CONTEST: Win one of TWO pairs of Terrain Boots from SoftScience!!

Hi ladies and gents, time for another contest! This time, we’re giving away not one but TWO pairs of Terrain Ultra Lyte Boots from SoftScience!! Check these unisex suckers out:


These SoftScience lightweight lace-up work boots feature a removable, odor-resistant insole, a slip-resistant outsole, and will protect your feet from the elements while making sure your dogs don’t start barking. Designed for light hiking and as a comfort work boot, the Terrain Boots have also been really popular in cityscapes as a boot that looks different and feels good. Oh, and did we mention that the winners get to pick their color too (subject to availability).


Now, there’s only one way to enter for one of the two boots: Authenticate via the Rafflecopter widget below and then visit the SoftScience Facebook page using the link – that’s it! Open to US residents only, 18+ years and older:

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Be sure to enter before September 26th at midnight! Very best of luck!

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5 Perennial Jewelry Items Every Woman Must Own

It’s no secret that some women find it incredibly difficult to resist good-looking jewellery. Who wouldn’t want to adorn themselves with attractive jewelry pieces to amp up their look? The best part about buying jewelry is that there is a lot to choose from and women are spoilt for choices. Adding more pieces to their arsenal is never a problem.

All said and done, women’s jewellery play a great part in ladies’ participation in fashion.  These are the pieces that stand the test of time, transcend fleeting trends, and make a statement every time they’re worn.

If you’re wondering which evergreen pieces we’re referring to, then you should read on to know about a few. And believe it or not, procuring them isn’t as difficult as you think, especially because you can purchase them from renowned online stores such as Idealo at great prices.

  1. Earrings

Earrings are one of the most important pieces of jewelry that women need in their collection. Most women prefer to wear to a stud as far as daily-wear is concerned. A pair of diamond studs is a great option as it looks timeless, elegant and is versatile enough to be worn to most occasions safely.

Freshwater pearl earrings/studs can also be considered as they look absolutely classic and sophisticated. Studs are an essential because they can be worn every day and work well with almost every outfit. They give you a refined and chic look.

Studs are not the only kind of earrings you need. A pair of hoop earrings is a must-have item in your jewelry box. They look absolutely stylish and come in different varieties such as metal, embellished, or studded with diamonds and semi-precious stones. Of course, the size of the hoops should be in keeping with the shape of your face. Buy the right pair and sport it as it is great for a look that is casual, yet strong.

Apart from hoop earrings, you may want to splurge on chandelier earrings. They’re costly and meant mostly for formal events. Invest in a gorgeous pair to complete a beautiful look and become the belle of the ball.

Women who want to venture beyond traditional earrings can opt for earcuffs (or ear pins). They may give the impression that you’re wearing several earrings at once, but really it needs just one hole to wear. Putting them on is simple – the ear pin goes in the hole and sits snugly in place up the rest of your earlobe.

  1. Rings

Every woman loves rings. In fact, most women will not step out of their houses without at least one ring on their finger. Whether it is a formal or a casual event, an attractive ring is one item of jewelry no woman can resist.

Owning a great cocktail ring is important. After all, we all need that one standout piece that reflects our personal sense of style. Contrary to popular belief, a cocktail ring need not be over-the-top huge or in-your-face ostentatious. What is crucial is that it is in keeping with your overall attire in terms of color. It should not get submerged in your outfit, but should be the centerpiece.

Looking for something more casual, yet statement-making? You may want to consider sporting stacking rings. While there was a time when they were considered tacky, they are actually quite wearable today and even considered cool. So, do invest in them.


  1. Necklaces

Another jewelry item that women love wearing is a necklace. A long necklace, in particular, is timeless and can be worn in a variety of ways. Some women like to wear them just as they are, while others don them with pendants.

When it comes to fashion, everything makes a comeback. Long necklaces are making their presence felt again, especially with casual outfits. That’s because they go with everything and are comfortable enough to be worn all day long. They’re versatile as you can simply double them up and transform them into fancy short necklaces. Another style to try with long necklaces is layering, wherein you wear 4 – 5 long necklaces together.

Alternatively, you can also sport a delicate necklace as even that is one style that never goes out of fashion. These kinds of necklaces can be worn on a daily basis as they’re subtle and understated, yet chic.

Further, do not hesitate in picking up a chunky chain necklace to add to your evergreen collection. They were big on the fashion scene years ago, are considered fashionable even now, and will probably be “in” for years to come.

