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August 28, 2017

Jasmine Tookes Wears Velina Jewelry!

LOS ANGELES, CA – August 28, 2017 – Jasmine Tookes shared a photo on her Instagram wearing Velina Jewelry over the weekend. The Victoria’s Secret model took a quick selfie wearing Velina Jewelry’s Aurora Necklace in Gold ($175,
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August 25, 2017

Go Humble, Give Smiles Humble Brush – creating change one toothbrush at a time


We all have to get up in the morning and brush our teeth, but what if that bathroom essential could mean more than just keeping our mouths healthy and clean? Start a Humble Revolution with Humble Brush – the effective, safe product with an innovative twist. A sustainable, bamboo toothbrush, get that thorough clean while keeping it green, and contributing to making a real difference in the lives of people in need across the world.

Handcrafted, each brush addresses two major issues with toothbrushes today: leaving an environmental footprint and not everyone owns one. On a mission to help address these problems, Humble Brush isn’t just kind to the planet, they are helping others in need. Every Humble Brush purchased goes toward children in need participating in a comprehensive preventive oral care program.

Founded by a small group of dentists from different parts of the world, The Humble Co. was created from a shared commitment to oral health and an understanding that it’s not necessary to harm our environment just to brush our teeth properly. From Jamaica to Ethiopia, each dentist was already involved in dental outreach volunteer work.


Last year, The Humble Smile Foundation traveled to Matola, Mozambique – one of the poorest and most underdeveloped countries – to educate the community on preventive oral health care. Teaming up with the International Association of Dental Students (IADS) and Sunshine Approach, Humble Smile helped two primary schools, an orphanage and a shelter to child victims of human trafficking, focus on habit change, the introduction of tooth brushing to the daily school routine, handwashing, and educating to healthy nutritional choices. Over 1,274 children were screened for oral disease and hundreds of cavities were treated with Silver Diamine Fluoride. Sharing ideas for preventive strategies with policymakers, Humble Smile was an integral part of Sunshine & Smiles – check out the full experience here.  

Starting in September, the team behind the Humble Story will be making a journey across the U.S. to raise awareness about their efforts, and to educate communities on the importance of preventive oral care. 

The Humble Brush is available in more than 20,000 stores around the world with major retailers including Waitrose, Rossman, Whole Foods UK, Carrefour, Douglas, Mothercare and many more. Humble Brush is also available across the US for the price of $4.99.

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August 24, 2017

Why Designer Nails Are More in Style Than Ever Before

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Why Designer Nails Are More in Style Than Ever Before

If you have been paying attention, the hit television show ‘Claws’ has made people aware of the various nail styles that are going around. The show has probably made you stop and see if your nails are worthy of some praise. The show’s protagonist, Desna, seems to change nail styles a few times per episode and you can even see her working on her own glue on nails, applying gems, and filing her nails when they catch a snag. Characters may show up in snazzy attire, but it’s their designer nails that everyone pays careful attention to. These are the reasons why designer nails should be a part of your everyday life.

They’re Less Expensive Than Nice Clothing

After coming out of the nail salon with a crisp French manicure, you will feel pampered and your nails will be looking incredible. Find the right manicurist to make your appointments and you will spend a conservative amount of money on keeping your nails stylish-looking. Now, when you go shopping for an outfit, you probably won’t be satisfied until you get a specific look that’s only offered by a couple of different designers. Trained manicurists can duplicate almost any designer nail style based on your budget restrictions. In the end, you’ll pay less changing your designer nail style once a week than adding a new designer outfit to your closet.

Great Nails Complement Fabulous Outfits

If you’re going to rock a designer outfit, you have to do it the right way. Freshly done designer nails always pair great with upscale clothes. Additionally, your outfits won’t look like they’re pulled together well unless you have hair and nails that look like they’ve been equally cared for. Find a new designer nail style that will look good on your hands, then you can choose outfits that match the same theme or include similar colors. People will notice your designer nails before they pay attention to your clothing and they will want to know how you came up with such fresh and fabulous ideas for them.

