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Buffalo Magazine: Style

With so much technology comes so many easy ways to be in touch when dating. So what’s the best way to contact your new love interest? The preferred way these days—especially early on—seems to be texting. There is nothing more convenient, non-intrusive—and safe—than a text message. But the perfect combination of texts and phone calls at the ideal frequency are the ingred…

Buffalo Magazine: Shopping

In this age of fast fashion and other throwaway goods, shopping at consignment stores is a better-than-ever option. Not only does it reduce waste and promote reuse, you’ll also benefit from pre-loved pricing. These shops—for clothing or home goods—pride themselves on offerings that have been previously used but are still in great condition. Experienced consignment shopp…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

It’s almost time for Galentine’s Day. If you’re a “Parks and Recreation” devotee, you know that Feb. 13 is the holiday that’s “like Lillith Fair, minus the angst and plus frittatas”—or so says lead character Leslie Knope. In fact, one of the show’s singular charms was its sweet and sincere celebration of female friendship, so it’s no wonder Galentine’s Day has since …

Buffalo Magazine: Style

We’ve all heard how timing is everything. But good timing is not only when two people are available and single at the same time. It also explains the type of person we need or want at certain times in our lives. Craving the “bad boy” could be just what the doctor ordered if you have spent your last relationship trapped in boredom. Or when the roller coaster and uncer…

Buffalo Magazine: Weddings

The perfect wedding day look is an amalgamation that leaves you feeling radiant and special—and also distinctly you. But how do you strike that balance when donning a once-in-a-lifetime white dress...something that’s decidedly not normal? Put your finishing touch to work. Accessories are a bride’s best style ally, after all. Dress your overall look up or down, inject a …

Buffalo Magazine: Style

I have been touched by feedback from readers who are single not by choice, but by the death of their partners. This group of people needs support to find love again without apology about appropriate timing. All the studies prove it: Love is good for your health. Sex is good for your health. Laughing is good for your health. So make dating and finding love a priority, no…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

Most of us have Christmas trees and wreaths down pat by now—this year, capture the spirit of the season with unique holiday decor in less traditional places. From a Christmas vignette atop a tall armoire to jolly linens in a guest room, it’s a snap to spread holiday cheer throughout your space. Raising the bar An easy way to cultivate a seasonable vibe is by putting …

Buffalo Magazine: Style

You did it! You logged in and stepped up to the dating plate. Congratulations! You are online and navigating through profiles and even started communicating with some potential suitors. That wasn’t so hard, was it? I hope not, because it only gets more interesting when you finally decide it’s time to meet the person you’ve been messaging. Now the tricky part: The fir…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Watching Erin Lalley-Bauer thoughtfully craft a wreath is to witness pure creativity at work. The owner of Fern Croft Floral has cultivated a reputation for her fresh, inventive creations — her style an effortless ode to the natural beauty that surrounds us. Here, she proves just how dynamic sustainable design can be by creating a wreath for both fall and winter from th…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

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…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

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…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

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…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

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…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

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…