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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘fashion’
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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Posted: December 13th, 2013

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Jeans. Call them destroyed, destruction, distressed, heavy-acid-washed or apparently bathed in acid. The bottom line is they have holes in them. Or they are frayed, faded, patched and/or worn-out looking.  They are stylish but not for this girl.

The American Eagle website has an entire page devoted to jean styles — Holey Moley. I have a pair of 10-year-old jeans that appear to have less wear. I am showing my age.

In a recent shopping trip where I was looking for jeans, I had coupons at multiple department stores. Dear department stores: please don’t give me coupons that are good for anything but the jeans I selected … after I tried on every pair of jeans in the place … that were not destroyed, distressed, acid-reduced or holey. I know. I should have read the fine print, but I would have needed my readers, and there’s that distressed age thing creeping in again.

I did find jeans. At Peebles. And I used a coupon — got em for $20. They are Hannah jeans and I feel good in them — bling on the back pockets, and I am happy.

I have friends who love Miss Me jeans, but I’m not a fan of spending more than $20 on jeans. I got in the habit at Kmart when my kids were little. Levi’s and Lee — same style forever. Now, I’d like a little more style.

The thing I like about Hannah is they are promoted as Not Your Daughter’s Jeans.  There is an entire website devoted to that with brands that lift, tuck and slim us. I like that. Here’s the link. My husband likes these on me, and the bottom line (get it — bottom line) is that he is he only one I want to impress.

And just for kicks, here’s an article on the most expensive jeans in the world. Holey Moley!

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 6th, 2013

mantry

The folks from 800razors.com sent me some great, guy-gift ideas yesterday. I’ll get to the razors, but first — some other clever stuff:

Mantry.com – is billed as the modern man’s pantry. For a monthly subscription of $75 plus shipping, Mantry sends a box of American made foods from really cool vendors to your door in a crate.

I know this sounds pricey, but the products sound awesome, and reviews are great. Right now, a $100 order gets you free shipping. The crate alone is pretty cool. The web site is not particularly easy to use. Hit Media to get the info you want because What is Mantry is not informative, in my opinion. The Twitter page is loaded with photos of all the products. Go to @mantry and you will see pix of some of the neat products. Mantry is also on Facebook. For even better info, here’s a review of the “Bacon Nation” box in the blog Ramblings by a Suburban mom. She’s been reviewing Mantry for more than a year, so you can read her reviews back to last year. The stuff in these boxes sounds just plain fun — and deelish!

Birchbox for Men – it’s the alternative to Birchbox for Women — almost everyone I know subscribes to this one. The male version gives guys lots of stuff with a subscription that starts at $20 per month.

MysteryTackleBox.com, This one’s not high on my list, but if you have a fisherman to buy for, this one has subscriptions for only about $15 a month.

Now for the razors. You gotta love a company that says they don’t sell those “crappy razors.” I hear ya. The 800razors.com site offers American made razors for $9.99 a month. You get a handle with 4 high-quality 5-blade razor cartridges. We spend a fortune on razor blades at this house. This one might be worth checking out, and I thank them for sending all the great ideas for guy gifts. Entrepreneur/founder Phil Masiello got some great reviews. Here’s one from the Washington Post.

Happy gifting!

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 6th, 2013

SabrinaWe all have those days where we are invited to a fun holiday party after work. It’s often impossible to go home and change.

Watch some tips from fashionista Sabrina Fischer of Sassy Peacock as she shows us how to go from office to Christmas party in minutes.

It requires packing a few things for the office, but she does a great job with suggestions. Thanks, Sabrina. Click on the photo to launch the video.

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: October 29th, 2013

red dress 2It’s Tuesday, Red Shoe Day and World Stroke Day. I’ll tie them together. Just give me a minute. A lot of people in my family and circle of friends have been affected by strokes. My grandfather, father, niece (and she was only 30) and many others close to me — young people — have had strokes.

Know the signs, and don’t ignore them. During a stroke, blood doesn’t flow properly in the brain, so stroke victims may not realize that something is wrong. It’s up to the rest of us. Here are signs to never ignore if they come on suddenly:

Severe headache. My niece, mom of a newborn at the time, had a headache — not just any headache. Her husband took her to the ER, and she had a stroke in the ER. She recovered within months, but a headache isn’t always just a headache.

Numbness. In my dad’s case, it was numbness of his fingers. He didn’t recognize it as a symptom. We caught it because he didn’t sound right when I called him, and a neighbor checked on him for me. The neighbor called 911, and my dad was very lucky. No permanent damage, but he spent six months relearning a lot of common tasks.  A friend of mine also passed off numbness as nothing wrong until her family insisted they all go to the ER where they learned she had a stroke.

Arm weakness. Don’t pass it off as a cramp or too much exercise if it comes on suddenly.

Difficulty speaking or thinking can be a sign of stroke. Slurring words, confusion or an inability to understand or comply with simple commands can be a sign that something is wrong.

Local hospitals are on the case

Clot-buster medications can help many stroke victims. Click here to read stroke survival stories from UPMC Hamot. Visit the Saint Vincent Stroke Center for more information on its stories and technology.

The American Heart Association has more information. And women should visit Goredforwomen.org to learn more about how heart disease affects women. It still kills more women than all cancers combined.

Get out the red shoes every Tuesday

Wearing red shoes on Tuesday is part of a movement of women supporting women for career success. Mariela Dabbah started the Red Shoe Movement to support Latino women. Red Shoe Tuesdays shouts out our support for women moving into management careers. Men often wear red ties or red socks as support. Even Richard Royce (Kevin Bishop) from Rebel Wilson‘s sitcom “Super Fun Night” wears a red tie.

Stay healthy, everyone!

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: October 23rd, 2013

pantoneGet ready to pair some neutrals with some vibrant hues. Pantone hit the catwalk at New York Fashion Week last month with designers and shared the spring 2014 color palette.

The colors have something for everyone and offer ideas that mix and match in style. How about Sand with Hemlock? Leatrice Eisemann does a terrific job telling us about it in the 5-minute video on the Pantone link.

Nature calls with sunset colors include Celosia Orange and Violet Tulip. That’s just one mix. The No, 1 color for spring? Dazzling Blue — it’s everywhere and it’s not navy.

Weddings are picking up on cobalt blue as a popular shade. Here’s an Etsy page of cool blue ideas. It’s cobalt, not Dazzling, but it’s blue.

etsy blue

The official 2014 color of the year comes out in December.

In the meantime, enjoy colors that hit the runway for 2014.

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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