Oct
20
2014

Say it with roses

Many women and even several men know the value of sending flowers for special occasions. More than any other flower, roses are seen as the ultimate symbol of love and affection. But what many people don't seem to know is the symbolism behind the roses themselves - they just buy what looks pretty. The colors, types, and display of roses have their own significant meanings, which should be taken into account when purchasing roses for that special someone. If your relationship is strictly friendly, stick with pale-colored roses, as in general, they signify friendship. Pale pink and peach colors signify admiration, sweetness, and gratitude, which make these roses the perfect choices for floral gifts of friendship. Yellow roses, though a symbol of friendship, also signifies jealousy, so be careful when choosing yellow roses in a bouquet. However, to signify your happy feelings for your friend, a bouquet of red and yellow roses together is the ideal choice. Romantic relationships in their early stages should be signified with white roses which symbolize innocent love. They say "I'm worthy of you," and are just simply beautiful. Light and dark pink roses symbolize joy and thankfulness, and would make a beautiful way to say how happy you are to have that special someone in your life. If yours was a "love at first sight" encounter, choose lavender roses or thornless roses. Orange roses signify fascination, which also work lovely for blooming relationships, but if you're not sure where you want the relationship to go, steer clear of putting yellow and orange roses in the same bouquet, as together, they represent passionate intentions. If you're planning to confess your love, the fascinating moss rose symbolizes that intention. While the rose, in and of itself, represents love, it is only the red rose that actually proclaims "I love you." It represents true love and desire. A dozen red roses is considered to be the ultimate declaration of love. If you're planning to propose, consider winding two red roses together, as this is a symbol of engagement. A rosebud with leaves, but no thorns (preferably in a red shade) tells your loved one that you no longer fear, you hope for things to come. If you want your engagement to be secret for a while, consider an offer of full-blooming rose over two rosebuds, which signifies secrecy. According to tradition, touching the flower to the lips implies a "yes" answer, while a "no" is given by pinching off a petal and casting it away. If your beloved is very fond of roses and wants to include them in her wedding bouquet, a bouquet of white and red roses together makes the perfect choice, as the colors, when joined, signify unity. Just as roses symbolize a blossoming love, they can also signify the end of a relationship. As stated before, yellow roses signify jealousy, but they also symbolize a decreasing affection and even infidelity! A rosebud without thorns or leaves means "there is nothing more to hope or fear," which in some ways can be both a blessing and a curse. A withered white rose represents despair, a withered red rose means "our love is over," and the York and Lancaster damask rose, though quite pretty, symbolizes conflict. As one might expect, a black rose, which typically represents death, is also the ultimate symbol of "goodbye." Whether you believe in the traditional meaning of rose colors or not, you should always keep them in mind when giving or receiving flowers. Your special someone might believe in them strongly, or someone you know just might be trying to tell you something that they can't quite put into words! Color talks, and you might be speaking louder than you realize! 
Oct
4
2014

Bridal Shower Decorations

Your bridal shower decorations can be simple or elaborate depending on the atmosphere you are trying to create. So, picture what you would like the room to look like. Are you having a small intimate party, or a large fun-filled one? Giving some thought to your wedding shower decorations will help you achieve the perfect look. If you are having a theme, decorate with that in mind. Choose appropiate props and colors. Party stores have a wide variety of items. Take a look ahead of time, to help with your plans. If you're not a having a theme, choose a color scheme. These may be the bridal colors, or the brides favorite colors. Choosing three shades of the same color creates a very unified look. Look again, to the mood you're trying to create. Soft colors will convey a peaceful, romantic look, while bright colors are more dramatic. In most cases, you'll want to have three types of decorations: wall and/or ceiling, floor, and table. Let's take a look at some ideas for each: • Wall and/or ceiling will give an overall effect. Streamers, banners, draped fabric or tulle, swagged silk flowers, and balloons are just some of the items you can use. • Floor items spread throughout the room are used for visual effect and color. Plants, large baskets, balloons, and theme props are some suggestions. • Table decorations are your centerpiece, and place settings. Flowers in season, candles, and balloons are often good choices. If you're having a buffet table, you may want to add some touches of color around the food. This could be single flowers, or colored confetti. Have fun with your bridal shower decorations. Keep to what you think the bride-to-be would like, and you can't go wrong. 
Sep
4
2014

