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Your 18th Wedding Anniversary Inspiration in 9 Ideas

Your 18th Wedding Anniversary Inspiration in 9 Ideas

So, what are you planning on your 18th wedding anniversary?

Just because it does not fall under any milestone year, there is no reason to take the 18th wedding anniversary year lightly. Look at it this way — you are just two years away from the 20th year, which is definitely a landmark!

When couples stick that long with one another, they almost begin to anticipate what the other person thinks, feels and wants. But, human nature being what it is, even though you know that she adores going to the mountains rather than the sea for holidays, did you know that of late her thoughts are increasing turning towards an ocean side villa? See, you didn’t. So, back to the basics. The comfort level is enormous, but nothing like an element of surprise to rev up the romance, eh?

Interestingly, while most anniversary years have a list of traditional and contemporary gifts (making it so much easier for the husbands), the 18th year calls upon your creative and innovative skills. That’s right. There is no traditional gift or flower associated with it, although the modern gift is porcelain, while the gemstones are cat’s eye and opal.

So, here are some 18th wedding anniversary gift ideas that will have her throwing her arms around you in sheer delight:

1. Okay, so you have decided to play it safe and allow an expert to lead you — at least you are sure of being on the right track, eh? The contemporary gift is porcelain – symbolising grace, aesthetic appeal and a delicate charm. Porcelain objects and artefacts can make classy gifts and always appear elegant — so much like her.

2. Porcelain gift ideas – Is she fond of collecting porcelain figures? Hunt for some really exquisite and unique pieces to add to her growing repertoire. A personalised porcelain mug carrying a tender love message from you to her will make her morning cuppa so much more memorable! Or go the whole way and present her with a beautiful porcelain tea set. Other great options are a special photograph of the two of you in a porcelain mirror frame, porcelain vases and bowls.

3. Jewellery – This is a fairly safe wicket and a time-tested one at that! But, making the choice that much easier for you is the fact that cat’s eye and opal are the two gemstones for the 18th wedding anniversary year. So, if you want to go strictly by tradition, pick jewellery which has either or both of these stones. Did you know – Cat’s Eye is reputed to attract powerful blessings for its wearer, not the least of which are freedom from financial worries, ill-health and mental tension. It is also a remarkably tough gemstone — a prophetic and befitting stone for this anniversary year. You could present her with a lovely ring set with a twinkling, gleaming Cat’s Eye stone. Opal is another beautiful gemstone and embedded in a porcelain ring will make an exquisite …

I Want to Be a Model, But Where Do I Start?

I Want to Be a Model, But Where Do I Start?

If you only have a gut feeling about becoming a model and you aren’t very sure, the question becomes, where do I start? Don’t worry; you aren’t alone in thinking as such. Many of the best models in the world, even up to the ranks of popular Victoria’s Secret runway models, started with as much uncertainty as you. We reveal some of the important steps to take on how to start getting model job.

Find out what type of modeling fits you

Everyone has the potential to be a model, but not everyone can be a fashion model. You have to find out what modeling type your body sizes and dimensions will fit in best. If you are tall (above 165cm) you may be suited for fashion runways and editorials, but if you are short (below 160cm) commercial and print modeling will suit you better. There are ambiguous cases, such as model Kate Moss, where shorter models can become a good runway model. However, such cases are rarer and at least for a start, you will have to be realistic and recognize categories that your looks fit in suitably.

Choosing the agency that develops your style

Different agencies have different specializations. Some agencies accept and groom all types of models, some others stick to one. You now have to do your homework and make a list of agencies and the different types of model jobs they offer. Are you willing to try a variety of modeling job types or you want to focus on a specific area of modeling? Choose the agency appropriate to your ability and interests.

While checking your preferred agency, watch out for other important information that assures the agency is genuine and has a good reputation. Narrow down your options to a select the important few agencies that are best for you.

