22 October 2016

How To Care For Your Leather Boots During Fall and Winter Season

The cold months have finally arrived and I love that! I enjoy the cold season because that can only mean one thing for me - boots season! It's time to take out the stylish warm garments you have stashed in the closet for a while.  And it is the perfect time to take out those pretty leather boots to compliment your Fall and Winter look.

Leather boots are one of the staples of cold season get-up.  They keep our feet and legs warm and dry. And just like caring for your family or beloved pets, they also need some tender loving care in order to keep their shape intact, remain supple, crack free, scratch proof, and stay durable for a long period of time.

Here are tips on how to care for your leather boots during the cold seasons.

Regular cleaning

Even if you're not wearing your leather boots, they need to be tended to in a regular basis to ensure that dirt, grime, and other particles are removed to prevent staining and lengthen their lifespan.

Do not use harsh chemicals or substances to your leather boots. Just wet a piece of cloth with water, or you may add mild dish soap then gently rub your boots to wipe off dirt.

Use the proper brushes for the type of leather 

Not all leather used in boots are the same. Depending on the type of leather used, some boots will have fine, smooth grain or finish while the others may be suede or Nubuck. Suede and Nubuck leathers are more textured and have fibers so they need special brushes to clean off dirt.

This brush is used for Suede and Nubuck leathers.
Photo credit: hangerproject.om

If your leather boots are made of other animals' hide like calf, horse, buffalo, etc., then you may have to use a different brush for them since they will have different grains and textures.

Condition your leather

It is wise to not be too stringent when it comes to caring for your boots. Although you need not splurge on the most expensive brand of leather condition in the market, it is best to have one leather conditioner you can use to keep your leather boots' fibers supple.

Leather needs to be tended depending on various factors of your usage. Just like our skin loses its flexibility and suppleness due to many factors such as aging, lifestyle, environment;  the leather on boots must also be nourished regularly as it is the only way it can get nourishment from us.

The longer your boots have been used in arid conditions, then the more they should be conditioned every two weeks. If you use them in harsh winter conditions, then a weekly conditioning is ideal.

Also, be cautious when you are conditioning your boots. They may have the tendency to "slightly" darken your leather. You may not want your leather dark (even they will go through the process of patina* over long usage eventually) so before you condition your boots, you may want to test a small area to check if it darkens. This result may vary depending on the conditioner you use.

(Photo from krsaddleshop.com)

Store your leather boots properly 

You don't just kick them off your feet and leave them where you want to. They need to be stored properly and away from direct sunlight and other elements.

I have invested on leather boots "shoe tree" to keep the shape of the boots so that they are still upright even when I store them away after the cold season.  Shoe trees also allow air to circulate inside your boots so even when they are tucked away, rest assure that they are getting the proper ventilation they need to let those leather breathe.

(Photo from krsaddleshop.com)

Sample of a shoe tree:
Photo credit: amazon.com

Save this infographic below for your guide on boot care tips from krsaddleshop.com. King Ranch offers a wide range of durable cowboy boots and stylish cowgirl boots.

Having learned these tips, ensure that your leather boots get the regular cleaning and safekeeping they deserve to remain sturdy, durable, and lasting.

*patina - darkening of leather shade in the passing of time

19 October 2016

DIY Hill Billy Halloween Costume

Halloween is the one of the most fun events that I look forward to every year. Being an expat in the Middle East, I just appreciate people who still make their Halloween as fun, colourful, and interesting as others all over the world would do with theirs. And since it is fast approaching, party goers and Trick or Treaters are scrambling for the perfect Halloween costume to wear.

For some, the scarier their costumes are, the better. Others prefer the common ones like dressing up as royalties, superheroes and superheroines, cartoon characters, sports jocks and cheer leaders, celebrities, political figures, villains, monsters, vampires, zombies, cowboys and cowgirls, and as professionals in the corporate world or society like doctors, teachers, nurses, to name a few. Others come as novelty objects like kitchenwares, money bill, food, and gadgets. While these costumes I have mentioned are interesting and utterly colourful and fun, buying them may cost you an arm and a leg!

The whole intention of doing your own costume is to cut on cost, and explore your creative streak. Your Halloween costume need not break your bank too. It should be cost savvy, easy to put together, and something you may already have in your closet.

One of the many DIY Halloween costume I can think of is the Hill Billy fellow. It is such an interesting character with lots of personality to boast!

All you need are the following and of course, you can simply change the style a bit depending on your preference.

Checkered of plaid shirt
Loose jeans or overalls
Suspenders if you have no overalls
Tattered or old boots
Straw hat or even fedora!
A pipe or a hay straw to chew on
A bandana or scarf if you have one
Fake buck teeth you can buy for less than a $
A banjo or big jug for added effect

And when you are all dressed up, you can now practice your hee haw!

14 October 2016

How To Wear Your Mini Skirt During Fall Season

The weather may be a bit cooler than usual.  It's not entirely winter, temperature wise, but it is cold enough to make you shove those mini skirts at the back of your closet. Do you really have to do that?
It may be Autumn season but it does not mean you cannot rock your favourite mini skirt around.

