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Kate Middleton Gives the Keynote Speech at Taking Action on Addiction’ campaign

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Action on Addiction event, 19 October

The Duchess has made campaigning around addiction awareness one of her key missions, and is Patron of the Forward Trust, which aims to help people with drug and alcohol dependence. While attending a special event in London hosted by the charity to launch its ‘Taking Action on Addiction’ campaign during Addiction Awareness Week,

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How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe

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Create A Capsule Wardrobe

It doesn’t take a big budget or an enormous walk-in dressing room to be stylish; you only need minimalistic things to look good. All you need is to make good and sensible decisions when you go shopping. Buy what you need and what is good for you. Take good care of your clothes too. You can easily create an amazing wardrobe using only 27 pieces. The secret here is to build a capsule wardrobe. The first thing you need to do is to pare down your clothes to 27 items and wear only these items for 3 months. Resist the urge to go shopping during this season until you’re two weeks away from the new season. You can then prepare and plan your next capsule. There are certain pieces that every woman should have in her closet including, a black blazer, light cardigan, white shirt, denim jacket, pencil skirt, black pants, and a little black dress, among other things.

Buy Multi-Purpose Items

We are all guilty of buying garments specifically for a wedding, party, or school reunion. When you have an exciting event coming up, you probably feel like you need something new and special to wear. Typically, no matter how much you like the piece you buy, you will rarely put it on again. Instead of buying something specifically for special occasions, try having fancier clothes in your closet that are more practical and versatile. When you choose something simple and classic rather than modern and trendy, you can wear it over and over again.

 

Adding different accessories to the same blouse or skirt can make your outfit almost unrecognizable, even for your closest friends. For example, if you try nature-inspired accessories with your garments, you reinforce a boho vibe which might be fitting here in Australia depending on your crowd. As shown by the variety available at Poco Loco Jewellery, bohemian jewelry is the perfect classic statement accessory that can completely transform your outfit into formal or semi-formal attire. With the right style, you can even wear these to work without fear of giving your look a hippie vibe. When you accessorize your items cleverly, they will never look the same.

Only Keep Pieces That You Love

When was the last time you looked closely at each item in your wardrobe? Well, now is the time! Most probably, you will find items that you bought because they were on sale, they fit, or you loved the color and didn’t pay attention to the style. Don’t settle for the pieces that you have. Go through every item and ask yourself if you love it; if the answer is no or not sure, just toss it away. The key to looking stylish is self-confidence. So, if you don’t love what you wear or you’re not convinced 100% with it, it should not be in your wardrobe. Many fashion icons and stylists only have a few pieces in their closets, but they know exactly how to style them and create new outfits using the same pieces, which is what you need to do.

Get Rid Of Old-Fashioned Clothes

Similarly, if you want to elevate your style, you should stop wearing your old garments simply because clothes wear out. Don’t cling to ancient items and think that they will flatter you. Clothes cannot be stored for decades. Even basic garments become obsolete over time, simply because the cuts, lines, and silhouettes alter and slowly begin to make your look outdated. Over time, patterns, shade combinations, and prints go out of style as well. If you’re wondering how long your clothes should last, it depends on the type of garment and how often you’ve used it. There isn’t a certain expiration date, but when your clothes celebrate their 10th birthday, it’s time to say goodbye. Once you are aware of trends and changes in fashion, you will be able to notice when a piece is no longer up to date. You can also consult your best friends for an honest opinion on what is flattering for you.

Stick To A Uniform

Creating a uniform doesn’t translate to wearing the same outfit every day. If you think that you shouldn’t buy similar pieces to what you already have, you’re mistaken! Needless to say, you’re not supposed to have 15 versions of your white blouse or 20 identical black pencil skirts. Creating a uniform means wearing the same type of clothes using different items. For example, you can create a work uniform by combining a blazer and jeans, but not wearing the same blazer or jeans every day. Try to have a thorough understanding of what suits you best. Stylish women and fashion icons create their uniforms that look simple. Obviously, they know what fits them best and what looks good. When you apply the same concept, you will find it easier to add perfect new pieces to your closet.

