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Archive for the ‘Fashion and Lifestyle’ Category

Let’s go garden this summer

Monday, August 12th, 2013

fresh-home-with-an-impressive-gardenSummers never last long in Britain and when they do; you should make the most out of it. Imagine a sunny day, you and him with a glass of wine sitting outdoors. It kind of sets the scene for a perfect movie romance just about to begin.

Hang on; we’ve kind of digressed from the topic, which is making the best use of your garden, balcony this season. Don’t let your outdoor space lie alone, nurture it and make it as stylish as possible. Here are some tips to help you do just that.

Balcony Garden

Many of us live in cities, where the maximum we can afford is a balcony. Worry not! You can transform this space as per your aesthetics and give it a feel of a garden. Add a little bistro table and chairs to create the perfect summer dining area.

If you are really limited with room, try adding a few decorative accessories such LED lanterns, bunting or wind chimes to add a touch of personality and design flair to the space.

Small Garden

Just pit a simple bench combined with colourful cushions and see how this small little change will entirely transform the setting into a comfortable lounge to spend a sunny afternoon in.

If you are a keen gardener, opt for a style which comes with built in storage so you can limit clutter and keep all your Garden tools nice and tidy. Also, since the garden is small, DO NOT overdo it with accessories. Small is just wonderful by itself.

Large Garden

If you are lucky enough to have a large garden, take advantage of the space you have available by creating an outside space which you can relax in at all hours of the day. Wicker style furniture is fab as it allows you to fill the space without it feeling too heavy.

Adding unusual pieces like water features and garden ornaments will give your garden a very different look.

Just in case you have no garden at all, a small pull along hamper is perfect to help easily transport all your summer goodies to the nearest park.

This Summer, go Short and Sexy with Cocktail Dresses

Friday, April 19th, 2013

This Summer, go Short and Sexy with Cocktail DressesThe biggest problem for every woman faces whilst dressing up for an occasion is – what to wear. Almost every woman faces this dilemma of wearing the right dress in order to stand out in the crowd. In fact some women even panic for not being able to decide the right outfit till the last minute. For it is just not the dress – to get the right look, there is a bunch of things that a woman needs to take care of. However, the most important thing is to find the ideal dress first. Fashion experts say that be it any occasion, a cocktail dress is a good option. But, again the question here is how to select the quintessential dress that would make everyone’s eyes gaze at you with awe.

Below mentioned are some tips that can assist you in selecting your soul dress.

A classic cocktail dress is supposed to be of knee length. And, in such dresses are also available in a lot of variations. Like, the length of the dress can be above the knee and at times can be even mid-way as that gives an extremely sexy look. The outfit is good for parties and night outs, however not too appropriate for a date.

Fabrics like silk and satin will be good as it sets a perfect a celebration look. But, do not wear anything of floor length. To get that flawless look, it is very important to get a cut in the dress that appreciates your body type. A gorgeous fabric can help in flattering your body type.

A cocktail dress looks great, if the waistline of the dress is slightly above the original waistline. So, you can opt a dress that is slightly above the original waistline. You can either choose a formfitting dress or may be an A-line skirt. In regards to cocktail dress, a black dress is an ultimate choice. However, you can detail the dress by adding accessories that will compliment your dress. Do not overdo also, with too much of accessorizing. If required, you can carry a Paschima wrap as well.

Try to choose dresses in variety of colours. If it is Summer time, then ensure to choose bright coloured dresses, but the only important thing is that the dress should match your skin tone. Next, are shoes! As far as shoes are concerned – high heels like stilettos or decorative flats is a good option.

