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May 19, 2017

How we function from day to day has a lot to do with how well we sleep. If we don’t get good sleep, then it can affect our mood. And in the long-term, it can really affect our health. So if you’re someone that rarely gets a good night’s sleep, then you should start thinking about the ways that you could improve your sleep. It will be beneficial in a number of ways.

One way that can influence your sleep is how your bedroom is set out. The layout and style, as well as accessories, can all have an influence. So one of the first places to make some changes could be in your bedroom. If you’re not sure where to start, but do struggle to sleep well, then here are some ideas for you. They can be worth a try, right? Anything for a better night’s sleep.

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Declutter Your Bedroom

One of the first things to do is to declutter your bedroom. When you have a messy room, it can lead to a bit of an increased heart rate or anxiety. Cluttered environments have more of an effect on you than you might think. So make a start by having a sort and a clear out of your bedroom. Put clothes away that just get left on the floor or a chair. Tidy away trinkets or things that are out on display but rarely used. If they are just there gathering dust then it means that they are serving a very small purpose, so will be fine to be cleared away or stored elsewhere. If you have a dresser or a bedside table, then keep that as clear as possible. It can be hard to sit by lots of mess, let alone sleep. A clear space means a clear mind. And a clear mind is one way to get better sleep. So it is a no-brainer to have a declutter.

Have a Notebook

Again, if you have a bedside table or dresser, then keeping a notebook or and pen in a drawer close to you can be really handy. If your mind is running a mile a minute as soon as you get into bed, then it can be hard to switch off. Writing down how you are feeling, or things that you need to do the next day or remember means that you help to clear your mind. It is no good trying to just keep it all in your mind. It can take over and mean disrupted sleep, especially if you are someone that likes to plan and have things organized. So have a notebook handy and close by, and it will help for sure.

Lower Your Lights

As the evening turns to night, the light outside will get darker. So it is important to have the light in your home, especially your bedroom do the same. If you have your main bright lights on, then it means that it will be too bright and not prepare your body for sleep. So after a certain time each evening, you should switch to things like floor or table lamps. When you’re getting ready for bed, use sidelights or a bedside table lamp, rather than the lights that are in the main room. It will help your body to wind down and realize that it is nearly time to be sleeping.

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Make Changes To Your Bed

It can come as no surprise that how well you sleep can be influenced by your bed. First of all, if you are interested in the practice of feng-shui, then even the position of your bed can have an influence on how you sleep. Ideally, the bed should be against a solid wall. The practice of feng-shui also dictates that the bed shouldn’t be in line with your door, where possible. So you want to walk into your bedroom and be physically closest to the foot of the bed, not walk in and be right by the headboard. Speaking of which, a bed with a large headboard is meant to be better to help you to sleep too. If you have a large bed with space for storage underneath, then it might be a good idea to have a clear out under there. The thinking behind that is that the space might harbor bad memories or feelings under there. You need to clear to sleep with a clear mind. So that could be worth a try?

Other things like bedding can have an impact on your sleep too. The temperature has a massive effect on how well you sleep, so that is worth looking at too. If your sheets are an unnatural fiber, then it can lead to you getting warmer than you should. Being too hot is a sure fire way to have a disrupted night’s sleep. So looking at getting some of the best split king sheets could mean a more relaxed and cooler nights sleep. Think about your comforter too. In summer, you don’t want to have a thick comforter that is more suited to winter. Equally, when the cooler weather comes back, you don’t want to get too cold overnight. Otherwise you’ll wake up feeling too cold which is no good. So take a look at your bed and think about what changes you could make to it.

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Embrace Earth and Earth Tones

So when you hear about bringing the earth into the bedroom, I am not talking about getting lots of soil and spreading it on the floor! But, what I am talking about is things like stones and clay. They can be really grounding and relaxing to have in a room. So you could get a little display to have by your bed or by the window, for instance. You could also think about changing up the color of your bedroom. If it is quite a bright color at the moment, then you might be surprised just how much the color of the room can affect how well you sleep. Having colors like nudes, tan, and brown, are all calming colors. They can bring in a peaceful edge to your bedroom environment. If you’re in a peaceful and uncluttered environment, then it makes sense that it will be easier to sleep in that kind of environment. So if sleep is a massive issue for you, then it could be worth looking at.

