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July 15

How can I wear earrings again?

I got my ears pierced more than 20 years ago. Within the last two years or so, every time I wear earrings, they start bothering me after six hours or so. When I take them out, the area around the piercing is swollen and hard but does not hurt if I push at it, and the actual piercing may have a bit of dried blood. Because of this, I haven't been wearing earrings more often than once every two or three weeks, so that may be contributing to the bleeding (I often have to poke and prod a bit to open the pierced hole all the way to get an earring through). What should I do to be able to wear earrings regularly again? [more inside]
posted by jaguar at 9:21 PM - 29 answers

But elastic is supposed to stretch

A while ago I asked a question about finding the perfect pair of work appropriate footwear. I finally found them! But there's just one catch - part of them is too tight and leaves marks on my feet. Is there any way to fix this? [more inside]
posted by kinddieserzeit at 1:28 PM - 5 answers

Good-for-now work shoes

Asking for my husband: what's the best moderately-priced shoes for occasionally standing for 12+ hours/day? [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never at 10:18 AM - 12 answers

July 14

Power animal for this specific branding project.

I am trying to find an animal that fits the whole medicinal/body care/spa kind of vibe because I want to create a logo. I thought of swans, but I am looking for animals that could appeal to a broader demographic (if that makes any sense).
posted by omar.a at 5:56 PM - 24 answers

All-purpose classy-looking daily shoes/boots that will last for a while?

I'm looking for a pair of shoes/boots that will effectively function in as many different environments as possible: walking, hiking, sun and rain, dressing up for more formal occasions. (I'm a traveler and I only have room for a single pair of shoes in my life.) Comfort is a huge priority; I want them to feel as cozy as house slippers. Waterproofing would be a welcome bonus but not essential. [more inside]
posted by archagon at 5:51 PM - 18 answers

Sexiest steel-toe shoes ever

Proving that you never know where your library degree will take you, I'll be at an oil rig next month. I need steel toe shoes. I'd love not to hate them. Also, it will be Houston in August. Any women have steel-toe shoes/boots for the field that you really like, either from a comfort or style vantage point? Bonus points if they look stunning with a flame-retardant coverall.
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 5:23 PM - 25 answers

Can you help me find men's work clothes that aren't awful?

I need to build a small set of work clothes that I can combine and re-combine. Unfortunately, since this is retail sales(with attendant conservative clothing policies) , there are some severe constraints in place. Feeling creative? [more inside]
posted by Gin and Comics at 4:23 PM - 8 answers

July 13

Costumers? Buying/Dyeing a tux? Help me get this right.

To start, I have a budget of about $250USD +/-. I need a hunter green tuxedo with tails, jacket and pants, matching. I cannot find one online at any price. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 at 7:57 AM - 7 answers

July 11

How to keep cotton skirt from sticking to itself

I have this beautiful polka dot swing dress with a very full skirt, and it's probably my favorite dress. The problem is, the fabric's texture causes the skirt to stick together and bunch up when walking. [more inside]
posted by BloodSpell at 9:00 AM - 11 answers

Style Me Plz

I'm going to a wedding late August and am wearing this dress. I'm looking for was to dress it down a bit, as it's an afternoon outdoor wedding. Selfies and details within. [more inside]
posted by deadcrow at 7:31 AM - 18 answers

July 10

What's fair to ask for here when a seamstress makes a crappy mistake?

Straight pins from alterations to my wedding dress were accidentally left in, with rather painful results. I would like the boutique to make it up to me--what's fair to ask for here? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago at 1:38 PM - 8 answers

Tipping in a booth rental situation

My hair stylist is moving from a commission job to a booth rental situation. I have always heard you are not expected to tip the owner of a salon -- because he/she is not working on commission. Does this apply to booth rentals as well? What about in this special snowflake situation? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk at 10:37 AM - 12 answers

Educate me about a specific hair look

How do I achieve this hair colour Here. I am concerned about damage. Questions inside. [more inside]
posted by milque at 9:58 AM - 7 answers

Best place for men's haircut near Union Square/Flat Iron NYC?

What is the best place for men's haircut near Union Square/Flat Iron NYC? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 7:11 AM - 5 answers

July 8

ISO dressy comfy nude flats under $100

I've struck out in my hunt for dressy but comfortable nude flats that DO NOT have pointed toes (round toes FTW!), and cost under $100. Can any fashion gurus here help outfit my feet for work and a wedding? [more inside]
posted by mylittlepoppet at 10:27 AM - 13 answers

July 7

Baseball cap for five-year-old

I want to buy a baseball cap for a five-year-old boy who lives in another country. I have no idea how large a five-year-old's head is. [more inside]
posted by retrograde at 12:48 AM - 4 answers

July 6

Men's shoes for european holiday

I need men's shoes that are both great for all-day walking and look stylish. [more inside]
posted by GuyZero at 10:55 AM - 6 answers

July 5

How much to give stylist as a Christmas gift? And am I tipping enough?

I finally found a stylist I love, and I want to get my shit together re: tipping/gifts. [more inside]
posted by easter queen at 1:23 PM - 4 answers

Cardigan I saw on BuzzFeed vid: how do I find it IRL?

Saw a BuzzFeed video. Article of clothing. (The gray one. On Alison [???].) Seek it IRL. [more inside]
posted by simulacra at 12:58 PM - 3 answers

July 4

Help me hunt down these specific board (or paddling?) shorts!

This past week I was at the beach and saw a group of women pop out of nowhere carrying an outrigger canoe which they climbed into and paddled off. A few of them were wearing awesome pairs of knee-length shorts, black with a hibiscus pattern down the side. I couldn't tell if they were Spandex or Neoprene...but I want to buy some like them. Google is unproductive. Can you help me find them?
posted by Miko at 12:17 PM - 12 answers

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