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Friday, March 1, 2013

Become a Fashion Designer With Dress Up Games

In general, girls love fashion more than boys. Some of them want to become fashion designers when they grow up. There are even some that are too young to know what a fashion designer is, but they love dressing up with mom’s clothes and combining them in several ways in order to come up with the prettiest outfit for their tea party with their stuffed animals. There is a tool that’s very easy and cheap to get access to for those girls who want to hone their skills.

Fashion on Internet

Thanks to the world wide reach of the Internet, now girls can get access to tons of styles, clothing and accessories from all over the world, even from cultures that are very different from theirs.

What is needed?

There are only two things you need, a computer and Internet access. If your reading this article, chances are you have them already. If you have a child in your house, I’m almost sure you have them already.

Dressing Up a Virtual Doll

There are literally thousands of dress up games at the reach of a few clicks. With only the imagination as a limit, programmers and designers have created dress up games that feature almost every celebrity and character that there is, and even groups of girls. From the Powerpuff girls to the Bratz dolls, and from the RBD pop girls to the cast of High School Musical, girls can play fashion designer with their favorite character, singer, actress or celebrity. There are, of course, generic nameless dolls dress up games, which are more suited for fashion only gaming.


Dress up games are very similar to old fashioned paper dolls, except with a far wider range of clothing. Girls select from a range of different pieces of clothing and accessories for a virtual doll to wear. Girls have fun by making the doll look pretty, stylish, elegant, cute, funny or whatever other idea they might come up with.

One of the most interest aspects of playing dress up games created from places all over the world is that girls are exposed to styles from different cultures. They will be dressing their dolls with Japanese kimonos, Indian Saris, Mexican sombreros, French bonnets, etc. You can even mix several elements from all over the world in order to make the perfect international look.

Building Up a Portfolio

It’s a good idea to save your or your girl’s creations on your computer for later reference. There are several advantages, for example, re-creating a look or style in real life, or printing it in order to decorate a room. You can also use one that you really liked or enjoyed as a screen background on your computer. Over time, a portfolio will let you show others your work, or give you a base to develop styles of your own. Of course, you can also post a printed version of your girl’s work on the fridge, or another special place, to show her how proud you are of her creativity.

Are Dress Up Games Safe For Girls
Any responsible parent would care about the safety of their children when they connect to the internet. They might wonder what is it that their daughters find so compelling about these websites with dress-up and flash games, and most importantly, if this is a safe activity for them.

Safety when playing with Virtual Dolls

Well, parents shouldn’t worry at all. Dress up games are as safe as internet video games can get. First of all, games are meant to focus your daughter’s attention to a creative and fashion-like activity. This is already a very big difference from games that promote violence and sex. Also, it’ll keep your daughter from chatting her free time away with strangers on other sites. In fact, if your daughter uses the dress up game to create an avatar, she will be able to use it as a profile picture for networking or other websites. This will help protect her privacy and increase her safety.

Where to Play Dress Up Games

There are already several websites that feature dress up games. As with everything on internet, they range from the simple ones with a few games, to full dedicated sites that feature virtual dolls of children’s favorite characters and celebrities, such as Hanna Montana, Maddie from the Zack and Cody show, as well as their favorite cartoons, such as Dora the explorer and the Bratz dolls.

The dress up games resembles the paper dolls you or your spouse played when you were children: a doll in underwear that your little girl can dress up with a variety of pieces of clothing and accessories. Most sites don’t require much other interaction that this, requiring only a couple of clicks and drags.

Dress Up Game Groups

The more specialized sites, however, offer a wider range of features. They do involve a bit of social interaction, such as rating dolls created by other members, fashion contests and forums where users can discuss dress up games related issues. Your child might even be able to create a profile and have an identity on these sites.

As in the case with any video game, TV show, and computer interaction that your child spends time with, some parental monitoring is required. And since you can’t always be with your daughter when she interacts with other people, be it online, at school or elsewhere, the best strategy is to spend some quality time with her to teach her right from wrong and appropriate and SAFE social interaction. Fortunately, unlike social websites like Facebook, MySpace, Friendster or Hi5, websites that feature dress up games are smaller and the community that visits them shares a common hobby and a similar age and interests. They are also monitored more often and more closely, due to the younger age range of their users.

In order to give an additional layer of safety for your daughter, we recommend your child uses a dress up game creation of her own rather than a real picture of hers. In fact, you should NEVER EVER let your daughter upload a picture of hers anywhere online (and of course, you should never upload a picture of your daughter on the sites that YOU visit either). By using an avatar as her virtual image, she will be safer much safer than if she used a picture, as she would be identified as the latest anime character or High School Musical singer instead.

Having Fun With Free Online Dress up Games
If you have a small daughter, then chances are you know who the Bratz is and maybe even their individual names. If your girl likes them and has talked to you about them, then you can tell Cloe from Yasmin, know who’s nicknamed Bunny Boo, and of course, know they are the girls with a passion for fashion. The Bratz have been so successful that all sorts of products with their image and name have been produced, including free online games. It’s no wonder that Mattel, the company that produces Barbie, has tried to legally stop the Bratz mania.

