Waitress Tool Kit – Top 15 Items Every Server Must Keep at Work and Why

I am still amazed when co-workers come to work, not prepared to do their job. When a new server joins our team, she spends many days training with a few of us on our different shifts. During these “training days” she is shown the ropes, the till and everything else needed. While these new girls are training, they are using our pens and calculators. This is when we stress to them that they need to bring their own tools. I am always the one to shake my head when the same person keeps showing up empty-handed, shift after shift.

I will give you a list of the top 15 items I feel that every waitress must keep on hand, or in a locker or bag at work with a brief explanation why.

1) Handful of pens– yes, a handful would be helpful. You need to do some writing for this job. Perhaps writing out a food order, a customer or two needs to sign off a credit card, a pen runs out of ink, a customer needs to borrow one to jot down a phone number or message, a pen mysteriously disappears and of course keep one handy for the new co-worker who comes to work empty-handed every shift!

2) Calculator– handy to work out tips among servers on a tab. It’s good to double-check calculations as well.

3) Scissors– always helpful for something and when they are not around, this is the time you seem to need them the most.

4) Tape– tape is used to marry a ripped bill, an out-of-order sign may be needed to put up on the cigarette or lotto machine. How are you suppose to tape the “Kick ME” sign on the back of…just kidding!

5) Felt Marker– I use my marker a couple times a week to lend it out to a dancer to sign her posters. It’s used to mark names on reservation signs and sign t-shirts for stag parties.

6) Aspirin– to get rid of headaches so you can get through the rest of your shift pain-free.

7) Tums– for tummy aches.

8) Gum or mints– good to have on hand after eating stinky foods like garlic or onions. If you have a cold, it helps tone down any bad breath. If you tend to chew your gum like a cow, stay away from it and pop a mint instead.

9) Lipstick or lip chap– you know why.

10) Extra black skirt– in case of an accident, such as a spill or ripped zipper.

11) Extra top– in most cases, an accident such as a spill or something like hot wing sauce.

12) Sweater– especially handy in the winter months. Put on a sweater and don’t fool around with the temperature gauge in the bar. Keep it at the comfort for the customers in the room and not yourself.

13) Extra footwear– a sole rips, or a zipper breaks on boots. Sometimes a change in footwear is a welcome change to relieve pressure points so that you can finish off those last couple hours of a shift in some comfort.

14) Tampons– yup, I said it.

15) “Serving It Right” card– keep it in your purse at all times and even a photocopy of it at work. This card is mandatory for any server that serves alcohol to patrons in B.C., Canada. Find out the rules about your local liquor law.

This list is just a start. You will add items over time that you feel will be necessary to have at your job. By being organized and ready to tackle any shift, you will feel in control and look professional. In the end, you will be handsomely rewarded by making good tips!

Source by Romana Van Lissum

Discover Luxury Watches That Represents You

Rado True R27057092 – Simple yet attractive:

The dazzling appeal of this Rado True timepiece is mesmerizing when worn by a male wearer. Its 40mm steel case keeps the piece enduring. This analogue watch is truly amazing. Its silver bezel with rounded pattern sizzles when you wear the piece on your wrist.

Its golden hand’s tick and records every second with perfection. A small push button is located at the right part of the case. The ceramic strap is sleek and is flexible at every wrist. This automatic watch is simple yet mind-blowing.

Longines Master Collection L2.673.4.78.5 -Really dashing one:

One of its kind, this Longines Master Collection is among those luxury watches which always keeps the time with exactness. This classic watch is added to functions like day date, month display, moon phase and chronograph.

Three push buttons are located at the right part of the case. They are rotated by a wearer to change the time. Its blue hands make the watch sporty. The brown leather strap is flexible on every wrist. 30 meters water resistance function keeps the piece safe on and off the water.

TAG Heuer Formula 1 CAZ1110.FT8023 – Striking with time:

Synonymous with the indomitable men, this TAG Heuer Formula 1 is among those luxury watches which represents the individual style. Its 42mm steel case is the base of the model. Three push black buttons can be rotated by a wearer to change the timing when needed.

The tachymetric scale of this watch records the elapsed time. At the black dial, there are chronograph counters along which a date window at the 4 o’clock position. Its wonderfully designed black rubber strap easily fits at the wrist of the men watch users.

The mineral glass covers the dial and also saves the model from scratches and shatters. 200 meters water resistance function of this model keeps the piece safe on and off the water. The quartz movement of this watch keeps it always energised.

Victorinox Chrono Classic XLS 241445 – Class apart:

An example of Swiss brilliance, this Victorinox Chrono Classic watch is a luxury timepiece which fulfils the fashion of men. Its 45mm steel case keeps the piece strong always. Three chronograph sub-dials along with a date window is visible from the silver dial of this model. A tachymeter scale surrounds the rounded bezel. The red seconds’ hand ticks and also scatters a beautiful essence.

The wonderfully stainless steel bracelet links well with the case and also sits at the wrist of a wearer. A push button is located at the right part of the case. It can be twisted by a wearer to change the timing. Its 100 meters water resistance property keeps the piece safe underwater. With wonderful composition, this watch is just fabulous.

Tissot T Sport PRS 516 T100.430.36.051.00 -Scintillating and sporty:

Crafted for the male sportspersons’, this Tissot T Sport watch is really awesome. A day date window is located at the 3 o’clock place which shows both the current date and day of a month. Its rose-gold and silver applied hands not only enhances the attraction of the model. The black dial of this piece is similar to that of the hardy attitudes of men.

