Blooms, Chocolates, Expensive Jewelry, and Movado Watches

Surprising someone with a present can be quite a way of demonstrating your true love and care. As such, you will need to give a product a man or woman will appreciate and treasure. From Movado watches to flower arrangements, make that person feel precious with these gifts:


Blossoms have been the most frequent present among lovers. Throughout time, blooms carry out an important function in articulating unique sentiments: joy, despair, sincerity, and appreciation. In certain ethnicities, blooms have high importance. Early Greeks and Romans, as an example, associate bouquets with their deities and myths, making it a revered task.

Ensure you know its explanation if you’re going to give a rose to someone special. You might need to give red roses, white carnations, and daisies to your lover, as these signify love and loyalty. Irises, pansies, and zinnias may be appropriate flower presents for friends, as these signify friendship and gratitude. What is a lot better is blossoms can go along with any type of presents including Omega watches, chocolate bars, or expensive jewelry.


Nothing might be more gratifying than offering chocolates to special someone. Like flowers, chocolates have been prevalent presents among close friends and couples. In many countries, men present chocolates to express their devotion to the woman that like. The good thing about giving chocolate presents is they come in different varieties-be it white, dark, or milk chocolate.

Although you can purchase ready-made chocolates from supermarkets, it might be better to make one yourself. Doing so will make the gift more special-both males and women often appreciate presents made from personal effort. It might also be a sweeter thought if you can present other items like Movado watches and flowers when you give your chocolate.

Precious jewelry

Giving precious jewelry as a gift might be expensive, but it can be worth the price. Jewellery symbolizes class and style, making it an ideal gift for both guys and women. Giving this as a gift may also imply a more mature and serious relationship, as this is apparent during courtship. Nevertheless, giving precious jewelry might also mean you trust a person as one would do a true friend.

You can choose from different types of jewellery like earrings, necklaces, rings, and bracelets. Make sure to choose one that will suit the recipient’s personality. For example, pearl earrings might be a suitable gift for someone simple yet sophisticated. You might also want to match the precious jewelry with other accessories the person has like Movado watches, bags, and earrings. You might also want to give precious jewelry designed with a birthstone as an ideal birthday gift. It might even be better to have the jewelry customized like putting endearments in lockets or bracelets.


Watches may also be typical gifts, specially among older males and women. Giving a wrist watch comes with various meanings-in some countries, giving one might mean perseverance. Like choosing jewellery, though, you should be considerate in choosing the correct watch for your receiver.

Take into account your options when selecting timepieces. They can come in diverse styles like gold, silver, stainless steel, and leather. Choose a basic watch style-get one powered by batteries. Nevertheless, you may also contemplate Omega watches or Movado watches with extra features like built-in calendars, alarms, and chronometers. You can also choose to engrave a note on the watch to make it more special.

Size 12 Models Could Be Coming to Project Runway

When it comes to the world of fashion and models we all know that “THIN” is in. Project Runways Tim Gunn wants to shape the runway with woman who represents the majority of today’s society who are not a size 2.

Gunn who keeps the designers on their toes and has coined the phrase “Make It Work” doesn’t take light to excuses. Gunn’s motivation for wanting to feature more real women on Project Runway stems from an incident in season 10 where designer Ven Budhu made it very clear that he was not happy working with his plus size model who was nominated to be on the show for a makeover by her friends.

According to Today, Budhu brought the plus size contestant to tears and Gunn took to his twitter page and said, “That a truly good designer can make any size look good”.

Gunn as mentor to the designers uses the platform of Project Runway to give the designers the opportunity to step outside the norm and create for markets in fashion that are not being addressed.

According to an interview last August with the Huffington Post, Gunn said, “I’ve had my own moments in front of designers when I’ve actually said, ‘You know, there’s a market here for expanding your work, and here it is, and frankly, there are two markets: The women who are larger than the 12, and then there are women who are petite and most designers that I talk to have absolutely no interest in addressing either of those populations, which I find repugnant.”

If you are a fan of Project Runway and you want to see more models on the show that represent women beyond size 2 you can cast your vote here and be a part of the poll that just might bring more real women to the runway on Project Runway.

