What Not To Wear To Prom

Prom is the biggest event in a teenage girl’s life.  It’s the one you’ll spend hours shopping and planning for and capturing the night through photos and social media so you want to wear the right gown.

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It’s hard to believe but prom dress shopping season is already upon us. I often recommend ordering your prom dress no later than early February to allow for the best designs and delivery time. Many teen girls devote as much time and energy into selecting a prom dress as they would a future dress. Since you’ll remember your prom night forever and more than likely plaster photos of yourself all over social media within hours, you’ll want to purchase the right kind of prom dress and avoid the absolute don’ts of prom dress shopping.

The Fashion Do’s and Don’ts of Prom Dress Shopping
  • Do begin your search for the perfect prom dress early. Even though it’s only November, this is when all the designers release their latest designs to various websites online as well as to fashion magazines.
  • Don’t limit your prom dress shopping to department stores or even specialty boutiques. You may find some stylish and trendy options at online sites, such as the Prom Dress Shop, which is one of the best online stores for 2016 prom dresses.
  • Don’t drive yourself crazy with all “rules” other high school girls come up with, like you only wear a long dress if it’s your senior prom and a shorter one to all other proms. Some teen girls take it even further and call “dibs” on certain prom dresses by posting them on their social media and then it’s off limits. Try not to go crazy and you’ll have more fun.
  • Do consider looking at red dresses at the Prom Dress Shop. Almost everyone can wear a shade of red and the color is an attention-stopper. Some examples of sexy red prom dresses include a long Jovani jersey gown complete with sheer mesh side detailing and mesh back, which appears like an open back and a strapless Blush short flirty dress with a tulle skirt.
  • Do select a prom dress that doesn’t make you look like an elaborate princess or a decorated cupcake. While you may have always wanted to feel like the “Belle of the Ball,” this may not be the time to show up in an extremely poufy ball gown with so many ruffles it looks an inverted decorated spring cupcake. Everyone might be staring at you and not the way you’d want them to.
  • Don’t show too much skin. Shorter prom dresses are perfectly appropriate, but remember to check the dress by bending over. If your bottom shows, the dress is too short. Keep in mind, there will be pictures of you in that dress, and your family will probably see you in them so try to keep it classy.
  • Do wear comfortable shoes. While high heels do elongate your legs, they also make it harder to walk so if you aren’t experienced in walking in three or four inch stilettos, choose shoes with shorter heels. Otherwise, everyone will be watching you lose your balance in your prom dress instead of admiring how stunning you really look.

Now that you have these tips, it’s time to begin shopping for the perfect prom dress. You’ll be ahead of the game and will be able to have a stress-free prom.

Cheat Your Way to Look Slim in Your Prom Dress – No Diet or Workout Required!!

Some tips on how you can look slender and toned in your prom dress without having to go to the gym.

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If you look like Blake Lively, you don’t have to worry about hiding that muffin top or concealing that food baby when you want to look flawless on a special day. And if you are like me, the supermodel diet that includes eating only 3 apples a day or 3 hours of Pilates sounds a little too exhausting. Worse news is you only have a week to go, so there is no diet or workout that can work the magic in such short period. Here are some tricks to look fabulous in your prom dress without any restricting diet or hardworking exercise.

  • Give yourself good preparation

Tanning – Why? Because a little touch of tan can hide cellulite and stretch marks which are the imperfections that create interrupted visual lines of your bare arms and legs. If a faux tan is not for you, try a body foundation that can do the same job.

Invest in shapewear – A great body shaper will give a little nip and tuck without any painful surgery! Do choose ones that smooth up the unwanted bulges while adding an extra oomph to your breasts and bum.

Stop wearing ill-fitting undies – You look for many prom dresses made by famous designers and you plan to invest in one and hope it will make you look your best. Don’t ruin it by wearing underwear that doesn’t fit. Wrong sized bras, either too big or too small will make your dress look cheap. Knickers that are too tight will create lumps around the bum and hips. If your dress is tight, do wear a G-string or seamless panties to avoid visible panty lines.

  • Choose the dress wisely

Say no to shiny fabric – Your dress should be made of non-shiny fabric. Safe choices are cotton and silk. Be careful in choosing anything that looks shiny and bulky like leather, velvet, satin, and metallic. These materials can add extra kilos on you especially in photographs.

Monotone will do you good- First thing you have to think about carefully is which dress you are going to get. Yes, black always has that slimming power but it doesn’t have to be black. The trick is to just choose one color and stick with it. Choosing only one hue will create a flowing vertical line, making you look slimmer and taller. Mixing too many colors will make you look bigger. Look at this stunning mermaid prom dresses for example. It doesn’t have to be black, but the monotone and the shape of the dress will give you that stunning hourglass figure.

