Urban History and Current Trend of Name Necklace

Hollywood stars and singers like Madonna, J.Lo, MC Hammer, and many more have made it more fashionable to wear name necklaces. While some think of it simply as a fashion statement, name necklaces also have its own unique history. A silver name necklace or one in gold have been around for a couple of decades and became increasingly popular especially in the 1980s due to the rise of urban and hip hop styles. However, taking a further look back in history, it was recorded the newly freed slaves changed their name. There was a need for African-Americans to change their name. In retrospect it spoke of a new beginning, a new identity. During those times, it was important to come up with a unique name to establish an identity.

When looking at a personalized necklace, one can get an idea or feel of the personality of the wearer. One publisher shared that mothers would try to save all the pennies that they could in order to afford a necklace or jewelry for their little one so that their little girls could feel that they were important and that they were someone special.

The trend amongst the African-American community was eventually absorbed by others in the community. On the total opposite side we can see that Sex in the City’s Carrie made it more increasingly popular and even called it “ghetto gold.” Even if it is worn by different members and backgrounds of the community, there is the stereotype and recognition that the style emerged from the African-American, Urban, Hip-hop community. The style is continuing to change as many wearers are also making personalized name necklace with adjectives.

Different name necklaces designs are available in the market today. It has become an increasingly popular gift idea and considerably fashionable to wear. A nameplate necklace can be worn to any event whether it is formal or informal. Like Carrie, she wore her necklace whether she donned on jeans and a t-shirt or a beautiful black dress.

Prices for personalized jewelry or a necklace with name come in different ranges. Some have already been made and can be found in malls like a children name necklace. However, it is possible to design one’s own to make it especially customized which gives the giver the avenue to display their take on the wearer. Things to consider is the size, color, chain length, and even how many diamonds one would like to put on it. Icons such as teddy bears and dolls can also be put on the necklace. Children name necklace can also be designed. This makes a very beautiful gift which could be an heirloom passed in the future.



Source by Jennylyn P Pereira

Palm Wine and Its Importance In Traditional Igbo Society

Palm wine in Igbo land comes in two sources: nkwu (palm tree) – the source of the palm wine known as “Mmanya Nkwu”, and ngwo (rafia palm tree) – the source of the palm wine, known as “Mmanya Ngwo”. Each of the palm wine categories are regarded with different respects. Each has different functions in different occasions, depending on of course, how that particular area or village regards it.

In production, they are tapped in much the same way, by climbing to the required height or to the neck of the palm tree and cutting ducts, under which are placed local mugs (calabashes) or plastic gallons. In some areas, the “Mmanya nkwu” is tapped also from a fallen palm tree. However, it is worth mentioning that the quantity of “Mmanya ngwo” obtainable from the palm tree is usually about thrice that of “Mmanya nkwu” within the same time limit.

In taste, they are also different while “Mmanya ngwo” tastes very sweet (sugary) but goes sour (fermentation) within a shorter duration. The “Mmanya nkwu” has a unique sweet, but pleasant taste which it maintains for a longer duration. Some areas in Igboland regards “Mmanya nkwu” better than “‘Mmanya ngwo”. This preference sometimes depends on the availability of one over the other in that area. Hence in some areas, traditional marriage and bride price ceremonies are not honoured with “mmanya ngwo”, some other areas can accept “mmanya ngwo” where “mmanya nkwu” is not available. In some areas, the preferred kind of wine is employed in settling land disputes, in traditional gatherings, marriages, burials, festivities, land leasing occasions, among a host of other activities and ceremonies too numerous to mention.

When being served in any occasion, the associated rules are obeyed. In any gathering, it is the youngest man or male that serves the wine, which is usually drunk traditionally in either elephant tusks or cow horns for titled men. There is also another drinking cup called “Okuku”, a small type of cup made from a calabash. The young man serving will hold the wine container (calabash or gallon) on his left lap (thigh) and supports it with his left hand, while he holds the tusk or horn (“mpi” or “Okuku” – calabash cup) in his right hand. The first one he serves is handed to the host to drink. The second goes to himself, while the third goes to the eldest man in the gathering.

After all the formalities, the rest of the men are equal, and are served except for titled men who are served first before the others. But if the young man is to serve the wine standing, he holds the base of the container with his right hand and the neck with his left hand, while the partakers holds out their cups for him to pour out the wine. This is not the case for a woman. If she is to be served the wine, the young man pours it himself and hands the cup of wine to her, who in turn receives it with both hands as mark of respect and honour. She must not drink it while standing in the gathering; she squats down or sits somewhere before drinking it. If at any point the young man decides to shake the container to make for even concentration, he must first drop the container on the ground before he continues serving and the first person to tap him will receive a cup of wine.

The last cup of palm wine which contains the dregs (Ugwu mmanya) is usually given as a mark of honour to the eldest or the host. The Igbo man, you may infer, is actually rich in culture and tradition.

In subsequent write-ups, I will emphasize on the importance of Palm Wine to the Igbo race, and indeed the whole world.



