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Gag Gifts Are In Fashion

‘Gag’ gifts, sometimes lost on the receiver, and other times, a big hit at birthday or retirement parties, necessitate premeditation.  Like the art of comedy, some do well in achieving a desired effect while others fail horribly, and ‘tank’ with the audience.

Before you give the gift of gag, consider the following insights related to the when, where, and who.

The Victim

Of course, any person is a potential victim of a gag gift.  Yet, like snowflakes, we’re all unique, some unequipped with a good sense of humor.  Moreover, some people don’t mind a gag but draw the line when the joke is on them.  Before you plan on someone becoming the eventual victim of a gag gift, be sure that person has the sensibility and penchant for humor to appreciate the gag rather than rue being the butt of the joke.

The Occasion

There is no gospel regarding when to give and when to abstain from providing gag gifts, but one must consider the occasion.  As mentioned in the intro, a retirement party is a good occasion for a light-hearted gift.  However, giving a gag gift in exchange for attending a grand, ornate wedding is a faux pas.  Moreover, in addition to the recipient, one must consider onlookers.  Grandma may be appalled when your girlfriend unwraps a present that is better given in private for example.  Maybe you need two (an appropriate and less appropriate for the masses) gag gifts.  Shop your online gifts store for ideas.

The Exception

Some are destined for greatness, and such heights necessitate confidence and a bit of risk.  For example, the employee who does not blindly agree with but challenges an overbearing boss is presented with a raise and promotion for candor.  Exceptions exist in life, and the gag gift is certainly that – an opportunity to get noticed.  Playing the devil’s advocate, don’t dismiss a well-placed gag’s influence on others and how they perceive you, and separate you from the herd.

The Backup

A successful comedian always has a ‘backdoor plan.’  So, in case an edgy or risky joke goes over poorly, they can still get the audience back in the palm of their hands with an added turn of the screw or subsequent gag.  Have some kind of backup plan (like a serious present) reserved.  There’s no harm in trying, yet a poor performance is more likely forgiven if you have a reserved present in place.

The Legacy

Don’t miss your chance to catch the gag on film.  Aside from your smart phone or mobile device, manufacturers offer covert cameras that capture moments you don’t want to forget. Check out this high definition pen cam for instance.  Preserve the legacy of your gag and the levity of the occasion by capturing it on film.

The Consensus

Sometimes, it’s best to get the perspective of others before going forth with a gag gift.  Ask a few friends or family members, who know the intended recipient, if they believe the ‘gag’ is appropriate.  You’ll sacrifice the element of surprise yet grow better assured of the subsequent feelings and actions of the recipient.

Karina Davis loves to buy gifts for her huge family. A passionate writer, when she finds a new idea, she loves to sit down and share it with others online. Look for her entertaining posts on a number of websites and blogs today.

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How To Get The Best Outerwear Online

If you wish to stay warm during those colder months then you are going to need to purchase some outwear (a trench coat or something similar to that). With a huge array of companies out there providing outerwear however it can be incredibly difficult to choose the right one. On this page I want to briefly look at how you can go about selecting the right outerwear supplier.

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Firstly; you are going to need to think about for what purpose you need the men’s outerwear. For example; if you are after a fashion garment then it is likely that you will need to shop somewhere different to somebody who is looking for a trench coat to stay warm whilst they are out camping or hiking. This is very important to think about as a fashion trench coat would never keep you warm enough during those longer, winter months.

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You also want to choose an outerwear company that has a huge selection of products for you to choose from. Every piece of outwear is different. I am not just talking about style here either. I am talking about the type of materials they have been constructed from, their overall rating, and basically how warm and protective they are going to be – a Cheap Monday jacket is going to be in a different ballpark than a Rag & Bone overcoat. The more of a selection you have at your disposal when it comes to outerwear the more likely you are to get something that you will absolutely love.

Finally; always carry out as much research as possible when it comes to selecting a company to provide your outerwear. This means reading through a ton of reviews. That is the only way in which you will be able to determine whether a company is reputable or not. It should go without saying that you will only wish to purchase from the most reputable of companies!

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Belts: Necessity or Luxury Accessory?

