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Payless – Designs from Laura Poretzky

You won’t want to step foot into fall without a pair of our limited-edition designer d’Orsay pumps from Abaeté. Only Payless ShoeSource® carries original footwear designs from Laura Poretzky. And for only $25.00, you really can’t afford to pass these up.

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Pan-Seared Chicken Breast

What busy, sleep-deprived parent wants to cook, especially during the dog days of summer? According to a recent survey, most of us spend about 30 minutes preparing dinner, but we’d like to spend even less. The best way to get out of the kitchen fast is to make a main dish that requires few ingredients. Here is a tasty recipes with three main components (not counting 1 tbsp. of oil and salt and pepper). The only thing easier would be ordering in!

Pan-Seared Chicken Breast with Black Bean and Corn Relish

Round out this Southwestern dinner with Spanish rice and fresh mango slices.

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

* Four 3/4-inch-thick boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, salted
* 1 1/2 cups store-bought black bean and white corn salsa (try Muir Glen)
* One 15-1/4-oz. can Mexican-style corn, drained and rinsed

Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and cook for 10 minutes or until no longer pink, turning once. Set aside.

Add salsa and corn to skillet. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until hot. Spoon over chicken and serve over rice. Voila!

Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Playtex – New Playtex Sport

The new Playtex Sport tampon features a major breakthrough in design to help active women get the protection and comfort they need. The Precise PlacementTM Applicator has a patented No-SlipTM Grip designed to be easily held and placed for maximum control during use. It also has a unique contoured shape that provides comfort and easy placement.

Unlike most tampons that expand primarily in one direction, either lengthwise or widthwise, Playtex Sport has 360-degree CoverageTM that gently expands all around. Its 2-layer design provides a back-up defense against leaks.

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Crocs Are Still BAD!

Manolo says,

Here is the link to the most amusing and gratifying article in the Radar Magazine in which the Manolo has been quoted decrying the terrible rise of the crocs.

However, this is the best quote in the entire piece.

“I have to say that these things are hideous!” adds Jay Escobara, cofounder of New York-based design collective Saenai. “Crocs personify the ‘eclectic’ person who really isn’t all that different from the Kmart shopper but pretends to follow the trend in hopes it might place him among a group of people and/or lifestyle.”

It is so true, so very, very true.

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This is my cue to do a little dance and chant “Told you so! Told you so!”

Q & A: Fall Fashions

Last week a reader asked:

I’d like to look good this Fall and Winter, but have so many questions! Are only straight leg or skinny pants in? If I’m not skinny, is it best to wear long sweaters or shirts with them?

Also, I can’t and never will be able to wear the high heels because of injuries to my feet in a car wreck–they’re just too painful! So would low-heeled riding boots or flats look good with the straight pants? If I wear flats with straight leg pants, do I wear dark hose?

Is it best to wear a wide belt with long sweaters and shirts? If so, is it worn snug and right at the waist, or a little below? As you can tell, I’m really confused and could use a lot of advice. By the way, I’m a newcomer and love your site!

Thank you for your great questions.

First off, straight leg and skinny pants will still be in for Fall. However, the wide leg trouser is quickly coming into play as well. I think my spring time, the skinny pants will be phased out though. Take advantage of this time to wear your skinny pants with a great pair of boots (pants tucked in). Riding boots are great too!

Be prepared to invest in a great fitting pair of wide leg trousers soon. They are just coming into style now and will be hot later in fall and right into winter.

You are actually pretty lucky. Flat shoes are very much in style right now. Ballet flats, slides, and low heeled boots specifically. You can wear these with both the skinny pants as well as the wide leg trousers. And if you are interested in the “leggings” trend, they may with worn with those as well.

You can definitely wear flats with skinny pants. Celebrities such as Mischa Barton and Halley Barry have been spotted wearing this trend. I would go with your instincts when it comes to hose. Personally, I would wear the light skin colored hose. But if you are wearing a very dark flat shoe, you may find it looks better with a darker hose. So try them out and see what you like best.

On to the tops:

It really depends on which way you’re not skinny. If you gain most of your weight in your stomach area, I would recommend long sweaters and shirts with skinny pants and bring definition to your waist with a wide belt. You want to put it right at the skinniest part of your waist. That will give the illusion of an hourglass figure.

If you gain weight in your butt and thighs (like me) the above mentioned can also work well. In that case you wouldn’t need to always wear your belts right at the waist, you could leave them a little looser and let them sit right below the waist. That will help balance things out.

You can wear a wide belt with just about anything. The sweaters and shirts don’t have to be especially long. Just about 5 or 6 inches from your belly button would probably be long enough. You can also wear a belt with dresses. I have a long “shirt dress” (which is like a button down shirt, only fitted and longer) and I just throw a belt on right at the waist for a very sleek, classic look.

I hope this answered all of your questions. If you or anyone else have more questions on this subject, please leave a comment or email me!

Trend Alert – Chains

This gold link chain head wrap is the latest trend. I love it because it instantly gives even the most uncooperative hair the look of a sophisticated, just-rushed-out-of-the-salon style, and who doesn’t need that? The gold link chain is interlaced with a 5/8″ wide grosgrain ribbon, and band measures 1″ across total. It loops around your head with a comfortable, stretchy elastic loop thingie.

When I first spotted these Cara Couture headbands on Intermix, I immediately fell in love. But when I noticed the price tag of $55.00, I was less than impressed…

So imagine my delight when I stumbled upon a cheaper version on Delia’s!

They don’t come in the same beautiful colors as the Cara Couture ones do, but for only $14.50, that’s not a big deal.

They are currently available in red and black. Go buy one now >>