Different Styles in Handling Conflict

situation analysis, One of the key areas I focus on working with my coaching clients is how they face conflict. Amazingly there isn’t a need to broach the topic; it comes up naturally in conversation. Interpersonal conflict is a major source of stress we take on, not to mention an indicator of how confident and satisfied people feel in their lives. People develop a style based on their personality proclivities as to how they interact with interpersonal conflict. Every situation and personal interaction is different, but many of us develop definite patterns in handling conflict. Becoming aware of your own style, as well as the other party involved in the conflict is valuable to have in your arsenal in order to determine how to resolve the critical conflict situation.

I like to follow the Thomas Kilmann Model to guide my orientation. The two dimensions of the 5 mode (styles) model assess a person’s style based on the degree of their assertiveness as well as cooperativeness.

* High assertive, low cooperative – Competitive
* High assertive, high cooperative – Collaborative
* Low assertive, high cooperative – Accommodating
* Low assertive, low cooperative – Avoiding
* Intermediate assertive, intermediate cooperative – Compromising

You can see the natural traps that keep conflict alive between two styles such as between a competitor and an accommodator. The pattern of use of a single style as the way of communicating to others will likely lead the accommodator to resent the competitor who doesn’t recognize their contributions. A competitor’s natural style can be oblivious to the impact of their words and actions on others. They have a high expectation of assertiveness for themselves and others; accommodators may not always measure up to that standard. Unmet needs are abound.

Avoiders can exert as much control over the actions of others in a conflict as the competitors. Chasing after the avoider who has separated themselves from the conflict can be a futile act, unless the collaborator can find leverage to engage them back into the game. Is it rational to expect others to be aware of the opposition’s style? It’d be nice, but if not rational, take on the responsibility to observe and assess the opposing style yourself and react accordingly.

One should develop skill in using each style and a capacity to shift among them as the situation demands. Most of us will tend to use a certain style-sometimes strongly so-and to under-represent others in our tool-box of skills. What that means is that there will likely be times when we find ourselves in a conflict and we approach in an almost automatic way. Using a style that for some reason has become almost habit can lead us to realize that our approach did not help us to get where we wanted to go. While that can certainly happen to anyone, it is less likely if we can carefully analyze the situation facing us and skillfully use the style most suited to the situation and other party.

Debra Desmond is a certified executive coach, frequent public speaker and professional facilitator. She is the founder of Real Perspective Coaching. Executives who have worked with Debra solved problems by strengthening their emotional intelligence competencies, built and repaired relationships, established priorities, dealt with burnout, made career transitions, and achieved their most sought after goals.

Debra has extensive experience in Human Resource management roles. Her long standing career in executive search within healthcare and the petroluem industries fine-tuned her client orientation, relationship building expertise.

Help Guide To Purchasing A Home Paper Shredder

It seems that these days, we are constantly being sent unwanted mail. Unfortunately, this mail is often full of our personal information. To get rid of this it would be best for you to procure your own home paper shredder. You’ll find that it is the quickest tool you can use for getting rid of all of your unwanted junk mail as well as other documents that you don’t want seen by others.

Your own personal shredder will allow you to quickly and easily get rid of these documents without fear of others seeing them. With the use of this paper shredder you will no longer have to worry where to dump your old bank statements and other critical personal documents.

The home paper shredder comes in many different models, styles and colors to choose from. In order to make your selection fast, easy and effortless you need to know what type of shredder will suit you best.

In addition to choosing a style and a brand, you’ll want to consider the shredder’s size. While you might not think size is a factor, it is. You’ll find that storing a small shredder is much easier than storing a big shredder.

The size of the paper shreds should also be thought about when buying a shredder. Remember you will be shredding sensitive and confidential files. Although the paper might be useless to you, it can provide a wealth of knowledge to identity thieves.

The size of the shredded paper should be a big concern for you. When you buy a cheap shredder that leaves large paper shreds, you run the risk of a thief putting the shredded paper back together. Once they’ve reassembled your social security number, address, and name, they’ll have all the information they need to steal your identity.

A heavy-duty shredder might be more in line with your needs if you’re a person that gets a lot of paper. Although thirty dollar shredders work well for a few papers at a time, they do a terrible job with bulk paper shredding. It is extremely disappointing to find that your shredder has died half way through your stack of documents.

As always, it just comes down to what you really need. Clearly identify what you need and then get the type of shredder that can give you it. When you do this, you will never have a bad purchase.

The Look of Success – A Personal Journey – Style Analysis

I recently wrote about Filippa’s makeover – she’s the model who was “photoshopped” for a Ralph Lauren ad – but unlike that virtual process, everything about this Style Analysis, for Liz, is real – on a real body and for a real life!

I explained to Liz, that this stage of her journey would take at least three and a half hours. We had a lot to accomplish.

First step, to address her body proportions:

o Sloping or straight shoulders, narrow or broad?

o High bust or low?

o Full hips or narrow?

o Short legs or long?

These are just a few of the measurements that would ultimately determine the most successful looks for Liz. The best skirt length, the right pant silhouette, the most flattering jacket, a turtleneck or cowl, wide belts or narrow – all these issues, plus, so many more, would be resolved, once I knew her body proportions. As many of you know, my background is haute couture and there is no better training for understanding the challenges of dressing the female figure!

