Bleak. Dreary. Frigid. All words that we can associate with the winter-time blues. Getting your wardrobe ready for winter is always a grueling task. Ideally it is an excuse to hit the shops and buy the latest trench in a shade of brown or the go-to black, perhaps a chunky sweater or two, and at least three pairs of boots. But where do you go from there? It is hard to feel excited to get dressed when you face the monotony in your closet every morning. As a fashion stylist living in NYC, one of the most exciting things that I can tell my clients on dressing for winter is that color is indeed your friend. While black can still be your go-to, a pop of color will break up the regularly scheduled programming of your usual monochrome pieces. To avoid feeling overwhelmed about all of the color possibilities, I give you three specific areas to add the spice: outerwear, accessories, and shoes. Pay attention to one or all of these, and you will be oozing cheer and happiness from head to toe! The Colorful Coat Visions of winter are filled with images of black and grey. It’s no wonder that we are sad and depressed all season long. Walking down the NYC streets, all that can be seen for blocks at a time is a sea of black. We often leave the bright trenches and jackets for the spring and summer seasons, but one thing I say to all of the people I have the pleasure to work with is to throw all the old rules out the window. Why can’t you wear a bright yellow wool coat in December? Trust me, it will do your wardrobe justice, and you will be the object of envy throughout the sea of black.
The Patterned Scarf I used to think, “Who can afford to add color?” If you have to wear the same scarf and pair of gloves every day, why would you choose green, when black goes with everything? But remember, if you take away anything from this rundown, leave the rules at the door. Bright blue and green both go with brown, black, and navy, so why can’t color be the new staple? If bright colors give you anxiety, take some baby steps with muted blues, greens, and reds. Play around with adding multiple colors to one look, and grab some inspiration from our fashionable creatives here at Cliché – or Blake Lively, who is the perfect example of breaking up black with a few doses of color.
Must-Have Booties Like our girl T. Swift, we got to shake off the haters and rock maroon booties all year long. Deep hues for boots and flats is a seamless way to incorporate color into your outfit – it also adds a nice flair to a solid pant in the winter. My go-to colors are deep reds, greens, and even deeper blue tones as a nice reprieve from black. These colors can be incorporated into a professional setting, too… just throw on slacks, a blouse, and blazer, then voila – you are chic and colorful all in one.
So your New Year’s Resolution was to stay fit and healthy in 2016. First day of the year, you woke up hungover and decided to give it a day. Then, the next day was a Saturday and you still had leftovers from that mouthwatering dinner. Everybody knows you can’t start a diet on Sunday, so you waited until Monday, had a green tea in the morning, a salad for lunch, and a healthy protein infused dinner. You worked out a few days of the first week of January, fewer days on the second week, and here you are, a month later wondering where it all went wrong. Well, it’s not too late. The year is still young and there are ways to help you stay on track! Here are five of them.
1) Set Goals
This may sound like a given, but hear me out. Setting goals is not just saying: “I need to lose weight” or “I want to fit in my jeans again.” You need to really know what you want to achieve. Set tangible goals such as: “I want to lose 10 pounds by July” or “I want to be a size 4 by mid-August,” something to this effect. You need goals that are measurable so you can track your progress, and when you track your progress, you’ll get motivated to achieve more.
3) Eat Bad Foods It’s very important to eat healthy, but don’t forget, fatty foods are good for you as well. Foods like avocados, nuts, chocolate, and even cheese are loaded with fats, and it’s essential that you don’t refrain for them. When you don’t eat enough fat, your body goes into starvation mode, which makes your body store more fat, and not to mention the numerous other risks it has on your health. Eat all things in moderation, even indulge every once in a while, it will shock your liver and help you burn fat faster.
4) Keep Moving Exercise as much as possible. With that in mind you’ll definitely want to check out some workout clothes for men. But it’s not just about exercise. Sitting for long hours can have calamitous effects on your health, let alone your weight. Try to get up and walk around for ten minutes every hour. It will keep your blood flowing and raise your serotonin levels.
5) Stay Motivated The path to your goals is long, so it’s important not to get discouraged by the process. Surround yourself with like-minded people who live a healthy lifestyle, put on some uplifting music, and buy yourself some nice gym gear. Arrow from Birchbox offers a variety of beauty products that are specifically catered to women with active lifestyles. So put on your kicks, your new gym outfit, the Arrow lip balm and cheek tint, gather your gym buddies and go take over the world—or the treadmill, whatever you can conquer first.
