Archive for October, 2017

Why Are Designer Labels’ Flagship Stores So Fancy?

Monday, October 30th, 2017

If you’ve ever visited or happen to live in a city known for its luxury shopping, then you will almost certainly know of a few stores that serve as landmarks in their own right. Some of the most stunning buildings in cities like New York, Paris, and Milan are modern shops belonging to high-end fashion brands, usually created by a superstar luxury designer like Peter Marino.

Naturally, these buildings can be breath-taking and a joy to visit, but they also cost these brands a huge amount of money – far more than purchasing an existing building to use for their store. So why do brands known for clothing and accessories want to invest in architecture like this for their flagship retail branches?

Creating A Buzz

One of the first reasons is that a new and exciting building will create a buzz in any city, so when a brand wants to launch with a bang in a place where their rivals already have amazing looking shops, a beautiful new landmark can be the way to do it. Flagships tend to be unique to their cities, so Chanel’s flagship branch in Paris looks very different to their one in San Francisco – aside from their iconic branding – and so a new store becomes a part of the city landscape that people can’t help but be curious about. This brings publicity and shoppers to the door.

Unique Experiences for Customers

Most people who buy things from these brands are already fans of their products and design, but as well as that, they are high-end shoppers who value the experience of shopping as well as their purchases. This is why they shop at beautiful, luxurious stores rather than simply ordering the same stuff online (potentially for less). Shopping at a store that is basically a work of art is a nice experience, and when visiting a new city, there is a new and unique store to visit. One may not think to visit the same shops that are in your local mall when traveling, as there seems little point, but when there is an interesting and glamorous flagship store in a stunning building most fans of the brand will want to experience shopping there.

Elevating the Brand

Whether you think brands like Chanel, Dior, and Gucci are the ultimate in design and luxury or are just brands that sell overpriced things to rich people, you almost certainly know of them as brands that are famous for high-end clothing, accessories, fragrances, and cosmetics. They naturally get endless coverage in fashion magazines, but with these buildings, they are able to also elevate the brand from something only those concerned with fashion regard as special.

Architecture and art blogs and magazines regularly discuss these buildings and their interiors. This gives a sense that these are brands that care about beauty and design as a whole; they are not merely selling bags and perfume.

Flagship stores can be absolutely incredible these days, but while expensive, they do give a lot of kudos to the brands who commission them.

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Aspects of Your Family Home That You Need to Protect

Monday, October 30th, 2017

If you’re undertaking the important task of raising a young family, you may feel as though your work is never done. As a parent, there are just so many things for you to worry about. One place that you should be able to escape this worry is your home. That is why you need to do everything in your power to make it a safe haven for you and your loved ones. If you’re wondering how to do this, you’ll need to read on, below are five aspects of your family home that you need to protect.

The Quality of Your Air

In order to take excellent care of your family’s health, you’ll need to think about the quality of air that they’re breathing in. Make sure that you air your home on a regular basis. You should open up all of your windows and let the fresh air breeze through your house. This is the best way to avoid the air in your home becoming stagnant. It will also help you to prevent toxic spores from building up on your windows.

The Overall Hygiene of Your Property

If you’re extremely house proud, you may already do a great job of ensuring that your home is hygienic. However, there is always more to be done. Make sure that you conduct a deep clean of your property, every month. You should also try to reduce the amount of clutter that you have around your home. Too many bits and pieces could lead to an increased amount of dust and dirt. This could interfere with your family’s respiratory systems and their overall health.

The Security of Your Home

If you’re determined to keep your family safe, you’ll need to protect your home against intruders. Take a look around your property, are there any areas that are vulnerable? Maybe there is a window that could be forced open or a dog flap that somebody could crawl through. In order to achieve complete peace of mind, you should invest in a comprehensive security system. You should also consider setting up a neighborhood watch program, as this is another great way to reduce the risk of crime.

The Reliability of Your Technology

In this digital age, it’s likely that you and your family spend a lot of time on your technology. You may also have a lot of important data stored digitally. If this is the case, you’ll need to protect it. The last thing that you want is for one of your loved ones to lose all of their hard work. If you start to notice data loss on your computer, you should urgently make use of SQL database recovery. If your family faces a digital disaster, it’s vital that you know what to do.

The Energy in Your Home

Your home should be a place that is filled to the brim with positive energy. This will help to create a happy and healthy environment for your children to grow up in. Make sure that you are always on the lookout for ways to improve your positive energy. You could consider Feng-shui or opt for a brighter color scheme. Just make sure that you involve your loved ones in all of the important decisions.

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3 Pretty Rare but Useful Fishing Items

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

If you’ve recently taken up angling, you probably know that the market is overflowing with accessories and gear made for the hardcore fisher or just for someone who wants to have everything at hand while they are on the water.

Looking for something a bit more unique than the tradition rod and reel combo or lures and lines? If that’s so, we’ve compiled a list of three unique fishing items you might find more or less useful. Some can help you tend to your tasks a whole lot better while others have less of a practical purpose.

A bubble box
Despite being one of the most budget-friendly items in this list, a portable aerator can make all the difference if you like using live bait. Chances are that your catches also prefer live bait to artificial lures, and that’s because it has its own scent and is better capable of attracting fish than any plastic worm will ever do.

While there are many models available out there, the one that has caught our attention was the Marine Metal Aeratr. It’s an easy-to-use air pump that can run for approximately forty hours on two alkaline D-cell batteries. Thanks to the air provided by the Marine Metal Aeratr, your bait will keep on living for several more hours or even a whole extra day.

