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Jewellery,

A Guide to Choosing The Best Diamond Engagement Ring For Your Bride to Be

You have found the girl of your dreams and have the perfect proposal in mind, but there is still the task of finding a beautiful diamond engagement ring to present to her. Buying an engagement ring can be both exciting and overwhelming at the same time. There are so many decisions you will need to make before finding the ideal ring for your proposal. Here we will provide you with a simple guide to choosing the best diamond engagement ring for your bride to be.

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Engagement rings are usually priced by quality, so choose the most expensive engagement ring within your budget.

Set a budget

Before you even walk into a jewellery store or begin shopping for an engagement ring online, it is important to set yourself a budget. Whilst many people think it is traditional to spend two months’ salary on an engagement ring, this was actually made up by jewellers to get you to spend more money on their diamonds! Instead, allocate an amount that you can afford to spend and purchase the most beautiful ring within your budget. At the end of the day, it is not how much you spend on the ring, but the meaning and feelings behind the proposal that matters.

Find out her ring size

Whilst choosing the wrong ring size can be awkward and a little embarrassing (especially if it doesn’t fit on her finger when you propose) it is not the end of the world. You can simply take the ring back to the jewellers and have it properly sized after your proposal. If you do want to make sure you get the right size, you need to take on the role as a jewellery thief for a day. Before you ask, we do not mean swiping a ring from a jewellery store, but borrowing one from your other half’s jewellery box for the day! You will need to be really sneaky to make sure she doesn’t notice, but it will be worth the extra effort when the ring glides onto her finger seamlessly after she has accepted your proposal!

Get an idea of her preferred jewellery style

Some women prefer modern jewellery, whereas others are charmed by vintage pieces. Make sure you know what style jewellery your other half likes wearing, before selecting her engagement ring. If you cannot get a good idea by looking at the other jewellery she wears, quiz someone close to her like her mum, sister or best friend. It is also important to get an idea of the metal colour she prefers. Your choices will be yellow gold, white gold, rose gold and platinum.

Research the 4 c’s

The four c’s include carat, clarity, cut and colour. These determine the quality and cost of the diamond engagement ring you purchase. When shopping for an engagement ring either in-store or online, make sure you choose the ring with the best clarity, cut, colour and carat that you can afford.

Choose the diamond shape

There are so many diamond shapes to choose from including oval, round, heart, pear and princess. This decision is down to personal preference, but it is worth keeping in mind that round diamonds are the most traditional choice and princess diamonds (a square-like shape) are the most popular for modern engagement rings.

Select the setting

Before shopping for an engagement ring, make sure you are clued up on the different types of settings available. The setting is what holds the diamond in place on the ring. Many jewellery designers give customers the opportunity to select a bespoke setting to add a special touch to their ring.

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Once you have found the perfect engagement ring, you will just need to find the courage to ask one of the most important questions of your life!

Conclusion

If we could offer one piece of advice, it would be to do as much research as possible on the different types of engagement rings available. Knowing what is available within your budget, will help you narrow down your choice and find the perfect engagement ring for your bride to be.

Written by Neil Peters who recommends a well-known Scottish jewellery designers firm for your diamond engagement ring solution.

 

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Footwear,

Slip Resistant Shoes – Safe but Fashionable

You may have thought that slip resistant shoes have an old fashioned look and feel to them, but you couldn’t be more wrong because things have definitely changed over recent years. From trendy little ballerinas to smart gent’s shoes perfect to wear around the office, there are some great designs out there to suit every occasion. Whether it’s casual wear or smart, there’s a pair of slip resistant shoes that are both fashionable and safe to wear, especially when the weather turns wet, icy and nasty during the colder winter months.

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Lovely ballerina shoes with slip resistant soles a perfect choice of girls of all ages

Lovely Designs to Suit All Ages

If you like comfort and style from a shoe that you can wear when the winter months arrive; slip resistant shoes are the perfect solution. Gone are the days when this type of sole was only found on boring, mundane looking footwear. Today, shoe designers have done themselves proud by combining great looking shoes with safe to wear soles no matter what the weather may decide to do during the colder winter months.

Great Casual Designs Including Trainers

If you love wearing trainers, there are some brilliant designs which boast slip resistant soles that are perfect to wear when pavements and roads are icy or muddy, and the best part is you don’t have to forget about being fashionable when you wear them. Wearing these trainers gives the kind of image youngsters of all ages want to achieve when they’re out and about with their friends.

