Fashion

‘Mushroom Blond’ Hair Is Summer’s Biggest New Trend

The trend of using food to describe our hair colors has grown. Not only do we have toasted coconut, peach cobbler, and cold brew, but the latest trend is having mushroom blond hair. According to Pinterest, this last shade is quickly overtaking the others with searches on the site up by a whopping 308 percent.

Mushrooms may sound a bit bland and boring at first, but from the looks of it, it’s the exact opposite.

Mushrooms colors are soooo interesting!

If you’ve ever studied a mushroom, you’d notice that its colors are multifaceted. You’ll find multiple shades of dark and light brown, even blonde, and the hair color truly reflects those ashy shades you’d find in a mushroom. It’s an in-between color – not quite blonde but not quite brown.

“It’s right in between light brown and dark blond, like an ashier version of brond,” says Stephani Brown, master colorist at New York City’s IGK Salon Soho. As a result, the shade is a great choice for those not wanting a drastically lighter or darker color, yet it gives an edgy, unique look.

“I love the idea of using mushrooms to describe the tone of the hair color,” says Joel Warren, celebrity colorist and founder of the Salon Project. “They have so many different tones of beige and gray that are hard to describe. These tones evolved from the gray and silver trend to a slightly more natural look. The combinations with highlights and low lights gives a beautiful modern look.”

Typically, people want to choose a warmer shade for the summer, but that’s all the reason not to. What better way to stand out than to try something different from the regular? In addition, mushroom blonde is extremely low-maintenance according to Brown.

It’s a more grown-out look which needs a touch up only every three to six months or even up to a full year depending on your hair length. Another reason it’s a great choice for a fun, easy-going hair color this summer!

If you’re considering trying out mushroom blonde for yourself, Brown recommends that you ask your colorist for a subtle light brown or dark blonde ombre that has a variation of both light brown and dark blond pieces.

Be sure to mention the word ashy to keep it from going towards a more traditional blond look. It’s always helpful to bring some photos to give an idea of what exactly you’re going for and to help ensure the product is to your liking.

The trend of using food to describe our hair colors has grown. Not only do we have toasted coconut, peach cobbler, and cold brew, but the latest...

Celebs Fashion

Rihanna’s New Fenty Luxury Fashion Line

Rihanna has now opened the doors to her highly anticipated fashion brand, Fenty.  The clothing line launched its global digital flagship following the opening of a successful pop-up shop in Paris on May 24th.

Earlier this month, she announced her partnership with Parisian luxury organization Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy, known as LVMH.  Fenty is the first new fashion house to partner with Louis since Christian Lacroix debuted in 1987. On top of that, Rihanna is the first black woman to launch a luxury brand with this company.

The singer/businesswoman is also the youngest person to take the helm as president of the company. Her Fenty line released on May 19th with an homage to photographer Kwame Brathwaite.

A Note about Kwame Brathwaite

Born in 1938, Kwame Brathwaite was born and grew up in NYC and is considered one of the finest documentary photographer of all times.  He documented cultural, political, and social developments in Harlem.

Along with his older brother, Elombe Brathwaite, they founded the African Jazz Art Society and Studios in 1956. In the 60s, his work was in the New York Amsterdam News, The City Sun, and the Daily Challenge.

He is also known for his photographed concerts of Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, James Brown, and Muhammad Ali! He was honored at the 75th Aperture Gala in 2017.  He is now 81 years-of-age.

She has a number of ready-to-wear items that are a blend of masculine and feminine designs, over-sized jackets, corset-dresses, and jeans tailored with Japanese denim. In addition to fashion jewelry and baseball caps, she offers sleek footwear and Sunglasses.

Pricing:

Baseball Caps             $180

Sunglasses                   $420 to 480

The Affair Pumps        $625

The Spiral Sandal & Dolly Sandal               $625 to 670 (depending on the style and heel height)

Ready to wear items will cost from $250 for a Coset T-Shirt to $1,360 for the Reversible Parka. All Items Are available on the Fenty website. The rising multi-talented Rihanna has one of the most incredible designs and people are busting down the doors to get their favorite fashions.

Rihanna has now opened the doors to her highly anticipated fashion brand, Fenty.  The clothing line launched its global digital flagship following...

City Life Health

Science Proves Cat Ladies Aren’t Crazy

This is for all you cat-lovers out there – it turns out that you were a lot smarter than you thought when you decided to have a cat for a pet as studies are showing they’re the solution to decreasing stress, anxiety, and improving your cardiovascular health.

