Wedding Rings for Men: How to Find a Ring He Will Love

Plain, boring wedding rings for men are a thing of the past. It used to be that men’s wedding rings were offered in limited styles, created only to complement the bride’s wedding ring set. But not anymore! The options for grooms are now just as extensive and interesting as those for the bride. Various types of metals, engraving, stones, and edging provides grooms with the freedom to choose a wedding band that fits just their style.

One of the newest metals on the market for wedding bands today is tungsten carbide. The color of tungsten carbide in jewelry is typically a gunmetal gray, or black, but it can also be plated in other metals such as silver or gold. Tungsten wedding rings are exceptionally strong and significantly harder than gold, silver, steel, and even titanium. This keeps them from scratching, bending, or showing wear and tear. If you want a wedding ring that will last many years along with your marriage, tungsten rings may be the best choice for you.

Tungsten wedding bands can be plain or made more interesting with various inlays, bevels, or engraving. Carbon fiber can be inlaid in many colors such as blue, white, or black in a shiny or satin finish. Even a wood center can be set in to show off the uniqueness of a tungsten wedding band. Celtic knot engravings are very popular in tungsten rings, as well as other etchings such as words, waves, crosses, or even tribal designs.

One definite advantage of some of the newly popular men’s jewelry metals, like tungsten, is the price. Where gold or platinum might be extremely expensive, tungsten is reasonably priced and affordable for almost everyone. Even when adding gemstones such as black diamonds or sapphires, tungsten rings are usually priced much more affordably than many other jewelry metals, including titanium.

Because tungsten is so durable, it is not pliable enough to be sized. This means that, when purchasing wedding bands in many of the harder precious metals, it is necessary to have the correct size up front. But planning ahead, and checking on the exchange policy for the store or website when shopping for wedding and engagement rings, typically results in a great fit and style match.

Today, the options for fashionable and trendy men’s wedding rings are almost endless. Armed with a little bit of knowledge and a lot of creativity, you can find an updated wedding band that is as unique and interesting as you.

Every Day Feels Special with Personalised Photo Calendars

The end of year is drawing near again and our calendars are turning through the last of their pages. It is really hard to get a calendar that is the right colour, the right size or generally suits the decor of your house or the room it is being displayed in, so why not create a personalised calendar online using your own photos?

Photo calendars are easy to create and every page can be designed differently by using different colour backgrounds, adding different embellishments or selecting a different colour font. You can create a calendar with a vibrant red background with Christmas embellishments for December or use cool blue colours with beach embellishments for the summer season. Whatever the occasion might be, you can create a calendar to suit.

To make it easy, create an online calendar in the comfort of your own home and have your beautiful calendar printed as a gift for a friend or family.

The best thing about creating a personalised calendar is you can enter significant dates like birthdays, anniversaries or events and personalise the date with a photos. Dates can be saved so each year when your calendar is coming to end, start creating a new one and choose to import the dates previously saved! This is so much better than having not only get a new calendar but then have to sit down and manually write the dates – much too time consuming and makes the calendar look messy.

It is also nice coming into the festive season to create a calendar as a personalised gift. It’s a really good idea if you have kids and the grandparents always want new photos. You can create a calendar using photos throughout the last year, and then next year they can look back and see how much the kids have grown! I gave one to my Mum last year and when she got her replacement she cut out all the photos “Because they were just too cute to throw away”.

Before you turn the final month of your calendar, create a personalised calendar now and have a seamless, organised transition into the New Year!

Cosy men’s coats for cold seasons

When you were very small, winter was a time for bundling up in layers and layers of puffy anoraks and huge gloves and mittens so you could play in the snow unscathed, but that look is only cute on the under tens. This year, instead of turning yourself into a snowman-sized pile of jumpers and unflattering cosy coats, take a look at some of the fashionable alternatives that will keep frostbite at bay while leaving you looking great.

One of the best ways to stay warm is to choose outfits that have a lot of layers. Warm air becomes trapped between layers of clothes, so you’re better off wearing three fairly thin layers than you are smothering yourself in one big jumper. This means that you don’t have to choose the biggest, heaviest coat out there, you just have to think smart about what you’re going to wear underneath it instead.

Leather jackets are great for cold, nasty weather, especially if they are well-lined biker jackets. The tough outer layer means that it will withstand all kinds of rain and hail and will be great at cutting the chill factor out of any wind. However, if your leather jacket only has a very thin lining, you might have to work quite hard to keep the heat in on very cold days so you’ll need a jacket big enough to fit several layers underneath.

An alternative that’s also great for rainy days is a wax jacket. A very UK kind of jacket, these were originally only worn by men who spent their spare time fishing and hunting, but the style soon moved onto the high street. Available in both straight and quilted styles, and typically in a muted green, these are very popular jackets that can offer some great practical warmth when it’s cold outside. It’s also very handy if you tend to carry a lot of gear around with you as they typically have a lot of pockets, so you’ll find a place for your phone, your keys, a pen and anything else you might have on you.

Another excellent and stylish option for staying warm no matter what the weather is the classic pea coat. Based on a style once well loved by sailors in general and members of the navy in particular, pea coats have a very distinctive look characterised by their large lapels and double breasted fronts with large buttons. Tending to be quite thick and cosy and coming to under the hips, they are great for pairing with tight jeans and a pair of boots or study brogues for a winning winter look.

Whether classic mens pea coats or heavy leather jackets are your thing, remember that the most important thing is how you accessorise – there’s no point wearing a cosy jacket if you’ve forgotten a hat and scarf. Wrap up warmly in simple, classic styles and lots of thin layers and you’ll be able to keep the cold at bay without looking like a kid.