How To Perfect Your Winter Wardrobe On A Budget

Winter is well and truly upon us, and whilst you may be wishing that the cold weather would pass, it brings with it the opportunity to smash it on the fashion front. Ok, summer is great, but the best thing about winter fashion is that you can layer your clothing, and create a look that goes beyond the t-shirt and shorts combination. However, you don’t have to break the bank when investing in the perfect winter wardrobe. We’ve put together some tips so that you can look 10/10 this season, without spending the big bucks.

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Take a look in some vintage shops

There is some really great vintage clothing out there, and you may be able to bag a bargain on a high quality, but pre-loved, item. Don’t think that vintage shops are just full of musty old clothes thrown at the bottom of someone’s wardrobe in the 80s, because there are many gems amongst the Hard Rock Cafe t-shirts. When it comes to winter clothing, you’ll find some great (and warm) coats, that you’ll just have to buy. We’re talking sheepskin, and lots of it.

Invest in some key pieces

Ok, so there are some things that you just have to splash out on, but they’ll serve you well for many winters to come. When it comes to shoes that can take the weather, make sure that you get something that does the job right, and spending some cash here will pay off in the long run. This is also the case with jumpers (which we’re all layering on right now), and there is a lovely Irish sweater collection online if you’re looking for the perfect comfort and fashion weigh-up. Yes please.

Look out for discount codes

Yes, this sounds like something they’d say on an ‘Extreme Couponing’ show, but you can find discount codes for pretty much any store online, and they can help you get up to 50% off your items. If not, you could get free delivery, and even a free gift with your purchase sometimes, so why miss out on saving yourself some cash whilst still getting the wardrobe that you really want? Search online, and if you’re a student, then you’re guaranteed to get around 20% off.

Create a wishlist

If you create a wishlist (or even just add things to your basket) on some sites, then you can set up email alerts so you’re the first to know when the price of your item falls. This is great if you’re eyeing some items for your wardrobe for next season, and can wait around a bit until it’s in the sale. Keep an eye on your emails, and you could grab it for a bargain price.

There are many things that you can do to get the perfect winter wardrobe on a budget, so that you’ll look great, and have a wallet full of cash too. Invest in the items you really need to keep you protected this season, but look out for some bargains, too. Happy holidays!

First Time Glider Hangs On for Dear Life When Pilot Forgets To Strap Him In

 

What was supposed to be a dream flight turned into a nightmare as this first time hang glider’s safety harness was never attached to the actual glider. Watch as he hangs on for dear life for over 2 agonizing minutes.

Thankfully, the pilot was able to land the glider and the man survived with relatively minor injuries. In this video he has a surprisingly good attitude about the harrowing ordeal.

 

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Contemporizing Classics (9 Photos)

 

Brazilian designer Rodrigo Pinheiro, a.k.a. Paste in Place, discovered the art of collage at a young age. As a child, he would spend hours cutting up the pages of old magazines and arranging the images anew, giving life to the imaginary worlds in his mind.

Today his work is heavily influenced by the visual language of fashion, a realm in which he works daily—refined with a pinch of surrealism. In a nod to the format of his childhood collages, Rodrigo digitally revives the icons of classical painting, placing them in a contemporary context.

For more, be sure to check out his website and Instagram!

If you’re interested in prints, you can buy them here!

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Elephants Salute People Who Rescued Their Baby Elephant From a Ditch

 

Wildlife officials in Kerala, India, rescued a baby elephant that fell into a ditch and got trapped. Watch as the family of wild elephants nervously waits on the other side of the river while locals use a backhoe to try to free the baby.

When the family is once again reunited, two of the elephants raise their trunks to the crowd in a gesture many are interpreting as a ‘thank you’. The elephants repeat the gesture for a second time, and receive an ovation from the touched crowd.

 

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What To Keep Note Of When Looking For A New Phone

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If you’ve decided that it’s time to get yourself a new phone, this is a very exciting moment. As sad as it may sound, finding a new phone is so much fun because it’s like starting a fresh and having all these new buttons and features to mess around with. It’ll be your be all and end all for the first few weeks, so much so that you’ll struggle to put it down or engage in conversation because you’re so engaged in the screensavers and ringtones. Having said that, it can be a little difficult at times because there is so much available, and so many different kinds of information being given to you, that you won’t know what direction to go in.

