Month: December 2018

Old-Fashioned Brick-and-Mortar Shopping

Immediate Gratification

When shopping online, consumers must wait for their items to arrive by mail or delivery service. Shipping charges can be expensive, depending on the retailer. Delivery often takes several days to more than a week. The alternative when buying online is to pay for expedited shipping, which can be exceedingly expensive. In contrast, visiting a business in person allows the consumer to leave immediately with their items in tow without any unpleasant waiting periods.

Socialization

Browsing stores can be an enjoyable pastime for friends and family members. The combination of browsing and visiting with companions is a typical social activity for many people. It’s also possible to get feedback and input from others while shopping to help with purchase decisions.

Experience

Visiting a store in person results in a special experience for many people. Talking with sales people, wandering around the store, taking in its atmosphere, touching items and seeing them in person, and trying on clothing are all experiences that tend to make people spend more money. When employees are well-trained and knowledgeable about products, this can drive sales even more. Helpful employees at a brick-and-mortar stores create a huge edge over e-commerce websites that leave the customer to browse alone.

Supporting Local Merchants

Spending money at a brick-and-mortar, especially a local merchant, has a personalized connection. Making purchases with a local merchant supports small business. This support can maintain and even help small businesses grow. Specialty stores and non-chain venues are particularly vulnerable, and they rely heavily on local traffic to succeed.

Incorporating Technology

Because brick-and-mortars have a corner on the old-fashioned experience, their current challenge is to incorporate the latest technology into the shopping experience to satisfy tech-savvy consumers. People hunting for the best prices are wielding their smartphones with increasing frequency. Businesses offering technology that enables price comparisons, digital coupons, and targeted, personalized promotions based on consumer preferences will resonate with consumers.

Choose an Art Deco Engagement Ring

The benefit to working within your budget and only looking at rings that fall into this category is that you don’t waste valuable time looking at rings that are out of financial reach, wasting time you could have been using selection from the choice of art deco engagement rings you can afford.

Know the size of ring you need to be looking for. Remember when choosing an art deco engagement ring, if you choose slightly too big, it can be resided, but buying too small can make it slightly harder and it will take longer to have it sized perfectly to fit your future brides finger. Obviously you cannot ask your future bride for her ring size without letting her know you are ring shopping. This means that an average guess is the only way to ensure you get it right.

Know if the woman you are about to ask to marry you follows current trends. Is she fashionable, does she follow what everyone else is wearing, does she focus heavily on fashion? Knowing how she feels about fashion and current fashion trends can help you identify which of the art deco engagement rings is the best choice for her. If she is very modern and up to date, then you may find that a ring like this is not the best choice moving forward and you need to focus on a modern ring that meets her personality perfectly.

Her career is also going to play a role in the best design and styled ring to choose. A woman who works in an office environment can wear a delicate ring with ease without the risk of breaking and damaging it. Yet a woman working with her hands, whether in the kitchen environment or in a manufacturing environment, will benefit from a ring that is strong, durable and sturdy. A delicate ring is only asking for damage in this type of working environment.

Choose a reputable jeweler to work with to help you find the perfect art deco engagement rings which are going to make a statement when you propose to your future wife. You want her to be wowed by the ring, the fact you know her so well and that your selection is something she would have chosen herself. This means working with your jeweler, letting them make recommendations and then making a final decision you feel is something that she will want to wear with pride now and in the future.

Urban Clothing

When we think about urban fashion, many of us who have more than a passing interest will be able to name dedicated designers but that wasn’t the case back in the early 80s. In that time it was most closely associated with major sportswear companies such as Nike and Adidas, supported by the fact that Run-DMC had a hit called “My Adidas”. Trainers, sneakers and plenty of bling was seen as a must for those dedicated followers of fashion. A signature hairstyle, one that broke boundaries was also seen as essential if you wanted to look the part!

As hip-hop grew in popularity so too did its legitimacy in terms as being recognised as a music genre in its own right. As this happened, urban fashion became more widely recognised and noted by brands outside of the sportswear industry. Urban fashion was more than just a passing craze, it was something that was here to stay.

In the beginnings, the styles could be closely associated with an African influence with artists such as Will Smith wearing green and gold associated with the continent. As we moved into the 1990s, Gangsta rap started to emerge and become part of the fashion. A street appearance was starting to develop influenced by both gang and prison cultures. Baseball caps, baggy jeans that ran low, T-shirts and sports jerseys were now taking over from the highly shaped and styled original image. Later in the decade, some started to look to a more refined look, with double-breasted suits and dress shoes now becoming part of the necessary clothing.

