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What do Octo Mom, Snookie and Mayhem from the Allstate commercials all have in common? They were once very popular Halloween costumes. If these seem like random choices, it’s because they are. But some people, like Dave DeJac of DC Theatricks in Buffalo and Mike Smilanich of George and Company in Williamsville, have made it their business to track costume trends. Bot…

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The devastation of a break-up between two people who’ve shared a long, committed relationship is enough to make you never want to get serious with anyone again. It can be a long, sad process to carry out the break-up, followed by recovery time once the split is made. But what about a person you’ve shared maybe two or three weeks or dates with, but aren’t interested in p…

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Some people play games when they’re dating. To me, it’s more important to have game than to play them. Having game is about being self-aware and exhibiting self-control. It’s about having low to moderate expectations, being less concerned about the immediate outcome and maybe even acting a bit aloof. There are times I’ve had game in my single life, and times I have a…

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Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy. Here comes all our baggage, hangups, flaws and insecurities. This is the not-so-pretty side of dating, but knowing who you are and what you bring to the table is important. I’ve been doing my own soul searching lately, and have had a few realizations. I often behave badly on a first date with a guy I’m interested in. I proudly…

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When cabinetmaker John Thiesen gets his hands on a piece of wood, he lets the lumber tell its own story. “If I’m building a Mission-style vanity or turning a burl bowl on the lathe, I let the wood talk to me,” explained the master craftsman. His process depends on whom he’s working for. “I let the creative process flow when I’m doing design work for myself and all…

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Just when you finally grasped the concept of feng shui, there’s a new Eastern-inspired concept making an impact in the design world: Wabi sabi. A mash-up of two old Japanese words, over centuries it’s come to express an important philosophy. “‘Rustic elegance’ is a quick translation of wabi sabi,” said Josh Smith, co-owner of Buffalo’s Sato Restaurant Group, who has …

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Caroline Barr describes it as a lightning bolt: The moment she realized she was supposed to be a designer. From there, she says, everything sped up. She got her degree at arts-focused Villa Maria College; moved to Cape Cod; began working at a small furniture store and secured her first clients; then brought that experience back to Buffalo to be closer to family. Her wor…

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In my efforts to help people understand the opposite sex, I’ll share an interesting conversation I had with my friend Dave. Dave told me that women have always had an unfair advantage over men in matters of love and relationships. He said that from an early age, women’s magazines like Vogue and Cosmopolitan, with articles on “How to Land a Man” or “5 Tips to Make you a …

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What do you buy for the very first guy in your life? No pressure, but he deserves something spectacular that pairs well with his interests and personality. Whether he’s adventurous, loves to eat, enjoys reading or is always up on the latest tech trends, we have the perfect present to surprise your dad with this year — all locally made or sourced. For the dad who loves red…

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Until about 10 or 15 years ago, the most popular cosmetic procedure for men was a hair transplant. Today, men are having forehead and eye wrinkles smoothed, back and neck hair removed and excess fat around chins and other areas taken care of. Area doctors and providers of both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic services are noting an uptick in the number of Buffalo-a…

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Another Father’s Day, another gift-wrapped tie? Let Buffalo entrepreneur Shelden Gibbs help give your traditional Father’s Day gift a funky twist. At Classic Knot, Gibbs sells bow ties with an updated flair that only an 11-year-old could bring. Gibbs had been wearing the ties himself for years, but found the selection in men’s shops lacking in modern panache. He took…

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The times, they are a-changin’. And so should the old rules that make you second guess yourself and your strategies for finding love. Imagine a pool area full of singles all invited to the same party. Some wear a big hat and sunglasses, watching others splash around from afar (not trying). Some have taken off their sandals and stuck their feet in the water (open to dati…

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I’m inspired by feedback from readers who have bravely stepped back into the dating scene. I’ve also heard comments from those who’d like to…but are too nervous to face all the insecurities that come along with it. It’s not easy to find a match, but it can certainly be fun to try. Allow yourself the space to feel vulnerable, silly, nervous and maybe even disappointed at…

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The mere memory of a delicious meal amid the ambiance of a particular setting is no longer enough to commemorate an occasion. You need pictures of the event — or it might as well have never happened. Artistically formulated shots of the food, drinks and backdrop. Filtered snaps of any interesting subjects you need to promote your adventure. The pics head to Instagram, a…