The Latest on Men’s Fashion

Most men who can choose the right clothes well can pull off donning the latest in men’s fashion – at work & beyond. The latest apparel collection, however, are not suited for all cultures & climates. The position at work and the office rules on attire (if any) are also things every working professional should take into consideration. If you’re a site engineer who in a tropical country, the latest men’s fashion lines you should go for are shirts in lighter, neutral earth tones, coordinated with pants in gray, army green or khaki are your safe bets. If you’re a ranking executive in a big office that understandably requires business attire, a designer suit or made-to-measure formal jacket, a crisp long-sleeved shirt with high quality tie, and good-fitting pants are essential.

For workplaces that are more flexible and only occasionally call for a business suit or tuxedo, like during an annual stockholder’s meeting or corporate evening event, shirts with minimalist patterns like checks & pinstripes and clean, sharp lines are still in. If you want to stand out, several designer labels have come out with a pleasing variety of suits, pants & shirts in contemporary color combinations that can go from casual to dressy. Solid colored Oxford-woven cotton shirts with a trim custom fit and bearing a signature brand, in versatile white or blue, can be easily matched with pants that can go from work to the social scene. It’s a good idea to have light brown chinos that can be worn with a blazer to work or without a tie (depending on office rules). There’s also a wide array of sleek bags for men that can suit various personalities and requirements. Computer bags or roomy messenger bags with lots of external pockets to store gadgets and other stuff are great for casual Fridays.

For weekend wear or for laidback shindig, there’s a wide selection of fashion collections suited for modern men on the go. Invest on a good pair of vintage cargo pants designed for a lifetime of wear. Those who love the great outdoors and frequently engage in activities like hiking ought to get cool & updated river-ready footwear. Accessorize with user-friendly adventure watches.

Checking out the latest in men’s fashion to perk up one’s wardrobe and retiring old yarns in favor of something current and stylish certainly has payoffs. In terms of colors, many designers have opted for black (all-black or combined with lighter hues), calming green shades, gray and metallic colors, among other interesting shades (including varying shades of blue for shirts; red, pink, or yellow for jackets), for their 2010 fashion collections for men.

In terms of footwear, men’s casual fashion for 2010 include soft & rounded walking/driving shoes in ultra soft leathers in colors that highlight spring, like green and taupe. Durable sneakers, elegant ankle boots and stylish loafers still remain wardrobe staples. For young & trendy men, the latest styles of rubber shoes with the coolest looks and color combinations will continue to be appealing. Again, it’s best to go with quality brands that look great and last long.

Fashion Designers: 5 Affordable and Alternative Ideas for Showcasing Your Fashion Collections!

The runways of NY Fashion Week are the pinnacle of all things glamorous and can turn fashion designers into industry darlings. However, it is also a very costly production and may not be the best place for a new designer to launch their line. As much as I love, love, love seeing shows during Fashion Week, I don’t recommend that new designers spend that kind of money to get their designs seen so early in their careers. This post will give you ideas for alternative ways to showcase your fashion line during Fashion Week (or any time of year!).

Putting together a Fashion Week runway show can be very expensive. It costs at least $30k to show at NY Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. You need to have proper funding to pay for the: space, models, hair, makeup, set design, lighting, photographers, videographers, plus the cost of your actual designs, among other things. In my opinion, new designers shouldn’t be doing runways shows until they are making enough money to sustain normal business activities plus the cost of putting together a Fashion Week Runway Shows.

Fashion Week Runway Shows are the best platform for established leaders in fashion innovation. There are over 100 shows in NY during Fashion Week and it’s hard for Fashion Editors and Buyers to make it to all of the well-known designer runway shows. If you are able to hold your fashion event close to where the actual runway shows are taking place, it makes it easier for editors and buyers to stop in and attend.

Wherever you decide to have your fashion show, be sure to have someone videotape it so you can post it on your website and blog (and so the fashion bloggers can do the same thing for you!). Live video-streaming is also an excellent option for your fans and clients who live out of town but still want to support you and “be a part” of your fashion show!

Here are a few ideas that can be used for a more cost-effective fashion presentation:

1. Do a fashion installation in a hotel suite. You can have models standing in the room that’s put together like a chic fashion shoot set wearing your most exciting and show-stopping designs for editors and buyers to walk around and see.

