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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!

 

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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!

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!

KEEP YOUR COOL

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The weather is warming up already here in Texas, and we are just around the corner from summer!  We tend to have a very short spring, so getting geared up NOW for summer is essential!

I’m often asked what fabrics are best for hot weather.  Of course, we all know to stay away from dark colors as much as possible because they absorb heat…go with white or light pastels which will reflect the heat and sun.  Go for lighter weight fabrics for ventilation.  As far as fabric types, I’ve listed a few of my favorites and explain why they are good choices for summer, especially in hot climates.

Cotton – Cotton’s a natural fabric, breathes, wicks away moisture and is easy to clean.  Cotton comes in a wide variety of styles and weights, anywhere from sheer, gauzy type fabrics to heavy denim.  Cotton garments of course have to be pressed, but if you get a blend of cotton/bamboo, or even cotton and polyester (cotton being the dominant component) you’ll be able to avoid the ironing.

Bamboo – It’s also a natural fiber, great at wicking away moisture and keeping you cool.  Bamboo feels much like silk, and is very soft and versatile.  There are cotton/bamboo blended fabrics which hold up great for summer as well.  Bamboo is also very easy to clean.  Many designers are using bamboo for work out clothing as opposed to spandex because of its great ability to keep you dry and cool.

Linen – Linen is a great summer fabric, as it is breathable, soft, and absorbs moisture quickly.    Like cotton, linen comes in a variety of weights and is used for everything from lightweight blouses to heavier weight jackets.  Linen’s biggest drawback is the fact that it needs to be ironed.  To minimize the need for ironing you could select a cotton/linen blend which is a very luxurious fabric and is great for summer.

Try to stay away from synthetic fabrics such as polyester, spandex or nylon as much as possible.  These fabrics do not breathe or absorb moisture. Save these fabrics for your swim wear.

WEDDING GOWN PRESERVATION

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The spring /summer “wedding season” is about to begin.  A wedding is certainly a very exciting time in a bride’s life, but she is also faced with making many important decisions.  One of which is what to do with her wedding gown after the vows are shared and the party is over.

A wedding gown is the most important and expensive garment a woman will wear.  And, she will only wear it once.  Many brides choose to keep their gown as a keepsake or heirloom to pass down to their own children.   These gowns are works of art, often covered with lace, intricate beading, and delicate handwork.  In order to maintain the gown’s original beauty, it must be properly cleaned and stored.

Koalaty Cleaners provides Wedding Gown Preservation service.  Wedding Gown Preservation is the cleaning and preservation (or packaging) of the gown, in order to preserve it in its original condition for years to come.  Koalaty uses state-of-the art equipment and methods to clean and preserve the gown.  It is very important that the gown is cleaned ASAP, preferably within six weeks of the ceremony in order to remove any stains and prevent oxidation of the fabric.  If oxidation has already begun, or the gown has become discolored, Koalaty can, in most cases, restore the gown back to its original color.

Upon receiving the wedding gown, we will analyze the fabric, the embellishments, and the stains, and clean it accordingly.  Standard stains such as grass, mud, make-up and body oils are not usually a problem to remove from most fabrics.  The most difficult stains to remove are Wite-out (which brides use to cover small spots prior to or during the wedding/photo shoots) and self-tanning products.  The cleaning process begins with hand scrubbing of the hem, which is generally the most soiled area of the gown, then spot treating any additional stains.  We use a virgin solvent in our cleaning process that is safe for delicate fabrics.  We do NOT use Perchloroethylene or “Perc” in our cleaning service, as it is very abrasive and damaging to the gown and its embellishments.

Once the dress is thoroughly cleaned, it is then steamed or pressed, gently folded, and packaged with an acid-free tissue, which will extend the life of the fabric.  The gown will then be placed in an acid-free archival box, which is hermetically sealed, depleted of oxygen and filled with an inert gas, ensuring maximum protection of the gown.  We use archival boxes that have a viewing window so the bride can always share her keepsake with others.  Many brides like to include their veils, shoes, trains, photos, invitations and napkins as part of their “permanent keepsake collection”, and we are happy to include these items in our preservation packaging process for our customers.

