Lovethesign Raised $4 Million Series A

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These days there are various e-commerce starting up anywhere in the world and funding are pouring on for those seen to be showing some potential. In Europe, the demand for home wear and furniture is unwavering that a new e-commerce startup called Lovethesign was born. The company is founded in Italy and it focuses on home designs.

Series A funds were gathered by the company and worth more than $4 million. The funding leader was the United Ventures together with various participants from anonymous private investors, all of which are members of the fashion and design sector in Italy.

What is more surprising is that Lovethesign decided to not only use the capital for their launch in Europe but the company wishes to follow up the launch by opening in the U.S. as well. Since there are many startups who are venturing into the design industry, Lovethesign considers a number of them competitors such as monoqi and Madeindesign. Not to mention these competitors span all e-commerce businesses that are into general furniture design such as Wayfare, which is located in Boston and is known more publicly.

Lovethesign was founded by Laura Angius, Vincenzo Cannata and Simone Panfilo in the last quarter of 2012. The founders were also known to working with Privalia, e-commerce giant, before in management positions. The company focuses in designing furniture and home accessories that are Italian inspired. All of their products can be bought through a fixed list of selection and they also hold flash sales every week.

The catalogue for the company has around 15,000 products and there are more than 1,000 partners such as Seletti Wears Toiletpaper, Alessi, MdfItalia, Casamania, Flos, Magis, Artemide and Foscarini. The company is said to have serviced more than 1 million customers and currently, 60,000 of the products were already shipped. The company is proud of their month-on-month growth which is at 20%.
According to Simone Panfilo, the CEO as well as one of the founders, the startup has met challenges and one of them is bridging the gap between what the designers produce and what the clients are looking for when it comes to authentic Italian home designs.

Bubble Wrap: How To Use The Right Way

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One of the most useful packaging products available online at Paper Mart is the bubble wrap. It protects fragile objects and serves as cushioning material during shipping or transport. Though there are no instructions included upon purchasing bubble wrap at Paper Mart, there are methods you could follow in order to maximize the protection of the wrap.

– The first question most users ask before wrapping items is how to position the bubbles, inside or outside? It is recommended by many that the bubbles should be facing inward. This way, the bubbles will be able to make sure the item stays in place while it acts as a cushion around the item to protect it from any impact.

– Recipients might sometimes find their items wrapped with bubbles have little dots stuck on the area where the bubbles touched the object. This is a part of the bubble and usually sticks when exposed to heat or direct sunlight. This should not be a cause for concern since the remaining material can be easily wiped away with a damp cloth. If you want to avoid it at all, wrap the item with paper before covering it with bubble wrap from Paper Mart.

– After wrapping your items, make sure all open edges and sides are secured with tape. This is mostly skipped by most and only adds the tape on the overlapping side of the wrapper. It should also be closed around the bottom and the top to avoid the item from slipping out.

– If you are shipping flat items then there are envelopes padded inside which is suitable as protection. What’s more is that it can be reused again especially if the items are light weight ones.

– If you are wrapping an item for storage, make sure to out a label outside the bubble wrap. You might be looking for something later on and you will have to take out the entire wrap if you have no idea what is wrapped inside. A label could speed up the process.

– After making sure every item is wrapped with bubble wrap individually, add other cushioning materials such as newspaper to add protection to the items.

Professional Body Painters To Gather To Learn New Techniques And Skills

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In Adelaide this week, professional body painters will be gathering to learn new, modern techniques and styles in the world of body painting.

The painting industry is very susceptible to change. Every year, many techniques and styles are invented and in order to be successful in this industry, one must be kept up to date with all the latest trends.

The convention will be held in conjunction with the Australian Body Art Awards and it will bring together many instructors from the different parts of the world.

Maria Mormile, an organizer of the convention, said that 20 painters, Australian and foreign, were giving lectures and classes to more than 40 participants. Local painters have been highly featured in students and teachers alike.

Referring to the painting industry in Adelaide, Mormile described it as ‘quite big.’

She said that they have some of the best painters in Adelaide including multimedia artist, Emma Hack.

The professional body painting industry has been growing over the past years and the standard is very high especially for Australians. Many people would like to have their bodies painted for fancy dresses, cosplay, gigs and sometimes for personal reasons. Right now, one of the fastest growing trends in body painting is painting on a pregnant woman’s belly.

Of course, like any other vocation, body painting also has its own challenges. For Ms. Mormile who has been a body painter for eight years now, she has never encountered a job that is more challenging than painting a man for the World Naked Bike Ride.

There was a time when she had been hired a by a rider who had received a commercial sponsorship to join that event and he wanted to paint the uniform and logo in his body.

She said that there many people who are worried about that kind of work but since Ms. Mormile was remedial massage therapist, she was a bit desensitized to nudity.

But when it came down to working on the man’s sensitive parts, she would just give him the brush.

Another challenge is also the time it takes to finish a body painting during competitions.

Why Children In Today’s Generation Have Become Fashion Conscious

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Children today know what they want to wear. They are aware of the latest trends, celebrity styles and famous cartoon characters. Their choices are often influenced by what they watch on television.

It is not surprising for a kid who is an avid fan of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic to request for my little pony pajamas.

According to industry analysts, the market for kids wear is the fastest growing in the ready-to-wear apparel and it is expected to maintain an average growth rate of 13% until 2016. Different factors will drive the growth from rising media exposure, high disposable income of parents, increasing fashion sense and brand consciousness among children.