With the lockdown coming to an end and us returning to our normal routine, it’s become imperative to mind our style and sense of fashion. Pulling off stylish outfits doesn’t require a big budget or infinite pieces of clothes. You just need to toss away the items that you no longer wear and replace them with iconic and functional ones that can create various outfits when styled and accessorized differently. Don’t be afraid to throw away or donate your dated clothes. Finally, learn more about what suits your body shape and skin tone before you go shopping

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Create A Capsule Wardrobe

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Create A Capsule Wardrobe

It doesn’t take a big budget or an enormous walk-in dressing room to be stylish; you only need minimalistic things to look good. All you need is to make good and sensible decisions when you go shopping. Buy what you need and what is good for you. Take good care of your clothes too. You can easily create an amazing wardrobe using only 27 pieces. The secret here is to build a capsule wardrobe. The first thing you need to do is to pare down your clothes to 27 items and wear only these items for 3 months. Resist the urge to go shopping during this season until you’re two weeks away from the new season. You can then prepare and plan your next capsule. There are certain pieces that every woman should have in her closet including, a black blazer, light cardigan, white shirt, denim jacket, pencil skirt, black pants, and a little black dress, among other things.

Buy Multi-Purpose Items

We are all guilty of buying garments specifically for a wedding, party, or school reunion. When you have an exciting event coming up, you probably feel like you need something new and special to wear. Typically, no matter how much you like the piece you buy, you will rarely put it on again. Instead of buying something specifically for special occasions, try having fancier clothes in your closet that are more practical and versatile. When you choose something simple and classic rather than modern and trendy, you can wear it over and over again.

 

Adding different accessories to the same blouse or skirt can make your outfit almost unrecognizable, even for your closest friends. For example, if you try nature-inspired accessories with your garments, you reinforce a boho vibe which might be fitting here in Australia depending on your crowd. As shown by the variety available at Poco Loco Jewellery, bohemian jewelry is the perfect classic statement accessory that can completely transform your outfit into formal or semi-formal attire. With the right style, you can even wear these to work without fear of giving your look a hippie vibe. When you accessorize your items cleverly, they will never look the same.

Only Keep Pieces That You Love

When was the last time you looked closely at each item in your wardrobe? Well, now is the time! Most probably, you will find items that you bought because they were on sale, they fit, or you loved the color and didn’t pay attention to the style. Don’t settle for the pieces that you have. Go through every item and ask yourself if you love it; if the answer is no or not sure, just toss it away. The key to looking stylish is self-confidence. So, if you don’t love what you wear or you’re not convinced 100% with it, it should not be in your wardrobe. Many fashion icons and stylists only have a few pieces in their closets, but they know exactly how to style them and create new outfits using the same pieces, which is what you need to do.

Get Rid Of Old-Fashioned Clothes

Similarly, if you want to elevate your style, you should stop wearing your old garments simply because clothes wear out. Don’t cling to ancient items and think that they will flatter you. Clothes cannot be stored for decades. Even basic garments become obsolete over time, simply because the cuts, lines, and silhouettes alter and slowly begin to make your look outdated. Over time, patterns, shade combinations, and prints go out of style as well. If you’re wondering how long your clothes should last, it depends on the type of garment and how often you’ve used it. There isn’t a certain expiration date, but when your clothes celebrate their 10th birthday, it’s time to say goodbye. Once you are aware of trends and changes in fashion, you will be able to notice when a piece is no longer up to date. You can also consult your best friends for an honest opinion on what is flattering for you.

Stick To A Uniform

Creating a uniform doesn’t translate to wearing the same outfit every day. If you think that you shouldn’t buy similar pieces to what you already have, you’re mistaken! Needless to say, you’re not supposed to have 15 versions of your white blouse or 20 identical black pencil skirts. Creating a uniform means wearing the same type of clothes using different items. For example, you can create a work uniform by combining a blazer and jeans, but not wearing the same blazer or jeans every day. Try to have a thorough understanding of what suits you best. Stylish women and fashion icons create their uniforms that look simple. Obviously, they know what fits them best and what looks good. When you apply the same concept, you will find it easier to add perfect new pieces to your closet.

