” THE EMPOWERED WOMAN IS POWERFUL BEYOND MEASURE AND BEAUTIFUL BEYOND DESCRIPTION”
Wear purple, green or white to represent Women’s Day!
” THE EMPOWERED WOMAN IS POWERFUL BEYOND MEASURE AND BEAUTIFUL BEYOND DESCRIPTION”
Wear purple, green or white to represent Women’s Day!
From activists, authors and business leaders, there are a large number of African American women whose contributions and lives have been overlooked in the past. It’s time to give recognition to their efforts and celebrate their lives in honor of Black History Month. There is so much to learn about the struggles and strives of these inspiring ladies.
There’s one name in particular that resonates with me and deserves much recognition for her contribution to the beauty industry and for that, I dedicate this blog post to her. Madam C.J Walker as my tribute for Black History Month.
“I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations…. I have built my own factory on my own ground.
-Madam Walker, National Negro Business League Convention, July 1912
Sarah Breedlove, who would later be famously known as Madam C.J. Walker, was born in 1867, the first child in her family born into freedom after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Before the end of the Civil War, her parents and five older siblings had been slaves on a plantation in Louisiana. This daughter of sharecroppers, transformed her life from an uneducated farm laborer and laundress to one of the most successful self-made women entrepreneurs of her time, in the 20th century.
By the end of her life, Madam CJ Walker had gone out to become not only the wealthiest black woman in America but also the first ever self-made American female millionaire!
Sarah’s parents died when she was only 7 years old, and she moved in with her sister and brother-in-law and soon began working to help support their family. To escape her brother-in-law’s brutal abuse, she got married at the young age of 14. Her husband died when Sarah was 20, leaving her to raise their 2-year-old daughter A’Lelia by herself.
Sarah suffered from scalp ailment and began experiencing hair loss at a young age. Hair loss was a very common problem at the time: people found it difficult to bathe and wash their hair as often as we do today because most lacked access to things like indoor plumbing, central heating, and electricity. This phase was the beginning of many changes in her life.
Sarah began experimenting with different products and home remedies, eventually creating her own line of African American shampoos and hair treatments in 1905.
She named her company after her husband at the time, Charles Joseph Walker, and began
selling products such as “Madam Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower” and “Madam Walker’s Vegetable Shampoo”.
Designed specifically for black women, her hair products were completely unique at the time. She began selling her products door-to-door, and teaching the women she met all about hair and scalp treatments.
Her business took off and was so successful that she was soon selling her products across the United States. Sarah’s daughter A’Lelia ran a mail-order business from Denver while Madam Walker travelled around the country giving lecture demonstrations of “the Walker method”, involving her own formula for pomade, brushing and the use of heated combs.
She finally settled in Indianapolis where she opened her own factory where she manufactured more cosmetics and trained beauticians. After establishing her headquarters there, she expanded her company internationally to Jamaica, Cuba, Costa Rica, Panama and Haiti. Her company employed thousands of people, including many African-American women, and was the largest African-American owned business in the nation.
Not only was Madam Walker creating an incredibly successful business against all odds, she also used her wealth to oppose racism and support institutions to assist African-Americans. She said that she wanted to be a millionaire not for herself, but for the good she could do with it
Apart from giving talks at various conventions about racial oppression, she also had the following achievements:
Today there are two National Historic Landmarks associated with Madam Walker: her New York estate called Villa Lewaro, and the Madam Walker Theatre Center, built in Indianapolis in 1928, which is now a cultural arts center. She also appears on a commemorative United States Postal Service stamp, to honor her legacy as part of its Black Heritage Series.
According to AARP, Americans are not only working past traditional retirement age but well into their 70’s, 80’s and beyond. Start noticing when you go places and you’ll realize how true this is. Due to the long term damaging impact that the stock market meltdown of 2008 had and a shrinking nest egg, more and more people are working longer. This also means a lot of people past the age of 50, are still actively hunting for jobs on the market and hope to ace their interview.