Its leather made strap has also been coated in black that is flexible at any kind of wrist. The 100 meters water resistance function of this model makes it safe from water caused problems. Its battery-less automatic calibre keeps the piece energetic every moment.

Luxury watches are the ones which record the time with perfection and also complements your fashion. The above watches are really grooving and mind-blowing.

Source by Rajiv Chopra

Dreamy Jewelry

When you hear the words 'dreamy jewelry', what do you imagine? Can you see yourself dancing in the moonlight, adorned with the most gorgeous jewelry? Perhaps, coming back to the reality of everyday life, a piece of jewelry that makes you look and feel extra special!

Whatever your thoughts and imagination, let's look at some possibilities.

Picture yourself wearing just the right piece of jewelry for you – a necklace, bracelet or earrings that you look at and say "Wow! That has to be for me!". There's something in your heart that is drawn toward it and your eyes focus on the beauty of it. There's a special appeal, maybe the creative design or a particular gemstone, pearl or crystal. You know how much you want that piece of jewelry and then, guess what! The inevitable question arises! "What am I going to wear with it?" It's not a case of purchasing a piece of jewelry to go with an outfit anymore but the desire is so strong that the outfit has to go with the jewelry! Does that sound a familiar story?

Now let's see what jewelry we can place under the category of 'dreamy jewelry'.

Think about the possibility of having a genuine gemstone necklace, bracelet or earrings. Can you see yourself dreaming about owning genuine gemstones and feeling special because you know you are wearing genuine gemstone? I personally, have always felt drawn to genuine gemstones rather than a stone that I'm not sure even has a name, not to mention any value!

Some of the colors and types of gemstones are simply stunning. Here's a few for you to ponder. Turquoise, rose quartz, agate, amethyst, garnet, jade. There are so many colors and shapes available.

Gemstones can be used in many combinations of both style and color, giving a unique appearance to your jewelry. Is not it nice to be able to view your jewelry as unique? Let's face it, none of us want to walk down the street or into a shop and see every second person wearing the same necklace, do we?

Another possibility with 'dreamy jewelry' is to have pearls mixed with gemstones. With the wide array of pearl colors and shapes available, once again you can have a unique necklace, bracelet or earrings that is really 'dreamy'.

Source by Betty Segneri

This Fantasy Baseball Post Will Make You a Man

We’re about to separate the men from the boys, fantasy baseball style.

As we approach the 25% mark in fantasy baseball leagues, it’s important to assess your team so you can do what you need to do to take home the gold.

But what is a reasonable point deficit? At this point in the season, can you come back from being 10 points down? 20 points? 30 points? (Listen, if you are more than 30 points down, just close the lid on your laptop, cause you’re dunzo.)

Below are the point break downs for one of the leagues I play in, a 15 team 7×7, which means there are tons of points in play:

1. G-Brett’s ’85 Retros, 142

2. Marco Scrot-aros 141

3. San Diego Phishsanwiches, 141

4. Charlotte Chew Chews, 138

5. Elma Bears, 114

6. Bash Brothers, 112

7. bases clearing bunt, 111

8. Vandelay Industries, 110.5

9. Knocked Balls, 109

10. A1Swift Lowry, 109

11. Mediocre All-Stars, 109

12. Aye Dios Mio, 105.5

13. Base-ah-ball Been-uh-good, 89

14. Williamson Wolverines, 79

15. Phillies Bro Code, 68.5

I’m going to argue that only the top 4 teams are playing for 1st place. Teams 5-11 are playing for 2nd place (I’ll explain later). Team 12 is playing for, at most, 5th place. And teams 13-15 will be battling to see who stays out of the cellar.

I realize that if you find your team in a similar position to those in positions 5-12 you are angry at me, because you still have first place on your mind. That’s good (and I’m OK with controversial posts). Everyone respects a fighter. But there is no sense pressing on, fueled by the hopes and dreams of unicorns.

Let reality sink in. I will systematically vanquish your dreams with my sword of Logic, Fact, and Sheer Obviousness (Dexterity +3).

There is at minimum 24 points (138 minus 114) that separate the top tier teams from the second tier teams. While 24 points is absolutely a deficit than can be over come, those 2nd tier teams don’t have a realistic chance at 1st place. I’ll explain.

The beauty of Roto is that there are lots of things in play, and they all must be taken together.

One of the 2nd tier (5th-11th place) teams will absolutely make a run. Probably two of them will. This means that those teams will be jockeying back and forth for points. The fantasy lords giveth, and they taketh away.

Likewise, at least one team in the top tier will make a run. Last year our winner finished with 170 points, meaning there is still room for the front runners to pull away. The rich get richer, as they say.

Not only do you need to make a strong run, but the top tier teams need to tank, and fall back toward you. See #2 above. This is almost entirely out of your hands. This also can not be overstated.

We’re assuming that those 2nd tier teams are underperforming, and that the best is yet to come. It could very well be that around 110 points is a little over their head and that they’ll collapse soon enough.

Some of you are reading this thinking, “So you’re saying there’s a chance.” To make rash moves to achieve a goal that you really have little mathematical chance of obtaining is dumb. To do it at the expense of future seasons is dumber. (A decision to pursue a longshot in a keeper league can cripple your roster for years to come.)

