Keeping Your Home Safe While Away on Vacation

Keeping Your Home Safe While Away on Vacation

Tick tock. Check your watch. Every 16.4 seconds, a home burglary takes place in the United States. That number is scary enough on its own, but it gets even scarier when you’re away on vacation, leaving your home vulnerable to opportunistic criminals who can spot signs of your absence from a mile away.

That’s one reason why having a solidly rated safe — and ideally, a security system to back it up — is so important. Often, seeing that your home and valuables are well-protected is enough to deter criminals from even trying. But don’t stop there: Use the following tips to help keep your home safe while you’re away.Continue reading

Caring For Haute Couture

Caring For Haute Couture

Nothing is as comfortable as a piece of clothing hand-crafted of the finest materials, custom-designed to your specifications and tailored to fit you exactly. That’s haute couture, with prices that typically start in the thousands.

That price alone is justification for having your couture dry cleaned at an establishment that’s experienced with the particular materials and construction involved. There’s simply no other way to handle the fine materials, stitching, and embellishments on a garment made just for you. Fine furs and leather should be taken to a furrier for yearly cleanings; suede can usually be brushed with a suede brush.Continue reading

Restoring Vintage Couture

Restoring Vintage Couture

Vintage couture was made during a time when women expected to keep — and wear — the same clothing over and over. So the dress lasts but, depending on how it’s been cared for over the years, its looks might not hold up quite as well.

If you have a piece of vintage couture that looks like it needs a good restorative treatment, stop and think before you wash! If it’s old enough to be a real collector’s item or still has its tags, you might be better off not risking the potential damage of a cleaning gone wrong.

If your priceless, custom-made garment really does need to be cleaned and restored, the absolute safest method is to send it to an expert cleaner that specializes in vintage couture. They have the best chance of correctly identifying the materials used in your couture and handling them properly with respect to their age. (The handling characteristics of some materials change over time.)Continue reading

How To Care For Louboutins

How To Care For Louboutins

Christian Louboutin’s sleek, daring shoes are best-known for two things: Their brilliant scarlet soles, and just how quickly those soles wear off with everyday use. The shoes themselves are well-built in general, but no shoe — especially no shoe built on a delicate, spiked heel — can withstand everyday mud, grime and abrasion without showing at least a little wear. Sounds like a little maintenance is in order.Continue reading

How To Clean Hermes Scarves

How To Clean Hermes Scarves

Your Hermes silk scarves are investments, heirlooms, and hard-working fashion accessories all in one. When the occasional stain does happen, Hermes recommends having your scarves dry-cleaned. (Hermes boutiques will even ship your scarves an expert cleaner for you.) Some Hermes collectors report less-than-great results from dry cleaners, though, and have taken to hand-washing their scarves themselves. Here’s how they do it:Continue reading

How To Care For Leather Boots

How To Care For Leather Boots

Do you love your leather boots? You should! No matter where those boots take you, fine leather remains one of the most supple, versatile and durable materials possible. Of course, not even leather is indestructible. That’s where you come in: A bit of preventative care goes a long way toward extending the life of your boots.

The real key to caring for your leather boots is finding out exactly which leather they’re made of; every type of leather has its own characteristics and an array of products that it’ll respond best to. That said, there are a few general things you can do to care for almost any leather boots:Continue reading