Opening Your Own Boutique – What Customers Want

By on May 9, 2014 in Business | 0 comments

107035395_c9c67f1d2b_oIt can be agreed upon most that women’s boutiques have a tremendous amount of staying power. Let’s face it many women love to shop. Women are always searching for the latest fashion trends and beauty secrets. It is estimated that women spend over $750 billion dollars each year on clothing and accessories. The amount that women spend on gym memberships are at an all-time high despite the current state of the economy. Our society places a considerable amount of value on beauty and fashion and there is no doubt that the earnings related to these industries are lucrative. One of the most important questions that aspiring boutique owners should ask themselves is, “what do customers want?” (more…)

Lack of Female CEO’s a Loss For Everyone

By on May 9, 2014 in Business | 0 comments

3100604853_f44dfaed43_zOnly twenty six of America’s fortune 500 companies have female CEOs. That translates to a paltry 3%, a dismal statistic when it comes to gender equality. It would be absurd to argue that sexism is a thing of the past in view of such a glaringly obvious discrepancy in the promotion of women to top corporate posts. Efforts are being made by many organizations to correct such inequality, and those efforts seem to have helped women enjoy more equal treatment in corporate positions up to the C suite, but they have clearly not gone far enough when it comes to the top job, or any job above the C suite. There are a number of factors that contribute to this problem. Unless it is solved, corporations that do not embrace equality will continue to lose out in the war for talent. (more…)

Steps for Making Money as a Fashion Blogger

By on May 9, 2014 in Business, Fashion | 0 comments

For women who love fashion, there’s no better place to indulge in the latest trends and connect with others than the Internet. If you are passionate about fashion, a blog can be a great way to share your opinion and make money while doing it. Creating a blog that makes money will take some effort, but successful bloggers will quickly reap the rewards. Here are the steps to get started. (more…)

Choosing the Correct Fitness Shoes

By on Apr 23, 2015 in Fashion | 0 comments

Over the years I have competed in 12 marathons, two CrossFit main events, three triathlons and hundreds of soccer games. To compete at the highest level can take months of training and a huge amount of preparation.

The entire learning process for any sport can be quite complex. Improving your personal best efforts is sometime demoralizing when you don’t reach your targets. Your hard work might be hampered by simply wearing the wrong shoes.

I recently conducted a survey at my local running club to see what type of shoes everyone was wearing. I was shocked to find out that 14 of the 96 members were not wearing shoes designed for running!

After time-testing the 14 members with their old shoes and a set of new running shoes, we noticed big improvements with every athlete. The importance of wearing the correct shoes is paramount.

Below I have listed my recommended shoes for a range of different activities and sports.

Shoes for Cross Training

If you do a mixture of training or sporting events you will require a pair of cross training shoes. I have been a member of my local CrossFit box for the past eight years. It’s important I use the best crossfit shoes for women during my training, simply because I will be using them around five times a week.

My current recommendation is the Reebok Nano 4.0, as they are designed for CrossFit and are very durable, giving you good value for your money.

Shoes for Running

Choosing a pair of running shoes can take time because there are so many different makes and models. I would highly recommend going to a local running store and trying on a range of different designs. The running store will also measure your feet to ensure the correct fitting.

Over the years I have tried and tested lots of different brands. Right now I use the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14. The design is excellent and the fitting is perfect for me, but they are a little expensive.

Shoes for Soccer

If you play field soccer you really need a pair of boots. The Adidas and Nike range are both well designed and comfortable, but do tend to be expensive.

I play a lot of Astroturf soccer with five-a-side teams. If you want to participate you will need a flexible pair of shoes that can grip the turf well.

I have only been using them for two weeks but the Nike Free 5.0 V6 are simply awesome. They are available in four different colors, but it’s all about performance and these shoes really are special.

Shoes for Weight Training

The Reebok Nano 4.0 would be fine if you can’t afford two pairs of shoes. If you are mainly focusing on lifting, then it would be a good idea to buy a pair of shoes designed just for this type of training.

I use the Nike Romaleos 2 for heavy lifting and they still look brand new. The support given by the shoe is excellent and it’s a pleasure to wear them during every session.