Somewhere around 68% of American households have pets according to NIH, and all animal companions provide positive benefits, but scientists are seeing that cats are exceptional mood and health boosters.

Yes, they’re entertaining and great for keeping away loneliness, but they’re also good for your heart. Scientists at the University of Minnesota’s Stroke Institute actually did a ten-year study to discover how cats benefit cardiovascular health with over 4,000 participants. The results were phenomenal; it turns out that cats are crucial for decreasing stress and anxiety.

Compared to humans who don’t own cats, cat-owners may have a reduced risk of experiencing a heart attack by 30 percent. In addition, since cats simply love getting petted on your lap, they’re perfect for those times when you need a morale boost – both physically and emotionally.

While you’re petting your cat, heart rate, blood pressure, and stress levels all go down. Dogs can do similarly, but the problem is that they also encourage stress since they require more attention than cats do.

Cats Are Good For You

Some people might have a thing against cats because of allergies, but actually, if you are exposed to cats more as a child, you’re less likely to develop allergies and infections. In fact, living with a cat can also reduce the likelihood of your developing asthma! The scientists also found that after interacting with a cat, kids with autism displayed better communication efforts.

And there’s more! A cat’s purr has healing powers – no, I’m not pulling your leg on this one. The frequency of a cat’s purr falls between 20 to 140 Hz, which helps mend broken bones and wounds. Cats help keep depression away, which has been associated to developing various types of illness.

Doctors should be prescribing a 15-minute dose of playing with a cat every day as it improves your mood and keeps you active! Cats know how to slow down, take it easy, and take a nap. Take a cue from them, and do the same sometimes!

I don’t know if you’ve noticed it, but there are cat videos and posts all over the internet – they seem to be taking over. There are a ton of cat lovers out there, and the war of whether cats of dogs are better has been going on for quite some time, but from the results of these studies, it seems that cats have finally come out the victor!

They’re low-maintenance, relaxing, laid-back, empathetic of human feelings, and easy to be around. So, if you don’t already have one, the doctor’s orders are in: go get a cat – or two, or three!

This is for all you cat-lovers out there – it turns out that you were a lot smarter than you thought when you decided to have a cat for a pet as...

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City Life Fashion

Ideas For Easy Makeovers For Your Home

Redesigning your living areas can be quite a time consuming and often overwhelming. Have you ever sat down and just stared at an area you want to upgrade but have not found the motivation to get to work?

We have found the best way to deal with your anxiety and lack of motivation is to start with something small.  If you have a large project for a living area, break it up into small “to-do” jobs, you will be amazed how quickly the entire project will move along and each small makeover will give you a lot of satisfaction.

First off, taking a large project and breaking it into smaller jobs will be a great deal more manageable and you will become even more motivated to move on to the next one.  Here are some really great ideas for upgrades that shouldn’t take longer than an afternoon but will deliver excellent results:

A Small Wallpapering Project:

Consider wallpapering just a certain area of your room vs trying to wallpaper the entire area. Consider adding a really nice print to an access wall or maybe the back of a display case. The idea is to create something that will visually draw someone’s attention.

Choose a pattern or color for your wallpaper that will compliment the rest of your room.  One thought might be choosing a wallpaper that has a simple interesting design.  Find something that will work with your décor but not become overbearing.

Using wallpaper on a piece of furniture such as a bookcase or display case that has very plain lines, can spruce it up.  This is a very easy project that you can finish in just a few hours at tops.

Dress Your Furniture Up With New Hardware:

Sometimes, the simplest project can actually have a huge effect.  Why not replace your old handles on your dresser with new, intricate brass or a nice floral design on knobs?  Try a whimsical design for your nightstand such as leather pulls or in a child’s room – animal faces printed on knobs!

If you are redoing your kitchen, there are so many wonderful kitchen themes to choose from for your cabinets.  Handles shaped like tomatoes or lettuce or apples and pears, the sky’s the limit! Maybe your cabinets came out of the fifties and you want them to be retro and modern.  You do not have to go crazy just shop around for modern, sleek designs for the hardware.

Add Some Interesting Artwork To Your Walls:

Artwork has a habit of bringing new life to a room while covering up scratches or imperfections in your painted walls.  You can shop around for artwork or get a little creative and pull out all those wonderful pictures you stowed away and frame them!

Another idea, get a large frame and make a collage of your favorite pictures.  Have a nice simple material for the background, add simple frames to each image and then place them in the large frame.  This small project will not take much time but will give your room a whole new look!

Another idea, have someone make a box with sectionals and place small antiques such as wooden soldiers in each section.

