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How to Save Money on Dry Cleaning

Dry cleaning is one of those necessities that can be extremely expensive, especially if it’s done too often.  It can also have a negative effect on apparel since the fabric that is typically dry cleaned is much more delicate. In order to keep your special garments looking brand new as long as possible and to make sure you don’t go broke in the process, here are a few important tips.

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1) Take a Photo – One of the biggest challenges can be in simply remembering what was dropped at the dry cleaner. To keep yourself organized, take a photo from your cell phone and file it away. It will make it much easier to manage your budget if you can remember what you dropped off and what you expect to pay based on each piece.

2) Always ask for a discount – It doesn’t hurt to ask and most dry cleaners do offer discounts for multiple drop-offs or large loads. You might also ask about other discounts such as military, school, or corporate to see if they apply.

3) Not all fine clothing needs to be dry cleaned – Some clothes can be wash in cold water, but you do need to be careful. First, rub some cold water on the fabric to see if any of the color comes off before washing cotton or solid sweaters by hand.  If it does, then DO DRY CLEAN. If not, you can gently wash in Woolite or or with baby shampoo, then roll them in a towel to dry.

4) Treat stains immediately – Remember that when a stain becomes oxidized, it’s extremely difficult to remove from fabric. Treat it with a portable stain remover, club soda or a small amount of water. Do not use laundry detergent.

5) Clip coupons – Dry cleaners usually participate in local direct mail campaigns or coupon books. Take some time to look through the coupons you get via snail mail. They often offer substantial cost savings.

6) Use a Home Dry Cleaning Kit – Home kits use special products for your home dryer and can be very effective in removing light wrinkles, smells and odors. You will have to remove stains prior to the dryer and press the garment yourself, but it may save some money. Be sure to read the directions thoroughly.

7) Cleaning maintenance – Keeping a garment as clean as possible is an obvious solution, but it requires some vigilance. Wear a washable shirt underneath a suit to minimize the need to clean suits after each wear.  Hang up your clothes after each use to minimize wrinkles and use wooden or “flock hangers” so that the clothing keeps its natural shape. Never use wire hangers.

8) Put on your clothing after your beauty routine – Avoid getting makeup, perfume and even food on your clothes, put them on last. Be careful with clothes going over your head to avoid getting makeup on your collar.

As you can see, it is not impossible to save money and still enjoy all the benefits of dry cleaning. It takes a bit of forethought, some effort, and most of all a plan you can stick to. Once you get in the right habits though, your simple savings will allow you to either dry clean more clothes or spend it as you see fit!

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More Advice on Swimsuits for Every Type

This summer wearing a swimsuit means you will be bearing it all! This means no matter what your size or shape there will be parts of your body that you are just not sure flatter you in the best way. Whether you need a good solid push up for the girls or you are looking to create a more slender illusion if you find the right swimsuit anything’s possible. After sifting through hundreds of different swimsuits and brands, you’re ready just to slip on that one perfect fit and work your body along with that glowing tan. The list below has some stunning picks that compliment every feature so that you can feel confident and ready to soak up some of the last rays before fall starts. Not to mention most places will now offer swimsuits on super discount, so stock up while you can!

If you have…a Tiny Set Up Top

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There’s nothing more frustrating than wondering how you are going to pull off looking bigger than a B when most of your clothes come off. You may not be able just to fabricate more topness, but you sure can make what you have look lively with these killer push-up tops!   Victoria Secret is an excellent place to start as you can modify exactly how much push up you want, and even can buy tops that have removable padding: https://www.victoriassecret.com/swimwear/push-up/fabulous-push-up-triangle-top-beach-sexy?ProductID=194349&CatalogueType=OLS

If you are not about the push up, try to put more emphasis up top by going for a show stopping ruffle or flowy fabric like the ones by Noelle: http://www.shop-noelle.com/online-marketing/bikinis/lindsay-top-detail

If you areBusty

There’s rarely any time for fun as you’re just looking for a top that will be functional for your girls as most stores do not even make your size! Well, look no further, there are a few stores out there that provide perfect support and comfort so that you do not have to worry about anything escaping out or popping off while you are out having fun in the sun: http://www.lanebryant.com/apparel/plus-size-swim/21288c19245/index.cat

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Layne Bryant and Torrid have many options, but so does Forever 21 in their plus size collection where their swimsuits go all the way up to 3x in tops: http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=plus&Category=plus_swimwear&ProductID=2000091115&VariantID

If you areCurvy all Around

If your hips do not lie like Shakira’s then you need something comfortable that helps you show off all that you have to offer with a twist of class. An hourglass-like shape can be the most flattering to style as long as you have a lift up top and the pick the right size down bottom. If you want to show off a little more try these looks from Tory Burch that accentuate your curves: http://www.toryburch.com/lipsi-color-block-underwire-top/12144084.html?dwvar_12144084_color=489&start=11&cgid=clothing-sale-swim

For a little more coverage if you want to suck in the hips with edgy style these must-haves from Net-a-Porter will blow you away: http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/477634/Norma_Kamali/xo-bill-mio-ruched-halterneck-swimsuit

