Saturday, 31 January 2009

The Saturday Salute 31.01.09

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Even though I'm halfway out the door to go retro 10 pin bowling, here are some quick links just because I love you all so much! (All together now: 'awww.')

WomenEntrepeneur.com... it's kind of self-explanatory.

Rich thinking is true wealth.
May not seem applicable to all of you at first but there's genius there!

The internet is a weird and wonderful thing: How to Remove Hair With Sand Paper.

Lovely, lovely Eco Diva.

Got to adore an online Collection Of The World's Fairy Tales.

Have a spiffing continuation of the weekend, let's say goodbye to January 09 in the most outrageous fashion possible.







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Thursday, 29 January 2009

Student Portraits


Who? Sam of Daily Fashion Boost

Where do you study?
I study Fashion and clothing at the ROC in Hilversum. ROC is actually more like a college, with a lot of different courses going on in one building, it isn’t a university.

Where are you from? Have you travelled far to study? If yes, what made you choose to do so? If not, why not? My parents are divorced, so I live in two places; Bussum and Amersfoort. When I have to go to school, I’m always in Amersfoort. My mother lives there and she’s almost always at home, so I won’t be alone when I get in from school. I have to travel for about an hour because I go by train. First I get the train to Hilversum station and then I have to go to another platform for my other train that will stop in front of my school. It’s a bit of a shame that I have to travel for an hour, but that’s the only fashion education in the neighbourhood, otherwise I’d have to go all the way to Amsterdam and that would take about 2 hours!

What made you choose the path of higher education? It has always made sense to me. My parents always said that I should study further after high school, and I didn’t want to start work at 15! You have 3 levels at high school; Vmbo-t (that takes 4 years), Havo (that takes 5 years) and Vwo (that takes 6 years). I did Vmbo-t. It’s actually the lowest qua level of the three, but the highest of the Vmbo level. I chose to do that because I’m not the kind of girl who wants to have her nose in books constantly; I want to do something practical like making clothes. I couldn’t wait to study further in the direction I really wanted!

What do you love most about the course you study?
I love that you can be creative and don’t have to learn constantly. Well, you’ll be learning of course, but not a lot out of books. You can draw and you have to make collages. I really love to sit behind the sewing machine and to make clothes. At the moment I’m in the second year of my education and at the end of this year I’ll have to choose a direction. I’m not sure which direction I want to go in, but I do want to sit behind the sewing machine a lot.

What do you love most about the place where you study?
I’m actually not such a fan of Hilversum. Everything looks very depressing and everything is very grey, it isn’t a beautiful city or something. What I do love about Hilversum is the old street where my dad used to live when I was only 6 years old. The funny thing is that it’s in the same street where my school is! Too bad my dad doesn’t live there anymore.

What would you change about your higher education experience?
The chaos! Definitely. Almost every time you finish the design of a dress, for example, and you show it to your teacher - something is wrong about it. That’s because our teachers almost always forget to say what the requirements are. It’s getting a bit frustrating so we have to be very careful with what we design. Sometimes the teachers even forget to bring the stuff they need for the lesson.

What are your main interests outside studying? Do they tie in with your future career? I love photography, which I’ve been doing for about 7 months. It began when I started my blog. I started to make photos of city’s, like: Amsterdam, Utrecht, Naarden, Bussum and Amersfoort, and when I went on holiday I started to photograph things I liked or thought were beautiful in Italy and New York. I’m also really interested in antique furniture; I love old things! They have a story to tell, just like photos. I recently got an antique table from my mom, I was so thankful! I love this table so much. It’s actually a bit weird that I can love something like that so much. I think I got that trait from my dad.

What are your aspirations after your course? I want to study further, possibly in journalism or photography - I would love to do that. I’m glad if I can be creative. After that, I might open my own clothing store; or take fashion photos for a magazine I like; or write for a newspaper. There are so many things I want to do.

Do you have any favourite student websites or blogs? There are some fashion bloggers who are studying and who’s personal style I just love. I really like: Strawberry Kitten; The clothes horse; Thumbelina and Fashion Fillers.

