Roof Gardens: Green and Brown Roofs – The Differences and Benefits

Living roofs are soaring in popularity, both in residential and commercial projects, due not only to their aesthetics, but also the many environmental benefits they bring to the building. You will note if you visit horticultural events such as Chelsea or Hampton Court Flower Shows that many of the show gardens incorporate green roofs in some way, which is always a good indication of future trends. Here is a brief guide, explaining firstly what green roofs and brown roofs are, before detailing their uses and benefits.

Green Roofs

Green Roofs are basically roofs which incorporate planting, often sedum or wildflower and meadow planting, grasses and mosses. In fact, some can even be planted with trees and shrubs. The Roof Gardens in Kensington is a prime example of this. Installing a green roof creates a vegetated surface which provides colour and interest throughout the year. Often, living roofs are used in rural settings and in areas where the buildings need to blend into the background. Green roofs will either be planted or seeded.

There are of course many considerations before installing a green roof, primarily ensuring your roof is suitable, and ensuring it is completely watertight. It is always recommended to get a professional company carry out the work, as you could do more harm than good if not done properly.

Of course, living roofs/wildflower and meadow roofs create a dramatic visual impact, but they also have many other benefits.

Benefits of Green Roofs

1. Photosynthesis – the process of plants absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. This is of particular benefit in urban areas.

2. Filter pollutants and dust from the surrounding area, again, a huge benefit in urban areas.

3. Green or living roofs act as an insulating layer on your roof. You should therefore expect to spend less on your energy bills, thus reducing your carbon footprint.

4. Increase in biodiversity – encourage animals such as bees, butterflies and birds into the area. With the current bee crisis, any opportunity to encourage bees into the area is a huge benefit.

5. Living roofs can be fitted with bird boxes to encourage birds, often endangered species, into the area and give them a safe environment to nest.

6. Endangered plants can be introduced into the roof planting.

7. Green roofs can reduce stormwater runoff significantly, which can help alleviate flooding, another very topical issue.

8. Often used as social areas, perhaps on top of office buildings, allowing staff to have somewhere green to escape to in the middle of an urban area. They are also increasingly being installed in public areas, to provide much needed green space in built up areas. A good example of this is on London’s Cannon Street Station.

Brown Roofs

Brown roofs are very similar to green roofs. The main difference is that whilst green roofs are often installed partly for the aesthetic value, brown roofs tend to be installed for environmental reasons, mainly, to encourage plants and wildlife.

Brown roofs are generally made using recycled materials and local soil. Whereas green roofs are often planted using very specific plants and following structured plans, brown roofs evolve more naturally. Whilst they are called brown roofs as this is the colour they are at the time of installation, they generally turn green over a period of time once the plants have started to establish themselves.

Brown roofs can incorporate water pools, wetland areas, rocks and boulders, basically any materials which will attract wildlife.

Benefits of Brown Roofs

1. Encourages wildlife into the area – brown roofs are specifically designed with this in mind. Particular plants may be introduced with the sole aim of encourages bees or butterflies. Wetland areas will encourage other types of insects and animals.

2. Brown roofs utilise soil and rubble which has been left behind after construction work. This ensures that wildlife which may have been displaced when construction work began, are encouraged back into the area.

3. As with green roofs, air quality is improved, which is particularly beneficial in inner city areas.

4. As brown roofs are made using recycled materials, they are the greener alternative.

5. Brown roofs generally have all the benefits of a green roof. They may take slightly longer to develop and flourish, but the environmental benefits will more than make up for that.

We in the UK are in some ways falling behind other countries with regards to green and living roofs. This has now been recognised, and a policy has now been written up to introduce more of this type of roof to both new and existing buildings wherever possible.