Enjoy a Better Physique With These Ideas for Getting Fit

By on Apr 14, 2015 in Fashion | 0 comments

Lacking motivation often causes people to not reach their weight loss goal. You will have the best results if you apply tips like the ones in this article, which can help make your workouts more fun and enjoyable.

More than likely, you’ve seen a baby dance to the beat of music. It is almost impossible to stay still while listening to music. Listening to music while you exercise can definitely make it more enjoyable and effective. Music is a great way to keep you motivated when getting tired and it is also a great way to keep exercising fun.

Have a friend join you for your workout. When you use exercise as a reason to hang out with friends, you will be amazed at how fast it goes and how much fun you have. You will forget about the pain of working out if you have friends to talk to.

Video game workouts are another tool you can put in your exercise arsenal. Playing a game is another great option that makes you forget about how tired you are while working out. As your focus is going to be on the video game, you will forget you are actually exercising. Even as you continue to exercise, you will not feel the same fatigue as a regular workout.

A difficult part of working out is being watched as you exercise. Well-fitting workout clothes will do wonders for your self-confidence. There is a wide variety of styles, colors and sizes for people to wear when working out. Choose workout gear that makes you feel comfortable, but also is a little fun. Dressing well leads to feeling good, which results in more motivation to exercise.

Since exercise routines can get boring quickly, be prepared to change up your routine often. It is important to introduce new ways to exercise into your routine to avoid from getting bored. Keep your spirits up. When you take a break from exercise, it’s hard to rebuild the momentum you had going.

Rewarding yourself for making progress is an excellent way to stay motivated as you work toward your fitness goals. Whether it be a scoop of your favorite ice cream or a pair of new earrings, your reward needs to be something you anticipate and appreciate so that you can stay motivated going forward. You do not have to spend lots of money or go overboard in any way. It will remind you of how well you are doing and at the same time will keep you motivated.

Be like a friend I have that owns a search engine optimization company called YourLocalSEOExpert.com. He runs 4 miles every day and eats clean 6 days per week. He stays below 7% effortlessly.

Exercising does not have to be a drag. You can have fun and make more progress with a few simple alterations. Use the information in this piece to turn your exercise routine into something fun, rather than something you dread.

How to have great looking skin

By on Apr 2, 2015 in Fashion | 0 comments

The skin is a vital part of the body which contains around 20 per cent of our total weight and acts as a protective layer between our organs and the outside world. Here are some tips for looking after it well.

Make sure you protect your skin from the sun

The sun is the biggest cause of ageing. It can’t be avoided totally, but there’s a lot we can do to stop it becoming too damaging. It’s best to avoid the sun when it is at its strongest between 10-4pm and to either stay indoors or wear clothing that will protect you, such as a long-sleeved shirt, trousers and a wide-brimmed hat. And of course wear sun cream – with a protection factor of at least 15, higher if you have very pale skin.

Don’t smoke or drink

Smoking cigarettes is not only bad for the lungs, it also ages us prematurely by degrading the oxygen in the body and thus damaging collagen and causing wrinkles. Alcohol is not great either so try to keep your consumption of alcohol down if you possibly can.

Consume plenty of water

Water is great for the skin so try and consume plenty every day. Keep a bottle beside you at work so you’ve got easy access to water at all times.

Clean your skin regularly

Wash your skin at least twice a day with water and a gentle soap, then when the skin is dried apply a moisturizer. This protects the skin from any damaging weather conditions.

Exfoliate your skin

Use a gentle scrub to exfoliate your skin a few times a week.

Good food

Don’t eat too much greasy or oily food as this is really bad for your skin. Try instead to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables – leafy vegetables are particularly good for you.

Try and avoid processed foods if you can as they aren’t good for you, and keep your sugar intake down.

Sleep

Plenty of sleep is vital for our all-round well-being. If you are tired, your health will not be as good and your skin will often not look as good either. One of the reasons for this is that sleep helps promote cell turnover, which is important for good-looking skin.

Exercise

Doing plenty of exercise is another important factor in keeping us healthy, and if we are healthy our skin will look better. Exercise improves circulation and boosts the amount of nutrients that are going to the skin.
Things like yoga and meditation are great for keeping stress under control. Stress is particularly bad for conditions such as acne, rosacea or eczema.

