Every week Morgan Fitzgerald’s owner Nancy Pride writes an article for the local newspaper, The Eagle, called Simply Stylish.

Topics include fashion, cosmetics, gift giving, etiquette, social awareness, and sometimes, even a little humor.

Simply Stylish by Nancy Pride 

Foundation Primer, a Gift for Makeup Wearers

If I asked you what wishes you want for your makeup, you might say for it to stay on longer, look smoother, have improved condition, and perhaps even appear tightened.  Primers do all those things and more.  They take very little time to apply, but give so many benefits. 

Most of Merle Norman skin primers can be used on any skin type.  However, each offers specific benefits.  The basic skin primer smooths, provides optical diffusers to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and pore size, evens skin tone, and enhances truer …

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Brighton Jewelry Auction

Gently Used Please

Saturday, September 28, Morgan Fitzgerald’s will hold its annual Brighton Jewelry Auction at 2 p.m.  You may place items for auction or attend the auction, or both.  The money from the auction is returned to the person placing the items as credit for her use to buy new Brighton jewelry.  

Anyone may place items for auction. However, there must be three pieces of gently used Brighton jewelry per entry—a necklace, bracelet, and earrings.  They do not have to match.  The pieces must not be tarnished, or …

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What Is a Stylish Woman?

The Cambridge dictionary defines stylish as having a special quality that makes a person or thing seem different and attractive. Most would say Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Melania Trump should be called stylish women even though their styles are quite different.  

A stylish woman includes current trends, but chooses them to fit her wardrobe, body shape, and style.  The garments fit well—not to tight or lose—not to short or long.  She spends extra time to find perfect fitting garments, or if her body requires, will spend a little money …

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Are They Naughty or Nice?

Parabens, used from the 1950’s as a preservative in everything from shampoo to food, including cosmetics, has come under scrutiny since a 2004 study that analyzed breast tumors from twenty women. Eighteen of the twenty tumors contained parabens.  The study did not indicate that parabens caused or contributed to the tumors, only that they were present in the tumors.  Nor could the researchers identify where the parabens came from.  However, for those who have experienced cancer, the use of products containing parabens should be considered.  

Parabens, according to the …

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Skintelligent Eye Moisturizer

A few months ago, I wrote about new probiotic skin care products recently
introduced by cosmec firms. I was skeptical at first, but have been very pleased
with customer and personal results. The products provide “good” skin bacteria
that help battle environmental stresses, acne, and other skin issues. Now, Merle
Norman has introduced Skintelligent Eye Moisturizer to add to the Skintelligent
line which currently includes a cleanser, moisturizer, and toner.

It is a hydro-gel that provides supreme moisturization with the added benefit of
probiotics that help your natural defenses. It …

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Make-Up 2019 Fall Trends

September and most of October in Texas feels more like summer than a cool precursor to winter. Instead of pulling out sweaters and long-sleeved shirts, we change to fall colors. Make-up needs to reflect fashion on-trend style colors while establishing make-up trends as well.

Plums and greens with soft neutrals help create a minimalist look. Generally, emphasis on the eyes decreases unless you are wearing apparel in on-the-edge neon colors. Reduce eyeliner width to the base of the lashes. Use soft neutrals to shape the eye, but blend, blend, blend, …

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Fall 2019 Fashion Trends

What goes up, must come down. Designers give a unified mid-calf length to stylesthis fall. What goes down must go up. As the hemlines drop, necklines go up. Gone is the peek-a-boo shoulder, although an occasional one shoulder appears. Shades of purple reign supreme—from lavender to deep purple. Leopard over- powers zebra with tiny to enormous spots. There is even a little whimsy with unusual color added to the spots. Don’t care for the all over leopard look? Get the look by adding a small leopard pattern in your handbag.…

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Is Betty Crocker At It Again?

No, something is baking, but it is not Betty. Cosmetic companies have found a new way to improve texture and versatility of its powdered products. They take creams or liquids and slowly bake them until they become solids, creating silky, smooth texture that blends better, producing a natural look.

Most blushes, eye shadows, and powders are pressed to maintain their shape. The baked cosmetics, formed in the baking process, do not require as many fillers such as talc. Without the fillers, the products become more luminous with more pigment, allowing …

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Brighton Handbags, A True Investment

Brighton leather handbags, when registered at purchase, have a lifetime cleaning warranty. No other brand—even bags ten times that price— have such a generous warranty.

Once a year, pay only the cost to ship the bag to Brighton. Brighton will clean the leather, the cloth inside, replace any parts (assuming they are still available), and then return at Brighton’s cost.

Brighton offers this warranty because they believe in the quality of their product. Leather purchased from the fi nest tanneries rival that of bags ten times the prices of Brighton …

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Celebrate The Fourth With Gusto

On July 4, 1776 the Continental Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence. Even then, John Adams predicted that July 4 would be a celebration day for generations to come. We as Americans have much to celebrate. We have freedom. Os Guinness in his book Last Call for Liberty proposes a perplexing question. Is freedom the right to do what we want, or is it the right to do what we ought? At Texas A&M we see tremendous patriotism—love of country that impresses everyone who visits—love of country that puts …

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