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\"Kara
Kara Gatto

Viral may be an understatement for Beyonc\u00e9\u2019s recent pregnancy announcement \u2013 and located right under that famous baby bump in her ethereal maternity shoot is a little piece of St. Louis. Locally based lingerie line LIVIARA, which officially launched in November, created the ruffled bottoms seen on the superstar. We recently caught up with LIVIARA CEO Kara Gatto to learn more about this luxury line.

Tell us a bit about LIVIARA.

We create high-end luxury lingerie. Our passion is to revolutionize lingerie through unmatched luxury, innovation and empowerment. Our brand really focuses on empowerment. We believe that you should buy lingerie first and foremost for yourself and the way that it makes you feel. What you wear should empower you. Lingerie is the first thing you put on in the morning and the last thing you take off at night.

What is your career background like, and how did it lead you to lingerie?

My career background is primarily in business. LIVIARA is not my first experience as an entrepreneur, which has helped in many ways. It is, however, my first experience in fashion. There are many aspects that are the same as other business ventures, and then there are some that are definitely unique to the fashion industry, and I love it.

You're based here in the greater St. Louis area, including manufacturing. That's unheard of! Why STL?

I am originally from St. Charles. I moved away after college to San Francisco and then Chicago. We moved back a few years ago. When LIVIARA began two years ago, we were located in the OPO [Old Post Office] Startups incubator on Main Street in St. Charles. We were primarily focused on design. Once the designs were established, we began to look for manufacturing partners in the United States. Unfortunately, because structured lingerie is so difficult to make, very few companies were willing to even attempt to manufacture our pieces. The three companies who did could not produce at the quality that I expected.

With a mission of manufacturing in the United States, I quickly determined that the only way to accomplish it was to open our own production. After traveling often to other cities on business, I knew immediately that I needed our production to be as close to our design studio as possible so that they could work hand in hand to create the best possible product for our customer. I also knew the immense amount of time that I would spend on-site, so I wanted it to be as close to home as possible for me. It was also important to me that it didn\u2019t look like all of the typical apparel-manufacturing factories that I had visited. We essentially created a large, vibrant design/production workshop \u2013 a fun place to work that supports empowerment and passion.

You can find lingerie at so many price points \u2013 what makes luxury lingerie different?

Quality. Luxury equals quality \u2013 or at least it should, in my opinion. One of the reasons that I began LIVIARA was my own enthusiasm for luxury lingerie. I became disheartened that some of the luxury brands that I loved began changing the quality of their product. They began to focus on quantity over quality: utilizing less expensive materials, manufacturing in low-wage countries, yet still charging luxury prices.

At LIVIARA, we do not cut corners. We use real silk, fine laces and gold-plated hardware. All of our pieces are hand-sewn in our vibrant, state-of-the-art workshop, where we support the passions of our employees.

People all over the world were introduced to your line after Beyonc\u00e9 wore it during her recent pregnancy photo shoot. What was your reaction to this viral sensation, and what have you been hearing from the public about it?

We were thrilled; it was really an honor that Beyonc\u00e9 chose to include LIVIARA in her special announcement. It took us completely by surprise. The response has been overwhelmingly positive.

We were incredibly lucky that we control our own production in-house on a daily basis. If we had used an outside manufacturer, we would have had to produce a run with a certain number of each piece. We would have been limited to the supply we had from the last manufactured run and could have easily sold out quickly. With the flexibility of our own production, we can make exactly what is needed on a daily basis.

This not only helped us easily reply to the demand created by Beyonc\u00e9\u2019s post, but this also helps us on a daily basis reply to our customer suggestions and special requests. If a client makes a suggestion that would improve the quality of our pieces, I have the flexibility of making that change immediately.

What does the brand have planned for 2017 \u2013 anything new on the horizon?

Yes, we have started to sell in high-end luxury boutiques. We are actively pursuing additional retail partners and hope to open our own flagship store, if not the end of 2017, possibly in the first quarter of 2018.

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The latest footwear design craze (pun intended) focuses on laser-cut details. Whether sexy heels, sporty sneakers or chic booties, these holey shoes will have you breathing easy \u2013 and your significant other breathing perhaps a bit less easy!

