I’m a man, and I have a jewellery box!

Yes, you read it right. I’m a man and not ashamed to admit that I own a jewellery box. First of all, keeping track of all my neckties is a chore in itself. I don’t like spending extra minutes in the morning getting ready for work or a business meeting and trying to figure out where my favorite watch is or where my power cufflinks are.

Watch boxes -  (31)A few years ago, my wife gave me a jewellery box as a birthday present; with a hint that now I should have no excuses for lost cufflinks or tie tacks. At first I dismissed it as a joke, but over time I have gotten used to storing my wristwatches, tie tacks, cufflinks, etc., in my jewellery boxes just next to my tie rack. Doing this has saved me a lot of time and frustration from not finding the exact thing I was looking for, not to the mention the money saved from no more nicks, scratches or dents. Also, when I am away from home for business, it just makes it so much easier to travel by slipping those boxes into my luggage and not worry about them getting damaged.

And to be honest, almost all of my jewellery boxes either have a walnut or mahogany finish, and some have a fine leather trim. It does make my wardrobe look more impressive and organized.

They also make great gifts for business acquaintances, prospective clients or as a thank you or acknowledgement gift.



Do you know someone who is expecting a new baby in July? A great gift for the new mom is birth month flowers. Every month has flowers assigned to it just like birthstones are assigned. July’s birth flower is the larkspur.

Larkspur makes a great flower arrangement to give as a new baby gift because they are colorful, tall and smell wonderful. Larkspur is available in many different colors, but the most common colors are pink, white and purple.
Each color symbolizes a different character trait, but with a baby you don’t really know what their character is going to be. If you are giving birth flowers as a new baby gift as congratulations, it is probably more important to select a color of larkspur that relates the new baby’s sex. The best bet would be pink or white for a baby girl. For a boy, I would suggest purple or white.

If you want to make the arrangement more interesting you could add a note about the meaning behind the birth flowers. Or you could have an arrangement made with the mother and father’s birth flowers added to the larkspur arrangement. If you are afraid the arrangement will be too cumbersome for the new parents to bring home from the hospital, just wait a couple of days until they have settled at home. Then you can deliver it yourself (to give yourself a chance to hold that new bundle of joy) or have it professionally delivered.



Men no longer only wear bow ties to formal events. They can be seen wearing bow ties to semi-formal events, the office and to casual parties. Bow ties can quite easily be matched with additional accessories and with the correct outfit can be quite eye-catching.

There are two main shapes of bow tie available, the bat wing and the butterfly. The bat wing has a more rectangular appearance with narrowed ends. The butterfly shape has the appearance of an hourglass lying on its side.

Types of Bow Ties

You can choose from three types of bow ties.

The pre-tied bow ties are available already knotted and normally have a fabric band attached. This band can either be wrapped around the collar or hooked at the back of the collar.

Clip-on bow ties have no additional ties or wrapping. It comes with metal clips that you simply attach to the two sides of the shirt collar.

Self-tie bow ties are also known as freestyle bow ties. These are made of fabric and you have to tie it manually. This is the traditional bow tie suitable for both males and females.

Bow Tie Characteristics

Bow ties are normally made of silk and polyester and come in a range of widths. Bow ties are available in various sizes and if you do not opt for the clip-on or pre-tied versions, you will need to know the exact size you require.

Bow ties are normally worn to formal events, but it is not necessarily the only time to wear it. The popularity of the bow tie has increased since it can be worn with style to less formal occasions.”

Thanks very much to bowtiehq.com.au for some help with this one!



A lot of girls dream about the day they’ll first be able to dress up, put on makeup, and make themselves feel like a princess. These days, girls are far more likely to wear a fascinator than a tiara to an event, so it can be just as exciting looking for that first piece to start your fascinator collection. You have to be careful however, and use a bit of commonsense before rushing out to buy the first fascinator that grabs your attention. Firstly, think about future events. Just because you’re wearing a pink dress for your upcoming event, doesn’t mean that buying a pink fascinator is your best choice. Look in your wardrobe first, and buy a fascinator in a colour that would best suit your entire wardrobe, so that you can easily use it again for future events.

