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5 Mind-Bogglingly Bad Celeb Hairstyles of 2015

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By Simi A Mira

Everybody has a bad hair day once in a while—hat hair, bedhead, impromptu spikes or tangles you forgot about. And then there are the bad hairstyles that last for weeks on end. Whether a bad breakup or drunken string of fashion ideas is to blame, these looks are truly a sight to behold. They’re inspiring… inspiring you to flee and never even think about imitating them. So in a way, we should be thanking these celebrities for steering us in the right direction. Too bad they had to crucify themselves to do so.

GIGI HADID – The Poser Bob

Something looks off with this one even at first glance. It has the appearance of limpness, even with a little bit of body! While straight hair isn’t always a bad thing (as a matter of fact, it seldom is), this hair just looks like you can’t do much if anything with it in the name of styling. The reason is probably that Gigi used a partial wig to make it look like she had a bob, pinning her longer hair out of sight behind it. This just goes to prove that rocking your own hair is pretty much always the better option.

SHIA LABEOUF – The Rat-tail Braid

Not trying to be heteronormative here—but some dudes just can’t pull off braids. Mostly it’s because they try to mix short hair with really long hair… like a mullet on steroids. That look really doesn’t work for 99.9% of people, even girls. Shia LeBeouf is no exception. If the braid is his real hair and not an extension, he does get a few brownie points for dedication. Unfortunately, that’s not enough to offset the… um… weirdness in this look. And unfortunately, weirdness isn’t always a good thing.

IGGY AZALEA – The Swedish Milkmaid Braid

Hi I’m Iggy—I’m from Sweden! (Not an actual quote—please don’t sue.) This hairstyle is pretty useless unless you’re wearing it as a conversation starter for how great the movie Trading Places is. But Iggy hasn’t released a single song about Trading Places, so she has no excuse. Iggy, what the hell?

NICKI MINAJ – White on Black

Platinum blonde hair with black roots? No thanks! Roots are dyed over for a reason. Now, if you can wear them without managing to look gross, congratulations—you’re a part of about .5% of the population who naturally look great with minimal fuss over their hair. But that’s usually when the roots are closer color-wise to the dyed hair below it. It’s virtually impossible for anybody to pull off looking good with black roots on the lightest possible blonde, and Nicky Minaj is no exception here. Please, spare us the awfulness.

JUSTIN BIEBER – Platinum What-ever-it-is

Honey, you’re not Draco Malfoy. The best thing to say about this one is that his hair, at the very least, looks healthy and well-kempt, which is difficult to achieve after bleaching. Lack of breakage will surely count for something in the long run, but when it comes down to the nitty-gritty, platinum hair just doesn’t match his skin tone.

The Industry Pioneers Making Way For Diversity

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By Michele Smith
Facebook – MicheleSmithMarketing

Even in recent years, diversity in the fashion industry is still severely lacking and described by many as an extremely slow change.  Beyoncé recently graced the cover of Vogue and was the only 3rd black women to appear on the September cover. This is very meaningful as magazine print publications are infamously known for their lack of diversity. Industry changes have however been happening slowly and progress is still moving forward. Fortunately, there are some modeling mavericks that are making the modeling industry more diverse and they are working day-in and day-out, to make sure these changes happen.

Bethann Hardison






Bethann Hardison a former model and fashion activist, began her career modeling in 1967 when she was discovered by designer Willi Smith. She quickly started crossing over from fitting modeling, to runway shows and print. In the 1970’s, she broke some major barriers when she appeared in Allure, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vogue. Hardison changed her focus from modeling to activism in 1981, as she was concerned with the politics of the fashion industry and clearly has made her mark with her efforts. In 1984, she formed the Bethann Management Agency with the mission of diversifying the fashion industry. In addition, she co-founded the Black Girls Coalition with former model Iman in 1988 to provide support and advocacy for African American models. Hardison’s contributions for diversifying the fashion industry have earned her multiple awards, including the First Annual Vibe Style Lifetime Achievement Award, a Distinguished Service Award, a Women of Power Legacy Award from Black Enterprise to name a few. Hardison is clearly a pioneer for diversity in the fashion industry.

