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How to Keep Your Waterproof Tote Bag Sparkling Clean

Cleaning and taking care of your waterproof tote bag is critical. You are not just cutting down the chances of diseases spread but also prevent the bacteria from partying all over the place. These waterproof, eco-friendly bags are made of many materials, and you definitely have it for many usages as well. So when it comes to cleaning and maintaining these things, you’ll need a bit of work there.

It depends on how you used it to determine how often you should wash it. If you’re only using it for bringing school essentials, then it won’t need a weekly clean up. But once you’ve used it for carrying food, then it’s yuck to see it covered with dirt and germs that stack up from week to week. To save yourself from being poisoned by these bacteria, here is the ultimate guide for cleaning your waterproof tote bag.

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How To Clean Your Waterproof Tote Bag

Each clothing or fashion piece has its own requirements when it comes to cleaning and washing. Some might need hot water, strong detergent while others are better in cold water and milder mix. But since most waterproof bags are canvas, polyester, nylon, or PVC, we will show you the safest way to clean it.

1. Read the Tag

Just like any other clothing and fashion item, each tote bag will come with a tag/labels and washing instruction. Make sure to check that out and follow it to wash your bag in the right way.

2. Vacuum that bag

It sounds odd, but it can do the job way much better than you think. A decent handheld vacuum will help you to clear out all the small pieces of dirt, crumbs that stuck somewhere in the interior of your tote.

3. Spot cleaning

The first thing to do is cleaning with some stains spotted on your waterproof tote bag. If you’ve been around the beach or left your bags on the ground for a while, you should brush these specks of dirt off first for easier cleaning. Then you can use fabric cleaner (or just dab your detergent) on the stains and let that sit for a good 10-15 minutes. With tough stains, use a brush and clean that out.

4. Toss that thing in the washer

Most waterproof tote bags can be clean in a standard-setting of your home washing machine. If that’s not available, you can simply put some effort and hand-washing it. But if it’s fine with washers, toss them there. Don’t forget to use cold water, or else your bag will shrink and all wrinkles.

5. Air dry – Never using dryers

With the same reasons as to why you should clean it with cold water, you should always air dry your tote bag and never put it into the heat dryers.

6. Rock it with Characters

A worn-out piece will have much more character than a regular one. It will have its soul, will carry your stories, and even look way cooler. So keep going with it.

Why You Have To Wash Your Waterproof Tote Bag?

Even if your tote bag is waterproof, it doesn’t mean that it will never catch up in dirt and germs. In fact, not washing your tote bags will increase the chance of exposure to the risk of food poisoning. Only 1 in 6 Americans clean their tote bag regularly, and 50% of these tote bags have E.coli, Salmonella, and Listeria. These are all bacteria that leads to food poisoning. How gross is that? We think that’s just more than enough reasons to clean your waterproof tote bag.

How Often Should You Wash Your Waterproof Tote Bag?

You definitely should clean your bag, but how often should it be? There are a few factors you should consider before jumping into washing your bag. It depends on how often you use, what do you use it for, and where you store them.

If it’s a 100% grocery bag that you use almost weekly, wash it right away after every shopping session. Like we’ve said above, these reusable grocery bags are easy to be contaminated with germs and bacteria from raw meats, fruits, and vegetables. So cleaning them regularly is a must.

Even if you just use it to carry your daily items or use on the trip, it’s better to clean them before you’re going out or every month. The longer you leave them out, the bigger their bacteria party is.

How To Check Colorfastness

Some prints of some typical fabric will have their color faded after a wash. So before getting to use it, you might need to check if they will colorfast or not. You can try that out by soaking a small, hard to see part of the tote in clean water and leave it for a few minutes. Then dry them out. Check if you notice any discoloration. However, with most waterproof tote bags, you won’t have to worry about this issue.

