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ABC OF BREASTFEEDING.

| Articles | November 30, 2011

From the first moment the infant is applied to the breast, it must be nursed upon a certain plan. This is necessary to the well-doing of the child, and will contribute essentially to preserve the health of the parent, who will thus be rendered a good nurse, and her duty at the same time will become a pleasure.

This implies, however, a careful attention on the part of the mother to her own health; for that of her child is essentially dependent upon it. Healthy, nourishing, and digestible milk can be procured only from a healthy parent; and it is against common sense to expect that, if a mother impairs her health and digestion by improper diet, neglect of exercise, and impure air, she can, nevertheless, provide as wholesome and uncontaminated a fluid for her child, as if she were diligently attentive to these important points. Every instance of indisposition in the nurse is liable to affect the infant.

And this leads me to observe, that it is a common mistake to suppose that, because a woman is nursing, she ought therefore to live very fully, and to add an allowance of wine, porter, or other fermented liquor, to her usual diet. The only result of this plan is, to cause an unnatural degree of fulness in the system, which places the nurse on the brink of disease, and which of itself frequently puts a stop to the secretion of the milk, instead of increasing it. The right plan of proceeding is plain enough; only let attention be paid to the ordinary laws of health, and the mother, if she have a sound constitution, will make a better nurse than by any foolish deviation founded on ignorance and caprice.

The following case proves the correctness of this statement:

A young lady, confined with her first child, left the lying-in room at the expiration of the third week, a good nurse, and in perfect health. She had had some slight trouble with her nipples, but this was soon overcome.

The porter system was now commenced, and from a pint to a pint and a half of this beverage was taken in the four and twenty hours. This was resorted to, not because there was any deficiency in the supply of milk, for it was ample, and the infant thriving upon it; but because, having become a nurse, she was told that it was usual and necessary, and that without it her milk and strength would ere long fail.

After this plan had been followed for a few days, the mother became drowsy and disposed to sleep in the daytime; and headach, thirst, a hot skin, in fact, fever supervened; the milk diminished in quantity, and, for the first time, the stomach and bowels of the infant became disordered. The porter was ordered to be left off; remedial measures were prescribed; and all symptoms, both in parent and child, were after a while removed, and health restored.

Having been accustomed, prior to becoming a mother, to take a glass or two of wine, and occasionally a tumbler of table beer, she was advised to follow precisely her former dietetic plan, but with the addition of half a pint of barley-milk morning and night. Both parent and child continued in excellent health during the remaining period of suckling, and the latter did not taste artificial food until the ninth month, the parent’s milk being all-sufficient for its wants.

No one can doubt that the porter was in this case the source of the mischief. The patient had gone into the lying-in-room in full health, had had a good time, and came out from her chamber (comparatively) as strong as she entered it. Her constitution had not been previously worn down by repeated child-bearing and nursing, she had an ample supply of milk, and was fully capable, therefore, of performing the duties which now devolved upon her, without resorting to any unusual stimulant or support. Her previous habits were totally at variance with the plan which was adopted; her system became too full, disease was produced, and the result experienced was nothing more than what might be expected.

The plan to be followed for the first six months. Until the breast- milk is fully established, which may not be until the second or third day subsequent to delivery (almost invariably so in a first confinement), the infant must be fed upon a little thin gruel, or upon one third water and two thirds milk, sweetened with loaf sugar.

After this time it must obtain its nourishment from the breast alone, and for a week or ten days the appetite of the infant must be the mother’s guide, as to the frequency in offering the breast. The stomach at birth is feeble, and as yet unaccustomed to food; its wants, therefore, are easily satisfied, but they are frequently renewed. An interval, however, sufficient for digesting the little swallowed, is obtained before the appetite again revives, and a fresh supply is demanded.

