4 Ways to Freshen Up Your Home Office Routine for Summer

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If you haven’t noticed by now, summer is on its way! Unfortunately, the shift in the seasons doesn’t often mean a change to our working conditions. And especially for those of us who work from home, it can get pretty monotonous staring at the same four walls day in day out. If the closest you’ve gotten to a beach so far this year is your desktop screensaver or endless shots of #hotdoglegs on Instagram, its time to freshen things up. Okay, maybe becoming a digital nomad is a little outside of the realms of possibility for you right this moment, but there are several little hacks you can try to bring the summer into your home office.

Plan In A Happy Hour

Just because you’re at home all day, doesn’t mean time has to melt into one big block. Why not create your own happy hour to give midweek a lift? Personalise a little ritual for you and how you like to operate – whether that is lunchtime ice-cream sundaes on a Thursday or frozen margaritas on a Friday night. It will give you something to look forward to and add a deadline to work towards. Pair it with an evening away from home – use www.theticketmerchant.com.au to find gig tickets or a comedy show to go to after ‘post-work drinks’.

Change Up Your Schedule

Although one of the joys of working from home is surely being more flexible with your hours, most of us are actually creatures of habit and stick to the same routine. Why not create more of a distinction for summer by changing your working pattern to take advantage of the lighter mornings? Start work an hour earlier and be strict with yourself about leaving your home office to get outside at 4 pm. Or, if you have lots of meetings to attend, block them in for the start of the week using a scheduling app so you can duck out on a Friday afternoon.

Brighten Up Your Desk

If the same old view is getting you down, how about changing your desk décor? Colours and images have the power to affect our mood and productivity. Use boards on Pinterest or sites like www.mydomaine.com/tags/office-decor to browse for home office inspiration. Hunt down cute printables, poster art and introduce fresh flowers to give your desk a lift and let yourself know its summer outside somewhere.

Lighten Up Lunch

If you’re still sticking to the same can of soup each lunchtime or a hastily grabbed piece of toast, its great to find some fresh, healthy lunch ideas to switch it up. The beauty of home working is the ability to prepare something new to eat at midday. And instead of wolfing down a sandwich at your desk while checking your emails, prioritise going outside to eat or for a quick walk. Even if its only 20 minutes, it breaks the day up, gives your brain a blast of oxygen and stops you missing out on all the nice weather. Studies show it can actually make you more productive and creative, so you’ll gain that 20 minutes back easily. Hit refresh and instantly feel better!

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Stunningly Unique Gift Ideas to Wow That Special Someone!

Stunningly Unique Gift Ideas to Wow That Special Someone!

Choosing the right gift can take time and effort, and is often much trickier than you might think. You have to account for the tastes of the individual, but you also need to think outside of the box as well. If you want your gift to stand out and mean something more you have to go with something a little more unique and offbeat. Look, buying or giving a gift can be a very challenging process because you want to get it right.

The simple fact is that many of us are not very good at buying the right kinds of gifts, even for the people closest to us. You might know their tastes and interests, and you’ll almost certainly have bought gifts for them in the past, but it can still be a challenge. So, here are a few unique and original ideas for gifts fit for any occasion, that will certainly blow them away!

DIY Hamper

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Sometimes a little extra forethought can go a long way to showing a person how much they mean to you. This is why you need to consider a DIY hamper – it’s original, it shows effort, and you can make it as eclectic as you want to. Yes, there are hampers you can buy that have already been put together, but these are likely to be more expensive. Buy the hamper/basket on its own, and create your own quirky hamper, perfectly suited to the recipient’s tastes and interests.

A Flight in a Fighter Jet

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What do you get the person who has everything? Well, it kinda depends on what your budget is, to be honest! But, a great place to start would be to give the gift of a flight in a fighter jet! How many people do you know who have ever had this experience? Exactly, unique and fun! Of course, this is going to be wildly expensive, so you’ll have to have a pretty large budget, and make sure you shop around of course too!

