How many Halloween events do you have going on this year? A work Halloween party? A friend’s Halloween party? Your child’s classroom Halloween party? By the time this fun, thrilling and spooky holiday is over; you’ll have had your fill of parties, tricks, treats and Monster Mash. If you go to all of these events, you’ll definitely need some fantastic adult costumes this Halloween.
There are so many places to go to find Halloween costumes. There are online costume shops that stock all the trendy, new costumes. There are also party supplies stores that will have hundreds of options for you to choose from. You could always rent an extravagant costume from a costume rental store and be the hit of all your parties this year. If these options don’t work the best for you, you can always make your own costume from many different patterns that are available for a truly unique option.
Whether you are looking to scare the trick-or-treaters, or to win that costume contest, or to handle wild kids at school or to be festive but appropriate in the office, you will need either one versatile costume or four completely different costumes.
This is a lot of pressure to put on an individual every time autumn rolls around, but Halloween is so fun, no one minds at all. You just need to get started early on the search for the perfect adult costumes for Halloween this year!
How do you know who to be, or what to be? Where can you find that inspiration? Here are some great places to go to inspire you to find the best costume to fit your body, and your personality.
Second Hand Store: Remember how one person’s trash is another person’s treasure? This holds true in all second hand stores for a variety of reasons. A great reason is for finding just the right Halloween costume. Walk into the store and gaze at the racks and displays. Anything can jump out at you as a potential Halloween costume idea. Just make sure you have an open and creative mind.
Online Quizzes: This may sound silly, but there are many online quizzes that you can take for inspiration for the right Halloween costumes. They’ll ask you questions on your personality, your likes and dislikes and your activities. The result will potentially be the right costume for you!
The Mall: Yes, there may be costume stores at the mall, but if you’re looking for inspiration, the mall is a great place to go. Browse movie posters, clothing stores and other shoppers to try to find a fantastic idea for your Halloween costume. You never know what you’ll find just by watching others around you.
Board Games: Yes, you used to play these games when you were little, but they may give you some great ideas for Halloween costumes as well. You could grab a monocle and be Mr. Monopoly. Maybe a sleek red dress could turn you into Miss Scarlett. Or, grab a white sheet and place colored polka dots on it and go as Twister. You’ll get points for a unique idea and you’ll have a great time reliving all the fun you used to have playing those games.
Grandma’s Closet: Looking through the closets of your elders can help you come up with some pretty wild costume ideas. Those classic horn-rimmed glasses could inspire a nice beehive hair style. Or even finding her old bowling shoes could be just the right direction to go in for your costume this year.
Your Own Closet: You may already have the right costume hanging in your own closet. Who cares if you wear that suit to work every Monday? Jazz it up a bit with a wild shirt, hat and tie for a fun, unusual twist on the usual clothes.
When searching for the best adult costumes for this year’s Halloween festivities, you need to take all the inspiration you can get for the perfect costume. You’ll be able to go to your parties with confidence knowing that you found the right costume for you, and you’ll be sure to have a great time.
Andy West is a writer on many topics, including parties and special occasions. There is no better way to be the life of the party than by wearing the wildest adult costumes.
I admit it, I’m hooked on gadgets. From my first tape recorder and transistorized radio in my teens, I loved watching things work. If they whirled, made sounds, beeped, flashed, had batteries, a power-pack, were portable, and, even better, small, I had to have it. So, here I am about forty years later and sit in electronic heaven. I’ve amassed a collection of neat playthings that do a variety of chores from educate, access, play music and video, communicate, entertain, and make life easier. So let me share with you some of my “must-haves” that are only a year or two old and bring a smile to my face every day. By the way, I have no self-interest in the brand names, but I did research to insure I got a quality product. With that disclaimer, here goes, in no particular order:
BLUETOOTH HEADSET: I got mine from Sharper Image. It’s a lightweight headphone that wirelessly connects to the tiny receiver that plugs into my stereo, TV, MP3 or any device that you want to remotely connect to without wires. Great if one of you wants to watch the TV without disturbing the other. Around $125. Very practical.
MP3 PLAYER: Mine’s a Sandisk with 1 gig of memory. I use it on trips and going to the gym. I have about 150 tunes I downloaded off my computer. Easy to use and good sound quality. I paid about $80. A must-have.
MDA CELL-PHONE: We use T-Mobile and this device is about the size of a deck of cards. It allows internet connection so you can check email and browse the web. It’s Bluetooth capable, has a 1.3 mp camera and nice sized color touch-screen. $300. Neat.
