Thursday, 10 January 2019

Clothing Alterations And Beyond: How To Feel Confident In Whatever You Wear




Confidence is the key to happiness. Feeling great in whatever you wear could change how you live each day.

For years, society has dictated what’s in fashion and what should be in our wardrobes. We feel under pressure to fit in with the latest trends or to buy clothes specifically ‘suited’ to our body types, even though they may not necessarily be very ‘us’. It seems to be the way of the world these days.
However, to really become happy in your own skin when it comes to how you dress, it’s important to listen to yourself. What do you feel good in? Which style of fashion would you love to wear day to day? The answers to these questions should speak volumes.
So, how can you make sure you’re always confident with what’s in your wardrobe? Here are a few steps to consider:

Don’t be a sheep!

If you don’t feel confident in your own skin, it can show. As we’ve already mentioned, you need to listen to yourself. If you’re simply filling your wardrobe with the latest winter fashion that isn’t really ‘you’, then what’s the point?
You’ll have your own unique style hidden away somewhere – everyone does! This is what you should be embracing. Want to wear dresses whatever the weather? Are ripped jeans and a baggy shirt more your thing? Go for it! Don’t shy away from who you really are.

Cheaper can be better!

To be fashionable in your own way, you don’t have to search through designer brand rails or spend a fortune on an outfit. More than likely, you’ll find something perfect on the high street or even a charity store. In fact, sometimes, you can find incredibly similar items from a selection of different clothing stores!

Clothing alterations can be a godsend.

If you have a lot of great clothes already stored in your wardrobe but they don’t really fit anymore, you don’t need to throw them out completely. Clothing alterations could be just the ticket and adjusting your current clothing stash could be all that is needed. Whether you need jeans alterations or your favourite dress taking in or letting out, you can, a lot of the time, salvage your favourite pieces.
It can also be relatively simple to make a few tweaks to an outfit to make it suitable for any occasion. If you have a shirt you like to use as an everyday item, for example, then adding a belt and some leggings can make a lot of difference! It’s all about using your imagination to your advantage.

Don’t pay too much attention to size.

Size is just a number. If you’re thinking you need to be a certain size to fit in with the fast-paced fashion world, think again. It’s more important that an item of clothing fits you instead of you forcing yourself into a size that is uncomfortable, and, thankfully, a lot of clothing brands and stores are quite accommodating. Do your research and choose what fits!

Do the opinions of others matter?

Sometimes, the opinion of a friend or family member can be invaluable to a person. We’ve all asked the question, “Does this suit me?” when waltzing out of a clothing store’s changing room. However, sometimes, you just know when something looks good on you.
A dress, for example, may not be to the taste of others around you, but that doesn’t stop you feeling a million dollars in it. So, instead of always listening to what other people say, listen to yourself once in a while! After all, you do know best when it comes to your fashion choices.

Dress to impress – the right clothes will improve your confidence!

Hopefully, these tips will encourage you to live for the moment, and to dress for you and no one else. Do you have any tips in mind to stay confident in yourself? What is your preferred style? Let me know in the comments!

This post was in collaboration with Alterations Boutique, clothing alterations specialists in the UK. For more information about what they offer, visit their website: https://www.alterationsboutiquemanchester.co.uk

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

4 Reasons Why Your Family Garden Needs an Artificial Lawn

We love our gardens. There’s nothing better than letting the kids out to play on sunny days and enjoying the warm weather with a glass of something chilled in hand.  

Keeping our gardens neat and tidy isn’t an easy task, however, and can sometimes prevent us from spending quality time with our families in the great outdoors. That’s why artificial lawns are becoming increasingly popular for many domestic households, and in this article New Lawn Artificial Grass Limited give us the low down as to why a fake lawn might be a great choice for you family.  

A Clean Home  

Do you dread letting the kids outside only for them to come in an hour later full of mud and grass stains? No matter the season, keeping the great outdoors where it belongs can be an arduous task when little ones are in and out of the house.  

While we can’t promise your children won’t make a mess elsewhere, an artificial lawn will at least take some of the headache out of keeping your home tidy. When artificial lawns are laid, the installers prepare the surface with an infill. This isn’t soil based, which means you can enjoy a mud free zone in your garden. Even after heavy rain, the water simply drains away leaving no puddles or slippy patches for kids to fall (or roll around) in!  

A Flat Play Area  

Whether your family consists of children or pets (or both!), natural lawns can take a significant beating from boisterous play and inquisitive minds.  

When the surface for your new lawn is prepped, a good installer will ensure the surface is completely flat. So, when the grass goes down, you’ll find no potholes or uneven patches that may cause a problem for users of the garden.  

