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Thursday, August 25, 2016

One For The Men: Office wear And How You Can Totally Rock That Look

Office wear never used to be so varied for men. Years ago there was never the amount of choice or options there is today. A man wore a suit to the office, a shirt, and a tie. That may have been the extent of the styling. But now, things are different. It is much more exciting for a man to dress for the office these days. How you dress is a perception of you and your personality, now a suit and the details can tell that story. Want to know how you can totally rock that look? Here’re a few pointers to help you out.


The suit as you have never seen it before

Gone are the days where a suit was worn would look the same as someone stood next to you. This piece is now something that can transform your overall look. Suits now take into consideration your body shape. Not everyone has the same appearance. Which is why a suit cannot be a one size fits all. This is where considering something more individual could be a great way forward. Having something tailored could make the difference. Companies like Michael Andrews Bespoke can offer great services. These days the look of the suit is far different from the average black or navy options. We have striking blues, transforming greys, and some offer different options like plum. A suit now is a statement, not just a piece of clothing you wear. This is vital for making your presence known in the office environment.

Rock those accessories to transform an everyday look

It’s not just about the suit, though. But what you wear with it. This is why your accessories are just as important. From a dashin pocket square for a sophisticated look. A dazzling tie that can be a real statement piece. Even the littlest of things like cufflinks and tie pins can all make a huge difference to the overall look. Don’t forget these essential items when styling p your office wear.

Footwear is key for pulling off the style

Of course, a great shoe will always pull off a suit. But sometimes it;s not just about the shoe but more about their appearance. Scuffed up marks and unpolished shoes will always bring you appearance down a notch. So don’t let yourself down over the minor details. Make sure every part of your look is polished and well presented.

Don’t forget those little details

It’s all in the detail. As some would say. This is why making sure you have an eye for these details is important for completing your office wear look. Your hair needs to be smart, your face alert and awake. Clean shaven or with trimmed stubble. It all needs to look polished. Even your choice of cologne can make a big difference to how someone reacts to your look. The details matter.

It is all in the mind

Finally, it is all well and good having the right clothes, but it needs that extra something for you to pull it all together. That is confidence and belief. You need to have that confidence and motivation to succeed to have that general demina about yourself. All of which is a mindset. So keep positive and make sure you are oozing with confidence.

I hope this helps you transform your office wear look.

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How My Avocado Bag is Starting an Addiction

So the other week, I went to DSW to look for shoes because I had a $5 off coupon for my birthday.   DSW is always hit or miss for me. Sometimes I find nothing, sometimes I find everything.  Well, this time I spotted this adorable little avocado in the handbag section.  Turns out it was a Betsey Johnson Clutch.

So I posted it on my Facebook and it was a big hit and I was quite happy that I purchased something (ANYTHING) with my coupon.  

That night I kept looking at the clutch and how cute it was.   Then the next day I went online to Amazon and found a ton of other's. 

Seriously.... they have an oven, a burger, a shake, a rubik's cube, a taco, and pretty much anything and everything.  Now I can't stop thinking of those adorable little clutches and how perfect they would be to collect and use.  Seriously. 
(Click on each one if you want to go to the Amazon page).



How cute are they and which one should I get next?!

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

My Living Will & Power of Attorney & Why YOU Need One

A couple of months ago a co-worker of mine needed me to sign as a witness on her living will.   I asked her where she got it from (assuming she had to go see a lawyer, etc.) and she said (By the way - this isn't a sponsored post, I'm writing this because I think it's very important).  For $5 you can purchase the form and print it and have it filled out.   They also advise you on the requirements depending on the state you live in. So one of the recommendations is that you give your physician a copy for their files.  So at my last check up, I handed it over and my doctor was super impressed.  She told me that most people at my age don't have one, and it's foolish NOT to.  That was all she needed to say to make me want to write a blog post about this.

So anyways... you are probably wondering a few things so let me answer them...

What IS a Living Will?
A Living Will is pretty much a way to put on paper, your end of life decisions.   On your Living Will you get to choose what treatments you do or don't want, what medications you want, and if you want to be kept alive by artificial means...aka do you want someone to pull the plug? Sorry that I'm so blunt but it's the best way to ring a bell for you. 

