Women In The Office; Fashion Tips To Make An Impact

You already know how to get the vintage fashion look. It’s time to bring yourself into this century. We all know how high-pressure office life can be, eeesh, BUSY! Getting the right look for work can make or break your reputation. You want to ensure that you’re wearing an outfit that makes the most impact. Whether you’re aiming for the look of a high flying sassy business woman or shy and prim receptionist, this guide to office fashion is hopefully gonna help you a heap load!

KEEP IT SMART – So, remember you’re at work. The smarter you look, the more seriously people are going to take you. It can be hard to be stylish and smart at the same time, but that’s the look you need to achieve, and you can totally do it. Having some staple blazers to return to is essential, I LOVE blazers. The decision between pencil skirts and trousers is also important. Your choice will show your colleagues a lot about the type of gal you are! 

THE RIGHT SHOES – Equally important are the shoes you wear. It can be difficult to decide between high heels and flats, but it’s a decision you will have to make from the off. If you want people to take you seriously, heels are likely to get you heard. You will tower over your colleagues. Exaggerating your presence can only be a good thing if you’re aiming for the top. If you’re after the retiring receptionist role, flats are the better option, aaand, lets not forget, they’re a lot more comfortable!

THE RIGHT ACCESSORIES – It’s not just the outfit you’re going to need to consider. Accessories are crucial too. Getting the right bag is just a must. You’re going to want bags that can go with most outfits, so brown and colours are always good. It’s also pretty good to own a staple black and a standard white bag. That way, you know you’ll always have something that matches. Think about your jewellery as well. Black Starr Frost watches are sure to get you taken seriously, they shriek of a strong together woman. It might also be worth investing in some staple necklaces. That little bit of glamour will come in handy when you’re feeling uninspired by your office wear. Just because you’re dressing smart, doesn’t mean your outfit has to be boring; heck no!

HAIRSTYLE – Finally, consider your hairstyle. Wearing your hair down is great sometimes, but it’s best to mix things up a little, and it’s more fun for you that way too. A tight donut is often a good choice for the office. It’s a smart, classic, fast style that is sure to stay in without any fuss and leave you looking professional. Off the face, hairstyles are an excellent choice. They reveal your face and help build trust with clients. If your eyes are hiding behind a fringe, they’re going to be a lot less likely to put their money in your hands. Stay conscious that you’re not going to have hours to fix your hair each morning, either. You don’t want to wake up at the crack of dawn every day to try and tackle hair pins. Choose a few staples and practice them before hand. Girl, you gonna look DA BUSINESS! 

Over-The-Counter Medication You Wanna Know About

Health and wellbeing, it’s probably the most important part of life, right? Do you know about all the different medication that is available to you without a prescription from your doctor? It’s kinda important that you do, for a number of reasons. Maybe you are looking to fill up your medicine cupboard and first aid kit with the necessary tablets and pills? Maybe you’re looking for a cure to a persistent health condition? Before you book to see the doctor, you should visit your local pharmacy instead. There is a lot of medicine available for you to try first. Then you can book an appointment with your doctor if the over the counter medication doesn’t seem to do the trick.

So next time you are looking for a certain medication or just need to top up your medicine cabinet, head down to your nearest pharmacy, the pharmacist will be very happy to talk to you about the following common medicines.

Painkillers – There are a number of different painkillers on offer from the good ole’ NHS. However, some of the strongest ones can only be given to patients with a prescription from their doctor. But there are still plenty available if you just need a quick remedy for a headache, period, or back pain. Paracetamol is one of the most common over the counter painkillers, it can help relieve a variety of pains as well as cold and flu symptoms which we all dread at this time of year. The majority of people can safely take this medication without worrying about side effects. Another common over the counter painkiller is ibuprofen. This medication has the added bonus of being an anti-inflammatory. So is often used for sports injuries and other forms of inflammation.

Cough Medicine – As with painkillers, there is also a good choice of over the counter cough medicine. One thing to remember, though, is that most cough medication from the pharmacy won’t be suitable for children under two years old. If you do have a young child who is suffering from a cough, you will need to take him or her to the doctor straight away. However, if you’re the one who is suffering, there’s plenty of solutions in your local drug store. When you’re looking in your pharmacy, you’ll see an excellent choice of cough medication. There will be syrups aimed at combating different types of cough. So whether you have a tickly cough or are *eeeew* coughing up mucus, you’ll certainly find a remedy!

Diarrhoea – Diarrhoea isn’t very pleasant at all is it, bleugh. But the good news is that it should clear up naturally after a few days if it is due to an upset tummy. However, you may still want to do something to try and curb the symptoms. And, there is a great solution waiting for you down at the pharmacy. You can buy Imodium over the counter at all drug stores. You may even find this common diarrhoea remedy in your supermarket! The drug works by bunging you up, so you won’t have to go to the toilet quite so much, handy if you’re at work or play while your stomach is unsettled!

