Friday, 2 March 2018

Knowing a bit of your Pearl...

Pearl has long been a symbol of beauty and purity. They are contemporary classics, and now there far more fashionable options to choose from than the strand of pearls you remember hanging from your grandmother's neck.

Pearls are formed when irritants (usually a microscopic organism - not a sand) find its way into the shell of a mollusc. In reaction, the mollusc begins to produce layers of nacre around the irritant. In natural pearls, the irritant generally comes from the water its surrounded by, while cultured pearls a piece of tissue is inserted by people to get the process started. In both cases, the nacre quality will dictate the quality of the pearl's luster and shine. This is the key to both its value and its beauty. The pearl's surface should be free of marks and smooth. The shape itself may be round, misshapen (ones are referred to as baroque pearls), or pear-shaped.

Because the pearl is the gem of queens and the queen of gems, below are worth knowing.

History Lesson
A long time ago, to an ancient Egyptian legend, Cleopatra dissolved a pearl in wine to prove her love for Marc Antony (a Roman politician and general, was an ally of Julius Caesar) and to show him that she could consume that wealth of a nation in a matter of minutes.

Bride to Wear
It is a tradition for a bride to wear pearls on her wedding day because the gem is believed to signify purity and beauty. This has been a tradition since the time of the Ancient Greeks who believed that pearls were the tears of the gods. Brides wore pearls so they wouldn't cry on their wedding day.

June Girl Celebrant
Pearls are the birthstone for people born in the month of June

On the clock
It takes 5 years for an oyster to produce a medium-sized pearl.

The Truth
About 95% of pearls harvested are cultured or cultivated pearls. This means that molluscs are artificially implanted with small seeds and tended to in a farm.

Perfectly imperfect
No two (2) pearls are exactly alike and no pearl is perfect; all have some sort of imperfection.

Jewel intentions
Jacques Cartier traded a double-stranded natural pearl necklace valued at $1.2M for a mansion on 5th Avenue in NYC where he opened the Cartier flagship store in 1916.

Breakfast at Tiffany's
Holly Golightly's iconic pearl and diamond necklace from breakfast at Tiffany's is estimated to be worth over $50,000.00.

The mother of pearls
The most famous pearl is the "La Peregrina," this pearl is pearl-shaped and its previous owners include Mary Tudor, Napoleon and most recently, the Elizabeth Taylor.

Royal favorite
Virtually every major empire of antiquity, especially ancient Rome, valued pearls for their beauty and powerful symbolism. However, it took Persian Gulf pearl traders in the 18th and 19th centuries to bring the gems to the attention of India's Mughal emperors, who festooned tunics, ornamental with ropes of the silver baubles, forever imbuing pearls with lavish, upper-crust associations.

Pink Slip
Four out of every 54,000 conch shells yield a cotton candy-colored conch pearl.
At First Bite
The tooth test is a method of determining if a pearl is genuine or not. Gently slide it across the front of your teeth; the real thing will feel slightly gritty, not smooth.

High demand
By the 1900 demand for the natural sea-born treasures was so high that scientists in Japan and Australia(areas are surrounded by seas with large pearl-producing oyster populations) began to experiment in ways to intervene the process. In 1893, Kokichi Mikimoto, the son of a noodle maker, perfected a method of culturing pearls, a process in which a spherical bead or piece of mantle tissue is implanted in the mollusc, stimulating nacre formation. Mikimoto's marketing savvy changed the arc of pearl history.

Jackie knows best
Jacky Kennedy is known for her signature strand faux pearls which are on display today at the National Museum of American History.

The Royal line
Elizabeth I was said to have 3,000 gowns decorated with pearls, as well as 80 wigs festooned with them. It is an embellishment that has been embraced by fashion designers, especially in recent years.

The heavy hem
At the peak of the Romans' obsession with pearls, during the first century BC, women upholstered couches with them and sewed so many into their gowns that they trampled their own pearl-embroidered hems. In 2015 Lupita Nyong'O revived the look with a pearl-encrusted Calvin Klein dress.

The true beauty of pearl lies within the eyes of the beholder. Whatever virtue this gem has, the emotion and holistic aspects it bears, the only thing I for sure, it captures everyone's eye.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Glitz 'n Glam

Who among us doesn't like jewelry? How about hanging out with friends wearing those beautiful, glamorous pieces of jewelry that make you stand out from the crowd? I believed everyone wants to be trendy, stylish but yet elegant.

Jewelry has been making all on its own on the fashion week runways.

Jewelry trends are playful and more confusing than clothing trends. It seems like one day, everyone is wearing barely their strands of delicate gold, and the next, we are hit with something much bigger.

From king-sized rings to statement punk earrings and layers of monogram necklaces, these are few of my favorite jewelry looks spotted on the streets. Check this out!