Applying into the agency

Any excellent agency will have frequent casting calls and readily book interview appointments for aspiring models. Search their social media and websites for information on upcoming casting calls and if you fit the female model requirements immediately apply for it. You can also apply through their website or call them directly and book an appointment. Calling is the most recommended way as you can clear your doubts easily and be more aware of what the agency expects from you.

Take a few Snapshots and a Proper resume

Some basic documents an agency expects at the start are your resume and a few basic snapshots of your face and body. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on your photos; a few simple smartphone photos will see you through. The agency itself will be taking professional shots for your portfolio, and your photos are just for them to have a rough sense of how you look on camera. Your resume should show that you are more than a pretty face, who is committed and talented. This impresses the agency and improves your chances of getting accepted.

Now all you …

Women in Thirties Are Men’s Favorite

Women in Thirties Are Men’s Favorite

Once you were wondering if all men love younger girls who are in the twenties. They are young, beautiful, sexy, fashionable and hot. But the truth actually is a little different. As men say, they love the women in thirties best.

First, women at this age have a stable occupation. They have been highly educated and have struggled a lot to be at the position. They are women more than little girls. They have clear plans for their future. Also they analyze themselves more objectively. This results in their economic independence. They no longer rely on the men. They may even drive a luxurious car and live in an elite house. They can drink red wine in an elegant restaurant. At the same time, they can also prepare meals for themselves if they would like to. They have got independent personality and a social status.

Second, they pay great attention to the appearances. Women at a younger age would be proud of youth. Sometimes they may ignore the importance of being look decent and respectable. Women in their thirties know what they should wear in different occasions. They also take excises to keep fit and healthy. After so many years’ practice, they understand what kind of makeup or cosmetics suit them the best. Thus they would not make mistakes and always show their maturity.

Third, their mentality will be more watery. They are not excited as they were younger girls. Once they may cry for a cat’s death, a movie’s sad ending or an unanswered call which the lover forgets to pick up. But now, they know what is really important and what is just emotional. They will not be so mad at the government or other social issues. On the contrary, they are more tolerant and have a second thought on the things or problems they face. They would not draw a conclusion easily but tend to think the whole thing more thoroughly.

At last, they are not shy like young girls when they talk about sex. They will not passively accept it. Instead, they know how they can feel best in this process. They may even take control of it. They can share it with the men with a brave and open-minded attitude. Besides, they will also try their best to make their lovers happier.

In a word, women in thirties are independent, mature, tolerant and beautiful. They are confident and gentle. They know when should they give up while when shall stick to. They can be repressed sometimes while other times make a public appearance. They can be attractive as well as toxic. Thus they become men’s favorite.…

History and Clothing in Ancient Japan

History and Clothing in Ancient Japan

Japanese history includes alternating periods of isolation and revolutionary influences from the rest of the world. As early as the Jomon period from about 14000BC to 300 BC, Japan had a hunter-gatherer lifestyle; wooden stilt houses, pit dwelling, and agriculture. Weaving was still unknown and the ancient Japanese clothing consisted of fur. However, some of the world’s oldest pottery is found in Japan, along with daggers, jade, combs made form shell and clay figures.

The period thereafter to 250 BC saw the influx of new practices like weaving, rice sowing, iron and bronze making influenced by china and Korea. Chinese travelers describe the men ‘with braided hair, tattooing and women with large, single-piece clothing.’ Initially ancient Japanese clothing consisted of single piece clothing. The ancient and classical Japan begins from the middle of the 3rd century to 710. An advanced agricultural and militaristic culture defines this period. By 645, Japan rapidly adopted Chinese practices and reorganized its penal code.

The peak period of ancient Japan and its imperial court is from 794 to 1185. Art, poetry, literature and trade expeditions continued with vigor. Warlords and powerful regional families ruled ancient Japan from 1185 to 1333 and the emperor was just a figure head. By the Japanese Middle Ages, Portugal had introduced firearms by a chance landing of their ship at Japanese coast; samurai charging ranks were cut down; trade with Netherlands, England and Spain had opened up new avenues. Several missionaries had entered Japan as well.

