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Style And Substance: A Luxe Yet Sustainable Bedroom In 3 Simple Steps

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Happy New Year! I hope that you all had a lovely time ,I’m back after the festive period with a brand new post all about the bedroom and how to make it luxe yet sustainable at the same time

Luxe style while being eco friendly? I hear you say! yes It is very possible!

Who doesn't want to upgrade their sleeping quarters into a luxury haven, perfect for relaxing? Of course, doing so in an eco-conscious and sustainable way can be tricky. After all, those cheap accessories and duvet set may seem like a bargain but they could be doing the environment untold harm. Luckily, there's a way to achieve a balance between style and substance in this area, and it is as simple as following the steps below. Read on to find out more.

Step 1: LED lights

One way to upgrade your bedroom space is to consider the lighting that you have in there. Sadly, most people just stick with the main central light and perhaps a bedside lamp for reading at a push. However, such a setup doesn't quite smack of the luxury edge that we are going for here.

To that end, why not move or add additional lighting features into your bedroom? You may wish to try a chandelier style feature, as they can add drama to a larger space. Alternatively, why not try lengthening the cable and changing the shade on a central light, as even such a simple change can make all the difference. Of course when it comes to being eco-friendly be sure that you are picking fittings that can be used with LED bulbs. The reason is that they use less electricity, and last way longer than the regular kind. Therefore even the most luxurious setup will be guaranteed to be as eco-friendly as possible.


Step 2: Bedding

No bedroom would be complete without the right bedding, and luxurious linens are a must if you are aiming to create a high-end space. You will have noticed too that it's even possible to get some soft and comfortable duvet covers and sheets without spending a fortune. However, it's crucial to remember that many of the cheaper mass produced items are made in a very environmentally irresponsible way.

That is why it is crucial that you research suitable bedding types like those made from Tencel fabric before you make your choice. Now, you may well be asking yourself what is Tencel bedding, especially if you haven't heard of it before. Well, it's a fabric that is not only soft on the skin and holds its colour for a long time but one that is also being manufactured sustainably. This is something that means by using it in your redecoration, you will know your bedroom will be as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible.


Step 3: Preloved and vintage items

Next, when it comes to decorating your room, there is no better way to achieve a luxury finish than to use vintage and antique furniture. After all, baroque carved wooden pieces in oak or gilded practically ooze luxe and are some of my favourite style of vintage furniture. Of course, by using pre-loved pieces either in their original state or restored and upcycled, you are choosing a much more eco-friendly option as well. This is because no additional energy or resources are needed to make such pieces, and as an added bonus you are preventing them from ending up in a landfill as well. Double win!

How would you add some eco luxe to your bedroom?

~E xx




Natural Teeth Whitening With Activated Charcoal

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I'm always looking for ways to whiten and brighten my smile and I have been trying a few things lately. One of the things I have tried with some success is activated charcoal, "what is activated charcoal?" you may ask, well activated charcoal is charcoal that has been oxidised which gives the surface of it more porosity. The porous nature of the activated charcoal acts as an impurity magnet attracting and adsorbing toxins, metals and chemicals. Used on teeth activated charcoal can remove stains on our teeth and is also great for freshening the breath.

Activated charcoal is relatively safe to use on teeth, it will only remove the bad impurities and stains from teeth and does not affect the tooth enamel. It has a gritty texture when using it but has no taste. One of the only cons to using activated charcoal for teeth whitening is that it can get a little messy. To use for whitening my teeth I usually just dip my wet designated toothbrush into some activated charcoal powder and proceed to brush my teeth for about 2 to 6 minutes. You can re dip the toothbrush into the powder as needed. After brushing with the activated charcoal, I rinse my mouth out and then brush my teeth with my regular toothpaste as normal to remove any remaining residue from the charcoal. I try to repeat this process 2 to 3 times in a week until the desired whiteness has been achieved.

I usually use the powder from an activated charcoal capsule although lately I have come across an innovative way to use the charcoal to brush my teeth. This is with the help of a product called Charbrush which is basically a sustainable and biodegradable toothbrush with activated charcoal bristles which makes the whole process a lot easier. This product also comes with a small tin of activated charcoal called char boost which is basically extra powder to use with the brush as needed. The Charbrush can be found here, so far I have had a positive experience using this toothbrush and my teeth are definitely thanking me!

Have you used activated charcoal to whiten your teeth?

How To Get The Best Knitwear For The Season

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Temperatures are dropping even further and all I can think of is various ways to keep warm. One of the ways to do this is to layer up and seek out your warmest knitwear offerings from the bottom of the clothing pile that had previously been stored away. Over the years I have become fed up with purchasing fast fashion knitwear only to have it bobble up and show signs of general wear and tear after being washed a handful of times no matter how carefully I have taken care of and laundered it. 

I decided that it was time to take matters into my own hands literally and get the best knitwear that I could get my hands on. I decided to spend my money in a unique way to achieve this, enter Wool And The Gang! Basically the concept is to buy a ready made knitting kit with all that you need to make yourself some gorgeous form fitting, long lasting quality knitwear for the season. These lovely kits contain lovely wool and all the tools and patterns that you could need, from beginner, intermediate to advanced level knitters and crocheters there really is something for everyone. the website also has a wealth of helpful information and videos incase you get stuck during the making process. Just incase you don't fancy making your own items but still like what you see, you can still purchase the items ready handmade from the website.

I can't express how much satisfaction I get from creating my own investment piece knitwear now, that will last me for years to come and how I also feel part of a community whilst doing so. Slow sustainable thoughtful knitwear fashion is definitely the way forward for me and my wardrobe for the foreseeable future.

Have you ever bought anything from Wool And The Gang?

 

                                            ~ E xx