In short, be specific about what you want, stay organized and track your progress, eat all things in moderation, stay active, and remain motivated and look awesome while doing so. Remember, being healthy is not a diet or a phase, it’s a lifestyle, so chose one you can commit to long-term.
Thanks to the Internet, we are able to connect with absolute strangers from opposite ends of the world. How else would we know about Internet sensations such as Tyler Oakley, get our five seconds of fame from viral videos, or learn about our favorite bloggers? Blogging has come in different forms throughout the years, but as far as we can tell, it’s here to stay. Anyone can easily set up an account and create a blog, but to actually be successful at it? That’s a different story. Cliché spoke with renowned business guru and fashion blogger Ariana Pierce to get her advice on joining the blogosphere. Cliché: What are a few tips you want to give someone who feels as if they can contribute to the blogging community, but are too afraid to start? Ariana Pierce: Bloggers are finally getting recognition and the opportunity to live out their dreams by sharing their story and lifestyle. Most of the time, the fear of blogging comes from thinking that there is not enough content to start a blog, or people comparing themselves to others who have been in the game for years. If you have a desire to blog, then you are going to have to just start. Write about what interests you and what makes life exciting from your perspective. If you have a company, then you can easily blog about what your product or service can do for the customer. Like with anything, you have to first start and then correct as you go. You will never really know how to perfect something until you practice it. Also, I would advise getting books and material on blogging to take away some of that doubt. I recently introduced my book, How to Build a Blogging Business…In a Week, which is a guide to anyone wanting to start their blog or perfect what’s already there. It takes the guesswork out, which is usually where the fear stems from. What would you say to so many bloggers who become disappointed when they’re not noticed as much as they were hoping in a span of one night or maybe even within a year? It’s so easy to look at other successful bloggers and think that they got to where they are in just a short time, when in reality, they’ve probably been doing it for years. I can tell you right now, you probably won’t get the recognition you are dreaming of for your blog until you put in some work and consistency. Companies, brands, readers, and even customers want to know that you take your blogging business seriously before they invest lots of money into you. Look at the beginning as your growth and maturity stage. Take that time to perfect and tweak your blog to make it more valuable. That way, when large opportunities do begin to come your way, you are worth more and can make a larger profit. What type of advice would you give to an aspiring blogger who has a lot to say, but doesn’t necessarily have the photography, photoshop skills, or tools that seem to be a necessity? For an aspiring blogger who may not have the best photographer or photoshop skills, that’s okay! Don’t let this be your excuse for not starting. When I first started blogging, I didn’t have a professional photographer, so I would use my phone camera during the day to take my photos. I used what I had during that time and made the most of it. As my blogging and audience began to grow, I decided that it was time to invest in my pictures by hiring someone in my area, with the professional equipment, to take my photos. Knowing that I needed lots of photos taken for my blog, I found a person to make a deal with for a price I could afford. Not stopping there, I took a mini photoshop course online to learn how to edit photos so I could empower myself to win at this blogging thing. Over time, I was making money from my business to pay for a camera and I met my awesome boyfriend, who is now my photographer. The moral of the story is that you should take it step-by-step and eventually invest in a photographer who you can work with over a long period of time. When writing a blog, what kind of content do you notice gets more recognition than others? When writing a blog post to my audience, I’ve found that sharing personal stories from my daily adventures gets a lot of recognition. People love to hear about exciting things that are happening and want to get involved, so it’s a great aspect to add to your posts. I would advise staying away from complaining too much or talking negatively. Your audience comes to your site to get away from their problems and enjoy a good read. Make it worth their while! How do you go about creating collaborations with different brands and sponsors? Since my blog has grown, brands and sponsors approach me to do collaborations. I have a set of guidelines that I follow when doing collabs. For example, things that don’t fit are either tweaked or passed on because I want to stay true to my beliefs and brand message. If you want to work with brands who aren’t necessarily approaching you at this state, I would suggest taking some time to do reviews on your favorite items after buying them. Post your review on the blog and on social media. Tag them, use the brand hashtag and share with your readers why you love their products. This way, when brands are looking for bloggers to work with, your review will come up and it makes it a lot easier to approach them for collaborations. Do you have a blogging process, such as mapping out what days to blog or what you’re going to blog? My blogging process includes lots and lots of planning! I created this planner called the Superstar Chic Fashion