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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 ‘Mad Men’
Posted: April 17th, 2014

audreyIn the category of “Is that creepy or cool,” Dove Chocolate has us all asking, “How did they do that?”

Audrey Hepburn, the iconic film star who died in 1993, is in a commercial for Dove Chocolate. It’s not really her, of course. It’s a lot of special effects, and it has that weird feeling of animation and reel life. From Youtube, here’s the commercial — see for yourself. Click on the video above and see the Los Angeles Fox News analysis of the commercial.

The commercial kicked off  in Europe last year, brainchild of an advertising firm. Think “Mad Men.” It  is set to the music of Hepburn singing “Moon River,” which was written in 1961 for Breakfast at Tiffany’s. “Moon River” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. I remember Andy Williams singing it. Here’s a video from Breakfast at Tiffany’s where Hepburn starred with George Peppard.

The commercial is getting accolades and criticism — read one critique hereSo how did this happen? News reports indicate that Hepburn’s family approved the use of her image. Her sons Sean Ferrer and Luca Dotti said their mom was a chocolate fan. Ferrer’s father was actor Mel Ferrer, and Dotti’s dad was Andrew Dotti, a psychiatrist. The family also approved the Gap commercial a few years ago that used a clip (to promote black pants) from Hepburn’s scene in “Funny Face.” 

If you have “Moon River” stuck in your head today, so do I, and I guess we can all thank Dove Chocolate. I think that’s eggsactly what they had in mind these few days before Easter.

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: 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: July 3rd, 2013

Joe AnastasiIf you remember Jones, Anastasi & Mitchell Advertising Agency, you might recall that JAM was a big player in the Erie market in the 70s and 80s. I worked for Doug Jones, Joe Anastasi and George and Fritz Mitchell.

If you have ever seen an Erie Nutcracker ballet poster, you are familiar with outstanding illustrations of Joe Anastasi. For years, he designed the annual poster and many others for the late Ruth Jageman and others on the local arts scene.

Those were the wonder years of Erie advertising and what a blast it was to be among the Mad Men and Women of the advertising world.

Decades ago, Joe, now 66, took his ad and design skills to Columbus. He is now retired, but shared with many of us at the Erie Times-News what he’s doing now. Four years ago, he started painting homeless people at a shelter where he volunteers. Read the entire story in the Columbus Dispatch here.

Joe has countless awards, and his work has been recognized in The New York Art Director’s Club, Clio’s New York Society of Illustrators, Print Magazine and Editor & Publisher. In 1998, he designed and illustrated “Grimsby the Great Lakes Sea Serpent.”

Here’s a link to some of Joe’s awesome work and a quick bio on the award-winning man who was once my boss, and I am so proud to know him!

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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Posted: February 15th, 2013

Style: "Mad Men"Now for some great style tips from our friends at Isaac Baker & Sons:

  • Mad Men packs a pocket square full of style. Big sellers these days are ties and ties with matching hankies. And for your viewing pleasure — here’s a video 

from Askmen.com on How to fold a pocket square in a straight fold, three-point, one-point and pouffe all in a 3-minute video — the more complicated folds are midway through.

What eles is styling at Isaac Baker & Sons?

  • The store sold more blue jeans than dress slacks recently.
  • The store’s own brand of cologne is a hit — I love it!
  • Callaway golf apparel — they’ve got it!
  • Dress shirts – -always a winner at Isaac Baker. Mr. Parker (my hot, well-dressed hubby) loves them!

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: May 25th, 2012

With every shoe sold, etnies will plant a tree. The program is called “Buy A Shoe, Plant A Tree.” This year they are planting 100,000 trees in Brazil! (Last year they planted 35,000 in Costa Rica).
This is a photo of the Caprice Eco priced at $50. Cute, huh? Styles suit men, women and kids. Locally, the shoes are available at Dick’s Sporting Goods, at the Millcreek Mall; Journeys, at the Millcreek Mall; Pac Sun, at the Millcreek MallShoe Fly Shoe, 7520 Peach St. Erie, Pa.

Styles go back to the 1920s

Stephanie Solomon, Operating VP of Fashion Direction for Women’s Ready-To-Wear says styles from the 20s and 50s are hot along with matching cardigans and neon bags. Some of the timeless designs are also 70ish —  I swear I had a dress that looked just like one in the Solomon video.  Also, color blocking is huge and we have a great feature on how to wear it by Lili Morton in Her Times Sunday, June 3.

Other popular styles from howdini.com include: Printed jeans & tribal pattern fashion trends for Spring 2012How to dress with spring 2012 neon fashion trendsHow to dress with the latest Mad Men fashion trends in 2012 and How to dress with men’s accessories for 2012 Mad Men fashion trends.

Enjoy the holiday weekend and shopping!

Pam Parker is an award-winning writer and editor for Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.



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