chess master hoax or wonder?

Bangor man claims his dog is a chess prodigy

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NEW YORK - In an age of ubiquitous cellphones and surveillance cameras, New York City police forensic artist Matthew Klein is one of a dying breed of crime fighters who helps catch bad guys with a pencil and paper.

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Tuesday, 13 January 2015 19:52

Three ways to a new you

Are you looking for something totally new the next time you see your current stylist? Are you planning to see a new stylist for the very first time? Maybe you are seeing your current stylist for the 100th time. Here are a few suggestions to ensure that you leave with exactly what you wanted in any situation.

1. Research

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Tuesday, 01 April 2014 14:45

If the clown shoe fits, wear it

The Bangor Mall buzzed with energy Saturday. Cheerful chatter filled the atrium by Macy's. Before we even reached the edge of the excitement, we were greeted by a clown in bright white face paint and an orange wig. 

He introduced himself as Papi. His suit looked as if it had been colored by a pack of Sharpies, but he hardly stood out in all the hubbub. Everyone was dramatic. It was Klownfest 2014, the yearly event that pools together Shrine Clowns and their families from around the country to entertain and learn. On the schedule of events for the day was a balloon competition, a clown skit competition and plenty of laughs and smiles. Last year's event was held in Portland. 

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Tuesday, 11 February 2014 18:40

Donna Karan turns to real people for DKNY show

NEW YORK If you've ever watched a fashion show and said to yourself, 'Those aren't real people out there on the runway,' Donna Karan has an answer for that.

For her DKNY runway show Sunday, Karan presented along with the models, of course an assortment of non-models: A DJ. A TV presenter. A printmaker. A few students. A biologist, a 'night life hostess,' and, in the most intriguing entry in the show's written program, a 'tattoo artist/ pro skateboarder.'

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Wednesday, 01 May 2013 12:40

Only for the glamourous

Everyone loves receiving presents. Monthly subscription boxes feel like presents in the sense that, although the subscriber pays a monthly fee, the contents of the box are always cumulatively worth more than what the subscriber paid for the subscription - and there are surprises within the boxes that one may have never thought to purchase. There's a way to receive a cute bag every month that is filled with four to five high-end make up products, and that is with a My Glam bag from Ipsy.

When trying to sign up for a My Glam bag, new subscribers are put on a waiting list for up to a month, but then for $10 a month every month a bright pink package will appear in the mail. Inside will be a special make up bag that is different every month and contains four or five products. Sometimes the bag comes with full-sized products, and sometimes it is just a travel size. 

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Wednesday, 01 May 2013 12:33

Don't cut back for your wedding

The recent warm weather has me thinking about my favorite time of year wedding season. I am one of those rare hair stylists who actually loves weddings and updos. It really is one of my favorite things to do. Most often I get to travel to the bride's wedding location to do her and her bridal party's hair, and in Maine that usually means visiting the coast. I have been privileged to be a part of some truly gorgeous weddings. 

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012 22:45

Mirror, Mirror On the Wall...'

When I woke up this morning, I did what I always do the first moment my eyes meet daylight: I looked in the mirror. This isn't hard to do, since I happen to sleep in front of one. In fact, it has become a ritual. Wake, stretch, squint at my reflection. You may wonder what in particular I'm squinting at, and I'm not sure I can tell you.

Usually, I start with a good look at my bed head. Did I wake with ready-to-go hair? If I have left my locks in a pony the night before, I let it down and tousle it a bit. For someone with zero volume, curl or even wave, this is my best hope for achieving a Jennifer Anniston-like hot mess. Failing to achieve celebrity bed head, I turn to the side to assess the cow lick. I'm going to have to wet it down.

I lean in close for a quick scan of the crow's feet. Smile. Do I look older when I smile? Was that crease in my forehead there yesterday, or is it a line from the pillow? The furrow is only there when I'm concentrating on something, like a line in my forehead. Note to self: no smiling or furrowing of any kind just listless looking off into the distance from now on.

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Thursday, 21 June 2012 07:39

Bridal makeup 101

Attention brides to be! Your wedding day is coming - the day you will never forget. All eyes and camera lenses are going to be on you, and you want to look your absolute best. This is a time that I suggest hiring a professional to help you with your hair and makeup. Today is not the day to use the same makeup techniques that you use for your everyday look, even if you want your makeup to look like that. Here's why: You want your photos to look the best they can, and makeup needs to be applied a bit more heavily for that. Professionals know just how to do this without your makeup looking too heavy.

Airbrush foundation is the most amazing product for your wedding day or any special occasion. It gives you a flawless look, doesn't look or feel heavy and lasts 24 hours. A professional can also highlight and contour your face to hide blemishes or accentuate your best features.

A lot of my brides are ladies who don't normally wear much or any makeup. The fear is always that they don't want to look too "made up." I agree that if you don't normally wear much makeup, you shouldn't overdo it on your wedding day. But you do need makeup. Your color palette just needs to be light and natural, and it still should include concealer, foundation, powder, eye shadow, mascara and lip color. All of this doesn't even have to "look" like you are wearing makeup, but you will look refreshed, natural and amazing in your photos.

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