Planner for bloggers who want to stay consistent and plan out their posts for the entire month. This is my go-to planner to map out what I want the focus of my blog to be about for the month. It keeps me organized and up to date. What do you find the most frustrating thing about blogging? The most frustrating thing about blogging has been staying consistent. When first starting out, I would be that blogger who posted every three months (yikes!). Once I learned how to get a system for my blogging business, things began to take off. I’ve had a lot of debates about the online persona versus people in real life. Coming from a blogger’s perspective, do you agree with the fact we may not be seeing the “real” person behind the screen at times? Your online persona should be what you want others to know about you. Though I believe that you should not totally give off a fake persona, you can be real without sharing all your business. I think that some people mistake you showing the good parts of your life as being fake, but it’s really just showing happy moments. Though I may go through tough times, I choose not to magnify those moments on Instagram or on my blog because what you put out there you get others involved with. Some things should be kept personal and between your loved ones. You have already accomplished so much, but I know there’s a lot more in store. What else do you want to eventually accomplish? I want to grow my Superstar Nail Lacquer and travel accessory brand internationally. I want my product to be in over 100 new stores this coming year and use my blog in media outlets to make a positive impact in the lives of other entrepreneurs.
Read more Career articles on ClicheMag.com Ariana Pierce Teaches Us How to Blog Like a Pro: Photograph courtesy of Ariana Pierce
Our Top 5 Favorite Beauty Bloggers
Let’s face it the internet has almost monopolized our entertainment spectrum. From online magazines like Cliche to netflix and of course YouTube. Less, is the time spent watching actual TV and more is the amount of time in front of a 13 inch screen. Otherwise known as our laptops. Anyone obsessed with beauty is typically then obsessed with YouTube and it’s numerous beauty bloggers. We all have our own preferences so here is a culmination of our top 5 favorite beauty vloggers we want you to check out!
This girl is an umbrella of categories. 18 and freshly graduated from home schooling Cambria, otherwise known as “bree” shares her makeup and fashion tips. But the reason shes on this list is that she focuses on the deeper level of beauty we often tend to neglect, that being of inner beauty. Her videos always hold a positive message and always bring a smile. Shes a fitness enthusiast and inspired my own growth in achieving a healthy lifestyle. She is definitely someone worth checking out!
Now I may seem a bit bias picking out a fellow Jersey Girl, but Carli really knows what shes talking about. She started freelancing in high school and decided to make Youtube videos to help her clients when she wasn’t around. Shes truly inspirational with her positive and laidback attitude. Whether you’re preference is subdued or bold, high end or drug store Carli will have you covered!
Quirky girls unite! Bunny lives in the good ol heart of Texas and is SASSY to boot. For those who like to step off the beaten path, Bunny is the girl for you. She has a variety of fashion, makeup, hair tutorials. She also does a lot of product reviews otherwise known on her channel as “Does this thing really work”. Even if her style isn’t your taste, she really is worth a watch if you need a good laugh.
This is for all our natural product lovers!Kassie is a Canadian who loves to eat as clean as she can and looks to our Earth for beauty remedies. If you want to find someone who knows her stuff and can help find the right beauty and life regime that connects you to a more natural side, Kassie is the right girl for you. Oh, and shes pretty witty too.Brains and beauty!
California Girls you’re undeniable, and Jenn Im is no exception. She has a cool laid back vibe, and pretty indie taste in clothing. If you’re into the underground scene and like to stand out, in a cool way, this is the girl for you! She has awesome content on how to attain her effortless style, makeup tips and awesome adventures.
We’ve all been there. Well, at least most of us. You’re blindsided by a breakup, feeling lost and helpless without the one person who means everything to you. It might sound dramatic, but the time during and after a rough breakup can literally feel like the end of the world, especially if you’ve been with that person for a long period of time. It’s hard to imagine your life without them, and it’s even harder to think about them moving on from you. But like anything else in life, nothing lasts forever–not even a crippling heartbreak. Although there isn’t much anyone else can say or do to get you out of a post-breakup slump, there are things you can do to make it slightly less painful and deter you from going into a serious downward spiral. After recently going through a breakup myself, I decided that for once I would take my own advice. At 22 years young, I’ve had my fair share of girl talks, helping friends cope with getting dumped by–for lack of a better word–total assholes. And to be fair, I’ve also helped my guy friends get through tumultuous splits with bitchy ex-girlfriends. When it was my turn to sulk after parting with my boyfriend of two years, I realized I had to listen to the advice I had been giving my friends–both guys and girls–for years. At the end of the day, it’s simply about making small changes in your daily life that can take the edge off a nasty breakup. And while it’s not a quick fix, it will ease the pain in the meantime.