If you have no luck with any of the list above then maybe you could consider going to an expert to sort your problem out. However most people’s skin problems will be sorted out fairly easily be following the things we’ve listed here. They will also help people with more severe skin problems, but not necessarily solve their difficulties totally. You may need to take further measures, which you can find more about here, or if you are Spanish aqui.

2 Ways to Get Your Inner Glow Going

By on Mar 30, 2015 in Fashion | 0 comments

It feels great when you are at your optimum weight and you look good in the latest fashions. On the other hand, it doesn’t feel very good when you are unhealthy and beyond your recommended Body Mass Index. Of course, we all know that diet and exercise are two of the best ways to get looking good and feeling good — and rocking the spring fashions you are probably looking at nowadays. So let’s talk about a good way to improve your diet without getting onboard with the latest diet fad, and an exciting and fun way to get exercise in a way that is constantly gaining in popularity.

So, an idea for how to improve your diet: eat more brown rice. Simple, isn’t it? If you haven’t made the switch from white rice to brown rice what are you waiting for? The benefits of brown rice compared to white rice are numerous:

  • Brown rice has a lower glycemic index – if you don’t already know about this important nutritional factor find out. It’s important.
  • Brown rice has more fibre.
  • Brown rice has more vitamins and minerals.
  • Brown rice digests more slowly giving you energy over a longer period of time than white rice.

The only downside of brown rice is it that it takes twice as long to cook. However, that is a problem easily solved by buying a pressure cooker (browse this site for one). Buying the best pressure cooker you can afford — and many of them are not expensive — will make cooking many things a lot faster, not just brown rice. Even better if you can get an electric pressure cooker as most of them are programmable, so you don’t have to worry about remembering to turn it off at the right time.

Next up, an idea to improve your health without having to drag your self to the gym every time you want to get a workout: paddle boarding! This may not be a viable option for some of you at some times of the year but if you can do it during the summer or, depending on where you live, in the winter too, you will find a good energizing workout awaits you. Paddle boarding is a nice change and gets you outside on the water. It also has a social aspect and an element of unpredictability that you won’t get indoors; you are dealing with the changing conditions of wind and water, instead of taking part in a climate-controlled workout inside. There are now more options for paddle boards as well. You can now get inflatable standup paddle boards, surf paddle boards, and of course the usual type of paddle board.

So, just a couple of ideas to get your thoughts moving around the important areas of diet and nutrition. Remember, outer beauty starts with inner beauty. If you have a glow of well-being and are in good health the beautiful clothes and accessories you add on top of that are just, as they say, icing on the cake. Here’s to a vibrant, beautiful and happy spring.

How To Stay Motivated Toward Your Fitness Goals

By on Mar 27, 2015 in Fashion | 0 comments

When it comes to fitness, one of the things I hate to see is when people give up because they become frustrated with their lack of progress. It’s understandable as working out requires a lot of hard work. If that work is not paying dividends, then why keep going at it so hard? What’s unfortunate is that lack of results is usually due to a knowledge gap about proper workouts and nutrition. No matter how motivated you are toward your fitness goals, it get really hard to stay motivated if you aren’t seeing the results you desire. If this is you, then you’re in luck as I’m going to provide you with some tips that will help you not only stay motivated toward your fitness goals, but to also get those results that you desire.

Create Mini Goals That Lead To Big Goals

You’ve probably heard it once if not a thousand times that setting goals is the best way to stay motivated to do just about anything. While that’s true for the most part, if you don’t set goals in the correct way, you can set yourself up for failure without even knowing it. This happens because most people set goals based on years or months. The problem with that being in the daily grind, those goals can seem really far off. For example, if you’re goal is to lose 20 pounds in 6 months, then the idea of having that cookie or cake today doesn’t seem like it would be a big deal, thinking ” 6 months is a so far away, so I have plenty of time”. If you set those goals that you normally do but also set “mini goals,” you can reach those bigger milestone goals in a more effective way. For the above example, you can have bi weekly goals to lose 1 pound or some other goal that can be accomplished in a shorter time frame.

