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How To Keep Your Clothing Looking Like New

clothing-looking-newI usually don't mind buying higher priced clothing, if it means that it'll last (and it's something I know I'll use.) But even though it may be higher quality, or probably because it's higher quality, I try to take even better care of it. So here are some of the things I like to have on hand to keep my clothes and accessories looking their best.

  • Lint roller
  • Drying rack (so delicate items don't have to go through the dryer)
  • Clothing steamer
  • Leather shoe conditioner
  • Shoe wax
  • Sewing kit (for popped-off buttons and fixing hems)
  • Sewing scissors
  • Seam ripper
  • Boot shaper/insert (to keep the leather shaft upright and not slouchy)

I'll also fold heavier items so they don't stretch out on the hanger. And I'll make sure to wash things on the settings their labels say. (Sometimes this means that I have to search for what their symbols mean if they don't have words, but it's worth it!) I'll handwash things if they say that, and they really are that delicate that I don't quite trust the handwash setting on the washing machine. And finally, I'll send things to the dry cleaner if they're dry clean only and it's their time.

How do you keep your clothing looking nice?

Living the Perfect Life

Northwest Pearls: The Perfect Life Multiple friends have recently told me that they were jealous of all the adventures I go on and all the fun I'm having. I had to ask them what they meant. Me? Going out and having fun? Sure, that happens sometimes, but not all that often. Usually I'm working or applying to jobs or reading alone or watching tv by myself or maybe with my bff. There's not a ton of fun or adventures in my life right now.

I figured out that their perception of my life came from my social media accounts. (Mostly Instagram.) They saw the pictures I posted and assumed that I was having a blast.

Which isn't exactly true. I have gotten to do some fun things this summer, go on hikes, be maid of honor in a dear friend's wedding, try out new things, but overall I'd saw it was an average or below-average summer. I just try to make my life look great on social media.

Which is what most people do. I see the photos of friends kayaking or at the top of a mountain and I'm jealous. But what I fail to remember is that those people also are in school or they're working and most of their life isn't like that. I just see their memorable highlights.

It's the same thing with most, if not all, blogs out there. They/we just post the highlights of our life, the pretty things, the things that inspire us. I'm not going to post an OOTD of me in yoga pants and a college t-shirt I got for free unless there's an amazing view from a hike behind me. If that's what I wore around the house or to the grocery store, it's not worth posting. It has to be noteworthy in some way for it to be internet worthy.

And most of my life isn't very noteworthy. It may seem cool on social media but honestly, yes, I've had fun this summer, but probably not as much fun as I've made it seem. (Because let's face it, you don't want to see a photo of me at my computer or me running errands.)

It makes me a little sad to see people post #goals on posts or blog posts (not mine, usually someone famous in the social media/blog world.) Yes, it would seem fabulous to wear a swimsuit everyday and just lounge by the beach, but let's face it, even the people who seem to be doing that all the time, probably aren't. Anything, even the glamorous, gets old after a while. Most of it is about selling a lifestyle, but you have to realize that even they aren't living that lifestyle. And many readers (usually they seem younger) don't realize that life isn't like that. Yes, Person A may look fabulous in the post about the beach and a fabulous new swimsuit, but what you don't see is the boring parts of life, because let's face it, everyone's life has to be somewhat mundane and boring some of the time. We just don't showcase that part because no one is interested in it.

So don't compare yourself to what someone else (famous or not) seems to be online or on social media. They may seem like #goals, but I bet if you spent a week with them, you'd see that their life isn't what you thought.

Here's what I'm frequently doing when I'm at home, feet up on the desk, at my computer video chatting, watching TV, applying for jobs, or blogging. Those feet have done cool things this summer, but they've also hung out at home quite a bit.

Northwest Pearls: Living the Life

What do you think about a person's portrayal online and on social media?

Adopt Don't Shop

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I saw the hashtag #adoptdontshop while scrolling through my Instagram feed. I've always been an advocate of shelter and rescue animals. To be honest, I'll judge a little bit anyone who buys a pet, or anyone who is focused on getting a purebred animal. (You can find purebred animals in shelters too, but please don't overlook the mixed breeds for that one reason. Genetic diseases and puppy mills are some of the major reasons to not get a purebred animal. Check out this Huffington Post article to read more about them. And if there was no demand for purebred animals, there would be no supply.) And I'll seriously judge anyone who gets a pet irresponsibly and then gives it up (or wants to put it to sleep) because it doesn't fit in their lifestyle. A pet is not an accessory, it is a friend.

There are tons of reasons to adopt a pet. A loving animal wants a forever home. You'll (hopefully) give it a better, happy life. You'll have a best friend for life. You'll change the life of that animal. And there are more.

Here are a few links to different pet adoption websites.

  • Adopt a Pet - A non-profit where you can search for your future dog, cat, horse, rabbit, bird, reptile, amphibian, fish, farm-type animal, or small animal. You can also search for shelters in your area. There is also a lot of information about adoption, pet care, and pet health.
  • Petfinder - A website where you can search for your future dog, cat, rabbit, small & furry, horse, bird, pig, barnyard animal, animal with scales, fins, and others. There's also information about pet care, shelters and rescues, helping pets, and more.
  • ASPCA - You can use their website to search for dogs and cats in shelters, find shelters in your area, and to find resources regarding animals.
  • The Humane Society - They have resources for animals and animal adoption. They're big advocates of spaying and neutering to keep the animal population down.
  • IDAWG - We've picked up some of our best friends from IDAWG in Idaho so I thought I'd mention it here.

