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Vegan Booties-J.Adams

Posted in amazon, budget online shopping, online shopping, shopping on a budget, Vegan Shopping with tags , , , , , , on April 24, 2017 by sorceressofthedark

Vegan boots and shoes.  That’s what I look for, since I am a vegetarian. With the internet, it’s easy. Shopping stores, it’s exceedingly difficult. I went into a big-box store looking for vegan shoes and handbags recently and was exceedingly disappointed. I found one handbag in TJMaxx. One. Really? Loads of designer bags with price points that went over $300 tho that were leather. But only one that was a vegan bag. I’m not looking for a straw bag or a canvas bag. I simply want a nice handbag that doesn’t look like it will fall apart and that it’s designed well. Is it so hard to find? Yes, it is.

Same for shoes or boots. Almost impossible if I try to shop the stores. If I ask a salesperson, they look at me like I’m crazy because I don’t want leather. When they ask why in the world I wouldn’t want leather, I really don’t want to go into details, I simply tell them I’m a vegetarian. Then I get That Look.

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So I found these vegan booties by J.Adams on Amazon. Then scrolling through their other shoes I realized J.Adams also sells a whole lot of other vegan shoes, boots and sandals. I’m in heaven. I don’t have to get dirty looks from non-informed sales associates and I can shop to my heart’s content knowing animals are safe.

They’re comfortable and that’s what matters to me. The price is good, too. $29.90 with Prime (free shipping) is a great deal as far as I’m concerned.  Here’s my basic review:

I have them in tan and the color pretty much goes with everything. I like the perforation for the spring and summer for more of a cooling effect. The heel isn’t too high to make this an uncomfortable height. I normally wear a 9 1/2 so I went with the 10 which fits well enough but is a tad larger than I expected. However, since the toe is rather pointy, the 9 would have been too small, so the 10 it is. Bear that in mind when you’re choosing this bootie. Definitely a cute shoe. Length of a size 10 is 10 7/8 inches. The width of the cuff is 11 1/4 inches. Heel height is 1 7/8 inches with a platform of 1/4 inch. The heel base is 3 inches long by 2 1/2 wide, very easy for walking. Zipper height 5 inches. Heels are rubberized and quiet when you walk. I’ve had booties for a long time that I’ve worn for fashion’s sake that have made my feet hurt at the end of the day but these are quite comfortable. I don’t long to take them off. Perfect with jeans and long dresses/skirts.

Hope more companies care.

Peace,

Sorceress.

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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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How & Why To Buy On Amazon

Posted in amazon, online retailers, online shopping, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 2, 2017 by sorceressofthedark

So Amazon being the world’s largest flea market of sorts where you can find virtually  anything and I do mean anything, have you ever shopped for clothing and accessories there? I never used to shop for clothes and such online until recently and now I’m hooked at shopping at Amazon. Let me tell you why.

Amazon has a customer first policy. I have Prime Membership, which gives me two day shipping, along with loads of other special things, like tv shows, music, movies, audio channels, photo storage, books and special deals on merchandise. It costs me $10.99 monthly or $99 annually. I can share these benefits with my family. To me, the cost of free shipping on any Prime order more than pays for my membership.

If something I order doesn’t fit, I simply let Amazon know I want to return it, they create a label and I print it out. I box the item up in the same box it arrived to me. Luckily, I have a UPS drop-off 1/2 block away where I simply drop off the box. The same day I’m credited that dollar amount I paid for the item. How simple is that? If you don’t have a drop-off, you can have UPS come directly to your home. Again, simple. I’ve come to love online shopping like this from the comfort of my own home. I don’t have to go too far in the freezing winter or boiling summer. Perfect.

Sometimes, you can write a seller directly and let them know that an item isn’t to your liking. Just be polite about it and send them a photo or two if the item isn’t right. Explain to them why. I’d say 98% of the sellers responded favorably to any messages I’ve left whenever I’ve had a problem. And I’ve always left those that did positive feedback. For those 2% that were weird or nasty, their feedback reflected their attitudes.

