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Confessions of a Home Day Care Provider


Starting a home daycare is a great way for stay-at-home mothers to earn some extra money without having to work outside of the home. It is a time-consuming and arduous task, but it is worth it if you staying at home while still contributing financially is a priority for you. Your child will benefit, too, because he or she will have playmates that will become almost like siblings over the months. You will also be able to earn money without putting your children in daycare.
The pay per child per hour doesn’t even out to much, even if you are licensed, but if you have several children, the money adds up. Even if you only keep one child, you’ll make enough for a shopping spree at the mall, a car payment, or a small contribution to a college fund. The amount of money you can charge will depend on your location, your experience, and your credentials. A licensed home daycare provider can charge more typically, as can someone with CPR certification or prior teaching experience.

I am unlicensed, because I do not have a backyard, which is a requirement for licensing in my state. I charge $400 for one and $600 for two full-time. My part-time rate is $20 for an 8-10 hour day. My drop-in rate is usually $4 an hour per child. I am flexible on payment, because I know how expensive childcare is and want to be affordable for everyone. I feel like working with people on payment plans and rates helps me bring in more income than if I were rigid and unmovable.

State laws about licensing vary. I am unfamiliar with them, but they are easy to look up. In my state, you can keep children from one family without a license. Sporadic care on a basis that is not regular, otherwise known as babysitting, is also acceptable. I have kept children from several families before on a regular basis. I just make sure that the parents know I am not licensed from the get-go. Currently I keep boys from two families: a 12 month-old 4 days a week and a 2 1/2 year old 3 days a week. We are still getting used to the presence of the older kid, who has only been in my care for a week so far.

Caring for children is strenuous, both physically and emotionally. Younger children tend to exhaust my physical body, because they are always into something. Older children tend to exasperate my mind with incessant talking, endless requests, and bargaining. I would suggest keeping children who are close together in age. It is easier to care for two one year-olds than it is to care for a one year-old and a 2 1/2 year old. Keeping children that are close in age to your own will be easier, and it makes it more likely that the kids will be friends. (It also makes it more likely that they’ll fight over the same toy or get into mischief together.)

If you have older children, you might want to consider setting up a preschool. The older children will be potty trained, have better language skills, and possibly be more obedient especially in a classroom setting. You can become certified through various programs, such as Montessori. Usually you can charge more for preschool than for home daycare. It’s also possible to do more structured activities. Older children are also a little more self-sufficient than younger ones. They ask more questions though, which can be exhausting. (They love to ask “Why?” over and over.)

If you don’t want children in your home, try seeking a nanny position full-time. Most people are happy to allow you to bring your children along. A lot of times these positions will require light house cleaning. You will be watching children and cleaning someone else’s house, not your own, but typically you will be paid more as a nanny. Caring for the children may also be easier as a nanny, because they are in their own home where they are comfortable. You’ll also usually have a small number of children, who are siblings.

Doing part-time daycare or infrequent baby-sitting can also bring in some income, as you can usually charge more per hour for those positions. A mommy’s helper position will pay less but require less work. Typically you’ll come over for a few hours a day while the parents are home. Usually they will be studying or working from home while you are there. You may be asked to do some house cleaning and light cooking, but the work isn’t nearly as strenuous. The pay is not as high, but it is quite decent for the amount of work you’ll do.

A lot of people say “Home daycare? I couldn’t do that! I can barely keep up with my own kids.” The truth is that it’s really not that difficult, just tiresome. When you have one child, close in age to your own, you just have to do everything in twos. Small groups tend to need more stimulation from you, but you can be more laid-back on your schedule. Large groups of children entertain themselves most of the time, but you need a system that works for everyone. Getting two children to nap at the same time is difficult; getting four to nap at the same time is almost impossible. There are trade-offs.

As a home daycare provider, you will feel overworked and underpaid. You will have longer hours than the parents whose children you watch, because they’ll need to drop them off half an hour before work and pick them up half an hour later. Children whose parents work full-time will be in your care about 45 hours a week. You will, however, earn significantly less than those parents working out of the home. Even in areas where childcare rates are higher, you will work more and get paid less than those who work out of the home. It is not as lucrative as people make it out to be.