Source by Vitus Ejiogu

The Original Designer Fashions, Or Why Do We Wear Clothes?

Let’s think about why we wore clothes today-warmth, protection, just plain common sense, cultural expectations. But does the Bible give us any clues about why we wear clothes?    

Ken Ham, a well-known biblical creationist, teaches that the first eleven chapters of Genesis provide the basis for all the principles of Christian doctrine. So let’s go to this book of beginnings to look for the answer to our question “Why do we wear clothes?”.

In the Beginning

     

As believers in Christ, we have the story of creation laid out for us very plainly in Genesis. We know that in chapters 1 and 2 God created the heavens and the earth, formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, proclaimed that it is not good for man to be alone, and created a suitable helper for Adam. Adam said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman, for she was taken out of man.”

     

The verse I would like to focus on is Genesis 2:25: “The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.”

     

We can only imagine the situation: Adam and Eve were created by a perfect Creator and placed in a perfect environment. They had no knowledge of anything evil; they walked with God in the garden and communed with Him directly; they had no reason to be ashamed or to feel shame at being unclothed. There was nothing impure about the situation.

     

I don’t know how long Adam and Eve were privileged to enjoy such a pure existence, but the serpent entered the picture and preyed upon the naivety of Eve by enticing her to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. She then led Adam into sharing in the sin.

      

This disobedience broke their perfect relationship with God, and suddenly the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked (Genesis 3:7). Their shame at this knowledge caused them to feel the need to cover themselves. Their plan was to sew together fig leaves to make aprons for themselves, thus covering their private parts. When God came to walk with them in the cool of the day they were so ashamed that they hid from Him.

       

Do you think He already knew what they had done? They needed to say and God needed to hear them say what they had done to break this wonderful fellowship they had enjoyed. So He got right to the heart of the matter, not commenting on their manner of covering their sin, but rather dealt with the sin that had been committed. Punishment was pronounced immediately.

From Master Creator to Master Designer

        

Then the Master Creator became the Master Designer as He made garments of skin for Adam and Eve. You might say they had the original Designer clothes! Here we see the first blood sacrifice for sin, as one or more animals would have had to be killed to make the coverings for Adam and Eve. Most authorities agree that the meaning of the word translated “garment” in Gen. 3:21 indicates a piece of clothing which covered the body at least from the neck to the knees. God’s plan was not the same as Adam and Eve’s plan!              

        

In the following devotions, we are going to explore more about clothing and fashions, and what the Bible and other Christians have to say about how we dress.  Right now I would like to pose the question to all of us as girls, young ladies, and women:  Are we, like Eve, offering forbidden fruit by dressing in a way that does not match the original Designer’s plan? Although men have the responsibility to control themselves, are we placing temptations in front of them that will cause them to desire what they should not desire?

Let’s pray. “Father, You know the heart of each one in this room. You know the innocence, the naivety, as well as the sinfulness. Please speak to us in the language we can understand and show us how we can improve in our presentation of this feminine body You created. Help us to enjoy our time together learning how to use our creativity to honor You. We commit ourselves to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.



Source by Melissa Duriga

The Low-Down on This Summer's Shades

It looks like there is a worldwide plot to alter trends in sunglasses on a nearly yearly basis. It fails of course, but sometimes something that should have never been in the first place becomes a trend through sheer persistence. Growing up we had a drawer in our house that held nothing but sunglasses of every size, shape and color. My parents finally sold that house and while moving them recently we rediscovered the drawer. Inside was a fifty year history of sunglasses in America. My sisters inspected each pair recalling who they belonged to and what vacation they were from or what boy they were dating at the time. My two daughters were of course ecstatic and gleefully picked out the ones they wanted, which was nearly all of them.

Back then only a few designers had gotten into the sunglasses game. We of course had Ray-Bans and Oakleys, which cost plenty, but there were no Dior, Gucci or Armani sunglasses to be found when I was growing up. Today you can not throw a stick in an optometrist's office without hitting a dozen designer frames. I'm not so vain that I will only wear the latest fashions, but if I'm dropping some money on a pair I prefer to get something that's at least in style right now.

Oversized sunglasses are still in for better or worse. I tried a few frames by Gucci and Prada and laughed because some were so big they looked more like a mask than sunglasses. No, I do not have an especially small face. Like all designer trends, they've taken a step closer to ridiculous in an attempt to be unique. What is new is the variety of lens shapes and colors. I still can not look at them without thinking of Charlie's Angels.

Aviator glasses are also still in, but have an elementone some kind of fashion inflected mutation. Double frames, rose tinted gradient lenses, oh my. These have never been my go to as they just look like dude glasses. It does not matter how well you do your hair, how sexy you dress or even how red your lipstick is, you still look like you're wearing your brother's sunglasses.

Of course cat eye sunglasses are back because they're fabulous. I'm hoping this is a style that never goes away and even if it does I'm still wearing them until the day I die. I had a pair of black and green Armani's with full tint lenses that made the beach at noon look like the dark side of the moon. I tried to find another pair after mine were lost somewhere between Nassau and Chicago, but they do not sell that model anymore which is horrible.

