Month: September 2019

Wide Leather Watchband

Women’s wide leather watchbands that are customized can be set with a Mother-of Pearl dial and simulated pearls and rhinestones on the band. This is not a cuff to be worn everyday, but when worn with the right outfit you will shine with style and dignity.

If you are looking for a wide cuff to be worn everyday try a tooled alligator leather cuff with quartz set. Then enhance the band with a favorite quote; you will be the center of attention with friends.

Wide leather bands can be worn with formal or casual attire. When they were first introduced they were stereotyped to be gothic, but today you will find top executives sporting these timepieces with power and dignity. The watches were also thought to be for men because of the 1.5 to 3 inch cuff, with the passing of time they gradually became accepted as unisex and today there is a very fine line between the women and men’s version. When women wear the leather cuff with formal attire they usually select a narrower band than the typical male size.

The traditional wide watchbands were black and brown in color. The black was to be worn with more formal attire and the brown was for the casual attire. With women demanding the wide cuffs new leather colors have been introduced in all shades on the color spectrum. Customizing a timepiece allows you to embellish the piece with stones, snaps, buckles, or any combination that suits your style.

Factory Outlet Shopping

Outlet malls are a collection of several different outlet stores. They are often located on the outskirts of a larger metropolitan area where the land is plentiful and less expensive. The malls usually have some large “anchor” stores like you would find in a regular mall and a collection of other smaller retail outlet stores along with some fast food restaurants. You can usually find factory outlet stores offering clothing, shoes, and other smaller household items at outlet malls. If you want a wide selection of products without having to travel far from store to store, a factory outlet mall is a great choice for you.

A factory outlet store in a free-standing building is not as common as those found in outlet malls, but they offer equally good pricing. A common type of free-standing outlet is a furniture outlet. Often these types of outlets offer furniture from several different manufacturers although you can find some that offer a single manufacturer’s products. Sometimes the furniture offered at a factory outlet is of the “scratch and dent” variety. This means that it may have gotten a small mark during shipping or transporting but that it does not affect the overall performance of the piece in any way. You can also get mattresses at a factory outlet store. They are sometimes just discontinued or mismatched pieces that are in perfect condition.

With the increase in online shopping, it is natural that you would be able to find a factory outlet online. Many times these online outlet malls are connected with hundreds of different retailers so you are able to choose from many different products, styles and price ranges. The disadvantage of shopping at an online factory outlet is that you cannot see the product before you buy it and you have to get it shipped and wait for delivery. You can, however, look for free or inexpensive shipping. Make sure that you understand the return policy and agree with it before you buy anything.

The one thing that you really need to be aware of when you are doing any kind of outlet shopping is the regular retail price of whatever you are looking for. Sometimes the outlets have the best deals and sometimes they do not. It is possible that you can get a better deal at a discount store or even a department store if you shop at clearance sales and other special events.

Winter Wear for Men

Well, for starters, there’s nothing like the classic pullover. Wear one over a pair of denims and you’re done for the day. Additionally, there’s no such clothing that aids in flaunting the man’s shoulders than a V-Neck. But there’s lots more to the plain, old simple sweaters. A polo neck sweater comes in handy for both a business meeting as well as a casual day out. There’s the zipped pullover which you could wear over a shirt and you’re ready. In fact, this look could even make you chuck the coat and tie at office for once. Then there are the cardigans and the collared sweaters, if you’re looking for something different. The sleeveless pullovers over a crisp shirt also make a man look like a million bucks.

Pullovers do the trick for both pre-fall and high fall according to the fabric. But if it’s something light and easy that you’re looking for, then sweatshirts are the thing for you. Go for the hooded or the non-hooded ones in different colors to complete your winter look. Zipped reversible sweatshirts also seem to have become the latest fad. Since we’re on it, reversible windcheaters are no less in demand. The classic black windcheaters are also among the absolute favorites in winter wear for men.

