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  1. 5 sneaky ways to save money when shopping online

    August 9, 2018 by barbara

    Shopping online is convenient because you can browse and buy as your time allows then have your purchases delivered straight to your door. That means never having to leave the house. You might be wondering how you can save money when you have to add the price of shipping to your final tally. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to save big and still shop from home. Use the following tricks to keep more money in your wallet and still get what you need.

    Keep Items on Your Wishlist in Your Online Shopping Cart

    This tells the website that you want an item but haven’t decided on your purchase yet. For example, you want a bag that is trending and you may find that they offer it to you with free shipping or at a discount if you let it sit in your cart for a couple of days. You’ll get an email that will link to a promo code or discount code that you apply when you pay for your purchase.

    Check Coupon Sites for Promo Codes

    Another good way to gain access to a huge promo code database is to check coupon sites. You can search by store or by the items you want to buy and get discount codes that can be used at a huge number of online retailers. Sign up for alerts and you’ll also get notifications telling you when the items you want are on sale or when there is a promo code for use at your favorite stores.

    Double Up Coupons with Sales

    It’s really easy to save big when you use coupons on items that are already on sale. This takes some planning and may mean checking sites often to be sure you’re ready to buy when the item gets marked down. Again, you can sign up for email newsletters or other notifications so that you’ll know when there is a sale and a coupon that you can double up on and save some money on your online shopping.

    Plan Big Purchases for Seasonal Trends

    Virtually every month of the year sees some item being marked down or sold at a clearance price. Knowing when those items you want to buy are likely to be at their lowest price means you can save big money if you wait a little while to shop. For example, August is the ideal time to buy laptops and tablets as they are often marked down for back to school. Staying on top of this means always getting the best price, even when you’re shopping online.

    Download Retailers’ Saving Apps for the Places Where You Shop Most

    This is really easy to do and gives you access to special deals, discounts, and coupons. You can also get alerts for big sales or when a markdown is happening. This way you always know when an item is at the best price and you can often get special deals just be having the app – things other people might not even be aware of. Loyal customers often have special savings loaded to their app so it’s a great way to save money.


  2. Why And How To Choose Non-Toxic Nail Polish?

    June 4, 2018 by barbara

    Image Credit: Pixabay

    You may have wondered “Are nail polishes healthy?”, “Is there a non-toxic nail polish?”, “How do I tell a toxic from a non-toxic polish?”. These are valid questions that relate to your health and well-being.

    It has been found that traditional nail polishes contain chemicals and materials that are hazardous to the well-being of people that use them because of their connection to skin irritations, cancers, etc. The harmful chemicals, at minimum, lead to dryness of the nails, and sometimes a weakening of the nails. So, when you want to have beautiful and healthy nails, it is essential to choose nail polishes that are non-toxic so as to reduce your exposure to health problems.

    The three most common toxic chemicals in nail polish (called the toxic trio) are Formaldehyde, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) and Toluene. Other toxic materials include Formaldehyde Resin (a derivative of formaldehyde), Camphor (which affects reproduction, hormones, metabolism and development), Ethyl Tosylamid (which could cause antibiotic resistance in the body), and Xylene (a known allergen and possible carcinogen).

    • Formaldehyde

     

    Formaldehyde is customarily used to embalm dead bodies and is classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a known human carcinogen (cancer-causing agent). Formaldehyde is a common constituent of nail hardeners, with concentration as much as 5%. Formaldehyde resin is found in nail polish and they usually contain up to 1% formaldehyde concentration.

    • Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)

    DBP is used as a solvent for dyes and for preventing nail polishes from becoming brittle. It is classified by the European Union as toxic to human reproduction and a possible endocrine disruptor. DBP has also been linked to kidney and liver failure in children that suck or chew on their fingers that have been polished with the product for extended periods. DBP is also linked to cancer and birth defects. DBP is classified by the European Union as toxic to aquatic organisms.

    • Toluene

    Toluene is chemically derived from petroleum/coal and is harmful to the nervous system. Links have been established between Toluene and impaired human reproduction, nausea, impaired breathing. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety classifies Toluene as a moderate skin irritant. When exposed to the skin for long periods, it can cause dermatitis. Inhaling Toluene vapor can cause slight drowsiness, headache, irritation of the throat, nose and respiratory tracts.

    Benefits of non-toxic nail polish

    • Better health

    Toxic nail polish makes a person susceptible to health hazards including cancer. Choosing a non-toxic nail polish reduces, or eliminates, your chances of being exposed to such harmful chemicals that can affect your health negatively.

