Wedding Invitation Kits – Things to Consider When Shopping for Your Invitations

One of the most personal and important choices you will make when planning your wedding is your wedding invitation. When you are distracted and dazzled by all of the other happenings going on around you, it is easy to lose sight of exactly what type of invitation you need to choose. This time can be extremely challenging and finding ways to “shortcut” your to do list can often times seem daunting. An option many couples are choosing today is to purchase wedding invitation kits which not only can save you a bundle, but actually make it easy for you to make your own invitations and add that personal touch to your special day.

When shopping for the perfect kits there are some things you need to keep in mind to make it a successful plan for both yourself and your guests.

1. Set aside time to shop. Yes, this may seem like a no brainer but when planning a wedding, nothing is a no-brainer. There is so much on your plate, the time seems to fly by and often things catch up to you in a way you had not planned. So it is important to mark time on your calendar to do nothing but shop for your kits. The internet offers a large array of on-line retailers who offer a large variety of choices of wedding invitation kits and many retailers such as Walmart and Target have a nice variety directly off of the shelf. There are printable kits, diy kits and some are already pre-printed and ready to go, depending on personal preference. If you go the on-line route, remember that ordering early will ensure you get your invitations in plenty of time to add your own special touches and to be sure that they fit the bill. If there is a problem or issue, you will be able to adjust and make changes without causing yourself undue stress.

2. Know your color scheme and type of affair. Once you have set aside the time, make sure you know exactly what it is you are looking for in the way of an invitation. In other words, is your wedding formal and fancy or casual? Is your color scheme pink and white or hunter green and chocolate brown? Knowing these things ahead of time will help tremendously when shopping.

3. Set aside a budget. Although wedding invitation kits are much more budget friendly than professionally printed invitations, you can still spend a pretty penny on the “extras” if you haven’t set aside a dollar amount for the invites. The whole purpose of choosing kits is usually twofold

a). You want to be involved in every aspect of the design, wording and outcome

b). You want to save money and cut costs without losing the beauty and elegance of your invitation

So knowing these 2 things are paramount to understanding exactly what it is you want to spend when starting to shop for your kits. Some things to consider when …

Nokia 7373 – Feel the Beauty

Gone are the days when a mobile phone would simply use used to fulfill the basic of talking need. With woman entering the market as potential players, a whole new range of fashion phones got introduced. And among the most appreciated is the L'Amour collection by Nokia. Nokia 7373 is one of the kind under this genre and exemplifies a rare aesthetic charm. The Nokia 7373 comes with a unique swivel style opening, with 180 degrees rotating surface. The exterior of the Nokia 7373 is garbed in a bowl color schemes, and craftsmanship that is inspired by tribal and ethnic art.

Thus, what we see in the handset is motifs of swirls and waves, and a non-traditional finish. This makes the Nokia 7373 a real classic beauty. When the Nokia 7373 is opened, an impressive keypad is revealed. The keypad is extremely beautiful and usable. The front fascia of Nokia 7373 is dominated by a large TFT high resolution screen. This means the pictures and videos come out really nice. There are no keys on the front face of the handset, which further accentuates the beauty of the handset. Apart from the great looks, the Nokia 7373 comes with a 2MP camera and a music player for entertainment.

While the camera brings out good images with its 8 x digital zoom, the Mp3 player is compatible with all popular formats and is of good quality. Moreover, it also has a built-in radio and support for visual video feature. For data transfer and connectivity, the Nokia 7373 has Bluetooth technology, EDGE and an in-built Internet browser. More, the phone is enabled with tri-band network. This means the phone will pick up the best network automatically and ensure that you are seamlessly connected no matter which part of the world you are in. The Nokia 7373 104g and has an internal memory of 128 MB. Nokia Mobile Phones [http://www.121mobileshop.co.uk/nokia-mobile-phones.asp] …

Ladies Golf Clothing – The Design Process

Ever wondered how a range of golf clothing is designed and what steps are taken. We talk to the head designer at Green Lamb about designing a range of ladies golf clothing.

