Facts About The Electric Cigarette

If you’re looking for a way to stop smoking, then consider electronic cigarettes. You can get the cigarettes at most tobacco stores and retail stores that sell tobacco products. There are various flavors of liquids that you can get to put in the cigarette so that you aren’t getting a simple vapor when smoking. You cans also add nicotine to the cigarette so that you are still getting the substance without all of the harmful chemicals. There are a few facts about e cigarettes that you might not know about.


When you have an electronic cigarette, there is nothing that you have to burn. You don’t have to worry about keeping up with a lighter or finding a match because you you won’t light the electronic cigarette as there isn’t any tobacco. The cigarette operates off of a battery. Some of them have a tip that looks like a cigarette that is lit. You can use the cigarette with or without nicotine. You can also decrease the amount of nicotine that is in the cigarette. This can help you stop relying on nicotine all together.

While there are minor chemicals in the nicotine, you will also find that the liquid can damage the skin by causing a rash, or it can be harmful if it’s ingested in a manner other than smoking. There haven’t been any real studies as to whether the cigarettes are actually safe or not. Most people feel that they are safe, which they are compared to traditional cigarettes, but there are some aspects to the cigarettes that are still questionable. As with anything that has to do with nicotine, you need to monitor the amount that you inhale as anything can become addictive and create health problems. There are some who want the FDA to regulate the cigarettes since they can contain nicotine. If this would take place, then it could increase the price of the cigarettes. You don’t have to worry about getting a new cigarette as you use the same materials whenever you smoke. There is a little bit of maintenance that you have to do in order to keep the cigarette operational.

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Fashionable Homes for the Top Fashionable People

Inside the Homes of Top Designers

Talk about fashionable real estate. Famous fashion designers don’t just excel in the clothing department. Their interior design skills are just as haute couture as they are!

Leading property portal Lamudi released an article that gives us a special pass on these stylish and enviable homes:


Versace Mansion© dailymail.co.uk

Located in Miami, Florida, the late Gianni Versace’s mansion was sold at an auction last year for $41.5 million USD. I wonder how many Idol Shoulder Bags (worth $2.550USD each) can be bought with that… Versace bought Casa Casuarina in 1992 and spent millions on renovations. Tragically, he was shot dead on the mansion’s front steps in 1997.

The property is now set to attract plenty of highflyers through its doors, with the mansion recently reopening as a luxury hotel. Guests can stay in the master designer’s former bedroom, and swim in his 24-carat gold swimming pool.

Versace Mansion2© dailymail.co.uk


Valentino Chateau© vanityfair.com

Located just half an hour away from Paris, France, the Château de Wideville was built by Louis XIII’s finance minister, Claude de Bullion. It was home to one of Louis XIV’s mistresses, Madame Louise de la Vallire, and was purchased by Valentino Garavani in 1998. The 120-acre property boasts of eight bedrooms, and was restored by the famed Henri Samuel, master of French interior design.  This is exactly the kind of glamour you would expect from the 82-year old fashion icon.

Valentino Chateau2© joellemagazine.com


Karl Lagerfeld Apartment© elitechoice.org

Born in Hamburg, Germany, Chanel’s head designer and creative director now calls “la ville des lumières” home. Don’t expect anything extravagant from his minimalist apartment, located on the Quai Voltaire. According to Lagerfeld, “There is no color here, because I am constantly surrounded by color. I prefer to live in a neutral environment.“ No word yet on how Choupette, Lagerfeld’s beloved cat, feels about the minimalist approach with no interesting furniture to climb on.

Karl Lagerfeld Apartment2© karl.com


Diane Von Furstenburg Penthouse© selectism.com

You have top designers living in Paris; you have top designers living in iconic Manhattan. The famous Belgian born designer happens to be one of them. Located at the very center of the Meatpacking District (No, she doesn’t live on the Upper East Side, Gossip Girl style) Diane Von Furstenberg‘s Penthouse features glass walls and quirky furniture. If in the fashion industry, she is known for the wraparound dress, then in interior design circles, her not-so-humble abode is famed for the 3,000 Swarovski crystal staircase. For convenience’s sake, the Diane Von Furstenberg flagship store is located just at the bottom of her uniquely decorated Penthouse, so if you happen to pass by, don’t forget to look up!

Diane Von Furstenburg Penthouse2© buro247.hr


Common Equipment Seen in Most Day Spa Facilities

If you visit the spa often, you might be familiar with the different furnishings and equipment found there. To give you an even better idea about how these items work though, we’ll go over some of the most common fixtures found at beauty salons and day spas around the globe. In this way, you’ll know precisely how each helps you to remain youthful and fresh while allowing staff to do their jobs in an efficient manner.

Hair Styling Stations

hair styling

This is the combined setup of a number of pieces of furniture which make it easier for the client to have their hair done:

• Salon chair
• Mirror
• Shelving
• Trolley

Basically, everything should be in place so that you’re comfortable when sitting there and getting your hair done. All hairdressing supplies, brushes, scissors, curlers, etc. should be in easy reach for the staff so they can do their job without having to walk back and forth too often.

The next time you’re out getting your hair styled in your local day spa or beauty salon, have a closer look to see how these types of stations are set up.