Houseplant

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Houseplants are becoming less common these days, but they are excellent for people who may not have a garden. If you want to help someone inject some color and life into their daily routine, an Orchid of the month might be the way to go. Houseplants are a great way of livening up a home (or office), and there are proven health benefits related to them as well. So, make sure you consider a houseplant or flower as a gift with a difference, and one that is suitable for any occasion too!

Record Player

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A lot of retro things are making a comeback these days, and record players have definitely enjoyed something of a resurgence. If you have a friend or family member who’s a bit of a throwback and likes things from the past, this is a wonderful idea for something to buy them. Record players give a more raw sound when listening to vinyl, and this appeals to music purists. They also look fantastic on a stand or sat on a cabinet, so this is definitely something to consider.

Whisk Them Away

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So many people give something tangible as a gift, but it’s often more fulfilling to gift an experience. This is something that shows thought, but will also allow for the creation of new memories and experiences. If your friend/partner/family member is having a tough time, giving the gift of a break from work could be just the tonic needed to help them relax and calm down. A mini-break is a wonderful way of giving an original gift and knowing it’s going to go down well.

Experience Day

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These days more and more people are beginning to see the value of experiences over possessions. You might be considering the mini-break, but you could also cough up for an experience day as well. This might be something like a flying lesson, a skydiving session, or cheese making class. Whatever it is, there are plenty of quirky and funky ideas to choose from here, and you can give somebody an experience that is both original and thrilling!

Yoga Classes

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There is so much stress and anxiety in modern life these days, and we all have that person in our lives who gets overwhelmed all the time. Well, this is the person who needs to relax and find inner peace, so they would definitely benefit from the gift of yoga classes. You’ll be able to buy packages with several sessions attached so they can really start finding their quiet place and working on achieving inner peace and enlightenment. Yoga classes are popular across the world, but you don’t see many being handed out as gifts, so this is a good place to begin.

A Personalized Movie

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Look, you don’t need to be Quentin Tarantino or anything, but this is actually a really great idea,. You can put together a movie of your friend’s life, or, at the very least, a trailer. This might be tricky without them finding out, but the ROI on a gift like this is so high. Tap up their parents to get a copy of those old home videos, scour Facebook for uploaded video clips, and check your old WhatsApp media. You might have enough material to put together something highly personal, but also very original as well.

Scrapbook

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This is along similar lines to the personalized movie, but it might be a little more doable. You certainly need to consider making a scrapbook for your friend, lover, family member. This can be filled with pictures, memories, and ‘remember when’ anecdotes from your lives over the years. This is not the sort of gift they are going to be getting on a frequent basis, and it’s something that relates solely to the two of you; for this reason, it is more personal, exclusive, and heartfelt.

Buying gifts for people can be a tricky challenge, and there’s always at least one person who is impossible to buy for. With these people, you need to make sure you give them something different, something uncommon, something they haven’t had before. If you can do that your gift will be something they treasure for years to come.

Budget Product Photography tips

With so many people having side hustles, blogs and websites – it is more important than ever to make sure you have the right tools for the job – but what happens when you’re on a budget with a job to do? Product photography can make or break a product launch, and if you’ve been called up to the plate, you need to knock it out of the park.

Light is one of those things that you need to get right. If you can’t afford reflectors or lighting kits, you can set up a reasonable kit with LED lights, and homemade reflectors.

You can make a reflector in a pinch like this:

  •    Grab some aluminium foil and some card. Wrap the foil around the cardboard, and use to reflect light from your light source to where you need it. Once these have been made, you can, of course, use them over and over again, and they can give some excellent results.

Ideally, you will be shooting in soft natural light, which is arguably better for every type of photography. Here are a few quick tips:

  •    Outside for soft natural light
  •    Diffuse light using a blank piece of white paper over your light source
  •    Avoid using the cameras inbuilt flash whenever possible
  •    Your mobile phone torch can help to lighten up dark spots – use a tripod to help keep it steady

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Backgrounds with the right color and patterns can make a product pop. If you don’t have the funds to have countless backdrops or high-priced vinyl boards, then you can pick up swaths of materials and gorgeous wholesale fabric to make your own.

