Five simple home-friendly work outs

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SUMMER is slowly creeping up on us, which means the countdown for bikini weather is on! Not quite ready to bare all just yet, but not a fan of hitting the gym? Check out these five home-friendly exercises you can do in your free time. With a healthy diet and a positive attitude you'll be looking like Candice S in no time (we hope).



Abdominal hold (20 reps)

  • Sit tall on the edge of a sturdy chair (or step with four risers) and place your hands on the edge with your fingers pointing toward your knees.
  • Tighten your abs and bring your toes 2 to 4 inches off the floor. Lift your butt off the chair.
  • Hold this position for as long as you can -- aim for 5 to 10 seconds.
  • Lower yourself down and repeat.

Opposite arm & leg raise (15-20 reps)

  • Begin on all fours, aligning your knees under your hips and your wrists under your shoulders.
  • Raise your left arm to shoulder height and your left leg to hip height.
  • Hold for 2 counts, reaching forward with your fingers and back with your heels.
  • Repeat this exercise on the opposite side.

Planking (1 minute)

  • Get into a full pushup position with your palms on the floor beneath your shoulders.
  • Hold here for 30 seconds, with your abs contracted and your arms and legs extended and your head aligned with your spine.
  • As you build strength, hold this position longer, up to one minute.

The cobra (8-10 reps)

  • Lie facedown on the floor with your palms near your chest.
  • Lift your head, shoulders, and chest off the floor, pulling your shoulder blades down and together.
  • Hold for 2 counts and then lower back down. Repeat 8 to 10 times.

The ballet twist (2 sets, 6-8 reps)

  • Sit on the floor and extend your legs, pressing them firmly together.
  • Lean back 45 degrees from the hips.
  • Keep your abs engaged as you bring both your arms overhead like a ballerina.
  • Slowly twist your torso to the right, placing your right arm on the mat. Keep your left arm reaching overhead for a slow count of 3.
  • Repeat the movement, keeping your left arm on the floor, and keeping your butt and heels on the floor.
  • Contract your abs to support your spine as you return to center, bringing both arms overhead.
  • Continue alternating sides. Do 2 sets of 6 to 8 reps on each side.


NAILART | NEW App! Instagram to Nailart

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Combining two of our favorite things: Instagram and nailart! NailSnaps is a young company funded by a Kickstarter campaign (support new ideas!) that makes it possible to print your favorite Instagram pictures on your nails!

No more frustration with difficult nailart projects - this makes your nails Instaworthy right away: Instagram your Instagram on your nails!


See how easy the NailSnaps app will be in the video below. The only downside: you'll have to wait as the app isn't online yet, later this year it will be available in the iOs Appstore.


Source: here


By Suzanne Stal

Top five tips for newbie fashion bloggers

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SURE, we may be biased, but in our opinion blogging is one of the best things to do on the internet (apart from Googling pictures of cute animals or Ryan Gosling) but sometimes it can be a little tricky to get started - especially when there are so many blogs around these days. Here at CofD HQ we've rounded up five of our fool-proof tips that will help you get you on your way.



get organised
Most bloggers tend to juggle their time between work and/or education, so planning and making a schedule is a must. Jot down ideas when you're out and about to keep your blog looking fresh.

blog for yourself
Followers are important - we get that - but the reason you start a blog should be for your own enjoyment and benefit. No one wants to see cookie-cutter blog posts that don't show the real you. Be personal!

listen to your readers
As mentioned above, blogging should be mainly for you, but that doesn't mean it's not a good idea to consider what it is that your readers may want. Have you ever thought about asking them?

don't expect miracles
Thousands of followers will not happen overnight (and if it does, tell us your secret!) so don't go expecting instant fame and recognition. Stay humble!

be constant
It's best to blog as often as possible - whether that's once a day or once a week! Either way, make sure your readers have an idea about the sort of days and times you post, so they can check back later.


by Stephanie Toms


Five of the best beauty apps you need to download now

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LET'S face it, some Sundays are just meant for pampering and preening. Thanks to technology (also known as the centre of our world here at CofD HQ) there are so many little apps that can help you feel more like yourself again - or at least, a better version of what you're feeling like now. Having trouble finding some of the best? We've got you covered.



Virtual Makeover - Free
Literally a virtual makeover in a few simple clicks. Not sure how to do your makeup before a date? This app will show you what looks best in a matter of minutes.

Pretty In My Pocket - Free
Allows you to scan different products to read instant online reviews - so you'll never make a dodgy makeup mistake ever again.

Sleep Cycle - €1.99
Keeps track of your quality of sleep, allowing you to make the most out catching those Zs.

Amazing Face - €2.99
Practically a life saver in app-form as it provides countless tips and tricks to help get you through your day. Random zits? An awful hang over? Think of this app as your new best friend.

Beautylish - Free
We all have our off days, but this app helps keep them to a minimum with what seems like an endless supply of beauty tips and inspiration.


by Stephanie Toms


DIY easy and stylish summer net bag


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IF Phil Oh snaps a photo of a stylish lady holding a net bag, then chances are the next hottest thing for Spring is going to be a net bag. But sometimes even the shops are behind on the times, so now is a change to take matters into your own hands (literally) and make your own! Check out Honestly...WTF's simple tutorial below.




supplies list

-a cotton net bag (available at Whole Foods)
-2  carabiners (if you can’t find gold carabiners, you can spray paint them)
-8 sets of 1/4″ screw posts
-a flat head screwdriver
-a pair of scissors



Start by cutting each of the straps down the middle, creating 4 loose straps. With a marker, mark 2 dots on each strap about 3 inches apart.



Carefully pierce a small hole through each mark with the tip of the scissors. Fold one of the straps through the carabiner, aligning the two holes with each other.



Push the screw post set through both holes and tighten with a screwdriver.




Your bag is finished! You can also experiment with dying the bag a different color before assembling.



Attach keys, charms or pom poms to one of the carabiners and you’re all set!


Source: Honestly...WTF