Tie Me Up Baby: How to Tie a Tie

6:43:00 PM Jem Lawren 0 Comments

When it comes to men and fashion….nothing beats a man that is well dressed.  Neckties are one of the sexiest accessories a man can ever wear. A tie can complete a look by adding color or a touch of texture to any outfit.  Ties can be paired with tuxedos, casual pants and blazer or a simple jacket with a cool pair of jeans.

In today’s day and age not many men know how to wear a tie, tie a tie or even have an idea of the different styles of ties that’s out there. Well, I am here to help…. I will not let a sexy culture or style… just die like that. Not on my watch...lol.

I have previously already mentioned how one can wear a tie. I will now list the different type of knots one can tie and also the styles of ties.

The knots:

  1. Windsor Knot
  2. Half Windsor Knot
  3. Pratt Knot
  4. Four in Hand Knot
  5. Persian Knot
  6. Victoria Knot
  7. Oriental Knot
  8. Plattsburgh Knot
  9. St. Andrew Knot
  10. Kelvin Knot
  11. Atlantic  Knot
  12. Diagonal Knot

Types of ties:

  1. Black Solid
  2. Plaid
  3. Color Solid
  4. Floral
  5. Bowties

 Learning how to tie a tie can be quite easy. There are tons of Youtube tutorial on how to tie a tie. If you do a simple search in Google on how to tie a tie….you have plenty of sites to choose from.  Below is an instructional diagram on how to tie some of the knots that I had previously mentioned. Remember…nothing says SEXY, but a well dressed man ;).

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Lets heat things up a bit

4:28:00 PM Jem Lawren 0 Comments

Burrrrr!  My goodness…it’s really cold outside! These past couple of days had temperatures in the single digits. I love New England, but I sure do don’t love the winters. I’m sorry for rambling on, but I’m not sure why I’m not use to the winters by now. I have been in this region for over a decade.  I swear…it’s like a complete shock when winter hits. I tell my friends all the time that I prefer all the other three seasons and that I wish I had the ability to change the weather (actually I do…by hopping on a plane…lol).

 I don’t mind the rainy months we have from the seasons of fall and spring. However, I’ll take summer any day and anytime. The 90 to a scorching 100 degree does not bother me at all. I say…bring it on! I keep telling myself that I should pack up my things and move to sunny California…lol, but then I realize how much I would miss my love ones and close friends.  So, I just continue to stick out the three to four months of winter….boo!

With that said, one thing I love about the summer season is the magnificent colors that are in the sky when the sun is about to rise and set. Whether I visit another state or I’m right at home.  The heat and moisture the summer brings does wonders to the sky. The colors of yellow, orange, red and sometimes purple; nothing can beat a view like that. 

If you have ever read my first post you know that I like to take pictures. Now, I am not a professional photographer, but I do enjoy capturing wonder full moments around me.  I was going through some images that I took over the summer to post on my photography and art site (www.covphotoart.com ) and I came across these beautiful shots of the sun in the sky.

Some of these images where taken in Florida and the others were from the different states I traveled through.

To view all of the other images, please visit Culture of Venus: Photography  & Art @ www.covphotoart.com.

If you would like to know a little about me, please read: http://www.cultureofvenus.com/2012/11/welcome-to-culture-of-venus.html



Hugs & Kisses: Valentines Day Ideas

5:12:00 PM Jem Lawren 0 Comments

photo credit: Andreanna Moya Photography via photopin cc

Kiss me? Love me? Will you be my Valentine? Valentine’s Day can be one of the most the romantic day or stress filled day out of the year. Many people have a difficult time finding the perfect Valentine’s gift for their significant other. This difficulty may be related to financial hardship or simply fact that you’ve ran out of ideas. Well, have no fear…you don’t have to break the bank to make Valentine’s Day for your significant other the best they’ve ever had. Sometimes it’s the most thoughtful and heartwarming gifts… that stands out the most.

I went to some of my friends and asked them what was the most inexpensive gift or idea they have given/done for Valentine’s Day. So, I have decided to create a list and compiled all of their recommendations and gift ideas below.

Send a hand written poem or love letter to your love.
 You can express how they make you feel. You can remind them of your first kiss. What their touch does to you. Don’t be afraid to show a bit of your naughty side ;). Oh…by the way, it doesn’t have to rhyme.

Make a basket filled with things that he/ she loves.
If you were to buy a gift like this online you would be spending a pretty penny. You can pick up a cheap basket at Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Walmart and pack it with their favorite candy, cookies, fruits, spa essentials, lipstick, magazines, office supplies, golfing supplies, assorted nips (small alcohol bottles)….anything you can think of…WILL WORK.  

