Here's a list of handy wardrobe care and beauty tools I use and recommend to clients.
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Janie Stick This item removes oil-based stains on silk blouses even after they've been through the wash. It will save you so much money on dry cleaning.
Wine Away At a party, I witnessed a guest spill an entire glass of red wine on a white upholstered couch. The hostess did not fret. She used this product on the stain and it disappeared within minutes. It can work on coffee and juice stains too.
Sweater Stone Cashmere and wool pill; it's natural. Cheaper cashmere and wool pill faster than higher density versions. The Sweater Stone is an environmentally smart choice that will save you money on professional dry cleaning by removing pilling and balling with its unique pumice-like surface that lifts and trims fibers on sweaters. Pour a glass of wine or a cup of coffee and get after it! You won't regret it.
Steamer There are cheaper, travel-sized steamers on the market but I hear mixed reviews. This model works just fine speaking from personal experience. Steam will freshen up armpits in blazers and keep your silk, lightweight wool, and cotton pieces wrinkle-free.
Collar Stays These keep a collar crisp on men's shirting for a dapper look.
Felted Hangers Space saving and easy to use, replacing your random hangers with these babies will make your wardrobe feel like a boutique! Your blouses won't slip and you'll discover you have so much more room.
Cedar Hangers Perfect for hanging blazers or suit jackets and trousers, these hangers have the added bonus of being made of moth deterrent cedar.
Clear Jewelry Storage Seeing your jewelry displayed beautifully in an airtight container that protects it from oxidizing makes all the difference in you actually being inspired to wear it. I love cases like these sitting atop a vanity. You can organize your jewelry by "family" so it's easy to grab and go.
Silver tarnish remover steps that are easy to do at home.
Battery Powered Stick On Lights Have a dark corner in your closet? I did until I got these! Now I can see everything clearly which makes finding what I want to wear so much easier. A simple solution for about $10.
Under Bed Storage Bin I have a small closet and I like to keep it clutter free with a little space between the felted hangers so my clothes can breathe. I store obviously out-of-season clothes, novelty items, and pieces I want to revisit in a couple pounds folded in 4 bins under my bed. I don't forget about them there.
Hairprint This natural product restores grey and white hairs to their original color (on brunettes and darker, not blondes or redheads yet). Check out the website, they have a tremendous amount of information and great customer service.
Temporary spray-on root color by Bumble & Bumble.
Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste I've tried a ton of dry shampoos and this one wins out. A little goes a long way, obliterating oil and adding volume.
FootGloss Also created by a Portlander. This is for blister prevention while breaking in new shoes.
Jergen's Natural Glow is a way to get a natural-looking bronze glow on your legs come summer time. Exfoliate first, then apply the cream evenly. Wash your hands immediately afterward. Some clients prefer this organic self-tanner by Skinerals.
Anti-chafe stick by MegaBabe will relieve you of the uncomfortable chafing on the inner thighs that can happen to the best of gals!
Nipple covers are something I get asked about quite frequently. Erect nipples can be quite distracting especially in the workplace. In Europe, however, I see women sporting no bra confidently. It's a matter of personal preference. If you are feeling self-conscious about it, and your bra ain't cutting it, these will help.
TRICKS OF THE TRADE, FOR WOMEN
Skinny Shirt Get the layering look of a shirt under your sweaters without all the bulky fuss! Sizes 0 - 22.
Yummie Shapewear This brand is perfect for women who want the benefits that come with wearing shapewear without feeling like they are being suffocated. If you want industrial strength red-carpet worthy shapewear, contact me directly.
The Feathers Bra Most women seem to love this bra. The reason why I like it is that it looks natural, contouring to my figure, and it has adjustable straps.
Lingerie Laundry Bags These will save the shape of your bras and undies that tend to get tangled up while being tossed around in the washing machine.
No Show Socks that stay on your feet. For men and women.
Suede Brush Remove marks on suede using this tool. And, if your shoe starts to show a little wear, don't worry, marks add character! Just watch for suede heels getting marked up while driving. The right heel will turn black from resting on the mat under your gas pedal. This is why "driving shoes" were invented.
Weatherguard I'm a proponent of wearing your shoes in the elements. Some folks are cautious of investing in leather or suede shoes because they are afraid of ruining them in a wet climate. If you invest in handmade, whole-hide leather shoes, you really don't have to worry about this. The leather is skin from an animal that lives outside. There are shoemakers who only source hides ethically. The shoes will wear fabulously over time. That said, it doesn't hurt to apply water repellent spray once or twice a year. Follow the instructions from the manufacturer.
Cedar Shoe Trees These not only help keep the shape of your shoes, they also wick moisture, limiting the odor that can linger.
Magic Eraser, or nail polish remover, will remove scuffs from white rubber soles on Converse and other kicks.
Pledge Wipes These polish up patent leather quite nicely.