You Can Get New Nail Designs Often

Some women have a nail style that they know makes their fingers look longer, slenderer, and perfectly feminine. Once you have a base nail shape picked out and find the colors that make your hands look delicate you can modify your designer nail styles frequently. In fact, you can just switch polish colors whenever you have an hour of downtime and keep your nails looking impeccable every day of the week. Go to your manicurist to get a paraffin manicure that will hydrate your skin and change your nail designs on a whim.

You can leave your nails bare, go to a nail salon once a week, or make your nails a big part of your personal look. Always use a base coat and occasionally cut down your cuticles so they grow in straight, strong, and stay healthy. Designer nails don’t have to be garish or be super long, but it should be obvious that you spent some time and money making them look incredible.

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August 24, 2017

3 Most Glamorous Dog Breeds

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3 Most Glamorous Dog Breeds

If you’re considering adding a new pet to your household but are looking for a breed that is unique in every way, shape, and form, you need to get prepared to do some research and foot a substantial bill. This is all worth it when you want to have a pet that is intelligent, beautiful, and healthy. There are certain breeds of dogs that exude a higher degree of sophistication and good behavior; dogs that capture the essence of glamor. Below are the top three most popular luxury dog breeds on the market today.

The Elegant Samoyed

It’s likely you’ve seen photos of the stunning and playful Samoyed on social media somewhere. Originating from Siberia, the Samoyed is of the most in-demand dogs currently available for sale. The Samoyed is distinguished by its beautiful white coat that gives it camouflage on the ice dunes of its native Siberia. Historically bred for assisting with herding and pulling sleds in the snow, the Samoyed breed is incredibly smart, athletic, and playful. This dog would make a charming companion for any family, but because of its thick coat, it might be suited to more temperate climates. The Samoyed can retail from $7,000-$8,000 on the current breeding circuit, but once you see the dog in person you’ll realize no price is too high to pay.

The Little Lowchen

If you’re looking for a dog breed that is better suited to more indoor life or city living, consider the playful and precious Lowchen. Originally a Germanic breed, the Lowchen is incredibly strong and lively for a small dog. Breed to emulate a lion’s strong back hunches, the Lowchen loves running around and has quite the agile body. This breed has an endearing mop of hair that can be easily styled in a glamorous fashion. Because the Lowchen is a smaller yet energetic dog, occasionally they can get anxious. As such, consider purchasing the hemp-based supplement Canna-Pet that is shown to reduce anxiety or muscular pain. Lowchens need constant attention, praise, and affection, but give it back to their owners in undying love.

The Reliable Rottweiler

While you may have seen Rottweilers working as police dogs or as guard dogs, it is a misconception that such dogs are vicious. Rottweilers are incredibly astute dogs, quick to learn, and easy to train. Rottweilers are powerful and athletic and make perfect companions. They are strong and have a beautiful coat that easily makes them one of the most glamorous dogs you will ever have seen. If you’re looking for a dog that will become your new best friend and protector, the Rottweiler breed is for you. A Rottweiler will never leave your side and with the right person is cuddly and affectionate.


There are almost countless dog breeds cropping up today, but certain pure bloodlines remain the most desired and glamorous. The Lowchen, Rottweiler, and Samoyed are three such dog breeds that have proven to be evolutionary fit and most importantly, precious. Choosing a dog is choosing a companion for life, when weighing that decision, consider these three talented and athletic dogs.



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August 19, 2017

Coercing Creativity – 6 Tips For Finding Inspiration As An Aspiring Fashion Stylish

So you’ve decided to take your first steps on the journey to becoming a fashion stylist, and now that you’ve made the leap, it can be hard to gather your thoughts and inspirations into a compelling visual form.

Below are 6 tips aimed at helping you find your super-styling muse, and ways you can communicate this effectively to boost your career and your client base.

Look Out!