You will be exhausted at the end of the day–maybe even half-way through it. Taking care of your own children is easier than taking care of someone else’s. You know your kids and are more in-tune with them. You can also let them run around naked through a cluttered house while you rest on the couch if you like, because they are your children. With other people’s children, however, you have to get to know them and earn their trust, which takes time. You also can’t be as laid-back with them, especially in the supervision department.

You will spend most of your time putting away toys that have been strewn about. You will have to break up little spats, discipline children for hitting or refusing to share, and do diaper changes. You’ll have to feed everyone snacks and lunch. Rounding everyone up for outings can take time. However, the bulk of your time will be spent making sure it is possible to walk through the playroom. Many states require that you keep toys put away unless they are in use. Parents or inspectors could drop in at anytime, so you can’t be lazy about clutter. Cleaning up messes will also take up a lot more time than discipline or meal-time.

It is not difficult to find clients; it is difficult to keep them. You can find clients by advertising in the newspaper, hanging up fliers, or posting on Craigslist. It’s not hard to book an interview and impress a parent enough that they will give it a try with you. Keeping a child for more than a month or so is what’s difficult. Your location and your rates will be a huge factor. If they find someone who lives closer to their home and charges less, they will probably switch daycares unless you are doing an amazing job with their child and truly impressing them. Do your best, but don’t strain yourself trying to be Mary Poppins. Finding a steady client with whom you really click is better than exhausting yourself trying to out-do your competition.

You will not have ample time for housework. You will get more done during the day than if you worked out of the home, but it’s doubtful that your house will be spotless at the end of the day. Make keeping the play area clean your top priority. Everywhere else can wait until the evening. You may not have time to do the dishes, but you’ll probably have time for a few little chores like laundry. Throw it in, swap it out, and then bring it out in a hamper and fold it while you watch the kids. Do simple tasks that don’t take very long and break all of your tasks into small steps.

It is okay to relax for a few minutes. Don’t feel like you cannot eat lunch or have a potty break. If you’re tired, rest. You can provide better care to everyone if you are feeling up to it. Don’t spend all of your time running around after the kids and cleaning. Take at least a 15 minute break every hour, when you have a chance. Don’t feel like you have to give-up every minute of “me” time. If you have a favorite show, watch it. Set up your schedule so that nap or snack time occur during the show. Work time for yourself into your schedule. Just don’t schedule a massage or have a bubble bath while you’re working.

Baby Einstein videos are amazing. I don’t recommend relying too heavily on them to entertain the children. Free play and structured activities will teach the children a lot more than the TV will. This is how they learn to solve problems, share, and grasp concepts. However, if you really need a moment of peace and quiet, throw in a Baby Einstein video. It works 90% of the time on babies and toddlers. They are fascinated by the pictures and will stare at the TV, usually like zombies. It isn’t good to let them watch TV all day or everyday, but these videos are great when you really need to distract the children to get something done. (Ok, I admit it: I’ve let the Baby Einstein video run on a loop for half of the morning before–only once or twice!)

A change of scenery can do wonders. It can be hard to get several children to nap at the same time. One trick I have learned, when everyone gets cranky, is to go for a drive. A lot of the time it will put the sleepy ones to sleep and entertain the others, at least. A trip to the park or McDonald’s play place can put everyone in a much better mood. While it is a hassle to change and dress everyone, strap everyone into their car seats, and pack up all that you’ll need, some time out of the house is refreshing for everyone. Taking the kids to a different room of the house can also have a similar effect.

Everything is your fault. Every diaper rash will be blamed on the diet you’re feeding them or an accusation that you’re not changing them often enough. Every new bump, bruise, etc. will be your fault. I recommend doing everything you can to prevent marks, rashes, etc. Check diapers at least every hour, more often if one has a diaper rash. Baby proof your house as much as possible. Checking for marks at the morning and end-of-day diaper changes is a good idea. This way you’ll know whether or not a bump appeared on your watch–or their parents’.

You will need to change clothes at least once a day, but you’ll have trouble finding time. This is the reason I wear my PJs until noon. Then I can usually just get dressed one time and throw my pajamas in the wash. You will also have to dress the children at least once a day, especially younger ones. Even regularly clean children will find ways to get messy at your house. They will usually need outfits again after mealtime and snack time. Kids in your care will also suddenly develop green and blue colored drool for no apparent reason. I theorize that kids have special color glands next to their saliva glands that activate when they’re at daycare.

