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Trendiest Accessories To Buy At Women’s Clothing Boutiques Online

Online shopping is fun and can lead you to some really good sources of rare fashion finds, understated color schemes, personalized clothing options and accessories that are in tune with the latest trends. Whether it is an elegant everyday bag that you have been hunting for or a statement clutch, it becomes easier to find them all when you don’t have to worry about exhausting yourself by running between shops.

Once you browse through cute dress boutiques online, you are exposed to an array of matching accessories too. While it is great to be spoiled for choice, this same choice can get a little complicated. So, have a look at this list and get things more focused before you start shopping. Here are a few of the trendiest accessory must-haves for the coming cold season.

Blanket scarves

These are here to stay for quite some time. Not only is their size a welcome appeal, it is also the variety of prints and styles that they are available in, that makes them one of the most useful fashion accessories to have in your wardrobe. What’s more? You can drape them in so many ways that there can be a new look for every day of the week.

Drop necklaces

Be it a series of decorative and colorful half moons or basic pendants with a modern spin drop necklaces in new designs when chosen rightly can add an ideal finesse to every kind of attire. You can look for metallic pieces or ones with beads and shellwork. Even cozy knitted fabric necklaces can be picked up to add to your winter wardrobe.

Beanies

Another chic and functional accessory to look for at women’s clothing boutiques online, beanies should be picked in an assortment of colors to go with several casual dresses. Plus, they help you out when you are running out of options.

Chokers

The latest addition to the necklace trends, simple thin chokers go well with casual as well as formal attire. Apart from lightweight metal options, you can also buy them in velvet and lace, with scalloped designs or fringes.

Nude belts

If you don’t have one of these already, you need to buy them as they go well with every color, are very useful and fit right into so many styles effortlessly. The neutral and yet, not-entirely-neutral aspect of nude colors like beige, browns or peach tinted earth tones are ideal for several occasions and with different color combinations.…

Gift Ideas For College Students

Getting gift ideas for a college student can be a challenge. Most traditional college students have been away from home for a period of time so you are likely unsure how much their tastes have changed, if at all. Finding fun gifts is not impossible, however. Following are a few gift ideas that are sure to please.

Gadgets

Even though college students are often not the wealthiest people they still typically have interest in the newest gadget. If you can afford it, the newest iPod, the most recent iPhone or even an attractive and sleek laptop are great gift ideas. These gifts are all great for school as well. Students can download tutorial podcasts to their iPod to help them through any course, they can download a flash card app to their iPhone to help them quiz themselves for the big test or they can tote their laptop to every class to take notes and write papers.

If all of those are out of your reach, try a smart pen. Smart pens allow students to take notes in class the traditional way, however, when the student gets to their computer, they can download their notes and convert them to typed font. This allows students to get a head start on their papers when they have some down time between classes. It also creates a more legible set of notes which can aid studying. Gadgets are often the most valuable gift a college student can receive.

Care Packages

Even if it’s not a holiday or birthday, everyone who is away from home for the first time loves to receive well thought out care packages. Send baked goods or something from their favorite bakery back home. Add a piece of art from a younger sibling, niece or nephew, or other child the college student is close to. However, the gifts that are most fun to incorporate are those silly little things, you saw while shopping, that made you think of the recipient. Silly games, funny cards, bubble bath, anything you see that makes you think about this person for any reason are all great gift ideas. Whatever you send, it’s just nice for them to know you care.

Money

When you’re a poor college student you begin to dread the next ramen noodle or cold pizza meal. This is why cold hard cash can be the best gift. While college students have the same basic needs as all of us, they often lack the time to work full time or are simply not used to budgeting their funds. While cash is a great gift, it’s obviously not a wise idea to send cash through the mail. Of course you can write a check but other options include money orders, wire transfers, pre-loaded bank debit cards or gift certificates.

