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Fit and flare

it and flare. It’s a phrase that describes one of the most popular silhouettes in dresses this spring. Whether tea length, hemmed just above the knee or shorter, these dresses come in solid colors as well as florals, stripes and other patterns. Styles range from casual sundresses to classic work dresses to fit-and-flare dresses in fabrics fancy enough to attend a spring or summer wedding. Some are sleeveless; others have short or three- quarter-length sleeves.

The fit-and-flare look also can be achieved with a fitted top and flared skirt.

Cleaning tip

Planning on doing some spring cleaning? The March issue of Better Homes and Gardens has put together a list of 40 tips and tricks from the pros. Here are just three of them:

• Clean a room from top to bottom, left to right. That way you won’t miss spots like door frames, windowsills and crown molding.

• Use cotton swabs to clean around stove knobs and crevices on the front of the dishwasher.

• Use a microfiber mop with an extension pole to dust ceilings and walls quickly and easily. When finished, remove cover and toss in the wash.

Eat your greens

Talk about going green. Designer/author Kate Spade once wrote about the all-green meal she served at a St. Patrick’s Day dinner gathering. Her menu consisted of “chilled pea soup with a garnish of spring pea shoots, spinach pasta with walnut pesto sauce and perfect mounds of green tea ice cream with thin, crispy pistachio biscotti.”

“Crazy as it was, I did my best not to go overboard with the theme – no green beer or kelly green cupcakes,” she wrote in her book “Occasions.”

And finally …

“We are smarter and stronger than squirrels. We can win against squirrels. We will win against squirrels. And along the way, we’re going to have plenty of fun.”

Bill Adler Jr., in his book “Outwitting Squirrels: 101 Cunning Stratagems to Reduce Dramatically the Egregious Misappropriation of Seed from Your Birdfeeder by Squirrels,” Third Edition (Chicago Review Press, $16.95).