You will get unwanted parenting advice, especially if you tend to do things differently. I’ve been advised many times to wean my child and transition him into his own bed in his own room. I’ve had parents suggest ways of doing this, including just tossing him in the crib and letting him scream all night for a week until he learns to go to sleep. That’s called crying it out, and Dr. Sears as well as Harvard scholars don’t recommend it. It’s not gentle, and it’s unnecessary being that our lifestyle is fine as is. I’ve also had parents recommend spanking when I mention that I try to refrain from it. Of course I just nod my head and smile, rather than debating parenting philosophies. I try to at least gracefully let them know that we’re happy with the way things are.

Your children need to be on a sleep schedule that is close to your own. It took me some time to accomplish this. I had to wake him earlier and earlier each morning until he was up about an hour after me and down an hour before me. When my schedule changed, his sleeping habits became very erratic. It got to where he was falling asleep at 2 AM and waking at 9 AM! Again, I had to work with him, and this time it only took a few days. He now goes to bed between 10-11:30 PM and gets up between 9-10:30 AM. While that may seem odd for some, it’s perfect for me. I usually get up at 8 on my work days, so even if he goes to bed late, I still get enough sleep.

Some parents will want to get to know you. Some will drop their kids off and leave immediately. I recommend trying to develop a relationship with each parent, which can be hard if you have one that likes to run off right away. I try to keep them at my door at least 5-10 minutes in the morning and the evening. I like to go over what we might be doing that day in the morning and in the evening to talk about the highs and lows of the day. Some parents don’t seem to care, which always makes me sad, and some do. Don’t give up on the ones that are reluctant to chat, though.

You will not agree with all of your client’s parenting choices. You will not feel like you are ‘raising someone else’s kids.’ A lot of mothers stay home so no one else raises their kids. Daycare providers don’t do that. We try to teach them how to get along with the other kids and be obedient. Mostly we just feed them, change them, and keep them out of mischief. We entertain them all day. We don’t decide whether they’re breast or bottle fed, how they are sleep trained, what shots they receive, or if they are spanked. We aren’t the parents. You will feel close to your daycare kids, but you won’t feel like their second mother. Sometimes you will abhor some of the things the parents do or say, but you have to bite your tongue.

It is unlikely that you’ll have an abused child, but please keep an eye out anyway. Look up the tell-tale signs of abuse for every age group of children that you watch. Talk to the kids now and again about their moms and dads and life at home, casually. Keep an eye out for mysterious marks and bruises, especially recurrent ones. Remember that toddlers fall a lot, so not everything is cause for concern. If you witness or suspect abuse, report it anonymously. You are required by law to do this if you are licensed. I’m not licensed, but I still watch out anyway. It is my job as a mother to protect all children. Likewise if a parent is doing something dangerous, you should politely point it out.

Remember that you are an influence on every child in your care. You must be careful even around children that don’t speak or understand yet. Refrain from any behavior that their parents might find offensive. If you have a different religion, keep your mouth shut about it. Don’t curse or walk around naked, obviously. You also must set an example in how you treat others and the diet you follow. Be aware that little eyes are watching you, learning from you.

The words of toddlers are difficult to decipher, so you can save yourself if you slip up. Your husband asks “What’s on Dr. Phil today?” and without thinking, you reply “Crack whores.” Someone inevitably repeats that, and it’s time to be smooth. “Yes, crackers. I think I’ll have some.” Toddlers have a short attention span and will usually just move on if you do. If the word is still in use at the end of the day, try a preemptive strike. Announce proudly to the parents, “Timmy learned to say crackers today!” The best thing to do, however, is just watch your mouth!

Most of the children that have been in my care have been in daycare since they were infants. There are used to being one of many children in one adult’s care. In my experience, many kids in my daycare have craved attention, more so than the children of SAHMs that I know. Don’t be surprised if some of the children that you keep seem to want constant attention and seem to be more sensitive or talkative than usual. Some mothers who work out of the home admit, on message boards or anonymous surveys, to feeling guilty and trying to make up for it when they are home. They allow the kids to do or have most of what they want, then you then have to say “no” to and discipline a child who isn’t used to that. While many of your daycare kids will be delightful, not all of them well be perfect little angels. Try to be understanding and compassionate with them, because they need that.

