Friday, December 03, 2021

Fashion Radio

November 18, 2021

OH NO…Where to GO??? Shopping Guide for Rochester.Remember when Santa was available at every local Mall?  Better check where Santa and his elves will be this year before you and your babes get all gussied up for that photo moment.  Santa will have limited visits and limited hours at fewer than normal locations.  As a young mother I can remember dressing my three daughters in matching dresses, fussing with their hair and crossing my fingers that one of them wouldn’t have a melt down just as it became their turn to sit on Santa’s lap and SMILE!!!.

As a retail “SHOP” girl since the 80’s I can remember the traffic jams, the crush of shoppers in the aisles, the jammed parking lots and the long, VERY long extended shopping hours. COVID  is still with us and so is BLACK FRIDAY & SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY.  However, there are more and more Pop-Up Shops, satellite shopping opportunities at Country Clubs and in climate controlled environments for area creatives, artist and designers.  So skip the chaos of the BIG BOX,  join in the growing habit of shopping ONLY at our still surviving Local Small Businesses when possible.  Visit as many events such as Good Vibes, THEMATA, The LUCKY FLEA and The Brainery Events… and of course Panache Consignment!If you want to invest in a perfect Holiday Gift with a Vintage flair of Christmas’s gone by consider Sibley’s Christmas Adventure Book and Plush “Sibley” the Mouse  written by local Newscaster Don Alhart of  WHAM Channel 13.  Maybe some of you will remember that glorious local department store Sibley’s Lindsay & Curr.  OH SIGH!!!!!  Don captured the magic of Christmas as “Sibley” ventures through a Christmas. (no spoiler here!)  The ARC of Monroe Foundation is the recipient of the sales of this glorious story, available at Panache Home at Brighton Commons.

SHOP  LOCAL &  SHOP SMALL BUSINESS ,,, with Style & Flair with Panache!!!

November 4, 2021

While many people associate long hair with youth, keeping your hair long and stick straight can actually make you look older than you are. Straight hair also looks less voluminous than hair with a bit of body, mimicking the natural loss of volume that tends to accompany the aging process.  Long hair after 40 doesn’t automatically make you look older, but since hair thins as you age, pump up the volume with layers and movement around the face.

So I did a thing, while letting my “color” process I flipped through a beauty book and found a new style that updated my love for the ’80’s and through caution to the wind.  Put my trust in the scissors of my stylists and voila a new style and energy to me locks appeared.Living life with style & flair…with Panache!

October 28, 2021

Bring on The Holiday Shopping Season…never too soon to SHOP Sustainably! 

57  SLEEPS…OMG!!! 

There’s a reason your online order is taking longer than it should to get to your doorstep; there’s a global shipping crisis and unfortunately small businesses are taking the brunt of it.  But NOT Panache!!!Major retailers like Costco and the Home Depot have resorted to chartering their own cargo ships and aircraft to maintain their supply chains. 

Here’s the answer:  DO YOUR HOMEWORK : MAKE A LIST OF SMALL-BIZ OWNED SHOPS : SHOP EARLY FOR BEST INVENTORY SELECTION and when you can BUY LOCALLY SOURCED ONLY!!!As always SHOP Sustainable Fashion, Furniture and locally sourced Products. We need YOU to Keep Rochester a Retail Powerhouse…Shop Sustainably with Style & Flair with Panache!!!

October 21, 2021

When it comes to Instagram swagger, age doesn’t matter.Since YouTube first began paying a share of its ad revenue back in 20071, the internet has provided a wealth of opportunities to make money. Now, content creators across a multitude of platforms – from Instagram to TikTok – are charging thousands for a single brand mention.My all time fav is Iris Apfel … to date she is 100!  What a life.

Becoming an influencer isn’t just an exclusive career path for the younger generations. In recent years – partly thanks to smartphones removing the need for expensive, complex filming and editing equipment – there’s been an influx of a new type of content creator: the Granfluencer.Granfluencers – aka content creators over the age of 65 – are taking platforms once dominated by Millennials and Gen Z’s by storm. They’re not simply doing it to entertain the young ‘uns, either, as they’re also making a significant amount of money.  Web-savvy seniors are racking up thousands, even millions, of Instagram followers. by posting pics of themselves in scintillating outfits and other celeb-worthy snaps.You can’t always keep your youth but you can continue to live with Style & Flair with Panache!!!

