Fashion and Depression

Sometimes it is very difficult to identify life meaning. Depression can come when you do not expect it. But what depression is. I think that today it is very popular to say that you are in depression. It is a trend. In fact people do not even know the main symptoms of this disease. Short run absence of mood is not a symptom of depression. Please, do not worry, relax and go to bed. I am sure that after good sleep you will feel better. However, if it continues during two-three months or longer, it can be considered a signal to start worry that you suffer from “trendy disease.”

I think that nowadays people very often lose their identity because they are trying to be in fashion. They dress that they do not like and behave like celebrities. Moreover, they eat that it is order of day. As a result, all people look similarly. I call them “clones.” They simply fear to be unique and attract attention. These people are weak, from my point of view, it is very simple to be like many others.

One of my friends can be a very good example. She does not like express her point of view and dress bright clothes only because she does not want to attract public attention. As a result, she almost does not have friends.

I think that fashion kills personality. I recommend people to be the way they are. Do not try to be at someone. Also, don’t try to please everybody because it is impossible. It can lead to the losing of your individuality.

Also, I hate when parents tell their children to be like Andy or Suzan or compare a child with somebody. It is a big mistake, from my point of view. Do not do it. My mother always did it and the result is obvious. I lost my life meaning at sixteen. I considered that I am the worst boy in the world. I did not communicate with my classmates because of low self-appraisal.

Finally, I can say that the best way to be happy is to be yourself.

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Source by David Smith Jr

Laptop Bags

The shift from a Desktop computer to a Laptop is pretty unnerving in the initial phase, since one is used to a more conventional way of holding and operating a mouse, keyboard and even the Multimedia drives and devices. The transition from Desktop to a Laptop meant getting used to living without the regular wired connections and the CRT monitors, which were all well grounded to the earth. However, the Laptop posed a peculiar problem, that of no attachment to the ground. You had to support the device and carry it along. Just how does one carry a Laptop and for how long? A solution was within sight. To carry the Laptop in a carry case called the Laptop Bag.

The advent of Laptop bags meant that the Laptop could be carried conveniently as it could be dropped inside the bag and the bag could be slung across the shoulders. It was as easy as that. Moreover the bag provided a complete storage and transportation solution for a Laptop. The bag was sturdy and was capable of handling the shock, vibration and even temperature variations. The Laptop Bag could protect the Laptop from getting damaged during the rough weathers and also during storage at home. It even prevented the dust from accumulating over the device. All this was possible using one Laptop bag.

Taking Charge.

The Laptop bag revolutionized the way Laptops were carried world wide. From a headache it became a fashionable item almost overnight. The Laptop was no longer a tag along item which was a necessity, now even college kids starting the Laptops in their bags and flaunt it as a fashion statement. These bags made from good quality leather had enough space to hold a Laptop, its accessories (including the charging wires), office documents, cellphone, water bottle, stationery and even a pair of civvies. The Laptop bag had become a wonderful travel companion and has fast replaced the mini briefcase as a favored travel companion.

The Laptop Bag Advancements.

A look towards future indicates that as the Laptops have gone slimmer the Laptop bags have gone trendier and stronger. The material is also being developed and the newer bag material is becoming more and more strong and aesthetic. More stress is being laid on making the bag stronger without increasing the existing weight of the bag. The bags of the future will not only hold a Laptop inside but will also be able to take care of many other requirements of the owner. The Bags would be available in customized shapes, colours and models. They can be matching with your dress colours or moods.

The bag of future may also be programmed to interact with the Laptop and create an intelligent atmosphere. These advanced bags may even act as an accessory in addition to being a protecting shield of the Laptop. The bags have surely made a name for themselves and are sure to further their utility in near future.

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Do You Need Some Cheese With That "Wine"?

It’s party time and your friends are on their way to your wine and cheese party. Choosing the right kind of cheese you serve depends on two things: the wine you serve and personal taste. As with everything else, everyone has his or her own likes and dislikes. This goes for the wine and the cheese.

Cheese tips:

Many cheeses taste better close to or at room temperature. Pull them out of the refrigerator an hour or so before serving. Also, you will need approximately 8-12 oz. of total cheese per person of which at least 1-2 oz. servings of each different kind of cheese per person. Remember that tastes vary from person to person, so try to have a nice variety of different kinds of cheeses for the wines you serve. Try these wine/cheese suggestions or mix them up to find what suits each person.

