First Impressions And Your Image

First Impressions And Your ImageNo doubt you’ve heard that you only have ONE CHANCE to make a great, first impression! Did you know that 90% of that impression is based on how you are dressed? In some cases, it may not be fair but the reality is if you look good, you’ll feel good about yourself and thus make a better impression.

Here are some simple ways to always look your best!

  • Clothes should be well-fitting and enhance your body type
  • Clothes should always be clean and pressed
  • Clothes should be free from rips, tears, hole or frayed hems (remember, even though it may be ‘fashionable’ now, it’s doesn’t lend to making you look your best
  • Clothing colors or patterns should be coordinated and complimentary to your body type and skin tone
  • Don’t over accessorize! Too much jewelry is distracting
  • Shoes should always be clean and polished. No run down heels or holes in the soles
  • Save your animal prints for home
  • Don’t wear pajama pants in public
  • Very few women can or should wear mini or micro-mini hemlines
  • Proper undergarments are a must and shouldn’t be seen
  • No chipped nail polish or one-inch fingernails

Pay attention to your grooming habits, update your wardrobe when necessary and clean out your closet of anything that doesn’t make you look fabulous! Be sure to donate those unwanted clothes to a local charity to help someone else make a great first impression!

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How To Donate A Prom Dress

How To Donate A Prom DressIt’s that time of the year when attending a prom can be one of the most important milestones for high school girls. Unfortunately, as almost every aspect of attending high school prom continues to rise out of reach for many teens, we think donating a gently used prom dress is one of the most rewarding acts you can do for some one less privileged. There are many charitable organizations who accept prom dresses. A few tips:

  • Search “how to donate a prom dress”. Typically, you will find at least one charitable organization in your local community that accept dresses. If you can’t find an organization, contact the local high schools.
  • Most organizations have a cut-off date for donations, so be sure to do so in advance of prom time!
  • Your dress should be dry cleaned and in very good condition.
  • Consider donating the matching shoes and purse
  • SMILE! The reflection you see in your mirror is a beautiful person because of your charitable act.
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Are You Listening???

Are You Listening???Opportunities can be lost because an individual does not understand the importance of careful listening and proper follow-up! The modeling and acting industry is highly competitive with thousands of individuals vying for that ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity. Often times, an opportunity is lost because the individual didn’t listen to instructions and follow through accordingly.

For example; If you are told to wear all black for an audition and you show up in black and red (or any other color combination other then all black) you didn’t listen! If a casting director asks you to cold read without introducing yourself and you proceed to state your name, agency name and the describe the scene you are going to read, you didn’t listen. In other words, LISTEN carefully and do as you are precisely told to do.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you are so special and talented that you’ll be given a pass by the decision makers because chances are that won’t happen. No one wants to work with someone who thinks the rule don’t apply to them.

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Spring Suede

Spring SuedeThis beautiful and so, so soft fabric hasn’t been this stylish in decades! From classic neutrals to saturated colors; from handbags to shoes, you can’t miss adding something suede to your spring and summer wardrobe. A few tips on how to care for your suede or faux suede items:

For real suede, use an emory board (old fashion nail file) to remove light stains. For tougher stains, dip a cloth into a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water and gently dab onto stain. Dab water to rinse and blot dry. Use a stiff suede brush, always brushing in the direction of the fibers, to remove dirt and help lift fibers. Be sure your suede is dry before brushing!

For faux suede, hand wash or delicate cycle and hang dry. You can put your suede item in the dryer for 10 minutes on very low heat to release wrinkles and then hang (padded coat hanger) to dry.

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“Me, My Hair, and I”

"Me, My Hair, and I"If you’ve ever wondered why a long string of protein absorbs so much of our attention, then pick up Elizabeth Benedict’s new book, ME, MY HAIR, AND I. Ms. Benedict and other authors explore women’s unique relationship with their hair. “Hair matters because it’s always around, framing our faces, growing in, falling out, getting frizzy, changing colors – in short, demanding our attention: Comb me, wash me, relax me, color me! It’s always there, conveying messages about who we are and what we want! The book is most thought provoking and a must-read for anyone who has ever dealt with frizz, mothers insisting we get a haircut, fathers insisting we not, hair envy or hair disasters. In short, all of us!” (Publisher, Algonquin ($16.95) and ebook available.)

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High School Graduation Dress Code

High School Graduation Dress CodeYour graduation is one of the most important days in your life! You will be onstage receiving your diploma in front of your classmates, family and friends. Think of all the photos that will be taken that day. So, you want to look your very best to make your special day a memorable success.

Check with your school first to determine if they have a graduation dress code. Some schools have a formal policy, while others will provide general guidelines. You may be wondering why you need to bother because no one will see what’s underneath your cap and gown. Generally speaking, dress policies offer conformity and encourages young people to act in a more mature manner. The school want the graduates to dress modestly and behave the same way they are dressed.

Be sure to consider the weather. If your graduation ceremony is going to be outside, watch the weather reports leading up to your big day. If it’s going to be warm, wear cotton or a lightweight blend. Don’t wear polyester or rayon as these fabrics are very hot and very, very uncomfortable in the heat. If the ceremony is indoors with air conditioning, it can be much cooler and you may need to dress warmer.

Your family and friends will be taking lots of photos of you. You will want to look your very best on this important milestone in life. Your high school graduation photos will forever be displayed somewhere in your parent’s house. There is no need to embarrass yourself 20 years from now with that neon orange Mohawk or rainbow colored hair! Avoid sneakers and flip flops!

Remember that the point of your cap should be worn over the middle of your head. That means if someone is looking down on your cap it would form a diamond shape. The tassels are always worn on the right side of your cap until the graduating class has been declared “graduate students”! Then you flip your tassels to the left side of your cap and be proud to be a high school graduate. Now, on to college and another graduation!

