Gifts for the Dad Who Has Everything

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Whether you are shopping for Father’s Day or your father’s birthday, if your dad already seems to have it all, finding the perfect gift can be extremely tricky. From retro games to an acre of rainforest, here are a few … Continue reading

Bright and Colorful Pieces to Add to Your Summer Wardrobe

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Summer is a season for bright colors and vibrancy, so if your wardrobe is filled with dark and neutral shades, then it may be time for an update. From high-waisted trousers to fun, summer dresses, here is some inspiration for some colorful pieces to add to your closet.

Jelly Sandals
Sandals are essential in the summer months, and the Geli is a sandal, by Katy Perry Collections, that is so fun and retro. Inspired by the classic jelly sandal, the Geli comes in three different colors, lemon, watermelon, and peach, and features a print of their respective fruit. To top it all off, fruity prints themselves are bang on trend for the summer, making this a must-buy.

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High Waisted Trousers
High-waisted trousers are flattering on so many different body types, and are a great way to enhance your feminine curves. While the majority of women opt for darker shades when it comes to high waisted trousers, use the summer as an excuse to purchase a pair in a brighter, bolder color. Whether this may be the pink trousers from River Island, or the yellow/orange pair from Wolf & Badger, these will soon become one of your go-to pieces of clothing this summer.

A Printed Tote Bag
Even if you would like to keep your outfit relatively simple, bags are a great way to still add a pop of color to your look. The Kerrington Square Tote by Tory Burch is a fantastic example of this, as the style itself is ideal for summer, its water-resistant fabric perfect for the beach, and the wide variety of seasonal prints are right on trend.

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Summer Dresses
Flirty and fun summer dresses are a must at this time of the year, and while soft, pastel shades may be perfect for spring, summer is the time to brighten up your looks a bit more. The Fit and Flare dresses from Jack Wills are a great choice, as these will beautifully flatter your figure, while the summer dresses from Boden come in a wide variety of styles and prints, meaning that you are bound to find one that you love.

Floral Hair Accessories
Floral hair accessories are another popular item in the summer months and are a great way to add some style to your look. For those who would prefer something subtle yet delightfully feminine, give the Tropical Flower Hair Comb by Lizzie Fortunato a try, as this features floral and beaded accents, as well as a freshwater cultured pearl detailing.

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Printed Shorts
Printed shorts may be harder to style than solid colors, but the effort is definitely worth it in the end. The Ruffle Floral Printed Bermuda Shorts from Zara are a great style to opt for, as these are high waisted and ruffled at the hem. Pair this with a casual white t-shirt and some sandals for day wear, or dress them up with heels and a blouse for the evening.

Your summer wardrobe should be bright and cheerful, and each of these pieces mentioned above will help you to achieve this. From fun, floral printed ruffled shorts to flirty and flattering summer dresses, these items are guaranteed to add some color and vibrancy to your closet.

Keep These Fruits in Your Closet

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In terms of keeping your body healthy, fruits are vital, but, this season, they are key to your fashion looks too. From tropical fruit earrings to fruity printed dresses, these are the fruits that you should be adding to your closet.

Tropical Earrings by Noir Jewelry
Noir Jewelry has a range of tropical-inspired earrings, and there are quite a few that feature fruit. Their Tropical Linear Drop Earrings are guaranteed to bring a tropical flair to your outfit, with parrots, leaves, and watermelons, while their Strawberry Hoop Earrings boast cubic zirconia accents.

Watermelon Basket Bag by Charlotte Olympia
Charlotte Olympia’s Watermelon Basket Bag was inspired by Carmen Miranda’s fruit headdress, and it is easy to see this when you look at the bag. Shaped to resemble a wedge of watermelon, complete with black seeds, this pink, white and green bag will look stunning against a chic white summer dress.

Cherry Denim Strappy Sandals by Gianvito Rossi
Gianvito Rossi showed his first footwear collection at Milan Fashion Week in 2007 and received plenty of praise for it, which is no surprise considering he learned his skills from his father, Sergio Rossi, a legendary shoe designer. Gianvito Rossi’s Cherry Denim Strappy Sandals are chic but fun at the same time, with the denim stonewashed sandals featuring a crystal cherry, and cherry leaf, appliqué. Made in Italy, these shoes have an adjustable ankle strap and a four-inch block heel, making them elegant but so comfortable at the same time.

