Monthly Archives: July 2018

How to Become a Fashion Model

To become a fashion model one must be of the right height, medium sized and be of 14 to 20 years. In addition, you must have a toned body and a clear skin. These are some of the basic requirements most modeling agencies ask for. However, the modeling industry is very competitive and it is not easy to succeed even when you have all these requirements. This is why it is important to learn about this industry if you are planning to become a model.

Tips to become a fashion model

1. Find a good photographer

The first thing you should do to become a fashion model is to get noticed. Mobile recruiters will notice you if you have the right qualities. They can find you in your school or in your neighborhood and take you for training. However, some times you will need to take the initiative and send photos of yourself to modeling agencies. Look for a photographer who is skilled and can take professional photo of you in different poses.

2. Look for a reputable modeling agency

A good modeling agency is the key to the success of your new career since it can get you clients. It will circulate your pictures and introduce you to new clients who may end up becoming permanent customers. However, this does not mean that it is easy to become a fashion model. It can take you years to get established and this is why it is important to get an agency with a good reputation.

3. Impress clients

The next step to become a fashion model will be to meet new clients. The first impression is very crucial when you are searching for clients hence you must be presentable. However, most models make the mistake of trying to look sophisticated by overdressing and putting on too much makeup. This is not a good idea since most clients want natural beauty. You should therefore dress in simple clothes and apply the most essential makeup. A pair of jeans, a t-shirt and medium sized heels will do for the first meeting. Also, maintain a professional attitude throughout the interview.

4. Be photogenic

The way you interact with the photographer matters a lot when you are trying to become a fashion model. The best models are the one who have a natural gift for photos and they also know how to have fun when taking pictures. When you are having fun, the photos will look natural and this is what clients are looking for. It is also good for a beginner model to have good rapport with your photographer if you want your photos to be impressive.

5. Practice, Work Hard & Don’t Give Up

The fashion model career is one of the most competitive in the modeling industry and for this reason one must have the talent and the right agency to succeed in this industry. A good modeling agency can find for you clients, but you must also work hard to become a fashion model that is reputable and once you get a breakthrough there will be no one to stop you.

Source by Bob Pardue

The Need for Innovation in Fashion

My first big purchase shortly upon moving into a beautiful apartment in Brookline and starting my first post-bachelors full time job was a set of antique bedroom furniture. The 1930's flowing lines, the intricately carved flowers, the walnut inlays, cedar lined drawings and the Bakelite draw pulls were enough for me to overlook the major drawback of the set – the dresser / armoire had only about a foot of space for hanging clothes.

This was in 2006, the high reign of fast fashion, and my closet was overstuffed with clothing from Zara, H & M, Nordstrom Rack, Filene's Basement and TJ Maxx. The multi-fiber agreement expired a year prior, online clothing sales were gaining speed and increasingly optimistic with b & m, and the ever-multiplying number of stores was flooded with a dizzying variety of inexpensive, trendy clothing. It seemed like the golden age of fashion: even with a modest entry-level salary I still barely wore a party dress more than once per season, and the plethora of my perfectly coordinated outfits could have launched a lifestyle blog. The 1930's, with the hand-produced wardrobe enough to fit into a foot of hanging space seemed very far away indeed.

Yet as could be expected in retrospect, the bubble burst. I'm not fully sure yet if it was the exposure to the socially aware and innovative spirit of Cambridge, the financial crisis of 2008 and the recession that followed, or the greater awareness of the world that greater than my addiction to the iPhone and all the news / blogs apps. The endless choices of soft printed shirts, ruffled blouses, skinny jeans, fitted dresses and a shoe collection to fit every passing fancy, were all beginning to feel stifling – more so with each and every news article about the sweatshop labor and the environmental impact of throw away fashions.

