Monday, December 3, 2018

Save Money for Little Luxuries!

Beauty and hair care products can be expensive so when we’re after the latest palette or hair styling product, how can we save money to go towards these luxuries?


Sell Your Old Unwanted Stuff
We hoard so many things and we only realize we do when we’re moving from one place to the next or having a spring clean. When you’re having your next declutter, set aside anything that might be of some value. There are plenty of apps nowadays that are great for selling your clothes, jewelry, CDs, and books, just look at https://budgetboost.co/best-selling-apps-to-sell-your-stuff/ for inspiration.

Fill In Online Surveys
Being asked to fill in a survey can be pretty boring but they’re much more appealing if you can get paid for filling one out. The surveys can vary in length and topics so there’s something for everyone and most websites can pay out immediately. With online surveys, you can do them in the comfort of your own home or on your daily commute to work.

Budget Your Money
Budgeting can be a great way of saving some money each week, so when you get your paycheck, note down all your outgoings. Work out what you have left and then split this up over the weeks and see if you can take a little bit out each week to save.

Without a budget, it can be easy to spend all of your money, so it’s worth committing to it.

Switch Energy Suppliers
You might find that you’re paying an obscene amount on your utilities and you may benefit from shopping around to find a new provider. A lot of them will offer great deals for new customers, so it’s definitely worth getting a few quotes and comparing them to what you currently pay.

After you get the quotes, it’s always useful to contact your provider to see if they can match the deal to make you stay. They’ll likely want to keep you as a customer then let you go to their competitors.

Cut Back On Eating Out
Eating out every day, even if it’s buying lunch, can be very costly. You could save a lot of money just by preparing your lunches at home and limiting the number of evening meals you have out, per month. The multiple courses and tips you’re required to pay towards aren’t something you’d normally have at home, so save your money!

If you still want to have the social side of eating out, invite your friends over for dinner and suggest a monthly rotation which gives everyone the chance to cook for each other.

Ditch The Membership
Got a gym membership that you use once in a blue moon? You don’t realize just how much you waste money through memberships until you actually cancel them. You can always find a pay as you go gym until you’re ready to go back.

Check out all your other memberships too, as well as any subscriptions that you have. It might be a good idea to cut back on a few for a while.

There’s plenty of ways to save and make money, so if you persevere, you’ll save up money for the latest beauty buys in no time!



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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

How to Send Glam Holiday Cards & Invitations (by Email!)

  It's the holiday season and I have been so excited to put my Pinterest boards into action and start decorating and planning for all of the fun, food, and festivities.  Not only will Christmas dinner be at my house this year, but I'll be hosting a Vision Board Party for my girlfriends a few days after Christmas to get us focused and ready to goal dig in 2019.

In the midst of planning my glam Christmas gatherings, I really miss the idea of setting the tone for each event with glamourous invitations. Email and text are much more convenient, but who doesn't love to receive a sparkling invitation in a beautifully patterned envelope.  It just makes the holiday season, and the event seem even more special.  That's why I was excited to try Paperless Post.  This website offers an abundance of elegant invitation and card options while combining the ease and convenience of technology.  Purchasing digital "coins" will allow you options to customize your virtual invitation, envelope, and rsvp card. You can even change the background, the envelope liner, and the stamp on the envelope!  

I'm having a hard time deciding which card to pick for my holiday dinner invite.  The designer options are all so appealing.  Check out a few of the glam designs on my favorite list.






While I'm still deciding on my Christmas dinner invitation design, I did customize a design and send out invitations to my girlfriends for a small Vision Board Party. What makes it even more convenient is that I was able to download the Paperless Post App on my iPhone and manage my guest list, keep track of RSVPs, and even send and receive messages from my guests. 



Screenshot of  the "manage" tab for my event in the Paperless Post App

It's almost December, so before you send out that group text inviting friends and family over, or wishing everyone a happy holiday season, check out the Paperless Post website to see if they have the perfect something to add a little extra holiday cheer to your friends and family's inboxes. 


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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

What Do Designer Brands Say About The Person Wearing Them?