Brandice Daniel

Brandice Daniel is the founder of Harlem’s Fashion Row, a company dedicated to showcasing multicultural designers by offering a creative platform where they can present their designs and sell to some of the key decision-makers in the fashion industry. Daniel created her company because multicultural designers represent less than 1% of the designers that are featured in major clothing stores and his mission is to change this fashion industry standard.  She has presented over 35 multicultural designers since she founded her company in 2007. Daniel has also been featured in New York Magazine, New York Times, and Ebony magazine, to name a few of the many media outlets recognizing her work.

Nafisa Kaptownwala




Nafisa Kaptownwala founded Lorde Inc., an agency representing a number of beautiful women of color, as she was not finding the models she wanted to work with and her industry friends were not styling or shooting models of color either. Her intent is to get major designers to work with models of color and not just work with the favorite faces of the year. Many of the multicultural models she has signed were turned down by other agencies, because there simply wasn’t interest there.  Kaptownwala’s niche agency mission to make the modeling industry more diverse, resulting in the major agencies changing their ways, while at the same time applauding every advance in diversity made by the big brands.

The Top Cities You Should Move To For Your Modeling Career

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By Calynn M. Lawrence
@fairytalefacesbycalynn

Have you ever sat back and thought about how much your location could affect the prosperity of your career? Well, you should. With any field, your destination greatly affects the success that you will have when trying to climb your way to the top. Thus, this article is to help you realize which cities would be your best bet for pursuing a career in fashion modeling. You may think that your current amateur gigs in Chi Town or Miami may be enough to suffice, which they may be, but there are definitely some better options that will maximize your portfolio and references.

NEW YORK CITY

New York City is known as America’s Fashion Capital! This is because New York City is the number one tourist destination in the United States and certainly hosts the widest range of fashion everything! Whether it is fashion modeling agencies, fashion designers, fashion careers or even fashion stores, New York has the most of it! It is no wonder that this would be the smart move for you if you are considering becoming a high fashion model in America. Also, New York City Fashion Week si one of the most diverse and competitive that you will find across the globe. Numerous times, New York Fashion Week has held a close second to the number of participants to the Fashion Capital of the World, Paris, France!

PARIS

You heard it right. Paris, France is the fashion capital of the world. That very well may not be a shock to you because it is a widely known fact. For those considering a serious career in fashion modeling, going overseas to Paris, France would be one leap of faith that you likely will not regret. That is not to say that you are guaranteed stardome, but you are guaranteed much more opportunity than any other city on the Earth! This is the home to the vast majority of your haute couture  and big name brands and designers. If you see yourself ripping the runway in a legendary lable, then chances are you need to be here. This is where the best of the best training and trending reside.

LOS ANGELES

Los Angeles may not be the best spot for your career if you are seeking to be a high fashion model. However, it is an awesome place to start if you are someone who is looking to have a career in swimwear. With such a large population and a high level of tourist crowds, Los Angeles is an amazing place to be if you are looking to land that Sports Illustrated cover. With such brilliant beaches and bikini ready bods, this is where some of the world’s most famous swimwear models originate!

LONDON

London is where you want to go if you see yourself being an edgy fashion model. Why? London’s grunge couture fashion climate is just the right fit for those models who dare to be different. If you see yourself being that rebel who sports Doc Martins, distressed bull head skinnies and a plaid blouse down the catwalk, as opposed to a soft chiffon dress, then London might just be the best place for you! Home of the Punk Rock style genre, London hosts some of the most edgy yet elegant fashion designers and models in the entire world. So, if you find yourself striving to be strange and breaking the status quo, London is where you need to go.

This article is simply a host of suggestions that serve to better your chances of finding work as a fashion model. That is not to say that you can not be successful in another city. This is simply pointing out certain factors from each city that could definitely serve to your advancement in the industry!

The Model In The Mirror – Self Acceptance Dominated By Influence

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By Margretta Sowah

The scrutiny of our genders is a source of contention for adolescents across the globe. Young men and women are constantly being reminded of physical inferiority. When we talk about Model rights we rarely acknowledge that perception of physicality is the emotional response the industry silences. What about the model in the mirror? Let’s take a step back and get a full picture of the situation regarding health within the modelling industry and how it seeps into the larger Zeitgeist.

