Cheltenham 2016 || A fashion preview

March might seem ages away at the moment, but if you're lucky enough to be off to Cheltenham for the races this year you'll need to start looking for that perfect outfit soon. But how can you make sure you get the right look for one of the fanciest race events of the year? Here's a look back on some of the fashion that made headlines last year and a look at what might make headlines this year.

Colour was a big theme for Cheltenham fashion in 2015, but the most stylish outfits mixed a splash of colour with monochrome. There were plenty of examples of this with ladies teaming pops of red with black and white outfits. The bold red makes you stand out but the black and white pattern on top makes it look smart and stylish. Other colours that were popular last year was the gorgeous mustard colour that was a hit on the high street. If you do want to go in your traditional little black dress, a mustard scarf, clutch bag or pair of heels will give it that bit of excitement you need for the races.

Surprisingly sensible coats were also a big hit in 2015. Tweed coats use to be only seen on men at the races, but last year the women made them look glamorous. Dark green and greys were the most popular shades at the races last year. Staying on the 40s theme, fake fur was also seen on a huge amount of women last year. A full-length fur coat might be too much, though, instead chose a shorter jacket that comes to the waist or a coat with a fur trim.

Whilst we're talking about fake animal fur, one thing that you might want to avoid this year is the animal print. It's been extremely popular of the last few years, and it's more than likely that you have a piece in your wardrobe, but the style might have had its day. Especially on a day where you want to look like a million dollars, it's a style best to avoid.

Of course no matter how hard you try, all this race course fashion often doesn't come cheap. If you want more money to spend on your outfit then you can save on your horse racing bet for Cheltenham 2016 by betting before you get to the race course. Bookmakers at the race course often don't give you the best odds. Betway are already giving odds on Cheltenham 2016 and will even give you a free bet if it's your first time.

So when you start looking for your racing outfit remember these three things. Don't be scared by a bit of colour, coats still can be fashionable and avoid animal print.

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6 Things I've Learned About Driving Over The Years

There's no denying that it's a profound feeling when you pass your driving test. But, your brief supervised stint on the road is beyond compare when it comes to solo driving! I must say that I'm not someone that always enjoys driving these days.

If I can opt for another mode of transport, I'll probably take it. Some of you reading this might think I don't like driving because of a lack of self-confidence. But, it's just more down to the daft things motorists do on the road!

In the last few years, I've learned a few things from my experiences. Here are six of them that you might be interested in knowing about:

You're more likely to get stopped by the police

These days there is a higher chance of getting stopped by the police. Some folks moan they should go and "catch some real criminals" instead of doing spot checks. But, their job is to take dangerous drivers - and cars - off the road.

Budget tyres are a waste of money

Whenever my car needed new tyres, I'd just go for whatever was the cheapest option. What I never knew at the time was what a waste of money they are! They never seem to last as long as you'd expect, and they often have problems like punctures.

One day my other half persuaded me to get some new Continental Eco Contact 3 MO tyres. They lasted almost twice as long as my budget tyres, and I never once had a puncture!

Paper maps are a thing of the past

I remember my parents used to have a collection of maps for various parts of the UK. They'd often spend time studying them, only to end up going to the wrong places! When sat-nav devices first became affordable, I was one of the first people that I know to buy one. Now I rely on it to give me directions to unfamiliar places. And, guess what? I never get lost!

Never rely on people to know what they're doing

Sometimes driving a car is a draining experience. Why? Because you always have to try and anticipate the actions of other motorists! They don't always do the manoeuvres you think they'll do.

Yes, you get taught to observe your surroundings wherever you drive. But what they don't teach you in your lessons is that you'll often come across folks that seem to daydream!

Music with a fast tempo makes you drive fast

Are you a fan of drum and bass music? Maybe you like to listen to techno on your travels? Did you know that the music you play in your car will affect your speeds? Hubster did a little music experiment on me last week. I can confirm that music DOES affect your speed and isn’t an urban myth! If you want to keep your licence - and your life - slow your music down!

Your mirrors are probably adjusted wrong

I always used to think that you should adjust your mirrors so that you can see the side of your car in them too. Only last week I learned that is wrong!

You're supposed to adjust them, so your car is just out of sight in the mirrors. That way, you'll end up having more of a view of the world behind you.
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Advice for Anyone Waiting to Start a Family

If you’re planning to start a family, then you’re preparing for a wonderful time in your life. There are so many things to look forward to when you decide to have kids. But there are also a lot of pitfalls and problems you might face. You need to make sure you are prepared and ready to have a family before you make the decision.

