How to Dress for a Date

July 22, 2008 by  
Filed under Relationships

how to dress for a dateYour first date is a thing of beauty – and incredible stress. Do you dress up? Will you look like you’re trying to hard? Or should you dress normally and risk looking sloppy? It can be tough to pick the perfect outfit, but relax – you can do it.

Determine Location

Location is the single most important factor on a date. If you’re going ice skating, you want to be prepared and not be the only one in a mini skirt on the ice. Likewise you’ll want to skip the skinny jeans on the beach. Speak to the lucky guy to determine where you’re going to go on this date. If he acts like you’re stressing him out or putting him on the spot, make a gentle suggestion that you keep things low key – and then dress for dinner and a movie.

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Pick an Outfit

Start combing through your closet looking for something to wear. You want to pull together an outfit with the following criteria:

  • You know its flattering, so you feel your best.
  • You are comfortable in it so you’re not pulling at your skirt or trying to make your buttons stay closed.
  • You have flexibility in case you wind up riding horses or bowling rather than dancing the night away.
  • You are dressing for the middle road – not too casual and not too fancy.
  • It’s clean and not stained.
Get Dressed

Pull your outfit on to make sure it feels right. You should be comfortable without worrying about bending too far in your skirt or getting blisters from your shoes. You want to wear something that’s normal for you so that you’re not more uncomfortable than a typical first date should be, but you want to look nice. Pants and a nice shirt, a cute sundress, or jeans and a sweater are good, middle-of-the-road choices.

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Check the Details

Before you head out the door, you’ll want to be sure you’ve got the details covered. Check for any stains or dirty spots. Lint removers will help take care of any stray cat hairs, and you’ll want to cut (not pull) any loose threads. Are you pulled together? Do you feel good? Then go and have a great time!

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How to Dress for an Interview

July 21, 2008 by  
Filed under Jobs & Careers

how to dress for an interviewLanding an interview is exciting. Unfortunately, the hard work you put into applications and cover letters is now behind you and you must wow your potential boss with your smooth talking and appearance.

Dressing for an interview is just as critical as what you say during the meeting. If you arrive looking sloppy or unprofessional, the interviewer will be getting a clear message that the interview simply doesn’t matter to you. No matter what your personal comfort level with professional attire may be, be sure you know how to dress for an interview.

Professional Dress

Once you’ve landed an interview for a job or career in a professional environment, you must show up looking the part. Even if the office is casual, you are not yet part of the office staff, so you must dress on par with management or even above management.

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This means you should be wearing a suit, complete with suitable accessories such as panty hose for ladies or neckties for gentlemen.

Select a suit that is dark, but not necessarily black. If you don’t have a full business suit, it would be an excellent investment for the future. When you are shopping, be sure to buy a coordinated dress shirt, although white or ivory will always do, and a mens ties in a muted color or scheme. Dress shoes and dark socks complete the attire.

Remove your jacket while driving keep it from getting wrinkled, and be sure your tie is tied correctly and hanging at the right length. It should touch the top of your belt buckle. Tying ties and having it lie correctly can be irksome, so practice a few times before the day of or get help from a friend or family member. Before entering the interview, pull your jacket back on and button the top button. The bottom button should not be fastened.

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Ladies have a few additional options for basic attire. They may wear a pants suit or a traditional skirted suit. A classic dress may be acceptable as well, but be careful not to be too casual or even too formal. Jewelry should be kept small and classic and any makeup should be carefully applied and tastefully limited as to not distract from the interview itself.

Ladies should wear professional shoes, meaning no sandals or even open toed shoes. Pumps or classic flats are acceptable, as are boots with a pants suit. Even if you despise them, pantyhose should be worn with dresses or skirts as they are professional and bare legs are not.

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How to Use Walnuts

July 15, 2008 by  
Filed under Food & Drink

how to use walnutsWalnuts add a great deal of flavor and appeal to many food items. They have many nutritional benefits including Omega 3 fatty acids, protein and antioxidants. If you’d like to take advantage of these delicious and nutritious nuts, here is how to use walnuts.

Shelling Walnuts

If you have purchased or collected walnuts that are still in the shell, you are in for a fun afternoon of cracking and peeling. This can actually be fun, especially with kids. Invest in a nutcracker, get a comfortable seat outside or by the trash can and get started. Crack each walnut and open it. There are two halves of meat inside. Try and extract each side of the meat in a single piece leaving behind any skin or shell fragments. You may need a pick to be able to get under the meat and pull it out.

