How I Keep My Leather Goods Clean

When it comes to buying bags and shoes that last, I started to buy leather goods. I've always loved a great leather jacket for its timelessness and versatility. Similarly, ankle booties have become my version of flats from October to April-- easy to throw on with everything from jeans to dresses. 

After living in Western Texas, I came upon my holy grail of leather care products, recommended to me by the owner of a cowboy boot shop. Meltonian Leather Lotion is my favorite conditioner for my boots, shoes, bags, and jackets. Leather, like skin, can get dry and crack, which may make the stain come off, or worse it can irreversibly damage it. Leather jackets especially can dry out by the wrists from wearing perfume and jewelry, so don't forget the inside of the cuff! This stuff is an all-in-one conditioner, water repellent, and cleaner, which is what sold me. 

I take an old rag, preferably one that doesn't leave lint behind, with a quarter size squeeze of the lotion. Work it into the area until smooth. The boot shop owner told me to apply one coat to clean it, and a second coat to shine it up. Works every time; even on my leather couch. 

Do you have a favorite leather cleaner? 

Nicole M. Caruso

I was born in Manhattan to two native New Yorkers who met working in the Garment Industry. Fashion was the family business. Suburban Connecticut is where I grew up and often daydreamed about someday attending New York Fashion Week.

When I was in college studying Communication & Media, I met the man of my dreams. We married nearly one year after our first date, and have been adventuring together ever since. While we moved around the country for his job, I freelanced as a makeup artist, worked in retail, and blogged about style & beauty as a creative outlet. 

Moving back to New York led to serendipitously working for two major fashion houses, where I learned the ins and outs of the industry, and attended Fashion Week both backstage and in the tents. Soon after, Verily Magazine brought me on as Beauty Editor, which was my dream job. It combined all of my passions and hobbies into one, and granted me a deeper understanding of print and digital media. One year after that, I had my daughter and experienced true fulfillment in motherhood. 

Everywhere I have traveled, I have met incredible women who inspired me to be the best version of myself; to wake up every day feeling confident and ready to Carpe Diem. I want to inspire women to explore their feminine genius by investing in their self-worth. This lifestyle blog is the place where I can share my worldview, my experiences, and my tips and tricks to live a more fulfilling life, which include expert style and beauty advice, tips for healthy living, and reflections on marriage and motherhood.