Month: February 2020

History of Fancy Dress

Although it is not known precisely where the phrase ‘fancy dress’ actually comes from, we can trace the beginnings of costume wearing to the masked balls of the 18thcentury in aristocratic England. These balls were very elaborate affairs, and were restricted very much to the aristocracy and ‘nouveau riche’ of the day. Often the costumes were very elaborate, but sometimes a simple ‘masquerade mask’ was worn in front of the eyes. Of course this kind of ‘dressing up’ was only practised by a very small percentage of the population, as the cost of costumes was prohibitively expensive for working class people.

During the Victorian era dressing up became more popular, and whilst it was generally the preserve of the upper … Read the rest

Cashmere Sweaters

Brand appeal and consciousness has really caught on big time and the eagerness to wear branded stuff is not limited to garments like cashmere sweaters only. Fashion accessory items like purses, scarves, bags, glasses and even caps are catching the attention of individuals.

In the midst of all these developments, the allure of the cashmere sweaters, cardigans and other knitwear items has remained at its peak with more and more people seeking to buy them. In the past, lack of awareness as well as cost considerations kept many away from such luxuriant items. But in the recent past, better disposable incomes and growing awareness has led to its growing popularity.

Cashmere sweaters are unique in the sense that they are … Read the rest

Shopping Destinations in Asia

The Street Bazaar

Top Shopping Destinations in Asia The bazaars are a long-held tradition in much of Asia, and there is nothing like it in the West. Typically the bazaar is made up of hundreds of small vendor stalls selling handcrafted items, unusual imports and goods designed to capture your attention. It is easy to spend an entire day in a single bazaar, so come prepared. If you plan on doing some heavy shopping, bring a suitcase with wheels or a large backpack to hold all of your treasures. Most of the bazaars will also feature local food stalls, making your day at the bazaar a great opportunity to also sample some of the local cuisine.

Designer Goods and Shopping

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Shopping in Greece

Nearly all Greek cities have large international-style shopping malls with well recognized brands and retailers. But prices are similar to those in other parts of Europe, so you won’t find any real bargains unless sales are underway.

Tourist souvenir shops and some family-owned arts and crafts stores tolerate haggling, but otherwise it is frowned upon. In places where bargaining is accepted, you can reduce the price by at least 10-20%, and being able to speak some Greek can help you get price as low as possible.

The official currency is the Euro, and other currencies will not be accepted, but you can easily exchange money in the larger cities and in any tourist destination. Banks usually offer the most favorable … Read the rest