Dos-and-donts

The Dos And Don’ts Of Interior Design

Style is subjective but that doesn’t mean that the rules of interior design can be thrown out the window. It’s all about balancing out proportions, finding a happy medium for a particular room, and most of all – having fun designing your unique little space. As a general guide, stick to our rules below which will help to create the best room possible.

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DO: Incorporate lots of light

Position couches, tables and shelves around the natural light of the room. If your house is lacking some natural light, extra lamps are always a great idea for any room. Position them in the corner or next to the couch for easy access to an outlet.

The Do's and Dont's of Interior Design

DON’T: Buy small throw pillows

They might seem cute at first, but these pillows actually serve little to no purpose in the long-term. Invest in comfy pillows that will you will actually use! A throw blanket is always a great piece to have lying on the side of the couch.

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DO: Think about your walls

White is always a safe choice, but if you want to step out of the box, try something a little off tangent such as grey. It’s not as risky as a darker colour and will still match the rest of the room and its furniture. Otherwise, a feature wall is always another good option.

The Do's and Dont's of Interior Design

DON’T: Isolate rooms

Instead of blocking off each room (for example the living room and the dining room) make sure they flow. This can be achieved with lamps, rugs and buffet tables.

The Do's and Dont's of Interior Design

DO: Invest in curtains and shutters

Especially during the colder months of the year when the sun is basically non-existent. Layer your curtains to give the room the option of letting a bit of sun in.

The Do's and Dont's of Interior Design

DON’T: Match everything

Long are the days when everything needs to match (sofas, tables, dining room chairs). This look can feel a little retro and outdated. Instead of throwing everything out and starting from scratch, keep a few of your favourite pieces and mix them with new ones from the store.

The Do's and Dont's of Interior Design

DO: Go thrift shopping

It’s true – older pieces are usually made from better materials and workmanship. Regularly pop into thrift stores which will give you a great offering of unique pieces that are made to last the distance.

The Do's and Dont's of Interior Design

What are some of your do’s and don’ts?

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July 29, 2015

Do’s and Dont’s For Cutting Hair At Home

Whether you simply want to give your hair a bit of a trim, or even cut yourself some new bangs, there’s nothing wrong about cutting your own hair at home.

Although we don’t recommend our guide below for any drastic makeovers, read through some of our great tips to get rid of any stray hairs.

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DO: Use sharp scissors

Use special hair scissors which are available at all drugstores in your city. They are super-sharp and won’t leave your hair blunt or damaged.

DON’T: Cut wet hair

If you’re planning shorten those layers in your fringe or length of your hair, make sure to work on dry hair. This way, it’s easier to see if you’ve made any mistakes rather than waiting until your hair dries.

DO: Divide hair into small pieces

Take it easy and cut your hair in small pieces, rather than putting your hair into a ponytail and going all Edward Scissorhands into your longer strands.

DON’T: Cut hair without doing your research

There are so many video tutorials on YouTube which show you step-by-step ways to cut hair at home. All you need to do is find one which is suited to the type and texture of your hair.

DO: Use a mirror

That is, at the back of your head. This way, you can easily see if your hair needs straightening or if it looks nice and even.

DON’T: Cut your hair before a big event

Or colour it yourself if you have an event just around the corner such as a wedding or formal. If something does go wrong, you can always slick it back into a ponytail, or put it up into a bun.

DO: Remember, it grows back

If you have made a mistake on your hair (we’ve all done it), remember that it does grow back. You can always go to the hairdresser and they can fix the problem in the meantime – just use this as a lesson!

What are some of your DIY hair blunders? Let us know in the comments.

Image via Lily Jackson

April 12, 2015

Underwear As Outerwear: The Lingerie Trend

Whether you love it or loathe it, the underwear as outerwear trend is extremely popular, especially amongst celebrities.

If you want to try this trend at home without getting any weird looks, try some of the following outfit ideas.

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DO: Denim

Pair a silky, satin dress with a casual piece of clothing such as a denim jacket. Not only does it help to balance out the entire outfit, but the colours look pretty cool!

Arm candy is optional, however it always helps to spice-up any outfit.

Underwear As Outerwear: The Lingerie Trend

Play with texture

Keeping in the same colour palette is always a safe choice, especially if your bodice is inspired by lingerie. Ashlee Simpson kept this outfit looking demure at a recent event, even though she’s completely wearing black.

The texture of the bodice isn’t too overwhelming and works within the frameworks of the entire outfit.