If you’re aspiring to a career in fashion styling, it’s important to keep your eyes open. Widen your circle of inspiration by seeking out new experiences and adventures. If you’re able to travel, it’s an excellent way to absorb influences and ideas.

Sometimes even a weekend away in a new environment is enough to trigger a new way of seeing, or some new aesthetic insight. Separate cities within the same country (think of the differences between Melbourne and Brisbane in Australia) will help to convey that there are cultural, climatic and environmental considerations to take into account when styling a client. Seeing these differences play out in situ is a very valuable experience.

Take Notes

A surefire way to ready yourself for a successful career in fashion styling is by undertaking fashion stylist courses. Armed with insider information, tips and tricks, you can be assured that your confidence and competence will skyrocket.

Completing a formal course will also allow you to make contacts and connect with likeminded individuals. It’s also a great way to update your knowledge and inspiration arsenal – industry professionals have seen and heard it all, and are willing to share their invaluable insight with you as you undertake your journey.

Culture Vulture

As with any new learning pursuit, it’s a good idea to read widely and read often. Seek out information and inspiration through the publications and journals of other countries, continents and cultures.

Think of the differences between French Vogue and British Glamour magazines. By being able to absorb and reflect on differing source materials, you will more ably form your own aesthetic opinion and style, while also grounding yourself with knowledge of emerging trends and markets on a global (not just local) scale.   

Cross Over

Art. Architecture. Music. Literature. These may seem like separate and disparate forms, but they’re all inter-related as they impact and influence our aesthetic sphere, and help to form our understanding of the world.

Understanding how wider design trends can be adapted and applied into your fashion styling will help to keep your business relevant, modern and interesting in a wider sense. It will also mean that you’ll never lack source material – whether it’s a song, a building or a sculpture. Artistic inspiration is everywhere and available for free.   

A Musing

If you’ve ever looked at another human being and thought ‘I love their style’, then you’ll find this next tip is a nod to simple instinct.

Try to deconstruct the fashion choices of people you find particularly stylish. Ask yourself questions like ‘why does this work’, and ‘why do I like this?’ By treating stylish friends and acquaintances (or even celebrities) as your muse, you will have an initial roadmap to some styling ideas, and reasons why these ideas are appealing or just ‘work’.

By unpacking simple questions you will begin to understand more nuanced notions inherent in fashion (and art and design). It can also be equally helpful to deconstruct fashions and fittings that you don’t particularly like – constructively think about why choices don’t work, and how you would change or improve outfits to create more visually compelling and flattering looks.

Pin It Up

Remaining up to date and filled with fresh inspiration is easier than ever in the digital world. Sharing platforms such as Pinterest and Reddit allow users to gather and discuss current trends, fascinations and inspirations. Pinterest is particularly helpful as it allows users the ability to create a digital pinboard where they can visually curate inspiration and get feedback from other users.  

A career in fashion styling is ever-changing, interesting, and filled with inspirations from all the senses. Remaining open to new experiences and interests, and reading widely will help to ensure your ongoing success, and will keep you current, relevant and avant-garde well into the future.

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August 18, 2017

8 Top Products By Celebrities

Constantly looking flawless, vacationing at a new beautiful destination or seen living in luxury, celebrities are often placed on a pedestal and inundated with a level of power, influence and responsibility. So when a celebrity endorses or creates a product, it’s hard not to be intrigued. However, the reliability of celebrity claims can often be jaded by commercialization, making it hard to determine which products are actually worth purchasing. Let’s check out some products that are either marketed or created by A-listers and have proven to be beneficial.

1. Sofia Vergara for Ninja Coffee Bar

Known for its variety of brew types, Sofia claims the Ninja Coffee Bar reminds her of the speciality coffee that she enjoyed in Colombia. Not only does this coffee system have a unique brewing technology, built-in frother and customizable servings, but it accommodates different sizes of coffee and even iced coffee without that awful watered-down effect.