Gift certificates can be particularly handy if you are concerned about how your gift is spent. If you determine that the student needs clothes then find out where they like to shop and get …

How to Organize Coupons

You have finally jumped into the exciting world of coupons but now you do not know what to do with all of them. After clipping coupons from Sunday papers and printing coupons from the internet, a big pile of coupons will soon form. Putting all of them in a large envelope for safe keeping is a good way to put them away so they are not scattered everywhere, but you will find that it is too hard to find exactly what you are looking for. You will need a way to organize all your coupons so you can easily find them. You will also want to use something that will allow you to carry your coupons with you to the store. There are lots of different ways to do this but there is not a best way. One method of organizing may work for one person but not for another. Here are a few options to get you started.

1. Use a small expanding file folder that is sized for photos. You can organize your coupons by using broad categories such as baby, dairy, or pet. You can arrange these categories in alphabetical order or in the same order that you would pass each category in your grocery store. Many people find that they outgrow this method very quickly, especially if they get multiple Sunday coupon inserts each week.

2. Use an empty craft or fishing box. You can create your own dividers for categories out of index cards to organize your coupons. Using a box allows you to fit and carry more coupons.

3. Use a large binder with baseball card holders. For this method, you can buy binder dividers to separate your categories. This method is especially useful for people who get multiple inserts. Each coupon can have its own slot and all the multiple coupons can fit too.

Like I said before, each person will find that one method works better for them than others. A large binder is probably the easiest way to organize your coupons. You can put the binder in the seat of the cart and flip through the pages without having to fumble through a stack of coupons. However, this may not always be the best option. For example, people with babies probably will not be able to carry both their baby and a large binder / box into the store. In addition, the baby has to sit in the seat and there would not be room for a binder or box. For these people, a large expanding file folder that can fit into a purse would probably be more beneficial. Each person's situation and coupon experience will determine which method is best. Also remember, these are only a few options. There are many other ways you could organize your coupons, so get creative and find the best method for you. …

Are Gift Cards the Best Gift?

January's retail sales strength is reflected in people redeeming their Christmas gift cards. The average adult received 3.2 gift cards this holiday season, up from 2.5 gift cards last year. Gift cards are more popular and this also moves spending into January. Consumers are also interested in receiving gift cards at other times that just at Christmas.

A survey by Deloitte & Touche USA found:

  • 80% of adults received at least one gift card to an apparel or food store
  • 33% received at least one gift card to a restaurant
  • 14% received one gift card to a mall or shopping center
  • 10% received a gift card that could be used at a variety of stores (eg, an American Express gift card)
  • 5% received at least one for a personal service such as a manicure or massage
  • 5% received at least one gift card for an Internet site (eg, ebay, Amazon)

Price ranges for gift cards ranged from $ 78 for an American Express card, while the lowest was for a $ 32 restaurant card. Bank gift cards are more likely to be used in January. Nearly 74% of these gift cards have been redeemed or partially redeemed by the end of January.

People were more likely to buy full price retail items with their gift cards. Many analysts believe the "gift" aspect allows consumers to treat themselves to new full-priced merchandise.

Retailers also benefit when consumers redeem a gift card, nearly 62% spend more than the face value of the card. This is an opportunity for retailers to increase sales, as sales can not be reported until the gift card is redeemed.

Consumers also expressed an interest in receiving gift cards for other holidays. For example, a gift card for an "experience" is widely received as a result of people being time-pressed. Getting a gift card for a trip to a restaurant or massage or even a weekend getaway seems to be a trend people are enjoying.

Teens enjoy gift cards because they are more eager to shop with their friends and are more apt to redeem their cards quicker than adults. The survey showed teens redeemed 76% of their gift cards vs. 61% of adults.

Gift cards keep on giving, after the holidays, especially for retailers. Gift cards are here to stay. Consumers enjoy using them and retailers enjoy getting them. Gift cards are an appropriate gift for all occasions. …

"I Can Only Wear Gold Jewelry" – The Truth About Jewelry Allergies

I can only wear gold jewelry, everything else breaks me out.” How many times did I hear that exact phrase from my mother when I was a child? Every time I would give her jewelry that was her response.

