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5 Benefits of Buying Designer Sunglasses

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

sunglassesThe world is full of sunglasses, and it isn’t difficult to pick up a cheap pair from the local store if you need some shade on a sunny day. But if you want to dress up your look and make a style statement, a bargain-bin pair of sunglasses just won’t cut it. Instead, you need a pair of designer sunglasses, but if you are not convinced of the merits of designer shades and you need a good reason to spend the extra cash, here are five reasons why you are definitely worth it.

Stand Out from the Crowd
Cheap sunglasses are two a penny and nobody will look at you twice when wearing them. If you want to stand out, you really need to be rocking a pair of cool designer shades from a well-known brand such as Chanel, Ray Ban or Oakley. And if you want to really stand out, wear a pair of oversized frames and pretend you are a celebrity trying to go incognito.

Different Colour Lenses
One of the advantages of buying designer sunglasses is that they come in different colours, so you can pick from a range of coloured lenses to suit your needs. For example, if you love skiing or cycling, a pair of yellow lenses will be a smart choice. Dark lenses are fine, but choice is always better and with designer sunglasses, you always have a better choice.

Extra Protection from UV Rays
The biggest problem with cheaper sunglasses is that they offer less protection from harmful UV light. Really cheap sunglasses do nothing to protect your eyes and you may as well not bother wearing any sunglasses at all. More expensive designer brands typically offer a UV protection rating of 400 or more, which is what you need to prevent serious eye damage.

High Quality Glasses
Cheap sunglasses invariably break within a few weeks. They are made of cheap materials and the first time you drop the frame, it will crack and the lenses will probably fall out. Designer sunglasses are made from durable materials and come with scratch resistant lenses. Obviously you do still need to look after your sunglasses, but at least they won’t snap the first time you pull them on.

This is even more applicable if you wear sports sunglasses for running, cycling, skiing or any other outdoor pursuit. Cheap sports sunglasses won’t come with polarised lenses, which you will need to protect your eyes from the glare on a sunny day.

Extra Kudos
Wearing designer sunglasses gives you extra kudos with your friends. People tend to notice designer frames and are more likely to compliment you on your outfit if you accessorise with a pair of Prada sunglasses or similar. Designer sunglasses are also a great conversation starter if you buy a style straight off the catwalk.

You don’t need to spend a fortune on designer sunglasses. It is really easy to pick up cheap designer sunglasses from online retailers, but make sure you shop in a reputable online store such as Red Hot Sunglasses, or you could end up with a pair of fake sunnies instead.

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Conservation Projects Can Help Kids Connect with Animals

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

sushicatYou may have already heard about ‘Generation Nature’, the new program at SeaWorld headed by budding spokeswoman Bindi Irwin. However, have you ever stopped to wonder if this program really is the best way to teach our kids about nature and wildlife? After all, there is little ‘natural’ going on at SeaWorld and other wildlife parks and zoos. Is viewing animals through cages really the best way to teach our children to engage with the natural world in a meaningful way and respect animals and wildlife? If you are looking for an alternative program that will really help your child to respect the natural world, consider these:

Be Out There
Be Out There is a program run by the National Wildlife Foundation which encourages parents to get their kids outdoors with a variety of fun activities. Rather than sitting at home in front of a TV, the program allows children to learn about a number of different things such as planting a garden or simply just getting outside to play. One awesome part of this campaign is the Geocache Trails, which allow the entire family to get involved in an outdoor adventure.

Let’s G.O!
Let’s Get Outside (G.O) is a program run by the Children and Nature Network and combines play, service and celebration in order to help get children actively involved in natural restoration projects in their local neighborhood. This program can be adapted for local schools, groups and organizations and encourages kids to get parents, teachers and even local government leaders involved in taking on projects that are beneficial to the natural world. Building a community garden, taming wild garlic on a nature preserve, and creating guidebooks for nature trails are just some previous projects of the campaign.

REI Family Adventure Program
The outdoor outfitter, REI, also runs a series of programs to help kids and families get outdoors. Local hiking, bike trails, and a variety of outdoor courses for schools are included, and taught by professionals. Fun outings such as kayaking on local waterways, camping classes, wilderness medicine, and basic rock climbing are also included.

Ocean Guardian Classrooms
Run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this program works to educate children more about marine conservation and sea animal protection. It includes a number of activities that children can take part in in order to learn more about their local watersheds, and also runs more structured programs such as the Ocean Guardian Kids Club. If you live in California there is also the option to involve your local school by becoming an Ocean Guardian School, and you can help to organize school trips to one of the many Ocean Guardian Classrooms located in the US.

If you would like to donate to any of these great causes or the Dancing Star Foundation which also works to conserve international biodiversity, each of these conservational organizations will always welcome new support and donations, and many of them are run on a charitable base.

Do you agree that conservation is the best way to encourage kids to connect with nature? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

Brought to you by our friends at Dancing Star Foundation.

Top 5 Tips for Choosing a Conference Venue

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

eventAre you planning on hosting a conference and inviting people from your industry to come and learn from experts and network with one another and with a variety of vendors? Then continue reading for a few helpful tips that will help you choose the ideal conference venue.

Search for the Best Venues Online
An internet search is one of the easiest ways to locate the best conference venues in an area. Visit sites like and browse through your many options until you find the ones that you would like to contact for more information or see in person. This is a great place to start, and you may be surprised by all of the options that are available to you.

Consider Your Attendees and the Accessibility of the Venue
Like anything else, a great conference venue will be located in an attractive location. This is one of the key ways to maximise attendance, so take some time to find venues that are easy to get to, even with public transportation, and locations that attendees will be comfortable going to. You also want to be certain that there is plenty of parking available for all of your attendees, and that there are other things to do, such as restaurants, theatres, and attractions.

Technological Capabilities
Technology will play a big role in the presentations of many of your expert speakers, so you want to choose a venue that has the technological capabilities to accommodate each and every presenter. Some things you should have include reliable, site-wide Wi-Fi, charging stations, and tech support throughout the event. In addition to benefitting the presenters, this technology will also keep your attendees happy.

Food Offerings
It is also important to choose a venue that will be able to provide plenty of food and beverages to your attendees and presenters. But if you feel that the offerings are limited or you want something a little different in terms of the menu offered, ask the venue manager if they will allow you to bring in outsider caterers. Make sure you provide a variety of foods to accommodate every major diet, including vegans, and keep food allergies and special diets, such as gluten free diets, in mind as well. No one should be hungry at your event!

Of course, even if you find the best venue, it will not work if it’s too expensive. So go ahead and set a budget and then try to find a venue that will work with you to give you everything that you need within that budget. You might even find that a venue is willing to give you a great deal if you’re willing to sign a multi-year contract, so use the power of negotiation when you can.

These are just five ways to ensure you will book the best venue for an upcoming professional conference that you plan on hosting. Remember to think about your guests and their needs, as this will help you find a venue that will attract the most people.

Brought to you by our friends at Venue Search London.


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