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Fashion – a Cross Cultural Perspective

When talking about fashion, clothing designers such as Hugo Boss, Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent may come to mind. Yet fashion is more complex then the threads these designers weave; it is a custom or style of dress intertwined with society, its norms and culture.

For example, in several tribal communities in Southern Africa men go completely naked except for a string around the waist. Women usually were traditional tribal clothing, but sometimes go topless, especially in the hot summer months. This type of dress attire is taboo in most western countries, yet perfectly normal and appropriate for tribal society. If we were to invite a few members of an African tribal community to visit the United States, they would need to conform to the country’s dress code in order to fit in. If, however our interlopers chose to ignore U.S. dress norms and walked around the streets of New York wearing only tribal attire, they would probably be arrested, or sent to Bell View for Psychiatric evaluation. Thus, what is normal dress in one country is considered bazaar, illegal, or even psychotic in another.

Take George for example, he’s an average guy with a good build, however heads turn when he shops at a local Sears store wearing a woman’s dress. If we ask George’s friends to describe him, they say he’s a good guy, but odd because he likes wearing women’s clothing. When George proceeds to purchase a blouse at Sears the sales girl looks awkward ringing him up. After he exits the department the sales girl turns to a co-worker and starts to laugh. When people violate dress norms they could find themselves mocked, isolated or even ostracized form society.
If we could turn the clock back a few minuets and transport George to a parallel universe in which women dress like men, and men dress like women then George would fit in perfectly. As he shops at Sears nobody blinks an eye. George’s friends now describe him as a great guy and a good dresser. Even the sales girl smiles as she rings him up. After he leaves the department the girl still turns to a co-worker and starts to laugh, not because George is wearing a dress, but because she’s made a date with him for dinner and a movie that night. Ironically in both universes George’s personality and dress attire is identical, yet peoples attitudes and perception towards him has changed, due to the difference in cultural settings.

Finally meet Pam, as she’s out shopping on a freezing winter night wearing a T-shirt and shorts, people think she’s crazy. Although Pam’s attire is normal for a hot summer day, it looks odd when worn in the dead of winter. Six months latter in June, when Pam shows up at wedding wearing a tank top and shorts, people conclude she’s insane. Of course Pam’s dress attire is perfect for summer, but inappropriate for a wedding. Thus, what is normal dress code for a culture

Gifts for Men – How to Give a Wonderful Gifts?

Sometimes, searching, finding and giving gifts for men can be a real pain. Unlike women’s gifts, gifts for men are much harder to locate. So, you’re trying to find a gift for your man and get confused. You’re not alone. Finding the right gifts for men were always a hard job for most of the people. Here are GiftsTime.com 10 steps to “How to give a wonderful gift for your man?”

1. Brainstorm. Consider who the gift is for. Categorize and break it down further: Old or young, achiever & thinker person or guy’s guy, adventurer person or country clubber, gadgets and computers fan, or just a nice gentleman. Is he athletic or couch potato? Foody or health nut? What are his hobbies or interests? Once you’ve got a good analysis of the man you’re getting the gift for, the process will be much easier.

2. If it’s needed – do a little research. Talk to a friend or relative who knows the person well. Try to pull some information about hobbies, what he likes or dislikes.

3. Pick a hobby or area of interest. Now that you’ve got a little information, narrow it down to the hobby or interest you know the most about.

4. Listen up. If you spend any time at all talking to this man, tune in for phrases like, “Wouldn’t it be nice to have…” or “Aren’t those…a great idea?” or even “I am so tired of this old…”. With clues like these, it’s often possible to get somebody something they hadn’t yet fully realized they needed.

5. Draw on your own experience and those of others. For example, if you’re looking for a gift for father (let’s say his father), you can ask his wife to make suggestions.

6. Go shopping with the recipient, and notice what he naturally gravitates toward. This is also a good time to listen for commentary on a person’s likes and dislikes.

7. If it’s needed – Ask! Find out whether he has a registry or wish list, or simply inquire what he had like. Your gift won’t be original, or a big surprise, but it will not be the one that gathers dust afterward, either.

8. Not always, but most of the time, giving gifts for men isn’t the same as with women’s gifts. In the other hand, just like women’s gifts, there are lots in common with gifts for men. Sometimes getting creative is a great option. For example: If you have a crafty side, why not get a nice boxer and some acrylic? Paint on a boxer with his nickname right on the buttocks side. If done in a nice print with some sense of hummer he will totally admire and appreciate the effort put into it, as well as the uniqueness of the gift.