2. Throw a cocktail party at a popular local lounge that features a few models in your designs to launch your line. You can invite lots of friends, family, buyers, bloggers, local boutique owners and press to attend and you will also have some of the location’s regular foot traffic to rely on.

3. Are you an early-bird? Consider hosting a small invite-only breakfast buffet at a cute local restaurant where you can do a fashion show. Both women and men love free food and the fact that it comes with entertainment (your fashion show) is an added bonus for them!

4. Is there a great neighborhood garden, park or local museum that you could negotiate using as a space to showcase your designs?

5. Many colleges have fashion shows, especially around homecoming time. Could this be another way for you to get your designs seen?

New Additions to UGG Fashion Collection Spirit You Up

Ever comfortable and warm like in heaven, UGG sheepskin boots are enjoying an overwhelming popularity all over the world at present. When this simply themed sheepskin fashion trend has swept over the country, it is an universal habit for people of all age to include one or more pairs of UGG sheepskin boots in their wardrobe and every season people are looking forwarding to the newly styled UGG footwear additions and are dying to pick one of them to show their fashion-savvy self. Then here new additions 2010 to UGG fashion collections are here to stay. The details are as follows:

Bailey Button Bomber Jacket: this is inspired by the bomber jacket style. Developed on UGG Bailey Button and updated with a natural brown sheen, this style is created to perfectly assort with a natural styled bomber jacket and give the look an accent.

Bailey Button Triplet: This is actually a growing knee-high version of original Bailey Button styled UGGs. Three embossed buttons are on the open side for expressive fashion versatility. Another highlight for this style is its first appearance of deep Atlantic color only from UGG Australia. This is a dark blue shade but really pleasing to eyes and rich in taste.

Sheepskin Cuff: this version is what I really appreciated. It is very promising to stir a hot tide among in any fashion-conscious crowd. This calf-high boot features cascading wool fleece outside the shaft to give an accent to its toasty-warm comfort.

Each season comes with its own charm. This winter these new UGG styled additions will surely spirit you up. Why not just grab a cozy pair to grace your feet and play up your trendy look? A carefree winter will be felt with every step of heavenly comfort.

A Review of the Linea Pelle Fashion Collection Opportunity

The Linea Pelle Fashion Collection website was registered in September 2003. The registrant contacts appear to be out of Van Nuys, CA. This company sells a variety of High End Fastion Accessories. Lets start out with the Handbags. They sell the Dylan Shoulder Bag, Alyssa, Janis and Lola handbags.

Next in the Linea Pelle Collection are some geniune leather women’s belts. They sell fall belts, hip belts, vintage, versatile and celebrity belts. Then is the men’s belts section. You can find studded, specials, press and pyramid studded belts as well as belt buckles. This store also sells various accessories such as keychain lights, buckles and leather cuffs.

The Linea Pelle Collection also have a whats new section. Here you will find many different items and almost each item starts at $100.00, just a couple items are under $100.00. You’ll find stuff like hip Belts, Strand Cuffs, Double Wrap Bracelets and Folding Totes. Next is their more excited Celebrity Fashion section. Here you can click on any celebrity photo to view the products they offer in their store and that they sport all around town.

Finally they have a sales and special section which includes a little bit of everything we just mentioned. This website is pretty fancy and very well organized like you would expect an online Fashion Store to look like. Most of the products in the Linea Pelle Collection are run by flash and not static images.

Now as far as the Affiliate Program is concerned, it’s not really an MLM, but technically it is. When 2 people purchase from the store you get $25.00 but this is a one time payment. This company runs their Affiliate Program from Commission Junction and Share A Sale, although they didn’t specify how much they pay per sale.

A program like this wouldn’t normally be reviewed by us, but for some reason we saw this company being promoted as a Network Marketing Opportunity and we already started the review so we figured why not finish it? I do say it could make a great Direct Marketing Opportunity if the Commission Junction EPC (Estimated Cost Per Click) is high, say over 50 cents.

If you have a love for fashion this could be a good niche for you to break into and the Linea Pelle store might be something you should consider promoting. Their price per product is very high so you’d get paid pretty decently per sale if they pay over 7%. Sometimes if you push a lot of extra sales volume the company owner can manually bump up your sales commissions, in some cases up to 15% so check it out.