Maybe some things break right for you. Maybe a heck of a lot of things break right for you!

But a 2nd tier team needs to get and stay hot for the rest of the season. They need for the other 2nd tier teams to remain luke warm, at best. They need the top tier teams to tank, all of them. We haven’t even mentioned health of your team.

These are too many variables that are out of your control. A hopeful, yet reasonable, outcome would be that the league would indeed have a couple teams plummet, while having one team break away from the pack of mediocrity to land in 2nd place. A first place finish is probably an unreasonable outcome.

The reason I said that this post would make you a man is that it gives us all an opportunity to man up, face facts, yet still make some moves that will shoot you up the standings.

Fantasy baseball is a marathon, not a sprint, so there is still ample opportunity to make the kind of run that makes the ladies swoon, even if it is a million to one shot at first place. Jumping from 12th to 6th is still admirable. A battle for 4th can …

5 Types of Mesh Fabrics Used for Making Clothes

A versatile piece of fabric, Mesh is used in different types of clothing items, crafts and utility items. Mesh is actually an open-hole fabric which is weaved to a grid-shaped style. The fabric can be styled into a skirt or a top. It can also be used to make vibrant tote bags of different colors or hair-nets. If you have set up an apparel and accessories store, it can be a good idea to keep some outfits and accessories made of mesh. Read and know all about the 5 different kinds of mesh that are available in the market, and commonly used by 3D Spacer Mesh Fabric manufacturers to make clothing and accessories.

Polyester mesh fabric

It is used commonly as side panel inserts in athletic outfits. This kind of fabric is breathable in form and can wick away moisture easily from the skin while carrying out various sporting and athletic activities. The sheer fabric is also used by fashion clothing designers in the form of overlays to add dimension and texture to tricot and other materials with a flat weave. The delicate parts of the body can be camouflaged by making use of two mesh layers.

Mesh Netting Fabric

It is used for making dresses that need the body to be air-dried fast. It can protect the skin and belongings from the bites of insects. Naturally, it is used for the construction of camping equipment and gear and numerous items like totes and backpacks that need the use of breathable fabric.


This is a fine mesh net fabric which is most commonly used for manufacturing wedding veils. It is also used in decorating wedding gowns, floral arrangements, wedding favors, evening gowns, lingerie, costumes, window treatments, hats and gifts. This is a versatile type of fabric which has been in use for over 300 years.

Power Mesh

It is used by 3D Spacer Mesh Fabric companies for making outfits designed to smoothen the body, such as long-line panties, long-line bras, control slips and control-top pantyhose. These are used more often in making undergarments for women although shape-wear and abdomen reducing undershirts for men are also made of this fabric. The fabric lets the skin breathe and helps the body preserve its own shape. As compared to spandex and other stretchable fabrics, it offers more comfort. It is available in various types of colors, such as red, cream, black, white, pink and blue and even skin tones ranging from deep brown to pale peach.

Nylon Mesh

This is a porous, lightweight material which is used for making outfits as well as for the production of beekeeping veils, birdcage covers, laundry bags, screens in campers and tents and lots of other items. This is a long-lasting fabric and can get be retained for a long time, although even these may get torn and worn-down. Sticky nylon mesh patches can be used to repair these fabrics. Nylon mesh dresses are usually sensuous in nature, and body hugging in form, although more conservative dresses can also be made with this kind of fabric.

Source by Steven Johnson

A Quick History of Stainless Steel Jewelry

Steel jewelry popularity today can be directly tied to its hardcore properties which allow it to be practicably indestructible. It is the Superman of all metals. Stainless steel was discovered between 1900 and 1915, but there were efforts to collect the metal dating back to 1821. While experimenting with metal alloys and their resistance to most acids, they came across a new combination that produced steel.

In order for this to be done, chromium must be used. A Frenchman named Berthier studied the iron matrix and the effects chromium had on it. He found that at least 10.5% chromium must be used to make the metals more durable. Later in 1872, another Frenchman named Brustlein figured out that carbon (at least .15%) had to be mixed in with the chromium and iron to produce stainless steel.

At first, steel was mostly used for industrial items, such as car grills, appliances, railways, vehicles and plenty of other commercial items. Later, jewelers began to see the value steel pieces could bring for those looking for everlasting jewelry. In 1847, steel jewelry came in the form of watches. They were created by the Cartier dynasty in Paris, France, which was founded by Louis-Francois Cartier. These wristwatches were created for their men’s jewelry line.

People began to see more trends in the stainless steel jewelry realm as the years went on. In the 1980s, steel bracelets, steel rings and earrings were becoming readily available, among other pieces. The popularity of the stainless steel wristwatches, which were known to last a very long time, may have influenced the growth of steel in jewelry fashion. Not only are jewelry made in steel fashionable pieces, but they are recommended by doctors to patients who have allergic reactions to nickel, which can be found in sterling silver and gold lower than 14k.

Stainless steel is often compared to gold because the two are last long and are exude style. Of course, stainless steel jewelry over-lasts gold because it is immune to a lot more elements including time itself. Jewelry collectors looking for a non-mainstream look have chosen stainless steel rings and bracelets over sterling silver and gold. Compared to sterling silver, Steel has a darker silver-gray color. More and more people are beginning to lean more towards steel, especially in men’s jewelry. There are various types of steel jewelry finishes, such as hot rolled, cold rolled, brushed, reflective, mirror, bead blast, heat colored, satin, course abrasive and bright annealed. They are classified under different types, which are numbered series between 100 and 600.

