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Launch of Dr Vranjes in Dubai Mall and short review!

Luxury Home Fragrance Brand Dr. Vranjes Firenze Opens doors at The Dubai Mall!

Dr Vranjes media event

Dr Vranjes

Dr Vranjes

Bringing their exclusive artisan range of perfumed accessories to UAE, Italian Luxury Home Fragrance brand Dr. Vranjes Firenze opened its second Middle East store at The Dubai Mall in an event that attended by officials from Dr. Vranjes Firenze and members of the media.

Created by Dr. Paolo Vranjes and his wife Anna Maria, the brand is inspired by his artistic home city of Florence and the beautiful landscapes of Tuscany in Italy. Founded in Italy in 1983, Dr. Vranjes Firenze is the result of Dr. Paolo Vranjes’ quest to create the finest fragrances, which stimulate the senses and emotions and add warmth to any household.

Dr Vranjes media event

Located on the first floor of the Mall, the store welcomes customers with its elegant interiors, which showcase a bespoke selection of over 18 home fragrances and candles carefully selected to appeal to Middle East preferences. Highlighting elements of musk, oud, light florals and warm spicy notes, the collection includes best-selling choices such as Oud Nobile and Rosso Nobile to name a few.

The opening also marked the global launch of Milano – a spicy, loungy, sophisticated fragrance, where the intense notes of patchouli are reinvigorated by pepper and sandalwood to give energy to living spaces.

Dr Vranjes Milano

Dr. Vranjes Firenze artfully blends pure natural ingredients with the world’s finest essential oils to create stimulating and evocative fragrances for every room. Each ‘Scented Décor’ is a unique creation. Customers are encouraged to ‘decorate’ their rooms with the right scent, based on room size, sunlight, and furniture, as well as the properties contained in the natural oils of Dr.Vranjes home fragrances, and the emotions which they evoke.

“Selecting a home fragrance is an exercise in self-reflection. The important thing is finding something that gives customers a sense of well-being, whatever that means to them as an individual. Objectively there are no bad olfactory notes; the art is in finding a balance between them. The final goal is harmony,” explains Dr. Vranjes.

Finished in glass bottles for optimum decadence, Dr. Vranjes Firenze home fragrances are the perfect answer to modern living. All Dr. Vranjes fragrances are packaged in beautiful glass bottles and are available in the following sizes: 100ml, 250 ml, 500 ml, 1250 ml, 1.5 liters, 2.5 liters and 5 liters. Each bottle comes with diffusion sticks. Refills are available in 500 ml and 2.5 liters with diffusion sticks, as well as Lamparfum refills.

Dr Vranjes media event

I got this set of reed diffuser as a gift, in the scent Ginger Lime. It’s so refreshing and delightful!. I had a lovely time at the event. The ambiance in the store is one of being tranquil and quite a treat to our olfactory nerve!.. Dr Vranjes is a quality, luxurious product you should consider gifting to a loved one or buy as a way to treat yourself to something special..

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Gitex Shopper Returns to Dubai World Trade Centre this month!

Hey guys!

GITEX Shopper 2019 will continue to build on its reputation as the region’s favourite and longest-running consumer electronics bonanza when it returns to Dubai World Trade Centre between September 24-28. Always at the forefront of technology, GITEX Shopper will again host a wealth of products at great prices, with bundled offers and deals for an anticipated crowd of more than 125,000 visitors.

Gitex 2019

“GITEX Shopper continues to evolve at the same breakneck speed as the consumer technology sector, and with the very latest tech gadgets on the Shopper floor we are ensuring visitors get their hands on the most relevant technology tools and innovations,” said Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Exhibitions & Events, DWTC.

Gitex visit and win

The one-stop shop for the biggest savings of the year will also stage a daily ‘Visit & Win’ draw with prizes including 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross GLX Highline and iPhone XRs – the most popular iPhone in Apple’s history, and Scratch & Win prizes including Blueair Cabin car air purifiers or Tornado watches from Time House.

GAME ON!