Finally, don’t buy a fascinator that is big and has intricate detailing. Big may look beautiful online or in a store, but they are difficult to store, and difficult to wear on even a slightly windy day. Keep these tips in mind, and have fun starting your collection!



I love masquerade balls. I love the dressing up, as well as the cheeky fun you can have when everyone is wearing a mask. My problem is, if I’m going to get all dolled up, I want to be wearing a stunning mask. Not a cheap cardboard thing, but a fully handmade carnivale inspired venetian mask! The problem is of course, that these masks can cost an awful lot of money. The way I have found to justify it is by turning my venetian into a home decoration while it’s not being used. If you mount a proper venetian mask on a wall or on a stand (that can sit on a side cabinet), they truly make for a stunning conversation piece. So next time you need some justification, just think, you can get to problems solved in one!



Onesies for adults have gained so much popularity that more stores now carry stock of these items. To ensure that you obtain the best price and have a wider choice, you can do an online search.

Before you buy adult onesies, you should determine the use you are going to put it to. If you intend wearing it to a fancy dress party, you may need to obtain a special version of the onesie. You can obtain animal prints and designs, as well as superhero onesies for adults.

If your intention is to use it for home use and pyjamas, you can opt for a plain colour and design. The only factors you have to consider would be the sizing, the fabric and whether you want the added feet or not.

Sizing is extremely important as not everyone has the same leg and torso length. For those who are overweight, sizing has to be taken into account as you do not want it to be tight fitting over certain parts of your body.

The material is important as you need to purchase specific material types for the different seasons. If you are in a warmer climatic region, you should opt for cotton. If you are in a colder region, you should consider obtaining jersey, fleece or flannel.

You should check on the washing instructions before you purchase onesies. Most of the onesies for adults can be machine washed, but some of the fancy dress items may require special laundering.

If your intention is to purchase online, you will have a wide selection, but you should check on shipping costs and the returns policies related to your online stores.”



The popularity of these two metals in jewelry design has grown by leaps and bounds. One of the reasons they have both become so popular is because they are so affordable. The also have other properties that make them worth considering even if money is not object.

Most people know that these metals are both available in darker metals like dark gray and even black. The darker metals are much more popular with the younger population; this is exactly why they have gotten more popular. But there are even more benefits to both kinds of metal.

Titanium’s benefits include its weight, durability, hypoallergenic properties, and scratch resistant properties. Titanium is a metal with very lightweight properties. It can be nice for someone who likes to feel like they aren’t even wearing a ring. Titanium also is crack resistant. This can be a great quality for a ring if the person wearing it has to use their hands a lot at work, such as a factory worker. The hypoallergenic properties of titanium make it a good choice for people with skin allergies. Titanium rings are also very scratch resistant. This is another property that is important if the person wearing uses their hands at work.

Tungsten’s benefits include its weight, durability and scratch resistance. Tungsten is a heavy metal. It can be nice for someone who likes the feeling of wearing a ring. Some people feel like they have to constantly check if they are wearing a ring. With a heavier ring, this makes the ring less forgettable.

Tungsten is a great metal for durability. It can withstand all of harsh wearing. Tungsten is one of the best metals when it comes to scratch resistance. It is much better than titanium in that respect.

Ref: http://www.titaniumvstungsten.com



Are you trying to find a wedding ring that will last the test of time?Mens Rings Online is an Australian website that offers a variety of modern metals wedding rings with loads of designs to choose from. Not only are their rings suitable for day to day wear, even if you have a very hands on job, they are elegant and affordable. Every ring that this family owned and run business offers comes with a lifetime warranty for every couples peace of mind. This is not something a lot of Companies offer and it is just one of the reasons these guys are Australia’s number one online modern metals mens ring stores.

