03. October 2012 · Comments Off on Fashion in Your Fifties – How to Stay Stylish · Categories: Shopping And Product Reviews · Tags: ,
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17. September 2012 · Comments Off on Best Jewelry Gifts for Everyone · Categories: Shopping And Product Reviews · Tags: , ,

The holidays are fast-approaching and we need to gather all our gifts before it’s too late. We need to give gifts to special people – mother, children, father, sister, grandma, grandpa, co-workers, and some friends. You are a good gift giver that is why people love you. You may give to all of them or just choose anyone this year but all you have to do now is to think of a special gift that they will truly treasure.

Jewelry can be the best gift that you can give your loved-ones, not the expensive ones, but the ones that they can wear and keep. Cheap but beautifully-designed jewelry are out in the market and you just have to find them. It can be perfect if you can find personalized bracelets and necklaces. Here are some suggestions that you can give special people this holiday season.

Mom & Dad cuff bracelets

These sterling silver cuff bracelets can be a sweet and perfect gift that you can give your mom and dad, even your grandma and grandpa. These are usually customizable where you can engrave your mom and dad’s names on each bracelet piece. Try to find gold versions of these bracelets if your parents or grandparents prefer gold than silver.

Sisterhood bracelet

You can find white and pink pearl sisterhood bracelets that are perfect to give your friends and BFF. This can also be a great piece to give your daughter and other young women in your house. If you are a woman and you have a sister, this can be a perfect treat to her and to yourself. Try to find something like this where you can add a pendant and engrave a name on it.

Bangle

I am talking about the silver and gold bangle and not the plastic ones. This can be a gift that you can give any woman especially the active ones. You can give this to teens and office women because it can fit their hip personality. Because it is made of solid gold or silver, you will be able to let their names engraved in those pieces.

ID tag bracelet

You can choose so many ID tag bracelets that are fit for all ages and any gender. If you want to buy a piece of jewelry to everyone that is cheaper and personalized, this is the perfect gift to give. You can gift this to your dad, brother, sister, co-workers, and friends.

Mothers bracelets

Mothers bracelets are specially made for mothers which are usually made of either beads or pearls with gold and silver chains and pendant. Just like any other pieces, you can also find something like this that can be personalized.

Name necklace

This necklace is definitely customizable because you can choose to make the name as the pendant. This can be made of gold or silver and they are perfect gifts to your friends or children.

Those are just few of my suggestions. I hope that you enjoy giving gifts and feel the satisfactions of seeing them happy with those presents.

20. May 2012 · Comments Off on Discount Designer Tops · Categories: Shopping And Product Reviews · Tags: , ,

All women love to dress up, whether they will admit it or not. Most women are keen observers and followers of fashion and they love to make fashion statements through their designer outfits and gowns.

Apart from designer gowns and accessories and little black dresses or little blue dresses, the other items that women die for are designer tops to go with matching skirts or denim pants or capris or shorts. Often a designer hand bag will finish off the look if it matches well.

Designer tops can be of various types – sequined or beaded or stretch Lycra or denim or satin tops in prints, nets, or sheer or cotton or silk or other materials.

They can be backless, one shouldered, corsets, halter necks, tube tops, spaghettis, handkerchief tops, empire lines, round necks, polo necks, tops with plunging necklines, towel or turtle necks.

The styles, cuts and trends are various and the range is eye popping. Team them up with a matching bottom and see your whole look transform.

A bright and colorful or showy designer top looks best with toned down, sober bottoms and vice-versa.

Some of the best places to source discount designer tops are the city flea markets, beach side markets, garage sales in your locality as well as the season ending sales and stock clearance sales hosted by departmental or apparel stores and online stores from time to time.

You can strike a cheap deal because discounts range from 25% to 70% in these sales and the stock is huge.

There are many choices of tops on the market, and many at very affordable prices – some can be had for just a few pounds.

30. March 2012 · Comments Off on Fun Birthday Gift Idea · Categories: Shopping And Product Reviews · Tags: , ,

If you never know what to get a certain someone for their birthday try this fun birthday gift idea: get them a gift for every year of their life. I know, at first glance it sounds complicated, it sounds expensive but it really doesn’t have to be. The result is a pile of gifts the recipient will never forget. There are not many fun birthday gift ideas that result in more joy than this one.