The basic way that clothing is made has not changed much since the introduction of the sewing machine. Apparel manufacturing has remained a low technology, labor-intensive process. The decreasing tariffs of the 1990's encouraged the shift of the most labor-intensive part of clothing production to industrializing countries with abundant low-cost labor and typically fewer safety regulations and government oversight. Incidentally, this also bought apparel production geographically close to raw material manufactures, such as Uzbekistan's cotton and China's leather. Shifting production from the developed to industrialized countries continued to bring the cost of garments down, while at the same time discouraging technological innovation on the production side.

The Fashion innovations of the 2000's mainly came in a form of using technology to optimize company operations. Following Zara's breakthroughs in responding to customers and bringing new concepts to the stores in as little as 3 weeks, fashion companies focused on quick turn around, increasing variety and lower production costs. The growth of the fast-fashion retailers, in combination with further lowered import barriers ,ave these companies the leakage to push for faster turn around and lower prices from the apparel manufacturers in, among other countries, China, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Tunisia.

The disaster in Bangladesh stresses the need for change in the Fashion Industry. Clothing production should never be a deadly business. Fashion, and fashion production, simply can not stay the way that it is now. While people are becoming increasingly aware of the real costs of disposable fashions, and in response are changing the ways they approach and consume fashion, the demand for clothing will continue to grow with the growing populations and improving living standards. This need for growth challenges us to envision a better fashion future.

What will be the fashion innovations of the next decade? These innovations can not simply be in design – with the globalization of the fashion industry and a fashion week happening every single week somewhere in the world, the true innovations with an impact to change the industry are unexpectedly to come from new designs using the existing materials . Simply stated, everything has been tried, and there has not been anything new in fashion design in ages.

Will the fashion innovation then come from using new materials? Recently I've come across a video featuring Bradley Quinn discussing the Fashion Future, and the material innovations currently in development. Self-cleaning clothing, clothing with embedded technology, garments that protect and make us stronger seem just around the corner. Yet how will these be produced? Perhaps they will be self-assembled, or painted-on, as some have suggested. However exciting, these ideas still seem far away from implementation.

Even if the fabrics of tomorrow are ready to be introduced in the next season, material innovations alone will not address the all of the problems currently faced by the Fashion industry. While it is easy to envision new fabrics and material technologies as supplementing the choices we have now, they are inadvertently to replace them. You might wear a self-cleaning high-tech communication suit during the day, but your most comfy pj's are still going to be flannel.

3D printing, as a concept, gives us the promise of customization. This certainly could have the answer to the desire for trendy, new pieces that capture a certain mood or tone of the moment – the very soul of fashion. Recycling 3D printed items, something that is currently being explored by some innovators, could help address the environmental impact of quickly-changing trends. One could easily envision a future where fashion is produced using 3D printers, while 'consumer items' such as socks, pj's, t-shirts and other basics are ethically and responsibly produced in industrializing or even back in industrialized countries.

Yet until every single household has a 3D printer, the challenge with 3D printing, besides the current lack of clothing appropriate materials, lies in the question of mass-production. Could 3D Printing technology evolve to allow for mass-customization? Will this mass-customization happen in mini-factories, or directly in the home? Or will another technology arise to solve the problem of fashion production? Its an interesting future we are in for, and I can not wait to find out.

Source by Paulina Perepelkin

The Advantages of Attending a Fashion Show

For some people a great time means having a party, then for others it is just being themselves and watching the latest movie or reading a book that they like. Even so, for others, there specific idea of having fun is going to a fashion show.

It is often found to be true that you might find yourself ending up being a fashion show addict after just one show. A fashion show is not just simply numerous hours of sitting and watching attractive woman walk down the catwalk in extreme outfits. It is a great deal more fun than that. You even have the opportunity to get a lot out of the show as well.

Latest News In Fashion

Clearly, if you go to a fashion show, you will get to view the latest fashions. This can assist you, even if you’re not a fashion sellout. This can help you out by giving you an idea of what particular fashion is in at the moment. Even though you may not be particularly interested in what everyone is wearing, you might be inspired to update your wardrobe just a little bit more or find some idea for a fashion that is uniquely your own.

