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The Game Of Power Marketing Experience

For the past six years the smash hit fantasy Game of Thrones has shocked and delighted us in equal measure.

Now in season seven of eight, the epic series is a tale of pretty much one thing – power, how to get it and keep hold of it.

I’m a relative newcomer to the Game but having binged on the series over the past year it’s now very much part of my life. But away from the battles, the struggle for power, the amazing scenes and the characters (of which there are many) there are some marketing lessons I’ve learned from George RR Martin’s small-screen blockbuster.

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Fancy Dress Costumes And What They Can Do To Children

There is nothing as good as allowing your children to dress up in what they love the most. They especially find a fancy dress costume fun and with lots of parties and celebrations now requiring the attendants to wear costumes, your kids can have all the fun in what they choose. The secret in boosting your child’s joy and confidence when wearing a costume is involving him or her in the shopping and selection process. There are plenty of positives that the right costume can end fetching for your child.

They boost the party mood

This is in the sense that they are designed to be fun to wear for the little ones. The simple thought of getting transformed into the characters they love most or associate with keeps their moods on the rooftops. Hence, they end up enjoying the party all through. The costumes keep them entertained even when there isn’t a lot of an activity to engage in. They will still feel excited even when they are playing alone.

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A Custom Wedding Dress Price Tag!

In a world obsessed by the best and biggest, have you ever wondered who purchases those outrageously expensive couture gowns most of us can only dream about? These following three celebrities each wore a custom wedding dress for their nuptials and definitely deserve a place on the list of most expensive and extravagant gowns.

Grace Kelly – ‘The Wedding of the Century’

Number one is reputed to be (comparatively, by today’s standards) the most expensive custom wedding dress, ever – although whether it is the best is entirely subjective of course. Grace Kelly was an American film actress who married Prince Rainier III, to become Princess of Monaco. The prince proposed to Ms Kelly within just three days of meeting her and her family, but once she accepted, the event was promoted as ‘The Wedding of the Century’.

Designed by Helen Rose, the dress has endured as a huge influence for brides commissioning a custom wedding dress for themselves. Helen Rose was an American costume and clothing designer who spent most of her career with the famous American film company Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and the dress was a gift to Grace Kelly from the studio. Sleeveless and using details of silk, silk net, silk taffeta and an antique rose-point lace, the dress comprised a bodice and skirt as well as two petticoats. Kelly wore a veil, head-dress and pearls to finish off the breathtakingly beautiful ensemble. The gown is now owned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Continue reading 



How To Buy A Great Halloween Costumes

Get ready to celebrate Halloween! Choose terrifying and colorful costumes that will make you stand out in any Halloween bash. You can pattern fright night costumes after popular fiendish creatures. It is also possible to design your own monstrous-looking attire. The key is to look like Jason of Friday the 13th, Count Dracula or a funny-looking spook like Casper the Friendly Ghost. Whether you are an adult or kid, it is important to shop around for a unique outfit. If you are on a budget, look for creative DIY tips. There are also online Halloween supply retailers that can provide you with practical options.

Trick or Treat

What can be the best buys for this occasion? Lots of kids love to wear these scary costumes. It is fun for them to portray whimsical fairy godmothers, witches or comic book superheroes. Indeed, your children have numerous options on how to dress up for Halloween. You can opt for elaborate costumes or be plain and simple. Make up for it with face painting to have the macabre look. Put on tattered clothes and a cloak. You have a hair-raising outfit right away. Look like a bat or be a skeleton look-alike. Search for a fairy princess ensemble if you want your daughter to look beautiful while tricking or treating.

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To Ask Yourself When Buying Fancy Dress Costumes

Fancy dress costumes have a way of adding a spicy twist to a party, whether it is an adult party or a children’s party. There are so many costume categories you can choose from with the most popular being princess costumes. Modern party shops have costumes and other important supplies you might need for the party such as decorations. To purchase the best dress costumes, you must ask yourself several questions. They will greatly help you in making the right decision with the costume.

Do I buy or hire the costume?

This is important, especially when you are working with a very tight budget towards the party. Hiring is cheaper, but then buying comes with the advantage of getting to keep the costume after the party. Weigh both options and relate them to the needs you have and you will have an easy time making the final decision. Most costume stores will give you both options.

What areas do I want covered up?