Gitex gaming

Gaming and virtual reality will take centre-stage at the future-focused 2019 edition, aimed to entice gamers of all ages. According to a recent Newzoo report, this year, the Middle East and Africa (MEA) will generate revenues of USD4.8 billion this year, registering a growth of 11.5 per cent.

The super-popular Shopper Games will be returning with its mini tournaments taking pride of place on the show floor. The PC Gaming Area will be featuring Fortnite tournaments on September 26 and 27, and Super Smash Bros. challenges on September 28. The PlayStation area will host on-the-minute games including Control, Borderlands 3 and FIFA 19; the Nintendo area is enriched with Mario, Pokemon and Zelda; and a Retro Game Zone will take players back to the golden age of Atari.

ANOTHER REALITY

GITEX Shopper 2019 will also welcome the debut of the Shopper Virtual Zone for gaming enthusiasts to test their skills on Fruit Ninja, The Laser Bat, Angry Birds, Vacation Simulator, Tetris and Car Racing, while a dedicated VR/AR corner will serve as a beacon for virtual and augmented reality buffs.

SHOPPER SMART HUB

Answering the growing demand for smart home devices, GITEX Shopper has partnered with Jumbo Electronics to host a dedicated stand for smart home products, including new launches from various brands. Pankaj Kumar, head of OmniChannel Retail at Jumbo Electronics said: “We will have a dedicated zone to showcase smart home products across four categories – this includes Smart Home Connectivity, Smart Home Security, Smart Home Entertainment and Smart Home Automation. We will have plenty of exclusive products, bundles and offers at the event.”

GITEX SHOPPER TRADE-IN

Following the popularity of the initiative’s inauguration during GITEX Shopper 2018, the show’s organisers, DWTC, will be hosting the second Shopper Trade-in, with the goal to further encourage visitors to recycle their unused electronics during an amnesty, which will reward them with vouchers to spend during the exhibition.

DEALS TO BE SEALED!

Bargains are expected to fly off the GITEX Shopper floor with DWTC research showing that, of the 125,000 visitors at last year’s event, 81 per cent came to snap up offers and deals and more than half – 54 per cent – delayed their planned electronics purchases until GITEX Shopper to ensure they got the best deals.

Key exhibitors participating at this year’s event include Jumbo Electronics, Sharaf DG, Axiom, MSI, Logitech, Monster Computers, Right View Group, Tradex Middle East, KY Style Home General Trading, Time House Trading, Nishat General Company, Aamaal, Citibank, Yuet Meng Trading, Collector Consulting, and Al Safeer Group.

Commenting on why Sharaf DG returns to show year after year, CEO Nilesh Khalkho said: “GITEX Shopper is the only event where consumers can find the entire electronics retail industry together and it has been always a pleasure for us to showcase our entire range and directly interact with consumers from all over UAE. More importantly GITEX Shopper is the perfect platform to reach out to our target audience and satisfy their needs.”

GITEX SHOPPER AIMS TO RAISE A SMILE

GITEX Shopper aims to go the extra mile in satisfying visitors this year, with a range of experiences that have been designed to spark additional excitement with the promise that big savings will make you happy!

“GITEX shopper has something to offer everyone and is a platform where visitors get the best deals on electronics. To add to this, the Shop & Win contests and lucky draws bring additional excitement to the shoppers. Flash deals, spot prizes and exclusive bundles are somethings customers do look for at GITEX Shopper,” Sharaf DG’s Nilesh Khalkho said.

Jumbo Electronics’ Pankaj Kumar added: “GITEX Shopper brings a fun, festive atmosphere to consumers in the UAE, so the event has traditionally been very popular. Additionally, they get some of the best deals and offers on the latest technology, so it is always a great place to get together with friends and family and shop for the latest tech gadgets and products.”

GITEX Shopper 2019 is open daily from 11:00am – 11:00pm. Tickets are pegged at only AED 20. Children under five enter free while student groups of 50 and above can get tickets at AED 10 per student. Creating even more convenience, visitors spending above AED300 will get six hours of free parking at DWTC. Tickets can be bought now through https://www.gitexshopperdubai.com

For the latest on GITEX Shopper 2019 news, visit www.gitexshopperdubai.com or follow the event on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Why it’s important to have a quarterly bathroom maintanence!

