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Things You Need to Know About Finding the Right Jeweller

Written by: Cynthia Findlay Antiques

Summary: If you are looking for an engagement ring, you need to be sure that you find the right jeweller that will help you through the process.

When you are looking to purchase fine jewellery, you want to find a jeweller that is experienced and knows their craft inside and out. Here some common things that you should know to ensure that your jeweller is right for you.

Check for Accreditation

Be sure that your jeweller is properly established and accredited. There’s nothing worse than dealing a large amount of money with a fraudulent party. Be sure to do some major research on the company’s reputation and contact their references, which should be easy for them to release on account of their networking status.

Test their Knowledge

Ask your jeweller questions. Test their knowledge to see how well they know their craft. That’s not to say you should interrogate the poor salesperson but you want to be sure that they have sufficient knowledge on anything revolving jewellery. While some may be focused on a pure sales pitch, you want to find the ones that know everything from the personalities of art deco rings to the rarity of the gemstones.

Have them Guide You

A jeweller should be able to walk you through the entire process of purchasing your ring. You come to a jeweller for guidance and a purchase. Many times you will see jewellers explain the details and characteristics of a stone, or the market value for estate jewellery these days. You may even get some training on how to distinguish a diamond’s “4 Cs”.

An engagement ring is one of the most prized and intimate possessions a person can have. As much as you want a great ring, you’re also going to want to be able to explore the different options that stores have to offer. You and your jeweller should develop a rapport to where his or her knowledge is passed on to you. Trust is a key focus when it comes to finding the ring of your dreams.


Bio: Cynthia Findlay Antiques carries a collection of almost every genre of antiques. If you want quality custom jewellery from Toronto, be sure to visit one of Canada’s beloved retail jewellery shops.

What You Need to Know About Retinol

Even though there are a number of creams and serums that promise younger skin, there’s only one that actually does what it says it will: retinol.

Yet it must be pointed out that it comes in a variety of forms and one must know its effects (both good and bad) before you actually try it.

youngfashionSimply put, retinol is a type of retinoid – a derivative of Vitamin A – that is known to give your skin a boost. Not only does it minimize wrinkles and fine lines, smoothes texture while diminishing dark spots and hyperpigmentation.

Since your skin cells stop maturing at a certain age, retinol works well in getting your cells to renew themselves again.

There are topical retinoids that are both prescription and over-the-counter formulas and that will make the outermost layers of your skin flatter as well as thinner.

But they have another purpose: they are also used in acne products as they have been known to unclog blocked pores as well as prevent further build-up. This helps to eliminate the root causes of the breakout and is far more effective.

Of course, not all retinoids created are the same. For example, Retin-A is far more stronger than retinol where the latter is found in drugstore beauty creams. Also, these make your skin work harder to turn retinol to retinoic acid. The latter is actually the active ingredient in prescription retinoids.

So, if you’re looking for fast results, then you can ask your dermatologist to prescribe you the stronger stuff. Yet it is advised that it’s best to start with the gentler, drugstore versions if your skin isn’t used to the strong retinoids.

A Different Take on Luxurious Bedding Sets and the Life of Lavish

What defines luxury bedding sets? Is it the brand name? Is it the quality? To be fair, much of it has to do with the name but design and quality are also important factors. For example, true luxury lies in the cotton within the sheets. The highest quality cotton placed in sheets is 100 percent Egyptian cotton, followed by 100 percent pima cotton. It’s important to know that when you read “100 percent cotton” on labels, expect it be American cotton which is a cheaper, and easier to produce version.

Vera Wang’s Collection

Vera Wang hosts her elitist collection that is exclusive to those looking for high quality. This isn’t your ordinary collection that you can just purchase on an everyday note. Not too long ago, Vera Wang introduced her Vera Vera collection in 2007, designed for everyday women while remaining affordable. This opened up new opportunities for the public to get their hands on some quality designer sets.

Luxury and Comfort

It is all about your taste. Whether you consider percale or sateen as your primary weave, there is not one that is more dominant in the luxury factor over the other. These factors play more into comfort than they do in the looks department.

True luxury requires an investment. When it comes to your bedspread expect to pay a hefty sum out of your pocket. But with this, comes a sense of accomplishment and pride that you hold towards your bed.

Bio: Stephanie Lichtenstein Ramos writes on behalf of Beddingstyle, which provides high-quality home goods for your buying pleasure.

3 Scars That You Can Remove

While some people don’t mind their scars very much, there are others that wish they could get rid of them.

For those who fall into the latter category, there are a number of advances that can help you to remove them completely.

Here are 3 types of scars that you can remove:

Scar #1: Growth on the Wound Site. Look like a Zit or Orange

While steroids were used in the past, the issue with this approach was that it causes hypopigmentation on dark skin. Doctors these days now cut off the scar and use a fractional ablative laser. What this does is create a wound that heals naturally if you live it alone. Better still, it removes overgrowth and take only 10 minutes to perform. The cost for such a procedure is about $1000.

