Men’s spring shopping.

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Add a few new pieces to bring your wardrobe into style. Look for a bomber or army-style jacket to wear with lived-in jeans and a graphic t. This season’s relaxed-fit pants are far from baggy: legs are tapered, cropped or cuffed, there’s room in the seat and thighs. Lived-in jeans have rolled or frayed bottoms and may have a couple of holes, scrapes or shreds, authentic or factory-made.

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Laundry money savers.

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Most loads in your washing machine can be effectively cleaned with cold water. The only time you really need to use hot water (with bleach) is for germ-killing sanitation on diapers or sickroom linens. Today’s detergents are formulated to work in warm or cold water, and heating water for laundry can chew into your utility bill. Be sure to carefully measure detergent – most people use up to twice as much as needed.

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Stowing winter leathers.

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Anything made of leather needs maintenance, especially if it’s been exposed to winter conditions. Wipe shoes and boots with a damp cloth, especially if salt-stained. Inspect jackets and coats for damage, tears or stains before hanging on a well-padded hanger for storage. Use leather conditioner on dry spots like elbows and seams. Frequently worn items should be professionally cleaned every year to maintain the leather, preserve the color and prevent permanent staining.

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Bridal planning 101.

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Book early – caterers, venues, florists and popular bands and DJs are first-come, first-booked. Think seasonal: flowers in season are prettier, fresher (and a lot cheaper) so choose your flowers and let them guide the color scheme for your special day. Visit a bridal fair for ideas, connections and free advice from wedding professionals. We are very, very experienced with wedding gowns, alterations, formal wear and the inevitable last minute emergency. You can count on us for more than archival gown preservation — get your date on our calendar so we can be part of your total wedding plan.

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Spring (closet) cleaning.

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Make space by eliminating any garment that is: (1) truly stained or stinky. We can do a lot, but some stains and smells are forever. (2) Damaged beyond repair, even by a talented seamstress. (3) Would you buy it right now? (4) It does not fit. Not now, probably never. (5). Wrong look, wrong image. (6). Brings up bad memories. (7) It outlasted a trend. (8) Have yet to wear it. (9) It is worn out, stretched, faded or pilled. Donate or recycle the mistakes and make room for more room.

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Green cleaning.

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We use earth-friendly cleaning products and methods to take care of your clothes, without charging extra. We are locally owned and operated and passionate about saving our neighbors’ money and getting more out of their garments. Trust us to keep you looking and feeling good about your cleaning choices.

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Help us help you.

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We always inspect incoming laundry – looking for stains, tears, tissues in the pocket, broken buttons or snagged zippers. You can help by tagging anything that needs special attention with a piece of masking tape. Let us know the details, our stain experts can almost perform magic, but it’s always better if they know what caused the problem.

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Spring clean.

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Bright skies, warm breezes and longer days mean it’s time for a good spring cleaning. We always start in the bedrooms, stripping beds down to the bare mattress. We clean comforters, dust ruffles, pillow shams, even area rugs and curtains. Launder everything washable and send the rest to us for professional cleaning. We expertly clean and restore loft to down duvets and pillows. For more cleaning tips, see this article from HGTV.

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The pocket square returns.

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Whether you choose the classic, pesko, puff, crown or flower fold, your look in a blazer or suit jacket is always smarter with a pocket square. The splash of color and texture adds style and splash of personal expression. The quickest is a puff: lay the fabric flat, pick up the center, form a ring with thumb and index finger of other hand and slide down, fold over the pointed edges and tuck into your breast pocket.

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