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Do you wear denim everyday?  If you are like us, we practically live in our jeans.  Although jeans may seem to be indestructible, you may be ruining your jeans simply by how you store them.  What?  Yeah, you may be storing your jeans wrong.  If you fold your jeans in half and then hang them, S-T-O-P!   Try folding your jeans instead, it prevents creases and helps keep the shape of the jeans!






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There is something about wrinkle free clothes that just looks and feels so good!

Before when my clothes weren’t really dirty, but wrinkly I would put them in the laundry and just wash them again so they wouldn’t be wrinkly… Until I got a steamer from my mom for Christmas!   It has literally changed my life!  I LOVE my clothes to be wrinkle free.  Now that I have a steamer, I steam my clothes and they look fresh, wrinkle free and ready for another wear.  Steamers are great for pants, shirts and dresses.  You can steam pretty much any kind of fabric, just make sure not to put the wand directly on the fabric until you know for sure how your garment will react to steaming.  For normal fabrics I just fill up my steamer with distilled water , turn it on and wait for a minute for it to warm up – then get to work!

For those of you without a steamer, don’t worry.  Turn your shower on the hottest it can go, and shut your bathroom door. Then hang your shirt (or dress or top) from the shower rod on the end, away from the water, and let it steam it for about 20 minutes or so depending on the fabric.  It might take a little more time then just steaming.  Now you have no reason to rock wrinkled clothes!




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Last night while prepping for the 4th of July festivities, my neighbor and I were talking about what we would each be wearing. She showed me a racerback top that she had in mind to wear. I told her that I don’t wear those tops because I don’t have the bra to go with it. That’s when she informed me of this super awesome paperclip trick!

Check out the awesome visual to enhance your style!  Credit: Luxe Austerity

Now I can wear any top I want. Check out this one that our stores got in, just in time for the 4th of July!

You can read the blog from  Luxe Austerity  here

To see the latest arrivals at MODE, click here


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Jeans are a very important item of your wardrobe.  We’ve discussed how to  dress them up or wear them casual, how to roll them in different ways and what fit works best for your body type.  So now we have to care for them.  You’ve spent enough money and time trying to find your favorite jeans and your favorite fit, take care of them!

Let’s start with preparing your jeans for their wash.  Turn your jeans inside out before tossing them into the wash.  You don’t want the fronts of your jeans rubbing on the side of the wash tub, or have buttons, zippers or snaps to damage your jeans.

Read the label on your jeans, see if there are any specific washing tips that you need to follow. Some jeans should be washed alone on the first wash, or washed very rarely. Make sure to follow the recommended care instructions.

Set your washing machine on the gentle or delicate cycle and fill with cold water.  Never wash the jeans in hot water, it can cause color loss, especially in darker jeans. Hot water may also shrink your jeans.
Last but not least, hang your jeans to dry.  If you must dry your jeans, tumble them on a delicate cycle with low heat.  Avoid over-drying your jeans to prevent them from shrinking and losing color from the fabric.
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Everyone loves to save money, right? And when you have designer clothes, that you actually spent money on, you want to keep your clothes in tip top shape.  I’ve never been one to take my clothes to the dry cleaners.. NEVER.. I probably should, but I don’t. I could give you the same excuses every time. 1) I don’t have time 2) Why pay for it when I can do something similar at home? 3) I don’t have time…. I already said that, I know, but I really don’t.
So here is it. I’ve done some searching and of course snooped on pinterest and I came across this awesome resource.
Note: All the credit goes to the crazy coupon lady for her blog for cost comparison.

Cost comparison: professional dry cleaning vs. at home “dry cleaning”

For men’s garments, the price is typically lower to dry clean shirts and pants. But for women’s garments, the price can often double or triple! Here, let’s look at the difference between dry cleaning some typical items, and home cleaning those same items.

Typical dry cleaning prices:

  • Shirt (women): $5-$6
  • Shirt (men): $1-$3
  • Pants (both): $5-$6
  • Skirts: $5-$6
  • Suits (both): $10-$12
  • Sweater (both): $5-$6
  • Specialty: $15+

Home “dry cleaning” price estimate per wash:

  • Woolite 16oz (8-10 loads; 10-12 basin washes): $7 average price
  • $0.70 per wash!

The gentlest detergents

These detergents are all great alternatives to expensive dry cleaning services:

Great tips to “dry clean” any fabric at home

These tips are listed by fabric type. Also be aware that some garments may only need to be dry cleaned the first time—after that you can get away with hand washing or the delicate wash cycle. You can also look to see whether the tag says “dry clean” or “dry clean only”—when it comes to at-home dry cleaning alternatives, there’s a difference!

