A note to the visitors of my Giftkone News page to let you know about some changes nearing completion that will be coming to my Giftkone website, and to share with you some of the reasons for the upcoming change. The biggest change will be in how this website appears. The layout of this website will be different while I am making every effort to keep all of the categories, topics, and interesting items and articles Giftkone offers.

My reason for this change is, it's about time, website building technology has rocketed past the website building features I grew on and that will no longer be available to me. Due to lock-downs and shutouts, and some resupply problems I currently don't have an exact date but I feel fairly certain about saying, soon. The logo and web address will stay the same just in case you visit Giftkone and it all seems new.

Women's shoe ideas for Fall-2021

Unless you have the shoe space in your closet to display all of your season-round shoe collections you know that as the weather takes a turn and becomes cooler it's time to box up your summer shoe collection and un-box your cold weather, fall/winter, shoe favorites. So what's trending right now in the year of our lord 2021? Well depending on the woman, and her dress-up style, for example, if you desire a few extra inches of height a pair of lug-soled oxfords, because of the shoe's thick rubber sole, or some platform boots would have you sporting some of the hottest Fall shoe choices this year.

So over the next few months as you trade in your stilettos for a pair of cold weather, low heel slouchy boots, a lock-down shoe collection staple that most cold-weather shoe loves, will not easily part with because slouchy boots work well with leggings you will be keeping up with what designers are calling a solid fall-2021 trend. If you don't already own a pair of slouchy boots add some to your Fall collection.

The whole world is coming out of lock-down and hopefully, by this coming fall/winter season things will be as close to back to normal as they can get. Continue to be good to yourself and whether you're on the west coast, the east coast, or anywhere in between, keep in mind that navigating snowy pavement can sometimes make you feel like you're at the ice-scaring rink without a good pair of winter boots on.

Weddings are a big deal. They can also be a big source of waste. If you have been wondering how to have your wedding without doing too much environmental damage, consider having a low-waste wedding. Low-waste weddings are growing more and more popular. They are often less expensive than conventional weddings and are just as satisfying. All it takes is a little bit of planning, and you can have a wedding ceremony and reception that leaves you guilt-free.

6 Smart Ways to Have A Low-Waste Wedding

Style: #LD5190, Image Credit: Colleen kleinberg Photography 

Here are six smart ways to have a low-waste wedding:

1. Stationary and invitations

You need to notify your guests that you are getting married, so you are possibly sending out ‘Save the Dates’ and definitely invitations. You may also use place cards, menus, programs, shower invitations, and thank you cards later on. That is a lot of paper! Paper, of course, comes from trees. Just by printing on recycled paper makes a difference. If you want to eliminate the use of paper altogether, consider sending invitations by email which will reduce waste entirely and save you hundreds of dollars in invitation and mailing costs.

2. Menu

If you have your wedding reception catered, you can try serving food from an organic menu. Yes, it may be a little more costly, but the food served will be less harmful to the environment and better (and more delicious) for all your guests. You must also try to avoid a buffet because you will end up wasting a lot more food. Stick to plated meals instead. This also means less dirty dishes, therefore reducing water waste. With a little research and an extra buck or two, you can even find organic dinnerware.

When it comes to the liquor, you can get one of the many brands of organic liquor or you can mix the liquor with organic juices--fruit squeezed right there by your bartender will assure your guests that they are drinking the absolute freshest juice.


Style: #CWVT15002, Image Credit: Miriam Peuser Photography 

3. Flowers

For your wedding flowers, buy organic, locally grown blooms that are in season. If you have a green thumb of your own, you may also want to consider growing your own flowers. Do not forget to reduce, reuse and recycle. Less is more--so try not going too crazy with the floral arrangements and bouquets. Post wedding, (if your guests have not wiped them all clean), try composting your flowers, or perhaps passing them along to a hospital or nursing home. You are reusing them, and also brightening someone's day. Why would you want to waste that?