As we moved into the new millennium, urban fashion started to enter more of the mainstream and indeed had a wide variety of influences including those outside of hip-hop. As a result high street chains started to include the clothes as part of their ranges and various artists from the music industry started to develop their own lines of clothing including Russell Simmons’ Phat Farm and Jay-Z’s Rocawear.

In the modern era of the fashion, we are all familiar with the main brands, many of which are still associated with the sportswear industry. Some like to show plenty of skin whilst others are certainly far more conservative. However, whatever your taste for both men and women alike, no look would be complete without the correct accessories. Urban fashion is very much about the glitz and glamour of living larger than life.

Clean and Preserve Your Jewelry

My Prescioussss – Precious and Semi Precious Gemstones

If you’re addicted to minimal jewelry – uhm, like stacking rings – we suppose you’re familiar with gorgeous, itzy-bitzy tiny gemstones. It’s not a big surprise that dirt clings to everything shiny and it’s especially painful in small, not easily accessible parts.

Ideally you should wipe your piece of jewellery with a moistened soft lint free cloth after wear to remove any oil and salts. A common makeup tool hack will be your friend here: use a Q-tip for the smaller gemstones. Dip into water and blot first on a piece of tissue. Wipe dry with the other dry bud end.

However, if your jewels need a more thorough cleaning, best to take them to a professional jeweller.

Girl with a Pearl Earring

As for shine and luster – it goes the same for pearl as for silver: the more you wear the better. The pearls absorb your skin’s natural oils, and they get nice and shiny. Our style advice: wear pearls to brighten up your complexion and give an extra glow for your face without strobing.

If you’re going out, you should finish your makeup and hairdo before put on pearls, as these cosmetics can discolor pearls. You can clean slightly tainted pearls with a soft, clean cloth (preferably made from cotton or bamboo), barely dampened with water. We recommend for every fifth cleaning to use a mild solution of water and Castille soap (made with natural oils such as olive and coconut). Air-dry the pearls overnight.

So Shiny – Diamonds

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but they still need some love and attention. A cleaning solution can be created to bring the sparkle back in the hard stone.

A diamond should be soaked for 20 minutes in a solution of one cup warm water and ¼ cup ammonia. Gently scrub it with a soft-bristle toothbrush. This helps get into the small areas between the diamond and the setting.

Rinse with warm water, and lay on a tissue to dry. If diamonds are set in platinum, this method will also bring shine back to the setting. Avoid contact with chlorinated pools or household cleaning products containing chlorine bleach because they might discolor the mounting.

Safe And Fun Virtual Shopping

Legitimacy

Before purchasing an item online, it is prudent to check if the site is legitimate or an authorized re-seller of the product you are interested in. An easy way to find out if it is legitimate is to look at the address on your browser. Legitimate sites often have a padlock before the URL address and usually start with HTTPS.

If there is a physical address or phone number on the site, contact the company to determine if the shop actually exists. If the client only has a virtual store, then a good way to determine is to check reviews from previous clients. Just make sure that the review is legitimate and not fake; you can take a look at the customer profile page to make sure that the review is in fact true.

Another way would be to check if the store is accredited by an organization or authorizing body. Buying diamonds, for example, should only be bought from authorized resellers as buying from these accredited sellers would mean that the diamond is source from reputable companies.

Personal Information

Many e-commerce sites offer two options for customers to checkout – log in as existing customer or check out as a guest. If you are a regular buyer, you can create a profile containing just the basic information that you think is necessary to complete the transaction. This would include your name, phone number and shipping address.

If you want to check out as a guest, your personal information are requested, however, these informations are not stored in the store’s customer database. Understanding how the information is gathered by the site is also important. Read the fine print before completing your transaction as you might miss some important terms and conditions that might affect your purchase in the future.

Payment Method

As much as possible, avoid adding your credit card or debit card permanently to the site. Although some sites have the latest security protection, the possibility of the site being hacked is just that – always a possibility. You can remove your payment method after you are done shopping. If you are uncomfortable using your credit card, there are other means of payment that you can avail of.

Some sites allow the use of gift cards, debit cards or even through online payment platforms such as PayPal. Bitcoins, which is a virtual currency, can also be use as mode of payment. Whatever option you opt for, always remember to log off and clean your history to ensure that cookies are not stored in your computer.

Paper Trails

E-mail or electronic document is now the preferred method of communication; not only is it environmentally friendly, it will also help you to avoid adding more to your clutter. If you receive paper documents or receipts, keep them for a certain period especially if you have warranty for it. Double check all your purchases with your credit card statement and if you think that there is a mistake or discrepancy, it is best to contact your financial institution immediately.

