Make Sure Your Pets Don’t Get to These Holiday Foods

Pets enjoying their Christmas treats.

When you’ve got a table overflowing with a festive feast, and a cute pooch watching your every move with mournful eyes, it can be very tempting to sneak your best pal a few bites of your holiday meal. While some foods are absolutely fine for your pets to snack on, there are others that can be quite dangerous, some of them even fatal. Keep your pets safe this festive season by reading OROGOLD’s tips on the foods that you should make sure are kept completely out of your pet’s reach.

Chocolate and Candy
This is one that most pet owners are already likely to know about, as chocolate is one of the most toxic poisons for a dog, and even more fatal for a cat. The reason for this is because chocolate contains theobromine, and the darker the chocolate is, the more fatal it will be for your pet. When it comes to candy, most of this contains Xylitol, a sweetener that is extremely toxic to dogs and can result in liver failure, so be sure to keep this well away from your pets.

Turkey Bones
When you’ve got a platter full of turkey bones, it is definitely tempting to give your dog a couple, but cooked bones are extremely dangerous to feed to dogs. Cooking softens the bones, and once your dog starts chewing on them, they easily splinter into smaller fragments, causing a variety of different problems, including intestinal blockages and perforations. If you do want to feed your dog bones over the holidays, OROGOLD would recommend visiting your local butcher and asking for some raw bones, as these are actually highly beneficial for dogs.

Meaty Leftovers
While some leftovers will be highly appreciated by your dog, there are others that you should avoid feeding. Fatty leftovers can cause internal injuries, so if you do fix your pet a small plate with turkey and gravy, make sure to keep the amount to a minimum. Too much meat and gravy, in particular, can cause problems such as canine pancreatitis, but if you keep the portions small, you won’t have a problem.

Certain Fruits and Veg
There are some vegetables that are toxic to pets, and these include onions, shallots, garlic and leeks, as well as certain fruits such as grapes and raisins. Nuts should also be avoided at all costs, with macadamia nuts in particular, a popular ingredient in holiday cookies and treats, causing kidney damage.

Now that you know which foods to keep your pets away from this holiday season, you are much better equipped to keep them safe. OROGOLD also strongly advises that you let your friends and family know this information as well, so that they will also refrain from sneaking your furry friend any dangerous table scraps. OROGOLD also advises that you keep any food packaging and wrappers out of your pet’s reach, and ensure that your bins cannot be opened by them, as the smells from your festive leftovers may be too much temptation for them to avoid!

Holiday Foods That Are Actually Good For You

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With the festive season upon us, we are all likely to end up indulging in our favorite holiday foods, maybe making a small effort to stay away from the unhealthiest dishes of them all. However, some of your favorite foods are absolutely packed with nutrition and health benefits, making them worth the extra helping! Let’s take a look at some of the traditional holiday foods that are actually good for you.

Turkey for a holiday dinner

Turkey is a fantastic source of protein, with one serving providing half of the recommended daily amount of folic acid, as well as plenty of vitamin B, potassium and zinc. Eating a high-quality protein such as turkey also triggers satiety, meaning that you will feel fuller, faster, making you less likely to indulge in the unhealthier options. Unless your turkey is deep fried or smothered in gravy, this meat is actually quite good for you, although we would recommend trimming off some of the skin before eating, as this is where most of the fat and calories are contained.

Sweet potates.

Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes, unless they’re covered in butter or marshmallows, are one of the healthiest vegetables out there. We suggest roasting them, as this gives them an intense flavor without the need for unhealthy fats. Sweet potatoes are packed with fiber, potassium, vitamin A and phytochemicals, all of which help to keep aging, arthritis and cancer at bay. They are also an excellent source of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant, so be sure to have a sweet potato dish on your table this year!

Cranberry sauce and chicken breast.

In addition to being low in calories and rich in fiber and potassium, cranberries also contain powerful disease-fighting antioxidants. They also contain unique compounds that have antibacterial properties, enabling them to prevent urinary tract infections. However, since cranberries are naturally low in sugar and have quite a tart taste, most recipes that utilize them require quite a large quantity of sugar to be included. We suggest replacing the sugar with a healthier alternative, such as honey or even other fruits.