October 14, 2021

My legs have gone under cover for the Fall/Winter Season in an effort to improve my circulation.  My new favorite new early fall accessories are Black toeless support stockings. Just pray that I don’t dislocate a body joint putting them on or taking them off.Thanks to Dr. Pyne at The Vein Institute and his very educated, comforting and fun Team, in 3 months time my legs will be ready for Boating Season!

1. Eat right.
2. Avoid sitting all day.
3. Take showers.
4. Elevate your legs.
5. Don’t smoke!

1. Exfoliate your legs with a body scrub.
2. Dry brush your skin regularly.
3. Use a hydrating body wash in the shower.
4. Shave your legs regularly.
5. Apply body lotion or oil  immediately after showering.
6. Switch on a humidifier indoors.
7. Walk. The Surgeon General recommends the 10,000 steps a day program to maintain a healthy weight and to build bone and muscle mass, which contributes to overall leg health.

Take care of those legs with style & flair…with Panache!!!

September 23, 2021

September 9, 2021

Fashion Challenge:
#1 Why Can’t you wear White after Labor Day? I promise, you won’t get struck by the Fashion Police if you do!
It’s not that you can’t in fact many designers continue to show and offer white and sister hues of white year-round. But after Labor Day wearing white is always a topic of conversation in the Fashion World.

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#2 When did this whole etiquette thing about No White after Labor Day begin?
When the summer months were over, affluent residents would leave the city for warmer vacation spots. Since Labor Day typically represents the end of summer, a ‘rule’ was established that you shouldn’t wear white after Labor Day if you didn’t have the money to take fall and winter vacations, or invest in a new seasonal wardrobe.

#3 When did Wimbledon change to all-white?

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The rule dates back to the 1800s when the sight of sweaty patches on colored clothing was seen as inappropriate. It was adapted to the “predominately in white” rule and adopted by Wimbledon in 1963 before evolving in 1995 into the “almost entirely in white rule”. LOVE

Wearing white only between Memorial Day and Labor Day now signified by being part of the In-The-Know Fashion Club. But doesn’t it also just makes sense to us on some basic, weather-based level? Labor Day marks the end of summer when you pack up your breezy white sundresses and get out your fall and winter wool. It’s a transition point, marking the changing temperature and the return to school, work, and regular life that autumn brings.

I’m all about Style & Flair with Panache, no matter the color of the garment no matter the season!

August 26, 2021

Anything colorful and bold is the way to go. Neon, YES, definitely neon is a summer favorite too. Currently colorful swirls and marble designs are trending. There’s even a snake print and crocodile print.  Of course, there’s also the French manicure from the early aughts, which has gotten a 2021 upgrade. Most requested is a nice sheer pink base with a deep smile line for the French tip.

So I did a thing, I actually gave up on manicures during COVID and decided to tend to my own fingernails moving forward.  The increasing availability of gorgeous nail stickers or press-on nails means you can easily add artistic flair to your own mani-pedi without spending much money or time and without damaging your digits.  Also, if you prefer to go natural, one word of advice, please keep your cuticles oiled.Cuticles tend to get dry, especially in this day and age when we’re always using hand sanitizers and washing hands. Just one more thing, the length of manicured nails currently is baffling to me!  How does one function with the this crazy “stiletto” nail trend?  Looks a bit painful to me.

