No matter your natural skin tone and skin type, you truly can love your skin at any age.  With numerous skincare products on the market, along with a healthy diet and good sleep, your skin can look smooth, youthful and healthy on a daily basis.  Everyone notices your face, so one way to ensure your complexion glows is to exfoliate.



Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the outer layer of your skin.  Your skin naturally sheds dead skin cells every 30 days and replenishes your skin with new cells. Exfoliation enhances this process by wiping away dead skin on a daily basis. Whether your skin type is dry, oily, or a combination of dry and oily, there are many exfoliating products that can keep your skin supple and youthful.

Exfoliants tend to be grainy as opposed to soft like body lotion, so be sure to use a mild exfoliant if you have sensitive skin.

Exfoliating can improve the appearance of your skin in several ways. Some benefits of exfoliating your skin every day include a bright, glowing appearance, clearer skin, smaller closed pores and a healthy glow.

Although many exfoliant products can be purchased at salons, drugstores, fine stores and beauty supply stores, homemade exfoliants can work just as well.  Some at home exfoliants include baking soda, cinnamon, honey, sugar and milk.

Exfoliating can increase collagen production, which lessens and/or prevents fine lines and wrinkles from appearing.

Tools that you can use to enhance your facial exfoliations include loofahs, pumice stones, body brushes and cleansing scrubs and masks.

Exfoliate and love the skin you’re in!

Exfoliating products can feel abrasive on the skin, so be sure to scrub your face lightly when applying the products to your skin.  If you scrub or rub too hard, you can irritate the skin and cause redness.  Just a light, easy application is all you need to wipe away dead skin cells and leave you with vibrant, radiant, gorgeous skin.

The short amount of time it takes to exfoliate your skin each day is well worth the raving results!  Your beautiful skin will thank you!

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From time to time, most of us experience the stress and strain of daily life. Even on our best days, we have responsibilities and obligations placed on us. Work, school and family can cause us deadlines, errands to run and events to attend. Meeting these demands can ramp us up into stress mode. We do our best to remain calm, but often times our stress levels are higher than we admit.

After a long day of fulfilling tasks and watching the clock to make your next appointment on time, there are ways to de-stress and take you to your peaceful place! You need to decompress from all the stress!

Ways to Refresh and Relax After a Stressful Day

  • Exercise: Whether you stretch, lift weights, do yoga, walk or run, major physical activity is beneficial for everyone! Exercise truly does a body and mind good.

  • Deep Breathing: Take a deep breath. Hold it. Now exhale slowly. Continue to do this and feel the tension and stress flow out of you. This takes very little time and is easy to do.
  • Read: Sit on the couch or on your favorite recliner and read a great novel, or thumb through a magazine with interesting articles and pictures. Reading will completely take your mind to another dimension and you’ll forget all about the stress and strain of your day.

  • Take a Hot Bath or Shower: Not only will a hot bath or shower feel heavenly, but it will relax you and allow you to sleep better at night. Wash your stress away this pleasing way!

  • Disconnect: Take time for yourself. Put down your phone and stay off your computer. Go outdoors and take a walk if you feel up to it. You’ll destress and re-energize yourself.

  • Watch Movies: Watching a good movie is always relaxing and enjoyable, whether you prefer dramas, comedies, murder mysteries, horror or action/adventure movies.  Top the fun movie watching experience off with popcorn and a refreshing soda to make your movie going an over-the-top  pleasure.

  • Give Yourself a Makeup Makeover: For all cosmetic lovers, or even those of you that wish to experiment with makeup to create different looks, give yourself a DIY makeup makeover.  From eyelashes to lipstick, changing makeup tones and applications is relaxing, fun and beautifying all in one!

In our hectic, busy world there are ways to slow down and keep it simple. We all need tranquility to rejuvenate our bodies and our minds and keep our inner selves happy and healthy.

Simple stressbusters to refresh and relax you!

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Colors make the world go round, adding cheerfulness, brightness and happiness in our lives.

Monochrome hot pink in fashion is hot!

Hot, neon pink is an amazing, youthful, fun, energetic color, don’t you think? Apparently so do fashion designers and people all over the world. Hot pink (also known as fuschia) is by far the hottest color trend to come off the Fall/Winter 2022 fashion weeks, most notably in New York and Milan. Famous fashion designers such as Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Carolina Herrera, Alexander Wang, Anna Sui, and Oscar de la Renta wowed the runways with hot pink festive fashions!

