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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 ‘sparkle’
Posted: December 20th, 2013

green dresssparklySaturday on Facebook, I asked if I should wear a black sparkly dress to the Barber Ball or a red ruffly one. Red won out in Facebook comments, but I wore black because my husband’s vote trumped all. Why did it look better? Sparkles — and holidays are made for sparkling. Just a note here — I bought the NY & Co black dress at Gabe’s for under $20. I bought the red one a few years ago at a consignment shop for less than $10 — it’s an American Living brand dress from JCP.

Looking for some of your own sparkle?   Here are a few ideas from head to to:

Put some shine in your hair — I have sprayed on de frizzers that add shine after my hair is done, and I’ve used olive oil as a pre-treatment before washing my hair. Both work really well — experiment before you try it for a big day.

Buy a sparkly top or bottom … or dress. Everything is on sale right now just about everywhere. If you’re not keen on the actual sparkles, go for a metallic fabric in silver, gold, gray, brown, blue or anything that suits your coloring.

Use some gold eyeliner. I bought some Urban Decay brand eyeliner at Ulta, and it is fabulous! I wear it over charcoal, and it looks terrific.

Step out in some brocade — it’s back and it sparkles.

If you’re not into sparkles, and a little black dress is more your fashion statement, there is nothing wrong with that. Especially if a little black dress really makes you feel your best. But if you want to perk up your mood, don’t be afraid of a little color. For years, I did the LBD for almost everything. I thought it made me look thinner — black is slimming. Within the last few years, stylish outfits sport lots of glitz and color. Go for it. Even if you just move to navy — it is also slimming.  I have two navy dresses that both have sparkly jewels around the necklines. I love it.

This weekend’s outfits will include that green number on the top of the page. I bought one for my daughter and one for me. It’s a Calvin Klein, and it was on sale at Peebles for under $20. The black top is a consignment find at Sassy Peacock.

Enjoy the season.

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 19th, 2013

Living roomLook what’s happening in House to Home this week! Add red to a room — it’s often inexpensive, fast and you’ll be red-y for Valentine’s Day with some classy accents. Read the story by Decorating Den’s Marie Feltz here.

Garden writer Sue Scholz shares all the blooms that popped open last week in that heat wave. She had white Christmas rose hellebore, English daisy and other flowers. She wasn’t the only one —  Read her story right here.

We have quite a few additional stories that will get you in the mood to decorate — get the lowdown on all the trends for home decorating for 2013 — great ideas are brimming in House to Home.

Next week, I have a story for you on open houses at two huge homes in Fairview — a builder and interior designer’s home in Manchester Farms and a completely restored (by a local builder) 1800s beauty with a lake view on Dutch Road.

Touchless technology
Make a DIY snow globe
Mixing color among hottest trends for 2013
Counteract dark days with sparkle
Shine On
Around-the-World Interiors

And catch up with open houses this week.

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: October 25th, 2012

If you want to update your home Halloween decor, glitter will do it. It covers spooky houses, skulls and more, and that booooosts your home’s Hallow WOW factor.

On a recent vacation to Albuquerque, glittery skulls were all the rage. Some had gems in one eye socket – kind of like an eye patch. Glittery skeletons are also popular.

You can get this creepy set of three skulls for just $2.99 at Oriental Trading Company.

If you’re not into skulls, this sparkling votive holder from Pier One is great fun — it adds sparkle, spooky factor, and it’s on sale for under $28 — they won’t last at that price. Have a glittery Halloween! Check out House to Home on Saturday for dozens of great decorating ideas — just in time for sales.

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: November 18th, 2011

Are you ready to sparkle? This CND Shellac sparkle manicure is courtesy of Kerry Conklin at Charisma Salon. If you click that link, and print out the coupon, you can get a CND manicure for $10 — another $5 gets you sparkles. A CND manicure — uses UV rays to cure the polish — no chipping for up to 2 weeks. I get three weeks — many times. I am in day 7 of mine. Reminder: This is polish, not a fake nail. No fillers and no sanding the nail. And it is smooth and shiny for the entire time!

If you don’t like UV rays, choose the Gelish manicure — similar to CND, but it uses an LED light to cure the polish. It is also available at Charisma Salon, Ambridge Rose, Hot Nails and many more places.

Ambridge Rose offers a new service Dashing Diva — a French nail manicure that’s making some waves. It DOES include adding a tip to your own nail.

It’s time to shine and sparkle, ladies!


Reminders on free stuff: Lots of things to win at Her Times! Check us out- a stunning black cape with fur cuffs and collar, red dress to die for and books and more. Also, today is the last day to register for a total makeover at The Sassy Peacock.

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