Coupon Opportunity

December 30, 2011

Five Dollars off your next photography package purchase from Simplicity Photography!


Send this link to me when you make your photography purchase to apply to your package. 

Day 12: A Nod to Spring

Day 12: A Nod to Spring



Outside Article

December 28, 2011

How to Wear Tights

Textured, Printed, Opaque, & Sheer Tights, Fishnets & Leggings



How to wear tights - Levante wool rib tights, FigLeaves.com
How to wear tights - Levante wool rib tights, FigLeaves.com
Find out the difference between textured, printed, opaque, sheer and footless tights and leggings, fishnet stockings, & panty-hose, & how to wear them year-round.
Textured, printed, opaque, sheer and footless tights and leggings, fishnet stockings, and panty-hose... you've got tons of options when it comes to hosiery, but all that lingerie jargon - hold ups, control-top, knee-high - can get a little confusing. Hosiery can be lumped into three basic categories: tights (opaque or sheer, footed or footless), sheer or fishnet stockings (hold-ups or with garter belts), and leggings or footless tights.

Footed Tights

Sheer & Opaque Tights
Before shopping for tights, familiarize yourself with the term, "denier." This refers to the sheerness of the tight. The lower the denier, the sheerer the hosiery will be on your leg. A high denier is of course more opaque, and will result in a thicker tight with more saturated color.
Denier less than 10 is barely there. Such tights are perfect for warmer weather or at formal occasions. Tights with a denier between 10 and 20 are the most popular sheer hosiery because they are practical, durable, and still leave your legs looking only lightly covered. Denier between 25 and 35 is semi-opaque and above 40 is totally opaque.

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Colored Tights

With not a glimpse of your skin visible through the tights, 40-plus denier is perfect for colder weather and bright, vibrant colors like red, burnt orange, purple, burgundy, hot pink, ballet pink, turquoise, textured nude black, brown and striped. If you're wearing color, keep your legs neutral with black, gray, or brown. If you're wearing neutral tones and feel like having a bit of extra fun, go ahead and jazz up your stems with an eye-popping pair of tights.
When deciding what color you're going to tint your lower half, anything goes... almost. Pick deeply saturated shades in season-appropriate colors. Deep burgundies, reds, purples, browns, grays and black are your top picks for the colder months, and eye-popping, vibrant tints such as turquoise and magenta fun warmer weather choices. Always avoid lighter tones like peach, beige or pale yellow, unless you're layering with a fishnet over top.

Textured Tights

If you're not a fan of intense color, or if you just want to change it up, slip on a pair of top quality sheer tights in neutral tones or patterned textures to beautify your legs.

Day 11: Holiday Dinner

December 24, 2011

Here's a new take on holiday wear. Instead of the classic black, 
red, green, try a light touch of pink. Accent with gray and you're 
good to go!
Day 11: Holiday Dinner



Day 10: Merry and Bright

December 23, 2011

Day 10: Merry and Bright



Day 9: Christmas Eve Wear

December 22, 2011

Day 9: Christmas Eve Wear


Day 8: Top Trends

December 21, 2011

Day 8: Top Trends


Day 7: Yay, It's Yellow !

December 20, 2011

Day 7: Yay, It's Yellow !



December 19, 2011


Day 6: One Pop O' Color

December 18, 2011

Day 6: One Pop O' Color



Day 5: Vintage Details

December 16, 2011

Day 5: Vintage Details

 

True Christmas

 Luke 1:31-33 “…And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
Isaiah 9:6  For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Jewelry Collection Continued

December 13, 2011

I've made a few more things for my collection but have only had a chance to take pictures of one piece. Again, apologies for the pictures, my lighting is terrible!


This necklace hangs at the medium length. It is a silver tone and has been made to match the owl earrings. This piece is easy to wear and is a compliment to any outfit. $5.00


Day 4: Casual

Casual



Sally's Beauty Supply

I just got back from Sally's beauty and thought I would let you all know that they are selling little eye shadow pallets, lip glosses, lipsticks etc for $1 each! Great deal!!



