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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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Why Are Halloween And The Lost Continent Of Atlantis Connected?

Things happens for a reason. Our whole lives are a series of connected events, one foreshadowing another. It is all one giant puzzle that brings together all the necessary elements that are needed for our soul’s evolution and growth. These are really all given in love, the one cohesive force that binds all of us together as one.

The Christian religion has adopted many rituals and days of celebration from the ancient traditions of their own beliefs of how the Great Spirit works in our lives. Many “pagan” or Earth based practices were intentionally brought into the foundation of modern Christianity so that they would be more readily accepted. Continue reading 



Buying Cosplay Costumes Online

Cosplay is a shortened version of the phrase costume play, but in this instance, it is committed to the Chinese or Japanese versions of characters. These typically have incredibly intricate costumes and can be worn to any location, including conferences and more. Some of the favorite characters to portray are from anime, manga, television series, video games, and cartoons. It is one of the most familiar activities for the fans of these types of art, especially in the West, Asia, and Japan. There is so much to know about this kind of fan role playing, so find out all about it.

What is Cosplay?
The costumes can be elaborate, and it is not unusual to see men or women dressed up as the opposite sex as their favorite characters. It is a popular hobby that started in the 90s, and it is a part of popular culture in various areas of the world, including in some Western countries, sections of Asia and Japan. These costumes can be seen in play at various conferences all over the world, and you never know which character you will run in to. Continue reading 



Fancy Dress Costume Ideas For Men And Women

Fancy dress parties date back to the years and have gained momentum in the modern world. It is more common to find party hosts throwing themed parties where the invited are expected to dress up to the theme. This is where you will start looking for the most suitable costume to match the theme. In some other cases, parties as well as annual events and celebrations call for automatic dressing up. The good thing about such events is that you are at liberty to select the fancy dress you feel is best for the occasion. Some ideas can be helpful for men and women who are not very familiar with what will be the best costumes.

Costume Ideas for Men

Contrary to what many people think, men also love dressing up for the parties. There are so many options when it comes to fancy costumes for men and you have increased chances of finding what you find interesting and suitable enough. Occupational wear is a favorite option for many men. Under this category, you can find policeman, priest, sailor and surgeon costumes. You can also add an interesting twist to the costume by choosing a distant place or time characters such as Native Americans, Cossacks, cavemen, Toreadors, Greeks, Ancient Romans and cowboys. This category stands out because not very many people think of it as a first option. Other classic options for men’s costumes include TV and film celebrities, pirates, sorcerers, demons, zombies, and pirates. Continue reading 



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 



Wings Of An Angel

There are many ways to make angel wings. Big thick wings are popular with cosplay and costume parties. Making these types of wings takes a lot of work. Some of the tools you need to make them include PVC pipes, a heat gun, expanding foam, muslin, plastic sheets, gloves, and wire. The harness should be built first so that you can duct tape the harness to a chair and apply your wings on the chair.

The brain skeleton of the wing is made out of PVC pipes that you can obtain from any tool shop such as B and Q. It has the advantages of being light but strong at the same time, and it is also very cheap.

A heat gun (also available from the high street) is needed to heat up the PVC pipe in order to make it curve. The angel wings need to ben and not be straight for best costume effect, but not bent so much that the PVC becomes weak or cracked. Continue reading 




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