Most Unique Wedding Cakes

Most couples just have a nice, normal wedding, with a nice dress, classic wedding cake, and everything is very beautiful, but nice and normal. There are some people, however, that are a little different and unique, and they choose to show their uniqueness through their weddings. There are only so many ways however, to be distinct in your wedding. You've really only got the option of a different dress or a different cake, and a lot of people choose to show their diversity through having a very unique wedding cake.

If you really want your wedding cake to say something different, and you really want to have something at your wedding that your guests will talk about for years to come, you should consider some of these unique wedding cakes for inspiration.

Actor Blair Underwood had an exceptionally unique wedding cake at his wedding. It was a model of the Eiffel tower! It was a six and a half foot affair, with real lights all up and down the tower. This cake has got to be one of the most, if not the most unique wedding cake in the world today. I can only imagine the amount of work that went into it.

One couple had a square wedding cake that had two swans swimming on a pond on top of it, all made out of icing. It was a very elaborate cake, with ribbons and flowers adorning it as well. However, it was only one layer, so some people may not want a cake like this.

Another unique wedding cake one couple had was a "Shrek" cake. This couple must have been big fans of the movie, because their cake was all about the movie, including the Shrek and Princess Fiona figurines on top of the cake! This wedding cake had two layers, and on the bottom layer had an icing design of Donkey and the dragon, the other couple in the Shrek movies!

I have also seen some very unique "box" wedding cakes. I do not mean that these cake were just shaped like a box; one of these wedding cakes was a three layered cake, and each of the layers was decorated like a different present, complete with bows. Another couple had a cake that was shaped and elaborately decorated as an open hat box, with flowers spilling out of it.

One of the most unique wedding cakes that I have seen so far has to be a Chinese wedding cake. It was a three layered red cake, decorated with the most intricate detail and flowers. Another strange wedding cake one couple had was a Phantom of the Opera wedding cake . This one was just one layer, and it was white, black and red, with the white mask sitting on top of black icing, and a red icing "cloth" draped over it.

Another unique and not often used wedding cake idea is a cupcake wedding cake. All you have to do is buy a cupcake tree …

Brief History of Italian Fashion

Italy and Fashion have a very unique and special relationship, and when you consider such names as Dolce & Gabbana, Versace and Armani, to name but a few, it's not difficult to see why. But if we look back into the history of Italian Fashion, (eg see also the article on Nina Ricci) we start to understand what wave Italy such a status in the Fashion World.

Count Giorgini started the 'Italian Fashion' craze in 1951, when he organized a fashion show to be presented to an International audience in Florence. He then continued to present other fashion shows at his palace, presenting new collections modeled by nobilty against a backdrop of fine arts and scenery. Nobilty would also model new collections at museums or exhibitions next to famous pieces of fine art. This all contributed to elevating the status of Italian fashion, and implanting in everyone's minds that Italian fashion gives you status, is very rich in quality, and almost 'fairytale' like.

In the 1970s and 1980s Milan made its mark as being the Fashion Capital of Italy, and the phrase Made in Italy became universally recognized as meaning 'high quality', and 'high fashion'. Today there are various fashion trade fairs in Milan, and it is considered by many to be the Fashion Capital of The World. …

Surprise your Loved Ones with a Birthday Gift Basket

Age does not matter – whether you are turning five, fifteen or fifty, your
birthday is always a good excuse to go out and have a good time.

Throughout the year, you would surely know someone who will celebrate his or
her birthday. Deciding on what gift to buy can be tough – especially if you
do not really know the person well.

For example, if you knew that a neighbor – who thoughtfully looks after
your pet while you are out of the house – is about to celebrate his
birthday, you may not have an idea of ​​what gift to give as a token of
appreciation for his kindness.

If you have a co-worker who could use some cheering up on her birthday, what
gift should you give and how much should you spend?

It is pretty easy to think of a present for a close friend or a relative
because you would basically have an idea of ​​the items that they would like
to receive.

If you are having a hard time thinking of gifts for a person who is about to
celebrate his birthday, what better way is there to surprise him than by
giving out a personalized gift basket?

