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Is 2017 the Year of the Skirt

Is 2017 the Year of the Skirt?

One of the best things about fashion blogging is that there is always something new to write about. The fashion world never stands still. There are always new trends and styles to enjoy, and 2017 is no different. It is already turning out to be an interesting year. This is because, this year, many designers have radically changed their approach to women´s fashion.

 

 

Gone are the muted palette and the tight-fitting style of trousers, blouses and dresses we have grown used to over the past few years. Brighter, loser clothes are starting to appear on the catwalks and in the shops, as designers start to change direction.

For the past few years, dresses have dominated, but that is definitely changing. It is clear that skirts and tops are set to be the go-to combination. As you can see on this page, there are a lot of different cuts to choose between.

 

Pleat skirts

The biggest trend is accordion pleat skirts. These long, full pleated skirts are popping up everywhere. Even Beyoncé has been seen wearing one, so you know this is a trend that is going to last. They are being worn in lots of different ways. A lot of women are pairing them with a generously cut top that is tucked into the waistband and pulled back out slightly to create a soft look that works well with this type of skirt.

 

Full maxi skirts

The maxi cut is still with us, but instead of dresses it is skirts, for 2017. Most are full and made of soft, relatively heavy fabrics like jersey, so they may not be suitable for wearing on really hot days, but they are definitely going to feature in a lot of women´s wardrobes.

 

Tailored skirts

At the other end of the spectrum are tight-fitting pencil and tube skirts. They come in a range of lengths.

Naturally, most of the pencil skirts finish either just above or just below the knee. However, the tube skirts come in a wide range of lengths including some that end midway down the calf.

Many designers are offering them in a range of elasticised fabrics, which helps to create a cleaner, slightly flatter silhouette. If you like a smooth, un-interrupted line, look for pull on versions, which do not have zips built-in. Naturally, most of these are made of some sort of stretch fabric. They not only look good they are also, typically, very comfortable to wear.

 

Ultra casual skirts

For those of you who want to keep things casual, button through denim skirts are a good option. They look good whether you are wearing a t-shirt or a casual shirt. If you prefer a more tailored look, a chino style pencil, or straight skirt is a good choice. They look good whether you wear them with sandals or a pair of ankle boots, on a cooler day.

For some of us wearing a skirt is going to take some getting used to, because they have not been popular for many years. However, they actually look great, so the next time you go shopping it is really worth trying a few on.

 

What do you think of the skirt craze?

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Home Furnishing Ideas for Spring/Summer

The Spring/Summer season makes me feel like spring cleaning my home, and adding some bright home furnishing extras, to brighten my home. As you should all know by now, I enjoy making a house a home, and as a homebody, making sure my house looks pretty is very important to me. This season, I am currently working on sorting the home office, the children’s room and sorting out some window blinds and curtains for the house. We also need a bed set for each room as well, so there is a bit to get done.

I recently came across a Home Space Direct, an online home furnishing store, which stocks stylish and luxury bedding, children’s bedding, duvet covers, curtains, cushions and towels, and it has been keeping me very busy. I am loving the stylish duvet covers with matching curtains, and the cute kid’s bedding sets on the website.

Since I am working with a very small budget, I would need to get the needed home furnishing items as cheap as possible, so I am very pleased with the price range on Home Space Direct.

Here are a few items I am currently checking out –

 

Cupcakes Duvet Cover Set – Single

 

This Cupcakes Duvet Cover Set is really pretty. I love the polka dots themed design, and I know my daughter would love it too. It is also very affordable at £11.95 only. I think this is a fabulous cheap bedding set for girls.

 

Disney Sofia The First Amulet Single Duvet Cover Set

 

For a fancier design, this Disney Sofia The First Amulet Single Duvet Cover Set is a great option. My little diva is a Sofia The First fan, and I know she would love this duvet cover on her bed.

 

Disney Mickey Mouse ‘Play’ Single Duvet Cover Set

 

We are Disney fans in our house, so this Disney Mickey Mouse ‘Play’ Single Duvet Cover Set would be a great choice for my little boy’s bed. At £13.99 only, it is a bargain!

 

Camouflage Single Duvet Quilt Cover & Pillowcase Set – Green

This Camouflage Single Duvet Quilt Cover & Pillowcase Set is another option for my boy’s bed. He has a sleeping bag in a similar camouflage design, and I know he would love this bedding set a lot. And it is just £11!

