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Choosing The Most Comfortable And Easy Raincoats

unduhan (18)It is important to prepare yourself well in advance for the different climatic changes in your country, so that you are not caught unawares during crisis situations. Monsoon season is when you need to be on charge at all times in order to protect yourself from the sudden downpour when you are travelling. Most of us use umbrellas during this season to stay away from the rain. However, do you think umbrellas are doing a good job from protecting you? You still find your clothes getting wet or messy, in spite of using these, don’t you? The ideal solution for getting full protection from the heavy rains is to use high quality of raincoats. In this article, we are going to learn about some tips on choosing good raincoats and why they do a better job than umbrellas, in protecting you.

Benefits of raincoats over umbrellas

Umbrellas only cover your head. Your body, clothes and other belongings are exposed to the rains. Thus, they offer no protection at all, especially in cases of heavy rains. Raincoats, on the other hand, come in all sizes and can be worn as a single piece or two piece clothing all over the body as well as over the head, giving you complete protection even when it is raining cats and dogs.

When it comes to durability, raincoats definitely score more points, because umbrellas get damaged easily. On days when it is windy or raining very heavily, you might find your umbrellas losing control and breaking off easily. When you buy raincoats from reputed suppliers, you will be thrilled to notice that you can walk strongly through harsh climates as well, without the fear of getting wet in the waters.

How to choose the most comfortable raincoats for yourself

If you want ultimate protection for you and your family members from the harsh rains, you need to buy raincoats that fit well and ones that are made from high-quality materials. Never compromise on the cost here, as you need to focus on durability and protection aspects only. Here are the areas that you need to focus on when you want to buy good raincoats:

Easy to breathe – You need to buy raincoats that don’t hinder your breathing in any way. You need to be absolutely comfortable in them as even the slightest discomfort may cause difficulty in breathing and result in suffocation for you.

Perfect fit – Choose raincoats that are slightly loose for your body structure. Never make the mistake of choosing tight models, as they can make you feel very uncomfortable. Also, do not wear raincoats that are too loose either; this will allow rain water to seep in through the gaps, thereby making your clothes wet.

Colours – If you have been wearing raincoats in shades of browns and blues and greens, it is time to reconsider your choices. According to expert raincoat manufacturers all over the world, it is highly recommended to wear bright shades of raincoats like the ones in neon or fluorescent shades, orange, yellow etc. This will make you more visible during the night hours and will save you from getting lost during days of heavy rains, no electricity and other crisis situations.

 

Grooming Essentials For Your Next Holiday

images (10)This might be a late entry when we are talking about holidays, but definitely not so late that these can’t be incorporated into your traveling bag the next time you plan your trip. Holidays have surely felt like the best times of enjoyment, but only if you are properly prepared with everything that is needed for the vacation. Men can be very enthusiastic while packing their things, but can also miss out on things which will make them a little less prepared to enjoy the fullest.

Talking specifically about things that men need for their grooming and taking care of their skin as well as hair, this piece of information can be very helpful for you. This article talks about the various grooming essentials that every man should keep in his travel bag in order to have sexy, fashionable and groomed holiday.

1. Hair gel: Going all the way from head to toe, we’ll start by talking about the hair. Hair has always been a little special for men when it comes to getting the haircuts or giving the fancy hairstyles and more. Hair gels would let your hair stay in shape that you want them to be without being rowdy and being themselves. Keep it in order to tame your hair and for the fancy style. Make sure it is lightweight and doesn’t provide the glittery effect to the hair strands because they can look very outdated as well as weird. So go for the ones that get absorbed easily or for the matte ones.

2. High SPF moisturizer: Coming down to the most important part of your body i.e., your face. You can’t take chances with your face after all and would go that extra step in order to keep everything under control. Be it summer months or winter months, the sun plays its role and there’s no place you can hide from it. Hence, you need to take care of everything with the help of a good moisturizer that contains SPF 30 or more which would not let your skin burn or cause problems like irritation. Make sure you buy the one that gets absorbed into the skin and doesn’t appear to be like fabricated. So, choose carefully.

