Christmas is over, it’s cold and dreary, and spring is still a long way away; this is the time of the year when I dream of taking a trip to a tropical island. On a whim, I took a look at some cruise websites and found that we are in the middle of high season for Eastern Caribbean cruises. We recently took a cruise, and I learned a few clothing-related things about cruising that I thought I’d share.
I look for any excuse to purchase a new dress, and a new dress for a New Year’s Eve party is an absolute must. The things I love about New Year’s Eve dresses – specialty fabrics, sequins, embellishments -- are the things that make them so difficult to care for. In thinking about where we will wear our party dresses – a crowded gathering that includes food, drinks, and dancing – it is likely that a spill will occur, and the last thing you want is for something like that to put a damper on your evening. So Shores has put together a few tips to h
Best I can tell, Christmas sweaters became popular in the 1980’s, but over the years they have continued to grow in popularity. In fact, Amazon reported an increase in sales of 600% in 2011, and it seems that no one is immune to this trend. In fact, celebrities have even been caught on camera wearing them.
I have two groups of table linens. The first group I consider to be everyday linens – they are the ones I use when it is just a casual evening with close family or when friends with small children join us for dinner. All of my everyday table linens are black, and that is on purpose. My everyday dishes are square and white, so the contrast makes a nice looking table. But those table linens are black also because they tend to not show imperfections. Because they were relatively inexpensive, I typically care for them myself. Besides, most five year olds don’t care if they are perfectly p
A few weeks ago, we offered tips for caring for area rugs. While an area rug is defined as a rug that covers only part of a floor in a room, not all area rugs are created the same. Many times companies will label an area rug as an Oriental rug, but to be a true Oriental rug, it must be hand-knotted in Asia. Likewise to be a true Persian rug, it has to be hand-knotted in Iran. Hand-knotting is both a skilled and time consuming process where individual knots are hand-tied to create the pattern and pile of the rug. True Orienta
British actor, Martin Freeman once said: “I've never been to a festival. I'm a creature of habit, mashed-potato comfort, I like rugs…..” I like rugs too – a beautiful rug on hardwood floors can be almost like a painting – and the centerpiece of a room. A good quality rug is a substantial investment, so you want to be sure to keep it in prime condition, and vacuuming alone isn’t enough.
Here are things that you can do to keep your beautiful rug looking beautiful for a long time to come:
I think dressing to attend a fall wedding is a difficult task. The weather varies greatly depending on location, and here in the south, I’ve seen sunny and 80 in November. Fall weddings are the ones where I really hope that the invitation spells it out for me; I closely examine that thing looking for words like ‘semi-formal’ or ‘black tie’. If the invitation doesn’t plainly state the attire, then I look for the venue and the time of the event. For instance, I’m going to wear something rather formal to a 6:00 p.m.
In 1977, David King started his career in the dry cleaning industry thanks to a personal friend that took an interest in him. Almost 40 years later, David still loves it as much as he did the day he started. What keeps his interest? “There is always something different and challenging that pops up every day,” said David.
Back in November, we shared with you tips on how to pack a business suit to minimize the number of wrinkles it receives during travel. One of the reasons for wrinkles, we mentioned, was over packing. I always pack too much, and we have a trip coming up soon so these tips are just as much for me as they are for you. Hopefully it will help us both pack only what we need, keeping our bag underweight and our clothes arriving in good shape.
In 1944, three years after the United States joined the fight in WWII, Cleo Rowley was faced with the same circumstances that many other young men faced at the time. After graduating from high school, he had wanted to become professionally involved with golf, but instead he bravely enlisted in the United States Air Force.