Type of Cheese- goes with this wine…

Brie- Merlot, Champagne or Sweet Sherry

Camembert- Cabernet or Chenin Blanc

Cheddar (Mild)- Champagne or Chardonnay

Cheddar (Sharp)- Cabernet or Sauvignon Blanc

Colby- Riesling or Champagne

Edam (from Holland)- Riesling, Dry Champagne or Pinot Noir

Emmentaler (from Switzerland)- Beaujolais

Fete- Beaujolais

Fresh Mozzarella- Red or White Wine

Goat Cheese- Chardonnay

Gouda- Riesling or Champagne

Graddost (Swedish Semi-hard cheese)- Chenin Blanc or Sauvignon Blanc

Grafton Village Cheddar- Cabernet or Sauvignon Blanc

Muenster- Beaujolais or Zinfandel

Displaying your cheese can also be fun. Flattened Wine Bottle Cheese Platters are a functional serving piece that can also double as wall art!

Have you ever wondered how they are made? Actual wine bottles are flattened through a 12-hour heat and gravity process reaching temperatures of over 1500 degrees! It takes a true artist to create these works of art. They are created in an actual glass studio ensuring premium quality and exceptional clarity. Each wine bottle cheese platter is unique, as they are hand made. The labels are attached to the underside of platters and are water-resistant. They are easy to clean…just wipe with a damp cloth. As wall art, they come ready to hang with a stainless steel wire melted into the bottle giving guaranteed hanging strength.

You will definitely want to display your wine bottle cheese platter when not in use. You will want a flat wine bottle cheese platter for your next wine and cheese party.

Remember these are just suggestions. If it tastes good, do it! It’s party time.

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Satsuma Vases

In the very late 16th century, himazu Yoshihiro, the current lord of the Satsuma region returned from Korea bringing with him a collection of potters who would go on to produce the pottery that the region is now so famous for. Although these Koreans were brought against their will to work in Japan, they arrived with tools and equipment to begin the production of the pottery.

Using local brown clay, the potters began to produce a style of pottery that was somewhere between the properties of being earthenware and porcelain. Cooked in a slow kiln, they perfected this style which was later mass produced and distributed all over the world. The Satsuma pottery is also famous for its intricate and unique artwork, enameling and designs that adorn the faces and surfaces of each piece.

Two types of Satsuma pottery are available, black or white. The white pottery is a creamy or off white color and is the most common, but there is also a black version which was used by the lower classes of people. The potters making the white pottery had to seek authorization from the local lords before making any of the pottery, such was it’s value then.

Satsuma Vases are often sold in pairs and can measure up to 1 meter in height although it is more common for the vases to be smaller – approximately 30 to 40 inches. The vases also come in a variety of shapes and widths too, with some being smaller and of a more squat design.

As with all of the other Japanese Satsuma pottery from the same region and the same time period, the satsuma vases were highly decorated and feature some of the best artwork on pottery the world has ever seen. The images depict the life and times of Japan in the 18th to 19th century, showing people, places, flowers, animals, plants or landscapes – all in glorious detail and immaculate imagery. The detailed hand painting that went into making these objects must have taken the artisans many hours to complete. The designs on the vases are definitely one of the things that makes them so popular all over the world.

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Cleaning Your Gorham Flatware

If you have Gorham flatware you might not use it every day. Like a lot of people, you may only choose to take out your special flatware for those special occasions when it will be admired and loved. On such occasions you may need to take out your flatware ahead of time and clean it. While Gorham is generally resistant to staining and rusting, you always want it to look its best when it is on the table.

The best thing you can do with your Gorham flatware is wash it by hand in a mild dish detergent. You can also wash it in the dishwasher, but you need to be sure that it is separated from all other silverware to avoid problems with the mixings of metal. After washing you may want to inspect each piece to ensure that it looks its best. There are some simple sterling silver remedies that will help you keep your flatware looking its best at all times.

If you find that there are streaks on your flatware you can use a bit of olive oil. Simply rub the flatware with a bit of olive oil and you’ll likely see the streaks disappear. Rinse and dry. You can also use vinegar to clean and polish your Gorham flatware, especially if you have not used it in some time. Just moisten a cloth with white vinegar and wipe the flatware clean. You can also use the vinegar to remove heat stains. Club soda is another excellent tool to help you keep your Gorham flatware looking its best. Simply rub a small amount of club soda on streaks or heat stains and watch them disappear. Rinse and dry and you’re ready to use the flatware and appreciate its full beauty.

