Mens Wedding Bands – How to Pick a Keeper

When casually dating, you can try on different personalities, character traits, likes and dislikes with little to no harm inflicted on either party. But when you are looking for marriage, certain elements need to heed more attention than others. Goals, values and morals are as important as ambition, responsibility and accountability. Picking the right man to build and share a life with is the foundation for a wonderful relationship.

When you are in the market for a mens wedding band, you must consider his style, his build, and more importantly, the demeanor in which he portrays himself. First you’ll want to assess his build. Does he have a large frame, medium or small build? If he’s tall and fairly broad, a substantial ring with a wider, heavier band such as a tungsten carbide ring in the 7-10mm range would be ideal. A more slender man or one who is of short to medium height, would be better suited in a slimmer band, like a 3-6mm width.

Once you know the right width, you can then narrow your choices down further by identifying the type of mens wedding band that best suits his personality. If he is a sophisticated man that values quality and has the best TV, car, sunglasses and clothes, then selecting a wedding ring that caters to his desire for the best is top of list. You will most certainly want to look at wedding bands that are substantial in weight, keep a lustrous shine and possibly even embellished with diamonds or other gemstones. Tungsten carbide rings are quite popular among this group, as they feel and appear luxurious and with the nearly indestructible quality they are known for. Mens wedding bands made from tungsten carbide will certainly exude confidence, class and most importantly, quality. If on the other hand your guy is lighthearted, values a sense of humor, carefree and spontaneous a lightweight titanium ring may be more suitable for him. Titanium rings are ultra light yet incredibly strong. They can be simple in design or carry a creative and stylish flare.

Style can also be determined by his noting his preference of metal. There are many popular metals that range in price, durability and appearance. Platinum rings are quite expensive and often times selected purely for the assumed prestige.

On the other hand, a man who values quality over prestige may be more pleased with a tungsten ring. Far less expensive than platinum rings, tungsten weddings bands portray that same luster and shine as platinum, but have far more resilience to damage and destruction. They are a bit heavier as well, which is ideal for a man who likes a solid weight. Titanium rings are nearly as durable as tungsten rings but are significantly lighter in weight, hypoallergenic and offer a lighter grey color, or they can be shined to an almost reflective tone.

Another popular choice involves enhancing metals with other metals or gemstones. Titanium can be combined with white gold, yellow gold or platinum to create a more elaborate look. Diamonds, sapphires and other gemstones can add a unique touch for the refined gentleman.

Knowing your man, his likes, favorite pastimes and even the kind of friends he has can make shopping for a mens wedding band more productive and enjoyable. Taking into consideration what he does, both for business and pleasure can pinpoint a ring style that blends well with his lifestyle.

SUV – Taking Style to a New Level

I remember those days when I walked around in the neighborhood and got really excited when I saw a Buggy (even though it was ugly…). Remember? – Those days when seeing a Jeep Wrangler was less likely than having a Rolls Royce back into your driveway?

Remember that hideous, filthy thing driving down the road and hogging up both lanes? (More simply referred to as the Hummer)

Those days are OVER!

Today there are SUVs like the Lincoln Navigator, Cadillac Escalade & the Nissan Rogue… They are all beautiful SUVs!

Even the Hummer looks great today. It still looks brutal, but in a good way!

Personally, if judging by looks – the best SUV 2008 has to offer is without a doubt the Toyota FJ Cruiser. Have you seen it in Yellow? It looks amazing!

It’s white roof makes it look a bit like a Mini, but believe me – Nothing about this 239 horsepower, 4.0 liter v-6 engine SUV is Mini!

Basically, finding an ugly SUV is getting more and more difficult. The last knowing survivors of the ugly SUV era are counting the days until their better looking counterparts take over.

SUVs today are attracting more and more demographics… If once only a terrain-hungry male even thought of purchasing an SUV, today they are wanted by moms & teenagers around the globe..

But don’t make it look like they lost their ability to tear up the mountain – Todays SUVs are kings of the road, ambassadors of the dirt and keepers of the all might rough terrain – They are handling better than ever, they are just doing it in style.

Types of Clocks for Any Style of Home

When decorating a home for the first time or redecorating to give your home a new and fresh look, don’t forget the clocks. A clock not only adds functionality but also puts a finishing touch on a specific look. The great thing about these timepieces is that no matter what your particular style or decor may be, there will be a clock on the market that will add just the right touch. The trick is to look around and find out what’s out there and what style would best suit your needs.

If your personal style runs more toward the contemporary or offbeat, you may want to look into the ever-popular cukoo time keepers. There are bound to be a variety of brands and models available, but one of the most popular styles is the chalet cukoo. Although called German cuckoo clocks, the chalet style originated in Switzerland and since its inception it has remained a popular timepiece. For a more conventional style but still contemporary, you may want to try the contemporary grandfather time keepers. Companies have taken what we normally associate with antique and given the grandfather clock a contemporary flair.

Going for a more traditional and elegant look? Then look no further than the Ridgeway grandfather clock brand. Having been in business since 1926, they offer contemporary styles as well but their traditional styles are sure to wow you. Bulova, although better known for their wristwatches, is a brand that has a tremendous selection of mantle, alarm, table and desk clocks in a variety of styles, such as crystal, a beautiful satin black wood and even silver. Bulova if well known for its high-quality products and is sure to please.

