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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 …

We’re Separated And My Spouse Has Stopped Wearing His Wedding Ring. Mine Still Means Something To Me

We’re Separated And My Spouse Has Stopped Wearing His Wedding Ring. Mine Still Means Something To Me

One of the things that people who don’t want to separate with their spouse are trying to avoid are questions that they don’t know how to answer. They will often dread people asking them about the state of their marriage or whether or not they are going to get a divorce. They don’t know the answers to these questions and they don’t really want to think about them too deeply, or even to talk about them.

One symbol that puts these feelings and conflicts into sharp focus is that of wedding rings. Many people believe that you should still wear them. I am one of these people. My opinion on this is that when you are separated, you are still married. And married people wear wedding rings. I believe that there’s a reason that the couple are separated and not divorced and should therefore act accordingly.

Not everyone agrees with me though. Some people remove their ring as soon as they declare themselves separated or have moved out. They feel that wearing it isn’t being authentic and they don’t want to pretend that things are fine when they are not.

This can lead to conflict when the spouses feel very differently on this topic. Someone might explain: “I have no intentions of taking off my wedding ring but my husband has already removed his and it breaks my heart. I worry that this means that he is going to be looking for other women during our separation or that he does not consider himself truly married anymore. I have mentioned these things to him, but he says that I am over reacting. He says that he just doesn’t feel like wearing his. I don’t understand this. I could never take mine off. I sometimes find him staring at mine, as if he wishes he could ask me to take it off. I don’t want to remove it because of what it represents to me. I am still hopeful that we will one day reconcile. And I don’t want to invite people to ask me questions about why I am not wearing it. I have no idea how I would answer those questions anyway. Plus, it is no one’s business. Is there any rule about whether or not you should wear your ring when separated?”

I don’t know of any rules. Most couples just decide on this based on how they feel at the time. I understand why you are upset. You feel that your husband not wanting to wear his ring is very telling in terms of his intentions. You could be right about this, but I would not panic. People’s feelings can change over the course of a separation. And, not every one wears their ring all of the time.

To be honest, there are times when I do not wear my ring even though my husband and I have been reconciled for a while. It has nothing to do with my feelings about my marriage. I do it …

National Flower of Finland – Lily-of-the-Valley

National Flower of Finland – Lily-of-the-Valley

Lily-of-the-Valley is the National Flower of Finland. This flower is well known for its sweet and strong smell. Finland has many other beautiful things and this flower Lily-of -the -Valley adds to its beauty. Just as Jean Sibelius has defined Finland as a romantic place in many of his tales, similarly this special flower is also considered as a symbol of love and purity. Lily-of-the-Valley stands for purity and is considered to be a pure flower in the category of flowers. Moreover, adding this flower to any bouquet makes its more attractive and if grown in the garden it adds to the beauty of the garden.

General Information of Lily-of-the-Valley

This special flower is considered as a symbolic flower of Finland. It can be easily recognized because of its good fragrance and shape which is bell shape flower drop. The lily-of-the-Valley which is white in color looks like a wedding bell. The shape of this flower and its soothing fragrance makes it a perfect choice when it comes to wedding decoration and wedding bouquets. Addition of these flowers in country gardens is a great idea and it adds to the beauty and soothing fragrance of the garden. Lily-of-the-Valley blooms in the spring and has a long lasting beauty. Lily-of-the-Valley is extremely popular as far as wedding is concerned as it stands for and is also a symbol of purity.

How to grow Lily-of-the-Valley

Lily-of-the-valley makes an excellent bouquet and is often included in summer flower delivery bouquets as it suits the season so perfectly. But if you have cool summers, you can easily grow your own lily-of-the-valley. These temperate plants are hardy in cold weather and are tolerant of shade and virtually exist in any soil condition. Lily plants grow up to twelve inches and bloom with pretty white bell blossoms in the spring lasting through the summer.

If one wishes to plant these flowers, it can be planted in the early spring or fall. Moreover, as Finland has cool climate, the life span of these flowers increases and because of the climate these flowers can persist with very little care and maintenance. In warm climate where the summers are really hot and humid, it becomes hard for these flowers to survive. In hot climate these flowers die very quickly and thus need to be replaced annually.…

The Nitty-Gritty’s of a Shia Muslim Wedding Ceremony

The Nitty-Gritty’s of a Shia Muslim Wedding Ceremony

It is a great experience to be a part of the Shia wedding. Every ritual is self contained with cultural affluence and uniqueness. Laughter, joy and fun are the essentials of a Muslim matrimonial event. Unlike Sunni weddings, Shia ceremonies are carried out on a relatively magnificent scale. Every ceremony is made grand through lavish feasts and celebrations.

