Finding the Perfect Plus-Size Wedding Gown

Finding the Perfect Plus-Size Wedding Gown
One of the most frustrating things a plus-size bride-to-be regularly faces when planning her wedding is the suggestion that she should be, well, thinner. The sample size dress in a typical bridal shop is more likely to be an 8 or 10 than a 14 or 16, which complicates the selection and fitting process.

It’s common for brides-to-be of any size to bemoan their prenuptial weight and to go on a crash diet and exercise binge in order to lose as much weight as possible so that they can be slim and svelte in their wedding gown – and to have some room for error when the eating and drinking on their honeymoon begins. Before you invest an exorbitant amount of money in a personal trainer, remember that he asked you to marry him with you looking just the way you do now. Instead of trying too hard to be someone you’re not on your wedding day, resolve to find the wedding dress that will show everyone just how beautiful you are right now!

For a beautiful look on your wedding day – and photos to prove it – keep these tips in mind for buying plus-size wedding dresses:

Choose your salesperson
Plus-size women the world over have horror stories about going into a bridal shop to look at wedding dresses and suffering the humiliation of a salesperson asking the bride if she plans to lose weight before the wedding. Make no mistake: salespeople who take the Panglossian view – that you should reshape yourself to fit the dress rather than vice-versa – has no place in the bridal wear industry. Think of your wedding dress purchase as you would the purchase of a new car: it’s a major investment, and you need and deserve a competent and agreeable salesperson who understands your needs and will guide you toward the dress that it is a perfect fit for you.

Wear wedding day undergarments to the dress fitting Now that you’ve found the right shop and salesperson to guide you through the process of choosing a dress and having it fitted, make sure to make the most of the fitting experience so that your dress will look absolutely perfect on your wedding day. If you are planning to wear a strapless bra, any type of bra for extra support or a girdle on your wedding day, wear them to the fitting so that all the measurements for your dress will take them into account and so that the fit will be just right.

Take a friend to the Bridal Wear Fitting
Similar to making a car purchase, it is often helpful to bring a knowledgeable and trusted friend with you to the bridal shop. If you’re lucky enough to have a friend as honest as the ladies from What Not to Wear, bring her with you by all means. The only worse experience than having a negative, body-shaming salesperson is one who is so eager to make a sale that she will tell you whatever she thinks you want to hear about a dress that doesn’t necessarily suit you. Your friend knows you as well as the salesperson knows the selection of available wedding gowns, so let her feedback help you with the decision-making process.

Just the Way You Are Bridal Wear
For plus-size brides-to-be in the UK, shopping for bridal wear has just gotten a whole lot easier. Just the Way You Are is located in Newcastle and specialises in plus-size wedding dresses and bridal wear. Let our friendly staff assist you in choosing from our range of dresses designed to flatter plus-size women and guide you through the fitting process so that you can look and feel more beautiful and confident on your wedding day than you have ever felt in your life.

For more information or to arrange a visit and consultation about finding the perfect wedding dress for you, visit the Just the Way You Are bridal Store website today.

Sound testing – Designing Buildings to Pass

Sound testing – Designing Buildings to Pass
From the very start of the design phase of a new building, it’s extremely important that careful consideration is given to the acoustic element the building.

By getting us involved at the start of the design process we can undertake a comprehensive acoustic design reviews and on-going site surveys. We always advocate meeting with the design team at the earliest opportunity to go through all acoustic elements for the building’s design, taking into account the site constraints and the most cost effective method of achieving Part E of Building Regulations. We try to forward of any possible ‘onsite’ construction problems and difficulties in achieving successful acoustic construction and subsequently the sound testing for Part E.

Once we have completed the acoustic design review our services don’t finish there. We provide the site team with on-going design support and site visits. You will have direct contact with the allocated acoustician from the start of the process through to the successful completion of the project.

Once the first phase of the building is completed, we can undertake sample sound testing to ensure the acoustic design and onsite construction methods are sufficient to pass Part E sound testing.

When it comes to refurbishment projects i.e. house converted into flats and/or an office block into flats we can undertake a sample test of the existing wall and floor construction. Once we have established the sound levels for the existing construction we can then look at extent of the acoustic upgrades to attain Part E Complaisance. This is much more effective than just forwarding an acoustic design that may be to excessive and expensive when the existing construction is already ‘acoustically’ robust and therefore only needs to improve by a few dB.

