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Feel-Good Clothes to Lift Your Mood

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When you’re feeling stuck in a rut or just can’t get yourself together, it is sometimes the trivial things that get you back on track. What you wear can actually have a real impact on your mood and energy levels so it’s worth having a long look in that full length mirror and then making a change.

Taking care of your appearance is a quick confidence boost that most of us forget about when we’re at our lowest points. At the end of a long week when you just can’t be bothered anymore, slipping into a gorgeous dress and doing you hair can be more rejuvenating than collapsing in front of the TV – you just have to believe it.

When you look good, you feel good, it’s as simple as that!

A Floaty Dress

Comfortable, quick and easy to wear all day and into the night. Florida style dresses will keep you cool while you’re running around all day and will easily transition into evening wear so you don’t even have to get changed before you go out. Really, you should have a few of these dresses in your wardrobe to keep you going throughout the week!

Floaty dresses are ideal because they suit most body shapes and will skim the wobbly bits you aren’t so fond of. The longer the dress the more likely it is you can pair it with pretty much all the shoes you own – even sneakers! – and enjoy a day on the beach as well as a day in the office.

Dresses don’t have to be expensive either. In fact, if you want to wear them all day every day, a cheaper dress will probably be more suited to your activities. However, it is worth getting a couple of more expensive dresses to wear on nights out when you just can’t be bothered getting dressed up. An empire line maxi dress will always look classy and mean that all you need to do is dig out some nude heels and throw your hair into a speedy up do. Add some lip gloss and get out there!

A Great Sports Bra

It’s crazy, but a brilliant sports bra makes such a huge difference and actually makes you want to work out! Getting the perfect fit will make sure that your running is pain free and should help your back as well. To find the perfect sports bra for you will take a lot of trying on in different shops but once you have hit upon the perfect one for you – get three!

You might think that stretchy bras will be more comfortable, but actually, since you are looking to increase motion control (or in other words, prevent too much flapping about!) you really need to find one with minimal stretch. Test this out before you waste time in the dressing rooms by tugging at the straps and the cups to see how much movement there is.

Once you have the sports bra to suit you, don’t you just feel like going out for a quick jog or playing a team sport? Feeling fully supported will really help you to regain your confidence and find your fitness, whatever size you are. If you feel good in what you’re wearing, it doesn’t matter how hot and sweaty you get – you’re on your way to athletic awesomeness.

Anything With an Elasticated Waist

Now you may be thinking that this is madness. How could anyone’s mood be lifted by an elasticated waist? Well, it’s simple: it’s all in the ability to eat a large, delicious meal without having to undo a top button afterwards. If there’s anything that’s going to lower your mood, it’s the realisation that your pants don’t fit after a plate of the most delicious pasta.

The thing is that a lot of fashion is actually quite restrictive. In our quest for the perfect silhouette that cinches in at the waist, we sacrifice the ability to sit comfortably. The elasticated waist on the other hand, knows no bounds. You don’t have to put it on show – just layer over a long top or put a belt on and nobody will ever know your secret.

It shouldn’t be hard to find the things that make us happy like this, but it a pressured world of fashion, choosing comfort is a confident choice. Feeling good in your clothes is the first step to feeling good in your skin. Lighter, roomier clothes will give you more space to breathe and move making you happier as well.

Make Your Home Sustainable!

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Nowadays, we are seeing the detrimental effects of human activity on the environment more clearly than ever. Polar ice caps are melting, deforestation is destroying habitats the world over, and pollution is filling the air with smog and the oceans with plastic. So it’s about time that we start making changes in our day to day lives that will reduce this negative impact that we are having on the planet. Make a significant start by making your home more sustainable! Here are a few ideas to try out.

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Opt for Sustainable Building Materials

Let’s start with your property itself. Materials like Australian Sustainable Hardwoods are a great building material that you should make as much use of as possible. Whether you are building a property from scratch, plan on extending, or simply want some new decking or a shed for the backyard. This material can be harvested and regrown with maximum efficiency and in a safe manner. Not only will it have a much better impact on the environment than other building materials, but it looks great too! It’s a win-win situation that will leave smiles all around.

