Wondering what would make a great Christmas gift for an Attorney? Many people often wonder what to get a professional such as an Attorney as a Christmas gift, there are many items that would be more than suitable! While the lifestyle of an Attorney is strictly business, you have the option of getting fun gifts. Below I have suggested the best gifts to get for Attorneys.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
|Apple iPhone 4S 16GB (White) - Verizon|
Ways to Avoid Frequent Overheating Error Messages
When the IPhoneoverheats, it displays a written warning that reads: "iPhone needs to cool down before you can use it." Many iPhone owners get a little worried when they see this message and its accompanying yellow exclamation point graphic, but usually the problem is usually an easy fix.
My own IPhonerecently started displaying the overheating error during a long car ride while simultaneously playing music from an online service and tethering a 4G connection to my laptop. This is consistent with a problem that many users had after upgrading to iOS 4.3.1, which had issues with constant streaming data access accordingto blog Tuaw.
4G access creates a much more significant draw on the phone's resources than other forms of Internet access, and in most cases, recurring overheating issues occur when you ask your iPhone to access 4G or 3G data for an extended period of time. Here are a few steps to take that will help you avoid the problem.
1. Only access the Internet through a single program at a time. If you read the Internet on your phone while listening to music and downloading email attachments, you'll run the risk of seeing heat errors.
2. Connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot whenever possible. This will take some of the strain off of the iPhone's mobile Internet chip without limiting your access to the Internet. You can turn Wi-Fi on or off in the iPhone's Settings menu.
3. Close apps when you aren't using them. If you've never closed iPhone programs before, it's a pretty easy process. Go to the home screen. Now, double-tap on the Home button to bring up a bar with running processes. You can hold your finger on any of the icons for a few seconds to cause it to wiggle, then click the little red minus sign to close it. Alternately, you can restart your iPhone to close everything at once.
4. Use unapproved apps sparingly. My overheating error occurred when I used Tether, an app that allows the iPhone to function as a Wi-Fi hotspot. It's not an Apple-approved app, and it occasionally causes problems with the iPhone if used for hours on end in conjunction with other Internet-based software.
If you use these programs or if you've jailbroken your iPhone 4S, remember to give your iPhone a chance to rest every few hours, particularly when tethering.
If you use these programs or if you've jailbroken your iPhone 4S, remember to give your iPhone a chance to rest every few hours, particularly when tethering.
5. Don't plug your iPhone in while using it. If you're using the 3G/4G chip constantly with your iPhone plugged into a power source, you'll run a serious risk of overheating.
Most importantly, pay attention to your iPhone. If you ever feel it start to warm up, give it a chance to rest. The device can sustain serious damage if it passes its temperature threshold regularly, so play it safe by touching it occasionally to make sure that it's at room temperature.
Have any tips or questions about overheating iPhones? Post below. Phil Dotree
Saturday, October 18, 2014
You go into your closet and pick out an outfit consisting of a black pair of pants and a black shirt. You get dressed, and upon looking into the mirror, realize that your shirt and pants do not match because while they are both black, they are two different colors. It turns out that your shirt had faded to a more grayish color. So how do you keep this from happening and keep your black clothes black?
When purchasing black garments, there are a few things to look for that will keep your clothes from fading so much. Check to see what the item is made from because certain fabrics hold color better than others. If you are purchasing a black t shirt, make sure that it is made with lycra as opposed to just cotton. Fine cotton and silk yarn don't fade as fast either.
When washing your clothes, it is best to use soap that is specifically made for black clothes. This soap will remove any chlorine that may be in the water. There are products available that are also specifically designed to be added to dark laundry to keep the colors from fading in the wash. Chlorine in the water will cause your black clothes to fade into a gray color. Also, wash your clothes in cold water. This helps to hold the color in. When washing a black garment for the first time, wash it with a cup of vinegar. This helps to lock in the color.
When you dry your clothes, be sure to use a low heat dry cycle. This will help keep your clothes from fading and also keep them from shrinking. If you choose to hang your clothes out to dry, do not hang your black clothes in the sun. The sun will cause your clothes to fade.
An even better way to keep your black clothes from fading is to take them to the dry cleaner. The employees there specialize in clothing and will know how to keep the colors from fading as they are being cleaned.
If you do have a black piece that has faded, you only have a couple of options. You can dye the fabric back to its original black color. If that isn't something that you want to do, then it is best to retire the piece. Wearing faded black clothing just isn't the same as wearing clothes that were originally gray.
