Friday, December 30, 2011

Friday's Faux Paw

I thought I'd end this year off with a faux paw that I have seem everywhere this past year. It is really a simple one to avoid but if you don't,  I think you will look tacky no matter what age you are. I'm talking about having a bra strap or two showing. Unless you are a rock star, I think that this faux paw takes your look from a ten to a two. So, if you're wearing an off the shoulder shirt, wear a strapless bra. Or you could wear a tank top underneath and show that off instead. Do not wear one with spaghetti straps because that will not conceal your bra straps properly. If you're wearing a sheer top, then wear a tank top or camisole underneath. If you have thin bra straps, you can get away with a thin strapped camisole under something sheer. If you're wearing a racerback tank top, then wear a racerback bra or invest in a convertible one which can be worn in a variety of different ways. And as for wearing something strapless, wear a strapless bra with it. One last thing, please for the love of fashion's sake do not wear a bra with those plastic clear "invisible straps". You're not fooling anyone because they are far from invisible and look dreadful.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Boxing Week Deals!!

As I sit by the Christmas tree with red wine in hand, eating hors d'oeuvres I realized that there are some great deals to be had this week in the world of fashion. Without further ado, here are some of the many sales happening:

Old Navy - up to 50% online at http://oldnavy.ca/ - free shipping on all orders over $50 and free returns - up to 75% off at the store

Suzy Shier - 50% off all fall merchandise - those who have a Prestige card get an extra 10% off - head to your nearest store or go online at: http://www.suzyshier.com/

Reitmans - up to 70% off all week long or order online for a flat rate of shipping for $7.50 at: http://www.reitmans.com/

Ricki's - 50% off in store and online and free shipping on orders over $50 - enter code SHIPD19 at checkout at: http://www.rickis.com/

Smart Set - up to 50% off selected styles and an addition 25% off all pink stickered tags (prices ending in $0.99) - in store olnly

Le Chateau - many items marked down 50%, 40%, and 30% - free shipping on orders of $150 or more: http://www.lechateau.com/

H&M - awesome sale going on in store right now - many itmes 50% off or more - in store only

Danier - up to 70% off everything in store only

Charlotte Russe - The OMG Sale ends tonight at midnight - large amount of items buy one get one free - boots are buy one and get one for $15.50 - in Canada we have to order online at: http://www.charlotterusse.com/ as there are no stores here

Forever XXI - huge buy one get one free event with almost everything marked down - free shipping and free duffle bag on order over $50 use code 21SHIP at checkout: http://canada.forever21.com/

Dynamite - up to 70% off  in store only

Joe Fresh - up to 50% off in store only

Ardene - clothing starting at 50% off - boots starting at $19.50 - jewellry starting at 5 for $10 - slippers 3 for $15 - in store only

Aldo - 30% off all sale shoes and select handbags in store - 60% off all clearance online at: http://www.aldoshoes.com/ - free shipping on orders over $50

Call It Spring - formerly known as Spring - 30% off reduced shoes and handbags - free shipping on oders over $29 online at: http://www.myspringshoes.com/

Beyond The Rack - each day there is a new deal on designer goods - today is preowned Louis Vuitton accessories (purses, wallets, etc) - some really great deals - shipping is around $11.95 - check it out at: http://www.beyondtherack.com/

Well, that should keep everyone busy for a while. Let me know what you find!
Joelle

Friday, December 23, 2011

Friday's Faux Paw

Today is supposed to be my Friday's Faux Paw entry, but I thought I'd let everyone off the hook being that it is close to what humans call "Christmas". My family believes that Christmas is the day Jesus was born to one day save the world form sin and death. Not everyone believes that, but I hope that everyone can agree that it is a day of peace and love to your fellow man (and dog I hope). So wear pyjamas if you must, but make sure you have love in your heart and compassion for those who are less fortunate than you.

Joelle and her husband Tim donated some food to feed the hungry. Joelle is also using her singing as a gift at Mass on midnight Christmas Eve. You don't have to do these exact things, but please consider using your time, talent, or treasure (money) to help others at this time of year. You could volunteer at a soup kitchen, shovel your neighbour's walk, feed your dog some bacon, visit an old folk's home, or people in the hospital - the list is really endless. I know I speak a lot about dressing well, but at the end of the day dressing great won't hold a candle to how you'll feel after doing something good for your fellow human (or dog). I leave you with a famous dog and my sincere wish for everyone...


Monday, December 19, 2011

Twenty Stocking Stuffers For Under Ten Dollars

I have been done Christmas shopping for weeks now, but for all of you last minute shoppers (I used to be one of you), here are some suggestions for some wonderful stocking stuffers for men and women under ten dollars.

