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There's no need to rough it during an outdoors adventure if your budget can afford the latest in high-end camping equipment and clothing.


Suzette Voyda was a stay-at-home mom, ready to get back into the workforce after raising three kids. Samantha was one of those kids, finished with college and anxious to start a career in fashion. Together the pair opened Zoe Boutique, an upscale women's clothing store in Springfield's Piper Glen Plaza.



The birth of J. Parkes Originals can be summarized in numbers: 1,700 earrings and $2,000 more than 20 years ago.



Laura Davis and Amy Robbins laugh that the best part of their job is helping to assemble other people’s wardrobes.


As our winter worsens, the fashion industry steps it up a notch. Boots may be expensive for winter, but don't consider it a pricey accessory. It is an investment in your feet.

Classic furs don't go out of fashion. The new styles include different colors, leather insets and beads and crystals, but they still retain the tried-and-true lines that master furriers have used through the years.

The weather outside may not be frightful just yet, but stores around the capital city are already beginning to display their fall and winter coats.  So if you're seeking outerwear that will keep you feeling warm and looking cool the next few months, there's no time like the present to start perusing the retail racks.

If you really want to know what time it is, you have a lot of choices in timepieces. However, if you are a watch enthusiast, you might be a tad more particular.

For this season of parties and outdoor weddings, a sundress is a functional and fashionable wardrobe essential.

Guys who are updating their wardrobes this spring might want to start from the bottom and work up.

Shoes may not make the man, but they have a big effect on how he looks and feels, says Springfield's men's clothing expert Marc Maslauski, owner of Jim Herron Ltd. for the past three years.

Don't pay attention to size when shopping for jeans: It's strange advice from the denim expert at Bella Boutique. But Sarah Engelbrecht has spent nearly three years helping women find the perfect jeans, and she knows that size is just a number.


There might have been a time when shopping for maternity clothes wasn't the most exciting of experiences, but today, being pregnant is chic and in style. The current maternity fashion is proof.



Almost counterintuitive to the fickle nature of fashion, the little black dress has withstood every trend with its timeless simplicity. In fact, the simpler the style, the more longevity a little black dress has.

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