There are a few ways that you can keep your black clothes black. Hopefully some of these ideas will keep your blacks looking great. Ideeas by Lisa Pinkerton
Friday, October 10, 2014
|Video Game Console|
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Emulators and ROMs for Your Android Device, IPhone Users Can Play, Too
Retro gaming is popular with the nostalgic set and those looking for a simpler and more pure video gaming experience than offered by today's highly complex home gaming consoles. Many major retailers now offer plug-and-playboxes that include classic games built into boxes resembling the original console they played on and many adventurous retro gaming junkies have taken to the emulator scene on their PCs.
What if I told you that the best classic video gaming console that you could own is already in your pocket and that you can start playing all of your classics anywhere and likely for free? You can put all of your old cartridges in storage and free up some much needed space in your entertainment center if you know how to properly take advantage of the power of your smart phone and/or tablet.
Turning the Phone Into An Emulator Machine
The first thing you need to do in order to play your favorite retro video games on your smartphone/tablet is to download the emulators, or programs that function as virtual versions of video game systems.
For Android users, this is as simple as making a trip to the Google Play Store and downloading the emulator apps. Apple exerts tight control over its App Store and ecosystem as a whole and does not allow you to download video game emulators…unless you jailbreak your iPhone or iPad and then you are free to proceed.
The Best Emulators for Android Devices
There are emulators for nearly every major retro video game system ever made, and many newer video game consoles, as well. Nintendo lovers looking for great, free emulators should download the Nostalgia.NES app for Nintendo emulation and the Snes9x EX+ emulator for Super Nintendo emulation. The GENPlusDroid app lets Android users emulate Sega Genesis, Sega Master System, and Sega Game Gear games. TurboGrafx-16 fan boys can even get their fix with the free PCE.emu emulator, while the free NEO.emu emulation app offers strong Neo Geo emulation for your Android smart phones and tablets.
Download Retro Video Game ROMs
You must remember that it can be illegal just to go willy-nilly downloading ROMs for every game available if you do not own the original cartridge version of the game. To protect yourself, make sure that you only download ROMs of the games that you actually own. With that said, there are countless websites offering retro video game ROMs. The Game Universe Pro app also gives you one-stop shopping for all of your classic ROM downloading needs.
Controllers for Android Gaming
Now that you have your Android device running emulators and ROMs, you will probably find yourself wanting better control than what is offered by your smart phone's touchscreen. PS3 controllers with Bluetooth capability work but aren't the most handy for on-the-go gamers seeking portability; the same applies for the dedicated Playpad Pro controller. Ipega offers an attachable controller but some users find the add-on too small, while some enjoy the compact profile of the controller. The PowerA MOGA controller is widely considered the most well-designed controller dedicated to Android gaming. The Power A Moga controller even comes with a bracket so you can secure your phone, turning it into a true portable gaming device, one perfect for all of your retro video gaming experiences.
Hooking It Up To Your TV
Let's say you want to use your smart phone to play these retro gaming ROMs games on your TV. All you need to do is enable Bluetooth on your phone and connect it to your controller, ideally the Power A MOGA. An MHL adapter, HDMI cable, and your micro USB cord will connect your smart phone or tablet to your TV so you can sit on your couch and enjoy the best rest video games of all-time just like you did when you were a kid. S.W. Hampson.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Not every bride this season will want to wear a traditional white dress, and with the increase in non-traditional weddings, dresses can be anything from a pretty day dress to a prom dress. Solid colors with plenty of ruching dominates these lovely wedding dresses.
Look for alternative ideas in accessories to go with these dresses, some of which are mentioned below. Following are five of the best non-traditional wedding dresses for women who plan on getting married in the spring of the next year:
Lavender is a perfect spring color this year and the soft folds in this wedding dress by Tadashi Shoji will make any bride feel elegant. Made of chiffon, this dress has a ruched silhouette with cascading folds on the left side of the open skirt, beaded flower detail at the waistline, and a straight neckline. Instead of pearl jewelry as with most wedding dresses, go for clear crystal bracelets and earrings.
A soft muted color may be the answer to the bride wanting something totally different in a non-traditional wedding dress. Lanvin's cutaway dress has a ruched halter neckline and waist has a Grecian feel to it, perfect for a simple garden wedding. The color is mentioned as beige but there is a definite pink hue in this lovely dress.
