Care Instructions for Silk Fabric Product

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Silk is one of the most luxurious fabrics ever- everybody loves the look and feel of silk. Silk is what comes to mind when we bring up the issue of elegance in terms of apparel. The silk fabric also referred to as the “queen of fabrics” due to its soft and lustrous feel, is used to make a whole range of silk products ranging from silk sheets, silk dresses, and scarves, to silk shirts .

When you take proper care of the silk, you’re sure to keep your silk products for a really long time without losing their quality. Unlike other synthetic fabrics in the market, 100% silk fabric is quite delicate and requires one to observe some very important rules to avoid damaging it.

Proper maintenance tips for silk fabric

There are different types of silk that fall between either natural silk fabric or faux silk fabric. All these need to be treated with particular care for proper maintenance. Here’s a guide on how to wash any items that are made using silk fabric:

  • Dry Clean the Silk Fabric

Always check the label to find out the manufacturer’s recommended cleaning method. Dry cleaning your silk items helps to preserve the form and color. The best way to dissolve oil and grease from your silk after use is by dry cleaning rather than hand washing. Doing this imparts an almost new appearance.

  • Hand Wash the Silk Fabric

You might be shocked to realize that dry cleaning is not the only available option for cleaning your silk fabric. Even though most of them have a “Dry Clean Only” label, it’s not a must to adhere to it; hand washing is an acceptable alternative. As contrary to popular opinion, you can wash silk items without damaging them since you do it gently. As you clean washable silk fabric, separate the colored silk from the white silk.

  • Rinse the Silk Fabric using Cold Water

Always wash and rinse your silk garment in cold water as opposed to hot water. Using cold water extends the life of pure silk fabric which is quite delicate in nature. It also helps the colors to last longer. On the other hand, warm or hot water is harsh and damaging to the silk fabric.

  • Use The Right Detergents for Silk Fabrics
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Read the detergent label carefully to see which one is suitable and which one is not.  Use mild detergents; avoid bleaching the fabric at all costs.

  • Don’t Wring the Silk Fabric

Stronger fabrics like cotton can withstand high-intensity wringing. However, wringing silk causes it to crease and eventually causes damage. You can use a towel or a dry piece of cloth to absorb the excess water.
Consequently, your items will appear to be as good as new.

  • Iron Silk Fabrics Using Low-heat Setting

Do not iron your silk fabric too hot as extreme heat will damage it. Always remember to iron the fabric from the inside. Also, it would help to place a light piece of cloth between the silk and the iron.
Another way to smoothen out the wrinkles would be to steam them off the garment.

  • Don’t Spot Clean the Silk Fabric

When you clean a single spot on your silk fabric, it might look faded after it dries out. Instead, clean the entire attire even if you just spilled something on a small part of it. Cleaning the whole garment helps it to maintain an even tone.

  • Dry the Silk Fabric Under Shade

Avoid drying your silk items under the scorching sun. Direct sunlight fades the colors of the fabric. Drying your silk fabric in a well-protected area keeps it looking bright and lustrous.

A Guide to Picking out the Right Light Bulbs

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Light bulbs make a powerful statement in various rooms. The type of bulb that you choose impacts the level of your brain’s power as well as the schedule of your sleep. If you spend a considerable amount of time in your house, you need to ensure that it’s well lit. While proper lighting makes you feel productive and relaxed, the wrong lighting can have you feeling lazy and disoriented. There are so many types of bulbs in the market that choosing the right one can get quite overwhelming. You cannot just pick out a random light bulb and expect that it will satisfy your needs and requirements. These bulbs can be used on all types of chandeliers including custom chandeliers, candle chandeliers, shaded chandeliers, and crystal chandeliers.

How do I pick the right light bulb?

Before you can pick out an appropriate bulb, there are a couple of factors into consideration. For example, you need to consider the purpose for that room. Generally, when you’re considering the room’s purpose, there are 3 lighting categories involved. These are:
  1. General Lighting

General lighting is also referred to as ambient lighting. It acts as the overall lighting for the room; it illuminates the entire room and is commonly considered to be the room’s natural light. For general lighting, you may use chandeliers, wall sconces, or pendant lights.
  1. Task Lighting

This type of lighting is intended to light up a working area or a study area. Task lighting is supposed to be brighter than the general lighting. The source of light usually creates a contrast by focusing on a specific area. Desk lights and spotlights are often used for this type of lighting.
  1. Accent Lighting

This type of lighting highlights a particular area and creates a shadow around a specific object to create a more dramatic effect. Wall and landscape lights are the most commonly type of lights that are used to give this effect.

