Saturday, February 13, 2016

Why Opals Are the Perfect Gift for 2016


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Opals have been prized as a unique and mystical gem for thousands of years. Sure, there are more expensive, rarer stones out there, but few that manage to enchant and fascinate like the opal does. The way the colour seems to change is stunning, and few gems can compare with its chameleon-like beauty.
If you’re looking for a gift with a difference, then the awesome opal might just be the answer. You can buy them set into rings, earrings and necklaces. Opal Pendants are timeless and have a classic look. Opals have a rich history, great meaning and make a thoughtful present for someone special in your life.
Australia - Home Of the Opal
The Opal is Australia’s national gemstone, and it has a lot in common with their most famous landmark. Ayers Rock and the magnificent opal both appear to change colour depending on how the light falls on them. What could be more beautiful? It’s a wonder of the natural world.  Despite being out of the ground, the opal still seems to stay vibrant and in tune with Mother Nature.  

Myths and Mystery
The Opal is surrounded by myth and folklore. The multicoloured gem is often said to bring the wearer bad luck and for that reason should be avoided. This is a myth. Opals are the birthstone for October. Some people regard it as unlucky to wear a gem that isn’t your birthstone. Even more people ignore this old fashioned and myth based advice.  It's always best to take old-fashioned superstitions with a pinch of salt!
Revered Throughout History
The stunning stones have been admired and sought after throughout the ages. Opals are commonly thought to have been first named by the Romans. They named their fascinating find “Opalus,” which means “in part a stone.” In later times, the Greeks called it “Oppallo” which means colour change.
Varieties and Variations
There are many different types of Opal. The most valuable are the Black Opal. These precious stones have a darker body colour than normal opals. This allows the spectacular range of colours to be seen in clarity and brilliance. White opals have an almost milky colour as a base rather than the darker hues of rarer gems.  Boulder Opals typically still have an Ironside as they are thinner than Black or white types. Crystal Opals are not one particular type of opal but are a variation of the other types. Part of their body will be clear or semi-transparent.
Whatever type of opal you choose, it is a beautiful keepsake and will delight the recipient for years to come. If you’re buying it for someone born in October, it’s extra meaningful. Being their birthstone, it is meant to bring them luck! It’s a birthday present with a difference, full of thought and good wishes.
If jewelry isn't for you then check out more gift ideas here

What’s your favourite gem? Do you still think diamonds are a girl’s best friend? Are you superstitious about stones? Drop by and leave your stories in the comments.

Friday, January 8, 2016

3 Things you should never Wear to a Wedding

 
Weddings provide the ideal opportunity to make a special effort with your clothes. It's a day where everybody can get dressed up and look smart. But it can be difficult to know exactly what is the right thing to wear when you are a guest. Whether you realise it or not there are many taboos when it comes to wedding guest attire. While you should remain true to yourself, you should also think about what is appropriate and what should be avoided at all costs. Take a look at these three things you should never wear to a wedding to ensure you get noticed for all the right reasons.



A White Dress

Unless you want to fall out with the bride the second you enter the room, a white dress is a huge no no. Even if white is your favourite colour of choice, it will be seen as an attempt to upstage the bride. Why not try out a new look with a statement colour piece instead? Or go for another neutral colour such as a light grey or a coffee tone. If you are really brave and want to wear white, make 100% sure that your dress is in no way similar to the brides. It is her day after all. Try to get a glimpse of the dress if you can before the big day to ensure you make the right decisions regarding your outfit. Make sure you accessorize with statement jewellery and colour-pop heels to make you look less bridal.



Super High Heels

If you’re a natural in super high heels, then feel free to wear them to the wedding. But if you aren’t it could be a disaster. You could fall over, get blisters and have to remain seated throughout the reception. You may feel pressured to wear heels to such a fancy affair but go for a sensible heel that you can comfortably walk in. Sandals and wedges can also look fantastic with a fancy frock or skirt. There are so many options out there to choose from. Go for a stand out colour or a colour that perfectly compliments your outfit. Practice walking around in your new shoes before the event to help you get used to them.