3. Perfume: A man is also judged by the way he smells and that’s where the catch is. If you are looking for ways that can help you get a partner, then this is the right way to mesmerize them. Make sure you don’t go to the extremes like floral or too feminine while making your selection because you might not want people to look at you with the stary eyes. Would you? So go online or at the brick and mortar shops to actually test and buy your kind of fragrance.

4. Right underneath fashion with groomed privates: Keeping your manhood in check, it is very important to groom your privates for the time you get lucky. Well, if you are there with your partner or looking for the right one; this would come in handy. Shave off the forest, apply moisturizer and wear the right kind of men’s underwear. Oh yes! By abiding with all the above points, you can’t afford to lose your chances with your underneath fashion after all. So make sure you have something very appealing when those pants come off. Anything like men’s brief underwear or thongs for men, you can choose something that appeals to you.

Well, these are the basics that you must not forget and apart from these, you can keep a lip balm, manicure kit (to keep the nails clean), foot care kit and many more things that will keep you looking fresh as a daisy.

 

Picking the Perfect Yarns

images (9)Beginner knitters may be trying out this new method to relieve stress and anxiety, or they may simply love the idea of knitting their own blanket. Whatever the reason, beginner knitters often wind up throwing themselves into one project or another, and wind up feeling confused as they look at the large selection of Rowan string that is offered.

There is tweed, alpaca, wool cotton and others. It can be a bit overwhelming, but beginner knitters can follow this guide for their first project.

Alpaca

Most people have heard of Alpaca sweaters. These sweaters are known for being softer than other types, and that is exactly what this product is known for too.

Projects produced from Alpaca will be impressively soft, and will feel wonderful against the skin. Sweaters made from this material are known for keeping individuals warm during the coldest winters, and for being comfortable for the pickiest individuals.

Alpaca fiber is ideal for projects that are intended for individuals that have allergies due to the hypo allergic nature. Alpaca has a different genetic makeup than wool, so it will not hang onto dust and other allergens like wool fibers do. Instead of fibers collecting dust, resulting in the person itching and sneezing, they will feel comfortable and warm all day long.

Wool

Wool is a popular choice, and many individuals are familiar with wool sweaters. Wool is a universal product that will work well for any project that knitters want to last awhile. Wool is usually a more average price, and will last an average amount of time without showing excessive wear and tear like other varieties, such as Alpaca.

Alpaca is a great product for everyone, but it does tend to cost a bit more than more common products, such as wool. Wool can be used for everything from curtains to sweaters to blankets. It is not as absorbent as cotton, but it does still absorb a small amount of water when washed.

Cotton

Cotton is known for being soft and absorbent. A simple glance through one’s closet can easily reveal a number of cotton products. Common pieces of clothing and other cloth items are usually made of cotton, such as sheets, blankets, shirts, socks and so on. All three of the types of yarns listed are ideal for clothing, but cotton is usually the most affordable and easiest to care for.

There is one thing that tends to make cotton stand out from the rest: it is great for towels. Other Rowan products, such as Alpaca and Wool are great choices for clothing, but knitters that plan on making towels are encouraged to go with cotton. Cotton can absorb more water than Alpaca and Wool, meaning that it is easier to wash (hence why it is so popular for clothing), and is ideal for towels.

Knitting has a great deal of health benefits, and can reduce levels of anxiety in a matter of minutes. When knitters begin their first project, the wide selection of Rowan products available can make things a bit confusing. “What type of yarns should be used for certain projects?” is a commonly asked question, and it comes with a rather simple answer: whatever type you feel is best.

Individuals that like Alpaca can make anything they would like out of this high quality product, and cotton is so universal it can be used for anything. There are no rules or set standards as to which product is best for certain projects, excluding towels.