Beauty After Dark Fashion Show highlights

The Parliament hosted a night of luxury and fashion extravaganza. This article provides a recap for this event which was held on June 12th including the showcasing of Oliju Fashion which will be launched for Summer 2014 for bikinis and summer dresses!!!

Goodie bags were distributed from select sponsors along with live music, fashion and shopping provided by vendors. A special shout out to Oliju and L’or D’Afrique for producing such an amazing event. A wonderful job was done by all the models & MUA’s/Hairstylists involved.

Some of the participating sponsor included:

L’or D’afrique Professional Moroccan Argan Oil
eXtreme Fitness Professional Training Studio
DryV Dry Cleaning on Command
Empire Radio (Promotion & Entertainment On a Global Scale)
nda-Nicole Designs

Photography provided by Rod McGee of Chicago Imaging “ Let us provide all of your imaging needs”.

Beyonce does not want to attend Kim and Kanye’s ‘Tacky’ wedding

Mrs. Beyonce Carter has been reportedly throwing shade at Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Summer Wedding invite to Paris.

Rumors began circulating Monday, March 17 about the 17-time Grammy award winner’s “diverish” attitude toward Kimye’s dream ceremony in May.

Jay Z has given his two cents on the matter regarding Kim and Kanye’s wedding and he does not want Queen Bey or daughter Blue Ivy being recorded by E! cameras during the event; That simple.

A source reported that ‘Yonce has allegedly told “friends” her take on the cameras as well and it is nothing pretty:

Jay and Beyonce’s wedding was shrouded in secrecy and extreme lengths were made to make sure their wedding was an intimate affair for friends and family, only. This will be the complete opposite. She thinks it’s just tacky.
Beyonce’s motto has always been, less is more. But clearly when it comes to Kim, more means more.She knows she’ll have to go to the wedding, but really does not to want to.

The insider said the only reason the pop diva, 32, will attend the I Do’s in Paris on May 24 is because West “considers them family.

Make no mistake, the only reason Beyoncé is going to the wedding is because Jay is best friend’s with Kanye.There is no way Kanye would ever even dare to ask Jay or Beyonce to sign a non-disclosure agreement, or take away their cell phones. He knows that neither one of them would betray his trust.”

Tim Gunn wants plus size models in future season of Project Runway

Known for taking a stance on fashion–that it should not end at a size 12–Project Runway’s Tim Gunn mentioned in Hollywood Reporter’s Reality Roundtable segment that he would like to see more models who are a size 12 or larger in a future season of the show.

In previous seasons, Gunn has advised designers to be a bit more open-minded when it comes to fashion design. Many designers in the past have felt discouraged during each season’s “Real Women” challenge when they have to design and create clothing for body sizes over a size four.

Gunn believes that designing fashion for plus size figures for a complete season of Project Runway could be an absolute test for all competing designers. If a designer could create plus size fashions, they are able to design for every woman.

Let’s hope this happens!

BOGO Kim Rogers knit tops for misses and petites at Belk

BOGO Kim Rogers knit tops for misses and petites at Belk through Wednesday, March 19. Choose casual striped Johnny collar tops, boatneck knit tops, twofer tops or print keyhole knit tops and get the second absolutely free. Save even more with Belk’s coupons for $10 off $50, $20 off $100 or $30 off $150.

For a fresh spring career or corporate look. Pair Kim Rogers twofer knit top in new apple green with slim white slacks. Add a green beaded statement necklace for a look that is as fresh and bright as the springtime itself. Versatile and easy to wear, this combo goes everywhere your busy day takes you in cool confidence.

Kim Rogers classic boatneck knit top dresses up or down for virtually every occasion. The flattering neckline needs no embellishment to give a portrait look to your face. Try pairing a turquoise blue top with white slacks or denim and adding a few slim silver bangles for a fresh spring look.

For casual weekends, pair a Kim Rogers Johnny collar red and white striped knit top with white denim capris. Whether sailing, gardening, or enjoying an afternoon of shopping, you’ll be on-trend, in style, and as airy as a spring breeze.

