Recent stories by John-John Williams
5:13 PM CDT, June 13, 2013
Ever wonder what comic book icon Stan Lee smells like?
June 9, 2013
Mei Xu, the Marylander behind the White House-approved Chesapeake Bay Candle, has unveiled a new collection of candles and diffusers, Alassis. The line, which features hand-blown artisanal candles, ranges in price from $3.95 for tin candles to $29.95 for reed diffusers and glass candles. There are eight scents, including honeysuckle and lily, black currant and rosewood, and amber and vanilla. The company promotes the entire collection as "conceptualized, designed and poured in Maryland.".
12:40 PM CDT, May 31, 2013
These eco-friendly products will up the entertainment ante. These tumblers and highball glasses are part of the Glacier Glass collection by Rolf Glass, based in the glassmaking town of Mount Pleasant, Pa. The products are made of recycled wine bottles and are transformed into frosted, blue-tinted wares using engraving technology. The frosty, glacial look is itself a tonic for a hot summer day.
8:49 AM CDT, May 30, 2013
1:40 PM CDT, May 27, 2013
An adult male suffering multiple gunshot wounds walked into the emergency room of University of Maryland Medical Center on Monday afternoon and told police that he was shot at a nearby cookout by an unknown man who opened fire.
9:02 PM CDT, May 27, 2013
Police made a second arrest and were tracking other suspects Monday in a double shooting that killed a 1-year-old, an attack that angered public officials amid a bloody holiday weekend in which gun violence wounded or killed a dozen people.
11:10 AM CDT, May 27, 2013
Another man was shot in Baltimore early Monday morning, extending the Memorial Day weekend violence into the holiday and bringing the number of shootings to at least eight.
8:50 PM CDT, May 27, 2013
Bang Warren dismissed the pounding on her cabin door early Monday morning as "children playing a prank." Then a horn blared and she heard people running through the halls of the Grandeur of the Seas
6:24 PM CDT, May 26, 2013
Dressed in the traditional garb of a Civil War Union soldier, Vince Vaise led the two dozen marchers through Mount Auburn, Baltimore's oldest African-American cemetery.
6:46 AM CDT, May 22, 2013
Going to the beach doesn't simply mean getting a killer tan. There's also plenty of great fashion and home décor finds along the way. Here's a guide to places to shop while visiting the shore.
5:29 PM CDT, May 10, 2013
Violinist Ellen Pendleton Troyer has struggled for years with the constraints of wearing evening attire for physical, sometimes-strenuous performances. And she considers herself luckier than her male counterparts, who have a stricter dress code of bow ties and evening jackets adorned with tails.
2:44 PM CDT, May 1, 2013
Try these plush, luxurious and soft throws for a winning gift this Mother's Day. The 54-by-72-inch throws by Anali are 100 percent baby alpaca and come in three colors; grey, camel and ivory. The throws also feature embroidery detail in peacock and ginko. Special-order designs are available as well. The throws are perfect for adorning a sofa or love seat. Mom will also find them ideal to use as a cozy wrap while reading a good book.
9:58 PM CDT, March 17, 2013
David Johnson of Fells Point said he and his wife were awakened about 2 a.m. Sunday to the sound of revelers' voices in front of their home.
11:47 AM CST, February 28, 2013
Stephanie Bradshaw Inc., the Baltimore-based design company, is moving into the Clipper Mill area of the city from its current Cockeysville location, which was home to the firm for two years.
5:16 PM CDT, April 26, 2013
What are some easy spring decorating tips?
11:45 AM CST, February 28, 2013
Charles Luck, an architectural stone supplier based in Richmond, Va., has opened a new design studio in Baltimore.
6:42 PM CST, February 24, 2013
The rhythmic thud of the drum filled the air of Baltimore's Waverly community, alerting residents that something special was taking place in the neighborhood.
5:14 PM CST, February 20, 2013
Michelle Obama first showed up in them during the inauguration. Jessica Biel has worn them most of the year. Kerry Washington heated up the Golden Globes red carpet with them. And Rachel Zoe took Mercedes- Benz Fashion Week by storm with them.
8:16 PM CDT, March 17, 2013
Dorothy I. Levin, a longtime Columbia resident who was known for her colorful personality and lively parties for members of the burgeoning dinner theater scene in Maryland, died Monday in her home after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was 86.
7:34 AM CST, February 14, 2013
A winter storm left piles of snow and Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco stopped by Tommy Hilfiger's show, but the most dramatic thing about New York City this past week were Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week's first looks at fall 2013.
7:15 AM CST, February 7, 2013
It's the dead of winter, which means that while the rest of us get ready for spring, high fashion is already showing us fall.