What would your three top tips be for a fabulous lifestyle on a student budget?
Oh dear, this is a hard one..

1. Try to save money for things you really want to do or have, instead of impulsive buys.

2. Try to buy as many things as possible that are a cut-price in the supermarket. Don’t buy things you don’t need or just like to buy.

3. Try to save energy if you pay bills; don’t let the light burn at night and don’t let the water run when you’re brushing your teeth. The little things can save you money.

Thanks Sam! Everybody go take a look at Daily Fashion Boost today!







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Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Million Dollar Club


After strong encouragement from Budgets are Sexy I have been inclined to make an oath of commitment to my becoming a millionaire. I am a firm believer that we get exactly what we strive for out of life, so I'm putting my plan out there in the hope that Mr Universe will start helping me out in my quest.

My Millionaire To-Do List:

1. Don't Spend My Government Loan. If I manage to keep this up I will leave university with in excess of £8000 + interest. Not a bad lump sum to plough into my future, be that through property, shares or the start up of my own small business. Of course this is money I will have to pay back eventually, but saving it for the future means I will be able to put it towards a much more productive outcome. How am I doing this? Without getting too deep into the figures, I currently work about 20 hours a week, pay a tiny amount of rent and have the use of a car for next to nothing, a sweet set up I know.

2. Budget Each Month and Create a 'Fun Fund'.
I've figured out that having one lump sum of money in one bank account doesn't bode well for savvy spending. So, I've started to spread it out and vowed to strictly budget every month so that I'm completely clear on what I have to spend on what. I will also set up an account to treat as my 'Fun Fund' - somewhere I can put spare cash for anything non-essential like meals out, clubbing, internet shopping(!) etc. This way I can put a figure on these activities too, rather than just letting them chip away at my financial status as a whole.

3. Save £1 a Day. This is so ridiculously simple yet potentially very lucrative. That pound that would have gone on a pack of chewing gum or toward a trashy magazine, I'll put it in a jar and watch my money grow! I've figured out that by keeping this up until the end of my degree I will have gathered around £840 + potential interest, a nice addition to the nest egg with very little effort.

4. Earn Money on My Overdraft.
Free overdraft, moved into a high interest savings account, need I say more? It won't make me my million but every little counts!

5. Look to the Future. Obviously, as a student there's never going to be a great deal of money at my disposal, but in the future there will be. By aiming at and working towards my dream career now and striving to achieve it all costs, what do you suppose the chances are that I'll end up that bit better off than if I left it to the last months of my degree?

"Instead of thinking about where you are, think about where you want to be. It takes twenty years of hard work to become an overnight success."
Diana Rankin

What do you think, have I inspired you to consider your own financial situation? Will you join the Million Dollar Club?







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Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Costume Culture: Nice and Nautical

Sailor chic - let's face it - it's been done, but why don't we do it better? Here are a few fresh looks for a bit of inspiration on that naughty nautical theme night.

Pin Up
For the saucier sailor-ette with a boy in every port.


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Flirty
This look is perfect for costumed cocktails and dancing.


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Cute
More of an everyday outfit, but who says you need an occasion to go themed?


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Alternative
Sailor slick for the hot rock chick.


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More, more, more...

Nautical swimwear? I like this and love this.

Which is your favourite? Or are you over the nautical theme?







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Monday, 26 January 2009

Fashion Idols: The Pros and Cons

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Today I have been lucky enough to grab a guest post spot over at College Fashion. It's all about the great and not-so-great bits of our adored fashion idols, so what are you waiting for? Go check me out with my bad-self!

If you've hopped over from College Fashion then Hello! Lovely to have you, please stick around and explore what's on offer.







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Words to Live By #23

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"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."
Abraham Lincoln







Saturday, 24 January 2009

The Saturday Salute 24.01.09

Image thanks to zzzack.

There's a bit of a money theme going on this week, but what can I say? I love the stuff.

Do you want friends & money? I do. I really do.

Chic Intuition is a whole lot of cute, as if you needed another fashion blog to drool over!

