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Health and Medical

What to look for in a protein supplement

It’s pretty much common knowledge that when you want to burn fat, you need to eat lots of protein. This holds true whether you’re trying to lose weight or gain muscle. Ideally, you want to do both, because it improves your ‘figure’, defining your shape and contours in a sexier way. However, if you’ve tried consuming proteins, you know it can be arduous. They don’t fill you up in the way that carbs do, so you can feel like you’re constantly eating. Many proteins have low satiety levels, and you can only eat so much meat before you need a break.
Protein supplements give you a convenient way out. Mix a scoop or two in your beverage of preference and suddenly the equivalent of several hundred grams of protein hits your system. You do need to pick your brands carefully. Some supplements are nothing more than coloured powder while others are so high in calories that they sabotage your fat-burning efforts. After all, the body prefers easy-to-use glucose over fat, because you have work for the former. As an example, check out clips by Craig Ramsay.
On his show Eat it, Burn it, he explains how many calories our favourite snacks contain, and what we’d have to do to burn them off. For example, a small iced cupcake has 500 calories, which means jogging for an hour, cycling for 75 minutes, or walking briskly for two hours. A single chicken wing runs up 100 calories, equivalent to a 15-minute jog, 20 minutes on a bike, or power-walking for half an hour. 3 slices of bacon clock 150 calories, the same as 350ml of (American) beer. Pizza is over 400 calories a slice, and the same applies to medium fries (100g) and an average burger. Doughnuts are 300 calories each.
 

Quick absorption

Given that just one serving of these temptations can derail your diet, its best to stick to protein shakes. But remember, it’s in liquid form, so it doesn’t feel as satisfying. That’s why you want a smoothie or shake that will absorb instantly. Studies suggest our brains take 15 minutes to decide we’re full, so if we eat slowly, we can trick ourselves into consuming less food. Similarly, if we take a protein shake and it hits our blood stream immediately, then we can hold off the bitings a while longer – psychologically at least.
Dymatize ISO 100 does this beautifully. Its claim to fame is ultra-fast absorption, though it can also protect you from the effects of over-exercising. Take a few shots when you’re done at the gym. This will stop catabolism – a fancy name for destructive metabolism. If you don’t control it, you can end up burning muscle in addition to fat aka muscle wasting. The bulk of protein in this supplement comes from hydrolysed whey, which gets into your system faster than standard whey. It has no lactose or gluten, but it does have BCAAs (5.5g).
 

Portability

Most of your exercise comes from your sport of choice or your time at the gym. But true enthusiasts convert every part of their day into an opportunity for a work-out. They wear fitness watches all the time, even in the shower. They take the stairs, and have a spring in their step when they’re strolling for their morning coffee. This kind of person wants the kind of protein they can consume on the go. After all, they love ‘rushed food’ as much as the next person, and an orange isn’t quite as satisfying as a doughnut. Besides, it takes longer to eat.
To help them overcome the junk food temptation, they need a healthy snack they can easily carry around. Nutribullets and other blender cups make it easy to fill up on take-away smoothies, but sometimes you want something to sink your teeth into. Something that crinkles when you unwrap it and crunches when you nibble it. Enter Quest bites.
This supplement range includes Quest Bars, cookies, and crisps (potato chips). They’re high in protein, low in fat, have hardly any sugars, and they’re all armed with filling fibre for enhanced satiety and better digestion. They come in the same sizes, dimensions, and packaging styles as junk food, so they can tickle the part of your brain that wants to cheat. They fit right in your pocket, handbag, or lunch box. You won’t have to explain yourself, because they look like regular munchies. And after they ask – and receive – a bite, you’ll never have to share your food again!

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General

How many Flights do Most People Miss in Their Lifetime?

A 2015 statistic claimed 850,000 plane passengers in the US arrive late every day. According to the same source, this accounts for 40%. Their late flights often result in missing their next flights. While this is a broad assumption, it suggests that nearly half of frequent flyers miss their flights every day. Depending on how often you’re on a plane, you have a 40-60 chance of missing every flight you ever take. That’s nearly half, and it’s not a pretty picture. So what happens when you do miss your flight?
If you were flying for an important appointment, like a job interview or a doctor’s visit, you’re out of luck. Not many employment opportunities can be rescheduled. And if you had to fly into a different state, country, or continent to see this particular health expert, they must be really busy. It could take ages to get another appointment, and you’ll probably be charged for the one you missed, because they saved you the slot, which means they closed to door to other paying customers during your missed session.
You may have had to take time off work for that appointment, so it may not be that simple to get more time. And if it was an overseas trip, there might be visa issues to contend with. It also interferes with some of the smaller things, like getting a babysitter for the additional time away. Of course the biggest challenge is getting refunds on your ticket. Not many airlines will pay you back, and if they do get you another flight, you’ll have to pay a hefty cancelation fee. For corporate flights, missing yours makes you look unprofessional.
 

