Fashion is an interesting thing. In one sense it is about trying to express who you truly are with your unique funky style. In another sense it is conforming to what everybody else looks like based on where you shop.
With fashion things are in or they are out. Take for example hair. Straight hair has been fashionable for a long time. Curly or wavy hair has had its moments but for the most part has not been considered ‘cool.’ So essentially, if you were born with curly or wavy hair and you want to be fashionable then you need a piece of equipment to do something about it. I hear that people love the Babyliss Big Hair brush but you can use anything you like.
Having said all that and sounding incredibly cynical and anti-fashion. If you are feeling down in the dumps or want to give yourself a dramatic makeover, straightening your hair can make a huge difference. My partner owns cloud nine straighteners and swears by them. I was browsing through pinterest and saw some great dramatic changes that highlighted this. So if you want to give yourself a dramatic makeover, check out some hair straightener reviews, find the best one for you and get straightening.
I don’t know how much you know about induction cooking but these things are a work of art. To me they have a futuristic look to them that is ageless. By that I mean I could picture them in a retro Star Trek episode, a stylish noir like Space Odyssey or a modern science fiction film like District 9. Not only are they aesthetically appealing but they work incredibly well with the right induction hob pans.
Everything with induction cooking is controlled by electricity. You can set the temperatures to exactly what you want and because they use magnetism to cook you won’t burn yourself if your hand touches the heated element. This is especially good if you have young children who like to try things out by touching them. They are also a lot faster than conventional cookers which is great in this day and age when we want everything instantly.
Induction cookers are beautiful, useful, practical and better for the environment because they use less energy regular cookers. You don’t need special induction cookware either. As long as your current cookware is metal and a magnet sticks to the bottom them you can carry on using them. If not, then it is a good excuse to buy some stylish new saucepans to go with the stylish new cooking equipment.
In a world of bureaucracy and red tape it’s encouraging to hear a story about an entrepreneur who is helped rather than held up. This is the story of Tony Waithe, a hair dresser by day who came up with an idea which is the common cause of repetitive strain injury on professional hair dressers. Who knew holding a Babyliss hair dryer everyday could be so dangerous!
Inventor Tony Waithe pictured with model Lorna Rhodes. Picture: Nigel Sutton
Basically, Tony’s patent for the idea was approved for the hair dryer design in just three months. That may sound like a long time but in the patenting world that is incredibly fast. In fact it could be the fastest approval for a British invention ever! He has been contacted by the Guinness book of records who are currently working on confirming this potential record.
So what is this wonderful invention I hear you ask? Well Mr Waithe has come up with a design for reducing repetitive strain injury when using hair dryers in a salon. The creation has been backed by some big names in the industry like Solano hair dryer and Babyliss. Both companies have expressed an interest in adapting the design into their professional blow dryers.
Mr Waithe, who came up with the design after working as a hairdresser is quoted as saying “I feel like I’ve made it into the history books now. Money’s tight but I have a patent worth millions that could create jobs and opportunities for people and help to make an impact around the world as a British product.”
Well I for one am truly impressed with Mr Waithe and wish him every success in his new venture.
Retro Bins with Funky Designs
For the most part kitchen bins are not considered a piece of art. They are generally functional but ugly and confined to a corner of the room out of the way so that you do not have to look at it or God forbid, smell it. Brabantia BINS however are working hard to change that. They want to create bins that are works of art.
They have a range called Retro Bins which are inspired from the world of art. They asked two artists to produce bins based on their art techniques. Both artists were winners of the Iron In Style competition in 2010 and 2011. The first designer used the popular pastel shades and pretty patterns to produce a beautiful girly bin. The other designer created an urban gritty street art bin that was inspired by London.
The success of these Brabantia bin designs inspired them to create a competition this year to ask the public to create the designs this year’s Retro Bins. There were six categories people could choose from: Modern art, Street art, Photography, Illustration, Textiles and handmade and Montage. There were two winners and their entries were entitled ‘Pop Kitchen’ and ‘Kitchen Collage’. They are now available to buy as part of the limited edition Retro Bin collection.