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Is Giving Jewelry Too Personal for a Co-Worker or Friend?

Is Giving Jewelry Too Personal for a Co-Worker or Friend?

Jewelry can seem like the perfect gift for a loved one for any number of occasions, from birthdays and anniversaries; to Valentine’s Day. But what about as a gift for friends and coworkers? Is the gift of unusual handmade jewelry too personal? The true answer is that it depends on the situation. If a coworker from across the office that you say hi to at the coffee maker gets a promotion, giving jewelry is probably not the appropriate response. A verbal congratulations or even a greeting card would be best.

What it comes down to is how well you know the person. Jewelry is a personal item, so you want to make sure you know their taste and style before you make that purchase. The whole point of giving unusual handcrafted jewelry is so that the person has something special to add to their collection and hopefully they’ll wear it often. As an example, if you don’t know someone well enough to know that they don’t care for yellow gold and then you buy them a yellow gold piece, then jewelry wasn’t a good idea for a gift.

But if your co-worker also happens to be a good friend, then jewelry can be a great choice for a gift. And the same guidelines fit for friends too. If the friend is more of an acquaintance, then you probably don’t know their style well enough to pick a piece of unusual handmade jewelry that they’ll love and wear. You should know them well enough to scan through a bunch of unusual handcrafted jewelry on a website and say, “she would totally wear that” when you see the right piece.

Part of knowing a person’s style is noticing the kind of jewelry your friend wears on a day-to-day basis. If she wears a lot of flashy jewelry or dresses in clothes with a lot of beading or flashy detail, a nice cocktail ring or bib necklace might be a good choice. If her jewelry and wardrobe are a little more understated, a thin necklace or a small pair of earrings would work. Also look at the colors they tend to wear. If she wears more neutrals and warm colors, stay away from jewelry with cool colors. If she wears a lot of patterns, choose unusual handmade jewelry with one type of gemstone or something with pearls or just metals.

And, of course, don’t forget the presentation. Put the jewelry in a nice box, even if it didn’t come with one, wrap it up and put it with a thoughtful card. Your friend or co-worker is sure to be touched!…

Outsourcing vs. Captive Operations – Which Model is the Best Fit For Your Business?

Outsourcing vs. Captive Operations – Which Model is the Best Fit For Your Business?

While feasibility of using offshore/nearshore resources for the delivery of certain activities or business processes has been already established, long term strategic feasibility and appropriateness of various engagement models are still under scrutiny.

The most common approaches nowadays are either working with a third-party outsourcing provider or establishing captive operations in lower cost locations. Engagement models can be differentiated based upon customer organization’s need for management control, costs of operation, risks and other factors.

Third-party Outsourcing

Third-party outsourcing is classic client-vendor relationship governed by contractual obligations and service level agreements. It is mostly driven by tactical reasons such as short-term cost savings and staffing flexibility. Non-core or non-critical activities are typical candidates for outsourcing.

Traditional third-party outsourcing comes in two main forms:

  • Project-based outsourcing is considered to be the most appropriate for development of software with well-defined requirements and deliverables. It is suitable for irregular but on-going or one-off projects. On-site presence may be required to facilitate estimating, specification and relationship management. Typical pricing models are Time and Materials (T&M) and Fixed Price.
  • Dedicated development center model caters for software with changing requirements, maintenance and support of large systems, research and development, testing as well as other types of complex ongoing medium- or long-term tasks. In this type of engagement vendor provides necessary facilities and allocates a team that works only on account’s projects and is managed by customer representative. This option is usually preferred when resource requirements are low. The customer is charged fixed monthly fee per full-time employee (FTE).

Captive Operations

When considering how to organize the remote delivery of software development services, captive subsidiary option often does not receive full consideration in comparison to outsourcing. While it is generally accepted to outsource certain non-crucial activities, in certain cases this approach is inappropriate for core functions and critical activities. Decision to take work offshore/nearshore doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to outsource it. Use of remote resources for the delivery of functions close to core business while retaining operational control and benefiting from real cost advantages can be achieved by means of setting up captive facility, thus keeping work within the company.

Captive model means that customer organization makes strategic decision to create its presence in the lower cost location and conduct work there as a part of its own operations. The activities are performed remotely, but they are not outsourced to the vendor. Thus the customer is able to retain full control and mitigate respective risks associated with intellectual property and other sensitive business information.

