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The latest in Prom Dresses

It’s almost time for prom season! Prom is always such a fun time for seniors as it becomes a weekend not only celebrating prom kings and queens but graduation. It’s been a while since my prom days but I still love seeing the latest trends in prom dresses show up on various blogs. Even if I’m a little too old for this, most of these dresses have become acceptable party dresses for young adults as well. I love the one shoulder styles and funky necklines this season. This style is so modern and chic. Big flowers are embroidered on the neckline and all over the skirt of the dress which creates a very feminine look. Bright colors are also key for this season’s look including honeysuckle, bright yellows and oranges. In order to look your best at prom, follow the latest red carpet trends and be sure to pick a style that accentuates your best features!

Gifts for Dads

As spring approaches, there’s an unmistakable mother’s day buzz in the air. Moms are undoubtedly deserving of their special day of appreciation, but for this blogger, it’s gift time for dads. My father’s birthday is next week, and a dear friend of the family just became a brand new dad. So what’s one gift that smacks of fatherhood? Cigars

One of my earliest memories is my dad sitting on the porch in the evening, reading a book and slowly savoring a cigar. If your dad or another special man in your life enjoys a rich and aromatic smoke from time to time, consider some convenient cigar accessories for a gift. Cigar cutters, lighters, humidors and ashtrays all make meaningful gifts that every cigar savvy dad will love.

With the right accessories, your dad can get more flavor and enjoyment out of every cigar. Whether he’s sitting back and relaxing on his birthday, or celebrating his new journey into fatherhood, cigars and cigar accessories make a thoughtful and sentimental gift.

Beautiful Birthstones

Birthstones make an ideal gift for birthdays, or any gift-giving occasion. These jaw dropping stones are inherently personal and carry a great deal of sentiment. The American National Association of Jewelers developed the official list of birthstones back in 1912.

There are several factors that determine the value of a birthstone. It’s helpful to know what to keep an eye out for before you begin shopping.

Weight, color, clarity and the quality of the cut all come into play when establishing gemstone value. The cut actually describes how the stone is faceted, rather than the stone’s shape. Gemstone weight is measured in carats. The greater the carats, the greater the value.

When jewelers describe a stone’s clarity, they’re referring to the absence of flaws, such as cracks, fissures, nicks and small pieces of other minerals that are incorporated in the stone.  Every natural gemstone has a flaw of some sort, but when they can’t be detected under ten times magnification, the stone receives a high clarity grading.

In general, the closer a stone is to a pure color, the higher its value. White diamonds, for example, are the most valuable. This is an excellent gift option for anyone with an April birthday.

The cut of a birthstone also affects its value. Stones that are poorly cut might lose their brilliance, so be sure to find a retailer that carries expertly cut birthstones. It’s important to note that that not all birthstones are cut. Opals (October), sapphires (September)  and rubies (July), for example, are all polished instead.

Keep these simple factors in mind before you pick out birthstone jewelry, and you’re sure to find a beautiful gift that will be treasured for years to come.

After months of relentless cold and bleak gray skies, spring is at long last approaching. As the days get longer and we reacquaint ourselves with the sunshine, it’s a great time to get our homes clean, fresh and organized.  Before you roll up your sleeves and tackle your spring cleaning, take a look at some of these great kitchen organizers:

A shelf pot rack can do wonders to clear cluttered counter space. Whether you’re packing a picnic, or getting ready for a sunny backyard barbecue, keeping your pots and pans neat and tidy is a smart way to cut down on time in the kitchen and take more advantage of the sunshine. Perch a small plant on one of these racks to add a fresh burst of color into your kitchen decor.

And what about all those cookout leftovers? The plastic wrap and foil we use so regularly in the warmer months can monopolize counter top space, and create tons of pantry clutter. A convenient under-shelf wrap rack can save lots of space instantly. You can wrap up sandwiches for a sunny hike or store barbecue leftovers without digging through a messy pile of boxes and packages.

Spring  is also an amazing time for fresh fruits and vegetables. But all too often, delicious produce goes to waste. By keeping apples, bananas, tomatoes and other delicious fresh foods more visible, you and your family are far more likely to enjoy them before they spoil. A four tier fruit rack is an ideal solution. Not only does this smart little unit help you incorporate fresh produce into your daily diet, but it also looks great in any kitchen. This is an excellent way to showcase nature’s little design masterpieces.

Keep these handy and simple products in mind, and you can whip your kitchen into shape for the fairest of the seasons.

Creative Gift Ideas

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s a great time to start circulating ideas for creative gifts.  Granted, this is a greeting card holiday that smacks of cliché, but it’s also a wonderful opportunity to get something special, practical or just plain thoughtful for someone you love. Here are a few ideas outside the heart-shaped box:

Boyfriends, husbands and friends of the male persuasion will love the weather station shower mirror. This fog resistant apparatus is perfect for in-shower shaving — and can shave time off his hurried morning routine too.

