Fashion & Lifestyle Blog
September 29, 2016

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We all have our dream houses. In our minds we’d picture how the rooms, living rooms, and garden would look like. We’d like our houses to reflect our personality and would definitely want a say on every nook and cranny so that all our wants and specifications will be met. If we can spend as much money as we can, then it’s best to hire the services of interior designers, architects, and other professionals. If we do so, the result will be a beautiful house that’s well built and furnished with furniture and fixtures that blend and look well together at the same time fully functional.

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September 28, 2016

We all know that a good night’s sleep is very important. It can help us feel energetic throughout the day, and can stop us from getting grouchy at people! But there are actually loads of other fantastic benefits as well. Want to learn more about why you need to get your seven hours of sleep each night? Read on to find out all about the amazing benefits of a good night’s sleep!

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Improves Memory

You will find that if you continually sleep well, your memory will improve. That is because your mind is very busy when you are catching some shuteye. It is helping you to strengthen your memories while you are asleep. Not only that, though, but it also goes over new skills you have learnt and practices them in your mind! So if you want to improve your memory skills or learn a new skill, make sure you are getting enough sleep each night!

Lose Weight

Research shows that sleeping well can also help you lose weight. And those who get enough sleep each night find it harder to put on weight. When you don’t sleep enough, your body gets hungrier throughout the day. So if you sleep well at night, you will find that you are less likely to snack and overeat throughout the day. Sleep can also help to increase your body’s metabolism.

Improves Your Mood

If you are comfortable at night, you will sleep for longer. This can help to improve your mood and you will feel a whole lot less irritable. Want to know how to get super comfy during the night? You could find more information at websites with a memory foam mattresses guidebook.

You’ll Live Longer

A lot of studies show that those who have regularly interrupted sleep have shorter life spans. But, this is also the case for those who sleep too much. There are some signs that show too much sleep shorten an individual’s life. So it is very important that you get this balance just right. Most people require between six and eight hours of sleep each night.

Less Stress

Sleep is one of the best ways to combat stress. Those who have plenty of sleep regularly have a lot lower levels of stress. And this has its own benefits. Individuals who are a lot less stressed have better-controlled blood pressure and cholesterol levels. All in all, this has a great effect on your heart health. If your blood pressure and cholesterol levels are in check, then you aren’t at risk of suffering from cardiac disease.

Prevent Depression

Other studies show that those who get plenty of sleep are a lot less likely to be stressed. It can also help individuals to control their anxiety as well. By getting plenty of sleep, you are ensuring that your emotions remain very stable.

So, as you can see, there are a whole bunch of reasons why you need to be getting plenty of sleep. Just think of it as a great excuse to sleep in more!

September 26, 2016

Do you fancy a change at home? Or have you recently moved house? If so, you may be busily flicking through magazines and researching new interior trends. The materials you use in your makeover can make all the difference when it comes to creating a hip, modern space. If you’re eager to recreate those trendy Instagram images in your home, here are the best materials for the job.

Granite

Granite is a perfect choice for a modern kitchen. It’s clean, cool, and it looks luxurious. You can choose from various shades of brown, grey and black. Black is a great option if you’re a fan of the monochrome trend, which is massive this season. If you’re going for granite worktops, team with pristine white units and stainless steel appliances. Add some oversized vases and houseplants for a simple, stylish look.

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Stainless steel

Stainless steel has been around for a while in various guises. This year, the industrial trend is big business. Think exposed brick, steel girders, and visible radiator pipes. This look works really well in loft-style apartments and older houses. If you’re not blessed with original features, you can take shortcuts. Choose brick wallpaper, for example, rather than stripping away plaster. Focus on the details. Hang oversized pendant bulbs from the ceiling or fit stainless steel drawer slides in the kitchen. If you’re painting, stick to a simple palette that contains shades of grey, brown, white, and black.

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Wood

You may associate wood with older houses and traditional designs. But wood has made a major comeback, and you’ll see it in all the interior magazines. Bringing the outside in has been a theme of 2016, and natural materials are all the rage. Wood is a really versatile material. It can be used to create beautiful floors, furniture, and accessories. Stripped wooden floors and doors are staples of traditional interior design. But you can easily update them with modern accents. Bring a floor to life with a printed rug or add a funky door knob to an old door. Use driftwood for candleholders, or fit some oversized wooden shelves.

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Marble

Marble is an opulent material, which may catapult you back to the days of lavish Roman villas. Marble may have been used for centuries, but it remains a very popular choice. Marble work surfaces create luxurious looking kitchens and classy bathrooms. Team pure white marble with bright red kitchen appliances for a quirky take on minimalist chic. In the bedroom, use a marble shelf and standing lamps to offset a plain wall.

