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#OOTD STYLE GUIDE: TAKING STYLE NOTES FROM A FASHION BLOGGER - AMY JACKSON!


To say that culottes and off the shoulder tops are the hottest trend of the season would be an understatement given how ubiquitous they are! 

I mean, you only have to open an issue of Vogue or check out a Fashion Bloggers' latest #OOTD  to know that: yeah, actually, this trend is here, and it's here to say!

So the question remains: "How do ordinary girls (like you and I) style these fashion must-haves in a way that'll flatter us and really look good?" 

Easy! 

You just need to take some serious style notes from the prolific  Amy Jackson of course!

Amy's the super talented Fashion Blogger behind  Fashion Jackson Blog; a dual composite blog of fashion beauty and major style inspiration!

So what better person  to be taking Fashion Tips and Inspo from than the talented Amy?!

And that's who we're gonna be taking some must-needed Fashion tips from today; because Lord knows we need them.

STYLE NOTES:

She took an otherwise unassuming  pair of culottes and paired it with an equally unassuming off the shoulder top in one of her #OOTD 's which was a brilliant way to style these fashion must-haves. But that wasn't it. 

She then went a step further and added an amazing pair of lace-up heels which brought this #OOTD to another level; I mean, those lace-ups  are to die for!

And of course, the piece de resistance of this otherwise unassuming #OOTD being that YSL beauty.  

I mean, I don't know about you guys; but I'm definitely taking style notes for sure because this is how you take an ordinary pair of culottes and an ordinary top and create somethinbg utterly magnificent!

Don't believe me, well take a peak below and see for yourself. 

This is an "outfit perfection," and a definite style moment for Amy for sure! 

I'm in love with this #OOTD! 

Aren't you?





So what was your favourite part of this gorgeous #OOTD? Was it those gorgeous lace-up heels? Or that YSL beauty? Let us know in the comments section below.
xx




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7 CRITICAL QUESTIONS SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE ALWAYS ASK THEMSELVES


How do the super successful measure  success?
By constantly checking-in with themselves  to see if whether or not they're  on track - a ritual they deem necessary; if not compulsory! 

They are fully aware that they can't afford to NOT check - in with themselves or to only do so when they feel like it or when it's popular to do so.

No.

They recognize that checking-in's a necessary habit and a definite way of life. Because what the super successful know is that the road to achieving success is not an easy one and because of that; it's typically  paved with constant roadblocks and failures, hence the need to measure their progress by constantly asking themselves these very critical questions, a ritual even Benjamin Franklin adhered to by making sure to  ask himself : “What good shall I do this day?” and thus ended the day with an equally important question “What good have I done today?”  And that is something we can all learn to do on a daily basis.

So this is what successful people  regularly ask themselves... 


QUESTION 1: "WHAT'S THE FIRST THING I WANT TO ACCOMPLISH THIS WEEK?"

Instead of going with the flow and doing what they feel like when the feel like without any sort of agenda; they; instead, ask themselves this question so as to determine what's most important to them  with the  sole purpose/intention to spend their time  concentrating on that priority and seeing it to fruition.


QUESTION 2: "WHAT CAN I DO RIGHT NOW TO MAKE THIS WEEK GO WELL?"

Following on from the first question;  they realize that in order to have everything go well in all regard so as to achieve the set intentions, planning has to be a huge part of this, because without a plan in place, one is simply destined for inevitable failure.



QUESTION 3: "HOW WILL I MAKE SURE THAT I WHAT I WANT TO ACHIEVE GETS DONE?"

They ask this question so as to determine the best possible strategy available to them in order to achieve their goals. They plan, strategize; and create conditions that are conducive to gaining success in their set intentions.



QUESTION 4: "WHY IS THIS SOMETHING I WANT TO ACHIEVE?"

This is a question that is fundamental to gaining any sort of success - successful people simply ask themselves this question so as to unearth their motivation and reason for wanting success in the first place because they realize that if you know the "Why", you'll know they "How" - a crucial ingredient in building strategy for achieving any goal.



QUESTION 5: "WHAT HAVE I BEEN PUTTING OF?"

Putting off anything never leads to any sort of victory. So instead of burying their hands in the sand; they want to recognize what it is they may have been putting off so as to get it done and off the to do list as soon as possible; that way, they gain free time to go after what's truly important to them. 



QUESTION 6: "WHAT DO I WANT TO CHANGE?"

They ask this question as they realize that sometimes your first idea is not necessarily the best idea, so they remain flexible enough to welcome any change necessary for their success.




QUESTION 7: "IS THERE ANYTHING I NEED TO BE DOING?"


So what did you think of these questions? Do you think these might be some of the questions you might start to regularly ask yourself all in the quest to achieve your own success?

We'd like to know your thoughts on this, so leave us your answer in the comment section below. 
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FEELING UNMOTIVATED? HERE'S HOW TO GET YOUR MOJO BACK!


Many people who get bitten by the entrepreneurial bug  or are simply passionate about advancing their careers are by in large  fueled by immense  passion and energy to go after what they truly believe in, but after a while, the initial drive for what you're passionate about slowly turns into a drag and to be honest; a bit of a chore! 