Designer brands are, to put it mildly, desirable. But what do they say about the person wearing them, at least in the minds of other people? It’s a fascinating question and an important one. For many people, the whole purpose of wearing a designer brand rather than something generic is to influence the opinions of others.

They Have Star Status
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Who would you prefer to ask for directions on the street? Somebody who was wearing generic sportswear, or somebody wearing a brand new Louis Vuitton suit? Chances are you’d choose the latter because that person’s apparel says something about their status and their life. At the very least, it indicates that they are conscious of the way they appear to others, and beyond that, it implies success, wealth and power.

According to research by two academics, Nelissen and Meijers, people who wear expensive clothes are much more likely to be treated with respect in social situations that those who don’t. People who wore Tommy Hilfiger and Lacoste, for instance, were seen as having more money than those who wore own-brand t-shirts by people they talked to in stores.
So what’s going on here? It turns out that, for most people, what you wear is a shortcut to your deeper character. Sure you could have gone into debt to buy expensive clothes, and your income could be meagre, but others are much more likely to take an intellectual shortcut and assume that you are wealthy and successful.

It shouldn't be any surprise then, at least to psychologists, that businesses like Fifth Collection are so popular, selling a range of designer brands. People want to feel like they have status, and are willing to pay good money for it.

They Are More Avant-Garde

Being avant-garde isn’t always seen as something positive, especially by more conservative individuals. But it is the mark of an adventurous soul - somebody who wants to push boundaries and change things in the world.

A lot of modern fashion is, essentially, experimentation - deliberate breaks from the past in search of something new and original. People who wear Givenchy, Tory Burch, or Alexander Wang are looking for ways of saying that they are pushing boundaries and that they have "edge."

Sure, most of the clothes that end up in the stores don’t have the flamboyance of those at the Paris Fashion Show, but they are a step up from your run-of-the-mill mass-produced clothes.

Fashionistas need to be aware, therefore, that wearing certain designer items makes them appeal progressive and independent.


They Are Business-Focused
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Being fashionable is associated with being more material in one’s worldview. It’s a sign that a person values the acquisition of wealth and isn’t afraid to show off the proceeds. People wearing designer clothes are business-focused, in general, and want to live the high life.
The fact that others perceive those who wear fashionable clothes like this is good news for those who want to “fake it until they make it.” Putting on a designer dress could help seal a business deal.




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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

It’s Never Been Easier to Start Taking Care of Yourself

If you know that you have not been taking care of yourself recently or if you just know that you are not quite happy with the way that your life is going right now, then you have nothing to worry about. Here you can find out how to turn your whole life around while also getting the help and support you need to start feeling better about yourself as well.

Recognize the Signs of Stress

Sure, you may experience signs of distress in both your mood and your behavior but if you don’t do anything about this then the whole thing will only get worse. Signs that you need to look out for include signs of fatigue or even dropping items all the time. You may also just not feel like yourself at all, but it is important to know that this is completely normal. Sometimes, when you are going through a period of intense stress or worry, your body will react in certain ways and the only way for you to deal with this would be for you to try and look after yourself a bit more. Try and work fewer hours or reduce the source of the stress by trying to distance yourself a little. Remember that there is no harm in you taking some time out for yourself.

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Establish a Balance

It is so important that you are able to establish a balance between your personal needs and then any work-related needs that you have. It is one thing to know that you are stressed but it is another to do something about it. If you have the chance to take some kind of brief mental break then you should certainly do this. Try and give yourself the chance to relax from time to time and make sure that you are not working too hard. If you know that the hours you are working are too long, then you need to draw a line. After all, there is only so much you can do in a day, and an overly-demanding boss can really wear you down. For this reason, it is important that you ask for help when you need it and that you also do everything you can to try and get out of work on time, even if it means saying no to the people above you.

Maintain your Sense of Humor

Humor can be a fantastic stress-buster. You need to be able to laugh and even joke about the situation that you are in right now. For example, if you dropped a ton of dishes because you are just too exhausted to coordinate yourself properly then don’t be afraid to look at the situation in a lighter way. When you laugh, you can release some of those stress hormones that have been building up over time and this can work wonders for your mood. You can also consider watching a sitcom or even relaxing with a good joke book. This may sound daft if you have never done anything like this before, but you would be surprised at how much it could help you to relieve some of that stress.