2. Beats by Dr. Dre

For a long time, Beats by Dre have been popular for their crisp sound and sleek style. Now available as a wireless accessory, these headphones are great for intense workouts, warming up for a game or even doing household chores — no need to worry about them falling out or getting tangled up in the cords.


3. Ivy Park Activewear by Beyonce

Queen Bey prides herself on being a style icon so it’s no surprise that her line of activewear is on point. With a variety of styles and products, Ivy Park is stylish and lightweight, making you feel comfortable and fashionable when working out.

4. Kim Kardashian for Lumee Phone Cases

Not only does it have a sleek style but the Lumee Phone Case has a built-in light that is meant to allow users to take a perfectly lit selfie. Endorsed by the selfie-queen herself, Kim Kardashian, there is no one better to trust when it comes to unique phone accessories.

5. Cravings Cookbook by Chrissy Teigen

With a love for food, fun and family, Chrissy’s cookbook includes easy, straightforward recipes to all those delectable meals you crave. Including breakfast, lunch and dinner, this cookbook is great for a busy mum, young adult and even a beginner, and provides handy tricks that can be used in the kitchen.

6. 50 Cent for Glaceau Vitamin Water

Having previously owned shares in the brand, 50 Cent now endorses Glaceau’s Vitamin Water, owned by The Coca-Cola Company. Available in many yummy flavors, Vitamin Water has a number of vitamins and antioxidants and is a quick hydrator, making it perfect for constantly active individuals. You could even try Vitamin Water Zero, which is just as delicious but has zero calories.

7. The George Foreman Grill

Since its inception in 1994, the George Foreman Lean Mean Fat-Reducing Grilling Machine has sold over 100 million machines. The original concept involved creating an indoor grill that cooked on both sides at once and drained fat away from the food, making it healthier for consumers. It has gone through a number of improvements through the years, making it a great asset to any kitchen.

8. Kylie Cosmetics by Kylie Jenner

As a young and fresh style icon, Kylie Jenner’s line of cosmetics has been growing in popularity. With her first eye palette having sold out instantly, according to product review site, her range of make-up includes high quality products in a range of gorgeous colors.

Celebrity products are often instantly popular in market due to their associations, however some products actually provide great benefits to consumers. Try some of these suggestions and see the quality of product stand out.

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August 17, 2017

Top Reasons To Customize Your Mattress With The Experts!

Do you know that your mattress is a significant part of your life and in case you sleep on the wrong mattress you will invite restless sleep and back pain in your life! It is crucial for you as a person to invest in the right mattress for your sleep or else you will suffer from health issues that might turn worse with the passage of time.


Understand why your bed is important to you.

Most people overlook the need to buy the right mattress for their bed. They believe just any mattress will do. However, your body after a hard day’s work deserves the rest and care it deserves. In case, you sleep on the wrong mattress you will notice that pains and aches in your body increase. One of the biggest problems of sleeping on the wrong mattress includes your body sinking into the whole bed. You do not get the support you need, and the pressure points of the body are affected. It is here that you need to ensure you either change or buy a new mattress for your bed. You can opt for an innerspring, memory foam, air filled or customized bed as per your choice and needs.

Take expert guidance when you are customizing your mattress
Professional experts of bedding showrooms help you when it comes to choosing the right mattress for your health needs. You may customize your mattresses with TOILE – a name that invokes trust and quality when it comes to bedding and home décor. Ensure that you speak with experts and check for any underlying aches and pains you might have in your body. With the aid of their advice and guidance, you can tailor-make the mattress that meets and matches your needs without hassles at all.
Quality and comfort for years to come
When you are looking for the right mattress for your needs, ensure that you check for quality, comfort, and functionality. Beds come with a warranty, and they last for 10 to 20 years. At the same time, you must ensure that you take care and clean your mattress properly so that you face no problems or issues at all. In case you are not sure of the right kind of bed that is suited for your physical health and age, consult your doctor to find out.