I’ve sat on the side of the table as the interviewee and successfully beat out over 500 people to land the job I wanted at a popular entertainment company. It’s a nerve-wrecking and intimidating experience and it’s not always clear what employers are looking for. However, interviews play a key role in determining if you are a good match for the company.
The first step in winning the interview is to understand what a successful interview looks like. Here are 3 key aspects to keep in mind:
Think of the interview more as a conversation and less as an interview. Get to know the interviewer and ask what exactly is needed for the role and what kind of person they are looking for. Once you know what they are looking for, you can answer the questions explaining how your experience meets their needs. This is a key interviewing tip and you should get the job everytime with this tip. It takes the ability to focus and listen carefully to the interviewer and frame your responses based on his feedback.
Walk into the interview confidently, shake the interview’s hand with a firm handshake, smile and be pleasant, make eye contact and introduce yourself right away.
Show your personality and be yourself. Employers are looking for staff that show a sense of self and self-confidence. You are showing the employer you’re not afraid to present your opinion in a professional manner. It’s not always what you say, but how you say it that can make all the difference.
Dress the part and project a professional presence. Employers are seeking people who exude a sense of poise, confidence, and competence. Be sure to add a touch of color to your outfit. For example, a black matching outfit with a red blouse (if red is in your color pallette). Red symbolizes confidence and power.
You’ve probably heard employers mention they are looking for the right “fit”. But what does that really mean?
It means that people want to work with who they like and can get along with. You are being evaluated on the following: Are you likable? Are you positive, fun and/or interesting? Will you be a team player and adapt easily to the company culture?
Did you work with someone the person knows? Discuss how you met them and an interesting fact about the person. This will automatically help you make a connection. Another way to connect, is once you are in the interviewer’s office, look around the room. Do they have pictures of their kids, family, or sports events?
I have commented to the interviewer how cute their kids were and wow, this really opened the person up! It turned out it was their grand daughter and we openly connected when I talked about my daughter. Try to find someone to connect and have something in common.
Show your passion for the job. I had a hiring manager tell me he was always looking for person who has the “twinkle” in their eye. This shows your excitement and confidence that you can do the job.
The more carefully you prepare, the better you will do.
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Happy Love Yourself Week!
Valentine’s Day is Wednesday. It doesn’t matter if you have a special person to spend the day or evening with or not. It’s important to “Love Yourself First”. Do something special for you.
Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to go on a romantic date with your special friend, significant other or husband. If you are not planning to go out for the evening, you can still dress up for the office, your business client or just for meeting a friend for lunch or dinner.
If you don’t have anyone special in your life at this time, then be your own Valentine! Dress for yourself and do something special to celebrate being you. When was the last time you treated yourself to something nice? If you can’t remember, then Valentine’s Day might be the gentle reminder you need. You deserve to do something special that you enjoy every once in a while.
If you do plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day, here are a few of my ideas on what to wear:
If you are planning to go out on a date, a dress should be at the top of your list of choices. With so many of us wearing pants now, I think a dress is so unexpected and it makes it extra special. And we all are well aware that men love women in dresses so why not surprise them since it’s Valentine’s Day after all.
I recommend selecting something in your wardrobe that is attractive on you, flattering on your body type and enhances the highlights of your great features. Don’t forget to show off your curves and be proud of them. Men love women who are confident about their bodies.
I particularly like dresses like the one shown, which covers you in all the right places but are still super sexy. They also comes in plus sizes.
Try to keep the type of dress you wear very simple and elegant and add appropriate accessories to make a subtle standout statement. Nude, purple, leopard, black and red color block shoes all compliment a red dress nicely.
Soft and stretchy fabrics will flow over your figure and flatter your shape.
Pants with elastic at the waist, stretchy silky blouses and a jacket that is not tight can be your go to outfit for the office or business meeting.Elastic is not the same as it was years ago and no long think and noticeable. See the pant outfit shown here, you would never know the pants have a hidden elastic waist band.