Your bathroom is probably the most underestimated room in your house. It may be a small room, but it plays an important part in your day-to-day life from your morning prep before work to that relaxing hot shower you take to unwind after a long day. In fact, the average person spends a total of one and a half years using the bathroom throughout a lifetime, a poll on 2,500 people found.

Upflush toilet

You need to pay more attention to your bathroom because of its role in your life and home, and this includes performing maintenance on a quarterly basis. Here are four reasons why it’s important to do this routine activity.

Prevent Accidents

Your bathroom may be smaller compared to the other rooms in your home, but it can actually be a dangerous place. In fact, 235,000 people aged fifteen years old and above end up in emergency rooms every year because of injuries they suffered in the bathroom, and 14 percent of those get hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The same study reported that the majority of bathroom accidents occur near or in the tub or shower. Common accidents in the bathroom include slipping on wet floors, falling, and tripping on broken tiles. By conducting bathroom maintenance on a quarterly basis, you can make timely repairs on broken fixtures, pipes, and wires that can potentially cause accidents. Regular checkups will also let you identify potential problem areas and make the necessary changes before it is too late.

Pro Tips:
● Install antislip mats in your tub, in the shower area, the space in front of your sink, and near the entrance of the bathroom.
● Immediately fix broken or loose tiles.
● Immediately repair leaks or broken pipes to prevent water stains and puddles from forming.
● If you have a toddler in the house, purchase a toilet seat that the child would be comfortable to use.

Fight Diseases

Mold and bacteria love to grow in moist and humid places, which makes bathrooms their ideal breeding ground. Bathrooms are home to bacteria like E.coli, streptococcus, salmonella, and Bacteroidaceae, and unsurprisingly, the toilet is a hive of germs, with 3.2 million bacteria found per square inch on average.

It’s important to perform daily or at most weekly cleanups for usual danger zones like the toilet, but in addition to routine maintenance, you also need to do a quarterly deep clean in all other areas of the bathroom. Deep cleaning targets hard-to-reach areas like grout, bathroom vents, and the showerhead as well as every inch of the tub, sink, and toilet. By scheduling quarterly deep-cleaning sessions, you prevent diseases from spreading and keep your family safe and healthy.

Pro Tips:
● Clean and seal your grout every quarter to prevent moisture and bacteria buildup.
● Eliminate calcium and mineral buildup from the showerhead by soaking it in white vinegar overnight before thoroughly scrubbing it with a toothbrush.
● Blast filthy and dusty exhaust fans with compressed air to thoroughly remove stubborn dirt and debris.

Save Money

Quarterly bathroom maintenance can help you stay on top of much-needed repairs and upgrades before it’s too late. Have you ever woken in the middle of the night to the sound of a leaky faucet? Broken pipes can leave unsightly water stains in your house, and they can be dangerous because their leaks can cause slips and falls.

Leaks also cost you money. On average, small leaks can cost homeowners twenty dollars every year while faucets and pipes with bigger damage could cost anywhere between sixty to two hundred dollars every year. That is hard-earned money you could have spent elsewhere if you had been paying more attention to your bathroom.

Pro Tips:

● To prevent blockage in your pipes, pour half a cup of baking soda followed by half a cup of vinegar, and then wash it down with boiling-hot water.
● Consider upgrading your toilet system to an upflush system, which features a built-in macerator that effectively shreds solid waste materials, thereby preventing clogs in your pipes.

Make Bathroom Time Enjoyable

If you have young kids, you know much of a struggle it can be to get them to take a bath. Children would much rather play and do something fun than be in the bathroom, especially if yours is a dirty, malfunctioning bathroom.

Regardless of whether you have kids or not, it’s important that you take care of your bathroom because you spend a considerable amount of time every day inside it. Conducting quarterly maintenance ensures that every fixture is in tip-top condition and ready to meet all your family’s needs. You don’t want to go to work late and frazzled because the shower suddenly stopped working.

Pro Tips:
● Make your bathroom a more fun and relaxing space by adding personal touches to it every quarter like ornamental plants and aromatic candles.
● Make bath time fun for your kids by buying toys that they can play with while in the bath like bubble machines and rubber ducks.