Scar #2: Red, raised and contained within the size of the wound. C-section scar.

Depending on the thickness of the scar, you will need to take two to seven corticosteroids that cost $100 to $300 each. Next, you’ll have to wear silicon gel sheets for a duration that depends on whether they are new or old scars. Their function is to apply light pressure so that collagen doesn’t build back up.

Scar #3: Recessed, skin-colored potholed. Cystic acne and chicken pox.

For this, fractional ablative laser will do the trick. As mentioned earlier, each procedure costs about $1000 each. After this, an injection of Sculptra will deal with those divots. Even if this acid filler’s effects are temporary, it will stimulate the growth of collagen. This is permanent. Usually, this will take anywhere from two to five treatments.

3 Tips To Change Hair Color

If you’ve always wanted to try a lighter hair color but are scared to because your hair is dark in color, you’d don’t have to take any risks.

Most women would know how disastrous it can be to end up with discolored mess of hair.

Here are 3 tips by Lucille Javier, a hair stylist at Sally Hershberger, who specializes in hair-color transformations:

1: No Drastic Hair Color Changes

Do not try drastic hair color changes at home. Leave this task to the professionals. This is because it takes a lot to get it absolutely right. If you don’t (and you most probably won’t), you will lose a lot of hair as well as ruin it completely. Moreover, at-home dyes aren’t as potent as those available at salons. Most of all, if you color your hair regularly, going blonde will damage your hair even further.

 2: Change the Hair Color by Increments

The best way to go blonde is by doing it in stages. Lucille says that it should take up to four sessions to be able to do this. This also depends on the hue that you want for your hair as well as the damage it can cause you. Of course, if your hair is very healthy, then you can get the hue of your choice in one sitting itself. It must be pointed out that you’ll have to sit at the salon for seven to eight hours at least.

3: Moisturize Your Hair Before Leaving the Salon

Lucille uses a number of treatments and masks just before a client leaves the salon. For example, she uses a new bonding agent called Olaplex to reduce any damage done to hair after it has been bleached. After this, a gloss as well as hair mask is left on the customer for about 30 minutes. The objective, according to her, is to leave the hair soft and bleached before the client leaves. But that’s not all – you have to continue hydrating your hair in the weeks ahead.

4 Tips for Healthier Looking Lips

Lips are easily chapped. For one, they’re exposed. Also, they’re thin-skinned and lack oil glands. If that’s not enough, as we age, they get smaller, drier and tend to lose color too.

Yet most women fail to make caring for their lips a part of their routine. That said, here are 4 tips for healthier looking lips:

1: Stay Hydrated

Dry lips indicate that you aren’t drinking enough water. It also indicates that you are stressed. This doesn’t mean that you drink 8 glasses of water everyday. Just make sure what you eat has high water content. Some of these options include fruits and veggies, herbal teas and coconut water.

2: Opt for a Cream or Ointment

While that waxy balm you use prevents moisture loss, it doesn’t hydrate your lips. Of course, if it has menthol or camphor, it can dry (and irritate) your lips. So, a creamy or ointment-like treatment that contains occlusives and humectants should do the trick. Even a cream such as the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream works perfectly too.

3: Use Balm or Oil To Remove Scaly Patches

Peeling off rough skin can make you lips look young. For this, apply moisturizing balm or oil. Then use a toothbrush with soft bristles to brush away scaly patches. Mix a little brown sugar along with coconut or olive oil. Rub it on your lips with your fingertips for a few seconds. Now, rinse your lips and then apply balm. Do this once a week. Anything more will turn them raw.

4: Use Balm or Lipstick with SPF 15

If your lipstick or balm does not contain a broad-spectrum SPF, then find one. For this, use a balm or lipstick that is at least SPF 15. If you’re at the beach, then use one that is SPF 30 at least.

Packing for College: The Right Bedding Will Help Your Student Sleep Well

For many families, sending kids to college is a monumental step. As parents, we want them to be prepared and have everything they need to succeed while they are away, including some of the comforts of home. One of the most important purchases for students living on campus is college dorm bedding. Fortunately, there are a variety of options to fit almost any budget and any situation.

Because they must accommodate students of all sizes, most dorms feature extra-long twin beds. This is important to consider as you look for the right teen bedding. Many stores carry special back-to-school sets that include everything you need to sleep comfortably in a dorm: a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, a pillow case, and a comforter or blanket. These sets come in a wide range of colors, styles, and fabrics to help your student personalize and sleep comfortably in their space.

It is recommended that you buy two or more sets of sheets for the school year so that your student always has a fresh set on hand in case they are too busy to do laundry for a few weeks! The best fabric choices depend on your personal preference. 100% cotton is soft and stain-resistant, but it can also wrinkle more easily or shrink when it is washed. Poly/cotton blends, while not as soft as 100% cotton, are both durable and stain-resistant, making them a great choice for super-busy college students.