Wrap style dresses are perfect to camouflage the stomach and they look sexy too.
Resist the urge to wear tight dresses because you want to be comfortable. Your clothes should be well-fitted, but they shouldn’t look or feel tight.
The pants outfit is perfect for the office or solid red with the floral red blouse and black jacket. The floral blouse shown has plenty of room to hide areas of the body that you would like to cover up and you still look beautiful.
If you are anything like me, you absolutely love animal prints. Not only because I’m a Leo (born in August) but I feel good and confident in them. Try adding an animal print scarf or pair of pumps to the outfit, it will be the entire rave, I guarantee you. Since the weather is cold, why not a leopard coat? The coat becomes your focal point and it adds a little drama. You can also wear it as a cape (over the shoulders).
The right accessories are essential to make your Valentine’s Day outfit feel good on you. You can also wear feminine, soft accessories like a soft unstructured handbag and pretty rose gold jewelry and accessories. You can also add a little spark to your look by trying out a new hair style or haircut, but make sure its right for your particular face shape.
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I’m sure you are already aware of how important first impressions are. But you may not be aware that the “first impression” is actually only a seven second window of the initial meeting.
This means that when it comes to an interviewing situation, you need to act quickly in order to make a memorable first impression. To get hired and remembered, here are five big reasons why your first impressions may not be working even if you thought you did a great job.
Of course you may not know what the visual expectations are when you first meet someone. If you are interviewing for a position, you should have a visual in your mind of what type of clothes the person wears in the job that you are applying for. For example; an account manager position, you will meet clients in person. Make sure to dress professional which could include a matching two piece outfit or a dress and blazer. Just make sure to look professional since you will be the front face and represent the company.
“When you look good, you feel good.” This has always been my motto and it’s true. You will automatically walk taller, look confident, comfortable and happy.
Appearances really matter in first impressions. This is the first information someone has about you – and plays a bigger role in the first meeting than they do in later meetings.
Dress the part and project professional presence. Employers are seeking staff that have a sense of poise, confidence and are competent. Make sure you wear a touch of color, for example, a black matching outfit with a red blouse. Red symbolizes a subtle influence of power.
What is your style? This matters too. A person can usually figure out by the clothes your wear if you have a serious, fun, traditional or progressive look. Your style tells an “instant story” about you. So it’s important to make sure you project your story the way you want it to be told. You are your own walking billboard.
It’s important to point out that you don’t have to be good-looking to look good. Beauty is nice, but confidence is what matters. I was once hired based on the confidence that I projected in the interview. My boss said that she wished she had my confidence and was impressed by it and knew that I could do the job.
When you look good, you will feel good and project a positive image that shows your style, poise and comfort in your own skin.
Walk tall, maintain eye contact, smile and present a firm handshake.
Relax and get in the flow of what’s going on in the room. Don’t think about the next question you are going to ask. The interviewer will be able to tell if you’re thinking about it and it shows on your face.
Stay in the moment and listen intently with eye contact. This gives the interviewer the indication that you are in the moment of the conversation and interested. Focus on what’s being said and at times you can use the same information in your answers. The person is giving you information about the position, including who is the ideal candidate for the job. So really listen. During my years of interviewing for jobs, I found I was able to use the same information that the interviewer gave me. By making eye contact and nodding toward them, it makes them feel at ease and more comfortable with you.
Don’t forget to smile. A smile represents that you are happy, positive and approachable. This is an invitation to the interviewer to make contact.
The handshake impacts your initial impression and should be firm and complete the grip, but not too heavy that the person’s hand is hurting. The firm handshake is seen as more confident and assertive.
What type of energy are you presenting when you meet people in person?
Even if you are a calm person, you must show that you still have it – your energy that is. Your energy includes how much you talk, how fast and how loud. You can still have a calming nature, but be involved in conversations for new ideas and thinking. Competition is fierce and employers are trying to keep up and think of faster and new ways of working.
