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IT’S ALMOST MOTHER’S DAY
Give the gift of fragrance this Mother’s Day with one of these beautiful scents from Goutal Paris
Goutal Paris Chat Perche EDT
Chat Perché Eau de Toilette evokes the emotional relationship between a mother and her child and is something they can share and enjoy together. Safe to use on children 3 years and older, the delicate yet playful herbaceous fragrance is bottled up inside a timeless, tender and pure design.
Notes include: Lemon Tree Flower, Capucine (Nasturtium), Sweet Peas and Iris
Goutal Paris Etoile D’Une Nuit EDP
The latest fragrance in Goutal Paris Night Bird Collection, Etoile D’Une Nuit, will give your mother a beautiful contrasting experience of comfort and confidence. It is an enveloping, reassuring and powdery scent. The fragrance captures the delicate smell of powder in all its depth, richness, comfort and velvetiness, yet it is still sensual and attractive, perfect for all mother’s this holiday!
Notes include: Iris, rose and raspberry
Goutal Paris Rose Pompon Alcohol-Free Water
A versatile spring staple because of its long-lasting and alcohol-free formula, this fragrance won’t be affected by the sun’s powerful rays and will keep mom feeling fresh and beautiful all day long. Created to represent a mischievous glance, charming smile, burst of laughter – the Rose Pompon woman exudes joie de vivre. An addictive freshness, femininity manifesto, this fragrance reflects Annick Goutal olfactory creations, with a bold and modern twist.
Notes include: Bulgarian Rose Essence, Peony, Blackcurrant, Raspberry, Pink Pepper, Woody Cedar, Patchouli and White Musks
These fragrances are available at: Usgoutalparis.com
THE HOTTEST TRENDS IN SKINCARE FOR 2019
SHOULD YOU USE THEM OR LOSE THEM?
Each year brings with it fashion trends, decorating trends, and beauty trends.
The latter covers everything from nails, haircare, makeup and skincare. With the ubiquity of social media, beauty users now can pick up popular trends from anywhere across the world and follow them. Skincare is the biggest segment in the beauty industry with global sales that hover around $130 billion in 2019. There is so much for consumers to digest and decide on. We turned to Dr. Manish Shah, a Denver Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and skin care expert. He takes a microscope to some of the hottest trends in 2019 to give you insight into what’s worth your hard- earned dollars.
CBD In Skincare
Much like it did in 2018, CBD is taking off in the new year. In fact, CBD (short for cannabidiol) has no plans of easing up its reign on the skin-care world in 2019. As a case in point, there are at least two MAJOR skin care brands that now include CBD in their skincare, not to mention the indie companies who have created CBD skincare. Dr. Shah’s take: “As far as it being good for skin, it acts as both an anti-inflammatory agent and an oil reduction agent. Theoretically, its addition to skin care products, especially those tasked to fight acne and other inflammatory skin conditions, is probably legitimate. It is also a good antioxidant that can help protect against free radical damage to skin cells. CBD can be made from hemp which helps skincare companies get around the federal ban on marijuana. Side effects of unregulated use include: Nausea, fatigue and irritability. CBD can increase the level in your blood of the blood thinner coumadin, and it can raise levels of certain other medications in your blood by the exact same mechanism that grapefruit juice does.”
Some beauty editors and bloggers swear by pimple patches. According to experts, those patches are about to get even more advanced by way of a ton of tiny microneedles (or "microstructures").The logic is that you can out put a smaller amount of acne-fighting ingredients into these tiny little cones and apply it to the skin, it's a better, more effective delivery system.
Here's how they are purported to work: The small band-aid-like sticker hasspikes coated with hyaluronic acid thatare thinner than a hair follicle. Through these teeny painless pricks in the skin, the patch drives the active ingredients deep in to the skin. Dr. Shah’s take:
“There is plenty of good medical literature on the validity of these small patches that are impregnated with various chemicals. The patch gets worn and the needles (either metallic or made out of absorbable polymer) penetrate the skin delivering the chemical treatment. Their design takes advantage of the concept of transcutaneous delivery of drugs. Patches can be custom made to fit various areas of the face and deliver anti-aging or other chemicals while a patient sleeps. The efficiency of delivery is better through the tiny skin punctures than if you only put the chemical directly on the intact skin. In theory, aesthetic practitioners can make custom topical treatments and place them on the patches to deliver customized at home skin treatments for their patients.”
Is a Cryotherapy Facial Is the Best Way to Brighter, Tighter Skin?