Establish Good Habits

We are creatures of habit, so it makes sense that being in certain habits will help us as we try to improve the quality of our sleep. One of the best things to do is to go to bed at roughly the same time each day and wake up at the same time each day too. You then get your body into quite a natural rhythm, and your body clock will reset. Even at the weekend, or when you have a day off, try to keep the routine going. If you need a nap after lunch on those days then do so (but keep it brief). Then you will be able to have the constant internal clock that will help you to optimize the sleep that you do get. Try not to force anything, though. You should be thinking about choosing a bedtime when you do feel sleepy. You don’t want to choose an earlier bedtime and spend an hour getting frustrated because you can’t sleep. So that is something to bear in mind.

Keep Your Room Tech-Free

The temptation to be on devices when in bed is very real. But that is bad for our sleep in many ways. First of all, the bright light from our phone or tablet screens can be detrimental and prepare our body for being more awake (you read the point about lowering the lights, right)? So that is no good when we’re trying to wind down. Second, of all, you might see something that upsets you or stops you from sleeping as it makes you angry. So just avoid those triggers where possible. You do have that notebook to write things down, but you might need more than that to make sure that you sleep well. So the best thing to do is just to avoid using them late at night. A lot of people justify that they need it for the alarm. But for the benefit of good sleep, it is worth getting an old-school alarm clock to have by your bedside. Then just keep your phone plugged in on loud in a different room, so you can still hear it in the case of any emergencies.

Have you got any tried and tested tricks that work for you to help to improve your sleep? It can be quite shocking just how many things can disrupt it, can’t it? But improving your sleep is so important for all aspects of your life and even your health. So it is worthwhile taking the time to assess your situation and think about what you can do to improve it.

May 17, 2017

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If you’ve recently bought a holiday cottage or lake house to spend the summer in, it’s probably a blank canvas without much personality. Naturally, you’ll want to make the most of your investment by decorating the interior and really making it your own. Even if you’re a seasoned home décor guru, sprucing up a holiday home can be a real challenge. Here are some tips for going about it…

Don’t Get Everything from the Same Place

If you’ve done a little online window shopping, you’ve probably already discovered that there are a lot of great stores that specialize in cabin decor. However, getting all of your furniture and ornaments from the same place can lead to your holiday home looking a little too uniform, and give your guests the sensation that they’re walking through a showroom. Things might feel good in theory, but if you actually fill a space with things from the same vendor, you’ll probably find the end result to be a little tasteless. Make a point to mix and match the pieces you buy, keeping things interesting, and injecting more of your personality into your holiday home.

Think About Space

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Open space should always be a priority when it comes to decorating your holiday home, especially if you’re planning for a large party to come to stay. Yes, those chesterfield armchairs you were looking at the other day might be gorgeous together, but if you cram too much stuff into the space you have available, it’s really going too harsh on the relaxed vibe when people come to stay. You don’t want your lakeside cottage to look too sparse and unfinished, but it’s better to leave an excess of space than to choke it out.

Keep It Practical

While the appearance of your furnishings and decorations are certainly important, you need to think about the longevity they offer as well. Light-coloured upholstery and linen, for example, can stain very easily, and stocking all the kitchen cupboards with high-end china can end in a heart-breaking and expensive disaster! If you’re planning to have a lot of guests over to stay during the holidays, people are going to be in a festive and careless mood, and more often than not, a few drinks down! However, by thinking practically about the things you fill your holiday home with, you’ll minimize the chances of any major mishaps.

Don’t Skimp, But Don’t Go Overboard

Your décor pieces should be thought of as an investment, and should hopefully last a number of years before you have to give the place another refresh, even if you’re constantly having guests over. With this in mind, buying cheap appliances, furniture and so on will cost you more in the long run, as it will increase the chances that you’ll have to replace them more often. Having said that, you don’t want to spend too much, as you’re only going to be using the home at certain times of the year. It’s all about achieving a perfect balance.

May 16, 2017

Are you a fond with the brand called HUF? if so, you might gonna get the interests for their new in finds that is being out this summer time. Actually, they just got their lookbook released already and you can see them hanging at the top photo. These pieces were pretty simple and I must say a very dope finds to have that my peers who’re liking street wear are ones might get excited to have these but for me, I think these finds really isn’t me and still I wanted to include them out here for my readers to know on how dope and swag these pieces were.

HUF doesnt settled with clothing as they have some shoes and kicks to choose from with. And this high kicks really suits the total styling they’ve made for their lookbook and yes! I must to commend them by creating such fashionable street wear styling in this and I know you might gonna ask if these pieces were out already in the market and I think they are now and you can learn further about this by checking HUF’s main website or their web store for additional information about their new released products.

