5 Ways You Can Master the Tricky Art of Combining Colors When Dressing

Combining Colors

Do you ever look at your closet and say to yourself, “Wow, I only have white clothing!”? You are not the only one. Most people tend to gravitate towards white, black or gray clothing. The reason is usually that people don’t always know how they can style several different colors.

You may wish to style red white and blue 4th of July outfit but you aren’t exactly sure how. Fear not! We are going to show you how you can master color mixing and dress like a fashion expert. We will help you create a new and vibrant look by matching outfits of various colors. Here is how you can do it.

1.Go Monochromatic

If the prospect of mixing colors seriously freaks you out, then the best thing to do is to start with one color. Make sure that you really own that color that you have chosen. Wear that color-and only that particular color-in every piece of outfit that you choose to wear.

You can start by wearing a bold suit or coordinating separates. Once you are comfortable wearing your monochrome, you will now be ready to branch out more and start mixing colors in variations of tone.

2. Go With Not-So-Basic Neutrals

When you talk of neutrals, most people would first think of brown, beige, black, navy, olive green and gray. There are plenty of other colors that also fall into this category. These colors include metallic. You can create an outfit that is way more fun by wearing silver or gold.

Once you have a shiny top or dress, you can match it perfectly with a bold pop of color. By wearing this way, you will really make a statement.

3. Use Primary Colors

If you feel like you are now ready to mix it up, then the best way to go about it is by starting with the primary colors. These colors are red, blue and yellow. In case you have forgotten what you learned from your art class back in elementary school, these three primary colors are used to create other colors.

Wearing one of the primary colors as your top and one as your bottom brings a great looking tone that is color-blocked.

4. Try Analogous Tones

Let’s bring up the color wheel- another elementary school art idea. If you don’t remember it, it’s basically the colors of the rainbow put in a circle. Colors that are next to each other are what are called analogous colors.

Those that are opposite each other are called contrasting colors. Now that you know what analogous colors are, it’s important to know that you can look great when you wear outfits of analogous colors.

5. Mix Contrasting Hues

We are not yet done with the color wheel. Let’s now look at how you can use contrasting colors to create a perfect look. Just because these colors are on opposite sides doesn’t mean that they can’t complement each other well. You can mix tones of contrasting colors if you want to take your mixing up a notch.

You can wear red and green, blue and orange and violet and yellow. On paper, these colors may seem daring and quite striking. However, in reality, these contrasting shades work well together. There are unlimited options to combine colors, sizes, and styles when you want to come up with a perfect outfit.

How Can I make the Color Wheel Work for Me?

You should note that when you look at the traditional color wheel, one half is usually considered “warm” while the other half is “cool”. The “warm” side is usually the side with the “sunset” shades. You can bring vitality to your skin complexion and enhance your features so as to come up with colors that are suited to your skin.

If you have yellow undertone, you should go for the warmer shades in both halves of the color wheel. So reds, golden yellows, and deep turquoise will be suitable for you. If you have a cool undertone, colors that will flatter your complexion the most would be navy, ruby and shocking pink.

For darker skin tones or people with darker hair, teal shades of the hue are the best. If you have fairer skins, then aqua shades outfits are the best.

What Are Some of the Perfect Clothing Color Combination?

Green and Yellow

This color combination represents freshly cut grass on a summer day. The green and yellow combination will give you a fresh and clean look. The combination is also perfect on most complexions. You can partner a yellow blazer with a grey pair of jeans. You can then add green accessories and a fresh white shirt to get a bright look.

Pink and Pale Blue

Want an outfit that will remind you of the soft jasmine scent in a warm spring breeze? Then pale blue and pink is the combination to go with. You can try a pale blue sweater with a pink jacket to create a warm look that can melt away the remnants of winter.

Turquoise and Cobalt Blue

You can create a color match that is bright and powerful by combining cobalt blue with turquoise. You will achieve a look that speaks elegance and class. You can also create a styling partnership by adding gold and silver accessories.

Tan and Maroon

Tan is a neutral color that can be well styled with deep colors like maroon. This color combination creates an exciting look that is suitable for different types of skin tones.

Bottom-Line

You can combine colors perfectly when dressing or designing your own outfit. Although the art of combining colors can be a bit tricky, with these 5 tips, you can easily master this art. You can also get some ideas online like the red white and blue 4th of July shirts. You can also look at some work from international designers and borrow some ideas. Discover T-Shirts by international designers now!

[2019] How To Prevent Birds From Eating Grass Seed – Proven Tips

How to prevent birds from eating grass seed

Birds are a very important component of the ecosystem. The importance of birds includes brightening our days with beautiful melodies to even clearing pests from the garden among others. But just like it is a norm, everything normally has its merits and demerits.

