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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posts tagged ‘fashion’
Posted: August 1st, 2014

Steeler shoes bagYou gotta love Facebook. I saw the awesome shoes below  on a friend’s post, and then I searched and found the bag at left– yes it is a bag but looks like heels and a bag —  available on the the Bradford Exchange. It apparently includes a real stiletto. Officially licensed, it measures 11″ wide by 9″ high. See it here, or click on the photo.  It costs $99.95. I’m not trying to cause any trouble among football fans,so I searched for really stylish shoes on other websites, and the best stuff is on Etsy and Pinterest.
shoesIt’s a lot of DIY, so if you have some skills, look what you can do. I only choose these becauGBheelsse I have a diehard Green bay Packer fan and a San Francisco 49er fan. And here are some Denver Broncos heels. If you want to get ready for some some football, ideas are out there to glam up the shoes.

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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, a stepmom to three and GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!

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Posted: July 1st, 2014

ICE CREAM HEELSmore ice cream heelsHappy July 1st — it’s ice cream month, and what better way to show you love the cold and creamy confection than decorating a pair of shoes with  ice cream cone heels? And ice cream of course.

And don’t forget the sprinkles and cherry on top. Marissa Rachel shows you how to do it all on YouTube. She does flats, too.  The 5-minute video gives you a how-to on a few different designs.

No, it’s not real ice cream — it’s paint, and this fashionista  is really clever in her designs. I know a little girl who would love this idea, and I know some big girls who will be getting out the paint, as well.  Don’t they look good enough to eat?

If you want some real ice cream — you can make that yourself too. Jennie Geisler will show you how in one of her upcoming  columns on GoErie.com.

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: June 13th, 2014

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I DO think you’ll agree these wedding dresses are impressive — made out of toilet paper. The 10th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress contest held in New York City announced its winners yesterday and they include:  

First place:  Romance on a Roll by 28-year-old Susan Brennan of Orchard Lake, Mich. The designer and professional cheerleader for the Detroit Pistons is a yoga enthusiast who also won the grand prize  in 2011 and 2012. Her 2014 design was a full-length gown that included a flapper dress underneath. It took her more than a month to complete the dress.
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Second place: Katrina Chalifoux, of Knoxville, Tenn.,  won $5,ooo for her flowing design. Third place: Amber Mills, of Hurst, Texas, won $2,500 for her dress — made of vintage blue Charmin.

The amazing dresses included beading, pleats and lace all made of toilet paper. amberTo see all the 10 finalists, visit www.Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com to see more dresses and the designers.

The contest is the brainchild of Laura Gawne and Susan Bain, who operate Cheap-Chic-weddings.com. It is sponsored by Charmin.

Entrants are permitted to use hot glue, tape, needle and thread and more to complete dresses. They were judged on creativity, originality, beauty and the use of toilet paper.
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: 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: April 27th, 2014
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Guy Fieri visits Kelly O’s in Pittsburgh.

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At Kelly O’s in Pittsburgh, owner Kelly O shares her recipe for haluski.

My husband, Kim, says we pack a lot into 24 hours, and we do. Friday we took off to meet my sister and brother-in-law for Kim’s birthday dinner at Iron Bridge Inn. If you are driving down Interstate 79 this time of year, beware. Construction abounds, and delays resulted from the highway crew tree trimming — even in a rain storm. It’s construction time. Expect delays.

Iron Bridge Inn is charming, but the actual iron bridge for which the place was named is gone. It is now a concrete bridge, but that’s progress. If you go, the prime rib is divine, but we all have our faves, and for us, it’s fish all around. This is a regular stop for us, and I’ve never had anything I didn’t like, so if you’re going — eat hearty. The sweet servers delivered a Happy Birthday tune for my husband along with a big cupcake that appeared to be ho-ho in disguise. A big ho-ho. Must make ho-ho cupcakes.
We spent the night at the farm ( my sis and BIL’s place) with the most peaceful view of green acres and the slow-moving waters of the creek below the property. Ahhh. It is the perfect place to unplug.
Saturday morning, it was off to Pittsburgh for a visit with  daughter Kelly and her boyfriend. Kelly also had birthday cupcakes — a selection of them. Mmm. We headed to the Strip District where it was 72 degrees. We walked around in warm sunshine for an hour. The sites and smells of the Strip District are just endearing. The Pittsburgh Steel Man greeted everyone from his motorcycle. He is a friendly fellow.

We were also on a mission. My husband watches “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” He saw an eppy where Guy Fieri went to Kelly O’s — Fieri visited the one in South Side. We hit the little diner in the Strip. The mission was to taste one dish: haluski. It’s a recipe of noodles, cabbage, bacon and onions. Lots of each one. Did I mention butter and garlic salt? My hubby got that. My daughter and I chose the Pittsburgher — a 1/3-pound burger with kielbasi and a pierogi on top. Oh and cheese. What is not to love about that? Her boyfriend had roast beef and mashed potatoes. This is a diner, and the food is amazing. We should have walked another hour to burn more of it off. We still have some haluski. The two video links above show you some of the comfort foods you can get at Kelly O’s and Kelly making her signature dish — haluski. We had planned to get some snacks from Pittsburgh Popcorn Company, but we must have been too full. Darn!

By 5 p.m. Saturday, we pulled back into the driveway of Chez Parker. Today promises another full slate of activities. There is a new Parker grandbaby to be cuddled. And our gardens need some attention. Son Ryan Eckert, soon to be our fourth graduate of Gannon University, will be landscaping. Well maybe we’ll just do some more birthday celebrating.

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 25th, 2014

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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 31st, 2014

2nd placeIt’s time for the 10th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest sponsored by Charmin. Laura Gawne and Susan Bain, who operate the www.Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com, annually ask  readers to create wedding gowns using toilet paper, tape, needle, thread and  glue. You can win $2,000!

Feeling inspired? You have until May 13 to submit your design — just the photos. The contest judges creativity, originality, beauty and the use of toilet paper.

Judges choose 10 finalists and open the contest to online voting. And the top 10 get a trip to NYC to show off their dresses.

The photo above is 2013 second place winner Susan Brennan, of Orchard Lake, Mich., a Detroit Pistons cheerleader. I chose her because she was the grand prize winner in 2011 and 2012.  She used 11 rolls of Charmin Ultra Soft, packing tape, scotch tape, hot glue and needle and thread.

3rd placeThe 2013 third place winner was Carol Touchstone, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., pictured at left. She used 30 rolls of Charmin, Mod Podge glue, Scotch tape, clear packing tape, double-sided tape, white glue and needle and thread. She received a $500 prize.

Visit www.Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com to see more dresses and the designers.

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 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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