Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Become a Girl Boss With Your Own Jewelry Business

So, you want to start your own jewelry business? So many women out there are deciding to become entrepreneurs, rather than earn money for somebody else. How can you do the same? If you’re passionate about jewelry, read on to find out how you can become a girl boss with your own jewelry business:

Come Up With Your Business Name
Your business name is crucial, as people will be speaking it for years to come if you’re successful. A catchy business name that describes you perfectly is important. You also need to check that it’s available as a domain name for your own website before you set your heart on something. Make sure you don’t limit your business with the name. If you call it ‘Sarah’s Rings’ and then start selling necklaces and bracelets too, people might not realize and not go to you for their necklace/bracelet needs.

Make It Yourself Or Buy From A Wholesalers?
When you want to start your own jewelry business, you need to decide whether you’ll make it yourself or buy from a wholesalers. If you have skills in jewelry making, it only makes sense to make and sell your own creations. If you don’t but you think this could be a lucrative business opportunity for you, then you could buy pieces from a wholesalers. Looking at things like ELF925 sterling silver 925 rings should give you an idea of what’s out there. Make sure you know what you want your brand to represent and have an idea of what’s trendy before you buy!

Choose Your Platform/Platforms
Now you need to choose your platform, or the platforms you’re going to use to sell your creations. You have so many options here. You could use eBay, Etsy, Facebook, and even create your own website. You could also sell to other sites at a cheaper price, striking up a wholesale deal, if making the creations yourself. Make sure you know how to effectively use each platform.

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Market Your Business
Marketing your business is key to success! You can have the best products in the world, but if you’re not marketing them right, people aren’t going to find you. You definitely won’t experience the level of success that you could be having. You can market your business using social media, doing things like blogging and vlogging. You can also market your business in person, using business cards and going to craft fairs. Hiring a professional to take care of that side of things for you is a good idea, as they can set up PPC adverts and SEO campaigns, helping you to experience the highest level of success.

Learn As You Go Along
If you wait until you know everything before starting your own business, you’ll never start. Learning before is important, but so is learning as you go along.

Ready to become a girl boss? You’ll also have to research on setting up a business in your area, as there may be permits and different things you have to get before you begin. Good luck!

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Thinking Outside the Box for Beauty

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There are some things in life that no amount of clothes, makeup or mantras will be able to make you feel better on. When it comes to loving your body, you know what will make you feel more confident and how to achieve it. It may be something as simple as a diet or exercise to take away the extra pounds, or wearing something that flatters your body.

For those things that you can’t quite figure out how to address, take a step back and see if what you’re doing is the right thing to achieve your goal.

Can you tie them in a knot, can you tie them in a bow?
For many, your breasts can be the one main thing that defines you as a woman. So far has social stigma developed around our mammaries that we barely consider their intended use anymore - we are using them as a symbol of our sexuality and prowess. If you are hung up on how your boobs look, it could be as simple as getting measured correctly for the right bra. It may even be the style of bra that you are wearing; padded bras can add a little extra that you may be lacking, and balcony bras offer a style of sexiness should that be the look that you are after. If the confidence issue is rooted more deeply than something a bra can fix, breast augmentation surgery may be the step that you have to take in order to give yourself the body that you desire.

Pucker Up!
We are living in the Kylie Jenner era, and as such too many of us are becoming self-conscious about the size of our lips. Whereas we used to dismiss big lips as a Barbie-doll look, we are now craving to look like the youngest of the Kardashian clan; perhaps as a way of keeping up with celebrity trends if nothing else. Lip kits are available with a combination of liner and gloss in order to give your pout a fuller appearance, but if you are struggling to achieve the look that you want then cosmetic fillers are available. Usually given in quantities of one or two millilitres, these injections give a temporary fullness to your lips, and should only be performed by a trained consultant. There are other (probably less painful) alternatives to getting fillers, which involve using extreme pressure on your lips to bring the blood to them and make them stand out - sort of similar to sucking the air out of a mug and it sticking to your face. It’s not the most recommended method as it can lead to bruising and marks if not done correctly, but it’s a cheap alternative nonetheless.

