How To Give A Tired Bathroom A New Lease Of Life!

Bathroom vanities come in a huge choice of sizes, styles and finishes, and offer a multitude of options when it comes to giving a bathroom an instant makeover. If your bathroom’s looking a bit outdated or could do with a fresh new image, then fitting a new vanity unit could transform its appearance and revitalize the look and feel of the whole room. Bathroom vanities are easy enough to install in a day, so your bathroom makeover can be quick and hassle-free!

Bathroom sink vanities come in a wide variety of designs. There are those with decorative accents and intricate features in an antique style that’s perfect for blending with rustic or period bathroom décor. In contrast, contemporary bathroom vanities with a sleek, modern appearance can look great in a new home. Aesthetics aside, remember that your vanity is going to be used on a daily basis, so it must be able to stand up to splashes and spills. In particular, look for a durable, water-resistant and easy to clean vanity top.

Another practicality to consider is how much storage space you’ll need. Most bathroom vanity cabinets come with a combination of storage options, with both large cabinet compartments and smaller makeup drawers, allowing easy access to all kinds of accessories. If your old countertop is cluttered up with toiletries and cosmetics, buying a new vanity with a built in bathroom cabinet is a good opportunity to have a tidy up and clear your surfaces. This alone can instantly freshen up the appearance of a bathroom!

Bath vanities can often be purchased with matching accessories, such as mirrors and lights. Fitting a new vanity unit gives you a chance to fully coordinate your bathroom’s look. Attention to details such as the finish and style of your faucets, cabinet and drawer handles, can make a big difference to the end result. A well-chosen bathroom vanity can work wonders at bringing a touch of elegance and luxury to any bathroom.

We’re living in a time when the bathroom has been elevated to a high status place of importance in our home. Bathrooms have really come a long way in the past century. Here is an infographic by Premier Care in Bathing showing the evolution of the modern bathroom over the years.

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The Ultimate Guide to Styling Your Watch

A watch is a must have these days, for both men and women. However, women don’t like to stop when it comes to their watch. Most women enjoy styling it up with other trendy pieces of jewelry to create something affectionately called an ‘arm party’. Take a look on Pinterest or Instagram and you’ll see what we mean! This post will help you to style your watch just the way you want it.

The Patterned Watch

To style a patterned watch, you need to add bracelets that tie in with it nicely and add character. The watch will be the foundation of your arm party, but you should add a statement bracelet too for personality. You can then add a more simple bracelet that ties in, and a few others that don’t overwhelm the look. Make sure the colors and styles tie in nicely.

The Expensive Watch

For an expensive watch, such as a Rolex, you can afford to be a bit classier with your bracelet choices. Most Rolexes are very glam, so pile on at least 4 sparkly, glam bracelets to go with it. They can be cheap fashion bracelets, just make sure they don’t look cheap or tacky!

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The Leather Strapped Watch

A watch with a leather strap is nice because it can look casual or dressed up depending on how you style it. When you want a watch with something like these watch bands made in the USA, they make a great foundation to this kind of arm party. You can then simply pair it with a few friendship style bracelets. You could even pair it with one glam bracelet to contrast the leather strap.

Here are some tips that should help you to create amazing arm parties each and every time:

  • Keep your arm party simple by choosing one metal or color family and sticking to it.
  • Feel free to wear mismatched bracelets if they are dainty and uncomplicated.
  • Just pile on your favorite jewelry if you dare.
  • Mix metal and a contrasting color such as turquoise to create a striking effect.
  • Use friendship bracelets if you don’t want your arm party to look too ‘fierce’. This can look really cute.
  • Pile on rings along with bracelets to make an eye catching look.
  • Choose a bracelet with a word on it, such as ‘love’, to make a statement.
  • Pair a rock chick arm party with a classy look to contrast nicely. Black bracelets with silver studs and lots of rhinestones can look great! Just skip the heavy eyeliner and choker.
  • Balance out both wrists by creating different arm parties on each one. I’d only wear one watch though (unless you want people to look at you a funny way).

Use this guide to style your watch and create an arm party, and there’s no way you can go wrong. Sure, you could wear your watch on its own, but where’s the fun in that? Pile on bracelets, experiment, and have fun with it. Thanks for reading!

 

Managing Loneliness

I don’t find the act of writing to be a lonely one. But the act of writing is a solitary one, and the writing life forces you to shut off the outside world for long stretches of time. To complete a huge task you have to say no to outings with friends and time spent in the sunshine, and choose instead to chain yourself to your computer or notepad and stare at it for hours on end. And because you have to spend so much time writing, you might not leave enough time for friendships and fun.

