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Ideas For Your Body Modification

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A lot of people who are looking for something new will turn their attention to some sort of body modification. Taking charge of our own bodies is the name of the game these days, thanks to the progressive nature of sections of society since the 60s we are now in a position where most people have modified themselves. A body positive attitude is our aim here and with that in mind, we are going to look at some of the ways you make alterations to your looks.

Piercings

Let’s start with the most straightforward and popular of the genre. Piercings have been around as long we can remember and they are popular for people across any gender. As the years roll on we are starting to see piercings on all sorts of parts of the body and your options continue to be growing and greater than ever before. Once upon a time a simple study or ring in the earlobe was commonplace and the only body modification you would likely see. However, these days you can get most parts of your ears pierced, from the tragus – the inner side of the external ear – to big plugs. But you don’t have to stop there; your piercing options can stretch all over the body including the nose, lip, nipple and belly button. You might be thinking that your options are limitless, and you might be right. Some people have even gone as far as to get studs in their sternum and arms.

Whatever you decide to do with piercings, make sure you practice good health and safety. Enlist the help of an experienced professional to get your work done because you do not want to see what happens when they go wrong.


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Tattoos

Another aspect of body modification that has seen its popularity soar is the art of tattoos. The options for a tattoo are pretty much open to any part of the body, and a cursory glance online will quickly tell you that wherever you’re thinking, someone has got ink.

One of the great joys of getting a tattoo is finding the right artist to help you. Once again you want to be seeking out experienced and professional artists, however this time you will also be looking at styles. There are so many different types of artwork that you can get inked onto your body such as watercolours, realism and tribal, so make sure you seek out the style that you find most appealing. After all, the tattoo is going to be on your body for a very long time.

Finally, on tattoos, make sure you discuss the design with your artist. While they won’t be able to tell you what you want, they will be able to guide on what is possible and what isn’t. You might find that your initial plan is a little bit too elaborate, but trust in the artist to help you get something that reflects your hopes for a tattoo.

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2019

I’ve been thinking about this post for so long. About how to put into words what I wanted to express and just what I wanted to get out of sharing my thoughts. Having a blog for the last 6 years or so has given me an opportunity to share my voice, my thoughts and my opinions. What started off as a humble beauty blog where I shared badly shot images of my somewhat smaller makeup collection has turned into something that I never expected it to do. I have developed a site that receives thousands of views. One that appears upon the first page of Google when you search for a product and one that gives me pure joy when I nurture it, developing it to become a part of me as I grow. Watching how Anoushka Loves has developed over the years has made me incredibly proud and whilst there have been many a time where I’ve almost thrown the towel in, I’ve persevered and kept at it, building this site and building my brand. Ultimately, Anoushka Loves is very much still a hobby and will not be a career for me so to see what I can achieve whilst working alongside makes me very happy.

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The future of Anoushka Loves has been quite a roller coaster of emotion. This last year has not been the easiest. The year before has also had a huge effect on me. It’s taken courage to be able to share my experiences, thoughts and feelings to the online world, and this has been met with understanding, compassion and empathy. The last two years have taken a huge toll on me, yet I’ve always been able to turn to my site to find peace and happiness by sharing the thoughts in my head, no matter how scary. Even those posts that have remained as drafts make me look back and congratulate myself on how far I have come as a person. I wouldn’t change this for the world.

Anoushka Loves has grown with me, and whilst I will always be known as a beauty blogger, I do want to expand my horizons and let my site age with me. That means sharing me. Not just the beauty, but the lifestyle, the fashion and the home. Things that are important to me and the things that drive me as a person.

Back when I started my blog, the blogging world was so different. Bloggers loved to share their Zoella inspired buys, the Boots 3 for 2 on Revlon products with the images taken on a camera phone on top of a floral duvet cover. The latest Barry M nail polishes were popular and brands like MAC were everywhere with the latest release being shouted from the rooftops. These days, I feel that the enjoyment has been replaced the need to show off. Show off with how successful you may feel you are, and the bragging of the brands that you are working with. The ‘exciting emails’ tweets that don’t come to fruition, and the god damn awful smugness, the ‘I’m better than you’ attitude and the arrogance of ‘look what I have been sent’. The ego will eventually be a downfall if it continues at this level. Influencers have already got a terrible name within the industry for their unscrupulous practices. Whilst I’m not an influencer by any stretch of the imagination, I still would like to maintain that level of respect for my readers and honesty and integrity that some are not taking on board in the quest to be a household name.

A revelation for 2019 and the way that I want to go. My blog is my baby, and it will continue to be my baby. It’s valuable and I want to make sure that it retains its value over other platforms. Whilst Instagram is the platform of the moment, it doesn’t even compare to the power of the written word and it’s longevity online. As always, I will only ever share products that suit me and my lifestyle. I’ve spent too long building up my reliability as an honest blogger to let my integrity be compromised just so I can share the latest product or service for the views. Products will always be tried and tested before sharing, and as always, my truthful opinion will be given. Declarations of advertorials, sponsorship and gifted items will be as transparent as possible as well as the use of affiliated links within posts.

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I want to bring the fun back to my blog. I want to share my loves and passions just like I wanted to back in 2013 when Anoushka Loves was born. I’m not here for the competitiveness, the urge for views and the unnecessary drama of those who think they are more successful as they have taken it full time. A hobby is just that. Not a career. I can’t live my life on social media, nor do I want to. But what I do want to do is continue to watch Anoushka Loves flourish.

Here’s to 2019, let’s hope that its a brilliant one!

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Pho, The Corn Exchange Manchester

It feels like these few weeks on the run up to Christmas are a never ending cycle of mulled wine, cocktails and dining out. I have to admit that I have been thoroughly enjoying being social and spending time with my loved ones over cuisines from around the world. I recently headed to Vietnam without having to pack my passport, and headed to The Corn Exchange in Manchester to try the new vegan Christmas menu at Pho.

I love The Corn Exchange. Not only is the building exquisite but it’s home to some of my most loved restaurants such as Wahaca, Vapiano and Mowgli. It also houses establishements like The Cosy Club, Banyan and Cabana as well as two independent restaurants; Salvis and Alston Bar & Beef. On the run up to Christmas, each restaurant within The Corn Exchange has an limited run Christmas menu with the each restaurant spinning their own little twist on Christmas classics. 

I was so excited to head to Pho to try the Christmas menu, and see the options available on the vegan menu. The menu’s did not disappoint. We started off the evening with the veggie rice crackers and sweet chilli dipping sauce and a bottle of Saigon beer whilst the conversation flowed. We were served by Shane, who not only was extremely attentive but made us both comfortable and welcomed into Pho. He was knowledgeable on the menu and gave his recommendations to which we chose from the menu. 

The starters were both from the vegan menu, and we went for the Goi Cuon; rice paper rolls packed with vermicelli, pickle, veggies and herbs as well as Cha Gio, the crispy spring rolls. Served with two dipping sauces, the peanut satay sauce tasted incredible. A smooth and creamy sauce that could have been mistaken for a thinner peanut butter but packed with so much flavour. The soy ginger sauce was a perfect accompaniment to the rice paper rolls and the tartness of the soy and ginger perfectly balanced the herbs and veg in the rolls. From the two, the rice paper rolls were my favourite as they were so light and fresh with the most incredible flavours. It really goes to show that you don’t need meat in ever dish for flavour. 

