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The Power of the Sun

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There are a few go to jokes my husband likes to torture me with, but one of his favorites is the concept of the “Chanel moth” – a special devious breed which specializes in the most high quality of UK/Scotland manufactured cashmere, zipping through your closet in search of the most expensive pieces to munch. Since this is pretty much my #1 greatest nightmare, I halfway believed him the first time he said it. Because I love my knits and cashmere! So today I thought I would share one of my spring/summer rituals which I do at least once to twice a year, which I believe has helped keep my closet moth free and my knits fresh. The great “airing out”.

Did you know that moths hate sunlight? They avoid it whenever possible, and just the act of shaking out your clothes and hanging them in the sun will a) repel moths and their disgusting larvae (which are what actually eats your clothes), and b) shake out any larvae which might be already in your clothes (even more disgusting). The sun is also a natural disinfectant and will help get rid of any storage odors, etc. So every spring, as soon as the sun comes out, I clean all of my winter knits and pieces with fur and then as an extra precaution, set them out in the sun to air out (though fur shouldn’t be in direct sunlight too long). I do this even with the pieces I haven’t worn, so that they don’t get musty. Continue Reading

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Closet Care – Cashmere

I’ve written a few times before about my love of cashmere – each season, I can’t resist adding at least a few new items to my closet. Over time, I’ve learned quite a bit through trial and error about…

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Closet Care: Storing Your Bags

A reader question I receive from time to time is one around storing bags. How many of us have a cherished designer bag in our wardrobe that we’ve had for years – that at some point we discovered was sagging,…

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Closet Care – Jewelry

Since my first “Closet Care” post concentrated on bags and shoes, today I thought I would show you how I clean and take care of another segment of accessories – jewelry. I love all kinds of jewelry and most…

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Closet Care – Bags and Shoes

Recently I’ve had a few requests for posts around how I take care of my wardrobe – clothes and accessories. I am far from an expert in these areas but since I do try and have my items last…

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Balenciaga: Before and After Restoration

One of my more frequently used bags is my black Balenciaga “City” moto bag. I’ve had it for a few years now and it’s still one of the most practical bag styles around in my opinion – light, can be…