Set up a photograph session for two.
With this idea, you can either book a session or pick up your own camera and snap photos yourselves. This can be themed, whether is photos of your smiles, your eyes, lips or any body part of your choice. Don’t be afraid to get a little adventurous.

Take it “Fifty Shades Of Grey”. 
Most of us have either read the books or have some idea of what those books are about. Well I say, let this tool be a guide. Maybe you possess a bit of kink in you, but is not sure on how to go about expressing that side. Use those books to help create an erotic fantasy of your own. Most couple’s romantic and steamy ideas were taken from someplace else. Whether it’s from a movie (“any type”), magazine, book or friend….the core idea was stemmed from another place.

A dinner for two.
I’m pretty sure that the ingredients that are used to make his/hers favorite meal is half of what is cost at that fancy restaurant of their choice. What better way to impress your better half than to cook him/her a meal right at home. You can always dust off that recipe book you have lying in that corner or simple surf the web and find thousands of recipes at your finger tips. If you’re the type that needs to watch someone create the meal so you can have an idea of what it looks like…then hop on Youtube or find an online cooking channel so you can be walked step by step on how the meal should look/turn out. To spruce things up a bit, add music and candles to you dinner for two.

Made by you.
If you are crafty or is skilled with your hands, nothing can be more personalized than a gift that is made by you. It can be a simple craft such as scrapbooks or homemade picture frames. If you are ok with using a sewing machine, then sew a scarf, hat, shirt or a themed blanket for that special someone. If you like to paint…paint something that they can hang in their living room, bed room, hallway or bathroom.

14 days of love.
This idea is an alteration to the basket filled with their favorite things. Instead of giving your significant other everything on Valentine’s Day, present them with a small gift each day up until Valentine’s Day. It doesn’t have to be 14 days…you can do 7 days or even 5 days…it’s up to you. On Valentine’s Day, the last gift you should present is the gift that is the most meaningful and thoughtful.

I hope these ideas helped or helped sparked some of your own. Please let me know how things turned out if you tried any of the ideas listed above.


Seal Search: EPIC FAIL!!!

4:09:00 PM Jem Lawren 0 Comments

Last weekend I was feeling pretty adventurous. So I decided to go on a Seal Search Walk to admire the seals that were sunning offshore. When I got to the location, there were quite a bit of people on the beach waiting for a chance to spot these amazing creatures.  

What can I say…you can’t trust New England weather...so it ended up being a no-go.  The beach looked amazing with the semi-thick blanket of fog, but it hindered all chances of spotting a seal. After walking around for about 40 minutes, I gave upon this Seal Search and I decided to take advantage of the scenic beauty that was in front of me. Since I had my camera locked, loaded and ready; it was a perfect opportunity to snap to some photos.

I wanted share some of my photography from my weekend with you today. I hope some of the images will take your breath away as it did mine. To view all of the photographs from my Seal Search weekend, please visit Culture of Venus: Photography & Art @ http://www.covphotoart.com


Yummy Yummy Avo-Banana

3:48:00 PM Jem Lawren 0 Comments

As you all know, I reside on the East Coast and sometimes our winters can be a bit harsh. Beside the fact of trying to stay warm; I also have to deal with issues of my hair. Most of my breakage occurs during the winter months.  The air can be so drying that it sucks out all the moisture right out of my strands, which leaves my hair feeling course and rough.

Well, about two years ago I said, “to hell with this, I am not going to go through another cycle of this crap!” I began to do a little research online to try and find information on how to retain moisture and combat dryness of the hair. After I found and tried commercial products and home remedies/recipes; the home remedies/recipes seemed to work best for me. I came a across a Banana Avocado mask that did wonders for my hair. I used this mask as a deep conditioner.  Now keep in mind…..everyone’s hair is different. What might work for me…may not work for you. However, I will share the recipe that I used; it’s up to you to tweak it to best fit your type of hair as I did.

Since this recipe didn't have name; I going to call it: Yummy Yummy  Avo-Banana

1 small avocado or ½ of a large avocado
1 banana
1 egg
½  can of coconut milk
2 tbs of honey
2 tbs of olive oil
2 vitamin E pills
2 flax seed oil pills

Once you have all those ingredients in a mixing bowl; you can use a small hand blender to whip them up into a creamy mix.

If you do try this mix or customized it to fit you. Please let me know how it turned out.