New Year’s Resolution

Want to Keep a new years resolution? With every New Year comes a new chance to achieve certain goals you have set out for yourself. Are you tired of setting the same goals year after year and consistently not being able to keep them? If this sounds like you, these nine tips will help you in your quest to whatever is on your list!

Goal Setting

Make sure whatever goal you are aiming for is something that you really want. It doesn’t make much sense to shoot for something you only want moderately; it would make sense that you would never achieve it. If your end goal is something that really matters to you, the likelihood of your achievement increases ten-fold. Make sure that your goal is for you and not for anyone else; have it tie into your own personal values to increase the value of the goal.

Don’t over estimate the amount you can do. Making a whole bunch of resolutions can seem like a good idea; although eager. It’s a good idea to make a list of two or three things that you want to set in motion in order to allow yourself to focus your energy on the goals you really want to achieve.

Be specific. Having a specific plan in place when deciding what you want your goals to be makes the entire process much more effective. The vaguer you are about your resolution, the more likely it is that you will fail as it is easier to find ways around a plan that is not concrete.

Automate. If your goals are financial, for example, saving a certain amount of money every month, plan to have it automatically come out of your bank account so you will not be tempted to give up on your goal and keep the money instead.

Plan It!

Make a plan. Instead of writing down one main goal, make a few smaller goals that will lead up to the main goal. This will allow for the tasks to seem less daunting and in turn will help you to better achieve them.
Be prepared to change some habits. Many people have their resolutions fail them because they are unwilling to change their current habits. In order to achieve a new goal, it follows that there may be certain things you need to change. You can only implement resolutions if you’re willing to make room for them in your life.

Write down the goal and visualize it regularly and you will be able to keep a new years resolution. It’s easier to forget about a goal you have if it’s simply in your mind; writing your goals down is a way to hold yourself accountable.

To tell or not to tell? Deciding whether or not to tell other people what your New Year’s Resolutions are can be a deciding factor in whether or not you succeed. Telling others about your intentions holds you accountable which then makes you less likely to give up on your goal.

Forgive yourself. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you have a few slip ups when trying to reach your goal. If you do happen to slip up, don’t get discouraged, start again and make it even farther next time!

Winter Fashion

Winter Fashion outfits are glistening the runways everywhere this year. From New York to Paris winter is one of the favorite seasons in terms of clothing; it’s the time of year where one gets to wear cute jackets, scarves, and boots! What better items to accessorize your outfit with!

The Debuts

This years’ season debuts with three main colours which align perfectly with the holiday season. Deck yourself out head to toe in white and accessorize with red and/or black. Wear some white faux fur and add a bright pop of colour; accentuate your lips with a red hue and pair them with a black smoky eye and prepare to get noticed.

As the months leading up to the New Year begin to get chilly, a jacket tends to be the number one item needed in your wardrobe. In terms of what to wear for jackets this year, you have a plethora of options! Firstly, soft material jackets are in; who wouldn’t want to cuddle up close to someone who feels nice and soft while keeping warm at the same time! Puffer jackets continue to be in style; however they are being made to look sleek at the same time. This allows you to be winter ready without looking like a marshmallow; while avoiding looking like one, make sure your puffer jacket instead stays within the ‘marshmallow’ colour scheme; light pink, light yellow and light blue.

Trends

The next jacket trend to keep an eye on is the wearing of a plaid coat. This can easily be tied together with your outfit by wearing some kind of matching scarf. You can also pair skinny jeans with your plaid coat and add a bit of different texture by adding a furry hood. This will give you some distinction between all the different pieces of your outfit. If you aren’t so much into the marshmallow colours, you can go back to the look of traditional black, but make sure that you pair it with a bright coloured scarf to add some definition. Coats with a fastened collar are also being talked about this year. Fastening it helps to achieve that ‘high fashion’ look being found on runways across the globe.