'Birthday Gift Baskets for Him and for Her'

Gift baskets make great gift items. If you were invited to a party and you
do not have an idea of ​​what gift to give, just ask if the celebrant is male
or female, and you can easily put together a gift basket that would suit the
occasion perfectly.

Here are some his and hers birthday gift baskets that you can wrap in a
snap:

1. That's so sweet!

An elderly aunt, a niece or a nephew, and even your snappy next-door
neighbor would certainly appreciate a basketful of sweets. Chocolate chip
cookies, candies, brownies, pretzels, candies – anything sugary and crunchy
can be included. Wrap them up with a small stuffed teddy bear or a couple of
balloons and you can send the celebrant a perfect birthday treat.

2. Romantic Dinner Basket

You can buy a bottle of good vintage wine, some cheese, dark chocolate bars
and potato crisps to make a birthday gift basket for a good lady friend. You
can even throw in the wine opener and a couple of romantic candles for good
effect.

3. Especially for you

Your best friend celebrating his or her birthday shows only the best gift
from you. If your best buddy is a coffee aficionado, throw in some cinnamon
sticks, assorted gourmet coffee beans plus a mug to make him the perfect
birthday present.

If your girl friend likes to knit, sew, paint or cook, make a gift basket
with the items that she can use for her hobby. A chocolate addict descriptes
nothing but the best box of dark chocolate bars, melt-in-your-mouth truffles
and a handful of candy bars.

These gift baskets can be pre-ordered, or you can put them together
yourself. Just let your imagination run …

Women in Leadership Roles – What Is Leadership?

How often have you heard it that a person is a born leader? But are leaders really 'born' or are leadership skills acquired?

What is leadership?

Leadership is more than just setting goals or tasks. Leadership is defining a vision and inspiring others to achieve it. Women in leadership roles are particularly good at defining an objective and directing a group to achieve the goal in a cohesive manner. A good leader shows the way and fosters an environment where all members of the group feel engaged in the project.

Women have a fantastic ability to form strong emotional connections, be empathic and supportive. While these are wonderful practices, women in leadership positions need to be careful not to blur the boundaries.

What makes a good leader?

There are several common personality traits that women in leadership roles demonstrate.

  1. Be a good listener

    A leader needs to set the direction, but a good leader also listen to the input of others. By keeping an open mind and listening to ideas, new ways to achieve objectives can be found. A good leader makes sure everyone in the group feels heard and has the opportunity to contribute.

  2. Be focussed and motivated

    A good leader is enthusiastic and focussed on the task, but also about their role as a leader. People respond to passion and positive energy, and a good leader keeps the team motivated lead by example.

  3. Be available

    One trait of women and leadership that often comes up is being 'available'. Women are often more empathic than men, and as such are more 'available' to their team members. Team members need to feel they can approach their leader and speak freely. Just as important is to keep the whole team engaged, by scheduling team meetings where progress can be discussed, and issues can be raised.

  4. Be decisive.

    No matter how good a listener or negotiator you may be, there are times when compromise can not be reached. Women in leadership positions must be decisive and capable of making the 'final' decision. In some circumstances it is not possible to satisfy everyone, and some team members will disagree. The leader needs to be strong enough to make the decision and follow it through.

  5. Be confident

    Following on from the last point, leadership often involves making 'the tough decisions'. A good leader is confident and does not vacillate. A leader who portraits confidence and self belief will inspire those qualities in others, and bring out their best.

  6. Be Strategic.

    A good leader can keep their mind on the 'big picture' and keep the project moving forward. However it is also important to be able to break the project down into its sub parts for closer analysis. To break it down into manageable steps, and assign milestones while still keeping the whole project in view.

  7. Be tolerant

    On every project issues will arise, set backs will occur. A good leader keeps a cool head and understands this is all part of the journey. During

Five Reasons to Use Photography for Gift Giving

Personalization. In my opinion the first and biggest reason to use photographic gifts is the personalization that it affords the giver. I’m not talking about just giving someone a photographic portrait of yourself, although that is an excellent and very personalized gift. How about giving that special person a coffee mug or t-shirt that has their favorite (or yours) on it? The idea is to give them something that is as useful as it is artistic.

