Upcycling is awesome

A 50’s wardrobe, with an attached chest of drawers, is vintage gem –practical, spacious but a little dull for a kids room. Before rushing off to Ikea and getting brain-fried with their instructions, consider upcycling this old faithful friend. Upcycling is the magic way of changing old or discarded materials into a stunningly beautiful work of art.

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TEA-TIME. Lesson 1: the colours of tea

To start with, we are going to tell you a Chinese top-secret well-kept for centuries: there are only six tea varieties and they all come from the same plant.Depending on how they are processed, the leaves will become white tea, green tea, black tea, yellow tea, blue-green tea (Oolong or Wulong) or dark tea (Pu’erh). This is only known since the 19th century, thanks to Robert Fortune, spy extraordinaire and tea thief at the service of Her Most Gracious Majesty Victoria.

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Going vertical

Verticalizing plantations is a totally brilliant way to maximize a mini space – balcony, terrace, garden, backyard – though this was of no concern to the king’s architect.To give a unique look to your multi-story garden, let your imagination run wild and recycle whatever you want. By recycling all articles and giving them a second life, you have an awesome miniature garden, hyper trendy, totally organic and carbon neutral.

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Green cleaning your wheels

Recent studies have raised concerns about cleaning product chemicals, calling some of them “Serial killers”. The good news is that they can happily be replaced by natural and safer super dirt and grime busters. So rejoice, proud motorcycle owners: removing the most stubborn spoke stains without using harsh chemicals is possible and painless.

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The magic of rice

Most countries welcomed the rice pudding with open arms and made it their own speciality by adding different spices, raisins, almonds, pistachios and other nuts, fruit, caramel, rosewater, chocolate, etc. May be because it is easy to make, homely and not terribly expensive. The secret to make it unforgettable is the quality of the ingredients you use.

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On the brutal transience of tights

Hardly surprising when you see what Lycra and other clever fibres can do for your legs. But your supermodel killer pins come at a price. One third of the lucky ones not laddering on first wear, don’t survive more than 6 wears. And only 1 measly miserable percent live long enough to be worn out. Before this sad ending and while waiting for the arrival of the indestructible tights, you can extend their short life and reduce your stocking and tights budget with these few hacks:

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