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When you’re planning a home makeover, you often think about colours and furniture. But the materials you use also play an important role in the overall aesthetic. If you’re looking to modernise your home and create a cool, stylish space, bear these beautiful materials in mind. You can mix and match and experiment with different trends. Use your imagination, dare to be different, and make your home unique. Show off your style and personality, and most importantly, have fun!

September 21, 2016

Planning a wedding can be tricky. However, once you have worked through your checklist, your focus could be shifted onto after the event. A honeymoon is normally what a couple would take after their wedding. Jetting off somewhere lovely and relaxing to rejuvenate from the busy wedding and to spend some quality time together. Every couple strives to have the best possible honeymoon. With that in mind, I thought I would share with you some of the luxury additions you can add on to your honeymoon to make it extra special.

Upgrading the way you travel

Travelling to your destination is half the excitement, so you may want to consider upgrading the way you travel. You could choose to upgrade your legroom options, travel first class or even go all out and consider Private Air Charters. It’s half the fun, and you want to ensure that you have the best start to your honeymoon. You may also want to consider lounges at the airports and even fast track through security to ensure your honeymoon gets off to a flying start.

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Champagne on arrival

Essentially the whole honeymoon should be filled with cocktails and champagne. But there is something luxurious about having a glass offered to you on arrival. Or even asking for a bottle to be chilled in your accommodation upon your arrival. Some accommodations and hotels will do this sort of thing as standard, especially if they are aware it is your honeymoon. Make sure you inform staff of this in advance.

Luxurious accommodation

Try and consider your accommodation as doing something totally different. Perhaps thinking about villas instead of a hotel. Or even staying in a suite to make things unique. Your honeymoon should be one of the best vacations you ever take, so choose your accommodation wisely. Many couples consider things like over the water villas in destinations like The Maldives.

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Private dining experiences

On your honeymoon, you want to have every opportunity to spend quality time together alone. So a private dining experience could be the perfect opportunity. Some destinations enable you to dine on the beach under the stars. While other hotels or similar may offer in room dining or have separate rooms for it in the restaurant. Often these can be booked in advance.

Couples only areas

Some couples choose to bring their children with them when they go on a honeymoon. Of course, this is appropriate if you started a family before getting married. However, for some newlyweds you just want the option of relaxing amongst adults and not have the worry of children. So consider locations or accommodation that offer couples only areas. Some places may even have a certain part just for couples to enjoy more luxurious surroundings and service.

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Spa treatments you both can enjoy

Finally, the key to a great honeymoon is to relax with one another. So a lovely way to do that would be to book in some couples treatments. This may include things like massages or facials. It’s a great chance to unwind after the busy period for the wedding.

September 21, 2016

When it comes to your style and fashion, it can be tricky when you have Gucci tastes on a gap budget. You might be flicking through the pages of fashion magazines with a longing look. Big brands and designers brands don’t come cheap. Even something like a handbag can set you back quite a lot. Even if you have a budget, there are still some ways to get the brands that you love, though.

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Shop Out of Season

To get some big branded bargains, it is great advice to shop outside of the current season. We are coming up to fall and winter now, so you’d want to be looking for spring and summer items. You won’t be able to use them straight away necessarily, but it will be good to store them up. Things like swimwear can go for real cheap if you shop around now. So look around stores online and see what you can find. A piece of advice for shopping out of season is to choose classic pieces where you can. Classic pieces will mean more chance of wearing them when you have bought them several months ahead. If it is a bit more of a unique style, you might not like it when it comes round to using it.

Shop With Coupons

There are many coupon and money saving websites out there. So it is a good idea to look for some before you shop for anything. But especially when you are shopping for designer or branded goods. You can get things like a Ralph Lauren coupon, Bobbi Brown, and YSL coupons online. So it is certainly worth looking out for them. You can, of course, find coupons and deals in magazines and catalogs.

Look For Discount Codes

If you like to do a lot of shopping online, then be sure to look out for discount codes. It is also a good idea to buy branded goods from a department store, rather than from the store direct. There is much more chance of getting a discount code or something like free shipping when you shop somewhere like Nordstrom. So don’t immediately click away on the pop-ups that come up. Quite often they offer discounts, or you can sign up the mailing list. Signing up to the mailing list usually gives you money off your first voucher. So it is worth looking into.

Shop Secondhand and Vintage

You can get some absolute bargains when you look in thrift stores. You can find some vintage designer pieces that are just old 80s junk to someone else. So secondhand stores and thrift shops are certainly worth looking at. They are great because they sell everything; from handbags to shoes, to jewelry and accessories. Take your time to browse through and who knows what awesome things you might find?

Do you like to shop and hunt for designer and branded bargains? Have you found something that works for you? It would be great to hear what works for you.