How to Choose Your Diamond Wedding Ring

A favorite activity of everyone getting married is the incredible fun of going through a wedding ring selection process. But there are so many things to consider - and sometimes it can turn into a nightmare. I've got to be honest here, everybody secretly wants a monster stone in the most beautiful setting possible. Do most women get it? No, not really. A perfect, flawless 3K diamond (or bigger) isn't realistic for most. Getting married involves a lot more than a flash ring which is going to have to be paid for and, of course, the bigger it is, the longer it's going to take to pay for it. Like most young girls, you may have spent a lot of time dreaming of the perfect diamond wedding ring. Hopefully, you and your fiancé decided to shop for rings together, or you have informed him of what you like. You will wear the wedding ring for a significant amount of time and it only makes sense that it's something that you like. If your knowledge of diamond wedding rings is limited to size, it's a good idea that you obtain more information before you make your wedding ring selection. Consider some alternatives like "Loose or Set". When most people think of a diamond wedding ring, they often think of a stone that is already set or mounted. You can actually buy a diamond only and choose a setting later. Why would you do this? The cost. When you shop for loose diamonds you will notice that diamonds are available in various sizes and shapes, including oval, round, and marquise. Now let's say you are pretty much indifferent to the shape, but you might want to consider your hands. Certain styles complement certain types of hands. A good guide is to match the shape of the diamond to the hand. Do you have long, narrow fingers? Then an oval-shaped diamond or similar elongated style diamond for your wedding ring would probably work for you. Round diamonds usually are considered a good choice for most hands. Now, what about the setting. You really need to carefully consider the setting when shopping for a wedding ring. Should you choose platinum or yellow or white gold? Yellow gold is the setting that most people choose for their wedding ring. It is typically less expensive than platinum or white gold. But if you do choose a yellow gold wedding ring, be careful that you don't choose a higher quality just because you think it is better. As the quality of yellow gold goes up, the softer the metal becomes. A wedding ring set in 24k gold will be less resilient to scratches and more malleable than a ring that is set in 14k gold. Platinum is by far the most expensive and most durable of the trio. White gold is a good choice for a wedding ring setting if versatility is important to you. White gold tends to go with everything. White diamonds are by far the most popular. Did you know that you could buy a pink diamond? Diamonds are available in other colors, but these are typically more expensive. Second to the classic white diamond is the yellow diamond. When shopping for your wedding ring you will actually find more of these than any other color of diamond. OK, now the big one - consider the cost. Your budget probably carries the most weight in your wedding ring selection. A wedding ring featuring a diamond can cost as little as $100 and as much as $1,000,000. In general, the amount of money you can expect to pay for a diamond wedding ring will vary according to the type of stone and the setting. The more carats (that is the bigger the single diamond or the more smaller diamonds there are in total) a wedding ring has the more it will cost. Diamonds set in platinum will cost you the most. You can, however, spend much less on a wedding ring set in 14-carat gold. You can balance the cost by buying a wedding ring with a high number of carats and set in a less expensive setting. Ultimately, you have to carefully consider your budget and your future. There is no single answer that will suit everyone. Some have the enviable pleasure of being able to buy whatever combination they most desire. For most of us, however, we need to begin our married life by using smart and careful selection to make sure our diamond ring not only suits and satisfies us, but also doesn't stress our finances.  
Aug
30
2014

Bridal Shower Favors

Bridal shower favors are keepsakes from a special day. Though not necessary, they are always well received. Most people keep items like this forever. So, give your bridal shower favor some extra thought. Looking to your theme is a great place to start. If you brainstorm with others, you'll be surprised at some of the creative ideas you'll achieve. Of course, there are plenty of choices both online and in stores, to choose from. If you haven't looked at bridal shower favors before, you'll be amazed at the selection. Here are some bridal shower favor ideas: • Candles: votive, jar or floating candles come in a variety of colors and scents. These are both economical and well liked. • Personalized: anything you can put a label on, can be personalized. You may even know how to do this on your computer. Some of the items used are mint tins, individual coffee packs, and single serving cookies. • Magnets are a great idea. Use a picture of the couple, the simply the bridal shower info, or a theme-related saying • Personalized candy bars: Who doesn't like chocolate? Wrapers are made with a theme related picture, and the date. • Fancy guests soaps • Lotion or perfume • A small potted plant  Choose your bridal shower favors carefully. They will probably be kept for years to come. 
Aug
4
2014