Individuals that plan to make towels are encouraged to use cotton due to its high absorbency. Take the time to explore different varieties of Rowan yarns to discover your favorite types; it will be a fun process.

Years ago, Katherine found herself unable to work a traditional job. As the hours passed by, and she watched her husband sheer the sheep, she decided to make her own yarns. As it became a popular product at local farm markets due to its exceptional quality. It was then that this small business began to grow.

 

The Rich History of a Brand Born in 1881

unduhan (16)The county of Northamptonshire, England, has long been renowned for its boots and shoe making; the village of Wollaston just outside of Wellingborough is no exception. Until the latter part of the 19th century, shoes and boots were normally made in homes by individual shoemakers, who were paid only for the work they had ready when the collector came with his barrow to the door. Remuneration was poor and there was little security of employment.

In an attempt to impose some regularity of income, in 1881 five men living in Wollaston banded together to form a co-operative (a company owned and run by the people working in it), called the Northamptonshire Productive Society (NPS). Their premises were based in a dove house located in Thrift Street, Wollaston, and NPS was locally referred to as ‘the Duffers’. Luck was with them from the outset as they managed to secure an order for army boots from the Government, an order which would sustain them for the first year.

As industrialisation spread in England during the late nineteenth Century, demand in England and abroad for high-quality boots steadily increased. Accordingly, NPS enjoyed rapid growth and by the turn of the previous century NPS had grown to 80 employees. Consequently, NPS moved to a larger purpose-built factory on South Street, which although modified and expanded, they occupy to this day.

Footwear has been made at NPS with various different construction methods, including riveted and stitched, stuck-on, vulcanised and more recently Goodyear welted which is now used in all their shoe production. In the 1950’s Austrian Dr. Maerten (subsequently anglicised to Dr. Marten) and his associate Mr Funck developed a now famous air cushion sole. R. Griggs Group Ltd., who owned the rights to manufacture footwear with this technology, sought out the best local factories to manufacture footwear using this sole. NPS was an obvious choice and in 1959 the first English pair of sample boots with air-cushioned soles was welted in the NPS factory. For 35 years NPS produced Solovair (Sole-of-Air) boots and shoes under license, which were sold under the name “Dr Martens by Solovair”.

Times change and NPS no longer produces boots and shoes under license, but they have maintained their independence and high-quality standards. NPS patented the name Solovair in 1995 and their latest range of footwear not only maintains their original manufacturing quality, but the products have been enhanced with a new ‘Soft Suspension’ sole that improves the comfort and durability.

The famous production standards of NPS has secured Solovair a reputation with retailers and discerning customers, as a premium soft suspension product. Rather than have a continuous production line, which they believe offers the operative no time to notice and correct any errors, NPS is organised in areas according to distinct stages of production. Each pair is only passed from one area to another when the respective operative is satisfied they are ready. In this respect, there is a far slimmer chance that an unsatisfactory shoe or boot will result at the end of the production process. In effect it is a continuous quality control process not employed by many other factories.

NPS continue to remain true to their ideals, combining over 130 years of tradition, the latest technology and materials, in order to produce the best quality shoes and boots. To maintain this undisputed quality, their products will always be hand-made from start (‘clicking’) to ‘finishing’ in the UK.

 

Back to Classics – Straight Leg Pants

unduhan (17)When it comes to choosing proper outfits for different occasions we often come to the thought that to do our best we need to own all the kinds of clothing possible. Sometimes we seek help looking through magazines and catalogues which also add to the idea of having spacious closet to store all these essential items though in reality you don’t need that much to look good.

While lots of us have no trouble when picking tops, choosing the right type of pants might become challenging. But, honestly speaking, everything is much easier than fashion experts make it look like. Just two or three most common styles might become a perfect basis for your wardrobe. For example a single pair of straight leg pants for women can do real magic. Let’s look closer at those.

