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High Class Fashion On A Low Budget

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There can be special occasions when we all want to dress up a little more elegantly. This clothing can be expensive to buy, however there are ways to reduce these costs. Here are a few ways to afford luxury clothing.

Shop second-hand

Second-hand clothing is always much cheaper than brand new clothing. It’s unlikely you’ll find luxury dresses shopping at a thrift store or a charity shop, although you may get lucky. Consignment stores are often a better choice as they specialise in high end second hand clothing. On top of physical stores, you can use online second hand sites such as Preloved to find clothing – just make sure that pictures are included so that you have a good idea of the condition.

Shop online

There are many online stores such as Fresh Soul Clothing that specialise in affordable clothing with a luxury touch. These sites can sometimes sell cheaper than physical stores due to not having as many overheads. Just make sure to factor in the delivery cost when buying online. Most online stores now allow returns if an item of clothing isn’t the right fit, so don’t fret about the fact that you can’t try on these clothes first.

Hire expensive clothing

Buying isn’t the only option when it come to luxury clothing – hiring it from a company like Rent the Runway could allow you to get a luxury dress for a tenth of the price of buying it. Such companies dry clean and iron each dress so that it feels brand new when putting it on. Just make sure that you return the dress on time, as there could be a late return fee. It is possible to buy clothing from some of these companies if you’ve hired and don’t want to part with it, however you’ll be paying a premium to own it – more than were you to buy the dress from another retailer.

Borrow from a friend

If you know a friend or family member that’s the same size as you, it’s possible they may have an item of clothing that you could borrow when it comes to a one-off special event. This is ideal for most people – the idea that someone they know has worn it can turn a lot of people off – but if you’re skint and need an outfit, it could be a solution worth considering.

Swap clothes

Got a luxury dress that you’d be willing to swap with somebody? Sites like Swishing have become popular for clothes swapping and now have sections for boutique clothing. This could be a cheap way of getting a new luxury dress, whilst getting rid of an item in your wardrobe in the process. There may also be a clothes swap event near to you, however these events may not always have luxury clothing to choose from.

Fitness Fashion (because it’s not ALWAYS practical to get around in high heeled boots and hot tights)

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Shh, my feet so aren’t on the train seat!

Yes, yes, when I go to the gym, I’m usually getting around in last year’s runners and something I picked up on sale, but it’s nice to see what pretty and comfory things are out there!

The following is a sponsored guest post by ASOS

Sports fans are in for a real treat this year with huge events just around the corner. Spurred on by the constant bombardment of athletes in adverts now is a brilliant time to get fit and healthy. One of the silly little niggles that often stops us from heading straight to the gym is the fear that we will look just a tad out of place in a sweatband that hasn’t seen the light of day for a good few years now.
But don’t worry, “sports luxe” as the designers like to call it, is firmly back on the fashion radar so you will have no problem finding an outfit that you feel comfortable and stylish in, which will boost your confidence and most importantly spur you on to lose weight, get back in shape after having a baby or just keep fit.
The first thing we need to think about when heading back to the gym is our footwear. If trainers haven’t graced your wardrobe in a long while well now is the time to invest in a brand new pair as ill-fitting and unsupportive shoes can lead to a serious ankle injury, and that wouldn’t be the best idea to make a good impression now would it? The great news is that even our favourite sports brands are becoming more fashion forward and running trainers can now be found in gorgeous pastel colours that are a huge hit on designer catwalks everywhere. (You will probably want to wear them all the time!)

So, our feet are sorted but what about the rest of our outfit? The dilemma is do we want to wear leggings, sweatpants or shorts? If you are self-conscious of your legs sweatpants may be the ideal solution for you as they will cover you up and will skim over any lumps and bumps you would rather conceal. Leggings are great if you don’t want your legs covered but don’t want excess material flapping about on the treadmill. For leg confident ladies shorts are great as they will keep you cool and cycling shorts are particularly on trend. To really stand out from the crowd neon is bound to get you noticed.

Nearly there now, all that is left is what to wear on top? A cropped sweatshirt is great if you want to run outdoors and the weather is a little chilly, although you may need more than a little body confidence to pull it off. For a more classic look choose a simple polo shirt or a camisole and you have your fitness look sussed.

Once you have your confidence boosting get up you will be ready to hit the gym, or even just the park for a purse friendly jog (when the weather permits), so get to it and let’s start the new season in a healthy style.

