Basic Photography – Jeff Curto

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Basic Photography

Jeff Curto

Genre: Photography

Publish Date: January 11, 2014

Publisher: Silver Grapes Press, LLC

Seller: Jeff Curto


From an overview of the components of a camera to an exploration of exposure, aperture, shutter speed, lenses, depth of field, composition and more, this book will help you get started on the path to mastering the medium of photography.  Whether you've just picked up a camera for the first time or you've been photographing for a long time, you'll find the details of how photography works, both technically and aesthetically from an author with more than 30 years of experience teaching photography at the college level.

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Next Level Basic (Unabridged) – Stassi Schroeder

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Next Level Basic (Unabridged)

Stassi Schroeder

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 12.99

Publish Date: April 16, 2019

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Episode 410 Scott Adams: Green New Deal (GND), Universal Basic Income (UBI), Trump Tweets

Topics: 

  • Green New Deal (GND) contains Universal Basic Income (UBI)
  • UBI is money for free…for everyone, even if “unwilling to work”
  • The payoff for working remains: more resources and a better life
    • It’s almost guaranteed that in my lifetime, UBI will happen
  • UBI is to allow minimal survivable life capability, a safety net
    • like…Social Security, food stamps, welfare
  • GND might not contain anything that’s practical or possible
    • But GND is directionally positive
  • The Congressional border budget plan won’t be supported…
    • …by the border control experts
    • Congress is NOT a functional body for this issue
  • Declaring a national emergency solution…supported by the experts
    • Congress isn’t able to provide a solution supported by experts
  • CNN isn’t as rabidly anti-Trump lately, what changed?
    • 8,000 lies in two years supposedly, did any of them matter?
    • There’s no examples of damage from POTUS hyperbole
    • Trade wars are stupid!  Hmm…new deals are better for us
  • Old China trade deal allowed stealing our intellectually property
    • New deal is stalled, cause they want to continue the stealing
  • “Presidential Harassment” is smart, good framing
  • Elizabeth Warren’s apology tour is beyond cringe worthy
    • She comes across as weak and apologetic

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The Basic Beginner’s Guide to Photography Light & Exposure – Scott Bourne & Richard Harrington

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The Basic Beginner’s Guide to Photography Light & Exposure

Scott Bourne & Richard Harrington

Genre: Photography

Publish Date: January 10, 2013

Publisher: Think Tap Learn

Seller: Richard Harrington LLC


Through the years, we’ve heard countless requests for a basic photo guide. At Photofocus.com, we’ve published thousands of articles to help photographers at all levels. However we realize that those new to photography seek a clear place to start (plus a good refresher course never hurts anybody).  If you’re new to photography this book is for you.It will help you through the jargon and give you a solid start. This book contains inspirational examples as well as detailed walk-throughs, interactive images, quizzes, and movies. If you want a strong, simple guide that covers the basics of making good photographs with a digital camera, keep reading.

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Basic Tracks #1: Microphone Placement – Eric M. Van Wagner

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Basic Tracks #1: Microphone Placement

For Beginners

Eric M. Van Wagner

Genre: Music

Publish Date: June 10, 2015

Publisher: VanGo Books

Seller: Eric Van Wagner


The Basic Tracks series is intended as a way to cover the most basic concepts of recording and sound reinforcement for the benefit of someone just starting to explore the world of audio. This series is not designed to give you pro tips and advice. The intent is to present some basic, tried-and-true methods to get an absolute beginner off on the right foot. The products and companies that are mentioned in this series have been chosen because they are proven industry standards. This series is not sponsored by any manufacturer or service provider.

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Basic Audio Mixing Techniques – Duncan Ferguson

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Basic Audio Mixing Techniques

A beginners guide for improving the quality of your audio recordings.

Duncan Ferguson

Genre: Music

Publish Date: November 6, 2017

Publisher: Learning Ideas Limited

Seller: Learning Ideas Limited


This is designed for music teachers, students and podcasters.  It provides concise and effective techniques for improving the quality of any audio that you record.

