The other day I was browsing online for new clothes and came across Simply Be. This women´s clothing company started life as a plus-size fashion brand. But, from the looks of things they have diversified and now sell clothing for women sized between 8 and 34.

They stock thousands of different garments, so it is a really good place to pick up on the latest trends. As you will see, there is a lot going on in the fashion world right now.

2018 dress and trends

Without a doubt, dresses are back on trend. The range of cuts that is available is amazing. You can pick up anything from full-length maxi dresses to mid-thigh length skater and denim dresses.

There is definitely a more feminine vibe going on. A lot of designers have opted to make their dresses out of soft, floaty and highly-patterned fabrics. However, if you prefer something with a more tailored and formal feel you can still find that too. There are plenty of shift and sheath dresses available. Most of them could just as easily be worn to the office as for an evening meal in a classy restaurant.

model wearing a floral maxi dress

Personally, I love a long, colourful floaty dress like this one.

 

2018 skirt trends

For a while now, it has been far easier to find jeans and trousers than it has been to pick up a skirt. Well, in 2018, that has all changed. The skirt is back and again there is plenty of choice.

It is particularly nice to see classic pencil skirts making a bit of a comeback. They are a surprisingly flattering and versatile skirt that suits most women. However, you do need to buy the right cut for your body type. You can easily find out how to do that by clicking here.

model wearing a white long sleeved top and a black midi pencil skirt

I always wore pencil skirts to work, I like them just below the knee.

A better choice of tops

The fact that more women are likely to be wearing skirts, this year, means that there is a good range of tops available. Generally speaking, it is the bigger and baggier styles that are dominating.

model wearing a plum coloured v neck top with a ring detail at the side

This lovely floaty top would look fabulous with a skirt.

peach coloured top with embroidery

I have this top and it looks great with leggings or skinny jeans

Jeans and trousers

Over the past couple of years, jean cuts have become a little looser. This is a trend that is continuing. It is also good to see the return of the high-waist cuts, which are far more comfortable to wear if you are carrying a little extra weight.

a pair of stonewash bootcut jeans

Bootcut jeans have always been a favourite of mine

2018 summer footwear trends

There are some really lovely sandals and shoes on offer, right now. As usual, the classics dominate. However, they have been joined by a big range of more comfortable flat shoes. Totally, flat sandals are very much in vogue, this year, which is great news if you find that high heels make your feet ache.

flat sandals with gold fabric knots.

Even flat cosy sandals can bring a little glamour

Tips for changing your style

As you can see, right now, there is an amazing choice of different styles available in the shops. So, it is a particularly good time to take the plunge and change your look.

I did it last year, and am so pleased I did. Giving myself a bit of a style makeover worked wonders for me. If you fancy doing something similar I suggest you read the post I wrote about my experience. I am sure you will be able to pick up some tips and tricks to help you to do the same. You can read it here.

 

Disclosure: collaborative post.

Ubersonic, the world’s first Aluminium toothbrush

“The Uber Sonic claims to do one thing and one thing only, and that is clean your teeth, but it does it impeccably well.”

As you get older you realise that the thing you really should have taken care of throughout your life is your teeth. They have to last a long time and we all know that toothache is the pits. A decent toothbrush is a must and a powered one is even better.

The Uber Sonic was engineered in Germany and developed with dentists. Being made of aluminium gives it a unique look and feel. It has a Sonic high speed movement of 35000 per minute so you can be sure that plaque is being removed from your teeth and gums efficiently.

Packaging

The Uber Sonic arrives in a sturdy white and black box.

Inside you are supplied with a Uber Sonic toothbrush with a refill head and a charging base with plug. You also get a card with details about the product and instructions for use along with diagrams. The packaging is simple but classy and it proudly supports the Red Dot Design Award badge for which it was a winner in 2016.

Using the Uber Sonic Toothbrush

The toothbrush comes partially charged so you can use it straight away. You put your toothpaste on the brush and then press the button which will show a little green LED light when in use. There is a little buzz after every 30 seconds of use to remind you to move to another jaw. I found it the perfect time to do front, then back teeth of both jaws making it a 2 minute clean Then I generally do it again as I’m a 4 minute cleaner myself.

I found that the toothbrush did the job well and gave my teeth a thorough clean. The brush is light to hold and the brush head is a good shape and size for maximum cleaning. If there was one thing I’d change it would be to move the button that turns it on or off in another position. I did find myself turning the toothbrush off in the midst of cleaning on a couple of occasions and my thumb was leaning on it.

To charge you simple place it in the base, plug it in the base and wait for the LED light to turn green. Apparently you don’t have to charge it very often.

Wait, There’s More!

If you pop on over to Uber Sonic  you can join the club. You can buy your Uber Sonic toothbrush and charger for just £19, then for £9 every two months you can receive two replacement heads, package and postage is free. This means you can change your toothbrush head every month.

Personally, I think it’s a great idea and real good value for money, especially as every year you are a member you also get a new toothbrush and a tooth whitening kit.

I’m a pill taker. I wish I wasn’t but if it wasn’t for my medication I wouldn’t be able to get through the day. There are ways of dealing with pain that do not require pills though. This is great news for me and my (almost) teen daughter. Star suffers a lot of pain thanks to her Elhers Danlos Syndrome and I would hate to think she will be taking pills all her life.

We both get joint pain, mine from arthritis and my daughter from her EDS, so I am always looking for ways of dealing with this pain that’s not reliant on pill taking. Well Wrap is introducing a wearable orthopaedic wrap that offers the perfect solution.

The Well Wrap is embedded with NASA LLLT lasers that treat musculoskeletal joint pain.