This is why it’s always good to have a plan beforehand, so that you know exactly what you want the phone to do, and what you’re not that bothered about or need as a feature. This way, when you’re in a shop and the salesperson is trying to get you to spend that little bit more so they get their bonus – you’ll know already whether it’s worth it or not. It’s very easy to be swayed into making a decision that you didn’t entirely want, just because you feel pressured into saying yes quickly. But as long as you give yourself all the necessary knowledge, you won’t find yourself in this position, and if you do, you’ll know how to say no.

Here’s what you need to think about.

Your budget

The last thing you want to do is pay way more than you can comfortably afford. You may get over excited and overlook the fact that this amount of money will be coming out of your bank account every month, until you’re in the situation where you’re barely able to scape by. So do the math first and work out just how much you can afford to be paying, that way you aren’t tempted to look at things out of your ballpark and then resent the fact that you can’t have it. There are certain companies like Smarty.co.uk, that offer you deals which means that any unused data gets credited back to you the next month, ensuring that you get every last bit out of the money you’re paying. So be sure to shop around for something that suits your circumstances.

Your social media

Our phones are the gateway to social media, such as Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook, so you want to make sure that the phone you’re getting is suited for that – that’s if that’s what you’re looking for. You may not want these kinds of features on your phone as it’s purely going to be for business calls and emails, which in that case changes the game completely. Bear in mind depending on the phone you get, determines what it’s able to do on social media. For example, an android can’t do certain things that an iPhone can do via Instagram, such as sending a video over 10 seconds from your phone gallery. Whereas the iPhone can send up to a 1 minute video.

Your camera

Phones are what we use to capture those unexpected and magical moments in our lives, so if this is an important aspect for you when looking, make sure that you find out the camera quality and compare between different phones. Essentially the higher the number of megapixels, the better the camera will be, as it means that there is more detail and definition captured because there are more sensors built in to pick those things up. If you aren’t a budding snapper though, you may not want to pay more for a better camera as it would be wasted on you anyway. Or you may still want to opt for something decent, but aren’t in need of anything overly amazing. Most phone shops will allow you to try out various phones, meaning you can take a picture of something with multiple different ones, and then see from the image itself what looks better.

Your storage

One of the most frustrating things with having a phone, is getting that dreaded notification about lack of storage, and needing to delete some things. Once you get to a certain point, every app and every image and every song saved on your phone is a must-have, and so you’re left having to sacrifice something in order to save something else. So don’t put yourself in this kind of situation again, make sure that when you search for a phone, you are getting one with enough storage space on it to begin with. You can increase the space by buying a memory card, but even then, if you don’t have a lot to begin with, it will only allow you so much freedom.

Now that you know what areas to look at, have a proper think about what exactly you want to use your phone for. Is it to accumulate your social media following? Or is to manage things better with your business? Every single detail will change the final decision, so be sure to take out the time, and don’t buy on impulse or because you feel as if you’re being put under pressure. Salespeople are very helpful and can point you in a direction that you’re asking them for help with, but they’re also there to make as many sales as possible, which is why you should go into a store with your own information and knowledge about what you want.

Certain deals mean that you can pay for the phone monthly, but then also allow you to upgrade for less if and when a new model or make drops in stores, so if you like the newest things in technology, this may be a better route rather than buying the phone in full on the spot.

A Few Old-fashioned Low-tech Habits You Should Adopt on Your Heroes Path


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For anyone concerned with living an authentic life — and it stands to reason that living an authentic life is a prerequisite for living a heroic life and becoming the kind of person you really want to be — it’s clear that becoming detached from the day-to-day essentials of life is a problem to take very seriously.

Once upon a time, Henry David Thoreau wrote that he had retreated to a cabin in the woods because he wanted to experienced what was real in life, and to avoid being distracted by all of the things that weren’t “life.”

These days, with high-speed internet connections and a TV in every home, it can be all too easy for us to put off our own heroes journeys, simply because we’re distracted by the high-tech comforts, pleasures, and illusions of the modern world.

One way of pushing back against this unconscious tendency, is to do some things the old-fashioned way from time to time. Here are a few examples of places you can get started.

Shave with a safety razor

Shaving may not seem much like big deal to anyone, and it’d be hard to argue that the way we shave has any real impact on the kind of lives we live overall.

