A Civil War Reenactment Dress And A Faire Dress

The Civil War dress costume is a lovely shade of blue with white edgings.
Civil War Reenactment Costume Ball Dress.

I’m pretty sure the material is satin. It is shiny and soft and feels rich.

The dress is actually three pieces. The skirt, the top, the sash. It is NOT period correct (means not made as dresses were back then). This one has elastic in the arm band and the neckline, and the waist has a draw string so it will fit pretty much anyone that doesn’t have a HUGE bust.  I am pretty big (meaning fat of course) and it fits me.

Since it has all the elastic and the adjustable tie in the waist band it will fit someone small too.

It has beautiful ribbon around the neck, arms, and the bottom of the skirt.

Neckline of the Civil War dress showing the lace lineing.

The ribbon edging the bottom of the civil war dress.

Showing the dress without the sash.This dress is very well made and is like new. It has been tried on a couple of times to show it to family but other than that it has been in a box in my closet for 5 years. I kept meaning to sell it but never got around to it…until now.

You can see some pictures of similar dresses on this search page (there are several made the same way with elastic and drawstrings).

The other dress is Purple Medieval Renaissance Faire dress and is pretty big. I’m not sure but I think it is a 2XL. It was even a bit too big for me back then(haven’t tried it on against since then) but the way it is made if you wear a belt or chain with it it looks good anyway. But probably not good for a smaller woman…unless you can sew and know how to take it in.

Purple Renaissance Fantasy DressIt has chiffon around the neck and the sleeves are chiffon. It is very well made too and is velvet. You can see similar dresses on dress forms here.

It would make me very happy if you share this post. Especially with anyone who might want to buy one (or all three dresses). They need a home with someone who will actually wear them.

Please share. Thank you :)

Anyone Want To Buy A Faire Dress Costume?

I put one up for sale on Ebay today. It is a dress that has been boxed up in my closet for over 5 years now.Fantasy Fairy Gown

Blue Fansaty Dress

 

It has a headdress wreath that goes with it too.Blue Wreath Headdress.

This is a dress that was going to be my wedding dress.

It is long and pretty and well made but I ended up with a wedding dress more in the civil war style.

This dress and two others that were also in contention for the wedding dress role got put back in their boxes and stuffed in the closet and there they stayed. Till this morning.

I dug them out and tried taking pictures. I don’t really have anywhere to hang them up good or lay them out nicely either so I just put them on a hanger on the bedroom door and/or lay them out on the bed for pictures.

Another picture of the Blue Fairy Gown.

The pictures do not do any of them justice really but I don’t know what else to try. I don’t really want to try putting them on because I’m sure they will end up getting dirty (it has rained every day here and it has been impossible to keep the floors clean with two dogs and two people going out and in).

That is beside the fact that I have gained weight and don’t want to post pictures of myself on here. You can see some pictures of dresses almost exactly like this one from searching Google for “fantasy fairy gown cord“. The first several dresses on that search results page are the same as this one except for color and maybe the material type(not sure what materials are used on them).

I will be putting the others up on Ebay tomorrow or the next day. I would deeply appreciate it if you would share this post. If you know anyone that likes these type of dresses please let them know it is available.

Thank you :)

 

Sell Or Be Sold By Grant Cardone Review

Sell Or Be Sold By Grant Cardone Review

Cover of Sell Or Be Sold by Grant Cardone Sell or Be Sold: How to Get Your Way in Business and in Life is a good book and it is pretty easy to read.

It has some helpful information in it for just about everybody.

The author says that lots of people are not really successful because they don’t realise that they are really salespeople. No matter what their business is called…they are actually selling.

Whether it is just selling yourself to your boss and clients, selling an idea, selling a charity, selling a religion, or selling a product…everyone is a salesperson.

Mr. Cardone says that if you want to be really successful in whatever your business is…you need to learn how to be a great salesperson. He says the better you become at selling…the more successful you will be at everything else…including your family life.

I’m not sure I agree with everything he says…he seems to think that every single minute of every day should be spent on whatever your business is…and I guess if you want what the world defines as “success” or if you want to be rich…he may be right.

I wouldn’t be very happy living that way though. So maybe I don’t really want to be successful. But I did learn some things from this book that should help me be more successful…if I can remember to implement them on a regular basis…that will take practice(which the author also recommends).

From the front cover:

Everything in life is a sale. And everything you want is a commission.

Whether it’s selling your company’s product in the boardroom or selling yourself on eating healthy, everything in life can—and should—be treated as a sale. And as sales expert Grant Cardone explains, knowing the principles of selling is a prerequisite for success of any kind.

In Sell or Be Sold, Cardone breaks down the techniques and approaches necessary to master the art of selling in any avenue. You will learn how to handle rejection, turn around negative situations, shorten sales cycles, and guarantee yourself greatness. Cardone will also teach you the success essentials of

•    Selling in a bad economy
•    Overcoming call reluctance
•    Filling your pipeline with new business
•    Staying positive, despite rejection

With the experience of a seasoned sales vet at the helm, Sell or Be Sold will change the way you perceive the sale—and life.