Additionally, a fashion show can provide good entertainment when you find that the latest fashion is, well, hideous. How much fun do you think it will be to have a good laugh with your family and friends about some model who appeared wearing a lion mask and a tail when you get back home?

Goodie Bags

Even though not all fashion shows provide them, some fashion shows give out goodie bags to their attendees. Who doesn’t like free stuff? Even though you may not like all the things that goodie bag has in it, you can re-gifted at some later point to someone who you know will like it. The bigger and better the name of the fashion show, the bigger and better the goodie bag they will hand out.

Meeting People

Fashion shows typically end up being excellent social gatherings. First off, you might be able to make some new friends. You might realize that your new best friend was sitting right next to you at a fashion show admiring the same male or female model (as the case may be) that you were. Even better than that, you might meet some important people.

I am not just speaking about the beautiful models, fashion designers, or guest appearances by celebrities. I am referring to important people who could quite possibly shape your career. For example, if you’ve been trying to break into journalism. There might just be a newspaper editor reporting at the show. Making a social connection with them could give you a jump start into a possible job.

Going to a fashion show might not be your idea of fun or your ‘cup of tea’ as the saying goes. Nevertheless, everyone should at least go to one. You might find a new trend you would like to try out, meet someone that is life-changing, or even realized your newfound love of fashion.

If you end up not enjoying the show, you can always head back home and vow to never go to one again. Regardless, you’ll have some type of funny story to share later in life and now you will not be able to say that you have never seen one before.

Source by Korbin Newlyn

5 Simple Fashion Tips That Every Man Should Know

Who says that men don’t care about fashion? Most men actually prefer to look their best at all times and for all events, whether headed in for a day of work or a day out with a special lady. The difficulty arises when men try to find sources of inspiration, news for the latest trends, etc. it seems there is a lack of quality information concerning men’s fashion, and the guys are often left to fend for themselves and try to figure out how to dress with the latest fashion trends in mind.

To eliminate the headache and the hard work of staying on top of the latest fashion trends, take a look at these 5 awesome tips made just for men. These tips make it possible to look your best and stay on top of the latest trends.

1. What Makes you Comfortable?

The most important fashion top that must be kept in mind: keep it comfortable. Trying to dress like someone else will leave you feeling very uncomfortable and ready to come out of the clothes rather than flaunt them to everyone that you see. Whether you want a dress suit or a pair of jeans, be sure that it is your style, your design and that it is comfortable.

2. Keep it Simple

One mistake that men often make with their style is overdoing it. A good rule of thumb is to remember that too much of a good thing can make it go horribly wrong, as is the case with fashion. Simple pieces can really stand outfit you are pairing them together the right way. Add a wristwatch but no more!

3. The Shoes Matter

Your entire outfit can be compromised if the shoes are not complimenting the attire perfectly. Pay careful attention to the shoes that you wear and ensure there are several pairs on hand to take care of all of your needs.

4. Forget Trends

This tip is one that will enable you to set your own standards and styles while also helping you feel more comfortable no matter what you’re wearing. What looks good on Mike doesn’t look good on Matt, so do not try to dress a certain way because you saw someone else doing it. It is important to take note of what is popular and what’s currently trending but it may not be right for your style, and that is okay.

5. Get Other People’s Opinions

Knowing what other people think about your look can help boost your confidence and help save face in case of a fashion disaster. It can be a friend, a relative -anyone that you trust to give you an honest opinion can really help you out.

Looking good isn’t hard work, and with these tips you can certainly make it an easier task instead of a major headache. Put all of these tips to use and in no time you will love the way that you look and appreciate the new sense of fashion style that you have acquired.

