Classic aptitude: Tulsan Trey Thaxton begins Greenwood Ave. model to mix type with substance | Life-style

The Greenwood Ave. brand has become a favorite of many for its mix of vintage flair with a keen eye on today’s fashion.

founder Trey Thaxton is the man behind this brand, and he’s sporting the classic BWS bomber at his 19&21 pop-up inside Mother Road Market. Look for the shop through mid-February.

Greenwood Ave. began in 2018 with T-shirts sporting logos from landmark businesses destroyed in the 1921 Massacre. “There’s more meaning than just looking cool,” Thaxton says. It’s the conversations and stories these designs ignite that’s really the goal, he says.

Since its inception, the clothing line has expanded to include sweatshirts, jackets and accessories for women and men. A children’s line might be in the future, he adds. He’s especially proud of a recent partnership with Legion cycling team and the brand’s expansion outside of Tulsa.

Thaxton originates the designs for Greenwood Ave., and the majority of the products are screen printed here in Tulsa.

“Whatever I touch or do has to have meaning,” he says. Take the shop — along with Greenwood Ave. brand items, Thaxton has mixed in products from other local, Black-owned companies. On the shelves today are candles from Subtle Home Co., barbecue sauce from Albert’s Gourmet Barbecue Sauce and Zela roll-on pain relief.

Thaxton hopes to open 19&21’s brick-and-mortar in the Greenwood District this year, which will give him even more opportunities to give back to the community. Right now, 10% of all Greenwood Ave. Sales go to north Tulsa community efforts. Recent recipients have included Oasis Fresh Market and Crossover Preparatory Academy. “For me it’s about uplifting other people,” he says.

Tulsa favourites


Date night with wife ambergris means getting a babysitter for their two children, grabbing some sushi and catching a movie at Cinemark Tulsa.


the Rainbow cab design is one Thaxton’s favourite. The nostalgic logo was one of the first he put on Greenwood Ave. Clothing back in 2018.


Thaxton loves to browse the sneaker selection at silhouette. Store owner Venita Cooper has carried Greenwood Ave. products from the beginning.

Off-grid treehouse model villas make up this eco-resort that takes inspiration from Mobula Rays

Playa Viva is a ecosort in Juluchuca, Mexico consisting of off-grid tree house style villas with roofs shaped like the wings of Mobula Rays.

The beauty of biophilic architecture is that nature provides the blueprint. In environments with dense foliage and uneven terrain, the integration of the natural landscape with the location of the building helps define the floor plan parameters and structural shape of the building. The biophilic architecture immerses guests in nature and artfully dissolves the barrier between outdoor and indoor spaces. Atelier Nomadic, a Rotterdam-based architecture firm specializing in biophilic architecture, designed Playa Viva, an eco-resort village of treehouse-style villas that places guests directly on the Pacific Ocean breakers in Juluchuca, Mexico.

Designers: Atelier Nomadic

Contrary to their usual approach, Atelier Nomadic had to meet online with the client behind Playa Viva due to the pandemic restricting travel. From these virtual workshops, Atelier Nomadic architects envisioned the structural shape of Playa Viva to replicate the curved wings of a Mobula Ray. A familiar sight on the shores of Mexico, Mobula Rays seem to embody Atelier Nomadic’s mission to incorporate nature into their designs, as well as the spirit of Playa Viva. The hyperbolic and paraboloid shaped roof works like a giant umbrella, offering complete protection from the blazing sun and heavy rain. At the opposite end, each treehouse villa stands on a cluster of wooden stilts that support the larger bamboo dwelling.

Guadua bamboo was chosen for its rapid regeneration process and includes the construction of the main living volume, roof structure, facade louvers and ceiling of each villa. In the main living area, guests will find the master bedroom and pristine views of the sea while enjoying the natural cross ventilation provided by the bamboo louvers. In addition to Guadua, fishpole bamboo was used to create the walls and siding of the Playa Viva annex. Cumaru wood was chosen for the flooring in each structure. In the outbuildings, Atelier Nomadic placed the bathroom and additional sleeping accommodation or a lounge area.

As part of Playa Viva’s eco-resort appeal and mission, each villa is completely self-sufficient, collecting energy from the sun to power all facilities and amenities. Working closely with the local community, Playa Viva supports health and education services for the local people and works year-round to restore the surrounding land. Playa Viva provides access to the rugged, untouched beauty of Mexico’s land and also works hard to protect it through La Tortuga Viva Turtle Sanctuary, a non-profit organization rooted in sea turtle conservation.

Neon indicators are again in fashion. This time, as dwelling decor

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You might expect to see a neon sign outside a bar or even on the wall of a hip restaurant for that Instagram-perfect moment, but how does it fare as home decor? People across the United States and around the world are putting up neon signs in their homes.

Advances in LED technology have made neon signs cheaper and easier than ever to make, so now is the perfect time to buy.

What are neon signs?

