Rating: It may have a better use as a hair styling aid or heel softener. Use at your own risk though. :-)
I received a bottle of Howard Leather Conditioner for Christmas from my daughter thanks to a recent post on what to give a lady who loves to thrift. Today, I decided to test this product which claims to restore and revive leather with a combination of lanolin, neatsfoot oil, aloe vera, carnauba wax, and beeswax. Hmmh? Sounds like something that I could use on my hair to create two strand twists. The fragrance is light, sweet, with a consistency of a body lotion and I just wasn't sure if it could live up to its promise. I applied it to a tooled leather bag according to instructions and besides darkening the leather a little, I just can't see any other results. The texture is still the same. I can't see how it restored it in anyway and unless your leather goods are in rigor mortis, the only difference you will notice is the smell. Your bag will definitely smell better.
Rating: It may have a better use as a hair styling aid or heel softener. Use at your own risk though. :-)
I've been having the best time of my thrifted life lately. I never knew that getting rid of over 300 pieces in a matter of days would feel so GOOD! So, I guess you're waiting for closet purging tips, like sorting your items into different piles to determine what to keep, what to give away, and what to trash. My method was easy and it all began with a plaid maxi skirt with a long front split that I had been wearing every fall for over 20-something years, a pair of scissors, and garbage bags.
From the moment I let go of that plaid skirt, I was off and running. I removed bags of thrifted items from the trunk of my car. These are items that never made it to the dry cleaners and were placed in a bathroom now turned laundry room by adding a tension rod across the shower to hold the clothing that would need to drip dry. At least 5 times a week, I would hand wash a few and I'm happy to report that I washed the last of those items this morning.
Now, hand washing was the hard part; throwing away and giving away was easy. You can ask Loris about that. She now has some very nice designer pieces that I no longer had a desire to hold on to. The scissors came in handy for those things that had seen their best days and the garbage bags were filled to capacity..
So, how and where do you start?
1. Disgust. You have to be sick and tired of all of that junk! .
2. Let go of something that you've had forever, preferably something with somewhat of an emotional connection to like the black leather gloves that my friend bought for me over 20-something years ago!
3. Have a friend over that would prevent you from becoming too "scissor happy" and help to save some reusable items from destruction!
4. Try hand washing some of those dry clean only pieces that you've collected!
5. Enjoy the exhilaration of bringing a sense of order to what once was chaotic!
It's not too late to get started. Don't carry ALL of that extra baggage into the new year!
You just can't wear any old socks with lug sole, fur trimmed ankle boots, and believe me, I tried. Footie socks, the kind that you wear with sneakers were my first choice, and there was a visible sock and an area of uncovered ankle where the hem of my HUE leggings ended. That's not cute...at all!
I noticed a few pair of HUE boot socks while I was out browsing on yesterday, but didn't buy a pair. I wasn't sure if they would fit my thick ankles or be comfortable on my feet but today, I decided to give the burnt umber color a try. Once I slipped my feet into them, my feet were in heaven. I mean, it's like your favorite turtleneck sweater or blanket wrapped around your peds. My toes have plenty of wiggle room and plus they are roomy enough for my thick ankles.
I'm so impressed that I'm actually thinking about buying the calf socks for my daughter. Once again, HUE proves that they are the boss when it comes to ladies socks and hosiery!
I'm not sure if I'm considered a minimalist stylist now that I've gotten rid of over half of my wardrobe, but I'm into simple looks, grab, wear, and go pieces to create Plain Jayne looks that I've learned to love. Gettting dressed is easy and fun! Today, I paired a 1990's tartan maxi with a chambray top. Since the hem of my skirt kept latching on to my boots, I added a white cotton maxi skirt which eliminated that problem. Feeling a little like the Bel Air "Banks", I threw an Izod cardigan across my shoulders, grabbed a leather satchel and the look was complete.
Fashion the way I like. Simple and fun!
Inspired by my latest blog crush, Fake Fabulous, I opted to trim my holiday frock with a little sparkle. Old Navy earrings added a little pizzaz to an otherwise moderate fit. Holiday glitz was ever so slightly elevated with subtle shoulder pads. I chose to pair this top with a a high-waisted pleated skirt by BCBG. Even though it was 72 degress in Alabama today, I could not go without Christmas stockings. The stockings were carefully complimented by pointed toe Vince Camuto heels. I felt so glamorous in this outfit especially with Brighton bling that brought a little jingle to this Southern Belle!
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!
If you walked into my place, you would have no idea that it was the Christmas season. There's no Christmas tree, no lights, no wrapped packages, no smell of cakes or cookies baking; just a place in shambles because I'm packing to move. But, moving is not the real reason for the lack of holiday cheer, it's just that Christmas came at a really bad time this year.
