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Seven Reasons to Exercise

 
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If you’re struggling to find the motivation to get to exercise, allow these seven reasons to inspire you to get moving…

Exercise Because —Your Body Works

It may seem like an odd reason to work out, but the fact that you can work out ought to inspire you to do so. After all, there are plenty of folks who have been affected by disease or congenital conditions that make working out impossible. If you are able to exercise, do it! Every movement you make, be grateful and work to learn your body’s limits. In essence, when you do this you’re giving your body a high five!

Exercise Because —Disease Can’t Handle It

True, there are diseases that will attack you regardless of your fitness level. However, exercising regularly (starting today) is one of the best ways to build yourself up against all sorts of ailments and illnesses. From the common cold to heart disease, exercise helps you avoid health issues and live a healthier, longer life.

Exercise Because —You Family Loves You

Because you want to be around for years in the future, you need to exercise. As seen above, exercise is a great way to fend off all sorts of health issues, many of them life-threatening. So if you want to show love to your family members who love you, you’ll need to work out regularly. Afraid your workouts will take away family time? Get up earlier or take your loved ones with you.

Exercise Because —You Beat Goals

Some people meet goals. When you commit to getting in the gym today, you set yourself up to beat goals. Because once you reach your new bench-press or weight-loss goal, you move on to the next. Do this in the gym enough and it will start to happen in the rest of your life. Deadline at work coming up soon? No problem. Wish you could read more books? Consider it done. Ready to quit smoking? You can do it. All because you worked out today.

Exercise Because —Life Will Be Easier

Ever struggled to get out of bed and get on with your day? Exercising today can help that. Wonder why you always feel stressed out? Once you get in the gym this afternoon you’ll be able to shed the stress. Wish you had the sex drive that you seemingly lost a few years ago? Today’s workout will get you on the right track there as well. See a heavy couch that needs lifting? After spending time in the gym today, that couch will be light as a feather tomorrow. In other words, exercise makes everything in life better, easier, and more bearable!

Exercise Because —Your Body Will Surprise You

When you started on your exercise journey, you wanted to change your body. But somewhere along the way, you forgot about that swimsuit-ready body you desired so much early on. Well, guess what? It can still be yours! All you’ve got to do is get in the gym today and get back on the road to it. In six months, you’ll be amazed at how much better your body looks and how much more you enjoy being you.

Exercise Because —Your Friends Will Join You

It can be hard to keep working out in the gym every day if your loved ones aren’t into it. However, if you stick with it and trust your trainer, your loved ones may eventually want to join you in your exercise. Once they realize you’re seeing positive results, they won’t want to miss out. So by going to the gym today, you’re helping others be healthy!

Call or email today to get started on my very best exercise program – together we will get you to your goals once and for all! Don’t wait – act now!

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Dress to Impress: Business Fashion Tips for Every Young Professional

Dress to Impress: Business Fashion Tips for Every Young Professional

Are you going job hunting and have no idea what to wear? Worry not, because it’s a good time to be a young professional in this day and age when it comes to dressing up for work. Gone are the days of overly formal business attire – the 21st-century has more liberty in sporting trendy styles and expressing individuality.

 

Here are some business fashion tips for young professionals like you.

 

 

  1. A perfect fit equals professionalism

 

When choosing the right top, pants, or shoes, you need to be spot on when it comes to what suits you best. Consider your wardrobe as an investment; it isn’t a smart choice to buy overly loose or tight garments if you’re a professional.

 

Here are some tips:

 

  • Make sure to know your body type and have the cuts to your garments tailored to perfection – from your waist, shoulders, chest, and arm length – correct sizing does matter.
  • Go back to basics. When you go shopping for your initial ensemble, start with pieces that you can easily mix and match. Once you’ve set up the foundation of your wardrobe, you can start picking out more creative pieces with varied colors, textures, and patterns.
  • When looking for the right shoes, determine your feet type to know which shoes will fit and will be comfortable for you. Going around the city looking for client meetups is no joke. You don’t want those feet to be sore at the end of the day, do you?