Cobalt Clutch Suzy Shier $7.49

Sinful Colors Nail Polish London Drugs $5.99 each (many more colours available)



Cell Phone Holder H&M $4.95 

Men's Plaid Boxers Old Navy $8.00

Tassel Earrings H&M $6.95


Stretch Belt With Bow Smart Set $4.99

Ring Forever 21 $4.80


Leopard Tights Old Navy $9.94



Wallet Smart Set $8.00

Scarf H&M $5.95

Watch Ardene $10.00

Men's Tie Forever 21 $7.99

Wavy Rib Knit Glove Ricki's $9.99

Trapper Hat Smart Set $6.99

Bracelet Forever 21 $9.80

Hair Clip H&M $5.95

Men's Dress Socks Old Navy $7.00



Initial Keychain Ardene $3.50

Bra H&M $9.95

Men's Sunglasses Forever 21 $6.90 

I hope this helped everyone to find that special someone something special!
Joelle

Friday, December 16, 2011

Friday's Faux Paw

It's been a rough two weeks. Joelle has been having humans arrive and they eat the yummiest food. I have gotten a few scraps but I know that the food wasn't meant especially for me. On top of things Joelle and her friend took me in what they call a "car" and we picked up another dog. She is very tiny and gets more food than me it seems. I'm really not sure why they felt they had to bring another dog here. I still hope I get the same amount of food I've been getting or I'll really be upset.

Today's faux paw is quite simple. Here in the prairies we mostly have a season called "winter". It becomes cold outside. Joelle even bought me a sweater. The other day when I was riding in the car I saw the topic of my latest faux paw - a young human male wearing pants and a muscle shirt. His friends were wearing coats that day because it was quite a bit below zero outside. To top things off he had his hands jammed in his pockets and his arms wedged up against his body. And before everyone gets mad at me - he wasn't unable to afford a coat because he was wearing nice clothes. My message here is clear, dress according to the season. Otherwise you think you're cool, but you just end up being a fool who's literally cool.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Ten Holiday Style Tragedies To Avoid

My apologies on being away from the blog last week. I cleaned the house top to bottom, had a party, had two houseguests, and then caught the flu. I may not update on Wednesday being that this is a crazy time of year, but Zeke will be here Friday with his Faux Paw.

This holiday season you might have to go to a party or two so I thought I would discuss the top ten mistakes people do when getting ready for the big event.

1. Open Toed Shoes And Sheer Stockings

I know Zeke discussed this as one of his fashion faux paws recently, but it never hurts to repeat this one again. If you can't go barfooted in open toed shoes, then it's time to buy a cool pair of closed toe shoes.




2. Overdone Hair

It's time to stop using a can of hairspray to do your hair for evening. Your dress should take centre stage, so why not try more of a natural look such as a ponytail with a section of hair wrapped around the elastic? Or a messy updo?






3. Too Much Cleavage

A Christmas party is not a nightclub! Showing some cleavage is acceptable but if your dress has a neckline that plunges more than half-way down your upper arm, you will look trashy, not sexy.






4. Excessive Bling

If aliens can see you from outerspace, then you've overdone it with the sequins. Yes holiday parties are a great time to break out the sparkle, but limit it to one item. For example, wear a sparkly skirt with a non-sparkly blouse.






5. Visible Panty Line (VPL)

It's never a good idea to have a visible panty line in any outfit you wear, however it looks even more cheesy when you dress up. Wear a super thin thong, laser cut panty, or full coverage pantry to have people looking at you, not your bum.






6. Tight Dress

Too tight is not right! You will want to move around freely and even dance at some parties. It is never good to look like a stuffed sausage. And you will want to have some breathing room with all the yummy goodies that will be everywhere.






7. Holiday Themed Sweater

This should be a no brainer, but in case there is one person out there I can get through to about this, then it will be worth it. Holiday themed sweaters make you look fumpy not festive and haven't been in style since the eighties. People nowadays even have ugly sweater theme parties to mock them.





8. Wearing Green And Red Together

We get it, it's Christmas! You don't have to be obvious about what time of year this is. Green and red will always scream Christmas and don't look that wonderful together. Wear a red dress or a green dress instead.







9. Business Attire

The only appropriate time to wear business atire to a Christmas party is if it's an office party. Otherwise dress up! If you have to go to a party right after work, then plan ahead. Take a wrap (to wear instead of your suitcoat), evening shoes, a clutch, and some statement jewelry to work with you the day of the party.






10. Make-Up Overload

Yes this is the time to wear red lipstick, but if you do, then tone down your eyes and cheeks. If you desire a dramatic smoky eye, then wear a natural blush and lipstick.







Now get out there and paaaaaarty!!!

Joelle

Friday, December 02, 2011

Friday's Faux Paw

There has been much debate over today's faux paw. Some say it's fine provided you wear sandalfoot nylons, while others like me say it's tacky. I'm talking about wearing open toed shoes or sandals with nylons. My opinion is if you wear open toed shoes or sandals, then go barefoot or you will look like you're a grandmother - and not a stylish one at that. My Grandmother is actually very stylish, but I digress. If you don't believe me, then check out the photo on the left and see which foot looks better. It's extra bad if you wear nylons with open toed shoes or sandals in a colour other than nude or black - remember the white nylon craze? I heartily say paint your toenails and let your feet be free. And get a pedicure while you're at it.