When it comes to men’s winter wear absolute must haves, even jackets can never go out of style. Leather jackets in darker tones complete the look while making it completely drool worthy. Helps you get all the attention from the ladies! Formal and semi-formal jackets also sell like hot cakes and can be found in a range of cuts, colors and fabrics conveniently at any online store. Then there are the quilted ones which keep the harsh winds at bay like not even a heater can, and yes, they can make a man look manly and bulky without much hard work.

The jacket look is indeed incomplete without a muffler or a scarf. Yes scarves are no longer exclusively meant for women. Look stylish and suave by teaming a scarf with a heavy jacket and make heads turn. Mufflers go better with formal jackets, so try it and get ready to receive all those compliments.

Ankle Boots

The versions of boots that can be seen today are for fashion, entertainment and even for the military. They are actually available in all colors, styles, lengths as well as sizes. It is very easy to find a boot that will totally suit you regardless of who you are.

Ankle boots are footwear that is directed to ladies fashion. It is actually just an adjusted boot that reaches the ankle. It bears all the qualities and features of a boot but just with different lengths. The boot is quite easy to wear as it doesn’t have many details and also it does not alter the attention back to you as you walk in the streets. With skinny jeans, the boots are incredible. You can also pair them off with lace stockings, or even a pretty short dress with stockings. Either way, you will look stunning.

Some people would prefer to wear the ankle boots with cigarette jeans. Others would prefer to wear them with a dress or a skirt. This will of course depend on an individual’s taste. You can wear practically anything with ankle boots.

When it comes to the seasons, summer is not particularly a time to wear the ankle boots. It is quite too hot to be sporting boots as you move around. The best time is winter as the temperatures are low and you still need to look fashionable as well as keep your feet warm. The boots also give an amazing twist to whatever else you are wearing making you look trendy and in style. They can easily blend in with jeans as well as a fluffy coat making you feel cozy. They are even better than the knee length boots as the knee length ones will require you to be very conscious about what to wear.

The ankle boots are also available in many colors and you will have a lot of options to choose from. You can therefore be able to pick a boot that will match with your wardrobe quite easily.

Evergreen Watches

Watches are accessories or gadgets that intrigue us as early as in our childhoods. I remember when I was a kid I used to look at my grandfather’s pocket watch and wish I could own it someday. Today, while browsing the internet I came across a wide range of pocket watches which were very affordable at $ 2.91. The one which caught my attention was the Antique hollow pattern brass quartz pocket watch. It also has a chain belt. It is reasonably priced at $3.90. It has an antique pattern with scratch resistant stainless case. It is exquisitely engraved that gives it a classy look. The diameter of the watch is 38 mm approximately. This looked to be a very good gifting option for your father or grandfather.

You can find watches on the internet which suit everyone in terms of design, price, gender, and workmanship. There are excellent silicone sports bracelet watches. These are unisex, healthy, fashionable, and water-resistant. They are available in vibrant colors which never fade even after regular use. This piece is available for $ 0.96 approximately.

If you are searching for something which is elegant then you must definitely have a look at the Curren high quality Rhinestone watch. It is an elegant quartz movement with calendar dial. It is golden in color with rhinestones embedded on the 3cm-dial. It has a stainless steel band and is priced at $ 13.11 approximately. The watch is ideal for formal wear.

Info of Shop California

There are so many sensory experiences along San Jose’s themed shopping and dining district called Santana Row, that it’s understandable why so many first-time visitors might become confused about where they are. In creating Santana Row, some of the world’s best urban experiences were fused, generating a new place that defies categorization. More than a shopping district, it is a community with parks, townhouses and a hotel. Facades of the five-story buildings along the boulevard hint stylistically that Santana Row evolved over the past century. A pseudo art deco frieze atop one of the false fronts heroically declares “DeForest” hinting that some industrial plant once occupied the building in the 1930s. The consistent height of the buildings along its 1500-foot “Main Street” shocks one’s senses after arriving from sprawling Silicon Valley where building height seems constrained only by purpose. Suddenly, you’ve entered an urban canyon as is common in European cities.