One problem we often encounter (without our design input) is that the building marginally fails during the sound test. The potential problem that is often overlooked is that many types of acoustic design/materials have attained an acoustic rating within a laboratory. It is very difficult and extremely unlikely that the sound levels achieved on a construction site will be as good as in the confines of a stringent laboratory environment.

When the construction assembly is tested in the lab, it is also certified and an exact description of the materials and the installation techniques are described in detail and followed to the letter, obviously this should be replicated on the your site as closely as possible, however this seldom happens. This is one of the reasons why a 5dB point difference is allowed between the construction design on paper and the actual on site construction performance. When you consider that sound doubles every 10dB, then 5dB can make a huge difference to the overall performance of the dividing partition under test. If consideration is not allowed for during the design process then there will be a greater chance of a sound test failure on your project.

Another potential problematic area of sound transference and potential sound test failures is down to flanking sound. Noise flanking is when travels along a continuous path due to insufficient isolation/break within the building wall & floor elements. One of the most common flanking paths is along the inner leaf of an external cavity wall. This may be due to lightweight block construction resulting insufficient mass to prevent noise transference.

Unwanted noise travelling along flanking paths makes the building structure vibrate and this causes the sound to radiate into your room. One solution is to build another wall or ceiling in front of the original, but not connected to it (often called an independent wall or ceiling). APT can help to locate the flanking sound and propose a cost effective design that will pass the sound testing and satisfy Part E of Building Regulations.

For the smaller projects, we undertake a more simplified acoustic design service consisting of a review of the design drawings, such as to floor plans and sections. This usually takes place straight after planning has been approved as increased cost savings can be realised at the earliest stage. We can also undertake sample sound testing if the client is not sure of the existing onsite construction.

We can then evaluate the building design to ensure that it the walls and floors are capable of meeting the acoustic requirements of Approved document E.

Some of the main areas we consider are:

  • There are no potential flanking points, where isolated partitions are wrongly mechanically fixed together to caused noise bridging or the wrong materials have been specified such as lightweight blocks etc.
  • The acoustic treatments for Soil Pipes, Stair Cases Steel Beams etc. to ensure they are acoustically fit for purpose, as these are some of the many areas that get missed.
  • Acoustic floor treatments are compatible with the proposed floor finishes i.e. Carpets, Laminates, Floor Tiles and under floor heating systems.
  • The Lighting specification to, ensure they are acoustically complaint to the overall design i.e. down lighter design etc.

If you would like more information in regards to sound testing please follow our blog at: http://soundtestinguk.blogspot.co.uk/, or contact us at: info@aptsoundtesting.co.uk or visit the APT Sound Testing website.

Edinburgh Office Cleaning Services

Edinburgh Office Cleaning Services
In recent years, there has been a lot in the news concerning workplace ergonomics and safety. More and more, both the skilled trades and service sectors are reporting productivity losses related to easily preventable problems ranging from spinal and low-back injuries to carpal tunnel syndrome following years of working in a poorly-designed office space. Injuries of this nature can be equally insidious and serious.

But did you know that your staff may be suffering just as much from poor indoor air quality and exposure to air and surface contaminants?

Most people do not realise that indoor air is often up to ten times more polluted than ambient air. The fact that you cannot see air pollutants does not mean they are not there! If you have ever been in an office space that seemed “stuffy,” and the stuffiness was fixed by turning on a fan or opening the windows on a nice day, then you can appreciate the effect that poorly-circulated indoor air can have on the well-being and morale of your staff.

A lot of that stuffiness comes from dust, odours trapped by wall-to-wall carpeting and invisible bacterial growth on commonly-used surfaces ranging from computer keyboards to virtually any surface in the office bathrooms. During cold season in particular, your staff are at a greater risk for catching colds and other viruses as a result of contact with surface contaminants. And those minor illnesses can add up quickly in terms of increased sick days and lost productivity.

