We have all made some pretty serious New Year’s resolutions, but with spring on our doorstep, it’s time for some meaningful change as well. One may think that something as easy as spring cleaning cannot possibly be as effective as some of the more impactful changes in life, but you would be surprised. By cleaning your surroundings and getting rid of clutter, you will provide a new, fresh start for yourself that will leave a lot of room for personal growth and sense of freedom. With this stressor out of your way, you will feel more motivated to fulfill your long-term goals. If some of your resolutions are related to your work, you should know that your working environment can have immense influence on your productivity and mood.
Get it all out
The first step to spring decluttering is undoubtedly a thorough cleanup of all important surfaces. This doesn’t only include your desk and computer, but other areas of the room as well. This is especially important for people who work in a home office. Get everything out of the way and start cleaning meticulously. It’s essential that you get rid of dust, vacuum the space properly as well as keep the windows sparkly clean. As we all know, plenty of natural light is a great productivity booster, and you don’t want winter debris stuck to your windows. Once the entire room is clean, you can start with more specific bits, such as furniture, shelves and so on.
Reconsider your vision board
If you don’t have a board that features all your important tasks as well as inspirational photos and messages, now is a perfect time to get or make one. On the other hand, if you already have one from last year, you may want to assess its usefulness. People need change in their life to prosper; so, you should definitely check whether motivational aspects of this board match your current goals and aspirations. Introduce something new to this board even if it’s just a new color or shape of post-it notes. Most importantly, if there’s something on it that reminds you of a bad period or even a failure, make sure to get rid of it. You don’t need that kind of negativity for a fresh start.
Go through desk content
Now that everything is clean and your working area is ready to be organized, it’s time to go through your desk content. This includes all the decorative bits and pieces, work necessities, important papers, stationery, etc. First of all, make sure that all decorative details inspire you without disrupting your focus. If you don’t have any plants in this area, you should probably green up your surroundings a bit. Make sure to check every single paper and document because a lot of useless things accumulate over time and mix with those that are actually relevant. Toss away all the pens that don’t work anymore and stock up on other essentials. That way, you’ll effectively declutter unnecessary mess and organize your work area the way it suits your needs the best.
Create pleasant working conditions
No one should work in a stuffy room. In that sense, make sure that there’s always fresh air in your personal working environment. Sometimes, plants and windows are not enough, especially if you’re prone to allergies. In this case, consider installing an effective air purifier. A desk that doesn’t have a proper balance can also disturb your concentration and cause additional stress. You can deal with this effectively by placing a high traction non slip mat under the desk legs. The furniture and the room’s layout should provide you with enough comfort without limiting your freedom of movement. If your desk light is too strong for your eyes, replace it with more soothing alternatives.
All the above-mentioned changes and decluttering won’t take a lot of your time, but your work area will be transformed. With junk thrown away, a proper organization system, as well as personal and inspirational details that spark up your motivation, you will create a perfect place to discover an even better, happier and more efficient you.
There I was writing a list in January 2016 of the things I wanted to accomplish "live in a new country ". As I wrote this and other goals on that list, money was the last thing on my mind as I had not idea how any of this would be possible. Flash forward to August 2016 and there I was ... living in a first world country. Here are 10 things I've learnt.
Age is just a number: In Jamaica, people put an age limit on just about everything including the family dynamic. If you don't have a husband and child by 30 , your life is worthless. If you have not completed school by 25 don't bother trying. In America people do just about anything they want regardless the age and they do it confidently.
Ask for Stuff : I hate asking people for anything at all as I don't want to be a burden. I realized that people are not mind readers (duh ) and will never know what I want unless I ask for it.
Leave people alone: Now, this was extremely weird as I come from a culture where everybody is in your business! In America , if you see a man on the side of the road ... leave him alone unless he asks you for help. I kinda wish it was like that in Jamaica as I believe the crime rate would be lower as you have no time to dip your nose in people's business.
Promote Yourself: One thing I love about America is how fearless the people are ...OMG! AmeriCANS go hard to promote themselves... after all nobody goes into Business to not make money.
Treat Yo Self : Most Americans are all about work, work, work so they have very little time to enjoy the things they worked hard for. There is no shame in treating yourself to something really nice ( no matter the cost )
Money is not all: This is kinda similar to the point above ( but not really ) I have seen some really old beat up cars that people in Jamaica would never drive. Thing is ..people bought those cars with cash and there are no car payments. People here care about creating memories and having experiences rather than material things.
