Author: Jackie Robertson

Tricks Clean Leather

Easy Leather Care

Because leather is a natural product, it needs little or no care during normal use. However, in the event that you have a spot or spill, the following cleaning hints should help.

Stain Removal Tricks for…

  • Spots and Spills: Blot excess liquid immediately with a clean absorbent cloth or sponge. If necessary, use clear, lukewarm water and gently wipe the spill. Dry with a clean towel and allow to air dry.
  • Stubborn Spots and Stains: Use a mild solution of Ivory soap and clear, lukewarm water. Apply the soap to a clean, wet sponge, then rinse well and let air dry naturally. Always try the cleaning method in a hidden area first to be sure it’s colorfast.
  • Butter, Oil, or Grease: Wipe excess butter, oil, or grease off the leather with a clean, dry cloth, then leave it alone as the spot should dissipate into the leather in a short period of time. Do not apply water to try to wash a butter, oil, or grease stain.

Never Use…

  • Saddle soap, abrasive cleanser, soap, furniture polish oil, varnish, or ammonia water. The leather has already been permanently preserved in the tanning process and needs no maintenance other than the simple cleaning recommended.

Most liquids will be initially repelled by the leather, but if left to stand over an extended period of time, they will be absorbed. This is why it’s a good idea to wipe up spills immediately. If the spill is absorbed, it will dissipate over time, just as human skin will absorb and eventually diffuse stains.

Choose a Wedding Veil

If you have a very ornate gown–with very intricate beading, ruffles, or embroidery–keep your veils simple. You don’t want the two to compete for attention, plus you could ruin the sophistication and elegance of your dress and just end up looking tackily overdone. If you want, you can add just a simple trim (like a line of pearls or lace at the edges). Conversely, if you have a very classic and simple dress, where the drama is mostly in the cut rather than any ornamental details, pull out all the stops when it comes to the veil, and construct it in such a way that you can wear it for the whole ceremony and reception without it getting in the way.

You don’t want your veil to hide any important details in your dress. For example, if the focal point of your gown is your bodice or back (such as a fully embroidered ribbon, or antique mother of pearl buttons) don’t wear a full length veil.

Antique veils are coming back into fashion, not only because of the renewed interest in “vintage” clothing, but because it is considered good luck to borrow the veil of a very happily married woman. If you were able to get an antique veil, resist the temptation to “fix” the color by dying it to match your gown. You could ruin the material, and it really isn’t necessary to do that. Even if it’s another color (such as a subtly darker or creamier shade of white) the difference won’t really be apparent because of the sheerness of the fabric.

Another thing you have to think about when choosing a veil is the length of the aisle. A long, dramatic veil works best in cathedrals or other ceremony venue where you will really be able to make a suitably dramatic entrance. Otherwise, the veil will just bunch up. Convenience is, of course, another consideration. You don’t want to wear a veil so cumbersome that talking or moving will be cumbersome, especially as you will be socializing with the guests during the reception. If possible, look for a vein that allows you to easily remove part of it after the ceremony. Your maid of honor should be able to help you with this, and you may need to “practice” it before the Big Day. However, don’t try on both the gown and the veil at the same time during your fittings. It is considered bad luck.

Versatile Vintage Clothing

Enduring fabrics and beautiful shapes are attributes of the classics. Silhouettes that appear again and again, throughout time. Classic clothing features quality and detail that nowadays you find only in very expensive garments.

What articles of attire are regarded as classics? The bomber jacket, the double-breasted jacket, and blazers with hand-cut buttons and striped silk linings fall into the fashion category of the classics. The soft beaded sweaters and sweater sets from the 1950’s, the bodysuits and jumpsuits of the 1970’s, perfectly cut 1960’s chemise dresses, princess skirts and dresses of the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1980’s are all classics. Then there is the mini-skirt, Capri pants, halter tops, palazzo pants and the bias cut dress. Just a few of the myriad styles of clothing that fall into the classics.

The Waist Length Jacket

The first “bomber” or “battle” jacket were those worn by pilots in World War II. The style was a result of a need for less bulky clothes, so they could move with ease in the confined space of a cockpit. Designers of the 1960’s, such as Cardin and Dior, were quick to incorporate this silhouette into their sportswear lines. The short waist jacket of the 1940’s and the boxy short jacket of the 1950’s and 1960’s have also become fashion classics. This cut is most flattering to those who are just a tad short waisted. A style that will endure, it can be worn with jeans, pleated skirts, pencils skirts and other classics. True classics will always be a hit when paired together. Team them with an item from different eras and you have your own classic style.

