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What We Learned from Sex and the City

By Guest Blogger, Brigitte E.

What We Learned from Sex and the City

 

Our favorite girl gang might not be airing on TV anymore, but they still hold their spot in our hearts. The Sex and the City show made us all wonder if we have what it takes to live the high life in the urban jungle and what it is you actually need to do to get there. So, if you want to bring back the best of the times into today, here’s what you’re going to need:

An outfit to make a statement

Each of the girls in the show has her own unique style that worked brilliantly when then show aired in the early 2000’s, but let’s just say that not all of their styles aged so well. While Carrie might have been the fashion icon during the series, these days you might want to be a bit more like Charlotte. But if the girls have thought us something, it’s that you should always dress to impress. Surprisingly, while Miranda was the odd one out, dressing far less stylish than the other girls, her outfits would look the most normal if worn today. Clashing colors and weird pattern mixes might have been considered a catastrophe back in the day, but today you can see such designs on the biggest runways of the world. So really, whether you want to rock knee-high boots with an over-the-top fur coat, or if you want to show off your body in a sexy red dress, it’s important that you find the look that represents you.

Dating

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Relationships take time. You might meet the perfect one and fall in love instantly, but actually not end up together until several arguments, other partners and a couple of seasons pass by. But if we step away from Carrie and look at Charlotte, we’ll see that things don’t always work out – or do they? Your perfect life falls apart, you get divorced and you feel like you are at the bottom, but them someone new just walks by and there you go, back up on your feet.

Sex

 

Let’s take a page from Samantha’s book: She’s not only sex obsessed, but she is perfectly fine with sharing every single detail with her friends and the unseen audience. The thing to remember here is that this show made great strides in demystifying adult toys and showing us that sex isn’t always good. And when it isn’t – you should speak up, change something about it or, at the very least, take things into your hands. But the show also addresses a major problem: unplanned pregnancy. Miranda’s against-all-odds pregnancy was a shock to everyone, and the message is clear: if you don’t want kids (or and STI) always use protection.

Know your perfect cocktail

There is really nothing more iconic for this show than a glass of Cosmopolitan. So let’s see how you can recreate it at home with your best friends: Originally, the recipe uses cranberry juice, but you can substitute it for grapefruit or blood orange. Put 1oz in a shaker over ice, add a ¼ oz of triple sec and 1 ¼ oz of vodka (or a bit more, if you’re trying to cheer up a friend who just broke up). Shake it all up and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon and you are good to go. Alternatively, go downtown to your favorite bar and tell mr. Bartender to keep them coming.

Have a support group

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If you strip away all the side action that fills up the show, you are left with one very simple theme: friendship. The four girls go through their life’s ups and downs together and support each other through it all. So before you start buying furry coats, shaking up cosmos and updating your sex toy collection, first make sure you have a group of friends that will see you through thick and thin, laugh and cry with you and love you and simply love you unconditionally.

 

And if this made you feel nostalgic, then maybe get your friends together and watch a season or two of the show to remember the good time and give yourself inspiration for your own adventure. After all, we are all writing our own stories, and perhaps it’s just the right time for another plot twist.

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How to Zen Out Your Space

By Guest Blogger, Brigitte E.

How to Zen Out Your Space

Our lives are pretty hectic due to busy schedules and the constant urge to please everyone around us which is impossible, and sometimes too stressful. In all these circumstances, we often forget about our own needs and, most importantly, our health. Such a lifestyle leads to insomnia and eating disorders. Our body is our temple, and the only place we actually have to live in, so we’d better take good care of it first. We must learn how to focus on the important things in life and inner peace is definitely one of them. It happens very often that we don’t manage to clean the house or we have to deal with a pile of paperwork on the desk and unsorted laundry. That mess has to be decluttered before it drowns us in the vicious circle of dirt. Although some people are more productive when working under pressure and surrounded by mess, there is nothing better than living in a clean, fresh environment.

The rage for Zen-organized homes became a trend of the modern-day world, and this implies organizing your personal space with simplicity, minimalism and absolute peace. Here are some useful tips on how to turn your home into a laid-back place.

Start with rearranging your personal space

It goes without saying that a messy house equals a messy life. Cleaning your household the right way can turn any home into a safe haven and a private oasis of peace. A Zen-inspired place means owning a minimal amount of furniture, as it opens up the space and makes it easier to vacuum and clean. The furniture should be made of natural materials such as clay, marble and wood, because these bring a sense of tranquility and warmth. Avoid complicated details and dark colors. Keep your kitchen counters clean and dispose of everything from your bathroom shelves that you haven’t used for a long time.