 

  1. Complementary colors make you stand out

 

Picking out the right colors for your garments will give you a polished look and flatter your complexion, but first, you need to determine your skin color:

 

  • Cool-toned – Having a pinkish, rosy or bluish skin puts you into a cooler tone of your skin. Colors that would likely match your cool-toned skin are shades of blue, emerald, lavender or pink.
  • Neutral-toned – These are skin tones that look grayish or ashen. You could wear almost any color on the wheel, but you may use the softened versions of some colors like jade green, pastel pink, off-white or coffee.
  • Warm-toned – You probably have that “summer glow” onto your skin, usually yellowish or light-brown. Colors best for warm tones are shades of red, orange, amber or coral.

 

There are no set rules when dealing with colors, only suggestions! You could wear whichever you prefer, as long as it doesn’t distract others visually. What matters most is that you feel comfortable in your own skin.

 

  1. Remember to avoid prints over prints

 

Professionals are little on the edge when it comes to wearing printed garments to the office, but because most companies are now lenient when it comes to dress codes, you can incorporate some prints once in a while.

 

Always have this important note at the back of your head when dressing up for work: “no prints over prints.” What does this mean? It means that you shouldn’t wear a printed top and pair it with a printed suit or coat. That’s a total eyesore and makes you look unprofessional. Those cheetah pants you got from a store sale, just save those for the weekend. 

 

  1. Go subtle when accessorizing

 

Over-accessorizing makes you look too casual; not accessorizing makes you seem unprepared. Use accessories to enhance the look you’re going for, but be subtle when doing it. Big neon-colored dangling earrings or big necklaces are not office-appropriate pieces. Here are some basic accessories that men and women must have for their office look:

 

Men:

  • Tie – You can never go wrong with a standard tie to go with your suit. The best practice is to choose a solid-colored silk tie that is darker than your inner shirt.
  • Watch – Having a watch is a must-have for every professional. It doesn’t have to be bulky and expensive to make a statement. A minimalist watch is even a better choice.
  • Belt – Tuck in that top securely with a good leather belt. Black and brown shades are recommended.
  • Functional bag – Going to work means bringing work-related documents and other stuff, so you need a professional-looking bag like a leather satchel to put things in.

 

Women:

  • Jewelry (bracelet, necklace, and a pair of earrings) – These are the main three pieces of jewelry that every woman should wear. Pick two or wear all three – it’s up to you! Go for simple and elegant items like a pair of stud earrings, silver or gold necklaces and bracelets. To show your personality, you can add a personal touch by customizing them — strut the hallways of your office with your best name bracelets.
  • Watch – Although people check the time on their phones nowadays, you could always get yourself a sleek gold or silver watch that you can wear daily, this will give you that classy look.
  • Handbag – It’s every woman’s best friend. A good handbag is medium-sized and would fit most of your necessities inside. It would match the color of your shoes so consider investing in a leather one.
  • Scarf – Working on the winter is such a bummer, but with a stylish wool scarf to flaunt, you won’t mind working at all.

 

  1. Understand your work environment

 

Those tips mentioned earlier were just the essentials on what you should customarily be wearing for work, but you need to adjust accordingly to the industry you’re working in. If you’re going for a job at a corporate office where you spend most times facing clients and bosses, you should opt for your best suit. These kinds of offices usually have a strict professional attire only policy.

 

On the other end of the spectrum is the creative industry. Offices in this industry are mostly smart casual to ‘my-hair-could-be-green’ kind of casual. You can basically throw in anything you want; there’s more fashion freedom. Technically, at any kind of office, there’s still borderline outfits that aren’t acceptable like athletic wear, jerseys, yoga pants, pajamas and couture gowns.