Specifications -get the right measurements and guidance from experts
Discuss specifications and have the mattress delivered to your home without hassles at all. Also, ensure your family sleeps on the right bed. With the aid of customized mattresses, you will never face health problems at all. These mattresses ensure you receive comfort and health at the same time. They allow you to sleep better and you will not wake up feeling tired and fatigued.
Customized mattresses are not expensive, and they are affordable for your pocket. Opt for the right one today and see the difference it makes to your life and improves both the quality of health and sleep.

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August 10, 2017

Top Reasons for Doing Trampoline Exercises

Today everyone is concerned about promoting health and fitness. Now you could consider doing trampoline workouts for staying not only fit and active but for having loads of fun at the same time. If you feel that trampolines are meant only for kids, you are sadly mistaken. Trampoline workouts are supposed to be a fabulous way of staying fit and active for adults. Here are some of the top reasons why you must include trampoline exercises in your fitness regimen.

Fantastic Way of Burning Calories

You would be pretty surprised and impressed to learn about the speed at which your calories are burned thanks to a trampoline workout session. Trampoline workouts if performed properly have the capacity to burn as many calories in just 10 minutes, as you would be burning after dedicating solid 30 minutes to jogging. It is simply amazing, as far as, speed and efficacy are concerned.

Effective in Fortifying Leg Strength

While performing trampoline workouts you would be landing on your feet. You require engaging your legs for perfect landing. When your legs are involved in exercising, it makes your legs stronger. In this context, you must know that trampoline exercises are actually low-impact workouts that do not exert any pressure on your joints. So, you would not be experiencing any joint pains while you land on your feet. Within just seven days of doing trampoline exercises, your legs would be fortified. Browse for more about trampoline and fun time.

Great for Making Your Bones Stronger

Trampoline workouts could be done with great ease and definitely without causing any kind of pain or injury. Trampoline workouts boost bone density that would, in turn, make your bones stronger. High-density bones would certainly be much less prone to injuries and fractures. Trampoline workouts are great for making your tendons and ligaments stronger. Trampoline exercises would effectively reduce your chances of arthritis and osteoporosis or any other bone-associated issues.

Perfect for Enhancing Heart Health

Trampoline exercises are best for your heart as they provide a tremendously vigorous aerobic exercise and that accelerates the rate at which your heart would be pumping blood to the rest of the body. A trampoline workout would be fortifying the muscles that are required for a fit and active cardiovascular system.

Fabulous for Building Strong Muscles

Your leg muscles are strengthened thanks to the power-filled jumping that is the characteristic of the trampoline. With repetitive trampoline exercises that involve a lot of jumping, your muscles are compelled to contract more frequently than they actually do with all other workouts that boost their stamina.


We have discussed some of the top few reasons why everyone should opt for trampoline workouts for boosting and maintaining overall health and wellness. There are numerous other reasons why trampolining is a good idea. It helps in boosting natural detoxification. Moreover, thanks to the jumping, your lymphatic circulation is enhanced. The lymph fluids would be traveling all through your body eliminating the toxins, fat cells, and impurities that come on the way. In short, trampoline exercises are the way to go if you wish to lose weight and stay fit and active.

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August 9, 2017

Fashion Trends to Watch in 2018

Fashion is a constantly evolving industry, and one with a long and rich history. Changes in fashion trends reflect changes in society and technology; whereas all clothes were once made by hand, advances in manufacturing now allow us to mass produce clothes cheaply. This has added value to clothes that are still made by hand and elevated them to luxury item status. In addition, this ease of manufacturing has meant that fashion trends can now be set by just about anyone.

Fashion designers maintain a high degree of control over which trends emerge and which fall by the wayside, whereas trends used to be set by the preferences of those with a higher social status. It is notoriously difficult to predict which fashion trends will catch on, and the industry regularly throws up many surprises, but below is a guide to some of the emerging trends worth keeping an eye on during the next year.


