Monday, 23 November 2009

Romantic gifts from the heart

Jewellery is your all time favourite when it comes to romantic gift ideas, as let’s face who among us females do not like being showered with jewellery. You do not have to be a romantic like Charlotte from Sex and the City to feel special when given a jewellery gift. We see Carrie overcome with emotion when Alek replaces her lost nameplate with a diamond necklace in Sex and the City and Troy takes Gariella’s breathe away with a silver T pendant in High School Musical.

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Heart necklaces are romantic gifts that symbolizes love for as we can appreciate, the heart shape is a universal symbol for love. Heart lockets usually engraved and with a picture inside were very popular in Victorian times with heart lockets being passed done from generation to generation. The heart locket not only symbolised romantic love but was also a family keepsake.

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Charm necklaces and bracelets are also romantic gifts and are symbolic of momentos and keepsakes. Traditionally charm jewellery including necklaces and bracelets were specifically designed to add new jewellery momentos over time for different accomplishments and achievements like academic success, anniversaries, milestone journeys etc. Personalized charms are very popular with mothers who for instance wear nameplates of their children as jewellery charm pendants or have a momento for each child on a charm bracelet.

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But nowadays more than a way of creating your own jewellery from life experiences, charm jewellery has become fashionable and a very popular fashion trend especially with those who like bohemian fashion or the folk trend.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

New in at Munique Fashions

Looking for that perfect statement jewellery to wear at your Christmas Party? Or wondering what you can get for your loved one this christmas? Then look no further, Munique has the perfect christmas jewellery gifts and unique fashion accessories that you are looking for.

Here's a sneak preview of what's new in at Munique this christmas. For more new arrivals click here
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This luxury charm necklace is very dramatic indeed and the wooden earrings simply stunning.

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Friday, 13 November 2009

Natural Winter Hair Care with Akamuti

Usually in the winter my hair can look so lack luster due to the harsh drying effects of the cold winter and the indoor heating. I have tried many off the shelf products to replenish moisture in my hair. But I have come to realize that my skin and hair is at its best when I go back to nature and use quality natural hair and skincare products from reliable suppliers like Akamuti.

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Regular hot oil treatments are recommended for your hair during winter. But usually I tell myself that I am too busy to have a hot oil treatment, but these days I work it into my Saturday night tv schedule especially since Strictly Come Dancing and XFActor are on. When I am setling down to watch these programs, I come armed with my hair oils and apply to my hair, wrap it up and put on my heat cap on a low heat and just sit there and let the oils infuse into my hair and scalp. The end results after shampoo and drying is smooth silky soft hair.

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For the hot oil treatment, I use a combination of pure organic natural oils; neem oil, extra virgin organic olive oil, castor oil and wildrcafted red palm oil which is encriched with vitamin E & pro-vitamin A in the form of carotenoids. Neem oil is especially good for skin and scalp problems and since doing the treatments regularly my dry scalp has been remarkably under control. Neem oil may smell awful but it works. Once I keep this regime up, the next time I visit my hairdresser I know she will be impressed with the condition of my scalp.

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After shampooing the oil residue out of my hair, I apply some muru muru butter, a Brazilian tree butter, to my damp hair to lock in moisture. This brazilian butter, rich in vitamin A, leaves my hair silky smooth with a natural sheen. The murumuru butter is also an excellent daily hair conditioner. I usually combine a small amount with coconut oil and apply to my hair daily.

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When my hair is dried after shampooing, I apply some heavenly smelling organic coconut oil to the scalp and massage gently to ensure the oils reaches the hair strands. The sheen and manageability is truly amazing. I have purchased coconut oil at pharmacies in the past but they were odouless and left my daughter’s hair smelling rancid after just a few days. If like me you have had the pleasure of using home made coconut oil, then you will know that this is the real deal. This 100% natural and cold pressed coconut oil from Akamuti maintains that coconut smell without that rancid odour post application. This fair trade oil is totally free from bleaching agents and has not been deodorised or fractionated. I just love cuddling up with my daughter and smelling her hair.

