Month: November 2019

Mackintosh Coat

With the invention of vulcanized rubber in 1839, alterations were made in their rain-wear lines and a new rubber fabric was introduced, which was designed to deal with extreme changes in temperature. Since then, the company have been trialing many different fabrics types, to offer the best rain-wear possible.

Mackintosh nowadays, has developed into a popular, household name in the manufacture of rain-wear. This high end, luxury model focuses on quality and design of all-weather gear and rain coats.

The Mackintosh Coat comes in many diverse styles and fabrics, in fact, the whole range of products incorporates everything from classic designs and classy coats, to the more fashionable and trendier coats for the younger generation.

These products are readily available in a number of colors and one can customize the lining, buttons and collar of the jacket to ones own individual tastes and requirements. All their designs are still hand-made by their highly skilled and experienced, expert tailors.

Their whole range of coats is available for men and women, as well as children, although they are best known for their two regular collections which are called the Duncan (for both gents and ladies) and Douglas (only for gents) both of which are obtainable on the Mackintosh website or from select boutique retail outlets in the major cities, especially London.

Standard, classic Mackintosh coats usually cost around $400-600, whereas the more ‘in vogue’ ones are obtainable at around the $500-700 mark. If you so desire, you can obtain a bespoke coat at ‘Bespoke lounge’ in London for around $1000.

In spite of their high ticket price, people today are ready to spend on Mackintosh coats due to their history, quality and durability. Other models of rain-wear ranges like Burberry and DAKS often lack the originality and uniqueness in their offerings.

Benefits of a Mackintosh coat:

  • They are readily available in classic designs as well as fashion forward variations.
  • They are always made from the best quality fabrics.
  • They are tough and hardy and will require little maintenance for a very long time.

Diesel Jeans

Portraying great attention to detail, each pair of jeans they produce result in undoubted quality for the customer. The size of Diesels denim range says it all about the brand, with a pair of jeans for everyone. Whether the customer is looking for boot cut, tapered, twisted or any other finish, the Italian fashion label has it included in their expanding product range.

Diesel Jeans do come along with quite a hefty price tag. However the quality and craftsmanship put into each product is second to none, enough to justify its retail price. With the heavy recession affecting the whole economy, the average customer is being pushed away from these bigger glossy brands such as Diesel itself. This is because other brands such as Jack and Jones offer great designer clothing, but for a fraction of the price!

Various finishes and styles of denim are continually being produced for sale on the High Street. This has the effect of increasing their own popularity and product range to target everyone within the fashion industry. With such diversity, Diesel aim to offer a product for everyone. They do not have to work on a specific target audience as such because they offer almost anything within the fashion industry of today.

Any fashion label on the High Street must be consistent within every product it produces if it is to stay there. This has become increasingly more important if you are to survive and be a success in a very competitive industry. It shows that Diesel as an organisation has stability and a solid infer structure.
A key to Diesel’s success is their ever popular promotions and partnership declarations. This has the effect of increasing their global fan base and keeping the brand name itself in the forefront of mens fashion.

Diesel always focuses on their denim range being both classy and contemporary without getting carried away with large branding. Effectively, this creates a classy pair of jeans that will last a life time, designed to mould to the wearers body.

The durability of each pair of Diesel jeans is another factor as to why shoppers continue to purchase their garments, even when they carry a hefty price tag. As a brand they use the highest quality denim, which is noticeably thinner and smoother, providing great comfort for the wearer. Distressing within each pair is done by hand, to give each pair that unique feel when they are naturally worn in, something every customer appreciates.

Buy Gyaru Clothes in Tokyo

If Shibuya is a little bit too hectic for you, then I would personally go to Harajuku. This train station is only one stop before Shibuya. The shops in Harajuku are spread over a wider are, as there are no department malls. Instead you will find quaint little shops tucked away in alleyways. You will find a lot of boutique gyaru shops just by doing a little bit of discovering. I recommend that you start off by heading to Takeshita Dori which is accessed directly in front of the JR in Harajuku station.

