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6 Tips For Starting A Luxury Jewelry Collection

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The decision to make big purchases shouldn’t be taken lightly, and luxury jewelry is no exception. You wouldn’t buy a car without doing your research and shopping around, and the same goes for high-end adornments (that may easily cost just as much!). Jewelry can be a wonderful investment that retains or increases in value while being treasured for generations, but the key is to choose the right pieces for you.

If you’re looking to start buying your opulent baubles, there are a few things you should know. Check out these 6 tips for starting a luxury jewelry collection that you’ll cherish for years to come.

Do your research

This may sound obvious, but before splurging on your valuable sparkles, make sure to do lots of research! In addition to being an aesthetic decision, buying jewelry should also be a wise one.

You should be familiar with price points, which will help you decide if an item is overpriced or the cost seems too good to be true. Know your metals and the markings that prove they’re authentic, and when it comes to gemstones — especially diamonds — learn how they’re graded by the four C’s: cut, color, clarity and carat.

Find a jeweler you trust

A little background information on luxury jewelry can only help you in the quest to find a jeweler that you trust. Whether you’re in-store luxury jewelry shopping or considering an online jewelry retailer, look up websites and social media pages for shop reviews, ratings, and to get a sense of their customer service style. Better yet, if it’s possible, seek a recommendation from a friend or family member who’s a jewelry connoisseur. If they already have a relationship with the sales staff, bring ‘em with you for a visit!

From browsing to buying, the entire experience should be a pleasant one. Salespeople should be ready and willing to offer information and answer questions (perhaps the online retailer has a contact form or an instant messenger chat feature). Brick and mortar stores should be clean and inviting with beautiful gems on display, while online shops should be easy to navigate with clear photos of the inventory. You may even want to check out multiple stores to see what kind of atmosphere works best for you.

Learn the return policy

Again, this holds true for both physical and virtual stores. The return policy should be easily accessible, clear to read, and accommodating to the customer. After all, any business that prides itself in its products should stand behind them with a fair and straightforward guarantee. If you can’t find a return policy, it’s vague, or there’s complicated fine print (or worse, the items are final sale!), you should definitely steer clear.

Find Insurance

You wouldn’t leave your car or your house uninsured, and your jewelry is no different. When the worth of your collection starts exceeding thousands of dollars (oftentimes, it only takes one piece!), you best get it insured.

When you plan on buying a new piece, scope out an insurance policy and get it set up so your coverage starts as soon as you make your purchase. Jewelry is meant to be worn, not hidden away, and insurance gives you peace of mind to show off your baubles. Plus, it also keeps them protected while they’re in your home if an unfortunate incident, like a break-in or fire, happens to occur.

Take your time 

As exciting as it is to own a new treasure, you should take your time before making a purchase. When you narrow down your choice to a specific item, browse different stores, in-person and online. It’s never a good idea to buy a bauble the same day you see it. Instead, take some time to decide whether the piece is worth investing in or you got swept up in the magic of the moment. After a few days, if you still can’t get your mind off that dazzling stunner, it’s probably the right one for you!

Know what you want

Don’t walk into a jewelry store without having a clue what you want to buy. Investment gems shouldn’t be picked on impulse, otherwise, you may become smitten by the shine — only to take it home and realize it’s not your style. Worse, having no idea what you’re looking for could make you an easy target for a greedy salesperson to push you into something you don’t want or need (and if this is the case, you may want to look for another dealer, anyway!).

Before getting hypnotized by all things that sparkle, consider your style, wardrobe, and budget. You should look for a piece that goes with the items in your closet that you can foresee wearing over and over again. Search for something versatile that catches your eye every time you see it, whether it’s a certain type of gem, design, or a classic piece that you’ve always coveted, like the Cartier Love Bangle or a Chanel charm bracelet bearing the signature logo.

The most important part about starting a luxury jewelry collection is making sure it’s a reflection of you. That’s the best way to know it’s worth the investment, because if you love each piece, you’ll treasure them your entire life!

Hi, my name is Erick Ycaza. I have a BA in Advertising & Graphic Design. This blog is to provide you with daily music news and share my personal style.

