Choosing that Signature Piece to Define Your ‘Look’

What’s your style? Feminine and flirty? Sporty and athletic? Dramatic and a little goth?

No we’re not describing Spice Girls personas, though if that’s your thing, cool! Everybody has that unique style and “look”; clothing and accessories that show the world their personality, conveys their interests, their aesthetic, and their unique charm at a glance. So what’s yours?

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Of course nobody these days has tons of cash to spend on clothes and accent pieces, do we? And yet, we all want to look fresh, unique and fun. That can be hard to do on a budget…but it can be done. We’ll tell you how to choose one or two signature pieces to define your look and show the world that creative, lovable spirit.

How best to go about choosing a signature piece? It’s easy!

Go Handmade

Got a friend who knits beanies? Does your little sister sell hand-made bracelets on Etsy? Are you really good at tie-dye? One creative (and affordable) way to find a unique piece that you know nobody else has is to custom-order something from a crafty person. Sites like Etsy can show you thousands upon thousands of cool hand-made pieces or you can go local and go to craft fairs, or just hit up someone you know! Better still, make it yourself! There’s nothing like a hand-sewn, knitted or designed piece that is one-of-a-kind, made just for you.

Glasses

If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then glasses are the shutters. Everybody needs at least one cool pair of sunglasses; if you’re like us, then you need three or four – one for every season and every mood. For others, who wear glasses full time, you might want to revamp your look. No matter your style – if you like cat-eye glasses with huge rims, sporty Oakley glasses, vintage coke-bottles or something in between, there are great styles available that will provide you with great eye protection while looking chic and trendy. Glasses are one of those things that complete every outfit, that you can’t be caught without. Invest in a great pair and you won’t have to replace them for years!

A Favorite Sweater

Everybody has a favorite sweater. Don’t have one? Well, you should remedy that immediately. A favorite sweater is just like that fave pair of jeans: you can wear it with anything, it’s incredibly soft and comfy, just putting it to your face makes you feel better about your day. Spend a little extra and it will pay for itself over time. Whether you like handknits, cashmere or something else entirely, a beautiful and comfy sweater will quickly become part of your everyday winter style.

Nice Kicks

Anyone looking to boost their fashion capital should invest in a great pair of shoes. If you’re sporty and casual, a pair of cool Vans or Converse are a great choice. If you’re more of a minimalist with a hint of an edge, maybe a pair of combat boots. For the practical and chic, a pair of loafers. If you’re all girl, or need to be polished and classy for your job, a pair of stylish, well-fitting heels can do the trick. You get the drift. It’s cool to bum around in cheap shoes most of the time, but always have at least one pair of shoes that make you feel amazing, that take your outfit into the stratosphere. Wear those shoes whenever you need a little boost!

With these simple style tips, you can make your wardrobe stylish and charming with just a signature piece or two. Best of all, you can do it without breaking the bank.

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Fun Gift Ideas for the Overgrown Child in Your Life

It’s so much easier to shop for kids than adults, isn’t it? For children, whether it’s a video game, a cool outdoors toy or even just a box of their favorite candy, they’re happy. Adults are much harder. None of us treat ourselves enough, so it’s hard to say what we want when we’re asked, and nobody wants to get a boring gift for someone they love.

Adults need to have more fun. We work hard, and one great way to combat all the various stresses of life is to take a page from the kids we know, and actually play.

The next time you need to get a gift for a loved one, especially someone who is in tune with their inner child, why not get them something awesome they can play with? Below, we’ve outlined a few cool toys that are great for children and children-at-heart alike, gifts both large and small:

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Crafts and Arts

There’s a reason that adult coloring books have surged in popularity over the last five years or so. Adults want to engage with their inner child, revisit their youth and engage in creative play that relaxes them and lets the stress melt away. Coloring is a great way to do this, but there are other cool, crafty things to get into as well! Finger painting kits, embroidery-for-beginners kits, miniature-food-making-kits (those are our personal favorite), even beginner’s sewing machines, are all affordable and super creative gifts to give that person in your life who wants to learn a new skill while having a ton of fun. And the best part is, these gifts have the added bonus of a finished project/treat at the end!

Vintage and Retro Games

These are always fun, and there’s no shortage of games on the market – whether you’re into old school games like Monopoly or Battleship, old-school toys like jacks or marbles, or something much more elaborate, like the awesome recreations of classic arcade games, there are so many things to choose from. Seriously, could there be anything more fun than heading to the basement to play a game of classic Pac-Man? The multi game arcade machine is insanely popular right now and not as expensive as you might think! Whether you’re into Nintendo, Atari or something else entirely, you’ll find the perfect one for you.

