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The History of Affliction

Back in the early days of MMA, a small clothing company in Signal Hill, California, rose up to become a big name in the hardcore fashion genre. By sponsoring big names in UFC, like Georges St. Pierre, Randy Couture, and Quinton Jackson, as well as heavy hitters from other hardcore arenas, Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley and Zab Judah, Affliction was able to show that to emulate your MMA or heavy weight boxing idols, you had to wear the same clothes they were wearing. Affliction became the leader in the “Wear your attitude” fashion field.

Started up in 2005 by Tom Atencio, Todd Beard, Eric Foss, and Clifton Chason, the brand was conceived by fighters for fighters, which helped lead to the success of Affliction, and some of the offshoot companies that would develop through the business model Affliction had created. Sinful, a line of Affliction clothing for women is characterized by the religious expressions, like angels or angel wings, or other symbolic imagery – doves, burning hearts, roses, and skulls are also commonly found on Sinful outfits. Xtreme Couture, a division of Affliction developed by Randy Couture and his wife Kim Couture in 2007, carries UFC clothing, as well as fitness supplements, and MMA training facilities.

It wouldn’t be MMA without drama, and the Affliction brand has had its share. In late 2008, co-owner Todd Beard opted to resign after receiving a restraining order from Randy Couture’s wife. The restraining order became necessary after Beard carried out a “campaign of terror” against the Couture’s because they asked him to provide a thorough accounting of the profits. On the Canadian front, night clubs in Vancouver and Victoria, BC, as well as notorious night club Cowboy’s in Calgary, decided to bar patrons wearing Affliction or Ed Hardy clothing from entering the premises, claiming that the clothing was a gang related uniform. Affliction responded by claiming no affiliation with gangs, and that the clothing is simply an “upscale men’s boutique brand.”

After a few years of sponsoring UFC fighters, the Affliction team had a difference of opinions over business practices with the UFC management. Affliction decided to become MMA promoters, and formed the company Affliction Entertainment, which cost them a lucrative spot in the UFC ring. After two successful co-promoted events in 2008 and 2009, Affliction got hit with a curve ball with less than 60 hours before their next event. One of the fighters in the main event was rumored to have positively tested for steroids, and would not be permitted to fight in the event. In what was a probably humbling experience, the Affliction team decided to take up the UFC’s previous offer of ad space on the Octagon and the UFC fighters, providing they ceased all fight promoting operations.

UFC president Dana White said in a statement “We are excited about the return of Affliction to the UFC and look forward to seeing our fighters once again walk into the octagon wearing the Affliction brands. Affliction is an …

Latest Fashion News: Cool in Pink

The pink color has always been seen as girly and overly feminine, and that’s why, in the fashion world, it has been avoided by lots of women over the world. This color was left for little girls who love to look like princesses. Nevertheless, this color is creeping its way into the fashion world, finding a cool way to be worn by It girls and stars. You don’t have to feel overly girly when wearing pink; there’s always a way to adopt the color in a cool fashionable way.

Include in your wardrobe the pink color in its different hues; rose, peach and blush, in a not so cute way. As part of our latest fashion news and tips, here are the tricks to wearing pink. Ready for pink fashion?

One Item in Pink

In order to wear pink in a cool way, you should choose an item in the pink color, and the rest of your clothes must be in different colors. You can include a little pink in another piece, but it should be minimal. For instance, if you wear a pink skirt, wear a white blouse with a pink drawing on it.

Pink Words

Choose pieces that aren’t pink at all, like a jeans skirt and a white blouse. Make sure the blouse has words written on it in the pink color. Your pink here would be minimal, but still eye-catching and chic.

Pink with Metallic

The best way to make pink really hot and elegant is to wear it with metallics. Choose silver as it makes pink really light and neat.

Muted

If you are really averse to the pink color, pick items in a muted color. Choose peach hinted clothes instead of the more shocking colors of pink. That’ll be really cool in the winter season. What do you say?

Pink with Contrast

To break the color, wear it with items in green or blue. When pairing pink with cool colors, it will be more chic than ever.

Laid-back

When you are looking for elegant items in pink, make sure they are laid back and slouchy. Choose silky blouses and not so tight pants.

Masculine

Pair the pink color with menswear. For example, wear a sweater with a masculine blazer. You can’t imagine how attractive you will be. You will sure be the center of attention.