Shia Muslim Wedding – The Ceremonies

The bride’s special day begins with the rasam of Mangni. This is the official engagement. The official wedding date is decided and announced at this event.

As the D-Day approaches, the celebrations begin, with Mayun being the first wedding ritual. According to this, the groom and the bride are not allowed to meet from Mayun till wedding day. The bride is secluded 7-15 days prior to wedding. She is not allowed to do any household chores.

The next interesting ceremony in a quintessential Muslim wedding is Uptan. The groom’s mother and sister prepare a paste with haldi, sandalwood powder (Chandan), aromatic oils and herbs. They bring this paste for the bride and apply it onto her face, neck and arms. A similar paste is prepared and sent for the groom by bride’s mother. This ceremony is followed by dholki, Mehndi, and Baraat. The Baraat is received at the bride’s house by her sisters and friends. This is a fun ceremony that involves gently hitting the guests playfully with a stick adorned with flowers.

Then, proceedings are made to perform the Nikah (the wedding ceremony). This ritual is conducted by the official priest (Qazi). The Nikah is attended only by family members and close relatives. After the Qazi declares the accomplishment of Nikah, the bride and the groom’s parents congratulate each other and bless the couple. Nikah is followed by the Muh Dikhai rasam

This event is concluded with ruksati. This is the farewell ritual for the bride before she moves to her husband’s house. The bride is welcomed at the groom’s house and traditional games, like gana, are played by the couple. The basic notion behind these games is to make the bride comfortable in her new house. The groom’s family arranges a feast for relatives, friends, and the community. This feast is known as Walima and is celebrated on a grand scale.

The Shia Muslim Wedding Traditions

Some of the nitty-gritty’s of the wedding include:

• A Shia Muslim wedding event doesn’t necessitate presence of witnesses during the wedding ceremony.

• It is obligatory that the Nikah is delivered publicly through six verses.

• The ceremonial bath is an essential part of the wedding. This ceremonial bath is performed a day before wedding.

• Another unique custom is the arrangement for temporary marriage alliance. As per this custom, divorce is not necessary for separation if the bride and the groom don’t get along well. They can give their relation a try for the period agreed upon at the time of Nikah. If the marriage works out well, they can continue, else get separated without any …

Golden Wedding Speeches – Awesome Guide – 3 Top Tips

Golden Wedding Speeches – Awesome Guide – 3 Top Tips

You too can make golden wedding speeches if you follow my tips and tricks on writing. I never thought that it would be this easy to make a wedding speech. I just followed some guides from the Internet and I was on my way to writing a very inspirational speech that everyone, especially the newlyweds, can be proud of. It is a great feeling to get a good message that will leave a substantial impact on everyone.

Before I wrote my speech, I was stressing out that I could not make a golden wedding speech. I was so anxious about this that I was not able to sleep weeks before the wedding. It was my brother's wedding, and I was tasked to deliver a speech and a toast to help liven up the wedding. I was stressed because I have no real experience writing. In fact, the last time I wrote was during college where I was doing some term papers.

Thank goodness for the Internet I found some guides and tricks on how to write golden wedding chapters. This is the first thing I did when I was calm enough to seek help from the Internet. I scoured on a good search engine and I found some answers on how to write a better speech. Allow me to share some of the knowledge I leaned.

First, you have to assess your audience. Since you already know that this is going to be a wedding, then you already know to keep the language light and conversational. Do not worry about grammar initially since you are just writing the first draft. After you are finished, have someone edit your work.

Second, follow the rule of KISS, or keep it short and simple. As I said before, just use conversational English. Do not use dictionary words because you want to cater to a wide range of audience from children to adults. Use short sentences to be coherent and succinct.

Third, choose a single theme and then stick to it. Just choose one topic and stay with it all through the speech. You can tell a lot of anecdotes or jokes, but do not stray from your main topic. This is basically the same as a thesis statement to help you focus your writing.

