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How to Fix an Itchy Sweater

How to Fix an Itchy Sweater

That new sweater looked AMAZING in the store. But now you’re rockin’ it at work, it’s itchy AF and you are scratching your skin off. Every corner becomes a back-scratching post, you are in the bathroom feverishly applying lotion to try to stop the madness and even downing Apple Cider Vinegar shots because you read somewhere it relieves itching.


We have all been there; fallen in love with a beautiful knit expecting it to be a warm cloud-like bundle of winter joy only to wear it and find out it’s actually and evil itchy scratchy cactus of a frock that you can’t stand to wear but luckily, there is a stylist fix for your annoying scratchy knits. And it’s pretty easy.

How to Fix an Itchy Sweater

What You Need:

  • White Vinegar
  • High Quality Hair Conditioner (aka not the cheap stuff)

How to fix an itchy sweater

How to Do It:

  • Fill a sink or container with COLD water and 2-3 tablespoons of white vinegar.
  • Turn the sweater inside out and soak it in the bath for about 15-20 minutes.  Make sure it gets completely submerged and that ALL the fibers have been soaked.
  • Drain.
  • While the sweater is still wet, massage a generous amount of hair conditioner into the fibers. Be sure to use a high quality hair conditioner- the cheap stuff can cause a waxy buildup. Massage the conditioner in gently and take care to avoid stretching the fibers.
  • Let the conditioner sit on the sweater fibers for 30 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with cold water.
  • Gently, and I mean GENTLY, press the excess water out of the knit, you don’t want to stretch the garment out of shape.
  • Dry it flat on a towel. Once it’s fully dry, fold it and place it in a large ziplock bag.
  • Place the ziplock (with the sweater in it) into the freezer and let it sit overnight.

The reason this magical process works so well is that the vinegar and the conditioner work together to soften the fibers, while the freezing step keeps the shorter fibers from sticking out.

Keep in mind though that if your sweater keeps on itching and it’s made of NATURAL fibers, you might be allergic.  Wool, alpaca, cashmere, and angora are common irritants for some people. And if you’re allergic, no amount of soaking and freezing will help. At that point you may need to opt for knits made from acrylic instead.

How to Fix an Itchy Sweater

How to Fix an Itchy Sweater

How to Fix an Itchy Sweater

How to fix an Itchy Sweater

How to Soothe Foot Pain in Red Carpet Style

CBD Lotion for Foot Pain

In Fashion we have FOUR seasons: Spring/Summer, Fall/Winter, Resort and Awards Season.

The most glitzy and watched season of the year, Awards season, is underway – from January’s Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild awards to the Grammy awards in February and the Oscars in March not to mention all the parties and luncheons in between, it is go-go-go time for the Hollywood elite.

That means glamorous gowns, eye-catching jewels and lots and lots of sore aching feet.

Just imagine being on your feet for hours upon hours at an awards’ show or a red carpet in SERIOUS sky-high heels, I know my feet would have a heartbeat and I swear I would look like a baby deer trying to walk in heels after just a few hours but I can’t even image what it would feel like after an entire day and night of posing for photos, walking the red carpet, awards show and after party!

However, Celebrity stylists have a red-carpet trick for combating those swollen achy feet: CBD lotion.

Stylist’s are applying CBD lotion to their clients feet BEFORE they walk the red carpet. Stars like Mandy Moore, Busy Philips and Olivia Wilde swear by it to soothe their achy stiletto-bound feet.

CBD Lotion for Foot Pain

The cannabis-derived, nonpsychoactive (as in, you won’t feel any high here) ingredient has become a popular trend in the beauty industry in the last year.

Right now CBD oil is definitely one of the most buzzworthy beauty ingredients around.  Beauty nerds are having a heyday with it, extolling its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, emollient, and regenerative properties as a treatment for everything from acne to psoriasis to signs of aging.

This hemp-derived oil infused into lotion reaps a ton of anti-inflammatory benefits when used topically, especially since it contains a powerful antioxidant and omega-rich formula.

Those strong antioxidant properties in CBD oil make it perfect for reducing inflammation in the skin.

Applied topically in the oil or lotion/cream forms CBD penetrates the skin and blocks nerve endings and chemicals that elicit pain in the body. It helps greatly with arthritis, knee pain, joint pain and other nerve pains.

CBD Lotion for Foot Pain

I have been using Diamond CBD Biotech CBD 250mg Cream on set on models feet and on my own and let me tell you,  it’s a miracle worker.  Diamond CBD works with industrial hemp farms in Kentucky, Colorado, and Scandanavia, and every batch of their harvests are quality checked for standards – including the absence of GMO’s, pesticides, fertilizers, and heavy metals. The plants are manually selected with careful precision, then gently harvested and dried under the most optimal conditions. The natural CBD is then extracted using supercritical CO2 equipment which retains the naturally occurring beneficial molecules in the hemp plant.

Diamond CBD’s concentrated, CBD oil lotion contains menthol and 100% natural CBD infused hemp oil (sourced from industrial hemp).  It not only helps soothe aches and pain but also reducing swelling making it a perfect partner for even the most daunting high heels.

It’s super easy to use just apply the lotion before you put your heels on by rubbing a small amount all over the foot (to heels, tops and bottoms of feet).  Massage in like you would any other lotion.  It has a clean tea-tree oil scent that isn’t overwhelming. You will immediately feel a cooling, soothing effect followed by a slight numbing effect which I can best describe as a melting away of any aches or tight muscles and Icy-Hot type of relief.

It has been a life-saver on set for models who have to shove their feet in what are sometimes too small or really uncomfortable shoes and for me using it throughout the day has totally eliminated those “standing all day” foot aches- no more limping home at the end of a 12 hour shoot day.

A must-have to help keep you pain free in heels and on your feet for HOURS, a high heeled shoe lovers BFF.

(CBD creams/lotions are most effective in high concentrations like this 250mg so always opt for the higher MG when using topically).

How to solve foot pain from wearing high heels

Holy Moley

It’s time to introduce you to another one of my Stylist’s secret tricks.

As women I think we are genetically programmed to love shoes.  We covet all styles from flats to skyscraper-esc heels but sometimes our shoes don’t love us back.

Summer is an especially tough time on our feet.  We wear sandals, ballet flats, wedges and strappy heels that lay against our bare skin while its hot & sweaty outside which results in ALOT of rubbing. Ouch!

Stylists use a simple trick that we borrowed from athletes and incorporated into our bag of tricks to prevent rubbing and blisters: Moleskin.


Moleskin is a heavy cotton flannel material with an adhesive backing that hikers and runners use to wrap up irritated or blistered parts of the foot. We stylists use it a little differently, as a preventative measure (I’d much rather PREVENT a blister or sore foot than treat one)!

You don’t have to go to some crazy online supply company to find it, moleskin is available at any drug store.  I grabbed mine from Walgreens for $4.49

Applying it is super simple and will prevent tons of pain!

Trim the moleskin to the size you need, remove the adhesive back and stick it in place!

Yes, its that easy!





BONUS TIP: If you have some shoes that you are slipping around in apply the moleskin to the insole for a better grip!

What do you think?  Will moleskin save your feet this summer?