June142017

Zest Magazine – June 2017

June122017

Webfair article: Decluttering Your Life – May 2017

Read the article here.

June122017

Why Teamwork is Important

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Being able to perform at your highest ability both individually and in a team is essential to success. When you work as a team you create a positive environment and enhance your happiness in the workplace. You also maximise your ability to get fast, effective results. Ultimately, teamwork brings people together – people from different backgrounds, with different skills and different interests. Embracing your colleagues and learning to work with them cohesively will benefit both your business and your overall happiness.

A happy workplace

Getting along with your coworkers will noticeably increase your happiness at work. Think about it – working with someone you’re able to hold a decent conversation and share a laugh with is going to be more enjoyable than working with someone who you can barely talk to. When you work in a team, you foster an environment of loyalty, unity and companionship. Teamwork promotes equality and camaraderie, and encourages communication. This creates a more empowered way of working, where your whole team is inspired and focused. When you have strong morale, reaults will follow.

An effective workplace

Everyone has different strengths, so it makes sense that working in a team generates success – imagine all those strengths combined! By harnessing multiple skills, teamwork makes for a more efficient result. Working in a team tends to mitigate power structures and hierarchies, which encourages respect among employees and replaces any potential for competition with support and cooperation. Teamwork also makes room for new perspectives on problem solving, and new ideas for growing success. Additionally, it provides more opportunities for learning, as colleagues learn new techniques from each other and through the team function. Finally, teamwork shows clients and customers that your team is well-oiled, encouraging and enjoys its work. And who doesn’t want to support a business that actually loves what it does?

How to make your team function

In order for teamwork to really ‘work’, a few processes need to be followed. You can’t simply put a group of people together and tell them to get going. It’s important to initially establish your team’s direction and vision. What are your team’s goals? What does it need to achieve? Next, you should set roles within your team. Who is the leader? Who are the strategisers? Once people know their position within the team, they will be clearer going forward able to work more efficiently. Then it’s all about staying on track, making sure everyone is happy and checking that the group is functioning well. To uphold team spirit and equality, why not have a team meeting at the start of the week? This creates an inclusive environment and ensures that everyone is one the same page. It’s also a good idea to have regular team performance assessments to see where you can improve things. From there, you can continue to grow your team, your business and your success.

 

 

June072017

Top Looks at the Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival is a multi-day event in France which previews and celebrates new films from around the world. Because of its duration, the festival has more than the usual amount of red carpet entrances – meaning more fabulous outfits from our favourite celebrities.

Wrapping up at the end of May, Cannes Film Festival celebrated its 70th year. As always, there were some outfits which stood out among the crowd. I’ve put together my eight top looks of the festival. What was your favourite?

 

Monica Belluccimonica

Monica has long been one of my favourite celebrities. The Italian actress and model is the picture of elegance wherever she goes, and Cannes was no exception. This year Monica was the festival’s Mistress of Ceremonies. Over the event’s twelve days she wore an array of gorgeous garments, but my personal pick is this flared black Stella McCartney jumpsuit. Stylish, simple and clean, the jumpsuit highlight her lovely curves and is complemented perfectly with a diamond brooch.

 

Sara Sampaio
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Portuguese model Sara Sampaio was a vision in red. The plunging neckline and full skirt of her Zuhair Murad Couture gown create a feminine and striking effect. The sequined detail on the gown just add to its impressiveness, and Sara’s diamond jewellery finishes the outfit beautifully. I love Sara’s simple, pulled back hair and smokey eyes – you can’t go wrong with smokey eyes, ladies!

 

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Fashion designer Elie Saab never puts a foot wrong, as is evident with French actress and model Olga Kurylenko’s stunning dress. The cut is very flattering, accentuating her slim waist and flowing gently over the hips and legs. I’m loving the embellishments on this gown, which are eye-catching while still remaining elegant. Olga wears her short hair down and carries a slim watch on her wrist – very classy.

