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Online Shopping and Mother’s Role

Online Shopping and Mother’s Role

Shopping is as old as human civilization. The trade is related to shopping, so in order to see the history of shopping, it is only wise to see how trade has evolved. Trade started in medieval age with barter system and with the passage of time, human innovate new methods of trade and now days, most of the sophisticated methods are used for trade activities.

The trends in shopping have evolved with the means of communication, every mean of communication has been used for shopping and now internet is widely used for shopping and the term used for shopping through internet is online shopping. Internet has opened an all new array for shopping activities and now most of the shopping is done through internet.

A survey at reveals that 60% of mothers search the web for special offers, coupons, or other discounts before they go shopping (no information on how this correlates to male shoppers. This mini report reveals that most of the shopping is done by mothers, and they are mostly looking for discounts. The mothers have major role to play in online shopping.

Internet has opened access to flood of information; the information provided on internet may not be authentic; because it is very easy for anyone to post any information on the internet through blogs and personal websites. To extract the relevant and correct information from the internet is very critical and sometimes difficult. Internet has given rise to cyber crimes and most of them are done through online shopping websites.

Mother’s role is very critical in online shopping, they have to extract the relevant information from the internet about the hot selling products and their prices offered at different stores, sometimes, through fake blogs and spam emails, misinformation is provided which leads to the purchase of substandard product at higher price or leads to credit card frauds.

Before shopping online, getting the right information is very important for mothers. Purchasing right thing at the right time is of key importance, because mostly mothers do shopping for whole family, especially for toddlers and kids. They can be deceived into buying wrong product for their family through fake blogging or misinformation provided by different means through internet. The roles of mothers are to have the full information about the authentic online shopping sites and the original blogs which are operated by real users. Blog is an important source of obtaining the relevant information, but it can be misleading so mothers have to be sharp enough to see which blog is real and which is operated by spammers.

Another important role mothers have to play in online shopping is to buy right products for the children. Every mother adores her child and wants best for it. So the marketing people in internet uses emotional strategies by showing pictures of beautiful babies and blogging about children to convince mothers in buying the desired product. Many mothers get deceived by it and make instant buying decision only to repent when they receive the actual delivery. So mothers have to be extra cautious while buying products for their kids, thorough research about the product including its prices offered by different stores, its specifications and customer reviews are of keen importance and mother should read this information before making a buying decision.

Everything which brought convenience has its drawbacks, online shopping has made shopping very convenient and it also allows the people in saving some money, but at the same time it has limited the choices when it comes to buying things for children, the children are much aware of different products and they force parents in buying certain products. Online shopping has made shopping so easy that now it is difficult to refuse a child in getting the certain product demanded by him/her.

Online shopping has made the availability of some harmful products very easy, and the violent video games and movies can be bought from internet very easily, so the roles of mothers is to prevent their children from buying such things. It can be done by not providing credit card number to the children till they reach the age of 18.

Online shopping trends have increased the mothers’ responsibilities and now mothers have to be more cautious about the online shopping trends to select what is best for their families.…

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A Brief History of Gucci

A Brief History of Gucci

1869 Guccio Gucci was born in Florence

1906 Guccio Gucci started a small saddler shop in Florence

1920 Guccio Gucci opened the first Gucci watch shop in Florence

1921 The First Gucci boutique was opened in Florence. Gucci Label was officially founded

1923 The first Gucci boutique in Rome was opened. Gucci started to expand outside Florence

1947 Gucci launched the first handbags collection featuring the bamboo handle and red striped webbing

1953 The first Gucci flagship store in New York was opened on Fifth Avenue

        Guccio Gucci Died

1960 The iconic GG logo was created with the combination of Guccio Gucci’s initials

1965 Gucci opened another store at 699 Fifth Avenue

1966 Gucci presented the Flora silk scarf which is favored by Grace Kelly

1967 Gucci presented Jackie O shoulder bag, made well-known by Jackie Kennedy

1968 Gucci opened stores in Hong Kong and Tokyo, starting expansion on Far East.

1979 Aldo Gucci developed the Gucci Accessories Collection and saved company from the danger of bankruptcy

1983 Rodolfo Gucci died which caused a huge shakeup on the company

        Paolo Gucci proposed a cheaper version of the brand called ‘Gucci Plus’