Cryotherapy has gained popularity in recent years with spa treatments exposing clients to subzero temperatures to help relieve pain and improve their health. This wellness treatment has recently undergone another adaptation with the cryotherapy facial treatment. The Cryo Facial is a cryogenic treatment that is performed by what is considered a "cryo probe," which beams vaporized liquid nitrogen across the forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. Different from the cryotherapy chambers that can be used for pain relief, the facial targets helping the face look younger. Dr. Shah’s take: “This may be more suspect. There isn't a great deal of study-based evidence that cryotherapy facials actually do what they claim. Typically, cryotherapy uses extremely cold liquid nitrogen to freeze exposed skin cells to kill them, like a wart. The facials use the same liquid nitrogen as a spray, but the aesthetician doesn't stay in one area too long to avoid frostbite to the skin. Some level of cold injury occurs, probably to a very superficial level of the skin, so there may be some exfoliation. But there are safer ways to get exfoliation without risking frostbite or hyperpigmentation.”
ANTI-POLLUTION SKIN CARE
Your skin is exposed to environmental aggressors on a regular basis. Although unseen, these pollutants can wreak havoc on your skin by breaking down collagen and elastin, the fibers that give skin its bounce. To help reduce these unwanted side effects, anti-pollution skin care products are continuing to gain favorability among consumers. Just as SPF is now de rigor in skin care, this seems to be the case with anti-pollution ingredient. Dr. Shah’s take: “I think that this is a new name for old tech. In brief, our skin is exposed to environmental contaminants that create inflammatory conditions. These conditions lead to build up of free radicals in the skin. The ingredients in antipollution skin care are basically strong antioxidants that protect against the free radicals. But the skin is assaulted by more than chemicals. It experiences dehydration, UV exposure, temperature changes, etc. True antipollution skincare should guard against all this. Typical protective and reparative ingredients include vitamin E, vitamin C, retinoids, hyaluronic acid, zinc oxide, vitamin B3, and bisabolol.”
Dr. Shah’s final verdict: Just as one can become a slave to fashion, the same can happen with skin care trends. My best advice is to consult with your skincare physician. Discuss what you are exposed to during the day. Is it sun, pollution, humid air, wind, etc.? Talk to your doctor about what type of skin you have. Skin type changes as you age, and as hormonal factors come into play. Someone who had oily skin in their 20’s and 30’s can have combination skin in their 40’s and 50’s. Speak with your aesthetic provider about what your specific goals are for your skin. Is it reduced acne? Fewer wrinkles? Reduced brown spots? Broken capillaries? Just because something is a trend, does not mean it’s right for your skin care type or your goals. If you have a regimen that works for you, stick with it. Don’t be tempted by designer brands if drugstore brands are effective for you. There is nothing wrong with giving your skin care routine a modern “kick,” but good skincare does not mean one must try everything available on the market or in a med/spa or doctor’s office.
About Dr. Manish Shah
Manish Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S. was born in Canada and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. He graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a degree in biomedical engineering. He then completed his medical training at the University of Virginia, earning his Medical Doctorate. During this time, he also completed a one-year fellowship in microsurgery research at the New York University School of Medicine / Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. As a prelude to his plastic surgery training, Dr. Shah completed a rigorous five-year training program in General and Trauma Surgery at Emory University and the Medical College of Georgia. His formal training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery was completed at the Univ. of Tennessee College of Medicine – Chattanooga Unit. After completing his plastic surgery training, he moved to New York City when he was selected for the prestigious Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. He underwent extensive, advanced training in aesthetic surgery of the face, breasts, and body at the hands of some of the most renowned cosmetic surgeons in the world. This fellowship is widely considered to be the best of its kind in the world. Dr. Shah is one of only a select few plastic surgeons in the country who have undergone formal post-graduate training in aesthetic surgery.
Dr. Shah’s specialties include revision facial aesthetic surgery, rhinoplasty (“nose reshaping”), and aesthetic surgery of the breast (breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction). He is, however, well-trained in all areas of aesthetic surgery.
Dr. Shah’s aim is to obtain a natural appearing transformation that complements the real you!
Dr. Shah is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He maintains a private practice in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in the Cherry Creek neighborhood of Denver.
Dr. Shah is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the Rhinoplasty Society, and the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Shah is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Mother’s Day is coming up, and whether you’re searching for something for a new mom, mother-in-law, grandma or dog mom, Amazon is here to help. Today, Amazon launched its new curated Mother’s Day storefront to help customers find the perfect gifts to celebrate mom this year (and all year round). The storefront offers an incredible selection of quality, top-rated items for moms – with top picks across beauty, fashion, home, electronics, sports and more. Check out some of our favorite gift ideas below, and amazon.com/mothersday for even more!
Seeking additional inspiration to celebrate mom this year?
- Inspired gifts for everyone in your life. Amazon’s Gift Finder is the easiest way to find mom a gift she’ll love. Encourage mom to put together her own Amazon Wish List to ensure she gets exactly what she wants this year.