Hammond Printed Silk Top by Altuzarra
The Hammond top by Altuzarra is another item that features cherries and has been seen being worn by Jennifer Lawrence on numerous occasions. This plunging top is in a sky blue shade of silk and features a print of navy and red cherries, a kitsch but chic motif that has been seen throughout Altuzarra’s latest collection. While this may be quite a standout piece, it is surprisingly versatile, and can be worn on its own with a ruffled skirt, or layered over a t-shirt and worn with jeans.

Tie Banana Top by MSGM
The MSGM Tie Banana Top is so fun and playful, and will definitely be the focal point of your outfit. The banana print on this top is in a watercolor style, adding a softness and feminine quality, while the sleeves are accentuated with knotted ties, which really enhances the fruity aspect of this top.

The Geli by Katy Perry Collections
Jelly sandals were once loved by just about everybody, and Katy Perry Collections have given this classic style a modern makeover. The Geli comes in either lemon, peach or watermelon, each style in the color of their respective fruit, as well as featuring a small print of that fruit at the top of the shoe.

While you are likely adding a number of summer fruits to your kitchen, think about incorporating some fruit into your outfits too. Whether this may be a fruity printed top of a fruit-shaped bag, these items are guaranteed to brighten up your look and provide any outfit with a one-of-a-kind flair.

Makeup Tools That Double As Skin Care Tools

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There are so many different makeup and beauty tools out there, making it extremely easy for your cosmetic bag to become cluttered. To save you some space, as well as time, check out these makeup tools that also double as skin care tools.

Facial Roller
Facial rollers are commonly used by Chinese medical and skin care experts, as they are able to reduce redness while promoting the draining of any excess fluid lying beneath the skin. It also stimulates blood flow, which results in defined facial contours and a brighter, more lifted, appearance, doing away with the need for the amount of makeup that you would usually apply. In addition to this, using the rollers before applying any skin care products will help to prepare your skin for the ingredients that will be following, enabling them to better penetrate your skin’s layers.

Cellulose Sponges
Cellulose sponges are made from natural fibers and are great for both removing makeups as well as simply cleansing the skin. Soft and absorbent, these sponges are can be re-used, and are also incredibly compact, making them ideal for those who frequently travel.

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A Tweezer Set
A set of both slant and point tweezers in your beauty arsenal is essential, as you will be able to use these for so many different things. From removing unwanted stray hairs to placing false lashes, having the choice of both makes a huge difference.

Primer
Primers were designed to be applied before any other makeup product so that they could provide a base for foundation, and anything else, to grip on to, enabling makeup to last for much longer. However, primers also have a number of different skin benefits, as many of them also contain moisturizing and hydrating ingredients, as well as antioxidants and SPF. Primers also help to absorb any excess oil on the skin, making it a great tool for those who have oily skin. If you do have oily skin, then you are likely also battling the appearance of large pores, and this is something else that a primer can help with.

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Lip Balm with SPF
When it comes to facial skin care, many people often end up unintentionally neglecting their lips, leading to dryness and chapped skin. Rather than trying to cover this up with some lipstick, invest in a high-quality lip balm instead, preferably one that contains SPF. This can then be reapplied throughout the day, not only giving your lips a subtle shine but protecting them as well. If you want some color, look for a tinted lip balm, but make sure that it still contains plenty of hydrating ingredients.

Everybody has their go-to makeup tools, but these are made even better when they can bring about beneficial effects to your skin as well. From a cellulose sponge to cleanse and remove makeup to a tinted lip balm to add a pop of color while protecting your lips at the same time, these are beauty tools that everybody should have in their cosmetics bag.

Find Time for the Great Outdoors

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The great outdoors benefits the health in so many different ways, from reducing stress and obesity to increasing creativity, and there are countless studies to prove this. However, research has also shown that more and more people, both adults and children, are experiencing a lack of interaction with the great outdoors, but, fortunately, this is something that is easy to fix.

Taking the First Steps
If you have never been much of an outdoorsy person, then spending time outdoors will likely not come naturally to you. Rather than forcing yourself to take a hike up a huge mountain, start off slowly, with activities that you and your family can enjoy together. Whether this means pulling your child along a trail on a sled, finding new places to walk your dogs, or collecting leaves and seeds for a craft project, all of these activities still share the same goal of getting you to spend some time outdoors. If there is absolutely nothing that appeals to you just yet, pick an activity that sounds achievable, and set yourself a prize so that you have some extra motivation.

