Jan 062012
 

Towels

My favorite set of towels ever was the cheesy, thin, scratchy bath towels I bought when I was about thirteen years old. There was a reason for their popularity, though, as they had painted on them in cheap and gaudy colors pictures of my favorite superheroes.

I grew up a lonely child whose close friends included Wonder Woman, Spiderwoman and Super Girl. From them I learned truth, justice and, if not the American Way as I was living in Africa at the time, that it was better to align oneself with the light than the dark. The day the superhero carnival came to my tiny town, I saw through the illusion cast by the sweaty and uncomfortable actors in their ill-fitting costumes, but I was entranced by the memorabilia I could buy, and thus did the superhero-embossed the towels come into my life.

I’ve kept those towels for over thirty years now, and, each time I look at them, I’m instantly transported back to a time when everything was so much simpler because the world could be divided into solid colors and solid concepts: Black and white; good and bad. It isn’t, however, the towels themselves that are important – with their slightly out-of-proportion fantastical figures they actually seem rather ridiculous now – it’s the idea behind the towels. It’s the understanding that the towels are souvenirs of a time that no longer exists.

People tend to keep things that mean a lot to them for many years, and, those who are looking to give their loved ones gifts that last should learn The Lesson of the Towels. Towels – including monogrammed towels – are not the only gifts that can be given, however, and, if we continue the bathroom trend, bathrobes and bath mats should also feature on the gift menu. Robes would, in fact, be more personal gifts than towels, and, it also stands to reason that monogrammed robes top the list of desirable bathroom-wear.

The moral of the tale is fairly simple: Memories do last but they sometimes need a little help from something solid…like superhero towels.

 

Sep 092011
 

Bath Mat

A lot has been written about towels – even monogrammed towels – as well as about bathrobes, but bath mats tend to be the country cousins of the bathroom-decor world as not much is ever heard about them. This is not quite fair, however, as, just like towels and robes, every single bath mat has a lot to offer.

There are several different types and brands of bath mats to choose from, and, if one is decorating a bathroom on a budget, then pure cotton bath mats are the way to go as these are generally the least expensive. They also come in a variety of different colors – enough to match any color-scheme – including smoke blue, garnet red, tearose and moss. Bamboo bath mats, on the other hand, come in such brilliant and weather-themed hues as rain and cloud, and they are made of 60% combed Egyptian cotton and 40% bamboo rayon.

Elegance bath mats are made solely of long staple Turkish cotton, and these reversible mats are also completely machine washable. The words seafoam, moonstone and desert sand conjure up visions of moonlit vistas on far away shores, but they should also conjure visions of beautiful bath mats, and this is merely a sampling of the shades the Elegance mats are available in. Unlike the Elegance mats, Supima bath mats are made of 100% American Supima cotton, and they are known for their sheer luxuriousness. Supima mats also come in colors that will put one in mind of dinner – examples include merlot, bisque and butter – and they are the perfect side-dish to any main bathroom meal.

The most eco-friendly of all the bath mat types must surely be the organic bath mats, which, as their name suggests, are made of certified organically grown cotton. These mats are manufactured in Portugal, and their stunning color options include stone, coffee and Aegean blue. Egyptian cotton mats are different from the rest as they are textured, and they also extremely absorbent because of their unusual thickness. Starkly simple white, cream and charcoal are on the Egyptian cotton bath mat color menu, as are the more complex – but equally as exquisite – shades of air blue, espresso and lite gold.

Given all of the above choices, no one can say that there isn’t a bath mat to suit every single person, every single bathroom and every single occasion.

Jul 092011
 

Towels

Gift-giving holidays like Father’s Day, Mother’s Day and Christmas teach us that items like monogrammed towels and bathrobes make great gifts, but the world is wide, and there are many exciting and intriguing festival days to be found and enjoyed if only one knows where to look.

Maundy coins may not be in quite the same league as towels or robes, but they are what’s given out in the United Kingdom – and usually by the Queen of England no less! – during Maundy Thursday. This celebration, which commemorates the Last Supper, takes place on the Thursday before Easter and is also known as The Thursday of Mysteries and Covenant Thursday.

Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is an important holiday and is observed around the world in such diverse countries as India, Mauritius, Singapore and Sri Lanka. Although the exchange of gifts only represents a small part of this fascinating celebration, which, in some cultures, signifies the ascendance of good over evil, the giving of presents among family members is becoming more and more important.

El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla – more commonly known as Cinco de Mayo – is celebrated in both Mexico and the USA, and the practice of giving gifts in celebration of this sometimes rowdy and boisterous holiday has slowly become more popular over the years. Although The Day of the Battle of Puebla is not synonymous with Mexican independence, it does present a good reason to celebrate as it is probably the most well known example of paying homage to the culture and traditions of Mexico.

Although one doesn’t usually see people celebrate Maundy Thursday, Diwali or Cinco de Mayo by giving each other monogrammed bathrobes, towels or bath mats, these types of gifts are extremely popular and are often exchanged during the more traditional Western festivities like Christmas. Children can also join in the fun, and International Children’s Day would be a fine time to give the teenager in your life a personalized terry velour pastel pink kids robe.