What kind of illumination do I need for different rooms?

For you to illuminate the various rooms in your house using the techniques that we discussed above, you should consider how each of the rooms will be used. For starters, you should start with general lighting and then proceed to accent and task lighting. Below are some suggestions to help you go about the entire process:
  • Living Room

In addition to the general lighting, you can use accent lighting in one of the corners. The accent light will focus on either an expensive piece of furniture or an exquisite piece of art.
  • Kitchen

Get task lighting and use it to illuminate the kitchen sink and the counter. This light source should be placed slightly lower than the general lighting.
  • Bedroom

Place task lighting on your bed stand. It’s advisable that the source of light be placed facing away from the bed, preferably towards the dressing area.
  • Bathroom

For the bathroom, get task lighting for the mirror in addition to an overhead task. These light sources are intended to create shadows.

What Being in a Sorority Taught Me for My Career

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You’re always wearing your company logo.

When you join a sorority, one of the first things you learn is “you are always wearing your letters.” Basically, everything you do after you’ve committed to joining, is done as a representative of the sorority. That doesn’t change when you start working at a company. Whether it’s a post on social media, or the way you act around non-work friends at a bar, people are going to form opinions of you and will associate you with your company.

People talk to each other. Gossip still hurts.

I also call this the Bambi rule: Thumper (Bambi’s friend) “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” Girls talk… a lot. Even if what you say about a sorority sister isn’t supposed to get back to her, it will. The same is true for an office – anything you say can get back to others. Even if it’s not about someone else, be careful what you say at the office. Complaining will get back to your boss, and depending on what you say, it might get back to HR. I know that sounds a little dramatic, but it’s something to keep in mind. It’s nice to blow off steam with your co-workers every once in a while, but be careful not to over-do it.

Group efforts are more productive.

Whether you’re brainstorming for a project or trying to plan and pull off a big event, working in groups is always better than trying to do it all yourself. In a sorority (especially on the executive board) you learn to trust other members, and let them help you, or even take the lead on a project. In an office, it’s even more important. Sometimes you don’t have the technical know how, or the ability to pull something off alone, which is where people inside (and outside) your department come in.

You may not be best friends with everyone, but be there when it counts.

When you have 100+ sisters in one chapter, there’s no way you can be friends with all of them. But they’re your sisters, so when it comes down to it, you should be there for them. Whether or not you believe in karma, it can mean a lot to be at a co-workers side when something happens. You may not even have to do much, just cut them some slack, or tell them that what they’re doing really does matter. But it can make all the difference down the road when you need help, or need a little extra time to get something done.

Personal (and professional) development is important.

In my experience with Theta, I realized that one of the best parts about being in a sorority was that you had sisters that wanted to help you become the best person you could be. (It sounds a little cheesy, I know.) As a young adult in the work place, you’re constantly growing, being challenged, and changing directions. It’s just as important now to try to be the best person you can be as it was in your sorority. This sort of goes back to the first point I made – you’re always representing your company, so do it in a way that makes you better as well. Whether it’s reading relevant articles and books, or attending a class, it’s important to always be learning and making yourself a better person. Whether or not you put your sorority experience on your resume is up to you. Heck, don’t put it on your resume at all if you don’t have space. But I think it’s important to note that you didn’t have to be in a leadership position to have relevant skills from your time in a sorority.

6 Tips for Budgeting After College

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When you graduate from college and start working your first job with a real salary, budgeting for your new lifestyle is tricky. Many of us tend to overspend or justify unnecessary purchases with our new income and sense of freedom. Here are a few ways you can take control of your finances post-graduation:

Try to keep your fixed expenses as low as possible.

Even if you could technically afford it, the lower you can make these expenses, the better off you will be. Try living with a roommate or living at home to cut down your contribution to fixed expenses. Remember it isn’t forever. Additionally, many phone companies, like Verizon, offer an employee discounts that you could be eligible for. It’s worth looking into!

No matter how much money you make… save!

As a general rule of thumb, you should save at least 10 percent of your income – regardless of the size of your paycheck. Set up an automatic transfer each month from checking to your savings when you get paid. Automating the process makes it decidedly easier for you to save instead of spend. At GenTwenty, we believe in paying yourself first. Trends comes and go but building your wealth and being responsible for your finances is an investment you will never regret.

