Stories by Samantha Critchell

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014

Plan to stay warm at winter wedding

NEW YORK - No bride has ever asked designer Mark Badgley, half of the Badgley Mischka duo, about incorporating a cold-weather look into her wedding ensemble. 
By Samantha Critchell

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

Banana Republic's red carpet out for L'Wren Scott

NEW YORK - L'Wren Scott is no stranger to sequins. She doesn’t compromise comfort, probably because she does attend so many events, meetings and red-carpet parties.
By Samantha Critchell

Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013

New York stores trim their windows as gifts to the city

NEW YORK - Some of Manhattan's biggest retailers say their elaborate seasonal window displays are a gift to passers-by.
By Samantha Critchell

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013

Tean USA uniforms boast 'Made in the USA' tag

Clothing designer Ralph Lauren can now boast a 'Made in the USA' label for all new Winter Olympic Team USA uniforms for mthe Sochi Games - unlike the controversy that surrounded the team's ...
By Samantha Critchell

Thursday, March 22, 2012

'Mad Men' style will keep up

From the moment "Mad Men" debuted, the stylized AMC drama about the men and women who work in Madison Avenue advertising in the 1960s has been a tastemaker favorite.
By Samantha Critchell

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012

Florida teen on swimsuit cover

NEW YORK - She's a Florida girl who's comfortable in a bikini, and now 19-year-old model Kate Upton is on the cover of the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue
By Samantha Critchell

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012

Proper fit of clothing is key after weight loss

Once you've reached your weight-loss goal, it's time to go shopping or at least alter your old clothing.
By Samantha Critchell

Friday, April 22, 2011

Girls use Facebook to ensure unique dresses

NEW YORK --- Teenage girls largely live in a lookalike culture. On prom night, though, the idea is to stand out. To ensure their uniqueness, girls are using social media to claim dibs on their ...
By Samantha Critchell

Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011

Shayk on Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover

NEW YORK - A sun-kissed Irina Shayk in a tiny pink-and-yellow halter bikini has landed her first cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.
By Samantha Critchell

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010

Tennis star's wife on SI swimsuit cover

NEW YORK  - Model Brooklyn Decker landed the coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover this year.
By Samantha Critchell

Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009

Shades are crucial to keep eyes safe in winter sports

NEW YORK --- The enemy: wintertime sun glare. The mission: to see.
By Samantha Critchell

Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009

Wear jackets later in season

NEW YORK --- You couldn't resist a little holiday gift for yourself, so you bought into one of the season's trends -- the dressy jacket -- and it looked great as a topper to your party dress.
By Samantha Critchell

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008

Boots for film made to match real thing

NEW YORK --- Nicole Kidman's Lady Sarah Ashley needed a darn sturdy pair of boots to wear in the cattle drive that is a key plot mover in Baz Luhrmann's new film Australia . They also needed to be ...
By Samantha Critchell

Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008

Mrs. Obama soon will make style headlines

NEW YORK --- Michelle Obama's to-do list before Jan. 20 surely is long, and somewhere on it must be choosing her inaugural wardrobe.
By Samantha Critchell

Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008

Classic black dress is blank-style canvas

NEW YORK --- How to do more with less? When it comes to fashion, the answer usually lies with mixing and matching.
By Samantha Critchell

Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008

Welsh singer does not splurge when shopping

NEW YORK --- Welsh singer Duffy might have a gold album in Rockferry , but she still keeps track of her pennies.
By Samantha Critchell

Sunday, Aug 17, 2008

Style that works

NEW YORK --- Barack Obama has his rolled-up sleeves and John McCain his sweaters under suit jackets, but absent from the 2008 presidential campaign are hunting shirts, windsurfing trunks and ...
By Samantha Critchell

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Cosmetic firms go green for products

NEW YORK - The most fashionable color in makeup this spring might just be green.
By Samantha Critchell

Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007

Makeup choices increase for range of skin shades

With hundreds of new beauty products introduced each year, one has to wonder whether there's a woman left out there who still has any room left in her cosmetics case. Yet women of all ages and all ...
By Samantha Critchell

Friday, Jan. 5, 2007

Parents look to find unique, trendy names for babies

fter more than three decades as the top name for boys, Michael is not on's top 10 list of most popular names. It slipped to No. 12 on the 2005 list and has stayed there.
By Samantha Critchell
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