Distinct features of the lifestyle, ancient Japanese clothing and women is difficult to decipher for the simple reason that it is super-imposed by the Chinese culture. Ancient Japan readily adopted other cultures and practices and most of its own culture is lost among these adaptations.

Ancient Japanese clothing was mostly unisex, with differences being in colors, length and sleeves. A Kimono tied with an Obi or a sash around the waist was the general clothing and with the advent of western clothing are now mostly worn at home or special occasions. Women’s obi in ancient Japanese clothing would mostly be elaborate and decorative. Some would be as long as 4meters and tied as a flower or a butterfly. Though a Yukata means a ‘bath clothing’, these were often worn in the summers as morning and evening gowns. Ancient Japanese clothing consisted of mena and women wearing Haori or narrow paneled jacket for special occasions such as marriages and feasts. These are worn over a kimono and tied with strings at the breast level.

The most interesting piece of ancient Japanese clothing is the ju-ni-hitoe or the ‘twelve layers’ adorned by ladies at the imperial court. It is multi-layered and very heavy and worn on a daily basis for centuries! The only change would be the thickness of the fabric and the number of layers depending on the season. Princesses still wear these on weddings.

Since the Japanese people don’t wear footwear inside their homes, tabi is still worn. These are split -toe socks woven …

6 Benefits of a Beauty Salon

6 Benefits of a Beauty Salon

There are many benefits of using a beauty salon. When thinking of this, many people think only of the well-known services, such as hair and nail care. However, there are many benefits offered at these boutiques that can add a unique experience to each of your visits. Here are six benefits of using a salon.

Stress relief – With the busy lives of everyone today – working two jobs, children, school and managing household duties, it is important to alleviate stress as much as possible. One of the greatest benefits of going to a salon is the pampering you receive when you get there. It is your time to relax and let someone else be in charge for a little while. Whether you are having your hair styled, a manicure or pedicure, you will benefit from the massages, water, heat, and pressure to your skin that these services require.

Custom Recommendations – You can also receive tailored information on how to best care for your body when you are not at the salon. As licensed aestheticians, salons are able to give you a variety of information to improve your hair, scalp and overall body conditions related to personal care. For example, you may find that the types of moisturizers you have been using on your skin are not the best according to your skin type.

Products – More often than not, beauty salons offer for sale premium lines of products that you will not find at your local retail store, and sometimes you won’t find it at your local beauty supply store either. They order in bulk and can offer a reasonably price on larger quantities of products.

Hair Care – Of course, hair care immediately comes to mind when you think of beauty salons. There are still a number of people who insist on performing their own perms, bleaching, hair coloring, cutting, etc. There is a real benefit, however, of allowing an expert to manage these professional services for you. It will decrease the chances of damage to your hair from over processing or lack of a quality-looking procedure from under processing.

Manicures and Pedicures – Caring for your hands and feet is important. Often, it is done for relaxation and looking great at the beach, but it can also prevent fungal infections. People that regularly take care of their hands and feet can greatly reduce the chances of having diseases and infections related to this.

Facials – Is this your favorite? It’s not surprising with the variety of services offered in this area. Again, this is where the importance of having an expert in the areas of skin come into play. They are able to perform miracles while you relax and forget about your stringent everyday duties. From acne facials to aromatherapy facials and everything in between, you are sure to find one that’s right for you.

While going to the salon every other day may not be in your budget or schedule, consider taking the time to …

"I Can Only Wear Gold Jewelry" – The Truth About Jewelry Allergies

"I Can Only Wear Gold Jewelry" – The Truth About Jewelry Allergies

I can only wear gold jewelry, everything else breaks me out.” How many times did I hear that exact phrase from my mother when I was a child? Every time I would give her jewelry that was her response.

