Fascinating World of Fashion, It's a personal statement

by ExpertBlogger 18. April 2019 12:16

It has been rightly remarked by Coco Chanel the owner of one of the most sought after Fashion brand that “Fashion fades, but style endures”. 

Fashion is the trend of the moment. It doesn’t last, it is seasonal. The volatility of fashion makes it interesting and very appealing for mostly the new generation. For a generation that is older or not at par with the newer generation prefer style over fashion. Some people carry themselves in a particular ensemble or a way that makes them more of a fashion themselves because their style will always be in trend even with the changing tendencies. Like the famous Little Black Dress by Audrey Hepburn or a suit and silver flecked grey hair of George Clooney one just have to be totally comfortable in the style that he/she is carrying and that becomes a style statement for times to come. So, it can be said that an individual’s personal style statement can be a trend. 

Fashion projects multiple facets of a society. Fashion highlights the social history and the desires of the people of that society. It also manifests the overall traditional aesthetic of the several periods that the society had been through. The evolution of fashion ages back to numerous years and as the attitudes and culture diversify, traditions come along with it.

The young generation is a major admirer of fashion drifts. Fashion trends get influenced majorly by Bollywood as well as Hollywood. Metro cities witness the swift deviations in fashion especially because of the young school and college going crowd.

Fashion is a form of unrestricted language of one’s personality and also the social set up of the person. It not only comprises clothing, but also accessories, hair-dos, beauty and body art. What, how and when we wear the fashion statement, provides others with a quick reference of imperceptibly reading the outward situation of a society.

Fashion is a language of symbols, cyphers and an illustration that non-verbally conveys meanings about an individual or a group of individuals. Fashion in all its methods right from tattoos to piercing various body parts, to the newest and bizarre hairstyles, is the best form of graphics to express an individual’s identity. It enables a person to make himself/herself understood by the beholder. It is not everything but yes it is an important persona of an individual for someone to grasp a glimpse into his/her personality. All other things come later about knowing a person. It provides the clues of a person’s status and professional role and success, as well as being a means of being compliant to his/her peer group’s anticipations.

Today the failure to modernize and to reform our bodies whilst constantly observing the ethnic ideal state leaves us flunking the fashion test. Those that pass this fashion trial perpetually spend their lives being consumed in a vicious circle of diet, exercise, cosmetic surgery and other beauty and health regimes. This is not bad always however, it is supporting a segment of the market that largely constitutes the healthy food and other activities like gym , yoga , power yoga , cycling , marathon , organic food and many other things that ensure that people keep themselves engaged in buying these to look and feel good.

Another pressing need to be doing and wearing which is in vogue is an innate desire of every human being to strive for differentiation and to stand out of the crowd. The individual use fashion as a means to form an identity of his/her own in order to be recognized as different in the crowd.

One of the most preferred forms of semiotic difference is fashion, because fashionable clothes, accessories and body adornment are easy for others to perceive at a glimpse. Secondary items, particularly branded specific stuff like handbags, footwear, ornaments, and various forms of accessories also defines an important attribute of an individual i.e. the status. A piece of fashion has to be approved by others and then it inspire others to be copied by them. Finally it is replaced at some point of time when it becomes too routinely and commonplace and ceases to be distinctive. What is fashionable is transitory and what is style is permanent however a style statement can be a fashion and fashion marks the style statement.

E-commerce -a threat to on premise retailers

by ExpertBlogger 13. April 2019 11:43

Internet is the greatest boon of this century and one of the most rewarding inventions of our times. It has not only created an e-revolution in the world but has also touched all the segments of the businesses be it FMCG or apparel, services anything and everything. The e-retail market has catered to the needs of the consumers in every possible way from having the most user friendly interfaces to the super-fast delivery solutions that provides a lot of flexibility to the end user and saves time, money and effort by making everything available at the doorstep in no time. E-commerce has turned the retail market upside down with just one attribute of it’s that is convenience which has been every consumer’s desire while buying anything goods or service. E-commerce is not only convenient to the consumer but also for the seller as it saves all the resources that goes into making a retail showroom and the overhead of maintaining the property and if its rented then the huge rent that the seller has to bear. Shredding all these expenses the e-commerce just caters to everything that a buyer and seller can ask for. With tastes and changing trends e-retailers just have to focus on product availability and the delivery to the customer and the various payment gateways. Advertisements and other marketing strategies can be implemented with greater precision based on the consumer’s pattern of buying and looking for products over the various websites. For the seller as well e-commerce of his products can widely expand the scope to reach larger audience and various geographies as well. The only ones that a seller has is to reach out maximum consumers without worrying about the space and other infrastructure costs.

The retail conversion of physical shops and showrooms into e-commerce facilitator is gaining momentum. Biggest of Indian retail supermarket, electronic, apparel chains have adopted the online model and are focusing on having an e-commerce existence in the market. With technology making a presence even in the remote areas, larger population seem to embrace e-retailing. Nearly 68 million internet users are from remote areas, who sum up for half of total sales that happen at online shopping portals in India.

