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When it comes to getting gifts, going down the route of fashion and beauty can seem like a daunting prospect. Even if you’re particularly savvy and you know your friend or family member’s style even better than they know it, you never know just how picky someone might be. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t get them something for their look that they aren’t guaranteed to get excited by. Here are a few ways to pick those sure things.

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Improve the look, don’t change it

One of the issues of picking fashion items for someone is that they might think it’s a bit of a backhanded compliment of a gift. Some think of it as akin to getting them a cookbook of healthy recipes and wonder why you want to change them. Instead, you can help them get gifts that are about improving or adding more choice to their look rather than changing it. For instance, there are a lot of great beauty sets like the Julep Beauty Box that have plenty of options, instead of just imposing one thing on them. These boxes update regularly, too, so you can be sure that you’re getting them something in-season and in-style.

Something that’s so “you”

If there’s one part of the outfit that is most versatile in sticking through trend and season alike, it’s the right accessory. A pair of sunglasses, the bag that goes with anything, accessories are a girl’s best friend. But you can make an accessory much more than versatile. You can make it have a personal impact by going for a bespoke option instead of the generic. Options like a Soufeel name necklace are more than just versatile accessories. The level of personalization that goes into them can make them all the more emotionally valuable to the recipient. It’s your little way of celebrating them as a person. You can even get personalized items with both your names, making it symbolic of a friendship well worth celebrating.

When in doubt

There are few items that most women can’t really turn down. These are the staples of the wardrobe and getting them can help any friend or family member really complete their look. Such staples include a pair of good jeans, a leather jacket, or even a selection of ballet flats. They might not be the most inspired of gifts, but they’re also amongst the most budget friendly if you’re looking to save money. If you’re not, then you can buy a few staples at once and all of a sudden, you’ve helped your loved one really complete their wardrobe. It’s a great functional gift, which can honestly be of much more appeal to them than something out there.

You might very well have that one friend or family member that’s just picky enough to not fully appreciate the gift mentioned above. If that’s the case, why not treat them just by taking them out for an item of their choice? Sometimes, the experience of choosing can matter as much as the choice.

 

There is something freeing about being on holiday. It’s not just the sense of freedom away from the normal annoyances of the rat race back home; it’s a sense of limitless possibilities. We’ve all gone away and found ourselves entranced by the wares on offer, depleting our travel fund within the first few days because we just can’t resist the urge to splurge. And given it’s usually a treat you only get a couple of times a year, where’s the harm?

 

If you’re going to shop, then you might as well travel to somewhere where the shops on offer are truly amazing. Fashion fans might be well accustomed to buying online or juggling the cost of shipping, but nothing will ever compare to being in a fashion-forward place and sampling the goods before you buy. Endless rows of high-end, high-quality luxury for you to run your hands over and consider buying, all accompanied by that sense of freedom from the norm that makes travelling such a delight.

 

While it’s perhaps not the best idea to make your desire to shop a sole reason for visiting an area, there are ways and means of combining all the things you want. Below are a list of destinations that make for truly spectacular destinations no matter what your reason for going, but have an extra something for the fashion conscious to enjoy as well!

 

Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

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Located on the Kowloon Peninsula and overlooking Victoria Bay, there’s no doubt about it: Tsim Sha Tsui is one of the most popular destinations in Hong Kong. Imagine looking at that technicolour wonderland from the window of your Tsim Sha Tsui hotel, thinking of all the stores that are just waiting for you to visit.

 

Oh, and what stores! Hong Kong has cornered the luxury end of the market well, with plenty of high-end brands setting up stores around the country, but particularly in the tourist-rich Tsim Sha Tsui. Not only that, but there’s plenty of authentic local markets to indulge yourself with too.

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Milan, Italy

 

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There’s no doubt about it; if we’re talking fashionable destinations, then it’s impossible not to mention Italy as a whole, but specifically Milan.

