Testosterone Based Fashion Mistakes – Jeans

Jeans define you. Who you are. Where you live. What you ate this morning. How you got to work. Your maritime status. The lot. I can sense you rolling those eyes of yours like a slot machine, but do not gamble just yet. Jeans give you your texture, your personal touch and, in rare yet pleasurable occurrences, can make women want to grope your ass. As such it is imperative that you find the right jeans for you by any means necessary – I'm talking save, loan, bribe and steal – no scrap the last one, advocating theft would tarnish my squeaky clean reputation.

As you can imagine finding the right jeans for each prototype is no easy task. Shopping for all clothing requires certain guidelines or at least principles to point you in the right direction. Some might say these would center on your butt – the sun to our denim solar system, but the connoisseurs of the fashion factories would tell you that it revolves around meeting requirements in terms of fit and style. I'm sure you are aware of friends and strangers who fall into the trap of buying and, furthermore, branding the oh so generic 'regular' jeans with the standard plain blue wash (no fade) and common brown stitching. This 'regular' variety qualifies supremely in the fit category but why leave style to rot when you can satisfy both, like a threesome? Of course the fit is important but in all honesty I would favor a fashionable pair over a tailor yet not so sexy mistake.

You must learn to make jeans your own. The reason why there is margin for error on the measurement side of things is because there is no set way in which you must wear them; the same jeans worn loose can accentuate the curves the tight fit suppresses. This can be favorable or detrimental depending on the style you are sponsoring. Without you are investing in pitch black jeans I would advise you to look for a pair with something different and original about them. This would ideally begin with the wash. At minimum a slight fade from the sides to the front is a must. It adds definition and emphasizes the unique shape your body provides.

Avoid jeans with a wash that fades too much, akin to forming two different colors on the spectrum. This look is popular in Africa and abroad but it makes you look like a relatively recent acquisition for the homeland. Ripped jeans are cool within reason and different stitching can most definately add a lot of charisma to an otherwise characterless pair. Do not fold them up. Find the right size or one you can work with, but the good old fold-and-behold technique is no longer viable in the vogue of today. Usually blue, jeans and their greenish variations are casual wear, white jeans are loud and flashy, black is suave and slick.

Whichever jeans you do wear, remember that there is no 'I' in jeans. Your denim is part of a team. The fabric team which defines your outward appearance to the world, and in order to work correctly, your jeans must compliment your whole look. Work with the rest of your apparel and you may be in for a pleasant surprise.

How Social Media Is Affecting Current Fashions and Trends

In the past, the fashion world has seemed like a place out of reach to the general public. A mysterious place; which only the rich and famous could be part of. These days, however, thanks to the revolution of social media, this world has opened up, and everyone can join in and share experiences. Social media has had a huge impact on fashions and trends.

One of the leading examples of social media which has affected fashion is blogging. The demand for blogging has increased immensely over the past few years, and more people are becoming involved in this way of connecting with each other. Fashion bloggers report on the latest fashions and trends via relevant websites, before they reach magazines, and interestingly, now now see bloggers sitting in the front row of catwalk shows. A place which was previously reserved for only celebrities and designers. The reason there is such a huge interest in this form of social media, is not only because we can usually refer to the writer, but also because they have the ability to report on the latest trends immediately after the shows have taken place. This diminishes the need to wait weeks or months on magazines being published, or websites updated. It also gives us a platform to interact and communicate with each other.

Popular websites such as Facebook, twitter and YouTube have also had a tremendous influence on ladies fashion and current trends. Top designers such as Burberry and Louis Vuitton have used these types of social media to stream live catwalk shows as they happen, which enable viewers to tell each other about the latest fashion before it reaches the shops. It is also a way to communicate directly with designers, which increases their awareness of what looks are popular and what fashion enthusiasts are interested in. It enables people to feel connected and express their opinions. It also allows people to have a direct influence on fashion trends, and know their views are valued. Designers are also developing ways for viewers to make instant clothing purchases, during these live performances.

Fashion dedicated sites such as Polyvore and Chitopia have in-built forums, where visitors can interact with each other, and share style tips and advice. There is also the option to upload photos, and show off your personal style. These types of fashions sites have a significant affect on current trends, as people love to talk to each other, and what better way to showcase your own unique style, and allow others to become inspired and even replicate ideas.

The increase in social media not only affects styles and trends, but it also allows designers to reach a higher amount of people, in a shorter time frame. It can greatly increase traffic to specific websites, and as a result, make a huge impact on online sales. The need and desire for social media is only set to continue and make way for an even more interesting and inspirational way to interact and enjoy the latest styles.