If, like me, you're a total nerd who is already thinking about summer internships, then I defy you not to enjoy this video on How to Get an Internship or find value in this article on Five Things You Must Do to Get Hired in 2009.

Fabulously Broke (my new favourite blog) asks with pouted lips and dough eyes: What's a Recession?

Small Notebook talks about Finding the Motivation to Make a Change and Fun Money.

Also, apparently it only takes 15 Minutes to Riches

...and Budgets Are Sexy (I knew it!)







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Thursday, 22 January 2009

Why Charm = Power

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“It's not true that nice guys finish last. Nice guys are winners before the game even starts.”
Addison Walker

Being nice, or having charm, isn’t a quality you’re born with or without, charm is a decision and its better that way, because then you really mean it. Encarta Dictionary describes charm like this:

Charm (noun)

charm [ charm ] (charms)

1. attractiveness

the power to delight or attract people

There’s that word: power. Charm is your ticket to the top, I’m not kidding. Charm will get you anywhere and everywhere, and things will be a lot more fun once you turn it on.

Charm is Style
A great deal of the time here at Charade I blither on about fashion and personal style, why? Because I think it is inherent to true charm. Although the way we appear on the outside is not everything, it is our artistic representation of ourselves. It is what we show to the world, and if we want the world to really get a glimpse of the glowing personality that we are in possession of, then it’s probably the best place to start. When I say style, I’m not talking Style.com, I’m not talking Vogue covers and I’m certainly not talking trendy. Style is simply an individual’s reflection of what’s goings on within them. A girl who wears her hair in ringlets, with crisp white socks, patent Mary Jane’s and a horseshoe pendant, is telling you a little about herself; she’s offering up a visual illustration of her charm. You feel as though you know her before she begins to speak, she has made her presence felt, and as a result she is empowered.

Charm is Tolerance
Although it is one of the trickiest traits to master, tolerance is pretty much your golden ticket to charm and to power. Learning to truly accept others for what they are, not what you would wish them to be, and learning to grant your own self the same acceptance is charm in a nutshell. Adapting your mind to understand and to accept all the faults and peculiarities of the world is charm in itself. Learn to forgive, because when we hold on to negativity we solely become the victims of ourselves and not of those who have wronged us. Find your way through life by knowing good and doing good and you will find that you will only ever attract good.

Charm is a Smile
A smile is your gift to the world, and the world will return the favour if you keep it up. The most awful situation can be saved with a smile because, no matter how dire things seem, until you let a situation defeat you, there is no failure. A smile empowers you because, more often than not, it is the exact opposite of what people expect. A genuine smile is dignified, it is potent and memorable, and it is a powerful asset for those who chose to adopt it.

Charm is Happiness
If charm is the act of attraction, then happiness is charm’s partner in crime. Happiness is contentment, contentment is confidence, and confidence is what attracts people to you. If you are happy, nothing can stop you. If life throws out a lemon and you keep your positive poise then you have truly championed your own existence. If you do not allow yourself happiness (because we may all grant it to ourselves if we wish) you are the only one who loses out, nobody else. Life is not a game played against others unless you choose it to be. Learning to be happy, regardless of our circumstance, and sharing this happiness is the key to a sweeter, more charming life.

Charm is empowerment.
When people are charmed by us, they agree with us, they allow our truths to become their truths and we have grabbed the most organic part of their attention. This is power over others, but cultivating charm is not simply an act we put on for the outside world. Charm is a way of empowerment over ourselves. If we are elegant, happy, tolerant and wearing a smile, then we are giving ourselves the real gift, because only then are we truly enjoying being ourselves and it is purely a bonus that others will begin to enjoy us also.

Can I get an Amen?! What do you think about charm? Has it been good to you?








