Deborah Peters

Contemporary Artist | Sales Professional

Category: Beholding Beauty

Alternatives to the Traditional Wedding Ring

Apart from the slightly expensive engagement ring (with some would-be brides pushing on a one-karat diamond ring at the very least), over-the-top proposal ideas, and the grand wedding set on a destination that more than half of your guests may hardly afford, another piece that couples should prepare for is their wedding rings.

Wedding with live band on the backdropWedding bands, as they are most popularly called, have now moved to include more bling. Innovations include diamond-encrusted bands, or bands with each couple’s birthstone on it. Also, intricate designs that appeal to artisan jewelers that of course, do not come cheap. Saving on these rings can even afford you to hire the top wedding band in New York City for live music at the reception. That’s the kind of “band” who’ll keep the guests on their feet.

With the rise of social media, new designs from all over the world are being broadcasted online, giving couples more ideas on how to design their wedding rings. What’s great with social media is it does not only market for upscale clients; but also, for those who would want to stray away from traditional rings that can be ill-fitting for couples on the budget.

You don’t have to be a hippie to want a wedding ring other than the traditional gold or silver band. In this day where it is harder for people with families to survive on a 9-to-5 job, there’s no surprise as to why couples opt to go for designs and materials that are unique, ethical, ecologically sound, and above all, practical.

What are alternatives to the traditional wedding ring that are getting raves online lately? Here are some that topped the list for 2017:

1. Wooden bands

Who says wedding rings must always be made with gold and silver?

The humble wood that has transformed houses into homes, built bridges to connect towns and cities. Wood has provided an abode for people, plants, and animals. It can also be used to make rings that can show a couple’s commitment to each other. Any wood can be used, from pine to teak, and can be engraved with the couple’s names and wedding date. Sizing is also easily customizable with the universal ring size chart that can be used when making the rings.

For sure, it’s more environmentally friendly to use wood for wedding rings. As long as the wood is sourced ethically or better yet, sourced from a naturally fallen tree. Some couples even make their rings on their own with lots of free tutorial videos available online.

2. Mixed material bands

Since pure gold and silver rings are costly, some couples opt to use mixed material bands made with a bit of gold, silver, zircon, titanium, and copper. With a mix of these elements, rings turn out cheaper because costly materials are put to a minimum. And these are combined with more inexpensive resources. Mixed material bands work well if you like a dual or tri-color look.

However, some couples still opt for the traditional look, so they go for lab-grown gold and silver rings. Honestly, there is no significant difference when looking at lab-grown rings from afar, but when you look closely, you will see that lab-grown rings do not have the same shine and semi-rough finish as real gold and silver.

Mixed material wedding rings can be elegantMixed material and lab-grown rings are less expensive. Compared to those made with pure gold and silver, and they can also last longer than wooden rings. It is no surprise, then, that these new materials are getting more popular among young couples.

Wooden, mixed material, and lab-grown wedding rings are gaining popularity among this generation who opt for practicality. When it comes to purchasing this important piece of jewelry marking a couple’s commitment to each other. In the midst of a recession that is still being felt worldwide, alternatives to the traditional gold and silver wedding bands are being given a second look not only by young couples but also by the older generation, as well. There is no reason to say “No” to alternatives to traditional wedding bands!

Why You Should Consider Liquid Nutrition

In a nutshell, people should have known by now that an individual’s nutritional needs will always vary. For each person, there is a specific need that can be unique to them alone, depending on their physical condition and health. If you are quite well-informed concerning nutritional needs, the need to consult an expert to create a specialized nutritious diet for you might not be required.

fruits are easily taken when in liquid formThere are a lot of sources for nutrition. Even pills that serve as supplements are popular. At times, some people suffer from certain conditions that prohibit them from taking their daily nutritional needs through organic produce. For example, those who suffer Crohn’s disease is going through a state of difficulty in digesting the food that they take in. Instead, they can also take supplements.

However, there is also one alternative that may not just be ideal for them, but it’s something that everyone can try if they wanted to. Have you ever heard of a liquid diet? I came across it once when I was randomly watching YouTube videos. A couple of girls were curious about how some models stay in such a lean shape and still live healthily without depriving themselves, armed with a complete Forskolin report to maximize the health benefits. The answer is liquid nutrition. Their diet was consisting of nothing else but liquid, and if they did have something solid, it was very minimal, and there was, a specific day for it. Is it possible to live healthy through mostly having liquid nutrition?