Exclusivity. By using a photograph that you have made yourself or that you have purchased from an outside source, you are offering the recipient of the gift something that can’t be bought at a department store or, for that matter, even at a jewelry shop.

Individuality. With the artistry of the photographic image, you can tailor a suitable gift for anyone on your gift list. Do you have a friend or relative that likes to cook? Give them an apron with a photograph of a cake they’ve made. Have a person on your list that likes dogs or cats? Give them a coffee mug with a photograph of a favorite animal. Is one of your special people a nature or outdoors lover? Give them a framed print of an especially favorite scene or panorama.

Decorative. Imagine how good you’ll feel when you visit someone that you sent a photographic greeting card to and they have it displayed on their desk when you arrive. Think of how good you would feel when you are complimented on your “good taste” in art.

Useful. Photography as “art” is a given, but you can use that art to create gifts that are useful as well as attractive. Consider giving a grandmother an attractive refrigerator magnet with a portrait of the grandkids on it or a favorite pet displayed there. Give your children a t-shirt that has a favorite scene displayed on it. Do you know someone that is a bird watcher? Give them a coffee mug with a photograph of a Northern Cardinal on the cup.

These are just a few suggestions on how you can use your (or someone else’s) photographic talent to create gifts that are sure to be treasured by the person that received them.

The list of possibilities for photographic gifts grows constantly as new uses for our artistic talents expand. I have already mentioned a few items that may be created but here are a few more in case you need help. Do you know someone that is a card player? Give them a deck of playing cards with scenes from a vacation they (or you) especially enjoyed. How about giving your favorite cook an apron with a picture of one of their specialties on the front of the apron? There are an awful lot of people that enjoy assembling jigsaws and one of your favorite photos might be just the thing for them. How about a beautiful nature scene that you admire? Have a photograph of the scene printed on canvas and …

Effective Hair Shears Care Tips

If you have plans of opening a beauty salon, you will need to start investing on high quality hairstyling tools and techniques. Venturing into this kind of business is not cheap to run. If you would like to gain more customers, then you have to offer excellent hairstyling services that are accepted in the market. When you have established a name in the hairstyling industry, the more customers will go to your salon to ask for your services. This only assumes that your tools will face a lot of work to do. In view of that, you will need to discover how you can make the life of your tools longer. Among the significant hairstyling items that you have to preserve is the hair shears.

For the most part, people who go to salon would like to have their hair trimmed or cut. Some would even want a new hairdo. Cutting the hair is essential since it is responsible for making the hair look nice and attractive. Various hair styles are possible by means of cutting. If you continue to use hair shears, it will clearly fight the results of wearing away. A wise salon owner will benefit a lot when he or she uses fine quality cutting tools like professional shears. In view of that, if you wish to learn how to use the shears, you will need to take note of the following points.

Firstly, you need to check the shears for certain damages. The shears will only be damaged further if you use it even if it is not working properly. Then, after you use it, do not forget to clean it. Take out the strands of hair or the moisture found in it. You may use a clean piece of cloth or a tissue. Do not use any other material for wiping the shears for it may lead to some scrapes or scratches. And when storing the scissors, always put them back to its storage place. Usually professional hair scissors have their own storage place to make sure that they are well kept and stored. In addition, you need to sharpen the scissors at once. Always maintain its sharpness so as to ensure its accurate performance. And lastly, do not drip the shears. Put them carefully on the table when not in use. This is to prevent the shears from twisting, which may give rise to inaccuracy to hair cutting.

For the most part, there are several hair shears available in the market. Many hair experts believe that the best hair cutting scissors are those manufactured by Japanese firms. These shears are specifically designed for hairstyling. They are made of good quality stainless steel that is why they are quite expensive compared to other hair scissors.

So if you will put up your own beauty salon, remember to invest on high quality hair products and hairstyling tools. The hair shears are vital to the success of your business. You have to take good care of them …

What Attracts Women to Older Men?