There is no denying the correlation between models (or, to put it in the broader sense – people in the spotlight) and regular consumers who can’t help but be influenced by their peers. This is not peer pressure, it’s behavioural psychology.

According to All Party Parliamentary Group for Body Image, ‘Body image dissatisfaction is seen to undermine self-confidence, contribute to depression, and lead to the onset of a range of physical, emotional and societal problems. Promoting positive body image is fundamental to addressing other social and public health problems facing young people.’

If all behaviour is learnt from the environment then where is the primary place we form a negative body image? In the context of the Fashion Industry, is it too easy to blame the marketing machine? Perhaps. And this is a long standing debate that distracts from the solutions available to break social structures and ingrained in society.

Another point made on Dove’s #BeReal website was: Around half of girls and up to one third of boys have dieted to lose weight, children and young people with body image dissatisfaction are less likely to engage in learning and participation in school, and over half of bullying experienced by young people was because of appearance.

“Body image dissatisfaction has never been higher, particularly among young people. The pressure to conform to the impossible body ‘ideals’ we are bombarded with in advertising, magazines and on the catwalk is overwhelming and damaging.”

Dove UK, seeing there needed to be a change, launched ‘The Dove Self-Esteem Project’, beginning with the #NoLikesNeeded campaign at Women in the World. Dove is encouraging girls to realise: the only ‘like’ that counts is their own.

According to Dove’s #BeReal website: Generation of social media ‘like-chasers’ revealed as girls admit feeling prettier online than in real life – this is why the #NoLikesNeeded campaign has been launched:

1 in 2 girls say they are using social networks ‘all the time’, across an average of 4 different networks and are increasingly considered as being ‘always on’

The average UK girl takes 12 minutes to prepare for a single ‘selfie’, thus spending 84 minutes a week getting ready for selfies

The number of girls who say social networks make them feel worse about their appearance doubles between the age of 13yrs to 18yrs – 30% agree at 13yrs vs 60% at 18yrs

Girls aged 18-23yrs want three times more ‘likes’ on social media than girls aged 13-17yrs.

During research for this article I was reminded of the sense of urgency body image pressures can severely weigh down adolescents. When I was younger – pre-social media days – I definitely had anxiety when I compared my body to others. I knew I was different. But I also knew others were different too. I am glad I didn’t have the proverbial social media status intimidation. Can you imagine how the youth are coping? Being overexposed and underdeveloped – in the sense that the body still is growing. I read somewhere it takes 24 years for the brain to full form. So if you are 13/14/15 with a warped sense of value because of the behavioral pressure society puts on us to be ‘thin and free’, how can you fully live out to your full potential?

If we have the validation from our peers and ‘the mirror’ (our eyes are mirrors, too) then our lives will be perfect; or at least a little lighter. And if you are lighter, you will be accepted. And if you are accepted, you will be happy? Well, boys and girls of the world, that is not the case. Top Models, industry leaders, CEO’s and even your garbage man will all tell you there is fault in relying on others approval because it will always be undermined by their own approval of themselves. What I am saying is to #BeReal we have to ask ourselves some tough questions. We might have to ask others some tough questions, but trust that you are worth more than you think or feel you should look.

Dove truly believes everyone has the opportunity to make a difference in a girl’s self-esteem and the Dove Self-Esteem Project is centred around their #NoLikesNeeded campaign. Their ambition is to help inspire and encourage young women and girls to recognize their God-given potential, pursue excellence, and be undeniable by showcasing real role models for real girls.

There is no fast-track path to happiness or even body positivity, but it does start with the model in the mirror. Be a model for yourself – there is no likes needed, only love.

The Model In The Mirror – Self Acceptance Dominated By Influence

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By Margretta Sowah

The scrutiny of our genders is a source of contention for adolescents across the globe. Young men and women are constantly being reminded of physical inferiority. When we talk about Model rights we rarely acknowledge that perception of physicality is the emotional response the industry silences. What about the model in the mirror? Let’s take a step back and get a full picture of the situation regarding health within the modelling industry and how it seeps into the larger Zeitgeist.