 

Deepika Padukone
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One of the more stand-out gowns of this year’s festival is Deepika’s dress by Brandon Maxwell. The deep green-blue colour is hard to wear, but Indian actress Deepika pulls it off perfectly. The off-the-shoulder cut and train is dramatic but elegant, and the leg slit gives this look some edginess. Her eye makeup is risky, but again executed well. And who doesn’t love a good pair of stilettos?

  

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Bella Hadid can simply do no wrong. The American model stole the show at the 2017 Cannes, and this stunning outfit was my favourite look of the whole festival. The gown, by Alexandre Gauthier, is perfectly fitted and just the right blend of sexy and classy. Soft pink is very in right now, and Bella matches her fashionable dress with striking Bulgari jewellery and delicate Olgana Paris heels. A beautiful, polished, head-turning look.

 

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Keeping things classic, actress Jessica Chastain wears a glamorous and sophisticated Black Prada gown. With a slight train and a low back, this gown is understated elegance at its best. Pairing the gown with a string of small pearl and a tight up-do, Jessica spells class. The simple makeup is an effective addition.

 

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Victoria’s Secret Angel Adriana looked fabulous in this strapless sequined gown. The cut is classic and elegant, showing off her slim figure. The statement Chopard necklace is gives Adriana’s outfit a hint of flare, as do the red lips. When in doubt, wear red lips.

 

Juliette Binoche

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Lovely French actress Juliette Binoche was glamorous in a long black Armani Prive dress. The fitted shaped of the dress highlights her hourglass figure, and the sparkles give it an extra bit of edge. I love the up-do and soft wave of the side fringe – very classic.

May312017

Finding your Dream Career

We all want to have a career that’s perfect for us, right? A career that motivates and drives, and doesn’t make you dread getting up in the morning. A career where you can use your unique skill set and feel valued. That’s the dream! Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons many people settle into a career that isn’t their first choice. There are a lot of factors that weigh into this, including financial success, job security and lifestyle choices. However, fighting for your dream career is worth it.

Do you feel dissatisfied in your job? Do you think you could do more and be more? Do you want to change your life for the better?

It’s time to get inspired and build your dream career. So – how do you begin?

 

What are your interests?

A great place to start is to consider your interests. It makes sense that a career based on what you do in your free time is going to be a career you love. What are your hobbies? Do you play a sport or instrument, or enjoy reading or being creative? Maybe you’re really into photography or cooking. Perhaps sewing, fashion or cars is your ‘thing’. We all have a passion of some kind – in fact, many of us have multiple passions. What started out as an offshoot of my love for fashion and well-being turned into a career as a fashion and life stylist – and I couldn’t be happier. Think about your interests and build from there.

 

What makes you happy?

You should also consider the things in life that make you truly happy. What brings a smile to your face or peace to your mind? Maybe being outdoors is what makes you happiest, or spending time with friends. Maybe you just love interacting with other people in general. Maybe watching Netflix puts you at ease, or playing with animals makes you really smile. Whatever makes you individually happy is bound to be a good career fit.

 

What are your work strengths?

Considering your skill set is important when thinking about the right career for you. We all excel at different things, and your strengths should definitely be taken into account during this career-building process. Think about the skills you bring to the table. Are you great at strategising, marketing or sales? Are your problem solving or negotiating skills top notch? Are you a whizz with technology and social media? Maybe you have envious administration capabilities, or superb self-management. Are you an organised, flexible person? Do you have awesome customer service skills? No doubt there are multiple areas that you shine in, so make a list and get thinking!

 

What are your interpersonal skills?

Interpersonal skills are otherwise known as people skills. These are the skills you use in everyday life when interacting with others. If you have strong interpersonal skills, you’re probably great at connecting with people – something that employers really value. It’s important to consider your interpersonal skills as you uncover your dream career. How are you at communicating and building a rapport with colleagues and clients? Do you excel at leadership or teamwork? Is your workplace attitude professional? Are you good at motivating others or resolving conflict? Do you have great listening skills? As with your work skills, make a list to see where your strengths lie. Then combine that information with your interests and happiness factors, and begin brainstorming potential jobs! Remember, it’s never too late to build your dream career and change your life.

