Gifts For People Who Love Dogs More Than Life Itself


If there’s a dog lover in your life, you know that they would do anything for their pet. Anything! In fact, most hardcore dog lovers prefer the time they spend with their dogs over the time they spend with other people. Dogs are never in a bad mood and always willing to show their owners love, despite how they might feel.

If you know somebody who loves dogs, what gifts should you get them? Here are some ideas to get you started.

Pitbull Towels

Washing up is one of those inevitable parts of adult life. So why not give the dog-lover in your life pitbull-themed tea towels? Every time they do the dishes, they can be reminded of their favorite little pooch. What’s more, tea towels are relatively cheap for a pack, so they make a great gift for dog owners you don’t know particularly well.

Doggie Treat Box


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Dog lovers don’t just want gifts for themselves. They want gifts that they can pass on to their dogs to enjoy. Just seeing their dog having fun and enjoying itself is reward enough. What better way to brighten a dog’s day than buying it’s owner a doggie treat box. There are now services online where you can order treat boxes for dogs and get a selection of products delivered right to your door, including teething products, jerky sticks, toys and much, much more.

Dog-Themed Clothes

Dog t-shirt designs are all the rage right now, and the perfect gift for the dog lover in your life. Dog t-shirts come in all sorts of different styles, from the funny to the downright adorable. With so many options out there, you’re bound to find something they’ll love.

Dog Winter Jacket


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Winter walkies can be an ordeal for both owners and their dogs. When the weather is cold, dogs can suffer. That’s why you should consider buying a snug, fuzzing quilted jacket for your friend’s dog so that it can stay nice and warm in the snow and ice.

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Carrying your dog around with you is fast becoming the latest fashion trend. Hairdressers up and down the country are buying miniature dog breeds, putting them in totes, and calling them Hugo. Does the dog lover in your life want to do the same? Then buy them a tote so that they can carry their companion like a baby, wherever they go. 

Custom Dog Portrait

We’re used to seeing custom portraits of wealthy and famous people, so why not dogs? The great thing about today’s “custom portraits” is that you don’t actually have to hire an artist to paint them. You can buy custom portraits online through a cheap, custom portrait company.  All you have to do is send in a picture of your friend’s pooch. The company will then use an algorithm to make the picture look like a portrait, similar to the post processing effects on your smartphone. And then finally, they’ll blow up the picture, frame it, and send it out in the post.


Why Aftercare Is Important For Coming Out Of An Addiction

Facing addiction is one of the bravest decisions a person can make in their life. Once it’s been conquered and you’re well on your way to recovery, staying sober and upright in your life is extremely important for your own health and wellbeing of others around you. But staying on the right track is just as hard. Only about 11 percent of people with addictions receive specialist care, and aftercare is an integral part of that process. If you choose to go your own way, there’s a higher chance of a relapse, and your hard work can often seem like it’s for nothing. So what are the reasons that you should you stay in aftercare?   


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It’ll Keep You On The Right Path 

After you’ve made it through a rehab program, you deserve to stay on track. Using aftercare support, counselling, and advice will do just that for you and make it ten times easier at the same time. It won’t mean you’re thrusted into the world once again, and paces you so making that kind of transition is manageable and something you want to do. After coming out of such a structured environment, the real world can seem a huge challenge, so using aftercare facilities is a guiding light to navigating outside pressures. You can find yourself surrounded by what you worked hard to get away from, meaning it’s essential to have a safe base to navigate from.

The Advice Is For Your Own Good

Aftercare is created with you in mind. All sorts of rehab centres such as The Recovery Village offer compassionate care specialised for you, so be sure to take them up on their advice and aftercare programs. If you have outpatient aftercare then the advice will be more applicable to your daily life as you work double time to readjust and attend the meetings that make the period one of less difficulty and full of rewards. If you feel yourself on the brink of a relapse then you’ll always have someone on hand to contact with the right words and actions to keep you healthy.

It Places More Responsible Role Models In Your Life

It’s a good idea to cut all negative influences out of your life when it comes to recovering from an addiction. Yet sometimes this can leave quite a considerable hole in places that friends once filled. At this point aftercare comes in once again with supportive counsellors that you can look to for help in making new relationships. Aftercare can comprise a lot of different methods, one of which being support groups with others who have successfully ‘graduated’ from the program, which immediately opens you up to success for yourself.

