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May 11

When did "hippie" end and "punk" begin?

I'm 61 and work with a 63-year-old colleague whom I'll call J. We had a recent argument about culture and I wonder how I can prove to him I am right, since this is not a simple matter of looking up facts. (This really is not just chatfilter, as I'm seeking movies, video or even still photos that might back up my position.) [more inside]
posted by zadcat at 11:28 AM - 34 answers

why is it so hard to find a good wool cardigan?

I LOVE the Jackie cardigan in wool from J. Crew and have several colors, but they're getting a little old and J. Crew doesn't seem to make it any longer. Where do you find your good, basic wool cardigans?
posted by Wet Hen at 11:15 AM - 10 answers

May 9

do you recognize this clothing brand label?

I found a dress I LOVED in a thrift store a while back, but alas, it was the wrong size. The label shows a tri-color rainbow (pale green, light blue, bright pink) and doesn't have any words on it and I haven't had luck with any search terms. Do you know who made this dress? Pic link below the cut. [more inside]
posted by adastra at 5:10 PM - 8 answers

May 7

Okay- I’ve had enough- I want a pixie haircut now. So do it. Thank you.

On Friday, for like, the 8000th time in the last 5 years I went in for a haircut and described what I wanted and walked out with something I didn’t want. This time, I showed her a few pictures of some short cuts I liked (all veering towards pixie) and I walked out with a bob. Like the girl in “Amelie”... on Friday I am going back again. How do i get what I want? [more inside]
posted by catspajammies at 2:35 PM - 30 answers

May 6

What is the general wisdom on choosing wedding jewelry?

How does one choose wedding jewelry? Assume there is no sentimental option in play (e.g. grandmother's earrings). The bride will wear a formal ballgown that some might consider somewhat high cut and plainly adorned (lace on the dress but no sparkle/beading). The wedding will take place in a church and the vibe is classic and traditional. [more inside]
posted by ClaireBear at 6:11 PM - 14 answers

May 5

Button-front women's shirt

I'm looking for a woman's button-front shirt with specific qualities. This is close except for the hem cut and the pockets. Thank you in advance. [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 6:30 PM - 4 answers

Modifying palm hat in SoCal

I have this palm leaf hat, and I would like to modify it to look like this. I would like to add 1) a pin to permanently attach a band (mine previously blew away), 2) a black trim to the brim's edge, and 3) an adjustable chin cord. Can I do this to a palm leaf hat? I am super clumsy so I'm ruling out DIY - do I go to a "milliner" instead? Around how much would this cost? If you know someone in SoCal who can do this, pass them my way!
posted by facehugger at 1:09 PM - 3 answers

Women's light-coloured loafers?

For several years I had a pair of light camel-coloured loafers that were super comfortable and durable, and I wore them throughout the summer months. They finally were retired due to age. I would really, really like to replace them with something similar. [more inside]
posted by nanook at 12:06 PM - 8 answers

May 4

Do patches come velcro-backed at cons?

I just bought a thinkgeek Con Bag of Holding, which is perfect for me. But I am confused by the velcro panel. Explain. [more inside]
posted by Orlop at 9:55 AM - 5 answers

May 2

Make my eyelids sparkle, but subtly

Sometimes I see ladies wearing eye shadow that looks like their own eyelids but slightly sparkly. It's pretty! I want my eyelids to look like that. What eye shadow should I buy? Looking for specific product recommendations. [more inside]
posted by purpleclover at 10:52 AM - 34 answers

Hand sewing clothes repair? Using decorative embroidery?

I have become fascinated by wordless videos on Facebook and Youtube showing people repairing torn and damaged clothes by hand, often by embellishing decorative embroidery designs over the rip or tear. I have intermediate sewing machine skills, but beyond button installation my hand sewing is pretty low. How do I start doing this for myself? Links to some sample videos inside so you can see for yourself. [more inside]
posted by seasparrow at 10:31 AM - 9 answers

May 1

ISO sterling silver or gold magnetic snap charm bracelet

I would like to make a snap charm bracelet of my kid's artwork but I cannot find the charm mounts. [more inside]
posted by waving at 8:34 AM - 1 answers

April 29

Where to shop for clubraveburner wear in New York?

Looking for suggestions...
posted by Cosine at 10:31 AM - 1 answers

April 28

NON-skinny jeans for a short woman with a curvy/hourglass shape

It is SO hard to find jeans that fit me. I am a short hourglass -- a size 4 or 6 (about a 26"-27" waist size), with relatively large thighs (and calves). I've had good luck with, randomly, Jennifer Lopez jeans -- and I have some Kensie skinny jeans that fit pretty well, too, but I do not want more skinny jeans. I'd prefer to spend less than $100, but more is OK.
posted by trillian at 6:26 PM - 18 answers

Body butter like the old Deep Steep

Have you ever used Deep Steep body butter? The old version, before they cheaped out? I'm looking for a replacement. What distinguished it for me was 1) it was a true body butter, i.e, very thick, no feeling of water evaporating, stickiness, slipperiness, etc., and 2) natural scents. If Pacifica's Persian Rose weren't so godawful strong it would be perfect. Can you suggest a body butter I might like? Deep Steep's price point is about right ($12 for 6 oz.).
posted by HotToddy at 3:27 PM - 1 answers

April 26

Ear piercings vs headphones

I am thinking about getting a helix piercing, but I wear either over-ear or on-ear headphones a lot of the time, and I'm worried that this will irritate the piercing. I have standard lobe piercings already, and can't wear studs because I find that the pointy back of the stud is pressed uncomfortably into my skin by the headphones. Would I regret a helix piercing? [more inside]
posted by Vortisaur at 12:17 PM - 16 answers

Can this down jacket be saved?

I have a down jacket with icky stuff on it. Can I launder it (as opposed to dry cleaning it)? [more inside]
posted by O Sock My Sock at 10:06 AM - 9 answers

Help me ID these shoes!

I really love these shoes, can anyone ID the brand? (Apologies for the small image, it is the best I have).
posted by nanook at 9:09 AM - 2 answers

April 23

Cleaning booze stains off of nice shoes

I splurged on some nice shoes a while back (these but in a different color), wore them to a bar, got some mixed drink stains on them, and hid them away in shame. This was dumb, and I’d like to try and get them clean. The one leather store we’ve taken them to so far was pessimistic and suggested the best tactic was suede cleaner applied with a brush. I’m giving it a shot but their grim prognosis has clouded my mind. MetaFilter, how can I get these booze stains off of my shoes? [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine at 10:29 PM - 2 answers

Good little consumer question! Please find my sunglasses.

I once got a great pair of sunglasses at a thrift store. Insurance put lenses in them, and I lived happily ever after. Then I lost them. I'm hoping your fantastical internet searchery skills can save me like a bajillion hours of combing websites so that I can go play in the sunshine instead. [more inside]
posted by aniola at 11:37 AM - 9 answers

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