The theme mentioned above will help you also focus your point as well. You have to end the speech with a point to attend to your audience and to the newlyweds. Your point can either be comical or inspirational, just as long as you cave something valuable to your audience that they can leave feeling good about the matrimony. …

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. …

Types of Collars on Men’s Sherwani

Types of Collars on Men’s Sherwani

Sherwani is one of the most preferred traditional attire for men. Men prefer to wear them on festivals like Diwali, Eid and also love to wear them on wedding occasions. The collar of the sherwani makes it stylish and trendy.

The style of collar in a sherwani depends on following 2 basic factors

  • Your face cut- For example if you have wide jawlines you should choose proportionately large collars similarly if you have a narrow jaw structure go for little round collars
  • Your shoulder structure helps to define space between the collars for example if you have well toned straight shoulders always go for wide and V collars.

Choice of collars in Indian sherwani depends on person to person. Few of the most popular style of collars in Sherwani’s are –

1) Rounded Collar Sherwani –

  • Stiffed round collar It is in shape of English letter “O”
  • It has a short width
  • It creates a very stubby look around the neckline
  • If the collars are really close knitted they are also called crew neck

2) V neck Collar Sherwani – V necklines are always in style and in fashion

  • It is in shape of English letter “V”
  • It is one of the sexiest styles of collar available for men’s dressing
  • They make you look slim. They take the focus of away from the rounder area of the neck and jaw

3) Mandarin collars/Chinese collars/Cadet collar

  • It’s a small standing collar open at the front
  • They are very popular among Indian traditional jackets and sherwanis

Cbazaar and Homeindia offer a wide range of designer Sherwanis online for various occasions like weddings, festivals and special events.…

What Are the Services Offered by Event Management Companies?

What Are the Services Offered by Event Management Companies?

When it comes to event planning, there are just so many aspects that need to be taken care of in order to ensure a successful and worth remembering occasion. If you are so busy that you can’t handle the preparation yourself, you might as well consider the services of event management companies. Apparently, these companies are the real event organizers that help both individuals and businesses in putting together successful functions. Whether it is a wedding party or a private celebration, these professionals take time to incorporate their brilliant ideas into the preparation process in order to come up with a successful event. With their broad range of skills, they can surely give any event a perfect touch.

Putting together a memorable event can be real tough. This clearly explains why a lot of people prefer to use the services of the professionals when it comes to planning special events. Companies that specialize in event planning handle the most delicate part of the process very well. As a matter of fact, they have a team of highly skilled professionals who are not only creative but also organized, adaptable and have the most excellent customer service skills. They handle both private and corporate events with accuracy. In order to make sure that things will turn out as planned, they organize their thoughts before jumping into anything.

Event management companies do offer a wide range of services. More often than not, they employ specialists that conceptualize and implement big budget event for both local and international companies. With their few years of experiences, they can actually come up with highly impressive designs, memorable closing receptions as well as exceptional meeting structures. They are trained to apply not only their knowledge but also their skills when it comes to providing an interactive experience for all of their clients. Before accomplishing anything, they understand the need of every client which then leads them to planning out an effective strategy. With the most appropriate strategy, they then organize the occasion in a very remarkable manner. They can also come up with more creative ideas without having to spend that much in case you are working on a very tight budget.

With experts such as these professional planners, they do have almost everything in order to make any event outstanding and more memorable. As a matter of fact, they can just about any type of occasion, event it is a private party or a corporate function. Apart from budgeting and planning, these individuals can also help in marketing the social gathering. In case you need to look for sponsors, they can also help in reaching out to some generous patrons. That being said, it is important that you hire a professional planner in case you are trying to put together a corporate function that needs sponsors and other supporters. With their broad range of skills and exceptional creativity, they can surely help you with all of the aspects of event management.…

Plus Size Dressing for an Indian Wedding

Plus Size Dressing for an Indian Wedding

Indian weddings are full of colour, celebrations and amazing dresses, and the best part is that a lot of Indian outfits are perfect for plus sizes! The silhouette and cut of a lot of the traditional outfits is such that it looks nice and flattering on larger ladies. There are some tips to make sure that you pick the ideal style that is going to appropriate and flattering at the same time.

