November 3, 2017 by
  It's that time of the wholesale halloween costumes year, folks — Halloween is fast approaching. That means you and your partner need to start planning your award-winning costume stat. But if you're anything like me, then that's what you always say, only to be scrambling last minute. Don't be one of those couples who end up going as another pair of lame "sexy" animals and regret it. Instead, why not use Halloween this year as a chance to let loose with a silly couples costume? The truth of Halloween Costumes Outlet the matter is, there are only a few more fleeting years left before you start to get those accusatory sideways glances from middle-aged parents who think anyone over the age of 19 is way too old to be running around acting obnoxious and ruining the holiday for their children. Not that you should really care, but all the more reason to make these next few years of costumes really count. One of the best and most liberating parts of Halloween is that you don't have to take yourself too seriously — making it the perfect opportunity to embrace yo' silly side. Check out these eight costume ideas that will give everyone a good chuckle. 1. qwqfdvdsadf Colonel Sanders And A ChickenSTRAFPGetty Images There's nothing sillier than a Colonel and his chicken. For the person dressing up as the Colonel, go all white, ideally a suit (although a dress shirt and trousers will work) paired with a red apron. Check out this Colonel Sanders costume how-to guide for more inspiration. Then, someone needs to be the chicken. It goes without saying that if you can get your hands on a KFC bucket — new or used — you're golden. Now, if you're looking for a way to really take this costume to the next level, might I also recommend one of you going as a cooked piece of crispy chicken instead of a living one? Perhaps a drumstick? Why not throw on a brown bodysuit and this hat? Still not enough? Then whichever one of you is going as the chicken piece should feel free to throw on a red wig — which represents a squirt of hot sauce, of course. 2. Tom Hanks And Wilson From Cast AwayTim BoyleGetty Images Truly an iconic piece of cinema. This costume pretty much speaks for itself. The only question is who gets to be Wilson? And I'm sure it goes without saying, but don't forget the loincloth, makeshift head wrap, and FedEx box for maximum brownie points. If you really want to get theatrical, then every 10 minutes, you can re-enact Wilson's death in slow motion no matter where you are. Enjoy. 3. Rick And MortyScreenshot Becuase who doesn't love this crazy grandfather-grandson duo? For Rick, you're definitely going to need a mint t-shirt and a white lab coat paired with some khakis. Now, remember, the key to any Halloween costume that stands out is the detail — so don't forget Rick's signature spiky blue hair, some greenish colored barf smears for Ricky, and even a liquor bottle for good measure. And maybe even a mini afro for Morty? Maybe it's just me, but I swear he looks like he has a mini-fro. Throw on a yellow shirt, jeans, and some Keds, and you're ready for some action. 4. EmojisBrian PowellStocksy The hardest part about this costume is choosing only two. If you're looking for something super easy, then you can totally just make face masks on popsicle sticks. For my truly committed couples out there, then please feel free to amp it up with a fancy emoji harness. If you're looking to get really, really elaborate, then how about both of you go as the dancing girls in black… or dare I say, the salsa dancing girls in red? 5. Each OtherKKGASStocksy Another great couple costume idea for those of you looking for something super easy to put together. It's pretty self-explanatory: You throw on the other persons favorite outfit, a tacky wig, and boom — you're ready. Again, if you want to get really silly, then try spending the entire night as the other person and referring to each other as by your name. Sounds like the making of an interesting role play. 6. Animal PalsChelsea VictoriaStocksy This is a great costume idea for couples who totally don't mind sweating up a storm complimentary onesies. You can choose to go as a famous animal duo such as Poo and Tigger, or came up with your own witty pair. Not to mention, Amazon has a surprisingly vast amount of adult onesies just waiting to be ordered. 7. Off-The-Grid HippiesCarles Rodrigo MonzoStocksy  Still not easy enough? You could go as hippies. Just grab some shrubbery (real or fake will do), and wear your underwear on your head like hats. I guess the convenient thing about this couples costume is as soon as the clock strikes midnight and things start to turn up, you can just drop your sticks and resume your usual identities. No crazy smudged makeup or glitter chunks to get in your eyes mid-twerk. 8. NewlywedsViktor SolominStocksy Really want to give your friends a fright? How about dressing up as newlyweds? After all, there's nothing scarier than a young couple's imminent divorce. Plus, getting your hands on some costume bridal-wear is totally doable in a crunch. If you want to go the classy, more endearing route, you could grab a real flower bouquet and use a couple flowers and some bobby pins to make a hairpiece. Check out the entire Gen Why series and other videos on Facebook and the Bustle app across Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV.

