Wednesday, 19 September 2018

10 Ways To Change Up The Look An Outfit

If you’ve been looking in the mirror lately wondering why your outfits just aren't cutting it, there could be a number of reasons why. In this quick guide you’ll find 10 ways to make any outfit look different! Anybody can use them, so take a look and see if you can find something helpful!

1. Add More Texture

Sometimes, an outfit doesn’t look professionally put together because it doesn’t have enough texture. Too much of the same texture looks boring, so switch it up and see if you can add more!

2. Throw On A Belt

Could you wear a belt to make this outfit better? Perhaps you could wear it at the waist to cinch you in, or simply thread it through the loop of your jeans to add some interest and break up the look.

3. Change Up Your Accessories

If you’re not wearing the right accessories, or worse, not wearing any at all, your outfit could fall flat. Change up your accessories and see if that makes your outfit look better. You could try stacking various rings, necklaces, or bracelets for a bohemian look, or add some dainty pieces for something more minimal. The Watches2U Ladies watches could give you some inspiration for a timepiece that will go with virtually anything. Take accessorizing seriously for awesome outfits!

4. Add A Pattern

If you’re afraid of pattern, why not add a little bit by using it on your bag, or even your shoes? As you get more brave you can add more!

5. Add A Pop of Colour

A little bit of colour never hurt anybody, and it can make for a great outfit, especially if you’re trying to make an outfit look good in winter. Don’t be tempted to wear all black, as it tends to look boring!

6. Clash Something

Feeling brave? Clash something in your outfit to make an impact. Clash a colour, a pattern, or both and see what kind of look you can create.

7. Layer It

Maybe you could try layering your outfit to give it a more stylish appearance. You could layer a jumper over a dress, for example, which also helps you to make your wardrobe work year round, rather than saving certain pieces for certain seasons.

8. Change The Length

The length of something in your outfit might be ruining the look; could you roll up your jeans to create a more flattering leg length, for instance, or even your sleeves?

9. Show Off Your Socks

Socks can be fun and colourful, so why don’t you let them peek out over your trainers or boots? This can also make for a really kitsch look if you’re dressing in a 50s style outfit.

10. Wear It With Confidence

Finally; the ultimate rule. Wear any outfit with confidence! It isn’t just about the outfit you wear, but the way you wear it. If you stand tall, chin up, and smile, you’ll look fantastic in anything you decide to put on!

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Getting Your Car Ready For a Journey

I don’t know about you, but I really love taking a road trip. As a non-driver, most of my travels tend to be taken by train but I really love being able to get together with friends and take a trip in the car. You get to take as much as you want, go the route you want and even stop when and where you want. However, if you are going to take a trip – you should make sure you’re well prepared!

Get Planning

Even if you’re going to wing some of your trip; it is a good idea to have a rough plan. This doesn’t have to be an exact route but some idea of where you’ll end up, what you’ll be doing and how long you’ll be gone helps to ensure that you can pack correctly and take everything you need.

Getting The Vehicle Ready

It stands to reason that if you are going on a trip over a long distance, you’re going to want to make sure the car is up to scratch. Ensure that someone who knows what they’re doing gives it a service so you know it is in its best condition. Check things like oil and water, and make sure you have a tank full of petrol. Of course, things like the actual mechanics of a vehicle important and you need to make sure everything works as it should. For example, get original brakes along with professional fitting in London at Iverson Tyres or somewhere else local to you.

Packing What You Need

One of the greatest things about going away in a car is that you have plenty of space to pack what you need. Ensure that you have all of the car essentials (spare tyre, oil, can of petrol, bottle or water etc.) However, you need to make sure you have what you need too – a good collection of tunes, blankets for comfort and of course, no trip like this would be complete without snacks. It’s probably a good idea to have a sat nav and things like in-car phone chargers too!

Whatever your trip involves, just ensure that you concentrate on having a great time and creating new memories. Where will your next trip take you?

Debz x

Monday, 10 September 2018

Hints and Tips For Being a Grownup

Even though I am not dwelling on it (as I don't really care about age), this month I turn 36. I know it's not a big milestone birthday for most - but it does mean I am nearer to 40 than I am to 30; and in many ways that does feel like a big deal.

Over the last few months, there have been some changes in my life which means that I am undoubtedly moving more towards being an actual adult - about time I suppose. If you have read my blog before you'll know that I moved into my own flat a few months ago; and I have had to make some adjustments to get on with living on my own. I have also changed roles with my job since the start of the year, which has been exciting and a reasonably big change too!

Being a Grown-up.

One of the biggest things about moving into adult-hood is taking more control of your finances. Yes, I am still lucky enough to have money in order to be able to buy nice dresses and do nice things, but I do now have to make sure the bills are paid first.

