Joy's Flair http://www.joysflair.com Lifestyle, Fashion, Shopping, Beauty, Home Improvement, Business and more Fri, 28 Nov 2014 21:03:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Four Steps You Should Take To Prepare Your Winter Wardrobe http://www.joysflair.com/2014/11/four-steps-take-prepare-winter-wardrobe/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/11/four-steps-take-prepare-winter-wardrobe/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 21:03:40 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3867   Winter is here. It’s time to move those summer d […]

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Winter is here. It’s time to move those summer dresses and t-shirts to the back of your wardrobe and bring your jumpers and jeans to the front. Here is a step by step guide to preparing your wardrobe for winter.

 

  1. Clear out

It is a good idea to take this opportunity to do an overhaul of your wardrobe. Instead of putting summer items that are past their best back into your closet, you should get rid of them and make more room for your quality clothes. You will find it really helpful if you divide your clothes into four separate piles: toss, donate, fix and clean. Although it can be difficult to say goodbye to your favourite things, if they are permanently stained or have holes, they should be thrown out. Be as honest with yourself as possible when doing your clear out. If you haven’t worn an item for a very long time and you are hanging on to it “just in case” it should be donated to a charity shop. If you have items that have a loose threads or don’t fit you properly, get these fixed before putting them back into your closet. Finally, make sure you include the items in your laundry basket when you are doing your clear out. Some clothes just need a wash to make them look as good as new.

 

  1. Take stock

Once you have done a proper clear out of your wardrobe you can begin to take stock of your winter items. Start from the top and work your way down. So, first think about your hats. Are they warm enough and will they go with every outfit? Ask yourself these same questions about your scarves, tops, jumpers, trousers, dresses, skirts, etc. Make a list of any items that are missing from your winter wardrobe, or items that you need to get more of.

 

  1. Buy missing items

With your list, begin to browse online for items that you might like to purchase. Have a look online at the latest styles and make an online “lookbook” for inspiration. Remember that it is a better idea to buy one good quality item that will keep you warm for the whole winter instead of lots of cheap clothes and accessories that won’t last. If you are on a tight budget, keep an eye out for sale items that have decent reductions in price. If possible try to get all your new items bought quickly so that you are fully prepared for when it begins to get freezing outside.

 

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  1. Complete wardrobe

Once you have everything you need for your winter wardrobe, you might find it helpful to organise items by colour and style. Have all your trousers grouped together and arrange them from light to dark. This will make it much easier for you to coordinate your outfits and might make your routine on those dark and chilly mornings a little quicker and easier.

 

Although it might take time, and you may need to spend a little money, getting your wardrobe prepared for winter will ensure that you are ready to brave the cold in style.

 

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Moving Out: What You Should Know About Living on Your Own http://www.joysflair.com/2014/11/moving-know-living/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/11/moving-know-living/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:09:47 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3864 Whether you are moving out to a dormitory or a new apar […]

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Whether you are moving out to a dormitory or a new apartment, you may be feeling nervous about living on your own for the first time. Living solo is an adventure, but it can also make you feel like you have no safety net. To take some of the stress out of the initial move, take a few moments to keep these tips in mind.

Humping boxes up to my new home office (pic). Moving day proper tomorrow (hence my recent tweet dearth).

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You Need In Home Food
Even if you have cash, you are going to get tired of eating out every night. Head to a secondhand store and grab some cooking utensils, since they are usually cheaper there. Learn to cook a few basic meals, like pasta, eggs, and potatoes. Learning to cook early on is something that can make a huge difference to your money flow, and to your comfort. A weekly trip to the grocery store is going to be far less expensive than going out to eat all the time, even if you are eating a lot of packaged food. Look up easy and healthy recipes whenever you can to stay healthier.

Clean Regularly
A lot of people have trouble with this one, but a clean house will help you feel refreshed and on top of things. Pick up a little every day, and do a bigger clean on the weekends. This is not always easy, but you will feel better if you do it. Get plastic hangers so your clothes don’t live on the floor, and keep things organized in your room. The National Hanger Company suggests organizing a closet by color so you can piece together outfits more easily.

Choose Roommates Carefully
Choose your roommates for compatibility rather than friendship. A friend may love you, but if they have habits you cannot tolerate, there are going to be some serious issues that need to be addressed. Instead, choose a roommate who has a cleaning style that is similar to yours, and make sure they are on the lease as well. Do not let someone live with you without putting their name on the paperwork!

