June 10, 2021
Lyrics: Shorts Shorts by Royal Teens… Hey, man, dig that crazy chick… Who wears short shorts?
We wear short shorts
They’re such short shorts
We like short shorts
Who wears short shorts?
We wear short shorts … sing along with me, you know the song!!!
Shorts are coming back into the outfit rotation.
Guess whose short trends have gone shorter this season?
If the shorts men are reaching for this summer are slightly more cropped than the ones they’ve worn in the past, they’re probably perfect for Summer Fun 2021. My future son-in-law had to explain the benefit of shorter shorts to me.
Women’s Summer Fun 2021 short trends range from the classic, it will never go away Denim Cut-Off whether
it’s long, short, rolled. or frayed, it’s still the fav. Styling is the
name of the game ladies. Think Lace and crochet bralette tops for
those who dare to go bare.
Let’s admit something, if your legs don’t look good then, well … do what I did!!! Call the Vein Institute, have a consultation to get your limbs in order for the season. It’s not a pretty topic to discuss let alone have to look at those spider veins and bulging varicose veins, but there are so many options to rid of the throbbing, painful, and swelling road map that hard work and poor circulation has developed on your legs. I’ll report back after my treatment.
Keep your legs in shape with style & flair … Live life with Panache!
June 3, 2021
The countdown to the first day of Summer 2021 is just 19 days away.
If you are like me I crave the sun, I always have. My vacations have always been near a shoreline with sand in my toes and a cabana boy refilling my cocktails even before I waved my hand ******* SNAP…I just woke up from that dream! But sun makes me feel good and up until last month I thought I was doing a pretty good job applying my sunscreen so that I could enjoy the rays safely. GUESS WHAT!!!!!!!!!!
Long story but the short version is I was long overdue for a Dermatologist appointment for a number of “Issues” and BAM… just like that it’s time for my first cut to remove a cancerous spot! Shout out to my Dermatologist and her sensitivity with the fact that I will be adding another scar to my already interesting “roadmap” of previous procedures: 2 hip replacements and a C-Section! I told her no worries I embrace my imperfections and they makes my story more interesting!!!
So here’s the SUNSCREEN message: Many sunscreens are being recalled recently due to higher than approved BENZENE levels. Check your product ingredients. With summer just a a few weeks away, you’ll definitely want to make sure that the sunscreen in your cabinet doesn’t contain Benzene, a known carcinogen that can increase the likelihood of developing leukemia.
May 20, 2021
It’s a New Year and a New Season! Open those closet doors and get re-acquainted with your clothing collection. Some of you may have been wearing your regular favorites right along through the Covid lock down, others (many) adopted a “comfort uniform” not suitable for public viewing
With many offices and businesses calling back employees and reopening to full capacity all that money you saved NOT buying new garments should be burning a hole in your pocket at this point. This would be a good time to reevaluate where you spend your clothing allowance and how you invest. Millennials and Gen X’rs are more focused on vintage and the sustainable platforms, Thank God!!! Increasingly, customers want to have a positive impact on the environment. Research shows that 88% of consumers want brands to help them be more environmentally friendly
FAST FASHION has had its moment! Quality and luxury are all the rage. Resale and consignment industry is expected to hit an all time high in the coming years. The fashion industry is known for creating trends, and now it’s working on its most important trend yet: sustainability. And unlike some questionable fashion decisions, this is a trend all consumers can get behind.
Reports suggests monthly clothing budget is on average 5% of your salary annually. Get your calculators out, time to go shopping locally! Shop with Style & Flair…with Panache!
May 13, 2021
Post Lockdown Fashion!
After a year of no plans and not much shopping, it’s understandable if your wardrobe could use a little updating. Trends come and go at a rapid pace, and it can be hard to keep up with them, even during the best of times. But with warm weather coming and things starting to look brighter and safer in the near future, you may be thinking about outfits to wear out in public again. Just remember to be kind to the environment with choosing your garments.
You certainly don’t need to go on a shopping spree if your wardrobe is feeling a little dated—you can simply add a few trend-forward pieces, and they’ll make a world of difference. Remember… SHOP LOCAL SUSTAINABLE FASHION FIRST! I selected a few specific items that are especially of-the-moment, and you can get them for a relatively inexpensively.
1. Wide Leg / High Rise/ wider Hemline and movement at the ankle
2. Blazer with bare midriff wearing a bandeau or bralette.
3. Dress trends look like: floral Mumu’s, gunne sax – think Little House on Prairie, some say that free-spirited whimsical comfort allows the real natural beauty to radiate through the COVID CHAOS! You be the judge!!!
Thanks for living life with Panache!
April 29, 2021
The Big Happy (unexpected) Adventure
On April 10, my sweet and happy 3-year-old grandson, Henry (also known as The Big Happy), was diagnosed with leukemia. We are so very proud of how incredibly brave he’s been throughout the start of his long adventure. He is an amazing kid and we’re grateful for the care he’s receiving at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Ohio.
Henry and his family are appreciative of the love and support they have received thus far. Now we invite you to “wear” your support and share Henry’s adventurous spirit! Chose one of these items and then, more importantly, go on an adventure with friends and/or loved ones and make a memory to honor Henry who lives for his adventures. You just never know when your world will get flipped upside down and you will need to call on those memories of carefree adventure days.
Any funds raised from this sale will be used to support this and other adventures for Henry, and the places where his adventures will take him like the Cleveland Zoo and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.
Thank you in advance and please live a full and adventurous life every day!
April 22, 2021
According to the official website, the theme for Earth Day 2021 is ‘Restore Our Earth‘, which focuses on natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems
When it comes to the textile industry, what changes can be made to insure that Restoring Our Earth is a top priority? How does Fashion play a part in the restoring of the world’s natural processes?Here is a great question we can all relate to and how it affects our environment.
