Month: February 2020

Accessorize Like A Pro

Statement Jewelry

Statement jewelry are all the rage this season. It can definitely spruce up a simple outfit. Depending on its design, it will complement a certain look that you want to go for. Is it going to be bohemian style, edgy or classy? Take your pick.

Make Everything Colorful

When you are wearing an outfit, try to experiment with color. Basic color blocking can do the trick. Try to match solid colored or neutral pieces with interesting necklaces. You can also choose a bright colored bag for a pop of color.

Invest in Good Bags And Shoes

Good quality bags and shoes are what takes your style up a notch. Try to wear a distressed looking oversized shirt with skinny jeans. Tuck in the front part of the shirt inside the pants and then belt it in place. Use a unique bag and a pair of shoes that give more personality to your outfit. Wear your favorite sunglasses and you’re all set.

Remember that you should keep your more expensive bags inside a dust bag when you are not using them in order to protect the material and keep it good as new.

Know How To Mix And Match

Mixing and matching accessories doesn’t have to leave you in a tangled mess. When you are layering your bracelets, make sure that you mix in different textures and colors that go well with your outfit. As for necklaces, you can layer them by starting with the longest piece and work your way with the shortest one. Remember to balance thin and chunky pieces so that it wouldn’t be too overwhelming.

Thank God For Belts!

Belts aren’t there to use to keep your pants in place. They can also be used to cinch your waist to reveal a really flattering figure. Belts in various designs can glam up a really boring shirt and jeans.

Eco Budget Cotton Bags

You now have to consider how to get these bags to potential customers as the whole point of the bag is to make more sales. Why not give them out at school fetes, car boot sales, jumble sales or anywhere that second hand goods are offered for sale. Another idea is to approach charity shops and offer them a supply to put their goods in, so much nicer than a tatty old reused carrier bag that the donations arrived in. Eco- friendly and reusable they will be gratefully received by the staff and the customers alike. You will be perceived as a caring business owner supporting charities and eco-friendly to boot.

These potential customers are readily willing to purchase second hand goods of the type you offer which is a form of recycling in itself; and are always on the lookout for a new outlet for them to rummage through for bargains. They have your promotional bags and thus your details to hand and will discuss this with other likeminded friends and family members. It won’t be long before you get a visit. Purchases will be made and your reputation will grow along with your sales.

Any stigma about used goods has gone and there are plenty of people from all walks of life and income groups looking for bargains. It may be a designer or vintage dress or the thought of picking up an antique at a bargain price. It may be the pleasure of stripping and waxing that old furniture for their homes that keeps them on the lookout for more. Whatever their motivation you need to get your business noticed in this ever growing market. Promotional bags will achieve this for you at very little cost; so much more effective than cards placed in the newsagents’ windows or advertisements in local newspapers.

Make Shoes Last Longer

Practice Shoe Rotation

Never wear the same pair two days in a row. Given a chance to dry out, your shoes will last twice as long.

How Shoe Trees Can Help

Your shoes were built on a wooden last which molded the leather into shape. Shoe trees can keep them that way. Cedar trees work the best, for the wood from which they are made absorbs both moisture and foot odor. Insert the larger portion well into the toe box and push on the metal stem to press the tree snugly into the shoe.

How to Waterproof Your Shoes

It’s best to waterproof your shoes right out of the box. First, get the right product for your shoes’ material. Remove shoelaces and clean the shoes thoroughly. Now, have at it.

What to Do if Your Shoes Get Wet

Wet shoes can turn moldy, so they must be dried as soon as possible. Stuff your shoes with newspaper to help them retain their shape. Now, dry away from heat to prevent shrinkage.

How to Polish Your Shoes the Army Way

A polished shoe is a polished you. Here’s how the military does it.

Remove dirt with a dampened cloth and apply the polish with a circular motion, using a brush or soft cloth. Let the shoes rest for a few minutes, in the sun if possible, so the leather can absorb the polish. Finally, spray with a fine mist of water and polish dry with a cloth or bristle brush.

Repeat the process until you can see yourself in your shoes, then buff with cotton cloth or pantyhose.

How a Shoehorn Can Save Your Heels

You may think it’s quicker just to stuff your feet inside, but your shoes will be grateful if you use a shoehorn, instead. Just insert the blade against the heel and place your foot into the shoe. Now, press your heel onto the shoehorn as you rock the instrument forward. Your foot will slide right in.

