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This is an area that has been a thorn in a man’s side for the last decade – Nightwear.
There has been very little development in fashion when it comes to men’s nightwear, in fact the only addition of note has been the onesie, and that has been modified from babies’ sleepsuits.
And, every man probably remembers receiving some ‘extraordinary’ pyjama sets for Christmas and birthdays. Not only do you feel uncomfortable in them, if you have a partner just imagine how they feel looking at you, their reaction would be to laugh or cry.
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A man’s desire to look good in the bedroom should not only be restricted to sex. Instead it is important that a man feels good in what they wear, again this should apply to the bedroom with some great nightwear available at xlme.co.uk/
So, what is on offer in the bedroom for men today?
This guide will run through several items of nightwear that should be considered. Every man is different, and will have their very own likes and dislikes. So, here we go:
These are probably one of the most popular choices, and can be found in either a chequered or plain design.
If you choose to go for chequered pants, ensure that you have a matching plain top (assuming that you want to wear one). The matching plain top will go well with nearly any pattern on your chequered lounge pants. Do not wear a patterned top, as matching the patterns can be incredibly difficult. Remember, you want to feel comfortable when you are wearing lounge pants, so it is important that they look the part.
The Dressing Gown
Also known as a robe in some places, the dressing gown comes in two different types. Men have the choice between the traditional fleecy number, which is ideal for those cold days during the winter months. There is also a lightweight alternative, and you may be thinking of the silky, oriental types, but in reality you can pick up some great plain designs.
The footwear you can officially wear indoors, without the looks from your other half. There are two choices when it comes to slippers, the luxurious leather slippers or the more comfortable fabric loafers.
Briefs and Boxers
Obviously not at the same time, it is one or the other. Underwear may not be classed as your more traditional nightwear, but many men do opt for briefs or boxers when hitting the hay.
It is not surprising, as what is comfortable and confident during the day can be reflected during the evening and night. Fit is essential when choosing either briefs or boxers.
The classic woven pyjamas have been one of the mainstays of men’s nightwear. These can be very sexy and extremely comfortable, but are also very individual.
Some men prefer the lounge pants, or shorts, with a t-shirt, whilst others will opt for the woven pyjamas. Some men will go for a combination or something in-between. Whatever you choose, be sure that your comfortable as this will breed confidence.
Take pride in your nightwear.
I don’t get to write that many articles about fashion tips for brides, so I’ve been looking forward to this one for quite a while. At my own wedding, people were constantly telling me how beautiful I looked, and so I know how important it is to pick out the best possible dress. With that in mind, this post will draw attention to some of the items you may wish to consider, whilst also highlighting exactly why they work so well. At the end of the day, this is probably going to be one of the most special occasions of your life, so it’s vital you get it right.
You might think that heading down to your local dress store and picking out the most expensive items would be enough, however; you need to put a lot more thought into your outfit. So, take a quick read through all the suggestions I’ve made here, and you should come away with a better understanding on the type of products that are guaranteed to make you look like a million dollars.
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Choosing The Perfect Dress
Presuming you’ve decided to get married during the summer, you definitely want to opt for a traditional white dress. However, you don’t have to pick something up with a huge tail, as this looks very 1980’s. Instead, ask to see some of the stores more fitted numbers because short and slinky is very much “in” at this time of year. Also, avoid anything with floral patterns.
Choosing The Perfect Jewellery
Unless you want to look like as natural as possible, it’s wise to pick out some great quality wedding jewellery. Personally, I like to see a diamond necklace and perhaps a small and elegant bracelet in the same style, but you should aim to find something that suits your choice of dress. As your wedding ring is probably going to be made out of gold, it’s best to wear silver jewellery to ensure your most prized possession is highlighted sufficiently.
Choosing The Perfect Shoes
Footwear can be a real pain on your wedding day, as even the shortest of dresses tend to hang very low. Obviously, you’ll need some attractive heels that match the rest of your outfit, so try to find white shoes with silver decorations if you can. Alternatively, consider having some specially made for your big day. While this might cost a lot, you can’t really think about the money too much on this occasion.
Choosing The Perfect Accessories
As you can see from the image I’ve included alongside this post, elbow length white gloves make for the ideal wedding accessory, and so you should most definitely purchase some for your big day. Try to find them in silk or velvet, as this will make you feel comfortable and luxurious.
Now you’ve read through all my tips, I’m confident you’ll look like an angel when your wedding day finally arrives. Just don’t forget to plan well ahead, and everything should go smoothly. Also, feel free to send me an invitation because I love a good knees-up.