It’s really like a search engine when you first go on the site. Just type in what you’re looking for. The results will come back. Start shopping around and compare, just as if you were shopping from store to store. Read the reviews left by others(very important).

If you’re buying clothing, read about the sizing and how others say the clothing fits. Asian-sized clothing does not fit like USA-sized clothing. You’ll have to learn how to use a tape measure to measure your clothing and compare its measurements against Asian sizing.

For example, Asian clothing is measured in centimeters, ours in inches. Take a blouse and measure it from shoulder to shoulder. Write down this number. That will be the “shoulder”. Measure where the bust would be from one side to the other and double it.  Do the same for the waist. After you write all these numbers down, do the same for a favorite pair of jeans(waist, hips, rise, length) and then dress pants. Now you’ll have your sizing numbers to compare. Then you read the reviews. If people are saying the clothing runs small and to upsize, then do that. Buy the item in a size 2 or 3 times larger. If you read the sellers measurements and compare, you’ll generally see that your measurements will fit into that “larger” size. If I’m a USA 12, in Asian size, that could be up to a 3 or 4x. Or it could be a 1x. You must read the measurements listed.

Its not difficult once you see the prices and fashions that might catch your eye. Some people tell me they wouldn’t bother to do all that “work” just to order clothing online, but to me, it’s so much easier than driving from store to store and town to town. Cheaper, too. And my style is different because I’m not buying from generic big box stores, but instead I’m purchasing from items online from an array of sellers.

It’s really that simple. I never knew it was. My kids shop Amazon all the time. Now I know why. I hope this tutorial helps.

Peace.

Sorceress

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Why Do People Buy And Wear Those Things? Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power CX30 Vitamin C Brightening Serum…Is A Jungle Berry Good For You?

Posted in advertising, cruelty-free, cruelty-free skincare, skincare with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 5, 2013 by sorceressofthedark
Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power C X 30 Brightening Serum.

Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power C X 30 Brightening Serum.

I’ve tried a variety of Vitamin C Serums on the market including my home-made recipes using health food store quality Vitamin C that I’ve used for over a dozen years now. Why do I still try ones on the market? Out of curiosity. Or I’ll receive gratis, or I’ll buy one of those packages that contain a sampling of products and it has a Vitamin C product in it from a particular line. With that said, Peter Thomas Roth’s Camu Camu is a dud, sorry to say for one of my favorite lines of skincare products.
The Camu Camu is a wild jungle berry that grows in the Amazon jungle and is supposed to yield about 30 times the Vitamin C content of oranges or lemons. I wondered what the Camu Camu was. It also has reputed astringent, antioxidant and emollient properties, as well. Hence, the name Power C X 30.
The smell will remind you of perhaps fresh oranges and of course, that’s the idea. But unfortunately fragrance is added to this product. Not a good idea for your face. But it’s more of a sickly orange smell, not a good one to me. After it dries, it remains and I didn’t appreciate the fragrance. At least not on my face.
The serum goes on both smooth and tacky, it’s a bit hard to explain. It took a few minutes to dry but once it did, my face felt smooth. No tackiness remained but it did feel as if it had a new layer.

Alcohol is listed as the third ingredient, but the list doesn’t say what type of alcohol. I’d like to know which type of alcohol. There are good alcohols for your face and there are alcohols that are irritating to your skin. That’s why I believe the type of alcohol should be listed in the ingredients.

The fourth ingredient, POLYACRYLAMIDE, is  “used in the formulation of may product types including skin cleansers, moisturizers, lotions and creams, self tanning products, makeup, and hair care and nail care products.  Why is it used in cosmetics and personal care products? Polyacrylamide  dries to form a thin coating on the skin, hair, or nails.”  Information from Cosmeticsinfo.org.

Retinyl Palmitate is listed as the 12th ingredient. Retinyl Palmitate is a form of Vitamin A. It’s a combination of Retinol (Vitamin A) and  palmitic acid. It has antioxidant and anti-aging factors.