These are some simple ways in which you can keep your Gorham flatware looking its best. Because it is such an investment, you’ll want to try to keep your flatware clean and looking its best at all times. Cleaning regularly will keep your investment looking it’s best for years to come!

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Modern Home Decor – A Fashion Statement

Modern decor for your home simply means renewing your house interiors along with the emerging fashion trends. It is the most significant aspect of housekeeping. The modern home not only reveals your attitude and taste; but also the value and aesthetic sense attached to it by you.

People are quite used to adapt the criteria’s of modern home decor. There are a number of sources available to renew and keep your knowledge updated regarding the modern trends ongoing.. Architects, internet, niche magazines, home decorators, catalogues, and stores of home decorator are some of the best sources to keep in contact with.

There do exist a number of contributions to modern home decor. These include:

  • Modern furniture- tables, book shelves, sofas, window furnishings, cases, bedroom furniture, chairs,
  • Accessories such as clocks, art decor, picture frames, home office, vases, mirrors, wall sculptures
  • Textiles and rugs- carpet tiles, throw pillows, rugs
  • Entertainment accessories- bowls, serving trays, candle holders, placemats, pepper and salt shakers
  • Bar accessories-
  • Bedding and bathroom accessories-
  • Kitchen products such as cake server, cutting boards, bowls, dustpan, broom, coffee cup
  • Outdoor accessories- doormats
  • Fun accessories- gourmet bags, pet bowls

The list is endless; you can go on adding and adding to this list. However, this list is based on what you wish to have in your house. Because, having all these products and accessories of modern home decor would unnecessarily clutter your house.

Home decorating can be divided into a number of categories based on the preferences of the home owner. It could be antique, traditional, contemporary, trendy, etc. Nevertheless; many people have a tendency to go for the modern look for there are available in a range of different accessories and products and are at the same time affordable, too. Selecting a modern home look can renew your home according to the international standards. At the same time, the traditional or antique home decor would be something of more customized type and that too, very costly.

You can get a modern home look available at reasonable rates. Check for these offers on the internet or visit the stores to get more information.

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How to Suggestive Sell Your Gift Certificates

Gift Certificates can be a great revenue producer during the entire year, but your purchases will really increase around Birthdays and Holidays especially prior to Christmas. It is a great idea to feature this gift certificate sale right after Thanksgiving.

December can be the busiest month of the year if you effectively handle gift certificates. Let me tell you about a good promotion.

If you purchase a minimum increment of a $100.00 in gift certificates between Thanksgiving and the first of the year, you will receive a $20.00 “Bonus” Guest Certificate FREE. This twenty dollar bonus is a great way to boost your December sales. Some restrictions apply to the Bonus Guest Certificates. The Bonus Guest Certificates are only good from January 1st until March 31st and cannot be redeemed for cash. This is designed to drive your business on the first three months of the year which are traditionally three slow months. This promotion brings business in during this slow time and it encourages and drives the sales of gift certificates during December and a minimum of $100.00 increases the transaction size. Those Customers who used to spend $50.00 or $75.00 on gift certificates now spend $100.00 and then get $120.00 / $20.00 of which must be spent after the first of the year and before March 31st.

You may think that this is a big discount, giving a $20.00 ADDED Bonus Guest Certificate. But, you need to understand that ultimately 50% of the Guest Certificates do not get redeemed. The 16.66% discount amounts to only about 8% because not all of these Guest Certificates get used. The sales results will be very impressive.

You can promote the sale of gift certificates through your newsletter and through posters tastefully done in the Restaurant and on your website. If you have 10,000 customers and only 1% participated in the purchase of gift certificates at the minimum purchase of $100.00, this would be $12,000 in purchases. If you could enjoy a 10% return, it would be $120,000.

Putting a dedicated table in the entryway of the Restaurant would make it an easy way for your Guests to purchase the gift certificates and take the job away from an already busy staff. The sole responsibility of this Employee would be to sell the gift certificates. This would be a great temptation for your Guests to purchase while they are visiting your Restaurant. You would put the gift certificates in a nice gift envelope for the Customers, according to the dominations they want (i.e. $20.00).

The key to increasing and pushing the sales of Gift Certificates is through outstanding dining experiences.