Not only is hot pink a feminine, romantic color to wear, but the flamboyant color can be spotted from far away, making you noticeable to all others as you go about your busy day. A combination of the colors red and white, hot pink contains the need for action of red, helping it to achieve the potential for success and insight offered by white. Hot pink provides the power and passion of the color red, softened with the purity and innocence of white. The deeper and hotter the pink, the more passion and energy your clothing will exhibit.

Hot pink fashion is definitely hot!

Our clothing choices offer insight into our personality and our unique signature style. Pink is affectionate, intimate, thoughtful and caring. Hot pink clothing exudes a gentle, loving energy with a splash of riskiness.  If hot pink is too bold and bright of a color for you to wear from head to toe, why not offset your outfit with a lovely hot pink handbag and high heels? Combining pink accessories with dark clothing such as blue, dark green, black or gray adds strength and sophistication to your garments. Even men can rock a fantastic hot pink shirt when paired with a black or gray suit!

Pink is such a girly, gorgeous color that when donned in hot pink clothing you’ll feel beautiful and womanly all over! For a special touch, go with hot pink lipstick. Hot pink lipsticks highlight and bring out your facial features, much like bright red lipsticks! Hot pink and Barbie pink lips are the bomb and a definite turn on!

Positive Traits Associated With the Color Pink:

  1.   Unconditional Love
  2.   Romantic Love
  3.   Compassion
  4.   Understanding
  5.   Nurturing
  6.   Romance
  7.   Warmth
  8.   Hope
  9.   Calmness
  10. Sweetness
  11. Naivete
  12. Feminine
  13. Intuitive Energy

Hot pink is the hottest color for Fall/Winter 2022 fashion weeks!

Dress yourself in passionate pink and feel your emotions become calmer, more affectionate and fun. You’ll exhibit style from head to toe and your chic, trendy fashion sense will impress everyone!

If you still feel hot pink is too hot a color for the more fashion conservative you, why not dress in variants of pink such as blush, rose pink, salmon pink, or orchid? Babydoll pink is such a feminine, dainty, delightful color, don’t you think? No matter what shade is right for you, wrapping yourself in pretty pink is always a fashion hit. There’s no doubt about it.

Who knew pink clothing could look so lovely, chic and fine? Be a true fashion diva when dressing in pink clothing and you will shine!

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Written by Tamara Johns

Hair extensions are suitable for your hair, and the benefits are endless. There are numerous types of extensions, and they offer an easy way to increase the volume and the length of your hair. Hair extensions also complement your personality and can be styled in many different ways.

Easy to maintain

Hair extensions are easy to maintain, especially for someone usually busy and who doesn’t have time to change their hairstyle weekly. You can get a remy tape in, pre-styled hair extensions, or human hair extensions which are flexible, easy to style, and low maintenance. You can also purchase weave hair extensions that are easy to take care of and save you time.

Add thickness, length, and volume

If you want to add extra length to your short hair, hair extensions are the perfect solution. Hair growth takes time and also requires one to have lots of patience. Therefore, if you want a quick solution to make your hair longer, hair extensions can add length to hair up to 21 inches and add volume and thickness to your hair, especially thin. Thus it’s more advisable that you purchase high-quality hair.

Protect your hair

Hair extensions’ flexibility allows you to try different things without damaging your natural hair. If you are someone who loves experimenting, they are a great solution. You can try on curly strands, long hair, short bobs, and you can even color your hair. There’s a wide range of extensions available to purchase and achieve several looks. The extensions allow you to experiment on your hair without damaging it and protect it from harmful chemicals and other hair styling products or tools that can weaken or damage your hair. Regardless of the style or color, you might want to try hair extensions to help you pull off the look.

You can add highlighters or color

If you don’t want your hair to suffer damage from hair color or highlighters, hair extensions are the way to go. When you install the extensions, you can color your hair as desired. In addition, hair extensions can also offer a solution when and if you get a terrible haircut or if a hairdresser ruins your hair. You can quickly get the extensions installed and get a great look. Extensions also help hide split ends that are a problem for many women. The split ends become more evident as their hair grows longer. Hair extensions, fortunately, can assist you in this area.

Get an instant look

If you wonder how celebrities manage to have different looks any time they appear on screen, it’s because they get hair extensions. High-quality extensions that look similar to human hair are available, and they use them to achieve unique looks without the hassle of using harsh chemicals or equipment. You can easily style up fast with these extensions whether you are looking to extend the length of your hair or you want vibrant hair strands.