DIY Roofing Projects

Time

One common mistake made by those seeking the adventure of installing a new roof in “do-it-yourself ” fashion, is to underestimate the amount of time it will take to complete a roof. If you are doing a job yourself, chances are you are recruiting family and friends to help you. If the you and those people working alongside you are not used to working outside in the heat, they can easily tire and make your project last twice as long as projected. Also, if you do not have specialized roofing tools, and instead use common household tools such as hammers and flat nose shovels, a roof tear off can take longer than expected and become a bit of a trial.

Underestimating the amount of time a roofing project will take can become a serious problem, especially if the weather forecast changes or if you are forced to leave your roof half done for a few days while you return to work or other commitments. I have seen more than one house flood, to the point that they had to replace sheetrock, carpet and furniture, because they were doing the job themselves. The wind blew off their covering, or the roof was not covered in time, as an unexpected downpour moved through.

It is difficult to tarp most roofs because one tarp will not cover the entire exposed area. If you combine tarps to cover the exposed roof, it is vitally important to overlap the tarps such that water will not funnel under tarps and into the living quarters and cause interior damage. When tarping a roof, you also need to go around water heater and furnace exhaust pipes, as well as chimneys and swamp coolers, etc. Often, the wind will blow a tarp off a roof during a storm leaving your home exposed to the elements.

To help prevent this, use battens (1×2 lumber) and 8 penny nails throughout the field of the tarp. It is always best to tear off only what you can secure properly by that evening with underlayment properly installed around all roof penetrations. Don’t forget to check credible weather forecasts, such as NOAA.gov, throughout the project, viewing satellite images of the weather. A change in the weather can spell disaster for you and your home.

Experience

Another common DIY roofing obstacle is lack of experience. Even your family and friend’s best intentions in helping you on your project will not make up for inexperience. There are certain areas of a roof that need to be installed in a specific manner and order, including ice shields (after drip edge) at eaves, valleys and penetrations. This is why it is a good idea to always have at least one experienced roofer helping when you install a roof.

It is very important to install a proper ice shield on your roof, especially in areas with heavy snow. It is essential to have this secondary measure against moisture penetration and leaks. An ice shield will protect your home as ice dams up in the eaves and valleys and against walls. This roofing technique should be done by an experienced roofer to ensure your home is protected.

Also, keep in mind that inexperienced roofers can actually damage your shingles. If they move across your roof in a way that scuffs the shingles with their shoes or tools, they can remove granules from the shingles. These granules protect the asphalt shingle. Without them, the sun can wear out the exposed asphalt where the granules are missing. These situations can be costly, and are easily avoided by using experienced help.

Safety

When planning a DIY roofing project, be sure to consider the element of safety. Make sure you are using a sturdy ladder without any damage. If you are on a steep roof, you will need harnesses, safety nets and / or guardrails to prevent any falls. About 8 roofers die each year in the US because of falls, and many more are injured.

Also, be aware of power lines near your roof. Keep the ladder away from these power lines, and be aware of them as you are carrying any metal roofing materials. Electricity has been known to arc or jump from these lines for several feet if precautions are not met.

In addition to safety on the roof, be sure you are aware of people, animals and vehicles on the ground that could be damaged by falling objects. It is not worth someone getting injured to skip over these safety procedures.

Finances

The most considered reason for roofing a home yourself usually comes down to finances. However, there are a few options to consider that can help you afford a professionally installed roof. If you can in any way afford to hire a contractor, do it. You can end up spending more money in repairs over the life of your roof than you would have initially by hiring out.

If you are not currently in a position to hire a contractor to install your roof, look into the possibility of patching your roof while you save for the project, or if necessary, a home loan for your roof, breaking down the expensive project into reasonable regular payments. Also, consider performing the tear off yourself and hiring out for the installation. This can really help reduce the overall price of your roof.

Installing a Roof Yourself

If you have no other option but to install your roof yourself, be sure to come prepared. Take the time to do plenty of research. Read advice from your shingle’s manufacturers, or from certified roofing contractors. This is not a good project in which to follow the advice of a DIY blog. Instead, make sure your sources are both credible and experienced. We recommend Owens Corning and Certainteed shingles, who both offer installation instructions for each shingle listed on their websites. Also, GAF has a great general DIY section of their website that will help you plan and carry out a successful roofing project.