Why do you need one?
If God forbid you get into an accident, or come down with a terminal illness at ANY age, and you are unable to speak or communicate your wishes, they are already written out for those taking care of you. 

When should you get one?
Now. No matter what age you are.  If you are going to be having surgery or be hospitalized soon, it's also a good idea to get one, especially if you have been diagnosed with a terminal illness.

Who should you designate?
With a Living Will you get to appoint someone to make decisions for you, still being based on YOUR needs and wants that you specified at a time when you were of sound mind. 

What is a Power of Attorney?
A POA allows you to choose someone you trust to make the big medical decisions for you, should you not be able to make them yourself.  A Living Will covers things that happen as you are likely on your way out, but a Power of Attorney covers healthcare decisions at any time.  On a Power of Attorney you can choose what treatments you may or may not want, like dialysis or a blood tranfusion. 

Why do you need one?
If you are incapable of making decisions yourself some day, someone is given direction to make them for you.

Who should you appoint?
Obviously, someone you trust.  With a Power of Attorney you get to designate an agent to make these decisions so make sure it's someone you respect and trust to do the right thing. 

For both a Living Will and a Power of Attorney, make sure whomever it is respects your moral and religious beliefs and is also comfortable being the decision maker.
You can also select an alternate in the case that your first choice is unable to make any decisions or carry out your wishes.

Do I need to update these documents? Yes, as your life changes. If someone you designated to make decisions passes away, you should obviously change it.  If you get married or get a divorce, you should change it. 

So basically I'm being a good friend and advising you to do this because it takes less than an hour of your time to fill out and then all you have to do is get people and witnesses to sign.  It's extremely important to have these documents so GET THEM!!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Pet Stuff EVERYWHERE + A Coupon Code for 15% OFF

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I love shopping for my pups, no matter what it is.  Food, toys, leashes, bathing all excites me.  The only obnoxious thing is having to get everything from different places.  Well, that is no longer an issue because there is PetOverstock! PetOverstock is a website where you can get a variety of pet merchandise at a great price.  There are plenty of money-saving offers like tax-free products in the US and even free shipping on orders over $49.  They also offer extra customer service and are always just a phone call or a click away.

Leashes - These aren't just any leashes...these are LED leashes!! Not only does it keep my pups safe at night but the LED light helps with visibility and it has a water-resistant design so it's safe to use if you and your pooch have to step out in the rain!  There are 3 modes for the LED - constant, slow-flashing, and fast-flashing.  And the batteries that come wtih it give you up to 72 hours of continuous use.  How awesome is that?   
How freakin adorable is this little Blue Camouflage Backpack?  It's perfect for toy breeds and has an awesome harness style so it's very functional.  The zippered storage pockets can hold treats, waste bags, or anything else. 

Rocky informed me he was going on a hike shortly after we put this on. How cute is he?

There are some really cool toys available on PetOverstock! I love the variety of them and there are different ones to meet different needs for your pet.  The little frisbee raccoon toy is a big hit with Grace because she likes to chase after things like that. And the little turtle is so adorable and Rocky likes to toss him around.  

The squeaky tire is Pixie's favorite and the squeaky bird is a hit with Stella who runs in circles after she shakes it. The Nerf footballs are excellent for highly active dogs!

There are soooo many treats to help keep your pet occupied and satisfied.  I love the samples I received and the dogs have been enjoying them and the great flavor.   Treats and chew toys are a great way to occupy your pooch when you want to get things done around the house without them getting in the way.

How cute is Monkey Man?!

There are great shampoo products as well including ones to meet different needs like dry skin, flea control, and sensitive skin.

This is by far one of my favorite finds from PetOverstock.  It's always a struggle to brush my chihuahua's teeth and this Clean Teeth Gel allows you to do it without a toothbrush.  You can just put it in their mouth and let it do the work!  It's made it much less stressful for them and me.

Are you ready to save?  Well, great because you can get 15% off using the code ASKAWAY! 

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Monday, August 22, 2016

10 Things You Should [DEFINITELY] Give Up

There are plenty of things that you are advised to do in life and plenty that you shouldn't do.  But with age comes knowledge and while I'm only 30, I can tell you right now that this list of things that you should give up will benefit ANYONE at ANY AGE. 

