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Fashion is often known to go full circle, with trends that were in a few decades ago suddenly reappearing. Yet, there are other fashions that have never before surfaced, and men wearing bracelets is a classic example of a new fashion. Of course, the goal of any jewellery item is to complement the outfit, and there are certain situations when wearing a bracelet should be avoided, such as wearing a business suit, which sees your sleeve and jacket cuffs fighting for position. Once you have put on your dress watch, there is no space at all for a bracelet.

Great with Casual Wear

Wearing unusual silver jewellery with a casual outfit is ideal, and a chunky chain bracelet is perfect for that country look, especially on large guys. Try to avoid chunky bracelets that are tight fitting, as the lack of movement looks slight weird.The same goes for bracelets that are loosely fitting.

Broad Metal Bands

Anything that is dainty or petite, doesn’t really suit the male image, but a copper or silver wide band bracelet is ideal summer wear, going well with short sleeved shirts. Avoid anything that is too flashy. A single bracelet is far more effective than stacking fine bracelets, which is exclusively for the girls.

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Rope or Cord Bracelets

These can be worn with casual outfits, and chunky is by far the best style when looking at rope or cord bracelets, and with a choice of a shiny or matt finish, you can choose something that contrasts well with your outfit. Obviously, rope bracelets are a big no-no in a business environment, where one could wear a shiny silver band bracelet and get away with it. There are many different designs to choose from, as well as colours, and a slightly worn bracelet looks better than a new one if you are going for a casual look.

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Rubber Cause Bands

Wearing a “save the whale” bracelet is fine in a casual setting, and several colours stacked on one wrist can add a nice splash of rich colour, while also showing how passionate you are about environmental issues. There is also an article online that looks at how men can best integrate bracelets into their wardrobe, which is well worth a read.

Rock and Roll Bracelets

Chunky leather bracelets with studs and skull & crossbones are fine if you are into the heavy metal scene, and they go very nicely with a thick leather belt. Your look should be very much focused on heavy metal, with a rugged hairstyle and heavy denim clothing that looks proportionate to your size.

Online Solutions

If you are looking for that very special men’s bracelet, check out an online jeweller who would stock a range of men’s bracelets, allowing you to browse in the comfort of your own home. Whether you are looking for a smart dress bracelet to accessorise your formal wear, or something stylish for the casual look, an online jeweller has you covered. The prices are generally lower than a traditional high street jeweller too.

Like any form of jewellery, the most important thing is that you feel good while wearing it, and as long as it isn’t too loud, a bracelet will enhance any look, with the exception of the smart, business attire.

Sarah x

When it comes to gift giving, for certain occasions or certain people it can be nice to get something more personalised. www.ijustloveit.co.uk have a great range of gifts for any occasion.

My dad is getting married this month and I wanted to get him something special. I originally thought about an ornament or something with his and his wife’s name on but he isn’t one to have things out like that around the home so I went for a personalised bottle and chocolates, that way it’s something they can both enjoy now but also keep the bottle afterwards.

It arrived in a really sturdy box split into two compartments for the bottle and the chocolate. They have a lot of different options on the site with different wines and other alcohols but I chose prosecco.

You get to choose your own message for the bottle so I opted for their names and a small message saying congratulations. You could get a more specific date or write who it from on there if you wanted but I wanted to keep it simple.

It turned up really quickly and the label on the bottle looks so professional and the chocolates look really good! I love the box they are packaged in with the cute little bow too.

It can be difficult when picking presents, especially for wedding gifts but I think they are going to love this!

It will be nice to keep the bottle afterwards and use it as maybe a vase or put little fairy lights in it for decoration.

Sarah x

When I lived at home I never really thought about the layout/style of our garden or anything like that but since moving into our own place my husband and I have have done a lot of work on our house and our garden. Whether you rent or own your own place with a garden you can do a few bits to to change it. If you don’t own it then check with your landlord before you do anything too drastic though!

When we first moved in to our house the priority was the house itself as we weren’t really too sure what to do with the garden. We have quite a small back garden so all we did was get rid of a few plants and trees we didn’t like.

4 years on we are now trying to plan exactly how we want it and have been looking online for inspiration.

Something easy that can make your garden look bigger is if you have a larger patio to grass ratio then flip this round to suit your needs. We wanted more grass than patio and by removing some slabs and getting a few rolls of turf we managed to get nearly twice as much grass area as we had before.

Some other suggestions:

  • If you have a seating area, put this in a corner so the garden doesn’t feel crowded
  • If you don’t want flowerbeds you can create a graveled area for pot plants. This is ideal if you don’t want to spend too much time on the upkeep.
  • If you have a garage, do you really need a shed too? A shed can take up valuable room and most of us don’t need one.
  • Climbing plants are a great way to introduce greenery/colour to your garden.
  • If you have any walls/fences or a garage then paint it white and it can create the illusion of extra space and light. It also provides a contrast with the plants and flowers.

If you have children then the following may be a good idea:

  • Give them there own plant to look after.
  • Make a bug box by collecting any creatures you can find.
  • Create a fairy garden at the base of a large tree.

Grasslands have created an online campaign giving people ideas to make their small gardens family friendly and if you have any ideas you can contact them on social media using the hashtag: #familyfriendlygarden

Sarah x

Unlike you and I, your dog isn’t able to release heat through its sweat glands. While humans have sweat glands all over their bodies, your pooch only has them in areas that aren’t covered by fur. This means he or she has to rely on less effective methods to cool themselves off.

