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How To Buy Boots at Amazon.

Posted in amazon, budget online shopping, budget shopping, fashion, online shopping with tags , , , on January 5, 2017 by sorceressofthedark

It’s time to confess. I’m a bootaholic. I wear them year-round. I probably own more boots than shoes. I would rather be wearing a pair of boots than sandals in the summer. I don’t see the point of sneakers. Ok, unless you’re a runner. Even then, the sneakers that are high enough to look more like boots are better  looking as far as I’m concerned.

Anyway, since I’m on a kick at fleamarket Amazon, I decided to shop for boots at the site.

Omg, there are so many! But how would I know if they fit? The above fit perfectly and I couldn’t be happier. Black faux suede Women’s Thigh High Boots by Dream Pairs Upland are so comfortable. I love the gold metal band around the top of the heel. And they fit my skinny legs without falling down because I can tie them in the back.

Here’s my problem with fitting. Or I should say my obsession. If I’m in a store, I’ll try my size on and the next size to compare. Then I can’t decide which is better. I know, weird.

But even weirder is years back once my big brother and I went shoe shopping and he noticed what I was doing. He started laughing. I asked him what was so funny. He told me he did the same thing. So we sat down in the shoe store discussing this eerie phenomenon. Decided it must have started in our childhood and our mother somehow, but we had no idea how. All we knew is that we both couldn’t decide which size was better and it was this big chore for us. See how parents can screw you up in adulthood?

Ah…my Mordenmiss boots in red. I’ve received so many compliments on these! Mordenmiss Women’s Size Zipper Leather Ankle Toe Cap Boot Style 2 Red, when I first saw these, I couldn’t get them out of my mind. I ordered them within days of first seeing them and never looked back. The leather is soft, I can wear these all day and my feet are so comfortable. Absolutely perfect.

These tan suede babies are my go-to boots. I’ve been wearing these since the beginning of October through all kinds of weather, including snow and ice and they still look good. These are my Bella Marie Marcy -26 Women’s Casual Side Zipper Flat Snow Ankle  Bootie in Camel. What first caught my eye was the side zipper on the outside of the bootie rather than the inside. They’re lightly lined for warmth and extremely sturdy and somehow just stay super clean.

My Charles Albert Knee-High Faux Leather Boot With Buckle in Tan*. These are more than knee-high, actually over the knee. Turned out, these are a little too wide for me so I’m thinking of lacing up the top so I can close it to tighten it. The idea behind the boot is that you can also fold the top down, kind of like a pirate boot, but I prefer it over the knee.The color is good tho and blends well with a lot of outfits.

Even though I own quite a few, every year I get new ones. A woman can never have enough. So when I started shopping I read the reviews. How could I tell if they’d fit? Geez, some say they run small, some say larger than normal….I’m breaking out in a sweat here just reading the reviews. Finally, I notice some of the boot listings tell you the actual length of the boot in inches. Yes! This will do it. So I go and measure my favorite boot to compare and that’s how I ordered my first pair. They arrived and fit great. And that’s how I’ve continued to order my boots….um…my next 3 pairs that I ordered this year. Ok , 4 pairs.  Alright….4 pairs and 1 ice pair for when I have to walk on ice. There. Total of 5.

All necessary as you can see. All different from each other. Different colors, different styles. I adore each of them.

Just do a basic search for “women’s boots” on Amazon and you’ll come up with about 461,533 hits on women’s boots to choose from in the leisure of your own abode. You can narrow the search down to dress, casual, snow, above-the-knee, below-the-knee, booties, color, etc. and even by size and color. Think of shopping online this way. You’re not leaving an imprint by  driving around from store to store to store. Instead, you’re looking online and finding pretty much the same merchandise at the same or even lower prices. You don’t have to shop Amazon. That’s just one online site. I like them because of Prime benefits. (Read about Prime in yesterday’s post.) Oh, and for some, the best part? You don’t have to deal with any sales associates.

Regardless, have fun shopping, watch your money and always look for the best buys!

Peace.

Sorceress

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Why Do People Buy And Wear Those Things? Layer, Don’t Cover. Balance, Don’t Bulk.

Posted in Christopher Peters, clothing, color wheel, complementary colors, Creatures Of The Wind, designers, ETRO, fashion, layering clothing, online shopping, personal shopper, Rudolph Nuyeyev, runway clothing, runway designers, Shane Gabier, vintage clothing, womens fashion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2011 by sorceressofthedark
Creatures Of The Wind Fall/Winter RTW 2011.

