Friday, December 14, 2018

Don’t Follow The Crowd To Find Your Style. Go It Alone

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Do you walk down the street or get on the subway and see three or four different women who could be your clone? Doppelgangers exist, yet they are more common than ever today thanks to generic shopping outlets. One store finds a breakthrough and every other establishment within a ten-mile radius copies it. The result is women who dress the same.

If you value individuality, this may be very annoying. All you want to do is find a style which is unique and original, and now you can. Here are the personal fashion tips to keep in mind.

Look To The Past

Humans don’t always make decisions based on free will. Sometimes, an experience from a previous time will encourage you to do something you wouldn’t normally. This is especially true of fashion because everyone has styles they love from their childhood or teenage years. And, it’s perfectly acceptable to wear them to this day. What this says is that you’re sticking to your roots and incorporating trends which are important to you due to their sentimental value. Nothing is as personal as an outfit or clothing that reminds you of a moment or moments from a past life.

Reflect Your Personality

Lots of women have plain, neutral colors in their closet because they are easy to turn into a chic ensemble. The problem is you may not be a shy, introverted type of girl. Instead, you may be outgoing and sociable and bubbly and full of life. In that case, the different shades in your wardrobe don’t reflect your personality. What will are the bright colors which are loud and stand out from the crowd. By the way, yes you should wear them in the winter. People are willing to try something new in the summer, but your dedication proves how much of a connection your clothes have with your personality.

Say Your Name

One thing you have which no one can take away is your name. It’s been yours since you were born and will continue to be owned by you up to and after death. It’s without a doubt one of the most personable things any person has, which is why it needs incorporating into your style. Don’t worry because it isn’t as tough as it sounds. Nowadays, accessories are personalized for this very reason. Visit this website to see for yourself. With these pieces, every outfit you own will have a little part of you attached to it, and that’s unique.

Dress To Impress

Currently, there the trend is to dress casually as long as the event isn’t a black tie sort of thing. With this in mind, you can easily carve out a lane for yourself by upping the stakes and dressing to impress. An LBD with a coat and a scarf is as comfortable as it is sexy and stunning. People won’t be able to ignore you and you’ll soon be known as the woman who always dresses immaculately.

Finding a unique style is all about you – what do you have that sets you apart from others?




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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

3 Non-Surgical Ways You Can Iron Out Your Wrinkles


From crows feet to frown lines; wrinkles are pretty much unavoidable. Especially when so many of them are created thanks to our facial expressions, meaning they have nothing to do with our age! This is why you might already spot a few wrinkles even if you’re young. 


But, there’s no need to worry as you can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles using different techniques and methods. The best thing about all of these ideas is that you don’t need to go under the knife at all!

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Prescription anti-wrinkle creams
A quick look in any pharmacy or beauty shop and you’ll find the shelves lined with different anti-wrinkle or anti-aging creams. While some of these might work, the majority won’t really cut it for you. If you really want one that works, then you need a prescription-grade cream. This is where the good stuff lies, as they contain more powerful ingredients - and you can only buy it if you have a written prescription. So, to get this, follow these steps:


  • Step 1: See your dermatologist and ask them to look at your wrinkles. They might be able to figure out why you’ve got them, which helps them find the right cream for you
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  • Step 2: Ask for a prescription and get it written out by the dermatologist.

  • Step 3: Go to the pharmacy and hand in your prescription, and they’ll get the cream for you.

    It’s as simple as that, and you’ll end up with clinically-proven stuff that has powerful anti-aging ingredients to solve your wrinkle problems.


Botox treatment
A lot of people are wary about Botox because it gets a bad name in the media. Personally, I blame celebrities that go overboard with it and end up looking like emotionless Barbie dolls. The fact is, one or two treatments won’t do any harm and can help get rid of dynamic wrinkles, which are the ones caused by your facial muscles. As for Botox pricing, it depends on how much you want, but it’s generally cheaper than you expect. Even just one treatment could make a difference, but it’s entirely up to you whether or not you want to do it.



Microdermabrasion Facial
Don’t let this long name scare you, it’s merely a cosmetic treatment that will work wonders for your skin. Basically, it’s a procedure that uses tiny crystals or exfoliating products to remove dead skin from your face. This is where things get a bit cool as your body thinks something bad has happened to the skin, so it sends new cells there to grow back. As a result, you get a fresh layer of skin that can look more vibrant and smoother than ever before. I’ve probably not done a great job of describing it, but the whole treatment is basically just like getting any other facial, and you can have it done at most spas.

You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on invasive surgeries to get rid of wrinkles. Try any of these ideas, and you’ll see quick results - that cost a fraction of the price as well.




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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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