Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Today is Tuesday

We Will Miss Dress Barn

Heather informed me about this interesting Vox article "When I couldn’t tell the world I wanted to transition, I went to Dressbarn." I'm sure many of you can relate to this piece as did I.

Stairs and High Heels

This how-to from Abby of Vivian Lou Insolia insoles fame is worth reviewing even if you read it before.

While it's quite empowering to dress up and get out and about, I've been reminded (on more than one occasion) to be careful on the stairs!

Let's quickly review the 'how to' of stairs in heels.

Going Up

:: Visualize a straight line going up toward your end point, rather than looking down at your feet as you climb.

:: As you walk up the step, place your body weight on the ball of the foot. This means that the back of the heel will most likely hang off the step.

:: While ascending, place one foot right in front of the other on the next step.

:: Hold on to the railing if necessary.

Going Down

:: Hold the railing for support. Keep your grip strong, but relax the rest of your arm and shoulder. Gently glide your hand down the railing as you descend.

:: At first, you may need to look down at the stairs to determine depth and steepness. After a few steps (if possible), visualize a straight line going toward your end point, rather than looking down at your heels.

:: Place as much of the shoe (heel and front of the shoe) on the step as possible. Depending on the depth of the step, you may want to push your shoe back until it touches the back of the step to make sure as much shoe as possible is making contact.

:: If the stairs are narrow, you may try tilting your body at a 45 degree angle feet and stepping down on an angle. Place one foot in front of the other on the next step down. This method definitely takes practice!

:: Go slow. Take your time heading down stairs in heels. Better to be safe than sorry!

As with most other difficult tasks, the more you walk up and down stairs in heels, the easier it becomes.

Finding the Right Eyebrow Color for Your Hair

Women like us can switch hair color faster than you can say "Henry Margu." When I switched from blonde to the brunette-red mix I wear today, I noticed that my eyebrow color did not look right. Did I need to go lighter or darker?

This article from InStyle would have helped and will help you if you make the switch.

Me on YouTube

I appear at 1:57 in this YouTube video collection of photos from Hamvention.

Source: Venus
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Yours truly
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  1. Ah, heels on stairs... there was an affirmation..... I was new to them, and practicing indoors, down a dark stair. I thought I was getting decent going down (I could always go up as easily as walk on a flat floor). Slowly, like a princess making an entrance on the stairway to a grand ballroom. Drawing the foot back into the step. I get to the turn, and the handrail switches, so I take my hand off... and bang my head on the overhanging second floor! I neglect to take into account 4 extra inches, and I am 6'1" to start. Stars, my knees buckle... but I don't fall. One female friend said 4" stilettos, in the dark, no hand rail... I must be a natural! Though other affirmations might have been less painful....

  2. AnonymousMay 28, 2019

    I never 'got' the concept of shopping for clothing in a 'Barn'. So 'un-ladylike'.
    Sometimes one has to wonder just what the D.B. 'marketing experts' were thinking when they had to come up with a name.
    Apparently a number of lady shoppers have voted with their FEET and DOLLARS.
    Yes I have been shopping in our local D.B. (whilst enfemme) definitely NOT a BARN from the inside looks.
    I wonder when the closeout markdowns start? OR do they do a 're-branding' that was already in progress?

  3. Dress Barn. The first time I spoke with a sales associate, got advice, used a fitting room and bought my first new dress!