Men’s jewelry is more popular now than ever before. Years ago, most men wore only wedding rings, class rings and cuff links. Now, however, a whole world of possibilities has opened up for men who like to wear jewelry. If you believe the special man in your life would enjoy expressing his own individuality and style with some fashionable pieces of jewelry, consider these five styles that are particularly popular in contemporary men’s fashion.
1. Cross Jewelry for Men
Although the cross has traditionally been recognized as a symbol of Christianity, this iconic shape has become a mainstay in modern jewelry. If the man you’re shopping for would like to wear cross jewelry as an indication of his faith, there are certainly still plenty of pieces that will do that quite nicely. However, if your guy would prefer to wear cross jewelry for men simply for the sake of fashion, consider a piece with a more contemporary flair, such as a stainless steel bracelet with black resin crosses.
You don’t have to have Celtic ancestry to enjoy any one of the striking Celtic designs that are so popular in current jewelry fashions. From rings to bracelets to necklaces, you’ll find a huge variety of Celtic-inspired designs from which to choose. Not only are Celtic designs attractive, but many of them symbolize important concepts of life, such as the traditional Celtic knot design and its connection with eternity and everlasting love.
Once you see some of the stunning black jewelry available for men, you’ll no doubt understand why this style has become one of the most popular trends in modern men’s accessories. Black jewelry is particularly common in some of the more contemporary materials, such as stainless steel, titanium and tungsten carbide. One fine example of sleek black jewelry is a black tungsten carbide pendant with a single diamond accent.
Tribal-inspired designs are perhaps some of the trendiest of all. These unmistakably masculine forms usually resemble shapes taken from antlers or flames. Whether the piece is sculptural in nature or simply a design that appears on a pendant, necklace or ring, these ancient motifs can be remarkably modern looking. Consider, for example, a piece that incorporates a tribal design into cross jewelry for men, such as a black stainless steel tribal cross pendant.
Lions, snakes, bears, tigers, eagles and a myriad of other animals adorn much of contemporary men’s jewelry. Most often, the animals that are represented on these pieces are predatory creatures, but you’ll also find other less threatening figures, such as horses, parrots, fish, owls, elephants and many more. Animal-themed jewelry might be especially appropriate if the man in your life likes to hunt or fish, or even if he simply has a fondness for a particular creature.
Men’s jewelry really has come a long way in the past few years. At one time it was only acceptable for women to enjoy the benefits of dressing up an outfit with various styles of jewelry, but now men can do the same. Whether the guy in your life prefers bracelets, rings, pendants, chain necklaces or any of the other myriad of jewelry styles available, you’re bound to find the perfect piece for him from either a jewelry store or a reputable online retailer. There’s more good news: many of the contemporary materials – such as cobalt chrome, tungsten carbide, titanium and stainless steel – are not only very attractive, but quite affordable as well. With this kind of selection at prices that will fit almost any budget, you’ll quickly come to understand why men’s jewelry is the perfect gift choice for the special guy in your life.
This Guest post is contributed by Cindy White who writes about cross jewelry for men and other styles for JustMensRings.com.
The growing popularity of men’s diamond rings proves that these sparkling gemstones are not just a girl’s best friend. Men’s diamond rings make for excellent wedding bands for a variety of visual, financial and romantic reasons. Here are four reasons to consider buying your groom a diamond ring for his wedding band. 1. Diamonds are tough. The natural beauty of diamonds sometimes overshadows the fact that they are incredibly durable. A 10 out of 10 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, diamonds are the hardest naturally occurring material. Because of their durability, there’s little question why diamonds have become such a popular choice for both men’s and women’s wedding bands. Diamonds are extremely scratch-resistant and are also not prone to oxidizing or reacting when exposed to chemical materials. This makes men’s diamond rings extremely suitable for everyday wear and ideal for use as wedding bands or anniversary rings.
2. Diamonds are financially sound. With a long standing history of being used in upscale jewelry, diamonds have a luxury appeal that is unlikely to wane any time soon. Do a little groundwork before buying men’s diamond rings to ensure that you are making the best investment possible. Unsurprisingly, “natural” diamonds are more valuable than synthetic diamonds or diamonds that have been treated in some way. Familiarize yourself with the four C’s of diamonds (cut, clarity, color and carat weight), as well as what is sometimes referred to as the fifth C: certification. Diamonds that have been certified are generally considered to be a better investment than non-certified diamonds.
3. More than just “white.” While white or colorless diamonds may be considered the classic choice for men’s diamond rings, there are actually far more options available.Brown and yellow diamonds actually occur more frequently in nature, and can be less expensive than similar styles using colorless stones. Guys naturally gravitate towards the warm masculine look of men’s diamond rings with brown stones, or as they’re more often referred to as, cognac stones.
