The heart of cafe culture in Paris – Saint Germain

Jazz music whispers softly out of well-placed speakers as the neighboring table to the right debates the best route to take to the Louvre, and the woman to the left leafs through Le Monde, glazing over articles with such haste that you suspect her of waiting on a secret lover or private eye. Whoever he is, he arrives, dressed in snug jeans, a black sweater, sunglasses and a scarf and oozes fashion as he slides gracefully into the seat next to the woman, and she places the newspaper on round cafe table and reaches suddenly nonchalantly for her espresso.

Ah, people watching at a cafe…

Sure you will visit the Louvre, the Seine, the Eiffel Tower, but if you have not spent the day in a cafe in Saint Germain people watching, you have not experienced the true feeling of Paris. There is no area better for this ultimate Parisian experience than Saint-Germain.  Sartre held his heated discussions on existentialism at Cafe de Flore (on Saint-Germain Boulevard and Le Tabou (rue Dauphine),where Simone de Beavoir and Albert Camus were also known to hang, while Hemingway soaked up the atmosphere at Brasserie Lipp right nearby. Though unlikely you would run in to Picasso or Sartre today, you will run elbows with rich and famous, fashionable bigwigs, artists both staving and commissioned, wiry intellectual types and of course, fellow tourists,  in the cafes of Saint-Germain, located on the Left Bank (Rive Gauche) across the Seine from the Tuileries.

While your conversation may more match those of the group next to you debating directions to the next attraction, you can lose yourself in thought imagining what it would have been like to frequent Le Deux Magot at the same time as the writers of the ‘Lost Generation’ of the 20s and 30s and the existentialists who together transformed 20th century thought. The world’s first coffeehouse, Le Procope was built in 1686, but don’t expect any coffee at this venue in the Rue de l’Ancienne-Comedie, unless it accompanies your meal at the fine dining restaurant in its place.

You can easily book an apartment in Saint-Germain in order to take advantage of this, the heart of cafe culture in Paris. In addition to being near some of the most famous and interesting cafes in Paris, the Saint-Germain area has some of the best museums, restaurants, galleries and shops in the City of Lights.

This carefree and relaxed area of Paris lies in the 6th arrondissement, and is one of the best areas to book an apartment in to experience Paris as a local during your time in the city. This is the best neighborhood to wander without a plan, so explore the area freely.  If you head east you’ll hit the Musee D’Orsay, the eastern border before hitting Invalides and the Eiffel Tower quarter, to the north you can wander until the river Seine, to the south you arrive at the Luxembourg quarter, while the Latin Quarter borders Saint-Germain to the West.

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Fashion Books: Today’s Trends, Yesteryear’s Legends

There are several types of fashion books available today for every variety of interest in the fashion industry.

General fashion books fall into a few categories. There is the educational type, which will expand your fashion references and analyze design. This is perfect if you have an interest in the industry or dabble in design yourself.

Books on the marketing and advertising side of the fashion industry can also be of interest for the more business-minded or if you’re an entrepreneurial type with dreams of starting your own clothing company.

Other general fashion books are more consumer-oriented and will show you styles that are currently “in”. Some can serve as shopping manuals for picking out great pieces to start your wardrobe in a more stylish direction or enhance the wardrobe you’ve already got. Manuals of style can also help you pull it all together.

Books written by or about classic fashion designers like Halston, Cristian LaCroix and Coco Chanel or more contemporary designers like John Galliano, Jean-Paul Gautier not only give you a better feel for the iconic designs of these gifted artists but also insight into their personalities, backgrounds, education and fashion point of view.

Historical fashion books can be great fun and document the evolution of fashion from romantic and even more eccentric eras. Understanding the history of fashion often explains today’s trends–what’s old is definitely new again! Also, books on historical types of fashion design, like couture, are wonderful to learn about workmanship from the past that is so rare today.

Fashion fiction is a relatively new fashion book genre perfect for light summer reading and enjoyable for anyone who’s a serious fashionista–or just a fashion tourist–at heart. Whatever your level of interest in the fashion industry, there’s a book to satisfy your curiosity and certainly one that will do it with style.…

Fashion Models and Use of Handbags

Today, in the world of fashion, new trends are represented not only by designs in clothes but also by the jewellery and other accessories that go with it. Handbag has become one of the major fashion accessories in today’s fashion industry and come in different models. Costly and trendier bags are used by fashion conscious ladies and the girls in their teens to complete today’s fashion statements or beauty concepts. These fashionable hand bags match brilliantly with dresses for every occasion; formal as well as casual. Fashion bags meant for ladies are available in countless styles and designs. These designer bags have got the potential to suit the distinct tastes of different kinds of buyers.