Jeans and a T-shirt

It doesn’t matter how laid back the married couple are, jeans and a t-shirt are not suitable for a wedding.

Even if it’s being held on a beach or in a backyard, you should make more of an effort with your attire. If you prefer a relaxed style, you can still find plenty of wedding appropriate options. Why not try a jumpsuit or a button up shirt instead of a dress. It’s important that you feel at ease but jeans and a t-shirt you’ve worn all week won’t go down well with anybody.




Avoiding these three things will put your mind at ease and make your shopping process much easier. Nobody wants to upset the bride on her big day. So reduce the risk of this happening by always choosing something that is an appropriate length and colour. That way you’ll enjoy the celebrations and keep receiving wedding invitations in the future.
 
 
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Thursday, January 7, 2016

My Top Tips for a Brighter More Beautiful Smile

lWe all want a bright, beautiful smile - it’s no secret. If you’re unhappy with your smile, the chances are that not only do you lack self-esteem but also hate smiling, especially in pictures. A sparkling smile will not only boost your confidence, but it also makes your face look younger and healthier.

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Of course, wanting an amazing smile and having one, are two very different things. It’s not like you can just call your fairy godmother and voila, your smile is perfect. If you want a beautiful smile that you’re proud of, you need to take steps to achieve it. To help you do that, I thought that I would share some tips with you, here:

Put a good oral hygiene routine in place

The most important thing that you can do for teeth that are bright and healthy is take care of them well at home. This means having a good oral hygiene routine in place that consists of brushing, flossing and mouth washing on a daily basis.

Brushing your teeth polishes the enamel and removes bacteria that can lead to decay. Flossing helps to remove food from below the gum line and from in between the teeth, helping to prevent decay. Finally, mouth washing helps to remove any missed plaque or bacteria from your mouth and also freshens your breath.

Go for regular dental checkups

The key to keeping your smile looking beautiful is catching decay as early as possible, as the longer you leave it, the worse it gets. Your dentist will be able to check your teeth for decay and will be abe to tell you the next steps if you have signs of decay.

Many people suffer from dental fear and so, don’t like to visit the dentist. It might be scary but unless you want unhealthy teeth, seeing a dentist every six months is a must.

Whiten your teeth

If your teeth are stained, this can have a big impact on your smile and confidence. While you can whiten your teeth at home with a DIY whitening kit, for best results, it’s a good idea to see a cosmetic dentist. The good news is that unlike some dental treatments, teeth whitening should be painless. So even if you’re scared of the dentist, cosmetic dentistry shouldn’t faze you.

The most important thing is to select a reputable cosmetic dentist, who has plenty of experience. Look for someone who runs a practice close to where you live and comes highly recommended. You only get one set of teeth, so when it comes to dental work, it’s important to know that you’re in the hands of someone who knows what they’re doing.

Be careful about what you eat and drink

When we think about our diets, it’s often in relation to our weight. However, that shouldn’t be the case. We should also think about how what we eat and drink affects our teeth, as many foods and drinks can be harmful.
For example, red wine and coffee can cause staining. Fizzy drinks and sugary sweets can make us more prone to cavities. It’s important to be choosy about what you eat and drink, to ensure that your teeth stay as healthy as possible.


A bright, white smile can not only boost your facial beauty but can also boost your confidence. Take note of the tips above, and you can give your smile a makeover.
 
 
 
 
 
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Monday, January 4, 2016

Dresswe Wedding Dresses 2015

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  It's 2016 and so many people I know are tying the knot. You can find Cheap Wedding Dresses at Dresswe.com Their selection is one of a kind and also affordable. I only wish I would have had a wedding, instead of just going to the courthouse. But weddings can be costly, especially the dress. That's why Dresswe is available online that carries a huge variety of dresses. Here are a few of my favorite picks from their site:
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The Charming Lace Mermaid Court Train Wedding Dress
 
 
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Modern Off the Shoulder Lace Long Wedding Dress
 