If the Guest “feels good” about their dining experience and they see a table display sign like the one below, sales of gift certificates will soar during December.

One Restaurant location, after putting in the dedicated table, increased their Gift Certificate business by 37% for the first year and then an additional 6% the very next year. This has been a big boost to gift certificate sales. This has also dramatically increased the sales for the first quarter of the next year through the Guest Certificate.

The redemption on the “bonus” Guest certificates was only about 50% which puts your discount of 16.66% to 8.33%. If the Gift Certificates were given in $20.00 amounts it means that you would bring in five parties from the $100.00 sale.

Bonus Discount – The “Bonus” Guest Certificate only has a three month life. This is a very simple promotion and it works. By and large, the people who buy the gift certificates are loyal Customers and it gives you the opportunity to “reward” their patronage. The “Bonus” Guest Gift Certificate is a different size and color than the regular Gift Certificate. Regular Gift Certificates can be $20/$25/$50/$75 or $100.00 amounts. If the Guest did not have a preference, I would give them 5 – $20.00 Gift Certificates for $100.00 and 1 – $20.00 Guest Certificate . Any denominations can be combined to make the $100.00 special and then receive $120.00 worth of value. The redemption rate on regular gift certificates are about 80%, therefore 20% are not redeemed, while only 50% of the Guest Certificates are redeemed and they must be redeemed before 31st March the next year.

Gift certificates are the perfect solution for any special occasion. From celebrating birthdays, graduations and weddings to inspiring higher business performance, gift certificates are always a delight to receive. If you are unsure what to get for a person but you know what restaurant they like then Gift Certificates is the way to go.

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Source by Ron Wilkinson

Christmas Gift Exchange Ideas

Christmas gift exchanges are wonderful ways to spend time together during the holidays. Gift exchanges are a great way of bringing family members together.

The challenge comes with setting the theme or focus for your Christmas gift exchange. If you do the same thing each year, people will get bored and stop participating. Without changing things up every few years, the gift exchanges become gift card exchanges, which are not so fun, well in my opinion anyway. So one person must come up with the theme idea.

At my wife’s big family get together last year, we all brought a one-pound gift. The gifts were distributed. Then the story featuring Mr. Right who left the room and went right to bed (well, you get the idea) was read to the exchange of the gifts. People were laughing and joking as people attempted to remember which was their right and left hand as the gifts were passed in the circle. It worked wonderfully. It was really fun to see the creativity in the gift giving. One person gave a pound of pennies, while another gave a one pound piece of money. Another gave a bag of chips and salsa. Talk about variety. And not to forget, my special gift, which was one pound of spam. Of course, everyone secretly wished they had received that gift.

So to help your Christmas season be a season of joy and not stress, I have gathered some Christmas exchange ideas for you.

1. The One pound gift is a real favorite of mine

2. $3 funny card (you could set any dollar amount)

3. $5 dollar store or goodwill purchase

One year a person found a heated toilet seat in this themed exchange.

4. Dinner in a dish where the person brings a recipe with the majority of the ingredients to make the dish

5. Ornament exchange with a dollar amount

6. Entertainment theme – books, cds, movies

7. Set a letter of the alphabet that the gift has to start with (We have not done this exchange yet but I think it would be very fun.)

8. Charity exchange where each person would put in his or her favorite charity with the contact information. The person who drew the slip of paper would be expected to give a donation to the charity. Another version of the charity idea is something my wife’s family as done. Her sister died young due to colon cancer. The family started a scholarship fund in her sister’s memory. There is an envelope under the tree each year for family member to add to the scholarship fund.

So whether you decide to go with a more meaningful gift or more to the wacky and fun, have fun with your Christmas exchange this year. The real importance is to have fun with those that are important to you.

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Preparing For Disaster Recovery

Disasters can happen any time and anywhere. Chemical spillage from overturned truck, power outages, brownouts or surges, windstorms, tornadoes and earthquakes can affect your business adversely. Prepare your employees and clients to respond to any possible disaster in advance by providing training and safety information. No business should operate without a disaster plan or back-up systems. Develop risk or contingency management plans, considering, human resources, physical resources and business continuity.