Making your backgrounds:

  •    Select your fabric swatch, pick the card size you want, trim the fabric to be slightly larger than your backing board. Hot glue the fabric in place – et voila – gorgeous and budget-friendly backgrounds.

Great background ideas:

  •    Faux brickworks,
  •    Wooden panels
  •    Stone

Editing. Editing is something that you sadly cannot skimp on. What you can do is invest money wisely in the top-rated editing software. Pay close attention to the saturation, the clarity and dust or marks that have appeared while you’ve been shooting.

Context is king, and sometimes a product is going to look better in a lifestyle shoot, sometimes it is going to pop on the fabric background from earlier. Either way, you need to be prepared. Rather than have to spend out on models for the lifestyle shots, ask a few friends if they wouldn’t mind helping you out.

Remember the buyer. While you are spending time setting up the shoot, looking at the angles, the light and everything else – remember the critical person is the end buyer. Try to think about buying the item yourself, what type of detail would you want to see? Is there anything that makes this product unique? What can you show the customer to clinch the sale?

Have fun, photography – while a fantastic hobby, and occasionally a reasonably lucrative job, it takes a while to get some of the expensive equipment together. In the meantime don’t be scared to have fun and experiment.

Surviving a Digital Detox

Do you look at your phone as soon as you open your eyes in the morning? Worse still, do you check it if you wake up in the middle of the night? Do you find that you can’t sleep unless you checked your social media feeds? Or, do you spend time with your friends, totally ignoring them while you sit scrolling through twitter? When was the last time that you ate a meal or went somewhere without taking a photo for Instagram? Well, the good news is, you’re not alone. Social media and smartphone addiction is becoming a very real problem in modern society. It can lead to insomnia and stress. It can make you feel jealous and like your life isn’t as good as what you see online. You could feel anxiety if you leave your phone at home or can’t get to it for a few hours and it can even ruin your real-life relationships.

If you’ve forgotten how to live without your phone and other devices and you are worried that an over-reliance is affecting your health and your relationships, then it might be time to try a digital detox. But, it’s not going to be easy. Here is what you need to do to survive.

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Get Away

One of the best ways to survive a digital detox is with a holiday. Head to Courtyard Guayaquil for a total change of scenery and a break in your normal routine. They’ll still be a temptation to overshare and let everyone know what you are doing. But, it’ll be much easier to get used to when you are away from home.

Start a Project

Keeping busy is always a good way to cope with any kind of detox or lifestyle change. You might want to take a class, start training for an event or just work on your fitness. Give yourself something to do that’s away from all devices. Make this your priority and give it all of your focus.

Get Your Friends to Join In

The hardest part of a digital detox is seeing everyone else glued to a screen. When you are out with friends or your family, explain what you are doing and ask them to join in, even if it’s just while you are together. You’ll soon be having that much fun offline that you’ll forget all about it. It’ll give your friendships a great boost and bring you all closer together too.

Take a Really Good Look Around

Look at all those people taking photographs and sharing every detail of their life. Why are they doing it? What are they getting out of it? Even when their snaps are photoshopped to perfection, it doesn’t make their life photoshop perfect, and they’ll still be jealous of other feeds and photographs. Are these people really appreciated what’s around them, or enjoying their meals or activities or are they more concerned with what other people think? Take a good hard look.

Remember, the point of a digital detox isn’t never touching a phone again. It’s about remembering that there is more to life and breaking what could become a dangerous addiction.

5 Must-Haves For Every Budding Photographer

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When you’re looking for a new hobby to take up and you’re naturally a creative person, you’re going to find that photography is one of the things that you’re drawn to. It’s a fun pastime and can often lead you on to great things. More often than not, when you do get into photography, you’re going to want to be able to take things a step further and maybe turn it into a bit of a career. However, when you first start out as an amateur, there are always going to be a few things that you need in place. And no, we’re not talking camera equipment, as this is all something that you’ll already have. Instead, we’re going to consider some of the more business essentials that will help you here.