Why does everything but gold break my mother out? Is that statement even true? When I started designing jewelry over ten years ago I decided to find out. I wanted to design jewelry for my mom that she could wear without fear of a breakout. Now I am going to let you in on what I have discovered.

My mother, like many people, develops contact dermatitis when her skin comes in contact with some types of jewelry. Her dermatitis is a result of an allergic reaction to the nickel found in many types of jewelry. Nickel allergies are very common, in fact one out of every seven people are likely to suffer from a nickel allergy. More often, women tend to suffer from nickel allergies than men. Allergy treatment can help with the symptoms of a nickel allergy. Unfortunately once the allergy has developed, a person will remain sensitive to nickel for the rest of their life.

Nickel is found in many types of costume jewelry, especially those that are mass-produced. It may also be found in other everyday items like coins, zippers, eyeglass frames, and cellphones.

So why is my mom allergic to nickel, you may ask. For some reason, which science still does not understand, her body has mistaken nickel (or similar metals like cobalt) as a threat. In response to that threat, her body causes an immune response (aka allergic reaction) to get rid of the threat. This reaction causes her to breakout in an itchy rash. But others could have a more severe reaction to nickel.

Now that I knew what was causing my mother’s breakout, I set out to find out which types of jewelry did not contain nickel.

First I looked at gold jewelry. Generally speaking, yellow gold (above 14 karat) will not cause an allergic reaction. However white gold may. White gold alloys contain nickel and other “white” metals to produce its silver coloring. One out of every nine people will react to the nickel in white gold.

Another form of gold jewelry is gold filled or “GF” jewelry. Gold filled jewelry metal is created when a base metal is coated with a layer of gold. Gold filled differs from gold-plated by the amount of gold applied. The layer used in gold filled jewelry is typically 50 to 100 time thicker that the layer used to coat gold-plated products.

Next I looked at silver jewelry. For those who are nickel sensitive, fine silver and sterling silver are great choices for “white” metals.

Fine silver is by definition 99.9% pure silver. Jewelry is generally not made of fine silver because the metal is extremely soft and does not withstand normal wear and tear well.

Most silver jewelry is made using sterling silver. Sterling silver

Modern Order of Wedding Speeches

Modern Order of Wedding Speeches

Order Of Wedding Speeches – Short Version – Traditional

  1. The Best Man speaks first according to traditional lore concerning the order of wedding speeches. Traditionally he will toast the bride and groom. He may also need to act as a de facto Master of Ceremonies if no Master of ceremonies has been appointed.
  2. After the Best Mans opening speech speech, the Groom should be cued by the Best man to respond by toasting the bride, thanking the parents, welcoming and thanking relatives from afar and anything he wants to add in this vein.
  3. In traditional order of wedding speeches, this is the part, after a suitable interval, that any Friend or Relative who is a noted and interesting public speaker or has a message to impart may be invited to speak. (It may be Aunt Ivy who you are hoping will remember you in her will if you remember her at the wedding.)
  4. The Father of the Bride speaks last – after paying for the wedding bash it is probably the most he will ever pay to have his say in public. He should thank everyone for attending and add any humorous stories he deems appropriate..

Note that if a Master Of Ceremonies has been appointed he should keep things ticking along with occasional anecdotes (funny or factual.) about speakers he introduces – so he needs to do a little research. But by following the general order of wedding speeches given above and keeping things rolling along with announcements and short stories he should discharge his duties with great aplomb and distinction.

Order Of Wedding Speeches – Longer Version – Modern Practice

With the advent of the 21st century, a lot of tradition has flown out of the window; with beach weddings and underwater weddings and skydiving weddings it was inevitable for some sort of change in the way we tie the knot.

Because this is the newlyweds’ show, they may request old friends and close relatives to get up and speak, irrespective of any formal or informal protocols.