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Dapper Dressing For A Man’s First Date — Top 5 Tips

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A first date is a momentous occasion, or it certainly can be. It allows both parties to make a lasting impression. Fail to impress, and you will be unlikely to have a second date despite how much you would like to. Impress, and you may stand a better chance of turning a casual date into something more permanent. While appearances certainly aren’t everything when it comes to finding the love of your life, considering what you wear and how you look adds to the first impression that is so important. Therefore, continue reading for our top 5 tips on how to dress dapper for a first date.

Plan Ahead

Opening your closet and grabbing the least crumpled item is certainly not a method that we would condone. It smacks of disorganization. Furthermore, it gives the impression that you have not made much of an effort. Planning ahead will ensure you have time to iron the garments, if necessary. If it is not often that you wear smarter outfits, they may even need a good wash to make sure they smell fresh and clean.

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Location

If you are the organizer of the date, consider the location when deciding what you will wear. For a restaurant, it may seem obvious that you would need to dress smartly. However, it truly does depend on the establishment itself. Being overdressed can be just as embarrassing for some people as being underdressed. Checking out an eatery’s Facebook page can often show photos of diners, which may help sway your decision as to what to wear. Of course, first dates are not restricted to restaurants. Other venues, such as bowling alleys, movie theaters, even theme parks, are fun options. Of course, these are a little more casual and require that approach when it comes to clothing. Whether you are inside or outside also plays a part in your decision-making, especially if it’s a little chillier.

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Attire

Simple can sometimes be the best approach to take. For smart, choose a crisp shirt with a well-fitting pair of pants. Add a nice jacket. Do not feel as though you need to go suited and booted, though, unless it is a prestigious, upmarket establishment, and you know that is the expectation. A non-matching jacket that complements the shirt and pants combo will suffice for most occasions. If you are venturing out somewhere a little more casual, consider a polo shirt and some smart navy or black jeans. Pair these with a stylish casual jacket or possibly even a hoody. Clothing can speak volumes about the wearer. Although on a regular basis, you may choose to wear a football shirt or band t-shirt, pledging your allegiance to your team or love for your favorite band, this is usually not suitable for a first date. Of course, a football match or gig would be a different matter, and those garments would be advisable.

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Footwear

Whether you prefer to don men’s square toe cowboy boots or casual loafers, it is likely that your date will glance at your footwear at least once during the evening. Be sure to choose a pair of shoes or boots that match your outfit. Furthermore, if they are dirty, give them a clean. And, if they are falling apart, beyond repair, ditch them rather than trying to get an extra few months’ wear from them. When it comes to job interviews, employers always look at your choice of shoes. First dates are exactly the same when it comes to judging and being critical.

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Personal Hygiene

It does not matter how much deodorant or eau de toilette you use, it can still be very clear that you have not bothered to shower. Yes, we all live busy lives, but your first date is one where impressing matters the most. If you have not even sacrificed a few minutes of your day to have a wash, your hair included, it shows a lack of care and consideration. Brushing your teeth well is essential. Use floss and mouthwash, too. Certainly, you won’t get anyone coming near you for a kiss if you are not minty fresh. That being said, if you are having a meal out, you are likely to smell (and taste!) of the food you have eaten, so carry some emergency mints or chewing gum with you at all times. For men with beards, maybe have a bit of a tidy up trim, so it looks more sophisticated and less messy.

Happy dating!

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How To Accessorize With Face Masks

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A quick Google search for “face masks for men” returns over a billion results. Many of the results are for disposable, one-size-fits-all masks with a sterile, medical appearance. With the CDC reporting that COVID-19 may affect the United States for at least the next year and Americans newly concerned about how future viruses may spread, it appears that masks are here to stay. So, how can discerning men turn this necessity into a style statement rather than an odd outfit after thought?

First and foremost, the disposable mask has to go. Not only do these masks clash with everything other than physicians’ scrubs, but their disposable nature also has an ill effect on the environment. In fact, Guardian has reported that there are now more masks than jellyfish in the ocean – not cool.

How To Accessorize With Face Masks
Instead, be sure to opt for a collection of reusable masks that can be washed and re-worn to help keep yourself safe while also keeping the health of our planet in mind.