  1. A Website

First of all, you should definitely think about getting yourself a website set up. It’s not always easy to promote yourself to those locally offline. But when you get online, it’s much easier to share your work and showcase who you are on social media. However, you also need a website to link back to with your information and contact details. You should also look to share some of your work in a portfolio (more on that in point five).

  1. Testimonials

If you’ve done some paid work, freebies, or even some work for friends, then try to get some testimonials. When you add these onto your website, your potential customers can see what other think of your work and it can often give you the credibility you need as a newbie.

  1. A Promotional Video

While a picture can speak a thousand words and it’s going to showcase the work that you do, you can always offer more. Creating a promotional video is going to help you here. Get some info, only at Lifetime-Media.com, on what this might include. When you can showcase your work or the process in a visual way like this, it’s going to customers another peak into how you do things.

  1. Business Cards

Most of your promotional tactics are going to be online these days, but they definitely aren’t the only option that you have. In fact, if you really want to make sure that you’re making the most of every business opportunity, then business cards are great. Take a look at some stunning designs that you can find on PasteMagazine.com to inspire you. Then create an on-brand design that you can keep with you and hand out whenever the opportunity arises.

  1. Good Friends

Finally, you’re also going to find that you might need a little helping hand when you’re looking to get started. You’ll know by now that you need a website to promote yourself and ideally you’re going to have some photographs on there in a kind of portfolio. And this is where your friends can come in. Do some test shots and trail some shoots with them. It’s okay to show off any free or paid work that you have already done, but if you have some gaps or you want to mix up the photography styles, your friends are going to really help you out here.

From Amateur To Pro: 6 Steps For Jewellery Designers

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Making jewellery is something that many of us experimented with as children. We’d string beads onto string, struggle to make clasps work, and delight over our own creations— but for the majority, making our own jewellery is something we quickly moved on from. It was a fun childhood hobby, and nothing more.

However, for some women, the delight of making jewellery doesn’t wear off. Attempts from childhood are replaced by genuinely impressive crafting skills, and the hobby is just as enchanting as it always was. If this sounds familiar to you, it’s worth asking if your amateur hobby has the potential to become a career. It’s easier than ever to start a business selling handmade jewellery, and if you want to try such an endeavour, here are six steps that will help you on your way…

STEP ONE: Establish the market

Before you enter into the business of selling jewellery, you have to be sure there is a market for what you’re producing. Browse local craft stalls and online sites like Etsy to see if your designs are truly unique compared to what is currently available. If you’re making similar pieces to other designers, it might be worth experimenting with styles until you find your niche.

STEP TWO: Decide where you want to sell

You have two options for selling handmade jewellery: online, or at craft stalls. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, and you may find that your best choice initially is to try both and see which works best for you.

STEP THREE: Work through the finances

If you have little experience in business, then you will need to learn how to calculate costs, profits, and expenses. While this can be a lot to process at first, there’s plenty of free assistance available for business financial management online, so you should be able to get up to speed relatively quickly.

STEP FOUR: Choose the right display equipment

Whether you’re photographing items to sell online or arranging them for display on a stall, you’re going to need to ensure that your pieces are presented well. This means opting for display equipment like hand mannequins for bracelets and rings, and bust mannequins for necklaces and earrings. This equipment will help to display your pieces correctly, and in a way that is attractive to potential buyers.

STEP FIVE: Think about advertising

Your pieces have to be known about to be able to sell, so you’re going to need to spend some time increasing visibility via an advertising campaign. There’s a useful starter guide here that can help you choose the advertising direction you wish to take.

STEP SIX: Sell!

With all the finances in place and a decision made on the markets you’re going to target, the next step is the biggest of all: go ahead and sell! It’s best to start small with just a few pieces and, should things go well, you can build your range from there.