Their team have amazing customer reviews and offer great customer support from your questions and concerns through to their flexible exchange and return policies. When you visit their safe and easy to use website you will instantly know you have found the right place to buy your ring online. They have a lot of information to help you determine the correct size mens ring as well as what metal is the perfect choice for your lifestyle. One of the extra’s that we loved was their Facebook page where you can see many couples showing off their mens wedding ring, see the fit before you even buy. However, because of the flexible exchange policy you have the option to buy a design and if you are not happy with the look or the fit, at least you can exchange it. Be sure to contact them, their experts can help guide you to a more suitable design based on the information you provide them.



My Rope Hammock is a lifesaver.

I was having a lot of trouble sleeping on a regular mattress. My hips hurt and if they didn’t hurt it was my back. I tried applying heat and ice. I alternated between the two and added painkillers and muscle relaxants. Nothing seemed to relieve the pain and tension.

Then I saw a magazine article that had nothing to do with back pain where it mentioned casually that the best sleep you could have was in a hammock.

I thought that was quite unlikely with your body folded up hanging in mid-air. It sounded nuts to me but I did look into it.

I asked a few people and soon discovered a lot of people I know have used hammocks with a great deal of success.

So I got myself a Rope Hammock, which comes with wooden spreader bars to keep the bed open and somewhat flat.

I strung it up in my yard using a tree and a fencepost about 15-feet apart and climbed in.

Once I got used to the rocking motion I started to find it soothing. My fear of being folding in half was unfounded and I ended up falling asleep in my new hammock.

By the time I woke up I felt totally relaxed and forgot all about my back and hip until someone mentioned I hadn’t rubbed my back during the time we were together.

The Rope Hammock changed my sleeping habits and took away my aches and pains in just a few days.



The masquerade mask conceals the features surrounding the eyes. This type of mask has of course been popularized by the 16th century Venetian masquerade balls. Masquerade balls have originated from 14th and 15th century carnival celebrations in Europe, including the lower-class society. Due to popular demand, these festivities quickly gained popularity in aristocratic society; The notorious balls of the day would quickly be consumed in the arrival of Kings and other royal entries. At these events people would wear masks covering their faces to cause anonymity and the participants could engage in a night full of gluttony and lust.

These masks would be ornate in detail. Masquerade masks can be made of anything, but usually are not particularly durable, as they are intended to be built for style and have some level of comfort. This type of mask is typically designed to add a level of mystique and elegance to the wearer; it is customary for the mask to include feathers along the edges to enhance the overall style and shape. Different stones or minerals may also be embedded into the trim or placed in specific orientations along the surface.

Masquerade masks are great at changing a persons’ facial features and either enhancing or simply altering form completely. Nowadays, these masks are a novelty item, and masquerade balls have been downgraded to party themes. The “night of risk” motif within masquerade balls arose from Gustav III’s (King of Sweden from 1771) assassination, where a disgruntled nobleman entered the room in median disguise to kill the King mid-dance.


Although many Aussies will probably be looking for mens ties at a bargain price, sometimes the best buying decision is to buy the more expensive types of ties. Yes the amount you shell out could be a tad more than what you normally spend on clothing but if you buy a quality tie it will probably last longer than the run of the mill cheap ties out there. You may also notice that cheap ties could be just plain ugly and definitely an eyesore (even if you wear it with a pretty good business suit).

Silk ties are not just valued for their feel and their sheen but also because silk is one of those fabrics that drape beautifully. A silk tie is truly an investment provided you buy one in the right color for your hair and skin color and even one that matches your eye color. You may want to buy or rent a suit that will go well with your preferred silk tie as well.

The stitching for your tie is equally important if you want your tie to last longer. This is partly why the more costly ties are more highly prized – the people who make such ties are devoted to making each element of this accessory of perfect quality. So if you look at it from that perspective you can see that the most durable ties may cost more but they will definitely be more valued, even if you want to pass them on to the next Aussie generation in your family.


I wanted to get my fiance a wedding ring that was a little different than most other people’s. I was shopping at a local jewelry store when I saw the claddagh rings. They are a little different than the rings most people use for weddings. They look like to hands holding a heart under a crown. There were several different styles of the rings from simple to fancy. Some were completely metal while others had diamonds or gemstones in the middle.