Add Shelving To Display Your Collectibles:

If you are a collector of small teacups, why not have shelves installed on your walls to show them off instead of hiding them somewhere to collect dust.  Really simple floating shelves do not require a lot of work and are quite easy to hang.

The one tool you will need is a stud finder to decide where to hang your collectibles.  Also, depending on their weight, make sure you have the right hardware that will be strong enough to hold the objects.  If you need some advice, talk to someone at your home improvement store.

Add The Magical Touch Of Lighting:

I’m not sure there is anything that adds a more impressive look than new lighting fixtures. Add a new chandelier or wall sconces. Trade out your tired old fifties chandelier with something really modern, sleek, and retro!

You would be amazed by how modern your space will become.  Unless you know how to rewire, it is strongly suggested you bring in a professional who can get the new wiring done in a very short period of time.  If you have an overhead ceiling light, why not trade it in for a really nice fan with lights that matches your décor and colors.

You can have your electrician add a dimmer switch to boot!

Give Your Plants Something To Rejoice In:

Too often, we buy plants and just place them in a corner in the same old pots they came in.  Over time, this is not healthy for the plants due to a lack of needed nutrients and the roots will start outgrowing their space.

Think about placing them in beautiful new planters that accentuate your room and will make your plants very happy! You can choose from ceramic planters, terracotta, or other interesting materials.  If you want to go with colorful planters, pick an accent color that is already a part of your room.

Redesigning your living areas can be quite a time consuming and often overwhelming. Have you ever sat down and just stared at an area you want to upgrade but have not found the motivation to get to work?

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Fashion

2019 Fashion Week – Part 2

  1. Go for Gothic

A lot of neo-Gothic looks are appearing on the streets this year.  It’s an easy look to replicate by pairing a head-to-toe black outfit with some up-to-date accessories.  You can use whatever takes your fancy but the mood needs to be kept dark, moody and chic.  Adding a deep red lipstick can add that bit of extra glamour.

  1. Bright Coloured Tartan

Another popular print for the 2019 show season has been the brightest colors of tartan.  This look has been seen across London, Paris, New York and Milan this summer.

Anything but subtle, the brightly colored tartan is striking and chic, pairing the classic tartan pattern with bright, bold and unique color combinations on jackets, trousers, or skirts in the classic tartan pattern.  Be right on trend by keeping accessories plain to accentuate this bright, modern look.

  1. Bringing Back the Bucket Hat

 

The bucket hat was really the must-have accessory back in the 1990’s and it has made a big return this year.  If this is not on your fashion shopping list for this year, then it should be!  It is functional, giving great sun protection, but also stylish enough to be perfect for your weekend get-together.

The hats come plain or with logos and patterns and can be worn with multiple outfits – dresses, boiler suits, whatever takes your fancy.

  1. Perfect Patchwork

 

Patchwork has become one of fashion’s hottest trends this year; seen on the streets in all of the major fashion cities.  Using different fabrics to create a wonderfully eclectic look these outfits are sure to catch the eye.

It is a creative and modern look for dresses, pants, jackets and more.  The patchwork is sure to be the focal point of your ensemble so team it with something plain and simple to maximize the impact.

  1. Shrunken Bags

Size is what defines this year’s ‘must have’ handbag.  The 2019 bag can be any shape but size is everything – these diminutive bags are designed to fit only the bare essentials.  The smallest can barely fit a mobile phone and a lipstick but it is perfect for those who want style over functionality.

If you want the top look this season invest in one of these tiny shrunken bags.  It may not carry very much but it looks good and you won’t be tempted to load it up.

Go for Gothic

A lot of neo-Gothic looks are appearing on the streets this year.  It’s an easy look to replicate by pairing a head-to-toe black outfit with some up-to-date accessories.  You can use whatever takes your fancy but the mood needs to be kept...

Fashion

2019 Fashion Week – The Top 10 Summer Trends

As fashion month heats up in Paris, Milan and New York all of the latest trends are on show.  The runway gives us a look at what is coming in the future and inspires us to keep on trend, but on the high street, we can see what is the must-have item for right now.

We’ve taken a look at the top high street fashion trends to look out for this summer.  We’re sure you are going to want to add some of these amazing looks to your own wardrobe.

  1. Bike Shorts Paired with Blazers

Super chic and versatile athleisure is sure to be an ongoing trend for the foreseeable future.  This pairing – bike shorts with a blazer – is proving popular among trend-setters at the shows this year.

