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December 11

Top quality men's boots

After reading this AskMe, my future men's shoe purchases will all be top quality. With that in mind, I really like these Chelsea-style Allen Edmonds boots (bigger pic, slightly different style), but unfortunately, they no longer make them. Can you recommend a similar boot from a similarly high-quality company? [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 10:32 AM - 16 answers

December 10

Down Vests That Don't Make Me Look Like The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man

I wear my puffy down vest everywhere in the (San Francisco) wintertime. It feels comfy and cozy, but it balloons out and puffs up around the sides for a "winter sports" look that makes me look much larger than I am. I'm looking for a down vest with a more polished and fitted look. Can you recommend some down vests that are still warm but cut to flatter a woman's body? Price range < $170. [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto at 6:12 PM - 15 answers

What are your favorite men's winter hats?

My go-to winter hat for years has been a plain grey knit cap. I was recently informed by a friend, and then another friend who agreed, and then another that the hat makes me look "like a bum," (in their words). I like having warm ears and a warm head, but I'd also like a better winter head covering that doesn't look frumpy and low effort. What's some good head gear that is both warm and relatively fashionable. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 12:49 PM - 17 answers

December 9

Christian Loubutton

I'd like to replace the buttons on my women's winter coat to change/elevate the look a bit (I've done this on jackets before). Is there a particular brand (or shop) of button that has a great reputation? Any I should avoid? Do you have a dream button? Anything I should watch out for, aside from obvious things like "make sure they fit the button hole"? Thanks!
posted by paperback version at 8:50 PM - 7 answers

Gift ideas: Cosmetics (history) nerd

I am appended to a cosmetics nerd, who is daily engrossed in the theory, history, and practice of makeup in Europe and the US. This is someone who has shelf space devoted to books on, like, the material culture of powder compacts between the great wars. [more inside]
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic at 3:49 PM - 14 answers

Deck me out for th'office party! Fa la la la la la la la la....

I am the world's WORST accessorizer. It is known. Last time I wanted to up my fashion game, Mefites were super helpful. Can you do it again, in a Partner's-Holiday-Office-Party flavour?! (Seasonally appropriate) snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by Dorinda at 7:10 AM - 6 answers

December 8

A jacket for talking fast and drinking coffee.

A friend is looking for the jacket Rory wears in several episodes of Gilmore Girls S2. It looks like this. [more inside]
posted by clavicle at 8:31 AM - 6 answers

December 7

Hair help for a new step-dad.

My new 12 year old step daughter is really into new hairstyles, the funkier the better. I have seen an amazing 'do on a girl her age and would like to re-create it for her. I have already straw-polled her friends, but none of them had heard if such a style. Description over the page. [more inside]
posted by Gabriel ricci at 8:54 AM - 10 answers

December 5

One hundred socks

I want to buy my boyfriend 50 pairs of socks for his annual holiday gift. What are the best everyday-wear black socks that I can purchase? [more inside]
posted by sockermom at 9:20 PM - 13 answers

How to get the smell of perfume the hell out of a leather purse?

Bought a vintage purse from etsy, and now the perfume-y, musty stank monster has taken over my apartment…help? [more inside]
posted by zinful at 5:48 PM - 14 answers

Help me find more of these art deco-y trilobite buttons

A few years ago I bought some of these buttons at a fancy fabric store in SF. I lost a couple and now I want more. I went to the store again and they said that once they sold out of them, which they had years ago, they couldn't get more. Please help me prove them wrong. [more inside]
posted by bswinburn at 11:27 AM - 6 answers

SunglassesFilter - How do I make this pair of aviators into clip-ons?

So I fell in love with these wicked heart shaped aviator sunglasses last year. Only problem is I already wear glasses like these. [more inside]
posted by Meagan at 4:51 AM - 8 answers

December 4

How do I wear this women's hat?

What is the proper way to wear a women's hat that is gathered at the back and tall in the front, with a brim? And what is this type of hat called? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes at 3:49 PM - 10 answers

December 3

Hand Held Garment Steamer

Is it a bad sign when your question has only been asked twice, four years ago? Hand held steamers seem to get mixed reviews. Do you know of something affordable that meets my needs? [more inside]
posted by MuChao at 11:39 AM - 7 answers

December 2

ISO Little Embroidery Patches for "Lil' Alligator Style"

Looking for ready-made patches smaller than 1 inch to sew onto home-made shirts, but am finding patches twice as large or websites that invite me to create a custom order of their top quality wares. [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse at 11:08 PM - 6 answers

Dry hair, just around my face

I have curly, dry hair, which I shampoo rarely and condition frequently (as per curly girl). The two locks of hair on either side of my face are MAD dry and damaged (probably from being in a ponytail all summer ... They're also two shades lighter than the rest of my hair from sun). What TLC does this hair need to start calming down and and regaining moisture? Drug store brands preferred as I am lazy.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 9:25 AM - 16 answers

Can I find a decently-priced men's winter jacket after Cyber Monday?

I'm in the market for a versatile men's winter jacket for outdoor activities such as hiking, running, etc that I can also wear out on the town without looking silly. I found a few on Cyber Monday that I really liked, but all of them were out of stock for my size/preferred color. I don't want to pay list price. How can I find a decent deal after the two biggest sales of the year are over? I'm looking for a quality jacket that is hopefully discounted a fair amount. [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers at 7:34 AM - 7 answers

December 1

Will many ring resizes effect the integrity?

Does resizing a ring multiple times effect the quality/integrity of the ring? [more inside]
posted by horizonseeker at 4:13 PM - 7 answers

Broken watch - how to repair/replace workings?

My father recently died, and I discovered that he never threw away a single watch, leaving a drawer full of non-functioning watches. Most of these are standard gentlemen's executive watches of the old school. However, one is an heirloom of sorts, and I'd like to work out what to do with it. Special chronoflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by running order squabble fest at 1:47 PM - 7 answers

Getting married: What should I wear?

I'm getting married and would like to look nice for the occasion. I'm not a fancy person, have a funny body shape, and am not interested in a traditional dress or its accoutrements (veil, train, etc.). We will get married indoors, so not too many weather-related concerns. I'd like to spend less than $100, in the SF Bay Area. A similar thread from a few years ago shows a few options, but for a different setting and with many expired links. [more inside]
posted by stillmoving at 12:51 PM - 19 answers

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