Thursday, 26 May 2016

Want More Color In Your Life? Here's How!

Do you think you life is just a little, well, gray? From boring interior design schemes to bland and boring makeup looks, it doesn’t have to be this way. Here is how you can get more color in your life!

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Have color in… your home
There are so many interior design ‘rules’ out there! One of them is that you should limit how much color your have in your home. But the main reason this is suggested is that it makes it easier to sell. If you aren’t planning on selling anytime soon, go for it! It is your home, and you should do what you wish; not follow rules! Make a big commitment by painting a feature wall in a bright color. Or update your furnishings and make those more bright and colorful. Liven up a gray sofa with a scattering of yellow cushions. Add some interest to your white bathroom with a pillar box red door mat. Make yourself smile every single time you arrive home by painting y
our front door bright blue or green.

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Have color in… your hair
If you’ve only ever had your hair one color, it could be time for a change. Black, brunette, blonde and ginger shouldn’t be your only restrictions. How about a dusky pink, which looks great on blonde hair? Or, if you are a brunette, how about some deep purple ombre. Or erase color all together and go for white! Or gray, which is very en-vogue at the moment. A word of warning, though! Consider your workplace and whether or not your boss will mind. If you think he or she will, try this. Just have the color applied to your ends, below your ears. This way you can fold it under and tie it back, and no one will be any the wiser!

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Have color in… your makeup
Right at the start of the chain, cosmetic factory staff work hard to develop the brightest and more stunning colors for products. Lipstick is a prime example of where you can see this hard work. It is also great way to give your makeup look more colorful! There are a lot of genius beauty tips out there to help you give your makeup staying power. Here is a great one to map your colored lipstick last longer. Once you’ve applied your lipstick, pop a thin tissue over the top. Brush with translucent powder and remove. This will help keep your color bright and your lipstick in place all day!

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Have color in… your office
Is your desk plain and boring? Want to make your cubicle more exciting? Though you might have to keep your computer on there, why not make everything else a little more colorful? Change that black desklamp for a bright yellow one. Add a pot of flowers in a warm and summery color, like orange and red. Get colored pen pots and a stack of brightly colored sticky notes. If you think you can get away with it, get some USB fairy lights! You’ll be happy to get to work each morning with such a welcoming desk waiting for you!

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Tips For A Holiday In Marrakech This Summer!

A lot of people have heard of Marrakech in Morocco (or sometimes known as Marrakesh) but haven’t been there on holiday. However, it is an exciting holiday destination that you should visit in Summer, with so much to see and do. Here are some tips for a holiday in Marrakech.


You need to go shopping

If you love shopping, then you will like going on holiday in Marrakech as there are so many markets and shops for you to visit. As Time Out reveals, Moroccan clothes are a popular trend with fashionistas, and even celebs such as Kim Kardashian wear the style. You will find some beautiful kaftans in the boutiques that are one off’s, and will cause your friends to be very jealous of your new clothes. You will find some gorgeous shawls and bags which are great to accessorise with your outfit. Or you could even take them back home as presents for your friends. Don’t forget to visit Ensemble Artisanal in Marrakech, which has many unique gifts for your friends and families.


Pick somewhere in the heart of Marrakech

Another tip you should know about going on holiday in Marrakech is to choose somewhere to stay which is in the heart of the area. That way, you can explore Marrakech conveniently and be able to enjoy the famous sights. It will also take less time to get to from the airport. And it’s also safer to stay in the centre as you will be around other tourists.


You need to have a glass of orange juice

One tip you should know if you visit Marrakech is that you should drink a glass of orange juice. You will find many stalls and restaurants selling orange juice because of the many orange trees which are situated around the area. As this article reveals, it’s so refreshing, and you will love the flavour so much that you will go back for more. And in the hot weather (it can get hot in summer), it’s a good alternative to water to satisfy your thirst.


Take a caleche ride

Another tip for your holiday in Marrakech is to go on a caleche ride which is a horse and carriage ride. While you are walking around the area, you will see them in the midst of all the traffic. It’s a unique way of seeing the area and is fun for all the family. Remember to ask how much it is before you do head off on the journey, as some do try and rip you off, especially if they see you are a foreigner. You should barter them down and then you will enjoy the journey more.


Go and visit El Badi Palace

You can’t visit Marrakech without visiting some of the history of the area. You should visit El Badi Palace, which was once home to a sultan. The ruins of the 16th-century Palace are worth a visit, and there is even a museum where you can learn more about the history.

Don’t forget to check out my advice on other holiday destinations here.

Monday, 23 May 2016

The Three Keys Of Adding Value On To Any Home

he changes you make to your home and what you want from it are a big deal. We all want to live in our perfect family home, after all. But what is it that decides which changes you make? Personal taste and accommodating your family’s needs are always going to be at the top of that list. But what about value? What can you do to your home to make it a better investment, as well as a better place to live?


Curb appeal
If you’re thinking about how good your house looks on the market, then you need think about basic advertising. The outside is the packaging, so it needs to be up to scratch. Garden’s don’t have to be elaborate and colourful to add curb appeal. They just have to be up-to-scratch. Lacking that sorry state of dilapidation that some homeowners let it fall into. It’s not just your gardens you need to be focusing on, either. How good the entrance looks can also play a huge factor. If you live in an area where it would fit, think of sprucing up your front door. Add a bit of colour, perhaps even some greenery hanging to the side of it.

The interior
Naturally, beauty needs to be more than skin deep when it comes to your home. It’s well known that a house can get sold on the basis of its kitchen and bathroom alone. There are a lot of ways to add value to your kitchen. This includes replacing your countertop with better looking and more durable materials like granite. Large appliances like fridges and washing machines should be updated, as well. It’s also the little flaws in a home that can put people off. Everyone knows that moving into a new home will take a little work of their own. If you can reduce it by keeping walls fresh and replacing cracked or scratched tiles on the floor, you’ll make a better impression.

Space galore
Beyond accounting for style, there’s one major factor of the home that you can change to make a real difference. Adding more space to it, as in real square footage, adds value. There are no two ways about it. If you can list a bigger home with more rooms, then you can ask for a bigger price. There are a few different ways to do it, as well. Not everyone can put in the money and work it takes to build an extension or a conservatory. If you have them, finishing a basement or converting your loft could be just as valid an option. Even if you can’t add more square feet, being smart with your storage and making your home look like it has more space is always a smart move, too.

There are only really three key factors to adding value to a home. Its ability to attract buyers, making sure it stands a closer look inside and the square footage it can offer. Take care of these three elements and you’re making a great investment in your home.