Create The Ultimate Gift Box

BABY GIFT BOXES

It’s quite obvious that you would be sending this type of gift to someone expecting a baby or a new parent. There’s really two important occasions surrounding pregnancy; the baby shower held before the baby is born and the days after the birth of the baby.

A baby shower can be tricky if you don’t know the baby’s gender, so it’s good to stick with neutrals. Gender-neutral options are much more popular at the moment as people are moving away from pinks for girls and blues for boys.

Choose classic gift ideas. For example, an heirloom baby blanket will always be useful. You can expect new parents to already have their nursery set up but gifts like a blanket can be used at the park, for travel or playtime. Teething and soft toys will always be appreciated as babies can always use more than one!

PAMPER HAMPERS

Pamper gifts are a good alternative for new parents too – especially if it looks like they’re really overstocked on baby stuff! New parents will love the idea of pamper products like bath teas, body oil and candles. It’s a truly thoughtful gift when there’s a new baby in the house and they’ll thank you for the small moments of relaxation they can enjoy.

Beauty products make great birthday gifts too and they’re not just for women! Men can now enjoy a pamper gift that allows them some rejuvenation time. When you’re looking for beauty gifts make sure they’re high quality. Look for organic and natural if you can as these products often have more time invested in them (not mass-produced) and offer a better end-user experience.

WINE & CHOCOLATE

What can we say about wine and chocolate? Well, most people will love a good wine and chocolate gift but you best check that they drink alcohol. Sending wine to a non-drinker could be a major gift-giving faux pas! If you really want to impress, find out the variety of wine they drink. Red wine or white? Cabernet Sauvignon or Sauvignon Blanc?

A good quality wine is also essential. Many alcohol shops have in-store reviews displayed from staff or jump online and read Google reviews. Chocolates also need to be top-notch. We recommend hand crafted chocolates because there’s a lot of care, flavour and attention in the making of them and this will be conveyed in your gift.

TEA & COFFEE

If you have discovered that your gift recipient doesn’t drink wine, then tea and coffee is your go-to! Mixed with delicious cookies, nuts and chocolates, tea and coffee gifts will be a favourite.

These gift boxes make ideal bulk order corporate gifts or staff gifts because they can be enjoyed for afternoon tea in the office. They’re also ‘non-offensive’ in that almost everyone drinks tea and coffee so you can buy these gifts and send them out in bulk without having to think of each gift recipient’s individual tastes.

Depending on your own preference, you either want to go with a stock-standard English Breakfast tea or get creative with a unique herbal tea. You may want to look at healthier versions of cookies and chocolates and instead choose nut mixes, crisp breads and chutney.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS

Champagne and chocolate gifts are a popular choice at Christmas (keeping in mind everything we’ve discussed about alcohol) as bubbles have such a celebratory vibe during the festive season.

Make your gift more Christmas-like by adding seasonal treats like pudding, cake and dessert sauces with a Christmas theme. A nice addition to your gift is cute little things like Christmas tree decorations, party poppers and candy canes. They add an instant element of festivity, fun and colour that your gift recipient will love and they won’t break the bank.

Look Great In Gladiator Boots

  • The type of dress matters a lot, wearing long dresses that cover up even part of the boot, gives you an awkward look. The right dress or skirt is the one goes up to some inches above the boot. Miniskirts are the best but when one must wear long dresses then ankle-high boots are best.
  • Most of the gladiator boots are made of dazzling and bright finishing, therefore when wearing them accessorizing should be kept on the low as it would appear too much. Try to stick to simplicity as much as you can.
  • Pedicure is an essential undertaking as well as leg waxing for the hairy ladies. Well-polished nails and smooth legs always goes a long way in enhancing the whole appearance.
  • Knee-high gladiator boots are supposed to have enough straps to hold the boot well and avoid sagging. Ensure that you tighten the straps to a point that they firmly hold the shoe but lose enough to allow blood flow.
  • Also pay attention to your body type, short ladies with short legs are advised to have boots that create a different visual appearance, like boots with fewer straps that are not horizontal in any way. This type of boots tends to make one appear much shorter and plumpy.
  • Another wear that often is a no-no when rocking in gladiator boots are, socks and trousers, they are supposed to be worn with skirts and no socks. Having any of the above outfits can ruin everything.
  • Matching has never been an issue when it comes to ladies of fashion taste. Matching your handbag with your gladiator boots maximizes on improving your entire appearance as well as giving out the signs of being fashion sensitive.

