The appearance of traditional Balinese Endek fabrics made by SMEs in the collection of Dior international designers in 2021, has convinced many parties how great the potential for the export of Indonesian literature is. From this case, you as a fashion SME player can observe that even though they still use traditional motifs, Endek fabrics can meet global tastes. The key lies in the flexibility to follow global trends.
That is trends in the global market, differences in market tastes both with local tastes and each destination country, the climate and weather of the export destination country, the right market price, as well as regulations imposed by the government of the fashion export destination country.
Ratna is a facilitator and mentor from the Indonesia Design Development Center (IDDC), a facility under the support of the Ministry of Trade of the Republic of Indonesia, an institution that functions as a forum for design development as well as a place for learning and mentoring business actors. Regarding trends, you should also take into account that it takes time to prepare a design.
Estimate that you are designing a trending product for at least the next six months. In the event which is part of the Women Entrepreneurship collaboration program with Facebook #SheMeansBusiness 3rd Batch in 2021, Ratna describes several important things that are trending in 2022 fashion, namely:
Circular design process
Awareness of environmental impacts has driven the fashion world since ten years ago. last year started promoting sustainable fashion. The application can be varied, for example, zero-waste designs, making overhauls or recycling damaged products, and so on.
Today is the era of community-based business. More and more fashion brands are putting forward local start-up businesses.
The pandemic fosters this trend. Starting from virtual fashion shows, selling through social media and live streaming , to using three-dimensional technology to design fashion products.
Still related to the pandemic, the fashion theme above keyboard dressing was born, aka fashion trends with a focus on the waist up. This theme was born because many people now communicate more often via computer screens. Its application is in fashion lately and is predicted to continue to grow in 2022 such as unique collar designs to hijabs.
According to Ratna, the fabric materials that will trend next year are transparent fabrics (sheer), satin, jumputan, woven, textured fabrics, and tweed. As an idea, you can combine batik with transparent fabric.
Ratna mentioned several fashion items that will become a trend in 2022, namely classic shirts with comfortable loose silhouettes in various colors and materials, peter pan collars, draped tops, maxi dresses, A-line dresses, relaxed casual trench coats. , as well as wide leg pants that can be worn on all occasions.
For spring/summer 2022 neutral and light colors will be the trend, while for autumn/winter 2022 warm and earthy colors will be the trend. Actually every year there is a trend like this, but usually there is a slight difference. For example, next year the pink color that will be trending is electric pink, yellow leads to orange, blue gives a calming effect, and so on.
“Next year, the tote bag will still be a hit. The trending accessories are those related to sustainable fashion, for example, bags made using leftover leather, as well as accessories that use satin, carpet or tapestry materials, and flexible materials. This trend can be utilized by MSMEs who use woven materials.”
The keyword for next year’s trend is grounded which can be translated as anything related to nature, such as natural, warm colors, organic, and rough textures.
Collaboration with other brands, certain communities, designers, or celebrities will become a trend that will also happen more often and make the fashion world more exciting. Do not hesitate. By collaborating and synergizing you can produce more valuable products and wider market opportunities.
Then how to apply the trend in your product design? To develop a product design, Ratna advises you to start by doing research to find local potentials that can be developed. Experiment with the material you choose including developing motifs and trying different processing techniques. Next, sketch the product and make it a contemporary final product.
“Frequently observe and seek inspiration from various things such as movies, traveling, fashion shows, and others and adopt it for your designs. But don’t just copy it. Don’t be afraid to try something new and don’t just follow the shop next door. And keep trying, “said Ratna.
As a fashion entrepreneur, you need to develop creativity and innovation so that you can stand out in the sea of fashion.…Read more
Where to Find Adorable Infant Boy Dress Clothes
It can be quite a challenge to find a suitable and adorable dress-up ensemble for a baby boy. Certain times of year the shops will stock more formal apparel for infants, generally around the winter holidays and again in the spring. Should your event be at another time, shopping for a suitably dressy baby boy outfit becomes more difficult. Perhaps the little darling is attending a wedding, formal party or special occasion and should be dressed accordingly. There are other options than just the baby clothing department. It’s a special event, start your little gentleman young with the idea that he should be dressed for the festivities.
In recent years, many specialty boutiques have sprung up offering designer and unique things for children and babies. While commonly a more pricey option, the quality and attention to detail on the dress clothes for infant boys will ensure that the little man is dressed to impress. These baby boutiques will also carry charming accessories and can be a great place to find unique gifts for little boys. Some of these shops specialize in handmade items, while others focus on environmentally sound sources and practices. Other baby boutiques may focus more on a refined taste, elegant and classic children’s’ wear that can reflect a more traditional taste. It reflects well upon the family as a whole to attend to the details of even the youngest member’s appearance. Whether that family has a refined sense of tradition or an artistic flair, baby boutique wear can let a baby boy dress up in a style fitting to his heritage. A browse of the local specialty boutiques in your area can be a fun afternoon filled with interesting finds.