Source by Jeffrey Keys

20 Top Sweet Pick Up Lines

One of the ways to attract women is to be able to approach them confidently. Some guys can be funny, amusing or witty but what is important is to be able to say the right words. Guys from different parts of the world use different pick up lines, some may be subtle, others may be funny or some might just be too straight forward. Here are the top sweet pickup lines we have collected from all over the world:

  1. Can you recommend a bank where I can make a deposit? Because I’m planning to save all my love for you.
  2. Are you a bee? If so, can you be my honey?
  3. Are you the owner of Crayola? Because you always give color to my life.
  4. Are you fond of sugar? Because your smile is always so sweet.
  5. I hate to say this but you are like my underwear because I can’t last a day without you.
  6. Do you have a driver’s license? Because you are driving me crazy.
  7. Excuse me. May I know if you are a dictionary? Because you give meaning to my life.
  8. I do not know your height but I have been thinking hard how you were able to fit inside my heart.
  9. Are you a denture? Because I can’t smile without you.
  10. I’m starting to like you less because I’m beginning to love you more.
  11. Can I take your picture? Because I want show Santa what I want for Christmas.
  12. When you are not around, I feel that I am always in a traffic jam because I can’t move on.
  13. You seem like a sweet person. Will you mind if I taste you to find out?
  14. I think I’m having an asthma attack! Because you take my breath away.
  15. Do you have an eraser? Because I can’t erase you from my mind.
  16. Hey! You look like someone I know! My next girlfriend.
  17. Can I get your picture to prove to all my friends that angels do exist?
  18. Does your watch have a second hand? I want to know how long it took for me to fall in love with you.
  19. Ever since I met you, you have lived in my heart without paying any rent.
  20. Hey I lost my phone number, can I have yours?

Some of these pick up lines may be familiar to you but some of the most hilarious have been translated from other languages. Use any of these 20 top pick up lines and you will surely be able to pick up any woman you fancy.

Source by Jumby Navarro

Advanced Daily Fantasy Football Lineup Building

General Strategy

Matchups – As is the case in any fantasy sport, matchups are going to be very important if not the most important factor. Football is such a team oriented game, that you need to look at how teams matchup with each other, as well as individuals. For example, last year, you would not want to pick a QB or a WR against the Seahawks at all as they only allowed 186 yards per game and only allowed 17 TD's all year. Even if it is Aaron Rodgers or Odell Beckham, odds are they are not going to hit their value. Then, for individual matchups say you have a WR going against the Arizona Cardinals. They were 29th in football with 4,152 yards allowed so they are a prime matchup to pick guys against. However they have Patrick Peterson who will be on the # 1 guy most likely, so if you have the Packers against them, Randall Cobb may be a better play than Jordy Nelson even as a # 2. The same goes for any position, you want to make sure that you are getting the most value for your players, and there are a ton of statistics that you can look at to make sure that you are picking the right guys.

Blowout Factor – It does not happen as often as as in basketball, but it is still very important to look at when building a team. The first thing you need to do is look at the Vegas line and see how they are viewing the game because they often have a good idea of ​​how a game will play out. Anything over 10+ points in my opinion is a game that you need to be very weary of. Sure if the Broncos are beating the Jaguars 35-0 after the 3rd quarter somebody had to score all of those points. The thing is though, you are only going maximizing 75% of the game with them and are in the long run, losing out on valuable points. In football, the plays are limited to begin with, with teams only running 64 or so plays per game. In that scenario you are losing out on 16 plays and even if it is midway through the 4th you are losing out on 8-10 plays per game. The top offs other the Packers are towards the top of the list, and that is where you find the most valuable players. Common sense says the more plays you run, the more chance to get points, and will get more points with all of those chances.

Weather – Just like baseball, and unlike basketball, weather is a huge factor for football. Since they play from the end of summer, through the winter, you have to deal with the hot and cold weather, snow and rain, and all types of wind that may pop up. Now the usual beneficies of weather happened to be team defenses and running backs as teams will not pass the ball much at all. This is something that some people do not take 5 seconds to look at, and ends up costing them. I mean again it might seem like common sense, but if there are 25 MPH winds in a game, why would you risk taking a QB when you know the throws are going to be much more difficult. Always take the time to check the weather before forming a team because you could easily have players losing value because they are not getting touches with the bad weather.