There are other places where you can also get gyaru fashion however I found that Harajuku and Shibuya had more than enough shops that it took me two days to see everything that was there. If you would like to find counter fashion that is more appropriate for an older adult then I would suggest you check out one of the peak department malls such as Marui.

If you are in Osaka the easiest place to find gyaru inspired fashion is a Amerika-Mura and Shinsaibashi. The department mall called OPA is the closest thing to Shibuya 190 in the west of Japan. When I was in Osaka a couple of years ago, I noted that the gyaru fashion there was a little bit more laid-back and mature. If you want something that screams out a little bit more personality than Tokyo will have a boutique shop to fit your needs better. If you are into hime gyaru or Lolita fashion Harajuku has a better concentration of boutique shops.

Autumn Earring

Sandals are another thing altogether and there are far too many rules to get into here. It is recommended that you avoid them completely, just to be safe. Get a pair of slip-ons instead.

While many of the seasonal fashion rules are obvious and ingrained in us, most individuals never consider that jewelry trends also change with the seasons. It’s true. Once again the rules for this are incredibly intricate and subtle. For simplicity’s sake, here are a few examples of earrings that are just perfect for autumn.

Sterling Silver Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Earrings

While the origins of the term are murky, most people in the northeastern United States are familiar with an “Indian summer.” Of course this is when you get a couple of inordinately nice days after the first frost has passed. One speculated root of this phrase is that this was the time of year when Native Americans would harvest their corn and squash crops.

Whichever way you slice it, those unpredictable days of warm weather just when you thought winter was upon you are an incredible treat. Celebrate your next Indian summer with a pair of earrings that feature a stone familiar to Native American culture.

While you won’t experience many Indian summers in the American southwest, you are sure to find a lot of pieces of turquoise jewelry. These gorgeous earrings are a fantastic representation of that culture.

Each of these earrings has a large Sleeping Beauty turquoise stone in the center, surrounded by 12 more around them. What, you may ask, is a Sleeping Beauty stone? Well, they are mined from one location; at Sleeping Beauty Mountain in Globe, Arizona, right in the heart of the Southwest!

Sterling Silver Amber Drop Earrings

Naturally, the easiest way to color-coordinate for the fall is to get all decked out in autumn colors. Of course, these colors have become synonymous with the hue of changing leaves.

The problem is that there aren’t a whole lot of precious gemstones that take on that distinctive color. To properly coordinate your outfit you will have to think a little bit outside the box.

While you might know amber as the thing they made dinosaurs out of in “Jurassic Park,” you probably didn’t know that it is also used in distinctive pieces of jewelry that are just perfect for the fall. The gorgeous color of amber is delightfully reminiscent of the fall.

The reason for this, however, is something you might find interesting. Amber is actually a fossilized resin that is formed from ancient plants. That’s right, the amber jewelry you wear may actually be made out of leaves that fell in the autumn tens of millions of years ago! What better way can you possibly imagine to honor the season, your sense of fashion, and the wonderful history of our natural world than with a pair of stunning amber drop earrings?

Silicoro™ White, Rose, Yellow or Tri-Color Triple Strand Hoop Earrings

There is one easy secret that can make your fall accessory choices incredibly simple. Obviously, we all know that gold looks better in the summer, while silver is best in the winter. Anything goes in the spring because everyone is just so excited it’s not freezing anymore, but what about the fall?

The fall is the perfect time to go with a rose-toned accessory. This color is absolutely perfect for that transitional time between summer and winter. All too often people go with the silver or gold option, neglecting the fact that for three months out of the year, rose-tone is the way to go.

People Choose Metal Sunglasses

People who are in a position of authority, such as police officers and military personnel generally seem to favor metal sunglasses. The metal sunglasses tend to give their face a harder edge and make the person that they are talking to automatically respect them.

There are several reasons that some people favor the metal frames over the plastic ones. The one most commonly given is air flow. The average pair of plastic sunglasses is designed in such a way that they sit very close to the wearers face. This isn’t a problem on cool days are while in an air-conditioned car, but once you step out in the summer heat, you can literally feel the warmth starting to build up behind the frames. Sometimes condensation will form on the lenses.