When talking to people, “lean in” or forward. This shows your interest and energy as well.
Show how you are not stuck in your ways and able to adapt to changing ways by giving examples of working in an environment where you had to adapt quickly to a change. Show how flexible you are. If you’ve worked in more than one company, that’s a good thing these days and shows your resilience.
People are comfortable working with someone who has similar interests, lifestyle or know some of the same people. I knew a past employee of the company that I interviewed with and the interviewer was very fond of her. I also commented on my potential boss’ picture of her grand-daughter hanging on the wall and she was so excited that I noticed. She proceeded to talk another 5 minutes about her. Of course, she couldn’t ask me any questions about my family since that is illegal, but openly giving her some personal information about me having a daughter helped us connect. She immediately felt we had similar interests due to having children.
You can also look around the room and find any pictures that you can comment about to generate a conversation and connection. Show interest in the interviewer as a person, since people like to talk about themselves and want to work with someone who they feel they connect with.
Always have prepared questions to ask the interviewer, team and hiring manager, but one the most important things to do is to bring any documents to the interview that supports your accomplishments.
For example, if the position requires you to create a new process, then bring the document that highlights where you did that at another company. Be prepared to leave it with the company and remove any confidential information.
Prove why you are the most qualified and Get Hired!
So I ask, are your First Impressions working for you?
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Remember the time you took a picture of your favorite celebrity’s new haircut to your hairdresser and asked for the exact same look only to be completely disappointed at how it turned out on you? It’s because haircuts are not one-size-fits all. What suits your favorite celebrity might not work on you because you may have completely different face shapes.
This does not mean you have to stick to your usual styles or not experiment with your hair. It just means you need to do a little homework before you go to the salon to ensure you walk out of their satisfied with the results. As we get older, rocking a haircut that enhances our features makes all the difference.
It’s easy to stay in our comfort zones with familiar hairstyling habits, but keeping the same style for years may be causing you to look older than you really are. The secret to a good haircut is in finding the right style that suits your face.
In my previous blog post about easy ways to refresh your look in 2018, I suggested getting a new haircut that matches your face shape. Since a lot of people are not familiar with the concept, I decided to expand on this subject a little further.
To determine the shape of your face, you’ll need a tape measure or a ruler.
Make note of the numbers as you go through the steps below.
Start with your forehead and measure across on its widest part, from one end of your hairline to the other. This is usually halfway between your hairline and eyebrows, but might differ for a few people.
To measure your cheekbones, carefully start measuring from the outer corner of your eye, across the bridge of your nose to the outer corner of the other eye. Ensure the placement of the tape is above the cheekbones and in a straight line.
Begin at the base of your jaw (bottom of your ear) and measure along the edge of your jaw until you reach the middle. Multiple that number by 2.
For your face length, begin at the middle of your hairline at the top and end at the tip of your chin, while staying directly on top of your nose.
Your face ratio will either be 1 (your width) to 1 1/2 (your length) or 1 to 1 or 1 to 2.
Keep your measurements in mind while you go through the types below and figure out which category your face falls in.
If the length of your face is 1 ½ times the width, you have an oval shape. The proportional measurements make this shape extremely versatile and can suit nearly every haircut.
You can pull of any length and style with layers to accentuate your prominent features. If you want to show off your eyes, get some bangs which also help to create a more youthful appearance or a cute bob to show off your well-defined bone structure. Try to avoid short layers since it’s a dated look and might make your face longer than you’d like. If your hair is curly in texture, try to keep it shoulder length or longer to balance out the curls.
Celebrities with oval shape face include Julianne Moore, Tina Fey and Salma Hayek.
You have a round face if the width of your forehead, cheekbones and jaw are more equal. Your jaw is less angular and more rounded, characterized by fullness below your cheekbones.
