If I won the Lottery just what would I buy?

I love shopping! There, I’ve said it. I love the feel of getting something new, of finding a bargain, of treating myself, or a loved one, to something that has been admired, but may have been too expensive, and has maybe had to be saved for. But monthly bills and expenses, and also the ever growing expense of having a child who seems to grow out of things at an alarming rate means that my shopping habits have to be frugal and careful. How I wish that money was no object!

I’ve become one of the best bargain hunters around. I love to shop vintage, adore charity shops, and enjoy the sales so much. I love eBAY, and preloved sites where you can sometimes pick up coveted designer items for a fraction of the original price (my most recent purchase was a Furla bag that is just the softest, most gorgeous item.) And I love TK Maxx, where you can find both High Street and designer items at real bargain prices. But all this bargain hunting doesn’t mean I don’t dream of what I would do if one day I won the lottery. A lottery win is the stuff of dreams, but somebody has to win it and for the cost of the ticket it has to be worth a try. Many lotteries offer far more in prize money than the UK National Lottery. What damage I could do in Selfridges with that sort of money. I often daydream, after winning the lottery, what would I buy?

 

As money is now no object, I would also add a little piece of Victoria Beckham to my dress collection. Victoria’s close are known for being understated and elegant, but this abstract print metallic midi dress is probably as disco as Victoria is ever going to get, and I absolutely love the style and the print, although I’m guessing I would have to let if out a bit…I’m not exactly a VB sample size.

A holiday would be nice too. The place at the top of my wish list is New York. I would love to see a show on Broadway, and, as a massive Sex in the City fan, I would have to follow in Carrie’s footsteps by checking out all the sights from the hit TV show. Where to stay? It would have to be the The St. Regis, a bargain at around £500 per night. Show me the way to the penthouse suite please.

Shoes and Bags

Just like Carrie Bradshaw, I have a real passion for shoes and bags. Winning a fortune would leave me with a shoe collection that would rival Carries, and of course I would have to add some Manolo’s and Jimmy Choo’s to that collection.

New shoes need a new bag, and this season’s lust have BOTTEGA VENETA pouch leather clutch is just so gorgeous it would have to come home with me. The price? Well, put it this way, there’s no change from £1000. Definitely one for the lust list.

What else? A supermarket sweep around Tiffany’s would be nice, as would being let loose in the Foyles book shop on Tottenham Court Road. I also wouldn’t mind buying my favourite football club West Bromwich Albion if money really was no object.

We can all dream, can’t we.

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Factors to Consider When You Buy High Cut Bikini Bottoms

Gone are the days when people look at high cut bikinis with scorn and disdain for revealing too much skin. Thanks to the many celebrities and supermodels who proudly wear them and post their photos on various social media platforms, this bikini style is receiving the credit it deserves for creating the perfect high-legged look.

If you want to highlight your slender legs and show the world your vibrant personality, you should buy a high cut bikini and wear it at your next beach party. To find the right one, consider the following factors:

Fit

Make sure that the high cut bottom that you’re considering is the right size for you. The fabric should fit your lower body without being too constrictive. 

If the bikini is too tight, you may be at risk of yeast infection. Note that the skin on your private part is sensitive, and wearing a high cut bottom that is too tight can irritate the area. 

It is best to find a bikini that is not pulled too tightly on your hips as well. Apart from causing discomfort, overly constricting your hip area can also affect the superficial nerves beneath the skin.  

Feel

Another essential factor that needs to be considered when buying high cut bikini bottoms is the way the item makes you feel. Try on the bikini, look in the mirror, and observe how you think about wearing it.

Does wearing it make you smile? Do you feel confident wearing it? Regardless of what people say, how you feel about the bikini you are wearing matters more.

What is seen outside is a reflection of how you feel inside. As such, you will project confidence and poise if you feel good about the bikini you are wearing. On the other hand, you can be self-conscious and insecure if you choose something that you do not like.

Material

The right material also matters when looking for the right high cuts. As a general rule, you need a light and stretchy fabric that dries quickly. As such, materials with a blend of about 80 to 90% nylon and 20% spandex would be a good choice. 

You can also test the fabric by stretching it in various directions to see if it pulls well. Note that stretch-testing is essential since you will be running and doing all sorts of activities while wearing it, so you better make sure it moves with your body accordingly. 

Colour

Another important consideration is the colour of the bikini. While there is nothing wrong with selecting the colour based solely on your preference, it is best to know which hues complement your skin tone. 

Find out if you have a warm or cool skin tone by looking at your arm and wrist. If your complexion appears pinkish with bluish veins, you have a cool skin tone. If your skin is on the yellowish side with greenish veins, your skin tone is warm.

Warm and earthy colours like brown, mocha, hazel, sage green, dark brown, tomato red and similar colours flatter women with a warm skin tone. For those with cool skin tone, on the other hand, vivid hues like ruby red, sapphire blue, and emerald green work best. 

Given that what you wear affects how you feel and see yourself, it is best to buy high cut bikini bottoms that you carefully selected instead of just buying what is available. Ensure to consider the factors above so you can find the bikini that will bring out the best in you.

Coming home: adapting to life as a veteran

No one truly knows how it feels to come home from combat unless they’ve done it themselves. Whether you’ve returned home because of age, injury or personal reasons, it’s never an easy transition. Finding a new purpose in life can seem difficult, and you might struggle with relationships after being away for long periods of time. So, how can you adapt to life as a veteran?

Benefits  

If you’ve returned home because of an injury, you’ve become newly disabled or you’re unfit for work, one of the first things you should do is find out what benefits you’re entitled to. If you don’t know how to go about this, you may wish to hire a VA disability attorney, who can help you get the financial support you deserve. Unfortunately, many veterans in the US don’t get the benefits they’re entitled to, either because they aren’t aware or they haven’t been able to access them. Don’t let this happen to you. Make sure you get the benefits you’re entitled to. 

Work

Whilst many veterans don’t work after they return home for various reasons, if you would like to find work, the thought might be quite daunting. However, as a veteran you will have many excellent skills such as team-building, motivation and problem-solving that make you great for certain jobs. So, try not to feel lacking in self-confidence. There are many great online resources for veterans looking for jobs, and many employers will be understanding of your situation. 

Your home

If you’re returning to a partner and/or children, you’ll have a home to return to. However, if you’ve been injured, you might have reduced mobility, and therefore may need to make some temporary or permanent changes to your home. This might involve lowering cabinets and light switches or widening doorframes so you find your home easier to navigate. If your home isn’t adaptable, then you may need to consider moving house. Differently, you might not have a family home or you might be coming back to temporary accommodation. If this is the case, you might need to find a permanent home, and take some time decorating it to your tastes. This will help you to feel more settled in your new life. 

Emotional support

Many veterans find it extremely difficult coming home, and require therapy or emotional support. You might have post-traumatic stress disorder, or simply wish to talk about your difficult transition. Therefore, you may wish to organize regular sessions with a therapist, who will listen to your problems and assess your mental health. They will be able to help you through this difficult time and can signpost you to any other support you might need.

Finding purpose

If you’ve been injured or aren’t fit for work, you may struggle to find purpose as a veteran. This is common, but there are many different things you can do to to keep busy and find a new passion. For example, many veterans join adaptive sports teams where they connect with likeminded people and utilize their skills. Others might take up volunteering, learn a music instrument or join a social club. Whatever your interests, there are many different activities you can explore to find purpose.