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Smart men’s shoes perfect for the office or casual wear that offer comfort and style

Smart Office Shoes for Both Men & Women

If you spend a lot of time on your feet when you’re at work, it’s really important to wear comfy shoes otherwise you end up with sore feet and that’s enough to make anyone miserable. The great news is there’s a choice of smart office shoes for both men and women and they have safe slip resistant soles. Whether you’re looking for a court shoe or a canvas shoe, there’s a style to suit that boast comfort and style for women and for men there are designs to suit a man’s style perfectly.

A Perfect Choice for a Night out on the Town

If you’re planning a night out on the town, then choosing to take a comfy pair of slip resistant shoes with you is a must. You can wear them to get to where you’re going without compromising your style and keeping your feet nice and toasty without painful blisters. Once you get to the club, bar or restaurant of your choice, you can put on your high heels ready to party, and when you need to make your way home, whether you need to walk a short distance, jump on a bus or a train you can change back into your safe slip resistant shoes – saving your feet from any aches and pains of having to walk in high heels on the way home!

Conclusion

If you want to look good and stay safe this winter, then choosing a pair of shoes that boast slip resistant soles is the perfect solution. You don’t have to sacrifice style to stay safe on wet or icy pavements anymore, because there’s a great selection of men’s and women’s shoes that fit the bill perfectly. Whether you’re going out on the town for the night or to get to work, there’s a wonderful choice of men and women’s slip resistant shoes to choose from which means you don’t have to sacrifice fashion and style to stay safe this winter.

 

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Lifestyle,

Why Buy Designer Sunglasses Online?

There are so many great designer sunglasses frames available today, whether you’re going for a classic or a trendier style. The obvious benefit of choosing a more high-end pair, aside from how good they look, is the fact that they are almost certain to offer you a superior level of UV protection. Knowing as we do the damage that prolonged exposure to the sun can do to our eyes, it make sense to spend a bit more on protecting them rather than scrimping on a cheap generic brand that offer no protection. Aside from this, a pair of designer sunglasses such as Oakleys, Ray Bans or Bvlgaris will last and last so you won’t have to keep replacing them.

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Designer sunglasses can be bought online well.

All well and good, but can the average person really afford to splash out on expensive sunglasses these days? A decade or two ago these would still have been out of reach for most of us. Fortunately, the internet has meant that there are cheaper designer goods available now than there ever were before. It’s just a matter of looking. And it’s not just the price either – here are a few of the reasons why, if you want to pick up a pair of designer sunglasses, it makes sense to look online:

  • Lower Overheads: Online sellers don’t have to maintain physical retail outlets up and down the country which saves them money. This price benefit can then of course be translated to you the consumer so you won’t be paying full-price as you might be in a high street shop. Also, because they can buy in bulk direct form the manufacturer and cut out the middle man this also means significant savings. Often, online sellers will buy up discontinued designer lines in bulk and these will naturally cost less as well.
  • Price Comparison: If you buy online it’s a lot easier to compare many different prices on a particular pair of frames so you can get the best deal. If you are out shopping for a particular pair of Ray Ban sunglasses, for example, then even if several different shops stock the ones you want it will be quite a pain to trawl around them all to see which has the lowest prices. And even then, you probably won’t be able to get as cheap a deal as you could online.
  • Greater Choice: When you’re out shopping you are basically limited by what the shops in a local area are selling at the moment. Even if you live near a very big shopping complex your choice will be dictated by which designer sunglasses each retailer has chosen to stock, or whether or not they have run out. On the Internet our choice is practically unlimited so you should, if you look hard enough, be able to find just about any pair you are after.
  • Easy To Return: People used to be a little uneasy about buying expensive goods online because they couldn’t physically see who they were dealing with and they were worried about being able to return them if they were the wrong pair or damaged etc. Nowadays this isn’t a concern because, as long as you buy from a recognised site, there are just as many regulations in place for online retailers as there are for offline retailers. And because of the huge competition online, sellers will be keen to make the transaction and returns process as simple for you as possible so you will be more likely to buy from them again.
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Sunglasses can be bought online with ease.