More sales and specials at Belk feature:

25% off juniors’ lace maxi dresses
25-30% off juniors’ knit crops and tees
30% off Belk’s entire stock of dresses for misses, petites and today’s woman
25-50% off women’s suits separates from Kasper
25-50% off better sportswear from Rafaella, Statements, Chaus, Sunny Leigh, Grace and Jones New York Sport for misses, petites and today’s woman
30% off Kim Rogers sportswear for misses and petites
30% off ND New Directions and NE New Directions Weekend sportswear for misses, petites and today’s woman
BOGO 70% off bras from Barely There, Playtex and Vanity Fair
30% off sleepwear and robes from ND Intimates, Ellen Tracy, HUE, Kim Rogers Intimates and Miss Elaine
30-50% off fine jewelry
60% off Belk Silverworks jewelry
25% off Nine West, Nine West Vintage America, Napier, Towne and Reese and Magnolia jewelry
25% off handbags and wallets from Anne Klein, Nine West, Mimosa, London Fog and The Sak
40-50% off men’s sportswear from Chaps, Saddlebred, IZOD, Van Heusen and Pro Tour
40-50% off men’s dress shirts from IZOD, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica, Lauren, Geoffrey Beane, Alexander Julian, Van Heusen, Madison and Saddlebred
BOGO 50% off men’s belts, wallets, suspenders, underwear and socks from Columbia, Nautica, Chaps and Saddlebred
40% off Belk’s entire stock of men’s pants from IZOD, Haggar and Louis Raphael
40% off men’s shorts by Haggar, Savane, Saddlebred, Lee and Plugg
With spring in the air, share your favorite love story for a chance to win a private performance by national recording artist Edwin McCain. Vote for your love story on Facebook through April 8.

To see Belk’s complete selection of sales and specials or to place an order online, visit Belk’s website.

Belk stores are located at 3400 Forest Drive, 421 Bush River Road, 100 Columbiana Circle and 670 Promenade Place in Columbia.

As always, maximize your style and minimize your spending~

‘Teatro Prometeo’ presents: ‘Lección Para Señoritas’

Teatro Prometeo at Miami Dade College (MDC), one of the major success stories in Miami’s theatrical history and the only Spanish-language conservatory in the country, announces the presentation of Leccion Para Señoritas. Set in a cabaret in the ‘Roaring 20s ‘, Lección para Señoritas is a modern version of renowned play, The School for Wives, written by Jean -Baptiste Poquelin Moliere (Paris, 1622 – 1673). This performance is directed by renowned actress/director Neher Jacqueline Briceño and it marks part of the new stage repertory at Teatro Prometeo for graduates of the Conservatory in Theatre Arts. Performance will be in Spanish with English supertitles.

When: March 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 & 29 at 8:00 pm

Where: Teatro Prometeo, at MDC’s Wolfson Campus

300 NE 2 avenue

Miami, Florida

Mich Fash TV Host – Chris Walls

Custom Creations by CW. CW stands for Chris Walls, and he is an emerging stylist and accessory designer of custom cufflinks. His latest endeavor is working as one of the co-host on the new web based fashion TV talk show “Mich Fash TV”.

Chris speaks from “The Man Cave” helping men stay on top of fashion and trends. You can also learn more about his creations on Facebook at Custom Creations by CW.

2014 Moschino Collection receives great feedback from fashion critics and fans

Designer Jeremy Scott made his runway debut at the 2014 Fall/Winter Fashion Show in Milan, Italy in February 20. In order to pay homage to Franco Moschino in the fashion house that he built, the designer from Missouri went all- out.

There were references to food companies like McDonald’s and Budweiser, food couture (yes, there were candy-bar-wrapper, gummy-bear and popcorn-bag dresses) and there were also references to Rue Cambon (and Chanel), that could be easily pin-pointed as models strutted down the runway in quilted leather jackets and embellished in gold chains.

Massimo Ferretti, chairman of Moschino’s parent company, Aeffe SpA, has said the designer change was necessary.