At the expiration of a week or so it is essentially necessary, and with some children this may be done with safety from the first day of suckling, to nurse the infant at regular intervals of three or four hours, day and night. This allows sufficient time for each meal to be digested, and tends to keep the bowels of the child in order. Such regularity, moreover, will do much to obviate fretfulness, and that constant cry, which seems as if it could be allayed only by constantly putting the child to the breast. A young mother very frequently runs into a serious error in this particular, considering every expression of uneasiness as an indication of appetite, and whenever the infant cries offering it the breast, although ten minutes may not have elapsed since its last meal. This is an injurious and even dangerous practice, for, by overloading the stomach, the food remains undigested, the child’s bowels are always out of order, it soon becomes restless and feverish, and is, perhaps, eventually lost; when, by simply attending to the above rules of nursing, the infant might have become healthy and vigorous.

For the same reason, the infant that sleeps with its parent must not be allowed to have the nipple remaining in its mouth all night. If nursed as suggested, it will be found to awaken, as the hour for its meal approaches, with great regularity. In reference to night-nursing, I would suggest suckling the babe as late as ten o’clock p. m., and not putting it to the breast again until five o’clock the next morning. Many mothers have adopted this hint, with great advantage to their own health, and without the slightest detriment to that of the child. With the latter it soon becomes a habit; to induce it, however, it must be taught early.

The foregoing plan, and without variation, must be pursued to the sixth month.

After the sixth month to the time of weaning, if the parent has a large supply of good and nourishing milk, and her child is healthy and evidently flourishing upon it, no change in its diet ought to be made. If otherwise, however, (and this will but too frequently be the case, even before the sixth month) the child may be fed twice in the course of the day, and that kind of food chosen which, after a little trial, is found to agree best.

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A Guide to Arizona RV Rentals

| Articles | November 28, 2011

Arizona is one of the most beautiful desert states in America. It is home to the Grand Canyon, the red cliffs of Sedona, mountains, and endless sights in Phoenix. And perhaps the best way to see all these attractions is to travel by RV whenever and wherever you like.

The cost of owning an RV, or the long drive from your home to Arizona may make RV travel seem impossible. It’s not. The solution: renting an RV in Arizona.

KOA, or Kampgrounds of America, provides a list on its Web site of its preferred Arizonan RV rental agencies, which are located throughout the state. The larger cities like Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff and Mesa all have RV rental agencies.

The class-C motor home is the most popular RV rental for families or couples. The motor home has one double bed, but can comfortably sleep six to nine people. It also has a toilet and shower, microwave and refrigerator in the kitchen, and heating and cooling. Most Arizonan RV Rentals also sell home-keeping kits with dishes and linens for your trip, perfect for when you fly into Arizona.

The summer season in Arizona lasts from the end of May to the start of September. This is the busiest and most expensive time to rent an RV in Arizona. RV rentals in the off-season cost around $20 a day less than during the summer season. You will generally get a cheaper per day rate the longer you rent your RV.

Before you rent, shop around. Pay particular attention to the pricing of each Arizonan RV rental agency and find a scheme that works for you. Many companies charge a day rate on top of an additional mile charge. Also ask about insurance, as your car insurance may not cover the RV rental. Ask about clean-up costs and if a security deposit is needed. A little preparation in the beginning can save you money and frustration in the long run, but don’t forget to have fun along the way!

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A Few Words In Praise of Birds

| Articles | November 27, 2011

Why do birds appeal to us ? Most people enjoy the sight of birds, even people who have never been active birdwatchers. Although birds are less like us in appearance and habits than our fellow mammals, birds undeniably hold a special place in our hearts.

One reason that birds capture our imaginations is that they can fly, while we remain trapped here on earth. What child hasn’t watched a bird fly overhead and dreamt of being up there in the sky flying alongside ? What adults have not, at one time or another, wished that they could take wing and fly away from all of their everyday troubles and cares ? Birds are natural symbols of freedom and escape. After all, what could better encapsulate our vision of pure freedom than the ability to fly off into the sunset ?

