• How to Choose the Right Area Rug



    Having over 30 years’ experience, Natural Area Rugs has been a leading and successful provider for the finest natural fiber area rugs and carpets. It imports, manufactures and sells high quality area rugs all over the world. Products include rugs including sisal rugs, sea grass rugs, jute rugs, shag rugs, wool rugs, contemporary rugs, carpet stair treads, cowhide patchwork, bamboo rugs, and more. By using them to decorate your home, your home would become more beautiful and decent. Whatever style, size, shape or material, you can just tell us and we promise to help you find or customize the one you would be satisfied with. For every rug you buy from Natural Area Rugs, you could get hassle-free in-home 30-day trial. To save money, you can come to icoupon365.com for more coupons and discount codes.


    Area rugs make powerful design statements and they have the power to completely transform rooms. They can act as artwork for the floor, or they can fade into the background. Imagine taking a room with a dark red Turkish rug and switching it out for a plain sisal version. Or exchanging a Moroccan tile print for a French Aubusson. With just this one simple switch a room can go from traditional to modern, classic to contemporary, or bland to bold.

    So the question is, how do you decide which one is the right one for you? Here are some things to think about.Rug StylesThere are as many area rug styles as their are furniture styles, lighting styles, or room styles - meaning there's an almost unending variety of options. Rooms are no longer limited to traditional Persian rugs or classic European styles.
    Alongside these time-honoreed styles are modern and contemporary alternatives, bold florals, strong geometrics,  simple jutes and sisals, and even novelty rugs. Before settling on a style make sure to educate yourself about what is available and think about what kind of atmosphere you want to create in your room.
    And remember that an area rug doesn't need to match everything in a room, but it should work with the textures and tones of the existing furnishings.ColorColor is a natural starting point when choosing an area rug.

    Obviously you need to think about what colors you like and what colors you'd like to live with day in and day out.But that's not all. The color of your area rug will set the tone for the entire room so it's an important decision. If you already have furniture consider how different colors will work with your existing items. If you already have a lot of color and pattern you might want to consider something neutral, or least something that's a single color.

    If you don't already have furnishings consider how different rug colors will work with the tones of the flooring, walls, and ceiling. Rugs can either stand out or blend in, so think about what effect you want to create when considering color.Rug PatternsSome people are into patterns.
    Some aren't. But if your furniture and walls are all solid colors a patterned rug can really bring your room to life. Likewise, if you have patterned furniture a solid rug can have a grounding, calming effect. It's all about balance. If your room is already furnished take this into account before choosing a rug.

    However if the rug is one of the first items you're purchasing, think about what pattern is right for you. Do you want something eye-catching or a little more subtle? The effect a pattern has on a room is closely tied to its colors, so consider how the two will work together.Area Rug SizesFor some reason having a rug that's too small for the room it's in is still one of the most common decorating mistakes. For most average-sized rooms, there should be about 10" - 20" of bare floor between the edges of the rug and the walls of the room (depending on the size of the room you can go as low as 8” and as high as 24”).


    Make sure the rug is centered in the room and the distance between the rug and the wall is the same on all four sides. You can also use rugs to define spaces. So if you have an open concept space, or you want to layer rugs, the rules can be a little different. Think about the area you want to highlight and choose a size based on that - but remember that it's better to go too big than too small.

    High Pile VS Low PileWhen choosing a rug it's important to think about what kind of pile you want - low, medium or high. Low pile rugs are generally sturdier than high pile rugs and are easier to vacuum and keep clean. They're also less expensive than high pile rugs. Rugs with a longer pile are softer, more luxurious, and very comfortable underfoot. They can help make rooms look more cozy and inviting.

    As a general rule a room that gets a lot of foot traffic will benefit from a low pile rug such as a dhurrie or kilim rug, while a thicker rug will last longer in a room that doesn't get a lot of traffic.LifestyleYour lifestyle should be a big determining factor in what rug you ultimately choose. Do you have children? Pets? If so, a white rug with a high pile is probably not the best choice.



    If you expect that your rug will have to deal with a lot of wear and tear, a flat weave rug with a pattern that masks stains is worth considering. It will be easier to maintain and keep clean. However if you want to create a sense of comfort and luxury a flat weave rug probably won't do the trick. Instead you'll want something softer with a higher pile. Just be aware that it will not stand up to damage as well as something with a lower pile.

    Maintenance When choosing a rug be honest with yourself about how much work you are willing to put into maintaining it. For the majority of rugs you'll need to regularly vacuum and rotate it. Flat weave rugs are easy to vacuum, but you can also take them outside and beat out the dirt and dust. High pile rugs are more difficult to clean, and some will have to be either sent out, or professionally cleaned in your home. No matter what type you choose, be sure to use a rug pad, don't leave it in direct sunlight if you can avoid it, and definitely do not let stains set. If you do any of these things you may actually ruin your area rug, no matter what type you choose.

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  • Finding Your Competitive Advantage



    Giving You the Advantage of Checks for LessAt CheckAdvantage, they print and sell both business checks and now personal checks directly to you.
    Whether you're looking to find laser checks that work with your small business software, 3-on-a-page manual checks, or personal checks with designs to match your style - CheckAdvantage is the answer!
    We also offer blank check stock, deposit slips and check supplies including 7-ring check binders, check envelopes and pre-inked stamps .
    Located in the midwestern town of De Pere, Wisconsin, CheckAdvantage shares the strong work ethic and values that help small business owners rise to the top.
    Our philosophy is to never over-promise or under-deliver. At CheckAdvantage, there's nothing more important to us than integrity. That means you're able to trust the people you do business with.
    We know if CheckAdvantage takes care of its customers - you will take care of us!

    It’s easy for today’s business managers to lose sight of the basics as they focus their attention on a host of other reasons why their margins may be shrinking. You read and hear a lot about the threats of offshore outsourcing. You worry about falling behind in your use of new communications tools and in making the most of the Internet. These threats are certainly real, but you’ll never have to deal with them if a more basic problem undermines your company.

    In the U.S. Army, young recruits are taught this life-or-death lesson during combat field training. The recruits are alerted that three snipers (played by other soldiers) are crawling through the grass toward them. As they wait for the aggressors to advance, suddenly, across the field, a figure pops up, and the recruits begin firing (using blanks). A little closer in, another figure pops up, and again the recruits direct their fire to that target. Two seconds later, the platoon is “annihilated” by hand grenades tossed by the third aggressor, who has managed to sneak up right next to the platoon while they fired at distant targets. The platoon was “wiped out” because it failed to act against the closest, and therefore the most serious, threat.



    As a business manager or owner, the biggest threat you face is losing sight of your most important target— your customer. He is the one who can blow up your business simply by going elsewhere. You may play golf with him, bend over backward to rush a delivery to him, and even consider him a friend. But you can lose him to a competitor if you lose sight of your competitive advantage.
    Competitive advantage is what separates you from the rest of the herd. It’s what keeps your business alive and growing. In short, it’s the reason you are in business. Yet the biggest marketing flaw in most companies is their failure to fully reap the benefits of their competitive advantages. Either they think they have a competitive advantage but don’t. Or they have one and don’t even realize it. Or they know they have a strong competitive advantage but fail to promote it adequately to their customers and prospects.


    Your eventual goal should be to come up with a hard list of competitive advantages that you can use to increase profits at your company. So get out pen and paper, or spark up your laptop, and write down the answers to the questions below. Let your imagination go. Bounce your answers off colleagues, if you like, just as I ask people to do in my workshops. In fact, it is better if you involve your top staff as well as others from different departments. The more ideas, the better.
    At this point, you want a long laundry list of possible competitive advantages, which you will refine, winnow, reject, and rethink as you progress through the book. Note: You might settle on a single, clear competitive advantage with which to go to war. Or you might have five to ten or more competitive advantages with which to arm your sales staff. Sometimes a single shot will level your enemy; sometimes it takes a machine gun.

    But before you begin, some words of caution. As you make up your list, bear in mind the following:Competitive advantage is objective, not subjective.  How many times do we hear a company say, “You should do business with us because we deliver good quality and great customer service”? Well, your idea of quality and my idea of quality may be galaxies apart. This kind of boast is subjective and tells us nothing. In fact, words like quality, reputation, and trust, when used to describe competitive advantage, are so hackneyed we tune them out.

    It is quantifiable, not arbitrary. Which statement is more compelling: “We have great customer service” or “Ninety-five percent of our business comes from referrals”? When you make objective, quantifiable statements such as these, the customer is more likely to believe your claims. Your company may be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, rave, clean, and reverent. And your customers may appreciate those traits. But they don’t buy from you for your Boy Scout traits. In fact, in today’s marketplace, they have come to expect them as givens.

    It isn’t claimed by the competition. If your sales force goes out with a list of attributes that your competitors can match or exceed, you are courting disaster. (In fact, that is the principal reason so many sales calls don’t result in closings or why salespeople resort to price as a tiebreaker.) Find out exactly what you provide that the other guy doesn’t and harp on it. Explore what that advantage means to the customer.

    If it can save him money—and it often can—make sure you stress that. Better yet, tell the customer how much he saves by using you. Even if your goods or services are more expensive than those of the competition, you can still save your customers money because of fewer breakdowns, guaranteed on-time delivery, training assistance, better payment terms, and so on.

    It is not a cliché. Don’t tell me that you “exceed your customer’s expectations.” How do you know what their expectations are? Your customers expect good service. How do they define good service, and how do you? I bet those definitions are not the same. After all, who would admit to providing bad service? Again, be specific. If you provide service twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week—and the others guys don’t—say so.Now you’re ready to start writing:What are your company’s most critical competitive advantages?

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  • Athletes Need More Sleep



    Athletes are always on the go, on and off the field, and less sleep can mean more injuries. Players who got less than six hours of sleep per night had an increased rate of injury during games, according to a University of California study; making choosing comfort products conducive to sleep crucial.

    “When we design products, we keep athletes in mind,” said Contour Products President Scott Davis. “Our products aim to aid comfort by correctly aligning the body during sleep. This can not only prolong sleep, but help athletes recover when injuries do happen.”