There is no denying the correlation between models (or, to put it in the broader sense – people in the spotlight) and regular consumers who can’t help but be influenced by their peers. This is not peer pressure, it’s behavioural psychology.

According to All Party Parliamentary Group for Body Image, ‘Body image dissatisfaction is seen to undermine self-confidence, contribute to depression, and lead to the onset of a range of physical, emotional and societal problems. Promoting positive body image is fundamental to addressing other social and public health problems facing young people.’

If all behaviour is learnt from the environment then where is the primary place we form a negative body image? In the context of the Fashion Industry, is it too easy to blame the marketing machine? Perhaps. And this is a long standing debate that distracts from the solutions available to break social structures and ingrained in society.

Another point made on Dove’s #BeReal website was: Around half of girls and up to one third of boys have dieted to lose weight, children and young people with body image dissatisfaction are less likely to engage in learning and participation in school, and over half of bullying experienced by young people was because of appearance.

“Body image dissatisfaction has never been higher, particularly among young people. The pressure to conform to the impossible body ‘ideals’ we are bombarded with in advertising, magazines and on the catwalk is overwhelming and damaging.”

Dove UK, seeing there needed to be a change, launched ‘The Dove Self-Esteem Project’, beginning with the #NoLikesNeeded campaign at Women in the World. Dove is encouraging girls to realise: the only ‘like’ that counts is their own.

According to Dove’s #BeReal website: Generation of social media ‘like-chasers’ revealed as girls admit feeling prettier online than in real life – this is why the #NoLikesNeeded campaign has been launched:

1 in 2 girls say they are using social networks ‘all the time’, across an average of 4 different networks and are increasingly considered as being ‘always on’

The average UK girl takes 12 minutes to prepare for a single ‘selfie’, thus spending 84 minutes a week getting ready for selfies

The number of girls who say social networks make them feel worse about their appearance doubles between the age of 13yrs to 18yrs – 30% agree at 13yrs vs 60% at 18yrs

Girls aged 18-23yrs want three times more ‘likes’ on social media than girls aged 13-17yrs.

During research for this article I was reminded of the sense of urgency body image pressures can severely weigh down adolescents. When I was younger – pre-social media days – I definitely had anxiety when I compared my body to others. I knew I was different. But I also knew others were different too. I am glad I didn’t have the proverbial social media status intimidation. Can you imagine how the youth are coping? Being overexposed and underdeveloped – in the sense that the body still is growing. I read somewhere it takes 24 years for the brain to full form. So if you are 13/14/15 with a warped sense of value because of the behavioral pressure society puts on us to be ‘thin and free’, how can you fully live out to your full potential?

If we have the validation from our peers and ‘the mirror’ (our eyes are mirrors, too) then our lives will be perfect; or at least a little lighter. And if you are lighter, you will be accepted. And if you are accepted, you will be happy? Well, boys and girls of the world, that is not the case. Top Models, industry leaders, CEO’s and even your garbage man will all tell you there is fault in relying on others approval because it will always be undermined by their own approval of themselves. What I am saying is to #BeReal we have to ask ourselves some tough questions. We might have to ask others some tough questions, but trust that you are worth more than you think or feel you should look.

Dove truly believes everyone has the opportunity to make a difference in a girl’s self-esteem and the Dove Self-Esteem Project is centred around their #NoLikesNeeded campaign. Their ambition is to help inspire and encourage young women and girls to recognize their God-given potential, pursue excellence, and be undeniable by showcasing real role models for real girls.

There is no fast-track path to happiness or even body positivity, but it does start with the model in the mirror. Be a model for yourself – there is no likes needed, only love.

Staying Motivated In Winter

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By Laura Henshaw – Keep It Cleaner
@keepitcleaner + @laura.henshaw

With the weather starting to cool down and the days getting shorter it can be hard to keep up our motivation to exercise. Steph and I wanted to share our tips of how we stay motivated to keep up our exercise routine during winter and don’t let the cooler weather affect our workouts.

