December 8, 2022
  • December 8, 2022

Angel’s answer: remove creases

By on November 19, 2022 0

Dear Answer Angel Ellen: Help me! I have a Hammitt Oliver (madness) soft tote that sat for a while in the fancy “dust bag” for storage that came with it. (I know, insert eye roll here.) Now the outside of the tote is creased and I don’t know how to get the creases out. No suggestions?

— Lynn D.

Dear Lynn: Since Hammitt Oliver bags sell for between $400 and $500, go especially slowly and carefully when trying to get those creases out. Contact Hammitt Oliver for advice. If that doesn’t help or their ideas don’t work, try a test on the bottom or in an inconspicuous place using these ideas:

— Steam: turn on a hot shower, then hang it in the hot air for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove. Lay flat and smooth with your hands.

— Brown paper bag (groceries, brown butcher paper or a clean all-cotton cloth): place the bag on a flat surface, cover with the paper or cloth, then iron at low or medium heat, being very careful not to heat the bag, which could burn or scorch the leather. Remove the paper or cloth, then smooth with your hands.

— Hair dryer: If the above two methods do not work, dry by holding the hair dryer 8-10 inches above the tote, moving the dryer from side to side so as not to overheat the leather. Hang on to the closet. Do not store in a bag on a shelf.

— Alcohol: If these ideas don’t work, try a light spray of one part alcohol to one part water, lay flat, smooth with hands, hang in closet. (Do a spot test first.)

– Leather Conditioner: There are plenty on the market (like Leather Honey,, $32.99), but if this was my tote, I’d be skeptical about rubbing stuff on my expensive leather tote or handbag.

Dear Reply, Angel Ellen: After the recent death of George Booth – one of my favorite New Yorker Magazine cartoonists – I saw one of his cartoons in his New York Times obituary which I loved and loved. had never seen before. It was a tired woman bursting into the living room to announce to her husband, her dog and her cat: “Eyeliner is back!” My question: Is this true? Is eyeliner really back?

-Lizzy C.

Dear Lizzie: The eyeliner never faded. It’s the best way to highlight the eyes (and distract from other features you’re not a fan of). Add neutral eye shadow with or without mascara and you’re done. However, I’m still on the hunt for the perfect eyeliner pencil – no separate sharpener required – that stays put all day without smudging or flaking. Readers, please tell me your favorites!

angelic readers

Joan P. writes: “For your reader Vicki C., who asked for advice on ‘warm non-wool socks for cold days’, I too am wool sensitive and have cold feet all year round . I have worn the softest socks in the world ( for years. Their wool-free acrylic is very warm and comfortable and the quality is excellent. They last forever. They also come in a variety of lengths and a limited selection of colors. They have periodic sales, but the total price is still reasonable. »

Drive Rant

Cindy R. writes, “WHY do bra manufacturers continue to put strap length adjustment hardware in the back of the bra and not in the front where you can adjust those straps while wearing? the bra ? It makes no sense to have to keep taking the bra off, adjusting, putting the bra back on, taking off, adjusting some more. Isn’t that obvious? D’Ellen: Yes!!!