7 Pointers to help you inspect a Used Car before Buying...

By Charlie Brown Buying a used car carries a unique set of risks. You don’t know how well the user maintained and used the vehicle before selling, so you have to rely on basic parameters and pointers that could indicate proper maintenance or signs of abuse. You may already know some of the things to check for before buying a car, but we’re going to give you an exhaustive list of use for your preliminary inspection. Used car inspection is however a tricky process that should be verified by a qualified professional. As a buyer who has only rudimentary knowledge about cars, you may miss out a few key details that would impact your buying decision. Lighting You should inspect the light in good natural light, and preferably a bright sunny day. Poor lighting conditions may conceal many key imperfections. However, do it in the shade to avoid the glare that could also hide some imperfections. Carefully inspect the car body for unevenness and blurring which could indicate that the vehicle underwent bodywork. Water damage If you think the car could have been damaged by heavy rains or flooding, you need to take a closer look as dealers may try to conceal this from you. Look out for water-level markings in the upholstery, ceiling and car doors. Also look for moisture and wetness in the floor carpeting as well as moldy and mildew in the trunk space or the cabins. See if there is rusting or residual water in the spare tire storage place. Use your hands The eyes can be deceptive. Faulty door handles or auto window controls can look quite normal. Test every control and touch every button on the doors and dashboard try to do everything, and don’t forget the back doors and other controls elsewhere in the car. Minor defects may not be sufficient to stop negotiating, but they could give you ammo to bargain the price further down. Don’t forget the AC, belt buckles and radio controls. Get down and dirty Be ready to kneel and even lie on the underside of the car to inspect what lies below. Use a strong flashlight to inspect the inside of the wheel wells and underside for rust and corrosion damage. Check for dripping fluids, unusual holes and dangling metals, and don’t forget to inspect the muffler and exhaust systems. Inspect the paperwork Ensure you have read the care title carefully. You could find a lot of...

Exotic destinations to make your wedding more fabulous...

By Alfred Stallion Your wedding day is one of the most important and memorable days of your life. In the past couples usually opted for a ceremony in their local church followed by an exotic honeymoon in the place of their choice. However, the modern bride and groom are increasingly choosing to get married in an exotic location; you are then immediately ready to start your honeymoon! Here are some of the best destinations from around the world: Talloire, France The small town of Talloire is located at the bottom of the Alps. It is an exquisite destination for a wedding because it is surrounded by amazing scenery, lush vegetation and fascinating landscapes. One of the cleanest lakes in all Europe is positioned in Talloire. Furthermore, this place is home to one of the best cuisine in the world. Couples will surely adore organizing their wedding in Talloire. Nantucket, Massachusetts The island of Nantucket in Massachusetts comes alive in the summer and becomes a perfect place for any wedding. There are sandy beaches, lobster rolls and even boating experiences. It is truly a beautiful location, and even more perfect spot for a wedding. Paradise Island, Bahamas As the name suggests Paradise Island in the Bahamas offers a paradise to the bride and groom. The food and the service are exemplary and the location screams tropical; whether tying the knot on the hotel deck or the beach. The scenery is perfect and the sunsets will live in your memories forever. Ulvik, Norway This could be one of the most romantic venues in the world! You can get married at almost any time of the day; during the summer the sun barely sets. It is also isolated and beautiful.  The fjords in Ulvik make a fantastic backdrop and you are guaranteed to have the place to yourself. Tuscany, Italy The Tuscany hills offer a little something of everything; from romantic olive groves to sweeping, panoramic views across the bay and out into the deep blue sea. There is little which says romance the way that Italy does. Great Exhume, Bahamas If you wish to be transported to another place and time then Great Exuma in the Bahamas is the place to say your vows. Everything about the area is beautiful and you cannot help but feel happy and content. It is almost always sunny and the perfect spot to enjoy your honeymoon; straight after your wedding. Paris, France No list is complete without...

Women’s Shoes 101 – How to Choose the Right Shoes for Different Occasions...

