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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘fashion Friday’
Posted: July 11th, 2014

I bougCoachht a Coach purse – my first ever. It was on clearance for under $200 at the Grove City Coach outlet with an additional 70 percent off, and I was so deliriously happy to see the price that I almost bought two.

orange stripeI also hit the Banana Republic outlet and bought an orange striped shirt and a yellow glittery top — combined purchase under $20. I love the Banana Republic outlet. If you have never been there, you must go. I have bought a dress there every year — and they are so well made.

A quick walk through the Grove City outlets — and I mean one-hour quick — revealed a lot of great deals. Sidewalk sales with dresses, dresses, dresses. I have enough dresses for now, and I stayed away from shoe stores. But if you are looking for deals on summer stuff, it’s worth the trip.

I haven’t been to Grove City in a long time, and it was a terrific one-hour detour away from Interstate 79.

Here at home, it’s Greek Fest weekend, Roar on the Shore folks will be roaring into town, Frozen Safari is at the Erie Zoo and activities abound in our beautiful corner of the world. Have a great weekend. For me, it’s an anniversary weekend. Happy 11th anniversary to my wonderful husband, Kim Parker.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom to three and a stepgrandmother to two of the cutest little girls ever.

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Posted: June 27th, 2014

MustachifierOK, this is not exactly what you would expect for Fashion Friday, but I just had to post this picture when the folks from Mustachifier sent me an e-mail.

Visit the site to purchase, and it also offers sunglasses, bibs and more.

Hidden Money

Well I am late to this party, but I have to give a shout out to the 40-ish woman behind the Erie Hidden Money idea. She said she was a young single mother living in poverty who eventually went to college and became a successful professional. She has caught a lot of attention. Read the Erie Times-News story here.

Her Facebook page is amazing. The Erie Hidden Money lady posts quotes like this: “If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you’ll end up not doing nothing for nobody.” ~ Malcom Bane

“Regret nothing. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.”

HiddenmoneyShe includes a note in each envelope, suggesting a random act of kindness as a usage for the money.

Great stuff to start the weekend. Go baby, go!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom and a stepgrandmother.

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Posted: May 23rd, 2014

Peebles $70This one is from Peebles. It’s $70, and at Macys, I found 65 choices for white dresses.

You gotta love a name like White Haute Fashions. Click on that link for some great looks — white with plenty of colorful accessories to pop some style.

Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to bring out a LWD (little white dress!) But pay close attention to details when you wear white — here are stylist Christie Maruka’s top 10 fashion advisories on wearing white:

1. It doesn’t work for everyone. If it washes you out, skip white and buy some color.

2. White can be unforgiving. As for jeans, make sure they are not cropped, or they can make your legs look shorter. Pass on white skinny jeans unless you are very slim. 

3. Don’t forget stripes with white, especially navy and black stripes.

4.  Accessorize with bright colors such as coral, turquoise or royal blue. A handbag, sandal or scarf in wild shades can make white pop.

5. It’s critical to wear undies that match your skin tone.

6. Avoid white satin or polyester.

7. Beware of cling. White does show every bra or panty line.

8. Avoid white for photos. It adds pounds. Trust us on this one.

9. Make sure it’s opaque.

10. Buy quality white pieces that you can wear year after year.

For more info on Maruka visit fashionfixnj.com.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times andHouse to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step grandmom to two.

 

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Posted: May 9th, 2014
Meredith Beals and Alison Bastian

Meredith Beals and Alison Bastian of Harborcreek High School

For the May edition of Her Times, we asked young women in the area to come on down to the Erie Times-News for a prom dress photos, and with the end-of-year activities and sports these teens are involved in, we had a tough time getting them all together. But they are all lovely, and we thank them for sharing photos with us.

This is a photo of Meredith Beals and Alison Bastian of Harborcreek. They couldn’t make it the day we took photos, but we wanted you to see them. Thanks for sharing!

We also have photos of Sianna Sterling of McDowell Senior High School and Kailyn Wisor, of Harborcreek,  and Jeanette Koeth, of Seneca. Fitted dresses and cutouts are all the stytle this year.

Wondering what style you should wear — even if it’s not a prom dress? Check out Sunday’s article by our Her Times fashionista, Christine Eddy.

Here’s the link. Whether you’re shaped like a banana, apple or pear, Christine has you covered.

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Kailyn Wisor, left, and Jeanette Koeth. Photo by Jack Hanrahan/Erie Times-News

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Sianna Sterling

Pam Parker is the editor of  Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom of three and step GramPam of two.

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Posted: April 25th, 2014

strawenvy

Wanna keep those pearly whites from discoloring as a result of too much coffee, tea or other beverages? The folks at strawenvy.com did too. They  sent me an email touting sparkling straws with crystal bling. The straws assure you will sip in style and minimize discolored teeth.

