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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘Olympics’
Posted: November 2nd, 2012

Members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team—which earned a record number of golds for women—from left: Missy Franklin, swimming; Gabby Douglas, gymnastics; Kayla Harrison, judo; Allyson Felix, track and field; Carli Lloyd, soccer.

These awesome women made gold more than an accessory at the Olympics.

Glamour magazine’s 2012 Women of the Year issue, photographed entirely by 114 women, hits newsstands and homes Nov. 6.

It’s a celebration of women — in sports and everywhere else.

Speaking of great and golden women, Gannon University and the Erie Insurance Arena will host the NCAA Division II Elite 8 women’s basketball championship tournament in March 2014.

WOOHOO and congrats to my tennis bud, Gannon University President Keith Taylor on one great achievement for Gannon University and Erie.  Read all about it here. The Gannon women’s basketball team went to the Elite 8, a few years ago.

Read more about the current Gannon women’s team here.

If you remember — some other local women brought big crowds to Erie in 2011, when Mercyhurst and Erie hosted the NCAA Division I Women’s Hockey Championship tournament.

Golden girls are all around us! Go girls!

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: September 5th, 2012

Andy Roddick's red, white and blue sneakers at the 2012 US Open.

Getting kicks at the U.S. Open is a colorful pastime this year. Retiring Andy Roddick wore shoes that appeared to be wrapped in the American flag and the Babolat Propulse 3 Stars & Stripes are flying off the shelves. He wore them for the Olympics. See a couple styles from $109 to $124 right here.

Retiring Roddick isn’t the only colorfully sneakered player. Switzerland’s Stanislaus Wawrinka sports the baby blues below. Spain’s Nicolas Almagro favors bright orange kicks. The greenery belongs to Marinko Matosevic and the red jobbies adorn the feet of American Bethanie Mattek- Sands.

I have been known to wear very colorful shoes myself. Mine are on the order of Marinko’s, but mine are bright green – -tennis ball green, and I have a shirt to match! 

Pam Parker is an avid tennis player and the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Timesand House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: August 10th, 2012

Not just for sport or court, colorful shoes are hot topics!

It’s back to school and when that kid of yours picks up the chartreuse must-have high tops, don’t freak. Color is big. Last week, I posted my new lime-green kicks. They’re not just for the court. Yellow, pink and bright blue sneakers, flats and sandals are trendy and the cute leopard ballet flats are still in fashion. The photo at left is from TLC. Check out more colorful footwear at Seventeen Magazine.

Skinny jeans are staying — and in colorful patterns, leopard prints, paisleys and much more.

The 80s are back. I’m not sure if I’m glad or scared, but slightly puffed shoulders are returning for the younger set, and so are ruffles. In a fashion shoot for our September issue of Her Times, we dressed a model in a striped and ruffled blouse from The Limited. I had one just like it in the 80s. Tops are also sporting polka dots, prints, plaids and patchworks. It looks like someone raided my 1980s closet! Check out a cute jean jackets with puffed sleeves at Seventeen Magazine.

This utility jacket from Forever 21 is one of the hot trends — $24.80, and some fashionistas claim sleeveless blazers are in. In my day, we called those vests, and it’s nice to see them back. So are bomber jackets.

And houndstooth is still here – so hang on to your black and whites.

In other fashion news:

Penn State is putting names on the backs of their football uniforms breaking with a long-term tradition. I bring this up because I am a Penn State grad.

The Olympics featured some awesome clothing styles (but it would have been nice if they had all been made in the USA) for our athletes. Seeing Gabby Douglas in sparkling pink and Serena Williams in a sharp gray jacket was a surprise. Our red, white and blue was kind of hard to find among some of the U.S. team uniforms on occasion. But then again, it seemed all the international athletes wore a lot of color — not just their own country’s flag hues. There’s nothing wrong with color, but I had trouble picking out the Americans at times. My hubby pointed out tiny flags on sleeves and above the heart on some uniforms.

Enjoy you week in style!

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: July 29th, 2012

I clearly missed this rock-star style trend on Fashion Friday. It is too good to pass up today, though. Ryan Lochte has an Olympic gold medal for swimming and a grill to match. Well, the grill sports diamonds rather than gold, and it is kind of American flag inspired. But it caused quite a stir. Read about it here. And here.

Here are some more pictures of Lochte with a few grills. And learn more about tooth bling and grills here.

Pam Parker raised three kids who wore braces but no bling for teeth. 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: June 26th, 2012

It’s always a thrill to see kids I know do well. Two young women might have fallen short of Olympic teams, but not by much. It’s been a great week for McDowell grads who were hopeful for spots on Olympic teams. Sheena Gordon, 28, competed in the women’s triple jump at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field trials came very close to meeting the Olympic qualifying distance, but her best distance fell slightly short. Read the full story here.

A graduate of law school at Georgia State University in Atlanta, she attempted to qualify for Olympics in the high jump in 2004 and in the high jump and triple jump in 2008.

Alexandra Acker is another great McDowell athlete who fell just short of qualifying for the Olympics in the pole vault. Acker was on state winning McDowell team’s with my daughter Kelly Eckert. Read more of her story by Victor Fernandes here. My daughter was briefly a pole vaulter, and I honestly had trouble watching. It’s a nerve wracking sport to watch your kid hanging off that pole. Retired coach Joe Sanford coached the team.

Both Gordon and Acker turned to track after choosing other sports. Gordon had been a basketball player and Acker had been a gymnast.

The Gordon family of athletes has made quite a name for itself. Sheena’s sister, Chelsea Gordon, was an all-star basketball player. She played in 116 career games at the University of Illinois. She was named the team’s best defensive player in her sophomore and junior years and set career scoring highs numerous occasions. In Erie, she was a four-year starter at Mercyhurst Prep winning back to back PIAA State titles in 2004 and 2005. She scored 1,728 career points and had 762 rebounds for the Lakers.  My daughter, Kelly Eckert, played hoops with Chelsea at Westlake Middle School. Today, Chelsea Gordon is living in Manhattan and studying fashion at Parsons The new School of Design. It ranks as the number one Fashion Design School in the nation and second internationally behind Central Saint Martins of London. Chelsea, Sheena and Tiffany are the daughters of John and Beverly Gordon of Erie.

Pam Parker, mom of three and stepmom of three,  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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