Have specific work days and hours. If you agree to watch one child from 8-5 and another from 12-9, as I do, you’re working from 8 am to 9 at night. That’s a lot. Daycare hours vary. Arrange your schedule around your clients, but try not to regularly work more than ten hours a day. The typical client will need you about 9 hours a day. Military personnel usually need you 10 hours a day. (They are overworked and underpaid, too.) Have days and times that you will not work, and turn down new clients who want you at those times unless you have dire need of the income. Save that time for family, housework, errands, and possibly occasional babysitting. (Most of the time I use it for naptime and TV watching.)

I have gone to the store during the day to replace a lost sippi cup or one that the dog has devoured at least twice. I keep extra outfits in my home for the really messy ones. This way I can change them twice, but the parents think they only needed one change of clothes. Parents rarely will bring you more than one change of clothes, and you’ll probably need two on some days. I therefore recommend a trip to the Goodwill for some gently used outfits. I have also learned to keep extra sippi cups, similar to the ones the daycare kids bring with them. Now I don’t have to go to the store for replacements (as often).

I try to use the playpen sparingly, as when taking out the trash. I occasionally use it so I can lay on the couch for ten measly minutes, relax, and enjoy my recently decluttered living room. I sometimes plop them in there at the end of the day when I’ve finished cleaning, so that the playroom isn’t messed up again when the parents arrive. Mostly it is a nap area for the younger toddler that I watch. Unfortunately my son likes to shake the playpen to rock him, which wakes him up. I’m considering a second playpen to put the awake one in when the other is asleep. Soon the closet won’t be an option anymore, because they’ll have learned to turn doorknobs. (I’m kidding!)

There have been days where I have spent most of my time on the couch, getting up only when the kids need something and picking up once at the end of the day. There are times when I want to scream “Get these kids away from me!” and lock all of them, or perhaps a specific one, away in a closet. I haven’t, though. When running low on wipes and diapers for my son, I’ve used those of my clients before. (Likewise, if they’re running low, I’ve had to use my own supplies.) I try to give the kids finger foods that they can feed themselves, so that while they are confined to their high chairs, I can relax or wash the dishes.

Being a home daycare provider certainly has its ups and downs. I enjoy it because it puts me in charge of my career. I have to schedule my life around my clients, but I do get to chose who my clients are. I don’t have to leave my house to earn money. I can do my housework while I watch other children, so I have more time for family in the evening. It also keeps my own son out of daycare and allows me to continue spending my days with him. There are annoyances involved, but overall home daycare is a very rewarding job. Instead of one little boy who loves me, I have several (well, two at the moment). My son gets to socialize, and I get experience caring for more than one child. I get to witness special firsts, teach, and be a part of who the child grows up to be. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s very fulfilling–if you’re up to the challenge!

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Why You Should Set a Strict Sick Policy If You Are Running a Day Care in Your Home



If you are running a day care in your home there are several things that you need to do before you accept your first child. Of course you probably already know about all the basic legal aspects of running your own at home day care. But the one thing that sometimes slips through the cracks is a sick policy. As we know kids always seem to get sick during the summer months, and is important that you have policy in place to prepare you for these challenges.

You are several things that can happen if you fail to prepare for this. First you can end up exposing the other children in your care to get sick. If you refuse to watch him because he is sick the parents can argue that you never stated you would not watch them if they were sick. Of course they would be correct if you do not have any sick clause included in your contract. In additional another problem that could occur is that you may lose money if all of the children in your care begin to infect one another with colds. In some states that are certain regulations regarding the care of sick children. Most require that you have a some type of certified medical professional on hand to help care for the sick children and that they be isolated to a completely separate room. This is done not only for the safety and well being of the other children, but for your own personal safety and well being as well.

If you do decide to include some type of sick policy in your baby sitting agreement or tutoring at Kinderopvang Leiden you should make sure that all the terms are clearly spelled out. You also should include that the child can not return to your home without a doctor’s note stating that they are no longer sick and most importantly that they are not contagious. Some parents may think this is too extreme and they may even tell you that it is unfair. You have to stick to your policy and make sure that you do not change for anyone. You should also make sure that at the time they are signing the contract you clearly state to them this is the policy and will not change for anyone. You may want to include exactly what you consider sick. For example some at home day care providers will not care for any child who has a cough, or who is sneezing since this is how many germs are spread. Some will even go as far as stating that if any child has a runny nose they will not be allowed to stay. This is a personal decision that you will have to make. Regardless of how strict a policy you choose the important thing is that you do adopt some type of “sick policy” put it into writing and has each parent sign it.