There are more jewelers selling steel for women and men’s product lines, containing bracelets, rings, necklaces, watches, anklets and earrings. Stainless steel is more popular than mainstream metals because of its lifetime guarantee. Steel is by far one of the most sought after metals, not only in the jewelry industry, but in the housing, construction, decoration and other industries that require long lasting materials.

Source by Jansen Davis

Dressing Up As Tinkerbell – An Easy Guide

It seems that girls just want to have fun. The astonishing popularity of the Walt Disney version of Tinkerbell has endured since the studio released its 1953 film, even leading to a sequel in 2002, almost fifty years after the original. Tinkerbell has even starred in her very own prequel film, so while people may love Peter Pan, the breakout star of the film, thanks to Walt Disney, seems to be the mischievous little pixie. Therefore it stands to reason that little children everywhere are keen to dress up as Tinkerbell on any particular occasion; Halloween, fancy dress parties, parades – you name it. But even if you are determined to give your little darling what they want, what do you have to do to put together a Tinkerbell fancy dress costume?

First of all, it’s worth starting by sitting down with your kids and watching a few versions of Peter Pan. Start with the Walt Disney version, of course, but it’s worth watching the 2003 Paul Hogan live-action film, as well as reading the book. This is a great way for you to get a feel for the character and see what your child really enjoys about the character, which you can then accentuate in the costume.

Next up, you should think about the hairstyle. Sure, it may be the Walt Disney interpretation of Tinkerbell, but the character in the film really is the iconic portrayal of the fairy. There is nothing wrong with being brunette or ginger, but Tinkerbell just isn’t brunette or ginger. If your child is blonde (or if you, as an adult, are dressing up as Tinkerbell), you could have it cut into a pixie-ish bob – Tink has short, bobbed hair, a style which is eminently fashionable today, so it would definitely be a good look for everyday life. However, if you are not wanting to have a haircut, or dye your hair blonde, you can simply buy a wig. Fancy dress shops will have a range of wigs available, so you can easily sort out your hairstyle.

In terms of a dress, you will need a short, green dress. Obviously not as short as Tinkerbell’s actual dress – in the Walt Disney film, she wears a dress that barely covers her modesty. For women and children, this is not a good look – adults, however, could get away with cutting the dress a little shorter if they’re going for a sexy version of the Tinkerbell look. Cut the hem in a jagged pattern to give it a bit of fairy-like authenticity. The fairy doesn’t wear much in the way of accessories or jewellery, so keep it simple – a basic necklace, with stud earrings, particularly pearl-effect ones, or earrings that sparkle. This will help create a fairy-like feel.

Now your costume is almost complete, with just a few extras required to make it a perfect Tinkerbell costume. You could wear a sparkling hairpiece to give the outfit a little bit extra sparkle, or use body glitter to create a shimmering effect. While there is a range of weird and wonderful variations on fairy wings available, keep it simple – the Tinkerbell costume is instantly recognisable; you won’t need to overdo it. A bog-standard pair will suffice, especially as they may well get damaged on a night out. In terms of shoes, adults can get away with green or gold high heels, while children should go for ballet pumps. And there you have it – a perfect Tinkerbell costume.

Source by Robin William Harrison

Avoiding Fake Kooba Designer Handbags – Simple Guidelines Looking For Designer Handbags For Resale

Thinking of selling Kooba designer handbags, here’s some tips to spot fake Kooba designer handbags Now, you’ve probably spent a lot of time looking for legitimate places to buy handbags however, finding an authentic Kooba wholesale designer handbag supplier is not very easy. You most likely have come across tons of scammers, here are some guidelines and information to help you in your venture.

Buyers BEWARE of some of the Kooba handbags being sold as 100% Authentic on eBay! You can actually find actual real Kooba on Ebay, but many are fake Kooba designer handbags! They are called “mirror-image replicas” and many of the Kooba bags on eBay are this type of handbag. They are not the same quality as a authentic Kooba! If you do attempt to buy a Kooba handbag on Ebay, make certain the seller offers a money-back guarantee. Take your bag to an authorized dealer immediately if you are unsure of its authenticity in case the seller has a limit on time for returns. Beware of eBay powersellers who use “PRIVATE” listings or who have their feedback as “PRIVATE”. Most sell fake bags!!!

Another way to spot fake Kooba designer handbags is with the TAGS! Kooba tags are two-sided & folded and the string is connected in the corner. Most 2007 tags are two sided & folded and the string is connected in the middle. Late 2007/2008 bags have a single sided tag with the string in the middle. Authentic Koobas from previous seasons had the single sided tag (so you may find an authentic pre-2006 Kooba with the non-folded tag). Counterfeit bags were much easier to spot back in 2006, the scammers have gotten very good now. Initially, you could spot a fake Kooba designer handbag by looking for anything other than the “brown string” attached to the Kooba tag. Now, most of the fakes have the brown string also. BUT 99.9% of the brown Kooba tags that have anything other than a brown string attached are FAKE!

