Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The Road To A Green Abode


In the modern age, it can be hard to know how we should be looking after ourselves and the world around us. We’re told to look after the environment, but there’s so much conflicting information out there that it seems almost impossible to know where to begin. In addition to that, nobody really wants to make huge sacrifices within their lifestyle or end up spending huge amounts of money to be a “greener” person.

However, adopting more eco-friendly methods in your life and around your household, in particular, is much easier than you might think. Better yet, it also shouldn’t cost you more money, but less money. If you’re still struggling with knowing where to begin without making major changes to your daily routine, here are some tips on small changes you can make around your home that will make big changes to the safety and continuation of the world around us.

Save water.
This is a rather straightforward piece of advice, and one which should make your life easier on all levels. Don’t waste water around your home; or anywhere, for that matter. Not only are you wasting unnecessary amounts of money on consuming a resource in excess, when you don’t need to be, but you’re wasting a resource which isn’t limitless and infinite, though we may see it that way. You’re wasting one of the most important resources on earth.

If you want to practice better methods when it comes to conserving water and only using what you need to use, you could start setting an egg timer to curb the shower time of you and everyone else in the house because no more than 3 minutes should be spent in the shower at any given time. You could also have shallow baths, if showers aren’t your thing. The point is that your lifestyle can stay the same. You can still wash yourself, as that would be very unpleasant for people around you, otherwise. However, you don’t have to use water in excess, as this will waste your money and deplete a very important earthly mineral.


Save energy.
On the topic of conserving resources, power is another commodity that many of us consume in excess. Obviously, this incurs far greater energy bills that are necessary, but it can have other effects if your home is on the grid; you’re most likely draining a greater amount of fossil fuels, which is also creating greater amounts of pollution. Perhaps you could consider solar panels as an environmentally-conscious way of consuming power. Of course, you could also look into GU10 LED Spotlights if you want to opt for a green solution which achieves the same amount lighting in your home whilst using less power. You don’t necessarily have to cut down on the quality of your lifestyle to save the environment, as technology is improving every day to provide us with the same goods in a more efficient and less damaging manner to the environment.

Just consume less.
Before you go buying fancy new equipment because it’s branded as “eco-friendly”, you should be striving to using less; you need to reduce, reuse and recycle before you consume. If you have an old car or an old toaster, for example, use both of these things until they’re worn out and they’ve lost all functionality. Even if an appliance isn’t energy efficient, it’s more damaging to the environment to waste a resource and consume a brand new one than it is to use the old one up first.

Festival Fashion: What's Your Style?


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We’re finally over the worst of the winter weather, and springtime is edging ever closer. Now is the perfect time to start planning ahead and start thinking about updating our summer wardrobe. Music festivals are always a great way to show off our individual style, but do you know yours? Here we’ve rounded up a few looks to try out for next season.


Romantic

Romantic and boho styles are usually floaty, feminine and inspired by vintage fashion. Think flower garland hair bands and ditsy patterned maxi dresses. This hot pink fanny pack is great for festivals and handy for looking after your funds, hands free. You’ll want to complete your look with a floppy fedora and henna hand tattoo.

Rave

The rave look is definitely not for shy and retiring types. This particular festival goer loves a good psychedelic print and splashes of color wherever possible. Complete the look with lycra leggings, reflective shades and an arm full of glow sticks. Ravers love to stand out from the crowd, so any clothing that reflects in the dark is perfect. Hairstyles vary from colorful beaded styles to dip dyes and full on dreadlocks.


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Indie

An Indie girl likes to keep it casual. A band t-shirt and frayed denim shorts are her staple signature look. Throw on a leather jacket, studded bag and you’re good to go. Or keep your look feminine but with a balance of grunge by wearing a floral mini dress with tough old lace up boots.


Happy Glamper

Taken from the word ‘glamping’ (glamorous camping), this type of girl doesn’t do mud. You’ll find her in a caravan nearby sipping on the bubbles. In terms of personal style, designer shades are a must, or at least some bejewelled version. The tan must be topped up and accessories are crucial. Her preferred clothing includes a gilet, black leggings and sparkly wellies.

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Carnival Queen

The carnival goer loves a display of color and feathers as she struts through the streets. For her it’s all about being flamboyant and having a good time while listening to the steel pan sounds of the caribbean. The brighter the better as far as she’s concerned. Accessories are essential, preferably of the diamante variety. Don’t forget a sprinkle of glitter for good measure!

Boho

Festivals have a way of bringing out our inner bohemian. This type of style consists of feather earrings, crochet tops and lots and lots of fringing. Boho lovers are partial to a wide legged harem pant and ethnic threaded necklace. If this sounds like you, places like Ibiza and Coachella make for the perfect summer.

Of course, not everyone fits into these categories. It’s a bit of fun to loosely represent the different looks and styles you’ll find at various music festivals. This summer, why not experiment with a new look and take from different trends to mix it up a bit. Just have fun with it and you may even discover a new favorite look.

Bathing Beauty? Why Bathtime Is A Boost From Head To Toe

Over the years, the need to do things quickly has changed the way we live in ways you may never have expected. Scarcely anyone sits to write a letter anymore now we have email. People who would never have considered themselves handy in the kitchen now cook full meals, as automation has made that easier. One thing that has become lost, largely, to more convenient approaches, is the good old bath.

That's a real shame. Of course, we like the speed of a shower. When we need to be out the door first thing in the morning, it's indispensable. You'll also hear a lot of people arguing that a shower gets you cleaner than any bath can. These same people, though, seem to ignore the many benefits of having a bath - for hygiene, health and so much more.

A Bath Is Good For The Heart


The key to this is that the bath needs not to be too hot. If you're lowering yourself in slowly, wincing at the temperature, you need some more cold in there. But if the water is warm - not tepid - it has amazing health benefits including a decrease in blood viscosity. This helps a better blood flow and improved heart health. This does come with the caveat that you should be careful of warm/hot baths if you have a pre-existing heart condition.

It's Better For Beauty


No-one's saying you should stop having showers. Convenience dictates that they are the correct solution if you have to leave the house in fifteen minutes and need to get clean. But if you have the time, a bath has benefits you may not have considered. For example, our skin benefits from opening the pores and hydrating all over - a positive anti-aging step. Not only our skin, but our eyes and hair will also be better for it.

It's A Pampering Process


Not only does a bath get you clean and boost your health, but it's also the ultimate in "me time." Add a few drops of essential oil to the water, and you can gain in relaxation and respiratory health. The quality of water is important here, as are types of bath. Research the best ones for longevity, as this will help the water stay clean and have the most health benefits for you.

You'll See The Benefits In Mental Health Too

Again, some people feel a lot more "ready for anything" after a shower. The shock of the water hitting your skin is undeniably bracing. However, baths aren't without benefits for the mind. Being submerged in warm water eases the nervous system, meaning less production of stress hormones. It's a lot easier to face life after half an hour in the bath.

You'll Get Sick Less Often


One of the primary criticisms people have of a bath is that it's not hygienic. They point out that everything you've washed off is still in the water. A fair point, until you point out that a quick spritz with the shower spray soon fixes that.

Not only that, but in terms of bodily health, a bath oxygenates the blood and is better at killing off bacteria in the system. As a result, you will get ill less often. If all of the above isn't reason enough to get in the bath, surely that's a winning argument?