Marketing Your Rental Income Properties Effectively

Anyone who has been engaging in real estate investing for any amount of time has surely tried to sell an investment property at one time or another.

It’s called marketing. Over my thirty-year real estate career, I certainly did my share. And though my attempts didn’t always produce a successful outcome, the experience taught me a few things about marketing rental income property I would like to pass along.

Most are common sense, but mentioned as a reminder because there are realtors and sellers out there who need to hear it. The remaining tips are more subjective, but included to help you consider what might be a more effective marketing approach than you’re using.

Foremost, never make your marketing packages too vague. When you omit important financial data, it makes it very difficult for a buyer to adequately determine whether or not it presents a good investment opportunity. And this will typically lead to a further exchange of data with a buyer or agent that, at the very least, will be time-consuming, and at the worst, could cause a buyer to lose interest in the deal altogether.

Secondly, resist the temptation to skew the property’s financial data to appear overly optimistic. Perhaps rents can get raised, for instance, and you want to reveal that. But if you over-inflate what you deem could be future rents, you risk losing your credibility with the buyer, or may end up wasting your time in a deal that never has a chance anyway, once it’s subjected to the buyer’s due diligence. Keep your estimated assumptions realistic.

Thirdly, and this is a bit more subjective, don’t present marketing packages that contain everything but the proverbial kitchen sink-at least not in your initial presentation. In my opinion, distributing more than a three-page property report at your local investment club meeting or in response to a telephone inquiry, is overkill. Remember, you’re just trying to generate a response from credible investors with a valid interest; a more comprehensive set of reports can always get presented during subsequent exchanges.

Okay, now let me show you the essentials that worked for me. For simplicity, I’ve organized them by category: the numbers, and the reports.

The Numbers

Aside from sale price (which is a given), you’ll want to provide an itemized break down for the property’s annual cash flow, and computations for at least two rates of return.

  • Cash Flow

Cash flow is crucial because it’s essentially what the real estate investor is purchasing in the rental property. So compute it for at least the first year of ownership by focusing on the following three financial elements:

  • Gross Rental Income
  • Operating Expenses
  • Debt Service

Rates of Return

The rates of return (at least the two listed below) are important for the investor to determine whether or not his or her yields get met as well as providing a good way to compare the property’s financial performance and value to other similar-type rental properties in the market area.

  • Cap Rate
  • Cash-on-Cash

The Reports

Here are two reports I commonly used for initial inquiries. Both clearly show the rental property’s cash flow, and each include the cap rate and cash-on-cash rates of return. So they are informative, easy to read and understand, and straight to the point. Consider them as examples.

  • Marketing flyer

This announces the listing to the community-at-large (i.e., investment meetings, call-ins, and inquiries from colleagues). (Sample available on my site).

  • APOD

This enables you to show your own investor-customers a likely scenario during the first year of ownership. (Sample available on my site).

In a Nutshell

An effective way to market rental income property is to consider the process in two stages: the initial presentation, and the subsequent follow-up. Keep the initial presentation concise; even one report with enough data to reveal the property’s description, estimated cash flow, and investor’s rate of return should be adequate to garner interest from credible buyers when they exist. And reserve all the other reports (e.g., acquisition funds, proforma income statement, rent roll) to the subsequent follow-up exchanges.

Lending Private Money on Real Estate

Lending to real estate investors offers the Private Lender many benefits not otherwise enjoyed through other means. Before we get into the benefits, let us briefly explore what Private Money Lending is. In the real estate financing industry, private money lending refers to the money an individual, not a bank, lends to a real estate investor in exchange for a primary determined rate of return or other consideration.

Why private loans? Banks do not typically lend to investors on properties that require improvement to attain market value, or ‘after repair value’ (ARV). Savvy people with available cash in a broker account or self-directed IRA, realize that they can fill the void left by the banks and attain a greater return than they may be currently getting in CD’s, bonds, savings and money market accounts, or even the stock market. So a market was born, and it has become essential to real estate investors.

Private Money Lending would not have become popular unless Lenders saw a tremendous value in it. Let us review key advantages to becoming a Private Money Lender.

Terms are negotiable

The Lender can negotiate interest rate and possible profit share with the borrower. Additionally, interest and principle payments can also be negotiated. Whatever agreement that suits both parties to a private loan is allowable.

Return on Investment

Current interest rates charged on private money loans are generally between 7% – 12%. These rates, as of April 2018, are currently greater than returns from CD’s, savings and money market accounts. They also outperform the 4.7% the stock market has produced, inflation adjusted, since 1/1/2000. That is over 18 years.

Collateral provided

Real Estate property serves as collateral for the loan. Most real estate investors acquire their properties at a significant discount to the market. This discount provides the lender with quality collateral should the borrower default.

Choice

The Private Money Lender gets to choose who to lend to, or what project to lend on. They can get detailed information on the project, the investors experience, and the kind of profits normally made.

No Effort

The Lender only worries about the loan. The Investor takes all the other risks and does the work to find, purchase, fix and sell the property. The Lender just collects the interest.

Stability

Real Estate does have ups and downs. But its volatility is nowhere as pronounced as the stock market. Additionally, when purchased at a proper discount, the property provides a cushion against the ups and downs.

Tax Free/Tax Deferred

A Private Money Lender can lend on real estate from a self-directed IRA. The gains achieved can grow either tax-free or tax deferred helping to build the retirement nest egg faster than ever.

Diversification

Lending on real, tangible, brick and mortar assets provides additional diversification to a Lenders portfolio to provide protection in the event of a down period.

If you have the desire to invest in real estate, but don’t want to take on all the associated risk, or get your hands dirty, private lending could provide a wide range of opportunities and benefits in growing your wealth and providing for your retirement.

Global Business on a Budget

Businesses today need to look beyond geographical borders in order to expand. There is a whole world of consumers, customers and clients out there waiting to buy your service or product. Opportunities aplenty await the astute businessman willing to take the risk and go global.

“Going Global” does not need to be expensive. It’s relatively straightforward and cost-effective to target foreign markets if you are astute enough and cost conscious enough. Neil Payne set up his business on a laptop in a studio flat in 2018. He now oversees a company with offices in the UK, USA, Argentina, South Africa, Germany and the UAE. Here are some tips on how he did it.

  • Marketing

“Marketing doesn’t need to be expensive anymore,” explains Neil. You don’t need a massive budget to get customers. A simple website, fully-optimized for the search engines and in the local language is probably one of the most effective means of entering a market at very little cost. If worse comes to worse you may lose a few hundred dollars.

  • Phone Bills

Using Skype, Google Chat or any other VOIP system dramatically reduces phone bills. With Skype you can call internationally for as little as £0.02 per minute which, compared to landlines, is peanuts. “Skype has helped us in many ways”, adds Neil. “Not only can all offices conference call for pennies, but in emergencies we can even have calls forwarded via Skype to one of the other offices ensuring we never let clients down.”

  • Virtual Working

If you fancy having a go at a market it’s not always necessary to actually have staff on the ground there. “When we first started our operations in Germany we actually had a German speaker in the UK office handling calls and emails. We still had a German number and appeared to be in Berlin through using a virtual office,” comments Neil. “Once we knew the German market was for us, we only then invested in people there.”

  • Get Funding

Governments generally want to see businesses doing well abroad. It’s good for everyone. As a result there are usually pots of funding available for companies wanting to trade abroad. UK Trade & Investment (in the UK) offer numerous incentives including Market Research, Aid-Funding and one-to-one business advice. Check what other grants may be available through local governments, enterprise incentives and the like.

  • Watch Exchange Rates

Many a decent business as been caught out by exchange rate fluctuations. “I remember many years ago when the Euro suddenly shot up against the Pound. We were losing money hand over first to our Europe based suppliers, ” states Neil. “In the end we decided we had to fix rates against the Pound so that we were always paying the same amount regardless of exchange rates.”

  • Money Transfers

Working internationally inevitably means you have to pay people in foreign locations. Avoid paying money via wire transfers. Banks charge extortionate rates. There are plenty of alternatives now on the market such as Moneybookers, Paypal, Payoneer and the like. “We used to be charged £25 per international transaction by our bank. Now we use Moneybookers and literally get charged around a £1 per payment,” states Neil.

