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Tips on How to Buy Your Next Watch

Tips on How to Buy Your Next Watch

So, the time has come when you want another watch. Maybe your existing one has died or maybe you want a better one. Either way, there are some things to consider.

Firstly what is the main use for your watch? A fashion accessory or something to tell the time underwater? If its the former then your first priority is something to match your outfit. Gold, silver, red, black or another color. There are fashion watches designed to match your clothing and tell the time too.

Are you looking for a daily timer or a watch you can pass on to the kids?

Simple as it may sound the "pass it on" idea is not silly. I have my grandfathers pocket watch, my Mothers "Roamer" watch and my fathers "Seiko". They have all passed now, but I can think of a few things more personal than a watch. It was something very close to them for many years. And now I can hold these things and think of them. Their value to me is priceless. So think about what you could do for those close to you. Buy a watch to pass on one day.

Then, there is the idea of ​​buying something that will be a store of value. Now lets face it, we all go through some storms in our lives. Consider the world wars. Consider cyclones, earthquakes, tsunami's, volcanic eruptions. Consider economic recessions. Depending on where in the world you are, you may or may not be, affected by the global recession. What could you have that has instant value, that you can pick up in a second, that you may be wearing, that has instant demonstrable value? Bizarre as it may sound, a good quality watch has a value beyond telling the time. Its something you can have and use if you need to.

Buts lets look at the bright side. Many collectors like me, have lots of watches. We think about where we are going, what we are doing and what is appropriate. Then we pick and wear a watch for the occasion. Different watches on the building site, in the office, on a fishing trip, going to a wedding etc. So, consider owning more than one. Consider its store of value and consider how specific it will be for different situations.

A watch can be a fashion item, designed to impress.

When you look at most watches there does not seem to be a lot of difference in their function or construction. They all have a face, hands, case, strap etc.

But what does the brand tell you? Are you a person of hidden talents? A casanova? A rock and roller? A good ol 'boy? An artist? An animal lover?

When you sit down with someone, your watch tells them something about you. Does your personal identity show in your watch?

When you buy your next watch take into account these factors.

The practical purpose, the pass on value, the identity, the suitability, the appropriateness …

Fashionable Traditional Australian Clothes Provides a Stylish Look to Impress You

Fashionable Traditional Australian Clothes Provides a Stylish Look to Impress You

Australian national culture on this respect has no formal national costume. It is solely based on the native peoples fashion in response to the climatic variations. Not only that, identity and lifestyle is one of the most provocating features. This trend has emerged land expanded like a bonfire which has included the modern style and design of the fashion industry incorporating the design of dresses from the established designers who tend to incorporate fashionable fashion statement.

An Australian style and fashion has solely incorporated the main three local dresses- Bushwear, swimwear and the typical Australian indigenous designs. The local communities prefer wearing these comfortable dresses. These style are mainly formed by a larrikin outlook, the dynamic qualities of mateship and the typical dictates of an outdoor lifestyle. Sometimes, the typical dresses are characterized by the migrants past experiences and the prototypical procedure of culture borrowing, an important part of the history of the ancient Australia. The presentation of the Australian dresses on the international stage is highly dependent on the localized style and representation. The authenticity of the Australian cultural heritage and the identity of each race residing in the continent is highly significant and appreciated across the globe.

While talking about the typical aboriginal Australian dresses, it must be specified that the aboriginal people used the typical textures and designs to explain and make their stories visible to everyone. It is a very nice way of delivering the stories. The dresses have reflected the affected culture of the native rugged country of Australia. This traditional style and pattern is highly used by the people across the globe. The recent trend of using the ancient aboriginal patterns and textures have prompted the cultural segment of Australian fashion, visible to all. The cutting shaping and design of the cloth using vibrant colors highly promoted the latest trend. In most of the designs the Australian landscapes, flora and fauna, stories all are expressed in patterns using recognizable dress style.

The portals play a vital role in offering the masses the most wanted clothes, they wish to wear. The aboriginal style has impressed the populace with the consideration that it has impressed million with its most striking patterns and style. Be it daily wear, sports, corporate, fashion wear of all the ages including the youngsters and babies of both the gender. The Australian traditional clothing company sell striking aboriginal dresses to wear, both for men and women. At the core of the aboriginal style lies an interesting chic, which is either royal or classy but it holds some patterns of traditional aboriginal art that makes it sophisticated. The fashion statement bought by wearing the designers cloth makes it impressive; Hence, the demand for these abstract fashion has encouraged and inspired many individuals to buy such trendy cloths. Traditional fashion holds diverse degree level of uniqueness that brings in more fashionista to wear such clothes. …

Fashion Or Comfort – Which Is More Important?

