Protecting Your Family from Cleaning Compounds

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When it comes to keeping a house clean, most people tend to turn to commercial cleaning products. However, many of these can actually be quite toxic, producing fumes that can irritate the eyes, lungs, and heart. While it is possible to make your own cleaning products, commercial cleaners are sometimes unavoidable, so, if this is the case for you, you need to know how to protect your family from the damaging compounds that are released.

Keep Your Home Ventilated
In order for fumes to be able to leave your home, you need to keep your home well-ventilated. This means keeping all of your windows open and placing fans in strategic positions around your house to optimize the air flow.

Do Not Mix Cleaning Products
While it may be tempting to mix a few different cleaning products together, especially if they are all designed to target different types of dirt, this can be extremely dangerous. The different ingredients in said products can end up reacting with one another, causing fumes that are even more toxic than they would have been.

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Spend Some Time in Nature
If you have just given your house a deep clean with commercial cleaning products, then it is likely that your family will have already inhaled these toxic fumes. A great way to clear these from your lungs while giving them a chance to dissipate from your house is by taking a walk in nature, as this enables your lungs to pump in fresh oxygen while pumping out the chemicals. However, make sure that you choose an area that contains plenty of green trees and plants, and spend at least one to two hours there.

Drink Water and Leafy Greens
As you likely already know, water flushes out the system, meaning that you can reduce the toxicity of any chemicals inhaled by drinking extra water to dilute them and wash them out. In addition to water, you should also be juicing leafy greens and drinking those, as these are great for detoxing the system and will help to move any chemicals out of your body.

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Vitamin C
In the same way that vitamin C protects the body from colds and the flu and speeds up healing when these illnesses do occur, it is also able to help protect the body from any damaging effects that the cleaning chemical compounds may have. Whether you give your family vitamin C supplements or simply increase their intake of fresh foods that contain vitamin C, this is a great antioxidant to have on your side.

Check the Label
When purchasing cleaning products, always remember to check the label, as this will give you some idea of exactly how toxic the product is. If it states that the product’s vapors are harmful, then try to find an alternative product to use.

Commercial cleaning products can be so dangerous, and the best way to protect your family from them is by using products that are natural and safe. If you cannot find these at your local store, try making some yourself, as effective cleaning ingredients, such as vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice, are easily available everywhere.

Hairstyles That Are Perfect For Summer

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This summer, hair trends are leaning towards the free-spirited, boho vibe, meaning that there is so much room for experimentation. From different types of braids to a curly bob, here are some hairstyles that are absolutely perfect for this summer.

Braids
Braids are one of the hottest hair trends for this summer, and, when it comes to braids, there is so much to choose from. Whether you opt for a French braid, small and subtle accent braids, Dutch braids, or even a simple messy thick braid, you cannot really go wrong here.

Low Ponytail
The low ponytail is a low-maintenance hairstyle, making it perfect for busy summer days. This is a style that can be easily dressed both up and down, depending on what you wear it with. To mix this look up a bit, try adding in a few braids to your low ponytail, or even knotting your hair around your hair-tie to add some extra texture and interest.

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The Curly Bob
The curly bob is a wonderfully carefree summer style that is so easy to maintain, meaning that it will look just as fabulous each and every day. This style needs plenty of short, vertical layers in the hair, as this prevents the curls from forming an outwards triangle. To make this look even more show-stopping, add in some wispy bangs as well, but keep them quite minimal, as you do not want too much extra hair on your face during the summer months.

The Wet Look
For those spending their summer by a beach or a pool, then the wet look is a hairstyle that may be perfect for you. Simply keep your locks slicked down with some gel, deciding whether you want to leave it loose and sleek or tightly tied back. To add to the look, try creating a sleek, wet look side fringe, as this will help to really frame your face.

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Deep, Side Part
The deep side part is a hairstyle that was all over the major fashion runways for this summer, and this is a perfect one to try, as it works with every hair type and cut. From long and loose with a 70s vibe to a sleek, slicked back side ponytail, the deep side part works in so many different ways.

The Modern Pixie Cut
Pixie cuts are back this summer, and are a great option for those with short hair, as they can be styled in a number of interesting ways. Each of the styles mentioned above would work with a pixie cut, be it bouncy curls or sleek and slicked back, and this is because the pixie cut is one of the most timeless styles out there.

While there are certain hairstyles that are very much in trend for this summer, these are all quite broad, meaning that they can be interpreted in so many different ways. So, whether your hair is short and straight or long and curly, give some of these hairstyles a try this summer.

