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How to Make Bath Bombs

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Bath bombs are easy to create with simple components which may be found in most supermarkets or chemists. Before I give out them I’d love to briefly clarify some of these so that you understand why you have to use them.


This is exactly what makes matters its fizz and functions as a water purifier. It’s normal preservative if used in cooking provides a sour flavor.


That can be known much better as bicarbonate of soda. It’s a grainy powder which functions as an superb exfoliator eliminating any dead cells however in precisely the exact same period is gentle on your skin.


Essential oils take the distinctive scents from crops and it’s this liquid which conveys the plants odor. They are much used in scents, soaps and other beauty products. Each oil has its own exceptional real estate, used a great deal in aromatherapy massage because of its curative properties.


Colourants arrive in two main distinct kinds, most commonly utilized in a liquid type but also can be utilized as a dry powder that’s employed for our objective.

Formality over lets have fun creating bath bombs!

Standard BATH BOMB

• 20-30 drops essential oils Based on intensity of odor

• meals colorant (dry pigment is greatest)

• small Quantity of water or witch hazel (utilized on your spray bottle

Primarily blend together your uric acid and baking soda into a fine powder. In case you’ve got a sieve this is a great method of earning sure they’re completely blended. It’s possible to put in you dry color pigment in exactly the exact same time in this point also.

Next include you essential oils, even a bit at a time till you receive your preferred strength.

The water is adjacent. This may be fully replaced with witch hazel or blended in a spray bottle. Spray a bit at some time but you need to be fast so the mix doe not begin to fizz. Get into a consistency of moist sand, crumbly but can adhere together if squashed.

Press is closely into your molds as business as possible and leave for a couple of minutes. If you’re employing a 2 part clip collectively mold, somewhat overfill and twist together instead of push. After about 3-4 hours, then tap you fresh bath bomb from this mold and leave to set for 48 hours from direct sun.

You will find, your very first batch of pleasure, fizzy bath bombs!!!!!

• two 3/4 tbsp oil (coconutolive oil works nicely)

• 1 1/2 tsp essential oil

• Colorant

• Water

Together with all the moisture rich tub bomb we recommend that you mix the wet and dry ingredients separately. Add together and blend thoroughly, in case you’ve got a metallic hand shake that this is ideal for the job. To ensure your mix doesn’t fizz, whisk fast and get press in your mold whenever possible. Heal then since you perform a fundamental toilet bomb.

• 2 tbsp olive oil

• Two tsp peanut butter melted

• 1 tsp essential oil

• 3-7 tsp water/witch hazel mixture in a spray jar for dispersed

Make them the exact same as your fundamental bath bombs by blending your ingredients then including your moist ingredients. Do this fast in order to not fizz prematurely.

You can now enjoy your new design tub with your personal made toilet bomb!

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Our New Concrete Driveway is Used More Like a Backyard Patio

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We have a wide and long driveway leading up to our garage that is set back from the road. It has become quite the focal point for neighbors in the summer. We have a basketball hoop set up, and the kids as well as us old guys shoot some hoops. We sit just inside the garage on folding camp chairs when we need a break from the sun, and my wife set up a patio table and umbrella for playing cards with the wives of the guys that hang out here. A concrete contractor in Nassau County, NY is the one that gave us such a nice and inviting driveway. We had it colored in a nice pattern of brick reds. It looks great and the surface is great for everything from basketball to operating remote-controlled cars. The kids can still draw on the surface using sidewalk chalk that washes off in the rain, and the little kids ride their tricycles and Big Wheels on it. The width and length of the driveway make it like the perfect giant patio for entertaining. Continue reading

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Job Interview Turns into Need for DWI Lawyer

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My husband had traveled to New York for an extended job interview. The manufacturing company was looking to hire a plant manager and my husband was a great fit for the job. After the formal interview, the owner of the company took my husband out for dinner and a few drinks. Jokingly, my husband’s future boss said he should keep the name of dwi lawyer in Saratoga NY handy as the plant workers liked to party after work every Friday. Little did my husband know, but he would need to find an attorney that very evening when his future boss was pulled over while driving my husband back to his hotel.