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Wednesday, 21 January 2009

'A True Confession of a Life Learned Lesson' India Arie [Video]


Sometimes I shave my legs and sometimes I don't
Sometimes I comb my hair and sometimes I won't
Depend on how the wind blows I might even paint my toes
It really just depends on whatever feels good in my soul

I'm not the average girl from your video
and I ain't built like a supermodel
But, I learned to love myself unconditionally
Because I am a queen
I'm not the average girl from your video
My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes
No matter what I'm wearing I will always be the india arie

When I look in the mirror and the only one there is me
Every freckle on my face is where it's supposed to be
And I know our creator didn't make no mistakes on me
My feet, my thighs, my lips, my eyes; I'm lovin' what I see

I'm not the average girl from your video
and I ain't built like a supermodel
But, I learned to love myself unconditionally
Because I am a queen
I'm not the average girl from your video
My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes
No matter what I'm wearing I will always be the
india arie

Am I less of a lady if I don't wear pantyhose?
My mama said a lady ain't what she wears but, what she knows
But, I've drawn a conclusion, it's all an illusion, confusion's the name of the game
A misconception, a vast deception
Something's gotta change
but,Don't be offended this is all my opinion
ain't nothing that I'm sayin law
This is a true confession of a life learned lesson I was sent here to share with y'all
So get in where you fit in go on and shine
Clear your mind, now's the time
Put your salt on the shelf
Go on and love yourself
'Cuz everything's gonna be all right

I'm not the average girl from your video
and I ain't built like a supermodel
But, I Learned to love myself unconditionally
Because I am a queen
I'm not the average girl from your video
My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes
No matter what I'm wearing I will always be the india arie

Keep your fancy drinks and your expensive minks
I don't need that to have a good time
Keep your expensive car and your caviar
All I need is my guitar
Keep your Kristal and your pistol
I'd rather have a pretty piece of crystal
Don't need your silicone I prefer my own
What God gave me is just fine

I'm not the average girl from your video
and I ain't built like a supermodel
But, I learned to love myself unconditionally
Because I am a queen
I'm not the average girl from your video
My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes
No matter what I'm wearing I will always be india arie

Inspirational stuff! Watch the video here.







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Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Are You Taking Yourself Too Seriously?

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Life is a funny old thing. We wish deeply to have control, delude ourselves that we have it, or beat ourselves up time and again for not having it. We must, ultimately, accept that the world will keep turning with or without us, that life’s up’s and down’s happen, they just happen. But don’t be disheartened, this is great news! It means that suddenly there’s a huge weight off of our shoulders; we don’t have control; we don’t have the answers, well, why not just have a bit of a giggle then? The only negative in this equation is when we take ourselves too seriously.

I over think things, I over think things like a mad woman. Sometimes, this works massively in my favour: I get things planned, I get things done and I gain a deeper understanding of myself and of others. But sometimes, it just really sucks. Sometimes I analyse my existence to the point where I think I’ll just burst with the pressures and expectations I force on myself. Sometimes I can be having the simplest of conversations with another person and be over thinking it to the point where I can blow a basic nicety into WW3. You feel me? I doubt I’m alone. But where does this madness come from? I’m just trying to live a good life, just trying to get somewhere in the world, just trying to make people like me… WOAH. And there’s the big money statement: just trying to make people like me? What a load of bull. The truth is… I’m taking myself too seriously.

There’s something I’ve learned about life, that at the end of the day it doesn’t matter who you know, who knows you or how high you sit in anyone’s estimation but your own. What really matters is how much fun you’re having; it's just that generally people like to chalk being popular up as a lot of fun. The problem is, when we start taking ourselves too seriously, we’re not having any fun at all, honestly. Instead we’re obsessing, we’re drowning in self-preoccupation, we’re losing out on the real joy that exists within ourselves, and that’s a royal mistake-a to make-a.

If you think about it, most of life’s madness, cruelty and unhappiness comes down to the selfishness of individuals, down to people taking themselves too seriously. We judge people for this, yet we nearly all do it. Wouldn’t it be really be fun if we just… hugged each other all the time, without even thinking about it? Or burst into freak bouts of laughter at the simplest of things? Just for once, completely disregarded the everyday censors we place on ourselves? Yes, people will put a lot of this type of behaviour down to ‘childishness’ or ‘immaturity’ like these are the worst things in the world, but couldn’t we all stand to learn a thing or two from our younger selves? Those kids who didn’t have the capacity to rate or to judge or to analyse; those kids who just wanted to have fun; those kids who didn’t have the time to take themselves too seriously.