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10 basic fashion rules

As every man knows, looking effortlessly fashionable often requires, ironically, a whole lot of effort. You might not know the first thing about buying a suit and tie, but fret not—we’ll tell you what you need to know.

1. How to tie the perfect tie

Why?
A lot of guys don’t have to wear a tie every day, but it is a basic staple in the modern man’s wardrobe arsenal. It’s like tying a shoe—once you know, you know. It just takes a little repetition and practice. But once you get it down, you’re ready for that interview, wedding, funeral, or any other event that guys who refuse to wear suits end up wearing a suit to.

How:
You can find a description on the thetiebar.com.


2. How your shirt should fit

Why?
There are really only two measurements you need to know when picking out your shirt: your neck size and your sleeve length. Easy, right? Knowing the proper size of your neck and sleeves will ensure a better fit, and will minimize any tailoring you may want to do to the body of the shirt.

How:
For your neck: Measure around your neck so that you graze your Adam’s apple. You should be able to comfortably fit two fingers under the measuring tape and your neck (both fingers pressing against your neck, not one beside the other adding more space outward). This gives you the room to breathe, while not being loose.

For your sleeve: Place your hand on your hip, with your arm bent at 90° (very important.) Have someone (preferably a professional, but a significant other should do, assuming they like you to look good) measure the distance from the center back of your neck (you can feel that bump from your spine about where your neck meets your torso) and go along the outer part of the arm, over the shoulder and elbow all the way to your wrist where your sleeve will end.

For your body: Dress shirts come in a variety of vague sizes. What the hell do they all mean? Here is what you really need to know. You take that same trusty measuring tape used to make that neck fit and that sleeve length right, and you take two quick measurements. First, around the widest part of your chest. It probably lands somewhere around the nipple. Don’t make it too tight. For the second, measure around the widest part of the belly (so about your belly button.) This should be a comparable measurement to your chest, and now you know your torso measurements. You can bring them up when shirt shopping, or reference the size guide when looking online. It will help determine if you need a “Slim” “Regular” or “Classic” fit, or whatever the store’s variation may be. The key in this is being open to tailoring. Off the rack, by definition, means it was not made for your body alone. Yes, you can find some great fitting options, but if you can’t find the one that is right in the neck, sleeves, and body, take it to a tailor.


3. How your suit jacket should fit

Why?
Few things look sloppier or less professional than a man in an ill-fitting suit. That’s why you never see James Bond, Ryan Gosling, or the president in a sloppy suit. These men expect to be taken seriously, dammit. So an easy way to command attention and respect is to get a suit that fits. Let’s start with the jacket.

How:
The shoulder of the jacket should hit the broadest part of your shoulders and lightly graze the arm as it falls. Your movement should be slightly restricted. It’s a nice suit, not fitness gear. The lapel should not bow up across your pecs. (But if you’re constantly bench-pressing, this might happen, but your super-strong chest will make up for the less-ideal fit.) The TOP button of a two-button jacket, or the MIDDLE button of a three-button jacket should fit snug, but not pull. The bottom button always remains open. Having a button closed when standing without pulling is just about perfect. Your sleeve length, conservatively, should hit at the point where your wrist meets your hand, with your shirt cuff falling between 1/4″ and 3/4″ below the jacket. Feeling a little more fashion-forward? Shorten your shirt and suit by 1/2-3/4″, keeping the ration of jacket and shirt cuff the same. Slimmer, shorter suits (jacket and pants as well) are more of the “trendy” suit compared to the “classic” length.

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4. How your suit pants should fit

Why?
So they match the fit of your nicely tailored jacket. And don’t rip. Or look crazy.

