Posts tagged #Style

How to Extend the Life of Your Forever 21-ish Purchases

Recently a few beauty and fashion bloggers were sitting in Neiman Marcus at a press event, where inevitably, our conversation turned to being fashionable on a bloggerʼs budget. My contribution was more along the lines of how to keep your modestly priced purchases looking good longer….here goes!




I wish I could regularly shop at Neiman Marcus but with my current finances that would be suicidal. Stores like Zara, H&M, Forever21 and Marshallʼs are a mecca of trendiness that fit into my budget. While I do recognize that I get what I pay for with these stores, I have my ways to extend the life of clothing and accessories purchases. In fact, some of these tips are good for all clothes — no matter the price tag.

  • Check fabric and craftsmanship. Pull on seems, buttons and zippers. Check linings and any attachments to finished garment. I reinforce all buttons, especially on outerwear and double stitch (on my sewing machine) anything that looks a bit flimsy. I do a loop stitch at the end of zippers to reduce incidents of breaking. I also have a
  • needle and thread in my wallet. (Judging me yet?)
  • Buy a good detergent. Pre hand-wash high stain areas such as under arms and wash clothes on gentle cycle. Tumble dry on moderate heat. I use Tide for regular wash and Woolite dark on the gentlE or delicate cycle for everything that may fade with washing.
  • At home 5 minute dry clean with Febreeze fabric refresher. Spray garment lightly and pop the garment in the dryer for a few minutes. Remove propmptly and hang. This works really well for blazers, cardigans and sweater dresses.
  • Iron everything inside out. This reduces the likelihood of shining of fabric, especially polyester blends (a favorite fabric at the H&M’s and Forever21′s of the world.)
  • Buy a fabric shaver. This bad boy works wonders on fabric pills and fuzz on sweaters and outerwear. I’m not sure how I would make it through winter without my fabric shaver…it’s almost as essential as a snow blower. I use this one from Walmart.




Letʼs face it, the right accessory can take an outfit over the top. While I do pay attention to accessory trends I tend to wear the same accessories forever (real or fake.) For those pieces that are susceptible to tarnish (metallic tones) I use toothpaste. Coat the item, let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water while brushing with an old toothbrush.

Bottom Line: I want to be fashionable on a dime and the tips above help me get the most out of my purchases. I hope they do the same for you.

Posted on February 17, 2012 .

My 18 Rules of Fashion Week

I was very excited to attend my first fashion week and I am happy to report I was not disappointed.  I learned a number of things over the eight days and I thought it would be fun to share them in the form of rules.

  1. Nothing starts on time, so, if you are a fifteen minutes late, there is a 98.6% chance you will see the  show. (If I were a serious journalist I would have to have some proof for these numbers.)
  2. If you are going to try to talk your way into a show or a venue - please look the part.  Don't show up looking like you left your Walmart shopping cart outside the door.
  3. Any chance you get outside the "tents" to use the bathroom, take it. Once Lincoln Center gets crowded,  the bathrooms are a pungent death trap.
  4. It is okay to apply deodarant in public, especially when the alternative is smelling like a compost heap.
  5. It is perfectly acceptable to have champagne before noon for eight consecutive days.
  6. Pack mints but if you don't and  someone offers you  one, graciously accept; they may be trying to tell you something.
  7. Spokesmodels are at events to promote various brands but they don't have to give you squat.  Please don't act like you are entitled to something simply because you think it's free.  (I saw a lady reach into one of the nail polish jars at the Essie manicure counter) #Fail
  8. If someone gives you their business card - please do not call them five minutes after they have walked away.  It's creepy and you look desperate (and did I say creepy and desperate?)
  9. Please do not invite anyone to a "Fashion Week" party where there is a cover charge.  I think only the creepy, desperate types will pay to get into a party billed as being affiliated with fashion week.
  10. If you are going to crash an "official" party - try slipping in the back entrance.
  11. Wear comfortable shoes or at least have a back up pair in your bag. Nobody sees how cute your ensemble is when you are walking like you need to potty.
  12. Please don't take yourself too seriously,  you are not that important. You may have appeared on the “Real Housewives of The Isle of Man” but I could give two tiny bowel movement pebbles.
  13. No matter how famous or important you think someone is, we are all humans, so if you see someone you admire and would love to meet, go for it but not in a  “Oh my God, oh my God, OH MY GOD, I love you soooooo much" way. I think it freaks them out.
  14. Smile or frown for the camera but don't say, "no pictures please" if you didn't want to be seen or photographed  you would not have come to Fashion Week dressed like you belong in someone's side show.
  15. It is highly unlikely that you will like everything that you see but you should have enough respect for fashion and personal style that you can appreciate someone’s  work.
  16. Don’t shout at or disrespect security or whoever else may be  preventing you from getting into a venue, they are doing their job. If they let in everyone that had a "good story," I shudder to think of the outcome.
  17. If you look like "you're somebody," random people will ask to take pictures with you. Just go with it, it's easier than going into a 15 minute conversation about who you are not.
  18. Don’t bankrupt yourself trying to look fabulous - just manufacture the right attitude and accessorize!
Posted on September 23, 2010 .