Even after you have done the proper research to become knowledgeable about installing a roof, it is still a good idea to consult an experienced roofer. If you need any advice, or have any questions, don’t hesitate to call a roofing contractor.

Another great option is to hire a roofing consultant to come to your home and guide you through the roofing process. A consultant usually costs about $200 a visit. It would be a good investment to have a consultant come after you are finished tearing off your old roof and immediately before you begin installing your new shingles. This will help ensure that you are using correct tools, techniques and materials.

In conclusion, your roof is one of the most important aspects of your home. It protects your entire structure and all of your possessions from potential damage. When debating whether or not to install your roof yourself, be sure to make the decision with an honest assessment of how dependable the roof will be in the future.

The Four Types of Roofing

The roof is one of the basic components of a house. Roofing is considered as the first line of defense against harsh weather conditions and other elements that can affect the home’s value, quality, and appearance. Thus, it is important to consider lots of things when selecting new roofing materials for your dream house. Good thing there have been a wide range of roofing materials that you can choose from. Some of the choices include from the traditional wood, asphalt, stylish clay/concrete tile, and to eco-friendly rubber roofing material.

An asphalt roofing shingle is one of the most common types of roofs among American homes. It also works for a wide variety of roofing styles and might be the perfect roof for your home. The asphalt roofing shingles usually cost from $1 to $4 per square foot. The pricing would usually depend on the type of home. For instance, for a ranch-style home it would cost from $1,700 to $8,400, which is also about 1,700 to 2,100 square feet.

Of course, there are lots of advantages when using the asphalt roofing shingles for your own home. One of which is that asphalt shingles are more affordable than the other types and can be easily repaired. It also works well on a wide variety of roofing styles and made with different colors, dimensional depths, and shapes. This type of roof has the ability to resist the effects of direct sunlight and other weather conditions.

The second type of roofing is the rubber roofing. It is best used when you are looking for a material that is leak-proof and eco-friendly. In comparison to traditional roofing materials, rubber roofing is more durable, cost-effective, and it is made form recycled materials. Plus, it has low maintenance, and is light weight, and flexible.

There are two main types of rubber roofing such as whole roof and shingled roof. Whole roofs can be installed by the square, which it can cover up to 100 square feet. It can also be custom-made to fit your particular house design and architecture. Although they are expensive, rubber roofing gives the benefit of being leak-proof and seamless. The shingled roof type is made from a synthetic material. This type of roofing is light weight, easy to carry, can be shaped using a utility knife, and can be installed with a nail gun or adhesive. However, keep in mind that installing shingled roofs still require the expertise of a professional roofer.

The third type of roofing is the tile roofing. It is considered the most popular roofing material in the world. Similar to the other types aforementioned, tile roofing provides defense against fire and durability. In fact, it can last for over 100 years. It also has the benefit of improved air ventilation and comes with variety of shapes, patterns, textures, and colors.

Lastly, the wood roofing is most commonly used for houses that need to have a major renovation. This can cost you $4 to $7 per square foot and the cut of the wood. It can also give your home a natural warm look, and has the ability to resist heat transmission more than composition shingles.

Keep in mind that when using any of these roofing materials, it is still important to consult a professional roofer’s advice on how to install such materials properly. They can also help you which material is appropriate for the type of house you have.

Planning a Wedding Party You Won’t Forget

A wedding party is the event where your friends and family all gather together to celebrate the newly weds and have fun and pleasure. Pitting down hair and throwing away your tie is what usually happens during the party, and there is nothing more pleasurable than this moment. However you will need to make sure that all these things go well and smoothly prior to the party taking place, therefore carefully considered party planning is very important. Planning a wedding party is unlike planning any others. The amount of time taken into consideration and carefully chosen details are the core factors that will decide the quality of party after all.