The idea is to get a gift for every year of their life that represents that year in some way. Wrapping each gift individually and explaining them as you go makes for an evening of fun. Here’s an example for a guy who’s turning 20:

Year 1: Baby card filling him in on what is to come.
Year 2: Phrase fridge magnets for when he learned to talk.
Year 3: Find his old baby blanket or favorite toy when he was three.
Year 4: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figure. His favorite hero of the time.
Year 5: A pen set to signify his first day of school.
Year 6: A soccer ball because he played soccer.
Year 7: Tabletop pizza cooker for his favorite food then and now.
Year 8: A gross gag gift to show off the potty humor of an 8 year old.
Year 9: Sheet music to commemorate his first guitar lesson.
Year 10: “Simon Says” hand held game. A favorite as a child.
Year 11: Cookie in the shape of his 6th grade GPA.
Year 12: Will Smith CD, with his favorite song of that year.
Year 13: Mickey Mouse ears to remember the trip to Disneyland.
Year 14: Bag of taffy and caramels for the year his braces were removed.
Year 15: New climbing harness to show the year he took up sport climbing.
Year 16: Model car much like his first car.
Year 17: Coffee cup to signify that he met his first serious girlfriend in a coffee shop.
Year 18: Scratch off lottery tickets.
Year 19: G.I. Joe because this is the year he joined the military.
Year 20: A graphic tee shirt he’s been wanting.

As you search for presents, keep in mind important things that happened in this person’s life as well as important world events. Did your dad see the first moon landing? Incorporate that. Did he break his leg skiing in ’82? Add something for that. This birthday gift idea is less about the individual gifts and more about the fact that you are showing the recipient you love them and you actually did listen to all those stories they’ve told you.

Be sure to really mix the gifts up as well. Give them a few things that are good for laughs and a few things that they will really like. Also, don’t forget the nostalgic touches. Anything you can find from their childhood and youth is a huge bonus. Their old baby blanket, their first report card, an old drawing, these things are often the most special.

This idea works really well for anyone 13 or older. The older the recipient the more practical it may be to incorporate others in the giving. Siblings, aunts, cousins, parents and friends can all help put this together. Delegate a set of years to each person and head to the mall or set out online. You’ll find that not only will the birthday boy/girl enjoy their day; you will also really enjoy putting the whole thing together.

Moms and dads, brothers and sisters, grandparents, boyfriends, girlfriends, older children, everyone loves getting this sort of gift. The laughs are contagious and the joy someone gets in their eye when they see a pile of gifts, all for them, has a certain whimsical mystique that will be embedded in your memory forever.

12. March 2012 · Comments Off on Baccarat Perfume Bottles · Categories: Shopping And Product Reviews · Tags: , ,

.25oz of Baccarat’s perfume Les Larmes Sacrées de Thebes costs over $1000.00 at Harrods in London. The expensive price is due to the Egyptian-style Baccarat crystal bottle and the frankincense and myrrh contained in the perfume.

Baccarat perfume bottles are just as popular with many collectors as the more famous Lalique. The French crystal company made many bottles for classic brands, such as Guerlain, Jean Patou, Elizabeth Arden and Lentheric. Like Lalique, the perfume bottles by Baccarat have their own mark.

Founded as long ago as 1764 when the French King Louis XV gave Bishop-Montmorency-Laval permission to build a glassworks in the village of Baccarat in eastern France, the crystal company has since gone from strength to strength. In 1816 it received its first crystal oven and started producing its glittering crystal. In 1896 the Russian Tsar, Nicholas II, gave the company his favor after being introduced to it in Paris. Baccarat contributed greatly to the splendor and elegance of the Russian court. According to an article at Dinnerware Matchers (dinnerwarematchers.com): “Candelabras, fountains, centerpieces, and luxurious stemware including a vodka glass, were specially designed for this market.”

The company started making its lovely perfume bottles in the late nineteenth century. This soon became a large part of the business. By 1907 Baccarat was producing 4000 bottles a day!

Jacques Guerlain was one of the first to realize that the bottle and presentation of the fragrance could be just as important to women as the scent itself. Many perfumes were designed around the perfume bottle and the name.

The first bottle Baccarat made for the company was for the fragrance Champs-Elysees in 1904. The bottle was in an unusual turtle shape. Other famous perfume bottles that Baccarat made for Guerlain included Mitsouko and Shalimar.