Why does everything but gold break my mother out? Is that statement even true? When I started designing jewelry over ten years ago I decided to find out. I wanted to design jewelry for my mom that she could wear without fear of a breakout. Now I am going to let you in on what I have discovered.

My mother, like many people, develops contact dermatitis when her skin comes in contact with some types of jewelry. Her dermatitis is a result of an allergic reaction to the nickel found in many types of jewelry. Nickel allergies are very common, in fact one out of every seven people are likely to suffer from a nickel allergy. More often, women tend to suffer from nickel allergies than men. Allergy treatment can help with the symptoms of a nickel allergy. Unfortunately once the allergy has developed, a person will remain sensitive to nickel for the rest of their life.

Nickel is found in many types of costume jewelry, especially those that are mass-produced. It may also be found in other everyday items like coins, zippers, eyeglass frames, and cellphones.

So why is my mom allergic to nickel, you may ask. For some reason, which science still does not understand, her body has mistaken nickel (or similar metals like cobalt) as a threat. In response to that threat, her body causes an immune response (aka allergic reaction) to get rid of the threat. This reaction causes her to breakout in an itchy rash. But others could have a more severe reaction to nickel.

Now that I knew what was causing my mother’s breakout, I set out to find out which types of jewelry did not contain nickel.

First I looked at gold jewelry. Generally speaking, yellow gold (above 14 karat) will not cause an allergic reaction. However white gold may. White gold alloys contain nickel and other “white” metals to produce its silver coloring. One out of every nine people will react to the nickel in white gold.

Another form of gold jewelry is gold filled or “GF” jewelry. Gold filled jewelry metal is created when a base metal is coated with a layer of gold. Gold filled differs from gold-plated by the amount of gold applied. The layer used in gold filled jewelry is typically 50 to 100 time thicker that the layer used to coat gold-plated products.

Next I looked at silver jewelry. For those who are nickel sensitive, fine silver and sterling silver are great choices for “white” metals.

Fine silver is by definition 99.9% pure silver. Jewelry is generally not made of fine silver because the metal is extremely soft and does not withstand normal wear and tear well.

Most silver jewelry is made using sterling silver. Sterling silver

Fashion – Become an Alpha Male

To become an alpha male you must know how to project yourself in the best possible light. Image can be defined as a mental conception of an individual.

Our image of somebody is created by the beliefs that we have about that person. It may be the impressions we form when meeting somebody new or it may be an individual's reputation that has developed over time. Our impression about other people may be based on how they look, speak or behave. A person's overall image may consist of a variety of factors, including their clothing, grooming, voice tone, vocabulary, body language and social behaviours. Your image is so important because other people will make assumptions based on limited information. For example, somebody may be perceived as trustworthy because they maintain strong steady eye contact. They may be judged as capable, professional, successful, intelligent and wealthy because they are well dressed. The reverse is also true. This chapter will focus on how to create a powerful and positive image through dress sense and fashion.

In all societies throughout history, fashion has served as an indicator of social status and cultural belonging. It is true that the manner in which people dress proclaims their place in a given society.

Military uniforms provide a very obvious indication of power, status and rank. By adopting a uniform you make a clear statement of your alliances. In politics, leaders of countries will deliberately alter their appearance when dealing with foreign cultures. Eastern leaders will dress in their own style in their own country but when visiting and negotiating with a Western nation, they may abandon their traditional garb in favour of a Western-style suit. Similarly, European politicians will carefully calibrate their wardrobes to establish a link with a particular audience.

Perhaps the greatest example of the power of appearance occurred during the televised 1960 presidential debates between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. Kennedy looked youthful, tanned and relaxed in his slim-cut suit. Nixon had a five o'clock shadow, looked rumpled and perspired throughout the debate. After the debates, polls indicated that those who had listened on the radio overwhelmingly thought that Nixon had come out on top. But among those who saw the debates on television, the vast majority felt that Kennedy had done a far superior job. And we all know how that election turned out.

