What to Do After Thanksgiving? 5 Simple Tasks You Can Do To Prepare For the Busy Holiday Season

Friday, November 23, 2012 January Gemorie 0 Comments

I've already pictured the perfect moment. After a lovely Thanksgiving dinner, where my new pair of ankle boots got the spotlight, I’d be retiring to bed and would be waking up to a normal life – oops! But the following day is Black Friday – I might not be getting the rest I've been dreaming of after all.

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It took me a quite to get into to the holiday spirit this. Nope, I’m not Mrs. Scrooge but thinking of all the hustle and bustles of this season just makes me want to sulk all day long. Good thing I got a pair of edgy ankle boots from my sister that really got me all hyped up for the holidays.

If you’re a bit wary of what would happen after Thanksgiving, I’ll share with you my simple to do list for this crazy season to keep me on top of my game and prepared for more shopping, parties and gift giving for the next month.

Here they are…

1. Refashion left over foods. Did you host a big family reunion? Chances are you’ll have a leftover meal or two. With the increasing costs of everything – please think twice or even as much as 5 times before you put that dish in the bin.

Reheating is not your only option nowadays. If you still have no idea what your meatballs can turn into, there are tons of food websites and blogs online they can provide you with recipes that will give your dish a second chance at the dinner table.

2. Clean out your closet. Holidays is a season of (gift) giving and sharing. You’d surely get a couple of gifts that would need a home. Free up some space in your closet by removing clothes, shoes, bags and accessories that do not fit your current personal style.

Since Thanksgiving begins this season of sharing, you should consider donating those items booted out of your closet to the Salvation Army or another charity of your choice. You can also look for a local thrift shop or a bazaar to see if you can make a couple of bucks for these goods. Let your booties find a new loving home in somebody else’s closet.

3. Write a holiday shopping list. With Christmas just around the corner, I’m pretty sure you’d be doing a lot of shopping for food and gifts in the next 30 days or so. Be on top of your game by creating reliable shopping list that won’t only serve as a reminder of the items you intend to buy but will also keep you on the budget.

4. Schedule grocery and shopping trips. Being able to plan ahead and anticipate needs this holiday season is your best defense against turning holiday cheers into jeers. Keep in mind that the holiday season is generally busy for everyone including individuals and businesses.

Start going grocery shopping for ingredients little by little to avoid the last minute rush. This would also help make sure that you get the goods that you really want. Don’t settle for your 3rd or nth choice because it went out of stock even before you could make a trip to the store.

5. Bring in the Christmas tree. Haven’t fully decorated your home yet? After Thanksgiving is a great time to go all out in putting holiday adornments in your home. To make things a little more creative, you can ask your guest to help decorate the tree with you after the Thanksgiving dinner. Kids would surely love this as they get busy with all the fancy decorations.


Be an Early Bird on Great Deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Friday, November 23, 2012 January Gemorie 0 Comments

Finding a great buy during the holiday season is a million times harder. Although sale events happen more often during the last two months of the year, getting a huge discount on an item doesn't instantly spell savings for the customer. Getting a pair of ankle boots for 10 bucks seem like a steal – but is it in a good condition?

Thanks Giving Sale Be an Early Bird on Great Deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Today, let’s talk about being smart shoppers this holiday season. With the Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner, we should all gear up to make to make sure that we get the best worth for our money.

Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to be the customer no business can fool. Have fun reading and share this guide with your family and friends so we can have more smart shoppers any time of the year.

A Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deal Be an Early Bird on Great Deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

So during the holiday season, I realized that there are basically 3 types of items on retail store shelves

1. Low Price – Low Quality trash. Pardon the term trash but I’m really no good at making things hurt a little less. But kidding aside, this type of goods is the worst ones that you can purchase. Low priced items in poor condition are better off classified as trash especially if you’ll not be able to use them for at least a year or it would cost more than what you paid for to fix the product or the possible damages it can bring.