Birds can soar overhead and they can also cover great distances. They are privy to a “bird’s eye view” of a single building or a park, or an entire city or landscape, making them a perfect metaphor for obtaining a fresh perspective on a situation, or for taking a larger view of an issue.

Birds often symbolize other things, as well, such as human character traits and qualities. There’s the proud peacock, the noble eagle, the thieving magpie, squabbling crows, and billing and cooing love birds. Gliding swans are the perfect picture of grace and elegance in motion. The hawk is a symbol of war, the dove a symbol of peace.

What else attracts us to birds ? Birds have feathers, soft to the touch and a joy to look at. Plumage seems to come in an infinite variety of lovely colors and patterns, from the subtle, earthy tones of the common house sparrow to the outrageous, iridescent regalia of the showy peacock. Birds are beautiful works of art, signed by nature. Their plumage adds color and spectacle to a humdrum world. Their colors may also suggest many different locales and associations to us.

For example, those small, round, brown sparrows are homey, comforting and familiar to those of us who live in temperate climates. They are our backyard friends and neighbors. American cardinals and blue jays are highly colored, cheerful sights to behold on gray days, from the tips of their tail feathers to the fanciful crests on their heads. They are a bit more exotic, yet they are still familiar backyard friends. Then there are those birds who live in far off exotic places, such as African pink flamingos and tropical parrots, who sport wonderful tropical colors. We love them, not only for their magnificent colors, but also for their association with far-flung lands and exotic adventures.

Birds also come in a great variety of shapes and sizes, which further adds to their appeal. We can relate to them, in so far as they, and we, have two eyes, one mouth and bilateral symmetry. Yet, they are also very unlike us. They have protruding beaks, from the sparrow’s tiny jabbing beak to the toucan’s enormous appendage. They have wings, more unlike human arms than those of other mammals, or even of reptiles. In fact, when their wings are folded against their sides, birds appear to have no arms at all. They also have thin, bare legs and they have claws. Their heads and necks flow smoothly into their bodies. Their forms create graceful outlines, whether round like a chubby European robin, long like an African parrot, or sleek like a regal swan.

Yes, birds are beautiful to look at, but the beauty of birds is not confined to the visual aspects of shape and color alone, because birds also fill the air with music. They seem to offer us their song simply to entertain us, and they ask for nothing in return. Like a garden bursting with colorful flowers, the fantastic colors and songs of birds seem frivolous and out of place in a world full of harsh realities. It seems as though they were put on earth expressly to make life more beautiful. They were not, of course. Their color and song serve biological ends in the process of natural selection, but that does not prevent us from enjoying such sights and sounds. We can listen in on their free concerts and derive pleasure and serenity from the experience. We can also be amused when a few species of birds even mimic our own speech.

Another characteristic of birds that we humans respond to is the fact that they build nests. They seem so industrious and we watch with wonder as each type of bird builds its own species-specific nest, ranging from a simple assemblage of twigs to an intricately woven masterpiece of craftmanship. “Nest” is such a cozy word. Birds build their cozy nests, care for their young, and raise their families, all in the course of a single spring or summer. We admire their patience and devotion and attentive care to their offspring. We observe and marvel at a parent bird’s countless trips to and from the nest to diligently feed the helpless chicks. Birds provide us with fine role models for parenting.

Yes, birds are homebodies during the nesting season, but they also migrate. Birds are free to come and go and many cover vast distances each year, as they travel between their summer and their winter homes. They are social creatures, moving in flocks and creating great spectacles as they fly. A glimpse of a V-shaped flock of geese passing overhead thrills us and stirs something in us. We admire their strength and endurance in carrying out such grueling journeys year after year. We envy them, too, for they are free to go beyond mere political boundaries and to cross entire continents. We up north are sorry to see them part each autumn and we are heartened to see them return each spring. The return of such birds as the swallows signals the return of spring, with its promise of birth and renewal.

