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Choosing the Perfect Jewellery for Her at Christmas

Choosing the Perfect Piece of Jewellery for Her at Christmas

Jewellery is a perfect gift for your girlfriend or significant other at any time of year, for a birthday, anniversary, or as a surprise present. But finding a jewellery gift under the Christmas tree can make a magical time of year even more special.

The world of jewellery can be daunting. Whether you have a large or small budget, there are so many types, styles, metals and gemstones to choose from that it can be hard to know where to start. Here’s a list of things to consider before making your jewellery purchase.

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Type of Jewellery

There is a huge variety of jewellery options, from necklaces and bracelets, to earrings, brooches and rings. There are also hundreds of subcategories within each of these categories. A necklace or pair of earrings are a great gift for almost any girl, whether she’s a friend, a sibling, or your mum. But if you’re looking for a personal present for your significant other, a diamond ring is a beautiful and meaningful gift. Whether you’re looking for a promise ring, eternity ring, or planning on popping the question on Christmas day, Chisholm Hunter offer a huge selection of rings.

You know the song, ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend?’ Well, it’s true. Jewellery contains a multitude of gemstones, from diamonds to rubies and emeralds. Consider the recipient’s favorite colors, skin tone and what clothes or jewellery they tend to wear. In addition, many gemstones have associated meanings and some people believe they have health or healing properties.

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Personality and Style

Think about the age and interest of the person you’re buying for. Does your partner love pink? Does she prefer being outdoors and lead an active lifestyle? Or does her life revolve around her love of rock music? A professional woman with a classic taste may prefer a simple bangle, small pendant necklace or traditional diamond earrings. If your girlfriend is self-employed, likes to travel or has a versatile wardrobe, she may prefer a bold or unique piece.

You should also consider metal options. The two most common metals used in jewellery are silver and yellow gold. Both can work great with light or dark skin tones, so it comes down to preference. Take note of the jewellery she normally wears to know which metal to choose. There’s also the option of white gold and platinum for more expensive pieces, such as engagement rings. They are a better option than silver as they won’t tarnish, but bear in mind that white gold will require rhodium plating as it yellows with wear.

Jewellery is the perfect gift for your significant other or female family member. Think about the recipient and make it personal for an amazing Christmas present.

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The Phenomenon of Pandora: A Perfect Christmas Gift

A Danish brand founded in 1982, Pandora has become an internationally successful jewellery brand. The fact that they have been established for more than three decades may be a surprise, as they have only been popular for the last decade. They now have over 10,000 stores worldwide and is now known as the authority on charm bracelets. Pandora has also become known and recognised for producing designer necklaces, rings and watches.

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Unique Charms

Part of Pandora’s popularity is the uniqueness of their products. You can build a one of a kind piece of jewellery by choosing a bracelet and collecting your favourite charms. Buying charms over time for special occasions and events means your bracelet will tell a story that is unique to you; each charm becomes a memory. There are charms to commemorate weddings, travel adventures or sporting achievements that will represent something different to every wearer.

Unlike the traditional charm bracelet where charms dangle below a chain, Pandora bracelets work by threading the bead so it sits around the bracelet. Pandora also offer dangling charms, but they all affix using the same threaded format. With the increasing popularity of Pandora, there are now hundreds of jewellery makers creating charm bracelets that work in the same format.

The Perfect Christmas Gift

A Pandora charm bracelet makes the perfect present, but with different bracelet options and hundreds of charms to choose from, it can be daunting and difficult to know where to start. There are gold, silver, enamel and gem stone charms in a variety of themes such as food, hearts and animals. There are also charms perfect for milestones, such as 18th or 21st birthdays, graduations, or the birth of a baby, as well as those that are collectable, limited edition releases or country exclusives.

For a great gift, start by choosing from a large range of bracelets including metal, rope style or braided leather. These start at varying prices but Pandora Multi String Bracelets are a popular and affordable choice. This style of bracelet makes the perfect festive gift when paired with Pandora’s line of Christmas charms.

If she is already a Pandora lover and collector, buying additional charms are an easy gift that will fit every budget and can be just as meaningful as an expensive diamond piece. Make sure you follow Pandora’s official Instagram for a exclusive look at upcoming collections and designs.

 

Whether you are searching for a meaningful gift for someone special or want to treat yourself, Pandora is the perfect choice. Choose one of their famous charm bracelets and create a piece of jewellery that is unique to you or the recipient and reflects yours or their personal story.

