Certain smells are as evocative as a photograph, or even more so.
They take you back to a place or moment in time that you may have forgotten all about. After all, why is it that people trying to sell their houses are always told to bake a cake before potential buyers look round? It’s so that the prospective new owners instantly associate the house with a warm, homey feel they may well have felt in their childhood home, where Mum would often bake a cake to have after tea.
So many aromas work together to make your house feel welcoming. In the kitchen, having a clean work surface paves the way for the fragrances of the tasty food you cook to waft their way throughout the space. Your lounge may be full of the fragrance of flowers, your bedroom the tantalising aroma of crispy clean sheets. Bathrooms can be made into the most enticing of spaces with the help of essential oils and scented bubble baths.
Perhaps you have been too busy rushing around after Christmas to pay much attention to how your house smells at the moment. I don’t mean that you’ve let it get dirty, rather that you haven’t had time to make it feel even lovelier with the addition of gorgeous-smelling things.
Ok ladies, it's that time of year again.
COME ON, admit it, you love to dress up.
Even those of us who bah humbug the whole Christmas/New Year social scene have to admit that we like to get dressed up and look like a million (or more) Euros/Dollars. I live near the beach now and have a beautiful life here that's close to nature and things that I consider simple but essential to my whole existence. However, everyday I have fun getting dressed up, keeping that girly little spark in me going. As soon as I have an excuse (a party, a concert, opera... whatever!) I go ballistic trying to find something I am going to have fun wearing.
So because this is the season of parties and near liver failure, I thought I would put together some rules. For New Year this year I will be going to the Casino, having fun and sitting at the poker and blackjack tables and I am going to be dressing UP for it. Hope you find some interesting facts and please don't hesitate to let me know what you will be wearing this festive season!!! Read on...
Fashion trends come and go, but there are some fashion garments that continue to stand the test of time. Unfortunately some of these items get more love and attention than others! Think about the LBD (Little Black Dress), everyone appreciates this a classic look and that it should be a wardrobe essential; for that reason, whatever the season, you’ll always be able to find one on the high street. If you could do with updating your wardrobe with some fashion staples, here’s a look at three of the most underrated fashion buys and why you should keep your eyes peeled for these the next time you’re browsing:
The perfect cardi
Cardigans are a garment no longer reserved for OAPS and are now found all over women’s clothing sections on the high-street. When you’ve worked hard on an outfit, needing to cover up because of the cold can be frustrating; cardigans are a wonderful solution. They can provide a layer of warmth with the option to leave the front open and still reveal the other garments you spent hours picking. With a cardigan you don’t have to cover up that vintage tee, or hideaway your pretty patterned midi dress.
There are many cuts of cardigan available too, making them a versatile choice. Choose from a slim-fit, crop, V-neck, Grandpa cut or chunky knit – the sort of cardi you’ll pick will depend on your body shape and the season. The difficulty when cardi shopping is the limited choice, despite their practical appeal, cardigans are rarely available in interesting patterns or prints, with block colours being the popular design. So, when you do come across a stand-out cardi garment – snap it up fast! It can be worn from season to season.
Some little tips I have gathered on my travels on finding out what makes the best sunnies for you!!!
The Best Shaped Sunglasses for Your Face
- Diamond-shaped faces: rimless frames, frames with distinctive brow-lines, or oval frames
- Square faces: softer edged frames; round, oval, even cat-eyed, also thinner frames
- Triangle shaped face: colorful frames or cat eye sunglasses, also frames with straight top lines
- Inverted triangle shaped face: rimless frames, light colors and materials
- Oblong face: frames that are as wide or wider than the broadest part of the face
- Round faces: rectangular or squarish frames, thicker frames
- Oval faces: most frames will look good, but especially square and wrap-around Read on...
Though the heat wave may have come and gone, the summer’s not over yet – so if you haven’t quite perfected your summer wardrobe, or you’ve got a holiday coming up, you’ve still got time to make some sunshine appropriate purchases. At the moment I’m obsessed with sandals. I’m taking any chance I can to get out my tanned tootsies and expensive pedicure! If like me you get sick of wearing the same pair of sandals over and over again however, here’s a look at this season’s most popular summer designs and how to choose the ideal sandal for each occasion:
Let’s start with the cheap and cheerful creation, the flip-flop. You can spend very little on a practical and comfy flip-flop shoe, starting at £1 (Poundland). When it comes to a lightweight and easy-to-wear sandal, you don’t get better than the flip-flop. You can slip them on and off in a flash and when you go for a ‘cheapy’ pair you don’t have to worry about them getting sandy or wet on the beach. The great thing about the low price point for these shoes is that you can have lots of different pairs to go with each outfit or bikini combination! The downside of flip-flops is that a new pair usually comes hand in hand with a few days discomfort as your toes adjust to the toe post, and they can’t be worn on long walks – unless you want to feel like you have really flat feet.
A fancier version of the flip-flop is the new Fit-flop (or similar brand). These are chunky flip-flop style thonged sandals with a platform base designed to tone your legs as you walk. Though I’ve yet to see evidence of their toning effects, fit-flops are famed for their superior comfort! Again you can slip them on and off with ease, but unlike your standard flip-flop, they’ve been designed with a full-days wear in mind, meaning you can wear them for extended walks, or on a long day’s travelling, and pretty much forget about your feet!
A summer favourite, the gladiator sandal takes inspiration from historic Roman costume. This flat shoe features thin straps that make up the cage like body of the shoe, supporting your whole foot whilst providing plenty of ventilation for your toes!The range of gladiator shoes on the high street at the moment is impressive. Look out for plain leathered designs or eye-catching animal prints and patent neon effects. Gladiator sandals work well come day or night, and a well-fitting pair can provide hours of comfort
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