8:36 PM CST, March 4, 2013
A sofa cover is a quick way to give your furniture a makeover while transforming your space in the process. Try this polyester Amelie Slipcover by Surefit. The blue-and-cream-colored Amelie collection is French-inspired and mixes prints (plaid, floral and foulard patterns) for a clean finished product. Geometric and floral patterns are huge this season, and with its classic look, this piece will have staying power. The slipcovers are available in different sizes: pillows ($19.99) to full-length sofas ($99.99). Find the Amelie Slipcover for $99.99 by Surefit at Surefit.com.
7:09 AM CST, February 7, 2013
Handbags are the great equalizer of fashion. No matter your height or size, a stunning handbag can complement your look. We asked Danielle DiFerdinando, the Ellicott City native behind the successful Danielle Nicole handbag line, for her top purse trends of spring.
1:08 PM CST, January 30, 2013
New York City is the most fashionable place to be seen this week when Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week rolls into Lincoln Center. One of the biggest draws of the event is the opportunity to rub shoulders with the fashion elite: models, photographers, designers, stylists and celebrities. Here's a guide from industry insiders for the best spots to catch a glimpse of a model, a drink with an editor or a bite with a fashionista. See you in the Big Apple in your stilettos.
1:22 PM CST, January 23, 2013
Rotating art can freshen up a room
7:26 AM CST, January 17, 2013
Her affinity for sleeveless frocks has caused a buying frenzy and inspired people to turn to workouts for toning their arms. She has become a highly coveted canvas for fashion designers and retailers. She steals the scene in pointed-toe flats, colored cardigans, brooches, and fit and flared dresses. First lady Michelle Obama's sense of style has captured fashion followers, and in the process made ensemble-gazing a national pastime.
5:17 PM CST, January 19, 2013
12:18 PM CST, January 11, 2013
When Neil Saval and his wife closed on a single-family home in Federal Hill, his first purchase wasn't a piece of contemporary art or a plush sofa — it was a Panasonic 60-inch flat-screen television.
10:14 AM CST, December 30, 2012
A 15-year-old male was shot in the upper torso Saturday night during an attempted robbery in the Lochearn area, according to Baltimore County Police.
5:47 PM CST, December 15, 2012
Terrell Carr and his mother, Niesha Carr, have loved his experience at William C. March Middle School. From the Arabic classes in which he's excelled to the quality of the instruction, both have nothing but good things to say about the school. And they are disappointed that it might close at the end of the year.
8:33 PM CST, December 15, 2012
Friday was Avon Ball's first night off "the box," finally finished with court-ordered home monitoring and ready to hit the town. "Who with me?" he posted on Facebook.
5:08 PM CST, December 19, 2012
Rebecca Nagle and Hannah Brancato aren't interested in spilling Victoria's Secret. But the Baltimore-based artists and feminists do want the lingerie giant — and other cultural forces — to tell a different story about sex.
10:47 AM CST, December 15, 2012
An unidentified man was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma where he remains after being shot several times in Catonsville last night by two men, police said.
9:00 PM CST, November 8, 2012
2:16 PM CDT, October 18, 2012
Halloween doesn't scare Melanie Brzozowski into a fit of random decorating. She treats the holiday with the approach she takes to other seasonal events.
6:52 AM CST, November 14, 2012
The massive round metal mirror in the foyer was one of the first purchases Christian Siriano made after winning the fourth season of "Project Runway."
11:47 AM CDT, October 6, 2012
The Yankees are coming, and Baltimore's economy is ready.
5:03 PM CDT, October 5, 2012
To maximize tight spaces or to achieve a sleek, chic, modern look, try items with a mirrored finish. At Arhaus Furniture, three labels — Isla, Amelia and Aurora — offer close to 20 pieces with a mirrored finish. The design offers versatility, according to Gary Babcock, senior vice president of fashion and merchandising for Arhaus Furniture. "Mirrored pieces will forever be a favorite furnishing because they can be placed anywhere in the home. They're glamorous and transitional. ... They're the perfect companion to any other design aesthetic or décor," he said.
6:48 AM CDT, October 22, 2012
2:13 PM CDT, October 3, 2012
Sobeidy Vidal sees a dearth of Hispanic models and designers in high fashion. It's been the driving force behind Latin Fashion Week for the past 12 years.
6:07 PM CDT, October 6, 2012
Baltimore police have identified the officer involved in a Thursday morning shooting at 1500 E. Lanvale St.
12:24 PM CDT, October 6, 2012
Anne Arundel police are investigating the death of an 50-year-old man who died Friday night after an apparent assault in Brooklyn Park.