Gifts will never go out of fashion, and neither will luxury bathroom accessories.

Jan 102011
 

monogram

The concept of indicating ownership of a certain item through putting the owner’s initials on it in the form of a monogram has been around for centuries, and just because monograms were originally put on things like coins, fine paintings and expensive furniture, it doesn’t mean that they can’t appear on more mundane items like organic Bamboo or Supima towels, terry velour bathrobes and bath mats.

A monogram can be defined as a series of – usually three – letters of the alphabet that are either physically connected or just placed extremely close to one another. These letters can be painted on a hard surface, carved into wood or, for cloth items like luxury bath robes and quality bath towels, embroidered onto the material itself. Over the centuries, monograms have evolved from being symbols that indicate absolute ownership to being symbols of personal indulgence. Who, for instance, wouldn’t feel special to receive a soft beige Egyptian cotton Waffle bathrobe beautifully monogrammed with their own initials in a lovely contrasting color – cranberry, perhaps, or maybe fox – with a set of luxurious hand towels and a tubmat or spa mat to match?

In order for a symbol to be considered a classic monogram, the design has to follow certain rules. It is, for instance, customary to use the initials of a person’s first name, middle name and last name but not in that order: true monograms would show the last name’s initial in the middle and the first name’s and middle name’s initials to the left and right respectively. The last name’s initial would also be designed with a special flourish – perhaps larger or more elaborate than the other two letters – and an example of a traditional monogram found on kimono Turkish bathrobes and towels or eco friendly cotton kids robes for “Joe T Smith” would be “jSt”. Monograms are also available in a stunning array of colors, including such gems as apricot, lavender, papaya and raspberry.

Monograms are here to stay, and monogrammed towels and┬ábathrobes will always make a lovely – not to mention highly appreciated – gift.

Nov 082010
 

There are numerous ways to decorate a guest bathroom. One way is with monogrammed towels. These towels are popular as wedding gifts, but consider purchasing them for your own bathrooms.

Choose towels based on your color scheme and design. If your guest bathroom is mostly black, with a dash of red, perhaps your choice is red towels to pull out the color red. If your guest bathroom is a soft pink, you’ll want to stick with a soft pink color scheme.

Then choose your letters. You can now begin to get creative. For example, for a guest bathroom of Jenny and Tom Smith, choose “S,” the first letter of the last name. A single letter on each towel is an attractive monogram. Or, how about the first letters of Jenny and Tom, along with the letter S. This is the standard three letter combination for a married couple.

Which letter goes on what side? In today’s modern world, there are no hard and fast rules. But the traditional way is for the man’s first initial to go on the left, the woman’s first initial to go on the right and the first initial of the last name to go in the middle.

There are many different letter styles to choose from. Some are traditional with that old world flavor. Others are hip and ultra modern. Letters should fall on the bottom middle of your hand towel or bath towel. Choose the color of the letters to match properly with your towels. A red towel in a black bathroom would look great with black lettering, for example.

Sep 242010
 

Towels

Cotton towels are a wonderful inexpensive gift choice to make for every type of special occasion. Today, the extra-soft Egyptian cotton bathroom accessories are made into a wide variety of colorful hues that can harmonize nicely with all styles of bathrooms. While it is true that cotton towels are manufactured by many different global providers, it is always wise to choose the thick Egyptian cotton towels for your gift giving needs.

The Egyptian cotton towels are different from other types of bath towels.

Egyptian cotton is grown in the fertile soils that are found alongside of the Nile River. This superior farming location offers cotton plants the right combination of soil nutrients and sunshine to produce an extremely soft selection of high-quality cotton fibers. When the Egyptian cotton fibers are woven into cotton towels, terry bathrobes, and other personal care bathroom accessories, the results are products that feel luxurious.

The humidity factor along the Nile River in Egypt helps the cotton plants to obtain fiber lengths that are often much longer and broader than the cotton that is grown in other locations. The Egyptian cotton fibers can reach over two-inches in length that makes them the ideal choice to spin into very fine threads for the higher-quality manufacturing projects. Egyptian cotton towels hold a very strong weave due to the nature of the fibers.

Traditionally, the Egyptian cotton towels were only made in a natural white color. Monogrammed initials were used to decorate these elegant feeling bath accessories in the wealthy homes where these soft and durable towels were used. Today, with a globally attentive audience to market for, the Egyptian cotton manufacturers are dying their towels into very fashionable decorator tones that can still be monogrammed to show status.

Elegant Egyptian cotton monogrammed towels make the perfect inexpensive gifts for family members, friends, and coworkers. In today’s health conscious society, the gift of a high-quality monogrammed towel set can go a very long ways. People take their soft Egyptian cotton towels and terry robes to the gym to show them off, they carry their own luxury towels on business trips, and these long-life Egyptian cotton products are always enjoyed in the home. For the price, it is hard to find a better multi-purpose gift idea.