    Athletes often place sleep on the back burner. In highly trained team sport athletes, 50 percent of athletes were considered poor sleepers and 28 percent had daytime sleepiness in a recent study published in the European Journal of Sport Science. The study concluded that athletes needed to learn more about their sleep schedules, sleep longer, and have better quality sleep.



    Injury is a common occurrence in sports. In collegiate football alone, 8 out of every 1000 players are injured, according to a National Collegiate Athletic Association report. The way players behave during recovery from these injuries is critical for their chances of playing again.



    For longer sleep and shorter recovery time, players should consider how they sleep and type of injury. Comfort products are designed to target specific areas of the body:

    • Head, Neck, Shoulders, Upper Back: orthopedic pillow, cervical roll, bed wedge

    • Lower Back, Hips, Pelvis: lumbar cushion, leg support pillow, seat cushion

    • Legs, Knees, Ankles, Feet: leg wedge, knee elevation cushion

    “We want athletes to be as healthy and safe as possible, because both everyday exercise, and injury recovery time can have a huge impact on their success,” said Davis. “Our variety of comfort products can help.”

    The Contour Cool Leg Pillow was recently featured in 12 NFL players’ training camp bags.




    Contour Products emerged in the ergonomic and wellness scene in 1991 as the inventor and creator of the contoured shape bed pillow with their As Seen on TV product the “Original” Contour Pillow. Since then, we have spoken to millions across the world with sleeping pain, seating pain, neck pain, back pain and everything in between. We continue to work for you and serve you our mission to support you for life. Whether we are helping to relieve your Acid Reflux at night, Improve your CPAP Compliance or simply allow you to rest and relax while watching TV, there is a Contour product right for everyone! Don’t go another sleepless night, or sit in pain and discomfort, we would love the ability to help you. We believe in our products, that all purchases made through contourliving.com is covered under a 1 Year Warranty, a 45 Day Comfort Guarantee and FREE SHIPPING. So take a look around, not entirely sold on our product line, talk to one of our Sleep Support Reps to help find the perfect product for you!


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  • Are You Guilty Of These Common Check Writing Mistakes?



    A check is a form of promissory note that allows people to pay for items without having cash on hand. The checks are linked to a person or company's bank account, so when a person cashes the check at a financial institution, the money will be withdrawn from the account. Many people use checks every day to pay for items, but there are a number of common check writing mistakes that people fall into. These mistakes can bring about costly repercussions, so it is incredibly important to learn the proper way to sign a check, understand the mistakes and take careful steps to never make them. This is a responsible financial practice that allows people to make the most of their financial lives.
    Can a check be post dated?
    A post dated check is one that is filled out with a future date. Many people do this because they don't have the necessary funds in their account at the moment, but will have the necessary amount by the date in which the check is endorsed. Most people don't sign checks until they have the money, but still, too many people make the mistake of signing post dated checks. This is a risky practice, and one that should never be done. A common rule of thumb in terms of finances is to never spend money that one does not have. This means that a person who doesn't have the necessary funds should not fill out a check until they have the necessary money.
    Does the written amount have to match the numerical amount?
    Without question, it is important to match the numerical amount and written amount when filling out a check. The sole purpose for the written amount portion is to clear up any discrepancies that might be made in the numerical amount. Some people don't write their numbers clearly, so the written amount portion acts as a checks and balances system, to ensure that the proper amount is deducted. If these portions do not match up, the financial institution will likely not be able to cash the check.
    Does a check have to be signed?
    When writing a check, it is essential that the check writer signs the front. This is a safeguard against check fraud. Anybody can find a missing checkbook and make checks out to themselves, so records of the signature on the front will allow prosecutors to build a case in the case of fraud. Check depositors have some recourse if they forget to sign the back of the check if they're members of the bank, but practices are more stringent for the person who filled out the check.
    Is it okay to scribble on a check when modifying or altering it?
    When a person makes a mistake on a check, they are advised to scratch one clear line through the mistake and initial it. However, check writers should write an entirely new check whenever possible. While many banks will accept the stricken and initialed check, it is still the bank's discretion. In order to forego the possibility of the check being denied, a person should avoid these mistakes and re-write the check whenever time permits.
    Does a check have to be written in pen or pencil?
    Checks should never be written in pencil. Since pencil is erasable, a check writer opens himself or herself up to being taken advantage of when they choose to use pencil. As a rule of thumb, check writers should use a pen with blue or black ink. This practice allows for better records and more legible check writing practices.
    What should I do with checks that I made mistakes on?
    When a check is ruined beyond fixing, it is important to void it out. The best way to do this is to write the word "VOID" in large letters across the entire check, and when possible, scratch out any pertinent information. This way, if someone happens to find the check, they won't be able to cash it. This is a common measure people take in order to protect themselves against fraud.
    How to Write a Check
    How to Write a Check – Office of Financial Empowerment
    How to Write a Check – Learn and Practice Check Writing
    Peoples Bank of Alabama – How to Write a Check
    Check Writing Tips – Step by step instructions for writing a blank check in USA
    Check Writing Tips
    Teaching check writing lesson, learning to write a check
    Top 6 Common Check Writing Mistakes – Check SuperStore Blog
    UCD Cashier – Writing Checks
    TheMint.org – Fun For Kids – Writing a Check
    BankingQuestions.com: Checks You Wrote
    Check Adjustment Quick Reference Guide – Encoding Error (ENC)
    OCC: Writing a Check: Understanding Your Rights
    Endorsing and Writing Checks – SESLOC Federal Credit Union
    Hanover County Internal Audit Department – Check Fraud Guidelines
    NM State University – Write Checks the Right Way
    Writing and Recording Checks
    Proofreading for Common Errors
    Writing Checks
    Postdated Check - Personal Finance Duke


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  • 5 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING SPORTSWEAR



    Onsport.com.au is one of Australia's best online sports stores. We strive to offer fitness and sport-loving Australians a great online shopping experience, providing a wide range of genuine, authentic and high quality, men's and women's sportswear, activewear, fitness apparel, sports leisure apparel, swimwear, supporter gear, running shoes, sports compression, exercise equipment, accessories and much more.

    Once you start working out you might think that the best choice of clothes are your old tee and sweatpants you haven’t worn for years. Being comfortable while you work out is important, but it is even more important to protect your health, and wearing appropriate workout clothes can help you achieve that.

    1. EXERCISE APPAREL FABRICS
    While the most comfortable materials will always be those that come direct from Mother nature – silk, wool, cotton, and linen; when it comes to working out, sweating, and pushing your body to its limits, there is nothing wrong with choosing fabrics that have been improved with technology. Cotton absorbs water (and sweat) but it takes long to dry, and today fabrics can draw away sweat from your skin, keeping your body temperature even and giving you greater comfort. Use sportswear from both natural and engineered fabrics for pieces which do not only look good, but are comfortable too.



    2. COMPRESSION FABRICS
    When you are working out, the burning in your muscles is caused by lactic acid; it builds up in your muscles and it cannot be carried away so it causes muscle soreness. When you choose to wear compression fabrics, you are giving a helping hand to your blood vessels by covering your skin with tight-fitting fabric that helps with your blood flow. This does not mean that you should be wearing items which will stop your blood flow and limit your range of movements, but rather choose clothes that will help you achieve the best results.


    3. BODY-FITTING FABRICS FOR SPORTSWEAR
    Let’s get back to your favourite oversized sweatpants for a second, and picture the following: doing yoga headstand or simple kickbacks for your gluteus and trying to focus and breathe deeply while you feel your sweatpants revealing your legs and making you uncomfortable. Body-fitting clothes made of lycra and spandex remain in the same spot, and not only that but they do not change shape even after being washed many times, unlike cotton and linen clothes (and you will be washing those clothes more often than any other).



    4. WEARING SPORTS APPAREL FOR ECONOMY
    High-quality sportswear is not at all cheap, but if you make plans and invest smartly, you will not have to buy new sets for every season. Buy clothes for your main sports activity, and work from there. You will need pants and choose the length depending on the activity you will be focused on (shorts, full-length, or mid-calf), tight-fitting top, high-quality sports bra, and the right footwear too. Aim to buy best-quality clothes, since it will not only last longer, but give you the best support as well. When it’s cold, simply add a warm vest or high-visibility jacket to your usual gym wear.




    5. BUYING SPORTSWEAR FOR COMFORT
    If anything, fitness clothes should be comfortable: you will be spending a lot of hours sweating in it, and will be making plenty of repetitive movements, so the last thing you need is an item that is too tight or too loose. You don’t want to feel uncomfortable while running, jumping, doing push ups, zumba, or yoga; and the best thing is to focus on movements rather than wonder whether your can breathe because your sports bra is too tight.



    While it may not be important to you to look good in your workout clothes, it is of extreme importance that it supports you and that it can withstand your workouts, be it yoga, pilates, tennis, or MMA. Consider all these things before you choose your sportswear and do not hesitate to change it once it starts tearing and losing its elasticity.

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  • Benefits of Eating Vegetables



    You could jeopardize your overall health if you don't pay attention to the foods you eat. Consuming too much junk food, for example, can lead to chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, clogged arteries and more.

    Making the decision to improve your lifestyle by following a primarily raw, plant-based diet is a health-conscious decision that improves your metabolism, boosts your immune system and promotes overall wellness and longevity while reducing your risk for chronic conditions like the ones listed above. Some of the most important healthy diet staples consist of vegetables, and that's because they're so high in nutrients and provide a multitude of benefits.



    "The amount of fruits and vegetables we eat every day depends on age, gender and more."
    According to Choose My Plate, an initiative by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the amount of fruits and vegetables we eat every day depends on age, gender and level of physical activity. The daily recommendations, based on these factors, range anywhere from 1 to 2 cups of fruit, and 1 to 3 cups of vegetables. They recommend filling half of your plate with fruits and vegetables at every meal. We say that is a good start, but adults should strive for at least 10 servings a day for optimal health.

    But just how favorable are veggies when it comes to overall wellness? Here are five of the top benefits of eating vegetables:



    1. They're an Important Source of Nutrients
    When your diet consists of eating a plethora of vegetables, you're fueling your body with many of the vital nutrients it needs to thrive. According to Choose My Plate, a healthy eating initiative by the United States Department of Agriculture, vegetables are rich in potassium, fiber, folic acid, vitamins A and C and more.