Budget 
Budgeting is not easy, but it is a skill you need to learn sooner rather than later. Be diligent about keeping track of your money, and take the time to learn what things cost. Figure out where your money is going, and make sure that you want it to go there.

Moving out on your own for the first time is a little nerve-wracking, but a little preparation can make a big difference. Just stay on top of things, and be ready to compromise, adjust, and figure out new solutions!

 

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Exciting Style Ideas For Your Home http://www.joysflair.com/2014/11/exciting-style-ideas-home/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/11/exciting-style-ideas-home/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:24:12 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3858 When it comes to furniture for our home we tend to go f […]

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When it comes to furniture for our home we tend to go for practical style ideas. Whilst there is nothing wrong with this you could be a little more adventurous when it comes to style and design. These days there is so much to choose from on the furniture market. This means that whatever you are looking for, there will be something to suit you and your needs. How adventurous you choose to be is up to you, the possibilities are endless.

 

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Wall Decor

One simple way to add a little excitement into your home is to look at wall decor. Whether you go for patterned wallpaper or hanging pictures it’s an easy way to add a little something different to your home. Many people choose to have one big piece of art as a centrepiece or perhaps one wall decorated differently to the others in the home. It really is down to your sense of style and what you would prefer.


Seating

For the main rooms in your home you’ll need to consider seating. Most people assume that sofas and hard-back chairs are the best ways to cater to their needs, but that is not always the case. You could have comfortable bean bag chairs in your room instead. These are great because they don’t take up much room but create great seating options, especially if you have visitors. You could also look at fold-out seating and sofas that transform if you really want furniture that is a little different.


Storage

Most people would consider storage in their home something that is pretty essential. When you start to look at storage you’ll find some great space saving options. Whether it’s storage under your sofa or ways to keep your cupboards more organised, there is something out there for everyone. These might not seem like the most exciting addition you can add to a room, but the storage they create is amazing.


Lighting

When it comes to lighting options for rooms, you have so many to choose from. Fairy lights work well for bedrooms because they add a subtle light to a room which is easy to relax in. For other rooms you might want something brighter. If you’re looking at a room that has a lack of natural light then lamps are essential. If you’re looking for exciting lighting options then lava or touch lamps could be perfect. You can even go for wall lighting, hanging lighting and other options if you really want to think outside of the box.

 

Your home is your own space and therefore you are free to do with it what you want. Whether you want something ultra-modern or something more traditional there are styles to suit you and your needs. It is simply a matter of shopping around in order to find something to suit. You can read up on trends and get inspiration online. That said, your home is your personal space and the most important thing is that you choose styles that you like.

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The Only Way to Shine on Your Wedding Day http://www.joysflair.com/2014/11/way-shine-wedding-day/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/11/way-shine-wedding-day/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:49:31 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3854 All brides want to shine on their wedding day. They wan […]

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All brides want to shine on their wedding day. They want a literal yellow glow to encase them for the whole of their big day. Unfortunately, you can’t carry a special torch with you to create this glow. It just wouldn’t fit in. You can, however, make sure you look spectacular and give yourself a metaphorical glow. Want to know how? Look no further!

 

All Eyes on the Bride

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Practice Your Hair and Makeup

If you’re not used to doing your hair and makeup, you need to get a lot of practice in before the big day. There are lots of ways you could do this: you could go for a makeup and hair lesson at a salon, for instance. If you haven’t got the budget for this, there are all kinds of tutorial videos and blogs online that could give you some amazing tips to try out. Even if you consider yourself to be an intermediate when it comes to doing hair and makeup, wedding hair and makeup is totally different. It’s definitely not the same as getting ready to go to the office or for a night out with the girls! You want to look different on your wedding day. Special. Make sure you practice enough!

 

Hire a Professional You Trust

If you don’t want to do everything outlined above, your only other option is to hire a professional you trust. I always recommend having a trial before the big day, so you know for sure whether you’ll like what the therapist has in mind. You might think that you’ll like something on paper, when in actual fact you might hate it on the day.

