Good bye Betsey Johnson

Betsey Johnson is closing her doors. She unfortunately filed for bankruptcy recently. Everything on her website is 40-65% off, so you better snag it up before it’s all gone.

Betsey Johnson has been in the fashion business since the 60’s. Since entered the industry after winning the Guest Editor Contest for Mademoiselle magazine. And within a year she was working as a designer at a boutique and soon entered into the Andy Warhol scene and opened up her own boutique called  Betsey Bunki Nini. Above is a pattern from the 70’s when she was in creative control of the Alley Cat company. It was in 1978 that she partnered up with Chantal Bacon to start up the Betsey Johnson label that we all very familiar with today.

It’s sad to see such a great designer and company close it’s doors after over 30 years. All of my favorite jewelry pieces, perfume,  and my new favorite pair of shoes are all from Betsey Johnson.

For a more in-depth look at Betsey Johnson’s career, check out her “About Betsey” on her website.

 

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Things to do Thursday: Cheap dates

Is your wallet lacking cash? Or are you just trying to save up some money but you still want to have a fun time out with that special person in your life? You don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a great time. There are plenty of things to do around town for about $20 or less per person. Here are a few examples:

United Artist Theater Clovis: Missed a movie that you wanted to see that was recently in theaters? Well it’s most likely now playing at UA Clovis theater. And for only $3.00. They may not have stadium seating but at least you’ll be able to afford some popcorn and sodas without draining your entire bank account!

Cal Skate Clovis: Not only is roller skating fun, but it’s a great work out for those legs! And it’ll make you feel like you’re back in junior high again! They also offer a discount for those who pay in cash. With the cash discount you’ll pay $9.00 per person. You can save even more money if you bring in your own skates.

Gateway Ice Center: Ice skating is a blast! But make sure to dress warm. (even if going in the middle of June) Admission is $7.00 plus an additional $4.00 for the skate rental.

Metal Mark: A day pass at this rock climbing gym will cost you only $15 and offer a “full package” of equipment rental if you don’t have any for only $6. They also offer fitness classes and monthly passes.

Woodward Park: Pack up a healthy lunch into a basket and grab a blanket. Enjoy the day outdoors and have a nice relaxing picnic date.

Engelmann Winery: Check out last week’s “Things to do Thursday” post.

Drive In Theater: I haven’t been to a drive in theater since a kid but I think it would be a great way to spend a date night. Unfortunately all the theaters in Fresno have shut down but a quick 30 minute drive will get you to the Madera drive in theater.

Bowling: Check out this past post: Things to do Thursday: Bowlerama

Mini Golf: Check out this past post: Things to do Thursday: Mini Golf

Or just stay in with a bottle of wine and a few different board games.

Still need more ideas? Check out these 50 cheap date ideas from Marie Claire.
And leave any other ideas you have in our comments section.

Words of Wisdom from Jack LaLanne

This Wellness Wednesday, Polka Dot Tango would like to honor the fitness pioneer, Jack Lalanne. For those of you who don’t know who Jack LaLanne is, take a look at http://www.jacklalanne.com/ to see all that he accomplished in his life.  Just to give you an idea of how incredible this man is here is a little fact for you:

1984 Age 70: Handcuffed, shackled and fighting strong winds and currents, towed 70 boats with 70 people from the Queen’s Way Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary, 1 ½ miles.

Jack at 40 years of age.

Yes….impressive. Jack LaLanne was the first to bring health and fitness right into the homes of those who had a television at the time. He is a large part of American history! Jack LaLanne made living a healthy life possible for everyone and his words of wisdom continue to live on! Here is a list of those famous words!

LaLanneisms

Jack LaLanne fervently believes every human being can attain maximum body health and fitness if they will practice moderation, eat the most natural foods, and exercise on a regular basis. Over the years on national television, radio talk shows and in feature stories written about Jack, certain ideas stated by Jack have become little gems known as “LaLanneisms”

Here are a few of Jack’s words of wisdom:

  • Anything in life is possible if you make it happen.
  • Anything in life is possible and you can make it happen.
  • Your waistline is your lifeline.
  • Exercise is King, nutrition is Queen, put them together and you’ve got a kingdom.
  • Don’t exceed the feed limit.
  • The food you eat today is walking and talking tomorrow.
  • Ten seconds on the lips and a lifetime on the hips.
  • Better to wear out than rust out
  • Do – don’t stew.
  • People don’t die of old age, they die of inactivity.
  • First we inspire them, then we perspire them.
  • You eat everyday, you sleep everyday, and your body was made to exercise everyday.
  • Work at living and you don’t have to die tomorrow.
  • I can’t die, it would ruin my image.
  • If man makes it, don’t eat it.
  • If it tastes good, spit it out.
  • What’s it doing for me?
  • Your health account is like your bank account: The more you put in, the more you can take out.
  • If one apple is good, you wouldn’t eat 100.
  • It’s not what you do some of the time that counts, it’s what you do all of the time that counts.
  • Make haste slowly.
  • Eat right and you can’t go wrong.

