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You and Your Enabled Garden

You never know what’s around the corner. Whether it’s illness, old age, or perhaps we’re caring for someone who needs help with their daily needs – it’s been proven that gardening is not only therapeutic, but it strengthens our mind, body and spirit. For many, it’s a way to feel independent by having something that needs care and attention. But what do we do when the garden we currently have is no longer fit for the person who needs it?

Simple – we create one that with an enabled design! Yes, they can help you choose flowers and help to buy trees for your state, but creating an enabled garden means that you can help a loved one maintain their lifestyle and even help them on the road to recovery or increase their quality of life.

 Here you’ll find some helpful tips and advice on how you can create the ideal gardening environment for a loved one to enjoy and nurture. 

Access & pathways

Firstly, how easy is it for your loved one to actually gain access to the garden? If there are steps in the way and your loved one uses a wheelchair then you’ll need to consider installing a ramp, so they can access the garden independently. If you have someone with mobility problems in mind then it might be wise to consider installing a pathway around the garden so there is one simple route around. 

This will also ensure that the ground is even, and they’ll be less likely to trip or stumble over uneven ground or slippery grass. You could try installing grips rails as a safety precaution too. As a rule, your paths should be about 3ft wide if you’re accommodating a wheelchair user. 

The layout

Plan plenty of seating areas around the garden space, so should your loved one get tired they have the option to sit and rest for a moment. Not only that, various seating areas will allow your loved one to view their garden and their hard work from lots of different angles!

Lawns can be difficult to manage, and they require a lot of maintenance. Consider replacing the natural lawn with something artificial or install more paths and access points. 

If you have a pond in your garden, you and your loved one will need to discuss whether or not the upkeep of it is going to be practical. You could always install a low maintenance water feature instead if they’d still like to enjoy the sight and sound of water.

Plants

When it comes to a planting scheme; raised flower beds are the way to go. It’ll make everything accessible and of course much more enjoyable! 

Get rid of plants that have a reputation for quickly growing out of hand. Rampant growers and plants that take up too much space could be removed to make way for something much easier to maintain and will survive in all weathers. If you’re unsure, simply ask for more information when you buy. 

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Loving: Double Trouble Bomber Jacket by r13

If you are not familiar with the R13, let me tell you a little bit about them. Trust me, it’ll quickly become one of your favorites!

“Return of the American Rebel” Inspired by the rebellious spirit of America and the intrigue of unwavering authenticity, R13 launched in the fall of 2009. At the forefront of design, R13 cuts avant-garde silhouettes such as the skinny legging and harem pant from Italian and Turkish denim produced in Castelfranco, Italy. Pure indigo casting, quality stretch and machine hand mending give the jeans their superior shape and an authentic vintage feel.

But if you think R13 carries denim only, think again! Offering a variety of must have pieces, R13 prides itself in bringing designs you won’t find anywhere else. Combining rock ‘n’ roll cuts and vintage inspired fabrics, their style is punk rock meet classic staple.

Here comes trouble…

I wore my Double Trouble satin bomber with a metallic trim to a recent date night with Brad. It was the perfect piece to add a little bad girl vibe to an otherwise simple outfit.  I love that most R13 items are easy to pair with other items from their collection.


R13 Trouble Bomber Jacket (similar) // Rebecca Minkoff Palma Slides // Daughter & Inti Sunshine State of Mind Tee
My bomber jacket is super versatile. I would love to pair it with these items currently available from their most recent collection.
R13 Long Slip Dress // R13 Elvis Mugshot Tee // R13 Jenny Mid Rise Distressed Skinny Jeans 

I love that my jacket will transition beautifully into fall and even winter. I’ll either add some funky Golden Goose sneakers  for a causal look or a pair slick booties for a more dressy night look.

 

WISH LIST // JUNE + SALE ON SALE

Long time no see friends! I totally missed May’s wish list. Sorry about that. Things have been crazy — more on that tomorrow.  Today I’m back with another WISH LIST and this everything in this one (except for the 2 beauty items) is on sale! Yes, everything.

Happy shopping!

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Sephora Favorites + Wish List

The Sephora Insiders spring sale starts tomorrow so today I’m sharing my personal wish list as well as some favorites. I normally only shop only twice a year — in December (my birthday month) and during this sale. What products are you hoping to snag tomorrow? Which ones are your must haves beauty favorites? I would love to hear.

All VIB members get 15% off and all Beauty Insiders get 10% during the Spring Bonus Sale. Time to stock up! 

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MAKEUP

I received Lancome’s Monsieur Big Mascara  in a Sephora Play! Box last month I believe. It is amazing. I might even dare to say it’s my all time favorite mascara. It makes my lashes look so long and full.  I’m not kidding when I  tell you, my it looks like I’m wearing false lashes.

The Monsieur Big Mascara features a large brush and an ultra-creamy formula that glides onto lashes like silk and delivers up to 12 times the volume with up to 24 hours of wear. Ideal for all-day wear, this mascara doesn’t require touch-ups and doesn’t flake or smudge. 

