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  • "Clothes maketh the man"

    Marcus Fabius Quintilianus

  • "Nothing is so dangerous as being too modern,
    one is apt to grow old-fashioned quite suddenly."

    Oscar Wilde

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    Are you a student over 18? Part-time teacher? Parent? Just someone that needs some extra income? Some free food and drinks perhaps? Would you like to pick your own hours? - Casual work is available to you now...

    The following is an article taken from Choices Magazine after a visit to the Mystery Shopping Club.

    "Wanted: Shopaholic nosey parker with excellent observational skills, a good ear and flexible attitude to part-time work. Anyone can apply. Work available in all areas. Must be prepared to eat free meals, enjoy shopping discounts and visit pubs - and be paid for it."

    Believe it or not, the above job advertisement is not as far fetched as it sounds. If you love shopping, you'll be pleased to hear that it's possible to shop for a living. In fact, it's a multi-million pound industry for market research companies who employ "mystery shoppers" to shop up and down the country - all in the name of customer service and research.

    There are a number of mystery shopping companies who organise whole armies of professional shoppers on behalf of retailers, pubs, restaurants, banks and other service industries. Their mission? To mingle in, look inconspicuous and file a report on anything from customer service to cleanliness in the restrooms.

    If you visit one or two pubs in a night, you'll get your food and drink paid for, travel expenses and you'll be paid anything from £6.00 to £8.00 up for each visit.

    But there is one problem with mystery shopping: truly dedicated shoppers never switch off from their work. You'll find yourself compulsively evaluating service and checking ceilings for cobwebs even when you're not on duty. It eventually becomes a part of your life.

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    Archived fashion and clothing articles in the media

    Sci-tech education news: Benetton takes stock of chip plan. Clothing maker Benetton has clarified its plans regarding radio tags in response to reports that it is preparing to place millions of the devices in its products to help track inventory. A company spokesman said the company has to date purchased only 200 radio frequency identity (RFID) chips and is still studying whether or not it will use controversial technology to track its products ...More from CNET

    Parents 'struggle to buy uniforms'. More and more British parents cannot afford to pay for their children's school uniforms and are turning to charity for help, research suggests ...More from the BBC

    Human rights group exposes school ban on permed hair. Human rights campaigners in South Korea are lobbying the UN over severe school dress codes. Many schools ban permed hair and some even tell students what colour underwear they can wear. Campaign group Saranbang says the rules often come with no explanation and violate basic human rights ...More from Ananova

    Pakistani school chiefs enrage parents by demanding schoolgirl photos. Schoolgirls in part of Pakistan have been told to provide photos of themselves if they want to take their exams. The move in the Swat region of the country, where girls normally wear veils, has enraged parents. They say their daughters will pull out of education altogether rather than comply with the ruling ...More from Ananova

    Pierced tongue teenager barred from school. A fashion conscious British teenager has been barred from classes after getting her tongue pierced. Julie Proctor, 15, was told to leave school premises soon after the start of the new term after mimicking pop star Mel B. The youngster was told to stay away from Blyth Community High School until the metal stud was removed ...More from Ananova

    Boys should not wear earrings claims US governor. A US governor says if God wanted boys to wear earrings he would have made them girls. Don Siegelman made the remarks after a couple challenged an Alabama school board's policy banning boys wearing earrings at school. He said he did not agree with boys wearing earrings at a press conference ...More from Ananova

    Textile manufacturer unveils shirt that rolls up its own sleeves. The prototype shirt "never needs ironing" and "rolls up its own sleeves when its wearer gets too hot," marvels Robert Uhlig in The Telegraph ...More from What The Papers Say

    Pupils told how knot to behave. Pupils at a troubled school have improved their behaviour after a clampdown on how to knot their ties. New head teacher Paul Edwards demanded that children ignore the current trend of sporting their ties in a short, fat style ...More from the BBC

    Shorts protest leads to expulsions. A UK secondary school has expelled three pupils after a disturbance which began with a demand for boys to be allowed to wear shorts ...More from the BBC

    Prom Story. The future is scary. Friendships and family are in flux. But to a group of high school seniors, at least one thing is clear: Prom night must be perfect, and it all begins with... hair. ...More from the Washington Post