They help you stay in style

Hair extensions make it easy to keep up with the latest trends, whether you want to try on a different hairstyle for a short while or you are interested in trying out new looks that you may have seen on celebrities. Various colors, textures, styles, and lengths are available for these extensions, and you can choose something that appeals to you and wear it whenever you want.


Hair extensions are not only easy to style, but they also save you a lot of time. Ponytail and scrunchies hairpieces are an example of excellent alternatives attaining desired looks without having to go through the trouble of watching YouTube tutorials for hours.

Final Thoughts

Hair extensions build up your confidence and have you looking fabulous. So, if you are looking for a quick solution for a bad haircut or just interested in having long hair, extensions can help you achieve this. They have a lot of advantages and offer so many benefits to your hair. Plus, if installed correctly, they are not harmful. So, please don’t put it off any longer, book an appointment with your hairdresser and get an extension immediately and be ready to dazzle people with your stunning new look. They are affordable and also offer new ways to switch up your look.

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No matter how you prefer to wear your hair, long, short, curly, straight, off the shoulders, or down to your waist, the world shares a love affair with hair care! Of all the various health and beauty rituals people partake in to keep themselves looking fine, how you style, wash, care and wear your hair is high on the beauty priority list.

We all know how hip, happening, and fabulous our hair can make us feel, but what exactly is hair? Hair is a protein filament that grows from follicles found in the dermis of the skin. Did you know that hair is one of the defining characteristics of mammals? Most common interests in our glorious heads of hair are focused on hair growth, hair types, hair care and hairstyles!

Whether you wear your hair as a crown of glory or you prefer the bald look, the world shares a fascination with hairstyles that have the public hooked.

Some great, trendy ways to wear your hair that have you looking and feeling red carpet ready are straight, wavy, braids, buns, bobs and pixie cuts. Your hairstyle can become your best signature trademark. Your beautiful tresses on display for the world to see… every day.

Happening hairstyles that make you look and feel red carpet ready.

Red Carpet Fun Fact: The red carpet was traditionally used to mark the route taken by heads of state on ceremonial and formal occasions, and has in recent decades been extended to VIPs and celebrities at formal events. Red Carpets are used in many gala celebrity events, such as the Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Grammy Awards and the Met Gala. We all know that at major awards shows, much of the publicity and excitement takes place with journalists talking about the red carpet fashions – what designers are being worn by which stars and with the photographers taking pictures.

We all have heard the terms “red carpet treatment” and “rolling out the red carpet.” So how do you get yourself looking and feeling glamorous and gorgeous? By the great styled hair that you wear.

Attitudes towards different hair, such as hairstyles and hair removal, vary widely across various  cultures and time periods, but there is no denying that no matter your background, skin tone and hair type, people are happier when their hair is cut, styled, and worn “just right!”

Red carpet hairstyles for all types of hair!

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What’s a simple, yet sure way to excite a gal and make her day? One sure way is to present her with a classy, elegant, beautiful choker. Gorgeous neck jewelry to be adored!

A choker is a close-fitting necklace worn around the neck. Chokers can be made of various materials, including velvet, plastic, beads, leather, metal (such as silver, gold or platinum), etc. Chokers can either be a simple ribbon or strip of velvet, or lavishly adorned with sequins, studs or a pendant/charm.

Stoke her with a chic choker!

Choker Fun Fact: Chokers were worn as early as the First Century A.D. They are mentioned in the Talmud, book Shabbat, chapter 6 as a common women’s accessory. Historically, chokers are associated with high fashion. Chokers are a popular piece of jewelry that doll up and decorate any face and outfit. The word ‘jewelry’ is derived from the word ‘jewel’, which was anglicized from the Old French “joule” and to the Latin word “jocale”, meaning plaything. Various forms of jewelry vary between cultures but have persisted since ancient times, most notably in European and Asian cultures.

Whether a dainty ribbon strip or an ornament that is thick, feminine chokers do the trick!
Choker Fun Fact: In the late 19th century, ballerinas and the upper class wore certain types of chokers. Chokers were extremely popular into the 1920s and again in the 1940s. Chokers made of luxurious diamonds, pearls, lace and velvet were seen as objects of the elite, made to custom fit one’s neck perfectly.

Choker Fashion Tip: Chokers look their very best when they fit tight and snuggle the neck. A choker that sags looks dowdy and drags!

