Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Dating a 15-Year Old Guy? Read this.

Guys At Age 15THE 15-YEAR OLD GUY IS:
  1. Romantic: since he probably hasn't been jaded by many bad relationships before you, he'll be especially sweet, genuine, and unguarded.
  2. Just plain psyched: He still can't believe his luck that a girl actually agreed to go out with him. Enjoy the adoration!
  3. New at this: Sure, he's a little inexperienced. But it's nice that there is no pressure for you to be the perfect girlfriend, since he's still figuring stuff out, just like you are.
  4. A bit clueless: He doesn't always know the right thing to do or say in tricky situations, so he can sometimes come off as hurtful.
  • make a move. He likely hasn't learned to recognize subtle flirting yet. If he's not getting it, leak it to a mutual friend that you like him. (Immature? Who cares? It works!)
  • dodge the no-driving problem. Plan dates so that you can be dropped off at only one place the whole time. Pick a spot where there is a bunch of stuff to do: the mall, promenade, downtown strip, or a park.
  • show him the ropes. If he's not the perfect boyfriend yet, you can help him get it right—15-year-old guys are especially open to getting tips and advice from you. Guide him with compliments: "I love it when you call just to say hi—you should do it more often."

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Monday, October 20, 2008

How to make your own brooches?

Dress up a blah outfit with an eye-popping homemade brooch!

Bendable wire (purchase at any crafts store)
Seed beads
Crystal beads
Safety pins

1. Bundle up 2 to 3 crystal beads with your wire for the center of the flower.
2. Twist wire three times to lock in place. DO NOT KNOT.
3. Create a loop for the first petal by stringing 9 to 10 seed beads
4. Stitch in wire inside the bundle for the next loop.
5. Do numbers 3 and 4 again and make 5 loops to form the flower’s petals.
6. After finishing the beaded flower, get a pin and knot your beaded flower to the back spine of the safety pin.
7. Wear it on your favorite top, jeans, bag, or even your prom dress. Create as many brooches as you want to give any piece of clothing a unique look!

The Retail Management Decision Process

CHAPTER I: Introduction to the World of Retailing


The success of a small entrepreneurial retailer or a major retail corporation, in making these decisions, depends largely on how much it embraces the retailing concept. The RETAILING CONCEPT is a managerial orientation that focuses a retailer on determining its target market’s needs and satisfying those needs more effectively and efficiently than its competitors.

The retailing concept emphasizes that high-performance retailers must be strong competitors. They can’t achieve high performance by simply satisfying customers’ needs. They must also keep a close watch to ensure that competitors don’t attract their customers.


The first step in the retail management decision process is getting an understanding of the world of retailing. Retail managers need a good understanding of their environment, especially their customers and competition, before they can develop and implement effective strategies.
The critical environmental factors in the world of retailing are:
  1. The macroenvironment
  2. The microenvironment

Ethical standards and legal and public policy are critical macroeconomic factors affecting retail decisions. Strategy development and implementation must be consistent with corporate values, legal opinions, and public policies. Federal, state, and local laws are enacted to ensure that business activities re consistent with society’s interests. These laws define unfair competitive practices related to suppliers and customers; regulate advertising, promotion, and pricing practices; and restrict store locations.

Retailers rely on ethical standards to guide decision making when confronting questionable situations not covered by laws. Buyers may have to decide whether to accept a supplier’s offer of free tickets to a football game Some retailers have policies that outline correct behavior of employees in these situations, but in many situations people must rely on their own code of ethics.

The introductory section on the world of retailing focuses on the retailer’s microenvironment – the retailer’s competitors and customers.

COMPETITORS. At first glance, identifying competitors appears easy. A retailer’s primary competitors are those with the same format. This competition with the same type of retailers is called intratype competition.

To appeal to a broader group of consumers and provide one-stop shopping, many retailers are increasing their variety of merchandise. By offering greater variety in one store, retailers can offer one-stop shopping to satisfy more of the needs of their target market. The offering of merchandise not typically associated with the store type is called scrambled merchandising. Scrambled merchandising increases intertype competition – competition between retailers that sell similar merchandise using different formats.