When it came to the main course, I chose from the standard menu. Unfortunately I am not a fan of mushrooms nor of tofu and the majority of the vegan dishes did contain these two ingredients. This is one of the things that does bother me if I was to cut meat from my diet as I cannot stomach the two main substitutes. I will persevere with the tofu but not the mushrooms. For main, I went for my favorite dish Pho Tai Lan; a rice noodle soup served with flash fry steak and garlic accompanied by a herb plate to add further taste and flavour. Jamie chose the Pho Xao; wok fried noodles with chicken and shrimp and a healthy helping of chilli. 

I am definitely a creature of habit and the Pho Tai Lan has been ordered many a time by myself. I love the broth, the tenderness of the flash fried steak and the addition of garlic. I add in a squeeze of lime for tartness, some chilli for the heat and a tiny splash of fish sauce to bring out the flavour. It’s a tried and tested recipe and I simply cannot put into words at just how comforting and warming this pho is. It’s like a giant hug in a bowl and it tastes wonderful too. From the silence between myself and Jamie whilst we ate, I think he also liked his dish. On the side, crunchy green beans with a satay sauce and a plate of pak choi. I had been craving green veg and this hit the spot.

No matter how full you are, there is always room for dessert and the banana fritters with sorbet from the vegan menu had to be the best choice. The batter on the bananas was light and didn’t lie heavily on my stomach after so much food, whilst the sorbet was a great palette cleanser. I chose the strawberry basil whilst Jamie went for classic mango. Sharp, fruity and fresh, it was just beautiful. 

What I love about Pho is that each dish is so fresh and feels like you are eating a healthy meal. When it does come to the Christmas run up and you are eating more food, tucking into more cakes and sweets and generally not looking after your consumption, I think places like Pho deserve a little pat on the back for not having insanely luxe dishes that are a lot better for my ever expanding waistline. 

If you are heading into Manchester this week, make sure you pop into The Corn Exchange to experience the Christmas menus. They are all available til the 24th December and definitely worth checking out. 

*My meal was provided FOC but, as always, my opinions and views are my own. 

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How To Smash It In 2019

When 2019 comes, it’s going to be a great year for us all, and that’s true because we just said so. We have a crystal ball, you know? And we can see you smashing it, girl. Because who has time in 2019 for anything other than self-love, bettering yourself, and creating lasting relationships with those around you, based upon nothing but love and support? Not us. We’ve put together a guide so that you can make sure you start your 2019 off with a bang, by which we mean: you’re going to look in the mirror and tell yourself you’re doing great, and you’re about to do even better. Ok? Cool.

However, self-love doesn’t always have to mean doing yoga and applying facemasks, and it takes a different form for different people. You may feel that little bit better just by showering and showing up every day, and that’s fine, as doing well doesn’t mean that you have to follow certain guidelines, or go off what others think is success. Going for a run in the morning may be self-care some days, and giving yourself a slice (or two) of cake on a particularly hard day can be self-care, too. So whilst it varies for different people, there are things here that can bring us all a bit of happiness. Read on for some 2019 goals!

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Self-love club

In 2019, we have no time for not liking ourselves, and being way too tough when it comes to setting our expectations. Try your best to accept things that you can’t change about yourself, because they make you who you are, and there are so many people out there who do (and will) love them. Think about the things that you say to yourself on a regular basis, about your body and your personality. Now imagine that your best friend is saying those things to you. Most of us wouldn’t allow a toxic relationship like that to continue, particularly not every single day. So make sure that you work towards being your own best friend, and be kind to yourself. If you wouldn’t think (or say) it about others, then that is a good indication that you need to try and rid yourself of that toxic thought. It can be hard, but it is definitely worth it.

Sharing the love

You’ll soon realize that this love that you harbor towards yourself will radiate onto others. It sounds cliche to say that you have to love yourself before you can love others (and we don’t necessarily believe that it is as easy as that), but loving yourself will make your relationships, well, different. You’ll have people in your life because you want them to be there, and you’ll respect yourself enough to cut off toxic people, who are just not giving you the love and respect that you deserve. Not only will you be surrounded by better people, but you’ll be giving so much more to your relationships, because you’ll be a lot more positive about yourself and others. We know, this sounds like a lot, but little steps towards this are enough to notice a big difference.

Bettering yourself

In 2019, we’re spending some time on us. This doesn’t mean that you have to turn into the world’s biggest narcissist, but taking some time for yourself is not selfish. Ultimately, you are the only person that you have to hang out with until the end of time, and people will come and go. But learning to love, and develop, yourself is greatly important, because unless some life-altering technology develops and you can split yourself in two, you’re always going to be with your mind and your body. Love them, and cultivate them. Why not take on a college course that you’ve always wanted to, but never had time to do? You can even study online at Aston and other universities, if you need to. If you don’t have time, make it! You deserve it.

Give yourself a break

2018 has been hard, and we know that because every year has its difficulties. But there are many world events right now that are just tiring to hear about, and you may be losing faith in the goodness of others. Don’t let the news and the rat race of daily life bring you down, and make sure to give yourself a break. Why not go on a trip, and get lost, and not use your phone? Having it for safety reasons is probably a good shout, but leaving it in your bag so that you can just experience the little things in life is also a good idea. Take yourself somewhere, go for dinner alone, and talk to other people. You’ll realize how lovely people really are.

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Treat yourself

We can be so hard on ourselves sometimes, especially if we feel like our goals just aren’t working out in the ways that we wanted them to. But it’s important to remember that life works on a timescale, and it isn’t necessarily yours. The universe has a plan for you, so setting yourself the goal of doing something by 2019 is helpful, but don’t feel useless if you haven’t quite reached it yet. You’re doing great, and working hard, and you deserve a little treat, whatever you may think. What about that perfume you’ve been wanting for ages? Look, we won’t tell anybody if you don’t, and we personally think that you should get it before the New Year rings in.

Live by your own standards

In the age of Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and a whole host of other media that constantly reminds us that we should be drinking this tea and eating that to lose weight, why not make 2019 the year that you embrace your body and your mind for what they are, and what you want them to be? And ask yourself this: do you want to limit your life because of some beauty standard created by a magazine, or somebody that you’ve never even met on Instagram? As Anne Lamott said, ‘Oh my God… what if you wake up one day, and […] you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy […] It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen.’

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes

In 2019, we’re embracing mistakes. How are you ever going to learn if you don’t allow yourself to mess up once in a while? Creativity can crash and burn, but there is always something to find amongst the rubble, so don’t be afraid to give something ridiculous and outlandish a try. You could find something amazing, just by pushing yourself that little bit further. And if pushing yourself means, you know, speaking to somebody on the bus or something like that, then that’s fine too. Just give something new a try, and you (hopefully) won’t regret it. Don’t forget, whatever happens there is always something new to learn!

