Saturday, 4 June 2016

6 Reasons Why You Should Apply Feng Shui | Guest Post by Lubna Khan

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So, what is Feng Shui? Feng Shui (Fung-Shawy) is an ancient Chinese practice that explores how the placement of objects and furnishings effect the flow of energy in your living space and how that goes on to shape your personal energy flow. It is said that your personal energy flow has an influence on how you think and act in everyday life, both inside and outside of the home. The main purpose of Feng Shui is to align your home environment with your personality and your personal energy. This may be done by carefully considering the items you bring into your home and clearing clutter for example, which is seen to be a blocker of positive energy. It is a belief that in Feng Shui everything has a certain energy, even objects.

So without further ado, here are some tips provided by Lubna on why you may consider applying Feng Shui to your home!

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Balance Everywhere
Sometimes you will be just sitting somewhere in your house, feeling stressed or not at ease for no obvious reason. Feng Shui has a reason why; it is probably because your eyes are suffering from an unbalanced sight in your surroundings. feng shui suggests that you present some sort of balance into your life in order to be in control with the outer balance of things. Putting your furniture in the right order and correct balance is bound to reflect on your psyche and life in general.

Developing Hawk Eyes
Well, not literally but you develop an eye for all the details and small things. Most people are so stressed about the big things going on in their lives that they start neglecting all the little things that actually matter. If you start to notice and actually spend time taking care of placing things where they should be; it will help you to pay attention to everything else that you thought was not a big deal. Big changes stem from small acts.

A Fresh Perspective on Life
Feng Shui is a fresh perspective that allows you to look deeper into things. This sort of positive energy that is brought by the freshness of the perspective allows you to become ready to welcome new perspectives into your life. It is always healthy and exciting to try new things in life.

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If you are already into feng shui and have already taken steps into following its methodology, then you must have read all about it. Reading can always help you to find out more about it, it will give you more knowledge and enrich your mind with fresh information, not only that, but feng shui might offer you the chance to get to know more about the Chinese culture; which is a very dense and rich culture that you will definitely enjoy. Knowledge is not limited to written words, but it also means getting to know people. You will most certainly find a feng shui enthusiast living next door, or maybe a close friend, and if not, then this is your chance to introduce them to this beneficial perspective.

There are two types of energy, on is the positive energy, which is referred to as the “Qi” and the other one is the negative energy, which is called the “Sha Qi” feng shui is carefully designed to attract all the Qi and keep the Sha Qi at bay. If you develop this concept and live by it, then this method of interior decoration is bound to bring you happiness and offer you beautiful decoration that is easy on the eyes. Following all the rules of feng shui will bring you peace of mind and enable you to experience all the good things life has to offer, and if you cannot follow all the rules; then don’t sweat it, just do whatever makes you comfortable, and always remember that feng shui is a style of life, not just a way to decorate.

Historically, feng shui was widely used to orient buildings in an auspicious manner. When feng shui is correctly applied, it creates a certain appeal to the place. There is nothing more comforting than a well decorated house that is not too bright, not too dull and is easy on the eyes. However, be careful that when feng shui is not applied properly, or rather, without common sense, it can even harm the environment, such as was the case of people planting “lucky bamboo” in ecosystems that could not handle them.

Author Bio:
This article was written by Lubna Ali Khan. She loves interior designing, home d├ęcor and DIY projects. She is a regular writer at ALRUG.


Monday, 16 May 2016

Travel Edit: OneFineStay | LDN, NY, LA, PA, RME

Hello everyone, Hope that you are all well! Here I am again with another blog post, the good thing is that university is almost over and I will be updating more often :-)

Summer is around the corner, we've had pretty awesome weather here in the UK and everyone is starting to feel a lot happier and cheerful; so in celebration of that, I'm here to present One Fine Stay, a short term luxury holiday rental service that operates in London, New York, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome (the easiest way of me explaining is, a luxury and very impressive service similar to Air BnB).

Source: OneFineStay - Rue du Bac V, Paris
I actually only found out about this company earlier this year and I'm obsessed with it, I think that its great that there is a brand like this that can offer around the same services as a high end hotel whilst still enjoying the comfort and familiarity of a luxury home in fantastic cities around the world. I'm sure everyone loves a little bit of luxury here and there and would love to experience a home-away-from-home. But what exactly is One Fine Stay and what do they do?

One Fine Stay seek out fine and well cared for homes around London, New York, LA, Paris and Rome for short and even long term stays. Where it differs from other rentals such as Air BnB, is the hospitality. Not only will you get to stay in a luxury, beautifully decorated home but the staff at One Fine Stay will ensure that there is someone to greet you at the property and things such as bedding, towels and toiletries are all taken care of. The homes that will be rented will be unoccupied whilst you stay and you can always call on the staff if you are in need of anything; whether it be how to turn on the sound system in the house or any quirky and fun places to visit whilst staying in your chosen city. Its amazing that people are giving up their beautiful, well manicured homes - if I lived in any of these, I probably wouldn't want to leave!

Source: OneFineStay - Oakwood Avenue, Los Angeles
One of the more obvious reasons as to why I featured OneFineStay on my blog, is just for how stunning most of the interiors are. There is quite honestly something for everyone's different tastes and styles and its terrific! It is on the pricier side, but I do feel as though with this kind of service, you ultimately get what you pay for!

Here are some more images of some of the properties on offer!

Source: OneFineStay - Washington Loft, New York
Source: OneFineStay - Passmore Drive, Los Angeles
Source: OneFineStay - Rue Chauvaeu, Paris
Source: OneFineStay - East 21st Street, New York
Source: OneFineStay - McKinley Avenue, Los Angeles
Source: OneFineStay - St George's Wharf IV
So if you'd love to give yourself a little treat this summer, you can find out more information on their website!

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