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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘style’
Posted: June 13th, 2014

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I DO think you’ll agree these wedding dresses are impressive — made out of toilet paper. The 10th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress contest held in New York City announced its winners yesterday and they include:  

First place:  Romance on a Roll by 28-year-old Susan Brennan of Orchard Lake, Mich. The designer and professional cheerleader for the Detroit Pistons is a yoga enthusiast who also won the grand prize  in 2011 and 2012. Her 2014 design was a full-length gown that included a flapper dress underneath. It took her more than a month to complete the dress.
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Second place: Katrina Chalifoux, of Knoxville, Tenn.,  won $5,ooo for her flowing design. Third place: Amber Mills, of Hurst, Texas, won $2,500 for her dress — made of vintage blue Charmin.

The amazing dresses included beading, pleats and lace all made of toilet paper. amberTo see all the 10 finalists, visit www.Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com to see more dresses and the designers.

The contest is the brainchild of Laura Gawne and Susan Bain, who operate Cheap-Chic-weddings.com. It is sponsored by Charmin.

Entrants are permitted to use hot glue, tape, needle and thread and more to complete dresses. They were judged on creativity, originality, beauty and the use of toilet paper.
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 GramPam to two step-granddaughters.

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Posted: May 23rd, 2014

Peebles $70This one is from Peebles. It’s $70, and at Macys, I found 65 choices for white dresses.

You gotta love a name like White Haute Fashions. Click on that link for some great looks — white with plenty of colorful accessories to pop some style.

Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to bring out a LWD (little white dress!) But pay close attention to details when you wear white — here are stylist Christie Maruka’s top 10 fashion advisories on wearing white:

1. It doesn’t work for everyone. If it washes you out, skip white and buy some color.

2. White can be unforgiving. As for jeans, make sure they are not cropped, or they can make your legs look shorter. Pass on white skinny jeans unless you are very slim. 

3. Don’t forget stripes with white, especially navy and black stripes.

4.  Accessorize with bright colors such as coral, turquoise or royal blue. A handbag, sandal or scarf in wild shades can make white pop.

5. It’s critical to wear undies that match your skin tone.

6. Avoid white satin or polyester.

7. Beware of cling. White does show every bra or panty line.

8. Avoid white for photos. It adds pounds. Trust us on this one.

9. Make sure it’s opaque.

10. Buy quality white pieces that you can wear year after year.

For more info on Maruka visit fashionfixnj.com.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times andHouse to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step grandmom to two.

 

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Posted: April 25th, 2014

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Wanna keep those pearly whites from discoloring as a result of too much coffee, tea or other beverages? The folks at strawenvy.com did too. They  sent me an email touting sparkling straws with crystal bling. The straws assure you will sip in style and minimize discolored teeth.

These straws work in hot and cold beverages, and they are made with BPA-free plastic in a reusable straw. They come in a handy, cotton carrying case — two to a pack for $29.99 – one flat and one round straw. The handy cleaning brush is an additional $1.49 — and you get free shipping on all this stuff. These sipping straws come in purple, pink, silver and green. Sales are always on, so discounts of 15 to 20 percent are common. The website suggests these are great gifts for showers, bridal parties, birthdays and much more.

Check out Straw Envy on twitter #strawenvy and @strawenvy, Facebook, Etsy, Pinterest and Instagram.

Looks like a fun idea!

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 GramPam to two step-granddaughters.

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Posted: March 31st, 2014

2nd placeIt’s time for the 10th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest sponsored by Charmin. Laura Gawne and Susan Bain, who operate the www.Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com, annually ask  readers to create wedding gowns using toilet paper, tape, needle, thread and  glue. You can win $2,000!

Feeling inspired? You have until May 13 to submit your design — just the photos. The contest judges creativity, originality, beauty and the use of toilet paper.

Judges choose 10 finalists and open the contest to online voting. And the top 10 get a trip to NYC to show off their dresses.

The photo above is 2013 second place winner Susan Brennan, of Orchard Lake, Mich., a Detroit Pistons cheerleader. I chose her because she was the grand prize winner in 2011 and 2012.  She used 11 rolls of Charmin Ultra Soft, packing tape, scotch tape, hot glue and needle and thread.

3rd placeThe 2013 third place winner was Carol Touchstone, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., pictured at left. She used 30 rolls of Charmin, Mod Podge glue, Scotch tape, clear packing tape, double-sided tape, white glue and needle and thread. She received a $500 prize.

Visit www.Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com to see more dresses and the designers.

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: March 28th, 2014

white dress.No, we’re not talking wedding dresses.

Nearly every store and website has some summery white dresses on hand. One of my faves that I wore decades ago was a creamy lacy number I had — think tablecloth lace. It worked for career and event dressing. Just a classic.

This one at left is a Style&Co. number, and it is from Macy’s — on sale for $34.99. You can find white dresses in eyelet, lace and every fabric imaginable. Afraid it won’t look good on you? Don’t be. White is a refreshing and stylish that it takes the white blouse  to a new length.

Now , if you take photos — beware. White will make you look bigger —  I know this from experience. But a look in the mirror will show you how stunning you look. People like me need a tan — at least a little color so I don’t look like a ghost. White is in. Go for it. Here’s a link to Macy’s white dresses for women

JCPHere’s a link to JCPenney  – this one is Black Label from Evan Picone. It’s on sale for $41.99.  InStyle Magazine had an ad for white lacy jeans and a matching jacket — all lined of  course. And some white meshy dresses — also lined.  I’ve seen white cotton sweaters with pearl appliques, and cocktail dresses are everywhere.  It’s 54 out — break out the sandals and summer clothes, but hang onto the warm stuff. Tomorrow will be well wintry. 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: 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: March 16th, 2014
Kelly and Paul

Paul Fries at John Fries Auto Sales hands over the keys to Kelly Eckert.

