Saturday, 18 May 2019

Buy Stylish Products – the Thrifty Way!

There are so many stylish items out there, just waiting to be purchased. From amazing dresses to the latest eyeshadow palette, it’s enough to make a shopaholic’s heart race – the only problem is, it all costs so much!

Thankfully, there are ways you can indulge your desire for fashion, without blowing your bank account to smithereens. Here are some useful tips.

Get your hands on fashion products, without spending too much
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     Set a limit. This part isn’t so fun, but it’s a necessary task. Sit down, armed with a calculator and your bank account details, then work out how much you can realistically afford to spend each month. Write that figure on a post-it note, then stick it somewhere prominent. You’re not spending more than that, regardless of how gorgeous that skirt is!

·         Sell your stuff. Now’s the time to haul out all those clothes, accessories and cosmetics that you never use, and figure out what you could sell online. It’s a great way to raise cash, then reinvest it into something fabulous.

·         Shop around. By all means, browse in your local high street. But try to avoid impulse buys, as you might be able to find the exact same item for less, if you look online. Shopping online requires a bit more effort, but it’s rewarding when you manage to save money in the process.

·         Set up a swap-shop. Find some like-minded thrifty ladies in your neighbourhood, and set up a swap-shop. Bring along the clothes that you no longer wear, and swap them with other people’s garments. It’s a brilliant way to totally transform your wardrobe, without spending a penny.

·         Browse the auction sites. Sites like Ebay are excellent for finding bargains. Here’s a top tip – when you see something you want, don’t bid until the very last moment. This stops other bidders from raising their bid, and means you’re more likely to get the item for less. There are other good auction sites out there too, with some specialising specifically in clothing; so it’s worth looking around and seeing what you can find.

·         Buy quality copies. Always be careful about buying designer-inspired clothing or beauty products, as some companies don’t operate in an ethical way. However, there are some great online stores out there, offering high-quality versions of designer products, for a fraction of the price. Copycat Fragrances is a good example if you’re in love with high-end perfumes.

·         Search for special offers. There are some very appealing offers out there, if you’ve got the patience to go hunting for them. For example, some cosmetics sites offer lots of freebie products when you spend a certain amount. Other sites have exclusive one-day sales, which provides the perfect opportunity to snap up some bargains.

·         Learn to sew. If you’re a creative type, this is an incredible way to breathe new life into your clothes. Consider doing a short sewing course, as it’ll provide you with the necessary skills to alter garments, and turn them from tired, dated items, to something unique and fashion-forward.



There are so many stylish items out there, just waiting to be purchased. From amazing dresses to the latest eyeshadow palette, it’s enough to make a shopaholic’s heart race – the only problem is, it all costs so much!
Thankfully, there are ways you can indulge your desire for fashion, without blowing your bank account to smithereens. Here are some useful tips.

Get your hands on fashion products, without spending too much

·         Set a limit. This part isn’t so fun, but it’s a necessary task. Sit down, armed with a calculator and your bank account details, then work out how much you can realistically afford to spend each month. Write that figure on a post-it note, then stick it somewhere prominent. You’re not spending more than that, regardless of how gorgeous that skirt is!

·         Sell your stuff. Now’s the time to haul out all those clothes, accessories and cosmetics that you never use, and figure out what you could sell online. It’s a great way to raise cash, then reinvest it into something fabulous.

·         Shop around. By all means, browse in your local high street. But try to avoid impulse buys, as you might be able to find the exact same item for less, if you look online. Shopping online requires a bit more effort, but it’s rewarding when you manage to save money in the process.

·         Set up a swap-shop. Find some like-minded thrifty ladies in your neighbourhood, and set up a swap-shop. Bring along the clothes that you no longer wear, and swap them with other people’s garments. It’s a brilliant way to totally transform your wardrobe, without spending a penny.

·         Browse the auction sites. Sites like Ebay are excellent for finding bargains. Here’s a top tip – when you see something you want, don’t bid until the very last moment. This stops other bidders from raising their bid, and means you’re more likely to get the item for less. There are other good auction sites out there too, with some specialising specifically in clothing; so it’s worth looking around and seeing what you can find.