    2. They're Low in Calories
    Vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories. This means you can fill up on a lunch of veggies without worrying about going over your suggested daily caloric intake. This makes it easier to eat hearty meals without worrying about counting calories, and can also aid weight loss and maintenance.

    3. They Promote Optimal Gut Function
    Fiber is beneficial to the body in the sense that it can reduce the occurrence of bowel problems, such as constipation. Due to the water and fiber content in most vegetables, these healthy foods nourish beneficial bacteria in the gut, which keeps it healthy and regular.



    4. They're a Natural Mood Booster
    You know that following a diet rich in vegetables is great for your physical health, but have you considered how beneficial it is for your mental well-being? According to Mental Health America, following a diet that relies on nuts, whole grains, fruits, unsaturated fats and vegetables is better for mental wellness than one that consists of meat and dairy products. Additionally, MHA said that those who follow a primarily raw, plant-based diet are 30 percent less likely to develop depression.



    5. They're Great for Immunity
    Since vegetables are loaded with essential nutrients, they have a great reputation for optimizing the immune system. Specifically, leafy green vegetables activate T-bet, a gene that produces immune cells in the gut, according to Dr. Mercola. Those immune cells maintain immunity and inflammation, protect the body from pathogenic bacteria, improve intestinal balance and prevent food allergies.



    Beyond consuming vegetables, you may consider our Advanced Superfood product. The blend of 35 organic ingredients, including cereal grass juice powders, leafy greens, microalgae, sprouts, prebiotic fibers, sea vegetables, and other vegetables, makes this product one of the most nutritious and convenient ways to fuel your body.



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  • 10 WAYS TO DRESS SEXY ON VALENTINE’S DAY WITHOUT LETTING IT ALL HANG OUT




    Rosewe.com was one of the first online stores and has been helping the fashion-conscious look fabulous since 2009. Rosewe offers the lastest street style dresses ,coats &more.
    If you're tired of going out and finding someone else with the exact same outfit, or if you’re looking for a new, fresh look that nobody else has then you’re at the right place. They offer the latest (almost daily) in women’s fashion from the high-streets at a price you can afford..
    Their target audience is the fashion conscious 18-35 women's wear market. They aim to be exciting and innovative, offering their customers the fashion they want, when they want. To stay in touch with the ever changing trends within their market they have developed a dynamic and very responsive organisation.
    Their buying and design team develop their own styles and bring the latest street fashions from the high-streets to the shop floor. This fast, flexible supply chain, together with the winning formula of style, quality, value and service has enabled rosewe to grow rapidly into a super international retailer.

    Are you going out for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, and want to look sexy without letting it all hang out?

    Here are some tips on How to Dress on Valentine’s Day to look alluring at 40, 50 and beyond.

    1. TO LOOK ALLURING, SHOW SOME SKIN
    Don’t make the mistake of wearing a  turtleneck on a date if you want to look sexy. This kind of coverage signals stay away! Showing some skin is youthful and alluring. But notice, I said some.

    2. FOCUS ON 1 AREA
    Trying to look sexy by dressing in skimpy clothes that a twenty-something would wear clubbing will make you look hard, tacky and worn out. On the other hand, you don’t want to look dowdy. So where’s the middle ground?

    To look sexy, not sleazy or silly, all you need to do reveal one part of your body. A sneak peek is better than a striptease!

    For example, if you have a nice bust, try a low-cut V-neck top, but don’t try to wear a mini skirt too. Instead, opt for a regular skirt, like a knee-length pencil skirt and keep all the focus at your neckline. It’s all about balance.



    3. FIGHT THE TIGHT
    Resist the urge to wear tight clothes if you want to look sexy. Your clothes should be fitted, but they shouldn’t look or feel tight.  Stop obsessing about size tags. If you’re a size 10, forget about trying to squeeze into a size 6, or even an 8.  Tight clothes make you look bigger. You need to wear things that skim your silhouette and have some stretch. Looking like a stuffed sausage is not sexy at any age.

    4. GO FOR STRETCH AND DRAPE
    Soft, stretchy fabrics will flow over your figure and flatter your shape. Wrap style dresses made from soft silk or jersey always look sexy. The gentle wrap detail hugs your waist, lifts your bust and highlights your curves. This red dress, shown above, is a great example.

    5. SLIP ON A SEXY SWEATERA
    delicate cashmere sweater or soft, feminine knit dress is another way to look alluring. Their beautiful texture makes you look like a fluffy kitten and makes you man want to reach out and snuggle you.

    6. TRY A LITTLE LEATHER
    Leather, with its raw edge signals power, passion, and excitement. Wear it in moderation, not head to toe, or you will look like a geriatric dominatrix! Colored leather is easier to wear than black and looks sexy and modern. A leather jacket worn over a feminine floral dress is flirty and sexy.



    7. ANIMAL PRINTS BRING OUT THE TIGERPut a little tiger in his tank with a touch of the wild. Any animal print, like an animal print scarf or pair or pumps, is enough to get him roaring.

    8. SHINY, SPARKLY IS SEXY
    Shiny or sparkly fabrics allow you to be more modestly dressed but still transmits a very seductive message.

    9. CHOOSE SEXY ACCESSORIES
    Even if you are planning to wear something very casual this Valentine’s Day, the right accessories make an outfit sexy. Add some relaxed, feminine accessories like a soft, unstructured purse and pretty rose gold jewelry and accessories.

    10. TRY A SMOKEY EYE
    Adjusting your make-up can make you more alluring, just try it and see. The eyes are the mirror of the soul, so why not try that dark smokey eye you’ve been reading about to add a little mystery. A dark kohl liner and some smudging will make you look more passionate and playful. Keep the rest of your makeup, lips, and cheeks, soft, so your eyes take center stage.




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  • 9 WAYS TO ADD ROMANCE WITH LED CANDLES



    When it comes to adding ambiance to your everyday and special occasions, there is nothing quite like candles for bringing that dreamy feeling.Whether you use just a few taper candles on your table or a grouping of 10 or more for a beautiful, warm glow, candles are a perfect way to add a whole lot of romance for your Valentine’s Day décor and all year long. Groupings of candles are like artwork or a bouquet of flowers: they are a finishing touch that adds a sprinkle of “oomph” to a design. And the best part about Balsam Hill’s Miracle Flame LED candles? Not only do they flicker just like real ones do, you can also use them anywhere and not worry about fires and safety. Today I am sharing nine times that these candles were perfect.

    1. Mood Lighting for a Romantic Table

    Of course with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, setting the mood for romance might be on your mind. And when it comes to romantic-inspired table settings, candles are a perfect way to add that mood lighting without being overpowering.



    For the perfect amount of flickering light, add candles in various sizes grouped around your centerpiece. Dot them around the outer areas of your table to light up even more for a perfect Valentine’s table setting.



    2. On the Coffee Table



    Did you know that Balsam Hill has small votive sized LED candles? Those little cuties are perfect for tucking inside your mercury glass containers and enjoying a soft glow.


    3. Inside a Lantern



    Think outside the box—and inside the lantern. Here are some wax LED candles grouped on the table but this time, they are also with another charming “candle” that Balsam Hill carries. These rechargeable lanterns are so beautiful indoors or out, and their light flickers away, adding a perfect amount of warmth to any space.


    4. Mixed on the Mantel


    I am a big fan of groupings of candles, and displaying them on the mantel is one of my favorite stylings. To get this look, mix four or five sizes of candles for varying height and an abundance of flickering goodness. You can also use candle holders to bring even more height and drama.



    5. In the Fire Box



    When you don’t have a real fireplace or a real fire burning in your fireplace, fill it with candles for a fun twist on the everyday. I used melted wax candles in three sizes for an extra sprinkle of that drippy wax candle magic, and then stacked them on books to add even more variance in their heights to fill that large firebox area.


    6. On the Porch



    Always a fun way to decorate the porch seasonally, you can enjoy the same charm of lanterns and candles all year long. These are outdoor candles, which means they won’t melt when the sun comes up and shines on them all day long. And something fun: you can set some of Balsam Hill’s candles to be on auto, meaning they will come on at dusk and flicker away on your porch for a couple of hours before turning off.



    7. For Vintage Appeal in Lighting



    This lantern might be one that would be overlooked on the porch because it is so high and not easy to reach to turn on everyday, and it isn’t a spot that is wired, so no light switch. But an LED candle is perfect for use in this hard-to-reach spot, and I just use the remote to turn it on and off as needed. Easy peasy.


    8. Tapers on the Table



    I am a big fan of candles marching down the center of a table, and I have had more than one drippy mess to clean up after a breeze came up and sent the candles and wax all over my tablecloth.With the LED taper candles, you can easily tuck them into your garland or your candleholders, and enjoy their charm without the worry of them falling over or wax drips ruining your great-grandmother’s best linens.


    9. On the Ground



    Something that I love to do but wouldn’t feel good about doing with real candles is to use them on the ground. I love to line the path and walkways, leave them glowing in the greenhouse for a party, and tuck a few into leaves or by the hammock for an extra sprinkle of charm.But safety first, always. That is why those Miracle Flame beauties are perfect. No fire worry—which means I can tuck them anywhere and enjoy the evening with family and friends.I hope you enjoyed some of my ideas for using LED candles today. You can find all of these LED candles HERE at Balsam Hill—and I would love to know your favorite ways to enjoy Balsam Hill’s LED candles as well. Leave me a note in the comments.



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  • The Best International Travel Tips for First Time Travelers





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    Traveling with friends can be great, but make sure you find time for yourself in each day so you don't get overwhelmed; same goes for an escorted tour.


    No matter how much of your home country you've seen, it's exciting to think about going somewhere completely new, different, and foreign. It's can also be a little scary, confusing, and require some additional logistics – and that's perfectly okay! If you're feeling a little confused, here are the most essential international travel tips for first-timers:

    Deciding Where to Go for Your First International Trip

    If you aren't even sure where you want to go, this can be a big hurdle for your first trip abroad. Personally, I have always had a list ten miles long of destinations I wanted to visit someday, but even then: how was I to choose the first one?



