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Life is so busy that staying on trend can be more of a chore than a pleasure sometimes. How do you find the time to look at the latest fashion trends, never mind shop? What we all need is someone to tell us what to wear. A guide on walking through life with style so all we need to do is click a few buttons and accept a home delivery. Here’s that guide.

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Denim

Denim is back and we couldn’t be happier! Not only is it fashionable, it’s so easy to wear. A pair of jeans, a denim shirt and a choker is the casual look of choice for 2017. With celebrities like Khloe Kardashian releasing their own denim brands, our love for denim couldn’t be hotter right now. Take a look at online boutiques for more ideas.

Slogan T-Shirts

Whatever your life’s mantra, there’s a t-shirt to go with it. It’s the carefree way of showing off your personality via clothing. You’ll come across slogans such as YOLO, Give A Damn and I Am Limited Edition. The great thing about these t-shirts is that you can dress them up or dress them down. Tie them at the waist and pair them with a skirt and heels for a night out or slip on your favorite jeans and flip flops for a casual lunch date.

Skirt Suits

Ladies are taking over when it comes to the work place. We can do everything! If you’re good at your job and you know it, show it with a professional looking skirt suit. Not only are they easy to wear with a pair of low heels, there’s something about a skirt suit that gives you more confidence. When you look good and feel good, you can take the world by storm.

Active Wear

There would have been a time when going for lunch in your active wear would have been frowned upon. These days women are putting their active wear on for anything and everything, and completely avoiding the gym. It’s become part of fashion and you’ll probably find some items that look like active wear but are actually meant for everyday activities.

Tartan

It’s everywhere. It’s on our bodies, on our sofas, in our rugs. A smart tartan jacket will never do you wrong. The fabric is so versatile that you could wear it to an interview, as part of a wedding outfit or you may even see it on bikini’s on the beach.

Wide Leg Trousers

Another item you can dress up or dress down, wide leg trousers are another must have for your wardrobe. They’re great for wearing to work or going on a date and making an impression. Of course, they’re also ideal for wearing with a sweater and curling up on the sofa for a night in.

Accessories

It’s all about the bigger, the better this year. Go for big belts and big sunglasses. You may also want to invest in some costume jewellery for when a big event comes along. Happy shopping!

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Europe is a wonderful continent that boasts a plethora of different countries and cultures. However, Italy is a unique and beautiful country that offers diversity like no other. So if you’re going to pick just one place for your next trip, this is a fantastic option.

Whether backpacking on your own, with friends or as a couple doesn’t matter. Italy’s good transport links can allow you to see the best of what it has to offer without the need for a pre-booked package. Better still, we’ve put together a 7-stop itinerary that’s perfect for an extended month break. Or if your stay is a little shorter cut some out on the way.

San Angelo Bridge and Saint Peters basilica

Rome (And The Vatican)

No trip to Italy is complete without visiting the capital. Not only is it one of the most beautiful places on Italian soil, but it’s also one of the most historic places on earth. Getting lost among the monuments, galleries, and other cultural elements is easily done. When the weather is nice, you simply wouldn’t want to be anywhere else on earth.

Whether you’re religious or not, heading to the Vatican is another essential element. It’s the smallest state on earth and is one of the most iconic venues too. Being so close to the Sistine Chapel without seeing Michelangelo’s masterpiece would be a missed opportunity.

Piazza Cordusio

Milan

Heading north to one of the fashion capitals of the world, Milan is another popular destination for visitors. As well as the plethora of great shops and cafes, the city boasts one of Italy’s great sporting rivalries between Inter and AC. Even if you’re not a sports fan, a tour of the San Siro stadium will blow your mind. Moreover, it saves you the need for visiting Turin, which has nothing to offer aside from Juventus and Torino.

It’s probably not a place to spend any longer than three or four days. Nonetheless, it’s well worth adding to the itinerary. Of course, if you’re planning to do huge amounts of shopping, you may want to reverse this cycle so that this step comes last. Another good thing about this idea is the accessible international flights.

Venice

Venice

Travel is all about gaining new experiences, and Venice is a unique destination that carries a charm like no other place on earth. Therefore, heading east to the Veneto region is well advised. The small islands, linked by canals and bridges, provide something different to anywhere else you’ve ever been. Meanwhile, taking a gondola ride is one of those bucket list items that we’ve all visioned at least once in our lives.

Venice also boasts plenty of art and culture while the luxurious hotels create the perfect vibe for romantic couples. In addition to those wonderful experiences, you’ll be sure to get some incredible photos to remember those moments too. What more could you ever ask for?