[1] Drastically changing your hair color each month.  Trust me, the more you dye your hair funky colors the more dry and brittle it gets.   It will keep breaking off and eventually you won't be able to style it or grow it long and healthy.  LAY OFF THE DYE! 

[2] Drinking soda.   I used to drink soda but the moment I stopped, I had less cravings for it and now I don't even think about it. When I'm out to eat I never opt for soda.  Quitting your soda habit will drastically help you lose weight and form better habits.  Not only that but soda is SUPER bad for your teeth.  Have you ever seen what it does to a penny? Drinking soda is comparable to swishing acid around in your mouth.  And don't give me that crap about diet soda. Soda is soda!

[3] Wearing flat flip flops. There is no arch support in flat flip flops.  You may think you're fine now but just wait till you're older.  Seriously.   It's one of the worst things you can do to your body and especially your feet.  You need to your feet to get you around as long as you are alive so shouldn't you start being more mindful of the style of sandals you wear?

[4] Being afraid to lie. There are bad lies and then there are necessary lies.  If you group every type of lie as bad... well just think of it this way... If  the guy who hid Anne Frank and her family had answered the door and told the Nazi's that YES, there were indeed jews hiding in the house, she would have been a goner. But no, when they asked, he lied and said no.   Sometimes lies are necessary for our survival or even just our mental health.  Stop punishing yourself.

[5] Not wearing sunscreen.  People don't seem to comprehend that it's not necessarily the sun in general that's bad for your skin, it's sunburn and sun damage.   Everytime you burn you put yourself at risk for wrinkles and skin cancer.  WEAR FRICKIN SUNSCREEN.  I still get a great tan from being in the sun all day even when I reapply sunscreen like a mad woman. If you don't care then that's fine but don't be bitchin' when you're 40 and have leathery ass skin!

[6] Obsessing over your weight.  First of all, I still can't figure out why so many people don't comprehend that muscle weighs more than fat so if you are toning, your weight will not be dropping drastically.   Also, weight isn't everything. Try measuring your waist and chest every once in a while and you'll see more exciting results than you probably would on the scale.   And quit freaking out when you weigh yourself DAILY and the number changes. Um, hello... you do realize that depending on when you last ate, how much water you drank, if you went to the bathroom or not, etc. the number will almost always differ.

[7] Saying that something isn't fair.  It's life. Life's not fair.  So your friends didn't invite you somewhere, or you have to pull more weight at your job.  It's okay to feel that it's unfair but when you get all bent out of shape and you let it affect your mood everyday, and eventually the negativity takes over your life all you will do is push those around you away. When you complain about something not being fair, there is nothing your friends can do but agree and try to make you focus on a positive.  If you keep focusing on the negative, you're just creating a toxic environment.

[8] Being moody. Seriously, buck up. Stop getting butthurt at every little thing. So you woke up 20 minutes late and then got stuck in traffic. Hey, you're alive.   And you still have the power to take back your day.  If you choose to let the things beyond your control affect your day you will always be miserable.  You will only be able to focus on the negative. When you are in a negative state of mind, you look for other negative things to feed you. Trust me, you do it when you don't even realize you're doing it.  Focus on the positive.  And tell yourself that YOU have control of YOUR mood. 

[9] Being judgemental.  I see it all the time.  I'll be in a conversation with someone and then a person with pink hair and tattoos walks by and the person I'm talking to stops, stares, and says something like "Ew, why would you wanna look like that". STOP! STOP STOP STOP!! Commenting on someone that is skinny, fat, tall, short, tattooed, pierced, bald, ugly, super pretty, etc.... it's just wrong.  Stop being judgemental.  I am not even phased when someone like that walks past me. To each his own and who am I to judge.  Besides, what makes you so perfect that you have the right to trash someone else.  Shouldn't we all know by now not to judge a book by it's cover?

[10] Eating like $hi*.  You will thank me someday.  Eating healthier is actually not that hard.  You need meat and veggies.  So buy frozen fish or chicken.  Buy frozen veggies.   Start a garden and use your own produce.  Whatever you do, it's better to eat fresh than to eat sh*tty packaged meals that are packed with preservatives and sodium. 

I may not be a master of all these things but I'm working darn hard to, and you should too!

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