I wish you the best of luck with your marriage!
There has been a steady rise in the popularity of outlet stores in UK in recent years. In response to the popularity, more have opened up all over the country including the likes of brand outlets, factory outlets and discount designer outlets. The reason these are so popular is simple – if you want to save money and are not too worried about buying items and lines that are anything from 6 months to a year outside of the current trends, you can from these types of stores.
Discount outlet shopping malls are one of the most popular and normally have a minimum of around 30 stores with bigger malls having in excess of 100. There is usually something for everyone with all bases covered such as housewares and linen, electrical goods, toys, sporting goods, handbags and luggage, jewellery and accessories, shoes as well as children’s, women’s and men’s clothing. It is very easy to make a day of it at an outlet store as there are always a few inexpensive coffee shops, cafes and restaurants where you can make a pit stop.
Some Important Things To Keep In Mind
Although it is hard not to get carried away at a mall where there are so many reduced labels and the word sale plastered in every shop window, there are some important things you should keep in mind t so that you shop sensibly.
Remember not to get too caught up in the sale atmosphere. It is safe to say that we all have at one time looked in our wardrobes to proudly gaze at our bargains only to think “What was I thinking buying this?” Even if you say you haven’t, the chances are that you are in denial, so keep a level head and try to get the right bargains for you.
While tags that say 50% and 70% make you feel like you are getting an amazing bargain, keep in mind that this will be a percentage off the RRP. The RRP is generally a lot of wishful thinking on the part of the retailer or manufacturer and not what you may pay in normal shops for the item.
Carefully look at and check items to make sure they are marked correctly if there is damage or the condition isn’t perfect. If they are seconds they should be marked accordingly, but often aren’t. It is important to make sure that the condition of items you are interested in is acceptable for you before buying them because almost all designer and discount outlets have “no return” policies.
One final word of warning is that you should note that many of the discount outlets in the UK are part of bigger operations with the same shops appearing in everyone. Although this may not be very important, it is just something to keep in mind when something is perhaps marked as a one-off exclusive as the truth is it’s probably available in other outlets throughout the country.
Have you ever considered your choice when picking the right shoes to buy? For many professionals around, having the kind of shoes that goes with their profession and company’s uniform policy is important. However, not many are aware about the importance of using slip-resistant shoes. Or do they even realize what a slip-resistant shoe is.
What exactly is a slip-resistant shoe? It is a kind of shoe that provides safety benefits of not getting into any accident. Mainly, it is designed and made to increase traction through special sole materials that prevents slipping. Most work shoes are with slip-resistant technology to prevent accidents in the workplace. In order to give you better ideas about slip-resistant shoes, here are some of its advantages:
The percentage of employees being hospitalized due to slips and falls in the workplace are increasing. But with proper use of work shoes, specifically the kind of shoes with anti-slip design, accidents can definitely be prevented. The microscopic roughness on slip-resistant shoe sole allows proper gripping on the floor. It gives anyone the composure that you can work with proper protection.
Wonder why a slip-resistant shoe can help save some amount of money? Less accidents would mean less expense. The employee hospitalization cost that many companies pay every year for workplace accidents is undeniably big. But then again, using some slip-resistant safety shoes would mean savings. Companies should really think about implementing a slip-resistant shoe program. The use of floor mats to avoid slips can also be eliminated in case everyone in the workplace wears the safety shoes, reducing some cost.
Fashion Plus Safety
If there’s something that everyone will love about the slip-resistant shoes is the fashion plus the safety that it offers. Yes! Slip-resistant
After knowing what a slip-resistant shoe can offer, do you wonder how can you buy one? There are obviously a lot of best professional and safety shoe shops around. The internet can give you massive options. You can specifically ask for slip-resistant shoes and you will absolutely find options that suit your taste and style. You can also find them at reasonable prices. The protection and the savings it provides are worth the cost that you have to pay.safety shoes still come in style. The additional safety feature doesn’t have to ruin your fashion stylishness. They can be used in almost everywhere. Thus, there will be no reason why you should not buy one for yourself.
Jena Branch is a fashion enthusiast who believes on the importance of practical shopping. You can visit clogsandshoes.com if you need more ideas about slip-resistant shoes.
It seems like there are very few people in the Western world who don’t know who Katy Perry (originally known as Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson) is. The singer/songwriter has, over the last 10 years, risen from a bright star with unfulfilled potential into one of the biggest and most adored global pop superstars. Her road to music and success started when she was a youngster singing Christian gospel music. Then she left home to seek out something different.
