Sunday, September 23, 2012

How to Look Like Alison Di Laurentis in Pretty Little Liars

Gone are the days when everyone’s favorite bad girl used to be Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. Today, several bad girls make up the list – Katherine Pierce of the Vampire Diaries, Blair Waldorf and Georgina Sparks of Gossip Girl and many more. While Blair and Georgina have both shared the spotlight enough for being people’s favorite fashionable bad girl, it’s time to take a look at the new rising star bad girl of today – Alison Di Laurentis.

Alison Di Laurentis

Who doesn’t want to look like her? So, for those who want to attain the look of our pretty bad girl, here’s a few tips on how to get it.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Choose elegant, but noticeable fashion jewelry to accompany your outfit. Everyone knows that the pretty, but technically dead bad girl chooses her jewelry carefully. She’s never gone out without a good set of jewelry. A little tip though – before you choose your jewelry, make sure to choose your outfit first and not the other way around. If you do, you might end up choosing the wrong set of jewelry for your outfit. And according to Alison Di Laurentis, “that’s not gonna happen.”

Katherine Pierce Vampire Diaries

Get those big, bouncy curls. If there’s a type of hair style that Alison can definitely carry, it’s those pretty neat curls that she’s always seen wearing. Nothing looks hotter on our favorite dead bad girl. For those of you who won’t be able to handle blonde curls, I’m sure Alison would be proud to see you in brown or even black curls. And if your hair doesn’t exactly go back to straight easily, you can always wear a wig. After all, Alison has a thing for variety and wigs.

Use false Lashes and girly makeup. There’s just nothing that makes Alison a better bad girl. Although she doesn’t really look anywhere innocent, her huge, dark, fake lashes and girly makeup always make her seem like any normal kid. Even Aria has better eye makeup than she does. But if you really want to achieve Alison’s look, use false lashes only for the upper lids and play it up even more by drawing a thick liner over the lashes. The lower lashes, on the other hand, have more subtle liners.

For your makeup, use feminine colors like pink, brown and yellow to bring out the innocent look.

Now you can look just every bit as innocent, sophisticated, interesting as Alison does. Did you know that the actress who plays her is only 16 years old? Yeah, well, that’s a shocker.

So, have you found your “Alison” in you?

Monday, September 10, 2012

5 Best Gifts for Men

When a woman celebrates her birthday or any other occasion that warrants gifts, you can get them just about anything. From flowers, chocolates, expensive fashion jewelry, clothes to personally-made cards, date nights and even slideshows – they’d love it. However, when it comes to buying gifts for men, things are a little more complicated.

You see, you cannot give men flowers. They don’t have the same effect on men as they do on women. Chocolates, well, you can give them, but I doubt they’d be considered as much of a gift as they do to a woman.

If there are gifts for women, there are also gifts that men would love to receive.
latest gadgets

What man doesn’t love gadgets? From Plasma televisions, to Apple Mac Book to Apple IPhones, a man will truly love it once he opens up his gift. You can even watch him as he opens his present and I’m sure you’ll enjoy the look on his face once he sees what’s inside. Expensive? Probably? But when you see that bright smile he has after he receives his dream gadget? Priceless.
mens fashion
2.Specialty rings and pendants

There’s just something about specialty rings and pendants that make a man so manly. For some fashionable men, wearing rings that state who they are or who they come from give them a really good sense of pride. And we all know how important pride can be sometimes. Special rings from the Navy or Marines can make a man beam with pride. There’s nothing like a piece of jewelry to show off what they’ve done for their country. It will help them know how proud you are too.

3.Outdoor Equipment

If you happen to have a boyfriend, husband or brother who loves the outdoors, then anything that they can use outside will definitely be appreciated. Bicycles are usually very expensive and some of the best can be hard to find. Good tents are also appreciated because the best are rare. Backpacks, GPS, passport holders, cooking sets are all things that they can use while out traveling. Since many of these outdoor equipment can be quite expensive, if you give it to them as a gift, they’ll definitely thank you.


