New designer for The Gap

June 2, 2008 at 3:24 am (Uncategorized)

It is known for its all-American, casual clothing in high quality fabrics. He is the American designer who’s built up an impressive resume at Perry Ellis and Paco Rabanne. So it seems perfect that The Gap has hired Patrick Robinson to oversee the design for women’s and men’s clothing, accessories and underwear, starting with the pre-autumn collections in stores in July. According to Marka Hansen, President of The Gap for North America, ‘Patrick brings broad experience – from high-end fashion to mass market retail – demonstrating his versatility to interpret and create fresh, clean designs true to the Gap brand aesthetic. We believe his skills and experience with some of the most respected apparel labels in the world will be great assets to The Gap brand.’ Robinson, a graduate of the Parsons School of Design, was chosen as one of Vogue magazine’s 100 rising stars in 1996 and has been a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America since 1994.

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Choosing a Credit Card

May 28, 2008 at 11:18 am (Uncategorized)

The first step in choosing a credit card is thinking about how you will use it.

  • If you expect to always pay your monthly bill in full–and other features such as frequent flyer miles don’t interest you–your best choice may be a card that has no annual fee and offers a longer grace period.

  • If you sometimes carry over a balance from month to month, you may be more interested in a card that carries a lower interest rate (stated as an annual percentage rate, or APR).

  • If you expect to use your card to get cash advances, you’ll want to look for a card that carries a lower APR and lower fees on cash advances. Some cards charge a higher APR for cash advances than for purchases.

Most credit card companies offer several kinds of cards:

  • Secured cards, which require a security deposit. The larger the security deposit, the higher the credit limit. Secured cards are usually offered to people who have limited credit records–people who are just starting out or who have had trouble with credit in the past.

  • Regular cards, which do not require a security deposit and have just a few features. Most regular cards have higher credit limits than secured cards but lower credit limits than premium cards.

  • Premium cards (gold, platinum, titanium), which offer higher credit limits and usually have extra features–for example, product warranties, travel insurance, no transfer fee or emergency services.

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Your Perfect Skin

May 26, 2008 at 4:51 am (Uncategorized)

All women would love to have smoother, younger looking skin. Some beauty products promise to give you beautifully, radiant skin but unfortunately it’s just not that easy.

You must work at maintaining healthy skin and the six key steps to doing so are as follow:

1. Make sure you get the 7 or 8 hours sleep your body needs every night.
2. Be as active as possible to maintain a healthy body and mind.
3. Enjoy lots of fresh air but try to limit your exposure to cold temperatures, excessively windy conditions and of course the biggest danger to your skin of all; the sun.
4. As difficult as it may be, try to life a happy, contented life and limit your exposure to stress.
5. Develop a regular skin care routine for your type of skin, and always try to moisturise twice a day and exfoliate twice a week.
6. Eat a healthy balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables, and try to drink 6 to 8 small glasses of water a day.

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The Egg Diet

May 16, 2008 at 7:43 am (Uncategorized)

I have just found out an interesting diet. It is named Egg diet.

Well, the Egg diet is a diet that will allow you to consume unlimited amounts of eggs, meat and fat. Unlimited amounts of fat, is that possible? Critics were skeptical at first, but in fact it is. Once the stored fat is converted into glucose, the glucose then fuels the body and burns fat directly.

A high-protein, low carb diet will digest into the system a lot easier and produce glucose, so the calories burn faster. When fat is stored in the body it can produce glucose, but it is a much slower process. You want to reduce the amount of carbs that you consume to barely any carbs at all.

As soon as you have done that, you can continue to consume fat in your regular diet. Within this diet you can consume as much protein as you want such as, cheese, eggs and meat. The calories that you consume are irrelevant, so do not pay much attention if you are increasing your calorie intake.

During the diet, you can also consume as many vegetables as long as they are not starchy or sweet. Basically, you want to stay away from baked potatoes and munch on a salad with your specialty dressing. Unfortunately, breads and pastas are off limits as well.

The egg diet may be hard to adjust to for the first week because your body may not be use to how hard your digestive will work when you are on the diet. You may also feel very weak and begin to shake, but don’t worry this is normal. Usually, everyone experiences these side effects and if they do not it is because their food consumption contains too many carbs.