The use of sportswear plus the tailored jacket will be sure to make you stand out in any crowd.  It’s not a style you could wear to work or the gym but it is perfect for seeing and being seen at all the trendy spots in town, or just for meeting with friends for a summer lunch in the pub garden.

  1. Be an Animal!

Leopard print has made a real return this fashion season and all of the top style icons can be seen in bold, wild animal prints.  Leopard print has been particularly popular this year and is appearing on trousers, coats, suits and dresses and so much more!

Pair up the print with some bold colors and you will be right on trend.  Alternatively, go for the complete bodysuit in leopard print, paired with some colorful accessories.  Of course, you can go minimalist with a plain outfit paired with a playful pair of leopard print shoes or a funky bag.

Whatever you choose, embrace your wild side!

  1. Boiler Suits are Back!

The boiler suit is one of a variety of utilitarian designs making an appearance in all of the major fashion week shows this season.  Formerly used as work protection the boiler suit is dominating this year, being both functional and fashionable.

These suits come in multiple cuts and colors so you are sure to find one that appeals.  You will never be short on choice, with short sleeved versions for hot summer days or the longer sleeves for cool summer evenings.

  1. Lavender is In

Lavender is the color that most fashionistas can be seen in this year, so you can be sure that anything that comes in light purple is hot on style.  You can choose the head-to-toe lavender look, or stick to an accent like a handbag or boots.

Lavender dresses and coats give a chic and feminine look. If you want to keep your style up-to-date and understated you could do worse that trying out the lavender look this year.

  1. Pretty Puff Shoulders

This year minimalism takes a back seat in favor of fabric – an abundance of fabric in fact.  Lots of bold ruffles, along with puff shoulders are making a comeback on blouses and dresses.

These give an 80’s retro look and feel with a stunning modern twist.  This look would certainly give you a stand-out style, however, be sure to pair it with something less bold to keep the look tasteful.

As fashion month heats up in Paris, Milan and New York all of the latest trends are on show.  The runway gives us a look at what is coming in the future and inspires us to keep on trend, but on the high street, we can see what is the must-have item for right...

Animals City Life

Finding the Right Dog Walker

Dogs needs to be exercised every day in order to stay healthy.  This is essential for their physical and mental well-being so if you are unable to walk your dog daily you will need to find a suitable dog walker.

This can be a difficult decision because although anyone can call themselves a dog walker, it doesn’t mean that they have the experience, qualification or expertise to be the right walker for your companion.

Take a look at this guide for choosing a dog walker that meets all your pet’s needs:

Word-of-Mouth Recommendations

Getting good recommendations from other dog parents is probably the best way to start when looking for a dog walker of your own.  Ask them what their experiences have been, talk to other dog owners at the park or ask your vet if they have any particular dog walker they are happy to recommend.

If you do get a good recommendation then be sure to check them out thoroughly before deciding to hire them.

Meet and Greet

Always invite a potential dog walker to meet your dog because your dog needs to be comfortable with them.  If your dog feels shy or wary when they meet new people you need to keep this in mind and give them some time. However, the walker should not be phased by this.  Ideally, they will be calm, assertive and able to read your dog’s behavior and body language.

Ask questions

 The sort of thing you need to know is what will be happening while your dog is with their walker.  Consider the following questions:

  • Where will my dog be walked?
  • Can you accommodate my dog’s needs? If your dog is not particularly well socialized, for example, would the walker be willing to walk him/her alone?  Would they be able to introduce your dog to others gradually?
  • How long will my dog be walked? Make sure you are clear about the specific amount of time your dog will spend walking with their new companion.
  • Will anyone else walk my dog? Many dog walkers work alone, but some are part of larger businesses.  If this is the case you’ll need to know who is likely to be walking your dog.
  • What training do you have? If you are employing a dog walker you want them to have some experience of dogs, ideally professional experience. This is a crucial question to ask or you could end up with someone walking dogs just to earn some extra cash.
  • Have you been walking dogs for long? You need to know how much experience this person has in walking dogs.
  • What training methods do you use? If their training methods do not dovetail with your own you might want to choose someone else.
  • Do you have the relevant licenses and insurance? A legitimate dog walking business is required to have a license and proof on insurance.
  • Are you able to deal with emergencies?
  • Are you trained and certified in canine first aid?

And finally, take the walker for a test walk:

Ask the walker if you can come along for the first walk.  Although they will obviously be on their best behavior you can still get an idea of how they interact with your dog and if your dog likes them.  See how they relate to your dog’s needs, for example, are they sensitive if your older dog needs to walk slowly?

