Sometimes we just feel tired. Tired of the everyday routine, of work, of having to get things done every morning. We are so tired that we don’t even want to leave the house for a proper vacation.
But there is a cool way in staying home and feeling like you are on vacation without going places or spending much money.
The key to all this is feeling comfortable and relaxed in your own home, or yard for that matter.
When I wanted to start improving my home, I started from outside, with the yard and terrace. I wanted to forget about everything and go into a state of relaxation putting my holiday mood on. Easy way to achieve greatness? Create your own zen place, a cosy corner where you can detach and feel closer to nature.
Zen corner on the deck
I always wanted to have a deck with some DIY pallet furniture and string lights, just like in the movies, but it still remained a plan until now. I started browsing ideas and solutions for this dream of mine and the best options for something similar to what I wanted were offered by Decks & Docks Lumber Company.
After doing some research I have found that there are many types of decking materials and you could easily pick one of them taking your budget into account as the price difference is fairly noticeable. From the expensive capped composite, capped PVC, HDPE to the most affordable option being composite, if you want a long lasting deck to enjoy for many years, you might want to rethink the first option that comes into your mind. Surely finding a cheap but beautiful decking solution would be ideal, but if it isn’t that resistant, after just a few years you might need to work on improving or fixing it.
By investing a bit more at the beginning you save a lot of time and probably money too if you think it for the long run.
How to pick the deck color
Besides the financial part, you need to think about the practical aspect as well as aesthetic. The color of your deck should also be appealing but if you need to clean it often because it would look dirty 30 min after wiping it all over, that Is not the scenario anyone wants. From the research I made, I realised that the best colors, are slightly lighter with a beige of gray tone that’s similar to dirt and sand. If you go too light or too dark you will have to be sure your feet are always clean so you won’t make your lovely deck look like it’s always dirty.
In my vision, the deck would start from the door that connects the living room to the yard and continues around the pool. The percentage of decking and grass should of course be balanced so that I wouldn’t cover too much of the green part, because I do want a small paradise inside my yard.
I studied a bit or architecture at the university but if you feel this is much more than you can handle, you should ask a professional engineer to help you as it should be a well though investment and not just a weekend plan.
If you can’t see your jewellery, chances are you’re not going to wear it. It’s often the case for most costume jewellery. When you lump it together in knotted balls, you’ll find yourself wearing the same tired pieces over and over.
So, don’t you think it’s time to untangle your gorgeous pieces and showcase them in a way that will remind you to wear them?
Here are a few top ideas to organise and store your jewellery – costume or not!
- A curb chain for earrings
If you have a big collection of the most sought-after pieces, a standalone armoire isn’t always enough. Larger necklaces, especially, are easy to lose when they’re tossed in drawers. What you need is a more designated space, so consider a display on a narrow portion of a wall in your room or even behind the door. Screw hooks into strips of wood and then use them to hang your stunning necklaces. Then, drape a few sections of thick curb chain for a stunning earring display you’re sure to be proud of.
- A clay cactus to hold your rings
How often do you lose your rings? We know we do! A clay cactus makes for the perfect ring holder. Include a catch-all tray to keep delicate bands altogether. You can make your own cactus ring display or even a few to place around the house and display your sparkling rings. One particular place you might want to place one is next to the kitchen sink and even on your nightstand. It’s the best way never to lose your rings again!
- Driftwood and hooks
This is a great way to organise your jewellery and make it part of your décor. The driftwood looks especially beautiful in farmhouse style homes and even lofts. The whole idea, though, is to match the jewellery to your display – so that means nothing too bulky or colourful for this one! You can find driftwood jewellery displays online or you can make one yourself. Since it’s a particularly dry wood, it’s easy enough to screw a few hooks into it without needs to drill any extra holes or need to use tools.
- Industrial pipe display
Adding an industrial display to your home is a great way to balance out any masculinity with jewellery. There are so many ways to create furniture and home décor with plumbing from your local hardware store, but this is an incredibly easy project to DIY, and it won’t cost you much either. Let your imagination run wild! Then you’ll have more room for gorgeous pieces from https://www.diamondjewellerystudio.com.au/ and similar trusted jewellers.
- Spray paint a branch
Jewellery looks great when it’s displayed in a way the complements your home’s décor. For example, feminine frames for earrings aren’t going to look stunning if the rest of your home is modern.
A tree branch jewellery display holder, though, looks great with everything from Boho to minimal and even extremely modern décor. All you need to do is find yourself a really dried-out tree branch, spray paint colour of your choice and a couple of small rocks to create a lovely display for your daintier pieces.