Online Shopping For Groceries

  • Elimination of the need to travel to the grocery store and labor that comes with hauling your goods home.
  • When you shop online, you reduce your chances of buying on impulse because you search for exactly what you need and do not have to go through carefully arranged aisles that can be tempting.
  • Online shopping for your groceries also saves you shopping time not only because you do not have to move all over the store fetching what you want, but also because there are no checkout lines to deal with when you are done shopping.
  • ·When you shop online, you can save money if you are a committed savvy shopper.
  • The advantages of getting your groceries online are definitely enough to make you want to try out the online platform next time you need your supplies. But to get the best experience with your online process, you must be careful with how you approach the process, be flexible and easy with your expectations. Here are a few pointers that can help you improve your online shopping.
  • Create and stick to your list. Just like offline shopping, it helps to know exactly what you need and are going to get. A list ensures that you do not forget any important item and at the same time helps you curb impulse buying.
  • Know how much space you have before placing an order. Some online stores offer discounts and in this excitement you could end up getting too many supplies for the space you have. Remember that groceries need to be preserved and hence the need to start by knowing just how much space you have in your freezer and refrigerator so you can get just enough of every item you need.
  • Limit the amount of fresh produce that you order. You should remember that with online shopping you do not have the advantage of smelling and touching what you are buying. It is therefore bets that you stick to veggies and fruits that do not get easily bruised like corn and pineapples among others. You can make that trip to your local grocer for more sensitive items.

Creative Ideas for Gifting Flower Combos

Flowers with Chocolates

Nothing is as amiable a gift as the gift of yummy and sweet chocolates!! And, when it’s that you want to do something special, something that will sweep that special someone off his feet. Just plan to gift a beautiful bunch of fresh and fragrant flowers coupled with some yummy chocolates and it will surely be loved by the recipient.

Flowers Bouquet with Cushions

It’s an incredulous gift for reinvigorating that special feeling and add on the love and affection that you share with the person. A perfectly designed bouquet with flowers of different types including roses, carnations, lilies, gerbera will say it all for you. And, just bring that special message of love by coupling it with a cushion that is embossed with some heart-winning messages of love.

Flowers with Teddy

The advantage of presenting a bunch of some flowers along with a teddy is actually a great idea because then you can ably portray the tenderness of your love. While the teddy will represent the sweetness and tenderness of the love, flowers will tell the recipient how the beauty of love has added that special fragrance in your life.

Flowers with Dry fruits

And, what can be better than presenting a gift of health, that way you can perfectly tell the other person how much you care about the well-being of the person. Be it any occasion or even if there isn’t any occasion and you just want to convey the message that you care, you can always plan to gift a bunch of some healthy dry fruits with some fresh flowers. This can be one of the best gifts ever!

Flowers with Greeting Cards

Gifting a greeting card has actually become a tradition these days! It all started with the desire to convey that message that you have always wanted to express. No matter what the occasion is a combo of flowers with greeting cards will convey those heartiest feelings in the perfect way.

Buying Custom Design Jewelry

Choose Your Design – Before buying or get designed your personalized jewelry, you need to do some research. This research involved idea development of the design. Simply put, what kind of design you want vintage style, custom design jewelry or some other style. Your design idea can be inspired by the latest trends, literature, the beauty of nature and much more. If you are choosing personalized jewelry for your partner, always consider the style, taste, and preference of the wearer.

Choose Professional Jewelers – Doing research on designs & trendy patterns is not enough to get an awe-inspiring piece. You need to research on the various designers and select the best one, who can really understand your thoughts & ideas and turned them into the beautiful piece of jewelry. After choosing jewelry store or designer, now it’s time to assure yourself. To achieve this, ask your jewelers or designers to show the credentials or any government-issued identification. This can help you to acquire your dream ornament without being cheated.

Educate yourself – If you want to own custom design diamond ring or earrings, in that case, it is crucial for you to ponder this consideration. Except for the brilliance of diamond jewelry, check its other quality factors, including 4Cs of the diamond. Gain in-depth knowledge about Cut, Clarity, Carat, and Color of the diamond. Along with this, also learn about that how these 4Cs affect the value and cost of the diamond.

Plan your Budget Well – Budget plays a significant role because your customization depends upon the size of your pocket. It is better to make a planned budget on paper and share it with your designer. This can help your designer to easily decide the number of labor required and timelines. A well-planned budget can keep you away from other chaos and can save the time and efficiency of your designer.

Look for your Protection – Buying or creating custom design jewelry is counted among the big investment, so you should really consider getting your thing insured. Always check that what kind of appraisal services and warranties & guarantees your jeweler is providing you.