Marvellous Manchester: A Local's Guide To Hidden Gems by Fashion Du Jour LDN. Manchester. Street Art. Girl. Denim Jacket

Marvellous Manchester: A Local’s Guide To Hidden Gems

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Manchester – damn you are marvellous! As dwellers of this fine city, we are huge ambassadors of its hidden gems. And in order to really, truly experience a city, it is always wise to seek local advice – insider information if you will! For those that live and breath the town, they usually experience all the secret delights that can be hidden from the average tourist. Stepping off the train at Piccadilly station and checking into one of the many fabulous hotels in Manchester, it is easy to stumble into the trap of “chain smoking” – the habit of jumping from one brand named restaurant to another brand name bar on repeat till the end of your trip. Sure – there is comfort in the familiar, but heck, great things come out of stepping out of your comfort zone! So click this way and discover the hidden gems of Manchester, as us two locals take you along to our favourite places…

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Silent Night: How To Create the #PerfectSleepingSpace by Fashion Du Jour LDN. Beach Huts Easycare Reversible Blue Duvet Set by Julian Charles Home Luxury Bedding and Curtains

Silent Night: How To Create the #PerfectSleepingSpace

Sleep – perchance to dream hey? But what if getting safe passage to the Land of Nod seems to be more a waking nightmare, than a silent peaceful slumber fest? I know if I don’t get my beauty sleep, I certainly become much MUCH more beast-like than Belle! But how does one create the most perfect of environments to enable the most blissful of sleeps? Much like the classic line from the aptly named film “Field of Dreams”: “If we build it, [it] will come”. So click this way and discover how to create the perfect sleeping space in your home…

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Sparking Joy How To Bring Hygge To Your Garden by Fashion Du Jour LDN

Sparking Joy: How To Bring Hygge To Your Garden

If you’re as much of a social media addict as us, chances are you’ve spied the word ‘hygge’ more than once on your daily scroll. Hygge is all about simplicity – the joy of achieving simple cosiness in the home. And isn’t that something we all want in our lives? Heck yes! The hygge way of life is all about making people feel comfortable, cosy, and enjoy the simple things. Through being minimalist, it in turn allows you to enjoy what you have to its fullest. But doesn’t that sound much like another trending social media craze? If you haven’t heard of Marie Kondo and her now-infamous KonMari – it’s time to become part of the “Tidying Up” revolution! In short, the KonMari method is about giving your house a jolly good tidying up, going through items one-by-one and only keeping those which ‘spark joy’. By the end of a long session of KonMari-ing, you will have no doubt picked up items you haven’t seen in years, eBayed a huge portion of clutter, and discovered a suddenly much more minimalist look to the home. So, once our homes are suitably minimalist, clean, tranquil, tidy, hygge’d and KonMari’d, what’s left to do? Well, we reckon these useful concepts could easily be taken outside and into the gardens of 2019. With spring in the air, now is the perfect time to get planning! So click this way and prepare to spark even more joy…

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Light and Shade - How To Make Impact In Your Home With Windows And Blinds by Fashion Du Jour LDN. Bi-folding kitchen doors onto garden by Glow Glass

Light & Shade: How To Make Impact In Your Home With Windows And Blinds

Life is all about balance. Through finding balance, you find calm. This ethos of balance and calm should be the resounding echo around your home *insert zen-like soothing voice repeating the words “balance” and “calm”until fade*. I know this is the case for me – when we moved into our new home we pretty much had a blank canvas to play with. We realised quite quickly that it’s not just your choice of paint and furnishings that can have a dramatic effect on your house. You can paint with light and shade through your choice of windows and blinds. So click this way and discover how these choices can impact on your mood and the feel of your living space too…

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I Heart Underwear: Bluebella Valentines Lingerie

February 14th – the designated day of the year to show your chosen Valentine how much you love them…and fancy the literal pants off them! And what is a guaranteed way to get your love bird’s heart racing? Cracking out the sassy AF lingerie of course! Nothing can ramp up the romance like something racy and lacy in the form of new underwear. But what if you feel a little less than confident to “dare to bare”? I know few things part me from my comfy Bridget Jones-like pants! Well, I may have found my new underwear go to and I want to share it with you, fellow fillies. Click this way to discover the range that will leave you feeling empowered, your figure flattered, and you feeling as comfy as you look HOT! Heck – whether you have a Valentine or not – it’s time to heart your underwear again…