If you do pick up a new pair of sunglasses this summer, remember not to throw your old ones out. Put them in that drawer with all the others so that someday you can pass them on. Plus you never know, they could come back in style.



Source by Sally Hamilton

Men’s Coats – The Finishing Touch

Finishing Touches

Men’s coats come in many sizes, shapes and colours. There are short casual bombers or tailored metro-sexual men’s coats; there are mid-length leather jackets that ooze confidence and success; there is the men’s long dress coat and then a variety of sport specific rainbow coloured jackets that no fashion conscious sportsman would be without. Whether you are bombing down the ski hill on your snowboard or on your way to the board room the right coat men’s coat can finish your look and give you the confidence to be your best on either.

Be Prepared

Ideally, purchase two men’s coats. All-weather trench coats work well with suits for mild rainy weather and a full-length winter coat for cold snowy days. While you will find double and single-breasted styles, the fashion right now is for single. Choose what suits your body type best. Not sure? Ask for professional help; ask a significant other or informative sales clerk to help you to find the perfect men’s coat that works best for you and your wardrobe.

The Fall Trench Coat

A man’s fall trench coat should be made of good weatherproof cotton canvas. It may have a belted waist and button front or may resemble the Austrian outback coat and drape from the shoulder. Again make a choice that is flattering for you. For less frequent cleaning choose dark colours such as blue, black, brown or green.

A Winter Dress Coat

A winter dress coat should be made of wool or down and the longer the coat, usually the more formal it is. Choose a dark colour that compliments your wardrobe and your colouring. Coats in dark shades of blue, grey and black are good for cool skin tones and those who have a warmer skin tone, or naturally red hair can wear beige, dark green and brown. To make a statement, make an investment in a soft cashmere winter warmer men’s coat.

Fur Coats

Men’s fur coats may have once been a statement of wealth and power. Now wearing the skin of an animal makes a statement of ignorance and lack of care for the environment. Fur may have once been a necessity, now it is a potentially dangerous frivolity. Protestors and PETA activists single out those wearing fur coats and attack them with slander and spray paint. Stick to wool, no one had to die for it and you will not risk being politically incorrect.

The Right Jacket for the Right Occasion

Another fashion faux pas’ includes trying to wear a parka, hoodie or jean jacket with a suit. No matter what you have seen on the cover of a magazine this is not an appropriate choice to cover a tailored suit.

Find your style

Find your style, your colours and show your personality in your outerwear. For much of the year your coat is really the first impression that you offer when you walk into a room. Orchestrate that impression and buy the best that you can afford.



Source by Chris Norriss

Lola Rose Jewelery – The Story of Lola Rose

When the Lola Rose jewelery brand was first created ten years ago who would have known that it would quickly become one of the most well known jewelery ranges on both sides of the Atlantic. Worn by some of the most popular celebrities and seen in high end fashion magazines around the world, the Lola Rose jewelery range consists of some of the most elegant yet affordable pieces in the world of jewelery. But, the burning question has to be, just who is Lola Rose?

The Lola Rose jewelery range was born by Nicola Gewirtz back in 2000 as a side line venture to her promising career as a personal assistant in the corporate world. Having received a birthday gift from a friend which cost almost as much as the outfit it would compliment, Nicola realized that it was time luxurious jewelery was allowed to be purchased by the masses without the massive, sometimes outrageous price tags most commonly seen on the high street. So the Lola Rose jewelry range was born, named after her Grandma, Lola, an elegant woman on a daily basis, Nicola wanted to create a somewhat simple range of jewelery using still the best price range but still within a range range woman.

"Simply gorgeous, simply sexy, simply divine and simply chique." – Nicola Gewirtz for QVC

Initially just selling to her friends and family, Nicola quickly realized that this could and should be taken further. She took the gamble and with no real business knowledge started things formally and approached the big name stores. That was then, and now the Lola Rose jewelery range is one of the most respected ranges out there. Worn by celebrities such as Dannii Minogue, Halle Berry, and Angelina Jolie it has the endorsements of the 'A' lists while still retaining the price bracket that the masses can afford with typical pieces ranging from 50 to 100.

When asked, "what is your favorite piece", Nicola still stands by one of the first pieces she designed back in 2000, the 'tumble' bracelet, stating its simplicity is key to the range.

Lola Rose can be seen in many high street stores and across the web at places like QVC, JewelersWindow and even Amazon.

I wish Nicola the best of luck moving forward and am confident her pieces will continue to inspire and entice the public and accessorise the most glamorous of evenings.



Source by Steve Chadaway

Dress Code for a Limo Chauffeur

A Chauffeur dress code is a set of rules controlling what garments may be worn by a limousine driver. These rules are determined by the limousine company that employs the driver. They may set preference colors for suits, provide some uniforms or specific clothes for the driver to wear. However, chauffeur dress code has some universal rules that must be followed if your employee does not say otherwise.

Let’s look at the chauffeur dress code and what items should be worn by a male chauffeur.