British Designer Fashion For Real Women

Fashion is all about getting inspiration from your culture, environment and people, and then bringing life into it by expressing it through various means. Fashion industry puts in huge amount of money to hire new and fresh designers, who come up with new fashion ideas for men and women.

People around you have become more fashionable with time, and follow fashion trends. Designer fashion is expensive, highly sophisticated and classy. There are a few prominent players in the British Designer Fashion Industry. To name a few, John Galliano, Paul Smith, Christopher Bailey, Stella McCartney, John Richmond, Philip Treacy, Vivenne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and Julien Macdonald have topped the list of British designer fashion. They not only specialize in clothing but also have a variety of accessories and bags available at their outlets and cater to a huge market globally.

This year, the high-flying British fashion Designer was Christopher Bailey, who won himself the title of Designer of Year 2009. The award was presented to him during the British Fashion Awards ceremony. He has turned Burberry, a traditional brand, into something really huge and global. Christopher Kane and John Galliano also won fashion awards.

British designer fashion for real women is always about a variety of colours; this year, designer collection was not about providing customers with variety, because of the recession and economic downturn, but was to provide them with affordable quality stuff. They used simple and less expensive material matching up to buying trends of the public.

British designer fashion collection for real women included darker shades initially; blacks, blues, browns and greys. Every designer had a black dress in his/her collection. Because of the limited collection, the designers only played around with these colours. They used grey with other colours in combination. These darker colours in combinations look extremely trendy and chic.

But, there was a gradual change to brighter colours, which really turned the moods, because darker shades, if used in abundance, can build boredom. So, it was definitely nice to see a change in colour combinations. Pastel colours became popular during the end of the year 2009. This winter, the British designer fashion was all about brighter colours for both men and women.

British Designer Fashion for real women include a long list of accessories from belts to clutches. Studded belts are extremely popular all around the UK. British Designer fashion is all about accessorizing. Wearing a plain black outfit can make you look chic but until and unless you do not accessorize yourself with a clutch, belt, jewellery, watch or other stuff, it does not add glamour. British designer fashion for real women makes you look trendy and fashionable by providing you with new and sleek cuts. It helps you enhance your body shape, without adding bulky layers to your outfit.

You can be bulky, but the cuts you wear make a huge difference. British Designer fashion for real women does not only cater to slim women, but also provides nicely stitched outfits to bulky women.

Do Addicts Really Recover?

In my line of work as addiction professional, I’m often asked “Do people with addiction get better?” The question may sound simple but it’s not really that simple. There are so many facets to addiction. The chemicals are but one aspect. There also are the addict’s personality attributes, attitudes, lifestyle, and values – all contributing and feeding the addiction syndrome. For most people, the obsession by the addict to consume chemicals is the most salient aspect of addiction. This becomes their focus of attention when asking the question, “Do addicts really recover?” Meaning can they give up drugs and become “normal” people again?

After a closer look at addiction, one begins to realize that the chemical abuse is intimately tied to the person’s mental health, lifestyle, and personal values. For example, it is hard to ignore an addict’s criminal activities related to supporting his drug habit or an alcoholic’s scheming and manipulating behavior to hide his alcoholism when the addicted or alcoholic is trying to pursue “recovery.” Can people “recover” from addiction and still carry on with these criminal or anti-social inclinations? What are the chances of a recovering person remaining abstinent while continuing to sell drugs or maintaining his connection with friends who are involved in criminal activities? Can a recovering alcoholic remain sober while bar-tending?

My point is that there is a “quality of life” a recovering addict or alcoholic must maintain to achieve a certain level of healthy living. For some this may mean pursuing counseling or following medication regime to control psychiatric symptoms. For others, a complete lifestyle change may be necessary to re-align personal priorities and internalize pro-social values. With addiction, old associations — people, places, and things – can easily trigger a relapse to old “bad habits.” There is a common belief among recovering persons that “picking-up” drugs or any substances is the last step in the relapse process. Long before the actual substance use, the person has already relapsed in his thinking – reflected in noticeable changes in attitude, values, and over-all behavior.

