what’s swinging in frumfashionista’s closet this week!

what’s cracking over in frumfashionista’s closet

As most of you know, I live a block from the beach.

Now that the water temp is decent, I can go swimming again.

O.K. in my case that means frolicking and floating in the ocean. I better learn how to swim. Anyhoo, that means I need a spare bathing suit and 2 – 3 pairs of sunglasses.

So I will talk about swimsuits and shades. I also realized that I have been lax in my fashionista profiles. I was talking about the posh eclectic. My mother passing away threw a monkey wrench and increased my lack of focus. So I will get back into the swing of things.

Also, for the first time ever during a holiday, I lost weight. I lose three pounds. Don’t ask me how that happened… I think it was the Cinch shakes. Now I’m beginning to have an hourglass figure. So I better get some exercise gear too!

Also I’m Twittering, more details to follow!

Plus, I’m running a contest this month. Whee!


pearls before swine: my shavout outfits

I kept it simple.

Simple AL makeup
Black shell with Mother’s Day pearls
Black bubble skirt/
The other two days I wore a black striped skirt and purple skirt.
Black Juicy flats
Black Burberry trench (when it rained on Friday)
Black Hunter wellies (when it rained on Friday)

O.K. all my yom tov cooking is done.

so I have an hour of “free time.”

Isn’t that mahvelous?

Anyway, last night I saw the ad for Latisse; a prescription eyelash growth treatment. It’s like Rogaine for lashes. The shocking thing is that this was a glaucoma treatment. Of course, when it’s made by the company who brought us Botox and the tons of jokes that followed, my interest was peaked. Especially, when Brooke Sheilds is hawking it.

Because it’s a glaucoma med (used off-purpose), if you are using prescription products for lowering eye pressure or have a history of eye pressure problems, only use LATISSE™ under close doctor supervision.

Interesting side effects:

  • May cause eyelid skin darkening which may be reversible,
  • increased brown iris pigmentation which is likely to be permanent.
  • Obviously if you don’t put it on with a steady hand; unwanted hair growth can happen
  • Plus the usual side effects to be expected: itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness.

Personally, I would not go near this…from what I can tell, this was pushed through the FDA rather quickly. Plus, there was a limited amount of people of color in the clinical trials. So I would wait a year or two and see if some sues the heck out of them.

Of course, using Latisse would indicate great vanity on my part especially since my eyelashes are very thick and nicely curled.

So what do you think fashionistas?

no poo and plopping?!

I know y’all are thinking the frum fashionista has a potty mouth.

This are two hair care methods.

hannahsarah briefly mentioned the “no poo” method in my OCM post. Basically this is method of hair washing that doesn’t use traditional shampoo (that’s the poo in “go no poo.”) She discusses her no go poo experience here.

All you need is baking soda and apple cider vinegar.
Dissolve one tablespoon of baking soda in one cup of warm to hot water. You can double/triple the recipe if you hair is thick and or long. Other people make a paste with the baking soda and massage it into the wet hair. After a minute, you rinse the baking soda out.

Apple cider vinegar is used in the rinse solution.
2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in one cup of water

Here’s a very through post on going no poo right here on ElJay that walks you through everything!

For the brave souls out there check out LJ’s no ‘poo community too!

Does the thought of going no ‘poo terrifies you? Try using shampoos that are sulfate-free. Here’s the high school chem speak: that means NO sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate or ammonium laureth sulfate. These are hard core surfactants!

So try a crunchy shampoo like
Burt’s Bees


Now these shampoos typically cost $8 and up so prepare for sticker shock. So you may just want to try the no ‘poo method for kicks because it’s cheap and uses items that are in many people’s pantries already.

On to plopping. I ran across this method on BellaSugar. Plopping is a method of drying hair w/o using a terry cloth towel. This method is great for girls with curly/wavy hair. I can also see this working for women with thick or long hair.

All you need is an old t-shirt or a microfiber towel.

  1. Spread a t-shirt or microfiber towel on a flat surface.
  2. Bend over with your head down until your hair is in the middle of the cloth.
  3. With your head touching the cloth, pull part of the material up so the back of your head is covered with it (to the nape of your neck.
  4. Twist the two sides to form sausage rolls (illustrations here) and clip them.
  5. Remove cloth after about 30 minutes to reveal less frizzy, “plopped” locks

from Naturally Curly’s Plopping article.

Aquis makes microfiber towels. I use their washcloths for my OCM.
I also found this:

Diva Dryer Hair Towel in Pink, $12, drugstore.com

If your hair is shorter, you be unable to plop so use a microfiber turban like this:

Diva Dryer Hair Turban, $12, drugstore.com

Now that I went from go no ‘poo to being unable to plop; it’s best that I end this right here!

Discuss fashionistas.

Memorial Day weekend: what are you fashionistas doing?

Well, my Memorial Day is looking more utilitarian by the second. I’ve been trolling for sales.

Today, I’m going to the Container Store to pick up some items for my son’s overnight camp. He also needs new shoes like yesterday. His uniform shoes fit fine. His casual shoes situation is a right mess! So I’m hitting some children’s stores for shoes as well.

Tomorrow, I’m planning on chilling at the beach. Hopefully, I will reach this goal.

So what are you doing fashionistas?

sping into summer: feet


I know you’re thinking Frum Fashionista has finally lost the rest of her mind…

Seriously, summer is literally right around the corner and so are sandals and open-toe shoes. Winter can be rough on the feet. Between the dryness and (shall I say, neglect) most people’s feet need an overhaul for spring/summer.

Last week, my feet were killing me. So I took a trip to the podiatrist. Turns out I have ingrown toenails. Here are some common foot ailments and what you can do about them.

5 Cheap Favs for your feet:
Feet Got The Funk?

To prevent stinky and slippery feet that can lead to blisters, coat the bottoms of your feet with a potent antiperspirant, like Secret Flawless Invisble Antiperspirant/Deodorant ($4 at drugstores), at night or in the morning. Personally, I reserve the remnants of my anti-perspirant, Degree for my feet.
everything is under $10; clicketh to find more foot goodies!