We know you love your child, and you would like to buy her whatever her heart desires, but as you know, there are things that take priority, like school materials and doctor bills. Have you considered getting them to play Bratz dress up games? I suggest you give it a try. There are hundreds of sites with dress up games featuring the Bratz characters, where your daughter can pretend to be one of the Bratz girls or her fashion designer. In addition, your child will practice eye-hand coordination as she visualizes, compares, clicks, and moves things around.

Not only online dress up games are friendly to your wallet, they also avoid cleaning and sorting after play. No tripping and falling due to dolls forgotten on the floor, or tears from your girl because some minuscule shoe got lost or broke. All you need is a computer and internet access, and if you’re reading this article, you have them already.

Just what kind of games do these sites have? Well, there’s actually quite some variety on the activities that these games propose.

Aside from the dress up games, which are basically a virtual version of the paper dolls you used to play with, there is a theme party game. Your child has to help one of the Bratz girls sort out the most appropriate outfit for a given party theme. There is a time limit, so the child has to make quick decisions.

There are also makeover games. Some versions will also feature arranging the Bratz doll’s hair and surroundings. You will even find some that let your daughter give the Bratz characters a facial. Just like the Bratz themselves, it’s all about passion for fashion.

Then, there are other games that have a more arcade feeling to them. For example, you’ll have to send Sasha through a mall that looks like a labyrinth and get that one special pair of shoes under a certain amount of time. Or you might have to help Jade organize a fashion show with a limited budget. Some of these games let you carry a scenario from one game to the next, so, for example your character will have a slightly bigger budget each game.

Of course, you can always play one of these games yourself. Just to supervise what your little girl is doing, of course. Just don’t forget that you have to work the next day.

Dress Up Games For Your Kids
As everyone knows, while having a computer at home can be very useful, interesting, and fun, it’s only when you have internet connection that your computer really shines. An Internet connection gives you access to news, information, encyclopedias, social networks, jobs, and of course, games. If you have children and would like to give them something fun and safe to play with, why don’t you try letting them play with some dress up games? They’re free and widely available.

Children of both genders can enjoy these games. Girls will prefer characters such as Hanna Montana, or even Japanese ones, like Sakura Card Captors. On the other hand, boys tend to be more interested in the Power Rangers or the Dragon Ball characters. There are even games that appeal to both boys and girls. These games feature famous characters from popular shows, such as Drake and Josh, or Zack and Cody. For parents who want a more educating experience for their children, there are some games that involve a bit of culture, such as dressing a virtual doll with typical attire from a specific region or country. If you’re looking for something a bit more original, you can try those that involve dressing up a pet or animal. Many different dress up games are available online, like anime dress up games, barbie dress up games, bratz dress up games, celebrity games, baby dress up and many others. You can also find games related to cooking, if you don’t like dress up and fashion games. All these dress up and cooking games are usually written in Flash and are completely free, so you can access them with your internet browser.

Of course, who says you can’t play these games yourself? When video games came out, most people thought they were only meant for children, but nowadays people from all ages enjoy them. Maybe one of these games is what you need to distract your mind from day to day monotony. These games are very quick to load and play, so you can easily take a 5 or 10 minute break between a report and an e-mail to have fun changing Elvis Presley’s clothing and instruments, or maybe giving Britney Spears the soul look that you think she desperately needs. And if you have a child, they will help you spend some quality time with him or her. Small children can practice forms, colors and hand to eye coordination, while older ones can pretend they’re stylists or fashion designers, at the same time that they develop their creativity and imagination.

How much does it cost? Nothing, it’s free. But most importantly, it’s safe. Your child will be playing something that doesn’t have anything to do with shooting, killing, or any kind of violence, something very common in today’s video games. There isn’t any sex or risqué material either. On the other had, you won’t have to give your credit card information over the Internet. With so many expensive and violent games out there, it’s nice to find something fun, safe, and free for you child to play with.

Have You Heard About The BMW Convertible Z Models

Have You Heard About The BMW Convertible Z Models
Many European manufacturers have made convertible car models for many years, even for the american market. One of these is BMW and it's model Z3 roadster It was the first mass-market and assembled BMW convertible in the United States. This model was first seen on the market in 1996, just after it was featured in the James Bond movie, Golden Eye. Many variants of this model were introduced until the production ended in the year 2002. In the late 2002 the Z4 model was introduced as the successor to the Z3 mode in the Paris Auto Show.

