Jan 15

How To Fix Those Horrible Stains by Countessa

I frequently get asked these questions so decided to share some of my secrets how to get rid of those horrible stains that just seem to ruin an outfit or garment..

stain removalThe General Rules:

1. The longer a stain remains, the tougher it is to remove.

2. Always treat a stain before laundering.

3. Blot gently — never rub; and don’t ever blot with hot water.

4. As for those darn silk scarves and neckties and silk fabrics. Do not spill on them. Period. It’s that simple. The bias cut and delicate fabrics make ties, as you have probably learned, impossible to clean. it can also be the same at times for those cotton shirts and wool pants: For wool your best bet is the dry cleaners as you can ruin the knit and cause ” pilling and matting” by rubbing things on the stain.

Lipstick: Blot with a baby wipe or a washcloth moistened with rubbing alcohol.

Blood: If it’s fresh, blot repeatedly with cold water, an ice cube, or club soda. If it’s dried, use a 3 percent hydrogen-peroxide solution.

Oil: Cover with talc or baby powder immediately and allow it to sit at least a half hour. Then brush it off, apply a stain remover (such as Spray n’ Wash), and wash in the hottest water the fabric can stand.

Ink: On cotton, apply rubbing alcohol to the spot, then wash. On polyester, spray liberally with hair spray and pat with a clean, dry cloth. Then wash.

Red wine: Douse with salt, dunk in cold water, blot until the stain disappears, and wash as soon as possible. If you’re at dinner and unable to strip down, soak the spot with club soda and get home to your washing machine ASAP.

Love to all and I wish you all a ‘Forever Fashionable day and year ahead.

Countessa can be reached through her website, Countessas Closet or by calling 818 568 3064 most any day after 2 pm

Jan 13

Fashion Blogging

fashion blogsFor years and years, when we wanted fashion advice, we’d turn to the many fashion magazines such as Vogue, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, In Style or one of the many other 60 plus notable magazines. However, in recent years thanks to the internet, that is all changing, and the magazines now have to share the spotlight with a rash of fashion bloggers across the world whose ideas are now really driving fashion choices. Fashion blogs have now replaced the many fashion magazines as the go to source for fashion advice. Many magazines now feature bloggers and many of the women’s fashion stores feature bloggers as part of their marketing effort, including our own transgender community..

As you might expect, there are thousands of bloggers out there, some with just a few subscribers and some with 1000s of subscribers By in large, they are personal blogs, just as we have  personal bloggers telling their stories of transition, but some have grown into large networks  with advice on every possible area of fashion. Some post every day and are replete with many articles and pictures describing their favorite styles and areas of fashion. Other bloggers are infrequent  with less than a hundred subscribers  and only occasional postings.

I’ve literally looked at thousands of blogs and the problem is that there simply isn’t enough time to follow more than a few and undoubtedly your personal choices would closely follow your age group for obvious reasons. However there is much to be learned from all the various groups.

I have subdivided the fashion blogosphere in the following manner and listed those I found to be particularily compelling for some reason. I’ll be adding others as time permits.

Fashion Websites (broad range of topics and fashion advice)

My Favorite Fashion Bloggers

The Young Fashion Blogger

The 40 plus Fashion Blogger

The Plus-Size Fashion Blogger

The Transgender Fashion Blogger

starting a fashion blogNow, if you would like to try your own hand at fashion blogging (the more the merrier), then here’s a very useful guide from Valentina Drobnjak on How To Start Your Own Fashion Blog. Wish I had known about this site when I first started. There’s also a free Pro Blogger Toolkit and How To guides. If this is your intererst, then here are some excellent resources.