Creatures Of The Wind, Fall/Winter RTW 2011.

There’s a chill in the air at nighttime for some us. Daytime is still warm enough to dress lightly but once the sun sets it’s time to start layering clothing to ward off some of those chilly evenings.

I know I’m not ready for bulky winter clothing. I don’t want to haul out my winter coats or even start looking at them in the stores. Although I do want to know what’s available and stylish for the season, it always seems I want to hang on to whatever warm weather is left before I let go of my entire warm weather clothing and dive into the winter pile of soft knits and wools.

There’s an easy way to ward off those evening chills that seem to settle in after the sun sets. Layering your clothing is an efficient way to keep your body temperature even through this transitional time of year for the people who have seasonal weather. Layering clothing is fun. It makes your outfits go farther, look quirkier and gives you more style.

Creatures Of The Wind, relative new designers on the runway have mixed materials together in layering for their Fall/Winter RTW 2011 Collection. It’s a chicago based collection with Christoper Peters and Shane Gabier as the main designers. Their Spring RTW 2012 Collection boasts psychedelic colors with mixing and matching fabrics again. Their collections appear romantic, magical and very appealing.

Creatures Of The Wind, Spring RTW 2012.

Creatures Of The Wind, Spring RTW 2012.

Layering is about mixing and matching your clothing. It’s about taking materials that look and feel good together, but also complement each other. Matching exact colors is not mandated or necessary. As a matter of fact, matching exactly is boring for everyday wear. You want to make your clothes work for you, not work for your clothes.

Start with shades and hues of the same color to blend your layers successfully. Add an opposing  color from the color palette for variety that you enjoy. Mix and match plaids and flowers within the same color family or take opposing fabrics that blend together to create appealing layers around your body. Experiment until you feel comfortable.

Etro, an Italian fashion house was founded in 1968 by Gimme Etro. It is a family owned design house. Menswear has been headed since 1990 by Kean Etro and his sister Veronica directs womenwear. Gimmos eldest son Jacopo and and brother Ippolito also work for the fashion firm. They also manufacture fabrics, furnishings and fragrances. Read more at :  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etro.

Etro Fall/Winter RTW 2011.

ETRO Fall/Winter 2011.

Veronica’s womenswear line showed beautiful, rich colors, classic styling and a signature east-meets-west flavor. The accessories are bold statement-making. Layering of clothes showed an ease of rich colors blended beautifully.

 

ETRO SS collection 2012.

ETRO SS Collection 2012.

 

The ETRO SS 2012 Collection of womenswear showed muted colors blended together beautifully in a pleasing palette to the eye. Materials flowed elegantly and with careless romantic abandon.

The ETRO site also has links to color palettes, creativity and some of their own personal collections of clothing. There are some photos of vintage clothing and of Nureyev’s costumes.

Layering shows on the runway in all forms. It can be in materials or in colors. The choices are endless. You can choose the same color family to create a classic look. You can throw in one contrasting color from the color palette to pop an outfits look.  Choose different materials in your clothing to layer for interest. Add jewelry that’s more chunky when you are layering to balance the layers.

The more clothing that you are layering, the more attention you put towards your accessories. A lot of layers does not necessarily call for a lot of jewelry. What it does ask for is a chunky bracelet and a larger ring for balance.  Top it off with a felt fedora for balance.

Balance, don’t bulk. Layer, don’t cover. Have fun dressing. Because that’s why you buy and wear those things. Have fun in your closet this week.

Peace.

Sorceress.

Why Do People Buy And Wear Those Things? Punk It Out For Pink!

Posted in care of vintage clothing, Christian Dior, color wheel, complementary colors, dressing from years gone by, fashion, Fire and Ice lipstick, H&M, man-repeller, personal shopper, Salvation Army, shoes, vintage clothing, womens fashion with tags , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2011 by sorceressofthedark
Can You Do Pink For Fall?

Can You Do Pink For Fall?

Pink for fall. Have you thought about it? Are you a chance-taker? Wondered if it was the right color? Thought it was for spring only? Or, thought it was a girly-color? Here’s to the nay-sayers  all….

 

Christian Dior Does Pink.

Christian Dior Does Runway Pink.