Matsouko was inspired by Claude Farrere’s novel, La Batoille, which was about a British officer fighting in the Russo-Japanese war of 1905 who fell in love with a Japanese woman called Matsouko. The bottle, with its inverted heart shaped stopper has a scroll design.

The Shalimar bottles are also Art Deco designs. Designed in the 1920’s and inspired by the fountains in oriental gardens, these bottles are even more beautiful than those for Matsouko. The stunning blue stopper was in the shape of an oriental fan.

Another famous perfume bottle made by Baccarat was for the fragrance, Miracle, by Lentheric. This was made of black crystal with gold dust in the glass, called ‘floating gold’. Other perfume bottles made by Baccarat include those for Jean Patou’s Joy, nicknamed ‘the most expensive perfume in the world’, and the Evening in Paris bottle.

Vintage perfume bottles made by Baccarat can be extremely expensive. Some cost thousands of dollars. Although Baccarat, called ‘the glassmaker of kings’, has even diverged into owning hotels, it still makes its extremely elegant perfume bottles. It is even possible to obtain a ‘bespoke’ perfume from Guerlain’s Paris boutique in its own Baccarat bottle.

If you’re looking for that special gift that will be treasured and remembered for someone who cherishes and values collectibles, consider collectible perfume bottles. This is just one example of many to pique your interest in collectibles available in the perfume/fragrance industry, provide you with background and educational information as well as a unique idea for a gift fit for any occasion for that special woman in your life.

06. March 2012 · Comments Off on 2007 Movies Set Costume Trends · Categories: Shopping And Product Reviews · Tags: , ,

Halloween is big business, and it begins long before pumpkins are carved and houses are decorated in October. Costume and decorating manufacturers such as Disguise and Rubies launch their new products well in advance of the season. Costume retailers must place their Halloween orders in the New Year, and therefore the suppliers have to know what is going to be a hit.

They look to the movie industry to see where trends are going and create costumes and accessories that fit the bill. Movie releases from 2007 will have a huge influence on costume trends for this year. Pirates will undoubtedly be the largest costume trend for the season. With the release of Pirates of the Caribbean – At World’s End this May, the 3rd instalment of the franchise, eye masks, swords and tri-corn hats will be in huge demand by retailers.

Other franchise instalments include Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Spiderman 3. Wizards and superheroes are always popular costumes, but the spring/summer releases of these movies it top of the mind for Halloween.

Another popular trend in dress-up and movies are zombies and the undead. There has been resurgence from the 70’s genre zombie horror movie and in 2007 we see zombie movie sequels including 28 Weeks Later, Day of the Dead and Resident Evil. Horror makeup, prosthetics and fake blood will be in high demand by retailers and consumers.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or TMNT is being released in March while a contemporary Nancy Drew will be out by the summer. Rob Zombie’s Halloween, promises not to be a remake or a sequel and will introduce Mike Myers to a whole new audience.

The movies of 2007 will inspire the costume choices of its fans and lead the trends of this Halloween season.

22. January 2012 · Comments Off on Vintage Leather Jackets · Categories: Shopping And Product Reviews · Tags: , ,

Vintage, retro and antique are terms used to define items from past eras. A vintage leather jacket is not only a piece of clothing, but a piece of history. Most vintage leather jackets have considerable emotional and historic value attached to them. Also, the styles and designs of old always bring back memories of days gone by. Vintage leather jackets are no exception to this rule. Leather jackets from the 1950s are especially popular and in high demand. Prices on them are understandably high, since they are a rare collector’s item.

The vintage leather jackets are among the most popular vintage clothing. The vintage leather jackets can be anywhere from 10 to 50 years old.

Some of the designer labels available in vintage leather jackets include Lakeland, Lyon for Lepshire, Leathers of New England, Glamor Girl, Helene Junior’s New York, Turtle Bax, Honda Motor Company, Marbury Coats, Front Quarter STEER by Grais and Sears Hercules Outwear.

Many companies like Marks and Spencers offer vintage leather jackets. The most famous vintage leather jackets are the ones worn by celebrities. Therefore, some of the leather jackets available are styled after ones worn by celebrities – for example the famous leather jacket worn by Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart. There are also designs based on jackets worn by soldiers in World War Two.

