Investing in Silver Jewellery

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Many people look at gold jewellery as an investment, and entirely overlook the prospect of investing in silver jewellery. Gold is more expensive than silver, but silver is much more readily available. There are estimates that up until 2004, the total amount of silver mined was around 44 billion ounces. However, it is estimated that within the same timeframe, there has only been about 4 billion ounces of gold over the same period. So silver is readily available, and can be a safe investment when looking at the long term.

 

Exquisite Jewellery

 

There are many benefits to choosing silver for your jewellery as unlike gold, silver is a stronger metal, making it much more durable. You will find a wide variety of classy silver jewellery, which is of just as high quality as that made from gold or other precious metals. Just as much time and effort go into making exquisite silver jewellery that not only looks fabulous, but can also be seen as a good long-term investment.

 

A World of Choice

 

Just as with gold, any jewellery you can think of can be made from silver, and that includes using precious stones such as rubies and diamonds.

 

  • Rings
  • Earrings
  • Necklaces
  • Chains
  • Body Piercings
  • Bracelets
  • Pendants

 

You can invest in silver jewellery because it is practical, durable and can be worn regularly, while still being a sound investment that will appreciate over time. You may even decide to invest in silver bullions if you wish. So you can see that there are a lot of choices available to someone who is open to investing in silver. You can always buy silver to give as a gift to a loved one!

 

Giving Silver as a Gift

 

As well as being a sound investment, silver jewellery can also be the perfect gift for someone that you love. Most reputable jewellers that have silver, as well as gold, will have a personalised collection available for their customers. What better way to show someone how important they are to your life than by giving him or her a beautiful piece of silver jewellery that has been personalised with a name or a message? Personalised jewellery will ensure that whatever you decide to give as a gift will be unique, with no other being the same. Just like the special person receiving the gift!

 

Finding a Reputable Jewellers

 

When you use the internet, it is a simple process to find reputable silver jewellers. With a few clicks of your mouse, you will be able to find different websites that offer fine quality silver jewellery for sale. You may find that the biggest problem you have is trying to choose what type of jewellery to buy! No matter what kind of jewellery you decide to buy, you are sure to put a smile on a loved one’s face, as you make a sound investment for the future.

 

So what are you waiting for, invest in silver jewellery today and have an investment that you can also enjoy in your everyday life!

 

 

5 Reasons Why You Need to Invest in Sustainable Maternity Wear

 

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We are often told to relax and take things easily but when we have a baby on the way, there are a lot of things that we worry about and things we have to prepare. This said, having to think about investing in sustainable maternity wear, rather than the usual maternity garments, seems like an extra dose of effort which we often think we can do without.

Thing is, there are a number of important reasons why investing in sustainable maternity wear is not only good for us but more importantly, for the well-being of our newborns as the following five reasons will prove.

Softer fabrics

Sustainable clothing is often made with soft, natural fibers as compared to regular clothing which can be made from itchy, synthetic ones. Using a sustainable breastfeeding cover on your newborn’s face to cover yourself when you are feeding your child outside the home is better than having a cloth that is itchy for the delicate skin of your child. Remember that especially during those early months, your child is in constant contact with you and so wearing softer, more delicate garments is essential to them being as comforted as possible.

Good quality

There is always the debate in every woman’s mind as to whether she should buy maternity clothes or not. These garments are often used throughout the pregnancy and the months following the birth of our child and with so many accidents and spills that come with a newborn, having good quality garments is essential to the longevity of the pieces. Sustainable clothing is the antithesis of fast fashion which guarantee your clothing will last longer despite the constant washing.

Pesticides control

Did you know that “millions of children in the US receive up to 35% of their estimated lifetime dose of some carcinogenic pesticides by age five through food, contaminated drinking water, household use, and pesticide drift?” A lot of pesticides are used to grow cotton which in turn make what we know to be as fast fashion. When you realize the severity of this statistic, making time to invest in sustainable clothing, rather than regular clothing, becomes more of a priority.

Chemical control

Chemicals are often used to finish our garments such as in chemical dyes. There are many causes that stem from such chemicals — some are known to contain heavy metals and dioxins which are known to be carcinogenic. Chemicals can also cause allergic reactions and irritations especially on the sensitive skin of our baby.

For the world your child will grow up in

As mothers, we want to see our children grow up in a world that is safe and clean but if fast fashion keeps reigning in the fashion world, then our children will witness a world that bears more waste. Sustainable clothing is often made with natural fibers and with reusable materials. Moreover, knowing that they are of a higher quality than fast fashion pieces means that we will hold on to the garments and wear them for longer than we would with a normal piece of clothing.

