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5 Must-Have Accessories To Make You A Fashion Icon This Season

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“I just have too many purses” said no woman ever. Well, maybe when she needed to store them safely or having to pick one for a certain occasion. But facing the truth, we love our accessories just as much as we love our shoes and pretty dresses and if you ever meant to follow a strict fashion diet and refrain yourself from not buying another piece of jewelry, another bag or another hat, you will have to fight temptation this season more than ever, as there are countless trendy and chic accessories out there to make your heart jump. Not wanting to interfere in anybody’s shopaholic tendencies and rehab plans, let’s see what fashion brought us this season in terms of accessories.

5 Must-Have Accessories To Make You A Fashion Icon This Season

1. The Handmade Textile Wallet Purse

If you were thinking tote bags in snake skin or animal print were the only highlights of the season, think again. You sometimes need just a little floral wallet purse to make your casual denim wear look striking and in this department, Reef bags just got even more exciting. You can go for the long leather strap during the day or a fancy nigh-out dress-up by removing the strap and turn the wallet purse into a small size clutch. The possibilities are endless and a hint of folk and floral is just what this winter needs to lift up our spirit.

2. Golden Necklaces

Once considered pieces of jewelry restricted only to those who are in for luxury fashion or bound to special glam and glitter occasions, now golden necklaces, although not completely affordable, look less royal and more street-wearable. Some of them have a chunky aspect, others a more ghetto-chic feel to them, while others enter the statement department, showing off words like love and peace or the wearer’s name. Lanvin made a riot with their Love golden necklaces and they seem to show up more and more in fashion shows and in the streets.

3. Anything Furry

Glamour Magazine listed this trend as one of the season’s must-haves and they don’t mean just furry bags or furry shoes. You can have stylish cocktail party furry pom-poms, furry earrings, furry scarves and we don’t mean it as they would be manufactured out of actual fur, but we mean it as a fluffy fuzzy style. It is comforting, cute and funny and even if some designers went quite far with label fur luxurious purses, you can wear your patch of rainbow-like fuzziness on almost any type of accessory.

4. Nothing Says Classy More Than Tartan

Now you may have already seen the tartan chic trench coats of this season, but as fashion designers are concerned, a little bit of tartan in small doses doesn’t hurt the accessories either. You can have tartan tote bags or small, fun street backpacks, tartan bows on ballerina flats, tartan handmade broaches or tartan scarves. Apparently, Stella McCartney is the mastermind behind this trend, but you’ll see several other designers in love with the idea.

5. Beads, Stones, Crystals and Everything with a Shine

Statement jewelry with embedded stones and shiny applications are not newcomers of this season’s trends, as you may have seen already chandelier earrings, statement necklaces Sophia Vergara style and even baseball caps adorned with shiny stones, J. Crew’s token of appreciation to the ladies really wanting to make a fashion statement.

For this season, if you already have the shoes, boots and coats to wear, you can also think about Reed Krakoff’s suggestion of dressing up and matching up everything in only one color of your seasonal choice, as dark red wine or cobalt blue.

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Adventure Guide – Where To Find Lost Treasures Around The World

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Did you know that there are still many lost treasures hidden around the world? There are actually hundreds of valuable stashes of gold, jewels, and other treasures that have never been found. Pirate treasure, sunken ships, and treasures lost along the way of these historic voyages are scattered across the globe. If you fancy yourself a treasure hunter, you will enjoy visiting the following locations to hunt for hidden gems.

Adventure Guide - Where To Find Lost Treasures Around The World

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Lost Treasure of King John

The lost treasure of King John is currently lost somewhere in the United Kingdom. This treasure has been lost since 1216. It has an estimated value of $70,000,000. The treasure consists of silver, gold cups, crown jewels, gold coins, and much more. The treasure was lost when King John separated from his soldiers on a trip to NewarkCastle. His soldiers traveled through the marshes and were trapped by the tide. The carts were lost and never recovered. To this day, treasure hunters scour the marshes of the UK for signs of the treasure.

The City of Paititi

Paititi is the true city of cold. When the Spanish fought the Incans in 1572, they escaped to the rainforests of Brazil with all their gold. The estimated value of this collection of treasure is over $10 billion dollars. It contains all the treasures of Incan gold and artifacts of that time. If you fancy yourself a treasure hunter, you can travel to the Brazilian rainforests to hunt for the treasure in the ancient settlements located there.