Not only that but artificial grass is difficult for animals to dig up. In fact, they’re less likely to go on the hunt for buried treasure as there will be nothing to sniff out beneath your freshly laid lawn.  

A Non-Toxic Garden  

Artificial lawns are often created from nylon, polypropylene or polyethylene. These are perfectly safe materials that are sometimes even used in food-grade packaging! With this, you can be sure that whatever artificial grass product you decide on, it can be enjoyed by all members of the family without the worry of injury or harm.  

You’ll also never need to use nasties like fertiliser on your lawns when you’ve got an artificial one in situ. Artificial grass is UV resistant, so doesn’t fade after prolonged exposure to sunlight, nor will it wither and die due to drought or general ill health. Because of this, you can take comfort in the fact that children and pets won’t encounter any problems when they’re out enjoying the garden.  

A Beautiful Space for Minimal Effort  

What if we told you that you could scrap the lawnmower and still enjoy a gorgeous garden all year round?  
  
That’s exactly what an artificial lawn can do for you!  

Beyond the occasional brush and a splash of water (and, let’s face it, the rain can probably do that for you), a fabulous fake lawn requires very little maintenance to remain fresh.  

That means you can enjoy your outdoor space without feeling guilty when the lawn starts to resemble a mini rainforest in the growing season – and it will always be ready for the kids to hold an impromptu football match no matter the how much it rained earlier on in the day.  

Family friendly, low maintenance and beautiful. If those are the top three things you want from your garden, then an artificial lawn may be just the thing for you. New Lawn Artificial Grass Limited can support you in choosing a variety of artificial turf that meets your needs, so get in touch with them today (or, you can head over to the website and order a pack ofree artificial grass samples to see how great it is for yourself!) 

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Shine With The Right Accessories This Season

Every girl wants to look her best and to do that you'll know what the coming seasons’ trends will be, but that is
not the only thing you need to get right. In fact, you also need to pick accessories that are not only on trend but
suit your colouring, body shape, and own personal style as well. Luckily, that is a topic that I can help you with,
so keep reading for advice on all things accessories below.






Necklaces


Nothing brightens up an outfit like a necklace, but how do you know which one from the millions that are on offer
are right for you?


Well, traditionally us voluptuous ladies are meant to wear larger styles, a this can help create a sense of
proportion. However, while this is an excellent tip, it really shouldn't stop you wearing anything you like! After all,
there is so much choice, why should we limit ourselves to just one sort of style!


In particular, this season the bold and often irreverent perspex jewellery that is now on that market can work
particularly well to lift an otherwise everyday outfit. Also, as in the coming season, we are going to see a lot of
neon and bold, acid colours, choosing a piece in these tones will ensure you are bang on trend as well.


Bracelets


Picking the right style from the vast variety of bracelets that are on offer can be confusing! You can end up
asking yourself whether to go with a cuff, one with charms, or even beads.


Of course, the key here is to match your choice to the outfit that you are wearing. For example, a retro style
dress with a fifties flared skirt, and polka dots can be set off perfectly with a chunky beaded bracelet.


However, if you are going for more on an edgy or boho vibe, then cuffs that are layered together can give you
that right amount of delicate volume to complete your look.


Earrings


There is all sort of advice out there on how to match your earnings to the out for you are wearing. For example,
halter necks are often worn with long, dangling earring as they elongate the face and direct attention to the neck
and decolletage.


Of course, even when you have decided on the type of earring to go for, there are still millions to choose from.
Particular favourites of this coming season include geometric shapes in monotone colours, something that has an
almost modish vibe. Although vintage look metallics are also big in SS 2019, so do look out for earrings finished
in old gold, pewter, and even copper to ensure you are wearing the most up to date look.


Shoes


Shoes maketh the man and the woman, for sure, but I don't care what anyone says because if they are
uncomfortable, they are less than pointless. Happily, there is a distinct trend toward the chunky platform and
flatform sole this season. Something that means you can pick footwear that is will not only help you to shine
style-wise but will allow you to walk miles in comfort as well!

Monday, 7 January 2019

Plus Size Clothing - Seeking Out Alternatives!

We all know that plus size clothing doesn't always have as many options as we would like, especially if you're above a size 22/24; where options get much more sparse.

That said, plus size fashion definitely has improved over recent years and it's worth celebrating this! Many brands are starting to offer a wider range of choice, and I really hope that 2019 this trend continues! However, we're still not at a stage we should/could be, so it's worth considering what you can do to dress exactly how you would like, no matter your size.

Men's Clothing

One of the biggest trends I have seen recently is people ignoring gender labels on clothing and wearing exactly what they want - which is great news if you ask me! Men's clothing can sometimes have more generous sizes which is good - but also if you're willing to wear things such as men's t shirts, you open up a whole new range of choice!