Metal sunglasses are designed to sit a bit further away from your face and are designed in such a way that the heat has plenty of places to escape.

Comfort is another common reason some people favor the metal sunglasses. All of the brands and styles of metal sunglasses are really lightweight. The same can’t be said for sunglasses that have plastic frames. The longer you wear the plastic sunglasses, the heavier they start to feel. Most people find that they have to pull the plastic sunglasses off from time to time just to give their ears and nose a bit of a break. On the other hand, sunglasses with metal frames can be worn all day long without causing the wearer the slightest bit of discomfort.

One of the things many sunglasses owners have started to notice is that they have to replace their plastic sunglasses somewhat more frequently than they have to replace the metal frames. The plastic just doesn’t seem to hold up to as much wear and tear. The metal frames generally aren’t damaged by minor abuse, and if something does happen to them, it is usually possible to gently end the frame back into its original shape.

The only people who really struggle when it comes to metal sunglasses are individuals who are allergic to certain types of metals. Although it is possible to find metal frames that are constructed out of different types of metals, most people who struggle to manage allergies find that their life is simplest if they just stick to plastic framed sunglasses.

Purchasing Silver Necklaces

Pearl Necklace

Pearl necklaces are considered to be one of the most popular and common type of necklace. You can wear pearl necklace to office, or simply when you want to do window shopping. There are no limitations! Ranging from the types that have similar pearls in a row to the ones that have different shades and shapes, pearl necklaces proof their worth.

Chunky Necklace

Do you have preference of something bling bling? Chunky silver necklaces make its breakthrough to jewelry industry by absorbing attention through its bold display with large pendants, beads and/or stones.

Pendants

Pretty much the type with popularity slightly higher than pearl necklaces. Sometimes its existence is shaken by dramatic designs, but it doesn’t stop pendants to persist its position as most favorite. Pendants embrace wider range of customers; from simple and girly designs like flowers, hearts, animals designs to cultural or spiritual nuance like gothic or crosses designs.

Layering Necklaces

The name itself is pretty much self-explanation. Add couple necklaces that are for layering, in this case not too bold so you can have many pieces hanging around your neck without looking like a walking jewelry shop. Layering necklaces have this trait to give you a sophisticated look for evening wear.

The most important thing when choosing the types of necklaces is to match them with your outfits and whole appearance. Be aware of the tops you’re wearing, your hairstyle and the occasion you’re going to so the silver necklaces can do its role; to enhance the beauty instead of outweighing your outfit or ruining your whole appearance.

Shopping in Boynton Beach

The Boynton Beach Mall is our mall of choice for everyday needs. It’s in a very convenient location and it offers a pleasant shopping experience blending great places to shop with a relaxed neighborhood feel. The main stores are Macy’s, Dillards, JCPenney and Sears, along with over 135 specialty stores and eateries, all set in a freshly renovated Florida garden setting. There’s even a wonderful kids’ play area with a delightful merry-go-round. Many retired people, who we call mallwalkers, enter the mall before it opens to briskly walk back and forth for exercise in a safe, air conditioned environment.

CityPlace in West Palm Beach is an exciting downtown destination set in an open-air plaza where old-world architecture, beautiful fountains, and sidewalk cafes create an atmosphere reminiscent of a European town center. There have many well known shops, fine restaurants, and a 20-screen movie theatre.

Another favorite is the Mall at Wellington Green. This Mediterranean-style mall features over 170 specialty shops and restaurants, plus four 2-level department stores: Macy’s, Dillard’s, JCPenney and Nordstrom. The 1.3 million-square-foot, two-level mall serves as the premier year-round shopping for residents as well as tourists in the Boynton Beach area.