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As someone looking after their finances it is a good idea to find out more about your credit score too. Even if you don't have the best credit rating, it can be good to know what your rating is and when you stand. This allows you to generate a plan to improve it if you wish and work towards doing what you need to do to get things right.

Getting Things Done

In order to be a grown-up; I find I have to be much more organised. Planning my bills to ensure they get paid, have a day that I do my grocery shopping on, having a routine for work and planning life in advance. These can seem like small things, but they really do help to make a life that is happy and content. No rushing around, worrying about when you're doing to do things and how you're going to get certain things done.

That said, I am definitely not a proper grown -up and probably won't be anytime soon. So if you wan to find out about your credit score and be organised, go for it but if you don't want to, that's okay too!

Where do you stand on being an adult?

Debz x

Saturday, 1 September 2018

The Importance of Looking After Your Vehicle

As someone who is not a car owner, I guess I often take for granted how I can simply get into someone’s car and they’ll drive me to where I need to be. Whether I am getting in a taxi or a lift with a friend, I never have to think about the steps they have taken to ensure their car is up to the job – I simply get in and go!

That said, I recently had reason to give more thought to this, as a friend undertook some of their own vehicle repairs and talked me through some of what they did. Now, I am no mechanic but I definitely have a better idea now of how expensive and/or time consuming these repairs can be.

Avoiding The Problem

Although it would be naive to suggest that all vehicle problems can be avoided, there are definite steps you can take to ensure that your vehicle is in the best possible position. Even if I owned a car, I would never be someone who did my own repairs and maintenance instead I would suggest getting someone else to check over your car regularly. In order to keep your car in goodhealth I would recommend that you get it serviced regularly.  To do this you could pay a visit to somewhere like KAP Motors Brighton Branch your reliable local garage to take advantage of their affordable car health check services. There is bound to be a branch of mechanics that would be able to help you with this locally if Brighton isn’t convenient.

Other Advantages

Of course, when it comes to cars having one that actually runs is always a good thing, but there are other advantages to looking after your motor. For example, if you ever want to sell your car on – you’ll find it keeps its value much better and so in the long run, paying out to have your car serviced could actually save you money.

Then you have the fact that if your car does break, repairs can be expensive. Although it doesn’t account for all problems  - sometimes big car issues started off small and because the issue wasn’t fixed; it gets worse and ultimately has a bigger dent on your wallet. Far better to make sure that issues are checked when they are easily fixed and can help you escape the hefty repair bills of a bigger problem.

When was the last time you had your car serviced?


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Thursday, 30 August 2018

Encouraging Children to Give Sport a Try

CN: Talk of exercise, healthy eating and children's health.

As a parent I imagine you want to teach your children the importance of living well balanced lives - enjoying a range of activities as well as the importance of being active. While some youngsters need little persuasion to run around after a ball, others quite simply are not bothered by the prospect of competition - and that’s okay.

Sport isn’t for everyone, however, being active comes in many shapes and sizes, so there should hopefully be something for everyone! Children do not have to compete against one and other to play sport, instead of participating purely for the fun of it. No one is saying that any young child who kicks a ball has to dream about being the next Lionel Messi or Harry Kane.

Various Games

There are numerous games that children can play with friends in the playground or at a club. Football is, of course, the most popular sport in the United Kingdom, but there is so much more open to children, such as; tennis, basketball, cricket, rugby, badminton, volleyball, squash, rounders and more.

To young children, it wouldn’t be surprising if they hadn’t heard of some of those sports simply because they aren’t given the same amount of coverage as others. They might just find that they enjoy playing a game that perhaps isn’t as popular in the mainstream.

Where Can Children Try Different Sports?

In most local communities, there will be at least one or two sports clubs that offer classes for different sports. This could be at a purposely built venue or a community centre, such as Balham Leisure Centre in Clapham. It is certainly worth doing your research on local clubs in the area, especially if you are keen for your little one(s) to get active.

On social media, community pages are a great place to begin with many grassroots coaches and clubs using sites such as Facebook as a means of promotion. Also, parents in the community who may also be keen to get others involved in a club that their children are a part of. After all, in 2018, Facebook has turned into the online and interactive notice board that we would all peruse in the local shop 10 years ago.

Play as a Family

Finding somewhere for your children to play sport is one thing, but playing as a family can really be the difference between trying a game and it becoming ingrained in your lifestyle. If your children see you enjoying playing the game with them, they are more likely to enjoy playing it, too. One of the most important messages for me to share is that being active comes at all levels and abilities, so teach children that even if your abilities are seemingly less than others, that is okay! 

Making sport, and just being active, part of your family’s normal routine is good practice and it also makes for a fantastic bonding opportunity between child and parent.

When they grow into teenagers, chances are they won’t want to hit or kick a ball around with mum or dad as much!

What fun family activities would you suggest for keeping active?