May 16, 2017

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One of the most important and most enjoyable parts of planning one’s own wedding is being able to use it as an opportunity to express oneself. You can express your love, the nature of it, and also a little something about your individual natures. Doing this is often what sets apart a great wedding from just a good one. Those weddings that tend to really stick with us are those which went out of their way to express the love in its truest form. If you are able to do this, then you will probably be as delighted with your wedding as you could hope to be. There are a few main areas where it can be particularly useful to express your love more clearly – let’s see what those are.

Rings

The rings are part of the wedding that you will probably spend the most time on, if only because you will be wearing them for the rest of your lives. It makes sense to do so, as you want to be as happy with them as possible. But choosing wedding bands can be surprisingly tricky, and you might find that it takes a lot more time than you had previously supposed. As it happens, there are many ways of ensuring that your rings are as personal to you as possible. You could consider actually having them engraved in order to truly personalise them – or you could just go out of your way to find bands which really do suit the both of you down to the ground. If you manage to find rings that really make sense, you will probably feel that it is really meant to be. It’s a great feeling when that happens, and it’s more likely to happen if you take your time with it.

Entertainment

Something that every good wedding needs is decent entertainment, especially during the reception. Of course, your options for what to do here are practically endless, so you should be sure to spend some time going through your choices. You want to go for something that accurately reflects the two of you. This could be a band that you both have always enjoyed together, perhaps the artist who made your own shared song,or it could be something that you have both discovered recently and could symbolize your ongoing love. You want to ensure that everyone else will be able to enjoy them as much as possible, so try not to go too niche here, but do also remember that it is your special day and that is what matters most.

Venue

The venue itself can be a fantastic opportunity to show everyone exactly what the two of you are about. These days, venue choices are becoming more and more varied and interesting, and if you want to show off your love you can use the actual setting itself to do so with surprising effectiveness. Be sure to plan far ahead, to give yourself plenty of time to find the ideal setting.

May 16, 2017

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We often forget about the groom on the wedding day and even in the days or months leading up to the ceremony. It is often believed, perhaps rightly so, that the bride is the guest of honor. Though it’s certainly true to say that if the groom looks a mess it can throw off the entire style and look of the wedding. When you look through your wedding photos years down the line, you don’t want to cringe at your appearance on one of the most important days of your life. You want everything to be picture perfect.

So, for once, let’s forget about the dress and think about the suit instead. Let’s stop looking at makeup tips and make sure we buy the right shoes. Here are some tips to make sure you look like a prince on your wedding day.

Choose The Right Suit

The first factor we need to think about when making sure you have the perfect style for your wedding is the suit. If you want to look like the type of gentlemen, every girl dreams of saying ‘I do’ too, you need to make sure you have a custom, fitted suit. It should be measured to match your body beautifully, tight and loose in all the right areas. Only a professional bespoke suits designer can ensure that this is the case, so that’s where you need to buy from. Just like the wedding dress, you should never buy a suit off the rack for the big day. You need to make sure that it is custom made to suit you, no pun intended.

Perfectly Matched

You’ll have a few little accessories to choose from when selecting your wedding outfit. These are the tie, the cumberbund, and the cufflinks. Each one should match the other in color and style. As well as this, you may want to think about matching the color with something that the bride is wearing. For instance, your bride may have decided not to wear white on her wedding day. Instead, she could have opted for a beautiful rouge dress. If that’s the case, matching the dress with the shade of the tie will ensure you both look absolutely stunning in your wedding photos.

Preparation Time

Finally, you need to make sure that you are preparing for the big day. Your shoes need to be polished until they shine and your suit must be properly pressed. Don’t leave this until the last minute and don’t try and get the creases out yourself. Instead, take it to a professional dry cleaners and ensure that the suit looks brand new, even if you bought it nearly a year ago.

You might also want to think about getting your haircut and styled a day or two before the big event. That way you can make sure that the groom looks properly groomed when he stands at the front of the aisle, waiting for the love of his life to arrive.

We hope you see now that making sure the groom looks like royalty is just as important as transforming the bride into a princess. At the very least, it will ensure that her dream of the perfect wedding comes true.

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May 16, 2017

Summer is coming, so if there’s ever been a time to get your garden up to scratch, it is now! Every season has its charms, but you can’t go out in the garden when it’s the bleak midwinter, so it’s time to make the most of what you’ve got outside. Barbecues, garden parties, or just a simple relax in the sun on a Sunday afternoon will be so much more relaxing if you don’t have a dump for a garden. Yes, I get that’s it’s been too cold to do anything in the winter, but the temperature’s rising now, so get out there! Here are some ideas for you.