Another frequently sought after choice for men’s diamond rings is black diamonds. The rich ebony hue of black diamonds is undeniably striking and slightly edgier than white diamonds. Important to note: most of the black diamonds used in men’s diamond rings have been color-treated to achieve their deep jet color (naturally black diamonds are very expensive and not a true black).
4. He’ll have a ring that matches yours yet is utterly unique. With so much attention and energy devoted to finding the bride’s engagement ring, the groom’s wedding band can often be neglected and almost treated as an afterthought. Buying him a diamond ring for his wedding band focuses some of the attention on your groom, and makes him more of an equal figure in the wedding process. Many men these days aren’t satisfied sticking with a plain traditional band, hence the growing popularity of men’s diamond rings. Since most men’s diamond rings use smaller stones that function more as design elements, you’ll be able to get him a stylish band that is more reflective of his personal taste, but without breaking the budget.
Make sure to also consider setting materials outside of the standard precious metals like gold and platinum. Precious metal palladium is being seen more and more as a setting for men’s diamond rings, but other less expensive options also exist. Contemporary metals like cobalt chrome and Argentium silver offer settings that are traditional in appearance, yet a fraction of the price of their precious metal counterparts.
Needless to say, there are many reasons why men’s diamond rings are worth your consideration when choosing his “forever” band. No matter what the diamond band you end up choosing looks like, he will have a ring that truly reflects your love for him.
This Guest post is contributed by Tanya Nauri who writes articles on men’s diamond rings and wedding bands for JustMensRings.com
Le Style Anglais was born with the launching of the Mulberry first seasonal collection and since then, fashion critiques and fans alike have praised the brand’s perseverance to deliver only high-quality products. The creative process has strongly been influenced by Britain’s most popular hobbies, so that it is of no surprise that quirky country activities have been in the center of attention even from the very beginning. Fishing, hunting and shooting have inspired the creation of iconic pieces over the years. From the contemporary satchel bag for women and the newest sophisticated messenger bags for men, to fabulous cocktail dresses and signature biker boots – Mulberry has it all. Every season culminates with the launching a fresh collection of bags and other pieces added to the core families.
1. Boho Mulberry Peace Dress
The Boho Mulberry Peace dress, better known as the Full Pleated Shirt dress, reflects boldness and emancipation, while preserving a conservative look to it as well. First of all, the shirt-dress style barrows obvious details from a man’s shirt, including the collar, a button front and cuffed sleeves. Secondly, the dress is essentially conceived with help of the bohemian and hippie influences, also known as the boho-chic style. With all this in mind, we can easily agree with the official description of this dress: “prim and proper with a Mulberry twist, the full pleated shirt dress will not let you blend into the crowd”.
The Mulberry Black Cocktail Dress, also known as the see-through back pleated dress, is an exquisite example of a Vintage-style cocktail dress still widely popular today. With black always being in fashion, this back pleated dress hits the jackpot. Made out of the highest quality cotton and silk, the dress is sleeveless with a round neck and trim at the back of the waist. From its description I believe every fashion fan has already guessed that this dress is perfect for an intimate dinner party, early afternoon anniversary celebrations and other occasions when we want to draw attention with style.
The collection of messenger bags specially created for the male category includes an incredibly large variety of sizes, shapes and colors. But this season’s undoubtedly best seller has been the Mulberry Ted Messenger Bag. The bag has been warmly named Ted because of the belief that every name has the power to reflect certain personality traits or style characteristics, in this case. And indeed, this short, yet powerful name is composed of three characters, exactly the number of ways in which the bag can be carried: across the body, handheld and as a backpack. With the perfect combination of business and leisure, the bag will match any outfit for daily occasions. It features one roomy main compartment, a flap closure with buckle detail and three Postman’s locks for closure, while the exterior is made out of the highest quality leather in a natural oak color. Both the structured leather handle and the exterior back D-rings convey the bag’s multi-functionality and sleek design.
Quintessentially feminine, this handbag collection can satisfy your taste for elegance and sophistication by mixing exquisite craftsmanship and finest-quality natural leather with a complementary luxurious design. The Bayswater handbags are specially created for a woman’s most hidden desires, and practicality is one of them. Suitable for every occasion, be it for an office outfit or a night out in the city, the Mulberry Bayswater has a 10.4” X 14.2” X 6.3” size. Adorned with the now famous Postman’s golden lock, the brushed soft leather interior has extra belt straps for enabling the widening of the handbag when extra space is needed. Its exceptionally spacious and easy to fit style makes this handbag the number one choice of women all over the world.
Mulberry Postman’s Lock Biker Boots is the quintessential example of a sleek, classic leather boot design that will take you through the season with style. These boots come in a variety of colors, but my old time favorite is the soft oak with matte finishing; they are multi-trapped, belted and fastened with collar studs buckles and mini lock closures. All the detailing done on these boots reflects the Mulberry simple, yet elegant style.