Oversize clustered crystals, colored stones, and chunky metal are the key pieces to look for if you want to buy into this trend. And to clarify, when we say "costume jewelry" we in no way mean cheap or tasteless looking pieces, instead we simply are referring to the level of glamour that most of us probably aren't used to wearing in our everyday lives. As we temporarily in the transition from delicate jewelry as a major trend, i is time to embrace the outrages yet beautiful pieces we once thought were too loud or informal to wear on a regular basis. This spring, the more the merrier when it comes to the glitz 'n glam of your jewelry choices.

Monday, 26 February 2018

A Bit of Simplicity!

Soul searching is what everyone would do at times when things are rough and complicated. We learned to look for ways to make life simple than making it more complicated. We all just wanted to be happy.

When we are young, everything is so simple and easy, right? I know sometimes it seems that way. But the truth is life is easy. It always will be. The only difference is we're older, and the older we get, the more we complicate things for ourselves.

Maybe, if you will remember, when we were young we saw the world through simple and hopeful eyes, we knew what we wanted. We ate when we were hungry, drank when we were thirsty, and slept when we were tired. As we grew older, our minds became gradually corrupt and disillusioned by negative influences, at some point we hesitate and question our instincts. When problems get complicated, we stumbled and fell down, this happened several times, and eventually, we decided we didn't want to fall again, but rather than solving the problem that caused us to fall, we avoided it all together.

With all these factors, we ate comfort food and drank alcohol to numb our wounds and fill our voids. We worked late nights on purpose to avoid unresolved conflicts. We started holding grudges, playing mind games, and slowly deceiving others and ourselves to get ahead, and when didn't work out, we lived above our means, buying things we don't need, ate and drank some more to make oneself feel better again. Over the course of time, we made our lives more and more difficult and started losing touch with who we really are and what we really need.

So why not get back to the basics, let's make things simple again: 

1. Live below your means. Buy stuff you only need. Created a budget and savings plan and stick to both of them.
2. Get enough sleep every night. An exhausted mind is rarely productive.
3. Don't try to read other people's minds and don't try to make other people read yours. Try to communicate clearly.
4. Be polite, but don't try to be friends with everyone around you. Instead, spend time nurturing your relationships with the people who matter most to you.
5. Your health is your life, keep up with it. Get an annual physical check-up
6. Don't waste your time on jealousy. The only person you are competing against is yourself.
7. Ask someone if you don't know or aren't sure.
8. Don't try to please everyone. Just do what you know is right.
9. Be sure to pay your bills on time.
10. Always be honest with yourself and others.
11. Say "I Love You" to our loved ones as often as possible.
12. Finish one project before you start another
13. Be yourself
14. Stay out of other people's drama, and don't needlessly create your own.
15. Buy things with cash.
16. Smile often, even to complete strangers.
17. If you hate doing it, stop hating it.
18. Treat everyone with the same level of respect.
19. Apologize when you should.
20. Be curious, don't be scared to learn something new.
21. Don't be shy, network with people.
22. Don't worry too much about what other people think about you.
23. Let go things you can't change, concentrate on things you can.
24. Set priorities for yourself and act accordingly.
25. Realize that the harder you work, the luckier you will become.
26. Follow your heart. Don't waste your life fulfilling someone else's dreams and desires.
27. Build something or do something that makes you proud.
28. Realize that you're never quite right as you think you are.
29. Make mistakes, learn from them, laugh about them, and move along.
30. However good or bad a situation is now, it will change. Accept this simple fact.

Enjoy Life's Simple Pleasures. They are free and better than anything money can buy. Life is not that much complex. We are complex!

Saturday, 24 February 2018

The Amazing Hug Chair Design!

Today, I was busy looking for new ideas on what to write and came across to this unique design that I find interesting.

Sometimes, for lovers out there, your special someone tends to sit in your lap, and take note, your partner won't be able to handle you for more than 15 minutes. In order to keep the feeling of being close this chair would be perfect.

The hug chair brings simple design and human gesture together for that extra time you want to sit with your significant other.

Designer: Ilian Milinov

When you are away from your special someone, the extra seat doubles as a convenient space, perfect for catching up on a video chat.

This chair somewhat resembles the modern school desks that we have today. Definitely, it has many more uses than just for two lovers cuddling!

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Who What Wear Glamorous?

Being glamorous is always a wish I could, and be able to show in public, but I guess I am just a very basic individual who just always happy with a pair of jeans and T-shirts with a few of accessories.
But get me wrong, I love seeing that glamorous individual on the street showing off their choice of fashion.

Here are some of the most glamorous street style photos I found and sharing it with you. Have fun!

Lately, we have had the itch to add a little more glamour to our daily lives. We thought we'd satisfy our craving with those of dramatic, shamelessly girly street style. WHO WHAT WEAR!