Writing might not inspire loneliness, but the writing lifestyle definitely can.It can be difficult to fess up to loneliness, or even to recognize that it’s behind what’s ailing you. Doctors don’t really ask how many meaningful social interactions you’re getting and there is a social stigma for admitting to this kind of a problem. Even if you’re surrounded by people, sometimes there’s a tendency to retreat inward and cut off the outside world.

Don’t let your zeal cut away at the rest of your life. Take your time, find great relationships, get the help you need if you need it. In the meantime you should read this interesting infographic on loneliness made by Stannah Stairlifts:

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This season’s floral burst into 3D life

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Asides from garden-variety prints alone, this season’s floral fashions have taken on a 3D twist, comprising both embroidery and embellishment at 2014’s runway shows.

Pretty prints in statement fabrics

Flowers blossomed from every model throughout the collections, becoming the definitive badge of femininity. From meadow poppies to Sixties style daisies and sweet roses, there’s a floral design to suit all. Choose from head to toe floral ensembles or one-off statement pieces showcasing abstract botanical prints. For inspiration on colour, style and species – check out the latest at serenataflowers.com.

How to wear floral-enthused pieces

Whether you’re attending an elegant soiree or quite simply wish to brighten up your day, a vivid floral print is a must-have wardrobe staple. Of course, it’s a good idea to follow a few fashion tips when embracing the floral trend. When accessorising, keep it to a minimum – a simple court shoe and a minimalistic clutch will suffice. Alternatively go all out with a full Sixties flower-power style, complete with a beehive hairstyle, retro shades and a brightly coloured lipstick.

A perennial style favourite

Regardless of the season, floral fashion buys have become a recurrent style staple. Throughout the spring and summer months, floral fashion ensembles tend to embrace pastel palettes and hot hues. When winter arrives, clothes take on a slightly different guise. From digital floral prints to classic ditsy print motifs in deeper hues such as: ruby reds and emerald greens.

How to wear floral in the winter

Worn alone or with opaque tights, a floral embroidered dress will add an instant injection of colour to your winter wardrobe. For a daytime style, tone down the look by pairing a form-flattering floral skirt with a modest blouse.

What to do if you tend to shy away from the floral trend

If your current wardrobe consists of muted tones and timeless shapes – why not add a floral heel to the mix. This simple style statement, especially when worn in a zingy bright shade, is an easy way to embrace the floral style without steering too far from your comfort zone.

 

Spotting the signs of asthma

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Asthma is a common condition. In the UK, over five million people are currently receiving treatment for this medical problem. This equates to one in every 12 adults and one in every 11 children. The severity of asthma varies from person to person. In most cases, it can be effectively controlled. However, some people suffer from persistent problems. Occasionally, it can cause asthma attacks and severe episodes can require hospital treatment. They can even be life threatening. Indeed, these attacks kill around three people each day and Britain has one of the highest asthma death rates in Europe.

This is why it’s so important to make sure you can spot the signs of asthma in yourself or your loved ones. Once the problem has been identified, you can seek suitable treatments. For example, you can get asthma inhalers to both prevent and relieve attacks.

If you’re not sure how to identify the symptoms of this medical condition, take a look at the following guide.

The telltale signs  

The most common asthma symptoms include wheezing, which means you make a whistling sound when you breathe, and a shortness of breath. The condition can also cause you to experience a tightening of your chest. This may feel like a band is surrounding your chest and is contracting around it. Frequent coughing is another telltale sign.

These symptoms are often worse last thing at night and early in the morning. They can also develop or get worse in response to specific triggers, including exercise or allergens like dust or pet fur.

What to do

If you or someone close to you shows these signs, it’s important to speak to a trained healthcare professional. These experts will be able to diagnose the symptoms and establish whether or not asthma is the cause or another health problem is to blame. Bear in mind that young children may not be able to express some of their symptoms, so you have to be especially vigilant when dealing with infants.

Finding out that you or one of your family members have asthma can be distressing, but it is important that you get a diagnosis so that you can seek suitable treatment. Many of the severe asthma attacks and fatalities that occur as a result of this condition could be prevented if sufferers took suitable treatments.

As long as you follow the medical guidance provided, you should be able to manage the condition effectively.

 

The benefits of organic clothing

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The kind of clothes you wear can have a significant impact on your mental and physical health. The reason why organic clothing is here to stay is the fact that research shows there is a huge difference in the way our bodies function when we wear synthetic clothing compared to when we wear chemical-free clothes. While the most obvious benefit is the level of comfort and ease that you feel, here are some of the other advantages of organic clothing:

Non allergen

Organic clothing is suitable for people with allergies and sensitivities. People who are allergic to chemicals, fabrics and reagents can benefit from organic garments, such as those available from Fire Label. Not only are they made from fabrics that do not contain any kind of chemical, these clothes are also made from crops that are grown naturally and are known to retain their medicinal properties. A good example is clothes made from bamboo, which is antimicrobial and can kill bacteria.

