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So You Want a Makeover: How to Improve and Love the Way You Look and Feel


makeoverIt happens to even the most confident among us: we look in the mirror and think “ugh, time for a change.” Maybe you just went through a breakup and want to make some drastic changes to help you deal with the changes. Maybe you’re starting a new job. Maybe you just got laid off. Maybe you’re just bored with everything and want to switch things up. Whatever the reason, you’re ready for a makeover. Here’s how to do it the right way:

First: Let’s Look at the Wrong Way

Most people, when they decide that they need a makeover, go on a sort of spree. They save up some money and then go out and buy an entirely new wardrobe, get a shocking new haircut, throw out all of their cosmetics and buy new…you get the idea. Some people even throw out all of their food and buy new. It’s crazy! Most of the time, these drastic and all at once makeovers fail.

They fail because too much change all at once is a real shock to the system. Sure you’ll feel refreshed for a week or two (or maybe even three) but sooner or later you’ll miss what you now feel like was the “real” you. You’ll dig your old stuff out of the basement, shove your new stuff to the back of the closet and feel a little bit like a failure.

The Right Way: Back to Basics, Clothing Edition

It’s tempting to just head to your favorite store and buy everything they’re selling for the season and call that your new wardrobe. Most of you, though, probably don’t have the budget for that. Even if you did, it isn’t a good idea.

Instead put together a week’s worth of “base” items: a couple pairs of pants, skirts, a dress, some shirts, a couple of pairs of good shoes. If you’re budget challenged, you can find easily find things in the style you need at thrift and vintage stores (don’t knock it–Sophia Amoruso built the Nasty Gal empire by scouring thrift shops and yard sales).

Then, mix and match and supplement as needed. This way if you find yourself reverting back to your older style in a few weeks, you won’t feel like you blew a bunch of money on nothing.

The Right Way: The Skin Care Edition

Before you even think about what kind of cosmetics you want to buy, let’s talk about the skin on which those cosmetics will rest. Is it healthy? Take advantage of skin care events near you that are put on by local dermatologists and skin care clinics. Skin care events are great places to score samples of new skin care products and get free initial evaluations.

You can parlay the same strategy into your cosmetics shopping. Take advantage of demonstration days at your favorite cosmetics counters and shops. Be careful though! Never agree to sit in the chair until you are sure that both sides of your face will be made up.

The Right Way: Your Diet Edition

Before you decide to adopt whatever diet happens to be trendy at the moment (looking at you, Paleo), go to your doctor and get a checkup or physical. In addition to being a good idea, health-wise, it’s a good thing to do whenever you feel the need to make big changes in your life. There might be a physical reason you’re feeling blah. Your doctor can check your hormone levels and, based on how you answer her questions, potentially identify some health-based things that can help with your makeover.

Your doctor or a nutritionist is the best person to help you put together a new diet plan for your makeover.

When you have this new plan, remember to implement it slowly. Buy ingredients only as you need them. Use up your current starchy pasta before switching to the veggie. This will save you money and help you build the new diet into your habits.

The Right Way: Your Body Edition

There are a lot of different programs you can follow if you feel like you’ve gotten out of shape (which is often the impetus for the makeover). The Couch to 5K program is incredibly popular. The Gorilla Workout app is a fun option for strength training you can do at home. A lot of people embrace the social aspects of the FitBit and apps like RunKeeper.

Go slowly. Start out by going for walks and then work your way up into regular fully fledged workouts. This is easier on your body and helps you get into the habit of exercising.

Remember: a real makeover takes time. You can’t change who you are overnight. In fact, trying to change who you are overnight is the best way to set yourself up to further entrench yourself in the things you’re hoping to change.

Buy a T-Shirt to Support the Local and Global Economies

When you see a tag that says, “Made in Vietnam” do you automatically put the garment down and look for something else to support the U.S. economy? If so, you might want to rethink your purchasing habits. From concept to completion, the process to make a t-shirt is a global effort that fuels economies both local and global. The appeal of a comfortable cotton tee is universally appealing—it’s only fitting that the manufacturing process is internationally appealing as well.