Speak your mind

Too many of us hold back when it comes to saying what we really feel, and instead try to sugarcoat it or say nothing at all. We often worry about what people will think, or that they will be offended, or more often than not, that what we’re about to say is probably wrong. On what basis do you think that what you’re about to say doesn’t have value? Think about this, and think about the other people around you who are speaking their minds. 9 times out of 10, you will have just as much authority on the subject to speak. And when it comes to feelings, don’t waste time by holding back. Decide what your boundaries are, and if somebody crosses them, speak up! Don’t compromise yourself for others when it comes to stuff like this.

In brief…

It can be difficult to love and respect yourself, and we’re in an age where the internet tells us what we should look like, what we should enjoy, and what standards we should hold ourselves to. Not only is this horrible in itself, but it can be a tiring game trying to keep up with what you should be doing next, and who you should try to impress. In 2019, make it a goal to be happy, because ultimately, that is what all of these things come down to. And you deserve it as much as anybody else does!

So make sure that you love yourself, and extend this love onto your relationships with others. Try and better yourself by doing something that you’ve always wanted to do, and give yourself a break or a treat for the things that you’ve already done. Don’t allow anybody else’s standards to shape your life, as only you can decide what it is that you want to do, and don’t be afraid when it comes to making mistakes. Lastly, speak your mind, as you’re the only person who can ultimately speak up for yourself, so be heard! Enjoy 2019, and don’t forget to smash it.

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Red Letter Days Experiences for Christmas

Sometimes it is really difficult to buy for someone you know. Regardless of how long you have known them for and how well you know their likes and dislikes, they are impossible. Take my sister for instance. She’s more like a best mate than a sibling, yet if you asked me to choose a present for her I couldn’t do it without some intense thought process and asking her significant other to do some digging. However, when it is done correctly and the right present is chosen, I can guarantee tears. It’s the best part for me. With Christmas getting closer and the amount of days left to pick that special someones present, it might be time to take a look at Red Letter Days. A fabulous service where you can choose the experience that the recipient will receive. 

Ordering a Red Letter Days experience is simple. Simply head to the Red Letter Days and choose from the selection of experiences that are available. As I like to travel around, I chose a City Break Experience which I will be redeeming in the New Year so I can get a well deserved weekend away in one of my favourite places; York. From ordering to arriving, my Experience took 2 days to reach me which I think is a fantastic service. It also gives you a peace of mind should this be a last minute gift and taking into account the Christmas posting times. It was sent securely, via courier so no need to worry about being lost in standard post amongst all the Christmas cards

When it comes to redeeming the experience, there is a specific area of the Red Letter Days website where you can redeem your voucher. The unique code that is on the back of your card lets you log in securely to choose your next break. What I did notice was that you are also able to swap your experience voucher over should it not suit. You may have received a City Break but a Spa Break is more your thing, then you can contact Red Letter Days directly who will be able to assist you further in choosing the perfect experience. 

Due to how busy I have been this last few months, I cannot wait to get away for a weekend. Whilst I have been unable to do this on this side of 2018, it does mean that 2019 is already starting off on a good foot by knowing that I have something to look forward to. I will take you along with me after I have booked my city break. 

For that last minute gift, or for a present for those who are difficult to buy for, I think Red Letter Days are absolutely brilliant gift ideas. I don’t know why I haven’t used them sooner!

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Avoid These Small Business Serial Killers for Success

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If you are about to start a new business, there are some things you should avoid. Too many businesses fail because they are not aware of some of the pitfalls, and in fact, more than half the new startups in the UK will cease within the first 12 months. Running your own business can be much more satisfying and lucrative than working for someone else, which is why so many people are attempting to get a business off the ground.

Not Enough Focus

When you have an idea for a business you need to focus on that. There are so many other tasks that need to be dealt with, but spreading yourself to thin can put you on the road to disaster.  Make a list of everything that needs to be done, and prioritise the ones you know you can do the best. Seek some help for the other things, such as using freelancers, as you only pay them for the work that they actually complete. This will free up your time to do the jobs that really matter.

Being Afraid Of Change

As your business progresses, things will change and you have to be prepared to change with them. For instance, there could be signs it’s time to change your IT provider as the current ones are not proactive enough to assist with your company’s growth. It could be that although they were great to start with, they no longer represent value to your business.

You could need to look at the ways you deal with the content of your website, or your social media management. If you want to continue to be successful, these things will have to be changed to accommodate the increase in business.

Trying To Be Like All The Rest

It might seem like a good idea to emulate the business practices and products of the competition, but this is a big mistake. You need to make your brand stand out from the rest so that it is unique in some way. It is very simple really, why would someone buy from you when they have been buying from an established business already?

It could be that your customer services excels and is better than any of your competitors, or that your products are of a better quality. Whatever the difference is, it needs to be part of your marketing strategy so that consumers are aware they should change from their existing supplier to you.

Having No Drive

Starting your own business is not easy. You need to have drive and determination and be prepared to work hard for long hours, at least to get it off to a good start. A lack of any of these qualities will result in failure, and you probably should not even start a business. There are people that are better suited to working for someone else, and if you have no drive or determination, that could be you.

If you have an idea that you think could earn your living, do something about it or the idea will fade and the business will never start. Just be aware of some of the pitfalls to give your idea a better chance of turning into a successful business.

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Wahaca Day of the Dead Feast

I know, I know. It feels like it’s closer to next years Day of the Dead than this years but I just had to share this with you. At the beginning of November, I headed over to one of my fave restaurants Wahaca, based at the Corn Exchange in Manchester. From stepping inside the door, I was transported to this mystical world of ghouls and ghosts before settling down for a five course menu designed and cooked by Thomasina Miers, co-founder of Wahaca and winner of the 2005 Masterchef. A night of mischief and mirth, cocktails a plenty and all of the food, Wahaca really know how to put on a party for the undead. 

The evening started with magic makeovers, sugar skill face painting and having all of the jewel embellishments on our faces, we took our first steps into the decorated space of the ground floor of Wahaca to be greeted with tequila cocktails. Special touches included having our photo taken by Polaroid, not just as a memento for the evening but it was used to take us to the correct table. I also really liked the remembrance tree where you could leave messages of love for those who have departed us. I left a message for my Grandad, who I miss every single day. 

We were taken upstairs to our seats, which were on the mezzanine side of Wahaca. A great vantage point of being seated her was that we had front row seats for the incredibly talented singer and band who serenaded us with live music whilst we ate. We sat down at around 7:15 to start our five courses and looking on the menu, I was really apprehensive about the food being served. I’m not a fussy eater by any stretch of the imagination but when food is on a menu that I wouldn’t generally choose, it does make me wonder slightly if I will like it. I didn’t have to worry for long however as I was so impressed with every single dish that was offered to me. 

