Is romance dead? Jane Davies checks out some of the more thoughtful personalised gifts on the internet in 2015…
Arg! It’s that time of year again – Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it’s time to start dropping those hints…
I must admit I have turned in to a cynic when it comes to commercial holidays being forced to buy/send cards and gifts but since getting married last year I have decided this year to embrace the 14th Feb.
I made a few New Year’s resolutions for 2015. One resolution was how I approach internet shopping. Here are my top 4 rules of internet shopping that I am sticking to.
All purchases must:
- Be sourced and made in the UK
- Be thoughtful and meaningful – not just buying things for the sake of it
- Be purchased from a small business–
- Have Free delivery
With all of this in mind I set off IPad in hand to see what lovely unique gifts could be sourced for loved ones this Valentine’s Day.
There are plenty ideas on line. The first website I found was a small family run business based in Hampshire: www.personalisedgiftsolutions.co.uk which has some great personalised gifts, all made in the UK with free delivery. I have bought a few things from this company before and was impressed with the quality and customer service. My favourites for Valentine’s Day would have to be the Personalised love bird’s pillow which I have pinned to my Pinterest board ‘I want one of these’ (hope my husband takes the hint)
Their Personalised ‘Retro sweet’ jar reminds me of our wedding day favours and includes all my favourite retro sweets and of course you can’t go wrong with the wide selection of personalised alcoholic beverages, in particular the ‘Lovely Bubbly’ who wouldn’t love that being delivered to their front door.
Not on the High Street has some lovely personalised gift ideas, a couple of my favourites are the Personalised Lyrics Prints especially good for that well know creature the ‘hard to buy for’ man in your life and the Personalised Train Ticket Print
One great thing about both of these prints is they are unique and personal and a great talking point, I think they would look great in a downstairs cloakroom or hallway; in addition both are reasonably priced and come with free delivery.
Another favourite that I discovered on www.gonedigging.co.uk is this elegantly designed Chrome Hand Warmer from Zippo. Now admittedly it is on the expensive side at £50 but it is a lovely piece that can be engraved with any name and message of your choice. Using catalytic combustion, this sleek and unique device gives off serious heat without a flame. Just what the doctor ordered on these cold February mornings – just make sure you don’t lose it!
The other point to note is that the free delivery only kicks in if you purchase 3 items or more. So if purchasing on its own you will need to add on another £3.95.
MyBestMatchEver.com has a great range of unique football related gifts. Now personally I don’t see what all the fuss is about when it comes to football. However, knowing how passionate my other half is when it comes to a Saturday afternoon, I think these would make a great Valentine’s surprise for any real fan. The beauty of this range of gifts is that they can be personalised for any football team at all. So you can find something whoever he/she supports.
Again everything has free delivery within the UK. Gifts include T-Shirts, Smartphone cases, and mugs.
If you want to push the boat out, how about a break away somewhere different Getting Personal has some great nights away. For example, spending a night in a cider house, an old registry office or a moated hotel? At time of going to press they had some good deals on Unique Breaks for Two from only £109.99. This way you also get the chance to enjoy the gift too (assuming your other half takes you as their guest!)
For the foodie in your life how about a Half Day Hands-on Cookery Course for £44.99. Enjoy a hands-on cookery lesson at The Smart School of Cookery. This course is perfect for all ages and abilities. With small class sizes you should be able to get all the secret tips and techniques straight from the chef. Price includes a personalised message of your choice on the gift voucher.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my internet Valentine’s gift trawl and hoping at least one of these lovely things or experiences will be coming through my letterbox on the 14th
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Whether you identify as a weekend crossdresser or are a person who is transgender, learning to pass can be difficult at first. Passing, meaning that you are perceived and treated as a female while out and about, can be made easier by learning a few skills and knowing how and where to shop. Here are some tips for successful passing.
Learn to Walk Like a Woman
It doesn’t matter if you are petite or still have your linebacker physique from college football, learn to walk and hold yourself in a feminine manner. There’s no need to prance, as that can actually make you more obvious, but learn to move gracefully. Allow your hips to move while walking, and avoid swinging your arms in long arcs. Watch yourself in a full-length mirror or enlist the help of a female ally to help you.
Go Low-Key with Your Manicure
Many people who were assigned male at birth have large hands. If this is an issue for you, keep your fingernails nicely groomed with a neutral polish. Long or brightly-colored nails will attract attention to your hands, which may make it more difficult to pass. Also keep your rings and bracelets small and understated if you have big hands.