You need to consider a few things that go into party planning to celebrate a wedding. First of all, think of how many and what kind of people will attend. The group of people after the ceremony will most likely be divided into several different groups, such as older people, young generations, men of 20s and women alike. Also bride and groom can have fun time with their own friends group separately. But you can mix any group in the party until a certain time when older folks can be free to leave if they want. Considering who will be belonging to which group is vital to planning ahead, thus providing them more comfortable and cozy environment while enjoying the entire party.

The best wedding party would be that everyone feels they are considered, well taken care of and finally they had wonderful time. Another thing to be considered is the venue. Depending on the weather condition, and the time and the season of the year, you can either go outside or have it indoors. If it’s outdoors then make sure the weather condition and prepare shelters for unforeseen circumstances. Compared to it, indoors party is easier as it is not mainly dependent on the weather that much. Also the place of venues should be attractive one where people can feel comfortable and relaxed. When there are alcohol beverages involved in the party, make sure underage children’s permission and restriction. It is important that the entire environment is conductive all the people at the party regardless of their ages.

Arrange a live band who can drop a great music tunes on the dance floor as all the people would want to have fun all night. In addition to the entertainment, the food would be another factor that people are seeking. Just getting enough cakes is the best way to go. Also don’t forget to prepare best soft drinks and champagne as the party won’t be ever complete without a toast from friends wishing the newly married couple. If anyone wants to speak and congratulate in public, give them a chance and it will become unforgettable moment for all.

4 Tips For Your Unique Wedding Party

One of the most important things to take care during the wedding planning, you should always consider all aspects of an enjoyable wedding party.

Since you will be spending this not just with your soon to be lifetime partner, but with your closest friends and family as well, you have to think of the most unique wedding party ideas there is available.

The wedding parties get to be more memorable because of the souvenirs that your guests get to take home after the momentous event.

Hence, here are some unique wedding party ideas that you can apply in your own wedding to make things more impressive and interesting to everyone.

Idea # 1 – Food:

If both of you are food enthusiasts, then you can send out adorned, printed out files wherein the recipes of the menu served during the party is laid out, to all of your guests so that they can try it on their own.

Idea # 2 – Wine:

Encourage everyone to start their wine cellar by giving away bottles of wine as souvenirs.

You can even hold a contest for those who would be able to tell an interesting story that brings back wonderful memories about the wine.

Idea # 3 – Advice:

Set a sort of open forum during the wedding party, wherein you would give a chance for everyone to give their own advices to you and your partner to be able to live a lasting marriage after the wedding.

Gather up delightful stories that others can say about you and your partner with the help of a friend who has the time to go around and meet your friends and special loved ones.

Idea # 4 – Community Bonding:

This could also somehow serve as a pre-wedding party wherein you would take your other couple friends out and play sports together like bowling, golf, tree adventure, etc.

Have an enjoyable meal with your family and friends and talk about topics that would help improve your relationships.

Keep it in your mind that these unique wedding party ideas are not just meant to make the wedding couple alone to be happy, but also to add entertainment and enjoyment to beloved guests.

The bride and the groom should take this opportunity to value these people as their future relationship supporters and advisers as the couple would embark on a whole new journey of their lives.

There are some more options that you can find over the net to find some unique wedding party ideas.

Wedding Party Planning Do’s and Don’ts

There is certain etiquette when it comes to planning a wedding party (or wedding shower). The established guidelines are not laws that must be followed (or suffer the consequences). They are just a set of helpful considerations one can contemplate during the planning stages of a wedding party.

Here are some helpful tips to guide you through your planning:

DON’T: Wait for one of the bridesmaids to get a party together.
DO: Host it if you want to.

If you really want to throw a party for the future bride and groom, go right ahead. There is a common misconception about the bridesmaids being the ones who should host the party. Any friends of the bride or groom are more than welcome to host the party.

DON’T: Schedule the party to take place within a month of the wedding.
DO: Schedule it to take place two to three months before the wedding.