1984 Domenico De Sole joined Gucci America Inc.

1989 Investcorp acquired 50 percent of Gucci while Maurizio Gucci retains the other half and runs the company

        Dawn Mello, the former president of Bergdorf Goodman, moves to Milan as creative director

1990 Aldo Gucci died

1990 Tom Ford moved to Milan from New York to join Gucci as the company’s women’s wear designer.

1993 Maurizio Gucci sold his shares to Investcorp and leaves the company for good.

1994 Tom Ford was appointed as creative director

        De Sole was appointed as chief operating officer

1995 Gucci went public had its first initial public offering on the AMEX and NYSE

        Madonna dressed head-to-toe Gucci at the MTV Video Music Awards.

        De Sole became chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Gucci Group N.V.

1996 Tom Ford won the CFDA Award for international designer of the year

1997 Gucci acquired a watch licensee, Severin-Montres, and renamed it Gucci Timepieces

1999 Gucci made alliance with to fashion conglomerate Pinault-Printemps-Redoute to fight against an acquisition by fashion conglomerate LVMH

        Gucci acquired Yves Saint Laurent and Sanofi Beautè and a controlling stake in Sergio Rossi.

        Tom Ford became creative director of Yves Saint Laurent ready-to-wear

2000 Gucci acquired 51 percent of Alexander McQueen and Bedat & Co

       Gucci acquires luxury watch producer Boucheron

2001 Gucci acquired a majority stake in Bottega Veneta, 50 percent of Stella McCartney and all of Balenciaga. 

        Gucci ended three-year litigation with LVMH. Pinault-Printemps-Redoute sold all shares on Gucci as agreement. Gucci share price reduced to $85.52 per share

2003 Gucci announced it wouldn’t renew the contracts of Tom Ford and De sole

2004 Alessandra Facchinetti, Frida Giannini and John Ray were appointed as creative director of Gucci…

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3 Simple Shopping Tips To Always Looking Your Best

3 Simple Shopping Tips To Always Looking Your Best

I’m not sure if it is a woman thing, if it is a vain thing, if it’s a confidence thing or if it’s a hating our bodies thing; but, when you go to a store to find a new outfit do you bring several sizes in the dressing room with you to try one? Most people only bring their size and if it does not fit or look right or as good as it did on the mannequin they get upset and angry with themselves. Truth be told if you brought several different outfits in your size into the dressing room and none of them fit, it can ruin your whole afternoon, day, week and even year depending your level of disappointment and frustration with yourself.

As a woman, I have been there and I understand this but as a Stylists you just shop differently with a new perspective. Certain designers cuts can be really, really different. One designers size six could be another designers size ten, vice versa and lots of variations in-between. So when I am shopping with a client, I always tell them it is not about the size on the label, it is about how you feel, how you look in a particular outfit that matters. I always grab a minimum of three sizes sometimes four sizes and bring them into the dressing room to try on. Start with the your size and then grab one size smaller and one or two sizes larger depending on the cut of the item. In order to look your best, often your best friend will be a really good tailor.

Which would you prefer to do? Squeeze yourself into a size six dress and look like you are a size ten or buy a size ten and look like you are a size six?

Here are three simple shopping tips to always looking your best. First, choose good quality clothes that can be a staple in your wardrobe and you can continually add to. (For example: dress pants, pencil skirts, and dresses in solid neutral colors).

Second, do not follow the trends of today. Find clothes that look good on you, on your body and choose accessories on trend not the other way around (Or you will have a closet full or neon and parachute pants and you will be stuck in an area. Yes everything comes back around but by then it will need a serious facelift and in the meantime you will look seriously dated and just wrong.)

