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Monthly Archives: October 2018

About Workplace Wardrobe

We all want to look good but there is a right and a wrong way to go about it at the office. When you go for an interview, as nervous as you might be, make sure you take note of your surroundings. What are people wearing? The first few days of your new job, dress conservatively until you figure out the work “uniform.” Trust me on this, you will not start a new office dress trend by wearing something considered outlandish by current office standards. While none of us wants to be a conformist, there is moderation and then there is downright career suicide dressing.

While we all want to be individuals, a lot can be taken from Chanel’s famous quote, “be a caterpillar by day and a butterfly at night.” I cannot tell you how many times I have remarked “That is a cute outfit but why is she wearing it in the office. It is great for clubbing.” And you know your wardrobe is too over the top when the men in the office are commenting about the inappropriateness of the attire. You should never be the water cooler gossip subject when it comes to fashion.

The Rules of the Road:

  1. Determine what the “code” is in the office.
  2. Go through your wardrobe and see what base pieces you have that fit within that code. If you don’t have enough pieces to go a week, you may need to pump up your wardrobe. You want to be consistent. You don’t want to dress within the code one day and then wear something opposite the next. It gives the impression that you are not serious about your job.
  3. Clothing should never be tight ANYWHERE.
  4. Dress as if you already have that next promotion. In other words, dress for success. What are those above you in the corporate structure wearing?
  5. Make sure your grooming is consistent with the wardrobe. Hair, nails, and accessories are just as important as the clothes. Give yourself a visual check in the mirror before you leave the house. You never want to overhear someone saying “Didn’t he/she look in the mirror this morning?”

So how do you retain your personality without being the talk of the office?

  1. Add your personality with the colors you wear. Wearing basic neutral colors like black does not mean you can’t spruce it up with a touch of your favorite color in your shirt, scarf, jewelry or tie.
  2. Accessorize to bring out your personality. That little handbag that says “this is me!” is a great way to insert yourself into the office “uniform.”
  3. Add texture. Basic does not mean boring. Suede, corduroy, flowing fabrics, etc. can give a basic skirt design a lift.

Stylist, Indra Books, got her start early in life. At the age of 10 she started sewing with her mother and grandmother. By age, 12 she had won her first sewing competition and by 14 was making theatre costumes. After choosing not to pursue a career in the fashion industry, Indra continued to design gowns for friends and family including her own wedding dress and bridesmaids gowns. Twenty years after her mother told her to move to NYC to become a personal shopper, she opened her own life management business(ON THE GO 4 U) with personal shopping as one of the services provided.

Take Care of Sheep Skin Boots

Keep in mind that sheep skin boots are made from an animal’s skin, and animals do get exposed to the elements. They get wet and dirty and they recover from this exposure to the elements, so it is safe to assume that your new boots can be safely cleaned as well. Boots made from a sheep’s skin are in some ways delicate, and they can be easily damaged by chemicals or by scratches and other types of abrasions. To maintain that expensive, soft look of the sheep skin, never use inappropriate chemicals when cleaning. And always use soft rags that will not scratch or otherwise damage the surface of the boots.

The first thing you should do after purchasing a pair of sheep skin boots is to apply a spray sealant type product to the boot. Be sure to follow the product’s directions for use. Taking this step is more of a preventative measure. It will offer a certain degree of protection by blocking soil and water from penetrating into the sheep skin.

When you do need to clean your sheep skin boots start by using a soft brush or a soft, dry cloth. Apply light pressure and simply try to buff out the stain. If that approach does not work, you can purchase a cleaning product that is recommended for wool. The cleaning product use instructions may or may not require the product to be mixed with lukewarm water. Always read the label first and proceed as instructed. Shoe stores are a good place to locate an appropriate cleaning product to use on sheep skin boots. Searching the Internet is another good way to locate an appropriate cleaning product . If using the Internet, just be sure to take whatever steps are necessary to protect your credit card information.

Once you have successfully finished cleaning your sheep skin boots, they will need to dry. You should never use or expose your boots to extreme heat sources when drying. In the path of direct sunlight, in front of a crackling fire or heater or inside a dryer are the places where these boots should never be allowed to roam. Exposing your boots to these extreme sources of heat likely will cause significant as well as permanent damage to the delicate sheep skin. Instead, find a nice shady spot to place your boots so that they can air dry naturally.

Care for Lambswool

What to avoid

There are two main types of ingredient that may result in the deterioration of a Lambswool cardigan or wool sweater washed under incorrect conditions:

Sorry, but it gets a little technical from here on.

Biological Detergents

In addition to the normal surfactants, emulsifiers, perfumes etc contained in ordinary detergents, the so-called ‘bio’ detergents also include a small quantity of enzymes. These are protein digesting biological catalysts, and are effective at decomposing stains or soiling in which protinaceous material is the main constituent. Egg, blood, and most other food stains etc are all protein based and will be effectively removed by enzyme-containing detergents.

The problem is that like fur and hair, the histological structure of the fibre in Lambswool cardigans and sweaters is based on the polypeptide and disulphide linked protein Keratin. This can itself be affected by the biological components in some of these detergents. It is possible that enzymes may attack the cell membrane complex of the wool fibres, and lead to disintegration of the structure into its component cortical cells, this leads to a hole filled Lambswool garment.

Bleaches and Bleach Activators

In order to increase their apparent cleansing efficiency, some washing powders include bleaches or ‘bleach activators’. These are usually of an oxidative nature, though can also be reductive. Again, because of Lambswool and wool’s inherently natural characteristics, the fibre can be damaged by strong solutions in these bleach-containing powders.

More often than not, these types of washing powders will cause fading of colour to Lambswool cardigans and sweaters, even erosion of the fibre cuticle and a corresponding deterioration in resilience and strength.

About Dress Your Jeans

For low-waist jeans, use navel diamonds and gems to accentuate a cute belly-button. You can also wrap silver chain-belts around your tummy, to shimmer while you dance “the bump”. For a totally 70’s look, add on colorful bangles and large hoop rings.For capris, wear anklets – either a slim gold chain to accent a trim ankle or ethnic beads for a “beach-babe” look. You can also add hip body bags for a sportier look.For cargos, those handy Swiss knives bring action to your jeans, as do large backpacks. You can also wear Buddha beads which bring luck for extreme adventures.For high-waist pants, use large dark-colored snakeskin belts to hide the height of the waist. Never use bright colored or diamond belts – it’ll grab all the attention.For tattered or ripped jeans, wear kerchief belts for a handy-man look. You can also position a kerchief in your backpocket to call attention to a sexy bottom. Don’t use overpolished accessories with the grunge look such as diamond or leather belts – it’s an extreme combination.For loose or baggy jeans, more oversized chains clipped from the belt-line to your pocket give you a “gangsta” look. So do vintage pocket-watches, which bring out the “hip-hop” style. And if you’re in for the “chicano” look, wear plaids as well as bandanas or hairnets.For cigarette pants, use “l-mac” (colored-transparent plastic) belts for a “be-bop” look. Gold or silver jewelry and fancy anklets can also dress up your jeans. never wear anything ethnic – it ruins the polished style.