These straws work in hot and cold beverages, and they are made with BPA-free plastic in a reusable straw. They come in a handy, cotton carrying case — two to a pack for $29.99 – one flat and one round straw. The handy cleaning brush is an additional $1.49 — and you get free shipping on all this stuff. These sipping straws come in purple, pink, silver and green. Sales are always on, so discounts of 15 to 20 percent are common. The website suggests these are great gifts for showers, bridal parties, birthdays and much more.

Check out Straw Envy on twitter #strawenvy and @strawenvy, Facebook, Etsy, Pinterest and Instagram.

Looks like a fun idea!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and GramPam to two step-granddaughters.

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Posted: April 4th, 2014

PEPLUM22April showers us with fun flowers — and lots of them! InStyle has some cute ideas for floral fashions. This is my peplum top, under $20, from Dots.

Urban outfitters shoesThese Vans kicks are $55 from Urban Outfitters.

SarahOn Sunday, check out Her Times. Christine Eddy shares stylish rain gear ideas modeled by Erie Times-News online reporter Sarah Stemen and photographed by a award-winning photojournalist Andy Colwell. Here’s a peek at the cover.

The dress below is from Polyamide-elastane, and it’s $380 at millyny.com. Check out more styles at InStyle.

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Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one. 

 

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Posted: March 28th, 2014

white dress.No, we’re not talking wedding dresses.

Nearly every store and website has some summery white dresses on hand. One of my faves that I wore decades ago was a creamy lacy number I had — think tablecloth lace. It worked for career and event dressing. Just a classic.

This one at left is a Style&Co. number, and it is from Macy’s — on sale for $34.99. You can find white dresses in eyelet, lace and every fabric imaginable. Afraid it won’t look good on you? Don’t be. White is a refreshing and stylish that it takes the white blouse  to a new length.

Now , if you take photos — beware. White will make you look bigger —  I know this from experience. But a look in the mirror will show you how stunning you look. People like me need a tan — at least a little color so I don’t look like a ghost. White is in. Go for it. Here’s a link to Macy’s white dresses for women

JCPHere’s a link to JCPenney  – this one is Black Label from Evan Picone. It’s on sale for $41.99.  InStyle Magazine had an ad for white lacy jeans and a matching jacket — all lined of  course. And some white meshy dresses — also lined.  I’ve seen white cotton sweaters with pearl appliques, and cocktail dresses are everywhere.  It’s 54 out — break out the sandals and summer clothes, but hang onto the warm stuff. Tomorrow will be well wintry. Happy Friday!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: March 21st, 2014

Polka dot heels

Shoes, dresses, skirts, tops — you name it, dots are on it. I’ve probably had polka-dot something every year since I’ve been a kid. The dots are on point this spring too. Many shoes — colorful shoes have dots. And the dresses are everywhere. The retro-style heels at left are from Rakuten – about $48. I found some yellow dotted dahlings but lost the link.

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Dresses with dots are all over InStyle magazine and local stores. Here’s link to dots on everything from shoes to coats in InStyle

Here’s one — at left –from Dress Barn– about $46 but you can get coupons that drop the price. Those dots are a little large for me, but Eva Mendes has a new collection at Kohls, and it boasts a lot of dots. See it here.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: March 14th, 2014

Chne titelI found a lot of styles for spring that are rocking geometric patterns. And metallics and a lot of other things I probably won’t wear. But I would if I were younger. This top at left from Intermix online showed up in some designer clothing ideas in InStyle. It’s way out of my price range at $395, but I like the style. And I love that it’s a peplum. I just bought a very peplum for under $20 at Dots last week. Spring is in the air, and it’s going to be 50 today. That’s today, of course.

I do like some of the patterns — kind of takes me back to the 70s — “Mad Men” brings a lot of it back. Here’s a look at Accessory Agenda’s fun and fab geometric dresses. I swear I wore some of them.

Have a great Fashion Friday.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

 

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Posted: February 28th, 2014

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Time to March into shopping. Here are a a few things I  found — mostly for the kids:

I know how difficult shoe tying is for some kids. They all master it at different ages, but the wizardry of shoe tying can frustrate many of us. I received an e-mail about EZLeaps Shoe Tying Tool.

I thought it was goofy at first, but then I watched the video. I was impressed. Watch the video here. These little helpers come in dazzling designs for boys and girls. And it was a mom who came up with this. Former elementary school teacher Eileen Sloan — a mom to two adult daughters — saw the difficulties in a class of 30 first graders. She made her prototype by cutting holes and slits in plastic coffee can lids. And it improved from there. You can buy one for $5.49 — quantity discounts are available. Check it out here.

A stylish tool making the rounds are Duelette bracelets — they double as hair bands  – with beads, gold and silver. Lots of color combos. $15. Made me wish I still had long hair.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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