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How To: Keep The Love Alive

Your memories and special moments will last a lifetime – but how do you keep your roses fresh and perky too? Regardless of what anyone says, girls love flowers. We don’t know why, but we just do. They send a smile wide across our faces. They make us giddy. They bring envy to everyone else.. It’s astounding the effect flowers can have.

Roses by far can be the most romantic, but hardest flower to maintain. I’ve learned a simple trick from a friend that is accessible to all and sure to work! I recently tested it out on a surprise bouquet that arrived to my desk last week =). Here is the remedy for making the moment last:

  • Obtain a single pill of aspirin (Advil, Tylenol)
  • Put in zip-lock bag
  • Smash up into a powder with a meat tenderizer, spoon, etc
  • Once powdery, sprinkle into a fresh (luke-warm) vase of water
  • Stir
  • Repeat every two days into new water
  • Voila!

Monday through Saturday!

Your roses should be as happy as mine are come Thursday evening, and even through the weekend! Try this tip and you will have an elongated reminder of that special reason they arrived in the first place! Enjoy =)

Additional tips here.

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Summer arm party!

Flecks of turquoise remind me of the tropical blue ocean…

How to… Wear the Same Clothes for 2 Weeks

In July 2007, I went on a two week trip to Europe with my family for my high school graduation present. I spent weeks agonizing over what to wear. I bought hundreds of dollars of new clothes and smartly packed everything into one small suitcase, planning my outfits so I could wear something different every day while reusing some of the pieces. Then tragedy struck in the form of United Airlines losing my luggage for a month and a half.

In 2007, the Euro and the Pound were very strong against the US dollar. I didn’t want to spend my limited time in Europe shopping (strange, I know!). I’m a traveller who travels to see and to experience – not to spend all my time in stores (although I like doing that, too; it’s just not my first choice of things to do!). 2007 was before Topshop was in New York and since London was our first stop, it did give me a chance to go to Top Shop.

Topshop was absolutely overwhelming. I was jet lagged and depressed that all my clothing options were who knows where, maybe in DC, maybe somewhere over the Atlantic (later I found out they had been flying between London and Paris for over 30 days). I did however get a cute rayon dress, a few cardigans (London is cold, even in July!), a scarf to fit in with the Londoners, and a few other tops. I had worn pinstripe Bermuda shorts and a coral colored top on the flight, along with flip flops. Luckily I didn’t wear sweatpants or I would have been really set back.

In Paris, we went to Printemps, one of the largest department stores in Paris. (The first department store ever was Bonmarche, also in Paris.) There I got a jacket, sweater, and skirt, to add to my new wardrobe.

In Switzerland I picked up a few dresses and a couple purses at H&M, just to affordably round out my wardrobe.

So in total I had: 3 dresses, one jacket, two cardigans, 3 tops, one skirt, one pair of bermuda shorts, and a pair of flip flops. I wasn’t the most fashionable girl in Europe, but I tried to make do. Here are several of my outfits from the week (please ignore 18 year old me, especially 18 year old me without my shampoo (I used Redken blonde glam and couldn’t find it until Switzerland, over a week into our trip) and make-up).

Flight outfit, Rome, 2007Topshop dress with different cardigan. Dorky pose at Barcelona aquarium, 2007.

Dress and cardigan from Topshop, Paris 2007

H&M Dress, Switzerland 2007

Putting it all together: H&M dress and top, Topshop scarf, H&M dress, Kookai jacket, Stonehenge 2007

-cp

How To: Unsqueak your shoes!

What could be worse than buying the perfect shoe for a perfect evening, leaving the store with overjoy and excitement, but when you get home and finally slip them on, they’re doing more than just making a statement… they won’t shut up!

One of the most common disappointments after a shoe purchase is noise. This goes for athletic shoes, dress shoes, stilettos, wedges, leather (or faux), and even flip flops. Some people return shoes thinking it was “just that pair” or a factory defect, some keep them stuffed in the back of the closet for months hoping that, with time, the noise will fade and squeaking will disappear. However, what most people don’t know, are the easy DIY ways to stop the noise!

Here are a few solutions I found by scouting online and asking friends & family:

1) Find something oily, may it be lip balm, vaseline, lotion, carmex, or even shoe polish  (watch out with this one).

2) For sneakers, you may want to use WD-40 or baby powder.

3) Rub your weapon of choice on the top of the tongue, underneath the tongue, and on the inside of the shoe.

4) In some shoes, you may have to remove the sole, rub the substance on the bottom of the shoe, and reinsert the sole.

5) In literally a few moments of walking around, the problem should be solved!

I had this discrepancy with my new shoe purchase below (cobbler booties) and was embarrassed to walk around indoors. I solved my problem with vaseline and I am squeak free! Pass this on to a friend in need. :)

Remember: YOU should wear the garment…it shouldn’t wear you! (or scare you off, for that matter)

-cm