Month: August 2013

Tips for choosing diamond engagement rings

If you took a survey of young adults to find out what they consider to be the most traditional aspects of an engagement and wedding, diamond engagement rings are sure to be near the top of the list. Interestingly enough, the diamond engagement ring is a fairly new trend—while betrothal rings existed in some form for the past several centuries, it wasn’t until the 1930s that diamonds became synonymous with romance, thanks to an advertising blitz from the De Beers diamond company. After a copywriter penned the now-famous line “A diamond is forever” in 1947, the image of a diamond engagement band was permanently etched in the minds of courting couples across America, and over the next few decades the ring became a traditional element in an engagement. Today, more than 80% of American brides will receive diamond engagement rings, with their beaus typically shelling out around two months’ salary for the bauble. That’s a lot of bling, and it can be intimidating to head to the jewelry store without having a general idea of what you want to buy. On top of the uncertainty over settings, cuts and other keywords that might sound completely foreign, there’s always the worry that a ring won’t be big enough, flashy enough, or unique enough—after all, when everyone is sporting a diamond engagement ring, you want the one you choose to stand...

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Using Accessories to Jazz Up Your Wardrobe without Spending a Fortune

Just because you’re bored with your wardrobe doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune buying all new items in hopes of rekindling your fashion flame. There are lots of little things you can do either with items you currently own, or which are super cheap to obtain, that will make your look pop in new ways. Using accessories in unexpected ways to spice up your wardrobe is a secret all the trend-setters know about, and now you will too. Scarves and Belts Scarves are a fantastic accessory all year round. Changing the color or texture of a scarf can drastically change the style of your look. There are endless ways to wear your scarves. Check out this great little video for 25 different ways to wear them. You can also use your scarves in new ways that don’t involve your neck. Consider using one as a belt to update the look of your unadorned jeans. Loop a scarf through the belt loops or simply tie one around your waist for a hip new look. You can also wear a wider scarf as a shawl instead of wearing a jacket on a chilly night to change your look, or tie a smaller one around the base of your ponytail for a charming, retro look. Never underestimate the power of a scarf! Wear vintage men’s neckties as belts for a...

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Choosing your Ring Style

There is an old foreign saying that translates roughly as follows: It is no use arguing over taste or smell. The proverb requires little interpretation – it is not worth arguing over matters as subjective as taste and smell. In the context of this adage it may have referred to food, however it is equally as applicable when used in the context of fashion. After all, if we all had the same taste in clothes or jewelry, the fashion industry would be a tiny size in comparison to the giant that it is today. When it comes to selecting something as significant as an engagement ring, there is an enormous range of styles to select. Consequently, there is definitely something out there to appeal to you – you just have to find it. In fact, the selection is so great that it may seem as though you are looking for a needle in the proverbial haystack; however, if you tackle the task at hand, or should that be at finger, in a logical manner, you are sure to be rewarded with the ring of your dreams. Styles of Ring Without getting into too much detail, a ring is comprised of its center stone and the setting. There may be side stones, pave settings, halos; the permutations and combinations are absolutely endless. There are also different styles of ring according...

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Out with the new, in with the old

When people talk about vintage style, they are usually referring to anything, whether it be furniture, clothing or a look, that pre-dates our contemporary design ideas. Vintage is held to be a style that was first in fashion during the 1940s and 50s, but it can also be a little older and seem particularly reminiscent of a certain place or even country. Shabby chic Take the design style, ‘shabby chic’. This is a very feminine style and should conjure up pictures of a French chateau’s bedroom or a French country kitchen, with natural or white wood furniture, plenty of frills and stacks of clutter. Shabby chic means creating a room with a sense of old furniture that has been passed down from generation to generation, making use of hand-me-downs and items designed with comfort, rather than glamour, in mind. It should look well used, but loved. Types of furniture Furniture in the shabby chic style should ideally be painted white or stained in a light or dark oak color. If painted, the woodwork should be distressed in some areas, such as at the corners, to appear aged. Colors should be taken from nature, with sage greens and sky blues, off-whites and pale yellows. Bold colors, such as bright red and deep black have no place in a shabby chic room plan. In the bedroom, a wardrobe, bed, chest of...

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Sunglasses trends for fall 2013

Think sunglasses are just for summer? Not anymore! Once a must-have to shield eyes on the beach or hide under-eye bags on a bad face day, sunglasses are now a stylish fashion accessory sported year-round and in all weather conditions. The September issue of Lucky magazine even features a write-up on actress Nicole Richie’s vintage sunglass collection—she confesses to owning several hundred pairs and says she always carries at least three or four different styles with her! Your own sunglasses collection might not be so huge, but there’s no reason to settle for a single basic pair. Sunglasses are now considered a must-have accessory and having several different styles to rotate based on the season and your outfit is a must for any fashionista. This fall, heavy retro influences mean oversized sunnies, cat-eyes, and round lenses are very big. Oversized white frames, either round or square, are particularly trendy; they impart an instant ‘60s French glam to any outfit. And you don’t need a celebrity’s vintage buying budget to snag a pair; designers from the high street to Gucci and Marc Jacobs have jumped on board with this trend, so there’s a pair at every price point. Tortoiseshell is another hot commodity and can be found on a variety of frame styles. It’s a classic hybrid of pattern and neutral that works well with fall’s rich palette of grey,...

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