Source by Jenny Wolf

5 Must Have Rifle Accessories You Will Need For Deer Hunting

Deer hunting is an old and very popular sport in USA. You can become more expert in deer hunting, when you add few important accessories to your rifle. Normally, most of the deer hunting rifles are quite useful for the beginners. But as you gather experience in this field, you would definitely like to reach the highest level of efficiency. If you add these deer hunting related equipment to your firearm, you will certainly be able to fulfill your aspiration.

1. To accessorize your deer hunting rifle, you must first think of the scope base. This basic accessory is going to be connected to your rifle with a screw. The purpose of this accessory is to mount the scope you have chosen. Sometimes this scope base could be a part of the rifle. You will also find bases with adapters, which will help you in changing scopes.

2. Second most important accessory will be the ring for the rifle. The ring is actually used to fasten the scope with the mount. However, you should buy such ring, which will perfectly fit with the base of your rifle. A variety of ring sizes are available with respect to the size of base.

3. Another important accessory to help you will be the lens hood. Many of the time you may not view clear image of the deer through the ocular lens or the objective lens due to the obstruction caused by some drifting light. This lens fitting is going to stop that drift light and for generating a perfect image for your convenience.

4. A bipod or tripod is necessary for your deer hunting rifle, as it will improve your stability and balance. With a bipod or tripod, you can improve your aim to shoot at the right point, which you may miss if hunting with your bare hands as carrying a heavy rifle for long can take its toll.

5. A rifle sling is also required for easy carrying of the rifle. If you keep on carrying the heavy rifle in your hand, your hands are going to be tired. It is advisable to use a sling, so that you can carry the rifle on your shoulder and keep your hands free

Source by Becky Barrett

Hamsa Necklace – Why Do So Many People Buy Hamsa Jewelry Accessories?

Did you hear about Hamsa jewelry and its healing powers? Today, they are very trendy jewelry worn by many women to turn away the so-called evil eye that is considered as the major cause of human misfortune and sorrows of all form. Many women are wearing these good luck charms like Hamsa necklaces and bracelets with a belief that it will protect their life from all forms of negative influences.

According to Jewish tradition, the five fingers of human hand represent the five books of our Holy Bible. Therefore it can act as a brawny defensive tool to fight with the evil eye. The hand shaped amulets symbolize the hand of Almighty which is said to create a protective guard about the wearer. It is believed to protect the user from evil things a man is surrounded by such as, misfortune, envy, diseases, sorrow accidents, hatred and many more. By wearing the luck charm the wearer is blessed with happiness and leads a prosperous life. The trend of wearing Hamsa jewelry is spreading rapidly as more and more people gain the vision that it acts as protective shield for them. Now we see a number of people wearing wither

People choose to wear Hamsa necklaces out of the belief that it can bring happiness to their life.

The most emerging buyers of Hamsa jewelry are worried parents. With a hope of giving the divine protection to their children, more and more parents are buying evil eye jewelry like Hamsa Bracelet or necklace and Hamsa ring and pendant. They believe that the Divine power of Hamsa will provide security to their children and help in their studies and developing their career.

Some fashion conscious children refuse to wear the Hamsa amulets. The manufacturers have come up with other accessories such as Hamsa key chains or Hamsa mobile phone accessories and Hamsa car accessories as well as home blessing to be placed anywhere as required. Keeping these accessories handy will ensure that he is always under the powers of protective forces of Hamsa charm no matter wherever he moves.

Hamsa jewelry is not limited to bracelets and necklaces; you will get a wide range of attractive and trendy Hamsa pendants as well as rings and earrings in most attractive designs. You can change the overall look of your personality and look gorgeous with good looking Hamsa jewelry.

Hamsa necklaces and all forms of Hamsa accessories are readily obtainable at lucrative rates. You might not afford to purchase exclusive diamond jewelry buy Hamsa Jewelry are so affordable that you can easily buy them for your personal use and use them almost anywhere like office or sporty get-togethers and even in formal parties.

Today you can find your tool of protection from a wide range of Hamsa charms like Hamsa bracelets. Hamsa necklaces, Hamsa accessories for your kids and family from online stores and give protection to your family from the Evil eye.

Source by Odelya Natan

Designer Purses – Bag Them

Designer purses have developed over the centuries, from a small and simple bag made out of skin to cart coins, into splendidly designed accessories made from select materials and are considered after all over the world. In America the term purse returns to a small handbag, whereas the British use this term to describe a wallet and a handbag is much larger. Women need a handbag to hold the essential items they may need for a day or maybe a particular function, so why not invest in a designer's purse?

Not every woman is a fashion fanatic but if you are one you will know what a key accessory a handbag is, as it can transform a simple outfit into a chic and style full picture. On average a thirty year old women will buy a new handbag every three months, this may sound extreme, although sometimes you may need the accessory to be suitable for a special occasion or match your outfit. The handbag market has no shortcomings in designers and companies such as Zac Posen, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Alexis Hudson, Valentino offer fine designs and quality.

When selecting handbags you need to consider what you will be using them for. Women with children will clearly need some additional space, whereas the women who want to go to a party or special function will look for something which matches their outfit and is not too large. Different types of handbags include; clutch, tote, satchels, shoulder bags etc and with different designs the choice is fundamental. The design is very vital and will clearly fit the individuals fashion sense, but the material the bag is made of will also play a role. Leather is pricey but will last you longer and will show to be a unbelievable investment if you take good care of it.