To go back to the original question: “Do addicts really recover?” The answer is a relative yes. For some who consider their addiction as a disorder of the whole person and take a holistic view of recovery, they aspire more than giving up the chemicals to include a reinvention of themselves, psychologically, socially, and spiritually. Others are content with minimizing the harmful effects of illicit drug use but still resort to alcohol use. Still others give up drugs but continue to have dysfunctional patterns of coping or residual manifestations of personality disorders.

Do Addicts Really Recover?
Dr. Fernando B. Perfas

How Nicotine Test Helps Employers to Establish Smoke-Free Workplace

Nicotine abuse is an issue affecting the profitability of businesses and the environment at workplaces. Employers are insisting on measures that will help them make the workplaces free from smoking of tobacco so as to make their businesses more productive.

Employers in US imposing ban on smokers:

Increasing numbers of employers in US are rejecting the applications of candidates who smoke. They are abiding by the laws framed by the government for the purpose and are not hiring who they find to be smokers. To know whether the prospective hired is smoker, they conduct tests. Those who are found positive for smoking are not offered employment.

Nicotine test helps them to detect smokers – instantly:

Employers apply different techniques to tackle the issue of smoking. These include testing for tobacco (nicotine) by different methods. These tests are helpful to identify if the applicant really smokes tobacco or not. Generally, a nicotine test can be conducted using urine, saliva or hair follicle samples. Employers use any or a combination of these techniques.

Benefits of establishing smoke-free environment:

A smoke-free environment improves productivity of the employees and reduces health insurance costs. Employers find smoke-free workplace beneficial on the following grounds.

Increased productive hours:

A no-smoking environment results in higher number of productive hours than in a smoking permitted one. Employees not used to smoking concentrate better on work and hence there is greater number of productive hours. They are healthy and take few sick leaves.

Whereas, smoking employees take unauthorized breaks to smoke, which is waste of productive time.

Healthy atmosphere:

As healthy employees are more focused on productivity, there is cordial relation between employees as well as employers. Such workplaces boost the employees’ morale and work potential and encourage talented workforce to work for more number of hours. Employers too reciprocate and get prompted to take positive action on any issue.

Shows professional approach of the business:

A smoke-free workplace, places the employer’s image in a positive view among the employees, peers, government, and social groups. The welfare measures taken serve as an example for professional approach taken by the employer. This will enhance mutual trust between the employer and employees.

Reduces healthcare costs:

Following a no-smoking policy at workplace would result in less healthcare costs. This is because, the employees are healthy and need lower health maintenance expenses – be it insurance premium or medical emergencies. These factors are known to cause increased medical expenses to employers in case of employees habituated to smoking. Studies show that, post non-smoking policy there is remarkable decline in the tobacco caused heart attacks, making current smokers to quit (Source: Forbes, 12 June, 2016).

Taking up nicotine tests to enforce a smoking-free environment at workplace is beneficial. The measures, of course, entail costs to the employers.

Which Is the Most Difficult Drug to Detox From?

The hardest drugs to detox from depend on your perspective. If by “difficult” you’re referring to the severity of dangerous medical symptoms that occur during withdrawal, then the obvious answer is alcohol and benzodiazepine. Both of these drugs could kill you during detox. But if you’re referring to the severity of emotional, mental and spiritual symptoms that affect a person during drug detox, then most addicts will agree that opiates are the most difficult; especially opiates like Methadone that are designed to help wean an addict from other opiates like heroin.

The Most Difficult Drugs to Withdraw/Detox From: Medical Reasons

The following substances prove especially challenging for many addicts to withdraw from considering the serious medical risks of doing so: Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines and Alcohol. The withdrawal process has been known to cause life-threatening complications in some people. This includes pulmonary and cardiovascular distress, respiratory depression, grand mal seizures, delirium tremens, hallucinations, coma and death.

Fortunately, death is rare but nevertheless the fact that it is possible creates a deterrent to treatment for some addicts. In most cases the risks of withdrawing from these substances can be mitigated by attending detox in a professional medical setting where healthcare practitioners and addiction experts can observe the detox process and respond immediately in case of any complications.

The Most Difficult Drugs to Withdraw/Detox From: Emotional Reasons

Thousands of years before the birth of Christ, the first annals of history were recorded by the ancient Sumerians. Translations of stone etchings show that these early peoples farmed and used opium extensively. In fact, their word for the plant can be translated to “Joy;” an apt description considering the widespread abuse of opium for the next several thousand years. By nearly all accounts, the euphoric high obtained by using opium is the highest feeling of joy most addicts have ever felt. But herein lays the problem.