I knew my fiance would not want one with a diamond or a gemstone so I selected one that was silver. Since the ring was different than what I figured he was expecting, I decided to get his opinion of the ring before I actually purchased it. That way I could also make sure I was getting the correct size or I could have the ring sized before our wedding day.

When I took him to the jewelry store, I was so happy when he thought the claddagh rings were cool. He said he thought they looked like an antique which is much more his style than anything modern.  I was surprised that he actually selected one that was a little more detailed than the one I selected.  His choice was silver, but the hands were more intricately detailed. I was right about the gemstones or diamonds; he was not interested in those. I can’t wait until next month when he will get to start wearing the ring after our big day.”


Oh, what a Friday I had. People think my job as a preschool teacher is easy, but they don’t realize that it often has its hazards also. I was working with a student who is easily excitable. I was trying to get the student to move from one task to another, but the student did not want to give up the enjoyable task he was working on. I leaned over the top of the student to help direct him to the new task. He decided at the same time to jump up in excitement. The top of his head met the bottom of my jaw with a strong jolt.

I could immediately taste a mouth full of blood. I was crying. My student was crying. Thankfully, I had another teacher in the room at the same time. I grabbed took the student’s hand and we walked crying together down the hallway to the nurse’s office. The nurse took the student, and the secretary took me into a separate room. They immediately worked at getting the gushing blood to stop.

The nurse checked in on me. She said she could not see any visible damage other than the large gash in my tongue, but she felt it would be best for me to see a dentist to make sure there was no other damage to my teeth or jaw. Since it was Friday, and it was getting near the end of the day, I was fearful I would not be able to get into my dentist. I called, and the office was already closed for the day. The secretary recommended that I call an emergency dentist. She called and arranged for me to head to her office immediately.

The emergency dentist did a full exam with x-rays. Her verdict was that I was not going to have a lasting damage to my mouth. She recommended some pain relievers and sent me on my way.”


When it comes to cocktail dresses, it only takes a few little tweaks to create a truly stunning look that will wow the crowds and your partner. The cocktail dress is one of the most versatile dresses in fashion. With a little know-how, you can create a look that’ll work well in casual situations too.

When accessorizing a cocktail dress though, you need to take a little care. Instead of always opting for your favorite necklace for every occasion, think about trying something new. Another key point is to not always go for gold jewelry.

Sometimes silver can really help carry off a look in ways that gold never could. Ask your self; does this halter neck cocktail dress work better with gold or silver?
The same advice goes for the shoes you decide to match with your cocktail dress. Don’t always reach for your tried and trusted favorite pair for every formal event. Try to experiment with colors. Try different materials and styles too. Grecian, or wedge stilettos might work particularly well with an A-line dress whereas, boots might be perfect for a wrap cocktail dress.

Finding the right look isn’t just about choosing the right dress, or creating a compromise with your body shape, but also thinking about the accessories that go along with it. Use as many as you can to your advantage, but don’t over accessories either.

With that said remember that the main thing is to relax and have fun no matter what dress you’re wearing.


Trying to choose bridesmaids dresses can often end in disaster. It may sound easy enough, but there are so many choices available that it can often be too much for a bride-to-be.

Remember a few key points however, and you can find the perfect dress for your wedding without too much trouble.

The biggest factor when it comes to choosing bridesmaids dresses is the time and location of your wedding ceremony. If your wedding is taking place anytime after September, then it’s best to choose colors that compliment the season. Burgundy and different shades of red and brown will work a treat.

If however, your big day is taking place during summer, then light airy colors like yellow will work well. This may seem like very basic advice, but you’d be surprised at how many people get this wrong.

Once you’ve got your colors figured out, the next thing you need to worry about is style. This really depends on the location of your wedding. If it’s going to be a very grand affair, something that’s going to take place in a large church for example, then having your bridesmaids kitted out in layered, frilly dresses is perfectly acceptable.

If your wedding is taking place in a much more casual setting, like a beach for example, then go for something with as little impact as possible. A straight cut silk dress would be perfect for this kind of situation.

Remember it’s the little details that help make or break a dress too, so don’t forget these either.