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2012 Mother’s Day Gift: Platinum Jewelry

Platinum is one of the hottest jewelry trends in the US.  The reason why platinum is so popular is because of its rarity and quality as a rare and precious metal.  The cool, crisp silver sheen of platinum goes well with any gemstone, whether it be diamonds, emeralds, rubies, you name it!  But most of all, platinum is popular because it is sturdy, resistant and maintains its value.

Since the 1960s and 1970s, platinum has been on an incline in terms of platinum jewelry buyers and platinum jewelry sellers.  More and more jewelers are carrying platinum to accommodate the increasing number of customers who demand it.  There are countless designs and ways to wear platinum jewelry-from diamond rings to earrings to brooches.
In 2012, many platinum jewelry inspirations are a reflection of trends pulled from current TV shows and fashion trends depicting vintage wear.  Here are just a few 2012 popular platinum jewelry trends to wear:

1.  Traditional Vintage Platinum Ring:
Vintage platinum wedding bands are becoming the ring to sport.  Engagement and wedding bands frequently worn in the 60s and 70s are making their comeback.  They’ve gained exposure from TV shows such as Mad Men, celebrities such as Grace Kelly.  Modern day brides are looking for the perfect vintage ring.  Modern day celebrities such as Beyonce, Halle Berry and Natalie Portman have already caught onto the trend!

 

2. Colorful Platinum Rings and Earrings:
Platinum is the perfect rare metal to pair with any precious stone.  The trend this year is to have bright colors.  Instead of going for a clear diamond, consider going with a colored diamond or gem stones with deep, saturated colors.  2012’s trending colors include canary yellow, emerald green and topaz blue.

Mother's Day Gift

3. Classy Tennis Bracelets:
Tennis bracelets were popular back in the 80s.  Many if not most of our younger generation have a clue what tennis bracelets are.  Tennis bracelets are basically diamond bracelets that are thin and elegant.  The diamonds and bracelet are displayed symmetrically.  They were named after a tennis star who frequently wore these bracelets, by name of Chris Evert.  Nowadays, they have resurfaced and worn not on the tennis courts, but all over.  Famous star such as Penelope Cruz and Rachel McAdams have been sporting these ultra chic platinum tennis bracelets!
Platinum is trending for all types of jewelry, so you can’t really go wrong no matter what type of platinum jewelry you decide to invest in.  Unlike white gold, platinum maintains its beautiful silver brilliance without the need of yearly re-plating and recoating.  It does however, come with a slightly higher pricetag–but well worth your money.

Emily Li, the author of this article, works for Eternity Wedding Bands.  One of their most beloved type of wedding band is the platinum princess cut wedding band.  Her favorite type of platinum jewelry trend for 2012 are tennis bracelets!

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Forget the Flowers – Find the Special Mother of the Bride Gifts

Find the Special Mother of the Bride Gifts

Mother of the Bride Tinket Box

On a wedding day, the eyes of everyone are not only on the bride but also on the mothers of the bride and groom. For the mums, this day is every bit as special and emotional for them as it is for their offspring and they are usually given a special thank you gifts. After all, without mothers, none of the wedding party would be where they are on the big day!

And even though all eyes will be on the bride and her dress, everyone’s attention is also fixed on what the mothers of the bride and groom are wearing too because both mothers will have taken as much care with their outfit as the bride has. Both also play a pivotal role, both in the run-up to the big day – helping with organizing and planning – and on the day itself, particularly during the reception when they often play the role of hostess, chatting to guests, socializing and doing their best to put everyone at ease.

Traditionally, the happy couple say thank you to both mothers by presenting them with a bouquet of flowers, usually during the speeches. But it is now becoming more common for mothers of the bride and groom to receive something a little more personal. The wide variety of gifts available today makes it easier for the couple to be more thoughtful and adventurous in saying thank you and mother of the bride gifts are as equally suitable for mother of the groom.

Mother of the bride gifts can range from the very simple to the more adventurous.