Understand What Supplements Do & What They Don’t Do

It never fails that supplements get brought up in one form or another with anyone I work with. Supplements do work well and help out when it comes to reaching fitness goals, but most people don’t have a true understanding about the role supplements play in fitness and nutrition. They get far too much credit than they really deserve because they do work but only if you also couple that with a sound nutrition and workout plan. It’s important to understand what each supplement does and what it doesn’t do before you spend any hard earned money on them. Since I personally don’t really get into all the supplements too much and what they do, I would recommend heading over to http://www.themusclereview.com, as they have comprehensive reviews of the top supplements out on the market and also will show you the best prices for those supplements as well. You can click here to find out more information about the site and the guy behind it as well.

Have Patience

Even if the proper workout and nutrition protocols are in place, many people still get frustrated with their lack of perceived progress because they think it’ll come much faster than it really does. The truth is that to change the human body, it takes a lot of effort and time – it doesn’t just happen overnight. In fact, anybody that you see that has a great physique didn’t obtain that physique in a matter of months. It likely took them years of hardwork and dedication toward that goal. You should lower your expectations until you see how your body responds and understand that even slow progress is still progress. If you look at it in the grand scheme of things, those small victories will add up and create big changes.

The Low Carb Diet: Why Rice is Not Totally Bad For You

By on Mar 26, 2015 in Fashion | 0 comments

There are plenty of fitness experts and nutritionists who have removed rice from their clients’ diets in order for them to lose weight. This may be applicable to westerners who do not really consider rice as part of their staple diet. If you’re one of those people who only eat rice on occasion, removing it from your diet may not seem much of  a sacrifice. If this is the case than you’re better off removing bread or french fries from your meal plan. The calories and carbs in bread and potatoes can be equal to that of rice if you were eating it on a regular basis.

However, if rice is part of your culture and your daily diet, it could be very difficult to drop rice from the meal plan. In Asian countries for example, rice is eaten three times a day, sometimes as a substitute or even in conjunction with noodles and a protein source. Some nutritionists fail to see that this kind of meal plan is actually healthy because rice is normally eaten with fish, vegetables or lean protein. The Asian diet consists of lean meats or fish which is also stewed or grilled. Unlike Western food, their cuisine is not fat-heavy nor is it steeped in preservatives and extenders. So while rice is a staple, the rest of the other meal components is considered healthy so rice is not at all that bad.

In order to lose weight, cutting out rice from the diet is not exactly necessary. It could be decreased from three times a day to once or twice a day. Alternatively, healthier kinds of rice can be consumed. For example, there’s the brown or red rice option which is higher in fiber as well as lower in glycemic index. This means that it is not only healthier, but is a better source of carbohydrates for those who are watching their weight or suffering from conditions such as diabetes or other metabolic problems. The fact that it is less or almost unrefined also means that there is more fiber in it to help digestion and prevent colon cancer.

Actually, it is advisable to switch to healthier rice options from an ordinary potato and bread diet. It will come out much healthier and cheaper to buy in the long term. Most people also say that rice keeps them feeling full for a longer period of time

Red or brown rice can be cooked just the same way as ordinary rice. You can try to scout for the best rice cookers online after having read rice cooker reviews from moms or other credible people. If living alone, you don’t need a very big one. But the good thing about getting a larger one is you can cook the rice you will consume for a few days, portion it and store it in the fridge. You can then pack it conveniently for lunch or just microwave it when you come home from work at night. It will work well with stir-fried or steamed vegetables and fish.

If you’re interested to know more about rice cookers and the proper way to cook rice, check out homecentric.org for different options.

Avoiding Scams When Buying Gemstones Online

By on Mar 22, 2015 in Fashion | 0 comments

You need to protect yourself from online scammers when buying jewelry. 

It might be very convenient to just go online and buy jewelry. You don’t have to worry about driving to the jewelry store or even run the risk of being robbed. When you buy online, you just have to place your order and it will be delivered straight to you. Other than you and the online jewelry store, no one else will know that you have made a purchase.

Well, this seems easy, but the truth is that it is also complicated. There are a lot of people who fool gullible buyers online. They don’t necessarily sell authentic jewelry or any item for that matter. They just want to get money and deliver nothing. Since jewelry can be very expensive, if you happen to meet these people, then you lose a lot of money at once. Thus, you need to be extra careful.