Signature Fragrance For Men

Yes, fragrance in this modern era is no longer seen as purely a women's domain. Modern men also want to experience the sensuality of their own signature fragrance whether it be simply an aftershave, cologne or other fragranced body products. And, when the combination of products of the same fragrance, eg the "layering effect" is used , the characteristic fragrance that becomes individual to each wearer is enhanced and prolonged.. How? Well the multitude of ingredients that make up each fragrance reacts with each individual's body chemistry causing it to smell differently on each individual. That's why its important to know a person's preference when buying fragranced products as a gift. Your favorite may smell fantastic on you or someone you know, but be totally wrong for someone else. So before buying gifts of fragrance products, get to know the person and the fragrance family that best suits their body type. As a rule of thumb, most men prefer musky or sporty scents. Those with a more olive complexion react better to the heavier, exotic scents, while those with a lighter skin often go for the more sporty, lighter fragrance. Then the season of the year and the time of day affect the choice as well. Is it a romantic occasion, calling for a headier, musky , masculine scent? Or is it a cologne for business and office occasions? Winter tends to suggest heavier scents, while Summer is for the light, active sporty fragrances. Whatever scent is used, be sure it suits the wearer. Match the soap, deodorant, aftershave, shower gel and cologne for that sense of pure magic and masculinity. Create that aura of irresistibility.  
Jul
30
2014

Don't Let Bad Posture Ruin Your Wedding Day

There is nothing more disappointing than seeing a bride, a groom or any member of the wedding party, dolled up and gorgeous but for their slumped shoulders and a heavy tramp across the reception hall. We invest so much time, care and effort - not to mention money - in order to present our absolute best but too often the importance of body language isn't considered on the Wedding Day.  Don't be a victim of bad posture on your Wedding Day! Pay attention to your stance, stride and posture. The essential finishing touch to the perfect wedding dress or tux, makeup, hair, shoes and other nuptial details is tall, elegant posture and a confident walk.  Etiquette has relaxed dramatically over the years and we now enjoy the benefits of more casual society. We dress up less often and are less conscious of our presentation and how we express ourselves through that presentation. We've done away with Finishing School and much of the rigid training once common to a child's upbringing.  But your Wedding Day is NOT a normal day; it's one of THE most special days of your life. Now is the time to consider the value of classic Wedding Traditions. Instead of opening and shining outwards, bad posture will close off your energy and spoil the effects of your wedding attire.  Adjusting your posture is something that must be practiced prior to Wedding Day. Without conditioning you're sure to revert to bad posture habits and spoil the effect of your wedding gown or tux. To improve your posture: 1. Hold your head high, feel the length of your neck, extend from the base of your spine to a point on top of your head that stretches to the ceiling. 2. Roll your shoulder blades towards each other and feel proud! 3. Use your abdominal muscles to lift your rib cage which will help to tuck in your tummy while expressing the confidence that you deserve to feel. Just as important as posture is your Walk. If you're going to dress the dress you'd better also be prepared to walk the walk. Prior to the wedding, plan to practice walking in your Wedding Shoes every day for at least 2 weeks. Walking is not only about moving from point A to point B. It's an opportunity for elegance and grace. Don't leave yourself any room to falter. Practice and care does make perfect. Try your advance not only in small spaces but also across longer stretches of floor. On Wedding Day all eyes will be on you and you'll feel the consciousness of performing and being on display. The Wedding Reception is like a stage where the bride and groom are the leading performers. It's essential to be rehearsed and prepared right down to the heel toe of your stride.  On Wedding Day, walking is a kind of parade, an elegant promenade that should be light and elegant, giving you a chance to display and enjoy the flow of your dress and the fairy tale grace of a special day.  It's understandable that on their Wedding day the bride and groom can be full of nerves. Spare yourself any awkward moments so that you can look and feel your absolute best. By rehearsing your walk and conditioning your posture you'll be able to relax and enjoy share the magic of your special day.  
Mar
28
2014