Santana Row’s developer set out to redefine the urban neighborhood, by salvaging its best characteristics and filling its street-level spaces with chic shops and gathering spots that would attract upscale tenants and residents. The strategy worked. Santana Row is home to such famous names in fashion as Gucci, Tommy Bahama, Ann Taylor, Burberry and Brooks Brothers. Discriminating diners are attracted to such one-of-a-kind restaurants as Tanglewood where inventive forms of “comfort food” are served in what General Manager Andy O’Day calls “Spirited American Cuisine.” Entrees include such unusual items as “Coca-Cola Braised Pork Belly” or “Buttermilk Fried Wolfe Quail” served with honey-buttered mini biscuits, American culinary legend James Beard’s favorite biscuit.

Just like Tanglewood’s menu, everything about Santana Row is completely new and yet, also, remembered vaguely. We’ve been here before… somewhere in our imagination. That sense of familiarity amidst the surreal is the result of a wholly California invention… the theme park. Santana Row is an adult evolution of the theme park, where an idealized, proverbial environment is created for our enjoyment. It stands to reason that the state where the theme park was invented (Disneyland, 1955) would also extend its affection for whimsy to shopping. Throughout the golden state, shopping is more than what is inside the store. It’s the experience that goes with it.

If San Diego was the birthplace of California, then Old Town San Diego – the city’s historic pueblo dating from 1769 – is the birthplace of themed shopping. Here in 1968, California established a state historic park to preserve its first downtown. Today, 27 early-1800s homes, a one-room school house, the first church in San Diego and government buildings are preserved. Scattered among the historic buildings once-derelict motels and shops have since been transformed into Mission-revival adobes containing 106 shops and 12 art galleries that bring life to the museum-like quiet of the state park by selling colorful south of the border crafts, clothing and treasures. On visiting Old Town, a government official from Mexico was overheard saying to another of his colleagues, “The Americans are even doing Mexico better than us.” Patio restaurants amidst the themed shops resonate with the happy sounds of Mariachi musicians as they entertain diners and stroll beneath columned arbors draped with magenta bougainvillea.

Beyond the limed walls and red tile roofs of Old Town, the maritime history of San Diego (home to the U.S. Navy, America’s tuna fleet, cruise ships and numerous yacht clubs) is celebrated at Seaport Village. A contrast of silvery-black weathered buildings and colorfully painted salt box structures provide a nautical flair along the waterfront. Lushly landscaped paths wind past curio shops and eateries and along San Diego Bay where benches provide good spots to watch passing sailboats and warships.

Further up the California coast in Orange County’s Newport Beach, coastal life is the theme of Fashion Island, an enclave of Mediterranean style with splashing fountains and a signature koi pond. The first impression one has on entering Gary’s Island – one of three local Gary’s stores in the mall – is the brilliance of the apparel’s tropical colors: turquoise and yellow, pink, and lime. While, at Lola Rouge Kids, designer fashionistas aged 6 to 16 go “gahgah” over its trend-setting party wear. Clearly, you’re not in London any more. Though, if you seek more conservative rags to don, explore Orange County’s only Bloomingdale’s or Neiman Marcus among Fashion Island’s 200 specialty stores.

The granddaddy of California’s destination shopping centers is Costa Mesa’s South Coast Plaza. Although sleek South Coast Plaza does not fit categorization as themed shopping, because it is such a favorite of travelers (24 million shoppers a year) it deserves a spot on any review of what makes California shopping special. South Coast Plaza’s distinction is its unusual concentration of the most glamorous names in design: Tiffany & Co., Valentino, CHANEL, St. John, Hermes, Dior, Hugo Boss, Louis Vuitton and Giorgio Armani to name a few (there just isn’t space here to name them all). More than a shopping center, South Coast Plaza’s 280 stores elevate shopping to the level of performance with their showmanship and the center’s five valet parking stations and five concierge desks that will arrange dinner reservations or theater tickets, if you can bear to stop perusing the stores.