No matter what your style or what room in your home you are looking to purchase clocks for, there are so many brands and models to choose from the decorating possibilities are endless. One thing to keep in mind when purchasing a clock is whether it will be easily repaired. Of course, you hope that it will never require repair and with all the high-quality products it probably never will; however, you want to ensure that should the need arise you have that option.

How To Say ‘No’ With Style – Or, How To Ditch People-Pleasing Forever

A major stumbling block for women, especially women looking to lose weight, is the inability to say “no” without feeling very, very guilty.

For many of us, saying “no” triggers our deepest fear:

“Uh-oh, I’m not a nice person and other people will know I’m not nice.”

I’ve been there. Heck, I used to live there.

How about you, sweetheart?

We women are especially vulnerable to this erroneous thinking, caused by excessive (and unnecessary) concern for what other good folk think of us.

(Dear reader, you understand this principle is so much broader than ‘saying no to food’. This principle has butt-kicking power in every corner of your life).

Let’s do a quick check-in, shall we?

– Do you find yourself not wanting to confront, challenge or upset those around you?

– Are you always the peace keeper in your family or office?

-Do you constantly feel stretched by the demands of others?

…And yet, inexplicably, still can’t say “no”?

OK, now specifically around food…

Do you find yourself eating (even when you’re not hungry), just to keep your partner, parent or host happy?

It’s Not Your Fault

Many of us women are conditioned from birth to believe it’s feminine, motherly and somehow more attractive to put other people’s needs first.

And, if we don’t, then we’re being selfish.

Here’s the truth. The painful but ultimately very freeing truth, darlin’.

Behind every people-pleasing exterior stews resentment, frustration and fear.

People-pleasers take this stew, allow it to marinade, and direct it in on themselves.

It’s a recipe for a stressful existence.

Even though they might feel “a bit peeved” at the person to whom they said yes, when they meant no (again), really, it is annoyance at their own lack of voice, they’re frustrated with.

And, hello…

… you wonder why you’ve developed behaviours to numb this frustration and stress. Behaviours like overeating, for example.

Just Say No

Your happy-weight sisters are comfortable with saying “nope, not today thanks”. Whether it’s around food or other areas of their life.

They don’t eat just because someone wants them to. Sure, they go to parties, BBQs and eat out, yet they remain their happy weight because they are willing to say “non, merci” when their body isn’t in need of food.

They listen to their own voice, rather than allowing someone else to dictate your life.

The great news is learning to say no is a learned skill. Even if it’s been a challenge for you until now, you can quit being a people-pleaser, right now, with a little practice.

Your shrinking waist line, reduced stress levels and increased confidence will thank you for it.

Five Steps To Giving Good “No”

1. Pause

Next time you’re tempted by the easy path and the words “OK, yeah, right-o” are forming on your lips, while every fibre of you is screaming, “heck no”…. P.A.U.S.E.

Pause and breathe.

And remember you have every right to say no. It’s your basic human right.

Next…say the two-lettered word.

2. Just Say It.


It’s a complete sentence. Really, it is.

Say it with a calm, self-honouring smile.

A prettier alternative is, “No thanks, but thank you for asking, I really appreciate it”.

3. Ditch The Explanation

Many of us feel the need to give reasons for our decision, something akin to the homework excuse from school.

“Really sir, the dog ate it.”

You’re a big girl now. Instead, come from a space of nothing to defend, nothing to justify.

Sure you could explain if you think it’ll be helpful, but there’s no obligation. And sometimes it’s unhelpful.

Think about it. The other person is looking at the conversation with a completely different perspective and they may be disappointed.

And that’s okay, they’ll deal with it.

4. Start Small

First start saying “no way, José” to small things. You’ll build your confidence and gather positive reference points as you go.

Remember by saying no to someone else you are saying yes to your own voice. Your own healthy, sparkly self.

5. “Uh-oh…I accidentally said yes”

Or “I said yes but I’ve changed my mind.”

Relax. It happens.

You always have the opportunity to change your mind. What’s the point in having one unless you change it from time to time?

You’ll Create More Space In Your Life

Once you start saying no with ease you’ll wonder how you survived without it.

And that’s the thing really, isn’t it?

If you can’t say ‘no’ you’re so busy doing stuff you don’t really want to do that ‘surviving’ is an apt description of your life.

Who wants to survive? Wouldn’t you rather thrive? There’s a big difference.

By saying no, you’ll be doing less of what you don’t want, which leaves more time for what you DO want. Bring on the thriving… yeah, bay bee!

With practice you’ll easily get to the stage where your first answer is your genuine, heartfelt desire. It’ll become automatic.

Initially your voice may shake around the unfamiliar two-letter syllable. Let it.

Notice how liberating it feels to speak your truth.

Notice too, how people start to treat you with more respect as you treat yourself with more respect.

And watch as your decisions are reflected in the decreasing number on your scales.

So, YOU, classy chica – how do you say no. What works for you? What hasn’t worked in the past? Share and inspire, and add to the mix in the comments section below.

Love etc, Avril