A Guide to Choosing the Most Comfortable Pair of Underwear

Female Underwear

When it comes to clothing, underwear gets the least amount of attention. According to studies, around 80% of the American population stick to the same type of underwear for the rest of their adulthood. While this piece of information doesn’t really affect the quality of their lives, it’s a bit sad to think that a lot of people are mindlessly settling for substandard underwear. Only a few people know how much the right pair of comfortable underwear can be among the most understated luxuries in life. As a hardworking person, one of the best things you can reward yourself with is a set of nice, clean, and comfortable underwear. After all, do you think you deserve to spend the rest of your life in unflattering and scratchy underwear? If not, then here are some ways to help you look for that piece of undergarment that you deserve.

Clean And Comfortable Underwear

If you’re a girl, you have to do more than just look for cute underwear for women. The truth is, you can find them everywhere. However, not everything that you can find is guaranteed to be durable or right for your needs or body type. When choosing underwear in general, you must avoid confusing fashion and comfort. Although there’s a chance that both function and form can converge, it’s not always the case. When you have to choose between both, you have to place importance on functionality and comfort first before you pay attention to your style preferences. Unless you’re paid to do it, your choice in clothing especially underwear should not be a source of pain.

When choosing underwear, you have to think about several factors. Keep in mind that the various pieces of lingerie you buy would be among the things that hug your skin daily. More important than color, packaging and brand names, you should focus instead on the materials used to create the underwear as well as its other features. No matter how good it looks inside the box or on the mannequin, if it doesn’t fit you right, it won’t feel so good when you’re wearing it. With that, it’s also important to ensure the right fit, whether you’re buying a set of panties, a pair of bra, boxers, briefs or other types of undergarment.

Underwear Mannequin

As with choosing a pair of pants, avoid asking for a smaller size when the one on your hands fits you just right. After all, no one is going to look at it or care about it. What’s important is that it fits your body just right.

Basic Information on Aluminum Ramps

Aluminum Ramp

Loading ramps are very useful pieces of equipment, whether in a home, business, or industrial setting. They can be used to load heavy equipment such as forklifts and bobcats. They can also be used to load recreational vehicles such as snowmobiles, dirt bikes, and ATVs. Furthermore, they can be used to load lawn tractors, farm equipment, and wheelchairs. They can also be used simply to get a wheelchair to a higher part of the home. There are just so many ways you can make use of a loading ramp.

There was once a time when wooden ramps were the only kind of ramp available to those who wish to move large or heavy items over an elevated area. However, there were many problems encountered with the use of wood ramps, among the most notable of which is the use of CCA, a wood preservative that was made from a toxic chemical and later phased out by the EPA. Less toxic preservatives were used after that, but they were more expensive and still carried a certain amount of environmental and health risks.

Fortunately, a healthier and generally better alternative was found—aluminum ramps. As far as environmental guidelines are concerned, aluminum is definitely more EPA-friendly than wood ramps. It is non-toxic and is a lot less expensive. It is no wonder that as time went by it became more and more popular. Today, it is perhaps the most popular type of loading ramp available. Other than its non-toxic nature and affordability, there are plenty of good reasons why aluminum is an excellent alternative to wood as a loading ramp material.

Benefits of Aluminum Ramps

Loading ATV

Here are some of the most common reasons why many people choose an aluminum ramp over any other type of loading ramp:

