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Humble shortbread cookie appears around the world, but with local twists

Humble shortbread cookie appears around the world, but with local twists


Blanche Shaheen/Special to the Town Crier
Ghraybeh shortbread cookies use sweet-tasting ghee in lieu of butter.

 

When Americans think of the shortbread cookie, they often imagine the traditional Scottish cookies, shaped like oblong rectangles and ...

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Your Health

CSA connects families with fresh, nutritious food

CSA connects families with fresh, nutritious food


Courtesy of Community Services Organization
CSA staff load groceries to take to Castro Elementary School as part of a new outreach program for children and families enrolled in the free and reduced lunch programs at Castro and Mistral schools.

Maureen...

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Your Home

Healing art: Restoration 'doctor' preserves damaged objects

Healing art: Restoration 'doctor' preserves damaged objects


Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Art restorer Rho Brown performs delicate preservation work in her Los Altos studio, above. Once fully restored, below left, it’s difficult to tell which cherub was previously missing its head. Brown’s studio conta...

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On The Road

American muscle in the modern age: Bolting to Blackhawk in the Chrysler 300S

American muscle in the modern age: Bolting to Blackhawk in the Chrysler 300S


Photo by Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier; Bottom Right Photo courtesy of Chrysler
The Andersons recently drove the new Chrysler 300S to Danville’s Blackhawk Museum, where they saw “The Spirit of the Old West” exhibition.

 

When you have a p...

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Senior Lifestyles

Local pianist performs, volunteers and finds 'keys' to a good life

Local pianist performs, volunteers and finds 'keys' to a good life


RAMYA KRISHNA/TOWN CRIER
Doreta Strotman performs the classics with her signature jazz-style improvisations at Los Altos Grill Sunday evenings. The Mountain View resident has been playing since the age of 4.

Sunday evenings, Doreta Strotman’s job is to...

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Wedding To Remember

Ring options on Main Street range from traditional to unorthodox

Ring options on Main Street range from traditional to unorthodox


 

With nine fine-jewelry retailers concentrated along the Main Street corridor, downtown Los Altos offers a wealth of options for engagement and wedding ring shoppers. From one end of Main to the other, the choices range from the traditional to t...

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Your Kids

Living Classroom grows lessons for next-gen science standards

Living Classroom grows lessons for next-gen science standards


 

Providing local students with a tangible outdoor learning experience, the Living Classroom program aims to support a new generation of students who are excited about the environment.

The Living Classroom serves 9,000 students locally in the Los ...

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Back to School

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Subdued colors for start of school: Do the mat Stylish clothing still figures in first-impression eq


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Preeti Piplani, Laurel Lathrop, Ellen Lathrop and Talya Yefet, clockwise from left, show off the latest styles for back to school. Right, Yefet models a fitted corduroy blazer.

The first day of high school is a game of impressions. How to act, what to say and whom to say it to leave lasting impressions with peers.

Clothing also plays an important role in this equation.

So what do students wear to school these days?

For young women, the right top can be an essential item in shaping the right look.

"The big trend that has continued is layering, like a T-shirt with a tank top over it," said Richard Samuelson, vice president and general manager of Neiman Marcus at Stanford Shopping Center. "Tank tops continue to be strong, especially cotton (tank tops), because they're lighter in weight."

In terms of color, pink is still the go-to favorite, while other muted tones, such as peach, are also acceptable.

"There's a lot more color this season that isn't as bright," said Preeti Piplani, a 2004 graduate of Los Altos High School. "It's not screaming colors; it's much softer."

Another popular look in tops is a camisole, especially in summer, coupled with a fitted blazer.

"Fitted (blazers), which come in different types of fabric, are also popular," Samuelson said. "It could be cotton ... but denim continues to be popular as well."

Piplani said a variety in fabrics is a great way to mix and match tops and blazers, while adding a functional element as well.

"I think corduroy and different types of fabrics are really fun because you can wear a camisole and still be cool," Piplani said. "But when it gets colder in the evenings, especially in the Bay Area, you can dress a little bit warmer and still look a little dressed up with a blazer."

During the summer, teenage girls have favored miniskirts.

"Denim is popular (in miniskirts)," Samuelson said, "but I've seen some tweed skirts as well."

For colder climates or for those who don't particularly favor miniskirts, low-rise jeans with straight legs are ideal for rounding out an outfit.

"I have a lot of friends who wear (low-rise jeans) and they are very fun and young and hip," Piplani said.

For guys, the look this year is casual, mixing a bit of what Samuelson calls the preppy look with a bit of surfer.

Samuelson said polo shirts, striped button-down shirts and other tops are common among young men.

"Logo T-shirts seem to be very popular," he said. "Novelty T-shirts are also popular. ... Mainly, boys and men still like casual."

In terms of T-shirts, Samuelson said some young men opt for fitted T-shirts, while others choose looser ones.

"You'll find a bit of both," he said. "There's still the shirt for guys (who aren't comfortable wearing fitted T-shirts). Fitted (T-shirts) work for high school guys."

In warmer climates, shorts are prevalent among young men.

"The longer shorts are what guys like to wear," Samuelson said. "Not over the knee, but to the knee. ... Cargo shorts are popular because they're comfortable."

For those not into the preppy look, surfer styles are gaining popularity among young men. Board shorts are favored for casual dressing.

Girls and boys share some common threads or shoes. Athletic shoes, such as those from Puma, are both stylish and casual and come in a variety of colors.

Flip-flops are widespread too. While boys prefer their flip-flops plain, a new trend among girls has flip-flops adorned with decorations such as sequins.

"They're getting very creative with seashells and all sorts of different materials, like flowers," Piplani said.

For fall and winter, Ugg boots - in pink and other colors - are pricey but in demand among girls.

"I think (Ugg boots are popular) because of comfort," Samuelson said. "It's just another fashion trend."

As for accessories, trucker hats, such as Von Dutch, are in-style among young men, while young women use sashes and other items to serve as a belt.

"A lot of girls are using theirs dad's old ties as belts, which I think is really fun, because they're kind of recycling trends," Piplani said. "They're thinking of new ways to use things they already have in their closet."

High school can be a difficult transition for young men and women trying make a positive impression. However, the right clothes can help make that transition easier.

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