It Starts at Home

The United States is the top cotton exporter worldwide. American cotton farmers plant the seeds that eventually grow upwards of 7 billion pounds of cotton annually. The cotton is then spun and tested by the USDA to ensure its quality. The money made from exporting cotton to other countries supports local farmers and puts money back into our domestic economy.

Crossing Borders

Once the cotton is spun and dyed, it is exported to different countries. Whether you prefer the snug fit of a junior-cut tee or the roominess of a relaxed-fit tee, chances are it was cut and sewn outside of the United States. The majority of t-shirts are manufactured in one of the following places:

• Bangladesh
• China
• Colombia
• Honduras
• Hong Kong
• India
• Indonesia
• Mexico
• Turkey
• Vietnam

Coming Full Circle

The finished product is then shipped back to the United States. Check out the interesting infographic below to learn more about the journey this globetrotting garment makes before it hits the racks of your favorite local boutique.

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How the Handbag Became a Crucial Part of Every Woman’s Wardrobe

Nowadays, a woman rarely leaves home without her handbag, and she certainly never goes on a shopping trip or runs errands without it. The handbag has become a crucial part of every woman’s wardrobe, and here are a few reasons why:

1. Small Pants Pockets

Modern-day women’s jeans are designed to be as figure-flattering as possible. Although modern jean styles help to ensure that a woman looks attractive and thin, they are not very practical when it comes to carrying important items around. Keys, credit cards, lip gloss, and other items that women use regularly cannot usually fit comfortably inside the petite pockets of women’s jeans. Because of this unfortunate fact, the handbag has become invaluable for its ability to carry and organize all of the items that a woman needs on a day-to-day basis.

2. Discreetness

The handbag has become a chamber of secrets for many women, and is a safe place to store deodorants, sanitary napkins, and other potentially embarrassing items so that others cannot see them. The handbag makes it easy to carry around these types of items in a very discreet way.

3. Fashion

Of course, one of the main reasons that women love their handbags so much is because they are so attractive and fashionable. The right handbag can bring an entire outfit together and can make a woman look and feel more confident.

Much like the fairy tale character Cinderella, the modern-day handbag started from very humble beginnings and slowly became the crucial wardrobe piece that it is today.

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Choosing The Finest Pearl Necklaces

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Queen of Italy, Margherita of Savoy, owned one of the most famous collections of natural pearls.

Queen of Italy, Margherita of Savoy, owned one of the most famous collections of natural pearls.

Choosing the finest pearl necklace for a lady has more to do with her personal style than anything. Ladies want to wear jewelry that is going to make them look and feel amazing, and men need to understand how this jewelry works.

The right gift of jewelry is the gift that was carefully thought out before it was purchased from a place like Laguna

One Long Strand

Most men see a long strand of pearls and imagine that it is only meant to be worn a it is. Some women will wear one long strand of pearls without altering it, but men need to understand that one long strand of pearls can be altered in many exciting ways.

Some women will tie a knot in the strand to give it a little character. Other women will tie multiple knots in the strand to create a necklace that look completely different.

Still other women will wrap the strand around their neck and create a choker that they can wear with formal attired. A man who purchases a long strand of pearls is giving his lady many options that she does not have with other jewelry.

In Combination

Many pearls are found in combination with other items on the strand. A pearl could be just one part of a much larger necklace, and ladies may enjoy all the parts of the necklace equally. However, the pearls are the star of the show when they are represented in a long necklace.

Short Necklaces

Some women prefer to wear just one strand of pearls that gently graces their neckline. These pearl strands are perfect for women who are wearing shirts, sweaters and dresses that leave their chest open. The pearls can be the main piece in a woman’s outfit, and she can wear that necklace every day as a part of her personal style statement.

When women want to wear beautiful pearl necklaces, they need their gentlemen to choose the strands that work best. Some women prefer a long strand that they can play with, but other prefer a short strand that can be the centerpiece of their style from day to day.

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