  • Minimize Business Trips

Travel costs time and money. In the age of conference calls, emails, the internet and online demonstrations travel is no longer a necessity. You save thousands in using technology to address problems, meet with employees or sell to customers. “But,” adds Neil, “always bear in mind cultural differences. Some cultures will only ever really want to do real business with someone face-to-face. Doing so online may actually alienate them.”

  • Book Flights in Advance

If you are prepared enough you can block out a few weeks well in advance and use this time to visit a location. You will then be able to tell suppliers, customers and staff to also set aside those times to meet with you. This then allows you to book flights well in advance and save serious money.

  • Centralize Functions

If it’s possible to do so, have one of your offices deal with a certain function. For example, you may do all your invoicing from one location, all quoting from one location or all marketing from one location. This saves time and money and decreases the burden on the different locations.

  • Look for Local Partners

“My strategy for all our offices has always been that I want to find someone like me in that country; someone with entrepreneurial skills and plenty of passion. If you find the right person they can take on your business and make it their own at a fraction of the cost of immediately employing a manager for example,” says Neil. If you do not want to go through the burden of managing an office or staff, then look to franchise or partnership agreements.

Apartment Accommodation in Argentina

If you are planning a trip to Buenos Aires, one of the most important things to take into consideration is your lodging during your stay in the city. Today Buenos Aires has a wide selection of accommodation and furnished apartment rentals have become a popular choice.

While international known hotels have similar average rates in all big cities of the world, apartments rental rates in Buenos Aires offer great amenities with domestic rates, which makes it very attractive for the independent traveler.They find it more convenient and considerably less expensive, specially for long stays.

Renting an apartment is the most cost effective way of lodging, giving the traveler more independence in terms of time and of course much more privacy. In an apartment you can cook your own meals in a proper fully equipped kitchen, while enjoying homely comfort.

When traveling with the family there is no doubt that this is the best way to continue with the home routine, having lots space for each member, and more than one room if required. Many students also lower their accommodation costs sharing an apartment during their stay. Executives, tired of hotel rooms and restaurant meals prefer renting an apartment in a high quality building.

There is a wide selection of apartments in every neighborhood of Buenos Aires. All of the apartments are thought and design by their owners to provide the best facilities for the guests whichever their budget is. They are fully equipped and furnished, and include all the linen, crockery or anything you might need during your stay. They all come with cable TV, fridge, microwave oven and now many of them offer a weekly cleaning service and Internet connection.

There are also exclusive luxury apartments, with attractive design interiors, stylish furniture, and the latest entertainment equipment, many of them offer amenities such as swimming pool, tennis court, gym, sauna and maid service. Located in the best neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, such as Puerto Madero, Downtown , Recoleta, Palermo and Las Cañitas, they have nothing to envy a five star hotel suite.

Fortunately, today you can search for a short term rental apartment online before arriving to Buenos Aires. These sites will show you pictures of the apartments, have a complete property description, check the equipment and the availability calendar, locate it in a map and learn about its surroundings.

Weekly rates start at around USD 250 and the monthly rates at USD 550! All included.

Usually studios are for 2 guests and bigger apartments with one or two bedrooms are for 3 or more guests. Some apartments have lovely patios or terraces with barbecues where you can grill your own Argentine “asado”. This is definitely the best way to take better contact with the Buenos Aires way of life.

Every apartment is strategically located, close to commercial areas, touristic points, and universities, so if you come to Buenos Aires as a tourist, a student or a business executive there is surely a furnished apartment that will suit you best.

Land and Property Investing in a Rising Market

Argentina is one of the most varied and interesting places to be found on the globe. A melting pot of nationalities populated the country in the 19th century and they have left indelible marks on the country from the English Cricket Club at Buenos Aires, the Welsh in Patagonia, the Italian Chic and Parisian construction of the Capital city and the organizational structure taken from the Spanish.

As many people know, Argentina defaulted on its foreign debt in 2001 and one of the effects was that the banks were closed and people could not get access to their money. It was finally decided that the old order had to go, the politicians that had taken Argentina to this point and for once it wasn’t the military who took the action. New President Kirchner has steadied the ship despite the forced devaluation of the peso which previously traded at 1:1 with the dollar, is now at 3:1. Therefore life became a lot more expensive for Argentinians who earn in Pesos as everything from real estate through to cars became triple their previous price. Things that are priced in pesos remained the same apart from the relatively high inflation rate which is now being dealt with.

Investors therefore had and are having a field day. Suddenly there was a fire sale of properties because people couldn’t get their money from the banks and prime real estate was being sold off at bargain basement prices. Those who came in taking both the long and medium term view are currently enjoying increases in their investments of over 200% compared with the prices in 2001-2.

Buenos Aires real estate is booming with increase reported of up to 37% in the year to October 2006 and the rest of the country is enjoying the boom that the trickle down effect creates from Buenos Aires.

The Mendoza province is the huge wine growing area and is considered a paradise on Earth by some. Patagonia is enjoying a tourist boom to what they describe as a huge Lake District. Argentinians now take their beach holidays in Las Grutas where the warm waters lap up giving it a large advantage over other areas at these latitudes and Argentina shares part of the Iguazu Falls, the most spectacular waterfalls in the World probably which is now being developed for tourism.

The country is fantastic, the culture is a melting pot, part Italian, part Spanish in its majority but there is a part of Patagonia where Welsh is spoken by a whole community, the remnants of a business in cattle and sheep from many years ago (Even the place names are in Welsh)

The economy of the country is basically sound now that the old order and corruption have been eased out of power. It is based on land, lots of it, meat, wines, cash crops, and possibly most importantly oil. The area around Neuquen is a huge oil field meaning that petrol in Argentina is around 30p per litre (if you can afford a car which of course are priced in dollars)

Valencia Property S.L is offering a tract of land by the beach in Las Grutas in Rio Negro province. It is the perfect place to construct holiday villas or small hotels as demand is multiplying in the area year on year and looks to continue that way for the medium term future. This is the area that middle class Argentinians are flocking to in their droves for investment and holidays since they cannot now afford the USA. The plots we are selling are priced at between 12 and 13500 Euros and building on the plots will be relatively inexpensive too with a 100m2 house expected to be built for around 40000 Euros.

Business Cycles – The Stages of Business Growth

Business Cycles – The Stages of Business Growth

  • Initiation

There can be varied reasons for a business start-up but the main values in running the business are of those who are the founders. We can see that company exhibits the main skills of the founder in its spirits, for example, if the founder is an engineer, he will emphasize in production rather than sales and marketing which should not be neglected. Main efforts are centered on the acceptability of the product in the market. If the owner can provide the demands of business i.e. time, energy, and finances, he/she can move to the second stage. Otherwise, he/she will have to wind up their business as there is limited time for the company to stay at one stage. Here the main focus changes to establish the company and earn profits. With this financial push company will need to formalize the system and start record keeping, an unskilled manager can’t handle this all. After this, there will be demand for change in administration’s style because of increased activity in his business.

  • Growth

The moment a company moves forward to the expansion stage it should be able to earn a decent profit, but that profit will not go to the owner. This is because it will be invested in the business in order to assist in the capital demands of the company. It demands time for coordinating functional managerial activities; it demands complicated organizational structure mainly focusing on functional lines. Now research and development will be established in order to increase product range. At the start, it will be on a smaller scale because of lack of capital. If management continues changing its environment, the company can stay at this stage for some time. In many cases, owners sell their business at this stage for substantial benefits. The increase of new markets and product will demand more finances. This stage faces larger competitors who deal the situation by putting stress on emerging firm; this stress can be in the form of very low prices as well. At this stage over trading is the biggest threat if not handled properly it can lead the business to demise. As the company grows it need to extend geographical trading and distribution, so ‘supervised supervision’ will be required at this stage. If new competitors enter the market and the owner wants to maintain his shares, he will have to put more capital by himself or attract some partners.

  • Expansion

This stage demands proper management reports, budget control, and dispersed authority, along with a formal accounting system. Basic adaptation at this stage will be to systemic administrative roles which are keys to survival through this stage. The expansion stage demands stable long term funds which will be important and if there is not plan for partners then this stage must be considered right now. Although retained earnings are major forms of funds but dividends are the special attraction to the investors; at this stage these are inevitable. Now company’s track record will help in gaining long term loans but the company will have to give security in the form of assets.