Think Oversize

One thing I saw taking off last year and I would love to see more of, is people wearing over sized items in a more fitted fashion. If you get an over sized dress in a size 18 then you can often wear this even if you would usually wear something nearer a 22/24. It is all about experimenting and working out what works for you.

Ignoring Sizes

I have always championed this and it is something I will continue to do. Clothing sizes aren't always worth paying attention to, especially if you're in a store. Instead try things, see how stretchy they are, how generously sized they are cut and you might just find something that will work, even when you didn't expect it!

What tips would you share for finding plus size clothing gems?

Debz xx

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Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Protect Your Feet with Durable Workboots for Men



More than ever, today's fashion is so radical that some of the pieces we would never consider as a fashion detail, some people are happy to wear. One of those is workboots, which were made exclusively for employees, their safety and security several decades ago.

Working outfits were formerly synonymous for uniforms and overalls, big, heavy shoes, and many stains of unknown origin. Those were ready-made clothes, and no one would dare to wear it out of work. The workboots usually were bulky, often uncomfortable and ugly, but they served the purpose.
Today, working clothes and footwear today have many roles. Besides those standard ones, providing body covering and protection against dirt, physical, chemical, and all other work risks, these pieces now have both aesthetic and practical purpose.


Protect Your Feet and Look Good


Before they "walk in" to the runaways, workboots became the trademark of the working class. Today, professional operators, craftsmen, and DIY workers expect much more from their footwear. They want to look good while working, paying attention to cuts, models and colors, but comfort, quality of material, and durability remain a priority.
Between the design and functionality of workboots, always opt for the second one. Fortunately, many manufacturers have begun to understand the importance of aesthetics for modern men, so today they can find pretty stylish models, which can be fit into any non-working outfit.
However, no matter how impressive the workboots you like are, always look at their features. Check see the tags on them mean, and try them on. Trusted manufacturers sell their models with complete documentation and guarantee that their footwear really meets all prescribed standards.

How to Choose Proper Workboots




You know that a smart choice of workboots will make you an investment that will quickly pay off. Before shopping time, you have to know what you are looking for and what the characteristics your footwear must have (more info find on this page). The search must be detailed since it's something that you'll wear for a long, long time (not to mention that quality working shoes can save your life).

Be Careful with the Size


When buying working footwear, you should choose workboots that are half the size larger. Although these shoes are standardized, there are differences in the size of footwear depending on manufacturer and model. You should keep this in mind if you opt for an online shopping option.
Since you need the flexibility of your legs for a lot of movement on the workplace, your feet need space to sweat and breathe while you wear workboots. Comfortable shoes are necessary for colder weather too, as it provides extra space for additional insulation (thicker socks or foot pads).
When buying working shoes, it is best to try them on with socks thinner than those you wear during working hours. This way, you'll get a feeling for the size of your shoes and additional space. Tie your shoelace and walk as you wear them in the workplace.

Water-resistant or Waterproof


If your workplace implies a humid environment, you'll need water-resistant workboots. For the upper part of footwear, manufacturers are using solid, thick materials, which are treated with different chemicals for increasing water-repellency. But only if they are marked as WRU (Water resistant upper), they meet the prescribed standards.
However, be careful when shopping, as there is often confusion with terms water proof and water repellent.  In case of water repellency, your feet won't be wet for a while, only if you provide them with regular maintenance - drying workboots after working hours and its protection with specific agents.
And it’s good to know that water resistance doesn’t mean waterproofing; but quality boots water proof - men's selection  guarantees a stay in humid conditions without your feet being wet.

Rubber Soles as Insulation of Electric Hazards


The rubber is an excellent material for workboots soles. Although you can find models with leather bottoms too, for workers dealing with electricity, water or hazardous chemicals, the rubber is the best choice. This material is quite hard to form and design, so there are some standardized workboots models that suit these purposes.

Apart from being a good insulator, rubber is comfortable and provides your feet with excellent support. After longer standing and spending hours wearing working footwear, when even the most comfortable shoes start to bother you, the rubber sole brings such a relief to your feet.


Working and protective footwear are essential for your health and safety. It is always the best choice to invest in good workboots than to save a couple of dollars on footwear of disputable origin. Often insignificant price differences can be noticeable in terms of quality and durability. So don't rush to buy the first pair of workboots you run into.

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Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Taurus Men In Love and Relationships: 5 Signs Your Taurus Man Is In Love With You

So you’ve got yourself a Taurus man. You have been dating for a while. You want to say those three precious little words, but a nagging question fills your mind…Is he in love with you? You would hate to put your heart on the line just to find that he does not reciprocate your feelings. Read on to see if he is really in love or just lust. Learn more about Taurus men traits here.