Each spring we are able to welcome them back into our midsts, for nearly everywhere that humans live, birds live also. Birds cover the earth. There is such a diversity of bird species to fill each ecological niche on earth and to contribute to its balance by doing such things as eating insects and dispersing plant seeds. There are the ducks and moorhens of rural ponds. There are birds who live in the forests. There are birds in the mountains and birds in the deserts. The forbidding oceans have their hardy puffins and pelicans. Even frozen, icy places have their own birds, the lovable penguins.

Birds adapt to so many different habitats and situations, including human environments. The often ignored pigeon is a beautiful bird. (I have cared for and been grateful to have known many individual pigeons over the years.) As a species, they have managed to adapt to modern cityscapes, substituting cliff-like building ledges and bridge girders for their ancestral cliffs of rock. Other bird species may be less tolerant of such disturbances and avoid the prying eyes of humans.

Wherever they choose to live, birds remain symbols of untamed nature, surviving despite man’s interference with their habitats. They remain proud and free to the present day. They are also a living link to the mysterious and fascinating history of life on our planet, as birds are the surviving heirs to the dinosaurs. One look at unfeathered baby birds, with their oversized beaks and feet, and it is easy to see the dinosaur in them.

Each of us may have our own reason, or combination of reasons, for loving birds, but their appeal is indisputable and universal. Birds represent the perfect blend of beauty, strength, grace and endurance, from the cuteness of a tiny sparrow to the majesty of an imposing raptor. Birds fill both the eye and the ear with beauty. We enjoy them. We admire them. Sometimes we envy them. They add appreciably to the quality of our lives and to the diversity of life on earth and the world would be a smaller, sadder, emptier place without them.

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A Celebration of Life Begins With Lunch

| Articles | November 25, 2011

On an ordinary afternoon in St. Augustine, Fla., a group of extraordinary people met at a local restaurant for a single purpose – to celebrate their accomplishments, share inspiration and encourage each other while enjoying a meal.

They came for their weekly Friday lunch from all walks of life: parents and realtors, mortgage brokers and doctor’s assistants, life coaches and flower shop employees. Many represented their own entrepreneurial ventures such as jewelry making, business coaching, spas and health clubs. Regardless of where they came from, they were there for each other, to spend an hour in support and fellowship.

These weekly luncheons are held in five other cities, sponsored by the organization Women Celebrations and attended by both men and women. Each luncheon has a theme that suggests the independence and success to which all people aspire, according to founder Sheryl Lynn. Themes have been as varied as “magnificence,” “confidence” and “work.” At an “applause” themed gathering, each attendee explained to the group why he or she deserved applause.

Members talked about moving from out of state and changing careers, business successes and personal joys. Each of the speakers received heartfelt applause as they took a moment to “stand in their power,” Lynn’s expression for people’s ability to find success and empowerment within themselves.

It was the need to celebrate everyday things that inspired Lynn to create Women Celebrations. Despite success as a mother of three and an entrepreneur, at the end of the day she felt exhausted and disheartened.

“I was not patting myself on the back upon the completion of these marvelous things. And certainly no one else was either,” Lynn said.

In starting Women Celebrations, she created an environment in which support and encouragement played a vital role.

Today, Women Celebrations has a strong presence in northern Florida and more chapters, or “loops,” are appearing across the country. The organization is open to everyone wishing to celebrate their lives, share their experiences with others through positive interaction and build a sense of community.

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A Backpacking List – Ten Things To Learn

| Articles | November 25, 2011

Have you ever had a backpacking trip that was a disaster – even though you brought everything you needed? Maybe you had matches, but couldn’t get that fire going. You need more than good gear to assure a safe and enjoyable wilderness experience. You need to know how to do a few things, and the following list will get you started.

1. Learn firemaking. Practice in your yard if you have to, but try to start that fire with one match. Try it the next time it’s raining too.

2. Learn to pitch a tent. Do it wrong and the rain will come in, or the the wind will tear the seams. Tents should be pitched tight, and you should be able to set your tent up in a few minutes.

