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October, 2011

Buying Guide to Embroidered and Printed Duvet Covers

They add a finishing touch to any bedroom, and it is very easy to match embroidered and printed duvet covers to the décor of the room. They can also be used in contrasting colours to create something of a feature in the décor, but a duvet cover can be changed regularly to give the room a different look each time. One option is to choose reversible sets. This means that the room can have two different looks with one duvet set.

For double beds and larger, the embroidered and printed duvet covers sets typically come with two pillowcases, although they are available to fit a single bed size as well. The best quality fabrics have a higher thread count; many of our sets are made of a 200-thread count fabric. The outer shell of many of the duvet selections is created from 100% polyester, a synthetic fibre that is long lasting and dries quickly when washed. The reverse is a blend of polyester and cotton, to offer a little more softness.

Many people prefer a simple design on the duvet set. Bright and bold prints do not suit everybody and can even make a small room appear smaller. One example of a simple design is the Blue Autumn Duck Egg Design Embroidered Duvet Cover Set. The pretty design on this duvet cover is a leaf pattern that appears on the pillowcases as well. The set is available in a variety of sizes from single to super king sized.


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Buying Guide to Children’s Duvet Cover Bedding Sets

There are a number of things to be taken into consideration for decorating when it comes to children’s bedrooms, and children’s duvet cover bedding sets is one of them. Some children like to have their room decorated with a theme connected to their favourite cartoon characters, but their tastes change regularly and redecorating every few months is not practical. Adding a cartoon cover duvet set is an easy way to ensure that the child has the style they want and the budget remains intact when their tastes change.

Popular children’s duvet cover bedding sets at the moment include Bart Simpson, Fireman Sam, In the Night Garden, Winnie the Pooh, Peppa Pig, My Little Pony, and Bob the Builder. Disney characters remain popular and feature Disney Princesses and Fairies, and Cars. No matter what the child’s tastes, there is a set to suit. Fortunately, these are available at reasonable prices, so giving the child the design they love will not cost a lot of money.

The sets include a duvet cover and pillowcase of a standard size and some are made from 100% polyester. This synthetic fabric allows for quick and easy drying of the sets after washing. Polyester also has a longer life span than some natural fibres. Some designs are 50% polyester with the remaining 50% as cotton. This is ideal for those who prefer a natural fibre but want the same benefits offered by a synthetic one.

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Choosing Egyptian Cotton Towels

We all like a taste of luxury in our life. This taste for small indulgences extends to every part of our lives, from quality cars right down to shoes.  One opportunity for pampering that should not be overlooked is bath time, and adding luxury there is easy when choosing Egyptian cotton towels.  For a long time these were considered far too expensive for those with a less than healthy bank balance, but they are now more widely accessible.

Egyptian cotton towels have the benefit of being very soft and highly absorbent.  The weight of the towels is 550gm for each square metre and Egyptian cotton has been proven one of the strongest types of cotton in the world, due to the length of the fibres.

Unlike other types of towels, which tend to show their age after a while, Egyptian cotton has the added benefit of becoming softer with each use.  The fabric ‘settles’, and as a result, towels made from this fabric will last much longer than ordinary towels. This particular luxury is also an investment.

The towels are available in a variety of sizes and colours.  The bath towels are very popular, and there is a selection of coordinating face flannels and hand towels making them easy to match. A popular option is the embroidered towel.  Each is marked with the towel type and the embroidery is in a contrasting colour to the towels, which are either white or cream.


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Buying Guide to Kids Beach and Bath Towels

One way in which parents can help to make a trip to the beach a little more fun is to purchase kids beach and bath towels separately.  Kids will love it if they have towels of their own and by choosing towels that feature their favourite characters then parents can be sure that children will feel a little more special.

The Peppa Pig combined towel and poncho – the “towcho” – is hooded and ideal for younger children.  The towel simply slots over the child and it can make it easier to dry them off after a dip in the sea or the swimming pool.  Peppa Pig is also available in a standard beach towel.  Older girls may like the “Groovy Chick” poncho design.  These are not hooded but are again perfect for getting children dried off.

For older boys there is a Spiderman three piece towel set featuring a face towel, hand towel and bath towel, which is ideal for use on the beach.  These work out to be good value and are a good way of encouraging boys to have a wash!  Alternatively the Bart Simpson three piece set is also available, as well as other designs.

Other designs include Thomas the Tank Engine, My Little Pony, Barbie, Dora the Explorer and a variety of Disney Characters.  Most of the kids beach and bath towels are made from 100% cotton, which is a natural fibre and the material has been designed to be absorbent.

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Buying Guide to Umbrellas

We are now heading towards the time of year when umbrellas are an essential accessory.  Luckily, for those who use an umbrella, they come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit every need.  For ladies who are out and about shopping, the handbag-sized umbrella is perfect.  When closed it takes up very little space, and when open it provides enough protection from the rain without being a hazard to other shoppers.

Golfing umbrellas are popular with both men and women who are enthusiasts of the sport as they are large enough to cover a person and a bag of golf clubs.  Being on a golf course usually means exposure to wind, and the golf umbrella is often stronger than other types of umbrella, with additional wind resistance.

Colour may not be of the utmost importance in an umbrella, but there are so many colour options that coordinating umbrellas and clothes is easy and fun.  For children there are brightly coloured and patterned umbrellas with smiley faces or animal prints.  Ladies might prefer the transparent dome umbrellas.  These can be held low for added protection from the elements but without loss of vision.

Many of the umbrellas feature a polyester pongee fabric.  This is designed to be waterproof while simultaneously offering a soft ‘fabric’ feel to it.  This material is also used in sportswear and raincoats.