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Win a Silver Crystal Chevron Ring!!

This week we’re giving away a silver crystal chevron ring, care of Bikini Luxe. A great starter piece to get your stack-ring project underway!

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Bikini Luxe features luxury swimwear, including string bikini sets, one piece bathing suits, and related accessories. As explained on Bikini Luxe’s site, you can wear the highly polished, luxurious-looking silver ring by itself or stack multiple rings on it to make a unique statement.

To enter our contest, just use the widget below to follow @BikiniLuxeSwim on Twitter! Super straightforward!

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Good luck to everyone!

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Review: Structure Faux Leather Trimmed Vest with Casual Button-Down

When looking for those perfect accent pieces to add to a pair of trousers, a great fitting button-down dress shirt is the place to start. The three things that make a good dress shirt are fit, fabric, and fashion. You want a fit that is close to the body, in order to give you a shape, but still leaving you some room to move. The shirts at Structure generally reflect these values.

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One such shirt is the Men’s Slim Fit Dress Shirt with Sateen Stripe by Structure. It is a garment that is cut closer to the body with a slimmer silhouette, which is constructed of a cotton-rich broad cloth that is easy care with 55% cotton/45% polyester. It not only comes in black, but a fabulous array of blues, plums, browns, and white. The fabric has a tonal sateen stripe that gives this dress shirt a little more interest up close, yet it still acts as a solid. This type of dress shirt gives you a little more choice in complimentary ties because you can go with a micro-pattern or bolder with a larger paisley design, since the tonal striping keep it like a solid color. For $21.99 at www.sears.com, it is a great value in a dress shirt.

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Another accent piece that could compliment both the Structure slim fit dress shirt and a pair of a casual trousers is the Structure Men’s 5-Button Vest with Faux Leather Trim. It has your basics with the v-neckline, notched hem, and woven cotton/poly grey fabric, but it has some added features of trendy faux leather trim on the four slit pockets, a satin back for ease of movement, and the easy care of machine washing.

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The downside of the item is that if it is worn under a sports jacket, then you probably will not notice its unique features, but for $20.00 at Sears, it will pay for itself after one wearing.

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World Premiere of Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 1

Since the debut of the original Hunger Games in March 2012, fans have been waiting excitedly for the story to continue. This November, the star-studded cast has taken to the red carpet for the latest of the trilogy: Mockingjay Part 1. As previously, the stars of the movie shine at the World Premiere, as well as on the screen.

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First, is the leading lady Jennifer Lawrence, who looks absolutely stunning in this white, quilted texture gown that has the on-trend high/low hem and black embroidered roses trickling across the chest of the dress and down her right side. Jennifer’s choice in single strap black sandals coordinate perfectly with the gown, but keep the focus on the gown, where it should be. She also chose a soft colored makeup to blend well with the femininity of the dress.

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Next, is Liam Hemsworth, who looks debonair in his black three piece suit that is accented with a crisp white shirt, slim black tie, satin lapels, and black and white polka dot pocket square. Liam doesn’t seem to get as much attention as his older brother Chris, who was just named by People Magazine as “The Sexiest Man Alive”. Makes you wonder if there is any sibling rivelry in the Hemsworth household.

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Another cast member of Mockingjay Part 1 to hit the red carpet at the World Premiere was Elizabeth Banks. It is hard to deny her beauty, even in her dramatic red and blue tie-dye like gown with the plunging neckline and cape-like train. The dress fits the character that she portrays in the Hunger Game movie series, which is sort of quirky, with lots of dramatic flair, but I don’t know what made her choose this one.

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Lastly, is another male cast member to Mockingjay Part 1, Sam Claflin. For this premiere, he chose the fantastic color combinations of a burgundy, double breasted sports jacket and a pair of shimmering grey trousers. He keeps the focus on the jacket and pants with a white shirt, buttoned to the neck and black leather lace-up shoes.

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Stocking Up Your Winter Wardrobe

Protect yourself from the winter chill by stocking up on your cold-weather wardrobe. You don’t have to start from scratch as there are some basic pieces that you can still wear and layer over with a snug coat. Clothing essentials for the season should not only keep you warm but also let you express your personal style as well.

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If you find that most of your winter clothes are already worn, you can choose to replace them with store-bought ones. You can also shop for clothes online for more convenience, especially if work or errands keep you busy most of the day.

