Monthly Archives: June 2011

Fed Takes a Bite Out of Swipe Reform

The wait for the Fed’s rules governing debit-card swipe fees is over. But many small businesses aren’t happy about it.



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Seven Tips for Selling to Big Businesses

Many small businesses make blunders in trying to sell to Fortune 500. Here’s how to land a big account from the other side of the negotiating table:



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Clinton Kicks Off Micro-Lending Service for Hardest Hit Businesses

At this year’s Clinton Global Initiative, micro-lending platform Kiva.org makes a new commitment to still-struggling small businesses.



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All Public Clothing Review and Dress Giveaway Alert!

For the People By the People: All Public Clothing Makes a Designer Out of You!
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My All Public Clothing Review
Yesterday, “First Class Fashionista” received two dresses from All Public Clothing and I was happy to review the All Public Clothing Margo maxi. After trying it on, I never wanted to take it off. It’s 100% cotton and so comfortable, wearing it feels better than being naked– I’d never thought I’d say that. This is the first maxi dress I’ve owned, and I’m so excited because maxi dresses really are the hottest, yet most comfortable fashion trend. I recommend every Fashionista get one. In a maxi dress you look glam, but really the look is effortless.
I got the Margo dress in a small and black. The Margo is simple–with details such as silver buttons in the middle and a ruffled, instead of a tucked in, seam. Overall, it’s really quite lovely. I chose the Margo dress over the Fito because I thought I would have the opportunity to wear it more often.
All Public ClothingMargo Dress Spring 2011
The Fito dress, which we’re planning to hold a giveaway for one lucky FCF reader to win, would make a great dress for an evening out. The color is almost a steel-blue. This dress, which is heavier in material than the Margo maxi, isn’t at all simple in shape or design. The Fito dress is designed with an easy fitting halter top you can cross and knot in the back, but with a heavier layered paneled skirt stitched to create the illusion of pleats. A lace underskirt supports and enhances the body of the skirt.
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About All Public Clothing:
Ever wish you could design an article of clothing, and see it be bought and worn by a complete stranger? Ever wonder about all the red tape, or the lengths one needs to go to in order to establish themselves in the designing world or to simply see a piece come to fruition? Now anybody can be the mind behind a masterpiece with the fresh new clothing line, All Public Clothing.
All Public Clothing is an exciting new clothing line founded by Roberta Cysne with the help of her husband Anson Sowby. Roberta has worked in fashion and merchandising with great success, and has been involved with brands such as Diesel, Lucky Brand, and Colcci jeans.
But, Roberta Cysne began to question the gaping hole between what is being sold and what people really want to buy. With the encouragement of her husband, Anson Sowby, who now manages marketing and technology for their website, www.allpublicclothing.com, an idea was born– All Public Clothing. A fashion forward, trendsetting community, All Public Clothing turns your art into fashion! Roberta’s labor of love is “to create a brand that would give everyday people a voice and opportunity…”
The All Public Clothing Mission Is:
“To be a completely unique fashion brand that gives artists and everyday people a voice, an opportunity and a platform to express themselves by making clothing together.”
It works like this: Artists, creators, and everyday people just like you and me can submit a design. Then everyday people vote on who should win. The winner receives $500.00 and their design is sold at their online store and in twenty-five participating boutiques around the country. Submission periods last about 2-3 weeks. Full details, rules, and instructions for submissions can be found at http://www.allpublicclothing.com/get-involved.
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President Obama Arranges Justin Bieber Meet-Up for One Lucky Girl

President Obama Introduces Payton Wall to Justin Bieber!
Last week, 14-year-old Payton Wall from New Jersey had the meet-up of a lifetime when she met Justin Bieber through President Obama. Payton Wall wrote a 1,500 word email to President Obama explaining her life story and how she lost her father in the twin towers on 9/11. After explaining what an inspiration Bieber’s documentary, “Never Say Never” was to her, Obama agreed to arrange for her to meet Justin Bieber.
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Payton Wall and  Justin BieberPresident Barack Obama Cutout Payton and Avery Wall Justin Bieber and Madison RobersonBieber’s “Never Say Never”, Payton says, helped her cope with her father’s death and inspired her to write to the President. Justin Bieber met Payton Wall, her sister Ashley, and Madison Robertson, whose father also died on 9/11, at Macy’s in New York while promoting his new fragrance, “Someday”.
To our teen Fashionista, the new Someday perfume is sure to keep your “Bieber Fever” at 99 degrees or higher!
Originally posted at “First Class Fashionista”.
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Bikini Body Breakfast: Tasty Takes on Original Oatmeal

