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July 15

Like a rainbow in the tattoo. In the dark.

My friend and I want a tattoo that expresses Dio’s Rainbow in the Dark somehow (ssshhhh. It’s meaningful for us). We need ideas for how we might do this? All areas, placements and sizes are open.
posted by oflinkey at 4:19 PM - 8 answers

Old Money Style: Genuine Lizard Leather Pumps

I'm looking to buy genuine alligator or lizard heels for women online from a website that will let me return the shoes if needed - but all the high end departments stores are selling un-classic gaudy styles, so I'm not finding anything. Any leads?
posted by alice_curiouse at 12:29 PM - 6 answers

What did I misunderstand as "Chanel real valley" perfume?

What perfume might I have (incorrectly) noted down as "Real Valley by Chanel"? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs at 7:07 AM - 19 answers

July 13

Emergency stain removal: camping edition

I brought pretty bleached-out jeans as my only pants on a camping trip even though I am also starting my period. After an evening of peeing outside I realize I have a crazy stain on the crotch. What can I do? This campsite has a washing machine and I might have access to detergent or peroxide. Also looking for advice for if this needs to wait until I’m home Sunday.
posted by anonymous at 5:47 AM - 6 answers

July 12

What Shoes Are These?

What are these rust-colored suede wedge booties at the top of this page? They apparently aren't shoes for the advertised brand "Sole Society" - I've searched for over an hour on Google, Zappos and Ebay. Google image search shoes nothing. Who's skilled at this? Thank you!
posted by alice_curiouse at 4:06 PM - 4 answers

Female leg hair... Summertime semi-formal.

How to dress my lower limbs? Summertime semi-formal church wedding in the afternoon. I will be wearing a red dress that ends just above the knee. I have medium brown leg hair that is long and curly. I won't be shaving, but I don't mind concealing it with tights or something...but it might be even more awkward if I'm wearing heavy tights in the summer. How can I avoid offending the conservative types?
posted by anaelith at 11:48 AM - 26 answers

Fabric Paint on Folding Fan

I bought a hand fan. I want to customize it with fabric paint or markers. I don't know what product to use. Help? [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee at 6:41 AM - 3 answers

July 11

How do you define a purse vs a shoulder bag vs etc.

What makes a bag constitute a purse rather than a shoulder bag, messenger bag, briefcase with strap, etc.? Is it the apparent gender of the wearer, what the manufacturer labels it as, the use, the contents, or some other factor? [more inside]
posted by Hactar at 10:08 PM - 23 answers

Help me find shoes for this dress

I love this dress, which looks unexpectedly amazing on me, but I need help finding shoes to go with it. Difficulty level: wide flat problem feet. [more inside]
posted by all the light we cannot see at 8:14 PM - 13 answers

Looking for my perfect sandal

Good for both walking and work with a minimalist design. [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon at 6:47 AM - 30 answers

Small Batch of Ethical Custom T-Shirts?

My friends and I are thinking about getting custom printed t-shirts with a leftist phrase on them ("Spreadsheet Anarchist"). We only need like six or seven at most and we want them to be ethical (e.g. union made). We're open to stuff like silk screening but don't have experience or equipment. What's the best/most economical way to do this? [more inside]
posted by an octopus IRL at 6:36 AM - 19 answers

July 8

Scientific evidence that washing your hair daily is fine

I read this article with great interest and a sense of vindication as a die-hard every-day shampooer. But, it seems most of the internet is comprised of heavily anecdotal discussions about how one should care for one's hair. I also see a lot of recommendations for using "salon quality" products rather than "store quality"hair products, but evidence for this also appears to be lacking. MetaHivemind, please help me find scientific, non-anecdotal resources on the effects of shampooing (especially with surfectants) on natural hair oils and overall hair health! I'd also love to see some evidence-based, non-anecdotal information about whether salon quality products truly are superior for hair health than store bought products.
posted by Anonymouse1618 at 2:44 PM - 7 answers

July 6

Is there a Trunk Club for butches?

I recently got a new job (yay!) and the dress code is business tending more to formal (ties, not suits). I feel like I might need a stylist to help get me started, but I'm not sure if there's a service out there willing or capable of dressing a plus-sized butch woman. Please tell me this exists! [more inside]
posted by possibilityleft at 2:50 PM - 8 answers

Layering tank tops for women who don't want to flash their colleagues

I’m looking for the holy grail of not-too-cleavage-y cotton-blend women’s layering tanks that can go from business-casual office to weekend wear. [more inside]
posted by blerghamot at 11:33 AM - 9 answers

July 5

Give my earlobes some sparkle

What are the best fake diamond stud earrings I can buy? [more inside]
posted by purpleclover at 3:22 PM - 6 answers

lightweight non-sweater-y cardigans

I have a few cardigans that are my workday staples, but they're ancient. My three favorites are sort of a jersey-like polyester fabric (sort of like a technical/wicking fabric, but no need for actual athletic performance). A bit fitted/tailored (generally wear over short sleeve or sleeveless tops), not super loose and drapey. Can you help me find new ones (more inside)? [more inside]
posted by Kriesa at 11:45 AM - 8 answers

July 4

What to do with old eyeglasses?

I've accumulated several pairs of unwanted old eyeglasses, after a torrid fling with several of those cheap online eyeglass sites. I don't think they're recyclable and the old standby "donate for people in need" doesn't seem to be a thing anymore. What should I do with them? [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy at 9:13 AM - 12 answers

July 3

My Détachment

I would like to own this A Détacher brass choker. Unfortunately it's $400, and if that weren't enough, it's also sold out everywhere I've seen it for sale online. I can't find it second-hand on Ebay, Etsy, Poshmark, etc, and realistically probably couldn't afford it even then. Instead help me find duplicates, hopefully lower-priced ones. [more inside]
posted by tapir-whorf at 6:46 PM - 4 answers

17" women's workout capris

I'm looking for 17-inch workout capris. I like when they reach just below the knee, but not the 20-inch ones that are popular now. They reach mid-calf and feel weird. [I want something like these but in a medium- thin, base-layer type or regular legging are fine. [more inside]
posted by the twistinside at 6:51 AM - 11 answers

July 1

Looking for information on what it takes to learn to make clothing

I know it's not easy! Then again, I don't need to make it particularly quickly, so I figure it balances out? Regardless, I've always been interested in making clothing, but initially felt it was "not masculine," (ugh) and now am afraid about how much time it would get to get decent. Snowflake details within! [more inside]
posted by wooh at 11:17 AM - 13 answers

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