Hopefully, these 5 tips give you inspiration to get your jewellery out and proudly display it!
I love mustard! I could eat it just like that on a piece of toast, but the color… I used to hate.
I never could understand why this color actually existed. It looked like a dirty yellow which I also hated because of the school uniform. I used to avoid anything yellow for years during and after finishing high-school.
Few years back, I saw a knitted pullover in a cute yellow shade. You might have seen me wearing it with some leather boots and a tassel cardigan over it. It was love at first sight, not sure why, but I loved it. Since then I got 2 more pullovers and a few yellow T-shirts like the one with “Honey“. I think I went passed the resistance of wearing yellow and mustard.
This look is a mix of elements I love to play with when creating a look. Textures & volumes while keeping everything on the comfortable side.
Wool skirt and boots, plus a warm sweater and a cute tassel cardigan that tops up the look.
Ready for Spring now! How about you?
They key to Optimizing Landingpages
We are all in love with fashion and we basically talk all day about trends whether it’s beauty, clothing, tech, cars or travel destinations, it’s all fashion.
As a blogger my main focus is indeed on fashion, beauty and lifestyle in general, but in time I learned on my own expense that it’s not all about pretty pictures and stylish outfits.
Surely you can get a few visitors with some social media following and frequent readers, but you need to create compelling pieces to be sure that the audience that is looking for inspiration that you provide, will indeed find you.
This is were content comes into place, and by content I mean text, info-graphics, not just simple fashionable OOTD pictures you take.
A beautiful landing page that converts visitors into buyers ( for your affiliate links) or frequent readers, followers etc, should follow some basic points to ensure that it’s actually valuable info, not just 2 sentences about how much you love your new MK bag that you got on sale on Black Friday. that might have sound a bit harsh, but it’s true. Been there, done that.
Basic points to take into consideration when creating a landing page
- Do some research and find a keyword that works for you. It should be related to your blog niche and should fit in naturally in the topic you wanted to address, even if it’s a new outfit.
- Pick a headline that stands out. Don’t use a basic sentence, but ask a question, state something magnificent or provide an answer for something.
- Provide valuable info that readers will come back for again and again. If it’s fashion, give advice on where to get the best deals, how to style a certain item or how to fix a stain. DIY ideas work well also.
- Use an obvious CTA so that the readers would know what you want them to do. It’s a fact that most of them won’t know what to do next so you need to point that out. Either you want them to subscribe to your newsletters, comment on your post or click the links in order to get a discount on their next purchase.
- Provide valuable links in your content to ensure that the info you state is back-ed up by other as well. Try to focus on linking to well reputed sites that share real info.
- Optimizing your landing pages by making use of psychology is something that always works. As I mentioned before, the headline and valuable info is tightly tied to the psychological side of things. Think what your readers want to read and see and keep them engaged. Try to get on their emotional side, share something personal they can relate to.
- Using powerful visuals. But this you know already because you’ve probably focused only on this one when creating you articles until now. Beautiful pictures always attract and that’s why Pinterest is such a compelling platform. #togeinspired
If you really think about it, it’s not that hard to try to redo your strategy when posting. Surely you don’t need to create perfect landing pages for your blog but maybe some of your posts might just be cornerstone content that convert much better that your average outfit posts.
What do you think about this aspect of fashion blogging?
If you’re thinking of renovating or building a house, read below for what you should know about interiors, it’s a must read list for home builders in Melbourne to Paris.
- Hiring a professional can make all the difference
If you’re looking for a balanced and functional aesthetic in your home, a variety of professionals are at hand to assist you in designing your home’s interior. Depending on your budget, you may engage an interior decorator or an interior designer. A second opinion can prevent you from making a costly mistake or one that wears poorly over time. This doesn’t mean you can’t still spend hours on Pinterest or blogs in order to get inspiration, it will just mean that your ideas will be filtered and streamlined in order to best suit your tastes and budget.
- Budgets can work
Provided you are able to compromise, it is possible to create beautiful spaces in your home for a reasonable price tag and it doesn’t mean that you have to stick to Kmart homewares or hard rubbish finds. Begin by designing your dream space and prioritising what you like most about it. Investing more funds into the top items or features on your list will help you to realise your aesthetic goal when funds are limited. Look for opportunities to DIY or upcycle older items/furniture or mass produced goods in order to create a more unique space.
