Month: August 2014

Ellen Conlin Skin and Hair Treatments

Ellen Conlin Skin and Hair Treatments

Ellen Conlin Skin and Hair Treatments – Helping You Look Your Best in Summer Have you ever greeted a friend or colleague immediately upon his return from a holiday at an ocean-side resort and envied the evidence of fun in the sun on his newly golden skin? What about the time he came back from the Greek Isles lobster red and unable to comfortably wear a button-down shirt?

If you don’t have the time or the inclination to sit on the beach absorbing the sun’s rays – or if you tend to burn easily in the sun – don’t lose hope. You’re generally doing yourself a favor by staying out of the sun during the summer months anyway: spending too much time in the sun is actually one of the worst things you can do to your skin, as it causes premature aging and increases your risk for skin cancer.

Whatever your reason for staying out of the sun, you need not resign yourself to being” pasty and pale this summer. You can look just as radiant as any beachgoers in your midst with the help of these simple salon treatments.

Hair lightening: Whether you are a dirty blonde or deep brunette, golden highlights will give you an outdoorsy look, catch the sunlight in an attractive way and perhaps even mask a few grey strands.

Skin rejuvenation: While it’s common to save such procedures for the winter, regular maintenance treatments throughout the year keep the skin more consistently healthy. Consider a multi-layer peel or other treatment such as microdermabrasion or medical skin needling.

Sunless tanning lotion completes the look by giving your skin a healthy glow without causing damage. Just think of it: all the golden glow with none of the sweating in the sun’s heat, exposure of imperfect areas or sunburns!

Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty is committed to providing top-quality hair and skin treatments to clients in the Glasgow area. The stylists and therapists at our hair salon in Glasgow are prepared to give you the five-star treatment you expect, and you will leave our salon looking just as good as if you were just back from your own holiday – probably even better!

For more information on what the hair and skin treatments at our beauty salon in Glasgow can do for you and to join our VIP club, call us today on 0141 339 8223 or visit the Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty salon website.

Memory Foam Dog Beds – Waggers Pet Supplies

Memory Foam Dog Beds – Waggers Pet Supplies

Memory Foam Dog Beds
Much like our dogs, those of us who are lucky enough to have a dog look forward to regular walks in the park and games of fetch. If your large-breed dog is getting up in years, though, it’s important to make sure you’re doing everything possible for your dog’s health so that he can live a happy, healthy life for years to come.

Conditions such as arthritis and hip dysplasia commonly affect large breeds such as Labrador Retrievers, Great Danes, German shepherds and Saint Bernards. Dogs of these breeds can weigh anywhere from 60 to 150 pounds as mature adults, so it is important to manage their weight and minimize the stress on their hips and other joints by feeding them a high-quality, lower-calorie diet. Regular exercise on soft surfaces is also helpful – think dirt trails and green spaces rather than asphalt and concrete.

Consider your dog’s comfort within the home as well, particularly if you have instituted a strict no-pets-on-furniture rule. Have you provided your four-legged friend a dog bed that provides the support that old, achy joints need? If you have stiff, achy joints yourself, would you consider your large-breed dog’s current bed adequate for your own joint support needs?

If not, consider replacing your dog’s bed with a high-quality memory foam dog bed such as those available from Waggers. With its waterproof liner and choice of green check, tan check and furry paw designs, a memory foam dog bed from Waggers will give your pet the ideal surface on which to sleep or recline.

As our name implies, Waggers is about dogs and only dogs. Your dog’s health and comfort are our business, and our mission is to keep your dog as healthy, comfortable and happy as possible with a stylish dog bed that will fit nicely with any home décor. Order online today – we guarantee that your dog will feel like he’s floating on a cloud every time he settles in!

For more information about our line of machine-washable dog beds and other products for your dog, call us today on 0844 573 1650 or visit

A New Staircase for Any Home

A New Staircase for Any Home

A New Staircase for Any Home
So you’re looking into adding a new staircase to your home – good for you! You might also be finding by now that the planning process can be a bit overwhelming, if you’ve kept your mind open to new possibilities, simply because there are so many excellent design ideas to choose from.