Tried it: philosophy’s clear days ahead

Junior high and high school was a bad time for my face. Acne was a huge problem that just would not go away. I was very excited when I finally got to see a dermatologist only to realize that we couldn’t afford their expensive facial products. During my senior prom and senior photos (which had to be photo-shopped) I was dealing with a pimple so bad that it took over 6 months for it to finally start going away. (3 of them merged into one giant monster.) So when I was finally able to afford better face products on my own, I decided to spent some big bucks on them.

I have for a few years now been using Clinique’s Acne Solutions regime, I was still having pimples pop up quite often. (Although I am in my late 20’s I still have this problem) It is also a bit too harsh for my skin. I can only use it once a day and even then there are time my face will start to dry out and peel. It will also irritate my cheek bones where it will hurt to put on makeup.

I recently decided to trade it in for the philosophy’s clear days ahead starter kit. It’s a 30 day trial that cost me $38.00. The box says “significantly reduces acne in 3 days without peeling or dryness.” It comes with 4 products. Step 1 (a.m. & p.m.) cleanser, step 2 (a.m.) treatment and moisturizer, step 2 (p.m.) acne treatment pads, and an acne spot treatment to use as needed. I’ve been using it for about a week and half now. I started out using the products day and night and my skin did clear right up but it dried out my skin a bit and made it feel scaly.  Although it states no peeling or dryness on the box, it does say on the product to reduce use to once a day or every other day if this happens. So I reduced to using it once a day, which resulted to pimples appearing back onto my face. With all that said, I still believe this is a great product. I expected the dryness to happen until my skin gets use to using the new product. I think it works great at clearing up skin and it works very fast. I would definitely recommend this product but I would recommend to by the starter kit first, as I did. If you are to buy all 4 products in their regular size, it will cost you $119.00!

Shake Your Tail Feathers! It’s Monday!!!

Good morning everyone and welcome to Monday! This Monday Polka Dot Tango has compiled some images paired with inspirational quotes and also a fantastic video of Christopher Walken shaking his “you know what” to Fat Boy Slim!

The theme of today’s quotes are of course to be yourself and to stand tall and strong. I will admit there are many times I choose to be timid instead of confident and I thought these quotes were perfect. Enjoy and please share any quotes that you may have that go with today’s Motivational theme.

A Taste for Lace

Long gone are the days when lace was only used for weddings or to show how ultra feminine you can be. Back in the 1920’s, lace was a staple in women’s fashion and was able to make a huge comeback in the 80’s, thanks to Madonna. It has always been the texture that can transform the type of feeling you are trying to evoke in your wardrobe. White lace automatically shows the vulnerable, lady-like, pure side while black lace tends to give any wardrobe instant sex appeal. Try on a cream lace to get the feeling of a free spirit, one-with-earth, wholesome type of vibe, and electric colored lace will show the girls just wanna have fun attitude! Polka Dot Tango put together a montage of some photos from the 20’s and 80’s as well as some inspiration for using lace now! Let us know what you like to pair lace up with!!!

THEN….

NOW….

Nice pLACE

The Orange was Laced

Abooouuut LACE!

Things to do Thursday: Wine Tasting

Although this is a “Things to do Thursday” post, it’s something you can only do on Friday nights.

All summer long, Engelmann Cellars has a wine tasting night in which they provide live music each Friday night.
It’s free to get in (21 & over) but you must bring your own chair or blanket to sit on.
Pack up a picnic basket of goodies. (There is also food available for purchase)
Bring your own wine glasses as well, which is $5.00 to fill up or you can buy a bottle at a time.
And don’t forget your dancing shoes!

This event runs every Friday night until the end of September from 7PM- 10PM.

*And August 3rd is Rocky Horror Picture Show night!*

“Bone”-afied Important Health Information

Whether or not osteoporosis runs in your family, it is important to know what you can do to keep your structure healthy. Many times we decide to worry about the outside of our body, such as zits, split ends, or yellow-ish teeth, but we have to remember that our entire body is moving properly in huge thanks to our skeletal structure. On Health.com, I was able to find an article that offered facts and tips on keeping you “bad to the bone” or should I say “good to the bone”!