This entire process usually takes about four to eight weeks, depending on the detailing of the dress.  Every gown we clean and preserve carries a “Lifetime Guarantee” against oxidation, fading, mold, etc.

If you are interested in our Wedding Gown Preservation Service, or have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us.

Gown by Edenbridal.com

 

SPRUCE UP YOUR WARDROBE FOR SPRING

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Spring is right around the corner!  Now’s the time to get your wardrobe together so you will be prepared for those warmer days and nights.  So, let’s go to your closet and take a look!  (I’m going to address the guys today…ladies, next week.)

First, pull out all of your spring/summer clothes from the closet.  If they are old, worn out, or out of date, throw them in a pile for donations immediately!  Just do it!

Next, make stacks according to the garments, i.e., suits in one stack, jeans in another, dress shirts in another, etc…you get it.

Now, take a look at each piece of clothing…try it on.  Does it have all the buttons, does the zipper work, does it still fit?  If it’s worth altering, such as a suit or jacket, or if it needs repairs, make a stack for alterations.

Does anything need cleaning?  If so, make a stack for “dry cleaning” and one for “laundry”.

Don’t forget your ties!  Ties seem to get neglected in the cleaning/care area.  Take a look at your ties…if they look a little dirty or have a spot on them, toss those in the dry cleaning pile.  If they are looking old and worn, toss them!

Lastly, take a look at what you have.  Are you a little bored with your dress shirts that go with that suit?  Need a new tie, or just want to switch things up a little?  Bored with your weekend wear?  Here are a few fashion tips for spring/summer that can help you spruce up your look without spending a fortune on an entirely new wardrobe:

Ties are a great way to add personality and color to that same old suit! These are not your grandpa’s plaid ties! These are deeper, richer tones, and perfect for the spring/summer. Image: GQ

Add some color with a pocket square…for some pizzazz, pick one with polka dots. Select cotton or silk…avoid shiny fabrics! Image: GQ

Tired of the same old dress shirts – light blue, white? Great new look for this spring/summer is a khaki dress shirt! It goes with suits, jeans, everything! And, check out the plaid tie! Image: GQ

Toss out your old T-shirts and grab a few new rugby shirts for the weekend! They’re back in style and great no matter what color! Image: GQ

Want to “go green” with your wardrobe? Pick up a few of these great bamboo T’s. Great for everyday wear, or even under a jacket! They wick away moisture and keep you dry, plus they feel like silk! Image: bambooclothes.com

HITTING THE SLOPES

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Snow skiing is a popular sport, and like any sport, you need to have the proper equipment.  Skiing requires special clothing, down jackets, ski pants, and of course, long underwear to keep you warm!  These clothing items are an investment, but if you take a little extra care in cleaning and storing them, you can get several seasons out of your ski wardrobe.  Below are a few very easy tips on cleaning and storing your ski wear.

  • First rule of thumb is to always check the manufacturer’s care label.
  • Separate the “under” layers and the “outer” layers and wash separately.
  • For “under” layer garments such as long underwear or light weight fleece jackets, wash on cold, in the gentle cycle with mild detergent.  Tumble dry on low.
  • For the “outer” layers, wash the ski pants and jackets in cold water on the gentle, with a mild detergent.  Once that cycle has ended, run them again without detergent, but add a wash-in water repellent to the water.
  • Down clothing such as jackets need to be washed separately from synthetics.  They can typically be washed in the gentle cycle in cold water, with a detergent made specifically for down.
  • Tumble dry on low, and don’t forget to toss a couple of tennis balls into the dryer to keep the down from clumping.  Hang up and place in an area where it can breathe.
  • Store your down clothing in a dry place where it can breathe to insure that the down stays dry and won’t begin to mildew.  Do NOT cover it with a plastic bag.
  • Your synthetics and fleece can be stored in a dark, dry place such as a closet.  Do not store in a plastic bag.  If you want to cover them, you can use a linen clothing bag, or simply wrap a white sheet around them.  You could also store them in a basket or similar container, as long as it is ventilated.  Place tissue between layers to help prevent wrinkling.

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January 16, 2011 at 7:49 pm