Flights and faults

Of course airlines aren’t always to blame for your missed flight. Other times, your tardiness was a result of poor planning, or traffic. In some countries, you have to check in two hours before your plane leaves, so this lessens the chances of airline error. You can’t always plan for traffic, but you’d rather be at the airport hours in advance than be rushing through the halls. And with increased security measures in the post-terrorist world, check-in requires more time. You also want some wiggle room in case there’s an issue with contraband baggage.
To save yourself the time and hassle, prepare for your flight in advance. This goes beyond updating your passport and getting your vaccinations in order. You’ll want to plan your route to the airport, leaving an allowance for snarl-ups or car breakdowns. You should also organise your parking situation beforehand. Use an airport parking service you can book early. Some have valet services that will take your car the second you arrive, find it a safe slot, and keep it secure until you get back.
If you like, you can request additional services, like a car wash, wax, or polish. They’ll have your car spotless and waiting on your return flight. Because you can ring ahead of time, you can select your preferred parking slot, whether it’s an open air position or something covered. The latter is better for longer trips, because you don’t know what the weather will be like. You can also request extra security, CCTV, or foot patrols. They’re often part of the deal for indoor parking options. And it’s cheaper than using the regular airport parking space.
 

Travelling assistants

You can increase your chances of catching the flight by asking for help. When you’re travelling with children, the elderly, the invalid, or the terminally tardy, you’re going to need assistance. Some park-and-fly services have in-house attendants that are willing to deal with the not-so-little things, like unbuckling car seats, dismantling wheelchairs, or ferrying differently-abled passengers. It saves you a lot of time and stress, making your experience far more bearable. Explore in advance to see how far the car park is from check-in.
As you plan your journey, factor in the time needed to walk from the car to the terminal, especially with heavy luggage and multiple travel companions. If it’s a long stretch, find out whether your parking service has airport shuttles. They generally work on a timetable. Certain companies have shuttles every ten minutes, but others are an hour apart, so time yourself accordingly.
Be sure to double-check the car, not just for forgotten bags, but also for valuables that could get lost or stolen. If you do leave something in the car, get in touch with your parking service as soon as you can. Some are pretty good about safe-guarding your property, and the lowered stress levels will make your flight far smoother. Regulars at the airport can sign up for loyalty parking points. You can trade them in for perks and discounts.

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Uber Has Gotten More Expensive in Sydney