Look to see if they are a good fit.  Look at your dog – how is their body language?  Do they look happy and comfortable with this person? Never feel rushed into making a decision, it is important that your dog feels happy and comfortable on his or her walk and that they are safe.

Dogs needs to be exercised every day in order to stay healthy.  This is essential for their physical and mental well-being so if you are unable to walk your dog daily you will need to find a suitable dog walker.

This can be a difficult decision because...

Cool Stories Vacation

Airbnb Enters the Adventure Travel Market

Airbnb remains the leader in home-sharing holidays and is now adding to its range of offerings by venturing into the adventure-travel arena – a market that is currently worth around $683billion.

The holiday and travel platform is now offering customers access to experiences as well as accommodation through the new “Airbnd Adventures”.  Customers can take the change to build some amazing memories.  Some of the offerings include time in Arizona to hunt for UFOs or heading off to Oman or the Galapagos Islands.

Airbnb Adventures is a spin-off from the popular Airbnb Experiences.  Where the Experiences would only last between for a few hours up to a full day, Adventures brings an immersive experience which lasts for days and up to a week.  Along with the adventure, of course, comes food and lodging.

Try the Road Less Traveled

At present, there are around 200 Airbnb Adventures on offer.  Some are exclusive to Airbnb but others are run through local operators advertising exclusively on the Airbnb Adventures platform.  By signing up the traveler can enjoy a fully immersive experience along the road less traveled where they are free to experience, explore and create lifelong memories.

There is no problem with quality either; Airbnb has been advised by the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) in order to maintain the high quality and safety standards people expect.

For the more adventurous there is an opportunity for a Warrior boot camp in Kenya, hiking in Petra or a fully accessible trip to Easter Island.  There is also a special Jules Verne inspired”Around the World in 80 Days” trip.

A small and intimate group will travel the world taking in the Nile and the Northern Lights, exploring Nairobi where they will meet the elephant singers and taking part in a Samurai pilgrimage near Osaka.  These and other one-off opportunities are available to commemorate the launch of Airbnb Adventure and are available for the sum of $5,000 per person.

For those who want a more sedate pace Airbnb Adventures offer something a little more laid back – how does a weekend on an Anabaptist Farm in Indiana sound?  The owners are happy to share the experience of collecting eggs, making jam and tending their garden as they renovate their 100-year old farm.  A perfectly relaxing adventure.

Airbnb remains the leader in home-sharing holidays and is now adding to its range of offerings by venturing into the adventure-travel arena – a market that is currently worth around $683billion.

The holiday and travel platform is now offering customers...

City Life

Two Words You Should Stop Using At Work

‘No Problem’.  Two seemingly innocuous words that people use all the time, especially at work.  Often we use it instead of saying other common phrases such as, ‘of course’, or as a way of saying, ‘you’re welcome’ when something thanks us for doing something.  It is pretty harmless, right?

Wrong.  For some reason, these two words really have a tendency to rub people up the wrong way.

Many workplaces have an unofficial blacklist of irritating phrases and ‘no problem’, is often on it right alongside ‘no worries’.

It’s fair to say that most people who use these common expressions do so to be polite, personable and professional but unfortunately if you are one of these people you need to be aware that you could be giving off the total opposite impression to the very people who matter most.

Consider the Meaning

Now this can all seem a little harsh, especially if it is not something you’ve considered to be remotely annoying.  As a young professional it may seem slightly churlish for someone to point out that this particular phrase can be super-irritating especially if you use it yourself as an alternative for saying, ‘sure’.

It’s only when you start to look at it from the point of view of someone like a manager who has people directly reporting to them that the penny drops.  If you ask someone to do something and they say, ‘no problem’, it can be something that starts to annoy.

Firstly, it can be seen as a slightly dismissive; an off-the-cuff response which undermines their supervisory position and secondly, there is an unspoken implication that one day if they are asked to do something that there could be a problem.

In a business context when said to a professional superior it implies that you are doing them a favor when in fact, you are doing your job and it is your responsibility to do the tasks you have been assigned.

There are plenty of other ways to convey that something is not going to be a problem without ever using those two words.  It could have a generational component to it but I have heard a number of people say that they simply cannot stand it when people use this particular phrase.

If this is making you doubt whether or not you should use the phrase maybe its time you moved on to more universally acceptable ones like ‘any time’, or, ‘my pleasure’ or even ‘yes, absolutely’. For many people, the phrase “no problem” really is no problem, but is it worth taking the risk?

