Tuesday, September 17, 2002

Real Style

Student appreciates bargains

By Joy Kraft jkraft@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Robin Capal hunts for bargains with trendy appeal.
(Joseph Fuqua II)
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        Robin Capal may be just 19 and undecided on a major at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, but the Hamilton student is a seasoned bargain hunter “who can take a small amount of money and make anything look trendy and her own style,” writes her mother, Karen.

        Between school and working the phones at Harrison Health and Fitness Center, she finds time to train for the Flying Pig Marathon and model for New View Management Group in Evendale.

        Describe your style: Colorful. I make my clothes look expensive even though they aren't.

        You can be found shopping at: Deb Shop and Rave at Northgate Mall, Charlotte Russe at Tri-County Mall and TJ Maxx.

        Earliest fashion memory: My Punky Brewster shoes are the earliest thing I remember. I was probably about 6 and my mom got them for me - tennis shoes just like the character wore.

        You wouldn't be caught dead in: Anything dirty or that worn, raggedy look.

        Favorite designers: I don't necessarily look for labels. I just look for something that looks nice and trendy and is affordable.

        If you had big bucks you'd buy: I'd go to a Petite Sophisticate and buy pretty dresses.

        Signature look: I like to wear black pants and a nice, trendy top, something that catches your eye but isn't too loud.

        Best bargain: At Rave, I bought two pair of shorts for $10.

        You can never have enough: Dresses, medium length, right above the knee, trendy but not too provocative.

        Sentimental clothing: A favorite swimsuit I wore when I went with friends to Kings Island. I don't wear it anymore but I keep it because I had such a good time.

        You're never without: I always wear a necklace and pair of earrings. I like silver.

        Fashion philosophy: Pick things that look trendy but are affordable. People can't tell where you bought it.

        Send nominations to Joy Kraft by mail: c/o Cincinnati Enquirer, 312 Elm St., Cincinnati 45202; fax; 768-8330; jkraftenquirer.com Include their name, age, daytime phone and why they should be featured.


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