The first course was Mexico City passion fruit ceviche with salad. The trout was thick and tasty, and whilst having some resemblance to salmon, I did find that it was meatier and had a lot more flavour. The sharpness of the citrus was offset by the passion fruit, making this a tongue tingling burst of flavour. I also loved the crispy poppadom which had a good snap and helped soak up the marinade, 

I was unsure of the second course after the first bite. Gordita with hibiscus flower and Gringa Dairy queso fresco was described on the menu as blue corn masa; corn made into patties with pink chicory and cheese. I must admit that after a bite or two, my tastebuds were craving more and polished the whole plate off. I don’t think I can think of a time where I was dead against a mouthful of food, that led to me clearing my plate before.

From the savoury course, I think the Crown Prince kale and cashew nut mile was my favourite. A chargrilled wedge of squash with pureed cashew nut and kale topped with hazelnut was probably one of the more outlandish dishes that I have tried and one that put us in silence whilst we ate it all. Aside from the odd umms and ahhhs inbetween mouthfuls, there was nothing to be said. The mole was simply perfection and I don’t think that I could try to attempt to describe it’s goodness. 

By the fourth course, I could feel that the substantial sized portions were taking a toll. Chile relleno con picadillo was next on the menu; a partridge and rabbit stew with rice. Although I have had partridge before, I was a little on the edge about rabbit. Whilst I sampled some to see what it was like,  I really wasn’t sure as I knew what I was eating. That being said, I did like the gaminess of the meat. It was a shame that I was so full and not able to give this my full attention.

It doesn’t matter how I am, I will always find room for dessert. The Vanilla and Citrus tres leches with quince and raw chocolate was unbelievable. I cannot put into words just how creamy and rich the posset was. The flavours really stood out and kept a nice balance between sweet and tarte. With eyes bigger than my belly, I managed a couple of mouthfuls before I let the decadence take its toll, and needed a good nap to sleep it off. 

The evening was a success with so many people having booked onto the supper club. I do think that with events like this that things can get overlooked slightly and I did find that the length of time to clear plates and next courses took some time. It was nearing half 10 when we left, and whilst I didn’t mind, it meant that we had been seated for over 3 hours from the first course, with the ladies on the two tables next to ours having been served swiftly without sitting with empty plates for 20 minutes each time. Again, I do appreciate that the evening was busy but the same level of service shown to other guests would have been more appreciated. 

Overall, I have been extremely impressed the Wahaca supper club and I will be first in line should another come into town. Wahaca really do have incredible traditional Mexican dishes and the Day of The Dead evening has taken Wahaca to new heights in my eyes. 

*Meal provided FOC, however all opinions are, as always, my own. 

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Hey Big Spender!

Why hello there, and welcome to the big spenders club. We hope you know that by the title of the article, we were talking about the famous song. We’re not trying to lure any of you overspenders in here to try and take some of your money. We’re doing the exact opposite. This is the big spender fight club, and we’re going to try and kick as many of your bad spending habits to the curb. Because they are there, and we love to do it. We just can’t help but get addicted to that feeling inside that is telling us to spend, spend, spend! It’s literally a addiction. Even professionals say that there is such a thing as being addicted to shopping, or just overspending in general, so don’t let anyone tell you different. But, how do you think you’re going to combat such overspending, when overspending is all you know? Well, you’re going to read this article, and get the lowdown on what needs to be done. Because all of you overspenders reading this are reading it for one reason only, you can’t afford to do what you do. You might like it, but your bank account doesn’t. So, today is a new day, and if you follow our tips, it could be the start of something beautiful.

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What Do You Overspend On?

Ooft, for some of you this list could go on for a while. For those of you who are well and truly addicted to overspending, you could overspend on something as stupid as some chewing gum. One simple pack isn’t enough. No, you need to go three car sized pots. One for the home, one for your car, and one for your bag. That is how overspending works. You take the simplest of spends, and turn it into something big. One area where we can all raise our hands to the overspending, is our homes. It starts right from the moment you buy one. You get carried away with the size of the house and the mortgage, the items you put in it, and the bills you chose to pay. The list could go on, but one thing we want to highlight is the value on your home. All these expensive things you like to put in them is actually a goldmine for people to come in to. Theft of homes is definitely on the rise as well, so it might be best for you to look here  for home insurance. Yes, we actually are telling you to spend some more. But if you were to fall victim to a robbery, the cost of trying to replace everything would be so much worse. Now, back to the overspending. If you can pinpoint that you like to overspend on anything, then all you need to do is rely on a family member. Take out all of your essential money. That’s for bills, fuel, extras etc. and then give your bank card to a family member. You’re not allowed it back until the next payday. See how well this works for you, because we guarantee it will make a difference to your life.

Where Do Your Habits Stem From?

This is also a really good thing to think of. Sometimes if you locate the source of your problem, all of your other problems will just melt away. What is one of the biggest stems for all of you? It is the way that you were brought up. Not to say that your parents didn’t do a good job that is. But, if you grew up always having what you want, when you want it, it’s sometimes so hard to say no to yourself now that you’re older. So, all you have to do is realise that you need to work hard for the things that you want in life. Rather than buying things all the time, think about the things you really want. It might be a holiday, a new car, or maybe even to move home. Now, your parents can’t sort any of that for you, it’s all about you learning that the harder you work, the bigger things you’re going to be able to get. When you want something big in life as well, you will stop buying all of the smaller things that you usually buy. This is called strategic saving, and once you master it, you will start to master your spending habits.

Have You Got Yourself Into A Pickle?

Don’t feel as though you’re the only one in a pickle at the minute. Spending so much can sometimes lead to some of us spending money that we just don’t have. Spending money that we don’t have leads to debt, and debt is just a tough cookie to try and fight with. So, if you do feel like you’ve got yourself into a bit of a pickle that you’re struggling to get out of, then talk to someone about it. All you have to do is Google debt advice, and there will be tons of companies that come up, all of which are just trying to help you. Even if you just need some free advice, it will all be there for you! Don’t let debt defeat you, and definitely don’t let your debt build up over time. As soon as it appears, wipe it out so you can keep your mind fresh.

Let’s Stop All The Questions

Ok, so enough with all the questions. Now it’s time to just think about how you’re going to move forward after reading this article. Some of you will make a difference to your lives, some will realise too far down the line that now is the best time to change your spending ways. The bigger your family grows for example, the more money you’re going to need as a safety net. The older you get and head towards retirement, then more you’re going to think about the money you wished you had put aside for it. Your decisions now will definitely affect your future!

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How to Keep Warm This Winter

I had a bit of a shock at the beginning of last month. My latest utility bill arrived to say that I was to get a new direct debit payment with an increase of 40%. I couldn’t actually believe what I was seeing alongside the sentence that I had a lower than usual spend during the summer – duh! It was boiling but to prepare for winter they were hiking my bill up tenfold. Now, I’m not usually the kind of person to worry about things like this but on this occasion, it got me a little stressed. In my mind, the heating was going to have to stay off and I wouldn’t be able to afford it if it increased any further and oh, my mind was whirring. It did make sense to start looking at just how I could bring this looming bill down and what steps I could take to be more efficient and ultimately, stay warm this winter. To me, staying warm means being comfy and I know just how well I can do comfy. Getting some ideas from Chums, I have put together some ideas of how to keep warm this winter. 

