I’ve been listening to a lot of the Girl Boss Radio podcast by Sophia Amoruso – the founder of Nasty Gal. I featured it in my 3 Podcasts You Need To Listen To post a few weeks ago, check that out if you haven’t already! She interviews loads of great business women over a huge range of subjects and areas of business and recently one of them said something that really resonated with me.
Say hello to the new range from Neutrogena to hit the UK high street! It’s the No. 1 skincare product in the US from a 2015 Nielsen study and now we can get our hands on it. I’ve been trialling their new Hydro Boost range which is super lightweight yet delivers intense hydration and is absolutely perfect for summer. They say it leads to “skin so supple it bounces back!”. Having hydrated skin means you look healthier and younger because hydration maintains elasticity and flexibility in the skin.
I’ve always wanted to visit Canada, but it’s such a huge place and whenever I sit down to (virtually) explore another area looking for the perfect destination, I change my mind once more. Where I want to go, the things I want to see, the tours I want to experience.
I think I’ll have to take a few trips over there before I’ve satisfied my Canadian wanderlust, but for me, I’ve decided on Ontario as the first destination for my Canadian adventure. It has so much to offer though, that I thought I’d give you guys a few tips on how to plan your sight-seeing. It’s certainly helped me to decide where to start!
I’m usually a huge monochrome fiend as you probably know. I love to wear a lot of black, grey and white (well, white when I’m feeling brave and or not going near food or coffee) but occasionally I like a little pop of colour to an outfit and when I saw this bright yellow door near the castle in Nottingham, I knew I had to shoot an outfit photo here. Yep, I’m using a door as my pop of colour and I’m totally OK with that.
Our lives are becoming busier than ever. We fill up every moment with activities; work, holidays, nights out, seeing friends and family – there’s rarely a spare moment. We are constantly on the go and whilst it’s fun to fill up every day and leave little room for boredom it has definitely lead our lives to become pretty cluttered.
A lot of people say that they don’t have time for working out or they ‘hate the gym’ or even that they’re just not good at exercise. The same people usually say how they’d love to have the motivation to do it or they’d love to find something they’re good at. It’s simply not true that you can’t be good at exercise and you can’t find something that you enjoy that will keep you fit and healthy. It’s 2016, there are so, so many ways of working out it’s incredible. You just need to find the workout that works for you!
The hot weather and summer time usually always means switching up your skincare and beauty routine. It definitely does for me anyway, it’s time for less makeup, mattifying skincare and a lot of moisturisation without feeling weighed down and greasy.
I’ve been trying some exciting Clarins products recently and wanted to share what I thought about them. First up, I’ve recently finished a face scrub so the One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser is a welcome addition to my regime. This is a physical exfoliator which is a subtle amount of ‘scrubby’, it’s not too harsh, smells really good and is a great every-other-day cleanser. My skin feels super fresh after using this and it’s great for removing dead skin cells and a build up of sweat, suncream and other summer gunk build up!
Sleep is so important. When you don’t sleep properly you don’t function properly, well at least I know that I definitely don’t. I can’t concentrate, I feel lethargic and I can’t be bothered to do anything. Plus, I usually end up craving sugar and end up in a crash when I’ve caved and eaten a cookie or 4. Here are 5 ways to make sure you’re really getting the most out of your sleep and therefore the most out of your day!
All businesses, no matter how big or small, can benefit from reviewing the way things are done from time to time. Remain flexible when running a business and a pragmatic approach will often lead to greater success. Here’s the top five things any business owner can do, often with little effort, to improve their operations! I’m not a business owner myself but I’ve studied business and marketing and now work for a start-up that’s grown rapidly in the past few years so I understand a bit about strategy and switching things up!
1. Develop a Short to Mid Term Strategy
When you are growing a business, perhaps even from scratch, your eyes can be fixed on the ultimate goal which might be years, even decades, away from fulfilment. By looking more into the mid-term and even short-term, you can gain greater focus on what is needed right now. Give your company weekly targets for achieving certain results. These need not all be sales led – some short term aims might be to raise your brand awareness, for instance. However, by focussing harder on monthly or weekly goals, you should find that your overall business strategy starts to fall into place of its own accord.
2. Keep Your Records Up To Date
All successful businesses need to have detailed records on which they can rely. This means updating your list of clients, orders and suppliers regularly. If you try to keep too much information in your head in one go, then the results can be disastrous, especially if you cannot deal with everything yourself. Employees need to have access to records so that they can do a professional job without always having to ask the boss. By keeping detailed records which are as up to date as possible, you will also gain a better understanding of how the business stands financially at any given point. This means you can deal with things like credit risk much more effectively.
Despite being completely locked into a digital society where faceless interaction means more than nourishing personal mental health, spiritual and traditional practices are becoming more ingrained in our daily lives, they’re actually getting pretty trendy again. We’ve come to the end of our tether when it comes to the emotional black holes that a digital world is having. Because of this, we are seeing a rise in popularity of wellness and mindfulness techniques. In a nutshell – Yoga is back with a vengeance.