Birds can be such a nuisance when you are planning to sow grass seeds with the intentions of making your lawn prettier. These birds can clear your seedbeds within no minutes. But do birds eat grass seed? Are birds eating grass seed okay?

How can you prevent birds from eating your grass seeds? These are very important questions that every gardener must be worried about. But not anymore as this article has all the answers to these questions. Read along.

How to keep birds from eating new grass seed

Grass seeds do take between 4 and 6 weeks to germinate. This can be quite a long time to keep watching over your seeds. Actually, nobody would like to forego their daily activities just to watch over their grass seeds for a whole month.

For this reason, we’ve come up with some of the most convenient ways of protecting grass seed from birds. You can use any of them and you’ll without any doubt get over this problem.

1. Use bird repellant grass seed or sow extra seeds

bird repellant grass seed

Currently, there are bird repellant grass seeds available in the local home improvement and garden stores. These seeds have been coated with a substance that doesn’t taste fine for the birds. If you happen to sow these seeds, rest assured that almost all of the seeds will sprout.

The coating simply does the job of keeping birds away but does not in any way affect the germination time of the seeds.  On the other hand, you can sow extra seeds so that if the birds decide to feast on others, there will still be more than enough left for your lawn.

The only bad thing with this excessive sowing is that you have to incur the extra costs of buying the additional seeds. This means you better go for the repellant seeds in case they are available in your local dealer shop.

2. Use bird deterrents

bird deterrents

Birds are known to fear objects that make funny sounds or whirl around. Having known this, why don’t you make use of this when you are planting grass seeds? Well, you can use stuff like a rubber snake to scare the birds away. Birds and snakes can’t be put together.

Things like helium balloons, pinwheels and old compact discs are some of the many objects you can use to keep birds away from your freshly sown lawn. The good thing with these objects is that they are easily available and at cheaper prices.

You only have to make sure that the deterrents are uniformly placed in the lawn so that there are no places left uncovered. Birds can at times be so witty, especially if they realize that these stuff aren’t dangerous after all. So it’s important that you keep checking how effective the deterrents are more frequently. You can re-arrange the deterrents occasionally so that birds don’t get used to them.

3. Protecting grass seed from birds

One best way to stop birds eating grass seed is by simply covering the seeds. Having sown your grass seeds a few inches into the soil, adding some layers of mulches, fine netting or any other reliable seed covers will help protect your seeds from the birds.

The mulch should, however, be loose or light so as to allow in light and water especially when the seedlings are beginning to sprout. This is where hay and straw become so important. Ensure that the mulch only covers about 75% of the soil with the remaining section left visible.

Remember to remove the mulch later on when the seedlings have now grown well. If the birds in your area are the stubborn ones that will still perch on the mulch and eat the seeds still or the area is so windy, then you can consider using nets.

Use stakes to raise the nets to about 3 inches from the ground so that birds can’t peck through the net holes. Use stones to secure the net edges.

4. Use bird distractors

There are different types of distractors you can use to keep the birds away. You can use other bird foods to trick them away from eating your freshly sown grass seeds. Divert their attention to bird feeders that are visible and full of bird food and water.

By doing this, you will keep them away from your lawn. What else will they come to look for in the lawn when they already have plenty of food and water at their disposal?

Additionally, you can use noise distractions to keep the birds away. Anything that has the capability of producing some noise will perfectly work to your advantage as this will keep the birds away from your grass seeds. As mentioned earlier on, birds don’t like noisy areas.

5. Use of fake predators

 plastic hawks

Get yourself fake predators like plastic hawks and snakes and have them strategically placed in your seeded area. This is another way of keeping birds from eating new grass seed. You should, however, remember to change the position of your “predators” after a few days.

Wrapping Up

Birds eating grass seed is not a new thing. It has been there for as long as the two have been in existence. Birds love grass seed and there is little that can be done to halt this love affair. But as you have seen above, there are still ways of stopping birds eating grass seed.

It doesn’t cost much to put into practice some of the methods explained above. You simply have to choose one or two that will most likely work to your expectations. Don’t you think the above methods will be of great help? Do you have any questions or anything that worked for you that you might add on to this? Feel free to share your thoughts with us.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin! Pumpkin everywhere. And not a bit of eat to eat.

Uh, let’s rephrase that. Pumpkin! Pumpkin everywhere. And so, so much of it to eat.

If you hadn’t noticed, Thanksgiving is almost upon us. And, therefore, the ubiquitous pumpkin recipes are coming out of the woodwork, so to speak. Maybe I should say out of the oven, or out of the kitchen.