Here are 3 of the most common examples:
  • Second hand cars that need massive rework
  • Food items and medicines that are expired
  • Skin care and makeup products that use unapproved ingredients
I know that $ 5 can’t possibly get you a pair the hottest pair of Lady Gaga inspired ankle boots. But make sure that the quality or value of the item that you’re buying is justifiable. Getting expired food items that can possibly have you hospitalized for food poisoning is not a good buy at all.

2. High Price – High Quality luxury items. This type of goods got one thing right – their price is equivalent to their actual or perceived value. With that said, these products are often carried by international brands that spell luxury really well like Gucci, Victoria Secret and Hermes to name a few. These designer items have tried and tested quality as well as a spotless reputation which earned them such a status. And even if these items go on sale, they could still cost an arm and a leg requiring budget-savvy shoppers to break the bank.

Buying items under this class is good from time to time provided that you can put them to good use to maximize their cost.

3. And here’s what great deals are made of… Low Price – Good Quality. From what I've been telling you, I’m pretty sure you understand this group of goods available in retail stores and online shops.

Here are 3 foolproof signs that you snagged a good deal with your low priced item:
  1. The product is in mint condition. It doesn't have to be superbly engineered but it should at least be functional without carrying out any repairs.
  2. You found the same product in the same condition at a higher price. This is very common with clothes and shoes and shoe. As an example, I found a chic pair of boots on clearance sale the other day. It has a unique style and a vintage vibe that makes it look like vintage designer pair.
  3. You actually find yourself using the product. Buying a product at a reasonable price is not reasonable until you get it out of the closet and put it to work. If it’s not like that, consider it as your hard-earned dollars making friends with a couple of dust bunnies.
This Black Friday and Cyber Monday, watch out for these hints to make sure that you get the bang for your buck.


Jewelry for a Sophisticated You

Thursday, November 22, 2012 Simone Lerwick 1 Comments

For many people, appearance is everything. In order to look presentable to family and friends, they have to look sophisticated and elegantly groomed. While you can easily achieve this with expensive clothes and make up, it might be a little confusing to know which jewelry will make you look your best. So in formal events where you need to dress up, here’s a little tip on choosing the kind of fashion jewelry to wear for the night.

Jewelry for a Sophisticated You
1. Pearls. If you truly want to achieve the “rich and sophisticated” look, there’s nothing better than a good set of pearls. Once upon a time, pearls were owned by only the rich people. Whenever they went out to town, they had to wear their best pearls to look beautiful. Today, pearls may not be as expensive, but they still give women the boost to look beautiful and sophisticated. The good thing about pearls is that you can easily turn a casual dress into formal attire just by wearing the pearl jewelry sets. Besides, pearls are great with little black dresses.


2. Anything sparkly. Sparkles can turn everything dull into something bright. If you wear a sparkly jewelry set, you can turn any ordinary outfit to something people will envy. However, do be careful in choosing the type of sparklers to wear. Bling-blings aren't always called sophisticated unless you can carry the style well. Diamond rings and silver make a really good team. But if you don’t want to buy diamonds, you can always settle for cubic zirconia jewelry that looks almost like a diamond, without the hefty price tag. Do be cautious in choosing the outfit to wear your sparklers with. Dresses and formal gowns always look great with diamond jewelry, but if you’re on the casual side, it may look awkward or seemingly out of place.

3. Nothing too sparkly and big. Then again, in choosing the jewelry to wear, you should avoid accessories that will make you sparkle like Edward from Twilight. Only he can pull off that look and still get teenage girls fawning over him. If you wear jewelry that sparkles too much, your jewelry might end up looking too grand and eventually, people will notice your jewelry more than they’ll notice you. Avoid jewelry too big for your body as well. They don’t compliment your outfit and you’ll end up disappearing beyond the accessories you wear.

4. Avoid beads unless informal events. Beads can come across as cheap at some time. Be careful in choosing the beaded jewelry you wish to wear. Unless you’re going to a beach party or a pool party, you might as well choose pearls instead. Colorful beads are very effective when you wear them with beach clothes or the boho-chic look.

