It's all messy. The hair. The bed. The words. The heart. Life. ~ William Leal

Monday, March 31, 2014

Life Quotes From Famous Women

Because today is the last day of Women's History Month in March, USA, I thought I would share my favorite quotes from this article of USA Today.
Some with of them I got a tear in my eye and others really gave me another thought.

Hope these quotes will inspire you too:









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Friday, March 28, 2014

Outfit Post: Gray Skirt & Nude Top

 
At first I wasn't too sure about this outfit. But during the day at work I started to feel really good in this outfit. I think this is a great outfit for the office. A long gray skirt and a nude top with a red lip to pop and to make it more young and me.
Skirt: Zara Top: Mango Shoes: Dune

 
 



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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Article to Read: Moving Past Gender Barriers to Negotiate a Raise


In this article, The New York Times gives tips how to negotiate for a raise as women and that we should do it differently than men do.

Here are some strategies on how to approach negotiations at work:

Groundwork: Preparation before the you go to the table is 70% of the work. Keep a record of all the positive feedback you received over time.

Fact-Finding: Know what to ask for. Talk to a recruiter, even if you don't want to move. Also talk to men, as there're more willing to open up about numbers.

Specific Language: Frame questions from your employer’s perspective. Think about something from your perspective, but use we in your pitch.

Negotiate in Person: negotiating per e-mail can come off wrong and you have to wait for your answer while negotiating in person is a two way conversation.

Outside Offers: If you want to come with an outside offer as a tactic, watch your language. It might be seen as a threat.

Role-Playing: Practice what you want to say and how you want to say it with a friend. It also helps to get into someone else’s perspective.


Original article
Author: Tara Siegel Bernard
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Outfit Inspiration: The Power Suit

I'm totally hooked to 'Scandal' and have a female crush on Olivia Pope and her outfits. I think she totally brought back the female power suit and here is some other inspiration on how to wear it:








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How to Motivate Yourself



A couple of days ago I was talking with someone about motivating yourself and how much harder that is than that someone else motivates your.
Whether it's for your studies, work or the gym. Here are a few things that help me motivate myself:

  • Picture yourself in the (near) future: this is my biggest motivation. Dreaming of how happy I (and my parents) will be when I've graduated. Or thinking of how great I'll feel after I went to the gym.
  • Pep talk yourself: "I'm going to kill this Monday!" "I'll ace this test tomorrow" or: "I'll do great on this assignment and I'll show everyone what I'm capable of" and: "I can run 5K today under 30 mins because I trained so much and feel good!" It's all about the positive words and the vibe of how you say it.
  • Award yourself: I already know which bag I'm going to buy myself when I'll graduate from Communications. Waiting to buy that bag motivates me to study extra hard and it will have so much more meaning to it.
  • When you want to quit, remember why you started. I love this quote! Just think from the beginning. Did you already do all this work to quit??
  • Save money: Ok, I already save a fair amount of money every month, but how about to put a jar on the table, labeled with your goal. For example, 5 euro for every kilo you've lost. Or 20 euro for every test you aced for your spring break trip.
  • Dress up: When I dress up for work I just feel extra motivated. Just like when I wear cute work out clothes to the gym, makes me want to go even more. Wear what works for you!
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Friday, March 21, 2014

Outfit Post - Bordeaux Dress

 
It was a beautiful Sunny day while shooting these photo's. I automatically think of fall and winter when I think of bordeaux color. But I think this shade combined with this short playful dress from Vanilia is also great for spring. Then to be paired with open toe shoes and bare legs. Shoes from Dune. 



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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Article to Read: Ways to Say 'No' More Effectively

 
A very interesting and helpful article by The Wall Street Journal on 'saying no'. If you're often caught helping others too much and ending up not much time left for yourself, this is the article for you.
However, I think this article is not just helpful for saying no to people asking for help, but also saying no to your superior or no to projects if you're self employed.
 
Great article and video for some tips for the little word that's just so hard to say sometimes: no.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Homeward Bound

 
Yesterday was my first day back to work after a couple of days of well needed holiday. I went to places I've never seen before, drove with a beautiful scenery, had some of the best food I've never tasted before and had the best company.

I think visiting a new place once in a while elevates your life and gains knowledge of the world we live in. This trip was also a huge energy boost I really needed. Sometimes all it takes is to take the car and get away out of your own city.

Last week I didn't wrote on this blog, didn't update Facebook or Twitter and even didn't post pictures on Instagram. It was liberating not to grab my phone all the time to check in where I was. This trip was to leave home alone and everything and anything that has to do with it.

I would certainly recommend taking a little trip to someplace new once in a while.
Which place would you like to go to anytime soon? Which place is on your long term list?

I can't wait until my next trip!

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Writing Tips From NYC PR Girls


Whether you work in Communications of PR, are still a student or just write a lot for work, good writing skills is essential. I'm a huge nyc PR girls fan and here are their top writing tips:

Understand writing is really rewriting – My father used to tell me this every. single. day. Give yourself enough time to produce your best work, which is going to mean going through several drafts before you give anything to a professor or supervisor. Usually, I like to start by writing my stream of consciousness (aka gibberish), then clean it up from there.