Fashion Or Comfort – Which Is More Important?

It’s all over the magazines, frequently featured on television, and even some newspapers are in on the game. Advice on what to wear and what not to wear. The people we surround ourselves with tend to be all too happy to share their thoughts on our outfits. It’s hard to avoid, because the message is everywhere, and if we don’t follow the trend, we’re told we’ve “let ourselves go”.

But does it really matter? After all, the main purpose of clothing is to keep us warm and safe from the environment that surrounds us. Clothes are meant to be functional. Without fur or feathers to keep us comfortable, we rely on different materials to do the job for us. It certainly is nice when clothes look attractive, but no matter how appealing something is, if it doesn’t feel pleasant against the skin and if it is a pain to wear, why should we subject ourselves to it simply because it’s fashion?

One fashion statement has divided women’s opinions for decades – the high heeled shoe. Some women wear them because it’s generally thought that they make legs look good. Some wear them because they make you look taller. Some actually find them comfortable to wear, whilst others can’t manage to walk more than a few steps in them without twisting an ankle. They can cause foot problems, leg and back pain, all in the name of fashion. Is it worth it?

The answer is not as straightforward as it seems. Generally speaking, the older we get, the less we care about what’s in and what’s out. We’ve decided on what we like to wear and what we feel comfortable in, so when we go on a shopping spree, we’re likely to get more of the same or similar. We may get the occasional “fancy” item for special occasions, but if we like our jeans and trainers, that’s what we will return to on a day to day basis.

Like any industry, fashion is about money. The constant change in trends that makes people change the content of their wardrobes throughout the year is designed to keep us spending our cash. If fashion magazines told us that the latest must-have is, in fact, the same must-have as last year, and the year before that, people would only replace that item if it were damaged or if it didn’t fit anymore. To keep customers on their toes, and to keep people in the industry in work, fashion must keep evolving.

That doesn’t mean that we have to follow along. Not unless we want to. There’s no point in purchasing clothes just because they’re trendy if we cannot afford or long to do so. Yes, pretty clothes can help when we want to attract a partner, but unless that partner is part of the fashion industry or someone who follows the latest trends to the dot, they’re unlikely to care all that much.

My advice is to go for what you like, regardless …

Give Your Look a First Class Update With an Amazing Watch From Movado

Give Your Look a First Class Update With an Amazing Watch From Movado

Since 1881, Movado watches have been designing innovative timepieces that are simultaneously classic and still still current with modern trends. Movado has been awarded over two hundred international awards for watch design and technology, and has acquired over 100 patents. With a name and reputation that is consistent with quality and fashion forward design, Movado is certain offer a watch among those wide oeuvre that strikes your fancy.

Men's Silver Mirror

Movado is well known for modern, yet classic timepieces that can easily transfer from being a casual watch to a dress watch. The men's Silver Mirror watch is an example of this. Named appropriately, the dial has a silver mirror finish, with silver-tone hands, a silver-tone stainless steel bracelet and a stainless steel case. This watch features a deployant clasp and measures in with a case of 36mm x 6mm. This piece is water resistant up to 100 feet.

Two Tone Bracelet Watch

The Two Tone Bracelet watch features the traditional Movado look, a black dial with a single gold dot as the twelve o'clock hour marker. The stainless steel bracelet also features gold-tone central links. The crystal is sturdy sapphire, and this robust timepiece has a case that measures 35mmx6mm. The two-tone men's Movado is also water resistant up to 100 feet.

800 Series Swiss Chronograph Watch

The 800 series is not necessarily a traditional look for Movado, but it is a timeless look just as well. The Swiss chronograph allows for multiple precise time-taking interactions. Complications include chronograph and tachymeter functions, allowing quite accuracy measurements of time and speed. This silver-tone watch comes with either a white or black dial, and both have a black rotating bezel.

The hour, minute, and sub-dial hands are all silver-tone, while the chronograph hand is silver-tone with a red tip. Luminous index marks appear at all hours. A unique feature on this watch is the rubber case back with a large M for Movado displayed. A sapphire crystal is also on this watch. Made for function and beauty, this timepiece is water resistant up to 660 feet. The 800 series is a larger watch with a 45mm case, and a 24mm bracelet.

Fiero Tungsten Carbide Watch

The Fiero Tungsten Carbide is a ruggedly sophisticated silver-tone and black timepiece for men. The tounneau shaped dial is black with silver-tone features, and is covered by a sapphire crystal. The entire case of the watch is made from carbide, and it continues to gracefully embrace the black rubber bracelet. This watch is water resistant up to 100 feet and has a 32mm case.