Organizations that want to establish captive centers have similar goals as those deploying traditional enterprise or shared services operations. In the first place captives are supposed to lower cost through labor arbitrage. But recent research shows that buyers are seeking not only cheaper but skilled labor at offshore/nearshore locations. They want to obtain competitive advantage and gains from process improvements. In order to avoid risks of underutilizing captive capacities, organizations must thoroughly assess their long-term operational requirements and predict service needs that …

The Beauty of the Seasons

The Beauty of the Seasons

Spring, summer, fall, and winter- each season comes to us in each quarter of the year. Each has their own individual environment, but they each share something in common. They carry a unique, sometimes hidden beauty about them. Do you ever notice that despite of the harshness, or the gloominess of certain seasons, they always make the environment eye catching? Well they do!

The Beauty of Spring

When the season of Spring comes, the first thing that arrives is the melting of winter’s snow, and ice, and followed by pouring rain, and dark cloudy skies. Now you must be wondering: “What is so beautiful about rain in the spring?” or “Rain is annoying.” Well rain, and dark clouds doesn’t seem very interesting, but the aftermath of such weather is what carries the beauty. Every rainfall that ends, brings a beautiful rainbow – flowers, and trees began to, spring up, and bloom from their dormant states during winter, making the environment breathtaking.

The Beauty of Summer

Summer is the hottest season of the year, and often a favorite season by many. It’s the time where students are out of school, and where families often go on the most fun vacation. Summer brings out the most clearest day, and night skies, out of the four seasons. The trees, and flowers are at it’s complete blooms during this season, in which draws in noticeable insects such as butterflies, and fireflies. With this, these are the traits that gives summer it’s beauty.

The Beauty of Fall

This season is one of the most beautiful, and unique of the four seasons, because of the changing of the leaves in trees. The leaves changes from green to many color shades, such as orange, yellow, and red, and sometimes a color mixed between them. It signifies the ending of summer, and the soon to come winter seasons. The colors of the leaves paint an breath-taking, soothing scenery in the environment. This is what makes Fall so popular.

The Beauty of Winter

Winter is the coldest of all the seasons, and also the most majestic. Snow, and ice cover the grounds, and the dormant trees, creating almost a new world. When the sun is out during the day, it makes the snow much more brighter, and beautiful to look at, but at night snow is just as beautiful, if not more. When the moon is out, and it’s light reflects unto the snow, and ice, it causes them to glitter like diamonds almost, creating a serene scenery.

Isn’t it amazing how nature works in this world? Next time you walk outside during one of these seasons, take a little time to take in their beauty.…

Fashion Yesterday and Today

Fashion Yesterday and Today

We are living in a world surrounded by numerous things that are either related to the technology, the latest gadgets or the latest fashion. And Fashion today has made its significance felt in almost all sectors of life. Fashion can be termed into two groups: One group which follows fashion trends and adopts them and the other group who create fashion and style statements for the others to follow them. It can also be extended to another set of people who rarely have anything to do with fashion trends but yet follow their own style to create their own unique personality; adding one more style to the fashion world.

Fashion is not just about cosmetics and make up or the hair-do. It is a sense of creating the charisma of looking good in anything you wear and this magic is created with the right kind of accessories going along with the foot wear and the clothes, making up a pleasant picture to view. Many a times, people who do not afford to buy expensive clothes look their best in their casual wear, just by presenting themselves in that manner of sophistication and creating an aura around them with the confidence of looking good.

There are myriad forms of fashion, and trends keep on changing with the seasons. From the early 60s and 70s to the present millennium, there has been an immense change in the forms, looks and thoughts about fashion trends.

In India, much of fashion has been influenced by the Hindi Film Industry, popularly called Bollywood. The trends that have changed through time can be fairly seen in the movies made during the 60s and 70s and how they have evolved in various forms bringing about a style that can be followed by the general public. People have aped the west from very early times and this was no exception. The clothes made in the 60s and 70s were very much influenced by the western countries and given a traditional touch. The Bell Bottoms, scarves and the hair style was very much prevalent in those days as an icon of style. Later in the 80s and 90s, Fashion world sizzled like never before. There was a craving by the people to look different, stylish and modern and this could be seen in their outlook towards their outfit, new styles of hair, makeup, accessories like purses, earrings, necklaces, matching footwear etc.

People were conscious about each and every new thing that was marketed and they copied the styles from their Bollywood idols. Bollywood started as a platform for theatre artistes and went on to become a commercial entry to the youths and aspirants for a career in the film and fashion industry. This gave the youth of today to emphasize on the fashion world. Art and music have become an inseparable thing of the past and so it is deeply rooted in the present as well with more features and facilities.

