Guest blog: Women’s Summer Clothing: Making The Right Choice

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Women’s Summer Clothing: Making The Right Choice

The different seasons of the year bring various activities to mind. They range from shopping for gifts to preparing for family get together. However, no season brings the outdoors to mind like the summer.

In this season, our desire to go out, travel and explore comes to the fore and in most cases we oblige it (if we can afford it). At other times, we simply go about our normal routines bearing in mind that in this season, the sun will be out and depending on the climate of your area, the possibility that it might be very hot. And because of this, you have to dress accordingly.

What Are Summer Clothes?

In simple words, they are those clothes that are more suitably worn in warm weather which is during summer. You can read more on it here. These dresses allow for passage of air to the body and are easy, free and light on the body. The reason for this being that the weather is mostly warm if not hot at this time of the year thus, heavy clothing is not ideal for this season.

However, this is not and should not be an excuse (especially for ladies) to look shabby or unkempt. It is important that you understand that you can look good no matter the season of the year it is. You only need to update your wardrobe with the necessary (which should also be fashionable) things to wear every season.

Tips On What To Wear This Summer

There are various ways of getting your wardrobe ready for this warm season. However, the choice of material or dress that you pick up really matters as they contribute generally to your appearance. The following are some tips that you might find helpful when making your choices.

Choose Light Colored Clothing

The primary reason for this tip is because, light colored clothes reflect the sun’s rays as opposed to absorbing them. This reduces the chances of your body getting all sweaty which wouldn’t look good on you.

Go For Sleeveless Dresses

The idea here is to as much as is possible (or comfortable) allow for airflow to your body. Now there are various ways that you can do this stylishly; for example you can wear camis that are sleeveless, Button up short sleeves. You must not go strapless (which almost everyone does these days).

Do Not Wear Tight Clothing

This season is not the time to wear tightly fitted clothes rather, you should go for clothes that are loosely fitted as they usually leave room for air passage to your body. Again, with loose clothes, your skin can release heat that will not be entrapped by a tight dress. This also has the advantage of allowing for proper blood circulation in the body.

Wear Cotton Fabrics

For those who do not know, the best fabric for the summer is cotton. The reason for this is because cotton fabrics can absorb moisture and the warm (or hot weather depending on your place of residence) season will definitely make you sweat. It also allows for passage of air to your body in fact, it literarily is the best fabric for summer. You can read more on this at https://www.masterclass.com/articles/how-to-dress-for-summer#9-fashion-tips-for-styling-summer-outfits

Jeans Are Not the Best

In this season, jeans are not the best dress option especially tight jeans because they make the inside of your thighs and your private parts sweaty and itchy in the heat. It is better that you wear light cotton pants and other dresses of the sort. 

Get Leather Sandals

You thought flip flops was your best option? It is only if you are going to the beach. For regular outings leather sandals are the best and it comes in various designs that are both stylish and comfortable on the feet.

Wear Less Accessories

This season is not the time for much accessories like necklaces bangles or chains as they can get sticky (on your skin) in the heat. Rather, you should opt for one statement accessory (hoop earrings for example) per time per occasion.

Where You Get Your Clothes Is Important

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It is important to note that where you buy your clothes really matter. For this reason, it is important to make your purchases from reputable sellers who have the type of clothes that you need. For instance, Pampelone has the Pampelone resort wear which is the category of clothes you need for the summer. 

Buying from the right source will make it easier for you to get your money’s worth.

Conclusion

Just like every occasion has a dress code most suitable for it, so too does every season. The difference here though is that while a dress code might be enforced, your dressing style for the season is not.

However, it is important that a woman be comfortable in the dress she puts on. These fashion tips show how this can be achieved in the summer.

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Guest blog: Understanding The Basics Of HIFU Skin Tightening Treatment

Understanding The Basics Of HIFU Skin Tightening Treatment 

Aging is one thing that every living being must undergo. The human body goes through its fair share of changes as the years go by. Many people have learnt to live with it, while others have a hard time of it. 

One of the signs of aging is loose skin. However, that is not to say that there are no other reasons why one can have this condition. Click here to find out other causes of loose skin

Different Options For Treating Loose Skin

Even though there is nothing one can do about aging, there are lifestyle changes that can help one age gracefully. This therefore means that there are things one can do to mitigate the effects of aging which includes saggy skin. 

Additionally, since we have established that there are other factors that cause this apart from age, let us look at the options for treating it. 

Exercise

When people lose weight or get pregnant and give birth they would experience saggy skin. In this instance, exercise is one sure way of treating it. There are many exercise regimens that can help in this regard and they include Pilates and resistance training. 

It is recommended that you embark on this journey with a skilled trainer especially if you are a novice in this department. 

Adopting A Healthier Lifestyle 

It is commonly said that water is life; this is because of its role in keeping man healthy. One sure way of having a firmer and healthier, fresh skin is by ensuring that you remain hydrated. 

Secondly, take a lot of vitamins and organic foods and reduce intake of artificial substances. Another thing is to stay away from excessive alcohol and smoking.  You are sure to get a good result if you combine these with exercise. 

Finally, ensure that you always apply sunblock whenever you venture out in the sun. 

