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Prom Dresses

A prom, short for promenade or promotion, is used to describe a formal dance held at the end of the high school academic year. In the United Kingdom, the term is more widely understood to be in reference to a season of classical concerts or “proms”, which have been held between July and September since 1811, today run by the BBC. The British synonym for the North American event would be Leavers Ball, or Leavers Dinner, closer to the Australian description (see below.) In Canada the terms Grad or Formal are most common and the event is usually only held for those in their graduating year of high school.

While proms at smaller schools may be open to the entire student body, large schools may hold two proms, a junior prom for those finishing their 11th grade year and a senior prom for those who are finishing their high school years. The name is derived from the late nineteenth century practice of a promenade ball. The end of year tradition stemmed from the graduation ball tradition.

Boys usually dress in black tie (a dinner jacket and bow tie), sometimes with brightly colored cummerbunds or vests, though any sort of formal wear can be worn. Traditionally, girls gave boys matching boutonnieres to be worn on the tuxedos. Girls traditionally wear formal gowns or dresses adorned with a corsage given to them by their date. Often, boys and girls will dress according to the theme of the prom – e.g. pastel suits for a Miami Vice-themed prom.

Some high school students feel that prom is the most romantic night of their lives. They may go in a group that includes a person they have known for years; other times, students just try to find a date that they like. Many find it to be just as fun to attend with friends, not worrying about the dating aspect of the prom. The occurrence of inappropriate conduct and occurrence of violence or alcohol/drug abuse is common though discouraged.

Common prom activities include dining, dancing, the crowning of a prom King and Queen, and socializing. In some cases, high school students accumulate funds for their class prom through fundraisers over the four years they attend their high school. High schools in or near large cities may rent ballrooms at expensive hotels or, to be unusual, venues such as a pleasure cruise boat. Many students group together to take limousines to their proms. Often costs are cut by using the school gym, which challenges the decorating committee to somehow mask the gym odor and drab surfaces. Music played during the dance portion of the event is normally the genre(s) most popular with the attendees.…

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Fall 2007 Fashion Accessory Trends!

As the sizzling hot and stylish summer 2007 is unwinding, it’s time to start thinking about some of the wonderful accessories to add to your collection for fall 2007. As is the case with each season, I’m again playing trend watcher and would like to share some of my favorites with you to help you adorn your unique essence and ensuring that your personal style is a reflection of your individuality. So, here are the trends I’m seeing:

Fashion Jewelry

Metallics, sculpted resins in smooth and bold designs, semi-precious gemstones, Murano-style glass, shell and crystal glass are all still setting the glamorous trends in fashion jewelry this fall. Bracelets will remain the “it” fashion accessory and non-traditional hearts, lock and keys, crowns and other girlie motifs guide brooch and pendant designs.

Let’s look at how these materials are being used to create artistic beauty:

? Boldly colored necklaces

? Cuff bracelets

? Chokers and shorter necklaces

? Large pendants

? Earrings and bracelets using concentric circles and bold loops

? Link bracelets

? Bangles

? Brooches

? Chunky rhinestone or Swarovski-crystal cocktail rings

Handbags

Naturally, we can’t forget one of our favorite accessories. Handbags! A handbag is the ultimate accessory to complete your outfit and adorn your uniqueness. The big themes for fall 2007 are:

? Oversized bags in patent leather, pebble-grain leather, clear plastic or patterned

? Medium doctor bags

? Metallic bags in silver, gold and bronze

? The medium-size envelope bag or a clutch in metallics or shiny satin

? Faux crocodile or snake-skin handle bags You’re a style trendsetter with any of these handbags.

Shoes

The toes will now need a hiding place since the weather is becoming crisper. So, what are the key styles this season?

? Pointed-toe pumps

? Ballerina flats

? Thick masculine boots with laces at ankle

? Below-knee boots

? Two-toned thick pumps

? Oxford heels

Fall fashion shows show the models again wearing extreme heel heights from flats to spectator pumps and other more generous heels. (Please remember that tennis whites are still not vogue when pounding the pavement to work. Stick with the cute flats and loafers!)

And what are the key colors dominating fashion jewelry, handbags and shoes?

? Black

? Dark brown

? Gray

? White

? Cream

? Burnt orange

? Merlot

? Burgundy

? Maroon

? Chili pepper

? Scarlet red

? Fuchsia

? Magenta

? Royal purple

? Dark olive

? Apple green

? Chartreuse

? Dark turquoise

? Peacock blue

? Dull gold

? Polished silver

? Jewel tones

Collections for fall 2007 are simple, chic, elegant and truly glamorous. This fall, black is back in a variety of shapes and textures. However, what ensures that clothing is not boring and drab are the powerful colors appearing in fashion accessories, as outlined above.

Keep in mind that you should only purchase a fashion accessory, which you can easily afford or you haven’t seen anything else like it anywhere. Don’t buy it if you won’t get multiple uses from it, it won’t match anything in your wardrobe and most importantly, you really can’t afford it. Playing with integrating some of the fall 2007 fashion accessory trends into your wardrobe is meant to be fun. So, keep it light!

