Decor Trends from IKEA’s New Fall Collection

Who doesn’t like Ikea? Inexpensive and easy to move, Ikea has some decor items for fall. Take a look !

We’re already looking forward to the cozy evenings, colorful leaves, and pumpkin-flavored treats that accompany fall. The season ushers in warmth and comfort, a feeling that’s perfectly encapsulated by IKEA’s new fall collection.

The limited-edition line is called HÖSTKVÄLL, which means “autumn evening” in Swedish, and it includes everything you need to embrace the coziness of autumn. Among the patterned pillows, tabletop accessories, and seasonal accents, we spotted a few fall decorating trends that we can’t wait to incorporate into our homes this year. And with all items less than $20, IKEA’s fall collection makes it easy to embrace seasonal style in living rooms, on dining tables, and at the front door. Here are four trends to watch for this autumn—and start shopping now!

1. Rich, Moody Colors

As sunsets start earlier and cold weather approaches, embrace darker colors. IKEA’s fall line showcases moody, saturated colors including black, charcoal gray, rusty red, and, of course, burnt orange. The juxtaposition of classic fall colors with deep neutrals, as demonstrated by this patterned pillow cover ($7), adds an extra layer of coziness to your seasonal decor.

2. Leafy Patterns

For a modern twist on traditional pumpkin patterns, decorate with fall decor featuring leafy designs. The HÖSTKVÄLL line includes kitchen accessories, pillow covers, wall art, and more with elegant botanical designs that reflect the season’s changing foliage.

3. Artificial Dried Grasses

Dried grasses and flowers bring texture and an element of nature to your fall decor, but the real varieties can leave a lot of debris behind. For a mess-free solution, choose faux versions that look just as beautiful as the real thing. Try IKEA’s artificial bouquet ($10) or the artificial wreath ($15), which both showcase an array of autumnal colors and natural textures that will continue to look good year after year.

4. Cozy Comforts

Lean into the cozy feeling of fall with simple details that add comfort. Line your table with a strand of copper-wire string lights ($18), introduce a festive mood with autumn-scented candles ($4), or snuggle up with a woven throw ($20). Small additions can have a big impact on making your home feel comforting and inviting this fall.

Article by Jessica Bennett for BH&G. Photo credit: Courtesy of Ikea

Source: 4 Gorgeous Decor Trends to Try from IKEA’s New Fall Collection | Better Homes & Gardens (bhg.com)

Transform Your Outdoor Space With These Products

As the weather gets warmer, you’re probably itching to get off your couch and spend as much time as possible outdoors. While it’s nice to get away from your home for a while, it’s sometimes even nicer to have an oasis in your own backyard to turn to. You definitely don’t need to have a large outdoor space in order to transform it into something cozy, comfortable and enjoyable — you just need to have the right decor and setup.

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A great outdoor space requires some comfortable seating, versatile lighting, shade for extra sunny days and some greenery (real or fake). Add in some decor that you like, such as funky planters, a colorful rug or some whimsical string lights, and you’ve got a space you’ll want to return to each day (or night). Here are some of our favorite products you can buy from Amazon to make this a reality.

Slide 2 of 21: $79.00Shop NowThis doubles as a small table and a hidden cooler all in one. You can choose to keep the lid lower when you want to only use it as a table, or you can elevate the lid to show off the hidden cooler underneath (and still use the lid as a tabletop). It's 7.5 gallons and can hold up to 40 cans, and it's made of a water-resistant resin so it can withstand the elements.RELATED:35 Backyard Decor Ideas That Are Designed for Fun and Creating Memories

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Pacific Cool Bar Side Table

$79.00

This doubles as a small table and a hidden cooler all in one. You can choose to keep the lid lower when you want to only use it as a table, or you can elevate the lid to show off the hidden cooler underneath (and still use the lid as a tabletop). It’s 7.5 gallons and can hold up to 40 cans, and it’s made of a water-resistant resin so it can withstand the elements.

Slide 4 of 21: $189.99Shop NowAdd in some sun and bug protection with this pop-up gazebo that can go over a table and chairs set or a couch on your patio. It provides 121 square feet of coverage, and has an air vent on top to keep you cool inside. You can let down the mosquito netting when necessary, or keep it open for a breezier feel.

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Pop-Up Gazebo Tent

$189.99

Add in some sun and bug protection with this pop-up gazebo that can go over a table and chairs set or a couch on your patio. It provides 121 square feet of coverage, and has an air vent on top to keep you cool inside. You can let down the mosquito netting when necessary, or keep it open for a breezier feel.

Slide 3 of 21: $134.99Shop NowAdirondack chairs are a versatile and comfortable seating option that makes for a nice piece of accent furniture, but can also stand alone. This one is extra convenient since it folds for easier storage. The classic design means it will never go out of style.

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Folding Wooden Adirondack Lounger Chair

$134.99

Adirondack chairs are a versatile and comfortable seating option that makes for a nice piece of accent furniture, but can also stand alone. This one is extra convenient since it folds for easier storage. The classic design means it will never go out of style.

Slide 6 of 21: $15.45Shop NowString lights are a popular outdoor accent lighting option for a reason: they instantly make any space feel a little bit more magical. These globe string lights are the perfect size and shape, they're easy to set up, and they give off just the right amount of light for when you're hanging outside in the evening or night.

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String Lights

$15.45

String lights are a popular outdoor accent lighting option for a reason: they instantly make any space feel a little bit more magical. These globe string lights are the perfect size and shape, they’re easy to set up, and they give off just the right amount of light for when you’re hanging outside in the evening or night.

Slide 7 of 21: $399.99Shop NowOutdoor furniture can get really pricey, but if you don't want to drop a lot of money on something you'll only use for a few months, this set is proof you don't have to. This modern sectional sofa comes with thick, comfortable cushions, as well as a glass top table. You can keep it together to use it as a sofa, or separate it into two chairs.