You usually find yourself checking your social media profiles more than usual - avoiding doing what you committed yourself to doing,  and of course, this ends up inducing  high levels of procrastination, and not to mention serious FOMO!

But that is not to say that these utter first world problems can't be mitigated, because they can be. All you need to do is  simply  follow these 5 steps and that will surely help set you back to where you need to be and regain your motivation.


1. . READJUST YOUR DEDICATION AGAIN
This can be done by carving out an hour a day to get the inertia going again and doing what you need to do. And if that means getting up an hour earlier than usual,  then so be it. You'll thank yourself later.


2. REMEMBER THAT GIVING UP IS NOT AN OPTION
As the famous adage goes : the moment you're ready to quit is usually the moment right before the miracle happens." 
So don't give up now after all the time; sweat and perhaps even tears you've put into building your dream!




3. BE DETERMINED TO DEVELOP SERIOUS GRIT

Remember that anything worth having never came easy. So get gritty, and don't be discouraged by minor set backs that occur during the building of your dreams, because those set backs are usually part and parcel of gaining success.

4. THINK OF THE "WHY" BEHIND THE REASON YOU STARTED IN THE FIRST PLACE
Doing so will help put everything back into perspective  again and help you get settled back in to your routine of working towards your dream again.

 
5. PERSEVERANCE IS KEY! 
Remember that success usually comes after the fifth; tenth; and sometimes even after the hundredth try. So don't give up after not succeeding at first.  Embrace failure because it's all part of the process to success.



So over to you now! 

What are some of the things you do that help you stay motivated? Let us know in the comments below.
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5 PIECES TO INCORPORATE IN YOUR WORK WARDROBE TO MAKE IT SUMMER READY


It's summer  - temperatures are soaring high, and wearing that grey pant suit just doesn't seem like a viable option anymore, especially since you and I both know that presenting a polished look at work is as high on the agenda as actually doing a great job. 

Because here's the thing ladies : like it or not, how you look and present yourself professionally is crucial in curating an impeccable Personal Brand at work, and one that'll be conducive in helping you succeed in climbing that ever elusive career ladder we all aspire to.

So, what better way to do it than in these 5 stylish Must-Have pieces that'll sure update your working wardrobe to super chic in minutes while you're busy working your way up that career ladder!

And here's how you do it...

1. INVEST IN A PAIR OF CULOTTES

Instead of your typical tailored pant suit, swap those for culottes. This is a surefire way to transcend from fashion novice straight  to style maven in a heartbeat!  
My fave at the moment are these  flowy  pair from River Island. Pair these with a slick white cami' and you've got yourself a super chic ensemble to wear to work for this kind of weather.


2. INCORPORATE AN OF-THE-SHOULDER TOP FOR A COOL EASY VIBE


Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll know that summer '16 s hottest fashion trend is off the shoulder! Everyone who's anyone is busy embracing the cold shoulder; and rightly so! This is 2016's hottest fashion trend no doubt. 
So make sure you invest in one, but  beware that you style it in an office appropriate manner. Too much off the shoulder may look a little too inappropriate for work. 
A good trick to remember is to bear in mind that the lower the top goes off the shoulder, the more inappropriate it'll look for work.
 So stick with ones that aren't too off the shoulder and you'll be alright. 


3. DEFINITELY GET A TAILORED LONGLINE WAISTCOAT TO CREATE A MORE POLISHES WORK LOOK.

This is one way to incorporate tailoring into your work wear  without compromising on your style credentials. 
My fave at the moment is this white longline vest from Zara. It's on trend, tailored;  plus it's versatile enough to work with almost anything in your wardrobe. 
This is a Must-Have in my opinion!


4.  GET A CRISP WHITE SHIRT
Nothing says office chic like a crisp white shirt. 
Investing in one is actually a smart move 'cause you know this is the one piece of clothing you'll be wearing all year round plus; a crisp white shirt never really goes out of fashion, does it?!


5. INVEST IN SOME LACE-UP BALLERINAS

This is tricky because one is never really sure whether to wear open-toed shoes to the office or not; especially in summer. So to mitigate this mini conundrum, invest in these super cute Ballerinas with straps  from Zara. They'll effeminately carry you from summer into autumn with ease, and not to mention in pure style. 
These are a summer work wear Must-Have for sure!


So there you have it - the 5 must-have pieces for a super stylish work wardrobe. 
Which ones were your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.
xx
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7 THINGS TO DO DURING THE SUMMER TO BOOST YOUR RESUME


Did you know that summer time's the best time of the year to boost your resume and increase your employability because it's usually the time where everything's a bit quieter and because of that,  employers aren't hiring as much as they would normally, which then makes it a great time of the year to build up your resume and up skill so that when demand in job opening arises again, yours will be the resume that recruiters gravitate towards the most because it's packed full of the stuff that any hiring manager wants to see in a potential employee.

So, what can  you, as a job seeker do to ensure that your resume ultimately gets you that job you're looking for? 

Check out the list below for some of the best things to do to improve your resume.