November 3, 2017 by
  Six years after Tessemae's Sexy Clubwear sold its first bottle of lemon-garlic salad dressing at the Whole Foods in Annapolis, the Essex-based "all natural" brand is attracting attention from national grocers, hotel chains, fast-casual eateries and even reality TV producers. The three brothers Wholesale Babydoll Lingerie from Annapolis who run the company have long been convinced they have a winning lineup. The dressings, ketchup, mustard, garlic spread, marinades, and now mayonnaise, all grew out of an olive oil-based homemade dressing their mom — nicknamed "Tessemae" — made to get her kids to eat vegetables. The past year alone has more than validated the company's business plan, said CEO Greg Vetter. Sales have shot up from $25 million a year ago, though the company declined to disclose anticipated 2015 revenue because it is negotiating a possible investment partnership. "We qwqfdvdsadf just completely went at it full steam ahead," Vetter said. After getting its start selling dressing in 2009 in several Whole Foods stores, Tessemae's products were picked up nationally by Safeway. About a year ago, Costco launched the company's soy ginger flavor dressing in an economy size. Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore SunThe company's all-natural salad dressings sold at Whole Foods, Safeway and, soon, CostcoThe company's all-natural salad dressings sold at Whole Foods, Safeway and, soon, CostcoThe company has since gained an even stronger foothold through both national and regional grocers. The list has grown to include Kroger, The Fresh Market, Weis Markets, Wegmans, and regional grocers Gelson's in Southern California and H-E-B Grocery Stores and Brookshire's Food & Pharmacy in Texas. At Courtyard by Marriott hotels, Tessemae's "Classic French" flavor dresses the hotel chain's hummus bowl dish. Tessemae's says its products are striking a chord with consumers moving toward healthier diets and seeking "all-natural" products. The salad dressings use no thickening agents and are gluten-free. Running its own manufacturing plant allows the company to try new ideas and closely mange quality control and delivery, Vetter said. "We are at a perfect time with the market in general," Vetter said. "Everyone is looking for really good, real food. And that's such a rare thing right now. We're seeing there's a shift to people starting to care about what's in their products." For Vetter and his brothers — Brian Vetter, executive vice president of nonretail sales, and Matt Vetter, executive vice president of operations — opportunities such as Marriott represent the next frontier. "Response has been great, which might lead to other collaborations," said Nina Herrera-Davila, a Marriott spokeswoman, who said the dressing is used on a seasonal dish with ingredients such as spinach, hummus, cucumbers, avocado and olives. "The Courtyard team is extremely happy about the relationship with the local vendor." Tessemae's has invested in equipment that will allow it to produce and package small portions of dressings and condiments, enabling them to be combined with vegetable platters or other items through partnerships with other manufacturers. In addition, Brian Vetter is pursuing customers such as Marriott, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Chick-fil-A, and institutions such as airports, universities and cafeterias. Tessemae's also hopes to replace condiments made by Heinz at M&T Bank Stadium with its own. "Especially since Heinz is from Pittsburgh," Greg Vetter said. Future growth also could be fueled by a partnership the company is working on finalizing that would bring an investment from a "notable brand," Greg Vetter said. He said it is not a sale or majority stake. "We're just kind of trying to align ourselves with really good brands that know how to grow really good brands," he said. Vetter, who used to worked as an employee benefits broker in Annapolis and played professional lacrosse for the Chesapeake Bayhawks, started the company after throwing out a challenge to his mother, Teresa Vetter. He asked her to go into business with him if he could get Whole Foods to sell her dressing. She agreed, thinking it would never happen. A meeting with a store manager who tried the recipe won Vetter a regional review, then a chance to become a vendor. The retailer has been expanding its Tessemae's offerings, and notified Vetter recently that it plans to sell all 21 products, including dressings and condiments, at its stores throughout North America. Selections of 14 dressings are sold now in all 44 Whole Foods stores in the Mid-Atlantic region. Those stores are working with the company to add its barbecue sauce and mayonnaise by the end of the summer. "We've seen solid, sustainable growth … and have been comfortable growing their lines to all the stores," said Lee Robinson, Whole Foods' dairy and frozen buyer for the Mid-Atlantic. He said the dressing maker often sends people out to do in-store demos, which helps build the brand. "They're great ambassadors for themselves, and they've grown the consumer base by making connections," Robinson said. And they offer an alternative that's not only gluten