When it comes to men’s accessories, the belt is one that is both functional and fashionable. On one hand it does the job of keeping your trousers in the right place, but on the other hand, it acts as a fashionable accessory to complete the look of an outfit. Even though a man may not use a belt every day, there is always an occasion when it is an integral part of his look. Belts come in all kinds of materials like, woven rope, nylon, and even elastic, but the most versatile belts are leather because they can be dressed up or down. Leather men’s belts can be worn with blue jeans, khakis, or even a dress pant.

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As far as pricing goes, men’s leather belts can be very reasonably priced to something more extravagant. The best buy for your money is a reversible leather belt because you get two looks in one. An example of a bargain-priced belt is the Croft & Barrow Feather-Edge Stitched Reversible Belt, that can be found at Kohls. This particular belt reverses has the ability to switch between brown and black, making it easy to coordinate either one with what you are wearing. The double-stitching gives it some interest and the clean lines of the silver-tone belt buckle give it a fresh, modern look. At $19.50, it is one of the less expensive men’s leather accessories.

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Now, if you are a luxury loving guy, then the bi-color belt by Feit may be more up your alley. It is constructed of three separate pieces of sliced Italian leather and has eight hand applied stitches to connect the leather sections together. The anodized black hardware and the hand-crafted construction, give it more of a rustic look. This belt comes in a black/marine blue combination and also a black/white one. However, be prepared to make an investment with purchasing this bi-colored belt by Feit because it will set you back $200.

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Your Shirt Can Make You the King of the Party, or the Court Jester

The purpose of fashion is to make you feel and look good. When you are dressing in a shirt that is your style, you seem to stand taller and be more confident about yourself. If you are wearing something that is not comfortable or you don’t like, then you tend to be a little self-conscious. When you are attending that special event, you want to be able to concentrate on having fun, instead of what people might be thinking about you.

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In order to make the perfect dress shirt choice, you need to start with the fit. A shirt that is a little more tailored to fit your body is what is hot right now, but you want it to have a little wiggle room and not look like you are wearing a size too small. The next quality of a great shirt is the interest that it generates. Some men’s dress shirts are just boring, so why not choose something that has some unusual details to make it something special. For example, this black button-down has a nice slim fit with a white contrasting trim around the inside of the pointed collar and also down the covered button placket. It gives this shirt a sleek and modern look.

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If you like the lighter colors, then go for the white dress shirt with the grey accents.If you like a more asymmetrical look, then this black button-down with the geometric-looking right shoulder appliqué and arm bands of a contrasting grey fabric may be the style that you are looking for.

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Shirts can also be fun at the right events and plenty of stores have amazing mens fashion shirts to wear to holiday party. Take this black camp shirt with tropical drinks scattered across the fabric. It probably would get some strange looks as wedding wear, but at a friend’s summer soiree might be a conversation piece and attract some new friends.

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However, there are some shirts that should never be worn out of the house like this exploded self portrait t-shirt. If this guy’s overall look is not unusual enough, then he will be grabbing attention as the court jester, instead of king of the party for sure.

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Mizzen + Main Button-down Shirts

When it comes to finding the perfect button-down shirt, the qualities that every man is looking for are a great fit and easy care. However, at Mizzen + Main they not only take the time to make sure that you can get the fit that you are looking for off the rack and produce shirts that require no ironing or dry cleaning, but Mizzen + Main also uses a fabric that wicks away moisture and gives a lot of room for movement with a 4-way stretch. They have developed a men’s button shirt where performance meets style.

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For example, the Frost Light Blue Button-down Oxford takes a traditional pique texture and combines it with body-flattering seaming across the shoulders and down the back to create a stylish, easy care button-down. Mizzen + Main also pays attention to the shirts detailing with the button-down collar, one-button sleeves, and double-button cuffs. Their shirts give you the ability to stay cooler, be more comfortable, and look great without a lot of fuss. At $125, it may seem a little pricey, but think of how much time and money you will save without needing to iron or take it to the dry cleaners for care.

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The next one is the Bradbury Dark Plum Gingham Spread Collar dress shirt. As well as having the same cooling/comfort technology fabric and tailored fit, this dress shirt takes on the classic look of Gingham, modernizing it with a dark plum color. Micro-patterns have been around a long time and are a great alternative to a plain shirt when it comes to layering them under a sweater, sports jacket, or suit.