Part two of the Style Analysis takes an in depth look at the client’s style or clothing “personality.” This is strongly influenced by body proportions. Let me give you some examples: Dolly Parton could never wear Audrey Hepburn’s streamlined looks, nor could Nicole Kidman carry Jennifer Lopez’s signature sense of style. Once you know, understand and accept your body shape – regardless of weight gains or losses -you’ll know your best look.

It was essential that Liz understood her figure as it actually is, that she knew her assets and not focus on her limitations, before our first shopping spree. The entire personality becomes self-evident, once the client understands her body proportions and Liz was quick to grasp the nuances.

There was still a lot to review. I gave Liz our Figure and Style Analysis Manual and we went through a final checklist including her best:

o fit and “hang” of garments

o collar styles

o sleeve styles

o shape of shoulders on a garment

o lengths for skirts, pants -even sleeves

o pocket styles

Well, you get the general idea. Comprehensive is an understatement!

And before we move on to our Colour Analysis session, next Tuesday, here’s what Liz had to say.

“During this session, she measured my body proportions to determine what styles of clothing work best with my body to achieve my desired image. She just didn’t tell me what to wear; she took the time to teach me WHY certain styles work best for me. Thankfully, she recorded this information in a style guide -I’d never be able to remember everything and it’s perfect to take with me when I go shopping. Thank you, I’m looking forward to our next session on colour.”

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Diane Craig, President of Corporate Class Inc., is a leading image and etiquette consultant. For over 20 years she has provided corporate consultations, helping hundreds of men and women realize their professional and personal goals. She is a sought after speaker at national business meetings, regularly gives comprehensive workshops to corporate groups, and offers private consultations on business etiquette, dress and dining.

A Guide to Buying Your First Ever Model Train Set

Model Trains are always a delight for the eyes, and they don’t cease to amaze kids of all ages. We wish that your first ever train set will ignite an enduring passion for the hobby as it gives you numerous hours of pleasure.

Inside a typical train set you’ll find a locomotive, about 3 to 5 passenger or freight cars, a good amount of track to set a circle or oval track, a transformer ( commonly called a Power Pack), and wires that runs just between the track and the power pack or the transformer. A “Rerailer” section, which is a part of the track pieces is also included in order for you to slide the cars and locomotive onto the rails with enough ease.

A complex train set however, may include a Turnout, which is actually a track switch, and accessories like trees, telephone poles, a bridge, a tunnel and even tiny structures

It is essential, if you’re a first timer, to be informed of just the basics so that you’ll be able to acquire the suitable set which will address your needs. Below are several point to consider so that you’ll have an pleasurable time buying and playing with your first ever train set.

Age-to-Scale Suggestions
One important thing to have in mind when purchasing a train set for a child is that, the younger the child, the bigger the scale should be. (Indicated below are the definitions of SCALE and other key terms.)

Older children, aged 8 years and up, can usually manage N scale (1:160 ratio) or even bigger sets. on the other hand, younger children will most likely find O Scale and much larger trains easier to handle. Note however that if you are buying the train set for an adult or for the whole family, any scale starting from Z until the largest can be considered.


Couplers: These are located at the very end of both locomotives and cars. They are shaped like a knuckle. Years ago, the National Model Railroad Association engineered the “horn-hook” style, so as to promote mass-production of HO Scale equipments. The “Rapido-style” coupler on the other hand is the actual N Scale standard. At present, however, a more-prototypical looking “knuckle” style couplers dominate the market, to mention are those initially made famous by Kadee.

Drivers: Connected by the side rods, these are the big wheels on a steam engine.

Flywheel: This is a pure-metal cylinder aligned with the locomotive’s motor that is turned to smooth out the motor’s circular motion to the train.

Rail joiner: This is a small metal clip which links two pieces of rail together.

Rerailer: It is part of the track which directs the wheels onto the rails.

Scale: The ratio of a Model train to its true counterpart.The famous scale, the HO (“aitch-oh”) scale has a ratio of 1:87, or 1/87th of an actual train. The N scale, comes second in popularity, has a ratio of 1:160. Other larger scales may range from 1:32 to 1:20.3, and the most famed of which is 1:22.5. almost all of the large scale trains utilize the same track gauge. In North America, O (1:48), S (1:64), and Z (1:220), are just about the other common scales.

Tender: This is a car usually following a steam locomotive which carries fuel and water for the firebox and boiler, consecutively.

Throttle: This controls the speed of the locomotive, it is however, a potentiometer which controls a voltage regulator, in the model world.

Truck: It is the frame found beneath the rear of each car or diesel locomotive which secures the wheel sets.

High Fashion Modeling Requirements As an Editorial Model – More Factors Than Just Tall and Skinny

Educating yourself to recognizing what editorial print modeling realistically “looks” like in a high fashion magazine is the first step to understanding the variations of the different types of editorial modeling and how it is different from the other more common types of “commercial” print modeling work. Editorial work in a magazine is a huge “jump-start” for a fashion model’s career. It is the experience many strive for.

“Editorial” print modeling refers to “magazine experience” for the model where a “story” is being told without words, but rather by photographic pictures (or groups of pictures) of the model in a high fashion magazine. This type of print modeling carries a very “prestigious” landmark on a model’s career. Its’ work includes the current fashion and beauty trends of society by showcasing designers, make-up, hairstyles, skin care, etc. as told and expressed via a pictorial story. Editorial modeling can even tell a story about all of the different aspects of people’s lifestyles. If you pick up any high-end fashion magazine you can find numerous examples of editorial print work.

