Archive for February, 2010

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 clich√©, 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.