1. Join The Gym

While it is a fantastic idea to suspend your gym membership in Summer because you can take all your workouts outside to the sunshine in Winter the thought of an outdoor session is suddenly extremely unappealing. It will be much easier to push yourself to get into the temperature controlled gym where you know you will be comfortable and won’t be affected by what is going on with the weather outside. This also means you can’t use the rain as an excuse.

2. Plan Your Workouts

This may seem so obvious that it won’t make a difference, but we promise it does! Every Sunday night sit down with your diary and write in all your workouts for the week. Schedule them in like meetings and then tick them off when you complete them. Go into as much detail about each workout as you can so that way you are more committed to getting the session done and don’t have to think about it.

3. Workout For How It Makes You Feel

Instead of exercising for how it will make you look, focus on how it will make you feel. Often we use inspiration to get a summer body as our motivation and while any motivation is great it is really important to try and see your health as a 365 days a year 24 hours a day thing, instead of just in the 3 months leading up to Summer. Workout because you will have more energy, feel more confident and feel happier and if you ever lack motivation think about why you should sacrifice this feeling and your health just because its cold outside.

4. Don’t Always Expect To Feel Motivated

This is an important one. Unfortunately there is no magic pill to take that will automatically give you motivation before every single workout. If I only worked out when I was motivated to do so I would only work out 1/5 of the time I do. My advice is to not think about it. If you have planned to do a workout then just get to the gym and get it done. You will feel motivated once you get into your workout.

5. Get Your Workout Out Of The Way In The Morning

While a 6am alarm may seem like the worst advice of the century, I can promise you once you get used to it you will be fine. It is not only the best way to start your day and get your blood flowing it also means you can get home from work at night and relax. Unless you are in the minority who enjoy getting home at 7pm, getting changed into workout gear and venturing out into the cold instead of getting into your pajamas- getting your workout in in the morning will be the best way to ensure you don’t skip any.

Entrepreneurship 101

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By Calynn M. Lawrence
@fairytalefacesbycalynn

So you want to be your own boss? You think that it will be much better than slugging around for somebody else, right? Well, this article is going to tell you exactly how you can do that and be successful with it!

What is an entrepreneur? This is a person who decides to pursue a business venture on his own account, with no higher authority, and intends to make a profit for himself. Although that may seem easy, it is not!Here are some tips so that you can do things in the most effective manner.

1) KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT TO DO!

Going into business having a rocky idea of what you want to do is not the move. You need to have set goals and know your exact target so that you can plan how to attack it! If you want to be a shark, you must know every single step that you wish to conquer and have a set plan on how to achieve these results. That is not to say things will go exactly as you think, but you can always go back and readjust your plan if that is the case.

2) BUILD UP EXPERIENCE IN THAT FIELD!

The best thing that you can do to market yourself is to have proven track record in the field that you are trying to enter! You can build up this track record with work experience and education. Honestly, people will tell you to focus more so on the education but it almost always comes secondary when a potential business contact or client is checking your profile. Obtain some type of degree or certificate in your field but do not make that your main focus. Get as much work experience as you can! You can do this by volunteering at companies that fit your profile, interning or even freelancing on your own account and stacking a portfolio!

3) YOU MUST HAVE SOCIAL MEDIA!

Social media is the only form of globally accessible free advertising that you have. Therefore, it would be entirely unwise to skip out on such an important aspect of your business. Thus, you need to set up a social media account for your business on every major platform and use it to the best of its ability! That means that you need to upload as much content as possible, be engaging with your followers and make sure that you are giving the best representation of your business that you possibly can.

4)HAVE A STASH OF START UP MONEY!

Having the funds to start a business seams like it would be a no brainer. However, many people start a business having little to no money and find themselves in financially compromising situations that are detremental to their business! Depending on the type of business that you want to start, you may not need that much money. However, to be safe you should always take your estimated startup cost and add 50% to that whenh saving. That way, you’ll have a nice safety net for the unexpected costs that most certainly will occur.

5) BE ENTIRELY PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS!