QUESTION: How much energy to make a pair of jeans?
ANSWER: Traditionally, finishing a pair of jeans requires an average of 18 gallons of water, 1.5 kilowatts of energy and 5 ounces of chemicals. Why are jeans so bad for the environment: Pesticides. Water consumption isn’t the only ethical concern with denim. While cotton only takes up 2.5% of agricultural land, it accounts for 16% of all the insecticides and 6.8% of all herbicides used worldwide. Pesticides can be highly toxic and create a hazardous working environment for cotton farmers. So you may ask, is our favorite LEVI’S Denim safe? Levi’s has made strong commitments to sustainable denim production, including significantly reducing water use. Levi’s has pledged to reduce the hazardous chemicals used to dye and treat its clothing, and is aiming for the elimination of hazardous chemicals.
Give the Earth a Hug today!!! It’s going to take every single human being to Restore Our Earth! It’s taken a beating lately! Live life with sustainable Style & Flair…with Panache!
March 25, 2021
High Rise Loose Fit & The Love for Graphic Tee’
We all have had them, maybe some still do! Those favorite Rock Band and Music Festival Tee’s that hold so many great memories. Well, they are back and being reproduced for that post Covid uniform statement piece.When it comes to the list of your wardrobe must-haves, there’s a strong chance your t-shirts rank pretty high up there as tried-and-true staples. After all, that perfect tee can act as the ideal base layer to a smattering of top-notch outfits.
How to wear your “Tee”The High-Rise Loose Fit trouser denim is the suggested pairing for women, along with the safe harbor blazer or trench coat. Visit theluckyflea.com and Lucky Strike on Instagram for a collection of sustainable vintage t-shirts. Take a walk down memory lane.
Go ahead, I dare you – to wear something other than your sweatpants or yoga pants out in public! In fact, I hope your closets are screaming to come out and play. We are ready for the after party at Panache when you are!!!
March 18, 2021
I have to admit I don’t watch the Grammy’s, I am more of a day-after highlight scanner.
that I don’t like music and the Stars, but I don’t have the patience
and really am a bit behind on the current music scene to enjoy the
Now let’s talk GRAMMY fashion and you’ve got my attention.
My three favorite fashion takeaways from the “highlights”:
I thought Billie Eilish and House of GUCCI played her style well. I enjoyed the fact that she wore a hat and gloves. Her Nail technician must have had a hey day matching the GUCCI pattern on her tips!
Beyonce “Queen Bey” that powerful and creative Statuesque Mom, Wife…and oh yeah winner of the most Grammy’s 27 to date! She wore her leather Schiaparelli Haute Couture outfit with yet again gloves with gold tip fingernails painted on the gloves to perfection!
My favorite was…Taylor Swift for her floral Oscar de la Renta mini frock and matching mask. It was fun, had great stage presence and there was no worry of a costume malfunction! Thank You Taylor for sending positive and appropriate vibes to your audience base!
Mask Up and Welcome Spring with these incredibly fashionable and musical Female Artists … with Style & Flair. It’s time to have some fun again with Panache!
March 11, 2021
He asked, I said “Yes”, then he asked if I would help choose the ring, I said “Yes”! Then he asked her and she said “Yes”!
2021 Wedding Gown Trends: Shoulder and sleeve adornment Ridiculous Ribbon, feathers and tiered tulle full skirts and embellishments Obnoxious Bows front or back
MY FAV TREND: Square necklines.
I will add that the craziest trend for 2021 seems to be the outfit change not only for the Bride but her bridesmaids. Say “Bye Bye” to those matching uncomfortable “UNIFORM” Bridesmaids dresses that rarely fit most body types properly without a significant amount of altering. I have always been a fan of Bridesmaids wearing the same if not similar color palette but never does the same dress style fit all body types. So maybe the outfit change is a trend to keep? Stay tuned…
Love being The MOB… with Style & Flair with Panache!!!
March 4, 2021
The Pink Purse Challenge for MARCH 2021 … it’s Time for WOMEN TIES!
Borrowed from Women TIES CREATOR:
“On this significant 3rd day of March during Women’s History Month, when Women TIES was created 16 years ago, to the moment you are reading this Wednesday Wisdom editorial, I remain committed to strongly encouraging women to spend their money with other women as often as they can by putting their money in another woman’s hands, bank account, or pink purse. We have a duty during this month, of all months, to do something to make pay inequality less stark by deciding for 31 days to hire another woman, buy a commercial product from a woman entrepreneur instead of a national store, purchase a service provided by a female business owner, and go out of your way to share our message of supporting women financially. Will you do it? Will you join me in this pink pledge?”
“I call living this ‘pink purse’ mission my dream and our organization’s purpose. With your help, we can continue to make a difference in 2021 like our foremothers did to make some big and small positive pink impacts in our world” – Tracy Chamberlain Higginbotham Women TIES Founder.
SHOP* EAT * SUPPORT … ALL LOCAL WOMEN OWNED BUSINESSES NOT ONLY THIS MONTH OF MARCH BUT EVERY DAY!!!The future is ours to capture … live it with style & flair with Panache!!!!
February 25, 2021
If you’re like me you are also missing reflexology treatments and routine pedicures due to COVID precautions. But a special person in my life found the most amazing substitution for me for those stimulating and much needed missed treatments.
You see my birthday was this week (yes another one) and my poor little retail feet ache more than ever! But that very smart and attentive special person in my life treated me to the best of the best foot massager and put me on cloud nine, and my feet – literally!
Cloud Massage foot, ankle and leg massager uses a deep kneading Shiatsu
technique to improve blood flow, reduce inflammation, stimulate muscle
recovery, provide pain relief, or offer pure and thorough relaxation
after a long day. The adjustable base on the massage machine can be
positioned with amazing comfort to work the muscles of your feet,
ankles, or calves!
