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Plan Your Own Swallows & Amazons Adventure


Both children and adults alike have been enraptured with Arthur Ransome’s classic tale of adventure and friendship, Swallows & Amazons, since its release all the way back in 1930.

With a thrilling narrative that combines treasure hunting, swashbuckling and the carefree exploits of childhood – the story has undoubtedly stood the test of time, even receiving a film adaptation as recently as 2016 starring Andrew Scott (Sherlock) and Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire).

One of the main draws of his writing are the vividly beautiful environments he describes. The best part about this? You can visit them!

An admirer of the Lake District and its natural splendour, Ransome combined aspects of many places including Windermere and Coniston Water to craft the vivid world the protagonists of his novels explore.

Read on to find out how you can cast off into your very own Swallows & Amazons adventure.

Source:

https://www.craigmanor.co.uk/plan-your-own-swallows-amazons-adventure/

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BOOKS, Lady, writing

“A Lord Sotheby’s Influence” Bundle


The first three full novels in Catherine Gayle’s Lord Sotheby’s Influence series, available NOW in a single box set bundle on Amazon.

ONLY 83 cents right now on Kindle, and I bought it for a dollar something…..

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personal development, Publishing, writing

Review: Planner Publishing Profits


Planner Publishing Profits is the latest writing guide to be launched by the prolific Amy Harrop. Amy is a successful Kindle author, and the publisher of many Continue reading “Review: Planner Publishing Profits”

Fashion, Lady

How to Own Your Style with Confidence


Even though the idea of discovering your signature style sounds really attractive, one thing is certain – it’s a process that requires a lot of time, energy, and effort, which can be really overwhelming for many women. However, the final results are completely worth it. Defining your style and being confident about it is one of the best possible scenarios, so stay with us if you want to know how to make that happen. Here are some useful tips on how to accomplish that and feel as confident as never before, so check them out.

How to define your personal style?

Defining your personal style isn’t a process that can happen overnight – it can take a lot of time, possibly several years until you’re completely sure that something perfectly fits your personality. We’re sure that so many ladies are still searching for their signature style, and that’s completely fine simply because it requires experimenting and playing with colors, patterns, fabrics, and patterns.

You have to understand that fashion isn’t about obeying the rules, since that certainly won’t help you define your personal style. Instead, you can take those rules as some general guidelines, but it’s totally up to you to decide what to wear and what to skip. This means that you shouldn’t try to keep up with the latest fashion trends at all costs. Of course, if being trendy and fashionable is your cup of tea, you can always include such pieces to your everyday combos, but we’re saying that head-to-toe outfits that blindly follow the latest trends probably aren’t the best possible choice.

Understand your body shape and find signature pieces according to it

The first step towards finding your personal style and being self-confident is understanding your body shape. This step is crucial because you simply need to learn which silhouettes will always look flattering on you, without exceptions. If you still aren’t sure about your body shape, you can use a body shape calculator to find out. Of course, your friends and family can be of great help, since they’ll always be honest when something simply doesn’t fit right or looks silly on you.

Besides that, you can take pictures of the combos you’re trying on, which can help you a lot to spot the pieces and silhouettes you should stick to. When it comes to your signature pieces, it can be literally anything you like – from a pair of killer heels and a designer bag to colorful scarves and interesting brooches. Remember Anna Wintour and her famous sunglasses? That’s what we’re talking about! If you’re more into alternative fashion and some authentic pieces not everyone can wear, you should know that it’s actually a huge plus, since such pieces are truly unique.

This means that you will be noticed no matter what, which will help you stand out even in a crowd of people. One of the all-time favorites when it comes to this style is definitely a signature gothic corset, which was adored and worn by a lot of celebrities like Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Kim Kardashian. Apart from being really fashionable and stylish, this piece will accentuate your waist and make it look even tinier, which is never a bad thing!

It isn’t about the labels, but about your self-confidence

Defining your signature style and elegance is much more than just sticking to particular brands and labels – is more about being self-confident and comfortable while putting together your outfits. As already stated, style is personal and there should be no rules and trends to keep up with. You should follow your heart and know what looks amazing on you, and to stick to those pieces no matter what. Your style comes from within, from knowing exactly who you are and who you want to be, and that’s what makes you different from millions of other girls.

If you think that you’re beautiful, others will see you that way as well. That’s why you should love yourself in the first place, because if you don’t do it, no one else will. Always believe in yourself and you’ll see an instant improvement in your personal style and the way people perceive you. That’s the key to success when it comes to defining your signature style.