‘No Problem’.  Two seemingly innocuous words that people use all the time, especially at work.  Often we use it instead of saying other common phrases such as, ‘of course’, or as a way of saying, ‘you’re welcome’ when something thanks us for...

Humans Are Awesome Lifestyle

Being an Adult: When Does It Happen, and How Can You Tell?

In terms of the law, adulthood starts on the day you reach your 18th birthday, but is that really what makes someone an adult?

In recent surveys around 75% of US residents aged 18-34 believe that adulthood only really starts when you are financially independent.  The years after 18 leading up to that point are seen as a transitional period during which attempts are made to establish that level of financial security.

However, alongside this statistic, another one paints a slightly different picture with 70% of those in the same age group receiving financial assistance from a parent within the last 12 months.

Financial Independence

With that in mind, how do you define financial independence?  Put simply it would be the ability to manage your daily needs without seeking monetary assistance from your family or social peers.  Being able to afford treats would be in there too as well as being able to save in order to meet other financial goals like housing, for example.

However, of the 70% of those saying they had received support the reason they ended up seeking help was specifically to cover essential living expenses like rent, food and school expenses.  A fair proportion – 41% – had assistance from their parents in order to provide a down payment on a house.

The main secret of achieving financial independence is to always make sure your income exceeds your expenditure but in reality, life is not that simple.  There are a number of influencing factors that can prevent this – from low wages, to credit card bills to unforeseen medical bills.

Although small changes in habits can help, it is unlikely that these alone can resolve an issue that has led to a failure to manage the rent or be unable to pay a major bill.

If financial independence is not the main criteria for adulthood what is?

Other Definitions for Adulthood

There were a number of people who offered other definitions including buying a house, leaving home, graduating from college, having a child or getting married.  However the majority, 75%, still said that being in full-time employment is a key factor because it implies a level of financial independence.

The results of the survey indicate that financial support into adulthood has become the norm, yet this can lead people to believe they are underachieving in relationship to their peers.  A possible solution to this could be parental refusal to give financial help but most parents, around 83%, do so in order to help their children and they are happy to do so.

It seems that this is likely to be reciprocated with 89% of adults saying they would be happy to return the favor if necessary.

It seems that it is the factors that lead to financial dependence in early adulthood – tuition fees, poor wages, increased costs – need to be addressed.  Until these are resolved those who do go to their parents for financial help are certainly not in the minority.

In terms of the law, adulthood starts on the day you reach your 18th birthday, but is that really what makes someone an adult?

In recent surveys around 75% of US residents aged 18-34 believe that adulthood only really starts when you are financially...

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Travel Trend That Every Lady Should Try Out

When it comes to traveling around the world, most of us see it as a social activity. Something to do with a friend or a family member. And it makes sense. A lot of us would rather go traveling with someone; it feels safer, and we can find it easier to connect.

When you travel alone, you often worry that you spend your time traveling in isolation. However, many women are taking to the art of traveling on their own instead of traveling with others. So much so that it has become the go-to form of travel for many females the world over!

And you will know why if you have ever been on holiday with your friends or family. Everything from deciding what you want to do that day, to where you want to go, to what food (and what time) you’ll eat, can be a nightmare. It just becomes hard to do what you wanted to do. You are on holiday, so you should be in more or less complete control about the time that you spend doing things.

When that is not the case, it’s time to act and do something about it. what, though, should you do if you wish to make this the case? Easy: you should look to try and go for a trip on your own.

Start somewhere small, maybe. Don’t travel too far on your own until you know that you like it. You could set a local place in your own country – even your own region – and go there for the day. It would give you a chance to see if you like mingling with strangers, walking around on your own, doing your own thing. Some of us like the idea, but not so much the reality.

A growing trend in female travel

This is, though, one of the biggest trends in modern female travel. Many women are getting to enjoy just spending their time going around and seeing the world at a pace they can enjoy and rely upon.

They are never forced into doing things at a pace they feel uncomfortable with. They are also going to be able to enjoy having total control over what you do. If you want to go and see the sights, you can. Want to just sit on the beach instead of tourist traps? Now you can.

For many people, the appeal stems mostly from having nobody telling you what you can and cannot do for the evening. That is an excellent feeling and will often go a very long way to making sure you can enjoy the wider traveling experience.

There’s a reason why a lot of people just enjoy seeing the world on their own terms. If you want your days to be decided what you want to do, then you should look to try traveling alone. As we say, try going small and then slowly building it up: the results can be rather impressive!

When it comes to traveling around the world, most of us see it as a social activity. Something to do with a friend or a family member. And it makes sense. A lot of us would rather go traveling with someone; it feels safer, and we can find it easier to...