By Charlie Brown Since time immemorial, women and their shoes have been a topic of interest in the fashion world. In fact, do not be surprised to find that the women in your life have different shoes for different occasions. Above all, if you are a woman, then you understand how shoes are important in defining your style and fashion sense. With the ever changing fashion trends, there is a lot of clothing and accessories to buy and wear. Fashion for women is one broad area in the industry and owing to the fact that there are hundreds of trendy clothes, shoes and jewelry for women, choosing the right shoes for the right occasion can be pretty overwhelming. Women feel the  pressure and urge to look fashionable more as compared to men and nothing gives a  fashion conscious woman ‘the satisfaction’ like finding a classy outfit and matching shoes to wear to an event. It is like women were born for fashion, because coordinating the choice of shoes and the outfit they are wearing is something that comes naturally for most women. However, for that fashionably uninformed woman, here are some helpful guidelines to guide you on choosing the right shoes online for women. Before you dress up and head out, read on to find which type of choose are perfect for the occasion. High Heels – almost every woman out there has one or more pairs of sweet and gorgeous high heels. The problem however, is that some women do not know when to wear this type of heels. To save you the struggle and the embarrassment of not dressing the part, ensure that you only wear your heels when going out, attending funky and classy events like weddings and anniversaries and of course when you want to make a lasting impression on someone you are attracted to. Flats – sometimes, you will have to let go the high heels and embrace the comfort and freedom that comes with wearing flats. Flat shoes are also great for official settings especially when your work involves hours of standing and/or walking. Flat shoes also look great especially when worn with straight skirts. The best part about flats is that they can are a perfect choice for different occasions, all you need to do is find flats that complement your entire look. Boots – every woman deserves at least a pair of two of boots. Contrary to what most people think,...

Discover the Most Beautiful Islands of the Pacific Ocean...

By Nicole Noel Scientists say that we know more about our solar system than we know about the depths of the oceans on our planet. However, there are some things that we definitely know about the biggest and the greatest ocean that we have – it is full of amazing, paradise-like islands that make perfect destinations for all those that want to see the natural and cultural treasures of distant lands. Here are some of them that definitely deserve to find their place as a part of your travelling fantasies. Vanuatu Vanuatu consists of more than 80 islands of different sizes and it is a true delight for people who enjoy hiking and snorkeling. They come to this part of South Pacific to enjoy these activities for two reasons. The first thing is the Mt. Yasur. It is an active volcano of the island Tanna and it is a famous hiking place. It is advisable to visit it during twilight to experience the lovely colors that the volcano heat creates. The other thing that attracts many people is the part between the Port Vila to Espiritu Santo. Santo is the home of native people that still live in the jungles and among the crashed planes and shipwrecks from the WWII. These shipwrecks make amazing snorkeling spots. The most famous one is S.S. President Coolidge. Fiji Palms, lagoons and beaches are the first things that come to mind when you think about the more than 300 islands that make the archipelago of Fiji. People choose Fiji because of the amazing cultural heritage and its tropical climate, or because of the many luxurious spas and resorts on its secluded islands. Fiji offers all the watersports that you can think off and then some. Paragliding, skydiving, ziplining and parasailing are also on their list. If you want something really intriguing, search for a guide to get you through the Fiji cannibals caves. You will hear some amazing stories there. New Caledonia Your New Caledonia travel can be a real adventure if you take enough time to explore all of it. Start with the Pine Island and its breathtaking lagoon. The unbelievably blue water, banyan and pine trees will make you think you are alone in the world and you will love it. Take a walk and enjoy the natural pool at Oro Bay. Another face of New Caledonia is Noumea. While the Pine Island is all about the nature, Noumea is all about...

The coming iphone for the generations!...

By Ronny Dsouza We have seen plenty of variations within the Apple devices discharged to date and that we will see additional to come back within the approaching iPhone8 because it goes to release presently within the coming back days. As per the review websites, the new device goes to consist several changes compared to the devices that area unit discharged from the past. This text goes to consist the main points of the iPhone8 release date, news and also the options of the device.   Release Date:   The work of the new devices of Apple will release any time, however we’ve to attend for few additional months for the official release of the device as well as the calculable quantity and also the alternative details of iPhone. There area unit plenty of acquainted things within the release dates of Apple devices. One in {every of} them is that the iOS associate degreed an Apple device has invariably discharged back to back on every release. This point we will additionally expect them to release on identical platform as we’ve encountered the releases of iPencil, iWatch and iTV on identical platform this year. Compatibility:   The compatibility of the iPhone eight devices are going to be a brand new one compared to it of the devices discharged to date. This can be as a result of the recently else apps within the iPhone8. Though the main points of the new apps don’t seem to be nevertheless discharged, it’ll be out presently and it’ll be updated here within the web site presently. This can be the simplest issue which will happen with Apple devices as a result of it aiming to have all new updates. Here during this article, we tend to area unit aiming to place the new updates within the coming back lines.   IPhone8 camera time – lapse mode:   Believe it or not, this can be the actual fact that iPhone8, the one that goes to be discharged presently goes to be the foremost used camera within the world. The explanations that embody to justify this reality are that it’s terribly straightforward to use and additionally there’s aiming to be a brand new app on the Apple devices that’s aiming to build the operating expertise of the camera higher.   SMS and phone calls on Mac:   Amongst several options being else on the new iPhone8, there’s another feature which will build your electronic messaging service higher....

Airport Parking- Useful Parking Tips for Travellers...