Injuries – Football is again like baseball where the injury report comes out well before game time. The active / inactive list is usually due 1.5 hours before game time so you know if a guy will be playing or not. Now how much he plays could doubt which is why it's important to keep tabs on guys through the week to see if they have been practicing and how they are holding up. Even if a guy is active, but did not practice on Thursday (last day of practice for the week), he is at risk for not playing much to begin with or having his injury pop up during the game and sideline him to. It's also a good idea if guys are hurt as usual to target their replacements, or guys who are below them on the pecking order. I like examples so a great example was when Roddy White was hurt last year, Harry Douglas got a big bump in production because he became the # 2 receiver, and saw a lot more targets than he normally would. On the other side, say Joe Haden is out for the Cleveland Browns. They may have had the 8th best passing defense at 225 yards per game, but if Haden goes down that is likely to change. The # 2 corner will be guarding the # 1 receiver and # 3 will be keeping the # 2 receiver which is obviously ideal for the offense. Also the weather plays a big factor for kickers as picking guys in any rainy or snowy conditions or places with a lot of wind is not advised. This is often what Sunday mornings is about, and with so many people on Twitter now, it's not too hard to figure out injury news.

Tournament (GPP) vs. Cash Game (50/50's & H2H) Players – This might seem a little vague, but it is something that needs to be looked at when forming a team. For cash games you are going to want to pick players who have high floors and are consistent week to week for the most part. It does not matter if it's a popular player because you are just aiming to beat half the field and it's not a big deal if he's highly owned. In a tournament, you are trying to target guys who are not going to be highly owned without it's a must play guy. The reasoning is because tournaments are more risky to begin with and you have to beat 80% of the people. Also in tournaments you are looking to win and not min cash. The way to win is to pick guys that are not highly owned and do really well. This usually means going against the most popular matchups on the day. Sometimes there is that must play guy, and that's fine, but fill around him with less popular guys. The goal is to have a guy owned at under 5% do really well because then fewer cuts down the number of people you are competing against. That is only for tournament plays because the low owned guys are not picked for a reason as they are super streaky. This generally leads to spending more even for Cash Games and spending big and lower for tournaments.

Stacking vs. Not stacking – Stacking in football I think is a little risky and should be used only in GPP fashion. Stacking in football is where you pick the WR's and or TE with the QB you are taking. Baseball and basketball are much more individual sports not to say there is not teamwork but A WR totally depends on the QB to get him the ball and the QB needs the WR open to get him the ball. Now this can pay huge dividends if say Peyton Manning has 4 TD's and you have Demaryious and Emmanuel Sanders and they caught 3 of the touchdowns then you're golden. For cash games though, you're putting too many eggs into one basket and if the QB stinks then you're basically done for the week. This is a risky strategy, but under the right circumstances could pay off for someone in a big tournament.

How many teams to play? – Now this is going to be dependent on your bankroll (check out the bankroll management article if you ever want to learn more about that), and how much time you are willing to put in. Normally you want to have 1 cash game team as your favorite, and then have multiple entries / teams into tournaments. Now for starters than could be say 5 1 dollar teams instead of 1 team in a tournament.

Sure, you might get lucky with the one team and get a huge cash, but you're odds are obviously better if you have more teams with more players covered. A lot of people target a certain number of players at each position like 3 QB's like like and 5-6 RB's and they will intertwine them in their teams so that they have a lot of the combinations covered that they like. As you get more money you can start to enter more teams into tournaments or move up in stakes, but this seems to be a strategy of many of the pros. Cash games though, a lot of people have 1 or maybe 2 teams because you're hiring that your team will either make it in all of them, or it probably will not make it in all of them where in a tournament you could have 4 teams do not make it but have one team make up for the other 4.
Positions and where to spend on

Quarterback – For cash games spending big on QB's is fine, but for GPP's without the matchup is too much to pass up, it is not usually the best move. The top guys are usually pretty consistent which is they are better for cash games, but they do not provide as much upside as a WR or RB. With their only being 4 points for a TD and 1 point per 25 yards (.04 yards per yard) as the general rule it's hard for a QB to catch up to WR or RB that scored 2 TD's and gets 100 + yards. Also with DFS often incorporating PPR into their scoring that simply gives them an edge. The big guys like Brady, Rodgers, Payton, Luck are never bad plays because they will always get you consistent points, but it's their supporting cast that usually reaps more of the rewards. For QB's make sure to look at the defense's secondary that you're going against as well as the weather because no QB loves throwing with a lot of wind.