 

May252017

This & That Magazine – May 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May222017

Maximising Your Potential Every Day

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Do you want to increase your potential each day? Do you want to achieve your goals in both your career and personal life? Do you want to wake up every morning feeling great and with a sense of purpose? It’s time to harness your skills and generate productivity to achieve success. Thankfully, there are a few simple ways you can maximise your potential, beginning with my tips below.

 

Set an Intention

The simplest way to enhance your capacity for success is to set an intention when you wake each day. Sit quietly for a moment and consider what you want to achieve that day, week or month. Think about how you will work towards your goals. Then, with a calm and positive tone, form a solid intention for that day. It could be as simple as “today I will network with three people to expand my brand’s awareness and build connections.” Maybe it’s more complex, like “today I will make a list of comprehensive steps needed to reach my monthly target.” Whatever it is, set it in your mind, repeat it silently to yourself, then begin your day with purpose!

 

Meditate

I’m a big advocate for meditation. I truly believe meditation not only creates peace and brings balance to our lives, but eliminates stress and negative energy. Meditating for even 5 minutes a day, every day, will bring changes to your experience. Meditation encourages you to contemplate your feelings, thoughts and experiences. In a state of meditation you become in-tune to yourself and pay attention to everything that’s going on inside. This allows you to note areas that need assistance and begin an inner healing process. More than anything, meditation helps you achieve clarity. After meditating I always feel clear in my intentions, peaceful and ready to get going. Try to meditate for 10-20 minutes a day if possible – you won’t regret it.

 

Exercise

Exercise is another fabulous way to increase your potential. As we’ve been told time and again, exercise makes us feel better. It’s a simple way to boost your energy and productivity, as well as work your body. Aim to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. I like to mix things up so I don’t lose interest or motivation, going for a brisk walk a couple of days, practicing yoga another day and trying different classes at the gym for the rest of the week. Pump is great to get the heart racing and the muscles pumping, but there are tons of options out there so give a few of them a try! If you aren’t a morning person and get home after dark, exercising during your lunch hour might be the best option for you – this is also a great way to bring you back to work feeling fresh.

 

Take Productive Breaks

The easiest way to enhance your potential on the spot is to take care of your mind and have productive breaks at work. Sitting at your desk all day without breaks isn’t good for your body or your capabilities. When you lose focus or motivation, your work suffers and so does your success rate. Keep your mind on the ball by taking small breaks and allowing yourself to come back with a clear, focused mind. Get up and walk around the office, or grab a coffee at your local cafe. Do a few stretches in your office, or flip through a magazine over a cup of green tea. As long a you get away from your computer screen and out of your chair, you’re going to feel the difference.

May202017

Eye Magazine covershoot 20 Years – 2017

May182017

Boot Styling Tips For Your Brand New Outfit

As the seasons turn to fall and winter, it is time to bring boots out of storage. While boots are a perennial closet staple, it is easy to combine them with new outfits for a fresh look. There are also many different options when it comes to boots giving you an opportunity to add a different style to your closet in addition to the time-tested classics.

Here, I will share some classic boot looks and general styling guidelines so that you can mix and match.

 

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The Classic Leather Boot

Knee-high leather boots have remained a classic for good reason. Simple, leather boots without much adornment are extremely versatile. These should be your everyday go-tos and can be worn with everything from jeans to dresses. Opt for heeled boots for a little more polish, and pair with an eye-catching skirt – think bright colors, pattern, and interesting shapes – for a fresh take on the look.

All in black: A classic look for simple, leather boots is the flat, black leather boot paired with black jeans. Wear a gray v-neck T-shirt, lightly tucked into the front and a cardigan – or go for a cozy knit.