Aren’t you really excited to follow these latest fashion news and tips by wearing pink clothing now?…

Difference Between Mens and Womens Clothes

Fashion is a hot issue and clothing of various types are on the rise. Brands have come up with their own varieties and other low end manufacturers have won a good market share to producing replica clothing. It gets very confusing at times trying to decide what the difference between men’s and women’s clothing are. Let’s look at this issue one a time.

Clothing Lengths: Men’s clothes mostly appear in fuller lengths compared to women’s. Mens long-sleeve shirts, suits and trousers are heavier, consuming more material than women’s attire. Ladies clothing which may include skirts, blouses, tops, shirts are often lightweight requiring lesser clothing material. Since women’s wear are designed to be more revealing than men’s, they normally require lesser fabrics.

Design: Men’s informal and formal clothes are often sober compared to their female counterparts that come in various fantasy world inspired designs. Since women are more delicate than men, their clothing also reflect this in terms of designs. Women’s garments could include fairy inspired accessories, furs, glitters and more that make ladies more conspicuous.

Prints: Female prints swerve in the direction of floral and feminine inspirations with the use of almost of types of bright and attractive colours. Menswear reflect blunt prints whereas womens clothes show more lighter and inspiring colour that brighten days up. Popular feminine colours include pink, violet and varying shades of brighter colours the like of yellow and orange.

Number of Pieces. Men’s clothing are mostly confined to two pieces except long johns which are specialty work wear. So trousers and shirts which can include jeans, pants and so on supplemented by tops, T-shirts, long and short sleeve shirts and polo tops is it for men. Womens clothing numbers are not limited to a certain quantity, they could wear one piece dresses, two piece skirt and blouse, three piece short skirt, shirt and leggings or even as many pieces as possible including accessories such as scarves and so on.

Traditional cultures could demand even more clothing for women such as veils for Muslims, special uniforms for nuns and many more.

However, certain clothing and accessories may come as unisex which means they are equally suitable for men and women hence making it easy to go for any. This is particularly common in certain clothing types such as urban and hip hop clothing, vintage styles and street wear passions especially those inspired by celebrities. This is also true for clothing accessories such as hats, caps, sunglasses, bandanas and the like.…

Gift Ideas For Boyfriend Who is a Metrosexual Guy

Style, class and manners are qualities that are important to some men. If your man exhibits these characteristics, then he is considered to be in the category of the modern Metrosexual. In days gone by, this type of man would have been called a gentleman. While some men scoff at this title, others embrace it. Many women admire a man that cares about the way he looks, smells and dresses.

A very famous Hollywood example of this type of man is the impeccable James Bond, who always manages to look dapper, order the best drinks, understands how to act at fancy dinner parties and treats his woman like gold – no matter what tricky situation he gets into.

Here are some gift suggestions:

A Guide to Manners – manners used to be a lot more common in society, but in our current times they are rarely taught anymore. Yet, your guy probably yearns to know what to say or do in certain social situations. Manners can make a real difference in how a man is perceived in his work and social life.

A Fashion Style Guide – What shirts must he have that go with any outfit? How should he tie a tie properly? How does he select a suit that fits properly? Many men can use some help with their personal style. He will appreciate getting tips on how to look great and make a good impression, whether he’s going to a party, an interview or hanging out with friends.

A Wine Guide – many men enjoy wine, but are clueless as to what wines are good with what food, and how to tell the difference between reds and whites. There are hundreds of different wine varieties, years and flavors. This type of guide can help him understand how to select the right wine for the right occasion, as well as, teach him about different varieties.

Body Grooming System – a well groomed man with smooth skin looks and feels great in his clothes. Many men (and women) like the complete clean-shaven look. This means shaving all hair from the chest, back and leg area. A body grooming system provides the tools to easily create this look, and be able to keep it up.

Designer Men’s Cologne – he wants to smell good and top designer colognes are a must for this well put together man. Some of the bigger names in cologne for men are: Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Usher, Sean Jean, Versace, Burberry and Dolce & Gabbanna. Maybe he already has a favorite, but you can still get him something different that offers the same kind of scent sensation that he loves.