  • Q – What is your background Deirdre?
    • A – I have worked in design for many years. Before I joined Green Lamb I was designing both men's and women's clothing collections.
  • Q – When did you join Green Lamb?
    • A – Oh, it must be over 15 years since I started here!
  • Q – In a few lines what defines the Green Lamb Golf Clothing brand?
    • A – Green Lamb is a great brand to be involved with. Its customer is very loyal and as they have grown up and styles have changed so has the brand, which means it is always fresh.
  • Q – How does the design process work for a new collection like the Spring / Summer 2010 range for Green Lamb?
    • A – Design tend to be a constant evolution so there really is no start point to our design process. The team here is always on the lookout for inspiration, whether that's new fabrics, trims, styles or colors. We are always brainstorming ideas, which is development work for future seasons.
      This means that when the time comes to start putting together a new season's collection we already have an idea of ​​colors and influences for the range. We also meet with the sales and marketing team who give us helpful feedback they have had from our customers. We marry all of this together to create the collection.
  • Q – What was your inspiration for the Green Lamb Spring / Summer 2010 collection?
    • A – Color is really important when we put together new collections. We look at what fashion trends there are and adapt them to our market. Red and black in our Andalucia color story are really popular and these shades always work well in golf. Pink is an absolute must-have for our customers, but to keep our Milan range original we have combined two pinks, which are really beautiful. The Caribbean opal / melon color palette Best exemplifies how we can adapt fashion trends onto the golf course. The bright opal blue and melon yellow are very popular in the high street with the resurgence of 80's fashion so we have taken this inspiration and adapted it to the golf course to create a vibrant collection.
      Another highlight you'll see in SS10 is diamante and metallic detail. It is a completely new look for Green Lamb and is very feminine. We do not like the word 'bling' but this type of intricate styling on the shirts really gives these garments a fabulous extravagant look.
      One of our additional key objectives was to create easy to wear outfits. The designers always had 'co-regulation' in mind with every garment that they conceived so every individual item can be teamed with another to effortlessly create lovely outfits. We want our customers to look stylish

Fashion Photography Tips For Success

We see them all over the place; in television advertisements, in magazines, and on the runway. They are the beautiful men and women who strut their stuff while showing off the latest styles from the hottest fashion designers. These are the fashion models of today and tomorrow, and the subject of high fashion photography. It is through photography that these models and fashionable clothing are brought to the public. Therefore, these photographs must be taken with a certain level of precision and a special attention to color, style, and lighting composition. Learning a few key fashion photography tips will help to make this possible.

High fashion photographers such as Mario Testino and Eva Mueller may not be as famous as the models they shoot, but they are actually thought out more than their model counterparts by fashion magazines and designers. While the dream of huge paychecks and hobnobbing with the rich and famous might appeal to the aspiring fashion photographer, it is not easy to become successful in fashion and model photography. For every one talented young photographer who makes it big, there are hundreds are left dreaming about the moment their photo will be chosen.

Here are a few fashion photography tips for anyone interested in getting started in the field of fashion photography. The first thing you must do is study your subject. As with any field, you can never learn enough. Read as many fashion magazines you can possibly get your hands on. There are a number of fantastic books on the subjects of fashion and model photography available. They can be purchased cheaply online at sites like Amazon.com or even cheaper if you get them used on eBay. You will also need a good camera, a tripod, and a lighting system. One of the more often overlooked fashion photography tips, is to ensure that you always have plenty of film and extra batteries available.

One of the most important fashion photography tips to focus on is having a portfolio. You need to start assembling a portfolio of your work and you need to keep this portfolio handy at all times. You never know when you will have the opportunity to show your work off to someone in the fashion world. Sharp, vibrant images on a 4 x 5 "transparency will best show off your work, so focus on them when putting your fashion photography portfolio together. If any of your work has already been published in a magazine, newspaper or contest, add a tear sheet (literally a sheet you torn out of the magazine) is a great addition to a portfolio.

In this day of the internet, it is wise to display your fashion photography talent online as well. Setup a simple website displaying your work and submit your digital photos to online contests. Also, submit them to online fashion gallery websites. This will help tremendously with getting your work seen and showcasing your talent around the world. Probably the most important of all the fashion …

Japan – Untapping the Power of Women

William Pesek, wrote an interesting opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald recently about Japan’s need to embrace its female workforce in order to drag its economy out of economic stagnation.

