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October 23

Help me find some boots that don't wear out in 6 months

I often find that my shoes/boots wear out really fast at the heel. Looking for recommendations for brands/specific boots that will last a while. [more inside]
posted by hibbersk at 4:44 AM - 11 answers

October 22

Where do you find fabrics to fall in love with?

For once, I'd like to actually fall in love with a fabric and then come up with something to make with it, rather than getting an idea for a garment and never actually finding anything I want to make it with. [more inside]
posted by cilantro at 6:12 AM - 9 answers

Hair 101 curriculum recs?

I have no idea how to do anything with/to my hair. I use zero products (except shampoo) and zero styling techniques. I have very fine, very thin, shoulder-length straight hair (with a few gray hairs throughout) that doesn't hold curls for very long. I also don't have the vocabulary to look for things I'd like to try. What are some websites that would teach me, step-by-step, how to do something with my hair that isn't a haircut? (I'm an almost-40 woman, with a full-time job, a house, mortgage and two kids, so I'm looking for the holy trifecta of: cheap, fast and practical.) [more inside]
posted by gakiko at 1:09 AM - 26 answers

October 21

NYC optometrist

Professionals of NYC, where do you go for grown-people eyeglass frames? [more inside]
posted by praemunire at 10:41 PM - 19 answers

Best homemade or cheapo beauty and skin care products?

I’ve spent the last few years getting into skin and haircare to treat issues I thought were untreatable. Naturally I’ve bought a lot of products, some of which work, but I have no way of currently knowing if they’re expensive because they work (i.e., high concentrates of some relatively expensive material) or just because they’re luxury products selling a lifestyle. Help me with your best, they really work, cheap (drugstore?) or homemade skin and hair products. [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar at 9:06 PM - 16 answers

Help me Find Jeans?

I have a pair of Gap girlfriend jeans that I me find more jeans I will also love. [more inside]
posted by bookworm4125 at 1:54 PM - 3 answers

October 20

Best London bra-fitter for odd sizes?

Hello! I am looking for a London bra fitter for my fairly unique bra size. Some plus-size women carry all their weight in their boobs; I seem to carry it in my ribcage. (I'm size 16-18 UK. ) I also have narrow shoulders. Finding the proper band size/cup size combo is a nightmare; throw in "must cater to shoulders narrower than a rugby player's" and it's nigh impossible. I am willing to spend a lot to get something that is comfortable and looks good. Please give me your recommendations...other than Bravissimo, who I understand are wonderful but don't go below a D cup.
posted by rednikki at 12:41 AM - 10 answers

October 19

Extra heavy-duty, coarse-weave Alpaca sweaters

A company (with no web site) comes to campus every year selling these -- and just like clockwork I hear about it a day late. These are SERIOUS rugged sweaters, like woolen armor. I imagine Sherpas wearing these. Heavy, dense, warm, and (admittedly) pricey... maybe $100-300 bucks easy. But when I search online, I'm buried by "promoted" sites, hawking inferior crap. Light-weight cardigans and cheap pullovers. I've found a few that get closer, but nothing really comes near to the to the serious sweaters I've seen from this annual sale on campus.
posted by RavinDave at 11:37 PM - 13 answers

October 18

Help me find a shirt

I need to find the shirt that the Saroo was wearing in Lion Movie when he arrives in Tasmania, or have it printed for ~$30. This is for Halloween. Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 8:28 AM - 2 answers

Nicer kids Kylo Ren costume?

I'd like to find a kids' Kylo Ren costume that is a bit nicer than the usual cheapo Halloween costume. [more inside]
posted by medusa at 7:15 AM - 4 answers

How should I protect these new workboots?

I have some new work boots for winter, and I'd like to take care of the leather so that they stay waterproof and last as long as possible. [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The at 6:14 AM - 6 answers

October 17

Help my find my dream pair of brogues/oxfords

It's a shoe question! I would love a pair of brown dress shoes that can also survive 2-5 miles of walking per day, are formal (i.e. no "chunky" heel), and are available in a women's 7/men's 5.5/EU 38. [more inside]
posted by capricorn at 3:37 PM - 26 answers

Two-timing watch recommendations

I recently moved very far away from my best friend. As a gift, I would like to get us matching watches that can show two different times (my time and hers). Women's watch style preferred. I've tried to google but I haven't had any luck. Do y'all have any suggestions?
posted by LizBoBiz at 12:15 AM - 9 answers

October 16

ISO Perfect Unicorn Lounge Pants

It’s getting cooler out (finally!) and that mean I need new comfy warm lounge pants. I’ve never been happy with what I have, and I know the perfect ones are out there and MeFi can help! Specifications inside.... [more inside]
posted by Weeping_angel at 1:36 PM - 11 answers

Help me look more polished

I am always feeling slightly disheveled. How can I easily make myself appear more polished? [more inside]
posted by superlibby at 6:20 AM - 18 answers

October 15

staining lip balm. I want it.

This is one of those "recommend a product within these parameters" questions. I have a couple of these wet n wild lip balm stains. I love this product, but need more colors, as they only have one color that works on me, and this product isn't easy to find in stores near me anyway. Recommend me other lip products that (1) apply straight on, not with a wand (2) don't feel sticky on (3) feel like lip balm/sheer lipstick, ie are not drying, and are relatively forgiving in the application but do (4) leave a decently long lasting stain of color. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes at 4:01 PM - 25 answers

October 14

Best non-iron shirt in 2018

What is the best non-iron shirt in 2018? I have previously purchased Brooks Brothers shirts, based on a recommendation from Metafilter several years ago. I have been purchasing these, but noticed a drop in quality in recent years. They don't last. They rip after a year or two of use [more inside]
posted by metasunday at 5:42 PM - 8 answers

October 13

Please dress me! (Within my criteria, of course)

It dawned on me yesterday that I haven't been shopping for clothing in many years, and I'm in need for new clothing that is more flattering for my shape, more adult, and maybe better quality. Unfortunately, finding clothing is one of my least favorite things and I don't even know where to start. Does anyone have suggestions for clothing to look at or brands that might suit my body type? [more inside]
posted by Thirty7Degrees at 1:47 PM - 16 answers

October 12

Punk personal style as an adult

I would like to explore a side of myself that I never got to experience in high school and college. I want to be a punk in glittery shoes, with blue hair and black clothes. How should I get started? [more inside]
posted by 3491again at 7:51 PM - 18 answers

Adulting 101: Step up from jeans and hoodies

I've been rocking jeans and hoodies for the last 20 years. My clothes have steadily gotten nicer and more expensive, but the basic recipe hasn't changed. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by aeighty at 7:30 AM - 13 answers

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