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Charm Buying Guide: Choosing a Charm for Someone Else

Thinking of a gift for someone special is no easy task. For one, you want to give the impression that the gift is well thought out and that you considered the person’s lifestyle and personality in buying the item. For people who want to create an unforgettable gift-giving experience, sentimental gifts are the best choice.

They are called sentimental gifts because they take the receiver back to a special moment in their lives that bring them nostalgia. One example of a sentimental gift that is both meaningful and personal is a charm that the receiver can add to his or her bracelet to signify special occasions and important things in the wearer’s life.

 

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To help you determine which silver charms to give to the special people in your life, Ross from Fraser Ross put together this guide on which charms are best to give on certain occasions:

 

For your newborn daughter

You don’t have to make your newborn baby wear jewelry at such an early stage, but you can buy a charm bracelet that they will be able to wear when they grow up. Build up a collection of charms that represent important milestones in your daughter’s life, and give it to her as a gift when she’s older. More than getting memorable charms, be sure to get a bracelet that is made from sterling silver, and stay away from nickel silver which can cause allergic contact dermatitis.

 

For your special someone

Nothing is more unique than your own love story. Mark your special moments with charms that can be customized with a personal message, and charms that are engraved with ‘Anniversary’. Giving a charm bracelet complete with charms that celebrate your love is a great way to make every moment count with your special someone.

 

Your sister

Charms are a great way to celebrate your special bond with your sibling. To make it more personalized, consider her personal style as well as the activities she enjoy doing, and get a necklace that will fit her lifestyle. For instance, if she likes hanging pendants and charms on her necklaces, you can get her a sterling silver or gold chain that can accommodate the weight of charms. If you intend to give her charms that are large and heavy, go for twisted link chains and heavy rope chains.

 

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Making the gift personalized

If the person you are giving the charms to has a job that requires typing, you may want to get charms that will fit closely onto the bracelet so that they don’t get in the way when he or she is typing. If your sister or your special someone loves creative accents, buy dangle charms and Murano glass beads that will add drama and a touch of color to the gold or silver chain.

 

Types of charms

When shopping for charms, you will find that there are different types of charms that range in prices based on the material used and on the presence of stones or diamonds.

 

14k gold charms– luminous charms that are made from 14 karat gold. This type of charm is more resistant to scratch due to the presence of other non-gold metals. You can find 14k gold charms in a wide range of designs including opulent flowers, heart clip, and shimmering droplets

 

Sterling silver charms – this type of charm goes well with sterling silver chains. You can choose from dangle sterling silver charms, unicorn charms, and dog tag style charms, just to name a few.

 

Two tone charms (gold and silver) – the perfect type of charm to add elegance into your current charms collection. Two tone charms are made from 14 karat gold and sterling silver.

 

Murano glass charms – these charms draw on centuries of craftsmanship. Intricate methods and traditional techniques are used to create them. Murano glass charms are crafted to accentuate the beauty of color and the depth of the design.

 

When buying charms as a gift, it is important to choose charms that will not damage the bracelet. Pandora charms, for example, have an inner thread that allows the charms to move smoothly around the bracelet without causing scratches.

 

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Hiking Gear for Women

Remember the saying – There is no bad weather, only bad clothing. Before you plan a hiking adventure, you need to ensure you have the right hiking gear for women. You don’t want to realise you have the wrong kind of footwear or jacket in the middle of the hike. That would ruin the whole experience. Best to go hiking prepared to ensure you have a great time. Or else the elements would ruin the day for you.

Here are some items from the Salomon collection you would need to go hiking. All the clothing and accessories would come in very handy for a hiking trip.

 

Salomon Women’s Quest 4D 3 GTX Walking Boot – Graphite Beach Glass £180

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This Women’s Quest 4D 3 GTX Walking Boot – Graphite Beach Glass is a good hiking footwear. It is waterproof and breathable, which is great for the toughest trails. I am a huge fan of the design. It has protective toe and heel caps, and an ergonomic EVA footbed.

This hiking footwear would support your feet and keep you very comfortable all through your hike.

 

Salomon Women’s X Ultra 3 Mid GTX Walking Boot – Acai Coral £140

 

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Another great hiking footwear is this Acai Coral Walking Boot for women. It is a cheaper alternative and it is great for hill-walking and technical hikes. I love the design of this footwear and the pop of colour makes me fall in love even more.

This footwear is breathable and it comes with a High Traction Contragrip® outsole and Gore-Tex® technology. The High Traction Contragrip® outsole works great for craggy climbs and tough descents. While the Gore-Tex® technology keeps your feet dry and comfortable.

 

Salomon Women’s Icetown Jacket – Rose Violet Heather £320

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This stunning pink Icetown Women’s jacket by Salomon would add some colour to your hiking gear collection. I like the pop of colour and the beautiful design. It is a waterproof insulated jacket, which is perfect for the chilly days ahead.