My husband said they were a couple of blocks away from his hotel when he saw the red flashing lights behind them. He tried to tell his boss that there was a police car right behind them, but he kept on driving believing he was after the car ahead of them. Continue reading

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It Feels Like We Are Home Again

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My husband and I both grew up in Texas but moved to New York when we were first married. That was nearly a dozen years ago, and now we are getting ready to head back to the place we have both been missing for way too long. We were contemplating between getting a house or an apartment, and we finally decided to settle in at Regency at Outlook Canyon until we could get used to the area again. This was the first time either of us had been back since we left, and we knew that things had probably changed.

I had looked at different apartments that are close to where my husband now works. The Regency complex was the nicest one of all the different apartments in the area, and it is only about a ten minute drive to his work. Continue reading

Why to Design a Black and White Fashion Designer Logo

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Fashion designing is a game of colors. Whether creating apparel or jewelery or handbags, blending appealing shades in contrasting way is the knot of creative designing. I've often seen people rejecting a fine-looking dress just because "red is not in," or "yellow does not suit my looks" and other similar comments on colors. So, color is one the definitive factors when one buys a style product. This has led designers to believe that their logosought to be multihued and vibrant. This is often a misconception because one can create an excellent fashion designer logo using just two colors – black and white.

The questions, however, is, "why fashion designers' logo should be black and white and not colored?" Here are some answers you can not easily ignore.

Easy and Cheap to Print

Colored cartridges are expensive and people often avoid printing in color when need multiple copies. They are also more flexible in use as you do not have to take much care in using them on your flyers, business cards, and letter heads because they can fit well on paper.

Have a Classy Ever-Green Look

Colors go in and out but black and white remain. Black and white is a combination that has been in use since the advent of creative designing and there is no chance of their getting out of fashion. Having this ever-green combination on your logo ensures that your logo will never become out-of-date. You can use this logo forever.

Grab Attention through Excellent Contrast

Black and white colors are popular for their excellent contrast. They go perfectly well together. What more, their contrast is very much attractive and eye-catching, so you can easily grab the attention of the onlookers using this appealing combination.

Stand Out In the Crowd of Images

As I pointed out earlier, when creating a fashion logo, focus usually is on the use of colors. So there is pretty good chance that in any fashion designing competition or event, all other logos will be full of color but yours will be unique. Beside, the designer has not relied on the colors for creating the appeal, so it will more artistic and creative. In the gallery of logos of all fashion designers, your logo will easily stand out.

Conveys clear message

Have you ever give it a thought that the all manuscripts and document requires black printing on white paper? This is simply because that it's easiest to read black text with white background. Changing the font color or background color can make the message unclear and difficult to read. Black & White fashion designer logo is, therefore, better in communicating its message than a colored one.

Combining them all, you come up with an attractive, more powerful and unique design with black and white colors which will give your fashion business an outstanding character.


The Psychographics of a Fashion Marketing Campaign

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We talked last issue about the “oh my god” effect that happens between like-minded people upon recognition of each other, and as promised in a previous article, I’ll elaborate.

Profile of Shattered Girlz

I met the designer of a fantastic t-shirt brand the other day that operates under the label “Shattered Girlz.” She has a gripping personal story that instantly inspires one to root for her success. She suffered betrayal from men into whom she poured her heart and soul, and who in one case left her for another woman while she was caring for her terminally ill parents. This designer has an avatar, Dolly Tatume, a tattooed cartoon beauty whose life and loves are chronicled through the various t-shirt designs in the line. Dolly has also been involved in some dead-end relationships with men that have caused her a lot of pain, to the point that she refers to the men in her life as “Piggys.” There are several female tattooed characters in the line that represent different examples of female empowerment, like a dancer, a corporate lawyer, a college student, even a soldier. Shattered Girlz’s tagline at the moment is “Shattered Girlz: I can’t be broken!”