Neck: For corporate runs and night outs tie is optional. However, a tie is required for weddings, graduations and other formal occasions. Bow ties are acceptable but are unusual. The top button of the collar of the shirt must be done up.

Overcoat can be worn if weather requires. Do not put overcoat over a single shirt. Wear a suit or a dark jacket.

Suit Jacket: Plain black suits are the preferred option for most limo operators, but any good quality dark suit is suitable too. Your limo company may have a color preference for a suit.

Shirt: Collared dress shirt is a necessity. It must be clean and well pressed. White is the universally preferred color for weddings and graduations, and other special occasions. For night outs your chauffeur could be dressed in black elegant shirt too. Any good quality white / black shirt will look good and elegant. Avoid button down collars.

Pants: Suit Pants that must match the jacket. Of course, preference for black if not specified otherwise.

Socks: Black or the same color as your suit. If not, at least same darkness as the suit. No logos, images of prints should be visible.

Footwear: Dress Leather Pumps. Preferably black, laced up. Note: people sometimes judge you by your shoes. It is a good idea to invest in good leather shoes and clean them every day.

Rings: A wedding or engagement ring is always allowed. Other rings should be kept away.

Belt: Leather belt that match your suit. No big belt buckles with logos or symbols.

The purpose of chauffeur dress is to represent the company and to make your customers feel in good hands. By following this dress code you will look professional and trustworthy from the second you step out of the limousine. However, the chauffeur needs much more than only to follow the dress code to impress the customers. On the other hand, a good first impression always helps.



Source by Wiliam G. Johnson

How I Made $1.4 Million With AdSense & Facebook

Many people think that arbitrage is no longer relevant… but they would be way wrong. I am going to show you how I made over $1.4 million dollars with arbitrage using Facebook and Google AdSense.

There are a few small factors that people forget about when trying to be successful with arbitrage. In this article, I am going to go over how to increase AdSense revenue and decrease Facebook ad spend… resulting in higher profits and higher ROI.

Facebook Ads

If you are not using Facebook Ads to drive traffic to your website, then you are missing out on a crucial vertical of quality web traffic that can boost your site to the next level. Many people have tried Facebook Ads by creating an ad with the default image and default targeting.. but don’t get the results they are expecting.

The key to Facebook Ads is getting high CTR (click-through rate) ads. When this happens your relevant score goes up which results in lower CPC (cost-per-click). When your CPC’s are low, your profits raise… and this is the key.

So how do you get higher CTR ads? Well, knowing your audience is one important piece. This allows you to target specific demographics and weed out any Facebook users that probably wouldn’t have clicked your ad. This will lower your CPC.

Another very important piece of your Facebook Ad is your text and image. Using the default image that Facebook picks for you will most likely get you no results. Ads that stand out more will get more clicks so the key is to make a highly engaging ad with a targeted demographic. One great method I use to create high CTR Facebook Ads is to use text on the image. I use Adobe Photoshop but you can find many free tools that will allow you to do this. Facebook only allows 20% of text on an image and I like to use the max amount. Use text colors that contrast with your image and make it pop.

Google AdSense

Increasing your AdSense revenue will also help raise profits. There are some great ways to do this that many people don’t know about.

A great tip to increase your AdSense revenue is to check out your placement on your site. How many ads do you have above the fold? Do you have ads in high traffic areas? Does your ad contrast with your page or blend in?

Answering these questions can help raise AdSense CTR and CPC. Another important factor is having image and text ads enabled. When you only enabled one, you are missing out on possible revenue from advertisers. Many people are moving to their mobile phones for internet browsing and it’s your job as a webmaster to make your site mobile friendly. Just having a mobile friendly site will increase your revenue by 15%.

One of the most important parts of increasing AdSense revenue is to increase your pageviews. The more times someone browses through your site, the more chance of an ad getting clicked. Keeping users on your site is a very crucial part if you want to make anything with AdSense. Your pageviews per session should be higher than 3. Each extra pageview you get increases your chances of more revenue so have a user-friendly site with engaging content that will make someone stay longer.

Advertising Management System

Having an advertising management system is a necessary piece to this whole equation. Without the AMS system I used, I wouldn’t have been able to make the amount of money I did. Having a place to see each Facebook ad campaign and correlating AdSense pages/campaigns is the only way to make this amount of money. You can do it manually and do OK, but if you want to be very successful, you must use an advertising management system.



Source by Tyler Horvath X

Samsung G600 – Simply Great to Operate

Samsung is one particular brand that has managed to actualise the expectations of the mobile phone users to a great extent. This brand has always lived up to the expectations of the people in producing both high end and basic handsets. However, the Samsung handsets are particularly known for their class apart designs. Therefore, the latest Samsung G600 is also not an exception.

This latest handset is also very trendy and comes with very sleek dimensions and lightweight. Quite amazingly, this handset weighs just 104 gms and comes with dimensions of 101 x 47.8 x 14.9 mm. The 2.2. inches TFT screen of this handset displays images with the support of 16 million colours and boasts of display resolutions of 240 x 320 pixels.