Now, for our upscale shopping safaris, the girls and I have two favorite sites nearby: Town Center in Boca Raton and the Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens. Shopping at the Town Center is always an adventure. They have approximately 220 specialty stores including Tiffany, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Cartier, Cole Haan, Burberry, Kate Spade, Juicy Couture, Hugo Boss, Sephora, Tourneau, Swarovski, Godiva, Anthropologie, Chico’s, The Walking Co., Coldwater Creek, Easy Spirit, Lilly Pulitzer and many others. The department stores are Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Sears. And the people watching is amazing.

Shopping at the Gardens Mall is simply divine. This luxurious 1.4 million-square-foot center, featuring over 160 fine specialty shops, is anchored by Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and Sears. The specialty shops include Chanel, Gucci, and Ralph Lauren. This is a world-class shopping destination, which blends award-winning architecture, fine art and natural landscaping with an innovative retail mix, plus casual and fine dining, such as P.F. Chang’s and Brio Tuscan Grille as well as California Pizza Kitchen and Ruby Tuesday. Shopping there is an elegant afternoon. And of course, both malls offer valet parking.

Our appetite for garage and yard sales is satiated by our two favorite flea markets: the Carnival in Delray Beach and the Festival in Pompano Beach. The nearby Carnival Flea Market is a 35,000-square-foot indoor, air conditioned building, with more than 180 booths filled with all new merchandise at discount prices, so you can shop till you drop!

The massive, quarter-mile-long Festival Flea Market Mall is a shoppers’ paradise with over 500 shops, restaurants, fragrance and cosmetic shops, shoe stores, clothing shops, jewelry stores, home furnishing stores and gift boutiques. Some of my girlfriends claim this is the best flea market in South Florida.

Last on my list of favorites is Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise. With over 350 brand name stores and more than 2,380,000-square-feet of retail selling space, it is the sixth largest mall in the United States, and the largest outlet mall in South Florida. When you shop here, plan on spending the whole day and be sure to wear your track shoes…this is not a stroll down Main Street, it’s a trek designed for super shoppers.

Well, that my list of the best shopping in the Boynton Beach area, from top to bottom. I love living here and so does my family, especially when I come home bearing gifts from my shopping expeditions.

Black Converse High Tops

The one universal trait we found a lot of people talk about, is how comfortable they are. Some have even said that once you have worn them in a little, you get the feeling that you don’t even know you are wearing them. On top of that the, the canvas ones are also very lightweight, when compared to other sneakers, so it you don’t like bulky shoes then these will be right up your street.

The base of these canvas sneakers are quite flat which makes them great to use for all sorts of different activities. However, we would not recommend them for some specialist sports or activities like running or boarding, as they don’t have a great deal of foot support to help protect your feet.

From a colour perspective, the all black Converse are perceived by some people, as a little smarter than standard white sneakers, because they can be worn in many “casual” environments where you would normally have to wear black shoes. In fact we have seen comments from people who have worn them for work, skydiving and on all sorts of occasions, because being all black other people don’t even realise you are wearing sneakers.

Also, for the fashion conscious of you out there, fashion stylists agree that the black Converse make a great look with skinny jeans and can even be worn with a lot of other different clothes and outfits too. On the other hand, if you are someone who likes to stand out from the crowd and be seen as more of an individual, then you can actually customise these sneakers to show off your own personality by wearing them with different color laces or just lace them up in your own unique style.

Another benefit we see a lot of people comment on is the fact that they wear really well too, especially the leather ones, so they can last you a long time. Even under extreme use and if you wear them every day, many people commented that they have lasted a lot longer than they had expected, which makes them great value for money too.

Just be aware of one thing though, consider what size you buy, especially if you order them online. Some people have found the Converse high tops run a little bigger that other sneakers, so consider ordering a half a size smaller than you would usually wear, or go and try them on in your local store first before you order.

Well, we set out to find out if the black converse high tops are as popular today as when they were when they first came out all those years ago, and you bet they are. There are lot of great sneakers out on the market but the All Star Converse have surely stud the test of time.

There is no doubt that some people will just hate them, but who cares because if you are a Converse fan, once you own a pair of these fantastic sneakers, you probably always will.