Fresh air is the number one contributor to your health

 

Make sure to air your rooms frequently since no one likes to live in a stuffy place. In addition, you can even get yourself an air purifier for mold which is a legit game-changer. You can place them in your office, living room or bedroom, and apart from being super quiet, these also remove impurities such as pet hair, smoke and dust. What’s more, they are beneficial to asthmatics and allergy sufferers. Enrich your living room with a few plants or purchase some essential oils, since they raise the level of energy and mental alertness. As for the bedroom, keep it simple. There should be a bed, a closet, one lamp and two nightstands, and to spice it up, add a lavender scent. Lavender is known for repelling insects, but it also helps with stress and anxiety. Scented candles are also a plus as they bring in the warmth and peacefulness.

Choose soothing colors

When in doubt, choose white. White plays an important role when decorating small apartments. You can also go for the mellow colors such as olive, mauve, coral or lavender. These subtle tones are perfect and can lead you straight to the land of tranquility. Purity of lines and open light spaces make us feel unbothered and relaxed.

Keep calm and listen to music

 

We all deserve a little ‘me time’ once in a while, and what’s better than bonding with yourself in a foaming bubble bath while listening to your favorite music? There are plenty of exceptional artists that can help you get through a stressful day, such as Norah Jones, Bob Marley, Sade or Sia. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and let the music shake the stress away. Nothing in this world is worth your anxiety, so seize the moment because, in the end, every little thing is going to be alright.

Get rid of electronic distractions

One TV in the house is enough and it should be placed in the living room. Remove all the cables and wires from your sight and keep your phone chargers in the drawers.

After you have mastered these little life hacks, be brave enough to Zen out your space and sail into a new life filled with vibrancy.

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5 Tips on How to Prepare Your Car for a Road Trip

By Guest Blogger, Brigitte E., Editor at highstylelife.com

5 Tips on How to Prepare Your Car for a Road Trip

Road trips are an increasingly popular form of vacation gaining traction across the globe. In countries like Australia, the horizon of possibilities stretches far beyond what you can even imagine. Coastal trips are becoming more and more popular, attracting families, friend posies, and solo travelers. However, there are some things you might want to do before you hop in your car. Heading out in the open road unprepared is not the wisest move. You need to ensure your car is ready to endure all the trials and tribulations ahead.

Maintenance tasks

On the surface, your vehicle might appear to be fine, but do not take any chances. Carry out thorough maintenance beforehand and see to it that there are no safety concerns. Tightly secure hoses and belts. Make certain there are no cracks in the windshield. Perform a simple voltage test to check whether your battery is fit for a challenge. Scorching temperatures in the Australian outback can really build up under the hood. This is more than a minor inconvenience as it can really drain your car’s battery, especially if it is an aged one. You certainly do not want to get stranded in the middle of nowhere.

Mechanical checkup

From a mechanical standpoint, everything should work like clockwork. Breaks are a key safety component, so measure their pads and audit brake fluid level. Furthermore, inspect the filter, which constantly supplies your engine with air. While at it, look at the lights, including headlights, brake and hazard lights, blinkers, and interior lights. This prevents your visibility from being impaired on the road. Of course, should you encounter difficulties, you can call professionals to inspect the vehicle.  I hired a mobile mechanic from the Gold Coast and hit the road fully confident.

All fluids go

Cars need their fluids just like our bodies need them. Therefore, auditing their level is always high on the checklist. Those who are going on a longer road trip need to top up windshield washer, transmission, and wiper fluids. Do not overlook radiator coolant or power steering fluid either. As for antifreeze/engine coolant, it is also vital, even more so for colder destinations. Namely, chilly weather could freeze fluids in your car and lead to serious setbacks and costly repairs. Finally, see if it is time to do an oil change. We cannot stress enough the importance of having enough juice at all times.

Tire pressure and condition

Tires take the heaviest beating and they must be in tiptop shape. So, check if your tire pressure is on the level prescribed in the owner’s manual. Next, assess their condition: there should be no bulges in the sidewall. In case your tires are more than two years old, then it is recommended to examine the tread depth. Do a penny test to see how it holds up. Hold a Lincoln penny and place it head-down in one of the grooves of the tire surface. If the tread does not obscure all of Lincoln’s head on the coin, your tire is good to go.

 

Stay fresh and clean

It is also a good idea to give your car a good scrub and wipe. After all, cleaning the inside and out will ensure you have the most pleasant road experience. A good place to start is decluttering. Get all the unnecessary items out of the vehicle and make room for those you are going to need once you set off (such as an emergency kit with road flares, jumper cables, etc.). See to it there is no garbage or food residue anywhere. Vacuum the floor, clean the windows, and dust all interior surfaces. Add an air freshener to do away with bad smells.

Smooth sailing

To stay on the safe side, you should schedule an extensive checkup and maintenance.  This is an essential part of trip planning and preparation. In other words, get a closer look at what is happening under the hood. Pay close attention to things like tire pressure and fluid level. Be ready for whatever comes your way and see to it that your vehicle runs like clockwork — both you and your four-wheeled friend must be up to a task. Doing due diligence will give you peace of mind and minimize risks, even when wandering off the beating track.

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