The best hairstyles for you are the ones that elongates and makes your face appear leaner. To do this, keep your hair length past your chin and add soft, angular layers to it. Try to reduce the volume of your hair and excessive weight on the sides to lessen the roundness. Unfortunately, short hairstyles are hard to pull off especially if your hair is on the curlier side.
Celebrities with round shape face include Cameron Diaz, Oprah Winfrey and Catherine Zeta Jones.
If the width of your forehead, jaw and cheekbones are equal, you have a square shaped face. Your features are sharp and angular, especially your jawline.
Avoid straight cut bangs and blunt hairstyles. Opt for side swept bangs, asymmetric side partings and long tresses along your cheeks. Keep the volume to a minimum to avoid making your face broader and choose to increase length instead.
Celebrities with round shape face include Emily Deschanel, Demi Moore and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Not to be confused with oval shape, oblong faces have a longer and narrower look to them. Your width to length ratio is usually 1 to more than 1 ½.
The right hairstyle for you is one that adds more volume to your face and creates a wider and more balanced look. Short hairstyles such as a chin-length bob with curls and layers is very flattering. Be careful to avoid longer styles since they tend to drag down the face.
Celebrities with round shape face include Sarah Jessica Parker, Liv Tyler and Meryl Streep.
You’re a woman with a heart-shaped face if you have a wider forehead and narrower chin.
Side swept bangs are the best feature to add to your hair – they take the attention away from your pointed chin. Short haircuts with volume around your jaw works great for your shape. For longer lengths, add more layers and keep your style fuller.
Celebrities with round shape face include Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Naomi Campbell.
If you have a diamond face, your cheeks are the widest part of your face with a narrow jaw and forehead that are nearly equal in width.
I recommend going for single length cuts, adding curls or choppy ends to add texture. Long styles are sleek and look gorgeous on you. Add a deep side part or side-swept bangs to take attention away from your hairline.
Celebrities with round shape face include Viola Davis, Selma Blair and Vanessa Hudgens.
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The problem with New Year’s Resolutions
The nature of the word “resolution” refers to solving or fixing something. That’s the major downside of New Year’s resolutions; they come from a negative place of feeling “not good enough”, making us wish to fix ourselves in order to be perfect and that’s not a very motivating place to be. And because of this, the initial adrenalin rush from setting resolutions gets replaced by our lack of motivation and soon becomes a forgotten notion.
We don’t need to be fixed, we need to grow.
We, as humans, are not broken, and we don’t need fixing. However, we are driven by fulfillment and we need to experience a life of meaning. Sell-fulfillment is achieved when we satisfy our need to continuously grow and our need to meaningfully contribute to the world. At times, we get so busy with our daily routine that we forget how important it is to fulfill our need to grow.
This year, instead of subjecting yourself to fail on your resolutions again, let’s go with a new approach. While you’re reading this, mark today as an opportunity to set new habits and behaviors and to continue to pursue them consistently.
Here are my tips on what to do and what not to do this year to help you reach your professional goals.
Take a stock of where you currently are in your professional career path and where you want to be. If you’re past your 50s, you could be in a wide range of places in your career. The great thing is, you’ve already got a lot of experience behind you but there’s also a long way to go. Figure out what you want next.
As hard as it might be, the trick is to sit down and be real with yourself.
Research shows that a lot of people fail to reach their goals because they don’t set definitive ones. Instead of ambiguous ones such as “grow in my field” or “get better at my job”, set specific objectives. It could be “I want to take the lead on 5 projects this year” or “I want to be promoted to Marketing Director by the end of the year”.
Don’t overburden yourself by setting too many goals. Pick one or two specific areas that you want to improve on and work at them. This will ensure you stay focused and you aren’t wearing yourself too thin.
You might be one of those individuals who love their current jobs and aren’t looking for a major change. If that’s the case, it’s time to figure out how you can grow at your company and get the most out of your job.