How:
This one isn’t hard, but perhaps more complex than you may have thought. Here are a few things to think about:

1. The obvious place to start is the waist and seat. The waist (the actual waistband) should be snug but not tight, so that it can stay up on its own. The seat (the seam between your two back pockets) should fit slim to the body to avoid any sag. Do NOT put your wallet in your back pocket while wearing a suit, it will just ruin your pants much faster than if you keep it in your jacket pocket.
2. You want the leg to be slim, yet comfortable. These super-slim suits may look good on a lanky guy standing up, but we’re betting you sit a lot more than you stand. So leave a fair bit of room without covering up your fit physique with too much excess fabric.
3. The pant break: This is up to you, but the rule of thumb is that the slimmer the suit, the less the break. And the break is reserved solely for the front of the pant. If you’re getting what is commonly referred to as a “back break,” meaning the pants are starting to rumple around the back of your shoes, take the hemline up a notch—you’re getting into slouch territory.

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5. Own an analog watch

Why?
Because you’re a grown up. And an analog watch won’t go out of style while we’re still around. So own it: It only ups your style street cred.

How:
There are so many great watches, it’s too hard to suggest just one. We love these for all different occocians, for starters. And if you’re new to the watch game, here’s a little help in starting your new watch collection.


6. How to apply cologne correctly

Why?
Over-spraying can be a real turnoff. Added fragrance of any kind is intended to enhance, not offend.

How:
You have a couple options here:

1. Spray at the pulse points, or the points where your body release heat (not your arm pit or anywhere that also releases body odor). This is the back and the front of the wrists (and I add the center of a bare chest, for good measure.) This allows the fragrance to have a slower release. Then, spray once toward the front of your shirt after you’re dressed as you head out the door. Done.

2. Get dressed, then spray and walk through. A classic method. The fragrance won’t stay on clothing as much through out the day, so it’s less intense. But for a more concentrated fragrance and a more sensitive nose, this method is the way to go.


7. How to read a care label

Why?
So you can wash your own clothes. Are you still living at your mom’s house?

How:
There are just a few thing that you really need to know:

  • Dots – 1 means wash on Low/Cold, 2 means Medium/Warm, 3 means High/Hot
  • Underlined – 1 means Permanent Press, 2 means Delicate/Gentle

Symbols:

  • A bucket with water – Wash
  • Triangle – Bleach
  • Circle in a Square – Tumble Dry (Look for Dots or Lines)
  • Square alone – Dry (The picture will look like what it is indicating: Line/Hang Dry, Drip Dry, Dry Flat)
  • Iron – Iron (That’s an easy one)
  • Circle – Dry Clean (So “X” out means Do NOT Dry Clean)

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8. How to buy jeans

Why?
When you have a good pair of jeans, people notice. Yet, many men dread buying jeans and buy baggy pairs that do nothing for them.

How:
Denim stretches out. Most people forget that when purchasing. You want to have them fit slightly tight, approaching uncomfortable, but not fully. You still need to button them, obviously. If the waist is a little big but the thighs feel slim, but not cutting off circulation, get them. Wear them a few times, then take in the waist. You would be surprised with how many people have their jeans tailored, even if just a little bit. The leg on the jean should be a little baggy. You want it to look casual. Now, don’t mistake causal for sloppy, as many do. A pair of jeans can still be comfortable and look good. It’s not impossible. You want the fabric to create about two natural “creases” at the bottom of each leg. This way they have a little extra fabric, but they aren’t bunched up.

*Pro tip*: Buy two or three pairs. Once you find a pair that works, I can pretty much guarantee you will want to wear those, and only those, every day. Stock up.


9. How to iron a shirt

Why?
A man should know how to iron his shirt. A crisp shirt not only looks the part, but it shows you care. And what happens when your dress shirt gets bunched up in your carry-on for that important trip? There’s always an iron and a board in a hotel room. Take advantage of it.

How:
Put water in the iron first. Set to COTTON (assuming your dress shirt is cotton, like most).

1. Iron the collar first. Maybe add a little starch just to keep it crisp. Start underneath, and finish on the outside.
2. Follow by ironing the cuffs, also inside first, followed by outside.
3. Then iron the sleeves. The trick here is to make sure the fabric is very smooth and laid down flat. Glide the iron out to the seam on the outside of the shirt. (This is a good time to mention that the water spray on the iron is good for pesky wrinkles.)
4. Iron the front of the shirt. It’s easier than it looksyou just have to be a little patient. Start with the button side, and work the iron around them carefully. Then, move onto the other side and iron it slowly as well.
5. Iron the back of the shirt, flat on the board, allowing all the other fabric to lay down nicely.


