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Getting ready to hit the road for the holiday? You can learn a thing or seven from NASCARís Jill Gregory of Charlotte, whose business trips range from speedway garages to gala events.

Barbara Laughlin, 70, moved to Charlotte in 1998 when she was recruited as corporate information officer by First Union. Born in Boston, she grew up in Chicago and earned a bachelor degree’s and MBA from DePaul University. Her closet and her home reflect her affinity for travel, with jackets from India, China and Vietnam, and art from around the world. She left First Union in 2001 and has refocused as a board member and brand new grandmother. She describes her taste in art as “an interesting blend of Pier 1 and museum quality.”

A reader asks: “Is it OK to wear pink lipstick when you wear a red top or a red dress? I cannot find a red lipstick that looks good on me.”

The nonprofit Dress for Success provides professional attire, plus other job-related tools, to job-ready women referred by 45 nonprofit and government partners.

Skin was definitely in, but was 2014 all about the big, bold booty or a sheer reveal up top?

In rented workrooms, small storefronts, even kitchen islands across the Charlotte region, designers produce looks that are scoring big with local customers -- and beyond.

What is Charlotte style? What’s the spectrum? And how can we understand, discuss and share whatever-it-is better than ever before?

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