Stripes, Silk, and Tough Stains

stripes-and-silk-1It’s funny to think once upon a time, I was unsure about this skirt, and even contemplated returning it. Now it’s one of the items I crave wearing when the weather warms up. Everything about it, from the olive green hue, to the heavy drapey silk, and of course the pockets (!) make me so thankful I didn’t return this skirt when I had the chance.

It confirms a tactic I’ve been employing lately with my purchases. Rash decisions to keep or return are more likely to result in disappointment. Instead, I’ve been sitting on items for a little while to give myself time to think. I find that either an item will grow on me, or my obsession with it will wear off, which has been helping me be choosy when it comes to my purchases. Through this method, I decided everything from this haul is going back…after having them sit around for a little while, I’ve decided I’m no longer excited by any of it.

stripes-and-silk-3This skirt is also on it’s second life, as a stubborn stain threatened to ruin it forever if not for the amazing work of a local dry cleaner.

I’m not the most graceful person, and while I love snatching tasty h’orderves off those fancy platters at parties, I’m notorious for dropping them all over the place. Smooshed crab all over the highly polished deck of a fancy boat? Yup, done that. Knocked a greasy olive down the front of my shirt and down my silk skirt? Done that this party, actually.

After the dry cleaner I went to couldn’t get the stain out after two tries, my heart sank. I thought my clumsiness had ruined this skirt forever. As a last resort, I took it to a high end couture dry cleaner that I knew would be expensive, but I thought might be able to figure something out. When they got the stain out after one try, I’m now forever convinced of the powers of fancy dry cleaners.

A high end dry cleaner in Los Angeles was able to get oxidation stains out of my white blazer (that another dry cleaner told me was impossible), clean a stain out of an embellished silk skirt (that other dry cleaners refused to even touch), and now this dry cleaner in San Diego was able to remove a stubborn stain from a beloved silk skirt (that another dry cleaner failed to do after two attempts). If your regular dry cleaner can’t or won’t clean something for you, I’d highly suggest you consider taking it to a “couture” cleaner as a last resort. They haven’t failed me yet.

stripes-and-silk-2And now, this skirt lives on to have food dropped on it another day…

Outfit details – H&M top :: Ever skirt :: Ann Taylor belt :: Chanel handbag :: Jimmy Choo shoes :: Kate Spade watch (customized) :: Pearl bracelets :: Stella & Dot necklace (c/0) :: Loud Love Jewelry ring (c/0)

Have you ever used a couture dry cleaner?


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