I LOVE IT!!!
you don’t find me working at The Happy Corner at Panache I’ll be home
(no place else to go) with my feet being heated and kneaded and moaning
my way into paradise.
…thanks for living life with Panache!!! panacheconsignboutique.com
February 18, 2021
I’m not a fan of socks. My 45 years in retail have created many challenges involving me feet. My delicate “support system” find great discomfort with the ridges, seams and the shifting of socks. I’ve tried cashmere, cotton and silk blends, I’ve tried knee-highs, ankle and athletic styles – Paul (Bunyan) and I just struggle with footwear discomfort daily!
With that being said there are multiple benefits to wearing socks. The biggest benefit is clearly warmth so take note: Some people think wearing any kind of socks all day, every day can be really bad for your feet, causing them to get smelly and leaving you with health problems. As long as you’re not wearing the same pair of socks day after day without washing them in between, you really don’t have anything to worry about. I’m not one for tight toes while sleeping, so loose sheets and bare piggies is my choice. What you might not know is wearing socks while sleeping is known to increase blood circulation but it can go another way too! Turns out, blood flow decreases if you choose to keep your socks on for a very prolonged period of time. …and then there is this: Bromodosis, or smelly feet, is a very common medical condition. It’s due to a buildup of sweat, which results bacteria growth on the skin. These bacteria cause bad odors. Fungal infections like athlete’s foot can also lead to bromodosis. So adorn your delicate feet with the warmest fuzzy socks you can find to get you through the finals days of Winter 2021 … just wear them with Style & Fair with Panache
February 11, 2021
CABIN FEVER & SPRING FEVER… now is the time to declutter your life and DOWNSIZE to “RIGHT SIZE”Now is the time of year when many us get a little antsy. We have exhausted our “to do” list during the winter and COVID stay at home suggestions and the itch to get out and about is knocking at our door. Please continue to stay safe and get busy occupying yourself with cleaning the china cabinet, sideboard and drawers of linens, silver and collectibles. In other words, box and donate yourself into a “Spring Cleaning” frenzy…cause your kids don’t want most of your stuff anyways!!!
KIDS DON’T WANT IT: STEAMER TRUNKS & LUGGAGE:Trust me, every family has at least one steamer trunks from the 19th century. They are so abundant that they are not valuable unless the maker is Louis Vuitton, Asprey, Goyard or some other famous luggage house.
CHINA & SILVER-PLATED ITEMS: Your grown children will not polish silver-plate, this I can guarantee. Formal entertaining is not a priority these days. Box it up and donate it!
LINENS: If you have collected fine linens over time – congratulations! Allow me to inform you, most of your kids and grandchildren don’t even own an iron. The pillowcases, tablecloths, and christening gowns just don’t hold the same appeal to our younger generations unfortunately.
Put your Cabin Fever energy into your Spring Fever Cleaning. By doing so you’ll be ahead of the game when COVID restrictions lift! Thank You for living life with Panache!!!
February 4, 2021
More Jeans less yoga pants! HORAAAAAYYYYYYYYYY!
Covid has brought on a lot of changes in how we dress these days. But one thing I have noticed with our Panache Shoppers, and I’m glad for it, is that women are wearing less yoga athleisure wear and more attractive “street-wear”. The Fashion Runway is eager to make a comeback and Panache is ready!
Jeans… a staple in most wardrobes – right? Well try the on trend Criss Cross Jeans out for size!
As the name implies, the Criss Cross jeans feature a crossover waistband (that should be shown off via a cropped top or a tucked-in shirt) and an on-trend loose fit leg. They come in a variety of washes and there’s even a shorts version to look forward to wearing come spring. To complete the look, add an oversized blazer and a pair of ankle-tie heels which you could tied around the hem of the jeans. Make it your individual style with flair!
Thanks for living life with Panache! panacheconsignboutique.com
January 28, 2021
On the heals of our very stylish and extremely successful display of political First Ladies at the 2021 Inauguration, longer style coats are in! YAY! Pantone 2021 Colors are Illuminating (yellow) and Ultimate Gray …try a splash of color…I dare you!
Go all out this season a try one yourself, perhaps a playful BOHO version with an intricate folk-inspired style. As the temperature starts to drop and rise, add some layers of delicate embroidery and lace to keep your outfit climate controlled. It is one of the best transitional garments you can have in your Spring 2021 Collection.
HOW TO WEAR: The intricate tapestry on each piece of outerwear looks great with a monochrome black or brown ensemble, or choose it in a series of other colors for a bright and interesting choice. This trend is easy to style and looks fantastic on every body type. Wear the 2021 duster and trench trends, just wear it with Style & Flair with Panache!!!
January 21, 2021
When it comes to the White House, fashion goes beyond looks. With our First Lady and now a Madame Vice-President, we will have double the pleasure. These brilliant, strong and educated women will make fashion choices with strong messages, as they slowly become more exposed to the world! I most enjoy how these women are embracing sustainable, American up and coming fashion designers.
Oh What a Day: 1/20/2021
THANK YOU DR. BIDEN The incoming First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, selected her ensemble carefully. Her custom “ocean blue” coat and matching dress set made in wool tweed with a matching silk face mask was created by the female-founded American brand Markarian. The color blue “was chosen for the pieces to signify trust, confidence, and stability,” the label said in a press statement.
BRAVA MADAM VICE PRESIDENT
Kamala Harris choose wisely as well, to honor first herself, her dedication to family and America. But also for those who paved the way before her, a nod to Shirley Chisolm who also used the color purple and the adornment of pearls on her campaign trail.
Careful where you walk “glass ceilings are being broken everywhere” GOD BLESS AMERICA.