By Charlie Brown If you are planning to fly out of one of the region’s airports for holidays or business, it is important to be aware of your airport parking options. Many travellers prefer to drive to the airport because it is convenient, especially when travelling in groups. Whenever you drive to the airport, you need to know where you will leave your car for the duration of your trip. Parking Options Airport parking options are varied in terms of factors such as locations and cost. You can choose between short and long term parking, depending on how long you will be away as well as affordability. Short term parking is typically closest to the airport while the long term option is further away and buses are used to transfer travellers to the terminal. The duration of your trip does not restrict your airport parking options. Travellers can still book long term parking for shorter trips or opt for short stay parking, depending on what is convenient and suitable for them. Short term parking is popular among business travellers while long term car parks are ideal for holidays and longer trips. Self-Parking Airport parking facilities enable people to drive in and park their cars or have their cars parked for them. With self parking, passengers park their own cars and keep their car keys. You can rest assured that your vehicle will be taken care of during your trip at a secure parking facility that is under 24 hour surveillance. Near terminal parking is in close proximity to the airport terminal. This offers convenience for travellers who need a faster pick up or have a lot of luggage. There is a provision for secure shuttle buses for any distance that cannot be covered by walking. Booking • Booking your parking spot is an important aspect of planning your trip because you will be at ease with the fact that your car is securely parked for as long as you are away. During peak or holiday seasons, airport parking is typically in high demand and pre-booking is vital for your peace of mind. • The process usually begins with travellers getting a quote, making the booking and confirming payment. After your booking is confirmed, you can look forward to driving to the airport and leaving your car at a highly secure parking facility. • Some of the information that you will be required to provide when booking your parking includes...

Be the Grill Master this Summer with Paulding& Company...

    Grilling Weather! Suddenly we’ve gone from winter to spring, at least until the weather changes once again (we can only hope!). Time to get the grill brush out and get rid of that rust, and oil up the grill so you can think about the easy, fun task of grilling a perfect steak. Yes, grilling a good steak is a bit of an art. Of course, the better the meat, the easier it is to practice this art. Below is a crucial spring/ summer “How-to” created by a grilling expert at Paulding& Company. How to Cook that Steak Take your steak out of the refrigerator ½ hour before grilling. Season it with salt and pepper, and leave at room temperature. This gives the salt a bit of time to absorb into the meat, and enhances the flavor of the steak. It also warms it a bit, shortening grill time, and giving you a better chance of the edges not overcooking by the time the middle is done enough. Get the grill really, really hot. Make sure it is clean and lightly oiled, so the steak doesn’t stick to it or pick up bits of char. If you want, you can also lightly oil the meat. Your average 1 ¼ inch thick steak, cooked to medium-rare, will take about 10-12 minutes on the grill. Less if it’s lean grass-fed beef, which cooks MUCH faster than corn-finished meat. Figuring out when it’s done is a matter of feel, more than anything. Soft and squishy, the meat’s still quite raw. A bit springy, rare. A little bit stiffer, medium. And stiff as a board, it’s well done. How you like your meat is a matter of taste, and what you’re used to. Some cuts are better than others if you prefer more well done meat; the skirt and bavette steaks for instance, don’t get quite so dry. A well-done grass fed strip steak could be compared to cardboard. When I cook a steak, I plan on three turns — the first, after about 3 minutes, ¼ rotation, without flipping it. That way you end up with cross-hatched grill marks. The second, after 5-6 minutes, is a flip-over. The final turn, again ¼ rotation. This one is the least crucial, since you only really see one side of the steak. If it seems like the steak is getting too cooked, don’t bother with it. Just get it off the grill. Rest...

Most Charming French Towns to Visit with Your Family...

By Nicole Noel Family travels are incredible experiences. You can bond with your family members and have fun spending time exploring the magnificent France. There are plenty of itineraries online about France and where is best to travel, but these are the most family-friendly spots around. Étretat Étretat is located in Upper Normandy, and it’s nothing short of delicious. A hot favorite among tourists, Étretat is a delectable town with bed and breakfast hotels and markets. The key attractions here are the violently romantic cliffs and their natural arches – a signature feature. The best way to enjoy this splendid place is to wake up early and hike your way to the Notre Dame de la Garde church, and watch the gorgeous sunrise. Bring your flashiest camera, or best available iPhone. Gordes Gordes is a snug little village, located on the top of a cliff in the Calavon valley. If you’ve ever wanted to visit Provence in your life, this small gem is the perfect excuse to go see it. The village’s history is long – it began in the Roman times! It’s perfectly relaxed, too. Villagers you see will never be in a hurry, and days there tend to be an ideal blend of calm and smooth. The Mediterranean climate is an added bonus: the picturesque companion weather for an early morning, sunrise drenched, cup of quality coffee. This is the place you go to, to refresh, renew, and recharge. There’s not much to do except watch the clouds, play, read, and perhaps write. There’s a fantastic castle in Gordes, and once you climb it you’ll see the orange blend of roofs. They fit harmoniously with the lush scenery of the countryside. The sunsets over lavender fields are breathtaking. You can stretch hours while laboring over a hearty plate of delicious food. And still feel fantastic. Eguisheim Eguisheim is a spiffy town, located on the Alsatian Wine Route. The defining feature of this colorful town? The streets here follow a circle layout which is quite fun, especially when you want to see and feel the village. There’s a brilliant fantasy feel to this town. A certain longing and ennui embedded in its streets, which resembles the same emotional threads that puncture Lana Del Rey’s most vehemently love-torn songs. Avignon Don’t miss this historic gem in Provence! Avignon was put on everyone’s map once the Vatican decided to move from Rome to France. Guess where they settled in the...