  • Maturity

At this stage main issues are about expense control, search for growth opportunities and productivity. The direction of authority can be towards functional lines or it is reorganized with production lines. As there is severe price competition, therefore, productions department should be the center of focus and authorities should emphasize on innovative moves towards betterment.

Now basic investments are in sales and marketing struggles and maintenance and plant up gradation. The company grows up to a level that income is sufficient to tackle this but occasionally more long term load prove to be a support. At this level firm may limit its operations or move on, normally acquisition in order to become a large corporation.

Whatever the situation, managers are pressured by shareholders to safeguard the future of the firm. However, the time of great trial falls to the founder. He built his business with great effort and sacrifices, and now he is asked to give it away.

Innovating The Business Product Quality

There are a large number of products available today. The first and foremost thing which comes to our mind, as a customer, is the quality of a product which we would like to purchase. We will be going through some tips which could be implemented as a producer to produce the best quality product in the market.

Keep it Simple – Producer’s creation should be such that it appeals to the customers by its simplicity and ease of use or handling. Customers do not want a product to be complicated or difficult to use. Some products get rejected even after getting shortlisted by the customer. This happens during a trial session.

  • Tryout the product yourself

Think about the situation where you yourself are not satisfied with the product. It is hence, the most important and ignored part that producers should mind while trying to improve the quality of their product. The producer should indeed be pleased with the quality of his produce. Sometimes quality control is not enough.

  • Product needs to be Unique

Everyone craves to be different; similarly, everyone also want their products to be different from others. As a producer your vision should be to provide variety to your customer. Variety can be of colors, shapes, sizes and whatnot!

  • Never Target a particular group

A product can be meant for a particular group of people when produced, but as it comes out in the stores, there can be different types of buyers depending on their personal requirements. People can buy a product for their friends or family, for gifting it to somebody, or simply for any use other than expected!

Focus on the product’s Usefulness

Even if your product is of different use for each customer, but for improving your product quality, you need to focus on how your product can be of a better use for the general customer base. A person by and large buys those products which are more worthwhile.

  • Avoid Comparing your product

Most of the producers compare their product with those of their competitors’. Comparisons mostly lead to producing similar attributes as others. Customer tends to gets confused when he comes across such a situation where he has to choose between two similar products. Especially when he is out to buy a product for the very first time.

Always remember the rule of customer satisfaction and to promptly redress their grievances. Producing good quality product can be a challenging task, but maintaining and improving the quality at regular intervals of time can be even more challenging. As a producer, one needs to have that zeal for delivering a great performing product on a regular basis.

Start-up Restaurant With No Money

For some, owning a restaurant is a dream come true. Though restaurants are tons of work, they can also offer immediate gratification for those that love the work. Starting a restaurant is hard enough if you have the money to open it in the first place. But for those that have no money to back it up, the task at hand can take a little bit of creativity and tons of good hard work.

Start a Restaurant with No Money

Write a business plan. The plan should include the amount of money that you’ll need to make weekly, monthly and yearly. It should include your overhead, or what it costs to run the restaurant. This includes paying staff, rent, utilities, cost of food and advertising.

Apply for a small business loan. Use the information that you gathered from writing the business plan to apply for enough money. Go to a bank with which you have done business in the past. Take time to fill out all the paperwork and include all the information requested. You should already have be knowledgeable of your income in order to fill out the forms.

Approach friends and family who you think might be interested in helping you. Present them with your business plan. Assign an amount of interest that you are willing to pay for the loan.

Approach a wealthy friend to be your partner in the business. Tell him that when the restaurant gets off the ground you’ll pay him a certain amount in order to become a partner in the business.

Advertise cheaply. Once you have established loans to open the restaurant, it’s time to advertise–and the cheapest way to do that is online. Build a website by either enlisting the help of a website-designing friend or by building your own using inexpensive website design software. Start a free blog about the restaurant. Send out specials about your restaurant via email throughout the week. Use Facebook, MySpace and Twitter to advertise your restaurant.

Starting a Costume Rental Business

If you’re looking for a great business idea you may want to start a costume rental shop. This type of business rents costumes to individuals and community groups for special events, performances, holidays and festivals. While you will need a small amount of start-up financing to start a costume rental business, you will find that this type of company can become profitable very quickly. Best of all, this type of business can be fun for the right person, such a one who enjoys working in the entertainment or hospitality industry.

Research what type of costumes are needed in your area. Look to local events calendars and community organizations to see what type of costumes you could provide. For example, if your town hosts an annual Renaissance Fair or Formal Gala, you could market your business to patrons of these events.

Find a location. Most people won’t feel comfortable renting costumes from your house. To make your business look professional, rent a small storefront. Look for an area that can support costume rental fees. Make sure your shop has plenty of foot traffic or access to parking to make it a convenient place for customers to shop.

Purchase a supply of costumes from wholesale manufacturers. Start with the basics, like gorilla suits, clown costumes, Santa Claus outfits and the like. Add more specialized suits as demand becomes apparent.

Consider making some of your own costumes or adding to those you purchase to make them unique. This could save you money and also help your shop stand out. If you can’t sew, find a seamstress who can translate your ideas to cloth.

Add a selection of wigs, shoes and theatrical makeup to your store. Customers will purchase these items outright, adding to your bottom line.

Market your business to theatrical groups, community organizations and the public. Set up booths at area fairs and special events to let those who are most interested in costumes know about your new business.

Food Vendor Business

Have you ever dreamed of starting your own food-selling business? You can accomplish your goal by setting up a food vendor cart or table outdoors or at indoor special events. This way you will save money on overhead while sharing your culinary skills with the people in your community.

Purchase supplies. You can find discounted food items at local wholesale clubs like Costco or BJs, or buy in bulk at meat packing districts in your town. Don’t forget to purchase plenty of condiments, cooking oil, seasonings, drinks and eating supplies for your customers, including forks, knives, spoons, handy wipes, cups and napkins.

Go to your local courthouse or town administration building and apply for a food vending permit. You cannot sell your food out on the street or to the general public without a permit. The only exception is when you are on your own property or at an approved event. If your state has a sales tax, you are required to collect sales tax on your food sales as well, so you will be required to register as a business so the state can collect sales tax from you. This is a very important step—if you’re caught selling food without a permit you may face hefty fines and possibly have your food and equipment confiscated.

Purchase a vending cart or table. Consider how you will transport your cart when you’re making this choice. Buy a food vending cart with wheels and a trailer hookup so you can attach it to your van or truck and haul it away at the end of a selling day. You can also just buy four or more folding tables to set up in a square if you will be vending food at a festival or fair.

Purchase additional equipment that you will need to cook and heat up food, including propane tanks, pots and pans, grills and utensils.

Design a large colorful poster with your business name, logo, phone number and motto, and hang it on your food cart. Use a large banner sign if you’ll be setting up a food table. Create an easy to read price list for your customers that shows all the cooked food you have available for sale. Your price list can be your poster—just include the name of your business at the top.

Enlist help. Hire one or two more people to help you cook food, handle customers and deal with money. It’s almost impossible to take care of all of these duties on your own.

Purchase a cash register and/or a safe to store money received while vending your food. Some food vendors choose to keep cash on their person rather than storing it in a register. Sign up for a merchant account if you want to give customers the option of using a credit card; there are cell phone merchant accounts available that will allow you to process a credit card using your cellular phone.

Pick a location. If outdoors, this will be one of the most difficult steps, because there is usually a lot of competition in high-traffic outdoor vending locations for spots to sell food. Scour popular areas in your town to find ideal locations for your food vending cart or table. Bring your list of locations to your town administration building to ask if the locations are OK for setting up a vending station. Scan the events listings in your towns and call coordinators to ask about vending fees for each event.

How To Find Your Own Style

Each of us have our own unique  sense of style. Our clothes can sometimes reflect our personality. This is the reason why most of us love to play around with different pieces. Some fashion styles are categorized in different types. It may be a mix of one or more styles but what makes it special is because these styles are worn uniquely by you.