Lastly, what you wear underneath your clothes is just as important as your clothes. Investing in the right bra so that the girls sit up and are in the right place will make your shirts, blouses, dresses and jackets all look completely different. And, the best part is can make you look pounds lighter. Wearing the correct undies for your body type is important as well because you don’t want to be hanging out and hanging over every where. Panty lines are not attractive and neither is someone wearing a thong where everything giggles. A fantastic secret that should be part of every ladies arsenal are shapers, you know “Spanks baby”. There are all kinds with different levels of support and they should absolutely be worn on a daily basis. They make a tremendous difference in how polished you come across. And, lets face it, nothing like a shaper to help your posture, keep your shoulders back and stomach tucked in. You just feel more confident when you know you look your best and you have made your best effort.

These are the basics to shopping and creating a fabulous wardrobe that will sustain you for years to come, so have fun with it.…

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This Article About Teach You All About Shoes

A lot of men and women absolutely love shoes. Many people do. Good times or bad, shoe sales still go strong. Everyone wants to get the newest, most attractive shoe. No matter what name brand of shoes that you prefer, this article has tips you can use. Keep on reading to broaden your knowledge.

Keep an eye on your budget. If you know you have an amount in mind that you want to spend on shoes, be mindful of that amount when shopping. Unfortunately, sales are developed to entice you to go over that budget. Only get what you need and pay attention to what you are spending.

It is better to get your feet measured if your size is in doubt. Most of us have a foot which is a bit longer or wider than the other foot. Find shoes that fit your biggest foot perfectly, so you know they will both be comfortable.

Your shoes should be immediately comfortable. If the shoes feel like they will need some breaking in, it is better to pass on them. Breaking those shoes in for use is something that can actually create problems for your feet.

Buy a pair of solid athletic shoes. It is vital that whenever you engage in any type of physical activity, you have on a solid pair shoes. They are constructed to give your feed the proper support. Shoes not meant for physical activity won’t have the support you need, potentially causing injury to into your knees ankles or feet.

You need to be sure you can return shoes you buy online. You’ll see that here and there that you’ll get something online that isn’t in stores and you need to be able to return it. It is important that there is some kind of guarantee in case the shoes do not fit.

Walk around in your new shoes before you decide to buy them. Take some laps around to test out the shoes. You need to feel if they will rub. This will help save money and regret you will have over buying bad shoes.

Look for shoes with Velcro for younger children. A kid that understands how to tie shoes can still take a very long time, with Velcro it is done in a jiffy. For crazy mornings, be sure to have both a pair that doesn’t tie and a pair with shoelaces.

Your running shoes should be replaced often, as they wear out quicker than other shoes. These types of shoes take a beating during their lifetime. They generally last around 400 miles before you need new ones, so you must know when this is. Keep a running log so you will have an idea when your shoes need to be replaced.

There are few that do not enjoy their shoes. It doesn’t matter whether you’re young or old or whether you are a man or a woman. Many people love nothing more than to buy a fabulous paid of shoes. The information you have just been given will help you become an expert on shoes.…

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Avoid Buying a Cheap Sofa

Avoid Buying a Cheap Sofa

When you are in the market for a sofa, consider paying a little more for it upfront. The quality of the sofa will pay off in the long run. Yeah, you may get tired of the fabric on it, but at least it will be constructed in such a good way that you can have it reupholstered for a fraction of the original cost.

Here are some things to ask and look for when you are shopping.

Frame

The frame should be made of a hardwood like oak, maple, ash, and kiln dried. The kiln drying keeps the wood from warping or cracking during seasonal changes as well as changes in the humidity. The cheaper sofas will be made from a softer wood like pine. The joints should either be screwed or glued using dowel and pins. The cheaper models are stapled together. It sounds like a no-brainer, but you usually can’t see how an upholstered piece is put together so you need to find out.

Support

The cushion support system ideally should be eight-way tied spring coils. These are coil springs that are hand tied to each other. The cheaper sofas will have pre-assembled coil units that is stapled or nailed to the sofa’s frame. These springs will prevent the cushions from bottoming out, even after Fat Aunt Edna has gone home. Pull up the cushions and look at them. They should run from front to back and you should be able to stand on them with no problem. Yeah, I said stand on them. You gotta know if this sofa is going to be able to handle whatever or whoever you throw at it.