Men's / Women's Stainless Steel SE Watch

The Stainless Steel SE is available in both men's and women's sizes. The SE has a stainless steel case surrounding the traditional black dial. The hands and the single hour marker are also stainless steel. Upon the bezel of the watch are four screw-like embellishments. This theme continues on the stainless steel bracelet, with one adornment in the center of each link. A sapphire …

Sleeve Garters – The History and Future of a Classic Men’s Fashion Accessory

Sleeve Garters – The History and Future of a Classic Men’s Fashion Accessory

Gamblers and cardsharps, gunslingers and knights-errant, traveling jazz musicians and punk rockers, even office clerks have had a hand in shaping the long and colorful story of sleeve garters — one of the classiest underrated accessories in the history of men’s fashion. Although often regarded today as novel anachronisms from a bygone era, arm garters have meant much to the men who have worn them throughout the ages — from practical necessity to the highest symbol of honor and loyalty, the sleeve garter may not be as prevalent today as in centuries past, but it’s looking better than ever.

Garters in the Middle Ages and Camelot

The sleeve garter has been making sporadic appearances in fashion since the Middle Ages, during a time when leg garters were a common accessory for both men and women — in the era before elastic, both sexes used leg garters to hold up their stockings. These garters were often fanciful, highly decorative, and worn to be displayed, a trend that dominated men’s clothing clear through the 18th century.

Great Britain’s ultra-exclusive Most Noble Order of the Garter, in fact, was a product of this period, having been established by King Edward the III sometime in the mid-14th century as a fellowship of chivalrous knights bound by the symbol of the garter. The organization, still in existence today, is limited to royalty and foreign sovereigns and is regarded as one of the most elite societies in the world.

The reason Edward III chose to use the garter as a symbol of his fraternity is shrouded in legend and has been the subject of a great deal of controversy and debate. Some trace Edward’s inspiration to the Crusades, where knights were said to have tied garters around their legs as talismans that would assure them of victory. Others say the source can be traced to the leather straps that knights of the period wore around their arms to bind pieces of their armor. The inspiration of the garter has also been attached to none other than legendary Camelot, where many members of King Arthur’s Round Table, most notably Sir Gawain, wore garters as a sign of solidarity, loyalty, purity, and brotherhood.

By the end of Elizabethan England, arm and sleeve garters had largely faded from fashion but were destined to make a big comeback during the 19th century. With the Industrial Revolution came the introduction of mass produced textiles, making clothing like basic pants and shirts more affordable to the average person. But mass produced clothing, which couldn’t be pre-fitted to the wearer, tended to come in only standard sizes while most men’s shirts were produced with sleeves in only one length, extra long. Arm garters were a convenient and, for those who couldn’t afford their own tailor, necessary way to adjust the length of one’s sleeves by keeping excess material bunched above the elbow near the shoulder.

Sleeve Garters in the 19th Century and the Wild West

Though production techniques improved over time, leading to …

What Gift to Give Your Boyfriend’s Mother on Her Birthday?

What Gift to Give Your Boyfriend’s Mother on Her Birthday?

You have been dating your boyfriend for some time now. One day he casually lets drop that his mum’s birthday is coming up next week. You skid to a mental halt, chewing your lower lip worriedly. This is important, but just what on earth would be a great gift? Do you give it alone or should it be a dual effort? The answer depends on two things: the duration of your association with his mother and an intimate knowledge of her likes and dislikes. Both factors decide the kind of gift that would be most appropriate.

These are some creative ideas that can make the gift-shopping experience less stressful!

1.Gift certificates to a spa/ salon
Whether she is the stay-at-home type or a working woman, a gift certificate to a renowned spa or beauty salon is always sure to go down well with the recipient. Let her have a luxurious day, indulging in a massage, pedicure, manicure and facial. Every woman loves feeling pampered.

2.Keep his Mother’s tastes in mind
Does her favourite occupation consist of knitting an array of woollies for her family? If so, put together a hamper of high-quality wool in a few well-chosen colours, a set of knitting needles and a pattern book. The next cardigan that you wear might be the one knitted by her! Alternatively, replace the knitting paraphernalia with books, music and video CDs if she is a voracious reader and loves listening to music.

3.Fashion accessories for a fashionable mum
Glam up his mum with a nice cashmere shawl, scarf or stole. For the working mum, a trendy leather handbag -the eternal classic – is a great idea. Fashionable gloves are equally thoughtful, if she wears them.

