How To Clean Suede Shoes

2 Mar

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I went out for dinner on Saturday night (to this restaurant I highly recommend) and got completely soaked on the way there. (Caught public transport and had no umbrella) I’m talking walking into a restaurant looking like I just got out of the shower. Drenched!

Despite the rain, it was still nice and warm and lots of fun so I got over the fact that I apparently “looked like I had a bad perm”, once my hair had dried, but was not very happy the following morning when I woke up to see the damage to my red suede shoes. When I first saw them I wasn’t sure if I would be able to fix the dye that had run.

Fortunately I remembered that I’d bought a suede cleaning block a while ago, so I thought I’d give it a try. I gave my shoes a once over with the block and then brushed them with a suede brush and they’re as good as new. (I can’t say the same about my dyed red feet!)

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It’s a really handy little thing to have on stand-by if you’re the owner of suede shoes, bags or jackets. (..and live in Melbourne and are in the habit of leaving home without an umbrella as I did)  It worked a treat!

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*Note I had also treated my suede shoes with a protective spray when I first bought them, so I think that saved them too.

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One Reason Your Wardrobe Might Need An Overhaul

26 Feb

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It’s seems ridiculous to imagine someone thinking they have nothing to wear when their wardrobe is spilling over with clothes.

But to me, because I know and understand why it’s happening, it seems reasonable.

Among several reasons women feel, when they stand in front of their wardrobe full of clothes each day that they have nothing to wear, is because they have too much.

Quite possibly too many choices which make it confusing and too time consuming to go through it and put outfits together or too much mediocre stuff (ill-fitting, outdated, old, not loved) getting in the way of being able to see and use the good stuff.

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If your wardrobe feels overwhelming, boring, frustrating or even depressing, consider taking the following action:

1. Ask a friend or family member to help you (honestly) go through it with you.  Make a day of it.  Have some nibbles and champagne and put on some music.  (Remembering that you want the clothes in your wardrobe to reflect your personal style, not someone else’s)

2. Book in for a Wardrobe Overhaul with me.  (You can still make a day of it with nibbles, champagne and music.  Whatever makes you feel comfortable and relaxed and makes the process enjoyable and fun for you.)

3. Work through some of my Weekend Wardrobe Challenge’s.

* It’s not unusual to feel a little bit anxious and nervous about the idea of working with a stylist.  (I think Trinny & Susannah have contributed to the fear. I’m probably not quite as funny as them, but I’m much gentler -yet still honest- than them)  If you missed it when I wrote it way back when, you can read, “I Know That Working With Me Can Cause (Unnecessary) Anxiety” here

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Embrace Your Uniqueness

24 Feb

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Take note – all of you who read my blog and those clients of mine who have told me they’re “too pale”, “can’t expose their legs because they’re so white”  and feel they need to always cover up (with tights, tan, etc) - of all the lovely pale skin on show at the Oscars.

Not an orange tan in sight.

Embrace your uniqueness.

Pale is beautiful!

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The Light Trench

22 Feb

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As autumn approaches it’s time to think about what could be added to your wardrobe to transition it from the warmer to cooler weather.

A light trench coat is one such piece worth considering because it offers so much versatility.

Wear it to work with a skirt and blouse, out for dinner with your jeans, throw it over your shoulders if you’re going to a wedding or wear it casually to a gallery or while you’re watching your kids play sport on the weekend, with your boots or sneakers.

If your style is not too classic look for something a bit different…edgier and unique (like the one pictured).  Contrary to popular thought, trench coats come in various versions of the original style.

I’m considering this khaki one (a slightly heavier version) to add to my collection and also have my eye on this one.

As with everything you wear always think about whether the style is flattering for your body shape and inspect it from head to toe, (don’t forget back and side on too) to ensure the fit is right.

You can see lots of ideas for how to wear a trench here

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