Popular Types of Necklaces:

  1. Choker: Sits high on the neck.
  2. Lariat Necklace: A very, very long variation on rope, with a clasp, often worn draped around the neck or crossed over and/or looped.
  3. Matinee Necklace: A single strand that rests at the top of the cleavage.
  4. Opera Necklace: Long and sits at the breastbone.
  5. Princess Necklace: Longer than a choker, but shorter than a matinee.
  6. Rope Necklace: Any necklace longer than opera length.

Out of all the types of necklaces to help one look their best, the choker stands out heads and tails above the rest!

So pretty, so elegant, so fair. What gorgeous choker should I wear?

Choker Fun Fact: In recent years chokers have been popular with a number of celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Paris Hilton, Rihanna and Kendall Jenner. In the realm of modern fashion, chokers rock!

Necklaces have been an integral part of jewelry since the time of ancient civilizations and pre-date the invention of writing. Necklaces are believed to be as old as 40,000 years, during the Stone Age. The oldest necklaces were made of purely natural materials – before weaving and the invention of string, durable vines or pieces of animal sinew left over from hunts were tied together and adorned with shells, bones or teeth, bird feathers, corals, carved wood, colorful seeds, stones and/or gems. Eventually cloth working and metal working greatly expanded the range of jewelry available to humans.

After the Bronze Age began and humans discovered how to melt metal and cast it into shapes, bronze, silver, gold, electrum, platinum and a variety of other metals were used to make eye catching necklaces for both men and women, with the introduction of metal chains. Gem cutting and glass blowing allowed highly polished gemstones and/or beautiful art glass to be added to pieces.

We love our necklaces, one and all, where the choker stands out above them all!

Beautiful gemstones that make for lovely neck chokers include: amber, amethyst, diamonds, emerald, jade, jasper, pearls and rubies. Other gorgeous materials include beads, glass, shells and wood.

The choker: neck jewelry at its finest!

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If it’s true that good things come in small packages, then it’s great to say that some of our best holiday gifts are handmade and come from the heart. Finding the perfect gift for the people on your shopping list can be difficult, and often expensive. The holiday season can be tough on your time and your wallet, without the added stress of fighting the shopping crowds only to come home empty-handed.

The answer? Do-It-Yourself (DIY) gifts! There are many creative, easy, thoughtful things you can make yourself to hand out as Christmas and holiday presents. In addition to giving friends and loved ones gifts that are meaningful, the fact that you took the time to make the presents adds tender love and care to the equation.

  • Handmade Ornaments: Using styrofoam balls, felt and various materials, you can create sweet, adorable ornaments to hang on Christmas trees or decorate around the house.

  • Candy Sleighs: You can purchase small sleighs at art supply stores, decorate them with glitter and jewels, and fill them with yummy candy treats. Candy sleighs are easy to make and an ideal gift for your child’s entire class or a large group, as they take very little time and money.

  • Baked Cookies and Cakes: Everyone likes sweets, and even the health conscious feel a desire to indulge over the holidays. By spending some time in the kitchen, you can bake an assortment of cakes and cookies to pass out as holiday gifts. Indulge their inner sweet tooth!

  • Custom Chalkboards: These are great gifts for people to keep in their kitchens to write their grocery lists, daily appointments, etc. Get creative with the wooden frame with paint and glitter and add your own signature touch. Not only will you help others stay organized, but you’ll give them a decorative novelty board to spruce up their kitchen decor.

  • Potted Plants: For the green thumb in everyone, potted plants make great holiday gifts. Purchase vases or pots at drug stores and nurseries and plant your favorite flowers, bushes or plants. Voila, imagine that! These make ideal presents to keep on kitchen windowsills, countertops, breakfast nooks, or coffee tables.

  • Knitted and Crocheted Scarves and Hats: Using yarn, sewing needles and crochet hooks, you can make stylish warm scarves and hats. You can use multi-colored yarns to liven the scarves up even more. The perfect gift for a man or woman with style galore. Satisfy your friends’ and loved ones’ passion for fashion and practicality all in one item.

Creative, homemade holiday gifts!

While you’re at it, why not glam yourself up to holiday decoration proportions! Festive, gorgeous, shiny star that you are!

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Bolero jackets are amazing. In addition to looking fetching, fabulous and feminine, bolero jackets serve a multitude of style purposes!

A bolero jacket is a short, cropped jacket that usually has long sleeves and tends to look quite formal when worn. A true bolero jacket will cover only the upper torso, shoulders and arms, leaving the waist and the hips uncovered. Many bolero jackets do not fasten in the front, leaving the neck and the lapel of the jacket open, however, some bolero jackets fasten in the front with buttons or zippers.