The Samsung G600 is very trendy and class apart in terms of storage capacity also. Its 55 MB embedded memory can be used to store innumerable data but, that too can be expanded with the support of microSD (TransFlash) card. AS a matter of fact, with the support of the memory card, you can expand the storage capacity according to your requirements.

The 5 mega pixels camera of this mobile phone would permit you to capture far, still, moving and close images without any hassles and that too with bright and sharp clarity. This camera phone has the potential to snap and store images with high resolutions of 2592 x 1944 pixels. Moreover, the extra options such as image stabiliser, flash and auto focus would assist you during the photographic sessions at ease.

Mobile phones are now ruling the wish list of almost every type of people. Moreover, when the Samsung mobile phones are concerned, people give a thumbs up to this brand as almost every model stands apart in the competition with high end designs and advanced specifications. The Latest Samsung G600 handset even comes enriched with high tech options such as document viewer, enticing music player, Bluetooth printing, WAP browser, TV out and built-in-handsfree etc. Thus, it would be a good decision for you, if you opt this handset to enhance both your communication and entertainment options.



Source by Alden Jerry

Boulevard to Royalty, to Both The Classic And Modern Together

Trends will always remain transitionally static as human ideas keep changing and progress proceeds. Fur collars are the improved and proficient way to stay up to the latest of fashion trends. It is not only a neat thing to wear around the neck but it also helps customers get over the tangled situations of choice when it comes to selective dress.

The subjectivity of our matter is a dress code which would be able to reflect a glamorous and glorified personality. Such products are henceforth the universal element to any dress code. Be it a casual wear with dress or shirts or even formal wear or outer leather coverings and jackets, with their exquisite and abundant range of designs ranging from real to faux furs are boldly visible in the market and will match on anything one wears.

The products are unique in design and one can reach the highest level of satisfaction in looks if the proper chemistry is created. Such collars bridge the gap between modern and classic distinctions. Fur lovers will especially acknowledge the material comfort and luxury of the commodity.

One great thing about real fur collars is that it is experimental in its usage. One can always maintain a sense of royalty through the material as a part of European fashion and this would provide the classic edge coinciding with the modern citizen. The coexistence of the classic outlook and the modern perspective results into one remarkable output, a personality worth everyone’s notice.

Generally, such material items are preferred for special occasions. One can easily add a special element to the dress, an element of aristocracy in fact, to the entire personality and it would serve the purpose of glorifying the special occasion as well. Apart from special occasions, say weddings or Christmas, such items can also be used on a daily basis, especially in winter.

It can potentially barricade the cold and provide comfort as well, comparatively better than stores and provides a certain majestic look as well. Speaking of being experimental, the products go in different shades and one can always play around with colors to get the best part of the self to manifest. Colorful combinations will provide a casual glamor and identical shades will offer a classical touch to an elite hood.

Real fur collars are always the providers of a certain extra. It is that addition which people actually want to inherit, a majestic image with which people are in love with and such an item provide this certain extra glam to the respective outfit. It is never a unit out of harmony from the outfit and can always be used in distinctive ways by the customer.

One can put in on old dresses or jackets and it would bring to life sparkling effects of old clothing as well. The best way to reach satiable levels of output is by a compromised usage, for example, the item will look great with the outfit if it is the only element with fur. They apparently provide a unique specialty, in-fact catchy element that will inevitably attract a hundred eyes. are the classy way to stay within the bounds of imperial fashion and is subsequently the trendiest way to live up to the cultural outlook of the times.



Source by Marilyn Smith

Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man

There are a few rare movies that stick with an entire culture for any length of time. Harley Davidson and the Marlboro man is one of those movies. This 1991 flick stars Mickey Rourke and Don Johnson.

Now, the fact that the movie "stuck" with us in culture does not necessarily mean that it did well. In fact, it earned a dismount amount in theaters nationwide. Even so, there are many dedicated fans out there that love "Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man."

The move starts off with the Harley Davidson Character in a Texas motel. He is listening to the radio when he hears about a drug called crystal dream. He forgets about the drug for the time being. Harley then meets the Marlboro man and they discuss their friend who is in the middle of losing his bar.

The pair decides to plan a bank robbery to help stop the bar from being demolished. Their plan is fooled when they discover that what they actually stopped was the Crystal Dream drug from Harley Davidson's dream. This creates even more drama as there are now some hit-men after Harley and the Marlboro man.

For those who are a fan of Mickey Rourke or Don Johnson (or both) this is a great film for you. No one is pretending that this is a film of a serious nature, but it is one that is great to kick back with your buddies to

The two lead actors are great compliments to one another. Where one falters the other looks to pick up gracefully. Together, they offer some of the best one-liners in film history. People quote some of the things they say day in and day out.

In addition to the two main characters you'll also find some great supporting characters. Tom Sizemore, Big John Studd, and Daniel Baldwin all offer stunning roles. Of course, you can not forget the women of the film. Tia Carrera and Vanessa Williams show the men how it's done.

This film will give you all the violence and action that you can handle. This one is probably best for a guys night in for a group that likes a rough and tumble time. Harley Davidson and the Marlboro man offer an unmatched value.



