A buddy indeed

Wedding Dresses

Courtesy of Steam Buddy

When a friend got married in a small town in Italy, the location had its pros and cons. On the plus side, it was big news. The local newspaper ran a story about the soon-to-be bride and groom and their connection to the village and after their wedding the townspeople celebrated with their own mini parade—pretty cool, huh? On the down side, there was not a dry cleaner to be found. That's when a gizmo like the Steam Buddy comes in handy; it's lightweight and portable but powerful enough to make a wrinkled wedding gown picture perfect. For $19.95, the hand-held steamer is safe to use on most fabrics even gowns embellished with sequins and beading. And, if you're like me, it will go to good use after the wedding. Just last week, the Steam Buddy helped me avert a fashion dilemma when I needed to wear a black skirt I had tossed in a bag to take to the dry cleaners. A few puffs from the steamer and it looked fresh and almost as good as new. —from our Local Scout Chicago blogger Beth Wilson

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