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WHAT’S HOT FOR WOMEN’S FALL FASHION

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Now that you’ve gotten the kids dressed and back to school, it’s time to shop for yourselves, ladies!  Check out what’s hot for fall…I expect to see many of these things coming through the store soon!

The hot colors for the fall are jade green, teal, mustard yellow, reds, orange and purple

 

Boyfriend cardigans with leggings

 

Marc Jacobs shows three styles of jeans that will work for the fall

 

Duster style coats

 

Leather skirts of varying lengths and colors by Marc Jacobs

 

Animal print, whether on clothing or accessories is spot on!

 

Ponchos and capes are back

 

Polka dots on everything from formal wear to casual wear, clothing or accessories - dots are hot!

 

Fur vests and fur trimmed clothing...real or faux, fur is in!

 

BACK TO SCHOOL ACTIVITIES – INDIAN GUIDES AND INDIAN PRINCESSES

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For the past several years, my children and I have been involved with both Indian Guides and Indian Princesses.  During the summer, we take a “break” from these group activities, but once school starts, we are back at it!  This year will be no different!

Much like Boy/Girl Scouts, the Indian Guides and Princesses program encourages fathers and their children (ages 6 – 12) to spend time together, and to serve each other, their family, tribe and community, and to seek a world pleasing to the eye of the Great Spirit.  We participate in many activities, such as picnics, campouts, hikes, field trips, and work on various projects together.

Indian Guides was founded for fathers and sons, in 1926 by Harold Keltner, a YMCA Director in St. Louis, William H. Kefelfinger, Chief of the first tribe, and Joe Friday, Harold’s fishing and hunting guide.  Joe was an Ojibway Indian, and Harold was inspired through his wisdom, to start the Indian Guides program.  This program was based on strong American Indian family values of life-dignity, patience, endurance, spirituality, felling for the earth, and concern for family.  In 1954, Indian Princesses was established, for fathers and their daughters.

Both Indian Guides and Indian Princesses are sponsored by YMCA’s across the country.  If you have children, I strongly encourage you to check into this program, and enjoy some quality time with your kids!

We all have a great time as a family participating in the activities, and I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things with the beginning of this school year.

STEPPIN’ OUT

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Along with looking great in a freshly cleaned and pressed outfit, you’re shoes should look great as well. Are you guilty of putting on your nicest dress shoes, only to look down to find a scuff, or see that the shine has worn off? Have you ever covered up a scuff on your shoes with a magic marker, Sharpie, nail polish or liquid paper just because you didn’t have time or know how to polish your shoes?

If you are guilty of any of the above, take a quick look at this video from Esquire Magazine and follow these quick and easy tips to keep your shoes looking shiny and new.

HOW TO PROPERLY IRON A SHIRT

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Many of you are do-it-your-selfers…meaning that if there’s something to be done, instead of leaving it to the experts, you will do it yourself.  That’s great; if you know what you are doing! 

When it comes to ironing, people take one of three approaches:

  1. Some of you will go ahead and take everything to the dry cleaner because you either don’t have time or don’t know how to iron clothes properly. 
  2. Some of you will skip the ironing of clothes completely.  You think that a few wrinkles won’t matter, and you just go for it!  But when you step out of the house, your clothes are screaming “Hey, guess what – I skipped the ironing…wrinkles rock!”
  3. Then there are some of you who are the do-it-your-selfers…you jump in there and iron your clothes and save yourself the money it would have cost to take it to the cleaners.  That’s great; however, make sure you know the proper way to iron, so that when you step out of the house, your clothes don’t say “Hey, I ironed this shirt myself!”

For all of you do-it-your-selfers, I’d like to share this entertaining, yet informative video with you so that you can learn how to iron a shirt like a pro.

Enjoy!

Written by koalatycleaners

June 20, 2011 at 7:00 am

WASHING MACHINES – TOP LOAD OR FRONT LOAD?

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Washing machines…one of life’s greatest answers to one of our regular chores.  Washing machines have been around for ages, however, they have come a long way, baby!  Washing clothes on a rock dates back to the stone ages (of course), the washboard was invented in 1797, and the every first washing machine with a drum was patented in 1851 by James King.

 

Aren’t you glad you don’t have to scrub your clothes on a rock or washboard, or run them through a wringer?  It seems nowadays, the biggest dilemma is what type of washing machine to buy…a top load or front load machine.  They aren’t really that different…they both get the job done, but I’ve listed a few facts you might find helpful when selecting your next washing machine.

Front loading machines:  Front loaders are typically more expensive than top load machines.  However, they are more energy and water efficient, using 24 gallons of water for one large load of clothes.