5. Gold. Some people choose to avoid gold because they tend to look dull against the sparkling front of silver. However, gold can be pretty impressive in certain outfits. Choose gold jewelry if you’re wearing dark colored outfits. Little black dresses, navy, dark green colors complement gold accessories well.

This tips will help you add a nice touch of elegance, sophistication with a touch of femininity so Dress to Ace the Corporate Ladder and administer this tips.


Thanksgiving Sale Alert!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 Simone Lerwick 0 Comments

Were you waiting for a sale to happen? Wait no more. This week, in preparation of Thanksgiving, Eternalsparkles is holding a sale! Beatboxes please.


On November 16 – 22, Eternalsparkles will be giving their customers something to be thankful for. Just in time for everyone to buy their gifts for their special someone, they can now get something extra special as well. For every $50 of purchases, you can get a free pair of cubic zirconia earrings! Yes, an extra something to give to your wife, girlfriend or daughter to top their day. By using the coupon code – “Giving”, you can avail of this promo.

So, to help you make the cut for that extra pair of earrings, here are some fashion jewelry ideas.

1. Necklace and earring sets are usually bought together because they can be easily partnered with a specific outfit. However, when the time comes that you can only get 1 pair of free earrings, you’ll need something to even out your accessories.
  • This Reine de Violettes Crystal necklace is a perfect addition to a simple, but elegant outfit. In this beautiful necklace, you get bezel-set amethyst stones sitting inside a border of elegant golden chains. Sounds expensive? Not really. This beautiful jewelry only costs $24.99. It won’t get you your earrings just yet, but it’s a good start. Did you know amethyst stones are known to protect travelers in their journey?
  • But because one necklace isn't enough for a free CZ earring, you might want to get a romantic Heritage tennis bracelet as well. Because your necklace is made out of gold, it’ll look perfect with this tennis bracelet. Since it has cubic zirconia in it as well, it’ll look perfect with your CZ earrings. This bracelet is adorned with cubic zirconia stones set within the chain of this gold-plated bracelet. Classic, stylish and truly beautiful, this bracelet costs $29.99, just enough to make your $50 cut and receive a pair of free CZ earring.
2. On the other hand, if you’re not too keen with making a set of your own, you can always get something to simply compliment your earrings. Tracey’s Radiant Sun pendant necklace is beautiful and simply stunning to look at. This beautiful piece of jewelry features a sun-shaped pendant within a set of clear cut cubic zirconia stones. This necklace will look great with any black dress or dark-colored outfits. Wear with the free CZ earring by adding another jewelry to your cart.

3. Here’s another idea for your CZ earrings. Wear it on your wedding day! Partner your earrings with a beautiful sterling silver 11-carat sized ring on your finger. Set on top of a sterling silver band is a huge cubic zirconia ring to match it. It’s beautiful, similar to the earrings and it’ll look great with any dress you wear.


How to Pick the Jewelry for a Wedding

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 January Gemorie 4 Comments

Going to a friend’s wedding is definitely a fun way of spending the day, especially if you actually like the couple getting married. However, this also means that you can’t just wear anything to their special day. When a wedding calls for formal attire, this means you have to go all out. Here are some tips to finding the perfect fashion jewelry sets to wear to a wedding.

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1. If buying jewelry is not an option, consider renting
Sometimes, finding jewelry can be really hard. If you don’t have any budget to buy new jewelry, your choices are pretty limited. The good thing is that there are many shops that rent jewelry for weddings today. If you really cannot afford to buy your own jewelry for the wedding, renting may be a lot cheaper. Just make sure to get a good set worthy of the price you’re paying.

2. Ask parents for any family jewelry
Parents have all the family jewelry that you’d need for any occasion. Even if it’s not your wedding yet, they may have something that you can wear for a formal event. At least, if you can get your jewelry from them, you won’t have to spend a dime to wear them to the event. In addition to that, they may even let you keep the jewelry after the event.