Cushions

When you are checking out the cushions pick them up and see if they are heavy. You will want a heavier foam Dacron cushion. The firmer the better. The softer the cushion, the quicker your sofa cushions will flatten out and look horrible. Just know, with time the cushion will soften and starting out firmer means you are going to get a longer life out of it.

If you are looking at cushions that are filled with down, remember that you will have to fluff those quite often. If you like having that extra chore, have at it. You also could get the Dacron foam cushion with down on top of that, but you may see some wrinkling in the cushion.

Place the cushions back on the sofa and take a nice big plop on top of it. If the cushion pops up on the other side, move along. You want the cushions to stay in place.

While you are at it, try to get a sofa where the back cushions are semi attached. The loose back cushions are cheaper to make and will break down sooner.

If it has upholstered arms, sit on those, too. If you feel the wood through it in the store, it is just going to get worse with time.

Covering

You have two options… fabric or leather. It’s all a personal choice, but here’s what you need to know for either choice.

First, the grade of the fabric is in no way toed to the quality of the fabric. It’s about the cost of the fabric. Think about it this way, silk is expensive and would be considered a higher grade, but we all know that silk is not very durable.

If you have kids or pets, look at microfiber. It is almost stain proof and feels like sude. The downside is that you will see butt prints on it. If you don’t mind that, go for it.

Better fabrics for sofa use are the blends. Also consider getting a solid color fabric instead of a print. Sticking with a neutral plain fabric will mean that it will stay current for a longer period of time. You can always change it’s appearance with pillows and throws.

Leather sofas will last twice as long as fabric sofas, but that look isn’t for everyone. Leather from best to last in terms of quality are as follows: Full Grain, Top Grain, and split. Now, I am not a leather expert by any stretch of the imagination, so with that said there are all sorts of variances and treatments in between in regards to leather that someone could say well, this is better than this, but that is a whole other article.

Full grain leather hasn’t been buffed and you will see the marks on it. Remember this is a cow’s hide and if the cow had some scratches on him, you will see leather will patina over time.

Top grain leather has been buffed. This leather won’t age as much and will have a greater resistance to stains.

Split grain leather is created once the …

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Christmas Shopping Tips For People Who Hate to Shop

Christmas Shopping Tips For People Who Hate to Shop

—Shop early and shop online. Why? Because you’ll be less likely to spend as much money. The last thing anyone needs on Christmas Eve is to find themselves desperate and standing in a jewelry store with a sales clerk rubbing their hands together in glee because they know they have an easy mark. Last minute shoppers tend to do two things: buy things they never intended to when they left home, and spend too much money because of the pressure to buy something, anything, that will bring a smile to face of the person they love.

Online shopping was made for people who hate shopping because it’s so easy and allows you to thoroughly research everything before you buy it. The Internet offers endless ideas and is far less stressful than fighting traffic and wandering around a big mall with all the other last-minute shoppers.

—Make a list. Make a list not only of what you need to buy, but the people you need to buy for. If you work in an office, do you exchange gifts? Are you the boss and expected to buy your closest employees a gift?

The easy part is knowing who you are buying for. The tough part is figuring out what to buy. Go to a search engine and type: “gift ideas for” and plug in the age and gender of the person you are looking to buy for. It’s a beautiful thing. You’ll get site after site offering help coming up with that perfect gift.

—Compare prices. Once you know what you want, compare prices to find the best deal. Prices on high-end items can fluctuate by hundreds of dollars. It’s worth it to spend a bit of extra time doing research before plugging in your credit card information.

—Watch those shipping costs. Sometimes an online retailer will give a low-ball price, then charge an exorbitant amount in shipping, which can knock you off your budget. Many retailers, especially around the holidays, include free shipping or provide free shipping if you spend a certain amount. Sometimes there are restrictions.