If you have….an Athletic Body

With a broader set of shoulders and possibly a boxier shape it can be difficult to narrow and curve off your figure without looking too manly. There are plenty of suits out there with a feminine touch that don’t overdo it as long as you can stay away from bandeau tops and ruffle bottoms. http://www.bcbgeneration.com/String-Swing-Triangle-Bikini-Top/6BG03054-001,default,pd.html?dwvar_6BG03054-001_color=001&cgid=&navid=search#q=swim&sz=37&start=19

Going for a one-piece with cut outs down the side or along your body will attract the eyes around instead of just across giving you some alternative methods to achieving curves: http://www.farfetch.com/shopping/women/item10345796.aspx

If you havea Round Tummy

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One-pieces have jumped back into style with all the new cutouts and designs that make you glad you did not trade up for those itsy-bitsy triangle tops. Those comfy 50’s style high waisted bottoms are popping up everywhere and can help you suck in and cover up anything you are not willing to show off. The theoutnet.com makes style easy with tons of different designer picks at a discount including some sexy one pieces that will have everyone wishing they could wear it like you: http://www.theoutnet.com/en-US/product/Clube-Bossa/King-Feline-animal-print-draped-bandeau-swimsuit/340497

Giving your chest a little extra push can draw the eye away from the tummy and up to the girls, just like this swimsuit from Old Navy: http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=52005&vid=1&pid=977676002

Rebecca Borchers often blogs about fashion and design: a good way to kill the time when she’s not consulting. For the right jewelry and accessories to go with your swimwear, she highly recommends paying a visit to moranaonline.com.

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Men’s Fashion Destination: Cape Cod Massachusetts

Every year I look forward to a week’s vacation on Cape Cod. Not only are the beaches beautiful and the fashion style in Cape Cod, it would be a combination of preppy and casual elegance. There are some places on Cape Cod that are a more relaxed, summertime kind of vibe and others that are a little more dressy.

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A perfect wardrobe for sightseeing, shopping in the unique stores and boutiques, or grabbing a steaming bowl of clam chowder at an outside café consists of pieces like this blue check button-down shirt, a comfy pair of cargo or chino shorts with a braided leather belt, and the ever-popular leather boat shoes. Some key accessories that help to complete the Cape Cod casual look are the straw fedora, brown leather wrist watch, and cool Aviator sunglasses. Also, this green plaid button down shirt, white cotton summer pants, and boat shoes make a comparable alternative.

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If you happen to be invited to the Kennedy compound for cocktails or are hanging out at one of the posh restaurants on the shore, then a look that is a little dressier would be appropriate. Here, is a navy sports jacket by Royal Hem, a crisp white button-down, tan slim leg trousers by Hermes of Cape Cod, and a terrific pairs of two-tone blue Alberto Morretti loafers.

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Of course, this outfit deserves a fantastic watch like this Hermes Basel Cape Cod Moonphase Watch with a croco-embossed British tan leather band, gleaming hands and numbers, with a unique moon phase dial for added interest.

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How to Go Monochromatic for Fall

Wearing one color head to toe is a very flattering concept. You look taller and leaner, streamlining your appearance. So how can you take one color dressing from blasé to chic? Follow our do’s and don’ts and you can’t go wrong!

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Do introduce another color with fun and interesting accessories to add a touch of pizzaz. Try a fun statement bag or an interesting pair of shoes. This is a great time to focus on the details, as the single color will act as a great canvas to really make them stand out!

Don’t introduce a whole rainbow of colors in your accessories. Not only does that take away from the monochromatic concept, it also takes away from you!

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Do play with different shades. No reason to go too matchy-matchy, play up light and dark shades in the same family. Try jewel tones and pastels or rich and soft neutrals.

Don’t get colors that are close together but not exact. While you can wear head to toe in the exact same shade and look like you stepped out of a magazine, you can’t really achieve that effect with colors that look similar but aren’t the same. It just gives the impression that you tried too hard to make it work, but probably didn’t. Think of a suit you bought separately- while the pants may be navy and the jacket might also be navy, each designer plays with a slightly different shade so pairing two different pieces together isn’t a great idea.

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Do concentrate on fit. The slimming concept is lost if your garments are ill-fitting. We’re not suggesting it needs to be tight, just that fit you perfectly.

Don’t worry so much about what everyone else is wearing, wear what looks good on you!

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5 Hats Women Should Rock

Gone are the days of the hat being a male-only athletic accessory. Women’s fashion is ever-evolving, and hats are the next best thing. Curious about the latest craze in women’s hats but not sure what you can or can’t do? I’ll tell you something – there is no such thing as not being able to pull something off. If you want to wear it, rock it!

From baseball caps and hats to jaunty berets, here are our favorite women’s hats, and how you can rock them.

Baseball Caps and Hats

You don’t play baseball? That’s cool, you’re not a tomboy? That’s cool too. Baseball caps and hats aren’t just for the guys anymore! Girls are totally rocking them too now, and with hair-up or hair-down; the right baseball style cap can really pull together an outfit. While many on the market tend to be a little gimmicky, bold block colours or monochromatic blacks and whites in leather are a great accompaniment to any baseball cap or hat look. Check out some of the themed baseball caps and hats available at Spencer’s website.