“Every now and again, fashion needs to be renovated and shaken,” said Ferretti. “Just as Franco did in the eighties.”

What many fashion bloggers anticipated to be a very controversial assortment turned out to be an overall accepted and even liked collection. In fact, the lateness of celebrity Katy Perry, who held up the show for an hour, made the crowd more unpleased than the quirkiness of the collection did. (It went from boos to cheers in a short period of time.)

Refinery29, Vogue,, and Glam had no complaints. Woman’s Wear Daily only had one complaint – and that was only because of Scott waiting on Perry and leaving fashion mavens waiting for the show to begin.

“Today’s Moschino presentation was a crowd-pleaser. Katy Perry and her friends in the front row were eating it up,” Tim Banks of said. “Scott’s embrace of consumer culture in the name of Moschino was bright, brash, and ingenious.”

“The crowd certainly lapped it up,” Women’s Wear Daily acknowledged that happy crowd. “From the SpongeBob SquarePants sweaters and leather goods to Scott’s take on slogan chic: a sleek mink coat with ‘Fur Real’ in intarsia and a white leather suit with black splotches reading ‘Cash Cow.’”

Commenters on WWD article also seemed to think that the collection was successful.

“Kudos to Mr. Scott,” commented WWD site visitor Bacchus. “Never did like his work but this seems a fine fit and with the house’s execution, may just be a match made in heaven…”

Facebook users all around loved Scott’s bravery and wit.

“Some much needed wit and humor injected back into fashion again! ….Everything lately has gotten so pretentious and is just a pose that’s trying too hard to be ‘cool’,” Facebook user Eddi Frantz commented. “It was all crumbling under the weight of its own seriousness. Fashion needs to smile a bit more. It’s been a long time.”

Some users didn’t have lengthy, in-depth things to say about it, but still showed their adoration for his work.

“Impossible not to love!” Facebook user Marina Colerato said.

“Nowhere could the appearance of a McDonald’s reference seem so out of context and therefore appear so strong, than in a country that fetishizes its local cuisine, and where fast food has still largely to infiltrate,” Kerry Olson at Vogue wrote. Despite the wackiness of the collection, she praised Scott’s decision to dedicate pieces to conformity. “Smartly, though there was a dedication to some form of conformity too, seen in the label’s ladylike silhouettes; mainly pencil skirts, fitted jackets, and evening coats.”

The biggest downfall of the Moschino show was not the collection itself, but the appearance of Katy Perry (and the fact that she was an hour late). Otherwise, Scott’s collection received good feedback from fashion critics and fans.

“Amazing work! A pure presentation/mirror of our ironic time. Which is what fashion is all about. I was left really high by how intricate and intelligent the collection is. The mixing of the different codes is sooo crazy!!” Facebook user Maria Jaber praised. “You brought many of us faith that you could still play and absorb like a child, and then execute like a master. Chapeau bas! And thank you, a real big thank you Jeremy Scott.”

International fashion & style; meet Alvin Valley .. the king of pants ..

Somewhere it was written that Alvin Valley took 6 months to perfect the fit of the pants he produced when he started his business and suddenly it made all the sense in the world to me as to why he earned the moniker … “the king of pants.” Mr. Valley has been off the fashion radar for a while but he is once again seismically registering on the radar screens of those who wear, wore and swore by these pants.

As if I wasn’t totally convinced enough about Mr. Valley’s prowess, I asked a devotee, a 21st century style icon, as well as a business colleague …. “I had heard much about the genius of Alvin’s pants (most of which seemed a bit inflated with descriptions such as “life changing”) until I tried on my first pair and became an immediate aficionado…I swear you zip in two inches taller and one inch slimmer!” …. Nicole Hanley Mellon

This week marks his official return to “the radar screen” of fashion with the relaunch of his website. Please note that the mistakes of the past will not be repeated and hence we see “the King” has a new kingdom predominantly populated by what catapulted him to fame in the first place … I speak of pants, impeccable tailoring and now “uber” fab dresses mixed with softer silhouettes.