1. For silk

Silk fabric is perhaps the most fragile and problematic to clean. The key with silk and at-home “dry cleaning” is to only try this at home if your silk item is one solid color. For multi-colored silk, the bleed may destroy your garment.

If your silk garment fits the “one color requirement,” here’s what to do:

  • Heat the water to around 100 degrees.
  • Put on some gloves to protect your hands from the heat.
  • Swirl in a gentle detergent (any from the list above will work).
  • Immerse your silk garment and move it about in the water.
  • Let the water out and refill the basin with cool clean water.
  • Immerse your silk garment again and move it about to remove the detergent.
  • Hang it indoors—in a more humid room like a sunroom or bathroom is best.

2. For rayon

Rayon fabric is quite a bit hardier than silk—thankfully.

Here’s how to clean it:

  • Fill the basin with cool, clean water.
  • Add in a bit of detergent.
  • Swirl the garment around in the water.
  • Refill the basin with cool, clean water.
  • Swirl the garment around to remove the detergent.
  • Press the excess water out of the garment with a towel.
  • Lay the garment flat or hang it to dry somewhere indoors.

3. For wool

All kinds of wool—angora, cashmere, et al—respond well to at-home washing so long as you make sure to reshape it before setting it out to dry.

Here’s what to do:

  • Swirl in some detergent with 100-degree water.
  • Add in the garment and gently move it about in the water.
  • For the rinse water, add one capful of white vinegar.
  • Lay the item out flat on a towel, reshaping it carefully to its original shape and size.
  • Dry it indoors only for best results.

4. For delicates

Delicates—panties, bras, anything with lace—don’t typically need to be dry cleaned, but they do need to be washed with TLC. Always use a mesh bag if you plan to put delicates into the washer. The best plan, however, is to follow the hand-washing instructions for rayon fabric.

Note: As an equally inexpensive alternative, you can also use a bit of Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo and wash your delicates in the shower with you, then simply hang them to dry.

Other at-home options

You can also use a home dry-cleaning pack if you prefer. These packs are a bit pricier than simple detergent and water, but may be a better fit for truly sensitive fabrics or worn delicates.

1. Dryel

Dryel is an at-home dry cleaning alternative that uses steam power to clean your sensitive fabrics. Each pack costs around $7-$10 (depending on where you purchase) and will clean about 24 garments (four per wash). Sign up for the Dryel newsletter to be alerted about coupons and special offers.

2. Dry Cleaner’s Secret

Dry Cleaner’s Secret is an at-home dry cleaning alternative and is also a Woolite product. The pricing and wash capacity is about the same as for Dryel.

3. The “damp towel” method

For a quick-and-dirty at-home dry cleaning option, simply place the garment and a damp towel into the dryer and run for 20-30 minutes, then remove and allow the garment to hang to remove any wrinkles.

4. The delicate wash cycle

Rayon, delicates, wool fabrics and cotton/synthetic blends can all withstand the gentle cycle with cold water. Use mesh bags for delicates.

5. When in serious doubt, opt to dry clean

There may be a few instances when only professional dry cleaning will do.  For instance, for very special garments (such as wedding dresses or heirloom pieces), fine linen, multicolored silk, very worn or delicate items, leather and suede are all examples of items where the cost of dry cleaning may be justified. If you spend judiciously on dry cleaning when you really need it, you can safeguard truly precious garments without overspending on items that are easily cleaned more inexpensively at home!


There you have it. Which one are you going to try?   If you have a fashion tip for us that you want  us to blog about, feel free to contact us here or through facebook/ MODE and send us a message.


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Everyone has their best denim for their body type, but now it’s time to add some personal flair to your jeans.  Restyle any outfit with a cuff, roll or a turn up in less than a minute.  
Moving from top to bottom and left to right
Wide Cuff
Fold the jeans to create a two-inch cuff.
Fold again to create a doubled two-inch cuff. Repeat this step on the other leg.
Smooth out the cuff to create a sturdy, symmetrical look.
Skinny Cuff
Fold the jeans to create a half-inch cuff.
Smooth out the cuff to create a sturdy, symmetrical look.
Top it off with your best pair of heals and you are ready!
Half Tuck Cuff
Fold the jeans to create a one-and-a-half-inch cuff.Fold half the cuff — we chose the right side — to create a doubled one-and-a-half-inch cuff.The left side of the cuff will remain a single one-and-a-half-inch fold.Repeat step three on the other leg. Adjust folds as desired.
Off duty
Fold the jeans to create a three-and-a-half-inch cuff.
Pull the fold away from the top, toward you, to create a bunchy, textured look.
Fold the hem of the jeans down toward you.
You have now perfected the off-duty-model look.


