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Just Between Friends Sale

The Just Between Friends Sale is coming up this weekend, August 21-22. View the event page HERE at SantaRosaMom.com.

Remember this event? I attended it in the spring and was blown away by how organized it was, and how the event coordinators handled EVERYTHING. There was the potential for consignors to make some good money off of their gently used items, and buyers could find really great deals on practically new clothes and more. I can’t stress just how important it is for families with young children or a baby on the way to attend. When I went earlier this year, there were numerous practically new items being sold for pennies compared to how much they would cost to buy new. Strollers, cribs, clothes, shoes, toys… And with school just starting up, the timing couldn’t be more perfect to update your child’s wardrobe. Seriously folks, you won’t want to miss this sale. By the way, the coordinators will be donating many of their leftover items to Our Kids Sake, a foundation that benefits more than 1000 homeless children right here in Sonoma County. And all admission proceeds go to the Active 20-30 service organization.

This sale is nothing but good.

To learn more about attending this event, and maybe to make some extra cash by consigning at future events (they hold their sales every 6 months), be sure to visit the JBF sale page at northbay.jbfsale.com. And for more information about the event you can read the Press Release HERE.

The sale will be held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds at 1350 Bennett Valley Rd in Santa Rosa. On Saturday the sale will be from 9am – 3pm. There will be a $2 admission charge with 100% of the proceeds going to the Active 20-30 service organization. On Sunday, the sale will be 9am – 2pm and admission is free. Not only that, many of the items will have their prices slashed in half on Sunday.

Hope to see you there!

Swimsuit Hell

The other day I had an hour to kill, so I thought I’d try on swimsuits for fun. I headed out to Macy’s and perused the aisles of little tiny pieces of cloth meant to cover just the barest essentials. And then I locked myself in the dressing room and stripped to my skivvies. One by one I tried them on.

Now, I only tried on 3 suits. But trying on 3 suits can take a long time as you twist and turn, seeing parts of your body that you normally aren’t that aware of. Not to mention the conversations that result…

Mirror: Ok, how about this one? It’s a pretty red, your favorite!

Me: Um, I better not. It makes me look like I haven’t seen the sun in, um, never.

Mirror: Come on, you’re not that white.

Me: Seriously, I think I might injure someone if I wore this one. I can’t be held responsible for that. Let’s try another.

Mirror: Ok, then try the blue one. That color is usually kind on pasty skin.

Me: What are you saying? Are you calling me pale?

Mirror: But you said… You know what, nevermind. Just try the blue one on.

Me: Uh, how does this one go on? Does this strap tie around my back? Or do I tie it around my neck?

Mirror: I think it’s supposed to connect to the bottoms to hold them up. You’re going to have to groom really, really well if you wear those ones.

Me: I think I better pass on this one. I have to wear it around my children.

Mirror: Good idea.

Me: Thanks a lot.

Mirror: Anytime. Last one’s the black one. You can’t go wrong with black. Black is sexy and sleek, not to mention slimming.

Me: I’m going to pretend you didn’t say that. Um… Are the girls supposed to be hanging out the sides like that?

Mirror: I can’t tell. I’m too distracted by how much of your ass is showing. Are you sure that’s not a thong?

Me: Let me check… No, it says it has full coverage.

Mirror: Perhaps you should get a larger size.

Me: But this was the largest size they had! Come on, it’s not that bad.

Mirror: Trust me. It is. I didn’t even know that your ass was that big. Perhaps you should try on a wetsuit.

Try on swimsuits for fun? Honestly, it really sounded like a good idea at the time. I’m in need of a new swimsuit, and the stores have been displaying some really cute ones on the front racks of all their clothes. But was I really that delusional that this was something that would be fun? I placed all the swimsuits back on the rack and swore to lose another 5 pounds before re-attempting this kind of punishment. Maybe, by then, the mirror and I will be on speaking terms again.

Anyone else brave enough to already be trying on swimsuits?  How’d it go?

Ultra Low-Rise Jeans

Recently I received an email from a mom that I could relate with only too well. With school shopping going on right now, I thought it only appropriate to share. Read on:

“I have a twelve year old daughter who looks much older than twelve. I wanted to share with you the fun (not really) trying to find jeans that actually cover her bum. She has a slim figure so it is not her shape. Have you noticed as a mom this trend towards “low rise” and now “lowest rise” jeans? It is amazing to me how tight and low both pants and tops are now. Add the skinny jean factor in and there is nothing left to the imagination. Remember when people would laugh at the plumber? Did I miss when a hiney crack became attractive? I know your daughter is younger but I am sure her or some of her friend are seeing the same problem.
Cracking Up Mom”

I don’t know how many times I had to tell my 11 year old daughter, “Pull up your pants.” It wasn’t because she was trying to show off half of her bum. Truth is she’s actually quite modest when it comes to her body. But the way they make pants these days for tweens is just appalling. Like her mom, my daughter is not built like a stick, so imagine my dismay in finding her jeans that cover her whole derriere. Not fun. And clothes shopping usually ends prematurely due to her feelings of being fat. It’s sad, really. And it’s even sadder that girls younger and younger are being targeted to dress “sexier”.

On that note, what is up with young girls’ clothing and words printed on the bum? I have a hard time understanding what is going on in retailers’ minds, let alone parents’ minds, when I see a 10 year old girl walking around in little tiny shorts that say “JUICY” on her bottom. What happened to letting young girls stay young? Where do you think a man’s eyes are going to travel to when your daughter has “JUICY” written on her bum?

Perhaps it’s the marketing for teens through their favorite pop stars.  Don’t get me wrong, I think Miley Cyrus, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, and the Cheetah Girls are cute as the dickens – for 25 year olds. But their styles are being targeted to girls that are way too young to be dressing like a lot of these stars dress. And several of the above-named fall into that category that should be a little more innocent than they are, being that they aren’t even old enough to drive a car.

There are some clothing trends that are coming back into style that seem to be going away from the tight, sexy clothing being targeted at tweens. Dresses with leggings and long tees over jeans are among some of the cuter, safer styles. Even my own tomboy daughter is softening up with the punk girly looks coming out, and may possibly put herself in a dress over jeans before the school year ends (hey, a mom can only hope).

What are your gripes about young girls’ clothing? And what are some of the styles that are rockin’ the back to school sales?

As always, if you have a topic or concern that you want to share, visit us at the forums at SantaRosaMom.com, or email me at crissi@santarosamom.com.