3. Learn how to stay warm. Practice camping in the yard, to see how blocking the wind, wearing a hat, and eating fatty foods before sleeping can keep you warmer.

4. Learn to cook over a fire. It’s not as easy as it seems. Block the wind, cover the pan, keep the fire small and concentrated. Practice, and time yourself. Faster is better in a jam, and it’s always possible your stove will break.

5. Learn about edible plants. Knowing how to identify cattails and three or four wild edible berries can make a trip more enjoyable, especially if you ever lose your food to a bear.

6. Learn how to walk. Learning how to pace yourself and how to move comfortably over rocky terrain means you’ll be less tired, and less likely to twist an ankle.

7. Learn about animals. Can you tell if a bear is “bluff charging” or stalking you? If it’s the latter, playing dead will make you a bear’s supper. Hint: lots of noise usually means he just wants to frighten you, but you need to read up on this one.

8. Learn to watch the sky. Is that a lightning storm coming or not? It might be useful to know when you’re on that ridge. Learn the basics of predicting weather, and you’ll be a lot safer.

9. Learn basic first aid. Can you recognize the symptoms of hypothermia? Do you know how to properly treat blisters? Good things to know.

10. Learn navigation. Maps don’t help if you don’t know how to use them. The same is true for compasses

You don’t need to be an expert in wilderness survival to enjoy a safe hiking trip. It can help to know a little more though. Use the backpacking skills list above, and learn something new.

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A Backpack With Wheels?

| Articles | November 23, 2011

I wouldn’t have thought a backpack with wheels would actually work for backpacking, but when I saw the web site for the “Wheelpacker”(TM), I was impressed. You wear a frame that attaches you to a wheeled pack. It can even go over logs and rocks. It started me thinking about what other backpacking innovations are just waiting to be marketed. Here are a few of the things I came up with. Steal these ideas, please.

Inflatable Frame Backpack

With frame-less backpacks we often put folded sleeping pads in the pack for cushioning against our backs and some support for the load. Why not just have the part of the pack that rests against the user’s back inflate. With the same technology used for lightweight self-inflating sleeping bag pads, it would only add about six ounces. The backpack could then double as a foot-bag/pad for sleeping.

Taking this idea further, I imagine a self-inflating backpack that folds out into a sleeping pad. The backpack “frame” would be the pad, in a “U” shape for some rigidity in the pack. Self-inflating sleeping bag pads are as light as 14 ounces now, and frame less packs 12 ounces, so the combination could probably be made to weigh just 20 ounces.

Wax Paper Food Bags

Put backpacking food in wax-paper packaging instead of plastic. The packages then double as emergency fire-starters, since wax paper will usually burn even when wet.

Pillow/Waterbag

When I need to carry more water I use the plastic bladders from boxed wine. They are light, strong, and I inflate the bag with air to use as a pillow too. To market a dual-purpose water container/pillow, it just needs a soft removable covering of some sort.

Jacket Backpack

Why not a frame-less backpack with a jacket that is a part of the pack? It can be folded out of the way, and the pack would have normal shoulder straps. When wearing the jacket, though, it would stabilize the pack, keep you warmer, and make it easy to push through heavy brush, because it wouldn’t catch on things as easily. It is something like wearing a large jacket over a backpack, but with the weight-savings and stability that come from combining them. It could be called a “Jacket Pack-it.”

Backpacking Game

Print a chess/checkers board on a jacket or backpack, and you have a carry-along game that weighs nothing extra. Great for spending hours in the tent waiting out the rain. If you don’t carry the pieces, stones or pine cones could work as checkers.

Backpacking gear ideas and innovations keep popping into my head as I write this. Most are based on the idea of “dual purpose” items. They may work, some may not, but it is an entertaining dose of inspiration from a backpack with wheels.

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A Presentation Of Crystal Jewelry Necklaces

| Articles | November 22, 2011

There are different stones to sparkles in your Crystal Jewelry necklaces and this article will mention some of the precious designs by different jewelry handcrafters with their suggested retail prices.