1. VOLUNTEER
Volunteer at an organisation that's close to your heart or alternatively volunteer at an organisation that you can learn a valuable skill from. This is the easiest way to do some good and also boost your resume. Plus, volunteering ' s always the easiest way to highlight the fact that you have interests beyond your job tittle ultimately makes you much more interesting than someone without any extra  curricular activities. 
So, get on the volunteering band wagon, it'll pay up big eventually!


2. GET AN INTERNSHIP
This is an obvious one! Try to intern at a company that you hope to work for one day. Who knows, they may even like you so much that they decide to higher you after all, or you can end up getting a job elsewhere simply by having experience from that company.



3. GET A SUMMER JOB ABROAD 
Here's the thing : having foreign experience is somehow always desirable in a potential candidate because working abroad will always look good on a resume. 
So, get yourself a working visa abroad and feed your wonderlust while you're building your resume! Talk about a win - win situation!



4. CREATE AN ONLINE PORTFOLIO
This is the best time to create an online portfolio of works showcasing your skills and expertise 
Alright, if you're in creative industries like architecture, graphic design, or any form of design industry,  you'll need a platform to showcase your works in hopes of getting more work.
There are lots of free website templates put there which will make this somewhat cost effective,  all that you have to do is secure a domain name , and voilĂ ,  you'll be good to go.



5. GET AN ALL-STAR LINKEDIN PROFILE RATING
Work on getting a  LinkedIn All Star profile strength. 
Having an all star LinkedIn profile always bodes well with recruiters and makes you appear as a skilled and competent  candidate and pretty much raises your profile up among the creme de la creme of your industry.



6. INVEST IN A DESIGNER RESUME
Gone are the days when a black and white 2 page word document resume was acceptable. These days,  your resume not only has to  speak of your abilities,  but it also has to look good too if you are to increase your chances of securing employment. But before you do, Check out these 3 reasons why your resume is your best personal Branding Tool

7. START A BLOG
 Showcase your expertise as a candidate through blogging. 
Blogging is quickly becoming a prerequisite skill for sourcing candidates for recruiters and hiring managers alike especially in creative industries like fashion, media, marketing, and design. 
So showcase your knowledge by having a blog. This will affirm your resume and credentials, plus it'll also prove your attribute of being a self starter.


For more information on how to become a blogger check out these 5 tips on how to become a blogger.

So there you have it! Want more career-boosting tips & advice? Head over HERE!

5 THOUGHTS EVERY JOB SEEKER SHOULD REJECT AFTER BEING REJECTED BY A JOB APPLICATION

Imagine this scenario: you stumble across a job which you totally  believe was meant for you. So naturally you apply for it. You then get the call to attend the interview for the position. "Yay!" You quietly think to yourself.

So you start prepping for  the interview, going  over the most asked interview questions including the most common one "so why do you want to work for us" question.

You attend the interview  and end up  acing it! And so  you return home all happy as Larry because by now you're thinking: "I've got the job!"
But days  go by...  you haven't heard back from the company.
You start to panic and wonder if you should do the follow up email thing?!

So you do. And to be fair, the company promptly emails you back. But it's not the news you wanted to hear. They've instead sent you the classic  soul - destroying  email ever saying : "hey we thought you were brilliant and everything, but... unfortunately we went with a more suitable  candidate!

Ouch!
I mean...talk about a knife through the heart;  right?!
Getting this kind of email can be pretty hard to handle. It's painful. Demoralizing. And it down right sucks!

Which would explain why you'd want to wallow and throw a pity-party for one. But  from one former job seeker to another, I say don't!

Instead choose to be  strong. Keep your chin up. And say: "on to the next (job application)"!  because trust me, it's the only way you're ever  gonna get through the job search and finally land your dream job. Which is why it's super important that you reject thinking any of these  5 most awful  thoughts after you've been rejected by a job application.
And Here's a list of the top 5 thoughts to reject after being rejected by a job application.
1. FIRST THOUGHT TO REJECT:
 "I'm never gonna get a job ever!"
That's a lie. You will get a job. Just  not this one.


2. SECOND THOUGHT TO REJECT:
 "I'm obviously not that good enough."
Yes you are. Just because you didn't get this job doesn't mean you're bad. It just means you weren't a good fit for the role or the company. And as hard as it may be to believe at this point;  this is a good thing 'cause you want a job that's totally gonna be for you and a company that you're totally gonna gel with.


3. THIRD THOUGHT TO REJECT:
 "It's because I'm not smart enough."
Sometimes it's not about being smart enough. It's simply about being able to do job at convincing the hiring manager of your skills and expertise as an individual. That means; crafting a great resume and being able to sell yourself at an interview.
4. FOURTH THOUGHT TO REJECT:
"It's because I  was never the smartest pupil in college."
That's not true. Sometimes the most successful individuals in life were the ones that weren't that smart in college.

 5. FIFTH THOUGHT TO REJECT:
"There must be something wrong with me."
Ok, So not true!
 Stop believing that there's something wrong with you and start recognizing and appreciative of your wonderful qualities. The more you do this, the more you'll be able to convince others of your amazing qualities and end up getting a job finally!




So, over to you now. What are some of the thoughts you need to reject after getting bad news?

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