4 Things You Didn’t Know About Crystals

For centuries, crystals have taken pride of place in many people’s lives. Enjoyed for their beauty and healing benefits, crystals are one accessory that has never gone out of fashion. However, when it comes to crystals you will usually find people grouped into one of two categories: believers and sceptics. And for those that lean more towards scepticism, it’s usually because they don’t know enough about them. So to help bring you up to speed on why crystals are so popular, below are four interesting facts about these precious stones that you may not have known before.

1. Colour is Key

The biggest factor that determines a crystal’s key purpose is its colour. The colour of a crystal represents what sort of stone it is and what purposes it can be used for. Specialised businesses such as Feel Crystals are able to lead you through what each crystal and its colour represents, as well as what benefits it might have for you physically, emotionally and spiritually. For example, stones that are green or pink are ideal for emotional healing. These include rose quartz or green aventurine.

2. Cleansing

Using crystals, particularly for healing purposes is not as simple as buying the one you like then carrying it around in your pocket. The belief behind the power of crystals is to do with their ability to connect with the energy of your body, which is why they must be cleansed before use. Crystals that have been sitting in a store will absorb all the emotional or spiritual energy around them, which will have no benefit for you. Cleansing of crystals can be done a variety of ways including cleansing in moonlight or sunlight, burying or even placing them in water. Burning sage is also believed to be a possible cleansing technique.

3. Pick the ‘Right’ One

It is believed that crystals can only work correctly if you have selected the right one for you and your body’s energy. The best way to do this is to look at an array of crystals and pick the one that really grabs you, or the one you feel particularly drawn to. Some people are even able to feel the energy ‘pulses’ of a crystal – which is a sign you have picked the right one. Sometimes its energy can feel hot or cold on your skin, or it can even feel like a small electric shock.

4. They are Living Organisms

This is a fun fact that many people are probably not aware of – crystals aren’t just pretty rocks.

Part of the mineral kingdom, these beautiful natural elements are most certainly alive, which is why you will often see them growing in clusters. Because of this, they have a ‘life energy’ which is why they are believed to have a variety of healing benefits by matching up this energy with the energy points or ‘chakras’ on your own body.

There is a reason the use of crystals dates back thousands of years, and it wasn’t just to ward off negative energy or evil spirits. Crystals have long been believed to offer emotional and physical healing properties – and their popularity is a clear sign they must be doing something right.

Do you own any crystals? What do they mean to you? Share your experiences below.

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Re-Interpreting the Statement Piece

Statement pieces serve an important role in the fashion world. They complete an ensemble in such a way that other people can’t help but take notice. However, there are several alternative ways to employ a statement piece as well. In this article, we’re going to take a survey of traditional statement pieces before going on to explore a few less-typical ways to reinterpret the concept.

Traditional Statement Pieces

A traditional statement piece is a fashion accessory (usually a piece of jewellery) that stands out from an ensemble and grabs others’ attention. This could be anything form a flashy necklace to a stand-out watch. As long as it demands attention and completes the ensemble, then it is a true statement piece.

When it comes to traditional statement pieces, the following criteria typically apply:

  • A statement piece is usually going to be big.

This isn’t a hard and fast rule, but a statement piece is usually large. This makes it more eye catching and helps it to stand out from the ensemble. The whole point of the piece is to draw attention to itself, which is why it needs to be large in the first place. Just bear in mind that a person with a particularly petite frame is going to look unusual if their statement piece is so large that it eclipses them.

  • A statement piece needs to match the ensemble.

Usually, a person only has one or two statement pieces, which means that they end up buying clothes and other accessories to match their favourite pieces. Given the fact that it is supposed to stand out, completing and total matching is not necessary. Indeed, a bit of incongruity can actually make the piece more eye catching. That said, it does need to look more or less homogenous with the rest of the outfit.

  • A statement piece can’t tolerate company.

Remember: your statement piece is intended to stand out from the rest of the outfit, but it’s going to have trouble doing this if another aspect of your ensemble is attempting to do the same. Limit yourself to one statement piece at a time for a classier, more conservative look.

Pieces that Actually Make a Statement

There are alternative ways to interpret the statement piece as well. While the traditional variety is typically an accessory or a piece of jewellery, you can also invest in statement pieces that actually issue a statement of some sort. These can run the gamut from printed tee-shirts to novelty-style gifts. In fact, if you are buying for friends or family, these types of statement pieces can make for great birthday or Christmas gifts – so long as you know the person well enough to know what kind of statement they would like to make about themselves.

In terms of novelty jewellery, one of the most popular statement piece is probably the silicone wristband, which a person wears to show support for a particular cause or charity. The Livestrong wristbands were among the first available, and countless others have appeared on the market since then.