With other Vitamin C serums, I would see a slight redness or brightening appear on my skin. Not so with this product. Absolutely nothing happened. With others I’ve used, I’ve always seen some type of brightening effect. My skin has always appeared more radiant. That’s what Vitamin C serums will do or are supposed to do for your skin. They’re also good for premature aging, fighting skin cancer and a host of other good things. But as far as brightening and giving my skin a healthy shot of radiance, PTR’s Camu Camu just didn’t have that effect for my skin.

As far as firming, tightening and wrinkle improvement with Camu Camu, again, the product just was not effective for me in the short run. My skin did not experience any of the effects noted.
Ingredients:
WATER/AQUA/EAU, MYRCIARIA DUBIA (CAMU CAMU) FRUIT EXTRACT, ALCOHOL, POLYACRYLAMIDE, POLYSORBATE 20, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, C13-14 ISOPARAFFIN, DIMETHYL ISOSORBIDE, SOLUBLE COLLAGEN, ZEA MAYS (CORN) OIL, CHOLECALCIFEROL, TOCOPHEROL, RETINYL PALMITATE, POLYSORBATE 80, SODIUM PCA, LAURETH-7, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, PHENOXYETHANOL, POTASSIUM SORBATE, SODIUM BENZOATE, MICA (CI 77019), FRAGRANCE (PARFUM).

The herb Camu Camu extract can be purchased through health food stores or online in powder form. For those of you that make your own serums, you can always buy the powder and make your own fresh batches every few days. The benefits to making your own are many. The cost is considerably cheaper. The serum is fresh and never outdated. You can also use the herbs in different ways besides skin care. It has nutritional benefits, too. If you buy it, your money is actually going towards a more holistic approach to a better you and not just your face.

I’ve always said, you can’t just fix the damage on your face that’s been caused by years of abuse with a product that claims to erase wrinkles, sun damage, fine lines, skin discolorations and the like. It’s just not going to happen overnight, no matter how much you spend or how little you spend. There is no miracle cure. But you can take care of yourself from head to toe, from the inside out and that’s what shows.

We have to accept ourselves as we age. It’s not easy sometimes. Mass media tells women differently. Magazine ads show us what we’re supposed to want to look likenot giving women the decency of their own thought process. Buy this to look like this and your life will automatically be all smiles and happiness. All because advertising tells us so.

Men can age with wrinkles and lines and gray hair and be distinguished. Women, however, with wrinkles, lines and gray hair are considered senior citizens and old. It’s a double standard in our society.

As women, we know what we do to try to fight aging. Women of all ages buy products that address their issues. Do men look in the mirror as studiously as we do? I doubt it. Not as many do. Go into any store that sells hair coloring products and look at the faces on the boxes. Do you see women or men on the majority of the cartons in the aisles? Gray at the temples? Ever hear a woman called distinguished with that?

Do men search out products to combat their wrinkles? Are advertisements combated for men? Do you see anti-aging products with men’s faces? I’d love to see infomercials with men sitting on couches talking about their fine lines, dark under-eye circles, hormonal changes and sagging skin. Then see products introduced into their lives and how their skin is miraculously transformed for just $39.95 a month. With women on the side commenting as an aside about how “youthful” they now look. It’s not going to happen.

But we, as women, will continue on our quests for the Holy Grail to ever-lasting youth in a bottle. Something’s wrong here. It’s ok to want to look good. It’s ok to want to look your best. It’s ok to want to make your skin look radiant and glowing. But don’t ever compare yourself to others who have had cosmetic work, or photo-shopped pictures and think that’s who you must be. All you have to be is yourself at the best you’ve attempted to be and want to be.

Always remember…the decision is simply yours to make. Don’t let others tell you who you want or need to be. You simply have to be comfortable in yourself. And smile an intriguing little smile with a sparkle in your eye. There aren’t any products on the market that can duplicate your own inner glow.

This Sorceress gives Camu Camu one wand because of the ingredients.

Peace.

Sorceress.