There are many international brands in the market but local brands are also accepted by consumers because they provide an unmatched value proposition and they certainly adapt to local tastes. Contrary to what many people believe, the share of branded kids wear in the market has decreased considerably over the last few years. In India, the share of branded apparel remains at less than 10%.

New players have dominated the market because they offer a wide range of styles for cost effective prices. Their concentration is on high volumes and it is becoming a more popular option. Many of the designs focus on comfort and fit particularly those intended for children. In addition, many local and global companies are expanding their geographies in order to leverage of the growth of kids wear market.

Children have started to be fashion conscious. Parents are no longer the sole decision makers because even young children want to take part in shopping. Once the children are in school they are exposed to a wider range of media and they become aware of fashionable styles compared to the past generations. Children today know what they want to wear and how they would like themselves to be dressed.

The 7 to 12 age group is very fashion conscious and it is the only segment that has not been affected the economic slowdown. In fact, this segment is poised for growth.

An Insight Into The Real Housewives Of Melbourne

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The Real Housewives Show was launched in 2006. Television viewers were treated to a reality show that focused on the lavish life styles of affluent women. The reality show became successful that it eventually became a franchise with Real Housewives in New York, Beverly Hills etc.

The women in the American editions of Real Housewives were extraordinarily glamorous but the reality behind that is they are living beyond their means. Some have filed for bankruptcy while others have been sued for unpaid taxes and rents. The lives of these women are real drama with all the complications.

Many viewers will likely aspire to experience the opulent life of the Real Housewives but it is far more entertaining to watch the egomaniacs that hate each other and verbally abuse one another using the most inventive profanities that be found on screen. However, there are confessional moments where there is no sense of self delusion. They give the impression that this is a kind of show where women can talk to other women about their problems and lives. Women in the reality show celebrate a certain kind of power through the recognition and validation of the difficulties of living in a world that men still dominate and hold the purse strings.

On the other hand, the women portray themselves as pampered dolls in a spectacular way where even the most mundane events of their life are treated as an accomplishment. A lot of what the housewives say sound odd flat and unnatural which seems that there has been a hasty off-camera scripting even if the conversations have to be spontaneous and adlibbed. However, this is not unusual for reality TV because to seem spontaneous, it must be rigorously produced and tightly edited like a soap opera.

In today’s generation of on-demand streaming and recording boxes people are not longer watching the same shows at the same time. Viewers may still seek the feeling of watching a show in tandem with others because they can make commentaries and reactions and share it with their friends through social media. People love to tweet while watching television and they tweet about the people they are watching.

Asteroid Impact Zone Found In Australia Said To Be World’s Largest

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Australia – March 24, 2015 – An impact zone was uncovered by a group of Australian scientists and it is believed to be caused by a large meteorite. The discovery is considered as the world’s largest impact zone.

The team that found the impact zone was led by Andrew Glikson who came from the Australian National University or ANU. He said that the two ancient craters that they had found in Central Australia is believed to have been caused by single meteorite that had split into two.

The craters appear to be two large structures that are about 200 km each. If joined together, they would be encompassing about 400 km and there is nothing else like that which can be found on Earth making it the biggest crater ever discovered on this planet.

With the recent discovery, many questions have already been raised particularly as to how it can be connected with a mass extinction theory. The scientist did not deny this and instead acknowledged that it might be related to the 180 km crater that is found in Mexico which is also said to be a catalyst for a mass extinction that killed the dinosaurs millions of years before.

Unfortunately, when the area sizes of the two craters are measured separately, both will be smaller than the two current biggest impact craters in the world which can be found in Sudbury, Ont., which was believed to be caused by a comet and the 300 km wide crater, the current biggest crater, found in Vredefort, South Africa.

Millions of years ago, scientists say that there was an abundance of craters nut due to the waning of time, it was all covered up and hidden through natural processes. But thanks to geothermal research drilling, the secret history that was hidden under a certain area in Australia was finally revealed.

Glikson said that the next step that they should do is to conduct more research. They are hoping that their next research is about deep crust seismic traverses.

Glikson also said that the mantle underneath has been domed up which can be an evidence that something major happened.

Yo-Yo Diets Leading To More Weight Gain

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A recent study has discovered that yo-yo dieting, or the reoccurring cycle of losing weight and gaining it, may just only result to more weight gain when the diet is completed.

The study, which was published in the Evolution, Medicine and Public Health journal, manifested that repeated dieting can be regarded by the brain like short famines. Because of this, the brain encourages the body to store additional fat for any future shortage. This results to repeated dieters gaining more weight in comparison to those that never diet.

Repeated dieting as short famines

Professor John McNamara from the University of Bristol’s School of Mathematics explained in a press release that their model displays that weight gain is not a malfunction of people’s physiology. He added that the brain can be working perfectly, however uncertainty regarding food supplies prompts an evolved reaction to gain more weight.

For the study, researchers did an analysis of mathematical models of animals, with birds as an example. These animals are aware when food is abundant and when it is also limited. However, they are unaware when it will go from being abundant to scarce. Because of this, the birds have to know about changeability prior to determining how fat they need to be.

With the researchers observing how animals responded to food storage declining, they understood why people, those under yo-yo diets, were likely to fail in their weight loss plans.

Since the brain regards a diet as a kind of food shortage, it encourages the body to take more food when a diet is finished.

In addition, the brain continually encourages the body to take more food as a diet progresses, and the urge to do so is less likely fulfilled since the brain is already convinced about famines reoccurring.


This is the reason that choosing a diet plan is very crucial. Unlike other diet supplements, an HCG supplement works to keep the weight off, since it re-tunes the body to take energy coming from the excess fat. It is a long term solution for weight loss even after the HCG diet is completed.