Source by Steven Harrison

Origins and Functions of Clothing

Clothing is a garment made from various kinds of materials and taking several forms used by men and women to cover their body. These garments maybe made from woven materials (silk, polyester), animal skin (leather and fur) or from synthetic materials (spandex). Some of the pieces of clothing commonly worn are slacks, jeans, skirts, shorts, shirts, blouses, vests, coats.

Origins of clothing

Fur, leather, grass or leaves were believed to be some of the earliest materials that made up clothes. These materials were tied around the body, draped or wrapped. Archeologists and anthropologists debate on the exact date of the origins of clothing since clothes made from fur, leather, leaves and grass deteriorate rapidly compared to other materials. In Kostensi, Russia, prehistoric sewing needles made of bones and ivory were identified as from 30,000 BC. There was also a discovery of dyed flax fibers in a prehistoric cave in the Republic of Georgia that is believed to be 36,000 years old.

Functions of clothing

The primary function of clothing is the covering of the body as protection against the elements. In cold regions, it is to keep the body warm. In warm regions, clothes serve as protection from sunburn or wind damage. Early humans may have saved the skins of the animals they hunted and used them as clothes to keep warm or gathered leaves and grass to cover their bodies.

The social aspect of the wearing of clothes is another function. Clothing is used to serve as class distinction. In American Indian tribes, their chief or leader wore elaborate headgear. In Ancient Rome, the wearing garments dyed with Syrian Purple were limited to senators.

Another function of clothing is the maintenance of decency. In the Bible, Adam and Eve covered their bodies when they realized that they were naked after eating the fruit from the forbidden tree. In some Islamic countries, women were required to cover the whole of their bodies except the face. In most societies, it is indecent for men and women to mingle with others without wearing clothes. With more relaxed standards in modern times, this function is being undermined as some clothes tend to be provocative that the distinction of decency is becoming blurred.

Another use for clothing is for uniforms for occupations, affiliations, etc. Judges and magistrate wear robes in courts. The members of team sports wear identical jerseys to distinguish themselves from other teams. Even in the military, each unit (army, navy, air force) have their distinct uniforms.

Self-expression is another function of clothes. In general, wearing clothes with the color of black is a sign of mourning. Also, modern times have seen the influence of fashion to pop culture. Elaborate and artistic pieces of clothing for every occasions and moods are almost always available to most.



Source by Kenny Leones

Fashion Jewelry Redefines Feminine Grace

There’s wearing ornamental pieces made of gold, platinum, and silver, and then there’s opportunity to wear fashion statement jewelry. With the modern lifestyle adding different dimensions to the experience of wearing jewelry, the contemporary women are bound to add a piece of the fashion pie in their wardrobes.

While heading for a party from desk, one may not find proper time to select accessories. What is required here is a piece that will not be too awkward at office, as well as, add glamor to the dinner party. Fashion statement jewellery are best to gear up any attire. This kind of accessories include all kinds of earrings, necklaces, rings and bangles. Marvelous bracelets with minimal intricacies, extraordinary rings with stones, edgy, bold necklaces and other statement pieces can help changing casual into classy and elegant. A piece of jewelry becomes attention grabber when it amplifies the outlook within.

Wearing something that grabs the attention with its magnificence may not be new. However, wearing something that is totally different and capturing the attention of an audience just for its difference is fashion statement. Statement jewellery for women help to pull an outfit together. What seems drab and boring can turn into an attractive appearance with these pieces. Clothes are a way of expressing the self. Addition of the bold helps to express the courageous and defying self.

Every matter in the world has its own advantages and disadvantages. The biggest advantage of wearing fashion statement jewelry is that it is a stunner in itself. One does not need to embellish the look with additional accessories. Most importantly, the body part on which the fashion piece is adorned is highlighted the most. However, it is also known fact that an erroneous match to put up the bravest look may turn into disaster. It is important to be careful while choosing your statement jewelry. A balance between each part of the look helps to avoid donning a wrong outfit. A Statement jewellery is the focus of one’s look. It is wrong to try to wear all kinds of statement jewelry together. It makes the look unbalanced and verging to ridiculous. Usually one piece of fashion statement jewelry is enough for the trendy appearance.

With traditional jewelry stores still fashioning jewelry with monotonous regularity, it is time to indulge in product discovery. A fashion statement is never defined. It is usually defined by individuals with their respective choices. Though there are few ways in which statement jewelry are fashioned by modern women today, there are always scope for innovations.



Source by Jayshree Makadia

Authentic Designer Handbags – How to Spot a Fake Handbag From an Authentic One

In today’s economy, the growing number of knock-off designer handbags continues to rise. For the woman that is still after the authentic designer handbags, this can present a challenge. Have no fear, there are ways that you can identify an authentic designer handbag. We’re here to help! Below are some of the designer handbag brands that we carry and how you can identify the real from the fake and save yourself from a disappointing purchase.

