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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘fashion’
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.

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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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Posted: September 20th, 2013
sheer

Little black dress from Miss Selfridge, $46.

I finally caught up on all my InStyle magazines. I had a pile of them sitting on the coffee table. A couple things that really caught my eye — no one can have enough little black dresses. And here’s a link to some little black dresses in the Great deals section. The LBDs are $28 to $46. WOOHOOO. I chose this little number with the bits of sheer fabric (at left) because I think we have one in the closet just like it from years ago. It’s back.

Another must-see in the great deals section — a skirt for $15 and up. And you can buy the stuff from Delia’s, Target and international retailers. They weren’t kidding when they talked great deals.

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Manolino Blahnik pumps $895

Plaids are still stealing the runway — look at these shoes! I love them, but I’m not a plaid kind of girl, and if I ever spent $895 on a pair of shoes, we better be able to live in them like the “The Little Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe.” There are other brands out there that are cheaper, but if I link to the Manolino Blahnik outlet, I might be able to find something I didn’t have to live in.

Jamming from the e-mail files:

petparentjammiesair forceIt’s jammies time, and you can get matching jammies for you, your pets and your kids. Footed pajamas, drop seat pajamas and footless jumpsuits. Well the models are a little more limited for pets, but you can dress the whole fam in matching PJs — even military models. Click here to take a peek. The jammies are on sale right now for $19.99 for adults. Pet jammies are $9.99. Kids are $15.99, and I see Christmas gifts written all over this one.

Happy Fashion Friday, 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: August 23rd, 2013

nUNAILZZZWine shades with metallic stickers; olive and dusty green; spatter in green and gold; French tulip twist in olive green and emerald green; blue on azure blue; and dip dye with pink, blue and natural. These are nails we are talking about.

It’s all InStyle this month. My September InStyle magazine arrived with a hefty 720 pages in the mailbox last week, and it is full of awesome fashions. Here’s a peek at one of the funky nail styles available.  The new manis are works of art and blending colors in exciting styles! To see it all InStyle, click here. You can test out one of my favorite mags free for 30 days.

When I was young, you just painted your nails. Now, nails are colorful accessories for every outfit. Check in with any nail technician to see what’s new. I know DIY nail divas will give these looks a go, but I’m not that adventurous.

One reason is my early summer experiment with green polish. I stained my nails. green nails)They are still green, and I have had to cover them with dark reds and really deep pinks. Note to self — do not use that green stuff ever again.

I see a fall mani in my future. The dip-dye technique is so awesome!

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

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Posted: August 16th, 2013

blue leatherSince leather and faux leather are back big-time, I had to post this Sarah metallic dress from ivyandblumaggyboutique.com. It’s metallic vegan leather — which is 60 percent polyurethane and 40 percent polyester. It’s lined and dry clean only. I almost bought a similar-fabric, green dress with long sleeves in Peebles. So it’s kind of sparkle and shine time. The dress at left is $165.

Sock it to me

This bit of “Laugh In” dialog has nothing to do with compression socks, but there’s news in compression socks. They were, well, let’s say not stylish. Until now. Look at these babies from RejuvaHealth.

sockittomeYou get the benefits of graduated compression in socks that are far from that surgical white variety.

These are often recommended to folks who have ankle and leg swelling, varicose veins, edema, a recent operation and more conditions.

According to the web site, company founder Kelsey Minarik developed Deep Vein Thrombosis at age 21 in 2008. She launched RejuvaHealth in December of 2010. The socks retail for about $30 to $40 on the RejuvaHealth website.

For fun: Quoted from Wikipedia: “‘Sock it to me!’ experienced its greatest exposure on ”Laugh In“ although the phrase had been featured in songs like Aretha Franklin‘s 1967 “Respect” and Mitch Ryder’s 1966 ‘Sock It To Me, Baby!’” And yes, Richard Nixon said it on ”Laugh In.”

Pam Parker is the editor of House to HomeLake Erie LifeStyle and Her Times 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: July 19th, 2013

gojaneI’m sure you have seen the latest thing in rings is the midi ring.  The one at left is from Bloggojane.com. 

But there’s more to finger blinger than the midi. Bling comes in all sizes and the extra large statement ring is a hit. Add the big ones that stretch across fingers or try on a vintage beauty.

Look at this one from Jillian’s Closet on Poshmark.comJillian

Happy blinging everyone!

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 and stepmom to three.

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Posted: July 5th, 2013

dress2If you think that all the new geometric patterns aren’t for you, don’t be too hasty. Wait till you see Erie’s Christine Eddy in a colorful geometric pattern skirt in Her Times on Sunday — she looks awesome! The patterns can be small or large and they can look great — and slimming. So, don’t count them out before you try them on. Here are a few adorable styles –

The colorblock poplin dress at left is $69.95 from eShaktian online retailer that offers customized tailoring of any item — change the neckline, sleeve or hem, or tweak the measurements for a a more flattering fit. Check out the link below for details on how to customize for $7.50:

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The colorful pattern print dress below is $150 from Muse. Founded in 1999, Muse is sold at Nordstrom, Macys, Lord & Taylor, Dillards and specialty boutique stores around the country. To see more great styles, check out Her Times on Sunday.

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

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