If not, performance shopping is found at two of the biggest names in entertainment, Disney and Universal Pictures. Set between Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure theme parks, the shops and restaurants at Downtown Disney in Anaheim are all about having fun, whether buying sports merchandise at the ESPN Zone, listening to jazz as you dine at House of Blues, purchasing Disney memories at World of Disney, being amazed at the Lego Imagination Center or creating a new persona at Sephora. Universal City Walk at the entrance to Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles claims 65 cool things to do, from finding native American arts and crafts at Adobe Road, to dressing like a “hog” at the Harley Davidson store, to finding Southern California skateboard fashions at Skechers, to unearthing rare video games at EB Games, or to being amused by the rock and roll memorabilia as you chow down on a burger at the Hard rock Café Hollywood.

There’s a local saying that goes, “nobody walks in L.A.,” though along Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade, it seems everyone in L.A. County is. This is one of the places to see Hollywood celebrities out and about, particularly midweek when it’s less crowded. Among those who have been seen on the three-block-long Promenade include Brad Pitt, Cher, Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda, Jack Nicholson, Charlise Theron, Jennifer Aniston, Whoopi Goldberg… by now you’ve figured out all area celebrities eventually stop here to watch a film at any of several multi-screen motion picture complexes, to shop at Fred Segal or buy an Austrian ice cream at Charley Tremmel’s.

If star watching is your bag, look for them (again, midweek) at the Beverly Center in L.A. (between Beverly Hills and Hollywood) or in Palm Springs along Palm Canyon Boulevard. The ultimate star-watching location is, however, Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive (pronounced Roh-DAY-oh). This posh street of high-end stores was the set for Julia Robert’s character’s shopping spree in the movie Pretty Woman. The shopping area is much more compact than the impression it made on the big screen. Allow an hour to walk its three blocks and a budget of $10,000 if you actually plan to buy something at Bijan (431 N. Rodeo Drive) reputed to be the world’s most expensive store. Though, the window shopping and people watching are free.

If there is an opposite of stuffy and pricey Rodeo Drive it must be historic Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles. This is where the Pueblo de Los Angeles began and this mercado still exudes the liveliness of a Mexican village. Street vendors sell Mexican jumping beans, restaurants serve authentic traditional recipes and vibrant Mexican art and crafts are displayed under red tile and canvas awnings along its cobbled streets.

The sights and textures of Olvera Street’s glimpse of old Mexico are quite a contrast from the Assyrian architecture of the Citadel Outlets south of downtown L.A. on Interstate 5. This outlet center was once the headquarters of the Samson Tire & Rubber Co. and to reflect a Samson and Delilah theme was fashioned after a 7th-century B.C. Assyrian palace and is adorned with heraldic griffins and bas-reliefs of Babylonian princes in the style of ancient Samaria, Akkadia and Babylonia. Today, the winged guardians at its entrance guard the retail royalty of: Calvin Klien, Tommy Hilfiger and the United Colors of Benetton, among the center’s many outlet stores.

If the Citadel is Sumaria, then Carmel by the Sea must be the place Californian Thomas Kinkade got his inspiration to paint cottages and gardens. This village set beside a picture-perfect bay on the Monterey Peninsula has, since its earliest days, sought to protect its beauty, charm and environment. After the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 displaced artists, poets, musicians and writers (Jack London among them), they gathered here and influenced the town’s bohemian style. Today, this village of Tudor-styled cottages and 200-plus shops is the epitome of “quaint,” a village of homes without street numbers where art galleries are more prevalent than petrol stations.

Columbia State Historic Park near Sonora, in the Gold Country, is another place that rejects the present. There, the 1850s live always. Wells Fargo stage coaches roll along its dusty streets, miners retell their tall tales, shops are filled with goods reminiscent of the California gold rush, and the sounds of laughter, card games and honky-tonk pianos are heard from inside saloons along its wooden sidewalks. A similar atmosphere is found in Old Sacramento, the original jumping off spot for the California gold rush in 1849. A blend of tourist shops and those serving the local populace keep travelers and residents alike returning to Old Sacramento, as happened from 1848 to the early 1870s, when the California Gold Rush eventually slowed.