HOW TO FIND YOUR OWN STYLE

1. Bohemian Goddess 

If you are more of a laid-back kind of girl, and has a knack for putting together unique pieces in a flash, then you may be a bohemian goddess.

Key pieces: tie-dye shirts, floppy hats, batik prints, unique accessories

Put it Together: You can mix and match boho-inspired items with classic garments such as jeans, vests, and cotton tees. You can even add a unique flavor to a neutral outfit with some funky, vintage looking accessories and other beaded details.

2. The Classic Chic

Your love for classic cuts, clean lines and elaborate detailing determines your affinity for elegant and chic styles.

Key Pieces: Classic pieces that never go out of style, statement jewelry, sophisticated bags

Put it Together: Give some glam to your outfits by mixing floral or animal print patterns. If you love wearing subtle prints, pair them with crisp neutral pieces such as a peach top and a white blazer. Finish the look with gold accessories and a big pair of sunglasses.

3. The Head Turning Avant Garde

If you have a fearless approach to fashion, you may have an avante garde kind of style. You are more inclined on fashionable, up and coming pieces and you are never scared to take risks.

Key Pieces: Black pieces layered with eye catching materials

Put It Together: Try to choose conversation-starter pieces and combine them with your classic black garments. Who says that you can’t be as avante-garde as Lady Gaga?

4. The Whimsical Fairy

Fun, creative and flirty are the three words to describe the whimsical style. Retro pieces are given a fashionable revival thanks to your confident, and effortless stride.

Key pieces: Vintage accessories, quirky prints, playful, girly pieces

Put it Together: Give a retro-ish dress a modern twist by pairing it with classic accessories and a trendy bag.

Fashion isn’t all about following the rules by the book. It’s all about letting yourself loose and express your own style. Remember that there is a fine line between tacky and tasteful. Try to experiment with different styles and you will eventually discover one that is uniquely yours.

Natural Beauty Cosmetics – Enhance Your Natural Beauty

Nothing can enhance a woman’s face, beautiful or otherwise, better than the right make-up. Today, the beauty industry is a billion dollar business and the choice of Beauty Cosmetics available, is mind-blogging to say the least. While buying them, one has to keep certain things in mind. Some of them are the skin type, allergic reaction to a certain product if any, night or day wear etc.

How to buy Beauty Cosmetics

Before buying beauty products one must keep in mind to buy not the right beauty product, but the one most ideal for them. Buying them is a very individualistic exercise, as what suits one may not suit another. Hence, one should do some basic ground work before venturing into the shopping exercise. Cosmetics include facial make-up, perfumes, Nail-polishes and so on. People prefer buying branded cosmetics as there is always the safety issue to be considered.

Preference for Natural beauty cosmetics

Today, women are better informed than their counterparts a few years ago. They know the harm some ingredients used in manufacturing cosmetics cause; for e.g. lead. Similarly, there is also a growing sentiment among them to go for products that have not been tested on animals. Herbal and Natural Beauty Cosmetics have become the order of the day for many women. Natural cosmetics are popular these days as their long term benefits are preferred over the short term benefits that could be potentially harmful in the future. Natural beauty products use a lot of natural ingredients as opposed to synthetic ones.

Buying Beauty Cosmetics Online

Nothing can beat buying branded cosmetics from the comfort of one’s home. And if they are available at better or discounted rates, there is nothing quite like it. Nowadays, online beauty products sites offer a variety of cosmetics at the click of a mouse. One can chose the ones they like and need and order the same. The payment is made securely and the package is delivered to the door-step in a matter of just a few days. Nothing can beat that surely.

Urban women have gained financial independence in ways, not even thought of earlier. They like to be groomed and look their absolute best at all times. They have changed the way they shop for their cosmetics. These days it is just a matter of using a mouse and a keyboard and a credit card. The rest as they say is her story.

Fashion Style – Granny Chic to Look Young

After the vintage style and oldies taken over the trend and catwalks of the world, looks like an old woman style is ready to look young again. Several years ago, if someone is wearing a 70s dress, people will surely look with weird stare and called it ‘ancient’. However, once catwalks bring back this style. The word ‘ancient’ was turned into ‘vintage’ and the whole world affected by this trend.

Dress small floral knee-length, with belts and sunglasses are the same width back to be a trend. Even those who have quite fashionable mother can smile because of the clothes, and accessories appear to be their mother’s vintage. This time, the world’s hottest catwalks present various granny-chic styles as a trend for autumn and winter 2010.

What is distinctive of a grandmother? Glasses, it helps the already blurred vision. You will need oldies-style glasses to look like grandma; one with width and thick-rimmed, black or brown. Furthermore, you will need a tote bag. Tote bag with floral or other vintage motif and soft colors, not too flashy style, is well suited to accompany your style. Choose a tote bag which has a simple model and still the typical old style. The more modern design would eliminate the impression of granny chic.

It’s time to play with the skirt that is suitable for this style. You can choose a classic pencil skirt or A-line skirt with natural colors. All these high-waist skirt are seldom subordinate to the elderly who designed hipster. Complete with beautiful small belt to give the chic impression. Like the skirt, select a blouse with soft colors, simple design and high cut collar. Say good bye to the deep V-neck collar and piece of other modifications. You can choose the accented modern blouse in the arm.

Finally, choose accessories that are not too big, just small to medium sized; simple but beautiful enough to be admired! Avoid contemporary and modern design, of course. Remember, a grandmother usually does not use an excessive amount of accessories. A pair of earrings, one to two rings, necklaces and bracelets and a watch is enough. You can be stylish with granny chic if you are creative in mix and match.

How to Have Your Own Unique Fashion Style

Are you ready to break out and find your very own fashion style? Everyone has his or her own unique fashion sense. Don’t just blindly follow the trends set by someone else. Here are some tips for you to help you search for the fashion that speaks of who you are.

First and foremost, to be able to make a fashion statement about yourself, it is important that you figure out your personality. Are you the fun, quirky type, the serious “brainy” type, or the athletic type? There are many different types of personalities, and discovering who you are will most definitely pave the way to discovering your own fashion style.

Go through your closet and separate the clothes you want to keep and those that you don’t. Check out the clothes you want to keep because they may help you in choosing the style that you want to have. At this point, you can either create a style that is based on your current clothes, or create one that is entirely new.

Be creative! Do not just think of fashion based on the norm or the current trend. Remember you’re making a fashion statement about yourself, so be brave and try different match-ups even if your friends may think it’s strange. Remember that not everything you try would be perfect. But at least you can learn from those errors and then improve because of them.

Choose colors and patterns that you think represent who you are. Having a signature color or pattern might make things easier for you when choosing your style or fashion. Use different accessories to compliment the clothes you wear. A simple accessory such as a bandana can define your style if you use it the right way.

It’s also not a bad idea to study different styles, not to copy them but to get different ideas from different stylists. Watch the fashion of celebrities, read fashion magazines and walk around the mall and check out the latest styles on sale. This will help you choose which styles you like and those you don’t.

Remember that choosing a style is not just about being different. Choosing your own type of fashion should be about being comfortable and being confident in wearing your clothes. If you feel embarrassed or awkward wearing something, then that style is probably something you should avoid.

Finding a unique style that is just for you needs a lot of time, a lot of sweat, and probably a lot of misses. But if you have the will and the determination, you can certainly achieve that goal. Coming up with your own fashion style may not be a piece of cake, but it will definitely be worth the effort.

Beauty Cosmetics For Men and Women

Cosmetics and make up items has been utilizing from many centuries by men and women all around the world. Among all, Egyptians are the more well-known people today to wear these beauty and cosmetics items. The Persian citizens also made wonderful offerings towards history of makeup. The significance of cosmetics has increased as lots of people would like to stay young and attractive. Cosmetics in the industry are readily available in distinct form like lotions, lipsticks, fragrances etc. Cosmetics like skin care creams and hair gels are used on a everyday basis by both ladies and males. Cosmetic creams serve as a pores and skin food for hard, dry and chapped skin color. Cosmetics assist to enhance our appearance and make us feel far more confident.

