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How To Look Glamorous for a Party Without Breaking the Bank

How To Look Glamorous for a Party Without Breaking the Bank

Looking beautiful, fashionable, and glamorous for a party or a night out with friends does not need to be expensive. If you got invited to a party, you may think that you do not have anything to wear or the right makeup to use, but do not fret. It only takes using what you probably already have, or perhaps what a friend has, and getting creative. Small purchases of makeup or inexpensive jewelry can also go a long way in creating the look you want. Here are things that you can do to achieve a glamorous look without the expense:

Try out old outfits that are in your closet

Instead of buying, consider using clothes that are currently in your closet. Sometimes, we buy too many new clothes and we forget about the older ones we already have. There might be a dress there that you bought two years ago because it was on sale, you just never had the opportunity to wear it. Or you simply forgot that you have it!

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Borrow from a friend

If you really do not have anything to wear and do not want to spend, it is okay to ask a close friend if you could borrow a party dress. Your friend might have something that is just sitting in their closet, or vice versa, you may have something that you can offer for your friend to borrow in exchange.

There is no need to go to the hair salon

If you want to style your hair like a Hollywood celebrity, you really do not have to go to the salon. All you need to do is to look online for hairstyles that you like and practice doing them on your hair a few days before the party. Practice makes perfect!

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Buy drugstore makeup

If you find that you want to buy new makeup for just one night of partying, you do not need to buy an expensive brand. There are a lot of drugstore brand makeups that are good quality yet very inexpensive. Just look online for good brands with positive reviews.

If you already have the makeup, mix and match for different colors

If you already own make up, but you are looking for a particular shade of color that will work for you, you do not really have to buy new ones. All you have to do is to mix and match the colors that you already have. For example, if you wear one shade of lipstick on top of another, the result will be a different color or a different shade (pink plus red for a muted red effect).

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You will never go wrong with wearing jeans

When all else fails, who does not have at least a single pair of jeans in their closet? For a party, you can wear a pair that you use every day and spice it up with a nice belt or a colorful, trendy top.

Wear your accessories differently

A necklace that you use all of the time can instead be worn as a bracelet for a party. Or wear your rings on different fingers than you normally would, and wear more than one at the same time. Play with your accessories and you will create an image that is different from your plain, everyday look.

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Smile and be confident

And most important of all, on top of wearing nice clothes and make up, strut your stuff with confidence and put a dazzling smile on your face. Being beautiful and glamorous, regardless of how you look outside, really starts with how you feel inside. Confidence sure does exude radiance.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

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.

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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.

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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 Lifehack.org, 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.

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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.

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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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