In conclusion

Whether your jewellery designs become a handy side hustle or a fully-fledged business, it’s well worth exploring the possibilities of sharing your jewellery-making talent with a wider audience. Good luck!

Scene Setting: Finding New Things To Photograph

For anyone taking photos as an avid hobby or interest, it can be easy to let things get a little bit stale when it comes to your passion. Being restricted to the subjects you have around you, it will be hard to branch out and experiment with your picture taking, slowly making it harder and harder to stay interested in this pastime. Of course, though, it never has to be this way. Instead, if you’re willing to be a little adventurous, you can start finding new and interesting things to capture all the time. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the best ways to add the spark back into something like photography, using new experiences to drive you.

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Local Events: Sometimes, getting the perfect chance to take some snaps is all about being in the right place at the right time. In most places, the normal and boring areas can often become some of the most vibrant with the right public events, from carnivals to fairs and religious festivals. There will be nothing stopping you from attending things like this equipped with your camera. If you are able to get a couple of good enough shots, you may even be able to sell them to a local media outlet. This sort of exposure can be great when you’re first starting your career in the world of photography.

A Small World: A lot of the World’s most intricate and beautiful things can be found when you take the time to look closer. Macro lens attachments can be found for nearly nothing on sites like eBay, and you may already have a lens or two which can capture images like this. With the right kit on hand, you can take pictures which look as though they have been captured through a magnifying glass, giving yourself a door into a tiny world. Photos taken like this can look stunning. To get some inspiration, there are loads of photographers on Instagram who are taking snaps like these everyday.

Flying High: The next option in this post is going to involve taking to the sky to take some of the best photographs you’ve ever had the chance to capture. Of course, though, achieving this goal has to be done through the right means. Using a drone is boring, as this will keep you stuck on the ground, and will make it hard to take interesting pictures. Instead, companies like Float Balloon Tours could be perfect, giving you the chance to see the world from a different perspective. Photos taken from vantage points like this are often some of the most well-received on social media. In fact, in some cases, you may even be able to sell images like this.

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Long Walks: The best photographers out there are those who are able to see the beauty in everything, finding great images where other people simply wouldn’t notice anything special. Of course, as a big part of this, you will often have to go out looking for things which catch your eye. One of the best chances to do this will be on a long walk. Most places have loads of different areas for you to explore, enabling you to get loads of mileage out of the place you call home. A lot of people ignore the opportunities they have in their local area. In reality, though, this could have a huge impact on your photography going into the future.

Helping Others: As time goes on, starting small businesses is becoming easier and easier. This ease has started to have an impact on the quality of companies out there, though, giving those putting in the right effort the chance to stand out. Photography can be one of the best ways to do this, making bad websites look great and giving you loads to splash across social media. Finding local ventures in need of photos should be nice and easy. At first, you can offer these services for free, slowly building up a solid background when it comes to your product and business snaps. Once you have enough to convince people to pay you, though, this could start to become your new job.

Setting Challenges: Most people find that it is very hard to progress in the things they love if they don’t set themselves goals and targets to reach along the way. As a big part of this, you should always be setting yourself challenges, giving yourself something new to aim for. For example, if you are taking pictures of wildlife, you could slowly work to create a portfolio of birds in different stages of flight. This area of the field is notoriously difficult to master, and a lot of people have to practice very hard before they can produce anything worthwhile. To help you out with this, there are loads of Youtube videos out there which are dedicated to wildlife capture tips.

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Sharing Images: Finally, as the last option to consider, it’s time to think about stock photos. Nowadays, demand for imagery which doesn’t look like it has been taken in a studio is becoming very high. Sites like Unsplash enable users to share quality photos which they have taken themselves. Using a platform like this, you won’t often get any money for the work you do. Instead, though, you will be rewarded with credits on other people’s websites, small donations, and the satisfaction which comes with seeing your pictures on other someone else’s work. A lot of photographers make their name using websites like these.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start finding news ways to bring some passion back into your photography. A lot of people struggle with this part of their hobby, finding it hard to ensure that they are able to experience the best parts of it as much as possible. With the right time, dedication, and patience, though, most will be able to start making a difference. This sort of work will be worth it if it is the difference between abandoning your hobby and taking it to the next level.