Your Biggest Problem is yourself : We have all heard this in one way or another and it's so true. When you really really think about it YOU are the biggest problem in YOUR own way. There are people who have gone through way more stuff than you and they made it over successfully to the other side.
Perfect your Craft/Talent/Skill : So I know that Jamaicans are talented but I can't even front with the level of talent in Americans. I realize that most Americans will spend money to really sharpen a skill or talent before they offer it to the world.
You Are Entitled to Great Customer Service: Yes I used the "E" word. Here in Jamaica we receive such crappy Customer Service that I feel this is how Business should be. Even if people are pretending to be nice , they go above and beyond to make you feel ... appreciated as a Customer.
There is the Rest of the World: Believe it or not , there are so many people who have never traveled to another country or even City. Most Americans will roll out the dough to travel to another country just to experience something new. Travelling allows you to get a fresh perspective on life and the world in general and allow you to realize you are a small piece of a much bigger picture.
Every little girl dreams of being a Princess for one day at her very own Fairy Tale Wedding. The thing about modern Fairy Tale Weddings is that the Dresses are numerous and decisions are plentiful! A woman's Wedding Dress is supposed to be special to her and make her feel like a Princess on her Wedding Day. Keep reading for tips on how to select the perfect Wedding Dress.
Finding Your Fit: The great thing about being a woman is that we are all different and have different body types. Wedding Dresses are just like that! There are different shapes and designs created to fit specific body types. You might see a dress in a Magazine or on the Internet that looks super amazing on the model then when you find that dress it doesn't look the same on you. Find the dress the compliments your body type and you will be satisfied.
Wedding Theme: Gone are the days when people would do "Church/Ceremony" Wedding. Today , it's all about a theme and location , location , location. Let's say you are having a Beach Themed Wedding , surely you will opt out of a dress that is bulky and has a train as this would not be conducive to the sand. Also consider the Wedding Photos as these express so much more in expressions than words. When you look back at the Wedding Photos , you should not say " why did I choose that Dress"?. The dress you choose should go with your theme.
Give it Time: This is for the ladies who opt for a custom Wedding Dress. Ensure that you give the Designer ample time to create the dress as you are not their only client. Often I've heard horror stories of Brides who were not satisfied with the outcome of their dress then when asked why this was so there was a resounding " I didn't have time". Ladies , it's your special day therefore the onus is on you to get things together as soon as you can for best results.
Shop Around: For most ladies finding the perfect Wedding Dress will take time and dedication. If you are working with a specific budget ( you should ) be sure to shop around to get the best prices to suit your budget. Believe it or not , you can find really nice dresses that won't break the bank that still look great.
If you are in Jamaica this Sunday , Check out Wedding Spectacular at Hope Gardens from 11.00 A.M - 6.00 P.M. Wedding Spectacular is Jamaica's biggest , most successful one day Wedding Expo. Click HERE for more info.
When was the last time you really looked inside your Make-Up Bag? ( Do you even have a Make-Up Bag ?) No shame if you don't because I don't either unless I'm travelling. We are at The Haute Lifestyle thought this was the perfect time to stock up on Essentials and fresh up that Make-Up Bag.
Imagine you wanted to paint your room but you had no paint? Pointless right? Foundations come in a number of brands, shades and formulas which can help you balance your skin tone and cover blemishes. If you prefer a full face then you can get a full coverage foundation if not then there are foundations that are not as opaque.
A stick or tube of eyeliner can make a world of difference! Trust us when we tell you this. I like that eyeliner can be worn on an everyday basis for that " No Make-Up , Make-UpLook " or it can be used to create a dramatic Cat-Eye. Every woman needs to add this staple item to her Make-Up Bag as it is a great starter item.
I know you are probably thinking why Lip-gloss!!?? Thing is, as women we all have a preference and say as it relates to the amount of Make-Up we wear on a daily basis. If you are like me and not a huge fan of Lipstick then Lip-gloss is a great substitute. You can get a Lip-gloss that is clear or one that offers moderate pigmentation. I like to think of Lip-gloss as the Icing on the Cake as it truly finishes off the look.