Make a Microphono, Out of a Speaker



On places like amazon.com microphones can be purchased in all kinds of quality and price ranges. However there are situations that would prevent a man from purchasing a $1.00 microphone. I was in one of those situations, but still wanted a microphone for recording voice.
I decided to make my own microphone. The way I solved this was to first find out how a microphone works. What I learned was that a microphone is a speaker hooked up backwards. A speaker gets sound waves sent to it, while a microphone with immersive sound sends sound to a recording device (microphone jack).

First thing to do is get the material we need.

1. Get a Speaker. I took a PC speaker out of an old computer. I know a speaker out of head phone will work, and also stereo speakers. I think for a better microphone, a smaller more sensitive speaker is best.

2. We need a way to hook it up. I found a wire with a volume control and two male stereo jacks. I will show you how to splice this jack without cutting it.

3. Some electrical tape to stabilize. Sometimes I have to improvise without tape, but I prefer to have it. I use the tape to hold my wire splices in place.

Second thing to do is splice into the input jack.

I am not go in detail on stripping wire. This is a step that is needed, but I hope you already now how to strip wire. The basic is to cut off the protection surrounding the wire.

Let’s take a look at the stereo jack so we can understand what is going on. Looking at the jack you should be able to see two bands. The color on my jack is black, and that is what I have mostly seen. These bands divide the jack in three different parts. I believe the bottom part of the jack is the ground. Both the middle and top part make up the right and left sides. After doing a line in test I can see the top is the left side, and the middle is the right side.

Because this is a microphone it will be in mono. That means there is only one side or channel. For my setup I found the top part to be the input side. So the two parts of the jack we need are the bottom and top.

After stripping a wire I wrap it around the ground side of the jack. I then take a piece of tape and put a cut in the middle. This tape fits over the jack, and slides down over the ground wire. I also tape up the jack wires with the speaker wires. This is to keep the splice together by preventing it from moving.

After stripping another wire I wrap it around the top side of the jack. Instead of tapping this splice, I will just tape the wire to the jack wire. It’s hard for me to get this splice tapped up, and I find it easier to just tape up the jack and speaker wire together.

Now the speaker gets wired up with these two wires. On my PC speaker I extracted it with wires already attached to it. One of those wires broke while testing the speaker out. I had to strip and wrap the wires on the contacts, and then tape the wires to the back of the speaker. On those stereo speakers the wires get hooked in with a latch or special jack.

Third thing to do is test and trouble shoot.

With one end of the two male connector wire spliced to a speaker, and the other end plugged into my microphone input, the home made microphone can be tested. Hitting the record button on my computer I speak and record on the speaker watching the sound levels. I then play back the recording to see how it sounds.

If you have zero sound a connection could be broken. You might have to fix the speaker to jack splice, or check the speaker for its wire splice. Another problem could be the jack to device connection. The fourth thing to check would be the sound recording software. It might be recording from the wrong channel, or your microphone could be muted. If your wire has a volume control, check that to see if its turned up.

Another problem could be with the sensitivity. My speaker works but I have to get close to it. If I am to far away, then it will record nothing. A speaker that is to big or powerful might not pick up you voice. For my one inch PC speaker I have put it next to my mouth.

The end of this tutorial with the basics.

To build a microphone you just need a speaker and way of hooking it up. A microphone is a speaker setup backwards, and a speaker is a microphone setup backwards. I made my own because of the cost, but now I want to experiment with different speakers. I also have an idea for a stereo microphone using the line in jack and two speakers. I hope this helps a lot of people with home made microphone projects. God blessings in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ.

CMS and the 3 Most Popular ASP.NET Options


CMS (Content Management System), independently consist of procedures that will help your business manage work more efficiently. They can be used manually or with the use of your computer. These procedures will help your business share, control, retrieve and reduce the number of data inputted. CMS will also improve report writing and communication between users.