Style Advice for Summer

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With the heat of the summer months quickly approaching, it is time to refresh your wardrobe and get it ready for all of the new looks that you will be creating in the upcoming months. However, looking chic while staying comfortable and sweat-free can be difficult, so here are a few snippets of summer style advice to help you out.

Summer Shoe Sizes
Whether you like it or not, your feet are going to swell during the summer months, although the rate at which it does so depends on the individual. Nevertheless, any shoes that are in your regular shoe size are likely to start feeling quite tight and uncomfortable, which is why it is important to have a few pairs of summer shoes that are either half a size, or a whole size, larger than what you would usually buy. Natural materials, such as canvas and suede, are much stretchier than synthetic materials, such as faux leather or plastic, so keep this in mind too when determining your summer shoe size.

Loose Clothing
While you may think that some skintight shorts and a matching tight tank top will be the best way to keep your body cool during the summer, this is not actually true. Instead, the less fabric that you have touching your body, the cooler you will feel, so try to opt for looser clothes rather than tighter clothes.

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Natural, Breathable Fabrics
The most breathable fabrics tend to be natural, and this means that they are better at absorbing sweat, and dry much faster, leaving you feeling cooler and fresher. This means that you should try to wear clothing that is made from fabrics such as cotton or silk, instead of polyester and rayon.

Do Not Re-Wear Clothes
While you may be able to re-wear your favorite top a couple of times in the winter before it needs a wash, this is something that you should try to avoid in the summer months. Your clothes are likely to contain much larger amounts of sweat, dirt, skin cells and cosmetics, which will make them less breathable, and make you feel hotter, so be sure to wash them after every wear.

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A Printed Dress
A printed dress will soon become your go-to item for the summer, so make sure that you have one in your wardrobe. This could be anything from a short and flirty mini dress to a long and flowing maxi dress, because, whichever you choose, you are bound to look delightfully feminine.

Wear a Hat
Hats can often feel quite suffocating, especially in the heat, but they are absolutely essential for protecting your head and face from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Try to have a couple of different hats in your wardrobe, so that you can easily mix and match them between outfits. If you can find a style that features built-in ventilation, then this is a huge bonus, as it will really help to keep you cool.

Staying chic and stylish in the heat of the summer can often be quite tricky. However, as long as you have stuck to breathable fabrics in loose cuts, and have not forgotten about changing shoe sizes and the need for a hat, you will be free to experiment with as many new looks as you want.

Tips for Increased Happiness and Productivity

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Everybody faces different challenges within their lives, and, when this happens, it is sometimes all-too-easy to fall into a bit of a rut. Rather than letting that happen to you, here are a few tips that will no doubt help you to increase your happiness and boost your productivity at the same time.

Reflect on Your Life
It is always important to take some time out of your busy schedule every once in a while to reflect back on your life. From the good points to the bad, start keeping a journal of your reflections, as this will help you to see where all of your decisions lead you to, and can really help you to make beneficial changes in the future.

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Improve Your Diet
The food that you put into your body has a direct impact on your state of mind, as well as your energy levels, meaning that a few tweaks to your diet could really help to boost your happiness and productivity. While junk food may be easy and convenient, this will zap you of energy and dull your mood, so try to stick to a diet that mainly consists of fresh and whole foods.

Regular Exercise
If you tend to avoid exercise as much as possible, then this will be slightly harder to implement at the beginning, but you will also notice huge changes quite quickly. Exercise releases endorphins within the body, and these trigger the happiness impulse in the brain. In addition to this, regular exercise will leave you with so much more energy during the day, which can then be used to make your day more productive.

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Learn to Relax
Many people think that they simply do not have time in their busy day to relax, but human beings were not designed to be continuously expelling energy. Instead, the body works best when it experiences periods of recovery and restoration, which is exactly why you need to be dedicating sufficient time each day to relaxing and unwinding. This will have a significant impact on your happiness and productivity, so make sure that you schedule in regular breaks throughout the day, and spend this time actually relaxing, rather than thinking about the next task you need to do.

Wake Up Earlier
If you really enjoy lying in, the idea that waking up earlier each morning can lead to an increase of happiness, as well as productivity, may sound hard to believe, but do give this a try. Waking up just an hour or so earlier in the mornings will make it seem as though you have so much more time in your day, and will give you the chance to take part in more activities that make you happy, whether this may be meditation, reading, or walking your dog.

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With the increasing stressors that people are now facing in their day to day lives, seeking out ways to boost happiness and productivity are important. From learning how to relax to reflecting on your life, following these tips will soon result in significant changes when it comes to having a positive outlook on life.

