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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘shoes’
Posted: March 21st, 2014

Polka dot heels

Shoes, dresses, skirts, tops — you name it, dots are on it. I’ve probably had polka-dot something every year since I’ve been a kid. The dots are on point this spring too. Many shoes — colorful shoes have dots. And the dresses are everywhere. The retro-style heels at left are from Rakuten – about $48. I found some yellow dotted dahlings but lost the link.

polka dot dress

Dresses with dots are all over InStyle magazine and local stores. Here’s link to dots on everything from shoes to coats in InStyle

Here’s one — at left –from Dress Barn– about $46 but you can get coupons that drop the price. Those dots are a little large for me, but Eva Mendes has a new collection at Kohls, and it boasts a lot of dots. See it here.

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: January 31st, 2014

PamkimTwo weeks from today is that all-important day of romance, so get something Valentine’s Day red — dress, shirt, shoes, jacket, pants, purse, jewelry or underthings. I have all of the above. In fact the jacket I am wearing in this photo is from a $5 bag sale at Sassy Peacock last week. I got three jackets, a pair of shoes, three purses, a dress and two pairs of pants for $5. Found a quarter in one jacket, and my husband said, “Wow — it was really a $4.75 bag sale for you!”

I love red — here are some links to some of the latest folks who send me stuff.

Bon-Ton – one day sale — preview today and sale tomorrow. Here’s a link to their Valentines Day gift guide for men and women — fun stuff!

Rue la la – dresses — lot of dresses — red and other colors.

Need a wine cooler? Here’s a great gift from Packit.comchill

And don’t leave the kids out. Zulily is loaded with fun red stuff for boys and girls. At Zulily — here’s a link to Sofia the First — all little girls love this one, especially little Miss Mia Parker the first zon-redheart2 And here’s a link to build a bear fun.

I’ll keep the Valentine’s Day ideas coming. Happy 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: January 17th, 2014

OrchidRadiant orchid is pretty much everywhere as the color of the year. How do you wear it? How don’t you wear it would be a better question. Purses, dresses, tops, bottoms, visors, hats, shoes, boots, jewelry, nails, lips — even lightbulbs and more. And if the Australian Open is any indicator, the color will hit workout clothes in a big way. Serena Williams, Samantha Stosur, Li Na, and Maria Sharapova are just a few of the women sporting radiant orchid — right down to the shoes in some cases.

Stosur pink

Samantha Stosur and many other women tennis players are wearing orchid on the courts of the Australian Open as radiant orchid — the Pantone color of the year — makes it mark on fashion.

But don’t count out blue. Women not wearing orchid are wearing lots of blue. And so are the men.

Radiant orchid is everywhere. And it will add a pop of color to any outfit. I think I need new shoes and a new purse. shoes
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 4th, 2013

Saint NIcholas

Close Up of Sheet Music

Up on the rooftop. Click. Click, Click.

Last year, I wrote about celebrating Saint Nicholas Day, and this year — I am at a it again as an empty nester.

First a little history: The legend of Saint Nicholas is that he placed gifts in shoes that children left outside their rooms or by the fireplace the night of Dec. 5. Then the kids awake the next day to surprises. I’m going to have to put some extra effort into doing things for adult kids and GrandParker Little Miss Mia. No one lives at home so there are no shoes to put out.

My parents never did any of this, but I heard about it at St. George Grade School. I thought it was great fun, so I did it with my kids.

Before I went to bed on Dec. 5, I would put candy, jewelry, festive socks or even video games into their shoes while they slept. It also served as a wake up call to either buy them new shoes or get out the Fabreze or Windex to clean their shoes up. I also missed the date a few times and did it late — often no one was the wiser!

I’m shopping FTD and overnight mail ideas this year. There isn’t much that fits in a shoe that adult kids would want — well except cash  :) Or bling. Or new shoes for Little Miss Mia and my Kelly. I think I should speak to Santa Kim (my hubby) about celebrating Saint Nicholas Day. And remarkably — it falls on Fashion Friday this week!

I don’t have little kids anymore, but we do have a Nicholas who visits with my daughter. Enjoy Saint Nicholas Day!

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 to three and step-grandmom to one.

 

 

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Posted: August 2nd, 2013

Flip flopsWell tongues are wagging. At the sole of the matter is a survey of the shoes men felt were least attractive on women. No, it wasn’t flip-flops — although I am not a real fan of flip-flops because you announce your arrival in flip-flops long before you arrive!

I am also personally not a fan of kitten heels or flats, but the research at CouponCodes4u.com says of the 2,103 American men surveyed, they dislike wedges the most. They ranked their least favorite 10 shoes, so that means 71 percent of them disliked the wedge. Wow!

But the Today show took this survey to another level. The stylists posted the survey for anyone to vote, but you can only vote for one shoe where the CouponCodes4u.com ranked 10 shoes.

The Today survey, as of today — Fashion Friday,  has 37,688 votes, and the results are overwhelmingly against Crocs. Below are the survey results of CouponCodes4u.com and Today show next to it. Go vote at Today show!

1. Wedge shoes 71 percent/ Today: 10 percent

2. Uggs. 67 percent/ Today: 16 percent. I’m not a fan of these as a fashion statement, but oh do they feel good and warm!

