Archive for May, 2010

Business Casual Dress

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
What exactly does office casual mean? I think people have become a little lazy and gone to the extreme. Office casual doesn’t mean thrashed jeans, tennis shoes, t-shirts or flip flops. Showing too much thigh or cleavage doesn’t make a good impression either. Maybe think twice about 5 inch heals.

Nothing beats a beautifully tailored suit. In the workplace this can really exude power. You can tone this down some if you want with tailored pants and nice jacket. Showing your bra straps or panties is definitely a no-no. Think about how productive you are when you are dressed professionally compared to when you are dressed more casually. When people are dressed casual they are more relaxed and probably not at the top of their game. Just because its casual Friday and everyone else is doing it doesn’t mean you have to. Keep your standards high and stay professional.

My husband always comments about how people dressed in the past. Look at in the 50’s and 60’s people would dress up to fly on an airplane and to go to church. Now where is our society going? Airplanes, church and Broadway are perfectly fine locations to be casual. I personally enjoy being in the company of well dressed people. If you don’t respect yourself by taking care of your image who else will give you the respect you deserve? I think we should have dress up Fridays!

Why does the camera add 10 pounds?

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
More than once recently I’ve primped and dressed. Added the best accessories and shoes and before walking out the door did a quick check in the mirror. I looked fabulous and felt thin. Thin for me anyway. Days later a friend emails me pictures of the night and I wonder who the heck is that in the picture. It wasn’t the body I left my home in. How is it I left looking fabulous but by the time I reached my destination I became a fat cow with 3 chins?

So I decided to do some checking on line and discovered that it wasn’t me at all. It was the photographer. My friends are not good photographers and they don’t know how to use lighting to give the best effect. To be fair I probably don’t take the best pictures of them either.

Lighting is very important in taking pictures. Light can cast shadows to contour and make curves that flatter and hide unwanted areas or it can accentuate them. It can also smooth out lines and wrinkles on the face or it can make a face look like a street map.

So the next time you see an unflattering picture of yourself just know you look fabulous and it must be the bad lighting or photographer.

How do you clean your brush set?

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

You should wash your brushes once a week to them clean and bacteria free. The easiest way is to use a mild soap or shampoo. I usually use a coffee cup. Put some warm water with the soap and swirl each brush in the cup. Then take a clean cup with warm water and again swirl the brushes around and repeat this process until the water is completely clear. Gently squeeze excess water out and lay on edge of the counter with brushes hanging off the edge so that one side of your brushes doesn’t end up flat.

How Frequently Should You Change Your Mascara?

Sunday, May 9th, 2010
Every 2-3 months. You should never use your mascara until its gone. For several reasons. Every time you use your mascara it allows air in and dries it out. More of a concern than just flaky mascara is infection. While using mascara you expose it to bacteria which can then grow. If you poke yourself in the eye this can cause serious problems. When I was about 5 my mom accidentally poked herself in the eye with her mascara and unfortunately infected it and had to wear a patch on her eye while it healed. I’m sure no one wants to experience that. To be on the safe side I change my mascara every month. I also love fresh mascara. When you can get amazing mascara like Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara for only $15 why not change it often.