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Friday, August 17, 2018

Crafting The Outfit That Will Help You To Nail That Job Interview

There’s no feeling more exquisitely terrifying than being called in for an all important job interview. This is an opportunity that could forever alter the trajectory of your career. It could unlock a new era of better pay, more reasonable conditions and more enjoyable work… Or it could be yet another false start that sees you bumped back to where you started, muddling through a job you’ve long fallen out of love with. While you will likely spend a lot of time preparing, learning about your prospective new employer, researching some salient facts to bring up and rehearsing your answers for questions you’re likely to be asked… Spare a thought for what you’ll be wearing.

What you wear matters

It might not be the dealbreaker, but what you wear makes a substantial contribution to the first impression the interviewer has of you. And, scary fact, it only takes
7 seconds for them to form that first impression. Once that’s made it can be pretty hard to unmake. Here are some ways in which you can subtly convey your confidence, professionalism and success in your outfit without coming across as a poser or narcissist...

Show your class

To paraphrase from a late ‘90s Oscar winner, if you’re to be successful, you have to project an image of success. Desperation is not an attractive quality in a candidate. You don’t want to look like you need the job, you’re doing pretty well on your own. Show a hint of class without being too ostentatious. A discrete flash of diamond from Blue Nile; check out, a slight hint of expensive perfume or glimmer of platinum on your hand can all convey class and success without being too showy.

The suit

Again, one can go too sharp with a suit at a job interview. Sure, the power suit is making a comeback, but you don’t want to blow your potential future away with the size of your shoulder pads. It’s best to be conservative with your suit and add style and character to your ensemble elsewhere. A dark two piece is always a winner. Gray, navy and black are all fine choices and you can add warmer and more vibrant colors in what you wear underneath.

The shoes

As tempting as it may be to own the room in your 5 inch heels, it’s generally recommended that you keep your heel length at no more than 2.5” even if you’re very petite. Overdo it with the heels and not only could it look like you’re overcompensating for an insecurity, you’ll be less comfortable and the way in which you walk could be impaired. Opt for a close toe pump and if you’re wearing a skirt, wear a nude pantyhose that is close in color to your natural skin tone.

Hair, makeup and nails

When it comes to hair it’s best to keep it conservative and natural. While bangs are okay, they should not cover your eyebrows as these account for a great deal of your expression. Choose neutral tones in your makeup, especially your lipstick and try not to deviate from your natural complexion. Keep your nails well manicured and trimmed down and by all means use color but avoid colors that are too bold.

Now you’re all set to knock ‘em dead. Good luck!

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What I've Been Up To (Family, Around the House, Birthday!)

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What a fun month it's been so far!

At the beginning of August my cousin from Chicago came in town with his wife and 3 kids as well as my aunt.  I haven't seen my cousin for like 20 years so it was awesome!! We had them over for burgers and then the next day we went to my one aunt's house to have a mini reunion!
Also we've done plenty of things around the house, as you may have seen the patio, porch makeover, and basement and garage floors. 

We also added a new canvas from our wedding day! The canvas is from Canvas On The Cheap and I love how it turned out. It was super easy to make on their website, too!

It was also our birthday weekend! James' birthday is on the 10th and he turned 34 and mine is on the 13th and I turned 32!

For his birthday, I kept up with our 3 year tradition of going to Dave & Jane's in Fairfield, PA to get all you can eat crab legs!

For my birthday James took me out to Carraba's.

 He also surprised me by waxing my car!


 I got myself a new Filofax!


Preventing Financial Anxiety: Strategies To Keep Money Worries At Bay

Studies suggest that money is the single most significant cause of anxiety among US adults aged between 18 and 49 years old. Even if you have savings and a steady income, there’s no guarantee that your financial situation won’t change, and this is a frightening proposition. If you worry about money, here are some strategies you can employ to try and reduce the risk of financial woes.


Budgeting is one of the most valuable money management tools. If you have a budget, and you stick to it, this will help you organize your finances and prevent debt. Every month, draw up a budget for the coming weeks, plan how you’re going to spend your money, and set aside whatever you can afford. It’s very easy to budget, it doesn’t take long, and it could make a massive difference to your financial situation.

Protecting yourself and your assets

If you don’t already have an extensive collection of insurance policies, it may be time to think about investing in additional protection. Insurance is a means of reducing the cost of health care, but it can also help to prevent financial ruin in the event of accidents or unexpected incidents such as storm damage, flooding or burglary. If you don’t already have health insurance and policies to protect your home, business, cars and pets, take a look at what’s out there. If you have insurance, make sure you use it. Don’t forgo making a claim if you have a viable case. Accidents and illness can have a profound impact on your financial situation, as well as your health and wellbeing, so don’t hesitate to seek advice if you’re thinking of filing a disability insurance claim. If you are thinking about taking out additional policies, read reviews, compare fees, and look for providers that have an excellent track record when it comes to approving claims and paying customers.

Clearing debt

If you have debts, it’s always a good idea to try and clear them before you focus on saving. Prioritize debts that are costing you money, for example, credit and store cards with high interest rates. If you’re struggling to make any headway, or you’re falling behind with payments, seek advice from a financial expert. There are often ways of reducing debts. If you’re aware of these options, this will help to ease anxiety and ensure that you’re on the right track. It’s very tempting to bury your head and hope that things improve, but this is unlikely to happen. The sooner you ask for help, the sooner you can enjoy peace of mind.

Most of us would like to be more optimistic about our finances. It’s very tough to save money these days, and it’s not uncommon for people to live from one paycheck to the next. If you’re worried about money, hopefully, these steps will help to prevent anxiety, and keep money problems at bay. Invest in insurance, take time to draw up a monthly budget, and try to tackle debts before they spiral out of control.

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