As infants tend to outgrow their clothes with great speed and regularity, children’s consignment stores have also found their way into many shopping centers. A far cry from the crowded and dusty thrift stores, these shops are set up much like the specialty boutiques, but stock previously-owned merchandise. A more budget-minded option, a kids’ consignment shop is likely to have a good selection of infant boys’ formal or dress-up wear. Rather like the mom-to-mom sales, parents trade in their child’s outgrown or unneeded clothing for store credit or sometimes cash. If funds are an issue, it may be possible to swap out some of that massive pile of outgrown and hardly worn bodysuits for a dapper ensemble for the little gent to wear to a formal event.…Read more
Black cocktail dresses have been an essential part of every woman’s wardrobe. The sleek black dress has been seen by almost every working woman in an office setting. And while some may say that it is still a formal look, you can wear it any time you want to feel confident and beautiful. But if you are thinking of purchasing your very first one or adding another piece to your existing collection, make sure not to commit these mistakes when choosing which one to purchase for yourself.
Buying a Dress That Is Too Long or Too Short For Your Height
You might think that this is just a personal preference, but it actually isn’t – so remember to consider your height before buying. For example, if you are tall, you should know that wearing a dress with a hemline that ends near the floor will only make your legs look short and stumpy. This is why it would be better to go for something with an average length or even shorter if you’d like.
Wearing Incorrect Shoes with Your Dress
You might be thinking of going barefoot or wearing flat shoes with your black cocktail dress but don’t do it. Baring too much skin isn’t a good idea for this type of occasion, so just put on some pumps or high-heeled sandals, especially if the dress is mini; wearing anything else will only give off a look that you are trying too hard.
Steer Clear Of Matching Colors with Your Dress
While you might think that it would be ideal to wear a pair of shoes in the same shade as your dress, it isn’t recommended. Like with all other clothing pieces, you should carefully consider which color combinations work best for you before buying your dress and make sure not to pick one that makes you feel uncomfortable. This goes for nail polish as well.
There are tons of affordable yet stylish options which you can find online, so why not purchase one or two low-priced pieces and then see what works for you? It’s a much better idea than going all-in with a particular brand right away. And remember, practice makes perfect.…Read more
Cannabinol oil is a type of cannabis oil that has an excellent effect on the human body. As cannabinol oil, also known as CBN oil, is not psychoactive like THC or CBD, it will help you sleep without any mental disturbance. It helps to keep your mind calm and relax the muscles, too. Some other things you should know about cannabinol oil include:
What are cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in cannabis flowers (frequently referred to as marijuana). They are called cannabinoids because they act on cannabinoid receptors located throughout your body.
How exactly does this cannabinoid oil work?
When ingested through the mouth, such as when smoking or vaping, delta-9-THC and other chemicals in marijuana pass from your lungs into your bloodstream and then travel throughout your body, including your brain, this causes a high feeling.
Cannabinoids work on cannabinoid receptors that are concentrated in areas of your nervous system and immune system. Your brain has more cannabinoid receptors than any other area of the body. Cannabinoids can change things in your body by attaching to these receptors: that is how they exert their effects.
How can this cannabinoid oil help with insomnia?
Because this is a no psychoactive element found in cannabis, it will not affect your mood. It helps to relax your muscles which will eventually help you get better sleep at night. A peaceful mind ensures deep rejuvenating sleep during the night. This cannabinoid oil will help you fall asleep faster, have a deeper sleep throughout the night, and wake up feeling refreshed.
How to use cannabinol oil?
There are many ways to use CBN oil. You can smoke or vape it, take it orally as a tincture or put it on your skin as a cream. For maximum benefit, apply the cannabinoid directly to affected areas of your skin two times daily, using no more than twice the recommended dosage amount.
It is highly advised not to smoke marijuana if you plan to use CBN. Smoking is the least effective method of administering cannabis compounds due to its harshness and slow absorption rate.…Read more
Top 5 Eco-Friendly Things at Rothbury
Last week’s article discussed eco-friendly summer events taking place around the country. These events range from discussion forums about eco-friendly living to music festivals that focus on staying green and having little impact on the environment. I had the opportunity to attend Rothbury, which is one of the eco-friendly music festivals. This event strives on making their event as eco-friendly as possible. Here is a list of the top 5 eco-friendly things happening at the second annual Rothbury.
1) Utensils made of corn: After ordering some delicious food at the festival, I noticed that my fork wasn’t a plastic fork like I am use to getting but was instead made of corn. This corn made utensil reduced the amount of plastic at the festival. Having products made from renewable plant sources paralleled with their idea of having a green festival. The forks were sturdy and easy to dispose of properly.
2) Green Team: The Green Team was great at Rothbury. They were there around the clock helping Rothburians dispose of their garbage properly. All around the festival there were areas where someone was there to assist whether items should be placed in compost, recycling or trash. Having these people around was great and very helpful!