What I really love about these boots is that they have a flat lacquered sole and a rounded toe, both two immensely practical qualities in shoes. Besides this, Postman’s Lock Biker Boots are practical because they can perfectly match your outfit from autumn through winter until early spring time. The knee-high style makes them easily adjustable for trips in the country side, a night on the town or even glamorous parties.
Posterity celebrates him as the leading figure of last century’s visual art movement – pop art. Before he arrived on the artistic scene of the 1960’s, advertising and celebrity culture had already enthralled the American people. His contributions to fields such as drawing, painting, film making, printmaking, photography, silk screening, sculpture and music, had something in common: his obsession with finding the relationship between artistic expression and popular culture items or people. During his lifetime, Andy Warhol’s controversial artistic personality stirred numerous talks about whether his so called art pieces could really be seen as such. Today we know that Andy Warhol’s works includes some of the most expensive paintings in the world.
One of Warhol’s most famous art pieces is the painting entitled “Campbell’s Soup Cans” which he produced in 1962 by making use of a semi-mechanized silk screening technique. It includes exactly 32 smaller paintings showing the now famous Campbell Tomato Soup cans, each of the same size, with a height of 20 inches and a width of 16 inches, being arranged in an orderly fashion on four rows. The number 32 is not coincidental, actually at that time there were exactly 32 varieties of soup sold by Campbell’s. Andy Warhol’s reaction to all the mass media fuss about this series was: “I used to drink it. I used to have the same lunch every day, for twenty years, I guess, the same thing over and over again.” This art piece is in perfect harmony with his personal artistic belief: “…the most banal and even vulgar trappings of modern civilization can, when transposed to canvas, become Art.”
“The Andy Warhol Diaries” was published posthumously in 1989 and it comprises eleven years of telephone conversations between Andy Warhol and Pat Hackett. This project began innocently in 1976 after Andy Warhol was audited and it was at first used as a method of documenting his daily spending habits. Hackett was the one to carefully transcribe every monologue or conversation he had with Warhol for legal purposes, although sometimes they contained far more details about his personal life than such a process would have required. More than 20,000 pages of diary were condensed into an 807-page book telling the unconventional story of Warhol, starting with the 24th of November, 1976 and ending just a few days before his death in 1987.
Andy Warhol’s most popular sculpture is by far the “Brillo Boxes”. It was exhibited for the first time at the Stable Gallery in 1964 as a part of a series of “grocery carton” art works which also included Campbell’s tomato juice cases, Heinz ketchup, Kellogg’s corn flakes, Mott’s apple juice, and Del Monte peaches. With this masterpiece, just as with “Campbell’s Soup Cans”, Andy Warhol achieved once more a successful transition between consumer-product imagery to the realm of art. He employed carpenters to build a number of 24 plywood boxes in identical size and then with a bit of assistance silk-screened each box with the logo of the Brillo soap pads. With regard to this sculpture, Warhol received just the amount a bad critique he was aiming at.
After many attempts at receiving recognition for his avant-garde approach to movie making, Andy Warhol finally struck gold with his 1966’ “Chelsea Girls” movie. The movie was shot in the Chelsea hotel and other places in New York City, starring some of Warhol’s most admired superstars of that time, such as: Rona Page, Brigid Berlin, Ed Wood, Edie Sedgwick, Patrick Flemming and many others. The style employed to make this movie is rather eclectic and definitely out-of-the-box, amassing several unexpected features: alternating soundtracks for each scene, a split screen presentation, black and white alternating with color photography. The public’s and critics’ reaction to “Chelsea Girls” was mixed, to say the least.
Andy Warhol’s fascination with death and the process of dying is perfectly depicted in the series of paintings he entitled “Death and Disaster”. Actually, the three paintings included in this series – Red Car Crash, Purple Jumping Man, and Orange Disaster – were originally photographs that Warhol had taken, and then reproduced using the silk screening process. Interestingly enough, this series confirms Warhol’s theory that “everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame” because he actually made some unknown people he randomly photographed worldwide famous.
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Men might forget a name, first anniversary or even birthday, but one thing they will never forget is the scent of a woman. They even go a step further to find out the name of the scent. Once you get the scent then everything else (first kiss, first date) comes rushing back to mind. It goes without saying; the perfume you wear will leave a lasting impression on practically anyone you talk to. Below are five scents that top the list of the hundreds of perfumes out there.
Euphoria by Calvin Klein has to be one of the top scents in this list. This long lasting fragrance can be worn anytime during the day. A very seductive scent that will get heads turning. Euphoria won the prominent FIFI award for the best Luxe fragrance in 2006, it is no wonder once you start using this you get hooked. A group of three perfumers came together to create this scent, Loc Dong, Dominique Ropion and Carlos Benaim.