1) Accept the grief
This is, in my opinion, the most crucial part of any breakup, and it needs to happen immediately. The longer you put off your real feelings, the longer the suffering will last. Don’t deny the overwhelming sadness or grief you’re feeling. You have every right to be upset, so allow yourself to work through that grief. Realize that you’re feelings are justified, but that they won’t last forever. If this means crying in the shower every day until you can’t cry anymore, then do it. This way, when you’re out in public, you can put on a smile–even if you don’t feel like it–and let the world know that you are OKAY.
2) Make a clean break
No texts. No calls. No emails. Nothing. It’s very difficult to not be in contact with someone if you’re used to talking to them all day every day, but trust me, holding on for dear life with obsessive phone calls and texts only makes things worse. Do whatever you have to do to make sure there is no temptation to reach out. Erase his or her number, even if you know it by heart, and put away (or burn) any pictures. The less things around that remind you of that person, the less you will think about them. You need to give yourself time to think and be apart from them in order for your mind to process the breakup. You may be ready to talk one day, but only when you’ve distanced yourself enough from the situation emotionally that you can speak to them in a rational, mature way. You might even get back together in the future; but right now, you broke up for a reason and there’s no point in dwelling on what could have been or what might be. Make a clean break and move on for good.
3) Get up and MOVE!
Every person deserves a day or two to sit in bed, live on slurpees and Doritos, and act like the world is really coming to an end. This is a part of the grieving process, but it doesn’t (and shouldn’t) last forever. After the initial shock wears off, you need to get out of bed and MOVE. Do something active to get your blood pumping. You might be upset, but you’re not dead. Exercising, even if it is just a brisk walk outside or a few jumping jacks, releases endorphins. The release of endorphins are scientifically proven to reduce stress and provide temporary positive mood boosts. It may only be temporary, but trust me, it’s better than being miserable 24/7. Maintaining a weekly fitness routine is even better for improving your overall mood and self-esteem. Remember, the best revenge is looking good.
4) Start fresh
One great part about ending a relationship is starting a new chapter in your life. It might seem silly to think life is starting over, but in many ways, it is. It’s the perfect time to get back in touch with yourself, while at the same time celebrating the “new” single you. Buy a flirty, fresh perfume you’ve never tried before. Make a playlist of songs that don’t remind you of that person. Treat yourself to some retail therapy and a crisp new style. Starting fresh with a clean slate will help you realize that life goes on after relationships end, no matter how painful it might be.
5) Pamper yourself
I will find any excuse to pamper myself, and a breakup is no exception. Breaking up can be a big hit to your ego, especially if the breakup isn’t exactly on your terms (a.k.a. you get dumped). Do things that allow you to relax and rejuvenate, while also making you feel good about yourself. There’s so many ways to pamper yourself in times of need, whether you go get a mani/pedi, buy a hot new outfit, or splurge on a massage. You’d be surprised what a blowout and DIY face mask can do for your self-esteem when you’re feeling down. The whole point of pampering is to remind yourself just how fabulous you really are, and what a huge mistake the other person is making.
6) Stay in the positive
It’s crucial that you surround yourself with positivity during this difficult time. Hang out with people who make you feel good about yourself and won’t harp on you with questions about your breakup. If you’re friends aren’t doing much to help (shame on them and find some new friends ASAP), think about reconnecting with a friend you might have lost touch with during your relationship. When you’re around supportive people that make you feel good, your mood and self-perception will naturally change. It’s also important that you think as positively as you can at all times. Remember, you’ve accepted the grief, and now it’s time to move into a more affirmative space. That doesn’t mean that you still won’t have moments of sadness, anger, or jealousy, but there’s no reason to focus only on the negative. Instead, keep telling yourself, “It’s their loss, not mine.” Sooner or later, you’ll actually start to believe it. Photograph by Quavondo for Cliché Magazine Aug/Sept 2013