Quirky Bags to Suit Your Style

Handbags and purses can make a big fashion statement for women – regarded by many to be the most important accessory a woman can own and carry. No wonder so many girls have got more handbags than they have shoes . . . and that’s seriously saying something. Handbags compliment a woman’s personality and style as well as carry around some of life’s most important paraphernalia – money, cell phones, documents, licenses, make-up, cosmetic bag, hair brush, keys, tissues etc. A handbag is a real mobile treasure chest.

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Handbags can be a range of different materials, sizes, colors and seasons.

Handbag Materials – handbags and purses are available in a wide variety of materials. The most exquisite (and expensive) bags are generally made of high quality leather, leather bags have been used for many thousands of years. Other materials regularly used for handbags include denim, canvas or other fabrics . . . even straw. Leather handbags are, and probably always will be the most popular – some cheaper bags and purses these days are manufactured from leather look plastics which are obviously much cheaper and less durable than the genuine quality leather type bags.

Handbag Sizes – some women are happy to carry a handbag or purse the size of a small suitcase bursting with everything they could possibly need and a few “just in case” items – an umbrella just in case in rains . . . a pair of flip flops just in case their heels become too darned uncomfortable to walk . . . a full first aid kit just in case they are attacked by a swarm of bees! You get the idea? Personally I find that large handbags can quickly become too heavy to carry and too cluttered to actually find the things you need. There is also the problem of being given all and sundry to carry by your companions – “have you got room in your bag for my camera” . . . “can you carry my keys for me” . . . you get the picture? Smaller, clutch type bags are popular for evening time, particularly if they’ve been featured in Vogue lately. There are also tote bags, messenger bags, hobo bags, sling bags, satchel styles. Wow, handbags really do come in a large range of sizes and styles.

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Handbag Colors – the standard colors for handbags and purses are probably black, white, brown and beige although they are available in a whole rainbow full of colors too – some people like their bags to be the brighter the better. Black, white and beige bags are popular all through the year and brightly colored bags are often saved for the summer time or special occasions with matching shoes. Leather handbags can be dyed in every color under the sun and some fabric bags have the most intricate and eye catching patterns.

Handbag Seasons – fashions change with the seasons and handbags are certainly no different. Whatever is on the cover of the latest fashion magazine is bound to increase in popularity. Summer bags are often available in bright and bold colors with large bags perfect for carrying a sun-hat and sun-cream – beach towels and beach toys too. Winter bags tend to be more sedate colors until the festive season when they can be as glitzy, sparkly and brightly colored as you like.

Bags in Bags – not content to carry one bag, many women have bags in their bags. We’re talking makeup bags, wallets, purses, key ring bags, coin bags and more. Check out the great range of cosmetic and makeup bags at thesalonoutlet.com to find the perfect bag to carry in your bag.

How To Spot Real Jewelry From Fake Jewelry

How To Spot Real Jewelry From Fake Jewelry

How To Spot Real Jewelry From Fake Jewelry

There is really no point in trying to procure jewelry if you have no idea what qualities to look for when you are searching. You should also know what steps you need to take to keep your jewelry in the best condition possible so that it will have a much longer life. The following article is full or helpful ideas for buying and maintaining your beautiful jewelry.

Arm yourself with a magnet and a magnifying glass when shopping for sterling silver jewelry. Use the magnet to detect fake jewelry; real silver will not be attracted to the magnet, but the cheaper metals will. Sterling silver will always be hallmarked with a stamp such as .925, ster. or sterling. If you cannot find a stamp, you might be looking at a cheap imitation.

When jewelry shopping, you need to be prepared to carefully look, and inspect anything that you may want to buy. You need to get a loupe. This is a small pocket-sized magnifier that can show you what kind of quality you will be getting. It magnifies the jewelry so that you can inspect it to see if you are getting something of bad quality or good quality. Continue reading

Making Smarter Jewelry Decisions With This Expert Advice

Making Smarter Jewelry Decisions With This Expert Advice

Making Smarter Jewelry Decisions With This Expert Advice

Good jewelry can make your eyes stand out. Great jewelry can embody your feelings and become a symbol for your relationship to someone. After reading these tips, you will be able to pick amazing jewelry and recognize good prices. You will also have a better idea of what your significant other could enjoy.

Nothing tells a woman you care like buying her jewelry with her birthstone. The fact that you took the time to research her birth date, and then her birthstone, will show her that you are willing to take the time to make her happy. No woman can turn that down!

Don’t buy any jewelry that could easily be broken, or the recipient could end up disappointed. Many pendants come in tiny little chains that are so frail that they break right away, and if your loved one loses their new diamond pendant, they’ll be heartbroken. If the chain is inadequate that comes with a pendant, buy a larger chain or just buy a different pendant! Continue reading

Jewelry: A Few Quick Suggestions To Answer Your Questions

Jewelry: A Few Quick Suggestions To Answer Your Questions

Jewelry: A Few Quick Suggestions To Answer Your Questions

Jewelry is the number one item that people tend to reach for when they want to give a special gift or give an outfit a last touch of personality. Jewelry is an item that can be made in millions of variations using a myriad of materials and designs. The tips below are sure to be of help in making the right jewelry decisions.

If you are looking to purchase fashion jewelry, make sure to invest a few dollars. While fashion jewelry is available in almost every design and price range under the sun, purchase something in the mid-price range. If you go too cheap, you may end up purchasing something with unhealthy metal alloys or inferior quality workmanship.

Protect yourself when purchasing diamonds by keeping written documents of your purchases as proof. This is the only way that you can prove the 4 C’s you were guaranteed when you purchased the piece or stone. Treat your sales receipts and appraisals as contracts of what you can expect from your purchase, especially if they are not up to the quality you were guaranteed. Continue reading