When stocking up on your winter wardrobe, here are the items you should never face the chill without.

Year-round items

Many clothing pieces are always in season, such as a classic black tank and plain black and white shirts of varying sleeve lengths. You should also have a crisp white blouse and a fitted white button-down shirt that you can wear for any function. You can also buy blouses in dark and light neutrals. Keep the details such as ruffles and buttons minimal but timeless.

Don’t forget the little black dress that you can top off with a cozy coat for winter. Black pencil skirts, jeans, black pants and tights, and khaki pants are also always in season. For shoes, you will never go wrong with basic black pumps, ballet flats in a neutral color, and evening shoes in a versatile color, such as silver.

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Winter essentials

Layer those basic tops with a heavy sweater, cashmere hoodie, or leather jacket, and you’re good to go. You can also invest in a comfortable turtleneck sweater in a lightweight fabric such as wool, which can blend in well with any pants you have on without adding bulk. An alternative is a cowl-neck sweater. The best pants for winter include dark-wash, boot-cut or wide-leg jeans, gray flannel pants, and wool trousers. Keep warm in a winter coat, parka, a black cashmere wrap coat, or a down vest of a neutral color such as black, navy, or brown. Keep it classy in a wool overcoat. Pull on a pair of knee-high boots or Wellies to keep your feet warm.

Accessories

Layering bulky clothes can make you look frumpy in winter, but not if you add pizzazz to your look with various accessories. Your winter wardrobe accessory must-haves should include belts both wide and skinny to accentuate your silhouette. You can also stock up on knit and Pashmina scarves to add interest and color to your basic wardrobe. For jewelry, something that adds color and drama to an otherwise dreary wardrobe is a must. Keep your hands safe from the biting cold with a good pair of wool or knitted gloves. Keep your head warm with berets and knitted beanies!

Textures and fabrics

If your personal style is dictated by textures and fabrics, stock up your winter wardrobe with clothing pieces made from suede, dark denim, wool or tweed, velvet, and leather. You can also have silks, satins, and black lace on standby for something chic and classy!

Happy winter dressing!

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Your Skin In Your 20s, 30s, And 40s

Your skin ages just like you do. The skin undergoes several changes during puberty, and lines start to come out as you get older. Wrinkles, sun spots, and other signs of aging will slowly show on your skin. However, there are some things you can do in order to keep your skin looking healthy.

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Use sunscreen regularly

The sun does damage to unprotected skin. If you don’t put on sunscreen regularly, your skin will age more quickly and you can even have skin cancer. Protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun by making it a habit to apply sunscreen on your face and body, especially when you go out in the summer and winter. Find the best natural sunscreen and make sure that it has at least SPF 30. Remember to reapply throughout the day, especially if you go swimming or do activities where you sweat.

Exfoliate weekly

If you want your skin to have a radiant glow, make it a habit to exfoliate weekly. Exfoliating gets rid of dead skin cells. If you get rid of the dead skin cells, the new skin will be evident and you will be radiant. However, be careful not to over exfoliate, as this can damage your skin.

Keep skin clean

This may be a basic step, but cleaning is important in order to make your skin healthy. Wash your face daily with face soap and water and make sure to remove makeup before you go to bed. Make sure not to wash your face excessively, as it removes the natural oils that we need. Choose products that are ideal for your skin type.

Get enough sleep

Lacking sleep can make your skin look dull and old. Having enough sleep is also good for general health. You will experience less anxiety and will feel rested. Make sure that you stick to a sleeping schedule.

Change lifestyle

If you are a heavy drinker or smoker, this will advance the skin’s aging process. Excessive alcohol intake can give your skin a reddish appearance, while smoking breaks down collagen and makes the skin look dry and dehydrated. Furthermore, if you are someone who likes spending time outdoors, lessen your sun exposure, as it is unhealthy for the skin and will also give you an uneven skin tone.

Visit a dermatologist

If you have skin conditions or if you are allergic to skin products, it is best to visit your dermatologist for a consult. You may need special products for your skin that you can’t get in the drug store. Your dermatologist can also give you the best advice when it comes to looking after your skin, especially as you get older.

These are some things that you can do in order to keep your skin looking youthful and healthy even as you age. If you take care of your skin, you may take years off your appearance and you will live a healthier lifestyle. Use products that are already tried and tested. If you have a product that give you the results that you need, stick to that!

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