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Some Color Changes…

Even for those that haven’t got the money to completely overhaul their garden you can make some little changes that will make all the difference. If you’ve got some old gray slabs of stone, make a change for some smaller ones, or change them for some fashionable decking. You could even go for a classical look with some brown stone layers. You can go to standard concrete suppliers like Ortmannconcrete.com, who have a selection of different styles. But if you’re going for a more rustic approach, you can place a lot of browns around in the form of wooden planters. They are very cheap and can really add some understated flourish to the garden.

Get Growing…

The grass will make up the majority of most people’s gardens, so make it count! Get a good quality fertilizer if this is the first time you’re doing it this year (or ever) and start on it now. It only takes a couple of hours to do, but if you do it every three months, you will help to make it stronger. Get on your hands and knees and take up some of those pesky weeds too to help, and if the grass doesn’t look great the first time round, that’s because it hasn’t been done in a while. Give it some time, and it’ll look great.

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Decorate Your Garden For Free!

Sites like Freecycle are a great way to find free items to decorate your garden in a style that you want, giving your garden an ideal ambiance for summer gatherings. A handy tip: look on eBay for bulky garden items because the sellers are very likely to want to get rid of them straight away as they are taking up valuable space. You could very likely snatch up a bargain.

Light Up, Light Up…

It’s summer, and there is nothing better than when the dusk slowly turns to dark and little lights come on. It really adds some prettiness to the surroundings. Simple ways to do this is to have mini tea lights placed around the garden, or string up some multi-colored lights, or you could even use your Christmas lights and wrap them around the washing line! Another option is to get some solar-powered lamps; they will have soaked up the sun during the day, and it will cut back on your energy bills.

May 16, 2017

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Deciding to get married is a massive decision and an immense source of happiness to a lot of people. In the days after your proposal, you may still be so consumed with excitement and contentment that you may not give much thought to the practical aspects of actually making it happen. However, as you start to get used to your new situation and realise that you’re now engaged, you will need to start considering all of the small details of the event itself. It can be overwhelming at first. The principal thing that you have to do is get the legal side sorted out. Whether you are going to get married in a religious ceremony or not, it is not an actual marriage unless it is recorded by a legal representative of the state. There is then organising a church (if you do decide to perform a religious rite) and what you’re going to wear. You then have to go about drawing up a guest list and making and sending out invitations. The organising does not stop there though. There is catering to worry about as well as a venue. You might also think about issuing a register so that your guests can buy you gifts they know you’ll like and you should also buy gifts for your bridesmaids and groomsmen. Finally, there is a honeymoon to worry about.

All of these things can seem like a lot of work, especially when you have to spend about £25,090 to get them all done. However, it does not need to be as stressful as it seems. Here are a few ways to make your wedding day as calm and beautiful as it should be:

 

  1. You do not need to look far to find small businesses that will be happy to take care of whole aspects of your wedding. All you need to do is consult a Wedding Listing Website to find people in your local area who can help you create the exact wedding that you want. One of the benefits of working with small business owners is that the work that they do is not ubiquitous. It is unique to them. Besides, if they are in business, they must be good at what they do. It is always good to get recommendations where you can as well.

 

  1. Rely on the people around you. The role of being a bridesmaid or a groomsman is not just a superficial, nominal position which means you get to stand near the altar during the ceremony. Those people are there to help you through what can be a difficult time. If you need to delegate, then do so. Ask their advice and allow them to support you emotionally. They are your friends, and they will help you organise the biggest, most expensive party you’ll ever throw.

 

  1. Do not let other people’s expectations affect your decisions. You do not need a massive wedding, whatever anyone tells you. If you want a small, intimate day, then go for that. Weddings can sometimes be more stressful than they need to be because the bride or groom is doing it all for someone else. Plan the wedding you want and no other.
May 15, 2017

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Branding is a powerful thing.

If a brand is sold to the public in a particular way, it can convince people of anything. The psychology behind branding is absolutely fascinating. It can make us think that something tastes better, works more efficiently, or is a must-have when we can really live without it.

One of the most obvious areas you can see this at work is in the kitchen. How many items in your fridge are branded, when you know that the unbranded products would have been cheaper? How about in the medicine cabinet – do you have generic medication or branded options, despite there being no difference in the ingredients?

The above might be easier to justify. Maybe the food tastes better; perhaps you have convinced yourself there is something in the medication that makes it more effective. Given that these items are relatively low in price, it’s fairly harmless if you feel the brand is the better choice for you.

One area where this becomes more complicated, however, is with electronics. Sticking with the kitchen, most specifically, kitchen appliances.

