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This blog has been integrated into The Lipstick Page Forums Beauty & Fashion Blog.
Posted by TheLipstickPageForums.com, Friday, June 22, 2007 6:09 PM (Eastern)

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Mossimo tee shirt review
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, June 15, 2007 12:17 AM (Eastern)

Okay, you're saying to yourself, why review Mossimo tee shirts? They're...those ubiquitous, fitted, 100% cotton tee shirts, that come with a vee, or a small scoop, neckline, in assorted colors, at Target.

I bought a bunch of these last year; last summer in fact. I didn't like the color selection they had at the time (the newer batch seems to have better colors), so I got some black, white, and dark brown ones, figuring these would be the ideal "shlep on when you're still asleep" tones. The vee neck seemed prettier than the scoop, so that's what I got.

This year...eh...some of them are still surviving. Not all. Some of the black ones are starting to look a touch faded around the edges. Some of the white ones have lost their snowiness. I'm pondering dosing them with OxiClean, or demoting them to dustrags. The dark brown ones fared best, but then I've probably worn them the least.

All in all, I don't see buying as many of these again. I'd rather pay more for tee shirts that last more than almost a year. For the price, they're not bad, at all, but I loathe shopping, hence the notion of obtaining longer-lasting clothes.

I'm thinking of trying American Apparel. We have two American Apparel b & m stores that I know of: one in Berkeley, the other in the Haight. So I could try before buying.

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June is one of my favorite editorial months...
Posted by Dain, Wednesday, June 06, 2007 11:42 PM (Eastern)

One, because it's the perfect time to do a wedding article. And two, it's also the perfect time to do a travel article. Both should be forthcoming.

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Sweet! Looking forward to both.

 
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An interesting fashion site
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, June 02, 2007 10:28 PM (Eastern)

I don't say that lightly.

The Fashioniste

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Looks like L.A. Story's new site is up and running
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, May 28, 2007 10:19 PM (Eastern)

L.A. Story :)

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Earrings for metal sensitivity
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, May 27, 2007 2:35 AM (Eastern)

Say...I have this on my Beading Blog, but I recently got a heads-up that "argentium sterling silver" might be better for people with metal sensitivity, than regular sterling silver.

I was skeptical, if only because I've never been able to wear sterling silver ear wires and didn't think argentium would be any different. Argentium sterling silver is a patented new alloy for sterling silver. Part of the metal that traditional sterling silver is alloyed with, has been replaced by an element called germanium. I'm like, so...only part of the metal has been replaced, and I can never find out exactly how much (likely a trade secret).

Anyhow, I went ahead and made a test pair of hoop earrings out of argentium silver wire to see if there was anything to it:

argentium sterling silver hoop earring

(Normally I'd make them thicker, but this was the only argentium silver wire I had on hand.)

I wore these earrings for a couple of days and was surprised and delighted. No swelling, oozing, itching, redness, pain...at all.

Did some surfing on the Net and found that others had reported the same results.

Jewelry makers are only now starting to use argentium silver more widely...partly because it wasn't that easy to find it before, only a few vendors carried it. But now more and more vendors are supplying this alloy, so I think it's safe to say you will be able to find more and more jewelry made with argentium silver.

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Department store shopping in the U.S.A.
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, May 21, 2007 1:38 AM (Eastern)

I had to replace my eye cream today, so I went to Macy's. Oh, I suppose I could buy it online, but why?...I've always bought it at this particular Macy's, over several tubes; it's a tradition.

Then...for some reason, I decided to look at the clothes there. I say "for some reason" because normally I don't do clothes shopping. I don't. In the almost ten years I've lived where I do now, I have not checked out that Macy's except for children's clothes.

So I went from one end of the store to the other, from the juniors section to the regular ladies' sections...I looked at everything. And I didn't buy anything.

What I got out of this venture is simple. If you like it, it starts at fifty bucks. For one piece of clothing. They did have some nice stuff but that is the price.

I suppose, on some level, it's always been that way. But...it seems to me there were more choices before. More stores. Even at this mall...they used to have a Gap, a Victoria's Secret, a Crabtree & Evelyn, a Sanrio store...a Fresh Choice restaurant for that matter. They're all gone, they all moved out. We got a Wal-Mart instead of all of these shops.

The Macy's is the best store in this mall and I concluded that I could either pay the fifty bucks per piece or I could give up clothes shopping at this mall.

We do have a relatively new mall in another city which recently opened an H & M--they have Banana Republic, Gap, Old Navy, some other stuff I've read incessantly about on the Net such as Steve Madden and Chico's (?). Since I am (or was, rather) one of those people who doesn't pay retail, I have never checked this mall out either (except for children's clothes). Maybe I'll drop by there...things can't be this bad, we are supposed to have choices. Right?

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Handmade jewelry update
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, May 14, 2007 9:03 PM (Eastern)

Hmmm...what I wanted to do here, was wow you with expansive photos of fabulous jewelry, but, I'm way too tired. I'm slowly taking photos of the jewelry I've made that I want to keep. Here is my Picasa album:

handmade jewelry

Boss eh? I've just gotten into Picasa; it's not bad actually.

It takes forever to produce good jewelry. Unless you're smart enough to apprentice with someone who already knows how to make jewelry, preferably someone with all the equipment and materials...heh heh...keep dreaming.

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