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A bag is an ultimate accessory to a woman’s ensemble. A bag is also a woman’s confidante when she is out in the streets. A good style is when fashion and function amalgamate. You may have a parade of bags lined up in your closet, but do you know when to use them? Writer’s Pad brings you a list of five standard types and their functions….
The term ‘tote’ means ‘to carry’ and that’s exactly what these bags do. Generally made of sturdy canvas or leather materials, totes will hold anything that you throw in them unless overloaded beyond capacity. Totes are mostly unfastened bags, have sturdy parallel handles and a single spacious compartment.
Very chic and stylish, a sling bag has a long strap that goes over one shoulder and rests on the chest. These bags are not too big or spacious but are perfect for a girl’s day out.
The quintessential party companion, clutch bags are nifty strapless bags small enough to be carried in hand. Clutch bags have just enough space to hold bare necessities like money, cards and touch-up articles.
A hand bag is smaller than a shoulder bag but much larger than a clutch. Hand bags are supposed to be carried by the wrist and are best suited for a normal day at office.
So now you know when confiding in which bag will up the ante of your outfit. Wherever you maybe, a woman always needs some one to watch her back. Your bag is your most faithful friend, and it knows how to keep a secret.
Everything on earth is transient, and so is our youth. As time passes our youthful naivety gets replaced by experienced maturity. The first reflection of this metamorphosis happens on our skin, and then comes the ageing woes. Well, ageing is a natural process and man has not enough power yet to stop it. However, there’s something that man has –the power to delay. Read on to find out…
Cigarette doesn’t have a taste, it’s just plain airy fumes of burnt tobacco and doesn’t even smell nice and it harms your lungs and causes cancer. If all these reasons have not been enough to make you quit smoking, hopefully this will –smoking accelerates ageing by encouraging destruction of collagen. So smokers, you will age faster if you don’t stop now.
Protection from Sun
Getting sun tanned causes photo-ageing. Protecting your skin from the sun is the best tip for prevention from ageing. Include it in your daily routine to apply a moisturizer with sunscreen every time you go out in the sun. If you like tanned skin then you can always fake it with body bronzers.
Eat foods rich in vitamin C and E as they contribute to younger-looking skin by restoring collagen. Have lots of fresh vegetables, fruits and whole grains as these ingredients provide antioxidant protection within the body.
Green tea is the numero uno source of anti-oxidants. According to recent research, sufficient amount of green tea in a day increases your resistance to heart disease and speeds up your metabolism. So have three or four cups everyday.
Use a night cream
While you’re fast asleep, your skin works hard. At night the cell’s power to regenerate is at its peak. To provide them with some external aid, application of night cream is important.
An entire page can be written on why one should exercise, but we’ll keep it as precise as possible. Exercise increases your energy level, builds muscle mass, helps prevent high blood pressure and reduces stress. What’s more, it increases blood flow to your skin which is of paramount significance if you wish to have lively skin.
When you sleep your body releases hormones that stimulate cell turnover. Stress on the other hand accelerates ageing process. So get proper sleep everyday.
Without sufficient water your skin will feel dehydrated and essential anti-ageing nutrients will not be delivered to the system properly. Drink at least ten glasses of water everyday.
Since we all have to age someday day, why not do it gracefully with fresh, lively skin?
The right kind of lighting is essential for setting up the mood of a room. If the lighting is too bright then the room will look stark and if it’s too dim, it’ll look gloomy. Table lamps make your rooms look warm and inviting, especially when used in bedrooms. Fortunately for us, now we have a plethora of designs for table lamps to choose from. Read on to learn about the various types…
Contemporary Table Lamps
If your bedroom is furnished with modern and arty furniture then sleek, contemporary table lamps should be your pick. These lamps are devoid of elaborate carvings but have a futuristic appeal. The shades are plain and essentially utilitarian and the lamp fixtures come in refreshing geometric patterns.
Traditional Table Lamps
True to its name, traditional table lamps fit perfectly in rooms furnished with traditional wooden and majestic furniture with elaborate designs. The fixture of these lamps show ornate artwork with dexterous carvings and the shades are stylized too.
Transitional Table Lamps
Not too modern yet not too orthodox, transitional table lamps are somewhere in between. Porcelain fixtures and perforated shades fall under this category.
These lamps have glass shades made with glass designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany’ glass studio and come in beautiful, alluring designs. The fixtures are also elaborately adorned.
These are the basic classifications when it comes to table lamps, but as mentioned earlier, there’s a plethora of designs to choose from even under these categories. So get your beau and get the table lamp of your dreams for your room.
You’ve chosen the perfect bed, the perfect rug and the perfect furniture for your child’s room. Now comes the fun but very crucial part –wall décor. If you want your child to spend sometime in his room and buy yourself a few minutes to relax, you’ll have to make the room engaging enough for him. Here’s how you can decorate your child’s walls …
First choose a colour theme for the walls. Think bright and fun. On the psychological level, every colour enhances some characteristic features in us, so choose wisely. Also when it comes to wall paint, check if it is complementing the rest of the furniture, you wouldn’t want things to look out of place.
