Back to work with Aura Print

After over a year of some people working from home, for many people thoughts are now turned to getting back to the workplace. For some people this means a new suit or a smart new work bag. But equally as important when setting that first example is your business card, which through design and quality can say an awful lot about you and your business. Some of the brightest, best and most luxurious business cards around are those produced by online company Aura Print. Their designs incorporate a range of over 40 handpicked papers and also give you the choice to finish your cards off with unique additions such as painted edges, rounded corners or double thickness– really giving your business cards that extra-special look and feel.

Once upon a time business cards seemed to belong to the Yuppie businessman. Who can forget Patrick Bateman in American Pyscho, planning the death of a colleague who had the perfect, minimalist card. But these days, many people find that a stylish card is the best way to keep all your relevant details in one place. It is a great way of sharing your details, and many events I attend have business card draws and use cards rather than signing into events.

As a blogger and writer I find I attend a lot of events where it is useful to have a business card, and I started with a very simple one which I purchased in 2010. But as the blog grew, and I joined new social networks like Instagram, the details on my card needed to be expanded on and updated (a new mobile phone led to a new number, so that made old cards obsolete). So I was very excited when Auraprint offered me the chance to update my business cards with a new, bespoke design.

Aura Print really offer you the choice of having EXACTLY what you want for your card. You can upload your own design, images and photographs if you wish, but they also have a wealth of perfect designs to fit any business, from fashion and beauty, to technology, cars…basically anything you require. They can even create your design from scratch, working from the brief that you give them, so the card you envisage can become a reality, a true bespoke design. You can match your outlay to your budget by choosing whether your card is printed on one or both sides, you can choose your size and orientation, and you can make your choice of gloss, matt or soft-touch laminate.

I gave Aura Print the brief for my fashion-mommy card. I wanted something glamorous and sophisticated with a clear link to fashion. I opted for a double-sided design with all my relevant details on the back. This included my email and mobile number, as well as Twitter and Instagram details. One of the brilliant things about Aura Print is that it very cleverly lets you check a proof of the design so you can add and adapt details whilst showing you how this would look on the card, this allows you to keep the card from being uncluttered – you can see if you’ve added to much detail, or made a spelling mistake and amend it accordingly. My cards also have a beautiful gold metallic foil finish for the most important detail – my blog name, this is a luxurious touch which I believe helps that first impression.

The ordering process is very simple, and also allows you to add extra that may be useful for your business promotion, from promotional material, to stationary and invitations. You cards can be with you within two days of agreeing your design, so it is a fast and pain free process.

I was really pleased with my finished cards, which look professional and elegant. The quality of the cards is second to none and they are just perfect, totally what I was looking for.

 

Shopping For Must-Have Summer Accessories

Spring is here, and so our thoughts are turning to our Summer wardrobes. While you probably don’t want to go out and buy a whole new summer wardrobe, there are plenty of pretty and stylish accessories that will update your look. Here are some of the key summer fashion accessory trends that you might want to add to your look this year.

Mobile Phone Cases

Even in times when we are not using our handbags, we are never without our mobile phones. They have become a new fashion accessory, and so our mobile phone cases are very important and a real harbinger of our personal style. CG Mobile, who are stockists of great iPhone 12 pro case and other phone accessories have the perfect range of Karl Lagerfeld hard cases with liquid glitter that are both stylish and fun. The Choupette case, named for Karl’s legendary cat. is also fabulous. You can also find similarly decorative cases for Android phones.

Flowers in Hair

An easy and beautiful way to add a touch of summer to your outfit is by wearing flowers in your hair. For everyday errands like running to the supermarket or grabbing lunch with your kids, tuck a blossom from your garden behind your ear. If you are going to a fancier event like a wedding, or ladies day, check out the gorgeous floral hair accessories from FTD, like the Flowers ‘n’ Frills Hair Décor. This accessory is technically in the bridal section of the company’s website, but it can definitely be worn by anyone who is looking to add some color to her hairdo. Flowers like orange spray roses, pink hyacinth and mini green hydrangea are attached to an accent hair clip, which is easy to place in an up-do or braid.