In the article he noted that Japan (2011) ranks 98th in a World Economic Forum report on the gap between men and women, trailing China, Tajikistan and Zimbabwe.

He goes on to note that in 2012, Japanese women occupy just one in 70 management jobs at Japanese companies and not a single Nikkei 225 company is run by a woman.

For an economy desperately needing to boost its economic output, it seems so blatantly counter-intuitive to simply ignore 50% of its highly-educated population this way.

But when you note that IBM, a foreign multinational operating in Japan, had its first female board member appointed in 1995, its obvious that Japanese women have a long way to go before they reach even the somewhat “average” performance of Australia when it comes to female representation at executive levels.

J-WIN, the Japanese Women’s Innovation Network, is working to help corporates and Japanese women understand the untapped potential they all have in their organisations. J-WIN, and about 40 Japanese women, came out to Sydney recently. Together with NSW Trade & Investment and Women In Global Business (WIGB) we pulled together a program for the delegation to hear from senior women in the public service, major corporates and women who ran their own businesses.

The reaction was truly astounding. These women could not believe how many choices women had in Australia. It broke my heart to hear how many of them, with brilliant minds and energy to burn, could only ever hope to reach lower management and then marry.

It was a very salient reminder, that even in one of the most sophisticated economies in the world, there is a long, long way to go before women are truly equals.

But it is still my strong hope that we will see a generation where it is in fact unremarkable for women to be leaders in any and all walks of life.

I hope we will see a generation where it is unthinkable to label a woman who expresses her opinions in the workplace as “overly emotional” or that a woman who seeks the advice and views of others before making a decision be labelled as “weak”.

Instead, I hope one day there will be a generation of women who have limitless employment choices, where they know they will be judged on their track record and capabilities, not their gender. And where they know and expect their voices, opinions and leadership characteristics will be not only be heard and considered but indeed admired and respected.

For it’s only when we reach this point that our communities, our workplaces and our countries will actually achieve their full potential.…

Asian Men and Black Women – Do Asian Men Like Black Women?

Many people enjoy mixed race relationships but often wonder about Asian men and black women. The question is do Asian men like black women?

I am going to share 3 reason why Asian men and black girls work well and why most of these guys secretly love black women. If you are wondering – do Asian men like black women? Then you will have a much better idea after reading this article.

1) Asian men and black women are Attracted Because They Are Different!

The first thing that makes these guys attracted to ebony women is the fact that they are so different. Black ladies enjoy expressing themselves physically in the form of dance, music, poetry and more.

This interests men who are used to a different type of person. Obviously there are always exceptions to this and one would be crazy to suggest all men want black ladies.

2) They Love Their Bodies!

In many cases black girls are gifted with voluptuous bodies that cause sexual attraction. This stimulates Asian guys and makes them secretly desire their curvaceous bodies. Once they are united, Asian guys and black girls are like magnets!

3) They Love their Rebellious Nature!

Many Asian guys find the rebellious attitude of black girls irresistible. This is similar to the need of domination by the opposite sex. The idea of having a strong black lady to challenge their authority makes them highly interested.

Asian guys and black girls are a classic case of opposites attract! the thing that has made this knowledge so secret in the past was the fact that not many Asian guys were not comfortable discussing their desires because it was not the normal way of doing things.

However society has changed and these couples are now excepted and in my opinion look great together! So, Do Asian Men Like Black Women? They answer is clearly yes, Asian men and black women are here to stay!…

9 Most Common Engraving Mistakes and Misconceptions About Engraving

Misspelled Name – Always confirm the spelling of names. Do not rely on your memory. So many names have different spellings. Example: Terry or Teri or Terrie and on and on it goes.

Wrong Date – This is the same as the number 1 mistake. Always get it in writing before we engrave it. Remember, engraving can not be erased.