As you can see, coming up with your personal style can be a time-consuming process that can’t happen overnight – it takes a lot of time and effort, but it’s completely worth it in the end. Once you accomplish this task you’ll feel much more confident and authentic, which is exactly what counts most!

Written by Amy Mia Goldsmith

Regular contributor to Highstylife.com and Elegantluxelife.com. Contributer to a number of publications including Stuartsays.com, Sifascorner.com, Polishedpolyglot.com, Glitzandglamourmakeup.co.uk

Celebrities, History, Lady, royal life

Kate Middleton appearing at the Foundling Museum


The Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton made her first appearance after the recent exciting news of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle’s royal engagement news.

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Beauty, Lifestyle

7 Genius Makeup Tricks That Shave Years off Your Look Makeup


Makeup is one of the most important things for a girl. Every girl wants to look attractive and beautiful all the times. To do so is impossible nowadays. Women have to do work both in office and at home. They have to expose their skins under the sun, and they work hard for getting the finance they need to facilitate themselves. Before some decades the trend used to be much different.

Girls used to work at home, and it was the responsibility of male to earn capital, but now the trend has changed. In today’s era male and female have to work together to move constantly with time.

This work makes a woman much busier and indulges them much in work. At this time nobody can think of makeover. The girls who are possessive towards their facial expression usually opt surgery and operation. This causes a higher finance and gives much pain.

Surgery creates an artificial look and shine which can be spotted very easily. This makes many girls curious about anyway which requires less time and gives the fairness and smooth skin they intend to have.

Every working woman is getting much older with time, but they have no solution to avoid this. But even in this difficult time nature is still very helpful and some accessories can have a potential to make us younger in no time.

1- Fairness cream
To look beautiful the most important thing is the fairness. To gain fairness, you can use a fairness cream. First of all, you must decide a natural cream with fewer chemicals and harmful material.

2- Face-wash
The face wash is a material used to give you a smooth skin. Face-wash is to be used instead of soap to wash your face. A face-wash helps you get a smooth skin by removing the unessential from your face.

3- Sun-screen
Sun-screen helps you avoid the harmful rays emitted by the sun. It acts as a medium to reflect the dangerous rays such as the UV rays.

4- Mascara
Best tube mascara can be very efficient to give you a cute look. This mascara has a very thin and dark line which can get broader according to the requirements.

5- Cleansing
A cleanser is used to clean the dirt and the spots on the skin. What it helps is to avoid the growth of pimples and dark spots.

6- Lip-gloss
The modern-day upgrade to lipstick is a lip-gloss. It gives a glossy look to a girl to make her look younger day by day.

7- Diet
It is very important to remain on a diet. A diet helps us gain a better shape of a body. With inhaling more fats not only causes our belly fat to increase but it also makes the structure of our face much wider.

Written by Jane Williams

Author Bio:
Jane Williams is a makeup artist and stylist. She is obsessed with fashion, makeup and new makeovers. She regularly blogs at http://styledowntheaisle.net/

poetry, Thoughts

Ode—Autumn Thomas Hood (1799–1845)


I

I SAW old Autumn in the misty morn

Stand shadowless, like silence, listening

To silence, for no lonely bird would sing

Into his hollow ear from woods forlorn,

Nor lowly hedge nor solitary thorn;—

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Shaking his languid locks all dewy bright

With tangled gossamer that fell by night,

Pearling his coronet of golden corn.

II

Where are the songs of Summer?—With the sun,

Oping the dusky eyelids of the south,

        10

Till shade and silence waken up as one,

And Morning sings with a warm odorous mouth.

Where are the merry birds?—Away, away,

On panting wings through the inclement skies,

Lest owls should prey

        15

Undazzled at noon-day,

And tear with horny beak their lustrous eyes.

III

Where are the blooms of Summer?—In the west,

Blushing their last to the last sunny hours,

When the mild Eve by sudden Night is prest

        20

Like tearful Prosperpine, snatch’d from her flow’rs

To a most gloomy breast.

Where is the pride of Summer,—the green prime,—

The many, many leaves all twinkling?—Three

On the moss’d elm; three on the naked lime

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Trembling,—and one upon the old oak tree!

Where is the Dryad’s immortality?—

Gone into mournful cypress and dark yew,

Or wearing the long gloomy Winter through

In the smooth holly’s green eternity.