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In the ever-changing world of wedding celebrations, more brides are thinking outside the box \u2013 whether that means abandoning the building completely for intimate beachside or mountaintop nuptials, or trading in the cathedral and country club for a rustic, secluded barn under stars and twinkle lights. These settings are typically not the place for traditional Victorian gowns, but digging for that \u201cjust-right\u201d destination dress can be overwhelming among the thick crinolines.

While helping her sister shop for wedding dresses last year, Juno Bridal owner Claire Ketterer found herself underwhelmed. \u201cI didn\u2019t see anything I really liked \u2013 everything was really traditional,\u201d Ketterer recalls. \u201cI knew I would want something that was unique, that would make people say, \u2018Oh, wow, did you see her dress?\u2019 I didn\u2019t see anything like that.\u201d She started looking online at images of dresses she would want to choose for herself, looked up the designers of those dresses and discovered that none of them had a retail presence in St. Louis. \u201cSo I said, \u2018I\u2019ll just open a bridal shop,\u2019\u201d she says.

The timing was perfect. A St. Louis native who grew up with six siblings, all of whom currently live in the St. Louis area, Ketterer had recently moved back to her hometown to be closer to her family, especially her nieces and nephews. She had spent a few years working as a nurse in Santa Monica, California, and was looking for new opportunities. \u201cI always wanted to start my own company,\u201d she says.

Juno Bridal, Ketterer\u2019s bridal boutique, named for the Roman goddess of marriage, is set to open on Feb. 25 on the north side of the Central West End. Its website describes the store thus: \u201cNot your mother\u2019s bridal shop. We\u2019re for the free-spirited, creative, modern bride who cherishes individual style.\u201d The Juno Bridal bride is unconventional, fashion-forward and laid back, according to Ketterer.

The shop will feature a collection of six bridal-gown designers, each unique to the St. Louis market, curated by Ketterer through online research and a trip to check out styles and meet designers at last fall\u2019s New York Bridal Week. The majority of Juno Bridal dresses cost between $1,500 and $3,000, with the full range of prices from $1,400 to $5,500.

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Juno Bridal owner Claire Ketterer

Designers have a distinct bohemian feel, featuring textured lace and off-the-shoulder styles. Several of Ketterer\u2019s designers offer customizations in addition to ready-to-wear dresses from their collection. Custom dresses are made individually to order, often with the ability to mix and match various tops and bottoms, customize fabrics or make dresses specific to size. Brides have the ability to try on samples in store to place a unique order. Most Juno Bridal dresses are ideal for destination weddings \u2013 easily packed away in a suitcase to cut down on cumbersome luggage.

Daughters of Simone, based in California, features romantic, bohemian-style dresses by sisters Ashley and Brittany Castanos, who began their label by altering vintage pieces found at local thrift shops. Their inspiration is drawn from their mother\u2019s own 1970s off-the-shoulder gown, which is echoed in their designs, featuring shoulder-baring styles with crochet laces, silks and chiffons.

Alyssa Kahle, of the eponymous Alyssa Kristen bridal line, is a designer based in Chicago\u2019s River North neighborhood. \u201cShe has a really cool story,\u201d Ketterer says. \u201cShe was an accountant and couldn\u2019t find [a bridal gown] in Chicago, so she made her own dress, then she began making dresses and selling them online.\u201d Alyssa Kristen designs focus on balance paired with a distinctive element \u2013 a regal collar balanced with a plunging neckline or a high neckline balanced with an open back.

Nashville-based designer Olia Zavozina specializes in highly customizable dresses. Brides are able to choose their own neckline, silhouette, fabrics and embellishment. \u201cI\u2019m going to have eight of her dresses, but the brides can try them on and say, \u2018I want the neckline different,\u2019 or \u2018I want a different color,\u2019\u201d Ketterer says.

Truvelle, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, features simple, elegant, effortless dresses. Each dress is handmade in Canada, with fabric individually cut for each bride\u2019s specifications. \u201cI love its dresses,\u201d Ketterer says, describing them on her website as \u201cforward-looking, modern and unconventional.\u201d

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Named for the Titaness that ruled during the Greek Golden Age, New York-based Theia features gowns with a youthful, bohemian feel, fluid silhouettes and elaborate beading. According to Greek mythology, Theia gave gold and silver their shine, diamonds their fire and rubies and emeralds their sparkle. The label aims to bring out a bride\u2019s inner goddess \u2013 all for under a $2,000 price point.