Have you ever wondered what attracts women to older men? And no, we’re not talking about the kind of attraction between dirty old millionaires and young beautiful gold diggers. We aren’t talking about confused young women either who are searching for father figures in their boyfriends. Rather, we’re talking about genuine and long-lasting attraction that has the potential to deepen into love.

What attracts women to older men?

MATURITY

Many studies show that females mature before males do, and it’s possible that maturity is what attracts women to older men. Given the choice, who would want date an immature guy over a mature guy? An immature guy, for instance, would not understand that there are times when you have to prioritize work over relationship. A mature guy, placed in the same situation, won’t just show his understanding. He’ll also be supportive and maybe even volunteer to take over kitchen or laundry duties to lessen your burdens.

CONFIDENCE

There’s a slight but essential difference between confidence and maturity, but both usually comes hand in hand. Confidence may be what attracts women to older men as well because it’s an irresistible quality.

A guy lacking in confidence would stammer his words out and wouldn’t be able to meet a woman’s eyes straight. A confident guy, on the other hand, won’t just be able to speak clearly and look at you straight the eye. He also won’t hesitate to ask for your name or maybe even ask you out right away if the attraction between you is that strong.

Secondly, a confident man won’t ever be threatened by the achievements of his partner. He will rejoice with her and not hate her for “upstaging” him. Younger men can rarely display this kind of confidence because they’re too hungry to prove something themselves. At this point in their lives, few will be able to swallow the fact that their partners had achieved something greater than they had ever accomplished in their lives.

DECISIVENESS

What attracts women to older men? Decisiveness, for one thing.

Decisiveness can be seen in a number of ways. A decisive man knows what he wants right away. A decisive man knows himself well. He understands his role in the world and it therefore comes easily to him to identify what he wants in his life.

Once he sees something he wants, a decisive man also won’t hesitate to go for it. He knows which things are and aren’t worth fighting for and if he considers you important in his life then he’ll let you know that. No woman will find that undesirable. A decisive man makes his woman feel safe and protected. He helps them feel secure about the future because he’s the type of man you can trust your future to…if there’s ever a need to.

HAPPY AND CONTENTED

Last but not the least, the ability to be happy and contented on their own is what attracts women to older men.

At their age, they already know and understand …

Approaches To Make Your Own Wedding Favor Ideas

Most of today's brides and grooms are practical enough to realize that they need to think of a means to work out on their budget as they plan for their wedding. That is why many of them have the initiative to settle for making their own wedding favor ideas.

They have a variety of reasons for doing so. Some of them do it in order to save some money whereas some of them would like to express their creativity by personalizing the wedding favors. Instead of buying from the stores, making your own wedding favor ideas is one delightful way of setting more meaning to the wedding celebration.

In what areas are you particularly good at? Are you capable of painting or drawing? Are you an expert in sewing? Then if you are you could make use of such skills in making your own wedding favor ideas. It is best that you associate your making of your own wedding favor ideas with your abilities and talents.

Through it, you'll never get disappointed and you'll also be sure that your creativity is shown in your work of art. When your creation would need assistants especially in putting them together, you need to be certain that your choice of your own wedding favor idea is the one that is easy to assemble.

After exploring your own capabilities, the next approach to make your own wedding favor ideas is to look into or reflect on your own personality and your interests.

What message do you prefer to give to your guests? Is the wedding celebration too formal or not? You could likewise attach some wedding favor labels to the wedding favor ideas that you intend to create. Fashioning a personalized wedding favor idea may be a difficult task but if you know the approach to follow when making your own wedding favor ideas, you could never go wrong.

The next approach is to look into your theme. The wedding favor idea should go along with the theme of the occasion.

You could take a tour at the local arts and crafts stores near you so that you'll be able to garner some worthy ideas when it comes to making your own wedding favors. Among the very popular own wedding favor ideas that you may settle for are bags of candies with the emblems of anything that is associated with your wedding theme.

If you've got the holiday themes for your weddings, you may use something which is really of a party mood. Do not restrict yourself to the available wedding favor ideas especially if you could create your own. …

Why Light?