Real neon signs use glass tubes that are heated and bent into shape by hand. The tubes are filled with gases that react with an electric current flowing through the tube, causing it to glow. Different gases produce different colors. While true neon has a vintage appeal, signs of this type are expensive to manufacture, power hungry, and contain potentially toxic chemicals, albeit in amounts too small to cause harm if the sign shatters and releases them.

Many modern neon signs are not made using the true neon method. Instead, they use acrylic tubes filled with LED lights. This method is known as LED neon. While some people still prefer real neon signs, and undeniably a significant amount of skill and craftsmanship goes into their manufacture, LED neon is significantly cheaper to buy and run.

Are neon signs just advertising?

While neon signs have traditionally been for advertising, that certainly doesn’t mean they’re just for advertising. You can find all kinds of neon signs. Some feature words, some feature images, and others include both. However, some people like to collect or display vintage neon signs that were originally used for advertising purposes, especially from well-known brands like Coors or Coca-Cola.

Can I buy custom neon signs?

Yes, some companies that make neon signs offer custom signs, which is ideal if you want a personalized sign. You can have signs personalized with any text you want, be it your name, a joke in your household or anything else you would like on a neon sign.

How to showcase neon signs as home decor

You can put neon signs on your wall in the same way as a Picture Frame. Large neon signs usually need to be fixed to the wall with special hardware, but smaller neon signs can be hung on a picture hook or work with command bars. Some small neon signs even come with stands so you can place them on a shelf or credenza if you prefer to hang them on the wall. If you’re wondering if a neon sign will look good with the rest of your home decor, don’t worry too much. Neon signs stand out in neutrally decorated rooms or add an extra focal point in rooms that are already boldly decorated.

The best neon signs

Kukuu Do What You Love Neon Sign

This is the perfect sign for anyone who needs a reminder to keep going with a hobby or calling they love, or just a reminder to make time for more joy in their life.

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Vifulin Lightning Bolt LED Neon Light

This LED neon light is shaped like a lightning bolt and looks great in all types of homes. It comes on a stand so you don’t have to hang or mount it. It’s also available in a choice of three colors.

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Isaac Jacobs LED Neon Pink Rose

Isaac Jacobs LED Neon Pink Rose

This LED neon rose is an excellent choice if flowers are your thing. It’s great for avid plant parents or anyone who likes the look of roses. It is USB powered and extremely cheap to run.

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Lucunstar neon sign in the shape of a beer

Lucunstar neon sign in the shape of a beer

Shaped like a frothy beer mug, this is the ideal neon light for college dorms or a home bar.

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LC Signs Custom Neon Sign

LC Signs Custom Neon Sign

Customize your own neon sign with up to three lines of text. If you want to say something that just needs to be displayed in lights on your wall, here’s your chance.

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Lumoonosity flame neon sign

Lumoonosity flame neon sign

This affordable neon sign can liven up any space with extra bright LED lights. It’s available in either plain red or red and yellow and comes with an adhesive to easily stick it to the wall.

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LDGJ Neon Signs Paradise Palm Tree Neon Light

LDGJ Neon Signs Paradise Palm Tree Neon Light

Featuring a flamingo, palm tree and the words It’s 5 AM Somewhere, this sign is an excellent choice for a home bar or lounge. This is a real neon sign, so it costs a little more than some, but it’s worth it.

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Lauren Corona writes for BestReviews. BestReviews has helped millions of consumers simplify their purchasing decisions, saving them time and money.

Serving type with a aspect of shenanigans – Shannonigan’s Hair Shack opens its doorways | Information

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – There’s a new salon in town, and it’s serving up style with a side of gimmicks!

Shannonigan’s Hair Shack had its grand opening on Saturday! It is located in the city center of Haute in Terre Haute!

The salon offers cuts, colors, perms, waxes and cosmetic services.

Lifelong stylist Shannon Daughtery had been considering opening a salon for years, and she says the stars have finally aligned…

“It’s very emotional, exciting, overwhelming, all — all at the same time,” Daughtery said.

The salon is currently looking for hairstylists and barbers interested in working in a fun environment!

Janet Jackson’s Fashion Evolution All through Her Profession: Images

Janet Jackson turned heads at the 1977 American Music Awards in a colorful dress adorned with tufts of tulle and a statement hat.

Janet Jackson in 1977.

Janet Jackson onstage at the 1977 American Music Awards

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Even at 10 years old, Janet Jackson was a force to be reckoned with. 

In a YouTube video posted by an account named Moonwalker, Michael Jackson invited his younger sister onstage at the 1977 American Music Awards as part of a brief comedy bit while co-presenting alongside Fred Allen Berry and Lola Falana. 

On her brother’s cue, Jackson strutted onto the stage in a bright yellow and pink gown with bedazzled accents weaving across the front. The dress and matching hat also featured layers of tulle that added a textured dimension to the look. 

Although Jackson wasn’t given any lines, the laughter and clapping from the crowd showed that she stole the show. 

Jackson wore bright and eye-catching colors when she played Millicent “Penny” Gordon on “Good Times.”

Janet Jackson wore bright and eye-catching colors while she played Millicent

Janet Jackson joined the cast of “Good Times” in 1977.

