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September 19, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Curl power: New products are springing forth to enhance natural curls

By Emily Brennan / New York Times News Service

curly_lead_630_0915Curly-haired women like myself often recount adolescences spent yearning for sleek, straight tresses falling down their backs. But I was a child of the ’80s, a perm-crazed time when women would stop my mother and me on the street and ask of my hair, “Is it natural?”

While summer humidity can make a girl dream of pin-straight, frizz-resistant hair, I’ve always worn my curly hair curly, and with pride.

So when a “curl power” movement started with the founding of NaturallyCurly.com in 1998 and the arrival of curly-hair-care lines like DevaCurl, I needed none of its empowerment. But I did need its products.

Nowadays, when I walk through drug and beauty-supply stores, my head spins. The past decade has seen an explosion of products customized not just for curly hair, but different types of curly hair (wavy, ringlets, kinky). They include sulfate-free shampoos, creams, gels, mousses, sprays, pomades and puddings.

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September 19, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Doing double duty: Multitasking rooms and furniture stretch your space

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By Kossler Dutton / The Associated Press

Washing clothes in the bedroom. Sending email from the laundry room.

Busy Americans are demanding more from each room in the house, and spaces designed for multiple functions are popping up all over floor plans, design blogs and magazine spreads.

“People multitask all the time. There is a definite correlation and carry-over in the home,” says Wendy Danziger, owner of Danziger Design in Bethesda, Md. She has helped clients create rooms for eating and watching television; housing guests and working from home; sleeping and doing laundry.

Furniture manufacturers, too, are helping to make every square inch count, says Pat Bowling, spokeswoman for the American Home Furnishings Alliance in High Point, N.C.  Modern pieces include end tables that double as file cabinets, coffee tables with adjustable heights to accommodate working at a computer or eating, and chests with docking stations for electronics.

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September 18, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Easy transition: Take your wardrobe from summer to fall with on-trend pieces that pop

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By Megan Arpin / Special to Sunday Market

With shorter days and cooler temps fast approaching, the inevitable is upon us: It’s time to start swapping out those flirty summer dresses, breezy blouses and cool tanks for fall gear.

With a season’s worth of new trends, but not necessarily a season’s worth of cash flow, it’s important to make what you have work into autumn. We found some key pieces that are not only on-trend for fall, but also easy to mix with many of your favorite warm-weather looks.

Here are 10 ways to wear fall trends with your summer favorites and hit the town in style.

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