Make Culottes a Wardrobe Staple

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Culottes are making a comeback this season, and the summer months are the perfect time to give this style a try. For those of you who are not quite sure how to wear them, here are a few ideas on different ways in which you can style your culottes so that they will quickly become a wardrobe staple.

A Matching Top
Matching your culottes with your top will result in a sophisticated coordinated look, and is a great way to style your culottes so that they look smart and tailored. The actual colors that you choose are completely up to you, and you could opt for anything from soft pastels to matching prints.

Tuck in a Shirt
Culottes make the silhouette so much more interesting, and this is amplified if you wear them with a button down shirt that you tuck in. This really balances out the silhouette, and the shirt that you choose should depend on the occasion that you are dressing for. For formal events, try wearing a fitted shirt, perhaps with short sleeves, while casual occasions are a great excuse to wear a baggier shirt.

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Pay Attention to Footwear
The majority of the culottes that you will see in fashion magazines will be paired with some high heels, but this is not the only footwear option that you have when it comes to styling culottes. If you are trying to go for a more casual look, wear your culottes with a pair of sneakers, as this can work for both day and night.

Keep it Simple
Culottes are a relatively bold item of clothing and make a bit of a statement, which is why you should generally try to keep the rest of your outfit quite simple. This not only applies to the color palette that you choose but also the accessories that you wear with the outfit.

Experiment with Proportions
As mentioned above, culottes add so much interest to a silhouette but keep in mind that everybody’s body shape is different, so you are likely to need to experiment with different looks before finding the best ways in which culottes can work for you. If you are put off by the voluminous nature of culottes, try pairing them with a fitted top that cinches in at the waist, as this will help to offset all of the extra volume below.

Woman with culottes on the way to work

Wearing Culottes to Work
If you have been looking for a way to mix up your work outfits, adding in a pair of culottes could be exactly what you need. This style is perfect for the office because while they are quite trendy, they are also chic enough to not draw too much attention. Wear your culottes with a pair of office-appropriate wedges, as well as a white blouse and black jacket, for a look that is perfect for a work day.

Culottes first became popular in Victorian England, as they gave women the opportunity to wear shorts, while still looking as though they were wearing a skirt, meaning that they could easily partake in activities such as horse riding or tennis, while still maintaining their modesty. Although this may not be your main reason for wearing them today, culottes are still extremely comfortable, and incredibly chic, so do give this item of clothing pride of place in your wardrobe.

What to Look for in Luxury and Designer Styles

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When it comes to luxury clothing, many people assume that the high price tag automatically means high quality and the utmost of style, but this is not always the case. While there is nothing wrong with trusting certain brands, here are a few tips on what to look for when you are choosing designer clothing.

Global Variations
Designers from different countries will produce distinctly unique styles, so this is something to consider if you already have quite a particular style in mind. For example, Italian designers often favor brighter colors, while French designers tend to veer towards femininity, and many American designers opt for a sportswear vibe. By deciphering the different design aspects that tend to come from different countries, you will know exactly where to look when seeking out a new piece of clothing that flatters your own personal style.

Genuine Pieces
If you are visiting a brand’s official store, then you will not really need to worry about purchasing fakes. However, if you are shopping online, you definitely need to be quite wary about whether or not what you are buying is actually a genuine designer piece of clothing. The label is the best place to turn your attention to, making sure that the brand name has not been misspelled. You should also look at the material that the clothing has been made from, as well as the style of stitching, as this will help you to see whether or not they fall in line with what the designer usually produces.

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Know Your Measurements
While many brands used to use standardized clothing sizes back in the day, this has all changed now, as brands are increasingly seeking out new ways to set themselves apart from the competition. This means that they have done away with standardized sizes, and are now creating their own unique versions. While this may be great in some ways, it can make shopping for clothing much harder, as the size on the labels do not really mean that much any more. To make your life a little easier, make sure that you know your measurements before setting off on your shopping trip, as this will make it much faster to find clothing that fits you perfectly.

Trendy Styles vs Classic Looks
When shopping for luxury clothing, you will likely come across many pieces that embody the season’s latest trends, and these will always seem incredibly tempting. However, designer clothing is an investment, meaning that you will want to be able to wear your pieces time and time again, meaning that you are best staying away from trends and fads, and opting for classic cuts instead, as these will never go out of style.

There is no denying that shopping for designer clothing can be plenty of fun, but you also want to ensure that you come away from it with pieces that you truly love. From opting for classic cuts to knowing how to spot a fake, these are all tips that you should keep in mind the next time you set off on a shopping spree.