Four to six weeks, that's how much time the doctors gave my favorite Aunt (older cousin) to live. I call her my Aunt because she's at least 25 years older than I am and if the doctors are right, then the 4 to 6 weeks end right about NOW! That's why it's difficult for me to think of the merriment associated with seeing loved ones faces light up as they tear away wrapping paper to find gifts that they already knew they had. The thought of delicious food does nothing for my taste buds and this season is anything but happy.
But, I did see her face light up when I visited her today and so did mine! We talked. We ate. We laughed. We said that when she got better, we would do the things that we loved which included shopping! Yes, we talked about living life! But when I left her for a long ride home, I wondered if we would ever have a chance to do any of those things.
But...there's one little piece of evidence of Christmas, a free Brighton gift bag from Belk that contained a gift for my daughter. She took the gift home on yesterday, but left the bag. Maybe she did it for a reason. Maybe it's a symbol of something and maybe it's good!
Loris called me early in the morning all excited about her super deals at Belk and then her voiced lowered when she gave me the details of her thrifting experience. "Mama, thrifting is serious business to some women. As I was shopping this morning, a lady kept staring in my shopping cart and looking at me with a not-so-nice expresssion on her face. It was almost like she thought I was taking items that belonged to her." She went on to tell me of another encounter with what appeared to be mother and daughter thrifters, that kept staring and looking really mean at her as she shopped. Listening to her brought back memories of my own experiences and the question, "Can friends thrift together?" came to mind.
Women and competition. Who can know when it all began but it doesn't end in the thrift store. I was a size 10, my friend was a size 18 and we both loved to thrift. If the store was super huge, we would separate and look for both our sizes as we shopped. We had almost identical tastes but items in my size were plentiful. I didn't know that she really had an issue until one day I decided to go behind her in an aisle where she claimed there was nothing in my size and found all kinds of cute stuff shoved between clothing, all my size. Needless to say, our thrifting together ended and so did the relationship that we had. I can't deal with envy!
That wasn't the only bad experience. There have been several more and I've decided that if I'm not thrifting with the females in my family, I'd rather thrift alone. That way, I don't have to worry about the tension of shopping with someone who is envious of my thrifted finds. And, I'm not constantly interrupted by "Do you like this?" and asking myself "What in the heck is she thinking?"
Friends and thrifting. It has never worked out for me. What about you?
Thrifting is chic, even celebrities do it! With just 7 days left before Christmas, Loris and I have compiled a list of 10 gift ideas for the lady in your life who loves bargain hunting outside of retail walls.
1. Cash! No thrift store gift cards! This gives them the option of shopping different thrift stores plus yard sales where cash is king!
2. Antibacterial kit containing hand santizers, masks, gloves. You just never know!
3. Gas card. Real thrifters can shop several stores in a day and mileage can add up!
4. Thrifting tote. Something stylish to hold lucky finds while preventing plastic baggie pile up!
5. Leather cleaner and conditioning kit. This helps to restore beauty to those leather bags!
6. Pre-paid cobber services. When all it takes is a new sole on those leather shoes, leave it to the professionals!
7. Pre-paid dry cleaning. High-end designer finds really deserve professional cleaning services!
8. Restaurant gift card for lunch and restroom breaks. It is NOT a good idea to use a thrift store ladies room!
9. Mani/pedi gift certificate. Tired feet and broken fingernails are not uncommon while thrifting!
10.Massage certificate. While thrifting is said to be a stress reliever, moving those heavy racks of clothing can cause sore arms. An occasional massage will keep her in top thrifting condition!
There you have it. Gift ideas for the lady in your life who loves to thrift. I'm sure that she will love any of them. We sure would!
My granddaughter is visiting for the holidays and when I spied her fringed crossbody, I was filled with delight. Oh, how I love fashion, especially fashion that has fond memories attached.
The year was 1999, I had just bought a Honda Accord and decided to take it on a road trip to Alexandria, Va. It was the longest drive ever and with my friend constantly nodding, there was no way I would let her take the wheel. Of course, I remember sight seeing in neighboring Washington DC, but my granddaughter's suede bag reminded of my shopping trip to Tanger Outlet. Loris was twelve years old and into accessories, especially those 10 for $10.00 deals at Icing. I carefully selected items that I knew she would love and the suede bag was included.
My daughter, now in her late 20's, kept the bag and passed it on to her daughter who is 11. It's cool to see how fashion flows through generations and who would ever have guessed that Icing would be a part?
The layered look is not just for the young "American Eagle" lovers, the mature crowd can get in on this fun style too! That chambray tunic from this past summer will make the perfect layering piece. Add dark denim leggings, fur trimmed lug sole booties, and top with a classic Lacoste sweater and animal print scarf. Don't forget the leather crossbody tote and your look is complete. Layer up in style!