Category Archives: Clothing & Accessories

Artwork by ASP – 10

Betty Boop


This was drawn by the artist for her cousin once removed who loves Betty Boop along with a sweet, personal note that’s been removed for this post. The recipient has an assortment of Betty Boop items (a jacket, earrings, purse, etc) but likely doesn’t have this watch. We’ll have to send her one to add to her collection.

Betty Boop watch

If you’d like this watch or other Betty Boop items for someone you know who loves Betty Boop, click here.

Fall is in the Air

Thanks Natalia for another great post!

Yellow is the color I love seeing in clothing this season but unfortunately have recently realized that my yellow sweater is no longer in my collection. (wonder when that happened?) But the goldenrod dress she’s wearing is a definite fashion must have.

Curious Natalia


By far, this has been my favorite pictures I have ever taken! For two reasons… First, look at the threes and the leaves. It’s starting to look a lot like fall here in Florida… finally!  I love the colors, the air and the beautiful sceneries.  This is why I love this pictures so much!  The second reason I love this pictures is this gorgeous Kling dress I got from Ruche!  Every detail, the quality, the collar, the color, everything about this dress is perfect.  I found this brand thanks to Ruche and now I want everything from them.  I might be looking over another dress from Kling….

Anyways, I feel Christmas is coming soon, my favorite holiday of the year!

Happy fall!




dress & bag: Ruche

shoes: Swedish Hasbeens


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Clean Your Stinky Head Scarf…and other things – Part 4

And now the conclusion of the series…


We’ve addressed the head scarves, the combs and brushes, and makeup tools.  Now let’s cover the last items on the original list.

  • Nail clippers, tweezers and other metal tools

Begin by cleaning the item with soap & water or any cleaner you prefer but make sure you dry it thoroughly.  Drying thoroughly is essential to avoid rusting and the dulling of any sharp edges.


For that extra level of clean called disinfected, you can soak the items in rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol for about 10 minutes.  This is fine if you’re cleaning your personal items (no sharing allowed) at home but by salon standards only 99% isopropyl alcohol is definitively effective.  The alcohol in my medicine cabinet is only 91%.  Once the items come out of their alcohol bath, again it’s highly important to completely dry them with a clean paper towel.


  • Glasses

If you worn prescription glasses for any length of time, I’m sure you’re aware of the special “glasses cleaners” and “cleaning cloths” out there.  These are typically designed for your lenses but leave much to be desired in cleaning the frames (you know the part that touches your face and the part your hands, which touch everything, grab to put on or take off your glasses).


We last year while getting my daughter her first pair of glasses, the optometrist gave us this wonderful tip for keeping them clean.  Forget all of the cleaners and special cloths.  If you want to keep any type of glasses (prescription or sun) clean, wash and dry them like you would your hands.  Liquid antibacterial hand soap and warm water on every part of your glasses (lenses and frames) and then dry with a clean low-lint paper towel.  So no more getting talked into buying all those extras for cleaning by the vendor in the mall, flea market, or a shady optometrist.



  • Pillowcases


These should be laundered weekly at least just like the head scarf.  Do it more often than that if you’re able because who wants the different items you may be putting in your hair clogging the pores on your face.


  • Cell Phones

My favorite thing to clean a cell phone with:  baby wipes.  For that extra level of clean, I occasionally use any disinfectant wipe that I have handy.  However, the nice thing about using baby wipes is that you can use one for your phone and another for your hands.  


In closing, remember that keeping it clean often equates to staying physically well.


ECV – Promoting Total Wellness

Clean Your Stinky Head Scarf…and other things – Part 2

Two weeks ago in part 1 we listed the beauty and other items you should clean at least weekly and promised a more detailed breakdown.  Going back to the main item on the list, the head scarf just toss that thing in the washing machine then dryer once a week and you should be good to go.


Combs and Brushes


Very often we’ve noticed ladies that have combs and bushes that appear to have never been cleaned…SCARY!  We’ve seen young and old drop their hair tools on the floor and simply pick it up and start using it again…SUPER SCARY!

At least once a week you should take your combs and brushes and wash them in hot water using some antibacterial soap.  For your brushes if you want to be a cleaning superstar, check with your local beauty supply store for some brush cleaner.  This will remove those strands of hair that always seem to be lodged in your brush despite your best efforts to get rid of them.

If you drop your comb or brush while styling your hair go ahead and wash it immediately and dry it off with your hair dryer just to be safe.  You never know what nasty little buggers may be lurking just waiting to attack your precious scalp and hair follicles.

Cartoon germ courtesy of J_Alves

Check this prior post for things to look for at your favorite salon to make sure they’re not passing on someone else hair strands and hair problems via unclean combs and brushes!

Clean Your Stinky Head Scarf…and other things – Part 1

I listen to the TJMS on the way to my day gig. I believe it was the week of December 12th (2011 when this was originally posted on my prior blog) I heard my fellow, native South Carolinian J Anthony Brown improvising a blues song about women needing to wash their head scarves because it was making the back of their heads stink.

*Update: Try as I might I couldn’t find an audio clip online. If anyone happens to find one please leave a link in the comments. Thanks ❤

It got me thinking that’s not the only thing that probably goes uncleaned for far longer than it should.  Here’s my quick list of beauty care and other items that perhaps go overlooked but should be cleaned at least weekly:

  • Nightly head scarf (of course)
  • Combs
  • Brushes
  • Makeup brushes and sponges
  • Nail clippers
  • Tweezers
  • Glasses (prescription or stylish shades)
  • Pillowcases
  •  Cell phone (because unless you’re 100% hands-free ALL the time, it will touch your face at some point)

More specifics on why it’s important (besides just being clean) and how to clean some of these items quickly and easily in future posts every other Wednesday!