The range of high fashion handbags starts from bright coloured casual bags to bags that are very much suitable when going on holidays. Also available are the really fantastic and multi-pocket shoulder bags that come in gorgeous designs and shades. Every fashion bag is created by connecting matching materials including metal latches, padlocks and chain straps to give it a unique look. Different types of fashion handbags include beach bags, sports bags and shopping bags. Other types come as tote bags, travel bags, jewellery bags and drawstring bags in addition to shoulder bags and evening bags. All these bags project a great deal of variety in design, size and colour.

Most of these designs in fashion bags are created drawing inspiration from modern as well as traditional cultures using a combination of art and laceworks. Embroidery work and beaded work also go into the designing part of these bags. Bags in different models are also made available with handcraft works, mirror works and sequin works. These works are carried out in order to add more elegance to the fashion handbags. Some of these fashion accessories are crafted with rich colours and incorporate elegant patterns in an incredible way. The hand bags are mainly prepared making use of silk, jute, cotton cloth and canvas. Some well known brands and manufacturers create models and make customized hand bags to match the different specifications and prerequisites of their valuable buyers. Bags are also made using other fabrics such as nylon, plastic and denim. Leather bags, polyester bags and vinyl bags also have many takers in the market.

Handbags are functional creations that exude elegance. Designer handbags are in demand among people belonging to all ages and people of both the sexes. The various designs and hip styles in bags churned out by designers suit all tastes and styles. Buyers can select exclusively crafted handbags by looking at the style, uniqueness and quality these handbags deliver. Diaper bags are bought mainly due to their functional utility. Since it can be used to carry each and every item needed for a baby and is rightly called the ‘all-purpose baby bag’. Different varieties of embellishments can be seen in evening bags as well. These embellishments comprise feathers, bike straps, decorative brooches and shoulder chain straps. In short, designer shoulder bags are …

Fashion Draperies & Tips to Buy Them

Curtain hardware has come a long way from the time when one had no option but to stick with boring white curtain rods. Today there are so many options in the curtain hardware industry that can dress up any room. An array of beautified curtain rings, interesting curtain rods and curtain poles can be incorporated to make your window look exceptionally elite and stylish. You can now find drapery rods, curtain rods, curtain finials, curtain hooks, rings, and tiebacks in a mind-boggling assortment of designs in iron, wood, stainless steel, decorative ceramic, wrought iron, painted or not.

Once you step out in the markets to pick your curtain window hardware, you will be bombarded with many varieties offered by the building hardware industry. Once on the hunt it will be difficult to differentiate between two fabrics and designs. So one should be prepared before setting out. Following are some of the tips that will help you choose the best thing available in the market, of course for your home.

  • Make sure that before buying you ordinate all the drapery material, drapery hardware, and fabrics to ensure that they look good together. Select thin, light rods for sheer drapery panels. For heavier draperies, find a rod with a larger diameter and choose a bold curtain finial.
  • Make up your mind regarding the curtain rods as to whether you want them to be the prominent decorative element or if you want it to be hidden behind the draperies.
  • The size of the room will decide the size of the drapery rod and curtain hardware accessories. Select wide diameter poles, rods, and rings for large room and vice versa.
  • Before buying the panels, decide upon whether your draperies remain open most of the time or will they be opened and closed daily. Choose panels that can hang from the sides and can be arranged on a basic or decorative pole. To move the panels open and closed, you’ll need a draw cord system or clip-on or sew-on decorative rings.
  • Layering the window treatment is important for an adaptable window covering. Further to avoid lighting or restore privacy, install a blind or shutters next to the glass.
  • Longer fabric lines will add height to a room. For this install drapery hardware well above the window frame, or even up along the ceiling line.
  • If you plan to install a two layered drapes or curtains then make sure you get a double rod or two separate rods. The inner rod closest to the wall will hold the drapery panels while the outer one will hold decorative panels or a valance.
  • A curtain tape, which is used to create decorative headings for curtains are available in nylon, polyester and other materials. Choose the fabric that synchronises with the curtain fabric and the colour of the room.

