Trio forges path as owners of downtown clothing boutique | Local News

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The women say they have what it takes to be successful – tenacity, determination, drive and a never giving up attitude.

Alexander said she has always wanted to own her own business.

Lowery said she has always known she waited to be in business. She said she started working when she was 14 years old.

“I wanted to be successful,” she said.

Before opening the ladies clothing boutique, Lowery said she did a lot of research.

They chose downtown because the city of Florence was undergoing a revitalization of the downtown area. She said she thought it would be a good location.

Lowery said they came up with the name MiLadies 182 after discovering in her research there was a women’s boutique in downtown Florence years ago called MyLady’s. She is not sure exactly where downtown the previous dress shop was located, but if it wasn’t the same location, it

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Here’s How Much Women Can Save Buying the Men’s Version of These 8 Products

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The pink tax is real: products marketed toward women tend to cost more than the same products for men. On average, personal care items that are marked “for women” cost 7% more than ones aimed at men. Most of the time, these products have very little difference when it comes to performance, or the men’s version is actually crafted better than the one geared toward women.

No one actually cares which version you buy, so you might as well buy the better, cheaper version. Here’s some men’s items that women should definitely buy next time they’re shopping. 

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  • Women’s 5 Blade Disposable Razors Pack of 5: $4.89
  • Men’s Triple Blade Sensitive Skin Disposable Razor Pack of 8: $3.79

If you’re still buying pink razors, it’s time

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Paris Jackson Turns Heads Off the Runway at Paris Fashion Week – E! Online

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Paris Jackson has returned to Paris, and naturally, in style!

The 23-year-old model, daughter of the late Michael Jackson, turned heads off the runway with a rare appearance at Vivienne Westwood‘s Womenswear fall/winter 2022/2023 show on Saturday, March 5, during Paris Fashion Week.

Paris, who is also a singer, wore a strapless, multi-colored polka dotted dress with a purple belt and thigh-high split, paired with black peep-toe strappy pumps, as she sat at the event with fellow model and fashion designer Kailand Morris, who also has a famous musician dad—Stevie Wonder. Paris and Kailand also hung out with Vivienne herself at the show, which featured runway appearances from sisters Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid.

Paris had also showcased a chic look at Westwood’s Womenswear spring/summer 2022 show during Paris Fashion Week last October.

In a recent cover interview with luxury retailer LUISAVIAROMA’s LVR magazine

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Trend And Style Traits 2020

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Offering all women and men worldwide the very best of cosmetics, haircare and fragrance by way of quality, efficacy and safety. Ankara vogue style refers to wearing clothes made from the vibrant and colorful patterned African wax print cloth. Fall and Winter kinds will very a lot be cozy-chic. We’re seeing a number of collared blouses, informal units (Store Related: $118; ), and simple pull-up pants. Tibi did a extremely great job pulling together pieces which are contemporary and seasonally relevant, but nonetheless casual sufficient to wear working from house.

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Apparel retailer’s social media posts result in 79% jump in web sales

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Online apparel retailer Magnolia Boutique spends about 50% of its ad budget on Facebook and Instagram ads to promote categories.

Despite lockdowns during the pandemic, CEO Susan DelPriore says demand for its affordable and seasonal clothing continued throughout 2020. In 2020, sales increased by 28% compared with 2019. That momentum continued in 2021 as web sales increased by 32% compared with 2020.

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Magnolia Boutique CEO Susan DelPriore

Magnolia Boutique‘s overall conversion rate is a little more than 3.2% compared with its social media channels, which ranges from about 2 to 2.5%. While Facebook and Instagram make up half its ad budget, the retailer is also increasing its presence on TikTok.

“Our collections are huge for us—when the season launches, we put a lot of our ad budget behind leading customers to our website because we know they will browse other categories and items once they get to our page,”

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15 Women-Owned Food Brands You Can Shop Right Now

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As POPSUGAR editors, we independently select and write about stuff we love and think you’ll like too. If you buy a product we have recommended, we may receive affiliate commission, which in turn supports our work.

Arguably the best part about celebrating any holiday is all the good food you get to enjoy throughout the season. There’s pumpkin-spice-flavored everything during the fall, peppermint and gingerbread all December long, pastel-colored sweets leading up to Easter — the list goes on. As for Women’s History Month in March with International Women’s Day on March 8, there’s an equally delicious way to celebrate, and that’s by supporting a woman-owned-and-operated food brand.

There are plenty of tasty name-brand options on the market, but Women’s History Month is as good a time as any to instead buy from the many food businesses powered by women entrepreneurship. Whether it be gluten-free beer that actually tastes good

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Best Affordable Products At Sephora Makeup Beauty 2022

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Sephora is basically a beauty lover’s playground — and we all know it’s a little too easy to walk in there with plans to repurchase your go-to brow pencil and “accidentally” leave with $150 worth of products that you absolutely needed. However pricey the beauty behemoth is, there are plenty of affordable and highly effective products hidden among the La Mers and Augustinus Baders of the world — you just have to know where to look.

