Ask a Designer: tips for flea-market shoppers

Written by The AP Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:35

The arrival of spring means that flea markets are reopening for business around the country. Shoppers will hunt for treasures amid acres of used goods. A few will come home with just the right vintage art or quirky piece of furniture to make their home more beautiful.

Jaime Rummerfield, co-founder of Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design in Los Angeles, sometimes mixes flea-market finds with high-end new furnishings to decorate the homes of her celebrity clients.

Not just St. Patrick: Ireland home to many saints

Written by HELEN O’NEILL,
AP writer
Friday, 28 February 2014 07:37

St. Patrick may have banished snakes and brought Christianity to Ireland, but perhaps his greatest feat was one of sheer endurance. After all, there were hundreds of other future saints roaming Ireland at the time, but Patrick is the one who gets the party.  

On March 17, Guinness will flow from Malin to Moscow, the Chicago River will run green and parades will be held worldwide to celebrate the fifth-century preacher and patron saint of Ireland.

Listen up, Santa: Audio gear tops gift lists

Written by The AP Tuesday, 24 December 2013 12:32

Listen up, Santa.

Headphones, speakers and other audio gear are topping the holiday gift lists of many Americans.

Ha, ha, ha: Comedy CDs and the gift of laughter

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Friday, 13 December 2013 07:31

The latest from Paula Poundstone. - PHOTO: Courtesy

Comedy albums, which peaked in popularity during the 1960s through the 1980s, are making a comeback. Late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon won a Grammy for (and bared his butt on the cover of) his comedy CD Blow Your Pants Off. A talented mimic and musician, in addition to being a genuinely funny guy, Fallon packed his Pants with his trademark parodies of popular songs and his spot-on imitations of singers such as Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. The disc features numerous guest artists, including Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake, Eddie Vedder and Stephen Colbert. On “Slow Jam the News,” featuring newscaster Brian Williams, Fallon asserts that the “President goes both ways on some issues.”

Game developers take up social issues at S.F. conference

Written by The AP Wednesday, 19 March 2014 09:37

The video game industry is taking itself more seriously.

Besides the usual talk of polygons, virtual worlds and artificial intelligence at this week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, there are discussions led by game makers about such socially conscious topics as designing for gamers with disabilities, battling depression at game studios and tackling hate speech in online game communities.

Outdoor gear expo has luxury for people and dogs

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 29 January 2014 19:28

Wilderness gear is going soft, and not just for people. Dogs are getting their own luxury outdoor items.

A trend at the world’s largest outdoor-gear trade show is equipment and apparel that’s also fashionable, easy to use or comfortable — from roomy spoon-shaped sleeping bags and pillow-top air mattresses to espresso makers and camp stoves that do double duty boiling water and charging electronic devices. Other vendors offer rugged leashes, life vests and even energy bars just for dogs.

Year in Review: 2013's key fashion moments

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 23 December 2013 04:32

It was a year for pixie haircuts, chunky flat shoes, bangs on our first lady and bare skin ... lots of it, on movie actresses and pop stars. Fashion always has its royalty, and this year, Kerry Washington was a queen. For real royalty, we had Kate Middleton, making the rest of us mortals feel a little better by flashing her mommy tummy. If Kate made us feel good, Lululemon didn't, when its chairman appeared to blame women's own bodies for problems with those popular yoga pants. A look back at these and other key fashion moments of 2013:

Rainbow of color headed down slopes this ski season

AP Fashion Writer
Monday, 09 December 2013 20:44

Bright is the new black when it comes to colors and styles for snow bunnies to look their best on the slopes.

The move to color in winter-sport outerwear follows a trend seen in clothing for other active pursuits, such as running, rock climbing and cycling.

Save face — get a beard transplant

Written by Will Pavia The Times / The Interview People Sunday, 02 March 2014 15:07

Some clients ask for beards resembling the whiskers of actor Jake Gyllenhaal

They hail from the trendy neighborhoods of Bushwick or Bedford-Stuyvscent, they hold jobs in advertising or Web design and they seem the very model of the modern Brooklyn hipster.

Ask a Designer: 2014 decor trends

Written by The AP Thursday, 09 January 2014 10:35

With a new year come new trends in home design and decorating. Among them: paler walls contrasted with colorful furniture, and plenty of personal expression, design experts say.


WiG Gift Guide: Sexy gifts

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Friday, 13 December 2013 07:35

Sexy gifts for the holiday. A WiG guide.

“Clinically confirmed” to be the only lubricant with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-yeast properties, Simply Slick is manufactured on Paul Ryan’s home turf — Janesville, Wis. It also is the only condom-safe oil-based lube.

Techgaze: Wireless audio gizmos under $500

AP writer
Friday, 22 November 2013 11:27

If “unplugged” acoustic music was a hallmark of the ‘90s, surely “wireless” listening is the big trend of the ‘10s.

Sure, we’ve been essentially wireless since the radio came out a century ago. But today’s Internet-connected mobile devices often require cords to hook up to accessories like speakers and headphones. And these cords can result in a knotty nightmare in your bag.