Yes, it’s official in most parts of the world. Uber has been gradually raising prices ever so slowly so that the unsuspecting customer either remains oblivious to the slight price hikes or is so used to using the application the inconvenience of changing is not worth the few extra bucks of the ride.
The explanation behind the gradual price hikes has been put down to operational costs which are fair enough. Who am I to complain, when I am in a consumer’s market and the multitude of options for travel are at my fingertips.
I used to Uber to the airport all the time for the reliability, convenience and general cost-effectiveness of the whole platform.  Due to my work, I have to travel a lot and Uber seemed like a logical choice over a taxi and getting my poor wife to drop off and pick me up in the wee hours of the morning or night.
If you are like me and travel to the airport a few times a week you might like to consider one of my recent discoveries of convenience. A park n fly service.
The park n fly service I use is great. I jumped in my car, which I barely get to drive, being away so much and living in the city, and drive myself to the airport with my music thumping, pumping me up for the day ahead.
When I arrive at the airport it’s simply a matter of dropping my car off to the valet who greets me with a smile and parks my car in a safe location and uncover if I choose that option. He will then ask me if I would like any services done to my car while I’m out of town. They provide services like a cut and polish or a full detail, so my rig is looking at its finest when I do eventually make the trip back.
A shuttle then zooms me off to my terminal and I’m good to go, ready to check in and board my plane. It’s that easy. The cost of an Uber ride to and from the airport is almost equivalent to me parking my car there and leaving it in the safe confines of my park and fly service. There is 24 hr security so I know my car will be safe the whole time I’m away. They also offer specials and deals for frequent travellers such as me, such deals or parking or other detailing services they provide.
I don’t mind admitting that I’m one of those late bloomers and later I found out that many of my colleagues have been using these services for a long time. I get excited when I get the opportunity to tell my associates about it and I’m usually greeted with the puzzled look of “You’ve only just heard about this?” One day I will get to inform someone who is yet to discover the park and fly service – but until then I will keep trying!
On my return, there is a shuttle waiting for me that will take me directly to my car. I usually get the detail because I love coming home to a clean car almost as much as I love coming home to my wife and kids. Hahaha.
So, the price hikes may have hit our beloved Uber, but this has left a gap in the market for a completely different service that caters for the frequent traveller such as me. The transition was easy actually. I was complaining to the wife about the price of getting home from the airport one night and within 20 minutes she had shown me a park and fly website. She’s a clever cookie and I value her opinion, so I thought I would give it a try.
We booked and the rest was history. Uber you served me well for airport transit a number of years and I would still probably use it around town for small journeys if I didn’t feel like driving or had a few too many beers under the belt.
But as far going to and from the airport Uber have lost me. Not just due to the price hikes, but service in general. My park and fly service gives me way more bang for my buck and we all know how hard it is to make a buck and support a family.
Hands down the park and fly service has won me over for the many reasons I have mentioned above. I am thankful in a way that Uber did jack up the prices or I would have never discovered the park and fly service. Well, my wife would never have discovered it. Either way, it’s made my life a heck of a lot more manageable and I have no hesitations in recommending it to all the frequent flyers out there.

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Fashion and Beauty Featured

The Secrets to Cool Braids

Depending on where you come from and what hair texture you have, braiding could an exotic, complicated wonder … or something you do every day before bed. If you’re unfamiliar with hair texture, it’s usually classed from 1 to 4, with letters A to C. Type 1A hair is fine, straight hair, what is considered stereotypically Caucasian. 4C hair is thick and dense with tight, interlocking, zig-zag curls, i.e. the stereotypical African afro. These are just general indicators, because Europeans can have Type 4 hair and Africans can have Type 1 hair.
Your texture is a mix of genes and environment. Most people think straight, fine hair is the best kind, so lots of hair treatments are developed to achieve that result. These include hair relaxers and heat-based straighteners. You can also wear wigs or attach hair extensions / weaves to create the illusion of fine, straight tresses. However, thick, curly hair holds braids better, because their surfaces are less slippery.
For girls with naturally curly textures, braids can stay neat for several weeks. Finer hair pulls loose from braids, so they don’t keep well. Plus, when your hair is that fine, you don’t have enough traction for fine braids, so it has to be loose and lagging. You could add extensions to it, for thickness and grip, which could make your braids stay prettier for longer. There are other considerations though. For example, the weight of hair extensions can tug fine hair and lead to breakage, especially at the ‘edges’ (hairline at your temple).
 

Clean parting

In countries like Kenya, cornrows are part of schoolgirl uniform. From ages 5 to 15 (nursery and primary school), girls mostly braid their hair into cornrows. Grown-ups wear cornrows too, but the adult version is more embellished. Schoolgirls are restricted – by their schools – to have their cornrows running from front to back in straight lines. Younger girls may be allowed a pussycat (pigtails), or pineapple (ponytail)with beads.
Adults will generally have curved styles and patterns with ‘hair piece’ (extensions) attached for added length. Kids can have these elaborate hairstyles during school holidays. Because ‘lines’ – as they are called – can be extremely fine, parting becomes really important. Hairdressers usually charge by the number of lines you want. Schoolgirl lines are between ten and fifteen. Adult lines can be curved and coiled, or they can be used as the base for weaves and extensions that are stitched onto the lines.
The neatness (and longevity) of lines and regular (box braids) is driven by carefully parting. Your hairdresser will use a comb to pull fine individual lines into clean partings, creating patterns where the hair contrasts bare scalp. The scalp is usually oiled to make it shiny and reduce dandruff. Individual hairs are pulled tight to keep the lines neater for longer. When your hair roots grow out, your lines get loose and it’s time to braid again. Using hair extensions in the braid can keep the braids tighter as well, because the extensions are coarser and offer more friction than your own hair.
 