The ingenieurs which developed the Z3 used the E36 of the BMW 3 Series as a platform. The l name of the platform that resulted out of this was referred as the E36/7 model. The rear semi-trailing arm suspension from the E30 model was used rather than the more sophisticated multilink suspension from the E36. At first, just the 1.9 L M44B19 straight-4 engine was offered, though its 138 hp made the vehicle less of a performer than many buyers wanted. Feedback from customers told that the interiors of this model were not good as it was in the other models of this manufacturer. Especially bad looking was the plastic rear window even in comparison to to the glass unit found on the much-cheaper 1999 model Mazda Miata.

In 1997, this little four was complemented by a larger straight-6 engine In the North American market, the 2.8 L M52B28. This engine, taken from the 328i, was especially attractive with its 189 hp. As the four was retired a 3.2 L S52B32 I6 engine was used in the M Roadster that came in the year after. In 1999, the 1.9L 4-cylinder engine was replaced with a 2.5L straight-6, producing as much as 170 hp. Curiously, this BMW model was badged as the '2.3'.

Outside of North America a 2.0L straight-6 was used instead of a 1.9L 4-cylinder. All of the engines were replaced when the car was freshened for a few years later; more precisely in 2001. The range now consisted of the 2.2 L M54B22 (available outside of North America), 2.5 L M52B25, 3.0 L M52B30, and (for the M Roadster) 3.2 L S54B32. All three of these straight-6 engines lasted through the end of the car's run the year after. Except for the plastic window, the whole interiors were refurbished.

Other problems of the Z3 model reported were bad oxygen sensors, the plastic water pump and a rear shock mount that failed. The retro styling though, was more popular and the Z3s have held their value fairly well in the resale market.

The M Roadster

the Motorsports division of BMW also produced the famous M Roadster model. This production started in 1998 and finished in 2002 . The M Roadster model included suspension upgrades and the engine from the BMW M3. A 3.2L S52 motor was there in the as early as in 1998 as well as 1999, and 2000 M roadster along with a quad exhaust. The M Roadster models of 2001 and 2002 had the S54 motor from the E46 M3 as well as interior upgrades with additional gauges in the center console. Hot stuff like a lighted "M" shift knob, various chrome bits throughout the cockpit and sport seats were also part of the standard equipment. The exterior changes were many as well, for example larger wheels spaced further apart and more aggressive fenders than were installed on the regular Z3.

Interviewing - Dress Conservatively
It has oft been stated that “First impressions are lasting impressions”. So is it with job interviews and the employment interview screening process. Once a first impression is created it is more than difficult if not impossible to shake off or change those series of first impressions once created. It is as if you are being packaged for a sale – in this case the final product is yourself – looking for a successful job or employment posting.

If the whole packaging for an employment interview can be summarized in one sentence or phrase that is “To dress conservatively”. The perception, that is unless you demonstrate otherwise, is that you are what you appear. Interviewers, and indeed people in general, assume you are what you appear to be. How could it be otherwise? That is unless you tell or present information in another manner or direction.

For example if a person its going for a job interview in an industry where trust and the perception that the organization or actual employee is to be trusted – such as the banking or finance investment industries then not only is it important to appear clean, pressed and perfectly groomed but also to cover tattoos and not to appear at the interview wearing a baseball cap or scantily clad. Similarly if you are to interview for a job in the health care field – say at a pharmacy or nursing home then it may be a wise idea to not only to cover those tattoos but also remove or even lose your nose ring. You may perceive them as cool and great but that may not be the perceived reaction both by the interviewer and potential customers and clients. and those that you care for.

Most interviewers expect applicants overall to wear business like clothes when they apply for office or professional positions. For men and women often a conservative suit of quality fabric is generally both appropriate and acceptable in these interview and business situations. In the specific cases of women, a conservative tailored dress or coordinated skirt and blouse with a matching jacket is also more than acceptable and appropriate in these cases. It has been found, noted and documented that some of the times that women who wear slacks to an interview lower their overall chances of being hired. If you want the job, then why take the chances unnecessarily?

If possible and whenever possible, visit your target and targeted employer or employers to observe the working atmosphere, conditions and dress codes. It never hurts to check out, prepare and observe. It can be a simple walk through – as in the case of a retail store. It may be just to scout. Or it may be to ask simple information on a product or service. Nothing wrong with this. Nothing wrong or illegal in this practice.

Even if you are spotted by the interviewer as having entertained this practice – it was just a matter of simple course and research to be merited and noted. You were doing good and thorough preparation to get the job. You want to fit in and be an asset to the firm or organization in order to become both a productive employee and full member of the team.

Lastly it can be said that even if the employer permits casual dress on the job, or for example “casual Fridays”, even in the banking field., that it never hurts to err on the side of conservative dress and caution, that it is best to demonstrate both initiative and enhance your personal image and presentation by dressing more formally for the most important business meeting – that is your job employment interview. Remember that it is first impressions that are lasting. It never hurts to err on the side of conservatism and the trusted, true and respected when it comes to projecting the package of the product. In this case the product is you trying to get that job, career or employment through the employment interview process. Be seen and presented as an employee who will be an asset to the firm – both responsible and reliable.