    • Safer environment

    Not only are the chemicals in nail polish harmful to humans, but they are also hazardous to the environment. The process of manufacture of the chemicals and their toxic content pose threats to living organisms in the biosphere.

    • No smell or odor

    Non-toxic nail polish does not smell like toxic nail polish. The smell of the toxic nail polish arises from the chemical composition of the polish and sometimes induces a headache when inhaled.

    • Good for the nails

    Ordinary non-toxic nail polish does not affect the health of nails, while toxic nail polish can make the nails chipped, yellow or brittle.


  3. What’s Trending

    April 24, 2018 by barbara

    The Fashion month is finally over and a new season is upon us.  Want to know what is the trend that you should be wearing in 2018? It is time to jump on the trend train and get ahead with the latest in fashion. Spring and summer mean uplifting and colorful clothes.  There will be a kaleidoscope of rainbow colours, sweet pastels, and some power dressing.  It is time to start plotting your wardrobe for the coming season and here are more of some key items to incorporate into your look right now.

    The peplum trend is not new but for this year, things are getting pretty interesting.  Peplum is dressy and posh. This style is great for those with slim and curvy shapes.  It is important how you style it and how it goes with the rest of your clothes.  A peplum top goes well with minis, A-line styles, cut-offs, trousers, shorts, and etc.   Check out Rosegal for some fashionable peplum top.

    A rosegal peplum top can look edgy and classy. You can easily find one that makes you look your best.

    While 2017 may have been the year for oversized bell sleeve, they are still very much in trend this year.  Maybe bigger is better.  Cocoon sleeves dominated the runways.  Exaggerated puffed up sleeves seem to keep all the fun and drama.  They are certainly a welcome change from the off-shoulder tops of 2017.

    2018 is about bringing some creativity into your wardrobe.  Buy now to stay ahead.


  4. Holidaying In Singapore

    April 24, 2018 by barbara

    Experiencing the travel itch but not sure where to go?  Well, why not plan a trip to Singapore?  This modern city is a cosmopolitan society with a combination of Asian and European influences.   Why travel to Singapore?  Well here are some reasons why visiting Singapore should be on your travel bucket list and I am sure after reading this, you can’t wait to book your airline tickets.

    A Taste of Nature

    Despite having many skyscrapers, you will be surprised at the number of parks in this city.  The Singapore Botanic Gardens is the country’s first UNESCO World Heritage site and is the largest green space in the city.  It is home to the world’s most extensive orchid garden and 314 species of plants.   It is advisable to allocate a few hours to visit this attraction due to its size as there are many things to see.

    Another attraction that blends nature with cutting-edge architecture is The Gardens by the Bay.  This remarkable green space is filled with enormous biodomes and whimsical sculptures.  You may feel like you are in the movie Avatar because of the Supertree Grove which supports the OCBC Skyway which offers views of the surrounding gardens and Marina Bay.

    Family-Friendly Attraction

    If you are travelling with your family, your children will have loads of fun at the kids-friendly attractions such as Universal Studios, The Singapore Zoo and Night Safari. The highly popular Hollywood movies theme park, Universal Studios has a mix of attractions from stage shows to the thrilling Battlestar Gallactica roller-coaster ride. The Singapore Zoo is a great outing for the family.  This award-winning wildlife park has 11 different zones and 12 exhibits thus offering numerous opportunities to get up close with a diverse array of wildlife.  There is even a Zoo-rassic Park for the dinosaur enthusiasts.  Night Safari Singapore is the first nocturnal zoo in the world.  This entire open-air zoo is only open at night and houses over 2,500 animals.  Divided into seven geographical zones that can be explored either by foot via walking trails or by tram.

    Dining In Singapore

    Singapore is a food paradise.  There is no doubt about it that dining out in Singapore can be expensive.  However, if you know where to go, you won’t need to dig deep into your pocket. Some of the best cheap eats are available in food courts or hawker centers serving street food, from snacks to full meal.  There is the cheapest Michelin-starred eatery called Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle, fragrant Hainanese Chicken Rice, tasty Char Kuay Teow (fried flat noodles) and more.

    Shopping in Singapore

    Shopoholics are going to love Singapore’s main shopping street, Orchard Road.  The mile-long street is home to tons of eateries and has a whopping 47 shopping malls from designer brands to international high-street retailers such as H&M and Zara.  You can spend hours and hours shopping here and eating at the excellent and clean food courts in the malls.

