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Every year, the top magazines issue what they think are their top trends based not only on what designers and manufacturers are doing but also by the sales from top companies. For the most part, many things are cyclical and will regularly go in and out of fashion, however, for those looking to be on point with the latest must wear, and must use, here are the top trends you need to think about in 2018.

Lavender or UltraViolet?

Many magazines are highlighting this year’s colour, but there is some debate about what colour that is. Most people are talking about ultra-violet, and it certainly seems that a lot of fashion houses are following that trend. However, there is also a lot of lavender shades going on this year, which has led to some thinking that this pastel shade could also be a hot trend in 2018. Lavender has played a big part in the recent fashion shows as well as weddings with pantsuits and romantic dresses both sporting this year’s alternative to pink.

Short Shorts

As unthinkable as it might be, this year sees the resurrection of the cycling shorts. However, this time, they are not the bright pink and yellow varieties that every cyclist was wearing in the eighties. Cycling shorts have become more subtle and sexy with light colours and lace being added to them. They are also being worn in many different circumstances such as underneath a ball gown. However, you decide to wear them; you are going to need some hard work at the gym to pull them off.

Bring the Resort Home

For those looking to have a little bit of their favourite holiday at home, there is a new trend that is becoming more popular this year. Pampering in the bathroom has never been more popular, and this has led to the spa-inspired bathroom such as you would find in the high-class holiday reports. Along with rattan and wicker furniture and plants, there is far more of a natural and rejuvenating feel to interior bathrooms this year.

Mixing Metallics

Metallics and metal finishes have always been fashionable, especially when it comes to tableware. However, the desire to mix metallics with other finishes has taken an extra turn this year. In particular, the theme of different finishes of cutlery has taken off in a big way. Many of the big grocery stores are now selling matt metallic gold, silver and even black.

Cardigans Capes

If there was one thing that has stayed in fashion in different idea styles is the humble cardigan. This versatile piece of clothing has gone through the chunky, thin pastel and now the alternative way of wearing them. If you are outside and it starts to get a little chilly, or if you are solving puzzles in a Cincinnati Escape Game, then you can quickly throw on your cardigan across your shoulders. If you accessorise it with a big broach fastened at the top, then you have certainly hit the fashion trend.

The Fifth Wall

Remember when jazzing up one wall was the new trend? It led to many homes going for one wall adorned with wallpaper alongside the other three in one shade to match. Now, there is another way to add a little colour and pattern to your home, the fifth wall. The new trend involves using your ceiling as another wall and putting the floral wallpaper up there to gaze at while laying in the bath or lounging on the sofa. The trend isn’t exactly new, with many homes adding chip wood wallpaper to their ceilings many years ago to add a little texture without the work of artexing. You can still see some fancy wallpaper on the ceilings of many public houses even today.

Tracksuit 3.0

Another piece of gym wear that is making a comeback is the tracksuit. However, these new designs are not the same as those worn by many physical education teachers over the years. The new designs now feature bright colours, such as grass green, with bold racing stripes of gold and sequins as the finishing touches. All you need now is some feminine bow-adorned pumps, and you have a complete look.

Statement Doors

The front of your home is what welcomes friends, family and strangers alike; it speaks a lot about you as a person and your fashion trends, that is why 2018 is the year of the statement door. The statement can be anything you want, it can be bright and bold, dark and mysterious, or even the distressed ‘shabby-chic’ style that was popular with furniture for the past couple of years. It means you can let your creative juices flow and design a door that is truly a bold statement. The other plus side is that anyone coming to visit won’t be able to mistake your home for all the others.

Ugly Shoes

From elf shoes to gumboots, there is a big footwear explosion of the ugly shoe in the most recent fashion shows this year. They are certainly making a big impression, and although they are probably seen as a bit of fun, there are those that will be selling these aesthetically displeasing shoes. If you want to be a trendsetter, then you should wear these shoes if you dare.

Domestic Dress

The London catwalks have decided that cleaning your house is the new Pilates, which will be pleasing to many people as they can get their exercise without having to change clothes. The new trend has seen yellow dresses more akin to marigolds, and Irish linen tea-towel tops and trousers. Is has been inspired by Christopher Kane who has found a new love affair with cleaning after getting a new puppy.

Fashion trends on the catwalks and in magazines are usually the extreme of what you will eventually find on the high street. However, their influence will no doubt be seen on in the big name clothing stores this year.

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Time Saving Beauty Hacks For Busy Moms
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No matter how busy you think your life is, you’ve probably got nothing on the crazy schedule of a new mom. All at once, everything else in your life that used to draw your attention is now shifted to your child. It’s not surprising or unnatural that putting aside time for some much-needed self-care is no longer a priority once women start a family.

The constant needs of a child can drown self-care needs that used to be a priority before motherhood. Taking time to style your hair just right, put on a full face of makeup or even getting to have a shower all to yourself seem like the dreams of yesterday for busy moms.