    Here are some important things to ask yourself as you try and narrow down a literal world of choices:
    Do you want to stay close to your home country, or go far away?Do you speak a foreign language? Or, are you comfortable traveling to a place where you don't speak the language?
    Do you eagerly look forward to making new friends and connecting with locals? Or, are you more comfortable traveling with people you already know?What is the most exciting part of your trip, in your mind?
    Some options include seeing beautiful buildings and architecture, eating delicious or unusual foods, meeting new people, wanting to lay on a beach or climb a mountain, or just wanting to party.
    You can choose any or all of these options, but it might help to figure out which 1-2 are the most appealing. What is your comfort level about different countries you have in mind?
    Some people are willing to travel to more "risky" countries right away, whereas others like to travel in safer countries first.



    Once you've thought about these questions, hopefully, you can narrow down your choices to one or two countries.
    In case you're still unsure, a good recommendation for first-time travelers is to visit Western Europe or the United Kingdom. Most people speak English (even if it's not the national language), there are good transportation options (buses, trains, and airplanes), and lots of culture to experience for the first time.
    Australia and New Zealand are equally easy, but slightly more adventurous destinations. If you really want to go somewhere different, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Thailand are great first-time destinations for travelers to test the waters in a non-Western destination.

    Planning Your First Trip AbroadOnce you've decided where you're going to go, there are several more important things to consider:For how long you'd like to be travelingWhere you would like to visit in the country/countries you've chosenWhat kinds of places you would like to stay in (e.g. hostels, hotels, vacation rentals, campgrounds, etc.)What budget you haveHow you'll get thereIf you want to do an escorted tour, go solo, or with friendsRegarding the last point, this is a big one: on my first international trip, I did all three! I arrived on my own for a few days, met up with friends for a few more days, and then joined an escorted group tour for the last couple days. Traveling with friends can be great, but make sure you find time for yourself in each day so you don't get overwhelmed; same goes for an escorted tour. The nice thing about both traveling with friends and a group tour is that you have people to enjoy all of the sights with!

    Give Yourself Enough Time to Get over Your Jet Lag and Enjoy

    A 7-10 day trip is a great length for your first trip – or 4-7 days per country you're going to visit. It's enough time to really experience the cities you want to visit, but not so much that you'll be super homesick by the end.
    At the same time, you'll want to take into account that you may experience jet lag. A good rule of thumb is that it can take up to a week to adjust for every 8 time zones you change. So, if you're flying from Los Angeles to London, you can expect several days where your brain and body are adjusting to the new time zone.
    Some quick tips to zap jet lag? Drink plenty of water, sleep on your new time zone, and eat the first meal possible at the appropriate time in your destination. Even if you arrive at an odd hour, try to put yourself on a "normal" sleeping schedule and resist naps. No matter what, be sure to consider whether you need an extra day or two in your schedule to adjust.

    Save Money by Looking at Different Ways of Getting Around & Accommodation OptionsMost international trips are going to require you to fly there, but for getting around your destination, consider other options such as a road trip or trains. I personally like using Rio2Rome and GoEuro (only in Europe) to figure out which mode of transportation will be quickest/cheapest.This is one of the biggest questions for travelers at every level of experience: how far in advance should you book your trip?Also, riding the bus in a lot of countries (Spain, Thailand, Costa Rica) is actually pretty nice and not at all like hanging around a sketchy Greyhound station in the U.S. Don't write off that option -- it can often be cheaper and quicker than the train!
    As for accommodations, it's also good to look around. While hotels are always a good option, don't forget to do research on hostels and Airbnb options where you're traveling – these offer you the chance to connect with other travelers while you're there.

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  • End of Bargaining For Designer Products



    Do you have this desire of buying designer clothes and look super cool and fashionable? Are you unable to fulfill this desire of yours because branded products are too costly to afford? Well, not anymore! We’ve been searching for an online store that has designer products which do not cost the customers an arm and a leg. Branded stuff has always been costly because of the quality and maintenance of the product. Over the past few years, Luvyle has emerged into this lovely online store for designer clothes and shoes. Here, we review Luvyle Store.




    Why are we reviewing Luvyle ?

    We had been on this fishing expedition for a shopping spree that is trendy and happening, yet affordable. This quest was a hard one for the one who offers excellent quality also charges the money equal to its standard. Luvyle is an online shopping store which has a huge variety of designer clothes and shoes that too at almost very cheap rates. Their versatile clothes collection is massive which includes tops, sweater, jacket, coats, blazers, casual and party dresses with vibrant colors and attractive styles. The shoe collection is also very suitably priced against the indifferent and contemporary sandals, boots, heels, and flats. Aspects and features of each dress and shoes are explained very well on the site with proper specifications which helps the customer in making a smooth decision.



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    Luvyle Pricing

    Nowadays, Luvyle has a flash sale going which starts from as low as 10$. Otherwise, their price range for clothes varies according to the product and design, yet they are inexpensive as anything! The stylish off-shoulder and backless t-shirts and tops range between 8-40$ max. Longs coats and blazers are also very reasonably priced from 15-50$. Party, as well as casual long and short dresses, cost a maximum amount of 30$. Their bottom wear collection has jumpsuits, skirts, pants, and leggings which cost around 15-25$. The shoe stock is huge and also very reasonably priced.  On occasions, Luvyle provides promo codes and discount offers.



    Luvyle Product Quality

    Most of their clothes are a blend of a couple of fabric material but as they claim their products to be designer ones so the product’s quality must be uncompromising.

    Luvyle Spaghetti Strap Floral Printed Flared Maxi Dress




    Luvyle Size Info

    The clothing sizes that they have available are small, medium, large, XL, and XXL. The shoe sizes vary from US 5 to US 8.5. A size guide is also mentioned on their website which is very helpful while shopping online.

    Luvyle Payment

    Payment is possible through PayPal, Master Card, American Express, credit, and debit cards.




    Final Verdict

    Altogether, Luvyle indeed proves to be an online designer store with its voguish and trendsetting designs that are appealing to the customers. No major cons have been found while surveying their website. If you’re looking for ultra-modern attire for an event, then this store has got all that you need.


    Luvyle has coupons today! Now we add some special sale for you! Take the time to use it, it will bring great benefits to you.


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  • How to Choose Plus Size Dresses That Flatter



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    Dare To Wear A DressThere is just something about a dress that screams "woman!" Wearing a dress is a sure-fire way to feel more like a woman, bring out your inner girl and lift your spirits. Why don't we wear more dresses? Wearing a dress takes a bit of courage -- it's a bold move. The dress has a little bit of "look at me" in it and sometimes we might not want to be noticed.
    This article has some great tips for choosing a dress on your plus size body.

    Plus Size Dresses From The Past
    The first source we will consider when looking at how to wear a dress are beautiful women from the past. We will go back in time to an era when "plus size" was not unusual but considered beautiful. What can we learn from the women of this time? Let's examine first some paintings from the Renaissance era and see how they wear their dresses.
    The first lady we will look at is from a painting by Titian called The Woman At Her Toilet. The women is thought to be a model We don't know her name but we do know that Titian chose her to appear in several of his works. The other painting we will examine is by Peter Paul Rubens and it is also named The Woman At Her Toilet.Both of the women would be considered plus size according to today's standards.
    What can we learn from these Renaissance beauties and the way they dress? Let's take the lessons from them to apply to today's dressing.


    Principles For Choosing Plus Size Dresses

    1.Create a corset by drawing in the smallest place in your body. Look for a dress that creates a waist for you at your smallest part, often right below the bust line. If the dress does not have this shape built into it, consider accessories such a belt or a scarf to create this silhouette. If you are blessed with a natural waist, emphasize it. If you don't have much of a waist, create a faux waist by cinching in the smallest part of your silhouette, either through the cut of the dress, or by accessorizing.

    2.The skirt part should flow out from the waist, or created waist. This creates a pleasing silhouette. Notice how their skirt is made to flow outwards. When the skirt part flows out, it camouflages a large tummy and hips.

    3.Emphasize your assets. Both of these dresses feature an open neckline that emphasizes the women's neck and bustline. Flattering necklines for the plus size woman are the v-neck the sweetheart neckline and the scoop neckline. Some plus size women feel that because they are big in some places, they are "not allowed" to show off their best parts. This is nonsense! None of us are perfect but showing off our best parts does bring less attention to the other parts.


    Good Plus Size Dress ChoicesHere are some specific styles to consider when shopping for your plus size dress. These styles are great for many plus sized women, but be sure to try different styles on, to see how they work on your particular body. All of these dresses help to create that fantastic hourglass silhouette.

    a.A-line dress is a classic shape that tucks in at the waist and gently tapers down. This kind of dress is flattering for most body types.

    b.Pintuck dress is one of the most recent trends that is very beautiful. It is actually a modified A-line style that features a flowing skirt for a flirty look.

    c.Wrap (or faux wrap) dress is a shape that is very compatible with a bigger woman's body because it is adjustable to any body and hugs the curves very well. Just be sure that there is enough material in the dress to cover your body.



    d.Maxi dress is a style that can be attractive for a plus size girl if care is taken to choose the right style. For maxi dresses, be sure to maintain a defined waist and do not allow that loose "mu-mu" look. As well, you may wish to consider a side split to break up the bulk of a maxi dress.

    e.An open neckline at the top also helps to offset the long length of the dress.Shark bite hem dress is a very lovely style that features an assymetrical hemline. This dress line is very flattering for a bigger girl because it creates a diagonal, which makes the woman look less big.

    f.Con dresses are known as bar dresses and are very tight. For evening wear, they can be very attractive and tend to tuck a woman in very well. These dresses are very revealing, though, and do tend appeal to women in their twenties.

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  • Koala Mattress-In-a-Box: The Perfect Australian Mattress



    WHY IS THE KOALA MATTRESS SO PERFECT?

    Koala have literally re-invented the mattress! Their unique Kloud Comfort Layer has their famous Zero Disturbance Technology that you won’t find anywhere else! Combined with their lively base, your body weight is distributed evenly throughout the mattress ensuring you a blissful sleep every night of the year! Koala are so confident that you’ll fall in love with their mattresses that  in the event you aren’t getting the best sleep of your life, they will allow you to return your mattress in the first 120 days for a full refund!