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Al Fresco Dining
Rather than eating your meals inside your home, try al fresco dining once in a while, as this is a great way to spend some extra time outdoors. While you may only be able to do this when the weather is cooperating, enjoying a meal outdoors will add to the sensory experience of the whole meal, and will do your far more good than staring at your computer or phone. Whether this means a lunchtime picnic in the park rather than an office cafeteria meal, or breakfast on your doorstep under the sun, you will no doubt find that your food tastes so much better when eaten in the great outdoors.

Find an Outdoor Hobby
If most of your hobbies are based indoors, then it is time to find an outdoor hobby that you love, as this will encourage you to spend more of your free time outside. For those who enjoy staying active, there is plenty to choose from, including cycling, running, canoeing and golfing, while those who do not really enjoy sports much can turn to everything from photography to gardening to outdoor cooking.

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Start a Garden
Starting a garden is a great way to really get closer to nature, and simply having that one-on-one time with the earth around you brings with it its own set of unique health benefits. Even if you do not have a large area of land to work with, simply setting up a few pots outside your house can still have the same effect. If growing flowers has never appealed to you, turn your attention to growing food, which can easily be done in a small space. From herbs to potted vegetables, growing something that you can eat will only increase the sense of accomplishment that you will feel from starting a garden.

Making time for the great outdoors is more important than ever due to hectic, digital lifestyles. From finding an outdoor hobby to al fresco dining, these are tips that just about everyone can follow when it comes to making the effort to spend more time outside.

Living the Minimalist Lifestyle

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Living a minimalist lifestyle brings with it many advantages, from reducing your focus on material possessions to increasing your peace of mind. For those of you who have been curious about this type of lifestyle, but do not quite know where to start, here are a few tips that will help set you up for success.

Set Yourself a Personal Goal
Everybody has their own views on what a minimalist lifestyle should entail, and there is no right or wrong answer to this. Before beginning your quest for a minimalist lifestyle, you need to first set yourself a few clear goals that state exactly what you are hoping to accomplish from this. Whether this may be de-cluttering your house, or simply learning how to live with less, a clear goal, along with achievable steps to lead you to it, will make it all so much easier.

Choose a Clutter-Free Zone
The easiest way to take the first step in leading a minimalist lifestyle is by declaring a certain area of your house a clutter-free zone. Whether this is just a drawer in your nightstand or a counter top in the kitchen, make sure that this area is completely clear and clutter free. If you end up enjoying this way of living, then slowly expand that zone a little more each day, so that you soon end up with a whole clutter-free room. It will not be long before you then apply these practices to your whole house, resulting in the minimalist, clutter-free lifestyle that you have always dreamed about.

Project 333
Applying the concept of minimalism to your wardrobe can often be quite difficult, but this is where Project 333 comes in. This is a challenge that requires people to dress with only 33 items for three months, and this includes everything from shoes to clothing to accessories. While this may sound extreme, and maybe impossible for some, those who have completed the challenge have found that this way of dressing actually makes life so much easier, and have carried it on long after the three months have been over.

Minimalistic room

Remove Excess Furniture
Removing excess furniture from around your home can really help to open up each room and increase the amount of space you have while enhancing airflow within your house as well. If this is something that you are not sure about, you can always store your furniture somewhere temporarily for a trial period, so that you can see how well you cope without it before doing away with it for good.

Invest in Quality
Splurging on impulse buys is all-too-common, but these items will only end up adding to the clutter in your home. Instead, make sure that every purchase that you make is of the highest quality that you can afford, as well as being a thoroughly well-thought out decision.

Living a minimalist lifestyle does not need to be difficult, even though it may sometimes seem impossible to get started. From the beginning with a list of goals and a small, clutter-free zone, to clearing away excess furniture and cutting back on impulse purchases, these tips will soon have you living the minimalistic life that you have always envied.

Five Must-Have Memorial Day Fashion Picks

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Memorial day is just around the corner, along with the three-day weekend that this brings. No matter what your plans for the holiday may be, here are five must-have fashion picks that promise to inject a dose of serious style into your weekend.

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A Printed Maxi Dress
Maxi dresses are always a go-to item in the spring and summer months and are able to flatter just about every body shape. While there is nothing wrong with choosing a dress in a solid color, a bold print will never fail to brighten up your day, while giving your outfit a strong focal point. Try to find a dress that is made from a lightweight material, with comfortable and secure straps and sleeves, as this makes it more versatile, and means that you will not have to worry about accidentally showing too much skin if there is a breeze in the air.