The farthest-flung designer featured at Juno Bridal is Daalarna, based in Budapest, Hungary. \u201cI\u2019m trying to, from now on, keep designers in the U.S., but I loved Daalarna,\u201d Ketterer says. Daalarna also offers customization, allowing brides to choose the skirt of one gown and top of another, and specializes in dresses with distinct femininity and timeless elegance.

Juno Bridal will be open by appointment only, with each bride and her party receiving a personalized, 90-minute, one-on-one consultation, complete with complimentary sparkling wine. Ketterer recommends shopping at least eight months in advance of your wedding to allow six months for the dress to arrive, and an additional two months for alterations.

Ketterer also has seven trunk shows lined up this spring and summer, each featuring one individual designer whose entire collection will ship to Juno Bridal. During the two- to three-day duration of the trunk show, customers will receive 10 percent off items from the featured designer. Trunk shows also will be by appointment only. Appointments can be made through a form on the Juno Bridal website or over the phone.

Juno Bridal, 4430 Olive St., St. Louis, 314-300-8959, junobridal.com

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A navy dress has become as much of a closet staple as the little black dress. And since the off-the-shoulder trend gives no indication of ending anytime soon, this Diane von Furstenberg dress constitutes a must-have for any season.\u00a0

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Revolutionizing the way we treat our skin and hair, these beauty products also help us find new and better ways to treat the world around us. From pioneers in the cosmetic market to activist-minded individuals, these passionate product designers teach us to take care of our fellow humans and the planet we call home.

1. Feel beautiful as you bathe while using a Lush bath bomb, like Guardian of the Forest, with its sustainably sourced rosewood oil, or Intergalactic. After, rub Charity Pot body lotion, which donates 100 percent of proceeds to grass-roots charities, into your skin. All products feature safe synthetics and haven\u2019t been tested on animals, leaving you to feel good from the inside out. Guardian of the Forest Bath Bomb available for $7.65, Intergalactic available for $7.75 and Charity Pot available for $27.95 at Lush (lushusa.com).

2. This Is a Strong Hair Spray by Davines locks your hairstyle in while infusing it with moisture and bounciness. The ultrafine mist is considered a zero-impact product, which means Davines is devoted to offsetting emissions of carbon dioxide to ensure less harm to our environment. Available for $30 at Davines (davines.com).

3. Rejuvenate the skin around your eyes with Herbal Recovery Advanced Eye Serum, which minimizes fine lines and fights signs of fatigue. Launching in a decade when products were born in the lab, Jurlique sought to remind people of the power our land possesses by harnessing nature to benefit the beauty market. Available for $48 at Jurlique (jurlique.com).

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When shopping for an engagement ring, sometimes the ring that shines as bright as your love just doesn\u2019t exist \u2013 at least, not yet.

At Genovese Jewelers, Joe Genovese and his staff are able to create the perfect custom piece, bringing your vision to life.

\u201cIn most cases, a customer will come in and say they like a certain part of one ring and a different part of another,\u201d Genovese says.

Creating that one-of-a-kind ring starts with a rough sketch that is taken to one of the store\u2019s in-house computer-aided design professionals. The designer will draw up the requested design and then forward it to the customer for approval. Once the rendering is approved, a wax model is produced, allowing the customer to come in, see and feel their custom creation.

\u201cThis gives them a good idea of the size and feel of the piece,\u201d Genovese says.

From there, the wax is converted into the precious metal of the customer\u2019s choice, and the ring goes through a series of polishings \u2013 a process done entirely in-house.

As the biggest jewelry store in St. Louis, Genovese Jewelers can offer the largest selection of inventory at the best prices, says Genovese.

Although white metal has been the trend for some time, Genovese says he\u2019s starting to see a shift back

to yellow gold for engagement rings. He also notes the popularity of the halo style and the growth of simple styles.

\u201cThe ornate, vintage style is slowing down,\u201d he says. \u201cMany women want a thin band with the largest center stone.\u201d

He also notes the trend of stacked rings, where the wedding band doesn\u2019t necessarily match the wedding ring. Oftentimes, he says, they\u2019ll add two or three bands before the wedding \u2013 creating a truly unique look.

Genovese also noted that it\u2019s expanding its Novia designer line with engagement rings \u2013 featuring more than 40 pieces, with more to come.

\u201cWe\u2019ll be launching that in the next couple of months,\u201d Genovese says. \u201cThe response to it has been great so far.\u201d

Since 1981, Genovese Jewelers has been turning customers into friends through its passion for beautiful, handcrafted jewelry and focused service excellence.