January 14, 2021
FACEBOOK is my first Love on Social Media and still my go-to when I have down time. I vowed as a resolution for the New Year (not that there was much left to Give-Up) to commit to a digital detox and take a “Pause” from my personal account for the month of January, promising myself to only post something positive once a day and NOT to scroll…PERIOD!!! It’s a hard habit to break I have found.
My favorite part of FB is the “memories” that pop up every day! I have laughed, cried and screamed with some of the images and videos that have been sent. You have to know that my 3 daughters, 4 grandsons and families consume so many of those favorite memories. With that being said, the Rochester Fashion Runway has been part of my life since 1980 and every minute since I entered into the Social Media World.
What a walk down memory lane to be reminded of so many Fashion Show Runways along with those backroom chaotic moments that ensue to create those magical catwalk moments. The Rochester Fashion industry professionals, models and volunteers that work together to delivery a stimulating display of fashion and entertainment are greatly missed! I miss generating those unusual Perfectly Panache outfits that so many love when the models take the stage, but wouldn’t dare to wear themselves!
My hope is that 2021 will allow us to take the Rochester Fall Runway safely and experience those costume malfunctions, split seams and fashion gone bad moments again. Thanks for living life with Panache http://www.panacheconsignboutique.com
December 17, 2020
Well, it’s almost a wrap. Holiday gift giving season is just 9 sleeps away! Yup, If you haven’t been paying attention, you are now in the single-digit zone and it’s probably too late to get your gifts delivered on time. Time to wrap it up!!!When those well thought out gifts do arrive or magically appear under the evergreen real or faux tree, is it a magical wonderland of well wrapped and common themed embellished presents? Are you the type that uses last years boxes and gift bags – you know the ones with the one broken corded handle? Or maybe you use the Sunday comics? I myself use the same Mackenzie Childs miniature woven sock with a gold kiss clip to roll numerous Ben Franklins in to, then carefully wait for the right moment and slide that into my 3 daughters hands. This is their favorite tradition … FYI!!!
Speaking of daughters and traditions, they have now all adopted my former wrapping chaos process of matchy matchy – complimentary gift wrap patterns and perfect placement of gift boxes under their own Christmas trees. May your Holiday be extraordinary…with style & flair with Panache!!! BRING ON 2021
December 10, 2020
Tis the season to Sparkle and Share Joy. Or is that Spark Joy and Share? Remember the Marie Kondo “Tiding Up” lesson about cleaning, organizing then consigning or donating your unwanted, unused, and forgotten objects and clothing rejects?
Apparently for many the time has come to revisit this concept, because boy oh boy have requests for consignment picked over the last month. Now maybe it’s because many have opened their closets for the first time since COVID work from home orders were put in place and their sweatpants are now in shreds or maybe, they needed a new outfit for their Thanksgiving ZOOM or video call. The “Spark” has been lit and the “Joy” is happening!!! Joy is defined as: a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. Just remember in the purging process to hold on to that :Happy Pink” cashmere sweater because pink is dominate in 2021 trends. Also, those high-waisted pleated front wide leg pants that you once could belt before the COVID 15 joined your waist line, they too will be all the rage for streetwear 2021.
So before you purge and Spark Joy – Ponder your choices. Remember Quality vs. Quantity and Sustainable Luxury with Style and Flair is always the best investment … with Panache of course!!!
December 3, 2020
Don’t become “The Lonely One Click Shopper”. Do you miss the adrenaline rush of in-person shopping? Ready to go out, dress up, buy fancy things again? Do your research and follow the safety rules. There are still lots and lots of small businesses allowed to remain OPEN still offering that good old Customer Service for you this Holiday Season. I know one thing for sure, people are really looking for value, quality and timeless pieces now. So instead of mindlessly buying multiple “fast fashion” pieces now referred to by many as the “Lonely ONE CLICK purchase”, make your list, wear your mask, and SHOP LOCAL! I get the feeling the focus will be on owning a couple of really good things that will transcend trends. But human beings are creatures of comfort, they like routine and are eager to go back to the way they lived; so I don’t think the new normal can be pushed upon humans just yet. The only new normal will be that you will be wearing masks a lot longer, but in terms of the way people dress and shop, it will go back to the ‘old’ normal. Shop with Style & Flair in person with Panache!!!
November 19, 2020
No…you should not wear your jammies to the Thanksgiving Table!!!
As we head into the holiday season, with Thanksgiving first on the roster, consider revisiting the summer sensation style The Nap Dress with an autumnal twist to bring back the same warm energy to a cherished time with family and friends. Wait…back up…The Nap Dress???
With warm weather firmly behind us, this summer’s most viral trend, a nightgown-like, flowy dress The Nap Dress is still a hot ticket for some, slowly being replaced by the Fall/Winter puffy sleeve neckline and shoulder features. I am a firm believer that comfort is still first and foremost for most of us. Since many spend the majority of our day Zooming with camera positioned from the waist up, it seems adding an element of interest in our attire choice from the waist up is a common goal for many. Hence interesting shoulder treatments and necklines features.
Cozy is the new favorite style in the Fashion Blogging world. Perhaps Little Women Nap Dress isn’t your vibe, just please, leave your jammies in the bedroom this Thanksgiving, try adding an interesting fashion neckline from the waist up and dig in!
#cozyvibes while Giving Thanks … with Style & Flair with Panache!!!
Thursday, November 12, 2020
FLOTUS FASHION: it can be subtle and sometimes LOUD messages from the stage, the tarmack and the White House.
First Lady of the United States =FLOTUS Madame Vice President Elect = MVP These are impressive titles and platforms for even more impressive or controversial fashion moments. It’s always exciting for those of us in the Fashion Industry to see which Designers have been chosen to style the FLOTUS and why. There is always a reason why!!! There has also been the rare case where a Designer declines to dress a First Lady.
