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April 22

Can this dress be saved? Domestically challenged edition.

I needed a very nice dress for work, and saved up for this one which fit me perfectly, and which was exactly what I needed for the office. I really only need one grown-up dress like this one, so I splashed out on the price. The problem happened the first time I washed it. Help? [more inside]
posted by frumiousb at 12:41 AM - 9 answers

April 21

Dress a mother for a wedding.

Son's/DiL wedding will be in mid-July in WI. I need to find a dress that makes me happy and comfy so I'm not self conscious when I celebrate them. I want a fun mother of the groom party dress! [more inside]
posted by mcbeth at 11:01 PM - 11 answers

Two-tone red and turquoise hair

Here is my current hair. I'm going for a two-tone red and turquoise look that I can do to myself, and I need it to be one that doesn't require a lot of styling. Looking for ideas for looks / foolproof instructions on how to do them. Little more info inside. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe at 3:20 PM - 3 answers

April 20

Toddling shoes

Google is failing me. A mom was raving about a specific toddler shoe, and I absolutely cannot find or remember the brand! It's not any of the shoes in the numerous Asks either! [more inside]
posted by jj's.mama at 9:09 AM - 4 answers

This is (not) Sparta(n)!

I need some brown sandals that work for problem feet, which are also work appropriate for an employer that accepts fairly lax stabdards. I'm trying to decide between Olukai Upena and Chaco z cloud. Opinions wanted. [more inside]
posted by crunchy potato at 4:45 AM - 11 answers

April 19

Should I mix perfume oils with alcohol or with a carrier oil?

I have many BPAL (Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab) perfume oils that I don't wear enough because the bottles are inconvenient. I also have some cute empty clean rollerball bottles. If I wanted to dilute the perfume oil in the rollerball (because I don't want to decant the whole bottle for safety's sake as many are discontinued), should I use alcohol, or should I use a neutral carrier oil? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake at 8:41 AM - 5 answers

Rookie tattoo advice/design

Contemplating taking the plunge and decorating my virgin skin. Specifics about what may be wise/doable inside. Involves detail and musical notation. [more inside]
posted by raider at 6:51 AM - 19 answers

April 17

DIY hairstyle & makeup for a special occasion -- what do I need?

I have a special day coming up in 3 months, and I want to do my own hair. Please give me all your pro-tips for DIY fancy hair. Bonus points for makeup advice! [more inside]
posted by bread-eater at 6:53 AM - 12 answers

April 15

Superbranding trend in athletic gear and clothing

What is this superbranding trend in athletic gear and clothes? It is not just Nike. Huge, huge logos on clothes, athletic shoes, jogging sets, hoodies, and some of the products have multiple logos right next to each other. It was suggested that it started because of the brand Supreme, but looking through their products the clothing they offer doesn't really have big logos like that, even if the bags and hats have their signature logo. And I am looking for a more nuanced or even academic explanation and history, possibly like the interesting one in "The Devil Wears Prada." Has anyone seen any detailed articles, even in academic journals, or in books or other publications that examine it in detail? "Overbranding", which is what sneakernews referenced as part of Nike's name for that pair of shoes, seems to firmly mean negatively overdoing it with your brand, so I just called it "Superbranding" until I learn what the actual used term is. What's the story here?
posted by cashman at 3:38 PM - 7 answers

April 14

What do you wear on your bike commute?

What clothes for your spring bike commute? [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip at 3:04 PM - 10 answers

April 13

Are There Online Fashion Retailers in Canada?

I'm looking for online fashion retailers in Canada similar to Asos and Net-a-Porter in the UK. Is there such a thing in Canada? [more inside]
posted by Spiderwoman at 7:36 PM - 5 answers

Trans Friendly Tailoring / Alterations in Austin

I would like to gift a friend (AMAB) with alterations to some clothes she loves but complains about the fit. My friend is very early in transition, and I think would benefit from an understanding professional. [more inside]
posted by MuChao at 10:13 AM - 1 answers

April 11

help me find a circa 2010 t-shirt?

Where can I buy a vintage House Industries Alexander Girard t-shirt? [more inside]
posted by mon-ma-tron at 10:26 AM - 2 answers

Best gear for a rainy walking commute

My commute is about to change to involve a 15-20 minute walk twice a day and a couple boat rides. I live in the Puget Sound region so I want to protect my work clothes and laptop from regular light rain, the occasional downpour, and, every once in a while, snow. Looking for specific recommendations for a new umbrella, lightweight rain coat, and a laptop backpack. Emphasis on weather resistance and long term durability. [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown at 9:13 AM - 14 answers

The most amazing women's white shirt?

After 20 years of being unable to fit my arms into most womens tops that didn't have significant stretch, I am finally getting the excess skin and fat on my upper arms removed. I always said that if this ever happened, the first thing I want to buy is a stunning white shirt. I'm looking for a crisp, long-sleeve button up the front shirt with beautiful cuffs and collar. I want to feel chic. I'm willing to drop some dough on this. $200 and under is fine. I typically wear a 1x. Thank you!
posted by KleenexMakesaVeryGoodHat at 6:56 AM - 10 answers

April 9

Ideas for a comprehensive bathroom mirror arrangement

I’m laying out a new bathroom but I’ve never seen a mirror arrangement I’ve really liked. I need three things: 1) a way to quickly glance and see how I’m looking in general, 2) A set up for shaving that allows me to easily see every bit of my face, including the bottom of my jaw, and 3) a set up that someone could do their makeup with. I’ve never worn makeup so 3 is particularly difficult for me to cover. [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 9:17 PM - 11 answers

April 8

Where I can I find sharp clothes for a quasi-mod butch?

Here is another question about finding clothes. Since I had a kid, my style has slacked off because of the extra weight I gained. I bought a couple suits from Wild Fang a year ago, but I need more pants, shirts, blazers, and my old standby of Wild Fang is going... decidedly more bright, colorful, and kinda femme - which is great for people who like that sort of thing, but my style is more classic mod. [more inside]
posted by kendrak at 9:11 AM - 2 answers

Dupes for Shu Uemura Glow On Blush?

Shu Uemura make-up is no longer available in the UK. Any hot tips for dupes of their "Glow On" blush in shades P Amber 83 and P Light Pink 315? [more inside]
posted by thetarium at 2:44 AM - 2 answers

April 7

Where to get a tattoo in Los Angeles?

I want to get another tattoo when I visit LA in a few weeks. I know what I want, it's a line drawing. What artists in LA are good at line work? Or, what are some good tattoo shops to research?
posted by bodgy at 12:55 PM - 4 answers

Looking for painless wedding dress shopping in Boston, NJ, or NYC

Can you recommend nonjudgmental places where I could try on wedding dresses in the Boston metro area, NJ, or NYC? [more inside]
posted by marfa, texas at 7:27 AM - 10 answers

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