Friday, 17 April 2015

Taking care of your prom dress after the party




 

Image by: Anhtai Tran

Are you worried about how to look after your prom dress once you get home? Worried about wrinkling your dream gown? Maybe you’ve spilt something on the dress during the after party and need to get the stain out. 

 

Here are some great tips that will help you look after your 2015 prom dresses. Always remember to follow the usual rules for stain removal.

Dry Cleaning First

We all know that dry cleaning can extend the life of a garment. By correctly cleaning and handling 2015 prom dresses, you can reap these rewards:

 

• Minimize color fading
• Keep your dress looking fresher for longer
• The fabric life can be extended which means your precious purchase will last longer.

 

If you should be unfortunate enough to get a stain on the gown, deal with it as soon as you can. The longer you leave it, the more time the stain dry and soak in, it becomes a lot harder to get rid of. Identify the cause of the stain so that you can deal with how to remove it. Then take the dress straight to the dry cleaner.

Dealing with Wrinkles

It’s a great idea to have 2015 prom dresses steamed or pressed. A cool iron also does the trick – use a piece of white cloth on top of the dress to protect it, though.

 

To keep the prom dress from getting wrinkled in the car on the way to the prom, push as much of the fabric as you can to one side so that you sit on as little of it as possible.

 

Once you get home, give the dress plenty of space to breathe. Make sure nothing touches the dress that will make it turn colors or wrinkle.

The Basics of Stain Removal

• Treat stains as soon as you possibly can
• Always test the treatment method first on a hidden area of the gown before you treat the actual stain
• Make sure you rub the stain from the back of the dress fabric
• Be sure to read and follow the manufacturer’s care instructions
• Don’t iron or dry a stained dress until the stain has been removed
• Avoid rubbing the stain, rather scrape or blot it
• To blot stains, use a clean white towel
• Great all-purpose stain removals include baking soda, club soda, salt, and lemon juice

Make Up Stains

If your 2015 prom dresses get lipstick, eye shadow or mascara stains, dampen the stain using warm water and rub with a detergent that has color safe bleach. You can rub the detergent right on the stain until there is no more outline. Wash the dress is the hottest water it is allowed.

 

For stains like foundation, lip and eye liners and concealer, dampen the stain with warm water and rub gently with liquid laundry detergent. Next, rinse the area and wash the dress in the warmest water it can take.

Nail Polish Stains

These can be almost impossible to get out, depending on the fabric. Try nail polish remover by placing the dress face down on paper towels and blot the back of the mark. 

Ink Stains

For these unfortunate marks, try pen eraser or soak the stain in rubbing alcohol.

Grass Stains

If your 2015 prom dresses suffer grass stains, try wiping with alcohol and applying a mild chlorine bleach.

Coffee and Tea Stains

As soon as you spill coffee or tea on the dress, run the stain under cold water. You can also pre-treat the stain using fabric prewash before washing.

Oil or Grease

For these marks, use a liquid pre-treatment and then wash the dress in warm water. If the stain is still there, lie it face down on paper towels and then rub with a dry cleaning solvent.

Mud Stains

Leave mud to dry before scraping off as much as you can. Then soak the stain for about 15 minutes using a detergent and water. 

Sweat Stains

Simply rub a moistened bar of soap right on the affected area. You can then apply liquid detergent and wash.

Blood

Finally, to treat blood stains, use a paste of corn starch, talcum powder or cornmeal and water. Leave to dry and then brush it off.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Life Update | I got a new job! What I Wore To The Interview

You may have noticed that as of late there has been a huge lack of content here on my blog, as usual I am here to apologise for my absence...

Unfortunately my life seems to have literally fell apart in recent months but I'm currently in the process of building it back up again! By saying that, I mean literally everything! NEW HOME...I am currently in the process of applying for a new place to live, alone! FRESH START...My relationship has pretty much hit rock bottom after 5+ years, neither of us are happy so its time to move on.

NEW JOB...I had been in my previous job for almost 4 years, it was my first "proper" job after school/college, they had took me on with no experience and trained me up and although I am very grateful for that, I eventually felt I was taken for granted, and not paid enough for what I was doing for the company, also my office manager seemed to have it in for me and made each day a misery for me, so I began looking for new jobs online! I found websites such as Jobcentre, City Calling and Indeed particularly useful. 