Increasing intertype competition has made it harder for retailers to identify and monitor their competition. In one sense, all retailers compete against each other for the dollars consumers spend buying goods and services. But the intensity of competition is greatest among retailers located close together with retail offerings that are viewed as very similar.

  • Since convenience of location is important in store choice, a store’s proximity to competitors is a critical factor in identifying competition.
  • Management’s point of competition also can differ, depending on the manager’s position within the retail firm.

CUSTOMERS. Customer needs are continually changing at an ever increasing rate. Retailers need to respond to broad demography and lifestyle trends in our society.

To develop and implement an effective strategy, retailers also need to know the information about why customers shop, how they select a store, and how they select among that store’s merchandise.


RETAIL STRATEGY – indicates how the firm plans to focus its resources to accomplish its objectives. It identifies :

1. The target market toward which the retailer will direct its efforts;
2. The nature of the merchandise and services the retailer will offer to satisfy needs of the target market; and
3. How the retailer will build a long-term advantage over competitors.


  • The key strategic decision areas involve determining a market strategy, financial strategy, location strategy, organizational structure and human resource strategy, and information systems strategy. When major environmental changes occur, the current strategy and the reasoning behind it are reexamined. The retailer then decides what, if any, strategy changes are needed to take advantage of new opportunities or avoid new threat in the environment.
  • The retailer’s market strategy must be consistent with the firm’s financial objectives.
  • A retailer’s organization design and human resource management strategy are intimately related to its market strategy.
  • Retail information and supply chain management systems will offer a significant opportunity for retailers to gain strategic advantage in the coming decade.


- To implement a retail strategy, management develops a retail mix that satisfies the needs of its target market better than its competitors. The retail mix is the combination of factors retailers use to satisfy customer needs and influence their purchase decisions.
- Elements in the retail mix include
o The types of merchandise and services offered
o Merchandise pricing
o Advertising and promotional programs
o Store design
o Merchandise display
o Assistance to customers provided by salespeople
o Convenience of the store’s location


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Production Management

Production is the creation of goods and services. Operations Management (OM) is the set of activities that creates value in the form of goods and services by transforming inputs into outputs. Activities creating goods and services take place in all organizations. In manufacturing firms, the production activities that create goods are usually quite obvious.

In organizations that do not create physical products, the production function may be less obvious. It may be hidden from the public and even from the customer. Examples are the transformations that take place at a bank, hospital, airline office, or college.

Often when services are performed, no tangible goods are produced. Instead, the product may take suck forms as the transfer of funds from a savings account t a checking account, the transplant of a liver, the filling of an empty seat on an airline, or the education of a student. Regardless of whether the end product is a good or service, the production activities that go on in the organization are often referred to as operations or operations management.


All good managers perform the basic functions of the management process. The management process consists of planning, organizing, staffing, leading and controlling. Operations managers apply this management process to the decisions they make in the OM function. The 10 major decision of OM are shown below. Successfully addressing each of these decisions requires planning, organizing, staffing, leading and controlling.


1. Service and product design
* What good or service should we offer?

* How should we design these products?

2. Quality management
* Who is responsible for quality?
* How do we define the quality?
3. Process and capacity
* What process and what capacity will these products require?
* What equipment and technology is necessary for these processes?
4. Location
* Where should we put the facility?
* On what criteria should we base the location decision?
5. Layout design
* How should we arrange the facility?
* How large must the facility be to meet our plan?
6. Human resources and job design
* How do we provide a reasonable work environment?
7. Supply-chain management
* Should we make or buy this component?
* Who are our suppliers and who can integrate into our e-commerce program?
8. Inventory, material requirements planning, and JIT (just-in-time)
*How much inventory of each item should we have?
*When do we reorder?
9. Intermediate and short-term scheduling
* Are we better off keeping people on the payroll during slowdowns?
* Which job do we perform next?
10. Maintenance
* Who is responsible for maintenance?
* When do we maintenance?


Manufacturers produce a tangible product, and service products are often intangible. But many products are a combination of a good and a service, which complicates the definition of a service. Services are those economic activities that typically produce an intangible product such as education, entertainment, lodging, government, financial and health services.


· Services are usually intangible (for example, your purchase of a ride in an empty airline seat two cities) as opposed to a tangible good.