  1. Ease of Use
    Aluminum requires very little maintenance, which makes it very convenient to use. It doesn’t need treatment the way wood does and you can simply wipe it clean after every use. Most aluminum loading ramps are also very easy to assemble, taking only a few minutes and using only the most basic hand tools. Unlike wood ramps, you can easily reconfigure an aluminum ramp in case a particular loading activity requires additional installation.
  1. Durability
    Aluminum is highly resistant to rusting and chipping, thereby making it last a very long time. It is also non-flammable and does not splinter. And unlike wood, aluminum does not crack or warp as it ages, so you can be sure it weathers several uses and the elements pretty well. This kind of durability makes an aluminum loading ramp a very wise purchase indeed.
  1. Strength
    Ramps made of aluminum are strong enough to hold practically any load. They’re also tough enough to survive abuse. You can use it to load items carried on dollies, pallets, or even a forklift. You can use it to load lawn mowers, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, or ATVs onto a trailer or the back of a pickup truck. There are even ramps made of aluminum that are used as floating docks for ships and as loading ramps for heavy equipment. Of course, you’ll have to make sure you choose a ramp with the right maximum weight capacity so it can hold the heaviest item you plan to load.
  1. Safety
    Most, if not all, ramps made of aluminum have a built-in non-skid surface, making the loading process a lot safer, even in such conditions as mud, rain, and snow. The surface of these ramps is also very smooth, which reduces the risk of you getting hurt by splinters as you probably would with wood. Furthermore, aluminum doesn’t require the use of chemicals to keep it in mint condition, so there is no danger of you inhaling toxic fumes when you use it.
  1. Versatility
    There are aluminum loading ramps that are fixed. There are also those that are portable. There are ramps that can be folded and there are those that cannot be folded. There are those that can be folded in half and ones that can be folded in thirds. There are straight ramps and there are arched ramps. There are even aluminum loading ramps that can be used not only as a ramp, but also as a truck bed extender or a pickup truck tailgate. There are just so many ways you can use this ramp, which makes it truly cost-effective.

Ramp Categories

There are basically two categories of aluminum loading ramps. Which type of ramp you choose will depend on your specific needs and preferences.

Mounted Ramps – These ramps are very easy to deploy. They come with either a manual or motorized mechanism for setting up. Whatever type of mechanism it has, though, it takes very little effort to position, and storage is very easy as well. This type of ramp is typically attached to the side door or rear door area of a van; it can also be permanently attached to the back of a pickup truck. It is important to make sure that the ramp is securely bolted to the vehicle. It is advisable to have this type of ramp installed by a professional.

Motorcycle Ramp

Detached Ramps – These are basically portable ramps that are assembled and disassembled as needed. The most popular style of detached ramp is the track ramp, which is made of two separate ramps or runners placed alongside each other. The biggest advantage if this type of ramp is its portability, which makes it very easy to use, carry, and store. It also has the advantage of allowing you to walk between the runners as you guide whatever it is you are loading up the ramp.

Choosing a Ramp

It is important to take a few things into consideration when you shop for an aluminum ramp to make sure the ramp you buy perfectly suits your needs. As mentioned earlier, you need to look at the maximum weight capacity. The ramp has to be capable of holding the heaviest item you plan to use it for. If you plan to ride an ATV up the ramp and onto the back of a pickup truck, be sure to choose a ramp that can hold the weight of the ATV, plus your own weight and that of any tools or gear that may be on the ATV as you load it.

Note as well that some ramps have a textured surface. Others have rubber padding. Still others have holes drilled at intervals. All these styles are meant to prevent slippage, especially when you’re loading in wet conditions. Of course, they have their own set of advantages and disadvantages; you’d do well to learn as much as you can about each surface style before making your choice.

You also need to decide whether to buy a straight ramp or an arched ramp. Arched ramps are generally advisable if you’re loading a mower or any vehicle with low ground clearance. You should also make sure the length of ramp you choose is just right. This means the resulting incline shouldn’t be too steep so as to reduce the risk of falling over backwards as you reach the top of the incline.

When you shop for an aluminum ramp, bear in mind that you could be making decision for a once-in-a-lifetime purchase. Since aluminum does not rust or chip, you may never have to replace your aluminum ramp ever. That is why it is important to make sure you get the right one.

Quick Movie Facts: Upcoming Disney Classic Animated Movies with Live-Action Remake

Disney’s live-action remake of their classic animated movies Alice in Wonderland and Sleeping Beauty (Maleficent) were a massive hit. With different versions of the story and plenty of unexpected twists, the classic stories that we have practically grown up with became new to our ears once again. Following the success of Alice in Wonderland (2010) and Maleficent (2014), Disney will remake three more of their classic animated films into live-action movies. These are Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and Beauty and the Beast.