9. Spend time with the recipient in a workshop, kitchen, or other favorite haunt? Do you know of a tool or other goodies that would improve their time there? For example,

Vintage Harley Davidson Apparel; Identify an Imitation

Harley Davidson will go down in history as being one of the most famous and well known brand names in the world. Harley Davidson has been known for their commitment to detail and quality ever since they became established in 1931. Due to this, many companies create imitations of Harley’s quality apparel and other gifts such as helmets, boots, and bike accessories. It is vital that you become aware of the signs for authentic Harley Davidson vintage clothing because knock-offs are everywhere!

Below you will find several tips to help you identify what’s real from what’s fake. By keeping a few helpful signs in mind, you will be able to spot imitation Harley Davidson from a mile away.

Tip #1: Study the Harley Davidson Logo

For decades, the bar and shield logo has been around. In fact, it’s only changed a little since its original design back in 1931. When shopping for vintage Harley Davidson apparel, be sure to know the exact colors, shape and details of the genuine Harley Davidson Logo. Imitations often alter the logo first. As an example, a common logo variation includes the misspelling of Motorcycle. On a knock-off you will see this written in the center of the logo, “Harley Davidson Motor Cycle.” Notice the space between Motor Cycle? Always check the logo and look for slight alterations. This is the best way to identify an imitation!

Tip #2: Check the price. If you think it’s too good to be true, you are probably right with that assumption!

Pay special attention to this tip when purchasing vintage or antique Harley Davidson apparel. When in good shape, vintage Harley clothing can be quite valuable and expensive! The same goes for antique bikes and parts. If you feel that the price is an incredible bargain, the chances of it being authentic are lessened.

Tip #3: Pay special attention to the detail and quality of the clothing.

As mentioned earlier, Harley Davidson is known for producing quality products. This has been the company’s philosophy since the very beginning so if the article of clothing you are considering buying is of poor quality, its probably an imitation. Authentic vintage Harley Davidson clothing will be made with great detail and include real leather, accurate stitching work and high quality lining.

Looking for authentic vintage Harley Davidson apparel?  Start your search here! http://www.getharleyclothing.com

Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Homelessness

Take a look around you each and every day, you have seen the person on the street that obviously does not fit into the picture. This person will most likely be male, further will be disheveled, and will most likely carry some baggage. You have seen this person most likely today.

Did you ever think that this may happen to you? Today the economy in the United States is adding to the homeless population at an alarming rate. Situational homelessness from the economy is the same as the person who is homeless stemming from an addiction from any substance that impairs.

Homelessness is homelessness! The person that works with you that is dressed well, smells good, may have just lost his or her home due to a bad variable mortgage that exceeds what his or her income could sustain. They may have spent every last dollar from savings, pensions, and investments to try and make it work, but simply could not. The end result…Homelessness. These folks may have some family, friends etc that will take them in for their current situation merits it, however…just as it is with the people on the streets that are disheveled, dirty and foul of mood, how long will it take for the person that lost his or her home to wear out the welcome with the myriad of friends that he or she may have?

It has long been said, that guests that are staying for the holidays usually start getting moody after three days. Fish is the same way, if its not taken care of it will start to smell, and to get that smell away is a chore of the ultimate challenge.

Your best friend of 15 years, lost everything, and is staying with you, but after day three, he or she you find out is not a clean freak as perhaps you are, you find out that he or she, loves to watch cartoons, and you are the news channel junkie, and guess what…there is only one TV. Eventually there will be a significant problem, and your guest will be either asked to leave or volunteer to, but none the less both parties will have a permanent mark on that friendship.

Here is where it gets interesting. In this authors opinion, every single homeless person has a story, in most of the individuals I have spoken to, they started their homeless career after a death of loved one, loss of job, or medical issue, and only as of recently, a very bad variable rate adjusted mortgage.

Friends play a large part of the homeless cause and effects. Eventually each and every one of us will know someone, perhaps immediate family, co-worker, friend of friend, it does not matter, you will know of at least one person that went homeless. What you do as friend or family, will forever impact the person that is fresh from losing everything, whether at-first you help them, and you later give them the boot, it will

Claritin Coupon – Free Printable Claritin Coupons

Claritin Coupon – Free Printable Claritin Coupons

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Claritin is an antihistamine drug used to treat allergies, and marketed for its non-sedating properties.

