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Feeling a little rock n roll?

Is your fashion style retro, rock n roll or rebellious?  Get ready to have your senses shocked and your fashion rocked with Betsey Johnson’s spring/summer 2013 line.  With her trademark boundary-pushing fashion styles that have made statements since Carrie Bradshaw turned heads on Sex and the City, Betsey does not disappoint this year.  Instead, she takes you on a trip down memory lane with iconic fashion pieces dedicated to each of the past decades, starting with the 60’s. If you aren’t afraid of bold fashion and want your inner diva jump in delight, watch the runway show at http://youtu.be/C0Zm0-c7wIA

Dull duds

Do your clothes look dull after you take them out of the wash? Home laundry products often react with hard water and leave residue behind that builds up on your clothes.  Combat the dinge with baking soda. Mix ¼ to ½ cup into the water before you add detergent or clothes. The baking soda softens the water and prevents any chemical reaction between your laundry detergent, your clothes and the water.

Big game blues

Did someone spill big game snacks on your favorite game gear? Have no fear, even if your team didn’t win we can save the day, whether it’s mustard, alcohol or cheese – but we have to get it fast.  Don’t let tricky stains set into the fabric.  Dye-based stains will absorb and distort the colors, and sugar-based spills will oxidize and leave a haloed dingy stain that deepens over time (even when you don’t see anything).  And as hard as it is to resist, don’t try to get the stain out yourself.  Pressure from rubbing, abrasion from scratching, and chemical reactions between what you use to clean and the stain itself can all cause permanent damage.

Winter coat bubbling over?

Is your favorite coat looking rippled? Modern outerwear is often constructed using adhesive to bond outside and inside layers, adding shape and form without bulk.  Time, wear and exposure to the elements can break down the adhesive, creating a bubbled, rippled appearance.  We see this effect most often at high-stress areas— shoulders, elbows, bust and waist — where you stretch and bend. Sadly, this condition can’t be repaired or prevented. Even a wrinkly coat is still warm — give it to a local charity.

Want another trick for dryer sheets?

Cut out the spray chemicals when trying to prevent bugs from biting while outside – instead, stash a dryer sheet in your pockets – it acts as a repellant without putting anything on your skin. Layer dryer sheets between stacks of folded linens in your closet – the fresh scent will help keep prevent stale “closet smell.” Static in your hair? Smooth a dryer sheet over your locks to immediately erase that static fray. If you have any left, throw one in the dryer with your next load to soften and fluff.