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Chic Ways To Tie A Scarf That Will Make You Look Outstanding This Winter

Chic Ways To Tie A Scarf That Will Make You Look Outstanding This Winter

Brrr … the cold weather is setting in as autumn’s cooler winds whistle down the chimneys and nature loses its color as leaves pale and flutter to join the heap on the ground. The woollies start coming out and everyone is draped in many layers. But the cold weather shouldn’t stop you from looking trendy: you don’t have to go around looking like a stuffed toy because of the warm clothes you wear! You can look hot with the use of the most simple of accessories in your wardrobe—the scarf.

Wearing a scarf over your woollies gives you a nice burst of color. While many people wait for the cooler weather to start wearing scarves, you don’t need a season or a reason to wear one, you can wear them all year round.

There are several ways to tie a scarf. Of course, there is the standard method of wearing a scarf by draping it over the shoulders from the back to the front, with the two ends of the scarf running down the lapels of your coat, or you could try flinging the scarf over one shoulder.

Below are some different ways to look smart in a scarf this fall. While most people will be wearing their scarves flung back across both shoulders or dangling down their chests, you can stand out and accessorize differently.

Simple scarf knots

If your style is simple yet stunning, you could go for the basic wrap-and-tie look, which isn’t difficult. You just wrap the scarf around your neck once and tie the sides of the scarf in the middle over your chest, while the free ends dangle below. A variation of the wrap-and-tie look is to wrap the scarf around your neck twice and the second time tie your scarf over your chest and let the ends float free.

    You could also go for the muffler, which is probably one of the most common ways to wear a scarf, as it covers the chest from the cold. The muffler usually pops out of the coat or shirt, while the ends are tucked into the front of the coat and the loop around your neck is invisible.

    If you want to dramatize your look, drape your scarf over your shoulders and then throw one end of the scarf over the opposite shoulder giving the look of a drape—this is called the dramatic. You could also wear the scarf like a cape—the cape wrap—which is similar to the dramatic drape and covers both your shoulders but is tied right below the neck.

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      You never knew you could be so creative with your simple scarf, hey? Why don’t you try the four-in-hand choker? Don’t worry it isn’t complicated. You wrap the scarf around your neck twice and then instead of letting the ends hang loose, you tuck them in around your neck giving a chic look to your outfit.

        If you feel cold, you could spread your scarf over your shoulders and then tie a knot under over your heart, giving a neat look called the shoulder duster.

        The shrug wrap is also an interesting way to wear the scarf. Bring the scarf from behind your neck to the front and take the two ends and cross them in the front, only to tie them behind your back. The front part covers the chest area, but gives you a great look. You could wear a short necklace or brooch to make it look trendy.

          The Slip knot is another familiar way to wear a scarf nowadays. You fold your scarf lengthwise and insert the loose ends into the loop. You tighten the scarf in such a way that the loop with the two ends popping out cross over at the front of your neck.

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            Circle scarves

            The DIY circle scarf is quite fashionable, especially if you are wearing a solid color and your scarf is a contrasting hue or a blast of color. The DIY circle scarf is worn wrapped around the neck like a multi-layered necklace. It keeps you warm and makes you look classy. You could strategically pin a brooch so that it adds to the elegant look.

              The double loop is a looser version of the DIY circle scarf. Wrap the scarf around your neck twice and then tie the loose ends behind your neck, so you can’t see the knot and let the layers of the scarf fall in front.

                Tie-style knots

                The necktie knot, as the name implies, is tied like a necktie. It makes you look serious and tidy. You can take it off without untying the knot and slip it back on again. Like the necktie knot, the square knot looks like a tie knot, only bigger and loosely hanging mid-chest. This, again, is easily worn and taken off without going to the trouble of untying it. You just slip it on.

                   

                  The Girly Windsor sounds quite royal and is an interesting play on the ordinary necktie. Place the scarf behind your neck and let the ends fall in the front and tie knots in both, allowing one of the knots to be looser than the other. Then tuck the tighter knot into the looser knot and pull to tighten. This will give you a tidy look as if you were wearing a loose tie.

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                    Most of you won’t remember Pan Am: it was once the largest and the main international airline in the US. The air hostesses wore their scarves tied around their necks. The short scarf would be tied right under the chin, with the short loose ends pointing out in a style called the Pan Am knot. This style looks good on shirts, especially collarless shirt.

                      If you like a traditional-but-fancy style you could use the bow tie. Put the scarf around your neck, allow the loose ends to come in the front in equal length. Tie a bow tie at chest level and allow the loose ends to fall below the bow.

                      Scarf Bow

                        Everything French is fashionable, even a simple French knot. Tying a French knot looks great, especially a double wrap French knot: you wrap the scarf around the neck twice and then tie a knot on one side of the neck, letting the ends hang loose—preferably with one end pointing downwards and the other one casually left to float between your shoulder and chest.

                        How to Tie a Scarf: Double Wrap French Knot

                          Head scarf styles

                          The scarf is undoubtedly a great accessory and can be used in various ways. If you want to, you can use it around your head, tying it in different, beautiful styles. The simplest way to wear the scarf is the head wrap. As the name implies, you wrap the scarf around your head, just following the structure of the head. You could pin a brooch on it to make it look chic.

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                            Those who want to show hair can tie the scarf like a headband knotted at the nape of the neck. You could leave the loose ends to fly on your back, determining the length you want as you like.

                            An interesting way to wear the scarf around the head is by twisting your scarf and then wrapping it on the head. You could cover your hair, or you could allow it to look like a bandanna, showing hair. Of course, when we wear a scarf on our head, we can’t resist tying it in a bow. This gives you a girlish look and adds texture to your scarf.

                              If you want to look wild, then the bandanna wrap is the style for you. It says, “I am a stylish rebel,” and is the easiest style for your scarf. And why not try the forehead wrap? Tie the scarf around from the back of your head, so that the knot (which could be a Pan Am, bow, or be tucked in) comes in the front. You could pin a brooch onto the knot, giving it a chic look.

                                So, if you haven’t tried wearing a scarf until now, this fall is your chance to keep warm and look trendy.

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                                20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                                20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                                Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

                                If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

                                1. Create a Daily Plan

                                Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

                                2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

                                Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

                                3. Use a Calendar

                                Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

                                I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

                                Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

                                4. Use an Organizer

                                An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

                                These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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                                5. Know Your Deadlines

                                When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

                                But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

                                6. Learn to Say “No”

                                Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

                                Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

                                7. Target to Be Early

                                When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

                                For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

                                Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

                                8. Time Box Your Activities

                                This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

                                You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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                                9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

                                Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

                                10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

                                Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

                                You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

                                11. Focus

                                Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

                                Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

                                Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

                                12. Block out Distractions

                                What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

                                I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

                                When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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                                Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

                                13. Track Your Time Spent

                                When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

                                You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

                                14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

                                You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

                                Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

                                15. Prioritize

                                Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

                                Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

                                16. Delegate

                                If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

                                When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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                                17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

                                For related work, batch them together.

                                For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

                                1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
                                2. coaching
                                3. workshop development
                                4. business development
                                5. administrative

                                I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

                                18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

                                What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

                                One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

                                While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

                                19. Cut off When You Need To

                                The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

                                Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

                                20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

                                Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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