The Turtleneck Sweater

British athletes used high-necked, rollover collar jerseys in their uniforms back in the 1860’s. By the 1900’s the turtleneck jersey had become a part of American football gear. Shortly after this time, the turtleneck was included in the uniform of naval men who served aboard submarines. In the 1920’s, famous news correspondent, Noel Coward made an ultimate fashion statement by wearing the turtleneck with a blazer. It again became fashionable in the 1940’s as a component of the tweedy menswear look. Turtlenecks enjoyed another comeback in the 1960s, first among beatniks and flower children, then among the mainstream. By 1967, the turtleneck was deemed the best alternative to a shirt and tie. The 1990’s saw the turtleneck transform into a halter, making it even more appealing and sexy. The turtleneck is an adaptable garment with the ability to enhance a long slender neck or hide a sagging chin.

The Mini-Skirt

Mini skirts first became popular in the mid 1960’s. To this day, it is unclear as to who actually invented the mini-skirt, however popular belief, is that it was the girl in the street. Hemlines continued to rise until the late 1960’s when the micro-mini was in high fashion. A bit flared, these skirts were made of stiff and colourful fabrics. By the 1970’s, hemlines had lowered to the maxi-skirt, but not for long as the 1980’s saw the mini-skirt come back thriving. Now known as “short skirts”, they are a favorite amongst the young of heart. Whether called a mini-skirt or a short skirt, it is the ideal apparel for those that want to show off their legs.

Imagine an ensemble of these three classics – a white pleated mini-skirt (mid 1960s), worn with a halter turtleneck (1990’s) underneath a pastel bomber jacket (late 1960’s).

Designer Ties

Here are different styles of ties and how they can reflect on you:

  • Cartoon and Novelty Ties. These convey a sense of humour, jokester, someone who doesn’t take himself too seriously. In some situations, a novelty tie is appropriate. In the business world when you are trying to close a deal–not normally a great fit.
  • Pink Ties. The pink tie portrays a sense and respect of fashion, confidence, style and the finer things in life. Softer shades of pink would be more appropriate for job interviews rather than a strong, vibrant pink–you don’t want the focus to be on your tie!
  • Striped Ties. The classic striped tie portrays style, stability, strength, class. A striped tie would be an appropriate choice for business meetings, job interviews and events that require professionalism.
  • Small to Medium Patterned Ties. Smaller patterns that are not overwhelming are a good choice for the business and corporate world. Checks, paisleys, and alternate color thread weaves are stylish and portray creativity, strength and class.
  • Large Patterned Ties. Larger patterns can be overbearing, but fun at the same time. If you want to be taken seriously and the focus kept on your solo presentation but not on your tie–larger patterned ties are best kept for social activities. They can portray a sense of style, confidence and flamboyancy.
  • Solid Color Ties. Reflects professionalism, traditional and no-nonsense. If you are wearing a patterned shirt, the solid color tie is a must unless you are going for a look that’s a bit helter skelter.

Wedding Dress or Gown

Remember that every girl is a different size so one dress in a photo or on the hanger may not be as flattering for you as another. Also, most women are not shaped like fashion models. But wedding dresses come in all sizes, shapes and styles, so the right gown is out there for every bride.

First, you should attend a few wedding shows – they are often held at hotels, event halls or convention centers and cost little or no admission. Of course, you aren’t going to just see wedding dresses – you will see most everything that pertains to weddings! While you may not be able to try on gowns, there is almost always a Fashion Show with models wearing a wide array of wedding gowns. This is another way for you to get ideas. And, sometimes, you will find new wedding dresses available for purchase.

You should then visit your local bridal shop and try on a bunch of gowns to get familiar with a style or styles that you like and look good in. See what flatters your body type and coloring. Also keep in mind the type of wedding you will have. While a lavish formal train may catch your fancy, if you are planning a beach or mountain wedding, you’ll want a simpler gown that won’t easily get caught on branches or touch the ground if you walk barefoot.

If you are adventurous, look on the internet for vintage or period wedding dresses or gowns. A vintage gown would have been designed and sewn during a particular time period like the 1920’s or 1950’s. A vintage wedding dress style like the mermaid style may flatter your figure and give you the pizzazz that a current style won’t. On the other hand, a period gown is typically a reproduction from a drawing of a much earlier time such as the Medieval or Victorian era. These wedding dresses would generally be worn if you are having a wedding themed for that era.

Have fun with planning your wedding and try not to stress over things. You will be the most beautiful girl at your wedding in whatever dress you choose.

Sterling Silver

Silver jewelry has been a staple in the lives of mankind since humans discovered the versatility of silver and the many uses it has. Silver has been used for functional and aesthetic purposes. In times of old, silver was used to create flatware and armor to protect soldiers on their way into battle. Silver jewelry was later created and used by Phoenician and Egyptian citizens desiring attractive and convenient pieces to add to their jewelry collections. Over time silver has been used to create flatware, decorative art, coins, dental fillings, jewelry and more.