Psychographical Analysis of Shattered Girlz

Wikipedia’s definition of psychographics is as follows:

Psychographic variables are any attributes relating to personality, values, attitudes, interests, or lifestyles. Some categories of psychographic factors used in market segmentation include Social class, Lifestyle, Behavior, Opinions, and Values. Psychographics can also be seen as an equivalent of the concept of “culture” as used most commonly in national segmentation.

Let’s analyze the various aspects of this product line in terms of psychographics. Here’s what I come up with:

  • Social class: young, college-aged urban women, perhaps in a street counterculture
  • Lifestyle: goth and tattoos
  • Behavior: searching for self-expression and empowerment
  • Opinions: a negative attitude toward men in general, however fleeting
  • Values: Women can rise from the ashes

Now, I don’t know about you, but whenever someone tells me their story of heartbreak, I’m instantly captivated. However, it would be the wrong move in this case to market this product to all women, even though we can all relate. Instead, we need to find a smaller subsection of all women, in this case young women. But can we drill down any further? I think so, and the next subset would be young women who are into the tattoo lifestyle.

Though I myself don’t have one, tattoos are interesting because they provide a deeply personal expression of the wearer’s soul that mere words cannot transmit. Many people get a tattoo after the birth of a child, after the loss of a loved one and other such life-changing events. These are people who find expression in the visual arts; in fact, many of today’s coolest tattoo artists come to the field with technical and fine art training. There are even shows about tattoo studios, like Inked and Miami Ink and LA Ink.

The Plan

Because of tattoo art’s strong graphic element, my suggestion to this designer was to start a comic book. In fact, the plan I built for the beginning stages of her email marketing campaign includes the following: Concentrate on certain keyword themes that resonate with young women who get tattoos: feminine tattoo designs, female ink, lower back tattoos, tramp stamps, broken heart tattoos, girl genius, lost girls, girl’s club, just to name a few.

  • Turn her blog into a subscription-based, free comic book.
  • Create a pay-per-click (PPC) ad campaign based on the keyword themes to promote the comic book.
  • Create a landing page for a subscription to the comic book. Make sure it uses the keyword themes as well.
  • Ensure that the comic book site advertises the Shattered Girlz t-shirt line.
  • Invite comments or questions about each installment of the comic book. This can spark a dialogue with the readers, inspire suggested storylines or characters from them, thereby creating a rudimentary online community (aka: captive marketing niche). This also appeals to the “goth” community, since they can sometimes trend toward the clannish.
  • Create an excuse to email these subscribers regularly via comic book teasers, contests, etc., while also including a sales message in each of these emails.

I am very certain that this sort of targeted activity, which is also very process oriented and methodical, will garner her lots of results. I should point out for the record that this type of list building will take some time, perhaps even as much as three months or more. We’re not talking about get-rich-quick schemes here.

But consider what will happen once she does build a list and eventually markets to it successfully. Sooner or later there will be flocks of beautiful tattooed college-aged young women who sport a Dolly Tatume t-shirt and who, upon crossing paths, will instantly exchange knowing, sympathetic looks. They may even engage each other in conversation, talking about the emotional wreck that used to be their lives and how Dolly and the gang really speak to them. They may even talk about the Shattered Girlz items they each have (ohmigodyouhaveadollyshirttoo!), and if we’ve played our cards right, they’ll even recommend certain Shattered Girlz products to each other.

And this is exactly what we want to happen.

I’ll keep readers posted on the results of this campaign on my blog. Until next time!


Bohemian Bonanza Fashion Style

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Call it an impact of the movement in worldwide awareness or a wanderer restoration, the design world is seeing a bohemian bonanza. The boho chic development – characterized by a marriage of brilliant nomadic people propelled components with straightforward advanced pieces – is raging the fashion inclines and the high road with crisp enthusiasm and vagabond upgrades.