It is spot on what Yves Saint Laurent said, "Fashions fade, style is eternal". Choose something that fits your style and if it's not trendy at the moment you will be accredited for your bold individual taste, remember even with trends, history repeats itself. Womens designer purses are never boring and enjoy them wherever

Source by Vivienne Neveling

Wedding Shoes to Kill Your Blues

Oxford street seemed to get longer and hotter every time Jesse exited another shop. This time, outside John Lewis she leant against the doorway and gazed into the distance. Surely she was not running out of shops? She sighed and prepared herself to start the hunt again. Dizziness stopped her in her tracks and she realized that she must rest for a while. Why had she left this late in the day? Why had she stubbornly refused her mother's offers of help to organize the wedding when she would have given her more time to put together her own outfit and would probably have healed the gulf in their relationship?

Jesse walked straight back into the store she had just left because at least there she knew where the coffee shop was. She also knew she had only a matter of hours before the shops closed and her hunt for wedding shoes would be over. Tomorrow she would walk into the office office in shoes that are too clumpy for that lovely lace blouse that grandma had given her years ago. She had only to replace a missing button to have the sweetest top and then she had actually made the silk skirt herself but the wedding shoes were driving her mad; none of them seemed right.

She was almost weeping with frustration when a gentle voice said 'may I sit here? I just can not shop for as long as I used to. Thank goodness this lovely restaurant is still here. ' She paused and then continued. 'But hark at me babbling on. My names Mrs Whooton, or Mary, 'she added with a smile. Jesse looked up without enthusiasm, she had no time to chat but as she was too tired to move anyway she told her her name. Mary reached for Jesse's hand and squeezed it gently. 'It sometimes helps to share a trouble.' Jesse looked amazed. 'Oh, it's written all over your face my dear. Tell an old lady and you might be surprised by what she knows. '

Jesse looked at the woman's softly round, powdered face, gray hair escaping in small whisps from a shapeless brown hat; then she saw the large clock hands just touching the four and a moment's panic made her sob out loud. 'Come on my dear,' Mary said encouragingly. 'Tell me what's troubling you.' Jesse was surprised by how quickly the story spilled out of her mouth, even including her problems with speaking to her mother and of course finishing with the story of the wedding shoes.

'Your granny's blouse was Victorian then?' She asked curiously. Jesse nodded. 'Then I do not suppose you know of a small boutique in Jordan street do you? It's sort of overshadowed by the new shops but it specializes in Victorian costumes. There might be something there that would suit. ' Jesse's eyes widened with hope. 'Where's Jordan Street?' She gathered herself together and thanked Mary. 'Oh I just hope they can help you, she said, then added' Your mother, Jesse, you know she only wants to make sure you're alright. ' Jesse nodded suddenly finding a lump in her throat at the mention of her mother. 'Call her my dear. You will not regret it. '

Jesse almost ran to the shop in Jordan Street where she found a treasure trove of Victorian garments. Most importantly she found the perfect wedding shoes to match her silk skirt and lace blouse. As she straightened up to smile at the old man serving her, she glimpsed in a mirror the smiling round face of Mrs Whooton, just taking the hat pin out of her shapeless brown hat.

Source by Simon John

Quick and Easy Window Treatments

Window treatments are fabulous.

Why? For one, well-dressed windows add wow to any room in the house. And they’re functional too-they can be used to block light, create privacy, soften sounds, draw attention to great views (or conceal less pleasing ones), and more. And they look darn good doing it.

To help you figure out which window treatment styles are right for your home and tastes, here’s a rundown on the basic types. Don’t want to spend a fortune? I’ll throw in some easy DIY ideas for dressing up your existing curtains and shades too.


Curtains typically hang on rods from rings, tabs, or ties and are pulled open or closed by hand. This type of window treatment is made in a variety of styles and fabrics to fit windows large and small, in settings formal or informal.

Drapery panels tend to look more formal than curtains. Drapes are attached to a rod with hooks that allow for opening and closing simply by pulling a cord. They usually hang from the top of a window or even the ceiling to the floor.

Blinds help control light and privacy and may be used with other window treatments or alone. All sorts of materials-including vinyl, wood, and faux wood-are available to match the style of your spaces.

Shades are used to block out light and provide privacy too. Styles include simple roller shades; top-down shades; Roman shades with sleek, defined folds; and balloon shades that billow when they are pulled up.

Cornices are affixed to the wall at the top of the window. Typically made of plywood and dressed up with paint, fabric, wallpaper, molding, or other embellishments, cornices are used to add architectural detail to windows.

Valances, much like cornices, are hung across the top of windows, cover curtain rods and add structural interest. Fabric valances may be tailored to create a distinctive shape or draped loosely across the top of the window.


The tricky part about window treatments is deciding which ones to use and in what combination. A few questions to ask yourself:

What is the style of my windows and the room they’re in?

Formal, floral-print window treatments may look absolutely ridiculous in a contemporary home, while inexpensive blinds probably won’t do justice to a bank of windows in a formal setting. I prefer simpler shades and curtains over gaudy layers of fabric in my own home, but there’s something to be said for a well-designed, formal living or dining room with exquisite folds of fabric framing a window.

What is the function of the room?

This may guide the materials you select for your window treatments. For instance, it’s smart to pick fabrics that stand up to moisture for bathroom windows and ones that are easy to clean for windows near heavy-use areas of the kitchen.

What size are my windows?