Image thanks to David

Your Not-So-Serious Action Plan:

Don’t think, just do. Have a fun idea? Play with it! Take it somewhere; you’re the only one who can do it your way.

Worried about the impression people will get of you? Then know now that whatever you do and however you behave, you have absolutely, positively no control over what people think of you. Others will judge you whatever you do, so stop trying so hard and just be the most natural, enjoyable you. People will probably like it, if that helps.

Unsure about where you’ll end up on the old career path with such frivolous behaviour? I can’t tell you, but I can tell you that if you don’t loosen up now then wherever you get to is unlikely to be the most enjoyable, comfortable or deserved position. Whereas, if you strive to love what you’re doing every day and be enduringly honest to yourself, then your career is only ever going to go in a positive direction.

Recognise that life isn’t that complicated, life isn’t that serious.

So, if we’re all being honest here, have you been taking yourself too seriously?








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Monday, 19 January 2009

Words to Live By #22

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"Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies."
Erich Fromm

My apologies for the lack of Salute this week, I've been pretty run down with the January blues the past few days which I'm sure you can empathize with! Things should be back on track this week though as I now have tonnes of writing time on my hands.

Also, a HUGE welcome to the new readers and subscribers that have been boarding the Charade express of recent, it's brilliant to see.




Thursday, 15 January 2009

Student Portraits

Who? Selina of Flying Saucer

Where do you study? University of Manchester

Where are you from? Have you travelled far to study? If yes, what made you choose to do so? If not, why not? I’m from Birmingham, it’s about an hour and a half south on the train so it’s not too bad! I wanted to go to a uni with a town as big as Birmingham, and Manchester seemed like a great rival. I wanted to experience life in another city where I didn’t already know anyone, and so there would be lots of fresh discoveries to be made!

What made you choose the path of higher education?
It felt like nowadays you have to have a degree to get your foot on the career ladder and it seemed a natural progression from a-levels. But I’ve found the life skills you learn are the most worthwhile, and its lots of fun being a student!

What do you love most about the course you study?
I do Management and Marketing of Textiles so I like the way most modules are geared towards the retail industry. I like how, rather than learning something set in stone, everything is very current and adaptable, and there is a wide variety of subjects. I wouldn’t say I loved management, but I love going on the journey to get to where I want to be.

What do you love most about the place where you study? There’s a huge student population, it seems like the city is dedicated to students! There are SO many clubs, it’s unbelievable! There are buses that run throughout the night so you never have to get taxis, and bus passes are very cheap. Also now the libraries are open 24hrs during revision time!

What would you change about your higher education experience?
If I could, I would make all lectures start after 2pm and have little beds so you can have a nap if you had a hard night before! In terms of my course, it would be nicer to have maybe more engaging lecturers who don’t rely on the powerpoint overhead. For the whole experience, I would possibly do more studying haha! Also I would never have got such a huge overdraft. Getting the Natwest railcard is marvy but the overdraft that comes with it is lethal!

What are your main interests outside studying? Do they tie in with your future career?
I love fashion of course! I have my blog and a few other things that are on the back of it, which *crossed fingers* will tie in with a dream future career. I don’t think partying and clubbing will count!

What are your aspirations after University? Again, I’m crossing my fingers to get onto a study abroad scheme in September, but if I don’t get onto that then I’d love to travel around all the ‘street style cities’. I 100% aspire to work in the fashion industry. Many of the girls on my course want to be buyers (in fact everyone I’ve ever spoke to!) but I’d love to work in fashion rather than retail, and something nestled in the web would be fab!

Do you have any favourite student websites or blogs?I have an absolute stack of favourite blogs, most of which are by students or graduates so I’d never have the time to name them all! I do check Student Beans a lot for deals.

What would your three top tips be for a fabulous lifestyle on a student budget?

