Update Your Look with a Vintage Statement Piece

Written by Cynthia Findlay Antiques

Do you need a makeover? There are many quick and easy ways to update your look, from purchasing a new outfit to getting a new hair cut. But have you thought about purchasing a statement piece, such as a vintage rings or necklace? Vintage jewellery can enhance your appearance, improve an outfit, and become the talk of the party. Here’s how to update your look with a vintage statement piece.

Go Big

If you want to make a statement with vintage jewellery, skip simple and small jewellery. Instead, go for a large and impressive ring or necklace, a piece that will steal the show. While browsing vintage rings, consider buying a solitaire ring featuring a large stone such as jade or diamond. In addition to its size, make sure the piece is especially unique in its design.

Choose the Right Canvas

For a statement piece to stand out, you must wear the right outfit. Even the most brilliant vintage ring can get lost if worn with a very busy or wild outfit. To help your statement piece shine, keep your attire elegant and simple. For example, a simple black dress is fancy enough for a cocktail party but will not distract other guests from noticing your statement piece.

Cynthia Findlay Antiques offers estate, vintage, and contemporary jewellery, including a large selection of antique rings.

Getting Polished for New York Fashion Week

Written by Kaki West

The web is bursting with reviews and images from New York Fashion Week, one of the most anticipated fashion events of the year. I had a great time this year, as always. I was especially excited about my dear friend’s runway show, a talented designer named Michael Costello. His show was just perfect, unveiling a collection of some of the most beautiful and elegant gowns I’ve seen. The Kaki West images below are of me at his Spring 2015 runway show, seated right next to my best friend and makeup guru Tay Rivera.

Kaki West is an international cover model and host. Visit her blog to learn more and see the latest Kaki West pics.

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Boost Your Beauty Routine with Bio Oil

Kaki WestWritten by Kaki West

Most of us know Bio-Oil as the stretch-mark potion. It’s also touted to reduce the appearance of scars and improve uneven skin tones. But if you thought you knew everything there was to know about Bio-Oil, think again! Here are two ways to boost your beauty routine using this vitamin-enriched product.

Moisturize dehydrated skin. As a model who is always on the go (See Kaki West Pics), it’s hard to keep my skin hydrated and healthy without the use of some great products like Bio-Oil. I use this light and non-greasy oil in the shower to moisturize and hydrate my entire body. It’s also great for extra-dry areas such as elbows, knees, and the soles of your feet. You can also use it at night as a deep moisturizer.

Tame frizzy hair. Having a frizzy hair day? It happens to the best of us, especially on hot and humid days. If you’ve run out of your favorite hair gel or serum, break out the Bio-Oil. While it’s designed for various skin conditions, Bio-Oil works wonders on your hair by taming frizz, calming fly-aways, and moisturizing dry ends. The result is healthy, smooth, shiny hair.

Kaki West is a model, actress, and television host who lives in New York City. To get more beauty tips or to see the latest Kaki West images, visit her blog now.

Designer Shops in Paris

Article written by Fresh Boutique

In recent times, many vacations have been shifting in purpose, from seeing all the famous torist attractions and historical landmarks, to a more capitalistic purpose such as shopping. There is nothing wrong with that as people have been becoming more money smart given the increase in the price of almost everything we need to buy. It is a fact of life today that some things are just cheaper abroad or that there are just some things that are only found in certain countries.

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This is why maybe half of the vacations we plan and take are vacations to places that are great places to shop for things like electronics and clothing. One great vacation that combines both shopping and sightseeing are France vacations. Travel to France to find the best buys when it comes to designer clothing. With many fashion designers based in one of the top fashion capital in the continent, you will be sure to find the latest and hottest outfits.

Travel to France and find the the best designers based in several cities but the most in Paris. Paris is home to several shopping districts, but if you are looking for the crème de la crème in designer fashion you need to book a flight then hop in a cab so you can visit Louvre-Tuileries and Faubourg Saint-Honore. You can find all the great a famous brands like Versace, Hermes, and the line of the late great Yves Saint Laurent.

Budget Wedding Ideas

Written by: Fancy That Jewelry Design

As couples marry later on in life, they are also facing more debt. This has caused a shift toward the budget wedding, where couples make small concessions to have a beautiful wedding. Too often, people are sold the idea of “the perfect day” where nothing can go wrong and everything is romance. The reality is that even people with the money to pay for a perfect day don’t often get it. There is always something to deal with. These tips are designed not to help you craft the perfect day, but to help you plan an amazing one.