This is another product I received in a Sephora Play! box. Bobbi Brown’ss Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Pink delivers the perfect amount of shimmer and it’s perfect for day or night time. It glides on smoothly and it’s 100% smudge proof. I like to blend it in as soon as I put it on because it defiantly stays in place.

This budge-proof formula stays put for up to eight hours. It glides on lids tug-free and can be used to shade, define, smoke up, and highlight eyes. The stick comes in subtle to eye-popping shades that last for up to eight hours without creasing, flaking, or fading and it’s completely water resistant.

SKINCARE

When trying new products, I usually purchase the smallest size first but I plan to re-order Kate Summervilles Exfolikate’s exfoliating treatment in a bigger size. Dubbed as ”The Hollywood 2-minute facial,” this treatment is a game changer. A little goes a long way to clean and shrink pores — better than any other product I’ve used.

A dual-action exfoliator that smooths and polishes to reveal a glowing, radiant complexion in as little as one use. Kate’s bestselling exfoliator is formulated with face scrubbing natural exfoliants to deep clean clogged pores without over-drying skin. Lactic acid and fruit enzymes— papaya, pineapple, and pumpkin—reveal smooth skin and a brighter, healthier-looking complexion in as little as one use. 

Drunk Elephant’s Lala Retro Whipped Cream has been my go to moisturizer  for over a year now. Whenever I apply it at night, I wake up with super hydrated, soft skin in the morning. The pump dispenses the perfect amount of rich moisturizing cream that doesn’t feel heavy and doesn’t just sit on your skin.

A retro-style moisturizer that rescues dry, dull skin while slowly delivering a steady dose of barrier moisture throughout the day and night. This all-purpose rescue cream, whipped into an airy blend of six rare African oils, recovers and locks in intense moisture for hours after application. 

HAIR

I use Briogeo’s Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-in Conditioning Spray a few times a week to help my dry, often damaged hair hydrated. It helps reduce frizziness too.

An ultra-light, leave-in conditioning spray that brings hydration and moisture to locks without weighing them down.  This multiaction Rosarco Milk™ Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray hydrates, reduces flyaways, enhances manageability, strengthens, protects against heat and UV rays, and nourishes tresses. 

I received a small sample of Briogeo’s Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask a while ago and I was completely hooked. I loved it so much that I’m planning on ordering their full size version tomorrow. After only one use, I could feel how much softer and hydrated my hair was.

An intensive weekly treatment to restore essential hydration and enhance hair’s resilience and strength. Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask works in as little as five minutes to restore essential hydration and natural vibrancy to dry, brittle, over-processed, and otherwise lackluster locks. 

How to Revamp the Spare Room in Style

Spare rooms are a great idea. They add value to your home. They give you the option of having guests stay over. They’re somewhere to throw the coats at a party. They’re also a bottomless pit of dust and temporary storage that you never did quite get around to sorting out. OK, that last part wasn’t so great. But that’s the reality of spare rooms. Just like that self-stirring saucepan you bought for yourself in last year’s sales, and just like that 5kg kettlebell and exercise DVD you borrowed from your mum, they’re in your house and ready to go but you never actually seem to want to use them. But build it, and they will come, as the famous expression goes. Let’s look at how you can revamp your spare room to finally start making the most of your square footage.

Lights, Decor, Fancy Bedding

Spare rooms don’t belong to anyone. You don’t need to consider where the homework desk is going to go. You don’t need to spend time choosing shelving units with enough space for books or personal trinkets. You don’t even need to think about colour schemes too much. So, what should your revamp planning involve? First off, lighting. Designer LED bulbs are in vogue right now. Bare bulbs with a visible filament are very chic. Why are they so popular? Because the aesthetic lends itself to worn in cosy rooms just as well as it contrasts perfectly with modern looking bright rooms. Check out these designer LED bulbs from LED Hut to get your creative juices flowing.

Now that you’ve got a handle on designer lighting, you need decor to match. For a rustic theme, go for earthy colors such as blues, greens, or stony grays. This will create the soft and welcoming tones of a secret den (if your budget can stretch, add a natural looking wooden headboard, see here for inspiration). Alternatively, a brighter more modern theme could involve … fancy bedding! You’ll have to decide for yourself on how fancy is too fancy. Purple silk with embroidered pillows and cream carpets? Too much? Each to their own.

image via Joyfully Growing

Avoid Two Single Beds

If there’s one thing more annoying than having to stay over at the in-law’s, it’s discovering that the spare room comes equipped with two single beds. Although this could be a space filler in a wider room, you’re really letting your guests down if you present them with an uncomfortable night’s rest atop a slim mattress that seems eager to eject all unsuspecting occupants for as much as daring to roll over. Make it a double at least. A queen or a king size works even better if you have the money.

And there we have it. A snazzy new spare room. All for the cost of a thought-out colour scheme, potentially a new wooden headboard (attached to one bed not two!), and a designer LED bulb – oh, did I mention they last a money saving 20-plus years? Just another top tip from me to you. Happy ravamping.

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