Running Backs – RB's and WR's are generally the area to spend a lot of money on because they have the most potential to score a ton of points. It may seem obvious but are going to want to avoid teams who either have a # 2 guy who gets a lot of touches, or B loses goal line Touches to a FB type guy. Also while picking an Adrian Peterson type guy is never a bad thing, I like my RB's to be able to catch out of the backfield. Normally it is.5 PPR and you get all of those passing yards as well which makes a guy like Le'veon Bell so valuable as he gets so many touches. Usually you do not want to pick a RB on a team you think may be down by quite a bit in the 4th quarter. Teams that are down are going to be throwing to conserve time and you will be losing out on valuable points in those scenarios. The shelf life for RB's is so small that there are usually injuries, so most weeks there are backups that can be had for cheap that can provide good value.

Wide Receivers – This is the position where I love to spend my money on because it is so dependent on them getting open and the QB getting them the ball. At least with a lower price QB, or lower price RB, they are guaranteed to get Touches / opportunities, while WR's really are not guaranteed much. Targeting low end guys with good QB's is never a bad idea because they can get them the ball at will like Cole Beasley for example. I also love getting guys who get a lot of goals for cash games, ( has this available), because you get the 1.5 or 1 PPR for every time they catch it, plus all the yards and touchdowns to go with it. So a guy like Andrew Hawkins is a good play as he was targeted 17.1% of the time last year. Part of that is lack of weapons, but he is getting ample opportunity to do well. Then you can really target home run hitters like Odell Beckham or Julio Jones as they can score points in big bunches and by saving at the other positions, it allows you to get the guys who can really make or break a team. This is also a position that has a lot of GPP and Cash game type players. For example Desean Jackson is a great tournament play because he can score a ton of points because he is a fly route receiver who can reach value on one catch. The problem is if he does not get that catch then he likely will not hit his value. All in all the skill positions is where I like to spend the money and try to look for guys who are cheaper with good matchups at the other positions.

Tight Ends – This is a position where I feel it's usually you spend big on an elite type like Graham, Gronk or Julius Thomas, or you go with a matchup based play. Sure there will be middle of the pack guys that do well, but say you can pick Jared Cook for a cheap price against the Chicago Bears who allowed 10.52 fantasy points per game to TE's. Now this is something to look at for every position but TE's simply are not as consistent as other positions in my opinion. Also look to target guys on teams that get into the redzone a lot. Most TE's are not going break off super long plays as they do not have the speed, so you are looking for those 5-20 yard TD's from them. Now most of these guys are on the better offsets, so they are more expensive, but look for defenses that give up a lot of yards and ones who have LB's that struggle to cover.

Kickers – There is not much to say about kickers other than it is a lot of luck most of the times. Sure there are guys who are more accurate and can boot it from longer, but they are totally dependent on the offense. I usually try to pick guys that are playing in domes because there is no weather, or pick ones on good charges because they are constantly getting in FG range. The good thing is that most of the kickers are very similar in price so even the better ones are not too much more than the "crappy" ones.

Defenses – Team defenses I believe is more of a matchup based area and not a position that I recommend spending a lot of money on especially for GPP's. The Seahawks or any other top defense / special teams is never a bad play, but I always target defenses that are playing poor offsets. This is usually headed by a QB who turns the ball over a lot, gets sacked a lot, or have WR's that can not get open. Turnover prone players are going to turn it over no matter who they are playing, even if they have a little more success overall. So targeting a team against say the Jets who have Geno Smith who throws a lot of interceptions, or picking a team against the Vikings because they give up a ton of sacks. You have to look and see where you can exploit matchups because they are good value plays here every week, even if the price difference between the top end and low end teams is not as big as other positions.