On the bright side, having a happy, healthy staff may be as easy as scheduling regular cleaning by a contract cleaning service. From autumn to spring, office managers and other responsible parties should give special consideration to the type of cleaning service they use for the benefit of their staff and, ultimately, their bottom line. Your staff are likely to feel valued and actually perform better knowing that management has their best interests at heart.

Complete Cleaning Contracts provides bespoke office cleaning services in the Edinburgh area for all your office cleaning needs. Our professional staff, schedules to suit your needs and focus on health and safety ensure the best value for the service provided. If you are in need of an office cleaning service in Edinburgh, make Complete Cleaning Contracts your go-to during this cold and flu season. Your staff and your productivity reports will be noticeably better off for it!

For more information, call us today on 0131 549 8107 or visit the Edinburgh Office Cleaning website today.

A New Bathroom For the New Year

A New Bathroom For the New Year
Installing a new bathroom as the new year begins is a great way to have a real fresh start, having a relaxing bath or shower in beautiful surroundings is the perfect way to chase away those January blues.  At P T Ranson they have everything you need to completely transform any bathroom, with a massive range of luxury bathroom products for top quality designers you will find plenty of inspiration no matter how large or small your renovation plans may be.

No matter what shape or size your bathroom is at P T Ranson you will be sure to find the perfect answer to your all storage and space solutions, with so many stylish and practical designs to choose from you are certain to  be able to create a well organised and attractive space in even the most awkward room.

You may want to consider taking a look at the collection from Imperial Bathrooms if you want to create a classy and ornate theme within your room, with a huge range of designs to choose from including both traditional and more modern styles there is something there that will appeal to everyone.  With collections featuring everything you need to completely overhaul your bathroom including ceramic ware, basins, furniture and accessories you are sure to be able to create a perfectly coordinated design with a top quality finish.  All items with the Imperial Bathroom range are made only using the highest quality materials including solid wood, cast brass and ceramic finished using Imperials famous trade mark glaze so you can be sure that they are guaranteed to last for years to come.

If you love the idea of creating a real focal point within your bathroom then the bath tubs available from the Victoria and Albert Bathroom range are definitely for you!  With a wide variety of free standing tubs to choose from in a range of stunning designs you are sure to find the perfect tub to help you create a real movie star bathroom, whether you are looking for a more traditional style bathtub or would prefer a more modern streamlined design you are sure to find plenty of options that will suit your tastes.  With all tubs being made from 100 percent Quarrycast, a blend of volcanic limestone and high performance resins you can be sure that purchasing a tub from the Victoria and Albert Bathrooms range is a worthwhile investment that will stay looking great for ages.

Browsing the Burgbad bathroom furniture range is a really good idea if you are looking for some really good storage solutions or you want to create a really quality finish to your room.  With a wide selection of stylish designs of bathroom furniture including wall mounted units, cabinets, vanity units, basins and many other items you are sure to be able to transform even the smallest bathroom in to a functional and attractive area for the whole family. Made using a combination of the finest craftsmanship and modern techniques all Burgbad furniture is created with a focus on quality, usability and unique design.

So why not head over to P T Ranson and see how easily you could transform your bathroom into a tranquil haven this New Year.  With so many beautiful collections and high quality products to choose from you will be surprised how simple it can be!  P.T. Ranson has been supplying and installing components for luxury bathrooms across the UK for over 15 years. We work with architect’s specifications as needed and are prepared to guide homeowners through every step of the process, from initial consultation and planning to final installation. Let our experts outfit your home with the luxury bathroom of your dreams in 2015.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us today on 0191 469 6999 or visit the P.T. Ranson designer bathrooms website today.

Guaranteed Car Credit & Finance Service

Guaranteed Car Credit & Finance Service
As the current recession continues to bite, a lot of people are simply fed up of being declined for car finance and have had enough of everybody doing credit searches, which are then placed on your credit reference file, just making everything worse for you! If this sounds like you, then you have definitely come to the right place!

Here at Northumbria Car Sales, our Guaranteed car Credit service our sole aim is to assist everybody get the car finance they need to help them drive off in the vehicle of their choice.

When buying a used car it’s important that you can trust the garage you’re buying it from. Here at Northumbria Car Sales we’re a family run business which has been established for over 22 years offering a wide selection of quality used cars, vans and motorhomes.

