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Paris Achen

Paris Achen writes stories about fashion and education with the motto that a frugal fashionista must be a well-educated one.

Her blog weaves together commentary on fashion, beauty and fun, frugal tips on how to net the looks on the catwalk. You will find perspectives on what’s happening locally as well as musings on cultural, social, historical, economic and political forces that influence designers’ creations and our daily wear.

Try a repurposed necklace to defeat wardrobe boredom

When you’re bored with your wardrobe, consider buying a piece of jewelry that will make your old clothes seem new. Grants Pass jewelry designer Maria Sparks has mastered the concept of old-to-new. Droves of Art in Bloom revelers patronized her stand at downtown Medford’s annual spring festival last weekend to fawn over necklaces made out [...]

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Do-it-yourself haute couture

There’s a point in every teenage girl’s life when she wants to stop fitting in and start standing out. Kinsey Sutherland, a senior at Eagle Point High School, had reached that point by the time she began considering what to wear for prom, which happens tonight. I wrote about her decision to sew her own [...]

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Ginger Rogers’ life in clothes

Actress Ginger Rogers’ friends gave her the nickname “Pinky” because pink was her favorite color, according to Rogers’ personal secretary Roberta Olden. Her fondness for the color was apparent Sunday in a fashion show displaying 20 of Rogers’ personal gowns at Medford’s Rogue Valley Country Club. The show was held to benefit Southern Oregon Historical Society. [...]

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Sip some fashion nostalgia Sunday

Travel back in time to Hollywood’s Golden Age and take a peek in starlet Ginger Rogers’ wardrobe at a tea and fashion show Sunday to benefit Southern Oregon Historical Society. The show features 20 of Rogers’ personal gowns, including one she wore on the Bob Hope Show. The event, which includes a tea and silent auction, [...]

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“One Haute Night in April”

The cold weather has overstayed its welcome in Southern Oregon. Spring says it’s time for a change. A clothing change, that is. Warm up at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Waterstone Spa & Salon’s “One Haute April Night” fashion show at the Ashland Springs Hotel, 236 E. Main St. Models, including Mrs. Oregon 2011 Aspen Droesch, [...]

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Show off that neglected vintage slip

A vintage slip’s femininity and simplicity are easy to admire and hard to resist. However, its practicality was, in my mind, largely in question until last weekend when I paid a visit to Portland’s N.E. Alberta Street, a local fashion design hotspot. My coral-colored vintage slip, made of lace and nylon, dated back to nearly [...]

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Blame fashion for the latest dictionary addition

Ten years after making their way into mainstream American fashion, primarily by riding on Brittany Spears’s bottom, low-rise jeans have made their mark on the Oxford English Dictionary. Last week, the dictionary inaugurated the word, “muffin top,” into its pages, along with “OMG,” the text message abbreviation for “Oh my god” and “LOL,” which stands [...]

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Travel in fashion

My traveling mantra: Never do, eat or buy anything I can find at home. Buying local is not only kinder to the environment and the local economy; it also adds a unique flavor to your travel experience. So when I travel to a new city I try to check out what’s local, including fashions created [...]

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Priceless tip for bagging pricey shoes

I began to notice the ramifications of my penchant for cheap high-heeled shoes around the age of 30. Pumps and lofty boots had been daily wear for me since my teenage years, except during jogs and trips to the gym. About three years ago, my steadily expanding bunions and frequent dorsal tendonitis flare-ups prompted me [...]

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Fascinators have fascinated for 300 years

With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner and incomprehensibly depressing news out of Japan, it might be time for a pick-me-up on Thursday, March 17. One way to get in a festive mood on St. Patrick’s Day or any other day is to wear a fascinator, an accessory with a long history that’s had a comeback in the [...]

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