Pairings

Since the winter season tends to be cooler, make sure that you are laying your clothes. However keep them paired with bright knits in order to add distinction and to avoid looking too frumpy. Flashes of bright, neon colours could be just the pop you need to take your look to the next level. When adding colour this holiday season stay within the realm of jewel tones. These consist of amethyst, sapphire, emerald, ruby, garnet and citrine.Winter Fashion

When going out for a night on the town channel your inner punk and rock the night away. Start by dressing head to toe in leather or black velvet. Add a little personal flare by making slashes in your pants to create a sort of grunge look; if you don’t want to wear pants, grab a black mini skirt and put some ripped black tights on underneath. Pair either of these choices with black studded boots and you’ll be the hit of the party! Tone on tone colour is huge this year so add a little fun to your punk look by doing black matte nails with a French tip but instead of using white for the tip, use a shimmery black!

Take these tips and you are well on your way to being a fashionista for the New Year!

Makeup Tips for Every Holiday Party

Are you having trouble putting together an outfit for your holiday parties? Are you stressing yourself out trying to put your look together while keeping up with the trends of the season? Well look no further; here are some holiday makeup tips to get you through the season!

Tinsel to Glow

The first tip to send your way has to do with the use of shimmer. Shine yourself up to make it look like your glistening alongside the snow; much like tinsel it makes everything look that much more beautiful and glowing. Make sure you are hitting the three main areas when you swipe your powder: over your cheekbones, below your brow bone and on the inner corner of your eyes. Stay within the pnk-based highlighters if you have lighter skin and progress to golden tones if your skin is more medium to dark.

Secondly, blush is non-negotiable for every holiday party. This will add some much needed colour to your cheeks, which tend to dull with the paleness of winter. When picking a colour, make sure that you are mixing complementary blush colours; one darker and one lighter, to create the perfect shade that is all your own.

Thirdly, match your lips to your snacks this holiday season; chocolate is the go-to shade for creating a striking lip look. Avoid the guilt by wearing it on your lips and impress all of the guests with the darker hue- be bold, beautiful and classy, all at the same time. To take it one step further with your lips, pair your lipstick with a clear gloss to achieve another layer of shimmer.

Jazz it UP

Manicures are being shown in two different styles this year, allowing for a quick change in overall look. The first option is an atypical French manicure; instead of being barely there, jazz it up by doing greens, reds, silvers and golds. If you feel like getting really festive, use silver glitter to make the tip which offers an extra twinkle for the holidays. The second nail trend popping up for the holidays is burgundy nails. Although not a low-maintenance look, this dark hue offers a spark of instant drama.

Our last tip focuses on what you should do with your eyes this holiday season. Stylists are suggesting the infusion of flecks of gold, purple and green with a basic grey shadow. Not only will this tie your lips together with your eyes but it will also add some colour into your look. Contain the multi-textured part between the lid and the crease; you don’t want to add too much colour and end up looking like you belong in the 80s. If you find dark eyes to be too much, make sure to use your brush or a makeup sponge to soften the look. If you aren’t into wearing much eyeshadow and prefer to finish off your look with eyeliner, get rid of your pencil and sweep a black gel liner over the entirety of the top lid to create a bold yet elegant look. Finish off the look by sweeping a neutral tone over the rest of the lid.

Take these tips with you and embrace stunning all of the guests at every holiday party you attend this year.

Spice Up Your Holiday Traditions

Are you finding your holiday routine to be the same year after year?  If you’re looking to break out of your usual mode, here are some ideas for you!

Gift Wrapping

If you are the kind of person who dislikes wrapping gifts, turn it into a fun activity and have a Holiday Gift Wrap Party at the same time you partake in a holiday cookie swap. Get everyone to bring a different kind of holiday cookie as well as a different pattern of wrapping paper and enjoy the deliciousness while you are all wrapping gifts together; throw in a bottle of wine and you will have yourselves a party!

Pairing Ideas

For your party near the holidays, instead of doing the ‘same old, same old’ with food, make things interesting by serving a variety of different appetizers. Add some holiday flare to it by calling it “12 Days of Appetizers”; try to align the different appetizers with the different items sung about in the song. For example, for the “partridge in a pear tree”, place some crumbled blue cheese on top of a piece of baguette and bake until the cheese just starts to melt. Then top with a slice of pear that has been lightly coated in honey. Finally, finish with a sprinkle of thyme. Do this for the remaining 11 days mentioned in the song and you have yourself an easy way to use a traditional holiday idea and turn it into something brand new and exciting!