BRAVA to our First Lady Elect Jill Biden for her Floral Frock by Oscar de la Renta worn on Election Night 2020 and to our MVP Kamala Harris for her white suit paying homage to the suffragette movement and women’s rights.
No-No’s for the FLOTUS:***Being
an “Outfit Repeater” is frowned upon by many, however it is known that
on various occasions some First Ladies use their repeat fashion
selections to promote sustainability. For Example, Mrs. Carter wore an
ensemble to her husband’s 1977 inauguration that she had worn twice
***There were so many “Fashion Firsts” by former First Ladies. Pat Nixon donned the first pantsuit. Let’s not forget the pussy bow worn by Melania Trump. Footwear seems to be a major topic of concern for FLOTUS lovers and haters, from sneakers worn my Michelle Obama to a rally, to inappropriate stiletto heels worn in the aftermath of a hurricane by Melania Trump. I will close with one more FLOTUS moment that made people buzz, when Barbara Bush a clear Republican worn a stunning blue velvet satin gown for a formal Ball. #scandalous.
I just love fashion and look forward to the strong messages our next FLOTUS will share with us through her fashion choices…she has such Panache!!!
November 5, 2020
SKINNY is on Vacation!!! I’m just going to come right out and say it: skinny jeans are not my first choice for most body shapes nor are they my first choice from my own closet these days. No matter how you feel about the classic denim, there’s no denying that looser trouser shapes are the reigning silhouette as far as jeans and pants go and my own closet is proof of this. Throughout 2020, designers have announced flares and bootcut jeans are on the rise, and, well, we’re adding another of these non-skinny styles to the top of our lists: high-rise wide-leg pants.
I recently did a closet evaluation and in the process realized that nearly all the pants and jeans I haven’t worn were skinny and snug fits. I owned multiple pairs at one point but have since found myself drawn more and more to relaxed pant silhouettes, and fashion designers are in complete agreement with me. There’s something undeniably cool about voluminous, wide-leg pants and, not to mention, they make more sense than ever this year seeing as comfort has become our top priority when getting dressed. The relaxed but still polished trousers may just be the answer avoiding another sweatpants slump.
I have a strong feeling that once you see just how chic the fashion world is making wide-leg pants look, you’re going to agree with me! Enjoy living life with Style & Flair…with Panache!!!
October 29, 2020
American Modern Heritage… vintage is newly chic!!!
Fashion trends are undoubtedly floundering. With a question mark hanging over everything from when to reopen warehouses to Fashion Week, it perhaps comes as no surprise that fashion has taken a moment to reflect and delve into its own memory box, looking for inspiration on how to adapt to a new era. Fashion creatives have been forced to abandon the usual constant cycle of reinvention and seek new (well, old) solutions.
go ahead and “pop” that collar, wear that button oxford under a rolled
sleeve blazer. Don’t be afraid to roll your jean cuffs and don a penny
loafer. Remember, Preppy was popular for much longer a
season than most trends over the last decade were. Embrace sustainable
fashion and living, enjoy what memory lane (runway) has to offer.
Fashion Nostalgia may be your favorite trend yet – I know it’s mine!!! Wear it with Style & Fair with Panache!!!
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Celebration of the Magic, Whimsy, and Fantasy of Fashion is back! It may be digital and created with Marionettes and Barbie like figures, but you can be sure social distancing is happening in the Fashion World locally and abroad.
Many Fashion Runway Fundraisers have been cancelled for the 2020 Year leaving non-for profits playing catch up with their funding, it also leaves a huge void in the lives of the small fashion boutiques that orchestrate these Runways of Fashion Desire. In Addition, the Rochester Fashion Family that adorns the many catwalks have also missed out on the comradery that goes along with each and every Fashion Show that is presented.
There are no more Runway hair appointments, no more makeup appointments, manicures, fittings and anticipated purchases from the Runway Show Styles. So if you have ever attended any of the following Local Fashion Shows that my boutique Panache Vintage & Finer Consignment has participated in for 10 years: Toast To Hope for Pluta Cancer Center, Sisters For A Better Black Community, Mad Hatter Tea Party for Child First Network, Webster Comfort Care, my favorite week long event Fashion Week of Rochester for The Center for Youth and numerous local Country Club Events, please remember to make a contribution to these local charities.
Since the runways are temporarily on pause, remember to visit each and every local small fashion boutique: BECOME A REGULAR * SHOP LOCAL *SHOP SMALL BUSINESS Live life with Style & Flair…with Panache!!!
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Leggings and Tights are very similar in that they are skin-tight garments that cover the legs and sometimes the waist. Leggings are much thicker, footless, and can sometimes be worn like pants. Tights are somewhat sheer, cover the foot, and must be worn under another garment. Got it???There seems to be some major confusion for a lot of women which to wear and how to wear their favorite garment properly. If you are NOT exercising then the Legging can be worn with a longer tailored blouse/top or blazer or duster style sweater. Many women forget to understand the importance of taking a rear view of their selected outfit to determine if all the layers are blending and doing their assigned “fashion job”. There are many faux paus occurring daily now that leggings and tights have joined the sweater weather season.
Remember to pair your legging street fashion with the ever popular ‘bootie”. High, Low, Chunky or Athletic, whatever your choice in Fall footwear it’s the “look” of the Fall season. Live life with Style & Flair with Panache. Enjoy sustainable luxury fashion… SAVE THE EARTH!!! panacheconsignboutique.com
Thursday, October 1, 2020
FB LIVE * ZOOM * LIVE PHONE INTERVIEW…who knew this would be a way of life for me and so many others!!!
