How To Be Stylish This Spring

Spring is an exciting time in the world of fashion. Now is the time to mix things up, introduce some color to your wardrobe and show off your personality. If you’re looking to update your wardrobe, here are some tips to help you create effortlessly stylish spring looks.

Experiment with materials
Warmer weather is on its way, and it’s time to switch up your wardrobe. Gone are the chilly days when we need woolen coats and cozy knits to keep us warm. Pack your winter wardrobe away, and get ready for some new material. In the spring, lightweight materials are an excellent choice. You can layer tops, cardigans, and blouses and create different outfits from staple pieces. Go for linen and cotton tees and vests. Swap chunky knits for capes or maxi cardigans.

Inject some color
In the winter, we tend to have our heads turned by darker shades like black, maroon and navy. When spring arrives, we can be a little more adventurous with our palette and try out some new colors. Pastel shades are a perennial favorite when the weather perks up. Try mint and duck egg blue for an alternative to pink and yellow. Camel is also a fantastic option for spring, especially when it comes to choosing a statement mac or trench coat. Swap indigo and black jeans for stonewash and grey denim.

Choose a bright color to make your outfit stand out!

Choose a bright color to make your outfit stand out!

Embrace your individuality and dare to be different
Your style is part of your personality, and you should use the way you dress to showcase your individuality. Use influences from your background and culture, as well as your individual taste to build outfits you love. Whether you’re shopping for abayas, saris or skirt suits, it’s essential to celebrate your uniqueness. By all means, take inspiration from others, but don’t be afraid to be different. Mix and match varied looks and add your own spin.

Try new trends
You’ll find that every season brings a host of new trends. Fashion evolves constantly, and there’s bound to be looks you love this spring. When it comes to trends, you don’t need to tick off every single one with each outfit. Take elements of different styles and create a look, which suits your style and also your body shape. You may not like some of the ‘hottest trends’ in magazines, and that’s fine. You don’t have to follow the rules of fashion week catwalks. When you shop, try on pieces, which catch your eye. Combine aspects of different trends and use your creativity to make your look stand out from the crowd. If bold dressing is a step too far, go for statement accessories teamed with understated clothing.

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Go Bold or Go Home!

Spring is here, and what better way to celebrate than with a wardrobe update? Look around for inspiration from the catwalks and magazines, but don’t be afraid to show off your individual style. Play around with colors and prints and be as bold or as modest as you like. Go for chic light materials with statement accessories for a professional work look and turn up the glamor for a night out.

5 Ways That You Can Potentially “Hurt” Your Diamond Engagement Rings

Showing our affection for our significant other and taking it to the next step in life is popularised by the symbol of a diamond engagement ring. Although everybody has their own preference when it comes to jewellery, diamond engagement rings has remained popular for a very long time. Diamond engagement rings being so simple yet elegant in presentation will surely wow your other half and will symbolise your everlasting love for your soul mate. As with almost everything created on this planet, diamond engagement rings require maintenance and looking out for. They will definitely last for a very long time as long as we look out for them. If you are new to buying diamond engagement rings or first time users, there are several things that you should not do with your diamond engagement rings.


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Why choose diamond rings

Why so many people opt for diamond rings is simply because it is small, lightweight, incredibly strong and hold its true value as being one of the most precious gems ever found on planet earth. For couples living in Canada who are looking for top notch diamonds, Diamonds for Less offers diamond engagement rings in Toronto. The company offers a wide range of diamond products that are all authentic and open to the public. If you happen to be in Toronto, stop by their shop and they will happily cater your needs by showing off their beautiful collections for sale. Besides purchasing engagement rings, buyers can buy wedding rings, pendants, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and other customised jewellery. All of their products are authentic and they are a legitimate seller who specialises in real quality grade diamonds.