  1. Bracelets

One of the most noticeable parts of a woman’s hand is her wrist. Why not beautify it further with a bracelet? Women have been donning bracelets since time immemorial. In some cultures, they’re symbolic of matrimony and women are expected to mandatorily wear them after marriage. They are also considered as a form of protection against the evil eye and worn to bring good luck. You can wear them to bring you good fortune as well. Go for a delicate tennis bracelet (A-line bracelet) to add more charm to your wrist. This can be a great investment as they can be worn every day and to all occasions.

  1. Watches

While a watch may not be considered a piece of jewelry, one cannot deny that the fancy ones with pearl and diamond embellishments on the straps look every inch like a bangle or a thick bracelet. A jeweled watch is a great accessory to own and can be worn on days when you’re running short of time, but don’t want to turn up looking sloppy for a party. Add such a piece to your collection to not only keep track of time but also look great and sneak out of the event to go to another party in case it gets too dull for you.

The best thing about jewelry is that most of it are beautiful and desirable. Even a single piece, when worn properly, can lift your look by several notches. Timeless jewelry pieces are a must-have because they can be mixed-and-matched with trendy options or worn just as they are. They create an amazing effect either way. As long as you don’t overdo it by clubbing multiple pieces on top of each other, every piece of your evergreen jewelry will make you glimmer and glitter with pride.

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CONTEST: Win a Body Chain from Unbound!! Valued at $36!


Greets all, time for another great contest at!! This time we’re giving away some body jewelry, courtesy of the fine people at Unbound. Unbound provides both a store featuring chic lingerie and erotic accessories, as well as subscription box full of toys and sexy attire for the more “adventurous” ladies among us.

These long body chains, coming in either gold or silver, are a great gift for the lady you know who simply loves to flaunt her femininity unabashedly.


In order to enter to win, simply authenticate using the Rafflecopter widget below and then visit the Unbound Facebook page for a quick looksie. That’s it! Participants must be 18+ years old and citizens of either the US or UK.

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Contest ends September 12rth. Good luck to everyone!!

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10 Fashion Mistakes You Should Avoid To Get A Near Perfect Look

Does being fashionable mean wearing expensive attire? No, of course not! Fashion means matching clothes and accessories in an aesthetically pleasing or trendy way. Mostly it has been seen that guy look bad because of the silly fashion mistakes. Here are some of the common mistakes that one can make during selecting the right attire. Here are some of the mistakes that you can avoid and call out your fashionable self.


  1. Oversized clothes: No, the baggy clothes doesn’t make you look good. They portray a sloppy image and that single-handedly can kill the overall look. Next time, go only for the well-fitted clothes. The same is the case when you are selecting a casual shoe for men.
  2. Tie and Short sleeve: This combination is a big no-no. They are perceived as attire that is attached to a certain lower social level. For a professional look, make sure to wear a tie with full-length sleeves. Make sure to select perfect casuals shoes or the formal one with a good tie and full sleeve combination.
  3. Dirty shoe: Your shoe is one of the most important parts of your entire attire. Make sure to keep it clean. It not only enhances your overall image but also increases the longevity of men’s casual shoes.
  4. Pant lengths: Folding your jeans or trousers is really not desirable if you want to get a polished look. Improper pant lengths are better being avoided. Always get them adjusted to your height so that they fit you perfectly.
  5. Wrong color: This goes for both socks and belts. You need to pick the right color as that will make sure you have a proper look. This is one of such dressing up a rule that you should never break at any cost. It is especially important when you are sporting a formal look, it gives an air of professionalism.
  6. The tie story: There are two aspects you need to remember when you are wearing a tie. One is to make sure that the tie is at the end of your belt buckle. Too long or short length will certainly make you look incomplete. The other thing is the dimple of the necktie. If you don’t know how to create it, you can take the help of the online tutorial videos and blogs.
  7. Sock and sandals: We can often see men sporting this look on the magazine. Do you really like it? Be truthful! Well, this is a fashion disaster that is somehow still practiced by few. Never try to mix these two items, the result is simply horrible.
  8. Wrinkled clothes: Unless it is a purposeful fashion to wear wrinkled clothes, make sure to iron each pant and shirt you wear. The crumbled look never looks glamourous. On the contrary, it makes one look unprofessional and messy.
  9. Dirty nails: Keep them clean. Period.
  10. Wrong shoe: If you are getting fully formal attire, do not try to mix it up with the  casual shoes for men. Believe us that would
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Top Tips from a Fashionista for Your First Day on the Job

So you finally made it, the transition from being in college to being in the adult stratosphere of the full-time job.  Congratulations!  First impressions are everything, especially with a new employer and co-workers, so you definitely don’t want to show up ill-prepared.  For the fashion-conscious female there are a lot of choices out there. Do you wear your favorite pumps? How about that new Kylie lip gloss that you finally just got from the most recent re-stock?  What do you eat for lunch if there’s no dining hall or food court?  Always remember that modesty is key, but it’s important to let your personality shine.

