But today, it is chilly outside so I feel this is a great time to talk about winter wear.
First, let me say that my old Moto jacket that I wrote about a couple of years ago finally had to go to the trash. If you recall, it was black vinyl with shiny "gold" zippers that I bought at Ross for next to nothing and I loved it. However, having hung it in an upstairs closet all summer, the heat "cooked" it and the first cold day this season, when I wore it, it started shredding and falling apart. It took me a month to be able to throw it away.
So Santa brought me a lambskin leather one. It is sooo soft and has a card that came with it that it comes from a farm that states "the leather used in this garment originates from animals reared on farms for food purposes, never from animals reared solely for the purpose of commercializing their hides." Somehow, that makes me feel better about wearing it.
Now back to my post....
It is cold outside, no matter where you live, and here's today's topic....smells.
Do you store your wool and cashmere in mothballs and then pull them out to wear? If you do, do you notice people moving away from you in cashier lines and other crowds. Hopefully, you don't use mothballs because they are so toxic in your breathing.
I have found cedar to be much nicer for your clothes, your lungs and your home. I buy cedar squares and put them in my closets, drawers and stored clothing. Every Spring season, I spray them with cedar spray that I buy at Ace Hardware to refresh the cedar's ability to repel moths and worms.
And for my new jacket, I am going back to Ace Hardware for a nice leather protection cream before I store it for next year. And am packing a couple of silica packets in with it. Mildew can be a problem in damp old Florida.
If you do use mothballs, be sure to spray with a mixture of vinegar and water and hang the garment in the sun. You may have to do that several times to get rid of the odor.
Cedar's odor, however, is lovely and will not offend. It might even make you feel you are walking in a forest!
So, enjoy wearing your warmer clothes out and wash your hands to avoid colds and flu!
Until next time, I remain,