5 things we shouldn’t do

Whenever we decide to buy an item that is priced at quite a sum, it is only wise that we take special care for them. Imagine buying a sports car but never washing it or putting it in for proper maintenance. Most likely, the car will only last for a few months without proper care. When it comes to diamonds, just because they are one of the planet’s hardest known rocks does not mean that they do not need proper maintenance. Even though the diamond itself is tough, it is the other contributing elements that make up your engagement rings such as the gold or platinum ring surrounding the diamond. To find out other unique materials that make up a diamond engagement ring, check out Diamond for Less’ website at Diamondsforless.ca as they provide an interesting range of graded products for the public. Returning to the topic of maintenance, here are 5 things that you should try to avoid doing to your precious diamond engagement ring(s):

  1. Do not leave your diamond engagement ring uncleaned for prolonged periods. Doing so will collect gunk and grime hence masking its beautiful appearance.
  1. Avoid sleeping with your diamond engagement rings. You might scratch or cut yourself or your partner, in addition to any fine clothing you might own.
  1. Try not to operate any heavy machinery or do maintenance work or chores, as it might degrade the metal mounting ring under heavy labour.
  1. Avoid direct contact with sensitive chemicals. The quality of the ring might degrade and discolouration might occur from chemical exposure.
  1. Never bathe or shower with your diamond engagement ring on; you will be sorry you ever did once it goes down the drain if it were to slip out of your fingers.

Conclusion

Remember to avoid careless handling of your diamonds and always take proper care for them. We want our diamond engagement rings to last forever and following the advice above will help in keeping it in top condition. Never leave your diamond rings unattended and without any proper housing if not used for prolonged periods. Do not forget to check out Diamond for Less’ website if you are interested in finding out more about diamonds and other unique tips.

Happy Mother’s Day

Hello Beautiful People,

Today is Mothers Day and it’s suppose to be a special day, right?

Well, many people are celebrating and having fun with their mothers and families, however for many it can be a day that they can’t wait until it’s over.

My mother

JT's mother highschool graduation picture before going off to college

My mother’s highschool graduation picture before going off to college

My mother passed away almost 22 years ago. I know she is with the Lord in heaven, however I do miss her.  I see people enjoying the day, saying what they did with their mother or how they spent the holiday.  Am I jealous?  No, but it makes me think of how she and my Dad raised me.  I am not supposed to cry; but sometimes I do.

Happy Mothers Day! How many children do you have?
No birth children, my hubby and I have two fur babies that are very energetic and spoiled.  As I reflect when my husband and I got married right after the honeymoon, we realized that we would be taking care of my dad, there was no baby in the plan. I had no brothers or sisters to help with making sure meals were prepared or taking turns to go to doctors visits, etc. I am not asking for sympathy that’s just how it was.
My Daddy was priority and thank the Lord I have a husband who was there with me all the way when we were taking care of my Dad.

My Grandmother

My Grandmother and I

My Grandmother and I at Union Station

My Grandmother went to be with the Lord seventeen years ago. She’s an inspiration and worked hard to provide for her family.  She was there for me in many ways and a great role model.

My Aunt
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My Aunt DJ, my mother’s sister is special to me and my husband. She lives out of town; but we are very close and if she needs me I am there for her.

I have 3 nieces and 3 nephews by marriage that I have seen grow up, graduate and do great things and that’s a blessing. Seeing them in our wedding and now they are working, married and with their own kids, going off to college and graduating from high school is pretty amazing.  They grow up so fast.  I am an only child so being an Aunt is special. I don’t get to see them as much because we don’t stay in the same town, but hubby and I make sure we keep in contact.
Make sure you celebrate Aunties Day on July 24, 2016!
This is a great saying from Melanie Notkin, Founder and Author of Savvy Auntie
“Babies are born from the womb.
Maternity is born from the soul.
There are many ways to mother.”

What’s so special about Mothers Day!
That I realized God is my mother and my father because both of my parents are with the Lord. Spending time with my heavenly Father and focusing on a relationship with him not just lip service soothes my soul.

 Psalms 23 (Message Bible)
A David Psalm

23 1-3 God, my shepherd!

    I don’t need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
    you find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word,
    you let me catch my breath
    and send me in the right direction.

Even when the way goes through
    Death Valley,
I’m not afraid
    when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook
    makes me feel secure.

You serve me a six-course dinner
    right in front of my enemies.
You revive my drooping head;
    my cup brims with blessing.

Your beauty and love chase after me
    every day of my life.
I’m back home in the house of God
    for the rest of my life.

If Mothers Day is not such a great holiday for you and you can’t wait for Monday to come, I am praying that the Lord would comfort you and wrap his loving arms around you because you are his child.

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Seeing Clearer Now!