If you are shopping for novelty-style gifts, you may also end up finding statement pieces for your house. Custom BBQ branding irons (that allow you to sear your own name into your steaks) will make quite a prominent addition to your culinary arsenal. It also allows you to issue a bold statement every time you cook for guests. Something along the lines of, ‘This is my sirloin steak, but you can eat it’.

Likewise, a humorous book set on the coffee table, printed coffee mugs and other household odds and ends can easily jump out and grab a person’s attention. In such a way, a well-placed decoration can function as a statement piece for a particular room in the house. The possibilities are endless.

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6 Clothing Items Every Woman Needs

Every woman deserves to look irresistible on a regular basis, and a carefully-chosen wardrobe can help any woman accomplish this goal. Regardless of your height, shape, or weight, the right outfit can make you look and feel attractive, confident, and unforgettable. Here are 6 clothing items that every woman needs to have in her wardrobe. If you don’t currently have all of them, then it is time to go shopping!

1. Flattering Jeans

Jeans can be painfully expensive, especially the quality kind that slim down your thighs and make your butt look incredible. While you may not be able to afford an entire closet full of expensive, flattering jeans, you deserve to have at least one pair that makes you look and feel amazing. To make your favorite pair of jeans last as long as possible, try not to wash them too frequently, and be sure you hang them up to dry instead of throwing them in the dryer with your other clothes.

2. Flirty Undergarments

 Even if you are the only one who sees your bra and panties on a regular basis, that doesn’t give you an excuse to wear mismatched or boring intimates. You might be surprised at how much more attractive and flirtatious you feel when you are wearing a cute bra with matching panties. Even a lacey undergarment that provides extra support like a shapewear slip, padded boyshorts, or corset can feel feminine and flirty.

3. A Little Black Dress

Have you been feeling a little bit less than desirable lately? Then it is time to go out and purchase a little black dress that will bring your sassy side out in a big way. Whether it is cute and frilly or tight and form-fitting, every woman needs to have a little black dress in her closet for those days when she wants to feel more attractive and flirtatious.

4. A Pair of Stilettos

No matter how clumsy or how tall you are, you need to have at least one pair of sexy stilettos in your closet. Whether you are dressing up for a fancy reception or you are getting ready to go out on a hot date, a pair of stilettos can complete your outfit and help you make a bold fashion statement.

5. A Business Suit

Even if you prefer to walk around in jeans and a t-shirt all day, you should make sure you have at least one classy business suit hanging up in your closet. A business suit can not only make you look confident and powerful, but it can also make an unforgettable impression on a potential employer during a job interview.

6. A Pair of Comfy Sweats

To some men, nothing is sexier than a woman who is confident enough to curl up on the couch in a pair of comfy sweats and a baggy t-shirt. Every woman should have at least one pair of sweats that she can wear when she wants to lounge around the house and forget about all of her daytime worries.

If your closet is currently lacking any or all of these clothing necessities, it is time to schedule a shopping date and restock your closet with clothing that makes you feel good about yourself.

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DIY Eyeglasses Frame Measurement Guide

The most popular way to correct refraction problems is by wearing eyeglasses. However, when shopping for eyeglasses online, finding the right frame measurement can sometimes be time consuming. Worry no more because through the help of this infographic, looking for the right frame is now as easy as ABC.

What Are The Best Eyeglasses For Your Face Shape? - Infographic

Things to Consider When Designing Your Wedding Dress

Do you want a fabulous wedding dress that is head turning and uniquely yours? Why not try to design your own? You’ll be unique and it will cost you less.

I know designing your wedding dress is within your capabilities. If others can do it, then you can as well. All you have to do is consider the following:

Decide what type of wedding you want.

Do you want a church wedding which is formal, civil wedding which is lesser formal but can be as serious and extravagant as the church wedding or the non-traditional such as beach and garden wedding that can be as romantic and extravagant as well but will give you freedom to be creative?

Know your body shape.

Try to stand naked in front of a full-length mirror. Reality may hurt sometimes but hey, it can’t be that bad. Then know the style of dress that will compliment your body shape and your best features.

•Apple (triangle downward) – wider waist and smaller shoulders.
•Pear (inverted triangle) – upper body is wider than the lower body.
•Banana (rectangular) – straight up and down types.
•Hour Glass – waist is slimmer than the upper and lower body.

Choose fabric that will reflect your indivuality.

•Satin – smooth, with glossy surface and dull back…as soft as rayon or silk; embody elegance.
•Silk – soft, smooth; embody luxury and elegance.
•Taffeta – crisp and smooth woven fabric; bright and elegant.
•Organza – light and can be easily paired with other fabrics; gives soft, romantic look.
•Georgette – sheen, soft, flows well; emdody seductiveness.
•Charmeuse – made from silk with satin finish, light-weight, free-flowing drape, extremely popular; embody luxury and sophistication.

That’s it! You can start designing your wedding dress now and imagine that you are wearing it on the day you are dreaming of…your wedding day.

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