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Biggest Wedding Day Mistakes & How to Avoid Them!

Weddings can simultaneously be one of the happiest and most stressful day of your life. However, with careful planning and awareness, you can mitigate a lot of the biggest wedding day mistakes that cast a shadow over your day.

Wedding pic

Here are some of the biggest wedding day mistakes and how you can avoid them.

Dress Doesn’t Fit

There are a surprising amount of brides that find that their dress doesn’t fit on the day of their wedding. There are a few things that cause this disaster.

First, improper planning leading to delays in the dress arriving. When the dress arrives right before the wedding, it doesn’t allow for time spent doing alterations and making sure everything fits as it should. This can be prevented by ordering the dress way in advance or shopping on Azazie.com to ensure a quick turnaround time.

Another mistake that brides make in the early days is buying the dress too small as a form of motivation to lose weight. If a bride decides she wants to lose weight for her wedding, it’s better to purchase the dress in her current size and have alterations made later. Stress plays a key role in weight management, and can thwart even the best efforts.

Delays

Delays in the schedule can not only cause undue stress for the bridal party, but they can also make the guests grumble and ruin the events. Delays are often caused by poor planning or unprofessional vendors.

To prevent delays, consider hiring a day-of coordinator to keep everyone on task. Not hiring a day-of coordinator is another wedding day mistake you should avoid! If you don’t have a day-of coordinator, ask a trusted family member or friend who is confident and organized to play the role. Yes, this job was made for your bossy aunt Susan.

Take time to vet your vendors beforehand. Read reviews and ensure that other brides who used the services didn’t have issues with tardiness or delays. Touch base with the vendors in the days leading up to the wedding to ensure everyone is on the same page.

Wedding pic

Terrible Vendors

To expand on the vendor issues, having a terrible DJ, photographer, caterer, etc. can have an impact on your wedding day that remains a sore spot even years later. Don’t cheap out on vendors or allow your friend who just started photography to pressure you into letting them take your photos.

Always read reviews and get recommendations. Your friend might take beautiful photos when the weather is right and they can have someone hold a pose. Your DJ friend might be great at putting music together but have no idea how to hook up to the system at your venue. The cheapest caterer you can find might give you all food poisoning. If you’re going to hire someone, do it right.

Allowing Family Drama to Ruin Your Day

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that grown adults can act like grown adults and be self-aware enough to not make your day about them.

Set firm boundaries and expectations for potential problem people early on and reiterate it in the days leading up to the wedding. Keep people with negative relationships seated separately and have someone run interference. Again, a day-of wedding coordinator is well-suited for this task.

By being proactive, you can prevent the issues that cause the biggest wedding day blunders. Speak your mind, plan ahead, and enjoy your big day.

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Dance Inspired Fashion for 2019!

Every year we see fashion trends that got their start on the dance studio floor. It is expected and it is a good “partnership.” When experts in the fashion world add their ideas with the ideas of experts in the Dance Design Costume world, magic is born.

In fact, many industries are intertwined here. While fashion may begin with dance-trends, they take it a whole new level. Only fashion icons can take a romantic or sexy dance costume and turn it into a red-carpet-ready event that a major celebrity will wear. It doesn’t stop there. When famous wedding gown designers take those lines, designs, and fabrics into consideration, the wedding gown season is often alive with new trends. So, it starts with dance but it has a wide reach.

Dance

2019 Trends

This is the year of romance and hot and sexy outfits. Last year was life mimicking all forms of dance. This included Jazzercise and Disco. The color was Millennial Pink all the way. The smokey, gray-pink was everywhere.

These three things are missing from the clothing trends in 2019. There will be much less Jazzercise and Disco and much more graceful ballet, and ballroom.

Colors

You will not be seeing much of Millennial Pink. It is not nearly as brilliant and lovely as the colors we will see this year.