People living in modest homes often believe that a straight, up-against-the-wall staircase with no landing is the only kind that will fit in their home. In fact, spiral staircases are a great option for smaller homes because they take up very little space, especially when situated in a corner, and they add depth while allowing you to make the most of the remaining space.

If you’re more adventurous, then a traditional straight staircase may seem a bit boring, but there’s plenty you can do to make it an integral part of your home’s interior design. For instance, you might choose dark-coloured steps and light-coloured risers for contrast or to coordinate with the colours in your home space.

Painting the steps a darker colour is always an option – in which case pine would be your best choice – but contrasting woods such as pine and sapele can achieve a similar effect without any additional trouble. Yet another option for integrating a new, straight staircase into your home would be to add a stair runner in an attractive matching colour or design.

When shopping for online staircase parts, make sure that you are dealing with a reputable vendor that is prepared to guide you through the process from start to finish, make recommendations appropriate to your interior design preferences and offer bespoke staircase parts as needed. Whether you’re the traditional or bold type, you’re certain to love the change that a new staircase brings to your home!

Stair Parts Direct has been a leader in providing high-quality wooden staircase parts for over 30 years. Our consultants and expert installers will work with you to build a new staircase that will add value to your home and that you can enjoy for many years to come.

Visit our online gallery to see just how many possibilities you will have by choosing Stair Parts Direct and then make this the year you add that perfect new staircase to your home! For more information, call us today on 0191 341 0077 or visit the stairparts direct website.

Buying Travel & Business Luggage

Buying Travel & Business Luggage

BuyingTravel & Business Luggage
Bags4All offer a one-stop shop for all travel and business needs. A UK owned company, located in the North East of England, and with over twenty five years of experience in the luggage and travel bag market. We are committed to giving the customer, great service, very competitive prices and a wide range of high quality travel/business luggage products, accessories, leather goods and conference folders.

Our aim, to leave you – the customer, highly satisfied with your purchase and the service received. We offer a host of well-know brands, including Wenger/Swiss Gear, Pierre Cardin, Saddler and Gino Ferrari and our range of travel and business luggage available includes:

Travel Luggage
Our travel luggage (Pierre Cardin and Gino Ferrari branded) includes wheeled holdalls and duffle bags, single trolley cases (including our compact, space saver wheeled cases and cabin size luggage), 4-pc and 3-pc luggage sets, garment bags (suit carriers), backpacks and messenger bags. For the modern traveller, conscious of weight restrictions, please see our exciting ‘Flite’ superlightweight luggage set, which is also available as individual wheeled trolley cases, or an 18” cabin size wheeled holdall.

Business Luggage and Laptop Bags
For the business traveller we stock a large variety of business bags from the Gino Ferrari and Wenger Swiss Gear brands, such as laptop briefcases (including messenger bags), laptop backpacks, wheeled laptop cases (compurollers) and ladies laptop bags. Our laptop bags range covers the needs of users with 13” notebooks, right up to 17” laptop computers. Several models, many of which are part of the Gino Ferrari Lavoro collection of Ladies Business Luggage, include iPad/Tablet compatible pockets inside, for protective storage.

Conference Folders
We also supply a variety of A4 conference folders, presenter folios and other stationery (including A5 size), from Pierre Cardin and Gino Ferrari, with both leather and non-leather versions – perfect for the office, college, the home, or for the business traveller. For promotional and corporate clients, we can also quote for additional personalisation on some of our stationery products. Please contact us for further details.