 

The city manages to meld together the old – such as the Duomo di Milano as pictured above – with the new in impressive ways. The ancient streets and old-world charm sit alongside the exciting fashion brands that have made the city home, especially during the annual Fashion Week. There’s plenty to explore both in terms of the shopping and the history, so whether you make it a weekend break or stay for longer, there’s no doubt you’ll find something to delight in Milan.

 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Finally, a few words on the newcomer to the fashionista’s destination list: Dubai. The souks are some of the most intriguing and beautiful shopping experiences you can find, offering an insight into the rich culture that surrounds this area.

 

If you’d prefer to stick to known labels, then the Dubai Mall is everything that you could need under one roof. The huge mall – which comes complete with its own indoor aquarium – is home to all the big, high-end designers, as well as outlets and smaller boutiques that you could spend your entire stay exploring. Do try and catch some of the local culture too, of course, but there’s more than enough here to get you flexing your credit cards!

 

We have all been there: holding onto a pair of shoes that are well past their sell-by-date. Your shoes are literally ready to fall apart, but you don’t want to let go because they are your favourite pair. So, how do you make your favourite shoes last forever? We have some top tips to ensure you can wear your gorgeous shoes for years and years to come.

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  • Apply moisturizer to your leather shoes – Moisturizing your shoes may seem a little weird, but it can do leather shoes the world of good. It helps to stop potential cracking that occurs due to damage from the elements. And, when we say moisturizer, we mean a quality shoe cream – not the one you use on your body! Stay away from shoe creams that sit on top of the leather. These products are only a temporary solution. Instead, you need a cream that will absorb into the leather, nourishing your shoes and keeping them fresh.
  • Use a shoehorn – If you are trying to put on shoes that have laces, it is unlikely that you will be able to do this effortlessly. You often need to put in a little bit of work to get the shoes on. This can result in the bottom of your foot crunching the hell collar while you work your fingers in, and this can cause damage to the shoes. Instead, keep your heel collars in good condition by using a shoehorn whenever you put your shoes on.
  • Store your shoes correctly – It does not matter whether you have expensive or cheap shoes, you need to store them correctly if you are to make sure they last. Don’t just throw your shoes into your closet, as this can lead to scratching and other damage. It is also important to keep your shoes away from sunlight, as this can cause the material to fade.
  • Fix any problems immediately – If there are any problems, deal with them immediately. Soles become irreparably uneven, breaks widen, and stains deepen. Acting fast is the key to ensuring your shoes live a long and healthy life.
  • Make sure you wear shoes that are right for your feet – In order for your shoes to last for a long time, they need to be right for your feet. If you have any type of foot condition,Shoe Finale can point you in the right direction. You will be able to find shoes that minimize discomfort and pain while also fitting your foot like a dream so that there is less chance of them wearing quicker than expected.
  • Spray with a water repellent – You should always spray your shoes with water repellent. This is a great way to ensure your shoes are protected from the elements, and so waterproofing is especially important when winter starts to approach.
  • Stuff your shoes with newspaper – There are a number of different reasons why you should stuff your shoes with newspaper. This includes preserving their shape, preventing dry rot, drying them out if they get wet, and alleviating odor. Who knew newspaper could be so beneficial?
  • Don’t put your shoes in the washing machine – This is especially important for canvas shoes. A lot of people are tempted to toss them in the washing machine and then the tumble dryer as a quick way to clean them. However, this will only wear your shoes out faster. Instead, you should scrub them by hand, and make sure you do this straight away. If you leave the dirt to accumulate, you could get to the point of no return.
  • Protect the soles – It is vital to protect your soles if you want your shoes to last for a long time, as the soles are what take the brunt of the daily beating. You can find a wide range of protectors for all types of shoes. It is definitely worth investing in these.
  • Purchase quality from the start – Last but not least, you can expect your shoes to last a lot longer if you invest in quality from the very beginning. Shoes that are well-constructed from premium materials will be able to take much more wear and tear.

So there you have it; some top tips to ensure your favourite shoes last longer. Follow the advice mentioned above, and you don’t have to worry about throwing your gorgeous pair of sandals or heels into the bin. From stuffing your shoes with newspaper to using a shoehorn, there are so many little changes you can make that will make a massive difference.