Genovese Jewelers, 12460 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314-878-6203, genovesejewelers.com

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For many young women, going to prom is one of the most anticipated aspects of high school. As portrayed in plenty of films and TV shows, the companion, the music and, of course, the dress are all part of a teenage ritual that students remember for a lifetime.

But for teens in foster care searching for their forever families, experiencing prom \u2013 and the expensive items that go with it \u2013 often seems like just a dream.

Enter the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition, which not only helps hundreds of St. Louis-area students in the foster-care system find loving families but also makes attending prom a beautiful reality. Through its Cinderella Project, the coalition collects donations of stunning formalwear and offers items every year to teens in need, enabling generous donors to become fairy godmothers in the process.

\u201cIt\u2019s a coming-of-age event for the girls,\u201d says Shannon Nichols, the coalition\u2019s director of donor relations. \u201cThey will look at a dress and imagine themselves in it. All of a sudden, they see themselves in the romantic story of what it\u2019s like to go to prom.\u201d

Thanks to ReFresh, the coalition\u2019s successful fashion-forward resale boutique in Brentwood, the organization knows that personal style can boost confidence for teens, so when the opportunity came up several years ago to expand that work with the Cinderella Project and help young women enjoy one of the most glamorous nights of their lives \u2013 at no expense to the students \u2013 it was an obvious fit. According to a 2015 Visa survey, families in the Midwest spend more than $500 on prom night expenses; for the 3,500 teens in foster care around St. Louis, that\u2019s simply unrealistic without a little help.

\u201cNo one wants to be excluded,\u201d Nichols says. \u201cIt\u2019s hard enough to be a teenager as it is, let alone to miss out on such a normal teenage experience just because of cost.\u201d

Each year, around 200 teens in foster care are invited to participate; the young women then visit ReFresh in February for a personal shopping experience among racks of glittery gowns and dresses of every size and style, all in a VIP section of the store. Boutique volunteers offer gold-star service, chatting with the ladies about dress options, making minor alterations and helping them polish off their looks with accessories and shoes.

\u201cThe girls in the Cinderella Project experience a beautiful self-esteem transformation,\u201d Nichols says of the moment when the ladies put on \u201cthe\u201d dress. \u201cMany of them especially love the long, poufy dresses; they really want that true ballgown look.\u201d

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The princess experience, of course, is free for the shoppers, and Nichols says that the teens truly appreciate the magic of it all.

\u201cOne girl who went through the program during both her junior and senior years sent us pictures with her girlfriends at the prom, along with a note about how thankful she was to receive the dress of her dreams,\u201d Nichols says. \u201cFor someone to get a glamorous dress that was probably several hundred dollars and to know that [she] can walk away with it for free, there are no worries in [her] eyes.\u201d

All of this magic doesn\u2019t happen overnight, though; the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition partners with area businesses well before prom season to ensure that girls in need will have plenty of beautiful gowns to choose from. Agency officials and volunteers then scour the entire metro area, collecting dresses, and spend January and February inspecting, organizing and tagging all items. Nichols says that the coalition receives thousands of dresses every year, and while many are set aside for the Cinderella Project, the ReFresh boutique also sells hundreds of gowns to the public through its annual \u201cSay Yes to the Prom Dress\u201d event, which begins March 4.

\u201cWe know how expensive prom dresses can be, so any girl throughout the metro area can come in and find a beautiful gown for a reasonable $25 to $35 \u2013 you really can\u2019t beat that,\u201d Nichols says. \u201cThose proceeds help support our mission of finding forever families for children in foster care and provide critical supports to foster and adoptive families across 14 counties in Missouri and Illinois.\u201d

Young ladies aren\u2019t the only ones treated like royalty. Nichols says that an increasing number of high school boys also are looking for prom and business items, and so the coalition has formed a partnership with Savvi Formalwear for attire worthy of Prince Charming himself.

