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March, 2014

Stress Free Spring Cleaning

Springtime can mean many things to many people. Whether it’s the celebration of new life or simply the end of a long, hard winter, there are lots of things to look forward to (including those Easter eggs). However, it can also mean that spring cleaning is on the horizon. But if the idea of shifting sofas and spending hours de-cluttering doesn’t really appeal to you, check out our guide to giving your home an easy and affordable face lift.

A great way to make a big difference in your home is to rethink your existing colour schemes. Tired of a bland, beige living room? Spice things up with a few touches of red by pairing these Fleur De Lis Design Cushion Covers with these Copper Red Luxury Faux Silk Curtains. Little changes like this are sure to make an impact in your room of choice, without the hassle of removing and replacing larger items.

Getting your kids involved with the yearly clear-out may seem a near impossible task, but one way to ease the transition is to include some familiar, friendly faces in their re-designed rooms, and make sure that they have some input too! Whether it’s the Ben 10 Duvet Set, these Hello Kitty Storage Boxes or the Thomas The Tank Engine Floor Mat, whatever they’re into, there’s something for everyone!

Tired of tatty old textiles lurking in the bathroom? Replacing your towel set is another great way to add new life to a room with minimal effort. The 6 Piece Embroidered Cotton Towel Gift Set will do the job nicely, and at 100% cotton, comfort and quality are guaranteed. Try pairing these with this 2 Piece Fish Pattern Bath And Pedestal Mat Set to easily refresh your bathroom.

When it comes to bedrooms, comfort is a must. So if you’re tired of itchy winter bedspreads and looking to add a few new, stylish touches, there’s no better time than now. This Flower Pattern Embroidered Quilt And Duvet Set will do the job nicely, and in single, double and king size, you can bring a new look to your bedroom however big or small. Try matching this with these Flock Print Tab Top Curtains to give the room a fashionable, modern look.

Click here to check out our full range of home textiles for further inspiration!

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Find The Perfect Gift For Mother’s Day

As your mum will no doubt have tried to subtly tell you, this Sunday marks the return of Mother’s Day. If the idea of the search for the perfect present is already leaving you weary, take a look at our very own gift guide for Mothering Sunday 2014.

With warmer weather hopefully on the horizon, make sure your mum is ready for summer with our range of strappy maxi dresses. Available in sizes 8 to 22, this Feather Print Maxi Dress comes in a choice of two vibrant colours, and the lightweight, 100% cotton design is perfect for warm weather at home or abroad.

With full waterproofing and an easy pull-on design, the Cotswold PVC Long Wellington will ensure that your mum is prepared for whatever the British summer throws at us, and with a range of styles ranging from floral to leopard print, she’ll always be sure to stand out from the crowd.

When it comes to the difficult job of present hunting, appealing to your mum’s softer side rarely fails. With his fluffy brown fur and friendly face, our Mumbles Bracken Plush Teddy Bear will be no exception. Made of soft fabric and with a bean-stuffed interior, Bracken is available in small, medium and large sizes.

With its colourful, dotted design, this Ladies Walking Umbrella will appeal to the mum who takes accessorizing seriously. Available in pink, purple, and black, the 97cm span will keep your mum safe and dry through many an April shower.

This Heart Print Sweater is another great way to show your mum you care. In a choice of black with red or cream with pink, this knitted, square neck pullover offers both style and comfort with its contrast pattern and soft material, and is available in small, medium and large sizes.

This lightweight, Spot Design Scarf is perfect for long walks through the countryside during the summer months, and in a range of six colours including black, fuchsia and pink, there’s a style to suit every outfit.

If your mum is the type to put comfort first, our range of women’s dressing gowns are sure to bring a smile to her face. The Spot Print Supersoft Dressing Gown offers warmth for wearers looking to relax in bed or around the home, and the fleece rope belt will ensure that your mum stays cosy all through the year.

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Why Thermal Clothes Should Be Included in Every Wardrobe

Living in a cold climate means you need thermal clothes to keep yourself warm, especially when you’re outdoors. Thermal clothes must be part of every wardrobe; you need them whenever the temperatures drop. Your set of thermal clothes must consist of thermal underwear, insulating layers, an outer layer, and accessories that can protect your hands, feet, head, and face.

Because thermal clothes are necessary, it is important that you buy high-quality pieces that can last for several winters. For thermal underwear, pick something that is made of stretchable, ergonomic, and quick-drying fabric that fits snugly and comfortably. You want underwear with stretchable seams so you can move naturally.