Think again, man-repellers. Wear it again, vintage dressers. Dress it up, ladies. Pink is going strong this fall and the designers are showing it clearly on the runway and in the showrooms.

Giorgio Armani does Pink.

Giorgio Armani does Pink.

Pink is showing up in various shades and hues. Brights and blushes alike are cropping up in fashion shoots and magazines. You, fashion-forward lady, take this opportunity to wear this delicious color in a host of wonderful styles of shoes, booties, sandals, hats, handbags, make-up or utterly captivating clothing. Pink brings out wonderful hues in skin tones and can be worn with a variety of other colors.

Pink Heels Skirts Or Pants.

Pink Heels Skirts Or Pants.

Pink suede, black leather. Pink leather booties, dark wash jeans with a winter white sweater. Pink chiffon platform heels with that sensual vintage lbd (little black dress) you’ve had stashed in the closet for the right moment. Uber-soft pink sweater with smoky gold eyes. Taupe business suit with a vintage Chanel quilted pink bag. The ideas are endless. Pink makes outfits Pop.

Punk Pink Shoes by Iron Fist.

Punk Pink Shoes by Iron Fist.

Punk pink shoes. Getting the idea? Pink is here. Pink is Punk. Iron Fist is Pink Punk. Pink is surprise. Open your eyes and those around you to Pink Punk.

Party Pink At H&M.

Party Pink At H&M.

Strut in a room with some Iron Fist heels and some party pink from H&M. Heads will be turning at the daring you. At the concept you dared to wear. Remember to always wear it with confidence!

Vintage Pink, 1950's, 1960's, 1970's.

Vintage Pink, 1950's, 1960's, 1970's.

Hit the boutiques, thrift shops, estate sales and look for important pieces and designer labels. Research the designers of the past. Sizing was different, remember it’s important to try on these pieces before you buy. You may also have to alter some of them to fit your shape more appropriately. You’ll find if a particular piece of clothing  was well-made back then, it will have held up through the years till now. Taking care of these garments is tricky, but well worth the effort and time. They aren’t wash and wear like today’s clothing. You’ll have to dry-clean some of them. Mix and match some of the vintage pieces with current pieces from your closet to create stunning effects and ensembles you can call your own style with chutzpah.

New Shoes Or Vintage?

New Shoes Or Vintage?

Coordinating your outfit is important. Color is key. I’ve included some color wheels and color charts for you to work with when selecting pink as one of your primary or accessory colors of the day. Have fun, happy shopping, and think pink!

Think Pink Color Chart/Wheel.

Think Pink Color Chart/Wheel.

Don’t forget Revlon’s Fire And Ice Campaign for their infamous lipstick and nail enamel called Temptress. It’s a beautiful pink and has been around for decades.

Revlon Fire And Ice Temptress Lip & Nail Enamel.

Revlon Fire And Ice Temptress Lip & Nail Enamel.

Peace in Pink,

Sorceress.

Why Do People Buy and Wear Those Things? Understated Elegance…Do You Wear It?

Posted in Audrey Hepburn, Barbara Stanwyck, Barnes and Noble, budget online shopping, budget shopping, care of vintage clothing, Celebrities, clothing, Coco Chanel, cosmetics, diesel, dollhouse.com, Dorian Leigh, dressing from years gone by, Elizabeth Taylor, fashion, Fire and Ice lipstick, Grace Kelly, Gucci, hats, high fashion, John Galliano, Katherine Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, Madeleine Carroll, Marlene Dietrich, MiuMiu, online shopping, personal shopper, Revlon, Salvation Army, shopping, shopping on a budget, Suzy Parker, villagehatshop.com, womens fashion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2011 by sorceressofthedark
Understated Elegance, Do You Wear It?

Understated Elegance, Do You Wear It?

Understated Elegance. It is an expression of what you are. Who you represent. What you wear. All that you encompass. Some people are born with it and others work all their life to obtain it. All the money in the world cannot attain it. Buying the most expensive clothing in the chicest boutiques or the most exclusive department stores will not grant you admittance to the world of elegance.

Audrey Hepburn had it. So did Katherine Hepburn. Coco Chanel exuded elegance. Barbara Stanwyck graced both the movies and television.  Madeleine Carroll, an early film star, considered a beautiful woman, was known for her extensive career in film, television and radio. Elizabeth Taylor’s violet eyes shone elegance at their viewers. Grace Kelly won the heart of a prince. Lauren Bacall simply had to look you in the eye and you knew she had it. Marlene Dietrich’s voice and sultry gaze did it all. Suzy Parker sold magazines in the 1950’s because women wanted her elegance.