Write down your expenses and actually keep track of where your money is going.

You can’t live on a budget if you don’t have one! Some people prefer to track their budget in a spreadsheet or online with a service like Mint. Others prefer to do it by hand. Whichever camp you belong to, the important part is that you are keeping track of your expenses. Write down your fixed expenses (including savings!) and your variable ones to identify where you are living beyond your means and where you can cut back. Try a No Spend Challenge and see how it helps curb your spending habits.

Make financial goals and focus on achieving them.

In my mind, it’s always easier to save for something than for nothing. Set up a savings account for your emergency fund and save until you hit $5k. When you set a goal will start making better financial decisions because with every purchase you make, you’ll reconsider your purchases in terms of whether or not they are putting you closer to your goal or further from it.

Practice discipline.

It’s tough, but it will help you establish better spending habits. Start saying “no” to coffee everyday and instead treat yourself once or twice a week. Say “no” to spending your paycheck at Forever 21 when you’ve had a bad day at work. Being disciplined will not only keep you from spending unnecessarily, but it will help you break the emotional connection you have with splurging on material items.

Avoid using your credit cards.

Unless you already have low expenses and control over your spending, stay away from credit cards. Don’t close them if you already have them (having long-term credit keeps your credit score up), but don’t open any new ones until you are responsible enough to not spend beyond your means. It’s too tempting to fill a credit card up and think you’ll pay it off—it only ends with you feeling guilty and with a pile of debt. Learning how to budget takes time, but once you learn the basics you’ll have control of your finances in no time. ____ Nicole Booz is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of GenTwenty. She has a B.S. in Psychology. In her free time she enjoys training for half marathons, planning her next great adventure, and reading any book she can get her hands on.

5 Thoughts Every Girl Has When Getting Dressed

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“Can I wear a sports bra with this shirt?”

We could answer this question, but we’ll let the wise words of Taylor Swift guide your decision:
Yes, if you think you can get away with a sports bra – go for it. Always.

“Will anyone notice that I wore this last week?”

Followed by: “I mean, I washed it after I wore it… I mean, I think I washed it… It smells like I washed it.” Is it jeans, shoes, or even a cardigan? Wear it again sister!
If it’s a bright blouse or graphic tee, maybe pass on a second wear right away, but who are we to judge? And all bets are off if you have a Kate Sanders in your office. (At least I’m not an outfit rememberer, amiright?)
If leggings as pants is wrong, we don’t want to be right (or wearing pants for that matter).
Depending on the day of the week (well, really, your office dress code) then we say yes. Again, always. But if the boss says no, you can still avoid wearing pants by wearing a dress.

“Can I pull off leggings as pants today?”

“I have nothing to wear. Ugh!”

We don’t care if you went to the mall three days ago. As a female, you’ll have this thought the minute it’s time to plan an outfit, especially if you’re dressing up for something.
Raise your hands if you’ve ever ended up trying on every dress you own after uttering these words. **raises both hands in the air, like we just don’t care**

And finally… “I look goooood.”

3 Times You’re Glad You Didn’t Knick Yourself Shaving

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*I recieved Bic Soleil Glow razors free to review from BzzAgent.com. This post may contain affiliate links, but all opinions are my own. Promise!! I tried Bic Soleil Glow razors as part of a campaign for Bzz Agent, and was surprised at how great the comfort shield was. It’s just plastic, which made me a bit nervous, since I knick myself shaving my legs EVERY TIME. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the comfort shield worked, and also that it was disposable! And I didn’t knick myself once. Boom! Here are three times you’re glad you didn’t knick yourself shaving (because being covered in bandaids is embarrassing)….

6 Tips to Staying Focused on a Large Project

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Whether you’re tackling a big project at work, writing a paper for school, or trying to unpack from moving, large projects can seem daunting. But there’s hope.

Break a Large Project into Smaller Ones

One big goal can seem pretty scary, and you’re more likely to procrastinate if you’re only thinking about the end goal. Instead, break things down into more manageable (and trackable) goals. One of the best ways to do this is to think about each smaller piece as its own S.M.A.R.T. goal. (S.M.A.R.T. = Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound).

Set Deadlines for Smaller Projects

The “T” in S.M.A.R.T. is pretty important when it comes to breaking up a larger goal into smaller ones. You can’t have every chunk “due” the same day, or you’ve missed the point of breaking down the project. The best way to decide how to schedule your mini “due” dates, is to look at your timeline and how long each mini goal is going to take along that time line.