3 Ways To Really Add Something Special To Your Personal Style

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If you are like most people, you probably want to look as original as possible in your general style. Of course, this is much easier said than achieved, and it is one of those things which can take a truly long time to master. But as long as you are focusing on a few key areas, you can be sure that you can more easily create a personal style of your own which nobody else quite has. In this article, we are going to look at some relatively easy ways in which you can hope to do this, no matter where you are at at the moment in relation to your own sense of style. As long as you follow these, you can expect to stand out in no time at all.

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Jewellery

Using jewellery is one of the best ways to bring something extra to your own personal style, no matter what kind of a look you are going for. The beauty of it is that there is some kind of jewellery that works for everyone, so whatever it is that you hope to achieve, you will be able to help[ your style long in this way. For some this might mean finding some interesting and unique body jewellery from the likes of Ivy Dayelle, to really give something fresh to the overall look. And for others, it could be a simple case of employing the help of a single ring or necklace. Even a small single item like this, used propelr,y can be enough to completely transform your personal look, and make it into something else entirely, so it really is worth considering.

Body Decorations

If there is one thing that humans have been doing for as long as we have been around, it is decorating our bodies in various ways. Different cultures over time have done it in many different ways, but one method which has cropped up in pretty much every culture forever is the tattoo, albeit in different forms and achieved through various ends. If you are someone who has long considered getting a tattoo, but you are not quite sure about it, it might be worth going back to the drawing board and thinking about it again. It’s all about the design, so as long as you are happy with that you will find that you are able to consider this as a real possibility. Despite what you might fear, it might turn out to be the best thing you ever did for your own sense of style – but do make sure that you really want to do it before you start the procedure.

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Homemade Clothing

If you are the creative type, then creating your very own homemade clothing might just about be the best way to go. This is something which can be fun, enjoyable, and give you items of clothing to wear which literally nobody else in the world has. You really can’t get any more unique than that, so if you do this you can certifiably say that you have much more in the way of personal style than most people.

Killer Ways To Relieve Stress At Home In Five Minutes

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The kids need to get to school on time, you have to run a thousand errands, and there just isn’t enough time in the day. Are you feeling stressed? Quite simply, you should be because life isn’t easy, especially when other people need your attention. The thing is because there aren’t enough hours in a day, it feels as if there is no time to relax. Even a Netflix binge at the end of a tough 24-hour is out of the question.

So, those things that other do to relieve stress aren’t going to be on your to-do list. Well, exercising or going for a massage might make the top ten, but you won’t tick them off anytime soon. No, what you need is to eradicate tension without leaving the confines of your home. Yep, it is the dream, and yes, it is possible.

Here are the six ways to make it happen. For a bonus, the following should work in five minutes or less.

Cook A Meal

As stressful as it sounds, preparing food is very relaxing once the heavy lifting is out of the way. In fact, lots of people find chopping onions and sautéing vegetables pretty cathartic. The trick is to turn up the volume on the radio, pour a glass of vino, and take your time. Yes, the dish has to be on the table when the kids get home from school, but you can leave it to simmer for hours if need be. Actually, slow cooking a piece of meat in a gravy sauce is as delicious as it is relaxing. All you have to do is use up the leftovers and throw them in a pan with some stock. Then, turn the heat down low and check on it every couple of hours to make sure. Voila! Does that sound like a tense day in the kitchen?

Grab A Quick Burst Of Energy

Sometimes, waiting for a meal to cook is too long. After all, a factor in the build-up of stress is a lack of energy. When the muscles and the brain don’t have enough fuel, cortisol begins to form. Once these levels reach a certain limit, it can feel as if your head is about to explode. Thankfully, some foods are readymade and contain the nutrients the vital organs need to work efficiently. You’re going to love this – chocolate is a prime example. Yep, the brown stuff you only like to eat sparingly is a nerve calmer. According to reports, it regulates the metabolism as well as the stress hormone we have previously mentioned. Always go for dark chocolate with over 70% cocoa for health reasons.