When I launched my first small business over 10 years ago I had no idea nor did I include it in my business plan, that 50% of my time would be “advertising” my business – Advertising Yes, but 50% of my time on social media – NO! I hardly knew how to use a flip-phone at that point! Allow this old lady to say the Power of Networking on Social Media has been an extraordinary business tool and quite entertaining! Fast forward 10+ years and I am now in a FB Group called “Savvy Women of Social Media” my first “LIVE” interview with the Host was on Wednesday SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 at 1pm. I’ll share the link of my interview on my personal and business pages when available. I think it’s quite Fashionable to be included in this group as I am probably the age of most members Mothers! I always say it’s a good day no matter your age, when you can learn something new!!! As long as I am having a good hair day and can be viewed from the waist up, then BRING ON any platform to promote my 2 small businesses. My three daughters are constantly watching and critiquing my posts, ads and the like. Suffice it to say that my own “Marketing Team” doesn’t let the Queen Bee make too many social media mistakes. Live life with Style & Flair with Sustainable Luxury Fashion and Sustainable Furnishings for your Home.
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Remember the good ole days of Sidewalk Sales? Food Carts and Lemonade stands? SOSSALE is happening= Save Our Store or “Stuff On Sale” or Save Our Soul … whatever your want to call it…just SHOP LOCAL SMALL BUSINESS and get more ooolahlah for your moolahlah! ONE DAY SATURDAY September 26, 2020 Panache Vintage & Finer Consignment, Brighton Commons 10 – 4pm Dirt Cheap Sustainable Fashion & Home Decor with Panache
Thursday, September 10, 2020
You won’t want to miss this! When a Fashionable Friend asked me to help with her Estate Sale liquidation…I said “hmmmmm” …after a little encouragement and the following thoughts *** Nothing is more discouraging than a missed opportunity, don’t spend so much time trying to choose the perfect opportunity that you miss the right opportunity. SO I am taking another leap of faith! I said “YES” Pray for me!!! You don’t know until you try…
TWO-DAY ESTATE SALE with Panache by Joan E. Lincoln *MASKS ARE REQUIRED. NO ENTRY WITHOUT!*Limited Shoppers at a time with a numbering system.
Saturday, September 12th, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday, September 13th, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Philanthropy at work *** 50% of all sales will be donated to Rochester Regional Health.
MacKenzie-Childs Galore; Rare Turtle Table, Chairs, Tuffets large and small signed by Victoria & Richard, the Original owners of MacKenzie-Childs! 6 Teak Slate Outside chaise laounge chairs, a complete Playground Set, Sleigh Bed Frame, 2 matching Leather Sofas, 2 matching Leather Chairs, Stickley Dining-Room Table and Chairs, Home Decor, Garden Cast Iron Planters and Yard Embellishments, Ethan Allen Wicker Glasstop round exterior dining table and chairs and Sofa with new yellow and white sunbrella cushions, and umbrellas, a Viking Gas Grill …. AND MORE!
Thursday, September 3, 2020
Highs & Lows of current Footwear trends
COVID has many working from home. Perhaps standing at a new workstation or sitting in a newly created home office. Without thinking you have gone from high heels or wedge style footwear to slippers or flip flops. That’s where the problems begin! Flat footed and in pain…wait aren’t high-heels suppose to give you foot discomfort? While many who now work from home are barely getting changed out of their pj.s many have also forgotten how to be kind to your their feet.
Footwear trends for the fall/winter 2020 range from open toe Birkenstock sandals paired with sassy ankle socks (because many have opted to forgo pedicures too) to athletic-wear footwear with glitz and bedazzled features. Like the Golden Goose Star sneakers for over $530+…they are hot, hot, hot!!!
Thursday, August 27, 2020
curly hair with silk & satin
Careful what you wish for!!!
I’m a 60+ year old woman and I am still watching “HOW TO FOR CURLY HAIR” videos!!! What is wrong with me? Actually, nothing but the challenge I have is the constant desire for the perfect spiral curl with the perfect style to compliment my various types of spiral curls that adorn my head. Now bare with me because it’s not that I dislike my hair, it’s just that I can “do” my hair in the morning on wash day…yes, I only wash about every 4 days, and have the same style at the end of the day. You see curly hair tends to either be extremely dry or our lifestyle and sleeping wreaks havoc on our curly hair style. Oh let’s not forget the #1 enemy HUMIDITY!!!
I am a product junkie, I have yet to find a favorite formula. I have changed my colorist hoping the products can enhance my locks of luscious curls. i have purchased a silk pillow case and head wrap to wear at night so my spiral curls don’t separate. I have multiple microfiber wraps for after washing to absorb but not interfere with the natural curls…SO MUCH TO DO!!!
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies found massage may also be helpful for: Anxiety. Digestive disorders.
many of us, throughout this Corona Pandemic, I was forced to
reevaluate some of the personal treatments. Self manicures are now my
new normal and I am becoming better and better at it!
Deciding my body was overdue for a deep therapeutic massage, I booked an appointment with a Panache client who, as a young and energetic small business owner, inspires me every time she visits. Bodywork by Bobbi ~ she is a powerful, educated and sensitive massage therapist. She interviewed me prior to my treatment to insure what I wanted, what issues I was having, and why after 5+ years did I finally make the decision to have a massage. I told her I was a slower learner.
Live life with Style & Flair … Book your treatment NOW! Bodywork by Bobbi is a great place to start. (607) 351-2113
Thursday, August 13, 2020
August Slob-Chic Corona Style
Parts of the country are slowly reopening, but for many of us our homes will still be headquarters. Is unrepentant sloppiness the new fashion-forward? With so many people home bound these past few months, indoors has become the new outdoors. It is where you exercise, digitally chat with friends, and, of course, work. But it is also still the indoors, where you sleep, eat, and putter. This can make for frequent wardrobe changes. Or you can give up and wear the same shredded sweatpants day after day.