 

Conclusion:

 

Remember that in the business world, you’re selling yourself. Always be mindful of what you wear and take time to invest in pieces that really suit you. Whether you’re already working at an office, still looking for a job, or attending an event – be confident. Now, have fun choosing your wardrobe on your professional journey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DCFW Season 29 – Runway

By CouncilMag.com

With 14 years under his belt, Ean Williams, executive director of DC Fashion Week, knows it’s important to change things up – be it the color of his designs or event locales.

“For the first time, I used emerald green for the main color palette, paying homage to our sponsor Sprite,” said Williams by email. “Bohemian red carpet glamour is how I describe this collection of 29 looks,” which celebrated the 29 seasons of fashion week, he said.

I love transparency in my designs and it takes a confident woman to pull off my fashion inspirations.

— Ean Williams, Corjor International designer and executive director of DC Fashion Week

His Corjor International full-length gowns are designed “for the woman who wants to make a red carpet appearance,” Williams said, describing his designs as “old Hollywood glamour silhouettes with a modern design.”

Williams also ventured to a new venue and returned to a favorite location.
“This season, DC Fashion Week returned to the Embassy of France for the International Couture Collections Show,” Williams said. “We also changed locations for our NextGen Designers Showcase, which was held at The Living Room DC,” a club and event space.

Held Sept. 19 through Sept. 23, DCFW featured the work of student designers in an eco-conscious fashion show, as well as emerging designers. ModCloth, Jasmine Boutique and Corjor International were showcased at the couture show at the French embassy.

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ModCloth provides online shopping for everyone in search of vintage women’s fashion.

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One of the hallmarks of DCFW is a focus on up-and-coming designers in the region.

Dahjay Renee, Etheral and Grace and Charlie Mub were some of the participants in the Metropolitan Emerging Designers Showcase, while Cams Clothes and Gamondi Howard were part of the Next Generation Designers show.

For Williams, this DCFW season continued to highlight the growing interest in the event.

“We had near record attendance for all shows this season, coming very close to February’s record-breaking season,” he said.

If you missed this season, don’t fret. DCFW will be back in February for its 30th season.

D.C. Fashion Week Celebrates Experimentation And Activism

D.C. Fashion Week Celebrates Experimentation And Activism

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10/17/2018

For one week in September and February, a stardust fabric or a chartreuse stiletto may trick you into thinking D.C. is overrun by fashionistas instead of by politicians. Like its counterparts in New York, Milan, or Tokyo, D.C. Fashion Week encourages experimentation and creativity in its designers, many of whom use the platform (as in the catwalk, not the heels) to express their political views and social activism.

“We’re not having a fashion show. We’re protesting,” said the designer of the brand “a-OF-g,” short for “Absence of Government,” at the show. A sunshine yellow rain jacket bounced down the catwalk of another designer, “BJHNSN,” inspired by the politicization of water in places like Flint, Michigan. “Every garment you see is attached to an initiative. Long story short, we’re trying to change the world. We’re trying to style the resistance,” the designer said.

The photos above showcase the preview looks from DC Fashion Week 2018, held September 19-23.

 

Image Credits: Emma Francois & Isabel Lord

Types of Feet, and the Shoes that Will Fit.

The salesperson at the store can help you find the type of shoes that will fit your foot type, but this is something you can figure out on your own. You first need to know your gait and the kind of feet you have. The most common way people use when finding suitable shoes is by just looking at their feet. There’s, however, a much more accurate method, this is by examining your footprint. This is by either, walking on a wet paper on in the sand.

There are different kinds of feet;

Flat feet.

When looking at your foot, you’ll realize you have flat feet if there’s no arch. The bottom of your foot is flat from the heel to the toes. When you try making a footprint, it will look like a blob that is shaped like a foot. The inward curve from the big toe to the heel will not be there.

The problem with these type of feet is that you are most likely an overpronator, meaning your feet roll inwards when running or walking. It’s important to get a gait analysis at the store to be sure when buying shoes.

