Bonnie Bing

Halloween should be princesses, not chainsaws

Today is Halloween. When I told my co-workers I don’t like Halloween, they asked “why” almost in unison.

My answer: Life is sometimes ugly and scary enough without dedicating a whole day and night to scary. But I was really scared when I saw the horrific costumes some kids are opting for. Some children are choosing costumes based on movies they aren’t allowed to see. The Chain Saw Murderer costume is accessorized with a plastic chain saw painted to look like it’s covered in blood. Wouldn’t it be more fun to give candy to Superman or a ghost, a bumblebee, a princess – well, most anything but a murderer?

The good news for those of us who aren’t fans of Halloween: Before we know it the real holidays will be here with glad tidings and snowy weather.

Yay for Jennifer!

When Jennifer Coen decided to enter the Heart Soul Contest by sending in three photos and a little essay saying why she wanted to be in promotion photos for the Heart Soul label, she figured “Why not give it a try?” She is a Wichita State University student who wants to work in marketing someday. So when she took first place out of 1,500 entries, she was thrilled. The wardrobe she got from the Heart Soul fall line didn’t hurt either.

“And I got to fly to L. A. and on to Palm Springs for a photo shoot,” she said, beaming. As a model represented by Models and Images, she is used to being in front of the camera.

“We shot the whole entire day in and around the Del Marcos Hotel in Palm Springs. I modeled probably 25 to 30 outfits,” she said.

The photos will be used on the Heart Soul website, possibly in ads and in materials to pitch stores to carry the line.

Jennifer, a true Kansan, said she couldn’t believe the traffic in Los Angeles, how big it was, and “how fashionable and dressed up everyone seemed to be.” And, in the image-conscious capital of the world, she made this observation: “If you inject botox for a living, L.A. is the place you want to be,” she said.

Kick off the holidays

Many of those who have attended my Holiday Highlights Fashion Show for the past decade or so say it’s your way of kicking off the holidays.

This year’s show is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 13 at Wichita Country Club, 8501 E. 13th St.

This year’s show, featuring holiday fashions for women, men and children, will benefit the Starkey Foundation.

First, you’ll enjoy wine and hors d’ oeuvres, mingle and bid on silent auction items such as a girlfriend getaway at the Raphael Hotel in Kansas City on the Plaza, Saint by Sarah Jane jewelry, spa packages and many more. The show features holiday fashions from many local retailers shown by models from Models and Images and The Gregory Agency. Hair and makeup will be done by Eric Fisher Salons. After the show, the event will finish with dessert and coffee.

Tickets are $25, $30 at the door. Seating is limited, so get your ticket soon by going to or by phone 316-512-4247 or 316-512-4173.