Reward Yourself Along the Way

Rather than promise yourself something large at the end of your project, celebrate smaller deadlines. This will help you stay motivated to meet those smaller deadlines, and keep you on track to get your large project done on time (or in advance!)

Talk About Your Progress

Sure, no one wants to hear about how awesome and focused you are all the time, but being honest and open about where you are on your project will help others understand what you’re goal is, and also keep you accountable for your progress. It’s also a reminder to yourself to focus on where you’re at and where you need to be!

Ask For Help

Feeling behind, uninspired, or just done? Ask for the help you need. It might mean asking a friend to have a work date with you on the weekend, or talking to your boss about an extra day or two on the deadline. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, and shouldn’t be looked at that way. Think about it as gaining a resource.

Remind Yourself of the Goal

Sure you’ve got a deadline, but WHY is it important to reach that deadline? Whether its because you want to pass your class, or impress your boss, or make more money, there’s a reason behind that deadline. Thinking about the bigger picture means you’re more likely to feel motivated, and focused. How do you stay focused when you’ve got a large project or a distant deadline? Let me know!

5 Best Wines You Can Find at the Grocery Store

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Now let me preface this by saying that Leah and I have very different tastes in wine! I am a white-only kind of girl…the sweeter the better.  Leah, on the other hand, loves reds and drier whites!  Since we have such diversified tastes, we decided to divide and conquer to create a list of our grocery store favorites. Let’s be honest.  The holidays are coming and grandma wants to know why your boyfriend hasn’t proposed yet.  Don’t you want a glass of wine in your hand for that? Disclaimer…neither of us has any training in describing wines. We just drink a lot of it.
Leah’s Picks: Apothic Red Blend (Everywhere) This blended red wine is a favorite of mine. It’s pretty much my go-to for pizza and wine nights when people can’t agree on Zinfindel or Pinot Noir, because it’s similar, but definitely unique.  The blend is nice and dry, but still sweet and drinkable. I won’t pretend to know a ton about describing wine, so I’ll stick with what I know: this wine disappears quickly with the Kuck family, which means it must be good.   Twisted Old Vine Zinfandel (Everywhere)  Or as we lovingly call it: “Twisted Zinf.” This is my friend Nolan and I’s favorite red (notice the above pizza and wine night reference). It’s got some great berry undertones which seem to complement pepperoni pizza fairly well. I definitely recommend it for a night in (or out) with friends, or by yourself — no judgment here.   Chelsea’s Picks: Shelton Riesling (Everywhere) I’ve worked in a couple of restaurants in my day and Shelton is a consistently solid option on wine lists.  Their Riesling is pleasantly sweet without the acidic after taste you can get with a lot of sweet wines.  The apple and pear notes work perfectly as a dessert wine or as an appetizer to dinner! Turning Leaf Sauvignon Blanc (Harris Teeter) Sauvignon Blanc is my go to dinner wine.  It is on the drier side and typically not very sweet, so it pairs better with turkey and potatoes than some of my other favorites.  I typically head toward a Sauv Blanc rather than a Chardonnay because I find Chards too buttery (look at me go, using wine words).  Turning Leaf is a pretty regular buy for me (I also like their Sweet Reisling), plus it is usually on sale! Beringer White Zinfandel (Quite Literally Everywhere) White Zins are about the closest I get to a red wine (don’t laugh).  Beringer has sweet, berry undertones and, according to Total Wine, pairs with spicy food.  I was going to say chocolate, but hey, I guess that means you can just drink it all night! Bonus…even Target carries Beringer. Now scurry out the store and pick up a bottle (or three or four).  Only a week until Thanksgiving!