This cornflower-bluev-neck dress is floor-length, sleeveless, and requires minimal accessories for your wedding day. The fabric is of polyester and elastane, with an elastic waistline. In place of the eather belt, wear a pretty metallic silver or rhinestone belt. For this blue dress, wear a choker-length necklace of pearls and matching stud earrings.
Here is definitely a non-traditional bridal dress that will look fabulous with a bouquet of roses. This maxi dress by Buffalo Jeans is made of viscose, has a 28" skirt length that will show just a hint of the knee, and pulls over the head quite easily so that the hair and makeup is not messed up. A charming bow at the neckline and smocked empire waistline gives it a light, airy feel. Best of all, the pale orange color truly makes this dress non-traditional in style.
The fifth dress on the list is a beautiful yellow GoldenGoddess gown by Cache. This chiffon dress is floor length, strapless, has a front slit up the skirt and an intricate lacy design on the bodice. Lace is standard for any wedding dress but this design has a unique waxed finish to it. The dress is polyester and has a ruched waistline. For jewelry, wear a combination of pearl and crystal. Mary Thatcher.
Monday, October 6, 2014
When it Comes to High Definition TVs – What You Nedd to Know
Do LCD, LED and plasma TVs offer high definition capabilities?
Yes. No matter which type of TV you choose LCD, LED or plasma there are high definition (HD) models available. However, the specific TV must specify that it is indeed an HDTV. Although most flat-screens manufactured today offer HD capabilities, some still do not, so be sure to verify that the TV is HD-ready before you purchase.
The HD options available today include 720p, 1080i and 1080p. HDTVs that are 1080p compatible are the highest quality, and these TVs will display full-HD content from sources such as a Blu-ray player or some satellite dish channels.
Most HD-content you watch via cable or a satellite dish is viewed in 720p or 1080i, which is a slightly lower picture quality but is still considered HD. To the naked eye, it is very difficult to distinguish the difference between 720p, 1080i and 1080p on an average sized HDTV, so do not dwell too much on these numbers.
How does the pricing compare between LCD, LED and plasma TVs?
The pricing can vary greatly between these three TV technologies. When comparing a TV of similar size and features, plasmas are generally the least expensive followed by LCD and LED. The primary reason for the difference in pricing is that plasma HDTVs have been around longer than LCD and LED TVs. However, the difference in pricing is shrinking as LCD and LED technology begins to grow in popularity. This is especially true between LCD and plasma models.
For example, take the Samsung PN50B500 50 inch 1080p plasma HDTV that retails for about $800. Compare that to a smaller-sized LED screen from Samsung; the UN46C7000 is a 46 inch 1080p HDTV that retails for nearly $2,000 at major electronics retailers. The $1,200 difference in pricing is quite substantial, but it was only in the early 2000s that the gap was even bigger than this. As new and more cost-effective advances in LCD and LED technology continue to arise, the prices will continue to drop down to plasma pricing levels.
How Does Picture Quality Compare with LED, LCD and Plasma HDTVs?
When it comes to picture quality, plasma is still king. Plasma technology offers top-notch color clarity, the deepest blacks and highest refresh rate (measure in Hz). Plasma TVs also offer a wider viewing angle when compared to LCD and LED TVs, so the picture quality doesn't diminish as much when viewing the screen from an angle.
That said, some of the newest LCD and LED TVs on the market are addressing the poor viewing angle discussion by adjusting the size of each pixel on the screen and working on other advanced TV screen innovations to push toward obtaining a viewing angle on par with plasma screens. These advances in screen technology can be found in the newest LCD and LED HDTVs on the market.
LCD and LED screens offer superior picture quality in rooms that are brightly lit. So, LCD and LED HDTVs may be the best option for rooms with lots of natural sunlight or ambient lighting. LCD and LED screens tend to show less glare compared to plasma screens. The fastest LED and LCD screens in terms of refresh rate (Hz) feature 240 Hz processing, which is slower than the best plasmas featuring 600 Hz processing engines. Faster refresh rates are ideal for showing fast-moving content (i.e., action movies, sports and video games).
What Screen Sizes are Available for Each Type of HDTV LCD, LED and Plasma?
There are a wide range of sizes available for plasma, LCD and LED TVs. In general, plasma TVs are available in sizes ranging from 40 inches to over 100 inches. LCD and LED TVs offer the advantage of being available in smaller sizes down to about 10 inches, which is ideal for placing a screen in your kitchen or to use as a computer monitor. As of 2013, LCD and LED TVs are not yet available in sizes exceeding about 105 inches diagonally.