Hello Beautiful people,

It rained and hailed tonight right after hubby and I got home from church, thank the Lord the pellets were small and did not damage our Jeep or our house. Seeing lightning so clearly on the horizon as we drove home reconfirms that it is spring. After dinner, I had a few more steps to get in to reach my 10,000 daily goal. I realized how much I work out my body – with weights, Zumba, Daily Burn and other forms of exercise. While exercise is important, it is also good to take vitamins and supplements to give your body the extra nutrients that it needs. One key area, but often overlooked, is taking a supplement for your eyes. For the past month, I have been taking Vision Support 1000 Lutein Eye Supplement, which can be purchased on Amazon for $12.99.

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Vision Support 1000 Lutein Eye Supplement

The company says on the bottle Vision Support Lutein Eye Supplement will
Promote healthy vision
Support Maximum Eye Support
Eye Strain Aid
The capsules contain Vitamin A, Zinc (as aspartate) Quercetin, Lutein, Lycopene, Bilberry, L-Taurine, Grape seed (95% extract),N-Acetyl1-L-Cysteine
Other ingredients:
Gelatin, Stearic Acid, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Slicone Dioxide and Magnesium Stearate.

For me, a typical day includes working on the computer for many hours and using my iPad or Kindle. It is a necessity for me to make sure that I look away from the screen at regular intervals, at least every 15 to 30 minutes. Taking a vision supplement is an added benefit for overall eye health; and making sure you get an annual eye checkups. Please check with your physician to see if a vision supplement is right for you.

JTwisdom

DISCLAIMER:
I received this bottle of Vision Support Eye Supplement at a discounted price in order to write this review. I did not receive any monetary compensation. All opinions are strictly my own.

At-Home Beauty Treatments That Can Prepare You For Date Night

Whether you’re going for a romantic dinner or a trip to the cinema, when you’re on a date you want to look your best. This is the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with your special someone. So you understandably want to look and feel your absolute best. Getting ready for date night is something that many women look forward to the most. Instead of just sticking to your everyday look, you can make more of an effort and get dressed up. This can make any woman feel more confident and beautiful. To help you achieve the most flawless finish possible, here are some at-home beauty treatments you should try.

JT out with her hubby at a special event.

JT out with her hubby at a special event.

Teeth Whitening
Who doesn’t love having a bright looking smile? Teeth whitening has become a highly popular beauty treatment that you can do yourself at home. You can use toothpaste, bleaching trays or strips to help you get a celebrity worthy smile. They can remove stains and yellowing on your teeth while also making them look healthier and cleaner. It also takes little time to get the results you desire. Making them an ideal treatment to prepare you for a romantic date night. Do your research into the different types of teeth whitening before you buy. You can read reviews on the best teeth whitening strips here or ask for guidance at your local beauty counter.

Conditioning hair mask

Hairs masks are a brilliant beauty treatment that will make your hair look healthy and shiny. They are quick and easy to apply and have long-lasting results. Making them perfect for your date night beauty regime. You can buy pre-made hair masks from reputable brands such as Aussie and L’Oreal from most drug stores. Just make sure buy one that is suitable for your hair type and that works in little time. Or you can create your own using ingredients from your kitchen. Egg yolks, olive oil, and mayonnaise can all be combined to create a nourishing hair mask. Find out more on making your own hair mask here. Your hair will have never felt so soft and looked so glossy.

Face and Body Scrub
If you want to have soft and smooth skin all over, a body scrub is the perfect beauty treatment for you.  This will exfoliate your skin and remove dead skin cells, makeup and dirt from your pores. This will make your skin glow and also makes it easier to apply your makeup evenly. Again, you can make your own face and body scrub using coconut oil, brown sugar, and lemon. Or you can read reviews on exfoliating scrubs online. Never scrub too hard as this can cause damage to your skin and always consider your skin type before you buy. Your date won’t be able to stop looking at you when your skin looks this clean and clear.

Photograph by JT

JT and her hubby at home after a special night out.

Give yourself plenty of time to try these beauty treatments out before your date night begins. You’re bound to receive endless compliments from your boyfriend or husband about how good you look. Which is bound to make you feel incredible throughout the date.

JT Style File: Purple Rain

Hello Beautiful People!

What a week!