This year look for:
● Warm Caramel
● Honey
● Emerald Green
● Peacock Blue
● Plum
● Deep Burgundy

Style

Daring, alluring, and very sexy is what you will see everywhere. Dancewear will have plunging backs combined with low-cut fronts. You will see a lot of lace or mesh cut-outs. The main thing to remember is it is all about the lines. The lines hug the body which gives shape to the outfit. You can get everything you need to improve your wardrobe in style at Just For Kix.

Athleisure

This is the “today” sweatpants. They are trim and slim and look good enough to wear anywhere. They do not look sloppy.

Traditional Must-Have Pieces For Dance or Fashion

● Leotards as tops

○ These great “tops” do not ride up. They hug the body and give you the support of a blouse and bra and they come in many cuts. Wear a halter leotard, a capped sleeve, backless, or long sleeve. Add lots of lace, mesh, or cut-outs.

● Tulle skirts

○ Full tulle skirts are showing up in all kinds of events. These skirts are being worn with cashmere, off-the-shoulder sweaters or silky leotards. Ballet flats are perfect.

● Tights

○ Tights are replacing hosiery this year. The fishnet tights of 2018 are still rocking the fashion world. This year, look for animal prints. Leopard print tights under a leotard or some cute shorts are in the dance studio. The same tights under a flirty little skirt are showing up at the clubs.

● Elephant pants

○ Elephant pants are back for 2019. Wear them low on the hips and attach them firmly at the ankles. They are a bit smaller than the 90’s hit. You will see loose pants with a high waist that are gathered and cuffed at the ankle. Pair them with a hot crop top and ballerina flats, and you are ready to go.

● Leggings

○ Leggings are here to stay and every year they get better and better. This year look for shiny metallic fabrics. Big name sporting companies are putting out shiny gold, silver, and rose gold. If you look closely, you may find a few pieces in rust that are awesome. Match these up with a cool sports bra and you have the hottest look on the floor.

The best thing about 2019 is the choices. There are so many choices that you will find your favorite look from casual, to business casual, to formal. You can mix and match and be creative. You will look fantastic and turn heads everywhere you go.

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Review : Museum of Illusions, Dubai!

Hey friends,

Dubai is home to several topnotch attractions. Today, I will be reviewing one of them, Museum of Illusions, that’s located in Al Seef.

Al Seef

This whole area is built to reflect the traditional side of UAE. It’s old world charm is really refreshing, compared to the modern feel of Dubai. Here is the entrance of the museum :

Museum of Illusions

The reception staff were friendly and helpful. It’s a beautifully designed place, minimal in decor and so pleasing to the eye. On the left side, you can find a section where you can buy intellectual games that will challenge your mind. Prices are AED 50+ per game. Each of these games are available for playing inside the museum. Once you are done with the tour, you can come back and decide which one to buy and take home.There are some tshirts for sale too.

Museum of Illusions

Museum of Illusions

Once you enter the area of illusions, you will find things that are inexplicable and mind boggling. Here are several things you will see there :

Museum of Illusions

Frames that look empty at first glance. But once you step up to them, 3D and extemely real images come up on it!

Museum of Illusions

A chair that’s completely an illusion. From a certain angle it looks like a chair, that’s all.

Museum of Illusions

Head on a plate llusion 😨

Museum of Illusions

Strange looking contraption isn’t it?. One person can stand on one side of it and the second person on the other side, looking into the mirrored inside of it. First person then clicks a picture with the flash on. The second person’s photo comes out looking like this :

Naznin

I just love this pic so much!

Blog in UAE

This was my attire for the day by the way..

Museum of Illusions

Such an awesome illusion!. A table with 6 of me..

Museum of Illusions

An upside down room. Did I mention that coming here, you’ll get some great Instagram worthy pictures?.. 😊

Museum of Illusions

These are the games I mentioned earlier in the post. They can be enjoyed by both adults and kids. It will make your mind work in ways you didn’t know, to solve those.

Illusion

My absolute favorite illusion is the Ames room. Depending on one’s position they will look either big or small in this room. It’s soo awesome!

Meanwhile my son’s favourite room was probably the room with these lights giving an awesome shadow play.