When a person uses an opiate like heroin or Oxycontin to get high, they rapidly build up a tolerance not only to the drug, but also to euphoria. This means that it becomes more and more difficult to obtain the same euphoric effect with the same amount of opiates, so in nearly all cases users continually increase their dosages – some to the point of overdose and death. But in general the central nervous system becomes more and more desensitized to stimulus that would normally cause feeling of joy or euphoria. In fact, the opposite often occurs, resulting in a state known as Dysphoria; the opposite of euphoria.

Dysphoria is a severe problem for people who are detoxing/withdrawing from opiates because after the stop using the drug they often find it difficult or impossible to find joy or happiness in anything. This causes severe bouts of depression, anxiety, feelings of worthlessness and unexplained misery, terrible sadness and overwhelming inadequacy and loneliness; even in the presence of others. These emotional and spiritual symptoms drive many people in the early stages of recovery to return to drug use in order to self-medicate their general state of dysphoria.

Opiates Used to Treat Addiction to Other Opiates

Many addicts report and anecdotal evidence suggests that withdrawing and detoxing from opiates that are used to treat addiction to other opiates is a severe and extremely challenging process. The reasons for this are not understood, but it’s possible that because most opiate treatment drugs like methadone block the release of dopamine, addicts do not obtain a euphoric effect, even though they are spared the normal symptoms of withdrawal (essentially because methadone maintenance merely prolongs the addictive process.)

Support forums on group sharing often results in addicts advising each other NOT to go on an opiate maintenance program and to tough out the initial stages of a more “pure” withdrawal instead. Therefore, it could be argued that detoxing from opiate maintenance drugs is the most difficult type of detox to undergo.

The Kindling Effect

Regardless of the substance, the Kindling Effect can make detox and withdrawal an absolute nightmare; especially if the addict in question has relapsed repeatedly in their lifetime. The concept of Kindling is that with each progressive relapse and subsequent withdrawal, the brain and central nervous system become more highly sensitized (or highly desensitized) to drug abuse and the feelings it creates. As a result withdrawal symptoms are much more severe and potentially dangerous for these individuals than for others.

Ultimately, the most challenging detox is the one you’re about to go through. Taking that first step is extraordinarily difficult regardless of what drug you use and how long and hard you’ve been using it. But the reality of the situation is that left unabated the consequences of continued active addiction are in every instance more severe and potentially life-changing that the actual process of withdrawal and detox, which usually takes 10 days or less for most people.

If you or someone you love is fighting addiction, the most valuable weapon you can give them is action. Do it now; get help, get a free consultation, and take the first step before it’s too late to move forward at all.

7 Habits of an Addict About to Relapse

Many addicts in recovery that are nearing a relapse episode exhibit predictable and identifiable habits and behaviors before the actual relapse occurs. Recognition of these habits is critical in order for people in recovery and their loved ones to take decisive and immediate action to prevent the relapse. This is especially important considering the potential consequences of each new relapse episode: prison, violence, bankruptcy, death. Relapse prevention isn’t just about stopping someone from using again; it’s about saving a life.

The following are 7 behaviors that many addicts exhibit prior to and/or during the early stages of a relapse:

1.) Withdrawal/Isolation

A person in recovery who is on the verge of relapse will likely become withdrawn and purposefully isolate other people around them. This is particularly true of people that will not support or condone a return to drug use or drinking. This could be evidenced by spending less time with family members, staying out later at night than normal or not coming home, and by seeming withdrawn and quiet when others are present.

2.) Decline in Hygiene/Productivity

There is often a lack of care and concern when a relapse is imminent. Meaning, less attention is paid to personal hygiene details, exercise programs are abandoned, employment or educational inefficiencies or neglect occurs, and regular household upkeep suffers. These are all common signs of an addict who is beginning to care less and less about trying to maintain a legitimate lifestyle.