Now that so many items in our closets are taking early retirement, what should we put on when our Webcams are turned off? Recent retail-sales data reflect a world where there’s nobody to dress up for except your pet. In April, clothing sales fell 75%, the largest decline since records have been kept. But tracksuit purchases were up 70%, and sweatpants 80%. Sales of pajamas rose a 143%. Evidently, pants are cancelled (unless they come with an elastic waistband). Their sales declined 13%. The new focus is above the waist.
Thursday, August 6, 2020
Keepin Cool with “THE FREEZER DRESS”
The dogs days of summer are here! Wow what a summer 2020 has turned out to be!!!
Many fashionable women of a certain age tend NOT to be overly excited about summer heat or summer attire to begin with, let alone a little black dress – LBD, but some clever human (s) came up with something that caught my attention!
Thursday, July 30, 2020
The Future of the Fashion Catwalk
The fashion industry, like many other sectors, has had to adapt following the Corona Virus outbreak.
The pandemic has changed how we interact with the fashion world, from swapping high street for online shopping, to an indefinite pause of catwalk shows. With social distancing restrictions and a ban on gatherings of certain sizes, fashion designers have had to alter the way in which they showcase new season collections.
After decades of designers relying on catwalk shows and presentations to debut their upcoming collections to the media, buyers and the world, numerous brands have recently taken the decision to go digital for the first time in their history. London Fashion Week saw its first digital showcase in June, quickly followed by Couture Fashion Week in July. Many high-end labels, including Chanel, Valentino, D & G and Dior, have embraced the moment to introduce a new era of virtual fashion shows and short films, thank you technology!
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Makeup & Masks
Quarantine, regular mask usage and work-from-home practices have altered consumer makeup product needs.
If makeup is an art, then a protective face mask would theoretically remove half the canvas. You may feel sad waving goodbye to lipstick, gloss and your favorite bronzing product – just look at it this way, your skin is going to enjoy a respite as well!!!
EYE ENHANCEMENT:Foundation isn’t the best idea anymore, either. It can also make surgical and N95 masks somewhat ineffective. A lot of places are collecting N95s for sterilization, but if there’s makeup on it, it’s considered soiled or contaminated, and they can’t sterilize them. Our eyes are still wide-open canvases, though, so why not get creative? Play with color and perhaps a liquid liner (this helps too if your glasses fog up)
Thursday July 16, 2020
SAFE Mask vs. Clear Face Shield
We are in this together SO MASK UP…with Style & Flair
Just wear one, just like wearing your seat belt! I feel naked and vulnerable when I don’t have the proper personal protective equipment “PPE” on!
The BIG debate at the moment is: is a Face shield a replacement for a mask…THE ANSWER IS “NO”!
Thursday June 18th, 2020
Unlocking the runway
Stories from the local small business Fashion Boutique Owners who ROC the Runway after Phase 2 opening! We pray for long lines!!!
Thursday June 11th, 2020
Understand your mission and values
Have a complete strategy that works with your existing branding
Consider the market and your competition
Collaborate with your team
TELL THE WORLD
Thursday, June 4th, 2020
People ask me if I work out. Kind of a personal and a very inquiring question and I always answer the same way… “Let’s just say my work is my exercise. You see I have been in RETAIL all of my life! I never sit down and I like to work, period.
Thursday, May 28th, 2020
HOT HOT Weather is here to stay. Let’s hope.
All this warm air and sunshine reminds some of us that it’s time to flip our handbag. Just in time for the 14th Annual “A Purse For Change ” LIVE Auction Event on June 4 at 5:30pm sponsored by The Women’s Foundation of the Genesee Valley. Many of your favorite handbag designers are now available for Silent Auction and the Cream of the Handbag Crop will be presented LIVE June 4, so get your Bidding Ticket now NOW!!! www.womensfoundation.org
Summer handbags are more fun, perhaps designed with a less “weighty” metal or detail and everyone’s summer favorite – fabric and in a lighter hue and floral too. A new style that can still tote all your favorite essentials and the now necessary hand sanitizer, and mask.
Nothing shouts summer than a white or floral dress. This Summer season dress trend is all about sleeve details. Now don’t get too carried away, because when you add a flouncy detailed sleeve you have to dial back your accessories. Trust me, when I tell you I’ve seen many women make this huge mistake.
Now put on your fancy mask, wash your hands often and socialize with intelligence and style & flair…with Panache!!
Thursday, May 21st
19th Amendment and “The Handbag”
Passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment granted all American women the right to vote. The Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment as part of their Annual “A Purse for Change” Auction Event.
Thursday, May 14th
Reopen Phase 1 and 2
Sure there are many businesses and services that can now relaunch themselves in a safe manner, but are the numbers of COVID-19 cases still a little too high in Rochester, Monroe County for your liking?
Thursday, May 7th
Could this period of imposed isolation make going grey mainstream? This time is allowing us to get to the roots of our new reality. Many are referring to this time period as a hair healthy journey.
Thursday, April 30th
I gathered all my makeup one day this week, wish I could remember what day that was, as I reviewed my immense collection, please be kind I was a makeup artist for 18 years, I came to realize that some (a lot) needed to go.
In reviewing my current makeup collection: I will be wearing more liquid/cream less powder – matte looks old, not before my time!I will pay attention more to my lashes and the treatment of them – thick is in!I will mix a dab of moisture with my cream foundation for “young” dewy finish – a girl can try!
Thursday, April 23rd
The history of the handshake dates back to the 5th century B.C. in Greece. It was a symbol of peace, showing that neither person was carrying any weapons.
Thursday, April 16th
Hunkering down with a paint brush
I’m hunkering down and staying safe … and living life with Style & Flair until a time when I can reopen Panache.
Thursday, April 2nd
New Hair Trends in quaratine…
Quarantine… Long Hair Don’t Care.
If you’re on TikTok, you’ve definitely noticed the trend of dyeing only the strands of hair directly framing your face.
