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WHAT’S HOT FOR MEN’S FALL FASHION

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Guys, I hope you didn’t think I forgot about you!  Ladies first…..

According to GQ, bright, bold plaids are hot for guys this fall, neutral tones, browns, navy, reds, and persimmon are the colors you’ll be seeing alot of.  Slacks are slimmer, with cuffs, double breasted jackets are trending, and the window pane pattern on suits is replacing the traditional pen stripe. Also, two must haves are the khaki dress shirt, good with jeans or dress slacks/suits and a denim shirt.   Horizontal stripes are everywhere, cable knit sweaters, turtle necks are back, and layering is where it’s at!

Take a look and see what you think!

Double breasted jackets are back. Image: DKNY

Horizontal stripes on everything from polos to sweaters and sweat jackets. Image: Perry Ellis

Cable knit or patterned sweaters, and neutral tones such as camel are all part of the fall lineup. Image: Perry Ellis

Not your grandpa's plaid - bright and bold is where it's at!

Layers...shirts, vests, jackets, turtlenecks all work together.

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Written by koalatycleaners

September 29, 2011 at 7:00 am

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.

HOT FALL FASHION FOR BACK TO SCHOOL

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Back to school time is just around the corner…and you know what that means!  Back to school shopping!  When I was a kid it was easy – T-shirts and jeans; but these days kids have to be up on the latest fashions!  I put together a few things that are hot this year in the way of Fall fashion, in case you need some ideas before hitting the mall this week!

What’s hot for girls this Fall:

  1. Hot colors this fall are reds, persimmon, bronze, copper, gray to name a few
  2. Retro prints from the 60’s and 70’s – bright colors and cool prints.  Remember the big flowers and geometric prints?  They’re back!
  3. Animal prints – always popular, and great for accessories, shoes and tops
  4. Dots – large or small, on tops, leggings and tights!
  5. Plaid – not your grandpa’s plaid, but bold, bright plaids – large or small
  6. Layers – Tunic tops with T’s and a belt…great!  Vests, jackets, and scarves are in
  7. Skinny jeans and jeggings are in, but give them a twist and select bright colors instead of just denim for the Fall!
  8. Wide leg pants with heels – for you teens and older girls
  9. Denim skirts – long ones and short ones
  10. Jeans are always in…but not dark…go for the faded/distressed look

 

What’s hot for guys this Fall:

  1. Denim shirts – layered over a T
  2. Layers are in for guys too – Button downs over a T is an easy option
  3. Jeans – go for the faded/distressed look, don’t go for the dark indigo this year
  4. Screen print T’s are always cool
  5. Plaid – large or small plaids, bright and bold

One area I left out of this article is coats and sweaters….it’s just too hot to think about that right now, but I’ll give you the fashion 411 on that later in the season!

Happy Back To School shopping!

 

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

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.

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY

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I know lately you’ve been hearing a lot about Earth Day.  Earth Day is tomorrow, April 22nd.  If you’re not familiar with Earth Day I’ll fill you in…

Earth Day is a day to promote awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment.  It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisconsin) as an environmental teach-in in 1970 and is celebrated in many countries around the world every year.

At Koalaty Cleaners we use an environmentally friendly cleaning process and we don’t use “perc”, which is a very toxic chemical used in the dry cleaning industry.  We also recycle our plastic dry cleaning bags and metal hangers.  You can help with this effort by bringing in your bags and hangers along with your laundry/dry cleaning and we’ll take care of the rest!

Other ways you can protect the environment and reduce your carbon footprint are:

  • Participate in your community’s local recycling program, i.e., aluminum cans, glass bottles, plastic containers and paper items.
  • Many cities have a recycling program for “organic” materials such as your grass clippings and tree branches, etc.  The city will collect these items and turn them into compost and mulch, which you can in turn pick up from the city and use in your garden and flower beds.
  • Adjust your washing machine’s water level to the appropriate size load; don’t set on high, when you only have 4 or 5 items in the washer
  • Use environmentally friendly laundry detergents
  • Purchase clothing made from natural fibers such as bamboo, cotton and even hemp.
  • Start your own compost program at home
  • Turn off lights and electronic equipments when not in use
  • Consolidate trips when running errands, thus cutting back on your gasoline consumption
  • Park your car and ride your bicycle, walk, or ride public transportation

Celebrate Earth Day by consciously doing something “environmentally friendly”!  Whatever you choose to do, know that every little bit helps to preserve the Earth.  Whether you do a little or a lot, it all helps!