I found out that Prince passed away on Thursday when I arrived back at work from my from lunch break. I could not believe it. At first, I thought, it could not be true?!? Sadly, the reports that I was hearing turned out to be true. Prince was an icon, a musical genius, and a true professional who had a heart for helping people.

 I celebrate Prince’s life, I never met him nor did get a chance to go to one of his concerts, but i enjoyed a lot of his music. I could not listen to Prince’s music as a young girl because my parents would not allow me. We use to have this show here in the Lou called Friday Night Videos. I had a chance to see the video for When Doves Cry. I practiced and practiced and was able to get the moves down pat, including his signature scream. I was not allowed to listen to the radio because my parents never knew what song might be playing. My Dad was an avid Jazz enthusiast, so I may get a chance to turn the channel to catch some pop tunes; but it was mostly Jazz for me growing up. When I was in high school I had to exchange gifts with one of my classmates. I but don’t remember exactly what was the reason for the gift exchange. But my friend wanted the Purple Rain album. I knew that I could not get that one for myself, so chose another favorite of mine, Wham! I know you are saying, you can buy it for someone else; but not yourself?  Hey, I didn’t ask questions, I followed the directions and that made for a happy household.

I remember watching the Raspberry Beret video and I asked my mother if she could get me  my very own beret from JCPenney. The beret was white with leather trim. I remember the lyrics, …”The kind you buy in a second hand store.”

Another memory I have was of guy who thought he was Prince. He would dress in purple and I would see him walking down the street dancing in his own world. He was the boyfriend of a girl I was friends with while in high school. When I would be on the bus going to school, he would motion for the bus driver for his stop and he would do a spin and jump up and go into splits before he got off the bus.  It was pretty amazing to see the influence Prince had on him.

My style file today is dedicated to Purple Rain and the influence that Prince had on fashion for both men and women.

JT in Bob Mackie Sequined and Embroidered Cardigan

I decided to wear my purple Bob Mackie 3/4 quarter length cardigan for church today. The design amassed with pallets and black embroidery that highlights the cardigan reminds me of rain. Prince was never afraid of incorporating lace, sequins or pearls in his wardrobe and still be masculine.

My hubby and I wore purple on Sunday, he wore a purple cotton shirt and I wore a black shirt with my Bob Mackie cardigan.

JT & Hubby

 I didn’t wear a necklace because I thought the cardigan spoke for itself, however I wore a purple drusey ring and  a fashion bracelet that was gifted to me.

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The outfit worked and the purple is a deep color and means royalty.

This is one of my favorite videos, Diamonds and Pearls. When I heard this song, I bought some a 36″ strand of pearls from a girl at school named Rochelle.  She sold fashion jewelry when I was in high school. I wore those pearls with all sorts of outfits.

 In interviews Prince was soft-spoken; but didn’t take any stuff off of anyone and would get his point across. Videos of Prince from loving fans are being taken off Youtube because Prince was very specific about his musical content and who had access to it.  This is a vintage interview below I watched on Youtube with Larry King interviewing Prince whom at the time called himself “The Artist.” In this interview he was married at the time and gives you a little glimpse why he called himself the Artist and how he felt about his music.
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He wrote his own songs and if he wanted to make sure his music was filtered the way he wanted to into various outlets then he had the right to do so.

Prince wanted this video taken down but it’s Radiohead’s song so it’s still up on Youtube.
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This was his final appearance on the Arsenio Hall show in 2014 below.
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I miss Prince and celebrating his life, his music will live on forever.

JTwisdom signature*I linked  a Youtube  that wasn’t uploaded by me of a video of Diamonds and Pearls in this story; however, it had been taken down which I was not surprised at all.  I included in its place some good interviews with Larry King and Arsenio Hall in case you missed them. Also, included to video, 2008 Coachella, Prince performing Creep.

Anti-Aging Regime for a Youthful Glow

Hello Beautiful People,

Today was beautiful, a little warm, about 80 degrees.  I was doing my walk to reach my 10,000 steps and I could tell the difference very quickly when I hyped up the momentum.  Hopefully it will stay in the 70s for a while longer, I was getting use to those cool breezes.