Small Leathergoods and Gifts
To complete our range, we offer a vast selection of small leathergoods and gifts, which includes wallets, purses, card holders, spectacle cases and accessories. Our popular Saddler leather wallets and purses make the perfect Christmas, Birthday, Fathers’ Day, Mothers’ Day, or Valentine’s Day gift and are stocked in a variety colours. The Saddler brand has a strong heritage and a deserved reputation for the finest quality leathergoods at competitive prices. Our other stocked small leathergoods and gifts are from the globally known Wenger brand and the Pierre Cardin brand, which has always remained at the cutting edge of fashion.

Operating from our large, custom-bulit warehouse and office complex, our friendly team are able to provide you with an excellent quality service, secure payment processing (SagePay or PayPal options) and the online shopping must-have: FREE DELIVERY! (within mainland UK only).

For more information about the range of Travel & Business Luggage please call us on 0845 643 0721 or visit the Bags 4 All website.

Outsource your Internet Marketing Services

Outsource your Internet Marketing Services

Outsource your Internet Marketing Services to Direct Submit
Direct Submit Internet Marketing Services provide the complete range of Internet Marketing Services to the business and Internet community within the UK.

An Internet Marketing Company you can trust. We have acted on behalf of numerous SEO companies, delivering a cost effective and professional SEO service, typically resulting in a bolstered presence in the major Search Engines for the client. By outsourcing your SEO Services to Direct Submit, you can be sure your business is in capable hands.

SEO Services we offer include:

» Website Analysis
Website Analysis will review the effectiveness of your website within the major search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing. This SEO analysis provides a summary of your website’s current level of optimisation and what may need to be done to improve your website’s visibility in the search engines.

» Keyword Research
Keyword Research & Analysis is an essential part of the search engine optimisation process. We work with the client to identify relevant keywords, enabling them to target and reach prospects with details of their products and services.

» Website Optimisation
Getting a targeted visitor for a web page is not easy. On-page optimization is one of the important steps followed to increase the SEO friendliness of a page. A page without on-page optimization has little possibility of gaining good ranks on search engines.

» Managed Search Engine Submission Process
Direct Submit Internet Marketing Services provide a managed Search Engine Submission for your website. The SEO submission process is always done in accordance with the respective Search Engines guidelines and each month we can provide a Search Engine Ranking report direct to you.

» Additional SEO Services
Additional Services include SEO relevant copywriting, targeting particular keywords (noting keyword density and frequencies). Inbound links, directory submissions, Social Bookmarking and Blogs being used in support of the Search Engine Submission process.

Outsourcing SEO Services & Consultancy
Since our inception, Direct Submit have provided Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) services to a number of UK Internet Companies, acting on their behalf to deliver effective SEO for their client. We treat every business as if it were our own and, standing by our ethical values, we have built up a strong reputation for professionalism, customer service and attention to detail.

Contact Direct Submit Internet Marketing
To speak to one of our Internet Marketing Consultants about outsourcing your SEO services, call Direct Submit now on 0845 272 2350 or email us at We look forward to your call.

Thimble Collecting: A Fun and Educational Hobby

Thimble Collecting: A Fun and Educational Hobby

Thimble Collecting: A Fun and Educational Hobby
Many of the most interesting hobbies involve collections of a certain object. Many people collect stamps, porcelain dolls and other figurines, and some people even collect Pez dispensers and matchbooks from restaurants around the country or the world. For decades, thimbles have also been a popular collectible. Thimbles vary widely in value depending on where they are from, the materials they are made of and their condition. Commemorative thimbles are also produced with collectors in mind. With the wide variety of thimbles on the market and stories attached to them, thimble collecting is a fun hobby for all ages.

Many types of thimbles appear in thimble collections, and thimbles vary by type (work or display), material, era and design. Thimbles have been made of many different types of materials through the centuries, including gold, silver, bone, mother of pearl, ivory and brass. Many thimbles dating back to the late 1800s are actually stainless steel thimbles dipped in silver in order to prolong the thimble’s useful life.  This practice of dipping the thimbles in silver was known as the Dorcas method, and Dorcas thimbles have a value all their own even they were developed strictly for work purposes.