Bikini Body Breakfast
If you’re anything like me, you associate the thought of bland mushy oatmeal with diet food you want to avoid. I prefer the motto “if you don’t enjoy it, it’s not worth eating”, no matter how healthy it is. That’s why I strive to create delicious, healthy food. I want to open your eyes to the things you can do for oatmeal, and the things oatmeal can do for you.
Just before the summer, we shared our bikini body weight Loss and fitness tips, Increase Your Fiber Intake. Now, let’s remember why we want to love the grain. It can help lower your cholesterol, which contributes to a healthy heart. There are only 150 calories in a ½ cup dry oats, which is 1 cup prepared, and it contains a lot of fiber which helps keep you regular and keeps you full longer. Plus is contains cancer-reducing phytochemicals and a good balance of amino acids.
So, there are many things you can do to oatmeal, endless possibilities really. A teaspoon of almond butter ups the filling factor, and tastes delicious with some fresh berries. Almost any fresh fruit goes well with oatmeal, and dried fruit and nuts can be divine.
I always cook with splenda, and use it generously on my oatmeal. I also am a fan of spices. Usually it is the autumn theme—cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ginger… maybe cloves. This morning I added a few tablespoons of canned pumpkin to create a pumpkin-pie like flavor.
I added one egg white and half a scoop of whey protein powder, which I mixed in at the end. Finally, I topped it off with crystallized ginger, which I would only recommend if you like strong ginger—it can be really intense. Overall, it was filling and delicious. I wasn’t hungry again for almost five hours, so it’s a great high-protein, high fiber, low-fat tummy tightening breakfast.
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Disclaimer: Consult your doctor before changing your exercise routine or diet. We do not claim to be fitness or health experts. Try at your own risk. Results may vary.
Originally posted at “First Class Fashionista”
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Bad Teacher with Carmen Diaz and Justin Timberlake Review | First Class Fashionista

Originally posted at “First Class Fashionista”
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Hey Fashionista, What does the combination of witty humor, new roles, and a fabulous Louboutin collection equal? “Bad Teacher” with Carmen Diaz, of course! Stepping out of her normal role in romantic comedies, Cameron Diaz shows she can play with the boys in this dirty comedy.
In her role as a middle class teacher looking for a sugar daddy to marry, she finds herself competing for the best score on the state test to earn an annual bonus– Why…? For a boob job! This sultry comedy features stars Cameron Diaz, of course, Justin Timberlake, and Jason Segal.
Although I was skeptical to see this after reading several reviews, I was pleasantly surprised! Bad Teacher was hilarious! The awkward chemistry between Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake was perfect, and the flirty competitiveness between Diaz and Segal was beyond funny.
This movie is a must see for a comical date night, or a great laugh with the girls!
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The Fundamentals of Application Virtualization

The past decade has seen application virtualization become an imperative tool in the running of many businesses. More and more businesses are starting to understand the benefits its implementation can have at across their organisation.

Saying this, there are many people who are curious if application virtualization can be beneficial to their organisation. Here is a guide to the fundamentals of application virtualization, so you can see if it is relevant to your organisation.

For those not fluent in the language of computers, application virtualization can be a challenging subject. Here is the main reason why you should think about acquiring application virtualization.

The first thing you should understand about application virtualization is that it allows for an application to be run from a desktop without it having to be manually installed in the manner you will be traditionally accustomed to.

It does not bear thinking about how time consuming it would be to manually install applications on organisations with thousands of computers. I.T. personnel would be better served putting their time to other more important tasks than something as monotonous as software installation.

Application installation is an ongoing process. There will always be new applications that need installing as technology improves. It is difficult to think of a case where it will be a one-off procedure. The information technology landscape is always changing, it is important your organisation can respond and adapt.

