With the growing popularity of Tumblr, Pinterest, IMGfave, I'm inspired to try a little something different with today's blog post. This is a collection of inspiring images I've found around the web (sources included when possible). If you like it, we'll do it again soon! Let me know if there's a picture you'd like me to include next time.
Whether you're looking for a freelance gig or a full-time office job, the (unfortunate) truth is that you'll usually need references. Fortunately, these tips will make finding references a breeze.
1 Ask. Really. Sometimes it's that simple. Send a pleasant email or pick up the phone and say you need a reference for a job you're applying for, and you would really appreciate it if they could help you out.
2 Tell them what you need. Specifics. What does your interviewer want to talk about? Your organizational skills? Your ability to work in a team? Don't leave your reference out of the loop. It's disrespectful, annoying, and simply won't help them help you make a good impression.
3 Return the favour. Simple paying-it-forward and good karma work wonders.
4 Have friends in high places. You know how they say "it's about who you know, not what you know"? Sometimes that's true. Networking is vital to your career.
5 Be great at what you do. Then, asking for a reference is simply getting a friend to rave about how awesome you are.
6 Remember that a little politeness goes a long way. Say please, and be sure to shoot your references a thank you email afterwards.
Listening to HIM will forever fill me with melancholy and nostalgia. I could listen to this band on repeat for hours during my teenage years, and Ville Valo's writing and aesthetic have endlessly inspired me.
Celebrity gossip rags (and now The Internet) are making a fuss about Kristen Stewart's disdain for high heels.
"Anyone who’s seen photos of Kristen Stewart in one of her perpetually occurring thousand-dollar-gown-and-ratty-sneakers getups... may be surprised to learn that the Twilight star works with a professional stylist".
Actually, no. Most actors have stylists. Also, most of us don't spend our days pondering the lives of said actors.
And really, 'getups'? Only tabloid writers and exasperated fathers who say to their teens "you're going out in that?!" say 'getups'.
Besides, every job has uniform requirements and being a celebrity is no different. But it's not like Kristen eschews heels and fancy dresses completely. She makes her appearance, then changes into her sneakers.
"[The stylist's] name is Tara Swennen, and she wishes Stewart would wear heels just as much as the rest of us".
Really? I don't "wish Stewart would wear heels". I like her laid-back, 'real girl' vibe. Not everyone is into wearing party dresses and stilettos. It's cool that she's confident enough to flaunt it.
"Unlike the rest of us, Swennen actually gets paid to try and convince Stewart to wear heels. And most of the time, it still doesn’t work".
Well damn, doesn't that suck? At least it means that tabloid journalist still has a job, right?
This winter, fashion is all about indulging in rich
fabrics, like brocade and velvet, that make you look and
feel expensive. Wear luxe jewel tones and your most opulent accessories.
Baroque is incredibly en vogue. It was all over the runaways at Alexander McQueen and Dolce and Gabbana, and now it's in magazines like Elle Canada and Marie Claire.
The history: "Baroque is a period in the history of Western arts roughly coinciding
with the 17th century. It's also a style that used exaggerated motion
and clear, easily interpreted detail to produce drama, tension,
exuberance, and grandeur....an abundant amount of details....and an overall sense of awe." [source]
So how can you incorporate this style into your own look?
How to wear Baroque this season:
Choose a show-stopping dress in your favourite Baroque print and colour and pair it with modern, sky-high heels and pared-down accessories. OR Wear a glamorous 17th century accessory with neutral pants or skirt and a blouse.
Some visual inspiration:
Are you going to rock the Baroque trend this winter?
My skin gets awfully dry during winter (I think most of us experience that! Ick.). Fortunately, the lovely ladies at Alison Claire were kind enough to send me a couple of their natural skincare products to review for you.