Cinderella

Cinderella (Release Date: March 13, 2015)

Disney’s animated form of Cinderella was released in 1950, and 65 years later, Disney will now remake it into a live-action version. Set to be released this March 13, 2015, Cinderella is starred by Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, and Helena Bonham-Carter. The story, although an adaptation of the animated version, has several new twists. In this live-action remake, Cinderella and the Prince have met before the Grand Ball, but he did not reveal his true identity. He told Cinderella that he is Kit, a humble palace employee. The Fairy Godmother will also play a more significant role in this version compared to the animated version of Cinderella.

The Jungle Book 

The Jungle Book (Release Date: 2016)

Another live-action remake of a classic animated film that Disney is pushing for is The Jungle Book. Based on Rudyard Kipling’s book bearing the same title, the CGI and live-action reboot of The Jungle Book is scheduled for release sometime in 2016. The movie will star Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o, and Ben Kingsley.

Beauty and the Beast (Release Date: Still Unknown)

Beauty and the Beast will also have its live-action version, but the release date of the movie is still unknown as moment. Just last January 26, 2015, Emma Watson has confirmed in her Facebook page that she will play Belle in the upcoming movie. The movie will be directed by Bill Condon and the production is set to begin this year.

Movie Facts: The Most Popular Movie Franchises of All Time

We love movie sequels! It keeps us hooked to the story and gets us excited to see what happens next. Movie sequels have always been a big part of our lives. Just like our parents, many of us probably grew up waiting for the next James Bond movie. And who could forget Indiana Jones and his adventures, which kept us glued to the silver screen for a good number of years? With a lot of movie sequels scheduled to be released this 2015, let’s review the most popular movie franchises of all time.

 The Harry Potter Movie Series

The Harry Potter Movie Series

The Harry Potter film series is based on the best-selling book series by J.K. Rowling. Releasing eight films from 2001 to 2011, the movie franchise has earned a total of $7,723,431,572. This fantasy adventure movie is among the top 50 highest-grossing franchises of all time. It tells the story of Harry Potter, an orphan boy who discovered that he is a wizard and his parents were murdered by an evil wizard named Lord Voldemort. Harry then begins his journey as a freshman student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and befriends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. And that is where their epic adventures begin.

 shrek

Shrek

This animated comedy fantasy film series, which is based on William Steig’s picture book bearing the same title, is the highest-grossing animated film series of all time. The movie franchise has released a total of six full-length films and seven short films. The first movie was released in 2001 and the last film in 2011. Shrek is the story of a gentle ogre and his adventures in the world of fairy tales. From an unloved ogre, Shrek changed his destiny and later became a hero.

 twilight-saga

The Twilight Saga

Based on the best-selling novels of Stephenie Meyers, this fantasy-romance movie is among the top 50 highest-grossing movie franchises. With five films released yearly from 2008 to 2012, the franchise became a major hit, especially among teenagers. The story is about a vampire, Edward Cullen, falling in love with a human named Bella Swan. Their love story caused what is now known as Twilight fever among young people.

Movie Facts: Top 3 Highest-Grossing Animated Films of All Time

There is no denying that animated films are among the most successful movie genre. With a wider range of audience, every animated film is a sure hit not just for children but also for those people who are kids at heart.  Here are the top 3 highest-grossing animated films of all time:

Top 3:  The Lion King (1994)

Disney’s animated musical adventure film The Lion King is the 3rd highest-grossing animated film with a box office return of $ 987.5 million. The movie is also the highest-grossing hand-drawn movie in history of motion pictures; it also garnered a lot of recognition from different film awarding bodies. The Lion King is the story of a young lion Simba who is heir to his father’s throne as king.

The Lion King Film

However, his uncle Scar murders Simba’s father and makes it appear that the young lion is responsible for his father’s death; Simba flees into exile but after maturing and being encouraged by his friends, he goes back to challenge his uncle and stop the Scar’s tyranny.