So, this begs the question -- which screen size is right for me? When determining the ideal screen size for the room you plan to use it in, consider the placement of the TV and the viewing distance. Do you plan to wall-mount the flat-screen or will you mount it on a stand on top of a TV cabinet? Next, determine an approximate average viewing distance from the chosen placement of the TV. Bigger screens require a greater viewing distance. For instance, a 42 inch screen is best viewed from 8 to 10 ft. away while a 65 inch plasma HDTV can be viewed from as far as 16 ft. away. An effective way to ensure you're getting the right screen size is to take your measurements to the store with you, and test them out on a TV you're interested in buying.
What are the biggest advantages/drawbacks for each type of HDTV?
Plasma screens offer great quality and clarity, but they use up far more energy than LCDs and LEDs as much as 3 or 4 times more in some cases. This equates to an average cost of $100 or more to operate a 46 inch plasma TV over the course of 1 year, according to Cnet.com. Another potential drawback of plasma screens, which is fast becoming a thing of the past, is the issue of burn-in. When a plasma screen shows the same image for hours at a time, the image can become burned into the screen, which creates sort of a shadow of the image in the background, even when the TV is off. Most plasma TVs today; however, offer built-in screen burn protection, so this issue is far less common than when plasmas first become popular in the late 1990s.
LED TVs, which actually is a type of LCD screen, offer the advantage of being exceptionally thin and lightweight compared to plasmas. They are also much more energy efficient and perform better in brightly lit rooms. Likewise, LCD HDTVs are thin and energy efficient. Additionally, neither technology is prone to the potential screen burn-in problem of plasma screens. However, the drawbacks of LED and LCD TVs include their slightly higher price tag, narrower viewing angle and slightly lower quality picture when viewing fast-moving HD content. EZ Writer.
Saturday, October 4, 2014
How to Build Your Watch Collection?
What kind of watches should a man have in his collection? It's an old question. There is one place every man can express his personal sense of style: the wrist watch. I have been collecting watches for years. I now have nearly hundred watches in my collection. In truth, that is far to many watches for any mere mortal, but I enjoy wearing a different watch almost every day. There are only a few types of watch that are essential for any man.
Types of Watches. If you are building a watch collection, you don't need a hundred watches. A half-dozen watches should suffice to cover most occasions. All you really need is a nice dress watch, a business casual watch, a fashion watch or two, a sport watch, and a "bang around" watch. A watch in each of these categories would cover you for job interviews, office work, evenings out, sporting occasions, and hard manual labor. From this foundation, you could build out your collection to match specific suits or specific manly pursuits.
Dress Watches. Do you have a nice watch that you wear to job interviews, black-tie functions, funerals, and church? You probably should get something that is functional, well-made, under-stated and fits under the cuff of a dress shirt. When it comes to dress watches, brand matters. You don't want something that will make you look cheap in your best suit. It would be great to wear a Rolex Perpetual Oyster Datejust. The 36 millimeter dial is the perfect size and it looks sharp. But, in the real middle class world, brands like Pulsar, Seiko, and Bulova have some great choices in a $50 to $150 range. In my collection, I have two Pulsars, a Bulova, and a Seiko that fit the bill. The key is to look competent, understated, and professional. A job interview or funeral isn't the place for a big honking watch with a 57 millimeter diameter case.
Business Casual Watch. Once you've got the job, you can probably switch to business casual attire. You can wear all kinds of watches to the office and that is part of the fun of having a big watch collection. However, some watches just look great with khakis and a collared shirt. For business casual wear, I like watches with leather straps. My AVI-8 Hawker Hurricane has an interesting multipurpose dial in dark green and a rich brown leather strap. Similarly I have a Fossil Decker watch with chronometer markings, a stainless steel case with a vintage bronze tone, and a brown leather strap. Both of these watches have a rich, professional, look and don't break the bank. You can express yourself with a business casual watch, but I generally don't get too radical.
Fashion Watch. For fun with radical watch design, I'd look for exciting watches to wear to social events. A big watch from a brand like Diesel or Invicta would totally work when you want to draw attention in a crowd. The Diesel Men's Advanced Black Watch has a big 52 millimeter diameter case and an bold urban feel. The Invicta Stainless Steel Grand Diver gives you the look of a traditional dive watch in a big 49 millimeter case. Each of these watches is an affordable accessory that gets noticed.