Enhanced level of exudation  

When you wear organic clothing, such as cotton and silk, you have an enhanced level of exudation – in other words, the fabric is more breathable. Organic clothing allows your skin to perspire, whereas synthetic clothing is restrictive, making it less comfortable to wear.

Cost-effective

Although clothes made from organic materials might be slightly higher in price, when it comes to longevity, they last longer than normal clothes. This is because the fabric is more durable, meaning they maintain their shape, size and color even after many years of washing, saving you money in the long run.

Fashionable

Organic clothing is often viewed as a re-embodiment of the hippie fashion, which has seen a growing interest in recent years. Today, environmentally friendly clothing is available in a variety of fashion shops. These kinds of clothes are also ideal for warm weather due to their porous fabric which allows for a better circulation of air.

Environmental reasons

Wearing organic clothing is one way of supporting the state of our environment. Manufacturing synthetic clothes requires the use of chemicals that can damage the environment, whereas organic clothing eliminates this process. With eco-friendly practices now becoming more of a priority, changing the way you dress is a simple and effective way to improve your green credentials.

Health for your family

Changing the way you dress can help you to avoid coming in to contact with chemicals that may be harmful to your health. While buying new organic clothes might seem like an expensive task at first, if you think of the health benefits and the durability, it’s a worthwhile investment.

 

6 Most Desirable Home Locations In The UK

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From the economic powerhouse of London, to the rolling mountains of Scotland, the UK has it all. Great Britain offers stunning coastlines, majestic countryside and vibrant cities. Whatever you want from your environment, there is a place for you somewhere on this island. Before you decide where to live next, you’ll want to consider your lifestyle. Make a list of what you want most from your desired location.

The following locations were chosen as a result of studies into the most desirable locations. There were many factors taken into account. These included crime level, health and education and employment opportunities. However, that doesn’t mean they are always right for you. Discover what you want from life before pursuing a location. The following ideas will help you decide.

Hampshire

Hampshire features on just about every desirability list. Thanks to its quaint rural villages and proximity to London, it the ideal county. When you think of typical English living, you are generally thinking of Hampshire. The country is close to the beautiful south coast and a quick train ride to a number of major cities. It’s a great place for outdoor living. Perfect for those who love the peace and quiet, but aren’t quite ready to leave the city.

London

London isn’t winning any awards for affordability. However, it is the city of choice for professionals. It is one of the biggest cities in the world with one of the strongest economies. If you want to get ahead in business, this is where you come. London is home to more billionaires than any other city in the world. It is the number one place for opportunity and ambition.

Birmingham

Living in Birmingham offers you the chance to live in an exciting, diverse city with world-class restaurants, entertainment and shops.
Birmingham’s Balti Triangle is famous for its array of restaurants and takeaways offering spectacular curry dishes.
Birmingham is home to more than one million people from a range of different cultures and ethnic groups, including the UK’s largest student population outside London.

Its friendly population is what makes Birmingham the dynamic, multicultural city that is – and also one of the largest cities in Europe offering a heady mix of galleries, music, restaurants and bars.

The website http://birmingham.trud.co.uk/ is the best place for you to find out about job vacancies available in Birmingham. On this site, you will find close to 10,000 jobs spreading across different work sectors and several companies operating in the city.

Cornwall

Cornwall is irresistible and charming. Its southern location plays host to the finest beaches in the UK. You’ll find homes with a good view in St Mawes and cottages with peaceful walks in Bodmin. You are never far from the city of Plymouth with its naval history and stunning coastal views. It is the tranquil heart of Britain for those who love the sea air.

Edinburgh

If you love the city life, but London is just too intense, Edinburgh is great alternative. The Scottish capital has plenty of employment opportunity, with beautiful city features to boot. It has the feel of a bustling village and the economic power of a capital. The city is steeped in history and you’re only five minutes from the rolling Scottish hills.

Berkshire

Berkshire is home to some the richest homes in Britain. Its close proximity to London and Heathrow make it the perfect commuter county. You’ll find beautiful thatched cottages and winding English roads. Many choose Berkshire as a place to raise a family. The children can experience the English countryside and the parents can easily commute to the city.

There are plenty of other options out there. Newcastle for vibrant city life, the Lake District for serene living or Brighton for days by the sea. Discover what you truly want from your location and you’ll find it in the UK. Wherever you choose on this small island, you are never too away from the city or the countryside.

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