Working closely with some of the most well-known and reputable financial service lenders, banks, leasing companies and private lenders who are ready, willing and able to do business with you regardless of your previous credit issues.

With our unique approach, Northumbria Car Sales aims to ensure that each applicant is assured the best interest rate and terms for their specific car finance application. And remember, if you have good credit, we will get you approved at highly competitive interest rates.

The Car Finance Application Service is Fast, Free, and Easy. Once you have applied, you will hear back from us within 24 hours with a credit limit. Then you will be assigned a personal advisor to you to help you through the whole process. It’s never been so simple to get guaranteed car finance!

Don’t let getting declined stop you from contacting us because you think that yet again you will be turned down because we accept everyone no matter what your credit history is like.

Northumbria Car Sales
As well as GUARANTEED CAR FINANCE when you buy a car from Northumbria Car Sales you also get 1 Year MOT on all car sales as Standard, 6 Months Road Tax as Standard on all cars sold, 3 Months Warranty as Standard on all cars sold and all Cars are Fully Serviced. Here at Northumbria Car Sales we will always go that ‘extra mile’ to help you get you the car finance and the motor vehicle you deserve.

As one of the leading car finance specialists in the North East of England, even if you have been refused vehicle finance in the past, we guarantee to be able to help you.

With over 22 years’ experience in providing high quality used cars and, Northumbria Car Sales have already helped thousands of clients drive away! Call Guaranteed Car Credit now and let us help you drive away the car you’ve always promised yourself.

Planning a Stag or Hen Party in Newcastle

Planning a Stag or Hen Party in Newcastle
If you are planning a Stag or Hen Party in the near future and want to make sure it is a real success, why not consider hiring the services of a professional planning service to help you ensure that everything runs smoothly while you join in with the fun. At NE1 Experience the prime event organisers based in Newcastle you can be sure that they will be able to help you plan a Hen or Stag party that is truly memorable and enjoyable, no matter what your interests are and with Newcastle having plenty to do and see, why not take the opportunity to visit this beautiful and interesting city.

With plenty of activities on offer to keep you all entertained you will definitely not get bored, with a choice of basic, advanced or create your own party packages you can plan a Hen or Stag party that you know everyone will enjoy.

Every package offers the opportunity to take advantage of The Experience so you can really make the most of your night out, The Experience offers a wide range of exclusive offers including drinks vouchers for a variety of top bars and clubs, free entry to a top nightclub and many other great deals, on top of this they will arrange transport to your hotel to take you from your accommodation directly into town.

At NE1 Experience all your accommodation is booked for you in advance at one of Newcastle’s carefully selected three star or budget hotels that are fully equipped to welcome groups of Stag and Hens looking to have a good time, so you can relax knowing that all the details have been taken care of.

Whether you are looking to spend some time chilling out with a few close friends before the bog day or want to have a few wild, action packed days before you settle down to married life with some many options on offer at NE1 experience you are bound to be able to arrange the perfect Stag or Hen party, so why not contact them to discuss your plans with a member of their friendly and polite planning team.

If you live in or near Newcastle and want to take advantage of all the night life the city has to offer and do it safely, let NE1 Experience make all the arrangements so that you, the groom-to-be and all your mates can focus on what matters most: having fun and celebrating the good times.

For more information about our event packages, call us today on 07740 3000 40 or visit the NE1 Experience  stag party website today and let us help you enjoy a fabulous stag party in Newcastle.

Cedars Landscape Gardeners

Cedars Landscape Gardeners
Cedars Garden Design provides top-of-the-line garden design and landscape gardening services to both residential and commercial clients across the North East & Northern England. Celebrating our 14th consecutive year in business, our landscaping team is one of the most experienced in garden design, and implementation.

There are many varied types of garden designs, and Cedars are pleased to offer the very latest technology in design… CAD. Yes, Cedars can show you our garden and landscape plans in 3D…so you can take a virtual tour of your future garden. For so many reasons, 3D designs are infinitely better and easier to work with than 2D.

If you would like to contact Cedars Landscape Gardeners about any of their landscape gardening services, please telephone 0191 565 1758 or (Mobile) 07940 189172 or visit the Cedars Landscaping website today.