Get recommendations

The first thing that you need to do is to find recommendations from people who have tried buying from a particular online store before. By then, you are assured about its authenticity. For sure, your family members or your close friends will not lie to you. If they have encountered an online scammer before, ask about it so you can avoid it.

Read reviews

Another way to be certain is to read online reviews. There are a lot of people who have tried buying online before who wish to share their experience. Those who have been fooled will even create blogs just to warn others about a particular site. Thus, reading reviews help. By then, you will have an assurance that nothing wrong will happen to you. If you think that a particular site is questionable given its record, then just avoid to be safe.

Don’t buy from questionable sites

There are websites that don’t necessarily have anything useful in them. However, they have a tab where you can make direct purchase. In fact, the entire site is more concerned about getting money from you. The other information is not updated at all. Well, in this case, you have to run away. This is a scary website that you don’t want to have transactions with.

Look for popular sites

When you search for jewelry stores online, there are stores that come out on top of the list. This means that they are very popular. If this is the case, then you can trust them. It also means you have to pay more as they are popular, but it does not matter. After all, you are getting what you have paid for. Besides, they can provide promotions due to the number of clients that they already have.

If you really want to land with the best store, then do your research. Read about online sites and find out the best option for you. It is also great if you can read about Semi Precious Stones List, which is a really useful chart. It will help you identify which stone is perfect for you and where you can find them. Once you stay away from scammers, your online purchase will be just fine.

How you can build a better audience

By on Mar 21, 2015 in Fashion | 0 comments

The health and fitness industry is in shambles. There are so many bad products out there, and the products that are good tend to create so much hype through their bad advertising and marketing; they are almost guaranteed to disappoint the buyer.

On the flip side, the fashion industry is in a great position. Their advertising is fun, informative and helpful. Beauty and fashion magazines sell more clothes than any other advertising, and the funny thing is they aren’t even actively trying to sell anything. An article in a fashion magazine or blog on fashion tips, or how to dress for your first interview is likely to sell more clothes than the advertising itself in the magazine. Buyers like to be educated, entertained, and helped. They do not however like to be sold. The fashion industry understands this concept better than any other industry out there.

In this post, I want to help build a better understanding on how the health industry adopt this marketing strategy of selling while helping, instead of just selling. Look at the diet pill market. Not many people trust wild weight loss claims due to the over aggressive advertising campaigns launched over the last year or two. This is sad, as there are plenty of supplements that do work. The same applies to the anti wrinkle cream market. Some of the products work, but people don’t believe claims anymore in advertising because they have been scammed before. The solution is right in front of us. As an industry, in the health and beauty market we need to start adopting the marketing mindset of the fashion industry. It’s really that simple.

Let’s stop trying to sell by promising results that are fake or unrealistic. Instead let’s try to help people, and give them enough information to decide whether they need a specific product or not. Take for example this blog reviewing LifeCell Anti Aging Cream, which is a product designed to reduce wrinkles and give a more youthful appearance to your skin. They aren’t trying to sell anything. In fact there’s not even a buy button anywhere. It’s just an honest review of an anti wrinkle product.

Doesn’t that work better? Wouldn’t you be more inclined to buy from a website that is giving you honest reviews (Amazon comes into my mind here) and isn’t pressuring you to make a purchase.

Apart from informative blogs, what else can the health and beauty industry do to rebuild trust? Well, as the tile of this post already suggests, you can build trust with your audience. The best way of doing that is through social media. As an example, on this anti aging Facebook page, users can find the latest updates on which skin cream products are helping people. These honest reviews will either recommend a product, or tell consumers to stay away. Something I have rarely seen done by other beauty companies. Don’t limit yourself to Facebook either, start building trust with your consumers on twitter, pinterest and any other social network you can think of. As long as you’re giving honest, and useful advice, you’ll be a step ahead of the competition already!

How you can build a better audience

By on Mar 21, 2015 in Fashion | 0 comments

The health and fitness industry is in shambles. There are so many bad products out there, and the products that are good tend to create so much hype through their bad advertising and marketing; they are almost guaranteed to disappoint the buyer.

