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  • In search of a new BFF? Use these tips to break out of your comfort zone

    in+search+of+a+new+bff+use+these+tips+to+break+out+of+your+comfort+zone_3356_800683093_0_0_7028998_300Whether you've just moved to a new city or recently had a falling out with a close friend, it can be difficult to put yourself into a situation where you can be open to the idea of a new best friend. Thankfully, there are some methods to break out of your comfort zone to start building lasting friendships with new people, instead of waiting for someone to latch onto you. Use the following practical lessons to help you meet new people and possibly gain a lifelong friendship out of the experience.

    1. Don't be afraid to ask. One of the hardest parts about meeting new people is being the person that breaks the ice and "asks someone out." Don't think that asking someone out for a cup of coffee or a drink will make you look desperate - simply slip it into a casual conversation. For instance, if you just met the girl and you think she's fun to hang around, tell her that! Everyone loves being told that they're a fun person, and it could be a subtle icebreaker that could lead to future friendships. The more you practice, the more natural it will feel.

    2. Join a gym or a club. While having a bunch of work friends is important, it's better to have a few people on the side that aren't up-to-date on the day-to-day activities of your occupation. Consider joining a gym or some form of a social club to expand the amount of people you meet on a daily basis. After all, if you start doing things socially that you're interested in, you'll have a much better chance of meeting someone that shares your hobbies.

    3. Don't be discouraged! For whatever reason, two people may not click after a social gathering, so don't take this as a sign that you're not 'friend' material. If you start experiencing awkward silences when you're out with the person or just feel like you don't have anything to talk about, it may be time to look elsewhere.

    Branching out and finding new people to hang out with is never easy, but by following these tips, you can break the ice and increase your chances of finding a new BFF.

  • Top 4 tips to shorten your morning routine

    For some reason or another, ladies seem to have a particularly difficult time getting out the door in the morning. Whether it's a full-scale makeup routine or succumbing to procrastination, being late to your job can begin to make you look unprofessional and lead to rising stress levels. Thankfully, you can follow a few of these helpful tips to get you looking your best and ready to face the day.

    1. Shorten your makeup routine. There's no reason to put on bright eye makeup in the morning, so keep it simple and highlight your natural beauty. Tube mascara paired with a touch of liquid eyeliner is a chic choice for your eyes, and you can pair that with a playful lip color. Use a bit of moisturizing foundation on your face and you should be good to go!

    2. Alarm troubles. Whether you sleep through your alarm, you set it for the wrong time or just seem to have a tough time getting up, there are some ways to alleviate the problem. First off, consider putting your alarm on the other side of the room - it will force you to get up and turn it off. Additionally, making sure you have at least eight hours of sleep will have you waking up feeling refreshed.

    3. Media devices. A text from a friend or an important email message may cause you to lose valuable minutes in the morning. Do yourself a favor and don't turn on your phone or laptop before you get out the door. You'll have plenty of time to access your messages when you're commuting!

    4. Missing the bus/train. While you may think that missing the bus or subway will throw a huge cramp in your day, you should have a contingency plan. Is there someone else you can commute with? Do you have access to a car? Better yet, if you manage to cut 15 minutes from your morning routine, you could also choose to take an earlier bus to avoid the whole dilemma.

    Getting out the door in the morning is a constant struggle for some ladies, but if you take the time to plan ahead and limit your early day tasks, you'll be fresh, fabulous and prepped to have a great day on the job.

  • Top 3 situations where you should tone down your makeup

    As expansive as your makeup collection may be, there are times when going for the gusto may not be so appropriate. There's nothing worse than feeling overdressed, and that situation can be made even worse with a face full of cosmetics. There are a few occasions in life where using a bit of tube mascara or liquid eyeliner and letting your natural complexion shine through is always the best option. Keep the following instances in mind to ensure that you go for a cool and composed look.

    1. A job interview. As much as you may want to impress your potential employers, that new shade of gold leaf eyeshadow may not be the best choice. When heading in for a job interview, choose one focal point and accentuate it. For instance, this is the perfect opportunity to wear a shade of bold lip color paired with neutral eye makeup. This is a chic pairing that will give you confidence in the interview and ensure that you're looking fashionable and professional.

