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Statement Necklaces

Posted by editor On February - 13 - 20106 COMMENTS

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I used to think I always have to buy fancy tank tops especially for evening out then after a while people will recognize this one of a kind fancy tank top and can’t wear it again and again to meet up with the same crowd. I don’t know if this is just me but most fashion lovers – they just get tired with the same thing fairly quickly 😉

So I started seeing alternatives that last longer – statement necklaces such as those designed by Ranjana Khan, Vera Wang, Oscar De La Renta, Suzana Dai, etc. I figured these may be more versatile as you can move it around to wear with turtle necks, sexy tank top, or even cocktail dress. It trully adds flair and certainly makes a distinct statement =)

see sample of statement necklaces I am quite a fan of:

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Ranjana Khan Black Crystal Bib Necklace – Nieman $880.00

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Ranjana Khan Pearl & Crystal Chain Necklace $920.00

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Ranjana Khan Pink Necklace

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Tom Binns Crystal Necklace from net-a-porter $2,670.00

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“People were not slowing down and it’s very dangerous for the emergency services personnel to be on the side of the road” said Tela Mange, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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So I guess these days if you happen to be driving especially on a highway and overlooking somekind of eye-catching scene and do that rubber-necking look on what’s going on on the side of the road you ought to be very careful about where you do this from – the new law require you to move to the furthest lane possible away from the scene if you slow down and still on the lane closest to the scene WATCH OUT you may be fine!

In California, the “Move-over” law became effective on January 1, 2010.

I’ve got a circulated email message:

I want to let my friends know about the CA move over law.
One of my friend’s son got a ticket on Pleasant Hill coming back from Wal-Mart.
A police car was on the side of the road giving a ticket to someone else.
His son slowed down to pass but did not move into the other lane. The second police car
immediately pulled him over and gave him a ticket. His son said had never heard of the law.
It is a fairly new law that states if any emergency vehicle is on the side of the road, if you are able, you
are to move into the far lane.

The cost of the ticket is $754, with 3 points on your license
and a mandatory court appearance.

However the California’s “move over” law that was implemented in 2007 has stated standard penalties that seems to be exagerated in the circulated email message:

California has had a “Move Over, Slow Down” law for several years. The law that took effect January 1, 2010 made it permanent and added Caltrains trucks to the list of vehicles you must make way for, which includes police cars, fire engines, ambulances and tow trucks. If you see an emergency vehicle on the side of a highway with lights flashing, you must slow down and move into an adjacent lane if it is safe to do so. The fine [for violating this law] is around $146, with one point on your record.

well with that being said don’t move over because of just the fine but do it for the safety of others and yourself as well.

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Search Engine Experience

Posted by editor On December - 19 - 20097 COMMENTS

These days people won’t think much about what search engine to use where everyone keep on saying “just google it” which seems like Google is the only thing available to use.

I’ve been using AOL when the first internet industry break through then I started using Yahoo, Alta Vista until Google is out.
I was so happy when I got to use google since it’s so simple, easy to use and the search result is great.

However nowadays you don’t have to get caught up in just one search engine – especially if some information is filtered out (Google banned some websites so search result sometimes won’t be acurate whereas Yahoo and Bing don’t really do that) – I start exploring Bing and its visual search is amazing (especially for visual oriented person like myself – it makes it easy when it comes to shopping search)

Just a comparison of some of the pages that get banned from google (such as textlinkads, ask2link and other SEO related stuff)

Google search result for Text Link Ads:
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Google search result for ask2link:ask2link-google-search

Bing and Yahoo result for ask2link and Text Link Ads:
Yahoo search result for Text Link Ads:
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Bing search result for ask2link:
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Try to pay attention to the screen shot above – Google just eliminates all relevant information by eleminating all search from that particular domain (since it banned the domain) however if you look at Yahoo and Bing they didn’t do that – they display the domain as the 1st result making it more user-friendly approach when you’re really seeking for something.

Other than this Bing and Yahoo also has its own pluses.
Yahoo is extremely fast in screening and giving the user other options while the user type (Look at the dark blue box above) and Bing it’s has a phenomenal user friendly interface especially for its visual search (beta).
Here’s a screen capture of the visual search from Bing versus image search from google:

Google image search result for Kristen Stewart:
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and you have to navigate using:
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Bing image search result for Kristen Stewart:
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and you navigate using this “infinite” scroll bar (I called it infinite because for someone or something that is popular this can get into along one-page type result)

However this makes search easier and less distraction by having to always press each page’s number or “next” button, it’s a hassle – really.
Another cool thing is Bing let you display sizes such as medium pic sizes, large pic sizes or even small pic sizes, making visual search faster especially when it comes to shopping (see below):

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Shop for a handbag is as easy as the actual walk in the mall, your eyes scan for things you’re interested not actually staring or looking at it longer than couple seconds (unless you’re into it) so this is a REALLY nice interface to have. This is achieved by getting rid of the pagination links/next buttons and just let the user scroll through all available images. This type of interface bring users closer to the actual shopping experience.
I’m loving BING’s visual search (all you need to do is a fast install of silverlight and you’re good to go)

There are many other cool features BING got to offer (the search engine sometimes act like your Browser – it can clean your search history and has setting/preferences) which for some user I think it’s a big deal, so it’s a plus after all!