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A Pop-Up Cabin That’s Actually Real? Check It Out!

Do you ever hear about people who have ‘pop-up homes’? You no doubt raise your eyebrows with slight uncertainty. And you aren’t the only one. The idea of a pop-up home is usually reserved for things like video games, where you can place a building with a tap of the finger. But in real-life? Usually, building a strong and sturdy home would take a fair bit more planning and good work!

That being said, we live in a wonderful and exciting world. A pop-up cabin is a term that you might draw derision at, but when you see it actually in place it all becomes a lot easier to understand. If you were able to have a “home” delivered that essentially gets put together in a day, would you do it?

Yes, that includes the plumbing, electrics, air conditioning, etc. – everything is there that you would expect to see. Well, thanks to Italian mastermind Renato Vidal, this is completely possible.

This is an interesting way to get the idea of a flat-pack home. It will come together in just six hours, apparently, and they come built ready to handle even the strongest of earthquakes. So, if you want to build your own home but don’t have the time or means, then a home like this might just be what you are looking for!

Everything comes ready to be enjoyed. It’s like buying some flat-pack furniture from a store: it all arrives ready to go and to be enjoyed. It’s a ridiculous experience, really. All you need to do is populate it with the furniture that you want, and you will be left with more or less a fully home that is built entirely to the way that you would have wanted!

Getting a flat-pack home

Want to know more about this? Then check out M.A.Di, the company behind it. They build up the cabins without any foundations and then they place it for you on some level ground. However, it’s recommended that you get a concrete foundation put in place for the home to sit on prior to it being delivered.

If this something you would be genuinely interested in, we’d recommend speaking to the team behind it before you make a purchase.

It is, though, one of the smartest ideas we have ever seen when it comes to building a home. They can even be packed up and moved. Now, when you choose to move to a new town or neighborhood, you could literally pack your home onto the back of a truck and drive away!

It’s a little like the episode of The Simpsons when Springfield essentially has to move on. It is, though, crucially, a high-quality, respectable build quality that isn’t some gimmick. These are solid, structurally impressive homes that you could easily live in if you were looking to move home.

If you are serious about buying a new property you can take with you, be sure to look at M.A.Di cabins.

Do you ever hear about people who have ‘pop-up homes’? You no doubt raise your eyebrows with slight uncertainty. And you aren’t the only one. The idea of a pop-up home is usually reserved for things like video games, where you can place a building with...

Health Lifestyle

Sore Back From Sitting? Try This Simple Solution

Are you like me, sitting in a chair most of the day? It’s quite sore, isn’t it?

For someone who is comfortably over the average height, too, living a quite sedentary life means having consistent back pain. It’s an irritant most of the time, but it can be a properly debilitating experience when it’s at its worst.

So, I have suffered from back pain since my late teenage years, and it has never gotten any better: well, until now. Now? I might have just found the perfect solution to a sore back that won’t go away.

If you are like me and you manage to spend most of the say slouched forward or leaning back in equal measures, you’ll have all manner of pains and aches in the body. Well, I want to help you understand that it does not have to be this way. In fact, all it takes is a very simple change to how you sit!

What can I do to help my back problems from sitting?

So, for me, the best thing I can recommend is simply sitting a bit straighter. I know, it’s not the most revolutionary idea in the world, but a change in how you sit is essential to reducing back strains. Often, we sit in a manner that means our neck, spine, and back – as well as our hips – are out of sync with one another. This leads to the strains and complications that we often end up facing for most of the afternoon.

So, the best way to sit is to avoid slouching forward or leaning too far back. Hunching over means putting excess pressure on the muscles that you are supposed to be keeping stable and supported. This forces needless pressure on the discs in the back, leading to the pain that you feel.

The best way to solve that, though, is to simply roll up a thick jumper, or even a pair of jumpers. Once you have it around 6” in thickness when rolled up, and now sit yourself as straight as you can. Basically, get the seating potion that you know you should take, but often find it hard to maintain.

Now, take your rolled-up object and shove it down between the back of your chair and down to where your belt would normally sit. This makes it easier for you to have no space to slouch into; it will force you to retain the position that you just took. As such, your back will remain much straighter.

The closer to where your spine meets the pelvis that you can get the jumper, the better. This will leave you to get the help that you need to avoid excess extensions on the back and should play a role in helping you to avoid the curve in your back becoming a source of needless, excess support.