Suzy Parker

Suzy Parker, Super Model of the 1950's.

How can you translate their elegance into today’s vintage styles? How do you become the elegant woman of yesteryear? It’s not as difficult as you might think. It’s a transition of thinking, of feeling and wanting to be special. It is a way of carrying yourself. It is an air of confidence. It’s how you tell you the world “I’m me, it’s great to be me and I feel good today!”

Dorian Leigh, sister of Suzy Parker, super model of 1940s

Dorian Leigh, sister of Suzy Parker, super model of 1940's

Dorian Leigh, older sister of Suzy Parker, signed with the Ford Agency on one condition. That they would take her little sister. Her little sister was Suzy Parker. Dorian also went on to become the “Fire and Ice” spokesperson for Revlon’s makeup line. Fire and Ice is one of their top red lipstick colors and is still available today. Pick it up at where Revlon cosmetics are sold to recreate the elegant siren look of the 1950’s. It’s a complementary color for many skin tones and is why Fire and Ice has been around since 1952. It’s a great vintage color that is just as popular today and gives you a feeling of old-time elegance.

The original ad read…”For you who love to flirt with fire…who dare to skate on thin ice…a lush and passionate scarlet…like flaming diamonds dancing on the moon”. What woman wouldn’t be enticed to wear this lipstick and feel absolutely enticingly elegant with pouting lips? It is a beautiful shade of red with just the right amount of blue in it to mix with some orangey tones. It does have a semi-gloss finish. Below is the original 1952 ad with the quiz that asks women if “they are made for Fire and Ice”? Click on the image and take the quiz to see if you are indeed a Fire and Ice woman of today.

1952 Original Fire and Ice Quiz.

1952 Original Fire and Ice Quiz.

Hedy Lamarr, Jessica Biel, and Dorian Leigh were just a few women in the ads for Revlon. I’m sure many actresses have worn this color. It’s been around for 59 years and that certainly says something for staying power in a  lipstick color.

Revlon Fire and Ice Campaign

Revlon Fire And Ice Campaign.

Fashion repeats itself, always. It goes around in cycles. We all have our favorite decades that we admire. I always admired the women of the 1940’s. In high school, I would mix and match clothing from the 1940’s with store-bought items. I scoured thrift shops and the Salvation Army looking for pieces that had good labels. People still ask me today where I buy some of my pieces. When I tell them how old something actually is, they are astounded.

It’s important to learn how to take care of the older pieces. Back in those decades, clothing was not wash and wear. Most of it was dry cleanable. Some of it is hand-washable now. Some pieces you can put in your dryer with special cleaners that you can buy yourself. The most important part of buying older clothing when you want to look elegant is knowing what looked good back then will look classic now.

Study pictures of the old movie stars. Look at Hollywood icons and how they dressed. Find your style and adapt it to you. You don’t have to copy it exactly. After all, it’s 2011 and what worked yesterday isn’t going to work today. But you can take a jacket from 1945 and wear it with a great pair of skinny jeans or cropped trousers, wedge booties and a pashmina scarf. Add some great rhinestone jewelry or a string of pearls easily found at thrift shops. Throw on a Fascinator hat and the world becomes your audience.

Like hats? The stars wore them all the time. Look at the styles and head to your local department stores to try on what looks best for your face shape. Wear a hat with confidence and chutzpah. There’s no better feeling in the world than a woman with confidence, and you can have that feeling when you know you look good. A head-turning online shop for hats is villagehatshop. I’ve included one of their Fascinator hats in the last collage. They can be located at http://www.villagehatshop.com/womens-hats.html.

The next collage features ten pictures, five from the past, and five from the present. The top row are all present-day runway photos. I’ve compared those designs and put them on top of vintage photos that resemble similar outfits. Fashion designers look to the past for inspiration. Amazing!

Fashion Repeats Itself, The 1940's.

Fashion Repeats Itself, The 1940's.

Designers from the runway above listed from left to right: diesel, unidentified, John Galliano, MiuMiu, and Gucci. What goes around, comes around, as the saying goes. Fashion really does repeat itself. Borrow from the past and make it your own.