Contraceptive – There are also some contraception solutions that are available over the counter. One of these is the morning after pill. This comes in useful if you ever go too far on a date and end up having unprotected sex, not advisable obvs, but we all gotta know that accidents can happen. There is one difference to purchasing the morning after pill to other over the counter tablets, though. Firstly, you will have to speak directly to a pharmacist before you can buy it. And you will have to take it in front of the pharmacist. If you do need the morning after pill, it is important that you get it within twenty-four hours of having unprotected sex. This is because its effectiveness is reduced after this time. You can also buy certain contraceptive pills from the pharmacy. For instance, you can purchase cerazette from a registered online pharmacy to keep you safe from any mistakes…although OBVIOUSLY being safe from STD’s is always a priority too!

Sleep Remedies – I  love my sleep, and if I don’t get enough then I’m a wreck. There are lots of sleep remedies in pharmacies as well. Some can help you drop off while others claim to improve the quality of your sleep. Does your boyfriend keep you awake all night with his snoring? Then you will be happy to hear that there are things you can buy to put an end to all the snoring! But most over the counter sleep remedies help to calm you down to make it easier to fall asleep. You can find this type of medication in the form of tablets or syrups. You will also be able to buy some sleep remedies that are based on aromatherapy which I was prefer. These usually come in the form of essential oils. All you will need to do is to put a couple of drops on your pillow before you go to bed. The calming scents will help your mind switch off, I like to take some A Vogel’s Dormeasan, which has hops and that reeeeally helps me sleep well. 

Allergy Medications – Do you suffer from hay fever or other mild allergies? Annoying huh? You don’t need to go to your doctor straight away if you think you are suffering from such an allergy. You can simply pop into your pharmacy and have a chat with your pharmacist about your options. Unfortunately, the pharmacist won’t be able to prescribe you an epipen though, if your allergy is more than a mild one, you should visit your doctor. But for a mild allergy, seeing your pharmacist is enough. They will give you some antihistamine tablets which will help to keep all your symptoms at bay. Yay.

Upset Stomach – Are you being plagued by a stomach ache? There is no reason why you should suffer; you will find plenty of medication in your local drug store. You will find plenty of medication that can help find digestive problems. For example, you can buy peppermint oil which can massively help to relieve the symptoms of IBS. If you ever overindulge at dinner, you can always nip out to your pharmacy and invest in some Gaviscon or Rennies too! 

So, y’see, there is plenty that you can pick up at your pharmacist. And all without going to the trouble of getting a prescription from your doctor! Take care of YOU! 

Get Married Like A Movie Star – Injecting Some Hollywood Glamour Into Your Wedding Day

Weddings are such joyous occasions. They are also one of the rare chances we have in this life to go all out and really bask in some old world glamour. Whether you go for a few Hollywood touches or completely live that Movie star fantasy all day, it’s always good to get glamorous!

Red Lipstick – So one of the most glamorous thing you can do in to make yourself into a gorgeous Hollywood starlet from the 50’s for the day. It is all about the makeup, which is so classic it goes with a lot of different style dresses, as well as just the 40’s and 50’s ones. The most important feature of the look is a gorgeous red lipstick. This looks so timeless against the white or cream, of your dress. But to rock a red lippy, you also have to get the rest of the face right. First, you will need to make sure that your teeth are pearly white and in the best condition. You will also need a good full coverage foundation, which you have left to set on your face. This will stop it smudging off on your dress. Then you need perfect dark shaded eyebrows and a strong mascara, along with that gorgeous cat’s eye flick of eyeliner. Use a matte lipstick shade for that will last all day even after kissing your groom.

Dress – If you are looking for some serious old Hollywood glamour, then go for a satin bias cut 30’s style gown. These are usually well fitted and often have a low back.  This is the quintessential movie star outfit to slink down the aisle in. Gooorgeous! If you prefer to wear something with just a nod to star glamour, then pick something that makes you feel like a beautiful bride. Lace or satin work well, as do 60’s style chiffon gowns. Remember it’s your time to utterly shine!

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Make an entrance – Don’t forget that movie stars like to make an entrance. We are talking Limos and red carpets here. Organize your car well in advance by contacting a company that offers Limousine Hire. Ask your reception venue to provide a red carpet that you and your guest get to walk on. Just make sure they know not to put it out if it is raining!

Decorations – One you have made your entrance, then you can make your way into the main reception space. If you want your guests to get to feel like movies start as well, you can theme the decorations in a Hollywood style. Maybe consider naming the tables after famous film star couples like Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, or Kirk Russell and Goldie Horn? Just maybe don’t use Brad and Angelina though! You could have an Oscars-themed wedding cake? How about life size cardboard cutouts of your favorite film stars from history like Garland and Monroe? Or, what about having a projector screen with your favorite movies playing in the background during the meal? Whichever way you choose to inject Hollywood glamour into your day, you gotta know that it’ll be you who feels like the true star…and so you should!

