Monthly Archives: February 2008

Fashion Sensei Says…

FS Says

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Snatch that sale…

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grass cotton ‘Phoebe’ hooded raincoat

retail value: $230.00

sale: $124.20

you save 46%

These shoes are made for walkin’…

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Trend to watch…

You’ll have to use your imagination with me on this one, but picture the shirt sleeves cut, the white shirt sleeves rolled up.

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Indulge yourself…

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What’s that smell?

Enjoy chocolate without the guilt. Philosophy captured the decadent scent of white chocolate, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate in their award winning 3-in-1 shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath. Yummy!

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Read it!

New York Look Book: A Gallery Of Street Fashion (Paperback)
by Amy Larocca (Author), Jake Chessum (Photographer)

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Oh no she didn’t!

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Carry on…

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To Tip or Not to tip…

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Last night I went in for a pedicure.  Not the best evening to do it considering it was less than 20 degrees F and 3 fresh inches of snow had fallen on the ground earlier that day.  Nonetheless, I trudged in to redeem the free pedicure certificate that I won 3 weeks prior.

When it was time to choose a color, I was delighted to see the new line of O.P.I  India Collection.  Being that bright colors are in this season, I was happy to choose I’m India Mood for Love.  Here is a link to the O.P.I sight were you can see their new collection and try it against your skin tone to see how it looks.

The trip to the salon brought me to this thought, this blog has a fantastic range of readers from all over the world so I wanted to know do you tip and what is the rate of tipping in your country? 

Here in the States it is customary to tip between 15-20%.  If you have the owner of the salon perform the service, it isn’t necessary to tip.

Also, in an upscale salon, it may be assumed that you will tip a shampooer, coat check, coffee fetcher and more. It sort of drives Americans crazy.

How do you give the tip?  Do you just hand it to them or give it to the receptionist to distribute?  Several salons in the U.S. have little manila envelopes that you can discreetly stash your tip with no one being the wiser.

Have you had any disasters at the salon?  Leave a comment and let us know.

 

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Attention European Union Gals!

I’ve got some great news.  Anthropologie announced yesterday it will now ship to 33 countries outside the US!  

As many of you know, Anthropologie is one of my favorite stores.  Now, the retailer that carries apparel, accessories, shoes and home decor can come to you. 

At present Anthropologie.com can translate currency into British Pounds and Euros. Size conversions into Italian, French and UK systems are available through the size guide link that appears on each product page.

Just to get you started, here is a sampling of what you can find at this eclectic and interesting store.

Source: PRNewswire

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The “ponytail club”

I posted an on-line survey last week on Motor City Moms and asked mothers style questions similar to my What’s Your Style Post last week. I asked them about their attitudes about fashion, what impact fashion has had on their lives, how they would describe their style and if style and fashion is for the rich.

I will start by saying that all the moms take pride in themselves in one way or another.  One mom said, “I want at all times to look like I smell nice.”  Others listed their favorite stores; Ann Taylor, Anthropologie and Banana Republic.  

 The one answer that seemed to resonate with many of the moms was:

“Does ‘Ponytail Momma’ count as a style? It goes like this: What’s clean, what fits, and what is the weather going to be? That determines my clothing.”

While not all the moms felt this way, I think being a mother can reduce you to this sort of attitude.  Depending on the age of your child, getting dressed up; at least if you are a stay-at-home mother, is not always a priority.  There is too much to do and a baby spitting up on your nice clothes, doesn’t always make a lot of sense, nor is it practical.

That being said, it is imperative that a woman still take some time on the weekends or whenever it may be, to reconnect with that pre-baby woman she once was.  Sure, your body may be different, and some of your body parts may not be where they once were, but that is no excuse to let yourself go.  I know the moms agree with me, but what is preventing them from taking better care of themselves?

Guilt, time and losing weight seem to be the reasons.  One mother initially responded to my survey; “Does children’s fashion count?”  We are so accustom to taking care of others, our inital response is not to think of ourselves.  We can’t feel guilty for our own care.  (In that mom’s defense, she did come back to the thread to talk about herself).

