“My initial love for fashion was about hope and evolving to become the type of woman I wanted to be: strong, confident and feminine. I always loved the idea of dressing up–my wardrobe and how I present myself reflecting how I feel on the inside. That is what I do for other people now. I give women the means to express themselves and be who they are and who they aspire to be, and I think there is a real beauty in this.” ~Rachel Roy
If you are desperately seeking the perfect last-minute gift for the fashionista in your life, look no further. I’ve got you covered, right here. So let’s do this.
Women are weird. It’s ok.
We know, women are mysterious creatures. But one thing they have in common is liking gifts. But (yes, there is a caveat when it comes to giving women gifts), they don’t want blenders, self-help books, or mixing bowls. If you want to make all of the ladies in your life happy, you need to follow a few easy rules.
Rules to Find the Perfect Last-Minute Holiday Gifts For The Women In Your Life
We know, women are mysterious creatures. But one thing they have in common is liking gifts. But (yes, there is a caveat when it comes to giving women gifts), they don’t want blenders, self-help books, or mixing bowls.
If you want to make all of the ladies in your life happy, you need to follow a few easy rules.
If you’re in a relationship, never buy “joint-use” gifts unless previously discussed. For example, buying your sweetie a 50″ plasma TV when you live together may send the message that the gifts is really for you. And never buy her a kitchen appliance unless she tells you she really, no really, wants a Cuisinart juicer, do not, I repeat, do not buy your significant other an appliance for Christmas (unless you like sleeping on the couch).
Buy the right size
If you buy the women on your list an article of clothing (generally inadvisable), make sure you know her size. You don’t want to buy something too big or too small. And if you buy her lingerie, give it to her in private. You don’t want to explain to her nieces and nephews what a lace negligee is.
When buying for colleagues, bosses, and acquaintances who you are not romantically involved with or dating for a significant time, don’t buy too lavish a gift. Buying an expensive gift can send the wrong message.
Or, do you want the girl you’ve gone on two dates with to read into your gift of $3,000 diamond earrings? Lookout, she may expect an even bigger diamond in the near future!
In general, try to find out something about the recipient, so that you can purchase a thoughtful gift that she’ll love. And whatever you do, don’t name a constellation after her.
In the event that you’re completely clueless, pick something from this list and you’ll avoid the bad gift blacklist for another year. The best part is that you can buy all of theses gifts without leaving your living room.
Top Gifts for Her:
Makeup–When buying cosmetics, stay way from items like foundation, powder, and blush. These things are extremely individual and women like to pick the beauty staples out themselves. Eyeshadow and lip gloss palettes that include a wide variety of colors make wonderful gifts for women. There is always a color she will like. FREE SHIPPING worldwide on skincare and makeup products at StrawberryNET.com
Jewelry Storage–If the lady on your list already has a solid collection of jewelry, get her a stylish wy to organize it that will fit into any decor with a jewelry wardrobe. For the woman on-the-go, give her the gift of tangle-free jewelry. The metallic leather jewelry roll lets her travel in style. It is also made out of Moroccan genuine full-grain goatskin, so it is luxury all the way. Sweet deal: Save 49% on A Cute Jewelry Hanging Organizer at LightInTheBox.
Jewelry–The recycled glass bottle necklace is earth friendly and perfect for a niece, daughter, or teenager on your list. A few of my favorites:
Great Smelling Candles–Women love candles, and it is an appropriate gift for virtually every women on your list. A classic choice: Diptyque-Limited Edition Parfumee Encens Candle.
Reed Diffusers–The hottest trend in home fragrance is reed diffusers, and the women on your list will appreciate your foresight. The Voluspa Fragrant Oil Reed Diffuser in Santiago Huckleberry is a fail-safe gift.
Bath Gift Sets–You can always pick up a set from Bath & Body Works but if you want to go the extra mile, show her you know a thing or two about luxury. The Potter & Moore- Sheer Luxury in Spiced Tuberose & Orchid 4 piece set includes a beautiful black leather cosmetic bag embossed with the Potter & Moore print filled with full sizes of Eau de Toilette, Bathing Milk and Triple Milled Soap duo.
Journals–Show her you care about her feelings with a journal or luxury notebook for jotting notes or even shopping lists. Perfect stocking stuffer for sisters, nieces, and acquaintances.
Clothes–If you know her style and size AND you feel comfortable buying her clothes, you are sure to melt a fashionista’s heart. For some really great ideas, check out the Zalora Gift Guide.