It was anything but easy in the beginning and Katy had to deal with many roads to many of the roads to success leading to dead ends. That was until, surprisingly enough, she got dropped from a record deal with Columbia Records in ’06. This was the catalyst for the turning point in her professional life. Columbia’s publicity executive at the time was Angelica Cob-Baehler. She realised the mistake that Columbia Records had made dropping Ms Perry and underhandedly made a passionate plea to Virgin Records boss at the time Jason Flom. Ms Cob-Baehler recommended that Katy would be a big star and that Virgin Records should not pass up the opportunity.
It was soon after that Katy signed to Capitol Music Group, the company that resulted in the Virgin and Columbia merger, and this led to the writing, recording and release of One Of The Boys, her debut album under her new stage name. There was 3 globally successful singles released from that album that you undoubtedly remember flooding all media outlets – Ur So Gay, I Kissed A Girl and Hot N Cold.
Following an extensive tour in support of her album, she also found time to record an MTV unplugged album, an album collaborating with production team The Matrix and make a number of appearances on other peoples albums, such as Timbaland and Gavin Rossdale. She released the first single from her second major label album, Teenage Dream in ’10 – called California Gurls. The song featured the West Coast rap legend Snoop Doggy Dogg and was a smash hit. This was followed by the singles Teenage Dream, Firework, Last Friday Night and One That Got Away. As with the last album, she toured for a long time round the world and also made her first appearance in a movie, voicing a female smurf in The Smurfs film.
Cut to 2013 when Ms Perry released one of the big hits of the summer, Roar. This was followed by Prism, her third studio album. Prism was supposed to be a lot darker than it turned out, as the sound and structure was inspired by the Swedish dance scene. The songs Unconditionally and Dark Horse were also released as singles before the end of 2013.
Katy Perry begins the firstleg of her 3rd world tour, The Prismatic World Tour. The tour starts in Belfast as the Odyssey Arena and features support from quirky pop act Icona Pop. Ms Perry will also be stopping at Glasgow’s amazing Hydro. If you are a big fan based in London you will want to get Katy Perry tickets at the O2, as that will undoubtedly be a highlight of the whole tour.
After a divorce or a messy break-up, lots of women swear they will never get sucked into another relationship. However, after spending enough time licking their wounds, the possibility of getting back into the dating game might seem appealing even though at first a little overwhelming.
The thought of dating again shouldn’t stress anyone out. Here are some things that every woman should know before getting back into the world of dating.
Jumping right in
First things first: freshen up before stepping out. Get a new haircut, splurge on a mani-pedi, or get a fun new outfit. When a woman looks good, she feels good – and that’s what it’s all about in the dating game. But looking good isn’t going to generate dates, no matter how sexy that new hairdo is. Join a book club, let friends and neighbours know, and get online.
Dating sites are a great way to meet like-minded people, so check a few out. Maybe even start with the Global Personals LinkedIn page. Please remember, that your profile picture is actually pretty important. Though it should be the last thing a prospective date looks at, it will always be the first. The secret to a good profile picture is to keep it simple – and a full-body shot can increase chances of receiving messages significantly. Just stay away from cheesy selfies.
Finding a cream blush in the right shade is one of the best beauty secrets a girl can learn – there’s no need to carry a brush, it’s long lasting, looks natural, and is easy to apply. In some cases, the cream blush can also be used on the lips. It’s a good idea when you go shopping during the day and the end results should look like the skin after a good workout or hot shower.
Vaseline is a girl’s best friend
Petroleum jelly has been around for years, and rightly so. This simple, inexpensive product can be used for dozens of things, such as softening lips and elbows, preventing the effects of hair dye along the hairline, and lengthening lashes (yes, some women believe that applying a small amount of Vaseline before bed can help lashes grow long and strong.)
No time? Dry shampoo
Sometimes, there just isn’t time to wash, dry, and style the hair – but who wants to walk out of the house looking like they just rolled out of bed? Dry shampoo is definitely the way to go – apply it close to the scalp and brush though to absorb grease and give a dirty head a nice, clean scent in just seconds.
Roll on the scent
Most perfume producers make small versions of their scents, often in a roller. This is a convenient, purse-sized alternative to carrying a full bottle of perfume around all day – perfect for freshening up on a quick trip to the ladies’ between the appetizers and main course. Perfume rollers are also a good way to test out a new scent without having to spend money on a full bottle.