It is because of this that many organisations are turning to professional companies to implement application virtualization at their businesses. This ensures it is being implemented by the most effective means possible, ensuring the organisation’s system management remains on the absolute cusp of the industry.

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Setting Up Your Subwoofer For Maximum Benefit

There are some people who purchase subwoofers with their stereo system, but never understand what it actually is or can do. A subwoofer is simply a loudspeaker that reproduces bass sound of frequency. Even though the range is limited they complement higher pitched sounds from any unit that has built-in speakers. If you ask any musician or enthusiast they prefer the deep tones a subwoofer can offer.

The Polk Audio PSW505 Subwoofer has a 23 Hz to 160 Hz frequency that will help offer the best musical performance when used. They are a major player in the subwoofer world starting with the 12″ long throw driver called; Klippel Optimized Woofer. This helps keep the sound from distorting, which is what most subwoofers have trouble with when used.

Back in the 60s it was a time for experimenting with music. Usually the louder the better, but the “screechy” sound wasn’t very inviting so Ken Kreisel decided to take a different approach. Over the next decade he perfected a electrostatic speaker system. This came with a woofer so the frequency range would be lower. Unfortunately it wasn’t until 1973 that the first subwoofer was tested professionally. This is was done by Steely Dan while making Pretzel Logic. Throughout the next 7 years there were various scenario, but just 3 years later we saw 300 Sensurround systems throughout several theaters. It provided a great way to help with sound effects in movies.

Subs became so popular we started seeing them in concert and movie establishments all around the country. It kept from making the sound “blast” the audience back, and instead worked with the main speakers to provide a realistic sound. Bose Acoustimass offered a 6″ driver per channel back in 1987. Almost 25 years later the Polk Audio PSW505 gives you a 12″ Bass driver, which is well above any of their competition. It also gives you a 300-watt amplifier, as well as an adjustable crossover and magnetic shielding.

If the volume is too high it can drag some subwoofers across the floor with nothing but vibration. The best way to stay away from this is check the bottom of your feet for sturdy and steady material. When you own a PSW505 Subwoofer it will come with this feature so you can test all the highs and lows for its capability. In the end you will enjoy the right balance for any movie, music show, or even video games.

20 years have gone by and now the sound has completely evolved. When you take advantage of the bass tones they will blend well with your home system for optimal performance. Placing the small main or satellite speakers near the stereo is a good choice, as well as spreading 4 or 5 others around the room. You will end up with one of the best stereo systems in your neighborhood. In fact, people will probably want to come over just to enjoy their music on your system.

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Ideas To Improve Your Singing Abilities.

Everyone can sing, at least in theory, but years of practice and coaching is needed to sing like a pro. Like most things in life, talent alone won’t take you very far, but combine talent with training and also you get brilliance. People would like to learn how to sing better for numerous reasons. Some aspire to make a career in singing whereas a few sing for his or her own pleasure and some (mostly the dilettante) try singing simply to give it a shot.

As serenading as your voice could be, vocal range, tone and pitch modulation could only be obtained through practice. If you are really centered on building a career in singing, you should hire a vocal coach. Those people who are more inclined on learning things by themselves try these tips on how to sing better.

Listen to yourself: Record your singing and listen to your own voice, have a list of what you like and that which you don’t.

Practice active listening: Tune in to as many classical and contemporary singers as you can. Note what makes their voice stand our, how they modulate tone, pitch etc. Make a list of everything you like. Use a computer system to bookmark parts of music tracks you like, or use an audio editor to chop out the specific sections.

Emulate: Once you have prepared a sufficiently long list, make sure you practice singing those segments. Buy a karaoke to help you synchronize your voice. Try various techniques and learn the way to best match your voice to that of the original singer.

Free your body: In case you really need to know how to sing better, follow your heart and your body. Enjoy singing; it should come to you naturally. In case you pressure yourself the stress will be obvious in your voice. Relax, free your body and swing to the rhythm. All professional singers make use of this technique, that’s why their voice is so relaxed and trouble-free.

Sing from the stomach: Breathe from your stomach and not from the chest. You’ll feel your diaphragm moving up and down as you breathe from your stomach. Doing so will allow you to exert finer control over air pressure and also enable you to deliver a much better pitch.

 

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