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Day: February 1, 2024

“If you ask women about their clothes, they tell you about their lives.” That’s what Delia said after she and her sister, the late famed writer-director Nora Ephron, asked 100 of their friends “to tell us the stories of their clothes.” The sisters then synthesized those stories into a play called, “Love, Loss and What I Wore” (debuted off-Broadway in 2009). “Nora said the play is about identity,” that is, the identities we reflect or try to be through our clothing, shoes and accessories, Kristin Marguerite Doige wrote in Nora Ephron: A Biography.

“I tried spending quite a lot of money on a purse, the theory being that having an expensive purse would inspire me to become a different person,” Nora wrote in her bestselling book, I Feel Bad About My Neck.

“One of Delia’s contributions about high heels,” Doige continued, “provid(ed) thoughtful fodder for the ongoing problematic relationship women have with the things they must wear, want to wear, hate to wear, and need to wear as they perform their femininity at work and at home.”

Our clothing reflects, “who you were when you bought the thing, wore the thing, and most importantly, who or what you love, and perhaps lost in it,” Doige wrote. “It’s about relationships – not with the clothes themselves, but with the people they represent – mothers, sisters, daughters, husbands, lovers.”

I’d add that what we wear for “work” reflects how we identify with

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We are fortunate to live in a time when a forever home can be delivered to our preferred location fully packed and ready for residential bliss throughout the year. The Harbour Seal is one of the most impressive 30-foot (9.1 meters) tiny homes ever built – it’s not just about the fabulous layout but finely-tuned customization that seems to bring this home to life.

It was a bold decision to have a new home built from scratch during the pandemic, but the couple who now owns the Harbour Seal knew exactly what they wanted. By December 2021, the gorgeous Harbour Seal arrived safely at its destined location on the Central Oregon Coast.

The location itself had a significant impact on this home’s build and personality. On the one hand, it had to be reliable and equipped to withstand the region’s typical weather conditions, starting with top-notch insulation and all the way to sturdy tile and flooring.

On the other hand, the unique coastal beauty was reflected in the custom artwork that elevated the home’s style – an adorable placard with a smiling harbor seal and an intricate loft railing displaying an ocean landscape with the fun addition of a hiking Sasquatch. Both artworks were custom-made by local artisan Wroughtenart.

The Harbour Seal

Photo: Rewild Homes

These beautiful details only added to the Harbour Seal’s unique charm and flawless configuration with two loft rooms, a large kitchen, a cozy living area, and a surprisingly big bathroom next to a separate dressing room. The Rewild Homes team took full advantage of the overall length to ramp up functionality. It’s rare to find a tiny house in this size category with both a full U-shaped kitchen and a walk-through bathroom.

The kitchen takes up almost half of the ground-floor space. The U-shaped layout also allows it

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Here’s how to get that viral ‘mob wife’ look

Say goodbye to the clean girl look, because the “mob wife” aesthetic has officially entered the chat as the hottest trend of 2024 thus far.  It all started in early January when Canadian blockchain product developer Kayla Trivieri posted a now-viral TikTok video in early January declaring that “bold glamour is making a comeback.” The video has since been viewed over 1.7 million times, and people have been jumping on the look that calls for going big across the board: voluminous hair, punchy makeup colors, blinged-out jewelry and long manicures.

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Key pieces to incorporate into your ‘mob wife’ aesthetic 

To achieve this aesthetic, think outfits and beauty looks inspired by Carmela Soprano in “The Sopranos” or Elvira Hancock in “Scarface.” The look is marked by opulent clothing choices — (faux) fur coats, large gold jewelry — and bold beauty looks including bright red lipstick, long red or French manicured nails, winged eyeliner and voluminous hairstyles. 

To help you nail this vibe, we’ve culled 10 showstopping beauty items and wardrobe pieces. The best part: Every single one is available on Amazon.

Best beauty products for the ‘mob wife’ aesthetic

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Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso

For a vibrant and classic red lip color that won’t budge for six hours, try this liquid formula by Stila. The full-coverage product has a creamy, matte finish and it provides good moisture for your lips while you wear it. 

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Kenra Volume Spray 25

This fast-drying and flake-free hairspray will give you plenty of volume and hold to create large and loud hairstyles. Still, it leaves

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Reggie Wells, a celebrity makeup artist from Baltimore, was Oprah Winfrey’s makeup artist for three decades. (Courtesy of Reggie Wells)

Wells also did makeup work for former first lady Michelle Obama and actress Halle Berry, but he was equally comfortable transforming the faces of senior members of a retirement community in Park Heights

Reggie Wells loved to recall how he would “beat the face” of celebrities — a positive slang term among makeup artists that meant applying makeup flawlessly to their skin.

And he beat the faces of the best, including Beyoncé, Halle Berry and former first lady Michelle Obama. Oh yeah, and he was also Oprah’s longtime personal makeup artist for 30 years.

Wells’ makeup work took him to South Africa, Australia and the Middle East, but the Baltimore native was equally comfortable transforming the faces of senior members of a retirement community in Park Heights. Wells died Monday after a long illness. He was 76.

The third oldest of seven children, Wells was the son of John Henry Wells, a bus driver, and Ada Wells, who worked as a nurse. He grew up in Baltimore County.

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A graduate of Baltimore City College and MICA, Wells became an art teacher in Baltimore in the mid-1970s before moving to New York City, where he pursued his dream of becoming a makeup artist. There, he mastered his craft by working at makeup counters before catching the eye of a fashion editor and eventually working with Glamour, Life and Harper’s Bazaar magazines. But it was at Essence magazine where he did makeup for models and celebrities on more than 100 covers. That work resulted in his work with Winfrey and other major Black female entertainers.

In 1995, he won the Daytime Emmy Award for

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