‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When the winter months get to their most brutal, Americans tend to get irritable, and they also tend to forget to care for their bodies. The cold makes us eat more, feel lazier, and ultimately, gain weight. Nobody wants to be stuck inside all winter long.
If you need some inspiration to keep taking good care of yourself and your bikini body, or if you’re just tired of drinking hot chocolate and sitting by the fire to keep warm, you need a winter vacation.
When it seems like it’ll always be cold and there’s no hope for ever wearing light jackets or strictly fashion scarves again, there are tropical vacations that are still warm and bikini-approved in the dead of winter.
1. The Florida Keys
For many people, a trip out of the country might not be in the cards. International travel is stressful, expensive, and the price and hassle might require more than just a few days in paradise to justify.
Instead of traveling out of the country to find the warmth, just head to the Florida Keys! Although many Florida beaches can get a little too chilly for bikinis during the winter months, the Keys are known for holding an average 80 degrees year round!
The Keys are full of beach activities that are all bikini appropriate such as beach volleyball, jet skiing, and just lounging on the beach. With 1,700 islands in total, you’ll never run out of things to do on the beach.
2. St. Martin and St. Maarten
If you are looking for a more cultural escape in your bikini, try this island. It is half French and half Dutch, and boasts thirty-seven beaches to relax on in your bikini in the beautiful tropical weather.
The different beaches offer many different activities, such as surfing, windsurfing, watching the colorful sunsets, and sand sports of all kinds such as soccer and volleyball.
Regardless of whether you are looking for high-end French restaurants or down home traditional Creole cuisine, every kind of vacationer can find the perfect place on this diverse and exciting island.
Although it is the dream of thousands of women from the coldest states to lie on a beach for a week in tropical weather, there are also some women who want to do more in their bikinis.
Maui is the perfect place for those women. Along with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Maui also has beautiful rainforests full of waterfalls and hiking trails that nature lovers will go crazy over.
For the adventure lovers, there are plenty of black sand beaches and beaches with fresh water caves and cliffs overlooking water deep enough to make cliff diving safe and enjoyable.
4. St. Lucia
For the bikini lovers who would rather be getting a tan while sailing around on a boat than lying in the sand on the beach, St. Lucia is the perfect place for you.
The skyline of this beautiful island is defined by the massive rock formations that are gorgeous and make for a beautiful day of sailing’s backdrop. St. Lucia is one of the most popular boat-friendly locations because of how clean and clear the water is leading up to the beach. Getting in and out of the water is a breeze.
In addition, St. Lucia’s clear water makes it one of the most popular beaches for snorkeling. All varieties of fish and other sea creatures can be seen and interacted with through the crystal clear waters of St. Lucia’s many beaches.
5. Los Cabos, Mexico
For the bikini lovers who also want nightlife to enjoy at night, beachfront paradises like Los Cabos are perfect. Los Cabos is a center for drinking, dancing, and dining, as well as one of Mexico’s most popular entertainment destinations.
As an added bonus, December and January are right in the middle of gray whale season, so make sure to bring binoculars!
Moreover, if you are looking for a new bikini to go with your fabulous beach vacation, check out the great selection at Brazilian-Bikinis.org. For details on these and more locations, go to http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/top-15-beach-destinations-for-winter-escapes#!1-intro
Kate Stefanski is an avid beach-goer and fashion blogger, the sort of person who laments the cold and always strives to find the best places to go to retreat from the encroacing winter. If you wish to learn more you can visit on Google+.
Who doesn’t love the latest and greatest technology? Give someone special a high tech gift they weren’t expecting.
Opening Ceremony and Intel MICA: It seems everywhere you go, smart watches are all the craze. While we love the idea of a watch, why not up your style game with a smart bangle. Opening Ceremony has crafted a gorgeous snakeskin bracelet powered by Intel so now the fashionable girl can also keep organized with appointment reminders, yelp recommendations, email, and text notifications.
Kotur ‘#getsmartbag” iPhone case: What’s better than an iPhone case? One that turns into a chic evening bag with room to store lipstick and credit cards. Plus the best part is you can answer emails, receive texts, and even take photos without ever taking your phone out of your bag. On the negative side, this hybrid minaudière is too tiny if you have a lot you need to take with you.
Sure they aren’t the newest or latest, but sometimes those items that have stood the test of time make really great presents.
Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac Convertible Crossbody Bag: This designer bag is just the right size for every day use. Perhaps that’s why it’s one of the most popular crossbody bags on the market. We love it in black with gold hardware to take it from day to night or try it in Taupe/Light Gold for a perfect bag to wear into the spring. (Order one now from Nordstrom.com and get a free RM luggage tag with purchase!)
Anthropologie First Frost Jewelry Box: This gorgeous delicate box will store all her treasures and it’s frosted design will look great on top of her dresser. How can you go wrong?