· Services are often produced and consumed simultaneously; there is no stored inventory. For instance, the beauty salon produces a haircut that is “consumed” simultaneously, or the doctor produces and operation that is “consumed” as it is produced. We have not yet figured out how to inventory haircuts or appendectomies.

· Services are often unique. Your mix of financial coverage, such as investments and insurance policies, may be the same as anyone else’s, just as the medical procedure or a haircut produced for you is not exactly like anyone else’s.

· Services have high customer interaction. Services are often difficult to standardize, automate, and make as efficient as we would like because customer interaction demands uniqueness. In fact, in many cases this uniqueness is what the customer is paying for, therefore, the operations manager must ensure that the product is designed so that it can be delivered in the required unique manner.

· Services have inconsistent product definition. Product definition may be rigorous, as in the case of an auto insurance policy, but inconsistent because policyholders change cars and mature.

· Services are often knowledge-based, as in the case of educational, medical, and legal services, and therefore hard to automate.

· Services are frequently dispersed. Dispersion occurs because services are frequently brought to the client/customer via a local office, a retail outlet, or even a house call.

When a tangible product is not included in the service, we may call it a pure service. Although there are not very many pure services, on example is counseling.

Service sector is that segment of the economy that includes trade, financial, lodging, education, legal, medical and other professional occupations.


One of the reasons OM is such an exciting discipline is that the operations manager is confronted with an ever-changing world. Both the approach to the results of the 10 OM decisions in the table below are subject to change. These dynamics are the result of a variety of forces, from globalization of world trade to the transfer of ideas, products, and money at electronic speeds.

· Global focus. The rapid decline in communication and transportation costs has make markets global. But at the same time, resources in the form of materials, talent, and labor have also become global. Contributing to this rapid globalization are countries throughout the world that are vying for economic growth and industrialization. Operations managers are responding with innovations that generate and move ideas, parts and finished goods rapidly wherever, and whenever needed.

· Just-in-time performance. Vast financial resources are committed to inventory, making it costly. Inventory also impedes response to rapid changes in the marketplace. Operations managers are viciously cutting inventories at every level, from raw materials to finished goods.

· Supply-chain partnering. Shorter product life cycles, as well as rapid changes in material and process technology, require more participation by suppliers. Suppliers usually supply over half of the value of products. Consequently, operations managers are building long-term partnerships with critical players in the supply chain.

· Rapid product developments. Rapid international communication of news, entertainment, and lifestyles in dramatically chopping away at the life span of products. Operations managers are responding with technology and alliances (partners) that are faster and management that is more effective.

· Mass customization. Once we begin to consider the world as the marketplace, then the individual differences become quite obvious. Cultural differences compounded by individual differences, in a world where consumers are increasingly aware of options, places substantial pressure on firms to respond. Operations managers are responding with production processes that are flexible enough to cater to individual whims of consumers. The goal is to produce individual products, whenever and wherever needed.

· Empowered employee. The knowledge explosion and more technical workplace have combined to require more competence at the workplace. Operations managers are responding by moving more decision making to the individual worker.

· Environmentally sensitive production. The operation manager’s continuing battle to improve productivity increasingly concerned with designing products and process that are environmentally friendly. That means designing products that are biodegradable, or automobile components that can be reused or recycled, or more efficient packaging.

How to do your own make up for prom

By Sai Verano

Wanting to have that star-like make over for you? Trying to figure out what makeup to wear on your prom night? I have read an article and let me share its content to you. This will help you do your own makeup in minutes and be the star of the night.


Turn heads on prom night with subtle eyes and party-red-y lips! Forget trying to turn your almond shaped peepers into doe eyes! Play up your sexy pout instead. To have this look try these:

1. A flawless base is the perfect foil for dramatic lips. Use a damp sponge to apply liquid foundation in a light formula. This will even out skin and smoothen imperfections.
2. Don’t overload lids with color. Use a neutral shadow with some shimmer to keep focus on your kisser.
3. Don’t use harshly matte lippies or overly glossy ones. For makeup newbies, use a rich red lip liner to fill in lips, then top with lip balm or a bit of gloss applied sparingly with your finger.
4. Red lips paired with a simple updo (no tendrils, please!) will make your look elegant, not over-the-top.


