WTF do those laundry symbols mean anyway?

Have you ever asked yourself this question?

I like to think that I know what I’m doing when it comes to washing my clothes and unless the tag says ‘dry clean only’ then I don’t even think twice about it. Sometimes I’ll even cut the tag out if it bothers me…and then I kick myself in the butt later when I forget if it was dry clean only or not. Have you ever done that?

So I was doing laundry the other day and one of my loads contained a new item I hadn’t washed yet so I went to go look at the tag. No words. At all. Just symbols. And this wasn’t the first time that it happened. Typically, I would just continue on without hesitation, but I guess I hit the point where I just NEEDED to know what those laundry symbols meant.

If you are curious what all those laundry symbols mean, then here you go! Laundry symbols, decoded.

I was actually really glad that I finally decided to look this up. It might even be a good idea to print it out and hang it up somewhere in your laundry room for reference.

While we’re on the subject, here are a few laundry tips that I’ve learned over the years:

  • What is the permanent press cycle? From what I gather, it’s basically a cycle that is used for dress shirts and pants, synthetic fabrics & wrinkle-free items. It uses a warm wash with normal agitation followed by a slow and cold spin cycle that helps prevent wrinkles from forming.
  • How should I wash my lingerie? For bras I would recommend hand washing every 5-7 wears in lukewarm water using a gentle and alcohol-free detergent such as Forever New. Rinse in cool water and ALWAYS hang to dry. If you choose to use a washing machine, make sure to use the delicate cycle and put items into a mesh lingerie bag. NEVER put bras into the dryer. If you choose to use the dryer for your underwear then make sure to use low heat. *The key to making lingerie last is how well you take care of it.
  • How should I wash my gym clothes? Always wash gym clothes together and never wash them with other fabrics like towels or knits. This will ruin the specialty fabric of your workout gear. Post-workout, it is best to hang your sweaty clothes to dry instead of throwing them into a laundry basket where bacteria and mold can grow. If you are absolutely drenched in sweat you should probably wash the items right away to avoid the stench setting in. Always wash items in cool water and never use fabric softener. Hot water and fabric softener will break down the fibers in your gear, ruining the performance properties and will cause them to lose elasticity. If you’re a lil bit of a gym rat then it might be worth it to check out a laundry detergent made specifically for gym clothes like Rockin Green athletic wear soap. If you want some extra, smell-fighting power then use a little vinegar or baking soda in your wash. I always hang dry my gym clothes but if you choose to use a dryer, be sure to use a very low heat.

Happy laundering!


OOTD: Travel Chic (Day 1 in Madrid)

I was late getting out of my house to get to the airport. A few minutes down the road I realized I left my sunglasses. After going back to get them and heading back out, I realized I left my charger. Luckily, I made it to the airport in time. Just in time to find out that my flight to NY was delayed. It was so delayed that I almost missed my connecting flight to Spain. I literally hyperventilated, almost cried and then had to get ushered through the long ass security line and escorted to my terminal. To those of you that know me, this will come as no surprise…and almost expected.

Note: If you ever have the chance to fly Iberia, do it. I got the warmest greeting in Spanish as I walked onto the plane and I was immediately put at ease with the lounge music playing in the background. The seats were comfortable, the amenities were great and everyone looked happy…my kinda vibe.

I arrived in Madrid, Spain the next morning and met up with my girlfriend who is currently living there. I had some time to decompress at her house before changing clothes and heading out to explore the city. I threw on a pair of harem pants (designed by my beautiful friend, Tania in Los Angeles), a grey tank, leather jacket, leather hat and my chucks. Super comfy yet chic. Or maybe I should say super comfy to a point. By the end of the day, my feet were pretty cut up. Blister Nation. I actually spent the whole 2 weeks of my vacation with at least 4 band-aids on at all times. Word of advice: Chucks aren’t made for walking (not for my feet anyways). If you’re going to be spending long days walking and wandering around somewhere, then I would absolutely suggest packing or buying a pair of actual walking shoes. You probably already know this tho. I’ve never walked so much in my entire life…so, lesson learned. P.S. I’m obsessed with doors now.

ootd travel chic

ootd travel chic

snakeskin leather cross body bag ootd_harem pantsOutfit Details:
Harem pants – VFGxTaniaSarin

Leather Jacket- Zara (older style)
Tank – Victorias Secret
Sneakers – Converse All Stars
Sunglasses – Chanel
Leather Hat – RR Traders (amazing local boutique in Newburyport, MA)
Snakeskin Leather Crossbody Bag – Nordstrom

More posts about my trip to Spain coming soon!

