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Watch Your Step

In beauty, fashion, how to on April 29, 2016 at 12:00 pm

One of my biggest pet peeves is women who wear shoes that don’t fit, whether they are too big or too small.  As someone who has a thing for shoes, I understand the feeling of euphoria a person experiences when they see a gorgeous shoe from afar.  You know – those sexy red peep toe platform stilettos that you considered spending your rent money on. Or, how about those fly round toe, leopard print sling backs with the red 5 inch heel (you just wont eat for a week)?  I understand just how you feel.  They look so nice and even though they may mutilate your feet and possibly cripple you, those shoes won’t talk back, you will get a lot of “yaaasssss hunty werk” and you will look stunning as you saunter down the street all while silently praying for mercy.  Anyway, having said all of that, shoes (such as a pump) should not slip up and down off of your feet like a flip flop nor should your feet look like bird claws hanging off of a perch.  It’s just not right.  You know those shoes don’t fit.  You just ruined an entire outfit.  If a shoe doesn’t come in your size, don’t buy it.  Also, while on the subject, visit your local nail shop for a pedicure before you wear shoes that will show any part of your foot.  And if you cant get to a nail salon, there is nothing wrong with an at home, DIY pedicure.

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Lower Your Voice

In etiquette, how to, lifestyle on April 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm


So I’m on the train, listening to my music, enjoying my commute but suddenly finding it rather difficult to be at peace because a passenger insists on having a very loud conversation.  The conversation had no end in site and my ears began to bleed because I turned my music up to drown their voice out.

How many times have you been in a public place like the airport, doctor’s office or even a restaurant and have been forced to listen to someone’s loud telephone conversation?  Said offender just rambles on and on about whatever, disturbing the peace without any consideration for the people around them.

Or is it you? Are you the perpetrator. The one who just won’t at least lower their voice while in a public space.  Honestly no one cares about the sordid details of your life.

Now I’m not saying don’t talk on the phone and I won’t get into a long diatribe about social responsibility and manners (at least not now).  And I get it, some conversations are important and need to take place while you are out and about so consider the following when you are on the phone:

  • Be aware of your surroundings and lower your voice.
  • If you are using earbuds/earphones, you may not even realize how loud your voice is so take a bud out of one ear.
  • You may even try cupping your mouth as you speak.  I know, it’s kind of weird but it works.  I once sat next to a gentleman who was on the phone the entire commute and could barely hear him talk because he had cupped his mouth.  Now maybe he was talking about something top secret – who cares.  Point is a measure was taken so as not to really be heard by anyone except the person he was directly speaking to.
  • If possible, excuse yourself and go somewhere more private.
  • Tell the person you will call them back.

Hopefully these few tips will cause you to be more mindful when you take a phone call in public.  If you have loud people in your life, perhaps a sibling, cousin, best friend, enemy, make sure they read this :0)

Morning Hacks To Get You Started With Your Day

In lifestyle on April 21, 2016 at 12:00 pm


Simple morning hacks to help get your day started…

Today was one of those days I had to get up early.  Super early.  Before sunrise.  You know what that’s like for me?   It’s very hard – almost like having someone douse me with ice cold water unexpectedly.  Perhaps you can relate.  Maybe it is the cold of winter that makes you want to stay cocooned in your bed.  Maybe you don’t like the dark or you’re just tired.  Whatever the case, you have to get out of bed whether you want to or not and get started with your day.

I have found that by planning ahead and establishing a routine, especially when I have to get up before the crack of dawn makes my process a bit more tolerable and my day run more smoothly so keep reading to find out what helps me…

Find a hype morning song.  I just changed my wake up song to this and I literally want to get out of the bed and dance.  If you have a household that needs to get up early, choose a song that gets everybody hyped and out of the bed.

Give yourself some time.  Make sure you give yourself a few minutes before jumping out of bed to give yourself time to think, meditate, pray.  Nothing is worse than waiting until the last minute to get out of the bed then making a scatterbrained leap out of bed.  Not the best way to start your day.

Turn on all of the lights.  This has helped me tremendously when I have to get up before sunrise (especially in the winter).  Perhaps get a timer to turn on the light a few minutes before you have to get up so you don’t have to physically walk throughout the house to turn on lights.

Drink some water.  Doing so will hydrate you.  Very simple concept.  Keep a cute carafe like this one by your bedside.

Buy some new underware.  I cant tell you how many times I have gone shopping for new underware and couldn’t wait to wake up in the morning to shower and put them on.  What is it about new underware that makes one feel powerful, sexy, ready to take on the world?

Get a morning exercise routine.  It might be stretching, yoga, or a full out HIIT workout which might take place in a physical gym or in your living room.  Wherever you choose to workout and whatever workout you choose to do, take a few minutes to do something which will get your blood flowing, burn some calories and make you alert, ready to take on the day.

Pre prep your meals and outfits.   Eliminate the morning frenzy around food and clothing by preparing ahead of time.  It might be the day before or a plan for the week but whatever the case do it ahead of time so you can focus your energy on other important things.

Be realistic about your time.  Nothing is worse than rushing to get things done.  Do you find that you are late often or that you are making it to your destination just by the skin of your teeth?  Oftentimes we underestimate the amount of time it takes to get ready in the morning or for any event so make sure you are giving yourself enough time to get everything done.  For instance, just walking to the car, getting in, putting on your seatbelt, turning on the car take up time that counts so plan accordingly.

Don’t get caught up.  In your cell phone or laptop that is.  Email and social media can rob you of precious time.  If you aren’t in an industry like customer support where you have to answer email right away, set up a time where you will check all of that stuff or at least wait until you are done with your morning routine to check in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lip Action

In beauty, how to, makeup on April 19, 2016 at 12:00 pm

 I have become obsessed with liquid lipsticks. I love the way they glide over the lip and dry down to a beautiful matte finish and the color usually stays until I take it off.   I actually prefer a matte lip, unless of course it’s a nude color because to me matte nude can look more ashy crusty as opposed to a matte color in other shades.  Matte finishes look very sophisticated and bring attention to the beautiful texture of a full lip.  The best way to wear a matte shade of any kind is to make sure the lips are exfoliated and hydrated.  While doing the rest of your makeup, let a lip balm penetrate and soften the lips.  This acts as a buffer to the sometimes aggressive formulations of a matte finish.  I always like to use a liner to shape, define and fill in most of the lip and then with careful precision, apply my liquid lipstick.  For extra precision, I take the tip of the applicator and re-line the lip.  Afterwards, if necessary, take a concealer to go around the lip for clean up.  Are there any rules for choosing a color?  No.  Choose a color that resonates with you.  One that excites you.