    We’ve very quickly fallen in love with our mattress and are sleeping like babies so we could be here all day telling you why Koala is the perfect Australian mattress but I’ll just sum up into the top reasons:

    Koala have literally re-invented a good night’s sleep. They’ve slept on and tested hundreds of mattresses in order to ensure their mattress gives you the best sleep, every single night.
    The mattress is made of two custom layers which together create the world’s most comfortable bedding technology in one mattress! They describe it as being “as close as you’ll get to sleeping on a cloud” and we can attest to this fact. Our mattress isn’t too soft and it isn’t too hard, it literally provides the perfect amount of firmness and softness all in one. It’s hard to describe just how right they have got it until you sleep on one of their mattresses for yourself.
    It is not too hot and not too cold. The Koala mattress has been designed specifically for the Australian climate promising it will be cool to touch in summer and cosy warm on winter nights. This was something that really grabbed our attention as there is nothing worse than trying to sleep in summer on those disgustingly hot nights!
    We also love their zero disturbance technology which means you won’t feel your partner tossing and turning or getting in and out of bed. This is important for us as I’m quite a restless sleeper and Dan is a light sleeper! He also starts work two hours earlier than me so he can get up of a morning feeling rested and also not wake me up!
    Our mattress is also ultra bouncy! Gone are the days of choosing between a rock hard mattress or a soft mattress that sinks under your weight!
    Koala Mattress-In-a-Box: The Perfect Australian Mattress



    THE KOALA MISSION

    One of the biggest things that drew me to Koala in the first place was their mission which is not only to enhance the sleeping experience of Aussies, but also to protect the future of one of our national icons, the koala. So whenever you buy a Koala Mattress you are also adopting a real live koala in a partnership with the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie. The adoption helps with the rescue and treatment of sick and injured koalas and the Koala Hospital aims to return as many healthy koalas back into the wild as possible. In addition you will also be helping to preserve and expand the koala’s natural habitat whilst supporting research that relates to habitat, diseases and the behaviour of koalas. You’ll even receive an official certificate of adoption for your koala! If you are planning a visit to Port Macquarie the Koala Hospital is open daily and there is guided tours each day if you want to learn more about the work they do.



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    I know the Koala Hospital really well and the work that they do as I grew up in beautiful Port Macquarie and recently moved back with Dan when we returned from the UK. Port Macquarie has the largest population of koalas on the East Coast of Australia. We’re so lucky to live among koalas and see them as part of our everyday! Dan still pinches himself a little every time we see one as in the UK they obviously don’t have koalas! This photo was taken a few weeks after we arrived back in Australia and this koala came strolling past our house!



    A TOP QUALITY MATTRESS AT A THIRD OF THE PRICE

    I’m the sort of person who reads reviews on everything before I buy or book anything. I hate being given sales pitches as I’m not good at saying no and find salesmen really pushy. I read a lot of reviews about a lot of mattresses before I committed to purchasing our Koala mattress. In all my research I didn’t come across a simple negative review of Koala and every review I read from customers, online articles and CHOICE magazine was positive and sang praises of the company and mattresses. I’m happy to say they didn’t lie and here I am happily writing an article about JUST HOW GOOD Koala mattresses are so hopefully everyone will know!

    I like that Koala cut out the salesmen, the showrooms and all the additional charges which more often than not leads to highly inflated retail costs. Koala cuts this out by designing, making, selling and delivering the mattress directly to you at a fraction of the price. We paid $950 for our Queen sized Koala mattress and I can honestly say that every dollar was well spent. It has been almost a month since we received our mattress and we’ve literally never slept better! Dan is a tradesman and sometimes gets a sore back after a big day at work but even he has said that the mattress has made a huge difference and he hasn’t had a sore back at all.

    We’ve raved almost non-stop about how comfortable the mattress is since we started sleeping on it, so much so that my parents purchased one for themselves last week! Their current mattress is only a few years old and it was the “top of the line” mattress when they purchased it, costing them over $3,000 at a local store. My parents are both very healthy, active and fit but neither sleep well and complain of sore backs and their uncomfortable mattress. I’m really excited to hear how they find their Koala mattress once they put it on their bed this weekend and will update this post when they do to let you all know how they find it!



    PROUDLY AUSTRALIAN MADE
    Unfortunately these days it is quite rare to find anything that is Australian made. I love that Koala’s mattresses are Australian made. Koala do so as it makes more jobs for Aussies and also allows them full control over the quality of the mattresses!

    Koala Mattress Sales Process

    OUR KOALA MATTRESS
    Delivery of the mattresses is free Australia wide and if you live in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth or Adelaide then your Koala mattress will arrive on your doorstep within 4 hours (as long as you order before 2pm on a weekday)! If you live outside these metro areas (like us) then delivery can take 1-5 business days! Ours only took 2 days and we were provided with SMS updates the entire time so we knew when our Koala mattress was on its way.


    It literally couldn’t have been more simple to set up our mattress. We unboxed the rolled up mattress, cut off the plastic using the special unwrapping tool and unrolled our mattress! You can sleep on them straight away but we left ours overnight as we were in the process of moving and hadn’t set up our furniture yet. It was pretty impressive to see the size of the mattress when we opened it considering how it was wrapped up in the box.




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    The next day we moved in all of our furniture and our mattress fit perfectly on our new bed. We’d purchased new furniture as we’d been living with my parents since we arrived back in Australia. I was really excited to purchase really good quality furniture and items that I know will last us a long time (and also look great) and to finally see them all set up. I am so happy that we also purchased our mattress from Koala, it is of such high quality but was also at a price that we were happy to pay (and didn’t break the bank)!

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    We live on a really quiet street and have no neighbours across the street, just nature reserve. I love relaxing on our bed, looking out at the lovely views and listening to all the native birds that live in our trees. Our room is still a work in progress as I am waiting for a few canvases I have ordered to arrive. We’ve ordered canvases with some of our favourite travel photos of the Cinque Terre in Italy and the Greek Islands for our bedroom and I can’t wait for them to arrive. Until then we’ve got a lovely print I picked up in Italy a few years ago hanging above our bed. I am in love with our bedding, furniture and accessories which really tie in well with the coastal luxe decor I am going for. I find our bedroom an oasis of relaxation and tranquility where I love spending time both during the day and of an evening. Oh and I really struggle to get up and off the bed when I need to, whether it is in the morning or during the day as it is SO ridiculously comfortable!

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    FINAL THOUGHTS
    One month in and we are absolutely in love with our mattress (if you can’t already tell). Sleep is such an important part of our lives to ensure we are healthy, productive and most importantly, happy! We are so happy in our new house and are sleeping soundly and blissfully every single night. We’re Koala converts and over the last month have pretty much told everyone we know about them, and now we are telling you guys!

    So if you are in the market for a new mattress and are considering purchasing a Koala (which we highly recommend) make sure you take advantage of their Refer a friend program where by using my referral code you will get $100 off your purchase when you check out and we will get a $50 gift card… it really is a win win!

    Head over to Koala Mattress to find out more about their perfect Australian Mattress!

    Koala Mattress: The Perfect Australian Mattress


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  • HOW TO TRAVEL THE MALDIVES ON A BUDGET: IT’S POSSIBLE!



    The Maldives is a fascinating country to travel to independently, not least because it’s only been possible to do so for the past five years. Now, guesthouses are springing up on local islands on a seemingly monthly basis, offering budget travellers an affordable way to explore the country.

    And, in many ways, travelling on a budget in the Maldives is far superior to staying in one of the luxury resorts. Each resort is built on its own island, isolating you from the rest of the country so you never get a chance to experience local life. Staying on the local islands has given me an insight into life in the Maldives that very few people have experienced so far.

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    But things are changing rapidly.
    The number of guesthouses on some of the more popular islands are doubling each year as more and more travellers turn up in search of paradise on a budget. On one of the islands I visited, Dave and I were the only tourists — we had every beach to ourselves! I suspect this won’t be as commonplace five years from now.
    So, now is the perfect time to travel to the Maldives.
    I spent three weeks in the country and visited three of the local islands — Maafushi, Fulidhoo and Guraidhoo. I also splurged on two nights on a resort stay at Olhuveli Island in an overwater bungalow so that I could experience the differences between the two ways of travelling.


    How much does it cost to travel the Maldives on a budget? As little as $50 a day. As a budget traveler, you can expect to spend $30 a day on a private room in a guesthouse; $10 a day on food; and $10 a day on activities. But there are, of course, ways to do it even cheaper.
    Here’s everything you need to know about travelling in the Maldives on a budget.

    Independent and Budget Travel is Very New to the MaldivesTourism in general is relatively new to the Maldives. The first resort opened in 1973 and for thirty years, the only way to visit as a tourist was via these expensive island resorts.
    Seven years ago, however, the government changed its regulations to allow guesthouses to open on the local islands. For the first time, tourists were allowed to stay with locals and gain an insight into Maldivian life. At present, many budget travellers remain unaware that it’s possible to do this. When I visited, I felt like one of the only independent travellers in the country — I even turned up on one island and learned that my boyfriend, Dave, and I were the only tourists currently staying there!
    When I arrived at Male airport, Dave and I were the only backpackers in sight. We were the only people to walk through the airport without a travel agent greeting us, and we were the only non-locals taking a ferry over to a local island.
    Any downsides? At times, it felt like I was invading the islands against the locals’ wishes. I felt as though Dave and I were regarded with suspicion — or perhaps curiosity. On some of the smaller islands, our greetings of “hello” towards the locals were often ignored, as we received little more than stares in exchange. I don’t know if they were shy, or curious, or even angry that we were on their island home. This did, however, occur predominantly with the older residents.



    Having said all that, the majority of the locals were friendly and welcoming and happy to chat. It was just the occasional stare that left me feeling like I was intruding.
    Additionally, while Dave and I were mostly left alone when walking as a couple, when I was wandering the islands alone, the local women were all excited to chat to me. Whether it was just to say hello, or to offer me a piece of Maldivian chocolate to try, travelling as a solo female offers a different experience to travelling as a couple, and I felt 100% safe while alone there.
    It Can Be Done CheaplyThe Maldives were always my dream honeymoon destination for a couple of reasons.
    1. It looked like it had the best beaches in the world
    2. The resorts were very expensive.
    I’d assumed that the Maldives was a once in a lifetime destination that I’d visit only for a very special occasion.