A Day at the Spa – spa treatments for men are becoming more and more popular as men discover their mental and physical benefits. If he’s never been to a spa before, this will be a real treat. He’ll be pampered like a king as he gets a facial, full body message and even a …

6 Things To Consider Before Choosing A Sports Shoes

Sports activities are one of the healthy lifestyle that needs to be applied daily for everyone. To gain maximum benefit and prevent injury, it must takes the right sports shoes that fit for you.

Exercise performed three times or more each week, require special shoes. There are several categories of sports shoes, shoes for walking, Running shoes for women or for men, and shoes for sports field. In addition there are shoes for outdoor sports and other special sports activities.

Choosing shoes for sport was not an easy matter. It takes a lot of time to adjust your personal style with function shoes before determining what shoes will be selected. More knowledge can help you in choosing the type of sports shoes.

These tips will help you in choosing the right sports shoes as well as supporting your appearance.

Note Purpose of Use

Before buying shoes, you need to think in advance what will be used in sports shoes later. Because the soil surface beachhead require different types of shoes. Shoes jogging on asphalt is different from sports shoes roam the forest.

Note the type of pronation

Pronation is the position of the foot flexibility when using the shoes for walking or running. Pronation related to the joint below the ankle and joints around the ankle. Leisure pronation is an important factor that must be considered before buying sports shoes.

Long Shoes

Be friendly with your mind not to choose shoes that are too big and too small. Shoe size appropriate exercise is to leave little room to use the tip of the foot when you walk or run.

Width Shoes

Noting the width of sports shoes as important as the length to shoes. Every human being does not always have a leg proportions are similar, there are small, but there are wider than normal feet in general.

Note weight

Weight here refers to two things: its weight and the weight of the shoe. If you have more weight, you need to choose shoes with appropriate flexibility. While the weight of the shoe is noteworthy considering the object would you take wherever. Mass mild certainly help you run long distances, because the lightweight shoe is better.

Socks

Socks are also an important element in the use of shoes. Because the shape and material of socks will determine your comfort footrests while wearing shoes, first shoes were used for the exercise.

Keep in mind that the sneakers have a shelf life. Once used 300 hours of aerobic exercise, or about 480-800 kilometers to run, typically the inside of shoes has deteriorated markedly.

So do not be too affectionate with shoes. If you exercise regularly, then pay attention to the resistance of your shoes. Brand and price are not the benchmark, but the suitability of the foot and the activity is paramount.

That had some information about a few things you should consider before you choose the right sport shoes for you, hopefully useful for you all, diligently exercising and stay health!…

"I Can Only Wear Gold Jewelry" – The Truth About Jewelry Allergies

I can only wear gold jewelry, everything else breaks me out.” How many times did I hear that exact phrase from my mother when I was a child? Every time I would give her jewelry that was her response.

Why does everything but gold break my mother out? Is that statement even true? When I started designing jewelry over ten years ago I decided to find out. I wanted to design jewelry for my mom that she could wear without fear of a breakout. Now I am going to let you in on what I have discovered.

My mother, like many people, develops contact dermatitis when her skin comes in contact with some types of jewelry. Her dermatitis is a result of an allergic reaction to the nickel found in many types of jewelry. Nickel allergies are very common, in fact one out of every seven people are likely to suffer from a nickel allergy. More often, women tend to suffer from nickel allergies than men. Allergy treatment can help with the symptoms of a nickel allergy. Unfortunately once the allergy has developed, a person will remain sensitive to nickel for the rest of their life.

Nickel is found in many types of costume jewelry, especially those that are mass-produced. It may also be found in other everyday items like coins, zippers, eyeglass frames, and cellphones.

So why is my mom allergic to nickel, you may ask. For some reason, which science still does not understand, her body has mistaken nickel (or similar metals like cobalt) as a threat. In response to that threat, her body causes an immune response (aka allergic reaction) to get rid of the threat. This reaction causes her to breakout in an itchy rash. But others could have a more severe reaction to nickel.

Now that I knew what was causing my mother’s breakout, I set out to find out which types of jewelry did not contain nickel.

First I looked at gold jewelry. Generally speaking, yellow gold (above 14 karat) will not cause an allergic reaction. However white gold may. White gold alloys contain nickel and other “white” metals to produce its silver coloring. One out of every nine people will react to the nickel in white gold.