Modena

A lot of travelers would choose Bologna as their next stop off. However, Modena would be our choice for stop number four, and the main reason for this is food and drink. Every perfect vacation should offer the chance to delight your tastebuds. A balsamic vinegar tour is the perfect way to do just that in style. Moreover, you can even buy some items to bring the taste of Italy back home.

Modena has plenty more to offer its visitors too. The Ferrari museum can be coupled with a driving experience day. Given the beauty of the surrounding areas, as well as the sheer adrenaline of driving a supercar, it’s another moment that you’ll never forget.

Republic of San Marino

Rimini (And San Marino)

The opportunity to tick another country off of the bucket list is one that every traveler should take. When traveling through northern Italy, a day trip to the microstate of San Marino is the ideal option. However, the tiny nation only covers 60 km2, so a few hours in Serravalle should suffice. Therefore, doubling it up with Rimini is advised.

Rimini itself isn’t a massive place either. But a few days on the beach is the perfect way to break up your trip, especially if you are away for a long time. Meanwhile, it does have a few notable bars for nightlife too. Essentially, though, using this as a pit-stop and a chance to see another country is the ideal solution.

Bari, Italy

Bari

The seven-hour train ride to Bari may feel daunting, but the scenic route is truly incredible. Just remember to take snacks on board with you, and it will soon fly by. Once you arrive in Bari, you’ll be able to embrace biking tours, beaches, and museums galore. It’s additionally home to a number of noteworthy architecture too.

There are plenty of other things to do, whether it’s visiting planetariums or eating at wonderful restaurants. If you have a few days to kill, you could additionally take the ferry across the Adriatic Sea into Albania too. However, that one is an optional extra.

Naples, Italy

Naples

Naples is an industrial town that often gets a bad reputation. In truth, though, it’s a great place to visit en route back to Rome. Moreover, it gives you a chance to take a day trip to historical Pompeii too. Even if you don’t take that trip, Naples is a location bursting with cultural importance.

Whether it’s sport, music, or the arts, you’ll never be bored. However, the one attraction that nobody should miss is underground Naples. The labyrinth of tunnels and cavities creates a city underneath the ground. It’s a unique experience that no visitor ever forgets, which is why it’s a guaranteed addition for the itinerary.

After finishing Naples, you can head back up to Rome to finish your trip with a few more days in the capital before heading home. Alternatively, carry on north to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa before heading back to Rome. Either way, that Italian adventure will give you a chance to see some of the best that the whole of Europe has to offer. Enjoy.

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If you’re getting married soon, you might be full of excitement about all the wedding shopping you’ve got to do. Have you worked out your budget yet? Even if you’re following tradition and letting your Dad pay for it, it’s a good idea to discuss the bottom figure with your husband-to-be. After all, this is his wedding too, so you’re buying for two (plus guests!)

One thing you’re probably not going to do together is shop for your wedding dress. However, there are no traditions preventing you from shopping for all the other outfits as a couple. This could be quite helpful for you as you’ll be able to gauge what styles he likes. This might be good for figuring out which bridal outfit you should pick too!

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One of the first things you’re likely to pick out is the rings. It’s often a good idea to pop into your local mall and check out the jewelry stores. You can also find more men’s wedding bands here: http://weddingbandsforboth.com/tungsten-wedding-bands-for-men/ might offer some different styles or ideas. You don’t have to pick matching rings if you both have differing tastes. Don’t forget to have them engraved with messages of love for each other. Order this early as it can take a little while to complete.

Whether your groom is into flowers or not, he’ll have a good idea which flowers he likes. This is especially important when you’re picking the buttonholes and table decorations. He might have a better idea which flowers his mother might like for her outfit as well. If he’s not really into flowers, ask him what kind of decorations he might prefer. Remember, you have a whole venue to prepare, so his help is very much needed!

Do you have any ideas in mind for your arrival at the ceremony? You might want to choose the car yourself, but if you’re both going to ride in it on the way back, then your groom’s input could be a good idea. Of course, if the ideas are very different, you might have to compromise! Perhaps you could order two cars? This would depend on your budget, but it’s a good way for you both to get what you want.

Would you be comfortable with letting him make big purchase decisions for the wedding? Many brides enjoy taking on all the wedding planning themselves. But if you’re uncomfortable with the idea of someone else taking the reins, maybe he is too. Sharing the decision-making could help you both get exactly what you want for your big day. This is especially true when it comes to the cake. Eating a slice together is a big part of the wedding celebration. Make sure it’s one you can both enjoy!
Stress at this time is very common, and it can even lead to the odd spat with your partner. If you’re both working toward the common goal of wedding planning, then you’ll both know when things are getting a little tough. Teamwork here is, after all, great practice for married life!