Day 3: Monochromatic

December 12, 2011

Day 3: Monochromatic



Forever 21

Just thought I'd let you all know that Forever 21 is doing free shipping for two days, no minimum purchase.

New Collection!

December 11, 2011

   So I have finally began a new line of jewelry, iben élégance.  I tried to infuse urban styles and earth tones, yet with a touch of elegance. This particular collection is here just in time for Christmas and, if you are interested,  they are on discount for the season. Each piece is handcrafted. These pictures are not the best, my apologies! Also be sure to note that the necklaces are hung shorter on the necklace form for photograph purposes. True lengths are listed in each description. If you are interested in any of my pieces, email me on the email posted under my "submissions" page. 




Length Guide
This necklace is a lovely silver tone. The chain is a smooth, simple design with a hook clasp for easy wear. Attached to the chain is a fun scrolled pendant with a smokey blue crystal in the center. This necklace hangs in the long size. $5.00



This necklace is is a muted bronze tone. The chain is fun with different sized round links. Attached to the chain are to aqua blue "crystals." At the end of the chain is a beautiful, detailed bronze parrot. The pictures make this necklace look gold, but I assure you it is bronze. This necklace hangs in the X long size. If you purchase the matching earrings below, I can give you a package deal, just be sure to let me know and we can work something out. $7.00


This necklace is a shiny black tone. This chain consists of different sized links as well. At the end, a glass pearl cluster with pink crystals is attached. The crystal were so sparkly when I took the pictures that you can hardly make out the pendant in the second picture! This necklace hangs at the X long length. It is perfect for that touch of class! $5.00




These earrings are sold separately from one another. The first pair is a perfect match to the bronze parrot necklace above! These earrings are just the thing your wardrobe has been asking for! $4.00

The second pair is an adorable set of silver toned owls, a must have for every closet! $3.00











Christmas is Here!

Hi Everyone! Well, it's that time of year again, the smells of cinnamon and pine, the snow outside the window
( unless of course you live in So Cal ;-D), the warmth of family, and most importantly, the birth of Jesus Christ! I hope the tips and things that I post in the next few weeks give you some great ideas and holiday fun!

Day 2: Plain Fun

December 10, 2011

Day 2: Plain Fun

 

Bold Tees

Bold Tees

 

Easy Ornaments

December 9, 2011

Here is a fun craft to get ya'll in the Christmas spirit!
What you need:
- Festive paper
- Tape
- Scissors
- Some pictures
- Stickers (optional)



Take your picture and place tape in the four corners on the backside.


Press the back of the picture firmly down on a peice of paper


Cut out four triangles to fit on the corners



Take them down on the corners



Cut a strip of contrasting paper



Fold it down like this



Tape it down on the backside of your picture




When you flip it back around, it should look like this



These are really easy to make and you can do a bunch of them!



Day 1: Chic

December 7, 2011

Day 1: Chic




Eye Precautions

December 5, 2011

This article is submitted by Chloe Gault-- thank you!
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  2. Taking Proper Care of Your Eyes

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      Take five-minute breaks every hour by looking off into the distance and looking away from the computer monitor.
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      Just close your eyes for a few minutes when your work requires prolonged data input into the computer.

    Keeping Proper Distance and Other Safety Measures

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      Keep the distance of the monitor from your eyes between 16 to 30 inches. Most people find a distance of 20 to 26 inches comfortable.
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      Make sure that the top of the monitor is at a level slightly below the horizontal eye level.
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      Tilt the top of the monitor away from you at a 10- to 20-degree angle. Most monitors are provided with tiltable display screens, which enable you to tilt the monitor to create an optimum viewing angle.
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      Keep your screen free of dust and fingerprints.
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      Use an adjustable chair that enables you to sit at a proper angle and distance from your computer monitor screen.
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      Use document holders to secure any reading material or reference material, if your work involves prolonged data entry. Place the document holders close to the monitor and at the same distance from your eyes as your monitor. This enables your eyes to remain focused as they look from the monitor to the reading material.
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      Use a work surface whose height is 26 inches from the ground.
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      Keep the distance from the front of your chair to the hollow of your knee between 2 to 4 inches.
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      Use a character size that is visible. The character size is an important factor since it determines the distance at which the user prefers to view the monitor.

