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Dry Shampoo Fix for Sweaty Feet

Dry Shampoo fix for Sweaty Feet

As the weather warms up we will soon be trading our booties and boots in for sandals, peep toes and sling backs and with that comes a problem most of us face, sweaty slippery feet.

I remember one time at a summer event here in Vegas, wearing peep toe heels (of course it was like a gazillion degrees) and my feet were so sweaty they started slowly sliding forward until all of my toes were jockeying for position trying to escape out of that one tiny little peep hole in the front of my shoe! There I was trying to look cool, sipping my cocktail while down below it was like a pain filled scene from Titanic, mass evacuation.

Since then I have discovered a sweaty foot’s BFF, which just so happens to be dirty hair’s BFF (it’s ok they can share) Dry Shampoo!

Most dry shampoos are made with some sort of starch to soak up oil, makes sense right?  It absorbs the oil from your scalp leaving your hair fresh and clean extending that blowout a few more days, well it works the same way absorbing oil/sweat from your feet.

The fix is ridiculously easy.  Just spray the bottoms of your feet with dry shampoo before you put your heels/shoes on.  It work great on any shoes you are wearing sockless- heels, ballet flats and sandals.

I opt for spray/aerosol dry shampoos that dry clear with zero powdery residue for this fix because who want’s chalky feet lol.

Dry Shampoo For Stinky feet

Dry shampoo will also help with those smelly sneakers!  Spray the inside with dry shampoo. Let the formula absorb for a few hours then brush off any residue, and your kicks will be coming up roses—well, almost.

You can also apply a shot of dry shampoo to your palms and rub them together to nix sweaty hands and you can spray a quick blast in between thighs to prevent perspiration and rubbing! Really!  It totally works!

Dry Shampoo Fix for Sweaty Feet

Weird But it Works Freezing Your Nylons and Tights

 Freezing Your Nylons

There’s nothing I hate more than pulling on a brand-new pair of tights or pantyhose only to rip them seconds later.

Hosiery has caused many a fashion crisis over the years.

Right now hosiery is hot, hot hot! Everything from fishnets to opaque tights and barely there pantyhose.  The fashion world is in LOVE with leg-wear at the moment but with it comes a problem, no matter how careful you are, the rips, runs and snags just seem to be inevitable and leg-wear isn’t cheap!  No one wants to waste $20-$60 on a hosiery that they can only wear one time before it snags- or in some cases ZERO times if it rips while your putting it on.

Stylist to the rescue….I have a pretty amazing stylist’s trick for extending the life of tights/nylons.

This is going to sound crazy but trust me it works…….and it will change your hosiery life.

Freeze Your Nylons and Tights, yep FREEZE them.

The next time you buy a new pair of tights or pantyhose (and BEFORE you wear them), run them under water until they’re damp. Then place them in a plastic bag and freeze overnight. Take them out and let them come to room temp before wearing. You only need to do this once–after that, you’re good to go. The chilly temps firm and strengthen the individual fibers, making them less susceptible to runs later on.

This will make your nylons and tights last longer, stay run-free, lint-free and vibrant in color.

For a little extra insurance once you have your pantyhose on give them a quick spray down with hairspray. This bonds the fibers together, making your tights less likely to get runs or snags.

And just like your mom taught you, as soon as you see the beginning of a snag, apply some clear nail polish to the spot to stop it from running.

Stylist’s Tip: Never, ever put hosiery in the dryer. It will break down the elasticity in the fabric, causing that dreaded roll-down-your-hips-and-belly-right-when-you-sit-down-moment. Always hand wash in COLD water (remove any rings and make sure nails are filed or wear gloves, before washing) and then hang to dry.

 How to Make Your Tights and Nylons Last Longer:  Freeze them!

Crop It with Seasonal Transition Pieces

Seasonal Transition Pieces

Even though we are neck deep in winter it’s time to start thinking about seasonal transition pieces- wardrobe pieces that you can wear now and into Spring.

The best way to dip your toes into Spring is to slowly start incorporating some key-trends into your look now.  It will make the seasonal transition easier plus you’ll be 1/2 way through your Spring shopping before the season even begins!

Fashion Week gave us a glimpse into the trends we’ll be wearing this coming Spring and floral dresses are a key trend for SS18

I have a secret to share, a sure fire trick to making an easy transition from winter to spring…..cropped sweaters.

A cropped sweater PLUS a flouncy Spring dress is in-between season MAGIC!

A cozy cropped sweater makes a warm weather dress work for the cooler season – just add ankle boots and tights or nylons.  In a couple months when the weather starts warming up ditch the sweater, tights and boots and add a sneaker, sandals or heels to Springify the look.

It’s an effortlessly hip take on layering that will help you transition stylishly into spring PLUS with all the manic weather we’ve been having you’ll be prepared for warmer days.