Massage Tables

You might also be in the habit of getting a massage every month or so. The next time you’re being pampered, take a look at the specs of the massage table that they use when relaxing your muscles. You’ll probably notice the following features:

• Adjustable back rest
• Detachable face cradle
• Arm extenders
• Height adjustments
• Removable face portal

Each table will likely come with a significantly high weight limit so it doesn’t buckle under the weight of the heavier customers. This means your chosen day spa will be able to provide a vigorous massage to basically anyone regardless of their body specs. Being flexible is a good business model for any beauty salon.

Pedicure Chairs

Your day spa should also come with a comfortable pedicure chair which you will sit in when getting your nails done. This equipment boasts a number of features that differ from standard seating, including:

• Expandable footrests
• Extendable headrests
• Reinforced structure
• Adjustable heights

These chairs should also be comfortable enough so you can sit down for an hour or so while your nails are filed and painted.

The pedicurist should also have their own little stool on which they can sit while doing your nails. This essential piece of salon equipment will generally have a small, cushioned shelf attached which holds the client’s foot while the beautician gets to work.

Manicure Tables

In the same vein as the pedicure chair, your day spa should have a manicure table which your beautician uses to treat and paint the nails on your hands as well. These will come with the following specs:

• Drawer space for varnish, polish, cleaners, etc.
• A table top height comfortable for clients and staff
• Attached lamps that provide adequate lighting

Your day spa may even have foldable manicure tables if they don’t have room for a more permanent fixture. If this is the case, they can pack this piece of equipment away and free up some space after a client has had their manicure done.

Shampoo Units

shampoo units

Lastly, your day spa is also likely to have some sort of shampoo unit where staff can wash your hair without getting wet themselves. Choosing the very best shampoo unit involves finding one which makes it comfortable for the customer while facilitating the task for the hair washer as well.

Not only will the unit have to comfortably accommodate a range of body shapes but it should also fit into the available salon space with room to spare. The design should optimise work flow too, ensuring the client can get their hair washed without much difficulty. Lastly, durable material is essential to ensure the unit lasts for a long time.

As you can see, these salon supplies are vital for a number of reasons. They offer flexibility to the staff so they can help you look amazing without much fuss or hassle. They also keep everything in an ordered manner so all tools and products are within easy reach at all times. This is why it’s rare to visit a day spa and find them without these essential pieces of equipment.

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Marin – FreeDigitalPhotos.Net

Five Useful Accessories For Your Bike

As the riding enthusiast will know – whether your daily commute relies on your wheels, or your free time is devoted to the next downhill trail – it’s not always what bike you’re on, but how you use it. It’s not enough to put your two wheels to pavement or dirt; getting the most out of your ride often relies on the accessories your bike has. Fear not, we – alongside the guys at 99 Bikes – have narrowed it down to the tip five accessories that are most useful for your next ride.

Getting the most out of your ride often relies
on the accessories your bike has.


This is a given for most, yet should not be overlooked as one of the most vital pieces of biking equipment you’ll own. Not just any lock will do for your pride and joy; will you be using the Titan, the Spartacus or the Goliath to secure your wheels?

Passenger seat

So when we said “pride and joy” we meant second to your own child who loves to come riding with you on the weekends. For those without children, feel free to skip on to further reading. For those who this applies to, it really does apply to you, so pay attention. You can acquire the front carrier to give your bundle a front house view, a post seat to not break your focus, or a trailer so they can snooze as you cruise.


Once you’ve got your gear secured, you need to know where you’re going. Garmin have a range of premium satellite navigation systems for bikes on the harshest of terrains, as well as a series of fixtures to attach it to the most convenient place on your bike. You can charge it on the go, give it a raincoat or even wear it as a watch. Technology, hey.


Remember, even the most fitted-out of double-wheelers cannot withstand the humble insult of a flat. 99 Bikes has a signature mini pump small enough to carry around in your pocket or mount di-rectly to the frame, which is ideal for road-dwelling cyclers. There are various pumps available throughout the store to match your bike’s needs.

Wheels for your wheels

Once the riding is done, you need a way to get bike home, or to your next adventure before the riding even begins. There is a car rack for every make and model of bike and car; you can affix yours and a friend’s to the roof or back of your car with ease and security, while showing off your beauty of a bicycle to passers by.

Don’t forget, once you’ve got the basics of accessories nailed, you can move on to greater technologies, prettier bags and nerdier helmets and lycra to keep you motivated while on the ride.

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Wandee007 – FreeDigitalPhotos.Net

RJ Ledesma Book Signing

*This is a press release.

RJ Ledesma wears many hats. He just wishes he had just as many heads.

Aside from hosting television shows, weddings and events, organizing the Mercato Centrale group of food markets, editing a men’s magazine and writing a weekly newspaper column, (and yes, he was ‘Joey’ in the Royal Tru-Orange that came out in the eighties), RJ is also the author behind four best-selling humor books Lies My Yaya Should Have Told Me (2008), I Do Or I Die (2009), Is It Hot In Here Or Is It Me? (2010) and It Only Hurts When I Pee (2011) from Anvil Publishing.  His third book, Is It Hot In Here Or Is It Me, was a National Book Award Finalist in the 30th National Book Awards. His books are a collection of his “Pogi from a Parallel Universe” columns in the Philippine Star.


Join RJ Ledesma as he signs all four of his books on Friday (September 14) from 5:00pm-6:00pm at the National Book Store booth of the 33rdManila International Book Fair in SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/AnvilPublishing.