Kruger Millions

During the Second Anglo-Boer War, Dutch settlers in South Africa hid their gold to keep it away from the invading British. Boer President, Paul Kruger is believed to have made off with most of the treasures. However, some of the gold was left behind, and is hidden somewhere in the North Eastern Transvaal of Africa. The current value of this treasure is estimated at $250 million, and contains mostly gold coins and ingots.

Flor de le Mar

The Flower of the Sea was a large Portuguese frigate built in 1502. The ship was loaded with a large treasure and set sail onto the sea. However, the boat was lost in a storm in the Straits of Malacca. The ship wrecked on the reefs of Sumatra and the gold sank to the bottom of the sea. To this day, the treasure has yet to be uncovered. The estimated value of this treasure is set at $2.6 billion dollars, and mostly consists of gold and silver bullion and coins.

The San Miguel Treasure Fleet

Spain needed funds in 1712, and the country sent a fleet of treasure ships from Cuba to help give the country much-needed cash. The fleet set out just before hurricane season to deter pirates, but the plan backfired. The fleet was lost in a hurricane seven days after leaving the harbor. Half of the treasure was recovered, but the other half remains lost to this day. On the islands around Cuba, some treasure still washes up from the fleet every now and then. Seven of the ships have now been located, but much of the treasure and some of the ships are still lost. It has an estimated value of $2 billion dollars.

If you happen to find any of the hidden treasure on your adventures, you probably won’t be able to keep most of it, but you might get to keep a piece or two of what you find. You may even turn up some other treasure that has been lost along the way. If you do recover ancient jewelry or gold, take it to a jewelry repair store like The Gold Cobbler to clean and repair the antique piece.

Savings Secrets: Lesser-Known Tips On How To Conserve While Traveling

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Travel is one of the richest experiences we can have in our lives, but unfortunately it’s often only available to the richest among us. If you enjoy the pleasures of exploring new places, meeting new people, and experiencing other cultures you may find yourself frustrated by the incredibly high cost of travel.

It seems like when you’re on the road, no matter how hard you try to conserve, you end up leaking money all day long. The amount you have to spend while traveling—on transportation, on accommodation, on food—makes it impossible not to bleed money. But there are a few things you can do from the outset that will help you mediate the cost of travel. By using a few of these lesser-known tricks hopefully you’ll be able to budget a trip to the destination of your dreams without having to work overtime and weekends to be able to afford a cab to and from the airport.

Savings Secrets: Lesser-Known Tips On How To Conserve While Traveling

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Accommodations: Skip the Hotel

This has been a quietly growing trend in recent years, but many frequent travelers swear they’ll never stay in a hotel again. The hassle of dealing with a bureaucratic corporation, all the uncertainty that comes with staying in a hotel, and the exceedingly high costs are making alternative accommodation options much more valuable.

There has been some coverage of the rise of Airbnb—one of the signature company’s spearheading this trend of travelers staying in privately-owned homes and apartments across the world—but for the most part, it’s still a relatively well-kept secret. Don’t miss out.

Regional Airports

Often times when you decrease the scale of your travels, the price dips as well. One of the most, if not the most, expensive parts of travel is the airfare. Getting from one place to another can make or break your budget. That’s why you should look to smaller airlines that fly locally to regional airports in the area you’re headed. Obviously for long flights, this might not be an option. But if you’re going a shorter distance and you don’t mind flying into an airport that may be a bit more out of the way, regional airport travel is a very cost-effective option that can save you hundreds of dollars.

Choose your Day Wisely

Speaking of airfare, which day of the week you book your flight for can actually have a huge impact on the price. A study at Texas A&M University in 2012 affirmed what many people instinctually expect—that flights are much cheaper on Saturdays and Sundays since less people are looking to travel on those days. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are good days for flying as well. Planning ahead and scheduling well could relieve a significant chunk of your travel expenses.

Second Hand Shopping

Another reason you end up spending so much money during your travels is that you’re constantly in a buyer’s mentality. You need to buy things anyway to make sure your trip goes smoothly, you need to buy most meals, and you end up buying mementos and souvenirs on top of that.

One of the things you can do to temper the costs of the shopping in which you will inevitable indulge is to buy secondhand. In fact at a lot of cool travel destinations, the local flea markets, jewelry pawn shops, and thrift stores will have the most unique items. Getting something original and unique as opposed to the standard refrigerator magnets and cheap key chains will the gifts to both you and yourself much more special.

Clearly the devil’s in the details when it comes to cutting travel costs. There are plenty of little secrets out there, so share your own! Exploring the world need not be the heavy financial burden that you may assume it is. Happy trails.