\u201cWe receive a lot of women\u2019s clothes, of course, but we\u2019d like to have more options for the young men,\u201d Nichols says. \u201cIn addition to formalwear, a lot of them in foster care cannot seem to find good casualwear that is in style. Donations of up-to-date shirts, jeans and athletic wear would be wonderful.\u201d

The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition is accepting donations for this year\u2019s Cinderella Project through Tue., Feb. 14; formalwear donated after that will be held for the 2018 event. Both formal and casual clothing donations can be dropped off at the coalition\u2019s ReFresh boutique, located at 1710 S. Brentwood Blvd. All items should be new or gently used and no more than a few years old. Formal gowns of all lengths and styles, as well as formal shoes and accessories, are welcome. To learn more about donating items, about volunteering or about fostering a child, visit foster-adopt.org.

Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition, 314-367-8373, 800-FOSTER-3, foster-adopt.org

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Like skin, hair can dry out at this time of year. But don\u2019t hold Old Man Winter solely to blame; frequent heat exposure and other mistreatment also can cause dry, brittle strands. Fortunately, you can combat lifeless locks by following a few useful tips:

Limit heat exposure. Dry hair often originates with the use or overuse of blow-dryers, flat irons and like devices. If your hair feels dry, stop using such tools for a time, and let it dry naturally (always recommended). If you consider such a tool integral, though, set it to its lowest possible temperature. Prone to frizzy hair? If so, let it air-dry roughly 90 percent before resorting to a blow-dryer.

Avoid overwashing. A lack of oil production in the scalp can dehydrate your hair, and washing it further strips natural oils, so do so only every three to five days. If your tresses get too oily, use dry shampoo as a temporary fix.

Be selective with products. Use a shampoo and conditioner meant for dry hair. Unsure what\u2019s best for your do? Ask your stylist for guidance. Those in the know recommend applying a leave-in conditioner after washing and \u2013 if you must resort to a blow-dryer or similar device \u2013 a heat protectant. Also, avoid using a brush that breaks your hair; instead, try using a wide-toothed comb on wet tresses, and in general, consider a comb as much more gentle and forgiving on your locks than a brush.

Use a finishing oil. A finishing oil adds shine to dull hair. Using argan oil on dry hair helps control frizz and makes locks look lustrous and beautiful.

So! For healthy-looking, great-feeling hair in the winter, practice the preceding steps on a regular basis. Having healthy, hydrated hair involves not just quick fixes but lifestyle changes.

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Given the presence in February of Valentine\u2019s Day, hearts abound this month \u2013 but you can rock your love for Cupid\u2019s command center any time of year with these sweet accessories.

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Sharlene Kindt has a strong sense of smell. Even as a child growing up in Missouri, she says, she could spot scents undetected by others. And when you have a gift like that, there\u2019s one logical career path: perfumes. Kindt, now living in Webster Groves with her husband, is the artisan behind the one-woman show that is Webster Wax.

\u201cAs I grew older, I gravitated toward quality fragrances; I traveled to Grasse, France, and was inspired by the perfume industry and the entire process of creating scents \u2013 which is both a science and an art,\u201d Kindt says. \u201cI always loved working with my hands and started toying with the idea of creating my own fragrances. After I was happy with a few fragrances, I wondered how else these fragrances could be applied. I wanted to make products that I myself loved, and candles were the first thing that came to mind. Something about that tiny open flame is so calming and comforting.\u201d

Webster Wax is a line of personal-care and home items including soy candles, coffee scrubs, perfume, body and beard oils, lip balm, and face mist. Products range from $5 to $15 and are packaged in minimalist containers with simple black labels. \u201cEverything \u2013 from custom fragrances down to the labels \u2013 is directly designed and made by me,\u201d Kindt says.

Kindt, a Fenton native, moved to Webster Groves when she got married. \u201cI wanted to pay homage to the town where I live and create my product, [and] wax is also the main ingredient in many of my products, so I thought Webster Wax was a perfect name,\u201d she says.

The soy candles were Kindt\u2019s first creation. In addition to the economic and community benefits of supporting local artisans, soy candles like those from Webster Wax have perks all their own, including a longer and cleaner burn than their paraffin counterparts.

\u201cWhen you are making candles in small batches, you are able to control the quality of every candle that is made,\u201d Kindt says. \u201cMany large candle companies add fragrance only to the top layer of wax to cut cost. You won\u2019t find those practices at Webster Wax. I guarantee that my candles are scented all of the way through. I can promise that because I pour them myself.\u201d

The newest product offered from Webster Wax is beard oil. Created with vitamin E, as well as avocado and jojoba oils, it sells for $10 and comes in four scents named after beard-associated professions like Lumberjack and Stunt Driver. Kindt explains that she wanted the line to include products that excited both women and men, and she notes potentially expanding this in the future with spray cologne and hair pomade.