Maintenance Tips For Waterproof Bag

Now we have gone through the cleaning process, and it’s time for maintaining that look and fit. Tote bag is a very durable and versatile item, but with some useful maintenance tricks, you can use them in better ways, and they can last much longer.

Divide your groceries. It’s fine to come to the supermarket and come home with a full bag of groceries, but it’s best to source them. Greens and fruits should be in a separate bag with meat, dairy, and canned products. This will keep your cleaning work much easier and also keep your foods from cross-contamination.
Next is to stay away from the trunks. The heat from your car trunks will give bacteria a perfect environment to feast on and bred. And when you get home, you’re saying hi to an entire community of germs.

And last but not least, after you’ve used and cleaned it, for any purposes, don’t leave it lying on the floor. It’s easy for them to catch up with bacteria from the floor on themselves. The best way to store your waterproof bag is to hang them up every time you’re home.

Pair of Stylish Waterproof Walking Shoe

Every day, we find ourselves planning for dinner excursions, excursions and flights among other forms of trips. However, quite often than not, the weather messes with all your plans leaving you frustrated. In such a case, the best thing that you can do is preparing for the worst. Planning ahead is the most common trend for true travellers. They do not let summer storms, tropical showers or any other form of precipitation dictate the retreat picks. One of the best ways that you can do this is acquiring waterproof walking shoes.

Stylish Waterproof Walking Shoe

If the weather forecast indicates high chances of receiving rains, that would be the right time to go for that pair of stylish waterproof walking shoe. Of course, looks always matter hence going for the most modern designs counts. In fact, all the primary tenets of a good shoe are highly applicable in such a case. You do not have to go for the kind of shoes that look like mud boots. A versatile and comfortable pair of leather or mesh combo kicks will make you look exceptionally amazing. The shoe does not only need to be waterproof but it also needs to protect your feet from getting corns, calluses and blisters. Walking shoes are meant to protect your whole body from getting injured. This means that the normal pair of sneakers that you wear might not actually be walking shoes. Uncomfortable shoes damage your knees, ankles and heels. They also lead to hip and back pains. Therefore, if you get an opportunity to look for a walking shoe, there are those characteristics that you should always consider.

If you usually walk a lot it means that you will experience different kinds of weather. Rainy weathers are mostly nagging and since your health always comes first, you need a pair of waterproof shoes. These would help to reduce the chances of water getting into your shoe which might lead to fungal or bacterial growth hence damaging your feet. It is advisable to have a pair of such shoes as part of your essential items if your forecast indicates rainfall. Unlike most of the other shoes, these ones have other characteristics that make them easier to carry or wear. Some of the modern designs of waterproof walking shoes include Asics Men’s GEL-Tech Walker Neo 4 Walking Shoe, Steve Madden – Konrad Casual Walking Shoe, Converse Jack Purcell Mid Boot, Sorel Madison Wingtip Lace Shoe and Rockport Trail Technique Waterproof Oxford Walking Shoe among others.

The waterproof walking shoe that you choose should be relatively lightweight. It would be unnecessary to wear shoes that exert, unnecessary strain, stress and pressure on your feet especially when you are dealing with a rainy weather. Your shoe might be waterproof but its weight also matters a lot. Along the way, you might add the weight of mud to the shoe weight hence straining your body which can result in injuries. Moreover, it is a walking shoe hence you do not need to carry all the weight otherwise you will easily get tired. Your pair of walking shoes should also be a good shock absorber when walking. Even if it means jumping up and landing on the shoes to feel its shock absorption capabilities in the store, you need a walking shoe that can easily absorb shock. There exist different types of waterproof walking shoe but the best shoe is the one that does not strain your feet due to their shape. Some shoes are narrow and wide while others are long or even short. Some have high arched, neutral arched or flat soles. Selecting the one that perfectly fits your feet leads to the desired comfort. Support and flexibility of your walking shoes are also required. Make sure that your choice of walking shoes mimics your feet’s flexibility and creates resistance when twisted.