Many people do not understand the hard work that goes into being your own boss because they assume that it is all fun and games. But, it actually will have you working more hours than if you had a traditional career. You must invest into your business so that you may have the best outcome. This means that you will likely have to sacrifice your social life and other pursuits for a little while. But, in the end it is worth it when you have your booming business off the ground.

There is no exact recipe to becoming a successful business person. Following these steps will certainly benefit you more than just jumping in willie nillie. Hoever, some prefer to do things on a whim and that is completely your choice. Happy entrepreneurship to everyonce

4 Tips For Model Skin

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By Calynn M. Lawrence
@fairytalefacesbycalynn
Twitter – @fairytalefaces

Ever look at the girls in the magazines and wonder if your skin could ever be that clear? Well, I have great news for you: it can! Many people over think the concept of achieving clear skin when really it is not super difficult. Following the tips in this article will help you gain clear model skin in no time!

#1 YOU NEED TO KNOW YOUR SKIN TYPE

You must know your skin type to construct a beneficial skin care routine. If unaware of your skin type, it is very likely that the regimen you are following is actually damaging your skin or doing very little to help it.

Basically, there exists 4 different types of skin. Oily skin is characterized by having skin that is extremely greasy. This type of skin tends to be very acne prone. It is constantly on the brink of a break out however, it is almost never dry to the touch! Dry skin is seldom ever broken out but very prone to peeling, blotchiness and scabbing. Because of it’s dehydrated nature, it is much less likely to develop acne however it is regularly thirsty for moisture! Normal skin has a balance of hydration and dryness. It is not neither acne prone or acne resistant. Lastly, there’s combination skin. This can be a combination between any of the previous 3 skin types mentioned!

#2 DRINK A LOT OF WATER

Drinking water is the life source of the whole body. Thus, you need to have a maximum intake of water so that your bodily systems can be in optimal running condition. It can not only serve to hydrate the skin but to help flush out bad toxins within the body that may be causing your complexion to have difficulties! Try to drink at least 72 ounces a day and watch how your skin changes!

#3 WASH YOUR FACE TWICE A DAY

You want to be sure wash your face in both the morning and in the evening. Oily skin should be washed with a mattifying cleanser with clay components. The clay will soak up all of the excess oil and leave your face nice and dry for the day. Combination skin should be washed with a foaming facial wash. This will have enough astringent to pull the oil out of the pores but will not suck the moisture out of the dry parts. Dry skin should be washed with a non foaming cleanser. This will ensure that there are no harsh sulfates that will overly dehydrate the skin. Normal skin can be washed with a mild bar soap so as to thoroughly cleanse without causing any harm.

#4 EXFOLIATE ON A REGULAR BASIS

Exfoliation is the process of deep skin cleansing that helps to remove all impurities and dead skin cells from the surface. This helps with the rapid clearing of acne and break outs, the evening of a complexion, the smoothing of texture and an added healthy glow. Exfoliation rejuvenates the skin! But, too much exfoliation can result in sore skin, extreme dryness, patchiness and redness or irritation. The best way to exfoliate is with a soft bristle facial brush and a light beaded facial wash. Those with dry skin should only exfoliate once a week. Their skin is already dry and likely clear so they do not need constant exfoliation. Those with combination skin should exfoliate twice a week, with heavier concentration on the oily zones of the face and a lighter hand on the dry bits. Those with oily skin may exfoliate up to 3 times a week to ensure that they are minimizing pore clogging and acne control. Those with normal skin can exfoliate anywhere between once and twice a week as needed.

These are simply 4 fun tips to help you get that beautiful model complexion at home! Who needs thousand dollar products when you can achieve great skin on a good budget? Try incorporating these into your daily regimen and watch the results!

5 Ways To Detox After The Holiday Splurge

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By Jessica Sepel
@jshealth

Tis the season for abundance, and you may be feeling it after an especially indulgent meal (or four). But that doesn’t mean you should restrict, cleanse or go on a crash diet! Your body won’t respond well to that either – deprivation will not make you feel better, it will only complicate your relationship with food.

Instead, there are some easy ways to detox your system that have very little to do with food. Treating your body with care and compassion are always the best ways to feel your most amazing, and these are simple things you can do today. Here are my top tips to detox – without changing your diet!