B. Makowsky handbags: B. Makowsky handbags are known for their supple leather, chunky hardware and signature lining. Most knock-off handbags are not made of this same genuine soft leather and will not have the signature satin lining. Look for these characteristics when shopping B. Makowsky handbags. If the price looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Michael Kors handbags: Michael Kors is known for his trademark square buckles, snaps or accents on the handbag. Every Michael Kors purse has these square accents. The knock-offs do not have these accents or often times forget to use the logo on the hardware.

Marc Jacobs handbags: Marc Jacobs zippers have slanted “i’s”. If the bag has upright “i’s” then it is probably a fake. Authentic Marc Jacobs handbags do not have blank zippers. Note that on some of their E/W (East/West) handbags a Lampo zipper will be used. A Lampo zipper is manufactured by Lampo and will have the zipper brand found on the backside or underneath the zipper. Fake Michael Kors bags will often have a metal or leather tag hanging from the bag. These never appear on authentic Michael Kors bags. Avoid handbags with tags that state “Authentic Marc Jacobs”. Some replica manufacturers use this to fool consumers in believing they have purchased an authentic bag. Each Michael Kors bag should have a metal label inside that says Michael Kors and it should not have a serial number or identification number. This is not a feature of Michael Kors handbags.

Brahmin handbags: Rest assured that there have not been any discovered knock-offs of Brahmin handbags yet. At one point, these handbags were being assembled in China so don’t be alarmed if you find an authentic that says “made in China” as these are authentic handbags.

Cole Haan handbags: Cole Haan is notorious for soft and supple leather bags. When you bend the leather, you shouldn’t be able to feel any crinkle. If the leather has a plastic or rough feel, chances are it is a fake. Cole Haan bags cost anywhere from $300 to $12,000 so if someone is selling it for $25, chances are it is a fake.

There are some steps you can take into consideration when buying a discount designer handbag:

  • Read the description of the bag carefully and ask questions for anything that may seem unclear. If the description states the handbag is a “replica” or “designer inspired” then the bag is not authentic.
  • Consider the price of the handbag. If the price looks too good to be true, then chances are it is. If the bag is being sold for 25% of the original retail, chances are it’s a fake. Also note that there are authentic brands online at 40% off or even a little higher so you’ll need to investigate those further.
  • Determine if the dealer is a reputable dealer. Some things you can ask yourself are: Do they have a reasonable return policy? Does their website have a professional look and feel? Are they selling other products besides the designer handbags?
  • Look for key trademark characteristics that are notorious for the specific designers. We have listed some of these traits above to help you identify by brand.
  • Designer handbags are usually crafted of fine leather and soft fabrics. If the handbag is crafted in cheap leather, it’s probably a knock-off.
  • Check the stitching to make sure it’s even and straight. Fake designer handbags usually have crooked or incomplete stitching. Authentic bags will have even and straight stitching.

Most importantly, if you aren’t sure, ask the dealer if their bag is authentic and what their return policy is. If they are willing to offer a return policy or 100% satisfaction guarantee, then the designer handbags are usually authentic. We hope that we have helped to give you the tools you need to shop for authentic designer handbags.



Source by Alison C.

Top 5 Accessories for Your Canon EOS 60D DSLR

Congratulations! You have the very best DSLR the Canon EOS 60D in your hands. If you have just met your camera let me introduce you a bit about it. The 60D replaces the popular 50D and boasts an 18 MegaPixel CMOS sensor with a DIGIC 4 engine, Full HD Video recording, wireless flash, and a very new vari-angle LCD screen. Also on board is a 3.5mm stereo microphone jack. All in all a great camera with equally great looks.

Now moving on to the Top Accessories your Backpack should hold are listed below.

5 Most Needed Accessories For Canon EOS 60D

1. EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens

2. LP-E6 Battery Pack

3. SanDisk 16GB Extreme – SDHC Class 10 High Performance memory card

4. Tiffen 67mm UV Protection Filter Canon 2400 SLR Gadget Bag

5. SquareTrade 3-Year Camera/Camcorder Warranty Plus Accident Protection

5 Upgrades to 60D Kit Lens

1. EF 50mm f/1.8 II

2. EF 50mm f1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens

3. EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom Lens

4. EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens

5. EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

5 Best Tripods for your 60D

1. Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod and Ball Head

2. Vista Explorer 60″ Lightweight Tripod with Tripod Bag

3. Joby GP2-D1EN Gorillapod Flexible Tripod with Bubble Level

4. Manfrotto 7302YB M-Y Tripod with Ball – Replaces 725B

5. Digital Concepts TR-60N Camera Tripod with Carrying Case

5 Essential Flashes for the 60D

1. Speedlite 430EX II Flash

2. Speedlite 580EX II Flash

3. Speedlite 270EX Flash

4. Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Ring Flash

5. Canon MR-14EX Macro Ring Lite

5 Best Books for Canon 60D

1. Your World 60D – The Still Photographer’s Guide to Operation And Image Creation by Douglas Klostermann

2. Canon EOS 60D (The Expanded Guide) by Tracy Hallett

3. Canon EOS 60D: From Snapshots to Great Shots by Nicole S. Young

4. Canon EOS 60D Digital Field Guide by Charlotte K. Lowrie

5. Canon EOS 60D For D by Julie Adair King, Robert Correll



Source by Mansukh M

Mustard Seed Necklaces and Their Meaning

Mustard seed necklaces are very unusual yet very tasteful Christian jewelry. However, many people, Christians and non-Christians alike are unaware of the existence of this wonderful crafty jewelry. This article will tackle the beautiful meaning of the necklaces that are made of these wonderful seeds.