 

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I just got off a crazy 24h work trip and these tips are tried and tested -the best way to look good is to get your sleep when you can- but these tips keep you looking fresh and away even when you could sleep standing up!

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A good night’s sleep on a regular basis will keep you looking rejuvenated. However, for those nights when this isn’t possible, there are still options to keep you from looking like a zombie the day after. Here are a few simple tips for beating the puffy eyes.

 

Feed your fatigue

 

The right foods for breakfast can energise you and help you to look less drained. Blueberries, apples and tea are great for relaxing arteries and increasing blood flow. This can help return colour to your face and keep you more alert by providing your face and eyes with a fresh source of oxygen.

 

Cut back on coffee

 

Whilst a cup of strong coffee will temporarily energise you, too much coffee throughout the day can have the adverse effect. The caffeine will constantly pump your body with adrenalin, which can make you overly alert to the point that you can’t focus on any one thing for too long. Too much caffeine can also trigger the stress hormone cortisol which makes your skin more reactive to spots and allergic reactions. On top of this, too much caffeine throughout the day can affect your sleep the following night – so you could end up back in the exact same situation.

 

Fix up with a cold flannel

 

Soaking your face with a cold flannel is an easy way to reduce the puffiness under your eyes. The cold water will constrict blood vessels which cause the bags under our eyes. Do this in the morning and throughout the day and the swelling will be kept at bay.

 

Clear up your complexion with cosmetics

 

Many people will choose to mask their tiredness with make-up. Your eyes are the most common place where tiredness shows and where bags appear will depend largely on the shape of your face. Various cosmetics such as V shape face serum can help to hide those bags, taking the shape of you face into account. Special eye creams meanwhile can also have the same effect as a cold flannel.

 

For bringing colour to a pallid face, blushers and concealers are ideal for the job. Choose warm tones that will give your face that glow, but be aware of going overboard. When considering concealers, peach may look more natural than full-on yellow (obviously dependent on your skin tone).

 

Finally, you can top of the whole look with a refresher spray that will help to hide any dryness. It’s useful to keep these sprays in the fridge so that they will be cool, helping to bring down the puffiness.

 

Curl your lashes

 

Your lashes can also make a huge difference. Curled lashes make your eyes look more open, giving the impression that you’re more awake. Lengthening mascara can also be used on top of this to make your eyes even bigger.

 

The idea of beauty is as old as mankind. For some, beauty is all about symmetry, especially when it comes to facial symmetry which influences the judgment of aesthetics and physical attractiveness. When it comes to sex appeal, people are more naturally attracted to those who show symmetrical features. But it’s not always the case. More and more individuals describe beauty as the results of asymmetrical features arranged harmoniously. In other words, beauty is a tricky concept to explain. It is something that we all want to feel when we look in the mirror. We want to see beauty, to embrace it and to feel it. We want to be beautiful, even though we find it tricky to describe what beautiful should be. You might have found yourself pointing at a picture in a magazine and calling it beautiful, despite knowing that nothing in the picture is real. But in the end, beauty is how you should feel about yourself. Here’s how to tackle your demons and feel beautiful.

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Feel Confident About Your Style

Fashion is the creative expression of your personality. It can be playful; it can be attractive, it can be relaxed. What matters is that it makes you feel positive about yourself. The secret is to dress appropriately for any occasion. What this means is that you will not feel confident if you are overdressed or underdressed. Being appropriate also means that you are less likely to struggle with the strange looks that some people might give you. Additionally, you need to dress comfortably. In other words, while high heels can be a seductive accessory, if you don’t feel confident walking in them, you will not look good wearing them.

