I'm trying to think of all the Joe's that I've heard of. There was a Joe from high school who had a crush on me, but he was nothing to write home about. Then there was Smokin' Joe Frazier and Joe Louis, professional boxers, and there was nothing average about them. There's Joe Jonas, the cutest and the most talented of the Jonas Brothers. Sorry Nick! R&B singer, Joe, can sing better than former label mate R. Kelly any day of the week. Who can forget Joe Jackson, father and manager of the famous Jackson 5? There's Joe Boxer from Kmart and the brand, Joe Fresh, that JCPenney discontinued in 2015. Less than average sales I presume. Anyways, on to the Joe who's at the top of my list right now: Joe's Jeans! When it comes to quality, style, and fit, these jeans are not your average Joe's!
It has been said that there are two things that all women wish for: 1. To be rich and 2. To be skinny. Well, having more than enough money couldn't be a bad thing and females are always looking to drop a few pounds...so maybe it's true. (Shrugs)
In 2006, denim heavy weight, Michael Glasser, founder of SFAM and COH, partnered with Joie Rucker to create Rich & Skinny jeans which originally sold in in select retailers such as Nieman Marcus and Nordstrom. The brand name would lead you to believe that these jeans which sold for prices well above $100.00 were created for the rich and skinny, but according to these designers, "rich" described the quality of the material; "skinny" described how they make you look and feel. Rich & Skinny is how they made you look and feel.
I recently thrifted a pair of these R & S jeans for $3.99. A Google searched revealed that these are not the $100.00 jeans that they once were and are pretty hard to find. Well..that goes to show that money doesn't last forever and the weight sometimes comes back....but still a great find for a skinny teen trying to save money for college..
You know the people who travel the country selling clothing and accessories in parking lots near vacant buildings or gas stations? Yes, the traveling boutique people. Well, I think they have partnered with Walgreens and moved their merchandise inside. I was blown away when I saw maxi dresses, palazzo pants, thongs sandals, infinity scarves, and boutique style tops in Walgreens. Whaaat? Yes, I'm serious! You can drop off your prescription and shop for a new outfit while you wait. I should have known that once leggings were stocked, palazzo pants and other trendy styles couldn't be far behind! But where's the mannequin with her butt tooted up in chevron leggings?
Check it out!
In the hours since Prince's sudden passing, my teen daughter now realizes that I, a 50 year old woman, was once a teen with a crush and that teen crushes are perfectly okay!
It was the early 80's, I was a senior in high school with plans to run away after graduation and find my way to Prince. Uh huh...those were my plans. I just wanted to be near him, but not in the married with kids kinda way. I knew that I couldn't sing, dance, or play an instrument with enough intensity to gain his interest, but in my obsessed little mind, I would settle for being his housekeeper. Yes, I would be just that.
It was the music, the pretty face, the ruffle front tops, the high heels, the dark eyeliner, and the feeling that behind all of that was a regular human being, just like me. I wore the Rude Boy buttons on my jackets. I imitated the curls feathered to the back with one tendril slightly off centered. That wouldn't be androgynous, would it? I mean with me copying the style of a man and all. Nah! Prince had that pretty boy look and questions about his sexuality were answered with relationship after relationship with the likes of Vanity and Sheila E. I call it "pretty boy cool", the forefather of pretty boy swag! I listened to his music, Uptown, Controversy, Private Joy, and other songs which I didn't fully comprehend the lyrics and once I did, I was like "Oh, I didn't know he was singing about that!" I had his poster on my wall and everyone who knew me well knew that I loved Prince....until...I started crushin' on former guitarist for the The Time and Prince associate, Jesse Johnson.
Yes, I did that! I cheated with a member of the Minneapolis based funk group created by Prince himself! Ouch! You don't date brothers! Before you crucify me, remember that Jesse was the the tall, dark, and handsome guitarist who sang "I wanna be your man, baby" and "Can you help me?" both hits from his first solo album, while wearing a hot pink suit with shirt collar popped, sporting a jheri curl shag, mascara and lip gloss. Come on! Prince was everything, but Jesse was everything and a little taller. You know ladies love tall, dark and handsome!
The fling with Jesse was short-lived and I was back to my first teen crush, Prince, until around 1985, I started crushin' on a classmate in my sophomore year of college. He had the looks, the curls, the mascara, the popped collar, he was Prince or as close to Prince as I would ever get. I never attended any of his concerts, I did however try to listen for hidden messages in his albums which was more of a frightening experience that I would have imagined. But trust me, there was no message of adoration for me...oh...I almost forgot! He did write Adore just for me. See? There you have it! He forgave me. I loved him and he loved me "until the end of time".