Get Well-Fitting Clothing
Finding transgender clothing can be difficult, especially if you have very wide shoulders or are muscular. Large sex shops in major metro areas may carry a selection, as might fetish boutiques. If you live in or can travel to a progressive city that embraces LGBTQ, you may find great clothes in everyday clothing shops such as Lane Bryant or Torrid. If that’s not an option, there are a multitude of online clothing retailers that cater to crossdressers and those who are transgender, such as Glamour Boutique.
Learn to Contour Your Makeup
Makeup can create stunning optical illusions when applied properly. Careful application can help you hide your wide jaw, play up your eyes and hide any trace of facial hair you may have. Contouring your foundation, powder and blusher can help narrow your face and highlight your cheekbones. Talk to a makeup artist and watch online videos for tips and tricks.
Learning to pass is an important aspect of becoming the woman you were meant to be. By taking these tips into consideration, you can make it easier for others to accept your true gender and treat you as any other woman.
Wearing jewelry on various parts of the body to enhance the beauty is a totally woman thing. But there are certain pieces of jewelry that males are more and more getting interested in, like the earrings and bracelets. Sparkling jewelry bracelets for ladies and matted looking bracelets for men are very much in.
A bracelet looks stunning and adds value to any jewelry collection. This piece of jewelry, unlike rings, doesn’t signify any milestones like a wedding, but is certainly like icing on the cake. A plain bracelet is a made of plain precious or semi gold and silver, while a bracelet is a set with gemstones like diamonds, rubies, sapphires etc. on gold or other precious metals.
Magnificent jewelry bracelets were manufactured in the land of the Pharaohs, with beautiful artwork of Egypt. The Italians produced granulated textured gold work bracelets, which is one of the most intricate works found. They come in all shapes and sizes and to go with all outfits. From the very simple to suit the taste of the youngsters and for casual wear, to the very heavy for older people as well as for big occasions. All sorts of precious gemstones like diamonds, rubies, opal are used together or on their own.
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Choosing for fashionable Shoes, Sandals & Boots to wear is also a very important thing to do because they are the products which will be able to support our performance. We can find many models and designs for such products today. Some of the models might not suitable for us and some others will be very appropriate for us. Therefore, it is very hard to tell that some models are better than the other if we want to think in more subjective.
Especially for women, such products are widely available in many designs and models. There are also some unique models which will be very appropriate to wear in some occasions and so not appropriate for some other occasions. Women or ladies get wider choices of decorative shoes, sandals, and boots which are available in so many colors because they are considered as the more flexible wearers.
Besides, we will also able to find many decorative Shoes, Sandals & Boots for men. There are many kinds of model of such products for men which we can find today. However, the variant still will not as wide as those for the ladies. And one thing that you must remember is that you must also consider about the comfort in choosing such products
Does it bother you when you purchase a what are known as new and improved skin firming cream also it fails for you? Do you get discouraged when these anti-aging skincare cosmetics aren’t effective for you? Don’t worry you’re not alone. At this moment while you are reading this article there are millions of others like you who are still trying to figure out what went wrong using their anti-aging skincare cosmetics.
When it comes to skincare cosmetics there is a lot hard selling involved that the sane person like you and me is likely to get distracted. There is so much of hype and misinformation deliberately floated so that people buy these products.
The type of niche skincare is, market is overabundant with various kind of products. That leads to chop throat competition and it is due to this competition companies spend some money like water on publicity campaigns, much talked about product launches, hire models to endorse the brands. And in the end they’re forced to scrimp around the quality of product.
They use cheap and simply available ingredients like Parabens, Artificial Fragrances and Mineral Oil. All these are harsh chemicals and potential carcinogenic materials. They can aggravate the skin allergies, redness and blemishes of skin. Many of these products might temporarily hide wrinkles but at the same time will cause more harm to skin.
The safe way to avoid it is that you should read about the harmful ingredients as well as those that are natural and effective. Continue reading
Swimsuit is also part of fashion which is very interesting to discuss. We will be able to find such suit in many kinds of style today. In choosing such suit, you need to consider some things well so the suit will be able to look very suitable for you to wear. Some of the things which you must consider well in choosing the suit are your skin color and your body.
When using such suit, people of course want to look good. Therefore, you need to choose the most suitable suit for yourself carefully. With wrong style and color of suit for your body, such suit will be very sensitive to make you look unattractive. So, the first time to think when you are choosing such suit is considering about the model. You need to be sure that the model will be suitable for your body shape.
The color and motives of the Swimsuit are also very important to consider well. If you are thin, I think more motives and colorful suit will be very good for you. And less motives and colorful suit will be very suitable for those who have ideal posture and those who have tight body.
I believe that many of you will agree with the statement that Jewelry & Diamonds are part of fashion. Well, jewelry and diamonds are highly used, especially for the high class society, as the accessories to make the wearers look more interesting. They become part of fashion because they are also available in many styles and designs which can be support the performance of the wearers.