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Jackson’s first major Hollywood role was in 1977 when she was cast to play Millicent “Penny” Gordon on the beloved sitcom “Good Times.”

Jackson’s attire on the show mimicked the bold color palette prevalent throughout the 1970s, including in this portrait photo of the cast. Her dress, paired with knee-high socks and a matching bow, was definitely in step with the style of the time. 

In 2012, Jackson told Anderson Cooper that a “Good Times” wardrobe staffer suggested she bind her chest and a producer once said she was “too heavy.”

“I was getting dressed for the very first episode — now this is my first time away from my family,” Jackson said. “The wardrobe lady, while she was dressing me, said I had to put bandages around [my] chest.” 

“I immediately thought, as I am isn’t good enough,” she said. 

Jackson teased her fierce, tough side with a simple black T-shirt and jeans in the “Pleasure Principle” music video.

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Janet Jackson’s music video for “Pleasure Principle” was released in 1986.

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Jackson began to show different layers to her style repertoire in 1986 with her smash album, “Control.” 

The music video for “Pleasure Principle,” which won best choreography at the 1988 MTV Video Music Awards, featured Jackson dancing around an empty loft in a black T-shirt and black jeans that were cinched at the waist with a belt. 

While Jackson’s ensemble is simple, the attire alongside the song’s catchy lyrics and choreography have cemented the project in music history. 

Jackson solidified herself as a fashion icon by wearing the legendary “Rhythm Nation” outfit.

Janet Jackson receives a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

Janet Jackson wore a variation of her “Rhythm Nation” ensemble to receive a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star in April 1990.

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By 1989, Jackson had officially forged a successful path outside of her brothers’ accomplishments. The release of her fourth studio album, “Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814,” catapulted her straight to the top. 

While the song received many accolades, it’s her military-style uniform featured in the “Rhythm Nation” music video that’s continued to transcend decades. The outfit included a cropped black jacket with 80s-style shoulder pads, silver buckles, a leather collar, and black pants paired with matching boots. 

Jackson finished the look off with a ponytail and a black baseball cap that had the phrase “1814.”  

Other artists have paid homage to Jackson’s outfit, including in 2014 when Beyonće, and her daughter Blue Ivy, channeled Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson for Halloween. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt also mimicked the outfit in 2015 when he performed on Paramount Network’s TV series “Lip Sync Battle.”

Janet Jackson punctuated her “Poetic Justice” era with long box braids and cinched light-wash jeans.

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Janet Jackson starred alongside rapper Tupac Shakur in the 1993 film, “Poetic Justice.”

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Jackson’s iconic box braids became a staple of her style in the early 1990s. Around that time, Jackson filmed and starred in the 1993 film “Poetic Justice” directed by the late John Singleton, alongside rapper Tupac Shakur, and Regina King. The movie also featured poetry by Maya Angelou. 

In the film, Jackson sported a black, long-sleeve shirt with a square neckline and a pair of light-wash jeans cinched with a belt. Her box braids were topped off with a black newsboy hat. 

Tanisha Ford, author of “Dressed in Dreams” and associate professor of Africana Studies and History at the University of Delaware, spoke to HelloBeautiful in 2019 about the significance of Jackson’s box braids for Black people. 

“When I think box braids, I think Janet Jackson’s character in poetic justice,” Ford told the outlet. “Box Braids have always been a part of the culture from as long as I can remember, some version of them … but when Janet Jackson wore them, it elevated those braids to a certain level of like Black girl glam that is still felt every day and around the way in ways that we all wanted them.”

Jackson was a vision of white at the Grammy Awards in 1993.

Janet Jackson in 1993.

Janet Jackson at the 35th Annual Grammy Awards.

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While still rocking the “Poetic Justice” box braids, Jackson attended the 35th Annual Grammy Awards that same year in a captivating all-white, double-breasted pantsuit.

She elevated the look by also wearing silver jewelry and a white headscarf to style her braids in a flowing updo.

Jackson’s textured outfit in the “Scream” music video later sold for big bucks.

Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson wore all-black in her and Michael Jackson’s 1995 music video, “Scream.”

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In 1995, Jackson and her brother, Michael, attempted to dominate the music industry with their single, “Scream.” Jackson garnered attention for her shaggy tresses and dark makeup in the music video. 

The two wore matching black textured long sleeve shirts and black leather pants. 

Rolling Stone reported that the clothes fetched $125,000 as part of the “​​Iconic Treasures From the legendary Career and Life of Janet Jackson” sale with Julien’s Auctions in 2011. 

One of Jackson’s more eye-catching ensembles came after her sixth studio album, “The Velvet Rope,” in 1997.

One of Jackson's more eye-catching ensembles came after the release of her sixth studio album,

Janet Jackson wore this outfit while performing in 1997 at the Smash Hits Poll Winners’ Party at the London Arena.

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Around the time she released her sixth studio album, “The Velvet Rope,” Jackson’s style did a 180° turn when she dyed her naturally dark hair orange. While performing at the Smash Hits Poll Winners’ Party at the London Arena, she styled her hair in a series of smaller ponytails to highlight the new color.