    2. Religious ceremonies. Whether you're attending a christening or standing up on the altar as one of your friend's bridesmaids, it's best to avoid bright and bold makeup hues and stay with something a bit more simple. Opt for a touch of mascara and a pale pink lip color, and if you're still searching for a few more complementary hues, use accessories instead. A cocktail ring or a pair of earrings can up your style factor very easily.

    3. A first date. While you may think that breaking out your favorite eyeshadow hue will work wonders to impress a hot date, you could be selling yourself short in the process. Part of knowing that your first date was a success is letting your natural complexion shine through and having your date appreciate you for who you really are. Think of it this way, if you have a wonderful time without having to resort to copious amounts of makeup, you can really wow him on the second or third date with a dynamic makeup ensemble.

    Cosmetics are ladies go-to products to feel fabulous, but there are some occasions when it's best to let your natural style take over. You'll feel more comfortable in your own skin and dressed for the occasion.

  • Valentine's Day gifts that your man will actually appreciate

    It seems that as each year passes, men are put under increasing pressure to wow their significant others on Valentine's Day. As fun as it may be to watch them scramble to find the perfect gift, the true message of the holiday is to celebrate love and strong relationships, so your gift to him should reflect that. More importantly, this is your chance to have fun with the occasion and do something that you both really enjoy. After all, the holiday comes in the middle of winter, so both of you are probably in need of a little excitement. Give the following ideas a try and see if they put a smile on your significant other's face.

    1. A ski trip. Even though this winter has been underwhelming in terms of snowfall, getting away for a weekend with your hubby is a great escape from the working world. Rent a cabin and take a weekend together to hit the slopes, dine out at a few restaurants and enjoy some quality time with one another.

    2. Rent an exotic car. If you have a bit of money to play with, you won't believe the look on your boy toy's face when he gets the chance to drive a sports car for the day. Since the weather has been so mild in many parts of the country, this is a reality even in the middle of February. Your significant other will relish the chance to whip around in a hot rod and he'll be bragging to his friends long after the holiday.

    3. A quiet meal at home. While the aforementioned ideas will certainly wow your significant other, some guys simply love a quiet night at home. Get dressed up in your favorite little black dress, put on a bit of liquid eyeliner and whip up your guy's favorite meal. This is an inexpensive way to show your boyfriend or husband just how much you care, and it can be a welcome break from the rigors of the work week.

    Valentine's Day doesn't have to be so complicated when you get down to what makes your man really happy. Maybe this year you can knock his socks off with one of these dazzling gifts and raise the bar for the holiday.

  • Top 3 tips to regain your spring fashion sense

    After multiple seasons of wearing dark colors and sporting multiple layers, there can be a bit of a learning curve when the warmer weather rolls around. While you may be sifting through fashion blogs and reading best-dressed lists to get some ideas, it may be best to go out and try a few of them on your own. Thankfully, there are a few ways that you can explore some of the hottest spring trends yourself so you can wow friends and co-workers throughout the season.

    1. Visit a makeup artist. If you're heading into the salon or shopping at the mall, make sure to stop by and talk about the latest trends in makeup. Whether you're looking for hassle-free tube mascara or a dynamic liquid eyeliner, a makeup artist can point you in the right direction. Oftentimes you don't know how a specific cosmetic will look without matching it with your skin tone and trying it out yourself. This could be a wonderful way to refine your spring ensembles before the season arrives.

    2. Pick up a few accessories. Even the most scintillating makeup style will fall flat without the contrast of a few choice accessories, so pick up a few statement pieces for your spring wardrobe. Lightweight scarves are especially popular for the fickle weather of spring, and they can provide a dazzling pop of color that will brighten your look. Additionally, look into a few colorful bracelets - these are quick additions that can add complementary hues to your outfit.

    3. Lip color. Bold red lip color is a chic choice during the winter months, but it can look out of place with a spring ensemble. Do yourself a favor and look into the many vibrant lip colors that you can pair with your warm weather outfits. Whether you choose tangerine, lavender or a pale shade of pink, these cosmetics could be a ravishing finishing touch for a night on the town or with your work attire.

    This winter has been anything but ordinary, but many of the traditional seasonal trends stayed consistent. Thankfully, spring is on its way, and it's one of the most exciting times of the year for fashion-forward individuals. Whether you're trying out a new style this year or combining myriad seasonal trends, these tips will help you get back into the swing of things.

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