Raise it!
Eyebrows are becoming a huge focal point now on our faces. The trend with eyebrows is ever-changing; think back throughout the years and look back on previous photos of yourself. You may find that they’ve gone from being barely there to overgrown to perfectly manicured within the space of a couple of years, and this is purely due to keeping up with the styles and trends that are put in front of us by celebrities. There are so many things that can be done with eyebrows in order to get them looking just-so and the way that you want. These can range from permanent (you can get tattoos in place of your eyebrows so you will know that you never have a hair out of place) to the now popular microblading, which involves putting a semi-permanent pigment under your skin with a tiny needle. Kind of like tattooing but the results won’t stay on your face forever. Or you could keep it simple and get your brows waxed, threaded or plucked and fill in with a variety of different products that have been developed for shaping - these range from pencils to powders to gels, and come in a variety of different colours to suit your hair (either on your face or on your head). You won’t be caught short on what to use in order to get your eyebrows looking fantastic again. But remember - your eyebrows are sisters, not twins. You don’t have to work on getting them looking exactly the same (you’ll probably be sat there forever and day if you did), as quite frankly it can look plain weird if your brows match perfectly. Very few of us have symmetrical faces, so don’t aim for the outcome as if you do; work with what you’ve got (or pay someone to work with what you’ve got) and you’ll do just fine.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Let's Put The Spotlight On Your Career

Sometimes people can get a little disheartened with the day job. Perhaps finding it overwhelming or stressful because of various different reasons. However, for many a large chunk of our time is spent doing this job and earning a wage to live, so it’s vital that you get some sort of satisfaction from it. Be that being money motivated specifically or enjoying the work you do. But when was the last time you placed the spotlight on your career? When was the last time you concentrated on the next step, or where you want to be in five or ten years time? Everyone can lose focus. So here are some tips to ensure that you get that spotlight back where you need it to be, in your daily life and career prospects.

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Are you making as much effort in your job as you could be?

Everyone can get complacent with their job, a lot of that can be to do with boredom or a lack of variety in your role. So a good move would be to decipher and remember exactly why you took on that job in the first place. If the wages were desirable what has changed? Do you want more, could you do more? If it was the job satisfaction that made you take that step into your current job role has anything changed? Do you still love it? Could you be doing more? The main questions would be whether or not you are ready for the next step in your career, more responsibility or workload? All of which can help you gain more clarity on your career and the way you want it to go moving forward.

Are you wearing the right work attire and do you look professional?

Boredom can creep into any job role. With that, you can get a little fed up with your daily routine and productivity. So your main focus would be how you approach your working day. Do you dress professionally in the right work attire? Perhaps you are a medical professional, and this is when you would see Uniforms and Scrubs being a vital part of your job. Just as much as any professional in an office environment would want to look the par. Everyone can make a snap judgment on someone from their appearance, if you don’t look the part for work, then when you see yourself you certainly won’t feel the part yourself. It can have a detrimental effect on your mindset.

Have you got the right mindset and goals in place?

On the subject of mindset, people can often forget how much of a powerful tool it is, and how much influence it can have on your daily decisions. Having a negative mindset can certainly make you question your choices, especially when it comes to your career. Focus on your thoughts for a moment and listen to the voice in your head, are you negative or positive about something? If you are struggling with your mindset then there some great techniques and guides online to help you become more positive.


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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Lift It! Work Out Your Stress


Adrenaline is a beautiful feeling and thankfully, you have it in spades. When we are afraid, angry or even excited, you get a flood of adrenaline in the system and it’s this that gives us our ‘fight or flight’ response. Life can be stressful and when we are stressed to the extreme, our bodies flood with adrenaline as a reaction but sometimes you can turn this reaction to your advantage. Stress can make us, well, a little crazy. For some, they turn to chocolate and cake and eat their feelings. The sugar hit sends signals to the brain and immediately can calm them down – science! For others, releasing stress is directly linked to physical exercise. When stress starts to affect the brain, the rest of the body feels the impact. We go through stress when life is hard – such as lost jobs and lost friends, as well as good, such as our wedding day.
After a hard exercise session, you often feel exhausted but exhilarated. Happy that the workout is done, happy with what you’ve achieved and happy that you are going to be aiming toward a healthier version of yourself. Participation in regular exercise can keep the overall levels of tension in your life down, elevate your mood and improve your sleep pattern. This is all the best way to improve your confidence. If you are interested in fitness this year, you’ll find that you’ll release a lot of the stress you may be sitting on, just by running or punching out a hanging bag. That pure energy release dispenses all the pent-up frustration and gives the adrenaline somewhere to go and that is addictive. One of your New Year’s Resolutions may have been to reduce your stress and you can combine a resolution of getting fit with this.

Working out in the gym can help you work out the stresses in your life, and not just because of the adrenaline. Taking the time in the gym to learn to run or lift weights with a trainer will not only be great for your general health and wellbeing, but will give you the time to think. If you are about to get married, or plan an engagement, your stress levels will likely be a lot higher than usual! All that exercise will help you go a long way to looking fantastic for your wedding Photographer. Your self-esteem can fly through the roof when you feel beautiful on a day like your wedding day, and if you have managed to exercise your way into a smaller dress size, your stress levels will come right down.
Ultimately, you have to work out a way to see yourself through tough times and turning to exercise and mindful eating is far preferable to turning to substances. Treat your body like a temple and watch the domino effect on your life sort out your mood with just one simple change. You can work through any level of stress, as long as you put your mind – and your energy – to it.

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