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5 Piece Patio Furniture

$399.99

Outdoor furniture can get really pricey, but if you don’t want to drop a lot of money on something you’ll only use for a few months, this set is proof you don’t have to. This modern sectional sofa comes with thick, comfortable cushions, as well as a glass top table. You can keep it together to use it as a sofa, or separate it into two chairs.

Slide 9 of 21: $1249.99Shop NowGive your space a luxurious feel with this super comfortable daybed that encourages all of the lounging and sunbathing. It has a retractable canopy for shade, and can comfortably hold up to four people at a time. The seats can be left combined or separated, and the cushion is thick and comfortable.

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Outdoor Round Daybed

$1249.99

Give your space a luxurious feel with this super comfortable daybed that encourages all of the lounging and sunbathing. It has a retractable canopy for shade, and can comfortably hold up to four people at a time. The seats can be left combined or separated, and the cushion is thick and comfortable.

To see more of this article written by Jessica Booth for Good Housekeeping, and see more idea’s for your backyard, click the source below.

Source: 20 Amazon Products That’ll Transform Your Outdoor Space (msn.com)

The Hovet Ikea Mirror

Popsugar© article by Allison Ingrum

Slide 1 of 6: BUY NOW$129If your social media looks anything like mine, you've seen the HOVET Ikea mirror all over your timeline for the past year. I didn't pay much attention to it at first, riding it off as yet another influencer product I truly didn't need. After all, cheap, over-the-door hanging mirrors that slightly warped my reflection usually got the job done anyway, so why would I need this one?  But now that I'm staying home more, I've decided to invest in my space by filling it with more thoughtful and useful pieces. They certainly don't need to be expensive - in fact most are quite the opposite. Instead, I'm looking for quality, long-lasting pieces that improve my daily routines.  I recently moved and found myself in need of a new full-length mirror, so I no longer had to rely on self-timer photos to check my outfits. I scoured the internet for one that met these standards, only to find myself returning to that familiar mirror I'd seen far too many times. After reading dozens of glowing reviews, I decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did.  I measured time and time again before its arrival, but nothing could have prepared me for how big this mirror actually is. At only 5'2", I can barely reach the top of it when standing on the floor. I decided to lean it against my wall, but mounting fixtures are included if I later decide to hang the mirror vertically or horizontally. The only downside I've noticed so far is the mirror's weight. Given that the mirror is 42 pounds and almost 6.5 feet tall, I'm thankful I don't have to move it too often.  The mirror framing is made of aluminum, which gives it a modern look, but it can be easily upgraded with spray paint or string lights. A quick search of the mirror on Instagram or TikTok will take you days to scroll through and will leave you with endless inspiration.  In all honesty, I'm not sure a mirror of this quality and size exists for a better price. It makes my New York City bedroom feel so much larger than it is. Most importantly, I know it will last for years and through many more apartments.

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Influencers Convinced Me to Buy the Hovet Ikea Mirror, and I Don’t Regret It at All

If your social media looks anything like mine, you’ve seen the HOVET Ikea mirror all over your timeline for the past year. I didn’t pay much attention to it at first, riding it off as yet another influencer product I truly didn’t need. After all, cheap, over-the-door hanging mirrors that slightly warped my reflection usually got the job done anyway, so why would I need this one?

But now that I’m staying home more, I’ve decided to invest in my space by filling it with more thoughtful and useful pieces. They certainly don’t need to be expensive – in fact most are quite the opposite. Instead, I’m looking for quality, long-lasting pieces that improve my daily routines.

I recently moved and found myself in need of a new full-length mirror, so I no longer had to rely on self-timer photos to check my outfits. I scoured the internet for one that met these standards, only to find myself returning to that familiar mirror I’d seen far too many times. After reading dozens of glowing reviews, I decided to give it a try. I’m so glad I did.

I measured time and time again before its arrival, but nothing could have prepared me for how big this mirror actually is. At only 5’2″, I can barely reach the top of it when standing on the floor. I decided to lean it against my wall, but mounting fixtures are included if I later decide to hang the mirror vertically or horizontally. The only downside I’ve noticed so far is the mirror’s weight. Given that the mirror is 42 pounds and almost 6.5 feet tall, I’m thankful I don’t have to move it too often.

The mirror framing is made of aluminum, which gives it a modern look, but it can be easily upgraded with spray paint or string lights. A quick search of the mirror on Instagram or TikTok will take you days to scroll through and will leave you with endless inspiration.

In all honesty, I’m not sure a mirror of this quality and size exists for a better price. It makes my New York City bedroom feel so much larger than it is. Most importantly, I know it will last for years and through many more apartments.

Slide 2 of 6: BUY NOW$129At almost 6.5 feet fall and 2.5 feet wide, the Ikea HOVET Mirror ($129) makes the room feel much larger than it is.

At almost 6.5 feet fall and 2.5 feet wide, the Ikea HOVET Mirror ($129) makes the room feel much larger than it is.

Slide 3 of 6: BUY NOW$129The Ikea HOVET Mirror ($129) can be mounted vertically or horizontally.

The Ikea HOVET Mirror can be mounted vertically or horizontally.

Slide 4 of 6: BUY NOW$129Framed with aluminum, the Ikea HOVET Mirror ($129) gives off a sleek, modern look.

Framed with aluminum, the Ikea HOVET Mirror  gives off a sleek, modern look and goes well with any of your existing decor!

Slide 6 of 6: BUY NOW$129Trust me, your mirror selfies will truly get an upgrade with the Ikea HOVET Mirror ($129).
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 Ikea HOVET Mirror in a Room

Trust me, your mirror selfies will truly get an upgrade with the Ikea HOVET Mirror.