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Drink Tea

But not just any old rubbish. No, only the best will do for those of you who need to calm down within the next 300 minutes. There is a reason the poms drink it like it’s going out of fashion! That motivation is called L-Theanine, a chemical which does something remarkable. Studies prove this element helps to relieve anger and reduce the possibility of mood swings. So, instead of going purple with rage, you can go green with relaxation instead. Sure, it’s not the colour of stress relief – what is? – but L-Theanine is found in green tea and herbal remedies. Therefore, a cup of this emerald coloured goodness should make you feel at ease instantly. If you use a teabag, leave it in the mug so that the chemicals continue to absorb into the water. Herbal drinkers should pour out the bits before taking a sip.

Play An Instrument

Letting your fingers tickle the ivories or strum a set of guitar strings is incredibly relaxing. As soon as the tones begin to sound from the instrument, the mind drifts off into another world. Plus, experienced players can jam on autopilot so there is no need to concentrate. All you have to do is let the equipment do the work and follow the notes on a musical journey. If that’s too pretentious, just let your hands do as they please and see it where it takes you! For the people who are saying “but I can’t play”, you can learn. Guitar lessons are very affordable these days, as are most musical lessons, and the instructor will come to your home. Remember the immortal words of fake Jim Morrison in Wayne’s World 2: “Book them, and they will come.”

Go Outside

Okay, so you may not be inside all of the time, but you’ll still be on the property! Wandering out into the garden is a great way to gain perspective for many reasons. Firstly, staying inside all day can encourage negative thoughts because you’re cooped up and feel suffocated. So, getting some fresh air feels like a form of relief. Secondly, stress usually builds up when the brain harbours negative thoughts. Going out into the Great Outdoors helps to reverse the process as there is a lot of natural light. Without light, it’s easy to feel down in the dumps and depressed.

Work Out

There’s no need to hit the gym to release tension when you can do it from the comfort of your bedroom. In truth, you can do it from any room in the house as long as there is plenty of space. Please don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have to flog your body to feel the benefit. Often, the best form of exercise is the low-intensity form because it targets excess fat. Running, for example, as opposed to walking, burns carbs. If you don’t know where to begin, there are plenty of home workout routines online. Or, you can build up a sweat by scaling the stairs throughout the day. Anyone that wants a less active method should consider meditation. By sitting down and focusing on nothing in particular, you can forget about the rigours of life. Yoga is an excellent way to mix both exercise and meditation.

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What do you think? Are you willing to give them a try?

How to Renovate an Old Mouldy Bathroom

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We’ve all been there: the bedroom is light and airy, the kitchen is bigger than you could have expected and the living room has big double doors opening out onto a gorgeous garden. The only problem is the bathroom.

If you are looking at a repossessed property, it’s likely that you will be okay with the idea of putting some hard work in to make the bathroom as beautiful as the rest of the house. In fact, where most repossessed houses just need a mighty good scrub and a few cosmetic details, the bathroom is almost always in a bit of a sorry state and needs some real work going into it.

Why is it so mouldy in here?

Bathrooms are often allowed to go quite mouldy. Mostly this is because of the amount of steam that is allowed to settle in the room, causing mildew and staining the tiles or walls. One of the first things you should do is check for any leaks. There are a few clear signs like the sound of dripping or walls that are damp to the touch but many leaks can go unnoticed for a while before causing complete chaos just after the last new tile has been laid.

To be certain, acoustic leak detection is the perfect way to find hidden leaks. This method uses the subtle sounds made by the leak to detect exactly where it is, even when you can’t hear a thing. Once detected, you or your plumber will know exactly where the fix needs to be and can isolate that area, rather than have to break open the walls or floors to hunt it down.

What should I prioritise next?

Once you are happy that the plumbing is all fine, you should think about the fittings you would like to have. If you are planning to sell the property on, go for simple white standard fittings and make sure that the layout is sensible for people to move around in. However, if this is to be your home, you might like to do something a bit wilder (black bathrooms are popular in 2018 if you fancy an experiment!)

Tiles are the next consideration and, again, if you are planning to sell, simple white tiles on the floor and walls are probably the best solution. While you could use a waterproof carpet, tiles are much more efficient for cleaning up and won’t feel spongy underneath wet feet.

Which plants will do best in here?

Plants are a huge interior fashion trend right now and with good reason. They are the best air filter the world has to offer and the provide instant life and colour to every room. In the bathroom, plants like orchids will be very happy as the steam will be enough to keep them hydrated.

You could also think about adding succulents that also need very little care – just watch out for the spikes and don’t place them where anything delicate could get caught. Try putting trailing plants on high shelves to add some drama to the room too.

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