4.Say it with flowers
She is sure to have a favourite flower – check with the boyfriend. If you have only just started interacting with his family, particularly his mother, then a beautiful bouquet of her favourite flowers makes for a suitable gift. Attach a thoughtful birthday card to the flowers.

5.Even Mothers love chocolates!
This is something that all women, irrespective of the number of candles on their birthday cake, have a weakness for. But, make sure you pick some delectable, gourmet chocolate. Make it really personal by having a message specially engraved for her on the slab. (Of course, check with your boyfriend for the odd chance whether his mum is allergic to chocolates. You don’t her face breaking into a reaction, do you?)

6.Do something mind-blowing!
Ah, this is a gift that is perfect if you do share an amazing bond with his mum and have known her for a while. Is his mother passionate about a cause? Does she have a favourite charity? Secretly (consort with the boyfriend) donate to this charity in her name, giving her complete name and photograph and other details. These charities usually write back, thanking the donor and may also publish the same in their newsletter.

Remember, you are not married — yet! You need to …

Women’s Wallets – Different Styles for Different Lifestyles

Women’s Wallets – Different Styles for Different Lifestyles

When a woman changes handbags the first thing she does is grab the wallet out of the first one and put it in the second. It’s important that a wallet be roomy, compact, versatile and organized. Fortunately there are many types of women’s wallets and each woman can choose the ones that will work best for her and her lifestyle. Or if you’re thinking about a gift for your mom, sister, significant other or even a friend, consider their personality before making your selection.

Credit Card Wallet: Some women don’t like to carry cash or a checkbook. They buy everything using credit cards. All they need is someplace to keep the cards safe and organized. Or some women find it practical to have one wallet for cards and a separate one for cash and/or a checkbook. She can carry them both in a purse or just take one depending on the occasion.

Checkbook Wallets: While most of the world has become increasingly card-centered, some women still need to have a checkbook handy. The best way to carry a checkbook is in a checkbook wallet. A good one will have a compartment where the checkbook will be protected as well as slots for credit cards and a drivers license. There might also be a space for a pen as well so you don’t have to rummage around or ask to borrow one when it’s time to write a check.

Fabric Wallets: A fabric wallet is fun. You can get them in all sorts of colors and patterns. They can coordinate with your purse, your outfit, or your mood. Fabric wallets tend not to last as long as old fashioned leather wallets but some people don’t want things to last forever. While some women will carry the same wallet for years, others enjoy a change. Moving the credit cards and ID’s to a new wallet might seem like a reasonable thing to do on birthdays, holidays and major sale days. It can be a pleasure if the destination is an exciting new wallet in the latest designer fabric.

Travel Wallets: A travel wallet has a lot of work to do. A woman who travels internationally is going to need her passport, plane tickets and boarding passes within easy reach. A good travel wallet will provide designated spaces for each of these as well as for a drivers license and credit cards. A nice touch is two or more separate compartments for different currencies.

Clutch Wallets: A pretty clutch wallet can carry all the essentials. It can be tucked into a purse during the day and can be used as a clutch purse for an evening on the town. A clutch wallet is designed to be seen.

Coin Wallets: Coins can add immeasurably to the clutter in purses and pocket. Unless coins are kept someplace secure they have an unfortunate tendency to fall out of things and scatter and roll around. A coin wallet with a good snap enclosure that …

Current Trends in Wedding Photography

Current Trends in Wedding Photography

Wedding photography is an evolving field that requires artistic talent, vision, and highly technical expertise.

In the past wedding photography was almost always limited to stiff posses without much regard for the underlying story, emotion, romance, and behind the scene events of the wedding day.

Although there is still a big segment of the wedding industry that practices traditional photography with its preplanned poses, and recreation of the wedding peak events such as the kiss, the ring exchange, etc., the modern wedding couple demands a more contemporary approach to their Wedding day.

Wedding photojournalism has been in vogue for the past decade. The central idea behind it has been the capture of the wedding events without any interference or direction from the wedding photographer. The photographer is there to capture the true essence of the wedding day. As a result of this realistic approach the photographs are a true representation of the wedding day. Hard core wedding journalistic will be totally opposed to placing any wedding related event. If it does not happen during the wedding it will not be recorded. This includes family group photos.

Several photographers offer a hybrid approach to wedding photography, usually a combination of traditional and journalistic wedding photography. In this approach the photographer focuses on documenting the wedding day but the coverage also includes a session with the couple for formal posed or semi-posed photographs and also family group photos.

