By: Morgan Lindsey
In this world full of women, there is always that one lady that keeps us on our toes when it comes to fashion and beauty! Why is it that she seems to go on with her day without an ounce of visual stress? How does she do it so smoothly? Statistics say those women live an organized life. So where is this handbook that tells us how to lead an organized life so that we can all be stress free? Well I’m not sure where it is or if it even exists, but I did find this list of tried-and-true tips and tricks to correct and prevent catastrophe on any given day of the week. 70 secrets to give you that confident strut many women strive to have!
My favorite secrets - 18, 25, 42, 52, 55, & 65.
1. Use white wine to remove red wine stains.
2. Use hairspray to remove a lipstick stain.
3. Busted pen? On cotton- gently use rubbing alcohol to remove ink stain, then wash. On polyester- liberally spray hairspray on ink spot and blot with a clean, dry cloth. Then wash garment as normal.
4. If you get wax on a piece of clothing, layer wax paper over the hardened wax and then run an iron over it to loosen it up. Once you pull off the paper, the wax should come right out with it.
5. Remove blood stains by soaking garment in cold water with a splash of ammonia for 30-60 minutes, then throw the garment into the washer.
6. Dawn dish detergent is especially successful at removing grease and oil stains from clothing.
7. To clean dirt off suede, remove the crust from a piece of bread and allow it to become stale. Gently rub dirt and stains with the edge of the stale bread, and they’ll disappear. To de-scuff suede, use an eraser or nail file.
8. Never put a garment on immediately after ironing, as this can actually cause new wrinkles to form. Instead, let it sit for five minutes to set the press.
9. To prevent clothing from wrinkling in a suitcase, fold everything in plastic dry cleaning bags. If you don’t have the bags just roll all of your items.
10. To coax a loose thread back into place, gently tug at the stitches to the sides of the pull as well as above and below.
11. Confused about laundry settings? Remember this: The hotter the water, the cleaner the clothing will be. While warm water is fine for most clothes, linens and dirty white clothing are best washed in hot water to remove germs and heavy soil. Cold water is usually used for delicates.
12. Blot, don’t rub, when you spill something on your clothes. Wiping or rubbing will actually further ingrain the stain into the weave.
13. Remove odors from vintage or thrift clothing by spritzing them with a mixture of one part vodka, two parts water.
14. Never put your swimwear in the washing machine, and always hand dry. The machine will damage the suit and it will lose its elasticity. The only exception: At the end of the summer or vacation, wash your swimwear in lingerie washing bags on the gentle cycle with a bit of Dreft or Woolite. But only after many wears.
15. Who has the time to hand wash bras? Machine wash them in cold water in a mesh zipper bag and drape them over a hanger to air dry.
16. Add a 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar to the final rinse cycle while doing laundry to maintain the wash of your favorite pair of dark jeans.
17. Wash new jeans twice before taking them to the tailor. Why? Because jeans will always shrink in length when washed.
18. Pants a bit too tight? Let them air dry and stretch the waistband by hand. Still too tight? While wearing them mist them with water & blast dry with a hairdryer, they will dry to your body shape and dimensions.
19. Dry clean only pants? Freeze pants inside a plastic bag for two days to zap any odor without running them through the washing machine.
20. Always choose the smaller denim size, since jeans stretch with wear.
21. Spray tights with cheap hairspray to avoid holes and runs. If a run has already started apply clear nail polish on the run to prevent it from going any further.
22. Unless they’re tapered, pant hems should just graze the tops of your shoes and be from 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch off the floor.
23. Double-sided tape work to shorten a hem in a pinch if you can’t get to the tailor before an event.
24. In a hurry for a hem job and don’t have double-sided tape? A hot glue gun works amazingly to hem skirts, pants and even jeans in seconds.
25. To achieve the perfectly effortless cuffed sleeve, keep the top button buttoned while you roll.
26. Remove white deodorant marks from a garment by gently rubbing the protective foam used on hangers against the fabric.
27. The best way to de-fuzz a sweater: use a pumice stone.
28. If the garment you’re ironing has delicate buttons or detailing, cover them with the bowl of a metal spoon and press the surrounding fabric. Or if you’re in a hurry to just get the wrinkles out (forget the creases), iron the top inside out, & you can smooth out the buttoned areas this way.
29. Spray shirts prone to sweat stains with lemon juice before washing. The natural acid dissolves alkaline sweat reside that could cause yellow discoloration.
30. Use shaving cream and a washcloth to remove liquid makeup from shirt collars.
31. V-neck sweaters and tees give the illusion of a longer torso.
32. The secret to well-fitting everyday clothes is Lycra. The formulas to look for: 95% cotton/5% Lycra spandex for T-shirts, and at least 2% Lycra for jeans to hold their shape.
33. Wear your new real leather jacket in the rain to break it in. Water will soften up the leather and allow it to stretch and crease at specific points on your body.