For totally ojos-ome peepers, use bolder hues like purple, blue or green. Want your eyes to brighten? A cool shade of liner around the rims will do the trick!
1. Let your makeup shine – without the oil slick! Keep your face matte and fresh with face powder.
2. Not-so-pro? Don’t fret! If eye makeup seems too complicated for you, experiment with bright-colored eyeliner instead.
3. Keep the rest of your makeup simple with peach blush and nude lippie.
4. If you’re in a playful mood, color sets the stage for some experimentation. Be a whimsical prom fairy with face and body glitter!
5. Keep your hair sleek to balance your look. Some shine serum will smoothen those strands in a jiffy!

Just because you’ve outgrown Barbie doesn’t mean you can’t make bubblegum shades work for you. For fair femmes, pink is the easiest route to Prettyville – as long as you don’t OD on one sgade for your entire dace!
1. Use baby pink for pretty, flushed cheeks. Layer powder blush over a cream formula for staying power.
2. A coral-pink gloss on your kisser looks striking yet natural.
3. For your eyes, mix your pinks with subtle lilac and lavender for depth. And don’t forget your eyeliner! You’ll need to have definition around your eyes or you’ll look frostbitten – not cool.
4. Don’t bother with an intricate ‘do. A few wispy stands will make you look effortlessly gorgeous!


Got a to-die-for tan? Play it up with brown, gold and bronze! Load up on sexy shimmer and steal the show with your prom queen glow!
1. Use concealer, foundation, and powder that stay true to your skin tone. Stick to yellow-based shades – pink-toned products will look like Caladryl on your face!
2. Sweep bronzing powder all over your face for a slight sheen that will show off your fab complexion.
3. Cream shadow in the gold-brown color family is foolproof to apply (no tools needed!). Don’t hold back on the mascara!
4. Gals with short ‘dos can achieve a sassy style with the right products! Some wax can go a long way; you can create different looks with it! For a dressy touch, try sparkly accessories like beaded barrettes or rhinestone-studded headbands.

Love Tease Prom Dress, Shakira Origami Strapless Silver 3
XOXO Prom Dress, Chiffon Flower Print White 9
XOXO Prom Dress, One Shoulder Gown Gold L
XOXO Prom Dress, Strapless Asymmetrical Gown Black S
XOXO Prom Dress, Halter Pick Up Coral 11

Thursday, October 16, 2008

How to get the perfect smile?

Here are some tips that I have searched from a magazine about getting the perfect smile.

"Say Cheese!

For photo ops—or any other time of the day—just think happy thoughts so your smile really lights up your eyes.

For a natural-looking smile, take a cue from professional models: Close your eyes, and flip them open just before you have your photo snapped. Also, inhale just before the click and slowly exhale through your mouth while saying the letter “a” for a relaxed, full smile.

  • Before brushing, rinse your mouth with water or gargle with a mouthwash to loosen plaque or food caught between your teeth.
  • Always floss before brushing to remove particles embedded in hard-to-reach crevices. (Brushing can push food even deeper into the spaces between your teeth.)
  • Pick a good toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head. One that makes it easy to clean at all angles is ideal. More expensive toothbrushes tend to be worth it as they cover all these bases.
  • When buying toothpaste, keep in mind that paste formulations contain more fluoride (which helps care for your teeth), while gel types focus more on giving you a clean mouth and fresh breath. Dentists recommend Sensodyne toothpaste for those with extra sensitive teeth or gums."

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Low Self-Esteem?

Most people are looking up to someone. Sometimes they tend to idolize them too much. They spend most of their time trying to pretend to be someone else because of the fact that they wish they were someone better. I’ve read something in a religious magazine and I want to share it with you. It says:

““You’re no good for anything.”
Have you even been told of this?
“I’m ugly.”
“I’m no good at sports. Not good in school either.”
How can anyone love me? I’m not worth it!”
Have you ever thought of this?

SELF-ESTEEM. Have you ever looked in the mirror and wished you were someone else? If you answer yes, you’re in the majority. Probably everyone who has ever lived wished that they could change at least one thing about themselves: their nose, their height, their personality – something.