10. How to notice a good pair of dress shoes

Why?
They are more important than you think because they’re literally the foundation of any outfit. And they leave a lasting impression. It’s a simple nonverbal statement that says, “I actually give a shit.” If maintained, they are a worthwhile investment. We live in a disposable world, but it doesn’t mean everything has to be. Purchasing a nice pair of shoes that are meant to form around your foot will be more comfortable in the long run, saving you money from buying cheap pair after cheap pair after cheap pair. Don’t wear dress shoes often? All the more reason to have a great pair on standby to impress those who know you as the T-shirt-and-jeans guy.

How:
1. Look for the following key terms to know that your shoes are well-made:

“Full-Grain” – Leather that has not been sanded down, or “corrected” to be smooth. It could contain imperfections and texture.
“Vegetable Dyed” – Natural dyes that age better than chemicals or “chrome” dying, which achieves an unnatural even color and can’t be properly shined.
“Goodyear Welted” – Stitch the soles of the shoe to the uppers, or the leather part, allowing the shoe to breathe and re-sole easily instead of “cemented,” which is using glue to hold the sole and upper together.

With regular maintenance, a pair of $ 300 shoes will last you a very, very long time, and will only look better with age.


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How to Read Music – Basic Music Theory 101 – Gary Snyder

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How to Read Music – Basic Music Theory 101

Gary Snyder

Genre: Music

Publish Date: September 21, 2013

Publisher: GSPublications

Seller: Gary Snyder


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How to Read Music – Basic Music Theory 101 – Gary Snyder

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How to Read Music – Basic Music Theory 101

Gary Snyder

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Publish Date: September 21, 2013

Publisher: GSPublications

Seller: Gary Snyder


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How to Read Music – Basic Music Theory 101 – Gary Snyder

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How to Read Music – Basic Music Theory 101

Gary Snyder

Genre: Music

Publish Date: September 21, 2013

Publisher: GSPublications

Seller: Gary Snyder


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Basic Photography – Jeff Curto

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Basic Photography

A Beginner’s Guide to the Essential Elements of Photography

Jeff Curto

Genre: Photography

Publish Date: January 11, 2014

Publisher: Silver Grapes Press, LLC

Seller: Jeff Curto


From an overview of the components of a camera to an exploration of exposure, aperture, shutter speed, lenses, depth of field, composition and more, this book will help you get started on the path to mastering the medium of photography.  Whether you've just picked up a camera for the first time or you've been photographing for a long time, you'll find the details of how photography works, both technically and aesthetically from an author with more than 30 years of experience teaching photography at the college level.

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Real and Simple No. 3: Answers to Your Most Basic Etiquette Questions

Number three on my list of most-asked etiquette questions includes both business and social quandaries, with answers to help you move gracefully through your day.

When applying for a job, is it okay to ask about salary range? As a job candidate, you are within your rights to ask about salary range. It’s not okay to ask how you measure up against other candidates.

When out to lunch on a job interview, is it okay to order a sandwich? Job interview food can be tricky. It’s okay to order a sandwich, but steer clear of spaghetti. No one wants red sauce on his or her white shirt. The best choice would be grilled meat or fish.

Is it okay to serve liqueurs during lunch? Liqueurs are not served with lunch unless the event is a formal diplomatic affair.

Should children be admitted to live theatre? Of course children are meant to attend theater staged expressly for them, but as a general rule they should not attend live theatre for adults; they are simply too fidgety and can disturb other patrons.

Do you have to RSVP when you cannot attend an event? It’s always courteous to respond, whether the answer is yes or no.

In the English style of service, is the food presented on a platter then plated at a nearby table? This style of service is Russian. The English style is when food is presented on platters and you serve yourself (see Downton Abbey).

To engage in small talk, do you only need to read the headlines of a newspaper? A good rule is to know a little about a lot of things. Read anything and everything, not just the headlines. And don’t forget the sports section!