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Wednesday, 29 August 2018

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Your Wedding Party

Choosing who you want to be part of your bridal party can be one of the most difficult decisions
when it comes to planning your wedding. For some people, the decision is an easy and an obvious
one. For other couples, deciding who is going to be the best man and bridesmaids can keep them
awake for nights on end. If you feel like you fall into the latter category, fear not. There are a
number of different steps you can take to ensure you end up with the perfect bridal party for you.

So, let’s take a look…

Think twice before asking - There is no rush when it comes to asking people to be your
best man, bridesmaids, ushers, and so on. Therefore, make sure you take a moment so that
you can truly think about whether or not you have made the right decision. No matter how
confident you are, it certainly helps to take a moment to mull over all of your options. After all,
once you have asked someone to be in your wedding party, you can’t go back on this.

Don’t feel you have to ask someone because they asked you - A lot of people feel obliged
to ask someone because they played a role at their wedding. Just because you were a
bridesmaid at someone else’s wedding does not mean they have to be one at yours. As
time goes on, friends change and we enter different stages in our lives.

You may have been best friends with someone at university and been in the bridal party when
she got married. However, if you have not spoken for three years, you do not need to include her
in your bridesmaid gang. She won’t expect you to either. Your bridal party should be filled with
people you genuinely want, rather than you feeling like you need to return favours or even
the score.

Choose responsible friends - This is especially the case when it comes to the best man. The
last thing you want is for the best man speech to have everyone squirming in their chair
because it is so awkward and laced with tales about the groom’s ex-girlfriend. The last thing you
want to do is spend your wedding babysitting people in your bridal party, so make sure you pick
people you can rely on to be responsible.

Think about including your sisters and brothers - If you are an only child, you will be skipping
this paragraph. If not, you may want to think about including your brother and sister, even if
you are not particularly close. We don’t want to sound like your mum, but your brother and
sister are going to be there for all of your anniversaries and you will probably become closer
as you get older, so it can be nice to include them in your special day.

Consider the size of your wedding - You should also think about the size of your wedding when
determining the size of your wedding party. Most people tend to have four people on either side.
However, you can have as many or as few groomsmen and bridesmaids as you want.
Nevertheless, it usually wise to keep the number of people you have in your bridal party in line
with the number of attendees you are going to have. After all, if you are going to have a small
wedding with only around 50 guests, it’s not a good idea to have 12 in your bridal party.

Make sure your expectations are honest - The next step is to think about the sort of role you
want your wedding party to play. Do you want all of your bridesmaids, for example, to assist
you with shopping for your wedding dress, choosing invites, and so on? Or, do you simply want
them to show up on your wedding day and be there for you while you say “I do”? There is no
right or wrong with this. It is all about what you want for your wedding. However, your answer
to these questions can impact the sort of person you ask to be in your bridal party. If you are
looking for people to help you throughout the entire planning phase, you will want to go for
friends that are reliable whom you can count on.

Research other roles - Last but not least, if you have a large group of friends and you are
worried that people are going to be left out, why not look for other roles? There are plenty of
other ways that people can get involved in your wedding. For example, do you have a musically
inclined friend who would love to play at your wedding reception? Or, maybe you could have a
few ushers who lead people to their seats when they arrive? There are lots of other ways to get
other people included, so make sure you think outside of the box.

As you can see, there are a number of different factors that you should consider when you are
trying to decide on how is going to be part of your bridal party. From your bridesmaid to your
best man, you want to make sure that you have the right people standing by you on the most
important day of your life. Use the steps that have been presented above and you should be able
to come to the best decision for you.


The Importance of Complaining

I have to admit, I am a complainer. That's not to say I am someone that complains about nothing, but if I have had poor service then I am not afraid to complain. I think that if a service has been poor, then one of the best ways to get this fixed is to make the company aware. After all, if they don't know there is an issue then they might just carry on doing things the way they always have, and that is no good to anyone.

The Right Way To Complain

Let me make things clear, I am not a screamer or a shouter. I might raise the issue in the shop/restaurant when it happens but this is just so I can get a quick fix. Otherwise I would much rather make a call or send a letter after the incident and I can put my thoughts together properly.

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Not only that, but often the person serving you, cooking your food, dealing with the customer service side of things is not the person that makes the decisions, so telling them you're unhappy just makes them feel bad, when they don't have the power to fix things.

Getting in Touch

What I would much rather do is get in touch with the right person, which often means contacting a companies head office. I use Head Office Finder to find their contact details, as this tends to make life much easier. I've found the website to be really accurate too, which is super useful!

A Job Done Well

That said, as much as I am a complainer, I like to say well done for a job that is done well. I'll always try to go out of my way to leave a Trip Advisor review, a few words on a Facebook page or even just tag them in an Instagram post about how good the service was. Good customer service is important and I love to celebrate this too.

Where do you stand on complaining? Do you do it or is it best avoided?

Debz x

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