Whether your dog’s a jumper or you snagged your sleeve mid-hug on your BFF’s new boulder-sized engagement ring, a pull in a favorite sweater can send visions of the nearest donation bin swirling through your mind. Fortunately, pulls are easy to fix and don’t have to spell The End for your winter knits. Just keep a few easy steps in mind.
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Company holiday parties can be notorious for bringing out employees’ wilder sides, from tabletop dance-offs to cube-mate crush confessions. (Cue that awkward Monday meeting.) But of all the hijinks bound to go down, indecent exposure is one office-party sin you just don’t want to commit. Think ahead if you plan to wear a dress with skinny straps. The last thing you want is for a harmless round of “YMCA” to turn into a dance of shame.
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Between the puffer coats, corduroys, jeans, and skirts you’re rocking this season, zippers likely rule your wardrobe. So, what to do when the one on your coat breaks outside in a blizzard, or your favorite skinnies’ zipper refuses to move while you’re at work?
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For most of us, sweater season is in full swing. You’ve started to fill your closet once more with the cozy pullovers, cardigans, and wraps that have been hibernating in their crates since last season. But what you probably weren’t expecting was the smattering of unsightly little nubs that suddenly cover your favorite cashmere number: pills.
Before you break out the garbage bags, try a couple of simple moves to get your sweaters pill-free and ready to face the coming snowflakes.
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Few things are more flattering than being invited into a friend’s cozy home for a holiday dinner party – it’s an indication that they think you’re worth all the requisite hours of planning, prepping, and, let’s face it, stressing. So, imagine the horror of eagerly scooting your chair up to the dinner table only to have your glass of Cabernet wobble on its base and spill onto your host’s treasured tablecloth.
Short of pulling the linens out from under your fellow diners, there’s not much you can do to fully treat the trouble spot right away. But don’t slink under the table just yet. Help is on the way, and you can likely find it right in your host’s pantry.
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Button-front shirts are a fail-safe way to look professional at work. Cruelly, they’re also notorious for puckering, which can undermine a hard-working girl’s office cred (hello, indecent exposure). But smart shopping, clothing care, and a few quick tricks are all you need to keep things all buttoned up.
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November is here. Which means it’s officially time to free your beanies and fedoras from their under-the-bed storage bins and refresh yourself (sigh) on the cold-weather topper’s inevitable drawbacks: hat hair and static. Here, a few simple tips to fight the season’s biggest hair hang-ups.
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Those pointed-toe pumps you swear by? They amp up your confidence like crazy. (Us, too.) But when a heel snaps off without warning, those same killer kicks can leave you feeling frantic. The key to averting a crisis? Always be prepared.
The next time you’re heading out in a pair of heels, toss a homemade repair kit into your bag. Here’s what to include.
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Overdo it while trying out the vampy look? Get a little too excited dressing up for Halloween? However it got there, that smudge of black lipstick on your crisp white top is a total horror. Especially since most lipsticks are made from wax, oil, and pigment – which means you’re actually dealing with three stains instead of one.
But with a little fast action, you can get that bright white back to its pretty, pristine self. (And, fret not: these tips apply regardless of what color lipstick we’re talking.)
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