Archive | June, 2016

30 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Tax deductible.

The IRS may allow deducting the cost and maintenance of work clothes if you meet three rules: (1) the clothing is required or essential for your job, (2) the clothing is distinctive or protective and (3) the clothing is not suitable for everyday wear outside work. This could be a business expense deduction you’re entitled […]

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24 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Dry cleaner tips, part 3.

Good Housekeeping advises in tip #7, “consider the price of maintaining clothes when you buy.” Dry cleaning extends the life of a garment and costs less than a trip to Starbucks. #8 Stop over-drying your laundry. The heat causes fading, shrinkage and fabric wear. #9. Keep your good clothes in the dark – light will […]

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22 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Dry cleaner tips, part 2.

You’d be surprised at what crosses our counter. Tip #4 from Good Housekeeping: watch out for jewelry, watches and pocketbooks rubbing against clothes and creating hard-to-fix damage. #5 Recycle our plastic wrap, immediately. Plastic bags are not intended for garment storage and can trap moisture, leading to mildew and discoloring.  #6. No wire hangers in […]

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18 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Dry cleaner tips, part 1

Good Housekeeping offers ten tips to add life to your good clothing. #1. Hand the stains to the professional before your scrub, squeeze a lemon or bleach your way to a failure, #2. Inspect your clothes after wearing. Spills and drips will soak in, set up and oxidize without prompt action. #3. Avoid applying perfume, […]

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16 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Smart shirt buying.

The right shirt adds confidence, style and comfort. Five tips to help get the best shirt: know your neck, arm, chest and waist size for proper fit — not too baggy or tight. Look for subtle features like pleats, fit and finish. Spread, cutaway or club, choose a collar that goes with your suits, neck […]

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11 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

The bride’s bustle.

If your wedding dress has a train, you need a bustle — or you’ll be tripping over fabric instead of the light fantastic.  Brides Magazine offers expert advice on bustle styles. The American bustle, aka the Ballroom or Over bustle, uses waistline hooks to lift the train. The elaborate Austrian gathers fabric vertically with ribbons sewn through […]

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09 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Wedding cost cutters.

Just attending a wedding can break the budget. American Express estimates an average cost of $703, including travel, dressing up, meals and the gift itself. To-be-weds are saving big by simplifying the ceremony, the venue and eliminating the wedding planner and caterer. For weddings large and small, frugal and lavish, your friends in the cleaning […]

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03 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Vintage tips.

Before you buy at the flea market, consignment shop or vintage specialty shop, heed these tips from  Vogue magazine: It it’s too small, skip it. Too large? Bring it in for alterations. Check for holes, loose seams, old stains or beads falling off. Check clasps, buttons, zippers. Learn to bargain, gently. Start with “can you […]

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01 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Veiled wedding.

The right veil adds elegance, romance and the finishing touch for a bride’s walk down the aisle. Refinery29 reviews  ten veils with a modern vibe to match almost any gown. Shorter veils are ideal for garden-party or City Hall nuptials. Or choose a full-length tulle veil embroidered with a lace appliqué floral crown. Choose a […]

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