Underwear As Outerwear: The Lingerie Trend

Chiffon

Keep your entire outfit balanced out by showing off a sexy lace bra with a chiffon shirt. For some, this look might seem a little too risqué, but it works perfectly on an evening out for drinks.

Underwear As Outerwear: The Lingerie Trend

Pair with trousers

A top which shows a bit too much skin looks best when paired with some skinny or boyfriend-fitting trousers. Daisy Lowe shows us how to rock this style with a skinny belt and court heels.

Underwear As Outerwear: The Lingerie Trend

Dress it down

Since anything with lace or satin material can make an outfit a little too dressy, why not pair them with casual pieces? This bright pink cardigan makes for a perfect day to night outfit with lace-up heels and a mini tote bag.

Underwear As Outerwear: The Lingerie Trend

Crop top

Pairing a statement crop top with other basic items is also another way to try this trend. It shows some skin without going overboard and can also be worn during the day with a denim or flannel shirt tied at the waist.

Underwear As Outerwear: The Lingerie Trend

DON’T: Forget your pants

This outfit by Taylor Momsen might work if she’s performing onstage, but it won’t get you on the best dressed list. Wear a longer skirt and keep some mystery to your outfit!

Underwear As Outerwear: The Lingerie Trend

Use statement accessories

Your outfit should already be making the statement for you, therefore any flashy shoes, bags, and jewellery is strictly a no-no.

Underwear As Outerwear: The Lingerie Trend

Buy online

As with many other trends, you need to go into the store and try the clothing on. Buying online doesn’t guarantee that you will always find your size – clothing that is too big or too small is less than flattering for your personal body.

Underwear As Outerwear: The Lingerie Trend

Images via Style Bistro, Pinterest, Posh 24, Barrie Stephen Hair, Collage Vintage, Bella Boutique, Urban Moms, Look, Style.com

March 5, 2015

Common Skincare Do’s and Don’ts

There is no secret to clear skin; other than keeping it simple, and sticking to a consistent routine for both morning and night. It is important to realise that a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work for skincare, and trial and error is encouraged – albeit in moderation.

If you are looking to create a stable skincare routine for your skin, follow our guide documenting what you should (and shouldn’t) be using.

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DO: Moisturise daily

Treat your skin to a lightweight, moisturiser to keep everything hydrated for both the morning and night. Sometimes skin can feel a little tight, so it is extremely important to lock-in the moisture, especially after taking a shower, removing makeup, and going to bed.

DON’T: Use face wipes

Actually, as a general rule, don’t tug at your skin whilst removing makeup. Although it can feel like the cosmetics are never going to come off (we’re look at you, mascara), it’s always best to take time with this step. Use a gentle micellar water on a cotton pad, and soak over the skin.

DO: Apply eye cream

It is never too early to start using an eye cream, but it’s important to use a formula recommended for your age. A woman in her twenties should not be using a line-filling formula designed for mature skin – it just doesn’t work like that! Apply a tiny amount (a grain of rice for each eye), and pat into the skin.

DON’T: Rely on natural skincare

Avoid making the mistake of switching to purely organic skincare. A large quantity of these products are made with larger molecules, which the skin finds extremely difficult to break down. Switch up your skincare, and use a few different products from some trusted brands – and always read the ingredients!

DO: Facial oil

Many women who suffer from oily skin think that using a dry oil will only make their skin look and feel tacky. Oils are ideal for all skin types, since they are deeply hydrating, and actually penetrate the skin better than lotions. It is important to incorporate this into your routine a few nights during the week, and use 3-5 drops for your entire face and neck.

DON’T: Try everything at once

While it might be tempting to switch up your skincare routine on the regular, it could leave your skin looking less than perfect. It takes a few weeks to see any visible changes from a new product, and if you’re using more than one at a time, you will never know which is worth repurchasing.

DO: Exfoliate weekly

Depending on your skin type, it is important to exfoliate at least once a week. If you’re using a harsh formula which has the tendency to strip the skin of its natural oils (micro-beads), don’t use this product more than once a week. A gentle, powder-based exfoliator is ideal for women suffering from sensitive skin and redness.

DON’T: Over-work your skin

Sometimes it’s just best to keep it simple, and stick to a standard skincare routine for clear skin. This might involve cleansing, moisturising, and toning with an alcohol-free solution which won’t disrupt super-sensitive skin.

What are some of your skincare tips?

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January 28, 2015