3. Consider what you’re wearing
Before you pick out your jewelry, always consider the dress you’re wearing. Are you wearing white? Does it have a plunging neckline? Does it have nice neck details? Are you wearing no sleeves? These are just some factors that can help you choose the type of jewelry you might need. For example, if you have a dress with beautiful neck details, you won’t need a necklace to spice up your outfit. But if you’re wearing a dress with no sleeves, you might need a nice bracelet to complete your look. You should always buy your dress first before you choose the jewelry to wear it with.

4. Make it a point to get your jewelry right after you get your dress
Sometimes, people take so much time looking for the right jewelry that they don’t buy any. As a result, a day before the wedding, they panic, cruising through several fashion jewelry brands just to buy the set that they think is expensive enough to fit their dress. Buy your accessories as soon as you buy your dress so you have all the time to pick affordable jewelry.

5. Consider the theme of the wedding
Does the wedding have a theme? You might want to consider that too. If you appear to be out of context of the wedding’s theme, you might come off as disrespectful to the bride. Know the theme of the wedding and make it a point to stick to it.

6. Consider the time of the wedding
Will the wedding happen at night? Or during daylight? There are different bridal jewelry sets for weddings that take place at a specific time of the day. If the wedding takes place during day time, dark suits and accessories are usually avoided.


4 Ways to Display Your Jewelry on Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 January Gemorie 0 Comments

In a few weeks, it’ll be Thanksgiving. And just like that, you have to start taking down your jewelry display from last week’s Halloween. No more scary masks, cobwebs and pumpkins to display and everything you put up last week has to be replaced by decorations for the upcoming new holiday. If you think it’s easy to sell jewelry on Halloween because people need it for their costumes, it’s even easier to get them interested on Thanksgiving – especially if they’re the giving kind.

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To attract your market before Thanksgiving, you need to lighten your jewelry display. Here are some ideas to displaying your jewelry for Thanksgiving.

1. Lighten the colors of your display
From your overly dark display last Halloween, lighten all of your display to something more fitting for Thanksgiving – white, beige, cream and even yellow. Create a lighter background. This gives you a chance to display all of your colorful jewelry and help it to stand out more.

2. Pair couple colors together
In order to make a colored jewelry stand out, you need to pair them with something that will help them to look good. This is why black and white look good together. On a white background, black stands out because it’s the partner color of white. On a black background, white will also be the color to stand out the most. Pair up colors like yellow and green, blue and red and you’ll notice that the jewelry will help each other to stand out in a display.

3. Use embellishments
Just because you have a lot of jewelry display stands to help you with your booth doesn't mean that you can’t use embellishments to make it even better. You see, sometimes, display items aren't enough to impress a customer. Other times, you need to use embellishments to get people to notice you. For example, accessories such as ribbons and flowers both make a great decoration to your display. While it can take up a lot of space in a booth, embellishments are a really good addition to those who have jewelry stores. Instead of displaying your jewelry on an empty shelf, use embellishments like pins, vases, flowers, basically anything decorative to make your jewelry stand out.

4. Create a real background
Most jewelry stores create an illusion of a background for their display. They can either print a background or simply use cloth to make the jewelry stand out. However, instead of using portable jewelry display cases on a simple table with matching colored fabric and all the usual decoration, you can create a real background. For example, you can set a side table somewhere in your shop. Place a lamp, some books and decorate it as if you’re decorating your own home. Amidst the decoration, place colorful jewelry to give light to your side table. If you have a simple, clean side table, the colorful jewelry will be the only thing your customers will see.

When it comes to displaying jewelry, colors can be a big help. Use the colors of your jewelry to create an outstanding display.


Movie: The Life of Gia Marie Carangi

Friday, November 16, 2012 January Gemorie 0 Comments

The Life of Gia Marie Carangi played by Angelina Jolie

A friend of mine suggests that I watch the story of Gia Marie Carangi, she’s an American Supermodel during the late 1970’s to early 1980’s. She said her story (Gia Marie Carangi) is a little bit disturbing but something that one should watch. And I though hey, why the hell not!