Some editorials in magazines are considered so prestigious because they set the standards and trends for the current and “near future” of the market that the pictorial story is being told about. Refer back to those magazines that are from months, years, or even decades ago. Somehow, the editorial pictures you may find from that period of time have been a part of the history of fashion, beauty, or lifestyle as represented by that magazine’s staff.

Who thinks of the concepts of editorial stories in those elite high fashion magazines? There are teams of people all over the world who work for the various high-end magazines that have their input. These people write and create their concepts of what styles, models, designers, and trends are “IN” for any unknown given period of time. That makes them a very important part of the modeling industry. When glancing through those magazines you should note that an “editorial” is not an advertisement for any “specific” company, so if you see one specific product being advertised with its’ logo, then it’s an ad…that’s something different called a commercial print advertisement. If it “looks” editorial, but you see the company name in large print…it is meant to tell a story for that company’s image of what they want to sell to the consumer. High end fashion and beauty clients can place some creative, multi-page print ads into magazines that may mimic an editorial spread. The biggest difference is the rate that the model gets paid for doing a commercial, fashion ad for a high end client versus an editorial fashion spread for a magazine.

For the purposes of editorial modeling, pay close attention to how expressive, awkward, dramatic, artistic, and creative the poses of the model are versus the more refined poses you would see in a catalogue that emphasizes selling the clothes as #1. Remember, the editorial model promotes the story and concept via editorial pictures in magazines where the main emphasis is on the story or trends. In the magazine’s editorial (pictorial) spread there will be some sort of reference to names of designers and the cost of garments and/or accessories that are being featured, but it is not meant to act as a dedicated advertisement.

These magazine spreads get a lot of attention. Surprisingly, even though the editorial model is a strong statement in the “story”, it is only unfortunate for the model that this is NOT a high paying job (maybe only a few hundred dollars). This may be one of the only drawbacks of being an editorial model in the beginning. When you need the money probably the most (if you haven’t saved enough money to last you through this phase), this income doesn’t go very far in paying the high bills that go along with living and working in the “big city”. Most would expect models appearing in a famous high fashion magazine to be compensated well with money, but they are not because it’s not a paid advertisement by a client. It is a special feature created and presented by the magazine.

Apparently, from the fashion industry’s view, it’s the “prestigious” experience that has a lot of value to the model, so models have accepted this reality (whether or not it’s really fair). After all, when the magazine hires a model for an editorial spread they are hired to perform their service as a model representing the magazine’s concept and creative story…it’s a booking. It’s not a tax write-off for the model. The potential tear sheet may (or may not) bring more prestige and work for the model because truly it is not guaranteed no matter what anyone tries to offer as a reason to work for such less money. The magazines do play such a major role in the modeling and fashion industry that it’s a tough argument on the model’s behalf. The magazines rather monopolize on this fact, of course, so they will always find another model looking for their big break who will accept their terms. Could those famous fashion magazines afford to pay their featured editorial models more money? Only they know.

Remember this fact; everyone is replaceable in the modeling industry. It’s a harsh fact, yes. The ideal goal is to work and to adapt until you decide you don’t want to model anymore (before the industry decides you’re done). It doesn’t quite work that way because trends change, models age, and new-faced models pop up all over the place. There are more reasons, of course, but the fact that there will always be someone else to replace any model is why magazines do have that power to pay very low for their editorial placements.

Eventually, on the very positive side, it seems that the experience of editorial print modeling does lead to more money and prestige because of the increased exposure, tear sheets, and the demand for future bookings from clients who do pay more money (and that is pleasing). The editorial model is a standard of what the “beauty and fashion” message is for that moment in time, so everyone wants them. When an editorial story features that model, they are literally given a seal of approval as representing who and what is IN. So, moving on from the fact that it’s not even a little “high paying” job can lead the open-minded model to keep their business mind open, too. Consider the MANY, MANY “pros” to the model from the editorial experience. This part of their career rarely happens to a large percentage of aspiring models, so the #1 “pro” is that they are super-fortunate to even appear in and get tear sheets from a high fashion magazine.

Being realistic, there are many successful “commercial” print models that would have really loved to have been a high fashion editorial model, but they never had that opportunity. Once again, models are subject to other’s opinions and standards that control their career’s general success. There are things that models can do to increase their “editorial” skills and “look”, though, but there are just some models who will never get their chance at editorial modeling even though they may be uniquely beautiful, outwardly gorgeous, or even perfectly reach the standard sizes required of editorial models. It’s not easy to compete with the concept of “editorial” beauty, so your modeling career should be balanced if you strive for such a “prestigious” role. If the editorial modeling style is what you think you really want to do, you need to remember that those editorials may not pay your bills alone in itself, so that’s an area where a model should be well-rounded and versatile in many other types of modeling that can help supplement their income. There usually is no time for a busy fashion editorial model to have another job because a model has to be very flexible with their time for going on bookings, go-sees, fittings, etc. Establishing a back-up savings of money even in the early stages of a modeling career is crucial to hold you over as you build your career.

Things in the fashion industry can change quickly, so this can work toward your advantage if you are very close to starting your editorial modeling career, but the changes can be more harsh if you’ve already been established as an editorial model because many insiders within the industry will know you’re on the way down when the magazines stop booking you. That is the time to branch out to other modeling opportunities if you still want to work as a model. Editorial modeling is relatively for a very short period of time in most models’ careers, so the model that is fortunate to model as both an editorial and then a commercial model may see the long-term success in their career through the years.