Adding Supplements To Your Diet

If your skin sagging is as result of age, then you may do well to add some supplements to your diets. There some harmless oral supplements that contain ingredient like hyaluronic acid and collagen. These have been proven to reduce the effect of age on the skin thereby making it tighter.   

Surgery 

This is considered a necessary step if one has excess loose skin after drastic weight loss. This procedure is also known as body contouring and it is under cosmetic surgery which by the way is not covered by many insurance policies. So you have to be prepared to spend a pretty penny to get it done. 

HIFU Skin Tightening Treatment

HIFU stands for High-intensity focused ultrasound and is a somewhat new cosmetic procedure. It is considered a pain-free and non-invasive alternative to face lift surgery. This procedure employs ultrasound energy to boost collagen production in the body which eventually tightens the skin. 

Generally, HIFU treatment aims to do any of the following and more:-

  1. Remove fine lines and reduce wrinkles
  2.  Reduce fat in the stomach and tighten it. 
  3. Rejuvenate the skin 
  4. Reduce double chin
  5. Improve muscles by tightening and making them firmer.
  6. Face lift and contouring
  7. Enhance the epidermis layer 

This list is not exhaustive because this treatment would take care of any part of the skin that is sagging. 

 

Side Effects Of HIFU Treatment

It goes without saying that this treatment has many benefits top of which would be an enhanced body image. But is this worth the trouble? Are there no side effects that one should be wary of?

These are surely question that one would ask before taking this treatment.  Thankfully there’s been some research on this issue. 

 The results of these researches show that this procedure is largely harmless. However, some people have been known to experience a little discomfort and pain after the treatment. 

Other issues that may occur include:-

  • Redness of the treated area
  • Some swelling 
  • Bruising and/or a purplish looking rash
  • numbness

However, these issues have been reported to have alleviated after a maximum of 4 weeks without any treatment. 

Conclusion

HIFU skin tightening treatment is a welcome change for people who do not want to go under the knife as is the case with traditional cosmetic surgery. Many people are opting for it for this reason and also for the convenience and recovery time. If you are still undecided and want to know more about this treatment, check this out: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4695420/

Finally, despite the fact that this treatment is certified harmless, it is important that you consult your doctor before you embark on it. It is not safe that you have the treatment in just any facility. Ensure that whoever is to administer the treatment is qualified to do so. 

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Guest blog: Self-Care Beauty Tips for Better Health

Self-Care Beauty Tips for Better Health 

Finding the time to practice self-care can seem impossible at times. However, it should be a vital part of your daily routine so that you can be left feeling refreshed and revitalized. Self-care can help improve your confidence, but it can also protect your skin and help you look younger for longer. What’s more, the right self-care beauty tips do not have to be as time-consuming as you are led to believe. Once you know your skin type and the best products for you, ten minutes after the shower and before bed can be enough to keep you looking and feeling radiant. 

Look After Your Skin

Your skin protects your body and battles the elements each and every day. However, it is also put under a lot of distress each time you shower, bathe and shave. Be sure to invest in lotions and balms that can help soothe your skin and keep it nourished and moisturized. For instance, Aesop is a luxurious Australian self-care label renowned for creating products that are rich in aromatics and ingredients that will care for your body.  You can explore their latest beauty range at SSENSE and see their vast array of products that were designed to care for your skin, such as the Geranium Leaf Body Balm Moisturizer and Moroccan Neroli Post-Shave Lotion. Your body is sure to thank you for caring for it with such wonderful products.

Deep Condition Your Hair

We put our hair through a lot of stress each time we wash, brush, dry, straighten and/or curl it. So, it comes as no surprise that our hair will tend to get dry and brittle from time to time. The best way to counter this dryness and to bring your hair back from the dead is to deep condition it so that you can reclaim any moisture it may have lost. Deep conditioning your hair can also protect it from any further breakages for a while. However, deep conditioning your hair can only work for so long. A trip to the hairdressers and having the dead ends cut off is a must when it comes to caring for your locks.

Go Through Your Makeup

Do you tend to forget about the makeup products you have? If so, you’re most likely using products that may be out of date and in need of being thrown away. Out of date makeup can become dry and crumbly; the colors may also lose their pigments, making it look dull and less vibrant. What’s more, expired makeup can become a breeding ground for bacteria that can damage your skin. 

Once a month, be sure to go through your makeup and throw away any products that are out of date. Makeup that has expired can be the cause of acne and an increase in oily skin. You should also remember to clean your makeup brushes regularly. 

Finding the time to care for yourself doesn’t have to be as difficult as you are led to believe. Spend the time looking for the right products and remember to set a time in the morning at night to pamper yourself. You could also schedule an hour of pure relaxation every Sunday if that works out better for you. 

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What Are the Main Ingredients in Your Hand Sanitizer?

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The beauty industry has come under lots of scrutiny over the past few decades, mainly because of all the complaints that consumers have been leaving on their review comments and posts when trying out new products. This could be due to many reasons, either the ingredients inside of the products are harmful or the consumers are using the wrong types of products for their skin types. 

Whatever the reason behind liking or disliking a product, wisdom is to be acquired in knowing what’s in that face cream your putting on your cheeks every night or that hand sanitizer your applying to the palms of your hands every time you touch something. 