7:14 PM CDT, July 31, 2012
2:50 PM CDT, October 5, 2012
What are some quick tips to adopt an autumnal theme into your home?
August 12, 2012
Mike Anson didn't let a broken ankle get in the way of his renovation project.
6:29 AM CDT, September 27, 2012
Two years ago, a dejected Bishme Cromartie almost gave up sewing altogether. He had just received a rejection letter from the famed Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
12:00 PM CDT, October 1, 2012
7:51 PM CDT, September 2, 2012
Whether it was a rooftop deck party equipped with a DJ and an elaborate brunch theme or a hotel hall transformed into a swanky viewing room, those lucky enough to have downtown digs along the Grand Prix race track entertained friends and family with private, upscale parties.
11:04 PM CDT, September 14, 2012
Christian Siriano, Maryland's best-known fashion industry personality, might have had one of the best showings at last week's New York Fashion Week events. But the state's couture offerings did not end with him. Area designers, hair and makeup artists and models also made their mark. Their participation ranged from shows associated with household names such as Isaac Mizrahi, The Row, Monique Lhuillier and Nicole Richie, to burgeoning designers such as actress Jennifer Hudson, who released her first line of women's wear. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at their NYFW experiences:
4:24 PM CDT, July 3, 2012
After years of watching Lynn Weisberg purchase garment after garment, boutique manager Karen Ciurca-Weiner finally told her loyal customer a hard truth — she needed to stop buying and start looking at what she had.
7:47 PM CDT, September 25, 2012
A Patriots fan's tweet Sunday night — intended for Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith — has ignited a firestorm on the web, raising new questions about the way online discourse intersects with real life.
4:07 PM CDT, July 18, 2012
As nations battle it out for sports supremacy at the Olympics in London this summer, we can all acknowledge that when it comes to fashion, the Brits have us beat.
7:13 PM CDT, June 27, 2012
Nationally known model Isis King is still waiting for her money. So is Marlin Mills, CEO of the Scottish Rite Maryland, which owns the Scottish Rite Masonic Center.
7:03 PM CDT, May 24, 2012
In less than five minutes, Tom Kiefaber said, he was left with nothing.
12:54 PM CDT, July 25, 2012
It looked doubtful that the entire group of 40 third-, fourth- and fifth-grade girls from Baltimore City's Edgewood Elementary would complete a mile run when they took the track last spring.
8:37 PM CDT, August 14, 2012
Tom Kiefaber, former owner of the Senator Theatre, was released from jail Tuesday and gave his own account of events leading to his arrest Monday at the cinema, denying that he has trespassed and harassed the current owners.
11:18 AM CDT, May 31, 2012
When Jill Andrews redesigned her Hampden rowhouse last year, it finally sank in how narrow it really was —12 feet wide.
6:00 PM CDT, May 16, 2012
Lisa Schatz starts her Preakness shopping eight months early, at the September fashion trade shows in New York City. In addition to her regular buys for spring inventory, she's learned to add items featuring bold colors and fun prints that will stand out at Maryland's biggest horse race.
8:10 AM CDT, June 21, 2012
This season's beachwear will be dominated by retro pinup girl silhouettes, tribal prints, nautical stripes, flashy coverups — even rompers.
9:16 AM CDT, June 16, 2012
Baltimore City police responded to reports of four nonfatal shootings early Saturday morning.
7:39 PM CDT, June 9, 2012
Daniel Ewald says he's ready when and if zombies ever take over.
4:55 PM CDT, May 17, 2012
It's 10 in the morning and Tracy Campola has already been up for hours, putting the finishing touches on one of 14 racing silks that are due by the end of the week. The Arbutus resident is surprisingly calm, considering that she's up to her neck in orders and less than three days away from the state's largest horse race — the Preakness.
11:56 AM CDT, May 11, 2012
With so many home mortgages underwater, perhaps it's little wonder that interior designers have found inspiration in the murky depths of the sea. Let's call it turning a negative into a positive.
6:29 AM CDT, May 24, 2012
Long before the throngs of audience members generate "oohs" and "ahhs," the staff of the UniverSoul Circus begins to craft its unusual performances, spending months combing the globe for fresh acts.
5:37 PM CDT, June 16, 2012
Native American dancer and father Patrick Little Wolf Brooks appeared to lose himself in the repetitive chant that accompanied the rhythmic pounding of the drum.
3:55 PM CDT, May 2, 2012
Christie Griffiths left behind her New York City life — working with fashion lines like Diane von Furstenberg, Nanette Lepore and Rag & Bone — and opted to cater to more cost-conscious consumers in Baltimore. She opened Brightside Boutique and Art Studio, a clothing boutique specializing in pieces that cost less than $100.