The Fall season is one of the best time to show off your mini skirt collection and pair them with nice accessories to ease the cold weather. The mini skirts you have in your closet are fabulous game changer in dressing up daily for work or even for casual means. You can add more to that collection, knowing how to mix and match and use other Fall accessories to transition your mini skirt from Summer look to Fall.

Here are some styles and fashion inspiration that you can get from StyleWe on how to wear your mini skirt during Fall Season.

If you plan to expand your mini skirt collection so you can strut them around, you can find more here and choose from the many styles and  designs to fit your budget and style. Don't forget to match those nice mini skirts with thermal sheer hose, high knitted socks or tights/leggings. You can also wear long boots to accentuate your mini skirt getup.

To know more about StyleWe, you can visit their social media channels here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stylewe/

StyleWe Blog: https://stylewe.wordpress.com/

(All photos are from StyleWe)

10 October 2016

How To Win The Weight Loss Battle

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Are you sick and tired of your yo-yo diet? Have you tried every known diet to man? Have you been exercising and yet, there seems to be nothing that can budge your weight loss regime? Well, you are not alone in this health dilemma. I have been battling the bulges for some time now. I must have tried every fad diet available to mankind, drank more weight loss products I could buy in the market, exercised like crazy, and all of those did not make me loss the weight I have intended to do.

Losing weight is just no sweating it all out or eating healthily or cutting back on portions. You have to equip yourself with these weapons in order to battle your very own demon when trying to lose weight.

Fix your mind set

This is one of the toughest hurdle I have to face when the motivation or will power to commit to a healthy lifestyle is almost non-existent.

The mind is a powerful organ in our body and it can control many things. You have to change your mind set about viewing your body, tasting food, buying food, eating out, and sweating it.  The old adage "no pain, no gain" is a perfect mantra to tell yourself to commit.

Chose what you eat

I love eating and I guess, a lot of people do. I have a good relationship with food but lately, I have been braking up with most of them, ie. the chips, sodas, sweet treats, and processed foods. Yes, I have to break up with them even if sometimes I want to give in. There are plenty of healthy snacks you can binge on like cut carrots, cucumber slices, fresh fruits, dried fruits, low fat yoghurt or healthy mix of nuts.

Do not compromise on the quality and type of food you will put in your mouth. Commit to eat healthy by clearing your cupboard of junk food. It's okay to treat yourself once in a while with a slice of cake but try not to until you have mastered the art of saying "no."

Sweat it out

I really hate exercising  because I don't like my own sweat. I am just fussy but my fussiness won't make me healthy. So, I have to embrace the sweat of my labour!

You can never be too busy to find time to commit to an exercise routine that you are comfortable with. I allocate at least half an hour each day to just walk on my treadmill. It may not be much compared to those who go to the gym and really, really sweat it out. But the point is, take baby steps in fighting your own laziness. Do not justify in your head whether you are tired or not, sleepy or not, not in the mood or not. Just do it. It's only half an hour, at least 5 days in a week. Start little but go steady.

Write it down

Write how you feel about the whole ordeal. Keep a journal of what you eat so you can track your progress. Write your body measurement at the start of your goal then compare later on when you are progressing.

Keeping a journal of your weight loss goal keeps you in tract and is a constant reminder of your journey to a healthier life.

Have a support system

It's always nice to find someone who can back you up when you're not feeling it. My hubby is my biggest challenger and motivator right now.  He's been jogging for almost 3 months straight and he is committed. Unlike me, I am still far behind. But he challenges me so I am up to that.

Find a buddy you can exercise with or share your new habit of eating clean food that are good for your weight loss and over all well being.

Tap your energy for the day

If you're usually awake before the sun even rises then you're a morning person. Some people are nocturnal. Tap into your energy for the day and try to utilize that energy productively by engaging on activities that will help burn calories like cleaning the room, dancing, walking your dog, using the treadmill.

Some people are more productive during the later part of the day so an afternoon run or exercise to use the remaining energy they have is good to incorporate exercise in the day-to-day activity.

Losing weight is never easy. Let's get very real on that one. But it's not impossible. Just be focused, steadfast with your determination, and challenge yourself to do something that is not very comfortable. It may be hard initially but you'll see the results later on. You're not alone in your weight loss battle. There are many out there who are struggling so hard to lose the weight, just like me. Keep trusting yourself that you will reach your final weight goal. And when you do, we are all going to cheer!

Share your successful weight loss stories here if you have. Leave a comment if you want to. I will be happy to read your story.

08 October 2016

Cricut's October Mystery Box

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The Cricut's October Mystery Box is here! Crafters, be thrilled to get the October Cricut Mystery Box since there are plenty of fancy holidays coming soon. Your crafty work and projects will be very needed when hosting parties and giving out party favours or souvenirs to your guests. You can also use Cricut's many avaialble resources for your other crafty projects like name tags, gift tags, pill box wrappers, cupcake holders and toppers and many more!

If you other friends who are crafters like you and will enjoy the Cricut Machine, you may refer them here (valid until end of Nov. 2016):