When setting the table with place cards, should you add the person’s honorific? You may add Dr., as in Dr. Samuel Johnson, but not academic degrees, as in Samuel Johnson, Ph.D.

After listening to a speaker, is it okay to ask questions? Most speakers appreciate an audience interested enough to ask questions. If you are responding to something the speaker said, repeat the remark before you ask your question.

When taking a telephone message, should you always ask a person why he or she is calling? No, the reason for the call should not be asked. The person answering the phone should simply ask the caller’s name, repeat and confirm the message, and ask how the call can be returned.

Lisa Mirza Grotts is a recognized etiquette expert, an on-air contributor, and the author of A Traveler’s Passport to Etiquette. She is a former director of protocol for the city and county of San Francisco and the founder and CEO of The AML Group (Lisagrotts.com), certified etiquette and protocol consultants. Her clients range from Stanford Hospital to Cornell University and Levi Strauss. She has been quoted by Condé Nast Traveler, InStyle magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times. To learn more about Lisa, follow her on Twitter.com/LisaGrotts and Facebook.com/LisaGrotts.

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Basic Tracks #1: Microphone Placement – Eric M. Van Wagner

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Basic Tracks #1: Microphone Placement

For Beginners

Eric M. Van Wagner

Genre: Music

Publish Date: June 10, 2015

Publisher: VanGo Books

Seller: Eric Van Wagner


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Basic Etiquette Questions No. 3: Test Yourself!

Here’s No. 3 on my list of “most asked” etiquette questions about those thorny situations we confront every day. Test yourself on your knowledge of basic etiquette, and look for the answers in my next post.

• When applying for a job, is it okay to ask about salary range?

• When out to lunch on a job interview, is it okay to order a sandwich?

• Is it okay to serve liqueurs during lunch?

• Should children be admitted to live theatre?

• Do you have to RSVP when you cannot attend an event?

• In the English style of service, is the food presented on a platter then plated at a nearby table?

• To engage in small talk, do you only need to read the headlines of a newspaper?

• When setting the table with place cards, should you add the person’s honorific?

• After listening to a speaker, is it okay to ask questions?

• When taking a telephone message, should you always ask a person why he or she is calling?

Lisa Mirza Grotts is a recognized etiquette expert, an on-air contributor, and the author of A Traveler’s Passport to Etiquette. She is a former director of protocol for the city and county of San Francisco and the founder and CEO of The AML Group (Lisagrotts.com), certified etiquette and protocol consultants. Her clients range from Stanford Hospital to Cornell University and Levi Strauss. She has been quoted by Condé Nast Traveler, InStyle magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times. To learn more about Lisa, follow her on Twitter.com/LisaGrotts and Facebook.com/LisaGrotts.

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Number 2 on my list of “most asked” etiquette questions includes both business and social quandaries and how to address them. Test yourself by going through this list, then look for the answers in my next weeks post, Real & Simple No. 2: Answers to Your Most Basic Etiquette Questions.

• Is the continental style of eating (fork in the left hand, knife in the right if you’re right-handed, and the opposite for lefties) considered correct in the United States?

• Is it okay to arrive late to a dinner party?

• If hosting a lunch for a client, should you choose the location?

• If your friend is disabled, is it okay to ask if he or she needs help?

• Can you use either a fork or a spoon to eat dessert?

• At a formal table setting, what is the correct height for a centerpiece?

• In a formal business letter, is it okay to use the honorific Dear Sir?

• Is the maître d’ in charge of the kitchen?

• When you arrive for a business meeting, is it okay to ask for coffee?

• When greeting a client in a restaurant, should you take the lead or let the maître d’ seat the client?

Lisa Mirza Grotts is a recognized etiquette expert, an on-air contributor, and the author of A Traveler’s Passport to Etiquette. She is a former director of protocol for the city and county of San Francisco and the founder and CEO of The AML Group (Lisagrotts.com), certified etiquette and protocol consultants. Her clients range from Stanford Hospital to Cornell University and Levi Strauss. She has been quoted by Condé Nast Traveler, InStyle magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times. To learn more about Lisa, follow her on Twitter.com/LisaGrotts and Facebook.com/LisaGrotts.