Source Furniture Locally

Every year, huge amounts of non-renewable fuels are used in the transport of furniture across seas. So why not cut out the excessive delivery distances and source your furniture locally. There are plenty of brilliant options out there, and many will be much closer than you think. If possible, opt for recycled, upcycled or vintage goods. The more use we get out of a single item, the less waste we produce. Check out charity stores and vintage flea markets or antique furniture stores nearby for some truly unique pieces to add to your interior decor.

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Use Renewable Energy

There are plenty of renewable energy options that can fuel our homes. So why do so many of us still opt for non-renewable energy sources? Solar panels are one of the most popular options available and are extremely effective, especially on shores like ours where the sun shines more than most places. It can generate sufficient energy to heat your water, power your air conditioning, and even run your oven. Alternatively, you could opt for wind turbines or hydropower.

Consider Bamboo Flooring

Instead of standard wood flooring, why not consider bamboo flooring. Bamboo is perfect for floors aesthetically and has the added bonus of being one of the most sustainable materials imaginable. While trees can take years to grow and establish themselves, bamboo is much faster growing. While it may not be ideal for hardy tasks such as forming exterior walls, it’s just as good for flooring as any laminate. If you find that you’re fond of bamboo as a material, you can also use it for various other things around the house, such as shower walls (as opposed to plastic shower curtains) or even reusable drinking straws. The possibilities are pretty much endless!

These changes may seem small, but they will make a significant difference. If everyone tried out just one or two, the changes made to the planet would be profound. So, start living as eco-friendly a lifestyle as possible from today.

Best Countries For History Buffs

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Some people want sun and sand, others want adventure, and some people just want great food and drink. But you might not be bothered about any of that. Maybe it’s a rich historical heritage that you’re looking for. Your family might roll their eyes when they find out that you’re taking them around yet another museum, but exploring the history of a country doesn’t have to be dull. There are all sorts of places that you can see history up close and personal, rather than behind a glass case in a museum. If you want to plan a historical trip that the whole family can get behind, try one of these countries.

Cambodia

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Cambodia has had a very rich, but troublesome history and you can see some of the remnants of it today. The temples at Angkor Wat are one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country and for good reason. It’s the largest religious monument in the world. The stunning temple complex, boasting some of the most impressive architectural features in the world, was originally built as a Hindu temple in the 12th century and has since been adapted into a Buddhist temple. These days, it draws tourists from all over the world who are keen to marvel at its grandeur. Interestingly, it’s the only temple in the country that faces west.

Peru

If you want to visit the site of one of the most iconic ancient empires in the history of the world, look no further than Peru. The remnants of the ancient Inca civilization have been perfectly preserved. G Adventure Peru Treks are the best way to see the amazing temples and cities, set in the heart of the deep jungles. The people that live in Peru are still very traditional so you can get a glimpse of what life might have been like in these ancient civilizations and find a truly unique vacation experience.

Egypt

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If there’s one place in the world that’s famous for its impressive historical monuments, it’s Egypt. The pyramids are an iconic feature, recognized by everybody in the world. The main sites to see are the pyramids in Gaza, the Great Phoenix, and the Valley of the Kings. The atmosphere that you find there is something that you can’t find anywhere else. Visitors to the area always report that one of the best things about it is the way that it transports you back to that ancient civilization.

Rome

Once the centre of the most powerful empire in the world, that shaped modern society in numerous ways, Rome is littered with so many amazing sites of historical interest. The big tourist attractions like the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine and the Circus Maximus are all incredible sights to see, but they’re just the well known ones. The entire city is full of amazing renaissance and Baroque buildings so every street is a historical wonderland.

It’s always a struggle to get your family on board with educational outings, especially if you’ve got young kids. But if you take them to one of these countries you can be sure that you won’t get any complaints.

Thinking About Starting Your Own Business? The Devil Is In The Details!

