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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘fashion’
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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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: March 2nd, 2014
Four of the 100 Women Who Care

From left. Kelley Glass, Joan Martter, Kathi Umpleby, and Peggy Glass are among the Women Who Care at Fairview High School where 81 women raised $8,100 in one hour for Emmaus Soup Kitchen.

When Joan Martter called me about her idea for 100 Women Who Care, she caught my attention and fast. The entire article about this group and many more women who have founded grass roots efforts to help others is in Her Times today in the Erie Times-News. Read it here.

Here’s an update to that story. Joan Martter, 60, secretary at Fairview High School for 17 years, and Kathi Umpleby, took an idea that invited 135 Fairview women to bring $100 checks to a one-hour gathering. In that hour, 81 attendees pitched donation ideas. In the end, they voted to combine their checks into one donation of $8,100 to Emmaus Soup Kitchen.

Read all of the great articles in Her Times. And if you have an idea for an article, send it to us.

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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Posted: February 19th, 2014

favefave2Thanks to Holly Waychoff for sending me this info.

We’ve come a long way, baby. And it’s about time stock photos showed that real women are way different from women who often make the runway.

Here’s a look at how Getty Images revised its stock photos in a Lean In Collection. See some of the collection on BuzzFeed.  Here’s the link.

It’s real women — all ages, all colors. According to a variety of media reports, Pam Grossman, director of visual trends at Getty Images, the stock photo agency that supplies photos for media, had an idea to show that women had reached new levels. Getty worked with LeanIn.org to create a new collection of 2,500 pictures.

Women in unusual careers, moms and much more. Take a look, and celebrate how far we’ve come.

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: January 31st, 2014

PamkimTwo weeks from today is that all-important day of romance, so get something Valentine’s Day red — dress, shirt, shoes, jacket, pants, purse, jewelry or underthings. I have all of the above. In fact the jacket I am wearing in this photo is from a $5 bag sale at Sassy Peacock last week. I got three jackets, a pair of shoes, three purses, a dress and two pairs of pants for $5. Found a quarter in one jacket, and my husband said, “Wow — it was really a $4.75 bag sale for you!”

I love red — here are some links to some of the latest folks who send me stuff.

Bon-Ton – one day sale — preview today and sale tomorrow. Here’s a link to their Valentines Day gift guide for men and women — fun stuff!

Rue la la – dresses — lot of dresses — red and other colors.

Need a wine cooler? Here’s a great gift from Packit.comchill

And don’t leave the kids out. Zulily is loaded with fun red stuff for boys and girls. At Zulily — here’s a link to Sofia the First — all little girls love this one, especially little Miss Mia Parker the first zon-redheart2 And here’s a link to build a bear fun.

I’ll keep the Valentine’s Day ideas coming. 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: December 20th, 2013

green dresssparklySaturday on Facebook, I asked if I should wear a black sparkly dress to the Barber Ball or a red ruffly one. Red won out in Facebook comments, but I wore black because my husband’s vote trumped all. Why did it look better? Sparkles — and holidays are made for sparkling. Just a note here — I bought the NY & Co black dress at Gabe’s for under $20. I bought the red one a few years ago at a consignment shop for less than $10 — it’s an American Living brand dress from JCP.

Looking for some of your own sparkle?   Here are a few ideas from head to to:

Put some shine in your hair — I have sprayed on de frizzers that add shine after my hair is done, and I’ve used olive oil as a pre-treatment before washing my hair. Both work really well — experiment before you try it for a big day.

Buy a sparkly top or bottom … or dress. Everything is on sale right now just about everywhere. If you’re not keen on the actual sparkles, go for a metallic fabric in silver, gold, gray, brown, blue or anything that suits your coloring.

Use some gold eyeliner. I bought some Urban Decay brand eyeliner at Ulta, and it is fabulous! I wear it over charcoal, and it looks terrific.

Step out in some brocade — it’s back and it sparkles.

If you’re not into sparkles, and a little black dress is more your fashion statement, there is nothing wrong with that. Especially if a little black dress really makes you feel your best. But if you want to perk up your mood, don’t be afraid of a little color. For years, I did the LBD for almost everything. I thought it made me look thinner — black is slimming. Within the last few years, stylish outfits sport lots of glitz and color. Go for it. Even if you just move to navy — it is also slimming.  I have two navy dresses that both have sparkly jewels around the necklines. I love it.

This weekend’s outfits will include that green number on the top of the page. I bought one for my daughter and one for me. It’s a Calvin Klein, and it was on sale at Peebles for under $20. The black top is a consignment find at Sassy Peacock.

Enjoy the season.

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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