For the women who love everything floral then this one is for you. An easy going scent that can be worn basically anytime day or night. It has a lovely fragrance and lasts the whole day. You will probably need a bottle or two of these just to stock up on a romantic scent.
The purple bottle adds to the appeal of this floral scent. Some say the color purple is for good judgement nad rightfully so, Very Irresistible is a good choice for any woman to have in her wardrobe. Created by Dominique Ropion, this scent has a mixture of many composites but the one that makes it one of the most preferred sensual scents, is vanilla. You cannot go wrong with vanilla.
Oh yes! Poison had to make the list. A pretty expensive bottle of perfume but its pros totally make up for that. It is long lasting, very sexy and even draws compliments. Now who doesn’t like compliments! Men seem to love the subtle scent. Isn’t this worth your money. Though you can wear this anytime day or night, to work or where ever, it is best worn for special occasion. It’s sex appeal is for real.
Finally, the one fragrance every woman should have had to come from Giorgio Armani. Emporio Armani Night by Giorgio Armani has a easy fuity scent basically from its notes. From cranberries to black currant this scent is best for night use. It’s longivity is not that long in harsh weather thus best used at night. The notes in this scent make it a sexy scent and will enchant all you come close to.
Well ladies, there you have it! A sneak peak to what you should be getting to get the attention you deserve. The results of having a bottle or two of the above is worth the cost.
Our society has made a belief that one can only look beautiful with make up. People wear makeup to look beautiful and to be noticed. Some wear to hide their facial defects or imperfections. The main reason is to enhance their beauty and elegance. While most of them hinder to wear make up. The reason can be being allergic to makeup, disliking to wear it and many others but you can look elegant without make up too. Now a days there are several proven ways you can adopt to look different and attractive. Here I am going to describe 10 best ways to look gorgeous without makeup. These ways will help you to be appearing as a natural beauty. The main things that are to be maintained is hygiene and confidence.
1. Intensify your inside and outside beauty
First of all you must try to look pretty both from inside and outside. For inside beauty you can do yoga for a minimum of 15-20 minutes a day and breathe in fresh air, wear classy and trendy lingerie to give a sexy and attractive appearance. Wear colors that suits you if you have a fair complexion you can wear any color and if you have a slightly dark complexion wear light and medium colors like peach, aqua, light blue, cream etc. These things will intensify your inside and outside appearance.
2. Skin care
Secondly, take good care of your skin. Natural skin should look moisturized all time. Wear trendy sunglasses to protect your eyes from dark circles. Take a regular beauty sleep of 8 hours daily. Use sunblock while going out and drink 6-8 glasses of water, drink juices and eat vegetables and fruits. These things will provide your skin a natural glow and freshness.
Thirdly, you must be hygienic. Take shower daily and preferably in the morning as it will make you fresh & invigorated as your body discharge secretion it can be sweating, oil or whatever, a shower in the morning will wake you up in a better way. Otherwise you must have to wash your face twice a day. Skincare is a key of a glowing skin that’s why you must be very careful in choosing your face wash, lotion or beauty cream. In addition you must follow a regimen for your skin this will surely develop your interest towards your skin.
4. Hair care
The fourth important thing is washed off your hair daily, if your hair are greasy or oily. Otherwise hair must need to be washed thrice in a week. Pick a shampoo and conditioner that suits your hair. Use herbal oils for strength and shine and rinse your hair with water. Fresh and smooth hair can give you a completely changed look.
5. Have a perfect haircut
Fifth step to look elegant without makeup is to have a perfect haircut. Ample of hairstyles are designed for ladies. Pick a hairstyle that is according to your face shape and height. Your appearance can be improved with hair coloring or by straightening, perming, curling or rebonding of hair. Your hairstyle must suits your face so that you will look pretty without makeup.
6. Regular exercise
A regular exercise is the sixth rule of having a stunning appearance without make up. Exercise not only makes you active but also assists you to maintain a healthy body and a sound mind. If you want to reduce or put on weight you can join a gym or health club. A slim and smart figure looks overwhelming and immensely attractive.
7. Keep smiling
Smile is the seventh step to look beautiful. It is a very effective accessory that can groom your personality, smile as much as you can this will not only provide you a friendly look but also people will enjoy your company. Clean your teeth gently and neatly on a daily basis. Use mouth freshener for nice smell.
8. Well groomed eyebrows
8th rule is groom your eyebrows and lashes properly. A well groomed and well shaped eye brow can strongly grab attention of people towards your face.
9. Be confident
Confidence is the ninth rule. Do everything with confidence, enjoy life and accept the criticism. Feel yourself the best and the most gorgeous lady of the world.
10. Make use of perfumes
The tenth rule is make use a light perfume or deodorant, people will like you and wish to be with you if you smell good. Flowers are liked in the similar way.