Museum of Illusions

Overall, it’s a very thrilling and intriguing experience. There are so many more illusions in the museum. You have got to go and see it, if you are someone who appreciates and enjoys things that are out of the norm. It’s a great place to go with your family and kids are just gonna love it. You will find some more attractions and some videos that I captured (like the room that spins and makes you dizzy even though you are standing still!), in the following video. Please watch it :

The museum is open from Sunday to Wednesday from 10 am – 10 pm and from Thursday to Saturday from 10 am – midnight. Ticket prices are AED 80 per adult, AED 60 per child above 5 years and AED 225 for a family (consisting of 2 adults and 2 kids). For more information, check out www.museumofillusions.ae or call 043573999. You can also get AED 10 discounted per ticket if you book your tickets online.

Here are the nearby attractions. I love how peaceful and serene it is. The market area gives a glimpse into the Arabic lifestyle.

Al Seef

Al Seef

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Note : I was not paid to do this review. However, myself and my family were given free entry in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Should children be allowed to lock their doors

Kids nowadays tend to enjoy their solitude inside their bedrooms. They might spend their time studying or playing with their gadgets alone. Their room is where they feel most comfortable and where they escape difficulties from school and the neighborhood.

Kids

But when your kids leave their rooms, do they opt to lock them or leave them behind like an open book? Do you ever let your children decide whether they should have a private space of their own inside the house? Here are some issues that you should consider when you allow your children lock their rooms.

Privacy
Kids also need to have their alone time, especially school-age children. Kids who have had a long day at school with their peers deserve to rest on their own. They need a place where they can do their homework in peace as well.

Moreover, teaching kids the value of privacy is important so that they may be able to respect other people’s privacy. This way, they will be able to understand why other people lock or close their bedroom doors. They will learn to knock first before barging into someone else’s space.

Protection
If you teach your kids to lock the door while they are inside their respective bedrooms, you are also teaching them to protect themselves. You never know when a possible crime could take place inside your home (i.e., theft or robbery), which is why it is better to be always prepared. Even when you and your kids are not at home, it is better to have their rooms locked for safety.

Emergencies
However, locking up the room isn’t always a good option. For instance, if a calamity or an unexpected medical emergency occurs, you wouldn’t have easy access to your children’s room. Your kids might not be able to hear or sense the clamor because of an emergency or a sudden calamity.

This is an issue that most parents worry about when it comes to allowing their kids to lock their doors. In addition, it might be difficult for you to monitor your children’s activities. You will never know if a kid is sick, feeling down, or having bad dreams.

Just in case of urgent matters, you might want to use a tool that will help you enter your children’s quarters. Letting your kids lock their room does not mean you are completely banned in their space. You still have a huge responsibility as a parent to look after the safety and welfare of your little ones.

Lock pick

This emergency tool must be used as a last resort only since you should also respect your children’s private zone. Peterson lockpicks are manufactured according to Peterson’s military design. Buyers swear by its reliable rubber hand grip, which allows it not to slip away from your hands easily.

Through this tool, you won’t have to worry about your kids during emergencies, calamities, and random bad days. Your home will be a safer place with the Peterson lockpicks.

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How to Pack for a Weekend Getaway!

Who wants to be lugging around heavy luggage at the airport or train station? Nobody. To avoid this situation when you’re planning a weekend away — whether it’s just a staycation in your own town or you’re crossing country borders — pack light. But, what does that look like in reality? The key to packing for a shorter trip is to focus on the flexibility of what you’re bringing. Think about clothing, accessories, or bags and their ability to transition from day to night.

Getaway

Here are some tips for making the most of your next weekend getaway:

1. Versatile footwear

Ideally, you won’t bring more than just a couple of pairs of shoes to get you through your trip. For example, some slip-on sneakers are a great option that work for a variety of different activities. If you’re not the planning type, choosing one pair of shoes to bring helps eliminate decision fatigue so you can focus on having fun. Plus, it saves space in your bag.

2. Bags within bags

Plan out your outfits beforehand so you never have to spend time deciding on a look for the day. Then, once you’ve got your attire picked out, use a packing cube to compress everything down. Keep your outfits in a separate bag for each day.

3. Snacks for on-the-go

If you don’t want to overspend on airport food and make multiple stops for food, bring your own snacks! Larabars or GoMacro Bars offer a little sweetness and protein to keep you going strong.

