May 22, 2010

fun stuff {happy weekend}

This weekend I would like to be here thank you please…

I have always had a bit of an obcession with Mauritius and the luxury cabins you see over the water.

For now I will have to keep on dreaming… but one day I will go!

May 20, 2010

great gifts {doorganizer}

If you have a birthday coming up or one of your friends is moving into a new house and you would like to get them something but don´t want to spend too much, this is a great little gift:

The DOORGANIZER this is one of those things that you don´t realise you can´t live without until you discover it!

I am always leaving myself little piles of thing that I must not forget and then end up forgetting because they are not in my path as I storm towards the door late for work!

You can get this great little gift for £9.95 from Pelican Pear

May 18, 2010

making a home {chests and trunks}

With the housing market in the state it is in and the impossibility of getting a mortgage without a 10% deposit the majority of us Twenty Somethings are still renting or …ah-hem… living with our parents.  In rental accommodation storage is always a problem and we are also restricted on hanging anything from the walls and/or decorating.  Rather than buying cheap, ugly,  ready pack furniture I think it is a good idea to start collecting quality pieces of furniture that we can then take with us when we finally buy our first home.  It will also make our rented room more homely and personal.  We here at Twentysomethingyears think that chests/trunks make a great investment piece.  They can sit beautifully at the end of our bed – a space that is normally left empty – and provide more storage AND surface space.

Take a look at some of these examples –

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If you shop around there are some fabulous chests to suit every budget and taste.

Here are a few of my favourites –

…this gorgeous vintage wartime chest sold for just £16.51 on Ebay

…and this huge vintage trunk was at £25.95 on Ebay at time of writing.

If you are not much of a vintage lover you can also get some good quality new chests and trunks –

…This handmade banana fibre chest is £39.99 from Ikea

…and this Opus Mango Trunk is £99 from Next

For those of us with a bit more cash to spend –

… I love this gorgeous Vintage white cedar blanket chest from Etsy for $450

…and this Quartersawn Oak bench, $499, also from Etsy

May 17, 2010

money stuff {most fuel efficient cars}

The time has come to buy a new car and like the majority of you Twenty Somethingers my main concern is money.  With a long daily commute I need the most fuel-efficient car I can get that is reliable and safe on the motorway.  Over the last couple of years car manufacturers have started to produce some incredibly efficient and eco-friendly cars so I have done a bit of research into which of these cars is the MOST fuel-efficient.  When considering the costs of a car there are 4 main things we should consider.

(1) Obviously the cost of the car.

This part I have left up to you guys.

(2) Fuel consumption.

This is measured in Miles per Gallon MPG – the more, the better.  I have put this table together for you of some of the most fuel-efficient small cars taking into account the combined Urban and Extra-Urban consumption (i.e. a mix of motorway and city driving).  I have left out the smart car and any other city cars as I would not want to be whizzing up the motorway in that everyday.

Click on the table for an enlarged view.

(3) Tax Band.

The tax band is calculated according to the amount of CO2 emission the car produces.

The lower the tax band (A being the lowest) the less you have to pay.

For any cars registered before April 2010 these are the rates you will have to pay

For new cars registered after April 2010 these are the new rates that you will have to pay:

Tables taken for the Direct Gov website

(4) Cost of Insurance

This obviously depends on the person but as a rule of thumb: the more powerful the engine the most expensive the insurance.

Happy car hunting!

All the information provided is correct to our knowledge.  We do not take responsibility for any discrepancies.
May 17, 2010

fun stuff {A brighter Monday}

To brighten up your Monday I though I would share with you one of the great images from Moonpig – a fantastic website that has saved me the embarrassment of late birthday card arrival on numerous occasions.

This is pretty much how my Monday will go!

May 14, 2010

fun stuff {happy weekend}

I would like to wear this outfit this weekend please.
I would also like the weather to be good enough to wear this outfit this weekend please.

Paintbrush flower playsuit, £38, Topshop // Rose headband, £8, Topshop

Rose buckle grosgrain belt, £15, Topshop // Neely bag, £650, Mulberry

Opening Ceremony Gladiator Oxford brogues, £230, Selfridges // Cameo charmed necklace, £10, Topshop

May 14, 2010

fun stuff {Friday Five} 90s fads

We all love a bit of reminiscing over past fads!

Here are our top 5 from growing up in the 90s:

(1) Tamagotchis

Image courtesy of tamagotchi.com where you can purchase a range of new and improved Tamagotchis!

(2) Rainbow Dust Straws

Image courtesy of Sweetieworld

These finally got banned at my school because of the mess they made!

(3) Shagbands!!!

Image courtesy of Time-Bomb that claims to sell the cheapest Shagbands on the net.

Rumour had it that if someone broke one of your shagbands… you would have to sh*g them!!!!!

(4) YoYos

Image courtesy of Duncan YoYos

If a boy could show you his Sleeper and Around the World he was potential marriage material!

(5) Conkers:

Image courtesy of the Conker World Championships Website

Ahhhh the memories of a great game of conkers!  My 85-er was legendary.  My brother and I spent hours bathing them in vinagre and cooking them in the microwave to try to make ours harder!

