Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Danger of Fashion

So a friend of mine clued me into this story, and I felt I had the duty of letting my faithful followers know:

Skinny Jeans Dangerous???

Though skinny look great doctors say they can be dangerous for our health. According to some experts tight might cause a nerve problem called meralgia paresthetica.

Together with high stilettos skinny put great pressure on the femoral cutaneous nerve that runs through the thigh. As a result ladies often feel tingling and burning through the leg.
The affliction has already been named as “tingling thigh syndrome. A woman who developed the one said: It felt really strange - it felt like my leg had gone to sleep.”

However, the condition is not new and has largely appeared in construction workers, pregnant women and obese people; even young, fit women do suffer it sometimes.

Dr. John England of the American Academy of Neurology said: The nerve, in some people, is susceptible to compression. It is a pure sensory nerve - it doesn’t go to muscles or provide strength. Anything that is tight around there could potentially compress the nerve that goes there.”

But before you decide to throw your skinny britches away, remember that the damage is not permanent as it is eliminated as soon as you remove the pressure.

Just don’t wear skinnies all the time, make alterations in your appearance and everything’s going to be all right.

It is going to take a lot more than soon silly nerve damage threats like that for me to toss my skinny jeans. Everyone knows true beauty comes with a price ... and that price is pain.

Pretty sure my toes are going to be deformed by the time I am 40, but even then, I vow to maintain my 3 -5 inch heel wearing habit.

How far would you go to keep your fashionable persona?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Fashion Funk

It's official ... and I should have seen it coming because it happens every season ... I am in a fashion funk. The funk starts with early morning frustrations, not wanting to wear anything in my closet, then is proceeded by complete and utter boredom with what the stores are offering. Then as I seek condolences from my trusty fashion blogs and websites, I find all they are talking about is fall clothes. And in 90 degree plus weather, the last thing I want to think about is tall boots, chunky sweaters, wool peacoats, and ribbed tights. So I thought I would look to my small, but hopefully loyal, following. Please, PLEASE help me reclaim my fashion inspiration. What inspires you? What is the one thing you are loving wearing? Anything to help my hopeless style slump...?

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Beauty Test Tube

While fashion is still my one true love, I have been having a recent love affair with beauty products. I love trying new brands, new products, new shades, anything new I can get my hands on. I have recently found the most perfect outlet for my closet obsession...New Beauty's Test Tube. The website claims it is the most unique beauty sampling program and gives you the ability to try all different types of premium beauty products before you buy. For me, the test tube is like the most perfectly executed Christmas stocking, but instead of only one time a year, it comes four times a year. Every three months I receive a package in the mail with literally a tube of beauty products. I pay $35 for each tube and the site claims the tube contains over $150 worth of samples, full size products, and gift cards. I got one yesterday and had so much fun riffling through the teeth whitening gum, body spray, lip gloss, moisturizers, and other facial treatments. I hope my face thanks me later with a wrinkle-less complexion.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Local Sample Sales ... Huh?

While I love the calm, slow pace of a small southern town, one thing I wish we had were big city sample sales. I imagine myself losing my prim and proper demeanor and fighting another budget consious shopper to the death for the 80% marked-down designer shoes that we both happened to find at the same time. In this fantasy, I always come out triumphant and walk out wearing the designer shoes. While in reality, I think my polite southern girl personality would prevail as I watch my enemy strut off with my heels.

Another thing that makes my fantasy completely impossible is the lack of sample sales anywhere outside of a major metropolis. But thanks to several online organizations, sample sales are as close as a computer mouse. Three of my favorites are Ideeli, Gilt Groupe, and Hautelook. This is how it works: They send you a daily email with the day's sample sale. There is a limited time frame and limited quantity and sizes of the deeply discounted, often high end designer products (not just clothes). You can upgrade your membership for a fee and get first dids on the loot (I don't think this is worth it). The slight catch is these are invitation only, so if you have a hankering for sample sales without the cat fights, comment on this post and I will send you an invite. Happy bargain shopping!

I just bought this awesome studded flat sandals (per my previous post) from Ideeli for $54!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

A Tale of Two Extremes

Extremely high or extremely low. That is the only ways to go these days when choosing your summer sandals.

Flat gladiator sandals have been on the rise for the past three summers as late adopters have slowly come to love this funky footwear. But this summer, the flat sandal trend has morphed into a much more complex array of offerings to include comfy, cuffed flats, caged, intricate flats, colorful huaraches, bedazzled flip flops and of course the never dying gladiators. What I love about these sandals are they are, of course, comfortable, they can dress down a silk dress, dress up a pair of denim shorts and v-neck tee, and no matter what, give any outfit an effortless, edgy attitude.

Mason's - At the major sale the are having right now!



From the bottom floor, the only place we have to go is up. And this summer, sandals have gone high ... very, VERY high. This winter's craze for platform booties and heels has translated into a plethora of summer selections from raffia wedged espadrilles, dominatrix platform stilettos, and the caged, sky-high platforms. I love these for one very simple, but very important, reason: they make your legs look incredible long and lean. There is no going wrong with that.


Steve Madden from DSW