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Love To Socialise? Transform Your Garden Into The Perfect Space For Parties!

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If you love to socialise, then the chances are that in the warmer months there’s nothing that you enjoy more than hosting get togethers with all of your closest friends and family. Whether you enjoy holding full-blown parties or more casual BBQs, it doesn’t matter - either way; you need an outdoor space that’s made for socialising.
When it comes to designing a garden that’s ideal for hosting get togethers at, getting it right isn’t always easy. The fact is that like with changing up any area of your home; there’s a lot to think about what it comes to transforming your outdoor space into the perfect location for entertaining, isn't there?
Need some design inspiration? Read on for all the best tips for transforming your garden into the perfect space for parties.
Get rid of the grass
If you’re going to host parties at your home, your best bet is to say goodbye to your grass. Consider swapping it with a patio from Simply Paving or changing it up for decking, depending on what your preference is. By swapping your grass for a patio or deck, you can make your garden more of a useable space, because you won’t need to worry about furniture or shoes sinking into the ground if it's been wet. The additional benefit of choosing to swap your grass for a hard surface, or at least some of your grass, is that it will make your garden easier to maintain and will make you more likely to use it whatever the weather.
Take the indoors outside
The British weather is never guaranteed to be warm and sunny, so when it comes to making your garden a space that’s suited to socialising, what you want to do is bring the indoors outside. What this means is creating a covered area in your garden, so that it’s useable even when the weather isn’t as nice as you would like it to be. For this, how about investing in a canopy for your garden? Another, more affordable option could be to invest in a gazebo that you can put up and take down as and when you need it. (More hassle but better if you are on a budget.) As part of bringing the indoors out, what you want to do is ensure that your outdoor area has plenty of comfortable seating and is smart and stylish. Don’t forget that outdoor areas need pretty accessories as well as furniture - think outdoor cushions, pretty plant pots, throws, and cute crockery and glasses.
Build an outdoor kitchen
Plan on hosting lots of food-related parties and get togethers? Then why not build an outdoor kitchen? By having an outdoor kitchen built, ideally with a bar attached to it, you can make it easier and less stressful cooking for lots of people, as you’ve got everything that you need outside. You can even have a bar built so that people can help themselves to drinks while you focus on the food. Plus by having a kitchen outside you don’t have to worry about seeming rude and leaving your guests while you go inside and prepare the food.
Light it up
A lot of parties and BBQs go on into the night, so if you want to make the most of your garden as a space for socialising in, it makes sense to invest in outdoor lighting. From solar-powered fairy lights to spotlights, there are plenty of options to choose from. As well as lighting, don’t forget to consider investing in an outdoor heater or a fire pit, to help keep everyone nice and warm once the sun goes in.
Are you a big socialiser who loves throwing parties at home? Then take note of the tips above and transform your garden into the ideal space for entertaining.

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How to Rock Modest Fashion this Summer

Modest fashion is gaining momentum in 2017. Driven by social media and other nontraditional channels, the art of covering up is gaining tract. So what is modest fashion? Interpretations and definitions differ, but generally speaking, it refers to looking pretty stylish and on Vogue, while remaining relatively covered. For many, modest fashion is a personal choice that simply means wearing longer hemlines or higher collars, for example. These previously uncool wardrobe styles are now considered chic. What goes around, comes around after all.

In February, London hosted its first-ever Modest Fashion Week, which featured more than 40 labels showcasing styles that ranged from hijabs to maxi dresses. While modest fashion has often been associated with religion, it is gaining more attention among nonreligious consumers as well.

Summer means a whole range of events to attend, places to be and people to see, so here are our top tips for following this year’s trend.

Choose the right fabrics for the season

You will feel great if you stick to wearing breathable fabrics in the summertime. Try opting for fabrics that allow your skin to breathe. Experts suggest linen, chiffon, and cotton as the fabrics that should be most worn in hot weather. Thick materials like rayon, polyester, and wool block air, causing you to sweat.

Looser clothing is cooler

Try choosing lightweight clothing. It’s amazing that apparel out there today is looser, longer, and more modest than it has been in years. Not only does this clothing allow you to breathe, they look great, feel comfortable and are quite trendy, too.

Keep your hair in check

Having long hair can also get pretty hot, especially when the temperature hits the 100’s, and keeping hair up for too long can give you a headache if it’s too tight. Invest in a pair of Goody Spin Pins, as they allow you to put your hair back and out the way of your neck, without putting any pressure on your head.

Think about skin products

A lot of the time we think about what clothes we wear when it comes to keeping ourselves cool. However, your moisturizer can affect your body temperature as well. Heavy body cream or body oil will feel as though you have added an extra, thick layer to your skin which will make you sweat and uncomfortable. Not what you need when rocking a maxi dress! Find a lightweight, breathable lotion to moisturize during the hot months.