Keeping the natural style the world is abounding with age old textures and shapes are getting softer and more natural.The new-age bohemian pattern is about slimmer outlines, well structured prints and contemporary extras that either combine well with current patterns or make their own statement.

As opposed to past inclinations towards elusive ornaments, the emphasis is now is on easy styling. Despite the fact that experimentation is the important factor, today’s boho chic is about common sense; comfort gets more significance than extravagance. Whichever style you don, it ought to appear as though it has carelessly put together with elusive elegance.

Greek Bohemian Chic – Mix hotness into boho look with a frilly white off-shoulder shorter than usual that has brilliant weaving at the hands of artisans. Secure it at the midriff with a wide beaten leather belt. Slip into brilliant warrior heels, chunky silver jewelry, and draw out your inner ethereal goddess with an interlaced Grecian hairdo

Tribal Native Boho – Tribal prints and handloom fabrics made into shirts and patchwork skirts make an interpretation of comfortable ease into shift dresses. Add interest with indigenous old textures and reused fabrics and materials that create a tapestry of colors.

Egyptian Chic – This delicate and organized look is inspired by sand rises and glorious pyramid themes. Straightforward, flowy Indo-western dresses, kaftans, long loose tunics with overstated collars. Color palette is base colors, crisp cream, copper, muddy khakis and bronze browns. Pick tribal gold earrings with brilliant turquoise or garnet stones.

Aztec Warrior Chic – Fuse the impacts of animal prints and henna tattoos of Indian tribes with common textures like khadi, handloom cloth, vintage silk and cotton for combination wear with an edge. Match an exquisite maroon straight wrap skirt and fitted shirt, printed harem trousers with loose tunics and accessorize with beads and silver artisan jewelry.

Bollywood Desi Chic – Indian Tunics and anarkali dresses in botanical prints, knee length, cinched at the waist with a scarf or belt. Short hip length ethnic embroidered tunics with denim skirts and a colorful dupatta. Loose sari pants worn high waist or double fold to show the belly button, match with yoga tanks. Stack the mala beads around your wrist and you are super desi chic.


What is Avant-Garde Fashion?

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According to the dictionary, the avant-garde current it is an artistic current which fights against the already known and accepted forms and traditions, suggesting a revolutionary formula. In other words, this avant-garde may be regarded as an artistic innovative movement, which came out from a spirit of negation and revolts against certain traditionalism. It has become a synonym of innovation, progress and rebellion.

In fashion, the avant-garde style is defined through its personality. Many designers have been asked to define this style and they all added a certain term to define it: sophisticated, mysterious, intimidating, intriguing, striking.The accessories have to be very modern, unusual, but elegant. All clothes should be matched with hats, belts or shoes in the most unusual shapes.

The models may intimidate because what they wear is beyond a normal image. Avant-garde fashion means a little bit of theater. Most of the time, the clothes can not be worn in the street because they belong to a flamboyant style. They are very innovative and can be a bit shocking. Somehow, this style does not refer only to fashion. It means a mixture between fashion and art.The avant-garde fashion teachers women have a certain attitude.

Avant-garde clothes mean unusual ones, which catch the eye and does not let you fade in the crowd. In fact, when we discuss about avant-garde fashion, we should not talk only about clothes. In the end, the result of the avant-garde has to be a whole form. For this reason, the make-up has to go hand in hand with the clothes.

The make-up has to express something new, unexpected, and even exotic. A niche for the avant-garde style in fashion was connected to men and the items designed specifically for them.

At the beginning, women were the perfect models to underline these innovative ideas. Little by little, the designers extended upon men. First of all, they wanted to surprise through their clothes, later on every little detail mattered. One example may be the boots designed specifically for them. A mixture of styles, the first tendency towards rejection and then the craziness of wearing them are some of the reactions encountered.