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It would be sensible to stay warm by layering up and I do find that during the winter, I am terrible for overloading the layers. It doesn’t help that I am also that person who is cold all the time. A few years ago, I treated myself to a ridiculously cosy and warm onesie (similar) with a faux fur hood with ears and a teddy bear tail. Made from the softest fleecy material, it gets pulled out each winter to keep me cosy and warm. Yes, I may look like a child but I’m all snuggly and warm and I can live without central heating for the time being.

You can’t go wrong with a luxurious set of loungewear to keep you feeling toasty warm. It’s a great way to layer up, whether you wear a simple vest or even thermal underwear underneath to keep the heat in. I do find that most of the time that I am indoors, I opt to change for into loungewear prior to changing into pyjamas. Not only do I feel more relaxed but I wouldn’t be bothered should anyone decided to call round unannounced.


Slippers and fluffy socks are my downfall and at one point I was buying Primark fluffy bootie slippers followevery few weeks alongside their cosy slipper socks. I am still buying fluffy socks but I have contained my slipper buying since I got my Ugg slippers. If my feet are warm, I am warm and my Ugg slippers are amazing for keeping my tootsies toasty. I do also like to double up with a thick pair of socks for extra comfort. 

When I’m not in loungewear, I’m in pyjamas and I have been favouriting brushed cotton pjs as of lately. I don’t think there is anything more warming than brushed cotton and flannel. They remind me of bring a child when we really knew it was winter and the Calor gas fire used to get brought out for extra heat. I have seen some gorgeous fleecy pyjamas in Primark which come in a set with an eye mask and socks, so they are definitely on my to buy list. 

If you were to visit my home, you would notice how cosy I have made it. Blankets are draped over the sofa, with giant cushions to snuggle into. Each room has ambient lighting with candles and fairy lights, and the windows are adorned with heavy lined curtains. As I have such an old house, one of my more intelligent home purchases was to buy thick curtains. Not only do they black out the light but they really do help with keeping the heat inside. During the colder months, my living room curtains get closed every evening to keep hold of that low, warm winter sun that has been beaming through the window all day. 

With all the items in my house that I have bought to keep me cosy and snuggly, I shouldn’t need to be putting the heating on until it drops to 0 degrees and starts snowing. When I was a child and I used to complain about being cold, the answer was to put on more clothes until I warmed up. It was a common answer in the 80s and one that I really should do more, rather than simply switching the thermostat a little higher. I can’t wait to revisit this post next year to seethe difference in my utility bills!

Tell me your favourite way of staying warm in the winter in the comments. 

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Thaikhun, Manchester

Ever since I came back from Bali, I have been planning to head back to the Far East. Not only have I fallen for the culture, but the cuisine has been to die for. Whilst Manchester does have it’s fair share of Thai restaurants to choose from, I don’t think I have eaten anywhere quite like Thaikhun. Situated on The Avenue at Spinningfields, Thaikhun is in a prime location for after work dining and also impulse restaurant decisions. Walking past Thaikhun and you can see the busy interior, paying homage to the bustling streets of Bangkok and the Khao San Road where street vendors offering local dishes are in abundance. Peeking inside, you can see the casual dining area and open kitchen. 

The menu is very extensive and on my visit, I was dead set for Pad Thai which I cannot stop myself from ordering. Our servers for the table spoke in depth about the menu, with detail to the dishes created from the street food influence. Surprisingly, my planned order went out of the window in favour of a dish that I hadn’t tried before. Catching up with my sister in law, we sampled the house wine whilst we waited for our dishes. Wait time was actually very impressive, as was the attentiveness of the wait staff who ensured the dishes were brought to the table whilst piping hot, cutlery was replenished and empty plates were not sat in front of us for too long. We also received prawn crackers and dipping sauce whilst we waiting for our starter, which was gratefully received. 

I couldn’t break away from my need for dumplings, so naturally a plate of stewed pork dumplings was my first choice. Freshly made, succulent pieces of pork melted in the mouth alongside the thin buttery dough. The smattering of chopped peanuts enhanced the flavour and a touch of soy sauce set the flavour off beautifully.

Clare also went for a pork dish to start and chose the grilled pork skewers. A Thai street food classic, the pork has been marinated with coconut milk, oyster sauce, palm sugar and garlic . Deliciously tender and melt in the mouth, the marinade was tasty and moreish. The highlight of the dish had to be the Jaew sauce which was like an explosion of spice in your mouth. Considering that I can handle fairly hot food, the jaew sauce had me reaching for a napkin to wipe my brow. It’s definitely going to be on my list future order list when I next call in.  

As I usually go for Pad Thai, I compromised on a new dish but served with oodles of noodles. A classic dish of Chilli and Thai Basil with chicken was the order of the day. Considering I’ve eaten Thai cuisine many a time, I’m shocked that I have never ordered a classic dish like this. Stir fried chilli and garlic with the flavoursome addition of basil gives a warming, slightly hot to the tongue yet subtle zing to the dish. Substituting the rice for the noodles was also a great decision. The portion size was quite hefty and after a starter, I did struggle to get through my main course even after fighting with myself to have another mouthful. 

Clare went for her second pork dish and chose the aromatic red curry with succulent pork belly and green beans in a red curry sauce served over a bed of white fluffy rice. From the quietness of Clare during the main course, I can confirm that the dish was a success. 

Unfortunately, we were both hit with eyes bigger than our bellies so we couldn’t even attempt dessert, which was annoying because there is Unicorn Ice Cream on that menu. I’ve also spotted that that Thaikhun offer Thai cooking classes which would be right up my Thai street. 

For my first time at Thaikhun, it certainly has left an impression and I can’t wait to head back for more food soon. There is so much choice on the menu that it is definitely worthwhile chatting to the servers about the dishes if you can’t made a decision on what to eat. Next time, the pinto box will be coming into play to try even more dishes. 

Thanks for having us Thaikhun! Whilst my meal was provided FOC, all opinions are my own. 

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Tips and Tricks that will Help you to Spend Less Time Cleaning the Kitchen

Nobody likes to clean the kitchen. It’s such an annoying chore and every time you do it, you will probably end up making it look messy an hour or two later. Luckily, there are things that you can do to spend less time cleaning, and more time enjoying your space.

Start with an Empty Dishwasher

This suggestion may sound simple, but it can have a huge impact on your cleaning schedule. It’s so important that you make sure that your sink and your dishwasher are empty before you begin cooking. When you do this, you can then rinse and wash any pots and kitchen utensils as you go along. They won’t be sat around for days on end and you won’t have to spend hours scrubbing those grease stains either.

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Wash Down the Sink

Every time you wash up pots, chances are you will end up with food and scraps all over your sink. It’s just what happens. If you want your kitchen to look instantly cleaner then you need to give your sink a wipe down every time you are finished. When you do this, you won’t have to worry about scraping out the gunk from the bottom of the sink every time you wash up and it will also prevent blockages too.

Maintenance

If you have a ton of tough stains around the kitchen then there is a chance that you will never get around to cleaning these off. Once a month, it’s a good idea for you to really scrub everything down and remove those tough grease marks. If you do this then it will stop them from getting out of control and it will also make it much easier for you to get the cleaning done during the week.