As it is easily deducted from the name this is the type of pants that has the same width of the leg from the hip down. Still the width may vary. There are classic designs that sit quite loose on the hips and are pretty wide at the bottom. These are good to wear with heeled shoes. More recent styles are a bit narrower and sit tight at the hips and down the leg. They are often cropped so this is a good choice to show off shoes with cute ankle straps or decorations. And of course they look great with ballerina flats or more sporty types of shoes.

These pants can be made of very different types of fabric – from light natural linen to heavier polyester. More expensive brands offer sophisticated mixes of wool and silk. And of course for those who cannot imagine their lives without denim there are straight jeans. Women long ago adopted this style of classic men’s jeans and seem to feel very comfortable in those. Although they are considered not very appropriate for office work where more formal designs are preferred, there are ladies who manage to make straight leg jeans for women work in official environments.

If you decide to get yourself a new better fitting pair of straight leg pants, keep in mind some simple guidelines. These pants should not be too loose in the hip area otherwise they will make you look rather sloppy. It would be a good idea to go for pants made with some stretchy fibers as they generally fit more accurately and do not go baggy at the rear areas with time. The length of the leg is also important here. It is easier with straight legged jeans because you can simply roll them up and down but this trick won’t work with pants. If you are not sure which is the best match for you, ask the consultant at the store as they are usually trained to know such things. You can also take the pair of shoes you plan to wear with your new straight leg pants and try them on together. This way you will avoid unpleasant surprises later.

 

How to Love Your Leather

unduhan (15)Leather is one of those fashion items that becomes part of you. If you invest in a special piece – maybe a beautiful bag or a really sleek wallet – it really can last a lifetime. But if you totally neglect your much-loved wallet it may not last the distance.

The flipside is – you have to be practical. I mean who has time for buffing and polishing and preserving every item of leather you own. Let’s not get ridiculous! So we’ve done the research for you to come up with some hot tips on practical ways you can love your leather.

1. Know your leather. Is it finished or unfinished? Finished leather generally is flat in colour and is harder, colder and stiffer to touch than unfinished leather which is soft and warm to touch and more likely to be a rich colour.

2. Decide what kind of leather lover you want to be. One of the great things about leather is that it develops a life-story of it’s own over time. If you’re happy with a bit of change, some well-developed wrinkle lines and creases. Then you don’t really need to stress! But if you want to preserve your leather so it looks like new forever then you will need to work a bit harder.

3. Dry leather SLOWLY! If your bag or wallet cops some rain exposure or is splashes with a wayward beverage, don’t take to it with a hairdryer! Leather can warp or shrink if exposed to too much heat too quickly. Instead, give it a quick wipe. Room temperature and gentle air flow is always best for drying!

4. For cleaning, change tactics for the type of leather you’re treating. Finished leather can simply be wiped with a soft, damp cloth which unfinished leather (like suede) should be brushed with a soft brush.

5. If your leather product gets too dry and begins to crack – you might need to condition it. Finding a suitable leather condition can be tricky! There are a range of different products you can test but we love the leather care beewax dubbin by Gundara.

6. Finally be KIND to your leather. If you treat your leather right it will be by your side for life. So that means, don’t stuff your wallet full to overflowing so the leather stretches out of shape. Because it will NEVER go back to it’s original shape. And don’t pile things on top of it or let it get wet or sweaty. JUST BE NICE!

 

How to Keep Your Silver Sparkling

unduhan (14)You know how it goes – we all play favourites when it comes to jewellery, but the pieces you love the most get worn to death the fastest. And then, tragedy! Nothing else will suit the neckline or the pattern or the tone of your go-to ensemble quite as well as your faithful few favourites.

But never fear! There are a few tricks of the trade that can help keep your silver sparkling, your brass beautiful and all your jewellery glamorous.

1. IT’S THE FINISHING TOUCH, NOT YOUR FOUNDATION

I am so guilty of sleeping, showering and everything else in my favourite earrings (and necklace and rings and anklets and… anyway), but jewellery loves it best when it’s loved the least (time-wise that is). So put it on last – after your clothes, make up and perfume – and take it off first – before getting undressed, hitting the shower and going to bed.