Dress it up: Go for a leather boot with a heel – block or stiletto – and combine with a nice blouse and a leather moto jacket in a similar color to your boots. You want the colors to be similar but not identical.

 

The Taller the Better

For a fresher take on the classic leather boot, go for height. Height in the boot’s shaft, not in the heel. Over the knee and thigh-high boots, especially with a low or flat heel, add additional flair and style to the classic look, without putting it over the top. Opt for dark colored boots and wear with pants, leggings or dark colored tights to keep the look low-key yet polished.

Legs for days: Tall boots make your legs look longer, so play it up! Pair black suede over-the-knee boots with black tights and a loose-fitting sweater dress with a shorter hemline.

Dress it up: Look for black over-the-knee boots and wear with an all black ensemble including a shapely black mini dress. Or pair with black jeans, a white blouse and a black jacket. Accessorise with multiple fine necklaces.

 

Or, Go Short

Booties have gained in popularity as a great alternative to the classic boot. There are a number of ankle booties on the market now. To keep your look polished, go for a mid-height heel. Save the high-heeled booties for date nights and rely on the others for day-to-day styling.

Laid back cool: Brown booties with a chunky heel are the perfect companion to skinny-legged jeans. Pair with a grey sweater and you will be the queen of casual.

Dress it up: Pair them with a boho chic dress and knit tights.

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Be Daring

Now that we have gone over the classics, here is how you play it up a little bit. When looking for interesting options, prioritize color, texture, hardware or bling. Choose one, because anything too busy will not stand the test of time. Luckily, there are plenty of elegantly-designed boots with an eye-catching features. You can look for velvet or suede in dark, neural or deep color. Gold hardware on black boots is a classic favorite. This season’s runways have been peppered with extra sparkly boots – perfect for a night on the town and ideal for pairing with everything from jeans to your favorite dress.

Just remember, unique boots are a statement piece. They draw a lot of attention so, unless you like a louder style, keep the rest of your outfit understated.

 

Pay Attention to Hemlines 

Boots can tend to look school-marmy if they are not paired correctly. Taller boots should always be paired with shorter skirt hemlines – your skirt should not overlap with your boot. Jackets should fall far above the top of your boots as well. In the case of over-the-knee boots, a jacket can hit your waistline or fall far below the tops of your boots. The key is to not have the tops of your boots get muddled with any other hemlines.

You can also keep the silhouette of the boots in mind when pairing with clothing. Most boots go best with skinny jeans and slimmer lines when it comes to pants. However, fuller bodied, more interestingly shaped, or flowing skirts and dresses tend to pair with boots better than more form-fitting ones.

 

Jamie Plambeck

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Jamie is a manager and writer in the fashion. She’s an owner/founder of the family business Boot Cuff & Socks Boutique or BC&S Boutique. You can find the latest styles of Women’s Boot Socks, Cuffs and Lace by visiting the site. When she’s not searching for new fashion trends she’s spending time with her young daughter Rilyn.

May102017

Top Looks at the MTV Awards

Earlier this week the MTV Movie and Television Awards were held at the fabulous Shrine Auditorium in the City of Angels – Los Angeles. Slightly less formal than other red carpet events, the MTV Awards give celebrities space to embrace colour and texture in their attire. Some of the outfits were pretty out-there this year, but there were a ton of stunning ones, too. Here are my Top 5 Looks from the MTV Awards – what was your favourite?

Allison Williams

Allison Williams

Actress Allison Williams turned heads in this gorgeous sequined Galia Lahav Haute Couture dress. The cut highlights her rectangle body shape and, combined with the bright colours of the sequins, has an eighties vibe to it. She completed the look with Giuseppe Zanotti stilettos. While the Get Out star didn’t win Best Villain, her co-star Daniel Kaluuya managed to take out the Next Generation award, and the satirical thriller received the most amount of nominations all up. How’s that for inspirational?