Psychotropic is a throwback to the psychedelic trends of the 1960’s. So-called hippy fashion has never really gone away and has remained popular as a cornerstone of youth counterculture since its inception. This is in spite of the commercialization involved that runs counter to the initial goals of the hippy movement. Modern manufacturing and textile techniques allow designers to be more creative in producing multi-colored, multi textured clothes and more complex patterning. Both psychedelic and psychotropic fashions take their cues from the natural world and the colors, patterns and textures combine to evoke memories of sunsets, flora and other examples of natural beauty. These natural evocations sit alongside bright and vibrant synthetic colors, highlighting the contrast between the synthetic clothes and the natural world they are trying to emulate.

The original psychedelic movement was largely inspired by the rise of psychedelic drugs which rapidly gained popularity among the youth counterculture of the time. The range of sensations, the nature of the epiphanies, and the hallucinations users experienced while under the influence of psychedelics such as LSD have since inspired a broad range of art, music and literature and, of course, fashion. The psychedelic fashion trend was not only a celebration of what many considered to be the most important aspects of this newly discovered youth culture but was also a way of expressing what many considered to be the most positive aspects of participating in the culture to outsiders.

A key theme of the psychedelic movement was its communal nature, valuing shared experiences and ideas as well as a sense of communalism over the individualism that conservative America was trying equally hard to push upon people at the time. This attitude is perhaps best demonstrated by the lack of big fashion names associated with the movement; it was a movement created by and for the hippy youth and resoundingly rejected any attempts to capitalize on it or twist it into a commercial venture.

As time went on the staples of hippy fashion such as the homemade tie-dye t-shirts were replaced with mass produced offerings that replicated the style and, gradually, the initial goals and purpose of psychedelic fashion fell away and was replaced by a commercialized imitation of what once was.

Psychotropic fashion is an attempt to rectify this injustice and to retain the style to its roots. Some argue that, when removed from the broader context of the concurrent social movement and the broad political consensus it generated, any attempts to replicate the aesthetics of the fashion will always be missing a key ingredient and therefore will never quite have the same impact or relevance as the original movement.


Futurist fashion takes advantage of the technological leaps we have made over the last decade or so and is greatly inspired by concurrent advances in artificial intelligence. As with psychotropic designs, futurism embraces the increasingly synthetic nature of our world, but unlike psychotropics, it celebrates this aspect of our modern world and makes no attempt to balance it with natural themes.

With computers becoming smaller and more sophisticated, we are rapidly approaching an age where even our clothes will be connected to the world around us in the same way that our smartphones are now. Ultra light, protective, and thermos regulating clothes are all being designed and some are expected to enter the prototype stage before the year is out. Futurism also marks the first time that the fashion industry will collaborate extensively with other industries, in particular the technology and computing fields, whose own work is driving the development of the necessary advances that are making futurist designs a possibility.

In the same way that psychotropic fashion evokes natural themes, futurism is designed to evoke otherworldly themes. The materials involved are unlike anything previously seen in the fashion world which aids in creating a true sense of the future. The incorporation of LED lights and flexible screens opens up new worlds of possibilities for designs and individual customization. They represent the first steps on the road to programmable clothing whose appearance can be set and altered at will by the wearer.

3D printing has radically transformed our approach to manufacturing in a variety of areas, but the technology is still in its infancy, although it is maturing fast. As it does so, we move ever closer to being able to 3D print fabrics as well as incorporating metal fibers resembling cotton that are capable of conducting electricity into the design. Sportswear manufacturer Nike has already turned to 3D printing in order to produce a running shoe that it describes as being the most advanced ever made.

Near Field Communication (NFC) is the technology that underpins contactless card payments, it allows a device to emit a small field that, when in range of a device capable of reading it, can transmit and receive information. In the future, it could be incorporated into clothing, allowing the wearer to experience a previously unthinkable level of immersion and interaction with technology around them.

Metamaterial science is the science of designing and producing materials with specific desired properties. There are endless applications for such technology in everyday life and the fashion world is quickly waking up to the potential offered for designing clothes. For example, fabrics that change color according to temperature or weather conditions may soon be within our reach.