This is the simplest out of this list. Wallets are common as a gift for man. But did you know that most men are really specific about the type of wallet they want? They’ll never admit it, but really, they want a very good wallet. It’s probably a boy’s thing, but the better the wallet you have, the bigger your earnings. If you do get them a wallet, make sure you get the one that they can’t stop looking at in the mall. It might be their current dream wallet.

ferrari 2012
5.A Car

Ah. Boys will be boys. Nothing makes a man happier than brand new, spanking clean wheels for them to take to work. And if those wheels just happen to belong to a fiery Ferrari or a Bentley, you’ll enjoy looking at their Cheshire Cat grin for the rest of the year.

So, have you given any of these to a man yet? How did they react?

Saturday, September 8, 2012

7 Deadly Sins to Displaying Your Jewelry

When you’re displaying jewelry in a booth or in your shop, it is important to make an impression on your customers. The better the impression you leave your customers, the more they will feel the connection to your jewelry. Once you’ve caught their attention, there’s nothing like a little sales talk to seal the deal.

jewelry models

But when it comes to displaying your jewelry, there are definite no-no’s for customers. Here are some things customers will never want to see in your jewelry display.


Who likes clutter? No one. When you have a cluttered display for your jewelry, people will end up thinking that your jewelry is dirty. If you have a messy display, you can end up ruining the designs of your other jewelry. Good luck trying to establish a connection between a customer and your pieces. They might not even want to look at your booth with all the mess in it!

2.Lack of jewelry displays

If your jewelry lacks the aesthetics that display stands can give it, people won’t find themselves attracted to your jewelry at all. There’s nothing duller than seeing your jewelry displayed next to each other without any means of difference. Customers won’t be able to see your jewelry from afar. And sometimes, that’s how you catch their attention.

3.Too much jewelry display

Not having enough display stands and variety can result in the lack of flavor for your booth. However, if you use too many stands, trays and display towers for your jewelry, you might end up overwhelming the customer. Besides, it is not the jewelry display that you want to sell, it is the jewelry. The display is meant to help emphasize the jewelry’s beauty. It is not meant to overshadow it.

4.Dead colors

Colors can be quite useful in attracting customers. As long as you don’t use mismatched colors or those that clash, you’ll be able to help your display sell well. Avoid using dull colors because it ends up bringing your whole shop down. Be creative when picking out colors for your display. Use fabrics and cloths as background and give your display some life.

5.Lack of light

Light can be pretty helpful when it comes to emphasizing pieces of jewelry. Just be careful in choosing the colors of your light so you can give your jewelry a positive push in a buyer’s direction. If your display is too dark, customers won’t be able to see the designs, so make sure to illuminate your display well.

6.No arrangement and organization

Customers are very particular when it comes to choosing their jewelry. The best way to help them find what they want is to arrange your display to showcase jewelry in an organized manner. This way, they know where to find their earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Be creative in arranging your jewelry because this adds to the aesthetics of your display.

7.Hassle in setting up and taking down

This is more of a sin for sellers than for customers. If your jewelry takes too long to set up, you’ll end up rushing your display just before the opening. It’s a hassle to take down after everyday too. Before choosing which stands, towers and other display trays to buy, make sure you consider yourself and your booth. The easier to set up, the better.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

How to Use LED Lighting to Attract Your Customers

While the different types of jewelry display can definitely help you sell your jewelry, you can’t miss the importance of light. Yes, trays, towers, stands and even puff cards can help give your jewelry a little life. Even creating a background for your jewelry will help your pieces stand out. However, if your jewelry is displayed in a bad light, this could all mean bad news for you and your sales.
jewelry display

In order to prevent this from happening, you might want to consider using LED lighting to give your display a little spice. Not only will you help illuminate your display, but you can also help to emphasize the colors and brilliance of other pieces with real gemstones (assuming you have any for sale).

If you want to start using LED lights for your shop or booth, here are some very important guidelines to create a successful lighted display.

1.Choosing the colors

Colors are probably the most important thing to consider when choosing your LED lights. You don’t want to end up with orange lights and a selection of jewelry in red. Making your jewelry display look like a giant clash of colors isn’t going to attract many customers. When you choose your colors, consider the colors of your jewelry. You might also want to think of your theme for your display. For example, if you have a Mother Nature theme, gold can help to substitute brown. Unfortunately, gold won’t be too helpful when you have white external lights. You might want to consider green instead.

2.It must not over-expose your jewelry

If your lights are too grand, you might end up overexposing your jewelry. That’s not what you want. You want to attract customers. If you overexpose your jewelry, they’ll end up wowing your booth but not your pieces. The lights should give your jewelry positive illumination – just enough for them to see the design and appreciate it.