    Convenience

    It is very convenient to go around Singapore.  Just hop on a subway or a bus as the transportation network is spread out to all corners of the island.

    Instead of driving 5 hours and getting annoyed at traffic, the quickest and most comfortable way to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore is by plane.  The flight duration is about an hour.  There are also many flights from Singapore to Penang.

    It is sometimes hard to choose the perfect holiday spot for the family.  However, holidaying in Singapore is an amazing experience as it is clean, modern and safe.

    all images are from Google

  5. 15 Ways to Modernize Your Home’s Style

    April 2, 2018 by barbara

    The epitome of modern design is in the details, or rather, the lack of details. Modern design embraces straight lines, streamlined furniture, clean and clutter-free décor and a neutral palette. Bought a house for sale in Bintulu that is decorated in the austere and traditional? Throw the ornateness out the window and embrace the minimalism that comes with the modern design style.

    1. The antidote to overdone

    Modern design is an antithesis movement to traditional design. Replace the overdone with clean lines and a simple neutral color palette. Keep decorating pared-down and to a minimum. Embrace open floor plans with a single focal point, such as a large black mantle that contrasts dramatically against the bright grey walls of your space.

    2. Pay attention to shape

    Modern design values strong geometric shapes. Think of squares and rectangles. Bold, straight lines are the hallmark of modern design. Think of a cube-shaped house, or rectangular space. The minimalist look of a bright white palette has brought the four-walled white box look back into fashion.

    3. Styled in simplicity

    Minimalism equals modernism. They go hand in hand together. Look for furniture pieces that lack ornamentation. Think of the bare necessities and embrace function over form. Sometimes, the barest essential is all that is to it to a modern design. Think of a hardwood floors combined with low, neutral furniture and clean white walls to emulate a Sparta space.

    4. High contrast, high style

    Restraint is the key towards successful modern design. However, this does not mean your space has to be boring. Pick a couple of high contrast colors and stick to it. For example, pair the white walls of your kitchen with black cabinetry and countertops. Incorporate a sleek black island clad with a white waterfall countertop. Restrained palettes and repeated materials can be utilized well to create a modern space that not only high in contrast but also high in style.

    5. Keep it classic

    Modern style does not have to equal futuristic and trendy. Although modern design is the polar opposite of traditional style, it can be equally as timeless. Straight lines, a neural palette and iconic pieces can be characteristics that are easily adaptable. Thus, modern design is more than just a flash in the pan. In essence, it stays true to its roots and does not change with the times.

    6. Fashionable finishes

    Glass and stainless steel go hand in hand as must-have materials when going for a modern design aesthetic. Think about pairing sleek black cabinets with white countertops. Incorporate this bare canvas with stainless steel fixtures and hardware.

    7. Purposeful design

    If simplicity is right up your alley, then modern design is the design style that is truly for you. Modern design is all about making deliberate choices for design with a purpose. Keep an eye out for furniture pieces that really stand on their own and make a major impact.

    8. Seamless integration

    Modern design eschews any unnecessary detailing. Think about polished and clutter-free surfaces, straight edges and sharp angles. For example, have the rigid lines of your sleek white kitchen cabinets meet a square or rectangle stainless steel range hood. Play around with details within the boundaries of a streamlined concept. A waterfall countertop is a quirky and elegant detail that adds flow to the space while maintaining the style.

    9. Keep only the essentials

    Modern design is minimal in essence. Keep design and décor spare and streamlined. Get rid of any of the flourishes as it only interferes with the sense of calm and peace your minimal design emits. For example, think of simple deep-seated furniture made of luxurious materials. Make it all about function over form.

    10. Serene nature-inspired styling

    Just because modern design embraces clean and clutter-free, doesn’t mean it always has to be industrial looking. Bring in a touch of nature into your space. Materials such as wood are good for modern design. Ground your white neutral walls with hardwood floors. Add sleek walnut furniture to add a touch of warmth to your space.

    11. Polished metals bring shine

    Reflective surfaces are hallmarks of modern design. However, in contrast to warmer metals such as copper, bronze or gold that are often used in traditional design, go for cooler metals such as stainless steel or chrome. Incorporate it as a chic backsplash, or as cabinet pulls and storage canisters. Repetition is an often-used method of tying in a modern space.

    12. Throw a curve

    While rectangle and squares are shapes that usually dominate modern design, throw your space a curve and add in other simple shapes. A cool grouping of spherical pendant lights can also add an asymmetrical balance to your space. Just remember to keep the shapes simple and fuss-free.