Spend Time with Those Around You

It is so important that you are able to spend time with those who around you. When you do, you can bring yourself back to reality and you can also help people to understand your own emotional needs as well. The presence of having your family around you can easily take some of the burden away and it can also help you to meet some of your own personal needs as well. Sure, it can be hard for you to find the time to do this but it is so important and it can really help you to ground yourself after a very long and hard day. You may feel as though you just don’t have the energy to do this and this is completely understandable, but by pushing yourself, you will really be doing yourself a favor.

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Find a Healthy Activity

If you can, you should always try and find a healthy activity that you can really get involved in. Look at politicians, for example, they are literally carrying the burden of the country on their shoulders so when they can get out of work and have some fun, they often play as hard as they work. It’s great to have an emotional outlet or even a hobby that you can be passionate about. It means that you can throw yourself into it and it also means that you can promote your health and reduce stress. On top of this, it gives you something to look forward to at the end of the day.

Self-Care

If your workplace does not encourage you to take care of yourself then this may be a source of the problem you are facing. Every working culture should promote self-care in one way or another, and if your company is not doing this then it may be time for you to make them change. Try and talk to your supervisor about the way you feel, find out if other people feel the same way and even try to work with those around you to make sure that everyone is getting the support they need. Of course, it is also important to look out for the signs of burnout as well, as this will really help you to identify when someone needs extra support. Questions that you can ask yourself include is your skin dry or dehydrated? Do you find that your hair is continually greasy? Are you experiencing extreme fatigue halfway through the day? When you can take all this information into account, you can then begin to help yourself to meet the needs that you have.
So, there are many things that you can do to try and give yourself the support you need and when you are able to look objectively about the way you feel, you will soon find that you can deal with the symptoms of stress much more efficiently.




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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Natural Beauty: Getting Back to Basics


 Whether you’re sick of spending half the morning getting ready or you’re simply looking for a change in your look, it might time to dial things back a little. Here, we’re going to focus on one thing only: preserving and highlighting your natural beauty. Here are a few tips that will not only save you the time and effort of crafting a whole new look but can really help nail what’s unique about you.



Love the skin you’re in
You don’t have to be entirely done with makeup, but it can help to rely on a little less. Overdoing it is notoriously bad for your skin. Instead, focus your time on crafting a skincare regimen that helps hydrate, prevent the signs of aging from appearing, and boosts collagen production. After all, makeup is meant to highlight your beauty and cover the blemishes, but healthy, glowing skin can do that just as effectively, if not more so.

Stop fussing with your hair
If you haven’t let your natural hair out for some time, you might forget how convenient it can be to wake up in the morning without having to spend half-an-hour re-doing your do. Transitioning to natural hair isn’t too complicated, but if you have chemically treated your hair to straighten it, you need to start by chopping off the treated section. Let those curls grow back naturally, using braids or extensions to maintain your length in the process while you wait for it to grow back.

Celebrate your shape
This is style advice that every woman should hear at least once in their life. Nothing is more important to your fashion that choosing clothes that not only fit but suit your body shape. Depending on your figure, you may have different parts that you want to highlight and bring attention to, and those you want to play down a little. Dressing to body type isn’t about hiding away, it’s about redirecting the eye to your most flattering features. Whether you’re a pear, inverted triangle, rectangle or hourglass, there are plenty of guides to help you recognize and pay the respect your body deserves.

Watch what you put in your body
Getting your diet right is a lot more extensive than we can get into and depends largely on your aims. However, if there’s something worth changing immediately, it’s the bad habits you subject your body to. Too much alcohol, coffee, and cigarettes can do all kinds of damage. They make it more difficult to control your weight, age your skin prematurely, and can even make your hair and nails more brittle and harder to maintain. Make a conscious effort to cut out those unhealthy efforts today if you really want your natural beauty to meet its true potential.

If you haven’t done it in a while, it might be time to go au natural. Some ladies might be intimidated about leaving all the careful planning and preening behind, but you will be shocked at what it can do for your self-esteem when people start complimenting you when they see you as you really are.




