TIP OF THE DAY NO. 56 – LOVING COAT HANGERS!

TIP NO. 56 – LOVING COAT HANGERS

Coat hangers are a great help to keep your clothes looking good. The support of a good wooden hanger keeps the shape of a coat or jacket. Your pants keep their pleats when hanging on a man’s wooden hanger with the bottom of the pant in the clip – hanging upside down. A skirt hangs best on a hanger with clips at each end, allowing the waistband to be stretched, keeping the hemline even.

And if you have a lot of wire hangers in your closet – let me say that it is not a permanent way to hang up your clothes. The usefulness of a wire hanger expires (or should) when it comes back from the Dry Cleaners.

So if you have not been paying attention to the kind of hanger you are using, or it you have relied on wire hangers, it is time to replace them with the kind that treats your clothes with the respect they deserve.

See you tomorrow

         scan0004-2                     Brigitte

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TIP OF THE DAY NO. 38 – PERFUME NOT JUST ON YOUR SKIN

TIP NO. 38 – PERFUME NOT JUST ON YOUR SKIN

The art of making perfume started in Ancient Egypt, and through the ages became  part of a women’s aura. In the France on the court of Louis XIV perfume even substituted for soap and water.

Today we are lucky to have soap, water and perfume. And for most women it is part of their daily beauty routine to spray on their favorite fragrance Lady with perfume– but if you want to extend its allure, put your empty or nearly empty perfume bottles (open) in your lingerie drawers  – and your underwear will smell as good as you.

See you tomorrow

           scan0004-2                     Brigitte

TIP OF THE DAY NO. 36 – THE ART OF BUYING IN THRIFT SHOPS

TIP NO. 36 – THE ART OF BUYING IN THRIFT SHOPS

Shopping in thrift shops has become a sport – spurred on by the ambition to find the bargain of a lifetime. But to find that bargain you must know how to look, and what you are looking for – prepare yourself – you will need:

1. An idea of what is missing in your wardrobe – this is to avoid getting side tracked by things that don’t fit your lifestyle.

2. Know what is in fashion – even if you don’t follow the latest trends, knowing that full skirts are in will prevent you from buying an unfashionable tight one.

3. Plenty of time – thrift shops are packed with merchandise –  displayed either in heaps on tables or hanging on rags tightly packed, making it difficult to go through it quickly. You must have enough time to see what is there and to examine carefully what you buy.

4. Check it out – when you find an item you like check out its condition –  look under the arms and around the collar. There should be no sign of wear – also check for snags, pulled threads, spots, rips, and piling when it is knitwear.

5. Try it on – today most thrift shops have fitting rooms – use them – don’t come home with something that does not fit or suit you – remember there is no exchange.

6. Consider an alteration – if it is only a matter of shortening the length and/or the sleeves, and it fits otherwise, it will still be worse buying.

Once you have found a thrift shop you like, some are more pleasant than others, drop in whenever you have some time and check out what has come in – their merchandise changes daily and after all you don’t want to miss the bargain of a lifetime.

Happy Hunting – see you tomorrow

   scan0004-2                          Brigitte

TIP OF THE DAY NO. 35 – SHOPPING WHILE TRAVELLING

TIP NO. 35 – SHOPPING WHILE TRAVELLING

I have just come back from my trip to Switzerland, and of course shopping is part of what we do when we leave home.  But it is not the same as shopping at home. First I noticed that my attitude to money is quite different – different in the way I look at prices. After a few days when I have gotten used to the currency, and don’t calculate anymore how much something is in dollars, I pay 100 Swiss Francs for a pair of shoes without thinking that it is expensive – where here at home I would think twice about paying that much.

Well, it is part of our holiday mood – we think that we deserve these treats when we are on vacation, and we do! But be careful not to get carried away by your surroundings, by spending the extra money for something you can not use once you are back home.

Don’t fall in love with an adorable summer dress only appropriate for the beach – but not useful when you are back in New York. Or have you ever come home with a huge straw hat? Now only a reminder of that wonderful stay in the Bahamas! By all means go shopping, have fun, but buy something that will  remind you of your vacation while wearing it back home.

Oh, yes the shoes I bought are  something I will wear all summer – they are beige snake-skin, with a medium size heel, and very comfortable. But I had a moment of hesitation. There was also a pair of sexy, red ones with  very high heels, and my holiday mood was more for sexy and daring —- but then I took my own advice and bought what will be useful this spring and summer.

See you tomorrow

           scan0004-2                 Brigitte

TIP OF THE DAY NO. 32 – BUY SHOES WHICH DON’T HURT

TIP NO. 32 – BUY SHOES WHICH DON’T HURT

When we fall in love with a pair of shoes, and the salesman says, “Sorry, we don’t have them in eight and a half” – we convince ourselves that size 8, which we are trying on, really doesn’t feel so tight, even if our big toe is going to sleep.

Here are a few ideas to help you get the right size:

-Buy your shoes in the afternoon,  or after you have been on your feet for a few hours -in the morning when your feet are rested, they will be half a size smaller than later in the day.

– See if there is an area that is not carpeted in the store – and walk there for a minutes, you will feel the difference – a soft carpet makes every shoe feel so much more comfortable

– and most important – when the salesman says, “Don’t worry they will stretch. DON’T BELIEVE HIM! (Check in your wardrobe how man shoes you have which didn’t stretch!)

– the shoes you buy must feel so comfortable that you would like to walk out of the store with them –

Don’t compromise – you owe it to your feet to give them a comfortable home.

See you tomorrow

 scan0004-2                         Brigitte

TIP OF THE DAY N0 31 – MAKING YOUR SHOES MORE COMFORTABLE

TIP NO 31 – MAKING YOUR SHOES MORE COMFORTABLE

We have all made the mistake of buying shoes that are too small for comfort. If you have a pair like this in your closet, wear them when it rains. (An exception would be light-colored – beige or pastel – because they will stain) Wearing them in the rain will stretch them enough to make them comfortable. But you must keep them on your feet until they are completely dry or they will shrink again.

If you worry about spoiling the shoes, look at it this way: The way they are now, you can’t wear them at all, or not for very long. So either the experiment works and you have a pair of shoes you can wear, or if it doesn’t work you give them away, which you would have had to do eventually anyway – so it is worth a try – ‘go walking in the rain.’

       HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY and don’t forget to wear those high heels today

See you tomorrow

            scan0004-2                  Brigitte

TIP OF THE DAY NO. 30 – WEARING HIGH-HEELED SHOES

TIP NO. 30WEARING HIGH HEELED- SHOES

As we have heard yesterday ‘high heels’  are very becoming and seductive. But if you have not worn any for a long time – how do you start?

Buy a pair with a small heel.  Maybe 2″ high, and start wearing them around the house. It will give your feet a chance to get used to them – remember only practice makes perfect – and with  time you can wear them when you go out – and with more time – you might work yourself up to this

Piaget shoes
Paige – Harper’s Bazaar March 2013

Your partner will be certainly appreciate your new look!

Until tomorrow

             scan0004-2            Brigitte