Copyright (c) 2007 MMC Lifestyles, LLC, dba MMC Style…

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Shop Equipment Information for the Buyer

The commercial shops have to accessorize its establishment with shop equipment that helps the proprietors to display their products aesthetically. The display panels and stands make it easy for them to show the product and explain its features. Shop furniture is made by experts in the field and they require scientific knowledge while designing it. The furniture designer will always keep the cost factor in mind as reasonable pricing will definitely attract more customers. It is an interior decorators delight in planning and buying the shop equipment for the shops.
Shop furniture can be made of a variety of materials like wood, glass, metal and plastic molds. The material plays an important role while designing the interior of the shop. So the kind of shop furniture to be used is decided with the theme and the colour combinations. An electronic goods shop can have futuristically designed furniture displays in metal or glass. Also the weather and the lighting play a vital role. Clothes and boutiques usually go for warm colours with window displays to give the customers an idea of what they can find inside the shop.
The equipments include display stands, racks, shopping baskets, trolleys, mannequin, panels for display and equipment for billing. The furniture and fittings must be sturdy and long lasting. The after sales service and maintenance of these equipments are value added services to be followed up. The designs of these shop equipment have to be updated and new designs should be introduced in the market. The competition is very high for these products so the manufacturer has to improve on his designs continuously. The products must be user friendly and not harmful or dangerous. Each shop should have its customized version of the equipments according to their requirement and budget.
The company has to design Eco friendly and renewable products that can be recycled. While manufacturing these products it must see to minimal wastage. The prices must be competitive at the same time not compromising on the quality. The furniture for display can help in easy maintenance of the shop. The customers can have an idea what the shop has to offer, its price and quality. So these shop equipments need to be changed from time to time to give the place a face lift. While doing so the businessman will come back for more orders and that is the kind of goodwill these equipment companies should possess. The choice is huge but what suits the budget and design of the shop decides on the kind of shop equipments we need.…

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If You Want To Take Sanibel Home, Buy Something At The Island’s Chico’s

A baby boomer (barely) with an eclectic eye on design, I was a prime marketing target for Chico’s. When I experienced my first Chico’s on Sanibel Island, however, I thought it was an island shop, and not a national chain.

Since then, I have shopped in Chico’s around the country, but nothing approached the fun of that first Sanibel Chico’s excursion, nor did the merchandise appeal as much.

So I can’t say that I love Chico’s as strongly as I can say I love the Chico’s on Sanibel.

And I guess I am not alone as the tiny island has been able to support not just one but two shops, though I must confess to only shopping in the original Chico’s on Palm Ridge. There, the store manager entices me with tales of the founding of Chico’s and resolved my confusion with the name.

Since chico in Spanish means boy, I was initially surprised that the store is solely women’s apparel. But the manager showed me who the real Chico was, and that not only dismissed my confusion but added to the charm of shopping in the original store.

In the current economy, despite the great merchandising of Chico’s, I am concerned that an island the size of Sanibel could continue to sustain two shops with the same name and both selling only women’s clothing.

It certainly has been national news that other enterprises from Starbucks to CompUSA have closed some of their stores. And there have been hints such as those posted on that Chico’s net profits have been falling.

Which leaves me feeling bad that an annual tradition I began with the first shopping spree was abandoned on this recent stay on Sanibel. Though each visit to the Island has til now been combined with a visit to the store, our own personal financial concerns deterred me from going shopping in the usual manner.

I hope to make up for this lapse on our next vacation. And, if you want to discover who the real Chico is, I encourage you to go to the store and ask to see Chico’s picture.

Oh, and while you’re there, pick up an item or two so that we can assure that Sanibel’s Chico’s does not join the growing roster of store closings!…

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How Fashion Designers Manipulate And Give You A False Identity

What you have to remember about the latest in trendy fashion gear is: that all new designs shipped over in bulk from the country of manufacture, is that, not once were you ever given any consideration i.e. in the designer’s thoughts when their creations were being pieced together. This therefore tells you – not to expect to stand out in a crowd because, everyone else will be wearing the exact same garments as you, and it is because of this – that the latest fashion in trendy gear gives off a false identity for the wearer.

How can a designer you have never met dress a stranger without an introduction and get it right. For example: Will the pleasantly plump Bessie Bunter look alike, look as voluptuous in an outfit designed for the more petite curved figure like that of Lara Croft. So there you have it – the real reason behind the meaning of the word Fashion freaks.

Fashion freaks are not responsible for bearing a title as such – it is the designers that need sending to a correction centre for getting it wrong. Walking oddities dressed to the nines in the latest fashion trendy gear will always look out of fashion, all because they were trying to keep up with it.

Fashion is one of the most common instigators behind why so many people run up huge debts on their credit cards leaving them in a financial dilemma all because they tried to meet with the criteria sewn on the designer label saying “Pay me the extortionate price I ask”. What is the point in paying for a new dress or handbag that you can ill afford – only to find that your bank balance is zilch – therefore leaving you with no money to go out and party in your trendy gear?

Why not personalize your own style to blend in with what is the latest in trendy fashion gear at a price you can afford. What many people fail to see is one of the most important factors behind fresh fashion – and that is colour. Colour is most definitely the whole entity surrounding new season designs.

Now that you know shade of colour is a main contributor to trendy fashion gear, then all you need to do is – act on it. Find out what colour is promised in the next seasonal design collection .Once you have done this – then go along to a charity shop and purchase an outfit in that particular shade or colour. Do not fret if there are no items of clothing in that particular tone, because – for instance: if the colour in fashion is lilac and the dress you like is in black – then dress up the outfit so as to speak. This can be done by wearing a lilac scarf – lilac belt or lilac shoes and matching handbag.

Jewelry is a fabulous way of complimenting any outfit i.e. lilac bangles, beads, and ankle and wrist ribbons. Remember this is all down to personal preference, so no matter what – you are going to love the end result because you are no stranger to yourself and know what you like.

A dress of plain design is easier to compliment and add extras too. Consider a new hairstyle and decorate accordingly with lilac buds ribbons etc. Cosmetics also come in various shades and colour, so you can mix and match your lipstick and eye shadow.

For what you would pay for designer gear will get you several items of clothing from the charity shop, and not only will you save money you will also be helping those less fortunate through the charities sponsored by the store.…