Quirk Hotel Rooftop

 

While the summer weekends in Richmond are quiet, those of us that doesn’t have a lake, river, or beach house, still need things to do. Quirk Hotel’s rooftop bar is the perfect place to watch the sun set with a craft cocktail or something from their small plates menu. The crowd is pleasant, and the atmosphere is serine thanks to the sleekly designed layout and ambiance. For another design and gastro-forward activity, Maple and Pine, downstairs, is a great dinner spot to pair with a rooftop night.

Independence Day Weekend Look

What I’m Wearing
1970’s Tan Straw Sun Hat
1970’s Blue Linen Skirt
1950’s White Woven Hard Purse
Thrifted Elephant Tee
Modern White Perforated Heels

Summer in Virginia means hot weather and bright sun. I have fair skin and burn easily, so I like to be covered up from the rays. My wardrobe consists of lightweight fabrics, and large hats to keep the sun off my face. As much as I tried to be patriotic for the 4th of July weekend, I don’t own a lot of red, so blue will have to do.

James River Pipeline Walk

 

What I’m Wearing:
1910’s Edwardian Blouse
1950’s Black Sun Hat
Modern Black Shorts
Modern Bathing Suit Top
Modern Army Boots

The Richmond Canal Walk and James River Pipeline are located right in the heart of downtown Richmond, VA. Belle Isle and Brown’s Island offer beautiful recreation space and shore banks, perfect for cooling off in the hot summer. The river water was quite high in these photos, but usually there is more beach and exposed rocks to lay on. The river and canal walks make for a fun afternoon.

Tutorial: Washing Vintage Sequin Sweaters

Tutorial: Washing Vintage Sequin Sweaters

Sequined and beaded wool sweaters and cardigans were extremely popular in the 1950’s and 1960’s. They are often wardrobe favorites, coming in fun colors and styles. Many times, the general age and nature of wool has led to dust absorption and storage odors, which must be removed. These types of tops are relatively easy to clean with some care.

First, create a luke-warm soapy bath with a bit of Woolite — a few drops should do. Quickly stir the water until some bubbles form.

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sequin sweater soaking

Soak the garment in the Woolite dishpan or tub bath for 30 minutes to an hour depending on soil level. Gently agitate occasionally. If water turns dark, you may want to repeat the soap bath to remove more dirt.

Once Woolite bath water is clear, empty pan and replace with fill with clean water stream until garment is completely rinsed out of any soap.

When ready to remove from water, DO NOT WRING OR HANG (this can distort the shape). Place flat sweater on a thick towel or two. Fold over and gently pat water. Loosely roll towel to absorb excess moisture.

Now that the sweater is not so heavy, it can air dry, flat without dripping. I recommend a netted drying rack. Hanging the garment to dry may cause sagging of the fabric or distortion due to weight of these types of clothes. Heavy beaded sweaters and dresses should be stored folded in a cedar lined chest or drawer, when dry.

lay flat to dry too