Extend the Life of Your Jewelry

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Jewelry tends to be an investment for many, which is why it is important to care for it in the right way. By doing so, you will be able to extend the life of all of your pieces, ensuring that they stay in top condition for years to come.

Separate Soft Compartments
If you usually keep your jewelry heaped together in a box or a drawer, this is something that needs to change if you want to prolong the life of all of your pieces. Jewelry that is kept cluttered together will only end up scratching and damaging each other, which is why it is best to keep items separately, in soft containers or compartments, when you are not wearing them. You should then store these containers in a dark and dry place, avoiding areas such as your bathroom, as this will expose it to prolonged moisture.

Keep It Dry
Not only should you take your jewelry off when bathing, but you should also ensure that it does not come into contact with salt water or chlorine, as both of these can be really harsh on metal and cause a reaction. Sweat is something else that you should try to avoid, as this can cause discoloration in your jewelry, especially if your sweat is quite acidic, so remove any jewelry before exercising. If you usually put on your jewelry before applying your perfume, it may be worth doing this the other way round, as the chemicals within the average perfume can cause quite the reaction with metal and finishes.

Items of jewelry that feature engravings are usually tied to special, meaningful moments, and it can be quite upsetting when the engravings begin to fade. However, many people do not realize that you can actually get these pieces re-engraved, which will give them a whole new breath of life.

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Keep it Clean
No matter how much you take care of your jewelry, it is still important to give all of your pieces a clean once in a while. For precious metals, such as silver and gold, a toothbrush with some baking soda on it will really scrub it clean, and can be followed up with a polishing cloth to enhance its shine. Mild soaps are also great, but be sure to use harsh detergents, as the chemicals in these can often end up causing more harm than good. When it comes to pearls, these are slightly more delicate, making them challenging to keep clean, but a damp cloth can be used on each individual pearl. Try not to get the string wet, as this can weaken it and make it more susceptible to breaking. It is important to clean your jewelry quite frequently and regularly, as this prevents dirt from building up, which would otherwise cause more damage.

When purchasing new items of jewelry, you likely want these to last for as long as possible. To ensure that your jewelry does not end up damaged, discolored or faded, give these tips a try.

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.

An Introduction to Manscaping

There has been quite the surge in male grooming in recent years, which is exactly what the term manscaping refers to. For those of you who are only venturing into this area for the first time, this introduction to manscaping will teach you all that you need to know.

Quality Clippers
Grooming body hair is a large part of manscaping, but since you will be trimming it rather than shaving it, you need to invest in a quality pair of clippers. While the all-in-one models that are usually purchased to cut hair will be suitable for this, you would be better off with a model that has been designed for manscaping, as this will make it easier to reach trickier places.

Before you carry out any sort of body hair grooming, you need to ensure that you have exfoliated that area first. This will clear away the layer of dead skin cells that build up on the surface of the skin, allowing you to achieve a much finer cut, and will also prevent ingrown hairs from forming.

Facial Grooming
The easiest way to begin manscaping is to assess the hair on your face and decide the best ways in which you could go about tidying it all up. Nose hairs should not be visible, and these can easily be removed with an inexpensive trimmer, or with a pain-free hot wax session. A uni-brow is also not generally accepted when it comes to manscaping, although overly manicured eyebrows should also be avoided. If plucking or waxing your brows is too painful a prospect, try combing them upwards and then trimming away and longer hairs with a pair of scissors.

Body Hair Grooming
Just like with facial hair, body hair is absolutely fine, as long as it is kept neatly trimmed. This applies to everything from your back and your chest to your arms and your legs, depending on which areas of your body you want to show off. While your clippers will be able to help you neaten it all up, if you need a large quantity of hair removed then it may be best to book yourself a waxing appointment. Keeping the hair under your arms trimmed is also important, not only for aesthetic reasons but also because this will help to prevent sweat from building up and causing an odour.

There are certain parts of your body where it will be easier to shave rather than use your clippers, and, in these cases, it is essential to make sure that you are shaving correctly in order to avoid redness, bumps, and ingrown hairs. Shaving with, rather than against, the grain will be much kinder to your skin, and will also give you a better look overall.

Manscaping can often seem intimidating to those who have never given it much thought, but a little bit of effort can go a long way when it comes to your overall appearance. From keeping your brows trimmed to showing off a hair-free back, these tips will help you to get started with manscaping.