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Feel In Control Of Your Flaws

Nobody is perfect. You need to know that and to believe it. Nobody, even the girl in the magazine, has the perfect body, the perfect skin or the perfect teeth. Everyone cheats from time to time to keep control of their little flaws. For instance, some girls use makeup foundation to cover bad acne scars. Other hide their bits and bumps with functional underwear. And those who are worried about showing signs of age, use professional facial skin tightening surgery to hide their true age. So it’s important that you understand your flaws and that you find the best way to control them. The only way to be confident about your appearance is to manage effectively the little bits that you feel the most sensitive about.

 

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Earn The Right To Feel Beautiful

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Feeling beautiful is a feeling that most people don’t allow themselves. It is said to be the reward of hard work. Consequently, you should work on it! If you are not happy with the way your clothes hang on your body, you can exercise to change it. The magic about exercising is that it releases a happy hormone that helps you to relax and feel better about yourself. You’re sweaty, you’re out of breath, and your muscles are sore. But you feel positive about your body. It may not be perfect, but with it’ll get there.

Most travel advice is concerned with making the whole thing as cheap as possible: cutting corners, doing everything on a budget, and so on. While this is good advice, there is another side of the coin: and that is, just because everything can be cheaper, doesn’t mean it should always be cheaper. If you’re always selecting the cheapest option for everything, then there’s every chance you’ll miss out on something that might have made your trip all the more special. Below, we offer five things that are definitely worth spending a little extra cash on.

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In the Air

 

Right, we all know that travel can be cheap, but there’s sometimes a reason why a seat is so inexpensive: it’s uncomfortable. While no-one’s recommending that you upgrade to business class (though frankly, we would suggest this at one point in your life!), you don’t have to automatically go the cheapest option. If you can afford extra legroom, then go ahead. It’ll make the flight – especially the long-haul ones – much more enjoyable. You won’t mind the pilot circling before landing when you’re stretched out! If you need some inspiration to upgrade, check out some the amazing airline seats  http://www.businessinsider.com/best-first-class-airlines-2010-12

 

Those Classy Evenings

 

There are a lot of luxuries to be enjoyed in life, and if you’re only sampling them when you’re at home and not traveling, then you’re missing out on a lot. Put on your best dress or suit, hire a limousine like those offered http://www.fl-limousine.com/limo-service-fort-lauderdale and make your way to a show, followed by dinner. You’ll be experiencing a level of luxury and comfort that would have been unthinkable to virtually every generation that came before you, and all it will have cost you is a small slice of your travel fund.

 

Your Bucket List

 

Is there something you always wanted to do in your life? Then don’t even think twice about it: this is not something that you should be checking your bank balance. It’s much better to travel for say, a few days less, and tick something off your bucket list that will mean a lot to you. Indeed, this is why you should be traveling: it’s about more than just being away from home!

 

Local Experiences

 

You could, if you wanted, eat at a McDonald’s virtually anywhere in the world. You’ll have spent next to nothing, and won’t be hungry either. However, what will you have gained? It’s much better to spend some extra money and sample the world’s finest foods and drinks. Do as the locals do, wherever you are, no matter how much it costs (within reason, of course).

 

Once In a Lifetime

 

You should always keep some extra money back so that you have the cash on hand if you’re presented with a once in a lifetime opportunity. If when you’re traveling, you learn that, say, a major sporting event will be taking place while you’re nearby, drop everything and get there. When you’re older, you’ll have a great story to tell!

 

Being a fashionista, your dream job is probably to become a fashion mogul. Some may say that you’ve set your sights too high. Some may say that you should just stick to your job at the fashion store and be happy with it. But you shouldn’t listen to these naysayers; you should follow your dream! And if you do decide to follow this dream, then make sure to take heed of things you should always do below.

 

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1. Always dress to impress

 

Whether you’re working on the shop floor of a fashion store flogging clothes that you’re not even particularly fond of. Whether you’re an intern at a fashion company and are only tasked with photocopying and doing the tea and coffee run for the real staff. Or whether you’re in a role of management at big fashion brand — you should always dress to impress and you should always dress with confidence. You should do so because, as a prospective fashion mogul, you have the ability to carry your CV on you at all times. When people can see you have an eye for fashion, it’s only logical that you will open up more doors for yourself in the fashion industry. So, never let your own personal sense of style slip!

