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To Botox or to Not Botox?

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I'm terrified of Botox, but I'm even more terrified when I look at my face in the mirror. Do I get over my fear of needles and toxic substances and just do it? Or do I just force myself to embrace this aging/looking old thing? Signed,Beauty Hurts, But So Does Getting Old _______________________________________________ ...more
This is great!  As a fashion model, this is a big issue that I face.  You need to look "fresh" ...more

8 Fabulous Handbags You Can Wear Every Day

Every woman should have a great everyday handbag. This is a bag that you can wear with any outfit. Usually it's black or brown, but sometimes you can find a fun seasonal color that just seems to work. Personally, I'm willing to spend money on a quality handbag because guess what I'm probably going to have it for a while. I also prefer leather. Here are my top picks: ...more
Love all the different styles of these bags!! Women can never have enough handbags from one ...more

How to Make the Most of Your Thrift Store Shopping

All of my friends know me well, so when I call and say, "Hey, you want to go out tomorrow?" they know that equates to giddily perusing though several thrift stores, hitting yard sales, or picking up stuff from Freecycle. Some decline unless I include lunch; others are as game as I am. ...more
Our Goodwill has very good prices. Salvation Army seems to me the pricey one here. Thanks for ...more

4 Places to Find Fabulous Plus-Size Jeans on a Budget

After spending some four hours in a department store with my mom today, I realized that there are some great plus-sized (size 12+) jean choices out there ... if you can afford them, that is. What about us girls who want great fit, but can't afford over $100 a pair? Jeans are a big deal for me—I'm 5'8, curvy, and I range between a size 14 and an 18, depending on the brand. (There seems to be little continuity in sizing. That's enough to frustrate me most days.)...more
I've had lots of luck on the resale sites Tradesy and Threadflip lately too. Bonus, not many ...more

Plaid: The Key To My Heart

Plaid is EVERYTHING this fall, and I am loving it! ...more
Hah. I thought of you when I first saw this post. - Denisemore

15 Seriously Cute Jackets To Wear Now!

What I love about fall is that you can toss on a jacket and voila! A tee-and-jeans combo instantly gets chic-er. There are lots of great jacket options out right now; everything from romantic fringed kimonos to edgy moto jackets—and each one adds a little somethin' somethin' to what you're wearing. Check out this roundup and happy window shopping! ...more

My October Stitch Fix: FALLing in Love Again

It's STITCH FIX TIME! Am I a little excited? YES I AM! Am I making super corny puns in the post title? Heck, YEAH! That's right: There's shouting. And arms waving. And even a bit of booty shaking. Because I LOVE doing these posts, and hearing back from you guys! ...more
I love that jacket! Here's my latest fix: http://www.balancingbedlam.com/stitch-fix-review-3/more

3 New Panty Options for Your Visiting Aunt Flo

Menstruating ladies, gather around. Do you have special underwear for Aunt Flo?...more
Haha I am definitely in favor of old granny pannies for Aunt Flo. I just bought a ton of new ...more

The One Fall Fashion Trend I HATE: Jumpsuits

Jumpsuits were made by the devil with the sole purpose of not letting women pee. Whenever I see a celeb on the red carpet wearing a jumpsuit, my very first thought is, "Is she wearing Depends?" Image: © MWP/ZUMA Wire ...more
Hey PJ-- I'm jumpsuit cursed, I have a long body and short stumpy legs so jumpsuits give me ...more

8 Fall 2014 Fashion Trends for Real People

I loved looking at all the fun, Furby coats and satin track pants (for the office, naturally) on the Fall/Winter 2014 runways … but they do leave something to be desired in terms of everyday wearability. But that doesn't mean that Fashion-with-a-capital-F trends can't give you inspiration on what to wear right now—without ending up with trends you'll be tired of in two minutes. Here are the items I'm on the hunt for and am looking to add to my wardrobe this fall, the shapes and details and items that feel fresh and right, and would work for any person, in any wardrobe. ...more
bklynstacy Oh I did. :) ElisaC FireMommore