This simple but effective tip – the simple rolling-up of a jumper – can be all that you need to turn poor posture into a perfect posture in a short space of time.

Are you like me, sitting in a chair most of the day? It’s quite sore, isn’t it?

For someone who is comfortably over the average height, too, living a quite sedentary life means having consistent back pain. It’s an irritant most of the time, but it can...

interesting Lifestyle

Why Do My Canned and Bottled Soda Taste So Different?

Do you ever buy a can of Coke, for example, and wonder why the canned stuff tastes so different to the stuff in the big, plastic bottles?

You aren’t alone. Most of us struggle with this from time to time, and it can be quite annoying when you cannot work out why the taste is so different. In a bid to help you out with that issue, we recommend that you take a look at why this unique difference in taste even exists. Most of the time, you would probably never guess why it exists!

The recipe is, according to the manufacturers and the ingredient lists on the back, identical. So, what is there such a clear and obvious difference in the taste? It’s hard to deny.

One of the main reasons why is that a can of soda often tastes milder and less ‘juicy’ – which some people prefer – due to the polymers in aluminum soaking it up. However, by the same token, if that makes you think that sounds dodgy, it’s believed that the acetaldehyde in the plastic can adjust the flavor of your juice, too.

How should I drink my soda, then?

Glass bottles, then, are where to go if you want something that is as close to the ‘real’ taste as is possible. However, one thing to note is that if you think canned soda tastes quite metallic, you are likely to be more sensitive to metals than the average person.

Therefore, it’s not so much that the soda tastes of metal, but that you’ve noted a heightened sensitivity to the taste of metal as soon as your lips touch the can.

So, keep this in mind the next time you buy a soda. The best way to get something close to the real thing is to buy it from a glass bottle. Then, find the best way to store it. Putting it in the fridge makes it extremely cold, but the coolness can actually limit how much the taste manages to come out from the drink: something near freezing cold will just taste fizzy and cold!

Always be sure to take the time to look at what kind of soda you prefer. We all have our own choice when it comes to the kind of bottle/can we like to drink from. Find yours, and enjoy it!

Do you ever buy a can of Coke, for example, and wonder why the canned stuff tastes so different to the stuff in the big, plastic bottles?

You aren’t alone. Most of us struggle with this from time to time, and it can be quite annoying when you cannot work...

Animals Vacation

How to Do Wildlife Tourism Right

Nearly all travelers love the thrill of getting up close and personal with animals – and the wilder they are, the better. However, what they often don’t consider is how these animals are treated in order to make animal encounters, such as elephant rides and photo ops with tigers, a reality.

The ethics of wildlife experiences is one of the many controversial issues covered in National Geographic magazine’s feature story “Suffering unseen: The dark truth behind wildlife tourism.”

It’s not easy to figure out how to humanely observe animals, but one way you can assess the way a facility treats its animals is by referring to the standards recognized internationally in the “five freedoms” which were inspired by the U.K. in 1965. Here are some tips for how to go about viewing wildlife on your next venture.

Do your research

Research ahead of time to discover what facilities seem to care for their animals ethically. Just because a zoo has a high rating on TripAdvisor doesn’t mean that it’s humane. Read reviews to see if the animals have been well-fed and have access to clean water at all times.

Scan the space

When you’re at the facility, keep your eyes open and look around you to see what the space provides. Do the animals seem comfortable and happy? Are their environments appropriate? Do they have ample space, somewhere to get away from the crowds, and a comfortable resting area?

Watch out for buzzwords like “sanctuary” and “rescue,” especially if a facility is making these sorts of claims while also offering extensive interaction to large volumes of people. Most likely, it’s not true!

Look for red flags

Some things will be hard not to notice, like visibly injured animals or ones that have been cajoled into participating in entertaining activities that could be potentially harmful. Any time an animal that is meant to be wild is giving rides to the tourist is chained, or anything else unnatural to it, it’s just not right. Also, simply observe whether or not their enclosures are kept up and cleaned.

Tread lightly

Do your part in treating the animals with dignity. Large crowds and unnatural noises cause them distress, so be cautious and considerate while you are around them, especially those ones that have experienced some sort of trauma.

Keep it wild

Do your best to encourage and participate in experiences that take place in an animal’s natural environment.

It takes each of us to change the industry of global wildlife tourism. Every one of us that makes a conscious decision to only support facilities that treat their animals ethically helps to transform the industry for the better.

Nearly all travelers love the thrill of getting up close and personal with animals – and the wilder they are, the better. However, what they often don’t consider is how these animals are treated in order to make animal encounters, such as elephant rides...