Recent trends show that there has been a paradigm shift in the buying patterns of the consumers worldwide, who are gradually keen to buy goods and services online and are rapidly treading towards a more appropriate, user friendly and innovative platform.

 

From grocery to a car, from medicines to a full-fledged furnished house, from cosmetics to the electronics the online marketplace has advanced to become as the one-stop shop for everything. Also, the hopes of the consumers are changing to entirely new dimensions, with outstanding benchmarks set by the e-retailers. Shoppers are aware of the value that these online portals offer, the plethora of products that these portals put on display and the one click comfort of making hassle free purchases right from the comfort zone of the consumer have made e-commerce a buzz word.

Such changing market trends have given a blow to the shopkeepers and showroom owners who are under the blow of the herculean rise of e-commerce websites. Amazon, Flipkart, eBay etc. are the fore runners that pose as a threat to all the retailers who now have to re think their strategy to survive in the market. The price for the showroom / shop setup and its maintenance and also the on-floor staff cost is incurred through the consumer and all this is added in the selling price. The e-commerce sites since don’t have to bear these costs offer the lowest price possible that will include their profit margins as well. The consumer are not concern about the quality issues as the e-commerce websites provide easy return and replacement as compare to the merchants. The bad product or service has a surety of full refund which attracts more consumers to these portals than to get into the endless return cycle of the real merchants.

The e-commerce is the future of consumer market not because of it’s convenient methods but because it improves its strategy each day which the on premise merchants fail to implement and improve and stick to the traditional way of selling the products.

Mortgages, Short Term Loan, Payday Loans, A boon or bane for the economy?

by ExpertBlogger 2. January 2019 15:00

The attractive option of getting the loan on same day and repaying it back the next payday without suffering a huge debt or credit check is the major advantage of payday loans. A small provisional loan taken to conduit the borrower's cash flow gap between paydays, is referred to as a payday loan. They are loose, but have high-interest and for a short-term and can be aptly referred as micro loans. These loans are usually settled in cash, and the lender processes the cheque or takes out from the borrower's active account on the date of maturity of the loan. 

As evident from the name, the loans are usually taken and repaid within a period as long as of 30 days. Also, the payday loans are usually repaid on next payday, therefore one can see that they are always in control of their payday loans irrespective of what others would say. Giving each one of us a viewpoint that we are our own masters of our payday loans is the most fruitful strategy charted by the providers of these loans. This is because the payday loans have highest rate of interest as they are repaid in less than a span of 30 days. 

So with this the banks and the lenders will definitely opt for Payday loans because even if a bank has or bad loans and stuff. For the lender it is low hanging fruit and as it is an easy money. However, according to a research survey it has been recorded that after subtracting the fixed operational cost and the default losses, the payday loans company does not make considerable profit. There have been cases of fake cheques presented by borrowers as security, and as a result, such cheques bounce when being en-cashed by the bank.

In developing economies like India payday loans are not very popular because of the gravest reasons like a pile-up of bad loans, Indian Banks seem to be pursuing the wrong race. The non-performing assets (NPA) accumulated by Indian lenders are higher than those of Indian banks as contrast to many of the major economies of the world, including USA, UK, China and Japan. Indian banks' gross non-performing assets (NPAs), or bad loans, stand at INR 10.25 lakh crore reported on 31 March 2018. This pie of the cake now accounts for 11.8 percent of the total loans given by the banking industry. For financial year 2018, the total bad loans of these banks rose by a whopping amount of INR 3.13 lakh crores.  It will take years before these banks can get rid of NPAs, accumulated over the years on account of multiple factors.

 Also even the lenders are not easy-going on their customers. Quite often these payday lenders are criticized. They are called the merciless loan sharks attacking the poorer section, low income areas, which are unable to realize the time value of money. Many people find the interest rate on the payday loan puts the weaker section in difficulties, whereas the richer community can afford to pay even up to 25% interest or so on their credit cards.

Pay-day loan is a benefit for customers because they can save you in times of distress. Had it been possible to know or predict financial emergencies, then payday loans would not have happened! Many at times you may find yourself caught in unexpected situations and you may not be well equipped to deal with the situation. Like when you fall sick, or your car breaks down, you would have to bear on your planning budget for the month. So for these kinds of short-term money crunch situations, payday loans are of great help as one can get instant cash right when needed. Pay-day loans can be applied for online as well and the money gets deposited into lender’s account directly and instantly.

To conclude, in the long run if the bad loans increased due to pay day loans then it would be because of the lenders who do not do a thorough check of the credit history of the customers or burrowers. However the things go smoothly and if proper background checks are conducted on both sides then they are very beneficial for the middle income strata and also the banks or financial institutes that give these micro loans on short-term basis.