1. Don’t get an overdraft! Don’t do it!!! It’s very tempting to walk around thinking ‘right, I’m a student, I can’t buy anything!!’ but it makes you want to buy more! Allow yourself money for some treats, we all need them! Don’t forget you do have to stop yourself from buying things once in a while though, not just buy them and then feel guilty.

2. Writing down every single thing you buy each week helps you notice and cut out silly spends like food on the go, when you could make something at home for cheaper. But sometimes it’s turns out to be a false economy when you make things from scratch, such as lasagne. If you see deals in the freezer isle, it’s OK to stock up on the healthier meals! Being vegetarian is cheaper too!

3. Be inventive! Charity shops, vintage shops, dressing up shops, vodka jelly, it’s all good!

Thanks Selina! Remember guys, if you run a cute student blog and fancy a portrait then get in touch: mycharade@hotmail.com








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Wednesday, 14 January 2009

How to Rock a Long Distance Relationship

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Today we have a fabbo guest post from the very talented Sarah Von of Yes and Yes. Please read and enjoy...

Heading to University for first time is great, no? Making heaps of new friends, learning amazing things, getting a bit closer to becoming the person you want to be. But there’s also that cafeteria food. And the room mate. And your partner, hours away. So how’s a girl supposed to make a relationship work, across all that space and distance?

If you’ve ever happened upon my blog, you know I’m a life-long tumbleweed and I’ve had my share of long-distance relationships. May I share the knowledge gathered over the course of an exchange program, a university transfer and graduate school abroad?

Use any means necessary to convince them to visit you.
It can be really intimidating (and incredibly boring) to listen to your partner prattle on about a city you’ve never been to, people you don’t know, and various minutia that means nothing to you. If at all possible, get your love to visit you at your new home, preferably towards the beginning of your stay. Then you can both experience it for the first time together and maybe even meet some of the people who will become major players in your life. This way, when you’re going on about how you and Kaz got Indian takeaway from Tulsi and ate it in front of Te Papa, they won’t just hear the Charlie Brown Wah Wah voice.

Keep in touch. A lot.
With text messaging, skype, online chatting, emails and carrier pigeons you have no excuse for not being in touch on a daily basis. Of course we all get busy, but even a text that says “at the op shop, just saw your favorite t-shirt from eleventh grade” can brighten a person’s day. It’s really important to keep up with the day-to-day bits of each other’s lives – what your crazy prof did, what his annoying colleague is up to, what your friends are doing this weekend – all these little bits add up to our lives. And you want to be involved in each other’s, right?

Establish what this new phase in your relationship means.
Before your relationship goes long-distance, talk with the mister about what this change in your relationship is going to mean. Will you both remain completely monogamous? How do you feel about him spending a lot of time with that hottie co-worker? Is he going to get wound up if you’re going out dancing with your girlfriends at the local meat market? It’s always a good idea to put all your cards on the table in a situation like this. Because it’s a total downer to joyfully report on your night out at Red Square and to be met with stony silence.

(Sidenote: learn from my mistake. Making the mutual decision to see other people while continuing to see each other totally doesn’t work. Not even a little bit.)

Acknowledge that it will be hard at times.
Relationships are hard work, even when you’re both in the same city! And, I find, that long distance relationships are harder. You can’t tickle and goof your way out of an argument when you’re hundreds of miles apart. Sarcasm and teasing don’t always translate well to email and your partner in crime can’t tell exactly how upset you are when your options are all-caps and bold. Talk about the fact that this might be challenging and make a commitment to working through the tough times.

Don’t forget the sexy. And the fun.
With all this heavy talk, it’s easy to get lost in the work of maintaining your relationship. But most of us date people because we enjoy them! And because they bring fun and joy to our lives, right? So don’t let the good stuff fall by the wayside. Long distance love can even present opportunities for fun and games that you wouldn’t otherwise experiment with. Cheeky texts, randy emails and *cough* webcams, have all been known to help more than a few relationships weather the miles. Send funny care packages or post cards to your love. Read the same book or watch the same movie and talk about it.

Long distance love is undoubtedly a challenge, but then, most things worth doing are.

How do you keep things together with your far-off love?