Serving Whole Walnuts

You can serve whole walnuts as a snack as they are, or with extra flair. You can roast walnuts at 160-170 degrees and then sprinkle lightly with sugar or salt for a nice treat.

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Crushing Walnuts

Most recipes call for crushed walnuts. Fortunately, walnuts are soft, so they are easy to crush. Put your whole walnuts inside a study plastic bag. Use a kitchen mallet or spoon to beat the walnuts gently. You can also use a rolling pin to break them down. A food processor or special grinder can do the job easily as well.

Crushed walnuts can be added to many different recipes to add additional flavor and as a garnish. Here are suggestions of how to use walnuts in recipes:

  • Sprinkle crushed walnuts on the top and sides of a chocolate cake.
  • Sprinkle crushed walnuts into pancake or muffin batter.
  • Stir crushed walnuts into yogurt
  • Sprinkle crushed or whole walnuts into a salad.
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  • Add crushed walnuts to dressings and stuffing.
  • Include walnuts in a trail mix.
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How to Apply Make Up

July 14, 2008 by  
Filed under Fashion & Personal Care

how to apply makeup Every young teen girl has been there at one point or another. She goes to school and sees the popular kids dressing cool and wearing make up. It’s only natural that she would want to fit in and look beautiful. In fact, peer pressure can often make a girl think that wearing make up is as important as getting your driving license. Fortunately, applying make up is not that difficult, even for a first-timer.

Make Up Preparation:

Before you start, you want to make sure that your face (the area to which you will be applying make-up) is extremely clean and free of oil and dirt. It’s best to use a gentle cleanser with a light exfoliate. This will clean your skin and remove and dead and unwanted skin cells. Be sure to clean your entire face and neck area and don’t scrub so hard that your skin becomes irritated. Once finished, rinse the area with cold water and pat your face dry with a towel.

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Next you will want to apply a small amount of moisturizer. Moisturizer is very important because once you apply make up to your face, your skin cannot breathe and can become dry and flaky. A good moisturizer will also help absorb natural oil and grease throughout the day. Keep in mind that you do not need to use a lot, often a small amount about the size of a dime will work.

Laying The Foundation:

After you have cleaned your face and applied a light layer of moisturizing lotion, your next step is to lay a foundation. Think of this step as if you were building a house. You need a strong foundation to help protect and support what you add on top of it. A good foundation layer will also keep some of the make up from getting deep into your pores and causing breakouts. When you choose a foundation, pick a color that matches the skin tone of your neck. Having a foundation that does not match your skin tone can make your later layers of make up look un-natural. Be sure to blend it onto your entire face in a light layer and ensure that your skin absorbs the foundation before moving on the the next layer. You can use a light sponge to help your skin blend and absorb the foundation.

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Powder It Up a Bit:

Once your foundation has been applied and absorbed you can apply your powder. Lightly dab a powder brush into the powder and apply it to your face. Use soft light strokes with the brush to even out the powder and give your skin a more natural look. Remember you are trying to enhance your natural skin tones, not conduct plastic surgery on yourself!

Eye Shadow:

If you want, you can add a little eye shadow to bring out your eye color. If done correctly, eye shadow can work wonders. Like most make up however, always remember to keep it light. Too much eye shadow can leave you looking like one of those zombies from Dawn of the Dead. You’ll find that you have a larger variety of color when dealing with eye shadow and in the end, the choice of color is a matter of personal preference. Decide upon your color and with an eye shadow brush, dust your eye lids and even our the surrounding skin area.

Your Lips:

Your lips are the next area of your face that you will want to touch up. Like eye liner, there are so many choices to chose from, in the end it comes down to personal choice. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different colors and textures. One of the best make up choices for lipstick is MAC make up which often has higher quality ingredients.Once you have decided upon your color, trace the outside of your lips with a light liner (much like using a pencil). Then, apply your lipstick with light rubbing motion. Be sure to keep the lipstick within your trace lines and, if you want, apply a light layer of lip gloss.

There are a host of other make up options available but, if you are just learning how to use make up, your best bet is to keep things simple. Remember a little make up can make you stand out and enhance your natural look but, a lot of make up can leave you looking a little cake faced and then you will really stand out. In this case, less really is more.