September 19, 2016

Visiting cities around the world is one of my favorite things to do. Not only is there amazing shopping opportunities, but you can also find plenty of landmarks and museums to visit. The cities are always bustling with life, and the nightlife is fantastic. Here are some unmissable cities around the world you need to visit this year!

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Reykjavík, Iceland

Reykjavik has grown in huge popularity over the last few years. The city has so much to see and do that it’s become a fantastic place to visit for a long break. During the day, you can wander around and check out the city’s incredible arts scene. While at night, there are many nightclubs to visit which stay open well into the night. The scenic opportunities are vast if you visit the city of Reykjavik. You can easily organize trips to see the Northern Lights and even go whale watching. Also, the blue lagoon is only situated a short distance from the city, which is perfect for some relaxation away from the crowds. Just one word of warning before you visit; food is expensive, so be careful before choosing a restaurant in the city.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

One of the best cities in the world is the amazing Kuala Lumpur in the capital of Malaysia. It might not be as known as the other cities on this list, but there is plenty to do and see. The petronas twin towers which are an incredible 451m tall offers an observation deck so that you can see across the city. The wealthy city has plenty of shopping and markets to take a look around for your fashion needs. You can find some great hotels with views across the city; take a look online for the best hotel kuala lumpur. And for some scenic views away from the city, you can arrange a visit to the cameron highlands. It’s amazing for a wander around in the fresh air.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

There is so much more to Amsterdam than it’s famous red light district. The beautiful city has plenty of museums to look around including the famous Anne Frank house. There is also plenty of art for fans of the avant-garde culture. Additionally to this, there are a ton of food places to visit to try the delights of the city. There are also bars and nightclubs which are open well into the night.

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Bangkok, Thailand

One of the biggest cities in the world, Bangkok is definitely somewhere that won’t leave you bored. There is so much to see and do in the city including a ton of amazing temples. And as we said previously, you can get amazing skyline views of the city. Additionally, there is so much unique cuisine to try with great food stalls and restaurants. And there is plenty of shopping opportunities with grand malls including Terminal 21. It also has plenty of nightlife if you are a party girl!

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Hopefully, you will have a fantastic time at any of the cities above!

September 16, 2016

Just like any other field, the cosmetic industry is always developing new solutions. Not all of them work out, but many become favorites of cosmetic practitioners. Innovations in cosmetic procedures often focus on avoiding the need for surgery. Some try to reduce recovery time for patients, while others provide temporary solutions. New treatments can help people achieve what they want in different ways. There’s no need to stick to just one treatment which you might not feel is suitable for you. If you’re looking for alternative cosmetics, try some of these latest treatments.

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Temporary Breast Augmentation

The ability to have a temporary breast augmentation and lift has existed for a while. But it experienced a surge in popularity a couple of years ago. This interesting procedure uses an unusual method to give someone a boob job for about 24 hours. It is performed by injecting saline (the same stuff you would find in an IV bag) into the breast tissue. This gives the woman larger breasts for just a short period. So what are the advantages of this? Although it only lasts a short while, it could help someone decide if they want to have cosmetic surgery or not.

Threadlifts

Cosmetic treatments today place a huge focus on being non-invasive. If someone can get away with not having surgery, they would rather do something else. One non-surgical option that’s available is the threadlift for facelift or neck lift replacement. Instead of having one of these procedures surgically, a threadlift uses a biodegradable thread that is sewn into the skin to lift it. The threads take several months to be absorbed into the skin tissue. They help to promote collagen production as they do so. They aim to produce long-term results without anyone having to go under the knife. However, the procedure does involve an anesthetic.

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A Range of Fillers

Dermal fillers have been popular for a while as a non-invasive anti-aging option. However, they are becoming more sophisticated to offer a range of options to customers. They no longer serve just one purpose. Many of them are highly targeted and designed to address specific problems. For example, some are meant to smooth out fine lines while others are intended to provide a plumping effect. Dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons can now use a range of products for different areas of the face.

Topical Botox

A topical version of Botox hasn’t yet been introduced to the market, but it’s highly anticipated. Botox is already a popular choice for non-invasive anti-aging. If it can be applied without the use of even a needle, there could be many more people who want to try it. However, it is still in development, and it could be a while before it gains approval for use. Once it does, it’s not yet clear what benefits it could provide. Although it could improve skin quality, it might not have the ability to smooth out deep lines.

The cosmetic industry is always evolving and offering new treatments. Keep your eye on what’s available to find what’s right for you.

September 13, 2016

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The West End has long been home to wonderful dancing and intricate choreography. In the last twenty years, the choreography has continued to dazzle, even managing to impress critics and audiences used to the technical wizardry of the West End. Here are a few shows with noteworthy choreography.