The Bandage Skirt: Dressed Down

Oh, the bandage skirt. That slim, sexy, pull-on pencil skirt that’s easy to wear and sucks everything in. I personally own about 6 of them in different colors and prints. The fashion snob in me thinks that they are played out and can look borderline tacky if you don’t wear it right…however, I drove back to MA with only half my wardrobe and I finally just got a job so I haven’t been able to buy any new goodies for myself. Talk about shopping withdrawals! So yeah, I have to make do with what I have…which means wearing old clothes and trying to create new outfits with them.

With the weather getting warmer here and the pretty flowers in bloom, I wanted to wear something colorful & Summery but not too dressed up. I used to wear heels all the time but I find myself wearing flats more often now. I’m not sure how I feel about that, but its reality. Thank god for the Birkenstock and sneaker comeback! Side note: have you seen the Chanel Fall 2014 RTW collection? Pretty rad. So I found this yellow bandage skirt and decided to dress it down with a basic white tank and some studded ankle sandals. I also think it would look cute with some chucks and a baseball cap. It actually proves to be quite a versatile piece…played out or not.

summertime casual chic
Details: gold jewelry, marc jacobs bag, studded sandalsDetails: gold jewelry, marc jacobs bag, studded sandalsGold bracelets with new & vintage rings Tank – Brandy Melville
Skirt – Textured Power Skirt by BCBG (similar color)
Bag – Classic Q Hillier Hobo by Marc Jacobs
Cat-eye Sunglasses – 5153 by Chanel (you can find them on ebay)
Short & Long disc necklaces – Gorjana
Rings – Mix of new & vintage styles


Reduce Waste & Hydrate In Style

I’m not really sure why it took me so long to get a reusable water bottle. I think it’s because I don’t have a reverse osmosis water filtration system in my home and also because I fell in love with drinking the alkaline water that I would buy at Whole Foods. Purchasing a reusable water bottle would mean that I would have to fill it with shitty Brita filtered water and quite honestly, it just doesn’t taste the same.

I had a moment one day at my parents house where I decided I absolutely needed to stop purchasing plastic water bottles. See my Dad, as great as he is about being healthy and living sustainably, purchases cases of Arrowhead water bottles to drink instead of the filtered water. All around the house are scattered wounded soldiers left behind from visitors or sitting on a side table, unclaimed by its forgetful owner. He proceeds to get frustrated when he finds these half full water bottles and labels it as wasteful…hmmm.

Anyways, I did my research and found the Klean Kanteen water bottle to be my safe & healthy alternative to plastic. Their bottles are responsibly made from food grade, toxin-free materials and handcrafted to last a lifetime. I found their newest model, the Klean Kanteen Reflect, to be exactly what I wanted. Unlike the other models, it is made with just 3 materials; sustainably harvested bamboo, food-grade silicone and stainless steel. The logo is laser etched so there is no paint and no plastic. The mirrored finish adds a chic-ness to it that had me sold. If I had any complaints about this water bottle it would be that it can be a little noisy when opening and closing it since its metal clashing against metal. The only time it made me feel awkward was in my quiet yoga class when it was the only sound in the room. Other than that, bravo!

Disposable bottled water consumption creates up to 1.5 million tons of waste per year. If you haven’t purchased a high quality, reusable water bottle already, maybe now is the time to do so!

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Purchase the Klean Kanteen Reflect

*Photos taken at the Artichoke Reservoir in Newburyport, MA

What To Wear To A Concert

I woke up today and looked out the window. It seemed as though it was going to be a lovely Fall day, reminiscent of sometime in late September back in 1991…Nevermind…it was actually Spring, in the year 2014. Whatever, in my mind it’s Fall and it’s 1991. The blooming flowers outside are now leaves changing from green to yellow, red and orange and I just remembered that I have tickets to a concert tonight…

Well now, the question is: What should I wear to this concert? The answer is easy. Something cool, comfortable and can transition from day to night. Pair a vintage band t-shirt with some rocker chic black leggings. Tie a grungy plaid shirt around your waist (borrow/steal one from your dad or boyfriend…don’t buy that shit brand new), it’ll come in handy when the sun goes down and it gets chilly. If you want a slightly polished look then trade in your chucks for some comfortable, low-heeled ankle boots and Chanel cat-eye sunnies. Pile on the gunmetal jewelry and don’t even think about washing your hair…or curling it…or brushing it…or making it look pretty. What would Kurt Cobain do? Do that. Dunzo.

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