Jackson also donned a punk rock-inspired fit created out of what appears to be a sheer black top, a cut-up red bustier with small strings of jewelry hanging across the front, dark cargo pants, and chunky boots. 

The outfit was completed with a large gold necklace that acted as a pseudo collar. 

Jackson continued to play with her hairstyle while performing on “The Velvet Rope Tour.”

Janet Jackson performs on stage in 1998.

Janet Jackson performed on “The Velvet Rope Tour” from 1998 to 1999.

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“The Velvet Rope Tour” lasted from 1998 to 1999 and visited audiences across the globe.

Jackson kept her fierce persona going by wearing a cropped double-breasted jacket with prominent sleeve cuffs, a striped waistcoat peeking out from underneath, and wide-leg pants.

Her dark bangs featured glimpses of red as a possible nod to her previous dye job.

Jackson looked straight out of “The Matrix” while on the red carpet in 2000.

Janet Jackson in 2000.

Janet Jackson at the MTV Movie Awards in 2000.

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Keanu Reeve’s performance as Neo in the 1999 film “The Matrix” was a pop-cultural phenomenon, so it’s no surprise celebrities dove into the futuristic, post-apocalyptic aesthetic that transfixed Hollywood at the time. 

Jackson’s red carpet outfit at the 2000 MTV Movie Awards may have been a small homage, as she wore a floor-length leather gown topped with a leather trench coat. 

During the event, Jackson presented Keanu Reeves with an award for best male performance for his work in the film. 

Jackson shined in gold and yellow hues when honored as an MTV Icon in 2001.

Janet Jackson in 2001.

Janet Jackson at “MTV Icon: Janet Jackson” in 2001.

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By 2001, Jackson had been in the entertainment industry for more than 20 years, prompting MTV to pay tribute to the international superstar. According to IMDb, Jackson was the inaugural “MTV Icon” honored at the network. 

Jackson was escorted onstage by André 3000 and Big Boi of Outkast while they sang a “Ms. Jackson” rendition of their hit song for the crowd. Jackson donned a shiny gold crop top and suede wide-leg pants adorned with flower designs and fringe. 

The event included several stars who covered Jackson’s classics, including Destiny’s Child, *NSYNC, Pink, Usher, and Mya. 

Jackson’s Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime Show outfit is unforgettable.

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Jackson Jackson performed with Justin Timberlake at the Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime Show.

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In 2004, Jackson performed alongside a number of artists — including P. Diddy and Nelly — at the Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime Show, which became one of the most infamous Super Bowl performances to date. 

When it came time to perform “Rhythm Nation,” Jackson appeared onstage in a black bustier decorated with small metal pieces woven throughout the fabric, wide pants, and boots. The ensemble was elevated with pops of red across Jackson’s chest and on her fingernails. 

At one point during the “Rock Your Body” duet with Justin Timberlake, he accidentally tore Jackson’s costume, which bared her breast on live TV.  Jackson, Timberlake, and MTV all released statements following the incident. 

Insider’s Kim Renfro previously reported on how the incident changed the trajectory of Jackson’s career following the backlash.

Jackson sported some ombré action while attending the Alexander McQueen boutique opening in 2008.

Janet Jackson  in 2008.

Janet Jackson at an Alexander McQueen store opening in 2008.

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Jackson appeared in a Kimono-style dress with a pink to purple ombré transition at the boutique opening. 

Jackson later paid tribute to McQueen with her outfit at the “Why Did I Get Married Too” premiere red carpet in March 2010. He died by suicide in February of that year. 

“[McQueen was the] very first fashion show I ever went to. He invited me to his show in the late 1990s in London. I’ve always been a fan of his,” Jackson said, People reported. “True genius, and I’m not using the word loosely at all.” 

Jackson celebrated her brother, Michael, after his death in 2009 in a black and white ensemble that mirrored her previous outfits.

Janet Jackson performs during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards in September 2009.

Janet Jackson performed a tribute to Michael Jackson just three months after his death.

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Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009, at his Holmby Hills home in Los Angeles. Three months later, the MTV Music Video awards paid homage to him with a tribute show that showcased his most iconic songs. 

About halfway through the performance, Jackson appeared onstage to do a rendition of “Scream.” Jackson donned what looked to be a black and white leather top with large shoulder pads, metal accents, and pants. 

Jackson’s outfit resembled her Super Bowl costume with the extra leather fabric placed overtop the pants. 

Jackson’s hair reached new heights when she dazzled at the 2018 Black Girls Rock! Awards.

Jackson's hair reached new heights when she dazzled at the 2018 Black Girls Rock! Awards.

Janet Jackson wore Christian Siriano to the Black Girls Rock! event.

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Jackson looked absolutely gorgeous when she walked across the Black Girls Rock! Awards show red carpet. 

She wore a dark blue ball gown adorned with black floral patterns and a sheer top to show some skin in a daring display. The dress featured a spiked body harness, and Jackson elevated her look by wearing her hair in a stretched top knot. 