Luxuriously Comfy Throw–Picture her curled up on the couch with a good book and a soft blanket on a cold winter night. If she’s your girlfriend or wife, maybe she’ll even share.
Super Soft Towels–It’s such a wonderful feeling emerging from the shower and enveloping yourself in a luxurious, oversized bath towel. Surprisingly, many women don’t buy these for themselves. Step up to the plate and dazzle her with Super Pile Towels, they are seriously the thickest, most luxurious towels you will find. Made from 100% Egyptian cotton ina super hefty 700 grams available inn 55 colors.
Tea Time–If the woman on your list loves tea, she’ll love a pretty tea set. A perfect choice would be Teaposy Snow Dance Gift Set.
Say It With Chocolate–Sure, you can always buy her Godiva, but why not fill her stocking with more exotic chocolates? The Grand Collection from Chocolate Celeste features heavenly flavors like amaretto, key lime, chili pepper, coconut, dulce de leche, golden cinnamon, red raspberry, champagne, chai, milk chocolate parfait, need I say more?
Sleek Point and Shoot Camera–Women love to take pictures. The Casio – EXILIM 7.2MP & FUJIFILM – FinePix 7.2MP cameras fit nicely into a handbag, so she can snap away any time she wants.
Perfume–Perfume is a tricky gift. Unless you know the person really well, I suggest a different gift. However, if she’s asked for perfume or you know she’s open to trying new things, the following scents are, in my opinion, unanimously coveted:
Cleopatra EDP Tocca Beauty
Pure Poison by Dior
Vera Wang The Fragrance
A Cashmere Shawl–Cashmere shawls are an easy choice but definitely shows your thoughtfulness. Choose from a variety of colors, fabrics, and sizes, so she can wrap up in style and luxury any time she chooses.
Gifts For Pets--If the women on your list has a pooch, chances are the little fur ball is like a child to her. Giving her a gift for the dog will show how sensitive (and thoughtful) you are.
Gift Certificate To A Spa–This is one gift certificate that’s far from impersonal. Go to Google, type in “day spas” along with your city name, and most of the time you can order a gift certificate online.
Gift Certificate for Her Favorite Stuff (Or Stuff She Just NEEDS!)–A Gift Certificate – $100,
First Base Regent Gift Certificate, or you know–whatever she’s into! Maybe you want to give her one for something she needs? No problem. This year, give the gift of sight, with 50% OFF gift vouchers at EyeBuyDirect.com. Send a $100 voucher for great prescription eyeglasses, for just $50!
Gift Certificate To Department Stores–When you’re buying for women you don’t know well, like a second cousin or your 14 year old niece who lives in Idaho, a gift certificate to a large department store is great because she can shop for whatever she wants. Women and girls like clothes and since they are so hard to buy for someone else, a gift certificate covers your bases. It also gives her something to look forward to after all of the other presents are opened.
Flower Delivery–When all else fails, just have flowers delivered! My pick: the
FTD Stunning Beauty Bouquet, which offers a stunning vased bouquet in regal red and purple hues with velvety roses, Stargazer lilies, asters, carnations, lisianthus, or similar fresh and fancy favorites. Great for an anniversary, birthday, Valentines, or any loving occasion. Gorgeous! FTD florist delivery in the USA and Canada.
What’s your best idea for picking up the perfect last-minute gift for your favorite fashionista?
In this case, I wrapped the Wool Challis Chevron- Paisley Panel Black & White Scarf around my waist twice and tied it into a knot to create a sort of wrap around skirt. By placing it under the dress and adding flats and leggings, as well as changing up the jewelry it gives the dress a more boho look.
And here, I just tied the scarf the same way but on top of the dress. I think this changes the look so significantly in a single switch that it’s worth noting.
And for my final trick today, the same scarf and dress with different hair, jewelry and drape adds yet a other almost completely different look.
Now…honestly, I.could probably come up with 150 more looks with accessories alone.
So, next time you think you’ve nothing to wear, think again. Tradition is great.but it rarely invites innovation.
What are your favorite ways to switch up your looks? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section, below.
As tattoos become more ingrained in our culture’s identity across the generations, fashionistas around the country are asking themselves: do I REALLY want that tattoo?
