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Seven Summer Wardrobe Essentials Every Man Should Own

Seven Summer Wardrobe Essentials Every Man Should Own_Ghostwritermummy.co.ukFor most men, looking good is important. Gone are the days when men just wore the same style of jeans and t-shirts for most of their lives. These days, men are just as interested in fashion as women are. They like to keep their look up to date, which means stocking their wardrobes with the right type of clothes. Buying the right basics is important for anyone who wants to look their best. Here is a roundup of the items every man should consider including in his wardrobe.

Polo shirts

Polo shirts provide a great way to bridge the gap between formal and informal attire. They are neither shirt nor t-shirt. They are an especially good option for when the dress code is not 100% clear. Retailers like Jacamo sell a great selection of polo shirts. A navy coloured polo shirt is formal enough to wear under a lightweight cotton suit style jacket, but will not look out of place when paired with shorts.

A cotton button-down shirt

For those rare occasions where something smart a requirement, an Oxford weave button-down shirt is the ideal option. Provided it is made from 100% cotton you should be able to stay nice and cool whether you choose to wear a short or long-sleeved version.

Sunglasses

When it is sunny, eye protection is extremely important. If a man chooses wisely he may be able to go through his entire life wearing just one pair of sunglasses. This is especially the case if he buys a classic design. For example, Ray-Ban’s Wayfarer model has never really gone out of fashion.

Shorts

For those days when it is just too hot for jeans, long trousers or joggers, shorts are the answer. But, looking good in them can be tricky, which is why some men avoid wearing them. However, there really is no need to worry. Most men just need to understand which style of shorts suits their body type. This short buying guide explains exactly how to make the right choices. It covers everything from choosing the best cut to getting the length right. Any man who follows the advice shared here will be able to quickly find a pair of shorts that makes them both look and feel good.

Chinos

For some occasions, you cannot get away with not wearing long trousers. So, owning a pair of chinos is always a good idea. Again, they nicely bridge the gap between formal and informal attire. Because they are normally made from 100% cotton they allow the skin to breathe naturally. So, most men find that they feel cool enough while wearing them to be able to feel comfortable.

A lightweight belt

A canvas belt can also be useful. They are lightweight and flexible. Plus, they look right whether you choose to wear them with shorts, chinos or jeans.

Men’s summer footwear essentials

For the summer months, you can usually get away with wearing casual shoes. Boat shoes look fine whether you are wearing a linen suit, a pair of jeans or shorts. Sneakers are good too, but not for formal occasions.

If you would like to read one of my other wardrobe essential style posts, you can do so by clicking here.

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Great Summer Fashions for Busy and Active Mums

Now that the weather is warming up I am sure, like me, you are shopping for some summer clothes. We all want to look good. But, for mums, there are other considerations. The clothes that you choose also have to be practical. You want to be able to play with the kids and pick your toddler up without having to worry about your modesty. Fortunately, there are plenty of options. So, it is not hard to find the great looking, but, practical clothes you need. Here’s a roundup of some of the latest clothes that are particularly suited to busy mums.

Great Summer Fashions for Busy and Active MumsPlaysuits and jumpsuits

Retailers like fashionworld.co.uk are offering a bigger selection of jumpsuits and playsuits than they have in the past few years. Importantly, they are available in a good range of cuts and sizes. So, it is relatively easy to find one that is right for your body type and offers you enough freedom of movement.

Maxi skirts

Maxi skirts are fantastic for wearing during the summer months. They are certainly modest and are always cool. Plus, they are very versatile.  You can wear them practically anywhere. If you are planning a family holiday they are ideal. Usually, they are made from a quite lightweight material, which means they will not take up a lot of space or eat into your luggage allowance much.

Stylish yet practical footwear

If you have a toddler, you will sometimes have to move fast to catch them. So, a lot of mums stick with flat shoes for taking the kids to the park and other similar activities. This year, there are quite a few options. Most stores are once again stocking a range of pumps and trainers. Ballerina style shoes are also still widely available. 

For day-long comfort, a pair of sandals with wedge heels is a good choice. Provided they are not too high, you will still be able to run around and enjoy yourself with the kids.

Cropped trousers

Trousers are always a practical option for days out. On the hotter days, a pair of cropped ones is always more comfortable. It is surprising how much cooler you feel in them.

Jeans

No mum´s wardrobe would be complete without a good pair of jeans. They can be very flattering as well as very hardwearing.

A nice black blazer

In the spring, when it is too hot for a coat but too cool to wear just a t-shirt, a lightweight jacket will always come in handy. Last year, it was the denim jacket every woman was wearing. This year, it is the turn of the blazer. This style of jacket is far more versatile than you may think. A nice fitting blazer can look equally as good worn with jeans as it does over a floral dress.