Today fashion, art, music, designers, dance etc all …

Laws of Power for Women: Guard Your Reputation

Laws of Power for Women: Guard Your Reputation

I am a fan of the 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene. It is unfortunate that I didn’t find this book when I was in college. I think things would have been a lot different for me if I had.

Though I don’t go by every law stated in the book (because most of them could turn you into a deceptive, slimy type of person) some of them speak directly to women. And if we’re going to seriously have a talk about women’s empowerment then this is a good place to start.

I think that young girls starting at 18 should read more about the laws of power. At the very least they should understand them. Especially those girls who are going to be entering the real world or the corporate world at some point in the future. If you’re not at least aware of the power plays that are going on all around you, you’re more likely to fall victim to them.

Not to mention, heterosexual girls 18 and over are in “the snakepit.” Many are very vulnerable to meeting the wrong men who only want to use and abuse a naive young girl.

Even women 40 and older can benefit from learning the laws of power. But for now in this series I’m just going to point out a few of the laws that I think women of all ages should know ASAP. Some of it may seem obvious, but a lot of women sure don’t act like they know!

Greene’s 5th law is “So Much Depends on Reputation – Guard it With Your Life.”

A Woman’s Reputation

Your reputation as a woman precedes you. In some cases it follows you too. If you run in one or more tight social circles you’ll come face to face with this law a lot.

For example, some guys will only talk to a woman within their social circle because they’ve heard she’s easy. So while that girl is thinking “yay he’s so into me” he’s really plotting and making a measured bet that he’ll get sex soon based on what he knows of her reputation.

So if you’ve ever seen a girl who has a bad reputation or is not particularly appealing who somehow gets all of the attention from guys, don’t envy her. Pity her. It’s possible she might just be a target. That is an unhappy and powerless situation to be in.

The type of men who will approach you usually depends both on your reputation and how you present yourself as a woman. If your reputation is that of a confident, smart and respectable lady, the Jersey Shore douchey type of guy is probably going to stay far far away.

And even with strangers or people you’ve just recently met you are airing out your reputation, whether you intend to or not. For instance, let’s talk about sleeping with a man on the first or second date.

Come on ladies, we have to be realistic here. …

Promotion "Above the Line" and "Below the Line"

Promotion "Above the Line" and "Below the Line"

Promotion can be loosely classified as “above the line” and “below the line” promotion. The promotional activities carried out through mass media like television, radio, newspaper etc. is above the line promotion.

The terms ‘below-the-line’ promotion or communications, refers to forms of non-media communication, even non-media advertising. Below-the-line promotions are becoming increasingly important within the communications mix of many companies, not only those involved in fmcg products, but also for industrial goods.

Some of the ways by which companies do BTL (below the line) promotions are by exhibitions, sponsorship activities, public relations and sales promotions like giving freebies with goods, trade discounts given to dealers and customers, reduced price offers on products, giving coupons which can be redeemed later etc.

BELOW THE LINE SALES PROMOTION

Below the line sales promotions are short-term incentives, largely aimed at consumers. With the increasing pressure on the marketing team to achieve communication objectives more efficiently in a limited budget, there has been a need to find out more effective and cost efficient ways to communicate with the target markets. This has led to a shift from the regular media based advertising.

A definition of below-the-line sales promotion given by Hugh Davidson:

‘An immediate or delayed incentive to purchase, expressed in cash or in kind, and having only a short term or temporary duration’.

Methods of below the line sales promotion

1. Price promotions

Price promotions are also commonly known as” price discounting”. These can be done in two ways:

(1) A discount to the normal selling price of a product, or

(2) More of the product at the normal price.

Price promotions however can also have a negative effect by spoiling the brand reputation or just a temporary sales boost (during the discounts) followed by a lull when the discount would be called off.

2. Coupons

Coupons are another, very versatile, way of offering a discount. Consider the following examples of the use of coupons:

– On a pack to encourage repeat purchase

– In coupon books sent out in newspapers allowing customers to redeem the coupon at a retailer

– A cut-out coupon as part of an advert

– On the back of till receipts

The key objective with a coupon promotion is to maximize the redemption rate – this is the proportion of customers actually using the coupon.

It must be ensured when a company uses coupons that the retailers must hold sufficient stock to avoid customer disappointment.

Use of coupon promotions is often best for new products or perhaps to encourage sales of existing products that are slowing down.