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#Fashion Tip Friday

If you are anything like me when it comes to moving, you procrastinate until the last possible minute. Moving is the least fun thing to do and is a ton of work, who wants to do that?  What if there is something that I want to use and I pack it away, how will I get through my day?!

 But if you are someone who doesn’t procrastinate and gets everything done on time, please don’t tell me that you take your hanging clothes off the hangers to fold them neatly and put them in a box one by one. First of all that’s a lot of extra boxes that are not necessary. Save time scrounging up those boxes simplify your moving with garbage bag.. Yes, I said garbage bags.
While your clothes are still hanging slip a garbage bag from the bottom up to the top of the hangers and use the ties from the garbage bag to secure it around the hangers.  Make sure they are laying flat and be sure to get as many in a bag as possible. This will help keep them tight and hopefully wrinkle free!
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Let’s face it. We are all busy, working women and when it comes time to doing laundry we dread it.  Sometimes we even avoid it… for a couple days.   That’s why you need to try this, if you have’t already.
Some people will mix the dish soap with just hydrogen peroxide and some will mix with hyrdrogen peroxode and  baking soda. It sometimes just depends on the stain.
A simple stain will come out if you just dab it with the dish soap, let it sit for a few minutes,  rub it lightly with a brush and throw it in the wash, voila!
For tougher stains you can mix:
1 part dawn dishwashing liquid ( the original blue kind is what we use)
2 parts hydrogen peroxide
Pour directly on the stain, scrub it with a bursh and then launder as usual.
The last option is:
2 parts of Dawn Dishwashing liquid
2 parts baking soda
and just a bit of baking soday.
The only difference is this  will foam up A LOT when you are washing the clothes with the baking soda.  Once it is all mixed up scub it into the stain and then launder as usual and wait for the magic to happen.  The tougher the stain the longer you should let the mixture sit on the garment, sometimes up to an hour.  You can also just treat it a couple times. Scrub the stain, rinse, repeat and then wash.   Heck you might even get so good at it that you will try it on old stains that have already been set!
So there you have it, a few options to help you get those stains out and keep your clothes looking new!
Oh and one last thing. Some people swear that you need to use a light or non-colored dishwashing liquid so you don’t stain your clothes with the dye from the soap itself.
What about you? Anyone ruin clothes using a dark colored dish soap while trying to get the grease out of their clothes? Continue the conversation on our facebook.


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May 22, 2015 Fashion Tip Friday

Accessories can make or break your look. Choosing the right accessory to match your outfit you should consider the color, style, length and pieces when finding the right accessory for your occasion.  The same accessory can go a long way.   As long as the accessory is in style and fashionable it can be used for any season.  Extending your wardrobe because of your accessories might even help you save money, and who wouldn’t want to save money?
MODE carries all sorts of different accessories that can go a long way and can be added to any wardrobe to dress it up  or add a small statement.
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Fashion Tip Friday 5/15/2015

Finding the perfect pair of jeans is not always the easiest.  It just always seems to be so difficult to find the right pair with the perfect fit.
This weeks tip focuses on a medium rise and a straight leg.

For that tailored look,  higher-waist denim with a skinny, small flair or straight leg look are sometimes  better than a wide-leg denim.
Having a denim with great stretch will hold your tummy and hold and slim your bottom half.
Too low-rise of a  jean can squeeze and create tummies.
Every woman should look and feel her best in the perfect pair of jeans!  At MODE we have the knowledge about each style of jeans and what style of jeans go best with each body type.  We can help you find that perfect pair – or two!
One thing to keep in mind is the wash, the height of the rise and the cut of the legs.  All of these will help you choose the best jeans for your figure and help you feel and look your best!
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Fashion Tip Friday

Woman with a petite build should NOT be afraid of prints.  Choosing the right print can be tricky, we can help!  Smaller prints balance better when worn by a petite woman. Large prints may be over powering and make the blouse look too big and bulky.

We have many different styles and carry many different colors and patterns.
We are always getting in new designer fashion! Stop by,  there’s always something new!




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