free, but dairy free, Paleo, vegan, free of genetically modified organisms and has no added sugar, which, he said, "our consumers are interested in, and as a company we like to support." Wegmans plans to start carrying Tessemae's dressings in about a month in all Maryland and Virginia stores along with its refrigerated natural and organic products, though the chain is still deciding which varieties — at least four — to sell. "It has all of the attributes that we know appeal to our customers, but the two that stand out for us are: It's local, fresh [refrigerated], and their flavor profiles are unique and interesting," said Jo Natale, a Wegmans spokeswoman. Another big break for Tessemae's came recently when Kroger agreed to carry eight dressing flavors and roll them out to 2,100 stores. Vetter recalls going to a meeting with Kroger executives earlier this year with a strategy: aiming to get the products in only the highest-volume stores. Typically, he said, retailers judge a products' success based on overall sales, which can be hurt by the sales at lower-volume locations. But instead, he was surprised that Kroger representatives were the ones making the pitch. "They proceeded to sell us on why the country needs our dressings in 95 percent of the Krogers in the country," Vetter said. Doug Baker, vice president of private brands for the Washington-based Food Marketing Institute, said it's not surprising the dressing maker has had a warm reception from so many grocers. "Retailers are looking for companies like Tessemae's," Baker said. "As consumers continue to embrace private brands and trust private brands, that also allows the retailers to innovate." Consumers' tastes are shifting, too, he said. They want to easily understand ingredients, specific health attributes, or unique flavors or varieties. Tessemae's, with headquarters and a plant in Essex, now employs about 150 full- and part-time workers and gets help from the extended family as well. Mom Teresa Vetter contributes as official taste-tester, while their father is director of "good karma." Greg Vetter's wife works on branding, and "everyone else is in a support role," he said. The dynamics of growing a family-run business that prides itself on an unconventional operation could soon be the subject of reality TV, Vetter said. Last summer, he and his brothers were approached by an agency that creates such concepts. The business owners are negotiating with two networks, he said. "It's a matter of everyone coming to the table with an agreed-upon format," then filming a pilot for a show that could start in the fall, said Vetter, who declined to disclose the networks. "The overarching theme is about the Tessemae's story and us trying to change the food world in an unconventional way, and the highs and the lows and all the fun stuff that comes from operating your own brand and manufacturing company.

November 3, 2017 by
  The Indian festival of Diwali will corsets wholesale be celebrated by millions across the country this month. You can expect to see long gown dress lots of fireworks lighting up the sky, as the celebration marks the triumph of light over darkness. Families will light candles, otherwise known as divas or diyas, and food and gifts will be exchanged with loved ones. When is Diwali? qwqfdvdsadf Diwali falls on a different date every year as the celebration is set according to the position of the Moon. It is based on the Hindu lunar calendar, called Tithi, which calculates events on the Moon's rotation around Earth. Although Diwali is traditionally considered a Hindu festival it is celebrated by other faiths too. It is often marked with street parties and firework displays. This year Diwali will fall on Thursday, October 19. What is Diwali? Diwali is a celebration of light and traditionally relates to the legend of Prince Rama and his wife Princess Sita. According to folklore, the pair were banished from their kingdom for 14 years by Rama's stepmother. The couple went to live in the forest not knowing that a feared king with 20 arms and 10 heads lived there. The king, called Ravana, kidnapped the princess, but Sita left a trail of jewellery for Rama to find her. The prince enlisted the help of the monkey king Hanuman to find his beloved wife, with messages sent to all the monkeys in the kingdom and passed on to the bears too. After a long search Rama found Sita and killed Ravana. The couple travelled back to their homeland and everyone lit up oil lamps to guide them along the way and welcome them home. Diwali also honours Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. How is it celebrated? Fireworks are set off to celebrate the legend and signify the return of the Prince and Princess. People also light traditional earthenware oil lamps which are believed to help guide Lakshmi find her way into people's homes. People will also create rangoli artworks which are patterns created using coloured rice or powder. The most popular pattern is the lotus flower as Lakshmi was often pictured either sitting on one or holding a lotus. Families and friends share sweets, dried fruit and gifts, and many give food and goods to those who are less fortunate and in need.