How To Protect Your Suede Shoes Without Changing the Look

I recently had a situation where I ruined a new pair of suede shoes by spraying them with a suede protectant spray. The spray made my shoes almost two shades darker! AHHHHHHH!  I was devastated, but then I became determined to find a suede spray that would not change the color or texture of the suede! My friend Traci was a willing to participant with her new boots. Daring, I know, but she said she was going to spray them no matter what. So off we went, determined to find the best suede spray on the market. We ended up talking to a very knowledge shoe associate, Chris, at Nordstrom. He knew more about suede than I know about jeans -ha! He recommended Synovia Suede & Nubuck Protector spray and the results speak for themselves…

This was immediately after spraying the boot on the right. It’s still wet and you can barely tell a difference! We officially found the best Suede Spray EVER! Once dry, you can’t notice a difference at all!

Chris’ directions:

  1. Clean the suede with the Synovia Suede and Nubuck cleaner. Spot clean with the steel bristles of brush, but be careful because this will remove a little bit of the nap. If the shoes are new, there’s no need to clean them.
  2. Use the brush on the rubber hair side to lift the nap of the suede before spraying.
  3. Hold the shoe 8″ to 10″ away and spray everywhere. This is an aerosol spray so it will coat evenly, unlike the pump suede sprays.
  4. Let them dry.

A couple things to note: Spraying these boots used about 75% of the can. UGG spray is for utility suede, not for nice suede (I learned this the hard way). There are other more expensive sprays on the market, but Chris said this one works best.

And just in case you are wondering why on earth I am posting about suede when it’s about to be summer, the simple fact is that I have more suede shoes for the warmer seasons than I do for the cooler seasons! I wear suede shoes and accessories all the time in the summer! Check out my “Suede in the Summer?” post.

Boots- Christian Louboutin

Pictures by Traci Ling

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How To Get A Short Bob Without Touching The Scissors

Sweater- Club Monaco, Skirt- J.Crew, Shoes- Sam Edelman, Ring- Nordstrom for similar

Just in case you are wondering why in the world I am sitting on a piece of furniture for this picture, let me explain. I wanted to show you guys my birthday dinner outfit and how I styled my new sweater from Wednesday’s post, but everywhere we (Traci and I) tried to take a picture ended up looking so… I don’t know… boring and staged. That’s how I ended up sitting on a piece of furniture. Ha!

Anyway, I decided to get cute for my birthday dinner, and by cute, I mean dressed up. And by dressed up, I mean wearing something other than pants/jeans. I tucked my new sweater into a leather skirt I already had. I knew I wanted to show off the collar of my new sweater, but I didn’t want to wear my usual bun. When I was trying this shirt on, my hair got tucked into the shirt (you can see it in Wednesday’s post), and I thought it looked so cute! I wanted to replicate the look but not permanently (as in no scissors were involved)…been there, done that. Well, I loved the way it turned out, and it was so easy!

Here’s my “short bob” that showed off my collar but involved no scissors!

First, I gathered my hair into a loose bun at the nape of my neck. I ended up re-doing this  to secure the hair on the left in the bun.

Tuck the bun under, and…

…pin it. I used two different types of pins. I stuck a few jumbo pins up the bun vertically to get the bun to stay tucked under. Then I used a few u-shaped pins and pinned them horizontally for extra security and to tuck in any strays.

If the bob is too short, just start pulling the sides down so it comes out of the bun. Viola! A short bob that showed off my collar without cutting one piece of hair. This would be a really good hack if you get a wild idea to chop your hair off.  Start with this hack and see how it goes! I decided to keep my hair long, but it was fun to change it up a bit!

Funny tidbit: My husband thought I had tucked my hair into my shirt all night and thought nothing of it. Funny thing is, I contemplated just tucking my hair into my shirt. I guess he knows me well. Ha!

Pictures by Traci Ling

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