I wanted to try something new and more challenging, but found that you need to have experience for pretty much every job out there! But I applied for an Accounts Payable/Purchase Ledger Clerk position anyway. I had no experience whatsoever in this position, but I put a lot of time into updating and re-designing my CV and was invited for an interview. 

I was very nervous after not attending any kind of interview for almost four years! But I decided to have a pamper session the evening before to relax myself and help me feel my best! I had already picked out my outfit which I was going to wear. I decided to dress reasonably smart but not too OTT. I found out my grey trouser suit which I bought from Primark about 3 years ago, and paired it with a pretty nude coloured chiffon tie front blouse. I wore nude coloured flat shoes(I wouldn't have felt comfortable wearing heels) and accessorised simply but effectively with my Fossil Rose Gold Watch and a nude tote bag! I really enjoyed dressing up smart for a change!

(Image features items similar to what I wore for my interview)

Anyway, my interview went well, and I waited to hear from them, but I got a phone call that same day from my interviewers, who said they were impressed with my positive attitude and thought I would be more than capable to do the job, so they offered me the job that day, despite still having a couple more applicants to interview! I was thrilled to say the least. I have now been in the job for almost 3 weeks and it's going very well. Onwards and upwards from here I hope! 

Have any of you faced any new challenges in your life lately?

Five Ways To Spice Up Your Workplace Wardrobe

Image by: Celia

The spring season does not need to be the hardest to dress for, yet it doesn’t have to be a predictable exercise, either. With weather that can change at the drop of a hat, anything goes. Here are some of our top picks and fashion advice to spice up your springtime wardrobe.

Dressing appropriately in the spring time can be a very harrowing experience. With new colour schemes bursting onto the scene every single year, various fashions and trends from how a garment is cut, to the material that it is made from – looking your best in springtime can be a tall order.

Let’s face it, not everyone is cut out to be a fashionista; picking appropriate matching corporate clothing on any given day simply does not come naturally to every single person on this earth. It is sad but true, so we thought we would compile the best tips and advice that we could for both men and women to help everyone slip into spring fashion a little bit easier this year.

Trending Time Period
Every year it seems, we are slipping a little bit further into the past, and then right back again. Last year it was the authentic vintage look of the Great Gatsby, and this year we’re coming back a little bit closer to present day fashion – but not too close – this year popular fashion is borrowing a page from the 1970s.

For a man that means button up shirts with floral patterns, and for a woman that means borrowing a look from Jackie Brown. While natural earth tones seem to have dominated the 1970s, there is still always room for a colourful floral pattern on a man.

Bring the Noise
Stripes, plaid, and checked tailoring are back in style again. And a little bit of action in the patterns and lines of your wardrobe can make all the difference between fashion forward and fashion flop.

When it comes to stripes, if you possess a thinner build, make sure that the lines are moving horizontally. And if you are a little larger then we suggest making your stripes flow vertically. Stripes are a great way to add or remove the appearance of body mass.

Checked tailoring is becoming increasingly popular among men, as businesses attire moves away from plain solid colours to clothing with more depth and texture.

Scarves
Scarves are no longer just for women. Maybe it’s our culture’s current obsession with protest movements, or Maybe Johnny Depp’s influence is finally gaining, but whatever the case more men are wearing scarves today than ever before.

Whatever your gender, a good scarf will provide both function and fashion. A solid wool scarf with checked tailoring and adorned with any popular spring colour such as green, brown, or blue will add sophistication to your wardrobe while preparing you for a random rainstorm or a cold front.

Personal Flair
A little bit of personal flair in one’s workplace wardrobe can completely reinvent an outfit. A carefully placed accessory can really make an outfit pop, while demonstrating your attention to detail. I personally like to use my own personal flair to somewhat lower the intensity of a powerful outfit.

For example, if I’m dressed to the nines with an Armani suit, tie, and immaculately polished brown leather shoes – I may have to rock a pair of socks with animal from the Muppets on them. Most people won’t even notice they were ever there, but I know that I have Animal on my feet … and sometimes I am the only one that I am trying to impress.

The Ground Rules
At the end of the day, no matter what you mix into the equation it is important not to let one attribute or another dominate your entire outfit. For every little bit of fun, have an equal measure of serious. For every brace, loud, noisy pattern – be sure to include enough solid colours to balance it out. Or no colour at all.

And always remember; the spring season is one of the most unpredictable seasons all year round, and it’s just the right time for you to be a little bit unpredictable, too.