SEO and the Benefits for Your Business

SEO and the Benefits for Your Business
Businesses of all sizes in the 21st century rely very heavily on Internet marketing to sell their products and services and to be competitive within their respective industries. No one reading this article needs to be told how important it is for private firms or even for any public or charitable agency to have a website. Your efforts to build an online presence don’t end with the website, though, or even by reaching out to potential clients through Facebook or Twitter.

If your business is to succeed, you will need to attract meaningful traffic to your website so that potential clients will know what you have to offer and, ultimately, convert to actual clients. Search engine optimisation, or SEO, offers benefits to business that social media and other forms of advertising simply cannot match.

Higher Quality Traffic to Your Website
SEO marketing strategies arguably require more forethought than pay-per-click advertising campaigns in order to be successful, but the additional planning is well worth the trouble when you consider how many potential clients will be drawn to your website through keyword or key phrase searches related to a specific want or need that your business can fulfil.

Let’s say that you’ve just opened your city’s one-and-only CrossFit gym. Since CrossFit is an exercise program that caters to a wide variety of needs, you will need to put yourself in the mindset of all your desired clients and ask yourself what keywords or key phrases those clients might use in order to find you and deem you a good fit before ever contacting or visiting your gym. Most CrossFit trainers and gym owners already know that some potential clients are seasoned CrossFitters or very physically fit individuals looking for a training program that will help them achieve their elite fitness goals.

For these clients, such obvious keywords as “CrossFit (city name),” “workout of the day,” “WOD,” “metabolic conditioning” and so forth will draw clients to your gym who already know what to expect. Other potential clients will be sedentary individuals looking for an exercise program that will whip them into shape in a short period of time and provide the sort of community support and camaraderie that will keep them coming back; to reach these clients, your gym will need to rank high in Internet search results for more general keywords and key phrases, such as “losing weight,” “weight loss,” “belly fat,” “strength training,” “health,” “fitness” as well as phrases which include the city and county where your gym is located.

Although pay-per-click and other forms of advertising can be very useful in announcing your business’s presence online, individual adverts are not and never will be able to capture every keyword or key phrase of relevance to your target audience. For this reason, SEO succeeds where pay-per-click often fails. The key here is quality, not quantity.

A One-Time Investment
You can pay once for an effective SEO marketing strategy or pay repeatedly for pay-per-click adverts. Because SEO means having meaningful and reliable online content available to anyone searching for your chosen keywords and key phrases, a one-time investment in an SEO marketing campaign can pay off in spades compared to traditional print, broadcast or online advertising campaigns. And once your business’s SEO marketing strategy is implemented, your company website will rank ever higher in search results.

Think about it: search engines such as Yahoo, Google and Bing all list about 10 results per page. These days, most people don’t bother clicking past the first page of search results because of the decreased likelihood that the lower-ranking results will turn up what they are looking for. The competition for those ten spots on the first page of search results is intense, and for your company to gain the attention of potential clients, your website needs to be just that visible.

Direct Submit UK SEO Marketing Agency
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Let Direct Submit develop the SEO marketing strategy that will enhance your company’s online image and place you well ahead of the competition. For more information, call us today on 0845 272 2350 or visit www.directsubmit.co.uk

Alloy Wheel Repairs Glasgow

Alloy Wheel Repairs & Refurbishment
When you own a car, you want it to stand out from the rest. By customising the wheels on your car, you can express your personality and yet make your ride look so outstanding; people won’t be able to keep their eyes off it. Alloy wheels can make a big difference as to how your car or vehicle looks and drives on the road. Because of this, motorists – often led by the custom car fraternity, have been upgrading to larger alloy wheels for many years, replacing the basic steel wheel which is often fitted to a car with a set of custom alloys.

While they look great, alloy wheels can often present a problem for the motorist. Often the wheel itself won’t be as tough or durable as a conventional steel wheel and can be more easily damaged. When they are damaged, bent or curbed do you need to completely replace them? Replacing your wheels can cost a lot of money and, should you only need to replace one wheel, you may not be able to get the same style of wheel.