Cosmetics are something applied to your face or human body as a way to enhance your appearance. Makeup consists of anything from cold cream to lipstick. Makeup is often a branch of cosmetics which has to do with beautifying in the face. Throughout the early many years on the 20th century, makeup became fashionable while in the United States and Europe. Cosmetics and makeup in ancient times stood for symbolism in the class of your family. Throughout the years, men and women have put to use makeup for different factors. Cosmetics are any product that you simply put on your face or physique with the purpose of creating your appearance better, and perhaps creating your skin tone healthier.

Usually most of us use makeup as a way to think far well about ourselves. Women and men, both use makeup. Girls use far more of color makeup that guys. Anytime you invest in a cosmetic, read the label of ingredients carefully. If you ever know about any of them that may lead to dermatitis in you, do not use that merchandise. Some form of ingredients might cause skin problems that may possibly take a long time to disappear after treatment. Save yourself from skin tone inflammations and colored patches and blisters. Other use of make up which has just recently surfaced is as sun protection. This is a fantastic development mainly because before sun protection and make up were pretty difficult to blend together.

Advertisers have spent millions of dollars recently to industry the planet of hygiene and skin tone care to adult males. More and much more gentlemen are finding the joy in these items and the benefit from caring for the pores and skin and system with some additional pampering and attention. It is obvious that more marketing dollars are now being spent for the male gender. A trip to any grocery or department store will reveal entire lines of shampoos and hair color kits. When men come to feel that something has been produced just for them they’re additional likely to buy it, specifically the unmarried males that do not currently live with a woman. With so several items thrown at you day-to-day, it is usually challenging to understand where to begin. When a person shops on the internet, you have no chance to try for the color so it is usually a fine notion to know the points that you simply are trying to find. You will find on the net shops close to the globe that provide totally free shipping. It is a very good idea if you can find the correct item using a wonderful price.

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Expressing Your Fashion Style

To express your personal style the more variety you have to choose from the better you can express yourself. Your wardrobe should have a lot of variety to express different moods. When a new season comes go through your wardrobe and see what you don’t wear or does not fit you any more. Remove that item from you wardrobe and give it away to charity. Make notes and see what is missing from your closet. Put as much details as possible so that when you are shopping next time you will know what you need to buy. But Don’t throw away items just because you have brought a new similar item, such as a pair of jeans. You can keep both of them and wear them differently. It could be that one pair of jeans is slightly shorter and can not be worn with heels so wear that one with your flats and get the new pair of jeans slightly longer so that you can wear it with heels.

Putting on a new outfit or any clothing item is a great feeling. But it’s a shame that feeling is not long with us. Soon that new item will become like the rest of items in our wardrobe. The trick here is to buy versatile pieces of clothing so that you can reinvent them again and again. Take for example a white shirt dress and especially using the power of layering, you can wear that in many ways, such as wear it with a pair of jeans for a relaxed look either opened under a t-shirt or closed. Wear it with some tailored trousers for a more formal event. You can also get many looks with a shorter white shirt. It can be worn with a long sparkly skirt for a night out or worn under your trouser or skirt suit for work. So buying versatile pieces is the best and least expensive way to express your style.

Turquoise and 2017 Fashion Styles

Turquoise has been described as the 2017 color of the year by Pantone. To be exact it is the color Pantone 15- 5519. And Pantone describes this turquoise as an inviting, luminous hue. There is something yes truly illuminating about turquoise. ‘Illuminating’ seems to be the right word. Turquoise doesn’t sparkle. Instead it illuminates and it is a color that can seduce too. But ‘seduce’ may not be the right word either. Scarlet reds and maybe blacks seduce but turquoise, a color of the sea, a color linked to Caribbean, Mediterranean waters calms and excites and illuminates rather than seduces.

Other words used by pantone for turquoise are tranquil and exciting. These might seem contradictory terms. But the effect of color is contradictory and actually there might be nothing contradictory at all in calling a color, both exciting and tranquil.

Still how can one truly describe the effect of colors? But the effect of colors is important. In fashion, colors can be used to electrify and excite e.g if turquoise was used with a metallic look or a certain type of fabric eg Mesh. Or it can be calming like with cotton. Anyway let’s not dig a hole.

Effects are important. The right effect is important for fashion. So turquoise should be used to create the right fashion effect and for 2017, Pantone is perhaps saying that turquoise is a color that can do this for 2017.

Turquoise is just a color and it needs to be used to create the right looks, and the right look needs the right fabric, style/design and also perhaps the right patterns, where the turquoise hue is part of a pattern e.g. with whites and other lighter hues or perhaps with more powerful hues like red.

One can perhaps imagine turquoise as having that loose effect, loose feel, effect. Perhaps it can be described as a color suitable for casual wear but to be more exact, it is a color for Spring and Summer where the casual look is important. It is suitable for the world of the beach or clubs, the afternoons where the sun shines and people rid themselves of coats and heavy jackets and color is important.

Imagine the drapy turquoise chemise dress, the drapy turquoise t-shirt and there the more fitted looks, the tight looks which accent the body, And turquoise is the sea color, the color of beaches, spring/ summer afternoons. It can be used for the popular gypsy dresses and the popular 70s styles which are in vogue. And turquoise is of course an illuminating color which means too that it is a powerful color so a simple turquoise chemise dress might be the right look. One might need subtle designs. Turquoise is a pure, simple color but powerful too and one might just need another color/hue for contrast e.g. white. And then there is black which combined with turquoise can create an edgy, stylish look. And one can move into the world of prints but here the effect of turquoise might be lost when combined with reds, purples, violets. Imagine the turquoise dress, shirt worn on the beach. One doesn’t really need a red, purple contrast hue with it. There is also turquoise combined with a green hue. Yes turquoise can be merged with other colors/hues to create interesting prints but this is really another area completely.

Turquoise can be used for different social functions/gatherings/parties. There are obviously different types of occasions. There is the beach party, the afternoon gathering too and turquoise is ‘there for that’. Turquoise can be imagined as a ‘t-shirt’ color, a dress color but it can be used as the skirt color in a separate look with another hue for the top area.

So turquoise can be used to create the cool warrior look. Think of a cool warrior walking along the sea. Actually a cool ‘girl’ warrior look because in the fashion world, warriors are usually women. The cool warrior wears the cool turquoise. And the warrior wears a dress but there is an edginess about the look. It is an edgy warrior look. Maybe there is a short turquoise chemise dress. The shoulders are shown and there is a purity about the turquoise here The emphasis is on the effect turquoise brings across. Yes turquoise is one color that can be used to style apparel for the months of sun; the seasons of sun, spring and summer.

Attention Ballroom Dancers, Have You Tried The Argentine Tango?

The Argentine Tango is actually a classic dance which emanated on the roads of Buenos Aires during the completion of the 19th century. This dance has actually developed in appeal over time with both social and professional dancers. The music is both varied and also more contemporary than the usual ballroom tango tracks thanks to added components and instruments, which is actually why at some get togethers the Argentine Tango alone is danced all evening.

The movements consist mainly of walks with the feet making close contact with the floor at all times. The follower normally walks with her legs outside of her partners. It is danced counterclockwise around the floor, and cutting across the middle of the floor is strongly frowned upon.

Argentine Tango is a bit different, a bit dangerous and a bit more exciting than the normal tango. The reason for this is that the woman must allow the man to utterly ‘control her body.’ It is danced in an embrace which can vary from wide at arms length to a very close chest on chest.

Apart from having to balance herself perfectly with his frame, she has to feel the slightest hint of him stepping forward, so that she can shoot her corresponding foot backwards and be ready for any sudden changes.

The lady can occasionally choose to decorate him with her foot or leg, but mostly she is his mirroring puppet. This I know won’t suit a lot of strong-willed woman. It’s like he is doing all the talking for once.

Some woman will struggle to come to terms with this imbalance, but this type of connection is very necessary to allow for the correct execution of the Argentine Tango.

With the right partner the Argengine Tango can be extremely sexy as well as strangely spiritual. The dancers have to give the audience the impression that they have been lovers for ages.

In Buenos Aires it is the custom to have milongas or gatherings where the Argentine Tango is the dance of the evening. There are however a few rules you need to follow if attending one of these Milongas.

Firstly you have to dance with a partner for at least three songs, even if he dances like a ‘hefalump.’ Woman are never allowed to ask the men to dance. Men tend to try and avoid rejection by simply looking at you and jerking their heads towards the dance floor if they want to dance with you.