Sport Watch. If you try to get out and get some exercise, then you'll want a watch that supports your sports goals. For example, if you are a runner or a swimmer, you may want something like digital Timex Ironman Traditional 30-Lap Strap Watch. If you are into rugged sports like paintball or rock climbing, a trendy analog or digital Casio G Shock may provide the armor you need for tough impacts.
Bang Around Watch. Finally, everyone has manual labor to do from time to time. It doesn't make any sense to mow your lawn, paint your house, or fix your car while wearing an expensive watch. There are lots of inexpensive watches for less than $30 that keep perfectly good time and aren't a big loss if they get scratched or damaged.
Once you have a basic watch collection in place, it can serve you for years or you can expand it over time. While some may think that cell phones tell time just fine, they are really missing out. Men have never had more choices in affordable wrist wear. Ideeas by L. Spain.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Love Yellow but Don't Want to Look like a Banana? It's All About the Shade and Hue
While fall brings to mind harvest colors such as gold, and yellows, it's important to remember that with dresses, the wrong shade can leave your girls looking like big bird on your special day. Working with the right tones and shades of yellow for your fall bridesmaids' look can be a challenge in and of its self. For lighter skin tones, gold's or champagnes work well while darker complexions can pull off wilder shades without losing elegance.
Helene Bridal is an amazing site for bridesmaid's dresses. This site lets you get everything custom sized and lays out excellently how the dress is made with great searchable options. They also have color charts based on the different materials available. I love the unique options in this site.
An elegant, strapless dress perfect for evening ceremonies is this dress. The dress is priced at $119 with an option to get a discount available on the site. The sites is super cool because you can either order in an established size or give measurements and have a custom dress created for you. This makes the dress suitable for any shape.
An elegant option in a lighter hue with a contrasting rust tone is this style. This dress is strapless with smooth lines. It is priced at $79 and again there is a discount option. This dress again has the option to be made in a custom size, making it suitable for any shape. I like this option for evening ceremonies.
In a very true yellow this tank style dress has very classic lines and a contrasting color under bust. This floor length option is priced at $119 and again comes in the custom size option. This dresses length would make it seem appropriate for evening ceremonies but I think the shade works for morning as well.
Cute and sweet for morning or afternoon weddings is this tea length, A-line dress.In a light yellow with spaghetti straps and detailing at the bust it is great for all figures. Priced at $79 and again available in custom sizes this dress is a wonderful option.
In an awesome champagne tone this halter dress is stunning. I love this dress for evening weddings and for bridesmaids that have a bit more up top this style can't be beat. Priced at $99 this dress is awesome. Add in the fact that you can have it custom sized and it really can't be beat, completed Alice Griffin.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Nowadays, the fashion world abounds with options for plus size women. No longer confined to shapeless frocks and frumpy prints, plus size women have a variety of options to choose from. Designers of bridal wear and bridesmaids's dresses are having the same revelation as other retailers. Not every woman is a size 6. Creating quality plus size clothing is finally a serious consideration for designers and no longer an afterthought. Bridal salons are now offering plus size bridesmaid's dresses in numerous flattering styles and colors.
Fashion-411 .com, a website dedicated to fashion, offers an entire section dedicated to plus size women. Fashion 411 offers a listing of resources for larger women, including where to buy quality wardrobe basics, where to find plus size lingerie and hosiery, and how to purchase a well-fitted evening gown. In addition, the site offers a number of resources for plus size brides and bridesmaids.
Whereas before, online bridal stores and bridal shops rarely carried above a size sixteen, retailers are now offering formal and bridal wear in sizes up to 32. For example, Plus Size Bridal is an online bridal store that specifically caters to plus size women. They offer a full range of bridal gowns, accessories and plus size bridesmaid's dresses. Their designs can be found in prominent bridal magazines and in bridal salons throughout the country. Dresses come in size 14W and up and arrive within 3-5 days from shipping. Plus Size Bridal also manufactures a series of undergarments and hosiery with extra support, specifically designed for women with larger frames.
As a bridesmaid, you really don't have much choice regarding the style and color of your dress. However, some brides will allow their bridesmaids to make certain alterations to their outfit and accessories to allow for a more flattering look to the individual woman. If you are a plus size bridesmaid, the following tips can help you to create a longer, cleaner line for your bridesmaid's dress:
-If possible, choose an open neckline such as a V-neck or cowl to elongate the neck.
-Choose longer necklaces as opposed to chokers to draw the eye downward.
-If you are wearing a shorter dress, choose a pointy shoe over a square or round toed shoe to avoid a choppy outline.