·         Buy quality copies. Always be careful about buying designer-inspired clothing or beauty products, as some companies don’t operate in an ethical way. However, there are some great online stores out there, offering high-quality versions of designer products, for a fraction of the price. Copycat Fragrances is a good example if you’re in love with high-end perfumes.

·         Search for special offers. There are some very appealing offers out there, if you’ve got the patience to go hunting for them. For example, some cosmetics sites offer lots of freebie products when you spend a certain amount. Other sites have exclusive one-day sales, which provides the perfect opportunity to snap up some bargains.

·         Learn to sew. If you’re a creative type, this is an incredible way to breathe new life into your clothes. Consider doing a short sewing course, as it’ll provide you with the necessary skills to alter garments, and turn them from tired, dated items, to something unique and fashion-forward.



 Debz xx

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Thursday, 25 April 2019

Gaining Control Over Your Spending

Shopping is an addiction just like drug and alcohol abuse, gambling and overeating. Most people who shop for the sake of buying things, often not needed, do it because it makes them feel good. It covers up other emotions that trigger the response to shop. They may feel stress, anxiety, fear or depression.

Compulsive Shopping  Can Leave You Penniless

People who have an addiction to shopping don't stop even when they don't have the money to spend. If the funds in the bank are low, they apply for a new credit card and then exhaust it within a day or two. Any extra money they make they promptly plan for a shopping spree.

Unfortunately, it's only a matter of time before their access to sources of money runs out. The end result is a massive pile of debt and no money to pay for it. If their credit is still in good standing, they can apply for a personal loan and consolidate the debt into one monthly payment. However, in many cases, bills get put on the back burner, and they use that money to shop. Luckily, there are companies that you can turn to that offer small loans to build credit.

Dealing With Your Issues Compulsive

Shopping is an addiction that most people won't admit to. Some shop just for the thrill of buying something new. While others, shop irresponsibly to fill a void and mask their feelings of loneliness.  In the end, dealing with the reasons behind the addiction is the only way to end the cycle of self-destructing behavior. Seeking the help of a psychologist or a therapist will allow them to face their problem head on and then work towards identifying the cause and finding ways to control the addiction.

Moving on while receiving treatment to deal with the addiction, they must also practice control at home. They can do this by creating a buddy system where if they feel the urge to take control over them they contact this person to talk them through it. In cases where the addiction is severe, having someone come over to sit with them may prove a better solution.

Limit Access to Cash

A compulsive shopper can't shop without money. So, a good practice to get into is to limit the amount of money they have at their disposal. This can mean taking drastic measures initially, like cutting up active credit cards and living only on their allotted cash.

Filling the Void

People who shop compulsively get a rush out of it. It excites them and makes them feel almost euphoric, similar to the feeling you get after an extreme workout. Finding something that provides the same good feeling can be a difficult task. During the first few months, it's essential to find things that they enjoy doing as a way to occupy their time. This can be sculpting or painting or gardening.
The point is not to leave idle time that allows the need for shopping to take control.

Compulsive shopping is an addiction that in many cases, is hard to identify. Since most people shop weekly for household items, food and essentials, finding out for real if there's a problem may take a little longer. The good news is that once you identify it, there are ways to learn to control it and return to a better quality of life emotionally.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Shop Savings This Summer

I know we're supposed to have thunder and lightening in the next few days, but wasn't this weekend glorious? I don't know about you, but I have that a bit of summer sunshine really helps put me in the mood to get things done. I know, it's tempting to sit outside in the sunshine and believe me I did plenty of that too - but something about the warm weather makes me less likely to want to hibernate and more likely to get stuff done. This weekend I had a big sort out of my wardrobe, clearing out items I don't wear anymore and generally having a good sort out. 

This has led to me wanting to buy new clothes, but also lots of new home accessories to store things better and generally make my home look more pretty. This is great, but I don't really have the budget to splash out on everything I want, so I really need to be savvy when it comes to shopping!

Saving Money Shopping Online

One of the best things I have found online is looking for online vouchers and deal shopping online.There are a few websites that make it easy to find lots of deals in one place and make life easier when it comes to shopping. In fact I often find that browsing these websites can give me inspiration on what to buy - they often have items listed into categories - so for example, you can browse the "home" section and have a read through what is available for the home and get some ideas on what I need, but didn't know I did!