Silver is produced in many different areas, though the highest concentrations of silver output come from Mexico and Peru.

One of the reasons sterling silver jewelry is so popular is its affordability and versatility. Sterling silver can be crafted into many different jewelry items including charms, rings and chains. Silver jewelry is often mistaken for other more precious metals including white gold and platinum.

Common Types of Silver

There are many different types of silver that can be used to create sterling silver jewelry. Silver is considered one of the precious metals along with its cousins gold, platinum and titanium.

Fine Silver – this is silver in its most natural state, when it is considered 99% pure. Often this type of silver is too soft to create ordinary products and is almost liquid in form. Usually silver has to be mixed with other metal alloys in order to create jewelry and household wear.

Sterling Silver – sterling is a mixture of fine silver and other metal alloys. The silver is considered about 92.5% pure. Sterling is usually combined with approximately 7.5% copper to make the jewelry more long lasting and durable. Sterling silver jewelry is usually marked on the inside with a “925”, indicative of its purity. Sterling silver jewelry made of just the right combination of silver and metal allows a jeweler to create a long lasting, durable piece that is shiny and brilliant enough to be mistaken for more expensive precious metals. Sterling silver is more likely to tarnish over time because of the presence of copper; however this relatively mild side effect can be minimized through proper care. By consistently cleaning your silver jewelry you’ll never even notice anything other than a beautiful shine and luster.

Silver Plating – plating occurs when a base metal such as nickel is covered with a layer of pure silver. This is often one of the most durable forms of silver, and is usually much less expensive than sterling silver because the percentage of pure silver in the jewelry is quite low. Most base metals need a re-coat of pure silver every few years to maintain a shiny outer coat and to prevent the base metal from peaking through the coating.

Nickel Silver – nickel silver is a combination of nickel, copper and zinc that is not actually silver, but resembles silver. It is an inexpensive and popular item that can be used to create look-alike jewelry.

Vermeil – this form of silver was popular in the eighteenth century. Silver is plated in gold, providing a polished and expensive looking custom piece of jewelry.

Caring for Silver Jewelry

Sterling silver jewelry does have a tendency to scratch more often than other metals, and may tarnish over time. Proper care can ensure however that the jewelry remains shiny and well kept. The following tips will ensure that your sterling silver lasts a long time and maintains its luster and original appearance:

  • Sterling silver jewelry should be stored in a cool dry place to reduce environmental damage.
  • Consider keeping each piece in an individual cloth pouch to prevent scratching.
  • Use a jewelry cleaner or polishing solution at least once a month to clean the surface of silver jewelry to help maintain its luster.
  • Use a soft cloth to clean silver; never use a toothbrush or other abrasive material that might result in scratching.
  • Clean silver at the first signs of tarnishing, when a yellowish tint appears on the jewelry. If you wait until the silver has turned black, you’ll have to scrub harder and may damage the shine on the jewelry.
  • Consider using chemical dipping agents which clean jewelry without scrubbing.
  • Avoid cleaners that contain ammonia which can also turn silver jewelry black, consider soapy water instead.

Sterling silver is a popular item in part because it is more reflective than many precious metals. Proper care will ensure that silver jewelry remains beautiful for years to come. If you have other items in the house made of silver, such as silver wear or other household items, always use a cleaner or dip specifically designed to clean silver metal. Never put these items in a dishwasher, because you will scratch the surface and cause irreparable damage.

Purchasing Silver

When buying silver jewelry, you should be prepared to take your time to select quality pieces, just as you would if selecting a more expensive jewelry item. Young consumers are often attracted to sterling silver jewelry because it is so affordable and beautiful. Sterling silver also comes in many contemporary and modern designs which are appealing to young consumers.

So what should you look for when shopping? First and foremost always check the interior for the 925 mark, to ensure that you are purchasing premium sterling silver rather than sterling silver plating. Keep in mind that the more pure the silver, the more soft and likely that a piece will scratch, so don’t go for anything more pure than sterling silver.

If you are looking to buy many different pieces, you might consider buying wholesale silver jewelry online. By doing so you’ll be able to buy in bulk, and acquire large amounts of silver jewelry at inexpensive prices. Many jewelers and home business owners get into the habit of buying wholesale silver jewelry online because they can re-sell the merchandise at a higher price. There are hundreds of pieces to choose from, and you might even find a collection with a certain theme that appeals to you or the people you might be selling to.