Go easy on the layers

Go easy on the layers. If you love your scarves, jackets, and sweaters, you’re going to have to part with them during the summer months -  those hot temperatures are ruthless, so it’s time to keep it simple. Add color and texture with your shoes, jewelry and hair accessories and if you’re questioning whether to add that last piece of clothing you know will perfect your outfit, don’t. Nowadays there are so many modest shops, and summer months are a good time to invest in pieces/outfits that don’t require added clothing for modesty.

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Things To Do After Hearing The Question And Shouting "Yes!"

It’s one of the most overwhelmingly happy times any boy and girl can ever experience. He got down on one knee, shaking with nerves as he asked you - the girl of his dreams - to spend the rest of your life with him and you said, “YES!” Eeeeeek. It’s so exciting.
But before you pull out your phone and start Instagramming your ring and watching as the news spreads so fast you wake up the next morning with the world’s press treating this news like the next Kate Middleton wedding, there are some things you need to do first. Yes! The wedding planning can be put on pause for a second while you enjoy these special moments:


Celebrate As A Couple

We know you’ll be desperate to tell your friends and family the news, but before you do take your hubby to be by the hand and run to the nearest and poshest bar, get a bottle of Champagne and celebrate as just the two of you. This will be one of the last moments you get to savor before everyone else starts becoming hysterical around you. 

Okay, Share The News

You are going to be giddy with love and intoxicated with excitement, but before you tell everyone the news with one gorgeously edited photo of you two holding hands and your matching Tacori engagement rings glistening like summer waves, phone your parents first. If you can do it in person then do, other wise get on Facetime and share your giddiness. Once you’ve done this, then tell your other family members and friends and then get straight to Instagram. Woohoo.

Party Like It’s 1999

You’re going to be eager to start wedding planning. Then is absolutely no doubt about that. But before you get completely immersed in the infinite options and endless possibilities, throw yourselves an engagement party. You’ve just got engaged, which means it’s time to start planning an engagement party. Come on, you’ve made the first move of cementing your eternal love and that deserves a go knees up where the glasses are raised in your honor. 

Get Insured

Your gorgeous man has just saved up three months salary and trawled jeweler after jeweler, antique shop after antique shop, desperately trying to find you the ring of your dreams; the least you can do is insure it. We’ve all heard stories of rings tumbling down the drain or stones needing to be replaced; that is what insurance will cover you for. Just remember, the more you can protect yourself from the better. 

What Date?

There are going to be a ton of questions flying your way as news breaks out and bursts into people’s lives, and one of the most prominent questions will be, “when is the wedding?” As such, it is a good idea for you and your fiancee to discuss when you would both like to get married. It could be an exact date you have in mind, it could be that you just know the month or season. Just so long as you have a rough idea, all will be amazing.  

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Drinks | Diet cider, is it over hyped?

Summer is just around the corner and that means one thing - Warm weather! There is nothing better than a cold drink during the warmer months, and kicking back and satisfying that thirst seems like a necessity.  I enjoy a ice cold beer as much as anyone else, but that seems a tad generic, don't you think?

My most recent drink of choice is cider, more specifically from the brand Kopparberg. Before I had tried the drinks in their range I,  rather naively, presumed cider came in one flavor: apple. Other brands I have tried are often very dry and uninspiring, so it was a nice surprise to taste the sweet, refreshing notes that makes Kopparberg so popular.

The flavours in the range and size options are: 

330ml glass bottle | Pear, Mixed fruit, Strawberry & Lime, Raspberry,
500ml glass bottle | Pear, Mixed fruit, Strawberry & Lime, Elderflower & Lime, Raspberry, Blueberry and lime, Naked Apple, Summer fruits (Light), Spiced Apple (Limited)
250ml slim can |  Summer fruits (Light), Mixed fruits, Strawberry & Lime, Raspberry (Light)
330ml can | Pear, Mixed fruit, Strawberry & Lime and Raspberry.
440ml can | Pear

Elyse enjoys all of the flavours, however I'm not that keen on the Elderflower & Lime one but the fact that the raspberry one is so good makes up for it.

For those of you who are worried about your calorie intake, then do not fret as Kopparberg have a "Light" variety of their range. I've found that a lot of Light/Reduced calorie variants of some products are generally crap, but for some reason this doesn't ring true for Kopparberg's. 

At the time of writing this I'm drinking one of their new additions; Kopparberg Raspberry Light Cider, which as described on the 250ml tin (RRP £1.60), is a "Swedish apple cider with a taste of raspberry". While it's not as good as the raspberry standard, it definitely holds its own with it's refreshing and almost juice like taste, and at 85 calories per tin (4% alcoholic volume) it is a guilt free way to enjoy the great flavours of this brand. 

I'm not really one for counting calories, so I went into this taste test with more bias towards the non-diet versions, however I really enjoyed the diet one as the only real difference between the two variants is that the diet one is less fizzy and less sweet. 

Am I going to be replacing the non-diet with the diets ones? Probably not, but I will be waiting for the weekend so that I can pick up (or attempt to) one of the recently revived 5ltr full calorie kegs that they have on offer, wish me luck!