Get the Blood Pumping

Outdoorsy, physical games are a great idea for the overgrown child in your life. It’s the kind of thing that everybody wishes they indulged in, but never buy for themselves. Think basketball goals, skateboards, trampolines, horseshoes, even a nice road bike. These toys will last for years, give the added benefit of exercise, and you can jump in and play, too!

Why not try one of these ideas the next time you need to get a great gift for the adult in your life? We all love a good oil diffuser or cookbook, but these hands-on, downright fun gifts will bring so much joy to your loved ones, and deliver fun for years to come.

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Could A Pop-Up Store Boost Your Online Retail Business?

If you want to set up a retail business, online is your best choice. There are fewer overheads and you can get things started from home, so you do not have to raise as much startup capital and the risks are reduced. There are also a lot of great, cost-effective ways to market an online retail business using social media and pay-per-click ads. As long as you build a good website, design a good product, and market it well, you will be on the way to running a successful online store. However, there are some limitations to conducting your business in the online space and not venturing offline.

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There are still some people that don’t shop online at all, and that means that you are missing that market segment entirely. That’s why it’s a good idea to market yourself offline as well, and one of the best ways to do this is by setting up a pop-up store. It’s a great way to expose the business to traditional shoppers and boost your brand, and you may find that you pick up a lot of new customers. If you think that a pop-up store could help your online retail business, here are a few tips on setting one up.

Create An Experience

Pop-ups are great because they are not just normal stores, they offer an experience. The limited time scale makes it even more exciting to the consumer, but only if you are giving them that unique experience. For example, if you are an online retailer that sells premium coffee beans, don’t just set up a stall and sell your beans. Instead, create a small pop-up coffee shop where people can try the product, and they can buy a bag if they like it. If you are a clothing retailer, think about the lifestyle of the people that you are trying to market to. For example, if you sell clothes that people would wear on a night out, your pop-up could have a bar or club vibe to it.

Get The Right Payment Platform

If you’re an online retailer, you already know about cart abandonment, but you may not know that it’s a problem for physical stores as well. That’s why you need a quick and efficient payment system. There are some great payment services that offer a simple app, and then you can process credit card payments on the phone in your pop-up store. This saves you having to mess around with card machines and you can easily link it to your online payment system as well.

Build The Hype

Once your pop-up store is all set up, you need to build the hype in time for opening day. Try to start a hashtag and promote your pop-up on social media. Make sure to post regularly in the lead up to the opening to get people excited. This should get your existing customers to come down, and a full store will then grab the attention of people that are passing by.

If you find that sales are slowing down and your business a boost, a pop-up could be the answer that you are looking for.

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How Can You Find The Perfect Gift For Your Partner?

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When you’re in a relationship, there’s are a few occasions throughout the year that can fill just about anyone with dread: the times of the year when you exchange presents. Whether it’s a birthday, Christmas, or anniversaries, buying presents for the man in your life can be seriously intimidating. Sure, most guys will tell you that they don’t really care that much, and it doesn’t matter what you get them, but we all know that’s not true. After all, who doesn’t like receiving a thoughtful gift from someone they care about? But in order to make sure that you’re not constantly worrying, here are a few simple tips to help you find that perfect gift for the man in your life.

Listen for hints

When it’s getting close to a time when you’re going to be exchanging gifts, that’s what you should be listening particularly carefully to the things they’re saying. There’s a decent chance that they’ll be dropping a few hints here and there about what it is that they really want. If you find that they’re bringing something up over and over, or there’s something that they’re really trying to draw your attention to, then there’s a good chance that they’re trying to give you a subtle hint as to what you can get them. Whether they’re constantly talking about vape coils or they’re fixated on some new piece of clothing, it’s always a good idea to pay attention to these kinds of hints. Otherwise, you could end up missing something obvious.

Think about their interests

If you’re in a relationship with someone, then there’s a good chance that you’ll have a fairly decent knowledge of their interests. That’s great because then you’ve already got a built-in set of options for what to get them. Are they a sports fan? Then why not get them tickets to see their favorite team. Big into a certain band? Take them to a concert! Whatever your man is into, if you can base your gift around it then you’re almost certainly onto a winner.

Ask people who know them

One of the biggest mistakes that you can make is to spend time beating your head against the wall when you really don’t know what to get them. Instead of doing that, why not reach out for a little bit of help. Talk to his friends, his parents, his co-workers. Not only will these people be able to give you a better idea of the kinds of things that he might like but he might even have spoken to them specifically about something he wants. That way you can get him exactly what he wants without sacrificing the element of surprise. Sure, the choice of the gift should be yours, but there’s nothing wrong with getting a second or third opinion.