Cleaning Supplies

There’s nothing worse than not being able to find the cleaning products you need when you are in a hurry. For this reason, it’s a good idea to have everything organised so that it is always accessible. When you do this, you can save yourself time and you can also get the job done faster because you have the right products at your disposal.

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The Right Bins

If you find that you are constantly taking out the trash then this may be a sign that your bin is far too small. You may even find that you have carrier bags dotted around the room full of recycling as well, and this will make your kitchen look way more cluttered than it needs to be. If you want to try and get around this then you need to try and invest in a bin that is big enough for your needs. Then, for the recycling, buy a smaller bin. You can easily put them both in one of your unused kitchen cupboards and this will free up a ton of floor space.

Be Mindful

When you are cooking, it is understandable that you’ll get flustered from time to time. You may spend so much time worrying about how you are going to get the food ready that you just have no idea how many pots you are using. If you can, you should always be mindful of how many bowls, spoons and general items you’re using. When you do this, you will soon find that it is very easy to cut back on the washing up and this will save you a ton of time in the future.

Splashes and Spills

If you spill something, make sure that you wipe it up right away. If you don’t then you will spend way more time cleaning it up later because it will dry out and become even more difficult to remove. It’s little things like this that will save you a ton of time in the future.

Hardware

Your hardware will have a huge impact on how easy it is to clean your kitchen. Stainless steel is

quite possibly the easiest to clean, and you can use a myriad of cleaning chemicals without having to worry about tarnishing. If your taps are rusted then this can trap dirt and grime as well, so if this is the case in your kitchen then it may be time for an upgrade. Check out tapwarehouse.com to see what they have on offer.

So, there are many things that you can do to try and save time when cleaning your kitchen and if you are able to follow the above tips then you will soon find that you can get the whole thing done in 10 minutes or less!

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Autumn Vibes: Decorating Your Home For the Season

Every new season comes with a set of home preparations. While you may not think much about it, it just makes sense to give it a thorough clean during spring and swap out those curtains for something that’s a bit airier and light.

Similarly, you should try to make your home as cosy and comfortable as possible when it’s freezing outside. That way, it will feel even better to just cuddle up in front of the TV, drape yourself in fuzzy blankets, and listen to the wind outside.

Here is a handful of decoration tips to make your home even more comfortable during the cold season so that you can feel good about staying inside. It just makes it a bit easier to fall in love with your home all over again.

First: Make it personal

When you’re spending so much time inside, the only sensible thing to do is to make sure you’ve given it an air of you. Autumn is, after all, the perfect season for nostalgia and memories so start by finding a few pictures you’d like to frame and have a look at www.frames.co.uk to find the perfect frame for your memories.

The great thing about framing your own pictures these days is that you can get a customised frame in case you’d like to make a collage. That way, you won’t have to settle for the standardised ones – and can unleash all of your creativity while framing your photos.

It’s a great project for the autumn, in any way, so that you have something to keep yourself busy with. Hang the pictures above surface areas where you usually put your candles to make it cosy at home; the flickering light will highlight the pictures even better.

You don’t just have to focus on framing pictures of yourself and your loved ones, by the way, as you probably have great taste otherwise as well. Find some artwork online and print some pieces to frame; it may not be the real deal but it will still look stunning in a high-quality frame.

Next: Make it comfortable

Making your home complement the beautiful autumn vibes is, of course, all about having it as comfortable as possible. There are many ways to do this, though, and it’s certainly not all about fluffy pillows and soft blankets – although they also have a lot to do with it.

Start by making your bedroom as comfortable as possible, for example, so that you can appreciate the time you spend in bed even more. We do spend an unsettling amount of time sleeping, in any way, so you might as well make sure that it’s fit for a queen.

Upgrade to a more comfortable mattress if your budget allows for it or simply treat yourself to a soft upper mattress this season. Have a look at www.bestmattress.reviews for some great finds before deciding on a new one. It will still make a big difference and can even protect the main mattress you have underneath so that it lasts even longer.

The next step to a comfortable autumn bedroom is changing out your curtains for something that keeps the heat in a bit better – and preferably in the colours of autumn as well. Have a look at this article to read up on the colour palette of the season, by the way, in case you’re rather new to interior design.

Move on to the living room

Now that you’ve worked your way through your bedroom and made it super comfy, it’s time to have a look at your living room. The best ways to do this is, of course, to make sure that you have more than enough couch pillows and soft blankets to keep you warm while the wind is howling – but you can also be a bit creative and get yourself one of those blankets with sleeves.

You may look a bit silly while wearing it but you are, after all, at home and should be able to look silly in peace. The next step is to find yourself the fluffiest and silkiest kind of slippers to trot around in the house with together with your new blanket.

Have a look at this article for some great finds, by the way, and show it to your SO as well so that he or she knows what to get you as a surprise gift this season.

When it comes to interior design, you’d also want to think about the kind of textures and fabrics that makes your space a bit more cosy; fill it with a large rug, for example, to bind the room together, and consider implementing a bit more wood around the house as well.

The combination of dark wood and cream coloured pillows will definitely give your living room a feeling of both luxury and comfort. Invite some plants in as well now that it’s so cold outside and allow the green to brighten up your room slightly.

Remember the bathroom

While you should certainly spend some time on making the living room and bedroom as cosy and comfortable as possible, it’s a good idea to think about your bathroom as well.

There is, after all, no better time to be soaking around in the bathtub and feel grateful that you’re inside and underneath all the warm bubbles than outside in the freezing wind.

Invest in some extra fluffy towels, preferably of a high quality, and treat yourself to some luxurious bath bombs and lotions. While you may not be showing too much skin during the next couple of months, it’s still nice to feel that you’re taking care of yourself – and it’s another part of staying comfortable while you’re at home.

A few new bath mats can also make a huge difference in your bathroom this autumn and winter, by the way, as you’ll have something soft to step on after that warm bath. Plus, if you don’t have heating in the floor, you’ll avoid freezing your toes off every time you step inside the bathroom this season.

Invite the outside in

Finally, one of the best ways to decorate your home for autumn is to take advantage of the natural beauty you find outside. Before all the leaves are covered in layers of snow, you should gather some of them to lay over your perfectly decorated dinner table, for example.

It’s a great way to impress your guests as well and put the finishing touches on your home before a big dinner party – and it costs you absolutely nothing but a short trip outside.

Do the same with produce, in general, and fill up your kitchen baskets with seasonal vegetables such as different kind of pumpkins and varieties of squash.

They are, of course, for cooking, but they look great enough to keep on display and give your kitchen an atmosphere that’s just perfect for autumn.

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Coping With A Rise In Your Internet Popularity

When it comes to using the internet on a regular basis, there’s a good chance you’ve got yourself an online presence or platform. Whether you like to use social media, or you’re someone who loves updating your own blog from time to time, you’re going to have at least a few followers regularly looking through your content.

And because of that, you’re probably worried about leaving your followers or readers adrift, and you regularly post something to keep them interested. And you’ve found, the more and more you update, and the better and better you get at creating content, that more and more people are flocking to you.