  • Fill a box with her favorite scented soaps and bath pampering products for a gift that has the very personal touch.
  • Choose from an incredible variety of trinket or jewellery boxes, engraved perhaps with her name and your own thank you to her.
  • Splash out and send both mothers on a spa day or a weekend away where they can be pampered within an inch of their lives.
  • Delight her with a gift to treasure always such as a pearl necklace or a locket in gold or silver.
  • Choose gorgeous handkerchiefs engraved with her initials and presented in a beautiful presentation box.
  • Pick a delicious champagne or wine set with glasses or goblets engraved with the happy couple’s names and the date of the wedding. This is a mother of the bride gift that she will treasure.
  • Or why not make the present even more personal by selecting a series of photographs of the couple – either from childhood or from the wedding itself – and placing them in a solid silver or wooden frame?

In short, there’s no limit to how you can say thank you to your mother, whether you are the bride or groom. After all, your mother is likely to have spent as much time and energy as you have on organizing this day – she deserves to be spoiled, deserves to be center of attention for part of the day and deserves to take the plaudits from other guests.

Be original – forget the flowers and present well considered mother of the bride gifts.

Guest post for Personalized Wedding Gifts Shop where you will find a wide range of wedding thank you gifts.

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Spending Lessons from Kate Gosselin

Audi 8J TT Coupe 3.2 quattro photographed in Tokyo

Image via Wikipedia

Kate Gosselin recently made the news for purchasing a new Audi TT sports car. It’s a 2-door with a turbo-charged engine.   Not exactly what you would picture someone who is the single mother of eight children to be driving.  Considering that Kate has been quoted in magazines as being concerned over money, maybe she could use a lesson in shopping.  Thinking you have the right to buy whatever you want is definitely not the strategy that will get you ahead.

Some people have the luxury of being able to buy whatever they want, whenever they want.  (Note the use of the word luxury; which by definition is the state of extravagant living.)  For most of us, we are forced to think about how our current purchases will fit into our lives right now and into the future.  This requires planning ahead for many of our shopping trips.  It doesn’t necessarily require a long process, but a few minutes of thinking can go a long way.  For example, if most of us were about to purchase a car, we would need to think about what our exact needs are and how we will be using it.  Therefore, if we had eight kids, a 2-door car may not be an option.  Let alone the fact that buying a high-end brand of car wouldn’t fit into the family budget.  With more and more people requiring special financing for those in need of bad credit car loan, the monthly payment alone would do us in.  Not to mention maintenance and repair of a vehicle like the Audi TT.

Not every purchase needs to be dwelt over.  If you’re feeling the need for an impulse purchase, go ahead and decide on an amount of money that you could comfortably part with each month and allow yourself to go nuts.  The amount will differ for everyone’s budget, for some the $20 we blew on the latest as-seen-on-TV phenomenon is it.  I would venture to guess that most of us wouldn’t have a $50,000 fun budget like Ms. Gosselin.  So love her or hate her there is something we could all learn from the former reality TV star.

P.S.  I wonder how child support works when their are eight kids involved, do they still try to calculate a percentage of John’s income or do they just smash him over the head with a hammer and get it over with.

As a writer for New Start Auto Loans I cover just about all things finance, cars, loans, and money.  New Start Auto Loans is a bad credit car loan assistance company matching people with bad credit to finance managers in their area with special programs.

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Why Do Mothers Love Flowers As A Gift?

As you may well know, Moms are the most precious beings in everyone’s life. They are those beautiful angels who don’t get bored from giving, sacrificing and helping their children even after they grow and become real men and women. Let’s get back to the past for a while and think. How many times your mother fed you when you were hungry, when you were little? I’m sure countless times, right? How many times they checked on you every 10 minutes when you were sick and spent sleepless nights to watch over you? I’m sure countless times, too. How many times they gave you hope and shared with you joy, success and even wisdom to overcome failure? You know what is the other thing that is for sure? If we were to create a list of what our mothers did to us, it will be endless.

People celebrate their Mothers on Mother’s day each year and well, that’s quite thoughtful. It is one day of the year where you get to give your Mother a small fraction of what she entirely gave you.

