Spring fashion trends 2014

Spring has landed! It’s time to peel off the layers, ditch your boots and get your wardrobe ready for warmer weather. Our friends at Style Doctors, an award winning team of image consultants, have the low down on what’s hot this spring. Plus there’s a great reader offer on any of their styling packages.

Pastel everything!

Beautiful, bright pastel hues are a major trend this season. Whether it’s a soft pink, baby blue, or a peachy orange, you can’t go wrong. Keep it up-to-date with a cutout top.Image of John Lewis cutout neck blouse

Floral prints

Another must-have piece in your closet this season is anything floral. Just perfect with chinos or skinny jeans.Image of mint velvet printed top

50 shades of denim…

Echo the pastel trend with a lighter wash denim this spring.Image of Gap washed denim shirt

Brogues

Pretty pale shades are well-paired with warm, neutral coloured brogues.Image of Aldo brogues

Candy-coloured handbags

Not sure if you can wear the pastel look? Just add a gorgeous candy-coloured handbag to your outfit.

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Printed shoes

These printed shoes will bring a smile to your face and keep a spring in your step…Image of M&S metal heel court shoes

Accessorize

Another great way to echo the trends of spring are through your accessories and makeup. Add a statement earrings or a necklace for an even more feminine touch or update your lipstick and nail varnish with the latest tones or to give the same effect.

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READER OFFER

We’re really pleased to offer My Nametags newsletter readers 10% off any of Style Doctors styling packages—from a colour consultation or a wardrobe makeover to personal shopping trips. Prices start at £60. Quote Spring14 to get 10% off.

Style Doctors also have a great monthly service for £15 – your own stylist anytime, anywhere. For more info visit http://www.styledoctors.com/247_personal_stylist_shopchat.html. Call  0333 5777 110 or email info@styledoctors.com.

My Nametags is 10 – Birthday giveaway!

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Started from a spare room in 2004 by Lars Andersen (and very patient wife), My Nametags supplies quality iron-on and stick-on labels to around 76 countries, including the UK. Even some European royal families have ordered from us!

“We got a great response to our simple but effective black and white nametapes at the Babyshow in 2004 and in the past 18 months we’ve even sold labels to far flung exotic destinations such as Fiji, Hawai and Bahrain!” says My Nametags founder Lars Andersen.

The company has quickly outgrown two offices and a third move to new premises following the acquisition of Irish company, KiD Labels in January 2014, is expected this autumn.

colour-labels-stickersA pivotal point in the company’s history was the launch of full colour design labels in 2013. “This has given our customers heaps of choice plus we also launched our multi-tasking stickers which you can use on clothes as well as things like shoes and water bottles, which sets us apart from the competition,” says Lars.

The nametapes market has seen a decline in the number of sew-in labels sold in the past ten years. One of the oldest names in the business, Cash’s nametapes went into administration in January this year after 160 years and is now backed by a Hong Kong company. “Over the past ten years we’ve seen an increase in people preferring to iron or stick in nametags,” says Lars. “It just goes to show that you have to move with the times to be competitive in this market.”

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BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY!

 To celebrate our 10th birthday we will draw three winners out of a hat on 31st of March. Each winner will receive custom-printed nametags with your choice of design, photo or shape, plus a gift card (M&S, Amazon or John Lewis) for however much the winners have spent with us over the past ten years. To enter the giveaway click here to email us!

 

Meet the Team behind My Nametags

As it’s our tenth birthday we thought you might like to meet the people who make My Nametags tick. Between us we’ve many skills, talents both inside and outside work! We speak 12 European languages between us so don’t be shy if you want to practise your Portuguese…

lars

At work: The Boss!

Favourite design: The My Nametag Teddy

Loves: Skiing

dominika

At work: Customer Service Guru

Favourite font: Typewriter

Loves: Horse riding

billy

At work: Production King

Favourite background: Fire

Loves: Fulham Football Club!

andre

At work: Social Media Guru

Favourite background: Waves Tops Blue

Loves: Karaoke

NADIA

nadia

At work: Italian (and all things pasta) Expert

Favourite design: Tree

Loves: Walking

STEPHANIE

stephanie

At work: French (and baguette) Expert

Favourite design: Cherries

Loves: Reading

GABBY

gabby

At work: Dutch (and tulip) Expert

Favourite design: Cupcake

Loves: Baking

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Google+ My Nametags and win labels

Here at My Nametags we’ve got the social media bug. We want to give you the best customer service possible. We’ve already got over 26,000 followers on Facebook and we’d like to tell you about Google+.