It's completely fine if you like to apply Make-up with your fingertips but this only transfers the germs from your fingers to your face. Make-up applicators are so many these days and depending on your preference this can be a brush , sponge or silicon! Yes the "silisponge" is a thing these days.
I've heard people say all Mascaras do the same thing and I'm here to tell you that's not True! There are Mascaras that add volume, length and fullness. I find that the wands are made multi-faceted so that it will give your lashes a 360 look without having to add Lashes. One of my favorite Mascaras are from GA-DE ( Jade ) the wand is a lot smaller and it gives my lashes that 360 both top and bottom.
Eye shadow 👓👀
I like single eye-shadows as opposed to the pallets as they are more conducive for the day to day and travelling! I would say walk with shades that are more earth tones ( for daytime ) and bolder shades ( for night time ) The right eye-shadow with the right outfit can really set the tone.
The great thing about Make-up is that it can be washed off at the end of the day. Let's not make it a big deal and have fun with it.
Getting pampered does not have to be expensive and is something we should all do every once in a while. We here at The Haute Lifestyle like to try different at home pampering sessions from items we already have at home whether it's a Facial or Pedicure. Thanks to the wonderful folks at Collectively and Nip + Fab I was able to try some of their items to get my body snatched! Keep reading to see the items I received and how I used them.
GLYCOLIC FIX DAILY CLEANSING PADS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
60 pads/ 55 mm diameter
I actually received this product previously and was glad when I saw it again 😀The Glycolic Daily Cleansing Pads are one of the best sellers on the Nip + Pad Website. They are radiance boosting pads soaked in exfoliating gel to re-texture + re-surface skin. I definitely like that these pads are extremely moist and they apply on the skin really nicely. I use this at the start of my Skincare routine to thoroughly cleanse my skin , then I continue with my daily cleanser. I use this at night ( even though it's for daily use ) as when I awake in the morning , my skin looks fresh and bright like that of a 16 year old.
DRAGON'S BLOOD FIX HYALURONIC SHOT ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is the new kid on the Block in my Skincare/Beauty Regime and I was a tad scared to try it. As soon as I heard the term "Dragon Blood" I was wondering if they hired a Dragon Slayer to get all those dragons ...lol * Dragons are not real * This intense moisture concentrate works to deeply hydrate thirsty and dry skin for a moisture locked and plumper finish. Dragons Blood is a sap found in the Croton Lechleri tree in the Amazon, it works to protect and heal the skin from all outside aggressions. The Dragons Blood is combined with an unbeatable 50% Hyaluronic Solution which works to instantly plumps the appearance of the skin. The Dragons Blood Hyaluronic Fix Shot can be used directly onto the skin, or mixed with other products for a double shot of hydration and plumping! This is supposed to be a supercharged way to moisturize the skin and combat dullness. It smells really great! It has that "expensive" Skincare productsmell that is not overpowering nut smells good at the same time. I use it after toning to retain moisture in my skin.
BUST FIX NIGHT ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I am a member of the "itty bitty commitee" and I need thangs to give the illusion of a larger bust ( sometimes ) This product does exactly what the name suggests ... it makes the busts look .. juicy. You use this at night around the Aerola ( dark part ), on the bust and decolette'. An amped up version of our best-selling Bust Fix! Maximum strength plumping CellActive® -FORM gets to work whilst your body is rested so it can work harder to achieve optimum results on the bust and decollete area.The key ingredient in this revolutionary formula is Chronodyn which actively promotes cell regeneration, whilst adding volume to the cleavage and firming the bust area. Use in conjunction with original Bust Fix for the best visible results!
KALE FIX CLAY MASK ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Kale is the hottest thing since sliced bread and so are Clay Masks. Imagine combing Clay and Kale in one supercharged Skincare product. This is used to soften the skin and is a great addition to really lock moisture into the skin. It is gentle enough to be used daily but I use it once a week as the final stage to my beauty Regime.
A super-charged nourishing clay face mask enriched with minerals and witch hazel, works to draw away impurities without drying the skin. The addition of an advanced moisture complex helps to restore the skin’s natural barrier function & regulate water loss to increase hydration for the skin to leave it feeling touchably soft with a fresh glow.
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Nip + Fab is a fabulous skincare and body care range founded by Maria Hatzistefanis (founder of Rodial). Designed to
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smoothing, boosting and firming ingredients. Nip + Fab is premium skincare for everyday concerns at everyday prices. #Nip+Fab