A Wide-Legged Jumpsuit
A wide-legged jumpsuit, in a neutral color, is a great piece to have for Memorial Day, as it can easily be taken from day into night. Whether you dress it down with some flip flops and daytime accessories or dress it up with a pair of stylish heels, this is a garment that will give you plenty of freedom to move around in, making it perfect for everything from a day of sightseeing to a night of dancing.

Sandals

Comfortable Sandals
No matter what you may have planned for the weekend, it is likely that there will be quite a bit of walking involved, which is why your footwear needs to be comfortable yet fashionable at the same time. Sandals are ideal for the warmer weather, but, if you plan on spending your weekend around the beach or pool, make sure that they can hold up to the water. A low heel, as well as good arch support and a cushioned footbed, may be necessary if you plan on staying active, so make sure that you take all of your plans into consideration before choosing a style.

A Chambray Button Down Shirt
If the weather forecast for Memorial Day weekend is warm and humid, then you will likely not need a jacket or sweatshirt. Instead, opt for a chambray button-down shirt, as this can be worn on its own, or as outerwear to give you a bit of extra coverage and warmth.

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A Leather Backpack
Backpacks are bang on trend for this season, and, unlike many of the other accessory trends you have likely experienced, this one is extremely practical too. Rather than opting for a cool tote to cart your belongings around in this Memorial Day, go for a chic and durable leather backpack instead.

Long weekends do not come around very often, so you are likely to want to enjoy your time rather than worrying about what to wear. By planning all of your Memorial Day outfits in advance, you will be all set when the weekend arrives to simply kick back, unwind, and make the most of the three days.

Boost Your Midlife Brain Health

The human brain naturally shrinks with age, meaning that brain cells do not work quite as effectively as they used to. By the time a person reaches the age of 45, the memory begins to decline, as do other aspects of brain health. However, there are a number of ways in which you can boost a midlife brain to improve its health while giving it some extra protection for the upcoming years.

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Brain Exercises
There are many brain games and puzzles out there that are designed to help create new associations between different parts of your brain, which is great for strengthening it and keeping it sharp. You can also try carrying out normal, everyday activities, but using your non-dominant hand. For example, if you are usually right-handed, try using your left hand to do everything from brushing your teeth to hoovering the carpet.

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Regular Exercise
One of the most effective ways in which you can boost your brain health is by partaking in regular exercise, as this has been proven, for many years, to be able to boost cognitive function. It does this by reducing cell damage and inflammation while increasing the density of brain cells, as well as blood vessels in the brain. When it comes to the different types of exercise out there, aerobic exercise is one of the best, as this can help with the parts of the brain that are associated with organizing, multi-tasking, and planning, while boosting heart health at the same time. Resistance training has been linked to beneficial effects on the memory, as has low-intensity yoga, so try to include these in your exercise routine too.

Control Your Blood Sugar Levels
Not only does high blood sugar levels lead to obesity and diabetes, but this also damages blood vessels in the brain, while impairing the parts of the brain that are responsible for memory. Lowering your blood sugar levels is as simple as making a few lifestyle changes, from practicing regular exercise to eating a diet high in vegetables, fibre and whole grains.

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Socializing
Humans are social creatures, and, as studies have shown, socializing is important when it comes to keeping the brain stimulated and sharp. Research has shown that older adults who are less socially active tend to experience more cognitive and physical limitations, so make sure that socializing takes a priority in your life.

Brain-Boosting Foods
While a healthy diet itself is important for your brain, as well as your body, there are certain foods out there that are known for being especially beneficial when it comes to brain health. At the top of the list are foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids, such as oily fish and walnuts, as these have been linked to improved memory and focus, as well as a lowered risk of dementia.

Your brain is incredibly complex, but boosting its health does not need to be. From physical activity and a healthy diet to brain games and socializing, these tips will help you to keep your mind as sharp as possible while your body continues to age.

Outfits That Keep You Weekend Ready

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Weekend outfits should be casual and effortless, but many people feel as though they need to sacrifice fashion in order to achieve freedom. However, as these following outfits will show you, looking chic but being weekend-ready at the same time is much easier than you would think.

A Jumpsuit
When it comes to effortless fashion, jumpsuits are key, as these all-in-one pieces mean that you do not need to worry about mixing and matching garments to put an outfit together. When it comes to choosing a jumpsuit, opt for one with a print and style that really suits your personality rather than current trends, as this is a piece that you will be able to wear over and over again. From artistic geometric prints to military-chic styles, this is a weekend-ready outfit that can easily be dressed both up and down.

