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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 ‘fur’
Posted: September 20th, 2013

minkI stumbled on plenty of pictures of young women wearing mink stoles recently. And fur coats — fake or vintage — all in the name of winter fashion. They remind me of my mom.

Maybe it’s just that time of year. Almost 27 years ago, my mom passed away, and she had a few furs and fake furs. I never thought much about them even though I have moved them from house to house and closet to closet lots of times in 27 years. Mom had a mink stole, a fake fur (at left) and a long mouton lamb coat.  I never wore the stole, but I wore the fake fur many times in the past few years.

That huge mouton lamb coat, I swear, weighs 50 pounds. I never wore that. Just walking up the stairs in it is an exercise. An article in the New York Times caught my eye when I thought about all Mom’s furs. The writer, Karen Stabiner, labored over the decision on what to do with her mom’s mink coat. Read her story here.  It’s very touching.

I’ll never part with my mom’s furs. Well sort of. Maybe. I have friends who have converted the coats and stoles into mink teddybears, bunnies and other assorted stuffed animals — popular repurposing ideas. It also allows the next generation and even the one after that to share in a family tradition. Like Stabiner, I remember how proud my mom was to wear those coats in an era when furs — fake and real — were stylish, warm and something women (and their husbands) saved a long time for in order to purchase.

For now, I’ll probably just move the stole and 50-pound lamb coat back into the closet. But I’ll wear that fake fur as soon as it’s cold enough. Thanks, Mom.

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 14th, 2012

Picture plain Jane boots and then add some fur, lace, knit, feathers or animal print topping and voila, you get the picture above.

Hugrz boot wraps can reboot your boots in a hurry. They retail for $33 to $49.95 a pair, and it’s BOGO half off right now. These babies come in 20 different designs with plenty of options in color and texture. You slide them over an existing pair of boots, and go, girl!

You can find several brands of boot toppers at boutiques and department stores locally and on the Internet. I have a pair of $20 white furry toppers from Chateau Christine in Meadville, Pa.

Click on the Hugrz site to see toppers that reboot with a wild side. And Hugrz is giving away a pair right here. Comment here and you are entered to win!

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 step-grandmom to one.


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Posted: October 12th, 2012

In Her Times on Sunday, Jessica Copeland from Sassy Peacock gave us a great look at what’s styling this year in outerwear. In a word — it’s color! Read all about it right here. Pricing I have found goes from $16 — yes $16 into the hundreds, but I like those cheaper styles.

The coat at left is available from Zappo’s for $75. I love it. I want color and I also want the yellow and gold shades popular at The Limited and more.

At Forever 21, look what I found: Reds for $27.50 to $49 and golds for anywhere from $16 to $42.50. I haven’t had a red coat in years (other than the red leather I bought 10 years ago and I won’t let it go), so this is the year for red and gold for me.

Color your outerwear with fun shades from local and Internet vendors.

Pam Parker 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: October 5th, 2012

So what’s in for outerwear?

Lots of color and lots of style. In our Sunday edition of Her Times, Jessica Copeland of Sassy Peacock gives everyone a sneak peak at all the great styles we’ll want for the colder months. I’ve had red coats, purple coats, military style jackets, leathers and furs, and I have the jacket at left. It’s got some of the fun details for the season — lots of buttons. The runways are full of details, color and comfort. Check out Her Times on Sunday and enjoy the Columbus Day sales right through the week.

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

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