You need to come up with some hints and tips that will help you through the process. If you can take a look at these points, they should help you through it. This is advice that I would give to anyone who is considering starting a family. Whatever age you are, these are hints you can use to help you adjust to family life much better.

Make Sure You’re Married First

Of course, you don’t have to wait until you’re married before you have kids. And, unless you’re religious, you might not want to. But, I think it makes common sense to take this approach when you start out. You need to have a settled and secure relationship before you think about bringing a child into the world. The best way to do this is to make sure you’re married before you make the decision to get pregnant. Once you solidify your relationship, you will have a more secure family unit.

Stable Income

One thing you can be sure of is that starting a family is expensive. So you need to be responsible and see to it that you have a stable income. Hopefully, after getting hitched, you’re going to enjoy the benefits of a joint income. This is going to make things a lot more comfortable when you have to shell out for your kid. There are so many reasons why you might have to spend money on a new family. And the more money you have to fall back on the easier it’s going to work out for the whole family in the long run.

Consult and Get Advice

It’s also important to make sure you get expert help and advice. If you’re serious about starting a family, it’s worth getting some guidance from a family law solicitor. They will be able to give you the advice you need about what to expect. This will help you to understand everything that’s going to be involved in the process. After careful consultation, you’ll know if you are in the right circumstances to be starting a family. It’s better to get an informed opinion so you can make the right decision.

Stop Renting

One thing I would stress if you’re planning on having kids and settling down is to stop renting. Renting a place is a big long-term expense and will cost you a lot of cash. You’d be better off saving up and trying to get a mortgage. This gives you a bit more security, and it’s a long-term investment for you and your family.

Starting a family is always a massive decision for anyone to make. And it’s one of those decisions that you need to be absolutely sure about. You’re going to have to make sure you’re ready to have a family. If you’re unprepared, then you’re going to find it a lot more difficult to gain financial stability and reduce stress.

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Simple Skincare || Tips For Younger Looking Skin

As a mum in my thirties, I am well aware that I have probably peaked regarding youthfulness. There’s no doubt in my mind that ten years from now I’m going to look a lot more lived in. And, let's be honest: when you have three young children, there’s not much you can do about it! 

But, that’s not going to stop me from trying to keep those wrinkles at bay. So, I thought I would take some time and look into ways that I could find that will keep my skin looking as young as possible. I’ve shared some tips on how to care for your skin from your teens to sixty before, but this time I want to concentrate on the here and now! 

So, if you are around the same age as me and are staring at your forties with a suspicious eye, read on. I hope you can pick up some tips.

Better habits

First of all, as you get older, your skin is a lot less agreeable as it was when you are a teen. And, you're going to have to knuckle down and sort out a routine every day if you want to look youthful. 
You don’t need much - just find a good cleanser, and a simple moisturiser (with UV protection, of course). Kiehls Ultra Light Defense has had excellent reports. But it’s the routine that’s the most important part of all, so make sure you get into good habits!

Sleep well

Sleep is something that all parents with young children relish but rarely get to enjoy. There’s no doubt in my mind that a lot of aging happens in the ten year period between the birth of your child and when they start to make their breakfast! It’s one of those things, unfortunately, but there is a bit that you can do to help yourself. 

Again, it’s all down to your routine. Try and have a set time to get up every day, as much as you can. This will make you tired earlier at night; you will go to sleep quicker, and get more out of your time in bed. I know it’s tough when the kids are very young, but it will get better and they will settle. Eventually!

Quit the cigarettes

If you are a smoker, then now is the time to quit. According to research, if you stop smoking when you’re 35 or under you have a real chance of repairing all the damage. Now, we all know the health risks, but smoking is terrible for your skin, too. It will give you an older, greyer look to your face, and it increases the speed that wrinkles appear. 

So, do whatever you can to stop your smoking cravings, whether it’s going cold turkey or trying out e-cigarettes. Here's a guide to get you started - what is an cig pdf If it helps you quit the habit, then it’s worth a look. 

Exercise and diet

Regular exercise will also help you retain your youth for a lot longer. And, as the old saying goes, you are what you eat. So, make sure you have a healthy, balanced diet, and exercise at least three or four times every week. Do this, and you will be looking fresh for many years to come.

Do you have any tips for more youthful looking skin? Let me know about them in the comments section below.

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