By the time MacGyver came along in 1985 I was completely smitten with the idea of being a secret agent. I mean who couldn’t like MacGyver? He could defuse a bomb with a paperclip and a piece of chewing gum for crying out loud.
I love gadgets, especially tools like pen and flash drive audio recorders, spy cameras in clocks, eyeglasses, watches, light switches and electrical outlets. Then you have your safes in everyday ordinary items like candles, spray bottles, and lamps. Hiding in plain sight, I can attest to this working because I’d do it to my kids when they were little all the time.
Did you know there are websites dedicated to spy gear? Hmmmm, maybe this is my once in a lifetime opportunity to become that super spy I’ve always dreamed about. Who would think a mature lady with a white cane could be a spy? I think it’s a perfect plan.
By now with all this talk about a spy career and the tools of the trade you’ve probably surmised that I’d be a fan of lifehacks and you would be correct. Lifehacks if you don’t know are uncommon solutions to common problems.
So when I come across a solution to, say, a gap in my blouse, slipping bra straps, a hem that needs fixed, or how to wear a tee or cam bra-less (especially if the solution is attractively packaged) well, I feel the need to share this information.
Enter Hollywood Fashion Secrets
I felt like a little kid on Christmas morning when I got my Fashion Emergency and Stylette Kits. The kit comes packaged in a cute tin and contains the following items:
- Hollywood Fashion Tape – double-sided clear tape
- Deodorant Removing Sponge – sponge for removing deodorant, makeup or powder smudges from clothing
- Sewing Kit – needle, 4 colors of thread, 2 buttons and 1 safety-pin
- 2 Instant Buttons – self-adhesive on the backs of the buttons
- Lint Removing Sheets – just like lint rollers only in 3 by 3 sheets
- Hypo-Allergenic Earring Back – clear rubber back
- Hair Band – clear rubber band
- Nail File – small emery board
- Blister Pad – 1 round pad
- Stain Wipe – pre-moistened wipe
- Shoe Shine Sponge – for spiffing up shoes from scratch marks
- Vial of Static Guard
The two kits are very similar however the Stylette kit comes in a cute little zippered pouch. It also contains No-Show Concealers, Bra Converting Clip, garment shields, eye makeup corrector/removers and a leather wipe instead of a shoe shine sponge. All the other contents are the same as in the Emergency Kit.
A few observations on the contents of the kits.
- The Hollywood Fashion Tape though a little difficult to handle (it’s pretty sticky) works great. I wore a blouse the other day that gapped just a little but the tape held it together nicely.
- Since I didn’t sew much prior to losing my vision (yes, there are people who are blind who also sew) this cute little kit would be a serious exercise in frustration for me so it’s a no-go.
- The lint removing sheets are fabulous. Since Mollie is blond and I like wearing black these sheets pick up her hair as well as stray lint.
- The No-Show Concealers (shaped like a 4-leaf clover with adhesive on the back) are used to create a smooth appearance (that’s code for de-perkifying nipples) and they work very well.
- I haven’t had the opportunity to use the other items but I’m confident I’ll get use out of the deodorant remover pad, garment shields, earring back, stain wipe, nail file and the static guard. The other item I bought separately is breast lift tape for the few times when a bra isn’t required (quite honestly since I never advanced much beyond training bra size) you’d be surprised that even small breasts can sag (pathetic, I know). At any rate the tape, similar to the fashion tape, is very sticky and thin, these worked well for me.
The Hollywood Fashion Secrets solutions aren’t just limited to the two kits I’ve talked about today. They have silicon cover-ups, perfume atomizers and other fashion hacks.
If you have any fashion hacks you’d like to share please do tell. You can leave a remark in the comment box or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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