Gorgeous image of Miranda, her mother and grandmother on instagram
Friday, December 6, 2013
Party season is here! Now it is time to let yourself shine the best way you can.
Are you a wallflower or are you the one that lights up the room with you charisma and charm? I have to say I am probably the wallflower in huge gatherings but in smaller more intimate surroundings I like to shine [a little].
Make the right entrance. Before entering an event think of your best achievement to help release confidence boosting endorphins. Walk in tall proud with a smile and look around [as though you are looking for someone]. Wear a piece that will draw attention [like earrings or necklace] inspires people to approach you.
Be Present. People can read expressions fast so always be engaged in the conversation. If you find yourself zoning out take a look at your feet. This will force your mind to sweep through your body and bring you back to the moment.
Exude Warmth. Offer deep warm eye contact. Speak in a slow and confident manner.
Position Yourself Wisely. Sit nest to or at a 90 degree angle from who you are talking too. These are positions we feel most comfortable. Stand around the food table. When people eat their endorphin levels rise, which help place people in a better mood.
Wait two seconds before answering. Everyone likes to feel valued and listened to. Instead of responding straightaway, wait - absorb - react - then answer.
Make It All About Them. The longer you keep people talking about themselves the more captivating they will find you. People will remember how it felt talking to you, not so much on what was said. Keep people talking by asking up beat open ended question that get people tapping into their memories.
Breathe Better. Breathing deeply can lower stress levels and increase your feeling of confidence.
Use damage Control. In a awkward situation try to use wit, simple charm or politeness to get out of it. This can also work if you knock something over or trip.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
GIVEAWAY. Win a sequin clutch.
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Competition Australia only. All entries need to be in by 12 December 2013
This stunning Carribean Style family home is located in one of Australia's most love areas, Byron Bay.
Each year the owners of the Atlantic take time to travel. Little Palm at Atlantic is their home and the private en suites are available to book. I have booked for my daughters and I in January for a few nights. I am so excited as i have never been to Byron before. Thank you to BellaMUMMA for opening my eyes to this beautiful idea.
You can catch 5 minutes with Kerrie Hess over at Style Inc
Your favourite 5 pieces in your wardrobe?
1. Dark denim jeans
2. Black blazer
3. DVF wrap dress
4. Beige pump heels
5. Bretton striped t-shirt.
Looking for something glamorous for a christmas party? I love Forever New for all things glam. You will definitely stand out from the crowd in this stunning look.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Are you ever confused or unsure of the dress codes on an invitation? Here are a few tips to help you along the way....
White Tie - is the most formal. A white tie event is more formal than a black tie event. The dress code entails that men wear full formal attire, with a white tie, vest and shirt. Women only wear floor length elegant gowns and hair is styled and worn up. These types of events are usually charity or society balls.
Black Tie - Men should wear a black bow tie and ladies should wear a floor length dress. This is usually a formal event or party suited for formal attire. Men are to wear black tuxedos or dark suits with a long armed formal shirt with a tie or bow tie. Women preferably wear floor length elegant gowns, however classy cocktail dresses that fall below the knee are now acceptable as well. Wear your hair in an elegant up do or partial up do, and add your best jewellery.
Lounge Suit - Ladies should choose a glamourous gown and your partner should wear a suit with a tie to compliment the ladies outfit. Lounge suit dress codes call for a suit and tie for men (black, navy or tan) and a glamorous frock for women (floor length or three quarter length). Accessories are key, ladies, metallic are lovely and men, a silver watch and tie (a pop of bright colour to match your partner) is fashion forward.
Cocktail - The hem is shorter for ladies - a glamorous knee length dress. For men a suit can be worn with or without a tie. Cocktail dress code etiquette usually means semi-formal short elegant dresses, although these dresses may vary in lengths. For men, attire consists of a jacket, with or without a tie, and long dress pants. Cocktail attire is often more fashion-forward with varied coloured suits and shirts.
Business Attire - On the scale of formality, business attire is more formal than casual but less formal than cocktail attire. Business attire consists of, for men, a suit (usually dark in colour), including a pair of trousers with a matching jacket. The suit is worn with a long-sleeved shirt and a tie or a polo shirt with dress pants.
