IDEAS TO CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR IN STYLE!

It’s that time of the year again! And it hit me when a friend asked what my resolutions were going to be for 2015? Then again I am notorious for not sticking to my resolutions but I am famous for planning the party!! So here are some ideas that we at Uberlyfe think, will simply rock the revelry you are planning when this year ends.

First things first…bare walls no matter how beautifully painted, will not set the mood for a party. Our “HAPPY NEW YEAR” wall decal will instantly make the difference! Or if you just want your walls to look gorgeous but no theme, choose from our beautiful floral stickers for an unique interior. http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-newyear; http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-floral

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A very creative idea is to display a collection of different clocks at a “hard to miss spot” in the room where you are partying. Better, set the alarm for midnight and wait for the fun 🙂

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Streamers, paper lanterns or pom poms are a must! Shiny, colorful or bright and white…go wild with options.

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Lights are very important…we think when effectively used, they can create magic! For instance if you frame a large mirror with string lights as shown below, the look will be enchanting. Candles are great too, see what we have: http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-tlight

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Balloons never go out of fashion. Create some quirky decor with them. Hang snapshots of the best moments from the last year from a bunch of balloons. Or use golden paint or glitter to customize funky messages on dark colored ones!

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If you have a bit of glitter or some shiny paint, you can add zing to everyday stuff and make them eye catching. Like the stems of these wine glasses were painted in fun colors and the blue crystal like adornment around the rim of the glasses is colored sugar!glass

To stand out from the crowd, paint shiny numbers on the drinks glasses…10, 9, 8,7…just like a countdown! Use cool, glittering stirrers to add some spice. You can make your own too with some cardboard, glue and glitter.

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A sparkling disco ball never fails to cheer things up and is a must have if you are planning to dance the night away…

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Lay out a beautiful table for your hungry guests…i have always noticed that using contrasting colors create a more interesting look. And it increases the visual appeal of the food, don’t you think?

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Customize the food…and you won’t believe the number of compliments you will get! Cookies that resemble clocks or champagne glasses will be hard to resist. If you are serving cupcakes, make clock cutouts from stiff paper and stick them on the top!

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So what are you waiting for? Get ready for an amazing year ahead 🙂

Photo credits: Uberlyfe, Buzzfeed, DIY Home Decor Guide, Fashion Qe, Martha Stewart, Woo Home

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR PRECIOUS JEWELRY

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Whether you bought that gorgeous pair of earrings yourself, or were gifted that sparkling bracelet by a loved one or were passed on the famous necklace your family has owned over years…jewelry has always been close to a woman’s heart! So it’s good to care for them so that they can be cherished for generations…here’s how:

Tips for wearing jewelry:

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1) Never wear jewelry while performing tasks like house cleaning, cooking, gardening to avoid damage from chemicals, sweat etc.

2) Apply makeup before wearing jewelry to ensure minimum exposure to chemicals in perfume, sprays, lotions and cosmetics

3) Never wear jewelry in swimming pools or spas, to avoid reaction with chlorine water which can cause discoloration or permanent damage.

4) Never wear jewelry during any form of contact sports to prevent physical damage.

Tips for cleaning jewelry:

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1) Remove any ornament before bathing because soap can make it appear dull over time.

2) Professional jewelry polishing cloths or svelte is best for cleaning jewelry. Tissues or paper towels might cause scratches.

3) Regular cleaning is ideal. Remember that alcohol solution can do wonders but bleach is a disaster! Use warm water while cleaning.

4) If jewelry is damaged or broken, don’t clean it before repair…the problem might worsen.

5) Since prevention is always better than cure, regularly check your ornaments for loose stones or any kind of damage.

Tips for jewelry repair: 

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1) Try to prevent any damage as much as possible to keep costly repairs away. Regular inspection helps!

2) Before trusting a jeweler with the repair, check for reviews and referrals of their work.

3) Be careful when the jeweler quotes a price for the repair. They should ideally have a standard price for a particular repair.

4) Learn exactly how the repair is going to be done.The procedure should be explained to you clearly so that you know, it will be done correctly.

5) While picking up a repaired piece, ensure that it has been done as requested and there are no flaws. Also the item should be perfectly cleaned and polished.

Storing and organizing jewelry: 

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1) The best way to keep your jewelry safe is to organize them neatly in a jewelry box. At Uberlyfe we have a host of boxes to suit myriad needs…compact, travel friendly ones, large spacious ones for use at home and even locker sized ones for the bank!! Available in different styles, colors and designs, they are simply awesome for all your “precious” requirements. All boxes are made from premium MDF with leatherette outside and velvet inside.

