Have you ever been in a room that was expertly painted, exquisitely furnished, and well appointed – but it didn’t have draperies? Somehow the room feels incomplete; there’s something about draperies that give a room unity, harmony, and warmth. I tend to think of draperies as a décor item, but truthfully draperies serve a much bigger purpose. In addition to décor, draperies provide privacy and help with temperature control, sunlight control, and soundproofing.
We’ve talked before about the importance of properly fitting clothing. We’ve also talked about how no one, no matter their size, can walk into a department store, pull a suit off a rack, and expect it fit perfectly – everywhere. Of course, that’s where expert alterations come in. But once you’ve selected your suit, have had it expertly fitted to your physique, you can’t just wear it and then throw it
When I got married back in the olden days (1999), my source for inspiration was mostly magazines, but I always felt like no matter what magazine I looked at, their focus was always to try and sell me something – not help me figure out what I liked and what I wanted. I sure do wish we’d had Instagram and Pinterest back then, two sources that are just chocked full of ideas. Sure, there are plenty of folks out there trying to sell you stuff, but I feel like I get way more honesty
Before I got married, I often wondered why brides purchased their gowns while grooms rented their tuxedos. Then my husband and I got married, and he decided to purchase a custom-made Jhane Barnes tuxedo. He considered renting one, but he didn’t have a style in mind and didn’t know of a reputable place to inquire. While mentioning this to his boss, she thought a better solution would be purchasing as he never knew when he might need a tuxedo again. The last time he wore it was our wedding day – 17 years ago. Now it sits preserved in a beautiful museum-quality chest, next to my beautiful
In our May blog post, Your Wedding Gown – Cleaning versus Preservation, we just grazed over the cleaning aspects of a wedding gown and mostly focused on preserving and storing. I think that’s because I am still of the generation that says you should preserve and store your gown, but according to Josie Daga, founder of preownedweddingdresses.com, the landscape of what a bride does with her wedding gown is changing. Many brides these days
We’ve all heard sayings like “Clothes Make the Man”, and we all know Coco Chanel’s famous quote “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” I have to say that I like this one the best – “Baggy pants were never, and will never be cool.” You can put on an expensive dress or a designer suit but if it is too small or too big, folks will notice the fit and never notice your fancy frock or classy ensemble. Most people cannot walk into a department store, pull a ready-to-wear garment off of the rack, and expect it to fit perfectly – no matter what
You feel in love with it as soon as you put it on. You couldn’t imagine wearing any other dress when you walked down the aisle. As soon as your mom saw you in it, she immediately teared up. But now the big day is over, and you need to decide what to do with your gown. Are you going to share this treasure with someone else by either selling or donating it? If so, then cleaning and hanging would be appropriate. First, be sure to have it cleaned as soon as possible after your wedding day; the longer you wait to clean your gown, the less likely it is that all the stains can be removed. S
You know how you feel when you slide into bed at a fine hotel? The king size bed has a nice, firm mattress, covered in high-quality, all-cotton sheets and a natural-fiber bedspread. And the biggest thing that sets all that apart from other hotels or even your bed at home – is that they professionally dry clean and press their linens. I only wish I could find the words to describe the wonderful feeling of sliding into a bed made with professionally finished bed linens. If the wonderful feeling isn’t enough, there are actually other benefits to having
I am not a huge sports fan, but there are two sports events I really love: the Superbowl and March Madness. I mostly like the Superbowl for the food and shear entertainment factor, but I find myself glued to as many games as possible during March Madness. Unfortunately, my team usually falls out pretty early (and sometimes doesn’t even make it at all). And while I am a part-time sports fan, I have friends that are real, true blue fans and are incredibly loyal to their team. One way they show their support is by wearing a team jersey.
Never fear, avid skiers, there’s still plenty of time left in this year’s season to hit the slopes. But when the season is over, it will be time to deal with putting away and storing all that gear. We’ve repeatedly said to never store any garment away without washing or dry cleaning it first, and the same holds true with ski-wear. Whether you’ve only been once this season or a dozen times, ski clothes take a beating from both the elements and your body’s sweat and natural oils.