How to Choose the Perfect-Shaped Wedding Ring

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When it comes to trying on wedding rings, you’ll find that every shape and style looks as good on your finger as it does on the display case.

But don’t worry. There is a ring shape and style to flatter every finger and every hand. Here is our guide to choosing shaped wedding rings.

 

The Wedding Band Equation

 If you want to find the perfect match, consider this: finger width x finger length + wedding band style + ring shape = perfection. Before you start, visit Serendipity Diamond’s shaped wedding rings for more ideas.

When it comes to looking at different rings, start by considering the width and length of your finger. Also factor in the overall size of your hand. Take these factors into consideration, along with:

 

  • The style and width of the ring you like
  • The size and shape of the main stone

 

Another consideration is your usual nail shape and length. Do you keep your nails trimmed short, or do you prefer them shaped and long? Longer nails usually lengthen the appearance of your fingers- becoming part of the equation.

 

The Different Lengths

Long Fingers

Most styles tend to work well on rings for thin, long fingers. But consider these points when choosing a ring:

  • Round and princess-cut stones are particularly flattering
  • Wider bands will complement length
  • Long fingers can pull off bold styles

 

Slender Fingers

When choosing a ring for slender fingers, you don’t want to overpower the fingers:

  • Thicker bands will widen the look of your fingers
  • Smaller stones can make thing fingers look wider

 

Short Fingers

Rings for short fingers should make fingers look longer, no matter what width:

  • Narrow, slender-width bands can create the illusion of length
  • Pear, oval and marquise stones will lengthen the appearance of fingers
  • Rectangular-shaped stones lengthen short fingers- provided they aren’t so big that they overwhelm

 

Wide Fingers

When it comes to choosing rings for wide fingers, try to find a style that doesn’t show off too much skin on each side of the ring, or make fingers look wider. Consider the following styles:

  • Medium to thick bands
  • Round stones and cluster styles that are set in larger settings tend to flatter wider fingers
  • Choose marquise, wide oval, emerald or rectangular shapes. The narrow stones will make wider fingers look even wider.
  • Asymmetrical designs and angular shapes will minimize the width of fingers

 

Larger Knuckles

If you’re not particularly fond of your knuckles, the right ring can work to draw attention away from them:

  • Consider heavier, thicker bands which draw attention to the ring instead of the centre of your finger.

When choosing your wedding band, keep the bigger picture in mind – it’s not just about your finger, but you also need to consider your hand.

 

Smaller Hands

If you have smaller hands, try to keep the overall proportion of the ring small.  Princess-cut, small round, heart-shaped and oval stones tend to work especially well.

 

Larger Hands

  • Larger hands can get away with chunky, bulky styles of bands
  • Larger rings should suit your personality – there’s a lot more room to get creative

The Three Main Shapes of Wedding Rings

Wedding rings come in three main shaped:

  1. Shaped
  2. Court shaped
  3. D shaped

Take the above tips into consideration, and you will easily find the perfect pair of wedding bands.

 

Budget Tips on Getting an Elegant Prom Dress For Your Daughter

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Most of us have been taught to believe that just because something is more expensive, it is better. With fashion, that belief is definitely wrong. There’s an abundant amount of clothes out there that look good and are affordable the same way that there are ridiculously expensive clothes that look like garbage.

Because you’re savvy and you know better than to fall for the idea that expensive brands are better, you’re going to look for an elegant prom dress for your daughter that’s so affordable it’ll make Suze Orman proud. Before you begin to shop with your daughter for elegant prom dresses in Chicago available at PDS, have a read at these tips first.

 

Cut down on other areas first

Prom night is expensive. And we’re not only talking about the cost of the dress. There are other things to like accessories, shoes, hair and makeup, the corsage, the limo rental. All these expenses can add up causing you to spend more than what you’d hope for.

To get the best budget for her prom dress, you need to consider cutting corners on these other areas first. Shoes are only going to be worn after a few hours right after her feet start to hurt and she’ll just want to dance barefoot. Accessories can be taken from you or her existing jewelry collection. As for hair and makeup, you can do it yourself or have a friend who’s really good at it do it for her.

You can get as creative as you want. Once you’re done budgeting these other expenses, you should have an estimate of how much you can spend on her prom dress.

 

Check the discount section

Forget what they told you about the discount section. If anything, it’s where you can find the most valuable finds at a cheap price. Most of these prom dresses are stocks from the last season so you still get a fashionable dress for your daughter for a fraction of the price. Take advantage of the discount section most boutiques have and you and your daughter might just hit a jackpot!

 

Don’t limit yourselvesto prom dress shops

Prom dresses are not limited to prom dress shops alone. You can find equally beautiful prom dresses at online prom dress stores. By checking online shops, you can easily compare prices and have plenty of options. Go for the full-length dresses or the short formal dresses. Many online dress stores have an abundant amount of choices for these types of dresses.