Moisturise your scalp

To keep box braids neat, part the hair in equal portions following grid-like patterns. Remember that your scalp will show through your braids (at least for the first few weeks), so if you part haphazardly, your braids won’t be as neat. Avoid braiding the baby hairs at the front, because they break easily. Instead, you can gel into pretty coils, protecting them while keeping them flat against your scalp. Spritz some water to moisten the baby hair, add some gel, then shape it with an old toothbrush or fine nail brush.
Similarly, oil the exposed scalp between your braids to keep them neat. You can do this every two or three days. The duration of your braids is up to you. Some girls prefer to undo their braids daily, while others can keep them in for a week. In Kenya, some ladies wear braids for a month or more. To keep them fresh and pretty, they go to the hairdresser for ‘repair’. This is re-braiding the first three or four rows at the front, back, and sides so your hair looks freshly braided.  You can wash your braids as well, to reduce dust and oil build-up.
Braid spray is another handy tip. It keeps your hair from looking dry and flaky. When you first braid (or repair) your hair, your scalp can feel really tight and heavy. You might even develop pimples of your braids are too tight. But the tighter and finer your braids, the longer they’ll last, so you have to choose between comfort and duration. To ease the discomfort, run cold water on your scalp. The tightness will ease after a few days and become more bearable.

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Tips to Keep Your Home Germ Free

Germs! We all hate germs. They spread disease and infection and can be potentially dangerous to humans. But what are germs? The word germ is a broad term for the micro bacteria, fungi, and viruses that attached themselves to hosts and have the potential to make them sick and that is why it’s of the utmost importance to keep your home clean and germ-free. Obviously cleaning thoroughly is a good solution but sometimes isn’t quite enough to keep germs at bay. In this post, we take a look at some hints and tips to keep your home free of germs and safe for you and your family.
 

Wash Your Hands

An obvious one is to wash your hands thoroughly throughout the day. Always use soap and dry your hands. Hand sanitisers will do the job adequately if you’re out and about and don’t have access to facilities to wash your hands. It seems obvious, but you would be surprised how many cases of the flu could have avoided by people correctly washing their hands. School children as cute as they are notorious for this and are little germ carrier. So, educate your child early and do your part for society.
 

Cleaning

Wiping things down thoroughly with antibacterial soap will also help keep the germs at bay. This should be done often in all rooms of the house to avoid germs from getting the best of you. This goes for everything including remote controls, benches, light terminals, and keyboards. Wipe down anything that has contact on a regular basis. There are various natural products on the market that will kill the germs without being harmful to your family.
Or better yet. Get a professional cleaner in who has all the skills and equipment to give your house a thorough clean, saving you time and giving you peace of mind in the long run. Setting a regular clean once or twice a week is simple and takes the burden off you. It will also free up valuable time to be spent with loved ones instead of fighting germs.
 

Clean Your Cleaning Tools

This is one that people neglect all the time. If your cleaning tools are old and tarnished, you can probably bet that they are riddled with germs. It’s important to change cloths and scrubbers on aa regular basis to ensure you’re contributing to the germ problem rather than solving it. Always designate your cloths, sponges, and scrubbers to specified areas. You’re not going to use something to wipe up the floor on your benches, are you? Simple common sense has to kick in and will help aid you in your battle against the germs.
 

Wash Your Bedding

Materials from bedding and pillow covers have the potential to collect germs. So, it’s imperative that you wash them on a regular basis. Your sheets should be washed at least twice a week for your own comfort and peace of mind. Cushions on couches should also be washed frequently depending on the volume of usage.
 

The Bathroom

The bathroom is a haven for germs because germs love moisture. Try to keep your bathroom dry by using bathmats and ensuring that you dry off in the shower. The less moisture the better. Always ensure that your bathroom sink is in pristine condition and your toothbrushes and other bathroom utensils are stored correctly in a sealed vessel.
Your toilet is a germ magnet due to the things that it has to endure. Keeping your toilet clean is detrimental in fighting off germs. Always have the lid down when flushing to prevent germs from becoming airborne and into the lungs of innocent bystanders. There are many products on the market that can be installed into the cistern or around the flushing area that release antibacterial cleaning agents into your toilet to help keep it germ-free.
Cleanliness seems to be the key element in keeping your home germ free and safe from viruses and diseases. If you lead a busy life and you don’t have time to clean don’t hesitate to call in the professionals and let them take care of the problem for you.
If you do choose to do it yourself don’t forget to change your cleaning tools on a regular basis and use antibacterial products to kill the germs. Try use products containing natural ingredients to avoid toxins and other nasties. Keeping your home germ free is a daily battle that can be one using these simple tricks and tips as mentioned above. Good luck.

