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!