 

Get out of the comfort zone

Don’t limit your daughter to just one style. Check out the Prom Dress shop and like them on Facebook. The boutique carries a wide selection of styles that your daughter can experiment with.

Who knows, your daughter might just find herself liking a style that is not only good looking but also cheaper than the preferred type. Take your time exploring different types. Now even though budget has to be kept in mind during the shopping process, you don’t want to go too far off either. Just because a dress is cheap, it doesn’t mean she’ll feel happy with the style or feel comfortable in the fabric. It’s always best to maintain a balance between comfort, style, and budget. Don’t compromise on those three.

Now that you know how to shop for an elegant dress for your daughter on a budget, you should get an idea on how to find an equally beautiful piece of clothing for a cheaper price in the future shopping trips. It’s all about strategy, persistence, and time.

Not only will you and your daughter have fun during the shopping process, but you’ll have saved a lot of money that could otherwise be spent on better investments. Who said looking good has to be expensive? Certainly not us!

Did you have any tips to add? Let us know in the comments.

 

Finding the Perfect Post-Partum Dress

Having a baby is not without its challenges. Other than the expected sleepless nights and rushed bathroom breaks, what poses as a hurdle to us (or at least some of us!) puerperal women is trying to get back into pre-pregnancy shape. While the transition may not be easy, there are a lot of stylish dresses we could wear to help us along.

Shift dresses such as this can help conceal a slightly post-partum bulging tummy.  I especially love that it comes in my favorite color- blue!

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This one is something I can wear to work. That necklace adds character to an otherwise plain brown top. Pairing it with leggings works too.

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This red dress looks simple yet elegant enough to wear to a party.red

The good news is that dresses for women online don’t necessarily have to burn a hole in your pocket. There are quite a substantial number of websites that have occasional sales, so you’re sure to get a good deal on dresses you fancy. You will find a whole lot of cheap dresses if you just look around.

Once you find a dress that suits you, then you’ll have one less thing to worry about and you’ll have more time enjoying motherhood.

Fashion Tips for Mom:  How to Look Fab in Your 50’s

Tears for Fears said that “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”.  Although not everyone would get the chance to launch a nuclear attack from the Air Force One, everybody has the chance to look stunning at any age- moms in their fifties, notwithstanding.  If you, your mom or someone dear to you is in her golden years wants to look gorgeous and turn heads, do consider the following fashion tips:

For casual wear, steer clear of jeans which are too high-waisted.  Your best bet would be bootcut styles.  Keep it simple with a comfortable cotton top and flats.  There’s a wide selection of classic and ageless styles of flats from both online and offline stores.

You can still get away with wearing prints.  Just stick to small prints, so you won’t look too garish.  A printed wrap around dress with a V-neckline looks effortlessly elegant.

For office wear, look for suits with a touch of softness to them.  A fitted turtleneck over a chic pencil skirt will also help flatter your figure without trying too hard.

Just because you’re in your fifties, doesn’t mean you have no other choice but the frumpy look.  Explore various style options, and you’ll feel confident as you have the time of your life.

Fashionable Finds for Boys

If you could see me now, I”m slapping myself on the forehead because of another memory lapse.  With barely a few winks before Christmas day, it just dawned on me that I still don’t have a present for one of my nephews.  How could that have slipped my mind!  Thankfully, the internet has a plethora of gift options for some last minute, buzzer-beating shopping.

I consider myself lucky for stumbling upon lucasfrank.com.  I could hardly contain my excitement as I browsed through their collection of boys’ clothes.  Their line ranges from tees to polos to hoodies.  Everything a boy needs to look and feel like a member of a pop boy band is here.

I’ve got my eye on this hoodie which I’m thinking of getting for my nephew:

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And on warmer days, this tee would be perfect as he heads out to the park for a stroll:

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I love how this rugby shirt would make him look like a stunner as he asks his crush out for some ice cream:

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They do have other items on sale, so I don’t think my shopping ends here. Better a forgetful aunt than a scrooge, right?

Fashion Bootcamp: Choosing Boots for Your Body Shape

If I had a pair of funky boots, I know what I’d do… I’d walk all over those people who take advantage of the less fortunate.  I’d kick the living daylights out of good-for-nothing hooligans who cunningly steal people’s money for their personal gain.

But instead of having that rebellious spirit take over me, I’m going to be like a model and slip into a pair of fashionable boots as I walk down the hall to my office.  And then I stop to think: Am I wearing the right kind of boots for my body type?  Do these complement my shape, or am I better off taking to the mountains and being part of the militia?