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Home and Garden

Travertine or Limestone for your bathroom, which is better?

Natural stone is a pretty popular material for home construction, and if you’re re-doing your bathroom, it’ll probably be at the top of your list. It’s environmentally friendly because it doesn’t use any harsh chemicals in its processing, and doesn’t really need to be dyed. Stone is mostly just cut into the desired shape and dimensions, and maybe sealed. It can be finished by polishing, honing, or tumbling, depending on the effect you’re going for.
Outdoors, stone is favoured because it does well with temperature, remaining cool at high noon and not getting too chilly after dark. It’s great for humid regions and coastal residences, because it’s resistant to UV rays and salt. It also works well in poolside areas, because the chlorine won’t bleach its natural colouring. Some types of stone have a low-slip rating, so they’re safe to use near water bodies – and in bathrooms.
 

Budgetary benefits

On the price hierarchy, marble is at the top while limestone and travertine are at the bottom. Marble is actually ‘evolved limestone’. All three are calcites, so they start out life as living sea creatures. When they die, they fossilise over thousands of years, and their sedimented remains become coral, limestone, or travertine. Then if the limestone is exposed to extreme heat and intense pressure, it re-crystallises into marble, with precious gems sometimes embedded within the smooth marble veins.
So if your bathroom make-over has a lower budget, take marble off the table from the start, pun intended. Now you can choose between limestone and travertine tile. Your stone can be applied to shower walls, floor tiles, sinks, or even the bathtub. How do you decide which way to go? Start with colour. Travertine usually comes in sandy, cream to beige shades that call to mind classical stone ruins. So if you enjoy neutrals and muted tones, travertine is a good pick. As for limestone, while it’s not as vivid as marble, you can get it in pale pinks and greys.
 

Texture

You can even find limestone in veiny blues and faded blacks, so it gives more scope in terms of colour scheme. Also, the way these stones are formed plays into your choice. Limestone has a smooth, flat finish because it’s made by layers of calcites piling on each other and being pressed down. Travertine comes from sedimentary calcite as well, but its formation is from the ground up, so to speak. Travertine sediments build upon riverbeds and beneath water bodies. Air bubbles from the bottom float through the stone, creating little pores.
As a result, while limestone has a clean, hard finish, travertine has a soft, pockmarked appearance, full of tiny little holes that are visible to the eye. That’s what creates that ‘ancient Roman ruin’ effect. So if you want something modern and ‘polished’ then limestone is the way to go, but if you prefer your bathroom to have a raw, wild appeal, opt for travertine.
Because both have calcium bases, you need to clean them regularly to prevent soap scum deposits. Use soaps specially formulated for calcites. Regular home detergents often have an acid-base (pun intended) and will make your stone surfaces cloudy and murky. You should keep a poultice handy in case of stains, though it helps to wipe any spills as soon as they happen. This will prevent them from sinking through stone pores and lodging permanently.
 

Water-friendly

Travertine has more visible perforation than limestone, but limestone isn’t completely solid either. Both types of stone can let water seep through, which is fine for the outdoors. Inside, it’s less ideal, because the water will bypass the stone and reach the home’s plaster or concrete, causing it to crumble, develop mould, or acquire other forms of damage. And because it’s hidden beneath your stone tiles or slabs, you may not even notice.
To reduce this effect, you can have your surfaces sealed to make them waterproof. Limestone sealing will last longer, because it’s less porous. The resin that seals travertine wears off sooner, especially in a consistently moist bathroom. Whichever stone you settle on, mop the floor regularly to prevent fluid build-up, and install a bathroom fan to help with ventilation. Use a timed fan that automatically switches on when you turn off the bathroom lights, runs for the recommended time, then shuts itself off to conserve power.
 