 
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The Charming scoot neck beaded mermaid tiered court wedding dress
All the dresses shown are under $300, which is a steal for the quality you're getting. I love the mermaid look with the long flowing gown. Just writing this post makes me want to get married. I would totally be buying my dress from DressWe. They let you search through the dresses by price, fabric and many other options- so you find the perfect dress for you.
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Delicate Scoop Neck Long Sleeve Train Dress
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Luxurious A-Line Sweetheart Lace Dress
 
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Pretty Sweetheart Beading Appliques Ball Gown Wedding Dress
Each dress is made with equisite precise detailing, and beautiful beading to bring you the perfect wedding dress. Remember you want your day to be perfect, let Dresswe be the one to bring you the perfect dress. You Can find Dresswe here, also on Facebook, Twitter & You Tube.
courtney

Friday, January 1, 2016

Firmoo Giveaway! (Ends 1-16-16)

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Hey beauties! Have you guys heard about Firmoo? It's an online glasses site that offers affordable stylish glasses at a fraction of the cost.  Right now Firmoo is offering men's glasses starting only at $19! What a great way to start the new year.
 
So Firmoo has decided to give away a pair to one of my beautiful readers. You can choose from these glasses if you win this giveaway-  Here's a few of my favorite:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
So do you want your own pair?  One winner will be able to choose from a big selection of glasses,  which will include the frames, standard 1.50 index single vision lenses. Upgraded lenses and add-ons will be charged for an extra fee. To Enter, just comment on which glasses you like from here Also you must like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter- Follow the Rafflecopter below; good luck!
 
 
 
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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Dressing for Christmas with SammyDress

 
 
 
 
 
You guys know I love affordable stylish well made clothing. SammyDress is pefect for Christmas; they have stylish sweaters, dresses and even makeup.  I found the perfect Christmas outfit for less then $15 on SammyDress. Here are some of my favorites:
 
 
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Casual Print Sweater so pretty and perfect for Christmas time. Less then $11!
 
 
 
 
 
Cute Hooded Emoji Printed Pullover
 
 
 
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Snowflake and Letter Print Christmas Sweater
 
 
 
 
Suede Boots With Lace Up Design
 
 
 
All thes above things are less then $10.  I love all their Christmas items, and their sweaters are festive but still cute.  The prices are so much more affordable then your other clothing sites. There are so  many items to choose from you will have a hard time pickng just one or two things. I love this Elk Print Christmas Sweater.
 
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Stylish Gingham Hoodie
 
 
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casual geometric sweater
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stylish Scoop Colla Half Sleeve Bowknot Design Top
 
 
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Sweet Hooded Long Sleeve Lace Spliced Pullover Hoodie For Women
 
 
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Elegant Hollow Out Lace Spliced Long Sleeve Solid Color T-Shirt For Women
 
 
All of these tops are perfect for the Holiday season. I plan on picking all of them up because they are so cheap.  And the makeup too is high quality and under $10.
 
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Graceful Scoop Neck Long Sleeve Pure Color Knitted A-Line Dress For Women
 
 
 
Honestly I found some of the same exact sweaters I mentioned here on other more "popular" fashion sites for more then double the price If you want high quality cheap, affordable clothing; then SammyDress is a must. I highly recommend them.
 
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Monday, December 7, 2015

Fall Winter Skin Fixes

 
 
Do you switch up your beauty routine according to the changing season? If so, see below for some great products to keep in mind to help your skin and hair adjust during these colder months.
 
 
 
PROBLEM: Dry, Tight Skin
SOLUTION: Try a gentle water-activated sudsing cleanser, DDF Sensitive Cleansing Gel, for dry, sensitive or mature skin. Alleviates the feeling of tightness and/or dryness after washing. I have been using this face wash and I love how it helps with my dry skin. I feel like it's really helping my wrinkles too.
 
 
 
PROBLEM: Dry, itchy scalp and ends
SOLUTION: Try Sun Bum 3-in-1 Leave in with Coconut Oil protects, detangles, and conditions your hair while enhancing and restoring its natural body.
 
 
 
 
PROBLEM: Faded hair color from the summer sun?
SOLUTION: TouchBack Color Depositing Shampoo and Conditioner enhances hair color, while providing deep hydration to the hair shaft
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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