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Buying Guide to Kid’s Swimwear

There is nothing better during childhood than splashing around in the water at the beach or pool, and there are plenty of options when buying kid’s swimwear.  Kids participating in swimming classes may prefer to have one of the plain swimming costumes that are available.  These are standard swimming costumes for the girls and trunks or shorts for the boys. For other occasions such as holidays, more brightly coloured costumes are available. Boys can opt for the looser style of shorts with the elasticated waists, rather than the fitted versions.

Many styles feature favourite cartoon characters.  For girls, the ‘My Little Pony’ style is very popular and for the boys there are several designs featuring characters from the Disney ‘Cars’ films.  Alternatively, flowery patterns are popular for holiday kid’s swimwear.

Serious swimmers might prefer some of the endurance swimwear styles.  These are designed to fit well and give a smooth shape for better speed in the water.  One option is the boy’s ¾-length wetsuit.  This is made from a blend of polyester and Lycra and zips up the back for convenience.  There is also a full-length version of the wetsuit that is designed for girls.

Many of the swimming costumes contain Lycra, a synthetic fibre that is also referred to as elastane.  This fabric adds elasticity to a garment and helps to keep the garment’s shape. It is always blended with other, usually synthetic, fibres.  It is used in a wide range of garments but it is particularly useful for sportswear.


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Choosing Ladies Swimwear

It is possible to look stylish on the beach or in the pool with one of any number of the vast range of ladies swimwear on offer. Those who prefer a one-piece suit will find these available in several designs and colours, from block colour to bright patterns. Those who prefer two-piece ladies swim suits will also be able to buy these items as separates. They are easily mixed and matched with other two-piece swimsuits for a different outfit every day.

Speedo, a name that is synonymous with classic ladies swimwear, is a name consumers can trust. There is a range of Speedo ladies swimwear to suit all tastes. Bikini bottoms and swim shorts are available and typically, there is a bikini top to match.

The Speedo ladies swirl pattern swim shorts comes in blue shades with an eye catching pattern. They are made from 80% nylon/polyamide blend and 20% elastane. This comfortable material conforms to body contours during movement through the water. The lining is 100% polyester. The same pattern can also be bought in bikini bottoms and bikini brief styles. There are two matching tops, one of which is padded, and both are made from the same fabrics as the bottoms.

The one-piece costumes are designed for smooth movement through the water without any drag and are constructed with polyester and elastane for comfort and flexibility.  Both of these are synthetic fibres designed for longevity. Polyester in particular allows for quick drying of the fabric.


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How to Choose Men’s Swimwear

Many men currently opt for swimming shorts, although there are a variety of options in the men’s swimwear range.  These are typically manufactured from polyester or a nylon blend.  Both of these fibres are synthetic and designed to keep their shape and last a long time.  Polyester also has the added bonus of being quick to dry, which makes it ideal as a swimwear material.

The shorts are perhaps best for those who are holidaying on the beach and just dipping in and out of the water on occasion.  These are comfortable to wear and are not clingy.  The elasticised waists often have drawstrings that make them adjustable.  The designs are usually bright, often with patterns, which are perfect for a bright holiday feel.

Serious swimmers who are in training for competitions might prefer the men’s swimwear briefs.  These are considered by most men as being a bit too tight and revealing for wearing on holiday because they are constructed to be more resistant to chlorine.  They are often made from polyester that gives them a good lifespan.  These also come in the form of shorts, and these are a fitted skin-tight style.

The briefs and tight shorts tend offer a limited choice in terms of colour.  These are usually only available in dark colours although some have a coloured stripe down the side.  Men’s swimwear is available with or without lining depending on the preference of the customer.

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Buying Guide to Jogging Bottoms and Pants

Jogging bottoms are the ideal item of clothing for those days when there is nothing else to do but relax around the house.  They are comfortable to wear as they have elasticated waists. Pants purchased in the correct size should be roomy enough for freedom of movement.  They can be teamed with T-shirts, slouch socks and cardigans for comfort and warmth.

Jogging bottoms and pants come in a variety of colours.  Grey and navy jogging bottoms are perfect as they match with many other colours, making colour coordination is easy even when there is no reason to leave the house.  They also come with elasticated cuffs, if preferred. Many styles have pockets with zips, which is perfect for those who wear them for jogging or other athletic pursuits.

The jogging bottoms are made from a blend of polyester and cotton.  Cotton is a natural fibre and is given a longer life by the addition of the polyester, which is a synthetic fibre.  Polyester also helps the fabric to keep its shape.

The jogging bottoms and pants are available for men, women, and children, and designs include a camouflage pattern.  An alternative for the ladies is the range of linen trousers.  These are available in a full-leg and three quarter leg design. These trousers are ideal for those days when it is warm but it is still important to feel comfortable.  Linen is a natural fibre that allows the skin to breathe and remain cool, making this a perfect choice for casual summer wear.

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Buying the Right Children’s Caps

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The caps are often 100% cotton, which is perfect for christie brinkley book allowing the skin to breathe and for preventing the child’s head from becoming too hot. Cotton is a natural fibre that is subject to normal wear and tear, the dark lemony snicket but for a product with a little more resilience, a cotton and polyester blend might be better. Polyester is a synthetic fibre that is designed to stand up to a great deal more than cotton.

Plain caps in a single colour can be matched to different outfits. These are ideal for children and, as the prices are very low, buying several in different colours should be cost effective. They will keep the children happy, as they can mix and match their colours.

Other caps have designs on them. Sports teams and cartoon characters are among the most popular. Younger children especially will like the Thomas the Tank Engine children’s caps and the Little Miss caps. Older children might prefer Power Rangers and Bart Simpson. Either way, the range that is available means that there is something for everyone.

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