—Will it ship on time? On Christmas morning, no one wants the person they love most in the world to open an empty box with an I.O.U. in it. It does happen and it’s not a pretty site. Make sure the item you order is in stock and will ship in time for Christmas delivery.

—Purchase only from reputable companies. Nowadays, ordering online is pretty safe and reliable, but it’s still a good idea to make sure you are buying from a reputable company. Most online companies are rated for their reliability. Pay attention to those ratings as they can help you to avoid a lot of heartache.

—Have the gift sent to a friend or relative. When the UPS man delivers your present, it’s probably a good idea not to have the recipient sign for it. Have your gifts delivered to a trusted friend or relative and make certain you tell them your plans.

Christmas shopping doesn’t have to be a stressful thing if you plan ahead and set up a budget.…

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Shopping Tips at the Grocery Store

Shopping Tips at the Grocery Store

We all need to shop for groceries. Why not do it smartly?

Here are few shopping tips at the grocery store that will save you time and money.

Budget

Determine how much you will spend. Knowing exactly how much you can spend on groceries will help you avoid impulse buys. You will also be able to manage the rest of your household expenses better if you have a firm idea of how much you are able to spend on your groceries.

Know what you need

Check your cupboards and find out what you’re out of and what’s running low. Open the fridge and check what’s lacking or missing. Knowing what you need to buy will save you repeat trips to the store. This will save you time, effort and gas.

Plan your Weekly Menu

Knowing what you will be cooking for the week to come can be of great help in determining what purchases will be necessary. While there are a few staples in your home, a variety of food is a must for every household.

If you plan in advance what recipes you will be trying out next week, you save time on deciding what to cook and running to the store because you missed one ingredient.

You’ll have all the ingredients you’ll need if you plan your menu in advance.

Make a list

As important as making a list is, keeping to it is even more important. There will be temptations galore in the grocery. Buy only what is in your list. This will help you avoid making rash purchases of things you don’t really need. Impulse buying can really affect your budget if you’re not careful enough to avoid them.

Grocery owners know that many shoppers are unable to resist temptation and thus, put them directly in the path. Keep a tight hold on your list and go directly to the items you need. Always keep in mind the difference between what you need and what you want.

Eat

Never, ever go to the grocery when you are hungry. This is a rule that cannot be emphasized enough. Always eat before you go to the grocery.

When you’re hungry, you tend to concentrate on food. The grocery is full of food items and you may not be able to resist buying more than what is in your list. Can you say impulse buy? When that happens, you can say goodbye to your budget.

Ask for Help

If you can’t find a particular product, ask for help from the store personnel. They can lead you right to what you need. Browsing the shelves may lead you to purchasing items that are not in your list. The more you interact with a product, the higher the probability that you will purchase it.

Don’t put yourself in temptation’s way. Go straight to the products that you need.

Dare to Experiment

Sure, there are some brands that we all swear by, but do consider other brands. Better yet, try some of the in-store brands. In-store brands cost far less than regular brands. Chances are, they’ll be equally good, too. They won’t look as pretty as your preferred brand but if they’re just as good and cheaper, why worry about what it looks like?

Coupon cutting and other promotions

Coupons and other store promotions like sales can really make a difference in the long run. Cut coupons for the items you need. Don’t buy an item because the product is on sale. Buy an item because you need the product. Having coupons for the items you need is just a win-win situation.

Watch out for sales. If you can afford to stockpile on your favorite non-perishable items, buy as much as you can.

Balance Quality with Quantity and Cost

Striking a balance between quality, quantity and cost can be quite an act. Often, quality is sacrificed at the expense of cost. If you’re looking to buy fresh produce like fruits and vegetables, go to your local market. They’re more likely to have fresher produce from local growers. They’ll be more affordable too.

You should also bear in mind that a larger container does not mean that you are saving more. Compare what the unit price comes down to before buying that huge bottle of fabric conditioner. There are occasions when buying the smaller containers is cheaper than getting the huge one. Check what the price per milliliter or per milligram comes down to. You just might be surprised.…