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One of the most wonderful things about the modern era is that we live in an age where the possibilities of what you can do with your life are bigger and more expansive than ever before. There was a time when the idea of branching out on your own and starting your own business might have seemed like little more than a pipe dream, but these days it’s something that’s entirely possible. The truth is you don’t need much more than an internet connection and the drive to create something great to get started. Of course, things do get more complicated than that pretty quickly, and there is still a pretty significant challenge to running a business. One of the most important things to remember is that the devil really is in the details. You might be focusing on the broad strokes, but without these details, you’re never going to be able to make your business a genuine success.

Creating a pleasant atmosphere

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You could have the greatest product or service on the face of the earth, and it’s not going to make the slightest bit of difference if you can create a business that people actually want to interact with. The best way to do this is to create the most pleasant atmosphere possible. Everything from the music playing in your business to going to somewhere like APEX Commercial Furniture for the chairs and tables that customers will use has a massive impact on the way they feel about your business. Most of the time, customers won’t even be consciously aware of that feeling, but it’s something that is going to have a serious impact on whether or not they return to your business again and again.

Talking to customers

One of the saddest things to see is a business falling short of greatness because the people involved simply don’t know how to talk to customers. The reality of the modern business world is that customers service can be the thing that makes or breaks you in terms of how you’re perceived. You need to make sure that you make your customers feel as though, in the moment you’re speaking to them, they’re the most important person in the world. Creating that kind of feeling is going to make it much more likely that they will recommend your business to the people in their lives.

Consistent branding

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Branding has always been important to any business gaining recognition among customers, but there have never been so many different areas where you could promote your business to people. Everything from traditional print and TV advertising, to online marketing and social media strategies, require you to brand your business. If your branding isn’t consistent across all platforms, then people are going to become confused, and it’s not going to have nearly the level of impact that you want.

These kinds of things might not seem as though they would make that much of a difference to your business on their own, but when they start to work together, these kinds of things can be incredibly important and can potentially make or break your business.

The Secrets Behind A Special Space

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When you’re designing a room or another part of your home, it can often be hard to know how to balance all of the elements you’re working with. From simple things, like color and light, to the bigger ones, like the furniture you choose, you will have to think very hard. Of course, though, you’re never alone in works like this, and this post is here to help you out. It will be exploring some of the pieces which will come together to form your special spaces.

The Love You Put In: To begin, it’s time to think about your passion and drive to make a space you love. In a lot of cases, people will work very hard to make something fashionable, ignoring their own wants and desires. Of course, though, this isn’t a good way to make a space you love. Instead, you need to be finding styles and ideas which you love, giving you the determination to carry them out to your best ability. Not only will this make your rooms more enjoyable for you, it will also show that you’ve followed your own trends rather than those set by others.

The Practices You Follow: Next, it’s time to think about the practices you follow during this process. Beginning with color, a lot of people will underestimate the power they have to make a room pop. Companies like Dulux can help you with this. Along with color, you should also consider how you design and layout your rooms, as well as the balance of different materials. Design principles can be hard to get your head around without the right learning. So, it could be worth doing some research before you get started.

The Inspiration You Find: Searching the web, you can find loads of unique and interesting ideas just waiting to make your home a better place. Websites like Pinterest and Instagram are the best for this. They give you the chance to search for very specific tags while getting a very wide range of results. Best of all, though, it will all be saved for later, and you will be able to look at them whenever you like. The right inspiration can do a huge amount for the future of your spaces.

The Help You Get: Finally, it’s time to consider the help you get during this journey. Like your inspiration and the practices you use, the company responsible for supporting you will make a huge difference. For example, a company like Unify Constructions is best at designing modern homes. But, if you have something more traditional, you might want to find a company better with old techniques. Before you choose the business for you, it’s very important that you do plenty of research and read loads of reviews, as they will all offer different levels of service.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working harder on the work you put into your next renovation. A lot of people struggle to get this sort of work quite right. But, with the right dedication, tips, and tricks, you will be able to make a space worthy of the galleries, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune, either.

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