Stylist’s NOTE: The sweater and dress I am wearing are sold as a set but you can achieve this look easily with separates.

Seasonal Transition Pieces

Seasonal Transition Pieces

What I’m Wearing: Maeve Osceola Dress | Donald J Pliner Jorie Velvet Bootie | TOPSHOP Clutch |

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Seasonal Transition Pieces- Pieces to help you navigate the seasons in style

Taking the Pain Out of Patent Leather

Patent Leather Care

Patent leather.  It’s chic, sleek and luxe but keeping that gorgeous finish requires a little special care.

All patent leather lovers have suffered from at least one of these fashion emergencies: Color Transfer, Foggy Finish or Fingerprint Central and sadly there are no quick fixes or secret tricks that actually solve most of these problems.

If you follow my Insta-Stories, a couple weeks ago I shared my trials with a few of the popular Pinterest tips for cleaning patent leather including: Milk, Scotch Tape and Mineral Oil.  In my opinion NONE of these wacky methods work.

Although the internet is full of even more DIY’s for patent leather cleaning, like using rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover (eek I would never), taking the pain out of patent leather is really all about preventative care.

Patent leather get’s it’s glossy appearance from a process where the leather is coated with lacquer, that’s what makes it super duper shiny.

Because of this process patent leather is far more resistant to marks and stains than some other, more delicate leathers. However, it is prone to color transfer and scuffing.

Keeping your patent leather pristine is all about daily care. Wipe your patent leather down with a baby wipe or a dryer sheet after use to get rid of remove smudges and dust.  If you use a baby wipe make sure to buff it out with a clean dry cloth immediately after.

For stubborn dust and smudging, spray a cloth with Windex and buff away the grime. Always dry and then buff IMMEDIATELY after anything wet touches the patent leather with a fresh, dry cloth.

One of the major problems with patent leather is that it picks up dyes and colors from other fabrics (such as clothing, etc.) very easily. Removing this is super difficult so the best thing to do is to take steps to prevent it.  Avoid allowing your handbag come in constant contact with other clothing, etc. that may have dyes that transfer easily such as denim.  A white patent leather bag rubbing against dark denim on a hot day spells DISASTER!

Surprisingly, most damage to patent leather occurs during storage and this is easily preventable!

Always store your patent leather in its original dustbag. This will keep dust, grime and moisture from ruining the bag. To maintain the shape of your bag, make sure to store the bag in an upright position or the storage could create permanent dents in the patent leather.

Extended time pressed against another leather piece or plastic can cause color transfer. To prevent dye transfer, store patent leather away from colored plastic or cotton bags. (Polyester or rayon bags are fine.) And keep handbags separated; leaning one against another can also cause discoloration.

Some scuffs and stains are so severe that they will penetrate the leather below the surface coating creating a foggy or yellowed appearance. Unlike other leathers, there is no cleaner or conditioner that will slowly buff away hard stains or deep discoloration. Long term wear can cause discoloration, as well as long-term exposure to sunlight. This type of discoloration is usually irreversible.  It’s best to take the piece to a professional to see if they can do anything about it.

Stylist’s TIP:  In general when dealing with any type of leather or suede, be mindful of the materials you wear when going out and how they might affect one another. If you are wearing brand new dark denim jeans, you definitely do not want to go out with light colored shoes or accessories because the color will transfer!

How to Care for Patent Leather

Black, Blue and Balmain

Pairing Black and Blue

One of my favorite color combinations is Black and Blue. 

There is something so rebelliously breaking-the-rules chic about the pairing.

Once upon a time there was a tried and true fashion rule that decreed the two shall NEVER be combined but over the past few years designers have thrown that “old school” way of thinking to the roadside and embraced how fantastic the two colors can look together.

The look is super easy to achieve. To start, try an all-black outfit with a navy accessory or vice versa—it will make the style rebellion less daunting. Pair a navy skirt or dress with black tights. Choose classic silhouettes and focus on texture to add depth and dimension. Mix lace with velvet or leather with silk, for example, to prevent the hues from bleeding together.

No matter how you combine it, the trick to pulling off the trend is to keep your navy truly navy — if it’s dangerously close to being black, it’ll just look like you got dressed in the dark.

How to pair Black and Blue

Pairing Black and Navy

How to pair black and blue

T. rex T-shirt john varvatos

Pairing Black and Blue

Pairing Black and Blue

Pairing Black and Blue

Pairing Black and Blue

What I’m Wearing: Pierre Balmain Leather Jacket | John Varvatos T.Rex T-Shirt | TOPSHOP Knit Scarf Tory Burch Gemini Link Patent Chain Shoulder Bag | Nine West Velvet Bootie | Phillip Lim for Target Skirt |

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