1. His Touch
Does he reach for your hand? Does he place his hand lightly on the small of your back? Does he manage to catch your eye when you are in a crowded room? Does he bump his hand against yours inviting you to wrap your fingers in his? These are just a few of the physical signs that your Taurus man is in love with you.

Taurus men are subtly passionate. He will have a smile that is only for you and will find ways to be close to you without being overwhelming. Your man will find any excuse possible to be close to you.

2. His Personality
You might never guess it, but most Taurus men start out shy. He will want to know how interested you are in him. Are you going to commit to him if he commits to you? As you discover your bond and fondness for one another, he will open more. He will be more confident in himself and share more intimate details about his life with you. In return, he will want to know more about your life. He genuinely cares for you and what happens to you.

Did he introduce himself by fumbling over his own name? Did he stare at the ground when he first started talking to you? Did it take him a long time to even ask you out to begin with? Chances are this is more than just “like” for your man.

Your Taurus man might even be protective of you. If you have a bad day, he will want to find any way possible to fix it for you and protect you from future pain. If someone makes a rude comment about you, even his friends, he will stand up for you. He wants to be your best friend as well as a lover.



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3. His Lifestyle
Has he introduced you to his friends? What about his family? Has he asked to meet your family? Has he invited to you over to his house or apartment? Has he even let you spend the night?

As he falls in love with you, he will open up all aspects of his life to you. Not only that, but he will want you to share your life with him. He will ask to meet your friends, your family, and other people who are important to you. He will also take up some of your hobbies just because you enjoy them. You might even find that you share some of the same hobbies which will make hanging out with your man that much more enjoyable.

Can you carry on deep, meaningful conversations with your man? Does he actually listen to what you say and even respond with thoughtful comments and discussions? Taurus men genuinely care what you have to say and value your opinion. Just another sign that he is in love with you.

4. His Financial Concerns
Your man is financially responsible. He does not carry a lot of credit card debt, and he might even be a financial advisor or analyst. He has a math-oriented brain and enjoys working with numbers.

Does he notice that you shop for the best deal on shopping trips? Does he offer to pay for your dinner? Does he wait for the best possible deal on something that he really wants?

A Taurus man is not only concerned about his finances; he is also concerned about yours. He might even compliment you on your spending and saving habits. If you don’t have good financial habits, he will probably offer to help you budget your money or offer other financial advice.

When a Taurus is in love with you, he will help you work out a plan to become more financially aware. He will probably even offer to take care of some of your financial issues for you.

5. His Attention
Does he buy you small gifts? Has he brought you flowers lately? Does he take you to upscale restaurants for your dates? He might be in love with you then.

When a Taurus man is in love with you, he will give you his undivided attention. He will want to spend all of his time with you. He might even get jealous when you have to spend time with other people that does not include him.

Small, thoughtful gifts, as well as some bigger ones sometimes, are his ways of showing you he cares about you. He might even keep getting you similar presents because he knows it is something you like to help you build a collection so when you look at them, you will be reminded of how much he cares for you.

Lastly, he will pay attention to the people that matter the most to you. Do you have a relative that you enjoy hanging out with that might be a little weird, but he manages to find time to spend with him or her? Does he willingly go to family functions with you? If they matter to you, they matter to him.

There are many ways for a Taurus man to show you he loves you. These are just a few. Hopefully when you tell your man that you love him for the first time he will pull you into his arms, stare deep into your eyes, and say the words right back to you.



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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Moving Home Before The End of the Year

They say that moving home is already one of the most stressful things you can do, so teaming that up with the festive season must be really interesting! However, I know that this time of year also doesn't mean that everything stops so I bet there are people due to move in the coming weeks. I teamed up with The Man Van to think about what could make life a little easier for those moving home imminently.

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Get Organised

One of the biggest tips that can be given to anyone looking to move home is to be organised. Even if you aren't sure exactly when you're moving start thinking about what you can pack now, who you need to tell you are moving and making vague arrangements. If your house is anything like mine it is full of stuff that you don't touch from one week to the next, so why not start getting organised and these things packed away.

Get Quotes

Start looking at companies and get quotes together, so you can make a decision on who you will use when the time comes. So for example, get onto Google and look for cheap movers in London and have a look at their services and costs. Make sure you ask them when they are open over the holidays and also that they'll be able to accommodate you short notice - that way you can contact them when you are ready and you are good to go!

Moving Day

Remember that although the actual moving process may be stressful, it will be worth it in the end. And even if your Christmas is a little disrupted it is only one day and therefore you can celebrate another time or another day in your brand new home, and what could be better than that?

If you are planning to move soon, good luck!

Debz x

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