Houseplant care: Tips for plant shopping

Shopping for houseplants now can be like playing the lottery: There’s no guarantee you will be rewarded with the jackpot. As houseplant sales have skyrocketed and more plant stores have opened, the demand for plants has become increasingly competitive for small businesses.

“I love that there are so many people who love plants,” said Potted co-owner Annette Gutierrez. “But the demand is astronomical right now, and there isn’t enough supply.” She added that the Suez Canal blockage resulted in a shortage of garden supplies.

As more people get vaccinated and return to shopping in person, expectations might not always match reality, particularly when demand is high and supply is low. Another thing retailers say is in short supply? Good manners.

The majority of customers are lovely, shop owners say, but some customers might not realize how hard they make it for shop owners to do their jobs (and stay in

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Chillhouse Pivots to Face and Body Care, as Spa Remains at Limited Capacity

Chillhouse is hoping to recoup sales lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following success via its Chill Tips press-on nails, Chillhouse is releasing a collection of day and night face oils and body oil mists. All four products are priced at $48 and will be sold via Chillhouse’s website, SoHo flagship and Urban Outfitters.

“It really started with me asking myself, ‘if I can bottle a spa, what would that look like?’” said Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton, Chillhouse’s founder and chief executive officer. “When you go into a spa, you feel a little drab and in a slump, like you need some invigoration. When you come out, you’re always covered in oils and feel so happy and rejuvenated. That’s exactly what I wanted to create for our first line of products.”

Ramirez-Fulton declined to offer sales projections for Chillhouse’s body care collection, though she expects the line to “outpace the monthly sales

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Melania Trump’s 5 Biggest Fashion Fails Aside From ‘I Really Don’t Care’ Jacket

KEY POINTS

  • Melania Trump’s oversized Balenciaga bubble coat made her look small 
  • The ex-FLOTUS inspired hilarious memes with her unisex black and white ensemble 
  • Melania had mismatched her accessories with her outfits on some occasions

Melania Trump has made a mark in the fashion industry especially when she served as the first lady of the United States, but there were a few times when her outfits also raised some eyebrows.

Leona Liu, editor of STYLE, looked back at Melania’s biggest fashion fails aside from her “I don’t really care, do you” jacket. The rare moments included Melania’s oversized Balenciaga coat and mismatched accessories. 

1. Poor choice of an oversized coat

Melania and former President Donald Trump were photographed stepping out of Air Force One on Dec. 31. She sported an oversized Balenciaga bubble coat and paired it with Christian Dior calfskin boots.

The coat created a visually dwarfing effect on

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Biden joins battle for US Senate as top Trump ally finally accepts win

President-elect Joe Biden threw his weight into the Democratic battle for control of the US Senate on Tuesday, as his White House win was finally acknowledged by top Republicans and holdout foreign leaders. Biden flew into Georgia — a southern state he won in an upset against President Donald Trump — to host a rally for two Democratic candidates in runoff races that will determine the Senate’s balance of power.”Honk for your next United States senators Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock,” Biden told the crowd at the drive-in event in Atlanta — urging voters to turn out in force on January 5.”Send me these two men, and we will control the Senate!”One day after the Electoral College affirmed Biden’s victory, attention shifted to the looming Senate battle — and to the shape of the

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