From the “horse’s mouth”… “I love the idea of a building a wardrobe with my clients, with the foundation being the perfect pant. The idea is that we are establishing certain signatures and updating them. A change in color or fabric is enough.”

It is gratifying for me to spotlight a designer who is sage beyond his years and actually has the desire to clothe real women and not some oddly fantasized concept of what women look like and what he thinks they like to wear. In other words this is Alvin Valley, who wants his ladies to look fashionable and to have a wardrobe that befits their lifestyles. Once again I am proud to present one of a small cast of characters who inhabit the world made up of designers who design!!

Q. What is the most treasured possession in your wardrobe?
A. A leather jacket from Tom Ford’s last collection at YSL.

Q. What is your most sterling trait and what trait do you treasure most in your friendships?
A. I don’t know if it’s a sterling trait, but I do feel I am someone with lots of gumption, and I stick to my convictions. I treasure in my friendships their support and solidarity, whatever I’m going through. Either successful or not.

Q. What is your bliss?
A. My dogs, Lana and Nina.

Q. What is your guilty secret?
A. Getting inspired by my friends without them knowing it. These women with amazing personal style, strength, independence, and above all, power while fusing that into my designs. Some of these women include Rena Sindi, Vanessa Getty, Alexandra Von Furstenberg, Nicole Mellon, Alexandra Lind Rose, Fernanda Niven, Eva Lorenzotti, Kick Kennedy, Minnie Mortimer, and Olivia Chantecaille

Q. Where is your ideal home?
A. A modern, sustainable cottage by the pond in North Haven, Sag Harbor, designed by Peter Sabbeth.

Q. If you could not be a designer what would you be?
A. A landscape architect in the East End of Long Island.

Q. What is on your bedside table right now?
A. A pair of scull paintings by Nathan Bond.

Q. What do you wear to bed?
A. Night guards.

Q. What if any, book are you reading now or last read?
A. The Breakthrough Experience by John F Martini. It was recommended to me by a great friend who lives in Paris. I bought 10 copies and gave them to my friends.

Q. What’s your advice to the “newcomer”?
A. Don’t think that you are more important than your clients.

Q. Who or what is your inspiration/style icon?
A. Dorian Gray.

Q. What is the best advice you ever received?
A. Don’t believe the hype!

Q. In 3 words or less, describe the current state of fashion.
A. Polished. Structured. Sophisticated.

Q. If you were a retailer, would you wear your own designs or shop in your own store…or where would you shop?
A. I would absolutely wear my own designs…but they look better on women.

Q. If you won a $200,000,000 power ball (lottery), what is the first thing you would buy or do?
A. The first thing I would do is call my lawyer.

Q. If you could invite up to 4 people for dinner, who would they be…dead or alive?
A. I would want a table full of strong personalities, and interesting conversation. Marchesa Casati, she fitted the utmost female example by saying: “I want to be a living work of art”. Maria Callas, she’s still the definition of the diva as artist. Maria Felix, La Doña, who always represented women as power figures. And finally, Robert Redford, for his all-American looks and ease.

Q. What is your favorite movie/or movie star?
A. Bette Davis in All About Eve. As a child, watching this movie inspired me to believe that women could be the bread winners in their homes, and that they could ultimately decide how to live their lives, independent of any man. The ultimate question, “Can women have it all?”

Q. What is the one thing you would change about yourself?
A. My height, everything else I’ve changed.

Q. Whose opinion do you value most and why?
A. My Board of Directors. They are smart, successful and support my vision.

Q. What store or which designer do you most like to shop in or wear?
A. I only shop online. Net-A-Porter and Moda Operandi.

Q. What’s your take on magazines, books versus the internet?
A. Tablet only.

Q. Do you have a dream collaborator?
A. Andy Warhol.

Q. What is your crowning achievement thus far in your career?
A. Buying my brand back and building an incredible team.

Q. What’s your music library like?
A. Eclectic 80’s.

Q. What and where is your favorite meal?
A. Chicken for Two at Omar’s Private Dining Room in New York City. Omar has created an amazing, intimate experience.