If the opportunity for success happens, it is a wonderful landmark in the model’s career, so use it wisely. This is an opportunity to be positively recognized, so show your potential as being dependable, professional, and adaptable. Don’t blow the opportunity away by acting immature or childish. Being professional doesn’t mean being uptight and boring, either. There are interpersonal, social skills that need to be adapted for different occasions. The editorial model has contact with such a wide range of industry professionals that each has their unique role with diverse personalities.

REMINDER: Your life is your personal business, so be careful of what and how you communicate because first impressions are hard to change. For example, being late is very, very bad. Also, complaining can be annoying. Having a free-spirit can be youthful, but there is always a correct time and place to be a part of every party scene (and there are pros and cons to that which can make or break a model’s career if they don’t use any self-control appropriately in their lives.) Relationships do form with people over the span of a model’s career. Some people may be there for a very short time, but other relationships can last for years. It’s an industry of “acquaintances” that really have fewer “real” friends, but as long as you know your place and your role in the industry you can keep a better sense of who’s really there to help you. People tend to have motives that are self-orientated, so keep your eyes on people that can help you and be prepared to offer them the type of relationship that is okay with you, but not so they are taking advantage of you. This applies to relationships with other models, photographers, agents, clients, etc. There can be real friendships, and there can be golden opportunities made with the right people at the right time, but keep your “radar” on for people scamming or exploiting you.

The fashion industry is a fast, complicated institution full of many eccentric individuals. To please one individual may not be pleasing to another, while to please the RIGHT one may launch a young model’s career. There is an element of trend “followers” involved in responding to whatever the trend “setters” say is IN the moment, so the industry is truly guided by the elite, high fashion magazines. What does an editorial model look like? Back to the trends, this answer can have variations dependent upon the moment or particular designer. On average, an editorial model is not the standard, classic beauty that most people think of as being considered “pretty”. There are exceptions, but there must be something very unique and special that can make the model stand out. Often, editorial models have a somewhat quirky look that stands out as obviously unusual. Odd and exotic looks, very tall height, slim built bodies, and models who have the ability to be “chameleon-like” in their appearance are candidates for consideration as an editorial model. It sometimes is an odd personal experience for the model that felt awkward and different growing up and then they are placed in a unique position where they are made into fashion objects of beauty.

Editorial print pictures are artistic and expressive without words, but at the same time are meant to show the garments you are wearing, or whatever image the model is promoting in the best way possible. The poses are much different than catalogue, and the way the body is expressing the story requires a talent. Some may call the talent “acting”, and it’s a modeling skill that only emphasizes the importance of what every good model should possess. The skill of being a chameleon that can change to the mood of the moment easily is much easier to work with versus having the same looks over and over all of the time. When an editorial piece in a magazine is about showing an “edgy” look and a pretty model just wants to show how pretty she is…she has failed. She has failed herself, the photographers, the stylists, the designers, the magazines, and ultimately the consumer who sees this editorial pictorial story and gets the entirely wrong concept from her “pretty” picture. It’s not about how the model is supposed to feel about themselves, but rather doing the job that the model is booked for…a.k.a. whatever the client wants the model to portray (for instance, a.k.a. “edgy looking” model or “retro looking”, etc.). The model should always have a mental note in their mind of the “concept” that the client wants to see and bring it out in front of the camera (or on the runway). Editorial jobs are for the top potential models. If a model feels ugly or weird in what they are modeling for a magazine editorial, they must dig deep and find a way to make the concept exciting or very interesting to match the conceptual idea of what they are modeling.

One job leads to another very quickly when the models start doing editorials, but remember that this stage may not last very long. Enjoy the adventure and any perks because they just don’t happen for most models in their careers. There are so many people all over the world who dream the same dream of being a famous model and their fantasy never gets fulfilled to what they expected. So, when the elite opportunity arrives you should be aware of how fortunate you may be considered in the eyes of other models that may not have “walked in your shoes”.

For any given number of reasons, modeling is not always a highly successful occupation even for the talented person. The work is not always glamorous, either, even though the finished product in a magazine or couture fashion show may appear that way. On a positive note, models can be exposed to some small and very large perks, too. Perks are based on what you may each consider above and beyond what you actually earn in money as an extra bonus that’s not measured on your income tax statement (such as meeting celebrities, attending parties, etc). Your booking rate can increase with the more you become in demand, too. When a model is seen doing editorial spreads in different magazines…they are becoming in demand! Even though the “editorial” rate is low, this popularity branches out into a variety of other options for the model’s career that makes them very, very busy as a professional, working model.

Editorial modeling in a high fashion magazine is a PRIME booking for a model that is serious about having a career in modeling. It is not the type of assignment that you can get in most U.S. cities. New York City is the fashion capital of the United States and it is where the opportunities are for high fashion editorial work. There are other cities internationally that have a lot of editorial work, too, so a model’s willingness and financial ability to relocate and travel is a “must” in order to increase their chances in appearing in any magazine spreads. Not all American models start their high fashion careers in New York City. Many obviously want to, but few get the right opportunity. Agents may recommend that they gain more experience and exposure overseas where there are many magazines and opportunities that may help their career get better established before they venture around New York City. (We’ll discuss more about international modeling, later.)