-Keep in mind that high heels tend to elongate the silhouette.
-If it's a choice between a print and a solid for your bridesmaid's outfit, choose the solid. A monochromatic dress will be more flattering than a busy print.
-Avoid fabric that bunches. A clean A line skirt is flattering to most every woman.
-If you are wearing a strapless or off the shoulder dress, be sure to purchase a bra with plenty of support.
With the revolution in plus size fashion, it shouldn't be difficult to find a plus size bridesmaid's dress. Every bride and bridesmaid, no matter what her size, has the right to look and feel attractive in clothes that are especially designed for her body type.
Fortunately, in the bridal industry, plus size collections are now the norm instead the exception.
Grazie, Andrea Pugno Di Ferro, for sharing this interesting thoughts with all of us!
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Like many young prom-goers, I always had to find ways to cut back on expenses. I always managed to feel like a princess on about half of what my friends (and their rich parents). First things first: the dress. People sell their old prom dresses, many still new with the tags attached on sites like ebay and craigslist.
This is a great way to get a gorgeous dress at a garage sale price, and often you will have a one-of-a-kind prom dress nobody else is wearing. To address the corsage situation, go anywhere that sells flower bouquets and pick one up that has what you want in your corsage.
You can also research online if you want to make the corsages fancy. For my wedding, we bought a small bouquet of carnations for under five dollars, took some plain masking tape and wrapped it around to make a bouquet. I wrapped some ribbon over the tape and it looked great! Or go to a craft store and ask for help in the floral department. Most craft stores are quite knowledgeable in making bouquets and corsages, and may even offer to do it for you. They have everything you need to make a silk corsage, and the best part is that they won't wilt halfway through the night! Now as far as makeup and nails go, I have always done my own nails and makeup for every prom.
If you're not comfortable doing your own nails or makeup, have a friend do it! Jewelry can often be found in your own jewelry box. Accessories and jewelry often rack up prom expenses more than the cost of the dress itself. If you don't have your own, check with your friends and female relatives. Many people spend a fortune for their prom, but if you plan it right, the expenses can be much lower than you might expect. Be creative and make your own corsages, buy a used dress, dig out some old costume jewelry! Make your prom your own and save some money while doing it, that says Jolene Johnson !
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
You know the cliché. Bridesmaids always get stuck with awful dresses they can never use again. Most modern bridesmaid dresses would never be considered "awful," however, they still lack the ability to be worn again, as is. You can reuse your bridesmaid dress with a little tweaking. Here are some ideas for putting those old bridesmaid dresses to good use.
Bridesmaid dresses make great Halloween costumes. You could go as a princess or add some wings and be a fairy. If you like humorous costumes you could tape a sign to yourself that says "always" and be "always a bridesmaid, never a bride" incarnate. Or if you prefer gorier Halloween attire, grab a long blond wig, splash some fake blood on your dress, and be Carrie!
Some simple alterations can turn unusable bridesmaid dresses into great additions to your wardrobe. Many bridesmaid dresses come in two pieces now. If you have one like that, try shortening the skirt to make a cute, short satin skirt that can be worn for a night out. You can even keep the cut-off fabric to create a wrap.
You can put a sleeveless bridesmaid dress top beneath a black suit for a splash of color. If you're dress is a one piece, talk to a seamstress about what your options are for removing the skirt from the bodice. Most bridesmaid dresses can be reworked into at least one, often two or more, useable additions to your wardrobe.
If you have a daughter, why not add your old bridesmaid dresses to the dress-up clothes pile? Your daughter will love putting on the satiny bridesmaid dresses, no matter how oversized they may be for her. Playing dress-up is a classic type of play that shouldn't be missed out on so add to your daughter's collection with some old bridesmaid dresses.
There are some bridesmaid dresses that aren't appropriate for you, a twenty or thirty something professional, to ever wear again. However, they might be appropriate for someone else to wear, such as a teenage girl attending a homecoming dance.
Considering donating your bridesmaid dresses to a place that provides prom and other formal occasion dresses for young girls in need. You'll know your money was well spent on the bridesmaid dress if a girl is able to use it.
If nothing else, you can use your old bridesmaid dresses for the fabric. Make some awesome decorative, satiny pillows for your daughter's room. Or create a texture ball, with some silky pieces, for your toddler. You never know what you might end up needing fabric for in the future, so cut up your old bridesmaid dresses and keep the fabric for future projects.
Thank you, Emily Harmon, for these thoughts!