Fashion and Style: Outfit Planning

Hello everyone~

My boss is always mentioning that I should raid her closet and help her coordinate an outfit for work. With several years of fashion retail experience under my belt, I know my way around personal styling a tad. Although my coworker and I have our eyes gleaming at the thought of dressing up our boss together at her house, we know she is just kidding, although that won’t stop me from giving you these tips! 😀

Tip 1:

Always think about what accessories or individual pieces would go with what you already own in your closet. It will keep you mindful of what may or may not go together. For example, owning a skirt you may never wear as no tops you own look good, or go with it, that will lead to the skirt eventually being donated. Don’t waste your money and be mindful! Also, don’t waste money purchasing an entire outfit around 1 item, unless it already has some value to fit with the rest of your wardrobe.

Tip 2:

Run  you ides by a loved one! It’s always best to run anything you want to purchase with a second opinion. Hopefully someone close to you, as they will know your preferences, your style, and whether you already own something, just like the item you interested in, to prevent you from buying it, I’m looking at you sis!😈 You can also ask for stylistic help from the sales personnel,  I know from the company I worked at we had to keep up to date on trends and fashion styles to assist our clients. Depending on which company or brand you go to, the workers should be able to assist you stylistically. 😀

Tip 3:

Outfit planning is a technique I learned at work. What we did is create and coordinate outfits on our mannequins and displays on the sales floor and fitting rooms. It helped inspire customers to purchase items and coordinate similarly to the display or purchase the entire display off the mannequins. What I’m trying to say is, pre-plan your outfits. Try out you outfit idea on a hanger; top with a sweater together on a hanger, with a scarf wrapped around too, maybe hang a necklace above the top on the hanger. If you can see your outfit in front of you, you’ll be able to see what works together to coordinate or mix and match an outfit. I usually pre-plan outfits for an entire week after finishing the laundry. It helps since I’m usually short on time in the mornings before work. If all my outfits are ready, it gives me piece of mind as all i need to do next is make up and jewelry and I’m out the door like lightning.

Good luck and don’t forget to strike a magnificent pose and slay!😘

Shopping for Accessories 

He everyone~

At the job I work at, more than just talking about work, a lot of clients have asked me about my jewelry. If it’s real, it’s so sparkly, where do you shop, along with general compliments are all things I’ve been told and asked on. So I thought why not make a post on it?

Nadri


Her jewelry is absolutely gorgeous! They all look high quality and real even though the stones are cubic zirconia! I get majority of my compliments when I wear her pendant necklaces or rings. I was first introduced to her brand when I went to Nordstrom Rack and my sister and I found a bracelet of hers on clearance, which was great because I was shopping for things to wear at a Desi/Indian wedding. Since I’m petite my wrists are very small, and I found her bracelets to fit me perfectly. 😍 Dream come true!

Gorjana


Another great designer. I discovered this brand when I had my eyes glued to a bracelet at TJ Maxx in their display case. My mom was against it because it was a gold plate over brass but I am very self indulgent when it comes to jewelry so I purchased it. It has become my most favorite gold bangle. The brands other designs are great too.

Covet

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This is another brand I found at Nordstrom Rack. I actually happened to be looking for Nadri’s brand jewelry at the time and stumbled upon this brand while searching. Their rings that I picked out are really blingy and more on the cocktail ring side. Very pretty. 😁

Old Navy


This store has been very good to me when it comes to finding jewelry at a good value for how many sales the store has. They also sell their jewelry online but I highly recommend going to the store as there is always a bigger variety. Also be aware, from my experience the prices range from store to store! I once bought a ring full price only to find it the same day at another location where all those rings were marked clearance. 😢

Aliexpress


My mother is an Aliexpress shopping maverick. She always has shipments of quality looking jewelry coming in from there and boosts how she gets them for like $4! I honestly don’t know how she sifts through all of the sellers because I’ve had bad luck myself. My first ring I purchased gave me green marks, but my mom never has a single issue. She recommends looking at the sellers’ rating! 😉

Banana Republic Factory Outlet

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I love shopping at the outlet store here. Not only is their clothing classic and comfy, with great fit for my petite size, the jewelry is beautiful too.

My Pin Making Adventure/Disaster.

If you are an artist trying to sell your art, you have probably tried to make some DIY shrinky dink pins! If you haven’t yet, please learn from my mistakes and do a trial batch you are willing to scrap later.

I have seen so many artists online making their own pins but rarely do I see a tutorial showing the road bumps or disasters I’ve gone through to make them. I’ve been trying (and failing) to make my own handmade pins for awhile now. The issue was that my ink would always bleed on my pins after applying a coating to waterproof the pin.

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How to Ace that Interview

Hello all!

I know I have left this site with a long hiatus, but I’m back with an important post! 🙂

Recently, I have done a few interviews as I adjust my life and try to follow a new career path to financially support myself. I have done many interviews so far, from phone interviews to meeting in person. Some interviews were quite extensive, and I didn’t get the job on those but I learned a lot! So in hopes that you will ace your own interview, here is advice I pulled from friends, family, and my own experiences:

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Interior Design versus Interior Decorating

Today, I learned something unexpected when I went to my first class today.

There is a difference between Interior Decorating and Interior Design!! AHHHHHH! While I was stunned and a little taken aback, and so were a few other students, I thought it was worth the effort to do my own research on what this meant and share this little tidbit with ya’ll.

NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) webSite:

Differences Between Interior Design & Decorating

Many people use the terms “interior design” and “interior decorating” interchangeably, but these professions differ in critical ways.

Interior design is the art and science of understanding people’s behavior to create functional spaces within a building. Decoration is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things. In short, interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design.

Interior designers apply creative and technical solutions within a structure that are functional, attractive and beneficial to the occupants’ quality of life and culture. Designs respond to and coordinate with the building shell and acknowledge the physical location and social context of the project. Designs must adhere to code and regulatory requirements and encourage the principles of environmental sustainability.

The interior design process follows a systematic and coordinated methodology — including research, analysis and integration of knowledge into the creative process — to satisfy the client’s needs and resources.

U.S. states and Canadian provinces have passed laws requiring interior designers to be licensed or registered and to document their formal education and training. Many states and provinces also specifically require all practicing interior designers to earn the NCIDQ Certification to demonstrate their experience and qualifications. By contrast, interior decorators require no formal training or licensure.

Sites for school

Hello everyone~
Since school has started for many of you, I would like to give you a list of sites that you are sure to find useful.

Prezi – A website that offers innovative presentation software on their site and in the form of an APP.  Unlike slides, Prezi offers a zoomable canvas, adding depth to your context. I used this once during my Project Management class, I had to learn a few tips from a friend, but I find it is extremely easy to use, and the entire group can work on it together through an invite list.

Hemingway App – A website APP that makes your writing more concise and easier to read. Sentences are highlighted in yellow, for moderately hard to read, and red, for very hard to read, when they need correction. On the side, it also shows the reading level.

Grammarly – A site that checks your grammar, spelling, and compares your writing for plagiarism. You can also use the grammarly plug-in in Chrome.

Easybib – A site that generates citations in MLA, APA, and Chicago formats for your bibliography. This site helped me survive many of my professors that required it from high school to college.

Google Scholar – Essentially, this is Google’s library of literature. You can search for anything from articles, books, abstracts, and more.

Trello – A website and APP that helps with managing your projects in a visual manner. It came highly recommended from my Project Management TA who was teaching and advising my group at the time.

Rate My Professors – A site to look at before you sign up for classes! It shows reviews and ratings provided by students, on how well they liked the teaching and grading methods of their professors.