Woman drinking hot cocoa

There is nothing quite like a mug of hot cocoa on a cold winter night, and this experience is now going to be even more enjoyable with the knowledge that cocoa is actually good for you. Experts advise that a small piece of chocolate each day, usually about 30 calories worth, significantly lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. We recommend using dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa solids, as these contain much higher levels of the antioxidants that bring about these brilliant health benefits.

Now that you are aware of the holiday foods that are actually good for you, you won’t need to feel bad about that extra slice of turkey or that extra helping of sweet potatoes. Don’t forget that there are many other popular holiday foods that also have some great health benefits, from cinnamon to pecans to green beans, and with a little bit of planning, it won’t be too difficult to make your holiday feast the healthiest, but tastiest, one you’ve had yet!

Arizona Bucket List

Arizona is not only a state of magnificent natural beauty, but it is also filled with significant historical landmarks and a unique collection of cultures. OROGOLD has put together an Arizona bucket list to ensure that you don’t miss out on any must-see sights while you’re in Arizona.

Grand Canyon Skywalk

Grand Canyon Skywalk
The Grand Canyon makes it way onto thousands of bucket lists each year, but the Grand Canyon Skywalk is a way to appreciate this natural wonder in a completely new way. The Skywalk is a horseshoe-shaped, glass-bottomed walkway that extends seventy feet past the edge of the Grand Canyon, leaving you standing 4000 feet above the gushing Colorado River. With glass panels on the walls and floor, this gives you unobstructed and unbeatable views of this majestic World Wonder.

Lunch at Pizzeria Bianco
With the best pizza in the US found in Arizona, a visit to this world-renowned pizzeria is definitely worth a place on OROGOLD’s Arizona bucket list. Ingredients are sourced directly from local farms, giving each pizza a freshness that you would never have expected. OROGOLD advises that you visit during off-peak hours, as otherwise you are likely to be faced with a wait up to three hours.

Havasu Falls

Hike Havasu Falls
Located in the isolated village of Supai, at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, the Havasu Falls plunge 100 feet down into a beautiful aquamarine pool. Surrounded by a sandy beach and cottonwood trees, this is one of the most picturesque spots in the country. A hike is the best way to reach the falls, and while ten miles may not seem like too much of a trek, OROGOLD warns that it is considered to be quite a difficult trail, so make sure that you’re prepared.

Face your Fears in the Bat Cave
The Bat Cave is located on the north bank of the Arizona Canal, and there is a special deck that you can wait on just before dusk. As night falls, as many as 20,000 bats venture out of the cave for their night time meal, swarming all around you and making for quite the spectacle.

Climber looking at Humphrey's Peak

Climb Humphrey’s Peak
Located just north of Flagstaff, Humphrey’s Peak is at 12,633 feet, making it the highest point in Arizona. All of the peaks in the region are considered to be sacred by local Native American Indian tribes, as they believe it to be the place where the earth meets the heavens. While the peak is open all year round, OROGOLD would advise that you only carry out the journey in the warmer months, as snow cover can be quite heavy in the winter, requiring a hiking permit for all winter excursions.

OROGOLD’s Arizona bucket list features activities that are truly unique to the state. From standing at Arizona’s highest point to an exhilarating walk over the depths of the Grand Canyon to a taste of the best pizza in the country, these are all must-do activities the next time you are in Arizona.

Arizona’s Natural Wonders

Home to some truly incredible spectacles of nature, Arizona is a state that you should most definitely visit if you want to see some of the most beautiful natural formations in the country. From world-famous natural wonders to lesser known hidden gems, OROGOLD takes a look at Arizona’s natural wonders.

Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – a huge slash in the earth’s surface that allows us to see almost two billion years of the planet’s geological history right in front of our eyes. It is almost possible to imagine the turbulent journey that this planet has gone through when you’re standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon, and it is definitely a humbling experience. There are many different ways that you can explore the Grand Canyon, from a guided tour to an adrenaline-filled hike to a rafting trip, so take the time to explore the different options available.

Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park
Petrified wood is a tree, or a tree-like plant, that has been completely turned to stone, fossilizing its remains. Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park is known for its large deposits of petrified wood, with the park covering a total area of around 170 square miles. There are roads that can take you to all areas of the park, but OROGOLD would recommend choosing from one of the hundreds of footpaths, so that you can enjoy finding these pieces of petrified wood, fossils and other ancient clues that point back to the beginnings of our planet.

Kartchner Caverns
The Kartchner Caverns were discovered in 1974, and is a ‘live’ cave that boasts a number of unique features, including the longest stalactite formation in the world. OROGOLD suggests taking a guided tour, as this is the best way to fully explore this amazing underground world, learning about the delicate ecosystem of these limestone caves. The Discovery Center is also worth a visit, with many interactive displays teaching you more about the Kartchner Caverns and how they were discovered, and, of course, don’t forget about a visit to the gift shop so that you can take a small souvenir home with you.

Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend
Horseshoe Bend is one of the most photographed parts of the Colorado River, and for good reason. This horseshoe-shaped meander is part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, meaning that there is a road leading up to it. It is also accessible via a hiking trail, but OROGOLD advises that you only take this route if you are well-prepared, as the heat and the steep incline can be too much for many people. To really take in the beauty of Horseshoe Bend, you could also join a rafting expedition, with a wide variety to cater to different time scales, or even take a helicopter ride, to enjoy the spectacular views from above.

Almost everywhere that you go in Arizona, you will be faced with incredible natural beauty. From magnificent rock formations to unique native plants to cascading waterfalls to colorful slot canyons, you could easily spend a lifetime exploring and appreciating all of Arizona’s many natural wonders.

Arizona Style Files

While Arizona may not be known as a hotbed for fashion, this has slowly been changing in recent years. The vibe in Arizona is more laid-back and casual than many other states, but the people of Arizona are beginning to embrace unconventional styles, not being afraid to stand out from the crowd. The winter months can make it slightly more difficult to dress stylishly in Arizona, which is why OROGOLD has put together some Arizona Style Files, so that you can continue to embrace your inner fashionista throughout these colder months.

Woman wearing sunglasses.

Sunglasses are Essential
Arizona receives a massive amount of sunshine each year, meaning that sunglasses are essential almost each and every day. OROGOLD suggests having a couple of go-to pairs that will work with most of your outfits. When it comes to choosing sunglasses, it is important to understand the shape of your face, so that you can choose a style that will complement you the best. Those with rounder faces look best with oversized, angular frames, while those with an oval shaped face should opt for round or square frames, paying close attention to proportions.

Woman wearing denims

Denim will Always be Fashionable
In a laid-back state like Arizona, you can never go wrong with denim. Denim jeans are the most obvious choice, but you are likely to already have a few pairs in your wardrobe. A denim jacket is another fantastic option, and these are available in a wide range of colors, meaning that you don’t have to only be wearing blue. However, OROGOLD reminds you that if you do wear jeans and a denim jacket together, make sure that they are of different colors.

Woman wearing a white dress.

Simplicity is Key
While you may be more than happy to stand out from the crowd with an unconventional outfit, OROGOLD advises that you should still try to keep things relatively simple. A clean and crisp look is always going to look great, especially in a dry, desert environment. If you need to dress up for a daytime event, OROGOLD would recommend opting for a fitted white dress of an appropriate length, maybe with some lace detailing to give you even more of a feminine edge.

Woman wearing a white shirt.

The Classic Long-Sleeved Shirt
A collared, button-down, long-sleeved shirt will always look classy, and is a great option to wear when you aren’t sure what the weather is going to be like. To keep things casual, pair the shirt with a pair of jeans, or shorts on a warmer day, tucking half of the shirt in while leaving the other half to hang out. The fabric that the shirt is made from also makes a huge difference to the overall look, with thin stripes or a light print making it more fun rather than formal. To top it all off, you also have the option of rolling up your sleeves on a warmer day, or keeping them down if the weather is chilly.