The LCD display features up to the minute weather, date and time readings. And its sturdy shelf is perfect for holding shaving cream and razors. It affixes easily to your shower wall with heavy duty suction cups.

If your S.O. constantly finds him or herself too busy to worry about house hold chores, consider the robotic vacuum. While it may not be blatantly romantic, it frees up time for the two of you to spend together. Less time cleaning translates to more time cuddling.

This whisper quiet vacuum whirls around the house to keep your living space spic and span. It’s easy to re-charge and has a convenient internal dust bin that removes in a snap.


							

Dyeable Shoes

Dyeable shoes are popular among brides and bridesmaids, but they have lots of fashion potential off the aisle too. If you’ve ever felt frustrated with your footwear options, you may want to consider having them custom dyed.

Finding shoes that look and feel great is no easy feat. But with dyeables, you’re in complete control of the shade of your shoes. So you won’t have to compromise style for comfort.

Perhaps you were recently part of a wedding that required you to sport a less than savory shade of shoes. And while your memories of the ceremony may be lovely, you were left with a pair of apricot pumps that are destined to collect dust in the back of your closet. Why not dye your shoes and incorporate them into your fashionable footwear rotation?

A few words of caution — be sure to use a waterproof seal on your dyeable shoes to avoid running or sreaking. And, if precision color coordination is key, be sure to bring a swatch in to your shoe dyer. Keep in mind that dyeing shoes rarely results in an exact color match, and your shade may change slightly in certain lighting.

Do you like to shop for accessories? Here are a few products and tips that you may want to check out. Every stylish woman knows that no look is truly complete without the right accessories. When applied in a smart, and tasteful manner, these pieces can add just the right elements of color, texture and interest to complement or offset an outfit.

Sunglasses, for example, are a must for any stylish lady on the go. This is one accessory where it’s almost always safe to go big and play with daring colors. Demure, delicate frames have fallen out of favor, so don’t be afraid to make some bold style choices here.

A pair of large, almost cheeky sunglasses can lend a distinct Audrey Hepburn effect, particularly when paired with a sleek, fitted trench coat or smart corporate attire.

Like sunglasses, belts can add a tasteful splash of color to an otherwise blase look. But keep in mind that if your outfit already features prominent colors, patterns or other flashy components, it’s best to keep your belt muted and subtle.

Smart accessorizing means tastefully highlighting and showcasing singular pieces of an outfit, without overshadowing your look as a whole. It can be dangerously tempting to go overboard when it comes to accessories, but rest assured that a little refined subtlety goes a long way.

The following video offers great advice about smart accessorizing:

Stuhrling Original offers the ultimate in style, class and precision craftsmanship. Founded by Max Stuhrling IV, a fourth generation Swiss watchmaker, Stuhrling has been providing quality, durable time pieces for over ten years.

The Regatta La Femme Diamond Bezel Bracelet watch, for example, features delicate and classic details, but maintains a practical and sophisticated aesthetic. Its stainless steel case is inlaid with diamonds that frame the mother of pearl dial face beautifully.

If you’re in the market for a beautiful watch that conveys tasteful, understated elegance, Stuhrling is an excellent option. With a great number of styles for men and women, these watches make ideal gifts.

If your footwear collection is getting out of hand, you may want to consider some shoe organizer options. With the right products, you can neatly arrange every single pair and spare yourself the frustration of digging through piles of mismatched shoes before rushing out the door.

Most of us struggle to find adequate space for shoes. Nearly every activity in our lives calls for a different type of footwear. From the office, to the gym, to a night out on the town, we all need plenty of options to stay comfortable and stylish throughout the day.

A smart shoe organization system makes it easy to find the perfect pair in an instant. And some organizers can even protect the shoes you’ve invested some serious cash in from scratches, nicks and dust.

There are plenty of great shoe organizers to suit every type of space. Hanging shoe organizers, for example, store your footwear vertically from a closet or bedroom door, keeping them accessible but conveniently out of the way. And shoe cubes fit nicely in your closet or against a wall in the bedroom to keep your favorite pairs neatly organized and right at arm’s reach.

Whether you have a few go-to pairs that you need to keep in tip top order, or an ever increasing collection of fancy footwear, a shoe organizer can help keep your living space calm and serene every single day.

Great Desk Organizers

Do you have trouble keeping your workspace clean and clutter free? You may want to consider desk organizers. Anyone who struggles with organization knows how detrimental it can be to productivity. Without the right desk organizers, your focus and attention get lost right along with your important files and documents.

Whether you have a small home office that’s been overtaken with bills and mail, or your office workspace just isn’t adequate for your needs, the right products can make a big difference in your daily routine and help you regain clarity and order at work.

Desk organizers are available in every shape and size, many for extremely affordable prices. The right desk organizer can help you capitalize on space, and provide innovative, smart solutions that will make it easy to integrate a manageable organizational system. So say goodbye to desk clutter and whip your desk, and your productivity, back into shape, once and for all.