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February 22

Please help shoe me - pregnancy slip-on edition

Hi all - I'm pregnant and starting to have difficulty getting shoes on now. Sigh. I'd love a pair of shoes that are truly slip on without me bending over to put my heel in, are not ugly, and are comfortable. I've read some random internet articles about this, but I'd love some first hand anecdotes and advice if you have them. Some additional details below. [more inside]
posted by FireFountain at 3:28 PM - 14 answers

These shoes are made for walking...help me find them!

What is the best pair of shoes that you've used for all-season walking? I walk about 1.5 miles each way for work. I live in Milwaukee, so I'm interested in shoes that can handle the elements, but are also comfortable and can take a beating. Thanks!
posted by Fister Roboto at 11:27 AM - 6 answers

No-show socks that will actually stay in place on large feet

I wear TOMS a lot and like to wear them with no-show socks, except every pair of socks I've tried pops off my heels after just a couple of minutes. I've tried every brand Nordstrom sells and a couple of generic brands from Amazon. The little grippy bit on the heel does NOTHING to help. Have you found any that will stay in place? Extra challenge: must fit size 11 (women) feet. [more inside]
posted by joan_holloway at 9:58 AM - 17 answers

How to sew a dress inspired by a very specific dress

I've always been in love with this maxi dress from Mad Men. More images are at this link. Any suggestions on how to take a stab at sewing something like this? I have a very pretty geometric print fabric that would look great in this design. It looks simple enough, or maybe appearances are deceiving, but either way my searches for dress patterns that resemble this one haven't been successful. (Sewing ability: Quite basic but I'd make an extra effort to learn and complete this one )
posted by watrlily at 2:35 AM - 10 answers

February 21

Beauty and fashion tips for 35+ women

I'm 37 and have a fairly modern (but basic) wardrobe with staples like a black leather jacket, a good pair of jeans and so on. I do apply sunscreen daily and own some (not many) good quality makeup items. But what are the other fashion and beauty tips, must haves/do's I should have in mind to remain stylish and polished as I get older? Thanks!
posted by longjump at 9:51 AM - 16 answers

Resources for graying hair

I'm looking for blogs, vlogs, articles etc about hair care (products, styling advice, cuts) for women with naturally graying hair. [more inside]
posted by bimbam at 3:23 AM - 9 answers

February 18

Books in which people shop for clothes

I love scenes in books in which people go shopping or make clothes, with loving descriptions of the clothes themselves. Bring 'em on!
posted by chaiminda at 9:52 AM - 49 answers

February 17

Good travel shoe for young men

Can you tell me if this shoe is good for a week in Germany? I'm concerned about slipping and comfort. [more inside]
posted by loveandhappiness at 7:45 PM - 9 answers

February 16

Stop endless fluff & shedding from a second-hand machine-made scarf

This great thrift shop score could be my new best friend. It's very soft--label says "100% wool," maybe mohair, could be alpaca. It's got a slightly open weave. It sheds like a Persian cat. I'm a complete illiterate in the ways of laundry, much less wool care. Any way I can decrease this tendency? Wash it? Shave it? Some magic liquid?
posted by Jesse the K at 2:33 PM - 11 answers

ID these shoes!

Can anyone ID the shoes on the floor in the 3rd pic on this website? Not the ones being crafted, the commercial ones. Thanks.
posted by Duffington at 1:50 PM - 5 answers

February 15

Leg hair sock life hack?

Leg-hair-havers: I’ve recently stopped shaving my legs. It has been long enough that the blunt ended hairs that once were shaved are gone, so it’s not just long stubble, its unadulterated leg hair, if that makes sense. I do have relatively thick hair, both in diameter and amount. I absolutely cannot stand the feeling of my hair squished against the grain when I wear tall socks. Am I missing something? How do y’all with leg hair manage to wear anything but ankle socks? Or should I just give up and start shaving again?
posted by Grandysaur at 6:42 PM - 21 answers

Wash [the color] right out of my hair . . .

What is the best color-safe shampoo out there? [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom at 5:02 PM - 15 answers

How Do I Hat? (Flat Cap Edition)

I recently got a hat, similar in style to this one. Help me wear it without looking like a goofus? [more inside]
posted by halation at 7:14 AM - 17 answers

February 13

How to dye a nylon and polyester bag?

Hi, daughter of monkeytoes here. I picked up a small crossbody bag at a rummage sale a few years back and I was wondering whether I can dye it or not. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 7:19 PM - 3 answers

To cleave or not to cleave

If you've got it, flaunt it? 30-year old female teacher seeks advice about whether or not cleavage is appropriate. [more inside]
posted by orangesky4 at 8:12 AM - 29 answers

Sartorial advice

I need help dressing for an event at a fancy New York restaurant. [more inside]
posted by frobozz at 7:17 AM - 23 answers

February 12

How do I find a replacement class ring from Newcomb College?

A loved one who is a 2000 graduate of Newcomb College (the former women’s college of Tulane University) has lost her class ring. The ring was made by local New Orleans jeweler Mignon Faget, but when I called one of their shops for help I was referred to the college. Unfortunately, Newcomb College was closed by Tulane in their renewal plan after Hurricane Katrina. Does anyone have any suggestions for finding a replacement ring from this now defunct college?
posted by theory at 2:31 PM - 5 answers

need "sunglasses" for my office

i need sunglasses to stare at my computer screen because my office is insanely bright. [more inside]
posted by chasles at 7:45 AM - 14 answers

February 11

Cone-free anti-frizz hair products?

I have very thick Caucasian hair with very loose S-waves. It’s frizzy and poofy and huge. Usually it can only be tamed in a tight braid or bun. I used to use anti-frizz products with silicones, but noticed that I get much less facial acne since going cone-free. Is there a good leave-in product that will defrizz and deflate my hair without silicones? [more inside]
posted by snowmentality at 11:56 AM - 21 answers

Clothes for a beanpole

My 16yo is 5'11" and 116 pounds. He is having a terrible time buying pants. Please help. [more inside]
posted by Orlop at 10:44 AM - 17 answers

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