Ever wanted to do a detox without having to live on nothing but fruit juices? Detoxing through the feet is highly effective and really easy. Detoxing through your feet will cleanse your body of the toxins that have built up over time through wrong eating, smoking and breathing in harmful chemicals. There are lots of different ways to detox your feet. All of them are pleasant and relaxing. A word of caution: detox will not cure fungal infections which require very specific treatment; see http://www.excilor.com.au/for details.Do a detox through your feet and give your body a natural cleanse. Here are a few detox ideas.
Homemade Detox Bath
You can prepare your own foot detox bath. You will need a container that is large enough for both of your feet to soak in. Grab a packet of herbal foot detox preparation from your chemist or health food store. You can also make your own. Just mix together some tea, garlic, ginger and dried citrus peel. Green tea is best and will also help with foot odour. Experiment with mixes until you find a combination that feels good for your feet.
You need very hot water in your detox bath. Boil water and add to container. Then gradually add in cold water until it reaches a temperature you can tolerate. Put on some relaxing music, light a scented candle or oil burner, pop your feet in and soak for 25 minutes. Relax!
Detox Food Pads
You can purchase special food pads designed to detox your system. You should be able to get these at your health store or chemist. Detox foot pads are usually made from bamboo extract which has a strong drawing quality. Food detox pads have their origin in Japanese culture.
Foot pads should be applied to the soles of the feet before bed. Leave them on all night so they can do their detoxing work while you sleep. In the morning remove the pads. You will notice the used pads are stained with the toxins that have exited your body. The regular use of detox foot pads is reputed to reduce headaches, aches and pains, and fatigue.
Ionic Foot Baths
Ionic foot baths are created by producing positive and negative ions in warm to hot salty water. The ionized water facilitates a process called electrolysis, which is basically the use of an electric current to create a chemical reaction. Energy charges the saltwater converting the water molecules into ions.
The warm water opens the pores in your feet and the salt acts as an astringent. The ions are absorbed into the feet assisting detoxification. The salt water will react with the ionic cartridge and cause the water to become brown. This discoloration is caused by a chemical reaction and not by toxins coming out of the body as is sometimes thought.
Ionic foot baths can be used for around 45 minutes at a time and should be repeated twice a week for a month, then twice a month for the next month or two, and monthly after that.
If you’re bored of your hair, it sounds like you need to make an appointment at your local hairdresser’s and ask for an update. The only problem is, that sometimes it can be difficult to decide what to have. There are so many options! We have some suggestions for you here, so that when you rock up at your hairdresser’s you have at least a little inspiration to go on:
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A Full Fringe
A full fringe is a great way to update your style, and there are so many variations you can go for. Try a longer, wispy fringe for a round face, or compliment an oval face with a shorter, choppier fringe. In some cases, you can even sweep your fringe to the side or part it for a different look when you’re bored of having it all to the front. Discuss with your hairdresser the different styles that will suit you!
Highlights can give you a sunkissed look on a dreary day. They’re the perfect pick me up when you look in the mirror! Clever application can make your hair appear thicker too, so if you have thin hair they’re the perfect choice.
If you’re bored of your lightened tresses, lowlights can darken the colour without going all over. A great option for winter hair.
An All Over Colour
Perhaps what you need is an all over colour to spice things up. The possibilities are endless; baby blonde, mysterious brunette, ravishing redhead, carefree copper…you name it! Your hairdresser will be able to match your new shade to your skintone and eye color, so you know that whatever you go for it will compliment you nicely. You could even try a temporary colour to test the water first!
Layers can instantly freshen up a one length style, and help it to appear bouncier, thicker, and full of life. Carefully placed layers can compliment your face shape too!
Hair extensions are a quick way of getting thicker, longer hair. If your hair is very short, you might not be able to try these as they’ll need something to grip on to (plus they can look unnatural). However, if your hair is the right length you can get your desired length without waiting too long at all!
The Pixie Crop
On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you’re bored of your long hair you could try a pixie crop. A pixie crop can be very powerful, and there are many variations to suit different face shapes. Victoria Beckham, Keira Knightley, and Jennifer Lawrence have all sported the crop at one time or another!
An Inverted Bob
An inverted bob will spice up your hairstyle without taking too much off. It’s easy to maintain and quick to style too!
If you’re apprehensive about trying one of these styles, you can always go the non-commitment route and take a look at Afuro Wigs. If applied properly, they can look very natural and give you a new look with none of the commitment. Have fun with your new look!