Kim & Kell

Kelly and stepdaddy Kim Parker stand by her new ride in the Parker driveway.

The urge to get a new car strikes every spring. Last year my daughter, Kelly, who lives in Pittsburgh, paid off her old Chevy Cobalt and thought about a newer car but found nothing appealing. This year, the old Cobalt was begging to be replaced.
She shopped online looking at cars at John Fries Auto Sales, returned home for a one-day, drive-it and buy it extravaganza and was back in Pittsburgh that evening. My hubby, Kim, checked them out for her in advance.

I remember the old days — when we hit a dozen car lots for some of the kids’ car purchases. This was a real switch.

It was also a reminder that we have purchased 10 cars from Paul Fries. And we (the entire Eckert and Parker clans) have purchased way more than that as a group in the past 11 years. That boggles my mind.

I also learned the urban lingo on what you call a new car. It’s not just a new ride, or a red Escape. It’s a “whip,” Kelly told me.

I looked it up on The Urban Dictionary, and here’s how they came up with that.

“When the steering wheel was first put into use in automobiles, it was called the “whip.” The whip is what you used to control the horses on a stagecoach, hence the analogy. Many years later, various hip hop artists noticed that the Mercedes-Benz logo resembled a steering wheel. They then proceeded to use the old term “whip” to describe any Mercedes-Benz vehicle. The term has now been generalized to classify any expensive automobile.”

The funny thing is I owned a similar Ford Escape a few years ago. So it was like going home in a way with my little girl in a new ride. Although it was a quick day — we even had time for a shopping spree through Walmart, a fish sandwich lunch at McGarrey’s, and she found a raincoat I was going to return to 6pm.com fit her perfectly. No need for a return!

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: March 14th, 2014

Chne titelI found a lot of styles for spring that are rocking geometric patterns. And metallics and a lot of other things I probably won’t wear. But I would if I were younger. This top at left from Intermix online showed up in some designer clothing ideas in InStyle. It’s way out of my price range at $395, but I like the style. And I love that it’s a peplum. I just bought a very peplum for under $20 at Dots last week. Spring is in the air, and it’s going to be 50 today. That’s today, of course.

I do like some of the patterns — kind of takes me back to the 70s — “Mad Men” brings a lot of it back. Here’s a look at Accessory Agenda’s fun and fab geometric dresses. I swear I wore some of them.

Have a great Fashion 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: October 29th, 2013

red dress 2It’s Tuesday, Red Shoe Day and World Stroke Day. I’ll tie them together. Just give me a minute. A lot of people in my family and circle of friends have been affected by strokes. My grandfather, father, niece (and she was only 30) and many others close to me — young people — have had strokes.

Know the signs, and don’t ignore them. During a stroke, blood doesn’t flow properly in the brain, so stroke victims may not realize that something is wrong. It’s up to the rest of us. Here are signs to never ignore if they come on suddenly:

Severe headache. My niece, mom of a newborn at the time, had a headache — not just any headache. Her husband took her to the ER, and she had a stroke in the ER. She recovered within months, but a headache isn’t always just a headache.

Numbness. In my dad’s case, it was numbness of his fingers. He didn’t recognize it as a symptom. We caught it because he didn’t sound right when I called him, and a neighbor checked on him for me. The neighbor called 911, and my dad was very lucky. No permanent damage, but he spent six months relearning a lot of common tasks.  A friend of mine also passed off numbness as nothing wrong until her family insisted they all go to the ER where they learned she had a stroke.

Arm weakness. Don’t pass it off as a cramp or too much exercise if it comes on suddenly.

Difficulty speaking or thinking can be a sign of stroke. Slurring words, confusion or an inability to understand or comply with simple commands can be a sign that something is wrong.

Local hospitals are on the case

Clot-buster medications can help many stroke victims. Click here to read stroke survival stories from UPMC Hamot. Visit the Saint Vincent Stroke Center for more information on its stories and technology.

The American Heart Association has more information. And women should visit Goredforwomen.org to learn more about how heart disease affects women. It still kills more women than all cancers combined.

Get out the red shoes every Tuesday

Wearing red shoes on Tuesday is part of a movement of women supporting women for career success. Mariela Dabbah started the Red Shoe Movement to support Latino women. Red Shoe Tuesdays shouts out our support for women moving into management careers. Men often wear red ties or red socks as support. Even Richard Royce (Kevin Bishop) from Rebel Wilson‘s sitcom “Super Fun Night” wears a red tie.

Stay healthy, everyone!

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: August 30th, 2013

locker chandelierIs that a chandelier in that locker? Why, yes it it is. When my boss, Marnie Mead, told me her daughter, Nicole Oberle,  had a chandelier in her locker, I was thinking she went to school with Harry Potter.

But no. Magnets, mirrors, wallpaper, mini chandeliers and assorted accents adorn as many lockers as homes. Preteens have taken interior design way inside the school and into their lockers … and outside the locker at some schools.

The video at left is from ABC-TV’s Lara Spencer in 2011. She did the video after she read a story in the New York Times about how lockers have become a vehicle for self expression for middle schoolers.

The idea was a hit with two moms who founded LockerLookz. Click on the link for some locker looks, and check out the Pottery Barn teen site for more great ideas.

Pam Parker is the mom of three, stepmom of three and GramPam to one. 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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