Basically, jewelry and diamonds will be able to support our performance in some occasions. They show expensive impression and very classy look. There are many designs for jewelry and diamonds which we can find today. We can find great designs in form of rings, necklaces, earrings, and many more. Besides, diamond rings will be perfect for making a purpose or to use as wedding rings.
However, Jewelry & Diamonds are beautiful things which we need so much money to have them because they are obviously expensive. That is why only the high class people who are able to perform with them. People also have learned about that and make the solutions by creating imitations which they can use to look the same, but with much cheaper prices. Well, what do you think about that?
When we are talking about fashion, lingerie and underwear will not be considered as the taboo topic to discuss. Well, Lingerie & Underwear are also part of fashion which is very well developed lately. Today we can find so many lingerie and underwear which are made very stylish. Although those two things will be very close to sex topic, but I think it is just fair to consider that we discuss them in term of fashion in this post.
Since the awareness of many people to lingerie and underwear style is high, today we can find many designs which are very beautiful for them. Although they will not highly seen when people wear them, it is still considered as an important thing to choose the great lingerie and underwear to wear because there will be some benefits which can be got with the best them.
I believe that people will feel more comfortable to wear the best Lingerie & Underwear. Besides, with the best style and design of them, people who wear them will be able to feel more confidence. It surely will impact on people’s performance. By having more confidence, they will be able to work their routines better.
In your effort to have a fabulous style, you will need to wear right clothes. As you seemingly have realized, clothes that you wear play a significant role in determining your style. If you want to create a certain look, you will need to wear clothes that can support the certain look. In fact, choosing right clothes to wear is sometimes difficult especially if you do not have knowledge about the right clothes for the right occasion. As in your effort to create a fabulous spring style, you will need to know what clothes to wear.
Thankfully, there is Spring Fashion Week 2014 so that you can have a perfect reference about fashion trends for spring 2014. In fact, if you have a perfect reference, you will be able to save time, energy, and money when buying spring clothes. You will save time as you can find right spring clothes fast. If you have known which fashion to buy, you do not need to make a survey to find the most suitable clothes. The Spring Fashion Week 2014 enables you to save energy as you can directly go to stores that have your desired collections. Websites that provide information about spring fashion week usually provides information where you can buy clothes and accessories presented in the fashion week.
Further, because the shows of Spring Fashion Week 2014 take place for a week, you will be able to get lots of spring fashion ideas. Most importantly, you will know what shoes or fashion accessories that can perfectly go with a certain dress easily because the fashion week shows provide comprehensive presentation. This simply implies that you do not need to be confused to choose a bag for your style since the fashion week has included some worth to buy bags in each show. Therefore, if you usually have difficulty to choose spring fashion, you can get an idea from the spring fashion week.
At first we only saw celebrities dressing up their children in stylish clothes. Now, kids fashion has gained its own part in the industry. Although kids clothing is basically made for their comfort, but new designs in cute colors and pattern have given a new meaning to kids fashion. Looking at those celebrities’ children in their cute and stylish clothings certainly gives you the urge to dress up your children in similar style. Kids fashion trends for 2014 may have something to offer you. Look up for some new trend in kids fashion that can help you in choosing new stylish clothes for your little ones.
The basic rule in kids fashion is on comfort. You can’t force your kids to put on some stylish clothes if they don’t find it comfortable. Pay attention on the fabrics and materials as children will be running around actively, so their clothes have to be made from the most comfortable materials. When it comes to the inspiration for kids fashion, Hollywood celebrities still become the main inspiration. Kids fashion trends for 2014 offers some interesting styles that come from Hollywood celebrities. If you want to get the hipster-punk style, you can look on how Gwen Stefani dressing up her two sons. The rocker family always shows stylish rocking fashion style wherever they go. Then, you can also choose the breezy chic style, just like Halle Berry’s daughter shows. The style is like the clothes we put on when we’re going to the beach. The casual clothings and sandals definitely gives comfort for your kids.
If you’re having active kids, you can look up to Garner-Afflect children. Their All-American style really match for active kids, ready to hit the playground in anytime. It’s also fun to dress up your kids in daily costumes, just like what Neil Patrick Harris does to his kids. You get all choices of Kids fashion trends for 2014. It may not the luxury star style, but the most important is to ensure the comfort of your children in these stylish clothes.
Shopping is part of people’s routine in daily life. Today, we are able to shop easily via online as well as in the regular stores. I want to share some Shopping Tips with you in this article that make shopping becomes effective and save. Before go for shopping, you need to make a list of the products which you want to buy. You must not forget to list only the important products.