Savvy Shopping

Other ways that you can save money online are shopping sales and also keeping an eye out for voucher codes. Voucher codes are a really good way to save money, even if it is just something like free postage or 10% off - it all adds up and makes a difference!

Buying What You Need

One of the best pieces of advice I can give you is buy what you need. We can all get tempted by things that look like what you need, however if you are just buying something that is going to be stuck in a cupboard or not used for more than a few weeks, have you really made a saving?

What tips would you give for shopping online?

Debz 

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Laser Hair Removal - Is It For You?

Firstly, let me say that I am an advocate for doing exactly what you want with your own body. If you want to grow your body hair and dye it bright blue, absolutely go for it! However, on the flip side if you want to have a body free of hair, with long term results then this is something you should explore too. Remember you are the only person who has to live in your body, so you are the only person who gets to make decisions about what you do with it and how to live.

Laser Hair Removal

If you are someone that wants to get rid their body of hair without the hassle of shaving on a regular basis then laser hair removal might well be for you. If you are going to undertake this procedure then I would recommend using a reputable firm who offer a consultation beforehand. This gives you a chance to ask any questions you have (and you should make sure you go with loads!) and also find out a bit more about the procedure you're going to undertake.

Choosing The Right Firm

Once you have decided that laser hair removal might be for you, it is time to do some research and work out what might work for you. It is often recommended to use a company such as laser hair removal London specialists London Premier Laser. They have 9 clinics across London and surrounding areas, so ideal if you're near by!

Getting It Done

Once you have decided you would like the procedure done and you're all booked in, do what you can to make it as easy as possible. The firm you choose should give you an idea of how many sessions you'll need and how long this will take. Although recovery time is minimal there's no harm in making sure you have travel to/from the clinic sorted and some comforts at home ready for when you get home after each session.

Are there any beauty procedures you would undertake if you could?

Debz xx


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Friday, 29 March 2019

Chop Chop! Better Kitchen Knife Skills

It’s now ever so easy to get lots of great new cooking tips and cheats that can make you a whizz in the
kitchen. All you have to do is reach for your favorite cookbook or do a quick Google search to see what
nuggets of knowledge you can find online. However, there is one aspect of cooking that many people
still struggle with - using knives. If you’re wondering how to improve your skills when it comes to diving,
chopping, slicing, and cutting, read on to learn everything you need to know!




Invest In Good Knives


Firstly, it’s important that you have a range of different knives as each type is designed for different jobs.
For example, a paring knife is used for peeling fruit and veg, while a fillet knife is used to fillet pieces of
meat. Once you start using the right one for the job, you will find that cutting and slicing become a lot
easier. It’s also worth investing in top quality ceramic knives for your kitchen as well. These will be
very hardy and won’t need to be replaced quite so often as cheaper knives.


Keep Them Sharp


Make sure that your knives are always sharp. You can do this at home yourself if you have a knife
honing tool. If you don’t have one of these, you could always see if your local butcher will do this for
you. A sharp knife is a lot safer to use than a dull one as it won’t stick so much in whatever it is you
are cutting. As a result, it will be a lot more efficient to use as well.




Place A Damp Tea Towel Under The Chopping Board


Do you find that your chopping board moves quite a bit while you are trying to chop on it? This is a
common problem, especially when you are using it on a shiny worktop. The best way to stop this
is to slightly dampen a tea towel and place this under the board. The damp towel will provide a lot
more grip and reduce movement.


Move The Knife Like A Saw


When you are using a knife, you might be inclined to chop it up and down. However, this will prove
to be very efficient. It’s much better to use it like you would a saw and slice through the food,
moving along the whole length of the blade. After a bit of practice, you should be able to do this
fairly quickly.




Know How To Grip


You also need to make sure that you are gripping the thing you are cutting correctly as well.
Your fingers need to be curled all the way around it, like a claw. This way, there is no risk of you cutting
an exposed fingertip as your knuckles will be exposed instead. This can take quite a bit of practice
to get right, and it’s worth watching chefs on YouTube to see exactly how this is done.

Once you can use your kitchen knives better, you’ll find cooking becomes more efficient!