Power of Song

If you’re having people over anyway and are looking for something fun to do instead of just sitting around talking, use the power of song! Have holiday carols playing and print out some lyrics to the songs of your choice. Have everyone pick a song and have a Holiday Carol karaoke contest! Once everyone has had a turn, have everyone write down who they thought the best performer was (aside from themselves). Then have one person tally up the votes. Whoever gets the most votes is the winner. Have something small set aside for the winner. You can never go wrong with a gift certificate or a bottle of wine.
If you’re tired of having the same typical holiday parties, you will enjoy our final idea for how to spice up the season! Take your party outside of the home and grab your friends and partake in a pub crawl.

Make it festive by wearing holiday-inspired costumes in your trek from bar to bar. Or, dive into the spirit by wearing an ugly holiday sweater; turn it into the contest and have the person with the ugliest one not have to buy their drinks all night!

Use these tips to help get you in to the holiday spirit, and to make it a year to remember; one that is full of new ideas and food!

Jazz Up Your Party Hairstyle

If you’re finding yourself overwhelmed by all of the different hairstyles on social media this holiday season, then this blog is for you. We are going to be taking a look at the top hairstyles this year that are sure to jazz up any party outfit you may have.

If your usual hair routine is getting tired, our first tip allows for an easy change up to your hair.  You can change the entire look you’re putting together simply by changing your part! It will also bestow your hair with extra body, something that is always welcomed. Secondly, if you’re a person who doesn’t like to spend that long on their hair we have an easy solution for you! And who doesn’t enjoy when they are in the company of someone who spends little to no time on their hair? That being said, short hair is the solution for you! Most hairstyles that would typically be referred to as “boyish” now have feminine features that soften the look, such as pieces in and around the face. All you need to do to complete this style once you have the cut is to work some product through your hair with your fingers.

The next hair style that is very much in this season is the “old style” Hollywood hair. This entails retro waves that are loose but somewhat pulled to the side a well. This style works well with a little bit of product and with hair that has a day old style. If you’re looking to glam up your style this winter, accessorize your bob; pull it back and clip it with sparkly bobby pins. This will add a little bit of glitter to pair with the holiday style.

If you are most likely to want your hair up and out of your face you have a few options. You can use product to sleek it back with a very tight bun, using the product to ensure it holds in place. You can also try out an inverted ponytail; keep it low and add a braid to it to keep the hair tight to the head. This will allow your hair to stay put, back and out of your face. The next look we want to mention is a high-tied pretty ponytail. In order to achieve this look, tease the hair at the crown for extra volume before securing it about halfway down your head. You want to make sure that you are securing it extremely tight as well as at the highest point possible.  If you have become a guru for braids, add them to your holiday look to spice things up a tad; create a messy chic side braid, or a skinny fishtail braid. To create this look, pin the braid from ear to ear to make it look like you have a headband. Make sure that it is skinny enough though so it doesn’t make you look like a blockhead. Keeping with this headband idea the hairline braid is also gaining popularity. Make sure that you are parting the hair on the side to ensure the braid stays that way. Ensure that you push the elastic up at the bottom of the braid to open up the rest of it; this will allow your braid to look thick instead of too thin.

If you’re more apt to keep your hair down there are multiple styles out this year for you. If you do happen to leave it down, make sure you keep it looking soft and shiny to avoid getting the greasy look in pictures. For a night out on the town you care create effortless waves by applying a small amount of product right when you get out of the shower to make sure the waves stay crimped throughout the night. In keeping with the effortless waves, another simple yet elegant look is a sexy bed head look. To create this look, create very small movement rather than a deep curl. Keep it simple; the bigger the curl, the less of the bed head look you will have. With this look you want to make sure the hair stays loose and flows with the natural texture the hair already has.