Where to show some skin? – TheV neck is best when it comes to looking slim. This shape of the neckline not only creates an illusion of a thinner upper body, but also makes your face looks less plump. A wider v neckline also helps in balancing out wide hips and thighs. This type of neckline is the way to go for looking slim.

  • Adding the finishing touch

Shoes, shoes, shoes – Shoes play an essential role to your outfit. Shoes with pointy toes and slim heels will be the best choice. If you can’t do high heels, kitten heels or flats with pointy toes are also flattering. Another trick to elongate your legs is choosing a pair in a nude color that matches your legs’ skin tone. It will create an illusion of never-ending long legs.

Mix and match the right jewelry –Accessories such as long necklaces and chandelier earrings can create an illusion of a slimmer face and neckline while statement bangles and bracelets are good for drawing attention away from the upper arms. Remember the classic trick “less is more” so mix and match a couple of items and try not to go overboard.

When in doubt, wear a ponytail – This easy hairstyle shows off your bone structure and will make your face look thinner. Make it a high ponytail with a light tease at the top of your head for a glamorous touch.

Hopefully, these tricks will be useful for those of you who have no time to slim down for the big day but don’t want to starve themselves just to look great in their dress. Because many things taste as good as skinny feels, right?

What To Expect From A Stand Contractor On Exhibition Day

This article discusses how having a contractor can help your exhibition run seamlessly and explains what they do on the day.

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Hiring an exhibition contractor to design your stand can bring you many benefits. When you find the right contractor, they listen to your concepts and work in-line with your budget. You will also find the good companies guide you through the brief and make helpful suggestions to ensure you get the most out of your exhibition. So what do you need to expect when you are hiring an exhibition contractor?

If you go all-inclusive, your contractor won’t only work on the layout, design, and structure of your stand, they’ll also provide several services during the exhibition. When you reach the venue, the project manager should be there. They have been through the entire process from start to finish so they will ensure the stand is built just how you had it in mind. With the project manager there, you can rest assured that everything will run smoothly.

Depending on the contractor you choose, you will find most teams offer the following services:

  • On the day of your exhibition, you should literally have to do nothing! The contractor will be in charge of arranging where you keep your goods.
  • The team will help position your products and promotional features optimally so it works in-line with the design of your stand.
  • The contractors will man the stand and all technical elements. As you work your magic and get those new clients to your booth, the contractors will be behind the scenes. They will ensure everything functions and runs smoothly.
  • They set-up the back-drop, feature walls, or demo pods. They will also put out anything bespoke you may have ordered.
  • After the exhibition has finished, the team will dismantle the stand. If you have chosen a hired stand, they will take it back to their workshop. These stands can also be stored and returned to you before your next exhibition.
  • A decent contractor will finally take the time to follow things up. Having a post-exhibition meeting is a great way to voice any feedback, concerns, or improvements that can be made. This is particularly important if you plan to do further exhibitions down the line.

Overall, when you hire a contractor and depending on which service level you choose, they should completely set your stand up and all elements. If you have any bulky products or gadgets, you can also arrange for them to be transported by your contractor.

Maybe you are still on the hunt for a quality exhibition contractor? If so, looking at www.aspectexhibitions.co.uk is a great idea. Their qualified and experienced team provide a comprehensive service which guarantees support before, during and after the exhibition. On site, Aspect Exhibitions always have a project manager who has been involved with the custom stand design and build from its inception, to ensure the build process runs smoothly.

During the event, the less things you have on your mind the better. So it’s a good idea to utilize the skills of the contractor fully. Take advantage of their expertise so they can provide you with a full service. This means you can focus on what you do best; engaging potential leads.

Three Reasons Your Level Of Health Is Declining

Although most people want to lead fun and fulfilling lives, declining health can preclude them from doing so. If you find that you no longer have the energy necessary to work or socialize in a productive manner, it’s time to examine your health practices. In many cases, individuals commit specific errors that preclude them from walking in the level of wellness necessary to truly enjoy life. With that idea in mind, consider whether you are committing any of the following mistakes:

1. You Haven’t Obtained A Diagnosis.

If you sense that you are struggling with a chronic illness that causes unwanted symptoms, it is imperative that you obtain a diagnosis. You can easily accomplish this objective through the use of testing kits. Companies like Diagnostic Automation/Cortez Diagnostics, Inc. specialize in providing clients with high quality elisa test kits as well as other testing kits that can help you identify and then resolve your specific health challenge.

2. You’re Not Exercising.

Another reason that you may be experiencing a health decline results from a lack of exercise. Exercise is a life-giving activity that provides you with numerous benefits. Some of them include:

• better sleep
• enhanced cognitive function
• improved memory
• weight management
• better posture

Just as exercising regularly can provide you with a plethora of health benefits, failing to engage in physical activity can contribute to physiological decline. In fact, sedentary individuals are much more susceptible to debilitating diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and obesity. In recognizing this reality, you should make sure that exercise becomes and remains a central component of your lifestyle.