Top 2: The Toy Story 3 (2010)

The 3rd installment to the Toy Story film series, Toy Story 3 earned a whopping $ 1.063 billion when it was released last 2010. The 3D computer-animated film has also been recognized by award-giving bodies; it won Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song during the Academy Awards.

Toy Story 3 Film

Toy Story 3 tells the story of Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and their friends who are now uncertain of their  future since Andy is about to leave the house for college. The 4th sequel of this animated comedy film is set to be released this coming 2017.

Top 1: Frozen (2013)

While Toy Story 3 was hailed as the highest-grossing animated film of all time worldwide but just this March 2014, it was exceeded by Frozen. Frozen, a 3D computer-animated musical fantasy-comedy flick, has earned a total of $ 1.274 billion after being released in the silver screen last 2013.

Frozen Film

The movie has also received numerous awards including two Academy Awards for Best Original Song and Best Animated Feature. Frozen tells the story of dauntless princess in search of her estranged sister whose power makes their kingdom suffer an eternal winter. Following its blockbuster success, Disney is set to release a short spin-off flick entitled Frozen Fever this 2015.

Video Game Recommendations for Women – Moebius and The Walking Dead

If you’re a woman, it’s kind of hard to choose which game to buy. If you are having trouble, then these two games might interest you. We do hope that the summary of these games would help you determine if the games are your cup of tea. Have fun and happy gaming!

The Walking Dead (Publisher – Telltale Interactive)

The Walking Dead Video Game

Based on the hit TV and comic book series, this game can be played on the PC, Mac, iPad, and Android devices. It allows you to talk to characters, explore scenes, and make critical choices. The aim of the game is to survive a world that is dominated by zombies with an additional mission of keeping an orphaned little girl alive.

When you hear The Walking Dead, your expectations for this game would be gore, more action, and a lot of zombie killing but there isn’t much of that. It doesn’t make the game inferior though as its strength lies elsewhere; it’s more emotion-based so meaning there’s more talking than action sequences. If you are looking for a game that is quick enough to finish with minimal tension, then this game could be your best choice. To those who haven’t finished watching or started on the series, don’t worry! This game is spoiler-free.

Moebius: Empire Rising (Publisher – Pinkerton Road)

Moebius - Empire Rising Game

This is currently available for the PC and Mac with mobile versions for the iPad and Android up soon. If you are a fan of the mystery/thriller genre and smart male protagonists like Sherlock or House, you might like this game. It centers on a man (who is an expert in history) who gets recruited by a secret government agency for one mission: to match women who are being murdered in the past.

How to Start a Simple Cosplay Event

Cosplay Event

So you have this urge to spread the cosplay fever in your community but you are unsure on what to do and where to start. This feeling of uncertainty is normal especially if you belong in a community that is not aware of the growing cosplay trend. But fret not! Just because not all people have not heard or do not like the hobby doesn’t mean that you can’t pursue this plan. Here are some simple tips from cosplayers who are experienced in organizing simple cosplay events in their area.

Keep It Simple for Now

Don’t aim for too high just yet. Remember that you are just starting out so planning a grand cosplay event can be a very risky thing to do. Here’s a thing that you can do: form a small team of individuals (it’s recommended that these are to be all cosplayers) and have a meeting to plan out everything.
Budget

Simple cosplay events mostly start with donations and volunteer work. If you want to give a bit of effort to make this event a success, then there’s nothing wrong in asking for a little sponsorship.

Host a Forum about Cosplay

This can be a good start for your small cosplay event especially in venues like schools, colleges, and universities. If you plan to have a discussion on cosplay, make sure it has to be as simple as possible. Don’t just go into the details just yet because if you do, people would just be confused on the technicalities of the hobby. Though some of the audience might have already experienced cosplaying, you still need to consider the other members of the audience. Also, don’t make the discussion too long.

Invite Your Friends

Invite Other Cosplayers

Invite your friends and other cosplayers from nearby communities to be part of this mini-event. There’s no harm in asking them. After all, it’s for the good cause of promoting the subculture. In return, introduce them to the audience with much enthusiasm and allow them to introduce themselves. Another thing that you can do is to allow them to perform individual, group, or pair cosplays skits. Skits are mostly a highlight when it comes to cosplay. This is also easier for the audience to fully the capture the true essence of the hobby.