Why Quality Shoes are a Better Buy

Good shoes are not only healthier for your feet, but also kinder to your pocketbook. It’s cheaper to buy one pair of expensive shoes that you’ll wear for several years than three cheaper pairs that will only last a few months each.

Skull Bandana Styles

Pirate design skull bandanas

Probably the most popular (or at least well known) design is the classic black or red colored pirate style head scarf. It goes well with almost every type of attire and accessorizes your dress well.

Skull caps in bandana style

These skull caps which are styled as bandanas are one impressive form of art and creativity. The fabric which is generally used is of polyester on the inside and nylon on the outside for good fitting and comfort. This type of unique material combination helps to soak the moisture and keeps your head sweat free.

Skull face masks

This is a version that covers your face completely. It is especially popular among bikers and snowboarders.This is also the version that is most often worn for functional purposes. It shields your face from insects and dirt when riding a bike. And when snowboarding, you can wear one made from thermal fleece and it will prevent your face from freezing.

Skull bandana for the kids

The designs made for the kids come with the logo of superhero characters like of the batman (bat logo) or the superman logo etc. The other type of designs may include the art work inspired from famous cartoons like Powerpuff girls or Popeye etc. They are designed in such way that they could be accessorized in various ways like as wristbands, skull caps, scarves, head bands etc. They not only make the kids look stylish but also act as a shield against cold and keep them warm.

Christmas Shopping Ideas

Shopping, like Santa Claus, seems to be synonymous with Christmas. Now Santa certainly has to have a strategy to get all his gifts ready by Christmas Eve, but he doesn’t seem inclined to share his plan. We know that he must be very organized to accomplish his yearly mission so maybe we can use that hint for our shopping this year.

Santa is not the only one who has a strategy for getting gifts together, so do retailers. They always hope that the upcoming Christmas sales will be huge. Their strategy is to get customers into their stores and to do so they advertise big time with such enticements as: pre-Christmas markdowns, early bird and night owl specials. Some stores feature rub off tickets, like those used in the lottery, for further markdowns.

Retailers advertise so much during the Christmas season because this is their big sales time each year. It is well-known that the sales generated from the day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday, until Christmas accounts for at least half – with some estimates of up to seventy per cent of retailers’ annual revenue.

Now that I think about it the radio stations playing Christmas music earlier and earlier just may be another strategy retailers use. Think about it: when you start hearing carols you automatically think Christmas and gifts. Maybe the early shopper is one who acts when hearing these songs and begins shopping. I would call this person a savvy shopper.

There are two big sales periods during the early fall: Columbus Day and Veterans Day. For the early shopper these can be huge. The secret here is to have a gift list made and have already browsed the stores for those items before the sales. Knowing pre-sale prices lets the shopper know if the items are really marked down and if so by how much. If you already know that a particular item is a very popular one, you run the possibility of not being able to find it if you wait until late in the season before buying it.

As you know, there are always two sides to an issue and the downside to shopping early is that some retailers, particularly those whose primary business is toys, often wait until the official kick- off of the Christmas season, Black Friday, to place new or very popular older items, in the store.

Or you may experience what a friend of mine who shops early frequently does: she shops all year and hides her stash in a spare closet. Often in the rush of wrapping gifts she forgets about her early purchases and doesn’t find them until she begins shopping and stashing the next year. I kid her and say soon she won’t have to go out to shop, she can just select gifts from her stash.

Even with this knowledge, early shopping for those gifts that aren’t in this category would still be a good idea if you are tired of the hurly burly if last minute shopping.

Toy makers and manufacturers of electronics manage to come up with a few new or improved items each year that are absolute “must haves” or your Christmas just won’t be complete. These also always tend to be somewhat expensive and in limited in supply. To take advantage of this situation savvy retailers offer these items as specials to get shoppers into their stores. I know of people who leave the table as soon as the pumpkin pie is finished to camp out in parking lots of retailers to try to be the first in the store for those specials. Couples split and go to different stores so they can improve their chances of getting the “item(s) of the year.”

The after Christmas sales are great for those who want to really get an early start on the next season. An aunt of mine is a huge catalog shopper and she buys many of her Christmas gifts in January-not as late presents but getting ready for the next year.

However you choose to shop, I hope you do so with joy in your heart!