Whether you just built a home, purchased a home or have been living in your home for some time, there comes a time when many people, just like you, decide to install landscape-lighting.

We all know that landscape lighting will enhance the beauty, safety and value of your home. Homeowners know the investment of adding landscape lighting will increase the value of the home.

However, their emotions initiate the installation of a landscape-lighting system. Emotions are the mechanisms that start the process and logic locks in the actions for the emotions.

Having said that, the emotions create the design and look of your lighting system. You will create a system that is a reflection of your personality, tastes, likes and creativity. With that bit of information, you now need to answer the question of "why light?" If you can not answer that question, you do not need a landscape-lighting system for your home.

To find your answers to "why light," you need to drive through your neighborhood at night and look at homes with landscape-lighting systems. Do your research and due diligence and you will discover the style and mood that fits your DNA. I recommend researching at least 50 homes so you feel comfortable with the style that "fits" for you.

Once you know what you like and want for your home, you can now concentrate on the system for your home. Start with the major reasons for lighting your home and work down to the smallest reason to light.

Of course, the three big reasons to light are: beauty, safety and value. Place these in chronological order starting with the most important to the least important. Naturally, a properly designed system will fulfill all of the three major reasons to light your home.

In addition to the three big reasons to have landscape lighting for your home, you also need to look at the points of interest around your home and in your front yard. Your home is unique and you need to accent the uniqueness so it stands out from the other homes.

What are the focal points in the yard? They can be things like: a fountain, a flowerbed, a waterfall, a statue, an art piece and, of course, the American Flag. If you have the American Flag, you definitely need to shine light on that using a minimum of three fixtures.

Show off the items that you enjoy and are proud to have in your yard. These are some of the reasons that your home is unique and stands out from the other homes in your neighborhood.

Now is the time to let your mind think in an artistic manner. In your mind's eye, see how your home will look after the installation of landscape lighting. Visualize the finish product. Do you like what you see in your mine's eye? If so, great, now is the time to put that plan on paper.

Once it is on paper, it can become a reality. After it …

How to Lose Weight – For Busy Women Over 40 – Be Slim and Slender This Summer

Are you a woman over 40? Do you want to lose weight- but you are busy all the time? There is only so much we can achieve on a given day- and often our schedule does not allow squeezing in even more activities. Unfortunately, for many women over 40 increasing demands and responsibilities have dangerous consequences, which make it tough to lose weight permanently:

First of all, the stress level increases. If you are stressed out all the time, you will have a very hard time to lose weight. Successful weight loss has a lot to do with balance: Balance in your hormones and balance in your lifestyle. These go together: To balance your hormone system and the effects the declining progesterone levels have on your body you need to balance your life.

This may mean you'll have to make some sensible efforts to systematically de-stress your life. A good weight loss program for women over 40 will help you to do that- here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Make sure that you have time for yourself. You can only support others if you are strong yourself, so allow yourself to have some priority over the demands of others.
  • Develop a routine, a habit to help you increase your depth of sleep. A great thing to do is to have a short walk in the evening, or do some Yoga. Conscious breathing helps a lot too.
  • Get a circle of friends to help you out with daily chores. You do not have to do everything yourself- shared efforts are more efficient.

The next thing is: There is often no time for a regular exercise program. You know, you have to be physically active if you want to lose weight permanently- but it does not necessarily mean that you have to join a gym. If your situation allows, just by being more active in your daily life you will help you lose weight. This could be as easy as getting a standing desk to do computer work, taking the stairs instead of the elevator or buying some dumb bells to do a bit of strength training in the evening.

The last thing is, you need to eat healthy on a daily basis. Your eating habits will make or break your weight loss. Since you have little to no time to cook, you need to watch out for simple recipes. Five-star menus are nice to have, but you just do not have the time to do that. On the other hand, something simple like steamed fish with steamed vegetables is fast and easy to prepare, gives you all the minerals you need and is low in calories- a winning combination.

Are you looking for a flexible weight loss program that adjusts to your busy lifestyle? "One size fits all" programs take not the individual individual situation into account- look for a program that is likely to give you the results you want. …