The reason for this is pretty obvious. This is a courtesy to the bride and groom. They both (let’s be honest, it’s mostly the bride we’re talking about) have a lot to take care of in that last month before the wedding. They probably won’t be able to enjoy themselves as much when they’re thinking of everything they need to get done before their big day.

DON’T: Invite anyone and everyone to the party.
DO: Invite anyone who’s on the wedding guest list.

A word of caution, it’s okay to invite anyone you’d like off of the list of those invited to the wedding, but don’t invite everyone from it. Try to keep it to the bride and groom’s closest friends. If you invite everyone, it might seem like some sort of gift receiving power struggle.

DON’T: Wait until the last minute to send out the invitations.
DO: Send out your invitations at least a month before the party.

If you wait until the last minute to get this step taken care of, chances are there will be problems. Mainly, people won’t be able to attend the party because you didn’t give them enough time to make sure their schedules were clear. Waiting too long also gives them that much more time to plan something else for that day. Get your invitation to them early enough so they can reserve that spot for your party.

This wedding party planning etiquette won’t ensure that absolutely nothing will go wrong, but keeping these do’s and don’ts in the forefront of your mind will give you a great chance of throwing a nearly perfect wedding party that the bride, groom, and friends will remember fondly.

Network Marketing Blog Traffic Training

Let me guess. You’ve created a network marketing blog complete with graphical headers, opt-in boxes and banner ads for your favorite affiliate programs, but you aren’t making any money because you don’t have sufficient traffic to your a network marketing blog. Now that the blog is up and running, you’ve realized that just having a network marketing blog is only half the battle. The other half is blog traffic. You’ve landed on this post looking for a network marketing blog traffic strategies, tools or training. Am I right so far?

Or perhaps you don’t have a network marketing blog yet and are thinking about creating one. You’ll be glad you landed here because a blog without any traffic won’t make any money or generate any leads. Be sure you have a traffic plan for leading people to your blog.

Either way, you are in the right place. This particular MLM blog gets plenty of traffic and I can teach you how to do it too.This will be an overview article discussing your options for network marketing blog traffic. We can’t possibly teach you how to do all this stuff in one article…but the tutorials and resources on rest of the site will get you pretty far.

Network Marketing Blog Traffic Sources

Search Engines

Paid search

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Organic search

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Referring Sites

Text Ads/Banner Ads

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Content Links

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Email

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Smart Phones

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Offline

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Getting Started with Network Marketing Blog Traffic

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To compare business phone systems and find the right fit for a particular company, four benefits should be heavily considered. Ideal office phone systems will include a virtual receptionist, voicemail transcriptions, ‘contact us’ web widgets, call routing to cells and office phones, and HD voice quality.

Compare Business Phone Systems That Come With Voicemail Transcription

An option known as voicemail transcription transmits a text version of voicemail messages to the email address an individual has selected. The written transcription arrives at the user’s email address and/or email-enabled cellular device along with an audio file of the message. Some providers include this feature in their packages. Others offer a free 30-day trial of voicemail transcription service to all users on a company’s account. Once the trial period has concluded, a manager can choose to continue this option as a paid service on certain extensions of his choice. Fully automated, voicemail transcription utilizes high-tech voice recognition technology. The transcribing does not need a live agent. By using automated technology, communication vendors can ensure total privacy and speedy delivery of the transcribed message.

‘Contact Us’ Web Widget Offers Added Value

Business owners who compare business phone systems find that a web widget with ‘contact us’ capabilities gives online publishers the chance to increase value and following to blogs, social networks, home pages, and websites. Easily embedded into a page, a widget is a small web application. This capability is included with some office phone systems that are designed with the components needed to be embedded in a blog or web page. The most common of internet forms, ‘contact us’ web widgets can be located on numerous websites and blogs. Typically, they all consist of the same structure including a user information section (name, company, email, etc.), and a contact detail section (purpose for contact, subject, and description).