  • Convenience: If you don’t live near any shops or there simply isn’t a great choice in your area then it can be quite a hassle to travel to where the designer shops are. If you buy online then it saves you a lot of time and effort because your sunglasses will be delivered right to your door. Internet shopping is fantastic for busy people because you can even arrange for packages to be delivered to work if you’re worried about not being in to sign for them.

To buy sunglasses online you can go for used websites such as Amazon or eBay which sell a wide range of items. You can sometimes get great bargains by bidding for goods on the latter but obviously it is less likely that you will be able to find exactly the pair of sunglasses you are after. If you want the best choice, go to an online retailer that specialises in eyewear.

 

 

Summary: With the wide range of luxury goods available online at a fraction of the retail price, designer sunglasses are no longer just for the most affluent members of society. This article looks at why you should be looking for your designer sunglasses online, and the kinds of sites you can find them on.

 

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Gifts, Men's Fashion,

The Versatility of the Tie – Bring it Out for Many Occasions

An item which never goes out of fashion, the tie has been used in an array of ways over the centuries and even today is finding new and exciting ways to be worn. From deciding how to knot the tie to choosing between the sleek slim option or the quirky bow version, there are many decisions to make when it comes to ties.

Here are some of the many uses of this great piece of neckwear and just a few of the occasions it can be worn to.

The Smart, Stylish and Sophisticated Tie

Perhaps its most popular purpose, the tie usually tends to make an appearance at formal occasions. Worn traditionally with a smart, black suit, this sophisticated item of neckwear adds that touch of formality to an outfit. Perfect for any event where looking respectful and refined is essential, the tie can be used at a variety of events. From weddings to christenings, men will find this smart and sharp piece of clothing presents them in a dignified light.

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The tie is a very versatile piece of clothing

Dating as far back as the Romans, neckwear has been worn as a symbol of unity for centuries. This simple piece of clothing carried much meaning showing the pride and integrity of soldiers. Today it is commonly used in schools and work-places, grouping together students and workers and displaying them as a team and unit.

Smart, stylish and sophisticated, the humble tie represents much, much more than it may seem.

The Quirky, Statement Tie

The quirky, statement tie first appeared in the booming 1920s when hand-painted ties became a popular craze in America. Flamboyant, fun and fabulous these cool and quirky ties sold increasingly well and quickly became the ‘must-have’ fashion item.

The popularity of these extravagant, fun items of neckwear remains even now. A great statement piece, wild patterns and unusual materials make for unmissable and unforgettable ties. From displaying a striking Union Jack image to showcasing an array of wacky and wonderful Angry Birds, there are a wide variety of quirky, statement ties to claim. A superb way to get people laughing, smiling and having fun, this fab neckwear item is a purchase worth making.

The Cool and Casual Tie

Whilst ties are traditionally used formally, they are quickly becoming an every-day fashion essential too. Worn with a light shirt or even a cotton polo-shirt, ties can be fastened loosely to create that cool and casual look. With the top buttons of shirts unfastened and jeans worn in replacement of suit trousers, the tie can be worn for an array of occasions. Whether going out to the pub or dining with friends, this laid-back look will be sure to catch attention and get ladies looking.

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Ties come in many styles

The Funky, Party Tie

Loud, colourful and bright, the party tie will add energy and excitement to any outfit. From sporting a swirly, pink tie to a polka dot, silver pattern, this type of neckwear aims to radiate a vibrant and exhilarating vibe. A fantastic way to stand out from the crowd, the funky, colourful tie is bound to get the party started. With an array of celebs such as Justin Timberlake and Brad Pitt using the tie to set new fashion trends, there is truly no better way for males to showcase their wild side.

Conclusion

An extremely versatile piece of neckwear, the tie has dozens of uses. From making an appearance at formal, smart events to being worn casually from day to day, there are a variety of great ways for this item to be used. Those looking for a tie fashion piece that will never grow old will find the tie retains its sleek appeal year after year.

 

 

 

 

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Misc Fashion,

Tried & Trusted Tips/Techniques to Care For Your Clothes

Buying new clothes is something many people like to do (especially women), but realistically we can’t always afford to spend as much as we want. That is one of the reasons that looking after your clothes is so important. Of course, we all feel a lot better in well looked after clothes, so there are many benefits.

How do you really care for your clothes though? Don’t you just wear them, wash them and put them back in the drawers till next time?

