A Happy Closet makes me a Happy Girl Thursday, Mar 21 2013 

Vector-girl-fashion-perfume_1440x900Well, it’s that time of the year…it’s Spring! Time for bunnies, beaches, and bikinis, also gym time. It is time to polish those toes and tan those legs. I love transforming my closet for this season. Getting rid of the sweaters and boots, making room for flirty skirts and sandals. All the colors of the rainbow in stock from every store and accessories boutique. Oh, how I missed you pretty florals and ruffles, to the eyelets and lace in my wardrobe. I will admit I’m a control freak when it comes to organizing my wardrobe and accessories. I have a closet that has sections to where I can separate my blouses, skirts, and dresses, all color coordinated. Now, this is an all day season transition. So be prepared: turn on some Sex and the City episodes, pour a mimosa, and make a day of it. Here are a couple of ideas to make this an easy transition:
•make a list of staple items you need to complete your Spring wardrobe.
•try on every item, sort out articles that need cleaning, donate, or trash.
•color coordinate your wardrobe that way it’s easier to see what you have on hand.
•separate your coordinates : blouses, pants, skirts, and dresses. Gives you a better idea on how to plan your outfit of the day.
•rule of thumb: if you haven’t worn it in the last year or it doesn’t fit, discard it. It just means more room for new pieces.
•don’t forget those shoes, boots, and sandals. Any scuffs use a shoe polish, get a credible shoe repair to repair any caps, heels, or repairs. Any damage to shoes that cannot be salvaged, donate! Always look polished from head to toe…
•Accessories include handbags, scarves, and hats. Inspect all items to keep or discard.
•jewelry should be cleaned and repair if needed, discard any pieces broken if need be.
•I am a big fan of donating all my items to a women’s shelter or good will.
Lastly, not sure to what to do with pieces of clothing and accessories…have a swap party. You heard me, invite our girlfriends over with their items to swap out, chill some wine, prepare some finger foods and dessert. Set out all of you and girlfriends goodies and swap out your items. You never know what you may not love anymore could be a girlfriend’s most beloved.
Happy Springtime…


Jerseylicious Quotes Friday, Aug 26 2011 

I love this show, I don’t what it is about Jersey, you’ve got Jersey Shore, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, and Jerseylicious!

“I think you’re a little psychotic Alexa. Besides, Olivia will be taking over for you. Buh-bye now.”

“Whaaaaaat?! That whooooore! She wouldn’t even know whatta smokey eye was til I taught her. You’re a traitorous bastard, Olivia! I MADE YOU!”



Elle Woods Quotes Thursday, Aug 11 2011 

Elle: [after Warner asks her out after the trial] But if I’m going to be a partner in a law firm by the time I’m 30, I need a boyfriend who’s not such a complete bonehead.

~Elle Woods
Legally Blonde


Carrie Bradshaw Quotes Saturday, Aug 6 2011 

When I saw this episode and Charlotte used this quote it was my perfect mantra when I was a bartender….

Charlotte: Is it so much to ask that you not wear your dress up around your see you next Tuesday?
Samantha: My what?
Charlotte (drawing characters in the air): C – U – Next –
Carrie: Tuesday? Oh my God! Was that a schoolhouse rock I missed?

~Sex & the City


Can A Miracle Foot Cream Cure Your High Heel Woes? Friday, Aug 5 2011 

This is so weird, I was just thinking to myself the other day when I read in People magazine how Kim Kardashian was photographed with 6″ heels. I mean all these stars and women running around in the 3″-6″ heels and never seem to be in aches and pain even after a few hours. I really just wanted to write them and ask is there some magic lotion or shoe insert to alleviate the pain? Because as I am a short girl 5’2, I always wear heels but after an hour my feet are throbbing with pain and I just want to walk barefoot no matter the cost.
So I come across this article and I am going to try this product out, I need to wear all my pretty heels an boots but without the pain. I will let you know if
this actually works….

Can A Miracle Foot Cream Cure Your High Heel Woes? We Put Topricin To The Test
Thursday, 08/ 4/2011 12:06 PM
It was one of the most promising press releases to ever make its way to my inbox: “Prevent perils of wearing high heels with Topricin Foot Therapy Cream,” the subject line read, and inside, it promised that this miracle product would save my throbbing tootsies from the torture I regularly inflict on myself with four-plus-inch heels. There was only one way to find out if the stuff actually worked…

Here’s the claim the Topricin folks made: The medicated cream “targets ankle and foot pain and contains eleven regulated homeopathic biomedicines medicines that naturally support and assist the body by helping the subcutaneous skin layers of the feet to drain toxins and excess fluids from the tissues which increases blood flow and helps heal the damage that is causing the pain. Apply Topricin Foot Therapy Cream to feet before strutting out in heels to help reduce pain and injury, as well as after wearing heels to relieve any burning, throbbing nerve pain in the feet. As an added plus, Topricin Foot Therapy Cream treats dry, cracked skin of the feet.”

I needed a translation, so I rang up Dr. Suzanne Levine, a prominent podiatrist in Manhattan, and asked her to describe the product in a bit more detail. She had her doubts about its effectiveness: “It’s essentially a counter-irritant,” she told me. “While that helps with pain a bit, I don’t think it has the absorption you’d need for it to really make a difference. When you’re trying to get absorption on the bottom of the foot, where the skin is very thick and callused, you need an agent to facilitate that, which this doesn’t seem to have. Like with all homeopathics, the amount of the ingredient is miniscule. If you were to soak in hot water first, it may open up the pores a bit and that could help, but I wouldn’t call it a miracle treatment.”

Lou Paradise, founder and chief of research at Topical BioMedics, which created Topricin, begged to differ. He said that “the molecular size of the medicines in the product go through the skin barrier to the underlying soft tissue where the pain originates.”

Eternal optimist that I am, I slathered my feet in Topricin, strapped on my most torturous pair of Christian Louboutins, and headed out to the NYC streets. This particular pair were what I call “taxi shoes”–walking from the curb to the club and back is about all I can handle in ’em–and after about six blocks, I was feeling the usual burn. But after a few minutes, the sharp pain I usually get from the same shoes kind of subsided into a duller, slightly more tolerable feeling. I lasted through all of my evening work events, about three hours in total, before I made it through my front door in my usual about-to-collapse state of foot numbness.

I went for round two, first soaking my feet in hot water, as Dr. Levine recommended, then giving myself a foot massage with another dose of Topricin (since it’s homeopathic, there is no limit to how many applications you can use or what other medications it can be used in conjunction with). Truth be told, the soreness that usually lasts until I wake up the next morning started to dissipate pretty quickly. Of course, as Dr. Levine tells it, “It’s hard to judge how effective any product like this is, because pain is so subjective. The active ingredient in most homeopathic products is water, but of course there is always that mental thing where if you think you’re using something to relieve your pain, maybe some of it really does go away.”

So my relief was quite possibly in my head, which was totally fine with me, because, well, it was still relief. I’ve never been one of those crystal-carrying, wheatgrass juice-drinking kind of believers, but in this case, if it lets me wear my stilettos with a little less pain, I guess I can be!

Score your own tube now at their website, then tell us…what do you think? Have you ever tried Topricin or any other topical pain relievers to make wearing high heels seem a little less stressful? How do you cope with foot pain when you’re in your most painful shoes? And do you believe in homeopathic cures like this? Discuss!

by Tracey Lomrantz