Engagement Ring

You can save some money up front by purchasing a white gold cubic zirconia ring online. There are a number of settings available online, some with real diamonds embedded within. Browse with your fiancé and explore your options, then hit a jewelry store to try things on. Order when you’re ready. The advantage to buying CZ is that it will fit any setting a diamond will fit, it’s perfectly clear, and you can find them in many colors and shades.

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You can save a ton of money on the venue by holding it at the home of someone close to you. If you can’t do that, speak with nearby parks to see if they will let you hold an outdoor wedding. During winter, try shopping around your local halls for the best deal. One key piece of advice: avoid the word “wedding.” Let the planner know you are hosting a family gathering, and you need a hall for the location.

Food

You can hire a food truck for a day for less than the costs commonly associated with catering. There are a number of cheap options for food and catering, but you have to watch out for the hidden fees. Some venues will charge you to cater an event without their preferred catering company. Others may charge you to serve alcohol, or require you to use their wait staff. This ties into the venue, so choose your venue and your caterer wisely if you want to save money.

Jewelry

A lot of brides like to outfit their bridesemaids and close family members with jewelry. CZ jewelry sets can be a good way to outfit everyone without spending too much. You can usually have a custom piece made for well below the cost of a diamond piece, and you can duplicate them as needed. Imagine each one of your bridesmaids wearing a beautiful pendant.

The perfect beads and crystals to go with your jewelry making

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Making jewelry is not as easy as it sounds. You have to come up with patterns, designs, and an overall concept that will define the collection of jewelry you’re making. If you’re working with beads, crystals, and string in creating your accessories, you are going to need a wide selection of materials to choose from so you won’t be constricting your creativity. You can create a host of items such as necklaces, bibs, bracelets, bangles, earrings, rings, and many more to choose from. The perfect beading when it comes to jewelry are gold filled, seed beads, gemstones, rhinestones, and Swarovski crystals. These are items that will make your jewelry look attractive because it adds luster. These are what draws the attention, and these also emphasize and define the jewelry you’re making.

Use these as you see fit, there is no such thing as too little or too much when it comes to jewelry making. Just stick to your design and find what’s right for you. Swarovski crystals have always been a favorite among jewelry makers since it has that same sparkle as diamonds have, but costs so much less. As a matter of fact, it would even be hard to tell the difference if you don’t have an eye for jewelry. The type of beds and crystals you use in making jewelry will determine how much they will stand out and whether or not it will be attractive to potential buyers. Experiment on what goes well with your design until you find the perfect combination.

Too Cute Beads is an online store that has everything you need when it comes to supplies for jewelry making. They offer products such as Swarovski Crystal Beads, pendants, metal beads, string, and everything else you need to create your masterpiece.

Improve Your Style with Vintage Jewellery

Written by Cynthia Findlay Antiques

Do you need a style makeover? Many of us do. From time to time it’s healthy to reevaluate our style and make a few changes for the better. Whether it is a new hairstyle, new clothes, or a complete makeover, enhancing our style is an easy way to improve self-confidence and mood.

Updated your look doesn’t have to be hard. Another easy way to improve your style is to purchase vintage jewellery. At Cynthia Findlay Antiques, we’ve seen many customers instantly upgrade their look with unique vintage and antique jewellery. Here’s why:

Provides Glamour

Who doesn’t want instant glamour? A beautiful vintage ring or set of earrings is usually the centerpiece of an outfit, the first thing people notice when they see you. Because it is rare and old, vintage jewellery provides instant glamour to your look. Many statement pieces can instantly dress up a simple black dress for a look that is timeless and beautiful. Make sure to only wear your prized possessions to formal engagements, otherwise you will look too fancy.

It Reveals Discerning Taste

Not everyone appreciates the fine things in life, but people who wear vintage jewellery such as Art Deco rings do. Whether you become a collector or purchase a few pieces, owning vintage jewellery reveals a lot about your character. It reveals that you have fine taste and appreciate high-quality products. It reveals that you’re willing to spend your time and money on a good-quality piece instead of many cheap pieces.

Cynthia Findlay Antiques is a vintage and estate jewellery retailer located in Toronto, Canada. Visit the website to see the latest vintage rings and other jewellery.

