Month: September 2018

Titanium Mokume Rings

Over the centuries artisans have inspired us with beautiful jewelry and metalworks created from Mokume Gane’s metal laminates. Prized metals such as gold, platinum, silver, and others have been artfully united by her craftsmen. The captivating results speak for themselves. Mokume Gane’s “wood grain metals” tell stories of timeless beauty.

But now, and only through modern man’s amazing achievements in science, the powerful king of metals – Titanium – has arrived. Finally refined to its pure elemental state in 1910, Titanium has already transformed many aspects of human life. As you may know, it is a key metal used in our explorations of space, and it is also the preeminent material used in surgical implants. Titanium is 42% lighter than steel – yet stronger, possessing the highest strength to weight ratio of any known element. It will not corrode in salt water. Titanium is even hypoallergenic and extremely bio-compatible. Yes, …

Find Pants That Fit and Flatter

Long Legs

Look for classic cuts and styles like a classic trouser or men’s-style pant. You can pull off cuffed styles, and look great in cropped pants that will give your legs a long, lean, line. Try to avoid straight skinny styles- they will make you look lanky.

Short Legs

Try on pants that have a streamlined design. Look for styles that have a straight leg or a boot cut- your goal is to have a long uninterrupted line from hip to toe. Avoid styles that sit too high on the waist, a lower waist will help lengthen the leg. Tip: wear pointy toed shoes with pants that end at the instep- this will help your leg look longer. Make sure your hem isn’t too short; it will visually shorten the appearance of your leg. Cropped pants, pleats, and wide silhouettes should be avoided.

Thick Waist

Search for pants with …

T-shirt Evolution

Origins – Call to Arms in Short Sleeves

The t-shirts humble beginnings can be traced back to the early 1930’s. WWI European soldiers entrenched in mud wore the t-shirt as an undergarment. The advantages of the light cotton underwear were quickly adopted by the US military. By WWII the US Army and Navy had supplied the t-shirt as standard issue. T-shirts at the time were still considered underwear and not worn casually.

1950’s – Cult Movie Bad Boys

With the help of a sweating Brando in the 1951 film “A Streetcar Named Desire”, and later a brooding James Dean in “Rebel without a Cause” the t-shirt had moved to mainstream youth culture. By the time Elvis had gyrated, the teenage rebellion seed was planted and along with denim jeans the t-shirt had become the hot fashion statement.

1960’s – From Beatniks to Vietnam

The 60’s were well known for social …

All about Winter Fashion

To build a winter wardrobe that follows the current winter fashion trends you will want to start with your footwear. While you may not think that winter boots offer much flexibility when it comes to fashion choices there really are a lot of great options to choose from. However, if you want a boot that will remain in style through several seasons then you can’t go wrong with a black winter boot. Then if you winter budget can stand it, buy a second and/or third pair of boots in this season’s colors and styles.

The next area of your body that you will want to protect from the coldness of winter is the lower half of your body. To stay warm look for pants that have a flattering cut for your body type and that are also made from a heavier material like wool. If you like to wear skirts …