Fashion Development – A Historical Exposition

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Fashion has been an age long phenomenon that has always surfaced in every human society across the world. Human beings all over the world have great need to cover themselves and also makeup in order to look good. Fashion trends have always showcased in every nation on a regular basis. Different kinds of fashion accessories and other fashion related products have continued to be in great demand all over the world.

Actually, fashion development has been a progressive thing. Generally, the term fashion refers to popular styles and practices seen in the area of clothing, makeup, footwear, furniture and accessories. However, the term mainly refers to clothing, makeup and accessories when considered in a strict sense. The development of fashion can be considered in four major phases namely, ancient, medieval, industrial revolution and contemporary phases. Let’s examine each phase.

Ancient Phase

Fashion development in the ancient phase dates back to the pre-historic era when people made use of local materials in producing the cloths they put on. In those days, animal skin and fur were mainly used. This was seen in ancient historical era of various cultures of the world. In the ancient era, cultural traditions influence the kind of styles and patterns used in the production of local wears. There was no widely accepted pattern or approach used. Clothing materials were either homemade or handmade.

Medieval Phase

The medieval phase in fashion development made a great impact in the history of fashion all over world. The era witnessed the emergence of local tailors and other dressmakers who used local fabrics in the production of different kinds of fashion attires. Fashion production in the period continued to improve from one level to the other. The renaissance period of 14th to 16th centuries that marked the end of the middle ages also made great impact in fashion development. During this period, great ideas about fashion started springing up in the lives of great men and women who later become famous fashion designers.

Industrial Revolution Phase

Fashion development got a huge boost during the period of industrial revolution that swept across Europe and America in the 18th century. It was a great period of change which saw the introduction of diverse methods of production. There was a widespread adoption of diverse kinds of industrial methods of mass production in the era. Mass production of fashion products became the order of the day in the period. Several big fashion firms emerged both in Europe and in the US during the era. Diverse kind of approaches and patters were also introduced in fashion production during the period. Several attires, wears and fashion accessories were also produced. Great fashion designers also emerged during the era.

The Contemporary Phase

After the industrial revolution, the contemporary period came to the fore. It all started in the early 20th century and also entered into the modern day era as well. Fashion development in this era has actually reached its pinnacle. The world is now witnessing the establishment of fashion plants in various countries. Great manufacturers of fashion products have also emerged. Sophisticated sewing machines and other tools have been invented for mass production of fashion products. Diverse kinds of approaches and patterns are also introduced in the fashion industry. Many countries now import and also export fashion products.

In all, fashion development is indeed a continuous process. It moves from one stage to the order. The world is now witnessing the development of fashion in the ever dynamic internet technology. Lots of fashion designers and their companies now operate online. The future is indeed very bright for fashion production across the world.


Why Do People Have Different Fashion Styles

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The term fashion style simply refers to the way a particular person wears her/his clothes, shoes, bags and other accessories. It can also be determined by the types of clothing items that she/he wears in a given situation. Fashion styles may differ from one person to another because of so many reasons. It can because of a person’s age, taste, gender, budget, the situation or the environment.

To start with, a teen’s fashion style is definitely different from an adult. Teens are more prone to be influenced by magazines, famous celebrities, movies and their friends compared to adults. They also love to wear more colorful clothes and accessories which are in contrary to what adults wear. Adults prefer to wear clothing items with conventional color particularly when they are at work because such clothes are formal to look at. They also differ on their hair styles or on how they get their hairs done.

It is another fact that every person has different tastes not only when it comes to foods but also in clothes, shoes, bags, hair styles and accessories. There are people who love to wear different types of accessories like bangles, charm bracelets, necklaces and rings that match their outfits and there are those that are not brave enough to make a loud fashion statement. These people are the types that just want to keep everything simple but elegant. This simply proves that they have different fashion tastes and perceptions.

The gender of a person is another factor that sets a big difference in terms of fashion styles. It is evident that girls do not wear the clothes that boys wear. The same things apply to grown up women and men. This is basically the most obvious reason for such difference.