2. Always forge connections

 

Similarly, no matter what stage you are at in your fashion career you should always try to forge as many connections with other fashionistas as you can. This means schmoozing any boss that you may have in order to garner a better reference. It means being as nice and as helpful as you can be to any customer that comes to you for fashion advice, as you never know who they might be. And it also means acting in a similar way to all of your co-workers because, you never know, somewhere down the line they may hold the key to you bettering your own career. So, always make connections and network whenever you can; this means attending whatever fashion conference you can afford to attend.

3. Always aim higher

 

Well, nobody has ever become a mogul in regards to anything by aiming low, have they? In your attempt to reach the pinnacle of the fashion industry you have to, at all times, be looking up towards those lofty heights. This means that you should, quite literally, always be on the lookout for higher level jobs than the one you currently have. In regards to this, make sure to head over to http://www.jobsatbelk.com/ to see all the latest vacancies at this particular company — one of which is the Assistant Brand Manager role. And this is the kind of role that you should be looking towards attaining sooner rather than later if you want to realise your potential as a fashion mogul.

Becoming a fashion mogul is tough. It takes a lot of hard work in regards to your knowledge of fashion and your ability to identify and display it. It takes a lot of schmoozing. And it takes a lot of confidence and belief in your own ability. If you are willing to give all of this for your dream, then you’ve already jumped the first hurdle.

 

Traveling is something many of us enjoy to do, be that for the long-term or simply for that one vacation a year we all count down to. However, it can often be expensive to book the trip of your dreams and can leave you draining your budget or paying back credit cards for the weeks and months after your holiday. Only for you to do it all over again the following year. So I thought I would share with you some of the budget-friendly ways you can fund your travel plans.

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Set up a savings plan

 

When it comes to your holiday many of us know when we would like to travel or book a holiday, so prepare in advance and set up a savings plan. Putting aside savings for your trip can help you avoid getting into debt when the time comes to pay off your holiday. It helps you to budget, and then once the holiday is paid for, any additional savings left or saved up to your holiday can be used towards your spending money. Even if you don’t save the full amount, savings some can help towards the costs.

 

Look out for bargains online

 

Don’t always think that booking with a travel agent will be the best deal, often you kind find some amazing bargains on flights or accommodation online. Get prices from all different options and compare them. If you find a deal online take it back to your agent to see if they can match it or even better beat it. That way you know you are getting the best deal out there.

 

Think outside of the box when it comes to accommodation

 

If you are honest, we are all aware that city center accommodation or downtown boutique hotels are always going to be pricey especially in prime season. So think outside of the box when it comes to accommodation and stay a little out of the center. This can often reduce the cost of your accommodation by hundreds when making a more informed choice. Hiring a car could be an option t help you get to all the local attractions. Sometimes staying outside of the resort can mean better accommodation or even villas with your own pool for less money than you would spend in resort. It has to be worth considering.

 

Book way ahead or last minute

 

Booking in advance can sometimes give you a great deal, especially when booking after Christmas and in January when people are less likely to spend. However, if you can’t book too far in advance then wait until the last minute. Some travel agents or holiday providers will slash the price of hotels and flights a few days before, this is when some of the best bargains can be booked.

 

Don’t always think package deals are best

 

Finally, a package holiday and even all-inclusive might look good on paper, but is it really? Work out both options and see if booking separately, going self-catering or even having a package deal is worth the money.

 

 

Most people don’t live all that close to most of their family. Most of us have family members scattered all over the country. This is why so many people often find that they don’t end up seeing a lot of their family members until some specific event brings everyone together – often a wedding or, perhaps a tad less cheerfully, a funeral!

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You shouldn’t wait for those things to take place in order to get the family together. So why not get proactive and consider arranging a family reunion yourself? In fact, you could take things a step further and arrange a family reunion vacation of sorts. This can be the best way to ensure to ensure that everyone is actually engaging in an activity together, as opposed to sitting around in the same area and waiting for conversational topics to manifest.