It is no surprise that the sales of hand sanitizers have gone up tremendously since the emergency of the COIVD-19 virus that has hit the world. One of the recommended ways to keep hands clean and sort-of germ-free, by the US government and health departments, was to use this product every couple of hours on your hands, to kill or at least minimize the presence of certain viruses.

Does Sanitizer work and How?

So, let's look at how this works. According to the University of Toronto’s Professor James Scott, after looking at the research that has come out through the public and clinical tests, the conclusion is that it does work in reducing the number of bacteria on your skin, and sometimes depending on the one you use, even more so than using soap and water on your hands.

The added benefit is that it seems to be less damaging to the skin as well. Some of the consumer-brand soaps sold at stores are not made to clean your hands-off dirt and grime but rather filled with perfumes and fragrances to make your hands smell nice, that’s all.

When skin dries out due to overuse of washing it with soap and water, according to the professor, it is prone to be exposed to bacteria. Although it is a point to note that hand sanitizer does not necessarily replace soap, and you must wash your hands the first chance you get. The universities website has more on this which you can further read here 

How it works, is by killing certain cells on the human skin, these are known as ‘microbial cells’, and because most liquids are supposed to have up to 70% alcohol in them, as by law, to make them efficient, this concentrated rubbing alcohol does the trick of killing the bacteria.  Of course, the stronger the alcohol content in the product the more effective it is, for instance, pure alcohol. 

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What is Your Bottle?

So, the question remains, do you know what’s in your bottle of hand sanitizer? We take a brief look at this. In most liquids of this sort, the main ingredients as mentioned above need to be alcohol, however, besides this, some other additives are harmful to your skin, and you, as a consumer should be made aware of when buying them. 

This is so important in fact, that the FDA (Food and Drugs Administration) updates its website continuously to inform consumers of these ingredients that are not meant to be used: https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates...consumers-should-not-use

Let’s look at a list of the harmful ones:

Triclosan: Does not have enough power to kill germs and should not be included.

Fragrances: Should not be included as they don’t do much for killing germs or bacteria of any kind and can be harmful to the skin causing cancers.

Parabens: Commonly used in cosmetics, and even some foods, can cause some types of skin cancers and irritations.

SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate): Help soaps form and are also associated with health risks and skin and lung irritations.

What Ingredients Are Safe?

Having known what’s bad for you, let’s add a positive spin on things and list what you should be using instead. Sanitizers with these ingredients are safe:

Ethanol: Not less than 94.9% is safe to use.

Glycerin: This is a harmless additive and also a necessary one.

Sterile Water Is water so it’s safe.

Essential Oils: This a good type of fragrance, it's natural and has no harmful chemicals in it, ethical companies such as those that have the BeMoxe ingredients in them, are safe to use as they are in the category of non-synthetic fragrance oils from a natural derivative. 

With this list of ingredients, do’s and don’ts we hope you’re off to a safe and clean journey!

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Guest Blog: What Shoes to Wear for Long Day Construction Work?

Construction sites can be very dangerous. That’s why construction workers have to wear the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to keep them safe against any unforeseen accidents. Construction sites are filled with heavy machinery, heavy building materials, power tools, and other temporary structures.

Each construction site has specific rules and regulations either set by the company itself or by the government’s health and safety department. These rules should be enforced and followed by everyone on the site to ensure the safety of everyone in the area.

Working around all of these objects should only be done by workers who have been properly trained and who are constantly implementing different safety and security regulations. Read this information by Princeton University on safety precautions to take at a construction site.

Ranging from shoes to hard hats, construction workers aren’t allowed to operate heavy machinery or power tools without this gear. If you are wondering what kind of equipment construction workers should wear, read along for all the inside information.

HARD HATS

It’s extremely important to protect your head against any building materials that might fall from the sky. No one is allowed to enter a building or construction site without protecting their head with a hard hat. Hard hats are usually made from a very tough and durable plastic that can withstand hard hits.

Interestingly enough, hard hats come in many different colors; yellow, red, white, blue, brown, and orange. The color of the worker’s hard hat will indicate the different positions they take on while working. The color code is as follows:

Yellow – indicates the ground workers or moving operators
Red – indicates a Fire Marshall
White – indicates that of a site manager, operative, or vehicle Marshall
Blue – indicates that of a visitor or someone less experienced
Brown – indicates someone working with high heat application like welding
Orange – indicates the slingers or signalers

EYE PROTECTION

Sand, dust, cement, and fire sparks can severely and permanently damage the construction worker’s eyes. It’s important to wear the right graded safety goggles. Either these eye protectors cover the entire eye area like that of a scuba diving mask, or they are worn as regular sunglasses. Depending on what job you are performing, you should get the right kind.

WORK SHOES

Probably one of the most important aspects of PPE is proper construction work shoes that are comfortable as well as sturdy. In the past, to provide extra strong protection, work shoes were heavy, warm, and uncomfortable. Recently, manufacturers have started to use high end technology to create lightweight yet durable working boots.

There are many different types of work shoes available and depending on what construction you are working at, or what job you are performing, there is a type for every industry.