UR Connected Leather Tech Gloves: With an ultra soft lining these gloves will keep her looking stylish and warm on her commute and with touch screen compatibility, she won’t need to take them off to check her emails.
It’s early December and people are cramming to buy their Christmas essentials—gifts, Christmas trees, and of course, Christmas party outfit. Be it a Christmas dinner with the family or Christmas office party or a Christmas party with friends, every woman would want to look fabulous. However, looking fabulous doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice comfort and support. Here are some tips to being comfortable in your dress and still looking fabulous for Christmas party season:
What to wear
Christmas parties are not like Halloween where you can wear an uber-sexy dress without people batting an eye. Instead, choose something that is casual and comfortable without being too casual. Slip on a dress and leave the jeans and pants at home for another day. If you really want to stand out, wear a pantsuit that flares towards the bottom, mimicking the way a dress would. For your dress, choose a comfortable length and one that suits your body type.
Choose for your body type
Determine your body type and use that to choose what dress to wear. For example, if you have an hourglass figure, choose a dress that accentuates your small waist and your curves. If you have a straight body type, you are lucky as it is the easiest one to dress. Most models and most dresses available in the market look good on your body type. To find your body type, look in the mirror and measure your shoulders, bust size, waist size, and hip size. Based on the measurements, you will be able to find the correct body type that suits you.
Choose good underwear
Some people underestimate the value of good-fitting underwear. First off, make sure you have the correct measurements for your brassiere. Most women find that they are way off the size they are currently using. If you find that store-bought bras do not fit you well, you can have custom fit bras made for you. For bottom underwear, choose seamless panties that will not show lines when you are wearing a fitted dress. Make sure you are wearing the correct size so no bulges will show when you wear it. You can also choose to wear G-string panties for a completely seamless look.
Women often feel uncomfortable wearing fitted dresses as they think some unsightly bulges will be obvious. However, shapewear or underwear that shapes the body and removes bulges answers this problem. Spanx started the trend and now, several lingerie and underwear brands had jumped on the bandwagon. Some shapewear target specific body parts such as abdomen, legs, back, or hips.
However, there are also shapewear that can be worn like a short dress underneath, providing full support to your body. Shapewear comes in black or nude color so choose the one appropriate for the color of your dress. When wearing black or a dark-colored dress, choose black. If you are wearing a light-colored dress, choose nude shapewear. However, if you have dressed for your body type, unsightly bulges should be greatly minimized, if not hidden. You might not need to wear shapewear anymore.
Knitwear is a huge trend every single year and here at CEFashion; we’ve compiled all the trend reports from New York Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, London Fashion Week and all the AW14 catwalk shows around the world to bring you this winter’s most wanted knitwear trends. From the ever growing trend of folksy fashion to the return to one of the world’s most iconic knitting styles, we bring you the must-have looks for your winter wardrobe.
Chunky knits are really making a big impact this year. Think oversized cardigans, chunky cable knitted jumpers and huge polo necks which add drama to any winter outfit. Designers such as Prabal Gurung and Marc Jacobs have hit the runways with their chunky knit creations, displaying everything from knitted dresses to huge floor length scarves. Following on from the major designers at London Fashion Week, some high street leaders have also shared their chunky knitted designs on the runway, according to this report by LurchHoundLoves.com.
Stemming from the chunky knits trend, the cable knitting style is by far the most talked about of the moment. It can be seen in high street stores everywhere and was first influenced by big LFW and PFW designers, such as Mark Fast who brought together loud colours like cobalt blue and pillar box red with huge textures. This knitting style is one of the most iconic styles of the 70s and 80s and now the catwalk brings us back to a time-honoured winter wardrobe look.
Believe it or not, creating your own homemade knitting could be bang on trend for AW14/15. This fall trend was inspired by catwalk legends such as Diane Von Furtensberg and Rebecca Taylor at New York Fashion Week earlier this year. Think vibrant colours, folksy patterns, cute beading and vintage-inspired crochet. Grabbing a vintage knit and customising it or knitting your own kitsch design from scratch will give your winter wardrobe the complete edge. And if you’re an upcycling fan, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s now 100% chic to revive old, unwanted sweaters from your grandmother’s cupboard thanks to genius designers at NYFW.
Primary colours and vibrant colours are hot this season according to catwalk reports. But another colour trend that’s just as prevalent is the subtle use of soft, muted shades such as soft peachy pinks or simple nudes. Keep it tonal like Hugo Boss and Marc Jacobs at NYFW by bringing together a variety of cream and nudes to create a one-shade outfit that’s both subtle and elegant. To really give your all-nude look the ultimate edge, invest in high quality wools such as cashmere or 100% lambswool. Shop lambswool knits for men and women at Edinburgh Woollen Mill.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.