Weatherproofing pony hair

The blog entry about weatherproofing suede got me thinking about pony hair. I recently purchased my first pair of shoes that are pony hair, pointy leopard pumps. Beings that I'm in Seattle, I certainly am interested in what are the do's and don't's of this material, and if there's anything I can do to improve their chances of survival here. Any thoughts on weatherproofing pony hair shoes?

(Sorry I can't post a pic for another 3 days! But this is them: )


Volume balancing with skinnies

I know the general wisdom is to pair skinny bottoms with something with a bit more volume on top, but I feel I end up looking like how I did in middle school: stirrup stretch pants with super duper over-sized sweaters (not a good look). I recently got a couple pairs of skinny pants and am finding that I generally like to pair them with snugger tops instead of looser ones, but not skin tight or anything. I'm 29 and have an hourglass shape with a smaller bust and strong shoulders.


What do you guys think on this? Does anyone else pair their skinnies with snug tops or should I stick with the style advice of more volume on top to create balance?