1. Drink warm lemon water. You may already be doing this most mornings, and it’s a great habit to get into if you’re not. Squeezing half a lemon into warm water (you can add a dash of cayenne pepper if you like) helps flush the liver and kick starts digestion (and your metabolism).

2. Have a green juice. Adding greens will infuse your system with a direct hit of vitamins and nutrients. I love making my own at home with kale, spinach, lemon, ginger and green apple, but if you’re picking one up try to find a juice bar that fresh presses their juice with organic ingredients.

3. Use a body brush. Help detox your lymphatic system and improve circulation by enjoying luxurious dry body brushing. Using a soft, naturally bristled brush, start at your feet and brush up in small, upward movements toward your heart. When you’re done, hop in the shower!

4. Practice yoga and meditation. Just 20 minutes a day connects you with your mind and body. Remember, a physical cleanse and emotional cleanse go hand in hand. If yoga isn’t your thing, go for a long walk (outside, if you can). This gets digestion going and helps clear your head. It’s important to free the mind from toxic thoughts, and these are gentle but effective ways to cleanse your whole self.

5. Go to bed early. Big meals can often make us feel sluggish, but there’s good reason to get rest. This is the body’s time to process and detox after a busy day, and it requires a good 7-8 hours per night. Give your body a break and let it do what it naturally wants to do.

Dress To Impress: A Guide For Dressing To Your Body Shape

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Job interviews. If you’re anything like me, those two words are enough to make you want to retreat to the darkest depths of your closet with no intention to return. For me, the mere concept of a job interview is an anxiety trigger. My heart rate goes up, my palms get clammy, and i spend a good twenty-four hours stood in front of my closet in a panic, clothing littering my floor in complete disarray.

My thoughts swirl around and around in my head as i try and use my inner psychic to figure out what questions i’ll be asked and what my interviewer will be like. I haven’t even left my house yet, and already i’m stressed out and a sweaty mess.

The ultimate goal at an interview is to sell ourselves to our potential boss, making us the merchandise. Each employer is unique, as is each wanna-be employee, which can make the task of dressing one-self a bit more daunting than usual. You want to impress, but you don’t know what standards you’re trying to reach. So you have to rely on looking your best, in the hopes that it’s enough to convince your potential paycheck that there is plenty more beauty beneath the surface. But, wait a minute, how to pick from the endless options? Luckily, business attire has been around for decades, with minimal changes, so designers have had plenty of time to master creating styles as unique as their buyers.

For the “apple” shaped woman who carries her weight in her midsection, getting a flattering fit can be tough. Selecting a shift is often times the hardest part of the battle, and then balancing your top half with your lower half complicates everything even more. Allow me to unscramble the issue. Stick with a flowing, simple shirt, and allow the folds to fall around your ‘trouble’ area. Pair it with a low waisted, straight leg plant to balance out your look.

As much as we all love a big bum, there is a time and place to accentuate one. The “pear” shaped woman struggles most with this, for her wide hips and curvy booty are hard to miss. With a structured jacket, an embellished top, and a boot-leg pants the big ol’ butt will be barely noticeable behind all that style!

Straight” is such an ugly name for this next shape, in my opinion, but all it means is your waist isn’t as narrow as most. That can make a girl feel boyish, which can really put a dent in her confidence. A cute, ruffled shirt with a fitted jacket can give you that curvy look you crave. For your bottom half, if you’re looking to feature your femininity, throw on a mid-length flared skirt and peep-toe heel.

The most sought after shape is definitely the “hourglass” figure. I, like most girls, seriously envy you if you fall into this category. With a slim waist, ample bosom, and curved hips, you have a much easier time dressing then the rest of us. For that extra wow factor, top off a wide-leg, belted pant at the waist with a tucked in loose fit shirt and a belted jack.

Unlike your maths exam in college, there is no syllabus for this; no step-by-step guide to success. The chance of failure is unknown, as is everything else, because every employer is as unique as every employee. All we can do is attempt to be ready for any and all possible scenarios. Hopefully these tips will make the process a little bit easier by helping you escape the stress of dressing to impress.