Thursday, March 19th
Fashion Women Working from Home
So many are now working in a new “working” environment. Put a little natural light on your face and remember to consider your background if you are video conferencing
Thursday, March 12th
Return from HIP replacement
Accessories: Love / Hate Relationship
Progression of “Accessories” with a HIP replacement
Thursday, January 30
Hospital Fashion Mishaps!
Monday Comfy: Yoga Pants “Noonie” Pants…lack of undergarments some days not a good idea!Mammogram : Early Bird appointments are my favorite, Mid-Drift disposable caplets leave room for chilling airflow.Blood Work: tight sleeve remember your under garments.
Thursday, January 23
OOTD = Outfit of the Day
Defined: an internet abbreviation for outfit of the day, refers to what someone’s wearing on a particular day, usually in the context of fashion blogging. It can also mean a particularly fashionable outfit, or the photo shoot involved in taking an ootd photo for a social network.
Thursday, January 16
Tiding Up Season
January seems to be trending as the Tiding Up Season and organizing More of Less and Sparking Joy in the process! My business has taken me into many extraordinary environments. Let me just leave it here, people have and hold on to way too much stuff!!!
Thursday, January 9
GET IT x10 Magnification! Treat yourself to this piece of VANITY equipment. It’s essential for complete self-care.
Thursday, January 2
Holiday In Review
Are you a wrapper and tagger? Your items are wrapped and no tag… do you unwrap it? Shake it? Just go with it and hope you give it to the right person?
Thursday, December 19th, 2019
Holiday Event Attire
Office attire, Christmas morning matchy, matchy, to Christmas day dinner. Picking out the perfect outfit for your holiday shindig can be stressful.
Thursday, December 12th, 2019
Holiday Party Themes
It’s hard to say who invented the first ugly Christmas sweater. As a matter of fact, we can presume that ugly sweaters were designed with the original intention of being fashionable.
Thursday, November 14th, 2019
The change in seasons comes hand in hand with our desire for a wardrobe refresh—starting with the winter-boot upgrade, I’m NOT talking UGGs!!!
Thursday, September 12th, 2019
The Etiquette for being on time
Is being Fashionably Late an attractive personality trait? Is “fashionably late ” really a thing? Weren’t you taught to be on time to any invitation or event? Is it ever ok to arrive early- when does it border on rude?
Apparently the rules have changed from when I was taught the Etiquette of Being on Time.
Thursday, September 5th, 2019
Let’s talk about just 3 “Tidying Up” steps to get you started on the “DOES IT SPARK JOY” process.
My one suggestion is: DO NOT LEARN TO LOVE THE MESS … live life with style & flair…with Panache!!!
Thursday, August 29th, 2019
How long have you been with your Stylist or Barber? Are you so attached to your hairstylist that you would follow him or her if they moved to a new location? How adventurous are you…when was the last time you tried a new cut, style or dare I say hair salon?
Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
Tips & Toes
Whatever trend you go with may it be classic blush #80 (my favorite) or I’m not really a Waitress or Romeo & Juliet, remember Pedi Mani Maintenance send a strong message about self care.
Thursday, August 15th, 2019
Fall wouldn’t be Fall without Denim
4 Trends you have to consider…
1. HI-WAIST = HIGH FIVE FOR ALL!!!
2. Boot-Cut with a wide leg all over looks best with a tucked in shirt and small heeled pump!
3. Slouchy Skinny… a really slouchy ankle with lots of extra fabric…you can make your own “cankle” …also wear with a middy heel
4. MY FAVORITE*** HIGH WAIST + WIDE LEG + BELL BOTTOM…AND PLEATED WAIST!!!!!! CROP LENGTH IS ADORABLE TOO
Thursday, August 8th, 2019
Back to School Shopping
The long, lazy days of summer may be a nightmare for some retailers as their sales take a nosedive.The good news is that the heavy back to school shopping season will be heating up before you know it!
When to shop for Fall …NOW
When to save on Summer…NOW
Thursday, August 1st, 2019
Tattoo Fashion? Can you stop at just one?
According to a 2018 report I read, roughly 46 percent of Americans have adorned their body with at least one tattoo and 30 percent of these people have two or three — 19 percent have up to four or five. Clearly, people love getting inked. But while tattoos can be fun to have, are they actually addictive? Do they change your personality? Are they a sign of low self-esteem?
Thursday, July 25th, 2019
Office Attire Do’s & Don’ts
Summertime office attire can be a challenge more for women than men. Women have many more options during this season and the temptation to wear that flirty floral frock you bought for your friends wedding most likely isn’t going to cut it for the majority of professional office environments. Nor is the outfit you wore to your family picnic, as cute as it is, if you wore it to a picnic keep it out of the office.
Thursday, July 18th, 2019
Oranges are the new black = Circulator Economy
Two entrepreneurs, Son Chu, and Jesse Tran are self-confessed sneaker obsessives. But, concerned about their environmental impact, they couldn’t find sustainably made sneakers they found stylish and affordable. So they made some using used coffee grounds.
Thursday, July 11th, 2019
SWEAT vs. Glisten
The weather has turned up the heat over the last couple of weeks, how did your body handle the spiking heat index? The question always comes up during this time of the year as to how to dress for this seasonal warm weather and for a corporate work environment?
Thursday, June 26th, 2019
How to Cope with your Empty Nest
Empty nest syndrome is a feeling of grief and loneliness parents may feel when their children leave home for the first time, such as to live on their own or to attend a college or university. It is not a clinical condition.
Thursday, June 20th, 2019
Not sure what my fascination is with the “Royals” but those who know me know I was born in the wrong era. I have always been fascinated by the fashion, etiquette and respect to leaders in the designer fashion industry. The “Royals” wear the Fashion Houses well!