What Dictates What is Cool in Contemporary Fashion


The fashion industry revolves around Fashion Week; a week long spectacle that occurs twice a year in the four fashion capitals. These shows are responsible for setting contemporary fashion trends and defining what’s cool for the season ahead.  Fashion Week is to the fashion industry what the Oscars are to the movie industry.

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Fashion Week is the place to see and be seen. It used to be open to only apparel buyers and manufacturers, but they have become huge, glitzy media events. There are usually at least 100 different events that occur during Fashion Week.  They include the runway shows, charity galas and other parties. Sometimes attendees spend more time waiting in line for a runway show than the length of the actual show. Fashion shows are invitation only events.  The fashion houses invite who they want to attend.  Guests are mostly fashion industry press, buyers from department stores and boutiques around the world and friends of the designers. It is a coup for designers to get celebrities to their shows. It serves as an endorsement for their label and increases the cool factor of their designs.

Where do they take place?

There are at least forty fashion weeks that occur in different cities around the globe, but the four most important and influential shows are held in New York, London, Milan and Paris. They always occur in the same geographic order. Smaller fashion weeks are held in places such as Iceland, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney, Chicago and even Croatia. New York Fashion Week is the oldest. It was started in 1943 in a move to draw some of the fashion attention Paris always received to the United States. London Fashion Week is the last of the big four to be added. Continue reading

7 Things to Look for With Corporate Lodging

7 Things to Look for With Corporate Lodging

Many jobs require their employees to leave town for an extended period of time.  During this time, the best accommodations are usually Corporate Housing options.  These alternatives provide more comfortable living environments for the employee, making them feel at home in an environment that they are not used to.  In addition, corporate lodging can also be more cost-effective for today’s employers.  If you are in need of temporary housing, learn more about 7 things you should look for to choose the right accommodations for you.

1 – Good Location

First, a good location is key when you are selecting lodging.  Obviously, you want to spend your temporary time in a nice place.  However, if it is too far from your work, it will be a hassle.  Other factors might influence your decision as well.  For example, if you are working for a few months in Washington D.C., you will need to pick a location that has good access to the metro.  If you are unfamiliar with the area, ask the people you are working with for suggestions of areas to move.


2 – Furnished

Since your stay will be temporary, you need a place that comes furnished.  This allows you to arrive with a bed to sleep on.  It also requires no moving in and no moving out.  Instead, you simply have to maintain the place.  Keep in mind that depending on the size of your lodging you could have a lot of furniture or a little.  Some people rent small studio apartments, while others rent larger condos.  Regardless of the size, you do not want some of the rooms to be empty during your stay. Continue reading

Unique and Contemporary Outdoor Lighting Solutions

Whether you’re sprucing up your garden for bit of entertaining, or you’re looking to enhance your homes daily appearance, considering unique and professional outdoor lighting can make your home the envy of the block. While there are many types of lighting options available to be used outdoors, and even more as technology advances, choosing the right company can make all the difference in the outcome of your lighting. Choosing a company that not only has a wide variety of lighting options, but also has a reliable and customer-focused system can help assure you you’re getting the service and outcome you want.


Outdoor Living

When you’re looking to light up a relaxing outdoor area, either for yourself, your family, or a gathering, it’s important for the lighting to fit the mood. With options to help enhance your garden, statues, furniture, etc. there is an endless combination of options available to you. When choosing a company, make sure that they are knowledgeable in the options they have, as well as what works well together and for your unique situation.

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Three Steps in Building Competitive Mobile Apps

Three Steps in Building Competitive Mobile Apps


The impact of mobile apps on the economy has been explosive. It’s basically the gold rush of the early twenty-first century – people of all backgrounds and all programming skill levels are building mobile apps with the hope that their innovation will become wildly successful. Like the inns, taverns, and supply stores that popped up along the gold rush trail, the internet is offering a number of software programs that can help you turn your app idea into a reality in a short amount of time. Pretty much anyone can create a mobile app these days, but how can you come up with an app that really makes a splash? There’s no telling which apps will hit the jackpot, but if you take a creative and intelligent approach to building yours, you might enjoy the exponential success that dissemination across the internet makes possible.