3. Crocs 63 percent/ Today: 44 percent

4. Platforms 58 percent/ Today: 8 percent

5. Flip flops 55 percent/ Today: 8 percent

6. Moccasins 49 percent/ Today: 5 percent

7. Mary Janes 42 percent/ Today: 3 percent

8. Ballet slippers 37 percent/ Today: 3 percent

9. Kitten heels 34 percent/ not on the Today survey

10. Sneakers 25 percent/ Today: 1 percent

Pam Parker is the editor of House to HomeLake Erie LifeStyle and Her Times at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: December 28th, 2012

Did you get shoes for Christmas? Did you want them? Well, I did. Shoes, according to fashionistas and researchers, hit some record level of sales in the three months leading up to November. A West Indies article in the Trinidad Express — read it here — said women’s fashion footwear grew 3.2 per cent and cross training shoes rose 16 per cent.

The article also included that men are buying shoes for women. ”Shoes have turned the corner in the gift category,” said Robert Burke, a New York-based fashion consultant. “They’ve become the new handbag.”

While I was Christmas shopping, I saw plenty of men buying shoes, purses and much more for their ladies.

I got new sneaks for Christmas, but I also need some new black pumps and other shoes. I found deals at Target.com. I also found some funky comments on gifting shoes. It’s apparently an old wives’ tale that giving shoes as a gift is  a bad omen — the person will walk away from you. Giftypedia and some web forums had some surprising  comments from folks who stand by the superstition. And boots — ohhhh boots — now there’s a gift!

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 to three and step-grandmom to one.

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Posted: December 3rd, 2012

The legend of Saint Nicholas is that he distributed little gifts and placed them in shoes that children left outside their rooms or by the fireplace the night of Dec. 5. Then the kids awake the next day to fun little gifts. That’s the tale that I grew up with.

My parents never did any of this, but I heard it in school. I thought it was great fun, so I did it with my kids.

Before I went to bed on Dec. 5, I would put candy, jewelry, festive socks or even video games into their shoes while they slept. It also served as a wake up call to either buy them new shoes or get out the Fabreze or Windex to clean their shoes up.

According to Wikipedia, Saint Nicholas is honored by a lot of religions. A bit of history here —  Saint Nicholas was a 4th-century Greek bishop who allegedly performed miracles and was known for secret gift-giving, which was what I learned as a kid. I always thought Secret Santa stuff was great fun.

I don’t have little kids any more, but we do have a Nicholas who visits with my daughter. Enjoy Saint Nicholas Day!

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 to three and step-grandmom to one.

 

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Posted: August 31st, 2012

Jamie is the name of this cute little sneaker. It's on sale for $53.99. Find them online right here. Lots of color combos too.

When I was young, the brand name was associated with more sensible and comfortable footwear, but look where that has gone! I bought a pair of Dr. Scholl’s shoes a few years ago that were very stylish, and I will be buying more.  Take a look at some cute and comfy styles.

The Wakeup is a lace-up suede heel, $80.

 

 

 

The Tatum -- what a boot. Faux shearling, $60.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All the shoes are available at Piperlime.comMacys.comZappos.com and DrSchollsShoes.com.

Pam Parker is the mom of three and stepmom of three — four are college graduates with one more still in school. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Timesand House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: July 25th, 2012

When my kids’ dad died more than 12 years ago, I worried about making sure that the kids would turn out normal — being raised by just me. Then my hubby came along and set us all straight.

Over the years, I’ve learned that normal is relative. The kids are pretty normal, but I see some hoarding tendencies that worry me. My oldest son loves hats. Although he claims to only have seven baseball caps, and I’m not counting. He also collects water bottles in his car, unintentionally, I think. My husband calls his car a recycling project.

My daughter has a collection of shoes that is on the hoarder side. I mean some of them are from high school. She graduated six years ago. My youngest also works the shoe gig. He has always been a stylish child. You have to admire a kid who asks if his shoes match his outfit.

The shoe thing is in the genes — my mom’s. She had a closet full of shoes — the entire top shelf of a giant linen closet was stacked to the ceiling with her shoes — neatly boxed. I never saw her wear any of them. She wore the ones in her own closet. It was kind of a collection.

Mom had a pair of blue satin shoes she got when I was born. They were still neatly boxed in that closet 30 years later when she died. Then, I took them home and kept them for another 10 years. OK maybe there is a little hoarder in all of us, but if I had kept them, they would be designer and vintage by now.

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: April 16th, 2012

Time to get charged up for spring. If you are looking for some bright fashions, here are a few:

Dresses that illuminate like the dresses worn by the bride, bridesmaids and little Lily on “Modern Family.”

CuteCircuit, a fashion tech company, launched a collection of dresses and tops embedded with LED lights. The clothes recharge via USB, and some items have controllers that allow wearers to pick the color and pattern of their lights.

Designer-artist team Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz, have dressed Katy Perry in bright lights. LED lights are also charging up shoes, and they’re not just for kids anymore.

If you want to make a splash at your next party, try LED LiteRays, created by photographer Carl VanderSchuit, who also invented popular LiteCubes, lighted faux ice cubes used to illuminate drinks from the inside out. They start at $7.99 and are available at: http://litecubes.com

 

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