I was expecting something like Selena’s story, but nope, is a whole different one, I can’t say it’s disturbing, more like normal, something some of us might experience, or is actually experiencing, a broken family the feeling of being left out and all those sad sorts.

Gia Marie Carangi

Anyway, I got too hooked on her story, or maybe because Angelina Jolie played Gia, or maybe because it is something I can relate, though my family is still intact, I have a good life, there where ups and down, low times and high times but my family in always there to support me. I am not telling I have a perfect one, all in all we are one normal family. (hmm what is normal?)

Going back to Gia, from Philadelphia she move to New York where she started her career at the age of 16 or 17 and during her time she was a favorite amongst photographers, magazines and well known fashion brands, her fame is something immeasurable.

Behind her fame lies a sad, sad girl. “She was like a puppy. She was like... love me, love me, love me, love me... and I did. I Did. I did right away. She was my lover. The only person I really loved.” -Sandy Linter, makeup assistant and Gia’s lover, although theirs is unstable.

Here are some of my Favorite Quotes from Gia Marie Carangi.

Gia Marie Carangi Americas First Supermodel January 29, 1960 – November 18, 1986

"Life and death, energy and peace. If I stop today it was still worth it. Even the terrible mistakes that I made and would have unmade if I could. The pains that have burned me and scarred my soul, it was worth it, for having been allowed to walk where I've walked, which was to hell on earth, heaven on earth, back again, into, under, far in between, through it, in it, and above."

"I could learn photography. That could be something to want. I could photograph children. I could have my own children. I would give them yellow roses. And if they got too loud, I would just put them some place quiet. Put them in the oven. And I would kiss them every day, and tell them you don't have to be anybody, because I would know that being somebody doesn't make you anybody anyway."

"You know what I think? I think there's a reason for everything. And I think that there's a plan for everyone. And I think that God has a big plan for me. Just not in this life."

Francesco: I know, I know. Life is so disappointing. Here you are. You have arrived. You are here. This is your moment. What do you have? You have pain. You have everything. What do you have? You have nothing. Everything is right, or everything is wrong. It's disappointing, it's confusing. This is life. What can we do?
Gia Carangi: People keep going away from me, that hurts.
Francesco: Work. You have a gift, use it. Life, life will be there later. When you have worked, and you have lived, and you know who you are, life is easy. Work. It's the only answer I know.
Gia Carangi: I should have been a rock star. But I can't sing.
Francesco: Work now. You'll live later, hm?
Gia Carangi: Hmm, hmm. You'd say anything to get that shot.
Francesco: Hmm, yeah. In this case I am saying the truth.

And my favorite?
...heaven on Earth
back again
far in between
through it
in it
and above...

You should really watch GIA. Then share me your feelings, cause mine? I cant explain it, GIA is really something.


Featured Trend: Burgundy Fashion and Jewelry

Tuesday, November 06, 2012 January Gemorie 1 Comments

Burgundy will be big this coming season. If you've been following the recent fashion week shows, you certainly know that burgundy will hit big in keeping us warm this cold weather. This color is set to grace tops, dresses, bottoms, footwear and even your stylish pair of Bamboo Shoes.

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As this color begins to dominate the wardrobe of style stars all over the globe, here are 3 must-have closet staples in the rich and deep color of burgundy:

1. Leather Pants

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With the cold weather just up our sleeves, wearing leather pants is a great way to stay warm while making a fashion statement this season. Wearing leather in an unconventional color can make all the difference in your outfit. Instead of having the regular black or brown pants, step it up a notch with this trending color for the coming fall/winter season.