Whatever way you choose, the Argentine Tango might just be the dance for you, and if you enjoy ballroom dancing, then you simply have to give it a whirl.

Quebec Tango Lottery Odds and Prize Payouts

If you live in La Belle Provence, you have probably heard of the Quebec Tango lottery game. I want to tell you that, because of the odds of winning and the prize payouts, I think that this is the best lotto game in the province.

First, let me start off by saying that the top prize in Quebec Lottery’s Tango game is $1 million. Now, there are games, such as Lotto Max and Lotto 6/49, that have much bigger prizes. But that’s not why I think Tango is great. The odds of winning the jackpots in the other games are really high. In Tango, the odds are a relatively good 1-in-2.3-million. And, the prize payout, while not as high as Lotto Max and 6/49, are great, considering the odds.

Tango draws once every week in Quebec, every Friday. It costs $2 to play. Aside from the top prize of a million dollars, there are other prizes as well. The second prize in the game has a payout of $50,000 and the odds of winning that are approximately 1-in-256,000. The third prize has a payout of $1,000 and the odds of winning that are approximately 1-in-12,000. There are other smaller prizes as well. The odds of winning any prize in Tango are 1-in-8.

The Quebec Tango lottery game is a great alternative to the big jackpot games, if only because the odds are much better. After all, wouldn’t it be better to at least have a shot at winning something rather that virtually no chance of winning a huge jackpot?

Tango in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires has made a name for itself as one of the most exciting cities in the World. It is not difficult to see why. With its charming architecture and rich history, it is an absolute must see for any intrepid traveller.

Buenos Aires is also the home of The Tango, and Tango dancers can be found throughout the city, even using street corners and pavements as their stage. Every form of the remarkable dance and activity related to it can be found in Buenos Aires. Tango is so interwoven into the fabric of the city that you find it everywhere. Television, movies, magazines, the Tango culture is prevalent everywhere. If it is the history of the passionate dance you would like to learn or indeed the moves themselves, it is certainly possible in Buenos Aires.

Tango Clubs are popular and are located everywhere. It is not hard to find a Tango club if you fancy trying out a few steps and watching as the pros take to the floor. You will be sure to pick up some great tips and steps to help you master the art of Tango dancing.

If it is more of a spectator role you wish to take, then how about catching a show whilst visiting the city. There are Theatres such as the Recoleta Cultural Center which holds Tango shows and performances every week. Built in 1732, it was originally a convent connected to the Basílica del Pilar and couldn’t make for a nicer setting to watch some Tango carried out by the professionals. Even restaurants often entertain their customers with Tango performances, so you can combine the delights of a nice meal and a drink with a show.

Informal Tango group classes are offered throughout the city which do not involve scheduling or regular commitment. These are a fantastic way for the traveller to learn a few steps on an informal basis whilst meeting other would-be dancers in this remarkable city.

Tango Your Way to Good Health

Everyone knows that ballroom dancing is a fun form of exercise, and that dancing the Tango is particularly fun. Did you know that not only is dancing the Tango a great way to lose weight and look good, it has numerous other health benefits as well?

The Tango, which originated in Argentina, is a sultry and sexy partner dance, one that was originally danced in Argentina’s brothels. It moved into mainstream popularity, and has become a sensation. There are two main styles of competitive Tango dancing: American Tango and International Tango.

Dancing the Tango can do many things to improve your overall health. For one thing, dancing the Tango, or any style of dance for that matter, helps improve your respiratory functions.

If you are looking for a way to improve your posture, look no further than dancing the Tango. When you take Tango lessons, your instructor will drill good posture into you, until it becomes second nature. If you want to learn how to practice perfect posture before you begin your Tango lessons, here is a great method: stand or sit up straight; shrug your shoulders up towards your ears; bring your shoulders back; relax your shoulders. You should now be in perfect posture.

In addition to creating better posture, dancing the Tango can also help to improve your balance. When learning the Tango, students are learning intricate footwork, which requires balance, so, even if you don’t realize it, your balance will improve with each lesson. Many people say that after only a few weeks of lessons, they have noticed a marked improvement in their balance, and are more confident of their footing when they are out in public.

Dancing the Tango has even been known to help Parkinson’s patients. This condition often causes patients to have difficulties with balance and walking. In some studies, Parkinson’s patients have been divided into two groups, with one group doing regular exercise for a specified period of time, and the other dancing the Tango. These studies have shown that the group that Tango’d found more improvement than those who did the regular exercises.

Don’t forget your sexual health! Not necessarily physical, but the emotional side. Dancing the Tango is incredibly sensual, and if you and your partner (your significant other, or maybe the partner you met at your dance class…wink, wink) want to try something new to spice things up, there’s nothing much spicier than the Tango to get you in the mood!

So, as you can see, dancing the Tango is not only a fun and sensual way to exercise, it is a really awesome way to improve your health, and it doesn’t even seem like work! You will lose weight, gain muscle tone, breathe better, walk taller, and you balance will improve. What more can you ask for, just from one little style of dance?

Imagine You Were a Tango Teacher – Advantages of Tango Holidays and Lessons in a Small Group

Asking yourself where to go for a tango holiday or where to take lessons of this beautiful dance, being an Argentine Tango dancer mainly you have two options. Visiting a big festival with hundreds of participants or learning at a Tango holiday in a small group.

Big festivals certainly offer more distractions, and one can meet more people to socialize.

What however are the advantages you have, participating in a Tango workshop in a small group

Some advantages are obvious for everybody.

Teachers have enough time to care for every participant, giving advice individually. Participants have the possibility to ask their tango teachers at once when they haven’t understood something

Classes in the familiar atmosphere of a small group however offer advantages you might not realize at first thought.

Just imagine being not a participant of the tango workshop but a teacher. Imagine you would teach at a big festival.

In the morning from 9:30 to 11:00 o’clock maybe Tango intermediate level. After that Tango intensive workshop with “sacadas”. From 2pm Vals Cruzado for beginners and at 4pm Vals Cruzado intermediate level with “giros”. After 6pm Milonga Traspié until… and so on, and so on…

All that during two, three days with changing participants, the biggest part of them you see in one of your Tango lessons only once, maybe two times if you´re lucky.

Let´s assume you are a good Tango teacher not yet dulled by traveling and teaching at all the different festivals, seeing all the new faces. Do you think you can do justice to all the participants attending your classes?

There are many teachers who really do their best. Yet as a participant do you assume, an instructor at a big event, can give you the best tuition, having to cope every day with lots of new people, with their smaller and bigger problems and their different dancing levels?

And what about the time when the lesson is over. Do the instructors still have time and energy to talk with you. Can they answer the questions the participants still might have, while the participants of the next class already are waiting impatiently.

Maybe the biggest advantage a small workshop offers is the abundance of time everybody has.

The teachers have a full week to concentrate exclusively on the participants.

They are able to perceive individual strength and weak points and help everybody to dance better.

Another advantage is that there is no next group when your lesson is over. There is lots of time to answer questions, which pop up in your mind after the class, to chat, to explain…

And the teachers don’t leave once the class is over. They are available, maybe at the pool or during the meals.

What do you think? Do you learn better, quicker and with less stress in the familiar atmosphere of a small class. I certainly do.

By the way, I don’t say you shouldn’t go to big Tango festivals. It can be fun and another welcome opportunity to dance this sensual Argentine dance.

When it comes to getting results from the teaching however, you probably should not expect to much, when you attend a workshop where 20 couples or more are considered a “small class”

Wolfgang Sandt

Wolfgang Sandt Sculptor, stone mason, painter and tango teacher Via Campagna 17 Castel Rigone 06065 Passignano sul Trasimeno (PG) Tel/Fax 075 845457 Cell 349 0764 009 Wolfgang lives and works as free artist near Munich, Germany, and Passignano sul Trasimeno, Italy. Apart of being a sculptor He is as well tango dancer and teacher. He has been dancing Argentine Tango since 1994 learning from the worlds best tango dancers and teachers. He gives Argentine Tango lessons at Villa La Rogaia in Umbria, Italy focussing on the understanding of the music, on the harmony with the partner and the other couples on the dance floor and the joy of dancing rather than memorizing steps.