3) Think Tank: The Think Tank at Rothbury was a place for like-minded people to gather and talk about important topics surrounding the environment. They discussed such things as the green economy, green jobs and ways to reduce your energy bills. Having the Think Tank allowed for concertgoers to take a break from the music and have a discussion about these eco-friendly ideas.
4) Reclaimed art: Throughout the festival grounds, there were large-scale art that made bold statements about recycling, sustainability and being eco-friendly. All the art was made from reused, recycled and natural materials. These larger than life pieces were reflected all of what Rothbury was about. As one walked through the forest there was no choice but to stop at look at these pieces made from recycled materials.
5) Human energy to charge cell phones: This was the most eco-friendly thing going on at Rothbury and I found it to be very impressive. At this booth, people rode stationary bikes together to charge their cell phones! If that doesn’t scream eco-friendly, I don’t know what does. As Rothbury attendees peddled together, they were able to generate enough power to charge cell phones and even record music. The electricity was generated and then used to digitally record songs that were later available for download. Exercise, charge your phone, record music and be eco-friendly all at the same time!
Rothbury was a great 4-day festival that promoted sustainability. It was great gathering with people that enjoy great music and doing things great for the environment. Having festivals such as this one encourages people to be more eco-friendly which is always a good thing!
Guffly is a one product per day online store and community featuring eco friendly products and fair trade lifestyle goods like home, pet, clothing, office and personal accessories. We know that people aren’t interested in ugly stuff, so you can bet Guffly’s green products are stylish, fun and attractive – eco stylish if you will.…Read more
HTC Desire Deals Getting Cheaper and Cheaper
There various smart phones in the market. And the number has been increasing on a almost weekly basis. There now more smart phone models in market then ever before and thus the competition in the market has also been increasing on an insanely fast basis. The mobile manufacturers in the market are coming with new models on a regular basis. Also new companies are joining in the fray and coming up with there own smart phones and launching them in the market.
Thus now the consumer has more choice then ever. But sometimes so much choice can be a problem for most individuals. Thus a vast majority go ahead with the tried and tested handsets. One of the biggest success stories in the market which has brought a whole company into the international fray. A few mobile models which made a small company which started from Taiwan into a big time international player. One of them is the HTC Desire. A perfect handset which has been in the market for more then a year but it still has so many fans, loyal fans in the market that they still are making a lot of sales. It is one of the highest selling handset in the international market and has proved time and again that intelligent designing can prove to be a sustaining factor in long term success story such as this mobile phone.
The HTC handsets are also available in various interesting and exciting HTC Desire mobile phone deals. These are cheap and also have carious interesting offers in the market. Also the handset is perfect when it comes to the needs of a common business man who needs more of a personal assistant then a mere mobile phone. It is also available in various cheap and exciting? HTC Desire deals with free gifts. These deals can have many free gifts like LCD Televisions and microwaves etc.…Read more
A Green Guide for Recycling Your Holiday Gadgets
With last minute holiday shoppers abound, right now is the busiest time of year to be purchasing new electronic devices and gadgets. According to the Consumer Electronic Association’s annual CE Holiday Purchase Patterns Study, this year’s electronic holiday gift giving will reach an all time high; accounting for over one third of all holiday purchases. Computers are at the top of nearly every wish list throughout the country.
Sadly, most consumers do not have a plan to recycle or even dispose of old gadgets. This is the perfect time to recycle unwanted technology. If you do not recycle, it upon bringing that lovely new laptop or the ultra-chic iPod home chances are the old and unused gadgets will continue to clutter your home. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in 2009 alone over 5 million short tons of unwanted, unused recyclable technology waste was being held in storage throughout the country. Worse yet, in a cleaning frenzy, these older products may end up in a landfill rather than a recycling center simply out of desperation to de-clutter your home. By simply taking the time to correctly dispose of your old computer when you get a new one will reduce disorder in your home, help the earth and if you recycle through the Dell Reconnect program, create jobs and profit your local community. As an added bonus, if you chose to recycle your gadgets before the year’s end, that too can be a valuable tax write off!
Before recycling old computers, laptops, or tablets be sure to save all files and then wipe the hard drive of all personal data before donating/recycling it. After that, all you need to do is simply find a recycling center near you. Generally, the retailer that you bought the device from will take it back free of charge. You may also want to consider the program Reconnect, I mentioned earlier. Dell and Goodwill have created a partnership to better serve communities nationwide. All you need to do is find a Goodwill near you to drop off your device, even if it is not a Dell. Goodwill and Dell handles the rest. All proceeds from this go towards assisting those in local communities and Goodwill’s main priority of helping with job creation. In addition, this also cuts down on waste, pollution and environmental degradation, which is the priority of every eco-family. When dealing with Apple products, it is always advised to return them back to Apple. You can either ship them directly or return at your local retailer. While you are taking care of those unwanted devices don’t forget to include any accessories such as keyboards, speakers, mouse pads or ear buds to name just a few. All of these accessories can also be returned to the manufacturer, donated via Reconnect or if Goodwill isn’t near you, nearly any other thrift store can and will accept such accessories.
