The way we dress or more precisely our style is sort of like the wind meaning everyone knows what it is but no one can tell you what it actually looks like. This is not to say that there aren’t those among us that are more fashion savvy and know which colour of shirt goes well with what pair of socks, but to most of us it really doesn’t matter. At the end of the day, what you wear and what makes you feel comfortable is entirely up to you, however if you want to know just the basics of what an ideal summer outfit could look like, then you’ve come to the right place.
Let’s start with the clothes for men, and more specifically the shoes. When it comes to formal wear, men are sorely limited in the footwear department, but luckily since we are going for a more casual look that has to both keep you cool and stylish during hot days, there is more choice. You can never go wrong with either a good pair of well kept slip-ons or low top sneakers, but make sure that you avoid thongs (otherwise known as flip-flops) at all costs, not that they’re a bad choice, but rather because they are a bit too casual. Working our way up, a good pair of western shorts can both prove to be a comfortable alternative to actual long jeans while still letting you ignore the heat a bit better. As for the upper body, you’re best options are usually a well fitting polo shirt, or a button up shirt with short or rolled up sleeves.
Now, when talking about great summer outfits for women all I really have to write is “a dress” and my job is pretty much done. While I phrased it like a joke (or at least I tried), there is honestly no substitute for a dress in the warmer months if you are looking for something that you can wear basically to any occasion and still not get hot. But if you aren’t looking for a dress, then for the upper body, either go for something that’s a bit looser around the waist and arms, or a bit shorter if you prefer a tighter fit. For the lower body, you can also take advantage of the same western shorts as the men can, or even choose to get shorter ones than the men’s, which usually go to the knees. Finally, the shoes. Try to go for something from the open toed variety or if you want to go for boots, make sure they are at least comfortable (and again it’s probably better if you avoid thongs).
Over the years, we’ve come to realise the harm exposure to stress daily poses to our health. Stress has become so common, that we consider it part of our day to day lives, and it needn’t be so. Seeking for the right alternatives in dealing with it, trying to cut down on it, or avoid it at that, there are some age old techniques that can’t be overlooked, as is the example with yoga.
Isn’t it interesting how despite all the millennia, yoga keeps on appealing to more people? It’s because it has to do with how efficient it is in bringing body and mind in harmony, that can be accomplished through the various asanas, and breathing techniques. (more…)
If you love swimming or sunbathing, you’ve probably dreamed about having a pool right there in your backyard. But since having a yard big enough to build a swimming pool is not something that everyone is lucky to have, today there are various solutions to help you have this dream come true. My absolute favourite? A swim spa. Small in size but pretty big on function and looks, swim spas are a great outdoor relaxation accessory that doesn’t require much space.
Coming in sizes ranging from 2-3 meters in width and 3.5-6 meters in length, swim spas are smaller than in-ground swimming pools but also larger than hot tubs. With a swim spa, you’ll have all the benefits of a pool with plenty of usable space around it for things like sun-loungers and umbrellas. And the fact that swimming in a spa is nothing like swimming in a pool should be of no great concern. While in the pool you need to eventually stop and turn around, jets in the spa generate a current that applies pressure so you can swim continuously in place and strengthen your muscles.
There are also plenty of cool features that come with a spa. Therapeutic jets that relax your body, hot water for the complete spa experience, comfortable seats to have a break from swimming, LED lights to set the mood, and many other bells and whistles. The fact that swim spas are heated means your swimming season can be extended for as long as you wish. On the other hand, with a swimming pool you really can’t get more than 3-4 months of fun time.
But if you plan on using your spa for an extended period of time, pay attention to the level of insulation. Additional insulation around the cabinet will ensure that the heat the water pumps and the heater generates won’t easily escape, further increasing the energy efficiency of the spa. The spa can also be made more energy-efficient through pressurized filtration, or in other words, programming the spa to run less when a certain amount of pressure is achieved.
And finally, the question that I bet popped into your mind – Is a spa easy to maintain? Good news is that swim spas require only a fraction of the maintenance that comes with having a pool, which you need to skim and scrub weekly – time which you could use to enjoy the nice weather. The smooth fibreglass coating on the surface of the spa is resistant to microbes and fungi, whereas the filtration system ensures there’s always clean water circulating. Plus, when compared to a large pool, a spa requires less chemicals to be kept hygienic, meaning swimming in it won’t be so harsh on your skin.
For many of us the distinction between modern and contemporary style isn’t a clear one: what’s modern is contemporary and vice versa. What’s important to know is though we most often associate these terms with sleek design, simple clean lines, and lack of ornamentation, modern and contemporary can still be elegant, and comfortable moreover.
Don’t be surprised if you find yourself lost further in the distinction of styles when mixing the two with Scandinavian too – after all its focus is on simplicity and comfort just as much, so basically there are more similarities than differences.
The brightness, neutral colours, casual comfort, and and materials and elements in the natural charms as characteristics can all be found in the Scandinavian modern contemporary furniture pieces. Great news is no matter what the style of your interior may be, these types of furniture can easily fit in without causing a stir to the harmony – they can actually emphasise it!