 

Wear Jewelry That Suits You

Finding jewelry that suits you is an important part of your big day. It should suit your features and your coloring for the best effect. For example, if you have a slender neck and decolletage that you’d like to show off, you could buy a nice necklace. If you’re having a fancy up do, you could wear a special pair of earrings. To suit your coloring, find out whether silver, rose, or gold metal suits your skin, hair, and eyes best. If you pick the right jewelry this way, you’ll definitely shine. Your wedding jewelry should match your rings too. For diamond rings in Houston click here to get ideas. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable in your jewelry!

 

Pamper Yourself

Take extra time in the weeks leading up to your wedding to pamper yourself. Make sure you have a great skincare routine, and moisturize your skin to give it a real shine. You could also use a hair treatment to get your hair in the best ever condition.

 

Smile and Be Confident

Don’t forget to smile and feel confident on your big day. Confidence will radiate out of you, so make sure you project that feeling even if you don’t usually.

 

Use this guide and you’ll look like a goddess on the most special day of your life!

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Five Unique Ideas For A Custom Addition To Your Home http://www.joysflair.com/2014/11/five-unique-ideas-custom-addition-home/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/11/five-unique-ideas-custom-addition-home/#comments Sun, 16 Nov 2014 07:21:04 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3850 An addition to a home may make better sense than sellin […]

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An addition to a home may make better sense than selling your existing home and buying a new one, particularly if you like the location and neighborhood. A renovation will provide the extra room for any number of purposes. Let’s take a look at why some people put additions on their homes.

 

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Home based business

If you have at least one room in your home that’s solely and exclusively used for business purposes, a tax deduction is available for that part of the home. The addition can cut significantly on commute time, expense and office rental. Doing a little remodeling will allow you to have all the features of an office and make it feel separate from the home.

Hobby room

When you immerse yourself in a hobby like painting or music, you can run out of room in your home quickly. Your family gets tangled up in all that hobby stuff too. A hobby can take up much of a house. A dedicated room frees up the rest of the house so you can enjoy your hobbies without cluttering your home.

Playroom

A playroom addition relieves your house of clutter and mess and teaches children how to organize and care for their own things. They also define living space. Bedrooms are for sleeping, and playrooms are for hanging out and playing. A home goes through quite a bit of wear and tear with children playing. A durable playroom addition keeps that wear and tear where it belongs. Your house remains spotless.

Home Theater

Everybody can use this room, including the kids, their friends, your friends and your family. Tens of thousands of movies are available now. Why be around the general public at a theater? Fabulous audio and video are available for your home theater addition. You’ll find your own furniture more comfortable too.

Second story extension

These are for single story homes upon which a second story is added. The roof is removed and a second story is built. A new roof is then added and electrical, plumbing and HVAC extended. This is ideal if you have a growing family and want more room in your home.

 

If you like your location and neighborhood, there’s no reason to make a move if you want a bigger home. You can just build an addition. A custom home builder in Newmarket or city near you can help turn your home renovation ideas into a reality.

 

 

 

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Tips on How to Restore and Care for your valued Tableware http://www.joysflair.com/2014/11/tips-restore-care-valued-tableware/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/11/tips-restore-care-valued-tableware/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 21:31:07 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3845 If you own luxury tableware, chances are that it’s one […]

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If you own luxury tableware, chances are that it’s one of your most prized and valued possessions- and that you only use it on special, rare occasions. That shouldn’t be the case! Use your tableware with pride and as often as you wish- with the tips below, you’ll be able to care for your tableware without damaging it so that it will stay in your family for years to come.

 

Sterling silver is dishwasher safe and can be polished with silver polish and a silver nitrate treated cloth’ however, it reacts to sulfur and shouldn’t be stored near rubber and wool. Gold vermeil should be hand washed with mild soap, but not polished; instead, dust it regularly with a dry cloth. Also, gold is easily scratched, so store it safely in a soft-lined flatware case so that it stays undamaged. Gold plated flatware also requires hand washing and careful storage, and it can be polished with a general metal polish and a gold polishing cloth.

 

Silver plated flatwares are dishwasher safe, but only use a small amount of detergent that’s free of citric acid. Polish it with silver polish and a silver nitrate treated cloth, and be especially careful not to wash silver plate next to stainless steel in the dishwasher, as the metals will react and the silver will become discolored.

 

Stainless steel flatware is also dishwasher safe, but if you do hand wash it, be careful not to use hard-bristled brushes or scouring pads, which can wear away the chromium oxide film. Stainless steel polish will restore the shine to your flatware.