Let start with the necklace that combines the birthstones of April and May from the 4mm Swarovski’s Crystal AB with Jet Sterling faceted droplets of Swarovski Emerald stones for about a length of 21 inches round and surely a satisfying price of $65. A 16 inches long of Sterling Silver necklace cascades with 4mm and 6mm Swarovski Clear Crystals faceted with 11mm Teardrops Crystals for only $89 named as Icicle Swarovski Crystal Necklace.

Next in line is a $65 Sterling Silver necklace wire wrapped a Swarovski Crystal that hangs with a handmade Sterling Silver Scrolls and at the end is a Swarovski Crystal Teardrop. You can change the color of each crystals depends upon the motif of your wedding. They call this as Cluster Teardrop Necklace. Then followed with the Crystal Pearl and Clear Teardrop Necklace is a bridal necklace designed with 6mm Clear Swarovski Crystals, 4mm Swarovski Crystal Pearls and 13mm Clear Swarovski Crystal Teardrops for the price of $142. This bridal necklace can round up your neck for about 13.5 inches long and like the previous necklace, you can change the crystal colors depends upon the motif of the wedding.

This elegant 15 inches long of pearl necklace is strung with 4mm White Freshwater Pearls and center drop for about 3 inches long of Sterling Silver. And this elegant necklace price is only $76 named Waterfall Pearl Y Necklace. The Champagne and Cream Bridal Lariat Necklace is made with a designed of strung 4mm Swarovski Crystals alternatively holed a 4mm Light Colorado Topaz and 6mm Clear Crystals at the end is a lariat loop and the other end had a 13mm Swarovski Clear Teardrop for only $85.

Another bridal necklace for about $87 is Champagne and Cream Clover Bridal Necklace rounded with 15 inches long and a center drop for about 2 inches. This necklace has Champagne and Cream Swarovski Pearls, Light Colorado Topaz and a Clear Swarovski Crystals. And a low-budget bridal necklace is called the Timeless White Pearl Bridal Necklace for only $50 with a potato shape 4mm White Freshwater pearls.

Next in line is a Simple Pearl Y Necklace that strung with 4mm White Freshwater pearls and a center drop of potato shape Freshwater pearls and at the end of the drop is a larger oval pearl for about $70. Another bridal necklace is called the Butterfly Drop Bridal Necklace also in market for only $70 strung with White Pearl Butterfly shape Freshwater pearls and 4mm Clear Swarovski Crystals for about 15 inches long that suits your neck elegantly.

A $73 Delicate Crystal Bridal Necklace is made for about 15.5 inches long 4mm and 6mm Swarovski Clear Crystals and an elegant center stardust drop bead for about 4mm and 6mm Crystals. One of the expensive bridal necklaces is a Top Drilled Cascade Bridal Necklace for about $183 because of its top drilled white freshwater pearls with a combination of 4mm and 6mm Clear Swarovski Crystals.

All of the above mentioned necklaces are now available at your nearest Crystal Jewelry shops especially if they are exclusive distributor of Swarovski Corporation’s Crystals. You can check some of the online jewelry stores pertaining to the above necklaces.

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A must have: cashmere Ralph Lauren sweater

| Articles | November 21, 2011

First things first, why settle for anything less when you could very well own a Ralph Lauren cashmere sweater?

Who is Ralph Lauren?

Ralph Lauren is a native of New York and was born in the NY Bronx way back in the year 1939. Believe it or not, he dropped out of his college studies and served afterwards in the United States army from the years 1962 up until 1964.

It was also during this year that he got married to Ricky Beer, they produced three kids. Four years later, in the year 1968, he secured a loan for the amount of fifty thousand dollars. It was during this time that the Polo Fashions was created.

Since that time, Ralph Lauren has grown into an industry that costs approximately five billion dollars. According to Ralph Lauren, he really does not design clothes, what he designs though are dreams.