Vogue reported that Christian Siriano designed the gown.

Ask Model and Substance: Sharing your struggles with others | Opinion

Dear Style & Substance,

I’ve been healthy most of my life and was recently diagnosed with having trouble navigating. I’ve shared it with a few people and had such mixed reactions and disturbing reactions that I feel like I should have kept it to myself. Could you talk about disclosure and support in these difficult circumstances?

It sounds like the support you requested wasn’t there for you and we’re sorry. Having been in good health all your life, now with a diagnosis and possible health problems, life is uncharted territory. You learn to adapt while your support people absorb and respond to this unexpected change. We have developed a few strategies that can be considered, rearranged, or set aside to bring insights to the deliverers and receivers of sensitive messages that require a deeply compassionate response.

CHECK YOURSELF: So what about you? How are YOU doing with this health change? A diagnosis pushes us to look at our lives differently; our past, present and future. It brings forth lingering emotions like fear and guilt. It can be used as a positive nudge to make the changes we can in order to live as healthily as possible. It is most important to question yourself, to become aware of what you are feeling and why, what your expectations were and are now, and perhaps how the information was passed on or unintentionally twisted by the listener.

PAUSE: During monumental (or even minimal) life changes and challenges, we always recommend pausing to reflect, reflect, and gain clarity about what your mind and body are telling you. When you rush to talk to others, you don’t have the time to thoroughly understand a diagnosis, treatment plan, or next steps. The pause is also a time to assess the risk of disclosure and to consider allowing people into your sacred circle. As you reset upcoming conversations, focus on three “whens”: share when you’re ready, when you’re feeling good, and when sharing serves a purpose. As you lead with these intentions, arrange your words of disclosure and how you receive the thoughts of those around you.

“Walking a mile in someone else’s shoes has less to do with the gait or the shoes; it’s about thinking how you think, feeling what you feel, and understanding why you are who and where you are. Every step is about empathy.” ~ Toni Sorenson

TEST THE WATER: When you don’t know how you’re feeling, sharing the words with a trusted friend can be as simple as that; an opportunity to clarify the what and why with the knowledge that the information will be considered with confidence and care. This one conversation can be rich in clues and words about how to share your diagnosis with adult children, friends, and extended family.

PAY ATTENTION TO TIMING: Unfortunately, timing is an important consideration when sharing this information. When you switch a conversation to something serious in the middle of a busy time or during a pleasant activity, the listener isn’t always willing to listen carefully or respond. Ask for a quiet time to speak, or ask the listener to come back at a later time. Everyone feels that they honor the other.

PLEASE PRIVACY: Consider and request discretion and confidentiality. News travels fast, making anonymity rare.

WHAT TO SHARE & WHAT TO KEEP: You don’t have to share everything or explain yourself too much; especially when others give you unwarranted advice about a direction you should take. So often the people closest to us want to solve problems to help us feel better and bring order to the unknown. When people underreact or overreact, our nice selves should interpret that as trying and guessing how you’re feeling and what you might need. It is clarifying to say how high your level of concern or concern is at this moment.

GOING FORWARD: When you share a profound problem with someone, they need some information about the situation itself AND how you’re feeling about it. Giving people indicators gives them information about how and when to respond. Making a big deal or a small deal is something that needs to be validated.

“One day in the summer Frog wasn’t feeling well. Toad said, “Frog, you look pretty green.” “But I always look green,” said Frog. ‘I am a frog.’ “Today you look very green even for a frog,” said Toad.” ~Frog and toad are friends, Arnold Lobel

Your family and friends are used to the fact that you are a strong, vital and healthy person. This adjustment will take time, patience, vulnerability, and humor—with a dash of deep honesty—to fully live with what a diagnosis can mean for your future.

Sally Meisenheimer and Michele Armani are the owners of style &substance, which offers life coaching and creative solutions. Meisenheimer and Armani are certified life coaches with many years of experience in health education, human resources development and teaching. Together they have been married for more than 60 years and have raised seven children. Email questions and comments to

Life and elegance with Erin Hicks – Sooke Information Mirror

– Words by Lia Crowe Photography by Darren Hull

The definition of good style means for Erin never trying to be someone else, knowing yourself and letting your own personality shine through in your style.

“My mom always had great style,” says Erin. “She always looks great no matter what she’s doing. She has greatly influenced my style over the years. She taught me to take care of myself, to be proud of my looks and not save clothes for special occasions – wear what you want and feel great every day.”

When asked what’s the best lesson she’s learned in the past five years, Erin says, “It’s to take care of yourself. Being a mom of three busy kids can be all consuming and draining, so you always have to make time to take care of yourself.”

Fashion & Beauty

Currently in great demand: Dior Vibe sneakers.

Favorite shoe: My CHANEL boots with chunky soles.

My absolute favourite: In winter I love my SENTALER coat.

Favorite day bag: I alternate between my large CHANEL flap, the CHANEL wallet on a chain (easiest and most versatile), and the Louis Vuitton bag.