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Oprah may have her list of favorite things, but I have my list of “most asked” etiquette questions. If you want to be in the know, or simply want to know the right thing to say or do in different situations, life just got that much easier.

• If I am at at a private home and I break something, should I offer to replace it? Accidents at parties are common. If you break something, it’s basic etiquette to offer to replace the item, even though breakage is considered to be a price of home entertaining. The guest is ultimately not responsible.

When in a synagogue, am I required to wear a yamaka if I am not Jewish? Even non-Jewish men are required to wear a yamaka (a skullcap, also known as a yarmulke or a kippah) at a Jewish ceremony. Women may or may not be asked to wear one. But only Jewish men wear a tallit (a prayer shawl).

Is it okay to eat berries with my fingers? Berries are eaten with a spoon if served without stems. Berries with stems, such as strawberries, may be eaten with the fingers.

If someone accidentally uses your bread plate at a dinner, should you ask the waiter for another one? Don’t ask for another plate, as this will crowd the table. The easiest solution is to use the rim of your dinner plate.
• How many times is it appropriate to go back and forth with an email for business? Three times is the rule; then pick up the telephone.

• Is it okay to attend a Catholic funeral if I am not Catholic? Yes. Non-Catholics may attend Catholic funerals and other Masses, although they may not receive Communion.

Is it okay to take my seat if I arrive late to a talk or lecture? If you can slip in quietly, do so; otherwise, stand in the back of the room until the presentation is done.

If an employee issue arises, should I handle it myself or ask a higher authority for help? Never attempt to go to a higher authority unless you cannot take care of the problem first yourself.

How should I introduce my boss to a client? The rule is to say the most important person’s name first. In business, the client is considered the most important person, even though your boss is your superior. Simply say something along the lines of “Mr. Client, I’d like to introduce Mr. Boss, my manager. Mr. Boss, this is Mr. Client, our new client.” It doesn’t matter if the client is younger than your boss or if your boss is male or female; always introduce the client first.

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How to Read Music – Basic Music Theory 101 – Gary Snyder

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How to Read Music – Basic Music Theory 101

Gary Snyder

Genre: Music

Publish Date: September 21, 2013

Publisher: GSPublications

Seller: Gary Snyder


Basic music theory overview at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Lake Worth, Florida.

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Summer Business Attire for Women: Basic Do’s and Don’ts

It’s time to focus on your summer office wardrobe as you rotate your closet and store away the heavy winter coat until next year. Though it may be tempting to relax your wardrobe when you see your office mates come into work wearing clothes that could pass for a Saturday pizza and movie date, you’ll look and feel more professional with a few updates. I recently posted my thoughts on pulling together a fresh summer business look and have a few more tips to share.

Do build your wardrobe around some key color classics. Soft colors such gray, light blue, and champagne always look smart and sophisticated. Wear a neutral color on top and a brighter bottom, or go for tone-on-tone for a sophisticated office ready outfit.

Don’t wear heavy hosiery. Put away your black tights. While they may be your signature look in winter, a heavy opaque leg covering is uncomfortable and too dark for the summer heat. If your office dress policy requires hosiery, do your homework and find a brand that is sheer and lightweight.

Do reach for a sheath dress. I love color and you can find a wide selection of professional dresses at your nearest department store. Look for options with a short sleeve. A little stretch will also help as you dash from one meeting to the next. A sleeveless dress is a good choice if your office allows your shoulders to show, but take into consideration the corporate dress code.

Don’t make skinny jeans, leggings and yoga pants a part of your daily work routine. If you work in an office where jeans are the norm at least one day a week, add a cotton tee, a blazer and a nice pair of heels. You will be ready for a client meeting, a day at the office, and an after work happy hour. Take off the jacket and enjoy the breeze on the patio of your favorite bar or restaurant.