Don’t be fooled, though. Even something as simple and seemingly irrelevant as the way we shave, can dramatically affect the sense of mindfulness we carry into the rest of our lives in general, not to mention the appreciation we have for the small things.

Shaving with a traditional safety razor, badger bristle brush, and shaving soap, means having to be much more attentive and thoughtful about the entire shaving process. Shaving becomes a meditative ritual, rather than just something you do in 5-minutes before running out of the front door.

Journaling and planning in an actual notebook

The “Bullet Journal” is a big phenomenon of recent times, and although many people have taken to the practice of “bullet journaling” by filling notebooks with vivid artwork and graphs, the original bullet journal template is extremely pared down and minimalistic.

The significant thing is that bullet journaling takes place in traditional, physical, paper journals. It requires a more mindful approach to the way you record and plan your days, and it gets you off the internet and away from the computer.

Try journaling and planning in an actual notebook, and you may be surprised by just how freeing and rejuvenating the experience can be, not to mention efficient.

Reading books more than watching TV shows

TV shows can be great, but books are something else altogether. When you read a good novel, your imagination comes alive and constructs a world for you. When you watch a TV show or a movie, the world has, for all intents and purposes, been “constructed” already and is beamed at you while you sit there passively.

Try to make a point of reading books more than watching TV shows, and you’ll likely find that you have a much richer and deeper experience with your entertainment.

 

Peacefully Perfect Hobbies That Will Give You Time Away

Everyone has those days where they just want to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Whether you’re having a stressful time at work or you’re battling with a relationship issue you need to make sure you are putting your health first. You need to find that perfectly peaceful hobby that relaxes you and gives you time away from your hectic schedule. If you’re not sure where to start, then the following ideas might just spark some inspiration. Don’t be afraid to give all of them a try and see which one will work for you in the long run.

Fishing

Many men head out to a local lake or riverside and enjoy the peace and tranquility that fishing brings to them. You can be alone with your thoughts and simply get away from whatever is stressing you out at the moment. Get prepared with all of the relevant equipment such as rods and Baitworks boilies. You might enjoy your fishing experience so much that is becomes a regular recreational activity for you. The best thing about fishing is that you can do it on your own, whenever you like.

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Reading

Finding a comfortable corner in your home, the library or a local coffee shop and reading a good book is an excellent way to take your mind off your busy life. Whether you lose yourself in the world of science fiction or you become gripped to a crime thriller, there are so many fantastic books out there that will help you to find a bit of peace and quiet. You can read absolutely anywhere so make sure you carry your book around with you. You could pull out your book on the train to work, on your lunch break or even just before you go to bed.

Walking

The amazing thing about walking is that you can go somewhere new every time you step out of the house. Put on your headphones and listen to your favourite artist or even a good podcast and just let your body lead the way. You might only be walking for half an hour or so, but this will do your mind and body the world of good. This is the perfect activity to do at lunchtime or just after you get home from work so you can start to wind down at the end of the day.

Cooking

Cooking is known to soothe many people’s souls so why not give it a try for yourself? If you’re venturing into the kitchen for the first time you need some easy recipes to get you started. Whether you love classic dishes such as curries or spaghetti bolognese or you have more adventurous taste buds, there are so many options for you to explore in the kitchen.

So find a peaceful activity that is going to help you release all of your stresses for the day. Whether you’re getting busy in the kitchen or relaxing with a fishing rod, there are so many different ideas for you to try right now.

10 Ways To Add Value To Your Car

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Got plans to sell your car? Before you put it up for sale, it could be worth considering a few small improvements – they could help to boost the value of your vehicle. Obviously, you don’t want to spend too much money improving your vehicle, otherwise the added value may not be worth the cost of improvements. Here are just a few cheap ways in which you can guarantee added value to your vehicle.  

Clean it up

Cleaning your car could be enough to add value – people will pay more for a shiny car than they will for a dusty one. Try to give it a deep clean, focusing on more than simply the bodywork. This could include hoovering the interior, wiping stains off the upholstery, scrubbing down the tires and even cleaning the inside of the headlights. It’s possible to pay for professional detailing if you don’t have the time or patience to clean your vehicle yourself.

Wax and polish it

Applying wax to the bodywork could help to provide an extra sheen. Similarly you may want to polish up the wheels to give these a sparkle. This combined with cleaning can make a car look brand new and add huge amounts to the value. Just make sure that you use the correct products when shining up your vehicle, otherwise you could cause unwanted damage.

