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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘pedicure’
Posted: May 8th, 2014

sandalsI think this day was invented for me. I have been wearing open toed shoes for weeks. And sandals. And since there is a holiday related to this — check out holiday insights for more info –it’s nice to know today is a special day.

And it’s in May. And it is 53 degrees — not exactly balmy in some latitudes, but compared to the polar vortex we’ve experienced, this IS balmy!

These are my latest new sandals from DSW. I was possessed the day I went in there to buy them. I wasn’t leaving without sandals. I really wanted blue, but these are peachy. I just have to buy more pink to go with them on Fashion Friday!

If your feet aren’t ready for the light of day, I understand — been there. I got my pedicure last week, and it feels so good. But you can still honor today for a few minutes. Slip off those socks and enjoy the sun or clouds — just let them get some fresh air. When my kids were little, I would always pull their socks off at night and say, “Let those tootsies breathe!” I think that might have been my oldest’s first full sentence.

Free you feet today — even if it’s for a few minutes. And take a shoefie — Her Times fashionista Christine Eddy coined that term, and I love it.

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, stepmom of three and step GramPam of two.

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Posted: March 24th, 2014

TanAs the snow flies, a little artificial color might be good for mind, body and soul. Right now. I’m going to lighten my hair, get a pedicure, whiten my teeth and spray on a tan.

I continue to hang out with people who went (or are going South — someplace where they aren’t wearing winter coats). I’m jealous. And I remember my family doc went tanning during a long winter — years ago — I saw him there.

He said it would be a good prescription — Vitamin D and all. I have to admit it’s hard not to feel good when you smell coconut, listen to tropical island music and feel warm.

I haven’t been in a tanning bed in years (because it is not good for you), but I’ve used spray tans before with success. The best are the tans you pay for at tanning salons. They take only a few minutes. A spray tan at Total Tan is $23, and you can get coupons and multi-spray tan discounts.  Call your favorite tanning salon to get rates. Learn how to prepare for a spray tan right here from Women’s Health Magazine.

In the DIY category, I have a linen closet full of tubes, sprays and creams. I’m not a huge fan of any of them, but here’s an article from about.com by Julyne Derrick about her faves. On the flip side, here are the 7 worst self tanners from Total beauty.com – some brands are on both lists.  This is one of those things where nothing works for everyone.

Quell the smell

The worst thing about all tanners is they smell. The Women’s Health Magazine article also offers advice on how to get rid of the smell from tanners – it’s vanilla perfume or citrus. Here’s the full article.  Happy Monday!

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: November 15th, 2013

nail art

If you remember the commercial with the tagline “Calgon, take me away,” you can get some Calgon if you visit the website — click here. Yes, it’s the bubble bath and more. The site has products from $2 to $13. I feel more relaxed just talking about it.

Nail that great gift

Who doesn’t love a manicure and pedicure? No one can fix my cuticles and give me a professional look like the professionals can. My daughter and I did both last weekend. Sarah at Headcases on West 38th Street gave us gel manicures with some nail art. I got gold glitter on my ring fingernail, and my daughter got polka dots. Adding one nail of art is pretty cool.

On Sunday, we popped on over to Happy Nails in the K-Mart plaza for pedicures. A professional manicure or pedicure is one great gift. If you don’t know where to buy the gift of a manicure or pedicure for the one you want to gift, check out salons near his or her home or workplace. Make it easy. I have had my nails done at salons from downtown Erie to Waterford to North East and out in Albion. I have never been to a salon I didn’t love. And pedicures are one of the best gifts I have ever given myself. Your legs feel like new. And they look good too! I’ve gotten manicures for under $20 and pedicures for $25 and up. Depends on what you want and where you go. Ask first.

Like most women, I can’t always get to a salon and often need a quick fix on my hands and feet. OPI is one brand that never fails me. The company has some pretty cool holiday gift sets like the one in the picture. I like all the colors. Purple, red, champagne glitter and neutral creme. I have tons of nail lacquer, but my OPI top coat is the best. OPI gift set

One tip we heard recently is to give your nails a break from color for a few weeks to maintain the health of the nails. Gift sets like the one at left are $49.95. OPI says the kit is available in a lot of places, but I didn’t see it yet. If you want it, go to Ulta.com – the link takes you directly to the OPI set. Smaller gift packs are available for $15.95.  

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 1st, 2013

boot2viewsRemember, today is Wear Red Day — the American Heart Association reminds women to get checked for heart disease. UPMC Hamot has a full slate of events — click here. At Goredforwomen.org, learn more. images

And, here’s a thought to protect that pedicure! According to the website, Bootie Pies are cozy boots with a collapsible front flap that exposes the toes while getting a pedicure. Bootie Pies look like fashionable UGGs and are made from high quality suede and leather s like coconut crème, chocolate and blackberry. www.bootiepies.com. The shorter boots (more like shoes) are $68, and the taller boots (at left) are about $88. Wear them with your gloves that flip down for a manicure and make a statement!

Back to our hearts — heart disease kills more women 25 and older than all cancers combined. Signs of a heart attack in women are often different than men, according to the American Heart Association. Sweating, pressure, nausea and jaw pain could be signs in addition to pressure in the chest, pain or discomfort in one or both arms, shortness of breath and lightheadedness. Don’t ignore pain in the back, neck or stomach.

Signs of a stroke from American Heart Association include: numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, confusion, trouble speaking or understanding, blurred vision in one or both eyes, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, or sudden severe headache.Take care, and get a checkup!

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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