(Don’t) break a leg

By Alyssa Sparacino

It’s easy to take bones for granted until you break one or are diagnosed with bone-thinning in old age. In fact, you may not really consider your bones a resource that needs lifelong protection and nurturing.
But guess what? There are a few surprises lurking inside your bones, and youthful habits can even affect bones in old age. Read on to find out more about this living—yes, they’re alive!—tissue.

Your bones are alive

They may feel like rocks, but bones are living things. In fact, a group of cells (called osteoblasts) are constantly churning out new bone, while a second set (called osteoclasts) destroys bone by gobbling it up like Pac-Man. This constant tug of war between creation and destruction is called bone remodeling. It’s the reason bones regenerate after a break, grow rapidly during youth, and, unfortunately, decline later in life when the balance tips toward destruction.

Build your bone-bank account

Want your bones to earn interest? Start saving now!
Playing sports, lifting weights, running, and almost any activity that moves muscle will trigger your bones to lay down more minerals and get stronger and more dense. Since bone density peaks around age 30 and then starts to slip away, the more you build in youth, the more you’ll have to “spend” later. Think of it as your bone 401(k). “When you have more money in the bank prior to bone loss, you won’t reach a level of deficiency that sets you up for fracture,” says Felicia Cosman, MD, clinical director of the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

No period? Big problem

For your bones, that is. Young women who stop having a regular period get a steep hormone drop that mimics menopause, which leads to bone loss. Anorexia in particular can harm bones by halting menstruation.
“If women don’t menstruate or under-menstruate, it’s like going through menopause in their 20s or 30s instead of their 50s,” Dr. Cosman says. And the associated drop in estrogen causes the bone remodeling process to speed up and become imbalanced. “The amount that dissolves ascends the amount that restores,” she says.

Bones are storage units

Want extra minerals? Check your bones. If you need calcium because you’re, say, breast-feeding, the body releases extra from your bones in a process that benefits baby and doesn’t hurt mom. The only problem is that sometimes toxic substances, like lead or mercury, can get lodged in the bone storage unit too. “Bone is a major storage pool for calcium and phosphate, and it stores substances like heavy metals in low levels for long periods of time,” Dr. Cosman explains. However, it is “very unlikely” that what our bones store—both good and bad—will at some point come out in large amounts and cause health problems, she says.

Booze is bad for bones

Too much alcohol hurts your liver, brain, and other parts of your body, and alcohol can also be a big problem for bones. Heavy drinkers tend to lose bone density, and when these levels gets low enough, it’s called osteopenia. This is a milder condition than osteoporosis, but alcoholism or habitual heavy drinking over time can cause calcium deficiency and the more severe bone thinning known as osteoporosis. Smoking, too, is a known risk factor for osteoporosis.

Extra weight may help bones

It seems counterintuitive, but excess weight—which is bad for your health in many ways—may actually make bones stronger, though research has been conflicting.
Just as exercise and moving muscle can build stronger bones, your body may respond to extra weight by laying down more bone minerals to support that weight.
There’s one problem—if you gain weight in your belly, this actually boosts your bone-thinning risk. Read on.

Belly fat harms bone

How can a spare tire hurt your bones? Research suggests that premenopausal women who carry extra fat in their midsection are at increased risk for osteoporosis. That’s because belly fat is different from the stuff that cushions your thighs or butt. “[Abdominal fat] is really bad fat and very metabolically active,” Dr. Cosman says. “It produces all kinds of hormones that can increase inflammation in the body, and the end result of inflammation is increased bone dissolution.”

Bone-building drugs help—to a point

There are many bone-strengthening medications on the market. But they’re not for everyone. Bisphosphonate drugs (Fosamax, Boniva, Actonel, Reclast) reduce fractures, but they can be tough on the stomach and have been linked in rare cases to fractures and serious jaw problems, Dr. Cosman says. (Dr. Cosman is a paid consultant for the makers of Fosamax and Reclast.) She recommends getting reevaluated after three to five years to make sure you still need the medication. Changing drugs or dosages are options. Low-risk patients can even stop the regimen, Dr. Cosman says, but they have to be monitored very closely.