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Repair bumps and scratches

Bumps and scratches will seriously damage your car’s value. Try to get any minor damage fixed up before you sell. Most small bumps and scratches will cost very little to get repaired. There may even be some forms of damage that you can fix yourself – just check out these DIY scratch repair methods.

Make other small fixes

There could be other small repairs that you’ve been putting off until now because the issue wasn’t serious enough. Consider visiting a repair centre to get quotes on these repairs – if theses repairs are inexpensive, it could be worth getting them done so that you have one less fault to tell buyers about. This could then allow you to charge more.

Replace the headlight bulbs

Headlight bulbs tend to dim over time. Consider buying new bulbs for your car – you’ll be surprised by just how much of an impact this makes. There are guides online that can show you how to replace car headlight bulbs for those wanting to save money.

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Consider a personalised number plate

You could also consider investing in personalised number plates. Whilst some plates can be expensive, others can be surprisingly cheap. Having such plates can increase the value of your car by making it more individual. You can use the web to search for a personalised number plate. Try to choose something that isn’t to specific and likely to alienate buyers.

Buy new floor mats

Something as simple as floor mats could make an impact on the value of your car. A worn and dirty floor mat is likely to give your car a worn feel and could therefore lower the value. Consider replacing these mats with brand new ones.

Buy new window wipers

Old cracked window wipers could be another small feature worth replacing. Window wipers cost practically nothing to buy and are easy to replace making this a simple way to add value.

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Install seat covers

If your car seats are permanently stained or damaged, you may want to consider concealing these by buying seat covers to slip over the top. This could be much cheaper than buying brand new seats and could help to add value by hiding these horrible blemishes. Obviously, you don’t want to be using seat covers to hide up major damage – in such cases, it’s much better to come clean.

Organise your documents

It can also pay to organise your car’s documentation. When buying a used vehicle, most owners like to know the past of the vehicle, so having a record of it’s service history can be useful – this could include certificates of each MOT and any other repairs. You can also consider printing off a vehicle history report, which shows a full list of all the previous owners. Keep this all in a folder to present to buyers. Many will be willing to pay more for this added trust.

Brand Identity for Millers by Outline“Millers is a…


Brand Identity for Millers by Outline


Brand Identity for Millers by Outline


Brand Identity for Millers by Outline


Brand Identity for Millers by Outline


Brand Identity for Millers by Outline


Brand Identity for Millers by Outline


Brand Identity for Millers by Outline

Brand Identity for Millers by Outline

“Millers is a breakfast-all-day concept and retail store conceived by local F&B veterans, Nathan Thurston and Greg Johnsman. Inspired by midcentury diners and the restaurant’s centerpiece, a 175-year-old grain mill, we created an adaptive identity system with a cheerful sensibility– all day, everyday. Delicate patterning informed by handkerchiefs and vintage tablecloths adorn menus, merchandise and packaging.”

Outline challenges their clients to abandon pretense, embrace authenticity and trust their vision. They obsess over details without losing sight of the big picture. They are your partner in exploring, designing and elevating your brand. They work with clients around the world from their headquarters in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Brand Identity for The Good Patron by Marx“The Good Patron’s…


Brand Identity for The Good Patron by Marx


Brand Identity for The Good Patron by Marx


Brand Identity for The Good Patron by Marx


Brand Identity for The Good Patron by Marx


Brand Identity for The Good Patron by Marx


Brand Identity for The Good Patron by Marx


Brand Identity for The Good Patron by Marx

Brand Identity for The Good Patron by Marx

“The Good Patron’s coffee is the perfect blend of 4 great coffee regions. Ethically sourced, it delivers a full bodied richness with hints of dark chocolate. The brief was to create a credible coffee brand to operate initially within a traditional alcohol environment. The design solution is a playful celebration of the social occasion of drinking coffee, balanced with a friendly but restrained typographic treatment. The illustration is a throwback to ‘Push Pin’ era hands-on paper collage.”

Marx consider strategic thinking and a great idea to be the key to brand success, and is fundamental to everything they do. They help their clients identify the best way forward, by applying insightful and robust dialogue and thinking at the outset. The result is a focused brief, providing the basis for a swift and appropriate design solution. Their team of designers are available for small to large projects, evolution to revolution, creation of new brands and reinvigoration of existing brands.

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