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Fashion FYI: Wacoal bra events; Bloomfield hair extensions store's grand opening

| Thursday, May 8, 2014, 8:55 p.m.
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Elle pleated pull-on skirt ($44), at Kohl’s stores and www.kohls.com

Wacoal bra events

Each shopper participating in A Fit for the Cure event will receive a complimentary bra-fitting in Wacoal or b.tempt'd intimate apparel, from a Wacoal fit specialist at Macy's, which will result in Wacoal donating $2 to Susan G. Komen for breast cancer research and community health programs. Wacoal also will donate an additional $2 for every Wacoal bra, shape-wear piece or b.tempt'd bra purchased at these events. Fit for the Cure has raised more than $3.7 million to benefit Susan G. Komen. Events are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 13 at The Mall at Robinson, May 14 at Ross Park Mall, May 15 at South Hills Village and May 16 at Monroeville Mall.

Details: www.wacoal-america.com

Grand opening

LuTress Premium Hair Extensions in Bloomfield is having a grand-opening celebration through May 10 with giveaways and hair-styling demonstrations. Previously an online outlet for human hair extensions, owner Ama Baltimore wanted her own salon and occupies a shared space at 4707 Liberty Ave. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Running for Laptops, which raises money to purchase computers for students who are part of the Educational Assistance Initiative of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania.

Details: 412-322-4247 or www.lutress.wordpress.com

A close shave

Allure magazine offers tips on getting a smooth shave:

Save shaving arms and legs for last: Showering in warm water for a few minutes makes hair pliant, allowing the razor to cut it at the base for a closer shave.

Use shaving cream: If you don't have any shaving cream, a layer of conditioner, shampoo or body wash will do, says Francesca Fusco, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai in New York City. “The point is to give your razor something to glide over other than your skin,” Fusco says.

Don't use disposables: They're only good for two, three uses tops. Get a razor with replaceable blades and change them at the first sign of dullness (when you have to press harder to go over the same area more than once). To get the most mileage out of the blades, wipe them dry after each use and store razor face-up.

Rinse and repeat: “Men rinse their razor after every stroke, but women tend to do their entire shin in one go,” says Brittany Johnson, master barber at The Art of Shaving in Philadelphia. The result? Dead skin and shaving cream jamming up the blades.

If you're on a beach vacation: Shave at night. Your razor creates microscopic abrasions. Hitting the ocean too soon “is like pouring salt in a wound,” Fusco says.

Find your pleated skirt

The schoolgirl classic gets a sophisticated makeover (no pigtails here!) says InStyle magazine. Consider:

The fit: Think ladylike bad girl more than A+ student by wearing it slung low on the hip. If you're tall, embrace the midi trend. On the petite side? Pick a hemline that sweeps just above or at your knees.

The fabric: Seek out materials that are airy, yet crisp enough to hold the sharp pleats. Summery, lightweight cotton and graceful chiffon work wonders with the flow of the swingy shape.

The outfit: Counteract the proportions of a fuller bottom with a fitted top, like a body-skimming T or a sleek, tucked-in button front. Opt for stacked heels or wedge sandals to ground the look.

— Staff reports

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