Beautiful Hairstyles with Hair Extensions and Hair Weaves

Long, silky, healthy hair can radiate beauty, fitness and youth. A change of hairstyle is often enough to make you look more sophisticated, younger or simply different. Hair extensions Hair extensions are becoming an increasingly popular way of instantly getting that long beautiful hair some of us can only dream of! Growing your hair long takes 5-6 years at an average of 1 cm per month! Hair extensions can give you around 21 inches of thick hair in just a few hours! There are two main types of hair extensions. Hair extensions can be made out of synthetic fibers and are referred to as synthetic hair extensions or out of human hair and referred to as human hair extensions. Human hair extensions tend to be the preferred kind of hair extensions because they look and feel a lot more natural than the synthetic kind. Also, heat cannot be applied to most synthetic fibers causing some inconvenience if a person needs to use some hair appliances. The downside of human hair extensions is that are usually much more expensive then the synthetic ones! Notwithstanding, there is no fixed price for human hair extensions because this differs according to the quality, style and length of extensions required. Hair extensions that are untreated and uncolored usually cost more because they are more durable! Hair Weaves A change of hairstyle is often enough to make you look more sophisticated, younger or simply different. Hair weaves are a good idea for those who fancy some braids, dreadlocks or simply a fuller head of hair and a different look! Hair weaves are another form of hair extensions and can also be made out of synthetic or natural hair. There are three types of hair weaves: (1)Bonded Hair Weave - This is the least durable kind of hair weave and only lasts 1 month until it would need to be replaced. This kind of hair weave gets glued to the scalp (2)Braided Hair Weave - This is a 2 step procedure. The natural hair is braided along the center of the scalp (under the hair) and then the hair weave gets sown into the braids. This type of hair weave normally lasts around 2 months. (3)Fusion Hair Weave - This is the most lasting kind of hair weave, since it needs be changed every 3 months. This procedure involves waxing the hair weave to the natural hair. Both hair extensions and hair weaves require considerable maintenance. The hair need to be treated with gentle respect and cleaned and moisturized daily with a good conditioner. Remember, that while natural hair gets the necessary oils and moisture from your scalp, hair extensions and hair weaves don’t! Also, depending on the style and procedure for your hair extensions/hair weaves, you might also have to visit the hairdresser every 6 weeks to fix your hair extensions due to your natural hair re growth.  Whichever kind of hair extension you choose, always consult your hair specialist for advice, and pick the safest procedure. Finally, enjoy your beautiful hair! 
Mar
10
2014

Teeth Bleaching Kits Provide a Whiter, Brighter Smile

So many people are embarrassed to let their smiles show. Bright smiles often become a memory of the past due to age, coffee, or tea. However, there are many solutions available today to bring back your pearly whites.  Here are several options for the person who wants to enjoy a whiter, brighter smile:  1. Laser teeth whitening is an option that has increased in popularity in recent years. One of the most popular options is the Zoom Teeth Whitening procedure, which can make your teeth up nine shades lighter. Laser teeth whitening can give you a brighter smile, but you can expect a fairly high price tag. This procedure can also be fairly time-consuming.  2. You could also get your teeth whitened professionally at the dentist. This option is costly and time-consuming as well. 3. Another option is to use whitening strips. One of the most popular options in this area are the Crest whitening strips. This can increase the lightness of your teeth by several shades. These have been found to be quite effective. They can be easily purchased at a pharmacy or drugstore and are worn up to twice a day for half an hour each time. This option is much more cost efficient. The only drawback that you might face with whitening strips is that they only whiten the teeth they are in direct contact with. Some people have found that the strips are not long enough to cover all they show when they smile. A tray based system will solve this problem by delivering whitener to all the teeth equally.  4. Whitening trays can be worn for up to several hours a day. This is a very successful method because the whitening gel is kept continually on the teeth. However, it is not used as much as the other options because it tends to interfere with daily life.  However, there are a variety of options to fit anyone's lifestyle.  Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. You can now make it a lasting impression. 
Feb
16
2014