Some models of front load machines also come with a “steam” cycle.  This is a great cycle to use if you have clothes with tough stains.  Pre-treat the stain, and then wash according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  Several of the reviews I have seen say this is a great thing to have with kids around; who are “stain makers”!

The biggest drawback that I have seen regarding front loading machines is the development of mold and mildew.  Click here to view a video that gives great tips on preventing this problem.

Top loading machines:  Top loaders are still great washing machines; they are less expensive than the top load machines; however, they are less water and energy efficient.  That’s not to say that they are NOT energy or water efficient, just less so.  A top loading machine uses 40 gallons of water to wash one large load of clothes.

Top loading machines don’t seem to have near the problem of mold and mildew as the front loading machines.  To clean your top loading machine, you can run the machine full of hot water, and then add 4 cups of distilled white vinegar and ½ cup of baking soda.  Allow the machine to run for about 5 minutes, then turn it off and let the water stand in the machine for about 1 hour.  Then resume the cycle and let it run its normal cycle.  This should remove any dirt or mildew smell.  Once it is finished, you might want to take a damp cloth and wipe down the inside of the machine.

If you want to find out what machines are best, click here and read a consumer report that compares several washing machines and gives their ratings.

Then if you still can’t decide, bring your laundry to Koalaty Cleaners, where we will fluff and fold it for you to your specifications!

JUST HANGING AROUND

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Did you see the movie “Mommie Dearest”?  Well, if you did, I’m sure you remember Joan Crawford’s deep affection for wire coat hangers!  Actually she despised them…and I have to tell you I agree.

Basic wire hangers have a temporary use, and that is to get your clothes home from the store or dry cleaners.  After that, you don’t want to leave them on those hangers very long as they will cause your garments to “crease” on the shoulders and collars of shirts, and at the knees on slacks.  As soon as you get your clothes home from the dry cleaners, you should remove them from the plastic bag, and hang your clothes on better hangers.

The Container Store is a great source for hangers of all types.  They carry everything from light weight plastic hangers to heavy duty wooden hangers.  Once you’ve made the initial investment, these hangers will last forever and will protect your clothing and keep it looking great!  Below are some of my favorites:

These hardwood hangers are great for blouses, shirts, slacks and skirts. If you are limited on space you can double up items on the second and third hangers, using them for a shirt/blouse AND slacks or skirts.

These “break resistant” plastic hangers are great as well. You can use the notched hanger to hold tank tops or items of clothing with thin straps.

Padded hangers are great for sweaters, shawl collars and jackets.

These heavy duty plastic hangers are great for jeans. You can also hang belts on the hook. Plastic hangers come in various sizes and are great for your kids’ clothing!

Do you ever have a hard time keeping up with your belts? This hanger will help you keep those items in one place.

Keep your scarves tangle and wrinkle free with this terrific hanger.

Cedar hangers are a great way to store your clothing in its “off season”…they keep your clothing in great shape and repel moths!

What do you do with those wire hangers?  Koalaty Cleaners and most dry cleaners will take them back and recycle them.

SWIM WEAR CARE

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It’s time to get those bathing suits out and get ready to hit the beach or pool!  I know you ladies put in a lot of time and effort to select just the perfect suit (or two), and they can be quite expensive these days.  You want that suit to look great, fit great and last a few seasons!  How do you do that, you ask?

Well, bathing suits are mostly made from synthetic materials such as polyester, Lycra and spandex.  These materials are easily broken down over time by chlorine, salt, sand, tanning oils and body oils, so proper and timely cleaning is very important! In addition to normal wear and tear on a bathing suit, the way you clean it can also cause harm.

Here are some tips to keep that suit looking fresh, fitting great and lasting a few seasons!

  1. If possible, immediately after coming out of the ocean, pool or hot tub, rinse off with clear water.  Removing chlorine and salt as soon as possible will extend the wear of your suit.
  2. Of course always check the care label on the garment before washing.  With modern washing machines, these days washing suits on delicate is usually fine.
  3. Be sure to wash on cold water, delicate cycle, with a very mild detergent such as Woolite.
  4. If you choose to, you can wash the suit in the sink by hand, with mild detergent.  Wring gently.
  5. Use a liquid detergent instead of a powder, to reduce abrasion on the suit.
  6. NEVER use bleach on a swim suit.
  7. NEVER put a bathing suit in the dryer.  The heat from the dryer will break down the fabric.  Lay it on a towel or hang it up to air dry.

With just a little TLC you can keep that bathing suit looking great and stretch your investment into a few seasons!