Making A Basket For The Dog

Your dog is probably more like a family member than a pet. Celebrate the events in your dog’s life, such as a birthday or a new littler of puppies, with a basket that you can create at home. Dog gift baskets can be made with a variety of items that make your dog comfortable or that give your furry friend something to play with while they are inside or outdoors.

Start with the base of the basket. An idea would be to use a dog bed to hold all of the items that you’re going to use. You could also put everything in a wicker basket, especially if you’re giving it to someone else as a present. One option is a top dog basket that includes a little bit of everything for the animal. You can include food, treats, bones, clothing and toys. It can be a little more personalized for the animal, including items such as a blanket with the name of the dog or a special toy that the animal likes.

If you or someone you know has a new puppy, then making a basket would be a fun idea to welcome the animal to the home. Add toys that are the proper size for the puppy to chew on, such as a Kong toy that won’t be as destructible as a stuffed animal. You can also include a blanket, a few treats, food to get started on and even a gift card for the new owner to take the puppy for basic immunizations. Coordinate the colors of the items in the basket for the gender of the puppy.

A birthday or holiday basket is fun to make for dogs. Choose items that you know the dog will enjoy, such as a favorite bone or a favorite cookie. You could even make small cupcakes or cookies with a birthday message as long as you use ingredients that are safe for the dog. A picture frame can be included so that you can start a collection of pictures over the years of the dog for yourself or someone else.

Top Fashion Influencers On Instagram

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Instagram is a photo-sharing network that allows you to explore visuals from places and people. No matter where you are in the world, you’re able to connect with someone’s experience quickly and easily, and, when it comes to fashion, pictures are worth a thousand words (as the old saying goes). With Instagram, you get an inside look at some of the most fashionable people in the world, and these fashion influencers are majorly influential in setting the trends we all want to copy. We’ve compiled a list of the top ten fashion influencers on Instagram—in no particular order—so that you have a fashion cheat sheet at your fingertips with just the click of a button.

Donatella Versace

Donatella Versace, the chief designer and vice president of the Versace Group, is, without a doubt, one of the most powerful women in the world when it comes to fashion. Versace has been spotted on basically every A-list celebrity out there. Donatella Versace’s Instagram account has a sophisticated aesthetic, although there are some silly pictures of Donatella’s equally well-known dog, Audrey. There are pictures of Donatella with celebrities wearing Versace, as well as updates on what the brand is putting out next in terms of trends. Her account is one of the most popular, with 774,000 followers and between 10,000 and 30,000 likes per post.

Kim Kardashian

Kim is the social media queen, and she is also very influential in the world of fashion. A business mogul and fashion designer herself, her Instagram account has 79.6 million followers. Her average post gets around 800,000 likes, although she has broken the one million mark many times. The aesthetic of her page is soft—it shows Kim and her family, as well as new Dash (the Kardashian fashion line) looks.

Anna Dello Russo

Anna Dello Russo is a name that is widely known in the fashion world. She is the editor-at-large for Vogue Japan, and her Instagram shows pictures of some of her outlandish, funky styles. Her page is eccentric, and we see what new trends are popular not just in Japan, but across the world for those of us who are daring in our fashion choices. She has 1.5 million followers, and gets around 3,000 likes per post.

Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid’s Instagram has a beachy, ethereal vibe to it. Her page shows what is new on the runway, as well as what is new in the world of fashion for those of us who aren’t as daring to rock the crazy looks so often seen on the runway. She has 21.5 million followers, and her posts get approximately half a million likes per pic.

Leandra Medine (the “Man Repeller”)

Medine created this page to showcase bold women’s styles and fashion. It has a women’s empowerment feel to it, and we see a lot of bohemian, loose, flowing styles that are perfect for the warm, summery weather. She has 1.4 million followers, and her pics get around 10,000 likes per post.

Lena Perminova

This Russian model has 1.3 million followers, and her Instagram page lets us into a life of luxury that is just mind-blowing. Her aesthetic is luxurious, understated, and chic, and we not only see pictures of the latest fashions, particularly those popular in the east, we also get an inside look at her adorable family. Perminova gets about 30,000 likes per picture.

Giovanna Engelbert (nee Battaglia)

Giovanna Engelbert is a senior editor for Vogue Japan. She has 539,000 followers on Instagram, and her posts get approximately 5,000 likes per picture. Her aesthetic is stylish, crisp, and flowing, with a lot of embroidery and white-on-white-on-white styles that are reminiscent of the beach. (Added bonus: we also get to see all the cool tropical vacations she goes on).

Camille Charriere

Camille Charriere has 463,000 followers, and her effortless style is not super expensive to emulate. She wears a lot of menswear-inspired outfits (button-downs, boyfriend jeans, Oxfords, etc.), and she lets us get a glimpse into her closet through her Instagram. Her pictures get around 4,000 to 5,000 likes per post. She’s a French expat in London, and is a writer and creative consultant for a number of fashion magazines.


Dannijo is a page dedicated to jewelry, and the company is based in New York. All of their accessories are handmade in NY, and their page has 144,000 followers. If you love jewelry, you have to be following Dannijo. Dannijo has statement jewelry, as well as low-key, casual pieces that can be worn daily to the office or around campus. Their average post gets around 500 likes.

Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant has some of the most creative pictures on Instagram. She frames all of the pictures and videos in white, and her media represents a modernistic style of fashion, with bright colors and abstract designs. Isabel has 791,000 followers, and her posts get about 3,000 likes per picture or video.

If you love fashion and want to be inspired by some of the most influential designers and consultants in the world, these are the accounts to follow in order to keep up with the latest trends. You can read more about the top fashion influencers of YouTube on NeoReach’s blog.

How To Prepare For A Winter Hike

Hiking might seem like one of those activities you should only do in the summer, but if you have the right gear and supplies, you can hike all winter long too. Winter hikes are quite different from summer hikes. You’ll see different animals racing through the woods, face different obstacles as you walk and need different gear too. While you can spend a few hours or more enjoying the great outdoors on a cold winter day, you want to make sure that you prepare for that hike and that you bring the right supplies.

Map Out Your Route

Before heading out on your trip, sit down with a map of all the trails in the area to plan your route. Make a copy of that route that you leave behind with others. This ensures that someone knows where you are and that they can contact help if needed. As you plan your route, make sure that you map out some type of backup plan. You never know when a trail might be inaccessible because of ice or when heavy snow might make your favorite trail too dangerous to follow.

Pack the Right Supplies

Even if you only want to spend an hour outside, pack as if you planned a longer trip. Winter snow, ice and other hazards can impede your progress and leave you stuck in the woods for longer than you would like. Always have a GPS unit in your bag that can help you find alternative paths and routes through the woods. You should also bring along waterproof matches in case you need to start a fire, a small first aid kit and some basic food. Smart hikers always carry at least two bottles of water, dehydrated hiking food and candy or energy bars.

Wear the Right Gear

No matter how much you love winter, you might not feel the same way after hiking through several feet of snow. Wearing the right clothing and wearing multiple layers can help you stay warm and dry. Try layering a pair of polar fleece leggings underneath your regular pants and wearing a tank top, lightweight shirt and sweatshirt under your hiking jacket. You can also wear several pairs of socks with plastic sandwich bags inside your boots. Preparing the right way, including wearing the right clothing and packing the right gear, can help you stay safe on a winter hike.

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