Thimbles will vary in value according to era as well as the type of material and condition. A circa-1840 set of three commemorative thimbles celebrating the marriage of Victoria and Albert and the birth of the Prince of Wales has recently been advertised on Christie’s for $400-$500. Newer thimbles made of less expensive materials and commemorating more recent events typically retail for about $10-$15 when ordered online, whereas new thimbles made of silver with an enamel design may sell for over $100. For many, this begs the question, “How do I know if it’s silver?” This is a good question to ask, since Dorcas thimbles in mint condition may look exactly like pure silver. When perusing thimbles at antique malls, the easy way to tell a pure silver thimble apart from a silver-coated thimble is to hold a magnet to it. Thimbles made of any other metal will be drawn to the magnet, but a pure silver thimble will not. People thinking of buying silver thimbles online for their collection are advised to buy from a reputable dealer; check with Thimble Collectors International for guidance.

Collectible thimbles produced in recent years are often lacquered in order to have a smooth surface on which to place a tiny screen print. While plain, well-worn metal thimbles can be valuable as historic artifacts, the ones with the highest resale value are generally the ones with fancy designs, particularly those commemorating an historic event. Commemorative thimbles include a great many dedicated to the births of members of the British royal family, including the 2013 birth of Prince George to William and Kate. even sells a thimble commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Dalai Lama’s first visit to the United Kingdom.

While a large thimble collection – or even a small one consisting solely of gold and/or silver thimbles – can cost a small fortune to amass, thimble racks and cabinets cost less and are the ideal way to display one’s thimble collection. Brand-new thimble racks holding 20 thimbles can be found for as little as $8 online, and display cases for larger collections can cost $50 or more. Thimble racks and cabinets generally come fully assembled and with felt interiors and glass doors to prevent dust accumulation. If these seem too costly, any other small figurine display case will do, although it would be a good idea to add felt to the interior to keep the thimbles from coming in contact with hard surfaces.

Thimble collecting can be a good hobby for a number of reasons. As with stamp collecting and collections of other types of figurines, each thimble presents a different sort of history lesson: when and where did it come from? What is it made of, was this material commonly used at the time, and if so, for what purposes? Since thimbles are a manufactured product, each thimble is or was made within a particular historical context with regards to both the materials and, if the thimble was not manufactured for work purposes only, the event that it commemorates. Older generations of collectors can look back fondly upon events from their youth through a thimble collection, and younger ones have an opportunity to learn about major historical events through commemorative thimbles.

Thimble collecting can be a fun reason for visiting antiques dealers or even for combing through an older relative’s sewing box. What collectors find is often educational and just plain fun and exciting to be able to add to one’s collection. When it comes to starting and expanding a thimble collection, the sky’s the limit. For a fun and different hobby and a potentially valuable collection to pass on to younger generations, consider thimble collecting!

Websites such as the Thimble Guild make it very easy to begin a thimble collection and you do not need a lot of money to start collecting them. In addition, because of the internet, sites including the Thimble Guild will help you look for thimbles for your collection. If you want to find the “older” thimbles, you will often find them in antique shops or, sometimes, at car boot fairs.

If you want to make a start and get involved in this ever popular hobby then why not visit the Thimble Guild website and see what they have on offer.  However, be prepared to be hooked on this hobby – as you learn more about the unique and true gems that a collector can sometimes just stumble.  You will very soon become a bona find a digitabulist and will likely begin looking everywhere you are for that special or one of a kind thimble.

Buying Gifts for the Home and Garden

Buying Gifts for the Home and Garden

Buying Gifts for the Home and Garden
During this time of the year, many people are moving to a new home, or a new town and even some are moving to a different part of the country. Many of your friends might be moving to a new home where the tradition is usually to bring a gift for a house warming. Alternatively, something for your new apartment neighbour is a nice get-to-know gift. Here are some ideas for house warming gifts for the home and garden.