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So why join Google+? Because it’s the grown up social networking site which isn’t dominated by teenagers! It’s so easy to link your Google accounts with YouTube, making it a great way of sharing things with your friends and family.

Like to chat? Get advice and share stuff with other like-minded people online? You can find your favourite bloggers, brands and people on Google+ communities. We love the Google+ Hangouts – a video chat program where you can interact with 10 people at the same time!

On My Nametags’ Google+ page you can:teddy

Read articles from our favourite Mummy bloggers

Watch exclusive videos from My Nametags

Participate in exclusive giveaways and promotions.

Competition Alert! – the more Google+ followers we get the more labels we’ll give away. When we reach 100 followers one lucky winner will get a set of stickers and iron-ons, if you get us to 110 then there will be two winners, 120 three winners and so on.

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Forward the link to My Nametags UK Google+ Page or My Nametags Ireland Google+ page to all your friends and you could be boost your chances of winning free labels!

To follow us just click the +1 button.

If you have any questions about any of our products you can of course still ask us anything on:

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

To contact us please visit the My Nametags website.

Top tips on how to treat childhood eczema

Over the past 40 years there’s been a huge rise in eczema with about one in five children in the UK affected today, says Margaret Cox, CEO of the National Eczema Society (www.eczema.org). Modern living, such as using more soaps and detergents, also fragrances and central heating which creates the perfect environment for house dust mites to thrive in, is likely to be the main cause, says Cox.image of Baby wrapped in a towel

The good news is your child is highly likely to grow out of eczema. About 50% of children will grow out of eczema as a significant problem by the age of five, and by 16-18 years of age, only less than 5% continue to have eczema as an ongoing day to day problem.

What is eczema? – Atopic eczema, the most common childhood type, is usually itchy, red, dry patches found in areas with folds of skin, such as backs of knees, insides of elbows, sides of neck and around the eyes and ears.

What causes eczema? – Children are born with a susceptibility to develop eczema. There’s normally someone else in the family with eczema, asthma or hay fever. It is not caused by a specific allergy. But children with eczema have hypersensitive skin and are therefore more prone to allergic reactions and this can make their eczema worse. Environmental allergens such as house mite dust, grass pollen, cat and dog fur are known to trigger eczema.

Foods such as milk, eggs, citrus fruit, chocolate, peanuts and colourings, can also trigger eczema especially in infants, but they are not the primary cause of eczema. “Keeping an accurate diary of what your child eats and of the condition of the eczema can be useful…But always consult a doctor or dietician before you make any changes, especially long term, to a child’s diet,” says Cox.

Treating eczema – Unfortunately, there is no one cure-all treatment. But if you stick to a daily regime you should be able to keep the eczema in check.

  • Keep skin moisturised as this will stop the itch, scratch cycle.
  • Use plenty of emollients (products which moisturise and soften the skin) in the bath in oil form, as a soap substitute and as a moisturiser twice daily.
  • Bathing is important as it washes away bacteria and allergens picked up throughout the day.image of baby in bath
  1. Use an oil bath additive to sooth skin.
  2. Keep bath temperature cool.
  3. Soak for a maximum of 10-20 minutes.
  4. Wash hair over the bath first using shampoo for sensitive skin.
  5. Pat dry with a soft towel. Avoid rubbing skin too much.
  6. Apply treatment cream (if using) to areas of eczema.
  7. Then apply emollient moisturiser (one hour later if using treatment cream) to help seal moisture back in.
  • Always use a moisturiser even when eczema is clear to prevent flare-ups.
  • Night time is often tricky for children with eczema because when they get hot in bed they tend to itch more. Andrea Grace (www.andreagrace.co.uk) children’s sleep specialist, health visitor and nurse as well as a mother of four suggests:
  1. Use cotton bedding and sleepwear.
  2. Long-sleeved pyjamas can help reduce temptation to scratch.
  3. Keep nails short or use mittens for babies.
  4. Remove toys from the bed and keep bedroom cool.
  5. Teach your child to tap or gently pinch the skin until the itch has gone.

For a free booklet from the National Eczema Society on Childhood Atopic Eczema call the helpline 0800 0891122 or email at helpline@eczema.org.

My Nametag readers can get also get a  free copy of the Comfort Skin Therapy booklet which has lots of tips and advice on dealing with childhood eczema by emailing CSTbooklet@webershandwick.com.
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Update your workout – 2014 fitness trends


Getting fit has never been more fashionable. Keep it fresh by changing your fitness routine regularly. Make sure you’re up to speed with our roundup of the hottest fitness trends for 2014.