Shopping, Gifting & Fun this Season : Happy Holidays

by ExpertBlogger 16. December 2018 17:39

Holiday’s such as nice word to hear, when you hear about holidays then you feel so relaxed and you would like to cheer and enjoy every moment of this, we can meet to friends and family. Share good bad in the year and finally welcome brand new year for new beginning

 

In the holiday seasons along with fun there is another important thing everyone does is shopping , yes tones and tones of shopping which start with thanks giving holidays and ends with I mean it does not really end but kind of stop at new year’s. I personally visit many store during this festival season and this article about to share my experiences. not to mention all the store and online shop they start their holiday preparation well ahead of time right from hiring new extra employees, ordering all the goods and making sure that infrastructure will run and have enough backup plans because they cannot afford to have anything stop for even for hour, the impact that can have on their sales will be huge.

 

Now talking about shopping there are many thinks which surprise me, I mean the amount of discount they offer while this period is insane. Something I think if they can afford to sell any item at that price then what about the people who bought that same item in other time of year at the high price are those are fools. On the other hand some good and articles has almost same price as year around but people just think that this is holiday time and all things are on sale so this is cheap and they tends to buy everything they can. Every time person goes in the store to buy one thing and end up purchasing other items just because it holiday season, also this season is gifting season keeping that in mind all stores designs their product in terms of gifting solutions. And advertise them so hard that they kind of divert one’s mind to go and buy the goods if someone has not thought of buying. 

 

Sometime it just amaze me the enthusiasm of people about shopping in heavy winter , standing in those long lines , for some people it’s fun for some people its thrill and some its experience which they want to enjoy. Every online website is filled with deals and promotion and that what make people eyes to want it. Overall I think alone in this 2 months people must be spending almost double amount they spend in entire year.


So If you are shopping be smart rather than wasting your time from store to store and use technology , look out for your finance and  make your holiday shopping experience better than before.

FIFA World Cup and the world

by ExpertBlogger 10. November 2018 14:23

Supposedly you are on the way to your office, following that same routine which you do every day. Suddenly you see a crowd gathered at a random corner of the street which you may not have visited for quite some time. There would be a probability that you will walk up to the scene and measure up the surrounding just to get that curiosity over.

When a noob sees people shouting their lungs out in front of a television he/she is almost sure to check it out, the excitement and the screams sure attract anybody. It is Football World Cup!!!

It is happening right now from Croatia win against Argentina that had an upset audience and they started to cry for Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo’s adrenaline rushed 3 goals against Algeria, France registering a thumping victory over Belgium and moving to semifinal and the news of doping for the host i.e. Russia  yes it is going on, the month where you need to want to leave your office early to support your favorite teams, it is the time where your boss, teacher, manager assignments didn’t bother you much but Argentina qualifying match against Nigeria gives you stress and trend penalty shoot outs gives you goosebumps!!

 Let’s have a recap, where it began? It all started in 1930 when Uruguay organized the first ever Football world cup, 13 teams participated at that moment of time and Uruguay had beaten Argentina 4-2 in front of a crowd of 68,346 people and became the first nation to win the World Cup. From an attendance of approximately 6 lakhs at that time to 3.2 billion in 2014 and this year the approximation was more than 7 billion. Trillions of fans all over the world and hundreds of players and multiple teams participating in a huge footie family! 

Further, few things that people are not aware about this world cup are as follows:

Viewership: More than 50% of the world’s 7.6 billion population watch The Cup and that is 4 billion people worldwide. According to FIFA, this makes the tournament “the world’s most viewed favorite sporting event.”

Splurge on alcohol and food: According to the latest stats over 750,000 liters of beer cans and bottles were sold in stadiums during the World Cup. A whooping number of 390,600 hot dogs have been consumed by the audience at the stadium. 

Increased Birth Rates: The Cup caused an increased in the birth rates of the host countries. Nine months after Germany hosted the World Cup in 2006 their country’s birthrate increased to more than 10 percent.

Football is no doubt the world’s most watched and favorite sport. However in this world cup few teams have not only grabbed the eye but also won our hearts. Iceland, that had a world ranking in the 130s four years ago, have now been hovering around the 30 mark. This is their first major tournament, and they are that petit nation so far to be able to make it to any major football finals. They drew with Portugal and Hungary and beat Austria in the group stage. Their country’s population merely is 3 lakhs and most of their players are not regular footballers as well. To add to this strange combination one of their managers is a dentist, their goalkeeper was a film director once upon a time.

Second most astounding team is Croatia. A team that has spurred victory flags against major teams like Argentina, England and many more strong contenders of the cup. This team’s unbelievable journey to finals will be etched in every football lover’s memory specially their penalty shootouts and their defense mechanisms. 

The stats had that Brazil and Italy both combined have 9 World Cup titles to their names. One of these two teams has won 45% of the 20 tournaments that were held. Brazil had won the most titles with 5 wins, ranging from 1958 to 2002. The Brazilians have appeared in every World Cup since its inception back in 1930. Italy and Germany has taken home 4 titles thus making them the second most winning country. Their victories range from 1934 to 2014, followed by Argentina and Uruguay with 2 wins each. Those five teams combine to a total of 16 wins. 

So if Croatia wins the world cup this time then it will be newest member to join the winners’ club and the 9th country to do so. The spotlight is definitely on Croatia and France in this Final.