For these type of feet, you’ll need shoes will maintain your stability in any situation. For instance, if you are getting running shoes, look for the words motion control and stability, in the box of the shoes you are considering to buy. This will help you get the right shoes.

High-arched feet.

This is easy to determine; you’ll see a high arch that is so definite on your foot. When you make a footprint, the arch will form a deep dent at the upper part, while the middle parts will be skinny. The arch remains rigid even when you try leveling it.

A high arch means you are under pronate or supinate, meaning your feet rolls outwards when walking or running. When getting new shoes, sneakers especially, measure the gait every time because the arch gradually fall and this might make the feet longer.

Suitable shoes for these feet are the ones with a middle sole that absorbs shock. Look for the words cushioned or flexible when getting shoes.

Normal or neutral feet.

These are neither high arched or flat feet, everything is proportional. The curve on the footprint will be about, not less than ¾ inch.

As long as you don’t pick shoes that will frustrate your foot type, then you are good to go. This type of foot is susceptible to diseases an injury if not outfitted with the appropriate footgear. Learn more at footgearlab.

This type of feet has the most advantages when it comes to picking shoes. Do not, however, pick shoes that have lots of motion control or stability.

Just be sure to know your foot type before getting shoes, every time you get new shoes, measure your shoe size and gait. This will prevent you from getting the wrong shoes. Hence no pain, injuries or diseases to your feet. Get more info at footgearlab.

How To Judge The Quality Of Leather

How To Judge The Quality Of Leather

High-quality leather is not only attractive and durable but it also gets better looking with age.

 

Low-quality leather, however, is another story altogether. Not only does it lack the durability of higher quality leather but it also has a tendency to become worn over time. When shopping for leather clothing or furniture, keep these tips in mind to judge the quality of the leather.

 

One of the best ways to identify real leather is by the way that it smells. Faux leather has a smell that is similar to plastic. Low-quality real leather will usually smell like the chemicals that were used to treat it while high-quality leather has a pleasant, earthy smell. When you can’t tell whether or not an item is made out of high-quality leather by sight, the way that it smells can often give you a clue as to its quality.

 

When you are checking labels, look for items that are labeled as being full-grain leather. This is the highest quality leather available. Use caution if the label says something along the lines of “made using full-grain leather”, however. This type of ambiguous phrasing could indicate that only a portion of the item was made with full-grain leather, with another portion of the item being made out of lower-quality materials.

 

The term “genuine leather” can be a bit confusing, as well. Although it does indicate that the item is made out of real leather, it is usually the lowest quality leather available.

 

If possible, check to see if there is a bluish tint around the outer edge of the leather. If so, the leather was not allowed to tan correctly. Beware of items that have leather with painted edges, as well. Oftentimes, manufacturers will try to hide the blue color of the edges with paint. Because of that, items with painted edges are usually made of low-quality leather.

 

You can also use the overall quality of the item to judge the quality of the leather. Typically, items made out of high-quality leather will have beautiful stitching, high-quality hardware, and very few flaws. If you’re interested in quality leather check out Baltic Domini shop here

 

The feel of the leather can also help indicate its quality. It should be soft and supple rather than hard or stiff. In terms of its appearance, it should be relatively free of blemishes and shouldn’t have any marks that make it look like it was made by a machine.

 

Finally, the price is also usually a good indicator of the quality of the leather. Items made out of high-quality leather are usually much more expensive than those made out of low-quality leather. If you want to get the best quality, you need to be prepared to pay a higher price.

 

The Best Men’s Fashion Trends of 2018 to Look the Most Handsome For Women

The Best Men’s Fashion Trends of 2018 to Look the Most Handsome For Women

Now fashion trends aren’t only interested to women – men pay no less attention to their own style. The latest trends tend to be practical and convenient, so even intense cold or heavy rains won’t be an obstacle to the impeccable appearance.

Each person is special and tries to emphasize his zest in every way possible. Autumn-winter 2018 fashion trends try to supply men with different ideas of self-expression, set an example of the delicacy of taste in the form of various combinations of some things with others, and give any image an especial charm for the style of the time.