Favorite piece of jewelry or favorite designer: Canadian jewelry designer Kim Smiley.

Fashion obsession: shoes.

Accessory you spend the most money on: wallets.

Whether fashion or beauty, the necessary indulgence: a good quality coat is a must.

Moisturizer: Molton Brown Serene Coco and Sandalwood.

Scent: Byredo Mojave Ghost.

Must-have hair product: Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast.

Beauty secret: lots of water and high-quality care products.

Style Inspirations & Life

Style icon: More of a lasting impression – Princess Diana danced with John Travolta at the White House in 1985 wearing a strapless blue velvet dress by Victor Gem and a pearl necklace. Truly unforgettable!

Favorite fashion designer or brand: CHANEL and Dior.

Era that inspires your style: Modern.

Favorite Cocktail or Wine: Currently in Checkmate Winery’s Little Pawn Chardonnay and Duckhorn Cab Sav.

Favorite flowers: Old roses and peonies.

Favorite city to visit: Paris.

Favorite app: Instagram.

Favorite place on earth: At home with my family.

reading material

What you read online for style: Instagram.

Favorite print magazine: Vogue.

Favorite style blogs: WeWoreWhat by Danielle Bernstein and Inthefrow by Victoria Magrath.

Illustrated book/photo book: Born to Ice by Paul Nicklen.

Last big read: The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan.

Book is reading: The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson.

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We’re witnessing dictatorship, American model

Joe Biden has gone where perhaps even Donald Trump feared treading — implying that any election his party doesn’t win would be illegitimate; more specifically, that November’s congressional elections cannot be considered free and fair (i.e., democratic) unless the Senate abolishes the filibuster to pass an electoral law it prefers.

But the filibuster is still there and the law wasn’t passed, meaning election procedures are still state-determined, and Republican-governed states will continue to conduct elections in ways that Democrats disapprove (and their voters approve) .

Drop boxes won’t be as ubiquitous or early voting days as plentiful as Democrats want and voter identification Democrats oppose and overwhelming majority of public favor will be in many places thanks to our autocracy masquerading as Democracy camouflages.

We are left with a lesson in the dangers of excessive rhetoric and absurd arguments when employed in the service of dubious, improbable ends.

By equating voter laws like those enacted in Georgia with “Jim Crow on steroids” and claiming that the only way to save democracy is for the Senate to pass bills that the Democrats favor and then to imply that upcoming elections would be illegitimate if that had not happened it was unlikely (and is not), Biden and henchmen have now caught themselves in an impasse from which they cannot easily get out.

Given the logic of their demands in the name of democracy, the Democrats have failed miserably in their attempt to save them. With 50 Republican and two Democratic Senators (combining a majority vote on a 100-strong body), what James Madison, Ben Franklin and Co. did in 1787 is now abruptly reversed.

Our system of self-government has produced an outcome that is destroying our system of self-government, at least in the increasingly strange world in which Democrats live.

The elections, scheduled for November, are still expected to take place, but if the Democrats really mean what they say, they will be mostly empty drills, akin to the charades used to be held in “people’s democracies.” In clueless imitation of dictators through the ages, Democrats claim that democracy is being sabotaged by “house enemies” and various subversive elements (which appear to include members of a democratically elected upper chamber of a bicameral legislature who oppose what Biden and his crew advocate ).

In short, there are few things more irresponsible than the President of the United States saying “it matters” when it comes to the legitimacy of our elections, with the implication that what matters is whether (a) you want to pass the bills and/or (b) our side wins or loses the vote count.

More broadly, it also seems odd to focus on voter ID requirements or too few dropboxes when we’ve witnessed the largest transfer of political power to government agencies and unelected public health bureaucrats in our nation’s history.

Whatever one thinks of lockdowns and mandates and vaccination cards as a way to fight a virus (and the suspicion is that historians and scientists will take a pretty keen view of all of that in time), there’s no denying that America is less democratic and free and therefore more is a more authoritarian position today than it was two years ago, and the overwhelming majority of the draconian measures that should have sent civil rights leaders into convulsions did not come from Republican governors, Republican congressmen, or even the great ogre Trump.

The thought arises that when it comes to preserving our system of self-government, we could worry less about less early election days or wannabe insurgents with face paint and buffalo horns and more about technocrats in white lab coats and clipboards; that the greater threat to democracy and freedom may emanate from what has come to be known as “safetyism,” in which a frightened, panicked people end up sacrificing their most cherished rights in pursuit of the illusory goal of absolute safety.

There is, then, something deeply surreal about claims of impending American authoritarianism coming from the same political party that banned Americans from attending church services or the funerals of their loved ones.

Whatever else can be said, it would be fair to say that democracy and freedom have not exactly been at the top of the Democratic Party’s value hierarchy of late, although they now present themselves as staunch defenders of it.

So we are in the third year of a major experiment in which we will determine whether liberties given up to combat a public health threat can eventually be regained in the same form.

