In the fashion world, it’s easy to focus so much on clothing that we forget every item in the home has its own style. A great example of this is coffee machines. I’ve been searching for a coffee machine for a few weeks now (I had no idea there were so many different types), and it’s quite clear that coffee makers have their own style and trends.
Take the JURA range of coffee machines. These are known as bean-to-cup coffee machines because they produce coffee straight from beans. I expected these machine to be quite big and bulky, but they actually look great. Many have angled designs which I really like – and the black colour scheme is perfect for my kitchen.
Other models have different styles. Delonghi coffee machines, for example, are more modern and sleek. I don’t like the appearance of these as much, but it’s interesting how Delonghi have gone in a completely different direction to Jura.
It’s not just the machines themselves that have style though. There is a whole community based around crema art – which I find fascinating! The picture at the top of this post is a great example of some simple art, but it can get really complex. It’s great for getting inspiration.
Searching for a coffee machine is also a good analogy to explaining fashion and style to friends who don’t know much about it. We’re all so caught up in fashion and spend most of our working time talking to other people who also love fashion. This can lead to a weird “bubble” where we assume everyone has a high level of knowledge when it comes to the latest fashions and styles.
This obviously isn’t the case. I was very confused when I was learning about grind coarseness, tamp, how to make a cappuccino and why bean-to-cup coffee machines were different to filter machines. Even though I’ve just bought myself a Delonghi machine and loving the coffee, I’m still not sure about all the different features and settings. To an experienced barista this would all be obvious, but to me it was like a whole new world. It’s a reminder that everyone, including yourself, is a beginner at some point in almost every field – which is a humbling thought.
This has been a bit of a rambling post. But what I really wanted to get across is that style and fashion ideas can be found anywhere. Even from coffee machines!
P.s. If you’re looking for a coffee machine I highly recommend the Delonghi Eletta. It makes amazing coffee that wouldn’t be out of place in a coffee shop. It’s also simple to use – even for a beginner like me!
If you’re living in the UK, there’s a reasonable chance you’re in an area of hard water. This post is about how hard water can affect how you look – without you even realising it. It may even be damaging your latest fashionable clothing! The horror!
Hard water is when minerals such as salt, calcium and magnesium build up in water (due to the rain passing through soil and rocks) which can then cause all sorts of havoc in your home. The video below explains it better than I can – but it’s safe to say that hard water isn’t great for your home or health.
It’s natural that minerals exist in water – the problem is when there is too much magnesium and calcium. As water is heated, these minerals latch onto surfaces, which is why we get limescale.
This doesn’t just make your house look bad though. It can also mean that your hair won’t look as great, as hair washed in hard water tends to look dull and lifeless. If you’ve spent hours putting together your perfect wardrobe, there’s no point ruining it with dull hair!
Not only that, but it can also affect how your clothes look after washing. As you know, I’m a huge fashion fan and I love learning more about clothing – especially the latest fashions. This news came as a big shock to me!
Hard water may even affect your skin. Some people think that it can make your skin flaky and dry – although I’m not convinced it makes a huge difference.
If you have hard water in your home there’s no real reason to worry – but you need to address the problem if don’t want it to affect your hair and skin. I hope this article helps you!
Welcome to my new blog: Pandora’s Fun Box!
This is going to be my personal space for everything related to fashion and clothes. As you’ll know if you’ve read my About page, I’ve always loved fashion and I think here is a good place so showcase what I know. I’m also aiming to help as many people as possible feel better about themselves by improving their fashion sense.
The first “real” post will be coming soon – so make sure you check back!