It’s getting close to that time of year again when most men have to spend some time selecting the perfect restaurant to take their loved one for a valentines day meal. In truth, it’s much easier for men to fulfill their role in the day because the gifts they buy are pretty uninspired; chocolates, flowers, heart shaped balloons, etc. However, things are a little more complicated for women, especially if they’re looking to break tradition and buy their partner the ideal valentines day gift. This is why I thought today might be a good time to publish a short post highlighting some gift ideas, and attempting to make your life that little bit easier.
So, if you’ve been looking online for the last couple of days trying to find the perfect gift, but you’re having little luck finding it, then give me your attention for a the next few moments, and I’ll spend some time discussing some of the items I think most men would love to receive. Obviously, they won’t be suitable for everyone depending on personal interests and tastes, but I’ve tried to include only the most universally appealing items, so you should be safe purchasing them in most circumstances.
1 – Aftershave
This is a mutually beneficial gift ladies, and it’s guaranteed to go down well with your partner. Just spend some time at your local cosmetics and perfume shop smelling all the most popular scents and pick the one that’s most appealing to you. At the end of the day, your man only wears aftershave to get you going anyway, so you might as well buy him your own favourite.
2 – Leather Wallet
Personally, this would be my own choice, as it provides a place for your man to carry a photograph of you with him at all times. Also, if you buy a rather bulky wallet, the chances are he’ll be able to fit more money inside, which means you get more things bought for you every time you go out shopping.
3 – Fashionable Clothing
If you want your man to look his best when you head out for your valentines day meal, then purchasing some designer jeans or cool printed t-shirts could be perfect. Again, your man only wears trendy clothing to satisfy you, so you might as well choose from your own tastes.
4 – Personalised Bracelet
We all know how difficult it can be to get some men to wear any kind of jewelry, but if yours isn’t too fussed, then ordering a bracelet and having some kind of inscription performed might be the answer to all your gift worries. Just don’t have your own name put on in, in case he thinks you’re trying to brand him.
5 – Luxury Whiskey
Most men love drinking spirits, especially Whiskey, and so spending some time at your local store or checking specialist websites online might be a good idea. For around £50, you should have no trouble finding a really impressive limited edition bottle you know he’ll thank you for.
Remember ladies, if all else fails just flutter your eyelashes and tell him you love him. That usually works for me. Good luck with the present hunting, and I hope you have an amazingly romantic valentine’s day in a couple of weeks.
See you soon!
If you would like to successful combat the effects of aging and sun-damage, then you may be considering your cosmetic options. If you are unsure of which procedure to go for when it comes to the wide variety available nowadays, please use this post as a helpful guide that aims to explain the advantages and the results offered by photorejuvenation treatments.
One of the most common and popular form of photorejuvenation procedures is IPL or Intense Pulsed Light and this is a type of cosmetic dermatology that is used to improve the texture and tone of your skin. As well as this treatment having the benefit of improving almost every and any problem that effects the overall look and structure of your skin, the treatment is also preferred because it causes very little discomfort and therefore it does not take very long to recover from it. In addition, it is also considered one of the most cost-effective treatments available at the moment, and has the bonus advantage of being non-ablative which means you can have this type of treatment with other therapies including laser resurfacing and microdermabrasion for the most effective results.
What Happens During A Photorejuvenation Appointment?
During an IPL appointment, multiple pulses of light are shined over your skin to penetrate into the deepest layers. The light is turned into heat energy and is absorbed into the blood vessels, sun spots and dark spots beneath the skin’s surface. Another benefit and advantage of this process is that it stimulates collagen production which decreases the signs of skin imperfections. After having the treatment, you will notice that the size of pore has decreased, your skin has a more even tone and there are the sings of overall appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, redness, acne, broken blood vessels, discolouration and age spots has dramatically diminished.
As well as being very cost effective, IPL photorejuvenation is one of very few cosmetic skin treatments that are non-invasive. As the actual treatment causes little pain or discomfort there is little to no recovery time required after sessions. This is because the treatment does not damage your skin’s external layers meaning less pain during and less chance of side effects after an appointment. The vast majority of photorejuvenation patients are able to return to their normal routine after their appointment has finished.
As previously stated above, if you are worried about the price of photorejuvenation treatments compared to other treatments, it is actually one of the most affordable kinds. As the majority of physicians will encourage and recommend patients to have more than one appointment of treatment, you can save a great deal of money as these are normally charged at a lower price. One of the biggest advantages is that it is one of the cheapest treatments, but also the most effective at producing long-lasting results, which reduces the amount of treatments you will have to have in the future, further saving you money.