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Wardrobe Stylist QueenSylvia Prioritizes Culture, Season 2 ‘Bel-Air’

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Bringing a show to life through wardrobe is no easy feat, but costume designer QueenSylvia Akuchie was up for the challenge. The talented visionary used her sharp eyes and love for distinct statement pieces while developing the wardrobe for each character in the Bel-Air reboot. Now in its second season, the show takes style and individuality to the next level with its attention to detail for each character. 

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was a monumental show that left a significant imprint on Black culture. The ’90s flare and the relative storylines made the series one of the most talked about sitcoms of our time. Along with the show’s relatable content were the vibrant style trends. Will’s character had a love affair with sneakers and jerseys, while Carlton was known for his polished look, which often included printed sweaters and cardigans. Hilary donned a classic style that often featured matching sets, fun headbands and an array of expensive accessories.

When the reboot of the cult-classic TV show was announced, people had a question: would the show be able to align with the hype of the original series? Now, one year after the reboot debut, the show has exceeded expectations, and Bel-Air is back for a second stylish, drama-filled season.

We sat down with QueenSylvia to discuss all things Bel-Air. From her inspiration behind this season’s looks to the style motifs throughout the series. She gives us the lowdown on what we can expect from our favorites this season.

HB: What was your direction, your inspiration for this season?

QueenSylvia: It was culture. I wanted to showcase everyone’s personality and every character through different facets. This is an influential Black family. Everyone has their own look, their own style and their

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Which Sacramento grocery store has the best prices? We compared 4 popular shops

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that food prices are climbing with no end in sight for Californians. But everyone has to eat.

While people have their preferences on where they like to buy their groceries in Sacramento, many are looking for ways to soften the blow of their next grocery bill.

National grocery prices absorbed their largest increase since 1979, The Sacramento Bee previously reported. In the western region of the U.S., including California, consumers are paying significantly more for their staple food items including dairy products, fruits and vegetables, meats and cereals.

The data used in this interactive line graph below, collected by the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, was last updated July 2022. The values are not seasonally adjusted. Here is the percent change in the Consumer Price Index of food in the West region from July 2021 to July 2022.

I put some of the area’s most visited supermarkets to the test (Safeway, Bel-Air, Save Mart and Foods Co.) to determine which store has the cheapest prices.

Methodology

Before we dive in, here’s the method behind the grocery experiment.

The Bee took the foot traffic of Sacramento’s top four most-visited supermarkets from July 2021 to July 2022, excluding Costco and Walmart, to determine where to shop. We chose the four most-visited stores in that time frame. Raley’s was also excluded as Bel-Air, which is under the same ownership, had higher foot traffic.

The data used in this interactive line graph, collected by Safe Graph, was last updated July 2022. According to the visualization, a visit is defined as staying at the location for more than four minutes. Here are the most visited supermarkets in the Sacramento area from July 2021 to July 2022:

I then priced the 10-item grocery lists of service journalism editor Savanna Smith,

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