Do your own research on writing format – If you’re just starting out and not sure what a press release should look, like – use Google to find a recent release from a brand you respect. Truthfully, press releases change based on the client or brand, but Google is a good place to start.

The AP Stylebook is your friend - When I first started PR, I was so against AP Stylebook. I could feel it shaming me from the bookshelf so much, I would throw it in a desk drawer just so I didn’t have to look at it. Truth is, having a handle on grammar is your BEST tool. If you don’t know your stuff, it shows. And those who have the AP Style down will be given the best writing assignments. Just a fact of life.

Don’t be scared to use your voice and show some personality – That’s what writing is about. Make it juicy, funny, romantic, trippy – whatever is YOU. If you’re writing on behalf of a brand, look at brand materials and the website to get a feel on words used frequently in relation to the brand personality. Give it to a friend or peer to read once, and see if you got it right. Usually, it will take a couple assignments before you get it.

Practice – The blog is a great tool for A and I to practice writing, but I also look to my superiors to teach me something new with every item I draft. NEVER JUST ACCEPT CHANGES IN A DOCUMENT. Walk through edits so you can take them as little gifts for your next assignment.

Article by Meg from nyc PR girls
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Ban Bossy


Sheryl Sandberg of leanin.org and the book, COO of Facebook and Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scout of the USA launched a new campaign called "Ban Bossy".
They started this campaign to ban the word "bossy" so that young girls won't stop pursuing leadership roles.

From their Wall Street Journal article:
"Although the two of us come from different backgrounds, we both heard the same put-down. Call it the other B-word. Whether it is said directly or implied, girls get the message: Don't be bossy. Don't raise your hand too much. Keep your voice down. Don't lead."

"How are we supposed to level the playing field for girls and women if we discourage the very traits that get them there?"

"And "bossy" is just the beginning. As girls mature, the words may change, but their meaning and impact remain the same. Women who behave assertively are labeled "aggressive," "angry," "shrill" and "overly ambitious." Powerful and successful men are often well liked, but when women become powerful and successful, all of us—both men and women—tend to like them less."

"It's time to end the gendered speech that discourages girls from an early age. So the next time you hear a girl called "bossy," do what CBS anchor Norah O'Donnell advised: Smile, take a deep breath and say, "That girl's not bossy. She has executive leadership skills.""


Go to BanBossy.com and see what you can do as a girl, parent, teacher, manager or troop leader and sign the pledge!



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Monday, March 10, 2014

International Women's Day


Happy belated Women's Day! There was a lot of inspiration on internationalwomensday.com and on Pinterest and Twitter.


For example I found: International Women's Day: Here's why it matters on The Independent.

And: Why gender is a business issue, not a women's issue on Management Today.

And I found a great online magazine: Where Women Work. About where to work and women who tell their stories about why they like working there.

 
Also, you can join IWD discussion on LinkedIn.



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Friday, March 7, 2014

Outfit Post: White Blouse and Colorblock Blazer


This felt as the first day of spring. It was warm, sun was shining on my face and there was a beautiful blue sky.
I'm wearing a blue & black color block blazer from DKNY, white blouse from H&M, pant from ONLY and pumps from DKNY.


 


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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Women and Social Media in Infographic

A fun info graphic on how women dominate almost every social media network. Except LinkedIn is more used by men.

Original article and infographic by Alex Hillsberg.

Women Dominate Every Social Media Network -- Except One (Infographic)



 
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

About Receiving Compliments


 
I'm an online Communication student and I hope to graduate in June. Studying online without going to class and actually seeing you teachers requires a lot of discipline.  Each Sunday I read a whole new chapter of the book and I try to start to make some of the questions. During the week after I come home from work I make questions and write communication plans or work with cases. Those open questions are homework and it will automatically be sent to a teacher who will grade you.
 
Last Monday I received an e-mail that my homework was reviewed. Before I clicked on my link I thought to myself: "I probably didn't get a good grade, I don't have a good feeling about it." But then: Boom! 10/10! A 10 out of ten with the comment: "Perfect, nothing to add here!" Yay, I felt over the moon! With this I felt even more motivated to study hard!

Later that night I went to ballet class which is a really fun class with a great teacher and sweet students. Sometimes it's hard for me to come home from work, eat something quick and then leave for ballet class again. Some Mondays I just want to stay home and not to go out in the cold again.

But when we're done and we nail a new move, or perfect an older one, it's great to hear a compliment from the teacher and hear the enthusiasm from the class. How could I even doubt myself for not coming?

Same goes for work. Days can/will be stressful all the time. But when I have a finished product in my hands I feel good about myself. And think to myself: "You did a good today!" It's even better when the hard work is recognized by one of my superiors and that they're happy with your work and that they pay you a compliment or give you a pat on your back.


A not so good day can instantly turn into a great one, just by receiving a compliment and I also gives so much more motivation for what you're doing!

How about complimenting someone today? You might let them sparkle!

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Outfit Inspiration: The Camel Coat

I've been eying on the camel coat for quite some time now and I think right now is just the right time to wear one. The time between winter & spring while you just need that extra coverage without looking like you're dressing for Polar Fortex 4.0.

Here is some outfit inspiration I found on camel coats:



 
 

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