3.) Glorification of Substance Abuse

An addict that is unhappy with or neglectful of their recovery will often yearn for the days when they used drugs or drank. They may talk about using and relive their past drug use in the form of stories, anecdotes and comments that make it clear that they miss those times, despite the severe consequences they suffered as a result. (Levels of Relapse Warning Signs, T. Gorski)

4.) Reconnecting

An early warning of relapse is when a person in recovery begins to reconnect with friends or acquaintances they used drugs or drank with. This refers mainly to individuals who are potentially still using drugs or those who do not support recovery/sobriety. These reconnections are especially troubling when the person in question has withdrawn from people that DO support their recovery.

5.) Engaging in Risky Behavior

An addict in recovery that is about to relapse will often exhibit abnormally risky behavior. This could include extreme sports or other athletic activities, promiscuity, excessive speeding and other dangerous activities. Engaging in behaviors such as these fills a certain need for excitement and euphoria, but for most addicts in recovery the only euphoria that will satiate them is a return to their drug of choice.

6.) Secretive

As people in recovery get closer to relapse, they sometimes become secretive; carefully guarding their phone or computer, remaining tight-lipped concerning where they go, who they’re with, etc. Often at this stage the relapse has already begun and secrecy is required in order to conceal it.

7.) Abandoning Treatment

Addicts in recovery usually engage in some type of ongoing treatment as part of a relapse prevention program. This can take many forms, but when people in recovery are nearing a relapse episode, they often abandon these types of treatment with little explanation. When combined with any or all of the behaviors outlined above, it’s likely that for these people, relapse is imminent. (Carole Bennett, M.A. 6 Common Relapse Triggers PsychologyToday.com)

If you recognize these signs in yourself or someone you love who is in recovery, taking swift action is critical. This should begin by addressing the issue directly with the individual, and escalate to involve the person’s support network, treatment specialists and if needed, an interventionist.

Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘N Roll: The Real Story

Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n Roll is a common dream that few will know; but many try and so the story goes, that there’s riches there in the backstage glow. But looking in subjectively, one must put down the cell phone, the remote and the Wii, for things in the spotlight are never what they seem- when it comes to the combination of these infamous three.

It’s a tempting image we’ve too often seen; fans by the millions who clamor and scream; for a glimpse, just a touch or a kiss on the cheek; there’s no shortage of groupies and their big rock-star dreams. So backstage they go to embrace beneath the sheets; neither star nor fan knowing if the other is clean. Just ask Freddy Mercury of Queen or the legend Easy E, or ponder the math of promiscuity. The more sex one has the more threats one will see; the chances for most are about 1 in 3.

Of course, the risk is increased when one factors in drugs, which diminish good judgment and moral aplomb. To this many a rock star can certainly attest, with unwanted pregnancies, herpes, syphilis and the rest.

But if the threat of disease isn’t enough, consider the sexual dysfunction that could be caused by drugs; with repeated use the good feelings fade – until sex feels like nothing and relationships become strained. Then all that’s left is to get high and play; but the music, like sex, is empty and grey.

This is the way so many rock stars go; they hide in the weed, the booze and the coke. They wait for salvation in the fame or the dough, but round and round with the drugs they still go. It’s a tired old story with so many names, of rock ‘n roll legends this disease has claimed;

Janis Joplin overdosed on heroin and Hendrix choked on his own puke – while passed out and delirious on ‘barbs and on booze. John Bonham from Led Zeppelin would likewise follow suit, and choke on his vomit after 40 shots of booze. Jay Bennett, from Wilco; lost to overdose, not long after Wes Berggren from Tripping Daisy died from cocaine and ‘benzos.

Steve Clark from Def Leppard, Kevin DuBrow from Quiet Riot, both died far too young from a cocaine-based diet. Slipknot’s Paul Grey died from morphine and pills, while Sublime lost their front-man to a heroin thrill. It was heroin too, that took Kurt Cobain and bassist friend Pfaff; the loss to the grunge scene marred its future and past.

Some groups have lost more than one member to the scourge of addiction, the call of drug abuse – The Pretenders, The Grateful Dead, Alice in Chains and The Who – were all scarred forever when their deaths numbered 2. But it’s not a problem isolated to just these few; The Temptations, Sex Pistols, AC/DC, Blues Traveler, Weezer, Mad Season, Avenged Sevenfold and Red Hot Chili Peppers all lost members too.

So it’s clear to the people and plainly we must see, that the image of fame is not presented impartially. And though the story won’t change and it’s long as it goes, there’s still the allure of Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n Roll.