With the lockdown coming to an end and us returning to our normal routine, it’s become imperative to mind our style and sense of fashion. Pulling off stylish outfits doesn’t require a big budget or infinite pieces of clothes. You just need to toss away the items that you no longer wear and replace them with iconic and functional ones that can create various outfits when styled and accessorized differently. Don’t be afraid to throw away or donate your dated clothes. Finally, learn more about what suits your body shape and skin tone before you go shopping

 

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Popular Products Still Proudly Made in America

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Popular Products Still Proudly Made in America

We live in a global marketplace dominated by the world wide web. What this means is, you can sell products just as easily on the African continent as you can in your homebase of the U.S. But what about the manufacturing of products? This too has become a global phenomenon whereby the lowest bidder usually gets the contract. Sneakers are made in Vietnam, steel is processed in China, cars are put together in Mexico, and on and on. 

But according to some new data compiled by Consumer Reports, Americans overwhelmingly still support products made in the U.S. Be it baseball bats, union made shirts, or even chocolate candy (which is still a favorite gift for Valentine’s day), the “Made in the U.S.” label still stands for quality and craftsmanship.   

That said, here are some “iconic brands” that are still manufacturing their products in the good ole’ US of A. 

The Louisville Slugger Baseball Bat

Is there anything more American than baseball? According to lore, Bud Hillerich who hailed from Louisville, Kentucky, made the first baseball batback in 1866. It was improved upon and later in 1884 crafted for the baseball player, Pete Browning, who was also known as the Louisville Slugger. That was the start of the Louis Slugger franchise which is still in business to this day and a favorite among pro players. 

The Wilson Football

If baseball is America’s number one pastime, football has got to be a close second. Wilson happens to be one of the best known names in the sports industry. They are especially known for their footballs which are a favorite among high school and college NCAA football programs. 

The Waring Blender

Still considered the first blender ever introduced in the U.S., the Waring blender is said to be one of the leading manufacturers of feed-service industry appliances. They also are a leader in laboratory equipment. But every single blender is still manufactured proudly in America. 

TheKitchenAid Stand Mixer

The Kitchen Aid stand mixer has a history that goes all the way back to 1941 when it was first constructed in its Ohio factory. It’s still being constructed there 80 years later by over 700 union employees. 

The Rada Knife

Since 1948, Rada Cutlery which is located in Waverly, Iowa, has been making cutting edge cutlery (no pun). Says a Rada Manufacturing executive, Rada has been able to proudly continue their “Madein the USA” tradition since their many employees do their best day in and day out to ensure both manufacturing efficiency and elimination of waste. 

They are able to do this at every stage of the production process from manufacturing, to packaging, to shipping. One of their most popular products is said to be a seven-piece “starter set” consisting of tomato slicer, vegetable peeler, paring knife, super parer, cook’s knife, bread knife, and finally, a slicer knife. 

Cookware by Regal Ware 

Known for making Boy Scout canteens more than a century ago, Regal Ware has grown into one of the largest American made manufacturers of high-quality, gravity-cast, multi-ply cookware. As of 1976, the company had produced more than five million cookware products which means they’ve no doubt produced millions upon millions more since that time. 

The Lodge Cast-Iron Skillet

Founded by Joseph Lodge way back in 1896 in Tennessee, where the company is still located today, the Lodge season carbon-steel and seasoned cast-iron skillets are made in the USA and says the company website, “always will be.” 

Included in the company’s product line is the famous, 10 ¼-inch preseasoned cast-iron skillet. A favorite among cowboys working the trail a century ago and young Generation Z foodies living in New York City high-rises today.  

Pyrex Glassware

The American kitchen theme continues with Pyrex Glassware which has been designed and manufactured in the U.S. for many generations and used by professional and non-professional bakers and cooks all over the country. For only $25 you can acquire a four-piece set of Pyrezmeasuring cups, the largest of which holds up to eight cups, meaning it can also be used as a mixing bowl. 

The Gibson Guitar

Maybe rock n’roll began with Elvis Presley in the mid-1950s, but it’s said that Orville Gibson made his first guitar in Kalamazoo, Michigan way back in 1894. Every Gibson guitar, electric and acoustic, are still made in the U.S., but today the manufacturing plant is located in Nashville, Tennessee. 

The company is said to construct an amazing 2,500 brand new guitars each week. What’s more amazing is that they are mostly made by hand by close to 500 employees. One of the all-time favorites among famous rockers is the solid-body electric model. 

The Hershey’s Kiss

Hershey Pennsylvania is synonymous with chocolate and for over a century, the Hershey Company has been located there. While Hershey produces chocolate products the world over, more than 70 million Hershey’s Kisses are produced in Hershey, PA, every day. 

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