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Favorite Beauty & Health Apps, Subscriptions and Brands

Favorite Beauty & Health Apps, Subscriptions and BrandsIf you are like us, we’re constantly looking for the latest and greatest apps to keep us up-to-date on all things about beauty and health. We hope you like the following suggestions!

SEPHORA.COM/MOBILE: When you are at Sephora, you can scan a product’s bar code and user reviews pop up! We especially like the ‘new product section’ on the app.

POPSUGAR.COM/BEAUTY is a favorite must read. We love their fantastic beauty tips including their tips for the unusual beauty dilemmas.

BIRCHBOX.COM SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE: They pioneered the beauty subscription concept and is still one of the best. The service includes ‘prestige’ brands and ‘indie’ brands plus the occasional full-size product. A good reason to look forward to your mail being delivered.

URBAN DECAY.COM: Still number #1 among magazine reader’s polls as the best to follow for the absolute latest in beauty trends, makeup tips and contests.

THE SARTORIALIST.COM: The iPhone app of the famous website downloads well-dressed people from all over the world for you to flip through for fashion inspiration. You can save the pics to camera roll or share on Facebook.

SHOPWELL ( Take the mystery out of staring at nutrition labels. SHOPWELL users create personal profiles with their age, gender, health goals, things they find important to their diet, things they want to avoid, and things they’re allergic to. Then head to the nearest grocery aisle and start scanning barcodes. The app will give each item a score—avoid foods with low scores and scoop up the ones closest to a perfect 100.

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Let’s Get Back To Beauty Basics

Let's Get Back To Beauty BasicsIt’s time to return to skin and makeup basics! We feel women have taken to wearing too much makeup in an effort to look like the photo shopped and air brushed models in magazines. We encourage you to be yourself and let your natural beauty be the focus!

BEAUTIFUL SKIN has a subtle sheen. Stay away from matte or heavy, full coverage. The key is for your skin to look hydrated and healthy; not matte and/or powdered like a mask!

Be careful with concealer, don’t go crazy. Remember you want to show off your natural skin texture as much as possible. The objective is to NOT look like an owl!

If you have to take away some shine, go with colorless pressed powder and press over your T-Zone with a damp sponge. Or, use ‘blotting paper’ to absorb the shine.

Makeup artist, Tom Pecheux dips a foundation covered brush in a few drops of facial oil before buffing the mixture into the skin.

If you makeup is looking dry or creased, spritz some mist and use a Beautyblender to smooth creases and pat more moisture in the skin.

Peach cream blush applied across the apples of your cheeks will give you a ‘glow from within’. This is what Hung Vanngo uses on Victoria Secret models!

Keep your cell phone and eyeglasses clean (at least twice a day). They can get disgustingly dirty. Your chin and eye area will thank you while avoiding pimples and blackheads from the dirt.

Change your pillowcase every couple of days. At the very least, turn your pillow over since sleeping on dirty linens can cause acne.

And last but not least, British facialist, Emma Hardie suggests using a microfiber cloth to massage cleanser into each section of the face with little downward strokes to release tension, leaving the skin looking bright and energized.

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Spring 2016 Runway Trends

Spring 2016 Runway TrendsThe worldwide spring 2016 fashion weeks were overflowing with amazing looks and so, so feminine – too many to pick from. It’s not too early to start thinking spring!

Neck bows, embroidery, lots of detailed embellishments, layers and a variety of retro shapes. We loved the floral satins and silks that were shown in two-piece pajama sets (not for sleeping but to wear). The slip dress is back with lace and lots of colors.

Bold solid stripes with serious coloring between the strips. Flamenco ruffles, off-the-shoulder details and shocks of red make us want to visit Spain.

Bomber jackets, in all different types of fabrics, worn with anything and everything. We especially liked the jackets paired with daytime dresses and evening dresses.

Feathers, ruffles, pastels, chiffon and sheer details made up the most beautiful clothes. And last, but not least think English garden patterns and Victorian ruffles.

The ‘no-makeup makeup’ look was highlighted throughout all the New York Fashion Week shows. Dewy and glowing faces featuring soft peachy and pink cheeks, pastel lips (with the exception of the timeless red lip) and very little eye makeup. We think it’s refreshing to be able to see a person’s face versus a ‘made-up’ look!

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The Little Bow Tie

The Little Bow TieThanks to Andre 3000, the bow tie has made a comeback. Some of our favorite people who wear bow ties are Pharrell Williams, Bradley Cooper, Rihanna, Ryan Gosling, Neil Patrick Harris, Jimmy Kimmel and Jesse Tyler Ferguson!

It’s an accessory that exudes great class and sophistication. It is a known fact that men who wear bow ties are perceived not to be afraid to step out of their comfort zone. These men are seen to be a fashion dare devils, not scared of turning things up a little bit at times. You will be amazed by the power of the bow tie. The perfect bow tie for your outfit can instantly transform an otherwise dull outfit to something that oozes confidence and quirkiness. A bow tie can make you unleash the James Bond in you.

In recent years, this accessory has regained lots of recognition among men who can be termed as fashionable and also among women. It is quite common these days to see a woman adorned in men’s attire such as a tuxedo, complete with a bow tie to boot. Bow ties have now found their way into school, parties, the workplace and casual activities. Men and women are incorporating them into almost any outfit they see fit. There are three kinds of bow ties: The self-tied, pre-tied and clip on tie. Of course, the first two kinds are preferable but a clip on tie is acceptable. Courtesy of “National Bow Tie Day”, ehow Beauty”.

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