- Online decorating is a thing
These days there is an app for everything. While free versions will offer limited features, there are some user pays options out there that will help you virtually see what your intended space will look like. For a further investment, some designers will offer online consultations where you can submit to them your site specifics and design inspiration. Some will then create you a personalized mood board with a variety of choice for your interior, or provide tailored advice to help you make the most of your space.
- Try before you buy
This means different things to different people. Whether you have a quite clear idea of the type of interior you want to create, or have literally no idea, get on out there and see them for yourself. The most obvious is to attend some open houses in display houses or homes that you idealise. Seeing styles in a physical space can change what you previously thought of them. For the truly dedicated, find rental accommodation to stay in that reflects the type of look you’re going for. You can then spend hours opening and closing cupboards or discovering the functionality (or lack thereof) in spaces like bathrooms and storage areas.
- Clutter less, live more
While you might be upsizing, you don’t necessarily need to fill up your increased space. Whether you adhere to Marie Kondo or are more of a fan of The Minimalists, the key is to retain items with true value in terms of function and where possible, beauty. Keep it simple!
Nail trends: Shape, Style, Color
Every year brings new trends, old trends and innovations when it comes to fashion and of course the beauty department doesn’t get away either.
Women always like to experiment when it comes to beauty trends but not all of them have the courage to go all the way. Like dyeing or cutting their hair, reshaping eyebrows or microblading. These changes are very harsh and they could make or break your whole look. So we like to play it safe and go with more simple changes like playing with nail shapes and colors. We are talking about summer nail colors for a quick change of look.
From the short squared shape to the very edgy and elegant stiletto shape, they all come and go every season so it’s a matter of personal choice when it comes to picking the basic shape.
When you want to pick a new shape, go to a specialized salon and ask a technician to check your fingers and nail shape. They will see which style fits your anatomical shape. The way you style your nails should compliment your hands and not look very weird even if it’s the latest trend in nail styles.
Here’s a quick guide courtesy of mashable.com
When I hear nail style I think of simple and decorative. Either you like simple, colored nails or you prefer the decorative kind with drawings, minx foils or even embellishments. But summer nail colors don’t actually need much embellishment for a stunning look. If you would ask me, I would just put on a bold color and that’s it, but if you like it more on the edge, you can try some designs.
From palm tree manicure to sea shells, mermaid scales, exotic fruits, cocktail glasses or pink flamingos, sunset ombres or even waves drawn on your fingertips. You name it, it’s all about imagination and preferences.
Summer nail colors
But back to the main idea of a quick, safe style change, you can just pick a summerish color you like and paint it on your nails.
Whether you like mixing it up with different soft hues or maybe adding some texture with glitter, there isn’t any risk into this work of art.
Peachy, minty and soft hues are the best colors for summer and I tell you why. They are easy so match and of course the most important thing we think of during long sunny days… they match your super glowy tanned you’ve sweated for.
Still, if you would ask me, I would still go for something more dark like this cute dark matte vs glossy nude mix. It’s cool, bold and matches everything. I can wear it all season long even if it’s not so summerish, it look pretty cold with a perfect golden tan.
So what’s your pick for a summer nail color? Going neon, pastel or something a bit more dark?
High-Fashion trends that blow your mind
In this fast paced world, it’s really hard to keep track of everything especially time and trends, but in the end it’s all about what makes you feel YOU.
We live in this World We Made and we need to be true to ourselves no-matter if it’s about the lifestyle, personal preferences or style.
And of course, I am not talking about the world per se.
World We Made is an ultra-creative fashion brand, were new ideas, inspiring attitudes and limitless imagination meet.
If I would describe the label in just a few words, I would say : versatile, chameleonic and innovative.
- The designs are characterized by minimalist lines, asymmetric cuts, and surprising volumes where you least expect them. Fine lace, pleated mesh details, soft cotton and wool, sleek finishes and royal velvet, all mixed together in the most creative way. Not sure it’s possible? You think this might be dragged in the TOO MUCH category? Think again! These stylish pieces created by the World We Made are super up to date, ready to cater to your fast-shifting preferences. Bored of it?
Style it differently, be creative and find your own set of rules when it comes to dressing up.
Ever wondered where are those super cool pants that look both sporty and elegant at the same time?
You can wear them for a day out shopping while sporting your favorite sneakers, and the trade them for high heels and a sheer lace blouse at an art opening or even cocktail party.
The versatility is all up to you, to mix and match them according to your style and existing wardrobe. You can also search for fashion fabric online and craft some cool DIY details of your own and make them even more unique.
