Western Cowgirl Jewelry and Accessories. Passe or A Current Fashion Blitz?

Sometimes when we start a business we get so focused on what we like that we forget the tide of trends. To stay current in your inventory sometimes it is wiser to pare down your offerings and make your menu of items smaller and more targeted. I found this to be the case when someone starts a web business. Probably you have big lofty ideas, but certainly not the pocketbook to fund them all.In order to make the most of developing websites with the funds available, begin to look for the hottest trends in the targeted area you chose. If you love western horses then find things that match your passion.It always seemed natural to build a website that every cowgirl or horse lover would gravitate towards. Great idea but it doesn’t always work right off the bat.There is so much competition because the western trend is growing by leaps and bounds. Don’t try to be too many things to too many people. Horse lovers do have many things in common but just like outside the horse world people tend to be individuals,buy and wear what they like, usually it is what is trendy and popular at any given moment. A famous rider wins a big competition and wears a bracelet then BAM! that style is seen by scores of people and they will look to purchase similar styles.What is hot today is passe` by the end of the month.The same goes for western styles or horse themed items. Be it jewelry or clothing it can be a pretty tricky business keeping up. Big retailers aside, my thought is that I believe I found the best way to make a steady business is to find a niche and target group then try and remain current with what is happening in the field overall.What has been seen recently at Western and English events is that the western influence is everywhere, indeed hotter now than ever. It has become sophisticated, competitive, and sometimes highly profitable. People who ride western have different styles they prefer, classic ranch styles and the rhinestone cowgirl look. English riders have been seen sporting many previously “western only” accessories like changing their very plain belts to the western styles with conchos, applique cutouts and so on. The western theme seems to be pervading the entire fashion world where top designers now offer many items that look like they came right out of the west.So how do you compete with the thousands of merchants trying to get a piece of the hot fashion trend while still remaining current? My answer is find a target audience and cater to them.Chose a rather small target group, set forth on a mission to represent their styles. Try to find out everything you can about their events,fashions and obviously what was selling at the big retailers. Find companies or artistsans that make unique wares. Look and see what the tourist trade at these events.Since western events tend to be big tourist business, try to cater to them wherever they live as well. Once tourists visit an event, a decent portion of them will continue to “return” to it. even in spirit. They continue buy items that look like where they have been and enjoyed themselves. Some become completely immersed in the culture.With the advent of internet sales they can easily search for those items. Your job is to be there when they do!Investigate manufacturers and craftsmen. It isn’t easy and it takes time to develop a “brand” however as with everything in life you get out of it what you invest in time and effort.While this approach may not work for everyone it certainly is one way to capitalize on a very hot fashion trend that doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon, rather continues too evolve and grow exponentially.Whether you chose a narrow target group or decide to cover all the bases, western style is here to stay… at least for the foreseeable future.Happy trails to you! Deborah G Flynn

Infant Boy Clothing and the Many Types of Reusable Diapers

In today’s marketplace there are many different choices when buying reusable diapers. In this article we will look at the main types and individual traits of the: flat fold, pre folded, contoured, fitted and all in one diapers. One of the most essential facets of infant boy clothing is the diaper.The flat fold diaper is the cheapest option and is what would have been used traditionally. It is a single layer of material, square in shape. Fasteners such as diaper pins or Snappis (T shaped fastening) are required. An additional cover is needed to help prevent leakage.Prefolded diapers are very similar to flat folded diapers, the only difference is they are usually rectangle in shape and have multi layers of material. They still require fastenings and the waterproof cover to go over the nappy.The contoured diaper also requires pins and an additional covering, but has an hour shape which helps fit to infant’s shape.Fitted diapers are slightly more expensive but have more features. They have elastic around the leg holes and the waist to gather the material. Velcro or snaps are commonly used, meaning no pins or fasteners are needed. The diaper is already shaped so folding is not necessary. There is still a need for a water proof covering.The last type of diaper which I looked at is the All in Ones (AIOs). These have a built in water resistant covering unlike the diapers above. They are adjustable in size and have elastic at the leg and waist openings. Velcro or snaps are used to bring the diaper together. This type of diaper is manufactured in many varied colors, styles and sizes to suit the individual infant.All of the above diapers come in various materials but the popular fibres are: flannelette, cotton, terry towelling and hemp.Some common accessories for diapers are covers, liners, inserts and fasteners. Covers are used for all diapers except the water resistant AIOs. The most popular cover is plastic but their life is the shortest. Also the plastic does not allow the diaper to breathe. Heavy materials are used for the diaper covers and they are either water resistant or water proof. Some other common materials for these are: polyurethane laminate (PUL), nylon, wool and fleece. There are two types of covers. Those are the pull ups and the side snap covers. The side snap covers are less popular as they have a larger problem with leakage.Liners are placed inside the diaper for extra absorbency and they can be disposable or reusable. Inserts are similar to liners but they are bulkier. Inserts are better for night time sleeping.Diaper pins and Snappis are the two most common ways to fasten diapers. Diaper pins can have metal or plastic heads to them and have pointy ends. The pointy ends make them easier to move through the material diaper but this can also make safety an issue. Snappis do not have any sharp points to them so they are safer but less durable. They are also better for the younger children who are less mobile. This is because they have a higher rate of falling off, or being pulled off, when on an active child.Today’s society holds many options in regards to diapers. Your personal situation should be considered to choose what suits you and your infant best. There is no one option that is better than another. Using a variety of the above mentioned options assists the many varied scenarios in everyday life.

Dog Couture Shops With Unique Dog Couture Clothing and Accessories

People who own dogs, know how precious they are. It is like a family full of uncondtional love and care. It is a wonderful creature on earth that amazes each and every individual with its intellect and ability to sense any upcoming danger. Your dog is happy when you are happy and it is sad when you are sad. It is always there to protect you, no matter what.Being blessed with such unique qualities, your dog deserves a unique lifestyle. Dog boutiques make it possible to happen. Keeping the singularity of your dog in mind, dog boutiques have come up with everything, that you ever wanted or needed.Clothing is one of the basic needs for human being; however it is one obtrusive requirement for your dog also. Dog owners have a strong desire to make their dog look different. Dog couture shops have awesomely worked on this outlook of dog owners and have come up with the luxury dog clothing. They have designed clothes for small as well as big dogs.Dog collars serve as the dogs identity as well as enhance its beauty, if they are from the designer dog collar collection. Dog couture boutiques have a wide variety of dog collars by well known and widely accepted brands like bone diggers, chrome bones, F&F, Ed Hardy, Dublin dog, Gwen Gear, Juicy Couture, Hartman & rose, ruff stuff and the list continues.In order to protect and control your dog, you can find a surprising collection of dog life jackets and harnesses. The sizes range from the smallest of dogs to the largest. Apart from controlling your dog, like collars, dog harnesses also add beauty to your dog’s appearance.While swimming, dog life jackets play a vital role in your dog’s protection. These are available in various colors and design providing you with the freedom of choosing best for your beloved dog.The list still has a lot in it, which includes dog bandannas, dog carriers, fashion accessories, furniture, grooming & spa, leashes and many more. Dog couture shops have established themselves as the first choice and final destination for dog owners. One, who loves his dog, can not find a better alternative to get something valuable for his worthful dog.