Time.  It’s a mother’s worst enemy.  We never have enough.  Working, chasing kids and trying to take care of all your other duties doesn’t allow much free time.  Nevertheless, I implore you to take some time for yourself.

Some without children may be thinking well why don’t you take them with you?  But those of us who have had to drag our kids around the mall or into a dressing room know they don’t just sit patiently and say “mommy that looks great on you”.  It’s more like this, “mooommmy, I waaant to gooo hooome!” or they are poking their heads under the next person’s dressing room.

Another common excuse I hear is “I want to lose weight before I buy some new clothes”.  Really, how long have you been dieting?  If you are on an active path to losing weight and the weight is coming off, then I agree.  There is no point in investing in a whole new wardrobe.  However, countless women use that as an excuse, waiting for that magical day to happen. Embrace who you are today.  It doesn’t matter your size or shape, if it has been more than a year since you have made any wardrobe purchases, it’s time to get back out there.

 I know it’s not easy.  My message is, take time for yourself because you are important too.  You wouldn’t think of sending your darling out in ill fitting or unkept clothing, so the same should apply to you.

To help you navigate the maze that fashion can be, check out my first five fashion lessons, Undergarments, Pears Shape, Apple Shape, Petite and Hourglass for some tips.

Below you can find a small collection of suggestions to add a little punch to your wardrobe.  For shopping information, click on the image.

I’m very interested to hear your opinion ladies so don’t hold back.  Those of you visiting my site for the first time, may leave a comment by clicking on the word comment in the bottom right corner of this post.  You can also make up a name if you want to be anonymous. 

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Flight of the Conchords

I’m not sure how many of you have seen this show before, but it’s just hysterical. The show Flight of the Conchords  follows the lives of two New Zealanders, living in New York, who are trying to break into the American music industry with their comedy singles.

The first video takes place in the middle of an attempted mugging.  The guys are asked for their valuables which includes a camera phone; a camera with a phone attached to it and their bikes. (Throughout the show they break out into song in response to a particular situation.)

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The second video is my favorite, please excuse the Spanish subtitles, this was the only version I could find from the show.

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$350 Burger

Where’s the beef?  The worlds biggest commercial burger is now  available at a local restaurant here in Michigan.  Mallie’s Sports Grill & Bar broke a Guinness Book World record yesterday with their 134 lb hamburger.  The previous record was 123 lbs.

Up until now, Mallie’s served 6- and 12 lb burgers.  But now with 24 hour notice, will whip you and your friends up a 134 lb burger for $350 which include pop and fries.  Whatta deal.

To see a video about the burger, click here.

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Did you hear the joke…

Did you ever hear the joke about the girl whose breasts were so big they gave her a black eye?

Well one Canadian advertising agency took that joke one step further with it’s ad campaign for Running Free sports bras.

“Support bras now available”

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But here’s a little twist of controversy.  When I saw these ads on the internet, I assumed that they were commercial ads already in use.  I went looking for the actual bras.

That’s when I went back to the site I found them on and started reading the comments section. I noticed this comment on the bottom:

Submitted by Halfmad on Fri, 2008-02-22 18:52.

Please update your post. This note is from the owner. Thanks!


my name is Nick Capra I am the owner of Running Free. Those horrendous images were pitched to us by an ad agency.

When we saw them our first reaction was “you’ve got to be kidding me”.

We will never and have never used those pathetic excuses for marketing. Our reaction to them was as yours was and how they got out on to the internet is beyond me. I’m
sorry they did and I’m sorry you and who ever else is distressed by them has to waist their time and energy thinking about them.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to speak about this
further.

Nick Capra

Source: Ads of the World.com

Advertising Agency: DDB Toronto, Canada
Creative Director: Andrew Simon
Copywriter: Courtney Colomby
Photographer: Chris Gordaneer
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