\u201cI really love developing fragrances that are able to trigger an emotion,\u201d Kindt says. Webster Wax\u2019s website tells the charming story of her grandfather, who worked as a lawn mower repairman after retirement and always smelled of gasoline and motor oil. Negative smells to some, these are some of her early memories of scent and positive association. \u201cSmell is so closely tied to our memories and experiences \u2013 that one fragrance is able to trigger something different in everyone who smells it, that\u2019s really as powerful as a piece of music or painting or film that moves the viewer,\u201d Kindt continues.

Up next for Webster Wax is a face serum. \u201cI love using serums and am excited about introducing the benefits to my customers,\u201d Kindt says, noting they absorb faster and penetrate deeper than many other facial products. \u201cI just moved into a small studio in Webster Groves, and I am working on setting up appointment-only shopping. I\u2019m really excited about this because it allows customers to come smell and sample my entire line and purchase any product on the spot.\u201d

Although Kindt says she is not formally trained in beauty products, she notes that her fine arts education \u201cis informing my process. In a way, I\u2019m substituting paints and canvas and using fragrances as my paints and wax as the canvas. Art is a combination of process, technique and creativity, and making candles is no different.\u201d Outside of her website, these candles are available at Crafty in St. Charles, and the entire collection is stocked at Ladue\u2019s Shine Boutique and Red Door Furniture Co. in St. Charles. More stores are in the works, Kindt says.

Outside of Webster Wax, she works with her husband, Matt Kindt, as the colorist for his visually stunning comic book series Dept. H, which she describes as \u201ca haunting underwater murder mystery.\u201d

\u201cIn that way, I\u2019m able to still scratch the visual-artist itch and also explore the nonvisual arts with Webster Wax,\u201d says Kindt. \u201cI\u2019m lucky enough to be able to balance two dream jobs.\u201d

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With Valentine\u2019s Day fast approaching, boutiques are carrying a plethora of festive products to commemorate that hearty holiday \u2013 so break out your pink and red to show the love all month long!

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With the Academy Awards only three weeks or so away, celebs of both sexes are getting \u201cred-carpet-ready\u201d \u2013 enjoying weekly facials, say, or taking hair and nail appointments booked months back.

You may be asking yourself, \u201cHow can I achieve celebrities\u2019 Oscar-worthy glamour without spending thousands of dollars?\u201d By way of an answer, consider this quintet of tips and tricks:

Tip 1: Exfoliate and use face masks.\u2002For an appealing facial glow, remove dead skin with an exfoliator with little beads in it or a sugar scrub. Once you\u2019ve exfoliated your face, use a hydrating sheet mask on it. Sheet masks remoisturize skin and make it really glow. (I suggest practicing this mini regimen weekly, by the way.)

Tip 2: Self-tan.\u2002To enjoy the red carpet\u2019s beautiful, bronzed glam after exfoliating, add a tan to your skin. But you needn\u2019t visit a commercial tanner to do so; instead, self-tan in the comfort of your own home. A tan makes your skin look healthy and beautiful \u2013 and makes you appear thinner.

Tip 3: Use hair gloss.\u2002Celebs always seem to have perfect, shiny coifs, and noncelebs, too, can achieve that look by getting hair glosses. When next you visit the beauty salon, request a gloss treatment to make your own do look shiny and beautiful \u2013 just like your favorite celeb\u2019s tresses.

Tip 4: Ditch the sugar and dairy.\u2002For tiptop skin, drop sugar and dairy from your diet a few weeks before your event. Why? Well, you don\u2019t want dermal breakouts ambushing you, so cut the foods that cause such breakouts.

Tip 5: Be your own manicurist.\u2002You\u2019d never catch a celeb on the red carpet without lush-looking nails, and you can easily approximate celebs\u2019 digital glitz by giving yourself an at-home manicure. Make sure to add a bit of beauty oil to your cuticles once your nails dry, though, to keep them soft and hydrated.

To look red-carpet-ready year-round, not just at Oscar time, practice these tips regularly. To look your best for an upcoming event, in fact, try putting these tips into effect a few months beforehand.

And never forget that the best trick to looking red-carpet-ready, with or without an actual red carpet, involves letting your inner confidence shine!