PORTABLE GPS: That would be a Global Positioning System device that tracks your travel using satellites as guidance. Also about the size of a deck of cards, this Garmin Nuvi 360 can be taken from car to car and mounted with a small suction cup system. It is Bluetooth to allow a cell phone to make calls off the device, has a touch-screen, points of interest like nearby restaurants and tells you when and where to turn, naming the streets as you go. It will store MP3’s and photos as well and up-to-date maps can be downloaded off their site. Ours was $600 and really fun to use.
PORTABLE MEDIA PLAYER (PMP): This item downloads and plays MP3’s and DVD’s off your computer. Or it can connect to your TV or DVD player and transfer anything, like shows or movies. It also stores photos, word documents, and has an FM radio. All in a hand-held size package that is rechargeable and good for 5 hours. With a 30 gig memory, my Cowan A2 holds 30 movies or nearly 15,000 MP3’s. It was around $450 and has a nice travel case. The 4” screen is easily seen and of course, comes with earbuds. Great for my wife and I on the plane when the movie is lame or if we want to watch different movies or listen to songs at different times. It helps pass the time, so don’t leave home without it.
EXTERNAL COMPUTER HARD DRIVE: A have a Seagate 300 gig that backs up everything off my computer. At $150, it’s well worth the insurance in case your internal HD goes sour.
SECOND COMPUTER MONITOR: My 19”ViewSonic is sharp and clear. Having a second computer monitor lets me keep my internet browser open while I type a word document or use another application on the main screen. In addition, you can look at multiple websites without them overlapping on one screen. Perfect for our web-based business projects. Only $150.
HD LCD TV: I have a 15 inch on the kitchen counter. It takes up no space and is very sharp. Even the stereo speakers are good. It’s a Magnavox and around $350. Also, a 50” Samsung HDTV more traditional TV and the HD signal is great.
DVD PLAYER/RECORDER: My Panasonic was around $150 and allows me to burn DVD movies and play them back onto my PMP mentioned above. Way better than a player alone.
You may be surprised to learn that you can get severe acne well into your 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond. Fortunately, there are adult acne treatments that can be quite effective.
There are several causes of adult acne, with stress usually a contributing factor. Many adults lead more stressful lives than they are aware of. Eventually all this stress begins to take a toll on your body. Internal turmoil manifests in your skin, and sometimes presents as acne. While stress affects both genders, women run the risk of having acne that is caused by low-grade cosmetics. Cheap cosmetics can trap bacteria in your pores and increase your chances of breakouts. Other contributing factors to the onset of adult acne may include hormonal imbalances and reactions to certain medications, including birth control pills.
The best treatment for adult acne may simply be a lifestyle change. Reducing stress can certainly help alleviate the problem. Try to use higher grade cosmetics, and find out if any medications you are taking are causing adverse reactions.
There are a number of conventional and alternative adult acne treatments, so speak to your doctor or dermatologist to find out which one is right for you. They may suggest a simple cleaning regimen of benzoyl peroxide. Many adults have found that simply using benzoyl peroxide is an effective adult acne cure. This will not work for everyone though. Your doctor may determine that you need a stronger medication such as Accutane, an oral prescription medication for severe adult acne.
The side effects from some of the more powerful adult acne treatments can be quite painful, so many individuals look towards natural treatments first. Some of the newest products for treating mild to moderate breakouts are natural antioxidant formulas, and many consider them the best treatment for adult acne, as they works from the inside out, naturally clearing up acne and preventing future breakouts from occurring.
Natural treatments such contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other powerful nutrients that minimize adult acne without the potential side effects of harsh over-the-counter-medications and prescription acne drugs. Although there is no definitive adult acne cure, natural treatments can be quite an effective alternative.
With so many adult acne treatments available, you are sure to find one that works for you. There are pimple creams for occasional breakouts you can find in any drug store, powerful drugs available through your dermatologist, and everything in between. The best treatment for adult acne is out there, you just have to find it!
David Bloom is an avid health enthusiast and a regular contributor to a variety of health websites. He is the author of Adult Acne Treatments, a blog dedicated to the treatment of acne, covering conventional and natural remedies for clearing up blemished skin.
Knowing your unique needs and the needs of your sexual partner can be very enlightening. See if you can find a little bit or a lot of yourself in each of these characters – and I am sure you will recognize an ex or a present partner in one or many of these characters. This is not about accusations and excuses but rather the realities necessary to understand the developing self and current struggles. The important thing when looking at these sexual styles is not to try to figure out which sexual type you or someone is but rather to use this knowledge to improve your sexual relationships. Pay attention to how your own sexual style and behaviour makes your partner feel about themselves and the relationship because your sexual style may be hurting your relationships..