Do accessorize. A simple top and a great necklace, or a bold purse, an interesting scarf (worn around your neck, or the strap of your purse), a statement bracelet, or some small scale earrings will add attention grabbing detail. When you have one standout piece, minimize the rest of your jewelry. A bold lipstick can do wonders for your overall look…just go lighter on the rest of your makeup.

Don’t opt for cargo pants. If your office encourages casual wear and khaki pants are the rule of thumb, steer clear from cargo detailing. Instead, look for crisp, clean lines in a quality fabric and an appropriate length. I am often asked about cropped pants in the workplace. While some companies have no policy on ankle length slacks, others are clear about their preference for a full length trouser. Another consideration is knowing how to wear a cropped pant with your body style. Some people can pull it off marvelously, while others tend to look frumpy. Experiment with different styles and various heel heights to find the look that works best on you. If you are wearing tennis shoes with your cropped pants, it’s the wrong look altogether. Athletic shoes and flip flops are another don’t.

Do try mixing patterns. If you work in a creative environment, a striped shirt with a floral skirt, or a pinstripe blue and ivory wide leg pant with a floral shirt can be both chic and eye appealing. A pencil skirt in a geometric pattern, with a polka dot cotton blouse, can create a great look when worn with confidence.

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Taraji P. Henson’s Critics’ Choice Television Awards 2015 Dress Was Anything But Basic

Taraji P. Henson is a star on the small screen in “Empire,” but the beauty shone on the red carpet at the Critic’s Choice Television Awards 2015 in a black midi-length dress by Alexander Wang. The actress, who nabbed the award for Best Actress In A Drama Series for her role as Cookie, wore a black high-neck dress with pearl detail. Her swept-back locks showed off her minimal makeup and gorgeous toned arms.

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Basic Photography – Jeff Curto

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Basic Photography

A Beginner’s Guide to the Essential Elements of Photography

Jeff Curto

Genre: Photography

Publish Date: January 11, 2014

Publisher: Silver Grapes Press, LLC

Seller: Jeff Curto


From an overview of the components of a camera to an exploration of exposure, aperture, shutter speed, lenses, depth of field, composition and more, this book will help you get started on the path to mastering the medium of photography.  Whether you've just picked up a camera for the first time or you've been photographing for a long time, you'll find the details of how photography works, both technically and aesthetically from an author with more than 30 years of experience teaching photography at the college level.

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How To Dress For A Date Nicely – Basic Tips For Men

There are many ways to dress to impress on the first date and neither one of them involves skimpy outfits. If you are going to have a date with your dream girl, then you should keep these tips on how to dress for a date from fashion pros in mind to make a fantastic first impression.
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Best T-Shirt Bras: The Top 5 Bras You Need For Your Basic Tees

This list was assembled with data provided by Rank & Style.

Yes, there are different bras out there, and some of them just don’t do your laid-back or dressed-up tees justice. And while some of us can get away without a bra, some of us just can’t do that.

Our friends at Rank & Style rounded up a list of the best t-shirt bras for your casual needs. From editor/custumer reviews to popularity, check out the five undergarments that really got these reviewers going.

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1. Natori Understated Contour Underwire Bra, $ 64: If you’re looking for a solid band that won’t cut into you, Natori could be a perfect choice.

2. Soma Embraceable Full Coverage Bra, $ 45: If we were to see another review say how comfortable this bra is, we might begin to think this bra is a myth — but alas, it’s not.

3. Spanx Bra-llelujah Full Coverage T-Shirt Bra, $ 62: We didn’t really know that Spanx made bras, but now they’re definitely on our radar.

4. Betsey Johnson ’Stocking Stripe’ Underwire T-Shirt Bra, $ 48: For the girl who loves the frills with their bra.

5. Chantelle Intimates ’C-Chic Sexy’ Convertible Spacer Foam Bra, $ 70: It’s like buying two bras, but in one.

Head over to Rank & Style to see the complete list of top t-shirt bras. Plus, check out the best printed underwire bikinis, clutches under $ 100 and nude flat sandals.
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