Handcrafted Purses

Mix and Match

Mixing and matching patterns adds visual interest to your handmade purses, but avoid overdoing to to prevent fashion disasters.

Design your purses with your present wardrobe in mind. While you may love the personalized handbags that feature funky colors or outrageous designs, make sure that they won’t completely clash with what you have.

Use common colors like browns, blues or pinks to visually tie different patterns together. For example, fabric handbags that feature hot pink squares can be paired with a shirt that has the same colored stripes.

Budget Concerns

Handmade purses can still fit your budget if you design them to be multipurpose.

Buy a tote and use it occasionally as a back up diaper bag. While you may not want to use it for this purpose all the time, buying your accessories with more than one job in mind will help you save money.

Use antique pins or broaches handed down by your grandmother or mom to add a personal touch to handmade fabric bags. This allows you to dress up a bag without having to buy a fancier one.

Choose colors for your handcrafted purses that allow you to use them with several outfits. For example, if you wear a lot of orange or red, design personalized bags featuring only these colors.

Matching Sets for Traveling

Handmade fabric handbags and totes are great if you want to add some style to your travel accessories, and they can help safeguard your belongings as you travel as well.

Design your handmade purses with your luggage and travel sets in mind. A purse, a tote and a small suitcase that features the same pattern will look pulled together when you travel.

Select patterns for your handmade fabric handbags that stand out; these are more difficult to steal than a plain brown bag that matches all the other ones in the travel terminal.

Vera Bradley Outlet Sale

Despite the fact that I adore Vera Bradley products, I kept my distance, for the same reason that I avoid the shopping malls the day after Thanksgiving. I imagined shoppers racing into the sale to duke it out over the best bargains. Also, the idea of sifting through tables laden with a mix of Vera Bradley products sounded too much like a rummage sale to me. On top of that, being the impatient person that I am, I did not want to even think about the lines to check out.

As soon as I entered the sale, all preconceived notions I had regarding the sale vanished. I was greeted at the door by a pleasant lady, who handed me a large pink plastic bag and a list of the products available for purchase at the sale. The list, complete with pictures, included the discounted prices, as well as clearly identified where the products were located.

There were countless numbers of employees working to keep everything organized. If a customer picked up a Vera Bradley backpack and carelessly laid it down with the diaper bags, a worker was there to move it back to the backpack table. There were also several bins and carts placed around the sale, and customers were encouraged to place any castoffs in them, in order to keep the product tables organized.

Although the sale was crowded, most customers were upbeat and polite. Customers would fill up their pink plastic bags with their potential Vera Bradley purchases, and then move off to the perimeters of the sale to spread out the contents and make final decisions regarding what to keep.

To check out, I was redirected to another room. Sixty cash registers lined the room, and two to three employees worked at each cash register. One person would organize the purchases and hand them to the cashier, who would ring up the purchases, then hand them off to a third person, who would bag the purchases. All in all, the checkout process took only 10-15 minutes, which considering the number of attendees at the sale, was very quick.

The selection at the sale was decent. Most of the items were recently retired colors and discontinued styles. For shoppers looking for the new styles and colors, the pickings were slim, and I heard a few remarking that they were disappointed that they could not find their favorite bag in their favorite color. Although I attended the first night of the sale, there was plenty to choose from. The tables were continually restocked. I also overheard an employee who stated that they had several additional trucks that were yet to be unloaded.

For me, the biggest disappointment of the Vera Bradley sale was the prices. I knew the bags and accessories would be marked down 25% to 75%, however, my hope was that I could pick up a thousand dollars of product for a couple hundred bucks. Most items were reduced approximately 30-40%, but I have been able to pick up similar discount Vera Bradley bags online, without ever having to leave the comfort of my own home.

Bridal Shops

A positive sign for any store is when the shop owner or a sales person is willing to tell you the types of policies they have concerning disasters like fires, weather mishaps, or bankruptcy that could shut down the store and force them not to deliver the dress on time. Many a wedding has been made less than 100 % perfect because of a bridal shop’s failure to deliver.

The location of the store matters. A bride, with everything she has to do, does not want to travel long distances for the fittings, and remember that a bridal gown may require several fittings, no matter how perfect the torso of the bride may be.

