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The Foolproof Guide to Buying Jewelry for the Holidays

The holiday season is going to be here before you know it, and savvy holiday shoppers are already thinking about big gifts before December rolls around. There are plenty of things to get the person you love, but jewelry is the classic romantic holiday gift that both men and women can appreciate. Buying anything to suit somebody else’s style can be difficult, and jewelry is no exception. While finding and buying jewelry online is easy enough, you’ll want to avoid getting anything run-of-the-mill – you don’t want to waste money on something that your loved one won’t even like! If you are really looking to surprise someone this holiday season, here are some tips that will help you get them a gift that they will love.


Observe their style

If you really want to get a feel for what your loved one will like, take a look at the jewelry that they already wear. For instance, if they tend to like simple pieces, don’t get them anything too flashy. If they tend to wear a lot of silver, stick with silver pieces or branch out and get them white gold. If you try to mimic the recipient’s style when shopping, you should be able to find something that’s distinctive, but similar enough to their existing collection that it will go well with their wardrobe.

Avoid rings (unless you’re already married)

Rings are in style right now, but they’re also a significant symbol of commitment in our culture. Even if you explicitly say that you aren’t getting your significant other a promise ring or an engagement ring, other people (and possibly even the person you’re giving it to) may not be convinced. There are plenty of other nice options like necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and other pieces that don’t carry such heavy romantic symbolism. Of course, none of this applies if you are just getting a nice ring for your mother.

Think about a symbolic gift

Rings may be out of the question for some couples, but that doesn’t mean that your jewelry gift has to lack symbolism. Gemstones come in a variety of colors and cuts, and some have some significant characteristics that can make the gift more meaningful. Consider getting your loved one jewelry that highlights their birthstone or do a little research on the historical significance of certain gems and minerals. You could give them jewelry made with jade, as it used to be associated with royalty, or choose a lapis lazuli necklace, as this stone was believed to keep your body healthy and your soul at peace.

Ask for help

Are you truly stuck on what to get someone? Since you can’t ask them directly about what they want, do the next best thing: ask their friends or other loved ones for advice. Nobody is going to know this person’s style better than their friends and family. Take these people shopping or send them a few links to gifts you’re thinking about purchasing. Their input can be invaluable, and they could even get a little information from your recipient about what they really want for the holidays.

These are some of the best ways to get someone the perfect jewelry gift. Can you think of any other holiday jewelry buying hacks?

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Fashion at The 49th Annual CMA Awards

On November 4th 2015, Nashville Tennessee hosted the 49th Annual Country Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena. Country Music artists and enthusiasts gathered together to celebrate outstanding achievements in the Country Music industry. As the red carpet was rolled out, we got a peek at the fashion wins and losses among the nominees and attendees.
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Country singer Darius Rucker, formerly lead singer of American Pop band Hootie and the Blowfish, arrived on the red carpet at the CMA Awards in shades of blue with this tuxedo in a saturated cobalt blue, matching skinny tie, and blue printed pocket square. Darius off-set the blue tones with a textured charcoal grey dress shirt and black leather oxfords. It was a nice departure from the usual navy or black suits.

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Another striking outfit in blue was worn by Country music singer and actress Jana Kramer, who arrived on the red carpet at the 49th Annual CMA Awards in this gorgeous, sparkling navy gown. Jana’s baby bump is tastefully accentuated and the mermaid-style dress train helps to balance out her total look. It is hard to decide if Jana’s smile or gown is the brightest and most beautiful in this pose.

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One of the couples who came to celebrate one of Country Music’s biggest nights was comedian Steve Martin and his wife Anne Stringfield. Steve had on your average black suit with a little mix of brown in his plaid tie and leather shoes. The “punch-line” was definitely about Steve’s wife Anne’s outfit with her a-line, knee-length black dress that had bows at the chest line, which looked like one of those dresses that you had to make in Home Economics class. The addition of the brown leather cowboy boots that Anne chose just made her look more confusing.

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The men’s award for unique look went to Randy Owens, lead singer for the group Alabama, who was marching to the beat of his own drummer in a long deep blue tuxedo jacket with bright orange cuffs, wildly printed black and white button-down, and simple black trousers.

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Win a full body playsuit from Elektrix Love

Hello again, time for yet another contest at and this one’s for women’s fashion! We’re giving away playsuits from Elektrix Love! Nice!

As we pointed out in our review of Dreamer Playsuits, Elektrix Love’s fabrics are quick dry and great for land or water and are made from recycled P.E.T. in  Southern California. These are playful, sexy, and high quality garments that young ladies will adore.

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Contest is open to US and Canadian residents, 18+ years. One entry per person please. End date is November 26, 2015 at 11:59pm. Entries may be added to the Elektrix Love newsletter subscription list upon entry.

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Review of the Elektrix Love Dreamer Playsuit

Recycling plastics to keep them out of the landfills has become a mission in our society. They are remade back into many different products, but one of the most interesting is clothing. One specific type of plastic bottle called P.E.T., is composed of a plastic resin and a form of polyester. They are able to reuse those ingredients plus spandex to form fabric.

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The Elektrix Love Dreamer Playsuit is an example of the amazing things that can come out of recycling. It is the brainchild of Katie Tomasetta, who is a designer from Los Angeles that wanted to create a line of clothing for women that was eco-friendly and edgy at the same time. The idea of the Dreamer Playsuit is to have a tank-style body suit that can be worn for activities on land and in the water.

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The fabric is 79% P.E.T. and 21% spandex, which will stretch no matter whether you are doing yoga in the park or skateboarding down the strand and if you decide to take a dip in the ocean, the playsuit will dry quickly, so that you can be off to your next adventure. At Elektrix Love, the Dreamer Playsuit comes in a fun pink plaid pattern with a scoop neckline, thin straps, and nice coverage over the hip area.