If you have never visited Arizona before, it can often be difficult to know what to pack and what to wear. OROGOLD’s Arizona Style Files should help you out with this, ensuring that you always look fashionable while being able to stay comfortable.

Top Luxury Watches

Luxury watch

Luxury watches are about more than just telling you what time it is. Instead, they are a beautifully designed accessory that showcases the ultimate in craftsmanship, and are usually created with the most luxurious of materials. OROGOLD takes a look at some of the top luxury watches currently available.

Chopard 210 Karat
The Chopard 210 Karat is the most expensive watch in the world, and while it may not have a listing price, it is said to have sold for around $26 million in the past. The watch features 874 diamonds in total, with its three large heart-shaped diamonds being the focal point. One of these heart-shaped diamonds is an internally flawless 15 carat pink diamond, the second is a 12 carat blue diamond, while the third is an 11 carat white diamond. The watch also boasts a spring-loaded mechanism, that, when pressed, enables the three heart-shaped diamonds to mechanically open up and expose the yellow diamond sprinkled watch face.

Patek Philippe Super Complication
The Super Complication from Patek Philippe is a pocket watch made from 18K gold, and will set you back around $11 million. It was originally created by Patek Philippe for Henry Graves Jr in 1933, and took a total of five years to design and build. Its name is down to the fact that, in addition to keeping the time, the watch has 24 other mechanical features, including a chart of New York City’s night sky, complete with the milky way and star magnitudes, as well as a minute repeater that plays a replica of the chimes heard from London’s Big Ben.

Vacheron Constatin Tour de I’lle
Vacheron Constatin is one of the oldest fine watch manufacturers in the world, and their Tour de I’lle watch is certainly a beauty. Made from 18K rose gold, this watch is known as being the most complicated wristwatch in the world, and for good reason too! The watch in itself took over 10,000 hours to design, which is hardly surprising when you take into account the fact that it consists of 834 individual parts. In addition to basic timekeeping, it has 16 other functions, including sunset time, a minute repeater, a second time zone, and a representation of the night sky. It is a double-sided watch, with blue sapphire non-reflective glass, and is embellished with sapphire crystals, perhaps justifying its $1.5 million price tag! If all of this has tempted you, OROGOLD warns that acquiring one of these beauties may take some hard work, as they are a limited edition, and only seven have been produced.

A beautiful luxury watch is more than just a status symbol – it is a piece of extraordinary craftsmanship that you would keep with you for a lifetime, passing it down to future generations. From the most expensive watch in the world from Chopard, to the most complicated watch in the world from Vacheron Constatin, these are all stunning watches that OROGOLD would definitely not say no to!

Hermes Birkin – Fashion’s Most Luxurious Bag?

In 1981, the executive chief of Hermes found himself sat next to singer and actress Jane Birkin on a flight from Paris to London. After Jane placed her straw bag in her seat’s overhead compartment, all of its contents came tumbling back down, leaving Jane to explain to the executive chief of Hermes the difficulties that she had had finding a leather weekend bag that she actually liked. A few years later, Hermes created a black leather bag for Jane Birkin, and although she herself only used it for a short while, it had already become a global status symbol.

Victoria Beckham with Hermes Birkin bag

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The Birkin Bag
Each Birkin bag is handmade in France by a team of experienced artisans, and each one features the brands distinctive saddle stitching, which was first developed in the 1800s. On average, it takes about 48 hours for one bag to be made, which is what justifies its high cost, as well as its scarcity. The bags are available in a range of sizes, with customers being able to choose their preferred color, hide, and other design details. The price of the bag ranges from $11,500 all the way to $200,000, depending on the leather used, as well as any other exotic skins. The highest price yet that a Birkin bag has been sold for is $99,900, and this was for the Himalayan Birkin in Blanc, which was made of matte Niloticus crocodile leather of almost an albino shade.

