TUESDAY Quick Tip…

I know i’m a day late but Tuesday Quick Tip has a nice ring to it!  Today’s tip isn’t exactly new. If you follow my Instagram feed (SpoiledGalBeauty) then this tip will be a repeat but it’s definitely worth over sharing!

Remember that song : “I know a girl who thinks of ghosts She’ll make ya breakfast she’ll make ya toast But she don’t use butter And she don’t use cheese She don’t use jelly Or any of these She uses Vaseline Vaseline”   Continue reading “TUESDAY Quick Tip…”

T.G.I…Friday Favorite

SHELLToday I was thinking about the make up I’ve worn over the years. Then I started to think what my Friday Favorite would have been years ago…at the very same time, while I was driving, my gas light came on. Grrr. Instantly my vintage Friday Favorite popped into my mind. The Shell Station on Montalban St. in San Luis Obispo. Let me tell you why. FULL.SERVICE.FILL UP. I’d pull my Silver Honda Civic in, completely ignoring the extra charge, Brandon the gas boy, would come out fill my tank and wash my window and I would drive away. Ahh. I miss you Brandon, wherever you are and Full Service Gas, you were a luxury I didn’t appreciate enough! Continue reading “T.G.I…Friday Favorite”

The Beauty in Fabric…

fabriccolorFor some reason, I have always loved fabric.  I am drawn to muted colors, soft patterns and most importantly the feel of the fabric itself. My love for fabric extends past the cut counter; I am a dedicated gal when it comes to protecting my fabric! Here are my secrets for keeping the fabrics in your home as well as your clothes, looking and smelling amazing!

LAUNDRY:

IMG_9982Something I am constantly complimented on is my laundry. It’s MY THING. Aside from one close girlfriend (you know who you are, love you!), I may just have the best smelling, and softest laundry around. I love the smell and feel of freshy-fresh laundry, and I actually love the chore of doing the wash. I am very particular when it comes to sorting my clothes as well how they are washed and with what products. I call it my “routine.” Here’s my secret to keeping your clothes from fading or shrinking while also smelling AMAZING.

  1. Sorting “lights” and “darks” is not enough. I sort into 6 piles. Whites: Anything that is 90% white and made of similar material. Darks: Blues, greys, greens, you get it. Lights: Tans, pinks, yellows. Jeansonly wash jeans with jeans. Always turn them inside out to keep them from fading. Towels/sheets: I combine these two when washing towels and sheets of the same color, the reason is that this is the only load I was in HOT water. Delicate: This includes, but is not limited to bras, panties, anything that says hand wash, and anything that has tassels or ties.
  2. Washing. I wash everything except towels and sheets in cold water. This is crucial! You can get away with washing whites in warm water but be sure there’s nothing that will shrink. By washing your clothes in cold they will keep their shape and color much longer. For towels and sheets I often use the “sanitize” setting. Dedicates I use the “hand wash” setting and No or Low spin cycle. Also, for delicates, bras can be washed in the hand wash cycle but you absolutely need to put them in a mesh bag to protect their shape.  If your machine has an agitator, you’ll have to hand wash your bras in the sink.MESHBAG
  3. Products. My tried and true detergent is Gain. I’ve tried a couple of other products from time to time but never love them as much as my Gain. Downy. I use a cap full, every load. This will cut down on static, help keep colors true, help keep shape and you can’t beat the feel. Other fabric softeners don’t come close to Downy. Downy UnStoppable Beads- My girlfriend turned me on to these when they first came out. OH man, they’re amazing. I use a cap full in every load. Bounce. I use 3-5 sheets in every load except towels. If you use Bounce with your towels they will repel water.   81UjB-t1S9L._SX522_
  4. Drying. Ok, this is a biggy. When in doubt don’t dry. Jeans-hang. Sweaters-lie flat. Bras-please do not put them in the dryer, ever! Dresses, hang. The dryer is the Devil when it comes to keeping your clothes looking nice. Stick to cotton materials, towels and sheets only in the dryer.

I usually do at least a load of laundry a day so I don’t have a back up of clothes at the end of the week. Try my routine, you’re going to LOVE it!

SHOES:

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Did you know you need to care for the fabric your shoes are made of? I am a crazy Scotchguard spray girl with my shoes. Any suede, even faux suede gets spray spray sprayed away. Your shoes will last so much longer if you spray them prior to the first wear. I usually do 3 coats of spray. Evenly coating each shoe and letting dry between coats will do the job. This little step which takes 1 day (let them dry over night before wearing) will add so much life to your kicks. Bootie season is upon us…I couldn’t help myself…3 new pairs all sprayed and ready for a cool down in weather!