One themed California shopping area that has never slowed down is San Francisco’s famous Chinatown. Since its earliest days, Chinatown has been a window to the Far East, importing exotic goods and spices to scent San Francisco streets with commerce and character. The Chinese immigrants who founded Chinatown didn’t know they were building a themed shopping area. They recreated what was familiar to them. The resulting pagoda-marked district is as close a resemblance of China as you’ll find outside the Orient. Street signs read in both Chinese and English characters, buildings have the stacked, up-swung roofs of royal palaces, smoked ducks hang in shop windows, small markets sell produce and fresh fish along the street, Chinese is spoken in all the shops, and carts laden with goods crowd sidewalks waiting to be shipped across the country. None of this was done to evoke character; it is real life in a fantasy place.

Online Shopping Deals

All the businesses nowadays whether they have a real shop are having the shopping outlet. Every business ranging from selling bricks and mortar to big branded clothing retailers are relying on these shops to increase their sales. In this twenty first century where people are cramped by busy schedules these online shopping facilities provide a great opportunity to shop for all the products that are every day essentials or luxury goods. Fashion accessories to regular wears, shoes to cooking utensils, home needs to electronics good you name it you can get it through shopping online. This was present prior to the Internet through television and telephone.

It has become a routine and simple task in the eyes of the public. Also it is easier for the retailers as new products and services can be launched with little over-head costs. They can also supply these products and services to different markets available throughout the world with little effort and cost. It also has the added benefit of providing bargaining power to the buyer. The buyer has a wide range of choices and he can easily compare the cost and quality of all the products available and make the best choice according to his requirements and budget. Because of the rivalry among competitors several online shopping deals have been introduced to attract the buyers.

Each company is making concentrated effort to bag the maximum amount of customers. Although it has become popular it is still being done by middle and upper class people. It has not been successful in including the poorer sections of the society. Attentive services, deals and discounts and product returning facility are all provided to ruthlessly exploit the greed of the middle class people. Shopping online has been made very much easier with the development of technology and if you have a computer connected to the internet plus a debit card or credit cards then you are well armed to do shopping.

Shopping in Coventry

Opening onto Smithford Way is the three storey West Orchards shopping centre which is the place where most shoppers in Coventry will head to for a concentration of shops under one roof. Opened in 1991 it has branches of some of the major High Street chains including: Debenhams, Marks & Spencer and W H Smith. Monday to Saturday it’s open 08:30 to 18:00 (Wednesday it stays open until 19:00) and on Sundays it’s open 10:30 to 16:30. The centre has its own 650 space car park and has a food court capable of holding 700 people at any one time. West Orchards is where the main branches of W H Smith and Debenhams are for Coventry city. The food court contains High street names like KFC and McDonalds as well as some smaller franchises. It also has its own secure car park capable of holding 650 cars. The main ‘on street’ shopping area in Coventry is known as, and is centred on, the Lower Precinct and Cathedral Lanes. This is the area to the south and west of the cathedral and the West Orchard shopping centre, it also incorporates the city’s retail market. Individual store opening times vary but the general rules of weekdays and Saturdays 09:00 to 18:00 and Sundays 11:00 to 17:00 usually apply. Mainly an area in which to shop for fashion items, there is also a small Ikea store and several food and coffee outlets. Due to the many tall buildings in this area, on a windy day it can feel like you’re battling your way down a narrow canyon. The Lower precinct shops are in an area that has been pedestriansied since the 1990s. Part of it is also covered by a glass roof and has two distinct levels. Lower Precinct is the current site of the Cullen mural. The Lower Precinct has several nearby car parks and public transport stops around it.

The Cannon Park shopping centre is at Canley to the west of the city, on Lynchgate Road off Sir Henry Parkes Road. This centre is mainly a food and household items retail outlet, more intended for the local population to the west of the city. However, apart from an enormous Tesco supermarket there are also ‘superstore’ size Wilkinson and Iceland stores. To the north of the outskirts of the city centre, on Stoney Stanton Road, is the Gallagher Retail Park. Completed in 2002, it has ‘warehouse’ style stores so typical of out-of-town- retail parks. Here there are names such as: Argos, MFI, Matalan, Comet and Maplin electronics, JJB Sports and several others. The retail park also has a large McDonald’s fast-food outlet. It is easily accessible from the M6 by following the A444 – Phoenix Way – towards the city from junction 3.