Considering the fact that fashion tendencies are often seemed absurd to an ordinary individual, we will try to identify the trends that don’t transform the image of a stylish man into something out of the ordinary. The essence of fashion isn’t that every person should follow all of its images, but in choosing the most suitable trend and adapting it to a casual or festive image.

Fashion trends autumn-winter 2018

The direction of the collection style of famous designers shows their awareness of the needs of modern men. Laconicism of clothing in form, the combination of austerity and practicality of style, and the brightness of models perfectly fit into the lifestyle of a man of our time. Fashion designers carefully try to keep up with the various changes taking place inside most men. Thus, a man of 2018 is presented in their eyes as a liberated, relaxed, and bright person with a sense of humor. This helps to focus on the freer, but still elegant elements of clothing design.

Taking into account the orientation to the casual style, a fashion trend of 2018 can be expected to combine a conservative dress and sporting style. A striking example of it will be leather, combined with sporting style: aviator jackets, famous men’s windbreakers, and bomber jackets. Also, models of short leather track jackets will be popular.

To emphasize the style, designers continue to recall the former popularity of hats. This accessory gives the male image masculinity and completeness. The hat will be combined not only in the usual image with the classical style but also with casual clothes. Attempts to follow the style of gangsters will take a special place among the future range of hats.

The oncoming trend for clothes from velvet is oriented towards breaking the public opinion: not only women should look bright and rich.

Also, the winter and autumn men’s style of 2018 will be represented by bright checkered patterns. The most popular, as expected, will be plaid red-black tones that came to us from Scotland. Also, in fashion trends of 2018, there will be polka-dotted and floral patterns and different multi-colored ornaments.

Camouflage print, giving the image of a man an additional effect of strength and masculinity, will also be popular. Such a manful pattern will exactly help you to meet a wonderful girl and win her heart. Flower patterns and various ornaments will be presented in camouflage. Especially, it can make an impression on the beautiful women. The military trends of the habitual camouflage will recede into the background.

Also, the men’s fashion of 2018 will continue several primitive tendencies of the past years. Designers plan to continue using prints, which depict cartoon characters, cats, children’s drawings, as well as Asian design elements.

One of the popular fashion looks will be patchwork outerwear. Designers have the opportunity to realize crazy and unusual flights of fantasy, represented by contrasting texture, bright colors and a combination of seemingly incongruous fabrics. The clothes will amaze an ordinary person by a combination of leather with suede, satin with velvet, nubuck with fur. A vivid example of this style is the latest collection of clothing from Versace and Philipp Plein.

Awesome Holiday Hair Tutorials

Awesome holiday hair tutorials

Holidays are generally exciting but all the excitement drains out when it comes to getting the right hairstyle. We have to attend multiple parties, weddings and a load of events. Not figuring out the right hairstyle can surely be a problem. However, it takes a minimal search to find the right hair tutorial for your holidays. Whether it is a ballerina bun or beach waves hair, we have everything on the Internet.

There is something available for everyone. For every hair type and for every length. Different modes are available that will suit different face cuts. Nevertheless, here are some of the awesome holiday hair tutorials to follow:

  1. Old Hollywood glam

Old Hollywood glam is a tutorial of Jaclyn Hill, who is also known for her makeup tutorials. She is even good at this aspect. This hairstyle will be a perfect match for any sort of event. From a holiday party to a formal wedding, this styling is an ideal thing to implement. It is even a fun thing to do.

  1. Half-up hairstyle

This is the perfect and the most ideal hairstyle for holidays. Half-up hairstyle by Bebexo is one of the most popular tutorials nowadays. It aims to strike the right balance between polished and carefree that looks perfect with party dresses as well. There is even a pinch of sophistication and complexity added to it. However, it is pretty much easy to pull of this tutorial. Make sure you try this hairstyle once in your lifetime when attending the holiday parties.

