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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 ‘style’
Posted: August 23rd, 2013

nUNAILZZZWine shades with metallic stickers; olive and dusty green; spatter in green and gold; French tulip twist in olive green and emerald green; blue on azure blue; and dip dye with pink, blue and natural. These are nails we are talking about.

It’s all InStyle this month. My September InStyle magazine arrived with a hefty 720 pages in the mailbox last week, and it is full of awesome fashions. Here’s a peek at one of the funky nail styles available.  The new manis are works of art and blending colors in exciting styles! To see it all InStyle, click here. You can test out one of my favorite mags free for 30 days.

When I was young, you just painted your nails. Now, nails are colorful accessories for every outfit. Check in with any nail technician to see what’s new. I know DIY nail divas will give these looks a go, but I’m not that adventurous.

One reason is my early summer experiment with green polish. I stained my nails. green nails)They are still green, and I have had to cover them with dark reds and really deep pinks. Note to self — do not use that green stuff ever again.

I see a fall mani in my future. The dip-dye technique is so awesome!

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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Posted: July 26th, 2013

Pantone fallThanks to Her Times fashion writer, Christine Eddy, we get a peek at fall colors. The mix is vivid, vibrant and rich but includes some nice neutrals.

The chart at left is from Pantone, and if you click on it, it will take you to the 4-minute video Pantone released that includes designer styles in 10 colors: Linden green, emerald, Mykonos blue, acai, samba, koi, deep lichen green, carafe, vivacious and turbulence. Designers in the video — it’s worth every second of the four minutes — include Tommy Hilfiger, BCBG, Rachel Ray and Nicole Miller among others.

Happy Friday, everyone. It’s hard to believe fall is coming around the corner, but it is, and we have to be styling!

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 GramPam to one.

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Posted: July 10th, 2013

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It’s hot, humid and I have been sweating for days. I want some cool looking (and feeling) clothes that feel great.

I loved this outfit — far left — that InStyle posted for their Look of the Day feature yesterday. It’s of Miranda Kerr in a white tank with a floral print midi skirt with a lot of color, Louis Vuitton  bag and nude Alexander Wang heels.

For a cooler day, I like that long-sleeve top she’s wearing, and look at those shoes. I must need a shopping fix, and it’s not even Fashion Friday yet. I can’t afford any of these designer names. but I can find something similar, I bet. Off to the stores!

Happy Wednesday. Looks rainy out there, but a cool down is coming our way tomorrow. And lots of sun for the next four days. Woohoo!
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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 and stepmom to three.

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Posted: July 6th, 2013

Asbury WoodsThis Asbury Woods Estates home is one of those dream tours. It still looks brand new, and it features a lot of glass, white and hardwood. Check it out in House to Home this week in my column:  Thoroughly beautiful on Thoroughbred Loop

The home sits across from Asbury Woods, and it includes  3,470 square feet of living space. 

Dig into more articles this week in House to Home: 
» Hostas thrive in peaceful gardens – Sue Scholz visits stunning gardens in Glenwood at Romano-Jana’s home.

» What is custom decorating? Marie Feltz offers some insider tips to working with interior designers
» Have you ‘red’ the latest? Get some red into your home — a little or a lot — it’s a big trend.
» Surges trip breakers – Play it safe when breakers trip
» Conserve water with easy solutions – Easy tips and new gizmos save thousands of gallons of water.
» Checking on the thyme – Fragrant thyme flourishes with little maintenance.
» Lenox maintains American-made tradition – Kinston, N.C., plant is home to china that graces the White House and more.

Pam Parker has written about homes, real estate, remodeling and home furnishings for more than 20 years. She 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 and stepmom to three.

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Posted: July 5th, 2013

dress2If you think that all the new geometric patterns aren’t for you, don’t be too hasty. Wait till you see Erie’s Christine Eddy in a colorful geometric pattern skirt in Her Times on Sunday — she looks awesome! The patterns can be small or large and they can look great — and slimming. So, don’t count them out before you try them on. Here are a few adorable styles –

The colorblock poplin dress at left is $69.95 from eShaktian online retailer that offers customized tailoring of any item — change the neckline, sleeve or hem, or tweak the measurements for a a more flattering fit. Check out the link below for details on how to customize for $7.50:

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The colorful pattern print dress below is $150 from Muse. Founded in 1999, Muse is sold at Nordstrom, Macys, Lord & Taylor, Dillards and specialty boutique stores around the country. To see more great styles, check out Her Times on Sunday.

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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 and stepmom to three.

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Posted: June 22nd, 2013

Cherry StreetHomes on Cherry Street have long commanded attention, and the home at 4417 Cherry Street is a must-see listed at $168,500. Read my story on it here in this week’s House to Home.