1. The Sexual Traffic Cop
Outside the bedroom: The Sexual Traffic Cop is what we would call a typical control freak. They often feel that they were put on this earth to “put others in their place” and feel obligated to tell others what is ‘right’ and what is “wrong”. They tend to think their views, their families, relationships or career are what everyone should emulate and do not hesitate flaunting them in public for everyone to copy. They are often critical and demanding, always giving orders and making up rules. They can be very picky, impatient and judgmental; constantly giving advice, correcting or “mothering” others.
Inside the bedroom: When you have sex with a Sexual Traffic Cop, you will get so many directions and instructions on what he/she likes and doesn’t like. They will tell you how you should feel and respond and they may demonstrate to you how they want you to do it to them and ask you to do exactly the way they do it. You make one “wrong” move and he/she just stops and refuses to continue. The worst part is that there are so many instructions that you never seem to remember what they like or don’t like. You feel pressured, controlled and inadequate every time.
2. The Sexual Beast
Outside the bedroom: The Sexual Beast usually talks loudly – and dirty. They are the sort of people who are all over the place and are either disillusioned that others really like them or do not care if they are liked or not. They have a strong need to dominate others and to be in charge of things. They may appear very controlled but are cynical and temperamental, and easily explode into anger when their authority or intelligence is challenged. They can be very vindictive and manipulative. They aren’t necessarily angry at the opposite sex it’s just that they confuse aggression and chaos with passion and spontaneity.
Inside the bedroom: When you have sex with a Sexual Beast, you are not sure whether you are being loved or devoured. His/her panting, grabbing, slapping, scratching, biting, pushing, pulling and bestial noises or “dirty talk” reduces the sex act to its very basic crude level. You are left frightened, distrustful, unsatisfied and angry but not sure why.
3. The Sexual Martyr
Outside the bedroom: The Sexual Martyr lives with a victim mentality. They are always telling “poor me” stories, blaming others for everything that has happened to them. They don’t believe they are lovable or worthwhile and find it difficult to express their needs or ask for what they want. They’ve never had satisfying experiences and feel used and taken advantage of all the time.
Inside the bedroom: When you have sex with a Sexual Martyr you sense that “something” in not right but however much you ask, he/she will never tell. The only way they try to let you know what is happening is when you try to be intimate their first reaction is to move away a little or just lie there motionless. You sort of start getting resentful because you can’t read his/her mind and you feel guilty for not being able to figure out what is really going on.
4. The Sexual Procrastinator
Outside the bedroom: The Sexual Procrastinator avoids doing things he/she needs to do or deal with and hates being told what to do. They ask for advice, make goals and promises but never actually get to carry them out. They are usually very rational and reasonable and take themselves seriously. They can be very talkative, impressionable, sensitive and warm but feel uncomfortable about getting close to other people and often avoid these situations.
Inside the bedroom: If you ever get to have sex with a Sexual Procrastinator consider yourself one of the most patient people on earth because by the time you get to actually have sex with this character, you’ll have heard all kinds of logical explanations as to how the mood, timing and the place is just not right. But even during sex, they will find little problems to interrupt or force you to stop. You are left feeling controlled, neglected, desperate and angry.
5. The Sexual Glutton
Outside the bedroom: The Sexual Glutton is a professional at enjoying him/herself. Sexual Gluttons have low tolerance to pain or suffering and are often prone to addictive behaviours. They usually seek out adult toys to play with and when they find something that gives them pleasure; food, alcohol, drugs etc. they get completely lost in sensation oblivious of the people and everything around them.
Inside the bedroom: When you have sex with a Sexual Glutton you get the feeling you are just a toy for their pleasure. If you try to change what you are doing to give them pleasure, they motion for you to keep going, paying no attention whatsoever to your feelings. While you feel “high and dry” he/she is in his/her pleasure world. You are left feeling left out, unimportant, unloved and angry at being used.
6. The Sexual Performer
Outside the bedroom: The Sexual Performer is wildly enthusiastic about everything. Everything and everyone is always fantastic, wonderful, amazing, fabulous, great, brilliant etc. When you meet this character you are almost sure he/she is the most passionate person you’ve ever met, yet you get a feeling that there is something not quite right about his/her passion – you’re probably right. Sexual Performers are people who want to get close to others, but tend to be so anxious about intimacy that they often scare others away.
Inside the bedroom: When you have sex with a Sexual Performer you get the feeling they are putting on a show; they make a lot of noise and they will do this and do that, frequently changing positions and telling you over and over how fabulous it is. They’ll even insist sex is better in front of a mirror because they want to watch themselves perform. Their “pleasure” seems so exaggerated that you are not sure whether it is sex or their performance that they like so much. You are left feeling used, mistrustful and even resentful.