In fact, I have already had a wonderful guest post by my friend Kim from Cook It Allergy Free about Crustless Pumpkin Streusel Pie. If you haven’t read about Uncle Norm and his aversion to pumpkin, you should. Oh, and make the pie while you’re at it.

So, since I like to think of myself as an independent, free-thinker, I am not following this pumpkin trend like a silly lemming.

OK, I am a silly lemming. I really dig pumpkin, too. So, I decided to try to adapt my oh-so-easy muffin recipe to pumpkin. It took a couple of tries, but I did it.

If you like pumpkin and muffins, this will be a nice addition to your baking arsenal. Just like my Gluten-Free Banana (Chocolate) Muffins and my Gluten-Free Zucchini Muffins, it’s really easy. In fact, it’s oddly similar.

This recipe is killer, if I do say so myself. I’m good at this muffin thing. Maybe I will start calling myself the muffin girl. (I know I should say woman, but it doesn’t flow as well.)

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Almond Flour (Honeyville)
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 tbsps Pumpkin Pie Spice

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 3 Eggs
  • ¼ cup Grapeseed Oil
  • ½ cup Agave Nectar
  • 1 cup Chopped Nuts (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. Get out all of the lumps.
  3. Mix wet ingredients together in large bowl.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredient bowl.
  5. Put muffin papers in muffin tin. Divide the batter into the 12 muffin papers. (Makes 12 muffins.)
  6. Bake for 22 – 24 minutes. Check with toothpick for doneness.

Just a little side note. I actually made my own pumpkin puree a while ago, and I had it to use for this recipe. But, I am sure the regular old canned stuff will work just fine. Just make sure to get the plain. If you get the pumpkin pie filling with all of the spices and sugar, you might be a bit overwhelmed.

DO you like muffins? What is your favorite flavor?

Until later, here’s to…Living better, easily!

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How to Peel a Pomegranate in 5 Easy Steps

Pomegranates are probably my favorite food. I could live on them. But, they have one major flaw. Peeling them.

They have this tough skin that gets hard as a rock if, God forbid, you leave them too long before getting around to peeling them. Try to peel that thing off without popping a bunch of the little packet of sweet, juicy flavor around the seeds. Thus, staining anything it touches. Good luck!

And, speaking of stains. The stains my fingers get from trying to peel these things drives me nuts. My fingers dry up and turns a pale, orangey color. Um, why?

I know I could get the seeds in a little container in the store, but that just seems so lazy and wrong.

And, I have heard several times that you just cut it in half and hit it with a wooden spoon. Then, all of the little seeds pop out like beautiful, red, magic rainfall. I’ve even seen Nigella do it on her show. I tried it, and I just ended up mashing the pomegranate and having little red dots all over my kitchen. It was a pomegranate massacre. Should have had a white chalk outline around it and called CSI. Not really the outcome I was looking for.

So, if you are not a pomegranate whisperer, like I am not, I am going to share with you my technique for getting those pesky, but oh-so-tasty seeds out with as little hassle as possible. And, hopefully, as little stains as possible. Either red or orange.

Step 1 – Don’t cut the pomegranate in half. Score it. Take a sharp knife and score the skin around like you would be cutting it in half, going around the top and bottom. (It’s easiest to go around the little nib at the bottom.)

Peel a pomegranate – Step 1.1

Peel a pomegranate – Step 1.2

Step 2 – Put the knife in the top to separate the top where the skin is thick


Peel a pomegranate – Step-2

Step 3 – Gently pull apart to separate the two halves.


Peel a pomegranate – Step-3.1

Peel a pomegranate – Step-3 .2

Step 4 – Score each half in half (so you have quarters) on the outer skin. And gently pull it apart.


Peel a pomegranate – Step-4.1

Peel a pomegranate – Step-4.2

Step 5 – Get a big bowl of water. Use it to help you get the seeds out. Just have your hands in the water with the pomegranate quarters. Bend them back a bit and gently scrape out the seeds with your fingers. (I know scrape isn’t a gentle word, but I couldn’t think of another one to mean the same motion. Just be gentle.)

The bowl of water is especially helpful if you have an older pomegranate that has tons of yummy seeds but a skin that might as well be made of titanium. The water helps to make the skin more pliable to work with, as well as preventing the weird stains the skin causes on your fingers. Not a fan of those stains, if you hadn’t guessed.


Peel a pomegranate – Step-5

Then, after the seeds are out, just sift through them to make sure you get rid of the icky ones and keep the good ones.

Done!

Until later, here’s to…Living better, easily!

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