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Kristin Tucker

The Art Of Tailgating

A fall Saturday without Carolina football just doesn’t seem right. Any college football fan would agree that a mid-week game or “bye” weekend for your team leaves you longing for the tight spiral of the pigskin leather, the emotional roller coaster roar of the fans, the come-from-behind fourth quarter play to tie or win the game and…the tailgate. Ahh…I said it. You and I both know it’s all about the tailgate. We start our pre-game football fellowship early, and win or lose we keep on tailgating post-game. Yes, we love football…but we love noshing and sipping just as much....

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Men’s Fashion Sins

Listen up, guys! We know a fashionable man is sometimes considered an oxymoron. But I totally disagree. Men and fashion can go hand in hand. Sometimes you may just need a little sartorial assistance. To save many a man from stepping out like a fashion faux pas, here are six fashion sins to avoid. Cargo Pants: Guys! Put those pants with unlimited pockets to good use by making them your garage uniform, outdoor project pants or wilderness wear. Socks in male sandal and boat shoes: Yes, socks are classy and even fashionable when paired with the right shoes, but...

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Summer 2014 Fashion Trends

  Whether your Memorial Day Weekend consisted of a staycay or a vaycay, either way it’s the unofficial start of summer. And that means it’s time to assess your summer wardrobe essentials. What’s hot? Plenty of repeat trends that you may already own and some new twists. You decide what works for your taste and look. No need to embrace them all. Here’s a list to get your summer styling started: Be Radiant! – When in doubt, think pink. The 2014 Pantone color of the year is a pinky purple known as “Radiant Orchid.” The name says it all....

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Who’s Your Clothes Mentor?

Have you been to Chapel Hill’s upscale resale fashion chain yet? If not, it’s time to check out Clothes Mentor at 241 South Elliott Road in Chapel Hill. The Grand Opening kicked off earlier this year, in January. And word has it that a line formed in 10 degree weather for the launch. Ladies must have had their eyes on prized possessions after months of being “virtually” open. Clothes Mentor actually started buying items back in the fall to fill the store prior to the Grand Opening. Here’s how it works. You bring in current styles of your “gently-used”...

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MAXImum Style

Have you taken the town and your closet to new lengths with floor-gliding maxi dresses? If so, you’re not alone. Maxis have actually been back on the fashion scene the past few years. It seems their popularity increased last spring and summer seasons, but they continue to crop up everywhere. Because a maxi dress is floor length, you can take measures to extend its wearing time throughout the seasons. Yes, even into fall and winter! It’s a perennial-favorite chic piece that ladies love layering and accessorizing a thousand different ways. And a maxi dress tends to flatter all figures....

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Buy Something Unexpected

The Fashion Plate’s last article focused on eight staple looks. But let’s flip the switch. If adding a little more style and flair is on your wardrobe bucket list, let me help get you started. Time to step outside your fashion comfort zone! It’s a new year, so here’s a new suggestion. Buy something unexpected! Something that makes you smile and you don’t know why. Buy something fun, whether for a party or hanging out at home with the kids. Fashion risks are fine and fun! Think outside the normal boring box of clothes. We all have plenty of...

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Eight Looks That Will Never Go Out Of Style

You may wonder from season to season if your fashion accumulation is out of style. It’s easy to follow what’s “in style,” but how do you keep up with what’s going “out of style?” (There are websites that actually make trend reports of “What’s Not Hot” their business.) Yet, as we brace ourselves for brisk winter weather (like the arctic air that headed here this week in Orange County!), you may be thinking it’s time to revamp your wardrobe for the season. The truth is your wardrobe may not need much of a makeover. If you do a little...

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Holiday Fashion Trend Report

The holidays are the perfect time to be fabulous with a festive flair! Here are some inspirations for the host of holiday soirees bound to be on your calendar. Step out in style, whether it’s an office party, cocktail hour, black tie bash or wedding celebration! Glam Rock – It’s time to put a little sparkle in your step. The Glam Rock trend features a welcome dose of ultra-girly glam incorporating metallics, sequins and lace – appropriate for work or play. Turn the rock star dial up to full blast by combining metallics and leather details; think sequin top...

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Ten To Fall For This Fall

Autumn is still in the air, with winter rapidly approaching. If you continue to build your fall wardrobe or plan to take advantage of the deeply discounted super sales of Thanksgiving week, then here are some ideas. Try this collection of 10 cozy-chic essentials for enviable style all season long. Here are some iconic wardrobe building blocks that every woman should consider: 1. The Tuxedo Jacket The must-have blazer gets a refined new twist with subtle tuxedo details. Wear it with: Your favorite pair of jeans or a sleek leather-like legging (like the faux leather leggings The Fashion Plate...

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