You can evaluate the durability of a reusable mask based on two main factors:

  • Materials: Some mask materials are sturdier than others and can stand up to the elements. Opt for masks made out of stronger materials like bamboo to be sure that your mask won’t need to be replaced sooner rather than later.
  • Manufacturer: Is your mask hand-stitched, or was it made by company specializing in mask production? While you may want to support small, independent seller, hand-stitched masks may not provide the same layers of filtration and same durability of materials that professionally manufactured mask can provide. When it comes to durable personal protective equipment, it’s best to opt for producer that is well versed in face masks.


This will help to ensure your masks meet safety requirements while also holding up to whatever you throw at them.

Aside from eco-friendliness, it’s crucial that your face masks fit correctly. You wouldn’t wear one-size-fits-all pants, and face masks are no different. However, most face masks on the market today are only available in one size; in the best cases, they may come with clips to tighten your ear loops. Would you wear a drawstring pair of pants to the office? We thought not.

Your fit depends on both your weight and facial shape. Make sure the face mask company you use offers a variety of sizes as well as a sizing chart to help you find the perfect fit. If you have larger facial dimensions, you may need to size up to make sure your mask fully encompasses your nose and mouth to avoid any gapping around the cheeks, jawline, and/or chin.

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Finally, let’s talk about style. As you know, the key to accessorizing is to choose colors and materials that best reflect you and your personality. It may be tempting to opt for one single, neutral-colored face mask to use every day; however, this doesn’t provide you the opportunity to wash your face mask appropriately or to truly let your personality shine through.

Instead, opt for at least three face masks in navy, black, and white or grey. You can swap them in and out of rotation whether you need to match a t-shirt or a tie. If you’re feeling a little more daring, bright colors don’t just have to be reserved for your socks. There are many reusable face masks on the market that come in a range of colors (like green, yellow, blue, and more!) to make your face mask the focal point of your outfit.

And besides, couldn’t we all use a little more fun right now?

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Categories And Benefits Of Heat Press Printing

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A few years back, people used to buy a full range of colors, trace the design manually on any kind of fabric and paint it after working continuously for hours. The designs made with this time-consuming and tiring process were also expensive which were not affordable for everyone. As we always look for an easy solution to our problems which could make things accessible to one and all; therefore, the heat press machine was introduced.

Though it could be a new word for people who have not been into the printing industry and entrepreneurs it is worth knowing and making use of it. Malaysia is the only country where maximum usage of heat press machines was recorded. From minimal shirt customization requests to working in a printing industry where hundreds of printing orders are completed every day.

Classification of Heat Press Printing

Just as the conventional printing mechanisms were different depending upon the requirements of the customer, the type of fabric, or other kinds of material used and the colors category, the same is the case with a heat press machine. These machines are now available in different shapes, sizes, and colors. The diversity in the models of machines is introduced to assist the concerns of every buyer.

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Best heat press machines could be categorized into the subsequent categories. Some of them are specially designed for printing only one kind of material whereas the latest models could be used from printing mugs, shirts, phone cases, frames, just to name a few. You can brush through their basic functionality and features to choose which one you should purchase.

    • Sublimation Heat Press
      It involves using sublimation ink and paper. The required design is imprinted on a sublimation paper and the ink is rooted in the desired material using pressure and high temperature. Sublimation printing involves dying polyester, microfiber, dry fit, and quick-dry fabrics. Additionally, the procedures of sublimation printing can also be used for customizing hard coated materials including mugs, plates, and mouse pads which are manufactured with rigid stuff. It gives vivid images leaving a permanent print on soft fabric.
    • Transfer Printing
      Pigmented ink is used with a transfer paper for printing using a heat press machine. Any kind of fabric could be printed using this process including cotton, polyester, jersey, and many others. For customizing a fabric in a dark color, it is preferred to use dark based transfer paper. However, printing on light color garments should be printed with a light-based transfer paper.

Heat Transfer Vinyl Printing

You would be required to buy a plotter cutter for shaping the designs. Afterward, you can imprint on by applying a generous amount of heat and pressure. Glitter, glow in dark, flock, hologram materials, and reflective items are some of the products which are designed using vinyl transfer films. However, this type of printing is limited to one color.