Keep these valuable tips and guidelines in your mind the next time you go shopping for your curtain hardware. You can look at choosing drapery hardware as just another fun …

Fashion and Style

Did you know that all the outdated clothes that you have hanging in your closet can age you in a really bad way!

You should always upgrade your personal style transformation such as a makeover. The one good test of clothing is to see how your outfits can hold up in bad weather. When and where can you do casual, whether at work or for just going out partying. Matchy-Matchy doesn’t always work in the fashion world because sometimes you have to mix and match your outfits along with a little color. With the rules of wearing white after labor day doesn’t really apply anymore. In fashion, you’ll need to take certain risks without being afraid to strut your stuff in those outfits that you own. When doing make-up and outfits. You should wear less make-up. Sometimes wearing only lip-gloss is best for your look because it’s not too gordy and less is more. As far as the outfits go, don’t use too much color and do pair off some of the colorful outfits with a neutral blend because some colors end up washing you out and the hottest ultimate trends should be tested with bad weather to see if those outfits will last. If your outfit falls apart, it means that you’re wearing a cheap outfit. When you wear cheap clothing such as a polyester blend and not the good material, you’re only asking for your outfit to fall apart in about a month or two and not to mention the effect that it gives to our figures. Do you ever take off an outfit and you get a shock? especially when wearing polyester pants which gives off that velcro effect such as static cling when you rub the material together.
In fashion and style: You’ll need a good handbag, a clutch, and an overnight/weekender bag. Your sense of fashion doesn’t have to be predictable because that only goes for bad weather and not fashion.

Always remember:
Cheap material is not in. You’ll need to invest in better clothing and accessories that will last you for years at a time. When you’re looking for the right jacket. Always buy coats such as pea coats, leather, and parkas. With pea coats, you’d want to buy a double breasted pea coat which will last you for years at a time because it keeps you warm and stylish, You can’t go wrong there! Make sure you get the right leather brand such as a leather blazer made of lambskin. No colorful leather at all and if you do color, make sure it’s brown or black.

Newsflash: Colorful leathers are no longer in. Shoes! A must have One can’t get enough. Most men say well, how many shoes does one woman need? Will the men ever understand the logic behind all of that? No, not at all, because what they don’t understand is that shoes are meant to be loved and in order to remain fabulous, one must feel and look fabulous in …

Top trends in fashion jewelry – 2010

With the economic revival picking momentum, women can now splurge in shopping for jewelry. Now, with jewelry, one must also think of the fashionable pieces of jewelry at prices within reach. It is now that the world (of women!!) is taking notice of fashion jewelry. The fashion jewelry range, which had been in the shadows for many years, has been in the limelight in the recent years.

 Artificial jewelry has an astounding range of colors, designs, and varieties in materials that go in to the making of unique pieces of jewelry. The trends this year lean more on the bigger and bolder styles, lot of color, and use of metals. Celebrities are launching their own fashion jewelry line looking at the fantastic potential through fabulous jewelry pieces like necklaces, bracelets, bangles and earrings. Just recently Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie, Iman and Alicia Keys to name a few, launched their jewelry line.

 Big and Bold Necklaces

 This year necklaces that look bigger, are better!!

Big & Bold Necklaces

* Chunky, with many colors is the current trend.
* Chains and pearls are mixed to create cool and stylish layered necklace designs.
* Mixture is the style that most designers predict.

The use of metals, beads, charms, crystals, stones and metals in a layered fashion are huge this season.

Eco Bracelets and Bangles

Eco friendly braceletEco bangles

 * Bracelets that have a more natural look with the use of beads; wood or coconut shells are predicted to be hot this year.
* Brass bracelets with a hammered or coiled look will also be in vogue.
* Thin wired bangles are great for summer and thicker styles for winter would make you a trend-setter.
* For evening wear, a bracelet with a single large flower or a single large gemstone will be your best accessory. Neutral tones are a good choice.

Chandelier Style Earrings

Chandelier style earrings

Earrings will be one of the best accessories in 2010.
* Chandelier and dangle styles dominate this year.
* Neutral colors with crystals will accentuate your style statement this Fall.

It can be a great accessory to an evening gown as well as a simple t-shirt and jeans with heels.