    Finding Cheap Transport: Transport is also cheap. Local ferries run on a somewhat infrequent schedule but shouldn’t cost more than $2-4 for a three hour journey. We paid $0.60 for the ferry from Male Airport to Male, $3 for the ferry from Male to Maafushi, $4 for the ferry from Maafushi to Fulidhoo, and $2 for the ferry from Maafushi to Guraidhoo.
    If you want to visit a resort, you’ll have to pay for a speedboat, as the local ferries don’t stop at the resort islands. These speedboats are very expensive — we were quoted $280 per person return trip for a 45 minute journey, or $200 per person return for a ten minute journey. One possibility could be to turn up at the nearest local island, and ask around to see if a local fisherman will take you across on his boat. We managed to arrange a transfer from Guraidhoo to Olhuveli (which, by the way, was incredible, and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a resort stay) for $40 per person return trip — but given that the resort was only 6 kilometres away, this is still pretty pricey.
    Avoid the seaplanes if you’re travelling on a budget — these will usually cost around $500 return for a 20 minute journey.

    There’s So Little Information AroundI’ve never visited a country where independent travel is so new, and it certainly made planning a little tricky.
    I’m a chronic over-planner, so trying to choose between islands while having no idea what they were going to be like left me more than a little anxious. The first thing I do when I decide I want to go somewhere is head to Google Images. I’m a visual person and I like to see exactly where I’m going. When I did this with the Maldivian islands, I came across stock photos of the Maldives, photos of resorts, and satellite photos of islands. I wasn’t sure if any of the photos were actually of the islands we were going to.
    Searching for detailed information was just as tricky. Most of the islands had a paragraph on Wikipedia mentioning their size and population, and that was mostly it. I couldn’t find any travel blog posts, I couldn’t find any online travel guides. The best I could find were a few TripAdvisor reviews of guesthouses that briefly mentioned what the islands were like.
    Update 2017: This is quickly changing as more and more travel bloggers get wind of how easy it is to travel the Maldives on a budget. Now, you should be able to find a few travel blog posts on various local islands that are within easy reach of Male.

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  • Dress for Success



    Leona Edmiston is one of Australia’s leading fashion designers, Leona Edmiston began in the 1980’s with her first fashion label, Morrissey Edmiston shared with former business partner Peter Morrissey. The Morrissey Edmiston label received significant local and international recognition and dressed a string of celebrity clients including Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, Kylie Minogue, Elle Macpherson, Michael Hutchence, Helena Christensen, Harry Connick Jr. and Jon Bon Jovi.



    Leona launched her solo label with business partner Jeremy Ducker in 2001.  The label, entitled ‘Leona Edmiston,’ is a tribute to the dress in all its incarnations. A Leona Edmiston Frock is elegant, versatile and ageless.



    Celebrating the confident, urban woman, the collections exude classic femininity, effortless style and chic, sexy sophistication.


    Leona uses a variety of fabrics from her signature sleek jersey to soft luxurious silks and crisp cottons. Prints and colour blocks are a favourite. The fabrics compliment the style and flattering cuts of the frocks, they allow for confidence during the day and sheer elegance during the evening, taking you from the ‘office to opera’ with ease.
    Leona Edmiston’s success has seen the label extend into two diffusion collections named ‘Leona’ and ‘Ruby,’ ‘Little Leona’ for  the little ladies, and has fuelled accessories collections including eyewear, Heels, Purses and Leona Edmiston PINS, as well as a signature fragrance, candle and even a chocolate collection.



    Leona Edmiston is the unquestionable doyenne of Australian Fashion design. With 30 years of her effortless style, glamour and sophistication gracing the catwalks, workplace, red carpets and landmarks of the World, Leona’s signature style continues to dazzle.



    While Leona rules the creative side of the business, the label would not have seen the success and recognition it has today without the strategic management by Leona’s husband and Managing Director Jeremy Ducker. He has been a driving force in building the brand and the positioning of the business, including the category extensions Ruby, a diffusion collection, Little Leona, for the little ladies, and a range of Lifestyle Accessories, including, Sunglasses, Jewellery, Shoes, Handbags, and Pins, the hugely popular hosiery.





    The Leona Edmiston team works with Leona and Jeremy at their stylish showroom, studio and headquarters in the heart of Sydney’s garment district, Alexandria. The brand is further supported by a superior team of sales staff at her 26 store, providing a friendly and fun atmosphere while raising the bar on customer service. We also have a tech-savvy support team behind the online boutique and dedicated sales staff to ensure you enjoy the same quality experience and service online as ladies receive in our boutiques.


    Leona was awarded the InStyle Women of Style Fashion award in 2014. She received the Walk of Style plaque in 2015. Leona Edmiston was inducted into the Business Woman’s hall of fame in 2016.



    Leona has a long and engaging history of working with charitable organizations. Leona is an ambassador for the Children’s Medical Research Institute and Barnardos Australia. She also volunteers her time and product to Dress for Success.


    We suggest taking the time to view their websites below to see the incredible work they are doing and ways you can also help:


    Children's Medical Research Institute

    Barnardos Australia

    Dress for Success



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  • HOW TO DRESS CLASSY



    Appleseed's has been providing classic, high-quality apparel for women across the United States for more than 70 years. They believe that "classic is ageless," and focus on comfortable, casual, updated styles for the fastest growing generation of women in history- the baby boomers of today who deserve the best of what life has to offer.Their specialty fashion for women over 60, in misses, petites and women's plus sizes, is offered through distinct catalogs and online. They pride themselves on providing the finest quality and value in apparel, plus the personal attention of their friendly customer service representatives.

    Is it time for you to change up your style? Add a bit of sophistication and class to your everyday look? Maybe you have a new job, maybe you’ve moved to a new city, or maybe you just need a change to represent who you have become. Are you wondering how to make that transition and how to dress classy? I’ll walk you through the ins and outs of styling yourself with a more sophisticated, chic, and classy style that you can wear for years to come (or the rest of your life!).

    Classy styling is timeless. The navy shift dress and camel-colored pumps you buy today will still be wearable ten years from now. Buying one good pair of pearl stud earrings outweighs the 10 pairs of trendy statement earrings that will be passé a year after they are purchased. It is an elegant style that can be worn to work, Sunday brunch, a city shopping trip, or traveling the world. You can even go sailing while rocking a classic look!

    Sophisticated dressing is all about key elements and combining them properly. So if you are ready to delve into a new classier look, let’s get started.KNOW YOUR PERSONAL STYLEPersonal style is something that each of us has, we just have to identify it, understand it, and then live it. It projects your mood, personality and you as a whole, reflecting your personal interests, lifestyle, inspirations, and your past.When you find your personal style you know you look great and feel confident when you leave your home. Whether you prefer bohemian, street, high fashion, minimal or classic, you can make your style look classy when the occasion calls for it.

    Typically, classic and minimalist styles will look classy all the time, based on the color palettes and clothing options that these styles represent. But don’t discount the other styles when you want to class it up.
    Let’s see what it takes to elevate your style to a more sophisticated level…THE BASICS OF DRESSING CLASSY
    #1 WEAR ITEMS THAT ARE MADE OF CLASSIC FABRICSClassic, timeless clothing is made of materials that will last well into the next decade. Think: cotton, wool, linen, and silk. These four basic fabrics will stand the test of time if cared for properly. Cleaned and pressed, items made of these fabrics tend to give off a classy vibe all on their own.
    These fabrics also have variations that allow you to expand on your wardrobe. Denim is one example of a cotton fabric that cuts across all style lines, from street to boho to minimalist. Similarly, chino cotton works great in pants, blazers and even moto jackets (for the street style in you!). Then there is cashmere, a type of wool that feels heavenly against the skin and doesn’t pill with age. Cashmere sweaters, whether they are cardigans, V-necks, or crewneck pullovers pair perfectly with those denim jeans, as well as tailored pants and skirts.

    A word to the wise with these fabrics: Read the labels and care for them properly to make them last. While wrinkle-free cotton has become more available, most cotton items will need to be ironed. (Classy doesn’t do wrinkled!) Wool, linen, and silk often have to be dry-cleaned or hand-washed. Make a mistake and you may have to give your 6-year-old-niece that wool cardigan that was a staple in your wardrobe but shrunk in half thanks to your dryer.#2 IF IN DOUBT WEAR SOLID NEUTRALSBold patterns and prints can definitely work in a classy and sophisticated look, but you may not be comfortable with those, especially if you are just starting out with classy styling. Neutrals are your friend in this case. They are plentiful in the stores (and probably your closet), easily combined with one another, and help to stretch your wardrobe.


    Typical neutrals are white/beige/cream, navy blue, black, and gray. Now, don’t think you have to dress head-to-toe in black (or other neutral). Monochromatics (different shades or tints of the same color) allow you to vary a color but still remain classy, or you can add small accents that can transform a solid into something eye-catching, like a skinny burgundy alligator belt, a paisley scarf, or a pair of red pumps. Want to know more about monochromatic dressing? Make sure to read What is Monochromatic and How to Wear a Monochromatic Outfit.#3 FIT IS KEYClassy and sophisticated clothing is typically tailored and form fitting (not too tight, but you can show off that figure). Skirts should hit just above or below the knee, as should your dresses. Classic trousers are straight, slightly wide, faintly bootcut, or menswear inspired and should be ½-inch off the floor in the back. Wide-leg pants and skinny pants in classic fabrics are also acceptable, as are ankle pants (shades of Audrey Hepburn!). Blazers, blouses, and sweaters should follow the curve of your waist.