However, because it is a tailored garment, you need to get the fit right and choose the right cut for your body type. This article tells you how to do exactly that.

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Creating a Playroom the No Fuss Way

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All children love to play and it’s a very important part of their social, emotional and intelligence development. So creating spaces in which they can play and learn is something most parents prioritize. If you have enough space it really is worth creating a playroom. When you do so you will really benefit from the fact that most of their toys will stay in that room. Plus, your kids will enjoy not having to tidy everything away several times a day. Here’s a quick guide to creating a playroom the no fuss way.

Creating a Playroom the No Fuss Way_Ghostwritermummy.co.ukDecorating

When you decorate a playroom, the best approach is to keep things simple. You’re definitely going to be updating the decor as your children´s tastes change so it make sense to simply paint the walls and order a few unique prints from somewhere like hello canvas. You can send them any image or photo and have it turned into the size and style of prints you want. This means that you can potentially scan one of your child´s paintings or drawings and have that turned into artwork for their playroom. It will look great as well as boost your child´s confidence!.

Storage

Playroom storage is important. There are a lot of approaches you can take, but it is always worth incorporating some sort of cupboard into the design. You can get a lot into them, especially if you fill the cube completely using stackable storage bins. It is a good idea to buy the transparent kind, so you and your children can see what is in them. When the children are little you might want to lock it to stop them from pulling the boxes down on themselves. The top part can be used to store those items that they do not use much. Toys that your children play with a lot can be stored on shelves and in a floor level toy chest. Labels are also a good idea so that the children can help when it comes to tidy up time!

A comfy chair

It’s nice to set up a comfy chair or two in the room. They’re a must for your child to read and enjoy some quiet time.

A desk or table

As your children get older, having a desk or table for them to work or play at is a good idea. They’re great for board games, jigsaws, crafts, school projects, and homework etc. It’s also a good idea to buy the type that has storage built-in underneath. If you can’t find one where you live, do not worry because it is surprisingly easy to build your own. You can find out how to do it, here.

Some sort of monitoring system

If the playroom is located in a distant corner of the house or garden where you cannot easily hear what is going on, consider installing some sort of monitoring system. It could be an old baby monitor or you could add an additional smart camera to your security system. The type that allows you to see the picture from a tablet or your phone is ideal for this task. Of course, you will not be able to keep watch all of the time, but it is handy to be able to occasionally look in and see what is going on.

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Seven Easy Ways to Freshen Up a Room

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Every now and again it’s nice to freshen things up a bit and this approach is a lot easier than re-decorating every room from top to bottom! Often, you can get away with doing just one or two DIY tasks that can really make a difference to your home quite quickly. Here are seven easy ways to freshen up a room ready for spring.

Renew your skirting boards

If your skirting boards are badly scuffed and dented, renewing them could be a good idea. Rubbing your old ones down, filling in the dings and repainting them would be a backbreaking and time-consuming job- nobody has time for that! Plus, replacing them helps you to give each new room a crisper, more modern look.  Pencil round skirting board gives a professional finish and has the added advantage of being easy to care for. The dust and the dirt will not settle on this curved skirting in the way it does with a skirting that has a flat top edge.

Update your artwork

Seven Easy Ways to Freshen Up a Room_Ghostwritermummy.co.ukMost of us use photos, wall hangings, and paintings in our homes. Updating these can have a really transformative effect. And if you use the same hooks and nails, it will only take you a few minutes to transform your room.

Buy a few rugs

Rugs are such a great way to make a room feel a little cosier, and they’re also an excellent way to deal with any patches of flooring that are looking a bit worn.

Re-cover your dining room chairs

Re-covering your dining room chairs is actually a lot easier than you’d think. You only need some good quality fabric, a pair of scissors and a proper upholstery stapler to get the job done. Typically, you can re-cover two or three chairs in just a couple of hours.

Add some mood lighting

The way a room is lit has a huge impact on how comfortable it feels. If you haven’t upgraded your lighting in a while it’s well worth considering doing so. The good news is you do not necessarily have to drill any holes or run any wires. For example, you could simply change the bulbs you are using to dimmable versions. Or, invest in some coloured LED bulbs to change things up a bit. In some situations stick up lights can work really well too. Or, if you prefer you could just buy a couple of plug-in table lamps or floor lamps to create puddles of light where you want them.

Update your handles

Simply renewing the handles on your cupboard doors can also make a difference. This is especially the case in a room like a kitchen where there are a lot of handles.

Refinish your furniture

If your furniture is looking a little dated or worn consider stripping it down and repainting or re-spraying it. Or, better still get someone to do it for you!

More possibilities

If you want more ideas, you can find them in this article. All of the projects in that article are reasonably quick and easy to complete. They are also all designed to be done on a tight budget.

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