The Lemongrass Foot Cream's texture is absolutely perfect! It feels amazing on sore feet. It's very moisturizing and rejuvenating, and not nearly as greasy as other products I've tried-- score! The only downside: I don't like the scent, (but then I don't like lemongrass in general). The
scent isn't that strong, though, so it's not enough to put me off of
using the cream again!
Bonus: the minimalist packaging is fresh and pretty.
Alison Claire herself (the company's founder and a natural healthcare practitioner) calls the products "so pure you could eat them"-- and after hearing about the vanilla coconut body butter, I'm pretty tempted!
Final thought: I really like this company:They have lovely products. They have great twitter presence that's friendly and engaging. And their website is easy to navigate (and easy on the eyes), so shopping is made to be a really positive experience. It's definitely worth checking out their site and following them on twitter.
Full disclosure: Alison Claire provided me with product samples in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.
This blog is a work in progress. Proof: its name has changed for the 3rd (and last!!!) time since its inception 2 and half years ago.
And as much as I'd like to say I'm a polished, perfect person, I have to admit... I'm a work in progress, too.
I've learned a lot, running this blog. Most notably:
1 Creativity doesn't come just because you want it to. Quite the contrary. If you wait for your muse to appear, she probably won't.
2 Churn out a whole bunch of ideas, and you'll say something brilliant (eventually). Keep working at it, and a gem will be borne.
3 Honesty is vital. I'm kind of embarassed by all the times I've changed things up here. But it's important to me to be transparent with you. Besides, some of those new things have really stuck, not mention they've been really great.
So back to the name change. Polish and Sparkle -- because those are the two things, I've learned, that every girl needs. Polish: refinement, class, sophistication. Sparkle: fun, glitter, glamour, whimsy. It's like yin and yang or chocolate and pretzels: put together two different but complementary things, and they'll shine.
- Polish is business, elegant, time-consuming (but totally worth it).
- Sparkle is fun, flirty and exciting. A perfect match.
More importantly, Polish and Sparkle are two traits every woman can have, even if she's battling a chronic or mental illness. I'd like to dedicate myself and this blog to erasing the stigma attached to invisible disabilities, to sharing my struggles and helping you with yours. You can live the life you've dreamed, no matter what obstacles you encounter.
Other than the name,the niche and my new, improved, deliciously beefed-up editorial calendar, this site hasn't changed at all! My attitude- optimistic, witty and helpful- hasn't changed, either. Your (near-) daily dose of inspiration, encouragement, news and fun is here to stay!
I love you. Thank you for standing my me-- and this site. It's all for you!
Scrub Soaps are ah-mazing! I'm enjoying the scent and texture of Bath and Body Works' new cashmere one. although I find it leaves some residue, which is kind of icky. Good to know there are more options to try!
"...I trust that other adults are capable of doing their own
research in order to make sensible decisions for their lives. When
somebody is floating sky-high in a bubble of inspired bliss, I don’t go
shooting at them with missiles of death and fear. Adventure may be risky, but so is life. It comes with a 100% chance of death. And while I’m touched that people take time out of their day to offer
free safety tips and third-hand horror stories, I don’t understand why
morbid warnings are a socially acceptable reaction to talk of travel and
"The ultimate tip for building a happy community – embrace the position
you acquired as soon as you moved in. You are a member of your local
community, just as much a part of it as anyone else with the same
postcode. You’ve got a network of people around you who care about the
streets you live on, which is pretty nice when you think about it".
I'm at home with an awful cold (which I've complained about sooo much already. Ugh!). In an effort to get better, I'm doing this stuff as well as focusing on being grateful for everything awesome that's happened this week. Join me?
♥ Sorry to be so vague about this one, but... Really exciting things are happening here, to be unveiled soon! Eeeee!!
♥ I was invited to cover the One of a Kind Christmas Show (November 22-December 2) for Fashion Beauty Body Image. I've covered the show before, and it's always fun-- and a great place to do some holiday shopping.
♥ I'm feeling especially grateful for my parents today. I know they're far from perfect, but they instilled a lot of incredible values in me, gifts I'll continue to discover for years to come. I'm very blessed.