Kat Graham
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Star of The Vampire Diaries, Kat Graham was all class in this wide-legged, silky jumpsuit by Off-White. The off-the-shoulder cut breaks the outfit up nicely and her sleek, straight hair looks gorgeous. Kat’s jewellery might look understated, but don’t be fooled – those are Tiffany & Co rings, darlings! What more could a girl want?

Hailee Steinfield
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Not many people could pull this number off! Somehow, Hailee Steinfield makes it work. The actress and singer looked striking in this mauve Fausto Puglisi dress. The side cut-outs show off her slim waist and the silver embellishments create an eye-catching effect. With silver Christian Louboutin shoes and Neil Lane jewels the twenty-year-old was a vision. Both her and Kat show that simple, straight hair can make any outfit work.

Natalia Dyer
Natalia Dyer

Star of supernatural show Stranger Things, Natalia Dyer was my personal favourite look of the night. I’ve always maintained that when in doubt, wear black – and this is the perfect example of why! With a fitted black Miu Miu dress, fabulous spotted stockings and jewellery by Ileana Makri and Eva Fehren, she was the picture of glamour and sophistication. The strappy heels and red lips complete an elegant, stylish appearance. And even better, Stranger Things took out the award for Show of the Year! What’s your Netflix binge?

Jess Conte
Jess Conte

She’s one of the biggest social media influencers of her generation, and she certainly looked flawless on the red carpet. Vlogger and singer Jess Conte wore a strapless midi-length dress by House of CB. I love the colour and the unique cut of this piece. Soft pinks and pastels are very in right now, as is the much-loved midi-length style. The shape of this dress really makes it stand out – it’s edgy without bordering on crass. The thin-strapped heel is a popular choice at the moment, creating a simple and refined look. Jess tops everything off which a beautiful side plait, plain clutch and simple makeup.

May052017

Teenage Etiquette

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How are your teenager’s etiquette skills? While ‘etiquette’ may seem like an old fashioned idea, the truth is having a solid grasp of proper etiquette will set your teen up for a life of success. It’s vital that teens learn how to be respectful and interact positively with others. A foundation in appropriate behaviour is essential in order for your teen to develop powerful social skills and generate self-confidence. If they lack in etiquette, they may struggle in unfamiliar situations and social engagements. Interviews, introductions and new activities may intimidate them or cause discomfort. Being aware of society’s expectations and rules for proper behaviour will prevent this. When your teen understands the importance of correct manners and conduct, they open the door to a future of success.

I’ve compiled a few tips on basic etiquette for teens which will help them – and you – in everyday life. Thinking small creates lasting, positive changes in the big picture.

Standing when people enter a room: this a basic show of polite manners. When someone enters a room to meet you, you stand up. Avoid rushing, as it looks panicked and clumsy, but don’t wait too long either, as that can look rude. Wait a few seconds, stand and smile at the person. Greet them with a simple “hello [name]”, or “good morning” and offer your hand. Make the handshake strong and confident, not weak and flimsy.

Makeup for the classroom: in real life, high school is not like Gossip Girl. Your teen should not be wearing extreme amounts of makeup during class. Things should be kept clean and natural looking, with no dark eye makeup or lipstick. One area of focus acceptable, e.g. the eyebrows, eyes, lips. Ensure your teen keeps the colours simple. Any lipstick should be in nude or soft pink, and eyeliner should be kept black.

How to stack a dishwasher: this one will really help out the parents! Do you find yourself constantly re-stacking the dishwasher or even worse, pulling dirty dishes off the bench top? Show your teen how to correctly stack a dishwasher to prevent this and teach them to clean up after themselves. They should rinse the dishes then stack them neatly to maximise space. They should also know how to turn it on and put the dishes away in the correct place.