You can find out more about this technology in this video.

The embedded lasers in the Well Wrap provides stimulation to the ATP production which reduces inflammation and pain and accelerates recovery.

The Well Wrap will be launching later this year and you can get in first with a 40% discount by signing up on the Well Wrap Website here.

Who Can Use the Well Wrap?

The Well Wrap can provide relief for anyone with joint problems, from sport injuries to arthritis. It’s really simple to use, you put it on, turn it on, and then go about your day.

It also comes with a mobile app. that means you can keep on an eye on the vitals data such as blood pressure and temperature.

It can be used to relieve pain when it appears or for just 7 minutes twice a day you can prevent the pain. There is no chance of overdose and no side effects.

The first Well Wrap product will be for knee pain relief but it looks pretty good so I’m sure there will be more products to come in the future.

The Well Wrap is not released yet, but it has been reviewed by some users and you can see how they got on in the following video.

What do you think? Do you know anyone with joint pain? Maybe you would like to share this with them.

Remember, you can get in first with a fabulous 40% discount! if you sign up to the crowdfunding campaign.

 

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post

Quantum Physics for Kids (and Adults)

Everything around us is composed of very small subatomic particles. The laws of physics does not apply to these tiny particles so a new set of theories was applied, quantum physics.

Despite quantum physics being part of our daily lives it still remains a mystery for most people.

This is not an academic book but it’s a fantastic introduction to subject of quantum physics for children aged 8 and above (and their parents.)

Hardcover: 48 pages
Publisher: Button (7 April 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1787080102
ISBN-13: 978-1787080102
Product Dimensions: 25.5 x 1.1 x 25.8 cm

The Blurb

Everything in the universe- including light, water, air planets, buildings, animals and people – is made of minute particles. Quantum physics is the science off these tiny particles. The discoveries made in quantum physics have been the driving force behind technological advances ranging from mobile phones to lasers and medical imaging. Without it, most to he technology we take for granted simply wouldn’t exist.

Quantum physics also pushes us to the boundaries of what we know about science, reality and the structure of the universe. In the quantum world particles do strange things, and act totally unlike the objects we experience in day-to-day life. How can atoms exist in two places at once? And just how can a cat be dead and alive at the same time? Find out more with this entertaining illustrated guide to the fascinating world of quantum physics.

First Thoughts

The book is hardback and the pages are thick paper, so this book will last and keep looking good. Each page is packed with diagrams to go along with the text. It makes the explanations of such a difficult  subject very easy to digest.

The book is attractive and inviting, and hopefully it will encourage children to explore this amazing world of quantum physics.

My Verdict

I admit that I do feel intrigued by the world of quantum physics but many feel it’s a complicated subject. This book makes it interesting for the younger generation to grasp and also explains it in an easier manner for adults to get to grips with the ideas behind the theories. Even things that are a complete puzzle to scientists, like anti-matter, have a place in this book and are explained in the simplest terms.

The theory of Schrodinger’s Cat is probably one of the most famous. It’s all about collapsing reality, until you look at the cat in the box there is a 50/50 chance that it is alive or dead. So we can say it’s alive and dead at the same time. But once you look you force nature to decide whether the cat is dead or alive and reality collapses.

Okay, maybe Schrodinger’s Cat is a bit of a mind blower, but at least the explanation is simplified.

The quantum timeline, colourful and illustrated, is great for working out the history of discoveries. Going back as far as 1864 when Maxwell presented his equations on electromagnetism, to 1915 when Einstein presented his theory of relativity.

Overall, I would say this is a very interesting book for all ages for a simplified peek at a very complex subject.

You can buy this book on Amazon, normally priced at £12.99 it’s currently on offer for only £11.34


Ever since I met my husband he’s been addicted to new watches and I’ve lost count of the number watches he’s had since we’ve been together. He could easily wear a new one every day for a month.

However many watches he has, he still gets excited over a new one and this Alienwork watch has become his latest favourite.

black watch on a mans wrist

Amazon Description

Here’s what it says on Amazon;

  • Strong & Durable – Built From High Quality Japanese Stainless Steel Quartz.
  • Light-Weight – Glass Like Weighted Completed With A Comfortable Elegant Modern Black Strap
  • The Perfect Accessory – A Fashion Statement Timepiece, Sleek & Stylish.
  • Slim Design – The ultra-thin watch is suitable for every occasion , Whether you are attending a formal event, playing a game of tennis or enjoying a sunny day at the country club – The Watch makes for a beautiful companion.
  • Sophisticated Face – Designed To Be Quietly Unique & Sophisticated. This Classic Unisex Wristwatch Is Designed With The Modern Gentleman & Lady In Mind.

First Impressions

black watch with label and grey pouch

The watch comes with it’s own protective fabric wallet. It looks great and would make a lovely gift. The band is black stainless steel and the watch face and hands are all black. This makes it sophisticated to look at if a little difficult to see the time if you don’t have enough light. The strap length can be easily adjusted and it is fastened with a hook buckle. It’s nice and simple to open and close but stays put when on the wrist.

Verdict

The watch is very elegant and I like that it’s lightweight but sturdy. It claims to be for men or women and is easy adjustable. It would indeed look good on a woman’s wrist but I think it suits my husband better. I’d probably go for the silver version rather than black, but that’s just my personal preference. Both me and my husband prefer analogue watches so this one pleases us, we also like that it has each minute marked too.

We concluded that this was a touch of sophistication for an every day watch and it is currently at a great price on Amazon for just £20.14, reduced from £32.22. I have a 50% off code for my readers L7K45I3S

 

It would make a great gift for someone special.

 

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