You Say You Wanna Dive Into The Sixties?

It’s a biggie. The V&A’s current main exhibition; ‘You Say You Want A Revolution?’ is epic, I mean, it really is huuuuge! My Mama and I spent last Sunday in sunny Kensington and took in all the sights and sounds of this ace exhibition; a good day indeed. The V&A is always utter perfection when it comes to these giant offerings, the scale was that of the McQueen and the Hollywood *still my all time favourite exhibition* ones, you need a good couple of hours to get round it and get it all up in your face and ears, it’s worth it, it’s always worth it with that place. This show covers so much, you don’t know where to look first, and you’re handed headphones on your way in so there’s constant audio too. The numerous rooms cover the latter part of the sixties, conveying the importance and effects of this massively important era, and they present it through fashion, film, music and political activism from the time. Behold the beauty of the vintage clothes that make up part of the show, perfectly selected to give just the right amount of mixed media. I mean, this exhibition can please most people, any age. The ones who lived through it will be queuing up for a hit of sweet nostalgia, vintage fans, music lovers, people keen to learn about the history, this show has a serious pull to many. It covers loads, there’s even a piece of the actual Moon from NASA in reference to Apollo 11 off of 1969. the actual MOON! I was staring at that for a while let me tell ya! It has outfits from The Beatles ‘Sgt. Pepper’ album cover, a Barbarella outfit, a jumpsuit worn by Mick Jagger and actual handwritten song lyrics from John Lennon and the like. Oooof! It’s really very cool. One room is set up as Woodstock, with fake grass and a big stage streaming footage of the event, full marks to whoever curated that neat little idea! It’s a grand show, a really thorough exhibition, lots to read, look at, listen to and watch. It was almost too much, but I guess it means a second visit is a good idea if you wanna soak it all up real good! I’d say go, do it, go dive into the 60’s for a few hours and become absorbed. Be careful with those headphones though, I took mine off at points just to focus on the visual as it’s all quite in your face. My Mum didn’t though, and her, along with some others, sporadically shouted conversation forgetting they had headphones on; ‘Your Dad wore that aftershave‘ pointing at a Brut ad. Yes, Mum, he did, but the whole of the V&A doesn’t need to hear about it. A good exhibition indeed.  

You Say You Want A Revolution? is on now at The V&A until 26th February 2017

Best Friends Forever? A Pampering Party Forges The Bonds

One of the best, most simple pleasures in life is to have a group of friends that you’re in sync with. You don’t have to be clones of one another. Preferably you won’t be. It may be best if you think of the Spice Girls. I know they mostly ended up hating one another, but you all have your role. Nothing as binary as “I’m the funny one, she’s the sarcastic one, you’re the sweet one”, but they define themselves.

Friendship groups like this work because you can hang out as pairs. Everyone might have their OTP, but you can call any one of them and know you can talk. And you can talk to different friends about different things. Relationship problems? That’s Sandra. Workplace issues? That’s Rita. Forgotten the capital of Finland? Ask Pamela. (Yes, I’ve taken the names of the imaginary group of friends from Mambo No. 5. And it’s Helsinki.)

With friends like this, you can call and hang out pretty much any time. But it’s also vital, for the sake of team spirit, to have a planned meetup every once in a while. You set the world to rights and plan other things – girly holidays, nights out, even weddings. And one of the best ways to spend a day with friends is an at-home pampering stint.

The Venue

Well, it’s at one of your houses, obviously. It’s up to you to decide whose. Maybe one of you has a bigger house. Maybe one of you is located more conveniently for travel purposes. Maybe one of you has family who are in and out all the time. Avoid that one, this is a team event. Maybe you just do it on a rotation basis. There’s not a specific set of rules here, you can’t codify friendship. That much.

The Essentials

You wouldn’t play tennis without racquets, you wouldn’t go skiing without alarming dayglo bodysacks. And you don’t have a pampering day without the essentials. You need food – takeaway and sweet treats are essential here, pampering has no place for cooking. Something to drink is vital – whatever each of you is into, make sure there’s a supply. And pampering isn’t right without big bathrobes – Richard Haworth hotel linens are among the best options.

The Time

Any decent gathering of friends has within it the potential to take on a life of its own. It can go on for some time, including into the early hours. So it’s best to plan it for public holidays or times when you’ve all got freedom from work. But we all have busy lives, so it is important to take time where you can find it. It’s not always easy, but it is so worthwhile.

Whenever you have a friendship group like this, you know there will be trials and tribulations. There may be fallings out, there may be shouting rows. And as you get older, your interests may go in different directions. But as long as there is that thread of friendship, you can be a team for decades. You just have to make sure you nurture the connections. Time with good friends is so very, very precious.