 

White porcelain and decal or underglaze porcelain are fairly low maintenance tableware sets. Both are dishwasher and microwave safe and don’t require any polishing. Hand painted porcelain and metallic porcelain, however, can’t be put in the dishwasher or the microwave. While hand painted and gold-coated porcelain don’t need polishing, silver-coated porcelain can be polished using silver polish and a silver nitrate treated cloth.

 

Glassware is dishwasher safe, unless it’s blown glass, which is typically too delicate for the dishwasher. Dry glassware on the lowest setting to keep spots from forming. Unless you have a crystal setting on your dishwasher, handwash crystal with mild soap. For both glassware and crystal, glass polish will remove the film that forms with regular washing.

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Your elegant tableware shouldn’t be kept hidden in a dark and dusty cabinet. Instead, with these tips for proper care, use it frequently and enjoy the tableware to its fullest.

 

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Finding The Perfect Place To Live http://www.joysflair.com/2014/11/finding-perfect-place-live/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/11/finding-perfect-place-live/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:07:03 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3840 They say that moving home is one of the most stressful […]

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They say that moving home is one of the most stressful things you can do, so it makes sense to make life as easy as possible. These days moving home is made much easier by the fact that we can use the internet for a lot of our research. When it comes to checking for local schools, seeing what public transport is like and even checking crime rates, Google is our best friend!

However, if you’re looking for the perfect home then you still need to spend a little time doing some research! After all, we have so many choices when it comes to places to live – so we’re going to want to make sure we get it right.

 

Boxes Marked for Moving

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Where Do You Want To Live?
One of the best places to start is looking at where you would like to live. If you have anywhere that you have always dreamt of living in then this could be worth looking at. Other considerations to take into account include the job you have now, how far away you want to move, where family live and even whether you’d like to be brave and move abroad. Of course, some of the places you first come up with will not be suitable, but do a little brainstorming to see where you might like to live.

 

Researching The Area
Once you have done some thinking, it is time to narrow it down and look at options. Use the internet to look up local areas and see what everywhere to offer. Searching on Google is a great way to build up a picture of the area. You’ll be able to find out lots about local facilities and whether the area has enough to cater to the needs of you and everyone who could be moving with you.


Finding A Property

When you have decided where you might like to live it is time to start looking at potential properties. Once again, the internet is a great way to find out what you need to know. Of course, it stands to reason that a search for something simple like ‘rental property’ is going to return too many results. Instead, you need to narrow it down to make sure that the results you’re getting are tailored enough to be of internet. Be as specific as you can on your Google search. Something along the lines of  ‘2 bedroom terraced house in Chislehurst‘ is fantastic.

 

Making The Move
If this turns up a property that you like and decide to move to them you’ll want to start thinking about making the move. Arranging this as early as possible is the best way to reduce stress and stay organised. Of course, getting a professional home moving company on board is also a great way to help your move run smoothly.

 

After all of that is done all you need to do is sit back and wait for moving day to come, before you then move into your perfect home.

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Say it with Flowers http://www.joysflair.com/2014/11/say-it-with-flowers/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/11/say-it-with-flowers/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 02:09:09 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=843 Feelings and emotions can be best expressed with flower […]

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Feelings and emotions can be best expressed with flowers. It is well appreciated and admired by most humans, it conveys as objects of romance, sympathy, ritual, religion, medicine and even as a source of food.

 

 

These blossoms can be a perfect way to show love and affection, it could cheer up a sick person and could express commiseration for the dead.

Flowers add to make beautiful decorations for important occasions and events like weddings, birthdays, business openings and more.

It may also give an inviting scent for our homes and can be an attractive table centerpiece during family holiday celebrations.

Edible flowers can be used for cooking like the squash flowers and some can be turned into wine. Dried fragrant blooms can be used as potpourri for bathrooms and bedrooms.

Flowers are usually used in perfumery, as most perfumes in the market are mostly made from sweet scented flower oils.

Some flowers are added to beauty and hygiene products while some has medicinal value that has been used traditionally by old folks.

It can be an insect repellent like marigold, which can drive away mosquitoes as it also attracts bees and other helpful pollinators.

Garden embellishments are dull without flowering plants. These blooms can add loveliness and splendor to the home’s patio.