It’s also the weekend of the Garden Conservancy Tour — check out Sue Scholz’s column on how to Tour fantastic area gardens this month

Other stories include:

» Cast-iron style returns to kitchens, baths – the old farmhouse sink style is back in a big way.
» Artwork redecorates rooms – great ideas on how to pull a room together with small photos and much more.
» Singin’ in the shower, music in the bath – music is easier to incorporate into the bath with new gadgets.
» You can make inside window awning – if you always wondered how to make these neat window treatments, here’s the how-to.
» Tips on how to work with interior designers – you can afford to ask for help.
» What’s tops in countertop choices – concrete and glass top the list.

Pam Parker has written about homes, remodeling and real estate for more than 20 years. She 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 and stepmom to three. 

 

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Posted: June 14th, 2013

Nailing itJoin me as I push the clouds and rain out of the way this weekend.

With my hands and feet!

I plan to do my nails in wild colors that shine even if the sun doesn’t. I saw this article in the July issue of InStyle magazine — one of my favorites. The mani blends contrasting colors with say purple on all fingers — but the ring finger could be a coordinating shade of blue. Or do green nails with a purple ring finger. Or silver with pearly white on that ring finger. I am so doing this tonight when I redo these nails … and my toes.

Enjoy the weekend — no matter what the forecast is.

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 and stepmom to three.

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Posted: June 11th, 2013

red shoesGet out those ruby red slippers today. Or heels. Or sneakers! The Red Shoe Movement is here, and it encourages women to wear red shoes to work on Tuesdays to show their support for other women in the workplace. Men are encouraged to wear red ties. The movement officially launched in New York City at The New York Times on March 26 with more than 200 participants wearing their red heels. Check out www.redshoemovement.com

The book “FIND YOUR INNER RED SHOES: Step Into Your Own Style of Success” (CA Press, May 2013), written by bestselling author Mariela Dabbah, is designed to increase female representation at the highest levels of decision-making.

Born in Argentina, Mariela Dabbah is a frequent guest on CNN, Univision, Telemundo, Fox News, and major network. She is an award-winning author, consultant, trainer and media contributor on issues of education, career development and empowerment with a focus on Latinos.

The heels pictured are mine from Zappos.com.

Pam Parker is the editor ofLake Erie LifeStyleHer Timesand House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three and stepmom to three.

 

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Posted: June 8th, 2013

HTH_061313parker99Estate is the proper term for some of the beautiful homes in the subdivision off of Asbury Road known as Asbury Woods Estates.

This weekend in House to Home at the Erie Times-News, read my story At home in Asbury Woods Estates

about the listing at 4846 Appaloosa Court. The photo at left is the stunning library the homeowners created in their lovely home.
You’ll get some great patio furnture tips from Marie Feltz of Decorating Den’s story Choose color, comfort for outdoor living and take a look at some other terrific articles that include:

»Increase counter space with cool tools

»Get great ideas on a bathroom renovation

Check out all the open houses this weekend! Homes are selling and there are plenty of great places to see this weekend!

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 and stepmom to three.

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Posted: June 7th, 2013

Grand prizeI was amazed in 2012, and now another roll of winners wrapped up the Ninth 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 and/or glue. Entrants were allowed to sew as well.

Charmin, Idoweddingrunners.com and Womengettingfit.com sponsor the contest. The winners were announced at an event hosted by RK Bridal in New York City. Dresses were judged on creativity, originality, beauty and the use of toilet paper.

The winners are — all courtesy of www.Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com:

First place:  Mimoza Haska from Surfside Beach, S.C.  The Albanian born hairdresser and designer took home the $2,000 grand prize for “Beautiful Swan,” a dress with a cutaway bustier, hi-lo skirt, lilies and a crown style headpiece. She used 16 Rolls of Charmin Ultra Soft, Glitter Glue, Glow in the dark glitter glue, Elmer’s glue, paper tape and needle and thread.

2nd placeSecond place: Susan Brennan, Orchard Lake, Mich. The designer and professional cheerleader for the Detroit Pistons is a yoga enthusiast who was the grand prize winner in 2011 and 2012. Her dress”City in Bloom” was a chic, yet whimsical design with an interesting balance of hard and soft. She used 11 rolls of Charmin Ultra Soft, Packing Tape, Scotch Tape, Hot Glue and Needle and Thread. The dress features large roses on a removable skirt with a halter style top. The dress converts to a short party dress.

3rd placeThird place: Carol Touchstone, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Her dress is named “Coastal Wave” for her love of the ocean. Carol wanted to create movement in her dress. It features a support hoop, asymmetrical accordion pleats and appliques. She used 30 rolls of Charmin including Charmin Basic, Charmin Ultra Soft, Vintage pink Charmin from etsy.com, Mod Podge glue, Scotch tape, Clear packing tape, double sided tape, white glue and needle and thread. She received a $500 prize for her submittal.

Now, that’s clever. Visit www.Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com to see more dresses and the designers.

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 and stepmom to three.

 

 

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