We will also find out if those to whom we have given so much power will resist the will to power that has plagued so many human experiences and casually abandon it, or instead seek new crises to justify holding on to what they are acquired.

So maybe, just maybe, maybe, by and large, when it comes to continuing our republic, we have bigger concerns than having to use the last four digits of our social security number when voting.

Bradley R. Gitz, a freelance columnist who lives and teaches in Batesville, received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Illinois.

Vacation spot Moosehead Lake hosts 18th annual Chocolate Pageant drive-thru model

contributed January 27, 2022

GREENVILLE – Destination Moosehead Lake is proud to host the 18th Annual Chocolate Festival. Like last year, to ensure the safety and convenience of all participants, this year’s festival will be an online and drive-through event.

GREENVILLE – Destination Moosehead Lake is proud to host the 18th Annual Chocolate Festival. Like last year, to ensure the safety and convenience of all participants, this year’s festival will be an online and drive-through event. Boxes of 10 candies are available for $10 and children’s boxes for $5. Both include a selection of offerings from local bakers. All boxes must be paid for online in advance.

Online ordering is available now and must be completed by 12:00pm on February 16th with pickup on Sunday 20th February from 12:00pm to 3:00pm at Bartley’s Center Cove Events on 241st Street Pritham Avenue takes place.

Volunteers will be available on site to collect order information and deliver boxes to recipients. Participants do not need to enter the building at the time of pickup.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit

Destination Moosehead Lake is the official tourism organization for Maine’s famous Moosehead Lake region. Destination Moosehead Lake welcomes thousands of visitors to the area each year, answering questions and directing visitors to the many attractions the area has to offer and the businesses that make the Moosehead Lake area so special. The following cities are covered in our region: Rockwood, Greenville, Kokadjo, Lily Bay, Beaver Cove, Shirley, Monson and Abbot.

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Fashion Evolution: Fann Wong – TODAY

Fann Wong, who turns 51 today (Jan 27), sure has come a long way since her modeling days, when she became a household face after appearing in an Oil of Ulan commercial. Once known for her bold and experimental style (remember the lime green hot pants she wore to the 1996 Star Awards?), Fann’s fashion choices have toned down considerably since becoming a mother. Here are some of her most iconic looks.


We’d say Fann’s hair is cute, but we’re getting distracted by the poorly applied falsies on her lower lashes.

Star Awards 1996

Like Ann Kok, Fann made headlines when she turned up at the Star Awards in lime green hot pants and a see-through frilly blouse. Well, at least her legs look nice.

'Shopping' album covers (1998)

‘Shopping’ album covers (1998)

Ah, the 90s, when baggy cargo pants and tiny camisoles were the wardrobe staple of every burgeoning pop star.



Fann’s feathered layers and thin eyebrows take us right back to the turn of the millennium.

Shanghai Knights movie premiere (2003)

Shanghai Knights movie premiere (2003)

Business in front, party at the back! While Fann’s combination of a sexy handkerchief top and skirt isn’t ugly, we were expecting so much more for the gala premiere of her Hollywood movie.



Some wear their hearts on their sleeves. Fann wears her face on her, uh, swimsuit area.

Album autograph session (2005)

Album autograph session (2005)

Nothing about Fann’s look — from her cornrows, to her knit turtleneck, to her sequined dress — even matches.



When it comes to bell sleeves, Fann was way ahead of the curve.

Just Follow Law press conference (2007)

Just Follow Law press conference (2007)

Nothing in this look has aged well, save for Fann’s ever-youthful features.

Marking Miracles (2007)

Marking Miracles (2007)

Fann’s cool girl micro bangs are still very much on trend today.

Star Awards 2007 Show 1

Star Awards 2007 Show 1

We can’t help getting Beauty and the Beast vibes from Fann’s puffy-sleeved gold dress (not that Chris is the Beast, but anyway….)



Big hair, don’t care.

Goldheart press conference (2009)

Goldheart press conference (2009)

While Marilyn Monroe-inspired dresses never go out of style, this one’s uncanny resemblance to a folded top sheet detracts from its sophistication.

Levi's event (2009)

Levi’s event (2009)

Sorry Fann, you look more ah lian than ah jie in this get-up.

Wedding (2009)

Wedding (2009)

Fann literally took our breath away when she walked down the aisle in this Bollywood-inspired bejeweled gown specially designed by Bally. It was so unexpected, so refreshing, and so gorgeous.

Star Awards 2010 Show 2

Star Awards 2010 Show 2

That smokey eye is out of control. #KungFuFannda

Happy Go Lucky gala premiere (2010)

Happy Go Lucky gala premiere (2010)

Style inspiration: Bugis Village, circa 2004.

China TV Awards (2011)

China TV Awards (2011)

As much as we love her sexy back, none of Fann’s usual glamorousness could help her get away with looking like Big Bird.

Star Awards 2011 Show 1

Star Awards 2011 Show 1

Fann caused quite a stir when she turned up at the 2011 Star Awards in this revealing Gucci suit, which “conservative” hubby Christopher Lee had to approve of before she could wear it. Well, if you’ve got it, flaunt it!