Practical Choices for Your Wedding

The expenses behind all of the things you need to run a wedding can add up quickly. Aside from the actual event planning, there is the engagement and wedding rings on top of insurance and catering fees as well. These practical tips are designed with the budget conscious couple in mind, helping you to have the beautiful day you want without breaking the bank.

The Wedding Industry

The industry that we know as the wedding industry got its start in the roaring 1920s. Weddings were usually held out of the home, or consisted of a simple church affair prior to then. Soon, more money was spent to formalize the event and make it memorable.

There can be a lot to handle throughout the special day, so the industry tries to sell the idea of helping out soon-to-be brides. That help comes at a high cost, as does anything else with the word “wedding” attached to it.

High Costs

A wedding that cost $4,000 in 1970 or 1980 could cost 10 or 20 times that amount today. Renting a church was once considered a negligible expense, and often came with a choir or an organist. Today, renting a church can be a real cost associated with the wedding, taking up as much as 5% of one’s budget. The cost of a wedding ring has also risen over the years, but a cubic zirconia bridal ring can be a reasonably priced alternative.

The solution is to avoid the word “wedding” like a stigma. You do not need food for a wedding, you need it for a family gathering. You don’t need to rent the venue for a wedding, you’re hosting a large get together. Simply changing how you talk to a vendor will remove the implied sense of urgency you’re supposed to feel when booking the venue.

Where to Spend

Of course, there are still areas where you should spend money to get the wedding you want. For instance, buying a cubic zirconia eternity ring will help you save money for a better band at your wedding. Shop around for catering companies, and be careful about choosing who bakes your cake and what you’re charged for. You should not pay any “per slice” fees associated with baking a cake.

As for liquor, a simple beer and wine bar will often suffice.

Final Thoughts

Saving money on a wedding is tough to do because there is immense pressure to make the event memorable, like you are somehow sullying the moment if you skimp on the price tag. Don’t give in to these pressures. Remember your future goals while you plan the wedding you want.
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Chic Jewelry sells the Asscher cut cubic zirconia ring online. Find a beautiful CZ engagement ring when you shop Chic Jewelry.

Bagging It Up

Different occasions mean different dresses, and different dresses require different accessories. One of the more noticeable accessories you have to match is your handbag. As you may know there are many different kinds of handbags with different shapes and sizes, and it is normal for a woman to have more than a few in their closet just for the various difference occasions they will have to go to. Trendy purses for your small items are trending now a days and the fact that these items are not as expensive as their counterparts, vintage handbags, make them all the more necessary to completing your wardrobe.

As you may realize acquiring the perfect shape and size for these kinds of accessories can be challenging as not all retail stores may carry the brand or the kind of bag you want. Add to this challenge is the fact that not everything stores offer will perfectly complement the outfit you want to wear. Luckily technology has resolved this small problem for us as physical retail shops are now switching over to the online format for the convenience of their own customers. It’s cheaper to maintain and even easier to operate. All you need to do is find the online shop you want to browse in, find the item you’re looking for and pay for it with your credit card online, then get it delivered to your own doorstep. It can definitely not get easier to complete your wardrobe.

The Importance of Having the Right Spa Furniture

Written by Comfort Soul

Do you run a spa or salon? If so, chances are you spend a lot of your overhead trying to secure the professional talent that will make your customers feel most at ease and help them relax.

There’s nothing wrong with that, of course. Without the right talent, your spa or salon won’t get far.  But it’s also important you focus on the massage tables and chairs you expect people to sit in when they receive these treatments. Fortunately, you can go to the Comfort Soul website and find a wide variety of these to meet all your needs.

Tables, for example, should be wide enough that most people can comfortably fit their entire body on them and short enough that they can get on them with ease. However, your masseuses also need to be able to negotiate them easily as well so they can apply their craft.

If you have a masseuse who is especially small, they may need to use a stool or other item to step on in order to reach all areas of their client. But if you can supply this, so much the better.

While a lot goes into running a successful spa or salon, keep in mind it’s not all about the service. The furniture plays an important part too. ______________________________________________________________________

If you’re in the business of relaxing or pampering others, you need to visit Comfort Soul’s website. Whether you just need a spa massage table or your entire collection of salon spa furniture revamped, they have what you’re looking for. As many massage tables as you need can be yours in no time!