 

Whether you’re arranging to go on a vacation with siblings and cousins or arranging something much bigger, here are the things you need to consider when it comes to family reunion vacations.

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The resort

 

A family reunion means dealing with a lot more people than those who live in your house, so arranging accommodation can be a little tricky! Some families may find that they can all go to the same hotel, even if it means splitting themselves up across the building. Others, do to lack of vacancies at one hotel or due to particular needs, may split up and go to different hotels within the same area.

 

The best way to go about this is to go to a resort that expects guest groups to come in large numbers. There are loads of hotels that deal with large family groups, and even several that provide special deals for those booking several rooms at once.

 

Transport

 

A small family reunion could feature perhaps seven to ten family members. Larger ones can have something closer to twenty or thirty! In any case, it quickly becomes clear that transporting everyone can be a big hassle. Even the smaller example could end up being a transportation hassle if you all decide to take public transit!

 

If everyone is already familiar with the area, then you may not need to worry so much about transportation needs; people will make their own way to the arranged locations or activities. But keeping things as smooth as possible may require sizeable vehicle rental. You can hire a minivan or people mover for smaller groups. If you’ve got a really big family reunion going, you could hire several of these things – but you may want to consider renting a charter bus!

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Schedule

 

A big mistake that a lot of people make on vacation is developing a detailed itinerary; a super-strict schedule that determines what everyone is going to do and how much time they’ll be allotted in which to do it. Such a strict itinerary becomes a stress (and unrealistic) even if it’s a solo adventure – let alone a family reunion vacation!

 

With family members catching up with each other, possible having not seen each other in so long, they’re going to be busy catching up and partaking in activities. Everything is going to take a bit longer. So try to keep the schedule loose!

Venice, what a vacation destination! It’s really beyond belief. The old buildings, the beautiful lagoon, and canals, and all the wonderful things there to do there. But how can you ensure you have the perfect vacation in Venice? Read on to find out.

Get organised

Before you even think about boarding a plane to wonderful Italy, you really have to get yourself organized for international travel. Remember to get into Europe you will need the correct Visa or waiver, something that is currently in the process of being changed to an ETIAS or electronic system. So before you head off, get some Etias information here. Then you can be sure you have the right papers to complete your trip. As you don’t want your holiday to end before it’s even begun!

Don’t forget either, to pack summer clothes. As it gets hot in Venice in the summertime, and you want to be comfortable as you explore the city.

 

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Do the iconic stuff

Once you have arrived in Venice, you will probably want to get the iconic stuff done first. This is the stuff that you see on the TV, and that everyone wants to experience when they visit this historical city.

 

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First, treat yourself to a ride on a gondola. These are long low black boats that act as water taxis to allow residents of the city to navigate its canal-lined streets. A gondolier sits on the back and propels the boat with a long stick off of the bottom of the waterways. Don’t neglect to take a bottle of Bellini and a few glasses on this trip either, as that is the traditional drink to enjoy while navigating the waterways.

The there is the wonderful St Mark’s Square, the largest open plaza in Venice. Stop for an espresso or gelato here and watch the world go by.

 

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Near to St Mark’s is the Doge’s Palace, you will find the historical residence of the Mayor of Venice. A beautiful building, built in the 15th century this is not to be missed as you can explore the lesser seen areas in the Itinerari Segreti tour.

 

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Get off the beaten track

Now, while it’s fun to see all the iconic sites, it also nice to get a little off the beaten track too and spend some time just walking around. Yes, Venice does has footpaths too as well as canals! While doing this you may discover a charming boutique or restaurant, or you can plan your walk to take you past sites like Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge.

Stay in the city

Accommodation in the city has traditionally been expensive because it is so limited. However, with the introduction of Airbnb and other providers, it is possible to stay in the city for a more reasonable price. Especially if you share with friends.

The advantage of this is that you get to truly experience Venetian life. You also get to wake up there every morning, and you don’t have to worry about getting the last ferry back across the lagoon in the evening either!