In addition to improving your business through procedures, CMS also have options available on the .NET framework that you can apply to your business. Three of the most popular ones are DotNetNuke (DNN), Kentico and Umbraco. These are ASP.NET (a web application that was developed by Microsoft) Content Management System options.

The following information provides an overview of the 3 most popular ASP.NET CMS options.

1. DotNetNuke (DNN)

This CMS option provides you with 3 available versions. There is the Community Edition, Professional Edition and the Enterprise Edition. DNN (DNN .net CMS) has many templates that you can choose from and it is very easy to optimize. The content can be easily edited, simply through a standard web browser. You can even resize images, spell check your documents and edit your HTML. This option allows administrators to assign permissions to users, user groups, websites, single web pages, subscribers, and other types of users. The e-commerce solution even provides you with a main shopping cart option.

2. Kentico

Kentico provides you with 2 versions. There is the Free Edition and the Basic package. There are only 33 available templates provided by this option. It allows you to customize documents, fields and content design. You can also manage modules and site structure. There is a WYSIWYG that provides formatting, linking and insertion of images. It even supports Windows Authentication as well as Forms Authentication. The e-commerce feature also allows you to build an online store that integrates PayPal and Authorize.net capabilities. You can even use Google Sitemap as well as customize URLs.

3. Umbraco

The ASP.NET CMS option Umbraco has a free version and a Professional version. This option has a few templates but specifically designed for Umbraco. You can modify your content the way you want and you can integrate your Microsoft Word. It allows you to create many different users and assign them permissions. There is also an e-commerce application and module available.

These ASP.NET Content Management Systems options are 3 of the most popular ones on the market. However, before you select one, ensure that you target your specific needs and requirements. This way it will be easier to decide which option is best for you.

WebmasterFormat Blog, “DotNetNuke vs Kentico vs Umbraco – Most Popular ASP.NET CMSs Compared Side by Side”, by Webmasterformat.com

Cost Saving Business Ideas: Communicate for Profit



This is the third short article in a series designed to help you improve your profits.
I have worked for different types of employers, both large and small. I am sure you have heard people speak of how much they enjoy working for smaller companies because it is more like they are working together like a family, while in larger companies they are treated like a number in a book. There is one significant difference between the two, and that is in the way they communicate.

Proper communication within an organization can make members feel as if they are important, and when they feel important, they will often place a higher emphasis on producing for the company and helping to control cost.

When was the last time you walked out onto the production floor and asked someone how their family is doing? Yes, I know that there must be some distinction between friendship and a working relationship, especially between leaders and subordinates, but that does not mean that you can’t treat them like normal human beings. If you have noticed a downturn in productivity, or if you need to improve efficiency, try asking the workers in the area what they think the problem is, or what they think can be done to make things run more efficiently. Don’t simply call an engineer and expect everything to improve. In many cases, you requested and hired experienced workers. What is the point of doing so, if you refuse to listen to their experience?

Allow your employees to participate in the decision making process, even if you think you already have a solution, and they will begin to feel as if they are part owners in the company. You need employees to care about what they are doing. Drop by and say hello once in awhile, and your employees will begin to feel as if they are something more than just a number in the books to you, and they will produce.

Communicating with your employees is especially important if your organization is going through difficult times, or implementing organizational change. It is natural for people to reject change, but you will find them more accepting if you explain why the change is needed, how it will be implemented, and what the expected outcome will be. An organization undergoing hardship will benefit from keeping its employees informed on where the organization is headed.

An incredibly important part of saving dollars through communication is accomplished by making certain that the information passed both up and down the hierarchy is honest and complete. If you are in the position of upper management, you need honest communication from your middle and lower level leadership if you want to make your decisions based on accurate data.

Encourage your people to provide complete and honest communication. Too many times I have seen team leaders and managers communicate to their director what they think he will want to hear and not what is truly accurate. Some may do this out of fear, and others may do it in an effort to try to make themselves look good. One thing is certain, and that is without knowing you have problems, the problems will not be addressed. Working with or through issues can be far more costly than fixing them.

Talk to your people (and give them gifts from Toad Diaries as well), and more importantly, listen to what they have to say and you may find your productivity benefit, which in turn benefits your profit margin. Your cost is little more than the time it takes to say hello.

