Soon you will be spending your last days at your university or college. Besides final tests and thoughts about your future perspectives, it means a memorable party! Are you excited about the day when everyone can forget about assignments and devote attention to choosing dresses for the graduation ceremony? All the seniors impatiently wait for this major event. Staying in trend might be difficult in everyday life, but when it comes to graduation, it’s even harder. So, what shall you wear to look fabulous? Continue reading
Many times while traveling, things do not go as planned and my trip is extended (cancelled flights, opportunity to stay longer, whatever). My first reaction was to add a couple new items to my wardrobe (yay, excuse to go shopping), then I learned the secret to extend my original wardrobe for another week (or more). I discovered how to pack the ultimate capsule wardrobe for the most mix and match options with a limited amount of luggage. A little preparation while packing can give you loads of outfit combinations during your travels!
I spent many years traveling for work, and many more years traveling for fun. Here are a few of my top packing tips to build the ultimate travel capsule wardrobe.
I am fairly brand loyal when it comes to clothes and shoes, except for fitness fashion. When it comes to exercise clothes it is all about fit and fabrics! I do not care what celebrity is endorsing the brand, or even what brand it is.
Since there is specialized equipment for many sports (golf cleats, soccer shin guards, etc), I am going to focus this discussion on gym athletic wear. There is plenty of crossover into other sports, so this is a good foundation to build a practical workout wardrobe. Continue reading
In my previous post, “I shrunk this, now what?” I was able to successfully “unshrink” a few items back to size.
Admittedly, I live in a warm climate and the tap water gets warm. So now I can only wash delicate items in the early morning or very light at night, when the ground water is cool enough not to ruin my clothes. Or, I will ignore the machine wash cold, and just add more items to the dry clean only pile (less laundry).
The skirt shrunk a full inch above the lining. The skirt hem was 1.5 inches below the lining. Meaning that I have 2.5 inches to recover from my skirt in the “unshrink” process.
I followed the same process of soaking my skirt in warm water (I know, that is what got me into this mess in the first place), and mixed in a generous helping of hair conditioner. After a few trials, I have determined that the longer soak is not as important as sufficient conditioner. Determined to save my skirt, I let it soak 20 minutes. I started the stretching process immediately and continued gently smoothing the entire time as the conditioner worked its magic to loosen the fibers for maximum recovery. Then I hung the skirt up to dry and hung a hanger at the bottom for extra weight to keep the skirt stretched out.
Fortunately, the skirt is saved! It is a smidge shorter than when purchased, but quite wearable.
Update: Several people asked about the fabric content for this skirt. This skirt is a 70% Viscose Rayon blend (30% Polymide nylon-spandex blend). If I had followed my own advice, I would have dry cleaned this skirt, since it is over 50% rayon. Here is a handy post for more information of Fabric content and washing advice.
The button down shirt is considered a wardrobe staple, but it makes me shudder. The small bust models wear these shirts barely buttoned for a Saturday night “Desperate for Attention” look.
Just buttoning the shirt has a significant risk of gaps between the buttons, which looks desperate and unkept. Then, this perfect shirt turns into a perfect fashion disaster.
Safety pins are often used to close this gap, but can leave holes. And the better coverage from the safety pin, the more of the metal is showing.
Two-way Fashion tape to the rescue! Now here is the same shirt, with a couple pieces of strategically placed two way tape between buttons to keep the shirt securely closed.