Driving courteously: when your teen first gets behind the wheel, it can be pretty exhilarating for them. It’s important not to let the excitement of driving go to your teen’s head, and ensure they focus on being a good, sensible and courteous driver. Teach your teen to give way, follow at a safe distance and stick to the speed limit. Make sure they check pedestrian crossings, don’t overtake recklessly and always indicate. There are lots of rules to learn when beginning to drive, but basic politeness and respect is extremely important.

How to organise your clothing: does your teen have clothing strewn over the floor, or in odd piles around the house? You’re not alone. Showing your teen how to order their clothing teaches them important organisational skills they can apply to other areas of their life. They should have separate draws/hanging spaces for each item: pants, sweaters, skirts, dresses, tops, pajamas, underwear. Dresses, skirts and coats should all be hung, as well as pants and shirts that require ironing. Shoes should be ordered neatly in pairs, not jumbled around the place. Try to encourage your teen to put their clothing in something, so it’s out of sight – a closet or chest of drawers is perfect.

Replacing makeup items: there’s a good change your teen is using the same mascara they’ve had for the past year, which isn’t great for their sensitive eyes. School your teen in when to replace makeup products, including brushes and application tools. Makeup should be kept fresh to avoid irritating the skin.

Teenage table manners: traditional table manners go a long way. Ensure your teen does not start eating until everyone is seated, and does not leave the table until everyone is finished. When eating, mouths should be closed and elbows off the tables. Don’t let your teen shovel huge mouthfuls of food down their throat – they should eat sensibly and slowly. Not only is speed-eating bad for your digestion, it looks disgusting. It’s polite if your teen clears the table and handles the dishes in thanks of having dinner cooked for them.

Could your teen benefit from some etiquette coaching? Sign them up for my Teen Style and Etiquette course, aimed at specifically improving young adults’ manners and social skills. It’s a great day and they’ll have lots of fun.

April252017

Valuing What You Love: Why You Should Do It

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When it comes to doing what you love, have you ever been struck by the following thoughts?

“My passion can’t support me financially”

“No one will care about what I love doing”

“Achieving my dream career will take years of planning and money, and even then it might not work out”

“Following my passion is too risky”

Self-doubt is destructive and will only have a negative impact on your life and career. In order to succeed, you need to banish negative thoughts and replace them with positivity, drive and vision. Read on for my tips on how to value yourself – and your dreams!

Know Your Worth – and Own It!

Understand the exceptional value that you as a person possess. Forget about how much money you earn, what you look like or what you do for a living. This is about you as a unique individual. A person with a big salary is not necessarily a good person, or a happy person. Think about your positive traits, the good things you’ve done in life and the times when you have made a difference. Think about why you love your passion – what is it that makes you enjoy it? In most cases, our interests and passions enhance our happiness. We’re also usually good at them, and excelling at something is a great way to add focus and positivity to your life.

Think of the Positive Outcomes

How will your passion and dreams positively effect others? Does what you love doing help another person in any way? Avoid thinking literally – yes, doctors physically do help people. But so do musicians, accountants, yoga instructors and authors. Every occupation, every hobby, every interest in the world impacts someone’s life and has the power to create positivity. Maybe you’re really into photography, but think there’s no point doing it for a living because people won’t care. Wrong. Viewing art can really enhance people’s lives. Art collection is a hobby, and just looking at beautiful pictures on Instagram can put you in a good mood. Don’t underestimate the power of your passion.

Think Forward

If in doubt, thinking ahead will really show you why valuing what you love is important. Picture your life in 10 years, then 20. Where do you see yourself? Do you think you will be happy continuing on in the job you currently hold? Do you think your passion will simply die and you’ll no longer wish to pursue it? That’s no way to think of life! When it comes to the crunch, the old saying ‘life is short’ is true. We’re only on this Earth for a short time, so let’s make the most of it. Let’s really enjoy our time here. When you look back at your life, you don’t want to have regrets and wish you’d pursued your passion after all. Value what you love, and  follow that passion.