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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 ‘ruffles’
Posted: January 18th, 2013

IridescentMy friends at InStyle magazine are booking some shimmery beauty into their latest issues. Michelle DockeryLady Mary Crawley on “Downton Abbey,” rocks the glitz and glam in a photo shoot. The photo at left is from InStyle.

This year promises some sparking style with a big dose of shine — it’s been around for a while, and it’s not going anywhere — so keep those sparkling duds handy.

At Huffington Post, the fashionistas are into shine and much more. They suggest black and white will stay on the runway and peplum is peppering our styles as are ruffles, stripes, exposed lingerie, (not for this girl), big jewelry and lower heels. Lower heels? Again — not on this girl.

Shine on, ladies!

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: 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 27th, 2012


Where did the summer go? But here we are! It’s back to school time and time to shop! Here’s what’s hot and what’s not and what the heck is going at my fave store JCP?


J.C. Penney is changing its pricing … again!

According to the Associated Press:

“The moves come at a time when shoppers — and investors — have voiced confusion over Penney’s pricing strategy, which was spearheaded by CEO Ron Johnson when he took the helm in November. In May, Penney’s stock plunged nearly 20 percent in its biggest decline in four decades after the retailer posted a larger-than-expected quarterly loss and a 20-percent drop in revenue on poor reception from shoppers for its pricing strategy.”

Well I’m confused. But I’m still shopping there.  And now for fun:
TLC’s Kim Williamson quotes Chicago-Tribune writer Ellen Warren who warns of fashion fades for 2012 — in funny style. What not to wear:
  • Capes — unless you’re Superman, you don’t need one.
  • Shorts with tights — blending of summer and winter really doesn’t work.
  • Toning sneakers — Sketchers won’t be happy to hear this, these are the lazy way of exercising.
  • Platform stilettos — Voted the top Stupid Style pick of the year by Chicago-Tribune readers, this trend begs for an orthopedic surgeon or a clip for America’s Funniest Home Video.

Now here are my faves that will stay in style:

Feminine frills — lace, ruffles, peplums and more 80s stuff are in. Good because I have bought my share of lace this year, and I am wearing it!

Accessories — Bangles, brooches and bags — oh my! Costume jewelry is our friend — break out Grandma’s stuff — or buy some new stuff that looks old!

Prints — bring ‘em out — not just the animals — get those stripes, paisleys and more.


National Retail Foundation’s Back-to-School Survey has the 10 biggest trends and most of them are nothing new, but here’s one that caught my attention.

  • About 25 percent of college students will be living on campus this year, a record — the most since the survey started.  And they will be buying stuff for apartments and dorms. I am the parent of one of those, so haul out your garage sale stuff because we will not be buying new to haul up and down stairs. Do kids ever live on a first floor?

Pam Parker is the mother of two college graduates, stepmom of two more and has one in college righ now. She is also the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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