 By – Angelica Campbell

Relax and Bond with your Friends in a Spa Party

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Relax and Bond with your Friends in a Spa PartyMeeting up with friends is a common activity that most of us indulge in. Most of the time, it’s either coffee, dinner or may be in the pub. After a long week of busy schedule, we all wish to rejuvenate ourselves with something interesting and nice. How about the option of lying down a couch and enjoying some really good beauty rituals? May be, you can invite some of your best buddies to your place and plan up a small spa party. It would be really great fun enjoying the pampering massage session that would leave every muscle of your body absolutely rejuvenated. And, at the same time you could be talking out all that you had been wanting to from the past whole week.

Few tips whilst planning to Host a home spa party:

The first obvious thing is set a schedule so that accordingly you can ask all your friends to come over. Also, ask them to carry some good munchies that would contribute to your spa party. Fix it with the salon professionals so that they can come over to give the sessions.

Choose a secluded room in your house for the party and create the right ambience. In case, if you stay in a large apartment then you can use the living room as a venue for the party. Shift the furniture to another room so as to create more space, arrange scented candles, soft music and dim lights, and the party venue is all set to start. If possible, you can even arrange a relaxing tabletop fountain to set the mood.

Purchase home facial masks. You can even whip up your own, depending upon the time you have. You can even buy some handmade soaps made from natural ingredients that can be used to cleanse the face first and ahead to this, the masks can be applied.

You can create a small manicure and pedicure station as well. Ensure to lit up this area well, so that you can check out the different shades of nail polish and leave your toes all pampered. You can ask your friends to get the shades they have, as this will give a lot of options for all.

Ask your friends to get the samples of beauty products they have so all can experiment on the same. Each one will have a different one and this will give all various options to try. Other stuff also, you can ask them to carry especially if they have any new cosmetics sample as well like, lipsticks, soaps, lotions and other cosmetics as well.

Ensure to arrange some good snacks and drinks. After all that beautifying and relaxation time, it is bound for all to get hungry, so you need to arrange a bit of light snacks and drinks that you can have whilsy you chat.

It is one of the fantastic ways to bond with your friends whilst enjoy relaxing and soothing your body as well.

By – Angelica Campbell

Fine Designer Drapes can adorn your Living Room in Good Style

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Fine Designer Drapes can adorn your Living Room in Good StyleThe importance of drapes in any house is to a great extent. Windows look bare and incomplete without drapes. Although, you might get away in some parts of the house but the sitting room is meant to be the place wherein you bring your guests and show the piece of your house and put in all sorts of entertainment. Along with a good design of furniture, adorning your sitting room with the finest design of drapes will help to reflect your personal style and make you have a room that you can feel proud of.

At times the meaning of curtains and drapes are often mixed up together. However, it is important to know that they are not the same. Although they both accessorize the windows and help to keep the light out and privacy in, there is a difference between the two. Curtains are lighter and airier while drapes are heavy and give a bolder statement. Drapes serve the purpose of blocking out light efficiently and effectively and also providing a barrier of insulation for the window.

Drapes lay a bigger impact at the rooms, but a bit of attention needs to be paid while choosing them. They are an important accessory and help to contribute the overall theme of the room. A strong colour of drapes will be a good option at a room in which there are several pieces of furniture, this will help to pull things together. Drapes add a very big difference in the rooms they are in. Even if a room has got lines and edges, hanging soft and feminine drapes will balance out the look. Modern furniture with floral drapes can give a complete change to the style of your room at complete ease. In fact, hanging out good drapes can even replace the requirement of repainting or refurnishing the room. Hanging good drapes can automatically add a dynamic look and add life to your living room. One of the most widely used functional drapery is the insulated curtain. Such types of curtains are also referred as blackout curtains and are different than the everyday common drapery panels that are manufactured.

Another option of decorating with designer drapes is pairing them with a window hanging. This gives the option of changing the lighting in the room and at the same time continues to add depth and texture to the décor of the room. You got to keep in mind that you are able to get the swatches of the drape fabric you are considering. Hang swatches around the windows and that can help you to make a choice. Putting in a little bit of extra effort in choosing the right drapes can define the look of your room majestically.

 

By – Angelica Campbell