Well as important as you thinking on how to overcome weight loss plateau, it is far important to think of thanking your mother every day. It is but funny how sometimes, personal priorities like fitness concerns can be more important than having a little time each day to make you your mother feel special and loved.

Do you notice that during Mother’s day people tend to give all sorts of gifts to impress their moms on a special day just like anyone else? Well, if you are into making your mother feel special and loved, why not present a flower? It doesn’t really matter where it come from. It could be from along the road to your house, or maybe bought from a side walk vendor, or maybe from your backyard, giving your mother a flower can represent so much appreciation and love. The best thing about this is that, you can always find flowers anywhere everyday.

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Problems With Multiway Bras In Strapless Mode

Convertible bras, also known as multiway bras, are great inventions in my opinion. The idea that you can take off the shoulder straps and re-attach them in different ways, is just brilliant, as it allows you to use one bra with lots of different garments during the course of one day. This can really cut down on the wardrobe you need to fit in a garment bag or suitcase.

But unfortunately, you can’t take for granted that any multiway bra will work completely as intended. In one type of situation especially, it may actually betray you completely. This can happen when you wear the bra in its strapless mode, something which most convertible bras allow. Of course, you should always check before you buy, that it will actually support your bust enough that you feel it is usable. Make sure to do this in the store, and ask for tips on how to make it work best – before you buy. But there is one thing, which a lot of women (including myself) have forgotten to check, before putting the cash on the counter: Does it support you in the long run? What am I talking about, you say? Well, I had this experience once:

This was with a gorgeous black multiway bra I bought once. Everything seemed great at the store, it fit perfectly, did what it was supposed to do, so I plunked down the greens and brought it home. A few days later, I wore it for the first time – for 10 hours at a trade show I was attending. For some reason, I had deemed it fitting to wear a strapless dress, while I was doing presentations and talking to potential clients on our stand, so I had happily taken the straps off the bra, and left them at home. To my dismay, the fabric sort of went soft after a while – the back straps, which were supposed to to the heavy lifting (pun intended) started to give! Seen from the outside, it was no disaster, but I felt horrible for the rest of the show! This great bra had turned in to a not-very great bra, with very little support of my bust. For some reason, the fabric went soft, probably from being heated up during so many hours. It shouldn’t – but it did.

To cut this short: Ladies – don’t make this mistake! Wear the bra immediately after you take it home (and do so in a controlled environment – like your closet) so you can find out if it does what I have described. If yes, then take it back to the store. Don’t risk finding out in a critical setting – as I did.

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MAC Makeup Brushes and Cosmetics for Mothers Day

What mother doesn’t love getting a gift of makeup? But this year instead of something she will use up why not consider a makeup gift that will last for many years? Consider giving your mum some MAC Makeup Brushes.

Many mothers who use makeup for various reasons, want a product that will deliver what it promises, and won’t fade, bleed or blend. They also want their makeup tools to provide the detail and application that they need in order to produce successful and beautiful results. The MAC product line gives only professional results that are beyond amazing. MAC uses materials that are never animal tested, and many of the proceeds go to charities to benefit those who need help.

MAC Brushes

These brushes come in an array of styles to offer just what the customer wants. They are made from the highest quality materials and never disappoint. Whether it is a powder brush, or a lip brush, one can be sure that the results will be breathtakingly beautiful. These brushes can be used wet or dry depending on the desired effect.

MAC Cosmetics

All of the cosmetics that MAC sells are top quality. The shadows never fade; the foundation always blends to perfection, and the lipstick colors pop to give that extra something. No matter what style is needed, MAC will always deliver. These cosmetics are great for sensitive skin and come in every shade to match every skin tone. In the rare case that there is not a foundation to match, one can be created right at the studio.

MAC make-up and make up brushes may seem a little expensive to some, but honestly the customer is paying for the quality, not the name on the label. MAC stands behind their products, and the proof can be seen on the customers who wear it. Everyone from stay at home moms to Broadway actors and actresses and A-List celebrities count on MAC to provide the looks that they demand. If top quality and experience is what customers want then MAC products are the way to go.

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