People everywhere are finding that personal care products are steadily rising in cost and many are utilizing  free coupons to save money on their housekeeping bills .

Health products are really costly for everyone now that all savings are warmly welcomed.

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It’s very easy to save money by using coupons on your shopping trip and you can get your Claritin coupons by finding them online at various coupon sites or even in your local newspapers.

With the economy struuggling at the moment folk are looking for ways to save money and this can be achieved by cutting down on your outgoings.

One of the easiest ways to do this is by using grocery coupons to reduce your final bill at the checkout counter of your local store.

So many people are unemployed at the moment is high and by using free printable coupons you are able to save cash every time when you go shopping at your local grocery store .

With a PC connected to the net you can find free printable coupons very easily. Just search for ‘coupons’ or ‘free coupons’.

Claritin coupons are very popular because Claritin is used by thousands and gives great elief from hayfever .  They give you a real discount off the in-store price.

To use coupons all you have to do is find them on your computer and take them along to your grocery store. When you pay the bill hand over the coupons and the amount will be taken off the total.

What easier and better way is there to saving money, cutting down on your expenses and using a Claritin coupon to pay less .

Lajolla: the Beverly Hills of San Diego

With its panoramic ocean views, swaying palm trees and unbeatable weather, La Jolla is like Hawaii without the five-hour flight.

This was decades ago and we had just returned from our first real long-distance travel experience  an unforgettable, eye-opening journey to Hawaii that exposed a couple of soggy Pacific Northwest college students to bright sunshine and warm saltwater that we never even knew existed. The very next month we were taking a Southern California vacation when we came upon La Jolla and it was, as Yogi would say, d? vu all over again.

To be sure, the water in Southern California was prettier than it was warm. And there weren’t too many native Hawaiians  although Hawaii doesn’t seem to have many either. WHAT La Jolla did have was the views and that bright sunshine, and we were determined that someday we would come back and live there.

We did eventually live and work there, if only for a brief time, and this special coastal haven delivered on all its promises. The “Village,” as the locals call Girard Avenue and the community surrounding it, is a gourmet blend of those spices that make life so enjoyable  fine dining, world-class shopping, countless outdoor activities, surf, sand, incredible views and, of course, almost-constant sunshine.

Nowadays, the local home values have priced out the average mortal and, if you’re living there, you’ve either done very well for yourself or had the good fortune to grow up in a family that bought local real estate back when local land prices were reasonable  probably sometime just after statehood. But there are two groups of people who are living in the Village temporarily: the renters and the tourists. The renters plunk down several thousand each month for the barest of digs; the tourists stay only briefly but much more economically.

Which is why it’s great to be a tourist in La Jolla. With a choice of several tasteful hotels and spa resorts  and, yes, some are quite reasonably priced  visitors can pretend they’re living the lifestyle for a few days and still go home with money in their pockets.

It all begins with watching the people parade down on Gerard Avenue. Plan to have a gourmet sandwich down at one of several cafes and then plop yourself at an outside table. Leading the parade is a 20-something bombshell dressed in a spaghetti-strapped halter and capris, dragging along a five-inch poodle that is decidedly disinterested in being part of this parade. Next up: a 30-something clean-cut guy wearing lumberjack boots up to his ankles, his pants squished into the boot tops, and his long-sleeve shirt well down over his belt buckle. It must be new La Jolla fashion because his stylish 20-something model-like girlfriend doesn’t seem the least bit embarrassed to walk beside him. Then along comes two 30-something men, dressed almost identically in turtlenecks, expensive sports jackets and shades, surely sweltering in the mid-day sun but cool in their own minds.

Build A Coupon Sites And Generate Commission

How easy is it to save an instant 15% or get free shipping when you buy something online? Just head over to Google, type in your favorite shopping site and the word “coupon”. It happens millions of times daily. The only thing better than getting some free money saving coupons, is to actually have and run one of these big coupon sites. For nearly every person that visits their site, grabs the code and clicks through to buy, they are generating a commission.