Vintage leather jackets can also refer to leather jackets embossed with retro imaginary characters, for example Betty Boop, Popeye, Scooby Doo and others. Vintage leather jackets can be found in all the styles as their modern counterparts.

25. September 2011 · Comments Off on Why Men Need Body-Stockings · Categories: Shopping And Product Reviews · Tags: , ,

Ok, before you start thinking this is about cross dressing, or some lingerie fantasy, let me say it is NOT. I believe men need body-stockings designed for men. Many of us are familiar with body-stockings for women, but, no one has designed any specifically for men. Why do men need body-stockings? In one word, warmth.

I own a lingerie and biker gear shop. An electrician once purchased a large quantity of crotch-less turtle neck body-stockings from me. Fairly plain stockings, no real frills. I was naturally curious as to why. He works outside in the cold all day, and wearing body-stockings under his clothes helped him stay warm, and were quite comfortable. This was not the first time someone had told me that. I used to just laugh at the idea. I could just see these macho guys wearing panty hose. In reality, these are not panty hose, they are full body stockings. I ride my motorcycle year round, so any trick to keeping warm interested me. So I tried it.

Now, I admit trying them on for the first time made me feel a little uneasy. I am no sissy, I am very comfortable in my manhood. Yet, I was a little weary of anyone finding out I was wearing them. I put the rest of my gear on and went bike riding. It worked. I was I was noticeably warmer with them on. I have used long johns before, but these were better. I could even wear these under my long johns for an additional layer of protection from extreme cold.

I was not quite ready to go around boasting that I wear crotch-less body-stockings. I wore them all that winter, and the only one that knew it, was my lady. Spring came and I put my stockings away. Summer past and I wasn’t even thinking about them any more. Fall came, and I stocked up on winter wear for my shop. I ordered more of the body-stockings than I normally would have, I knew I would be wearing them.

At first, when shoppers started purchasing winter riding gear, I would recommend the stockings to the gals, but, not the guys. I have to admit, I was afraid of tarnishing my macho reputation. Granted half my shop was lingerie and clubwear, but that was because of my fiance. I had to become knowledgeable about lingerie so I could assist customers. I had gotten used to talking to women about how lingerie should enhance what they have. I have what would have once been, embarrassing conversations with women on a daily basis. I was now comfortable with that. Then why was I afraid to recommend body stockings to guys?

One day, I took the plunge. A couple that have purchased from our shop a number of times in the past, came in to buy some leather mask for riding. They both loved riding their bikes, and were looking for a way to stay warm for winter riding. I told her about the stockings, and even told him he should wear them too. I may have even blushed as I mentioned that I wear them and they keep me warm. With a nod of approval from his lady, he decided to get a set for himself and give it a try.

Three or Four days later, they came in to buy more stockings. He said I was right, he was definitely warmer wearing the stockings. That was the ice breaker, from then on I began recommending the stockings to men for winter riding. It would always come down to me looking them square in the eyes and telling them that I wear them, and I find them to be a great benefit. In fact, I was wearing them at that very moment.

There were still some guys that would scoff at the idea. Some came around around when they found out their friends were wearing them.

The biggest problem in getting men to accept body-stockings is in the packaging, and design. If they would make them for men, and place them in a masculine package, then men would feel more comfortable purchasing them.

I wish they would design them with a fly, no lace, and a very tight weave. A picture of a construction worker or biker would help, as long as it didn’t start looking like a Village People promotion. Maybe even make them in a camouflage pattern. I have requested that from some of my suppliers, and we will see if they have the vision to act on it. I think the first ones to do so, will profit a great deal.

There are a lot of construction workers that have to be exposed to the cold a lot. A lot of bikers that want to ride in winter. A lot of hunters sitting in the cold waiting on game. Maybe I should just invent the things myself. If I had the recourses, I would.

Hey, I even noticed that the stockings help make my tush and belly look better. If you have a fellah that works in the cold, these would make a great stocking stuffer for Christmas. (pun intended)

16. September 2011 · Comments Off on Top 10 DVDs This Christmas · Categories: Shopping And Product Reviews · Tags: , ,

If you are one of those people who like to enjoy their Christmas Holidays by staying at home with a bowl of popcorn and watching movies, then there is good news for you. Many DVDs are being released this Holiday season, and the best thing is that they are from all the genres. So, you will have a variety of choices available while picking your DVDs.

