I usually focus on women’s fashion, beauty and jewelry, but I want to take a small census. Jewelry for men – hot or not? I went online to shop for the boy toy – his birthday is coming up, and for my last birthday he got me a GORGEOUS six hundred dollar bracelet – white gold with aquamarine links. So basically, I need to do as good or better. Yes – birthdays are a competition, and I need to win!!
The standard men’s jewelry type gift is cuff links. But fact – there is nothing – and I mean nothing – standard about the boy toy. I was thinking more along the lines of a ring. It seems more sentimental, sweet and meaningful than cuff links. It’s also rarer to find nice men’s rings than nice cuff links, so there’s the added value of him knowing that I put in some serious effort to try and find him a birthday gift.
I found some fantastic mens designer rings on the Stephen Einhorn website. They’re located in the UK -London, to be precise – although they offer international deliveries. (Incidentally, what is it about the UK that makes me want to use words like “precise” and “indeed”?? I feel horrendous – stereotyping Brits.)
Anyway, Stephen Einhorn – I found a number of different types of designer rings for men, in all different shapes, colors, and metals. There were a couple of rings that were a little too hard core for me (and thus, for the boy toy), like rings that had skull designs, fang designs, and snake designs. But there were a number of simple, elegant designs that are absolutely perfect. I didn’t want to get him something too simple or wedding ring-esque (no need to scare him half to death on his birthday), but there were some nice ones with lovely, multicolored stones. Check it out!
I know it’s relatively early, but coming from someone who has picked out her boyfriend’s birthday presents six months in advance each and every year for the past four years, I’m runnin’ a bit behind here. The holidays are a-comin’! Gifts must be bought! And time is running out – it’s less than a month till Thanksgiving! Aaaah!!!
Thanks to my full-on panic mode, my brain is frozen. Seeing as how the most difficult part of acquiring gifts is knowing what to buy for each person, this is not helpful, to say the least. Personally, I would love to get gift certificates for everyone – money makes everyone happy. But then you look like the person who didn’t put any thought into her gifts. And I hate to be thought of as the person who didn’t put any thought into her gifts. Grr.
Thankfully, there are websites that not only offer gifts, but gift ideas as well. These sites offer options like age, gender, personality type, dad, grandfather, aunt, child…the list goes on. I mean, when it comes to gifts, it’s all about the personalization. Otherwise people just get insulted. My dad, for example, would be slightly offended if I handed him a beach ball, and I doubt my sister would be thrilled with me if I gave my little niece a bottle of fine wine. But switch ‘em around and you’re golden!
Fine, a bit exaggerated, but you get the idea…
Ok, I’ll admit it – best time of the day is jammy time. Hands down. I love me some yummy, comfy jammies. But aside from several select locations, women’s pajamas that are reasonably priced are surprisingly hard to find. I usually end up just using old t-shirts and exercise pants. Which, I don’t need to tell you, is a big bummer.
I’ve recently started to buy women’s pajamas online. Aside from having a larger selection of jammies, there’s also the anticipation of awaiting that package. Something about it just appeals to me.
And you know what? After a day of dressing up and looking “professional”, it feels damn good to just “shlump” it up. Go womens pajamas!
Alright peeps. I have a confession to make. Despite my enthusiasm and (let’s face it) utter fascination with anything fashion-related, I have another, much darker side. The geek. The geek in me enjoys reading magazines like “Wired” and “Scientific American” and playing around with online metrics and whatnot. And…ok, this is really difficult, but I’m going to say it…playing multi player games.
Wow. I feel a lot better now. While I’m at it, I have another confession. I just bought an Aion account. Anyone can buy Aion accounts – just gotta get a verified seller. Likewise, you can also purchase World of Warcraft accounts – same criteria as above.
Wow, I feel so much better! (Please don’t laugh at me…)
Part of being a fashionista in these hard times of economic crisis is finding a good bargain. I love me some good bargains. I also love my fiancee, who loves sports. Which is why finding xl center tickets was so damn exciting. Especially considering that his birthday is coming up – happy bday, babe!
I’m actually giving him a double-whammy birthday gift this year – we’re going to the Mohegan Sun resort in Connecticut, AND I got him some unbelievable Mohegan Sun Arena tickets. Good thing he doesn’t know about this blog – it’s a surprise! (Sshhh…) He’s going to love it.
To make it even better, because these tickets are so cheap, I’m also getting Mellon Arena tickets. I figure I owe the guy – he just helped me move my entire apartment.
Anyway, onward to sports! (Clearly not my thing, but what you do for love, eh :D)
Back to regular clothing – the kind you wear over your underwear. This one actually relates to my previous post on control top panty hose – let’s talk some plus size fashion.
Let’s be honest – most fashion designers are interested in what I have heard called “clothing hangers” – i.e. rail thin models upon whom the clothing simply hangs. In other words, designers are more interested in displaying the clothing than the person wearing it. Fair enough, since after all they are designing the clothing.
However, they seem to have forgotten that clothing is designed for people, and the average person is not six feet tall and ninety eight pounds. It’s a bit gross, actually.
And since, as I mentioned in my last post, I have gained a bit of weight, I’ve been taking more of an interest in the plus sized fashion arena. And surprisingly, considering the vast majority of the world is plus sized, the fashion industry has very little to offer. It’s a bit upsetting. And quite frankly, somewhat insulting as well.
Which is why I am such a fan of Elvi. I love their prices, their style, and their website. I am a big fan of their Shop By Outfit option – it reminds me a bit of Ann Taylor and Banana Republic. And Elvi does a great job of putting outfits together – I feel more posh just looking at the outfits on the site. I’m not afraid to admit that I have a bit of a lazy streak, and I would so much rather purchase an outfit than have to worry about matching clothing together. What a hassle. And once you get to their outfits page, they offer sections for both casual as well as evening wear. And the clothing is lovely – great quality cloth with gorgeous detailing.
This site gets and A+ in my book.
So I know that I generally stick to fashion that is actually visible (i.e. clothing as opposed to undies); however I found this to be quite impressive. And by “this” I mean Spanx underwear. It is apparently meant to combat VPL according to the website, which I can only take to mean Visible Panty Line, given the context. Now aside from the name (Hehe. Spanx. It’s funny – what can I say, I am a sixteen year old boy at heart.) there is another reason that I love these tights. And that is that quite frankly I have put on a few pounds. Unfortunately. Fortunately, however, I now have Spanx to take care of the trousers issue. Whereas before I could only wear skirts with control top hose. Also, these bad boys are hot, which is more than I can usually say for control top panty hose. I mean, I don’t know of any other control top panty hose other than Spanx that actually comes in fishnet. It is most impressive – power to the bigger girls! Spanx comes in many options both in terms of texture and color – beside for the fishnet style that I mentioned before, there is also Spanx Higher Power, Spanx Power Panties, Spanx Tight End Tights, Spanx Higher Power and more. (i’m noticing a “power” theme goin on here – didn’t know if you had picked up on it, dear reader.)
Spanx doesn’t just specialize in tights, although that seems to be their main focus – they also have slips and camis available. And all of the above mentioned items – slips, camis and panty hose – all come in many different sizes – from A through E – as well as many different colors. They come in nude, black, ivory, and more beside. So whether you need to “slim down” or just to feel in control and get those loose ends tucked in, I would thoroughly recommend Spanx.