Practice your skill more. Find out what you can do to drastically improve the quality of your work. No matter how educated or how long you’ve been in a profession, there’s always more to learn.
Don’t be afraid to ask for more responsibility on projects if you’re confident you can handle it. Or those great ideas you’ve been afraid to share at team meetings. Speak up, you’ve got nothing to lose.
Take notice of the professional habits of senior leaders you look up to. Dress well and be on time. Try to procrastinate less and use your hours at work more wisely. Having a great work ethic always goes a long way.
Office gossip and drama is a normal part of every workplace culture. Though you can’t avoid it, you can do your best to stay away from it. Be friendly and helpful to your coworkers but always keep a professional demeanor.
If you’re looking for a new job or a change in career, here’s what you need to focus on this year:
A well drafted cover letter and updated resume is key, but having a strong online presence is also a determining factor in today’s hiring process. Make sure your social media profiles are free from embarrassing pictures and content you don’t want your employers finding. Join industry groups online, follow trends and share resourceful articles on your profile. It might be unfamiliar territory, but step out of your comfort zone and establish yourself online.
Make a conscious consistent effort to stay in tune with the latest technology. There are classes online to help with this. Whether its social media or software updates in your field, you need good technical skills to make advances in your career. Don’t be the person that looks lost when it comes to tech and loses an opportunity to someone younger because you’re afraid of a smartphone.
Having a strong network in the industry can be a game changer when it comes to securing a job. Build a strong network of contacts on LinkedIn. Stay in touch with friends and family members that have made great advances in their profession and strengthen your relationship with them. Attend networking events, start conversations with new contacts and grab every opportunity of meeting new people.
Are you happy at your current job but unsure about what your next steps should be? Are you confused about switching a career this late in the game or starting your own business? We all grow through professional cross roads at some point in our lives.
While you’re on the fence about it, here’s what you can do to help steer you in the right way.
Make sure it includes all your achievements and projects over the past year. Highlight new skills you’ve acquired. Consistently keep your resume updated.
Look back on everything you’ve learned so far and stay in tune with it. Whether it’s a new skill you’ve learned or something regarding your profession, make sure you practice and stay on top of it.
If you’re confused about which direction your career is headed, get help. No matter what your age, it’s never too late to get a mentor or a life coach. Find someone with experience that can help guide you.
Sometimes we get stuck in our comfort zones and are scared to change. Don’t be stuck and don’t settle. As familiar as your current situation is, there’s always more waiting for you, if you want it.
Even if you’re not currently looking to switch, you never know when an irresistible opportunity might come along. Always be proactive with your efforts. Continue to learn and build your skills and grow your network.
A good way to help you stay consistent is to remind yourself that investing time and energy towards improving your skills and career is an investment in yourself and your future.
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I always feel the New Year is a great time for getting a new perspective on things and improving our outlook on life. Is it time to refresh or update your look in 2018?
Do you feel like you have nothing to wear? Would you like a new appearance, improve your image or gain more confidence? What about your hairstyle? Do you wear it the same way all the time because you don’t know what to do with it?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then it’s time to update or refresh your look.
If you have no idea where to begin, don’t worry. I’ve got you covered with the basics.
Here are 5 easy ways to refresh your look in 2018 that will embrace your style:
Well-groomed brows shape the frame of your eyes and highlight your best facial features. In fact, your brows can make you look put together even on a makeup free day.
Make sure your brows are shaped to your face. Locate an experienced brow specialist in your area, which you can find in hair or nail salons. Make sure to read the customer reviews and ratings on the place to ensure you pick an experienced professional. Eyebrows have the power to transform your face so you want to make sure they’re in the right hands!
The right eyebrow shape will brighten your appearance and make you look youthful. The trick to finding the best brow for your face is to first figure out your face shape.
Next, decide what color brow suits you the best (usually I recommend sticking to the color of your roots or a shade darker than your current hair color) and then decide what features you want to highlight the most.