Product Marketing in the Virtual World

With enormous progress of the World Wide Web, the concept of markets has changed drastically. Markets are no longer restricted to a certain territory or piece of land. In fact the WWW has introduced the concept of virtual markets to us. The concept of internet marketing services deal with marketing of the products put on sale online. Internet marketing services brings together both the aesthetic and technical aspects of online marketing like designing, development, advertising and sales.

The several techniques of improving internet marketing services are:

  1. Increase traffic to your website by search engine optimization (SEO). This is achieved by appropriate use of keywords and metatags. With better search engine optimization done by experts, the visibility of the site will increase and marketing of products will get a boost.
  2. Use of techniques like pay per click (PPC) programs can direct more traffic to the website. It acts on the principle of creating ads and linking them to keywords. You only pay if you click on the links.
  3. Use of banner ads, running vertically on top or bottom of the web page, or sky scraper ads, running on the left or right side of the web page, are colorful and graphical ways of IM. However, these are old ways and losing popularity slowly.
  4. E-commerce newsletters, emailed to clients, are also great ways of improving internet marketing. They allow development of relationship with clients.
  5. Buying ad space for an online magazine similar to buying space for a print magazine. The amount paid for buying the space depends on how much traffic the magazine generates.
  6. Using online directories is also a useful alternative. A site can be featured in one of the online directories tat ranges from city guides to online yellow pages.
  7. Conducting online auctions are similar to auctions in the real world. The seller quotes the minimum price and interested buyers start quoting their price.

The several advantages of online marketing are:

  • Marketing not limited to geographical boundaries
  • Cost effective for sellers and buyers
  • Availability, presence and visibility spread over 24 hrs
  • Display of full information and all details of products
  • Increasing returns on investment
  • New markets available to sellers, overseas markets

One thing that is a major drawback to internet marketing is that there is no scope for face-to-face interaction that is available in other real world marketing strategies.

There are certain aspects one needs to be cautioned while buying IM products, ie

  1. Buying from a fake site: Do your background research well
  2. Buy from a trustworthy site: Sometimes the products do not resemble or live upto the promises of the products seen on screen.
  3. Check for guarantee: Make sure you buy a product that offers guarantee.
  4. Beware of internet marketing gurus, who often trap you by their convincing statements to believe in false promises.

Exploring Errors and Disputing Items on Your Credit Report

80% of credit reports contain errors or inaccuracies on them and that is not a very pleasing statistic. But since the 3 major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) aren’t always accurate in they’re reporting and the creditors that report these items aren’t always careful, what can be done?

First, we should realize what types of errors or inaccuracies show up on credit reports. I have literally seen thousands of credit reports and there are numerous examples but we will stick to the main ones.

1. Outdated Accounts-credit reports should not have accounts that are older than 7 years old from date of delinquency. However, you should not trust that this will automatically happen as there is only a 50% chance that the account will be removed after the 7 years. I have personally seen accounts still showing up nearly 20 years later!

2. Fraudulent Accounts-More and more people are becoming victims of fraud or identity theft. It is the fastest growing crime in the U.S. bar none. The reason being is that it is quite easy for someone to steal your identity. You will likely never know you are a victim until you see the account on your credit report and/or you start receiving phone calls, letters and demands for the money when the accounts are not being paid. To this day, I have yet to come across an identity thief that was nice enough to pay the bill for the victim they were perpetrating.

3. Inaccurate Details-this is probably the most common example. Account balances, limits, payment amounts, payment dates, addresses, creditors (this happens as loans are bought and sold regularly.) Even the spelling of your name and your birth date. All of these details can show up inaccurately and can affect your credit scores.

4. Human Error. Here’s a typical synopsis of how easy it can happen: you mail your bill in-on time, the check and pay stub takes longer to get to the creditor (because of our lovely postal system) or ends up stacked in a pile on someone’s desk. Presto, your account has not been paid on the due date-due to human error. This immediately gets reported to the credit bureaus and now you have a 30 day late payment showing on your report. How could this happen you ask? Again, I will emphasize human error and until that goes away (which will be the day after never) then there will always be inaccuracies.

Here’s the easy part. Now that you know what the errors are on your credit report, you can dispute it. All you need to do is write a simple letter disputing the error in question and include any supporting documentation citing your case. The credit bureaus then have 30 days to research the information to verify the validity. As long as your dispute is warranted and is truly not your fault, then the item in question will be deleted or changed. There are no additional steps necessary to “repair” your negative credit.

Here’s the great news. If for some reason, the accounts still show up after the bureaus have done their research-there is one more course of action that can be taken that will have the creditors and/or credit bureaus begging you to leave them alone.