 

Arlington Natural Curtains

 

A good curtain has the power to change a room for the better, which is great, as I need a few urgently. I am in need of some cheap curtains for the home office, and I like my curtains eyelet, so this Arlington Natural Curtains, naturally caught my eye. I love the chic and simple design. It would suit our existing home decor so well.

 

I could go on and on listing the amazing items I found on Home Space Direct, and we will be here all day. The website is a great place to shop for cheap bedding sets and curtains. They also offer free UK delivery which means you save even more money.

What do you think of these items? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading. Have a lovely day.

 

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How Has Vaping Taken The Pop Culture Crown Away From Cigarette Smoking?

Cigarette smoking for more than a century now has developed a reputation as the constant companion of the cool and the socially successful. Whether you’re chilling in a pub, a club, or even just at a friend’s house, it seems that someone always whips out a smoke or two which if you’re not a smoker, can be quite a pain.

 

 

Unless you already partake in the habit, being slowly covered in clouds made up of various chemicals is something that can easily kill your vibe. We’ve all been to events where the room’s taken on something of a divide, between smokers at one end and non-smokers at the other. Not the best atmosphere for getting the party atmosphere going.

 

Yet what you may have noticed recently amongst your social circle is that more and more smokers are putting down cigarettes in favour of E-cigarettes (e-cigs). These nifty little guys can completely simulate the act of smoking, but do so using flavoured vapour in place of tobacco and all the other nasty bits that go into a regular cigarette.

 

The act of smoking these e-cigs is known as ‘vaping’, and has gone from the signature accessory of the hipster to something that is now enjoyed by those from all backgrounds. Plenty of A-listers have also made the switch, so you might have seen regularly a few cheeky puffs here and there across pop culture.

 

 

Why Is Vaping So Popular?

Several factors have contributed to people switching from cigarette smoking to vaping.

The main thing that has led to vaping spreading so rapidly, is because of how similar it is to smoking a cigarette. You still go through the same routine of taking a few puffs with just the click of a button, and the ‘hit’ from the smoke is just as good-and tastier with such a wide range of e-liquid flavours on offer. This means that for those looking to quit smoking for good, vaping is a really good way to put down the cigarettes, without going cold turkey from the start.

It’s also pretty cheap, and will save you from having to constantly queue to buy more and more packets of tobacco and other smoking bits. Whilst picking out the right e-cig for you can take a while and cost a bit, it’s a one-off expense that you won’t have to repeat for quite a while.

Also as various governments keep taxing tobacco more and more, vaping is being viewed more and more as the healthier and hipper alternative. Even the NHS thinks that the new kid on the block is 95% safer than regular smoking, and they don’t just support any old thing without a lot of research! Whilst many fail to quit using nicotine patches, nicotine gum and other similar methods, vaping has helped so many people finally overcome their demons.

 

 

Cigarette Smoking Is Old News

Unfortunately, the standard of education around the world to do with smoking isn’t all that great. Big tobacco companies have been accused for years of trying to hook the young to get them started early, so it’s crucial that an alternative is found for them ASAP. These dirty tricks are luckily being found out thanks to social media, and more than a few smokers are no longer so keen to give their money to such an uncaring bunch.

There has also been a lot of shake-ups done again by various governments, who have put laws in place to restrict cigarettes from appearing as they once did in the media. Gone are the days where cigarette brands would be plastered on ad boards, sponsor sporting events and even portray themselves as kid-friendly, they are now kept well out of sight and even hidden in supermarkets behind the counter.

Out and about as well, the owners of various social scenes are turning their back on smokers who no longer make up such a key part of their clientele. Traditional smoking is banned in the vast majority of bars, nightclubs, etc., whereas vaping although not permitted everywhere, is much more tolerated thanks to its lack of second-hand smoke.

Therefore, where once smoking was the thing to do if you wanted to fit in socially, things are now actually working the other way around. As our knowledge of the impact of smoking on the body has improved, collectively the habit is nowhere near as accepted as a harmless pastime as it once was. E-cigarettes totally remove this issue, as the vapour it gives off has virtually no effect unlike regular smoke which can wreck your lungs and those of your friends in an instant. Vaping therefore has become the best of both worlds, providing both smokers and non-smokers alike with a happy middle-ground.

 

What are your thoughts on vaping?

 

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