August 19, 2021

Don’t have a green thumb? Me neither, but when it comes to floral fashion… Certain pieces define each season; cozy knitwear in fall, exquisite outerwear for winter. In the heat, it’s undoubtedly any one of the best floral dresses for women—a meadowy wildflower print, a bold blooming pattern, or something more dainty. Just ahead of fall, you’ll get plenty of wear out of a new style or two. Maybe a few  party, alfresco dinners, or wedding invites have come your way. So, why not seek out a new style or two to ensure a stylish floral moment,  are you daring enough for a leg-baring mini or a sweeping maxi to carry you through the workweek and weekend? Even better, you can transition your favorites to cooler weather adding accessories or an extra sweater layer. Floral dresses are inherently feminine. Think effortless slips, pretty mid-calf length styles boasting sophistication for the office or an event, and large-scale floral blooms covering voluminous silhouettes for statement-makers. Then the new trend of corseted bodice, meadowy motif, or a frilled neckline which exude sweetness, with an affinity for romanticism are always an option. Shop Sustainable Fashion with Style & Flair with Panache!

August 12, 2021

Bring on the Rochester Sustainable Runway :  Green Visions of The FutureThis is going to be a first for Panache Vintage & Finer Consignment & the Annual Greentopia Dinner on The Bridge. Dinner on the Bridge will take place on August 19th at 6PM!  THIS IS A SOLD OUT EVENT!!!

Visions of the Future. The annual Dinner on the Bridge supporting Greentopia – Green Visions Program.  One of Rochester’s most elegant summer events, complete with a three-course farm-to-table dinner from very popular The Cub Room plus dessert, cocktails, silent auction, a laser show, fireworks, and a first-of-its-kind fashion show on the bridge featuring Panache Vintage & Finer Consignment and The Op Shop highlighting sustainable fashion and accessories.Panache has teamed up with Stacy K Floral on Russell Street and created 11 Luxury & Vintage Runway looks and  floral everlasting  vintage hats embellished by the master floral artist herself Stacy K along with her creative team at Stacy K Floral.A Green Future is our goal while living a sustainable life with Style & Flair with Panache!!!

August 5, 2021

We are on the move again…and if you are smart you’ll wear a footwear favorite and a mask!!!
Designers have been hinting at it for a while, but clogs are shaping up to be one of the “It” shoes of the year, and they might just stick around for the next.   Although they’ve been known to many as “ugly” shoes, people’s priorities have shifted in the past year, and comfort has outweighed aesthetics in many areas
You name it:   plastic, leather, horsehair for uppers. Wood, Rubber, or cork for the sole.  Open toe, Mule or slingback.  Studs, embroidery or fur embellishments.  The CLOG is here to stay…again! 
Are you familiar with the Dutch klomp? They are also known as “wooden shoes”. The Dutch inspired footwear but don’t expect to see the locals running around in them.  Bring on fashion footwear 2021 the re-imagined clog is the frontrunner.

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Elevate your footwear and heel height this season with Style & Flair,  with Panache!!! 

July 22, 2021

Personally I like seeing green!!!  Since my business is sustainable fashion, furniture and home décor, green has become my favorite color.  Thankfully, fall fashion and designers are onboard with my choice of color and a few other favorties too.

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Take note of Fall’s emerging color trends. As in autumn seasons past, there was a noticeable shift in 2021 to traditionally warmer tones, like clay and army green. Brighter colors, like fuchsia and silver, were also notable color combos on the runways.  Discover what shades are “your” shades for fall, and get ahead of the game by shopping your favorite hues right now.

Lucky for both of us, I have just released an amazing assortment of transitional early autumn, fall clothing to wet your tastebuds for our next glorious season.
Life life with Style & Flair with Panache!

July 15, 2021

Breaking Up is Hard to Do … not really!!!
I’ve broken up with at lest 4 hairdressers in my lifetime and in each insistence I carried great guilt thereafter.  There were numerous reasons why I had to make a break from each one and have moved way beyond feeling guilty for making a change from time to time.  I love to network, to see how other entrepreneurs and small business owners function and cater to their clients.  It’s fun to connect with creatives or perhaps reconnect with them. I have always had a love hate relationship with my hair, its been fun seeing what numerous talented stylists can do with my locks.