A Status Symbol
As OROGOLD mentioned earlier, it wasn’t long before the Birkin Bag became quite the status symbol, and this was mostly due to the limited number of bags that were created each year, making them extremely exclusive. The rarer the materials used in the crafting of the bag, the higher the price it will fetch, and the more sought after it will be. In addition to this, the process of actually buying a Birkin Bag is not at all simple. For a long time, there was a six-year waiting list for a Birkin, and the bag isn’t even listed on the brand’s website. While stores do receive a small supply of the bags, customers usually need to have a few connections in order to buy one. If you have been hoping to buy a Birkin, OROGOLD suggests searching the internet for guides on the best way to do this in your country – you will definitely find quite a few!

The Birkin is an exquisitely created bag, and with the reconditioning ‘spa treatment’ that Hermes offers for heavily used Birkins, it is a bag that you will be able to use for life. Since they are of such high quality, they can also be passed down the generations, making it quite the heirloom, and justifying why many choose to purchase one as an investment. Whether or not you would be willing to pay the price for a Birkin, there is no denying that this is most definitely fashion’s most luxurious bag, and it seems that it will continue being so for years to come.

Most Exclusive Fashion Labels

Fashion is all about individuality, creativity and personality, with the very best fashion brands being the ones that are able to convey this with their clothes. While some brands may cater to the mass market, there are others that focus on creating garments of the best quality possible, making their collections highly sought after. When it comes time to splurge on updating your wardrobe, take a look at this list that OROGOLD has compiled, featuring some of the most exclusive fashion labels in the world.

Louis Vuitton store

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Louis Vuitton
Originally founded in 1854, Louis Vuitton is synonymous with luxury, exclusivity and style. For six consecutive years, from 2006 to 2012, Louis Vuitton held the title of being the most valuable luxury brand in the world, with over 460 stores in 50 different countries. Although the brand does create ready to wear collections, they also design exclusive pieces, and collaborate with artists and other designers to come up with limited edition collections.

Gucci store.

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Gucci’s beginnings can be traced back to 1920, to a small shop in Florence that sold classic leather goods. Today, Gucci is the biggest selling Italian brand with over 450 stores around the world, as well as a variety of franchise deals and upscale department store outlets. Gucci’s distinctive style has made it one of the most copied brands in the world, but this hasn’t deterred its high-end clientèle, and the label continues to stand strong as one of the most exclusive fashion brands in the world.

Versace store.

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Founded by Gianni Versace in 1978, Versace is one of the newer brands on OROGOLD’s list, but it didn’t take long for the label to become one of the most influential fashion labels in the world. With sharp cuts, vivid prints and offbeat colors, Versace consistently pushed the boundaries of fashion, integrating contemporary culture and fine art in many of their collections. While it may be one of the most expensive luxury fashion brands, Versace’s loyal customers are willing to pay any price for an exclusive Versace piece, but with such exquisite style on the line, it is not hard to see why.

Chanel store

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Chanel first gained popularity in the 1920’s, when Coco Chanel’s unique creations were the opposite of mainstream fashion at the time. Known for the invention of the Little Black Dress, as well as for the Chanel Suit and the Chanel No. 5 perfume, Chanel has become one of the most popular fashion houses of our time. Their collections are loved by celebrities and models, from Marilyn Monroe to Nicole Kidman, helping to elevate the brand’s status. While their ready to wear collections are always stunning, it is Chanel’s haute couture that OROGOLD loves the most, with these exclusive pieces being especially sought after.

From Louis Vuitton to Chanel, these fashion brands are not only some of the most exclusive in the world, but also some of the most well known. While the fashion industry may always be evolving, it is great to see that these luxury brands are able to hold their own, and continue to creatively innovate, significantly influencing the fashion industry as a whole.

Gold Glitter Makeup Look

Gold is a color that looks fabulous on all skin tones, and gold glitter only serves to enhance this. However, gold glitter is something that many women stay away from, as you need to apply it with a bit of know-how in order for it to not look over the top. With the festive season coming up, OROGOLD is here to help you to embrace gold glitter with a makeup look that you can easily learn, giving your eyes that extra bit of sparkle.

Choosing a Gradient
When it comes to the eyeshadows that you use for this, or any other, look, it is important to choose a gradient that works with your skin tone and eye color. For this look, OROGOLD suggests opting for a palette that has golden tones running through it, featuring rich bronzes and browns, as well as a good selection of neutral shades.