Bohemian fashion, much like psychedelic fashion, has never really gone away since its inception, although its popularity has waxed and waned. Starting in 2013, bohemianism has seen a popular resurgence and is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, bohemianism is now spawning offshoots that are also proving to be increasingly popular. The most recognizable features of bohemian fashion and the ones most commonly associated with the trend are flared denim, sandals, and loose, flowing clothes.

Bohemian fashion first emerged as early as the 1860’s when the bohemian lifestyle referred to someone who had made a conscious decision to withdraw from the usual conventions of the society they lived in. In those early days, it was loose, flowing clothes and more relaxed hairstyles that typified the movement and the accompanying fashion trend. During the 1920’s, the bohemian fashion trend underwent what is now referred to widely as a ‘jazz age’ during which bobbed hair replaced the previous trend for naturally flowing, untamed hair. The beginning of the great depression and the arrival of World War 2 and its accompanying rationing led to widespread re-evaluation of the trend and the emphasis switched to sourcing cheaper materials and employing them creatively in designs.

Following the end of the war and the transition to a more globalized world, bohemianism began to take inspiration from other fashion trends from around the world, kaftans from the Middle East, kimonos from Japan, and exotic Hungarian embroidery were all incorporated into the Western bohemian style, and their influence has remained strong ever since.

One of the contemporary offshoots of bohemianism that looks set to become even more popular in 2018 is the ‘surf gypsy’ style. It is one of the subsets of bohemianism that has arisen from the influence of other cultures and fashions from around the world. The style revolves around multi-colored, lightweight fabrics and a relaxed surfer inspired vibe. The style has attracted the attention of manufacturers looking to promote sustainable fabric production and as such is attracting a large number of those who would previously have opted for psychedelic or hippy options. Clothes in this style match well with bedroom décor from VisionBedding.

Few industries move as fast or as unpredictably as fashion and, while predicting the future trends of the industry is very difficult, by looking at the history of what has come before and how trends that have fallen out of favor re-emerge down the line we can make an educated prediction as to what direction the industry is heading in. 2018 looks set to be another year full of twists and surprises, but hopefully it will also see the arrival of new technological innovations and gives us our first glimpse at what the future of fashion might look like.