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Marta\u2019s Boutique has been a passion of founder Marta Gaska\u2019s for more than 34 years. The family-owned business just keeps growing, with locations in Ladue and Ellisville.

Gaska attributes the boutique\u2019s success to a loyal customer base and its brands. One such brand is Joseph Ribkoff, which the boutique has carried for more than 20 years. Customers will have the chance to check out Ribkoff\u2019s spring line before it hits stores, at a trunk show on Feb. 8 at the Ladue location and another Feb. 9 at the Ellisville location, both from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

\u201c[Joseph Ribkoff] is an amazing company to work with,\u201d Gaska says. \u201cTheir staff and customer service is amazing, which is what I thrive on. They take care of their clients like they know them personally.\u201d

Gaska says that Ribkoff\u2019s styles are \u201cendless\u201d and that his designs work on every age group. She also notes that all of his pieces are machine washable, and they pack and travel \u201cunbelievably well.\u201d

\u201cThere\u2019s new excitement for every season,\u201d Gaska says. \u201cThis spring\u2019s line features a lot of nautical-inspired pieces and a lot of bright colors.\u201d

Gaska emphasizes that the spring line features many pieces that would be excellent statement pieces for someone\u2019s wardrobe. When customers come to the store, the boutique\u2019s stylists can show them how to wear the pieces in a variety of ways.

\u201cOur stylists are incredible and can help you put outfits together,\u201d Gaska says.

She notes that Ribkoff\u2019s fabrics always match, so if customers find something in the spring line that they like, they will probably find an accompanying jacket in a later line that matches.

Marta\u2019s Boutique offers two trunk shows a year for Joseph Ribkoff: one in the spring, and one in the fall. These trunk shows give the customer the opportunity to preview the entire line, not just the select pieces the boutique might carry. A representative from Joseph Ribkoff also will be on hand to answer any questions.

\u201cTrunk shows detail a full line,\u201d Gaska says. \u201cIf a line has 100 pieces, we might buy only 50 [to carry in the store].\u201d

After the trunk show, Gaska says she\u2019s looking forward to putting the cold weather behind her and moving forward into spring.

\u201cJanuary and February are tough in retail, but if you visit our stores, you\u2019ll see that the boutique is starting to bloom in color already,\u201d she says. \u201cIt\u2019s the perfect time to add a spring piece or two and get excited to move into spring.\u201d

Marta\u2019s Boutique, 8827 Ladue Road, 314-721-3056; 1352 Clarkson Clayton Center, 636-227-8831

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Lynnae Tanner Ruff glides around the island in the kitchen of her Webster Groves century home, effortlessly navigating to the table while balancing homemade pastries, a delicately painted teacup from her eclectic collection and a piping-hot glass teapot of fragrant Earl Grey. Any time is tea o\u2019clock in the home she playfully calls Chez Lynnae, and tea service is certainly a central facet of Tanner Ruff\u2019s company, Lady Grey Beads.

Tanner Ruff developed her style persona as a young girl growing up in Belize, drawn to the old Hollywood glamour in classic black-and-white flicks of the 1940s and \u201950s. Lady Grey Beads handmade jewelry, reflective of Tanner Ruff\u2019s personality, makes distinctly elegant and graceful statement pieces for special occasions \u2013 or accessories to subtly elevate your everyday existence, which is how Tanner Ruff tends to put them to use. \u201cI couldn\u2019t be bohemian if I tried,\u201d she says wryly.

Her passion for beadwork took shape long before she ever tried her hand at stringing and crimping \u2013 as a child in Belize, Tanner Ruff used outdoor playtime with her four siblings as an opportunity to forage for pretty rocks.

Fast-forward a couple of decades to a vacation stop at a huge outdoor flea market in Germany, where Tanner Ruff found herself mesmerized again by glass beads. \u201cI was walking by one day, and there was this huge table full of tiny bags of Czech beads,\u201d she says. \u201cI didn\u2019t make it to any of the other vendors \u2013 I spent hours sitting there, looking through the beads. A couple times, the guy even let me watch his table while he went to walk around or grab coffee. I sold a couple bags for him while he was gone.\u201d She bought bags of beads for herself, and her artistically inclined sister showed her some simple stringing techniques to make a necklace.

She came back to her home, which was then with her husband, Mark, in the De Mun neighborhood, with her collection of beautiful Czech beads in tow and her creative interests piqued.