The latest trend in wedding photography is towards a more fashionable approach. Inspired on high-end fashion magazines such as Vogue, Elle, InStyle, Cosmopolitan, Glamor, GQ, American Photo, etc., and wedding magazines the photographer seeks to make the couple's fantasies real.
In the fashion wedding photography approach the goal is to make the wedding couple look their best. Their romantic interplay is glamorized to its maximum expression. The everyday couple becomes like wedding celebrities. Attention to detail is required to achieve the perfect look. This approach requires a great deal of artistic talent behind the camera and also great computer image editing skill to produce a unique photo. Half the photo is made on the camera with the second half achieved though digital image editing and manipulation.

Which style is best, is for you to decide. In our experience a big segment of the wedding couples want to capture the reality, details and romance of the wedding day but at the same time they have fantasies about their wedding and the way they should look.

When making a decision for a wedding photographer look closely to the photographer's portfolio and see how it agreements with your philosophy on how your wedding day should be photographed. Regardless of your philosophy please make sure that you select a master of the craft, you and the next generation deserve masterpiece memories of your wedding day. …

How to Become a Fashion Designer

How to Become a Fashion Designer

Is Fashion Your Passion? If you've always dreamed of becoming a successful designer, read on to learn more about how you can realize your dream and become a fashion designer.

The three most fundamental skills required to become a fashion designer are: sewing, drawing, and creativity. You can always learn both drawing and sewing in fashion school (actually, those are typically mandatory classes), but creativity is something you must have in your blood.

Beside the skills listed above, you need the following skills to become successful no matter what your career path is: motivation, determination, and commitment.

If you are serious about becoming a fashion designer, the first and most important step you'll need to take is to enroll in a good fashion design program at an accredited institute. The advantage of going to school is that you'll be taught everything you need to know in a well structured, organized environment. You'll learn the industry standards, how to accomplish required tasks efficiently, get hands on experience with the latest industry technology, and learn exactly what needs to be done to break into the fashion world and how to go about doing it well. Additional benefits include potential internships with well known companies and excellent networking opportunities.

If you're sure you want a career in fashion but are not certain as to which path is right for you, here are a few options to get you thinking: fashion design, accessory design, apparel design, fashion merchandising, fashion marketing and fashion Journalism.

As with any career, a solid plan and a good education are essential. This might be even truer in fashion design, as it is definitely not an easy industry to break into. That should not discourage you however, and if you are discouraged that easily then this probably is not the right career for you. But with hard work, dedication, and a little bit of luck, there's no stopping you from becoming the next Coco Channel or Calvin Klein.

A good first step is to pick a few good fashion schools and get some information from them regarding their programs. This can all be done quite easily now as most schools now have short "information package request" forms right on their websites. They're usually pretty short forms, you fill them out and they mail you an information package which outlines their programs in details. It's definitely worth looking into if you really are serious about getting into the fashion industry. …

Things to Know Before Trying a Snowboarding Trick

Things to Know Before Trying a Snowboarding Trick

Snowboarding tricks seem pretty impossible, especially if you feel that you're not the best athlete. It certainly is not the easiest sport to pick up. The best way to pick up snowboarding is to go slowly and practice, practice, and practice some more. Before you go looking on the best snowboarding tricks you might want to learn the basics.

Before you even think about trying a snowboarding trick simple things like carrying your board without hitting someone, gliding, and skating over flat terrain should all be mastered. You can start to think about pulling your first snowboarding trick once you can get on a board without falling off a skate reasonably well.

Getting On Your Board

Getting on your board may seem easy but it falls into the looks easier than it is category. You want to get comfortable with your board because your board and how it feels is essential to making sure you pull off your cool snowboarding trick successfully.

When you first strap on your board make sure to do it in a place that is quiet with low traffic. You do not want to strap on our board for the first time with plenty of people around. Try to do this on flat ground or in an area with a very gentle incline.

Place the board on the ground with the bottom of the board faces you and the bindings are away from you. Place the board flat on the ground now. Put on the safety leash on your front leg if you are on an incline. This results the board from sliding away from you.

Your front leg now goes in the front binding. Before you fasten the ankle strap make sure your heel is securely in place. Now fasten the toe strap. It should be snug otherwise your foot is going to come loose but not to the point of causing pain.

Once your foot has been securely strapped in you can now move your board around. Stand up and then bring the board towards you with just the one foot strapped in. Your knee should be bent to help you bring the board towards you. Do this a few times to get the feel of the board.

Now you want to repeat this step in a reverse fashion. Place your free foot in front of the board and lift your board behind you, pushing your leg out. This should help prep you for the next step of learning a snowboarding trick. Getting comfortable with you board is important before you try to do any snowboarding trick. …