Little things which made me smile:
♥ Tomato soup... yummy. ♥ A really sweet email from Shirley
♥ Got my Glymm box today! It's fun to get samples of cosmetics in the mail every month. ♥
P.S. If you're thinking about doing your own TiLT/F list, you should read what Gala Darling said about her experience:
"...learning to see the blessings in your life is one of the fastest ways
to feeling true, genuine happiness. I’ve been writing my Things I Love
Thursday column for six years now — that’s crazy! — & it
really helps me keep perspective. It is so easy to grumble &
grizzle, to be pedantic & pout, but it takes skill & discipline
to look on the bright side.
My weekly TiLT lists serve a few purposes. Firstly, it gets me to
focus on the positive, & not just in some abstract way: it forces me
to really sit down, assess my life, & shine a light on the best
parts of it. Secondly, it serves as a kind of “happy diary”, a way of
chronicling & remembering my life — which I need, because my memory
is not what it used to be!
I’m sure that to some people, my writing of a public gratitude list
is weird & incomprehensible. I don’t write this to boast; instead, I
write it to hopefully persuade you to do the same. When I commit
myself to doing this every week, out loud & in public, maybe that
will inspire you to commit in a similar way.
Writing a list of your blessings doesn’t have to take a long time —
it could be as short as a tweet! — but it is an instant mood
picker-upper, & the long-term effects from doing it on the regular
are immense & wonderful".
Hey, lovely readers! My online presence has been somewhat sparse the past few days, because I'm sick! Fever, congestion, migraine, coughing, runny nose... The whole bit. I'm sure that some of you are a little under the weather too, so here are my top tips for getting well ASAP:
-Take it easy when you have a cold! This should be common sense, but it's imperative to rest (mind and body) if you're sick. I know the world is fast-paced, especially if you live in the city or have a high-power career. Being productive and "on" all the time is important. But you should come first. Always.
-If you *have* to be at the office, drink lots of hot tea, suck on cough lozenges and try to sneak in a power nap.
-Go to bed early. You need your beauty sleep, especially when you don't feel well.
-Cheer yourself up. I tend to feel blue when I've got a cold, but sweets, Netflix and snuggling my cats makes it all better. Find a little way to pamper yourself. It could make all the difference.
-Have some soup (matzah balls optional). Jewish grandmothers know best, in this scenario. I don't have any in the house, so my mom made me tomato soup, which was perfect!
-Lastly: if you don't start to get better within the week, see the doctor. Obvious, but so important. Going to the doctor isn't fun, but suck it up, just to be sure your cold is nothing serious.
How do you take care of yourself when you're sick?
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Note: I feel this post is especially pertinent after Sandy's destruction. Even after a hurricane battered the city, it's still one of the most magnificent the world over. While you're listening to this playlist, if you have any time or money to spare, check out these post-Sandy volunteer opportunities or where to donate to help those affected by Sandy. Thanks!
♫ Around the World - Buddy Greco (featured on the Pan Am soundtrack)
Around the world / I've searched for you / I traveled on when hope was gone
/ To keep a rendezvous.
♫ Sherry - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Technically, I suppose this is more of a New Jersey song than a New York song, but to each her own, right? Besides, it's so dance-y!
♫ Manhattan - Ella Fitzgerald
How can you go to Manhattan and not listen to this song?! I already sang its praises here. ♫ Downtown - Petula Clark
♫ New York State of Mind - Barbra Streisand
Another classic! ♫ Empire State of Mind - Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
A new classic?
♫ Rent - Anthony Rapp & Adam Pascal (Rent Official Broadway Cast Recording)
The title song from the NYC musical.
♫ New York, New York - Frank Sinatra
It's up to you, New York, New York!
♫ The Edge of Glory - Lady Gaga
This song is epic, just like the city. Plus, it's by a native New Yorker.