Have Other Activities in the Event

Aside from a cosplay program, you can also have other activities like anime parlor games. You can also embrace this opportunity to invite hobbyists to display their toys and collectibles as another highlight for the mini-event.

Meet-and-Greet with Cosplayers and Attendees

You can also have meet-and-greets for the invited cosplayers and the attendees of the event. This is a perfect time for them to ask questions about cosplay and how they made their costumes. A caveat: respect the cosplayers’ privacy; remind the audience to not ask about very personal questions that has simply nothing to do with the event and cosplay in general.

Japanese Style Lingerie: The Latest Trend in the Fashion Industry

Japanese style lingerie has definitely taken women by storm! It has been causing buzz in the fashion industry and women are flocking the market to purchase lingerie designed by the Japanese. Japanese lingerie is very unique because of its design, style, and color patterns; it can be easily distinguished over Western designs. If you are fond of buying lingerie but haven’t tried wearing Japanese style lingerie, here some reasons why it is well-loved by women of all ages:

Japanese Style Lingerie

Cute Designs and Prints

Japanese style lingerie is attention-grabbing because of its prints and patterns that are definitely too cute. With prints and patterns like stars, hearts and flowers, wearing this type of lingerie can make you feel and look young. Compared to Western designs, Japanese style lingerie is highly stylized and this is one of the many reasons why women love buying lingerie made by Japanese. The designs of Japanese style lingerie are also more innocent and its patterns also are unusually stylized.

Ruffles and Bows Galore

Another obvious reason why Japanese style lingerie is well-loved by women is its abundance of ruffles and bows that make the undies look very girly. If you are fond of lingerie with ruffles and bows, Japanese style lingerie is perfect for you.

Bust Boosters

Since Asian women generally have smaller busts, they usually put more emphasis on making it look bigger with the help of padding, ruffles, and a special uplift device inside the cup. Japanese bras are perfect for women who are lacking in the bust department. It can help you maximize your body’s natural shape to a more voluptuous figure with the help of Japanese style lingerie.

Pastel And Sweet Colors

Unique Color Patterns

Lingerie made by Japanese is catchy because of its unique color patterns. Japanese lingerie often features pastel and sweet colors like cotton candy pink, mint green, sky blue and lemon yellow. Sometimes Japanese lingerie features not only one color but a wide gamut, making it unique and cute. Japanese style lingerie is highly recommended for women who love feminine color schemes and patterns.

Smaller sizes

Since Asian women are smaller compared to Caucasian women, their lingerie is also smaller particularly in the hips. If you are having a hard time find a perfect fit lingerie because you are super thin, Japanese style lingerie is the right type for you.

Asian Woman

Unique Matching Sets

Japanese lingerie often features unique matching sets making it even more fun to wear. If you are on the hunt for a catchy matching lingerie set that can definitely make you look sexier, try checking out Japanese style lingerie.

There is no reason for you not to get hooked with Japanese style lingerie because they are undeniably very comfortable and cute to wear. If you want to know where you can purchase Japanese lingerie, you can actually do it online. There are many online sites that offer you all kinds of Japanese style of lingerie.

Fun Facts: 5 Bizarre Types of Brassieres That You Never Thought Existed

A brassiere or bra is a woman’s undergarment that is designed to support her breasts and enhance their size and appearance underneath the clothes she is wearing. The word brassiere is derived from a French word which means “upper-arm”; it was primarily made with comfort in mind. However, with social trends influencing designers, bras are now more fashionable than functional. With the many complex designs and variety of bras available in the market, there is no denying that bras have evolved from their original purpose and became fashionable items. Here are some bizarre types of brassieres that are not just designed for your comfort but for something else:

True Love Bra

The True Love Bra

If you are getting a little bit desperate in finding true love, this latest Japanese lingerie bra might help you solve your problem. Designed by a well-known manufacturer and currently launched by a Japanese lingerie brand, the true love bra will only be unhooked by a woman’s “true love.” Through a mobile app, a woman’s heart rate, hormones, and nervous system are monitored and it makes sure that the guy unhooking the true love bra is Mr. Right. The true love bra has a front clip that glows pink when the woman wearing it is attracted to someone near her.

