Top 5 Tips to Look Trendy in Spring 2017

Top 5 Tips to Look Trendy in Spring 2017

Christmas season flashed by, but it doesn’t mean that time to shine is over. Quite the opposite: spring is right around the corner and we won’t believe you if you say you don’t want to freshen up your wardrobe and look trendy this season.  Check out the top 5 style tips we’ve prepared – and hit the outlets for new outfits!

Colors: Dreaming of the Great Escape

Spring-2017 colors are sprightlier, lighter, more vibrant versions of FW 2016 Pantone palette. Like the latter, current color trends are also inspired by nature, yet the fall-winter earthy feel gives way to vivid, fresher hues. The sunny Primrose Yellow and exuberant Pink Yarrow will make your days bloom even if the skies are gray, the relaxed Island Paradise and optimistic Greenery are bound to lift your spirits. Lapis Blue and Flame bring summer days closer, at least visually. Pale Dogwood is a subtle variety of pink that will flatter any complexion; Hazelnut is a safe bet as a basic color, and calm, confident Niagara and Kale complement any of the above hues splendidly.


Patterns and Details: Stripes and Slogans

The two main pattern trends are undoubtedly stripes of all colors and weights be it office-style pinstripes or their broader colorful counterparts, reminiscent of beach umbrellas and deck-chairs. And, yes, this spring you can combine different kinds in one outfit! The second trend is ‘chatty tees,’ shirts and tops speaking words of wisdom… or, rather, slogans. Want to make a statement? Let your garment speak for you – literally.


Accessories: Bold is King

Designers unanimously favor statement pieces and not only should they be eye-catching (that sort of goes without saying), but of impressive size as well. Bold mismatched earrings are quite the rage; it’s perfectly okay to even wear a statement piece in one ear. It’s not like you lost the other, it’s just too good on its own. As for neckpieces, embrace (once again) chokers and the variety of designs they come in, you won’t be bored. If you still need something more, huge eccentric pendants are there for you. Quantity also matters: deck your arms and fingers with handfuls of bracelets and rings. And don’t leave out belts. They can magically transform the simplest outfit whatever way you wish, from a Disney princess look to a buccaneer queen.


Shoes: Higher, Fancier, Flashier

Fashion world turned away from the previous year’s ubiquity of down-to-earth sneakers, opting for the opposite. Models in SS 2017 shows mainly wear heels, be it coquettish kitten heels, stilettos, or acrophobia-inducing platforms. All sorts of ties and laces are welcome, as well as ruffles, bows, fringe and other embellishments – and ultra-shiny materials, no matter the kind of shoe. Beware: Crocs followed the lead for glitz and bling thus, ugly shoes are back on the runway, and you’ll meet them in the streets before long! (Don’t say we didn’t warn you.)

Hair: Wild or Sleek, Casual or Side-Split – Take Your Pick

Volume seems to be the buzzword of the coming season, and the more, the better – so feel free to use anything from the bag of tricks that styling industry has to offer. It doesn’t even have to look natural – quite the other way round, in fact: if you’re feeling bold, switch to an 80s hairstyle, and you’ll undoubtedly turn every head. If you favor less peculiar coiffures, other SS 2017 trends will accommodate. Choose curls, a bit messy for a natural vibe, casual braided buns, braids of all shapes and sizes, wet-looking hair, or the diametrically opposite – sleekness rules the runway, too. And bangs, yes with all this versatility, there’s plenty of room to experiment.

When color and sunshine are seeping back into nature, it is only logical to let new colors into your wardrobe and your life. Which of these trends are you eager to try? Feel free to share!


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How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.


3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.


6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.


9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.


Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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