3. Gift with purchase

The “gift with purchase” is a very common promotional technique. In this scheme, the customer gets something extra along with the normal good purchased. It works best for

– Subscription-based products (e.g. magazines)

– Consumer luxuries (e.g. perfumes)

4. Competitions and prizes

This is an important tool to increase brand awareness amongst the target consumer. It can be used to boost up sales for temporary period and ensure …

The Most Romantic Wedding Traditions from Around the World: Germany, Russia & Ireland

The Most Romantic Wedding Traditions from Around the World: Germany, Russia & Ireland

If you’d like to add a slice of your heritage to your wedding ceremony, you’re not alone. Millions of couples are embracing their ancestry and choosing to incorporate some of the best traditions from around the world in their ceremonies here at home. Here are some of the most interesting wedding traditions you might find if you attended a wedding in Germany, Russia or Ireland. If you or your family are from one of these countries, why not try adding some phrases from your ancestor’s native tongue in your wedding vows for a truly memorable touch!

Germany

To fund her future wedding, when a baby girl is born in Germany, several trees are planted and tended throughout her childhood. When she is to be married, the trees are sold to pay for her wedding and to act as a dowry. To help defray costs of a honeymoon, friends and family of the wedding couple will make a newspaper or newsletter featuring pictures and articles about the couple’s youth. This newsletter is sold at the wedding.

A German wedding can last up to three days. There is first a civil ceremony, then the following day is a traditional ceremony. Finally on the third day is a religious ceremony. Guests bring old dishes to the second night’s party to break, and the couple sweeps them up. This symbolizes that their home will never be broken.

As the wedding couple leaves the church, they throw coins to the children who have attended. A customary tradition is for the best man to steal the bride and take her to a local pub, where they drink champagne and hide.

The groom must find them, and pay for all they drank. Also, before leaving the reception hall, guests block the door and demand payment from the groom (usually in the form of a promise of a party) before they allow the wedding couple to leave for their honeymoon.

Russia

What are referred to in western society as wedding rings are in Russia called engagement rings. These plain gold bands are worn on the ring finger of the right hand. When a person is widowed or divorced, they will move the ring to the left hand. The groom pays for the ring, although the couple chooses them together.

A holdover from the days of communism is a procession of cars that arrives at the ceremony. Since large cars were a sign of wealth, effort is made to rent one for the bride and groom. In addition, guests to the wedding will each drive to the wedding alone to increase the size of the procession. The groom traditionally takes the bride to the church, but before he is allowed to do so, he must pass a series of challenges put up by her family and friends, including trivia questions, physical obstacles, and even an actual climb up to the bride’s window.

Marriage ceremonies are held in the licensing office, and must be witnessed. Although church weddings are held, …

Advantages Of Building Plastic Models Kits Over Video Games

Advantages Of Building Plastic Models Kits Over Video Games

People have found many different ways to spend their spare time. Models and hobbies allow individuals to expand their horizons and keep their minds active while enjoying their leisure time. Playing video games has become one of the leading ways to spend one’s time when not working. However, it might be wise to consider the advantages of building plastic models kits over video games.

Plastic model figures can be created of boats, cars, planes, and/or even spacecraft. They can be built to any scale one desires, though 1:24 is the most common. They can also be designed and built with different levels of complexity.

As hobbies go, the items can teach skills that video games cannot. One of the first things one will learn from assembling a model is how to plan out a project in steps. One must choose a starting point and an order in which the parts are to be assembled so that the finished project looks the way one wants it to. Most kits come with a set of instructions, but there is a choice of whether to follow them in precise order or change the order up to make assembly more convenient.

It has long been said that patience is a virtue. While video games can be entertaining, they do nothing to teach one about patience. Assembling a model, on the other hand, teaches one how to be patient. This is because the glue used in assembly must be allowed to dry before one moves to the next step. Failure to do so could result in parts that have been put together falling apart under strain.

Video game companies have long touted the development of hand/eye coordination as a benefit of playing their products. However, assembling small pieces can take this farther than simply learning to push buttons. One must focus on placement of parts in the correct positions in order to assure being able to finish the project.