Oh, and, don’t forget to label your stuff. You can use our nametags to label anything and everything from water bottles, trainers and gym kit.Untitled-2

Fitter, quicker

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2014 is all about working out quicker and more effectively with high intensity interval training (HIIT). Most gyms will have an HIIT class on offer. David Lloyd has an Aerobic Express workout – just 30 minutes and you’re done and is launching an interval training programme, Orangetheory® at www.davidlloyd.co.uk. Watch out for Virgin Active’s “24” in March and April — 24 exercises in 24 minutes burning 500 calories.

Functional group training…Image of Nuffield Health TRX class  

Functional training is a new type of group circuit training, either using equipment or body weight. Training in a group is a great way to keep motivated. The TRX Suspension Trainer is a workout system which uses your own body weight for leverage, in tandem with ropes and pulleys to perform hundreds of exercises.Try a class at www.nuffieldhealth.com.

The New ZumbaImage of a Virgin Active Fierece Class (7)

Dance is a great way to get a great workout without even realising it. Virgin Active has launched a new African dance class. ‘Fierce’ is inspired by the tribal rhythms and high energy moves of traditional South African dancing. If you’re a Zumba fan then you’ll be pleased to hear that www.virginactive.com also just launched a Zumba Step program. Great for a lower–body, sculpting workout.

Online workoutsImage of Workout in your PJs with GymCube.com

Gym memberships aren’t for everyone, especially if you’re juggling family, home and work life. More and more people are opting to work out when they want using online classes or personal training sessions. Check out www.gymcube.com (follow live classes from the comfort of your own home on your tablet, laptop, Smart Phone or TV). There’s a huge range of classes from HIIT and Rave Fit to yoga and pre and postnatal workouts.

Swing DancingImage of swing dancing

Swing dance classes are springing up all over the country. Learning to dance doesn’t just tone up your body it challenges your memory and coordination grey matter. “You dance during the class and then try your hand on the social dance floor after class or on the weekend meaning your fitness is guaranteed,” Scott Cupit, Director Swing Patrol. Check out http://www.swingpatrol.com in London or search the net for a local class.

Sleep – the key to happy, healthy kids

walkingGetting back into a routine for nursery or school can be tough after the holidays. Research has shown that sleep, especially for children, is vitally important for good health. So, we asked expert, Mandy Gurney, founder of international child and baby sleep clinic, www.mill-pond.co.uk, to share her tips for parents.

Body clocks!

Start waking up 15 minutes earlier every day a week or so before school starts, says Gurney. If your kids have been getting up late in the holidays and you suddenly get them up at 7am, they’ll feel like it’s the middle of the night!

Let there be light

Light will help wake up even the slowest of morning risers. Light suppresses melatonin – the hormone that makes us feel sleepy. So open those curtains and blinds straightaway.looking-out

Bedtime routines

Giving your child a consistent bedtime routine is really important. Gurney says wind down time should be no longer than half an hour. And should consist of a quick five minute warm bath followed by a story and dimmed lights before saying goodnight.

Sleepwear

Comfortable nightwear is important - cotton is best. Make sure you check you’ve got the correct tog rating for baby sleep bags and duvets for the season, says Gurney. “We all sleep best in a cooler environment so it’s very important your child does not over heat in the night.”baby-sleep

Sleep inducing snacks

Give your child something to eat just before the bedtime routine to pre-empt calls for snacks when they’re meant to be going to sleep. Try giving them warm milk, a banana, oats cereals, wholegrain or turkey – something with natural amino acid which will actually help sleep.

Limit bedtime chat

Try not to talk about your child’s day at bedtime as it will activate their mind and make it harder to get to sleep.

Health benefits

Your child’s health can be negatively affected by not getting enough sleep. Recent research has shown that toddlers not getting enough sleep while they’re developing could be behind in class when they start school, says Gurney. Hyperactivity can also be caused by sleep deprivation and some very mild cases of ADHD could actually be caused by a lack of sleep.675261_59538239

How much sleep?

Babies need lots of sleep and by the time a child is two they should have spent 13 months of their life sleeping, says Gurney. This might sound like a waste of time but scientists are uncovering more and more about how important sleep is. “Research has shown that an hour’s extra sleep can raise a child’s IQ by two years,” says Gurney.

Age

Sleep  needs

Age

Sleep  needs

3

12 hours

9

10 hours

4

11 hours 30

10

9 hours 45

5

11 hours

11

9 hours 30

6

10 hours 45

12

9 hours 15

7

10 hours 30

13

9 hours 15

8

10 hours 15

14-16

9 hours