But coping with this change in popularity, and being able to keep up with the demands of a follower count, is hard. You’re going to have to accommodate a lot of new things, and you’re going to have to change a few of your strategies. This is the kind of moment that a lot of people wait for, so if it happens to you, make sure you’re prepared for it!

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Know What They Came For

Coping with new followers is one thing, but being able to get them to stick around to see more of what you have to offer is another thing completely! You have a sudden and gripping new amount of viewers or subscribers, and you want to hold onto them (seeing as you worked for them for a very long time), and now you need to give yourself the best chance of doing so.

And that means finding out what they like best, and making more content just like it or based off of it. Don’t worry, this doesn’t have to be as hard as it sounds – there’s a lot of fresh and fun ideas you can milk out of one situation, until you have enough time to allow your new fan base to settle and your content mill to stock up on quality content again.

Either that or your continue on with your original plans, allowing your new viewers to see who you really are and what you do, and whether or not you’re someone to stick around for. After all, the internet isn’t much of an equal platform, and if you’re a small time enterprise, there’s a chance your new follower count will expect something in return from you! It sounds a little harsh at first, but being able to weed out those who wouldn’t have consumed your content for long anyway is best done from the early stages.

Make Sure You Keep Your Privacy

When you manage to jump on the bandwagon of a viral trend, and as a result, more and more people are flocking to your virtual doorstep to read your words or watch your videos, you’re going to have to take some measures to protect yourself. After all, there’s a good chance anyone viewing your contente wants to find out who you are, and if you’re someone with a young family as well, you’re going to need to keep a personal barrier between your internet life and your actual life.

And if you’re someone who’s quite personable, and loves to interact with those who make their way onto your page and leave plenty of likes and comments, you shouldn’t have to tone this back! So be sure to look into options like P.O boxes, or even head over to sites such as that of https://physicaladdress.com – which allows you to access your inbox and postal mail box from a virtual server.

It honestly couldn’t be easier to sprinkle that modicum of privacy amongst your fanbase whilst still maintaining that online persona you’ve spent years perfecting up until now!

Do You Think You Could Cope?

You probably do, and you’re right to think it, as long as you don’t let the new and improved numbers burn you out or tire you down. There’s all kinds of new and potentially exciting people commenting on your content, and some may be blunter or harsher than others, and being able to take that kind of criticism is a skill many do not possess.
So developing a thick skin, knowing if your followers are real and worth sticking your neck out for, as well as continuing to be the same person they came looking for, is a hard balance to carve out. But it’s a very possible one, and your rapidly building follower count is the perfect time to practice the art and craft of this!

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Here’s How You Get Rid of that House Clutter Once and For All

If you know that your home is full of clutter then you will understand how frustrating this can be. After all, you may feel as though no matter what you do, you just can’t seem to get rid of it and on top of this, you may even feel as though you can’t get everything organised either.

Collect your Clutter

The first thing that you need to do is choose a box or even a bag and fill the whole thing up with clutter. You may feel as though this is counterproductive but this is not the case at all, and the main reason for this is because it is not the final resting place for your clutter. This is just somewhere to put it before it leaves your house. When you have done this, you can then go through each bag and sort it into keep and bin. It’s very easy to take the bag you are throwing away right out the door.

Put it Somewhere you Can See It

When you do have your clutter bag, you need to make sure that you put it somewhere you can’t just forget about it. You want to be constantly reminded of the fact that you need to sort it out. The bottom of the stairs is a great place and when you do put it here, you can constantly add to it as well. This is a fantastic way for you to really make the most out of your clear-out and it also encourages you to keep adding to it as well.



What to Do with your Clutter

If you have a charity shop that you would like to try and donate to then this is great and it will also make your life much easier. If you don’t have anyone in mind then you may even want to sell your items online. When you do this, you will soon find that you can hire a courier service to help you out. The best thing about doing this is that courier service quotes are usually super affordable and they are also very easy for you to arrange.

Always Take Into Account The Five-Minute Rule

If you feel as though nothing you do is going to help you to get rid of the clutter that is in your home then you have nothing to worry about because the five-minute rule is perfect here. All you have to do is spend 5 minutes a day trying to sort out your clutter. When you do this, you can then feel confident knowing that you are going to get to where you want to be eventually and you can also feel confident knowing that you don’t have to spend too much time in the day. Of course, if you can spend more time in the day then this is great but usually 5 minutes is all you need in order to make a huge difference to your home and the way it is right now.

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A Weekend Away in Liverpool

At the beginning of the year, I set myself some little challenges and personal goals. Once of these challenges was to try and get away for some city breaks and weekends exploring the UK. It’s the middle of October and I’m so annoyed with myself in that I haven’t done half as much as I wanted to do. To make sure that I at least tick off one weekend away, I’m planning on heading over to Liverpool One for a weekend of shopping, eating and sleeping. Sounds like just what I need!

I have had my eye on staying at the luxurious Titanic Hotel in Liverpool for such a long time. Based in the heart of the city, and close to transport links, the hotel has been developed inside an old brick warehouse that gives stunning views of the docks. As a bit of an architect geek, I love that they have used the original windows and that the vast space of the old warehouse has been kept within each room. Even when I look at the gallery on the website, the hotel rooms look cosy yet spacious and are ticking all the boxes. The Titanic hotel has also jumped to the top of my list when I saw the treatment list for the Maya Blue Wellness spa that is situated within the hotel. 

You can’t go all the way to Liverpool and not take advantage of the Liverpool One shopping centre. I was literally blown away the first time that I saw it, and the selection of shops and dining places rivals those found in Manchester. Being such a makeup junkie, there are certain retailers and brands that are a must for me. The Charlotte Tilbury counter in John Lewis is pretty spectacular and a visit there would be high on my list. I’d probably get a quick makeover before purchasing a new lipstick ready for the rest of the day. I have a thing for department stores and luckily, there are a few within Liverpool One. I would also hit up Debenhams and get the new Urban Decay Cherry palette, although I do not need another palette in my collection.

Another fave of mine is Harvey Nichols which can be found over on Peter’s Lane. The beauty bazaar is literally heaven on earth for me and with new brands such as Fenty Beauty and Marc Jacobs Beauty, I would be in my element. If shopping is your thing, then you will be in heaven with the amount of shopping that you can do. Not only is Liverpool One home to some of the best brands and stores but it’s all in one space so you don’t need to walking miles to find the next place to drop by.

After all of the shopping, a stop for food would be high on the list and Liverpool One has a fantastic selection of places to eat and drink. Head over to Hanover Street and take in the cosmopolitan vibe with lively bars and restaurants. Drink cocktails on the rooftop terrace of Wahaca, which is one of LiverpoolOne’s best kept secrets or pick at the tapas menu of Lunya, the new Catalonian restaurant on Hanover Street.

Over on The Terrace, that boasts views of Chavasse Park, you can eat your way around the world. With cuisines from  America, France, good old fashion British, Italian, Latin American Tapas and Thai, you will be spoilt for choice. Top recommendations from me would be to visit Wagamama for the chicken katsu curry and Pizza Express for the Padana pizza. 