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Felt Wide Brim

Hats aren’t solely seasonal either, and hats for women can typically be worn year-round – score! My favourite style for summer or winter is the felt brimmed hat: soft, feminine and beautiful, while still keeping the sun out of your eyes, this hat suits both a bikini and flip-flops, or a big woollen winter coat. Style blog Who What Wear have a great guide to styling wide brim hats.

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Oversize Floppy Hat

Oozing sophistication, this oversized hat is perfect for the warmer months and gives off the vibes of lounging around by a pool and sipping mimosas. Great for beachwear, the oversized floppy hat totally rocks over the summer – keeping your face completely shaded. Style blog Always Dolled Up has lots of tips on styling a floppy hat.

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Bowler Hat

Despite what you’ve heard, the Bowler hat is simply reserved for old men and Charlie Chaplin. The bowler is an example of women’s fashion – particularly accessories – becoming increasingly androgynous. Girls can totally rock the bowler, sat back high on the head, with your hair down for an effortlessly chic look that says, “What? I just threw this hat on …” Check out the Definitive Guide to Wearing Bowler Hats – yes, there IS a Definitive guide!

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Trilby

The Trilby, (often known also as a Fedora) has been getting a bit of a bad rap lately among our male counterparts. That won’t stop us ladies, however! The trilby is super-cool, and is both fashionable and functional – becoming somewhat a summer staple. A great way to style a trilby is with classic vintage pieces with a feminine flair – think pastels and florals. Add a bit of punch with some killer heels or edgy boots. Check out celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Liv Tyler rocking their trilbys.

Hats do more than just keep your head warm – they look awesome and stylish, too. Which hat are you going to rock this season: sporty baseball caps and hats, or the funky trilby or bowler?

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More Celebrity Street Style in August!

This week’s celebrity fashion picks were in the “do” category. Sometimes, while they are out and about, they are caught by the Paparazzi in a not so flattering light, but this time the celebrities were ready for the photographer’s flashbulbs.

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The first celebrity fashion pick is actress Reese Witherspoon, who was seen in this fantastic summery outfit. Floral patterns being all the rage, her crisp white dress that has an empire waist, a pleated bodice, and is splashed with royal blue roses is just adorable. The shorter length of the dress and strappy white sandals keep it fresh and young. Also, the wide brim fedora and sunshine yellow leather bag are unexpected, but fantastic accessories.

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Next, is bad (old) boy actor Billy Bob Thorton, who just finished the TV series Fargo. He shows how jeans can bridge the gap from casual to dressy, as he pairs them with a collarless grey woven sports coat, a micro-collar black v-neck shirt, and a great pair of silver embossed leather cowboy boots. Whereas “dressy jeans” didn’t exist in the past, they are the trend if the future. People just love their jeans and jump at the opportunity to wear them everywhere.

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Last, but not least, is former model/actress Diane Kruger and actor Joshua Jackson from the now ancient TV series Fringe Joshua is rocking summertime casual with his fitted black, v-neck t-shirt, knee length grey cargo shorts, and a cool pair of red sunglasses. Diane looks very lady-like in her strapless floral maxi-dress in the summer tones of blue, orange, and pink. The studded black leather cross-body handbag is just the right size to keep the look feminine. She is current with both the floral and studded trends in fashion today. They both have the perfect look for an afternoon out to lunch or shopping spree.

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Celebrity Street Style in August

Every day the Paparazzi are out on the streets trying to take photos of celebrities living their lives. Sometimes they catch them at the height of fashion and sometimes, not so much. Whichever kind of photograph is taken, you can guarantee that it will end up on the internet or in the tabloids.

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First off, is Actress Amber Heard. She was seen walking down a side road in CA with a friend, after grabbing some coffee. Amber is impeccably dressed in a tan, patterned blouse, a black slit skirt with a tan colored diamond pattern, a fantastic flats made of black and beige leather. Her patterned belt, British tan leather shoulder bag, and Aviator sunglasses make the perfect accessories.

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The next celebrity street style is Jessica Alba. She is strolling down the streets of Los Angeles in a summer time look with her embossed white tank top, gathered/lace-trimmed capris, and lace-up shooties. I love the top, shoes, and studded tan leather handbag, but I have no idea what is happening with those pants. The waistline, pockets, and pant front are just confusing and envelop a very nice figure.

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Next, are actress and actor Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis, who are looking like the perfect tourists in Montreal Canada. Olivia is taking on a “Bohemian vibe” with her embroidered black tunic top, rolled-up worn jeans, and black leather booties. Jason is disguised perfectly in his button-down blue shirt, grey cargo shorts, and walking sneakers. The Aviator sunglasses that they are both wearing, along with Jason’s camera and baseball hat complete the tourist look.

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Lastly, is former Olympian, TV personality, and soon-to-be ex-husband of Kardashian mom, Bruce Jenner. Bruce has never been a style maven, but I think that Chris must have got the rights to the family stylist in this split. Bruce’s hair is ragged and over-processed, his blue striped polo and tan khakis are baggy, but he does have some cool golf shoes.

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