During a recession, when it comes to your closet, taking care of your clothes and expensive items is of the utmost importance. Because when you buy a designer piece, you certainly want it to last as long as possible. While we all may not be lucky enough to own (or even think about affording in our wildest dreams) Hermès boots, The Telegraph just interviewed their bootmakers, and we noticed that the tips they offered for keeping Hermès investment pieces gorge could be handy for extending the life of any leather shoe, no matter what the designer. Check ‘em out after the jump! [Telegraph]
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When the winter chills and winds come around, I’ll do just about anything to stay warm. Ear muffs, turtleneck, piles of scarves — I’ve tried it all. This winter, I have a new look to try which is actually a vintage throw-back. Missoni and Burberry pulled out an old trend for their fall 2009 runway show, in the form of the snood. What’s a snood you ask? Mix a scarf and hood, and there you go. It looks a bit silly upon first glance, but once you realize the warmth factor and protection from the cold, you’ll be a convert as well. Besides, it’s kind of a chic look, no?
Want to try the trend but aren’t ready to shell out designer prices? Head to H&M where they’re selling the snood in three different colors — cream, light green, and gray — for a very reasonable price of $5.95, or um, just make your own using an old scarf. [British Vogue] Keep reading »
Sure, the summer months are filled with picnics, beach days, and travel to far-flung hot spots, but that doesn’t mean romance has to die when winter rolls around. Besides the most obvious cold weather distraction for couples, here are 20 date ideas for heating things up when the temperature drops.
- Make hot chocolate cocktails. Get creative with peppermint schnapps, Bailey’s, Kahlua, or white chocolate liquor and hold a taste-off to see who mixed the best drink.
- Go ice skating together. There’s something about bundling up and gliding around — or falling down — on the ice with your honey that makes winter seem almost, well, fun.
- Take a weekend get away at a bed-and-breakfast. For extra fun, book a room with a Jacuzzi.
- Bundle up and indulge in a little G-rated winter calorie-burning: cross-country skiing.
- Play tourist in your hometown and take a carriage ride huddled beneath a blanket. Geocities has information and links to carriage, wagon, buggy, and sleigh rides across the US.
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One of the best things about winter is that during this time of year you can actually wear more accessories than you can during any other season. For once, layering won’t lead to overheating. And, if you wear one of the 10 scarves below, your black or charcoal gray peacoat will look a little different from everyone else who’s bundled up. Keep reading »