Smart Casual - Add polish to your look by adding a blazer or a closed in shoe. This etiquette does vary from countries and even companies. Generally, safe attire for a smart casual is office attire with some added accessories – to ‘dress up’ the office attire. A smart jacket and closed shoes or heels is recommended. If you do opt for jeans, your denim should look somewhat dressy, fresh and sharp with no wear or holes. A great tip for the girls, add a blazer for an extra touch of class.
Casual - Casual dress is more laid back to any other dress code. You may wear anything from a cotton blouse to a T-shirt. Appropriate shoes are part of the etiquette dress code; though many assume flip-flops (thongs) are suitable wear, when in fact they are not. A handy tip is to avoid inflammatory or otherwise offensive graphic tees!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
The Book Depository - Paris Street Style
Dress to impress on every occasion - take the time everyday to present your best self everyday. Add a little glamour to your everyday. Put on that dress that you love to wear - everyday is a special occasion.
Choose timeless style - Fashion and trends change constantly through out the year. Pick a style and look that you love and know looks great and stick with it. Wear it the way you love with your own personal touch.
Wear red lipstick - Remember back when your grandmother always added a little red lippie before she walked out the door, well, why not do the same.
Choose the appropriate underwear for every outfit - spanx is everywhere and everyone is wearing it including the celebs. smooth those lumps and bumps with fitting underwear for you. Choosing the right underwear is just as important as what you wear.
Keep your accessories to a minimum - Less is more when it comes to jewellery. 'look in the mirror and take one accessory off before you leave the house.' Choose key pieces such as a string of pearls or a cocktail ring for that special touch. Try not to overload your bling.
Find a tailor - From time to time you will fall in love with something and it will not fit right, this is where your tailor will become your best friend. Then the outfit will become your own fitted 'just for you.'
Your silhouette should be celebrated - Look for the classic silhouette with the nipped in waist perfect for all shapes and sizes.
Your hair is just as important as what you wear - Take the time to put the effort into making your hair looking it's best everyday. Dry shampoo is fabulous for those in between wash days.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Luxurious gifts from around the world.
Charlotte Olympia Satin Slippers | Swarovski Crystal Headband | Lavvin Holiday Notecards | Net - A - Porter
Comme des Garcons Pouch | Alexander McQueen Scarf | Jo Malone Candle | Saks Fifth Avenue
Build Self Belief in Your Child
“Children's self-esteem influences their social behaviour and learning,” says Grose. “Children with low self-esteem are less likely to step out of their comfort zone to extend themselves, take risks or try new experiences. Quite simply if kids have a healthy level of esteem and feel good about themselves they’re more likely to make friends and succeed at pre-school and at school.”
“The way we interact with our kids on a daily basis influences the positive picture that they construct of themselves,” he says. “It’s important we let them know through our language and behaviour that they’re capable and worthwhile, then they’ll start to believe it themselves. The messages we send influence the way kids see themselves as well as our relationship with them. Encourage your kids to do things for themselves and focus more on what they’re doing, rather than result, to help them grow, develop and become more self-confident.”
How to promote self-esteem in your kids:
+ Build on your child's strengths and point out to them their areas of expertise.
+ Give kids realistic responsibility. Develop self-help skills from an early age.
+ Develop the courage to be imperfect. Let them know that mistakes are part of learning.
+ Help them to develop the attitude that anything is possible.
+ Establish an achievement board or star chart.
+ Look for small victories or achievements and celebrate them.
+ Help children set goals and stick to them.
+ Write letters or notes of appreciation and leave them under their pillow and in lunch-boxes.
+ Give objective feedback but begin with a strength or positive.
+ Compare them only to themselves.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.
Research has shown that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90 minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the worlds athletes. But energy is not the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help or overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.
DEPRESSION - According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.PMS:Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
ANAEMIA - High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anaemia.
BLOOD PRESSURE - This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
BRAIN POWER - 200 students at a Twickenham school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
CONSTIPATION - High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
HANGOVERS - One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
HEARTBURN - Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
MORNING SICKNESS Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
MOSQUITO BITES - Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
NERVES - Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system..Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.
ULCERS - The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chroniclercases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
TEMPERATURE CONTROLMany other cultures see bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has FOUR TIMES the protein, TWICE the carbohydrate, THREE TIMES the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals.. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, ‘A BANANA a day keeps the doctor away!’