Check them out here: http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-jewelrybox 

2)  To prevent tarnishing of ornaments, keep anti-tarnish strips in the organizers to absorb oxidants!

3) Maintaining a detailed description, value and photograph of each jewelry piece is very useful in any unfortunate lost or stolen situation.

4) Always use an organizer while travelling with jewelry to prevent any damage or misplacement.

Photo courtesy: Why of Fashion, Indian Roots, Maipearls

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR CLOTHES?

It’s simple to make your lovely clothes last in a good condition for a long time if you take just a bit of care! Here are some small and easy ways to guide you…

After undressing, if you want to wear the same outfit again soon, then definitely put them on hangers! They won’t crumple and the fabric will be protected and look good. Put the rest in a hamper to be washed.

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Avoid getting food stains on your clothes. You will just need to eat a bit carefully and still if you get some, dab ice water or seltzer on them so the stain does not set. Never rub!!

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Wash clothes often using a gentle cycle for delicates. Never use liquid bleach in the wash and always separate colored items from whites. It’s best to avoid chemical bleaches, instead use pure soap with bicarbonate (baking soda).

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Drying clothes in sunlight or open air is much healthier than using a dryer. The latter besides using up a huge amount of electricity, will also wear out your outfits or fade colors quickly. You can use a clothes rack indoors if it’s not sunny. Always iron clothes when they are slightly damp and if you have to use a dryer, the temperature should never be too high. It will tend to wrinkle your clothes!

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After drying clothes, hang them up neatly so that there are minimum wrinkles. Smooth out the fabric with your hands. You can use our light but robust clothes storage boxes to arrange all items neatly and keep the dust and insects away. It will reduce closet clutter and you can tuck them away even under the bed or in the attic when space is lacking!! http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-brownclothstorage; http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-greenclothstorage  

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If you keep clothes, inner-wear in drawers or dressers, fold them neatly. Use our savvy drawer organizers to neatly arrange your delicates, ties, socks, scarves, handkerchiefs or other small accessories. You will marvel at how easy your life will become! http://tinyurl.com/amazon-uberlyfe-organizers

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Though washing clothes is good for enhancing their long life, don’t overdo it! Often, simple airing can work wonders for the oil, dust or perspiration that accumulates over time.

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Sometimes, denim can develop creases during a wash which are hard to get rid of! In that case before ironing, just grab it by the waistband, raise your arms and give it a good flick. Repeat if required. Also folding clothes along their seams keeps them in good shape and utilizes space efficiently.

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Finally instead of buying expensive padded hangers for heavy or fragile items, use layers of tissue paper, old socks or hand towels to get the same result!

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DECOR IDEAS FOR FESTIVE OCCASIONS!!

Festivals are happy and exciting occasions when we get together with family and friends. And the spirit of celebration touches our homes too!! So let’s see how some easy but smart ideas can make your home, gorgeous and welcoming 🙂

The main door of the house is the first focal point. Whether it’s Christmas or Diwali…adorning the entrance with garlands, wreaths or even tall vases of flowers can look awesome!

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Walls should never be left blank and boring…our amazing wall decals can animate any interior wall in seconds! Simple to apply they don’t damage your walls. You can also use them on glass surfaces, mirrors, lockers, tiles or any smooth, dry surface. Take a look at what we have, here: http://tinyurl.com/p52zal9; http://tinyurl.com/poduvq5

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A great way to make your home come alive is with bright, vibrant furnishing. Colorful, funky cushions can give a stunning makeover to an old sofa! Curtains in bold, vivid colors or prints can do the trick too…

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Don’t ignore what is beneath your feet though! A beautiful, plush rug or runner can be so welcoming…

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Lights can steal the show no matter what the occasion! String lights, paper lanterns, antique lamps, candles, diyas (on Diwali)…can transform the ambiance magically! They can be bright or suffused depending on the mood you want to create.

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 Floating candles or flowers or both in a shallow urn of water look extremely pretty. You can also make it a daily ritual to spread positivism around the house!

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 Fragrance is a major charmer when it comes to creating a fabulous memory…use floral, fruity or other delicious smelling incense or candles to make it “feel like heaven”…

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No festival is complete without food! So table presentation is crucial…bring out your best linen, place-mats, napkins, crockery and cutlery to create a memorable eating experience. Flowers in vases or submerged in water or floating aromatic candles can add an extra spark.