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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

How to Exude More Confidence at Work



Confidence is the most important accessory you need to wear when you go to work every morning. However, for a lot of people, confidence doesn't come naturally. In fact, it is quite the opposite. If you fall into this category, it is not all doom and gloom. There are many ways that you can boost your confidence levels so that you can achieve more in the workplace and command a greater level of authority.

Find out where your lack of confidence stems from - The first thing you need to do is figure out where your lack of self-confidence comes from. If you feel like this is something you have across all areas of your life, you can use numerous different approaches to become more confident. However, there are a lot of people that are self-conscious because of something in particular. This could be something to do with their looks or their personality. However, be zooming in on what makes you feel this way, you can figure out the best course of action next, and this could be anything from breast augmentation to putting yourself in a greater number of social situations.

Learn to say ‘no’ - The second suggestion for women who want to feel more confident in the workplace is to learn the word ‘no’. This is a small word, but it is something that a lot of women struggle to say because they want to make people happy and they know it is not the answer that they are looking for. However, you need to learn how to say no to the good so that you can create space for the great. You will be surprised by just how liberated you feel once you start saying no to things.

Wear clothes you feel comfortable in - You are going to feel much better and you are going to look much better if you wear office clothes you feel comfortable in. If you wear a pair of heels that are two inches too high for you, you are going to spend all day worrying about how you are going to walk in your heels and how much your feet hurt. There’s nothing good about walking around the office like a penguin, is there? Instead, if you wear clothing that makes you feel comfortable, you will be able to go about your day with a higher level of confidence.

As you can see, there are many ways that you can boost your confidence levels in the workplace. If you follow the suggestions that have been presented above, you will have no trouble achieving those higher levels of self-esteem that you are seeking. Whether it is to do with what you wear or how you act, getting to the bottom of where your lack of confidence comes from is the key to tackling it head on so that you have more self-assurance in the work environment.


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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Office Chic: Letting Your Fashion Style Shine In A World Of Cubicles, Contracts, And Computers


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When you think of the word “professional”, you don't always think of style. But if you are working along side 
influencers and entrepreneurs, you need to tow the line, while at the same time, communicating your individual style. Office chic is one of those things that can be difficult to pull off. Do it wrong, and you’ll look like everyone else, in an unflattering and frumpy suit, but if you do it right, you will stand out a mile, and all for the right reasons! So, let's get to the bottom of this.


Pinstripes = Power

Your mind may immediately go to pinstripes when you think of office chic, and there's a very good reason for this! Pinstripes look professional, highlight power, and make you look like a player, but it's also a great way to lengthen your frame. If you find that you struggle to find a style that suits you, pinstripes is one of the ideal starting points.


Avoid Black

And while office suits tend to go towards the usual, darkened colors, upset the balance by opting for something a bit more summery. Get some inspiration from one of the many online dress boutiques, and take advantage of the summer months while you can. When the autumn months roll around, our color choices go towards the more charcoals and
blacks. However, you can buck the trend, and go for something a bit lighter; it will make you a ray of sunshine in a dull and dreary office. Go for something flowery instead, and you will feel a lot better for it.


Accessorize Like A Boss

Office chic not just about what you wear, but it's about how you accessorize. If you are constantly on the go, in meetings, and at events, you need something stylish to house your computer or tablet. Satchels can appear bulky, yet practical, which is what you need when you need to store your work files, tablet, as well as your make-up!


Blazer Up!
If you have an abundance of jumpsuits, this doesn't bode well in an office of smartly dressed types. But, by adding a blazer on top of it, you are adding that pinstripe look that can stand out against all of the other dull styles out there.


Suit Up, But Put Your Own Twist On It

As much as you'd like to avoid putting on a dreary suit, you can put your own spin on it by softening the look of a navy suit by adding a lace camisole underneath. Beware, this can make it look a little bit on the sultry side, but with heels and the right accessory, you will get away with it.


Go For The Edge

On a Friday, instead of trying a blazer, swap it for a leather jacket to add that little bit of danger to your straight-laced office suit. If it's not thought of too favorably by the powers that be, you can go back to your normal style come Monday morning.


Office chic is something that doesn't always have to seem boring, but rather, it's about making your personality shine in a sea of cubicles, contracts, and computers.



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