2. UNLESS YOU ARE BEYONCE, JEWELLERY DOES NOT BELONG POOLSIDE

Aside from the fact that you run the risk of looking a booty girl from a rap music video, chlorine and other chemicals are terrible for jewellery – silver will tarnish and gold can pit. For similar reasons, Sadie the cleaning lady never wore her jewellery while cleaning the shower either.

3. SIMPLE IS BEST WHEN IT COMES TO CLEANING

While we’re talking about Sadie, don’t get carried away with cleaning your jewellery either. Cleaning solutions can do way more damage than good – stick with warm water and a jewellery cloth.

4.KEEP AN EYE ON THE SITUATION

It might not be rocket science, but one of the best ways to care for your jewellery is to have a good look over it before you put it on. Check out the clasps and any stones or links for signs of wear and tear and you won’t be taken by surprise by a disappearing necklace.

5. STORE IT SAFELY – AT HOME AND AWAY

At the risk of stating the obvious, leaving your jewellery in a tangled mess on your dressing table generally doesn’t lead to longevity. Keep it somewhere safe where each piece can be stored separately – it will protect it from damage and make finding what you’re looking for easier. The same goes for when you are travelling – a jumble of jewellery in your toiletries bag to rifle through each day does not a happy traveller make!

 

Top 3 Tips to Get Exclusive Offers on Clothes While Shopping Online

unduhan (11)There is nothing as beneficial as getting a huge discount on good quality clothes. We all know the excitement the word ‘sale’ can bring to any individual. If you are among those who like to get value for money by keeping track of the offers and want to know how to get offers on clothes, this article is for you. In this article, we have mentioned top 3 ways that can help you get some amazing offers on clothes and accessories, while shopping on the web. Here’s how.

Sign-up for regular e-mail alerts

Whenever there is an online dresses sale or special or occasional offers on clothes, a lot of companies make sure to send discount coupons or e-mails to regular customers or anyone on their e-mail list. Some of these offers are for a limited time only or just for a single-use. To make sure that you have all the offers in your kitty, make sure to sign-up for newsletters or regular e-mails.

If you are among those who do not like to receive a lot of e-mails, you may make sure to regularly visit their website as most online store owners also provide ads on their websites.

Shop online instead of retail store

Another way to get a great deal and stay within your budget is to have various options. Suppose your budget is Rs.800, it is easier to find below 799 dresses on a website at once compared to a retail store, where the shopkeeper might have limited options. Also, prices of clothes do not always match; however, the web provides you an option to compare and select the best deal possible. While shopping online, make sure to check the shipping and return policy of the provider before finalizing your order.

 

The Future of the African Fashion World

unduhan (12)It was the brainchild of the very artistic Dutch people of the Netherlands, primarily for the Indonesian markets.

West Africans had noticed, and primed the lovely textile product for their local markets and use, after the Turks made a cheaper version of the fabric, and re-branded it Ankara, which is now the country’s capital. This decision was a total departure from what used to be known as ‘Dutch Wax Print’.

It used to be seen as an outfit for the poor, and was mostly worn by women for special occasions, and traditional ceremonies, sometime in the 1990s.

Over the years, creative West African Fashion minds have reformed the underlining concepts, and orientation of the Ankara Fabric, to reflect the typical African beauty, personality, and disposition. Today, it defines and reflects the true West African spirit, culture, and general ethics of the people, and also goes well with Western fashion products, and defiles complexion, as it fits both the dark, and light skinned.

The Ankara Fabric is also now worn or used in schools, corporate organizations, parties, Churches, and almost everywhere else. This explains how much appreciation it now has among fashion enthusiasts, and for use in our everyday life. Men have also begun to patronize Ankara wears, and it fits them just perfectly too!