Nowadays there is a less formalised order of wedding speeches which goes something like:

  • Best Man Speech tending towards humour
  • Maid or Matron of Honor Speech tending towards lauding the bride
  • Father of the Bride Speech welcoming guests and telling a few funny stories
  • Parents of the Groom Speech welcoming a new daughter
  • Groom Speech toasting his new wife and thanking guests
  • Bride Speech responding to groom, thanking her parents and her retinue
  • Any other Guests of Honor Speeches which are personalised to individual weddings

Following on this all-in family and friends theme, invitations may be extended to:

  • The brides or grooms siblings, bridesmaids, groomsmen, grandparents, godparent, guardians, the wedding official, close friends or relatives, cousins, best friends, colleagues, bosses, children of the bride or groom or even a particularly intelligent family pet.

It can get thoroughly out of hand – sometimes better described as an ‘out of order of wedding speeches’ than an ‘order of wedding speeches’.

Remember well that …

The History of Online Shopping

The History of Online Shopping

The internet is a fantastic and useful tool. With a click of our mouse we can read today’s news, play an online game and if we wish shop to our hearts content. But when did it all start? What is the history of Online Shopping and what does it mean to shop online?

Online shopping is the process a customer takes to purchase a service or product over the internet. In other words a consumer may at his or her leisure buy from the comfort of their own home products from an online store. This concept was first demonstrated before the World Wide Web was in use with real time transaction processed from a domestic television! The technology used was called Videotext and was first demonstrated in 1979 by M. Aldrick who designed and installed systems in the UK. By 1990 T. Berners-Lee created the first WWW server and browser, and by 1995 Amazon expanded its online shopping experiences.

The history of Online Shopping is amazing. Gone are the days of waiting in traffic and working our way through overcrowded stores. All we need is a computer, bank account, debit or credit card and voila freedom! From books, to cosmetics, clothing and accessories to name a few, shopping online is the answer to the 21st century. Simply find the website that offers the objects of your desire, price and delivery terms and in a matter of a few days your purchase is at your door. The advantages and convenience are obviously predictable as we are offered a broader selection, competitive pricing and a greater access to information in regards to our purchase. Online stores are usually available on a 24 hour basis, and permit consumers to shop at their leisure without any traveling and outside regular business hours!

Another point to take into consideration is that when the internet was first conceived it was not with the ideal that it would change the way we shop. On the contrary the web was created as a tool for communicating, which in time let to the convenience of shopping virtually. The history of online shopping by itself symbolizes the change in our society and has by now become a service used by business and regular shopper all over the world.

Shopping online is easy, fun and secure and has for many taken the place of the Saturday afternoon window shopping at the mail. Still considered as a fairly recent phenomenon, online shopping has without a doubt made the life of countless consumers easier and more convenient. May it be for a home loan, buying car or ordering your weekly groceries, the web has forever changed our outlook on shopping.

The history of online shopping shows to all that a good idea, great presentation, and a desire to offer the best to your customers can make a dream come true. Now considered tried and true, it will be interesting in the next 20 years or so to see where the History on online …

Ancient Greek Writing – 3 Important Writing Styles

Ancient Greek Writing – 3 Important Writing Styles

In its earliest days of being written, Mycenaean Greek was written using a syllabary. However, for nearly 2700 years, Greek has been written using an alphabet. As with other writing systems, over time, different writing styles developed. Similar to how modern English has many variations from cursive to script writing and uppercase to lowercase letters, Ancient Greek had different written variations as well.

Three important variations were the early Greek alphabet (uppercase), the Uncial script and the Greek minuscule script (lowercase).

Early Greek Alphabet – Writing with “Caps Lock” On

This is the easiest of the alphabets to learn. The most common place to use letters was to carve them into monuments. To facilitate the carving process, the letters tended to have few curves. They were also uniformly sized similar to what we call “uppercase” letters today. In fact, many of them are used as capital letters in the Latinic writing system that English is written in.