Your dentist could diagnose you

Bone loss can strike anywhere in the body, and the jaw is not immune. If the jawbone deteriorates or loses density, the result may be loose (or lost) teeth, receding gums, or ill-fitting dentures.
Dentists can pick up on osteoporosis by checking your regular dental X-rays and watching for related health problems, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Food can be good for bones, even sans calcium

Calcium-rich food is great for your bones. And even though milk is a good source, it’s certainly not the only one. Dr. Cosman recommends yogurt and cheese, fortified foods, and calcium-rich foods like almonds and green veggies. “Some highly fortified foods and drinks have as much—or more—calcium per serving as milk,” she says. Even fruits or vegetables without that much calcium can benefit bones (though research on this topic isn’t conclusive). Fruits and veggies might help buffer acids in the body, and high acid content isn’t good for bones, Dr. Cosman says.

Supplements may not be best

It’s a better bet to get calcium from your diet rather than supplements, says Dr. Cosman. The pills have been linked to kidney stones and studies suggest that heart attack risk is higher in older adults who take calcium than in those who do not.
A 2010 Institute of Medicine report suggested that most people in the U.S. are getting enough vitamin D and calcium in their diet without supplements.

Hip fractures more likely than cancer

Although breast and other cancers top most women’s health-worries list, osteoporosis-related fractures should also be a major concern. In fact, a woman’s risk for an osteoporosis-caused hip fracture is the same as her breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer risk combined. A broken hip, which is most common in people older than 65, can be a potentially life-changing or even life-threatening event, and may require surgery and long recovery times. Some never fully recover from a broken hip and have to use a walker or wheelchair.

Breaks don’t strengthen bone

The old saying that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger isn’t true when it comes to broken bones. When a bone breaks, it doesn’t end up any stronger than before the trauma, Dr. Cosman says. But that’s not to say a broken wristbone won’t be back to fighting shape after recovery. “Even with osteoporosis fractures, the bone can be just as strong as before the break after it heals,” she says. “These fractures generally heal just as well.”

Ethnicity affects bone strength

While anyone can develop osteoporosis, your risk is much higher if you are white or Asian. If you are black or Hispanic, your risk of developing the bone-thinning disorder is lower overall.
A survey found that between 13% and 18% of women older than 50 in the U.S. had osteoporosis in their hips, and that included about 20% of non-Hispanic white women, 5% of non-Hispanic black women, and 10% of Mexican-American women. Men have a lower risk of osteoporosis, but the risk is still higher in white and Asian men than in those with other ethnic backgrounds.

Fill out this questionnaire to see how your bone health stacks up!

Smile! It’s Monday!!

This Monday, we at Polka Dot Tango, want to know, what makes you smile? A smile can be the most motivating act at some of the hardest times and let’s face it…Monday’s can be tough. So enjoy this little list that’s been put together and hopefully if brings a smile to your face!


“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
– Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl books have always made me smile. He was the author who ultimately ruled my book shelves with an iron fist. Growing up I gave away all of my books, but his. I should probably give him credit for helping to create this vivid imagination I carry with me. Just the thought of “The Witches” or “The Twits” make me want to get up in that attic and read every book of his all over again.

“Boooooooooop, Boooooooooop. Do you know what that sound is? That’s the sound of the ambulance coming to take me away cause the sight of you stopped my heart.”

A Night at the Roxbury is my number one movie. Yes, it has probably the most horrible reviews and yes a lot of people change their opinion of me when they hear it’s my favorite. I can’t help that I fall in love with these two characters who have a very passionate dream and in the end, they actually achieve it. This movie has some great morals: don’t be with someone who doesn’t make you happy, keep going after your goals, have fun, and stay true to your dance moves!

Be grateful, Juan Pablo. Today is especially delicious.

I. LOVE. NACHOS. Nachos can pretty much be made out of anything so they can suit any type of mood you are in. My husband doesn’t realize that I could eat nachos everyday for dinner, but I can. One of my goals is to actually come out with a recipe book on how to make many different types of nachos so that everyone can enjoy them!

Vintage Prints are what I look for in yard sales. Everything from the smell, to the type of paper being used, or the method of printing.  I recently found a pair of two ads for a printing company dated back in the early 1900’s which are of course a wonderful addition to my office! If you ever find some pieces, let me know! 😉

Tell us what makes you smile and we can post it on next Monday’s blog!

Fashion Friday: Spring/Summer color trend- Mint

Mint is not only sweet to eat, but very sweet to wear this spring.

This spring’s fashion trend is being reinvented from this past trend that was popular among these iconic women below in the 50’s and 60’s.

There are plenty of minty fashion available at any price this season; from Forever 21 to Vera Wang. Polka Tango put together a few outfit ideas incorporating this new color trend.

Mint Condition
Here’s a small snap shot of my outfit today that was put together around my ruffle mint top I wore in honor of this Fashion Friday post.