Spend Spend Spend

This musical, which first premiered in 1998, follows the story of a Yorkshire housewife who wins a fortune in football pools. The choreography, done by Craig Revel Horwood, was stylish and effervescent: the perfect accompaniment to this charming rags to riches tale. For his work on the show, Horwood was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Choreography.

Matilda

Matilda is the musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel, and it’s as delightful as the book that inspired it. It was choreographed by Peter Darling, who won an Olivier Award for his work on the show. The show’s dancing makes excellent use of the children in the cast, and the fantastical footwork certainly suits the whimsical nature of the story. This memorable choreography is a vivid way to demonstrate the caricature-like quality of the show’s characters.

The Book of Mormon

Choreography Casey Nicholaw brought a zany sense of movement to this beloved comic musical. The Book of Mormon, which follows a young Mormon missionary as he attempts to bring the word of God to an African village, is a delight from start to finish. Nicholaw worked hard to find a movement vocabulary that would suit the show and its characters, and devised a “cheesy” dance style that gets laughs at every performance.

In the Heights

In the Heights was the first musical written by Broadway favorite Lin Manuel Miranda, and it lost none of its luster when it arrived on the West End in 2015. It was choreographed by Drew McOnie, and he won a Laurence Olivier award for his efforts. The show, which is about a Dominican-American neighborhood in New York, features rousing musical numbers that draw on a range of musical traditions, from rap to Dominican songs. McOnie choreographed dances to match these varied songs, using Latin dance styles to great effect.

These musicals all offer audiences great songs, charming stories, and dazzling dance sequences. Next time you’re taking a trip to the West End, consider musicals with choreography to match its music. It’s a great way to make the most of your musical experience.

September 10, 2016

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Riding a motorcycle may look easy but in reality it’s not because it entails a lot of responsibility to do so. One must observe safety measures diligently. You can enhance your safety by doing everything possible to avoid an accident or by making sure that the damage, in case of an accident, is as minimal as possible. Another way is to wear riding gear such as helmets, gloves, knee or elbow protectors, and leather suits. But don’t just wear any ordinary riding clothing. It must fit perfectly. Furthermore, the clothing you wear should protect you from sliding and against any impact.

Motorcycle clothing should protect you when sliding over the surface of the road. Much heat will be produced that’s why you should buy clothing that can withstand it. Quality leather is the first choice but the minimal thickness should be 1.2 mm thick and should be double-stitched. The second choice is Kevlar but it should be woven into other materials. Third choice would be Condura which most synthetic suits are made of. Besides protection when sliding, you should also have protection against the impact of a collision. The impact can be distributed over a bigger area, or the impact can be absorbed.

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September 4, 2016

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home. You spend ages in the room preparing and cooking food. It’s also where your family enjoys dinner all together in the evenings. For these reasons, it needs to look fantastic so that you love spending time in there. Also, the kitchen needs to look great so that it attracts potential buyers when you come to sell. After all, a brand new kitchen can add more than 5% to the value of your home. Therefore, here are some important questions to consider when fitting a new kitchen.

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Are you going to fit it yourself or get a pro in?

Fitting a new kitchen can set you back thousands, so a lot of people are opting to fit the kitchen themselves. However, it’s easy for it to go wrong if you do try and fit it yourself. You need to ensure all wires for new appliances are fitted correctly so that everything will work. Also, fitting new sinks can be hugely complicated so it’s best to get someone to work with you if you don’t want to get a pro in. You can find out more about fitting a kitchen yourself on this site. However, if you do decide to get a professional in, you should research different companies and get several quotes. You can then decide which one will do the best job with your kitchen. After all, as we said before, you don’t want to risk the quality of your kitchen to save money, so don’t go for the cheapest deal!

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What are you going to do with your old white goods?

As part of fitting a new kitchen, you are more likely to get new kitchen appliances such as a brand new fridge and oven. After all, you want appliances which will fit with the rest of the newly styled kitchen. However, it means you will end up with old appliances that are hard to remove. If they are good quality, you may want to sell them online for some money towards your new kitchen. Or if they are not great, you may want to take them to a charity shop or the dump to rid them from your kitchen. It would also be an excellent idea to get in touch with a rubbish removal company such as Paul’s Rubbish, rubbish removal services. They will come and take old white goods away so that you have space for your new appliances!

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What are my main requirements from the new kitchen?

You should always consider what your main requirements are for your new kitchen before choosing new items. It might be the case that you want something which is highly functional for the whole family with plenty of storage space.  Or the priority might be that the kitchen is highly appealing to the eye and is ideal for resale value. Once you know exactly what you want, you can then choose units and appliances that will reflect this.

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Remember that you need to decide on a budget before you start fitting a new kitchen. That way, you won’t end up overspending on items for your new cooking hub!

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