Friday, January 23, 2015

Valentine's Day Shoes + Sheinside Sale

"Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world." 

Surely, Marilyn Monroe had something in mind when she said this now iconic quote. The right pair of shoes can alter anyone's mood (at least I do speak for myself) and give you more confidence. With Valentine's Day fast approaching, I am sure most of you are already planning out your outfits for your particular date. I have no plans as of the moment... maybe mine would consist in me staying in my pajamas and watching movies in bed with my man (which is just as perfect as a fancy date!). But you don't have to do it my way... if you plan on doing something fancy with your man, I've got some great news for you! Sheinside currently has an amazing sale with some gorgeous shoes included! 

Here is how the sale works: use the following coupon codes for the designated minimum order and you can get a corresponding discount! On orders over $55, use the code "blockbuster30" to get 30% off! Meanwhile, use the code "blockbuster38" to get 38% off on orders over $105!

As promised, here are my favorite shoes from the site that you can pick up along with this promo. These are the perfect shoes to make your Valentine's day outfit stand out!


Multicolor Sequined Sparkle Shoes // Red High Heel Point Toe Shoes
Navy High Heel Point Toe Shoes // Gold High Heel Sparkle Shoes
Black Zipper Point Toe High Heels // Black High Heel Zipper Lace Shoes
Black Sequined Sparkle Shoes // Apricot Lace High Heel Shoes
Are you ready to shop this sale? Check out below for more details about the codes you can use. By the way, the sale ends January 27th, Tuesday!


Have you tried shopping at Sheinside before?


 

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links; however, the items featured are my own picks.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Dressve Style Tips: Shopping for Spring Outerwear

December might have been a thing of yesterday but the cool breeze might still fill the air once in a while. And yet, this has not stopped me from looking forward to warmer months ahead. If it were any indication, I've already started on a summer wishlist collage here. You can therefore start transitioning your outfits and fashion pieces for spring. One particular item in your closet that you might have trouble transitioning is your outerwear. Whether it is a cardigan, a jacket or a coat, is it time to hide them into the back of your closet until next December? I've got a few styling tips for you and some recommendations for Dressve spring outerwear, which you can also start browsing here: http://www.dressve.com/Fashion/Trench-Coats-102502/  

If you are planning to shop for spring outerwear, you can check my picks below.



Meanwhile, if you're styling an old jacket off your closet, here are some tips to consider: 

With a dress: Adding a jacket to a spring or casual dress is one of the best ways to wear your outerwear even when spring or summer comes around. This will help create an effortlessly dressed up hot weather style. Throw in your shades, too, to protect your eyes from the sunlight. 

With denim: Wearing your jacket with denim jeans is one of the most classic and go-to styles for women. Put on some sandals or your favorite sneakers and you are out the door!

With shorts: You can put your spring jacket over a tank top or cotton t-shirt for a comfortable style that'll help you survive even as the weather goes up. For really hot spring days, you can pair it with shorts.

Not seeing something you like? You can also browse the selection at Dressve here: http://www.dressve.com/Fashion/Cape-101807/



 


Disclaimer: I was compensated for writing this post. However, the opinion expressed are my own.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Vintage Floral

I'd like to consider myself an old soul. I have a penchant for retro and vintage styles. Hence, I could not resist the temptation to buy this vintage floral dress from SheInside. I cannot budge despite the fact that I have an astounding array of floral pieces in my closet already. I can never have enough. 



When I got this dress, it was exactly as I had envisioned it to be. The material is polyester so it does not stretch much. However, the cut was excellently done so that the shape of the dress highlights (even emphasizes) your curve. The only thing that I was not a big fan of was the shoulder pads but I think that goes with the whole vintage design. 

Overall, I am more than happy with this purchase. The dress has a classic but sexy feel to it. In fact, it does not need any more help in the styling department. It makes quite a statement on its own and I love dresses like that!

Are you a fan of vintage fashion?


 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Blogger 101: Balancing Blogging and Job


I believe I am not alone in my situation of blogging full-time while also having a full-time job. Crazy right? Blogging in itself is a huge commitment. Think about juggling it with a full-time day job! Yes, crazy indeed. And yet, it does not feel as crazy as I am trying to make it right now. In fact, I am loving every minute of it. I am not saying it's easy... but it's doable. As long as you love what you do, you will find time to do it despite your hectic schedule. 

I work as a blogger and internet marketing manager for My Hair Care. This is an Australian company that sells hair and beauty products. I do a lot of writing and marketing for them. In addition, I am also a virtual assistant for Everything-Everywhere.com. This explains why I mostly do my photo shoots on weekends because that is the only feasible time for me to do so. Once the photos are ready, I can squeeze in time during the weekdays to write the posts.

So, how do I balance work and blogging? Here are some of the things that I do and I hope will be able to help you out as well: 

I create a work schedule. If you're one of those people who hate following routines, don't freak out! I do not want you to write down a list of activities that you have to follow as routine to be able to blog while working full-time. Simply jot down a list of things that you plan on doing for a given day or week. This will provide you with a point of reference for what you need to do. If you can, list them down according to priority (or which you need to get done the soonest). This will organize your mind on what you should be doing first while eliminating the need to rush things. If there is anything that I hate above all, it is having to rush things. I do this for both work and blogging. That way, I do not lose track of my schedule and get everything done on time. Yes, I can be obsessive-compulsive like that!

I take frequent breaks. It does get weirder right? But no. Even science agrees that taking frequent breaks can increase productivity.  However, this study only confirmed what I already knew has worked for me before. When you feel like you have hit a slump or a writer's block, take a short break. I either do some stretching, meditate, or take a short nap. This will help revive my energy. Also, taking some time off from work will help refresh your mind the moment you go back to it. While we're at it, I also advise against multi-tasking. Focus on either your work or blog but neither both at the same time. 



I schedule posts. This blogging feature has been one of my life-savers! As I've mentioned above, there are instances wherein you go through a writer's block. It is frustrating as can be. Hence, I take advantage of days when ideas are flowing in to write more than one post at a time. I also write down ideas of blog posts that I want to make for a given week. That way, I get to produce a minimum of three new posts a week and not have to sit down every single time I need to publish a post. I can get new posts published and syndicated to my social media accounts automatically while I continue with my day job.

I read and read! One way to get inspired to write is through reading. Hence, I spend at least an hour each day to read other bloggers. This provides me with the creative fuel and inspiration for my own blog. The same applies with my day job. As a writer, I also read other blogs to come up with new content ideas and develop my own content from there. It is not easy but it will (hopefully) provide you with the spark you need. 

I make sure to manage my time well. This is very important. If you do not know how to manage your time, you won't be able to do both. Once you have committed to blogging even though you have a full-time job, you have to make sure that every minute or hour is spent wisely. There is no room for dilly dally.

Do you have more tips for balancing your time between blogging and your day job?


Side note: The first installment of my Blogging 101 series for 2015 was featured on Independent Fashion Bloggers site. You can check it and more links here.


 

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