While the soft neutrals are more than welcome for the walls, you can spice things up with the modern contemporary furniture to make the interior pop. Cream walls would go perfect with sofa in the shades of grey, paired with a coffee table of natural hardwood, with a flair of natural fabrics in vibrant colours to add some texture and contrast – remember, it’s all about making the interior warmer, and welcoming.
The reason Scandinavian, modern, and contemporary have caused such a stir over the years is they don’t just have to do with the improvement of the interior décor, but the lifestyle of those living in that interior as well. The more nature around the comfortable the home becomes, and it’s not only through sustainable furniture pieces or fabrics that it can be amplified: there’s also natural light, and plants to count on.
The perfect way to invite more brightness is through the windows, and you can increase the effect by opting for bare flooring and mirrors to reflect it, plus have a chance to show how beautiful the flooring is. As for the plants, it’s a fact they can make us happier, they add years to our life thanks to purifying air, and their texture can be just as decorative as artworks.
On the plus side too, the planter boxes can also have a role in the interior décor, like the variety of geometrical shapes they can be found in, so you’re bound to get a fun interior you’d love to immerse in.
We all know the kitchen is the heart of the home. But sometimes, it’s not exactly the room we’re proud of the most. Since the kitchen is mostly used exclusively by ourselves, we tend to pick kitchen utensils that are cheap and simple, and rather boring to be honest.
So, when it’s time to throw a dinner party, we get anxious whenever guests get anywhere near the kitchen. If your friends are like mine, I’m sure they are very thoughtful (and very snoopy) and will want to come in and help you serve. When that happens, a gorgeous set of kitchen utensils can save you from embarrassment. Even if your cooking skills are not one to make Martha Stewart proud, at least the kitchen utensils will surely leave a great lasting impression. (more…)
We have all been told to brush our teeth when we wake up and before we go to bed, and to floss at least once a day since we were kids. There is a lot to be said about proper dental care and its immense importance, but there is often also a need for some professional help from your dentist or oral hygienist as well.
The type of all encompassing tooth protection that you can get from a professional dentist teeth cleaning can’t be matched by anything you can do at home. No matter what kind of toothpaste you use or how diligently you take care of your teeth, there is a limit to what your brush can do, and a few things that just can’t be prevented. If you don’t run to the bathroom after every cup of coffee, or pull the dental floss out after each meal or snack, then you will inevitably develop some stains and plaque on your pearly whites. But don’t worry, a scale and polishing session can help with that. (more…)
Are you really getting all the rest you’re supposed to? In today’s rushed and over-stressed world, it’s rare to find a person that gets the necessary amount of Z’s. Most of us sacrifice our sleep at the expense of getting more things done. But the truth is, getting enough sleep is what actually gives us more energy and improves our focus, thus helps increase our productivity. It’s a shame that in today’s world, sleep is considered a luxury.
Skateboarding and longboarding was taking the world by a storm in the mid-1950s, when surfers weren’t satisfied with just riding the waves and took to the streets, at first using simple improvised boards (usually planks with roller blade wheels mounted on them). Often mimicking the riding style of surfing, they began carving the pavement and gradually developing styles of their own. Quickly “sidewalk surfing” became a sport of its own and eventually evolved into the skateboard culture we know today. (more…)
No matter what you serve in your cafe, how good the food is, how polite the staff are, it means nothing if you can’t attract customers. If people don’t know about your establishment and if you are only one of the many struggling for visitors in your particular area, then one sure way to interest people is to enhance your outside look. This is a good way to stand out among your competitors and make a good first impression on people that haven’t even gone in yet.
A bit of visual flare can do wonders to interest passers by in checking out what you have to offer, as well as giving your cafe a unique look and feel that will stick in your customers’ memories. This way, if they are ever on the fence about not knowing where to go, your place will stand out to them when they remember it and you might get a few more return customers.
The best way to give your cafe a look that is both fresh and stylish is to get a few cafe planter boxes. The advantages that certain cafe planter boxes provide go beyond the visual appeal as they can also contain an integrated self-watering system where all you need to do is fill up the reservoir and the plants will take all the water that they need. Additionally, they also posses a water level indicator so that you can easily see if they ever need to be refiled, which means that they are ridiculously easy to take care of.
Another great but simple way to attract attention is to make the colours the first thing anyone notices. This doesn’t necessarily mean only using bright colours on every inch of the outside, but rather having a wide assortment of different colours that make it appealing, and maybe accenting them with darker, moodier tones to make them a bit more intense. It’s also a good idea to draw more attention to the sign as well, since it will need to pop out at people and make them remember the name easier.
Finally, you will also need to pick out some good chairs and tables for your visitors. It would probably be best not to go purely for aesthetics here since just because you can get a seat made entirely out of tree branches, doesn’t mean people will like sitting in it. The ideal option is to get something that will be comfortable for the customers but will be unique or pretty enough to catch the eye as well. But if that is not an option, always prioritize the customers over the look.
Finally, you should never forget that getting customers through the door is only the first step, next you will have to give them a reason to remember you and to want to come back.
Though we’ve come to be acquainted greatly with the term of minimalism in the recent years, there are many of us that find it difficult to distinguish minimalism from something stark and cold, yet it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way! Take contemporary style for instance: though it shares the minimal characteristics – sleek, clean lines, it’s comfortable at the same time, synonymous for a casual atmosphere with the use of natural elements, neutral colours, and spaciousness.