Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for the Romantics, Foodies, Athletes and More

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas
There’s still time to buy (or make!) your loved one a Valentine’s Day gift they will remember long after the chocolates are gone. Sure, a box of chocolates and flowers are always appreciated (especially roses and chocolate-covered anything), but step outside the box a little and show your Valentine how much they mean to you with a gift that’s unique and special for them.

For the romantic:

Candles, chocolates, flowers…you know the deal: Romantic women love the most traditional of Valentine’s Day gifts, but that also means you better not forget, and you better be romantic about it! Instead of waiting for a table at an expensive restaurant, go all out and have a romantic dinner for two at home. The more effort you put into it the better, so set the mood with candles, roses, and of course, a homemade dinner for two.

For the foodie:

Foodies are fun and easy to please – as long as it tastes good! If you’re talented, or even mediocre in the kitchen, whip up something that will amaze your Valentine’s taste buds and touch their heart with your effort. Whether it’s an exquisite three-course dinner or a simple dessert like cheesecake or creme brulee, it’ll be a Valentine’s Day your sweetheart won’t forget.

Afraid you’ll burn down the kitchen? Melt some chocolate in the microwave and start dipping! The higher quality the chocolate, the better it’ll taste, so forget Hershey’s and other 99 cent bars. Make homemade chocolate-covered strawberries, bananas, apricots, pretzels, or whatever you’re Valentine fancies. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

For the athlete:

Working out can get ugly, and that may pose a serious fashion faux pas for the most stylish of gym rats. Sure, you can always give her more sports bras, workout tees, and other not-so-sexy gifts, but unless you can find heart-print sports bras and socks, or go for an all pink ensemble, none of that is very Valentine’s Day appropriate. And let’s face it, it’s not always easy to pick out clothes for women.

Instead, go the tech route! Bring out her stylish side with some fashionable, yet functional ear buds! chicBuds Arts are the latest new fashion accessory for the music-loving, workout-obsessed fashionistas – and we absolutely love them! The cord is actually printed in either zebra, leopard or graffiti designs. And unlike regular earphone cords that wrap together to form a tangled mess, these feature no-mess flat cords. Perfect for working out without looking like a tangled, hot mess, and a gift that your fitness and/or music-loving Valentine will love.

Let’s not forget about the spa. A couples massage is a great idea for any couple on Valentine’s Day, but will be especially appreciated by an athlete. Strapped for cash? You know where we’re going with this…pull out the lotion or oils, light some candles, and go to work on your loved one’s over-worked bod.

For the sentimental:

Nothing will touch your sentimental sweetie more than a personalized gift. Have something engraved, whether it’s a jewelry box, wine glass, or even a custom phone case! You can create a case with a photograph of you and your significant other, displaying your love right where everyone can see it. So sweet!

Or go all out and start a scrapbook for your lady (or man!). It’s not as hard as you’d think – just go to a craft store and pick out the basics: a scrapbook and it’s accompanying paper, stickers, pens, etc. Then print out anywhere from 10-15 photographs, and you’re on your way to a beautiful, creative display of your love. What sentimental, romantic Valentine wouldn’t love that?

For the professional:

Initialed cuff links are a great gift for the business man in your life, as is a new briefcase, wallet, or even a nice watch – just stay away from the heart-printed ties and boxers.

For your guy, from the hot and camera-ready:

This may not be for the shy, timid, or body-conscious…but it’s definitely a gift that your man, and even you, will appreciate for years to come. Grab your VS lingerie and find the nearest “boudoir photography studio.” That’s right – take a professional, sexy picture for the man in your life. Women who have done this LOVE it, and say it makes them feel more confident and sexy than ever before, and even see themselves in a whole new light. “I never knew I could look like that,” says one woman.  Some professional photographers will even do house calls, so you can feel better about posing in the comfort of your own home. Give it a try!

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Hair Colorist Is Inspired By Famous Paintings And The Results Are Gorgeous!