Two Fun Styles for Women Over 50

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Once women reach the age of 50, many of them feel as though they have to be so much more conservative with their clothing choices, but this is not necessarily the case. For those who are looking to inject some fun into their look, here are two new styles to try.

Distressed Jeans
Distressed jeans are extremely on trend at the moment, but many women over the age of 50 tend to leave this style for the younger generation, believing that it will not suit them. However, this is such a fun style, and if you have never worn distressed jeans before, you can begin by creating a really simple look that does not overpower. Pair your jeans with a simple top, some fun shoes, and a couple of statement accessories, rolling up the hems of your jeans if you want to give the look an added twist.

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Choosing Distressed Jeans
When it comes to purchasing your very first pair of distressed jeans, there are a number of factors that you will want to keep in mind. The holes that make up the distressed look should not be wider than the leg of the jeans, and should also not be more than an inch high, otherwise you will end up baring too much leg when you sit down. While horizontal tears will make you look wider, vertical tears can make you look leaner, so pick the one that best flatters your body shape. Alternatively, if you have the right tools at home, you can create distressed jeans yourself, and there is plenty of inspiration for this to be found online.

A Dress Over Pants
Wearing a dress over a pair of pants is a great idea for women over 50, as this gives them the opportunity to try shorter dresses that they would not have otherwise opted to wear. For a simple version of this look, opt for a long tunic top instead of a dress, as this will keep everything looking much more subtle and toned down. A flowing top with fitted pants is the best way to go, as this will balance out your silhouette in the best way possible. When choosing your pants, make sure that they are a relatively streamlined design, meaning that they do not contain too many pockets, belt loops or pleats, as you do not want any bumps showing up underneath your dress. If you are still not convinced about this style, give it a go with thin leggings instead of pants, as this will still give you a similar overall look.

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Just because you have reached the age of 50 does not mean that you have to shun all future fashion trends. Instead, whether it may be distressed jeans or wearing a dress over pants, find a way to make each trend work for you and your body in the best way possible. Do not be afraid to experiment, as this is really the only way in which your own personal style is going to develop and improve.

Choosing the Perfect Summer Cocktail

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Summer cocktails are wonderfully refreshing, and while you likely already have your go-to favorites, it is always fun to try something new. From a fresh fruit sangria to a peach and basil Moscow Mule, these cocktails are all so easy to whip up.

Sangria

Fresh Fruit Summer Sangria
Sangria is a quintessential summer cocktail, and adding some unconventional fresh fruits to it can really give it a unique twist. Simply mix together a bottle of wine with half a cup of brandy, before adding some sliced lime. Then, pick the fruits that you want to add, thinking carefully about flavors that will complement the drink. Pineapple and watermelon are a great combination, but be sure that the fruits that you pick are relatively firm, so that they do not end up going soggy in your drink. Once all your fruit is mixed in, place a few slices of fruit into a glass with ice, before pouring the sangria over it, and then topping this with some lemon soda.

Moscow Mule

Peach Basil Moscow Mule
For those who already enjoy Moscow Mules, this peach and basil variety is one that you definitely need to try. The traditional Moscow Mule features vodka, lime juice and ginger beer, but try adding in some peach vodka instead, before topping with some fresh basil for a herby kick.

Cherry daquiri

Honeyed Cherry Daiquiri
Daiquiris are perfect for the hot, summer months, and this version, which features honeyed cherries, is tart but sweet at the same time, and goes down extremely easily, so you may need to limit yourself to just a couple of glasses! Simply muddle some cherries in the bottom of a cocktail shaker, until the fruit has been broken down and its juices released. Then, add in some rum, lime juice, honey and bitters, as well as some ice, before shaking until it is all chilled, which usually takes around 30 seconds. Strain this into a chilled glass, before garnishing with a slice of lemon or lime.

Kentucky lemonade

Kentucky Lemonade
This refreshing Kentucky lemonade makes use of easy-to-find ingredients, and is also extremely easy to customize to your own tastes. All you need to do is combine some sugar and water in a saucepan and heat this over a medium heat, until the mixture turns clear. Add in some lemon juice, mint leaves and bourbon, and then let the mixture cool for a bit, before pouring it through a fine strainer. Add in some ginger ale, and then stir, before adding some ice and lemon slices and serving it up. To make your presentation even more impressive, dip the ends of your glasses into a shallow plate with some lemon juice on it, before dipping it again into a plate with coarse white sugar, as this will create a sweet sugar rim on your glass.

Nothing beats a cold summer cocktail on a sweltering hot day, and these beverages will definitely not disappoint. From a fruity sangria to a refreshing lemonade, give these cocktails a try the next time you are taking some time out in the sun.