Computers and other technological devices are made of many, many different materials; some of which are very harmful to both our environment as well as humans directly. It is crucial to encourage and maintain recycling of techie-waste. As you can see, recycling it is simple and requires only a minimal amount of planning and virtually no work. However, such technological waste continues to be our country’s fastest growing section of waste in landfills nationwide. Consider not only doing your part, but also perhaps informing others so they too make more eco-friendly choices.…Read more
USB As Gifts for Students
Giving appropriate gifts is no easy task. It requires research and time to find the perfect gift. Gift giving should be a special gesture that requires creativity on the part of the giver. The gift need not be expensive for it to be appreciated. Gifts are often given on special occasions like wedding, Christmas, anniversary, birthday, and etc. but gifts can be given even on regular days when there is a need to give.
Traditional gifts are phased out and considered obsolete. Unique gifts are the ones in demand in the market. Unique gifts should be innovative, artistic and stylish. Of course, the usefulness of the gift should also be considered. Artistic and stylish gifts are always admired but the recipient may lose interest in it after a while if it has no practical use at all.
For a student, the USB (Universal Serial Bus) is a must-have gift. This will enable the student to carry all the files he has in a small thumb size device without carrying loads of papers. Though it is thought that this is just an ordinary gift, adding personal touch of uniqueness can make it interesting. There are numerous such gifts available in the market that carries the features of uniqueness. But you must be savvy while picking an ideal gift, perfect for a particular student. Always consider the age and likeness of the recipient. Flashy USB are ideal for females or high school students. USB with outer casing like shoe, slipper, bat, or car may appeal more to males. For college students, a plain classic-looking USB might be more appropriate with the exception for those who still wants to have figurine-like ones.
Also, there are gadget stickers available in the market. To make the USB unique and one of a kind, why not design it yourself? Remember, being unique and one of a kind is the most sought after description that any student would want to hear.…Read more
Do you find yourself a bit distant lately? Are you struggling to connect with friends, children or spouses? Sometimes it’s hard to express your feelings, especially when life gets busy with activities or work. But those little things may matter to your loved ones, and making an effort could strengthen your bond and communication. This year, make an effort to show you care by completing one or more of the following acts.
1. Do Something Special
Surprise your person or people by doing something they have longed for or wanted. Do you have kids? Make a sign and take it to their next sporting event, cheering them on along the sidelines. Do your children love to read? Plan an evening where you sit and read together, giving them time and something they cherish.
What about your parents or spouse? Fix something, cook something to clean something. For example, make an elegant dinner of their favorites. Has an antique or valuable watch stopped? With asking, take it to someone who specializes in watch repair Edmonton.
2. Compliment Your Loved One
Words make an impact. Improve self-esteem and show fondness by telling others positive things. Do you like an outfit? Do you appreciate your kids’ behavior or your spouse’s efforts at home or work? Say it.
3. Plan a Special Outing
Organize time together someplace that your people love or desire. Plan a trip to a nearby amusement park, stay on the beach somewhere or hit up a local entertainment venue.
4. Show Affection
Studies indicate that others respond to physical contacts such as hugs, high fives and fist bumps. Touch seems to boost mood, reducing feelings of loneliness, so embrace your loved ones.
Strengthen your bond with friends and family by considering how you treat them and how you speak with them. Your words and actions could make a big difference.…Read more
Bridal Party Gifts to Delight the Bridesmaids
On your bridal shower, present gifts that will make your bridesmaids feel valued and appreciated. They deserve the gifts because they have done a lot to help you plan your wedding. It is the least thing you can do to show them how grateful you are and blessed for having them as your friend through thick and thin. It is not new to you that giving bridesmaids gifts is a longstanding tradition during weddings, and as the bride, you want to make sure that your good friends will receive nothing but the best.
A bridal shower doesn’t only mean giving gifts to the bride, because you -as the bride – could also present gifts for the bridesmaids. This event makes a good time to offer the gifts you prepared for your wedding attendants since they are all expected to come. While the party is not yet over, you can hand over the various gifts to your bridesmaids, maid of honor and flower girl. But in case kids are not allowed in the party, it would still be fine to present the flower girl’s gift to her on the other day.
Bridal party gifts for bridesmaids don’t need to be extravagant nor lavish. Yes, you can provide such if you have a large budget to buy expensive items, but if you are on tight don’t force yourself or feel obliged to purchase gifts that come with a high price tag. You may consider other practical ways as well, like shopping at a discount store or getting discount items from the clearance section of a mall or online store.