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(PCM) Kansas-based hair stylist Ursula Goff is pulling inspiration from several world-famous paintings to create some absolutely magnificent works of art when it comes to hair coloring. Obviously, bright and non-traditional coloring techniques are all the rage these days, however turning hair into a canvas for fine art is definitely a bit out of the ordinary and Goff’s results are stunning.

Goff has been sharing her coloring works via Instagram and the feedback has been incredible. She has tackled hair coloring recreations of everything from “The Scream” by Edvad Munch to Monet’s “Waterlilies”.  In her captions that accompany the photos she shares a little bit of backstory about the artist and why she chose to use them as an inspiration. Cool stuff!

I often get asked where I went to hair school, and what sort of cosmetology education background I have. The answer is probably disappointing for most people – I went to a community college Cosmo program and have almost no other training outside of that. However, I have done art since I was 5, first developing hand skills as a sketcher, and then expanding those skills into color by working with acrylics, tempera, and especially water colors. I tend to color hair much the same way I color a canvas, using the same sorts of color application techniques and identical color theory. So in honor of my art background being so useful, I thought I’d do a Fine Art series, similar in concept to the Starry Night/hair presentation I recently did. Today, I’m sharing the work of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. His work tends to fall under the Symbolism category, and this is his most well known painting, “The Scream”, which has a bit of an unusual color palette, which I think contributes to the emotional discord of the image. I tend to very strongly agree with Munch’s art philosophy: “I do not believe in the art which is not the compulsive result of Man’s urge to open his heart.” Many things I make simply because they are pretty, but my favorite pieces force themselves out of me in surges of emotional energy. Without art, I think I’d be far more dysfunctional, as I would struggle to express myself in other ways. @asset35 #painting #symbolism #edvardmunch #thescream #rainbowhair #mermaidhair #unicornhair #orangehair #bluehair #joico #specialeffects #pravana #behindthechair

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Fine Art Series: This is one of many water lilies paintings that Claude Monet painted. Monet is the most famous of the Impressionist artists, who sought to focus on light and movement, often at the expense of form. Initially not well received, the term “Impressionism” was borrowed from a derogatory review by an art critic. However, it ultimately created the inertia that moved art into the modern period, freeing up a multitude of future artists to use freer and looser styles. Monet himself, however, struggled to internalize the influence of his work, battling depression and feelings of failure his entire life, destroying as many as 500 hundred of his own paintings, and even attempting suicide at one point. This goes to illustrate that no matter our feelings about ourselves, we can still have an enormous ongoing influence in the world; perhaps in that sense, there is no such thing as failure. #art #painting #Impressionism #Monet #impressionists #bluehair #greenhair #minthair #behindthechair #modernsalon

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ManBraid Craze Is Taking Over!

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(PCM) It appears that men are finally learning that they can do more with their hair than simple buzz cuts or long straggly locks. Gone are the days of men just simply pulling their hair back in a simple pony-tail, what started with the uber hipster ManBun has now morphed into the new men’s hair phenomenon called the ManBraid.

While still a bit on the hipster side, the men have begun to french-braid their hair creating one of the most popular styles on Instagram with the #ManBraid style. Men are loving it because it provides them with both convenience and volume, while being just edgy enough, but not over the top!

Men are even beginning to get incredibly creative with the type of braids they are putting in their hair. Some are opting to go with a more classic long braid, while others are more experimental testing out styles such as the waterfall, french or other more technical styles. Many are posting their results and style favorites on social media and it has been amazing to watch the popularity of the style rise.

We think the ManBraid is a lot more versatile than say the “glitter beard”… what do you say ladies? #ManBraids yes or no?  We are just glad the ManBun is out of here for the time being, however something tells us it will be back!

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The Best And Worst Beauty And Fashion Trends Of 2015

(PCM) With the use of social media and sites such as Pinterest at an all time high, fashion and beauty savvy individuals have more ways than ever share their favorite (and not so favorite) style ideas with the world.

This year we saw many trends emerge and we are giving you a year end look at some of the best and worst beauty and fashion trends of 2015.