Building a Plan:

o Keep phone lists of key employees and customers handy with copies of the same to key staff members.

o Designate and provide one remote number on your office voice mail system to record messages for employees.

o Have programmed call forwarding for main business lines. If you cannot get to office, call in and reprogram phones to ring elsewhere.

o Install emergency lights that turn on in case of power outage.

o Make sure the employees can leave the premises without a key and do not get locked in.

o Use UL-listed surge protectors and battery back-up systems to protect sensitive equipment and help prevent computer crash due to power blackout.

o Keep NOAA Weather Radio with a tone alert feature for early severe weather warning so protective actions can be taken.

o Stock a minimum supply of goods, material or equipment for business continuity, even through disaster.

o Protect valuable property and equipments with insurance.

o In case of unexpected confinement at your business, keep emergency supplies like first aid kit, tools, flashlights, food and water to tide over crisis.

Reducing Potential Damage to Property:

o Prevent or reduce damage in your work area by taking a few precautions.

o Bolt tall bookcases or display cases to wall studs.

o Keep large objects secured on lower shelves to prevent fall and resulting injury.

o Fasten breakable objects with hook and loop fasteners on stands.

o Keep drawers and cabinets latched to prevent flying open and spilling contents.

o Secure framed pictures and mirrors to the wall with closed screw eyes.

o Install flexible connectors to appliances fuelled by natural gas.

o Have shutters to close windows against severe storms or hurricanes.

o Install automatic fire sprinklers.

Protecting the Business, Employees and Customers – A Business Continuation Plan

A disaster plan for your business should aim to achieve the minimum dislocation and have the business up and running with a minimum loss of time and resources. Some suggested measures are:

o Appoint a second in command who has full authority to take decisions in your absence.

o All members of should be clear about their responsibilities.

o Have “hot” standby for your main computer. Back-up copies of data should be kept at a different site. Critical paper records should be well protected.

o Designate and train one staff member in each work shift as safety coordinator. He should contact owner and operator in times of emergency.

o Contact your local Red Cross Chapter to teach preparation against disaster.

Being prepared at all times for an event that cannot be predicted requires careful forethought and detailed planning. You will reap handsome dividends if you map out and implement a disaster recovery plan for your business. Do take all employees on board about details of the plan and the various roles they are required to perform. Rehearsals or mock drills should also be carried out to test the efficacy of your plan.

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Women’s Fashion – Trendy Handbags For Your Spring Wardrobe

Every woman knows that no wardrobe is complete without the perfect purse. Shopping for a purse can be exhausting. Going from store to store in search of the perfect one to carry your important possessions around can be time consuming and frustrating. From the simple to the outrageous there is a bag out there to please even the pickiest of purse buyers. If you’re planning on hitting the stores in search of the the handbag to complete your spring wardrobe here is a look at what’s hot this this season.

  • Exotic Reptiles: If you’re a fan of fashion inspired by snakes and crocodiles you’re in luck. This season’s exotic reptile skin purses are extremely popular. Ranging from classic snake skins to iridescent crocodile hides you should be able to find a hobo or a clutch in a bold pattern that reflects your love for the wild side.
  • Bright and Bold: This spring’s collection of purses have been referred to as candy. This sweet title comes from the bold and bright colors that are filling stores everywhere. Gone are the muted colors of winter, replaced by the bright hues that make spring so fun. Pick your spirits up while you brighten up your wardrobe with a flashy orange or multi-colored handbag. The bright colors turn your purse into a terrific arm accessory bring flair to simple outfits.
  • Heavy Metal: While fashion as a whole has seemed to make a quick stop in the 70’s, purses are taking a that approach to a new level. Rock N’ Roll is a great way to describe the latest purses. This seasons handbags are into heavy metal with large gold, silver, and black chains and other loud embellishments. Look for purses made using patent leather and metallic materials.
  • Super Sized: Tired of trying to balance between a clutch and bags resembling luggage all the while staying fashionable? This season over sized is in especially when it comes to the hobo. The trend in purses this season make it possible to bring everything you need without carrying a duffel bag on your shoulder or worrying about whether your zipper is going to break under pressure. For an added bonus look for a over sized handbag inspired by 60’s and 70’s vintage wear.
  • Simple Sophistication: While a large majority of the purses out there this season will leave your head spinning there are a few that use simplicity as their claim fame. If sophistication is a must for your purse of choice, then you will definitely be able to find one that fits your requirements. Spring is full of simple yet stylish purses in timeless color combinations like black and white or brown and tan. Details are kept to a minimum and there is a return to feminine chic that hasn’t been seen in awhile.

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Source by Jennifer Wasilewski

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