Source: Influencers Convinced Me to Buy the Hovet Ikea Mirror, and I Don’t Regret It at All (msn.com)

8 Beauty Trends to Try—Even If You’re Only Wearing Leggings

Our team has discussed the death of the jean for quite a while now, and with winter ahead, the last thing any of us are putting on is real pants. But just because you’re in an exclusive relationship with your leggings doesn’t mean you can’t look amazing for every Zoom meeting and mirror-walk-by of the day. Putting on a fresh face and experimenting with my makeup looks and hair routine have pretty single-handedly given me something to look forward to and stay motivated throughout my day. Ready to try something new beyond your daily BB cream and top knot? Here are eight beauty trends anyone can wear that take your leggings and a tee to a solid 10/10:

1. Winged Liner

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This trend isn’t going anywhere, and this fall, we’re seeing it in practically every shape, color, and finish. Now that we have a little extra time in the morning, it’s not the worst idea to finally master your perfect winged liner look. Then, you can experiment with different shapes, styles, and colors. I’m loving a classic, deep black wing when I’m just heading to the grocery store because it adds a little bit of interest to my eyes (the star of the show since I’m wearing a mask!) without taking too much effort. But I also love the metallic liner trend, especially for holiday. A wash of gold or silver looks cool and editorial; like you just stepped out of Pat McGrath’s chair.

2. Brushed-Out Curls

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If you have naturally curly or textured hair, this is a breeze (although it might feel a little unnatural if you’ve abided by the “don’t brush your curls!” rules of the past). As a straight-haired person, I get the look by curling my hair at night with a small curling wand (my hair is fine, so I use a ½ in, but I’d say to go ½ in smaller than your normal-size iron), set it with a hairspray, sleep on it, and then brush them through in the morning. I’ll do it while I’m watching TV or listening to an audiobook, and then I’m guaranteed sexy, voluminous hair for days. I’m also loving this look with a ponytail!

3. Multi-Masking

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So, you can’t *exactly* wear this for a work meeting, but I’d be damned if I left out one of the best WFH perks out there: masking while we work. I’m all for a self-care night filled with my skincare favorites, but sometimes my skin calls for an all-day mask situation. Something hydrating is great for dry, winter skin; you can opt for a depuffing, oxygenating mask with a facial massage in the morning with your coffee; or I swear by a purifying mask after a hot, steamy shower when I wake up with a breakout. I especially love this trick with undereye masks. The serum in an undereye mask stays on your skin, leaving it hydrated and plump for the entire day—why would I waste that when I’m just heading to sleep?

4. Beaming Highlight

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There’s nothing like catching yourself in the mirror when your cheekbones are highlighted. And I’m not talking your run-of-the-mill highlight either; I mean “aliens up in space are discussing the beam of light coming from an undisclosed North American location” type of glow. When you’re wearing an otherwise understated look, adding a striking highlighter to your cheekbones can turn up your confidence and make a look seem a lot more intentional (when really you just rolled out of bed). I also love having a bit stronger cheek highlight for Zoom meetings—I typically powder more because the webcam can make you look shiny, so adding extra highlight makes it look like your skin is truly perfect.

5. Grey, Plum, and Taupe Shades

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There’s no time like the fall and winter to dive into deeper makeup tones, and instead of opting for your usual pumpkin oranges and rich browns, 2020’s spin involves something a little cooler. Cool-toned makeup is slowly but surely making its way back in the hearts of makeup-lovers everywhere, and we’re starting with rich plums, taupes, and greys. An easy way to tackle the look is a cool, grey-toned purple lip—like this one from The Lip Bar—but if you have a little extra time in the morning, a swipe of a shimmery, taupe eyeshadow looks put-together, glamorous, and chic. Bonus points if the shade has a bit of sparkle too! 

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Another iteration of this look is using matte shades for a more retro-style. Think Ariana Grande in the “Positions” music video. Create a wing with a cool-toned medium brown shadow (if you have a medium or dark skin tone, apply a white/cream shadow all over the lid to make this brown pop!) and a brush, and bring the wing over your crease. This look is actually pretty wearable, but looks so impactful (some might say West Wing worthy). 

6. Face-Framing Tendrils

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The ‘90s have influenced the biggest hair trends of the last few years, and this one is in full-force right now. This look can be done many ways, whether it’s braiding your front pieces—like in the above photo—or pulling out a few pieces from a bun or ponytail. I love adding little braids to frame my face, and it takes seriously no time at all. Whether you have layers and shorter pieces cut already or you want to fake it, this look is probably the easiest on this list with some of the highest impact.

7. Monochrome

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One of the simplest ways to look put-together, in my opinion, is a monochromatic look. Whether you go for a light neutral eye look with a nude lip or opt for a pink cheek and lip, you’ll look like a professional makeup artist graced your face with seriously minimal effort. The easiest way to do this is using a lipstick and swiping it across your lids (use a primer and set with a translucent powder to make it stay all day with no creasing), on your cheeks as blush, and on your lips! A few shades to try this with include: red cheeks and lips; berry eyes and lips; taupe eyes and lips, rosey-brown eyes, lips, and cheeks; and cinnamon-brown eyes, lips, and cheeks.

8. Red Lip With A Bare/Natural Face

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This look has been around for decades, if not centuries, but it’s a gold standard of the life we’re living in 2020. A simple red lip can improve your mood ten-fold; plus, it makes even a messy bun and “I-was-too-lazy-to-put-in-my-contacts” look chic and intentional. Wearing it with a bare face keeps the look natural while also increasing the impact of the bold red lip.