In recent years, the Ankara fabric has become a dominant brand in the African Fashion world, as more African Nations, and even the Western Nations are starting to build textile manufacturing industries in order to harmonize the Ankara fabric with their own cultural exposures, social tendencies, and ethical dispositions. This is evident in outfit choices often made by great celebrities like Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Solange Knowles, etc. Previous reports have indicated a noticeable blend of the Ankara fabric in most of their outfits.

We are very lucky to find great fashion enthusiasts in this part of the world who have taken keen interest in the promotion, and celebration of the Ankara fabric, and products.

So in case you want an inspiring outfit, with great West African story line, complete with legendary ecstatic designs, then your best bet are the Ankara products.

DMG Clothing is one fashion company we know, with an inspiring story about how the Ankara fabric is changing lives and general fashion orientation of her numerous customers.

In a recent chat with one of their representatives on Facebook, we got to note how passionate the DMG team is, about creating a new sub-regional fashion brand which will reflect the daily aspirations of Africans.

 

Five Ways to Revitalise Your Furniture

unduhan (13)Furniture can last for years, but, as time goes on, it can quickly become outdated, or the need to re-do older furniture may come from simple wanting to redecorate. Purchasing a new living room suite is always an option, but this can be costly, particularly for families that are fond of redecorating on a yearly basis. Instead of purchasing new furniture, make old furniture look like new again with these redecorating tips.

Fill in scratches

A marker or wood filler can be used quickly and easily to fill in any scratches that are on the wood. Markers will cover any surface scratches in just a few seconds. This simple tip is one way to help clean up old, scuffed up furniture, and one of the vital steps to take in revitalizing old furniture. If you plan on staining furniture, filling in deeper scratches is still a necessity.

Stain it

If you are planning to redecorate, the old colour of your wood may not match your new decorating scheme, or maybe it’s just time for a change. Either way, wood can easily be stained by sanding down the wood, and then re-staining it to coordinate perfectly with a new decorating scheme.

Re-upholster it

If changing the colour of the wood isn’t enough, it may be time to change the colour of the materials as well. Take the time to select sturdy upholstery fabrics. When choosing an upholstery material, it is always important to consider whether or not it will show stains easily, how easily your new material can be cleaned and what colour will coordinate perfectly with a new decorating scheme.

After selecting the ideal upholstery fabrics, contact a local supplier to order your material and enjoy the pride that re-upholstering the outdated furniture in the living room will give you.

Customise it

Customise the furniture in any room with a few simple stitches. Using some thread that colour coordinates with the new colour scheme, take the time to stitch custom designs into upholstery before it is used for a sofa or a chair. This special touch will give furniture a one of a kind look that is guaranteed to impress guests. The same idea can be used on the arms of chairs, sofa pillows or any other cloth areas.

Get New Legs

If staining or painting the wood is not going to be enough, purchasing new legs is another option. This particular option may cost a little bit more money than a can of paint, but it will still save a lot of money when compared to the cost of new furniture, and can instantly transform the appearance of everything from a kitchen table to a small living room chair.

Several retailers have the option of purchasing new table tops and legs. Legs can be purchased for couches and chairs as well as kitchen tables. Certain styles of coffee tables may have this option too. This simple touch can make a vintage chair from a few decades ago appear modern almost instantly.

Re-doing older furniture may seem like a lot of work, but it all depends on how much work individuals would like to put into it. Re-upholstery companies are available to complete part of the work for customers, and even this option is cheaper than purchasing new furniture.

Individuals that would like to do it themselves can use one or two steps to make old furniture look new again, or they can use all five to breathe life into an otherwise dull and boring living room in just one week. The possibilities are only limited by how much work a person is willing to put in.

Beaumont Fabrics is an online British company that specialises in selling materials of all kinds from a variety of suppliers, including upholstery fabrics. This online fabric store has materials of all sizes and textures, guaranteeing that there is something for every project, no matter how big or small. Samples are available for order via the online store, and customers that prefer to see things in person can schedule an appointment at the local warehouse in order to see it before purchasing it.