Wall paper or mural stickers come in a variety of prints and pattern and kids love them. They’re usually used for covering entire walls so you don’t have to use wall paint if you’re using wall papers.
Other than mural stickers, you also get vinyl stickers or wall tattoos which don’t cover the wall entirely but enhance the effect of the wall paint. You can practically create a story on a wall with these.
This is a really cool wall decal and all kids love them. The stickers use a phosphorescent material that harnesses light and glows in the dark. You can use them along with other wall stickers, so that during the day the walls are all colours and bright and at night they are all shiny and celestial. Your kid will not want to sleep anywhere else!
Decorating the walls of a kid’s room has never been easy. Their preferences keep changing. But it’s your child after all and you know you want to give him the best.
There are times when we feel like getting out of the confining comforts of our rooms and spending an hour or two in our garden, in the lap of nature. This is where outdoor furniture comes into play. Since we cannot literally relax in Nature’s lap, we have to seek assistance of certain furniture to maximize our backyard enjoyment. Here’s a list of the outdoor accessories that you should consider for your backyard….
Having a patio table-chair set will let you enjoy the fruits of nature, in the nature. You can have your food, tea or even play a board or card game on the table while sitting back comfortably on the chair, placed somewhere in the middle of greenery.
A breezy lazy Sunday is the perfect day to spend in your hammock. There are two types of hammock – one where you need to hang it yourself and another that stands freely. Read a book or listen to a relaxing music, you’d be asleep in the arms of Nature before you know it; such is the magic of a hammock.
If hammock is not your thing then a garden lounge chair is a good option. You can lie back and relax and still be ‘rooted’!
Swing is childhood favourite for most of us. A small garden swing can be the best way to unwind from the day plus it is sure to be a hit with your family’s little ones.
This is an essential outdoor accessory, especially if you don’t have a covered porch. A parasol or garden umbrella will provide shade from excessive sun as well as protection from water loaded clouds as and when they appear. It will also create a sheltered area for you to have your food and drinks. Most of the times, parasols come with patio table and chairs.
So go on then, accessorize your garden or backyard with these outdoor furniture pieces and you won’t even have to go outside for a dinner date.
Wake up at 6, go to work by 10, stay in office till 9, get home and go to sleep. Though it may sound slightly exaggerated, we can’t deny that our lives have been reduced to the monotony of a rat race. As much as we may hate to admit it, it’s a material world and we are all material people. Don’t agree? When was the last time you actually sat watching it rain outside?
Writer’s Pad endeavors to find ways to help you breathe without slacking off…
Figure out which things are the most important to you in life. Often times we think the most urgent things are the most important ones, but it’s not so. After you have set your priorities, try devoting more time to those things that are important to you.
Time Management– Every Day
Plan out your day the night before, allotting specific slots to all the things that you need to do, which includes spending time with your family as well as pampering yourself a bit.
Time Management- Long Term
Make an Excel spreadsheet for yourself recording all the things you have promised to do in a few months’ time. This includes going for a vacation, going to your child’s function, and other family engagements. This way you’ll know which days you will be unavailable for work and manage your work accordingly.
Exercise is not only good for your body but also for your mind. Even a 15 minutes jog every morning will energize you and rejuvenate you from the previous day’s exertions.
Apart from all this, take out some time for something that you love to do, like a hobby. If you love to paint then take out some time for it everyday. It’ll help clear your mind and refresh you.
Have realistic goals
You are a human being and not even the most annoying boss in the world would expect you to do superhuman tasks. So don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself. When you do your work, do it religiously and when you don’t, well do that religiously too.
Take a break
Sometimes when there’s too much of pressure, we all experience ‘mental block’. When this happens, take a break, have some coffee or some chocolate. Or just meditate or listen to some relaxing music or simply stare blankly out of the window for sometime. The same advice counts for anxiety and tension.
Why are you working anyway? To give a happy life to yourself and your family. Now if you stay so immersed in work and never make time for yourself or the relationships you have nurtured all life, the entire purpose will stand defeated. In our world where time is always a precious commodity, probably the perfect work-life-balance is not even possible to achieve. But you can at least set your priorities right and devote time accordingly. After all, it is a short life we have got.
Being in 30’s has its own perks. You have been working for sometime, you have earned respect, you know how the world works and you have evolved. At the same time you’re youthful, you’re fun loving and you are determined to live life. Writer’s Pad brings you a few tips to let that maturity, sophistication and youthfulness of age flow in the way you dress.
You are sophisticated and earning. You’re finally a man! But for most men, by the time they are thirty, they have already settled in a quintessential black and grey corporate look and they refuse to think beyond that. First of all, change that thought. You’re still very young and you’re allowed to bring out that liveliness with some colour.
You already know the value of suits. But do you know the value of ties and waistcoats? A silken tie in a complementing shade can add some much needed colour to your black suit. Waistcoats look very smart, hot actually! When it comes to suits, explore colours like navy and cream too. All we say is wear different colours or at least different shades of the same colour, people shouldn’t think you’re wearing the same thing everyday.