    Changing the Appearance of the Text Fonts on Your Computer Screen

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      Point your cursor anywhere on your desktop and right click on Properties. The Display Properties window appears.
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      Click the Appearance tab on the Display Properties window.
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      Go to the Font Size pull-down menu and choose either "Large Fonts" or "Extra Large Fonts" instead of the "Normal" font that has already been pre-selected by default. That is, if you are working on a Windows XP system. Once you have made a choice, you will see a sample of what you have chosen in the upper part of the Display Properties window. Choose what is comfortable for your eyes.
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      Click on the Apply button.
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      Close the Display Properties window.

    Ensuring Proper Lighting

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      Use fluorescent tubes to achieve lower illumination levels. Higher illumination levels wash out the image on the screen. Illumination levels refer to the amount of light falling on a surface measured in lux or foot candles (metric and English systems of measurement respectively).
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      Provide supplementary task lighting through lamps. Task lighting allows workers to adjust the illumination level according to their own preferences, if the illumination level is below the suggested ideal of 50 foot candles.

    Ensuring Proper Lighting by Adjusting the Contrast

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      Contrast is the difference in luminance between two areas (the task area and the background area). Prevent excessive contrast within the visual field and reduce the contrast to acceptable
      limits by avoiding extremely dark or bright surfaces. The primary reason for this is that vision problems could arise and viewing become difficult when there is high contrast between task and adjacent surroundings.
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      A good display screen also has separate contrast and brightness controls. Adjust the brightness of the background in relation to the characters by adjusting the contrast controls.
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      Control the amount of light emitted from the characters themselves by adjusting the brightness controls.

    Ensuring Proper Lighting in Your Work Environment To Prevent Glare

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      Glare is caused by non-uniform distribution of luminance within your visual field, as well as bright luminaires or windows. You can prevent glare by reorienting your work station and moving the sources of glare out of your line of sight.
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      Cover windows with Venetian blinds, draperies, shades or filters to reduce glare from sunlight or the luminaires in your work environment.
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      Use panels to block the intensity of light, thereby reducing glare.
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      Adjust the computer's contrast knob to change the brightness of the screen and characters, which will also reduce glare.
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      Position the screen at right angles to the source of light.
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      Avoid wearing bright clothes which may cause a glare by causing a reflection on the screen.
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      Cover your monitor ith an anti-glare screen.

    Ensuring Proper Lighting in Your Work Environment to Prevent Reflective Glare

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      When a worker can see a light on the surface of his or her screen, this is the case of reflective glare. This glare can also be seen on smoothly polished desk tops. The sources of reflected glare can be windows, reflective walls, luminaires or reflective clothing. You can control the reflective glare by the methods suggested in each of the steps below.
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      Reduce the intensity of light source by providing louvres for luminaires, by covering windows or by choosing appropriate height panels.
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      Provide a matte or flat finish on furniture equipment or walls.
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      Tilt the monitor to remove the reflection away from your line of vision. Tilting features are now included in most terminals.
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      Cover the screen with an etched surface or with different types of filters.

    Rearranging the Office to Reduce Lighting Problems

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      Position the workstations between rows of luminaires.
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      Place the workstations away from the windows.
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      Place all workstations parallel to the windows.
    • 4
      Use panels to block light.

    Selecting Video Display Colors to Avoid a Vision Problem Called McCullough Effect

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      When the color of the video display screen is green, some users see pink afterimages. This is an unusual phenomenon called the McCullough Effect. The condition causes people who use computers for hours to see a pinkish fringe around certain images. Although this is a harmless afterimage, the afterimage is created when the retinal nerve cells that perceive the color green become saturated and the color red appears instead. Choose video displays that are not green in color to prevent this vision problem from occurring.

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