Reading Karen’s post over at Did You Make That? reminded me it might be appropriate to do a post about insulating fabrics available on the U.S. side of the pond.
Karen includes a delightful vlog about her latest Liberty purchases. It left me drooling with envy . . . but that’s another story!
(To read my earlier post about curtains, click the photo on the left.)
Here are some suggestions, from make-up to general health. Please feel free to add your own, too!
Adding to my list with your suggestions, Lovelies. . . . .
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- “…if people are designing and building new houses in hot climates (or adding to an existing structure), high ceilings, verandahs and overhanging eaves make a huge difference.” from jennyrecorder
- “One of the many good things about old French houses is the shutters. I’m usually very British about it and have them all open all day every day but in the heat we’re having at the moment, they are staying closed.” from tialys and she adds, “…[her house has] Very thick stone walls – which also help of course.”
- From Jen: “… ditch the polyester if you can and live in lovely rumpled linen or other loose weave fabrics… Oh, and don’t forget about hats!”
- In extreme heat go s-l-o-w.
- Don’t wear anything too tight or too long. You want air to circulate between clothes and you.
- Caffeine & alcohol take moisture out of your body. Even if you don’t indulge, sip cool water continually to stay hydrated.
- Use fans or air conditioners.
- Carry a fan in your purse & use it!
- When outside keep to shady areas.
- Revive parasols! If you have to be out in the sun unfurl your prettiest brolly (umbrella) and make your own shade.
- Wear lightweight make-up & sunscreen if you have to go out.
- Use lightweight moisturizers on face and body.
- If you use a facial toner, stick it in the frig before using.
- Be prepared to gently rinse & damp-dry your face, neck, arms and legs periodically. Let the cool water evaporate naturally to cool your body.
- If you sweat heavily, give your physician a call and ask about salt tablets.
- A water-filled spray bottle cools everywhere. Just be careful of any clothing that might unintentionally be on show if wet. (Undies showing through damp clothing is not a good thing!)
- Stay out of hot crowds if you can.
- Don’t let sunlight in through windows – a darkened interior is a cooler interior, particularly with a fan circulating the air. If you don’t have insulating drapes on windows consider making some. They help in hot or cold weather, and deaden street noise.
Need I remind you this is not the time to cook a roast or a bake a batch of scones?
- Roc-lon makes Blackout cloth. In the U.S. find it at Joann’s
- 3M Thinsulate is insulation for coats, etc., in cold weather. In the U.S. find it at various small fabric stores (The Rain Shed, Vogue Fabrics, etc.)
- Polartec® makes many different kinds of fleece with wind-proofing up to 100%. In the U.S. find it labelled as Polartec® and also at The Rain Shed.
One more thing… How many times have you gotten a call from a friend and known just from tone of voice something was wrong? Everyone’s voice is extremely sensitive to stress.
So if you notice your voice starting to get raspy, pay attention! That’s the signal your body’s not doing well.
How do I know? Aeons ago in a galaxy far, far away yours truly taught voice/speech, but those stories are for another time . . . 😉