It takes a special type of model (physically & mentally) to get a grasp on what is required of them in this type of specialty. Rejection is a big part of this career as common as the many, unfulfilled dreams. A model must cope with the reality that they are always being critiqued by many others. For the individuals who have been “good-looking” and socially accepted their entire life, it sometimes is very hard to deal with rejection based upon their “looks”. It’s not easy to take personal criticism, but the better you are at preparing for the worst comments, the better you may be at not being caught off guard. Letting it ruin your day is much better than ruining your career and self-esteem because you will need to have confidence in your skills as a model.

Your personality should adapt as you see more of the modeling industry as an insider. It may sometimes feel as if you are using every bit of your patience and self control in not trying to stick up for yourself to the many different people who may drive you crazy, but always remember what will be best for your success as a model in the long run. Don’t lose control nor lose focus of what your job is as a model and who you represent regarding the client and your modeling agency. Anything that you experience as a model that is unpleasant is usually nothing new to most other models that have worked for a little while, so hang in there and do your best to cope because there will many other models who will not be able to take the heat and drop out of modeling as quickly as they began their dream. It may sometimes be lonely or scary when you’re far away from family and friends, so you may quickly assume more independence without their support over time.

You’ll be facing issues in a modeling career that other people your age may not encounter in their job description such as nudity. In high fashion, there’s no room for too much modesty, either, because the model’s body is stripped down, dressed up, and stripped down again from client to client and garment to garment as part of the fashion business as a live mannequin (a.k.a. models). Your face and your body are part of the package used to promote the fashion story on the runway or in magazines (versus nudity for pornography). There’s a fine line between what is “accepted” in fashion that uses partial nudity versus that what the model is “expected” to portray intimately for pornography. Fine art using nude models or a revealing high fashion designer’s haute couture versus modeling nude on a website or in a pornographic magazine have different standards and is viewed by the industry as such, so be aware from the very beginning of what you are comfortable with.

Often, it’s not just modesty that is sacrificed in a model’s career that causes their parents to be on guard. Models may be placed in many scenarios that they are not familiar with and they need to trust that they are safe when they feel vulnerable. This is where the high fashion model’s agency is the key to managing its’ clients and models. Models change in front of each other and clients sometimes, wear provocative garments, and sometimes are told to act sensually with others (male and female) in front of the camera and on the runway. This is a part of high fashion editorial modeling, too, where modesty can hinder the model’s ability to perform and get the final results.

It appears that when you add in the actual physical requirements of the editorial model you may see the numbers dwindle down to who actually gets an opportunity and succeeds as an editorial model. The female editorial model is anywhere in her teenage years aged 14-19 (on average) and is very, very thin (size 0-2…maybe size 4, depending on trends) and very tall (5’9 -6’0″). She won’t have very large breasts (under 34 C-cup), nor body piercings and tattoos. (*unless approved special circumstances). Add to her body’s physical requirements a “uniquely” beautiful face with interesting features and the average number of qualified females dwindles down even further. Remember, sometimes it’s not a typically “pretty” girl who photographs like a strong, chameleon-like, editorial model…sometimes a “pretty face” just photographs as a “pretty face” and that’s not always interesting in the fashion world.

The standards for male models are somewhat similar, but their age is older (average 18-25) and their height should be 6’0″ wearing a size 40 suit with approximately a 34 inch inseam. The male models should be lean, cut, and fit versus having too many bulging muscles that don’t fit in his clothes. He, too, must be where the editorial work is either in the U.S. or internationally. The male model may face his own obstacles when faced with what is expected of him, but there are many shared basics of modeling between female and male models relating to the industry and facing rejection.

Wholesaling Fashion Accessories

The fashion accessories which include all the fashionable items like fashionable shoes, handbags, jewelry and also some dressy outfits are able to create an elegance effect in overall fashion statement for both men and women. Most of the fashionable accessories comprise of all those items that increase the visual effects to an appearance or dressing. The fashion accessories are sometimes found in very costly materials like silver gold, diamond or even platinum.

Fashion Jewelry

Fashion jewelry may be considered as the most costly accessory for all women that improves style and fashion sense. The jewelries are available in the form of necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings and other kinds of jewelry products. Fashionable wholesale jewelry is designed keeping in mind the current trend of fashion culture. The costume jewelry stuffs are crafted with pristine workmanship which involves many hours of labor time. Though most of jewelry products are available in most expensive elements of silver, gold and platinum, diamond has it own real charm, which has never faded away in the world of fashion. The diamond jewelry items are still the trademark of exclusive jewelry as it was in the past.

One can find great deals in wholesale jewelry at most of the prestigious stores. There are wide varieties of elegant costume jewelry which are available at price which is many times lower than most basic of expensive jewelry. The costume jewelries are also available in various semi precious gems, fashion displays for enhancing the decor of rooms, hair attachments and also in various types of body piercing jewelry items. Wholesale jewelry vendors offer fashion accessories and fashion jewelry at most affordable prices.

Wholesale Fashion Clothing

Wholesale clothing is really an important fragment in fashion industry. These wholesale garments offer the best fashion tips for youngsters as they are always in search of new fashion trends. The denims are considered as best clothing for the teens through all ages. The teens can match their favorite jeans with corduroy or denim jackets which represents a youthful look. This is a must have for all the young adults that want to follow the fashion trend cautiously. Fashion jeans for teens have seen many changes which range from simple straight fitted to boot cuts and wide legs. Corduroy pants, chinos, khakis, and drawstring trousers are the latest hit with young generation. For the girls, if they want to try something that is quite classy and look very feminine, denim skirts should be included in their wardrobes.

