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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.…

A Model's Changing Role In The Fashion Industry

The 1980's saw the Rise of the Supermodel, fabulously beautiful women such as Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss and Linda Evangelista, all of whom gained great power and recognition in the fashion industry. For the first time, the models were becoming more famous than the designers – and just as recognizable as many Hollywood stars. With this newfound stardom came a model's ability to control her career for the first time. No longer just living and breathing mannequins, models were charting their own courses – and becoming multi-tiered brands in the process.

Although the era of the true Supermodel has passed, the effect it had on the careers of many models – and the fashion industry as a whole – remains to this day.

Today, designers strive to be associated with the best, hottest faces. Models that capture the eye of a top designer can see their careers skyrocket, as they become the exclusive face of that line for years to come. And while giant supermodels no longer roam, this is truly an exciting time to be a model – with more web-based opportunities, thousands of new magazine titles in need of ads and a revitalized international fashion presence that provides opportunities around the globe.
And it is more important than ever that models increase their visibility across ALL entertainment platforms, as many designer now turn to A-list movie stars for many of their high-end shoots. The Vogue pages that were once the exclusive domain of top models are now filled with the likes of Nicole Kidman, Ashley Judd and Naomi Watts.

What does this mean to the career of an aspiring model? In one sense, there is more competition than ever in the world of modeling. But in another, more positive way, there are also more opportunities to really make an impact on the world of fashion and beyond.

Models in the 21st Century are more a part of the TOTAL MARKETING of fashion. So when you are linked to a line or a designer, it raises your profile and puts you more in demand. And the exposure models receive is now greater than ever. With the advent of reality TV and the celebrity culture, we are hungry to know more and more about the person BEHIND the look. And that means more chances to get exposure and get paid.

Note for a model just starting out: try and expose yourself to all aspects of the industry. This means understanding the world of fashion and how it is marketed. And more importantly, do not limit yourself. Once you have a good grasp on your modeling skills, explore other creative arts such as acting, singing, movement and film. As a model in the new world of fashion you are MORE than just a mannequin, you are an entertainer, a marketer, a real presence.

The model plays a greater role in the world of fashion today. Now get out there and take the world by storm! …

7 Hot Christmas Gifts For A Man Who Has Everything

I write all about mens gifts, and one of the most common questions I get asked through my website is "what gift do I buy for my man. He has plenty of money and buys what he wants, so he already has everything he wants" .

This is of course pretty common. Lots of men just get out there and buy something if they want it, they do not drop hints near birthday time hoping that the hint will be picked up and acted on. Almost by definition, if he wants it he's already got it.

Not always of course, often it's a question of cost. There are men with a list of wants that they would like to fill, but just can not afford them. If your man is like that, and you can afford those gifts, then ask him and see what he'll say, he'll probably jump at the chance to tell you about those things he'd love the most but can not buy for himself.

But lets assume for a moment that your man can afford what he wants, and so you're a little stuck for ideas for unique and unusual birthday gifts or Christmas gifts that are going to get his juices going.

Here's 7 ideas for gifts for him. He may love all of them, he may love none of them, but I doubt it.

There'll be at least one gift for him there that he'll love. Some are extremely expensive and some are not.

1. Lingerie. Now it is not entirely a unique gift idea but it's one that is almost guaranteed to work. Men love lingerie. Worn by their women of course. I have seen lots of lists of favorite gifts for men and there is one common gift theme. Lingerie is always up there.

No matter how many pieces of beautiful lingerie a woman has, if she selects well and chooses the right piece I can just about guarantee her man will love it, provided of course she wears it for him.

It's almost a can not fail gift.

And there is wonderful lingerie available for women of any size, so girls it's no excuse to say that you're a little large. If your man loves you large he'll love you large and looking great in some sexy lingerie.

2. Adventure gifts. Most men love adventure and adrenalin. Not all, but most. And many women are not

aware that there are some excellent companies around that cater to this extremely well. It's possible to find all sorts of adventure gifts for men and women that you would never have thought existed.

And for all sorts of tastes. Would he love to do his first parachute jump? Try white water rafting?

Drive a tank or a supercar? Go zero-g just like the astranauts do in training? You can give him a gift of any of these things and thousands more, from the extreme adrenalin gift to the gentle and invigorating and pampering gift. …

Fashion – Harmful Trends and Their Drawbacks!

With time different trendy styles are introducing day by day. Especially women adopt different styles and techniques to look unique and attractive among others. During gatherings and parties the most attention grabbing thing in women is different styles and their alluring outfits. It is in the nature of females to compete with their same gender colleagues or friends to look different. In this article, I am going to tell you people some awful aspects of fashion techniques that are quite dangerous for health.

Some basic drawbacks noticed in previous years of several trends are backbone pains due to heavy fashionable bags, ankle fractures or swellings due to high heels. So, these are the most common side effects of trends and with time and an increasing ratio of different styles and vogue, these harmful effects are also increasing rapidly. Now, I will discuss some other jewelry items and outfits that are quite unsafe to adopt.

Everyone loves heavy earrings because they are quite helpful to grab the attention of men and women, especially due to their big size everyone will stare at your face. Therefore, it has been proved that a female can grab the attention of others by this style but on the other hand the side effects of this jewelry item are quite horrible. Wearing such heavy earrings in parties on regular basis can cause serious problems to your ears and the consequences ends up with surgery of the affected area.

Now, the second important issue or drawback usually girls face is of injured ankles due to very high pointed heels. Though, this trend of shoes is quite alluring because it totally increase the height of a person and helps to draw attention of others but this trend has also got so many side effects. The consequences of wearing long heels are quite drastic. Sometimes, it results in a broken ankles or swelling of muscles. It has also been seen noticed that such accidents also resulted in severe operations of ankles.