Ranging from steel-toe boots to waterproof boots, construction workers have a choice between a variety of different types. If you are specifically working in construction, you should consider purchasing a rubber outsole boot.

Soles are usually made from rubber not only for durability but also to create a kind of insulation between the worker and the floor. Especially when working in areas where there is live electricity, it’s important to create an extra barrier between your feet and the floor.

The soles should also feature a slip-resistant design to ensure your feet stay stable on the ground whenever there’s an oil spill or when working on slippery surfaces.

For those workers working in construction sites with heavy materials like steel rods, slabs, and temporary constructions, it’s advised to purchase a steel toe work boot. The steel toe boot is perfect for heavy duty kind of jobs and provides the ultimate protection. They are perfect for maintenance men, plumbers, electricians, and mechanics.

Other factors to consider are whether the boots are waterproof? Waterproof boots will keep your feet dry and allow for ultimate comfort even when working in wet weather conditions. When your feet get wet, you can be prone to getting painful blisters. Look for a boot that has a waterproof exterior and that doesn’t allow for any water leakage. It’s advised that you purchase a pair that covers the ankle for the ultimate coverage.

Some shoe designs even feature a pressure relief system that helps prevent foot fatigue. When you are on your feet the whole day, you are going to have to invest in a decent pair that provides flexibility, support, and comfort.

GLOVES

To protect workers against cuts, burns, and scratches from different materials they have to work with, workers should wear protective gloves. These gloves are usually designed with added grip to help workers lay bricks, weld warm steel plates together, work with iron structures, pick up and move broken building materials, and mix cement.

Protective gloves are also available in a variety of different types ranging from riggers, thermals, heat resistance, and anti-vibration.

PANTS

Many people working within construction usually wear tough jeans or denim. This is because they are comfortable, stretchy, and very tough. Pants should always allow the person to move around freely without being constricted. Especially when they have to quickly move out of harm’s way. Protective pants can be made from ripstop fabric, waterproof material, and anti-stain or anti-wrinkle material.

Learn more about different safety equipment needed and personal protective gear that workers should wear here:

https://www.osha.gov/Publications/construction_ppe.html.

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In many cases, workers should also wear safety vests that have reflective panels sewn into the back and front. This is to allow them to be seen in the dark.
For those working in a construction site where there is a lot of dust or allergens present, it is recommended to wear a protective industry-standard face mask. Knee pads are also worn by those who have to bend down and work on their knees a lot.
As long as you invest in a decent pair of work shoes and other PPE from high-quality manufacturers, you’ll be able to go about your daily construction duties without experiencing foot fatigue.


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Guest blog: Why Jean Paul Gaultier Perfumes Are Loved by Men & Women?

Why Jean Paul Gaultier Perfumes Are Loved by Men & Women?

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Perfumes are the quintessential secrets that complement your overall persona. Radiating a glow of confidence, these tiny little bottles render a tinge of attractiveness to your personality by helping you to smell good all day long. They uplift your mood and make you feel sassy and confident. 

 

Perhaps, that’s the reason why in the last few decades, the perfume industry has grown to a considerable extent. As a result, the sheer variety of options have made it difficult for people to find the right perfumes.

 

However, we go by the reviews and popularity, Jean-Paul Gaultier perfumes have been gaining rapid popularity for their exotic perfumes. You can browse for some awesome brands like Jean Paul Gaultier perfumes to get an idea about their brand. Additionally, you can also have a glance at their premium fragrance range.

 

Going through their online presence, you will certainly notice the satisfactory reviews of its users. The town is going gaga over it and we all know why. In case, if you are wondering what exactly makes it so special, then let’s decode some reasons why these fragrances are so popular!

 

Iconic Product Variations: Right from their classic sweet and spicy fragrances for women to iconic musky smelling perfumes for men; this brand has got it all under one single roof! In addition to this, you can also find an exclusive range of premium signature perfumes.

 

Distinctive Appeal: Enriched with elegance, these legendary products are known to add a distinctive charm to your overall appearance. Rather it won’t be wrong to say that the added touch of irresistible fragrance boosts your confidence and makes you noticeable among the crowd.

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Long-lasting scents: In comparison to other products, Jean Paul’s products offer a long-lasting fragrance to its users. Correspondingly, if you are looking for other tips to smell good all day along then visit https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-smell-good-all-day to gain some insights on the same. Thus, if you work around the clock then this fragrance range will certainly help you to smell good and stay fresh during your long working hours. 

 

Hits the right spot: Did you know that the fragrance you use becomes your signature and helps people recognize you and the memories they make with you? The perfume is neither too strong nor too light, it hits the home run always! 

 

Variations available: Whether you are a fan of lavender or something else, there will be something for everyone. You could never be disappointed as there are so many perfumes to choose from. Go ahead, mark your territory with a soothing fragrance. 

 

Leaves them wanting: Your perfume can be a huge turn on if it is the right kind. And why not, nose is a sensory organ that loves good fragrance. The formulation of this scent ensures that it not just appeals to the opposite gender but makes them crave for you even more. Now we are talking, isn’t it? 

 

With this, we hope by now you have got a fair idea of why men and women love this brand. Perhaps, these tips might come in handy to make memorable impressions. 

 

So, what are the precautions to be taken in order to avoid skin issues caused by perfumes?