Many parents purchase foam mattress pads or covers to enhance the comfort of the dorm bed. You can also add fun extras such as colorful throw pillows or fuzzy blankets to brighten the space. Purchasing the right bedding will help your college student get a good night’s sleep and feel right at home.

Bio: Bedding Style is the destination online for bedding sets for college students, young adults and teens.

The Post-Dorm Bedroom: Coping with New found Maturity

Decorating for young adults can be a struggle. Trying to show pride in your first home or apartment without breaking the bank is already trouble enough. It’s hard not to feel a little old skipping over twin comforter sets to peruse the queens and kings, but you don’t have to go from 25 to 60 in one shopping trip. Here are a couple of easy to emulate styles that will help make your bedroom look more mature, but not –too – mature.


Out to Sea

Some old standards are fresh by nature. Nautical themes aren’t about anchors and seafood; try sheets in nautical colors with classic elements like pennants and stripes. Navy blues and crisp whites are a great combination. Try sheets with geometric aspects like stripes or bands of nautical colors to escape from the drab look of solid colored sheets and comforters. Naturally, Nautica bedding is a prime option; it’s not saturated with cliché imagery and can be adapted for a variety of looks over time.


Fourth Meal

If you’re looking for quirky, but not wacky, skip the girls and boys bedding and check out photorealistic accessories like pillows and wallpaper. These accent pieces really pop with humor and can be an interesting way to develop on or complicate a room theme. For example, a bed with simple sheets and a big hamburger pillow on top becomes a comical “plate” that can be quickly dressed down for company simply by removing the accent piece. This versatility will keep your parents happy when they come to visit.


Bio: BeddingStyle is an online linen store that has passionately curated a variety of bold bedding for the modern consumer since 2004. BeddingStyle offers an array of colors, patterns, and textures that are sure to enhance your home. Browse their selection online at

What to Look for When Buying Art Nouveau Rings

Written by Cynthia Findlay Antiques.

The Art Nouveau jewellery that was popular from 1890 to 1910 played an important role in transitioning the styles of rings, necklaces and other pieces from the formal looks of the 1800s to the modern designs of the 20th century. Many Art Deco rings were heavily influenced by Art Nouveau styles; the fact that Art Deco jewellers thought of themselves as artists first comes from the legacy of the Art Nouveau movement.

Art Nouveau jewellery was only in vogue for two decades yet the romance and beauty of these items are still some of the most popular pieces of estate jewellery. Here’s what to look for when buying Art Nouveau rings:

Soft Curves: One of the main characteristics of Art Nouveau jewellery is the use of flowing curves intersecting with each other to create a soft and romantic look. These curves could represent anything from growing ivy to the lines of a woman’s body.

Natural Influences: Art Nouveau artists and jewellers were influenced by Japanese art, so it’s not surprising that a naturalistic influence can be found throughout Art Nouveau jewellery. Many pieces have engraving that depict scenes found in nature such as butterflies, bird, floral patterns and vines.

Natural Materials: The influence of the natural world can also be found in the materials used in Art Nouveau rings. Along with traditional metals such as platinum, many jewellers used natural materials such as wood and animal bones. Diamonds were also augmented or even replaced by semi-precious stones such as moonstone, amethyst and opal.

Cynthia Findlay Antiques has been supplying newlyweds-to-be in Toronto with engagement rings since 1978. The company specializes in vintage engagement rings along with their custom jewellery designs.

4 Simple Fashion Tips

Updating your wardrobe is what most women thinks about from time to time. However, it can be difficult to focus on advice that is offered over the internet given that there’s so much at our disposal.

It’s difficult to ascertain whether we should develop our own style or follow trends. Having said that, here are 5 simple fashion tips to consider:

#1: Know Your Body Measurements

If you know your measurements, this will reduce the amount of time when you’re out shopping but also help you pick outfits that fit your perfectly. If you must know, the chest, hips, waist and bust measurements are most important.

#2: Avoid Clothes That Are Either Too Tight or Loose

Make sure you dress for your size and which involves not only removing clothes that are too tight from your closet but also those that are too baggy as well. Of course, this would seem not unless you don’t mind being perceived as unfashionable.

#3: Ensure You Can Walk in Shoes You Buy

Of course, there are times when we might have to sacrifice comfort for looks, especially when it comes to footwear. Yet if it just looks better than it feels on your feet, then it’s a good idea to not purchase it at all. So, it’s best not to waste your money on footwear in this situation.

#4: Try On At least Three Sizes And Not Just One

Shoe sizes vary from brand to brand. So it’s a good idea to start by trying on your normal shoe size apart from a pair half-size smaller and larger. If you’re not sure, make sure you buy a pair that is half-size larger instead.

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