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Archive for November, 2010

Ties and Bow Ties – Not Just Black and White!

Derks Formals recently came across Formal Hire London’s blog on interesting ways to embrace formal wear. Photos from the blog showcased many different formal wear themed items such as chocolate covered strawberries, Christmas trees, scooters, and even vending machines! To see more interesting photos, click HERE.

We must say that formal wear is definitely not black and white anymore. So be creative, and see what interesting formal wear themed ideas your imagination dreams up!


Derks Formals Dresses Toby the Dog for his Book Signing!

Tim Mohr from Derks Formals recently had an amazing time dressing the famous Toby from Toby Tales. Never having worn formalwear before, Toby was looking pretty sharp leaving Derks with perfectly sized cuffs and a handsome looking teal bow tie. At Toby’s book signing, people were raving about how handsome Toby looked!

We must agree that Toby was looking pretty sharp for his book signing. Toby is also coming in for another fitting for a vest and collar. So keep updated with our Derks Formals blog to see new photos of Toby in more formalwear!

An Elegant Toast for All

Congrats, you’re officially married . . . What now? The reception lunch/dinner party of course! With every wedding celebration, there will surely be toasts all around. Therefore, by providing unique “drink” options, it is a great way to allow everyone to join in on the festivities.

We recently came across these two fun beverage alternatives that look just like your regular flute of bubbly champagne or an elegant glass of red wine . . . but they’re non-alcoholic!

Using the finest quality tea, Golden Star’s sparkling tea is hand steeped in small batches, sweetened with raw sugarcane juice, and finished with a mild fermentation that combines age-old traditions with modern winemaking techniques. The result is a non-alcoholic (0.5% ABV) beverage that provides a perfect balance of rounded sweetness and complex acidity.

Golden Star describes that it has a “flush of effervescence reminiscent of fine Champagne, and a delicate note of ‘brioche’ with a floral jasmine nose. Golden Star White Jasmine Sparkling Tea pairs superbly with a wide variety of cuisines, and is sure to deliver an ideal performance on the table and when raised up in celebration.”

Who can say no to that?

Next on our watch list is Unwine’s list of wine-like juices that are free of sugars, preservatives, and filled with polyphenols – antioxidants found in blackberries, red grapes, and black currants. With their wide selection, there is sure to be a UnWine flavor & color for every non-alcoholic wine drinking connoisseur. Yoyo mama’s review of PureBlue affirms that it was a hit at their Un-Wine Tasting! Yoyomama describes PureBlue as “much sweeter than your average bottle of red wine, [but] not nearly as sweet, or grape-y, as grape juice. Here’s a short list of UnWine’s juice selection:

PureBlue – a blend of juices from wild blueberries, black currents and unfermented merlot, sauvignon blanc and syrah grapes, the same grapes that make red wine beneficial to your health!
PureBlack – featuring blackberries and aconia berries.
PureRed – pomegranate and cranberry based, and incredibly dry and delicious.
PureWhite – combines coconut water and lulo fruit with sauvignon blanch grapes which coconut lovers will enjoy!

With these delicious non-alcoholic beverages to supplement your drink list, get ready for the lovely toasts that will be given by all . . . Cheers!

A Gentlemen’s Guide to Purchasing His Wedding Band

By doing your research prior to shopping for a wedding band, it will save you A LOT of time in the jewelry store. Jim Siegel from Siegel Jewelers recommends that learning about the different metals that are used to make men’s wedding bands will help you in decide what ring best suits your personality and lifestyle.

So before you walk into that jewelry store, make sure to know about the qualities of the different metals and also have a set budget in mind. In his recent article “Finding the Perfect Men’s Wedding Band”, Jim Siegel shares his expert knowledge on the 5 different metals men’s wedding bands are usually made out of and also provides a price range for each. Read on to see what Jim Siegel has to say about each metal . . .

First, you have the precious metals category (Platinum, Palladium, and 14k Gold):
Platinum is the most precious of metal and ranges from $1,000 and up. The most appealing characteristic of platinum is its durability. It does not tarnish and maintains a white appearance.

Palladium is another precious metal that is in the platinum family but is closer to the price of 14k gold. This precious metal ranges from $500. Palladium is a metal with the ability to withstand corrosion and oxidation. Palladium is 95% pure which is a great feature for people that need a hypoallergenic band.

14k Gold can be seen in white gold, yellow gold, or two toned gold wedding bands. It is has been used most during all of history for making fine jewelry. Gold is still the most traditional choice and it also the easiest to engrave.14k gold ranges from $450 and up.”

And then there are the alternative metals that are both budget friendly and perfect for men with more active lifestyles . . .
Tungsten Carbide is incredibly tough and rugged, which makes this ring a compliment to any man’s active style It is one the most popular types of wedding band materials today . Tungsten is in a great price range starting approximately about $200.

Titanium is durable but lighter than Tungsten. This characteristic is great for men who like the look of Tungsten but want a lighter weight band. The price range for Titanium is $125 and up. Both Tungsten and Titanium are considered alternative metals.”
To learn more insightful tips on men’s wedding band purchasing, check out Jim Siegel’s article: Find the Perfect Men’s Wedding Band


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