Another inexpensive option you can think of is to consider DIY gifts. Many brides nowadays are into DIY ideas. As you will notice, there’s a lot of do-it-yourself ideas for weddings that popping-out on the Internet. Visit how-to websites and simply type the keywords you would like to search. These online tutorials have been a great source to many brides on a budget who seek practical ideas on how to cut down the cost of their wedding. DIY bridesmaids gifts may include scrapbooks, quilts, gift baskets, handmade jewelry, handmade ceramics, edible treats and etc.
When buying or making bridesmaids gifts, however, you have to consider the personalities of the girls as well as their individual preferences. Personalized ideas are very popular nowadays, especially when it comes to gift-giving. Choose items that reflect who your bridesmaids are. If they like sports, then buy them gifts related to their favorite sports. Otherwise you can present eco-friendly tokens if they are nature-lovers. For the girls who like to cook, you can make you cooking-related gift more fun by presenting a customized apron that has an embroidered “bridesmaid” or name of the bridesmaid on it.
Other personalized gifts for your wedding attendants include engraved jewelry gifts, personalized tote bags, custom shirts, personalized ladies flasks, engraved compact mirrors, engraved perfume bottles and a lot more. If you opt for these personalized suggestions, better surf online as you will have a much wider selection to choose from.…Read more
Watch Trends of 2010
As profits for watch companies continue to be high, and the industry continues to push their retail prices for watches to an all time high, companies are constantly trying to stay ahead of the curve by finding and setting the new trends for upcoming years. Here were some of the trends we saw in 2010.
Companies tried to expand their models by expanding into the digital watch market in order diversify their products, adding analog models at lower prices than luxury watches while still retaining quality. Many of these digital watches were priced between $50-$100.
Consumers saw an increased combination of color in the models of 2010. Many innovative companies experimented solar power and Atomic Timekeeping Technology, including the already successful all hock resistant and water-resistant cases. Some companies began experimenting with many eco-friendly watches.
On the other hand, many watch companies are paid more attention fashion/lifestyle focus of the watch arena, believing that capturing the latest fashion trends would maximize their profits. They also focused on increasing financial gains through market research which tried to pinpoint the ideal prices that have been unstable due to recent economic uncertainty.
2011 will be an extremely exciting year for watchmakers, as many predict that companies will try to converge more with the fashion industry in order to capture the style most suitable for their consumers. One thing is for sure, the company that captures the new style trends first, and most successfully is sure to make their way to the top of the industry.
As the watch market continues to grow, companies will constantly search for new ways to innovate and make more money. These were the trends of 2010, and time will only tell if they continue to succeed or if companies will need to re-invent themselves for 2011.…Read more
Some Reasons Why You Should Choose Desk Top Gifts As Your Promotional Items
Everybody loves to receive gifts; people gift each other different things to show their gratitude, admiration, love and care. Therefore, in present scenario companies gift their executives, clients, customers’ different promotional gifts to show their admiration and care. The main motto behind these gifts is to promote their business. Promotional Desk Top Gifts are something getting very much in fashion.
So, why not this time choose desk top gift items as your promotional gifts. There are many reasons for these gifts being in demand. Here are some reasons why you should go for desktop gift items and why they are so famous:
The very first reason is of range; in desktop gift items you will get a wide range to choose from. You can find very good products in low cost. There are table clocks, pen stands, file holders, folders, mouse pads, photo frames, cell phone stands and many.
These gifts items are very small in size and so are inexpensive. Therefore they can be distributed in large quantities. You can distribute them two times more compared to other promotional items.
There is no bar of age group; you can gift them to groups of any age. Generally, in distributing promotional gifts one has to consider the age of receivers before deciding over any product. So, you can save yourself from this mental exercise by opting for desktop products.
These products provide big space to print your company’s name and logo. In clocks, you can print your logo and contact information inside the dial frame. These items look elegant and beautiful with prints. Mouse pads provide great space for your imagination to manifest. You can have them printed in your theme colour or prints.
Desk top products are very good promotional gifts, as they will promote your business till their lives. And as they are long lasting, so will keep on communicating your message for a long time period.
These gifts are to be putted in office, so whoever may see them will get to know about your company and your business. This way more and more people will be aware of your brand name.
Hence, these are some advantages of choosing desk top products as your promotional gift items.…Read more
Drafting an Effective Promotional Luggage Tag
Traveling has been a fascination of some well-off people around the sphere. Generally it is done for recreational purpose. However, there are people who do it for business. Tourism is an industry where big profit is achieved. In fact, there are a number of gimmicks in promoting tourism and marketing commences in the airports and terminals. Along with campaign plans, tourism businesses are giving out promo items to travel buff. One of this merchandise is the promotional luggage tags.
Promotional tags are small in size and it varies in style. They say great things come in small packages. Indeed, luggage tag personifies this saying. So, how these small custom logoed tags move mountains of prospective people to sure customers? Read further for tidbits of information on how it would generate an impact on potential customers.
The fact that it is little in size, personalized luggage tags can easily be distributed. Give it to airports and terminals where a lot of diverse people from all walks of life are anticipated. Remember to accompany it with a flier or brochure to let them know your package deal. Make sure that it will build link to your possible customer. First impressions last, so if the design of your promotional tag is exceptionally memorable, definitely your business will constitute a abrupt recall on them. Produce something that would embody the company.