4. Dress

When it comes to your wedding gown or your bridesmaid dresses, think ‘light’: thin, natural fibers like silk and organic cotton. Natural fibers are better for the environment than synthetic fibers (of course!), and will more than likely be re-wearable, either as-is or with some modifications. Plus you can find a wide range of inexpensive bridesmaid dresses and wedding dress in natural fibers when you shop online. You might also consider asking family members or friends if you could wear their dress (i.e. your mother or grandmother) as an alternative to purchasing a new dress. Recycling fashion is a great way to add sentiment to your wedding while also being eco-friendly.

a wide range of inexpensive bridesmaid dresses and wedding dress in natural fibers

Styles?from left to right)?#COZK16001 & #LD3258?Image Credit: Melissa Keel Photography

5. Rings

Mining for either gold or other gems is very destructive and involves a lot of toxins that are harmful to the environment and eco-system. Thankfully, with a bit of research, you will easily be able to come across eco-friendly wedding bands or engagement rings. Do not hesitate to ask an elder family member to pass a ring along to you too. The relative may be more than happy to keep something so valuable and memorable in the family. With a little TLC, the jewelry you may have thought gaudy will probably end up sparkling. Voila - your ring is now classy and vintage.

6. Favors

You cannot forget about favors either – to remain environmentally friendly, wildflower seeds are a bestselling choice. They are adorably packaged and fun for your guests since they get to plant them. Also consider giving out candy or chocolate, that way you can rest assured that your favor will not go to waste. Another great alternative is to make a donation in lieu of a favor.


Style: #CWZT15008, Image Credit: Mieke Snepvangers

Low-waste weddings are not just a trendy buzzword anymore. More and more couples all around the world are having low-waste weddings. With the above-mentioned ways, you can throw a fabulous, yet eco-friendly wedding without all the stress.

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If you’re in the market for a wedding dress, you might be surprised to find that many retailers offer dresses that don’t fit as you would expect. The reason? Well, despite the wedding industry evolving as a whole, parts of it remain stuck in the past.

Most of the designer dresses you see on a typical retailer’s shelves originate in Europe. Even companies typically thought of as American employ European designers. As such, the entire industry has, and continues to base their gowns off of European bridal size charts, which typically run smaller than their American counterparts.

Style: #h1ii0017, Image Credit: Here North Photography

However, it would be wrong to assume that all European women have smaller frames than American women. These bridal size charts are based on body types from nearly five decades ago. As body types have changed over the years—be it the result of a more athletic lifestyle, or changes in eating habits—most bridal size charts have not.

But here’s the good news

Wedding dresses from Cocomelody are, in fact, true to size. We also set ourselves apart by offering custom sizes to make sure you get the best fit!

When looking for a wedding dress, it’s important to factor in your personal measurements, as opposed to an overall dress size. Most notably, you’ll want to check your bust, waist, and hip measurements. Want to make sure you’re measuring correctly? Please refer to our How to Measure page. Doing so will help you achieve a more form-fitting, tailored look that’s perfect for you!

Our dresses are designed to have an extra 1-1.5 inches of ease built in to give you more comfort and breathability. In the event that you require a special size, or are having trouble choosing sizes, please contact us.

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While taking your measurements will help ensure you purchase the right size, it’s entirely normal to have a few minor alterations done. Too often, brides are reluctant to consider the expense of undergoing alterations. But guilt is not a feeling you should feel like you have to endure as you head into your wedding day. Especially when there are such simple ways to grow your savings—you can even do it automatically!

After all, alterations are widely considered to be a part of the overall package in purchasing the wedding dress of your dreams. Every adjustment will help make sure your gown is something that fits you and only you—so you look perfect (and feel confident) as you walk down the aisle.

At the end of the day, your wedding dress should be something you feel beautiful in. So, don’t fret about the number—go with what’s comfortable and looks best on you!

Style: #LD3906, Image Credit: White Studio Project

Ready to find the dress of your dreams? Shop our spectacular assortment of wedding dresses online. In need of expert seamstress? Book an appointment and visit our flagship Los Angeles store!

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