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Benefits of using Heat Press Machine

The latest heat press machines never disappoint their owner, especially when a person is new to the business and has a small sum of money to invest. Starting a printing business with this machine yields a high-profit margin. Unlike other printing methodologies, it does not involve buying multiple tools. These machines come up with multiple benefits; some of them are listed below:

  • Easy-to-Use
    Heat printing does not require users to adopt any special skills or seek assistance from any professional person to learn about how to use it. It is designed in an easy structure so that users can print any kind of material efficiently. You would not feel the necessity of going through the user guide rater you can easily get your hands on it and start printing.
  • Available at Economical Rates
    From buying a heat press machine to purchasing the raw materials and maintaining it, everything could be managed without getting out of credit. The heat printing machines are available at an affordable cost so that you are not left empty pocketed after buying them.
  • Fast Printing Mechanism
    Unlike the long printing procedures, heat printing is comparatively a faster process. Whether you want to print a few shirts or you have received orders in bulk, this toll will imprint the designs perfectly in the least time.
  • Takes Minimal Counter Space
    The heat press machine does not take much counter space. You should choose the one which fulfills your printing required and could be placed in a smaller area. This type of printing is easy to manage as the machines are compact and could be placed and moved easily.
  • Printing Diversification
    There is no need to buy multiple machines for printing different products. The latest heat printing machines come up with all-in-one capacity. You can use them for printing different types of materials and save you time for other tasks.

Conclusion

The heat press machine has relieved the creative-minded people to print out their ideas with vibrant colors. Signing a contract with the printing industry to start merchandise for your fans is not a hassle anymore. Now you can do the same at home with minimum investment. All you have to do is get a new heat-press, contact a reliable warehouse owner, purchase quality material, and customize it with your signature design.

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5 Important Facts About Basketball Shoes

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Basketball shoes are also known as sneakers that all sports lovers want to own badly. This shoe is perfect for any sports and the best thing about it is, it can be wear as a casual shoe. Basketball is a game where you have to show speed and running skills, your feet play the main role in this game. So to help your feet in running and stepping side by side, a basketball shoe is mandatory. This shoe also helps to protect your feet from sudden turn by its shock absorption feature. You can guess you need to know the important facts about the best basketball shoes for youth. Actually, there are a lot of facts you have to consider but I will talk about 5 important facts about basketball shoes. If you are a sports lover, do pay attention to this article:

In basketball, it is important to pick the right kind of shoe to cope up with speed. The right pair will eliminate the risk of getting an injury during playtime. The different shoe has different features and capability. Pick the right one that commits to save your feet and let you run with speed. Having the most expensive one you can get does not translate to better performance. Check out the latest Nike basketball shoes and find the perfect fit. This way, you can move easily when you need to and avoid injury at the same time. You can always count on Nike’s basketball shoes. As stated to Lilly Harvey, a shoe enthusiast, “Nike is known for making some of the most stylish shoes in the world right now, let alone those that are catered towards basketball specifically.

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The facts you need to consider in basketball shoes

• Comfortable:

When you are playing basketball you have to ensure that your feet can absorb the constant moving shock. Because in basketball you have to move continuously on the court. So the shoe you are wearing has to be comfortable and shock absorber. Select the shoe that is fit with your feet size and gives you the feeling of utmost comfort. There is one kind of basketball shoe that gives you the feeling of wearing the sock. It is light and very comfortable. If you are not comfortable with your shoe then you will not be the star in the sport, remember that.

• Breathability:

It is obvious that your feet will get hot and sweaty. But if the shoe material doesn’t help the sweating stop than this shoe is not for you. A basketball shoe has to ensure comfort and a cool environment to let your feet stay cool. Heat causes irritation and blister in the skin and your sport will get ruined. Try to wear a shoe that has breathable mesh material. This material helps your shoe to allow air to keep your feet cool and comfortable. Synthetic material is also a good material for basketball shoes.

• High in quality soles:

Sole is the most important part of a basketball shoe. Without a good sole, you can’t play basketball well. You will face a sudden slip or fall for the shoe sole. The sole helps you to play with speed and grip that is very much required in basketball. A rubber-made sole prevents slip and fall in the game. A good sole helps you to show your skill with speed. Pick a pattern traction sole, it helps a lot in absorbing all the stress while playing.