Step One: Come Up With an Original AND Useful (or Addictive) Idea

Be an innovator; don’t just create a take-off on an idea that’s already proven its success. Nobody needs a repeat of something that was done well the first time. You might get a few people interested when they note the similarity to an app they’ve enjoyed previously, but the success will be fleeting if you aren’t offering anything new. With so many apps on the market, you might find it rather daunting to try to be creative. But there’s bound to be something that no one has thought of yet. Stay aware of the apps that are already available, and observe the roles they play in your life. Think about ways in which you might be able to use other apps as you go about your day, and take a look to see whether they exist already. If you find yourself wondering, “Is there an app for this?” and the answer is “no,” you may have just come up with the next great app idea.

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Six Examples of Asset Tags Hard at Work


They go by a lot of different names: asset tags, asset labels, theft prevention tags, and identification labels; but these little markers play a very important role for businesses of many shapes and sizes. When it comes right down to it though, the tags aren’t beneficial to just businesses. They also provide asset protection for non-profit organizations, churches, government offices, and individuals.

The Role of Asset Tags

The primary purpose of the tags is to ascertain ownership of specific items. The tags are often labeled with a serial number, a barcode, or a business logo. Sometimes other identification information is also added.

The Benefits of Using Asset Tags

Businesses also use the asset tags to track where their property is, especially when there are multiple business sites involved and when the business is a rental company. Through the tracking information on the tag, the business can monitor the location of the equipment, the person or people currently responsible for the equipment, and the condition of the equipment. This system of tracking inventory offers up many advantages for businesses: Continue reading

What To Do When Your Divorce Turns Ugly

What To Do When Your Divorce Turns Ugly

Even couples that get along well can find themselves embroiled in a battle over alimony, child custody, and property division when going through a divorce. Ending a marriage and negotiating a settlement can fray the nerves of even the mildest of partners. That can lead to a prolonged fight that raises the cost of divorce and sets the stage for litigation.


If your divorce turns ugly, it’s important to realize that you have options. Taking the matter to a judge may not be necessary. In fact, given the potential outcome, which neither you nor your soon-to-be ex-spouse can control, doing so may be wholly ill-advised.

Ideally, you and your spouse will be open to filing an uncontested divorce. It’s the easiest, quickest, and least costly option for dissolving a marriage. But in the event that issues arise, there are still a few ways to avoid clashing in court.

Basics Of Mediation For Divorcing Couples

Divorce mediation is a popular choice for couples that get along, but need a little outside help to resolve key issues. Both parties meet with a mediator whose job is to facilitate open discussion and negotiation.

The mediator doesn’t force particular issues. Nor does he or she decide how issues are resolved between the couple. Instead, the individual guides the discussion, framing it in such a way that the divorcing couple can iron out their disputes and negotiate a settlement.

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Get Social with Your Company’s Marketing Plan for 2013

2013marketingplan-300x297Ready to make 2013 your best year yet? Don’t forget social media when it comes to your marketing plan. Today’s customers – young, old and everything in-between – are all online. Social media is more popular than ever, and should be a critical part of any company’s marketing plan. Let’s talk about how you can incorporate it into your 2013 plans easily and effectively.

If you haven’t thought of adding social media until now, take out your marketing plan and look at how you can incorporate it into the plan. There are probably more ways than you might originally think. Some are things you might pay for – like ads on Facebook. Others are things that would be no to low cost like starting an account on Facebook and/or Twitter. Continue reading

Trapped by Michael Northrop

Sometimes you open up a book and settle into a chair, and the hours just fly by. Make sure you’ve got nowhere to be when you crack open Michael Northrop’s Trapped, because this one will keep your eyes glued to the page.

Here’s a summary:

The day the blizzard started, no one knew that it was going to keep snowing for a week. That for those in its path, it would become not just a matter of keeping warm, but of staying alive…. Continue reading