A part of me, my teen star crush, has gone but the beauty in his passing is that the part of him that made me who I was, or even who I am, has now been shared with my teen daughter. It's the kind of long kept secret that should be shared. So, when she says "Mom, it's not fair that you had a chance to crush on someone who was alive. I can't do that. How can I crush on Michael Jackson?" A crush is just that, a crush! It's an obsession with someone you may never have an opportunity to see, touch, speak to or have any such contact, but has an impact on your life nonetheless. It's a feeling, a one-sided imaginary relationship that we're entitled to have as a teenager, and she's certainly entitled to hers.
Rest in peace, Prince...and I would have made a wonderful housekeeper..For YOU!
There are several new employee faces at America's Thrift Store, Pell City location and a high turnover rate makes you go "Hmmh?" One particular face that I had become accustomed to seeing on my daily thrift store shopping trips was a young man that I called "skater dude". Of course, I never addressed him as such but when I hadn't seen him in a while, I asked "Where is skater dude?" Skater dude could work those z-racks like a professional skateboarder, wearing skinnny stretch jeans and a tee shirt. His hair was closely cut all around except for his tiny high ponytail that could hold tiny chop sticks unlike the usual skater boy cut with super bangs.
Even with his outdoorsy, laid back style, I could sense that this young man had other plans besides cramming clothing into places where they could hardly fit. I knew that he was capable of so much more and I would think to myself, "He's working his way up to a management position." Our conversation this morning revealed that those were his exact plans, but the plans fell through. Instead of remaining in a work environment with business practices he disapproved of, he changed his appearance, took a few steps to a booming business next door, and doubled his salary!
He revealed that he's gotten several job offers since losing the "skater dude" attire but he's very pleased with his new position and his new look! Drop by Farmer's Home Furniture, Pell City location and say "Hello" to Jason and congratulate him on his recent career move! I'm sure that he is well on his way to the management position that he deserves in one of the fastest growing furniture retailers, with over 187 locations throughout the Southeast!
I spent a few hours at Belk, Trussville location today selling Belk charity event tickets, getting the 411 on hot selling items from sales associates, snapping photos of shoes, bags and making a mental wish list of items I would love to have. Brahmin is still leading the pack as the handbag of choice, ladies are purchasing more pantyhose (bye-bye bare legs), and wood heel sandals and wedges are still spring favorites. Now, let's get to what's really hot! I think it's hot that guys actually purse shop for their spouses. One guy in particular was looking at Brahmin bags just because his wife was feeling a little "down and out". He also has tickets for a Beyonce concert and asked if I thought that would enough to make her feel better. My response was, "Most times a new Brahmin bag alone would be enough." Then, there was a cute lil cowgirl who informed me that her "better half" shops for her and he only buys her Louis Vuitton bags. Not that's HOT!
Be sure to get your ticket for the Belk charity sale event which will be held from 6 - 10 am on April 30th at all Belk locations. Enjoy "hot" deals and steals store wide!
Cardigans come in all lengths but nothing compares to the classic waist length design. It's perfect for cool spring mornings to add extra appeal to those sleeveless tops and dresses!
Kimchi Blue sleeveless dress
Lauren Conrad cardigan
Statement necklace from It's Fashion Metro
Spectator oxfords by Enzo Angiolini
Shop belk.com for similar styles like the cotton cardigan by Lauren Ralph Lauren (shown below) to pair with your favorite summer whites!
When skinny jeans came on the scene, fit and flare sorta went their own way. But, there's nothing more refreshing than an extra dark blue, high waisted, bell bottom denim to keep that 70's cool ALIVE! Pair with a Rolling Stone tees, wooden heel platforms, and get the fever now that you know how to do it!
Remember the little old ladies who would have checkout lines backed up for aisles as they took their sweet little time writing checks? Meanwhile you're thinking, "Didn't you know beforehand that you would be shopping at this store and at least have a portion of the check already filled out? And...why are you in the express line?" Guess what? I'm one of those ladies and in a world of debit, credit, and mobile payments, I still occasionally snatch a personal check from my cute little signature horse and carriage Coach checkbook cover. Well, at least I don't cause much of a checkout delay...paper checks can be processed electronically too!
White on white styles are perfect choices for spring and summer. White monochromatic ensembles create long, lean lines and compliments all skin tones, but if you live close to Lincoln, Al, you might wanna save the white on white for the beach. Why?
Last summer, while shopping Dillards in Oxford, Al wearing a white blazer, white tank, white linen pants, and nude Coach slingbacks, a sales associate in the shoe department asked, "Are you off work already?" I didn't know this lady personally and had no clue as to what she was referring to. I looked at her with a confused expression and she repeated the question. "Are you off work already?" I told her that I was actually there to speak with the manager and since I'm an entrepreneur, any day can be my day off. Then, she says "Oh, I thought you worked for Honda!" At that moment, my love for white monochromatic styles went on life support. Honda is killing the all white style game!
When I chose this white tunic for today, I knew what I would not be pairing it with...white jeans or linen pants! But, if I could wear white linen and nude slingbacks to Honda, maybe I would apply for a job there...nah!
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