On the other hand, budget is another factor that contributes to the difference of people’s styles. Basically, people who have bigger budgets allocated for their fashion styles can buy the clothes that they really want while those that are on tight budgets, they can just use their initiatives and creativeness to come up with something fashionable and stylish.

The situation or the environment can also affect a person’s fashion style. Even if a person prefers a simple style, it is unavoidable that he/she has to be in events where he/she must dress up, wear crazy costumes and step out from his/her comfort zone. These events may refer to Halloween parties, masquerade balls and other gatherings. In these events, a person has to fit in the environment and dress up according to the theme of the gathering.

Being fashionable and stylish does not always mean that a person should follow the latest fashion style. Sometimes, it means that you have to be different and find the particular fashion style that fits him/her perfectly. And besides, why should a person base her/his fashion style on other people, magazines and movies when he/she can create her/his own?


An Overview of Fashion in the 1970’s

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Fashions in the 1970s were far more relaxed than those in the 1960s before, many emerging design showed signs of nostalgia with designers taking influence from previous decades. Laura Ashley was noted as being heavily influenced by Edwardian style dresses and prints. Barbara Hulanicki’s Biba label produced a 20s/30s influenced look with long cotton skirts, long sleeved shirts or smock and a floppy brimmed hat. The use of 30s inspired colourings, the two tone black and cream or brown and cream, could be seen in shoes and ‘office work wear’ styles.

By looking back the fashion designers were still continuing the new fashion trends for the new ideas, ideologies and social freedoms that were sought for both men and women.

Distinct fashion styles for certain youth groups became apparent again through this decade in the attempt of identification of the differing subcultures. Several mainstream trends came and went such as the glam fashion (David Bowie inspired) and disco fashion. (John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever 1977) The hippie/ethnic fashion trends of flared jeans, tie die shirts, peasant blouses, hair-bands and sandals continued from the sixties. More influence from other cultures became incorporated as social awareness of social and environmental issues increased.

In the early seventies the short skirts and ‘hot pants’ launched by Mary Quant in the 60s were still very popular, dresses however were available for all in three established lengths, the mini (as the mini skirt), the midi (calf length) and the maxi (ankles). Long flowing ‘boho’ skirts and the inspired hippie styles were very popular.

Footwear started to become more exotic with the platform shoes that appeared in the early seventies, their huge soles of several inches thickness for mainly women and some men! Health warnings accompanied this fashion about potential damage to your back, however you do not hear many people saying they injured their back in the 70s wearing platform shoes although my mother blames a pair of winkle pickers for her bunions.

Men’s clothing continued on the brighter flamboyant note from the previous decade. Flared denim jeans, once a symbol of manual work and now a fashion statement, along with a cheesecloth shirt is perhaps the most common image associated with men from the 70s. However the glitter, heels, bright colours and disco-wear was available for all genders as the trends passed through.

Lapels on all shirts and jackets grew in size and the kipper tie appeared to be necessary for the smarter male outfit. Longer hair and beards were considered very fashionable for men, the hippie and psychedelic influences were still in the fashion statements although the pop music had started to move on.

By the end of the seventies it was socially acceptable for most people to wear jeans and mostly flared jeans at that. Printed T-shirts became very popular in this decade along with trainers and canvas shoes. The inspiration and ideals behind the hippie styles from the late 60s were not as apparent in society but the fashions stayed.

Then Punk Fashion emerged onto the scene with the original Punk band, The Sex Pistols. The legendary Vivien Westwood was the partner of The Sex Pistols’ promoter, Malcolm McLaren, and is credited with creating the original Punk look.

This look was based around black leather, ripped denim and slogans on T-shirts intended to provoke and insult people who thought along what was considered mainstream ideals. The punk message was ‘destroy’. This destruction was of anything considered as mainstream good taste. Spiked hair dyed bright colours and second hand clothes ripped to shreds to demonstrate a rejection of the accepted fashions and ideals. The punk trend continued well into the 1980s.