Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The weather is cooling by the day, and it's no doubt got me thinking about the perfect coat for this winter. While my emails are pouring in with chic, trendy coats, I need something super affordable but sure to keep me warm too! I also can't just wear one coat through the whole winter, It's just not who I am. I need a variety, after all, any fashionista knows there is never one coat that goes with all of your outfits!
What? What about black, right? Well not exactly. Sure black goes with lots of other colors. Actually because it's a neutral, it really goes with any other color on the planet. Yes, even navy and brown. Contrary to the myth in fashion that these colors do not go together at all, they actually do. You can find lots of great examples out there on some of your favorite celebrities.
Although color is usually easy to match to anything (if you stay in the neutrals) length and style is not. Ah hah! Yep, you need different styles to go with different outfits. For example, some of you may not know that when wearing a dress or skirt, your coat needs to actually be longer (unless you're wearing a maxi dress or ball gown, where you can wear a shorter coat that cuts you off at the hips).
Also, while sometimes you can mix up the casual and formal and it will look great, like a denim jacket with a chic dress for a night out, sometimes and depending on the occasion, you need to match your coat or jacket to your outfit. For example, the trench coat while classic and great with nearly everything including jeans and a dress, will not look so great with on-trend pajama pants, or harem pants. For this style, go with a cute blazer instead.
Well now you can certainly see how you need a few different styles of outerwear for any fall/winter wardrobe. While there might be a few of us who can splurge on lots of styles at whatever price, most of us are on a budget, especially with the holidays coming soon, and holiday shopping in our near future!
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I've personally got my eye on the cute white puffer coat with faux fur trim for a more casual look, the yellow coat with faux fur for a more dressed up look, and a beautiful blue trench to go with most of my fall/winter clothing!
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Posted by Cindy Batchelor at 9:39 AM
As far as holidays go, Christmas is typically the most stressful and busiest time of the year. Whilst most of us definitely look forward to celebrations, relax and family time, the pressure of the expenses combined with the hassle of last minute shopping always takes its toll. After a week or two into December, it’s not uncommon for people to turn into the Christmas Grinch tearing your hair out because you can’t stand the thought of Christmas shopping anymore! We’ve all been there.
With the silly season just around the corner, there are no doubt a small handful of people that are truly prepared. They started their Christmas shopping in early January and they won’t be going anywhere near the shops come December. For the rest of us last minute crew, we’ll be tackling the queues in only two months’ time. The good news is though – there’s still some time to get organised! When it comes to Christmas shopping – it’s never too early!
1. Santa Savings
It’s easier said than done though. Every year we promise ourselves we will be more organised. Until you actually start seeing the benefits early Christmas shopping has firsthand however, it can be a hard to motivate yourself to get it done earlier.
One of the biggest advantages early Christmas shopping has is the savings – and there’s not one of us out there that likes a good deal! Major retail shops are clued on, and it’s not uncommon for prices to be jacked up come holiday season. By doing your Christmas present shopping throughout the year, you can contribute more of your money to the entertaining and holiday side of things come December.
2. Organised Elves
With savings and early present preparation comes a good deal of organisation skills. Even if being (or staying) organised is not your forte, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to apply it to your Christmas shopping skills. By being organised, you give yourself enough time to find the right present for that special person.
Christmas organisation eliminates the stress that comes with the silly season to leave more time enjoying the holiday month. When combating stress, time is your greatest friend and it’s been proven that stressed out shoppers spend more money.
If you’ve already discovered the ease of online shopping, then you’ll understand the benefits it involves. If you’re new to it – check out everything you need to know here. Trying to find the perfect gift days before Christmas normally leads to you buying something way out of budget, but if you want to eliminate expenses and the hassle of the queues then Christmas shopping online is simply bliss. The downfall? You have to be organised to do it! Whether it’s for food and drinks to help with the entertaining side of things, or present shopping for everyone - you can order and pay for your Christmas in advance.
3. The Ideas Man
Finding the right gift for people can be hard – regardless of your budget. The greatest advantage of being organised for Christmas sooner rather than later is it gives you the opportunity to come up with more than one idea for a gift. Most times when you leave present shopping until the last minute, you’re not just stuck with overspending but something you weren’t that keen on buying in the first place.
Give yourself a chance to shop around for the right gift and allocate a spending limit to each person. If you’re really stuck on ideas, allow the time to wander through shops and find something that could suit. Then, jump online and see if the same product can be found cheaper. If nothing springs to mind, Christmas hampers can make the perfect gift with a mix of food, drinks or creative hobby ideas.
4. Prancer Pay Ahead
For many people, putting Christmas presents on layby can be an absolute lifesaver – especially for the bigger gifts. An exceptionally good one for families, allowing time to incorporate laybys into your Christmas shopping can help to take the stress off.
Regardless of whether you start your Christmas shopping in January or now, your first step should be to allocate a budget for each person. Once you have a total figure in mind, work in putting a small amount of your pay aside each time into a separate Christmas account. During the months in the lead-up to Christmas, you can keep your eyes open for a gift for everyone on your list. Once you’ve found something – dig into your savings or put the item on layby to pay off in time. Don’t turn into someone who hates Christmas shopping, start organising today and earn that much needed and valuable relax time later.