Source: https://theeverygirl.com/beauty-trends-to-try/

Patio heaters and fire pits for staying toasty outside

By Scott Nyerges for Cheapism©

Slide 1 of 10: As the weather cools and the days grow short, it's time to squeeze every last minute of fun out of your backyard patio or deck with a patio heater or a fire pit. What kind you buy depends largely on how large a space you have and how you use it. Freestanding propane patio heaters are best for open spaces where people are circulating, such as a pool area, or large deck or patio. They're designed to be portable, providing warmth where it's needed, though some are easier to maneuver than others. The chief drawback is that the propane tank will have to be replaced periodically, same as you would with a gas grill. Some freestanding patio heaters can be converted to natural gas, a nice option if you already have an existing gas outlet on your patio.Electric patio heaters, which use quartz or infrared elements to radiate heat, are better for small, defined spaces where people stay put and need concentrated warmth, such as an outdoor dining area. Most of these are designed to be affixed to a wall or ceiling, though there are some freestanding and tabletop models available. If all you want to do is sit around a roaring fire outside and chill in the backyard, skip the patio heaters and invest in a fire pit instead. Bear in mind that patio heaters are (pardon the pun) a hot item with consumers, particularly in autumn. If you see a model you like on sale, buy right away — it may be sold out later.Prices and availability are subject to change.Related: 25 Grilling Accessories You Didn't Know You Needed

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Keep the Party Going

As the weather cools and the days grow short, it’s time to squeeze every last minute of fun out of your backyard patio or deck with a patio heater or a fire pit. What kind you buy depends largely on how large a space you have and how you use it. Freestanding propane patio heaters are best for open spaces where people are circulating, such as a pool area, or large deck or patio. They’re designed to be portable, providing warmth where it’s needed, though some are easier to maneuver than others. The chief drawback is that the propane tank will have to be replaced periodically, same as you would with a gas grill. Some freestanding patio heaters can be converted to natural gas, a nice option if you already have an existing gas outlet on your patio.

Electric patio heaters, which use quartz or infrared elements to radiate heat, are better for small, defined spaces where people stay put and need concentrated warmth, such as an outdoor dining area. Most of these are designed to be affixed to a wall or ceiling, though there are some freestanding and tabletop models available. If all you want to do is sit around a roaring fire outside and chill in the backyard, skip the patio heaters and invest in a fire pit instead. Bear in mind that patio heaters are (pardon the pun) a hot item with consumers, particularly in autumn. If you see a model you like on sale, buy right away — it may be sold out later.

Slide 3 of 10: $99 from Lowe's Shop Now This 21-pound steel fire pit measures just under 30 inches in diameter, small enough to fit on a patio but large enough to swallow an armload of firewood for an all-night campfire. More than 600 people give it an average score of 4.5 stars out of 5, though it's worth pointing out that some otherwise-satisfied owners say assembly can be tricky and the lid may not fit snugly. For more great gift guides, please sign up for our free newsletters.

Garden Treasures Wood-Burning Fire Pit

From Lowe’s

This 21-pound steel fire pit measures just under 30 inches in diameter, small enough to fit on a patio but large enough to swallow an armload of firewood for an all-night campfire. More than 600 people give it an average score of 4.5 stars out of 5, though it’s worth pointing out that some otherwise-satisfied owners say assembly can be tricky and the lid may not fit snugly.

Slide 4 of 10: $135 from Amazon Shop Now Good luck finding this one it stock; it's consistently sold out. No wonder, given that it's cheaper than most other commercial patio heaters of similar size and power. It's rated at 46,000 BTUs, enough to heat a space of about 18 feet in diameter. Top Ten Reviews recommends this propane patio heater, naming it a value buy, and more than 2,000 Amazon customers give it an average score of 4.3 out of 5. Most buyers are satisfied, though several note that assembly was more challenging than expected. Related: 15 Stylish and Durable Outdoor Rugs to Transform Your Backyard

AmazonBasics Commercial Outdoor Patio Heater

From Amazon

Good luck finding this one it stock; it’s consistently sold out. No wonder, given that it’s cheaper than most other commercial patio heaters of similar size and power. It’s rated at 46,000 BTUs, enough to heat a space of about 18 feet in diameter. Top Ten Reviews recommends this propane patio heater, naming it a value buy, and more than 2,000 Amazon customers give it an average score of 4.3 out of 5. Most buyers are satisfied, though several note that assembly was more challenging than expected.

Slide 5 of 10: $140 from Lowe's Shop Now This wall-mounted, indoor-outdoor electric patio heater is powerful enough to heat a gazebo, small deck, or garage workspace, according to owners. The majority of buyers say they're very happy with their purchase (and provide photos to prove it), but some grouse that the 6-foot power cord isn't long enough, and a few complain that the instructions are unclear. If this model is sold out, Home Depot sells a nearly identical model for the same price that also gets good marks from owners.Related: Best Cheap Electric Grills for Indoors and Out

Well Traveled Living Electric Patio Heater

From Lowe’s

This wall-mounted, indoor-outdoor electric patio heater is powerful enough to heat a gazebo, small deck, or garage workspace, according to owners. The majority of buyers say they’re very happy with their purchase (and provide photos to prove it), but some grouse that the 6-foot power cord isn’t long enough, and a few complain that the instructions are unclear. If this model is sold out, Home Depot sells a nearly identical model for the same price that also gets good marks from owners.

Slide 7 of 10: $158 from Walmart Shop Now Fire Sense is one of the few patio heater brands that earns the attention of professional reviewers like Best Reviews and Top Ten Reviews, and Walmart shoppers give this 46,000-BTU model an exceptionally high average score of 4.8 stars out of 5. This eye-popping turquoise-colored heater is also the only heater we found that comes finished in something other than stainless steel or rubbed bronze, which may explain why it's frequently sold out. Related: 11 Home Projects for Fall — and Products to Make Them Easier

Fire Sense Propane Patio Heater

From Walmart

Fire Sense is one of the few patio heater brands that earns the attention of professional reviewers like Best Reviews and Top Ten Reviews, and Walmart shoppers give this 46,000-BTU model an exceptionally high average score of 4.8 stars out of 5. This eye-popping turquoise-colored heater is also the only heater we found that comes finished in something other than stainless steel or rubbed bronze, which may explain why it’s frequently sold out.