Dance Argentina’s Tango In Buenos Aires – 5 Lessons About This Sensual Dance

Being deeply attached to Argentina’s idiosyncrasy, most precisely to the soul of Buenos Aires – the cosmopolitan European-like capital of Argentina -, tango is now danced everywhere in the world, though there might not be a better place to dance it than in the many typical ballrooms of Buenos Aires’s neighborhoods.

Wherever you go, the music of tango immediately brings to people’s minds the name Argentina, a country full of natural and cultural treasures that cherishes a passion for tango that goes beyond all frontiers, cultures and languages. Every year thousands of international tourists of all ages come to Argentina to explore their beauties and learn Spanish, and when in Buenos Aires they cannot help themselves taking at least a couple of lessons and dance a tango!

Argentina’s tango has a language, a symbolism and a mystery that portrays the spirit of Buenos Aires’s people. Besides, if you happen to come to Buenos Aires, you can also learn Spanish and understand tango’s lyrics. The following first five lessons will give you an insight into this Buenos Aires’ dance.

Lesson 1: The first and most important thing about tango is how to embrace your partner. You might think there is nothing new to discover behind it. Yet embracing your partner the right way is one of the secrets of a good tango dance. Your embrace must be firm, but without pushing your partner. Your legs must be closed to each other, but without taking your partner’s breath away. Since your balance is in both of you, you should learn to communicate to enjoy the tango.

Lesson 2: Now we will learn the basic steps. There are eight beats in tango: One, two, three, four, five, and when changing to the fifth step the woman must lead all the weight of her body on her right foot, and then, with that same foot but changing the direction of her weight, she moves backwards, and you continue dancing: Six, seven and eight!

Lesson 3: Once you have learnt the basic steps, you need to know how to combine them in different steps and figures. In the eighth step there are two beats: One that lets you come in and the other that lets you come out. They go around the couple, and here the man can choose to give her partner enough space for her to move around, or accompany her movements.

Lesson 4: Synchronizing your movements is perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of Argentina’s tango. To be successful, the man has to call his partner’s attention; otherwise he is invading her territory. Always remember that in tango, as in life, if you do not take your time to listen to your partner, what was meant as a dialogue may become a monologue.

Lesson 5: You are not going to learn any new step now. Before you continue, you should know quite well what you are doing. If you cannot understand what it means to dance Argentina’s tango, if you cannot feel its essence, no matter how well you dance, it will never be a real tango. Tango is danced by an embraced couple. You embrace your partner with your arms wide open and you surrender to your partner’s embrace. Argentina’s tango is about a corporal and affectionate dialogue.

Buenos Aires’ tango is more associated to a ballroom dance, and so Buenos Aires offers many traditional places where tourists can go and spend a wonderful night, tasting Argentina’s delicious meals and wines, and enjoying the company of a good live orchestra, while they learn Spanish in a great Buenos Aires’s atmosphere.

There are many novel tendencies nowadays as regards this dance. For example, some foreigners come to Buenos Aires and hire the services of a private tango dancer while some others profit from their travel to Argentina and join courses where they can learn Spanish and Tango at the same time. Buenos Aires is one of the cities most chosen for this purpose. Many young travelers wish to learn Spanish and immerse in the culture of Argentina since this is an only opportunity to spend some time in Buenos Aires, one of the most cultural dynamic capitals of the world, meet foreigners, learn Spanish in a Latin American environment, and dance tango as Argentina’s people do. So, Shall we dance a tango?

Visiting Buenos Aires Tango In Argentina

About a year ago my wife and I went to the movies to distract us from a difficult period in our lives. I had no way of knowing then that one day I would end up in a shoe shop in downtown Buenos Aires wearing a Carlos Gardel hat while strutting the tango snugly against various young Argentine women in tight clothes. And not just with my wife’s permission, but it was her brilliant idea in the first place.

Nothing much of interest was playing that hot summer night at our local movie Cinemaplex. But we could both agree to settle on a movie that had a picture of Richard Gere and lovely Jennifer Lopez on the billboard. It was called Shall We Dance.

I don’t like to dance but I don’t mind watching Mrs. (or is it Miss?) Lopez in tights. About half way through the movie I realized the degree of my wife’s enthrallment in Mr. Gere and the romanticized tale of Tango being presented in such a touching style. I was surprised when even I began to shed a tear at the end of the movie.

Tango. This was all my lovely wife could speak about. She researched it, rented tapes, bought shoes, and of course she made me sign up for tango lessons. To my disappointment, my tango teacher was not as exotic as Jennifer and I soon lost interest after my 4th class because I didn’t manifest into Richard Gere.

But my wife’s interest increased to the pitch of, “I want to go to Buenos Aires” on a daily basis. Finally I relented. A place I had never been, a language I had never spoken, and all because of a few dance steps I knew very little about.

I rented an apartment in San Telmo for 2 weeks at more than a third less than the cost of a hotel. After we paid the landlord, I unpacked and took a stroll around the neighborhood looking for tango. The first thing I noticed was the age of the architecture. It reminded me of the French Quarter in New Orleans. Wrought iron balconies and super sized windows. I saw about 5 interesting restaurants on my lap around my block as well as a few extraordinary women. I did not identify any immediate signs of tango but I kept seeing an old picture of a man that looked to be somebody famous and debonair.

The following day my wife and I went shopping for antiques and other unique items. We saw a sign for tango classes in a window and signed up for a 2 hour class at the price of $20 USD. The class was a living nightmare. Not only could we not understand what the teacher was explaining, we found the instructor to be very strict and rude. And the other students were taking it very seriously and laughed at us. It was a disaster and I swore I would never dance again.

The next day, as we wondered the cobblestone streets of the tango district, I saw a tango nightclub that was painted exotic colors and I bought 2 tickets for a show and dinner. This dinner had courses the size of free samples at our hometown grocery. And once the show began, I kept wondering where the rest of the band was. Were they out back smoking? The whole cast included 6 people. About half way through the show, the spotlight turned on us at and the MC began asking us questions in Spanish. I turned red and my wife and I felt very embarrassed as the crowd around us laughed at a joke we did not get.

Enough tango I told my wife. She suggested we take a city tour and found one in English for 20 pesos. This was her first good idea. I learned a lot that afternoon about Buenos Aires and the fascinating politics that could give most people whiplash. Our guide informed us about a Day Of Tango Tour that would guarantee a positive result and a deep look into the tango of Buenos Aires. I protested hard. My wife made a reservation anyway and at the last minute, I agreed to accompany her. Mostly due to fear about her dancing alone with Latin men.

This tour started out in a great café in the city. Then we walked through the old tango district and I finally learned about what I had been looking at the whole time. I learned who the man in the picture was, Carlos Gardel, and I discovered the history of the dance. Men created it and danced with each other in the beginning. They set the roles of women in a submissive stance thus making tango a manly dance. I could appreciate that.

We went to several areas of the city before we got to our tango lesson. We purchased tango shoes handmade at a 3rd of the cost in the US. Our teacher was very sweet and patient with us and as we danced, others began to join us. Amazing women about 30 years younger than me found themselves in my arms, looking up to follow my interpretation of the classic music. I got to kiss each one on the cheek after a 3-minute jaunt around the dance floor. Somebody put a tango hat on my head and my wife began taking pictures of my giant grin and me. It ended all too soon with more kisses and hugs and laughs. And I did indeed find that I had manifested into Richard Gere. Perhaps even a little better looking.

Well, the Day Of Tango Tour was paying off nicely. We went back to the hotel and changed into evening attire and were escorted to a historic restaurant where Carlos Gardel watched over us from his familiar pose in the black and white picture. We had the befe de chorizo and were glad we did. Then off to a real tango show. The kind I had expected to see. And after hearing about it all day, and learning the moves, I could really appreciate what I was witness to on the stage. The talent was incredible, and they were all so young. This time, the band was a proper band with a few accordion players who could really squeeze the thing into some expressive melodies. The music was great, the show was great, the day was fantastic and it all ended too soon.

Finally we had found tango in Buenos Aires, and had enjoyed ourselves immensely.

When we returned home the first thing I did was sign up again for tango lessons and asked my wife, “Shall we dance?”

