Sep 21

How to Clean Your Jewelry With Household Products

If you love a good bauble as much as we do, then you know the importance of making sure you keep them as clean and sparkling as possible. You would think we would want to take extra-good care of the diamonds, platinum, gold, and whatever other investment pieces we drape ourselves with—but more often than not, cleaning jewelry often finds itself way down toward the bottom of our fashion “to-do” lists.

Well, if making trips to your jeweler isn’t exactly your idea of an ideal Saturday, we’ve got some handy solutions for you. You can actually clean your jewels with five household products you probably have in your home as we speak—and if you have a man in the house, you’re about to learn how to put his beer collection to good use.

corona beerBEER

Crack open a Corona the next time you want to clean your 14-karat gold! Splash a small amount of beer onto a cloth, then rub it across your gold pieces to remove any tarnish or other dirt. This works best with light or (at most) amber-colored beers—sorry, Yuengling lovers.

club sodaCLUB SODA

This is the easiest of our tricks, and possibly the one that works the best on gemstones. For all your diamonds, sapphires, and any other precious gems, pour yourself a glass of club soda, drop your jewelry in, and simply let it sit overnight. Take note of how much more sparkly your diamonds are the next day!


File this one away under super weird—but if you have any silver jewelry pieces that don’t get clean with the white vinegar trick, you can use ketchup to remove excess dirt and tarnish. The reason it works? Ketchup has extremely high acidity levels that can eat away at caked-on grit. If your silver jewelry is being especially difficult, use an old toothbrush to apply the ketchup and give it a good scrubbing.


As it turns out, one of our favorite spirits can also help lift our spirits! Because of its ability to corrode other materials, vodka can be used on glass and anything crystalline in nature to remove dirt and grunge. (Yes, this means it’s fine for both diamonds and diamond-like glass stones!) Give your stones a good scrub with a vodka-soaked cloth, and you’re all set. Vodka: it’s not just a great way to wind down after a long day at work anymore.

white vinegarWHITE VINEGAR

This one’s an old trick that you may actually be familiar with from learning how to care for silverware. If you have any jewelry that’s pure silver, you can soak it in a mixture of 1⁄2 a cup of white vinegar with 2 tablespoons of baking soda for about two to three hours; when you pull it out, it will be like brand new!





Lastly,  here are a few tips from Martha Stewart on cleaning your jewelry…really basic stuff


Sep 13

Second Serve

Second Serve is an autobiography by Renée Richards, born Richard (Dick) Raskind, known for her exploits in the courts: Supreme, and tennis..Like Christine Jorgenson, Renee is an icon and a pioneer in the transgender community. This book should be on your must read list. This review is by Una of the  Transas City blog. Click here for the full review.  Click on the link above to buy.

You can see a  brief history of Renee’s contribution to transgender sports below

or listen to the complete Renee Richards documentary here.

Purchase  Second Serve here

Sep 10

How To Find the Right Dress

types of dressesDresses are the most loved clothing item by women by far. It is our way of dressing up everyday with a different feel and look. But finding the one – the right style that works best for our body shape, proportions, dominant color and every changing body features can be sometimes a tricky one.

Dressing right is all about creating visual balance in your look and about understanding the characteristics of clothes garments.

This illustrated dress guide from Joy of Clothes covers the 28 most popular dress types including Asymmetric, Maxi, Strapless and Waist dresses. Discover the dress type characteristics, when the type become popular and which designers and celebrities made famous. You can try on all the dress types on STYLE ME.

Take a look at our guide to dresses here, or go directly to a dress type with the links below.


1. Asymmetric Dresses
2. Babydoll Dresses
3. Belted Dresses
4. Bodycon Dresses
5. Bubble Dresses
6. Column Dresses
7. Corset Dresses
8. Cutout Dresses
9. Drop Waist Dresses
10. Empire Dresses
11. Fishtail Dresses
12. Fitted Dresses
13. Halter Dresses
14. Kimono Dresses
15. Maxi Dresses
16. Mini Dresses
17. Off the shoulder Dresses
18. One Shoulder Dresses
19. Shift Dresses
20. Shirt Dresses
21. Smock Dresses
22. Strapless Dresses
23. Tiered Dresses
24. Trench Dresses
25. T-Shirt Dresses
26. Tunic Dresses
27. Waist Dresses
28. Wrap Dresses

One of our better stores for helping you find the right dress for your body type is Nordstroms. Here’s a brief video on Nordstrom fit fundamentals-dresses by body type.

Now that you have the basics, let’s go to Nordstrom’s web guide with specific ideas on which dresses will best flatter your body type.

Our dressing styles will change throughout the years as we lose or gain weight or our body proportions change due to aging. . But even if we remain the same body shape throughout the years we need later in life different dress characteristics from a dress to make us look good e.g. shoulder pads to correct sloping shoulders; high quality fabric to create a clean silhouette, comfort in our dress to move with ease. Therefore our dressing style will change in regards how to create visual balance in our body silhouette.

Use this guide to help you determine the most flattering style of dress for your body shape. Check out the Style Me to understand the visual balance of any dress on your bofy shape and coloring.