Fashion Tips 1

Many men have serious problems when it comes to fashion. It can cost so much and clothing trends and styles change so quickly. Of course, there is no simple solution to fashion. Everyday your style may change depending on a variety of different factors. This section will teach you, in depth, the best way to look your absolute best, in every situation. Once you are finished reading it, go over the main points to internalise the teachings and your fashion sense will improve dramatically.

Take Note of Stylish People

The first step of fashion excellence is to become aware of what other people are …

Process Coupons Online

Processing Coupons for extra income is new to the Internet market place. Many everyday people like you and I are looking to Process Coupons, Process Rebates, Process E-Mails, Type From Home or do simple Data Entry from the comfort of their home. We are looking for ways to create additional income for our family.

Why not? Who would not like to work from the comfort of their home, while enjoying a nice income? Get up when you want, stay in your pajamas, go out when you want and enjoy making your dreams come true.

You can see the searches made on a daily basis for processing Coupons on the Internet. You see searches for phrases like process Coupons, Rebate Processors, E-Mail Processing, at home jobs just to mention a few.

The number of people working from home each day grows as many people are seeking alternative income sources. Once successful, you can create more income, time to do the things you enjoy most and perhaps even replace your day job. There are many types of work at home programs to choose from. It is important and easy to find one to match your skill sets, available time, comfort zone and income objectives.

I decided to do some research after receiving an e-mail about coupon processing. I did indeed find programs that offer this service. One example is a program that pays $20 for every coupon processed. I found some reviews of this particular program and one of those reviews written by someone who uses the program is as follows:

“It works every time, I process coupons every day and earn $20 for each. It takes about 10 minutes to process a coupon; you then repeat the process several times a day to earn a great income. Companies are issuing more and more coupons these days to get people to buy their products. More and more companies are hiring coupon processors to process the coupons for them. It means more money for these companies and less work. So they are very happy to have you working for them. Once you join our business you will be shown hundreds of companies who will hire you, they don’t reject anyone either. There is never a shortage of work, you will always be in business.”

This type of program is fairly new so I will watch it carefully and monitor feedback from current users. Many of these types of programs fall within our comfort zone. Most of us feel comfortable processing coupons, rebates, or e-mails. These are task we can all easily relate to.

As I mentioned earlier we will monitor this program very closely, because you really have to be careful with these types of programs as there are so many scam artists lurking out there looking to relieve you of your hard earned money. Make sure you do some research before jumping into anything like this.

My suggestion is that you use a website similar to mine, but it does not have …

How to Buy Jewelry

It’s hard to find a woman who doesn’t love jewelry of some sort. Jewelry helps to create an image, a personal style, and the type of jewelry a woman wears says a lot about her personal taste. Some women prefer classic jewelry, gems, traditional styles. Others prefer more contemporary jewelry styles, perhaps ethnically influenced or created by a modern designer. Whatever she chooses, a woman knows that the jewelry she wears will accentuate her look and turn heads.

When buying jewelry, some of the terms used by the dealer can be confusing. Don’t let this deter you from your purchase. A simple lesson can help you read through the jargon.

Are you shopping for a ring? These jewelry settings are common when it comes to diamonds or other gemstones:

1. Baguette: rectangular-shaped

2. Barion cut: traditional step-cut

3. Bezel: the jewelry’s rim holds and completely surrounds the stone

4. Brilliant cut: reflect the most light from the stone; can be round, heart-shaped, oval, marquise, or pear-shaped

5. Cluster setting: this jewelry contains a large center stone surrounded by smaller stones

6. Emerald: rectangular- or square-shaped with cut corners

7. Marquise: double-pointed, boat-shaped stone

8. Pear: stones in the shape of a pear

9. Princess cut: square- or rectangular-shaped brilliant-cut stone

Jewelry comes in all shapes and also in sizes. When you are buying a gift of jewelry, it may help to take along an already-owned piece to compare sizes. For necklaces and bracelets, a jewelry dealer can give size or length suggestions depending on the style you choose.