7. The Sexual Idealist
Outside the bedroom: The Sexual Idealist is sensitive, powerful and very intelligent. They are usually spiritual and philosophical, and are passionate about the protection of the environment, cruelty against animals and world poverty. They desperately want fairness and goodness for everyone and in everything because their past experiences have been the opposite. They may be children of divorced or emotionally isolated and dissociated parents, were adopted or lived with parents who were kept busy working. Because they have been abandoned again and again they may be deluded that their work, relationships and life are perfect and are afraid to look at life honestly because they fear that their positive outlook may collapse.
Inside the bedroom: When you have sex with a Sexual Idealist be prepared to enjoy it not once but twice: first when you hear the great and wonderful benefits of sex and again after when you hear a recounting of the just concluded magical experience. He/she will tell you how sex with you is much better than all the ones he/she’s had all his/her life and what a wonderful lover you are. You find yourself pressured to perform to similar or higher standards, just to keep up. But their “ideal” world leaves you feeling inadequate, not loved for yourself and mistrustful of their claims.
8. The Sexual Pleaser
Outside the bedroom: The Sexual Pleaser is usually sweet, cheerful, enthusiastic and nice to everyone. They have a tendency to confuse love with pity, and a tendency to “love” people they can pity and rescue. They are overly dependent on the approval of members of their family, spouse, friends, colleagues and even strangers. They will go to any lengths and overboard to please and when they do they will stand there silently with a “so?” look on their face. They can easily be manipulated because Sexual Pleasers have a hard time saying “no’ to requests outside and inside of the bedroom.
Inside the bedroom: When you have sex with a Sexual Pleaser, you will feel wonderful – at first – because they come across as the super lover. They ask “Do you like this or Am I pleasing you?” They even go to the lengths of apologizing if you say you did not like that. After a while you start feeling selfish and guilty. You sense their desperation and need to please and feel obligated to him/her but at the same time feel controlled by their neediness.
9. The Sexual Corpse
Outside the bedroom: The Sexual Corpse is an expert at repressing his/her feelings. They appear cool, calm and collected on the outside but deep inside they are anxious, worried, and fearful. Many have suffered a lot of hurt, pain, frustration and have been abused as children or by their sexual partners. They often find it difficult to trust others and to self-disclose. They don’t easily forgive and never forget. Even if they openly don’t say it you get the feeling talking to them that they are so angry at the opposite sex.
Inside the bedroom: When you have sex with a Sexual Corpse, their idea of sex is you playing “sex psychic”. They never show emotion or say a word before, during or after sex. Its up to you to guess how they are feeling or if they like sex with you. Its up to you to figure out what they want – or if they even like you. If you ask them if they like something the best they can come up with is ‘Its fine”. You are left inadequate, frustrated and even angry at them.
10. The Sexual Tease
Outside the bedroom: The Sexual Tease is the kind of man or woman who looks at your partner and makes them wish they were single. They just love to advertise how “super-sexy” they – they dress and walk the part. Their whole idea of life is superficiality – clothes, status etc., and have a habit of name-dropping or mentioning their connections to famous, rich and powerful people. They are very competitive with members of the same sex and are usually very jealous and possessive people. The Sexual Tease also has problems opening up and making commitments to another person.
Inside the bedroom: Forget the bedroom – a Sexual Tease comes on very strong and aggressive, turning you on and driving you crazy with his/her act. But as soon as there is a possibility that sex might actually take place, the sexy, hot and wild image disappears. They start giving excuses or find something else to do – so that they can tease you some more. And if you actually manage to have sex with this character – you will be very disappointed. A Sexual Tease is turned on by the idea of being wild and sexy but not by the actual act of sex itself. You find yourself feeling humiliated, used, manipulated and angry.
Conclusion: I believe that there is no “right” or “wrong” way of making love. Sex is “good” when it makes both of your feel good about yourselves and about the relationship and it is ‘bad” when it leaves you unhappy and adds to your negative feelings about yourself, your partner or about relationships. The good news is that there is something you can always do to become the lover you are capable of being (listed on my website are some of the things you can immediately do). The Super Lover is in everyone of us. What you need first and foremost is deep insights into the unique, creative and ultimately mysterious being you are. Second you need an intuitive understanding of the intricate dynamics of man-woman energies. Learning specific techniques is NOT enough, you need to know the interplay between the sexes that is sufficient to evoke a deep connection and smoldering passion.