5:33 AM CST, February 20, 2012
An assessment of Stacy Keibler's attire this awards season reads like a children's bedtime story.
12:35 PM CST, February 8, 2012
You may have collected your fair share of antler-inspired decor last fall. Or you might be thinking about finding a spot for that bold tangerine color of the year or even adding one of the woodland-themed pieces expected to be popular.
6:14 AM CDT, April 5, 2012
For brides-to-be who want to tap into what's au courant this spring, remember: More is more when it comes to the veil; choose shoes you'll want to wear again; and find a sassy second dress for the reception.
9:34 PM CDT, May 6, 2012
John Lanahan Jr. was spending Sunday afternoon at St. Agnes Hospital with his father, who was recovering from an allergic reaction. The two Orioles fans planned to watch the game against perennial favorite Boston Red Sox.
11:56 AM CST, March 7, 2012
Just in time for the launch of the highly anticipated iPad3 and following the success of international hit "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," Odenton-based M-Edge has channeled the feel of the Oscar-nominated movie through a line of protective covers inspired by lead character Lisbeth Salander.
6:01 AM CST, January 5, 2012
Doris Randall hadn't worn her brown bomber mink coat in ages. Her full-length shearling coat got even less use — she wore it about twice in the 15 years since her husband gave it to her.
2:26 PM CDT, March 28, 2012
The moment she spotted the suede purple-and-cobalt heels by Jeffrey Campbell, Lindsay Hall fell in love. When she learned that the shoe was designed in collaboration with Hampden boutique Ma Petite Shoe, the lure of exclusiveness sealed the deal.
6:38 PM CST, December 7, 2011
Soon after Rob Morton bought his iPad 2, he started scouring the Web for a customized case — something to keep his new tablet protected and personalized.
6:57 AM CST, January 19, 2012
Lately, it seems you don't have to be anywhere near a garden to stop and smell the roses.
10:28 AM CST, February 8, 2012
Randy Fenoli at Betsy Robinson
2:54 PM CST, December 4, 2011
A Fawn Grove, Pa., man died early Sunday morning after two cars collided on Route 23 just east of Harford Creamery Road, south of Norrisville, state police said.
2:11 PM CST, January 23, 2012
The Maryland Court of Appeals has cleared Baltimore's City Paper and one of its reporters of any wrongdoing in a libel case stemming from two stories written about the execution-style double-slaying of two Baltimore nightclub employees.
9:07 AM CST, November 15, 2011
Great conversation while dinning on delicate cucumber sandwiches. Hot, buttery scones fresh from the oven. Zesty smooth lemon curd. And don't forget the clotted cream. There's nothing like a traditional afternoon tea.
4:55 PM CST, November 9, 2011
The Roth family moved to Phoenix in Baltimore County a year ago to be closer to better services for their 7-year-old daughter, Avery, who is autistic.
3:18 PM CST, November 9, 2011
As a member of the hit girl-group Destiny's Child, Michelle Williams had a backup role to frontwoman Beyonce. But as an actress, Williams has found herself playing the leading lady.
1:46 PM CST, November 23, 2011
Purchasing the perfect holiday gift can be tricky. And when you have a picky recipient, gift-giving is downright stressful.
6:01 AM CST, November 10, 2011
Morris Chestnut made a name for himself as Ricky, a college-bound football star whose life was cut short, in the heart-wrenching 1991 film "Boyz n the Hood."
4:30 AM CST, November 23, 2011
5:41 PM CST, November 12, 2011
A man and woman died in a house fire Saturday afternoon in Southwest Baltimore, fire officials said.
4:41 PM CST, November 6, 2011
U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin kicked off his re-election campaign Sunday, promising several hundred supporters that he'd fight for better schools, more jobs, a cleaner environment and access to health care.
4:29 AM CST, November 23, 2011
10:11 AM CDT, October 13, 2011
Baltimore-native Stacy Keibler kicked off her birthday in "paradise" with superstar boyfriend George Clooney this week.
December 1, 2011
There's a new animal reigning atop home decor.
5:59 PM CDT, November 2, 2011
Natalie Graham's first meeting a year ago with "Modern Family" actress Ariel Winter could have been a disaster.
10:04 AM CDT, September 16, 2011
Mark Miranda knows how to tailgate.
3:33 PM CDT, July 24, 2011
In June, when Sade was preparing to kick off her first tour in more than a decade, the husky-voiced crooner tweeted about her love of Baltimore and entertained reporters while relaxing in her 2,100-square-foot suite at the Hotel Monaco. When in town, actor Gene Hackman has been known to chat up other guests at the bar in the Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys.