Once you have the ready for use, it is not advisable to go for long walks in new shoes. Make sure that you wear the shoe for a few days when around your home so that your feet can fit well. Try them with socks to make sure that they are fitting and acquire them later during the day when your feet are a bit swollen after a long walk. You should also try both of them since your feet might not be of the same size.


Your pair of waterproof walking shoe is your perfect companion if you usually walk a lot. Moreover, you do not need to have your choices limited or determined by the weather. By acquiring a pair of waterproof shoes, you can easily walk on water soaked grounds without getting your feet wet. The services these shoe offers are worth the amount you dig from your pockets

The Maude Dress

Our Maude dress has been featured on Styleligion. With it’s body-con style, Maude is both feminine and chic. The decorative buttons add an elegant touch – a dress truly suitable for any occassion. Available in a variety of colours.



Women’s Wednesday: Relaxation techniques

Fast paced city life can easily rack up our stress levels. From tapping our i phones to updating our twitter, relaxation doesn’t seem high on our agendas, yet it is essential to our well being. August is ultimate holiday season, hopefully you have been lucky enough to escape this year, but even if you haven’t, here at Cashmere by Tania we know all the well kept secrets to de stressing your life. In today’s blog post we can reveal the top 10 techniques to you:

  1. Technology Cold Turkey: Turn off everything, phones and laptops especially, anything that starts with an i.
  2. Watch a movie: For best results watch in bed.
  3. Have a take away: Requires no cooking or washing up.
  4. Take a bubble bath: Empty a bottle of bubble bath into your bath and lie there for approximately one hour.
  5. Have a lie in: Sleep deprivation has strong links to stress levels. It’s called beauty sleep for a reason, sleeping in till at least midday is a great way to catch up.
  6. Have a massage: Book an appointment for a massage at a spa today.
  7. Practice meditation: Focus on nothing, take a few deep breathes and allow yourself to completely zone out.
  8. Purchase a pet: Pets are also linked to de-stressing. Spending quality time with a pooch can work wonders.
  9. Cut ties with toxic personalities: This can yield fantastic results to keep your life stress free. Simply ignore all calls and texts and they should get the point.
  10. Light some scented candles: Create a relaxing aroma in your home by striking a match and lighting a candle that is scented, ‘Dipytique’ candles are the best and can be purchased at Selfridges or Space NK.

Why Don’t You…?

If anyone knew how to have fun it was the iconic fashion editor Diana Vreeland, who was was always full of innventive ideas with her famous ‘Why Dont You?’ column during her time at Harpers Bazaar. If you havn’t already we highly reccomend you watch the uplifting documentry about her life The Eye Has to Travel. In this mood we have created our own list of ‘why dont you’s?’ to inspire you with extravagant, whimsical ideas to jazz up the weekend ahead:

Why Dont You pay a visit to Harrods pet kingdom over the weekend and treat your pet to a smart, encrusted collar?

Why dont you be like a fashion designer and hang your clothes on rails instead of in cupboards?

Why dont you drape your hallway chandelear with silk scarves?

Why dont you rinse your hair with a litre of evian water to give it a brilliant shine?

Why dont you give yourself a face lift and get your eyebrows done a la Cara Delvinge? (if you can pull it off).

Why dont you decorate your coffe table with the September issue of Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and Vanity Fair?

Why dont you do like Cleopatra and empty a couple of litres of milk into your bath for soft and glowing skin?

Why don’t you be fabulous and personalize your notebook and handbag by getting your name engraved on them?

Never too late for Spring Summer trendy stripes

Never decide on something and believe that that will be the case. It may seem as though AW13 is appearing from the side doors and peeking through our windows, but it is never too late for the trendy stripes of this SS13. Stripes can be seen as a staple piece, a piece that can be worn throughout any season if the correct pairing had been put together. Even so stripes are just so effortless and easy to wear. See for SS13 catwalk we noticed various stripes appearing by many brands and here at Tania we have two pieces that great fit in to this trend. With the original price tag for our Topaz to be £195.00, now it is at a bargain of £96.00, as well as that the Sparrow was £290.00 and now its £150.00. Don’t we just love the summer sales? Especially on these pieces that can be worn everywhere and anywhere! Great qualiy, great price tags, and efficient all year round.

