• Steel Magnolia: Makeup maven has strong Hub City foundation

    Janet Gurwitch has had the opportunity to do some amazing things during her career. She’s rubbed elbows and dined with the rich and famous. She created and sold a multi-million dollar cosmetics company. She’s held her own against some of the top labels in the country. She’s part owner of a Major League Baseball franchise. 

    Gurwitch wasn’t shipped off to some fancy boarding school. She didn’t further her career by studying within the hallowed halls of the Ivy League. She had a desire and a drive to make something of her life.

    And it started in Hattiesburg.

  • Noteworthy: Hey, DuDE!

    There are but a handful of words in our esteemed lexicon that have traveled the circuitous path from slang to colloquialism to vaunted positioning in the hallowed papyrus pages of the Oxford Dictionary. 

    "Cool" resides here possibly because of its panoply of meanings. Defined as "fashionably attractive or impressive," it still bears the dreaded "informal" moniker and places in third among meanings. (One of today's vast array of equivalents, "dank," still has its original definition still attached. Although "hangry" made it.)

  • What to Wear: BOPB Award Show

    It’s that time again, folks! It’s time for the annual Best of the Pine Belt Awards Show! Every year I get the same question: “What do I wear?”

    Well, the answer is quite simple, really. Wear whatever you’re comfortable in!

  • Mama Glenda knew best

    Truth be told, my brother and I were impeccably-dressed children. Our uniforms were ironed each morning, every hair on our heads was perfectly in place, our shoes were spotless, and we never stepped foot outside of the house with an untucked shirt.

    All of this, thanks to my mother.

    She instilled in us at an early age that we must be presentable and put together in order to be taken seriously in life, and that first impressions are indeed lasting impressions.

  • What's in her closet: Trends that Should End

    I sure love all of this color I’m seeing with the latest spring fashions that have emerged across all of my social media pages in the last couple of weeks. 

    My beloved favorite color – black – may be taking a back seat for a while. I feel like I don’t even know who I am anymore. 

    While the color black will forever remain my favorite, I cannot help but love the Pantone Color of the Year, “Living Coral,” and all of the colors that go along with this year’s spring looks.

  • About the shoot: SULLIVAN BARN

    Sullivan Barn in Eastabuchie is a dream come true for the Sullivan Family. For more than 10 years The Sullivans imagined a barn that matched their enthusiasm and love for quarterhorses. 

    Two years from the first load of dirt to the last nail driven to completion, Sullivan Barn has exceeded the dream of its' owners, Glen and Shelley Sullivan.

  • Blowup: Sex, drugs, rock ’n’ roll, and fashion photography

    In an ironic twist to its message, Blowup has been nearly forgotten in time. Wining the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, this 1966 counterculture film reached critical acclaim and box office success, and was even nominated for a couple of Oscars. Yet, today, since we are so far removed from the mod scene in ‘60s Britain, this film could easily be seen as pretentious, instead of symbolic. Tragically, that destroys the entire message: the importance of film and celluloid preservation. Admittedly, I had to watch this twice before I was lumped into the latter opinion.  

  • More than Rosé: fashionable spring wines

    With springtime comes cookouts, laying out at the pool, and a lot more outside activities. This means it’s time to reorganize your wine rack at home and put all those full-bodied reds on the bottom and make room for the whites and rosé on top.

    At the beginning of spring, bottles of rosé start appearing in wine stores like little soldiers getting ready for a full season of barbecues. Don't get me wrong; rosé is delicious, but if you only drink that varietal from now until the end of summer, you will probably get bored of wine altogether.

  • A CITRUS THIRST QUENCHER:

    This month we welcome a new style of beer: agua fresca ale. As the name suggests, agua fresca ale is a combination of a simple pale ale and agua fresca.

  • Noteworthy: ‘Bubblegum’music blows up

    Ritchie Cordell, Jerry Kasenetz and Jeffry Katz may not be names you know. However "Yummy Yummy Yummy," "Chewy Chewy," and "Hanky Panky" should be familiar. Before K-Pop and boy bands, the pre-adolescence of rock ‘n' roll brought us Bubblegum. After the Beatles cleared the rulebook, Sixties’ record executives saw a huge potential audience in the kids. Too young for newly-alloyed Hard Rock, kids were devouring cereal, sweets and cartoons. A handful of songwriters fed the assembly line of hitmakers from 1967-1972 and Bubblegum was briefly fashionable pop music.

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