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Frivolity Relief!!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

OK, taking a break from work work work -- and of course as recreational distraction, love nothing more than to dial up the fashionista a bit, particularly because it's fall!!

First, a bit of shopping: I indulged in a moto jacket: not vintage, not even on sale . . . bought at an actual store!! Black, indoor "suit jacket" weight . . . and the style I've been looking for with the asymmetric zipper but no waist belt, no studs, no glitter . . . not exposed zippers but all under plackets. A compromise: don't want to look like a "fashion victim" at my age but I do enjoy being a bit on trend. I've been checking on line, hadn't seen anything "just right", and figured I'd better grab it while it was available in my size: or at least that's my excuse. Will be my one "major" purchase this fall for sure.

So: I'd acquired a bit of a collection of vintage leather jackets over the past year, seldom spending more than $40 to $60, sourcing on ebay and etsy -- mostly "deadstock", ie new with or without tags, never worn, and in an interesting range of colours. Including the soft spring green I'd bought for my birthday. The fitted/coloured leather jacket look seems to me somewhat less stuffy for work than a full "suity" look . . . and changes up the skirts/dresses/suit pants a bit . . .

But I decided last night, with my new "store bought" jacket soooo soft, that maybe my vintage leather jackets could use a bit of conditioning?? Some of them a little stiff, even a bit "creaky"??? Googled leather conditioning on line -- and (I am not recommending this, anybody) decided that probably hair conditioner would be a great substitute. We had inadvertently and not once but twice picked up conditioner when we meant to buy shampoo (always in a rush). So I had two jars of the stuff on hand. Tried an inside test spot on one jacket - worked great. Slathered on hair conditioner all over all the jackets, rubbing in gently in the stiffer areas . . . left the jackets over night, hanging from door knobs to get lots of air circulation . . . they had gulped it all up by this morning and felt so soft!! But just a little dullness on the surface. Buffed them up with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil. No kidding, they are now as soft and as supple and glossy as the new jacket . . .

So: next I treated my winter boots!! And all my winter handbags!! And my basic all purpose clutch that moves from handbag to handbag, which was really scuffed up. Treated a few leather belts!! Touched up a few little marks with my handy-dandy multi-colour marking pens, which I keep for just that purpose . . .

Everything's gleaming and soft and smells so nice!

Ahhhhhh!

Got my new fall hair cut too -- a shorter bob, collar-bone length, still able to tie it back for the gym, but with some soft asymmetric layers at the front. I'm liking it a lot! On trend, but just a little change from my more "classic" style . . .

Earth shattering? World changing? Of course not.

But: taking care of this stuff makes me feel . . . yup, taken care of.

And I needed to take the time to do some of that!
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KANOE10 9/18/2013 8:02AM

    By taking care of your clothes, you are taking care of yourself. Thanks for the tip about the conditioner. Your new jacket sounds perfect for you. I like the jacket look also. I get the same feeling when I polish all of my silver jewelry.

You are ready for a stylish enjoyable fall.

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TIFFANIE150 9/16/2013 3:54PM

    I am sporting some new jeans, shirt, and boots today that I bought at a store my daughters would like to shop at. It has made me smile all day and clothes/fashion are a wonderful way to keep me motivated!

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SUSANNAH31 9/16/2013 3:17PM

    Great idea to use the hair conditioner for your leather. And I love the use of olive oil to bring back the sheen too.

You will be lookin' good at the office!!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 9/16/2013 11:43AM

    Woo hoo! You are all good to go this season.

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TEENY_BIKINI 9/16/2013 11:27AM

    That's seriously cool!

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KALIGIRL 9/16/2013 9:07AM

    Love it!
Wonder if it'd work on my skin? emoticon

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NANCY- 9/16/2013 7:52AM

    I love that you take the time to honour all of yourself. This is what it is all about!!!
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_LINDA 9/16/2013 2:04AM

    Wow, what a find! A gorgeous new leather jacket and an inexpensive way to make your old jackets feel as good as new!
The hair cut sounds divine! I second that, we need a pictorial fashion show here. Your leather jacket finds sound awesome!
Hope you have a good work week with a little less work!

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POINDEXTRA 9/15/2013 11:07PM

    What a great thing to figure out about the leather - and I definitely want to see a picture of the new 'do too.

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PHOENIX1949 9/15/2013 10:23PM

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BOOKAPHILE 9/15/2013 8:23PM

    Your day of frivolity sounds like it included a lot of effort! I won't call it work because I think you enjoyed it. Now I have to think about my leather purses...

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CARRAND 9/15/2013 4:10PM

    Good stuff! I never thought of hair conditioner on leather.

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PHEBESS 9/15/2013 3:59PM

    Taking care of how you look (and how your wardrobe looks) is just saying that you like yourself and like how you look - it's definitely all about positivity and affirmations! ABSOLUTELY IMPORTANT!

And I love the asymmetric jacket look - I'm travelling with a midnight blue cotton asymmetric moto-type jacket - works with slacks, jeans, skirts, a shirt hanging out below the jacket, whatever. Perfect for mix and match wardrobes! (Love it with the burnt orange print skirt and a white top. Red Birks. Maybe black leggings if the weather is really cool.)

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DALID414 9/15/2013 2:55PM

    The boyfriend bought me a leather purse for my birthday (a month early, cuz he gets antsy about missing the actual day) and it smells SO amazing every time I grab it. First brown leather purse. He equated it to baseball glove leather; whatever works.

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/15/2013 2:50PM

    I'm in awe! I'm a bit of a slouch when it comes to fashion... and I use my age as an excuse, but it's always been true. It wasn't just because of being heavy, either. Although it's more fun finding a "look" when you fit what they target... it just has never tripped my trigger. But your blog makes it sound like fun, so obviously there is some passion (dare I say "zeal") around your dialing it up a notch!

Go you! Enjoy those soft, supple, leathers! emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 9/15/2013 2:33PM

    Wonderful!

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