No matter what kind of demon you’ve just defeated, aftercare is the next step in recovery. Don’t deny yourself the help you have a right to as a human being. Aftercare can place positive influences in your life, help you manage relationships, and become a healthier person with a long life ahead.

Spotlight On Insomnia: The Reasons Why You’re Not Sleeping

If you have trouble sleeping, you’re not alone. An estimated 50-70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. You often hear and read about insomnia, but what exactly is it and why can’t you sleep? If you have questions about insomnia or you’re craving a good night’s sleep, this guide should come in handy.

What is insomnia?

Insomnia is a sleep disorder, which makes it difficult to fall asleep and stay sleeping for long enough to enable your body to get the rest and recovery time it needs. If you have insomnia, you may find that it takes you a long time to drift off to sleep, even if you feel incredibly tired before you go to bed. You may also find that you wake up during the night. It’s very rare to wake up the next morning feeling refreshed and energized when you suffer from insomnia, and you may struggle to rest during the day even if you feel lethargic or fatigued. Insomnia is very common, and in many cases, it’s a temporary problem, which doesn’t cause too many issues. Most of us can recover from a couple of sleepless nights. The problems lie in cases of more severe or prolonged insomnia. There’s a reason why humans are designed to sleep during the night, and if you miss out on good quality sleep over a period of time, your health may suffer.


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The importance of sleep

Ideally, adults should sleep for between 7 and 9 hours every night. There’s no universal rulebook when it comes to sleep because everybody is unique and some people need more sleep than others. Sleep is important for a number of reasons, and this is why a lack of rest can have such negative consequences for both your mental wellbeing and your physical health. While you’re sleeping, your body doesn’t shut down completely. A number of essential processes are taking place, which enable the body to undergo repairs and to recover in preparation for the next day. When you’re resting, almost every organ and system in the body is getting ready for the day ahead. Your brain is processing information and developing new pathways, your blood vessels are healing, and your immune system is working to protect you from illnesses and infections.

It’s hard to put into words the importance of getting enough sleep. Studies have shown that people who don’t sleep enough have an elevated risk of obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, and depression. In children, deep sleep promotes healthy growth and development.

Sleep is also important when it comes to your behavior and your ability to function normally during the day. If you miss out on a good night’s sleep, you may feel irritable, you may be more clumsy than usual, and it might be harder to concentrate. You might find that you’re more susceptible to making mistakes at work and you may be more sensitive and emotional than usual. Your energy levels are also likely to suffer.


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What causes insomnia?

There are many possible causes of insomnia. Sometimes, there are problems that are easy to remedy, and in other cases, it can take a lot longer to determine the cause and find effective solutions. The most common causes of insomnia include:

Anxiety and stress

Almost everybody will be affected by stress at some point in their lives, and most of us are familiar with feelings of anxiety when we’ve got a big day ahead. If you’ve got an important meeting or presentation, you’re awaiting exam results, or you’re going to the dentist the next day, increased anxiety levels may make it hard to get to sleep. Stress can also affect sleep patterns. If your mind is active, you’re worried, or you feel uneasy, it’s hard to shut down and distract yourself from the things that are stressing you out. Often, stress and anxiety cause short-term insomnia, but if symptoms persist, it’s important to seek medical advice.


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Mental health disorders

If you have a mental health disorder, such as depression, anxiety or schizophrenia, this can put you at greater risk of insomnia. If you have trouble sleeping on a regular basis, see your doctor. Sometimes, taking certain types of medication can affect your ability to sleep, and it may be possible to switch to another drug.

Medical problems

If you have an underlying health condition or you’ve sustained an injury, you may find that you have difficulty sleeping, especially if you’re in pain.

Your sleeping environment

Often, your sleeping environment can have a significant influence on your sleep patterns. If it’s noisy, there’s light coming through the curtains, you’re too hot or cold, or your bed is uncomfortable, you’re going to find it harder to sleep than you would in a dark, quiet room with a comfortable bed.

Your lifestyle

Sometimes, it can be hard to get a good night’s sleep if you’ve been drinking alcohol or you’ve had caffeine late in the day. Inactivity during the day can also hinder your chances of enjoying a restful night.


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What can be done to combat insomnia?

Insomnia can be a very serious condition, but it’s almost always possible to find a cure. The most important thing to do if you have trouble sleeping is try and identify the cause. 