 

  1. Know your allergies: Sometimes it is not the chemical that causes problems to your skin, it is the inability of the body to receive it. Read more about some cool perfume hacks here. In these cases, it is important to know if you are allergic to perfume or not. In case you are tolerant then try figuring out to what extent. 

 

  1. Don’t use it in excess: Excess usage of perfume can also irritate your skin. Doing it once a day or twice is just fine. Don’t overdo the perfuming of yourself. If you are someone who sprays every hour, then there is a problem. 

 

As far as the purchase is concerned, please ensure that you are buying the scent from a respectful and trusted dealer. Opt for expert reviews and recommendations if you are confused. So this was our experts covering the know-hows of the perfume that is loved by all. If you are looking for a signature fragrance that matches your persona, then Jean-Paul Gaultier is something that you should be worth choosing. 

 


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Guest blog: Looking At Antique Rings For That Perfect Gift

Looking At Antique Rings For That Perfect Gift

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There is something magical about opening and looking through our grandparents, or better yet if possible our great grandparents, jewelry boxes, their trinket pouches that smell like mothballs and mint, and the dust that has slightly settled everywhere.

It is like looking back in time at not only their style and designs but the way that they approached their jewelry purchases. Perhaps some were gifts, others passed down from their parents or elders, the fact remains that it is a piece of history elegantly wrapped in gems and sparkle. 

If you have been fortunate enough to have a little box like this (see what I’m talking about here https://www.google.com/search?source=univ&tbm=isch&q=antique+jewellery+boxes+pinterest&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiy9Mz39MXtAhUCzaQKHWNABcUQjJkEegQICRAB&biw=1536&bih=722 ) passed down in your family tree then you will have experienced a great sense of nostalgia, pride, and most importantly love.

 

Your piece of history.

If you have a special anniversary coming up and you want to do something extra special for your partner then an antique ring will set your gift apart from the usual high street items or brands. It will most likely be bespoke, a one of a kind, but yet still affordable enough to own your vintage piece. She will undoubtedly love it and you’ll be a winner.

After all, isn’t the main objective of having a loved one or one’s ‘soul mate’ know how much you care for them at all times? This will be a beautiful reminder for her, and it shows you have given thought to the process and the meaning of the upcoming anniversary. 

Finding the perfect piece can be challenging and some gents find it quite daunting, but if you have the right business owner or salesperson who makes you feel comfortable, at ease, and not in any way pressured to buy something the experience could be wonderful.

The big question now is, what to look for when searching for the perfect ring?

 

Features of a great vintage ring or jewelry.

There are many factors to consider before diving in and buying the first one that catches your eye, for it to be credible as well as aesthetically pleasing you need to be aware of a few tips, these will help guide you into making the right purchase.

You can also take a quick minute on your lunch break to see some smart advice in this link and a step by step look at the process in beginner’s terms. 

  • All over. Look at the piece from all angles, the front may be immaculate, polished, and shining yet the back appears to be from a completely different jewel? Sure there will be signs of natural wear and tear but not so much as to resemble damage. 
  • Age. We tend to think antique to be old, and rightly so, the item should reflect this, too many times people get caught out by the idea of it being vintage yet fail to notice a brand new clasp holding it all together.
  • Cost. This too is a quick indicator as to whether it is artificial or not, you may think you are getting a great deal, but ask yourself if the price seems oddly low? Sometimes a price ‘is’ too good to be true, unfortunately.

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Finding a reliable supplier.

With so many brands and companies around knowing who is the best can be tricky, it is not necessarily who is the cheapest but you want a company that not only specializes in bespoke, antique jewelry but that has the licenses and certifications to authenticate the pieces.

Ideally, it is best to do some extensive research, knowing what to look for, how to compare a genuine supplier from the ‘old bloke’ down the village hall, and average price ranges for specific items. This is for your other half, the person who completes you, making an effort for a proper item comes standard.

For professional advice and guidance check out these antique engagement rings from the gentlemen who have seen it all in terms of gems, jewels, and ‘cut’ and who have been in the jewelry business for years. The more distinguished the repertoire, the less anxiety you will have when it comes time to hand over your card.

 

Vintage versus high street.

For some the thought of wearing something over a few decades old makes them cringe. I have a friend that, when I mention the word vintage or antique she wants to run for the hills. 

All she can think about she says is how many hands have touched it, bodies that have worn it, or dirt that has fallen on it. I on the other hand love that mere fact, it has soul, secrets, and endless stories, if only our jewelry could let us in on the adventures it has been on and witnessed. If you’ve made a hot cup of tea, sit back while you sip and watch this great collection of jewelry stories https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idFwiK7axAc and the vast amount of variety that was and is on the market.

When it comes to the high street and the shop cubicles that line the walls from end to end in the mall, all I can imagine (and dread) is paying for coffee and cake at the café, handing my card over to the cashier and she has the same ring on as I do. Then what? 

We’ll both look at the rings, then at each other, and immediately wonder if we should comment, laugh, or throw it in the bin. This is not a dilemma I wish to face nor be part of thank you, waiting and saving up for a unique, bespoke piece is well worth the investment for that fact alone. 