Corina Mentink is Director of Boxt.com.au, a leading online provider of Hampers, Balloons and Gift delivery in Australia. Connect with Corina on LinkedIn.
Posted by Cindy Batchelor at 8:29 AM
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
I love a good book that makes me laugh, especially when it can make me laugh over and over. These books can be rare, but when I come across one that really gets me rolling on the floor laughing, you can bet I'll be picking it up time and time again, as well as picking up a copy for all my friends!
I recently came across the lighthearted, gut busting "Coffee Dates from Hell" by Jim Tilberry, and I was instantly in love.
I knew I would love this book thanks to the catchy title, and who can't relate to a few bad dates? I know they say you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but on this book, I totally did. I knew it would be a good read, and it certainly did not disappoint!
As you can imagine from the title of this book, you are probably going to hear some pretty outrageous dating stories. I loved flipping through the short stories and reading some of the hilarious antics of these daters. Some of the truly "insane" people in some of these dating stores were all to familiar, like the 40 year old guy who lives with his parents, and the know-it-all who won't even let you get a word in, because he's too busy telling you how important he is.
While some stories will have you remembering some of those god-awful dates from your past, some are just plain outrageous and will have you roaring with laughter! Take a date with the Big Man himself, JC. (I know it sounds like this could be a story that will have you totally hating the author if you have any kind of religious or spiritual notions about you, but the date is innocent, and had me roaring with laughter, especially the last few paragraphs.)
I love that the author brings in celebrities from history and gives you a sneak peek into what a date with them might have been like. For example, the date with Harry Houdini. I laughed so hard thinking of possibly how annoying dating a magician could really be if he couldn't step away from it for two seconds on a date to really get to know the person sitting in front of him.
Along with great Coffee Dates from Hell Stories, this fabulous read also contains some hilarious senior citizen dating diaries, which thanks to the short date with the lady who certainly has a bad case of dementia going on, has me hoping I won't be single in my 60s or beyond.
The author also brings in some very sad, but true and super ridiculously funny huge failure attempts and creating a successful coffee shop business. Let's just say from what I read, it's probably best to not bring any animals into your coffee shop business any time soon. I thought pigs, chickens, and monkeys would be so cool to hang out with while drinking your coffee. And I absolutely loved the idea of drinking my coffee with animals, that is until it becomes not so fun, and while you're sitting their enjoying your hot cup of java, you end up getting poo thrown at your head by one of the disgruntled monkeys. True Story! And Yes, that really happened here in the US, and not that long ago! Bet that's got you interested in picking up this book to find out the rest now, doesn't it?!
The author also offers great sane, sound, and totally funny advice for things not to do on a first coffee date, how to get out of a horrible date, and ten things you probably shouldn't wear on your coffee date either.
I absolutely loved reading this book and loved that it gave me such a good laugh. The stories are short so this is a great book to pick up and read through when you need a quick pick-me-up after a long day at work. I particularly love good coffee table books your guests can pick up and thumb through. This is the perfect book for that. The short stories are easy and quick to read through and will have them laughing in no time. If like me, you have a husband who likes to take his time in the bathroom, this is a great book to store in there for some quick, totally laugh-worthy reading too!
Anyone who has ever been on a bad date or two (and who hasn't!) can totally identify with this book. It made me laugh hysterically, remembering some of my own horrible dates (which were not so hilarious at the time but are totally laugh-worthy now) as well as has me hoping that I will not be single and dating any time soon!
If you would like to pick up this wonderful laugh out loud read for yourself, you can shop "Coffee Dates From Hell" by Jim Tilberry, on Amazon for only $9.95 for paperback, or only $3.99 for the ebook! With the holidays coming up, this is a great book for anyone on your list who has dated in the last ten years, or really just anyone who can just appreciate a good laugh.
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Posted by Cindy Batchelor at 9:51 AM
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Monday, October 20, 2014
Living in a naturally dry climate doesn't help my already dry skin. I have always had super dry skin ever since I can remember, as well as dry hair, dry lips, you name it. I constantly apply lotion and lip balm, but where I struggle the most is with my hair. I've tried lots of moisturizing hair products too but a lot of them just don't quite cut the bill. Sometimes I will luck out and find a product that leaves my locks looking healthier and shinier, but forget about the scalp! I have struggled for years to find a product that would moisturize my scalp as well and get rid of the itching and flaking for good!
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Posted by Cindy Batchelor at 11:46 AM
It's nearly Halloween, which means Christmas is right around the corner! I like to get an early head start on my holiday shopping, and being a fashionista, you can bet I'm already shopping for some great party holiday outfits, warm-weather clothing, and some chic sparkly accessories!
Tidebuy has an amazing Christmas Sale going on now! You can find great deals right now on that perfect holiday party dress, warm fabulous coat, and well as lots of cute cozy sweaters, warm boots, and sexy christmas inspired intimates. You can even find lots of fun holiday bedding sets from Tidebuy too for both adults and children!
I'm personally on the lookout for a great christmas party dress. No holiday party is complete without a fun, chic, yet holiday-inspired look. I love dresses that sparkle this time of year, but I'm also loving a simple red dress dazzled up with a glamourous clutch and heels from Tidebuy. You can get a complete head to toe holiday look from Tidebuy, including the coat!
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Posted by Cindy Batchelor at 10:33 AM