3.It shouldn’t be too expensive

Don’t fall for LED lights that are too expensive. There are times that you’ll want to change your lights depending on the current season. Spending thousands of bucks on a few pieces will only be a waste, especially if you end up changing the lights the very next week. On the other hand, buy in bulk if you can because this might save you some money. Do remember to get assorted colors so you can change your lights once in awhile.

4.Light must not hurt or affect the customers in a negative way

Keep your lights friendly to a customer’s eyes. Bright lights will only end up hurting your customer’s eyes and your chances of selling well. Learn how to dim your lights to positively shine on your jewelry but never on your customers. Be wary of your lights as well, because if the lights get too hot, they might end up heating your jewelry too. You don’t want to end up with a customer complaining about a burnt finger.

Have you used LED lights to light up your jewelry display?

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Top Most Expensive Shoes in the World

Most Expensive Shoes in the World

Don’t know what to do with your money? Do you have so much cash that you’ve been dreaming of spending it recklessly on the first thing you see at the mall? Well, if you’re truly looking for a way to spend your money, you might want to take a look at these. After all, even if you buy a set of wholesale woman’s shoes, or even one of your favorite shoe brands like bamboo shoes, you’ll still never make it to the cost of these gorgeous pairs of high heels.

Stuart Weitzman Ruby Shoes
At No. 5:

Valued at a very affordable price of only $1.6 million, these ruby-red high heels from Stuart Weitzman were taken out of the famous movie “Wizard of Oz.” Sophisticated, elegant and designed especially for those with a love for diamonds, these brilliantly sparkling stilettos have a red insole, complete with red satin for the upper soles and invested with oh, just about 642 Burma rubies. Not impressed yet? Apparently, these shoes also contain a half pound of platinum with a total carat of 123.33. Definitely a pair to include in your collection, right? Although these babies were scheduled for a release in 2003, things got pushed back due to the war in Iraq. Instead, they were put to display in London and Tokyo for the eyes of Wizard of Oz lovers and those who dare drool at the windows.
Stuart Weitzman and Eddie Le Vian
At No. 4:

Made from a collaboration between Stuart Weitzman and Eddie Le Vian, who is a high-end designer for jewelry, expectations for this pair of shoes was pretty high. Designed with silver leather with an ankle strap similar to a royal necklace, this pair of evening sandals is definitely made to meet its price. Not only is the ankle strap encrusted with 16 carats of tanzanite drop, it also comes along with 28 carats of diamonds over 185 carats of blue tanzanite gemstones. Even the toe strap is bordered by tiny diamonds to complete the design. Sounds fabulous? It is and for only about $2 million.

Stuart Weitzman Cinderella Shoes
At No. 3:

Of course one of these shoes had to be Cinderella’s. After all, she started the trend of sparkling shoes – even before everyone heard of sparkling vampires! Made out of Italian leather, the ankle and toe straps are made into lacelike designs from 565 Kwiat diamonds over a platinum setting. The right shoe contains a silver, 5 carat amaretto diamond, pretty rare, because the diamond alone costs over a million dollars. Since the 4 inch heels are also made to be clear, they disappear on the red carpet, leaving the diamonds to shine over everything else – possibly even the wearer herself.

Stuart Weitzman
At No. 2:

Inspired from the earrings worn by the late Rita Hayworth, this pair of shoes is made out of satin, with an interesting maroon (rust) color, embedded with a selection of gorgeous rubies, sapphires and diamonds inside the ruffle design over the toe. This pair of shoes costs $3 million, but unfortunately for those who can’t find other ways to spend their money, these babies are not for sale. They were made especially for Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, daughter of Rita Hayworth herself.
Dorothy's Shoes

At No. 1:

Seriously! What is it with Dorothy that everyone wants her shoes? In 1989, the son of jewelry designer Harry Winston, Ronald Winston opted to celebrate the anniversary of Wizard of Oz in a very expensive way. In 2 months, he designed a pair of slippers that houses 4600 rubies, closely resembling the shoes from one of the most famous classic films. As if 1350 carats of rubies wasn’t enough, he also put 50 carats of diamonds to put this pair of shoes in its own category. And at a price of $3 million, surely Dorothy’s laughing somewhere over the rainbows.

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