Alloy Wheel Repair is often not a simple process. The repair depends on the type of wheel you have, whether it is a painted, polished, or machined rim wheel with a painted centre. It also depends on the type of damage that has occurred. Whether your car alloys are subject to minor road scratches or major cracks, specialists alloy wheel repairs and refurbishment companies, such as Diamond Cut Wheels of Glasgow are able to rapidly repair and refurbish your alloy wheels to help get you back on the road again quickly and safely. And, at a fraction of the cost of replacement alloy wheels!

So what is diamond cutting? This process entails skimming your alloy wheels with a high powered diamond coated buffer, leaving a sophisticated shined surface to your alloy wheel rims. A protective coat of lacquer is then applied to your alloys to finish off the process. Although a diamond cut finish is not possible on all cars, most of the alloy wheels we see can be skimmed in this fashion for the latest in alloy style and to give your ride the look that gets you noticed. It can even add a little extra protection against kerbside bumps and scrapes and chipping from the road. These hazards can leave unwanted markings and damage to your wheel trims, so get protection the diamond way with Diamond Cut Alloys.

Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels of Glasgow offer specialist care and services available to help your alloy wheels maintain their top class appearance. A typical repair and refurbishment will be completed within 2-3 working days and a collection & delivery option is available.

At our workshop in East Kilbride, Scotland, our trained experts will carry out all that is needed to make your alloy wheels stand out from the rest; many of the jobs can be completed within 48 hours and we provide this service at very competitive prices.

There are many ways for you to contact us, you can call us and you can phone us on 07824 565280 or visit our website which provides full and comprehensive information on the range of repair and refurbishment services we offer.

SEO Essential for any Business

Three Reasons why SEO is Essential for any Business
If you are a new business owner or a long-time business owner, then chances are you have been barraged with information about how essential it is to have a company website and, in recent years, a social media presence.

 In today’s business world, however, these two things are only the starting point. Now more than ever, search engine optimisation or SEO is what allows your current and potential clients to find you through targeted keyword searches so that you can in turn sell your products and service through your website and Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Following are three of the most important reasons for developing an effective SEO marketing campaign in today’s business climate:

Online reviews The good news is that your online reviewers are, in a sense, providing your SEO for free; the bad news is that you get what you pay for. Depending on what your existing customers are saying about your product or service, this “free service” they are providing may or may not be a good thing.

Although you run a sound business and are doing everything within reason to keep your clients happy, the fact remains that only those who have had either a very good or a very poor (in their view) experience dealing with you are going to take the time to create an account and log on to a customer review website to tell the world what was so wonderful – or not so wonderful – about your business. If you don’t go to the trouble of telling potential clients what you can do for them in your own words, then you are leaving yourself at the mercy of those speaking for you. Even if unsolicited reviews of your company are overwhelmingly positive, customers looking for your service want, need and deserve more. In the interest of building your brand, it is imperative that you give potential a better sense of what to expect than most reviewers can.

Smartphones and tablets The last time you paid your company’s liability insurance – or your home or automobile insurance – you might have been directed to an “app” through which payment could be made electronically. As a business owner, what this should tell you is that mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets have become so commonplace that more and more service-oriented companies have committed to providing apps as a means of improving access to their products and services. Smartphones and tablets are also being more widely used to search online for local products and services – hotels, restaurants, tow trucks and auto repair shops in the event of an unexpected mechanical failure, you name it. Any business which fails to seize on the opportunity to increase visibility through a local SEO marketing campaign does so at its peril.

The competition If you decide to invest in SEO for no other reason, do it because your competitors are already on board. Particularly in industries in which individual businesses face lots of competition, it pays to invest in an organic SEO campaign which shows your current and future clients what is unique about your business, be it your location or any way in which your product or service is different from and better than all the rest. Don’t let the lack of an SEO marketing strategy keep your business from being as profitable as it can be!

Direct Submit Internet Marketing Services
Direct Submit Internet Marketing Services specialises in developing effective local SEO marketing campaigns for businesses of all sizes and budgets. Let us put our years of experience to work for your company so that you can maximise profits while focussing on the core business. Direct Submit Internet Marketing Services specialises in SEO and other Internet marketing strategies for UK businesses both large and small. No matter your advertising budget, we will work with you to develop a campaign to help your clients find you right when they need you. To learn more about how we can help you maximise profits, call us today on 0845 272 2350 or visit the Direct Submit Internet Marketing website today.