Improving the environment

If you’re lying awake in bed every night listening to your neighbors playing music or the glare of streetlights is keeping you up, take some steps to alter your sleeping environment. Your bedroom should be a tranquil space where you can escape and relax in peace. Use heavy curtains or blackout blinds to keep the room dark and wear earplugs if noise is an issue. If you’re having persistent problems with your neighbors, put a polite note through the door or knock and ask if they would mind being slightly quieter at night. If you find your bed uncomfortable or you’re prone to pain, consider looking for a new mattress.


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Establishing a new routine

Getting used to a new routine can also be hugely beneficial for people who have insomnia. Sometimes, it’s impossible to stick to a pattern, for example, if you’re traveling in different time zones, but if you can adopt a time to get up and go to bed each day, this will make such a difference. Your body operates on an internal clock, and if you can set times, this should mean that you find it easier to get to sleep and that you wake up feeling refreshed. Avoid waiting until you’re falling asleep on the couch to go to bed and hitting snooze a hundred times before you get up. It may take a few days to get used to your new routine, but once your body has adapted, your risk of insomnia should be much lower. When you’re in your bedroom, don’t do anything that could distract you or keep you awake. Leave your phone in another room and don’t watch TV or turn your tablet on and start looking at emails. A third of people admit to waking up and checking their phones in the middle of the night.

Combating stress

Stress causes many people to toss and turn at night. If you’re feeling stressed, take some time out to relax and try and wind down before you get into bed. Exercise, stretch, meditate or use self-help hypnosis to ease anxiety, clear your mind and help you feel calmer. Run a bath, have a chat with your partner or put some uplifting or soothing music on. Read a book, catch up on your favorite TV program, paint a picture or take the dog for a walk. Do anything that makes you feel relaxed. If you can climb into bed feeling chilled, you should find it easier to switch off. If you find that you’re guilty of bringing work home with you, draw a line once you leave the office. Don’t look at your work phone, avoid checking your emails, and focus all your attention on spending the evening doing things you enjoy.


Studies show that regular exercise aids sleep. If you’re active, you’re much less likely to suffer from sleep disorders including insomnia. Exercise tires your body out, but it’s also a very powerful stress-buster. If you’re not as active as you should be, try and increase the amount of exercise you do. You don’t have to take out gym membership or start running miles every day, but make an effort to move more. Take some classes, go for a walk every morning, get your bike out, learn to dance or join a local tennis or golf club. Expert guidelines recommend five 30-minute sessions of moderate cardiovascular exercise per week.


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Do you find it impossible to sleep? Are you struggling to remember the last time you had a good night’s sleep, or you woke up not feeling tired? If insomnia is an issue for you, it’s time to make changes. Your body needs sleep, and if you continue to lie awake at night, you may face serious, long-lasting implications. Take these tips on board and if you’re still not sleeping, see your doctor.


Aging And Health, How To Keep Up!

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No one wants to get old, but the fact of human life is that we do! Everyone gets old eventually, and during this time it’s very important to keep ontop of your health. As you get older your immune system starts to deteriorate, and your bones become more brittle so you have to account for these things. It can be hard to know what to look out for and what not to, but if you carry on reading you’ll know 


As mentioned in the paragraph above, as you get older your bones become more brittle and are easier to break, and this is because our bone density begins to drop. This is caused by the lowered production of collagen in our body, which is a protein that is used to create more bone cells. With less collagen in our body, our bones become more brittle because we cannot keep maintaining their mass. This can be combatted effectively by specific exercises that stimulate bone growth. Exercises that involve a lot of bone jolting are incredibly good for countering the loss of bone mass because it actually stimulates the growth of more bone cells, which gives you more mass and therefore prevents the problem. There is a huge range of exercises you can do that are specifically designed for this, but they aren’t stand alone treatments so if it is becoming a major problem for you, go see a doctor!


As you age, you’ll begin to notice things like cellulite and stretch marks that appear on your  body, but don’t fret! These are naturally occurring and don’t have any bearing on your health whatsoever, but they can impact your confidence a lot. These things can be easily removed or their effect made less visible by using products like bio-oil that help to revitalize the skin in the area, meaning you don’t have to look at the marks anymore so you can feel healthier with your body!