On the flip side, the fashion industry is in a great position. Their advertising is fun, informative and helpful. Beauty and fashion magazines sell more clothes than any other advertising, and the funny thing is they aren’t even actively trying to sell anything. An article in a fashion magazine or blog on fashion tips, or how to dress for your first interview is likely to sell more clothes than the advertising itself in the magazine. Buyers like to be educated, entertained, and helped. They do not however like to be sold. The fashion industry understands this concept better than any other industry out there.

In this post, I want to help build a better understanding on how the health industry adopt this marketing strategy of selling while helping, instead of just selling. Look at the diet pill market. Not many people trust wild weight loss claims due to the over aggressive advertising campaigns launched over the last year or two. This is sad, as there are plenty of supplements that do work. The same applies to the anti wrinkle cream market. Some of the products work, but people don’t believe claims anymore in advertising because they have been scammed before. The solution is right in front of us. As an industry, in the health and beauty market we need to start adopting the marketing mindset of the fashion industry. It’s really that simple.

Let’s stop trying to sell by promising results that are fake or unrealistic. Instead let’s try to help people, and give them enough information to decide whether they need a specific product or not. Take for example this blog reviewing LifeCell Anti Aging Cream, which is a product designed to reduce wrinkles and give a more youthful appearance to your skin. They aren’t trying to sell anything. In fact there’s not even a buy button anywhere. It’s just an honest review of an anti wrinkle product.

Doesn’t that work better? Wouldn’t you be more inclined to buy from a website that is giving you honest reviews (Amazon comes into my mind here) and isn’t pressuring you to make a purchase.

Apart from informative blogs, what else can the health and beauty industry do to rebuild trust? Well, as the tile of this post already suggests, you can build trust with your audience. The best way of doing that is through social media. As an example, on this anti aging Facebook page, users can find the latest updates on which skin cream products are helping people. These honest reviews will either recommend a product, or tell consumers to stay away. Something I have rarely seen done by other beauty companies. Don’t limit yourself to Facebook either, start building trust with your consumers on twitter, pinterest and any other social network you can think of. As long as you’re giving honest, and useful advice, you’ll be a step ahead of the competition already!

How to Find the Best Lawyer for Your Company

By on Mar 17, 2015 in Fashion | 0 comments

Whether you run a small or a big company, you need the best lawyers by your side.

It is always good to have a lawyer for your company. You need one to check all the contracts you enter into. They will also defend you should you enter disputes with clients or other people you work with. They will also see to it that your company won’t lose money for all legal matters. In short, you need the best lawyer to work for you.

There are a lot of lawyers out there, but not all of them deserved to be hired. If you are still confused on who to trust, read on and find out how to land with the perfect person for the job.

Highly recommended

The first thing that you need to do is to look for people who can help you out via recommendation. Seek help from friends whom you really trust or from family members who have worked with a corporate lawyer before. If you know someone who can work for you on a personal level, then it is great. You are assured that this lawyer is really for your best interest.

Legal expert

When you start your quest, you should not forget to ask questions first or conduct an interview to determine who the best person for the job is. These questions will give you ideas whether or not they really deserve the job. You can also throw some questions just to test them how much they know about corporate laws and related matters. This will also help you determine if you are comfortable working with them or not.

Affordable rates

Though this is not supposed to be the priority, you must still consider the rate for your lawyer’s services. This is true especially for small and medium enterprises. Take note that legal fees can be very expensive. For more ideas on average lawyer salary, you can go here. When you have compared their rates, you will then have an idea on who the best person for the job is.

Genuine Concern

There are lawyers who are only interested in how much they will earn for being hired. However, there are also those who are really genuinely interested in giving their clients what they deserve. You need to find the latter. It is not easy to find one, but by talking to them, you will know if the lawyer is really interested in your company and not just on how much you can pay them. It is also easier to work with this kind of lawyer since you can make demands or suggestions and you won’t have any problem at all.

If you follow these rigorous steps, you can land with the best person for the job. In the meantime, you can also considering hiring a paralegal. They can do a lot of stuff that lawyers do. However, they are paid at a much lower price. You can read about corporate paralegal job description at http://certifiedparalegal.net/paralegal-job-description/. If you think you can’t afford an actual lawyer for now, then you can ask a paralegal to help you out.