Looks. Money. Possessions. Popularity. They all have one thing in common: they’re not guaranteed. Even if we have them, they’re all temporary. When our self-worth relies on the outward aspects of our life, happiness and fulfillment will always be short lived.

True worth can only be measured by seeing ourselves through God our Creator’s eyes. How much value does he place on your life? Did you know that God loves you just as much as he loves his own son Jesus! You can’t get any more valuable that that!”

What matters most in this life on earth is our preparation for our life in heaven. Material things and our looks won’t last long. We should invest on doing good deeds to our fellowmen and to follow what our Lord has taught us which are all written in the Bible. You should love yourself first before someone will love you in return. Start accepting yourself first before others will accept you.

What is Retailing?

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Retailing is the set of business activities that adds value to the products and services sold to consumers for their personal or family use.

A Retailer's Role in Distribution Channels

A retailer is a business that sells products and services to consumers for their personal of family use. Retailers are the final businesses in distribution channels that link manufacturers with consumers.

Manufacturers typically make products and sell them to retailers or wholesalers. When manufacturers like Dell Computer and Mary Kay Cosmetics sell directly to consumers, they are performing both the production and retailing business activities. Wholesalers buy products from manufacturers and resell these products to retailers, while retailers resell products to consumers. Wholesalers and retailers may perform many functions.


1. Providing an assortment of products and service. Supermarkets typically carry 15,000 different items made by over 500 companies. Offering an assortment enables their customers to choose from a wide selection of brands, designs, sizes, colors, and prices in one location. Manufacturers specialize in producing specific types of products.

All retailers offer assortments of products, but they specialize in the assortments they offer. Supermarkets provide assortments of food, health and beauty care (HBC), and household products, while The Gap provides assortments of clothing and accessories. Most consumers are well aware of the product assortments retailers offer. Even small children know where to buy different types of products.

2. Breaking bulk. To reduce transportation costs, manufacturers and wholesalers typically ship cases of frozen dinners or cartons of blouses to retailers. Retailers then offer the products in smaller quantities tailored to individual consumers’ and households’ consumption patterns.

3. Holding inventory. A major function of retailers is to keep inventory so that products will be available when consumers want them. Thus, consumers can keep a small inventory of products at home because they know the retailers will have the products available when they need more. By maintaining an inventory retailers provide a benefit to consumers – they reduce the consumer’s cost of storing products. The investment to store products ties up consumers’ money that could go into an interest-earning bank account or some other use.

4. Providing services. Retailers provide services that make it easier for customers to buy and use products. They offer credit so consumers can have a product now and pay for it later. They display products so consumers can se and test them before buying. Some retailers have salespeople on hand to answer questions and provide additional information about products.

5. Increasing the value of products and services. By providing assortments, breaking bulk, holding inventory, and providing services, retailers increase the value consumers receive from their products and services.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

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Supervision – directs performance through suggesting, demonstrating, observation, instruction and authority

- Control of salespeople
- Increase morale
- Check spelling techniques
- Prevent selling problems
- Increase outlet
- Direct selling

· In a house to house situation where new salespeople are hired frequently a close supervision helps.
· Supervision of skilled, widely scattered salespeople of high caliber needs a once a quarter supervision.

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Posted By Sai Verano

Supervision – directs performance through suggesting, demonstrating, observation, instruction and authority

- Control of salespeople
- Increase morale
- Check spelling techniques
- Prevent selling problems
- Increase outlet
- Direct selling

· In a house to house situation where new salespeople are hired frequently a close supervision helps.
· Supervision of skilled, widely scattered salespeople of high caliber needs a once a quarter supervision.

Supervision: Concepts and Skill-Building
Supervision: Concepts and Practices of Management
Supervision: Managing for Results
Supervision: Concepts and Skill-Building
Supervision: Key Link to Productivity

Monday, June 23, 2008


Being a fourth year college student is really hard. My graduation ceremony is getting nearer and nearer but I need to work a lot. It's kinda stressing me a lot but I'm trying my best to free myself from the stress of being a student. It's a good thing I have my boyfriend with me to help me in my studies. I miss him a lot.
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