It should be striking. People on a hurry tend to disregard the things around the airport or terminal. So try to be ground-breaking in designing your promotional luggage tag. It should be worth tagging along the luggage of the passengers. Accepting the luggage tags does not assure you a sale. Instead, it is just the first step in marketing the business. In drafting your promotional luggage tag make sure that it speaks for your brand. So ace your design and create good first impression using the custom tag.
Make a custom tag that would befit every luggage bag. Bear in mind that adaptability of the merchandise counts.…Read more
Fashion Trends: Duffle Coats For Cold Weather
If you like to keep up with the latest fashion trends and want to turn heads with your unique winter style, then duffle coats can be the perfect choice for you. Warm enough to shield you against the coldest of weathers and stylish enough to up the glam quotients for women’s clothing – in these coats, you have the rare combination of style and sensibility! They offer pretty much versatility in the sense that they go well with almost any kind of women’s apparel – be it formal, or casual clothing for women.
Go Big – On Buttons, Collars
Perhaps the first thing that catches your fancy for duffle coats, are their buttons, embroidered button holes, and big, dressy collars – after all, who doesn’t know, women’s clothing is so much about looks! Go for big show buttons on your duffle coats – the almost simple silhouette demands some extra pizzazz – let it be in the form of buttons! If the coat is of a muted shade, the buttons can be of calculate flash loan profit brighter hues to make it look even more interesting. Some come with fabulous button hole embroidery patterns – pick up one that suits your style for women’s casual clothing! Collars are usually big and heavy – this comes as natural part of the cut. You can zero on the one that almost instantly catches your fancy.
Go Bold – With Colors
Winter is the time when you can play and experiment with colors for women’s apparel and with duffle coats – you can make it all the more fun! If you are wearing any of those women’s dresses or chic tops in bright colors with long hemline, you can choose your duffle coat to be of a muted tone – off-white, cr?Ã¯Â¿Â½me color, or silver grey. Or, you can go for a blood red one or a purple one and match it with a pair of boots in black. With wholesale clothing stores stocking up on high fashion brands these days, finding the right one will be easy!…Read more
Photo Gifts – Choosing and Taking Pictures
There’s little more precious in this world than the treasured memories we hold of happy times spent and important events lived through. Photographs bring those memories to life, and personalized photo gifts are a thoughtful way to create tangible links between the people we love and the memories that bind us.
Choosing the Best Photo
The personalized photo gifts that will mean the most to your recipient are the ones that trigger their emotions. Choose a photo that captures a special moment that happened to a special person.
Ideal photos are groups of friends celebrating a birthday, or candid shots of young children opening Christmas presents. Other ideas are photos of cherished pets or prized flower gardens.
It could be a photo of themselves enjoying a special anniversary, a baby’s first steps for a grandmother or the moment an angling enthusiast landed his biggest (or smallest) fish.
Prized objects too, are suitable as photo gifts. Do you know a vintage car enthusiast, or a lover of ancient castles? Whatever anyone’s passion is, that gives you a ready-made idea store of possible and unusual photo gift ideas.
Taking Photos for Gifts
Sometimes you may have an idea for the kind of photo you’d like to turn into a gift, but not have that image in your existing collection. Maybe you know someone with a birthday coming up or you’re thinking ahead to Christmas, these are good ideas to help you get started in designing your gift.
Here are some tips that might help.
Alter Your Angle:Portraits of people can sometimes be a little boring. Instead of sitting kids down for their photo, have them jump up and down and take the picture while they’re in mid-air. It’ll take some practice but you’ll get great facial expressions as well as a picture full of life and movement.
Zoom in Close:Baby pictures nearly always focus on the baby’s face, but babies also have adorable hands and feet. Taking a close-up of baby’s hands would make lovely, unusual and highly personalized photo gifts.
Use a Prop:A prop is anything that your subject can do or hold while the photo is being taken. Think along the lines of children playing with toys or stroking pets, adults arranging flowers or involved with a favorite hobby. Props, used as naturally as possible help a photo tell a story and bring out the personality of the person depicted.
Remember the Rule of Thirds:Imagine a tic-tac-toe grid drawn across the printed photo. Frame your photo in the viewfinder of your camera so that the subject of the picture falls on one of the four points where the lines cross. The idea is to have the main action of the image slightly off-center. This gives the picture better balance and makes the photo more appealing.
When you give a photo gift you’re giving the gift of memory; a little lift of emotion whenever the recipient’s eye falls on it. It’s a gift of love. And that’s the biggest gift of all.…Read more
Turning Women Into Fashion Victims
We live in a society that is constantly telling us we should be skinny to be successful. These messages are sent through the media but most importantly through the fashion industry. If we take a look at the models that walk in a catwalk we will notice that they are extremely thin.