Buy high-quality sweaters, vests, pullovers, turtlenecks, and sweatshirts to serve as your middle or insulating layers. Fleece is the best material for sweaters, pullovers, and sweatshirts because it maintains its natural insulating ability, even when wet, yet it efficiently absorbs and spreads out moisture to make it dry out quickly. You can also buy a wool sweater for extra warmth. Wear thermal leggings or long johns under your pants.

For the outer layer, wear an insulating coat or jacket with waterproof qualities. Your jacket or coat must be able to shield you from rain, sleet, and snow and it must protect you from the wind, too. For your head, wear a thermal beanie or a hat to prevent body heat from escaping through your head.

Thermal clothes may be thick and the layering can make anyone look bulky, but that doesn’t mean that you have to look completely unfashionable when it’s cold. There are thermal wear manufacturers creating colourful sweaters, hats, gloves, jackets, and coats to make your look a little less boring. These days, there are also plenty of thinner fabrics that are very good at preserving body heat.

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Tips for Purchasing the Right Pair of Men’s Socks

Socks are often overlooked. Most men buy them without a thought or pick the first pair they see from their drawer and then put them on. Because socks are often bypassed as just regular articles of clothing, their quality tends to be ignored, too. What you might not know is that socks are not just underwear or protective articles of clothing for your feet—they must also work to minimise odour, keep your feet comfortable, and absorb sweat. With these in mind, you need to choose and buy your socks with care. Here are tips you can use when shopping for the best pair of men’s socks:

1) Not all socks are the same. They differ in the comfort they provide and the materials that they are made of. The best materials for socks are cotton, acrylic, and wool. These are natural fibres that help prevent stinky feet.

2) Use cotton for summer, wool for winter. Some socks are great for cold weather; some are best worn when the temperatures are high. Wool has natural insulating properties that keep your feet warm, but they tend to be thicker, making them more ideal when it’s cold. Cotton socks breathe, keeping your feet cool and dry when it’s warm.

3) Cotton socks have more variety in colour and design. Most manufacturers can create a wide range of socks from cotton, too, including trouser socks (for work and formal occasions) and athletic socks (for sports).

4) Check for allergies. Some people are allergic to wool, making cotton socks better for them. Be sure to buy socks made of 100% cotton to avoid allergic reactions and skin irritation.

5) No time to wash immediately after use? Go for wool socks. They’re low maintenance and do not need to be washed instantly after wearing. However, keep in mind that they require special care, such as requiring handwashing and air-drying. Never use a washing machine to clean wool socks.

6) Buy by the bulk. It’s cost-effective and you get two or more pairs for a cheaper price than when you buy socks separately.

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Universal Textiles Donates to the YMCA!

FredFinnYMCA MattWith the help of Fred Finn, the World’s Most Travelled Man, Universal Textiles spread the gift of warmth this winter, donating thousands of pieces of thermal clothing and hats to vulnerable and homeless young people supported by national youth charity, YMCA.

Fred Finn, who has visited 141 countries and travelled over 15 million miles, flew in especially to handover the thermal clothing, swap tips and share experiences with young residents from City YMCA London. With the help of Universal Textiles, Fred will be distributing 1,500 free hats and premium FLOSO thermals totalling £8250 to young people at YMCAs throughout the country.

Having worn Thermals from Universal Textiles for years Fred swears by them, saying:

“The trick to surviving the cold is to wrap up warm and wear more layers. Far too many people overlook the benefits something as simple as putting on an extra layer of thermals. The FLOSO thermals have probably saved my life on many occasions in many different countries where temperatures would otherwise been unbearable.”

With the cost of heating our homes rising and the ever more unpredictable weather, Fred and Universal Textiles hope to spread the word about the under-appreciated benefits of thermal clothing. This is an issue recognised by Suzi Browne, spokesperson for YMCA England, who states:

“Christmas and the winter months can be particularly difficult for those who are sleeping rough or in low income homes and unable to afford the rising costs of heating. We are very grateful to Fred Finn and Universal Textiles for their kind donation, which will be distributed via YMCA services and drop in centres to those who need it most.”

See the links below to just some of the YMCA centres who benefitted from Universal Textiles’ donation.

http://www.brightonymca.co.uk/donate.html

http://www.ymca.org.uk/newsmedia/latest/1215-donated-thermals-spread-warmth-and-ward-off-winter-chill

http://www.leicesterymca.co.uk/ymca-news.php?article=92

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