If you are an enthusiast of movies with Christmas themes, you are in for a treat because the DVDs of three Christmas movies are going to be released this November. These include This Christmas, The Perfect Holiday and Fred Claus. All three of these movies were released in theatres last year. Sony has decided to release DVDs of This Christmas and The Perfect Holiday because both were box office hits, and fans were waiting for the DVDs to be released. Fred Claus received mixed reviews when it was released last year.

If you are in the mood for watching a Christmas film that is sentimental and humorous at the same time, then you can get the DVD for this movie. This movie is, however, a good one for children. If you want to watch a romantic comedy with a Christmas theme, there is All She Wants For Christmas, the DVD for which is being released this November.

For those who want a little thrill and adventure during the holidays, there is Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian in which the Pevensie siblings revisit Narnia and once again take up the task of restoring the land’s rightful king. If you want to experience genuine action, thrills and adventure, you should get the DVD of The Dark Knight which is an unforgettable and complex action adventure. The DVD is going to be released in December. If you are an Angelina Jolie fan and want to watch her in action, you can watch Wanted which is a fast-paced thriller full of special effects – and you won’t be bored for a minute.

If you liked the comedy series Get Smart which parodied spies and spy shows, you can now get the movie Get Smart on DVD. The DVD is to be released in November. This movie is charmingly funny and is very likely to get more than a few laughs out of you. For those who want more comedy, there is Kung Fu Panda which has a mix of humour and Martial arts. The movie has the ability to please children and young adults equally, and the DVD is due to be released this November.

In case you are in the mood for a light hearted movie, you should watch Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants 2. The movie portrays the adventures of four friends and the friends’ chemistry with each other. There are many more DVDs being released this Christmas. Among the ones being released in November are Henry Poole is Here, Wall E, Tropic Thunder and Meet Dave. In December X-Files: I Want to Believe, The Mummy: Tomb of Dragon Emperor and The House Bunny are going to be released on DVD.

29. July 2010 · Comments Off on 15 Funniest Couples Costumes · Categories: Shopping And Product Reviews · Tags: , ,

Attending a Valentine’s Day costume party as a couple might just be more fun than going stag. However, for many prospective partiers, thinking of that perfect costume pair is rather hard work because now you have to decide for two! Sexy costumes are always appropriate for Valentine’s Day but they might be better suited for the bedroom, so why don’t you instead go for what tickles the funny bone?

Here are some suggestions for the funniest amorous costume pairs. Get into character and make your outfit effective with the following:

Animated Mates

1. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse – Disney’s romantic rodents are a classic choice.

2. Donald Duck and Daisy Duck – Feathered friends…and maybe a little more, these two are another ideal Disney duo.

3. Shrek and Princess Fiona – The unlikely royal pair. Also a viable option is Shrek and Donkey, depending on your orientation of course.

4. Spongebob Squarepants and Patrick Starfish – You just need a yellow box dressed up with a shirt and tie plus short pants and black shoes for Spongebob. For Patrick? A pink suit.

5. Popeye and Olive Oyl – Sailor suit with pipe for Popeye but don’t forget the anchor tattoo on his arm. Turtle neck sweater and skirt for Olive plus hair parted in the middle worn in pigtails.

Animal Magnetism

6. King Kong and Ann Darrow – The blonde bombshell has just what it takes to tame the giant ape.

7. Beauty and the Beast – Their love affair began as an 18th century fairytale and hasn’t wavered for nearly 300 years.

Insects Appeal

8. Rose & Bee – Practice safe pollination!

Kitchen Combinations

9. Spoon & Fork – See what happens when you mix utensils in the silverware drawer?

10. Ketchup & Mustard – Condiments that complement one another perfectly

11. Salt & Pepper – Spice up any Valentine’s Day party with these titillating toppings

12. Bacon & Egg – Breakfast in bed anyone?

Hardware from the Heart

13. Nut & Bolt – Screwing around may be inevitable in this ensemble!

14. Lock & Key – Unlock your partner’s secret fantasies

15. Plug & Socket – Recharge the libido in your love life

As you can see, there are plenty of funny costume pairs to choose from. This Valentine’s Day try one on for size and watch Cupid’s arrow hit its mark.