This is considering that some costumes can be exposing in some areas. You just need to ensure that you are comfortable with such exposures. In case your preferred costume does not cover up the areas you want covered, you can consider adding a few accessories to achieve this without having to change the costume completely. You will only enjoy the party when you are most comfortable in your costume so consider the design seriously. Continue reading 



Uniforms And Costume Tax Policy

If your company has a uniform policy that addresses the daily wear of costumes or uniforms by the employees the company can pay the costs and claim the deduction. Or you can put the costs on the employees and deduct the fees from their wages. The tax strategy would be best if the company claimed all expenses of the costumes or uniforms which would allow the company to be more systemized.

For instance if you have a restaurant that has a theme of fairy princesses and your uniform policy states your employees need to be in full costume or uniform, you as a business owner have a right as stated earlier to claim those deductions or deduct costume or uniform fees from your employees’ wages.

As an employee if costumes or uniform fees are deducted from your wages you have a right to claim that on your income tax on schedule a under unreimbursed employee expenses. According to IRS publication 529 you can deduct the cost and upkeep of work clothes if the following two requirements are met. 1. You must wear them as a condition of your employment. 2. The clothes are not suitable for everyday wear. Did you hear what the 2nd condition was if the clothes are not suitable for everyday wear if you are wearing a fairy princess costume that is definitely not suitable for everyday wear outside of your job. Continue reading 



How to Wear Dresses in a Halloween Party

Choosing and wearing the right dress for a party is important if you want to steal the spotlight. We all want to be noticed in the crowd for our style statement and want our clothes to speak about our personality. Selecting the right kind of dress depends on kind of party you are going to attend, whether it is a children’s party, cocktail party, costume party or an office party in a pub at night or a garden party at day time.

To start with, as a first step you should be conscious of the type of fabric (cotton, crepe, linen, silk etc) that you want to wear and keep in mind that it should go around your body comfortably. A cocktail party and a girls night out calls for super stylish outfit. A short black dress can be breathtaking for the occasion! Continue reading 



Costume And Uniforms Creative Holidays To Your Restaurant Or Bar

Everywhere we look, we see the businesses such as restaurants, bars, resorts and casinos, that theme their uniform style to match their business’ atmosphere. That’s all well and good, but sometimes you might think that the uniform styles out there are a little homogenized. Of course, it’s understandable that you want to keep to a professional image at all times. But you might also be feeling more creative, like you want to break out of the mold and re-invent the restaurant uniform concept.

Example: If you’ve seen the movie “Pulp Fiction”, there’s a restaurant that Vincent and Mia go to early in the film which looks like a fun place to go. It’s modeled after the 1950’s “rockabilly” era, and if you watch this scene carefully, you’ll see some incredible uniform “casting” in this fictional restaurant. Would you have thought of having Buddy Holly and Marilyn Monroe look-a-likes as waiters and waitresses? Or how about the midget in the red bellhop uniform who seats the couple? Hint: he’s modeled on an old Phillip Morris commercial, as you can hear him shouting his line as he leaves the scene: “Call for Phillip Morris!” Now, that is creative theming! Continue reading 



Dressing Up Harry Potter Costume

My oldest son and I have just finished reading The Deathly Hollows, the final book in the Harry Potter series.  I’ve been waiting since before my kids were born to have kids I could share this magic with.  Luckily for me, my son is as in love with it as I am.  Now, with Halloween approaching, he wants to dress as Harry Potter.  As we began working on his costume I found out just how much “Potter” there is out there in the world!

The Outfit

Of course my kid wants to be Harry Potter and sport the Gryffindor logo but there are three other houses to pick from!  Whether your Potter fan wants to dress in Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin digs, there is a robe out there for them.  You can find the robes alone, or with the matching tie and scarf.

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How to make your own Halloween costume

Handcrafting your own personalized costume for Halloween sometimes initially might sound to become rather simple and also the least expensive selection. Some very easy models in fact may be made while in twelve minutes without any chaos and also inconvenience perhaps even without the need needle. Yet, generating an original costume outfit might develop into rather high-priced and additionally time consuming horror. It all depends upon just how brilliant as well as faddy you are in reality. In the following paragraphs you can get a number of hints combined with pieces of advice regarding how to design an exquisite fancy dress costume suitable for kids, attaching a bit of unique style to your particular masterwork.

The first aspect we will take a look at is seen as an important part of a witch’s costume, a little crown princess or simply that of a Tinkle bell tutu. The Tutu is a particular really short skirt dressed by ballerinas. To generate it it is necessary to have just one elastic headband and some fine net fabric of silk or rayon which will be cut directly into several identical tapes. So, first you tie the stripes round the stretchy band for head. You have to go on with hanging and hanging them all around in anticipation of having an engaging tutu accomplish. You will need in the region of 45 straps of only one color selection tulle or more. It’s under your control to determine Continue reading 




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