Well with it getting warmer and were shedding the sweaters, turtlenecks and coats. More focus is on the face and our skin. The number one anti-aging benefit is plump, moisturized skin. How do we get that?  First, you need a good serum before you put on your moisturizer. A serum acts as an anti-aging force that elevates your moisturizer to a new level. I have been using the Valentia Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum that claims to support natural circulation of an all over youthful and revitalized complexion.
Other benefits:
Repair Refresh Renew
Renews texture and tone
Deeply moisturizes
Minimizes fine lines (This is a bonus)
Increases elasticity (Another bonus)
Brightens and corrects (Youthful glow)

The serum goes on smooth and feels very soft on the skin after I cleanse my face.

Valencia Clearlift Serum

Key Ingredients:
Source:Valentia
Wake Bioferment (Seaweed): Increase skin oxygen consumption to detoxify and boost antioxidant defense.
Gotu kola:Lessons the appearance of scars and increase skin firmness.
Lactic Acid:A natural Alpha-Hydroxy Acid (AHA) that increases skin cell turnover, for healthier renewed skin.
Licorice:Lightens unwanted pigmentation and corrects skin discoloration.
Argan oil:Naturally rich in Vitamin E, this oil reduces water loss and protects skin resiliency and elasticity.

Valentia Clearlift Revitalizing Serum is cruelty free, paraben free and suitable for all skin types. The serum contains 98% natural ingredients, it contains phenoxyethanol which is the last ingredient on the box. I wonder why they didn’t go for 100% but I digress, the phenoxyethanol is the last ingredient so it’s not much in the serum.

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image from Amazon.com

How to use the serum?
The directions state that you can use 1-2 pumps after cleansing face and follow with your favorite moisturizer and eye product. Before I put on the serum I use a couple of drops of Argan oil on my face rubbing it in a circular motion, this feels so good. One pump was all I need for my face and neck. After that I used a moisturizer and eye cream. In the daytime make sure you are using a good SPF and even better if its in your moisturizer.

Overall,  I really like the serum and the benefits of anti aging for the face and neck. It didn’t sit on the skin and absorbed very well and my face felt moisturized and hydrated. The Valentia Clearlift Revitalizing Serum retails for $35.00 and can be purchased on Amazon.com.

Bubblingwitheleganceandgrace.com purchased the Valentia Clearlft Revitalizing Serum at a discounted price and the opinions are honest and come from the heart.

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Top 8 Factors to Consider Before Buying Bollywood Ethnic Wear Online

Most businesses and designers have moved their marketing campaigns online. The main aim of this is to reach a wider market and create a huge online presence. Online shopping is on the growth and therefore, it would seem unreasonable not to have an online shop. As a consumer, you will have to exercise a lot of caution when shopping for clothes or jewelry online. To get the best ethnic wear and jewelry online, consider the following factors:

  1. The genuinity of the designs

There are many replicas in the market for sarees, kurtis, salwar kameez and lehengas. This means that you have to undertake a thorough research about the item s sold before placing your order. Visit other fashion stores online and compare prices of the same items. In some cases, the replicas will be sold at a lower price than the expected average price.

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  1. The store’s license

The number of scammers online is unbelievable and you need to ensure that the store is licensed before you make your purchase. Keenness and patience will tell if a store is licensed or not. You may ask for proof of licensing though this is a long shot.

  1. Publicity

Well known websites and online shops have a positive public presence. They will be easily recommended by different people because of their prior experiences. You may also learn about the brand by checking out the websites highest and lowest reviews. This will give you a general idea into what the company does, how they treat their customers and how they will treat you when you interact with them.

  1. Range of available products

It is easy to trust and purchase sarees from a store with a variety of products. This should be more than just sarees but also Kurtis, Salwar and lehengas. This ensures that you can get an alternative or something new.

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The ethnic wear should also be from different designers. It is easy to trust a shop that is trusted by some of the biggest Bollywood designers.

  1. Prices of Clothes

Before settling on a shop, compare prices in different shops. Some shops could have clearance sales thus cheaper prices for high quality clothes and jewelry. Others could just be listed high prices due to high mark ups set for their businesses. With a little more research, you will find online cheap Surat sarees.

  1. Shipping policy

Choose to buy from online stores that offer insurance on the shipping. Loss of products accidentally or intentionally will be borne by you and you will go at a loss. Therefore, shop at a store that gives assurance of product delivery within the agreed time period.