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Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Top 20 Cheap Tips For Your Make-up Bag

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1. Simply use your fingers instead of a sponge to apply liquid foundation. Make-up sponges are a total waste of money, they suck up your foundation so you end up using more and you can often get a more natural look just using your hands.

Make your make-up multipurpose:

2. A gold shimmer eyeshadow can be used to highlight all over the face. Smudge it in the centre of the top and bottom lip lines and add clear gloss; run it along the bony bit just below the eyebrow; dab it down the centre line of the nose or at the top of the cheek bones, though try to stick to only two areas of shine at a time. If it’s a loose shimmer powder you can also mix it in with a little Vaseline for a sparkly gloss.

3. A lip liner can be used in the place of lipstick to colour in the entire lip; this takes up less space in your purse and the colour lasts longer.

4. A warm earthy blusher works great doubled as a subtle eye shadow.

5. Run out of liquid eyeliner? Simply dip the brush into your mascara tube. This is great if you want to your make-up completely waterproof one day and you only own waterproof mascara.



6. Forget expensive make-up removing wipes which can often sting and irritate the face; low cost baby wipes work just as well and are often a lot gentler on the skin.

7.
Use or want to use false lashes? Be economical and get a better effect by snipping the lashes in half and placing only on the outside of the eye, making it easier to do too! Another tip though is not to place them at the very end of the lash line or your falsies are liable to droop, leave a 2mm gap instead.

8. It’s not always necessary to fork out for costly make-up tools when things like a small roll of masking tape can work wonders. Cut a piece an inch or so long and peel it off the skin of the hand once or twice to lose a little of the stickiness. Place at the desired angle on the corners of your eyes and apply perfectly precise liquid eyeliner!

9. Don’t bother trying to save money in certain areas. A cheap foundation shows.

10. Don’t over-do it on the blush, it’s a waste and is just not necessary if you apply it correctly. Before starting, bend your head right down for about 30 seconds, when you come up the area around your cheek that is flushed is the place to apply.

11. Again, there’s a myth that foundation needs to go all over the face. It doesn’t. Only the areas that appear uneven in tone, like blemishes or grey eye bags, need to be tackled; making your make-up look more natural and meaning you use less.

12.
Know your face and learn your make-up needs by investing in a reputable beauty bible, hopefully if studied well you’ll never buy a dud product again, saving loads.

13. While we’re on the subject of dud products, try not to decide on make-up shades beneath the fluorescent lights you find in most chemists and department stores. Grab a blob of the tester and wander outside into natural light with your compact mirror.

14. When dark eye make-up goes wrong (as it always does when you’ve got somewhere to be!) don’t rush to remove it with water or make up remover because, if you’ve already put your base foundation on, you're just going to rub it off. Instead, dip a cotton bud in the base and apply that to remove the offensive smudge.

15. If you’ve invested in a great set of make-up brushes, keep them around longer by washing regularly. We’re talking once a week if you really want them to go the distance. Gently work through a mild shampoo and conditioner, reshape and allow them to dry fully before using again.

16. If you suffer from oily skin, clogged pores and spots, hesitate before buying over-priced medicated foundations. Stick to the one you love and simply add a few drops of witch hazel yourself. It should be available in good chemists and will work the same wonders.

17. Don’t be afraid to blag free samples. Most dedicated cosmetic counters are more than willing to dish them out in the hope of making you a return customer, once you pluck up the courage to ask outright you’ll wonder why you left it this long!

18. Consider shopping online for your cosmetic products to make potentially great savings, if you put in the time snooping on Google, you’ll reap the benefits.

19. A great, if slightly cheeky way to try cosmetics before you buy is to borrow your friends, colleagues, mums, even grandmas fail-safe products. They'll all have something unique to offer.

20. If you buy a product on the advice of a counter assistant and then find it’s not suitable or doesn’t do what was promised at home, it’s often possible to get a refund, whereas if you buy 'off the rack' from a chemist you usually can’t. So take advantage of any free makeover offers you see going in your local department store, hopefully you can rely on the products they encourage you to purchase.