It’s not quite that straightforward if you want to look after your clothes properly. The answer is that there are many tried and tested tips and techniques to looking after your clothes… 

Lint Roller

A lint roller is a piece of adhesive material that is placed on a cylinder with a handle (the roller). It is designed to be rolled on your clothes, upholstery or linen and removes any lint or small fibres that always find their way onto your clothes… particularly black ones!

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Looking after your clothes is important

These work brilliantly on all clothes, but especially suits and coats. Nobody ever knows how, but certain materials always end up with hairs and bits of fluff attached to them. Lint rollers quickly get rid of those unwanted extras, leaving you looking smart and ready for the day.

The roll itself can be replaced easily after it has been expended; the amount of time they last depends on how much use they get. These little tools are very reasonably priced, and a great way to look after your clothes. 

Hanging Them Up

If you can, hanging your clothes up is always better than folding them in drawers. Clothes that are hung up are aired more freely and thus stay crease-free after ironing. Even if you haven’t ironed your garments, allowing them to hang often lets creases fall out naturally. This makes for an overall better appearance when you wear them. If you are looking for some innovative coat hanger designs rather than just the usual coat hangers, click here.

Scented Hanging Sachet

Another fantastic tried and tested way to look after your clothes is by popping a scented hanging sachet into your wardrobe with your clothes. If you have lots of clothes, or items that you don’t wear very often, then this is a great way to keep them smelling fresh and new.

These sachets hang out from a hook similar to that of a coat hanger, and are simply placed in amongst your clothes. You can purchase them in a variety of different scents, but lavender is one of the most popular.

Moth Repellent

Have you ever got your clothes out and discovered small holes that weren’t there when you put them away? Moths are well-known for eating through your clothes, but there is an easy way to protect against this.

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There are different ways of keeping your clothes in top shape

You can purchase moth repellent small blocks that go in the bottom of your wardrobe, or moth repellent hangers similar to the scented ones. These deter moths and ensure that your clothes are protected from unwanted visitors! 

Wear Them More Than Once

Finally, this might seem like an obvious solution, but wearing your clothes more than once can also help look after them better. Washing clothes too often also makes the colours fade and can alter the sizing as well.

If you have only worn a top for half a day, or weren’t particularly sweaty, then don’t throw your clothes to into the washing pile automatically. Trousers can certainly be worn for more than one day. Studies show that many people recycle a pair of jeans for up to 7 days in a row. Don’t let throwing your clothes into the machine be a default response.

Conclusion

In conclusion, there are many ways to look after your clothes. If you follow some of these great tips you’re sure to have well cared for clothes that look great!

 

 

 

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Lifestyle,

The Versatility of the Tankini

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The Tankini

Created in the 1990’s by swimwear fashion designer Anne Cole, the tankini is an innovative creation designed to make women look great but feel comfortable at the same time. After much research into discovering what women love and hate about the traditional one-piece bathing suit and the sexy bikini, designer Anne Cole combined the advantages of both to create the fabulous tankini. Fashion labels, ranging from Ralph Lauren to Calvin Klein were quick to adopt the stylish bathing suit, and consequently it fast became a popular swimwear choice for women.

Here are just a few of its great and versatile uses. 

Stylish but Secure

The two pieces, top and bottom, tankini (available in the Zoggs swimwear range) is the perfect choice for women who find the bikini a little too revealing and the one-piece bathing suit a bit too boring. Covering most of the torso, the tankini allows ladies to feel sexy but secure whilst relaxing at the beach. Described as the ideal option for women with smaller breasts and ‘less than toned abdomens’ by famous fashion writer April Masini, the tankini is the ultimate option for those who feel insecure about certain aspects of their body. A swimwear design that will keep ladies mostly covered but still allow them to catch a tan, the tankini is a superb, sexy and splendid choice.

Thanks to its variety of designs, from halter-neck to strapless, the tankini is great for women of all body shapes. Especially popular amongst those with longer torsos and ladies who have had a mastectomy and other operations, the tankini allows women to feel confident whilst sunbathing and swimming. Available with boyish short bottoms and push up or padded tops, tankini’s are designed to make women feel gorgeous no matter what their insecurities may be.

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The tankini is great for all body types.

Convenient and Comfortable

Convenient and comfortable, tankini’s are fantastic for women consequently on the go. Ladies with little ones to look after will find the tankini an ideal swimwear choice. When building sandcastles or swimming in the sea, ladies won’t have to worry about watching their bathing suit and can simply enjoy their time at the beach. Unlike the awkward one-piece swimming costume, the tankini is great for toilet breaks, and will allow mothers to be in and out as quickly as possible.

