Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Gardening does not have to be just a row of carrots in the garden any more. Many of the plants we love to grow in gardens actually do very well in hanging baskets. Tomatoes are just one of these plants and their sweet, juicy fruit is a great way to introduce kids to the concept of eating their own freshly grown produce.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Finally found the perfect dress? Now it's time to go from blushing bride to a fashion stand-out your family and friends will be talking about for years.
Whether you prefer the classic elegance of old-Hollywood glamor or the daring innovation of the avant-garde, fashion instructors from several Art Institutes school locations share the top trends in bridal accessories that can help you achieve a one-of-a-kind look on your wedding day.
Accessories can be a fun and easy way for brides to add some creativity to their style, while also showing off their personality. One way to look unique on your wedding day is through headpieces, according to Erica Sewell, Fashion Instructor at The Art Institute of New York City.
Brides are trading in traditional veils in lieu of headbands, fascinators, blushers, feathers and for the daring brides, hats. Jewels and headbands, like the ones seen recently on different celebrities, are another great alternative to traditional veils. Sewell is also seeing more Eastern-looking head jewelry.
Tiaras are another bridal classic that are getting a makeover. They are being replaced by birdcage veils, which are short, face-framing veils that were popular in the 40s, and fascinators, like those seen during the royal wedding.
When looking at jewelry, many brides are keeping it simple or focusing on statement pieces that can be worn again and again after the wedding is over. "Your dress you wear one time. Your accessories are for a lifetime," says Michelle Zabel, Fashion Instructor at The Art Institute of Washington - Dulles, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta. "People are spending more on their accessories, because they can wear them again."
Another trend in jewelry is vintage pieces. "Brides are incorporating vintage pieces from their family," says Michael Watson, Fashion Instructor at The Art Institute of Charlotte. These pieces are not only unique, but they also have sentimental value. And, whether vintage or new, brooches and lariats are making a return to the scene, but are being used in unexpected ways. Lariats are long chains that can be wrapped around the neck several times with the ends either hanging loosely or tied into a "y" shape. "If a bride has a dress with some back detail, some are using a lariat in reverse so the long part is hanging down the back," says Sewell. Instead of finding brooches only on the dress, brides are now using them to accessorize their bouquets.
If the thought of a feathered headpiece worthy of Carrie Bradshaw's couture-clad bride seems a little extreme for your tastes, don't worry. Feathers are definitely having a fashion moment, and the ways to incorporate them are endless. According to Watson, "feathers have transitioned into an inexpensive way to make your look unique." Sewell agrees, noting that people are putting feathers on fascinators, clips, combs and veils. "Feathers are a big story as far as headgear," she says.
Headpieces aren't the only place one can find feathers. Just like brooches, they are also turning up on wedding bouquets. "Flowers have been clean, simple, minimal and accessorized with pearls, feathers and rhinestones," says Watson.
What girl doesn't love her shoes, and for today's bride pretty much anything goes. For something unexpected, brides can add a pop of color with their shoes or even go a little trendier with lace booties. Sewell says she is also seeing shoes in general becoming less traditional and more casual. This includes taking a fashion cue from the guys. "Some brides are wearing sneakers, such as Chuck Taylors, because the grooms are wearing sneakers," says Sewell.
Courtesy of BPT
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
When deciding to set up an office at home, one challenge many workers face is determining what computer to use - or purchase. Apple and Windows-based PCs are the two staples, and everyone has a preference on which system they prefer. Sometimes it's the user interface of one over the other that's preferred, and in other cases, how chosen programs perform on each platform determines what type of computer workers purchase. And often, workers just want to seamlessly blend in with the office environment, and purchase the same system for home.
With Parallels Desktop for Mac, the difficulty of choosing between the two platforms is obsolete. This software enables users to run all operating systems like Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Mac OS X, Google Chrome OS and more on a Mac without rebooting. This allows an at-home employee to easily switch between the system provided on work computers and the home computer, even if they're running different operating systems.
This allows at-home workers several benefits:
* If you have a Mac and a PC, then Parallels Desktop software can simply move your entire PC onto you Mac so you have everything on one computer. If you don't have a PC, its wizard lets you simply add Windows and other operating systems to your Mac so you can do everything on one computer.
* Save money because there is no need to repurchase software you already own. All of the PC applications you invested in can simply be moved to your Mac and run in Windows via Parallels Desktop.
* Run both Windows and Mac systems at the same time, allowing you to work in a Mac program while using a Windows platform.
* Copy and paste between documents running in both operating systems easily - which is not possible if you must reboot your Mac to change between OS X and Windows applications.
Another challenge working-from home employees face is taking the business on the road. Those who are self-employed often don't have the luxury of bringing business into the home office, and have to make the office mobile. This requires updating technology so email, documents and files can all be accessed from either a smartphone or tablet.
Another option is to access your computer remotely, allowing you to do everything you'd be doing at home while away. Parallels Mobile for iPad and iPhone lets you remotely access and run all of your Mac and Windows files and applications when you're on the go.
One final challenge is being able to handle the business errands without having to leave the office - or home. Banking, setting up conference calls or ordering supplies can all be done electronically using websites and downloadable apps. This technology allows a home-worker to make business deposits, connect with clients and have supplies delivered to the door - without having to leave.
Seamless connection is key to working at home, because any interruption in getting technology to work is lost time, and potentially lost business. Apps, using the same computer programs you've always used through Parallels Desktop for Mac and mobile devices will help any at home worker to keep all connections with the office and clients going strong. Mac users can download a free trial of the software at www.parallels.com/desktop.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Courtesy of BPT
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