Other Fashion Accessories

The fashion shoes are another feature in style that compliments to the overall fashion dressing. Fashion shoes are equally important as fashion accessory products like hair fashion and fashion jewelry. The fashion accessories may also include trendy men and women watches in various types. The various types of watches may be sports and outdoor watches, dress watch or mP4 enabled watches. Key chains, mobile attachments, body jewelry and fashion belts also come under fashion accessories. For most adventurous teens colored contact lenses and photo chromatic sunglasses may also be other way of using fashion accessories.

Selecting a Quality Fashion Design School

Many people have the perception that there are no major differences between the fashion design schools in this country. The reality is that there are many unique qualities that make up the top tier schools. And its no surprise that the quality schools are on the eastern and western coasts. In fact, some of the best fashion design schools are located in Los Angeles. Located in the center of the entertainment and fashion industries, schools in Southern California focus on providing the best education in fashion design, because the industries need talented young designers.

A few important things to look for in a fashion school are accreditation, a diverse curriculum that includes subjects that complement fashion design courses, and the opportunity to explore all aspects of the fashion industry.

Accreditation is very important when choosing a fashion school. Look for a school that has accreditation status from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). You may also want to look for accreditation from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and College Arts Association (CAA).

The fashion school you choose should, of course, place the main emphasis on fashion design, but also offer other courses that will help further your career. These can include courses in business, communications, and even computer courses that specifically address fashion design, such as computer aided design (CAD).

The fashion institute you choose should allow you to explore other areas such as fashion merchandising and coordinating. It should not lock you into one area; rather, it should focus on exposing you to all the potential opportunities available in the fashion industry.

Clearly, the location of a fashion college can be very important. Fashion schools in Los Angeles are some of the best known in the world, so, be sure to tour the fashion schools in that area. If you end up attending, it will put you a lot closer to the action. Whether you want to see a real live fashion shoot or see the latest collection of designer clothes, you can do all of this and more in LA.

Finally, you need to consider the faculty. Who teaches at the school? What’s their background? In order to receive a quality education, you want to be educated by the best minds in the business. Look for professors who have a long teaching tenure and who have experience working in the industry.

If budget becomes an issue, consider other options that will allow you to attend a fashion school in Los Angeles. What should you consider? Financial aid to cover the costs of the school itself, placing ads stating you are interested in sharing a house or apartment to take care of your living situation, and perhaps finding a part-time job that would fit around your schedule.

Fashion Jobs and Fashion Career Advice

Picking one out of many fashion jobs generally is an overwhelming challenge. There are several different opportunities in the fashion industry that you might not be sure which one is best for you. With the high demand for fashion jobs, you need to be sure of what it is that you want to do so you can get started on pursuing your dream in this competitive industry. Below you will find descriptions for several fashion jobs and, subsequently, be one step closer to establishing your career in the fashion industry.

1. Fashion Designer

Thanks to shows like Project Runway, there are many people whose curiosity has been rose towards the fashion industry, exclusively, fashion design. A career as a fashion designer seems extravagant and rewarding but it takes a whole lot of work. A fashion designer must be well-informed of the latest trends (and sometimes even be ahead of them) and have the creativity to conceptualize new designs. A fashion designer creates sketches, whether by hand or with computer-aided design (CAD) software, of their designs and must be familiar with fabrics and materials in order to create samples that show what the final product would look like. As a fashion designer you can specialize in clothing design, footwear or accessories. Fashion jobs like that of a fashion designer are prolonged with grueling hours of intensive work and lots of traveling if you want to promote your designs. Fashion designers work under pressure to meet deadlines and make an impression on fashion buyers and other potential clients. As a fashion designer you would need not only talent and creativity but also thick skin and dedication.

2. Fashion Merchandising

Fashion jobs in merchandising can be very challenging. A fashion merchandiser must know what consumers really want, how to present it to them, what they want to pay for it and how to lure them to purchase. A fashion merchandiser is not just an expert in fashion but must also have strong business, financial and advertising skills. As a fashion designer you might find yourself creating budgets, tracking profits and losses, tracking inventory, developing marketing strategies and even putting together creative visual displays to draw in consumers. It’s a career that entails many different roles but also has many opportunities to grow and advance in.

3. Fashion Buyer

Fashion buyers are among the most crucial people for brands and companies. They must have good communication skills, be aggressive, organized and driven. As a fashion buyer you work hand in hand with designers, merchandisers and other key people to select what pieces to present to consumers and ensure that best-sellers are continually available. Buyers must be mindful of both current and future trends so they can make the right choices of clothing, shoes, accessories, etc. to ensure high profits. Working with suppliers to negotiate prices suggests that a fashion buyer must have good interpersonal skills, be educated in market costs and also in consumer demands. Fashion buyers must be ready to work under pressure, travel and research and analyze in order to make practical decisions on what products to offer their target customer base.