  1. Simple elegant natural hairstyles

Alicia James have given us a demonstration on few natural hairstyles that can complement any kind of setting and apparel. It takes only a few twists, braids and tucks to pull off this hairstyle. These looks are charming, elegant and timeless. The easiest of all, it is pretty much easy to replicate this hairstyle. It is an all-rounder that can be worn in different kinds of places and events. It is an ideal match for holiday events.

  1. 5 minute holiday waves

This Luxy hair tutorial is one of the best videos you can see over YouTube if you are a hairstyle-fanatic. If are one of them who want perfect waves within 5 minutes, watch this tutorial. These are the perfect accessory for the dress worn. It can complement a multitude of apparel. This makes it one of the finest tutorials to follow. Make sure you keep it in your priority list.

  1. Short holiday hair

Short holiday hair is tutorial by Sunnie Brook Jones. Girls who have short hairs feel that they have been left out for a perfect holiday hairstyle. This is not true which can be realized after watching this tutorial. Even though you cannot pull off a braid crown or an oversized bun with this length, a vintage wavy bob can be implemented to celebrate in the perfect way. In fact, there are many short hair tutorials on the Internet that can be followed.

  1. Simple holiday updo

This tutorial by Abby Smith can make you feel ambitious about your hairs. There is a lot that can be experimented with hair. When it comes to holidays parties, this is one of the best to follow. The video breaks down into detailed components that will guide properly over the hairstyle. It will definitely add to your visual appeal. It looks phenomenal, especially in formal outings, but can be worn in other places as well.

Here were some of the awesome holiday hair tutorials that can be watched to get an idea about the current trends.

6 Hacks That Makes Your Home More Beautiful Instantly

 

To make your house more attractive and comfortable, you need to clean it. You don’t need to spend a lot a lot of money redecorating. Just learn how to make the best of what you have. Following, we are suggesting a few tips that will help you make your house a lot more attractive.

First Impressions

What do people see when they first come inside your home? They see your organization. You need to give your home an outstanding appeal by organizing everything, make sure no place is cluttered. Everything needs to be well-maintained including your lawn, front door,and exterior.

These changes make your space look inviting and your house more attractive.

Get Rid of Clutter

Cluttering your home with stuff you don’t need is the worst thing you can do to it. A Cluttered house looks more like a disorganized warehouse. This clutter can include anything like useless appliances, photographs, magazines, too much furniture,etc.

You need to de-clutter your space. Declutter to make more space and get rid of stuff you don’t need. Stop hoarding junk in your home.

Make it spotless

You need to clean your home, make it spotless.  It is imperative that your clean every room. You have to remove molds, wash the windows and shower curtains. Make sure you get rid of everything that can contribute to an unpleasant door. Scrub dirty surfaces and make them sparkle.

Cleaning is essential for hygiene. If you can’tdo it yourself, hire cleaning services NYC. These services know how to make the dirtiest place sparkly.

Brighten Your Home

You may like to use softlight inthe bedroom, bright light for bathroom and kitchen. The key is, you have already taken care of whatever it takes to lighten up every dark corner of your home. It makes sense, but it won’t hurt anyone if you do it with a little finesse. You can use linen or cotton curtains to let natural light inside your home

Use bright décor to brighten your home and make it attractive. Use wallpapers which matches with your floor or furniture.

Add a Personal Touch

Nothing makes your space more attractive than personalization. You need to put personal touches like décor, color combination painting (etc.) around the house. Just make sure your decorations are well placed and don’toverwhelm each other. You can add a personal touch by putting your family photos all around the house. Get a beautiful rug, and color code your walls. The possibilities are endless.

Take Care of Repairs

Be responsible and take care of repairs around your household. You have to fix anything that gets broken or spoilt. Repairing anything in time makes sure you won’t have to replace it altogether. Restoring something is a lot more affordable than replacing something likethe whole.