More, more, more…


Go Cheap or Go Lux?: 6 Tips for Cosmetic Dollars & Sense

Making The Most of Your Eye Shape
(Because making the most of what you’ve got is the best cheap tip of them all.)

Home Made Facials: Recipes to Cleanse and Moisturize Your Skin







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Monday, 12 January 2009

Words to Live By #21

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People take different roads seeking fulfilment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost.
H. Jackson Browne







Saturday, 10 January 2009

The Saturday Salute 10.01.09

Well, fancy seeing you here! Here's the hot gossip...

More To Life Than Shoes is a very well laid out site I've not had a great deal of time to explore at depth, but that describes itself as 'inspiring women to achieve their dreams.'

Ok, so hopefully you already new about this and haven't been missing out all this time like MOI, it's The Budget Babe. The regular 'Dress By Number' feature is adorable beyond adorable.

Varsity Blah is an online student newspaper which takes submissions if you want to get involved.

Ever considered digi-scrapbooking? You will now with {we are} Storytellers.

'Everyone has a story to tell! We are here to provide you with high quality digital scrapbooking supplies, inspiration, education and support to help you on your storytelling journey. Whether your project starts with a photo, a word, a feeling, a thought...you will find everything you need at {we are} storytellers. '





'1991' by Makabe and 'Wild Thing' by Laura Watson







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Thursday, 8 January 2009

Fashion First Aid

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Are you parked up in fashion purgatory? Lounging in wardrobe limbo? Has your style gone stale? Then you my friend, need a little fashion first-aid. If putting an outfit together in the morning fills you with dread of unearthly proportions, this quick fix is guaranteed to get things sizzling once again.

So guys, grab a notepad and pen, throw open your wardrobe or drawers and lets get down to the nitty-gritty. Our aim is to conclusively decide on 5 key items that we can purchase to tie everything together. We’re not talking Manolo Blahniks and Chanel handbags, we’re talking cheap and chic basics.

Need a little inspiration? I'm here to help!

What factor stops you wearing certain items? Perhaps its warmth. Grab a cosy, multipurpose cardigan like this one from Forever 21.


What about practicality? Invest in some useful underwear that will help you to adorn those items you’ve been neglecting. Try some 'concealit' nipple stickers, some incognito super support pants or this handy AA bra:


Have you ended up with a heap of jazzy, colourful items that you can’t put together however hard you try? Why not invest in a plain, versatile item like this swing dress from SUPRÉ:

Or have you got the classic ailment of too much black? Get some colour in there by biting the bullet and getting a bright jacket like this little Forever 21 number:


Always wishing you had something in a certain colour to make other items more wearable? Try some bright leggings like these from Wetseal:

Get them!

Are you sick of always wearing trousers? What about a versatile skirt like this one from American Apparel? (It goes high waist or low rise and doubles as a tube top.)

Get it!

Are your shoes failing to inspire you? Letting your outfits down? Think of a basic wear-with-anything style like some Keds trainers or these bargain boots:


Maybe your daily outfits lack a single, unifying feature. Why not go for a striking accessory you’ll wear again and again like a nameplate necklace from Helpless Romantic:


Feel like you’ve got a great selection of clothes that you just can’t conjure into an up to date ensemble? Go for a fashion focal point like a funky waist belt from Asos or stand-out hosiery from Pamela Mann.



Of course, these are just my ideas; the point of fashion first aid is that you need to work out exactly what’s missing from your own wardrobe. If you really take this exercise seriously, pick precisely, exactly the right items and buy them all in one go, the wonders that can be performed on your wardrobe are unbelievable. You really will be stunned at what a dream it becomes to get dressed in the morning.

Be sure to set a budget for yourself; this isn't an invitation to go wild ladies! Keep in mind though that the more you spend now on increasing the wearability (should be a word) of what you already have, the less you'll need to spend on whole new outfits in the coming months, hopefully meaning a saving. Get five items at roughly £15-£20 each and that's a bargain £75-£100 to open up a whole new way of wearing your wardrobe. Good luck!