• Ankle:

As a basketball player, you know that if you don’t pay attention to your feet to wear good shoes than you will face ankle sprain. In the game sometimes you have to face a sudden move or turn. If you do it wrong then your ankle will suffer. A good basketball shoe protects your ankle from this painful situation. You will find some shoe has a well-shaped collar that protects your ankle from any kind of incident while playing. So it is important to look for such a protector for your feet.

• Shoe safety:

Sometimes you will see while playing some players experience shoe coming out from the feet. It is not good for the sport. Pick the shoe that has an extra feature to keep the shoe well fit in your feet. The best option is the shoe with the strap. The strap helps the shoe keep tight or loose on the feet. When you will wear this shoe, your confidence will grow and you will be the star player in the tournament. For this feature, some use this sports shoe as running shoe. But this shoe is not designed for running constantly for hours. It will not bear so much stress. So it is better to use as a sports shoe rather than a running shoe.

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These are the important facts that you have to consider about basketball shoes. Remember to check if the shoe has all the factors you need in playing.

Basketball is a sport where you have to show your skill with speed. It will be possible only if you can wear the perfect shoe for sports, and not just an awesome basketball t-shirt. When you run and jump in the court, the feet need total support that only a good shoe can give. So when you want to play with speed and technique do consider these 5 important facts about basketball shoes with good ankle support. You will enjoy your game with comfort and confidence. Many tend to go for branded basketball shoes, but they are expensive. But don’t think that they are must-have when you are playing basketball, just check the material and the features. Who knows you may get the best basketball shoe at a reasonable price. For this you have to keep knowledge about basketball shoes, it helps a lot while selecting. If you face feet ache when you are wearing your basketball shoe, I think it is time to change your shoe.

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Fade Hairstyle Ideas For Travel Lover Men

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The fade hairstyles for men are getting much fame these days and especially among the young men and especially teenagers. However, you have plenty of options and styles in this hair cut and it is going to suit you all age. There is sharp use of scissors in this cutting and even you can also enjoy the use of the electronic hair-cut machines and give your personality another look. There are several styles and few of them are as below:

Fade Hairstyle Ideas

Scissors Fade Cutting

In this type of style, you have ant-sized little hair above your neck, and this catch more length as you move above towards your mid-head. The small size hairs move from neck to above both ears but on the mid-top head, you have at-least two-finger long hairs. It gives you a chance to bend your hairs backward and adds a new brand look in your personality. You can also see these business haircuts to get some more ideas.

Fade Hairstyle Ideas For Travel Lover Men

Disconnected Tattoo Fade Style

Another innovative hair cut that is backed by a cause. The cause is represented in terms of tattoos. You have the opportunity to describe your feeling either positive, negative, or even your love and hate for someone else. All the haircut remains the same but the addition of tattoos is here in this style. The Disconnected fade hairstyles for men are available to express the feeling without words.

Fade Hairstyle Ideas For Travel Lover Men

Mid-Way Fade Hair style

All the styles are just according to your personality and in the mid-way fade hairstyle cut you have very limited fades around your neck and just above your ears making a U-shape. However, you can make spikes on the top of the head and also have a beard on your face to make the style more prominent. This is one of the great fade hairstyles for men.

Fade Hairstyle Ideas For Travel Lover Men

Spiky Fade style

The spikes using the best hair gels are another favorite hairstyle option for teenagers. However, adding it to the fade will increase your personality to double. You can have fade hair cut around the neck and have the application of gel on them to make the spikes visible on your head. Your girlfriend is going to tell everyone that here comes my handsome boy.

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Free Style Fade

In this type of fade, you have micro-scissor cutting around your neck but it is not always possible for everyone to have smooth straight hair. This style is for those who do not have straight hair and providing you the option to leave your hairs free on the middle-top head. The style is the best fit for men over the age of 30 to 35. You have some seriousness on your face and maturity. These fade hairstyles for men add sweet look on your face that makes you attractive.

Thus fade hairstyles for men add attractive figures in their personality and have plenty of styles. Hundreds of styles are available just you need to be a little creative and able to think what would better suit your face. The most important fact of this style is that it is not age-restricted. Just go to the expert barbershop near your house and explain to him what you actually want and how you desire to be looked at.

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