    Do not hesitate to take items to a local seamstress or tailor to be altered to fit properly. Love that shift dress at Nordstroms, but it’s too big in the bust? That’s a $15 fix. Are those gray wool pants in your closet too long for classic 3-inch pumps or do you want to wear them with flats? Another $10-15 fix. Remember, good quality clothes will last you for 10+ years, and it is a small price to pay for alterations. Beats having to replace cheap pants every 3 years.
    Not everything you wear has to be perfectly tailored and form-fitting. You can mix in unstructured pieces for a more relaxed vibe. Pair a blue-striped t-shirt with chinos and a denim jacket or a flowy maxi skirt with a crisp white button-down shirt (roll up those sleeves for added panache!).#4 NEVER OVEREXPOSEClassy dressing requires a bit of modesty. No midriff-baring tops, revealing low décolletage, or mini mini skirts.
    Necklines are typically collared, boatneck, crew neck or V-neck. For some variety, you can also try square, cowl, and scoop necks, and for more formal times, asymmetrical, sweetheart and halter necklines work as well. Regardless, keep your cleavage and your belly button covered. Additionally, armholes on blouses and dresses should not reveal your bra.

    As noted above, hem length on skirts and dresses should be just above or below the knee for everyday wear, with slightly shorter and full-length appropriate for summer events or classic formal wear.#5 DON’T GO OVERBOARD WITH ACCESSORIESSimple jewelry is the best way to go when aiming for a classy and sophisticated style. My recommendations are:Earrings: small silver or gold hoops, pearl or diamond studs.Bracelet: silver or gold bangles (one heavy or several delicate), tennis bracelet, watch (gold or silver with metal or leather band).Necklace: Long pendants, pearls, diamond solitaire, cross.Ring: Not necessary, but if you do, go either delicate or statement. Thin bands, diamonds, or heirloom rings are fine, and everyone should have one cocktail ring to wear to events or dress up your jeans. Stick to ring and/or middle fingers only.Scarf: Scarves are great way to add color and visual interest to a sophisticated outfit, particularly if it is a solid or monochromatic in color.


    Again, cotton, silk and wool are your best options. Try multiple colors and fabrics, with light silk or cotton for spring and thicker wool ones for winter. Florals, paisleys, stripes, and solids are great options.And don’t forget your shoes. Yes, shoes are an accessory! Pumps, slingbacks, ballet flats, or boots in solid neutrals, such as cream, navy or black, are your best bet. All go with a multitude of outfits, meaning you won’t need to break the bank for a closet full of shoes. It’s also said that every woman should own a red pair of shoes, and it never hurts to have an animal print to make an outfit pop a bit. (Think leopard print flats with khakis or denim.)YOU DON’T NEED A LOT OF MONEY TO DRESS CLASSYContrary to popular belief, classy outfits don’t have to break the bank. Yes, you can spend $200 on a designer-label button-down shirt, but you can also find one of comparable quality and appearance for $68 at Banana Republic, the Gap or Ann Taylor. And because classic, well-made clothing lasts for years, and even decades, you can often find good bargains at secondhand and thrift stores.


    Invest in good quality basics that fit well, and that you can mix and match. Accessories—which are much cheaper than clothing—can help change up your looks and stretch those basics even further.KEEP A PRETTY MANIYour hands, and the jewelry on them, are an extension of your wardrobe, and a reflection of the care you take with your appearance, especially if you are wearing a statement bracelet or ring that brings extra attention to those fingers.
    Indulge in regular manicures, either at home or in a salon. Keep nails short to medium in length, opting for a nice round or oval shape, with clear or nude polish or a French manicure. Stay away from stiletto nails and bold or neon colors, as well as nail art and jewels.

    NOTE: If wearing sandals or peep-toe shoes, a pedicure is a must. I find that a simple clear gloss or nude colors work best, but you can always go with a classic red or pink.PAY ATTENTION TO THE DETAILSThey say that the devil is in the details, and dressing classy is no exception. The trick to wearing sophisticated clothing is to keep everything neat, clean, and simple. Make sure that the clothes are flattering on you and colors and patterns are balanced.
    All items should be free of wrinkles and color coordinated. Check for holes, loose threads, missing buttons, or a hemline that is frayed. Stick with neutrals with pops of color here and there. Don’t over-accessorize; stick with simple minimal jewelry like a pair of earrings and a watch or earrings and a pendant necklace.
    Your hair and makeup also play a role in your overall look. Again, neat and clean. Stay away from metallic eye shadows in loud colors, be careful not to overdo the blush or bronzer, and stick with a neutral or light lip.DRESSING CLASSY AND YOUR PERSONAL STYLEDressing classy doesn’t have to be difficult, but it will take some time to meld your personal style with the new sophisticated way of dressing. Don’t automatically discount the clothing you already have in your closet. You may be able to integrate items in ways you didn’t think possible.

    My style is more classic and minimalist but I do like to add color whenever possible. As you can see in this outfit post, I’m wearing a classy dress but with with a pattern that screams personality. The small pops of color don’t overwhelm the dress or me but add to my look.
    This dress has all of the details I mentioned above, with the hem ending just above the knees, a crew neckline, and it’s form fitting but not tight. It has that classy shape but with a little attitude.
    I’ve paired it with a red handbag, fun metallic pump, and minimal accessories: sunglasses, earrings and a dainty watch. Simple, elegant, sophisticated and it reflects my personal style.


    So take a look through that closet again. Maybe you can let the hem down on your favorite skirt or add a cuff to pants that are too long for your ballet flats. And that floral silk blouse? It will look great paired with a neutral skirt and matching pumps. You don’t have to completely give up your own style to be classy and chic, but it will require some effort and modifications.
    Are you ready to make the classy transition? Remember classy doesn’t mean boring or without personality. Dressing classy means dressing stylishly and sophisticated. It’s also timeless and elegant.

    If you feel like you’re jumping from style to style and don’t have the wardrobe that represents where you are in your life then start integrating the style tips I mention in this post! Shop for pieces that you can wear longer than a season and remember that a good tailor is worth every penny.
    I hope this post has answered all your dressing classy questions and you now know how to dress classy. If I missed something leave me a comment and I’ll answer you directly!

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  • Leading Global Online Shopping Site



    Zapals.com is an internationally renowned, global shopping website operated by the Zapals Corporation Limited Company.

    Our offices are located in Australia, Hong Kong and Mainland China and our aim is to deliver one of the largest, most innovative online department stores in the world.



    We’ve got an extensive range of high quality products at the lowest prices for our customers. Our shopping range is designed by experienced professionals in compliance with international standards, quality control, trends, demands, and policies.

    Our ultimate goal is to be an innovative, one-stop, online destination for anything you can find in the home and anything that you’ll need in your life!



    We're the global shopping mall in the palm of your hand. We're the international department store that's streamed straight into your home. With thousands of products at the touch of your fingers, Zapals is your online shopping powerhouse.



    Why shop with us?
    It's simple. We've got great quality products at the lowest prices. And it's all backed up with first class customer service.



    We've got the best selection
    Home, work and play. We've got them all covered. No matter what you're after, chances are we've got it.



    We've got the best prices
    We go straight to the source. Our products are supplied directly from the manufacturer, so we can pass on the savings to you.

    Did someone say fast and reliable delivery?
    If we've got it in our warehouse, we'll get it out the door. And if we have to source it from the supplier, we'll get it dispatched directly from them to you.



    30 day return policy
    If for whatever reason you're not 100% happy with what you've bought, you can arrange to return it within 30 days through our customer service team.




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  • Essential Kitchen Tools Checklist



    Cooking is easier and faster with the right equipment. Stock your kitchen with these basics. 
    kitchenwarehouse.comcan meet your needs for Kitchen.

    Ladle
    Look for a large “bowl” that makes it easy to serve soups. Also, a bent handle at the top allows you to hook the ladle on the side of a pot without it falling in.

    Locking tongs
    Select a style with nonslip handles and scalloped tips for a firm grip. Use for turning meats and tossing vegetables in a skillet.

    Metal spatula
    An offset thin blade will allow you to get under delicate items like cookies and pancakes. A medium-length blade will prevent flipping or picking up foods at an awkward angle.

    Rubber spatula
    Should be sturdy enough to maneuver heavy doughs but flexible enough to get into jar corners. Silicone models are heat-resistant and can be used in pots.

    Slotted spoon
    Pick a sturdy spoon with a stainless steel handle that won’t get too hot.

    Whisk
    A solid rather than a wired handle will prevent food from getting stuck inside. Buy one with thin wires (not thick, heavy ones) to make sure it’s well-balanced when whipping egg whites or cream.



    For Slicing

    Chef’s knife
    Opt for an 8- to 9-inch blade with a thick bolster, the metal that extends from the handle to the edge of the blade and acts as a finger guard while you’re chopping. This knife should feel comfortable in your hand.

    Garlic press
    A nice shortcut while chopping: one that works on unpeeled cloves and is dishwasher-safe.
    Kitchen shears
    Invest in a sturdy pair with tapered, fine tips and roomy handles.
    Lemon press
    The best models are big enough for both a lime and a lemon and have ridges to grip fruit better.


    Microplane grater
    For small tasks that require a fine grater—zesting lemons and grating Parmesan, garlic, and nutmeg—use a razor-sharp, stainless steel model.
    Paring knife
    The blade should fall between 3 to 4 inches for small, fine cuts like coring tomatoes and peeling fruits and vegetables. A sturdy model’s blade will extend through the handle.


    Potato masher
    A curved head will let you get into corners of bowls and pots.

    Serrated bread knife
    You want a rigid blade of at least 8 inches and an offset handle, which will let you slice through sandwiches without banging your knuckles on the cutting board.

    Y-shaped vegetable peeler
    This will give you a better grip than a traditional swivel model for hard-to-peel foods like mangoes and butternut squash.

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  • Late Blooming Passion for Photography Finally Takes Flight



    On misty days, the dreaming spires of Mont Saint-Michel — an ancient monastery in Normandy, France — stretch through the tiny water droplets like masts, as if a floating castle had drifted in from the 8th Century.

    The medieval monastery’s gothic architecture is a favorite destination for 46-year-old Parisian landscape photographer and photography tutor, Serge Ramelli. Now based in Los Angeles, Serge has been doing professional workshops here and in Paris for the last three years.



    “Naturally, people love taking photos of Paris because it’s so beautiful,” Serge says of his students’ preferred workshop destination.