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You simply must try these oils for yourself to experience the effects. A hot oil treatment is well worth the time and effort in the winter to prevent breakage due to dry and brittle hair. Ideally when you use Akamuti’s products you are actually feeding your skin and hair directly with the essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants needed to maintain radiant skin and hair. You simpy can’t beat natural goodness.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

My must have coat this winter

Helly Hansen jacket ski/snowboard, must have winter coatO'Neil jacket ski/snowboard, must have winter coat The weather is really changing now. It was absolutely cold this weekend, starting on Friday night when we took the kids to bonfire night at their school. Next morning I took them to their tennis lessons which is on outdoor tennis courts and I was freezing.

You know it’s cold when children start complaining about the temperatures outside as they are usually happy to get outside and have a play.

When I think of the must have coats for winter a ski jacket is usually not at the top of my mind as I am not into skiing at the moment. But the thermoregulating plus the windproof and waterproof finish of ski clothing is the best coat to keep me warm at Saturday morning tennis.

It is said that it is never matter of being too cold, but that people are not dressed warm enough. So true!!!!! So next Saturday I will be dressed warm enough in my ski suit including ski jacket, some ski gloves and a ski hat. Hope there are no more gaps in my winter closet.

If your must have coat this winter is a ski jacket then check out this O'Neil jacket ski/snowboard and this Hally Hansen jacket ski/snowboard.

Monday, 9 November 2009

Women's tights and leggings

Tights and leggings are one of those super five fashion accessories that is a must have when it comes to getting the most of your summer wardrobe year round. You can wear them with shorts, skirts and tunic dresses. If you are not keen on themal leggings, then you can use tights and leggings as a second layer under your jeans and trousers when it gets colder like it is today. My goosh ….it is absolutely freezing this morning.

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My problem is that I go for the unique and unusual when it comes to fashion accessories and so the classic coloured grey, black and blue tights do not appeal to me. Lucky for me there is an amazing range of women’s tights to choose from that can glam up any outfit whether it is casual, evening or party wear.
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Of course the colder it gets the higher the dernier I wear. If it is cold like this morning I opt for 40+ dernier tights. For formal occasions and when it is warm and sunny I go for tights of 10 or less dernier which is really sheer.
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According to the rules of fashion if you’re wearing a colourful oufit then keep the tights and leggings to a simple and classic neutral tone that includes the usual grey, browns and blues and viceversa. But there was a time when it was a no no to wear two different prints or patterns in the same outfit. Now mixed patterns are considered edgy and chic when matched to colour tones. So your selection of tights and leggings should really depend on your fashion personality and your mood for that day. But do try to vary your selection to give yoursself choice when selecting one for an outfit.

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Thursday, 5 November 2009

Sequin Party Wear

If it is one trend that is always fashionable at Christmas time, it is the sequin trend. The sequin trend is usually very popular around the Christmas season which just adds to the whole glitz and glamour of the holiday season with its glittering lights, shiny gift paper and shimmering red accents. And it is not the magpies who will be making a beeline for you in your shimmering and sparkling sequin outfits.

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Sequin party wear is dressy; it creates impact and allows you to stand out from the crowd while looking effortlessly fabulous and chic. It is a look, not only for celebrities but perfect if you want a dressier look for your Christmas party.

sequin party top, sequin tunic dress,sequin party wear This soft sequin camisole tunic can just about fit in your bag ready for your night out after work.
You can choose from sequin dresses, sequin tops, sequin tunics, sequin vests and even sequin cardigans. The choice is endless and the sequin tops are great for dressing up a pair of jeans or trousers and just the right size to tuck in your handbag to change after work for that much awaited Christmas party. Hear comes the girls!!!!!

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If you feel you are too conservative for a full sequin outfit then go for dresses like this Purple sequin embellished evening dress which is only partly sequenced. This sleeveless sequin party dress embellished jewels at the neckline is another classic option.

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Alternatively you can opt to wear an embellished cardigan which practically offers warm and stylistically still creates impact. Choose from this round neck embellished cardigan or this fitted glam evening cardigan.

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To see other glamourous sequin christmas party wear click here.