One week after Kayla got married, her mother-in-law kindly took her wedding gown to a local cleaner to have it cleaned, repaired, and preserved. It was a big deal to her mother-in-law to have this done, and she took Kayla’s dress to the same cleaners she had used 30 years ago for her own wedding gown.
Shores Fine Dry Cleaning has supported numerous local charities and non-profits during its 60+ years in business. Most recently, our staff has been manning coat checks at many of the fundraising black tie events in the Piedmont Triad. Working these events and interacting with other volunteers has provided our team an up close view of the important work that these organizations provide to our local community, which is why we are so excited about our Cleaning for Charity program.
The fun part of a holiday dinner is the planning and preparation. I love choosing a menu, finding special linens and table décor, preparing the food, and getting all dressed up. But sadly all good things must come to an end, and after everyone leaves, I stand in the kitchen looking at all the dirty dishes to be washed and the pile of table linens that must be cleaned. I always attack the dishes right away because I don’t want to wake up to a messy kitchen, but I will admit that I throw the soiled table linens in a basket in the laundry room to deal with later. And many times, it’s a wee
Every Monday night, a group of girls at NC State would gather around the television to watch The Bachelor, but one night, several guys decided to join in, and that’s where Mackenzie met Logan. Some mutual friends introduced them, and they quickly became friends thanks to a few group road trips for spring break and basketball games. It was during one particular basketball road trip to Pittsburgh that Mackenzie realized there was something really special about Logan, and shor
Have you ever been in a room that was expertly painted, exquisitely furnished, and well appointed – but it didn’t have draperies? Somehow the room feels incomplete; there’s something about draperies that give a room unity, harmony, and warmth. I tend to think of draperies as a décor item, but truthfully draperies serve a much bigger purpose. In addition to décor, draperies provide privacy and help with temperature control, sunlight control, and soundproofing.
We’ve talked before about the importance of properly fitting clothing. We’ve also talked about how no one, no matter their size, can walk into a department store, pull a suit off a rack, and expect it fit perfectly – everywhere. Of course, that’s where expert alterations come in. But once you’ve selected your suit, have had it expertly fitted to your physique, you can’t just wear it and then throw it
When I got married back in the olden days (1999), my source for inspiration was mostly magazines, but I always felt like no matter what magazine I looked at, their focus was always to try and sell me something – not help me figure out what I liked and what I wanted. I sure do wish we’d had Instagram and Pinterest back then, two sources that are just chocked full of ideas. Sure, there are plenty of folks out there trying to sell you stuff, but I feel like I get way more honesty
Before I got married, I often wondered why brides purchased their gowns while grooms rented their tuxedos. Then my husband and I got married, and he decided to purchase a custom-made Jhane Barnes tuxedo. He considered renting one, but he didn’t have a style in mind and didn’t know of a reputable place to inquire. While mentioning this to his boss, she thought a better solution would be purchasing as he never knew when he might need a tuxedo again. The last time he wore it was our wedding day – 17 years ago. Now it sits preserved in a beautiful museum-quality chest, next to my beautiful
In our May blog post, Your Wedding Gown – Cleaning versus Preservation, we just grazed over the cleaning aspects of a wedding gown and mostly focused on preserving and storing. I think that’s because I am still of the generation that says you should preserve and store your gown, but according to Josie Daga, founder of preownedweddingdresses.com, the landscape of what a bride does with her wedding gown is changing. Many brides these days
We’ve all heard sayings like “Clothes Make the Man”, and we all know Coco Chanel’s famous quote “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” I have to say that I like this one the best – “Baggy pants were never, and will never be cool.” You can put on an expensive dress or a designer suit but if it is too small or too big, folks will notice the fit and never notice your fancy frock or classy ensemble. Most people cannot walk into a department store, pull a ready-to-wear garment off of the rack, and expect it to fit perfectly – no matter what