There are some cute items on the market currently for the kitchen. A new cutting board is a gift that only gets better with time as well as seasoning. A nice one has a deep moat for juices, and fine ones have heft and durability that only a fine cutting board can provide. This and other items such as kitchen towels can be personalized with the family’s name. Other kitchen items include ceramic mixing bowls, nice set of measuring cups and spoon, ceramic Mason jar mugs, or other kitchen type items are always great gifts for the home and garden.

Traditional house warming gifts need to have significance for the new home. Candles are usually given to bless a new home with warmth and light. A lovely bottle of personalised wine is often a great gift and this idea can be incorporated in house warming gifts like an elegant wine decanter or wine glasses, wine accessories, or gifts for the kitchen or bathroom. These will always work well as house warming gifts. A home is a place to indulge and relax; these are the items, which encourage new residents to put their feet up and to enjoy their surroundings.

Food is an important part of any home and kitchen gifts are always a great gift to welcome friends or relatives into their new home. Many of them who are in the middle of a move are probably living on fast food.

Flowers or potted plants make lovely gifts for home and garden. Select a bouquet or lucky bamboo plant to use on their new dining room table. Great garden gift such as a garden kneeler and bird feeders all are great house warming gifts. Seed kits and aromatherapy garden kit can be used for indoor or outdoor, so they will work well for new apartment neighbours.

Garden items are numerous and many are unique such as a light for the back step, which gets its energy from the sun during the day. For the yard and gardens there are hundreds of unique and different items that make wonderful all available at the home and gift shop.

However, it really does not matter what you give as a gift as those who are in the middle of a move are usually just happy to see a smiling face or the chance to meet the neighbours they will be living close. Therefore, if you see someone moving in, just stop and introduce yourself, and make him or her feel welcomed in his or her new neighbourhood.

For more information about the range of gifts available for the home and garden, call now on 0844 573 1656 or visit the home and gifts website.

Wedding Dress Cleaning Services

Wedding Dress Cleaning Services

Wedding Dress Cleaning Services
Today’s weddings are more expensive than ever, regularly comparing in price to a new car. Not the least of the expenses is the wedding dress. For many married women, the wedding dress is far and away the most expensive article of clothing they will ever wear. While the occasion certainly warrants it – after all, it’s a rare event in one’s life – a wedding dress is typically expensive to acquire and, potentially, just as expensive to clean and preserve.

Although one never sees it in photos taken by a professional photographer several days before the wedding, the potential for your wedding dress to acquire stains is significant. Depending on weather conditions, inside temperature and the nervousness that is to be expected on your wedding day, you may have sweat stains form in the bodice area and elsewhere. Stains from food and wine at the wedding reception are another distinct possibility. Some of the most common ones, such as sugar stains from champagne and cake icing, are nearly invisible at the time they are created, and these stains can set and darken over time.

The good news is that, although your wedding dress will not likely survive the big day entirely stain-free, taking steps ahead of time to ensure that the dress is professionally cleaned and preserved within an appropriate timeframe will greatly improve the odds of your dress being restored to its original condition. Taking the dress for cleaning within one month of the wedding is sufficient for many wedding dresses (so no need to shorten the honeymoon to save your dress), assuming there are no stains that need immediate attention. Otherwise, arrange to have it cleaned within a few days or as soon after the wedding as possible.

At Dulais wedding dress cleaning, we are renowned for being at the very cutting edge and forefront of bridal wear care and we are committed to protecting our position as the best in the business. Which means you know that your cherished dress will be treasured now and for generations to come. We treat every dress as unique, whether it’s classic or contemporary, modern or vintage, hand-painted or handmade. Every cleaning process should be unique also, so here at Dulais, our highly trained technicians treat every dress as an individual, creating a bespoke cleaning process for your gown and your gown only.

Our techniques are painstaking, time-consuming, and highly successful, which is why our brides tell their friends about us, building our reputation through word of mouth alone. We are also used and recommended by some of the country’s most reputable wedding dress retailers and consultants within the bridal industry.