In getting the right pair of leather pants, here are 2 rules that you should follow:
  • Get the right fit. Leather is not a lousy material. It’s supposed to cling on to your curves to show the real you. Keep this rule sacred. Don’t purchase a pair that’s too tight or too loose on you. To know whether you've landed the perfect fit, walk around the store with the jeans. Try to sit and wiggle around. If you can do these things at ease then you've found the one.
  • Go for versatile pieces. In buying clothes, make sure that the piece you like can fit into your current wardrobe. This avoids loading your closet with jeans, tops, dresses and everything else that you won’t actually wear. Remember, it is an unforgivable sin for chic shoppers to purchase pieces because they’re cute. Functional will always be way better.
2. Purse

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Little things matter. Like a slight outfit malfunction, your purse can make or break your look. Burgundy is a great color that brings with it a distinct personality of its own. With that, make sure to keep other components of your look simple when bringing in a striking color such as burgundy. Going overboard with accessories or wearing over the top pieces can make your outfit look too busy or worse, looking like heading to the dumpster.

3. Peplum Dress
We've seen this style flourish in the previous. Most of us certainly didn't get enough of it so stylists, designers and other style stars are welcoming it back fresh from the fall/winter season's catwalk.

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In wearing a peplum dress in burgundy, always remember that this piece of your look automatically becomes the focal point. Not only because it constitutes most of what you are wearing but also because of its color. Tone down the other pieces of your outfit to make it stand out. A black leather jacket and a classic pair of pumps in the same color can complement your look really well.


Halloween Fashion Jewelry

Thursday, November 01, 2012 January Gemorie 2 Comments

Everyone likes unique pieces of jewelry. It makes up a huge part of your outfit and sometimes, it can make all the difference between a simple outfit and an elegant (or horrific) costume. Now that Halloween is upcoming, it’s time to discuss the best types of fashion jewelry for Halloween. And when we say “Halloween jewelry”, we actually mean gross, disgusting, creepy and borderline psycho. Don’t worry though, if you have plans to really scare some people on Halloween, you’ll probably succeed and more.

Here are some of the craziest pieces of jewelry you’ll ever find. We warn you, they’re pretty CRAZY!

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Teeth Be Told

Okay, is it just us or is this bracelet completely disgusting? This design includes a set of what looks like real-life teeth, embellished in gold, strung together by a chain. It looks completely real, however and it’ll make a fabulous addition if you happen to be going to a Halloween party as a teeth ripper. Or if you want something more charming, how about going as a tooth fairy? Now that’s pretty cute.
But nope, this bracelet still gives us the creeps.

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Smile Much?

If we didn’t know better, we’d have thought this necklace came from a Pedophile. That’s not something you’d want anyone to think about you. This necklace filled with Barbie smiles in can tops looks just as creepy as it is puzzling. Can anyone wear this just for the style? Probably not. Try wearing this to a formal event and you’ll be creeping out everyone in the area.

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Hands to Heaven?

If there’s a design for jewelry with Barbie smiles, then there’s also a design with arms. As amusing as this necklace looks from afar, it kind of reminds you of any massacre movie. But oh well, if you’ll be wearing this to a Halloween party, then you’ll definitely scare a few people and creep many girls out. Scare people on Halloween? Mission accomplished!

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Death by Hanging?

Seriously. This girl must have some kind of death wish to wear this kind of necklace. Just think of how many mishaps one can encounter if they wear this to a party. Sure, it looks really cool and makes a perfect accessory for a glam-rock, wish-I-was-goth kind of party. But when you think about it, this looks more than just the creepy little crown of thorns Jesus was presented when he was being sent to his death. It looks scary and risky. Think of what would happen if she fell down somewhere? What if someone from around the block mugged her and pulled her by the neck? Now that’s a true Halloween scene.

Suicide Mission

Now this is something pretty perfect for a Halloween party. Do you really want to scare your friends? This is definitely one piece of jewelry that will creep and scare everyone who sees you. Looks pretty real right? Just hope that the Principal or your mother doesn't catch you wearing it. They’ll probably ban you from any party in the future. Or they’ll get a psychologist to check you out.

Perfect for Halloween eh!, Hope you like my list, you might wanna check out the most sought after Halloween Costume.