Here is an example of the early Greek monumental writing:

Α, Β, Γ, Δ, Ε, Ζ, Η, Θ, Ι, Κ, Λ, Μ, Ν, Ξ, Ο, Π, Ρ, Σ, Τ, Υ, Φ, Χ, Ψ, Ω

The early alphabet was written without any spaces or punctuation. The burden of differentiating between words and sentences would fall on the reader. A great example of this type of writing can be found on the Rosetta Stone.

Later Uncial Script – Uppercase with Some Style

The Uncial script appeared in the early part of the first millennium A.D. It was very similar to the monumental script. The letters were all uppercase and there were no spaces between words when it was written.

This script was often used for writing on parchment and vellum. This is a key script to study for those interested in Greek as a large volume of Greek works come from this period including early Christian writings.

Greek Minuscule Script – Good Things Come in Small Packages

Somewhere in the past two thousand years, Greek letters shrank. A writing style known as minuscule (similar to lowercase letters) developed. Some works were written entirely in minuscule. Others were a mix of the earlier uppercase (majuscule) and minuscule scripts. Where the two writing styles appeared together, the minuscule was always more prevalent. Just as with English, proper nouns and the first word of a paragraph would be capitalized. However, in ancient Greek, the first word of each sentence was not capitalized (unless it was a proper noun or the beginning of a paragraph as mentioned above).

Here is the alphabet in minuscule script:

α, β, γ, δ, ε, ζ, η, θ, ι, κ, λ, μ, ν, ξ, ο, π, ρ, σ, τ, υ, φ, χ, ψ, ω

Just as the monumental script has survived as the uppercase letters of Modern Greek, the minuscule script exists as the lowercase letters of Modern Greek. A student of Modern Greek would learn both the majuscule and minuscule scripts in order to be able to read and write the language.…

How To Start A Personalized Gift Business

How To Start A Personalized Gift Business

Personalized gifts make very good options for creative people with a need to express love and gratitude in the most unique and special way. A personalized gift goes to show true care and people love receiving thoughtful creative gifts. If you would like to venture into the personalized gift business, you will need to work with a plan to make it all work for you. Here are a few simple guidelines that can help you start on a high note with your gift business.

1. Find your Niche – There are dozens of online stores selling varieties of personalized gifts. This makes it important to make sure that yours come with a personal touch to make them stand out. To find your niche, decide who your potential clientele will be, their occupation, interests and hobbies and then choose practical gifts that will be fun to spruce up to make them as unique as possible. You can decide to do bags, calendars, photo frames, toys or even playing cards among many others.

2. Lay out a plan – A business plan is important to guide you all through. Start by getting familiar with the latest industry trends and knowing your competitors. When you know what your competitors are offering, you find it easier to choose a slightly different path to make your business special in a way. You also will need to check pricing, marketing concepts and sales strategies. This is also the stage at which you will need to come up with a business name and logo and register the same for the business.

3. Set the business – This is choosing where your business will be located. It should be a location that serves current needs as well as the future goals you have for it. A home office can work for paint, embroidery and calligraphy, but you might need larger commercial space for machinery used for etching and engravings. You should also consider taking the business online to give it visibility.

4. Purchase equipment and supplies – The kind of personalized gift business, you are putting up will determine the supplies and equipment you need. Embroidery machines and engraving machines are necessary for your designs. You will also need embroidery threads, fabrics, brushes and paints among other supplies. Embroidery machines come with built-in designs while laser engraver can import designs onto coated metals, acrylic, wood, glass and plastic among many other materials. Consider buying your supplies at wholesale to get what you need affordably. Graphic software to create custom designs can also be very helpful. A simple research will lead you to the best suppliers of everything you need for the business.

5. Market the business – When you have everything you need, including target market, it should be time to make your services known to the public. You can start with local professionals that might find the services interesting. Event planners, promotional teams and wedding planners can be great targets. You can create brochures or catalogues to …