Slide 8 of 10: $209 from Home Depot Shop Now This 42,000 BTU glass tube patio heater can warm an area of about 115 square feet. Some owners say the heat output is weaker than they would like, but they rave nevertheless about this propane-powered radiant heater's sleek, modern design. The biggest sticking point, as is the case with many patio heaters, is assembly, which some buyers say can be time-consuming. Related: 10 Tips for Reviving Your Outdoor Furniture

Hampton Bay Patio Heater

From Home Depot

This 42,000 BTU glass tube patio heater can warm an area of about 115 square feet. Some owners say the heat output is weaker than they would like, but they rave nevertheless about this propane-powered radiant heater’s sleek, modern design. The biggest sticking point, as is the case with many patio heaters, is assembly, which some buyers say can be time-consuming.

Slide 9 of 10: $354 from BBQ Guys Shop Now A telescoping, freestanding patio heater like this one gives you the portability of an umbrella-style propane heater with the focused intensity of an electric model. Rated at 1,500 watts, this heater can warm a space of about 150 square feet, according to the manufacturer, and the height-adjustable stand has wheels on the base for portability. Unlike propane-powered models, this one can be used indoors or out. Assembly is relatively straightforward, buyers say, but the cord is only 6 feet long. Related: The Best Picnic Blankets for Enjoying the Backyard

Fire Sense Electric Infrared Patio Heater

From BBQ Guys

A telescoping, freestanding patio heater like this one gives you the portability of an umbrella-style propane heater with the focused intensity of an electric model. Rated at 1,500 watts, this heater can warm a space of about 150 square feet, according to the manufacturer, and the height-adjustable stand has wheels on the base for portability. Unlike propane-powered models, this one can be used indoors or out. Assembly is relatively straightforward, buyers say, but the cord is only 6 feet long.

Slide 10 of 10: $580 and up from Amazon Shop Now At about $600, the Bromic isn't cheap, but it is powerful: designed to heat up to 160 square feet, which is far more than the other infrared heaters in this roundup. Owners like the included remote, which allows you to adjust the level of heat output, although some say it's too fussy to use. One potential drawback: This electric patio heater also requires a 240-volt electrical outlet, which not all homes have. Related: How to Keep Your Backyard Pool Clean and Clear

Bromic Smart-Heat Infrared Electric Patio Heater

From Amazon

At about $600, the Bromic isn’t cheap, but it is powerful: designed to heat up to 160 square feet, which is far more than the other infrared heaters in this roundup. Owners like the included remote, which allows you to adjust the level of heat output, although some say it’s too fussy to use. One potential drawback: This electric patio heater also requires a 240-volt electrical outlet, which not all homes have.

And then there’s this:

Slide 2 of 10: $29 from Amazon Shop Now Take the glow wherever you go with this portable, single-use campfire. The tin weighs just 4 pounds and the soy wax and paper briquette filling will burn for up to 3 hours, according to the manufacturer (some buyers report up to 6 hours of use). Most consumers say it's money well spent; the fire gets toasty warm as it burns and doesn't give off too much smoke or unpleasant odors.

Radiate Portable Campfire

From Amazon

Take the glow wherever you go with this portable, single-use campfire. The tin weighs just 4 pounds and the soy wax and paper briquette filling will burn for up to 3 hours, according to the manufacturer (some buyers report up to 6 hours of use). Most consumers say it’s money well spent; the fire gets toasty warm as it burns and doesn’t give off too much smoke or unpleasant odors.

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/shopping-all/patio-heaters-and-fire-pits-for-staying-toasty-outside/ss-BB19nefS?ocid=msedgntp#image=2

5 New Athleisure Brands You Should Be Adding to Your Rotation

Article by Samantha Leal for Well + Good

Athleisure has come a long, long way. From workout clothes to lounging to now even business-meets-athleisure brands, the go-to outfit for many (especially in COVID-19 times) probably includes at least one piece of athleisure. And while the category expands, it can be hard to keep up with all of them. (Plus, are they even good?) You’ve got this. Or rather, we have. Here are five newer athleisure brands you should be adding to cart.

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Athleisure has come a long, long way. From workout clothes to lounging to now even business-meets-athleisure brands, the go-to outfit for many (especially in COVID-19 times) probably includes at least one piece of athleisure. And while the category expands, it can be hard to keep up with all of them. (Plus, are they even good?) You’ve got this. Or rather, we have. Here are five newer athleisure brands you should be adding to cart.

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Aerie just launched a new athleisure line called OFFLINE made for movement and comfort (aka working out or ordering takeout from your couch). Available online and with two retail store locations to come, these leggings, tanks, sports bras, and more are all super soft without being sloppy. Try the Real Me legging ($40 – $45) as a go-to for every day or the Goals legging ($50) to lift the booty and have you feeling (and looking) good.

Solely Fit

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Founded by ABC News reporter Stefania Okolie, this fitness apparel line launched right in the middle of COVID, and has everything to make your body stand out. As “elevated athleisure” the shapes and sillhouettes of this line are super strong and flattering for any body. The favorite: The Moremi Biker Shorts ($54).

Enavant Active (ENVT)

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Chic. Chic. Chic. I typically shy away from using that word, but this athleisure brand lives up to it. From the French phrase “en avant,” meaning “to move forward” this brand is committed to sourcing the highest standards of technical materials, which is why it spent two years perfecting its trademark fabric Enavance™. Spun from luxury Italian fibers, Enavance™ boasts revolutionary performance while feeling incredible against the body. As a premium line, the pricing can seem high, but as someone who has lived in her sets for days at a time (I mean, what? Who? Not me…) I can say they’re so comfortable and flattering. My favorite set? The Malibu Bra Top ($88) with the Sunset Leggings ($89).