Step 1: The Base
To begin with, make sure that your face is clean before applying an eye primer. This is an absolutely crucial step, as the primer will give your eyeshadow and glitter a good base to hold on to, and will prevent it from smudging or flaking off throughout the night.

Step 2: Eyeshadow
Choose the bronze shade from your eyeshadow palette and, using a brush, apply this to the inner and outer corners of your eyelids. OROGOLD advises that you use light strokes, as you don’t want the color to be too intense at this early stage. Next, choose a dark brown shade and blend this throughout the crease. If possible, OROGOLD suggests using a blending brush, as you will get a much better result. Finally, pick the lightest neutral color on your palette and blend this slightly above your eyelids, using smooth and sweeping motions to ensure that there are no harsh lines.

Step 3: Eyeliner
To begin with, use a waterproof black gel eyeliner to line your eyelids, before smudging down the outer corners with a flat-tipped brush. Next, you will need a sparkly gold eyeliner, which you should swipe along the outer corners of your eyes, as well as along your lower lash line.

Step 4: Add the Glitter
Although the eye primer that you applied in the first step will hold on to the glitter, it is always best to also use a glitter adhesive before applying the glitter, especially if you are going to be wearing it for a few hours. Gently pat the adhesive onto your eyelids before using your fingertip to tap the glitter on top.

Step 5: Extra Drama
To make this sparkly look even more dramatic, OROGOLD would suggest applying a black liner on your upper lash line, before swiping on a couple of coats of your favorite mascara. You could also use a brow powder to give your eyebrows some extra definition, making your eyes pop even more. Make sure that you apply the powder in light, short strokes, to ensure that it looks natural and blends in well with your brows.

The great thing about this gold glitter makeup look is that it is an easy one to master, and, once you do, doesn’t take much time at all to apply. Rather than shying away from the gold glitter this season, take a chance and embrace it, as we are sure that you will love the extra sparkle that it will give to your face.

How to Wear Gold

Gold is a color that is able to transcend the seasons, and can be worn for both day and night. However, it is a color that many women tend to avoid, usually because they aren’t quite sure how to make this glitzy shade work for them. To help you incorporate more of our favorite color into your daily looks, OROGOLD has put together a quick helpful guide on how to wear gold.

Champagne gold dress

Experiment with Different Shades
If gold is a shade that you do not usually wear, the first thing that OROGOLD would recommend that you do is to experiment with the different variations of gold out there. There is a lot more available than just the standard shades, such as a frosty champagne gold for those who want something lighter, or a darker, bronzed gold for a darker look. By playing around with these different shades of gold, you will be able to pick out certain variations that complement your features, be it the color of your eyes, your skin tone, or the color of your hair.

Gold jewelry.

Gold Accessories
Gold accessories are a great way to introduce the color into your wardrobe, so that you can see for yourself how the color works for you. Begin by wearing more gold jewelry, whether it be delicate necklaces or chunky bracelets. Belts, scarves, handbags and other, larger, accessories, are also a great way to add some shimmer to your outfit, without committing to the color too much.

Gold shoes.

Gold Shoes
Gold shoes are another way to begin getting used to the color, and are always a stylish way to wear gold. There are so many different options available, from simple gold ballet flats which can be worn every day, to glittery gold heels that are perfect for a special occasion.

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Find a Gold Statement Piece
Gold clothing doesn’t need to be over the top – it all depends on the garments and shades of gold that you choose. However, if you are going to be wearing a gold item of clothing, OROGOLD would recommend sticking to one statement piece, and keeping the rest of your outfit relatively muted, allowing your gold item to speak for itself. A gold skirt with a simple white top always looks incredible, while still being classy, or some gold pants with a black top and some simple heels is an ideal outfit for a night out on the town.

From your accessories to your shoes to your clothes, gold can be worn in so many different ways. You could also opt for gold in your makeup, golden blonde highlights in your hair, or even a golden manicure, each of which will add flashes of the color to your look without it being too obvious. No matter how you choose to wear this gorgeous color, you can be sure that it will add a touch of glamor and style to just about any outfit!