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Why Do People Buy And Wear Those Things? Questions & Answers…

Posted in american apparel, color red, color wheel, designers, dressing from years gone by, jeggings, online retailers, online shopping, personal shopper, runway clothing, runway designers, shopping, skinny jeans, womens fashion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2011 by sorceressofthedark

Why Do People Buy And Wear Those Things? That’s my title for this blog I began just about a year ago. I wanted to talk about fashion and the impetus behind it. What pushes a person to walk into a particular store to look at their goods? Once they’ve made their selection and purchase, why did they? What made them feel good enough to part with their money and want to dress themselves a certain way?

The same formula doesn’t apply so stringently to online shopping. Online shopping is blind shopping. You’re not talking with anyone. You don’t look eye-to-eye with a salesperson. You don’t have any guilt about not buying something. You can’t try on the clothing, or feel the material or walk in the shoes to see how they look on your feet. No mirror to look into and decide if what you’re trying on is a “feel good outfit”. Online retailers must offer something special to their customers to make them want to buy from their site.

We already know about the online shoe shopping clubs. We know about the contacts called TOS (terms of service)  they tell you to read before you sign up for their $39.95 specials but the consumer never does and then they’re so sorry later because their credit card is charged every month whether they buy from the online site or not. Scroll down and read what consumers have to say about the shoe shopping clubs here on a former post: https://sorceress2.wordpress.com/2010/10/23/why-do-people-say-and-do-those-things-just-fabulous/.

Beyond all this exchange of consumer goods and money, what makes a consumer return? Return to the store or return to the online-shopping experience? Why do people buy and wear those things?

Besides that, a new phenomena has occurred in the industry with online shopping where there are more returns than before. Why? Because people are shopping while under the influence. And while under-the-influence, that neon-green dress might look very cute online on the model but when it arrives to you and you unwrap it, you wonder what made you buy it after all. Hence, the heftier returns.

People are also playing games with their phones and ordering outfits to see who can put together an ensemble and have it completed and delivered first. All of these factors are not helping the retail industry. They hurt sales. They hurt forecasts of future sales. And they also hurt trends.

A lot of factors go into the retail experience. Statistics attempt to track what the public is seeking to purchase. It’s economics for the industry. Companies start up and disappear. Others go into bankruptcy for a variety of reasons. Do consumers really care? Consumers main concerns are trendiness, cost, durability of product and animal-testing.

Around the world, people log on to their computers and wonder about vintage clothing and vintage designers. People look to past decades for inspiration and for ideas for their wardrobes. So do designers. You can see fashion recycle as the various decades are re-hashed.

 

Greta Constantine Fall 2011 for Aldo Folklore shoe boot.

Greta Constantine Fall 2011 for Aldo Folklore shoe boot.

 

Etro Past Collections.

Etro Past Collections.

 

 

Vintage Pink Fashions Worn Today.

Vintage Pink Fashions Worn Today, Some New, Some Older.

 

Fashion Repeats Itself.

Fashion Repeats Itself In Photographs And On The Runway.

 

Classic clothing that is enduring in style lasts. Consumers admire looks worn by top fashion models of former decades and look to these images for their own wardrobe ideas. They look to Hollywood icons of days gone by for fashion classics and designs.

With all of this shopping, what are people asking about clothing, about fashion, about trends? Not in any particular order, here are ten random questions I’ve received lately (I’ve para-phrased them) from my readers. Answers following…

1. Is plus size stylish clothing? Any size clothing is fashionable. You are an individual that makes the clothing. Never let your clothing make you. A person carries themselves with dignity in any size when they walk with confidence and comfort. Let you dictate what size is healthy and comfortable for you!

2. Is size 8 the international standard for clothing size? Now this is a can of worms! There is no standard size any longer in any country. There have been many arguments about sizing of clothing, vanity sizing and standardized sizing of manufacturers. In the last decade, the sizes 0 and 00 have been introduced.  If you are a buyer of vintage clothing and you shop thrift stores, it is imperative to try on the clothing  because measurement sizing changed through the decades. Some high-end manufacturers down-size their clothing so that it would appear their clothing sizes are smaller, making their consumers feel “better” in their clothing. European manufacturers have different sizing codes versus American manufacturers. If you are shopping in a store, it’s easier to try on the clothing. If you are shopping online, most sites offer measurement standards for their brands for you to compare your body to the item you are researching. Confused? It is frustrating. Basic answer to the size 8 question? No. You can read more at these links.

