The Deals and the Dish on Where You Need to Shop
Jan 18, 2011
10:25 AMWindow Shopping
Pick(s) of the Week: Fab Footwear
I have long been enamored with glitz—studs, beads, sequins, feathers—you name it. I love the extra detail these lovely embellishments add to a piece. While one of the top trends this spring is minimalism (in other words, wardrobe pieces that are simple and the cut/silhouette is really the only "ornamentation" on the piece) there are ways to add impact to a minimalist look.
Statement jewelry is one of those ways. Another is killer shoes—one of my favorite ways to add oomph to an ensemble. As I was browsing the Victoria's Secret website I checked in on their spring shoe looks—already for sale on the site. I noticed these Colin Stuart embellished platform pumps that are to die for. Really, I love all of the colors, but the lilac is my favorite—a covetable color for spring. The price isn't terrible for such a chic pair of shoes. I wouldn't be surprised if down the road I'm sporting these pumps when the weather warms up.
Colin Stuart studded pump, $88, VictoriasSecret.com
Since I've been very busy of late working on print magazine pieces, I haven't been able to post as regularly as I'd like. So, I thought I'd share two "picks of the week" with you this week.
When I shop I sort of have tunnel vision: Sometimes I don't tend to notice the label that says how to care for a garment when I buy it. If I like a shirt or pair of pants, I'll buy it—regardless if it's dry clean only or not. Most shoppers are probably a bit more vigilant but when you're a clotheshorse you just sort of go with it, right?! Right? Since dry cleaning racks up the bills quickly, I thought I'd give Dryel, the "at-home dry cleaning system" a try. Some years back I had tried Dryel and wasn't super impressed with it—it didn't seem to remove the odors from my wool sweaters enough. But, I figured that perhaps it was worth another shot.
Basically the kit comes with a dryer bag, in-dryer cleaning cloths and a stain-removal pen. You drop a cleaning cloth in the zippered fabric bag along with one to four garments (silk tops, wool pants, whatever you'd like!) and place it in the dryer for thirty minutes. While the dryer is on, the cloths remove any odors and "steam" your garments right in the fabric bag.
I used Dryel on two different loads of tops/blazers/sweaters and this time, I was happy with the results. The odors were gone and my clothing was lovely and wrinkle-free. And it's so much cheaper than dry cleaning! Another bonus: the stain-removal pen works wonders on any garment—I used it on a couple of (non dry-clean) tops that had stains on the sleeves, dropped them in the washer and bam—the stains were gone. Wonderful.
You can find Dryel at many retailers—Target, et cetera.