What most people do not know is that these models are 23% thinner than the average women. Although this is by no means normal, everything seems to indicate that in fact it is normal, and that everybody should look like that. The first clue that makes us think that we need to slim down is given to us by clothing.
Whenever we walk in a clothes store we realize that most clothes in the racks are small size. You may occasionally find something in a plus size, but let’s face it: all the fashionable clothes come in small sizes. As crazy as it sounds, women end up adapting to clothes, when it should be the other way round.
The fashion industry is looking after its own interests. Some say that they produce clothes only in small sizes to save money. Others say that they do it because they do not want fat women to wear their clothes because they would damage the image of the brand.
Whatever the reason they are doing it, they have no idea of how harmful their message is to society. Anorexia is a very serious eating disorder. A lot of women become frustrated because they can never find clothes in their size, and this frustration leads them to eating disorders.
Only skinny girls can wear fashionable clothes. That is why a lot of women and teenagers stop eating. As awful as it sounds one in one hundred Japanese women are starving themselves just to fit in a dress. The saddest thing is that many of these women or girls die in their struggle to fit small sizes.
It is of utmost importance that we do something about this. If we keep on letting the clothing industry and the media brainwash our teenagers and young women, there will be more deaths to this terrible illness. Not only clothing designers should start designing bigger sizes, but also there should be a shift in our society.
A shift like this can only be made through education. We as a society should join forces to let our teenagers know that they are perfectly normal, in fact that models are the ones who are not normal. There should be information materials on nutrition and healthy dieting.
We should not let our women become fashion victims. Our health is a very steep price to pay, and looking fashionable is just not worth it. We should change these unrealistic models and replace them with a healthy one. There are a lot of things that can be done to achieve this, and you can help too.…Read more
Provocation in Fashion
Time changes, bringing new trends, new styles and new moods. There is mutual connection between them as one thing causes another. What seemed impossible for us before, reigns in the world and we are after new staples which emerge in society.
Images of well-bred beauties on the runway were replaced by aggressive boldness and a new era has stormed into world of haute couture. Nobody is surprised about ultra-short skirts and high-heeled sandals any more, there are subtle hints that making clothing especially sexy without baring the woman’s body. Violence penetrates movies and, probably, even inspired by such films, fashion designers create the same images. They seem to be the most real ones provoking strong emotional response. They remind that you are alive.
Rebellion has come into view, contrasted to everything created before, including sense of style which epitomized in Armani garments. It often comes together with violence which was carefully choreographed. The special esthetic it has produces impression upon public. It frightens and allures at the same time and becomes the underbelly of the society. Once decided to follow this trend it is impossible to refuse the temptation. We are captured by dark desires to rule in the modern world of chaos, which is possible to do only resorting to violence. Dolce & Gabbana clothing was one of the first which began to employ rebellion of youth with aesthetic elements that extending the limits of what is possible as far as it is referred to eroticism and sexuality. The whole world is shocked, the desired effect is achieved.
The modern take on fashion was contributed by a touch of Mediterranean Italy and the finest items of couture were evolved as a result of this wonderful combination. Boldness of worldly eccentricities ruined all perceptions of respectable customers. Feminine sensuality in everything they create is accentuated to the fullest but a bit of masculinity is still retained. Women adore looking so appetizing in such outfits, and even if men are not fashion-minded, they like women in garments flattering their appearance. So the army of followers is endless regardless of their age and gender. Modesty is dispelled and beauty of female body is put ahead. There is no place for shame and we are all captured by their provocative art entailing suggestive pieces. They masterly use fasteners. Underwear is frequently employed as outerwear. Having returned corset, for instance, from the past they made it a part of contemporary outfit.
Dolce & Gabbana is famous for setting the trends but do they follow them? Actually there is no need for it because the ideas are spreading around the world and imitated by followers in all remote nooks.
Shockingly sexy stage costumes performed by Dolce & Gabbana for Madonna contributed to her immense popularity. Incredible amount of elegance, chic and provocation Dolce & Gabbana designs shine with maintains the brand on the top positions of the fashion world. You will hardly find any other brand so loved and admired by fashion conscious people all over the globe.…Read more
Uses and Types of Pet Clothes
Pet clothes are already popular today. It has become a fashion statement. Like human clothing, they also come in different types, styles, designs, colors and sizes. Each clothing is created to match a pooch’s certain personality. But what matters most is that your pet is protected with what he/she wears.
As mentioned, dog clothes come in different types and each type has its particular uses. As a responsible dog owner, you must be familiar with the varieties of dog outfits and its particular uses so you can pamper your pet efficiently and effectively. You can maximize your dog’s protection with the right type of clothing that he/she is wearing.