Engraving is like Printing – Wrong! Engraving, we are using diamonds to plow the surface, like a farmer plows his fields. Or we use lasers to burn off a layer of the surface of the engraving material. None of these engraving processes are we adding ink to the surface. Note: There are other engraving processes, but diamond drag and laser are the most common.

All metal surfaces can be engraved – The answer is no. A ruff metal surface is almost impossible to see the engraving. The roughness is competing with the engraving. Also, many metal surfaces, especially gifts, are plated. Most of the time plated surfaces will engrave OK. Once in a while they have bad plating. The bad plating is only uncoated when it is engraved. The bad spot, the plating peels up. This only happens about 5% of the time.

Assuming what you have can not be engraved – We have all received gifts to an award stores only for them to say, "It can not be engraved." They are implying that nobody can engrave it. In reality – They can not engrave it. Many times it can be engraved by another company. One great example is watches. The manufacture loves to put all sorts of markings on the back leaving almost no room for engraving. We get around this by engraving on an arc, many times around the edge.

Engraving is too expensive – Yes, it is too expensive – if you take it to a jewelry store. Most jewelry stores do not engrave. They send it out. The jewelry store and the engraver both need to make a profit. It is best to go to an engraver first. Save some money. Beside, all your concerns can be given directly to the engraver, not passed on through notes from the jeweler.

Lack of engraving choices – Most small awards and engraving places have limited capabilities. Do your research. Ask what the engraving choices are for your engraving job. Ask for testimonials from the engraver's customers. If they do not have any, continue your search for an engraver.

It takes forever to get something engraved – Yes, if you take it to a jewelry store. They have to send it out and the time goes by. Taking your engraving job directly to an engraver cuts out the shipping time between the jeweler and the engraver (both ways). Deal direct!

It can be buffed out and re-engraved – The answer is (yes and no). Solid metals like gold or silver can be buffed out and re-engraved. But most jewelry and gift items are plated. When it is buffed …

Smart Clothing Tips Each Woman Will Appreciate

It’s not a secret that women always wish to look attractive and stylish. It does not matter where they go and what they do, they need to feel confident and beautiful. This does not only help them remain in the focus of men’s attention, but also makes it easier to reach the goals they have set. The choice of clothes and accessories to be included into the wardrobe of each woman depends upon many factors, such as her body type, style of clothes she prefers, personal traits of character, age, occupation and what not. However, there are effective fashion tips that will ideally work for each lady, who aims at looking appealing, sexy and gorgeous. Some of these smart tips are provided below.

  1. Old Apparel Never Goes Out of Style!

Do you believe that you should get rid of those attires you have worn for two or three years? Do you think that they are not trendy anymore? If so, then you may be mistaken! Many old things do not go out of fashion and remain trendy for years. Just have a look at the apparel you have in your wardrobe! What clothes seem too old-fashioned to be worn every day? Which of them would you eagerly purchase, if you were in a fashion boutique? These simple questions will help you make the right choice!

  1. Choose the Right Outfit for the Black-Tie Event

Have you been invited to visit a black-tie event? Is your best friend or close relative getting married soon and you don’t know what to wear? Don’t get into despair and take your time to shop wisely! There is no need to buy a luxurious dress for one night only. Instead, give preference to the attire you may put on when visiting holidays and festivities in the future. This will make the purchase both efficient and gorgeous. Don’t forget about suitable shoes, accessories and underwear! These things will make you feel confident and beautiful wherever you go, while proper makeup and hairstyle will contribute to your charming appeal!

  1. Know Your Strong Points

The best way to choose clothes that will really work for you is to know your strong points. One and the same apparel may look differently on two women just because they have different body types. It may take some time to experiment with different types of apparel and accessories to make the best choice, but the result will be worth this time and effort. By knowing your strong points, you will be able to opt for clothes that make you look stylish and chic. Likewise, you will avoid clothes that have negative impact upon your appeal and underline your imperfections.