A rod-mounted tracker
Right off the bat, this kind of gadget might be frowned upon by some anglers, and that’s understandable seeing how it turns a particularly natural activity into a high-tech one. This particular tracker can help you keep tabs on the places where you’ve caught the most fish, your number of casts, the types of tackle you’ve utilized, as well as plenty of other data.

Of all of this information, it’s pretty clear that the location where you’ve caught the most fish can present some interest as you might forget all about it unless you keep a fishing log. And let’s face it, few people do that unless they’re into boat fishing.

Anglr Tracker is a small device that can be mounted on any kind of fishing rod. You have to pair it with a companion app that you can download for free from the Google Play Store or App Store. The tracker communicates with the app via a WiFi connection, so it relays the info you need to be extracted to your smartphone. While it might not be for everyone, it does a pretty good job at what it’s supposed to do.

A good cart for fishing
If you’re into surf fishing, getting a quality cart is absolutely necessary. It will help you carry your rods, reels, and tackle both conveniently and efficiently. Some models we’ve come across are extremely easy to put together, and various choices are even made of impact-resistant plastic, so they are also lightweight. We say it sure wouldn’t hurt if you had one of these in your garage and you took them out once in a while.

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Penny Stocks: A Primer

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

Many people slog along in corporate jobs that allow very little creativity and freedom. The cubicle trap is real. Workers are seduced by the illusion security as executives and HR department heads espouse the values of the company and convince them that they will be treated as family. The myth holds for many workers, who feel comfortable trading their time and labor for security for themselves and the ones they love.

But day traders have figured out that you can break those chains. You can achieve financial independence with time and effort and penny stocks. While it may seem like a bold claim there is little to no doubt that many traders make real money from penny stocks. Thought of as silly small companies that offer little value to the world, penny stocks can actually bring traders a lot of profits. If they can learn how to trade them effectively.

That is the crux of the problem. It is hard work to learn how to take penny stocks and turn them into gold. You need discipline, a plan and plenty of ability to handle risk. Risk management is so vital to day trading and it is also a very good outlook on how to survive when you get the courage to move away from the corporate teat. Making the move from a boring, soul-destroying cubicle job to the world of day trading and penny stock trading takes guts and plenty of study.

So here is a primer. A detailed educational explainer on exactly what penny stocks are, how they are traded and what they can offer day traders that want to try to make money in penny stocks.

Penny stocks are low-priced, small-cap stocks. They used to be called pink sheets or OTC stocks, because they were listed on pink paper and sold over the counter. Penny stocks are considered by the SEC to be any stock that trades at a share price between $2 and $10. They are prone to serious volatility, violently fluctuating from low lows to high highs, all in the course of one market morning. Which makes for great fodder for day traders.

Penny stocks are inherently risky and they have the reputation for being havens for scammers and corruption. They have a reputation not unlike the Wild West of the 1800s to individual investors. But they really can provide value to day traders and investors. If you make sure that you pick the right stocks. There are strategies and plans for how to do that.

How do you buy penny stocks? Well, you can buy penny stocks through any online broker, regardless of whether or not they are listed on a major exchange. They are also on listing services like OTCBB and PInk Sheets.

What is the gain from buying penny stocks? In a word, volatility. Day traders can make real money from stocks that make huge moves on a particular day. The trick, as always, is finding those stocks and getting in and out at the right times.

Brought to you by our friend, Justin.

Vegetable Gardening Tips

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

When you think of a vegetable garden, you probably picture rows upon rows of corn in a field, or a traditional home garden that has a variety of squash and zucchini growing from the ground.

However, vegetable gardening can be done in a variety of different ways as well as in a lot of different places that make it feasible for just about anyone to start their own garden. I started my first gardening indoors and then on a balcony.

Square-Foot Gardening – Square-foot gardening is perfect for people who are vegetable-gardening beginners that are strapped for space. The garden is typically constructed in a 4 foot by 4-foot container that is broken into 16 different sections.

Each section has a certain crop designated for it and the soil is a very specific kind, making it easy for vegetables to thrive.

Container Gardening– Another option that is perfect for people who have less than the ideal amount of space, container gardening is basically growing vegetables in traditional plant pots.

The size of the container determines what type of vegetables you can grow in them, so the more vegetables you want, the bigger the pot you need to buy.

One thing to note: potted plants will need to be watered more often than those grown in the ground.

Raised Bed Gardening – Raised bed gardening is similar to square-foot gardening in the sense that it is done in a container above ground; however, it is not broken into square-foot sections.

Gardening Around a Pond – You might not realise, but it is possible to grow vegetables need a pond. Furthermore, you can even create an edible pond – this might sound bizarre, but it is actually true. I recommend grabbing a pond pump first, from a reputable retailer, such as:, followed by the pond liner. Then you should follow this guide which shows how you can grow yummy foods, straight from your pond.

The soil is usually more suited for vegetables because you add it into the garden bed versus planting it in the ground. It’s also easy to pick vegetables from the garden because you don’t have to worry about walking over the plants or bending down to pick them.

Indoor Gardening – If you live in an apartment or town-home without a yard for gardening it doesn’t mean you can’t have your own little vegetable garden.
With a little planning, you can actually grow an indoor garden instead of having one outdoors.

Indoor gardening is nearly identical to container gardening, but because you’re doing it inside you have to be vigilant in making sure that the plants are always getting enough sunlight and water.

Gardening in Rows – Planting vegetables in rows in a garden is the most traditional way of growing them. You have a standard gardening bed in the ground in a yard and you plant the seeds an appropriate amount of space apart from each other in carefully organized rows. This method requires ample space and regular weeding and watering.

No matter where you are or what sort of space you have, you can grow a vegetable garden. Each type of gardening method will allow you to grow vegetables that will thrive, and you will be able to enjoy fresh produce on a regular basis.

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