One need not spend a whole lot of money on jewelry. Jewelry wholesalers offer quality items at lower cost. Even some costume jewelry is quite beautiful and far less expensive than “the real thing.” The important thing about jewelry is making sure it suits the wearer’s taste. Accessories don’t do much good if they just sit in the jewelry box.

Another thing to consider before buying jewelry for someone is whether she tends to wear more silver or gold-toned pieces. Some women combine the two; most prefer one or the other. Finally, think about her lifestyle. Would she prefer simple jewelry or more elegant, dangling pieces?

Regardless of what jewelry you choose, this is a gift she will never forget. After all, no woman can have enough jewelry.…

Find Las Vegas 2 For 1 Coupons – Eat in Vegas Cheap

If you’re traveling to Las Vegas it is important to understand there are many great deals you can find. Maybe you are looking for a two-for-one restaurant coupon and there are many ways you can find one of these. First before your trip you want to search online to see if any of the hotels are offering one of these specials. Right now Las Vegas is going through a tough time so you won’t be surprised to know that there are many deals to be had out there. There are a lot of coupon websites that are available for you to search for great deals such as a two-for-one meal coupon at a Las Vegas hotel restaurant.

Make sure that when you check into your hotel in Vegas you ask at the counter if they haven’t coupons for the hotel. In most cases they will give you a packet that has coupons along with your room card. When you are on the strip you also want to be aware of people handing out coupons because you can save a lot of money with these. There are also hotels that offer a late-night meals for a low-cost and you should be aware that you can save a lot of money when you go during these times.

Remember that saving money in Vegas is easy but you have to keep your eyes open and find the deals that are available to you. In many cases you can search online and find 2-for-1 deal deals at many of the top hotels. Also when you check and make sure that you talk with the hotel and asked them where the best places you can find coupons for restaurants…

Work From Home Business: Coupon Publishing

Are you looking for a way to use your skills as a salesperson or as a desktop publisher to start-up a new business? I might have one idea here that is worth a closer look.

Somehow, about every six weeks, a neat, orderly booklet with coupons to the local auto shop, the pizza place, the veterinarian, the beauty shop, the local florist and a home cleaning service show up on my front door. I use the $5 pizza coupons and maybe the $5 off an oil change and lube without ever thinking about how this booklet came to be. So I found out!

Well, someone in my town is an entrepreneur, sells the ads, creates graphic designs for the ads, has the local printer involved and uses retired seniors to walk around the neighborhood passing out the 20 to 30 coupon booklet.

What this person does is she sells ad space in the booklet for literally pennies per coupon making sure to never have two of the same business types in print at the same time. I see many of these coupons again and again which tells me they must be working!

This lady guarantees a certain number of booklets will be distributed and charges her customers by the 1,000 coupons. Part of the distribution is door-to-door but I see some of them in a small rack at the local grocery store too.

I did some research and found that there is a lot of information on the Internet about going into the coupon business. Most of what I read was positive. There is advice on color combinations for the coupons that are less expensive than other color combinations (I didn’t know that) and that printers are very competitive when it comes to bidding on this type of work.

Now the question remains can you sell the ads? Most business owners are going to be receptive to your sales call. Hand to them a color sample of a coupon. It is likely they have purchased a similar coupon ad in the past. The business owner will want a written assurance that you will distribute the number you promise so make that guarantee a strong selling point.

Your advertising fees are collected upfront so there is very little business capitalization required. Make sure the printer is paid and set aside some funds for those door-to-door seniors.

You can even purchase a mailing list or addresses by zip code and get into the bulk mailing business. Those business owners you approach would, if asked, likely say that you are doing them a favor since they do not have the time or expertise to do this on their own.

The online experts agree that the most difficult part is selling space for the very first issue. Make sure to include in your advertising contract the specific number of hand delivered or mailed booklets, that no two similar business will be in the same booklet and that each coupon will be in a classy …

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