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Automotive

New Scania Models Are Now in Australia

The long wait for Scania’s award-winning New Generation Trucks in Australia has come to an end. Almost two years after the January 2017 launch in Europe, Scania’s new truck models are now available for sale in Australia.
Scania is one of the most successful truck building companies currently in existence. With more than a hundred years in operation, Scania has settled into a slow but sure development process. The company takes time to release new models so they can craft excellence into the product. This strategy has made it one of the most trustworthy producers of trucks, buses and diesel engines globally.
In December 2017, Scania made the announcement that they would release these models in the country during the second half of 2018 and have been true to their word. The G series and R Series have been spotted running along the Hume Highway from Sydney to Melbourne carrying out tests for power, endurance and versatility. This is a common trucking route with enough undulations and flats to give drivers a good understanding of the truck’s capabilities. Scania tested the G Series with a 13-litre, 500 horsepower engine and an R Series truck with the 16-Litre 620 hp V8 engine. Both were tested hauling B-doubles at a gross combination mass (GCM) of 55 tonnes for the G Series and 61.5 tonnes for the R620. Both trucks have proven to be worth the wait by hitting all the set milestones without a hitch. Equipped with Euro 5 engines, these trucks are smoother in every way from the transmission to the aerodynamic curves along all the external truck parts.
Driver Area
In the trucking industry, your most valuable player is the driver. Scania’s policy to always put the driver first is based on their understanding that the driver’s comfort is a fundamental element contributing to the trucks performance and overall health. For this reason, they have invested in improving the ambience and options available for the driver inside the truck’s cab.
All the New Models come with an interactive LCD screen navigation and entertainment system with improved graphics and intuitive controls to help the driver keep his focus on the road. The steering wheel is also equipped with an array of buttons to help him to control the radio and LCD screen, answer phone calls as well as manage the cruise and modified drive controls all the while keeping both hands on the wheel.
In addition to excellent controls, the cabs have world-class resting and living options for the drivers. The G Series has a smaller cab then the R Series but both have special ergonomic modifications for the driver’s comfort. With 800 – 1000 mm wide bed options and modern storage panels in the sleeper cabs the driver can enjoy relaxing downtime and be well rested between trips.
Safety Features
Safety is a major issue in the transport industry with major fatalities being caused by human factors. Scania has added some safety features to the new truck models to help the drivers make split-second decisions on the job.
The main thing the designers rely on is the driver’s perception; as such, they began by giving the new models wider view angles allowing the driver to see much more with only slight movements of his head or flicks of the eye. The large curved windows are now set lower than before and the driver’s seat is set higher in the cabin. Extra lights have also been incorporated in the exterior design to increase the driver’s visibility at night.
In the event that something gets past the driver’s field of sight, the trucks have been equipped with state-of-the-art Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) systems. The AEB uses forward-facing radar systems to identify approaching objects and signal the driver with a collision warning before applying the brakes automatically if he doesn’t respond in time.  Other safety features include lane departure warnings, hill hold and an intelligent park brake that acts as a trailer brake if engaged when the truck is in motion or as a handbrake when it is parked.
The options Scania affords its clients are more than can be listed down in a single article. The company is dedicated to meeting all its clients’ requirements including providing after-sale services and making spare parts easily available. The Australian market is in for a treat with these New Generation Scania Trucks.
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Fashion and Beauty

New Hairstyles for Winter 2018

In many parts of the world, winter is the worst time for your hair. There’s lots of snow and sub-zero weather, so you keep your hair hidden under woollen hats whose static does nothing for your tresses. Then you come indoors and the intense air conditioning exposes your locks to a puzzling mix of frizz and over-drying.
If you’re a naturalista, you can sail through winter in protective styling, but if your hair type is in the 1s, 2s, or even 3s, you have to be a lot more creative. Fortunately for Aussies, our geography means our winters are more tropical. Temperature is always above 10°C even in the coldest time of year. So what you really want is the type of hairdo that will brighten your dreary day and put you in the right mood.
You might also want something on the longer side, because exposed scalp is likely to enhance the chills. Hair seems to grow longer in cold months. This may be biological, to keep you warmer, or it might be more practical. You fuss with your hair less in the winter, and the additional undisturbed time gives it room to grow. That’s the principle behind dreadlocks and protective styling. The less you fiddle with it, the more it grows.
 

Cover from the cold

The need for extra warmth is probably why bangs seem to be in for Winter 2018. All the stars are wearing some version of a fringe. Work with your stylist, because having your hair on your face will affect your make-up choices. At the same time, your overhanging locks have to be styled in a way that hangs lose so it doesn’t chafe your skin. You should also pick something that works with your face shape and skin tone, if you’re changing hair colour.
Ringlets are a good way to achieve this off-the-face effect. Their wavy pattern keeps them dangling just far enough off your skin, but the coverage is enough for added warmth. You can wear them long and part them in the middle, adding hair extensions for a few extra inches. Ringlets also give you volume if your hair is naturally thin.
If you’re a curly girl that always straightens her hair to keep it a la mode, this season’s trend finally lets you explore your unspoiled look. If your standard curl is too dense, you can ask your stylist to lighten the bulk with a light straightening so that enough of your natural curl remains without it looking too weighty or dragging down your locks.
 