    13. Clutter-free living

    Clean and unadorned are the décor keywords in any modern space. Allow the focus of the room to be on the furniture. Keep your walls unadorned, or if you must, hang only singular pieces of artwork. Keep your color palette neutral and add in pops of color here and there to up the punch factor.

    14. Less is more

    The less is more mentality works very well with modern design. The use of a neutral palette, an uncluttered space and sleek materials open up the space. Sleek lines and straight surfaces guide the eye further. It allows the eye to move throughout the room without interruption, bringing a sense of peace and calm to the eyes of the beholder.

    15. Keep it simple

    Whenever you choose something for your space, think about whether it is the simplest thing you can choose. For example, instead of a row of balustrades, incorporate glass dividers as stair rails.


  6. Where To Find The Perfect Prom Dress

    March 9, 2018 by barbara

    The prom season is fast approaching.  This means that it is time to start thinking about the perfect prom dress! Do you have an idea what you would like to wear?  Is there certain style in mind that you are looking for?  Prom night is an amazing time to get all glammed up and the right dress can make you beautiful and confident.  A lot goes into finding the perfect prom dress.

    Many find it stressful to choose a dress for one night. Finding a unique dress that fits you perfectly, within your budget and matches your style is no easy feat.  Therefore, it would be good to plan ahead and shop online as it is easier to make a comparison and see the different designs that are out there.  Most likely you won’t be able to see each and every prom dress a retailer has in their inventory. However, you can view a wholesaler’s entire inventory online.

    There are steps to follow, and research to be done if you want to be sure to find the perfect prom dresses 2018.   In order to make the process a wee bit easier, we have combed the internet and discovered that the best store to buy prom dresses is Dressywomen.com. This well-known online store has prom dresses for a wide range of budgets, sizes, and styles.

    Whether you are looking for mermaid prom dresses or short prom dresses, Dressywomen has got you covered.

    If you would like to give your prom night look a modern twist, you may opt for these breathtaking two piece prom dresses shown below.

    This online retailer offers the latest trends with the most affordable prices. You can easily browse its selection of beautiful prom dresses by filtering it according to price, color, neckline, style, and more.  So hurry and check out Dressywomen.com today for the prom dress that will make heads turn.  And remember, shopping for prom dresses online should be fun!


  7. How To Organized Your Handbags

    November 13, 2017 by barbara

    When you have many handbags, it is very difficult to store them. We know many women can relate to this.  Most of us have a decently sized handbag collections and keeping them organized and neat is not an easy feat.  We found some pretty cool ideas online that may just kickstart a spring cleaning frenzy soon.

    Protect all your clutches with magazine files. They look neat too.

    Hang a BagRack over at a door or mount it to a wall.  It features a clip to allow storage of up to 9 handbags, backpacks or laptop cases.  Available at The Container Store.

    Get the Umbra  Niche Over the Door Accessory Organizer which features expandable pockets for easy storage. It has a metal hook that fits over any standard door.   A space-saving solution that allows us to make the most of our vertical space.  Available at The Container Store.


  8. 14 Things You Absolutely Need to Consider Before Buying a New Home

    November 10, 2017 by barbara

    If you are thinking about buying a new property, it can be very tempting to dive straight in and rush the entire process. After all, it’s exciting, and it’s very easy to get carried away when all you want to do is be inside your new home. However, it’s important to take a step back and take the time to assess your options properly. Read on to discover some of the things you absolutely must consider when buying a new house.