I love the fact that it comes with a removable zip-off hood with 3D adjustment and a removable fur at hood. This beautiful jacket also comes in white.

 

Salomon Womens Icemania Pant – Rose Violet £160

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This Salomon Womens Icemania Pant complements the Icetown Jacket nicely. It is an easy wear active fit trouser made from a stretch fabric that makes walking comfy. This piece is designed to keep you warm and toasty as your explore the outdoors.

It is a popular choice from the Salomon Outdoor Clothing Collection.

 

Salomon Women’s Propeller Dry Glove – Black £70

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Gloves are essentials once the temperature drops and this Salomon Women’s Properller Dry Gloves is a good option. It has an advanced skin dry waterproofing feature. There is also the Thermolite Micro Insulation feature which ensure the hands stay warm.

 

What do you thinking of these hiking essentials? Do you go hiking regularly? You can find all these items on the Simply Hike website. Happy shopping.

 

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Start A Clothing Label With These 10 Tips

Have you ever dreamt of starting your own clothing label? I remember flipping through the glossy pages of fashion magazines wondering how it would be like to start my own clothing label. And I’m sure just like me there are other women who have been thinking the same. After some research I found out that starting a clothing label like many other businesses, requires you know these basics.

 

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  1. Commit to start

So many people had the aspiration to own their own clothing label but never followed through with their dreams. At the end of the day, starting their own clothing label becomes only a daydream.

If you are really serious about having your own clothing label then you need to make the decision to get started and commit to your decision.

Some ways to prove to yourself that you’re committed to launching your clothing label is to come up with ideas on how you want your clothing label to be like, the vibe you want it to have and maybe have a couple of preliminary designs of the clothing items you want to have in your clothing line.

 

  1. Know your target audience

Once you’ve committed to get started on working on your clothing label, you need to know your target audience. Who are the people you want your clothing label to appeal to and why?

Having a clear image of your target audience helps you create and deliver clothing that they will love and value.

 

  1. Identify a need

When you’re able to know who your target audience is, the next thing you need to do is delve deep into what their needs are and how your clothing item can help them meet their needs.

For example, let’s assume that your target audience is tall ladies. You need to find out what challenges they are facing right now that available clothing labels weren’t able to solve. How can your clothing label add value to your target audience? Is there a particular style, shape or size that your target audience can’t find?

 

  1. Hire the right people

To embark on a venture like starting your own clothing label isn’t something you can do all alone. You would need some help.

Get yourself a team of people you know will help to make your clothing label possible. You would need a designer, a marketer and someone in charge of logistics. If you’re not sure who would be a great fit for your clothing label, you may seek the help of a recruiter who will help you find the right people you can get on board.

 

  1. Find a factory you can trust

This is one of the most important aspects of having your own clothing line. You need to find a factory that will be able to follow your specifications to the letter.

Make enquiries from factories if they will be able to create your designs. Try to get some samples, if possible. It is crucial that the factory you choose is one that will do a great job.

 

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  1. Market your clothing items

Now that you’ve arranged for a factory that can help you have your clothing items made, you need to market your clothing label to your target audience.

You can use Facebook or Instagram ads to help you reach a lot of people. You may also use influencer marketing to help you get across to your target audience.

 

  1. Be resourceful

Maybe at this point it seems like you’ll require a lot of money to get your clothing label up and running. However, you may need that much money to make your clothing label a reality – that’s where being resourceful comes in.

For example, instead of getting yourself a large boutique you can get started with an online store. Instead of hiring a photographer, you can ask a friend who’s a decent photographer to help you take pictures of the clothes in your clothing line. You may not have to hire professional models to model your clothing items. You can ask a couple of friends to help you out instead. The options are endless!

 

  1. Acquire some business know-how

Setting up and running a clothing label requires some business know-how. You have to learn how to market your products, how to handle your clients and give them the best customer service.

It’s alright if you are not an expert in business, so long as you know the basics. Having someone on your team who is business savvy can be a plus too.

 

  1. Keep improving

There will be times when you have to go to the drawing board several times before you can get it right. As your clothing label grows, you have to work on getting better all the time.

Review the clothing items in your clothing line and think of ways you can make them better. Get the feedback from your target audience on how you can make the clothing label to best serve them.

 

  1. Stay consistent

Some people give up after a couple months or even weeks of getting started. The reason most people do is because they find the process of running a successful clothing label difficult.

The truth that it takes time before you can get any traction. That is why you need to keep working hard. You need to keep reaching out to your target audience, keep coming up with creative designs and keep improving the business in order for it to grow. So you need to be consistent with your efforts to make your clothing label a success.

 

Have you ever played with the idea of setting up your own clothing label?

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