Purchase a nature eyebrow pencil or powder. I personally like to use Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer. It is double ended, with a powder-like pencil on one end that creates natural lines and strokes to fill in. The spooly brush on the other end helps to blend and comb your brows to retain their shape. You can fill in your brow and brush in an upward motion and you will create a well defined brow.
Incase you need help, there are plenty of tutorials on Youtube that guide you with filling in and shaping your eyebrows.
Sometimes it’s just so convenient to wear certain colors like black or grey and not have to think about coordinating colors. It’s been so cold the past few weeks and I found myself in this rut for a while and had to snap out of it. My energy became so low and I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. I determined it was the colors I was wearing. I needed a change in the colors I chose to wear to feel better.
Take a look at your wardrobe and make note of the clothes you wear most of the time. If you notice a repetition in the shades of color you choose to wear usually, try making a conscious effort to mix it up. Once I started doing this, I felt so much better so I definitely suggest you give it a try.
You will put yourself in a style rut if you wear the same colors all the time. To refresh your color pallette, pick out some items from your wardrobe that are a different color to the ones you usually wear and make a decision to wear more of them. You will feel as though you’ve got a whole new style without having to buy new clothes.
You could also start out with small steps by adding a colorful handbag or bold color shoes. Since it is currently cold out, you could also use colorful layers of scarves or vests to add a splash of color. If you’re a monotone color kind of person, adding patterns to your look is also a stylish way to step out of your comfort zone!
I think the easiest way to refresh your look is to get a few new accessories and use them as a focal point for your new look.
A cape or poncho is perfect, if you like them. The color of the year for 2018 is ultra violet (purple), so if this is in your color palette, try it or something like a crossbody handbag. Purple is a color you can use to colorblock outfits and you can wear it with red, navy blue, teal, black or cream.
Reading glasses is another way of updating your look. I love different color reading glasses to match my outfits. You can find them at peepers.com or Google other places. You will feel completely transformed and stylish at the same time.
Of course, shoes, scarves and jewelry are other options that help you to accessorize. It’s time to test out new styles and find out which new trends you’re willing to add to your wardrobe. Accessories are always a fabulous way to turn up any look!
Is it time to change your make-up routine and have a different look?
Sometimes your make-up is the hardest to change since you may not know what to do or how to go about it. It’s also challenging to try a new look when we’re comfortable with what works for us.
Changing up your facial look so that you don’t look the same everyday can take one simple trick without doing a whole lot.
Take a look at Youtube tutorials to help you with eyeliner application or eye shadow color combinations. They also have different seasonal make up looks with easy instructions. This is an excellent source to get started. Everything you need help with, you’re sure to find on Youtube!
I personally use Bare Minerals make-up and love the transparent and natural look. It’s light on the face and makes me feel like I don’t have any make-up on. It’s also great for sensitive skin and doesn’t break you out. I suggest that you walk into a store location to get matched for your perfect color. Bare Minerals is located mostly in malls but their products can be found pretty much everywhere.
Also this year it’s all about glitter, so figure out if you like it or not. Glitter is taking over for the eyes, lips and cheeks. If you want to use it subtly, I recommend using it on the lips, on top of your lipstick. It really looks pretty with a touch of glitter, which isn’t too much.
A new haircut always looks fresh and clean, but if you only get a trim a few times a year, this may be a dramatic change. Last year was more about the shorter bob styles but this year styles are longer and back to curls.
While you may know what type of style you want, make sure it’s the right style for your facial shape. Google “The Best Hairstyles for Face Shapes” and you will be able to determine what style is best for you.
Make sure the hairstyle matches your lifestyle. If you are no longer working or on a part-time basis, you do not want a style with a lot of maintenance. You need a look that is easy to care for, is flattering on you and makes you feel amazing!
Go ahead, take a leap of faith and update your look for the new year! Try one of our suggested easy ways to help refresh your look and let us know how it made you feel.
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