A maxi lace dress could be the perfect match for your dreamy leather pants.
An embroidered bomber jacket might just be the only thing you needed this summer. Wear it with a sequined dress for an urban cool mix or a simple sport-jersey mini dress for a cool day to day outfit that is both comfortable and cool.
And the best thing is that your stylish partner can get styled as well, making you the most fashionable couple of the year. So why not involve him too in your shopping session.
P.S. That doesn’t mean you won’t wear his T-shirt or jacket, because the androgynous look is back in the game.
Quick and Easy Scrapped Icecream
I remember when I was i Thailand that I tried to find such icecream, and guess what, I never did! I wasn’t looking in the right places probably but I left Asia without having this super sweet delight. 🙁 So sad!
We do have it in my home town but it’s not that great so I tried searching for ideas on how to DIY at home. I love trying new recipes, experiments of all sorts so through my searches I found this cool gadget, if I can call it this way.
Using this simple tool, you can make thai rolled icecream everyone would enjoy. It’s great that you can adapt the recipe to your wishes, make it healthier for the little ones and even use sugar free ingredients for it.
Thai rolled icecream recipe
This is what I first made when trying the pan out.
- liquid whipping cream & frozen sour cherries
The second time, I used
- greek yogurt, a bit of condensed milk and frozen sour cherries.
How you do it
You have to put the pan in the freezer beforehand.( about 8-10 hours in advance)
The ingredients you will use also have to be cold, so you may either prepare the mixture and put in the fridge, or keep all your ingredients there before adding them i the mixture.
When the pan is cold, you will want to pour just a bit of the liquid mixture and evenly spread it on the entire surface. Leave it for a but then start rolling your thai icecream. Add fruits that you want and maybe pour some more mixture the scrape again until it gets thick.
Serve right away with whip cream or fresh fruits.
I just can’t believe how simple it is to make your favorite icecream that easy and fast.
Thai rolled icecream will never be the same again! I will search for more recipes to try out because there are so many options and it’s a shame not to see what else I can do with this magic pan.
- Fast and easy
- Healthy recipes
- Experiment with new flavours
- You can make only a small amount
- long time to wait until it is frozen
I would just say it’s a perfect gift for anyone that likes to try new things or maybe even for kids. It’s safe and easy to use so why not even treat it as a super fun toy that make a delicious & healthy dessert.
Ready for summer yet?
Pregnant and stylish
Pregnancy is a really beautiful period in a woman’s life but when you start gaining weight, you won’t start to feel very beautiful. Cool maternity wear might just help you boost your good mood, at least in my case it did.
When I first started showing a bit, I thought omg I will have to look for special pregnancy clothing so that something would fit me eventually but I was so wrong.
After browsing several well known shops, I found that most maternity clothes aren’t that cool at all. I didn’t like anything and they all looked weird so I did more research….
This time in my closet. I started taking out all the loose pieces of clothing I owned and tried everything on to see what looks nice and which make me look even bigger. I came to the conclusion that loose dresses are very pretty and I don’t actually need special clothes that I will probably not wear after that.
The dress you see here is not a pregnancy dress. I have worn it before and here is one post featuring it, without the bump of course.
So here are some of my tips for when you are looking for cool maternity wear:
- go for stretchy fabrics if you like to reveal your bump.
- low waist elastic jeans and leggings
- elastic pencil skirts – I wore this one when I was on vacation a few weeks ago.
- loose and flared dresses. Some skater dresses fit well too but it depends on the cut and how big your bump is
- shirt dresses and T-shirt dresses look very cute with flats or sneakers
- don’t buy bigger sizes, pick the right cut for your present body-shape
- baby-doll is not the only cut that could fit you… I personally don’t like it at all.
So as a conclusion, don’t buy special maternity wear unless it’s cool and you can wear it even after you get back into shape. It’s better worth investing in accessories rather than special clothes, so save up, feel beautiful and buy only things you really like and that look awesome on you.
Midi lace dress for a cool mix
Lace dresses are eternal, especially if they are in a neutral color like black, beige, grey or red.
We see them every season on the runways, reinvented, restyled or just the same with a little twist. Then we look into our wardrobe and we see several designs there too. The first thing that we lay our eyes on when going shopping is probably made of fine lace, so why are they so popular? What makes a black lace dress outfit so cool?