6:11 AM CDT, August 11, 2011
The button-down gingham shirt was accented by a maroon paisley bow tie. Her loose-fitting black jeans slightly covered her black-and-white squared leather shoes. Felicia "Snoop" Pearson's nerd-chic ensemble, accented by geeky glasses, seemed almost red-carpet-ready when she exited Baltimore Circuit Court on Monday.
12:17 PM CDT, September 21, 2011
You came, you saw, you bought everything. Now how do you incorporate those Missoni pieces into your existing home décor?
5:06 PM CDT, June 22, 2011
Christine Spencer left her home in Frederick at 3 a.m. just so she could get a jump on the thousands of U2 fans expected to pack M&T Stadium on Wednesday night.
12:21 PM CDT, June 17, 2011
Kinera Royster wants to be known more for her talents than her appearance.
11:51 AM CDT, September 15, 2011
The key to the perfect tailgating offering is impressing your fellow sports fans with foods that are flavorful and hearty.
3:47 PM CDT, August 19, 2011
Baltimore Fashion Week may be under way, but the showcase of models and designers is missing its star announcer.
1:28 PM CDT, August 5, 2011
Your home is starting to resemble an episode of "Hoarders," but without the tearful back story.
2:16 PM CDT, July 6, 2011
Historically, travel hasn't been fashion-friendly. No matter how you pack, your clothes are destined for Wrinkleville. And that expensive bottle of perfume in your checked bag is likely to arrive broken or not at all.
2:02 PM CDT, August 10, 2011
Since January, Baltimore Fashion Week founder Sharan Nixon has been operating under the assumption that she would hold her four-day event in the tony neighborhood of Harbor East.
6:23 PM CDT, June 18, 2011
Just days after his nephew was killed in a shooting, U.S Rep. Elijah E. Cummings challenged a church filled with friends and family to take a stand against senseless violence, and make the most of their lives.
2:05 PM CDT, April 14, 2011
There will be plenty of treats, costumes, contests and free heart exams. And that's just for the pets.
May 19, 2011
Move over, Animal Kingdom. This year's Preakness front-runner is likely to be the fascinator, at least in the grandstands.
7:58 AM CDT, March 28, 2011
In five years, the District Sample Sale has become the premiere shopping event in the region.
July 15, 2011
With a kiddy Grand Prix race, a gathering of videogame programmers and artists, and plenty of hands-on arts and crafts, this year's Artscape will offer plenty of family-friendly activities.
5:39 PM CDT, September 7, 2011
In Baltimore, the best way to capture the vibe spotted at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is with a quick trip to a department store or high-end boutique. Both are generally stocked with a slew of garments from designers whose creations regularly appear on the runway and in the glossy magazines.
4:21 PM CDT, March 30, 2011
At first glance, Whitney Morris' second-floor walk-up resembles most bachelor pads. An office has been converted into a "man cave" filled with a keyboard, a couple of guitars and a computer. The kitchen looks virtually untouched. It isn't until you walk into his bedroom that you realize Morris has a serious addiction to shoes — Nike Dunk SBs to be exact.
5:24 PM CDT, May 16, 2011
Kegasus, the quasi-mythical star of Preakness' latest ad campaign, held court at Pimlico Race Course's infield Monday morning, sharing his pick to win Saturday's race and his expectations for InfieldFest fun.
11:20 AM CDT, June 1, 2011
Grammy nominated crooner "Uncle" Charlie Wilson will highlight a slew of free entertainment at this year's African American Festival, organizers announced Wednesday.
6:33 PM CST, February 16, 2011
Perched in the front row, Emily Ehehalt watched as flashes of ivory ruffles, creamy taffeta and eggshell lace swept by on a runway.
2:56 PM CST, February 25, 2011
Rita St. Clair and her staff turned to an ancient classic when the Baltimore interior designer was asked to decorate a room upon her induction into the Washington Design Center Hall of Fame. The group wanted a fabric to accent a number of pieces in the room and make them pop. They chose ikat.
March 11, 2011
Bethenny Frankel has turned her one-time unhealthy obsession with being thin into a multifaceted empire.
9:09 AM CDT, March 21, 2011
Actor Mario Lopez will be in Baltimore Tuesday to read to patients at Johns Hopkins Children's Hospital, visit with members of the Boys and Girls Club in Edgewood, and meet with fans in Fells Point.
12:15 PM CDT, March 21, 2011
Despite a new upscale locale, a New York-inspired structure, a celebrity announcer, and the addition of national retailers, ticket prices for Baltimore Fashion Week will be less expensive than last year, according to Sharan Nixon, the event's executive director.