The Off The Shoulder Trend Is Off The Chain

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Now I must admit I am a sucker for any kind of upper torso action in fashion, but I especially live for shoulder details; shoulder pads, structured shoulders, or a capped sleeve to enhance the shoulder, I love it all. Amazingly,  this summers biggest trend bares it all, the off the shoulder detail! So, needless to say I am in social media heaven. I have searched through Instagram and Twitter feeds, and yes even Pinterest to find beautiful looks that make me have to sit on my hands to avoid the “must buy” itch! Why you ask? because I’m addicted!

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Bloggers and everyday Fashionistas alike have rocked the trend and no two  shoulder looks are alike. As one would imagine, what you could do with an off the shoulder look seems limited, but not so in 2016. We have seen some of the most innovative off the shoulder dresses, tops, and even some looks that have incorporated a mean sleeve. Many of the outfit of the day styles have been  supremely minimalistic and it seems to be the perfect combination of style and smarts.

Here are some of our favorites below:

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The Must Have Accessory | Rose Gold Sunglasses 

Sunnies, blockers, stunner shades whatever you call them, they are a necessary summer accessory. Of course ultimately we wear sunglasses to protect our eyes from UV rays, but admit it, looking cool is an added bonus.

Now, this season’s hottest trend is a combination of two of our favs, the beautiful feminine hue rose gold and summers hottest accessory metallic reflective lenses. When it comes to the metallic pink color, rose gold jewelry is usually the first thing we think of. As of late, we’ve seen a lot of ladies rocking rose gold watches all over the street style scene and rose gold engagement rings are emerging as the most fashionable way to begin a lifelong union.

Whether you are rocking designer brands like Ray ban or some of the most popular styles such as aviator or Wayfarer rocking them in the hottest tent rose gold is on trend and where it’s at.

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Trends | African Print May Be Here To Stay

African print has burst onto the fashion scene with a vengeance. Although, it has always been around the bold expression of African heritage and craftsmanship has not always been easy to find, affordable, or be available in the vibrant prints and colors here in the States as it is now.

Now there are a ton of cutting edge .com’s dedicated to head wraps and the like, but is this beautiful cloth that we have fallen oh so in love with a fad waiting to leave us longing for it to roll around again like shoulder pads and track suits? Will it be one of the fashion trends we associate with some of the most fashionable times in our lives? Some say it’s here to stay and here’s why, in Nigeria, for example, 43.7 percent of the population is under 15-years-old. This is driving immense creativity and growth as the  regular lists of Africa’s emerging entrepreneurs signals.

All signs are pointing to yes for the longevity of the vivid fabric, market places are being created for African artisans to sale their goods globally with ease and large retailers are collaborating with Africa’s entrepreneurs to bring their brands to the masses. Furthermore, high end designers like Stella MacCartney have introduced the print into their collections with much success. It’s our sincere hope that the African print trends is here for good, its bold, unforgettable and gives a much needed jolt to the fashion world.

 

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Are You A Risk Taker Or A Rule Follower?

I have always been a natural born risk taker, it may have something to do with the way I was raised. My family always had the stance “What’s the worst that could happen”? And I live that mantra daily. Being a risk taker has its pros and cons, the pros are that I am always willing to bet on myself, always, the cons are that I have executed plans that could have been better thought out. I have also “failed” at things that if I had assessed the risk and not just been willing to take one, would have turned out better.

I was reading an article the other day that said women are natural rule followers and men are natural risk takers. This article went on to say that women applied for a promotion when they were 100% qualified and men when they are less than %60 qualified. Why is this? I had to ask myself, are we as women to careful?

Are you too careful? Do you need the stars to align perfectly before you execute? Do you put off creating your dream job until you have done every stitch of research possible before you make a move? Furthermore, do you pass up applying for positions at work because you may not have all of the qualifications?

Or, on the contrary, are you to brazen, Do you execute without the proper amount of forethought because you live, breath, and eat confidence? Do you circumvent processes because the “hustler” in you is always looking for a short cut? Are you always looking for the next come up, without the proper amount of effort?

I don’t recommend leaning too far to either ends of the spectrum, but to be truly successful, you need to have both. Risk and rules go hand in hand. You must be willing to take some risk, but it must be mitigated. You should also recognize the rules because someone attempted the task before you and realized there was a right and wrong way to go about things, and furthermore why reinvent the wheel? Too much rule following leads to groupthink, and risk overload leads to inevitable failure at some point.  Create some balance:

Slow down risk taker:

Put a time frame on a task and then execute – Take some time and weigh all of the possible options and outcomes.

Go against the grain rule follower:

Challenge the status quo – Just because someone said “this is how you do it”, doesn’t mean there isn’t more than one way to skin a cat.

Balance is key – There’s nothing wrong with being a rule follower or risk taker, but too much of either could stunt your growth or halt your success.

Are you a rule follower or a risk taker, let us know below.

Doing Good Can Do You Some Good | The Health Benefits Of Volunteering

 

Volunteering gives you a sense of purpose – You are helping others which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity.

Doing good, can do you quite a bit of good physically, spiritually, and emotionally. I personally find that when I know I am going to help someone in need I feel more joyful. There are so many benefits to volunteering besides giving back, here are a few..

Volunteering gives you a sense of purpose – You are helping others which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity.The better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals.
Volunteering makes you feel useful – You find new meaning and purpose in your life by helping others. It also keeps you mentally stimulated.

Volunteering keeps you physically fit – Doing physical activities such as building homes for Habitat for Humanity, or packing food for a local food bank can take the place of exercising once or twice a week and keep your physique slim and trim.

Volunteering keeps your spirits high –  A key risk factor for depression is social isolation. Volunteering keeps you in regular contact with others and helps you develop a solid support system, which in turn protects you against stress and depression when you’re going through challenging times

What are some other benefits of volunteering you can think of? Tag us in a picture of you volunteering Instagram or Twitter and we will share you doing your part!

Tips To Travel Like a Minimalist This Holiday Season

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Traveling during the holidays can be an annual routine for many of you. Although the adventure can be thrilling, the prep work i.e. packing can be a drag. Keep it simple this time and travel like a minimalist.

1. Makeup Bag – Don’t need it. Go for the fresh face this season. Ke1ep the same look and deepen the eye shadow or lipstick for a more dramatic look depending on where you are going.

  • . Leave the naked pallet for at home, you don’t need it. Layer and blend for a more dramatic effect.
  • Blush/Bronzer Duo. There are some great ones out there that are very travel friendly.

2. Chunky Boots – Chunky boots are easy to walk in, and sturdy enough to run for it if you are late for your plane. They also look super chic with a sexy sheath dress for a dinner date or denim for daytime.

3. Maxi Dresses – These dresses easily transition from day to night. The same comfortable dress that you take up a notch and wear to dinner, you can wear to the airport! A maxi dress also doubles as a blanket if there is a chill on the plane.

4. Reversible Sweater – Two looks in one. Need I say more?

5. Ziploc Bags – Take your clothing and roll them real tight, sit on them and zip. The gallon bags work best for this. This acts just like a vacuum seal bag, but these you can find in your kitchen.

6. Sturdy Carryon Bag – There is no need to tote a bunch of luggage. Find a bag with compartments like the Swiss back pack and place all of your accessories in the laptop section for convenience. Head right to your ride after you land and totally by pass baggage claim.

Are you chic or comfortable when you travel? With these tips you should have everything you need without all the bulk.