Typically, the average person on the diet has 4 to 6 fried eggs, 1 to 2 sausage links and some bacon for breakfast. You also want to hydrate your body with as much water as possible. Stay away from soda, even diet soda because it contains artificial sweetener. Artificial sweeteners are very bad for you and do not convert into glucose.

Overall, this will help you lose weight, but may have a bad effect on your body in the beginning. You will lose weight within the first month because your body will continue to lose weight. Most weight will be water weight and you will lose it rather quickly. I personally would recommend this diet over the Atkins Diet for short term weight loss.

May be I should try..

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Just One Cool Day :)

May 15, 2008 at 8:08 am (Uncategorized)

Today I’m happy indeed! Imagine, I met the friend I hadn’t seen since our school days. Besides, she offered me to deal with her (she owns a large business).

Then I went shopping and find out a new store with very nice short. I bought a lot of summer skirts, shorts and tops ! :)

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Your First Credit Card

May 7, 2008 at 7:46 am (Uncategorized)

Today, establishing a good credit history is very important. You need a good credit history to get a decent rate when you want to buy a home or a car. Your credit history can also determine whether you get a good job, a decent apartment or reasonable rates on insurance. One wrong step like a late payment or maxing out your credit cards can affect you for years.

Here are some tips on how to get a credit card with no credit:

Check your credit report

See what, if anything, lenders are saying about you. This information is contained in your credit report.

Establish checking and savings accounts

Lenders see checking and savings accounts as signs of stability, and also one of the few things you can do to start building a financial history.

Understand the basics of credit scoring

The two most important factors in credit scoring are:

- Whether you pay your bills on time.

- How much of your available credit you actually use.

That’s why it’s important to pay your bills on time, and never max out or even get close to max out any of your credit cards.

“Borrow” someone else’s good credit

The fastest way to establish a credit history is to borrow someone else’s good credit record, either by being added to a credit card as a joint user or by getting someone to co-sign a loan for you. This is exactly how I got my first credit card :)

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9 Best Foods for Your Skin

April 28, 2008 at 10:55 am (Uncategorized)

Treat your body with the respect it deserves. If you fill it with trash and you’ll be left looking 15 years older. Your skin reflects your overall health. So try out these 9 best foods for your skin and see the difference!

1. Low fat yogurt

Low fat dairy products are full of vitamin A. This essential vitamin does wonders for your skin. If you have a thyroid problem or diabetes that’s even more reason to stock up!

2. Berries

Now we’re talking about plums, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries (No, not the phone!). These fruits have great antioxidant capacity and that translate to you have wonderful and healthy skin.

3. Salmon

Your skin needs essential fatty acids. If fish isn’t your thing, then try walnuts, flax seed or canola oil. All these lead to the same result! Omega 3 and Omega 6 may sound like a Sci-fi flick but these fatty acids are required to keep you healthy.

4. Green tea

Although a beverage this drink has polyphenols which have anti-inflammatory characteristics. Now that spells goods news for your skin.

5. Water

Need we even mention it! Good hydration is your skin’s best friend. Now we’re talking about good old water in its purest form and not soup or soda. So ensure that you’re getting at least 8 glasses down your system.

6. Avocados

This green fruit is rich in B-complex vitamins and essential oils and works like an anti-inflammatory agent. It also soothes skin that is red, irritated or just blotchy. You can even mix this fruit with yogurt and berries to give you a great breakfast drink.

7. Mangoes

Yum! I’m glad this one’s on the list. Lots of vitamin A is in store with this skin do-gooder! This fruit will repair your skin cells so it doesn’t look flaky. It has only 70 calories for each serving so it’s ideal for your weight loss program.

8. Almonds

Vitamin E helps to moisturize your skin from within. It also protects your skin from damage and early aging. Eating mangoes can help your facial tissue stay healthy and in shape.

9. Cottage cheese

Apart from calcium, cottage cheese is great for selenium. This antioxidant agent helps produce this essential mineral.

Those are 9 best foods for your skin in no particular order. So stock up your refrigerators with the right ingredients and you could be on your way to bright, young, healthy and glowing skin!