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August 8, 2017

Tips to Maximize a Small Space from Vant Wall Panels

Whether you are downsizing into retirement or simply want to live in the midst of the excitement of a big city, urban living tends to mean more excitement and less square footage. In order to maximize your available space, so that even a small condo looks spacious and comfortable, there are certain design and decorating rules that you should follow:
Design in any small space
The key to designing in a small space is to make sure that the furniture and decor fit the room. While you may love your large L shaped sofa and matching lounge chair, it’s not going to fit in 400 square feet without your guests tumbling over the end of it!
With less space, you have to be more creative. Sofa beds, instead of couches, turn into instant guest quarters. Nesting side tables instead of a big coffee table turn into instant extra space for putting down a martini. Benches with storage inside them do double duty as extra seating and a great way to hide a little clutter.
Avoid clutter
Clutter only serves to make a small space look even smaller! Avoid it at all costs by making sure that everything in your home has its own home and don’t let piles of things drag in entryways or on chairs.
Storage benches, as mentioned in the previous point, are ideal in this capacity, as are storage baskets, hanging hooks and so on. Maximize any available dead space—under the stairs, for example—by turning it into usable storage space.
If there’s a way to get something off of flat surfaces, do it. Example? Knife blocks take up a lot of space on a countertop. But if you have the extra wall space in your kitchen, put up magnets and ‘hang’ your knives. Easy to reach and they are off the flat surface!
Make good use of light and mirrors
If you have a lot of natural light coming into your space, leverage it by using delicate, flowing window treatments and strategically positioned mirrors. These reflect the light and give the impression of a larger space, tricking the eye into thinking there is more depth than there actually is. Place a mirror next to a window or directly across from it to create the effect you want!
Keep prints to a minimum and offset them with solids drawn from the same palette
If you have a thing for wild and colorful prints, just keep in mind that too much of even a good thing can simply be too much. The ideal design, if you are going to use prints in your upholstery or throw cushions, is to keep some continuity in your color scheme and pick up a shade of your print in a wall accent, like the elegant and simple textures of Vänt Wall Panels. The colors will blend together without being overwhelming to the eye.
Don’t overdo the tchotkes
A smaller space tends to favor a more minimalist design, so having all of your collectible figurines on display on the shelves, side and console tables will bring the room in rather than opening it up. You can still have some of your collection out, but maybe pare it down to a select few.
Specifics for a small living room
Avoid darker shades of paint on the walls. You can definitely do an accent wall in a bolder color, but all four walls in navy blue will be oppressive. The same is true for ceiling colors: keep it light relative to the wall color, to give the impression of openness; even if the ceilings are low, it won’t feel dark and small. One great tip is to match your wall color to the larger pieces of furniture in the room; that way, the latter blend in more and seem smaller as a result.
For flooring, you should also keep it relatively neutral, with splashes of color in throw rugs, for example. And when it comes to furnishings, materials like glass and metal, which reflect light and feel more airy, give a great sense of space than dark, heavy wood pieces.
If you want to avoid heavy bookshelves, try floating shelves, anchored to the wall. They are a talking point for guests and a lot of fun to decorate with.
Rules for a tiny bedroom
You can, once again, use color to give a sense of space: keep it light or neutral on the walls and the ceiling!
To furnish a small bedroom, the key is to avoid pieces that are too large and cumbersome. Skip the full head and foot board and add instead Vänt Wall Panels, at the head. They are easy to install, look wonderful and take little space! Plus they can add a pop of color that breaks up the neutral wall a little, making a visual focal point that delights.
If you don’t need two bedside tables, don’t use two. Balance isn’t all it’s cracked up to be! Instead, install lighting on the wall for reading and keep a basket handy for books!
Streamline your linens so that colors and textures are uniform. You don’t want a red bedspread with orange pillows and faux fur throws, all mixed together, in a tiny space! It’s just too much for the eye to take in!
Ideas for a small kitchen
If you don’t have eat in space, don’t try and create it! A formal dining room or breakfast nook is a nice to have but if space doesn’t allow, try using stools at the breakfast bar or island to make best use of that area. If you still want a table and chairs, round tables conserve a little more space and visually seem to fit better.
Don’t forget to minimize kitchen clutter, which can close in that space quickly. If you have tools and small appliances that you don’t use all the time, find somewhere to store them out of site. Less is more in the small kitchen setup.

 Maximize a tiny bathroom

 While it might seem odd to add more to a small bathroom, storage is at the heart of keeping it a usable space, even if two people are in there getting ready in the morning! Decorative shelves and hooks for everything from bathrobes to towels, with soap and candles above, keep your necessities in reach and out of the way, at the same time.

 Maximize your mirrors for that eye trick effect of creating space where there is none. Ditch the tiny medicine cabinet in favor of as large a piece that can fit over your sink. Mirrored accents and backsplashes can help with a similar effect.

 Finally, if your shower has a rod and curtain, hang it as high as you can: this gives the illusion of higher ceilings and greater space. The curtain should be a simple print so as not to be overwhelming; in fact, all your colors should be from the same palette for that reason.

 With all of these tips, you can take your small urban space and turn it into a cool loft minimalist oasis, with ease; a space you and your family, friends and guests can enjoy for years to come.

 Bee Heinemann is the Marketing Director and Interior Decorating Expert at Vänt Wall Panels. Vänt Wall Panels completely transform a room in just minutes. Inspired spaces make for inspired living. It’s the most innovative, cost and user-friendly wall décor system ever created. They’re perfect for every room in the house from the kitchen and bedroom to the living room and office. Learn more at

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