WVVY

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Wellness influencer Britney Vest joined forces with HSN to launch her own athleisure brand this summer called WVVY, with sizing up to 3X and everything under $100. (Size inclusive and budget-friendly? Yes, please.) The line was inspired by Britney’s love for California and the ocean, and features leggings, sports bras, biker shorts, jogger pants, and t-shirts. Try the cropped hoodie ($47) paired with the lace-up legging ($48).

Mind Body Love

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The new workout collection from the line “Peace Love World,” by Alina Villasante is full of liveable styles in mostly black and white. It launched with QVC in June, and consists of eight key pieces for everyday workouts and post-workout style. Sizes go up to 3X, and feature designs in petite, regular, and tall. Some standouts? The performance tank ($38) with a great square neck and the biker shorts ($51) with secret pocket.

Source: https://www.wellandgood.com/new-athleisure-brands/

How to Grow Hair Faster So It’s Longer and Stronger

By Sarah Wu  for Glamour©


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Hair never seems to grow more slowly than when you need it to do the exact opposite. If you’re wondering how to grow hair faster, the first thing to keep in mind is that there’s no sudden miracle cure for transitioning between hairstyles or growing out an unfortunate chop overnight. On average, you should expect a maximum half inch of new growth per month—and that’s under the healthiest conditions. Due to factors like breakage or diet, it can easily be less. In other words, have plenty of patience.

The good news: There are plenty of easy steps that can make a big difference in ensuring you do reach that half inch every month. Growing your hair out requires a twofold approach. First, you have to reduce damage throughout the hair shaft to prevent hair loss and growth-slowing breakage. And second, you need an optimal growing environment at the root, while also leaving certain things (like color and trims) in the hands of experienced professionals. Below, hair and scalp experts weigh in on the 15 most effective things you can do to get those follicles (gradually) moving. Here’s their best advice on how to grow hair faster.

1. Put down the scissors and ask for “health trims.”

Says celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan, let it grow out until you can (or feel safe enough to) book a salon appointment again. Once you do, she recommends asking for a “health trim”—in other words, letting your hairstylist know you are growing out your hair and only want to cut the split ends while still maintaining length.

“If the goal is to grow out your hair, patience is key,” she says. “Get trims two or three times a year, or more frequently if your hair is damaged or you color it regularly.”

2. Take a break from bleaching.

“I like to say your hair can be short and blonde or long and dark, but you can’t have both,” says Marjan. Regularly bleaching and highlighting your hair can easily lead to over-processing, which causes breakage and makes it much harder for hair to grow out. Marjan recommends switching to darker colors during your grow-out phase and opting for demi- or semi-permanent colors at the salon, which won’t cause unnecessary damage.

3. Try a clarifying shampoo or scalp scrub.

Your scalp condition is crucial to growing your hair—not just faster, but also healthier and stronger. According to dermatologist Ava Shamban, M.D., you can improve scalp health by creating a clear surface with clarifying ingredients. “Like your face, your scalp experiences a great deal of environmentally induced inflammation,” she says. “Keeping follicles clean prevents oil build up or clogging.”

Shamban recommends any scalp scrub formulas with salicylic acid (which strips away the outer layer of cells and sebum buildup) and glycolic acid (which penetrates even more deeply). You can also try making your own using sugar, olive oil, honey, and apple cider vinegar. Or, simply incorporate a once-weekly shampoo that’s equal parts clarifying and hydrating.

4. Choose haircare products with targeted ingredients.

Beyond your once-weekly clarifying shampoo or scrub, it’s also helpful to look for topicals that can maintain your hair health in between. Kerry Yates, scalp health expert and founder of Colour Collective, always recommends a select group of anti-inflammatory botanicals. “Aloe vera instantly soothes and conditions without negatively impacting sebum production,” she says. “Fenugreek is rich in niacin, which can increase blood flow to the follicle. Chamomile is a natural calming agent for scalp sensitivities, and honey helps ward off bacterial growth on your scalp.”

5. Space out your shampoo days.

Deciding how often you should wash your hair ultimately depends on your individual hair type. But whether you have curls or straight hair, Yates does not recommend shampooing on a daily basis. “The daily use of cleansers can cause dryness and scalp irritation,” she says. Use a dry shampoo when needed, and follow with a clarifying rinse the day after.

6. Treat yourself to a deep-conditioning treatment.

Scalp health is important for growth, but so is keeping the rest of your hair nourished, even if it’s made up of dead cells. Cut down on split ends and damage by doing a once-weekly deep-conditioning treatment. These targeted formulas help to keep the hair shaft sealed and smooth. “Have a deep conditioning treatment that’s part of your regular regimen,” says hairstylist and owner of Phenix Salon Suites, Gina Rivera. 

7. Swap out your bath towel for something snag-free.

Once you’re out of the shower, your hair is in its most fragile state. Avoid breakage by using towels that won’t snag and pull. “The best towels to use for drying the hair are non-terrycloth towels,” says Yates. “The absence of the tight loops prevent that excess pulling, which is not good for hair health.” She suggests using an old cotton T-shirt instead, which provides a smooth surface for hair to glide over without getting caught.

8. Minimize heat damage.

Growing your hair out doesn’t mean swearing off hot tools entirely, but minimizing heat damage significantly cuts down on dryness and split ends. “I recommend Ghd hot tools because of their universal heat setting, which styles your hair without blowing out the cuticle and contributing to heat damage,” says Marjan. Rivera also recommends lines like By Gina with infrared smart technology, which locks moisture into the hair shaft. In general, keep your blow-dryers, flatirons, and curling wands on lower heat settings when possible to prevent scorching the hair. (And always pair them with a heat protectant.)