The Worst

1.  Over drawn and exaggerated lips.

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Thanks to Kylie Jenner’s Instagram and subsequent lip kit, ladies were desperate to create the same puckered up pout. Many tried and majority failed miserably.

2. Glitter and/or decorated beards

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Another beauty trend, this one aimed at men, where men were taking the time to decorate and adorn their beards with copious amounts of glitter and random baubles. It just looks ridiculous!

3. Bubble Nails

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Having fake acrylic nails is one thing, but styling them to look like some kind of bumpy acrylic bubble blob on your finger tips is just silly. We can’t even see how this nail design could even be functional! They look just awful!

4. Dyed underarm and pubic hair

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We are normally all about self-expression, especially when it come to hair color, however this hair dying trend has hopefully come to an end. It began as a movement to challenge many of the common beauty standards placed upon women, however dying arm pit and public hair takes the movement to the extreme.

5. Clip In Man Buns

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Need we say any more! Just no! The fact that a Groupon even exists for this is terrifying!

The Best 

1. Galaxy and other brightly hued hair colors

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2015 was the year of experimental hair color and our favorite by far is the space inspired galaxy hair coloring technique. It is just gorgeous!

2. Contouring

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It was all about contouring this year, as more and more people began experimenting with this make-up trick with flawless results. The technique is all about blending darker and lighter colors to highlight the shape of an individuals facial structure.

3. Fringe accessories

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Fringe made a huge comeback in 2015! It adorned everything from vests and handbags to sweaters and sandals. The fringier the better we say!

4. Ponchos

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Ponchos were a big fashion trend several years ago and once again have made an appearance in 2015. They very versatile and can pretty much go with anything you happen to have in your closet. The perfect way to stay both warm and stylish.

5. A-line Midi skirts

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A-line midi skirts are perfectly designed to look fabulous on every body type and can be both dressed up and down depending upon the occasion. Definitely a staple fashion item you should keep in your closets.

 

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Netflix Invents Socks That Can Predict Your Sleeping Habits!

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(PCM) They may not know if you’ve been naughty or nice, however the new ‘Netflix Socks’ can sense when you are down for a long winter’s nap this holiday season.

The newly designed DIY socks have a special sensor that will automatically pause the movie or episode of a TV show that you are viewing if you happen to nod off in the middle. The company is calling the new technology ‘actigraphy’ and explains the new project by saying:

“We’ve based our sleep detection system on a popular method called actigraphy. An accelerometer detects when you’ve stopped moving for a prolonged period of time and triggers a signal to your TV that pauses Netflix. When it detects that you’ve dozed off, an LED light in the cuff of the sock flashes red, warning that the pause signal is about to be sent to your TV. Any motion will stop it from firing.
The accelerometer is very sensitive to little movements, so it’s good at detecting when you’re just sitting still, raptly watching Netflix, and when you’ve actually fallen asleep.”

The invention of the DIY Netflix Socks follows the companies previous DIY project The Switch which allows users to dim the lights, order take out and start Netflix programming with the single touch of a button. Netflix shared the detailed plans and parts list for The Switch so that users could make their very own.

Step-by-step instructions can be found at makeit.netflix.com and if you are not the best knitter Netflix suggests enlisting the help of a knitting-savvy friend and possibly one who can navigate the world of electronics and soldering irons as well!

 

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People Magazine Names Soccer Star David Beckham The Sexiest Man Alive

(PCM) People Magazine is celebrating the 30 year anniversary of their ever-popular Sexiest Man Alive issue and this year they have chosen soccer star David Beckham for the honor. Do you agree?

Beckham claims he is completely flattered with the honor and says that he truly doesn’t think of himself as being that hot saying “I never feel that I’m an attractive, sexy person”. The father of four also goes on to reveal that his wife Victoria Beckham approves of the honor and jokingly says “I would hope that she feels this way about me all the time anyway! ”

The announcement that Beckham had been chosen was made Tuesday on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” along with the unveiling of the magazine’s cover featuring the honor.

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