Looking for boots to match your body type is something worth considering.  Here are a few tips to guide you:

If you have short legs- like I do- knee high boots will make them look longer and slimmer.  You can pair these with some sexy shorts so you can show off those stems.  Stay away from those with lots of buckles or horizontal straps though, as these will make your legs look even shorter.

If you have really slim calves, you can get away with motorcycle or mid-calf length boots.  They cut across the calf and make your legs look wider.

Anybody can pull off ankle length boots.  They look great with jeans.  If you want to wear them with a dress though, make sure the boots fit snugly at the ankle, and the length of your skirt or dress should end right above the knee.

You can look for a lot of boot options on this site.  Get the best-looking boots for you, so you can give off an undeniable air of confidence- even if you’re really quaking in your boots from that highly-charged meeting with the boss!

 

 

 

Dress with Style in Modest Clothing

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When it comes to fashion, there is so much that can be involved. Everybody has a different style and likes certain things. Many times, being able to find cute and fashionable clothing that is modest can be challenging. Not a lot of stores provide this and makes girls and women become very discouraged. You want to keep your standards high, but when you cannot find clothing that is modest, it makes it a challenge. At stores like DownEast, you do not have to worry about finding modest clothes. With a huge selection of clothes that are modest and very cute, you will be able to dress according to your standards and still feel great about yourself with the way that you look. There is no need to lower your standards when there are great options for you.

Dressing cute and fashionable is important to many people. To help you find clothes that are your style can be hard. By having so many different options and style of clothing, you are able to find a new outfit that you will absolutely love. New clothing is available each season to help you make your wardrobe stay fresh and stylish. Once you have shopped at the right modest clothing stores, you will never shop anywhere else.

It is often hard to find cute dresses and skirts. You may have searched so many different places, but you do not feel pretty in anything that you have tried on. Instead of feeling this way, there are many different dresses and skirts for any girl and woman. You will find the exact look that you are hoping for and will love the way that the dress fits on your body. By getting a cute dress, you will also be getting your new favorite dress.

Many people try to find camisoles and undershirts that are made with quality. A lot of these types of shirts shrink easily and do not last long. At stores like DownEast, you will be able to find camisoles and undershirts in any color to help you be able to layer your clothing. This will help you stay modest and cover up your body where it needs some extra clothing.

3 Budget Friendly Fashion Tips

Nobody likes being on a budget. It’s a reality that few of us can escape from. Being on a tight budget doesn’t mean you have to compromise on the way you dress or the way you look and feel. Being fashionable doesn’t have to be an expensive affair – it can be done easily if you take a smart approach. In the following article we look into a few ways to save money when shopping so that you can be fashionable without spending a great deal.

#1: Know Where to Shop

When on a budget, your aim should be to uncover or unearth as many hidden “fashion gems” as you can. Look around and you’ll find that trendy clothes are everywhere – not just the top designer stores. For example, if you’re looking to buy No-Iron Dress Shirts for Women, don’t just go for brands – break out of your restricted shopping comfort-zone and move beyond. Take a leap of faith and venture out into the unknown. Experiment with shops and see what you can find. From vintage shops to charity shops to those cheaper high street stores that you would usually avoid going to – check all of them out. Initially, you may not be comfortable with this whole idea. However, this may help you stumble upon the cheapest and the best fashion find that doesn’t put a dent in your wallet.

#2: Go for the Basics

At first, it does seem a little bit boring to spend your money on “basic clothing,” but as you do your wallet a favor, you will be thankful in the long run. Staple items – neutral colors and some decent fabrics like grey or black trousers, navy blue jeans and white or off-white shirts – will last you all through the year (and if you’re lucky, for a whole decade!). Be smart when it comes to being fashionable instead of looking for expensive items. A simple pair of jeans or a plain cardigan will always be in fashion no matter what, regardless of the season or place. This is the key advantage to buying the basics.

#3: Invest in Accessories

Using accessories is a proven way to pep up your wardrobe without spending a great deal of money on it. The best thing about accessories is that they can change a dress/outfit immediately and give it a fresh look. For instance, you could wear a plain t-shirt along with the same pair of worn out jeans for days, but with various types of accessories,  nobody would even notice. Try to find “statement” pieces of jewelry like eye-catching belts, unique-looking scarves, over sized necklaces, etc. Basically anything that lets you change or alter your appearance of your dress or outfit, and gives it that extra ‘zing’ factor will work.

Finally, if you don’t really want fashion to take a backseat when you’re on a budget, see to it that you take care of your bad spending habits and avoid impulse shopping. This way, you’ll be able to invest your money in the right places and buy items that actually add to your wardrobe in a sensible, affordable manner.