  1. Guarantee

You’ve probably worked a lot for your money and when you make a purchase of an item and are dissatisfied, it is worth knowing that your money will be returned in case of misfortunes on the company’s side. A 30-day return policy will give you peace of mind.

  1. Certified Jewelry

Most jewelry shops will sell very valuable pieces of jewelry. You should be given assurance and even see that the jewelry you intend to purchase to accessorize with your saree is certified. Gold and silver or diamonds often get into the wrong hands and you do not want to be on the wrong side of the law after making a purchase.

In conclusion, shopping online has made shopping convenient but for you to enjoy these benefits fully, keep in mind these factors to get great value for your money.

Author Bio
Ms Sheeva Ghandi is an online marketer for Ethnic wear. She has decades of experience on marketing and gives advice on where to buy online cheap Surat sarees at affordable prices. Visit her blog to read about Bollywood replica sarees and online marketing strategies.

9 Exquisite Trends in Men’s wedding bands for 2016 Weddings

After picking a wedding ring for your bride-to-be, it is time to get your ring. You are most definitely considering the normal plain wedding band that your father, godfather, uncles and married buddies don. You don’t have to. Standing out from the rest is a key personality trait and with all the fashion trends in the market, you are also catered for. Below are some of the trends in the market:

  1. Alternative

Shopping for a silver or gold traditional wedding is so overrated. Get a sophisticated black tungsten band to match your athletic nature and the love of the outdoors. Most alternative metals are more durable and scratch resistant. A black tungsten brass feel on the band can be softened with grooved details and polished edges.

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Men’s wedding ring

  1. Wood embellishments

Being unique is a great form of expressing your personality. Pure metal can be cliché, especially with the normal silver and gold finishes. Try a titanium wedding band with wood embellishments e.g. black cherry wood. You might make your bride jealous; so ensure that what you bought for her is either as good as or better than yours.

Men’s wedding bands are no longer boring. You can also buy a titanium band with a  barrel wood. This is a purely classic expression of your feelings and preference. Other available varieties include ones with wood oak embellishment or Damascus steel with a  barrel white oak.

  1. Sandblasted wedding bands

This is a lustrous wedding band that will leave an impression. They are durable, non-shine and scratch resistant. They are also hypoallergenic and affordable. Men’s wedding bands should also have some effort put into their design. The value added is invaluable.

  1. Brushed bands

Tired of the shiny finish of gold wedding bands? You can have a brushed one with a smooth finish. This is a new trend where crafters use recycled gold- 14carat- to obtain a finish to die for. You can also find lustrous brushed titanium wedding bands.

  1. Rustic design

There is timeless beauty and timelessness in a manly rustic design. Your house could be designed in a rustic style and now you can complement this by buying a wedding band with a rustic finish. The best can be textured with silver and copper or silver, copper and brass. They are fairly priced.

  1. Modern contemporary designs

To level up with the sophisticated modern designs, men’s wedding rings have been revamped big time and an example is an oxidized sterling silver ring with a black-grey finish. They have to be re-oxidized after some time but they will retain their smoky grey look.

  1. Slim bands

Gone are the days of wearing big uncomfortable bands. Men’s wedding bands have been revolutionized through slim and sleek bands. The types of metals used vary but the most common ones are from bronze and titanium.

  1. Meteorite based

The metals we know of should not limit your options when shopping for a wedding band. Other rare metals have been used in the recent past to make classy and sleek wedding bands. An example is the rare Brenham band over titanium.

  1. Diamonds

Ladies are not the only ones meant to wear diamonds. Men’s wedding bands can also have diamonds in them. For example, using sterling silver and blue diamonds, you can have an incredible wedding band for your man.

In conclusion, once you’ve decided to walk down the aisle, make the day memorable by investing in a trendy wedding band designed with your taste and individuality in mind.

Technology That Works With Your Life

Hi Beautiful People,

Today has been a crisp 60 degree, sunny, blue sky day in the Show-Me State; not having to turn on the air conditioning has been a blessing.
Over a cup of Chai, I was thinking how much I enjoy high-tech gadgets, even more so than my hubby.  My iPhone 6plus is great, however Jay has a Samsung S6 that he thinks is cool too.  Yes, a house can be a home with different brand gadgets. My hubby and I recently had the opportunity to demo the newly released Samsung Galaxy S7 Smartphone and the Samsung Gear S2 Watch. The technology duo, courtesy of Verizon Wireless, can be paired to work together.