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Pleated/Full Skirts
Full and pleated skirts are a great way to dress up a casual street style look, and can be weekend-ready depending on what you pair it with. Chunky heeled sandals and a chunky sweater will emphasize a casual look, as will a tank top or tee. Alternatively, if you are seeking a more feminine and sophisticated look, you could always wear the skirt with a chic blouse and delicate heels.

Fitted Jeans and a Blazer
Denim jeans are a wardrobe staple, and pairing them with a smart, fitted blazer immediately ups their smart factor. If you want to give this outfit even more of a flair, opt for a pair of jeans in a bold and daring color, such as red or yellow. While this may seem over-the-top at first, the blazer will help to keep it all relatively toned down.

Leather Shorts
Shorts are so versatile, making them perfect for a weekend filled with activities, as they allow for plenty of movement. However, rather than going for a denim or cotton pair, jazz your outfit up a bit by choosing a pair of leather shorts. Not only are these durable, but they will also make a statement, although you need to make sure that you always keep them as the focal point of your outfit. Ensure that the rest of your outfit is quite simple and minimal, pairing dark shorts with a light colored top. Since leather shorts draw the eye to your legs, your choice of footwear is equally important, and you will likely need to experiment with a few styles before you find a pair that works with the look you are going for.

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Printed Pants
Printed pants are usually bold and bright, with the print that you choose reflecting your personality. Prints can also be used to highlight certain features of your body, or to downplay any that you would like to hide, and they will always add some extra interest to your look. In order to keep your outfit looking cohesive, pair your printed pants with a plain-colored top, unless you want to emulate the fashion-forward trend of wearing prints with prints.

No matter what you may have planned for the day, putting together a weekend-ready outfit does not need to be difficult. From feminine pleated skirts to edgy leather shorts, these outfits should provide you with plenty of inspiration to experiment with.

Add a Pop of Summer Color to Your Summer Wardrobe

Summer Colours

A pop of color is a great way to brighten up your summer wardrobe, and there are countless ways in which you can incorporate this into an outfit. From sunshine yellow to candy pink, here is some style inspiration for the upcoming months.

Shocking Pink
One of the hottest color trends for summer 2017 is shocking shades of pink, encompassing everything from candy pink to deep cherry. A shocking pink dress is beautifully feminine, and can be paired with neutral accessories to tone it down if needed. Alternatively, a deep cherry or raspberry colored cardigan is perfect for brightening up a chilly summer evening, and will also give your face a warm, rosy glow, while a bold pink skirt, in an easy silhouette, is unexpectedly versatile.

Vibrant Stripes
Bold, geometric prints are going to be huge this summer, especially when it comes to stripes. While classic, horizontal stripes will always be popular, criss-cross stripes are a great alternative, and provide an outfit with quite an unusual dynamic. From a pleated, flowing maxi dress, such as the one from Chloe, to graphic, striped accessories, such as the bags from Sonia Rykiel, stripes add color as well as pattern to an outfit, making them a worthwhile investment.

Yellows
Yellow is another color that will really be making a huge statement this season, and while the runways were filled with full-on, completely chromatic yellow looks, all you need is a pop of this color to really make a statement. As always, accessories are the best way to go if you do not already own many clothes that would work with yellow, but a cheeky yellow sundress is also well-suited for the season. If you are really feeling bold, go for a classic pair of trousers in a sunny yellow shade, because while this may seem quite out there, they can easily be styled down with a simple white t-shirt and some black flats.

A Patchwork of Colors
On the summer 2017 runways, many designers turned to patchwork, creating everything from pants to shirts to outerwear. Many unexpected fabrics and textures were put together, and this really creates an interesting look, as well as a vibrancy that perfectly emulates summer.

Florals
Printed florals are always popular in the spring and summer, but, this season, they are set to be even brighter and bolder than ever, making them an absolutely perfect choice for those wanting to add colour and pattern into their wardrobe. Pieces that nod to the 70’s are especially on trend, but, other than that, just look out for items that feature plenty of contrast while still being feminine, such as with the floral off-shoulder top from Chloe.

While dark and moody outfits definitely do have an ambience about them, summer is a time for color and vitality. No matter what your wardrobe may already consist of, these tips will help you to incorporate a bit of extra color into your closet, making use of pieces that can be styled in so many different ways.