5 Ways to Stay Under Budget This Month

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Let’s be honest here…the average twenty something isn’t exactly rolling in the dough just yet.  Entry level positions have notoriously low salaries, the bills for your student loans have just started rolling in, and don’t even get me started on the financial woes of being a graduate student. No matter what your situation, everyone could use a little help staying under budget.  Even if you come out in the green every month (seriously, what is your secret?!), no one is going to turn down a little extra cash in their pocket, right? Below are 5 things that you can do this month to stay under budget: 1. Plan Your Meals I am a big fan of the weekly menu method to help me save a little at the grocery store.  Every weekend I sit down with with my iPad and flip through Pinterest, Yummly, and  AllRecipes (all great apps, by the way!).  Also, be sure to check the sales paper for your local grocery store and plan around the specials! I typically plan five meals for the week, giving myself a little wiggle room for nights I go out or don’t have time to cook – but do what works best for you.  By making a list of only the ingredients I know I need, I am able to avoid overspending at the grocery store and keep myself from making multiple trips throughout the week. 2. 5 Minutes Less in the Shower I am extremely guilty of playing the long shower game.  Honestly, I could stay in there all day if I didn’t have to do real people things like go to work or class.  As you can guess, this isn’t so great when my water bill comes.  If you too are leaving the house with pruned fingers each morning, I challenge you to cut down your shower by 5 minutes (or more!).  Bonus: imagine how productive you could be with that extra half hour each week! 3. Change Your Thermostat by One Degree Especially in the harsh winter months and the dead of summer, one degree can make a big difference in your electric bill.  Apartments especially, have notoriously thin walls and poor insulation.  Don’t make your air conditioner work extra hard to maintain a cool 70 degrees when you would still be comfortable at 71 or 72! For the winter, invest in a snuggly blanket and throw on a sweatshirt…you’ll thank yourself later. 4. Or, Turn it Off Completely! Whether or not this is an option depends completely on where you live, of course, but in areas with temperate seasons, why use electricity to do what nature already can? On a breezy spring day, I love nothing more than to cut off the AC and open my windows.  Take advantage of outdoor temps  – just make sure you have the screens up to ward off unwelcome visitors (looking at you, spiders). 5. Mix Up Your Weekend Plans This is the time in our lives when going out to bars two or three times a week is not only acceptable, but widely encouraged.  However, paying bar prices for drinks, you can quickly blow your social budget in just a few hours! This weekend, find some other things to do with your time.  Check local papers for inexpensive (or even free!) concerts, food truck festivals, or farmers markets.  Hit the beach or lake with some friends and bring your own cooler. Or even grab a cheap bottle of wine and Cards Against Humanity! The possibilities are endless and your wallet will thank you.

Accomplishing More in the Same Amount of Time

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I don’t know about anyone else, but sometimes I hit a week, or even just a few days where I feel like I can never get enough done, or everything is happening all at once. Then there are days where I just can’t motivate myself to do tackle projects. And the worst is when those two things overlap. Balancing the need to get things done with the motivation to go full steam ahead isn’t easy… but I’ve found these five things help me through:

1. Make Lists

Oh the irony. But actually, when I’m feeling frantic, taking a minute to sit down and make a list and wrap my head around what’s actually needs to get done and what isn’t a priority. Ranking your to-do list also helps you budget time and make sure that you don’t forget to do anything! Plus, knowing that you’ll get to task two by accomplishing task one is a great way to keep you focused.

2. Multi-Task

Especially when it comes to cleaning, do two tasks at once. Laundry can happen at the same time as cleaning the kitchen, and running the dishwasher is a chance to fold clothes. Then you’ve crossed cleaning the kitchen and laundry off of your list at the same time! (honestly, I just wrote half of this post while boiling water for pasta. multitasking works!)

3. Plan Ahead

If you know you’re going to be busy, try to make your to-do list in advance. Make sure you get your sleep. Try to avoid scheduling meetings on not-busy days. Sure, you can’t plan to hit a period of zero-motivation, but if you know you’re going to be out of town all weekend, it’s a safe bet Sunday night/ Monday morning are going to be a little hectic. When you can’t plan ahead, make a physical note of the situation you found yourself in. (Note: don’t make a mental note, you’ll forget it – trust me) That way, next time you’re more prepared.

4. Do One Thing at a Time

I know, I know, I just suggested that you multitask…. But sometimes it’s not the answer. Focusing on one thing and getting it done then moving on to the next task helps you get things done efficiently and effectively. If you’re scatterbrained, you might not do something correctly, in which case, you’ll have to re-do it, which means twice the time for one task. Instead of answering emails while you clean, get all of the cleaning done, and then turn back into work mode!

5. Phone a Friend

If you’re really struggling, ask for help. Sure, you’re not going to call a friend to help you with laundry (unless you’re a college freshman), but if you’re setting up for a dinner party and you’re feeling overwhelmed, call one of the girl friends who is planning to be there anyway and ask her to come early and “keep you company” aka help you chop onions. Or if you’re trying to get a major DIY done before a certain date, enlist your boyfriend to help. Boys love power tools.