Call Routing, From Cells To External Offices

Call routing entails answering an incoming telephone call and routing it to another point that could be any extension number in the office, a handheld or portable device like a cell phone, or to another landline number. The biggest selling point of call routing is that it ensures that no important calls are missed when a person is unavailable or at a location where the telephone number usually exists. Today’s providers often offer deals that come with call routing to cell and office cubicles, even with a basic package. In some instances, the subscribers can receive cellular call forwarding services. If the cell number incurs problems, then the subscriber can route the call to any other desired number until a solution is put into place. There are countless positive aspects of call forwarding services. For example, when the chief executive officer is not physically present at the office, he can still answer the calls coming into his office line. This ability to forward calls to an employee’s cell phone, landline, or any other number desired makes managing a company far more efficient. With this technology, the desired party can speak to directly to clients, answer their questions, and provide information, regardless of their location.

Importance Of HD Voice Quality

As individuals who operate a company compare business phone systems, they should consider the importance of HD (high-definition) voice quality. Also called wideband voice, this advancement has received a lot of attention recently. The audio technology, which allows office phone systems to send a far broader range of sounds over internet lines than traditional phones, greatly improves the clarity of voice calls. Conventional lines use PSTN (public switched telephone network) circuits that produce more static and less lucidity. Businesses can tangibly benefit from HD voice quality by not dealing with calls coming in that are inaudible or get cut off. Business owners trying to close a deal prefer to depend on HD voice quality instead of traditional fuzzy lines.

Four Helpful Options Available For Office Phone Systems

To compare business phone systems and find the right fit for a particular company, four benefits should be heavily considered. Ideal office phone systems will include a virtual receptionist, voicemail transcriptions, ‘contact us’ web widgets, call routing to cells and office phones, and HD voice quality.

Compare Business Phone Systems That Come With Voicemail Transcription

An option known as voicemail transcription transmits a text version of voicemail messages to the email address an individual has selected. The written transcription arrives at the user’s email address and/or email-enabled cellular device along with an audio file of the message. Some providers include this feature in their packages. Others offer a free 30-day trial of voicemail transcription service to all users on a company’s account. Once the trial period has concluded, a manager can choose to continue this option as a paid service on certain extensions of his choice. Fully automated, voicemail transcription utilizes high-tech voice recognition technology. The transcribing does not need a live agent. By using automated technology, communication vendors can ensure total privacy and speedy delivery of the transcribed message.

‘Contact Us’ Web Widget Offers Added Value

Business owners who compare business phone systems find that a web widget with ‘contact us’ capabilities gives online publishers the chance to increase value and following to blogs, social networks, home pages, and websites. Easily embedded into a page, a widget is a small web application. This capability is included with some office phone systems that are designed with the components needed to be embedded in a blog or web page. The most common of internet forms, ‘contact us’ web widgets can be located on numerous websites and blogs. Typically, they all consist of the same structure including a user information section (name, company, email, etc.), and a contact detail section (purpose for contact, subject, and description).

Call Routing, From Cells To External Offices

Call routing entails answering an incoming telephone call and routing it to another point that could be any extension number in the office, a handheld or portable device like a cell phone, or to another landline number. The biggest selling point of call routing is that it ensures that no important calls are missed when a person is unavailable or at a location where the telephone number usually exists. Today’s providers often offer deals that come with call routing to cell and office cubicles, even with a basic package. In some instances, the subscribers can receive cellular call forwarding services. If the cell number incurs problems, then the subscriber can route the call to any other desired number until a solution is put into place. There are countless positive aspects of call forwarding services. For example, when the chief executive officer is not physically present at the office, he can still answer the calls coming into his office line. This ability to forward calls to an employee’s cell phone, landline, or any other number desired makes managing a company far more efficient. With this technology, the desired party can speak to directly to clients, answer their questions, and provide information, regardless of their location.