How Instagram Is Transforming the World of Fashion, Art, and Travel...

Last year Instagram turned five and the focus once again turned to how the photo-sharing app has attained an almost iconic status with monthly users exceeding 400 million. When compared to Facebook and Twitter, the other two social media platforms that have been creating waves, Instagram seems to have found a secret key into the hearts and minds of the young. More than half of its user base is under the age of 25. Social media experts are of the view that this success has been largely due to the fact that it has been designed specifically for the smartphone generation, and that it is extremely simple and intuitive to use. With millions of photo uploads every day, it comes as no surprise that Instagram has made a deep impact on several aspects of your daily lives. Fashion The fashion industry has very quickly understood that they can benefit a lot by the desire of a large section of Instagram users to post photos that are not only inspirational but also tell stories about themselves. Smart brands and designers are opening up their previously closed worlds to Instagram followers so that they can get a glimpse of what is happening behind the scenes and spread the word. When a brand is being launched or a line of fashion apparel is being unveiled, the publicity managers not only include the conventional audiences into their sphere of influence, but also try to take into account how the event will look like in the hundreds of Instagram photos uploaded by both the company as well as its followers. With millions of users being able to share the success story of fashion brands, it is all but natural that the brands are ever willing to plow in substantial resources into making their Instagram presence more visible. Because of the huge impact that Instagram has had on the world of fashion with its democratizing effect, even premium brands become conversation pieces with a large section of Instagram followers who would ordinarily never had the chance to interact with the brand, let alone afford it. With a strategic placement on Instagram, fashion brands are making deep inroads into the psyche of followers and connect better with them. Designers are also tweaking their offers to appeal not just the catwalk audience but a far larger world outside. Art With Instagram taking command of much of our lives, the way we look at art has also changed...

Rusconi’s American Kitchen – Absolutely Delicious...

Last Sunday, I was fortunate to join my friend Doug MacKenzie for brunch at Rusconi’s American Kitchen in Phoenix. Chef Rusconi says, “Buy the best ingredients and treat them with love and respect then apply proper technique. Only by doing that will you be able to deliver the best quality possible.” This food philosophy shows through in all of his tasty offerings.   Since Benedicts are a favorite of mine and Rusconi’s had a variety, I eagerly tried the Arizona Benedict which consisted of pork chili Verde, corn tortilla, poached eggs, and kitchen potatoes. That really sounds plainer that what I was served. The combination of the pork chili Verde and corn tortilla came together like magic. I would easily order it again. Doug started with Roasted Pork Posole Soup with avocado, tomato and red onion. It was light and seasoned to perfection. It’s good he’s willing to share. He also had the Kitchen Burger with goat cheese, caramelized onion, lettuce and tomato accompanied by Truffle Parmesan Fries that were outstanding.   To top off all of our healthy food, a chocolate bread pudding with vanilla and raspberry sauce. We each took a bite and I got to bring this treasure home, while Doug took the second half of his sandwich home. The atmosphere was homey and friendly and our service was terrific. Rusconi’s has a stunning skylight/community art installation in the heart of the restaurant. As I watched other plates of food being delivered and devoured, I was delighted that Doug had picked Rusconi’s. Chef Michael Rusconi was born in California and raised in Chicago. His culinary degree is from the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont. He is better known in this area for revitalizing the cuisine at LON’s at the Hermosa Inn, as well as supporting charitable events, and acquiring some Mobil 4-Star Awards, and consecutive nominations from the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame. Chef Rusconi has been a leader in sustainable food, before it was a trend and his creativity is evident throughout. How lucky we all are that he has ventured out on his own to let his creativity and skills go wild.   Rusconi’s is open daily for happy hour and dinner, lunch Tuesday—Friday, and Sunday brunch. A good size menu of regional American cuisine featuring a wood burning grill and affordable prices is a welcome pleasure.   Rusconi’s has a compelling Mother’s Day Brunch pre-fixe menu. You may want to check it...
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