Expert Answers

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Fashion Matters

Summer’s coming. What’s new in bathing suits for summer 2010?

Clean and classic bandeau-topped bikinis are back — to the delight of those of us who hate weird tan lines. Think 1970s Malibu and choose one in suitably groovy colors. Ethnic-inspired patterns also work well in this silhouette. Most bandeaus come with attachable straps if you’re afraid of losing your top in the water. On the other end of the spectrum, you’ll find one-pieces made more intriguing with sexy cutaways, metal clasps or leather-like detailing. Whichever you choose, remember your sunscreen. — Dannielle Kyrillos, editor-at-large of, the free daily e-mail covering food, fashion and fun

Life Lessons

I’ve recently lost my job. Now I’m losing my self-confidence. Help!

Stressing about the current state of things will get you nowhere. Rather than focusing on what you don’t want or what you’re not happy with, start thinking about what you do want and what you are happy with. Take action now. Do not wait for the government or your friends and family to help you. The greatest help you will ever receive will come from the hand that you extend to yourself.

View these tough times not as the end but rather the beginning. Think not of your current issues as problems but rather challenges. Allow this to be a time to exercise and build up your mental fitness. — Professional life coach Shannon Graham,

Wine & Dine

I’m planning a family brunch and I would like to make it a little fancy. On the menu are French toast, scrambled eggs and bacon. What would be a nice wine pairing?

I suggest sparkling wine or champagne to pair with breakfast food. Sparkling wine is light, refreshing and low in alcohol, which makes for a nice pairing early in the day. — Brad Prescott, owner,

Family Issues

It’s the season of itchy eyes and sniffling noses. What can I do to help my family members avoid allergies?

Here are a few tips: Avoid going outdoors during peak pollen hours, usually from 5 to 10 a.m. Get up-to-date pollen information for your area from the National Allergy Bureau at Watch the weather: Pollen count can be high after dry, windy days. Keep windows shut on days when the pollen count is high. Use air conditioning to cool the home, and avoid using fans, which can draw in pollen and spread it inside the home. Change air conditioning filters often. Take allergy medication at least 30 minutes prior to any outdoor activities. Take a shower and change clothes immediately after being outside to remove collected pollen on clothes and hair. Help prevent and reduce allergic reactions with nasal sprays, eye drops or allergy medications. Discuss medications with your doctor, and use them only as directed. — The experts at