Women’s Wednesday: Healthy Desserts & Healthy Eating

It’s summer; you’ve worked that bikini, you’ve toned up, you’ve achieved that enviable summer tan, you’ve refrained from that slice of delicious cheesecake for so long now.  You deserve a sweet treat for all that hard work. The best news? At Cashmere by Tania, we are adoring these desserts with a guilt free attitude. Just follow the simple recipes below to enjoy.

Guilt free “Ice-Cream”

Frozen bananas, cocoa powder and peanut butter. So simple yet so tasty!

Healthy Oreo Cookies.

Made with yoghurt and bananas. Talk about a great combination…

Chocolate-Toffee Puffs.

At 55 calories a puff, it surely can’t be wrong!


Tips for healthier eating

  1. Drink more water. The ultimate tip. It fills you up, aids your digestion and sometimes your body mixes dehydration with hunger, so hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
  2. Choose wholegrain. They contain more fibre, and can make you feel full for longer. Some people think starchy foods are fattening, but gram for gram they contain fewer than half the calories of fat.
  3. Don’t skip breakfast. Research shows that eating breakfast can help people control their weight. A healthy breakfast is an important part of a balanced diet, and provides some of the vitamins and minerals we need for good health.
  4. Never restrict yourself. Sometimes if we completely cut off a type of food, the temptation makes us want it even more. If you really crave that piece of chocolate, have it! It’s all in moderation. Or look for healthy alternatives. For instance, popcorn instead of crisps or a portion of nuts.
  5. Get your vitamins. Not just from pills or supplements, but from fresh fruit and vegetables. Antioxidants and other nutrients are packed into low calorie and high density fruit and veg.
  6. Know the difference! Healthy carbohydrates: whole grains, beans, fruits, and vegetables. Healthy carbs are digested slowly, helping you feel full longer and keeping blood sugar and insulin levels stable. Unhealthy carbohydrates: white flour, refined sugar, and white rice that have been stripped of all bran, fibre, and nutrients. Unhealthy carbs digest quickly and cause spikes in blood sugar levels and energy.

With these simple healthy dessert recipes and healthy eating tips, it’ll be like nothing ever changed & you can enjoy that bikini body all year round.

Happy Wednesday!

Summer Hair Care Routine

Summer, heat and sun. This can only mean one thing… Frizzy, unruly hair. Thankfully, at Cashmere by Tania we have just the explanation to get you through those tangled days. These simple solutions can be quickly injected into your daily routine without another thought. Try these Cashmere by Tania approved products and you’ll be wondering how you have been living without these before.

John Frieda Repairing Oil Elixir

Prevention before cure. Healthier hair means less breakage and less frizz. Done and done!

Tangle Teezer

If this isn’t in your hand bag, buy it now. It’s light weight, is gentle of your hair, and does exactly what it says.

Moroccanoil Oil Treatment

Use on wet hair, use on dry hair. Just use it! Not to mention is smells heavenly.

With these products up your sleeve, the locks will be managable and tame. Leaving you with less stress and mnore time to get on with your day.

Have a lovely Thursday!

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Women’s Wednesday: Tips for working out around a 9 to 5

At Cashmere by Tania, we want to make your life easier. Working out can sometimes be perceived as being a chore but we want to change that. Keeping fit should be synonymous with being stress free, happy and more organised, amongst a myriad of other things. It should be a time that you are able to have to yourself, to reflect on what you have done during the day (if you decide to work out after a hard day’s work) or to organise and think about what needs to be done for the day commencing (if working out before work is your thing).

