Working Lady Resources

November 13, 2013 § 2 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, I shared my thoughts on the working lady mindset. The bottom line was: there are a lot of things out of our control when it comes to our working lives. But the main things we can control are our attitudes towards others and ourselves, our beliefs about others and ourselves, and our beliefs about what God has to say about our work.Make Ourselves Strong

While I have certainly not done a marvelous job about controlling my attitude and beliefs every day since writing that post, I do believe that mentality is starting to creep in more often and ruffling my feathers during my pity parties. A little voice in my head keeps whispering, “Remember the Gospel applies to your work. Breathe.” So I’m going to keep trying to listen to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to comfort me in these times of weakness.

But in the meantime, I have some resources {!!!} that I think might help you learn to move from a stress-oriented mindset to a calm one, some that might create a working environment that helps stimulate creativity and positivity at work, and some that might just help you start discovering what your life story is going to be about while you continue working hard. As you read through them, keep in mind this might be a good formula for a baby-step-oriented thought process of moving from where you are to where you want to be down the road.

REMAIN CALM: Where you are right now is not only a reality, but it’s a gift. Therefore, try to release stressful thoughts to the Lord and work on being thankful for where you’re at. Give yourself grace to not feel over-the-moon all the time and you might find that the lack of pressure to love it every second might be a welcome relief.

 

STIMULATE CREATIVITY AND POSITIVITY: After you’ve slowed down and let yourself breathe a little, do your best to create a work environment that is positive and gets your creative juices flowing. These dress-your-tech designs have been such a fun addition to my cell and computer. As soon as I open it up, instead of seeing a boring company logo, I’ve got these encouraging phrases and beautiful designs welcoming me into the working day. And the Anthro desk accessories and notebooks are a lovely way to spruce up any desk.

 

THINK ABOUT YOUR LIFE STORY: Finally, after you’ve learned to be thankful for where you’re at and done your best to improve your work environment, start thinking about what you want your life story to be about. The resources below are a mixture of encouragement, how to, and future options. I am starting Storyline with some dear friends on Friday, so I’ll keep you posted on how effective it is.

 

Overall, I hope these tools will be helpful in contributing to a healthy mindset and potential launch into determining what your life story and purpose are going to be about.

Let me know if there are specific resources you’re interested in and I can do some research – I love learning as much as I can about creating positive work environments!

 

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Makeup Monday: Lily Collins Smokey Eyes

November 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

Lilly Collins*source*

My favorite look lately is this Lily Collins smokey eye. I’ve seen this look creeping back into popularity lately, after a season praising a more fresh-faced look. While I’m all for the natural approach {and often wear it myself}, every now and then, we just need to glam it up! Especially during the holidays.

As you’ll see here and hear repeatedly in the makeup world, when going for a smokey eye, be sure to pair it with a neutral lip and cheeks. For some, that may mean a nude lip. But I prefer more of the natural tone of your lip, as seen above with Lily’s barely coral pout. Check out Yves Saint Laurent’s Volupte Sheer Candy in Dewy Papaya or Marc Jacobs’ Lovemarc in Dizzy Spell in to achieve the same look.

As a blue-eyed blonde, I will probably modify this look by using more of a greyish-purple-toned shadow, as opposed to the full-on black. This will reduce the harsh effect and go for a softer smoke. I’ve seen Ashley Olsen pull off a bronzey-black smokey eye on green eyes and it looks stunning as well. All of these colors can be found and played around with using the Naked palette, if you’re looking for a good place to start.

I highly recommend taking advantage of this trend coming back in style and making it all your own!

DIY: Felt Garland

November 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

Felt Garland DIY

Cheap and easy DIYs are hard to come by. But one day I was itching for a craft and was determined not to pay a penny for it. Instead, I knew I could make something out of all the leftover craft supplies I had lying around.

And surprisingly, the craft I came up with turned out to be one of my favorites ever.

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  • Felt
  • Stencil
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie
  • Needle and Thread (not pictured)

I had this stencil from a silly project I did back in the day. It was the most precious little bird though. So I thought he might be cute in felt form.

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And turns out, he was!!

But you could choose any stencil you like – stars, polka dots, letters – anything.

All you have to do is trace the stencil over the felt several times to get the most bang for your buck. Then cut it out – you’ll want really good scissors for this. Preferably ones made for cutting fabric.

Then, just thread a needle and go in through the front-facing side of the tail and out through where an eye would be on the head of the bird. That way the thread would be facing out the back, instead of visible on the front side. You might even find it helps to put a little tape on the back where the thread meets the felt to hold them in place and keep them from sliding.

About six worked best for my mantel. But you could do less and hang them across small windows at the top, or even across an entire wall.

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I hope you enjoy it!

 

 

 

Makeup Monday: Coach Poppy

November 5, 2013 § Leave a comment

Y’all. I don’t really consider myself a perfume kind of girl. I have had a total of three perfumes in my possession over the last 10 years, and I really only use two of them. The other one is just sitting on my bathroom counter, collecting dust.

But I have found something that makes me change my whole thought on the matter. I might just be a perfume girl.

While wandering the aisles of Sephora over the weekend {this is starting to become an expensive habit}, I came across the rollerball display. Curious, I started investigating, assuming they all would smell “nice” to me, but that I wouldn’t really find anything I liked {read: I thought this was a safe display to hover on because I thought I wouldn’t be tempted to buy anything}. But my plan went awry and I stumbled upon a perfume that had me at hello.

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Coach Poppy. The fragrance was so lovely that I literally kept trying to smell other samples, but would come back to this one every other time just to smell it again. You would have thought I had tried heroin for the first time… I was addicted that fast. And after that, there was no hope. I would not be leaving Sephora without this amazing gem.

Thankfully for me, this new rollerball phenomenon has made it much more affordable to try a smaller dosage of a perfume to make sure you really love it before investing in the full size. So this little beauty made its way home with me.

Coach Poppy

The fragrance profile overall is friendly and sweet. It’s very clean and uncomplicated. But all the while, maintains a maturity that most other flowery perfumes don’t get right. It’s something I feel like Marion Cotillard or even Kate Middleton might wear by day. A confident, elegant friendliness. Is that even a thing? I don’t know, but Poppy just made it one. Really, really lovely.

I recently read an Allure article that said the newest trend in perfume is to layer fragrances to make your own unique scent. The idea of being able to actually customize a fragrance that relatively no one else has is fascinating to me. Scent is an intense memory trigger, so to be able to layer a fragrance or two to create an olfactory experience that communicates who you are to those around you just seems like a wonderful new way to express yourself. I love Poppy so much as it is, but I love the idea of being able to pair it with something else when I am ready for a change in the future.

What are your favorite perfumes? Is there one you feel like reflects your personality best?

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