Let's Go Retro! Bring a Classic Feel to Your Home

For some, ‘retro’ brings about memories or images of a bohemian aesthetic. For others, a more vintage style will come to mind. Whatever the case, there’s always interest among many for bringing a slightly older aesthetic to a new home.

Of course, though ‘retro’ and ‘vintage’ are often used interchangeably (and are used with only slight differences here), there are actually a lot of differences if you want the definition to be a little stricter. More specifically, a lot of people would draw fine lines between antique, vintage, and retro. Most people who want an older feel to their home seem to desire a subtle cross between vintage and retro - so we’re going to focus on these areas!

It’s all about the wood

How much, or how little, wood is present in your decor will have a tremendous effect on the specific ‘era’ feel your home gives off, so you need to give it quite a lot of thought. Specifically, you need to decide if you’re going to lean more towards vintage - bringing to mind the 50s and 60s - or more towards retro, which tends to emulate the 70s, 80s, and even the 90s. A lot of wood tends to lean towards the vintage feel, though you’ve also got to remember that many post-90s homes use a lot of wood, too.

Those looking for a more explicit 70s-90s retro feel should look less towards plain wood and more towards plastic, glass, and coloured or heavily modified wood. Bold patterns and colours in the decor are also important.

Artistic furniture

Buying the right kind of furniture for a retro home is easier than ever these days. The key is to look closer to the art world. Independent, artistic, and environmentally-conscious suppliers are probably your best bet here, as they all tend to lean towards the retro aesthetic. The bigger furniture retailers are definitely going to lean towards a more hypermodern feel.

The sort of aesthetic you’re looking for depends quite heavily on the type of item you’re looking at. Sofas from the retro era are usually pretty easy to identify. When it comes to lighting, however, people tend to make a lot of mistakes. They always seem to assume that everyone had lava lamps in the 70s-90s! The truth is that people still had a lot of love for items inspired by the western European art movements, and this certainly applied to popular lighting. Art deco lighting, for example, was (and remains) popular for its vintage yet anti-traditional aesthetic.

The miscellaneous items

Miscellaneous items can help a lot when to emulating the feel of the past. Of course, not everyone is into the collection of odds and ends like this. Even people who like a retro or vintage aesthetic may also want to pursue another type of aesthetic that’s very popular these days: minimalism. With the right furniture, of course, you don’t need to rely on purely decorative objects to get that retro feel in your home. If you do need something additional to provide such a boost, then keep it to simple pieces of art from the era you wish to emulate.

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Get Your Geek On With Your Other Half

I think we all have a geeky side, whether we want to admit to it or not. But embracing your inner geek is becoming cooler nowadays. In fact, the popularity of shows like Big Bang Theory, Supergirl, and Flash just shows how on-trend it is. Therefore, you should embrace your geeky hobbies instead of hiding them away. But a lot of people think that they can’t do that when they are around their partner. But there are actually some ways you can embrace your hobbies with your loved one. In fact, here is how you can get your geek on with your other half.

Go to a convention together

You might be surprised to know how many conventions there are around the country. In fact, the days of just Comic Con being in London have long gone. Now, you can find conventions celebrating the coolest movies, games, and comics in your local city. And it can be a really fun thing to do with your other half. After all, you can both go and enjoy schmoozing with other people with similar interests to you. Not only this but you can often meet the people who created the games or shows that you love. And it can be a special moment that you can share with your other half. In fact, if you go to one in a different city, you can make the trip into a mini-break with your beau. You can enjoy the convention then have a loved up night away from home. And seeing each other being passionate about a particular book or game can often make you love the other person even more!

Play online games together

A lot of console games are just one player. Therefore, they can be a challenge to play with your other half. But now there are a lot of online games that you can play with your other half. You can both be on your devices playing games at the same time. And if you play a game like Albion, you can even team up when taking on bosses and challenging scenarios. With these games, you don’t even have to be in the same room to play them. Therefore, it’s a great way to connect while you are in your own homes. Just make sure you are spending time together offline too, so your relationship doesn’t go downhill!

Have a movie marathon

There’s nothing more romantic than snuggling up with your other half in front of a movie.
But to ensure you get to embrace your hobbies too, you should consider having a movie marathon. That way, you get to enjoy some quality time with your other half while you watch some top films. In fact, you might want to choose a particular genre and then watch some movies you both love. And then you can chat about why it’s a personal favourite. You might even want to score certain films if you haven’t seen them before to see what you both think!