Another form of gold jewelry is gold filled or “GF” jewelry. Gold filled jewelry metal is created when a base metal is coated with a layer of gold. Gold filled differs from gold-plated by the amount of gold applied. The layer used in gold filled jewelry is typically 50 to 100 time thicker that the layer used to coat gold-plated products.

Next I looked at silver jewelry. For those who are nickel sensitive, fine silver and sterling silver are great choices for “white” metals.

Fine silver is by definition 99.9% pure silver. Jewelry is generally not made of fine silver because the metal is extremely soft and does not withstand normal wear and tear well.

Most silver jewelry is made using sterling silver. Sterling silver

Hiring a Wedding Dress

The cost of a wedding dress is usually one of the items that take up a large amount in the wedding budget. While some brides can heartily spend a fairly serious amount of cash on wedding gown, some just practice being practical and settle on cheap wedding gown alternatives like renting a pre-owned or designer gowns.

There is one obvious advantage in hiring a wedding gown is the cost. A wedding day is but a single day event and so some brides see this as a better alternative. There are even designer wedding dresses that cost a fortune if bought fresh from the rack but a lot cheaper when hired.

A perfect gown is not that easy to find especially if you are planning merely on hiring one. There is a limited choice for gowns for rent and so you have to allot a fairly serious amount of time to find that particular style you prefer. You may search from local shops or better yet start clicking on your mouse and typing on your keyboard to search through online sites for your wedding dress hire. Alterations may be one of the disadvantages in hiring a wedding gown, especially for extremely large or petite women or those women who are a bit not proportional. And of course, since the gown is rented, it should be returned after the event and you can’t keep it.

Although, there are a few things which must be considered in hiring your wedding dress. Although it presents the least expensive option for a wedding gown, make it a point to check and verify the terms and conditions that come along the deal. See if the total charge is inclusive of alteration fees and dry cleaning cost. Ask first about their policy on the incurring damages while the dress is in your possession, if you need to pay for its insurance or if you should pay for whatever damage. If you need to pay, determine how the shop calculates for the cost of damage.

To sum it all up, before you rush to rent your wedding gown, list down some vital subjects that you can ask from the shop or search from the FAQ page of the rental gown site.

  • the degree of alteration you can make with the gown to fit your measurement perfectly
  • the time when you can pick up the dress or can delivered to you
  • if the gown is already dry cleaned or if you need to pay extra for the service
  • the time you need to return the dress
  • what is the agreement for possible damage to the dress either by you or someone else
  • if there is an existing insurance or if you need to pay for one
  • if the store can also supply accessories for rent like the gown
  • how long the dress have been in existence and how many brides have already worn it

Make sure to check too for any hidden cost as you might end up paying …

Portuguese Clothing

Portugal boasts of long sunny summers that often extend to the autumn season. Winters tend to be moderately cool with numerous bouts of rain and thunder. Clothing requirements are adapted as per seasonal changes in Portugal. Most people prefer traditional dressing styles. Many people have incorporated modern dressing styles into their wardrobes, yet are not too fashionable.

Women have a natural tendency to wear traditional patterned dresses. Most women prefer to wear dresses, and men may choose to wear jackets and ties. The Portuguese are not fashion-conscious people. Most people prefer informal clothing, and this is evident in the minimal variance between work and social clothing. In case of business meetings, men may be seen dressed in formal, well-matched suits or sports coats. Women may also choose to wear suits or pantsuits at the work place.

It is advisable to keep windbreakers and jackets on hand even though the summer and autumn seasons are relatively warm. This is because evenings could turn cold and people may need to face cool Atlantic winds. Most day to day wear as well as Sunday wear reflect and keep alive traditional customs and preferences. Cotton turbans are commonly worn by workers as a protection from glaring sun rays.

Those who live in the rural areas of Portugal prefer to wear simple, loose, flowing clothes. Many of them are traditional fisher folk and wear attire suitable for fishing and going out sailing. The need for fashion is limited, and many rural regions boast of people who continue to wear clothes that may be considered to be from a long gone-era, with very basic designs. Tourists find such clothes to be very unique. Many shops may cater to the demand for such traditional clothes, as a tourist attraction. An important characteristic of Portuguese clothing lies in its simplicity of design, free-flowing designs, and soothing colors.…

Fashion – Become an Alpha Male

To become an alpha male you must know how to project yourself in the best possible light. Image can be defined as a mental conception of an individual.