Our cats were both strays that were brought to our vet. One was found in a garage and brought in because of a hurt leg that had to be removed. And the other had lain unmoving by the side of the road for 2-3 days before lifting up her head when the right person drove by. The person then stopped and brought the poor emaciated cat into the vet where she was able to be saved. I don't know that all vets are like ours, taking in some of the animals and finding the right homes for them themselves, but yours might have something similar. Our vet will also sometimes have a shelter cat or two by the front desk. The cat will usually get adopted and it brings awareness to that shelter.

I'm a firm believer in rescuing animals and in rescuing older ones. Everyone wants a puppy or a kitten but that leaves the older ones a little out of luck. (That puppy or kitten will grow up pretty soon and will you still want it?)

So if you're thinking about getting a new friend, please adopt, don't shop. And consider getting that six year old with life wisdom instead of the baby. Although someone needs to take the baby animal so it's not a bad thing to do; but please think about getting that older animal.

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Renting a Car When You're Under 25

Northwest Pearls: Renting a Car Under 25

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This summer I may be renting a car for a wedding I'm attending. While I haven't entirely cemented my plans, here's a few things I've learned so far about renting a car if you're under the age of 25:

  • You can rent if you're under 25 with most places, there is just a bigger fee and they probably won't rent you one of their luxury cars.
  • If you're under 25, you need to do it through the agency and not a big comparison website. (At least that's what one of the travel booking sites told me when I called.)
  • Rates vary greatly between rental agencies.  I searched the same dates at five agencies and found that two were significantly more expensive and one didn't have an easy way to say that I'm under 25 so I knocked those three out of the running.
  • And, for anyone of any age: instead of adding on the car rental's insurance, you can do it through your own insurance agency and save some money. At least you can through State Farm.

I'm sure there'll be more that I'll learn as the wedding gets closer and as I figure out what I'm doing. Has there been anything you've learned about renting a car if you're under 25? Let me know in the comments!

CPR/AED/First Aid Class

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I've been wanting to take a First Aid and CPR class for a while and I finally had the chance!

I should have taken a class last summer when I had loads of time on my hands, but I didn't. However at my new internship I had the opportunity to take one. The CPR portion was practicing reviving our dummy, the AED (the defibrillator, you know the thing with paddles you use to restore a heart's natural rhythm), the teacher demonstrated that with a test defibrillator and a dummy, and we learned about first aid and what to do in different situations.

There were about 15 of us plus the teacher. It was a five hour class with 45 minutes for lunch. I highly recommend you taking something like that. You should really learn these things from a trained professional, I'm definitely not giving you any advice. But I like that I now have this knowledge and hope I will never need to use it.

I do still want to learn a few more skills, I wouldn't mind a wilderness course, and I would love to learn how to sail. Maybe one of these days I will!

Have you learned anything new lately?

Thanksgiving

Here's a few pictures of what we did for our Thanksgiving meal. I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving Table Setting

These napkins were a wedding gift to my grandmother in 1943. The plates were also hers.

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Full view of our Thanksgiving table

 

Thanksgiving Pecan Pie

Thanksgiving Outfit

 

Lipstick: Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss for Rimmel London Shade 107

Pearls: Inherited

Shirt: Loft

Watch: Nordstrom

Skirt: Loft

Shoes: Nordstrom

What did you do for Thanksgiving?

Improving the Self

We all have things we can improve on, whether it's talking in a nicer tone when we're mad, which I could do some work on, or it's not swearing at drivers in traffic. Here's a short list of a few things, of many, that I am going to try and consciously accomplish. 1. I will not say mean things about people I know.

2. I will not gossip. (There is a difference between gossip, and an exchange of information. In my opinion, gossip is mean spirited and you couldn't say it to that person's face, an exchange of information is fact and something you're genuinely interested in. Like hearing from a friend what another friend has been up to._

3. I will not say mean things about people I don't know.

4. I will eat healthier.

5. I will exercise more.

6. I will read more.

7. I will read my Bible more.

8. I will complain less.

9. I will be more financially responsible.

10. I will wear sunscreen more often.

Is there anything you've been wanting or feeling like you should do?

10 Tips for the Entry Level Job

Internship/Entry Level Job Tips:

  1. Don't have chipped nail polish.
  2. Don't have short skirts/dresses, even with tights under.
  3. Don't have low necklines/odd cutouts.
  4. Don't wear too much perfume.
  5. Don't have your cell phone out at your desk. Or at least don't sit around texting/surfing unless it's a break, or it's an emergency.
  6. Clean up after yourself.
  7. Wear comfortable shoes. If you need to, wear shoes to commute in and then change shoes once you've arrived.
  8. Keep a to-do list.
  9. Write down things you need to so you don't forget your instructions. This is the details of the to-do list.
  10. Ask questions/clarify your instructions. The only way you'll learn is if you ask questions.

These may not be the most important tips, or the most helpful, but they're good things to remember.

My Own Place

I've been longing to get my own place, a dream that won't happen for a while, but in the meantime, I can look around for what I hope one day to have. How cute are these measuring cups? I have a love of copper.

And this? Of course, I would need to start wearing rings, but how cool is it?

I don't need many (or any) tea cups, I've got so many from my grandmothers, but I do need everyday plates and silverware. My family has a mismatch of silverware, and I like that idea. When I have my own place, I want to go to a local antique store, go through their silverware basket, and mix and match until I have a few sets.

It is somewhat hard to find everyday plates (that I like), but I did find these from Pottery Barn. They're simple and classic enough to last for a while.

Great White Traditional Dinnerware

And a serving tray. Any old one, from online or an antique store would work. This one is from Pottery Barn.

Silver-Plated Breakfast Tray

One can never have enough aprons right? Anthropologie always has adorable aprons.

No kitchen is complete without a mixer. I love this mixer from KitchenAid, and it comes in so many colors, my favorite is this Aqua Sky.

What's something you've always wanted for your own place?