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CHOOSE to be happy

April 23, 2008 at 10:04 am (Uncategorized)

I read an article in the Sunday Herald Sun and thought I’d share some of the author’s comments as well as a few of my own thoughts.

The author, Dr Timothy Sharp states that happiness is not that elusive. It’s all about the choices we make. He breaks down the word CHOOSE into six key happiness strategies.

C – Clarity of goals, direction and life purpose. Happy people tend to have a clearer sense of purpose and are able to define and reach their goals. I really believe in goal setting and I mean sitting down regularly (6 – 12 months) and writing down your goals. When you write down your goals, they become real. Review them regularly so you don’t lose track of where you want to go.

H – Healthy living, including regularly physical activity, eating well, getting enough sleep, mental health etc. A healthy body definitely helps your mental health and well being. You won’t be happy if you’re regularly feeling sick and or tired. Get fit, eat well, get enough sleep and the energy levels will return and you’ll feel better about yourself.

O – Optimistic thinking. Be positive but also realistic. I believe being optimistic is a key to addressing and overcoming challenges effectively. Optimist can be learnt, so if you’re not naturally optimistic, get on the web and find the tools to help your improve.

O – Others. Happiness is not always about satisfying your own needs. Making other people happy definitely bring you happiness and fosters stronger and more fulfilling relationships. Happy people tend to make other people happy.

S – Strengths, your core talents, qualities and attributes. Happy people tend to know their strengths and obtain maximum benefits from these qualities. Don’t get down on yourself about what you can do, concentrate on what you’re good at and do it as much as possible.

E – Enjoy the moment. Happy people learn from the past and plan for the future but they’re much better living in, and appreciate, the present. Don’t get hung up on what happened yesterday or stress out about things that may happen, focus on the here and now and what you can control.

This post may be a few helpful tips towards improving your happiness levels. I really enjoyed this article and I hope you can also get something from these tips as well.

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Best Credit Cards Offers

April 17, 2008 at 7:49 am (Uncategorized)

Having credit card now look like is a must because beside we must not to bring big cash money everywhere, we need it to do online transaction. But sometimes if we are not careful it can trap ourselves if we used it over the limit.
However, the used of this credit card is more than the weakness because the bad side is not from credit card but come from our self.

And then, to choose the right credit card, how we can do it? from many credit card offers, they have different features and rate. The simple and easy way is by compare the credit cards features and CreditOrganizer.com has done it for us. Just read the comparison an choose the right one. Beside making comparison they have a list of best card based on their costumers vote, great credit cards choice for balanced transfer, best rate credit card offer for everyday purchase and recommended credit cards from the expert for people who have bad credit card score.

Anyway, to approve a credit cards application, exactly each credit card provider has their own score requirements to decided whether the application will approve or not namely excellent credit, best credit, credit card offers for fair credit, poor credit and no credit card score.

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One Step Closer to Our Dream Car!

April 14, 2008 at 10:36 am (Uncategorized)

Me and my hubby dreams of buying our dream car within the year. But unfortunately, our savings is not enough to buy a new SUV that he craves for a year now. So, we thought of applying for a car loans. But we’re having second thoughts about it because we haven’t tried any loans, especially with regards to cars in that matter. So, we’re quite afraid to indulge on it, especially I know someone who had her loans but had a hard time paying now because of some undeclared additional charges that her financing agent ask her to pay.

Fortunately, her SIL told her about this great auto loan site. This site is the internet’s preferred source for auto loans and auto financing. They are dedicated on giving its consumers the best rates no matter what auto loan they wish to apply. They also have 3 different auto loan type- loan for new cars, loan for used cars and refinancing of old auto loan. Well, as for us we’re looking for the possibility of joining her apply in this auto loan site, and might try applying for a loan for new cars. As with my friend, she just applied a while ago on refinancing his old auto loan.

Best of all, they work with the nation’s top lenders to offer its consumers the lowest interest rates available with affordable monthly payments to match.

Oh, I just can’t wait to tell Mike about this one, hopefully he approves it and will be on our way of owing our dream car! I’m so excited!

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