“Si” she said.

Fabian Salas, Researcher and Teacher of Tango Nuevo

Sometimes when you speak about one of the great masters of Argentine Tango, you take it for granted, that everybody already knows everything about them.

Maybe though it does make sense to tell a little about Fabian Salas.

During its “Golden Age”, Tango had been danced everywhere in Buenos Aires and you learned to dance Tango watching your parents or other dancers from your town quarter.

This happened completely naturally. Everybody watched and imitated the good dancers…and practiced. Opportunities to do so you found everywhere. Nobody had to think about teaching methods or didactics.

Fast forward to the eighties. After the end of military dictatorship in Argentina the Tango scene has changed completely. Only a few dancers remain who have lived in the Golden Age and can pass on their knowledge. Most of them are excellent dancers, but have never wasted a thought on how to teach Tango efficiently.

A group of young dancers around Fabian Salas and Gustavo Naveira now tries to figure out, how the old milongueros danced. They try to get a profound understanding how the movements and dynamics of the dance work and develop for the first time a didactically based teaching method. This method until today has a big impact on all Tango dancers, no matter whether they dance traditional Tango or Tango Nuevo.

But they do not stop at that point. With their profound knowledge of the dynamics of Tango they break with old, sometimes rigid conventions and develop a new way of dancing Tango, more open, more fluent. And they start to dance to music, which hasn´t been considered danceable until then, for example the music of Astor Piazzola.

Fabián Salas becomes world famous as one of the main characters of Sally Potter´s world famous Tango movie “The Tango Lesson”, together with Gustavo Naveira and Pablo Veron. All three of them are beyond any doubt fantastic dancers. Yet there are different aspects contributed to them.

While Gustavo Naveira is said to be the main choreographer and inventor of those three, and Pablo Veron is considered the technically best dancer, Fabián Salas is without doubt the best teacher of the trio. He developed a unique style of teaching and is considered one of the best tango teachers worldwide. Whoever gets the chance to learn from him, specially in a small, intimate group gets more than simply “Tango lessons. It is a unique experience which catapults Fabiáns students dancing abilities to a higher level.

Yet Fabián Salas is not only a teacher but also the founder and main organizer of the CITA, the world´s most renowned Argentine Tango festival. Here he brings together tango dancers from all the different styles of Tango, from Tango Nuevo to more traditional.

Wolfgang Sandt

Wolfgang Sandt Sculptor, stone mason, painter and tango teacher Via Campagna 17 Castel Rigone 06065 Passignano sul Trasimeno (PG) Tel/Fax 075 845457 Cell 349 0764 009
Wolfgang lives and works as free artist near Munich, Germany, and Passignano sul Trasimeno, Italy. Apart of being a sculptor He is as well tango dancer and teacher. He has been dancing Argentine Tango since 1994 learning from the worlds best tango dancers and teachers. He gives Argentine Tango lessons at Villa La Rogaia in Umbria, Italy focussing on the understanding of the music, on the harmony with the partner and the other couples on the dance floor and the joy of dancing rather than memorizing steps.

Tango Cabaret Group – Surrealism and Tango

The Surrealism and Tango project makes use of images to go to the origins of tango – A dance danced only between men around 1890 in the whorehouses on the suburbs of Buenos Aires. Manhood was there of extreme importance and the only women who could come close were the European prostitutes working there. Those women copied that tango, without lyrics, to dance it between themselves. Both groups could only exist by that “absence” that is the essence of the genre.

Jorge Luís Borges says: “Tango, has an infamous origin that can be felt.” That origin is law, the law of courage; that gangster pride that prises the mother, but despises any woman’s love and doesn’t respect any authority.

Cerrame el ventanal, que quema el sol, su lento caracol de sueño; ¿no ves que vengo de un país, que está dormido, siempre gris, tras el alcohol? (“Close the window for me, the sun is burning, its slow snail of dream; can’t you see I come from a country that is asleep, always gray, always behind alcohol?”) say the lyrics from La última curda, written by Cátulo Castillo.

The sun attacking a mythology of the night, attacking a men only lodge that sings deceipt with a dark voice.

Primero hay que saber sufrir, después amar, después partir y al fin andar sin pensamiento (“First you have to learn how to suffer, then love, then leave and at the end walk without thought”) says Virgilio Expósito in Naranjo en Flor and his verses only confirm again the sadomasochism in tango. Nothing can tempt the unbeliever, neither love, nor country or intellect. But then again the contradiction is present in this brown river: Almost 80% of all tango lyrics talk about love.

Tango Cabaret Group paints his scenes with this material. Surrealism is deep inside the genre. From Carlos Gardel’s origins and his “sexuality” to the repudiation Piazzolla had to suffer, nothing holds the permanent truth. Because tango is feeling, as the popular expression goes, “Tango is a feeling that is danced”, and there is nothing more ambiguous than a feeling.

Argentinian director Pino Solanas, in Tangos, the Exile of Gardel, was right when showing tango being danced in hazy corners, like out of a dream. And with the same fanciful psychic automatism he puts together two Argentinian myths having a “mate”: Carlos Gardel and General San Martin (together with Simon Bolivar one of America freedom fighters).

Tango Cabaret Group works in a similar way when makes XI century Persian poet Omar Khayyam sing tango; or when the same actor and singer plays a pimp and immediately afterwards a French madame in Buenos Aires.

In the show artists like Salvador Dalí, Marquis de Sade or Frida Khalo make an appearance. They have other origins, but they are very close to tango because of their provocative work and because they were and still are condemned by the establishment. At the same time that André Breton and his stunned visionary friends were working on the Surrealist Manifesto in Paris, tango was forbidden in Buenos Aires for being a lecherous dance.

Tango Cabaret Group lyrics are far from the tango stereotype and dive into today issues like religious fanaticism or emotional intelligence. That’s why the connection between surrealism and tango is not a whimsical one, it defines the band’s aesthetics and ethics.

Using Euro Converters Effectively

Euro converters and Euro calculators are popular tools that facilitate the calculation of the Euro exchange rate against different world currencies.

On 1 January 2002, the European Union witnessed a major change with 12 of the then 15 member states adopting the single European currency, the Euro.
On 1 May 2004, the European Union experienced the largest enlargement wave in its history after ten new member-states joined the EU. Bulgaria and Romania joined the EU on 1 January 2007 and all these new member-states are expected to adopt the single European currency when they meet all convergence criteria.

At present, 16 of all 27 EU member-states have replaced their national currencies with the Euro. These countries include Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.

In addition, three other European states – Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican – also adopted the Euro as their official currency under special agreements with the European Union. On 1 January 2011, Estonia will officially adopt the Euro with more new member-states expected to enter the euro-zone soon.

Thus, countries in Europe and abroad were forced to develop various specially-designed Euro converters and Euro calculators to easily handle calculations and transactions denominated in Euro. In fact, a Euro converter is a normal calculator that features an additional function to convert value denominated in the previous legal tender to the new value in Euro. For example, a value expressed in US Dollars can be easily converted into Euros with a single click.

The use of such tools within the euro-zone gradually decreases due to the growing familiarity of businesses and people with the single European currency. However, customers in many countries outside the euro-zone find these Euro converters useful, especially in countries and economic zones with strong Euro presence. For example, Montenegro adopted the Euro as its official currency although the country is not a member of the European Union, the euro-zone respectively.

The term Euro converter also refers to various software and online tools that provide functionality to convert Euros into other currencies and vice versa. Every Forex trader around the world utilizessuch tools that are extremely helpful when the matter in hand is fast currency conversion.

If you are constantly trading a particular currency pair, for example, theEUR/GBP, you definitely need a sort of built-in or standalone Euro converter. In practice, all Forex software is shipped with such functionality and even the most basic free tools can function as a currency converter or calculator.

You can find myriads of Euro converters online while all professional currency converters also offer this functionality. People in the euro-zone already think in Euros and do not need such tools in their everyday life but if you live in a country outside the euro-zone and have to conduct deals or other money transactions that involve Euros, you most probably should install and take advantage of some type of Euro converter. Bear in mind that not all such software and online tools are reliable; therefore, try to find a product that connects to and receives data from a reputable source like a well-known Forex broker or dealer.