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Feathering Your Nest How To Save Money In Your First Home by Fashion Du Jour LDN

Feathering Your Nest: How To Save Money In Your First Home

Congratulations – you did it! You’ve got the keys to the door and have bought your first home. Now – it’s time to start feathering that nest! Making your house a home can be a costly endeavour – as first time home owners last year, we speak from experience. But we have a learnt a heap along the way and we want to share with you lovely lot our very best money saving tips and tricks so that get the most out of your precious pennies. Click this way and discover how you too can save money in your first home, or even in your tenth abode, too…

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Lover’s Retreat: What To Wear On Your Valentine’s Getaway

Breathe in and yup, you guessed it – the heavily perfumed whiff of all things “Valentine” is distinctly in the air. Now I don’t know if you are like us when it comes to contemplating what to get your special someone, but we just love to give memories, rather than chocolates and flowers. It seems we are aren’t the only ones as apparently getaways, especially quirky ones have never been so popular as lovebirds look to fly away to places that are more for an experience rather than a place to nab a tan. And with Valentine’s Day just a cherub’s arrow flight away, there’s no greater better time than to get thinking about where to go for your lovers retreat. Whether you are doing the surprising or you are the surprised…that age old dilemma is sure to come to mind: what DO I pack?! Well, fear not – click this way and discover that packing for unfamiliar location needn’t be the biggest dilemma…

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Skin Deep - A 30 Somethings Guide to Lasers Vs Chemical Peels by Fashion Du Jour LDN

Skin Deep: A 30 Something’s Guide To Laser vs Chemical Peels

I know! It’s really hard to believe but I am closer now to my 40s than I am to my 30s (You better be nodding your head right about now!!). The older I get, the more comfortable I am in my skin, mentally. But heck…it’s always nice to feel comfortable in it physically. Yes, beauty IS skin deep – but it’s a great place to start to feel more confident as a whole. In fact, with the skin being the largest organ of your whole body, it deserves to be looked after accordingly. I in NO WAY want invasive procedures but have started to research other non-invasive treatments. And among other things that kept popping up as an option? Laser vs. chemical peels. However, when anyone mentions the words laser or chemical “peel”, I don’t know about you, but my scaredy catness level goes to 11! But fear not fellow filly, click this way and discover this 30 something’s guide to all things laser vs chemical peels…

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Nailed it: 5 Ways to Smash Your New Year Resolutions by Fashion Du Jour LDN. Fitness, workout gear, Manchester, Hunkemoller pink hoodie

Nailed It!: 5 Ways to Smash Your New Year Resolutions

January – where the devil have you gone? Yes, it’s the month that so many of us fillies use as a time to reset, with that ever-so cliche “new year, new me” mantra. We clamber for a resolution that we hope will eventually magic us into the best version of ourselves. Whether it’s cutting down or, shock horror, cutting OUT takeaway foods, giving your phone less screen time, or probably one of the most common New Year resolutions of them all – hitting the gym harder than Anthony Joshua, like the camp pants you are! But now that the New Year is in full swing, what’s the key to making sure you stick to your resolutions? How DO you make “resolutions” into, well, PERMANENT life choices that then become second nature? Click this way and find out the five ways to ensure your resolutions stick this year…

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NintenDON’T Miss Out!: How To Have Great Times With Friends by Fashion Du Jour LDN. Retro Nintendo Game pads

NintenDON’T Miss Out!: How To Have Great Times With Friends

Despite being deemed for geeks and being unfashionable, a recent report showed that the video game industry is worth more than both the film AND music industry. Along with the seemingly never ending amount of comic book movies in the cinemas, there has never been a better time to be a “geek”…just like me! So do people who play together, stay together? Click this way to discover how to NintenDO have the best times with your friends, including your partner!

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