In May, the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists (AWGS), of which Shores is a member, met in Nashville for their annual meeting. One of the things AWGS members learned about was a charity, Wish Upon a Wedding, that grants weddings and vow renewals to couples facing serious illness or life-altering circumstances.
In 2010, Nadia Moffet, Miss North Carolina USA at the time, went to Shores to see if we could fix a problem with the hem of her evening gown that had been heavily soiled from stage debris and cosmetic products during the Miss North Carolina USA Pageant before she wore it in the Miss USA Pageant. Shores specializes in gown cleaning, and our professional gown cleaners took great care when removing all the stains, returning her gown to near pristine condition.
The story of the Barbour Jacket dates back to 1894 when John Barbour, of Galloway, Scotland started J. Barbour and Sons Ltd., a company importing oil cloth, in South Shields, England. Five generations later, the family still owns the business, sourcing products from around the world, but also manufacturing their classic wax jackets by hand in Simonside, South Shields.
Neckties are one of those items that tend to get neglected or mistreated. My son has to wear a necktie to school every Thursday, and when he gets in the car after school, he yanks it off and shoves it in his backpack. I’ve even seen my husband take off a necktie the same way though he does hang it in the closet on a tie rack.
I don’t remember exactly how old my black leather jacket is; I can only tell you that I got it before my son was born, so it is at least 12 years old, but you can’t tell by looking at it. That’s because I provide the best leather jacket care possible for this special garment that was given to me by my in-laws.
When my husband and I got married, we had a small ceremony with just 100 guests in his parent’s backyard. We wanted to keep things simple, and one thing we opted to do was to skip having a professional photographer. Instead, we opted to have disposable cameras on each table (keep in mind it was 20 years ago so smartphones weren’t around) and have a few family members use our camera (which was a pretty good one) to take a few specific photos. Looking back, we both wish we’d gone with a professional wedding photographer.
My husband and I hung out as friends for about a year before we started dating. I vividly remember one of our first real dates; he surprised me with tickets to the Community Theatre’s performance of the Wizard of Oz. Apparently, I had expressed my love of the movie at some point, sharing how my sister and I had a tradition of watching the movie on television every year. It was a terrific performance, and I still remember the sweet gesture.
The truth is that I could have easily posted this blog back in July; most offices (and churches and grocery stores and…..) are cold year-round, and so I find that I carry around a cardigan sweater to most places in the summer. But there’s something about being cold in the winter that’s different. Perhaps when it is summer, you can always walk outside and warm up. In the winter, you drive to work in the cold, walk to the office where it’s cold, and work all day inside an office that’s cold.
So, what can you do? Here are a few tips that will hopefully help you survive.
This is the time of year when I complain (a lot) about having nothing to wear. The first problem is that the days start out chilly, and then by the middle of the afternoon, you’re too warm. Then I still have my mother’s voice repeating in my head things like “no white or summer dresses after Labor Day.” But the truth is, there are really no steadfast rules when it comes to fashion, so here are 5 tips to help us all as we transition our wardrobes from warm weather to cooler weather.