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Fashion Forward: Tim Shang, former University of Iowa student and Instagram stories master

I’m originally from China. My hometown is a small-sized city, but a small-sized city in China still has 1 million people. I came to Iowa for college, my major was finance, and I just graduated from University of Iowa. Soon, I will go to an internship in New York. After my internship, I will go to graduate school and after graduate school I will probably work in financial services, like growth management. […]

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Fashion Forward: Jamie Elizabeth Hudrlik of Dirty Birdies Vintage

I think I’m a big color freak because I’m a painter. I just love color. I have this beautiful cardigan that wasn’t even for sale. I got it in Des Moines at this cool thrift store where they sell yarn. There was this really, really chunky knit red cardigan and it was just so yummy. […]

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Style Points: Helping You Find a Mascara That Doesn’t Suck

Style Points!

Mascara is probably one of the most bewildering and befuddling makeup item in the beauty aisle (second only to foundation). In fact, I just got asked the other day if I could recommend any decent mascaras. I said, “Sure…however, I will answer you in the format of a Style Points blog post, and if you […]

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Style Points: Don’t forget people like gifts in December

This is not just another (yawn? I hope not) “GIFT GUIDE.” Well, maybe it is, but the difference is that NONE of these items are run-of-the-mill gee-gaws — or photos glommed off the internets of things I have never actually peeped with my peepers or held in my hand. Rather, this is a little smattering […]

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Photo gallery: BUSTLEWORSHIP’s vintage creations

Bustleworship!

“Playing dress-up should be an everyday occurrence,” says Jensina Endresen, Iowa City’s queen of vintage furs and proprietress of BUSTLEWORSHIP. Born in 2012, BUSTLEWORSHIP’s mission is to breathe new life into closets everywhere through the re-use and re-design of vintage materials. “I have a deep commitment to artisanal restoration and reuse,” says Endresen. “And I […]

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It’s time to talk about Tonya’s 2014 Color of the Year

Dazzling Blue!

This evening I was shopping for some warm winter things and noticed racks of cream, grey and black clothing (with many showcasing this past fall’s trend of “pleather” accents). Cute, but totally expected, and nothing really caught my eye. Until I spotted a knit skirt with short zippers sewn up both sides. The zippers were […]

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