34. Before storing winter coats, place on cedar hangers inside cloth garment bags. This preserves the fabric and keeps moths away.
35. How to care for fur at home: Pass through the fur with a hairbrush and steam it for added bounce, volume and shine.
36. To stop fur/hair from shedding, fold the garment and place it into a zip-top bag and freeze it for at least three hours.
37. Revamp an old coat by swapping out the buttons with something eye-catching, like a pattern or a bright color. If your wool coat gets “nubby” just use your pumice stone.
38. Remove scratches on leather with a tiny bit of moisture, work moisturizer in to the scratch until the scratch disappears.
39. To remove watermarks from leather boots, add a few drops of vinegar to a bowl of cool water and scrub the stains with a soft bristle brush until stains are no longer visible.
40. Windex restores the glossy sheen on patent leather without doing any damage.
41. If you get an oil stain on your favorite handbag, coat the mark with baby powder and let it stand overnight. If a bit still remains, repeat the process until the stain is completely gone.
42. Break in stiff shoes by slipping them on with socks and blasting your feet with a hot hairdryer.
43. To stretch tight shoes, fill two freezer bags with water and place into each shoe. Let it freeze overnight. As the water freezes, it’ll gently expand your shoes.
44. Tend to wear certain leather shoes without socks? Always stuff them with a soft cloth when you’re done wearing them. This absorbs moisture and help the shoes keep their shape.
45. Before bed, pour two to three tablespoons of baking soda into sweaty workout sneakers and tilt the shoe to distribute the soda evenly. This will eat any odor and absorb perspiration.
46. Never dry a wet shoe with heat. Let it dry naturally in open air. Heat will dry out leather and the lifespan of the shoe will be cut in half.
47. To determine if pearls are real, lightly rub them over your teeth. Fake pearls will be perfectly smooth, and real ones will feel slightly gritty or textured.
48. The best at-home method to keep diamonds sparkling is liquid dishwasher detergent and an old toothbrush.
49. The best way to store fashion jewelry, including Sterling Silver, is in Ziploc bags. This helps pieces retain luster and reduces tarnishing and scratches.
50. Marquise ring shapes help to create the illusion of longer and slender fingers.
51. While fake designer bags are a huge don’t, fake diamond studs are a huge do. Faux stones are hard to spot to the untrained eye.
52. If you don’t have time to try on jeans in the store, try the Neck Method: You can determine your size by placing the waistline of the jeans around the diameter of your neck. If the waistline of the pant comfortably meets at back of your neck, then the jeans will fit.
53. If you don’t feel like trying on a dress but still want to see where the hem will hit you, align the shoulder seam exactly with your shoulder bone, not your collarbone.
54. Shopping for a wedding dress or an event outfit? Head to the store with makeup on, proper undergarments, and your hair semi-done to get a better sense of how it’ll look.
55. Use a lemon wedge to remove excess or streaky self-tanner.
56. If you can’t fit two fingers underneath your bra band comfortably, it’s probably too tight and chances are it’s not attractive.
57. Everyday bras should be replaced every six months, as that’s when they start to lose elasticity and support.
58. Spritzed too much perfume on this morning? Use unscented, oil-based makeup remover to remove excess perfume.
59. A structured hat should rest about 1/8 to a 1/2-inch above the ears. Ask any KY Derby girl.
60. Looking for an easy trick to make your bare legs look longer? Try pumps the same color of your skin, they give the illusion that your legs extend a few extra inches. Tall girls that hate their height- don’t wear nude or skin colored heels.
61. A pencil skirt should hit just at the top of your knee. Any lower and it will start to shorten your leg.
62. Still look chic while showing some skin: If you’re wearing a miniskirt or shorts, cover up on top. If your top is skimpy, go for full coverage bottoms.
63. The power of a silk pillowcase isn’t a myth: Not only do they prevent sleep creases, they’re much, much gentler on your skin and hair. Invest in silk pillowcases to keep your hair from breaking during the night and keep your skin looking smoother.
64. To drop bloat five days before a big event, stay away from dairy and whole grains which can do a number on the digestive system. For guaranteed weight loss, people should follow the A, B, C’s – no Alcohol, Bread or processed Carbs.
65. Lost DIAMOND!! or earring? Place a stocking over the vacuum hose.
66. After a shower, use your hairdryer to de-mist bathroom mirrors in seconds.
67. Heat can warp your glasses frames, so always keep them in a hard case and never wear them on your head on a hot day.
68. If blush or bronzer breaks in your handbag, pre-moistened makeup removing wipes will clean up the loose powder flawlessly.
69. Wrap an empty bottle of your favorite perfume in a handkerchief and tuck it into your underwear & sock drawer for a subtle scent.
70. Clip-on earrings snapped onto flats for an instant evening shoe, or onto shirt collars for DIY embellishments. Gorgeous!
CHERISH these gems and pass them on! Watch for a future blog with beauty tips every woman should know!