Trick your eyes into thinking your small windows are larger by positioning the curtain rod above the top of the window. Are your windows too narrow? Extend the rod beyond the sides of the window frame. Or if you’re lucky enough to have large windows, but they’re out of scale with the size of your rooms and the furnishings in them, opt for simple treatments with minimal layers and patterned fabrics to downplay the expanse.

What functions should my window treatments fulfill?

If you love natural light as much as I do, you might want sheer fabric panels and nothing more. But consider issues such as: privacy (so the neighbors can’t see you making coffee right after you stumble out of bed in the morning), light control (if you want it as dark as possible when you sleep, window treatments with blackout lining may be the way to go), and temperature regulation (in drafty rooms, honeycomb shades are a good choice for providing a level of insulation).

Oh, and don’t forget to consider how your windows look from outside too!


Formal window treatments with their many layers and multiple fabrics and patterns require more sewing and decorating know-how than this Know-It-All is willing to jump into at the moment. But informal window treatments are a breeze to make over yourself. The key is to keep it simple, functional, and fun.

Add oomph to store-bought curtains (or panels you’ve sewn yourself) with ribbons, buttons, bows, beads, tassels, cording, or whatever other embellishments suit your style.

Paint wooden blinds a vibrant color.

Sew your own café curtains-they’re easy to make with funky fabrics or leftovers from other projects.

Create a custom roller shade by purchasing a DIY roller shade kit from a craft or fabric store. Or purchase plain roller shades and decorate them with acrylic paint-try stamped shapes, freehand flowers, polka dots, or stripes. Still feeling crafty? Hot-glue ribbon …

How to Find the Safest, Cleanest Body Jewelry Online

Globalisation has had a huge impact on the availability of wholesale products in the international marketplace. Once upon a time, only basic wholesale jewelry was available – and items such as wholesale ear tapers, wholesale ear tunnels, wholesale eyebrow rings, wholesale flesh tunnels, and wholesale gauge earrings were difficult to find.

These days the world is globalised and huge changes are taking place even now in the marketplace, turning the commercial landscape into a smorgasbord of opportunities – even wholesale ear tapers can be found for great prices due to low-cost production and much better infrastructure and logistics. Where you choose to buy your wholesale ear tunnels or wholesale eyebrow rings is no easy task, though, because there will be a great deal of permutations and variables for you to think on.

Buying jewelry meant for more extreme body modification techniques, such as wholesale flesh tunnels, wholesale gauge earrings or wholesale ear tunnels means extra care must be taken. These types of jewelry can all cause significant trauma to the skin if proper care is not taken when selecting jewelry. Badly made wholesale gauge earrings could have imperfections causing the pierced person real troubles, potentially running the risk of infection, a perforated piercing hole or worse. This can be bad in many ways, giving you and your products a bad name aside from the issues that the customer will have to go through. They say no publicity is bad publicity – but bad publicity can be a real serious issue and have a big effect on your ability to do business in the piercing community in the future, if at all again.

That’s why it’s best to buy your wholesale ear tunnels and wholesale gauge earrings from a supplier you can really put your faith in and trust completely. There is no reason to risk your customers’ health and the future of your business on cutting corners with un-researched purchases of wholesale ear tapers from a poor quality wholesale eyebrow rings supplier. It just doesn’t make sense in the long and short run- think about the future of your business and your reputation as a whole.


What better way to make sure that piercings are done cleanly and healthily with no risk to your customers than to buy everything pre-sterilized – from wholesale ear tunnels to wholesale ear tapers. The jewelry must be totally clean and in pristine condition, completely sterilized and free of any harmful bacteria or germs that could cause the piercing problems and infection – nobody wants this! It can be a good way to measure whether or not a supplier you are considering for wholesale eyebrow rings is worth looking at and will serve you well in the long run – this is because it takes a great deal of care and even an investment on great equipment on the part of your wholesale eyebrow rings supplier – showing their dedication to a great product. Unfortunately not all suppliers do this, so you or customers have the responsibility of arranging piercing sterilization for all the jewelry.

Source by Vaidehi Khandare

Jewelry Making – The Art of Lost Wax Casting

The art of lost wax casting, a technique that yields intricately detailed metal, dates back thousands of years with its true origin lost in ancient history. Lost wax casting is used to mold various types of metal into intricate pieces of jewelry and artistic sculptures, although it is also commonly used for industrial components and dental procedures.

The process of lost wax casting starts with a sculptor crafting a representation of the desired piece out of wax, creating a pattern with the same intricate detail that will appear on the metal piece of jewelry in its final form. Wax "sprues" are included in the creation of the pattern, which are wax rods or wires that delineate the strategic placement of channels that will remain open when the final mold is made. Sprues are not a design element of the final piece, but rather allow for spaces to remain open in the mold through which the molten metal that will determine the final piece will be injected. The channels imprinted by these sprues will also allow for the wax to exit the mold.

Once the wax model and its attached sprues are in the desired form, the wax pattern is covered with a biable ceramic substance through pouring, dipping, or both. Care must be taken during this process to ensure that air bubbles are not present, as any imperfections in the mold will be visible on the final piece. Once the mold surrounding the wax pattern reaches the desired thickness, it is allowed time to harden and then heated in a kiln. As temperatures rise, the wax within is melted and eradicated through the channels left by the sprues, hence the name "lost wax." The result of this stage is a strong mold with a hollow opening in the shape of the original wax design.