Leotard Etiquette

First in leotard etiquette is that you can wear a leotard if you are appearing on stage. If you are dancing, in a ballet, part of an opera, or doing performance art, you can wear a leotard and you will be fine. If you are a rock star, you can wear a leotard in only a couple of situations: if you are a woman or if you are an 80’s hair band lead man (see Poison, Twisted Sister, or Abba). A basic rule of thumb, though, is that if you are on stage performing, you can get away with a leotard.

Secondly, when it comes to leotard etiquette, keep in mind that a leotard is never okay if you are severely overweight or obese. When little is left to the imagination, you can end up painting a picture nobody wants. If you are a man, this goes double as you are put on display at a level that is beyond description. In fact, when the leotard actually debuted in the 19th century on a French trapeze artist, it is said that many came to see the outfit and what it displayed more than the act itself.

Thirdly, leotards are okay if you are a super hero or playing one for Halloween. Superman, Batman, and many other comic book superheroes made the leotard okay. Its sleek tight fit make for a great outfit when fighting crime. No extra fabric to get snagged and nothing to resist wind as you fly or run at the speed of light. If you are going the super hero route, however; you must make sure you wear proper boots and cape to complete the ensemble. Also, superhero leotards should always be worn with bikini briefs over the top. Heroes are modest.

About Fashion For the Full Size Woman

It is as if the fashion industry is slowly starting to wake up to the fact that there is a lucrative market for the taking. Not only are they also fashion conscious and sometimes dedicated fashion divas, but the full size woman can look absolutely spectacular in clothing designed for her posture.

There are several stores and boutiques that now specialize in full size clothing. They carry everything from intimate wear to business and evening wear. These stores not only know but they celebrate that real women do have curves, and they also aim to make plus size women looking and feeling beautiful and keeping pace with the latest fashion trends.

Just because a woman is not a size two does not mean that she is not active or even athletic. Plus size clothing, whilst long overdue, is quickly catching up with the fashion world. As the designers prepare for their spring and fall fashion shows many are also creating plus size fashion lines that will focus solely on the woman with curves. This is wonderful news for the full size women, because more and more they can look just as fashionable as that size two six foot tall model on the runway.

Designer plus size clothing must have quality, fashion and functionality in order for the plus size woman to buy their products.

Being a size two is not the norm in everyday life and while fashion designers have not entirely caught up with the real woman, they are getting there one stitch at a time and winning over consumers. Fashion for the full size woman is fun, flirty, fashionable, exciting and beautiful. Just like the women who wear the clothing.

Spring Fashion

While you may love the looks that the runway shows have put together, chances are that these outfits won’t be practical for everyday use. However, you can take elements from these runway outfits to create your own fashion forward spring fashion wardrobe. Before you go out shopping make a list of the elements from the runway outfits that you like including shapes, clothing combinations, and colors. Then take this list shopping with you.

When you are selecting spring fashion items you may want to start by finding a designer that offers cuts that are flattering to your body type. Once you have found a designer or clothing designers that make styles that fit your body properly you can then start looking for pieces from their spring collections to complete your spring wardrobe. Again look for pieces that have the elements that you liked from the fashion shows and magazines.

The final step in putting together your spring fashion look is to pick out jewelry and accessories. To get the most value from your jewelry and accessories you will want to select pieces that can be used to create several different outfits. You will also want to select different pieces to put together a day look, an evening look, and an extra special occasion look.

Colored Nylon Stockings

Women may get tired or wearing those that are nude. This is the reason manufacturers have come up with other colors such as opaque and tan. People will not notice that the individual is wearing nylon stockings until looking at it up close to see the lining or the mesh over the skin.

One example is the Sheer Stretch Stockings by Kayla. This is made of 100% stretchable nylon. This costs $6.50 each but those who buy 3 pieces will be paying $15, which is a savings of $4.50.

This is considered to be a top seller since the customer is able to get a good bargain at the price being offered.

Another brand checking out is Shirley of Hollywood. It is also has made of 100% stretchable nylon.

This seamed item has to be worn with a garter belt and will only cost $6 a piece. It also has this in the tan and in 8 other colors that can be worn for any occasion. Unlike other brands that offer this in different sizes, this is free so one size fits all.

There are two places to buy tan colored nylon stockings. The first is the department store, which has different brands to choose from. The second is online. The selections may be limited here but those who have a particular brand won’t have the trouble of finding it since this can be done with a click of the mouse.

When the selection has been made, the person can wear the tan colored stockings for use at work or whenever there is a feel to go out wearing a skirt instead of a pair of trousers.

There will always be new trends in the world of fashion. Despite that, nylon stockings such as black, red or even tan will always be there as long as there is still a demand in the market for this kind of intimate wear.