She Is Already Eating Too Much

Weight Loss Bra

Isn’t it cool to own a “smart bra” that scolds us for overeating? Since women are very particular in maintaining their figure, a weight loss bra which informs wearer that she is already eating too much would be very helpful especially for girls who are finding it hard to stick to their diet. The weight loss bra, which is being developed by the scientists at the Microsoft Research, monitors the wearer’s eating habit with the help of sensors that record heart rate, respiration, and movement of the skin.

Tweeting Bra

The Tweeting Bra

It may sound absolutely insane, but yes, bras are now capable of sending tweets. Developed by a Greek marketing group, the tweeting bra is made to raise breast cancer awareness. Every time the wearer unhooks the bra, a tweet is sent to her followers which reminds them to do breast self-examination. You might think it is bizarre but this bra is actually made for a good cause.

Anti-Rape Bra

The anti-rape bra is designed to ward off unwanted sexual advances from rapists by emitting powerful shocks if it detects unwanted physical advances. This self-defense bra is being developed by three Indian engineering students and is capable of emitting 3,800 kilovolts. There is also no need for you to worry of getting injured by the powerful shocks because even though the circuit is placed in the bra, the developers have made sure that you are protected from it. The anti-rape bra is also equipped with a GPS which can also alert the police of your location.

So you see? Bras are not just made for women’s comfort, they can actually do much more than what they are supposed to.

Basic Tips on How to Take Good Care of Your Lingerie

Take Good Care Of Your Lingerie

If you want to keep your lingerie as beautiful as the day you got it, you should definitely know how to take good care of it. When you give your lingerie TLC, it will surely last longer in your hands. Moreover, it will also preserve its design and the softness of the fabric. To maintain your intimate apparel’s original condition, here are some basic tips on how to be able to take good care of your lingerie:

Take time to read lingerie care instruction

When purchasing lingerie, it is very important that you take time to read the instructions on how to take care of it. Since most lingerie manufacturers provide consumers a specific what-to-do and what-not-to-do list, you can easily avoid cleaning procedures that are not compatible with your lingerie. Whether your lingerie can be washed in a washing machine or it should be purely hand washed, you should find those details in the bundled list of instructions.

Washing Your Lingerie

Wash lingerie before wearing it

Even if you have purchased a designer piece, washing your new lingerie is necessary before wearing it. This ensures that you’ll get rid of any chemical residue left in the fabric, which would surely cause skin irritation. This is important as some residues are downright dangerous. Insecticides (to prevent moth larvae from damaging the merchandise) come to mind.

Store your lingerie in a shelf or a drawer

In order to preserve your intimate apparel’s elasticity and original form, store it in a drawer or a shelf instead of hanging it in the closet. When you hang your lingerie set, the weight of the garment itself would cause the fabric to stretch and lose its elasticity. Lingerie that is constantly pre-stretched will lose its ability to conform to the shape of your body.

Lingerie In A Shelf Or A Drawer

Don’t store your lingerie together with your other apparel

In storing your lingerie, make sure that it is not stored together with other apparel like jeans or accessories such as belts, bracelets, etc. When you store it with other garments, there is a big possibility that your lingerie might get hooked by something and get damaged. Lingerie is typically very flimsy; make sure that you are careful in taking care of it.

Store your intimate apparel with a perfume sachet

To make your intimate apparel smell good when you wear it, put a perfume sachet in the drawer where you are storing your lingerie. A lingerie set that smells good makes you also feel good when you wear it.

Lingerie is a great investment for women because it makes them feel beautiful and sexy underneath the clothes they are wearing. It also helps boost self-confidence and makes them feel powerful. If you want to make use of them for a long time then take good care of the undergarments.