Saturday, November 27, 2010

Boots: Three Annoying Problems and How to Solve Them

Find out how to make your favorite pair fit, find your size and protect your boots from the weather. 
 By Yolanda Wikiel

My Favorite Pair Just Doesn't Fit"
A good shoe-repair shop can make surprising alterations.

Stretch the shafts up to a half inch: $25 to $50. 
Widen the shafts by adding up to three inches of extra material: $50 to $200.
Insert an elastic gusset in each boot: $40 to $120.
Take in the shafts up to six inches: $80 to $140.
Widen the toe boxes up to a half inch: $15 to $25.
Shorten the shafts: $40 to $100.

"I Can Never Find My Size"
Do your feet fall on the small or large end of the spectrum? Bookmark these especially accommodating sites. sizes 9 to 15. sizes 3 to 16. sizes 4 to 11. sizes 4 to 14. sizes 4 to 12.

"I'm Worried That Rain and Snow Will Ruin My Boots"
First pretreat leather and suede styles: Spray them with a silicone-free water repellent, such as Vectra-16 Spray ($13, Reapply at least twice a season. Have a cobbler attach rubber sole protectors (about $20) to the bottoms so that water won't seep in.

When boots get wet: Stuff them with newspaper to preserve the shape and speed the air-drying process. Next, condition leather with colorless Kiwi Leather Lotion ($7, Or remove water marks on suede or nubuck with a suede eraser, and restore the nap with a brush. (Kiwi Suede & Nubuck Kit, $9,

If boots get stained with salt: Combine 1 part white vinegar and 1 part water. Using a paper towel, dab the solution onto the spots until they disappear. (Suede boots should be cleaned by a professional.)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Eight (8) AWESOME Black Friday Deals!!!

By Melinda Fulmer
MSN Money

Forget those hours of waiting in the predawn cold for stores to open for after-Thanksgiving sales. This year, you can go holiday shopping right after you polish off the pumpkin pie.

"I think this year will be slightly better than last year," says Brad Wilson, the founder of and BlackFriday2010. "There are many legitimately all-time-low prices in this year's ads."

 Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Bumblebee Helmet © Hasbro
Original price: $39.99
Black Friday price: $9.99
Discount: 75%
Store: Toys R Us

Tom Tom XL335T GPS © TomTom
Original price: $189.99
Black Friday price: $79
Discount: 58%
Store: Target

Kenmore 4-cubic-foot washer/7.3-cubic-foot dryer pair © 2010 Sears Brands
Original price: $1,398
Black Friday price: $599.98
Discount: 57%
Store: Sears

Westinghouse 40-inch 60 HZ 1080p LCD HDTV © 2010 Westinghouse Digital
Original price: $549.99
Black Friday price: $298
Discount: 45%
Store: Target

Canon PowerShot SD 1300 IS 12.1 MP Camera © Canon U.S.A.
Original price: $179.99
Black Friday price: $99.99
Discount: 44%
Store: Toys R Us

Silver Bulova date function watches © 2010 Bulova
Original price: $225
Black Friday price: $99
Discount: 56%
Store: Macy's

Toshiba Blu-Ray disc player © Toshiba America Information Systems
Original price: $99.99
Black Friday price: $59.99
Discount: 40%
Store: Best Buy

Nook e-reader © 1997-2010
Original Price: 149.99
Black Friday price: $99.99
Discount: 33%
Store: Best Buy

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Looking for Black Friday Digital Gear Deals?

11/2010 By Kim Kommando (

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is one of the BIGGEST shopping days of the year.  Retailers will offer smoking deals to lure in the pre-Christmas shoppers.  Due to the sluggish economy, Black Friday is no longer a one-day event.  This year, Black Friday deals can be had the entire month of November.

You can save hundreds of $$$ on the hottest digital gear from laptops to tvs to e-books (readers); and the deals are not limited to just the B&M (brick-and-mortar) stores.  Online retailers are also running specials.  Here's a look at what you can expect this holiday season.

HDTVs will drop to as low as the $200 range because manufacturers have an abundance of HDTVs this year.  You will find deals in all sizes. 

If you're in the market for a secondary tv set, you can get a good deal at Best Buy or Wal-Mart.  Best Buy will offer the 24" Dynex (1080p) for $190 and Wal-Mart will have the 32" Emerson (720p) for $200.  You won't have all the bells & whistles with these sets but they're great secondary tvs for spare rooms, kids and even in the kitchen.

For the better quality tv sets and the newer HDTV (LED-backlit) sets, you're going to find deals there as well.  Amazon will offer the 55" Toshiba LED-backlit (the new HDTV) for $1,200 (that's 50% off the retail price).  32" Samsungs will be around $300 and 46" Sonys will cost you about $800.

When looking at televisions, opt for a 1080p model. This is the highest resolution available. You also want a high contrast ratio and plenty of HDMI inputs. An LED backlight offers a better picture, if you can swing it. You may be considering a 3-D HDTV. With little content available, you might decide to wait.

As always, expect deals on laptops. Best Buy will reportedly sell a Compaq laptop for $350. This will suit general users and kids just fine. But those needing a powerful machine will want to spend more.

When looking at computers, select one running 64-bit Windows 7. Get as much RAM as possible. Go for an Intel i3 or i5 processor. Or get an AMD Athlon II for desktops or Turion II for laptops. Also, make sure you're not buying an underpowered netbook. Netbooks generally run Intel's Atom processor.

There will be plenty of personal electronics on sale. Expect to see e-readers well under $100. They don’t have all the bells and whistles of the more popular models. But look for sales on the Kindle and nook. Also expect some e-readers to come bundled with books.

Digital cameras are always big draws on Black Friday; you'll see models under $100. Look beyond megapixel count. Look for low-light abilities, HD video and plenty of modes in a point-and-shoot. More advanced users will want an SLR with video capabilities and a good zoom lens.

You'll also see deals on gaming consoles. Look for the Nintendo Wii to drop to $100. And you'll see Blu-ray Disc players around $50. Of course, you'll find plenty of discounted games and movies.

If you want to strike it big with Black Friday deals, do your research. Start with sites that post advertising circulars from major retailers like Target and Wal-Mart. (,, and Keep in mind that these ads are leaked by company insiders. They can change.

Check these sites regularly for new deals. You can also learn about Black Friday deals on Facebook and Twitter. Follow your favorite stores and Black Friday ad sites. Check prices on price comparison sites for better deals. (Pricegrabber,, and Nextag).

Have a clear idea of what you want and what you want to spend before you hit the stores. Remember that some things won't be on sale. For example, don't expect big discounts on Apple products. You may only see 5 to 10 percent off some Apple products.

Finally, a piece of personal advice. If you're happy with a product's price, buy it. Don't hold out for a better deal. If you're on the fence, though, wait. Prices generally go down as the big day approaches. An extra $20 off may be all the convincing you need.

It's Sweater Season....

I put together a look that I feel speaks of cold weather, with a classic simple visual and one that speaks I'm from the City and I can go from work to play in a blink.  Come review my look and post and vote.  Thanks, Tilcia