  1. Don’t Forget About Jeans!

When thinking about your wardrobe, don’t forget about jeans. There are no stylish collections of clothes without this item. You can wear jeans in the everyday life just to feel comfortable. They are a nice choice for a family picnic, a night with your friends, a trip to the forest …

How to Attract Women – Becoming an Instant Chick Magnet

Attracting women is a skill that many want, but do not have. Truth be told it is really not as hard as many people make it out to be. The problem is men are usually scared or afraid to try it out for fear of rejection. If they just used it, they would find that more likely than not they would be successful. I like to call this my C and C approach to attracting women.

Confidence and Cockiness are two things that women find irresistible. If you are confident in yourself a woman can see that and will be drawn to that. Put yourself in her shoes, if you were approached by a guy who was wishy-washy and was not really confident in himself, would you want to go out with him? My guess is probably not. There is however a fine line that gets drawn between confidence and arrogance. The big difference is in how you carry yourself. You can be totally confident without making someone feel bad about them selves. This is where arrogance usually lives.

Cockiness is another quality that seems to work with the ladies. It has worked for me and I have used it to perfection. It shows a woman that you are confident and you know that you are a good catch, in a good way, not a bad way. If you can throw in humor into that you have got a home run of a plan going for you. Cockiness is another attribute that you need to watch as well. You walk a fine line with this one as you do with confidence. Come off as being sure of yourself and not that you are better than others and you will come out smelling like roses.

Combined, these qualities can turn an ordinary guy into the guy that the ladies want, the guy that the women flock to and turn their attention on. Stop being the guy that just takes what ever he can get. The whole world is right in front of you. Stop wasting precious time. …

Maternity Clothes – Buying Maternity Clothes Online

Here is a sampling of the best maternity shops online. You'll unduly find one or several that match your budget and style! Remember to feel good it helps to look good, so why not indulge in a maternity outfit or two?

BabyStyle

http://www.babystyle.com

In this store you'll find maternity fashions at reasonable prices, with free shipping on large orders! Babystyle also offers a selection of what they call 'transition' maternity wear … clothes you can wear after the baby comes but before you are ready to fit back into your pre-pregnancy clothing!

Motherhood

http://www.motherhood.com

This is another great maternity stop for moms looking for well-priced maternity clothes for all seasons. Motherhood contains a comprehensive selection of maternity wear and nursing items for moms young and old alike.

Bella Blu

http://www.bellablumaternity.com

Designer maternity fashions for the fashion conscious mother. If you are looking for something hip and stylish, check here first!

Mom's Maternity

[http://www.momsmaternity.com]

This store features maternity clothes, lingerie and more for tall, petite and plus sized women.

A Pea in the Pod

http://www.apeainthepod.com

Slightly more expensive maternity clothes and accessories. Considered one of the more popular maternity outlets.

Mimi Maternity

[http://www.mimmaternity.com]

Fashionable maternity clothing for hip mothers everywhere.

Maternity Mall

http://www.maternitymall.com

Features maternity fashions from a variety of top label and designer maternity fashion providers.

Do not forget many traditional retailers also offer a wide selection of exceptional maternity wear and clothing. The stores listed below carry traditional and maternity clothes for fashion and budget conscious moms. Here are some other places you should consider when shopping for maternity wear:

Target – http://www.target.com

Old Navy – http://www.oldnavy.com

Gap – http://www.gap.com

If you are really looking to save dollars, you should consider buying second hand maternity wear online. E-bay is one of the world's largest online auction houses, and here you'll find literally thousands of choices when it comes to maternity wear. Most sellers will post pictures of the assorted clothing they have for sale, and very often you will find designer maternity items at a fraction of the cost a retailer would sell them for.

What to Buy?
Are you wondering what your maternity ward should contain? Although women have varying preferences and styles, there are a few items that every woman should have in her maternity wear closet. Among these include:

– Jeans

– Pair of black or khaki slacks

– One skirt or dress

– Variety of Maternity T's and Tops

– Maternity Bra

You may or may not have to buy maternity underwear. While some women find the support in these comforting, others find that traditional bikini underwear purchased a size or two larger than normal work just as well, and are less expensive and come in more colors and styles.

You will find that your breasts are growing through your pregnancy. A good maternity bra is recommended. You should buy a bra that allows a little room for expansion however, as your breasts will likely inflate even more when they fill with milk close to …