JT using the new Samsung Galaxy S7

JT using the new Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung S7 Specifications:
The Samsung S7 screen is bigger and clearer than the S6. The smartphone runs on the Android operating system, powered by Google. With Android, you have access to Google Play to find cool new apps or movies, music and other media options. If you are not familiar with Android and Google Play, it is quick and easy to navigate and to learn to use. One key feature that I like is the ample selection of moving image backgrounds available, a feature that is not available on the iPhone.

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Clear screen

The phone has a slim profile and is feather-light, weighing in at only 5.36 ounces. It will not weigh down your handbag, and it can easily slip into your pocket without a problem. It looks like the phone’s width is less than a 1/2″ inch.

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The Thinness of Samsung7

Other details from the Verizon website:
– The dual–pixel camera provides faster, more precise autofocus and a new low–light sensor for fewer blurry photos and crisp detail even in soft light. You can get brighter selfies even in low–light settings.
– The phone had 32GB internal memory that can be expanded with a 200GB microSD card. That’s up to 50,000 songs, 130 movies and 200,000 photos.
– Hear the difference with HD voice. If you have dual Samsung phones, you can do video chat, make calls over Wi-Fi, take video calls, talk and surf at the same time.
– Water resistant
– Fast, wireless charging with the power cord that is included with the phone.

Gear S2 Watch
Since I am a gadget gal, I think that it is awesome that the Galaxy S7 smartphone can be paired with the Gear S2 watch. The Gear S2 has many features that make it a worthwhile investment. It provides quick access to new email messages, tracks your fitness activities and a host of other things.

If you are active and do not have to take your phone with you all the time this gadget may be for you. The S2 will track your steps, measure your heartbeat and record your amount of time spent walking, running or another fitness activity.

In the photo below, you see my hubby wearing the Gear S2 with the Snoopy home screen. In the settings mode, you can create an appearance that is as unique as your personality.  It will show your beginning interface, in our case, it was Snoopy as the Red Baron. It could have the look of a traditional watch or one of the many other designs that are included. The watch will remain in the off mode. However as soon as the watch is turned towards you, the watch turns on and the first screen appears.

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Jay wearing the Samsung Gear S2 Watch

 Gear S2 Specifications
– The watch is sleek and comfortable. It includes a second identical band if you need to replace it. The watch is designed to be for either male or female with its neutral design.
– The watch can be used the as my phone. When a call comes in, the Caller ID will show who is calling and you can actually use the watch to talk to the other person. Kind of reminds me of Dick Tracy!
– The watch provide access to your email account and get a notification when I have a new message. The interface on the watch does not show the images; but I can read the text by scrolling.
– The watch’s bezel rotates which allows the user to access the different menus, options and apps. There are two buttons on the right side: one for manually go between the different screens and the other for waking up the watch.

Buttons work for you

Buttons work for you

– I setup the watch to work with the Samsung Pear app, which is designed to be used when exercising and working out. There is a stopwatch, activity tracker that will record my steps, and heart rate monitor.

Working out with the Watch

Working out with the Gear S2 Watch

-The Samsung Gear S2 watch is compatible with other Android devices; not just the Galaxy S7.
-The Gear S2 operates on the 3G network so you can make calls, use GPS for directions, and send and receive text messages.

S2 on Charger

Gear S2 on Charger

– I can take the watch off and charge it wirelessly on the dock, shown above. It is simple and easy to set up, pair with your smartphone and to use throughout the day. Keep in mind that the watch needs to be charged daily, as the battery only last about a day. I can see how much memory is left on the watch as soon as it touches the dock.

S2 Charger without watch

S2 Charger without watch

The watch is available at Verizon for $299.99 with a 2-year contract ($349.99 retail price).

If you are in the market for a new smartphone, I recommend the Samsung Galaxy S7. It is sleek and stylish, easy to use with the Android operating system and fully-loaded with many great apps. The Gear S2 watch is a great add-on; and I would recommend it if want to have the latest technology at your finger tips; but don’t want have our smartphone available.

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DISCLAIMER:
Verizon Wireless provided us with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Gear S2 watch to demo for twenty-one days. We did not receive any monetary compensation to write this reviews. All opinions are strictly our own.

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