Category Archives: women

Shopping for Designer Bags

Getting dressed up is something that some people really look forward to doing. For women, this often includes picking and choosing all of the right accessories to complete an outfit that is “just right” for whatever the occasion might be. One of the most important add on items for any outfit is a stylish purse.

Most women would love the opportunity to own their very own collection of designer name purses, but economic factors usually interfere. That is, they can be very expensive and put a serious crimp in one’s wardrobe budget.

Fortunately, the Internet has opened the floodgates of retail bargains on some items. Purses and handbags are among the items that can now be found on sale in a very competitive market. The high level of competition has led to some very nice deals making their way to consumers. Two of the best places to find great prices on quality bags are eBay and Amazon.

Amazon deals in such large quantities of merchandise that they can easily pass along savings to consumers. Long known as just a purveyor of books and CDs, Amazon now offers just about any item cheap pursesimaginable in their vast stock of merchandise. They often have wonderful deals on clothing and accessories during special promotions. The site is well worth keeping an eye on when considering the purchase of almost anything, especially fashions for ladies.

eBay is a great place to find deals on discount designer purses. Many women trade their current designer bags for new models whenever they tire of them. These gently used bags are often very well kept and get sold at discounts that bring outstanding bags within reach of people with tighter budgets. If you are one of the many people with an interest in Miche bags, eBay also offers a very nice selection of Miche shells. Some of these are handmade, unique designs that cannot easily be found anywhere else.

Before you spend your entire wardrobe budget on one fabulous purse, take a minute to check out what is for sale online. It won’t cost anything to look, and you might find a great bargain!

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Reduce Stretch Marks

There are many methods to effectively reduce stretch marks.  They do not affect health, but can make you feel self-conscious.   These marks appear on both men and women, but men are less prone to them.  This affects approximately 70 per cent teenage of girls and 90 per cent of women at some time in their lives.

Stretch marks are scars that form as a result of the skin being pulled or stretched beyond capacity.  Initially, they have a red or purple color, eventually fading in color over time. Darker skinned people have darker marks. They often appear on the abdomen, legs, hips, buttocks, thighs and breasts.  The appearance is typically the result of pregnancy, rapid weight gain or weight loss, puberty, nutritional deficiency and bodybuilding.

Here are a few stretch mark removal tips:

reduce stretch marksA healthy diet rich in fruit, vegetables and lean meat is important for healthy skin.  Also, omega oils that are found in salmon, olive oil, flax seed oil, etc) will help the tissue heal.  Avoid processed food or fast food as much as possible.  Vitamin E, A an C supplements and fish oil supplements will also contribute to the healing of the tissues.  Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated.

Some oils and creams eliminate or reduce stretch scars when applied to the affected area.  Some include, vitamin E oil, emu oil, olive oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, aloe vera gel and calendula oil.   Lightly massage the oil into your skin twice a day to help diminish the appearance.  There are also over the counter natural creams and oils that include several oils in one product.

Gently massaging the affected areas will increase circulation and promote healing.  It is helpful to use a loofah in the shower to increase circulation and exfoliate the area.  Regular exercise helps prevent over stretching of the skin because it keeps your skin tone and firm.

It can be challenging to reduce stretch marks and it will take some time.  But, with persistent attention to diet and application of naturally healing oils, butters and creams, they will be eliminated or at least barely visible.

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Cubic Zirconia Bridal Jewelry

Bridal jewelry should never look cheap and neither must it cost a fortune thanks to cubic zirconia that mimics diamonds so well. If you’ve heard about CZ rings, but haven’t wanted to look at them because you fear they’ll be spotted as fakes, then you should see the newest white gold CZ wedding ring sets that are gorgeous, tasteful and very elegant for less than half the price of even the smallest diamond rings set in gold.

Where to Shop For Gold CZ Jewelry

You just need to know where to shop, and that’s where I can help. I’ve been researching cubic zirconia jewelry for a long time and can tell you that buying jewelry online is the way to save money and find the very best gold CZ rings that are on the market. If you shop at places like Goldenmine, you can get high quality white gold CZ wedding ring sets that look real for just over $200! Yes, not $2,000 or more like the diamond versions cost but just a little more than $200 for two rings. One has a large central stone and two baguette cut accents and the other band has three baguette cut gems, so that the cubic zirconia bridal jewelrywhole set has a total of .65 carat CZ gems, all set in solid 14k white gold. Just the gold is worth that much! I’ve suggested one particular set that I think is really great, but they have many different styles all around the $200 to $300 price range.

Bridal Jewelry Sets on A Budget

If you’re on a budget but don’t want to settle for cheap silver or imitation metals, then go to Goldenmine and start shopping for your affordable bridal jewelry in solid gold but without paying the high price of diamonds. Budget about $200 for your white gold CZ wedding ring sets, and another $100 to $150 for your gold and cubic zirconia hoops earrings, and be all jeweled and ready to walk down the aisle for a lot less than you thought possible. And with what you saved on jewelry, you can treat yourself to a little CZ tennis bracelet or a CZ bangle, or pass on the fun to your bridesmaids by giving them some jewelry to match their dresses.

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