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Take it to Market

Take it to Market

The wait is over: Gearhart's Fine Chocolates, in the Main Street Market, recently debuted its dark chocolate caramels, which owner Tim Gearhart says customers have been requesting for years.

Fall 2010: Then she found Nia

Fall 2010: Then she found Nia

 To see Anne Wolf lunging and leaping across the wooden floor at ACAC’s Downtown Nia studio, flashing her warm, Rosanna Arquette-like smile and leading other dancers in a carefree, easygoing style, you’d hardly believe this top UVA health researcher once called herself “Type A.”  Nia instructor Anne Wolf, 48, puts on the moves at the […]

Going to health

Going to health

 There are a lot of ways I could blame my eating habits on other people: My Mennonite grandmother, for instance, thinks mayonnaise is an acceptable topping on salads; the highlight of my family reunions is the chocolate buffet to which everyone contributes; a classic dinner growing up was “Chunky soup and rice,” for which one […]

NEW! February 2010: Tickled pink

NEW! February 2010: Tickled pink

Play around:   Try a shorter skirt over a longer dress to give your outfit a bit more dimension. Or, match your umbrella and rainboots to pull your look together, tip to toe. CLICK TO ENLARGE Laura Dillon wears a Cynthia Vincent hot pink slip dress from Eloise ($280; 219 W. Water St., 295-3905); an […]

February 2010: Instant Decorator

February 2010: Instant Decorator

Let us help shed some, er, light on your inner decorating genius. This month’s project is a simple chandelier, made with beads and yarn, that’s fully customizable to match your décor. Bright, no? Materials: Clear beads; thick string (or yarn); metal hoops in two sizes, one large and one small; hanging light bulb. Tools: Scissors, […]

How to sue Halsey Minor

How to sue Halsey Minor

When ground broke on the Landmark Hotel nearly two years ago, developer Halsey Minor said it would be “like nothing people have ever seen.” Boy, oh boy, have truer words never been spoken. Since then, Minor’s been involved in a slew of nasty lawsuits, the most recent of which involved a refiled suit against former […]

January 2010: Instant Decorator

January 2010: Instant Decorator

We don’t know about you, but here at Instant Decorator, we keep magazines lying around for months. (Being the crafting mavens we are, we just know that someday they’ll come in handy!) Luckily, this month’s craft puts them to good use. You can make this project exactly as we did, or come up with other […]

Stink balm

Been spending too much time in a smoky private club (not, I repeat, not a restaurant)? When you get home, do you smell like an ash tray? Here are some simple tips to get your garments smelling fresh and clean.   First, simply try washing the clothes. Use your favorite detergent (though a few Internet […]

December 2009: Instant Decorator

December 2009: Instant Decorator

  Crafter’s Christmas The last thing we here at Instant Decorator wish for you this season is to be boring. When you dig out your holiday regalia and find that old evergreen wreath with holly berries that you tucked away last winter, you’ll realize that it’s missing some originality. This month’s project is a little […]

November 2009: What's New

November 2009: What's New

Leather gloves with fur trim by Floriana from T.J. Maxx ($49.99; 1850 Rio Hill Ctr., 974-7410) Glove love No, it’s not a novel concept: When the weather turns cold and your paws feel frosty, you turn to your mittens for comfort. But what if, instead of your plain old knit hand warmers, you threw on […]

November 2009: Is it hot in here?

November 2009: Is it hot in here?

Night moves Meredith Heiderman, at Clifton Inn (1296 Clifton Inn Dr., 971-1800), wears a Wild Indigo Chemise from Anthropologie ($58; 1207 Emmet St. N, 295-1749); a plum Laurie B sweater from Elsie Garden ($212; S. 109 First St., 979-2888); an 18k yellow gold “Apostrophe” pendant ($595) and 18k yellow gold earrings with Moldavite and diamonds […]

November 2009: Instant Decorator

November 2009: Instant Decorator

Put your stamp on it Kind of like a buffet table on Thanksgiving, we here at Instant Decorator like to give you options. This month’s project does just that: Use this fabric-stamping technique on hankies (they make a nice stocking stuffer), shower curtains, window coverings, table cloths…even bed skirts! Since the holidays are coming up, […]