Refresh: How To Properly Care for Delicates & Other Things That Take Time

Those Little Life Skills That Always Pay Off
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One of my resolutions this year has been to tackle the simple “life skills” that I so often overlook and/or forgotten about.  I’m thinking of these “life skills” as little refreshes I can make in my daily routine to make my life a little easier.  Like what, you ask?  Properly caring for my lingerie and delicates; those beauties are pricey and I want to have them for awhile.  Thanks my recent visit to Rigby & Peller, I knew it was due-time to approach my lingerie laundry routine a bit differently.  Protecting and treating my leather because my favorite investment bags need to last.  I’ve used my hard-earned cash to score those handbags, after all.  And caring for the homegrown herbs that just taste better in my cocktails.  They simply taste better with fresh herbs!  

Check out my top five “life skills” that are worth learning below.  What would you add to the list?!  Truly, MKR

Properly Wash Your Lingerie

Souple Lace-Trimmed Stretch Cotton-Blend Jersey Contour Bra

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I recently spent some time at Rigby & Peller and learned a bit about properly washing my lingerie.  It’s so important to hand wash the pieces because it protects the delicate stitching and helps them last longer. Here are a few steps to follow:

Step 1….Soak your pieces in your sink filled with a teaspoon full of lingerie wash.

Step 2…Allow lingerie to soak for 15 minutes.

Step 3…Use the non-hooked part of your underband to scrub any areas that need extra attention.

Step 4…Remove the lingerie from the sink, and let drip dry. 

Grow an Indoor Herb Garden

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As we shared here before, an indoor herb garden will be a much-loved addition to any kitchen…the cooking and cocktail possibilities are endless with fresh homegrown herbs! 

The key to successfully growing herbs at home is having the proper set up for them to flourish.  You’ll want to move the herbs from their store-bought containers to new planters with care.  Read more from our step-by-step tutorial here

Care for Leather & Suede Products

Leather Master Leather Care Kit with Ink Lifter

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Properly protecting (and saving) your favorite leather products is another important life skill that takes a little bit of time.  

With this kit, you’ll get a cleaner, protection cream, ink lifter, sponge and buffing cloth. The cleaner is a water-based product that will penetrate the surface and protect against future stains.  I especially love the ink lifter when applied within a day of an inconvenient stain from ink, lipstick, makeup, etc. Works like a charm! 

Now for your suede and nubuck, you’ll want something even more gentle to protect and clean the material.  I’ve been impressed with this kit as its cleaner doesn’t change the color of the suede like most others do. 

Smith & Cult Non Toxic Nail Polish

Giving Yourself a Good Mani

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Nothing beats a fresh manicure, especially if it’s a salon-worthy manicure that you’ve done at home.  Of course, this is easier said than done; getting your nails to look polished and perfected takes time and diligence. I’ve found that taking the time to do every step is crucial (and that includes the cuticle trimming and nail bed buffering!), and I always allow for at least 30-45 minutes to get it done. 

My biggest trick: Allow for your first stroke of polish to start from the edge of the nail bed. Using the natural shape of the brush, make it run as wide as possible down the nail. Then I run another strip down the rest of the nail to cover the entire thing.  After at least a few minutes, I apply a second coat, with a top coat to finish.  Voila! 

Meal Prep for the Week Ahead

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Chopping, dicing, marinating, pre-cooking and thawing. It takes time, but it’s so worth it if you can get it all knocked out in one sitting. I’ve always considered Sundays and Mondays were practically made for meal prep. Here’s how I like to plan out my meals (with my top tips on getting it all done). 


Featured image, Kathryn McCrary for Waiting on Martha

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  • You’re spot on with the leather products. I receive emails from architectural digest & they recommended 3 the one you have highlighted was available on Amazon so I ordered it now I’m on my 3rd bottle. It really makes a difference it’s like an expensive moisturizer for your leather furniture, bags or shoes. I haven’t bought the entire kit because I I had some cleaner left over but I will living in the desert this made my furniture look s and feel great.

  • Erin / 02.01.2017

    Hi! Just wondering where the cream and black floral bra in the first picture is from? Thanks!

  • Kat Neunaber / 02.01.2017

    Hi Erin! It’s from MKR’s in-store visit to Rigby & Peller ( xo

  • Kat Neunaber / 02.03.2017

    So glad to hear it, Jo! A nubuck cleaner that didn’t change the color of our favorite suede heels and bags was a MUST! xo

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