The perfect finishing touches to your work uniform

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The perfect finishing touches to your work uniform

Some work uniforms can be a little bit plain and uninteresting. This can be a problem, wearing anything you aren’t really a fan of can really hinder your mood and motivation, which when you’re at work can be an issue.

Simon Jersey explain why adding accessories and finishing touches to a uniform are important and what to keep in mind when making sure you look your best at work.

Splashes of colour

Adding a splash of colour to a uniform can really help it to stand out, adding a seasonal flair and helping to tie your workwear to a business.

Use colours that tie to your employer, scarves, headbands or tops in a colour that matches the business or its branding are a good place to start. 

This can just brighten a uniform up a bit more than normal and add a sense of fun, which is often the difference between enjoying work and having a shift that feels like it is dragging. 

Layers

The Great British weather can be unpredictable, you never know if it is suddenly going to be colder than you expected. This is why when it comes to your uniform, that you should always have something ready to help keep you warm.

Some businesses provide hoodies, fleeces and jackets, sometimes it might be as simple as finding a cardigan or jumper that you can wear that compliments your regular uniform. 

This could be something simple and plain that doesn’t draw attention to itself, or it could be something slightly more stylish to fit in with the tone of where you work. That might mean a chic bolero if you work in a beauty salon, or a slightly thicker top than normal just to take the chill out of the air.

The right shoes

You need to make sure you have the right footwear for your job, if your job involves you being on your feet all day you should take the time to find something that makes this easier. Think comfort first, fashion second. Nothing can make a shift last longer and hamper a mood worse than being tired and uncomfortable.

The main thing to keep in mind here is if you work in an area that has specific footwear requirements, such as a specific type of sole or steel toe caps. 

Making the most of a uniform doesn’t have to be complicated, knowing what you can and can’t do, based on the rules for where you work, is crucial. This can help guide you towards specific colours, materials and designs to help you make sure you get to be comfortable, while still looking good.
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Hush Premium Mattress Review

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Recently I was a very lucky lady and had the chance to review a brand new premium mattress from Hush. Now I will be honest and say that I was not expecting to be blown away by a mattress – but I most definitely was. As always with any review, I promise to review the mattress honestly, and if I was not happy with its quality or anything in particular, I wouldn’t review it or would point out any changes that I think could be made. I know how hard we work for our money so I would never recommend something that I wouldn’t have been happy with. I moved out towards the beginning of last year, trudging with me in the back of my partner’s van was my trusty old mattress. Fast forward a few months and here I am each night lying on a luxurious premier memory foam mattress!

Hush created their premium mattress which features full size springs and foam – for pure comfort! The mattress is available in four different sizes with prices beginning at £370. I must admit that I am not too educated on the price of mattresses and what is a good deal, but with the double I have retailing at £520, it may seem pricey upon first impression but it honestly is worth the money as it will last for years and I would have been happy to save up for it myself. If only we could try out these mattresses before buying as it’s rather hard to guess online isn’t it?! The mattress is topped with a deep layer of a next generation foam. When my partner and I first had a test of this, it felt so much higher and sturdier than my usual rather flat mattress! I felt myself sink into the memory foam straight away and couldn’t believe how much of a difference that it made to my sleep. I find it so much comfier and I feel this has helped my quality of sleep – which is so important to all of us.



Delivery is free to Wales, Scotland and England and the mattress actually comes squeezed into a box that was smaller than I am, meaning you don’t have to lug the whole mattress up the stairs like the Chuckle Brothers. Now, here comes the fun part – you open the box, unwrap the wrapping and the mattress automatically begins to unravel, making an awesome bubble wrap popping noise and it inflates across the bed – it was like a magic trick! It was so easy to use, it’s ridiculous! All we had to do was take the box upstairs, open the box and ta-dah, here’s our brand new super comfy memory foam mattress!