As it is coming up to Halloween, the city is getting spooky with the Halloween spooktactular taking place between the 19th and 31st October. There is fun for all the family with special events on the run up to the most frightening day of the year. On Halloween, there will be a whole evening full of tricks and treats, live entertainment and lots of surprises. It sounds like a great evening will be had by all. 

Have you been to Liverpool One before? You can see what others find at Liverpool One by checking out the social hashtag #YourLiverpoolOne.

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Achieving A Stylish Home Without Using Fad Trends

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For many people, the toughest part of designing a home is doing so in a timeless fashion. You want your house to look modern, but you don’t want to follow fad trends that’ll be dated in a few months or years. You want your home to look effortlessly sleek for years or even decades to come. Obviously, things wear out over time. However, the goal is to make sure that you only need to renovate your home when things break down rather than renovating it every time it starts to look dated. How do you make a household look stylish without following trends? These suggestions might just give you a few ideas.

Find ways to use space creatively.

Some people like tiny cottages that feel cosy and intimate. Other people like huge houses that are grandiose and inviting. Either way, nobody wants to live in a house that feels cluttered and uncomfortable. Even small homes should feel “large” in the sense that all available space is put to good use. And if you want to make your household stylish without using fad trends then you should find ways to use space creatively. Putting your available space to better use could help you transform your home. Minimalism is always stylish, even if it seems like a contemporary trend. You might want to start by decluttering. It could massively improve the appearance of your home to simply clear out things you no longer need.

It can also help to find inventive ways to store your possessions. Simply switching up the layout of your house can completely change your perception of it. With innovative storage solutions, you could definitely put your available space to better use. Obvious solutions involve storage under the bed or at the end of your bed. You might also want to put some shelving units up on the walls to create additional places to store belongings which don’t really have a home. This is particularly useful in the kitchen if you always leave crockery and utensils lying around on surfaces. With some new shelves, you could have clear and tidy countertops. There are also plenty of furnishings that can double as storage solutions. You might even want to get a vanity stool that can store brushes, makeup, hair dryers and other essentials under the lid whilst also functioning as seating. If you find ways to use space more creatively in your home then you might surprise yourself by making your humble abode feel much more. Minimalism doesn’t mean you have to take the personality and character out of your home; it just means you have to make things a little neater.

Use transitional interior design.

Transitional interior design might be the perfect option for you if you’re trying to create a modern home design without using trends that will quickly go out of fashion. Transitional design is the combination of traditional style and contemporary style. It’s the best of both worlds. Often, transitional homes use neutral colour palettes (we’ll discuss that later) and natural materials such as wood or stone, which are usually associated with classic home designs. It’s all about getting the balance right. To get the style right, a neutral room with sleek and smooth furnishings should have a few doses of traditional design. For example, a vintage chair or table can really merge well with certain elements of modern design. The advice in the rest of this article will help you to get the balance just right.

Combine comfort with a sleek aesthetic.

A stylish house works best when it feels comfortable. You don’t want to live in an environment that feels like a showhome without any character. You should definitely focus on the bedrooms in your house when it comes to creating a comfortable aesthetic in your home. Obviously, the design of a bedroom should reflect the personality of its owner, so you need to think about the interests and preferences of everyone in your family. It’s important that each bedroom looks contemporary and stylish whilst feeling comfortable. Simply using colour themes that are calming could make a big difference to these rooms. You might also want to check out some wrought iron bed frames to make each bed look stylish whilst standing the test of time. It’s important to get strong and sturdy furnishings which still look fashionable. You can combine comfort with a sleek aesthetic when designing your home. You don’t have to compromise by choosing either fashion or practicality.

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Keep things neutral.

Another great way to achieve a stylish home without using fad trends is to keep things neutral. Minimalism isn’t a passing trend. The idea of making your home spacious and airy, as mentioned earlier, is always popular. People want to live in a refreshing and open environment (even if their home is small). White is always a great colour to choose when it comes to the design of your household. It’s the most neutral colour you can pick; it naturally reflects light, and this will help to brighten up each room in your household. Repaint the walls in your home with a coat of white paint and you’ll feel the difference.

Of course, you might want to keep things neutral with different colour schemes. You might want to consider using sage. It’s an understated green that contains a hint of grey, so it’s definitely bolder than white. But if you’re going for boldness then this might be a good option because sage is still a neutral colour that doesn’t clash with other themes, patterns, or colours you might want to use in the interior design of your home. It’s a colour that works very well with natural materials such as wood. The green adds softness and warmth that combines with the cosiness of natural design; this is perfect for anyone trying to make their home feel more inviting.

Add character with textures and patterns.

Neutral design is essential to creating a contemporary yet timeless home. However, you need to add some character to the interior design of your household. Textures and patterns can help with this. Obviously, you need to make sure you use the right kind of textures in your home. Certain trends come and go. We’ve all seen homes with outdated furnishings that are designed with unappealing floral textures, for example. However, done properly, textures in your home can look timelessly stylish and fashionable. Leather can always look classy and sophisticated. But, as mentioned earlier, you need to use such materials smartly. Leather sofas aren’t always comfortable, and you need to find the right blend of aesthetically-pleasing and functional design if you want your home to look and feel good.

You might want to consider pattern plants. This might not be the kind of “texture” you were imagining, but these vibrant plants could be a powerful and eye-catching addition to your home. Picture gloriously green plants with white primary and secondary veins. This stark contrast of colours could create a unique natural design in your home. The point is that patterns and textures can really add some character to the design of your household. Just make sure you don’t go overboard. Too many patterns can make a home look cluttered and messy. As mentioned earlier, transitional design is the goal. Combine neutral backdrops with the occasional vintage furnishing or patterned rug. If you can get the balance right then you’ll have a modern house which still looks warm, cosy, and inviting because it has some personality.

Get a few statement pieces.

One great way to spruce up your home is to get a few statement pieces. With the right centrepiece, you could make your house look stylish and sophisticated without falling into the trap of following current trends. Referring back to the earlier point about transitional design, you could make a statement with traditional vintage furnishings and feature pieces. This would help you to add an exciting dimension to a room with a contemporary design; the blend of classic and modern design could really make your home look fashionable without seeming too dated or too modern. A traditional armchair or perhaps even a luxurious chandelier could really add character to your home. It depends on the amount of luxury you want in your home. It might be something as simple as a faux fur throw or a copper lamp. But even a small statement piece can really add something to your home. It’s the same as coupling an understated outfit with a fashionable purse or a shiny necklace.

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Don’t forget the exterior design of your home.

We’ve talked a lot about sprucing up the interior of your household, but you shouldn’t forget about the outside of your property. You want to feel like you’re returning to a sleek and modern home at the end of the day. First impressions count. If you want your house to look great without using fad trends then utilise the advice already given in this article. Natural design, for instance, can really brighten up the outside of your home. Plant some colourful and vibrant flowers or plants alongside the path leading up to your front door. Some hanging flower baskets on either side of your door could also create a vibrant exterior to your home. Remember, the little details are essential when designing a house.

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