A little to the side

Asymmetry also seems to be popular this winter. Decide whether you want it subtle or extreme, taking your cue from your favourite celebrity. For shorter hair, put in asymmetrical extensions for a taste of your inner Rapunzel. You usual chin-length hair can be curved around your face in a cheeky bob, complete with longish bangs on your forehead.
If you’re feeling daring, sweep the bangs to one side of your face, then the other side of your face can have extensions, so that your hair mimics an asymmetric dress. Selena Gomez wore this look at the Coach NYFW and the overall effect was quirky but flirty. On the other hand, straight, shoulder-length hair with a subtle side bang allows you to play with it more, since you can wear it up or down throughout the season.
If you opt for the subtle approach, use a layered cut to lengthen the bang and frame your face. It’s a helpful tip for softening an oblong facial structure. Winter is good for longer hair, so even if you’re more of a short hairdo girl, you could experiment with length and go for the lob. It’s a bob that extends below the neck, grazing your collar bone. Style it with choppy waves or baby bangs above your brows. This pulls the eye back up and maintains the illusion of shortness, but it’s still warmer than your usual cut, which helps with the winter chill.
 

Razor edge

A lot of us have a problem with volume, but if you have the opposite challenge, it can be frustrating. Thick, heavy hair can be an issue when you want it to look sheikh and slinky. Instead of using a layered scissor-cut, go for a dramatic razor slash. It makes your hair look lighter, and you can pair it with a wet gelled look for that touch of slick.
Have your razor cut professionally done though. You don’t want to look clumsy or accidental. Another choice is to go retro. Give yourself some wavy volume and Charlie’s Angels glamour with long bags and layered ends. They frame your face by alternating inward curves and outward flips. It softens your face, offering old-school style, soft warmth, and femininity.

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Do You Have Options for Different Colours When Buying A Water Tank?

The simple answer to this question is: “Yes, you do have options regarding colour when buying a water tank.”What most people don’t know when they are buying a water tank is that they have so many options to choose from regarding colour. Traditionally, when one pictures a water tank, the first mental image that you form is of a black or grey tank. In this modern age, your choices don’t have to be limited to these two ‘drab’ colours. While the water tank colour mostly has to do with the aesthetic appeal, different colours serve different purposes when it comes to water tanks. You might find that some colours are better suited for different types of tanks. This guide will cover all the aspects that can guide your decision making regarding your water tank’s colour options.
 

Is your water tank holding heated water?

Most water tanks that serve household purposes may be holding water that is heated. If this is the case, then you need to go for a colour scheme that will insulate your heated water. Naturally, the climatic conditions outside of your water tank will be much cooler than your desired heated temperature. In such circumstances, nothing beats having a black coloured water tank. A black (or dark) coloured water tank will naturally absorb the sun’s heat if it is placed outdoors. If you are living in a particularly hot area, this can aid in the water heating process. It helps if the tank’s interior is painted white, or any other highly reflective colour. This is the same principle that is applied to thermos flasks that are meant to conserve the heat of the stored liquid.
The opposite colour scheme needs to be adopted if you want a cooler water temperature. A shinier external colour scheme (preferably white or silver) will deflect the sun’s rays and keep the tank’s internal temperatures much cooler during hot weather conditions. This is best used for water that is meant to be used for drinking purposes.
 

What is your home’s overall colour scheme?

Most people, especially if they own the house they are living with, adopt a certain colour scheme when it comes to their home’s exterior façade. If your tank is placed externally, whether on your property’s grounds or on the roof top, it might clash with the look that you were going for if you don’t customize its painting. When you are ordering your water tank, most reputable vendors will give you several options to choose from when it comes to colour. Choose one that will not clash with the overall colour scheme that you have employed for the rest of your house.
 

Make your above ground tank blend in with its surroundings

With most people opting to have an above ground water tank, the main challenge comes from the tank ‘standing out’ from the environment that you have placed it in. If your property features a lot of greenery, then you can have it painted green so that it doesn’t stand out as an eyesore on your property. A more wooded area can benefit from having a brown coloured tank. Your water tank doesn’t have to match your home’s colour scheme; it can blend in with the surrounding for a more inconspicuous look. This strategy is quite effective when dealing with much smaller water tanks.
 