The one fact that I do know is that the jewelry of today is certainly not as high standard of quality as of those made 100 years ago. Today they are machine designed, processed, and ‘forged,’ while back in the day someone would sit and sketch meticulously for the next person to make the ring from scratch and all by hand. What a wondrous sight that would be if you ask me.

 

The world of jewels and jewelry is ever-changing and evolving, but a classic never goes out of style or date. 

 


Guest blog: Benefits of a Beach Side Massage in Brighton

Benefits of a Beach Side Massage in Brighton

Massage therapy is a soothing experience where your mind is decluttered as you allow the masseur/masseuse to skillfully work their magic on you. The masseur/masseuse utilizes techniques such as kneading, rubbing, and stroking in order to give you a satisfying experience. 

A visit to a masseuse gives you the opportunity to get high level relaxation and pampering. Whether you go for a massage, manicure, facials or some pleasant moments in the sauna, you definitely have an assurance of high-quality treatments. 

You might probably be wondering why you need a beach-side massage; we have outlined some reasons why you need a session. 

Top Reasons You Need a Beach-Side Massage in Brighton

Haven't had a beach-side massage in Brighton yet?  Well, here are some reasons you need to get one on your next vacation:

Relaxation and Stress Relief

Brighton is best known for its seaside which is a good spot for an exhilarating massage session because it enables you relax, relieving you of stress and anxiety. Massage is one surefire way of relaxing as it helps the mind drift off to a state of oblivion. It is also a great way to unwind, declutter your mind, thereby alleviating hormones that trigger stress.

Memorable Experience

After getting a massage therapy, you'll surely add that to your memory bank of pleasant experiences. It is a serene time where for a moment, your mind drifts off your worries and you just allow your entire being relax in the moment. 

Meeting Professionals

Everyone loves the idea and actual feeling of being attended to by professionals in any field of service. It is the same thing you get from having a massage therapy session in Brighton, you get to meet the best of the bests, who are skillful and experienced in the art. 

Observation of the Scenery

The sight and sound effect of the beachside is exhilarating and this is something you definitely don’t want to miss.

A Good Opportunity to Network

A vacation in Brighton is a viable opportunity to network with people. The town is a tourist attraction, with several visitors trooping in yearly. So, while getting a massage at the beachside, you also get to connect with people from different races and cultures-that is a double-edged experience. 

To Embrace the Negative Ions 

Who said embracing the negative ions was a bad thing? Negative ions are in fact good for elevating moods and helping people deal with depression and anxiety. These negative ions can be found on the beach and they help you to relax. 

A Form of Adventure 

Wouldn't you love to tell beautiful stories to your colleagues in the office about your vacation experience?  If yes, then a massage session at the Beach-Side is a way to achieve that. You get to experience so much fun, while relaxing an enjoying an invigorating massage therapy. That in itself, is a form of adventure! 

A Productive Way of Spending Time

The importance of massage therapy cannot be over-emphasized. It ranges from providing one with the feeling of relaxation and calmness, to relieving stress and anxiety, improving sleep, enhancing immunity, reducing fatigue, eliminating toxins and improving blood circulation. Massage is also a good way to spend one's time productively while harnessing its full benefits. 

Good for the Skin

Regular massage helps in improving your skin tone as well as makes your skin look silkier, smoother and healthier. 

Improvement of Joint Mobility and Flexibility

Massage therapy loosens and relaxes the muscles, thereby helping the body gain its full range of movement, thereby improving flexibility. 

It Improves Blood Circulation 

Massage therapy aids in improving blood circulation. Loosening tendons and muscles give room for increased blood flow throughout the body. Therefore, frequent massage gives room for better blood circulation which invariably has a positive effect on the rest of the body, including a reduction of pain and fatigue. 

Mental Alertness

Massage therapy helps in reducing stress and anxiety which in turn makes one to be more mentally alert. 

Improves the Recovery of Soft Tissue Injury

Massage therapy improves recovery of soft tissue injury and is also a good remedy for chronic or long-term injuries. 

Eliminates Toxins

The perfect massage regimen stimulates soft body tissues which in turn helps in releasing toxins through the blood and lymphatic systems. 

Improvement of Sleep

Do you experience trouble sleeping or you suffer from insomnia?  Well, there's a remedy and that is massage. One reason people do not get enough sleep is because of so much activity in the nervous system, and this is when a massage can be useful as it slows down the nervous system thereby helping you get enough sleep. 

Going to bed relaxed aids a restful sleep and makes you feel brighter and stronger in the morning. 

Enhances Body's Immunity  

Massage regimen enhances the body's immunity and resistance against sicknesses, diseases and infections through the stimulation of the lymph nodes that recharges the body's natural defense system. 

Reduces Fatigue 

Massage therapy boosts mood, improves sleep quality thereby making you feel stronger and ready to face the day heads-on. 

Relieves Anxiety and Depression 

Massage can significantly help in reducing anxiety by increasing the parasympathetic (calming) response of the nervous system and invariably reducing the sympathetic (flight) response of the nervous system. This can have a long-lasting effect. It can also help in assuaging anxiety and depression through the release of endorphins in the body, thereby making one feel happier and more energized. 