Source by Kyle Kroeger

The History of Elephants

Elephants are the largest land mammal and can be found in both Asia and Africa. African elephants live in areas that are south of the Sahara Desert while Asian elephants are found in India and other countries in Southeast Asia. Elephants are interesting animals because of the way they travel together and care for their young. They’re also interesting to many people living in Asia and Africa because of their size and the way they can contribute to the economy. Learning about elephants can be fun for people of any age, so starting off with the basic facts is the best way to start learning about these huge creatures.

Environment & Nutrition

The natural environment of the elephant depends on the type of elephant. African forest elephants typically roam the forests while African savannah elephants roam open African plains. The Asian elephant also lives in forests. Elephants need a large range of land to roam so that they can find enough food and water to survive. They often follow elephant trails to get from one area to another to look for more food. Elephants eat bark, grasses, twigs, and leaves and they drop seeds in their dung, making them act as gardeners as they go about their travels.

Elephant Adaptations

The elephant has several adaptations that help it survive in its natural habitat. To stay comfortable in the heat, an elephant can flap its ears and create a cooling effect. The large molars in the elephant’s mouth are used for chewing and grinding very fibrous plant materials. An elephant’s trunk has many uses including picking up food, drinking water, and communicating with other elephants. Elephants also have very low-pitched sounds that allow them to communicate with each other.

Elephants & the Ecosystem

Elephants are a very important part of the ecosystems they inhabit. By dropping seeds with their dung, they are helping to create new plant life. Their large bodies can also knock down small trees and other obstacles so that smaller animals can get through to find food. If there is some kind of water drought, elephants will dig to find water deep beneath the ground surface.

Elephant Family Life

Elephants are very family-centered animals. They travel together under the supervision of a female called a matriarch. The matriarch of a herd has knowledge of food and water sources and is responsible for helping her sisters, cousins, and other family members to stay safe and healthy. When it’s time to reproduce, the female elephants mate with bull elephants after a period of courtship. The female stays pregnant for 22 months while her baby elephant grows and develops inside of her. During labor, the pregnant elephant is given help by another female elephant. Once a baby elephant is born, it may drink its mother’s milk for up to four years and will be cared for by everyone in its herd.

Elephants & Society

Elephants have had a number of key places in society. Asian elephants have been used as work animals for many years and often haul heavy loads from one place to another. They have been also used as a method of transportation in Asian and African countries. Some elephants are taken out of Asia and Africa to travel with the circus and provide entertainment. Still others are used for their tusks so that ivory products can be made. Other members of society have revered elephants and worked to protect them from harm.

Source by Michael Tasner

Secret Ways to Sexually Attract Women

The art of attracting or seducing a woman has been a major issue among men. The majority of men find it difficult appealing a woman. Most men feel uncomfortable and shy when they are around hot ladies. Talking to a woman seems to be a hard task for men. Attracting a woman is so easy if you apply the tips below. Here are tips on secret ways to sexually attract women.

1. Women are attracted to men that dress well. You have to dress well, polish your shoes always and look neat. No woman wants to be with a man that does not take good care of his body. Can you be attracted to a woman who has a bad smell? Work on your personal hygiene and you will attract women.

2. Confidence and self esteem. If you do not have confidence, how can you approach a woman? How can you walk up to her? If you are not confident, fake it and you will get used to it.

3. Knowledgeable. You have to be knowledgeable to attract women. Listen to the news, always to know what is happening around you. A little knowledge about politics, fashion and life in general counts. A man that is knowledgeable is always exciting.

4. Be full of life and humor. If you can make people laugh, if you can make people forget their worries, if you have in a funny way to make people laugh or at least smile, women will be attracted to you sooner than you know it.

