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Author: Ellie

Tue Review: 3 October 2017

Tue Review: 3 October 2017

Okay, it’s been a whole month since I did an update, AND I haven’t done much towards my goals. But I survived the biggest event of the year for work, and had a wonderful getaway to France! The getaway was exactly what we had hoped […]

Tue Review: 5 September 2017

Tue Review: 5 September 2017

Did I miss a week again? Did I miss two? Yikes! Where does the time go? I’ve definitely been feeling out of sorts lately. There has been so much happening ever since we moved. I often feel as though my actions during the day are […]

Beautifying a Business Bod – How to accessorize a suit

Beautifying a Business Bod – How to accessorize a suit

I adore the crisp lines of a good suit. Executives, military, flight attendants; there are plenty of suited and booted looks that can draw you in. No doubt someone has done a study about why some work wear is just so appealing, but for me it’s the completeness. There is nothing more to add, nothing to take away. The right work wear look can make you feel ready to accomplish anything!
 
But the curvier amongst us can have a little difficulty. We’ve discussed great suit choices before, but that’s just the foundation. Corporate dresses are also a very smart option. But one you have the starting point, you need to build on it. How do you get that “complete” look – without completely changing career?
 
I adore the crisp lines of a good suit. Executives, military, flight attendants; there are plenty of suited and booted looks that can draw you in. No doubt someone has done a study about why some work wear is just so appealing, but for me it’s the completeness. There is nothing more to add, nothing to take away. The right work wear look can make you feel ready to accomplish anything!
 
But the curvier amongst us can have a little difficulty. We’ve discussed great suit choices before, but that’s just the foundation. Corporate dresses are also a very smart option. But one you have the starting point, you need to build on it. How do you get that “complete” look – without completely changing career?
 

Not to say you can’t change careers. Who here hasn’t thought of being a flight attendant or a sailor just to look that good?!?

Where do you want highlight?


 
Head: Get people to look you right in the eye. Go big with earrings, hair accessories or a cravat to keep the attention up where you want it to be. You can go full trolley-dolly with the suit, cravat and controlled hair, but this can work well with dresses too, particularly if you want to jazz up a solid base colour, such as grey.
 Bust: Whether you’re balancing a pear bum, or you just love your lemons, you’ve got plenty of ways to focus on your bustline. If the cut of the suit or dress doesn’t do it for you, try lace or embellished camisoles under a suit, necklaces, brooches or scarves to add weight to the top of your shape.
 
 

   

 

Waist: The easiest way to emphasise a shapely waist is the cut of the outfit – BUT if your clothes are doing enough you can call in reinforcements. Any belt can do the job of marking out your narrower middle, but the current trend for wide corset-style belts will really make it pop! It’s like a wonder bra for your waist!

 
 
Hips: To show off your hips, you need to look a little further down. Sure, belts can come in handy too, but even if your suit isn’t curve-accentuating, a good pair of heels will lift your butt and give you that super strut feeling!

 

 

 

Inset image: Fly Me to the Moon by Momo (edited), used under CC BY 2.0

Adding some international flavour

Adding some international flavour

Have you ever looked at a national or cultural outfit and wanted to borrow parts for yourself? Not that you want to encourage commercial cultural appropriation, but something caught you eye. The colour, the lines, the pattern, the fabric – something made you feel good […]

Tue Review: 15 August 2017

Tue Review: 15 August 2017

I’ve done something small and it’s driving me crazy. I misplaced a key. The last time I used it was only yesterday morning, and yet I can’t remember where I put it. The second-last time I used it, I remember thinking “We really need to […]

Tue Review: 1 August 2017

Tue Review: 1 August 2017

What a long day! I was interviewing nearly all day, and that's a lot of human contact for an introvert! Yikes! My head is ready to explode!
Brain Goal: I will review my blog plan this weekend I will get up to date with my new job. Action: This is a real goal. I've been behind on my emails since day one, and it's coming to the end of the quiet time and I'm not up to date with anything. I need to catch up soon before my energy runs out.
Body Goal: I will walk 10,000 steps per day. I will get better at riding the scooter until I can scoot all the way to work without stopping. Action: This is a remarkably challenging goal. I've used my scooter to get to work once so far. It took just over half an hour and I had to stop several times because I was so out of breath. It's fun, but it's hard work! But I will gradually get better, and hopefully be able to scoot equally with either leg. So far I can only balance on my right leg. On my leg I wobble and can't ride straight!
Soul Goal: I will write a business plan for my next venture – getting paid to write. I will plan my blog posts for the rest of the year. Action: I love my blogs 🙂 I need to take better care of them!
Hair choices… sombre or ombre?

Hair choices… sombre or ombre?

I’ve been thinking about doing something new with my hair. I’ve always had a history of playing withcolour, but for the last five years I’ve been rather tame. Partly because I was being “sensible” (i.e. “corporate”) and partly because I was growing it long and […]

Tue Review: 25 July 2017

Well, I’ve been quiet for far too long. But what a month it has been! New job is still feeling good and we are 80% moved in to our new place! My scooter was delivered this morning so I’ll get to try it out tonight. […]

Working it: Eye Shape

Working it: Eye Shape

Once again, The Pool has sent me off on a research mission. I follow The Pool on Facebook and find it’s a solid 3-way split: 1/3 disagree, 1/3 agree, 1/3 “Oh hell yeah, right on, sista!”.
The post that sent me searching was this: How I finally learnt to put my make-up on properly
When I put an effort into my eyeshadow, I get a lot of compliments. I’m okay at blending, and because I’m warm-toned I use shades that my friends don't use, so I stand out anyway. But I never really thought about the shape of the colouring. I knew what didn't work - cat-eyes. Regardless of the trend, cat-eyes of any description seemed to make my eyes look saggy.
Fortunately for you, I found the answers online so you don't have to look around:

Step 1 - Check you have the basics

Make sure you have the minimum supplies: eyeshadow, concealer, eye pencil, eyeliner, mascara. You'll find a lot of websites talk about primers, mists, setting solutions and other products that make it sound as though you're adding scaffolding to your face, but for you day-to-day wear, these items will be fine (plus brow pencil, but brows are a whole other topic).

Step 2 - Find your shape

Identify your eye shape. I found this Wikihow article  and this one from Vogue the most useful.

Step 3 - See the suggestions

Check out some options for your eye shape. I find sketches, rather than photos, easier to use to understand eyeshadow instructions. For that reason, I recommend these sites for guidance:
  • makeup.com - by far my favourite guide
  • stylercaster - good becuase it has sketched and images side by side
  • Beautygeeks - the chart is actually by Smashbox, but it turns up on a lot of beauty pages because it so comprehensive!

Step 4 - optional videos

Check out some YouTube videos. This might be hard if you can't find good quality videos of someone with the same eye shape as you, but you could be lucky!

Step 5 - Just go for it!

Practice, practice, practice! Play with colour combinations and shades, matt and wet look liners. Have a go, find out what look you like and let me know how it went!
Top 5 online cures for feeling bummed

Top 5 online cures for feeling bummed

It’s Sunday afternoon. You’ve got a big week ahead and you just wish that you would finally get the call from the lottery people, letting you know that you’ve won a squillion and you never have to work again. But there is no phone call, […]