Top Ladies Designer Dress Brands


Fashion apparels have always caught our attention. No one better than a woman can tell us what is trending in the market. There are a lot of leading designer brands for ladies and here are some of the major brands that always set the trend and let us have a look at it. These brands have always managed to be at their best and cater the best to people. With no further delay let us hit the list.


Gabrielle Chanel is the founder of the leading designer brand Chanel. She is a multi-talented person. It is due to her business acumen and skills Chanel is considered as one of the leading brands today. She is a well-known French fashion designer across the globe. Chanel Brand offers us the wide variety of fashion goods such as apparel, jewellery, bags, and many more.



It is one of the major International brands. Alessandro Michele is the Creative Director of Gucci. Kering group has become famous, and Gucci is a part of it. Gucci also offers wide varieties of fashion accessories and fancy apparel. It resembles Italian style.


Mario Prada and Martino Prada laid the foundation. Miuccia Prada, the best fashion designer, is the head designer of the company. It also promotes the Italian fashion style. Prada has stood as a well-known brand now in the industry.


Donatella Versace is the Artistic Director of Versace and founded by Gianni Versace. He is talented and the well-known Fashion designer in the industry. It also resembles Italian Fashion. The brand has its extension even in home décor.

Ralph Lauren

Its founder and best fashion designer is Ralph Lauren. It promotes the best lifestyle products in the industry. It’s an American brand which mainly promotes their lifestyle. It has its wide range of varieties in fashion field as well as home furnishing.

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton was 16 years old when he started designing. But the designs started with the trunks and became well-known for the same. Later the baggage production from this brand became popular both for men and women. It is well known brand which started its promotion from Paris. Its leather goods are at its best.


It is also an International brand. It is well known for all the products available at its store. It is well known for its business which is maintaining its standards with the best quality products. It has its best and unique fancy designs.

There are many more brands in the industry like Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Vera Wang, Donna Karan, Vivienne Westwood, Karl Lagerfeld, Lacoste and many more. As we know women are desperate in maintaining their standards in fashion. Nowadays we can clearly see that women love to stay in trend and are meticulously following that as well. The brands that are evolving with latest designs are the ones that are impressing women. They have high demands as they are maintaining their standards at its levels.

Fashion trends to get excited about in 2018


Fashion is something that never stays permanent. It keeps changing every few decades, and you can never hold them back. Fashion has always created a stir in the market, and they have been commented on, followed and redefined by a lot of people. So here are some of the fashion trends that are here to stay and the ones that will make 2018 a year to remember.

Various fashion trends in 2018


It’s been 18 years, Pantone is choosing a colour as the colour of the year, based on the how the presentation and based on the support that they have received from the people for their choice in the secret meeting with representatives of various nations. It will be held two times a year in the European capital. The colour of this year is UltraViolet. As the trend is set to this colour, we can see most of the people often wearing dresses with shades of Ultra Violet colour or the colour itself.

Big Sleeves:

Nowadays we see everyone wearing big sleeves in various styles. There are various designs with big sleeves which are trending these days. Few of them are Balloon Sleeves, Cold Shoulder, Cape dresses, Fish Cuts or Bell Sleeves and many more. We hear these words often in the market. We see western outfits with the above-mentioned sleeves in the market. We also see Indian outfits too with the sleeves mentioned above as the trending ones. These sleeves resemble 19nth century. The trend is repeating from century to century. Most of these sleeve designs are trending with ¾th sleeves. Nowadays the sleeveless trend went down as these are the most trending ones.


Red Look:

Red has always been a sexy colour. Most of the girls choose Red on the special occasions like dinner dates and many more. But the present trend is choosing everything Red from head to toe. Though it is not the colour of the year, it attracts every eye passing by. The overall look consists of Red dress, Red shoes, Red hat, Red Nail polish, Makeup with Red shades and many more. It will be an awful moment for the people watching out the women in Red.


The sheer outfits are trending these days. It is majorly promoting transparency for any personalities with the best look. This model is designed for women who feel shy and uncomfortable in exposing their body parts. Sheer help to cover the parts that are exposing with a net. This has become a trend, and everyone started following this particular trend.

Plastic Jackets:

Any outfit with a plastic Jacket and plastic accessories is trending now. It goes well with only western outfits. As long jackets are trending ones too. Women are choosing the Plastic jacket which is long enough and looks good when we wear any type of western dress.

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