A Lightweight Scarf

A terrific way to add some needed color to your outfit is with a lightweight and colorful scarf. Dress up your T-shirt and shorts by wrapping one around your neck. A bonus: a light scarf will keep the chill away in highly air-conditioned places like movie theaters and restaurants. You can also use colorful scarves as belts and as sarongs at the pool. When choosing summer scarves, steer clear of heavy materials and opt for cotton or silk.

Clip on a Cuff

Arm and ear cuffs are all the rage this summer according to InStyle. For the arm cuffs, you can either wear them dangling from your wrist or clinch them higher up on your arm. ShopBop sells a nice assortment of arm cuffs including a thin curved cuff that looks like a railroad spike. Floral cuffs are another great option that will dress up a sundress or even just a plain T-shirt and jeans. If you are bored with wearing the same old earrings every day, give your ears an updated summer look with ear cuffs; the clip on cuffs will make it look like you have multiple piercings.

Put on a Floppy Hat

When you are looking for an affordable and fun summertime accessory, look no further than a big floppy hat. The hat will keep the sun and its damaging UV rays off your face, and you can wear it to the pool, park or shops, quite literally anywhere. Nordstrom sells a nice selection of wide brim hats in a variety of colours. To make your hat look even more feminine, wrap one of your lightweight scarves around it, or on windy days at the beach use the scarf as a tie.

Stack Friendship Bracelets

Relive your childhood and make some friendship bracelets with an adult twist. Instead of tying dozens of knots in thread, follow the instructions on The Craft and crochet some colourful bracelets. All that you need is embroidery thread and a small crochet hook. Once you have created some bracelets, stack them up on your wrists and voila — you will have added a dash of summertime fun to your arm.

 

How to Shop for Shoes Online

There are several advantages of online shopping. If you enjoy shopping for shoes but but are currently faced with a lockdown that has seen all non essential shops closed, you can enjoy the benefits of online stores that are always open. Regardless of where you are or what time it is, you will have access to a wide selection of shoes that you can view and buy.

Choose a Shop

To successfully complete a shoe purchase, you need to make sure that visit a reputable shop. Maximize on the shopping experience by choosing online stores that have a reputation for being dependable and stocking quality products.

As you prepare to start shopping, take some time to look at the return policy of the online store. This will enable you to know what your options are in case you need to return or exchange shoes. Whenever you buy shoes and clothing online you need to be assured that the company will be willing to respond when you need clarification or help. Use secure services whenever you make purchases.

Look at Different Shoes Online

The images of different shoes are displayed on the site to enable you to view and enlarge what you are viewing. The best sites provide clear images that allow you to see the shoes and evaluate potential purchases.

Images are ideally accompanies by product descriptions that provide pertinent information such as prices, sizes and materials. If you need clarification regarding aspects such as materials and colours, you can contact customer service to let you know what is available.

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Measurements

With online shopping, you will not try on the shoe first. This is why it is essential for you to know your foot size and be aware of the size that fits you comfortably. You can get accurate foot measurements with help from online resources to ensure that you find out your correct size. Since sizing may differ with different brands and companies, use the sizing chart of the particular company to guide you.

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Choose Quality Shoes

When choosing new shoes you should think about the fabric of the shoe and how this will affect the longevity. Good quality leather shoes can last for years as they can be re heeled and resoled if need be, and this is definitely something worth doing if you have opted for an expensive, or a designer pair of shoes. This also applies to trainers and sports shoes, which are some of the most important footwear you will own. Keep a reputable cobbler on hand for shoe repairs. and for your trainers look to a shoe repairer like Jordan shoe repair will be able to keep your sports shoes in tip top condition for years to come.

Type of Shoes

Make a choice regarding the type of shoes that you want to purchase. Factors such as trends, fashion, style and comfort are used to determine the kinds of shoes that are most ideal. When you know the type of shoe you want, you can narrow down your search for shoes.

Customer Reviews

After identifying shoes that you like, you can go through customer reviews to get insight into the quality and style of the products being offered. When you are happy with the choice that you have made, you can proceed to purchase the shoes.

Try Different Shoes

If you want to buy shoes from a certain brand that you have not tried before, you can begin with a single order. This will give you the chance to try out the product and when you are satisfied with your purchase, you can continue you shopping for more. Try on your shoes to determine how comfortable they are as well as how they fit. Browse through the site for different types of shoes and take your time to find shoes that are not only stylish, but comfortable as well.

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