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IV

The squirrel gloats on his accomplish’d hoard,

The ants have brimm’d their garners with ripe grain,

And honey bees have stor’d

The sweets of Summer in their luscious cells;

The swallows all have wing’d across the main;

        35

But here the Autumn melancholy dwells,

And sighs her tearful spells

Amongst the sunless shadows of the plain,

Alone, alone,

Upon a mossy stone,

        

40

She sits and reckons up the dead and gone

With the last leaves for a love-rosary,

Whilst all the wither’d world looks drearily,

Like a dim picture of the drowned past

In the hush’d mind’s mysterious far away,

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Doubtful what ghostly thing will steal the last

Into that distance, gray upon the gray.

V

O go and sit with her, and be o’ershaded

Under the languid downfall of her hair:

She wears a coronal of flowers faded

        50

Upon her forehead, and a face of care;—

There is enough of winter’d everywhere

To make her bower,—and enough of gloom;

There is enough of sadness to invite,

If only for the rose that died,—whose doom

        55

Is Beauty’s,—she that with living bloom

Of conscious cheeks most beautifies the light;—

There is enough of sorrowing, and quite

Enough of bitter fruits the earth doth bear

Enough of chilly droppings for her bowl;

        60

Enough of fear and shadowy despair,

To frame her cloudy prison for the soul!

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Protect Your Home with Specialized Bushfire Shutters


Bushfire can cause devastating damage to homes and buildings. Ruthless fire can damage homes and businesses. If the fire gets out of control, it stretches to many kilometers causing a path of destruction. And, the financial and emotional loss caused can be deadly for families.

A home can be protected from bushfire damage, by shielding the windows with bushfire shutters. If the fire has no entry in the house due to proper shielding, interior burning is reduced. Internal damage can occur only when the fire outside causes windows to explode and the house is engulfed in fire. Fire can spread from curtains to furniture and then anything flammable, thus destroying the entire house.

Along with safety, we love to bring the outdoors inside using mediums like bigger windows or even huge sliding doors, these days. Bushfire shutters can be ascetically pleasing and a practical addition to your place.

During a bushfire, flying debris is capable of smashing through windows. Bushfire shutters can protect such events. Strong winds can carry hot sparks into the house through windows, igniting a fire inside. This can be prevented by the use of bushfire roller shutters.

Benefits of Installing Bushfire Shutters:

Security- The first thing provided is excellent safety and security which also appreciates the value of your place. Shutters stop hot embers from entering the building through broken windows and can be electrically or manually operated.

Heat- The bushfire shutters keep out the heat and increase the power and efficiency of the cooling system being used. They provide ventilation with the light still filtering through but reducing the heat up to 90%.

Protection from Storms- By installing bushfire shutters one can resist the cyclones effectively.

Protection from Cold- In winters, you can save massively on the bills by installing bushfire shutters whether you have oil, reverse cycle air-conditioning or even gas and electric heating.

Protection from Noise Pollution- These shutters help in minimizing outside noise to a great extent. You would be surprised at the benefits you can get from this, in noise reduction.

Operation of The Bushfire Shutters:

Roller shutters can be operated manually from inside or outside. Moreover, these days there are easier electrically operated systems that work with a click. In fact, there are ones that feature sensors too and give you the flexibility to not even touch the remote. Hence, you would get heat protection and noise benefits by installing bushfire shutters without the worries of operating them manually. But don’t worry, these functions manually too. In particular, the automated feature is essential in case of fire and other similar instances when it detects smoke.

Factors Important While Choosing Bushfire Shutters:

Bushfire roller shutters which are manufactured with radiant heat defensive properties are ideal.  They should not contain any material which is combustible such as foam which is used sometimes while making roller shutters. They should be made with double-wall extruded aluminum to make bushfire shutters extremely resistant to burning.

Maintenance and Service:

With constant improvement in the manufacturing, the bushfire shutters are now at zero maintenance. All they might need is a change of Hose.

Regulation Covering the Installation of The Bushfire Shutters:

There are very strict regulations on the building or renovating in the bushfire risk areas. Many conditions have been levied on all aspects of building and constructions. Taking care of these small factors is super essential because you would be able to generate better efficiency levels for your home and make the most out of it. As more and more families are moving to countrysides for a better lifestyle, it becomes vital to protect homes and businesses from bushfire.

Discussing the benefits of bushfire shutters, states we should get them today for enhanced protection and security.

Alyssa Molan

Contributing Writer