9. Brush your hair—carefully.

Brushing your hair does more than detangle it; it also releases dead cells, improves scalp circulation, and distributes oil throughout your hair shaft. Shamban often recommends that her clients with irritated scalps incorporate this step by using a bristle brush daily. Remember that hair is especially fragile out of the shower, so it’s best to do this step once your hair isn’t sopping wet. “Make sure you brush gently and use a non-damaging brush that won’t pull or snag hair,” says Marjan.

10. Invest in a silk pillowcase.

“Silk pillowcases are probably the easiest change you can make that reaps the biggest reward,” says Marjan. When you sleep on cotton pillowcases, the fabric can pull moisture from your hair overnight and cause friction that leads to dryness and pulling. “Sleeping on silk not only extends the life of your hairstyle, but also keeps hair healthier,” says Marjan. These colorful cases from Branché keep their soft but substantial finish no matter how many times you wash them, but you should also take a look at our breakdown of the best silk pillowcases worth your money.

11. Gua sha your scalp.

If you’ve tried gua sha on your face, the same technique can be applied to your scalp to stimulate hair follicles. “This is a great pre-shampoo treatment and can be done with an oil on your scalp,” says Marjan, who recommends either castor or tea tree oil. “Castor oil has an essential fatty acid that nourishes your scalp and prevents hair from falling, resulting in thicker, healthier hair,” she says. Tea tree oil is an ideal option if you want a cooling, stimulating effect. touch points.

12. Use low-pressure hair ties.

Just like cotton pillowcases, elastics can also pull on your hair if you’re not careful. “Constant pulling will result in permanent follicle damage and prevent the follicles from operating normally,” says Yates. “If you like to wear your hair in tight ponytail, try one a bit lower, towards the nape of your neck to limit strain.” Also consider swapping out your regular elastics for silk scrunchies or hair ties that distribute pressure more evenly, like the Invisibobble.

13. Take biotin, iodine, and zinc supplements.

Topicals are effective at maintaining hair health to an extent, but supplements are another smart way to get your nutrients in. There’s no miracle pill that will suddenly speed up hair growth, but certain ingredients can assist in the process. Shamban frequently recommends biotin to her patients, which works as well internally as it does topically. Nutritionist and founder of JSHealth Vitamins, Jessica Sepel, likes kelp-sourced iodine and zinc, which are featured in her Hair + Energy vitamins. “Iodine has promising research to enhance hair health and growth, and zinc can help maintain it,” she says.

14. Eat foods rich in iron, protein, and healthy fats.

Sepel also recommends paying attention to your regular diet, where you get the bulk of your growth-boosting ingredients. “Incorporate a variety of nutrients to promote healthier hair,” she says. At the top of her list are iron and protein-rich foods like red meat, spinach, legumes, tempeh, tofu, poultry, fish, and eggs. The healthy fats found in salmon, avocado, and nuts can also help promote shinier, stronger hair.

15. Reduce stress.

Shamban says that stress and hormonal shifts are the main factors behind hair loss and thinning in women. “When you are unhealthy, the energy to support scalp and hair health will be diverted to other parts of your body,” says Yates. “Solely relying on topical treatments in these cases will not help with scalp health.”

This one’s admittedly easier said than done, but whether reducing stress involves plugging in an essential oil diffuser or having a longer conversation with your doctor, it’s an important final step. “A happy scalp grows healthy hair,” says Shamban.

Sarah Wu is a writer in Berlin. Follow her on Instagram @say.wu.

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7 Sophisticated and Festive July 4th Outfit Ideas

Slide 1 of 7: Don't own much blue? Don't stress, you can totally keep the color out of your outfit. In fact, any combination from the trio (blue with white, red with blue, etc.) will look just as festive without being quite so on the nose. Shop similar styles: All Saints top ($55; $22); Summersalt pants ($80); Banana Republic clutch ($70; $41)

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1. Pick Two Out of Three

Don’t own much blue? Don’t stress, you can totally keep the color out of your outfit. In fact, any combination from the trio (blue with white, red with blue, etc.) will look just as festive without being quite so on the nose.

Shop similar styles: All Saints top ($55; $22); Summersalt pants ($80); Banana Republic clutch ($70; $41)

Slide 2 of 7: Primary colors can be a bit much. Rather, focus on an understated print (with some addition of red, white or blue) that you can pair with white sneaks. Shop similar styles: Beach Lunch Lounge dress ($78); Keds sneakers ($75); Furla bag ($398)

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2. Go for Muted Tones

Primary colors can be a bit much. Rather, focus on an understated print (with some addition of red, white or blue) that you can pair with white sneaks.

Shop similar styles: Beach Lunch Lounge dress ($78); Keds sneakers ($75); Furla bag ($398)

Slide 3 of 7: Oh, your floral dress already happens to be blue and red? Add a handbag in any of the three patriotic hues and call it a day. Shop similar styles: Yumi Kim dress ($258); Rebecca Taylor dress ($297)

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3. Give Florals a Patriotic Spin

Oh, your floral dress already happens to be blue and red? Add a handbag in any of the three patriotic hues and call it a day.

Shop similar styles: Yumi Kim dress ($258); Rebecca Taylor dress ($297)

Slide 4 of 7: Swap stars for leopard spots and switch stripes for plaid; so long as you stick to the OG color scheme, you'll fit right in with all the flag-adorned folks while watching the fireworks. Shop similar styles: Paige shirt ($159); AG jeans ($188); Reike Nen handbag ($380); Nine West heels ($89; $70)

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4. Try some Unexpected Prints

Swap stars for leopard spots and switch stripes for plaid; so long as you stick to the OG color scheme, you’ll fit right in with all the flag-adorned folks while watching the fireworks.