Styles of clothing for Indian Weddings

The types of clothing that can be worn by guests are very similar to the ones that are worn by the bride. The key differences include the potential colour and detailing of the dresses of the guests compared to those of the bride. Indian bridal wear includes styles like Sarees, Lenghas and more recently Anarkali suits.

Perfect Plus Size Styles

A Sari is a traditional choice for women of all sizes, and it normally is a good choice even for plus sizes because the long fabric covers enough and the blouse can be made in a manner such that the curves are accentuated in just the right manner. It is important to remember that if you are quite large, then this might not be the best idea, as the end look might not be all that flattering.

An Anarkali or a fitted Salwar Suit is another option that can be quite interesting for plus sizes. This is a two-piece garment comprised of a long tunic that often reached the knees and fitted pants. The long tunic can be fitted on the bust or can be loose (depending on your preference). The cut of this ensemble is such that it can be easily adapted to large sizes.

Embroidery and Detailing

The temptation to opt for bling in a wedding is usually quite strong – but resist! Very loud and bright embroidery is going to draw attention to the entire outfit. Used in moderation, this can be a powerful weapon and used at the right places, it can really emphasise the right aspects. Large embroidered patterns are going to stand out, whereas delicate and small repeated patterns (called “butti”) are going to give the outfit an even and balanced look.

Gold, silver or other kinds of embroidery used on the pallu in a saree (the loose end that is often left over the shoulder) or on the hem of the long tunic in a salwar kameez is perfect because it draws the gaze to the parts that need to be emphasised.

Ideal Colours

Indian bridal wear is all about colour and the outfits of the guests is usually complementary to the bride’s outfit. So go wild with colour! The same rules for colour apply for traditional Indian clothing as other styles – darker colours usually give a slimmer appearance than lighter colours.

The colour to avoid though, as this is usually reserved for the bride, is Red – a very traditional colour that is considered auspicious and worn by a lot of brides.

Conclusion

Impressive Rules Of Choosing An Engagement Ring For An Everlasting Memory

Impressive Rules Of Choosing An Engagement Ring For An Everlasting Memory

Congratulations! You just have stepped into a new and the most beautiful journey of your life. Getting engaged is the best ever feeling in the world, where you get attracted to the nervousness, shyness, and excitement for being a part of someone else’s life. To give it a memorable start, the selection of a diamond engagement ring needs to be very particular. Being an overwhelming task, it is pleasing as well. With so many options of exclusive designs, patterns and styles, the job of choosing the best out of diamond engagement rings are genuinely tricky.

For many individuals, moving into a jewelry shop is more likely entering a maze. However, there are numerous things that are required to be considered before waving goodbye to your at least one month’s salary. An engagement ring or a wedding ring is the eternal symbol of the most important relationship of your life. To help you kick off your search, here we have rounded up with few simple steps to pick up an ideal ring for your better half. Following the tips will surely help to avoid the pitfalls.

Determining The Budget: To get enough bling for your buck and a ring she can’t say no to, it is really important to know how much you can spend. These days, you can easily explore a couple of engagements rings & wedding rings in your budget without digging a hole in your pockets. Buying a ring that fits your financial circumstances is always a smart decision.

Shopping With A Reputed Jeweler: When looking for the best jeweler, you need to find a reputable jewelry shop that has valid certifications and credentials. Also, check online reviews and rating of their services to get a clear idea of the jeweler.

Looking for a Perfect Style: Before deciding on the best engagement ring, you need to pay focus on the style of your partner. Find out his/her fashion sense and then make up a decision.

Know A Brief About The 4 C’s: Diamonds are graded according to the 4 C’s i.e. Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat. Each C is important and offering a balance between them will serve you with the best ever option.

Shape Of The Diamond: While exploring the wedding rings, you will come across different shapes of diamonds that will surely confuse you. Round cuts, prince’s cuts, cushion cuts, oval, assher, emerald cuts and more, that are perfect and beautiful on their own.

Gold or Platinum: Depending on your partner’s choice and your taste, you can either go for a platinum base or gold. As platinum is much harder than gold, it holds the diamond for longer without wearing.

Adding A Personal Touch: Including your ancestor’s stone will add more value and sentiments to the ring. Even, you can engrave your name’s first letter as well as your partner’s to add a perfect blend of your love and concern for him/her.

Online Shopping: Going with the online …