3. You Don’t Meditate.

Meditation is a restorative mindfulness activity that renews your cognitive processes, regulates your breathing, and reduces stress. These are just three of the reasons that you need to be engaging in this activity on a regular basis. Individuals who do not meditate regularly are much more likely to suffer from a significant decline in health. Since this is the case, be sure that you work at least five minutes of meditation into your daily life. Doing so can preclude you from experiencing the cognitive and bodily declines that impair your level of vitality.

Don’t Delay-Start Improving Your Health Today!

If you want to lead a fulfilling life yet find that your frail health precludes you from doing so, it’s time to take action. By examining the information outlined in this article, you can determine whether you’re committing simple errors that prevent you from obtaining and maintaining optimal wellness. You can then take steps towards attaining the excellent level of health that you deserve!

What You Need to Know about Driverless Cars

Politicians in Europe and around the world are all aboard for self-driving cars. Here’s what you need to know so you can be, too.

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Of all Western governments, the European government is often put down for being slow to adopt policy change surrounding innovation due to bureaucracy, red tape, and an array of other factors. However, nothing could be further than the truth when it comes to self-driving cars.

In early 2015, European government officials announced they were embracing the notion to the tune of £19 million, to be spent on further research into the technology which is popular among tech-enthusiasts and road safety experts alike.

Testing of three working autonomous driving car prototypes is already underway, under a new code of practice for testing which has already been fleshed out and enacted upon by the Department for Transport.

And even with all of the coordination of this forward-thinking government, they are already behind US initiatives from the US private sector. Google already has its own thoughtfully developed prototypes driving on public roads and avenues, and companies like Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Volvo, Jaguar Land Rover, and others are leading the charge on their own testing grounds. Even Japan is in on the driverless car revolution.

The State of Autonomous Driving & Driverless Cars in the UK

Even with the perception that the UK is somewhat behind the charge that is already taking place in other countries, such as Sweden, Japan, the US and others, the UK is breaking down all the necessary roadblocks to pave the way for innovation in the sector.

The UK government is approaching the move towards driverless vehicles with a “non-regulatory approach” by allowing those who would like to test them out to do so without any special permits or certificates. They are putting a lot of faith in the technology it seems.

The move is being called the “Pathway to Driverless Cars” which will address a number of challenges the industry will face in coming years.

Home-Grown Driverless Cars

A key preoccupation with European lawmakers is to fabricate a home-grown solution and differentiate the technologies being engineered and tested in Europe from other nations. And the decision to do so is not driven by ego, but by Europe’s own unique environmental factors.

In the USA, Google is locked onto the notion of spinning roof sensors, however those sensors likely would not perform well in UK’s fog and longer rainy periods. This is likely a reason behind the fact that Google is centrally doing their testing in California, a place where the weather dramatically contrasts that of other parts of the world due to its general predictability.

This is the one time when Europe can be proud of its oft-seeming dismal weather; the challenges it presents to driverless car tests are actually a good thing.

Criteria for Testing Self-Driving Cars in the UK

It will not be until summer of 2017 that domestic laws which regulate driverless cars in the UK and the European Union will be amended. For now it seems that law-makers are providing the technology a ‘grace period’.

However the Code of Practice instituted by the Department of Transport does stipulate a few common-sense rules.

  • A full license is still required by testers, even though the car could likely do much of the driving
  • A manual override must be available at all times
  • Testers are still responsible for the vehicle’s speed
  • All existing laws must still be adhered to
  • Driving data must always be recorded to determine the cause of accidents that could occur
  • Cars which are being tested have previously passed closed course tests

Lingering Concern

It’s no secret that laws and regulations will need to be modified in the future. There are many questions yet to be answered on paper for autonomous driving & driverless cars, such as:

  • Will the Highway Code be modified to get the most out of the technology?
  • When an accident occurs, who is at fault? The driver, the automated system, or the auto-maker? And who is going to foot the bill?
  • Will a new driver’s license designation be created?
  • How will insurance policies be required to evolve to best address the unique technology?
  • Could not updating on-board software affect insurance premiums or fail to meet legal requirements?

In Conclusion

While there is still a long way to go, it is clear that the UK has an opportunity to forge ahead of other countries because of the all-season testing that is required to meet the unique requirements of local climate and driving conditions.

Looking For a Company Workwear Supplier? Here Are Tips To Find the Best

Find the right work wear supplier by evaluating and assessing issues with previous suppliers, knowing your needs and wants, and then observing the following checklist.

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There was a time when a business essential was “word-of-mouth.” Believe it or not, “word-of-mouth” still holds a lot of value to businesses and corporations, but it’s less in the literal form. These days, most people turn to the Internet for reviews and views.