Nothing beats a tuxedo. This apparel can take you from drab to fab in seconds. Every woman would agree that a man looks best in his tux. In formal events, you’ll have to abide by the dress code if there’s one. If not, then play with colours like mint green or periwinkle. Stick to lighter shades for the day and plunge into darkness at night.
You don’t have to slip into baggy daddy jeans. Not yet. Wear sweatshirts, t-shirts, leather jackets…don’t stick polo necks only. Cargos and casual trousers that fit properly are good options. Loose jeans are cool but baggy jeans are not.
You’re beautiful, you’re attractive, you’re the PYT! Almost everything will look good on you, so make the fullest of this advantage.
Pencil skirts, tuxedo jackets or cropped jackets, solid coloured silken tunics, shirts and trousers…. all of this will work. Just don’t forget to accessorize with chic statement necklaces and enviable hand bags.
Cocktail dresses and saris look very elegant. Short dresses look gorgeous too; just make sure they are not too short. Elegance and class is what you should be focusing on and a short dress that’s too short will mar it all. Again, don’t forget to wear your heels and don’t forget to carry a nice evening clutch.
Here, we give you full freedom to wear anything you please. Just don’t try hip hop street fashion, that’s all.
Dressing up well is important because it makes good impression and will help you to keep climbing the ladder of success. The best thing about being thirty is that you can actually afford all the beautiful things in the fashion world. So sometimes do pamper yourself with a big label accessory or clothing. It’ll cost a pretty penny, but it will be worth it.
Small spaces have a cozy comfortable charm about them, agreed. But keeping your small space clutter free can be quite challenging. Here are a few storage solutions to help you manage your space:
If space management is becoming a problem, then very likely you possess more things than you need. Be honest here and make a list of the items that are collecting dust. Please dispose or donate them because they’re evidently taking up a lot of your valuable space.
Wardrobes and closets often provide more headroom than required. By adding a few extra shelves to your cabinet you’ll be able to utilize this space.
A small space demands furniture that is both decorative as well as functional, better still if it can serve a dual purpose. Thus, a sleeper sofa or a chaise is definitely a better choice than an ornate canapé.
Use the walls
Picture frames aren’t the only things that can be put up on the walls. Invest in wall cabinets to utilize your wall space. You can keep all your pretty looking cutlery and dinner plates there , it will save you some kitchen space.
Store the small things in little boxes or baskets. For example, you can keep your jewellery and cosmetics in separate boxes to keep your dressing table clutter-free.
All said and done, there’s still some space that can be used. For example, that huge place under the bed is getting wasted.
So why not raise the bed, turn that space into another cabinet and utilize it? Think about similar places that you can use.
Your little house has more space than you think it does. Space management will be much easier now, we hope. If you’ve got some more ideas on storage solutions, please feel free to share.
Your baby means the world to you and you want to give him/her the best things in the world. Since the nursery will be the place where your baby will spend his/her infanthood, you can start by giving your baby a beautiful nursery. Let Writer’s Pad be your guiding light…
The crib will be the focal point of the nursery as well as where your child will be spending most of the time. Choose a crib with vertical slats as that will prevent the baby from climbing out of the crib on its own. Do take note of the gaps between the slats, if they are too wide apart your baby’s head may get stuck into it.
A crib mattress, waterproof mattress pad, bumper pads and crib sheets are the essentials that you’ll need to get for the crib. You can also decorate the crib with crib skirts.
Place a changing table near the crib so that you don’t have to carry your baby across the room when he/she makes liquid accidents. Place a shelf near the changing table and stock it up with ample diapers, blankets, a couple of sleeping sacks and maybe a nursing pillow. Also, don’t forget to keep a basket near the table for easy diaper disposal.
Place a comfortable chair in the room where you can sit and relax and nurse your baby. You can place it near the window if you please.
If you’re unaware of your baby’s gender then it’s best to go for neutral colours like cream, beige and pale green, otherwise the quintessential colour for girls is pink while for boys it’s blue. You can try blocks, stripes and other patterns on the wall instead of sticking to plain solid colours.
Your baby will spend most of the time lying on its back, so why not decorate the ceiling too? Paint the ceiling in patterns and hang mobiles above the crib. Some mobiles even play soothing music as they rotate, so buy accordingly.
It’s better to switch off all the lights in the room once the baby is asleep, but you can install dim lights or night lights.
A few other things that you’ll need are – a toy basket to keep all the toys, a complementing rug for the room, blinds for the window so that your baby gets to sleep peacefully in the morning as well and perhaps a baby monitor.
Well, that’s about it. It’s true that your baby won’t understand if the rug or curtains don’t match the room but colours and visuals always have an effect on babies. By giving your baby a beautiful nursery, you’ll give him/her a beautiful environment to grow up in and which parent doesn’t want that? Besides a pretty nursery room will also keep you in a good mood.