5. Decent Social skills. You have to work on your social skills in order to attract women. No woman wants to be with a man that is boring. Build your communication skills.

Source by Mark Will Jones

Fall Weddings

The days are shorter, the air is crisper and leaves full of vibrant gold, red and orange and falling to the ground. While summer is turning swiftly into fall, that does not mean wedding season is over for the year. It's possible to have a beautiful wedding during the fall. The key? Using the beauty of fall to your advantage. After all, it's all about using your five senses to create your dream wedding !!

Sight: Do you want to have an outdoor wedding on a sunny day? It's all about what you think will be visually pleasant. Why not capture your wedding on film with a photo shoot among the colorful leaves in a forest? Also, be sure to place a disposable camera on each table, so your guests can capture beautiful moments for you, especially if you do choose to have an airy, outdoor wedding. And for those wedding guests? A great wedding favor is a small jar of fall jam or honey labeled with you and your spouse's name and the date. A great way to commemorate the occasion. Also, place some small gourds and pumpkins at each table decorated in red, orange and yellow ribbon for that extra touch. Encourage each guest to take one with them when they leave.

Hear: Instead of having the reception inside, why not take it outside? Either under a big-top tent or a place where you and your guests can hear the sounds of fall all around them. The crunching of the leaves, the sounds of the birds. As for music, an orchestra is a great way to set the calm, low-paced mood of fall. It captures the ambiance perfectly.

Smell: The smells of fall are one of the things that make the season so distinguishable from the others. Why not capture that mood, both during the ceremony and at the reception, by lighting soothing candles. To also capture fall, burning leaves is a great way to get everyone in the spirit of the season!

Touch: When you think of touch, your mind might immediately go to what you and your bridesmaid will wear. Fall is all about soft colors, so why not wear a light pink, purple, red or blue dress. And for bridesmaid? If you choose to wear a traditional white dress, consider those red colors for their dresses.

Taste : Food can be a huge concern for many at a wedding. A large factor in choosing what food to serve is the time of the reception. If you have an early reception, why not opt ​​for light finger foods such as a meat and cheese tray. Also, for an extra touch, a bowl of fall berries (think blueberries, raspberries, apples) could be placed at each table for guests to nibble on. If you're planning on having a dinner reception, fall is all about hearty soups with lots of vegetables. Give guests a choice of soup or chili as well as the usual choice of steak or chicken. And for dessert? Pumpkin pie and apple pie, naturally! If you're still stumped, consider an activity at the reception that everyone can take part in: Carving pumpkins.

As with any season, though, feel free to experiment until you find something that truly reflects you, your tastes and your personality. It's the happiest day of your life, and it should reflect you!

Source by Melissa Blake

What’s the Average Speed of Male Ejaculation?

When a man is ready to ejaculate his body will undergo a series of events.

He will see an increase in the size of the head of the penis and the head may also change to a purplish color. His Cowper’s gland will secrete ‘pre-cum’ fluid which dribbles out of his urethra. His testes will move in towards his body, and increase in size. As well, he may experience a body flush, muscle tension, increase in heart rate and rising blood pressure.

Just before ejaculation he will feel contractions in his vas deferens, seminal vesicles, and the prostate, causing seminal fluid (ejaculate) to collect in a pool at the base of his penis. He will feel a ‘tickling’ type sensation. When ready to ejaculate, he will feel a “throbbing” around his urethra.

Ejaculate will leave his penis at roughly the same rate of travel as a city bus, about 28 miles per hour. But can reach speeds of 43 miles per hour depending how long since the last time he came. (It’s all fun and games until somebody loses an eye!!)

Once he has ejaculated, his scrotum and testes will return to normal their size. He will have a general feeling of relaxation and experience a refractory period (where a he is physically incapable of getting another erection). This period may be from a few minutes to much longer depending on his age.

Sex Tip: Unless he is at the point of no return, you can stop him from ejaculating by firmly (yet very gently) squeezing on the tip of the penis.

Source by Trina Read