4. Leather jacket

Always a little chilly? A leather jacket is a chic accompaniment to any outfit. Pair it with a white tee and loose jeans for a casual look. Or, dress up a going-out outfit with this devil-may-care layer. It’s perfect for either day or night.

So, what are you waiting for? Channel your own James Dean and live on the dark side. Even if it’s just for the weekend.

5. A weekender bag

As much as it’s tempting to rely on that ripped duffel bag once again, why not level up your weekender status with a nice bag that will actually last you through multiple trips? Herschel bags are the perfect bag for any length of travel. Not your style? Instead, opt for a Kate Spade bag or a simple travel backpack.

Weekender bag

6. Toiletries

It’s important to keep your toiletries minimal. Why? At the end of the day, if you forget a toothbrush or moisturizer – it’s not the end of the world. You can easily replace those through the hotel you stay at or a quick run to a pharmacy will also do the trick.

7. Portable charger

If you’re planning to be out of the hotel room or Airbnb all day, make sure to have a portable charger to save you from being without a phone during the day. Especially if you’re planning on going out at night and need a Lyft or Uber later, your phone is going to be important to have.

8. Copies of important papers

Even if you’re just going on a weekend, always get copies of all important documents. Passports, IDs, plane tickets, train tickets, event tickets – always have a backup copy, just in case. There are plenty of scanning apps like Genius Scan and ScanBot that make making digital copies very easy. Peace of mind, after all, is priceless.

9. Medicine

If you take a prescription medicine (or maybe just vitamin C gummies), don’t forget to bring those with you. An organized pill box prevents you from having to bring entire bottles of medicine with you on your trip.

10. Swimsuit

Of course, this depends on the season you’re traveling. But, you might want to bring a swimsuit regardless of when you travel in case your hotel has a heated pool.

11. Workout gear

If you’re the type that likes to stay fit on vacation or if you like to start your day off with a run, pack in some workout gear. Most athletic clothes can be easily packed away so you won’t have to worry about added weight or bulk. Even though it’s a vacation, you can still exercise if you need that pump to get you stoked for the rest of the day’s activities.

Takeaways

If you are packing for a weekend trip away, keep your luggage light and pare down to the holiday essentials. You don’t want to be bogged down by too much stuff to keep track of while you’re moving around and trying to explore a new place. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be ready for an amazing getaway!

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Ugly Christmas Sweater Giveaway Winner!

Hi guys!

The winner of the Ugly Christmas Sweater giveaway is Jessica Miller of Ohio!

Please congratulate her and stay tuned for more giveaways on my blog. Jessica, please email me at nazninazeez@gmail.com to claim your prize ☺

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The Love of Your Life – Growing Closer with Your Special Someone!

Love is the most powerful emotion that a person can experience. It has the power to make us act irrationally to please the object of our affections, forgive mistakes and insults that we wouldn’t otherwise let slide so easily, and it makes us feel like life is worth living, no matter what else goes wrong.

But keeping a close relationship between two people over many years can be challenging, no matter how strong the bond of love is between you. Other obligations like work, our social circles, and yes, even our children (though we love them dearly), can all be factors that prevent you from staying close to your special someone.

If you’ve found that you and your partner have started to drift apart, or even if everything is just fine, but you’d like to grow even closer, here are some ideas to help you reconnect with your one and only.

Do Activities You Both Enjoy Together

Finding common ground is one of the first steps to developing a relationship, beginning well before you start dating or even before your first kiss. To keep the butterflies fluttering between you as time goes along, a great option is to get back to those activities you both enjoy that you can share together.

This doesn’t mean you have to get fancy and spend a ton of cash every week. You can do some simple activities, like watching a TV show, cooking, going for a walk, or taking your child to the park together.

The key is that you’re sharing an experience together. Even if your attention is mostly focused on what you’re doing, that’s okay: your partner knows that you’re doing it with them, and that shared experience will give you something to discuss after you’re finished, the memory of time spent in each other’s company, and will reaffirm that the love of your life will be there for you when you need them.