Reduction of Post-Surgery and Post-Injury Swelling 

A massage session from a professional is one way to handle a sports' injury or post-surgery recovery process. It also helps in reducing back, joint pains and even chronic stiffness. 

Forms of Massage 

The following are some forms of massage that are available:

Myotherapy

Myotherapy is a form of physical therapy used in the treatment or/and prevention of soft tissue pain and restricted joint movement caused by muscular dysfunction. It is used by method of assessment and treatment protocols for postural conditions, chronic musculoskeletal conditions, sporting and occupational injuries.

You can learn more about myotherapy here: https://healthtimes.com.au/hub/allied-health/66/guidance/nc1/what-is-myotherapy/521/.

Therapeutic 

Also known as 'Swedish' or 'Western' massage, therapeutic is one of the most common types of massage which is designed to promote relaxation and improve blood circulation. 

Remedial

Remedial is a form of massage that fosters the healing of injured soft tissues, such as muscles, tendons and ligaments. 

Aromatherapy

It is a form of massage where essential oils made from selected flowers and plants are added to the massage oil because of their therapeutic properties. 

Lymphatic Drainage 

This type of massage involves a gentle soothing body treatment that helps in relaxing the nervous system and aids the body's immune system. 

Reflexology 

Certain parts of the body reflect the whole. These reflex points can be found in the hands, feet, face and ears, and they respond to pressure as well as stimulate the body's own natural healing process. 

If you need help with choosing the best form of massage that will suit your needs, you can check this video.

Conclusion

If you intend to go on a vacation soon, we do hope that with the knowledge of the benefits that come with a beachside massage in Brighton, you will incorporate a session in your itinerary. 

Guest blog by:
Antoinette


Guest blog: Cosmetic vs Plastic Surgery – What’s the Difference? 

Cosmetic vs Plastic Surgery – What’s the Difference? 

Are you familiar with the difference between cosmetic and plastic surgery? Most people believe these terms are interchangeable, as they make no distinction between the disciplines. Despite being closely related, these disciplines differ in the outcome. While cosmetic procedures focus on improving one’s appearance, plastic operations involve reconstruction of body areas following an accident, mastectomy, or having a congenital anomaly. 

People decide to undergo cosmetic procedures so as to restore their youthful appearance, get rid of saggy skin, and achieve better facial symmetry. In contrast, individuals requiring plastic operations wish to remove scaring and repair nerve damage.

Make sure you learn more about the dissimilarities between these disciplines. 

The difference between cosmetic and plastic surgery

Although both cosmetic and plastic surgery aims to improve a particular part of the human body, these procedures differ when it comes to the outcome. For instance, the focus of cosmetic surgery is placed on enhancing the appearance and self-confidence of individuals. Since patients undergo such procedures while being perfectly healthy, these operations are considered elective. Consequently, the cost of cosmetic procedures isn’t covered by insurance. 

Plastic surgery, on the other hand, focuses on the correction and reconstruction of dysfunctional body parts caused by illnesses, tumor removals, accidents, congenital deformities, etc. Given that patients have to undergo such operations because of certain body area dysfunctionality, the cost is usually covered by insurance. 

Furthermore, individuals are supposed to make a difference between plastic and cosmetic surgeons, as these professionals differ in the amount of training after completing medical school. Nowadays, most reputable plastic surgery practices, such as Dr. Kirman's Bay Area office, employ both cosmetic and plastic surgeons. The latter have to spend at least six years on residency training in order to be credentialed by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons, whereas the former are required to spend no more than a year of training after college. 

Keep in mind that certified plastic surgeons can work in the field of cosmetic surgery due to their extensive training, whereas cosmetic surgeons aren’t considered trained enough to perform plastic surgeries. Board certification is of the utmost importance when looking for a surgeon, as it serves as proof of having the required education, training, and experience. 

Cosmetic surgery

This type of discipline involves numerous surgical procedures related to breast enhancement, facial contouring and rejuvenation, skin rejuvenation, and contouring of the body. All types of procedures are performed to meet the requirements of different patients, whose ultimate goal is improving their appearance. 

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular breast enhancement procedures, which aims to enlarge breasts with the use of implants. Most women undergo such an operation because of being dissatisfied with the natural size and symmetry of their breasts. 

In contrast, numerous women opt for a breast lift, particularly those coping with sagging breasts. It’s normal for this tissue to lose firmness and perkiness after pregnancy and substantial weight loss. Fortunately, this procedure is capable of restoring its shape, volume, and contour without using implants. Visit this page to get familiar with the most common cause of sagging breasts and some prevention tips. 

Regarding facial contouring, rhinoplasty is undoubtedly the most popular choice of surgery. It refers to the improvement of one’s nose by making changes to its size, form, and symmetry. Many individuals decide to enhance their nose structure in the hope of reshaping their crooked, overly long, too wide, or unusually large nose. 

Furthermore, people with recessed chin are interested in undergoing genioplasty, referring to the enhancement of their chin. Cosmetic surgeons use chin implants in order to enlarge this facial feature and improve facial symmetry. 

Facelift surgery is the most effective aesthetic solution for individuals experiencing sagging facial skin. The process of aging results in loss of skin elasticity and hydration, creating wrinkles and saggy neck skin. Nevertheless, a facelift enables patients to restore their youthful skin glow and conceal the signs of aging. 