Your digestive system’s effectiveness often decreases with age too, but like everything we can combat it. Your body will need increased amounts of fiber and probiotics that live in your gut, as well as an increased amount of fruit and veg to make sure your stomach cells have got enough nutrients to keep them going! If your stomach cells are happy then your stomach will be too, which means that you’ve got one less thing to worry about.

Doing all of these things will keep the horrors of aging away from you for as long as possible! You’ll not have to worry about slipping over and breaking a hip because your bones will be as strong as ever because of your exercises, your skin will be smooth and supple so you can feel confident as you grow older, and your stomach will be marching on strongly to serve you well for years to come. Of course if you’re going to be exercising there are going to be a few things you’re going to need, so look at this to get you started!

The Gifts That Really Say Something

There’s a big occasion coming up. A really big occasion. Something like a special anniversary, one of your best friend’s big birthdays, or someone’s first Christmas since they’ve moved back from wherever they went. In times like these, the normal perfunctory gift just isn’t going to cut it. You need to get more thoughtful, you need to make the gift really say something and have a value beyond its price tag. So, what do you go for? That’s what we’re going to figure out together, now.


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Making the look

It’s not always the right choice, but if you really know someone’s style, then getting them just that little extra touch to their wardrobe can really be heartwarming. If you get a best friend an accessory that completes their outfit, for instance, it shows that you really do know and appreciate them. If you get your man a pair of fancy cufflinks, it’s a way of demonstrating his value, that you appreciate how good he looks in them. Of course, you can make some bad choices with these gifts, too. If you get your best friend a perfume or a skin cream, it might send across the message you think they smell or have bad skin. So, do be careful.

A language all its own

When it comes to gifts that communicate, then the gift of communication itself can sometimes have a far great emotional impact than anything. Love notes, gratitude letters, and the like give you the time to really compose yourself and hit those seriously sentimental points in detail. However, expressing it without words can sometimes be the more poetic and beautiful way to go. Carefully coordinated flower delivery bouquets do more than sending a message, of course. They create a beautiful, bright and pleasant-smelling reminder of the day that they can keep in their home well after they first receive them.


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Something that’s really from you

It requires more effort, but it’s often cheaper to give them a handmade gift. The budget option might fit you if your finances are stretched pretty tight, but no-one can deny the value of a gift that you spent real time to make. Plus, you get the chance to customize it, including little heartfelt touches and inside jokes that make it truly from you to them.

Experiences, not things

Some of the most memorable gifts aren’t really about the physical qualities of them. Rather, they’re about the experiences linked to them. If you can provide an unforgettable experience, then you’re creating something with real meaning. That might mean concert tickets, it might mean a day out for afternoon tea, a spa trip, or even just a Blu-Ray of a film you think your special person would really love. It’s about more than something they can get a use out of; it’s sharing a special experience with them. We focus on new material goods a lot in life, but it’s been found that we value experiences and memories infinitely more.

The real benefit of all the gifts above is psychological, more than practical. It sends a message that is going to resound much longer than the gift itself. When you achieve that, you know you’ve really hit the mark.


How Busy Working People Can Maintain Good Physical Health

There are many articles on this blog that offer fitness and health advice to adults. However, some people don’t have enough time during their busy working days to visit the gym. They can’t find a spare half an hour to jog around the streets in their local area. So, how do those individuals avoid illnesses and maintain good physical health? Well, it’s often wise for people in that position to think outside of the box. With that in mind, there are some tips and ideas on this page that might come in handy. Readers should use them to gain some inspiration and ensure they don’t let things slip. We all know what can happen if people fail to care for their bodies.



Invest in office blood circulation equipment

There are lots of tools and devices people can use to ensure sitting at a desk doesn’t damage their health too much. Most of those products are designed to boost blood circulation. There are foot stools anyone can use that have pedals created to reduce incidences of stiff ankles and ensure the blood can flow properly. Experts recommend that people working in an office should get up from their desks and walk around for ten minutes every hour. However, that isn’t realistic in most instances. So, under-desk devices that keep the joints moving and the blood flowing are a godsend.