Then when you go for shopping, keep yourself as well as possible to follow the plan on the list. You are not supposed to shop for some products which you do not need only because you are interested when you see them at stores. If you find some products which might be useful and they are not on the list yet, you are able to consider the importance of them for you. If they are not important enough, you are better to pass the products.
The next tip is that when you shop for the products that you, you must remember to choose the good quality products. They will stay longer than the cheaper products so you will need to replace them in the longer time. So, those are the Shopping Tips from me.
Fashion has become the part of society’s life. Great fashion trends always change from time to time. Most society needs to follow the trends to keep update on it. Therefore, Fashion Fair & Exhibition could be a very important thing for them. In the fair and exhibition, we can find the latest fashion style today. It also a good place for many designers to introduce their designs which they approach.
There are many fashion fairs and exhibitions which have been held all of this time in all over the world. They are never boring because there are always great innovations which are created. Moreover, the trends in the old days could become today’s trend with some innovations to adjust today’s life style.
There are many benefits which we can get in Fashion Fair & Exhibition. Besides it is the good place for us to keep updating today’s trend, it is also a very good place to introduce beautiful cultures. One of the examples which I want to bring in this post is the use of Batik, which is the culture of Indonesia, in today’s fashion. Although it is like a culture which used to be the trend in the old days, it looks so great to use today.
I believe fashion is about bringing back the old fashionable items by discovering great innovation which will be the most suitable for today. There are many old items which are re-made by the designers to create new great fashionable items which are perfect for this time. Leggings & Tights are also the items which are designed well to produce great fashion styles.
Leggings and tights are almost the same, but they are obviously different. Both of them become the trends lately which are highly chosen by most ladies for casual performance. We will easily find many kinds of model and style for both leggings and tights today. Leggings are considered more comfortable to wear than the tights. But both of them will be very suitable to wear for any occasion, as long as it is not a formal occasion.
Leggings are available in many attractive colors and motives. Using it, ladies will be able to show off their legs which make them looks more attractive. Lately, soft colors and less-motives of Leggings & Tights become the trend which is the choice of most people. The best Leggings and Tights will be able to support yourself to perform confidence in front of people.
I would like to talk about Women’s Fashion 2013 as the topic of this article. Well, I believe that in 2013, celebrities fashion will still become the trends centers which are followed by most teenagers and people around the world. However, with the thing aside, I want to show you the prediction for this year’s fashion which is based on my personal opinion. So you might be agree or disagree with it.
Well, I think a modern style of fashion will highly used in this year. The classic style which is innovated and highly used last year will probably be seen less in this year. The fashion which looks simpler, both for the motives and the colors, will be able to be the best choice to wear.
Besides, women who perform with a lot accessories will probably also be less seen in this year because high quality clothes which are simple and more casual will be look very great for this year. While I think leather clothing will never get old-fashioned so it will also very good for Women’s Fashion 2013. Besides, leather always looks attractive to wear for men, moreover for women as long as the designs are fashionable.
Anyone has the right to appear lovely and attractive. That is why fashion becomes a need. Since fashion becomes a need for most people in the world, many fashion fairs and exhibitions are held to provide the information of the latest fashion style which is very interesting to follow. Sunset Street Fair is one of the fashion fairs which provide the update information of stylish fashion.
Do you ever imagine looking so attractive in front of many people with great fashion style? Everyone can do it actually. You just need to get the information up to date. Today, getting the information up to date will not be a problem because we all can use internet to get the information quickly. We will absolutely be able to follow the fashion news which contains great information about the latest style which becomes the trend.
You will be able to be directly involved in the situation where there are many tastes and designs of fashion are centered in a place. The place is called the fashion fair. Sunset Street Fair is also a very great place to discover the best fashion to wear today because there are many decorative things which we can find there.
Celebrity fashions often become the trend centers of people. We are able to see that there are many people who imitate their favorite stars in daily life. That is why the news and trends of celebrity fashions are very interesting to talk about. And most people are very interested to keep update on that. So what do you think about Celebrity Fashions, News & Trends 2013?
In this 2013, I think top celebrities like Lady Gaga, Rihana, David Beckham, and the others will still become the trends centers. People always want to look similar to their favorite celebrities in many ways, some of them will imitate their hair styles, or fashions, or the accessories that they wear, or many things else.
A famous designer, Victoria Beckham, who is the wife of David Beckham, the football player who also becomes the trends center for most male teenagers, seems to bring simple fashions style but elegance in this year of 2013 which might be the trend center for many people in this year. you can keep update to Celebrity Fashions, News & Trends 2013 easily to follow today’s styles. Moreover, we can easily find any kinds of information rapidly now with the internet.