In addition, assembling plastic models kits can go a long way toward preparing one for a career. There are a wide range of occupations that depend on a scale model to make their jobs easier. Scientists used such items to represent things that are too small to see with the naked eye or too large to contain. Architects and engineers use scale models to visualize and design buildings, bridges, and other structures. Assembling plastic models as a child can help one learn how to place pieces in an intricate item that will be useful later.…

Portrayal of War and Women in Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man

Portrayal of War and Women in Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man

George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man is a drama revolving around the War between the Serbians and the Bulgarians. The story depicts Bluntschili, a mercenary for the Serbians being rescued by Raina the protagonist. Raina associated to the prominent Petkoff family is also in love with Captain Sergius who is able to secure a massive victory for the Serbians at Silivinitza. The rest of the play takes place in the home of the Petkoff family. Bluntschili returns to the home and returns a coat belonging to Raina's father. In it was Raina's portrait and a written inscription: 'To My Chocolate Cream Soldier'. When Raina's father demanded the coat, she was able to artfully dodge and remove the inscription.

War is portrayed as a semi-comic antic by Shaw. Both the comic side and the tragic side of war are depicted with an authentic tinge. Raina's room is invaded by Blutnschili the Serbian mercenary. He is covered with mud and blood and is escaping the Bulgarians. Raina takes pity on him and protects him even though she is a Bulgarian. When the Bulgarian soldiers enter her room she brilliantly hides him behind the curtain. Raina becomes a pacifist.

As a mercenary soldier Bluntschili is depicted comically. His revolver does not have bullets and like a small school kid he carries chocolates with him. When Raina hands him chocolate to eat, he goes to the extent of emptying the carton by scrubbing it with his hands and finishing up everything. Raina becomes affectionate towards him and labels him as: 'My Chocolate Cream soldier'. Bluntschili is a child archetype who is least concerned about the seriousness of war. When his life is in danger, he takes protection in Raina's room. Through Bluntschili we come to understand that war is a tragic comedy, an anathema, a volcano that injures peoples mind and bodies. Bluntschili is little bothered about who side wins the war. He is not courageous enough to fight back and tries to save his own skin. Through Raina, we come to understand that even in battle enemies can become friends, a quality that it is basic human instinct to be existentially kind to the other. Raina is prophet of non violence even though her romantic inclinations converge with men being in war and being intrepid, daring and courageous.

Sergius the would-be husband of Raina is characterized as a brave soldier. He by overruling the orders of his superiors makes bold cavalry charge and wins the battle for the Bulgarians at Silivinitza. Sergius is portrayed as a man with war like qualities. Raina and Catherine her mother rejoice at the Bulgarian victory and they feel proud that would be son-in-law and husband is successful at thwarting enemies. The serious aspect of war is given a room for thought through this character.

The two contrasting personality types engaged in war shows ambivalence in Shaw's depiction. People by their very nature are peaceful and war is satirized as a comic adventure through the character of …

How Important Is The Beauty Industry?

How Important Is The Beauty Industry?

Beauty industry is all about the field of cosmetology and its importance cannot be denied. Looking good and beautiful has been the preference of all men and women from the beginning. If you search the history you will find different beauty therapies were used even in the primitive times. This has now become an industry with millions of people working at improving the products and services to make people look good.

Nowadays we get different treatments to look beautiful because appreciating beauty and being appreciated is in human nature. As far as physical beauty is concerned people like to have clean and clear face with glowing complexion. Well groomed thick long hair is also a sign of beauty. Smart and fit body makes you attractive. Spotless and fair skin appeals to everyone and clean body makes you more beautiful. Soft hands and well groomed nails are also appreciated by people. And this is the reason why beauty industry came into being. People who work in this industry are called beauticians or cosmetologists.

To become a cosmetologist you need to get education from a beauty college. You can find plenty of institutions offering courses related to the beauty industry. Such beauty colleges teach their students professional skills which help them become good beauticians.

There is no doubt that beauty industry has become very important for the entire world and the reasons are mentioned here.

  • These beauty colleges produce talented and skilled beauticians who make people look much better.
  • Beauty salons help a person to look younger that brings out their confidence back.
  • People who suffer from burns or scars can get rid of them through different therapies.
  • Well groomed people always give a better and polished impression. You can see that beautiful appearance helps you to get job easily.
  • Application of cosmetic is very important; correctly applied make up high lights your beauty. This is all taught in a beauty college.
  • It is a fact that you receive more respect when you look good.
  • Beauty industry is not about physical appearance only. Oil massages give relaxation to the entire body. That is why when you feel good you look much better.
  • Beauty industry is a strong source of income for many people.
  • Showbiz industry also depends on the cosmetologists.
  • With the advent of different media in our lives; personal appearance now matters more to people, this has increased their dependency on this industry.

So we can say that all of us are dependent on this industry in one way or the other. If you also want to become a part of this important industry then you can get enrolled into a well repute beauty college and serve the mankind.…