Take supplements and specialist dietary aids

People who work in offices could always benefit from taking supplements, vitamins, and dietary aids. That is because they spend most of their time sitting down under artificial lighting. So, people in that position should increase their intake of:

  • Vitamin A – plays a role in the growth and development of several systems in the body.
  • Vitamin B – a nutrient that helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy. 
  • Vitamin C – a water-soluble vitamin and powerful antioxidant.
  • Vitamin D – helps the body to absorb calcium.
  • Folic Acid – helps the body produce and maintain new cells.
  • Calcium – helps in the process of building bones and keeping them healthy 

Programs like Le Vel Thrive have proven to work well in many instances. However, it’s vital the individual performs a lot of research before opting for something like that. Some programs are better than others, and some are just designed to make money. So, it’s essential for individuals to understand the nature of the process before they invest.



Use a bicycle for the commute to and from work

Busy workers often struggle to find the time to visit a gym. Still, that doesn’t mean they have to avoid exercise altogether. If people decided to start out for work an hour early every morning, most folks could use a bicycle for the commute. That will help to get the heart pumping, and it could also assist with elevated concentration levels in the office. Bicycles aren’t expensive to purchase these days, and most people could buy them online for next to nothing. Indeed, lots of charity shops stock those items too! The health benefits of cycling include:



Consume a healthy diet as much as possible

All workers should try to maintain healthy eating as much as possible. That is the case, even if the individual takes a lot of vitamins and supplements. Finding time to prepare healthy meals can seem like hard work. However, it’s possible to reduce preparation times if the individual cooks in bulk. They can then freeze separate meals and consume them as and when required. Fruits and vegetables are important, but people also need a suitable level of carbohydrates. So, perform some research and plan the shopping list accordingly. Some of the healthiest foods include: 

  • Fruits and berries
  • Eggs
  • Meats
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Vegetables
  • Fish and seafood
  • Grains
  • Legumes

There are hundreds of thousands of recipes online that anyone could try. Some of them only take a few minutes to prepare, and that’s excellent news for busy individuals.

After reading all that information, people who work long hours should find themselves in a better position. Now it’s just a case of putting that advice into action and altering the individual’s routine as soon as possible. Those who spend hours sitting down at a desk every day stand a much higher chance of developing many illnesses. So, it’s imperative that everyone spend some time thinking about their physical health. When all’s said and done, we only have one body, and it would be a shame if it wears out earlier than it should. Good luck!

6 Essential Fitness Items That Everyone Needs

In the world of fitness, it can seem that everything is necessary, from finding a gym membership to signing to the latest HIIT training classes. In reality, when it comes to the kind of physical activities you choose to maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle, you are the one who set the trends and the go-to places. That being said, it doesn’t mean that there is not essential fitness items and trends that you need to make your journey to a better you. But, contrary to what most magazines seem to imply, these items and essential tips have nothing to do with finding the best Hollywood coach for a dream body or trying unhealthy diet just to drop a dress size. Your fitness essentials are the allies of your workouts and your efforts. With them, you can embrace the fitness path with your mind at peace.


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#1. The right pair of shoes

Let’s start with the obvious one: Except for certain types of activities such as yoga and swimming, you will always need a pair of sports shoes for your workouts. Not two people need the same shoes are we are all built differently, so it’s best not to follow your best friend’s recommendations on this subject. What you can do, though, is check the online reviews for workout apparel on These guys take the time to test every single object in the fitness field and to explain what each body type needs. Beware: Quality sports shoes can be expensive, but they are worth it. Nobody likes to train with painful shoes!


#2. The indispensable mat

You may not be a yoga fanatic, but yoga is a great activity for your recovery day and to improve your overall balance. On, you’ll find useful advice on how to pick the perfect yoga mat and how to find a great beginners’ class. A yoga mat might seem like a waste of money at first, but it’s an item that you can use for your home workouts too. It doesn’t have to be yoga; you can use it to hold a plank, for instance. It’s the kind of things that can make a great deal of difference and bring a lot of comfort to your workouts.

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#3. Sports underwear

Everybody who is interested in sports needs sports underwear. There is no way that you can train if you’re wearing standard everyday lingerie or if you’ve opted for your sexy ensemble. It’s just not comfortable and, it’s ruining your workout – especially if you need to stop regularly to pull on your pants or your bra. WomensHealthMag has produced a helpful article to review the different kind of sports underwear and how to pick the one for you. As a rule of the thumb, you should have enough items for each day you train in the week.