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The dagger printed on the front of the suit keeps it feeling fresh and edgy, so as not to be too girly! The playsuit is a versatile clothing item that could be paired with different bottoms like shorts, skirts, and pants for a modern look. It is manufactured right in the heart of LA and helps to keep Americans employed.  For $76, you can own a piece of clothing that not only looks good, but plays its part in taking care of our environment as well.

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Pirate Themed Party: Costumes and All On a Budget

Kids love parties—that should go without saying. And, as parents, we love to see our kids having fun. Budgeting is also an important part of parents’ lives, but there’s no reason that frugality and party-planning can’t mix. Below is a list of fabulous pirate-themed party ideas for those of us on a budget. Let’s get creative!

Lots & Lots of Fun Treats!

Though you’ll probably have a regular-sized cake for the party, it’s always fun to have other treats for the kids to snack on. And one thing kids love is sugar. However, going to the bakery and ordering customized cupcakes can get expensive, but you can actually do some creative cup caking yourself. Purchase or bake plain cupcakes and put Popsicle sticks or chopsticks through the center of the cupcake. This will be the mast for the “sails.” Then, grab a black index card or another piece of all-black paper, and stick a sticker of a skull and crossbones directly on it (you can also do a tracing in silver marker yourself). Poke holes at the top and bottom and slide the pirate sail onto the mast. It’s a simple and inexpensive way for you to test your craft skills and make your pirate-themed party as creative as possible.

Gold “Treasure”

Another treat-related idea involves the mysterious “buried treasure” that’s in all the pirate stories. Add a little gold to the party by buying chocolate coins that are already wrapped in gold paper (or just mini chocolate bars wrapped in gold), or you can take advantage of the edible gold spray paint that different party places sell. Spray Oreos or other sweet treats with this edible paint and start a “treasure hunt” where the kid to collect the most candy wins a prize.

Plank Walk

What’s a party without games? There many adventurous, pirate-themed party games that you can try, but an example of a favorite party activity for young buccaneers is the “plank walk.” Write, paint, or glitter-glue “Walk the Plank” along the length of a 4×4 sanded plank of wood in black letters. Tie red ribbon at either end for decoration. Attach each end to an elevated surface (not too high up, for safety’s sake) and have a contest where kids try to balance on the wood without falling off. Note: make sure you do this with older kids, as this is more age-appropriate for 12 and older.

Fake Pirate Hooks

You can’t have a pirate party without the hooks. A DIY-version of Captain Hook’s trademark feature involves a red solo cup. Flip that upside down and poke a hole through the bottom. Then, you can take wire hangers and mold them into hook shapes. Wrap tinfoil around the hangers to give the hook some heft and shininess (also, tinfoil will blunt the wire so there aren’t any sharp edges). Use colored duct tape to secure the wire to the cup, and glue some sort of padding inside the base to make sure that the wire doesn’t poke the hands of the cup wearer. Have the kids place their hand inside the cup and voila! Pirate hooks for everyone. You can even make it more pirate-y by tracing skull and crossbones on the outside with a black marker. Another way to make the hooks is by cutting up some spare wood into hook shapes and painting that silver, but that is a little more labor-intensive.

Party Favors!

Last but not least, no party would be complete without sending the kids off with a little gift of some sort. A customized t-shirt company, like lil threadz, has a selection of pirate-themed t-shirts that will make the perfect party favor. Just get the kids’ sizes from the parents beforehand to make sure that the shirts will fit, and order away. To wrap the party favors, purchase plain black or red bags, and tie them with a gold or silver ribbon at the top. Decorate the outside with pirate sayings (“Ahoy, matey!”) or stickers, and throw in some gold chocolate coins for a final touch.

Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean parties can’t be amazing. The above ideas are some great starters to give your party the pirate touch it needs. Whether it’s through fun contests, games, treats, or cool t-shirts, you’ll be able to stick within your price range while providing the perfect pirate themed party. Anchors away!

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Spotlight on Brunswick Park Smarter Apparel

It is always exciting when something totally new and different shows up on the fashion scene.  A Boston based company called Brunswick Park Smarter Apparel decided that since “Ath-leisure wear” has been a hot style of clothing for casual dressing, not just the gym, that performance fabrics should also be available for more formal office-wear.  They developed a fabric that is made of a luxurious Merino Wool blend that is bonded with a layer of cotton to give the fabric substance and durability.  It is a type of material that will be breathable, stretch with your every move, and best of all machine washable!
Brunswick-Park-men and womens jackets Brunswick Park has also taken the basic wardrobe necessities of men’s blazers, hoodies, and women’s suit jacket and given them athletic-style extras like a credit card sized zip-pocket on the inner wrist of every jacket, so that you can carry a card or a little cash without having to have the bulk of a wallet or purse.  Also, in the woman’s collarless jacket, the designers from Brunswick Park had the brilliant idea to have the lower section zip off, so that you can have the option of wearing your jacket with a longer look or cropped.

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Brunswick Park had the idea to launch their clothing products on Kickstarter to see what the interest would be and they were able to triple the original amount of their campaign pledges.  Their prices for their men’s and women’s clothing line range from $159 to $199 because Brunswick Park opted to keep their products out of retail stores and deal strictly on line.  The company owners are able to then pass the savings on to the consumer because they don’t have to participate in the customary retailer mark-up..


So, if you love what ath-leisure wear fabrics bring to the casual world of dressing and want the same comfort in more tailored apparel, then Brunswick Park Smarter Apparel may be for you.

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