And remember to always be honest about your hobbies with your other half. After all, you never know, they might be a secret fan too.

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Kegel 8 Ultra 20 Electronic Pelvic Toner || Let's Talk Taboo

I've never been one to shy away from taboo subjects in hope of inspiring or helping others. Today's subject is, of course, the female pelvic floor and the embarrassing and at times painful issues that come with it, especially when it's not toned, fit and healthy. Most people believe that these issues only really happen to older ladies but the reality is they can happen to anyone of any age but, more so to those who have had large babies or multiple pregnancies. 

I myself have had three large baby boys in quick succession (over three years, with my first two being only eleven months apart - shocking I know). My first pregnancy resulted in a double mediolateral episiotomy (two large diagonal cuts through the muscle) and my final pregnancy resulted in a sterilisation twelve weeks after my son's birth. The sterilisation preceded some pretty serious health issues also which of course meant that exercise was out of the question - dammit even walking was out of the question for a while. 

Long story short, my pelvic floor and basically every muscle large and small sucked quite badly. I definitely did see and feel the effects of having a pathetic pelvic floor and I tried to follow the recommended pelvic floor exercises daily. I actually struggled to hold one squeeze for ten seconds and started shaking all over. It was tough! 

Even when I managed to up my manual squeezes to ten for ten seconds I still had issues with my back, stomach and toileting habits. I really think that it's a shame that us ladies can't discuss these topics, don't you? Especially given how many of us will suffer from varying degrees of this over the course of our life? How are we supposed to know what to do unless we talk to each other, find out each other tried and tested methods and support each other?

Symptoms of weakened Pelvic Muscles Include...

♥ Bladder Leaks | Coughing, sneezing and even jumping can result in embarrassing leaks. 
♥ Constipation & Straining | When the muscles are loosened things aren't held in as they should, this causes 'kinks' which can stop the poop from travelling down the normal route. 
♥ Tampons Not Working Perfectly | Again this may be due to looser muscles or prolapses altering the shape so the tampon can't sit as snug as is needed. 
♥ Pot Belly // When your muscles aren't tight your belly sticks out, this may make it look like you've put on weight as your muscles separate and poke outwards. 
♥ Lower Back Ache | This may feel worse around your cycle also, it can be debilitating for some. 
Trapped Wind That's Uncontrollable | Yup it's true, wind may accidentally slip out causing embarrassment. 
♥ Lack of Sensations or Pain | This really needs no explanation, the sensation can be lost in the vaginal walls if your pelvic floor area is looser, similarly, some ladies experience pain from having a prolapse. 
♥ Constantly Needing to Visit The Loo | When things are looser it can push down on your bladder and other organs, this increases the sensation of 'needing to go' even if you've just been to the toilet. This alone can stop ladies from getting a good sleep, affects work and confidence. 
♥ Prolapse (Bulging into the Vagina) | This will look like a lump or bulge that pokes into the vaginal area, this bulge worsens when pushing on the toilet for example. 
♥ Increased Vaginal Discharge | When everything is been pushed on the body naturally increases lubrication to protect itself. 

Typically the pelvic floor muscles are weakened when they are stretched - being constipated, pregnancy, heavy lifting, health problems that lead to severe coughing or sneezing; weight gain and also hormonal changes can lead to overstretching and greatly affect this area. That's why many older ladies suffer once the menopause hits. 

Also if you don't exercise that area then your age won't stop it from happening; you can be young, never having had any pregnancies, have a healthy BMI and no hormonal issues but the area will still slacken because it's not being worked or being put to use. 

The Kegel8 Ultra 20 Machine works in a couple of ways, it comes with both a probe and electrode pads. The probe works by being inserted into the vagina and gets straight to the problem area by toning the muscles and tightening up the pelvic floor. If you can't use the probe or even need an extra boost then you can apply the four sticky electrode pads to your stomach, back, legs or basically anywhere that may need firming, toning or pain relief as it works in a similar way to a TENS machine. 