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Do you ever find yourself rummaging through endless piles of clothes trying to find something to wear? Every time you open the closet, it’s bursting at the seams, but most of it is old stuff that you never wear anymore. Some of the pieces might not have been worn at all. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but once you got them home, you regretted buying them. Don’t worry, we’re all guilty of it. If you want to save yourself some time in the mornings, you need to streamline your wardrobe. Get rid of all the surplus and cut your collection down to the items that you actually wear. You can still make great outfits with a few select pieces, and some clever accessories. If it seems like an impossible task, here are a few tips to help you get started.

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Online Shopping

The internet has made shopping so much easier. Find what you want, and you can have it sent straight to you in a few days. But it’s also a big part of the reason that we’ve all ended up with so many unworn clothes in the wardrobe. One of the major benefits of shopping in a store is that you can try the clothes on. You don’t get that luxury online, and there’s a lot of fluctuation between the sizes that different designers offer, so you can often end up buying something that doesn’t fit you. It’s also difficult to gauge the quality of the clothes from a photograph. Half the time you end up buying something that looked great online, then when it turns up, you realize it’s cheap and nasty.

Most of these problems come about when we buy from retailers that we don’t know. There’s so many out there, and we are often fooled by the low prices. The best way to make sure you don’t fill your wardrobe with junk from the internet is to shop with retailers that you can trust. They won’t always offer the same low prices, but if you look out for things like a Nordstrom rack coupon, you can still get some great deals.

Don’t Buy What You Already Have

Seems obvious, right? But you’re probably doing it without even realizing. If you’ve already got a few pairs of blue jeans, do you need any more? We often convince ourselves that we do, because the style is slightly different, but you can make the same outfits with the ones you already have.

Have A Clear Budget

If you restrict yourself to spending a certain amount each month, you can avoid buying unnecessary clothes. You’ll be forced to be much more ruthless when you’re shopping. If you waste half your budget on things that you don’t need, you’ll be stuck when it comes to buying the items that you will actually need.

Who Do You Shop With?

You can’t completely absolve yourself of the blame. At the end of the day, you’re the one that decides to buy the clothes, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any bad influences out there. If you often go shopping with a friend or family member that encourages you to buy things that you don’t need, maybe you should think about going alone. You can think more rationally, without being peer pressured into making impulse purchases.

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If you already have your summer holiday booked, good for you! The sun is fast approaching, and you’ll be jetting away before you know. For the less lucky among us, we have yet to book. Deciding where to go isn’t always easy, especially for those who jet away often. The travel inspiration well doth run dry, and it’s hard to know how to satisfy that travel bug. The good news is, there’s plenty of travel inspo out there if you know where to look. And, if you don’t, we’ve got a few tips to help you out!

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LITERATURE

Literature may not be the first place many of us go to find travel inspiration. But, there’s a lot to be learned about every subject in a good book, even traveling! If you’re not sure where to jet to next, turn to the people in the know. You could opt for classics, like Kerouac’s ‘On The Road,’ or a more literal travel memoir, like Gilbert’s ‘Eat, Pray, Love.’ Getting lost in travel writing is sure to lead you to your next ideal location. You might want to get reading, though. You don’t have long to decide!

ONLINE, OF COURSE

Nowhere gives us such easy access to destinations as the internet. We have the whole world at our fingertips. So, make use of it when searching for new locations. Travel blogs can be a fantastic way to read up on a variety of destinations. They’re a good place to head if you have no ideas. Or, if you’re having trouble deciding between a few locations, research each. See what they have to offer, and compare. The good news is, you can book a trip to the loser next year!

MAGAZINES

Never underestimate the power of travel magazines. Many of us forget about these gems because of our internet exploits. But, there’s something about a travel magazine that can’t be beaten. They outline locations in a way a lot of websites fail to, and come complete with pictures. You could opt for a general travel mag, or something more specialized, like a ski or cruise magazine. These are a fantastic way to gain inspiration throughout the year. That way, you won’t struggle when next summer rolls around. A subscription would find a little piece of travel inspiration landing on your doorstep all year round.

TELEVISION AND FILM

For the more visual, television and films may be the first port of call. There’s no denying that this can be a fantastic way to see the scenery of a place. If you make your travel choices based on appearance, this would be perfect for you. Turn to programs set in other countries. With film, there are plenty to choose from. Some worth mentioning are ‘Into The Wild.’ ‘Seven Years In Tibet.’ and ‘Midnight In Paris.’. And, if you’re not keen on reading, skip the literature step and see if there are any movies of the books that appeal. Most of the time, you’ll find there are!

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