Molten metal can then be inserted into the final mold through the channels, and is usually injected rather than scattered in jewelry crafting so that the metal fills each intricately placed impression in the mold. When the metal hardens, the mold is removed to reveal the piece. In the final stages, protrusions such as those created by the opened channels or other vents must be removed and the metal polished to its final, lustrous state.

Variations in the lost wax casting process exist, such as the use of rubber molds rather than ceramic, but the fundamental lost wax principles remain widely used due to the intricate details that can be produced in the end. Although definitions have been made to the lost wax casting process through history, the effectiveness of its underlining process has withstood the test of time.

Source by I. Maher

Fashion Forward Wearable Devices Enhance Digital Runway

Have you watched a spy movie and wondered if the undercover devices that use on their missions, or the mechanisms helping them escape a nail-biting situation are realistic? Digital manufacturers are producing products in wearable technology, based on several ideas seen in spy and science fiction movies. Manufacturers are ensuring that their sleek and stylish designs will not sacrifice performance, attributes and efficiency for today's personal use. Amazingly, these devices are gaining popularity everyday and practically every household owns at least one.

The digital fashion runway is taking on a distinct look with wearable device statements that are functional and in vogue. Today's digital landscape is taking on a new social trend in the world of fashionable accessories. The future of wearables allows the user to take their technology with them for connecting to their daily lives, from gadgets for fitness and personal communications to infotainment (information-entertainment). How effective these devices are depends largely on connectivity, as well as convenience. Industry influencers are competing with a variety of wearable accessories that include smart watches, smart eyewear, smart trackers, smart sport accessories, wearable cameras, smart bracelets, healthcare devices, activity trackers, entertainment devices, running watches and devices for kids and pets.

Wearable computers are engineered to connect to the internet in real-time, while mixing the real world, with virtual and hybrid reality. The digital experience from these fashionable wearable devices compute through ambient intelligence (AMI), which are electronic environments sensitive to adapting and responding to the human presence. End-users are able to enjoy and experience personal, well-timed and relevant information twenty-four hours a day.

Wearable device industry leaders are ensuring their technology, platforms and expertise are highly competitive, and on point for increased consumer demand. They are making it possible to connect incredibly fast over 3G and 4G LTE networks. Technologies that include sensors, radio-frequency identification (RFID), biometrics, nanotechnology and software upgrades are embedded in these fashion forward wearables to help automate digital platforms with ease and efficiency. It will be interesting to see how soon we witness more luxurious wearable fashion designs on the electronic runway. Obviously, it would be a fashion faux pas to wear a sporty smart bracelet with formalwear. The future of fashion forward wearables offers unlimited, innovative possibilities.

Source by Kym Gordon Moore

Men's Necklaces Make Their Mark

Ever seen a French comedy where the husband gives his beloved wife a piece of jewelery. She opens the black box in excitation. Her face drops when she looks inside: her husband has lovingly given her a black leather choker with silver studs reminiscent of a dog collar. The tragic-comic irony of the story is that when it comes to necklaces, or mens' necklaces to be more precise, anything goes. If it's a choice between neckties and necklaces, men's necklaces reveal in fashion glory. Take a look around you notice how men wearing men's necklaces have evolved.

Beaded necklaces for the spiritually loving kind of man, chokers for the body builder at the gym perhaps? Chunky gold necklaces for the younger bolder man, blinging it to the nines. And then there's the more understated silver necklace with pendant for the slightly mature, sophisticated man who wants to exude charm and confidence. Whatever shape or form the men's necklace comes in, the male race is out wearing them with pride.

The boom in necklaces has seen fine jewelers tripping over themselves to satisfy the growth of mens' interest in jewelery. Fine jewelers like Tiffanys have expanded its usual watch and cufflink collections to include a broad range of sporty men's jewelery including mens' necklaces, pendants, rings and bracelets. Tiffanys have also designed a number of simple, masculine jewelery styles in titanium steel and silver.

In a recent US poll, 75 percent of men said they enjoyed wearing jewelery and 80 percent of women say they find men who wear jewelery sexy. Today's generation of men are fashion conscious, they care about street cred and will pay attention to fine detail. There seems to be more of an understanding that wearing a piece of jewelry, like a mens' necklace is essential to completing a look.

With the World Cup in full swing, fine jewelers and big fashion homes have spotted the potential for branding with soccer players. Suddenly footballers are the new, rising media stars with a high international profile. What better way to advertise mens' necklaces, jewelery or clothes than a footballer with rippling muscles in motion, sporting an earring that is bound to play on the mass public conscience? Zinedine Zidane of the French team is the face of Dior's Eau Savage, and Lukas Podolski of Germany sells Ax body spray. Brazil's Ronaldinho, the world's most talented footballer, wears his hair pulled back to reveal a pair of gaudy earrings with his number cast in diamonds. Japan's answer to Beckham, sometimes referred to as Asian Becks has also been known to wear the occasional piece of mens' jewelery.

It is evident that the fashion conscious persona has swept across Europe. Hairstyled players with sunglasses and mens' jewelery may seem contrived to some but for the most part these players pull off the fashion look because they are talented players. At least for the moment, fine jewelers of mens' necklaces, pendants, rings and earrings are living the advertising dream.

Copyright 2006 Tatstar

Source by Taroon Shah