Choosing the Perfect Statement Earrings

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Statement earrings are on trend for this summer, but choosing the perfect pair can be tricky. Not only do you need to take your hair style and face shape into consideration, but the earrings should also show off your own personal sense of style.

Face Shape
To begin with, you need to first identify what your face shape is, whether this may be oval, oblong, or triangle-shaped, and there are a number of guides online to help you with this. Those with a longer face shape will tend to suit lengthy drop or dangling earrings best, as this accentuates the shape of the face, rather than working against it. From shoulder dusters to large hoops, there are so many options available to you. For those with a shorter face shape, short and high statement earrings will be the most flattering, so make sure that they do not fall below the chin. Wider face shapes with prominent cheekbones can get away with just about any style of statement earring, so feel free to experiment with all that is out there.

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Hair Style
When it comes to those with long hair, your statement earrings should always be quite long and dramatic, otherwise they will just end up getting lost in your hair. Earrings with some movement, such as tassel earrings, will move with your hair, resulting in a gorgeous, flowing look. Those who have short hair should opt for shorter earrings, such as statement earrings that are just on the ear lobe itself. These can be anything from colorful buttons to large baroque pearl clips, but be sure to also keep your face shape in mind. While it can be hard to merge the styles that would suit both your face shape and hair style, the extra effort that you put into this will be more than worth it, as you will no doubt end up with earrings that really flatter your face.

Personal Style
Everybody’s personal style is unique, and, with so many different options out there for statement earrings, you are bound to be able to find something that you will really fall in love with. For those who like bold and sassy looks, just about every pair of statement earrings are like this, while those who prefer a more demure look can opt for a stiletto style statement earring, or even dramatic studs or styles that feature lace. You should also take into account the outfits that you plan to wear these earrings with, as your accessories should always work with your clothes. When wearing statement earrings, you will want to keep the rest of your outfit relatively simple, so that your earrings can really stand out and speak for themselves. Your other accessories should also be kept to a minimum, otherwise your overall look will just appear too over-the-top and messy.

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Everyone with fashion know-how will be sporting statement earrings this summer, as they are set to be one of the hugest trends this year. Whether you opt for dangling tassels or bold, dramatic studs, these tips should help you to choose the perfect pair of earrings for you.

Choosing the Perfect Shade of Grey

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Grey is a complex color, with each shade in the grey spectrum being quite unique. When it comes to choosing the perfect shade of grey for your hair, there are a number of options available, depending on the final outcome that you are trying to achieve.

Blonde Grey
The blonde grey shade was perfectly demonstrated by Leona Lewis at the Zac Posen 2017 Fall presentation during New York Fashion Week. Lewis sported a head full of bouncy curls, which were dyed in a blonde shade that had been tinged with a bit of grey. The shade that was picked was ideal for Lewis, as it complemented her green-grey eyes, while exuding a glamorous vibe at the same time.

Grey Ombré
For those who do not want any grey at their roots, because, let’s face it, you will be experiencing more than enough of that as you age, a grey ombré color is perfect. Look to Rita Ora for inspiration, who has rocked this look before, with dark roots, followed by blonde, pink and a blue slate grey shade towards the ends of her hair.

Ocean Grey
Ocean grey shades look different depending on the light. It can sometimes look more blue-green, just like the ocean on a sunny day, but it can also take on moody grey tones, reminiscent of the ocean on a stormy winter’s day. Hilary Duff has showcased this look before, in her Sparks video, so take a look at that if you need some extra inspiration.

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Electric White
A shocking shade of electric white is definitely dramatic, and Nicole Richie is the best celebrity to take a look at if you want some more ideas for how to style this shade. Richie’s hairstylist used hair paint to create the look, applying this white paint to sections of Richie’s hair, using a brush. After each section had been painted, it was then pinned, so that it could dry in place.

Cinder with Pastels
Dascha Polanco was the first one to try a rich cinder shade, but, as she did not want her hair to be completely grey, she decided to add in some subtle color. This was in the form of a pretty purple pastel shade, which gave the sombre grey an infusion of femininity.

Antique Grey
Antique grey is a look that will only suit some skin tones, so be sure to take some time to ensure that this shade will suit you before continuing. Take a look at Zosia Mamet for inspiration, who became bored with the brown hair that she had been sporting for her whole life. While she loved the antique grey, it did take her a while to get used to it, and she ended up going blonde a few months later.

When it comes to hair colors, grey can be a tricky one to work with. In order to ensure that it truly accentuates your appearance, rather than washing it out, make sure that the shade that you choose is complementary of your skin tone, eye color and other features.