Here are a few tips that we have compiled and would like to share with you, to help you find that ease and balance in life. Taking care of your health and your body is important. No one else is going to do it for you, and it helps keep your mental state in check. Not only will you feel better, you’ll look better too!

Multitask on the Treadmill

“Save time at the gym with this 10-minute cardio/sculpt session: Hop on a treadmill holding a three- to five-pound dumbbell in each hand, and set the speed to a brisk walk. Do a one-minute set each of shoulder presses, biceps curls, triceps extensions, side laterals, front laterals, and standing triceps kickbacks one after another as you walk. It’s an amazing upper-body challenge that also gets your heart pumping. Do this series two or three times each week. As you improve, work up to doing four-minute sets.”

– Fitness magazine

No More “Couch Potato”

Just because you’re catching up on Modern Family doesn’t mean you can’t do push-ups, crunches, jumping jacks, and squats too. Clear up some space between the couch and the TV so you don’t miss anything while breaking a sweat. Need an extra nudge? Move your dumbbells, jump rope, and other fitness tools near the tube to give yourself visible reminders.

– Fitness magazine

Eat a healthy breakfast

If you exercise in the morning, get up early enough to eat breakfast — that may mean one to two hours before your workout. Most of the energy you got from dinner the previous night is used up by morning, and your blood sugar may be low. If you don’t eat, you may feel sluggish or lightheaded when you exercise. If you plan to exercise within an hour after breakfast, eat a lighter breakfast or drink something to raise your blood sugar, such as a sports drink. Emphasize carbohydrates for maximum energy.

Good breakfast options include:

  • Whole-grain cereals or bread
  • Low-fat milk
  • Juice
  • Bananas

– Mayo Clinic

Just remember that keeping your body active helps to keep your mind active too. We hope that these tips help you, good luck. Happy Women’s Wednesday!

Choosing what not to wear on a day in London

Do you have the same problem with living in a place like London where one day is sunny and the next is raining. Or simply being able to have all four seasons in a day? It really plays a toll on us when choosing what to wear every morning. We ask ourselves – ‘What should I wear today? ‘It might be cold’, ‘But it might get warmer later’, ‘Oh I don’t want to take a jacket’. So what do you end up doing in situations like these?

I noticed that often 80% of the time I’m wearing the wrong clothes – it is either I’m wearing too much or I’m wearing too little as it’s just so hard to judge what the weather will be like by looking out of the window every morning. So heres a few things we should do in order to prep ourselves for the day and stay healthy, safe, cool or warm!

1. Check the weather forecast – I used to think the weather forecast was never accurate, to some degree it isn’t. It’s hard to predict things that are due to happen in the future but I think more or less it does predict the weather for the next day rather acccurately. Last night I checked and it said it was going to rain today and surely it is a gloomy day.

2. Bring an umbrella – Living in places where things can be hard to predict makes you avoid the unexpected and prepare for the unknown. Always bring an umbrella – whether its to sheild yourself from the rain or to block the sun, there is always some use in it.

3. Wear a soft weight cashmere cardigan – Cashmere cardigans like Our Indi is perfect for weathers like these. It keeps you warm when it gets chilly and yet cool when it gets hot. Choose a soft cashmere mix and not a heavy weight one otherwise when it does get quite hot you’re stuck with having to carry extra luggage.

4. Bring a scarf – scarves are not only good for keeping you warm when it gets cold but they make a great fashion accessory too. Just to let you in on some AW13 news we will be getting a batch of high quality cashmere scarves – so stay tuned to that, all of which will be available online very soon!

5. Wear a dress – dresses like our Sparrow are great – easy to wear and one less thing to worry about as it covers you from top to bottom. If you feel chilly bring a pair of stockings or tights in your handbag then that way you’re ensured to be preped for a days out.

These are just some little tips we think every women should do to avoid anything to go wrong during the day. All are little things that makes the day so much easier – with the saying every little helps.

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