Seven Ways To Change Your Style For Spring

We are embarking on a brand new season and with that comes a change in the weather and how we feel. There is something about brighter mornings and longer days that actually makes you feel great inside and out. Of course, as the weather starts to warm up, we have to start saying goodbye to some of the items of clothing we have grown accustomed to these last few months. The skinny jeans and oversized knit combination. Boots of all types for all kinds of weather. Big coats, fluffy hats and scarves, and even maybe getting into our pyjamas at 5pm just because the light is fading outside.

Spring has sprung and with that comes some fresh inspiration and changes for our wardrobe and style. New trends and collection have been released, and it is your chance to try some new items of clothing and put a little more focus on your appearance. But if you find yourself in a real style rut,how do you break it? I thought I would share with you some of the ways you can change your style for spring. I hope it gives you the inspiration you need.

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Change your hair

One of the first things you could consider doing would be to change your hair. A seasons change gives you the perfect excuse to try something different. Maybe you have had the same style or even the same hair colour for a while and you like the idea of trying something new. Going online to do a bit of research will help you find some great styles to choose from. The options are endless but sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new can end up giving you a real boost in confidence that could be expelled in other areas of your life.

Try new makeup

Makeup is another way to help you change the overall look of your appearance. People can often stick with the same products and makeup style, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be a little more adventurous and try out a new lip colour or a smokey eye. Makeup is one of those things that unless you are confident in the application, you stick with methods that you know. Websites like YouTube are full of video tutorials that can really inspire you to step out of your comfort zone and try some new makeup styles. It may even encourage you to try new products in terms of your skincare as well as your makeup application.

Add different accessories

Maybe you want to transform an outfit but you aren’t sure how you can do it. I am here to tell you that accesories is one of the easiest ways to help make your outfit appear differently or even dress something up or make it appear more casual. It might be unique jewelry like statement necklaces from websites like Animal Kingdom Jewelry or it could be adding a jhat or a pair of shades to your overall look. Accessories can be in all different forms. It could even be the bag you choose, the scarf you put on, or added elements like belts, for example. Accessories can really be your easy ticket to transforming your style ready for spring.

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Incorporate colour into your wardrobe

One of the most instant ways to change your style for spring is to consider colour. You may love colour, but do you really wear it? Many of us find brightly coloured clothing difficult to wear, but actually incorporating colour into your wardrobe choices can really help transform the way you look. You can try and ease into it by choosing pastel shades and this is actually quite a big trend for Spring. It might be in a top or even in terms of nail polish colour. Youcan slowly start to insportate it into your style and you will slowly see how it will start to transform the way you look and even the way you feel in terms of confidence.

Prepare yourself

Winter is the time of year that we cover up in jeans and oversized knits, and often, that means that personal self-care such as taking care of our feet and defuzzing our legs become less of a priority. But now that spring has sprung why not take some time out to get yourself ready for the action. Have an at home pedicure and paint your nails in a brightly coloured polish. Defuzz your legs so that you are not afraid to put on a skirt and show off some skin. Doing these things can help you to feel better about yourself and feel ready to take on the spring style.

Create capsule wardrobe

If you are little worried about styling outfits for spring then why not simplify matters and create a capsule wardrobe? This is essentially minimising your wardrobe so that you have key pieces that work well together and can be coordinated to create different outfits. It is also a great way to experiment in terms of mixing patterns and colours, as well as trying out new styles. Limiting yourself can actually make you much more creative.