How many trusted online workwear suppliers in the UK can you find? You won’t have to go far to look – or won’t need to look far if you consider the easy-peasy online shopping opportunities of Be Smart Clothing Limited. Their website is beautifully presented and extremely easy to navigate as you ponder the needs and wants of your corporation.

Use Your Experience to Access

There are many issues to consider when you’re looking for a work-wear supplier. Is this your first time using a work-wear supplier? If not, you have a good comparative for what you need and want.

Where can you find a great work-wear supplier?

•    Recommendations
•    Directories
•    Trade associations
•    Business advisors
•    Exhibitions
•    Trade Press

Their Experience

You want to look for a company with experience, a solid reputation, and one which uses quality products to create their clothing.

If you have a current or previous supplier, examine what you liked and did not like about them – what motivated you to look for a new company. Most people initially opt for the lowest-price option, which seemed like a good idea initially. However, over time, the uniforms did not wear well or “hold up.” You may have found yourself having to re-order much more than the company said you’d have to. The result is, you want to look for high-quality materials from a reputable supplier, because that way, your finished product is going to meet your expectations. Even if there are initial costs, it will pay off over time through consistent, high-quality fabric.

Know Your Criteria

•   Lead times from confirmation of your order to delivery
•   Know your needs
•   Spend effort and energy on research
•   Ask around
•   Credit-check potential suppliers
•   Price is not the bottom line
•   Agree on service levels before beginning
•   Minimum and maximum order quantities
•   Storage and handling facilities
•   Specific methods of delivery
•   Quality assurance processes
•   Payment terms and conditions
•   Return policy
•   Contactable references

What should you look for?

In general, there are aspects you must consider in any supplier:

•   Reliability
•   Quality
•   Value for the money
•   Strong service and communication
•   Financial security
•   A Strong Relationship

Specific to Work Wear Suppliers

  1.  Review the work wear supplier’s capabilities.
  2.  Compare prices
  3.  Will they meet your specifications?

The above three criteria equates with value. Do not evaluate by cost alone. You are considering:

•   Customer Service
•   Delivery commitments
•   Reliability and responsiveness
•   Resource savings (hard and soft)

Supply Performance

Review their website and be sure that it offers a number of choices and clear photographs to determine what you can choose from.


Consider developing an audit and assessment program. Do an audit before the contract is signed. You want to be certain the work wear supplier doesn’t have any significant compliance or quality system failures. It also helps understand the work-wear supplier’s strengths and weaknesses. Continue to audit throughout your business relationship.

Customer Service

Always keep an open-line of communication between yourself and the work-wear supplier.

As business owners, you know that ensuring quality for customers is key. Once you’ve established and developed a quality management program with your work wear supplier you’ve ensured that you’ve been delivered high quality work wear.

Not Rush Hour

Whatever you do, don’t’ speed through the process. Invest sufficient time to research, review, seek suggestions, and check qualifications. Put in effort and energy in seeking a work wear supplier and when you have found one, make sure you are in frequent touch with each other.

How Making Small Dietary and Lifestyle Changes Can Lead to Improved Health

Insert KeywordsThe food choices that a person makes affect their everyday health. It determines the way they feel today, the way they will feel tomorrow, and it also has an impact on what their health will be like 50 years into the future. Nutrition is the most important aspect of leading a healthy life. When a person has a good diet and they combine that with regular exercise, they are able to keep a healthy weight and minimize their chances of dealing with serious diseases.

Unhealthy decisions and unhealthy eating habits have led to an epidemic of obesity in the United States. It is estimated that 33.8 percent of adults in the United States are obese, and approximately 17 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 19 are overweight.

Even if a person is at a healthy weight, if they have a poor diet, they put themselves at risk for things that can lead to severe illnesses or death. A poor diet can lead to a person having type II diabetes, osteoporosis, and some types of cancer. However, when a person makes smart food choices, they are able to protect themselves from these types of health problems.

Researchers agree that the links that exists between having good nutrition, keeping a healthy weight, and doing proper exercise to reduce the risk for chronic disease is so strong that it cannot be ignored. Sometimes people think that they need to make drastic changes in their life in order to improve their health. This is just not the case. Often times, it is just making small adjustments in the food that a person eats or the beverages that a person drinks that can go a long way to improve their health.

Many people are opting to purchase food that is infused with vitamins and supplements to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle. An example of this is a recent trend in healthy alcohol mixers. These alcohol mixers are infused with supplements that are designed to increase a person’s vitamin intake, improve hydration, and give a person more energy. This allows an individual to enjoy an alcoholic beverage of their choice, while at the same time doing something good for their overall health.

It does not take a lot of effort to adapt to a healthy lifestyle. The improved quality of life and the increased energy that accompany these changes make any efforts a person expends more than worthwhile.