| Jan 3, 2015
| 10:00 AM
First came fancy cupcakes, then macarons, the Frenchified sandwich cookies. Improbably, gourmet doughnuts hit the scene.
Now the upscaling of once-simple pleasures has spread to a new frontier: candy. Upstart companies are launching sweet shops for...
| Dec 21, 2014
| 7:30 AM
Whether you're counting hits or misses, 2014 certainly left a mark fashion-wise. From the runways to the red carpets to the slopes of Sochi, it was an endless parade of see-through dresses, ugly Olympic sweaters, cool cats in extra-large hats and just...
| Dec 19, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Walking through the living room of their historic rental house near the Chateau Marmont, husband-and-wife designers Robert and Cortney Novogratz are excited to point out some of their latest creations.
They start with a vintage-inspired black dining...
| Dec 12, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard is always overflowing with rare, handmade, and expensive Bugattis from the gilded, prewar era.
But the Bugattis in the current exhibit have neither wheels nor engines. Turns out the Bugatti family’s talents...
| Dec 4, 2014
The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival
Jan. 14-Jan. 25, various locations
Forget Sesame Street. Chicago's aiming to establish itself as the new hub of contemporary puppetry with this inaugural fest, a 12-day event that includes make-your-...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms, the lustre of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars of heaven, and the influence of her power it is in vain to resist," said Akenaton.
SPEAKING OF the wife of Ralph Lauren, I should say that over...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 12:03 PM
As a family, the Mehtas of Boca Raton would often travel to India and bring back crafts from local artisans.
But enjoying the crafts, which are made with ancient techniques in danger of disappearing, was not enough.
“I felt we should do...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 6:31 AM
We're in the middle of No-Shave November and Movember, annual events in which men grow facial hair raise awareness of men's health issues and cancer, so it's the perfect time to talk about male grooming trends.
Men's grooming is having a moment,...
| Nov 13, 2014
| 9:08 AM
Four members of a cargo theft ring that stole and sold truckloads of consumer goods with an estimated value of more than $5.75 million have all been sentenced to federal prison, prosecutors announced.
The stolen merchandise included Gerber infant...
| Nov 3, 2014
| 10:21 AM
The Stuart Weitzman boots and evening pumps: Should they go or should they stay? What about the St. Emile blouse and the men's Burberry suit. Yes or no?
For Hartford-area bargain hunters the answers, "go and yes," are the right ones as some of the area'...
| Oct 31, 2014
If you haven't been to the outlets in a while, grab your purse and put on some sneakers, advises ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports.
When it comes to fashion, outlet bargains are tough to beat. Here are five trends...