As a beauty writer, I’ve explored every facet of the industry’s price-point spectrum, from a $5 mascara with almost 230,000 reviews on Amazon to a $235 day cream that invokes the centuries-old healing properties of Eastern-European thermal

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Unique Boutique adds a little fashion flavor to downtown Vale

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Owner Aimee Andrews opened her second-hand clothing shop last August. Since then she said the popularity of the store continues to grow.

Owner Aimee Andrews sorts through clothing on the racks at her new business, Unique Boutique, in Vale. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL)

VALE – Aimee Andrews always had a feeling her idea for a new business in Vale would work.

So in August, Andrews opened Unique Boutique, a second-hand clothing store devoted to women’s apparel at 192 A Street E.

“I knew the community was open to it. They needed it,” said Andrews.

Andrews lived in Vale in her 30s and then moved to Ontario with her family. A divorce last year prompted her to move back to Vale and to explore business opportunities.

Her idea for the store, though, really began when a close friend donated a large amount of high-end women’s clothing.

Once she opened her store, said

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Woman’s Dismembered Body Is Found in Shopping Cart in Brooklyn

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Police officers found a grisly scene outside a Brooklyn pawnshop early Thursday after a 911 caller discovered a woman’s dismembered torso that had been stuffed into a shopping cart.

The unidentified body had been placed in a large bag that was inside the shopping cart, the police said. It was found in a mostly industrial section of East New York, Brooklyn, near Broadway Junction, where roadways and elevated subway lines crisscross storefronts and warehouses near a parkway entrance.

The police released few details, other than to say that the investigation was ongoing and that the medical examiner would determine the cause of death.

Yellow police tape surrounded the pawnshop — its steel shutters down — at the northwest corner of Pennsylvania and Atlantic Avenues on Thursday, with detectives and uniformed officers milling inside the cordon, denying shoppers entry to a small construction supply store on Atlantic Avenue that was also

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Victoria Beckham Fall 2022 Ready-to-Wear Collection

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As a designer-and-style-icon package solution, Victoria Beckham and her brand embody a decidedly contemporary aspect of consumer fashion: styling. Her design propositions don’t simply make their case on a runway—or, as is currently the case, in a film—but when she is actually photographed by the paparazzi wearing them herself, showcasing how she would personally style her collection. It’s a way of proposing product entirely in tune with a social media age focused on the dress sense of the individual, where you now see people copying the way Bella Hadid wears her cross-body bag, the way Kim Kardashian lets her parka slide off the shoulder, or the styling trademarks of influential image-makers like Australian Vogue’s Christine Centenera, who always lets her leggings flare out over her heels.

It’s creating a culture of fashion imbued with styling-focused details allowing the wearer to be their own stylist. To Beckham, playing with the

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The Best Makeup For Girls Over 50 Years Previous

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Fashion & Shopping,Cosmetics Woman,Fashoin Style,Shopping & Women,Beauty & FashionProviding all ladies and men worldwide the best of cosmetics, haircare and fragrance when it comes to high quality, efficacy and safety. One other enjoyable way to wear this shade is in patterned kind. Patterns make fashion more fun, and whether it’s florals, stripes, plaid, or animal print, these pieces will add an attention-grabbing ingredient to your look. An easy solution to pull these pieces off is with a printed dress styled under a pretend fur coat (an excellent vacation outfit!), but you too can try your hand at mixing patterns, comparable to pairing a burgundy plaid skirt with a black and white polka-dot prime.

She made a pivot into style after profitable a competition for an editorial mentorship at British Marie Claire. She later went to the press department of Christian Louboutin, adopted by internships at the Mail on Sunday and Marie Claire, then spending a number of years … Read More

States’ PFAS Cosmetics Ban

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On February 18, 2022, a bill was introduced in California that would ban the sale in California of any cosmetics and personal care products that contain any type of PFAS. Concurrently, a similar bill is making its way through the Washington state legislative process, which would also ban the sale of any cosmetics that contain any PFAS whatsoever. The proposed PFAS ban for cosmetics in California and Washington are just the latest in the broad-sweeping PFAS-containing products ban bills that are increasing across the country. It is critical for companies anywhere in the manufacturing or supply chain for cosmetics to immediately assess the impact of the proposed PFAS ban for cosmetics on corporate practices, and make decisions regarding continued use of PFAS in products, as opposed to substituting for other substances.  At the same time, companies impacted by the PFAS legislation must be aware that the

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Lock Bridal opens in Bellefonte, PA

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Lock Bridal opened in February at 141 W. High St. in Bellefonte.

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A new bridal shop opened this month in Bellefonte, strengthening the area’s position as a go-to spot for brides and women looking to spice up their wardrobe.

Businesswoman Lydia Shafer opened Lock Bridal at 141 W. High St. It’s at least the second bridal shop in the Nittany Valley Region, joining Formalities in neighboring Spring Township.

Shafer also owns Lock Boutique, one of three women’s clothing retailers in Bellefonte. The area, Shafer wrote in an email, is a “shopping destination for all brides.”