The first recorded market in Coventry was in 1218 when the annual Trinity Fair was first held over a period of eight days. However, it wasn’t until 1346 that Queen Isoldla granted the city a weekly market, which was held in Earls Street. In 1497 the market was being held over three days: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. With a fourth day, added in the 16th century the market stalls were set up across the city dependent on the wares the stall holders were selling. This system of the market being dispersed around the city centre continued until a dedicated market hall was created in the 1860s. The new Coventry market building, built in 1958 and refurbished in 2003, is now off Queen Victoria Road on the western edge of the city centre. It is open Monday to Saturday from 08:00 in the morning to around 17:00, except Thursdays when it closes at 14:30. Coventry market contains a full range of stores selling food, clothes, household goods and various other artefacts and gifts.

If you find yourself in need of a bank, building society or even a bureaux de change to withdraw some extra funds for your shopping trip in Coventry then head for the High Street. The High Street, between the Precincts area and the Civic Centre, is the main commercial area of the city where you’ll find all the major branches represented.

Between Digital and Analogue Watches

Despite the presence of hands and numerals, analogue watches show a large variety in both designs and colors. Children’s watches can also be designed to look very appealing in this way, so that children really look forward to wearing their first watch on their arm at a particular time. Like those for adults, these watches have all the important functions, moreover they have been designed to look colorful and appealing. In doing so, manufacturers of children’s watches do of course also address the needs of children. They also produce special girls’ watches, which are embellished with exterior designs in pastel colors or animal motifs or even motifs from movies and advertising. As a result, children are much happier to learn to read the time than in the past. If they have not already learned it in kindergarten, it will be time in the first grade at the latest, and at this point it’s then worth giving them a nice wrist watch.

What distinguishes an analogue watch? Despite its long history, it is a modern watch, which although it has a dial with hands, is equipped with very modern features on the inside. Some watches have an additional display for the date, sometimes including the day of the week. The various phases of the moon can also be displayed which is certainly very interesting for those people who think of the influence of the moon. On a boys’ watches small cars can be attached to the hands to make the time seem that little bit more colorful to the child. Watchstraps and colors are very colorful and diverse, so you can find the right watch completely suited to the taste of the wearer concerned.

Whether or not they are battery powered, analogue or digital, watches are and will remain an important medium of our times. Whether antiquated or ultra-modern, all watches are very exciting and underline the style of the person wearing them. Not to mention that they can be a beautiful gift for Christmas.

Fix Up, Look Sharp

Getting Started

The formal fashion world can be a bit of minefield at times, so before you start throwing around your money it’s important you take the time to think about what kind of image you want to project. If you’re not sure where to start, there’s plenty of inspiration out there to help you find your own style. Look in celebrity magazines, browse the Internet, pick up clothing catalogues and next time you’re walking through the city, keep a watchful eye on what outfits business men are wearing. It’s essential to remember that everyone is different, so be sure to choose something that enhances your qualities; don’t try and force a look that clearly isn’t for you.

Dress to Impress

The shirt is the first thing people are going to see. It can make or break an outfit, so it’s important to get this bit right before getting carried away with what trousers or shoes to buy. Men’s formal shirts come in many different styles; the choice of colour, size and material is all down to personal preference. Choosing what works for you can be as simple or as a complicated as you wish to make it. If you’re the kind of person who pays attention to the finer details then you might want to consider the style of cuff, the ply and weave of the fibre, the stitching, the pocket, the collar, the pleats and the buttons.

You’ll find fashion jargon can be quite overwhelming at times but it’s really not all that complicated. A little Internet research can clear things up for you in no time at all. The key factor amongst everything else is shirt size. All of the finer details are of minor importance if the shirt doesn’t fit you properly. It’ll just be uncomfortable to wear and look ridiculous. If you’re a heavyset gentleman then a dark coloured shirt that’s baggy enough to allow freedom of movement is going to be your best choice. If you’re trim and athletic then brighter slim fit formal shirts that show off the shape of your body are probably going to be more your kind of thing.