Here is my best advice on how to look, feel, and dress the part for a fashionable and professional impression on your first day at your new job:



First up, what do you carry all of your stuff in?  While in college it was probably a sturdy and trustworthy JanSport backpack, but that might scream “college student” on your first day at work.  Goodbye to the days when pins of your favorite bands and DJs are the main decoration for you backpack, and hello to sleek, chic, fashionable purses.

Luckily, you don’t have to break the bank in order to look fashionable and put together on your first day. There are plenty of purses out there that combined usability with fashion. Our best advice is to pick up a high-end purse in a plain color such as black or gray, like this Michael Kors bag, so that it matches all of your potential future outfits.



The next item on your pursuit of being an adult is your clothes. Unfortunately, gone are the days of mesh shorts, a college sweatshirt, and flip flops. However, there are still plenty of ways to look cute and put together, but still comfortable. Labels such as Banana Republic, Express, H&M, and Nordstrom all have great options when it comes to work attire. Not up to the task of paying a fortune for cute work clothes? Look no further than retailers such as Ross, Nordstrom Rack, and Marshalls for some great options.

One of my personal faves is a pant suit.  In my opinion, they command attention and respect with a sense of classic beauty.  With varying cuts, styles, colors, and materials, there is truly an option for every woman out there.  I just love this option from Express because it’s fun and flirty, but still maintains professionalism.


In college you probably got away with keeping most of your scheduled activities either in your head, in a small notebook, or just simply having your friends around to remind you to go to the library and study for your upcoming exam. But now that you’re progressing into a full-time career, you’ll have many more things on your schedule to remember.  Scheduling all of my meetings and important deadlines within my Outlook Calendar has been a life saver for me.

You might also want to consider a productivity app such as Evernote to help keep all of your ducks in a row. Since my cellphone never leaves my sight, I’m a big fan of services that connect with my mobile.  Apps such as Google Calendar could also be a good way to make sure that you make it to all of your meetings on time.  Plus, nobody wants to miss a happy hour, especially if it’s on the company dime!

If there’s just no way you can go without Post-It Notes, save some trees with a little known feature on Windows computers called Sticky Notes.


Since you’re starting off on your first real job, you will probably be able to afford better snacks than Cup Noodles, potato chips, or the other junk foods that were a staple back in your college days.   Without having to walk across campus to go to class, you might find yourself gaining a few pounds from the lack of exercise of sitting at a desk all day. Take a proactive approach to combatting those “post-grad gains” by eating healthy snacks throughout the day such as raw almonds, dried fruit, or granola instead of the usual junk food.  Personally, I hate to do the meal-prep thing and have really come to love the KIND brand family of snacks.  While the upfront cost of $100 may seem steep for granola bars, if you break it down each bar actually costs less than $1.40, which could end up saving you money in the long run!



A new job often comes with a lot of stress – after all, you don’t want your employer to think they made a mistake in hiring you!  So on your first day, you’ll certainly want to put your best foot – and your best face – forward.

We all know that skin care is important, and using the right type of product for your skin type can make a world of difference. Combat your long hours and stressful deadlines with a naturally-derived product like BioClarity.  It’s made with the green stuff from plants and the 3 step system keeps my skin fresh all day long.  My skin doesn’t dry out from it like it sometimes does with other products and it’s really good at cleaning off all my makeup at the end of a long day.



Speaking of makeup – always remember that less is more!  Things you’ll want to shy away from:

  • Fake lashes
  • Large acrylic nails (these can get in the way when you type)
  • Bright eyeshadow
  • Dark eyeshadow
  • Bright colored lipstick/gloss
  • Dark colored lipstick/gloss
  • Anything with glitter

Everyone has different preferences when it comes to their own individual style, but especially on your first day, aim for a more natural look:


  • For your eyebrows, aim for a light fill with a pencil vs a traditional gel
  • Opt for BB or CC cream instead of a regular foundation
  • When touching up your lips, go with a lip tint in a neutral hue

If you have any qualms, I recommend playing it safe and go with something from Urban Decay’s Naked line.  Even though I’ve been at my new job for a couple months now, I’m a huge fan of their products and wear them even when I’m not at work!



Last but not least is every girl’s best friend – shoes! We all know that shoes complete the outfit, but if you’re going to be strapped in for 8+ hours every day it’s important to think about function over style.

Although some offices may be relaxed enough for you to wear UGG boots or flip flops, it’s always a nice touch to look professional. Kitten heels have been my absolute favorites as of late because they have the class and sophistication of a nice pair of traditional high heels, but they don’t feel uncomfortable or painful after wearing them for long hours.

