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6 Steps to Franchising Your Business

Franchising your small business may be a good way to grow fast. Figuring out whether or not franchising will work for you is a matter of knowing your business and yourself.<p><b>From drawing up</b> a Financial Disclosure Document to figuring out what potted plants will line the storefront, when turning a …

Small Business

5 Tips For Launching A New Business

<i>Bonus: Trade Not Aid–</i><p><b>By</b> <b>Grace Hightower De Niro</b><p>Grace Hightower & Coffees of Rwanda was started with the mission of helping the farmers of Rwanda to built sustainable businesses for themselves by creating a demand for their product. Thanks to emphasis placed on environmental care, ethical business …

10 single mom entrepreneurs share their best business advice

<i>This post is in partnership with Entrepreneur. The article below was originally published at</i> <i>Entrepreneur.com</i><i>.</i><p>By Kate Taylor, Entrepreneur.com<p>Running …

4 questions to ask before hiring your first employee

The decision to hire an employee is tough for many entrepreneurs, particularly freelancers and founders committed to bootstrapping their business to …

You’ll never hear successful people say these 15 phrases

If you want to become more successful as an entrepreneur or in your career, you can start by making a habit of talking and thinking more like the people you know or read about who are already successful.<p>Here are some phrases you'll never hear a successful person say:<p><b>1. We can't do that.</b> One thing …

Self-improvement

Supplement added to a standard diet improves health and prolongs life in mice

Activating a protein called sirtuin 1 extends lifespan, delays the onset of age-related metabolic diseases, and improves general health in mice. The …

Popular Infant Sound Machines May Be Hazardous To Babies' Hearing, Study Says

Sound machines have become a standard item on baby registries, with settings for white noise or babbling brooks meant to lull infants and toddlers into a state of deep sleep -- and keep them that way.<p>But a new study suggests the machines could be harmful, capable of producing sound pressure levels …

Ralph Lauren Forced To Destroy Its Converse Ripoffs

In October, Converse sued 32 companies for trademark infringement. Now, Ralph Lauren has entered a settlement agreement with Converse.<p>In October, Converse filed lawsuits against 32 companies for trademark infringement, accusing the likes of Skechers, Walmart, K-Mart, FILA, Ed Hardy, and Ralph …

Ralph Lauren

10 web design trends that will change everything in 2015

In 2014, the biggest web design trends included: grid layouts, flat design, background videos, and the increasing capabilities of HTML5 APIs.<p>So which …

Graphic Design

Need Hair Color Inspo? Look No Further than Beyoncé for the Next Hot Trend

New year, new hair color! At least that seems to be Beyoncé’s motto. The singer, who’s no stranger to switching up her style, kicked off 2015 with a …

Hair

ENDS TODAY: Extra 20% Off Ralph Lauren Winter Sale Use promo code JAN2015 for an extra 20% off Ralph Lauren sale styles. Code expires today, January 20th. True story: a couple weeks ago I misread the terms of Ralph Lauren’s Winter Sale, and spent a couple hours drafting a long post about the insane deals all over the site. It was only when I was deep into the post that I realized to my chagrin that what I thought was an “extra” 40% off was actually the price as shown (good thing I check these things before publishing). I scuttled the post, but kept a draft handy. Today–on the last day of the sale–many of the items I meant to write about are long gone, but a few are still around, eligible for an extra 20% off (I checked!) and worth highlighting. PRL Quilted Wool Blend Sport Coat $159.99, from $495 retail. Ralph Lauren’s nylon quilted jackets are a perennial favorite (you can see mine here), and most appear to have sold out over the weekend. I’m honestly surprised that this wool-nylon blend version is still in stock in almost every size. Navy is always a versatile color, the woolen texture is much more interesting than your typical smooth, high-sheen nylon, and the horn buttons are a nice touch. PRL “Made in Italy” Olive Linen Patch Pocket Sport Coat $143.99, from $595 retail. Still available in Regular size from 38 to 46, with patch pockets and a 3-roll-2 front. I’m also surprised that this is still in stock–through summer, fall, and winter, to boot– but a bit less so. People no doubt are puzzled as to what trousers to wear with an olive jacket. So I’ll tell you: tan (like the model), light grey, and white. You’re welcome. Deerskin Gloves ($47.99) and Nappa Touchscreen Gloves ($39.99) From $135 and $88 retail, respectively. I prefer the deerskin gloves for their texture, wrist snap closure, and cashmere lining. They’re available in black and green, but I think the yellow-tan pictured above would look fantastic with tailored clothing. You can’t use them with a touchscreen, but maybe some people will think of that as a bonus to keep you from fiddling with your phone. The touchscreen gloves have conductive thread embroidered in the thumb and index finger tip so you can read this post without your fingers getting cold. The adjustable tab closure is a nice touch, and surprisingly, Brown is still available in all sizes. Denim & Supply Selvedge Denim from Japan, USA, and Italy $63.99, from $185 retail. When Denim & Supply first launched a few years ago, there were jokes about how some of the over-designed, over-logoed pieces were reminiscent of Ralph Lauren knock-offs. I’ve let that narrative influence my perception of the brand, but over the past year my opinion’s shifted as I’ve seen some nice things come from them. Take these jeans. I have no idea what the “World Selvedge Project” was, but under its auspices Denim & Supply introduced three pairs of jeans made with selvedge denim sourced from Japan, Italy, and the USA. The Japanese version comes in a straight fit with slubby-looking fabric, while the American and Italian versions are smoother with a slim fit. Denim & Supply Selvedge Chambray Workshirt $47.99, from $125 retail. I know the workwear trend is supposedly on its last legs, but what better to complement your dark selvedge denim than a selvedge chambray workshirt? To see everything in Ralph Lauren’s men’s winter sale, click here.

<i>Use promo code JAN2015 for an extra 20% off Ralph Lauren sale styles. Code expires today, January 20th.</i><p>True story: a couple weeks ago I misread the …

Men's Fashion

Wedding Dresses 2015: 10 of the hottest trends

When else can you try now princess, afford an abundance of glamorous jewelry and elaborate hairstyle with bright makeup? Only at the wedding! And if …

Weddings

The 2015 Color Trends You NEED to Know Now

Design color trends<p>We asked 11 top designers to predict the design color trends of the upcoming year. From olive greens and bright patterns, to "Monet meets Molly Ringwald," these chic combinations may be the next big thing.

Funfetti Buttermilk Birthday Cake

It's my birthday today, guys! I shared my birthday cake with you last year, so I thought, why not continue the tradition. I also mentioned in that …

Dessert

10 Superb Shaken Cocktails

In this week’s video from Panna, mixologist extraordinaire Jim Meehan demonstrates theright way to shake a cocktail. Practice your technique with …

Cocktails

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting - Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks

Shares 160<p>My cousin loves red velvet cake. Every year on her birthday she begs for someone to make it and usually that person ends up being me. I …

7 slow-cooker recipes for your Super Bowl line-up

The most important tool for a successful Super Bowl feast? (Hint: It's not a beer cozy or a pair of stretchy pants — though those might also come in handy.) We're talking about a slow cooker, that wondrous appliance that lets you produce warm, tasty dishes with minimal effort.<p>If you're hosting a …

Cooking