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This is my newest addiction. Scotchguarding the house. I was recently at my girlfriend’s who had two cans of Scotchguard on her kitchen counter. I had just ordered the fabric protector but didn’t even know the carpet protector exited! Holy Hallelujah I was excited! Thanks to Amazon prime, I got my cans in two days and now my whole house is spill proof! I highly recommend spraying your furniture and rugs. It takes little effort, dries quickly and will keep your home looking nice for years. I did 3 coats on our dining room chairs and carpet, living room chairs and carpet, and the window seat cushion…so far.  If you’ve had your furniture for a while it’s not too late. Vacuum each piece, and spot clean any areas then spray away!

FABRIC  CARPET

 

I can’t wait to hear how much you love slipping into your soft, yummy smelling sheets after trying my routine! And as far as your house goes, go ahead, invite the neighbors over for red wine and spagettii!

XxOo Spoiled Gal

 

*as always, click the pictures to take you directly to the link. As always again, I am not getting paid to tell you this…I genuinely love these things and want to share their greatness! Also…the cute bootiess are all from one of my favorite boutiques, Vici, clicking the link will take you there! XO

The Beauty in Travel, Part Deux…

St.Regis_It’s hot and it’s hazy. Why can’t I be sunning by the pool of a beautiful resort while my kids play happily and the waiter brings Kev a cold Corona and the waves are crashing in the background? I am currently in the middle of an unintended “staycation,” reminding myself that if I want that pretty chandelier for my dining room I mustn’t cry over the tropical vacation I am not on!  Chandelier Chandelier Chandelier.  I do, however have some friends and readers who are going on vacation and have recently asked me for my tips. Here goes.   Continue reading “The Beauty in Travel, Part Deux…”

Monday Quick Tip…

If you’ve ever noticed that your hair is dry after swimming, if you plan on swimming or going on vacation or splashing in the ocean, today’s tip is for you!  When you get your hair wet in the pool or ocean, the chlorine/salt will quickly absorb into your strands leaving them filled with drying agents that, over time, will make your hair brittle and weak. *and potentially green.  I have a solution for you ! Think of your hair as a towel. If a towel is dry and you submerge it into water, it will quickly absorb the water and become wet. Now, if the towel is already wet, prior to submerging it into water it won’t be able to take in as much moisture once dunked. The same goes for your hair. Try spritzing your hair with a spray bottle of water BEFORE getting into the pool/ocean. For further lorealoilprotection, if your hair is weathering chemicals or sea salt for more than one day in a row, or if you already have dry hair, spritz your hair with hair oil (this L’oreal one is a favorite, I use it regularly on my kid’s hair before they swim) before getting into the water. The oil will be a barrier to your hair and keep your strands from absorbing as much water.  Happy Monday! XxOo- Spoiled Gal

UPDATE

I wanted to let you in on something I learned! I saw my mother in law on the 4th of July and she is ALWAYS so complimentary of my blog. She told me she reads it regularly and said she felt almost like a celebrity to be mentioned, I LOVE THAT! About the French Manicure… GUESS WHAT….I was wrong! She doesn’t get a French she gets what’s called an American Manicure! It’s more natural looking than the stark white vs nude we know as a French Manicure. Maybe that’s why I love it on her! When I worked at a salon a long time ago I would often sub in for the manicurist. Our salon didn’t offer acrylic nails (and Gel Nails were 8 years in the future) so it wasn’t very common for someone to ask for a French Manicure but they did often ask for a French Pedicure. I was totally doing it wrong!!! I was giving them an American Pedicure and didn’t know. I was, however, super good at getting all the gross stuff out of peoples toes…just sayin.

You now have my permission to get an American Manicure. But still, no French 😉 XxOo- Spoiled Gal

The Beauty in Summer Make up…

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One summer, in what seems like a lifetime ago I dated a boy who had a boat. Every weekend that summer, and often during the week, we would call our friends, load up the ice chest and go out to the lake. At the time I taught swim lessons from my parents pool and when my students were done for the day (I strategically scheduled them very early so I would be off by 10am) my friends and I would meet my boyfriend and his friends at the dock and stay out all day on the water.  This meant a few things. No.1 I had a beautiful golden brown tan. No.2. My make up had to last all day And  3. I would had just enough cash for Starbucks on the way to the dock (surely he didn’t expect me to fill the ice chest or chip in for food/gas/dock fees? Oops-maybe he did.) You could guess I was the girl who wore make up to the lake. I also curled my hair (or wore it in my signature “updo”) and often I was in wedges rather than flip flops. Painting the picture…you know I can’t tell a short story. Back to my make up- in order to achieve a fresh face from dawn to dusk I had to figure out some tricks. Here’s what I’ve found to work best in keeping my make up (as well as my brides who need their make up to stay put and cry/sweat proof) fresh and summer proof! Continue reading “The Beauty in Summer Make up…”