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April Showers Bring May Flowers - Greet Them Both With Style

A spring accessory history lesson! Mention reading this article and receive 20% off your purchase of a Galleria collapsible or stick umbrella!Umbrellas - The history of the umbrella doesn't start with a story of rain at all. Rather, the current day rain umbrella was fashioned for protection against the sun, tracing all the way back [...]

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The Art of Embroidery

The art of embroidery has been around for centuries stretching all over the globe. One of the earliest developments of embroidery can be traced back to China during the Zhou Dynasty (1045 BC). To them, embroidery presented a sign of power, wealth, and rank. The Chinese used embroidery patterns on attire that showcased what each symbol meant. For instance, the [...]

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In like a Lion...Out like a Lamb

It’s an expression that many of us have heard frequently this time of year. “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” Yet, have you ever questioned what this means or where the proverb came from?The aphorism is often a representation of the weather during the month of March. The concept is that the [...]

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Cold Weather and Comfort Food – Why Do We Crave It??

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Cream Soup, Chocolate, Ice Cream, French Fries each of us has a list of favorites we crave as the temperature drops. It seems as the days get colder and darkness envelopes us for a larger part of the day the comfort cravings get stronger. Why do we get so hungry as the season changes and [...]

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Valentine's Day - Traditions and Untraditional Gift Giving

As an official holiday celebrating love, Valentine’s Day, February 14th is most often symbolized with red roses, greeting cards and heart shaped boxes of chocolate candies. The tradition of flowers dates back to the 17th Century. Roses stood for strong feelings and were believed to be the favorite flower of Venus, the Goddess of Love. The first love greeting is [...]

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New Year, New Hue! Pantone's 2018 Color of the Year

Pantone’s beginning reaches back to New York City in the 1950’s when the company was founded as a commercial printing business. When looking to systemize and simplify the company’s stock of pigments and production of colored inks a part time employee developed the Pantone Guide of color swatches which is widely used by graphic designers, reproduction and printing houses. Since [...]

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Cozy Chunky Knits Always In Style and Easy to Wear

This year’s knit pieces go way beyond the tried-and-true sweater. How do you wear them for your body style and comfort? Don’t let your sweater overwhelm you. Wear the right amount of chunky knit for your body type. If you are wearing a chunky knit sweater, style it with leggings or skinny jeans to bring out the contrast in [...]

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Keeping Your Healthy Lifestyle Through the Holidays

The holidays are one of the most exciting times of the year known for the joyous atmosphere, family get-togethers and parties but they also include hectic schedules, busyness and unhealthy snacks. Factor in dropping temperatures and decreased daylight and you may quickly find your wellness routine in decline. Here are a few simple ways to keep your personal wellness in [...]

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A Bit of Holiday Tradition History

The Christmas holiday is steeped in tradition. You may not know that Christmas became a federal holiday in the United States in 1870. The United States has an official Christmas Tree though it does not stand at the White House or on the Capitol Grounds. President Calvin Coolidge christened a giant sequoia in California’s Kings Canyon National Park “Americas Official [...]

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Holiday Decorating with an Unconventional Twist

Festive decorations set the mood for holiday gatherings. This year consider adding a unique twist to your decorating theme by re-purposing traditional items for new uses! Tartan plaid is hugely popular and oh so festive. Try using your blanket scarf as a table covering or table runner. Re-purpose thrift store blankets as slip covers for decorator pillows. What do you [...]

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