If you are just starting out with make up, keep in mind that you do not need to buy everything all at once. If you purchase a little make up here and there, you can slowly increase the amount and type of make up available to you. As you get more practiced with applying make up, you can try new techniques and colors. Lancome make up is one of the better places to go if you are wanting to start your collection.

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How to Dress a Baby

July 14, 2008 by  
Filed under Family & Parenting

how to dress a baby The rules to dressing a baby are simple. Once a baby has learned to regulate her body temperature, which happens within days of birth, she should be dressed the same way as you, but with one additional layer.

What this means is that if you are wearing a t-shirt, shorts and tennis shoes, you can dress your baby in essentially the same outfit. Pull on a one-piece t-shirt, or onesie. Then put on the coordinating pants or skirt. Your baby won’t need shoes for many months, but she should wear socks to help keep her feet warm.

General Tips for Dressing a Baby

For the additional layer, you have a few options. Many parents put a hat on their baby and this is an excellent idea. But a lightweight jacket, hoodie, or sweater may be an excellent idea as well.

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Dress a Baby in Layers

The best bet to dress a baby is to always have her in layers. This way you can remove a jacket when it’s warm outside, but put it back on should the air conditioning make a room cool. Babies sitting in strollers are not especially active, but they may not be getting much air circulation either. To check your baby’s temperature and comfort level, feel her chest or back. Baby’s feet and hands are often cool to the touch thanks to developing circulation.

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Your Baby’s Shoes

Babies don’t need shoes until they start crawling or pulling up to stand. And even then, they are not really required unless the baby is outside on an abrasive surface. Hard sole shoes should be avoided while your baby is learning to walk. Use soft soled crib shoes or even slippers to protect your baby’s feet but to let her feel the ground as she is learning to balance. Babies also tend to curl their toes and feet, and hard soled shoes can fit their little chubby feet uncomfortably.

Your Baby’s Socks

Many parents have a hard time finding socks that stay on baby’s active feet. Socks help keep your baby’s temperature stable, but can be kicked off in seconds with the right movements. Find socks that roll or cuff at the top as these stay more securely on baby’ feet without making indentions around baby’s ankles the way elastic topped socks might.

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How To Dress a Child For Preschool

July 14, 2008 by  
Filed under Education & Reading / Writing

how to dress your child for preschoolPreschool is an exciting time for parents and young students. As preschool age children are still at the mercy of their parents, despite what they might think, parents must prepare their child each day for the adventures school will offer. Dressing a preschooler can be an adventure unto itself.

Layers:

The easiest way to cover your bases with a preschooler is to dress them in layers. Underwear is first, and then pants or a skirt. Be mindful of your child’s skill with zippers and buttons. Many preschoolers are still fine-tuning the use of the potty, so pants that pull up and down without belts or buttons might be best – at least for a while.

Next, pull on a shirt with short sleeves. On top of that throw on a light sweater or long sleeve shirt. The fashion conscious can coordinate the pieces and leave the sweater or shirt attractively unbuttoned or roll the sleeves as they please. Most preschool age children don’t mind as much as their parents do about coordination and outward appearance.

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Pull on socks and shoes and grab a sweatshirt – just in case. The first cold front of the year is guaranteed to come through on the day that you decide it will be too warm for your child to need a jacket. Keep a sweatshirt in their backpack or cubby just in case.

The layers on your child will give the teacher options to help keep your child comfortable. As the day warms up or they go outside for recess, the long sleeve shirt or sweater can be removed. As the class comes back to the air conditioning or the child lays down to rest, the warmer shirt may be appreciated. The sweatshirt or light jacket is always there just in case of a freak weather pattern or you forget your child’s heavy jacket.

Plan Ahead:

It is important to look and think ahead with preschool age children. Read the notices posted or sent home from your child’s preschool program to make sure he has his swimsuit or towel when needed. You should always have an extra set of clothing in his bag in case of an accident or creative art project. If you have an extra creative child, you might send a couple of shirts each day. Be sure to include a change of socks and underpants. Most bathroom accidents soak socks as well as pants and underwear.

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Safety:

Your child’s clothing should be as safe as possible. The most important items to consider for safety are shoes. The ideal shoes for preschool should be closed toe and closed heel. A firm rubber sole with support and laces or Velcro straps that stay tied or closed are also essential.

Preschoolers are heavy on jumping, running and skipping. They play outside frequently or have a gym class. Be sure your child is ready for all the activities of the day without worrying about getting rocks or bark in his shoes or if he will slide or trip because of his footwear.

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