 

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Many people find that they are not quite as happy with their body as they would hope. This could be the case from a health perspective, a purely cosmetic perspective, or a combination of the two. Either way, this kind of concern is something that you always want to deal with as soon as possible – and in a way which makes as much sense to you as it can. In this post, we are going to look at some of the major key concerns which most people have when it comes to their physical being.

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Health Concerns

 

It is always important to keep in mind the many faceted ways in which health plays a part in bodily attractiveness. If there is anything about your physical body which you are not entirely happy with, you should first think about whether you can improve your health practices. Chances are, there is something you can do – after all, none of us is perfectly healthy all the time. No sleep is a common cause of poor looks, as it can have a negative impact on the skin if you do not get enough of it. Similarly, you should make sure to pay attention to your diet, as this affects how you look in ways too numerous to mention. On top of that, put effort into ensuring that you keep up with your exercise regime. As long as you are paying attention to these three – your attractiveness holy trinity – you should find that you are able to stay on top of how you look much more easily. All else will follow in time.

Bodily Worries

 

If you find that you have some negative opinions about specific parts of your body, it might be that you need to take some kind of action beyond just looking after yourself in the normal way. Exercise, good diet and plenty of sleep are going to get you a certain distance, but ultimately won’t change the actual shape of your body parts. If you have a desire to change something permanently, then you should take care to ensure that you really want to do so. When you go out to try and find a breast implant surgeon, or a facial lift surgeon, you need to be confident that you are in the right hands. The last thing you want is to have to worry about the outcome, so looking around for someone you really trust is important.

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Face & Skin
For many people, the main problem is with their skin, which lies somewhere between the previous two as a cosmetic concern. Taking care of your health in the normal ways is going to help your skin be at its most attractive best – but you might also want to carry out specific practices to keep it looking as good as possible too. Washing regularly (but not excessively), moisturising, and keeping out of the high midday sun are all worthwhile in this respect. Then you can be sure that you are really doing everything you can to look your best.

We all have times when we need to get by on a budget but we also have times when we have some spare money and we want to treat ourselves. These are the times when you can invest in some luxury items that will make you feel like a princess. They are items that you can look at on a dark day and they will make you smile and bring color and happiness back into your life. Here are some top ideas for luxury items that will last you a lifetime.

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Diamonds will last you a lifetime

Nothing says luxury quite like a diamond and every lady would like one, or more! They make the perfect investment. They hold their value and they look utterly gorgeous. You can’t wear an investment portfolio out in the evening with a ball gown, can you? They hold their value and this is one accessory that will never go out of fashion so it is yours for life.

When you are investing in diamonds you need to know what you are doing so it is best to get some help. But where should you get that help? Why not read this James Allen Review to help you decide if he is the retailer for you? You can find out all you need to know about the service that he provides, the pricing and the history of his business.

Vintage clothes give you a sense of history

Vintage clothing gives you style, a sense of history and a good investment opportunity all at the same time. However, you don’t have to head out to the shops to get started and you don’t have to spend a thing! Start by talking to the older members of your family. Have they stored any special items away because they could not bear to get rid of them?

Offer to sort out your grandmother’s attic and then ask politely if it is okay for you to ‘borrow’ any items that you take a liking to. Don’t forget to ask if there are any family stories associated with the item of clothing. These are more precious than the clothing itself.

Before you head out to the shops to look for vintage clothing it is a good idea to do your research online first. Find out which labels were around in the period that you are interested in and which ones are holding their value. This will enable you to make a wise investment. Remember that body shapes have changed. If you are very slim, you may find it hard to find something to wear from the 1950s when curves were all the rage!

Shoes, shoes, shoes

There are some types of footwear that it is worth investing in and others that you should steer clear of. Leather boots are always a great investment and bring a touch of luxury to brighten up the long winter days. Killer heels are another perfect investment. You won’t wear them very often but they will make you feel like a princess when you do!