To find out more about having your wedding dress cleaned and preserved why not contact Dulais specialist dry cleaners now on  0800 028 3088 . Whether your dream gown cost £400 or £40,000, whether it’s by Maggie Sottero, Iain Stuart, Vera Wang, or couture Dior – we understand best how to treat it and care for it so that you can always reach out and touch your special memories now and in the future.

Xbox One and PS4 Versions Will Exceed Expectations

Xbox One and PS4 Versions Will Exceed Expectations

Xbox One and PS4 Versions Will Exceed Expectations
The Xbox One and PS4 version of GTA 5 will exceed the expectations of fans, according to Take Two Interactive boss Strauss Zelnick. “Nothing but the best will satisfy Rockstar”, he told MCV.

“They want to blow consumers away,” Zelnick continued. “Whatever the expectation is, they want to exceed it. When you see GTA 5 on next-gen, I want you to tell me whether it is or isn’t better than your expectation. I can guarantee it will be better.”

This indicates that Rockstar has a lot of exceptionally solid content in store for GTA 5 on next-gen consoles. This could also mean that the developer will save best for last, meaning that we might not see the Heists DLC for the game until it comes out on next-gen.

Apart from this, if Rockstar is working on content for GTA 5 next-gen that could blow our socks off, could it mean that the developer isn’t keen on offering high quality content to gamers on PS3 and Xbox 360 anymore? The last two updates for GTA 5 seem to suggest this. Both 1.14 and 1.15 gave gamers little more than a few new cars, clothes and weapons.

The game has sold in excess of 34 million copies for current generation consoles, making it one of the most successful video game titles of all time. However, Zelnick has greater ambitions for the title.

“One way to look at it is that 34m copies have been sold, but there’s 7bn people on Earth. So we have over 6.9bn people left to address,” he added.

Rumours have it that Rockstar is working on a Flight school DLC for GTA 5 Update 1.16. You can read more about that here.

Local Internet Marketing a Must or the Hospitality and Tourism Industry

Local Internet Marketing a Must or the Hospitality and Tourism Industry

Local Internet Marketing a Must or the Hospitality and Tourism Industry
Hotel and restaurant owners: do you feel that you’ve done everything possible to advertise your services but that business could still be better? If so, imagine this:

A potential client is stuck at the airport in your city while traveling to another destination. Once informed that her flight has been delayed by a day or longer due to inclement weather, she suddenly has to modify her travel plans and work out accommodations in a city where she originally had no plans to stop for more than the duration of her layover.

If she is able to find a choice of hotels through an Internet search conducted on her smart phone or tablet while sitting at the airport gate where she was just notified of her delayed flight, then she is apt to choose from among the first few options that show up in search results. Likewise for restaurants in the surrounding area that cater to the health-conscious or to those with a preference for a particular international cuisine.

If you run a hotel, restaurant or other business in the hospitality and tourism industry, then local search engine optimisation, or SEO, is crucial to making your services known both to local residents and travellers.

By providing content on your website that includes keywords and key phrases specific to your type of business and the location – for example, “restaurants in Glasgow” or “hotels Newcastle airport” – your hypothetical client can find exactly what she needs, when and where she needs it.

In this industry, it is every bit as important to “accommodate” your clients by making it easier for them to find you. And all the high ratings you can ever expect to earn will first result from your high online visibility leading them to choose your hotel or restaurant over the competition.

Direct Submit Internet Marketing Services can do that and more for your hospitality-related business. Direct Submit has been providing ethical SEO and local Internet marketing services to businesses in the North East of England and elsewhere in the UK for years.

Our expert Internet marketing consultants know exactly what it takes to make your business more visible online to current and future clients and will work with you to develop a local Internet marketing strategy that will put your hotel, restaurant or other hospitality business out where everyone can see it online, and the increase in traffic to your website will lead in turn to more clients and a bigger profit margin than you ever thought possible.

For more information or to speak with one of our Internet marketing consultants, call us today on 0845 272 2350 or visit