“I hope Lock Bridal is a place where people leave feeling happy. Happy with the time spent in the boutique, happy with the people they shared the experience with and happy with their new wedding gown,” Shafer wrote. “During my time as a wedding photographer, I learned that planning a wedding

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Out of the Box Gifts For Your Partner

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We all look forward to giving the best and the unique present to our partners when there is a special occasion. But our creativity seems to get diminished, especially when we need it the most.

Thoughtful and out-of-the-box gifts are something we all love to receive or love to give, but many of us struggle a lot to decide what to give.

Here are some simple yet unique gifting ideas for your partner.

Engraved Stationeries

Stationeries are an amazing gifting option, but an amazing yet affordable way to make them unique is by personalizing them. You can engrave your partner’s name on the pen to give it the special touch that it requires. You can also print their name on the front cover of a notebook or a diary. Other than that, you can also print a photo memorable to both of you on the front page of the diary … Read More

PFAS in Cosmetics Continue to Draw Attention as Litigation and Legislation Efforts Mount | Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

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In June 2021, we published Cosmetics Companies: Beware of PFAS, highlighting the recently introduced No PFAS In Cosmetics Act and recommending that cosmetics and personal-care product companies examine their products and supply chains to determine if, when, and where PFAS may affect their businesses. As anticipated, PFAS in cosmetics has continued to draw attention, with the filing of at least two lawsuits and the anticipated enactment of PFAS legislation in several states.

The No PFAS In Cosmetics Act, which seeks to ban the use of intentionally added per- or polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”) in cosmetics, was introduced in the House on June 17, 2021. The bill has been assigned to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, but no hearing has been scheduled. Ultimately, the bill will require the Department of Health and Human Services to issue and finalize a rule banning the use of intentionally added PFAS in

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Georgia mom opens boutique for foster kids after noticing lack of clothing

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A family in Georgia is opening a free boutique for children in need after adopting two girls from foster care. 

The boutique, called Blossom, is scheduled to open this month – though it has already started helping families, according to founder Linda Durrence. 

Durrence, 51, from Glennville, Georgia, told Fox News Digital that when Blossom opens, it will provide children in need with seven full sets of clothes and shoes for free. Families will be able to visit and get seven new sets of clothes every quarter for seasonal changes, or more frequently if a child has a major size change.

“We just want to be able to just be the hands and feet of Jesus,” Durrence told Fox.

“We just want to make a difference in our community and our surrounding communities,” she added.

Durrence said she came up with the idea for the boutique several years ago, after

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Paris Fashion Week 2022: Celebrity Street Style, Fashion

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Scarlett Johansson’s New Skincare Line Sparked A Debate About The Oversaturation Of Celebrity Beauty Brands

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“Society has progressed past the need for celebrity skincare lines.”

Scarlett Johansson is adding “founder” to her overflowing résumé.

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After announcing the new venture in June last year, the Marvel superstar has officially shared a first look at her skincare brand, The Outset.

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Fans finally caught a glimpse of the six-piece, clean cosmetics line on The Outset’s official Instagram page, which launched earlier this week with a string of minimalist promotional shots and behind-the-scenes teasers.

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Discussing the launch with Vogue for their March issue, Scarlett — the cofounder and face of the brand — opened up about what inspired the venture and what makes The Outset different from the cluster of well-established skincare brands.

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“I’ve been the face

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Spring 2022 trend report from Hope Avenue Boutique

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Last week was the MAGIC, fashion forecaster show, where the latest trends for the upcoming fashion season. Abigail Measles was at the show, she will share the secrets of “what’s in and what’s out.”


Dopamine dressing: Finally, entering the post pandemic era and everyone wants color!!! Now that women are getting back out again, clothing is fun again.


Bold prints are back. Find these fun prints in retro styles, especially checkered patterns.

Crochet Bag

See this throw back trend, front and center this season. Crocheted styles will be seen in sweaters, dresses, fun trims, accessories and more.

Denim Styles

Every season, denim is the staple wardrobe item. Expand your denim collection with a pair of straight legged jeans, wide leg and yes, even printed.


No woman ever has enough shoes in her wardrobe. Look for spring styles in platforms and braided details.

Overall…It’s all about anything goes-

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8 Ways To Save On Amazing Toiletry & Beauty Products

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The average woman spends $313 a month on everything from haircuts to razors. But if you enjoy your beauty routines, you shouldn’t have to cut them out of your budget altogether! Using the best tricks to save here and there will help you hold onto your hard-earned cash while still finding excellent products. After talking to experts, we uncovered the best ways to do just that while spending less.

Nab 50 percent off makeup.

According to Heather Lovett, money-saving expert at Deal News, you should always track special deals on beauty products held by department stores. “It may seem like high-end cosmetics never go on sale, but most department stores offer special events where you can score them for a steal!” she says. “For example, at Macy holds a biannual 10 Days of Glam sale (this year, it was held from October 15 to 24), during which you can

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