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Valentine's Day cheat sheet

What girl doesn't like to be showered with gifts? That's why there are no complaints about the arrival of a classic bouquet of flowers and the traditional box of chocolates on Feb. 14.

But guys, if you really want to impress her on Valentine's Day, a little originality goes a long way. And what fashionable girl wouldn't love a present that also happens to be one of the hottest items of the season? So assuming most of you men don't regularly read the fashion pages, here are a few stylish gift ideas that are sure to help dress and impress your one and only.

Pearls: There is nothing as timeless as a strand of pearls. And with this spring's '50s-inspired fashions, there isn't a more perfect necklace.

Lace and satin: The sensual fabrics are huge this season, and you can never go wrong with sexy lingerie.

Red-hot shoes: A little daring, yes, but to surprise her with her very own ruby slippers? She'll be happier than Dorothy in a field of poppies.

Charm bracelet: Another classic, it's the gift you can keep on giving. Add new charms for her birthday, anniversary, etc.

If you have a tip or have noticed a trend you think our resident fashionista should know about, e-mail your comments to product@creativeloafing.com.



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Michelle DuBois wrote her first lyric at the ripe and worldly age of 7. It went like this: "I feel so queer, I can drink a beer." But it was with the profound words of her second lyric, "He'll be a preacher, and I'll be a nurse, but he'll love me 'cause I'll carry a Bible in my purse," that she knew music was her destiny.

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Brooks' bio goes something like this: His real name is Jason Brooks. After the stint in the trailer park, his intellectual and artistic parents moved to the 'burbs. By his early teens, Brooks was into drinking and drugs, and by 17 he was an addict in rehab. While getting sober, he met and befriended Danny Alexander. The two started a rap/rock group, appropriately named Rehab.

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Rehab gained popularity playing at venues like the Masquerade and MJQ, and signed with Sony in 1999. Its debut album, Southern Discomfort, had a hit single, "It Don't Matter." Brooks went on to sign a solo deal with So So Def and released Straight Outta Rehab in 2003. His next album, Suspicious Package, will likely be released this fall.

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Brooks is still on the wagon, so his vices these days are coffee, cigarettes and tattoos (he's got 12 and is carefully contemplating 13).

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Brooks always had a hunch that he'd be doing something that would put him in the spotlight, though he thought it would be breakdancing. He can still nail a 1990 (that's a one handed spin for those not down with breakdancing lingo).

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Though Brooks now spends most of his time on the road, he still calls the ATL home. If you catch "Trailer Fabulous" — it's on Wednesday nights at 10 — Brooks' fuzzed-out logo hat says Atlanta. The crew finally demanded he stop wearing it because they were sick of having to blur it out.             13020986 1259698                          Profile - Brooks Buford "
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Wednesday August 3, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Brooks Buford knows a thing or two about a double-wide. He spent his first few years of life living in one. He even wrote a song about one. It makes sense, then, that Brooks is the "irreverent" host of MTV's newest reality makeover show, "Trailer Fabulous." CL caught up with the rising star while he was in Fayetteville rehauling a couple of mobile homes and making over its residents, too.

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