Step out of your comfort zone

Finally, stepping out of your comfort zone in terms of what you wear can actually be a great way to transform your style. We mentioned a capsule wardrobe limits you, but don’t be afraid to be adventurous in terms of patterns, textures and colours. This is where you can truly identify what makes you feel good in terms of your clothes and perhaps what makes you feel less confident. It might even be having the guts to wear something you wouldn’t normally wear,. For example, if you love jeans why not try a skirt instead, you could even stick with a denim option if you love the style. Maybe try a maxi dress instead of something tight fitting perhaps. The options are endless. Step out of your comfort zone and embrace what makes you happy.

I hope that these tips help you to change your style for the Spring.

3 Ways To Approach Present Buying Without Breaking The Bank

Picking out gifts often proves to be a giant pain in the backside. After all, it’s hard to find just that right thing which someone would want if they don’t hint or straight up tell you what they want beforehand. People just sort of get left to figure stuff out for themselves and are expected to come up with either the perfect unique gift, or the new iPhone. Of course, one of these options is much more straightforward, but it does come at a much higher price tag. What people often seem to forget, is that the appeal of getting a gift comes from the novelty of the whole thing. The idea that someone went out of their way to get something for someone else, and something cool at that. Of course, very few people want an extra pair of socks for their birthday, but a lot of people want something novel, and something fun, despite it maybe not being the most useful thing in the world. Let’s go through a few things which won’t end up breaking the bank, but will satisfy someone’s craving of a novel gift.


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Treats and sweets

Everybody likes sweets; whether it’s ice cream, chocolate, gummy bears or hard candy, almost everybody has a soft spot for pretty, sweet, eye candy. This is where you can bet on “the sweet factor”, and get away with buying someone some kind of sweets which you can’t usually pick off the shelf at the average corner store. Whether you decide to go for some champagne or bourbon bears for the alcohol lover or an ice cream cake for the person who loves both cake and ice cream is up to you, but just keep in mind that satisfaction is almost guaranteed in both cases.


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Some jewellery

Of course, this might not always fit the occasion. If you are buying a present for your friend’s girlfriend because it’s her birthday for example, then buying them a ring might not be the most tactful choice. However, if you’re looking for a gift for someone a bit special, then jewellery often proves to be one of the top choices, amongst just about all age groups and all genders. Everyone likes something shiny to put around their wrist or neck, so why not head over to some downtown jewellery stores and pick something out? Of course, you can always look around online, but it’s sometimes hard to tell the quality of something when the photo is deliberately taken to make it look amazing. Heading over to the store is usually the safe bet. Despite the general opinion of the public, pretty jewellery can be nowhere near as expensive as some make it out to be, so don’t worry too much about losing your life savings on it.


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The gift of indecisiveness

If you simply cannot decide on what do pick out for someone, maybe due to your own indecisiveness or maybe due to not knowing the person very well, there now is a way out. While showing up and saying “I didn’t really know what to get you so here’s 50 bucks” doesn’t really sound too great, getting someone a gift card worth the same amount is a whole different story. There are gift cards for just about every shop or website out there nowadays, and with the amount of aesthetics simply pouring out from the envelope they come in, they might just get passed off as an actual present. It’s the safe bet, and sometimes it’s just the best choice. Throw it in an envelope with a birthday card and you’re golden.

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Christina, owner of Pink Sugar Crystals, knows her way around sparkle, bling, and shine. Her business specializes in personalized decor and accessories, all adorned with Swarovski Crystals.

She creates jewelry, beauty accessories, pet items, home decor, phone cases (like the one she created for me), and more!

She also creates the cutest baby couture items, and has created for baby Chanel Nicole!

The time, craft, and detail she puts into each piece shows how much she cares for her customers and her business.

Pink Sugar Crystals is perfect for bridal parties, any birthday or holiday gift, or just for yourself.

I love the colors and details she used to created this beautiful iPhone case for me. I love how it is sophisticated, but fun, and very sparkly! Plus, you all know how much I love the leopard print accents.

Please check out her items, give her page a LIKE and let her create a piece for you!