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May 3

White Patch of Hair

My hair has been longish for about year. I cut it all off tonight. It's now extremely short. Like clippers short. The big surprise was that I have one circular white patch about the size of a half dollar on the back of my head. That spot is so white and my hair so short that it actually looks like I shaved that particular spot. Like I imagine people will think I had a barbershop accident. It's not a great look. [more inside]
posted by great_radio at 8:11 PM - 12 answers

How can I learn to identify the most common perfumes?

I was riding my bike last week and a car drove by that absolutely reeked of a very common perfume. I realized that I want to be a more scent-aware person that can smell a perfume and build a story about the person and their sense of style. What are the 20 most common, mass-marketed perfumes in the US and how can I teach myself to identify them without buying any? Most perfumes annoy me, but I think they will annoy me less if I know what they are. Kind of like identifying raucous bird calls.
posted by oxisos at 1:13 PM - 11 answers

The holy grail of clear polish

Nail people: what is the glossiest, most durable clear nail polish? [more inside]
posted by yawper at 7:11 AM - 13 answers

May 2

Style me for wedding season

Please help me accessorize this dress for a fancy garden party and a farm wedding. [more inside]
posted by TrixieRamble at 9:44 PM - 8 answers

Fashion Industry 101: How do visionaries make money & influence things?

I don’t understand thing 1 about influence in high fashion or how such companies make money. So while I’ve been aware that Rei Kawakubo is a “visionary”, I’ve never knowingly seen anything in my daily life that could be considered influenced by her. Is this wrong? How is that influence felt? Further, how do the economics of this influence work? How many Kawakubo outfits must Comme Des Garçons sell to break even? How many outfits in general must Comme Des Garçons sell in order to break even?
posted by Going To Maine at 2:41 PM - 9 answers

How to remove perfume smell from the sole of a boot?

I stepped in quite possibly the worst smelling perfume/deodorizer/something with one of my boots. It's been nearly a week, and it still reeks. Help! [more inside]
posted by strixus at 1:02 PM - 12 answers

May 1

My ass looks like ass

Does anyone make some kind of underpant support/ass sling to make the drooping asses of middle-aged fat men look a bit better? [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 9:41 AM - 7 answers

April 30

You have leveled up! Time to upgrade your armor.

I'm a college student that's been living on a very low budget, and is used to buying everything the absolutely cheapest I can. I about to go to graduate school, with a considerably larger living stipend than I had before. My clothes are all old, cheap, and collegiate--lots of t-shirts and jeans. I want to upgrade my wardrobe into something more professional, but am unsure how much to spend or what to buy. [more inside]
posted by brook horse at 12:01 PM - 24 answers

Shea; yea or nay?

Is blowing out my hair with shea butter bad for it somehow? [more inside]
posted by Soliloquy at 12:42 AM - 3 answers

April 28

Do these boots exist (tall, grippy flat soles, light but durable)?

Last year I went to Burning Man, and couldn't really figure out what to wear on my feet until I stumbled on a combination of gaiters (like these) and a pair of Merrell minimal ("barefoot") running shoes (kinda like these). I'm now wondering if there's a prefab boot out there with some of the same properties. [more inside]
posted by brennen at 8:41 PM - 6 answers

April 27

Pretty! Smelly! Reading!

Interested in recommendations for beauty blogs - share your favorites? I like Into The Gloss and the beauty section of XOJane - I liked the short-lived beauty spinoff on Jezebel. I also follow Temptalia and Musings of a Muse. I like to read reviews and tips about cosmetics, fragrance, skincare, and hair care. What else might I like? Thanks!
posted by ersatzkat at 7:24 PM - 10 answers

How can I tell how a t-shirt ordered online will be printed?

I need help identifying what method of custom t-shirt printing I want to use. [more inside]
posted by benbenson at 3:06 PM - 3 answers

April 25

Shampoo that let's you fly

I am looking for a shampoo that doesn't coat my hair. A new stylist told me Dove just coats my hair and weighs it down, so that my hair is super straight and lays flat to my head. Is there a reasonably priced alternative? [more inside]
posted by Kalmya at 7:36 PM - 27 answers

I bought a pretty ring. Can you tell me more about the stone?

I bought this pretty handmade ring on Etsy last week. The images posted by the seller showed that the yellow topaz stone reflects multiple colors, especially pink. In person it is just as beautiful. I don't really know what to call this kind of topaz. My Google-fu has not helped me very much. [more inside]
posted by sister nunchaku of love and mercy at 4:19 PM - 4 answers

quest for more handbags

Can you suggest some handbag designers I might like along the lines of Patricia Nash and Anuschka?
posted by A Terrible Llama at 12:53 AM - 3 answers

April 21

Do I dare go green? I’m envious of that hair!

I’m stuck on hair color. I’m curious about switching it up from pinks/purples to green! Though it will also end up on unbleached hair. [more inside]
posted by Crystalinne at 3:34 PM - 14 answers

April 20

Bric's folding duffel: women's luggage, or OK for a guy?

Hi! I'm in need of a multipurpose travel bag and this Bric's folding duffel (in navy) seems like the perfect match. Except... the sides aren't flat. Instead, in a purse-like fashion, the ends of the zipper form triangles which then snap to the sides. Is this, in fact, a piece of women's luggage? Would it come off in the same way as a dude carrying a purse? I know how ridiculous the notion of gendered luggage is, but hey, fashion is weird. Please advise! (Nordstrom seems to categorize it under women's luggage, but if you search for the bag and click on the Men's section, it shows up there too.)
posted by archagon at 4:46 PM - 13 answers

Please pant me!

It's typically very difficult for me to find pants that fit me well - I have more than once gone into a dressing room with an arm load of pants, tried them all on, and walked out sad and frustrated, with no pants. I finally found one brand/cut that works and have just stuck with it for several years. However, I'm getting a little bored and would like to diversify. [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 5:26 AM - 12 answers

Advice on custom print t-shirts for work

I am in the NYC area and am looking to get t-shirts printed for myself and the rest of my coworkers. We will be wearing these for fairly strenuous outside work so they need to breathe well and be fairly sturdy. I'd like them to look good as well. Where should I get them printed, what kind of shirt fabric and what are things to keep in mind to make things look good? [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek at 3:05 AM - 2 answers

April 19

Looking for pants that don't irritate my crotch

I having some weird bladder and belly sensitivities that are making my jeans/pants feel uncomfortable. I've gone to the gyn for testing and plan on going to see a gastroenterologist in the near future. These issues are making my pants and underwear very uncomfortable. [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws at 10:15 PM - 18 answers

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