Brighten Up Dull & Tired Skin

As we grow older and are constantly exposed to the UV rays of the sun our skin starts to appear dry and dull. This is the result of the outside layer of the skin getting excessive build up and is not exfoliated on a regular basis. Build-up is especially noticed after we have spent the summer in the sun. It’s more apparent to women since we realize that our make-up doesn't look as fresh and our foundation begins to fade within a couple of hours. Our make-up and foundation is actually being absorbed into the accumulated dead skin cells, which gives a very tired and unhealthy look to the skin. To keep your skin vibrant and healthy on a regular basis, you must have a regimen that incorporates exfoliation and nourishing the skin. Your regular skin care program does not have to be a department store or drug store solution. You can prepare an all nature skin care program right from your kitchen table and manage to get the same results if not better results that your store bought product promises. Exfoliation: You should exfoliate at least 2-3 times per week (daily is even better) to keep the skin’s healthy glow. One solution for exfoliating the skin in an in expensive way is to use sugar. Yes, Sugar! Glycolic acid which is found in most AHA (alpha hydroxyl acid) products is from sugar cane. You can benefit from glycolic acid by using sugar for exfoliation.  Simply mix ½ to 1 teaspoon of sugar in with a small amount of your favorite skin cleanser. Wet your face and massage the cleanser/sugar mixture over your face for 1-2 minutes. Rinse your face with lukewarm water to remove this mixture and you will instantly feel a difference in your skin. Nourish: Give your skin a refreshing drink with a simple nourishing facial mask. The ingredients are powerful and can be found in your kitchen. Combine one or more main ingredient with a liquid ingredient for to make a wonderful facial mask. Base your ingredient choices on the health properties of each item. Base Ingredient: Honey - It is a humectant (which draws in moisture) and it has antibacterial qualities that also stimulates and smoothes the skin. Mango - Provides natural fruit enzymes which also exfoliates the skin and the oil in mangos help moisturize. Avocado - A naturally rich moisturizer has essential fats and oils. Oatmeal - Moisturizing and slightly exfoliating Liquid Ingredient: Milk - Enzymes and Lactose acid to exfoliate and milk fat to condition the skin. Aloe Vera Gel - Healing and softening. Egg White - tightening and conditioning. You will want to follow your treatments with your favorite hypoallergenic moisturizer. For best results, these treatments can be done 2-3 times a week to help keep your skin youthful and vibrant. 
Jan
30
2014

Hair Removal

Hair removal is a personal dilemma for many people. Everyone has unwanted hair somewhere and wonders what the best way to get rid of it is. Epilator? Electric shaver? Electrolysis? Waxing? Here's are various hair removal techniques to keep you from looking like the shaggy dog.  Electrolysis - Hair Removal  The electrolysis hair removal process has been around over a hundred years. As a hair removal process, electrolysis is effective, but has a few drawbacks... it's costly, may cause you pain, damage your damage and grows back before you know it. In short, electrolysis is yesterday's news in hair removal. In the internet age, women prefer an epilator in their purse for a quick shave to a three hour appointment for electrolysis. Shaving - Hair Removal  Shaving is cool, everybody knows that, it's sexy and does a good job of hair removal. It's long-lasting - you can buy designer shavers and do it at home. How long does this hair removal technique last? Longer than some relations, that's for sure. As a hair remover, shaving is much less painful that Electrolysis, sorry to disappoint masochists among you. Aside from a few cuts and skin irritation, shaving is ok, but lacks pizzazz.  Waxing - Hair Removal Waxing for hair removal is an ancient practice and healing art. It takes a highly skilled professional for the waxing hair removal session to be a success. The treatment involves applying hot wax on your skin and pulling it off quickly. Ouch! A strip of paper or cloth is pressed against your skin and quickly pulled away taking hairs with it. Waxing has some other drawbacks like uneven hair removal and extra time involved. Try it at least once, then go back to your epilator  Epilators - Hair Removal  Epilators are popular hair removal products for soft skin and smooth legs today. They are compact in size, easy to use and remove hair by the root almost with little pain. Compared to electrolysis and waxing, epilators are a breeze. In minutes, a woman may have smooth skin that lasts for weeks because the epilator slows hair growth. Compared to epilators, other hair removal techniques are jilted lovers.  

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