#4. A leakproof water bottle

Whether you choose an outdoor activity or you join the local gym, you need a sports water bottle. It’s important to keep hydrated as you train, and consequently, you shouldn’t get exercice if you can’t drink, especially if you decide to run in the heat, for example. The main issue with water bottles is that not all leakproof bottles are designed to keep your gym bag dry. A lot of them do leak water if they are inclined at the wrong angle, even if they’re shut. In short, do your research before you buy your bottle.


#5. A headband that keeps your hair in place

If you’ve got long hair or medium-long, then you are probably aware of the struggle to keep your pony in place as you train. Keeping your hair off your face during your sweat session might sound like a fashion problem, but it is a real struggle for fitness adepts. A headband is always a great way of keeping your hair away from your face and absorbing the sweat at the same time.

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#6. A tracker that tells you how your body is doing

There are plenty of fitness trackers on the market. But if you are really interested in your fitness journey, you need to pick a tracker that can monitor your activity, your sleep cycles, your monthly cycles and your breathing. You want the full package so that you can see the big picture. Improving your fitness levels doesn’t always mean beating your time. It could mean sleeping better or getting regular periods. Think of your body as a whole.


At the end of this list, from the fitness shoes to the all-in-one tracker, there is only one thing missing to complete your fitness journey: Friends to share it with.


How To Fake It, Naturally


When it comes to the world of beauty, there is so much to take in it can all feel a bit much. With lotions and potions, treatments and procedures, you can often feel like there’s a lot to take on. Then there’s also the look you want to go for. Sometimes you can see some of the more out-there beauty looks and want to run for the hills. But you don’t have to. And although your self-worth is not based on how you look, you can feel better in yourself when you get your beauty down. If you want to feel your most natural self, but with a little help from the beauty world, here are a few tricks on how to achieve that.


Go Up A Shade


First of all, you may want to think about your tanning options. Although laying out in the sun for hours is unhealthy for your skin, a natural sun-kissed glow always looks good. So fake it. Try out a few different tanning products and see if you can find a shade and an application method that works for you. With your skin a slightly darker shade, you may feel that you look healthier and feeling more confident overall.


Get Things In Line


Next, let’s talk about teeth. Smiling is something you should feel confident with, but when your teeth aren’t in line, it can make you feel uncomfortable. So do something about it. There are lots of options that can help you to get straighter teeth, some of them will be more expensive than others, but you should be able to find a solution that suits you. Then, you’ll still be naturally you, just a straighter version.


Get Some Length


Now we’ll move on to hair. For most people, hair is like a safety blanket. It makes up a huge part of who you are, so you want it to look right. If you’re not happy with your hair shape, why not think about adding in some length? With Remy human hair extensions you can get a longer look but in a natural way as the hair is real. Plus, you’ll also get more volume to work with too.


Go Semi-Permanent


Another beauty solution you could consider is permanent makeup. It’s actually a semi-permanent solution that can last a year or two and will give you filled out brows, eyeliner, and even lipliner. So it will save you from applying makeup every day. You could also do the same with lash extensions if you want a complete makeup look, but naturally.


Get In Shape


Finally, the last thing you may want to think about faking for a natural finish is your body shape. If you’re uncomfortable in your own skin, it can affect your confidence. But when you learn to dress for your body shape, accentuate your features, and downplay the parts you don’t look, it will give you the biggest confidence in the most natural of ways – without having to change anything about your body.


Fantastic Fashion Gifts Which Won’t Fall Flat

Buying clothes or fashion accessories as gifts is always a risk. Fashion is, after all, a personal matter. Even when we think we have a good grasp on what someone likes, they can surprise us. And, we’ve all been on the receiving end of a clothing gift which fails to hit the mark.

But, if you have a fashion fanatic friend, it seems a shame to skip the massive gift potential of their love. If fashion is their favorite thing, no other gift will make them as happy. It’s a dilemma, and a difficult one to get around. But, with a bit of clever thinking, there’s no reason fashion gifts have to be off the cards forever. These suggestions should ensure your fashion foray pays off.

Shopping Trip Suggestions


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The chances are, you and your fashion conscious friend go clothes shopping together often. So, they probably won’t think anything’s amiss if you suggest a shopping trip in the lead up to their birthday.

But, while they think this is the same as any other trip, you can get your detective head on. When shopping with other people, we get the ideal opportunity to understand the ins and outs of their style. Take note, not only of what they pick up but also what they say about it. Most of the time, we self-censor while shopping. So, the chances are they won’t buy every item they like. If you listen hard enough, you’ll be able to return to buy the things that didn’t quite make it into their shopping cart.