Now you can’t really trust that famous search engine for all things, can you?
So why not experiment with different ones? It really pays off when you’re happy with the result!

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Just right on the moment I feel like tweeting for my blog then I saw this picture with a message that read: “Something is technically wrong. Thanks for noticing – we’re going to fix it up and have things back to normal soon.”

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I wonder if this is something that’s new or not so I googled it and apparently TechCrunch seems to get used to this message already – twitter just down (see their post here) – I am hoping they’ll get back soon!

And if you are curious if you open www.twitter.com then they’ll display this message:

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“Twitter is over capacity. Too many tweets! Please wait a moment and try again.” – sounded kind of cute, really – but it annoyed me!

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When it comes to accessories, especially necklace we female tend to think of the classy diamond, gold necklace to add that little glam, but wait till you see Suzana Dai‘s jewelry design – she creates stunning classy and chic jewelries from beads, feather, and fabrics yet it looks very sophisticated especially when a Hollywood actresses made it popular: Blake Lively as Serena van der Woodsen in Gossip Girl looking gorgeous with Suzana Dai’s Antwerp Necklace against her blue mini dress.

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After all a necklace is not only to accessorize the neck line and collar bone but it serves well to add spark to an elegant and simple dress as well – how thoughtful of Blake to wear it this way (love the way she looks)

here’re more pictures of the necklace:
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Antwrep Necklace available for £231.50 from boticca.com or $382.00 from starsandinfinitedarkness.com.
And if you are curious about her bag this is a little info for it:

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Notting Hill Design Wesbourne Bag in Sunset Orange Color made of Glossy Phyton leather. Price: £1,895.

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Portray of a Classic Romance from Twilight Series

Posted by editor On December - 12 - 20092 COMMENTS

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Pictured above the main stars from Twilight and New Moon from Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga Book Collection: Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen and Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan.

Belive it or not they did a very good job casting for Edward and Bella character, both actrors are a suitable fit beyond believe. Not only they both looks good on camera but they are very photogenic with a special charm effect in every picture taken. I’ve been looking at some pre-wedding and wedding pictures however nothing have that ‘forever-romance’ sense and look and feel as these couple has (I guess it takes a good acting skill to do this kind of capture then).

Here’s some classic romantic pictures worth to observe (especially those into wedding/romance photography with a taste of fashion):

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If you are a big fan of twilight just like myself and would like to see more pictures please visit this amazing site (they are our picture source). Some other pictures are from InStyle Magazine, Vanity Fair Magazine and Movie Clips.

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Dresses on Vanity Fair August 08 Issue

Posted by editor On December - 12 - 20092 COMMENTS

The Vanity Fair magazine last summer’s issue somehow still leave me dreaming about those dresses worn by beautiful young hollywood rising stars pictured as their front cover. I love Amanda’s dress the most.

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Above photograph featuring Cover girls from August 2008 Vanity Fair issue: Amanda Seyfried, Emma Roberts, Blake Lively, and Kristen Stewart (The Twilight and New Moon hot rising star, isn’t she cute and charming here?)

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Another photograph from the same magazine featuring stars from the Gossip Girl show. The photograph above somehow reminds me of a high school prom. I love the fluidity look in the dresses’ they wore.

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Coffee Art on Latte or Cappuccino Cup

Posted by editor On December - 1 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

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Coffee barista has been quite a popular profession lately in some city due to high demand of not only serving a cup of coffee but serving it in style.
The barista use mix method of using pouring method (the way to pour the cream into the cup) and using stick to render details, some even use chocolate syrup.

Latte art in coffee has been quite a popular lifestyle especially in Japan, and some other European countries. Their popularity even establish competitions in some major city such as the Free Pour Latte Art Competition in Washington, Latte art contest in the Netherlands and many more.

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U.S. Prettiest Towns

Posted by editor On November - 29 - 20091 COMMENT

1. Sedona, Arizona
Why? Its stunning desert and red-sandstone formation
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2. Savannah, Georgia
Why? Famous for its lovely colonial town and amazing garden squares
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3. Monterey, California
Why? Marine sactuary famous with its world class aquarium and coastal town. Amazing waterfront, bay and canneries.
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4. Lake Placid, New York
Why? Beautiful crystal lakes, pine hills, and mountain.
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5. Guttenberg, Iowa
Why? Mississippi River front, antique store front and beautiful Main Street.
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Read more about America’s prettiest towns from the source.

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Vibram Five Fingers Shoes for Barefooting Sports

Posted by editor On November - 21 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

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Soon after I saw one of my colleague wore this barefooted shoe I asked him where can I get one of this? He told me it’s easy just google “five finggered shoe” of course I tried and ended up opening vibranfivefinggers.com a company that come up with this wonderful idea of comfortable five-fingers shoe for barefooting sports.

These shoes comes in various exciting colors for men and women and it run at about $80 dollar a pair.

I’d definetly recommend this for those who likes to do yoga, pilates, dancing and other gym-related stuff such as stregth training that usually will require you to take off your regular shoes off.

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