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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!


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
    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.
    1468 days ago
    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!
    1470 days ago
    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!!

    1470 days ago
    Woo hoo! You are all good to go this season.
    1470 days ago
    That's seriously cool!

    1470 days ago
    Love it!
    Wonder if it'd work on my skin? emoticon
    1470 days ago
  • NANCY-
    I love that you take the time to honour all of yourself. This is what it is all about!!!
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    1470 days ago
  • _LINDA
    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!
    1470 days ago
    What a great thing to figure out about the leather - and I definitely want to see a picture of the new 'do too.
    1470 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    1470 days ago
    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...
    1470 days ago
    Good stuff! I never thought of hair conditioner on leather.
    1471 days ago
    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.)
    1471 days ago
  • DALID414
    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.
    1471 days ago
    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
    1471 days ago
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