Making Merry with No Headache, Scotland’s New Beer Trend

December 18th, 2014

‘Tis the season once again, and for many people, Christmas parties mean one thing: drinking.

But chances are that many Scots will make it through the season responsibly as 48% of Scottish adults recently polled are now willing to give alcohol-free beer a chance. The research shows that 49% of UK people think alcohol-free beer is far more socially acceptable now than five years ago.

With 59% of British people now feeling conformable ordering alcohol-free beers at restaurants and bars in front of friends, it seems that most of our after-party worries are reserved for our dubious dancing skills on show the night before. In fact, it looks like this guilt-free beverage is set to become a common sight on the festive buffet table in the near future. New statistics, courtesy of a ComRes survey for AB InBev UK, show that more than half of British men have tried alcohol-free lager. But why such a change in drinking culture?

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49% saying they tried it because they were the designated driver for an evening, whilst 39% of UK men said they tried it out of pure curiosity. Instead of waking up achy and pulling on our regretful Christmas jumpers, are we actually drinking more responsibly now? Either way, a change is happening.

The most popular alcohol-free beer, Beck’s Blue, has seen a huge rise in sales. Jennifer Anton, Marketing Manager for Beck’s at AB InBev UK, has noted consumer demand for additional choice that, stating:

‘It is encouraging to see so many Scottish customers choosing to try alcohol-free beer. Offering consumers choice is an important part of our commitment to responsible drinking and we are proud to brew Beck’s Blue’.

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So the image of alcohol-free beer is changing. It’s no longer Billy Connolly drinking his Kaliber in the ’90s.

It’s here, it’s now. It’s coming to the party. Perhaps it’s time we got some new dancing shoes.

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Five ways to turn your bedroom from drab to fab!

December 18th, 2014

 

The New Year is just around the corner, and with that in mind, we’re all looking for a few New Year’s resolutions, whether it’s getting ourselves in shape or giving our homes a makeover.

If it’s more of a case of the latter than the former for you, then there are a few ways in which you can spruce up your home as January rolls round. In particular, you may find your bedroom needs a bit of TLC, which can be achieved without breaking the bank. Here are a few tips as to how.

Eliminate all distractions

Sometimes a lot of us find we suffer from lack of sleep – and much of this can be down to having so many distractions in our bedroom. Of course, we’re not suggesting you get rid of your eye candy partner, but rather the digital distractions – smartphones, tablets, laptops and televisions should all be eliminated. This is a bedroom, not a university common room – make it a place of sleep.

 

 Give your bed some va-va voom

Does your mattress feel like a bed of nails? Does your headboard resemble something from the Depression era? Your bed is the central focus of your room so you need to make it look as appealing as possible. This doesn’t necessarily mean purchasing a whole new suite – you can even jazz it up with something as simple as a headboard. Bedstar have a great range of headboards to get you started and give you some inspiration.

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Create the illusion of space

If you’re not blessed with the luxury of extra space, you can make your bedroom look all the bigger by employing a few tips. First off, consider painting or papering your room in brighter colours, which instantly open up a room. Second, think about the first thing your eye is drawn to when you enter the room – is it something big and bulky? Try moving furniture to have smaller items as the point of focus, which will create the illusion of freeing up extra space.

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Make a personal dresser

This is the room where you’ll inevitably be primping and preening yourself, so you should make an effort to have this area of the bedroom looking organised. Put in a cheap dressing table, even if it’s just a side table, and arrange your products neatly around the mirror. Keep it far from the bed if you can to avoid any accidents.

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Add those individual touches

This is particularly fitting if you’re co-habiting with a significant other. While distractions are a no-no, there’s nothing wrong with having a few photos around the place. You could get creative and add some quirky photo frames around the place, filled with personal photos of your favourite memories.

 

 

The High Heel Survival Guide

December 18th, 2014

Winter is one of the worst times of the year when it comes to doing damage to your feet. The weather is bitterly cold causing the ground underfoot to be slippy and dangerous, but party season calls for glitter, glamour and high heels. It is always important to look after our feet at any time of the year, but the season of merriment and festivities is also the season of chillblains, blisters and sore tootsies. In addition, this is the one time of year when the toenails really need to sparkle – you don’t want the look of your Jimmy Choos spoiled by uneven and split nails.

Respected shoe retailer Charles Clinkard have put together a fun and informative infographic detailing some of the problems our feet face in winter, whether it is due to high heels (and as someone who once broke toes falling from a car when my heel got stuck in a seatbelt, I truly know all about those sorts of problems!), or even the sorts of nasty little issues we can have when the feet feel warm and cosy in our boots (sweaty feet anyone – yuck!).

The infographic also has a few ideas for tackling these problems – I’m suggesting you print it off and stick it on the inside of the wardrobe in order to have stress free feet this Christmas and New Year.

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