Moreover, poor and cheap dyes used by manufacturers to dye clothes can also be very harmful to those women who are quite sensitive to chemicals. So, the whole purpose of this article was to give awareness to females that it is always not a good idea to adopt latest trends and styles to look unique.…

A Brief History of Streetwear

The term streetwear is common place in today’s fashion world. It is used to describe high quality clothing that draws influence from its surroundings. These influences tend to be from “the street” taking in everything that surrounds them, such as graffiti and much like graffiti sometimes express political and social issues of the here and now.

So where and when did streetwear originate? Many people speculate as to the when and how of the styles origins but it is clear that it started at the end of the 1970’s and the early 1980’s. It was an exciting time with the emergence of punk and what would become hip hop. Both of these musical styles embraced a do-it-yourself ethic brought about by the mainstreams refusal to except them and both styles had strong roots with in the skate and surf scenes.

Influenced by the punk and rap scene whose acts would produce their own records, mix tapes and t-shirts to sell to their fans many surfers and skaters started to follow suit. Often surfers and skaters would produce their own branded boards and t-shirts with their own unique styles. The first of these to make an impact on the scene was Shawn Stussy who placed his tag like signature on his boards and t-shirts. As his cult status as a surfer rose, so did the popularity of his boards and clothing.

Streetwear primarily started in the California surf and skate scene and was originally it was known as skatewear and surfwear depending on what particular scene the clothing came from. With the rise of Stussy others soon began to follow suit and the two styles became more closely interlinked. By the mid 80’s more brands had begun to appear and become common place as they spread across the USA. It was only a matter of time before the rest of the world caught on.

Japan was the next market to catch on to the streetwear ideal and as always they brought their own unique styles to the table. Japanese designers drew on influences from anime, toys and gadgets as well as their own style of Japanese street art. This in turn influenced streetwear as a whole and the different types of styles and designs were soon adopted worldwide.

By the mid 90’s streetwear had firmly established itself within the world market with Europe being the last to catch on. Now it seemed that almost anyone could start a streetwear brand but while many brands such as Volcom, Fly53, Obey, 55dsl and WESC became more popular those lesser brands began to fall by the wayside.

Streetwear was now big business with the high street and designer fashion brands taking on many of the ideas and innovations that the original brands brought to the fashion world. However neither could match the quality and the originality of the independent streetwear companies apart from the newer independent brands like Addict and Supremebeing.

Today streetwear is crossing boundaries moving into different areas of the fashion industry. …

12 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Church

As a women’s ministry director, it can be challenging to come up with ideas of gifts to give to the mothers in your church. Here are 12 ideas to help you with this decision:

1. A beautiful flower. This can be a rose, a carnation, a peony, a lily etc.

2. Chocolate. There are all kinds of options with this one, depending on your budget. You could present the mothers in your church with a chocolate rose or truffle(s) or other gourmet chocolaty treats.

3. A chef’s apron. This is a practical gift that will be appreciated by the busy mothers who spend a lot of time in their kitchen doing any kind of messy food preparation (frying chicken, baking cupcakes etc).

4. Perfumed hand or body lotion- if it’s a small bottle, you could put it in a tulle bag with a few chocolates and tie it with a pretty ribbon.

5. A stylish tote bag. This is another practical gift- great for trips to the library, or the beach, or going to soccer games.

6. Framed art, photo or scripture. If you have some images that you like, you could get them printed professionally and frame them yourself.

7. Girls Day Out. Celebrate Mother’s day as a group. Make plans to do manicures, pedicures, watch a movie, eat desserts or anything else the women would enjoy doing as a group.

8. A beautiful picture frame. She can use it to display the latest family photo or Mary’s latest artwork or even a treasured Mother’s Day card.

9. A quality (but pretty) pen. This is a handy gift, as she can use it to write shopping lists, make out checks, mark dates on the calendar etc. There are many styles available. How about choosing one with an inspiring message.

10. A beautiful notebook, journal or magnetic notepad and coordinating pen.

11. Mug or cup. How about filling it with a few gourmet tea bags, hot cocoa mix, chocolates or other candies. Wrap it with cellophane and a pretty ribbon and you are all set.

12. A gift certificate for a free drink and dessert for two, at a local coffee shop. Make a note suggesting that she invite a friend to go out with her.

So there you have it, 12 ideas of gifts to give away to the mothers in your church on Mother’s Day. Adapt these ideas to your own particular situation.…

Fashion and Accessories Home-Based Business

If fashion is what your language is, then you can be good at fashion and accessories making home-based business. The world is thrilled with the enhancement that fashionable items and artistic outputs can do. Life could be dull without fashionable clothes, creative beads and pieces, beautiful shoes, nice costume jewelries, and modern bags. Young and old individuals are more open-minded in carrying what’s in. Women have become trendier while men have started to dress for the day-with or without occasion.

To start a fashion and accessories business, you must be aware of latest trends in dress and apparels. Be aware that your competitors are malls and shops that are mushrooming everywhere but be challenged to provide what they cannot which is house-to-house transaction. Your clients need not spend money for gasoline just to travel to the shops to get a new pair of accessories or dress. There are two options you can choose in venturing into fashion and accessories business. First is that you can get good deals from wholesalers and producers of signature and non-signed brands that are sellable. Second is that you can create your own line of jewelries, accessories, bags, shoes and watches. Whatever products you will be specializing on, you must zero it down to establish a more specific identity as a company.

If you will be creating your original clothing pieces and costume jewelries, you must be largely creative in terms of fashion and jewelry designing. This could be a greater challenge and test as to what extent you are capable for producing. You might need extra hand to create multiple products to suffice multiple orders. Always be ready to set reasonable prices for your customers.…

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