About the Author:

Grant Cardone is an international sales training expert to companies of all sizes, a New York Times bestselling author, and star of the reality TV show TurnAround King, where he demonstrates how to turn businesses around and get back to prosperity despite tough economic times.

My. Cardone is the creator if Information Assisted Selling, a 21st Century sales process that trains professionals and organizations to adapt to a changing buyer, the information age, increased competition, and economic uncertainty. He and his companies work with Fortune 500 companies interested in increasing sales by customizing sales processes, thus improving the sales experience. Cardone most recently developed a multi-million dollar online university providing sales organizations with sales training, sales, motivation, and even sales solutions(CardoneUniversity.com).

Cardone is seen regularly on Fox News, CNBC, MANVX, CNN, and Bloomberg for his business and retail insights.

He currently resides with is wife, actress Elena Lyons, and two daughters in Los Angeles.

StoryBranding by Jim Signorelli Review

StoryBranding by Jim Signorelli Review

StoryBranding™ Creating Standout Brands Through The Power Of Story is an excellent book that is easy to understand. Anyone who is creating or promoting a brand should read this book.

This book is about stories and how they can make brands stand out in the crowd.

He talks about what makes a story and why stories are so powerful in connecting brands with consumers.

He talks the connections people form with brands. How it starts off as just knowing the product exists and that is has a certain function. Then moves to knowing all the particular features of a product and from there on into acceptance of the brand.

Only after the cunsumer has gone through all those levels can he form a brand affiliation. Once that happens unless the brand does something really silly…like Coke changing their recipe…the consumer will stick to that brand.

I recognised myself in what he said…I have an affiliateion with Dr. Pepper and Colgate brands for sure. Probably a few others too but those are strong enough that I actually know it…now that I have read this book.

He says that is what brands should be aiming for. And that StoryBranding can help them get there.

From the Cover flap :

Until this book was written, the phrase “brands are stories” was merely a marketing cliché. Having delved into how stories influence our behavior, however, the author asserts that the association between stories and brands deserves far more than that stock phrase.

Among the many books about branding directed toward marketing and advertising practitioners and students, none is like StoryBranding. Modeled after the way stories work, this book provides a unique planning process for creating authentic brand identities. It also reveals a number of concealed traps that other branding approaches often overlook.

Drawing on the persuasive power of stories, the author argues that a great deal of wasted effort is put into creating advertising messages that do too much “telling” and too little “showing.” To help brands resonate with their audiences, the author takes you step-by-step through StoryBranding’s six C’s—a process that shows how to approach the development of all brand communications the way story writers approach their characters, plots, and themes. And with Signorelli’s sample “Story Briefs” and “I AM” statements, brands will surpass traditional creative and brand briefs, achieving a much higher degree of authenticity.

About The Author :

Jim Signorelli is an advertising executive whose career has been spent at major national advertising agencies, including N.W. Ayer, W. B. Doner, Marsteller, Lois/USA, and Frankel & Co. His clients have included Citibank, General Electric, Toshiba, Burger King, Arby’s, KFC, International Harvester, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, McDonald’s, the American Marketing Association, And many others. Jim is the founder and CEO of ESW Partners, a Chicago-based full-portfolio marketing firm. Crains Chicago Business magazine has cited ESW Partners as one of the top 25 agencies in Chicago, and it’s been named to the Inc. 5000 list the last three years in a row.

 

 

 

Back To School Frenzy And Nurse Practitioners

Back To School Frenzy And Nurse Practitioners

The back to school frenzy is getting to me. And I don’t even have kids in school. I still found myself over in the sale section going through the school supplies. And most online stores have banners and links on the front page to back to school stuff, lots of different stuff, for all ages. From kindergarten to grad school.

If you are still needing things for your school kids or if you are like me and can’t resist browsing the items. Target is having a sale:

My hubby is not attending this semester. That did not stop me from browsing the items. I actually bought some stuff. Some of it is actually useful….like the paper. You can use that even if you are not in school. The crayons I admit won’t get used for a while. But what they hey…you never know when someone with a kid might stop by. Got to keep them occupied!

In other news I went to the clinic this morning.  I saw the Nurse Practitioner. Not because I wasn’t willing to see the Doctor…it’s just that she was available sooner than he was…but I do like this Nurse. She is a no-nonsense sort of lady who seems to be as good or better than the Doctor. She is also a bit cheaper. That can make a big difference if you are short on money.

It seems I have an ear infection and a sinus infection. She also took my blood pressure and it was high for the first time ever. I know being overweight isn’t good and getting older doesn’t help…but I didn’t expect that. She said it might be a fluke just because I’m sick and wants me to check my blood pressure once a day for two weeks and then come see her again.

So I’m not feeling well. I should be better in a few days but in the meantime I’m gonna take a few naps. I’ll just have to post in between naps!

Don’t forget we have an event coming up in just a few days! Mark your calendars because you won’t want to miss this one!

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