1. Vanity sizing:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanity_s izing.

2. Size 0: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Size_zero.

3. US Standard Clothing Sizeshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US_standard_clothing_size#Conversion_from_catalog_sizes.

4. European Standard for Clothing or EN13402: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EN_13402.

Womens International Sizing Chart 2011.

Womens International Sizing Chart 2011.

3. Do real women actually wear high-fashion? Of course they do. Somebody is wearing the clothes in the pictures we all see…

4. Do real women actually like high-fashion? Can’t answer that one for everyone but I can answer it for me. I enjoy seeing the creativity of the minds of others. It’s fascinating to see what another person thinks what will look good on a woman’s body for the next season and how they influence fashion styles in the lesser markets that copy the designers. Remember how knock-offs are made? See this post about the runway: https://sorceress2.wordpress.com/2011/10/02/why-do-people-buy-and-wear-those-things-do-you-run-away-from-the-runway/.

5.Why do women buy up and coming designer clothing? The excitement of something brand-new, the freshness of the designer, the quality, the look. New designers don’t have an easy life. Ever watch Project Runway?

6. Do real people wear jeggings? Absolutely. The original “jeans and leggings” phase back in 2010 that created “jeggings” evolved into skinny jeans with zippers that some people may confuse with the original jeggings. Here’s that post with the pics: https://sorceress2.wordpress.com/2011/08/06/why-do-people-buy-and-wear-those-things-jeggings-just-what-are-they/.

7. What colors can I wear with red? Need I say more? https://sorceress2.wordpress.com/2011/08/10/why-do-people-buy-and-wear-those-things-whose-rockin-red-in-skinny-jeans-high-heeledshoes/.

8. Why don’t I wear the things I buy? I could say much here, but I will zip it. Did you look in the mirror and try it on first? Here’s an idea…take your smartphone and snap a pic in the dressing room of whatever you’re deciding on. (ok, put your camera on silent) It’s your money you’re spending and if the item is expensive you want to see exactly how it’s going to reflect, right? As your shopping the racks you can take a look at the photos and then pick what looks best from your photos. Believe me, photos don’t lie and you’ll be happier. If it’s online shopping, sleep on it. If whatever you picked out the night before still makes you happy in the morning, order it. Don’t join clubs and let them pick for you. Be an individual.

9.Why do people buy what they do? Because initially they wanted to buy something to make themselves happier, or they needed an outfit for Saturday night or an event, etc… because they can and they do. People, ok,  probably more women, will always be shoppers. They will always be looking for that ultimate outfit to put together that will make them feel good about themselves.

10.What do famous people wear? Many labels, many designers. I’ve listed some actresses, some models, some designers. There are magazines on the market that will tell you the labels of what mostly Hollywood people wear. Frankly, what they want to be seen in is expensive clothing that runs in the neighborhood of a thousands of dollars per outfit. Some have personal dressers and some dress themselves. Copying is flattery to that person but remember, you are an individual. Be an individual. Take pieces and mix them up to create you.

Instead of introducing designers or particular trends in this post, I wanted to talk fashion after realizing readers had real questions and were curious about fashion. I believe everyone can be fashionable. Trendiness is easy. Look at magazines and see what’s in style. Class and elegance is an art. Individuality is born within the individual. Yes, that is redundant.  But it must be. Individuality is personal to each person’s style. It can’t be copied, although it often is attempted. Elegance must be cultivated. Elegance is a look that is worn with any style of clothing, but born with an attitude. It cannot be imitated.

We are all born an open palette. How we design ourselves is up to ourselves. With that said, continue to buy and wear those things with impudence and style.

Peace.

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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