Benefits of Wearing the Bolero Jacket:

  1. The cropped shape of the bolero jacket can help to emphasize the waist by reducing fabric bulk around this area.
  2. When the jacket snugs above the waist, the garment helps to create or enhance an hourglass silhouette.
  3. This jacket comes in handy for women heading straight from work or class into the nightlife. Slip on a bolero over your day clothes and doll up the outfit.
  4. Summer shirts such as tank tops, tube tops and halter tops can be worn to work by covering up the shoulders and backs of these skimpy shirts with an elegant bolero jacket.

Do you have two events to attend in one day and don’t want to carry along a second outfit? Merely slip yourself into a bolero jacket and change your shoes, and your same basic outfits become two entirely separate, stylish ensembles!

Bolero jackets can be made of many different types of fabrics, and can be used to dress up or down almost all types of outfits. Silk, satin and velvet are excellent materials that will allow the bolero to spruce up your daytime or nighttime attire.

Bolero Fun Fact: Although the bolero jacket can be worn at any time of the year, they are popular in spring and summer months as an alternative to heavier jackets or sweaters. In addition to hiking up the fashion radar of your outfit, a bolero jacket provides some warmth from cooler temperatures and light breezes. without overheating your body temperature like a bulky coat will do.

Be the bomb in a beautiful bolero jacket!

Bolero Fun Fact: The word bolero is used to describe a traditional form of Spanish dance. The bolero jacket originated in Spain as part of the gentleman’s dance costume, and also as the jacket worn by many bullfighters. A bridal bolero jacket can be an excellent accessory to a wedding dress, allowing an opportunity for detailing or contrasting embroidery. You can also use the same bolero jacket to slip on separately from the dress, perfect for anniversary celebrations or formal parties.

The main target for a spot on bolero jacket is the length of the jacket. The hem of the jacket should fit right below the bustline, around the rib cage. Too long and the jacket can tend to look dowdy or frumpy.

Fashion Fun Fact: Dowdy and frumpy will never be used in the same fashion sentence as modern and vogue! Save dowdy and frumpy for when you are taking out the trash. Oh wait, are you a true fashionista? True fashion plates simply don’t blend well with dowdy or frumpy at all.

Have some fun with your bolero jacket. Go in lace, go in leather, go in silk, go in satin! Are you into glitz and glam? Then how about a sequin bolero jacket. Sparkle away in the most fashion fabulous way!

An article of clothing similar to the bolero is the shrug. A shrug is a cropped, cardigan type garment with short or long sleeves, typically knitted or crocheted. Usually a shrug covers less of the body than a vest would, but the shrug is more tailored than a shawl.

A bolero jacket shows off the mid-section between the rib cage and the waist! Strut your stuff in the splendor that is the bolero!
You bolero beauty, you. Beauty, brains, and boleros.

For mounds of style and minimal protection from the feisty elements of Mother Nature, the bolero is the best way to go.

Bolero Jackets: Simple never looked so stunning!

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Cultures around the world use ornaments and art to decorate, beautify and sparkle things up, including themselves. Beautification is visually appealing and makes people feel good. A way to add loveliness to ourselves for centuries has been through the wearing of jewelry, one of the most popular pieces being bracelets.

A bracelet is an article of jewelry that is worn around the wrist, lower arm and/or upper arm. Bracelets may have a supportive function, such as holding a wristwatch or other items of jewelry such as religious symbols or charms, or merely as ornamental jewelry to add posh and pizzazz to an outfit. Bracelets are often worn for personal adornment and can be made from a wide range of materials.

Bracelets can be made from metal, leather, cloth, plastic, jewels, rocks, wood, shells, crystals, pearls and many more materials.

Bracelet Fun Fact: Although the term armlet may be technically similar to the word bracelet, an armlet is taken to mean an item that sits on the upper arm. The origin of the term “bracelet” is from the Greek “brachile” meaning “of the arm” via the Old French “bracel.”

Jewelry Fun Fact: The word jewelry is derived from the word jewel, which was Anglicized from the Old French “joule”, and beyond that to the Latin word “jocale”, meaning plaything.

For an exquisite piece of jewelry that will never disappoint you, lather your arms with bracelets. Bangle and jangle in bracelet beauty!