Ladies who love beach games and watersports will also find the tankini perfectly versatile. The tankini’s secure fit means women need not worry about tops revealing all when playing beach volleyball or a game of cricket. A swim suit which will allow women to preserve their modesty when in the water, the tankini will enable women to face the waves head on without having to hold on to their tops. From surfing to jet-skiing, the tankini is designed for all uses, and will allow women to take part in adventure without feeling anxious.

For Both Mothers and Daughters

Mothers and daughters alike will love the tankini. A popular swimwear choice amongst children as well as adults, the tankini allows daughters to mimic their stylish mothers, but remain covered and comfortable. From classic polka dot tankini’s to cute butterfly tankini’s, there are a variety of stunning styles available to suit every individual. An invention which makes toilet breaks and getting changed after swimming hassle-free, the tankini is superb for both young and old alike.

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The tankini is ideal for young and old alike.

Conclusion

Stylish, comfortable and convenient, the tankini is a highly popular creation. Whether it’s nipping to the toilet or surfing the waves, the tankini makes everything stress-free. Those looking for a swimwear option which combines the best of the one-piece bathing costume and the classic bikini, will find the trendy tankini ideal for them.

 

By Maria Hubbard

 

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Misc Fashion,

Iconic Hollywood Hairstyles – Which Would Suit You Best?

Admiring a Hollywood hairstyle is one thing, carrying it off is something completely different! We’ve all looked at a star’s style and thought “I’d love hair like that!” at some time in our lives but the reality of actually pulling it off is quite often no more than a fantasy.

Many Hollywood hairstyles require a lot of maintenance and this is something which you will need to consider before taking the plunge and getting your hair re-styled.

Consider the shape of your face and of course think about what type of hair you have. It’s no use thinking that you’d love hair like Marilyn’s if you have tight, ringlet curls because the maintenance and styling would be prohibitive.

Look at the style which you admire and work out if the star has a similar hair-type and face shape to you. If you see some similarities then there is every chance the hairstyle will look good on you.

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Brigitte Bardot’s heavy fringe accentuates her eyes.

Marilyn Monroe

Although she varied the length and cut of her hair over her career, the main frame was always the same…mid length, wavy and of course, platinum blonde.

Of all the Hollywood hairstyles Marilyn’s is possibly the most iconic and also one of the most difficult to pull off!

Lots of us think “would I suit hair like Marilyn’s?” at some point, perhaps having admired one of her publicity shots or seen her in a movie.

One of the main issues with hair like Marilyn’s is that you need a narrow face in order for it to flatter you.

Curls or waves which frame your face can also make if appear wider so if you’re already concerned about having a wider face, avoid the Monroe look.

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It takes confidence to carry off a strong look like Marilyn’s.

Brigitte Bardot

The stunning French sex symbol was well known for her beautiful features and her long blonde hair with its heavy fringe.

Sometimes worn up, often down, Brigitte’s honey blonde hair throughout her 1960s heyday was long and flowing.

She had a heavy fringe which was cut back far from her hairline. This look is fabulous for those with thick hair with a slight natural wave.

If your forehead is short, this is a particularly good look; equally, if you are square jawed it can look fabulous as the heavy fringe will draw attention away from the lower portion of your face and put the focus on your eyes instead.

Mia Farrow 

Mia Farrow sported a wonderfully gamine look in Rosemary’s Baby and it’s been a much imitated hairstyle ever since.

An extremely short pixie crop, this look is not for the faint hearted and is hard to pull off unless your face is a perfect oval or heart shape.

Heart shaped faces are great for this cut as it accentuates a delicate jaw line and throws feminine features into the spotlight.

It’s also good for fine or thick hair alike, the only hair which won’t carry it so well is very curly hair. But even the curly amongst us can have a version of the Mia Farrow simply by using some product to relax the waves slightly.

Conclusion

Before imitating your favourite Hollywood hairstyle, think about your hair type and your facial features. Are they vastly different to those of the person that you seek to imitate, use products like the Evo Hair Care range to aid in your quest?

Look out for stars to whom you bear a resemblance…even if it is only slight, the chances are that they’ve had consultations with very expensive style experts and you can benefit from that from afar!

 

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