Being a mom, whether you are in Chicago or Los Angeles is the most important role that you will ever have; it’s universally demanding. It’s also important to start teaching your child about taking time to take care of themselves, which they can learn by watching you. Grooming habits and taking care of yourself even when you are pressed for time is a good example of healthy habits to pass along to your children.

You don’t need to look like you are about to walk a runway every day but there are a few time-saving beauty hacks that are great for busy moms. From getting the best laser hair removal Chicago has to offer to embracing your natural hair color and texture, you can still save time and look radiant.

Minimize Makeup Routine

There isn’t a mother on the planet that doesn’t know what it’s like to always look tired around the eyes and lose a bit of your natural glow from pure exhaustion. You may not want to completely embrace the fully natural look but, that doesn’t mean that you can’t show your beauty to the world.

Start with a combination product that includes moisturizer and a light pigment to help you renew your skin’s moisture and even out your complexion. Add a bit of mascara to your upper and lower lashes to give your eyes a more alert and open appearance. Finish off your look with a bright lip stain that will stay on all day and stand up to lots of baby kisses.

Shower At Night

Days are the busiest time for moms so it can be nearly impossible to fit a shower for yourself into the schedule. Take a bit of time at night when the day slows down a bit to jump in the shower for a few minutes. This can become a relaxing routine at the end of a long mommy day and help you to sleep better and rise ready for another day.

Simple Hair

When you become a mom you can say goodbye to fancy hairstyles on a daily basis. This doesn’t mean that you have to walk around looking like you have never used a brush or a comb but, embracing your natural hair has its benefits. Get comfortable with your natural hair texture and try simple styles that can be done on the run.

You may even want to go with a short and sassy style when you start your family. Most women can rock a pixie cut with very little effort and maintenance.

Laser Hair Removal

Mom’s that can barely get in the shower long enough to rinse off don’t have time to worry about shaving their legs. Most moms know that things can get pretty prickly between shaving sessions. If you want a permanent solution you can talk to a dermatologist about the benefits of having laser hair removal treatments.


There is nothing more beautiful than a new mother. Even with a busy schedule and a huge shift in your priorities, it’s still possible to look your best with these time-saving beauty hacks.

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Author: Michelle Couch, Financial and parenting writer

Michelle Couch is a freelance writer who covers family finance, personal finance, parenting and more. Couch lives in Maryland, MA and loves to leverage credit card points to travel with her husband and two children. 

Having a baby brings overwhelming joy but also comes with a lot of new expenses. From buying packs of diapers in bulk, to walking the grocery aisles for baby food, your expanding shopping list may mean it’s time to consider opening a credit card that fit your new family needs.

Data shows, in the first year alone, the cost of raising a baby can run up to $21,000, and the cost of raising a child to adulthood can increase after that. In order to maximize your financial flexibility and your credit card rewards, the credit cards you carry should evolve as your family and spending habits change. Read on for the qualities you should look for as well as some of the best credit cards for each stage of raising a family based on your goals and spending habits.

Parenting stage: Newborn baby

When you have a newborn baby, you will spend an outrageous amount of money on new baby gear – from diapers to medical bills and childcare. Having a credit card that gives you rewards and cash back for all those expenses can be beneficial and help ease the burden of all those extra costs. Choose an easy-to-use card that will reward you for the spending you’re going to do and skip cards that give you extra points for entertainment and dining out, since you’ll likely cut back in those categories. The Brim Financial credit card, for example, has built a unique rewards marketplace that provides points for the things you will need for your little one like groceries and retail items.

Parenting stage: School-age kids

As time goes on, you’ll spend less on diapers and baby food, but that does not mean spending costs will decrease. A USDA analysis found that family expenses actually increase as a child ages. Spending costs will go more towards extracurricular activities and your grocery budget will increase. New moms and dads will appreciate the Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express because this credit card offers the highest cash-back rate at U.S. supermarkets at 6%.

Parenting stage: Teenagers

Once your child is 16, many experts recommend making your teenager an authorized user on one of your credit cards to help build your child’s credit history. Keep in mind that just because you add your teen as a user doesn’t mean you have to give them the card. If your goal is to maximize rewards, The Chase Freedom and Discover It Cash Back all offers 5 percent cash back each category in different categories, ranging from dining to gas.

Parenting stage: Kids off to college

It’s never too early to start saving for your child’s college education. 529 college savings plans are your best bet when planning for future college costs. A 529 plan is a savings account where the money is used to pay for the beneficiary’s college expenses and K-12 tuition, tax-free. If your goal is to enjoy more time to yourself since your child is away at college, apply for a premium travel card with a big sign-up bonus to help pay for those planned vacations. The Chase Preferred and Reserve cards offer 3 percent back in both dining and travel.

The Takeaway

As your children grow from diapers to college caps and gowns, different credit cards can help you reach and manage your goals dependent on your household spending. Credit card users should switch cards frequently as their spending habits change and the issuers change their offerings.

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