Of course, as much of a cliche as it might be, the truth is that it really is the thought that counts. Just think about what your man will like and don’t worry too much. Even if your gift isn’t totally perfect, the fact that you’ve put time and effort into it will show through and your man is almost certain to appreciate that above anything else.

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Christmas Is Coming. Here’s How To Stop It Sneaking Up On You

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Spoiler alert: Christmas 2019 is now under three months away. While you might wish to keep putting it off, it’ll be here before you know it. If you want to avoid the annual stresses that usually precede the festive season, now is the time to take control.

There are several ways to regain control of the situation before the panic sets in. Use the following checklist for guaranteed success.

Know your plans

The festive season is a time that should be spent with friends and family. As such, you need to know that your plans all sync up. Deciding on who will host the big day along with creating a guest list lets you think about food requirements, gifts, and other key feature. This is especially true if this year’s festivities will be slightly different from those of previous years.

Invest in your health

Festive fun is far more accessible when you feel fit and healthy. So, if your health has taken a hit this year, it’s vital that you take action immediately. Aside from improving the Christmas period, it’ll set the perfect platform to start 2020 in the best possible place. On a separate note, good health will translate to improved looks and greater self-confidence.

Pre-order items

Your festive checklist is sure to include a long list of special items, ranging from trees to turkeys. Where possible, placing an order weeks in advance can save you the stress of racing around nearer the big day. Besides, booking with time on your side allows you to negotiate the best deals with various suppliers.

Plan gift shopping

This is a wonderful time of the year, but it is very expensive too. Saving a little money away over the coming week or so can reduce the financial tension. Meanwhile, planning ahead by targeting the Black Friday deals and other sales will serve you well. It’s the thought that counts rather than the cost of goods, but getting a bargain still fills you with pride.

Check your inventory

A large number of festive decorations and features can make an appearance year after year. However, it’s inevitable that some items will need replacing. Take the time to get your goods out of storage and make a thorough list of what’s good and what’s not. That way you can find suitable upgrades in no time while also avoiding duplicates.

Book a photoshoot

Whether you plan to send a festive greetings card or not, a family shoot can be ideal. It’s the perfect way to capture your happy spirits and share the positivity with friends and family. The shots can also be turned into canvas art or photos to brighten up the home all-year round. What move inventive could you need?

Decide on your charity endeavors

Giving is more important than receiving, and charitable donations at this time of the year are more common than ever. Finding a cause that is close to your heart should sit at the top of your agenda. Whether it’s sponsoring a child, helping with homelessness, or something else is up to you. But be sure it’s an idea that unites your family.

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Kid’s Scooters: Buying Options

There is no better toy for summer fun than a scooter. They allow your child to have some active fun, soak in the fresh air, and enjoy their time off school with their friends. If your child does not own a scooter then this is certainly something you should consider getting him or her in preparation for the months ahead.

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There are lots of fantastic kids’ scooters available on the internet today for you to select from. You do need to choose with care because a poor quality product could mean a trip to the hospital and the services of a personal injury lawyer to make a product liability claim for what has happened. We have picked our favourites in order to give you a helping hand regarding the trendiest scooters of 2019.

Ben 10 Alien Force in Line Scooter

Ben 10 is a highly popular Cartoon Network show. It is something most young boys watch nowadays, and if your child is one of most then he will certainly love this scooter. The scooter boasts bright green handlebars and it has a blue base with blue wheels. It is a striking and eye-catching toy, to say the least. The base of the scooter also boasts images of Ben 10 and other characters from the show. There is no way that your son will not be a fan of this design. It is suitable for children who are aged five years old and above, it also has a rear footbrake, and is easily stored away.

Smart Scooter Pink and Green

We’ve already revealed one of the best boys’ scooters so now it is time for a scooter suited to girls. You’d never guess it by the name, but this scooter is pink and green in colour (I know, shock right?). It boasts green handlebars and a pink base. Moreover, there is an image on the front of the scooter which features a girl in pink – this adds character and fun to the appearance of the scooter. The scooter is also designed for heightened performance and safety; this is represented via the large base and the big wheel at the front of the scooter. This toy is suitable for children who are aged between three and six years old.

Razor A5 Lux Scooter w/ 150mm Wheels – Red

If you are looking for a scooter with a sporty, exclusive, and sleek feel to it then this is just that. The Razor A5 is one of the more upper-end kids’ scooters available today. This is slightly more expensive than the others, but worth it if you are buying for a present or a special occasion. The scooter is silver in design and boasts a red handlebar, and black and red wheels. The wheels are slightly bigger than your average scooter, nevertheless, this merely adds to the performance of it all. You may have guessed that this scooter is a little bit more advanced and thus it is only suited to those who are aged over eight years old.

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