Make sure that you wear only one piece of bold jewelry at a time for a great style. Since statement jewelry is going to be the main focus this year, it pays (with a lot of compliments) to invest in a few good pieces. Other than neutral tones, it is the fiery colors like yellow, orange, and red that slowly snaking their way to becoming very popular. Add a little sparkle to your collection by having a few crystal or stone accessories. Artificial jewelry is a great way to enhance your wardrobe and be ahead of the latest fashion trends.…

Sunglasses: – Fashion Accessories for Your Eyes

Never have there been so many fashion sunglasses styles and colors to choose from whether you are shopping for designer sunglasses, replica sunglasses, prescription sunglasses or sports sunglasses the choices are endless. Besides protecting your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays, eyeglasses, also play important roles in showing your personalities and adding complement to your wardrobe.

Not sure whether we have the right sized glasses for you? Try glasses online with E Try-on™ before you buy. E Try-on™ will accurately size the glasses on to your portrait photo so that you will know the exact size of the glasses in relation to your face.

Not sure what lenses to choose for your glasses? We have developed a lens recommendations programme that provides you with the lens options that are best suitable for your prescription.

All of our prescription eyeglasses come with free UV-protective coating, free scratch resistant coating, 30-day money back guarantee against prescription accuracy and 12 months manufacturers’ warranty.

At the same way eyeglasses do help you look cool but more fashionable, they protect your eyes from negative effects of sunlight and ultraviolet rays among many other things. Excessive exposure to the sun as well as the sun’s glare will harmfully damage your eyes. They also help prevent wind damage and dust particles from hurting your eyes over the long term. We must have some precautions that can protect our eyes by harmful things.

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 We are dedicated to provide you with fashionable, top quality eyewear at affordable prices. Our mission is to become a true online optometrist that offers you the kind of services that you would receive in a local optical store but at much less cost.

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Where to Buy Fashion Jewelry at Cheap Price with good design?

People love fashion accessories particularly <b>fashion jewelry</b>. <b>fashion jewelry</b> is that jewelry which is inexpensive but nevertheless looks great and at times can be mistaken for precious jewelry. <b>Fashion jewelry</b> is a wonderful way to add to that special outfit. A simple piece of <b>fashion jewelry</b> can make any outfit stand out in the crowd. The problem however is where to find that special <b>fashion jewelry</b> item that will give your outfit that unique appearance without looking cheap.

Searching for <b>fashion jewelry</b> is an option which works great when you need to find a piece by finish, stone color, price, or size. When you are looking for jewelry but you do not know what will that be, a web site search is facilitated by wholesale drop shippers. High demand of this type of search system is intended for simple customers who shop and eventually order the goods.

The world’s largest selection of jewelry suppliers offer manufacturing experience as well as drop shipping experience in handling high trendy jewelry, and designer costume jewelry. These jewelries are always protected by the company’s lifetime substitution warranty.

Costume and <b>fashion jewelry</b> manufacturers made its name by selling quality jewelries including sterling silver jewelry, cubic zirconium jewelry, costume jewelry, and trendy jewelry. Because of its great business, it utilizes employees carrying a true Christian manner in manufacturing millions of jewelry items annually. It helps small businesses in achieving a wonderful quality of life and reaching their financial goals.

<b>Fashion jewelry</b> web store cheapsupershop.com beats the competition by offering savings of jewelry prices. Cheapsupershop.com leads the pack with high fashion freshwater and Tahitian South Sea pearls, jade <b>fashion jewelry</b> and necklaces and unique bracelets and earrings.

It’s no wonder Cheapsupershop.com has become on of the top selling jewelry stores on the internet. With something to suit every fashion taste, the future looks promising for Cheapsupershop.com.

Realizing the speculation of some shoppers that shopping online for jewelry can be risky business, Cheapsupershop.com offers customers a No Questions Asked, 100% money back satisfaction guarantee. If that doesn’t have you running to your laptop to check out the incredible savings at Cheapsupershop.com, try this one on for size- Cheapsupershop.com offers a flat shipping fee on all jewelry purchases.

If you’re looking for a unique last minute gift, Cheapsupershop.com will customize your pearl jewelry purchase free of charge with a 1-2 day turnaround time. Service like this is priceless in today’s marketplace. With beautiful crystal hair accessories, Cheapsupershop.com provides gift ideas for the most discerning gift giver.