Panting and Vasodilation (dilating of the blood vessels) are the main ways your pup releases heat. As you can imagine these aren’t the most effective methods to turn down the heat! This is why it’s up to you to help keep your dog cool in the summer!

Try these five tips to keep your dog cool in the summer;

Dog Paddling Pool

If you’re short on space a dog paddling pool is a great alternative to a full-sized doggie pool. They give your pooch just enough space to lie down and cool themselves without taking up the whole back yard. Having a separate pool for your dog is more hygienic than sharing yours, which is a must if you have kids in the house.

This is one of the best ways to keep your dog cool and it’s a good choice for pups of any age. Older dogs will love having a chilly spot to lay about, while puppies will have fun splashing around. These pools are quite durable and are usually made from a tough polyurethane material. This means that bites, scratches, or playful nibbles won’t cause any accidental holes.

Offer Lots Of Cold Water

This might sound like a no-brainer but it’s extra important that your dog has lots of cold water in the summer. Try adding ice cubes to their dish to keep them cool and be sure to bring a collapsible dish when you take them for a walk.

At a minimum, your dog should have a cold drink every hour! But, in the summertime try to encourage more frequent visits to help your doggie keep cool. Your dog will enjoy the added ice cubes which make a great form of entertainment as they float by.

When you’re out, look for areas with a water fountain so you will have access to cold water. Or, buy a bottle of water to fill their bowl. This will be more refreshing than giving them tepid water you packed from the house.

Your Dog A Frozen Treat

Frozen treats aren’t just for humans, they’re an excellent way to keep your pup cool too! Try making a homemade popsicle just for dogs or another kind of icy delight. There are a ton of great recipes available and they’re easy to make. By adding real fruits you will make the snacks a healthy choice.

When you’re planning a long walk try bringing along some frozen treats in a cooler. This way they won’t unthaw too quickly. Any kind of insulated bag will do and there are plenty of purse-sized options available.

If you don’t want to make the treats there are several quality options you can buy from the pet store. Just be sure that the ingredients aren’t going to pack any extra pounds on your pooch.

A Shady Spot Will Keep Your Dog Cool In The Summer

Have you ever been so hot while you were at the beach that you’ve retreated to the tree line in seek of shade? Well, your dog would certainly appreciate a shady spot to lounge about while you bask in the summer sun. If there’s no shade in sight there are a few easy ways to improvise.

If you plan on spending the day at the beach be sure to pack an extra towel. When there aren’t any trees nearby you can use the extra towel to make a shady cave for your pup to enjoy. Try draping the towel over a log and securing the end with a book or even your beach bag.

Also needless to say a big umbrella could also do the trick if you wanted to bring one of them along with you as well.

Invest In A Handheld Fan

You’ve probably seen those mini handheld fans before?! Well, they are great for cooling off your puppy when it’s hot. Just like you enjoy a nice breeze on a warm day, your dog will love having the wind on their fur.

Take rests along your walk where you stop to fan them. Try fanning for at least 5 to 10 minutes to really lower their temperature.

Sarah x

If you read my posts regularly you would have seen me mention Femmeluxe a few times. I have got quite a few products from them before and always been impressed with their range and the price.

I order all of the items in a small/medium which is a UK 8-10 or a size 10 if there was no S/M option and I find this is the best size option for me and they fit really well.

Gold scarf print satin belted shirt dress – Jemma

Size S/M (8/10)

£21.99

I love the print on this dress and I don’t own many long sleeve items so this is great. I think teamed with a pair of leggings it looks really trendy as well as bare legs. The material is really soft and silky it also looks good with the sleeves rolled up too.

Light wash ripped cropped skinny jeans – Anna

Light Blue

Size 10

£19.99

The quality of these jeans is great. I love the ripped feature at the knees. They are quite thick so ideal for this time of year and teamed with a jumper it makes a really comfortable outfit but still looks like you have made an effort to dress up. I prefer light jeans to a darker denim.

Ideal with boots or trainers depending what look you are going for and really soft and comfortable to wear.

They are quite stretchy so are a really good fit at the waist and around the bum area.

They are advertised as cropped but as I am really short (5ft2) they are almost normal length on me. If I wanted them more cropped I could always roll up the bottoms of them though!

Black utility cuffed trousers – Sunny

Size 10

£21.99

These are the Sunny fit so are the same fit as my camouflage trousers. I loved my camouflage trousers so much I ended up getting them in the plain green, black and now stone too. They fit so well around the waist and are elasticated around the ankles for a tighter fit. The material is slightly stretchy and really comfortable. These ones have a really cute looking belt on and they are fitted the same with the elasticated ankles.

 

Pink rolled sleeve collared jacket – Madison

Size Medium 8/10

£13.99

I went for the Medium as this was 8/10 and it s a great fit. It is quite lightweight so ideal for this time of year when you want a jacket but not anything too thick. Considering the price of this it is really well made and good quality. It is comfortable and they also do it in black so I might have to get that one too! I like the blazer style and it also has pockets too which is a bonus. It is great to wear over a vest with jeans/trousers or would also look great over a plain black dress.

As I previously mentioned, the prices are so reasonable too and considering how cheap they are, they are really great quality. They really do have choices suited for everyone.

The delivery was super quick too which is great, as I hate having to wait ages for online orders to turn up! The prices are so reasonable too and considering how cheap they are, they are really great quality. I am always skeptical about ordering clothes online as you can’t feel them to know the quality but these are so good and for the quality I would have expected them to be more expensive!

The thing I like most about this website is that they have so many choices and something to suit everyone. Everyone has their own taste and they have such a wide variety of styles.

Sarah x