The unit allows you to run two things at once on different programmes - for example, you can run the probe at a very low beginners programme and the electrodes at a higher programme say for pain relief. I've tried a few programmes now and initially, I was really scared (having previously tried Slendertone machines that zap you *eek*) but the Ultra 20 doesn't hurt whatsoever. You can set it up and clip the unit to your trousers or belt and go about your day (in the house at least) as normal - I'm now happily on a 40MA (power and strength, this level really work your muscles) for around 45 minutes per day. I have used the pads alone for my stomach (to help cramps) and my back (to help backache). 

While I've only been using this for a few days I will be using this daily for the recommended twelve weeks so will be reporting back regularly on how well it's performing. It's important for me to really let you know the pro's and con's because (hopefully) this works in every aspect and can help others in a similar situation, there's nothing worse than having to alter your life or being too embarrassed to discuss this with your doctor. 

There are lots of products on the market to help improve this situation but my opinion was that an electronic product allows you to really customise your exercise to suit your personal tone and needs. Honestly I'm much more likely to use an electronic anything than a manual when it comes to exercise and yes that includes intimate exercises, if you're similar or have issues relating to a weakened pelvic floor you may want to check out Kegel 8's range of electronic and manual products (for men and ladies) you can do so by visiting the Kegel 8 website.

I understand that this might be out of the price range for some people, however, there are cheaper alternatives on the market. The following pelvic toners are reviewed highly, but I personally cannot vouch for them as I haven't tried them, so you should try them out.

Ladies let's not make this subject taboo any longer! Girl Power! 

Edit: OK so I used this machine daily for months. I used it with a variety of settings and found that I was starting to notice the benefits from around the 2-3 week mark. After 4-6 weeks of, use I found I could even manually hold a kegel without the pain, awkwardness and shaking. Now that it's been nearly two years since I originally published this review I can wholeheartedly say that this machine makes a difference, you need to also put in the work and use it as recommended but, if you do your pelvic floor will thank you. 

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Click List || Twelve Things That Had Me Clicking

This beautiful buttercream cake tutorial by Coco Cake Land makes me want to be a better baker. Or photographer. I really don't care how good or bad this tastes because it makes my eyes happy. 

Ballet dancer Sergei Polunin dancing to Take Me To Church is incredible. You will have to watch this at least three times purely because the first two times you will be distracted from his incredible danc... erm, package. By the third time you'll come to appreciate his amazing ballet skills. 

Butterfly Twists have hit my radar and I absolutely adore these silver Samantha flats, I love the light and airy ballerina styles and the fact that these fold up makes me want them even more for my work handbag. 

Fountain - The Energy Molecule and the Fountain range of supplements in general have me clicking a lot lately. I am a big supplementation fan [in the right situations] and the aims of the products are exactly what I need in my life right now. The Energy Molecule intrigues me, as an autoimmune sufferer I need energy in the bucket loads - the only thing stopping me from hitting purchase is the taste. I really want to know how nice this tastes before buying. Does anyone know? 

Real Technique have just launched the prettiest makeup brushes in 2015 and I still adore them. Their Bold Metals collection consists of functional makeup brushes in rose gold, gold tone and silver tones - and - I want them all! I have my eyes on the triangle foundation brush, chubby cheek brush and slanted brush. They will be mine someday. 

Yup another Design Love Fest wallpaper has hit the click list. I can't get enough of her amazing designs and actually have my favourites on three minute rotation on my laptop. 
Bill Skinner March Hare Earrings - and - Bill Skinner everything has me going ga-ga. I adore his kooky style and have fallen head over heels in love with everything bunny and hare shaped on his website. Price wise they're so achievable. 

Max Schneider recently signed with DCD2 in 2015 and went onto launch Puppeteer. I am in love. The dance moves, the song and the video. If I'm being honest this guy maybe my perfect guy - other than my husband of course. 

Rose and Hibiscus D.I.Y scrub tutorial looks so easy to make and I can imagine how lush this must be to use. 

Free People Get Off My Cloud bra. I adore wireless bras and this is so sexy yet feminine in a non sexy way if that makes sense. I have small boobs so this is perfect for me. 

Amy Sia watercolour cushion is expensive. It's more splurge than anything else but I really adore this watercolour pattern and know it's a pattern that never goes out of style. 

SLOW Watch in gold tone had me feeling all giddy. I love the one hand concept too, you should definitely check them out. I'm unsure where to purchase from but I so badly want this watch in particular. 

What's had you clicking recently? 

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