All in all, I can honestly recommend Hush as a brand that I would be more than happy to purchase from myself and I think that’s the most important point when writing a review. I feel like my quality of sleep has improved since sleeping on it each night and it feels like a real treat going to bed – the only problem I can report is having to get out if it in the morning when the alarm goes off! Thank you so much, Hush!
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Christian Aid’s Big Brekkie 2017

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I'm finally back for a new post and today is all about helping others and charity. I know that lots of us get a buzz from helping others and it really makes me feel good inside knowing that I have made a difference to somebody's day. Today marks the first day of 'Christian Aid's Big Brekkie 2017' which runs from 14th - 20th May. In a similar way to holding a Macmillian coffee morning at work or at home, Christian Aid are asking us to hold a breakfast morning where ever you fancy it and to show your support to the campaign and to refugees.

You can hold the breakfast where-ever you like,invite whoever you like and most importantly - eat whatever you like! You could charge a small entry fee to collect some spare money for the charity. You could be creative and have a tropical themed breakfast with mocktails (or the real deal) to pretend you're on the beach or go for a good old traditional fry up, the choice is yours. You can sign up here to receive a completely free fundraising pack which will include recipe cards and balloons.

Let me know if you or anyone you know decides to sign up!

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Lee Stafford Academy Hair Straighteners

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Recently I was lucky enough to try out and review on my blog a lovely new pair of Lee Stafford hair straighteners. I've always loved using Lee Stafford hair products over the years - I remember using them religiously as a teen! However I was yet to try any of their electrical products as I tend to stick to what I know. The straightener I was given to review is the Academy Ionic Flat Hair Straightener from Amazon. I currently use my GHD's so I promise to give you a proper review as the Lee Stafford straighteners are a bit more reasonably priced depending on your budget. 


As you can see the straightener arrived in gorgeous, sleek box with the classic shades of brightly coloured pink boxing around the actual pair of straighteners.There's nothing like a bit of gorgeous packaging is there? It gets my attention straight away and always gives me that little buzz of having something new - and double brownie points if there's pink involved! The straighteners themselves are sleek, black and matte and they heat up super quickly by heating up in just ten seconds which is perfect for when we're in a rush in the mornings before work! You can choose the heat of your straighteners from the lowest temperature of 80 to 230 - I'm afraid I always go to the highest temperature to make sure my hair gets as straight as possible - not forgetting my heat protection spray of course! I found that the straighteners worked really quickly to make my hair smooth and I felt that the nano silver iron plates really glided through my hair without leaving it feeling damaged. Please excuse my poor describing skills here – but I feel the plates have a firm grip on the hair meaning that my hair will straighten quicker and I then use less heat as I don’t have to keep going over the same strand of hair to make sure it’s completely straight. I also noticed a difference in how long my hair stayed poker straight – sometimes my ends can go a little flyaway throughout the day but not with these! The straighteners also come equipped with a heat protection guard making it easier to carry the straighteners with you when you travel and have only just used them – I think they could have improved here by including a heat protection mat too?



The straighteners currently retail at £79.99 which may not be dirt cheap if you’re on a budget like I am – but so far I honestly think they have more staying power than my current GHDs which retail at around £115, so I am happy to honestly say that I believe they are worth the money- and I’d never say that if it wasn’t true as we all know how frustrating it can be to spend a lot of money on a product that you then don’t get on with at all. 

What's your favourite hair straightener? x
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Home Decor #3: The Garden

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Spring is finally upon us and as the weather is gradually beginning to brighten up, my fiancé and I have been giving our first ever garden a makeover. When we first moved in, we pretty much neglected it at first as it was full of overgrown bushes with lots of work to be done and of course the most important thing was to get the inside of the house looking spotless before we could even think about starting on the outside! My partner has been hard at work over the past month or so, digging out all the old bushes, cutting trees down, putting down gravel stones, making a rockery and soon we’re pulling up the old patio and replacing it with a brand new one. So whilst he has been hard at work on the physical side of things, I’ve been busy wondering how to decorate the garden! I’ve seen this lovely furniture set from Fishpools which would look amazing next to our patio doors. I am so excited for when we can finally sit outside in the evenings and enjoy our garden when it’s all ready to go. I’ve also been thinking about the smaller decorations such as ornaments, plaques and I couldn’t believe how cute this picnic condiment set was from B&M – perfect for a barbeque! 

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