Sure, now that you see a ton of money is being made, who wouldn’t want to run their own coupon site. Going forward you has a few options. You can have your own site created and programmed, which will cost you some money… but will also give you better management down the road. The simple and free route is to just start a blog and throw coupon codes and articles up on your site whenever you see them. Another option, possible most effective and most efficient, is a newer solution called BACS Software, which provides you will all of the script that you need to successfully run a coupon site. Depending on the package you would like to run, you are looking at prices from $500 to $1495 a month. Here is good news for you BACS offering spring discount; now you can get it only for $99. If you are just toying with the idea and want to give it a whirl, throwing a coupon blog together is your best option. If it gains any traction, pull your earnings toward a better site and solution.

While many niche markets are tapped and super saturated, there is always room in the coupon industry. While the big players focus on covering all sites and coupons, you can succeed with a smaller niche coupon site that targets to specific products like clothes, games or electronics. Take some time to scope out the competition and see if you can do it better!

JCPenney Coupon – Free Printable JCPenney Coupons

JCPenney Coupon – Free Printable JCPenney Coupons

JCPenney coupons offer great savings on all your favourite JCPenney purchases.

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Most JCPenney stores are located in suburban shopping malls. Previously, most stores were located in downtown areas. They sell everything from furniture, jewellery, lighting, garden and household goods, baby items, electronics, handbags,  and clothing.

Like everything else, retail purchases have become very expensive and coupons can certainly help reduce the cost.

With the recession clearly here, JCPenney store coupons are a highly searched for phrase and can be found on a few websites.

If you are lucky enough to find a printable JCPenney coupon, all you need is a printer and internet connection to print the coupons out.

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Almost all individuals would like to spend less particularly at this time of the year, when the majority are striving to make ends meet.

The trick to using coupons is to find the ones you need, either print them straight from your computer or have them sent to you and make sure you use them before they run out.

JCPenney coupons are really popular because JCPenney outlet is so well known and people everywhere love the products and services that they provide.

Utilizing coupons becomes a way of life for savvy shoppers and they keep them in date order in a folder next to their shopping list, so never to forget them.

If you like everything that JCPenney offers, using JCPenney coupons is a great bonus.

Aquafresh Coupon – Free Printable Aquafresh Coupons

Aquafresh Coupon – Free Printable Aquafresh Coupons

Personal care products are really pricey for everyone now that any savings are warmly welcomed.

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We are all finding that personal care prices and groceries are rising in price and many are using money off coupons to save money on their housekeeping bills.

It’s very easy to save money by using  onlinbe couponswhen you shop and you can get your Aquafresh coupons by clicking on the link above or below and finding the coupons that you require.

Credit crisis or not we are all looking for ways to save money and this can be achieved by cutting down on your outgoings.

One of the easiest ways to do this is by using personal care coupons to reduce your final bill at the checkout of your chemist or superstore.

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The amount of folk struggling at the moment is high and by using printable coupons you are able to save money every day when you go shopping at your local store.

If you have a computer that is connected to the internet you can easily print free online coupons directly from your computer whenever you want to.

Aquafresh coupons are very popular because of the large range of products available and is high on everyone’s shopping list. They give you a superb discount off the in-store price.

Printing coupons is easy and all you have to do is take them along to your local store. Hand the coupons over when you pay your bill the amount will be deducted from the total.

Don’t miss out on an Aquafresh coupon to save you money on your Aquafresh products.

Progresso Soup Coupon – Free Printable Progresso Soup Coupon

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Progresso Soup Coupon should always be free!

It is finally the best time for everyone to start saving money.  Do not pay a high price when you can get something for a lot cheaper..  Coupons are the way forward, allowing you to decrease your overral spending.

This method has been around for a long time, as it allows you to save loads and loads of money by using free coupons, they can then be applied to groceries, shopping and day’s out. Join the many people who are using these methods to get money off all thier shopping.  By using coupons you as a consumer can save so much money. Plus you no longer need to use a newspaper, it can all be done online.

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Remember, there are sites online that have 100’s and 10’s of the latest and best coupons ever. For all the greatest retailers and some of the best discounts online.  The amount of online coupon websites is great.  By quickly searching through the website you will be able to find all the savings you could want. It’s so simple for the average consumer to save.

Right now you can use coupons to reduce the cost of the money you spend in the store. You can get discounts on almost anything from eating out to days out.  By getting a printable Progresso Soup Coupon you can save money everyday.  It will never be as easy!

The printable Progresso Soup Coupon are one of many online coupons. Its about time you start saving money, you can not afford to not use coupons!