It’s also worth taking this opportunity to get an idea of their size if you aren’t sure. Buying something that’s the wrong size could potentially ruin your thoughtful gift.

A Personal Touch

We all love a personal touch, especially when it comes to fashion. As such, you can’t go wrong with personalized pieces as gifts. The thought behind presents like these ensures they win a place in the heart of anyone who receives them. And, keeping things simple means they can work with any style. Something like these engravable bar necklace options are neutral enough to work with most outfits. You can be sure that a piece like this will become a staple of anyone’s style. Similarly, you could personalize bracelets, bag chains, and even earrings.

The Personal Shopper Experience


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So, you want to cater for your friend’s love of fashion without actually buying them clothes? There is, after all, a lot of risk involved. And, wouldn’t it be better to let them buy something they picked for themselves?

Most people following this train of thought would opt for gift cards. But, we’d advise against it. In many ways, gift cards reek of no effort. Instead, you could go down the alternative route of a personal shopper. In most cases, you pay for the shopper and invest a certain amount of money for your friend to spend. It’s an amazing experience that is sure to be a once in a lifetime!

Bringing the Joy Back into Photography

Photography is one of the most wonderful hobbies in the world. It’s an activity that can make precious memories for you, it’s one that can take you around the world and it’s something relaxing that you can do without stressing your body and mind too much. Like any art, photography can be expressive as well. The types of pictures you take can really define you, and there’s always a chance of turning it into a lucrative career if you’re dedicated to your craft.


Sadly, photography can take a lot of your time due to the travelling it involves to get some of the most breathtaking shots, and it can also be expensive due to the equipment you need and how much you’ll end up paying in travel fees. But whether you’ve put down your camera in favour of other hobbies or because you can no longer afford it, here are a couple of ways to give yourself the motivation to pick up photography again.




Give yourself a reason to travel again


Photography and travelling go hand-in-hand. Photographers are always looking for new places to snap up some beautiful landscape pictures, or backdrops where they can photograph friends and loved ones to create priceless memories that you can keep forever. Take inspiration from photographers such as Peter Lik, one of the most prominent landscape photographers who makes a serious living from his beautiful pictures. Those types of photographs can only be achieved by being in the right place at the right time, which is why travelling is such a wonderful companion to photography. If you’ve been looking for an excuse to get out more and travel, then use photography as an excuse—get out there, explore and find something amazing to snap a picture of.


See beauty in everything


Photographers have a keen eye for beauty. When you’re a photographer, you appreciate the finer details in life and your surroundings which can seriously boost your mood and give you a positive outlook on life. Those flowers and trees you walk past on your way to work are no longer ignored when you’re a photographer. You’ll see beautiful plants and you may even stop by to take a couple of amazing pictures. It’s this ability to see smaller details and appreciate things in life that will ultimately improve your mood, boost your mental health and even slow down life so you can enjoy it to its fullest.


Give yourself new job prospects


Becoming a photographer is something that can be done in your spare time. After all, you aren’t expected to set up an expensive photo shooting room and you probably won’t need an expensive DSLR to start up your photography career again. As a result, it’s something that you can do without having to heavily invest, meaning that it opens up alternate job opportunities even while you’re still working a full-time job. Here are a couple of ideas on how you can earn an income with simple photography:



  • Selling stock photographs – there are many places to give away stock photographs as royalty free, but if you have a particularly good collection of images then you may want to actually sell them on the internet. Stock photographs are used for everything from articles to blogs and even publications, which is why they’re always in demand.
  • Writing and selling a book – as a photographer, you’ll likely do a lot of travelling. Because of this, you can write comprehensive books about various countries or destinations and include your beautiful photographs in the book.
  • Selling prints – if you prefer to keep the ownership of your photographs, then why not sell prints? You can sell the pictures in frames, you can sell them attached to bags or shirts and you could even sell merchandise with your pictures as the theme.





Motivating yourself to try again


It can be difficult trying to motivate yourself to take up a hobby after dropping it due to time or money constraints, but photography can be an incredibly fun hobby to take up if you’re after something that gives you an excuse to travel and can make you see the world from a different perspective. It can start from something as simple as taking a picture of your children and capturing their younger memories, or it could begin when you go on holiday and soak in all of the beautiful sights and scenery that the world has to offer.