Ordering a few of these shirts will give you the ability to freshen up some of your older items in your closet with a button-down that has a modern style and fabric that you will appreciate for years to come. Also, Mizzen + Main makes that very easy with discounting a pack of 3 or 6 dress shirts for your purchasing.

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Best advice for shopping online for jewelry

The internet has made conducting business transactions easier than anyone could have thought to be humanly possible. It is now possible to browse for various goods and services, ranging from the small biro pen to a building and buy them (or make orders or bids for them) without having to leave the safety and comfort of your own home. This is big accomplishment that has also made inroads in the business of buying and selling jewelry. There are hundreds of thousands of websites currently operating on the internet and dealing in the business of jewelry supply free shipping

Since there are very many options for you to pick from, it is advisable that you have a checklist to use so that you can separate the wheat from the chaff. It is no secret that there are many unscrupulous business men and women who are only interested in fleecing you of your hard earned money. Having a checklist that will let you identify authentic and professional jewelry websites will go a long way in preventing you from falling into the hands of people who do not wish you well at all.

The following are some of the tips and suggestions that you can use to search for jewelry supply free shipping online:

1) Check the reputation of the websiteAuthentic jewelry websites are highly reputable sites that have great design and receive a lot of traffic each and every hour. It would be highly suspicious to send your credit card information to a shady website with landing pages that are full of grammatical errors and surrounded by poor design. These are clear red flags that you should be looking out for when searching for an online site to buy jewelry from. A reputable site will also be popular and you will find a few of your friends and coworkers mentioning it to you.

2) A website with a money back guaranteeGenuine websites dealing in genuine jewelry know that there is nothing to worry with buying their precious gems and jewels. This is why they have a money back guarantee, where you are assured of getting your money back if you find that the jewelry you have bought is defective or if you suddenly develop buyer’s remorse. The money back guarantee inspires confidence and allows you to test the ring or necklace that you buy before returning it to the store that you bought it from.

3) Wide jewelry collection to choose from It is also important to note that you only deal with sites that have a wide array of jewelry to choose from. This will allow you to be flexible enough so that you can choose the best pieces that have caught your eye. Sites with limited collections should be avoided as they will severely limit your chances of finding a good piece to buy and take home.

4) Other incentivesThe best jewelry sites online have incentives like free shipping that reduces your expenses and motivates you to buy more from them. It would be wise to take advantage of such features.

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Spotlight: Georges Marciano Denim Shirts

If you are a lover of denim, then there’s a chance that you have heard of Georges Marciano.  He is a designer that has been creating quality, timeless, and impeccably tailored denim garments since 1978, but has now launched a new line of apparel for both men and women that takes classic styles and gives them a modern twist.

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One of Georges Marciano’s new men’s designs that are available on www.georgesmarciano.com is the GM- Sutter Western Shirt.  For years, it seems that the prominent colors of denim were all about the darker shades like indigo and ink, but the lighter shades have now re-immerged on the fashion scene.  This western style shirt has a mix of lighter and darker bleached denim tones, as well as the pointed detailed stitching along the shoulders that mirrors the flap button pockets.  Created in 100% lightweight cotton, it will not be stiff and will move with you.

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Another take on the same style of men’s shirts is the GM- Shutter Western Shirt.  This one has similar stitching details as the lighter denim one, but they are more muted with the richness of the indigo and medium, splashed-on looking denim wash.  I also like the details of the rounded hemline and the ability to roll up the sleeves in both fabrics.  Either can be purchased for $175, which may sound a little pricey, but not when they are from an iconic denim designer like Georges Marciano, who creates items that reflect the past with a cutting-edge appeal.

Polo_Black_F_5-minIf you are not a denim person, but love traditional designs like the Polo shirt, then the GM- Polo may be for you.  This shirt is constructed of 100% quality cotton, has a nicely tailored it with the point collar, button-down neckline, and perfect sleeve/body length.  This would be fantastic with a pair of jeans or khakis and can be purchased for $85, in a myriad of colors to fit your style.

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