    • Find out if you are eligible for any government assistance – Before you start your home search, do some research to find out if you are eligible for any government assistance. Depending on where in the world you are based, you may be entitled to financial assistance. In some places, you will lock in better deposit offers if you go for a house that is available as part of a new property launch. You may also be entitled to assistance if you are a first-time buyer.   
    • Can you afford to buy a property right now? This is undoubtedly the most important question you need to ask yourself. Simply having the money for the deposit and the monthly mortgage payments is not enough. You need to make sure you can cover all of the costs, including everything from legal fees to on-going property maintenance. If you don’t have the money for this at present, it may be a good idea to rent a property for a year or two until you have the money you need. After all, the worst thing you can do is buy a new property and not have the money to afford it.
    • Check out the area – When you buy a home, you aren’t merely purchasing the bricks and mortar; you are investing in the area. It is important to find out what the neighborhood is like. Can you walk to the shops to get your basic groceries or do you need to drive? Are you near a bar or pub? Is it easy to get to public transport? What are crime rates like in the area? How about the local schools?
    • Get to know your potential new neighbors – It is a good idea to get to know your new neighbors before you purchase the house you are considering. They will know the area better than anyone else. They will be able to alert you to the benefits and pitfalls of the area. Plus, you will be able to find if there are any nightmare tenants nearby, which could make you want to reconsider. After all, do you really want to live on a street where the police are called around every weekend?
    • Make sure the plumbing is up to scratch – When you are viewing the property, you should run the taps to check the water pressure. How old is the boiler? Do the radiators actually work? You also need to ensure that any insulated pipes are made from lead, as this would need to be replaced. Where is the hot water tank located? If it is situated in the roof, this is a good indication that it is old, which means it will probably need to be replaced soon.
    • How old is the roof? – This is one question a lot of homeowners overlook. However, replacing a roof is expensive business. Depending on the materials used, most roofs only have a life expectancy of between 15 and 20 years, so it’s important to find out how long the current roof has been in place. Moreover, if the property has a roof that is flat or nearly flat, take a look at the material that has been used to seal it. Gravel and asphalt can both leave edges and seams unsealed, which again may need to be replaced.
    • Don’t let the staging fool you – Fresh licks of paint, cosy fires, delicious smells, strategic lighting, and cleverly placed mirrors are all tricks that sellers use to make their property more appealing. Don’t let these staging tactics fool you – look beneath them.
    • Find out what is happening to prices in your chosen neighborhood – When entering the fraught house-buying process, you need to research carefully to stay calm. One important step is to assess as many properties in your particular price bracket as you can. This will help you to understand the prices that have been achieved for comparable properties. You can be sure you are paying a fair price, and you can also ensure you are not entering into an area whereby house prices are rapidly falling.
    • Get the sizing right –Some sellers place smaller furniture in their home to make it look bigger. It is important that the sizing is right for your needs. Get room measurements if necessary.
    • Which way does the house face? – At night, during a cloudy day, or in winter, it can be tough to tell the difference between a house that is facing south or north. However, in the summer, it can be the difference between a home that is frustratingly dark and one that is full of warmth and light. This is a lot more important than you may realise – you will really notice the difference once you move in. Don’t be afraid to take a compass with you to the house viewing. You may even have one on your smartphone.
    • Assess the storage space – Storage space is one asset that is often overlooked, but it is very important. Where are you going to keep your boxes of junk, spare linen, towels, and vacuum cleaner? Is there room for shelves and cupboards to be built in? Storage space can be scarce in new builds especially.
    • Consider your future plans – One of the biggest mistakes new homeowners make is buying a property that fulfills their needs now, rather than considering their future plans. There is no point in buying a studio apartment if you think you are going to start trying for children within the next few years. Also, if your job is on uncertain grounds at the moment, ask yourself whether now really is the right time to be making such a huge financial commitment. You can always buy a property at a later date, but you cannot get out of your mortgage if things start to turn sour.
    • Is the building structurally sound? – You should anticipate some hairline cracks, but there should not be any big cracks. Places where you need to pay careful attention to include bay windows, end-of-terrace walls, and where extensions join. If you have any doubts or you see any major cracks, it could be a good idea to get a surveyor to check it out.
    • Check for damp – The giveaway signs of damp are watermarked ceilings or walls, flaky plaster, and a moldy smell. It may sound obvious, but make sure you look around the skirting boards and closely near the ceiling. If a room has recently been repainted, don’t simply assume that the homeowner has done this to freshen up the property. Could it be that they are attempting to cover up damp?

    As you can see, there is a lot that needs to be considered when buying a property. Nevertheless, if you consider the factors mentioned above, you will have a much greater chance of finding a property that is right for you. From checking for damp to assessing the storage place, don’t overlook any of the crucial steps. No matter how significant they may seem right now, they can turn out to be very important later down the line.


  9. How To Wear Brown Shoes

    November 8, 2017 by barbara

    Have you ever wondered how to wear your brown shoes?  What is the fashion faux pas?  Can you wear gray pants with brown shoes?  What about the color of the socks?  Well, here are some very good advice and tips on the color combination of your outfit.

    shoe
    via fashioninfographics.com

     


  10. How To Pose Like A Fashion Blogger

    November 3, 2017 by barbara

    Found some cool tips on how to pose for the camera like the fashion influencers. Try it!

    strike a pose

    via Pinterest