Why Ralph Lauren?

All Ralph Lauren collections is simply and amazingly fabulous. For instance, their 2005 collection during the seasons of summer and spring provides an impression of light elegance and at the same time shimmering glamour.

The palette element is white in color. According to the creator himself, Ralph Lauren, for such a collection he specifically used the old sophistication of Hollywood and combined it with the classy refinement of society caf.

The collection basically features a lot of halter gowns, cashmere fussy sweaters and jackets that are tailored along with pants that are Capri in length as well as Bermuda shorts.

Ralph Lauren also adds that his collections is all about romanticism and refinement. This is a notable charm of Hollywood of old.

This basically denotes luxury in an off hand and modern way.

Also, the said collection has a blend of sexy softness and feminine glamour.

Though Ralph Lauren could be a bit in-accessible for some financially speaking this is not a cause for panic. Purchasing a Ralph Lauren is worth it, not just now but for all years to come.

It is as classy as classy could be.

Ralph Lauren provides styles that would fit every one.

Cashmere Ralph Lauren sweater

The following are Ralph Lauren cashmere sweater creations that are simply must have’s in anyone and everyone’s wardrobe collection.

The Cashmere Ralph Lauren blue heather sweater with trim ruffle. This cashmere Ralph Lauren sweater has a v neckline with trim ruffles. This sweater has a waist and sleeve that is finished along with a trim that is perforated.

Believe it or not, this cashmere Ralph Lauren sweater offers a look that is both soft and sweet. Perfect for anyone and everyone who wants to feel warm and fuzzy all over.

This cashmere Ralph Lauren sweater is in mint condition, is a Socialites type and comes in US standard size six. The cashmere Ralph Lauren sweater measures thirty four inches in the bust, twenty eight inches in the waist, twenty inches in length and its sleeve is twenty four and a half inches.

This Ralph Lauren cashmere sweater is priced at a hundred and fifty seven dollars. The product is extremely delightful.

All in all, a Ralph Lauren is a Ralph Lauren. Their products, particularly their cashmere sweater, denotes class, sophistication that would last anyone their whole life time. It is soft elegance that is definitely worth it.

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A Jewelry Story of Crystal Proportions

| Articles | November 20, 2011

It’s a proven fact that all great success stories start from scratch. All the huge strides men have made all throughout the last century have been because of artistic and creative thinking. Innovations and living situation developments have been present in our daily activities because of men and women that strive to achieve various life-long aspirations.

Various organizations and institutions have bravely set foot and constantly taken risks in order to bring out the best product in the market. The collection of crystal jewelry from Swarovski Crystals does not fall far from these success stories. In fact the pages this company has written in the fashion and glamour industry is really of crystal clear proportions.

But how did such company came into being? Just like every other fashion industry association Swarovski Crystal traces its root from the efforts of one man. Let’s focus the limelight on how Daniel Swarovski I made a difference with his unrelenting efforts and innovative creations.

The man behind the crystal collections started just like any normal entrepreneur. He earned his dues by undergoing an apprenticeship program under the direct observation of his very own father who was at that time was a glass cutter. The program lasted for about two years. As a native of North Bohemia, he diligently worked in order to acquire expertise in the field of glass cutting. Although he would have a sure fire career with a factory from his father he did not stop to look forward and improve. The event that transpired next would lead to a difference in his industry.

1892 came and saw the development of the inventor and innovator in Daniel. He made a breakthrough by creating a modern-day machinery that would change the landscapes of crystal cutting specifically in the process on which it is done. He then wisely applied for his very own patent of the machine. It was in 1895 that the company Swarovski came into being all because of the hard work and cunning of Daniel Swarovski.

As his company grew Daniel realized that there was an added need for power and water source. He also envisioned a factory building of his own in order for his aspirations of developing the crystal industry to be possible. He chose to move to Wattens, Tyrol as part of his strategy to keep the secrets of his invention and also to wave off possible competition.