4. Fashion Director

Fashion directors, also known as creative directors or fashion coordinators, are in charge of the image and look of a store, magazine or a fashion house. They are accountable for that first impression given when people look at ad campaigns, shoots and even fashion films. A fashion director must make sure that the models, photographers, location and concepts characterize the store, brand, or magazine in the best and most genuine way. One of the most well known creative directors in the industry is Grace Coddington who, alongside Anna Wintour and other industry professionals, are a part of American Vogue. In the documentary “The September Issue” we are able to see Coddington showing us her best work and the steps she takes to produce the magnificent spreads in Vogue. Now, don’t think it will be a snap landing one of these fashion jobs. Be prepared for long hours of work, creative stumps, frequent traveling, crazy deadlines, and being willing to go back to the drawing board time and time again. Remember, as a fashion director you are responsible for the image of a brand; you produce something that the whole world will see. People will base their opinions on what you present to them. As one of the top fashion jobs in the industry, the pressure is on!

Fashion Jobs – The List Goes On

5. Fashion Forecaster

Probably one of the highest ranking careers in the fashion industry, fashion forecasters do just that, forecast the future trends and styles. This is much more sophisticated than forecasting the weather. Not only does a fashion forecaster need to have in depth knowledge of fashion but he or she must also be creative and surely have the skills necessary to research and analyze potential trends, colors, fabrics and patterns. Fashion forecasters seek inspiration in everything from movies, music, even science and technology. Getting a position as a fashion forecaster is one of the most prestigious of all fashion jobs you could aspire to.

6. Fashion Stylist

A fashion stylist has the easy (or is it?) task of making someone look good. A stylist must be familiar with what colors, fabrics and styles work best to flatter someone’s shape while also knowing ways to accessorize and finish the perfect outfit. Fashion stylists are responsible for picking the best pieces for photoshoots, events, etc. and putting them together for the final product. A stylist’s reputation lies on how good the client looks and, in the case of ad campaigns, whether or not the stylist can communicate the image and vision of a product. Don’t be surprised if, as a fashion stylist, you find yourself traveling for motivation or shopping for clothing, or even spending a day (or a few) revamping a client’s closet. Finding fashion jobs for stylists can be as uncomplicated as working as a personal shopper or styling photo shoots for websites or local magazines or newspapers.

7. Fashion Photographer

It’s not just about knowing just how to take a good picture. Fashion photographers basically have two fields to be good at: fashion and photography. The photography part consists of knowing what angles, lighting, etc. As far as the fashion, photographers really need to be experts in that as well. A fashion photographer should always know what the best trends are, top designers, top fashion events and any other heavy hitter aspects of the industry. Fashion jobs in this field can consist of taking pictures for model portfolios, ad campaigns, and fashion shows. Fashion photographers are responsible for producing a shot that requires excellent technical skills and extensive fashion knowledge. For example, when a fashion photographer goes to shoot at a fashion show he or she must know exactly when to snap the shot of that model wearing the flowing dress. The picture must showcase how the fabric moves and flows instead of displaying a dress that falls limp and drags on the floor. A fashion photographer works hand in hand with stylists, makeup artists and models to ensure that the final product is efficient in sending a visual message.

8. Fashion Editor

Fashion editors supervise the direction of a fashion publication, website and other media. They are in charge for editing a fashion writer’s work, making suggestions, and researching the possibilities of future stories. Fashion writers must be aware of trends and classics to assure that coverage is provided for the target audience. A fashion editor works under the pressure of meeting deadlines, supervising writers, discovering features and fresh ideas all while staying current on the industry and scanning the levels of competition. Some of the qualities necessary for one of these fashion jobs are being organized, punctual, able to communicate verbally and have impeccable writing and journalistic skills. Being one of the most competitive fashion jobs in the industry, a fashion editor should be ready to put some hard work in and spend long nights brewing up excellent, creative content.

9. Fashion Writer

Being a fashion writer is not as easy as picking up a pen and paper (or laptop, tablet, etc.) but includes extensive amounts of research. Fashion writers must be current on their knowledge of fashion and creative when drumming up writing ideas. Of course, outstanding writing skills are a must and meeting deadlines are also fundamental in this career. Fashion writers can execute interviews, cover fashion events and supply reviews of products. You have a choice of working as a freelance writer, with television shows, websites, blogs, smaller publications like local magazines and newspapers or with major publications such as Vogue or Elle, among others. This is one of those fashion jobs where you can find many opportunities and can be fairly simple to get started.

10. Fashion PR (Fashion Public Relations)

Creating a good consumer opinion is of the utmost importance for this fashion job. Where advertising and marketing can create a consumer desire to purchase a certain fashion item, public relations handles the image in its relation to the public eye. Public opinion can gauge the success and longevity of a company. Out of all the fashion jobs mentioned, fashion pr is the piece that ties it all together.

Fashion Jobs that Require WORK!

Whatever one of these fashion jobs you determine to make your career, remember that in such a reasonably competitive industry it’s important to put in a lot of hard work and to be determined. All employers look for something that make their next hire special and capable of making their publication, line, show, or website shine amongst the rest. What is it that you have to offer that others don’t have? How motivated are you? Tell us, which one of these fashion jobs appeal to you the most?

How to Become a Successful Fashion Designer

If you are like me you live and breathe fashion. You are constantly inspired with so many new designs racing through your mind, so many you can’t seem to get them all down quick enough at the pace they arrive. You constantly dream of the day your fashions will be on the fashion runway with the lights beaming brightly overhead, the cameras flashing everywhere and the audience being completely mesmerized by your incredible designs. You can’t stop thinking of the day you will open a magazine or watch the Oscars and see a famous celebrity in one of your breathtaking designs. Your book shelf is stocked with fashion books and magazines, and you absolutely can’t resist visiting textile stores to view all the latest fabrics, decorative beads, rhinestones and trims.