    Harvard Medical School says wearing high heels causes arthritis. "Osteoarthritis is twice as common among women as it is in men," says The Times following a report in The Lancet by Dr Casey Kerrigan. Her research found that wide-heeled shoes can cause the same if not greater damage to knees ....More from What The Papers Say

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology is wired for sound. Lycra jackets that are wired to play note-perfect orchestral music only when the wearer makes the correct movements bring a whole new meaning to playing air guitar ...More from the Telegraph

    Marines: Hiding a Few Good Men. You want the truth about the new camouflage uniforms being developed by the Marines. Can you handle the truth? OK, then. The designs of these new "cammies" are created by digitally generated pixels... More from Wired News

    Vested Interest. Soldiers, emergency teams and miners will soon be strapping on the coolest of fashion accessories. Australian scientists have produced a new vest to help keep these workers alive, comfortable and efficient in the searing temperatures of deserts, tunnels and raging bushfires. The undershirt uses a personal cooling system (PCS) jointly developed by Australia's CSIRO and Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO)... More from Beyond 2000

    E-Clothes Here, So Is Fear. The first commercially available electronic clothing goes on sale in Europe next month. Does radiation from the devices create a health risk? No data exists, so buyers will have to wear and see... More from Wired News

    Wearable Advertising. Reporter Leander Kahney explains the allure of a leather jacket that can display videos. Its creator developed it to feature advertisements. ...More from Wired News

    Shoes for walking and talking. The inventor who developed a hand-crank radio now sports electricity-generating boots. Leander Kahney discusses the tech behind the trek and the inventor's interest in personal power. ...More from Wired News

    Top 10 Secrets for Building A Great Wardrobe

    Is the first question you ask yourself each morning, "What am I going to wear today?" Does the thought of opening your closet and finding something to wear put you in a state of panic and frustration? The key, says Wards, is to looking and feeling your fashion best each day relies on one thing -- a core wardrobe that's right for you.

    "Getting dressed each day doesn't have to be a challenge," according to Leah Feldon, fashion expert and author of "Dress Like a Million (On Considerably Less)."

    "With all the things we have to concern ourselves with each day, fashion should be the least of our worries," said Feldon. "At stores like Wards, everything you need for a super wardrobe is right at your fingertips."

    Feldon offers the following tips:

    1. Play up your strengths. Choose clothes that accentuate your positives and visually eliminate any negatives. This is the No. 1 secret of great style.

    2. Base your wardrobe on one or two dark to mid-tone neutral colors (such as black, gray, chocolate or navy), then spice up your outfits with colorful incidental pieces. Mixing colors of similar values always makes for a sophisticated look.

    3. Think quality over quantity. It is always better to have a few great classic pieces that make you look and feel fabulous every time you wear them than a closet full of middle-of-the-road pieces. Invest in a few great classics, then update with less expensive trendier items.

    4. Always consider your lifestyle -- spend the most money on those things you will wear the most often. Most of us will wear a good jacket more often than we will a good evening dress.

    5. Find a personal "look." Once you discover the styles, cuts and designs that work for you, stick to them. Those silhouettes will then become part of your unique personal style.

    6. Be aware of the latest trends, but don't follow fads verbatim. Only adopt those styles that are a perfect match with your body type and personality.

    7. Organize your closet. Dressing well means knowing what you have so you mix and match with ease -- and if something doesn't fit perfectly, remove it (even temporarily) from your closet.

    8. Take advantage of accessories. The right scarf, shawl or jewelry can turn a basic outfit into a work of art. And never skimp on shoes -- they have a tremendous effect on the way you feel as well as the way you look.

    9. When in doubt, keep it simple. It is always better to err on the side of minimalism than overindulgence.

    10. Scout the stores frequently. Short forays are less tiring than full shopping days. Plus, the more often you visit your favorite stores, the better chances you have of finding exactly what you need -- and a good sale.

    "I've always said you don't need a million to look like a million," said Feldon. "Stores, such as Wards, have dramatically updated their apparel selections, but have kept items affordable."

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