The fabric screams elegance and yet they are very comfortable and yet could be styled very casually as well. Surely this can happen if we are talking about simple cuts. They will never go out of style and their elegance can’t be dismissed.
Dress: HERE / Bag: AIM /Hat: old+DIY
So how do we wear lace dresses?
Well, it always depends on the occasion. You can go to a fancy party and wear it with stiletto heels or sandals, a statement necklace and a small clutch.
If you want a bold look, try going for some biker boots and a leather or denim jacket stacked with patches and pins. Don’t forget about a braided Mohawk or maybe a sleek ponytail.
Depending on the type of your dress, you can add a bit of preppiness to it by layering it under a simple white shirt. You can achieve the same look by going for detachable collar that you can actually wear with anything else as well.
I might say that the look I picked to style is going into the cool section. A midi lace dress that can be either elegant or casual, matched up with an embellished hat and some high heeled harness ankle boots. Because matching shoes and bags are not that hot anymore, I went for a grey bag to match my head instead. Lace dress fabric is super popular and never goes out of style.
Another tip I would like to share with you.
Restyling your lace dress.
When I buy a dress I think of how many ways I can wear it in plus how many ways I can transform it.
For example, I like going for maxi dresses with long sleeves. This way I can detach or cut the sleeves, cut a slit or just shorten the dress. This way I get so many different out
fits with just one dress. Maybe you can try it your self. Buy a long dress and just adapt it on the way. You can wear for years just by adjusting it from time to time.
Would you buy a dress just to cut it in a few months? I surely would!
Easy Braided Styles for the Holidays
The holidays are very close and it’s the perfect time to start searching for a super easy style you can DIY on those special days. Xmas hairstyle are very divers, so you can easily find something to fit your personality. When you have to do the cleaning, cooking and maybe some presents shopping before your family comes to visit you won’t have much time to think about making an appointment at the salon for a cool hairstyle. The best, and most fastest way to fix this small yet very important issue is to find a hairstyle you can DIY very easily.
I know, I always try to fix myself up fast because I never have enough time for this especially during holidays, so I made a short selection of Xmas hairstyles, mainly braids and updos you can try at home.
Depending on your style, you can go for a romantic updo with some glittery accessories that will surely draw all the attention or you can pick a simple braid that will just keep your hair tidy.
I would go for a messy braid, especially now that my hair grew longer and I can easily braid. The problem is that I am not very handy when it comes to braiding my hair, especially in the back. So I always need help to finish a look. Sometimes I cheat and I do a pull-through braid that I can easily do it myself without much effort.
If you can’t braid your own hair, just like me, I suggest you could try this super easy way that could get you perfect braids that are not actually braided.
This is my favorite and if I would be able to braid my own hair, I would surely go for it. It’s simple, casual yet elegant, very esy to style. And of course, it keeps your hair out of the way so you can easily get it in the morning and cook just after that. No need to worry about any hair getting in your way because this hairstyle is just perfect for chic housewives. Don’t you agree?
Which is your favorite Xmas hairstyle?
Hair Situation During Summer- How to style it for a day out swimming?
Going at the pool doesn’t mean you will have a bad hair day afterwards. Doubting that? Here are some ideas you should try out this summer.
1. Colorful Tourban
This is a 2 in 1 hairdo because it will also protect you from getting a touch of sunstroke. It’s simply stylish and you can find them in so many colors and even textures, so that it matches your swimsuit. It keeps your hair away from your face and you can enjoy the whole day without thinking about making your hair stay still.
2. Ballerina bun
This is the best trick if you have long hair. Just roll it up into a cute bun and when you will let it loose, you will have the beach curls. Not such a bad hair day after all, right?
3. Braid it up
Braid your whole hair up in 8-10 or even more braids and you will get a fun retro look for the evening. You can also try this with french or dutch braids if you like. Go for your own style and you will not be wrong.
4. Pucca style
My personal favorite because it’s fun, different and my hair will look amazing after I take them down. You can try braided pucca buns or even using hair sponges for more volume if you have short hair.
Don’t forget to protect your hair with special lotions or hair sprays. You can by them or even make your own. If you like creating cosmetics, here is are a few recipes I found on Pinterest.
Tips: Add some oil to your ends and your hair will thank you later. Try some glowy hair sprays that also have SPF factors to be sure you protect yourself.
For fun looks, get some cute hair pins that will make you stand out while keeping your hair in place.
A big hat can always save you if you have already put your hair up the wrong way. So always keep a beautiful sun hat in hand in case of hair emergency.
How do you style your hair at the pool?