The company Daniel built is steadfastly maintaining high standards and is still one of the leading groups in providing crystal jewellery across the globe. In fact a little bit of history can be traced by how much it has contributed to adding beauty in every woman’s exquisite features. By 1956 in cooperation with world renowned designer Christian Dior, Swarovski launched crystal jewelries which were inspired by the dashing light and visuals brought about by the Aurora Borealis in the North Pole. The market was captivated as nature was encased in every crystal jewelry and accessory.

Before crystal jewelries were even made famous the crystal industry started its mark through the 1976 Winter Olympics wherein a silver crystal mouse was made as part of the chandeliers.

Truly the work ethics and astounding aspirations of one man can make much of a difference anytime and anywhere. Daniel Swarovski I will be forever remembered as the pioneer of a jewelry story of crystal proportions.

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A Guide to Choosing the Right Neckline for a Cashmere Sweater for Women

| Articles | November 19, 2011

When shopping for cashmere sweaters for women, factors that most people consider are quality, price, color, size, and design. It’s very rare that you’ll hear a person cite the type of neckline as an important factor as well, which is very much a pity because having the right neckline for a cashmere sweater for women can go a long way in making a woman appear more attractive, graceful, and sexier.

Types of Necklines for Cashmere Sweater for Women

Turtleneck This type of neckline is one of the easiest to recognize because of its distinctive appearance. If you prefer to purchase cashmere sweaters for women which makes use of turtleneck necklines, make sure that the turtleneck has just the right fit for your neck, nothing too lose or tight. Furthermore, avoid wearing turtlenecks if you have a short face and neck. This is also known as a polo neckline.

Round Neckline You’ll most commonly find this used with shirts and yes, cashmere sweaters for women. A round neckline, also known as a jewel neckline, suits all types of individuals so it’s pretty hard to go wrong with a cashmere sweater making use of this type of neckline.

Boat Neckline Cashmere sweaters for women that have boat, Sabrina, or bateu necklines are unfortunately not for everybody. Because of its extra pretty and feminine appearance, it requires people to act similarly to a certain extent lest they wish to look awkward with their clothes. Cashmere sweaters that use a boat neckline are great to wear for semi-formal parties in the evening and especially when they’re accessorized with a pearl choker.

Off-the-Shoulder Neckline This is similar to boat necklines except that they expose more of your shoulders and are definitely sexier. Because of the “sexy” factor with off-the-shoulder necklines, they’re easier to wear than those with boat necklines because all you need is the right set of shoulders to complement it. It’s very rare for cashmere sweaters for women to be manufactured with this neckline so consider yourself lucky if you manage to purchase one of these. Rest assured that you’ll be the subject of envy as well if and when you do!

One-Shoulder Neckline This is one of the most least common necklines used for all types of outfits and is even used more seldom when it comes to cashmere sweaters for women. One-shoulder necklines are asymmetric in appearance, with a diagonal neckline starting high on one side and ending low, just a few centimeters away from your chest in fact, at the other end. Since one-shoulder cashmere sweaters for women are very rare, you can create one yourself by purchasing a cashmere sweater that’s a size bigger then pulling the sleeves low on the other end. It may sound strange, but it definitely works!

V Necklines Also known as a plunging neckline, v-necklines are commonly used with cashmere sweaters for women. Contrary to popular opinion, however, not all clothes that make use of a v neck is attention getting and indecent. The amount of exposed skin will depend on the size of the V neck so you can always choose cashmere sweaters for women that don’t have deep V necklines if you’re uncomfortable with showing lots of skin.

Scoop Neckline Also a plunging type of neckline, scoop necklines are similar to v necks but instead of ending in a V, it forms a half circle instead, or like a letter C facing up. Again, like cashmere sweaters with v necks, cashmere sweaters with scoop necklines can either expose minimal or considerable cleavage, depending on the wearer’s preferences.

Have fun necking the fashion out of cashmere sweaters for women!

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