Violet Zhou translates mental states into ethereal fashion collection

Rosy-hued shells of organza encase the wearer of these garments by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) graduate Violet Zhou, which explore different states of mind experienced during personal struggles.

Inspired by her own personal experiences and “emotional turbulences”, Zhou sought to translate certain feelings into tangible products.

Her fashion collection, titled Within, comprises six looks, each representing a different stage in the process of going through and overcoming various emotional and mental challenges.

These include angry, weighed-down, wounded, sinking, numb and emerging.

Violet Zhou translates mental states into ethereal fashion collection

Designed to create a sense of “confinement”, many of the pieces literally seal their wearer inside the garment with an outer layer of fabric.

Each look progresses onto the next, until finally “emerging” from the turmoil into a lighter state of mind, where the wearer physically breaks free from the material casing.

“I wanted it to look like the model is vacuum-sealed in between two plastic sheets, … Read more

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Attention star bakers! The Aldi stand mixer is back – just in time for Bake Off

From making banana bread to whipping up homemade loaves, baking has been off-the-scale so far this year. And with The Great British Bake Off returning next Tuesday 22nd September and possible further lockdown measures, it’s safe to say homemade treats will be trending once again.

As a nation we love both baking and bagging bargains! The lovely folk at Aldi have catered brilliantly for both passions, with the return of this year’s affordable baking SpecialBuys range.

Which includes the classic stand mixer, returning with the same £49.99 price tag. The dynamic baking accessory is joined by baking tins and plenty of helpful baking accessories.

In other Bake Off news: Own the Great British Bake Off house! Harptree Court is up for sale

The Classic Stand Mixer is available to pre-order online from this Sunday 20th September. The further accessories range will be in stores from 24th September.

Affordable Aldi stand

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How to avoid the common mistakes investors make – Trying to time the market [VIDEO]

The more you know about the most common mistakes that other property investors make, the better your likelihood of building lasting wealth.   

In this series of short videos, Brett Warren and I discuss the common mistakes we’ve seen investors make.

Today we discuss every investor’s dream of “buying low and selling high” to maximise gain.

But the reality is that you really can’t “pick the market”.

Watch as we discuss:

  • Why many investors try and time the market, wanting to buy at the bottom and sell up or refinance near the top of the property cycle
  • The concept of buying countercyclically – be greedy when others are fearful and be fearful when others are greedy
  • How some beginning investors did well over the last few years – but it was more due to luck and can’t easily be replicated
  • Rather than trying to time the market – look for good
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Create Your Own Salon Wall With These Affordable, Vintage-Inspired Artworks

Create Your Own Salon Wall With These Affordable, Vintage-Inspired Artworks

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Sasha Gattermayr

One of Jono’s moodboards, featuring Tuscan Farmhouse. Photo – Nic Gossage.

A perfectly composed salon wall. Photo – Jacqui Turk.

Coastal Clifftop in situ. Photo – Nic Gossage.

Jono Fleming is never not redecorating. While pottering around during lockdown earlier this year, and invariably thinking about ways to restyle his house, he realised he wanted some small-scale, vintage artworks that wouldn’t cost him

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Umé Studio pads Zabuton Sofa with cushions used on Japanese tatami floors

California practice Umé Studio has created a modular sofa with bolsters, wooden units and traditional Japanese Zabuton cushions that are often used on tatami floors.

Umé Studio created the Zabuton Sofa to provide a different use for the cushions that are traditionally placed on tatami, which are woven-straw mats placed on raised floors in Japan. For centuries, the cotton-filled cushions have been used to make resting on the floor more comfortable.

Zabuton Sofa by Ume Studio

“Our Zabuton Sofa is a take on re-introducing traditional Japanese living into a modern piece of furniture,” the studio said.

“With the raised floors being popularised in the 17th century, Japanese society as a whole adopted tatami living as the driving design principle of housing design, Zabuton were used to bring comfort to the seating of the nobility.”

Zabuton Sofa by Ume Studio

The cushions are used to pad out the wooden furniture piece, which comprises a low, maple wood plinth that has grooves … Read more

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