There comes a time when you might have to look for new kitchen appliances. It might be in the aftermath of kitchen remodeling; you don’t want those shabby old appliances cluttering up your pristine new space, do you? Or perhaps you’re in need of something new for the most obvious reason: the old ones just don’t work anymore!

So you find yourself looking for something new to go with your kitchen. Your eye might be caught by the inventive colours, retro shapes, and nifty extras available with the branded products. Then there are the own brand versions, which are nowhere near as attractive… but they are half the price. Sometimes, it’s even less than half the price.

Does It Matter?

The simple answer, if money is your foremost concern, is no.

One of the biggest tactics people use to convince themselves they need the branded appliances is one of common sense. After all, the branded items are probably more expensive because they are better made – right? And if they’re better made, then they’re going to last longer. So really, it’s an investment.

This is not necessarily the case, as the huge number of appliances that are called back every year shows. There’s no more certainty of a long-lasting relationship with an appliance just because it has a higher price tag.

What About Safety?

Is there a chance that cheaper appliances have not been made to the same standards, thus it’s safer to buy the branded versions?

Not at all. If an item is for sale in a store, it will have had to pass a plethora of different safety checks – the exact same ones the branded appliances did. Unless you are buying from a market stall (which… just don’t do that) then you can be sure of the safety.

So ask yourself the next time you’re in the market for appliances: do you want to save money or have the cachet and excitement of a high-end branded item? Neither is the wrong answer – just make sure you’re honest with yourself about your motivation!

May 15, 2017

One of the most vital things to get right when you are getting married is picking the venue. Remember that the venue is the backdrop to the either the celebration or the entire day, and it can have a huge effect on everything from the food to the service. In fact. it’s such a big deal that you should put in the effort to pick a venue that matches perfectly with your day. Read on to find out how to do this.

Large weddings

Some folks can’t imagine getting married without all of their friends and family along side them. Which is fine if you have a relatively small circle, but if you have a large extended family it can cause some real issues.

Just finding a place that is big enough to fit in chairs and tables for over 200 people can be a real challenge. As many venue can only cater up to 150 max.

Of course, there are a few around that can hold more like The Bristol Harbour Hotel. But most can only accommodate this number with a marquee pitched on the lawn. Which means you are best off having a summer wedding to ensure that the weather is as good as possible.

Vintage weddings

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Vintage weddings are super popular at the moment and this trend show no sign of slowing down. You have the old school Hollywood glamour type, which is all about diamonds, black and white and, classic elegance. Then there are the English rose vintage type with teacups, bunting and lot of flowers.

But it’s no good spending all of that time and money of a wonderful theme if the venue itself does not fit. That is why you have to pick one that will mesh with your vintage decoration  in a seamless way. So invest a little time in considering places like The Wood Norton wedding venues, or Alrewas Hays. As then you can be sure that you can make it work perfectly for your day.

Casual weddings

We are kind of in the era of anything goes with weddings which means that you are quite within your rights to have a much more informal do than was previously fashionable.

But what venue would this best? Well, why not try hiring a yurt tent, complete with fire pit,  for a super informal, festival atmosphere? Or, if that’s not your thing what about hiring our yours and your partners favourite bar and having a darn good knees up, without all the fuss and bother?

Small weddings

Small weddings are known to be intimate and meaningful, but it can be a mistake to think finding a venue for such a wedding will be easy. This is because most dedicated venues are set up for medium sized weddings, and may be too expensive or too big to be suitable.

Instead why not consider a registery office ceremony and then hire out a private room in your favorite restaurant? Then you will have a dedicated space for your wedding breakfast that will have a great atmosphere, even though there is just a few of you.

May 15, 2017

Are you a branded person? well, I think Gucci is one of the usual brand for that people might gonna say they wanted to have in them as all of their pieces were these dope and it has a unique and quirky designs in each of their finds that can really makes you fashionable and stylist at the same time. Though, in price wise, Gucci of course is way expensive than to the  normal brand we knew and yet worth to have as all of their finds are pretty into trend and fashion enthusiasts are keep on wearing them and made the brand into lead spot when it comes to fashion, in both men and women fashion today.

This fall collection is a much look forard to. Because the colors used in each are pretty lively that we barely sees in fall collection from the other brands because usually they’re into black finds for fall and winter collections but this one is way different that we should of course get in as you wanted yourself to be as fashionable as you fashion icons was. Okay, that will be all for now as I dont have any further details yet regarding this Gucci Pre-fall collection but sure do, the brand will be updated us all in when they gonna release this collection fully in the market.