So be smart, take care of broken things before the damage starts to buildup and go beyond repairs. We are not suggesting you need a repairer every time around your house. No, we are only saying that you should take care of repairs in time.

Colours On Trend For 2018

Colour is everywhere and actually has an astonishing impact on our lives. Colour can affect our mood and makes us feel happy, sad or energised. Think about how much happier you feel when looking at a bright blue sky in comparison to a monotone grey sky. Hospitals focus on the effects certain colours have on our health and choose to decorate waiting areas in soft pastels, which are calming and relaxing. Brands, shops and fashion houses capitalise on our love of colour by creating trends each year. This article aims to discover the colour trends in clothes fashion and interior design fashion for 2018.

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Fashion

Every year fashion houses showcase their clothes for the following season in different colour hues. This year is no different and there are definite trends in colours that stand out. For spring pastels were everywhere, ice cream colours dominated the catwalk. The delicious looking gelato colours were not subtly accompanied by a more neutral colour, they were literally worn head to toe! Lavender featured prominently and was often teamed with mint.

 

Another colour that is trending for 2018 is orange. Orange that is bright with no hint of subtlety at all, think traffic cone! Coats and bags featured accents of orange. Orange teamed with black and white helps tone down the colour.

 

To counteract the onslaught of all this colour neutrals are also on trend for 2018. Browns, creams and camel in gender neutral designs will be strong in spring 2018.

 

Back to colour again, yellow was a strong colour on the catwalk. Famously a difficult colour to wear it featured in different shades ranging from marigold yellow, mustard and lemon. If you find yellow a difficult colour you could try adding bright yellow accessories such as a yellow bag or scarf. women’s shirts had a splash of yellow incorporated into designs and many of the yellow colours were softened by a soft floral print.

 

Interior design

  

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Unless you prefer the white minimalist look which is shown in the image above, you cannot help noticing that every year the colour of our homes takes on a different shade according to what’s on trend. 2017 saw camel and neutral tones, with a splash of tropical gree take centre stage.

 

Often fashion colours follow a similar direction to interior design. On the catwalk we saw lavender as a colour to be watched, lavender and purple is also set be one of the colours on trend in our homes for 2018.

 

Purple adds energy and vibrancy to a room, pantone has predicted the colour ultra-violet to be the colour for 2018. You would need to be very adventurous to completely change your decor to purple, however you could easily update the room with the addition of accessories or a statement piece of furniture.

 

As in clothes fashion the retro colour of marigold and mustard yellow, also makes an appearance for 2018. The colour is fun and cheerful. There are some amazing wallpaper prints to choose from, or why not paint a feature wall in mustard?

 

Calient a strong, vibrant red is the colour of choice by Benjamin Moore. The colour is not for the shy and retiring but adds a dramatic, fiery aspect to room decor. Best suited to dining rooms and bedrooms as an accent wall or could be achieved by a fiery red cushion or two, along with a rug.  

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Thankfully for some, other colours on trend for 2018 include pastels, again reflecting fashion, pastels include mint and lavender. The sole purpose of the pastels is to provide a sole connection with relaxation and mindfulness, meaning that your home is created into a sanctuary for escaping the modern world. Blush which is a washed out salmon-pink is also on trend and pretty much acts in a similar way to the pastels in that it provides an almost neutral warm glow to decor.  

 

There are many more colour trends to choose from,  including colours inspired by travel, like ocean blue. When decorating be aware of how different colours affect your mood. For example using calming blues and neutrals in the bathroom will evoke a sense of well-being, a bit like entering a spa. A splash of yellow in the living room will provide energy and lift the mood, whereas bedrooms could be calming in pastels or passionate by adding a wall painted in calient red!

 

To conclude 2018 brings with it an array of colours both in the fashion world and in interior design, the range should be appealing to everyone and it will be easy to update your style and stay on trend with the addition of scarfs, bags, cushions and rugs. Or you could embrace the trend completely with top to toe colour!