Star Awards 2011 Show 2

Star Awards 2011 Show 2

Fann showed off her gorgeous gams in an embellished white minidress.

On The Fringe press conference (2011)

On The Fringe press conference (2011)

Looks like Fann decided to celebrate the Year of the Rooster six years early.

MNET Asian Music Awards (2011)

MNET Asian Music Awards (2011)

Catholic nun on top, Catholic school girl at the bottom, if you get what we mean.

Star Awards 2012 Show 1

Star Awards 2012 Show 1

Maybe it’s the bulky fringe dress or the ma jie hair, but we are not feeling this look at all.

Star Awards 2012 Show 1

Star Awards 2012 Show 1

Leave it to Fann to make a crumpled Ferrero Rocher wrapper look classy.

Star Awards 2012 Show 2

Star Awards 2012 Show 2

Any outfit that channels the Gold Power Ranger, however inadvertently, is a win in our books.

Tencent QQ Star Awards 2012

Tencent QQ Star Awards 2012

Pink animal print, unflattering silhouette, visible bra straps — truly, the whole of this outfit’s ugliness is greater than the sum of its parts.

Huading Awards (2012)

Huading Awards (2012)

While “jaunty” isn’t the first word we would associate with Fann, she pulled off this otherwise corny red carpet look with aplomb.

Photos: TPG

Star Awards 2013 Show 2

Star Awards 2013 Show 2

While we distinctly remember comparing Fann’s 2013 Star Awards look to Grover from Sesame Street, in retrospect, it beats looking like Big Bird.

Esquire 80th Anniversary Celebration Night (2013)

Esquire 80th Anniversary Celebration Night (2013)

Crazy Rich Asians personalized.

Star Awards 2014 Show 2

Star Awards 2014 Show 2

While Fann looked absolutely stunning in her flowy Bottega Venetta gown, it was her baby bump (hello Zed Zed!) that stole the limelight.

Marie France Bodyline ad (2015)

Marie France Bodyline ad (2015)

Before she popped in August 2015, Fann posed for a series of stunning ads for Marie France Bodyline, the most iconic of which is probably the one of her wrapped in cloth in the slimming center’s signature blue hue (the same fabric would later be featured again in Fann’s post-baby bod shoot). And what else can we say?

Marie France press conference (2015)

Marie France press conference (2015)

If only we could look this Fann-tastic five months after giving birth.

Singapore Fashion Week (2016)

Singapore Fashion Week (2016)

Fann screamed hot mama in leather at the Hardy Hardy show.

Photo: Hardy Hardy

Fendi Party (2017)

Fendi Party (2017)

Looking sweet and girly in a rust-coloured baby doll dress, Fann stunned at the reopening of Fendi’s boutique in Ngee Ann City.

Photo: Fendi

Doppleranger lensing ceremony (2017)

Doppleranger lensing ceremony (2017)

We love how Fann paired her tweed skirt suit with a Chanel sweat shirt and blue suede boots for a spunkier edge to the look.

Singapore Fashion Week

Singapore Fashion Week

Only Fann can make mom jeans look cool.

Photo: Singapore Fashion Week



The festive season is the only time we’d embrace matching family outfits, like the Lee family’s adorable elf-inspired one.

Doppleranger press conference (2018)

Doppleranger press conference (2018)

Fann looks absolutely radiant in this gorgeous sunshine yellow slip dress with a knot detail AND hidden pockets.

Cartier opening (2018)

Cartier opening (2018)

It’s incredible how a flash of the leg can look so elegant, as Fann demonstrates in a strapless gown at the Cartier opening at ION Orchard.

Photo: Catwalk Asia

Prada party (2019)

Prada party (2019)

From the studded shirt and purse, to the sheer skirt and knee-length stockings, we love everything about this naughty-meets-nice Prada look.

Star Awards 2019

Star Awards 2019

We’d been missing Fann at the Star Awards for a few years now, so seeing her back at the yearly grand affair felt especially nostalgic. And her nude sheer dress didn’t disappoint.

Star Awards 2019

Star Awards 2019

Hey Fann, C-3PO called and it wants its look back.

Walk With Me press conference (2019)

Walk With Me press conference (2019)

The sexy legs strike again. Fann looked like a vision of cool sophistication in this blue Valentino outfit that flaunted her gams to perfection.

'Arts in the City: We love SINGApore' launch (2019)

‘Arts in the City: We love SINGApore’ launch (2019)

Fann made an appearance at the launch of the ‘Arts in the City: We love SINGApore’ Exhibition, looking stylish in an oversized white sequin suit. Wished the pants were shorter, though.



Big Bird strikes again. Or is it Sally from LINE?



This bold and bright outfit from Moschino screams “go big or go home”.



Part girly and part #girlboss, Fann’s sheer dress and oversized blazer combo here is perfect for days when you’re in the mood to kill two looks with one outfit.



Fann takes masking up to a new level.



On Chinese New Year, Fann donned a stunning jacquard cheongsam that matched her floral display perfectly.