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019

What To Buy Someone Who Has Everything?

I am someone that really enjoys buying gifts for my loved ones. I don't always have the budget to be able to splash out however, I love shopping around and looking for something that someone would like. For me, when it comes to presents it isn't ever about the price tag attached it to, but more about how it suits the person and how much thought has gone into it.

As a grown-up, I find it much harder to buy presents for people because you tend to find that the things people want, they have bought for themselves. This can make it hard to know what to buy, especially when it seems like people already have everything they need.

The Gifts That Keep on Giving

For me, practical gifts are a great choice because they can really help someone out. I know sometimes these can be seen as less glamorous than more extravagant gifts but if you can buy something that someone can really make use of, all the better in my opinion.

I was looking for Mother's Day gifts last weekend, as I know the day is fast approaching. I came across AttaVanti, who have some gorgeous real leather handbags on their website. Straight away this struck me as something that would make a great gift - they look amazing, the price tag is decent and it's something that I know my mum would make great use of!

This is one that I saw straight away and loved because it looks great but is something that could be used everyday, which makes it even better!
Ghibli Woven Leather Medium Tote Bag - Black
https://www.attavanti.com/luxury-italian-leather-designer-handbags/ghibli-woven-leather-medium-tote-bag-black/
I will be honest, such a glamorous bag is a little out of my price range but if I could ever splash out on a bag for someone else  me, something like this would be right up my street!

Experience Days

Another thing I am massively into when it comes to gifts is buying people experiences. Loads of websites like Buy a Gift and Groupon have options where you can buy vouchers for afternoon tea or days at the spa. I think these give people the ideal opportunity to spoil themselves, and if I am lucky they might invite me along - so it's really a win-win! 

The great thing about buying experiences as a gift is that there are so many to choose from, so whatever you think a person might like, you can give them something that suits!

What would you buy someone who has everything?

Debz x

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A Guide to Wearing Large Hoop Earrings

Large hoop earrings are definitely in fashion, and for some women, working out the best way to wear them can be a challenge. A-Listers like Jennifer Lopez and Sade made good use of these huge accessories, and today, large hoop earrings can be found on catwalks all over the world, and with that in mind, here are some tips on how to wear these amazing facial accessories.



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ü  Choose Classic Metals - Sterling silver, platinum and gold are all quality metals that will stand the test of time. If you plan on wearing the earrings often, buying quality items will ensure that they will still be in your jewellery collection many years from now. Browse some of the leading online jewellery stores and you will be able to view many fine items, before finally making your selection, and with a secure online payment, the items will be shipped to your home address.

ü  Scale To Suit Your Facial Features - If you have a thin face, then thin hoops will look better, while a larger frame suits thicker hoops. Select a hoop size that complements your facial features, and if you are looking for a supplier, Silver By Mail offers unique silver hoop earrings in a wide range of sizes and styles. If, for example, you have a wide face, hoop earrings will make your face look a little slimmer, and with so many styles available from online jewellers, you can spend hours browsing until you find what you are looking for.

ü  Make Good Use Of Colours And Textures - If you are into either the gypsy or Bohemian look, source some colourful beaded hoop earrings, which will add both colour and texture to your look. Sourcing large hoop earrings is much easier if you buy from an online jeweller, as they have a wider range of items, and are generally a little cheaper that the traditional bricks and mortar high street jeweller.


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ü  Choose Colours That Go With Your Skin Shade - There are many shades of gold, silver and platinum, so try to source large hoop earrings that complement your skin tone. Gold tends to look better on darker complexions, while silver and platinum go with lighter skin tones.

ü  Don’t Be Afraid To Experiment - Finding the perfect accessories is much easier with a dress rehearsal, and by laying out all your jewellery on your bed, you can use your full-length mirror to have a preview, and with some experimentation, you will find what works best for you. You could take a selfie and send it to your best friend for an unbiased opinion, which will give you extra self-confidence, but make sure that you are also wearing the outfit when you take the picture.



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Every woman should have a few pairs of large hoop earrings in her jewellery box, as they can be worn on many occasions and are the perfect accessory to highlight the facial features. Vary the styles and colours and you will find there are times when a pair of large hoop earrings are just right.