May 12, 2010

clothes {how to beach it glamorously}

Why is it that celebrities always look so glamorous and effortlessly cool when photographed on the beach but I just feel like I have sand in every crevice, scarecrow hair and beads of sweat rolling down my forehead, not to mention the constant boob-flashing in an effort to avoid strapmarks!?

Well I have been doing some deep-thinking about how to avoid these beach quandaries and I have come up with my 10 step checklist to avoid above discomforts.

1) Carry a straw stand up beach bag such as this beauty by Monsoon:

Crochet Straw Basket, £30 Monsoon

The beach bag for me is the most important – pick a straw stand up basket that will not fall in the sand and you will avoid carrying half the beach around with you.

2) Safely store your valuables in a zip up purse such as this little number I discovered on The Pod Company website:

ZPM Handy Slim, £12, The Pod Company

This will stop sand getting in valuable and delicate items such as phones, cameras and mp3 players.

3)Take a massive beach towel:

Jacquard Beach Towels, £12, Next

The bigger the beach towel the less chance you have of sand getting into your crevices.  I love the pink leopard print one in the bottom left-hand corner!

4) Wear a big hat such as this lovely floppy hat from Topshop:

Holey Weave Floppy Hat, £20, Topshop

The hat is super important too!  This will stop you getting hot and bothered and sweaty and it will also hide any hair disasters.  Furthermore it will help prevent wrinkles in the long-run.

5) Sunglasses

Ray-Ban CATS 5000, £93.79, Sunglasses Shop

Sunglasses protect your eyes from sun-damage and just look cool!  I´m loving these new style Ray-Bans and you can get them in loads of great colours – one to go with every bikini … I wish!

6) Take a lightweight breezy cover-up such as this on-trend zebra print kaftan, also from Monsoon:

Zebra Print Kaftan, £30, Monsoon

Contra to common British belief you actually feel hotter when the sun is directly hitting your skin so light weight breezy cover ups will help keep you cool if you start feel hot and agitated.

7) A beach umbrella will provide much-needed shade:

This umbrella is from Beachstore.com, but it is probably worth waiting until you get to your destination to buy one – Ryanair will probably charge you a fortune to check it in!

8 ) Wear a different style bikini everyday to avoid strapmarks:

White Button Bandeau Bikini Top, £10, Topshop

By changing the cut of the bikini everyday you will avoid horrific strapmarks.  Obviously certain cuts do not suit certain shapes so you have to take this into account when choosing.  If you are planning a particularly active beach day I like the Bandeau style tops as you can tuck the straps in to avoid strapmarks and it will not flash boob when you are jumping around playing beach ball!

9) Always have a gorgeous hair band on you to neatly tuck your hair away if it starts getting rebelious:

Banzai Tropic Flower Bando, £10, Monsoon

10) Carry the correct sun protection and products for you:

Clinique Sun Protection Body Cream, £17 // Clinique Target Protect Sun Stick SPF35, £15

Clinique Sun Protection Face Cream, £15 // Toni & Guy Rapid Response Leave-In Conditioner £1.95

All from Boots

I personally like the Clinique skin products but you can buy any.  I always think it is important to have a specialized one for the face as the skin on the face is more sensitive to the rest of your body.  The Clinique Target Protect stick is also great as you can use if for all the spots that have a tendency to burn such as the nose and the lips.  Last but not least, make sure you invest in a leave-in conditioner to avoid that scarecrow look!

May 12, 2010

fun stuff {wednesday´s word : butterfly}

Photo courtesy of the Butterfly photo website

Spanish: mariposa

Italian: farfalla

French: papillon

German: schmetterling

Russian: бабочка

Portuguese: borboleta

Romanian: fluture

Czech: motýl

Greek: έντομοπεταλούδα

Turkish: kelebek

Chinese: 昆虫蝴蝶

Japanese: 蝶々 、 蝶

Korean: 나비

Arabic:  فراشة

May 11, 2010

making a home {independent sustainability}

It isn´t until something happens to jeopardise the status quo that we realise how dependent we are on certain things.  Until our electricity goes out on a stormy night we forget how dependant we are on it to cook, keep warm and even do our homework.  Until our car breaks-down we forget how vital it is to our daily routine.  Until the ash cloud threw the whole air industry into chaos – and had reverberating effects on the tourist industry, the import and export industry, even the postal system – we had forgotten how dependant the running of the world economy is on air transportation.

In an insightful 2-part series journalist Heydon Prowse explores our reliance on technology and our therefore diminishing ability to do things for ourselves.  This is provoking a growing dependance on big companies and the state for example, when the government banned all flights from taking-off during the ash cloud we were powerless, we simply could not go anywhere.

The two individuals in this video would have no problem if we experience another fuel strike or a freak storm blows the entire National Grid!  Personally I think they could have picked examples that are more accessible to the general British public to prove that all of us can make changes to our lives to make us less dependant on the big-bods  but you get the idea!

This is the first in the two-part series.

For the second video check out the Guardian Environment section tomorrow.