These Cole Haan pumps are simply amazing.  They have a modest silhouette, which is great for a professional environment, but the lizard texture adds a nice touch of fun and personality.  Plus, they’re under $100!


Author Bio:  Breanne is an East Coast transplant currently living it up under the SoCal sun.  In her spare time she enjoys hiking, stand up paddle boarding, and of course hitting one of the local open-air malls.  You can find her on Twitter @ProperNPink

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How to Choose a Wedding Band That Suits Your Personality: A Guide for Grooms-To-Be

Let’s face it: you’ve probably spent less time browsing through jewelry store selections than you have discussing the merits of bubble baths with your future father-in-law. Sooner or later, though, you’ll have a decision to make about the only accessory you’ll be wearing every day for the rest of your life. The wedding band. Needless to say, you’re going to want a wedding band that blends as seamlessly with your fashion sense as it does with your lifestyle. Check out the following guide for tips on how to make it happen.



First thing to consider: your skin. Are you allergic to nickel or any other metals, or have reason to think you might be? If so, you might want to schedule a visit with your physician or an allergy specialist to help you determine if it’s necessary to avoid certain materials or composites. Alternatively, you could commit to choosing a ring made from material that’s hypoallergenic, like platinum, stainless steel, titanium, or zirconium. After all, you don’t want to find your long-awaited honeymoon interrupted by  an irritating, uncomfortable rash.


Second, how much can you afford to spend? For the high rollers out there this is a non-issue. For most of us, though, affordable options that don’t require a compromise on looks or quality are a priority. Here’s a quick, general look at how prices stack up:

Platinum, palladium, and mokume-gane rings are within your price range if your price range has no ceiling. Starting around $1,000 and going up, up, up, rings made from these materials carry a premium price mainly due to their looks and high levels of purity.

More affordable, but still not really for some of us, is gold. Most gold rings are in the $700 and up range, although price can vary considerably based on whether you’re talking 9, 14, or 18 carats.

Rings made from Damascus steel can look pretty darn cool, but carry a much heftier price tag than their stainless steel brethren, coming in at $400 and up. Classy black zirconium bands are similar in price, but tend to run just a bit cheaper.

Ceramic, carbon fiber, titanium, stainless steel, cobalt chrome, tungsten carbide,  and wood are your allies when money is an object. The good news is that rings made from these materials can be just as durable, versatile, and sexy, if not more so, than their more expensive counterparts.


Now, how often will you take it off? Depending on your job or your hobbies, removing your ring might be an everyday occurrence. However, if you’re expecting to keep that precious piece of craftsmanship on at all times, like many men do, you’ll want to consider hardness and durability.

In these categories, the gold does not go to gold. Although a traditional and popular choice, gold is about as soft as it gets where rings are concerned, meaning it’s easily scratched, scraped, and bent. White-collar workers with indoor hobbies, this is you.

Tungsten carbide rings represent the opposite side of the spectrum. Almost totally scratch-proof, this composite material has another added benefit known as “permanent polish,” a phrase that speaks for itself. Ceramic rings are known for having only slightly less hardness and durability than tungsten. If you work or play outdoors on a daily basis, going with ceramics or tungsten can help ease your mind about the inevitable abuse your ring will endure.

In between the extremes of gold and tungsten carbide lies the abundance of other options, including, from softest to hardest, platinum, palladium, titanium, and stainless steel.


Last but certainly not least, looks. Maybe you’re the down-to-earth type who would feel most at home in a wooden wedding band, maybe you crave the unmistakable glimmer of white platinum, or maybe you just want something a little unique. In that case, you’ll be glad to know that there are plenty of styles, shapes, and colors to go around.

Zirconium rings are popular for their textured look, and come in many shades ranging from glossy black to matte charcoal.

If exotic colors are more your style, you’ll want to check out the rainbow palate of titanium rings on the market.

Damascus steel has a remarkable and provocative appearance that is a product of hammer-welding and hand-forging.

Even if you decide to go with traditional gold, looks aren’t limited, since your options include rings of white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold.

Of course, if finding something a little off the beaten path still doesn’t satisfy your appetite for the unique, you can always have your ring personalized even further, since all of these materials can be engraved. Contact a ring designer to help you create a wedding band uniquely for you.

Picking out a wedding band is a big decision, but can be easier if you go into the process with a little knowledge and some patience. In the end, you want a ring that is comfortable and that makes you feel at home while wearing it. Don’t be afraid to try on every type of ring in your size that you can find before making your final choice, because remember, every groom’s “I do” should have a nice ring to it.

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