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FAST FORWARD to yesterday when I revisited my last “BreakUp” Stylists, we had a blast getting reacquainted all the while he colored, styled and gave me a great BLOW OUT!!!  He and I agreed that it might not be such a bad idea after all for some people to have a few hairstylist in our arsenal for those last minute styling needs.   
…just for the record and  I mean the RECORD breaking HEAT INDEX, RAIN and MUGGY FRIZZY HAIR WEATHER… my guy Robert had his hands full of  HUMID CURLY HAIR CHAOS to deal with!

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Thanks for living life with Style & Flair …with Panache!

July 8, 2021

To BELT or not to BELT? MEN:  no one wants to see you walking around hiking up your trousers.  Like women with brasseries,  the first thing many men do is unleash that confining strap around their waist. The relief is heavenly for both.Many of us women had a lot of cute outfits planned for last year that we couldn’t wear.  Since we have been “release from confinement,  it’s time to fall in love with getting dressed up again, which is where this trend comes in! We all need to have at least one belt in our wardrobes. Whatever your thoughts on this accessory, it is practical and always capable of holding up your baggy trousers. But we often treat it as more of an afterthought.  

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Belts have gotten an upgrade in 2021. We are just after wrapping our heads around statement belts. However, more and more influencers and designers are bringing back the mid-section belt. You can use it to cinch in your dress, blazer or jumper. This trick has been around since the early seventies and is a great way to add some definition to your figure.

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Diane Keaton (I’m a fan) is known for this cinched look for as long as I can remember.  Enjoy creating your own cinched waist style with flair…at  Panache!!!

July 2, 2021

On a mission for a favorite hat?  Not a “Hat” person you say?  Your skin will thank you if you can become one!   So many styles of hats to choose from like visors – Tony’s favorite, to baseball caps – Kim’s  fav, to the stylish 2021 bucket hat. Not convinced I’ll ever wear one of those. Nikkis favorite the small brim Fedora to protect that face we all love to see on our tv.

I’m a huge fan of the Havana and Panama Style brimmed hats. They tend to have a wider brim and cover the face and chest area. I suggest continuing with your sunscreen because the sun reflection off the water is still going to find your unprotected skin.

June 24, 2021

There are three garments most women dread going in to a store and  trying  to buy.In order of frustration:   Jeans, Bathing suits and Intimate Apparel. 
Admit it, sizes change every season. Most clients that shop and continue to support my small business at Panache Vintage & Finer Consignment say the worst season for their fluctuating weight , was COVID Season!!!  UGH!
Victoria Secret let out a “BIG Secret” announcing there are no more feathers or diamond studded bras adorning their Runway.

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They listened to what REAL Women Want and they are attempting to redefine their brand along with the meaning of “sexy”.
BRAVO to VS  for wanting to become a leading global “advocate” for female empowerment .  Their biggest move was removing Jessica Rabbit shaped and scantily dressed models.  Bold move, but will women buy it?

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The VS Runway gets really interesting this season with seven women famous for their achievements help to launch and rebrand the VS label.  The Executives at VS proclaimed they needed to “stop being about what men want” and to market to their customers who were wearing their garments.  Hallelujah!!!
Now shimmy into those jeans and good luck with that bathing suit season…Intimate  Apparel should be more comfortable and closer to our “right-size” for what REAL Women Want!

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.

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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.

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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!!!!!!!!!!

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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

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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.

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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.

The Big Happy Adventure

To contribute to Oh Henry’s Big Happy Adventure, click here!

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.  

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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 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.

Not 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 event.
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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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The 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! 

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If 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!!!

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!!!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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.

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

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???

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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.

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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.

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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 prior. GASP!!! 
 ***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.

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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.

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So 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!!!

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

It ONLY happens ONE DAY… SEPTEMBER 26, 2020 … join the fun
* with a mask on * in the fresh air…with style & flair!

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
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!!!

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!!!

Be kind to your feet my flat footed fashionistas just do it with Style & Fair …with sustainable fashion from Panache!!!

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
aaaaahhh…. Massage

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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.

Like 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. 

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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

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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

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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

Short list:
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


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!!!

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

Lockdown Look

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.

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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!!!

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Thursday, January 9

Self Care

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

Boot Season

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

Sparking Joy 

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

2019 Hair

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…

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

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               

Royal Style

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!

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