Our image of somebody is created by the beliefs that we have about that person. It may be the impressions we form when meeting somebody new or it may be an individual's reputation that has developed over time. Our impression about other people may be based on how they look, speak or behave. A person's overall image may consist of a variety of factors, including their clothing, grooming, voice tone, vocabulary, body language and social behaviours. Your image is so important because other people will make assumptions based on limited information. For example, somebody may be perceived as trustworthy because they maintain strong steady eye contact. They may be judged as capable, professional, successful, intelligent and wealthy because they are well dressed. The reverse is also true. This chapter will focus on how to create a powerful and positive image through dress sense and fashion.

In all societies throughout history, fashion has served as an indicator of social status and cultural belonging. It is true that the manner in which people dress proclaims their place in a given society.

Military uniforms provide a very obvious indication of power, status and rank. By adopting a uniform you make a clear statement of your alliances. In politics, leaders of countries will deliberately alter their appearance when dealing with foreign cultures. Eastern leaders will dress in their own style in their own country but when visiting and negotiating with a Western nation, they may abandon their traditional garb in favour of a Western-style suit. Similarly, European politicians will carefully calibrate their wardrobes to establish a link with a particular audience.

Perhaps the greatest example of the power of appearance occurred during the televised 1960 presidential debates between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. Kennedy looked youthful, tanned and relaxed in his slim-cut suit. Nixon had a five o'clock shadow, looked rumpled and perspired throughout the debate. After the debates, polls indicated that those who had listened on the radio overwhelmingly thought that Nixon had come out on top. But among those who saw the debates on television, the vast majority felt that Kennedy had done a far superior job. And we all know how that election turned out.

Fashion Tips 1

Many men have serious problems when it comes to fashion. It can cost so much and clothing trends and styles change so quickly. Of course, there is no simple solution to fashion. Everyday your style may change depending on a variety of different factors. This section will teach you, in depth, the best way to look your absolute best, in every situation. Once you are finished reading it, go over the main points to internalise the teachings and your fashion sense will improve dramatically.

Take Note of Stylish People

The first step of fashion excellence is to become aware of what other people are …

How to Buy Jewelry

It’s hard to find a woman who doesn’t love jewelry of some sort. Jewelry helps to create an image, a personal style, and the type of jewelry a woman wears says a lot about her personal taste. Some women prefer classic jewelry, gems, traditional styles. Others prefer more contemporary jewelry styles, perhaps ethnically influenced or created by a modern designer. Whatever she chooses, a woman knows that the jewelry she wears will accentuate her look and turn heads.

When buying jewelry, some of the terms used by the dealer can be confusing. Don’t let this deter you from your purchase. A simple lesson can help you read through the jargon.

Are you shopping for a ring? These jewelry settings are common when it comes to diamonds or other gemstones:

1. Baguette: rectangular-shaped

2. Barion cut: traditional step-cut

3. Bezel: the jewelry’s rim holds and completely surrounds the stone

4. Brilliant cut: reflect the most light from the stone; can be round, heart-shaped, oval, marquise, or pear-shaped

5. Cluster setting: this jewelry contains a large center stone surrounded by smaller stones

6. Emerald: rectangular- or square-shaped with cut corners

7. Marquise: double-pointed, boat-shaped stone

8. Pear: stones in the shape of a pear

9. Princess cut: square- or rectangular-shaped brilliant-cut stone

Jewelry comes in all shapes and also in sizes. When you are buying a gift of jewelry, it may help to take along an already-owned piece to compare sizes. For necklaces and bracelets, a jewelry dealer can give size or length suggestions depending on the style you choose.

One need not spend a whole lot of money on jewelry. Jewelry wholesalers offer quality items at lower cost. Even some costume jewelry is quite beautiful and far less expensive than “the real thing.” The important thing about jewelry is making sure it suits the wearer’s taste. Accessories don’t do much good if they just sit in the jewelry box.

Another thing to consider before buying jewelry for someone is whether she tends to wear more silver or gold-toned pieces. Some women combine the two; most prefer one or the other. Finally, think about her lifestyle. Would she prefer simple jewelry or more elegant, dangling pieces?

Regardless of what jewelry you choose, this is a gift she will never forget. After all, no woman can have enough jewelry.…

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