Plastic surgery

The field of plastic surgery includes operations like breast reconstruction, congenital defect repair, hand surgery, scar revision, reconstructive burn surgery, etc. For example, breast reconstruction is usually performed after a mastectomy in order for women to restore their bust. It can be either an implant or a flap reconstruction. The former includes the use of implants, while the latter uses tissue from another body part of the patient. Visit the following link, https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/reconstruction-surgery.html, to learn about the breast reconstruction options for patients.  

Additionally, burn reconstructive surgery is performed on patients who have suffered burn wounds. Once the wounds get healed, such an operation is suitable for improving the look and function of the scars. Although the scars cannot be completely removed, a reconstructive burn operation restores the range of motions in patients, as well as make the scars less visible. 

Moreover, many people turn to plastic operations due to having congenital anomalies such as facial clefts, duplicated thumbs, cleft lip, Poland syndrome, etc. Some of these abnormalities, like the cleft lip, impede patients from speaking, eating, or breathing correctly. Fortunately, plastic surgeons are experts in making upper lip corrections, which improve patients’ functionality. 

Scar revision is another common procedure that individuals choose after going through an accident, which caused severe scarring. Such operations can be performed with local anesthesia, general anesthesia, or sedation. In some cases, individuals are required to have another operation after a period between sixty to ninety days from the first procedure, as some scars need to mature. 

Hand surgery involves various techniques, such as tendon repair, nerve repair, joint replacement, closed reduction, etc. For instance, tendon injuries are predominantly caused by severe trauma or an infection, manifested with the detachment of some fibers that connect bones with muscles. Nerve injuries to the hand impair the mobility of this part of the arm, some of which require a surgical procedure to be healed. 

Final thoughts

Look for an educated, reputable, experienced, and certified surgeon. 

Never trust your appearance and health in the hands of an inexperienced professional! 

Guest blog by : Kristine


Guest Blog: 3 Tips For Choosing The Right Luxury Swimwear

Since summer has arrived, going to the beach and swimming is probably all you can think of, isn’t it? If you are like most people, you’ll take some time off work and go somewhere where you will be able to enjoy the warm sand beneath your feet and crystal clear water that makes you not want to get out of it. You probably cannot wait for the day of your departure and picturing yourself sunbathing only encourages your impatience.

Speaking of sunbathing, here are a few benefits of that activity: https://www.healthline.com/health/sunbathing#benefits

There’s only one thing left that you need to do. You need to find yourself some great, luxury swimwear. Picture yourself in your idea of the perfect bathing suit right now. It doesn’t only look good in the mirror, but on your photographs as well, am I right? In fact, you’re probably falling in love with the model that you’re imagining.

Ladies all over the world choose their swimwear based on how it looks. There’s nothing wrong with doing that and wanting to look amazing in the swimsuit that you buy. That’s not, however, the only factor that you should consider. If you want this summer to be perfect, you’ll have to make it perfect and you can start with finding the right luxury swimwear. Let me give you a few tips on how to do that.

Remember To Be Comfortable

Is there anything worse than having to adjust your swimsuit every single time you want to take a walk from the beach to the water, or vice versa? Yes, there is. Having to adjust it frequently while you are simply lying down and sunbathing is much worse. Okay, okay, both these situations aren’t really pleasant, neither to imagine nor to experience. Well, it’s your responsibility to avoid those situations and this useful source will help you learn how to do that.

Comfortable luxury swimwear will make you feel amazing. You’ll be confident and you’ll stop looking around yourself in order to see if the time is right to adjust a little something on your bathing suit. Instead of doing that, you’ll be able to enjoy the water and the sun without worrying that something is not right with your bikini or another type of swimwear. When you find a comfortable model, you’ll probably feel as if you were naked, but you’ll be perfectly covered.

Consider The Tan lines

I’m pretty sure that a lot of you want to get tanned when summer comes. Depending on your pigmentation, this might either be a pretty easy, or a pretty difficult task for you. One thing is for sure, though. Most of us will get annoyed by the tan lines that are caused by the clothes we wear. When the tan lines aren’t visible once you get dressed in your usual outfits, then you don’t have a problem.

If your usual outfits, however, reveal the tan lines, you might get frustrated. Remember that this is the summer we are talking about and that means that you’ll probably be wearing pretty revealing clothes. Make sure to consider the tan lines while choosing your luxury swimwear, so that you don’t get all discouraged and annoyed afterwards. You want to look great on the beach, but you also want to look great afterwards.

Think About How It Makes You Feel

When you try on different swimsuits and take a look in the mirror, your brain will react to those models differently. As you can see at Amaio Official Luxury, there really are different models and types to choose from, but not all of those will cause a positive reaction from your brain. In other words, you won’t feel perfect in every single model, which is completely normal and it depends on your body type.

Do you really want to get swimwear that doesn’t make you feel perfect? I wouldn’t suggest doing anything like that. This is your vacation we are talking about and you definitely don’t want to wear something that will constantly make you look in the mirror and evaluate yourself. Looking in the mirror while wearing your bathing suit should make you feel confident and proud of the way you look.