The average price of the bridal gowns sold in a shop should be the first question to ask, since that will give an idea up front if that store is for you. Then, the next question should be if the alterations or wedding dress preservation are included in the price. Some establishments offer reasonably priced package deals that include fittings, alterations, dry cleaning, and preservation.

Bridal shops come in many sizes. Besides a selection of ready-made or made-to-order bridal gowns, most of them offer other services as well.

The expanse of the inventory and the quality of the merchandise carry a weight in giving the bride several options in sizes and styles. Whether the shop has veils or not is of essence. There are some high-end bridal shops that only sell the gown but not the veil. A bride needs to have her veil match her dress.

The condition of the shop is another consideration. An efficient bridal shop has to be clean and well-organized; it needs to have good lighting, several professionally angled mirrors, and lots space to move around for the bride to see herself in a gown from all sides while standing still and while in motion.

It is also imperative that the sales staff are informed enough to know the answers to the bride’s questions. A pushy, rude, and patronizing sales person can turn the pleasant experience of choosing one’s bridal gown into a nightmare.

Sales people should respect the bride and her time. When you are on time for your appointment and they make you wait for more than ten minutes, then it is a good idea to search for another place.

When the sales people steer the bride toward a style that flatters her figure the most, that store will be recommended by many people to others. When my niece opted for a slim-line gown and her mother insisted on a full skirt, the sales people came to their rescue with a designer slim-line gown and a full-skirt train that looked like a full skirt with a flowing rich train from the back, while its straight lines up front favored the bride’s youthful shape. Since the train was removable for freer movement and dancing during the reception, the gown turned out to be practical as well as being elegant.

Barbour Jackets For Quality

Among the large collection of Barbour outerwear, quilted jackets seem to be hogging the limelight at the moment. The Barbour quilted jacket is known for its quality, practicality and style – its finely sewn diamond quilts give it good insulation for the colder months. The Barbour quilted jackets come in a variety of colours and styles, some will have contemporary chest pockets and others have hand warmer pockets slightly lower down (they usually have extra padding to keep your hands warm during winter). Some of the jackets have cord collars to contrast with the quilted diamonds, and all of the jackets have a fully-quilted polyamide lining and 100% polyester wadding for extra warmth and insulation.

Quilted jackets are hitting high-street stores as they have become so popular, and designer brands like Barbour always have to deal with cheaper high-street imitations. The majority of the time these imitation pieces do not have the quality that the more expensive brands consistently supply. Instead of buying a cheap imitation piece that will only last you one season, it’s better to treat yourself to a quality coat, which might be more expensive, but will last you several seasons – making it a more economical choice in the long run.

If you were to compare a Barbour quilted jacket to a high-street imitation, you’d notice the difference in quality straight away, and not to mention the quality insulation that high-street brands rarely provide. A quality quilted jacket will have seamless stitching with absolutely no frayed edges, all stitching should look clean and neat. There will also be a thick lining inside of a quality coat, and it shouldn’t be sewn too tightly to the jacket, so you have lots of room for manoeuvre and room to make alterations should you need to. Another sign of a quality jacket is the stitching around the pockets. Pockets on Barbour jackets are an integral part of the coat, they are usually sewn into the jacket and given extra padding for warmth and insulation – on cheaper imitations the pockets will be sewn on to the outside of the coat haphazardly, usually with a piece of thin and flimsy material. Barbour’s timeless precision and quality will provide you with a coat or jacket that is the perfect investment for future warmth.

Cole Haan Bags

Man or woman, you need to be focused on closing the deal and not whether or not you have all the things you need to organize yourself as you travel from customer to customer. The last thing you want to worry about is the impression you make with a an old canvas laptop bag.

With more electronic gadgets like PDAs, laptops, and phones to carry around you can drive yourself crazy trying to keep yourself organized and efficient. You need for a great looking shoulder bag with multiple compartments for storage and separation to keep things where they need to be without sacrificing executive presence.

The customary briefcase is no longer practical if you have to carry it between customer appointments. Without a shoulder strap as part of your bag design, you are asking for sore arms and hands as your trudge through the city.

With this in mind, there are several things to consider when purchasing a bag;

There is no substitute for leather. It exudes confidence, an executive image and it is durable enough o withstand the abuse that you will give it in trains, planes and taxis. The bag should be large enough to hold a laptop, with multiple compartments for storing all the things you need within a moment’s notice. There is nothing more embarrassing than handing over a proposal or contract or not having a pen readily available.