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 Finally…the delicacies that you have so lovingly prepared will earn many times its worth when presented in a creative and eye-catching manner. So whether it’s a salad or meat or dessert, attractive presentation is always a winner 🙂

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 Photo credits: Miss Craftsy, Zansaar, Houzz, Prismma

ARTISTICALLY ECCENTRIC WALL STICKERS

These mesmerizing wall stickers were inspired by the art work of Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and capture the colorful visions of 19th century circus! These decals will no doubt attract anyone who loves to showcase his personality on his walls in a very unconventional, rebellious yet charming manner….enjoy the show 🙂

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9 MUST SEE TRENDS IN BEDROOM DECOR

Your bedroom is your sanctuary, your haven…where you want to be yourself without worrying about how others will judge you! We think it’s a great place to experiment with different creative ways of decoration. You can choose a look that will reflect your taste, personality or dreams 🙂

Here are some great trends that are garnering popularity this year:

Floral wall decal or sticker is a great way to instantly get a fresh, lovely look. Especially, a large piece of art looks elegant where everything else is designed in a simple way. More ideas here: http://tinyurl.com/musg86s

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Combination of shades of gray, white and black always look classic. Take a look at this room …an indoor plant or an ornate chandelier can just add that luxurious but homely touch to this sophisticated bedroom!

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If you love the rooms in luxury hotels, you can get that look as shown below. Works best if your bedroom is large. Note the kind of furnishing and lighting used, to replicate the look. Soft lights, huge beds, extravagant headboards, large windows will enhance the feel.

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Ethnic prints specially Moroccan has been offering universal appeal for some time. These unique designs are easy to incorporate in curtains, rugs, cushions, bedspreads or any upholstery covering. See how this room combines the “flavors” of Africa with a brick finish wall.

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Green and yellow shades when used in combination with white or black, can create interesting looks. While mild shades of green can exude a tranquil feel, yellow has the power to cheer you up in a second. If you love bright or neon shades, just remember to use them in small doses for the right effect.

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Using natural materials like wood, metal, stone or brick is very much in this year. Like in this room ,thick planks of wood act as wall decor behind the bed, The irregularly shaped rug lends an eccentric look!

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Tartan is a pattern which is excellent for a rough, rustic yet comfortable bedroom. With an old world charm, it’s easy to use for pillows, bed covers, curtains or other furnishing. Coupled with a wooden wall, it looks gorgeous!

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Blue never goes out of fashion and is a safe bet too. Soft pastel blue, navy blue, bright blue and even electric shades look stylish and work together beautifully.

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Finally, never underestimate the power of white…very few things are as magically peaceful as an all white bedroom. An old fashioned four poster will make it look all the more quaint!

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Most importantly, no matter what the trend is, a decor idea that reflects what you are and makes you long for your “nest” is all you need to be happy 🙂

Photo credit: Freshome and HGTV

CREATIVE IDEAS FOR A SMALL NURSERY

The adventure of parenthood is perhaps the most exhilarating experience ever! The planning for the baby’s room, splurging on all those cute little clothes and toys, deciding the name of your angel, your hopes and dreams and that seemingly endless wait till the baby arrives…

So why let the size of the nursery dishearten you when the space in your heart is big enough? Living in metropolitan cities very often deprives us of adequate space for everything. But here we bring you some great décor and organization ideas for small nurseries…

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When the wall of a nursery is as captivating as the images you see above, they help divert attention from the size of the room! Needless to say, wall decals or stickers liven up plain, blank walls and are visually stimulating for the baby too. See more: http://tinyurl.com/qyplf2o; http://tinyurl.com/o2zkh4t

Closed low cabinets efficiently hide clutter and the top can act as a stand for little odds and ends. Drawers under the crib are really helpful when it comes to storing blankets, bedding or extra clothes.

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If you have some space for a simple closet or wall unit, then nothing like it. See how some simple rods, racks and bins can solve the perennial problem of storage! Labeling each bin will help recognize which contains what. And we love the gorgeous combination of pink and grey in the second nursery too 🙂 See more: http://tinyurl.com/op3t84l

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Use the vertical space as much as possible to save on floor area. This way there will be fewer things to bump into when you move about! Simple open shelves, hooks and rods can support most of the stuff as you can see above. The top of a traditional dresser can easily become a changing station. Don’t miss the dark blue walls in the second nursery. Though dark colors are usually perceived to make small rooms appear smaller, we beg to differ…it can provide an illusion of depth and an interesting background for light colored furniture.

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If you are still confused about the décor, going for light colored walls and furnishing is a safe bet…the room will appear bright and airy too. Still, we suggest, listen to your heart and do what is best for your little one…you can never go wrong 🙂

Photo credit: “Disney Baby” and “The Bump”