Things to Consider
Tattoos are (pretty much) forever–the fact is that having tattoos removed is pretty painful (not to mention expensive) and from what I’ve seen, it doesn’t always work all that well. So whatever ink you get today you will still have in 20, 30, 40 years. If you’re 19 years old and thinking of tattooing your face–take this advice if you take nothing else from this post: DO NOT tattoo yourself ANYWHERE that you can’t easily hide in business attire if needed. You never know where life will take you, and if you “grow up” and find yourself getting screwed out of the best job offer ever, you’ll know exactly who to blame!
(Sorry about going all Mom on you, but come on now! Let’s stop with the neck tattoos and the face tattoos and the arms and the huge giant leg, back and whatever else tattoos. I mean, unless that’s your style, or whatever–just saying, if you want to have the option to change your mind, change your direction in life–whatever–you need to ask yourself if you’re prepared to wear long pants, long sleeves, crazy thick makeup or whatever else you’ll need to cover up the evidence of your crazy misguided younger self! Ok, I digress…moving on.)
Don’t date yourself–skip tattoos that include names of of bands, games, individuals you don’t know in person and people you have or want to have sex with, even if you’re married.
Bands, games, singers, actors, etc. in tattoo form are just a way to be seriously “dated” in the future. Remember how much you loved New Kids on the Block or NSYNC or whichever band turned your crank 10, 20 years ago? Which actor did you love? Were you a Justin Bieber devotee? Anyway, I promise you that it’s highly unlikely that you’ll REALLY always love them.
And when it comes to people you want to have sex with (or have had sex with), maybe that’s just a personal thing. Someone told me once that tattooing a lover’s name on your body is basically a predictor of the end of the relationship. Now, I’m sure it’s just superstition, but I cannot tell you how many people I know who have (or love people who have) someone else’s name tattooed somewhere on their bodies. Nope, not kidding.
Start small, and don’t go overboard. There’s no reason to have your whole back covered in a tattoo that takes 67 hours to finish your first time out. Just get a little tiny heart on your shoulder blade or a star on your lower back, maybe. Or whatever you prefer–just consider starting small because a. you really don’t know how much it’s going to hurt if you’ve never had a tattooo (and even if you have, the pain is more intense in some areas of the body than others) and b. you never know what the future holds, and it would totally suck if you lost out on a potentially life-changing opportunity due to crazy face tattoos. (Obviously, none of the above applies to already-successful rock, pop, hiphop and rap stars–they’re making enough money now that it won’t matter when they’re older and look hilarious.)
Frequently Asked Tattoo Questions, Answered by a Tattoo Artist
While most tattoo shops are clean and up-to-code, there are some cases where getting a tattoo puts you at risk for complications such as infections, communicable diseases and more.
The process needs to be better understood, so we gathered up these frequently asked questions and got advice from a tattoo expert.
1. Can I Get Infectious Diseases From Tattoo Needles?
There has been some concern recently regarding transmittable diseases (particularly Hepatitis-B and AIDS [HIV]) and tattoo shops. Just as in a dentist’s office, as long as the area is strictly sanitized, your chances for infection will be greatly reduced.
2. Can I Get Aids From Tattooing?
When needles are passed from IDU to IDU and reused without sterilization, some of that blood remains in the syringe and is passed on to the next user. If infected blood is passed, the recipient can become infected with HIV, which leads to AIDS.
Tattooing is VERY different from injecting drugs. The needles used in tattooing are not hollow. They do, however, travel back and forth through a hollow tube that acts as an ink reservoir. The tip of the tube is dipped into the ink, which draws a little into the tube.
3. Can My Tattoos Get Infected?
Not as long as you take care of your new tat. Some people have trouble healing tattoos with colors they are allergic to.
4. How Do I Ensure That My Tattoo Stays Clear and Bright?
Once it is healed, there is very little that will screw up a tattoo. Aside from a scar-causing injury, the one exception is prolonged exposure to sunlight. The newer inks are better at resisting fading, but whatever you do, if you spend lots of time in bright sunlight, your tats will fade (over a lifetime, not over a week). So, for best results, just try to keep them out of bright sunlight.
No one wants to become a cave dweller just to keep their tats looking good, so just use some common sense.
Think of your tat as an investment–slather on that sunblock so it doesn’t turn into a dark blob.
Tattoo art has become very popular and people are getting tattoos for lots of reasons. Taking good steps in choosing the right tattoo, getting it applied properly and with the proper care are among the most important things to consider when thinking about getting a tattoo.
One last bit of advice–Make sure you do your research. Read all you can about tattoo art safety and when you’re ready to get your tattoo, you will feel much better about your decision!