The mustard seed is mentioned several times in the Bible, mostly in the parables. It symbolizes faith, God’s Kingdom, humble beginnings or change.

This seed reminds Christians of the power of faith. A little faith, even as small as a grain of mustard, can move even the highest mountains. That little grain of faith is enough to help a person enter God’s Kingdom.

It also reminds Christians of humble beginnings, for a small, almost invisible seed contains a plant that can grow up to more than fifteen feet tall, if proper nurturing is given to it.

The mustard tree was once considered a very destructive weed in the ancient times, because the seeds grow very quickly and without any care. It was even called “the one with the dangerous takeover properties”. However, now the mustard tree is considered a valuable source of food. And that remind Christians that people can change for the better, as something that is so impure can become something very helpful.

Now, if you are looking for an awesome yet very unique gift to a Christian friend, then I suggest you get them a mustard seed necklace. Most of these dazzling necklaces are found online, and If you do a quick Google search, you might find the most beautiful Christian jewelry online!



Source by Andrea Gregorio

Dash Kit Installation

One nice way to improve the insight of your car is to supply it with wood dash kit. There is no need to buy an expensive vehicle to get benefits from the addition of dashboard trim to your original factory dash kit. Today car owners are always seeking for variants to restyle their cars and SUVs. Mounting the dash kit to your ride is very easy. Spending low efforts and time, you will greatly raise the value of your car. Following the installation step-by-step instruction below will help you to commit an easy and quick mounting of the newly bought dash trim kit on your automobile.

Right now I'm going to take you step by step through the installation of your trim kit. I would suggest that you first read this article through to the end before you begin the installation. Then you can restart reading, pausing when you work on each step. At the first step of the process make sure that you have correct part numbers for your particular application. Kits may be different for automatic and manual transmission, 4-wheel driving and so on. So you need to check that before beginning. The schematic will be supplied with you kit which will help you identify all the individual parts. And it is a good idea to keep this schematic with your warranty card for future reference if you ever need a replace a damaged part. The items included for the installation are:

– 3M Prep-Sol 70 wax and grease remover;
– Adhesion promoter;
– alcohol napkin;
– paper towels;
– a pair of latex gloves.

In addition you will need a heat gun or a hair drier, standard screwdriver and a scratch resistant fabric. Before starting any work use a plastic cover to protect the surfaces of the vehicle from damage. Then separate trim parts from the packing material. The actual installation begins with by testing fitting each trim piece to its proper location. This allows you to check the fit of each piece as well as familiarize yourself with its mounting location. At this time you will want to know the easiest way to properly align each part.

Check for the most obvious lines such such switches, vent or radio cuts out for a correct positioning. Because the wood trim is flat you will need to note areas which will require special attention if the need a bending to match sharp curves. Remember you're installing real wood and you want to make sure it's flexible enough before test fitting to an area. Therefore we recommend that if the temperature is below 80 degrees Fahrenheit you should use a heat gun or hair drier or the vehicle's heating system to raise temperature to between 80 and 100 degrees on the trim components. Use a low heat setting of the heat gun or hair drier and continuously moving with a back and forth movements to prevent an overheating and damaging the surfaces. The heat gun or hair drier should be 6-7 inches from the surface of the wood. However, if you are using a home type hair drier, you will need to head wood trim longer to reach the desired flexibility. It is very important to properly clean all the factory surfaces, to which the trim parts would be applied. DO NOT use the sharp fabrics for cleaning this factory surfaces or panels. Instead use soft towels and the special wipes provided. Do NOT reuse towels on the cleaning steps as they become contaminated. Apply 3M Prep-Sol 70 to a fresh towel to clean the factory surfaces. Then wipe the surfaces dry with a clean towel.

DO NOT spray or pour the cleaner directly on the factory surfaces. If the vehicle's surfaces were protected by special covers, you will need to repeat the cleaning process for 5 times. An easy test to check your cleaning process is to stick a piece of masking tape to a clean surface. If the tape does not properly stick, repeat the cleaning steps. When the interior surfaces are properly cleaned with 3M Prep-Sol 70, use the alcohol napkins to thoroughly wipe down the surfaces then allow them to air dry. Now you will again fit each trim trim piece close close attention to the operational switches, vents, ash trays, cup holders and so on. When each individual part is properly positioned, trace around the outside edge with the pencil. This will mark the area to be treated with adhesion promoter. Carefully apply the adhesion promoter to the areas in the trace line. If any promoter was accidentally applied to the areas not to be covered with new trim parts, you must immediately wipe it off before it dries. Use a clean towel wet with alcohol and carefully wipe the area. DO NOT apply …