Cheap wholesale price of fashion or trendy jewelry are available from worldwide exporters in America and in Europe. Millions of women are adorned by jewelry producers from these places. Full range of trendy jewelry – bracelets, earrings, necklaces, rings, and belt clips are among the jewelry that is offered as wholesale. Even small manufacturers offer guarantee of originality and authenticity. This stipulation is important to every customer when it comes to fashion.…

Tips When Buying from Sexy Lingerie Sites

One of the best places to look for affordable yet sexy lingerie is sexy lingerie sites online.  These sites are normally run and managed by women who want to provide other women from around the world a chance to dress sexily and seductively for their men with exotic, beautiful, and high quality lingerie.  These can range from very cute yet sexy baby dolls, bra-and-thong sets, chemises, and to transparent lingerie even, so there’s really a lot of options to choose from if you are shopping for lingerie.  What’s more, these sites are also great places to look for nice gifts for your girl friends and female family members, plus you don’t have to spend so much as compared to shopping in Victoria’s Secret or Triumph.

But there are still some precautions to take note of and this article is going to give you a list of these to give you a heads-up when it comes to shopping in sexy lingerie sites.  Remember that with these sites, you won’t be able to try the lingerie on or won’t be able to see them in person unless the seller is willing to take more pictures of the item for you.  To be able to buy lingerie that will ultimately fit your body, here are tips on how to score that successful online purchase:

  • Use a tape measure to take measurements of the important areas of your body.  These include the shoulders, bust area, waist, and hips.  Usually the sellers of these sites will upload a sizing chart or table in their website to give their lady customers the chance to check for sizes available, so make sure that you take your measurements first before buying lingerie that you want.  Remember, returns are more difficult for online lingerie shopping.
  • Make a list of online sexy lingerie sites that you think have the lingerie that you want.  You should also read the item descriptions posted, the gallery pictures, and the policies/terms of service/shipping details of the seller so that you’ll have an idea of what you need to do after checking your items out for payment.  Here, it is important that you make a list of criteria to judge store after store as this will help you narrow down your options.
  • The seller should also be taken into consideration since she will be in charge of informing you how much you’ll be paying, how your items will be shipped, and will be the one handling all questions and concerns regarding the items she’s selling.  Read reviews, feedback, comments, and other testimonials from previous customers and see if there are any problems or bad feedback directed toward her.
  • Lastly, when choosing sexy lingerie sites to buy your lingerie from, always make sure that the payment methods offered to you, the customer, are safe.  Paypal is one example of an ideal payment method when buying items online, so contact the seller through email or telephone and ask if payments through Paypal will be accepted.

How to start a business selling fashion jewelry rings

Fashion jewelry is a popular fashion area that many people; especially women are very interested in, what woman doesn’t want to look and feel fashionable. As so many are interested in, and spend money in this area it is potentially a very lucrative are for someone looking to start their own business, either as a part time interest or a full time profit pulling business. Rings are the most common items or jewelry worn and women are naturally drawn to the fashion jewelry rings business

Due to the fact that more and more potential customers are shopping online, with that number increasing daily, an internet business selling fashion jewelry rings from a website is ideal for stay at home mums that have young children to care for. Combined with the fact this area can be very profitable also.

The most frequent way people start a fashion jewelry businesses is by buying wholesale jewelry and selling to their friends, neighbours and co-workers. Having an out going, extrovert personality can be an advantage. You can also give parties, visit jewelry business in your area, set up a stall in a local market, craft shows, festivals, sporting events, school picnics etc. They all have low overheads and the costs stop when you stop selling unlike a bricks and mortar business where rent is paid regardless.

More quieter personalities may prefer a more passive sales model. Many successful entrepreneurs don’t actively engage in active selling to customers. They can supply beauty shops and other retail outlets. Either types can also sell online on their websites and established sites like Ebay. Many sellers make a full time income selling on Ebay. One advantage with Ebay is that people only go there to buy, not to search for information. Another advantage is that the seller’s feedback is visible to all and as your reputation grows so will your sales as people will trust you more. Yet another advantage is that on Ebay you can sell worldwide and because most items will be very small, postal costs will be very low also. Having good detailed photos will dramatically improve your sales. Overall selling on Ebay is a good way to learn the business and what is involved in online selling. Having learned the basics, you can then move on to having your own website, and even larger profits.…