Importance Of HD Voice Quality

As individuals who operate a company compare business phone systems, they should consider the importance of HD (high-definition) voice quality. Also called wideband voice, this advancement has received a lot of attention recently. The audio technology, which allows office phone systems to send a far broader range of sounds over internet lines than traditional phones, greatly improves the clarity of voice calls. Conventional lines use PSTN (public switched telephone network) circuits that produce more static and less lucidity. Businesses can tangibly benefit from HD voice quality by not dealing with calls coming in that are inaudible or get cut off. Business owners trying to close a deal prefer to depend on HD voice quality instead of traditional fuzzy lines.

Androgynous Look – Women’s Style in Fashion

What is Androgynous? As a ‘look’ of a female resembling a male? Popularized by actress Diane Keaton in the 1970’s movie Annie Hall, and copied as fashion apparel. Kate Bosworth and Amanda Peet recently went androgynous at New York Fashion Week. Sex and the City’s most recent movie shows again the fashion that elevates the power of women with a range of gorgeous styles to suit all tastes. Carrie played by Sarah Jessica Parker wears an androgynous style outfit that highlights the popularity of this style in fashion to hit the streets either at work or play. The androgynous look is a fun way to dress for work if your dress code forbids denim. You won’t need to go all out to pull the look off as single elements of the trend will be just as effective. Kate Bosworth and Amanda Peet embraced the menswear inspired fashion trend at the Rag & Bone Runway Show in Bryant Park.

Since 2007 a new kind of power dressing for women has emerged in recent times providing a stylish alternative to the classic work suit. The androgynous look has been keeping ultra-feminine fashion in check on the catwalk, seeing a trend towards nipped tailoring and bold, brash statement dressing – changing the way we dress for the office forever.

Whilst following all the current trends in the office is fun and fashionable, it also breaks the boundaries between work and play and like it or not, unless you work in the fashion industry, your boss will appreciate the smart and serious look rather than the ultra glam girl persona you may lead out of hours!

Power dressing may sound scary but it isn’t if you carefully balance your look. Sometimes you might want to look fierce in front of colleagues and at others you might want to appear part of the crowd, so why not match your look to your work mood and start making big impressions through your clothes…now that’s power dressing. Whether you’ve tried to win over a stubborn client or wanting to impress the rest of your colleagues with your ideas, the key is to choose clothes that ooze confidence. Feel confident as well as look it by choosing slimming styles that you feel comfortable wearing. Power dressing demands a fearless attitude which you’ll never convincingly achieve if you don’t like what you see in the mirror in the morning.

Choose trousers if you’re unsure of baring your legs and leave the killer stilettos at home if you fear toppling over in the boardroom. Combine subtle pinstripe, slim leg trousers with pointed heels for a feminine, slimming look. Always wear high heels but opt for a chunkier heel rather than a stiletto for stability and a perfect, confident walk. Pick jackets and blazers that are nipped in at the waist to create flattering curves and choose bold colours to wear underneath- weak pastel shades are the power dresser’s major fashion faux pas; beige is anything but brave – choose an ambitious red or empowering orange.

If you’re not sure about colour, embrace monochrome which is big business this season. Experiment with tailoring that features white lining and pinstripes, or simply add chic to a black suit with a thin white belt or bright crisp shirt. Never wear anything too detailed or patterned when power dressing (you want to be bold – don’t let your clothes steal the show). Choose straight, classic tailoring, smart, high-waist pencil skirts or trousers and find a style that you feel most confident and comfortable in. Always keep accessories to a minimum choosing silver jewellery for subtle sparkle and a subtle leather tote or handbag to finish your confident, empowering and fashionably fierce look.

Fashion Overview

A trend since the 80’s that enduring the period of time fashion and has been the fundamental time portal into the fashion culture and popular art with the feeling of that given age. Whether you liked what was popular in mainstream at that time, it still left its mark forever embedded in people’s memories. Fashion as a whole is a “personal mode of expression”, which was denoted by the hysteria of that time shown by the media, or by music that was popular at that time. We saw this as far back in the eighties, where the mode of feeling was innovative and experimental.