Outlet Shopping in Minneapolis

The first thing I found to purchase was a long sleeved pink Juicy tee that read Confessions of a Couture Girl. I have told people before that I can’t stand Juicy Couture. I don’t want the word Juicy tattooed across my butt or chest (for the obvious implicit meaning) and, quite frankly, I can’t imagine spending hundreds of dollars on a sweatsuit because it says Juicy.
This shirt had Juicy written only on the label on the inside of the shirt and was marked down from $90 to $24.98 (and I must remind you that there is no sales tax on clothing in Minnesota). The tee fit well and the sleeves were long enough, a rarity for a girl with arms as long and gangly as mine.
Sifting through the racks, my eyes landed on a gorgeous white cashmere Magaschoni sweater with sequined white snowflakes adorning the bottom and, don’t hate me, a rabbit trimmed hood with furry pom poms. I must clarify that I am not a believer in harming animals for any type of vanity. If I were not in a state of fashion euphoria at this gorgeous sweater, I would have checked the label. Instead, I gasped in delight, ripped the sweater off the rack, and then asked my mom, “do you think this is real fur?” She ran her fingers across the hood and replied, “No, I don’t think so.” So I slipped the sweater on and fell in love. The best part? The $500 sweater was marked down to $44.98. I could barely breathe as I made my way to the register.

At this point, I must note that my mother found a stunning gray Calvin Klein dress for $50, originally priced at $500.
I have recently began discovering the beautiful world of brown. I have always been a black and white buyer. In fact, in college I wore black dress pants nearly every day. I love the dramatic look that black and white can offer, but the recent purchase of the most comfortable chocolate brown skirt from Bebe has converted me to the delicious and versatile world found in the basic color. Before the fashion-altering skirt, my venture into the world of brown went as far as khaki pants. Yet, I have begun discovering the rich shades brown has to offer. My last two finds at the Saks outlet were creamy, long-lasting browns.
I first found a chocolate brown knit shrug by Gracie for $24.98, marked down from $80. The comfortable shrug is the perfect way to dress up jeans and a tee.

Last, I found a gorgeous sleeveless sweater in a smooth coffee brown with intricate beading combining yellow, orange, and brown wooden beads with real seashells. The beach-inspired style was perfect for my leading role as bride and program director for an upcoming week in Hawaii. Originally $96, I purchased this WR Studio top for $34.98.
I tried on the clothes in a tiny and dim dressing room, waited in a long line to check out, and walked out of the store with a heavy plastic bag (one of the handles even broke before I made it back to the bookstore to get my dad), but I must say this was one outlet shopping trip worth enduring.

Luxury Watches

The reasons seem obvious enough. It is the nature of a watch that it is able to take in a wide variety of stylistic attributes that are desirable in both high brow upper crust situations but also in working class casual situations. We want to look like the sort of people who can appreciate craftsmanship and taste no matter where we are on the sociological ladder. The hand made feel of most of the best brand name watches makes even an inexpensive model feel like a classy adornment on anyone’s wrist. By contrast gold watches and other watches made with precious metals have the feel of being excellent pieces of work with the added implicate values of their chosen building materials. This is in contrast to an item that is say a gold or diamond item first and a high design item second. When it comes to watches the name brand and the history of quality is always the bigger draw than what ever materials were used to make the piece.

Luxury watches are a big business still to this day because the items feel so classic and can immediately have the wearer looking like wealth. When you put on big watches with a great sense of style you are telling the world that you are probably worth something and frankly given the price tags on many brand name watches they probably believe you. Of course diamond watches and gold watches can be made hastily and with a large disparity in comparative quality to brand name watches, but in most cases the lack of design quality and the lack of a brand name will likely derail these pieces value as a status symbol. If you are looking for a high quality luxury watch there is no way that cutting corners will help. You need to find a preferred brand name and make sure it is the exact right model for you.

It is impressive that the world of luxury watches continues to thrive in modern times. In many ways this is the best testament to their quality. While so many industries take pains to become newer and fresher watches have plugged along being made in much the same way year after year, decade after decade. They show no signs of changing or becoming any less popular any time soon.