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Beauty and the basics

Style Inc. works to dispel the notion that personal stylists cater only to the fabulously wealthy - everyone deserves to look great, even on a budget. We spoke with founder Julie Leddy to find out how anyone can benefit from a personal stylist.

Vintage inspiration

On most Saturday afternoons, Marie Albano DDS can be found at the Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood, dancing to her own distinctive beat. We caught up with her as she was getting ready to ride off in her 2009 laser jet blue Corvette. The vintage textile, clothing and accessory collector, known as “fashion diva” to her friends, was dressed for versatility and style.

Kent's 157 Lounge supports local fashion scene

157 Lounge in downtown Kent, Ohio, offers a big city night life atmosphere in the midst of a small college town. Appealing to an upscale clientele with their trendy high tables, dim lighting, lounge seating, VIP venue and exceptional martini menu, 157 Lounge is the premiere hot spot for the aspiring young professional.

Fresh faces in fashion

There’s nothing more I love than hearing about talented people working together in Cleveland. Make that beautiful, talented and fashionable people, and it’s even better.

Style to go!

Mark Sprouse enters the coffee shop in a flurry and deftly moves behind the counter to fill up a Thermos before the RTA bus driver who just dropped him off circles around for the fresh joe. “This really is curbside service today,” Sprouse says as he smiles at his bus driver before heading back into Willow Coffee House on the corner of 117th and Madison in Cleveland.

Hot rockin' Italian mama

At first glance, you would never imagine that Bethany Maggianobelts out lyrics to Descendants or Wu-Tang hits before getting ready to head out for a night on the town. In describing her personal style, Maggiano says, “I try to stay somewhat dressy. For me, casual is difficult and I feel much more comfortable in a dress or fitted jeans with heels.”

Fashion Week highlight: Jessica Goodworth, Dariana Delgado and Chelsea Mannion

Jessica Goodworth and Dariana Delgado, two of the celebrity models in the Celebrity Cleveland Style show, and Chelsea Mannion, a long-time Fashion Week Cleveland volunteer, were kind enough to sit down with me after the show to talk about the show, modeling and fashion in Cleveland:

Style spotlight: Sean Szczepinski

When it comes to personal style, for Sean Szczepinski, it comes down to three elements: color, fit and price. These choices are evident in a wardrobe that has evolved from the shapeless mass of the mid- to late 90s into a tailored classic modern ensemble.

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