If you're planning to buy a new winter coat, consider the following tips to help you get the best buy and fit.
Buying a coat is not the most glamorous shopping trip for many of us. Often we purchase a generic jacket or winter coat that will match just about anything since we want to buy just one rather than several.
But the outer covering of a coat is what others first see of us. So it is important to create a positive image through this item of clothing. Here are a few tips to help you shop for a new coat.
1. Look for sales. A heavy winter coat can be expensive. That's why you'll want to check newspaper ads or display windows to find the price that's right for you. Do some comparison shopping by checking price, style, selection, and fit at several leading clothing stores. Then, when you find the style you want, ask when the next sale event will be held. If your selected coat is in short supply, consider putting it in layaway or ask if a sales assistant can hold it for you for the impending sale day. 2. Find your style. From army coat to ski jacket, styles can be as varied as night and day. Give some thought to the kind of coat you want to buy. It should be general enough to coordinate with many of your outfits, whether for work, leisure, or both. Consider a neutral color like beige, navy, or black, that will blend in with or cover other clothing colors. Consider whether you want a short, medium, or longer-length coat, keeping in mind such factors as whether you will drive a car, ride the bus, or do a fair amount of walking this winter. 3. Try it on. You may want to take a couple of different outfits with matching shoes, formal and casual, to try on with several different coat styles. You don't want to buy something that looks great on the slopes but cheesy on the job. Look for a three-way mirror to observe the coat from all angles. You may want to take a friend for a second opinion. Try on varying colors as well as styles to see how each looks with your complexion and outfits. 4. Check for fit. In addition to length, look at the sleeves to be sure they reach the mid-point of the back of both hands. If you like the style but not the length, keep in mind that alterations may be costly. See if the shoulder seam lines up with your shoulders on both sides. Does it button evenly and tight enough to keep you warm? Does the collar fit as you like it or will it fly up in your face or make it hard to see? Though many coat styles are bulky, your selection should feel comfortable and snug as well as flatter your figure. 5. Coordinate accessories with your new coat. Look for matching or coordinating gloves, neck scarf, and possibly a hat. Be sure to get boots that will complete your look rather than confuse it. For women, a pocketbook should not look that different from the outerwear and its accents.
Getting a new, warm, winter coat can be taxing and yet fun. Find one that will make you look great while keeping your warm, and won't stretch your pocketbook too far in the process.
Fun, easy, natural, homemade ways to freshen the air indoors!
Indoor air quality is becoming more of an issue as people are spending more and more time indoors. Most of us have seen reports on common dangerous household pollutants such as deadly molds, lead from paints, asbestos, and many others. What many people are not aware of are the dangerous chemicals we are willingly bringing into our homes and using in the form of air fresheners! Many commercial air fresheners use chemicals that have detrimental side effects such as agents that deaden your sense of smell, oils that coat your nasal passages, chemicals that can be damaging to skin and eyes, and ingredients that can be very poisonous if accidentally ingested. In addition to being potentially dangerous, many commercial air fresheners don't actually freshen the air, they just mask one odor with another! So, what are we to do if we want a pleasant smelling indoor environment? Try a more natural approach!
The very best way to make indoor air smell good is to maintain a clean environment. Remove the source of any offensive odors instead of just trying to cover up a bad smell with a good one. Cleanliness goes a long way in maintaining a pleasant and healthy environment. Plain white vinegar can be purchased for very little and is an excellent stain and odor fighter, as well as an air freshener. White vinegar can be diluted in a bucket of water and used to mop floors that are moldy, mildewy, have a pet odor, or any other offensive odor. The same solution of vinegar and water can also be used on carpets. Be sure to do a small "test spot" on any surface you are going to clean to make sure it will not be damaged by the vinegar.
The absolute easiest and cheapest way to truely freshen indoor air is to open up widows and doors and allow outside air into your home. Not only will the fresh air smell good, it will help remove any toxic air that might have been building up in your home.
A wide assortment of air fresheners can be found hiding in your kitchen cabinets. Many of the herbs and spices we cook with also make wonderful air fresheners (such as cinnamon, clove, ginger, rosemary, basil, etc.). Try boiling your favorites alone or combined. Scented extracts (such as vanilla, almond, etc.) can also be used. Try dabbing some onto cotton balls and then placing the cotton balls throughout your home. Another kitchen staple renowned for removing odors is baking soda. An open box of baking soda placed in a room will help eliminate odors, especially musty mildew odors. A cup of vinegar can also be used in the same fashion to help remove smells. Simply fill several small bowls with vinegar and place in the area of the offensive smell.
Potpourri is a fun and versatile home air freshener. It can be homemade using dried flowers, herbs, and scented oil or purchased pre-made. Potpourri can be placed in pretty containers throughout the home, in sachets and tucked into closets and drawers. Or even boiled in simmer pots* for an extra strong scent.
Scented oils alone also make wonderful air fresheners. They come in a wide variety of scents and potencies. Oils can be dabbed onto cotton balls, or placed into special porous containers made to hold oils and dissipate their scent. Oils can also be added to boiling water to enhance their scent, or used in simmer pots*.
Be creative when looking for ways to pleasantly scent the air in you home. Even something as simple as a loaf of baking bread could be considered an air freshener if you like the smell. Cut flowers, opening the windows to the smell of a freshly mowed lawn, cutting lemons and placing them out in the open for a fresh blast of citrus scent are all fun, natural, simple ways to make your home smell good!
* A simmer pot is a small kettle shaped pot with an enclosed heating element on the bottom of the pot. It plugs into a standard wall outlet and heats the contents in the pot to enhance their aromas.
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