Tanner Ruff introduced her newfound craft to Tea Ladies\u2019 Society, a once-a-month social gathering she organized in her home with her tightknit circle of friends. Tanner Ruff had gotten pregnant and stopped working, and the Tea Ladies\u2019 teatime became working hangouts, as her friends, who themselves had experience making jewelry, helped her develop some of the more intricate skills needed to create quality pieces.

She crafted for fun, making a couple of pieces for friends here and there. Soon, however, her friends from church recognized her ability to create truly eye-catching designs and gave her a bit of seed money \u2013 a $100 gift card to Maplewood\u2019s Lady Bug Beads. \u201c[One] told me, \u2018Here, you can make some pieces, and I\u2019ll take them to work because people are asking me where I\u2019m getting my jewelry,\u2019\u201d Tanner Ruff says.

The rest, as they say, is history.

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Tanner Ruff segued her tea parties into trunk shows, which have grown into larger-scale, twice-a-year events hosted in Tanner Ruff\u2019s home \u2013 \u201cwhere good company, fine teas and exquisite jewelry come together in the best of all my worlds,\u201d she describes.

Tanner Ruff also hosts private, in-home trunk shows and tea parties for customers, which can be scheduled by contacting her directly at ladygreybeads@gmail.com. \u201cI put as much effort into my tea as I do my jewelry,\u201d she says, laughing.

Tanner Ruff uses two main techniques to create her products \u2013 stringing and bead-weaving.

\u201cStringing is fast and mostly easy,\u201d Tanner Ruff says. \u201cAnyone can string if [he or she] can see the tiny holes, but I believe what sets each jewelry-maker apart is the combinations that [he or she] puts on the string. I work mostly with large, natural, semiprecious stones; freshwater pearls; Swarovski crystals; and Czech glass.\u201d

Bead-weaving is Tanner Ruff\u2019s newest endeavor: an intricate, time-intensive process that involves weaving seed beads, tiny round beads most commonly seen in intricate beaded jewelry designs, or square glass beads with a needle and thread. \u201cIt is a very repetitive process, and one has to concentrate on sequencing, size and space of beads,\u201d Tanner Ruff says. \u201cI like that I can create dimension, texture and many shades of color with bead-weaving.\u201d

An average cuff or bracelet takes about six to eight hours to weave, compared to the two hours or less it takes to string a necklace. Always eager to learn new methods of making, Tanner Ruff also has started bead embroidery, stitching beads directly onto fabric to make pieces of jewelry, using quality shibori silk as her fabric medium.

Tanner Ruff\u2019s latest masterpiece, her Lioness in Winter necklace \u2013 made with 24-karat gold-plated and nickel-plated seed beads and 24-karat gold-lined crystals, interwoven with hundreds of clear, sparkling crystals \u2013 took about 30 hours of individually stitched bead-weaving work.

Tanner Ruff also has forayed into wire-wrapping for a custom piece that featured several hundred Swarovski crystals wire-wrapped on a chain, which was an eight-hour job. \u201cI tend to like big statement pieces you can see from 5 miles away,\u201d she says.

Prices average around $85, ranging from $25 earrings to $400 chunky necklaces. In addition to her Etsy shop, Lady Grey Beads products are available at The Woman\u2019s Exchange in Ladue, Mindscape Gallery in Chesterfield and Joys Collective in old St. Charles.

Beyond the in-home tea parties, Tanner Ruff also travels to maker fairs and various craft events statewide and was selected as a vendor in last year\u2019s Best of Missouri Market at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

In the fall of 2015, she launched her first Lady Grey Holiday Boutique at Christ Lutheran Church in Webster Groves, inviting more than a dozen local nonprofits and fair-trade artists, with a raffle and bake sale that raises money for Heifer International\u2019s women\u2019s empowerment movement and Lutheran World Relief. This past year, the Lady Grey Holiday Boutique raised $1,030 for the two charities.

And at this year\u2019s Golden Globes Awards, 100 Lady Grey Beads gift certificates were included in the event swag bags.

\u201cI\u2019ve been making jewelry for eight years, and I\u2019ve definitely had people who have been with me from the very beginning,\u201d Tanner Ruff says. \u201cI want women to feel like a queen \u2013 you can be out gardening, doing the dishes, doing whatever \u2013 at least feel like a queen doing it.\u201d

Lady Grey Beads, etsy.com/shop/ladygreybeads

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