Is your tank located underground?

Usually, it doesn’t cost much to order a water tank that is coloured differently. But for more ambitious colour schemes, you might have to incur a small additional cost. If your tank will be placed underground, then the colour scheme doesn’t matter. This is because the tank’s placement underground will keep it out of sight. You can opt for the ‘default’ colour if your tank will be placed underground.
 
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Dining sets that demonstrate contemporary functionality

We blame a lot of things on millennials. We especially like to harangue their ‘unwillingness’ to own property. We theorise about how they’re a mobile generation, how they prefer contract work to permanent positions, or would rather be backpacking gypsies. This nomadic lifestyle negates the need for material possessions. You don’t need furniture when your residential addresses are based on couch-surfing and AirBnB. While many of these (not-so-)youngsters are genuinely consumed with wanderlust, some of them are just constrained.
Overwhelmed with student debt, barely making enough to survive, and seeing no options for home ownership, many under-thirties seem to live fleetingly. They don’t put down roots, prefer pets to kids, and their priciest possession is their phone. And because they’re not sure if they’ll ever own a home, their rentals are stylish and cosy, because that’s their version of the good life. Still, they’ve given us a lot of the things we enjoy, like the gig economy and artistic tastes. They’ve also given us the magic of miniature.
It started with tiny houses, for travelling creatives who wanted a home on wheels. Then it went to tiny functionality, where a single item of clothing or furniture can apply to multiple functions. Think of it like a female wardrobe. A pair of jeans can go from casual to classy simply by changing shoes and earrings. Material goods can exhibit that quality as well. Think of reversible cushions, convertible cars, or hybrid all-road vehicles. Now let’s look at how this versatility can be applied to home furniture.
 

Bed and breakfast

It’s the oldest options there is – the sofa-bed. We already nap on regular seats, and some of us deliberately buy cosy couches so our guests (and errant spouses) can spend the night on them. When you invest in a sofa-bed, it’s simply the next level. The manufacturer took a few extra steps, making the back of the chair convertible. It folds out flat to accommodate a larger mattress and make your sleep more restful. Other models have hinges and remote-control functionality to ease the process.
Alcova is a good example of a sofa-bed, with its crimson tone and extra storage hidden under the seat. A more contemporary option is Belini, a light L-shaped leather lounge that folds out into a recliner. You can buy a Belini in fabric or leather, and it doesn’t stretch out flat, but it’s perfect for lazing as you watch your favourite sport. For the breakfast portion of it, let’s look at outdoor kitchen furniture. A fire-table is a lovely combination of heater and meal nook.
These outdoor heaters are shaped tables with a stainless steel burner as their centrepieces. The flames can be cased in using glass sleeves, and the fire rises out of a bed of rocks, embers, logs, or crushed crystals. Regency makes several fire-tables, sized for dinner, drinks, or morning delicacies. The furnace burns gas, and can be coupled with stone benches. Soften the look of the nook by lining your chairs with colourful fabrics, or padding the benches with soft, warm throw pillows.
 

Arts and drafts

For those who enjoy crafting, a large glass table is a useful tool. It gives you more room to work, and you can see your crafting colours more clearly. With coloured surfaces, you won’t get the full effect of your chosen tone. Large tables are useful if you host a lot, but can be wasted on a small family, so why not get furniture that does both? Esteso is an extending table made from glass and metal. You can use it in its regular dimensions, then when you have more guests (or a larger drawing), you can stretch it out from a width of 52 to 73 to 103. A fully extended Esteso can seat ten, with an option of glass or ceramic topping.
Other extended dining tables include the Orbital. It has a gorgeous elliptical shape and advanced extension technology. The table stands on an artistically shaped polyurethane pedestal. The table-top is available in glass, gold onyx, white marble, and black marble. You could try the Key table too, with its sliding extension, though the slider isn’t locked in as stylistically as the other brands we’ve mentioned. The thing to note about extending tables is the weight you apply on them. Check the security of the latch before you pounce on it.
Finally, you could opt for something with a more practical leaning. Look into IKEA or Wayfair for a broad range of dining tables that convert into shelves, or kitchen nooks that combine tables and chairs into a single comprehensive booth. They’re useful for kids’ homework too, because they create a little ‘room’, erecting a psychological distraction buffer. Some of these units are less than $200, or you could build it yourself. #DIY
 
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