Here is a list of the basic types of clothes for dogs according to their uses:
1. Dog shirts – Shirts are worn during warm ordinary days. Cotton shirts are preferable to keep your pet cool.
2. Dog sweaters – Sweaters are used during cold seasons. This will provide warmth to your pooch.
3. Dog raincoats – Raincoats are waterproof and are worn during rainy and snowy walks. This will keep them dry and warm.
4. Dog booties – This is used when your pup goes for a walk. It protects his paws from being cut or injured with booties. It comes in different subtypes. Thick/heavy duty boots are appropriate when taking your dog out for a walk in the mountain or woods. Snow boots are used when going out for a snowy walk. There are also ordinary boots that can be used on a daily basis.
5. Dog pajamas – Pajamas are worn to keep them warm and comfortable so they will have good night sleep.
6. Holiday dog clothing – The holiday is more fun if you include your pet in the celebration. Dress him up too with the appropriate holiday dog clothe during Halloween, Christmas or fourth of July. You can find different designs of holiday clothing in pet stores.
7. Dog outfits for different occasions – If you will bring your dog along with you to attend your friend’s wedding, dress her up with an elegant dog dress/gown or him with a dog tuxedo. There are also other varieties of outfits that are available for other different occasions.
An important reminder: When you buy pet clothes, just make sure that it is of the right size regardless of the type.…Read more
Top Fashion Trends For Autumn
Soon the temperatures will dip, but your fashion sense should not. True fashionistas think ahead on how to work future looks into their wardrobe. We can’t all afford to buy a whole new set of clothes so incorporating key pieces is the right way to go to stay on trend. Here is some insight into the style trends to integrate with your existing clothes to stay current in the upcoming months.
Masculine Chic- As boundaries between the masculine and feminine become less defined, fashion capitalises on this trend. Look for masculine boots, shirts, and hats in every location possible. You can still make these items look girly if you like, with a feminine belt, some embroidery on the shoes or by sewing some cute flowers onto the hat.
Texture- Lots of competing textures will become hot in the cooler temperatures, with knits, sequins, leather, suede, wool, and chiffon competing for attention. Do not be shy about wearing these together. Colours this season are muted so textures give you another way to make things interesting.
Midi and Maxi- Midi (knee length) and maxi (ankle and floor length) skirts continue to dominate the runways. Legs less than perfect? Cover up with this current skirt style. Don’t forget that the weather’s turning colder so this is a very practical fashion tip too.
Prints- Prints have a prominent place this year. Everything from florals to python, and even polka dots were spotted on the catwalk. Pair up a print with a solid colour to take the look down a notch. Snakeskin was particularly popular, and a snakeskin print is a great alternative if you’re not a fan of snakeskin handbags and shoes.
Pleats and Frills- Boyish may be in, but so are ultra-feminine pleats and frills. Some textured embroidery and pleated and frilled shirts, skirts and jackets can update your look. Make it unique by adding your own lace or embroidery.
Chunky Knit- Perfect for winter, thankfully chunky knits made an appearance. Knitted sweaters are a perfect way to complete a look, and to throw over a blouse on a chilly day.
Fur- Fur was all over the runway this season, but do not feel bad about hurting fuzzy creatures, opt for real looking faux fur instead.
As always when the weather is cold, don’t forget to accessorise. Hats, gloves and scarves are a cute way to complete an outfit an they don’t cost the earth!…Read more
Bobble Heads – What’s Important To Know
Most people forget about bobble heads during the holiday season, because they are not considered by some as gift items. Of course, they can be cute and will have really huge heads that you can customize to look like anyone you want to give this gift. But, before you go out and buy these as gifts for your loved ones you need to take a number of things into consideration.
First, these items are not hit or miss gifts. All of us have at the very least one individual who is hard to shop for, because you have no idea what to buy as gifts. You could buy soap, their favorite candy or a bobblehead. Almost everyone will love these collectibles, especially those who are harder to shop for. It’s possible that these figures might not be one of their favorite things in the world, yet if the head is tapped a couple of times this will definitely cause them to smile and gladly accept this as a gift.
These items are ideal for all age groups as everyone can appreciate then. They’re great item for children (if they don’t have really small parts that can be eaten easily), grownups, grandparents, dads, moms, uncles, aunts and basically anyone. Age will certainly not be an issue when you are buying them as gifts.
Bobbleheads can be fun and so they are often used for friendly and light-hearted pranks or they can be placed on your work desk as a companion. If you a pet who is not comfortable when there is no one in the household, you could put one of these figures somewhere high and out of any area that it can’t be damaged easily to see if this will help relieve their nervousness.
When you are traveling on trips you can take bobbleheads anywhere with you. It’s possible that this classic item has inspired you, so you can have it while you are at home, at work or on an extended camping excursion in the woods where they are technically needed for work.
Finally, given that these items are customizable you can create one to look exactly like anybody you want to give as a gift item. It could be that you are able to get more work done when you are working under extreme pressure, so you could customize one to look just like your boss and this will help you to get the job done in timely manner. You could even have a buddy and you are responsible for making a program for diet or exercise, which you can accomplish with bobble heads as well.…Read more