Take a look at the next collage I’ve put together. It shows a blazer from the 1940’s. Shop around at vintage stores, thrift shops and you might find one. It takes time but if you’re persistent, you will. I found a pattern online for a top that you can knit. It’s also available online from Barnes and Noble. The crop trousers are new, as are the wedge shoes. The trousers can be located at http://shop.dollhouse.com/.  The hat, so stylish, so impeccably chic, is reminiscent of the 1940’s but new. Persistance pays off in putting together a vintage look that will make people stop and ask you where did you get that outfit?

1940's Outfit You Can Put Together.

Look Likes Vintage & Some Of It Is...

Vintage clothing is without a doubt worth the time, patience and extra care you put into it. It’s individuality. It’s the you that you choose to be. It class and elegance. It’s understated elegance.

Peace.

Sorceress.

Why Do People Buy and Wear Those Things? Whose Rockin’ Red In Skinny Jeans & High-heeledShoes?

Posted in ALDO Shoes, clothing, color red, complementary colors, Current/Elliot, David Neville, denim, fashion, handbags, high-waisted skinny jeans, Hudson Jeans, leggings, man-repeller, Marcus Wainwright, online shopping, personal shopper, Rag & Bone, red skinny jeans, shoes, shopping, skinny jeans, skinny pants, TrippNYC, womens fashion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2011 by sorceressofthedark

Red. One of those colors that you either love or hate. It’s a color that on some people makes them look outstanding. It highlights their skin, their tones, their hair. On others, it can make them look brash, drain them or actually take away from their own coloring. But red doesn’t have to do that to you. There are many shades of red in the color spectrum. And red is hot. Really hot. The point is, to figure out how to wear it properly to accent you.

ALDO Red

ALDO shows red.

Red is a primary color. It is one of the colors of the color wheel that cannot be created by mixing others. What should that all mean to you? It can help you mix and match your clothing. Actually, red can be mixed with many other colors for a pleasing hue. Just be sure to keep it simple.

Rockin' Skinny Red For Fall!

Rockin' Skinny Red For Fall!

You’ll need to keep your color palette simple. Black, ivory, taupe, blue…all go well with red. Green is a refreshingly good complementary color also. Take a look at a color palette for a change to see what you can match from your closet. Here’s a free online color calculator that will help you match colors not only for your closet, but for your home as well. http://www.sessions.edu/for-students/career-center/tools-quizzes/color-calculator.

Free Color Calculator

Free Online Color Calculator

Today’s collage shows some great skinny jeans in hues of red by Tripp, Hudson, Rag & Bone, Guess?Jeans and Current/Elliot. All are available either online or at your local stores.

“TrippNYC is a street fashion company based in New York City’s East Village.” http://www.trippnyc.com/. Streetwear is their specialty.

Hudson Jeans is located world-wide through retailers world-wide and online. http://www.hudsonjeans.com/.

Hudson Jeans

Hudson Jeans

Rag & Bone began in 2002 by 2 people, Marcus Wainwright and David Neville. Their concept was simple. To make clothes that people would love to wear, surround themselves with people who knew and produced quality clothing, and to give their clothing a timeless feel. You can read their story here. http://www.rag-bone.com/story.html.

Rag & Bone

Rag & Bone

Guess?Jeans are available online and in many department stores world-wide. You can see their selections here. http://shop.guess.com/.

Current/Elliot jeans website shows their choices in a very offbeat photographic array of modeling. Their site is worth the pictures. You should check it out at: http://www.currentelliott.com/. To find a retailer near you, you may contact them at their site, or google their name.

Current/Elliot

Current/Elliot

So now you have the jeans. Maybe you don’t have the courage yet to go out in red yet. How about a pair of red shoes? Aldo has a huge selection for the fall for you to pick from, take a look at their pumps:

Aldo Red Pumps

Aldo Red Pumps

Or how about their wedges?

Aldo Red Wedges

Aldo Red Wedges

Still hesitant about red, but want to add an influx of hot chili pepper? Accessorize! Add a handbag or a scarf…

Aldo Red Accessories.

Aldo Red Accessories

ALDO Shoes, handbags and accessories is available online and in stores world-wide. Check them out here:  http://www.aldoshoes.com/.

There are a lot of color choices for this fall, but red is definitely one of them. It’s a good one. It makes you feel happy. It doesn’t let you down. It perks you up. It’s stylish, and it’s classic. Wear it with confidence. You can.

Peace.

Sorceress.

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