Why Women Love Shoes
The Top Ten Reasons Why Women Love Shoes so Much"Why do you need so many shoes?,"
my husband asks me, as he shakes his head and stares at my closet in disbelief.
I start to answer him and I realize that it's one of those age old questions that men have been asking women for years. It's up there with "What's inside the women's bathroom?," and "Why do women always want to know what men are thinking?" It's not just my husband, millions of men want to know, "Why do we women need so many shoes? "
The truth is women are in love with shoes. Let me give you the top ten reasons why.1. Variety -
We women simply cannot wear the same shoe every day. We need change. Plus, our shoes need to match our outfits and our outfits need to match our activities and lifestyle. After all, you can't wear open toe sandals if you are going hiking in the canyons now can you? Plus, variety is the spice of life.2. Style -
We want to look good. No, we want to look hot. No, we want to look comfortable. See what I mean? Th bottom line is that we need different styles for different looks.3. A Good Deal -
Women are born shoppers. It is a true talent and no true shopper can turn down a good deal on a pair of shoes. That is why discount shoe stores like DSW or Shoe Pavillion are so popular. No shoe shopper work her salt can resist a pair of Manolo Blahniks marked half-off.4. Comfort (AKA High Heels vs. Falts) -
High heel shoes look great, but let's face it, they can really hurt the tootsies! Most women I know alternate between high heels and flats. You know what that means.. more shoes!5. Durability -
Well made shoes can last a lifetime. This is especially true if you do not wear them every day. As a result of this your shoes build up in your closet. Kinda like plaque on your teeth.6. Trendy -
Unlike that hot pink leather skirt you partied like it's 1999 in, the shoes that you may have worn with it are still in fashion. In fact, Flashdance plastic jelly shoes have made a huge comeback. What a feeling!7. Stability -
As the years come and go, women's clothing size may fluctuate. One year you may be a size 4 and then after a few years of stuffing krispy kreme donuts down your face, you may suddenly be a size 14. But guess what? Your shoe size will stay the same. Chances are if a woman is a size 8 shoe, she will stay a size 8. How great is that?!8. Options -
"Should I wear my 5 inch Marc Jacobs heels today, or my 2 inch Gucci loafers?" It's a woman's fundamental right to be able to make a choice on her own footwear. In order to make those choices, women need (you guessed it) many different shoes.9. Collections -
Some men collect playboy magazines. We women collect shoes. Enough said.10. Friendship -
If diamonds are a girl's best friend than shoes are a woman's best friend. Shoes will always be there for her. They will never shun her or treat her wrong. They will never try to steal her boyfriend or call her fat. They will never let her down. The bottom line is a women needs as many of these friends as she can get.
So there you have it. Now please don't get me started on purses...
Bedding Care & Maintenance Guide
This guide is designed to provide a quick and easy reference for tips on how to care for your bedding. Following a few simple steps to preserve the quality of your comforters, duvets, sheets, and other bed linens will result in long-lasting and beautiful bedding. The information provided covers general bedding care and maintenance. Please adhere to the specific care instructions provided by the manufacturer of your bed linens if there are any discrepancies.
How Do I Wash My Bedding?
Before you first wash your bed linens, you will need to determine the type of fabric involved. Most manufacturers will place cleaning codes on fabrics, usually on the manufacturer's label. Here is a reference list of those cleaning codes:
WS: This fabric may be cleaned with water-based cleaning agents and foams, as well as with mild, water-free dry cleaning solvents.
W: Use water-based cleaning agents or foams only.
S: Use only mild, water-free dry cleaning solvents.
X: Do not use foam or liquid agents on this fabric. Vacuum or brush lightly to remove soil.
Washing and drying your bedding may require specific care depending on the fabric type:
Cotton: Cotton is a prevalent fabric in bedding, and it also very easy fabric to wash and maintain. Most cotton products are machine washable and can be placed in the dryer at a low setting to prevent shrinkage.
Polyester: Polyester is a very durable material which requires similar care to nylon, but it is safe to line dry. Again, to avoid pilling, hand wash when possible.
Nylon: Nylon is fairly durable, and is generally machine washable, even in a normal cycle. Use warm or cool water only, and go light on the detergent. Never use bleach. It is safe to put nylon in the dryer on lowest heat setting. Do not line-dry nylon linens, because the sun is nylon's enemy.
Silk: Treat this fabric the same as acetate, but be careful about line-drying as silk is more sensitive to sun-damage. Also, because silk is usually very thin, be especially careful when wringing out.
Satin: Satin made of silk and nylon should be shielded from the sun, so if you have a bright sunny room, go for acetate or polyester satin. It's best to just dry-clean satin bedspreads and satin comforters. They are impossible to hand-wash, and bunch up too much in a washer.
Expert Tips on Bed Linen Care
Use only very mild detergents or linen washes. Don't use too much detergent, and be careful not to pour it directly onto the fabric.
Wash similar colors on the gentle cycle with warm (not hot) water.
Never use chlorine bleach or detergents with bleach. Enzyme-reactive stain removers may be used as needed.
Forget fabric softeners! Buildup will coat threads and leave them brittle.
Let the sheets air dry if possible. Otherwise, use the low setting on the dryer and take them out while they're still damp.
Iron sheets while they're still slightly damp to the touch. When pressing monograms or embellishments, place them facedown on a thick towel to avoid flattening the design.