The answer would be yes. Aside from being an ideal treatment for those who have Crohn’s disease, it has also been well known as a good way of detoxifying or even losing weight. Whether you have a very sensitive digestive system or having a hard time maintaining a good weight, you should start considering a daily liquid nutrition. If you’d like to try, here are some of the tips on how you should do it and what are its benefits.

Gradual

Just like any other dietary changes, you have to take things gradually. Jumping off from a solid diet to a liquid one in a second might cause an upset to your stomach (unless it’s already upset beforehand). You should start by having a glass per day then, you can slowly eliminate the solid food in each meal. Slowly, your stomach and your body will be able to adapt well, and you won’t have any problems or issues. Hopefully, it does not get worse. Of course, it is also advisable that you consult your doctor first if it would do you any good or if there is no harm for you in trying it.

Delightful

There are lots of fruits and vegetables that you can blend, not just for the sake of the nutrition that you can get but also because it can be delightful too. Healthy living does not need to be sufferable. If you find each liquid nutrition as somewhat unappetizing, just add up honey, and surely it would liven up your smoothie with the sweet taste.

Convenience

One of the best things about having a liquid nutrition supplement is that it is very convenient and it can be enjoyable. Basically, a liquid diet is organic produce that is smoothed into something straightforward to work with. You don’t have to cook or prepare for it that much. Just slice up your preferred ingredients and put it into the blender. Viola! Your meal is served in a glass of smoothie. If you’re in much of a hurry, you can also store it and chug it in as you go to work or even while you work, as if it’s just a regular coffee. A liquid diet is not just healthy, but it is also convenient.

Beauty Ideals in Korea

In every individual, there is a certain perspective and definition of beauty, and the same thing goes with each country. What is incredibly appealing to one may not be that good for others and this in itself shows how diverse the world is. In the beauty industry, Korea has been making a name for itself. It’s nearby countries are accepting their cosmetic products well, and it seems like the Western countries are doing the same too, for a good reason. Every brand and every item in the K-Beauty line have been made with delicate and utter thought because being consistently beautiful and healthy is a part of Korea’s culture already.

Korean plastic surgery to transform ideal beauty featuresBecause of this, lots of people outside the country have been curious about what are the standards of Korea concerning beauty? Is it very diverse or is it most likely something narrow? We’ll let you decide.

Face

Shape – Koreans are very particular with the face shape. In general, face shapes are identified in at least three ways (as what I’ve known). We have the square shape, oval shape, and heart shape. I know there’s more than just three, but I think these are the most basic ones. However, Korea’s ideal face shape is not even among any of those three. One; that they are very much fond of is what they call a “v-shape” or a “v-line” face shape. This is the kind of shape where the face is not wide but thin and narrow then getting lower towards the chin is thinner, giving it a pointed look.

Eyes – Naturally, Asians are known for their beautiful squinting eyes, and usually, mono-lids are genetically common in Korea. Do you see that fold in your eye? In makeup tutorials, you’ve probably heard of it as the crease in your eyes where an eye shadow is placed to hollow your eyes out with blended colors to pop it up. Not having a crease or a fold means that you have a mono-lid eye, which is widely frowned upon in Korea. This is one of the primary reasons why surgeries have been common in the country- where going under the knife to achieve a double eye lid.

Lips – In America, lots of women, young and old, would do anything just to get that luscious-thick-Beyonce-lips. Icons such the Kardashians and Jenner ladies were also icons of such puffy lips. In Korea, something thin, cloudy, and smiley. Yes, you’ve read that right. In Korea, a lip with a well-defined cupid bow is an absolute winner. Then, it is also ideal if the side ends or corner of the lips are going upward instead of going droopy so that it gives a “smiley” feel even when you’re on a stoic face. Wow, isn’t that very definite?

Body

Korean girls pose for the cameraSize – The thinner, the better. If I were to visit Korea today, I’m pretty I’d qualify as a whale to them. I know that with my size and weight, I am healthy and right on track but in their country, being small is considered as something very charming and being tall but thin is very elegant. Even in men, someone “lean” is very sexy as long as their height is proportionated.

Skin – A fair skin tone is ideal. This is the cause of the wide spread use in whitening products, not just in Korea, but also all over Asia. Somehow, the white complexion represents something clean and youthful. This is why even if you get too pale for being so fair skinned, as long as you remain radiant and glowing, people are beyond willing to use everything whitening.

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