 

Note: Some of the photos are mine and others are taken from the web.

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How to modify and make your home wheelchair accessible http://www.joysflair.com/2014/10/modify-make-home-wheelchair-accessible/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/10/modify-make-home-wheelchair-accessible/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:11:11 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3834 When you’re planning for your future, one thing you mig […]

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When you’re planning for your future, one thing you might not have considered is making your home wheelchair accessible. If you plan on staying in your home as you age, planning for a wheelchair accessible home now will save you time, money, and stress later in life. To plan for a wheelchair accessible home, take a look at how you can modify each of the following rooms using home access products:

 

Bedroom: Install an overhang lift or manual trapeze to help with getting in and out of bed.

 

Bathroom: Install a toilet lift and a bathtub lift, as well as grab bars by both the toilet and the shower or bathtub.

 

Basement/Attic: Install a stair lift to move safely and easily between floors.

 

Kitchen: Check to see that your countertops and cabinets are reachable from a wheelchair. Your table’s height should have at least 27” of knee clearance between the floor and the table underside, and each seating location should have a clear floor area of 30” x 48”.

 

Porch/Yard: Install a durable stair lift and/or a portable ramp at the entry of your home.

 

Garage: A two-car garage gives you plenty of space to move between your vehicle and your home’s entry.

 

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Don’t forget to make sure that your halls and doorways are wide enough for any type of mobility vehicle to maneuver through comfortably. Standard widths for hallways is 36”, and doorways should be at least 32”; in addition, the minimum clear space for 180 degree turns is 36” in all directions. Keep your home well-lit to cut down on any accidents, and make sure that light controls are easy to access and use. Finally, make sure that each room and area of your home has a phone or an alert system (especially by your bed and by the bathtub/toilet in the bathroom) in case of an emergency.

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Boating Amateur: Knots to Know and Safety Measures to Take http://www.joysflair.com/2014/10/boating-amateur-knots-know-safety-measures-take/ http://www.joysflair.com/2014/10/boating-amateur-knots-know-safety-measures-take/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 05:06:39 +0000 http://www.joysflair.com/?p=3826 As a novice sailor, it’s important to have a firm under […]

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As a novice sailor, it’s important to have a firm understanding of basic boating know-how so you can safely enjoy your experience on the open water. Here we have assembled a few tips in two general areas of boating; knots and safety. Know how to do these steps before hitting the water this year.

 

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Knots

 

Why are knots so important? Depending on what kind of boat you have, their importance can range from ensuring your very survival, to making sure your boat is still moored in the morning. Here are a list of a few essential knots highly recommended you adopt into your nautical arsenal.

 

Round Turn with Two Half-Hitches
• Bowline
• Cleat Hitch
• Clove Hitch
• Figure Eight Knot
• Rolling Hitch
• Sheet Bend
• Square Knot

 

Make sure you’ve got sturdy, thick rope that won’t be affected by the water too much. They should be able to bear the load of your boat without much trouble.
 

Safety

 

When it comes to boating, there is a lot that can go wrong if you’re not properly prepared, and even if you are. According to Cantini Law Group Accident and Disability Lawyers, it is always best to err on the side of caution when it comes to water sports.

 

-Always check the weather before you go out on a boat. Even if it’s currently nice and sunny, take a quick glance at a weather channel or website to be sure your areas won’t be affected by bad weather.
-Create a thorough pre-departure checklist and commit to sticking to it before you ever get out on the water. You’ll want to share this itinerary with someone else as well so they know when to expect you back.
-Be overly cautious. This means giving wide berths to potential hazards including other ships, shallow areas, and landmasses. It also means keeping to a speed that is well within your reaction range, and observing warning markers of all kinds.
-Bring at least one other person who is qualified to drive the boat. Accidents happen, and if the driver is incapacitated for any reason, a knowledgeable second is needed to get home safe. This point goes double for novices, as any Nova Scotia lawyer will tell you, accidents tend to happen more commonly when you’re new at something.
-Look into taking a basic boating instruction course. While articles like this one are informative, there is no replacement for hands on learning.

 

We hope you find these tips helpful, and feel better prepared to have some amazing experiences on the water. When you are properly prepared it’s a lot easier to relax and have fun, which is why you got a boat in the first place, right? So put in a little time getting these essentials down, and have a blast!

 

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