    “I can’t fly a drone in Paris. But I can in Mont Saint-Michel,” Serge offers, adding that the stunning island commune, accessible only by a tidal causeway at low tide, is where he and his students spend a whole day taking pictures.

    In 2016, Serge has taken to flying his Phantom 4 drone over the site with head-turning results. Here is a video of Mont Saint-Michel that the drone artist shot with one of his students.



    Drone Mont Saint Michel from PhotoSerge on Vimeo.

    Ever since he was a child, Serge only ever wanted to be an artist. Two subjects interested him greatly, acting and photography. In a way, through his well received online video tutorials and popular workshops, he has achieved just that. But it almost didn’t happen for the late blooming photographer.  

    “I was a salesman for most of my life. While I enjoyed it, I felt an emptiness inside and didn’t want to arrive at 65 having never really gone for it,” he admits, somewhat philosophically.



    11 years ago, at the tender age of 35, Serge resolved to teach himself everything there was to learn about cameras, photography, lighting and post-processing. This period of intense concentration — “I was really going for it” — lasted about four years. By the end, he had secured himself a decent roster of regular clientele. Around this time, the drone photography market had literally started to take off. Serge became “absolutely hooked” by the possibilities of aerial photography.



    “My friend got a Phantom 4 when it came out. He got me to play around with it and I was blown away with how easy it was to fly,” Serge says, recalling just how much of an incredible experience his debut flight was. Immediately, Serge rushed back home and started editing what he had shot that day.

    Serge’s entrepreneurial spirit, combined with his natural salesmanship, has already resulted in a popular video on YouTube called How to Take Amazing Photos with a Drone!



    In the video, Serge takes his Phantom 4 out for a spin and conveys to the viewer first hand what it’s actually like to fly, shoot, and retouch photos with the drone. The film currently has over 17,500 views.

    “People always stop to say hello when I do drone photography,” he muses.

    “It makes most of the public dream about flying themselves. I think all of us have had those dreams of flying and the drone helps us achieve that.”




    From a hobbyist salesman to a full-fledged photography teacher and now drone tutor, Serge’s dreams have certainly taken flight and appear to be flying high for now.


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  • Awesome Clothing Tips No Woman Should Ever Miss



    It’s Friday night and you’re searching through your wardrobe to put together the right outfit, but you just can’t seem to find anything that matches. Sound familiar? This is the kind of struggle all women have, but things don’t have to be too complicated. You can make your life a lot easier with some clever fashion tips that allow you look your best in any occasions. You can adjust your choices based on your personal style, body type and personality, but most of these tips will work for any of woman out there.

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    1. Old things must go!

    This is where you should start – there’s no room for change if you don’t make it yourself. Open up your closet and take a good look at your clothes. You should ask yourself one simple question – if you were in a store right now, what items from your closet would you buy? It’s a very simple and quite efficient game you should play once in a while. If you want to stop spending hours in front of your closet, it needs to be neat and color coordinated – hoarding clothes always leads to a mess. All clothes you decide need to go shouldn’t be thrown away – donate them! That way, you’ll feel good about it.

    2. Big event coming? Shop with a plan
    Whether you’re getting married, or you’re simply attending a black-tie event, you’ll definitely spend a lot of time searching for the right outfit. In order to be efficient and be happy with your choice, you should go shopping with a proper hairstyle, makeup and shoes, so you can see the bigger picture. Also, don’t forget to put on some nice underwear – you don’t want to dismiss a dress that doesn’t look good on you because you haven’t paid attention to your panty line.

    3. Extend the life of your cashmere
    The fact of something is called cashmere shouldn’t mean much, so the first step towards a long and happy life of an item made out of cashmere is purchasing a quality item. This material can be processed in many different ways, so you could easily end up with an overpaid poor quality sweater. However, there are some indicators that can show you what are you looking at. First, you should be looking for thick knitted garments, and second, try stretching it – if it pulls back, it’s a good type of cashmere. Chances are, you’ll pay good money for any quality cashmere item, so you should take care of it, which means washing it in cold water by hand.



    4. Stretch new shoes painlessly
    There are different ways to avoid calluses, which can really make your day difficult. Most of those problems come from high heels, right? Up until now, I’ve tried different kinds of methods, and the most effective one includes the freezer, believe it or not. If you fill a couple of freezer bags with water, place them in your shoes, and put them into your freezer to stay overnight, you’ll be able to see a huge difference in the morning.

    5. Dress it up in a couple of seconds – bow tie, clip on earrings on flats
    We’d all appreciate it if the days were a bit longer, but regarding the fact that’s not about to happen, you should use all kind of trick and tips in order to dress up quickly. A nice touch is always a bow tie – you can make it work with almost anything. If you don’t have any heels near buy, you could class up your flats by placing clip on earrings on them.

    6. Be smart when you buy a jacket
    Purchasing jackets, coats and blazers has just one rule – it needs to fit your shoulders. If it’s too tight or too wide, leave it in the store, because this is one thing that’s very difficult to alter, even if you have a good tailor by your side.



    7. The rules of showing skin
    Speaking of rules, we should mentioned those regarding showing skin. It’s pretty simple – show one body part at a time. So if you’re showing your cleavage, pay attention you’re not combining that with miniskirts, and the other way around. Looking and feeling attractive shouldn’t be based on how naked you are. A little bit of mystery is always a nice touch.

    8. Treat yourself like a queen
    Beauty is connected with health more than you think. Taking care of your health starts with resting – no matter how many responsibilities you have during the day, you shouldn’t let them intervene with your sleep time. You’ve probably heard about something called beauty sleep, and you should know it isn’t a myth. So, invest in your beauty and health by encasing your bed with pure silk.

    9. Make clothes work for you
    You know how some people simply know how to wear the right clothes? There’s no mystery there, and actually, you could pull it off, too, by just thinking about what you’re wearing a little bit more. It all depends on how your body is built – you should tend to accent your features in the right way. For example, wearing V neck will make your torso look longer, and wearing nude pups will do miracles for the length of your legs. Embrace your shape and learn to love all its imperfections.

    10. Having trouble with jeans?
    You can’t have a fashionable clothing collection without jeans, but it can be hard balancing trendy ones with those which fit you perfectly. The first rule of buying jeans, no matter the type, is that when you’re in doubt regarding the size, you should always go with the smaller size – they’ll stretch after only two washes. If your daily outfit usually consists of jeans, having a glue gun is necessary. It’s a simple way to do your stitches and hams, it doesn’t cost much and you can decorate your denim whatever you find it suitable. When it comes to altering them, make sure you’ve washed them twice before you visit your tailor. A piece of advice – all hems of your jeans should go up to the tops of your shoes.

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  • THE ONETEASPOON GUIDE TO BYRON BAY

    Sun kissed skin, salt dried hair, we’re on Byron time now baby.

    Escaping the grid lock of Sydney, the OneTeaspoon team kick-started Summer with a getaway to the picturesque Byron Bay. With on-duty time spent inside the OneTeaspoon pop-up boutique building walls of denim, hanging chains, and preparing for the congregation of our global teams, off-duty time was spent soaking up Vitamin D, exploring the local goods, and drinking our bodyweight in cocktails. This was a lifestyle we could become accustomed to. Read on for our tips on the best places to crash, to get coffee, to shop up a storm, and get washed away.



    STAY

    Capturing the essence of a true Byron Bay getaway, The Byron at Byron offers a total oasis from the outside world – a home away from home. Paying homage to the laid back Byron Bay lifestyle, the Byron at Byron is shrouded in greenery, boardwalks, and lush rainforests. The entire OneTeaspoon team were lucky enough to be nestled up in this humble abode for six luxurious nights, and we just couldn’t get enough. A ten-minute walk gets you down to the beach, or if jungle treks aren’t your thing, opt for cocktails in the pool area, complete with sun beds, fire pits, and a spa. The rooms were light and airy yet fully screened, giving outside nature vibes, minus the mosquitoes. Absolute bliss.



    In the mornings you could find half our team discovering their inner zen with dreamy yoga classes in the rainforest, the other half were planted at the buffet breakfast sipping on Bloody Mary’s and lining their stomachs with bacon and eggs ready for round 3. In true OneTeaspoon style by 3pm we were all sprawled out in the poolside day beds, cocktails in hand, and mildly drunk. If you can spare an hour and really want to recoup, book yourself in to The Spa – you won’t regret it. 6 nights later and we were feeling almost relaxed enough to head back to the big smoke.







    EAT

    In a converted weatherboard cottage sits our daily port of call for caffeine and snacks, Folk Café. This cool little café is the perfect spot to start your day Byron style, with a local organic plant-based menu, old-school enamel kitchenware, and kitsch 70’s era ceramics. Better yet, it’s located just around the corner from our pop up store in the Habitat Commercial Precinct. Grab yourself a beetroot latte and come say hello!

    A local favourite and a must-do for Byron is little rustic café, Bayleaf. Situated in the heart of town, Bayleaf pride themselves on sourcing locally and organically. Soak up the sun and people watch on the outside tables, but be warned, this place fills up fast – Everyone wants a bit of these Instagram worth lunches that are easy on both the eyes and the belly.

    Last but not least, definitely spare a second to visit The Farm. Encompassing that Australiana woolshed vibe, the Farm is a cluster of buildings with a bakery, providore, florist, restaurant and bar, surrounded by produce fields.



    SHOP

    Utterly cool and endlessly desirable, Byron Bay lives up to its reputation for having it all: shopping, beaches, and good food. Some of our favourites to hit while you’re in town are Spell & The Gypsy Collective, Nikau, Hope & May, and Ahoy Trader. One place you can’t miss is the latest addition to Byron, Habitat, a creative hub with some of Byron’s best offerings. Nestled in the Commercial Precinct, Habitat has a delectable selection of boutiques and eateries, the OneTeaspoon pop up store included. Our Byron Bay store will be open until the end of February so make sure you check it out before it’s gone.





    SWIM

    Crystal clear waters, palm leaves, rolling waves – a swim at Wategos Beach is a must and is an office favourite. Arguable one of Australia’s best beaches, this little slice of paradise is haven for surfers and swimmers alike. Pack up a picnic, grab your boards, and get settled in for the day – this is one spot you won’t want to leave.




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