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I have recently bought a pair of beige patent leather shoes and love them, and I love the fact that they were on special even more!  It was to my dismay, that when I last went to wear them, I found a brown scuff mark on the side of one of them.  The problem is that the scuff mark is quite noticeable.  So how to remove the mark?  I have done some research and found the following tips for cleaning patent leather shoes.

Soap and water.  Use a soft cloth to remove the mark Nail polish remover – the non-acetone kind.  Use a cotton bud to dip into the nail polish and gently rub the mark off.  I would recommend testing in an inconspicuous spot first to ensure it does not mark your shoes Mineral oil or petroleum jelly.  Apply with a soft cloth and rub the area until clean.  I even saw a reference to vegetable oil on place of mineral oil

I tried all three and found the nail polish remover the best for removing smaller black spots on the shoes.  None however were successful in removing the scuff mark.  I think the mark was a result of the shoes rubbing against another pair and the brown shoe polish transferring to the patent leather shoes.  If anyone has any great ideas on how to remove scuff marks on patent leather shoes, I would love to hear about them.

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The Fall/Winter 2013/2014 fashion shows have given us plenty to think about.  The trends on the runways were varied with Giorgio Armani’s chic and elegance to Alexander McQueen’s Elizabethan styles and funky tartans by Junya Watanabe.  What we love is that so many designers used hats and headpieces to complete their collections.

We have put together some of our favorite styles on Pinterest.  Have a look and let us know which styles are your favourite.

Colour

This season has given us plenty of colour choices. For some collections the colours seem a lot more muted and neutral with greys, soft blues, black, browns and white but we are still seeing reds, bright blues, greens, pinks and gold.

Prints and Patterns

Prints and patterns play a big part this season with animal prints, checks, floral, tartans, tweeds, rich brocades, sequins and textures used.  There is a mixture of bold and bright patterns and more neutral colours in the checks, plaids and tartans.

While prints were often layered together to create maximum impact, you can make this look work by selecting one print as your staple piece.  There are some beautiful coats and jackets to choose from.

Fur was also incorporated into many of the collections from hats, to trims on jackets, dresses and coats.  Other designers used them as wraps and in place of scarves.

For textures this season think fur, leather, sequins, beading and metallic shine.

Styles

The military style is back and includes coats, jackets, pants and capes.  Many of the coat styles are oversize and boxy with large lapels or capes.

The classic coat style was popular.  We love the simple dress styles with gorgeous textures and patterns of Collette Dinnigan and Dolce and Gabbana, along with the pant and top options of Giorgio Armani and Christian Dior.

The skirt suit also featured with strong and feminine lines, textured and edgy jackets.

 Accessories

The pointy toed shoes are back from pumps to boots to flats.  Expect to see a lot of boots!

Hats, one of our favourite accessories this season, were seen in many of the collections, including Emporio Armani, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauran and Junya Watanabe.  There were lots of berets, knitted beanies or caps, felt hats, fur hats, sailor caps, cloches, head wraps and floppy fedora styles. This season, don’t restrict hat wear to the races, try wearing a beret, cloche, knit or felt hat to give your look the added wow factor or add chic to your street wear.

Handbags and clutches were much more slim and structured.  They are smaller and more proportioned and handheld rather than over the shoulder.  Gone are the big and bold looks from summer.

Image sourced from www.style.com (Giorgio Armani Ready to Wear 2013)

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Let me tell you about one of the best-kept secrets in style and fashion.  Accessories!  They are one of the easiest, quickest and cheapest ways to update your wardrobe and make a difference to your clothes.  They dress up a plain outfit, make your outfit look expensive and allow you to create your own style.  Accessories can also help to hide and draw attention away from features we don’t want to highlight.

Your outfit can go from ordinary to amazing when you add the correct accessories.  If you keep your outfit plain and simple, most accessories are easy to match.  Better still, if you keep your accessory colours and metal tones within your colour pallet you will find it even easier to mix and match them with different outfits.  Be careful not to add too many colours in your accessories, keep it to 2 or 3 maximum.

You can accessorize by adding a handbag or a pair of shoes in a different colour.  Get creative with some costume jewellery or try wearing a hat to add a little bit of flare to your outfit.  Hats are great in both summer and winter and for those bad hair days.  When you wear the right hat style you feel a million dollars.

Instead of always wearing a necklace, try wearing a scarf or pashmina.  They are a great way to add some colour to your outfit and a pashmina can often be used instead of a jacket or coat.  They are very versatile and unlike bulky coats, they fold away easily.  Learn a few basic scarf tying tips to create different looks.

Pearls go with everything and can dress up a casual outfit without any effort at all.  They are the accessory that is appropriate for daytime and will instantly take your outfit into the evening.

Avoid the temptation to wear all your jewellery at once.  If you wear large, dangling earrings, match them with a bracelet rather than a necklace.  The combination of big earrings and big necklaces often creates clutter.  Alternatively keep your earrings simple and add a necklace to draw attention to your face.  The idea is to look chic and not that you have tried to wear everything all at the same time.

When accessorising remember that less often gives more of a positive impact, especially in a more traditional work environment.  The more conservative your work environment, the more conservative your accessories should be.  A good quality watch and pearl or stud earrings go a long way.

Different accessories can turn one outfit into several different ones without having to purchase new clothes.  Accessories provide a means to stay within your budget, allow you to add to your wardrobe every season and get more wear out of your clothes.

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