 

 

 

 

It’s that time of year again when we need to look at getting our summer wardrobe ready. Those spring delights can now move to the back of the wardrobe while we invest in some clothes which will keep us cool, and help us to look great during the next couple of months. And if you have booked a summer holiday, you need to also work on getting some pieces you can take on your vacation with you. But while summer is nearly upon us, our bank balance might not be so ready for the new season. After all, it can cost a lot of money to get some new summer clothes for our wardrobe. And if we are on a budget (due to paying for holidays and festivals), it can make it difficult to pick up some new pieces. However, not all is lost if you are low on money. In fact, here is some handy advice for getting your summer wardrobe sorted on a budget.

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Go through your old wardrobe first

 

It’s so easy to just go splashing the cash on new clothes for your summer wardrobe if you don’t really know what you have already. After all, you think you need to buy a ton of items, so you aren’t left short for any summer occasion. But before you go out on the town shopping, it’s essential you go through your old wardrobe first. After all, you might have some decent summer outfits which will last you through the summer. And could end up saving you money if you don’t have to go out and buy something similar. Therefore, look through the wardrobe and try on outfits to make sure they still fit. And then you can put the clothes aside you want to wear, while the others can go to charity. By doing this, you will then have a list of summer essentials you already have, so you don’t have to go spend crazy when you head to the shops for your summer wardrobe.

 

Invest in just one or two swimming cossies

 

A lot of people struggle to find a swimsuit which takes their fancy for the summer months. In fact, they tend to try on a load to see what best suits their body. And they might end up coming away with a few different ones so that they have plenty of choice when it comes to beachwear. But if you are on a budget, you are going to end up spending all your money on swimming cossies. And then you will have nothing left to spend on the rest of your summer wardrobe. It can often be a waste too as you will only end up wearing one or two of the costumes in the summer months. Therefore, to help you get your summer wardrobe sorted on a budget, you need to ensure you only buy one or two swimsuits. Take the time to pick out a good quality cossie which you feel comfortable in and looks superb. It’s worth spending more on one than buying loads of cheap costumes. After all, it will fit more comfortably and ensure you look great on the beach this summer!

 

Get some coupons before you shop

 

It can be challenging to stock up on a new wardrobe with some of the prices leaving us feeling the pinch. After all, the stores know we are now hunting our summer wardrobe, so they hike up the prices to ensure they rake in the money. But it can leave us feeling the pinch when the clothes are priced too high. In fact, we might not be able to buy some key summer pieces due to the high prices. However, there are some ways you can bring down the cost of the clothes. For one thing, you should have a hunt for some coupons which you can use at the shops. This can bring down the clothes to a more reasonable rate so that you can afford to splash the cash on a summer wardrobe. In fact, you can often get a good discount which will make it more affordable. There are a lot of online sites which have all the good coupons for the major stores such as Coupon Sherpa – coupons, promo codes & printable coupons are available to you. And whether Forever 21 is your thing, or you love Missguided, they have coupons for your favorite stores. That way, you can take them with you, or even buy from the store’s website while you are on a budget! And don’t forget to check when the top shops are doing a sale. After all, you might be able to get some beautiful summer clothes without having to spend a small fortune.

 

Concentrate on the key pieces

 

When getting your summer wardrobe ready, a lot of people get carried away at the shops. After all, they see so many cute summer clothes they would love to wear this season. So it means they might end up buying a load of different outfits for the summer. But if you are limited on a budget, you can’t just go around buying various summer clothes. After all, you might miss out on getting some key pieces which will take you through the summer. And when you realize you didn’t buy the item, you will have to wait until you have more cash before getting the key piece. Therefore, to ensure you can get your summer wardrobe on a budget, make a list of key pieces you need before you go to the shops. These should include a good pair of sandals, a light maxi dress, and a couple of vest tops which will help you last through summer. After all, you want clothes which will take you from day to night during summer. And if you concentrate on these key pieces, it will ensure you have everything you need to enable you to look amazing this summer!

 

And remember if you can’t splash the cash on clothes, spend some money on accessories. That way, even if you are in the same top, you will look different by changing up your summer jewelry!

 

 

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