So, how about you? Do you have any tattoos? Are you considering getting any? Let me hear about it in the comments section, below!
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For the past years, seaweeds have been a popular food additive in almost all parts of the world. According to studies, seaweeds are rich in vitamins A1, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, E and K which can keep the body healthy and strong enough to fight many types of diseases. Aside from having loads of vitamins, seaweeds are also know as good sources for minerals such as potassium, odium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, iron and zinc.
Since seaweeds have high vitamin and mineral contents, researchers found out those seaweeds are not only good as food additive; they are also potent ingredients for beauty products. Studies show that seaweed beauty products are effective and safe to use in almost all types of skin.
In fact, seaweed beauty products are considered as one of the best in the cosmetic industry today. For the past years, many players in the cosmetic industry came up with different beauty products using seaweeds are primary ingredients.
Caring For Your Skin
Skin types vary from person to person thus it is not safe to assume that what works for another person will also work for you. Fortunately, there are now different types of seaweed beauty products for different types of skin so you need not worry about finding the right seaweed beauty product for you. Just make sure that you use the seaweed beauty product accordingly to avoid any untoward incidents.
If you are one of those people who are prone to allergies, you should be extra careful when using any types of beauty products. Before you apply the seaweed beauty product on your face or any parts of the body for that matter, you must read the label carefully and take note of the ingredients used in the product. Make sure that the beauty products do not contain ingredients that can trigger your allergies.
Moreover, before you actually use the beauty product, you should test it first by applying it on a small portion of your skin. Wait for a few hours for any signs allergic reactions. If you notice any itching or burning sensations on the area where you applied the beauty products, do not use these products.
On the other hand, you should be careful about using seaweed beauty products if you are suffering from acne and other types of skin breaks. To be safe, consult your dermatologist before you apply seaweeds beauty products on any affected area of your skin. Note that some types of beauty products can have some adverse effects on sensitive skin.
Genuine handcrafted silver jewelry is as beautiful as it is unique. Whether you’re looking for pieces to add to your collection or are shopping for gifts, there are excellent online sources for handmade earrings, pendants, rings, barrettes, and necklaces. For a wonderful buying experience, follow these five tips.
1. Find a reputable source. This may go without saying, but don’t confuse commercially manufactured jewelry with handcrafted silver jewelry. The latter is made by artisans that take great pride in their work. It’s helpful to look for a company that has been in business for decades, and that has been selling online for at least five years.
2. Take advantage of customization. When jewelry is handmade, it can be customized in any number of ways, from the lengths of chains to the types of gemstones used in pendants and rings. You don’t need to settle for “almost good enough.” Instead, you can get the piece you’ve always dreamed of, in exactly the right size.
3. Measure carefully. Because customized pieces generally aren’t returnable, it’s important to make sure that the handcrafted silver jewelry you order will fit. It only takes a few minutes to get a good measurement, and doing so will ensure that the necklace or ring you order will be exactly what you want. For rings, ask a friend to take a piece of string, put it around the knuckle or largest part of your finger, and mark the string. To determine the size, hold the string against a tape measure and compare your measurement to the website’s sizing chart. If you’re in between sizes, it’s best to go with the larger size. You can also use string to measure for bracelet, necklace, or anklet lengths.
4. Do your gemstone research. The best online jewelry sites have a wealth of information on gemstones. Before you order, read up on the gemstones you are considering. It’s important to know, for example, that aquamarine can be cleaned with dishwashing detergent, but that ultrasonic and steam cleaning may damage the stone. Similarly, you may know that pearls are delicate and can easily absorb liquids, but you might not know that turquoise is also porous and can easily become stained.
If you’re going to order jewelry with gemstones, it’s also crucial to know whether the stones are natural or if their colors have been enhanced. Reputable artisans will freely share this information. Don’t be alarmed, however, if the stones have been heated or irradiated to intensify or change their colors. Naturally colored rubies, sapphires, and topaz, for example, are extraordinarily rare; it is an accepted practice within the jewelry industry to enhance gemstone colors.
5. Invest in the real thing. Silver jewelry is gorgeous, but only if it’s real silver. Make sure that the online source you select uses either sterling silver (.925 or 92.5 percent silver) or fine silver (99.9 percent pure silver). When you invest in handcrafted silver jewelry, you’re not only buying a piece you will treasure, but one that is likely to become an heirloom for future generations.