Shop similar styles: Paige shirt ($159); AG jeans ($188); Reike Nen handbag ($380); Nine West heels ($89; $70)

Slide 5 of 7: An easy denim jacket or classic-cut blazer is always a good idea. You know what else is great? A bright red lip. Shop similar styles: Fenty Beauty by Rihanna ($18; $13); Sephora Collection ($15); Marc Jacobs Beauty ($32; $16)

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5. Use Makeup to Your Advantage

An easy denim jacket or classic-cut blazer is always a good idea. You know what else is great? A bright red lip.

Shop similar styles: Fenty Beauty by Rihanna ($18; $13); Sephora Collection ($15); Marc Jacobs Beauty ($32; $16)

Slide 6 of 7: Bold lipstick not quite your style? Tie a red and blue scarf around your ponytail to transform your favorite LWD from simply cute to really ready to celebrate America's birthday. Shop similar styles: Coach scarf ($95; $48); ASTR the Label dress ($128; $64)

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6. Ditto for accessories

Bold lipstick not quite your style? Tie a red and blue scarf around your ponytail to transform your favorite LWD from simply cute to really ready to celebrate America’s birthday.

Shop similar styles: Coach scarf ($95; $48); ASTR the Label dress ($128; $64)

Slide 7 of 7: So you actually have the perfect shorts for such a specific holiday? Tuck in a structured button-down and take your look from costume-y to classy. Shop similar styles: Gap blouse ($60; $36); Shein shorts ($8); Sole Society bag ($60) RELATED: The Only Basics You Need to Complete Every Simple Summer Outfit

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7. Keep it Streamlined

So you actually have the perfect shorts for such a specific holiday? Tuck in a structured button-down and take your look from costume-y to classy.

Shop similar styles: Gap blouse ($60; $36); Shein shorts ($8); Sole Society bag ($60)

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Embrace your gray hair

Slide 2 of 9: Martin's transformations take 8-15 hours depending on the length of the hair, the thickness, how dark it is, and if he's going for a salt and pepper look (which takes longer).
Jack Martin

A celebrity colorist’s amazing hair transformation photos will inspire you to embrace your gray

  • Jack Martin is a celebrity colorist encouraging women to embrace their gray hair.
  • He posts stunning transformation photos on Instagram that show just how beautiful silvery locks can be.
  • Martin told Insider that gray hair should be seen as something positive and no longer connected with aging, plus it’s very low maintenance.
  • The ecstatic reactions from his clients afterward are, Martin says, his “true fees.”

The LA-based hairdresser, who’s responsible for the hair transformations of Sharon Osbourne and Jane Fonda, posts before and after transformation photos on his Instagram account to encourage women to ditch the dye.

And Martin told Insider that the coronavirus lockdown has “absolutely” led to even more women around the world deciding to go gray naturally.

“Now, many women have about four to five inches of a new regrowth so they’ve started to see how beautiful their gray is naturally,” he said.

“Being quarantined at home for three to four months, seeing how much gray hair they have and how beautiful their gray hair is, many women have changed their minds and decided that they want to go this way.”

Even before the coronavirus lockdown, however, Martin was seeing an increasing number of women growing tired of endlessly dyeing their hair to disguise their gray.

“The way we looked at gray hair 10 or 20 years ago is different than now,” he said. “We are becoming more liberal.

“Ladies are more liberated with their looks, they want to go more natural, ditch chemicals on their scalp, enjoy freedom, and not to be trapped by a color touch-up every two or three weeks.”

For some women, Martin’s transformations provide the the turning point in how they think about their own hair, he said.

“I know some ladies, once they see the gray, their mental health goes down,” he said.

“It’s like a desperate need to color their roots. So when they see the results on my Instagram, they love the idea.”

Martin believes gray hair should be seen as something positive and no longer connected with ageing, so it has nothing to do with being old.”

He believes gray hair should be embraced.

Martin’s transformations take 8-15 hours depending on the length of the hair, the thickness, how dark it is, and if he’s going for a salt and pepper look (which takes longer).

Slide 3 of 9: If he gets the impression the client is nervous during the consultation, he won't go ahead.
Jack Martin

If he gets the impression the client is nervous during the consultation, he won’t go ahead.

Slide 4 of 9: "They have to really want this 100%," Martin said. "If they have 20% doubt, I tell them to think about it. It's a big investment and big commitment."

“They have to really want this 100%,” Martin said. “If they have 20% doubt, I tell them to think about it. It’s a big investment and big commitment.”

Slide 5 of 9: But most of the clients Martin sees have been waiting for a long time and cannot wait to be transformed, he explained.

But most of the clients Martin sees have been waiting for a long time and cannot wait to be transformed, he explained.

Slide 6 of 9: Many women love how much lower-maintenance their hair is after going gray.

Many women love how much lower-maintenance their hair is after going gray.

Slide 7 of 9: "You only have to use purple shampoo and keep trimming your hair," Martin said. "So the visit to the salon will be either to tone your hair every four to five months, to get a trim, or to get a conditioning treatment."

“You only have to use purple shampoo and keep trimming your hair,” Martin said. “So the visit to the salon will be either to tone your hair every four to five months, to get a trim, or to get a conditioning treatment.”

Slide 8 of 9: The reactions he gets are, Martin says, his "true fees."

The reactions he gets are, Martin says, his “true fees.”

Slide 9 of 9: "Oh my God, the reactions," he said. "They're often crying, saying 'I can't believe this is my hair.' The words I hear, it's overwhelming."

“Oh my God, the reactions,” he said. “They’re often crying, saying ‘I can’t believe this is my hair.’ The words I hear, it’s overwhelming.”

It really is !

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