Various Types of Popular Bracelets:

  1. Charm Bracelets: Carries personal charms, pendants or trinkets which are signifiers of important things and events in the wearer’s life.
  2. Bangles: Rigid bracelets, usually made from metal, wood or plastic, worn in groups so that arm movement causes them to make a gracious sound.
  3. Slap Bracelets: Flat, felt covered metal strips that curve around one’s wrist when gently hit against it. These were popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s, often made of neon colors and vivid graphics.
  4. Beaded Bracelets: Made from loose beads with a center hole and connected together by a piece of string or elastic band through holes.
  5. Link Bracelets: Bracelets made from connecting or linking various or similar components of jewelry findings.
  6. Health Bracelets: Examples are ionized bracelets, karma bracelets and magnetic bracelets.
  7. Sports Bracelets: The use of colored silicone rubber as a material for producing sports bracelets was popularized by Nike.
  8. Arm Cuffs/Bicep Bracelets: These glamorous bracelets wrap or cuff over your upper arm, between your wrist and shoulder.

So many bracelets but only two arms. Stack the bracelets one by one to add style and charm.

Bracelet Fun Fact: The history of Egyptian bracelets is as old as 3000 BC. Starting with materials like bone, stones and wood, bracelets were worn to serve religious and spiritual interests. From the National Geographic Society, the Scarab Bracelet is one of the most recognized symbols of ancient Egypt. The scarab represented rebirth and regeneration. Carved scarabs were worn as jewelry and wrapped into the linen bandages of mummies. Myth told of the scarab God, Khepri, pushing the sun across the sky.

Bracelet Fashion Tip: I find bracelets to be a lovely piece of jewelry to wear. I find it particularly appealing when a tight bracelet is worn around the upper arm, or mid-lower arm, above the wrist. I also adore bangles. These bracelets spice up all arms and all outfits to sheer perfection.

Beautify your arms with bracelets!

Bracelet Fun Fact: In some parts of India, the number and type of bangles worn by a woman denotes her marital status. In Bulgaria, there is a tradition called Martenitsa, which sometimes involves tying a red and white string around the wrist to please Baba Marta in order for spring to come sooner.

Jewelry Fun Fact: In American English, the word jewelry is spelled with one L. In British English, New Zealand English, Hiberno-English, Australian English and South African English the word is spelled jewellery.

However you spell it, however you wear it, jewelry is girly girl gorgeous.

Bracelet Fun Fact: In 2008, Russian archaeologists from the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of Novosibirsk, working at the site of Denisova Cave in the Altai Mountains of Siberia, uncovered a small bone fragment from the fifth finger of a juvenile hominin, dubbed the “X woman.” A bracelet excavated in the cave at the same level were carbon dated to around 40,000 BP.

Bracelets, whether skinny, large, elegant, chunky or clunky, are always fashionable, always cool!

In the world of jewelry, bracelets rule!

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With domestic and international plane flights opening up, and the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, travel is a huge priority on lots of your calendars.  Who doesn’t enjoy visiting familiar or new places, or merely getting out in your own neighborhood to enjoy the attractions and night life that your destination has to offer?

Welcome to Chicago!

We all love Chicago, the “windy city.” Whether you are traveling to Chicago for business, pleasure, or both, the city is definitely an exciting, happening place to visit. Chicago has the third highest population in the United States, only behind New York and Los Angeles. If you’re looking for culture, nightlife, sporting events and fine dining, there are many apps available to help you explore the big city life Chicago has to offer.

One app you need is Choose Chicago. This tourist guide app offers you weather forecasts, city events, entertainment venues, nightlife spots, shopping options and restaurants and dining options. Choose Chicago has a database of 47 different businesses ranging from malls, fashion outlets, candy stores, souvenir shops and so much more.

Another app for the tourist in you is My Chicago Way. This app delivers you valuable information such as tourist sites, transit, hotels, banks/ATMs and restaurants. My Chicago Way also directs you to museums and galleries and has an open wifi spot finder.

For the wine and dine lover in all of us, I recommend the Chicago Dining and Drinking app. Search for your preferred restaurant based on rating, price, cuisine and specific dishes that you are craving. This app is offered by Chicago Magazine and packs 40 years of experience into app form, informing you of some of the finest wine and dining experiences the bustling city offers.

For the travelers that relish souvenirs, download the Chicago Pocket Guide. The app tracks your activities throughout Chicago and creates a 3D video from all of the pictures you’ve taken on your trip. We all love picture memories and sharing our adventures with others in photographs.

Traveling to new places is exciting, inspiring and enjoyable.  No matter what city, state or country you are visiting or living in, all wonderful, memorable activities and travel experiences are merely an app away.

Travel through Chicago the app way!

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