It’s this ever present dream of being a successful fashion designer that has you work day and night on your designs in most cases for many years without pay and working a job to pay the pills which is brutal torture, when all you can think about is living and working in fashion.

Famous fashion designers come from all walks of life there is no one system to follow that will have you become the next famous fashion designer. Some have graduated from elite fashion schools and some have never attended fashion school. Some have undertaken a fashion internship with a fashion house and others have made their own designs in their basement. The only elements all these fashion designers have in common is they had an intense passion for fashion, were able to design fashions highly sought after and connected with someone who gave them the opportunity to break into the fashion industry. It is essential in becoming a successful fashion designer you get you and your designs out there as much as possible, as how will anyone know about your fashions if they can’t see them?

In getting your fashions out there here are a few things you can do:

1. We are not usually good at everything some of us are great at designing clothes but lack the sewing and pattern making skills. It is here you can partner with someone who shares your passion for fashion and has the skills you lack. It is in the bringing together of different skills you can create a real product that can be showcased.
2. In having a fashion line of 14 outfits you can apply to your local fashion week. In the USA: New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco all have fashion weeks. These fashion weeks attract many editors, journalists and local socialites who will see your fashions and potentially give you the exposure you need to get known.
3. Many city night clubs hold fashion shows, find out what night clubs hold fashion shows and contact them as to how you can be apart of an up and coming show.

4. Locate fashion boutiques that cater to the fashions you design, first make a trip to the stores to look around, if you can see your clothes fitting in well with the store, find out who the owner is and ask if they would be willing to have some of your fashions offered for sale in their store. You will be amazed at how many store owners are willing to work with you. I walked around San Francisco in the Nob Hill district and had my fashions placed after visiting and discussing my product with four boutiques. In having your fashions displayed you will receive valuable insights as to whether or not your designs are in demand and if you need to change your designs to increase sales. It will also give you free exposure to the public. When your fashions do sell you can present this to investors who are more than willing to invest in your line, when you prove the existence of a strong demand for your fashions.

If you are struggling to create your fashions due to the lack of capital, connections or all the skills required, you can visit: [http://www.cluehut.com] where it’s free to create a profile stating what you need and who you are hoping to connect with in achieving your fashion dream. You can also browse and connect with others who like you have created a profile offering opportunities where together you can become a great success in the fashion business.

Tips to Become a Widely Loved Fashion Blogger

Creating your own fashion blog can be the easiest and at the same time, the toughest of all writing assignments. The task can be both intimidating at times and exciting too. There is probably no other subject on earth that makes you as jittery as the subject of fashion when you start creating a blog dedicated solely to the aspects of looking great.

Do Not Focus Solely on Earning Money: Like most of the other bloggers, fashion bloggers are also allowed to make money through proper marketing of their blogs. But, earning money should not be the sole purpose of the blog. A number of fashion blogs these days are interested in generating revenue through advertisements of different fashion brands. This makes it way too difficult to build a heart to heart connection with the readers.

Invite The Reader to Your Fashion World: People do not visit a fashion blog just to check out what clothes the bloggers are wearing. They want to have a complete fashionable experience by receiving knowledge about what they should wear and why. Moreover, the visitors would like to get into the complete runway fashion experience or would love to imagine themselves to be in the part of the world that a particular trend of fashion belongs to. This is the best way to gift the ordinary blog readers with a nice “almost” fashion show like experience without intimidating their taste for fashion. In fact, that is what most of them turn to a fashion blog for.

Engage The Readers with Excellent Write-ups: It is true that the nice and catchy photographs are prerequisite to bringing more traffic to your fashion blog. That does not mean you can forget keeping an eye on the quality of posts on your blog. Remarks interwoven with witty and intelligent fun keeps the readers hooked and makes most of them coming back, again and again. No matter how beautiful the images are and how much your knowledge and sense of fashion helps the visitors, you cannot expect them to wait for a few minutes before leaving, until the information in black and white does not seem to be enlightening and appealing enough.

Reach Out to Readers by Imparting Confidence: Fashion blogs are a tad different from the usual fashion magazines and the lifestyle channels on television. Writing for fashion blogs is beyond mere advising about what to wear and what not to. But, the readers love to see in the fashion blogs how ordinary people actually dress. Unlike, popular fashion magazines and TV channels, such blogs tell its target readers how to wear whatever they want to, confidently. Some widely popular fashion magazines cannot impart the same confidence that the wearer needs to carry along with the dress.

Do Not Suggest Buying Expensive Products: The dream of buying expensive clothes, accessories, bags and shoes from big fashion labels often pursue people to end up adding them to their stock. Still, a large number of people cannot afford such brands. Does that mean, those people cannot really reach out for what is called fashion in true sense? Fashion bloggers can bridge the gap by relying equally on low-budget products as they do on expensive brands.

Image is The Heart of Fashion Blogs: High quality photographs are a must for the success of a fashion blog. Fashion is one subject, blogs on which requires to cater to the ocular sensory nerves a lot. So, it becomes very important for the blogger to look for the right kind of pictures to validate the subjects of blog-posts. The readers will definitely like to have a look at what they are being suggested to wear. It is very important to put up very clear and professionally taken photographs that will also help them visualizing themselves in such clothes. It is very important for the blogs to become fashion inspirations for the readers. Otherwise, they will not come back to the blog again.