Go On a Date at Least Once a Week

Tying in with the first idea, if you want to grow closer to your lover, you need to make it a priority, and so do they. This means setting your obligations aside, and blocking off dedicated time to spend with each other.

When we first start dating, we turn into the best version of ourselves to both attract and please our partner, to give ourselves the best shot at winning the heart of our crush. We’re way more particular about hygiene, how our hair and makeup looks, and we always dress to impress. Our focus is completely on each other, and the romance is at its peak. As time goes on, and we get comfortable, we often stop putting in all that effort to look our best and act a certain way because, quite frankly, it’s just way too much work. This is normal for almost all couples, and it doesn’t have to kill your relationship. In fact, Julia, who runs a marriage counselling practice in Sydney has a great post on the transition from romance into true love.

Still, we like to feel like our partner has eyes only for us, and it makes us feel incredibly good to put on our little black dress, spend an hour on our hair, and pull out the expensive perfume, because when we look good, we know it. And so does our partner. Taking a date night will not only give you both a break from life’s other concerns, it will help you rekindle the romance that you felt way back, and remind both of you that the person you love is well worth the effort to look your best.

Start a Relationship Blog Together

Many couples are hesitant to discuss their relationship with others, even close and trusted friends. This is completely understandable. However, often we feel like the depression we experience, and the possible guilt or anger that comes with it, from our relationship woes is unique to us. This can make us feel isolated, alone and that there’s something wrong with us.

Connecting with other couples can be crucial to maintaining your own love life, because you can both see that you’re not alone in your struggle, and it’s 100% possible to improve your relationship. Sharing your stories and advice together will help other couples through their relationship concerns, and will almost certainly lead to some great advice for your own. You don’t have to treat your blog like a tabloid, spilling every dirty secret between you; you can be as open as you choose to be.

Write about topics like your relationship history, what drew you both to each other, challenges that you’ve faced and how you overcame them, and moments of triumph that you achieved together. To keep your blog interesting to you, and more appealing to your readers, share pictures from events that you’re discussing on your blog, or use free stock love photography to
illustrate more general topics like relationship advice.

Give Each Other Space

You’re probably thinking, “What?!? No! That’s dumb! We’re growing apart as it is!”, but hear me out. Often times, one thing that can lead to feelings of isolation, or a widening gap between couples is that one or both feels crowded. When we’re constantly bugging each other about the money in our bank account, whose turn it is to do the dishes, asking, “Why can’t we take a vacation right now?”, and other similar concerns, we can often make our partner feel like we’re crowding them, only coming to them with our problems, and that we don’t value their space.

After marriage, or even after if you’ve been dating a while, it’s easy to forget that you’re both individuals, and before you came into each other’s lives, you had your own way of doing things, with your own schedules. While we can and definitely should change our ways to help strengthen our relationships, the reality is that we’re still people; we need to be allowed to do certain things the way we want to do them, and when we choose. On the other hand, we also need to respect those boundaries for our partner as well.

If you and your partner don’t seem keen to interact as much anymore, or you sense there’s tension when you do talk, consider giving the other some space. Don’t get me wrong: if you sense a deeper issue is at play, you need to open up and discuss it with your partner first; as the old saying goes, “Bad news doesn’t improve with time.” But once you’ve had that discussion, if you or your partner feels crowded, give each other time to pursue your own interests. Go out with your friends, watch TV in different rooms, or split up when you go shopping. Your partner will appreciate that you respect their boundaries and feelings, and after some time to recharge, you’ll be the first person they want to reconnect with..

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Relationships can be tricky from the beginning, and keeping a relationship going can be trickier still. You’re going to have bad times in your relationship, potentially so bad that you’re tempted to call it quits. This is normal, and you need to both accept and understand this because it will turn your relationship concerns from an insurmountable roadblock into a challenge that you can face and overcome together.

The important thing to remember is that you love your partner, and they love you, even if you don’t feel it as strongly as you both once did. Remember that you were both drawn to each other for a reason, and though we evolve and grow as time goes on, never forget that what was true then can still be true today. If you do, you will still face those same hardships, but you’ll be able to overcome them together.

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