- Shop fashion designer and television personality Whitney Port’s favorite handcrafted gifts for mom, on Amazon Handmade.
- Give mom the gift of a sparkling-clean house with help from Amazon Home Services
- Plan the perfect breakfast-in-bed for mom, build your shopping list, order with your voice through Alexa Shopping and get all the goods delivered to your doorstep with Whole Foods Market on Prime Now.
- Give mom the gift of entertainment on-the-go with an Audible membership.
- Prime makes every mom’s life easier, so what better gift is there this Mother’s Day? Visit amazon.com/giftprime to get your loved one three months ($39) or one year ($119) of Prime. In addition to unlimited fast, free shipping, Prime members enjoy: unlimited access to award-winning movies and TV episodes with Prime Video, more than two million songs and thousands of playlists with Prime Music, unlimited access to Prime Reading, one free pre-released book a month with Amazon First Reads, and more!
- Support a local small business and shop for mom on Amazon Storefronts.
- For even more great Mother’s Day options, check out Amazon Home’s gift guide, which offers inspiring gift ideas for every mom including the mom who loves to cook, the entertainer, the gardener, and more. Also shop favorite picks from Martha Stewart, Giada DeLaurentiis and Cortney Novogratz at www.amazon.com/mothersdaygiftguide.
- Want to show your mom how much you care with music? Amazon Music customers can simply ask, “Alexa, play the ‘Dear Mama’ playlist” in the Amazon Music app for iOS and Android, or on all Alexa-enabled devices. Or, if you’re looking for a soundtrack to stream while making a nice breakfast for mom, try “Alexa, play music for Mother’s Day Brunch,” to hear hits by Dua Lipa, Khalid & Normani, Shawn Mendes, and many more.
A Few of Our Favorite Gift Suggestions for the ….
- Woof Ceramic Dog Treat Jar
- Kurgo Baxter Dog Backpack
- Sojos Good Dog Crunchy Natural Dog Treats
- PetSafe Smart Feed Automatic Dog and Cat Feeder
- Petronics Mousr Interactive Robotic Cat Toy
- Whistle 3 GPS Pet Tracker & Activity Monitor
- Bissell BARKBATH QT – QuietTone Portable Dog Bath and Grooming System
- iFetch Interactive Ball Launchers for Dogs
- Stream these favorites included with Prime Video: 20th Century Women, Wonder, Lady Bird and Book Club.
Book Loving Mom
- The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms
- A Well-Read Woman: The Life, Loves, and Legacy of Ruth Rappaport by Kate Stewart
- Girl, Stop Apologizing (Audible Exclusive Edition), written and performed by Rachel Hollis
- Slay Like a Mother, written and performed by Katherine Wintsch
- Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts
- A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell
- Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl
- Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand
Sleep is an important part of life. A good night's sleep can help you function better throughout the day. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to fall asleep or stay asleep on his or her own each night. This is where sleep aids can help. You might be surprised to discover that their benefits extend beyond just sleeping through the night. Here are some other problems that they could possibly help you with.
Reduced Stress and Anxiety
Do you ever find yourself lying awake at night thinking of all of the things you need to get done the next day? This is where sleep support supplements can help. Sleep is closely connected to stress and anxiety. For this reason, the ingredients found in these supplements can actually help to reduce your stress and anxiety. Getting enough sleep each night will also lower your stress and anxiety, so don't be surprised if you notice an overall improvement in your quality of life.
If you've ever pulled an all-nighter, you probably noticed you weren't at your best the next day. It was probably hard to focus and do your job to the best of your ability. This can even become dangerous if you operate heavy machinery. Getting a full night's rest helps improve your concentration, which could end up saving a life in the long run.
Improved Mood Issues
Toddlers are not the only ones who get grumpy if they don't get enough sleep. A lack of sleep at night can cause you to have some serious mood swings. This can interfere with your work and personal relationships. Giving your body what it needs can help stabilize your mood swings, and your friends will be thanking you.
Sleep is your body's way of rejuvenating itself. Getting the right amount of sleep each night can help you lead a happier life. If you struggle to sleep each night or wake up feeling unrested, you may want to consider sleep supplements.
Just because you’re a stay-at-home Mom doesn’t mean that you can’t be a working mom. And by “work,” we mean more than cleaning the house and making your kids’ lunch! There are plenty of great careers that you can lead—part-time or full time—from the comfort of your own home.
Here are five great jobs that any Mom can do at home. It doesn’t matter if you’re ending a sabbatical or if you’re just trying to find a job where you don’t have to sit in the office all day. These five jobs are both fulfilling and lucrative.
Who doesn’t dream of waking up in the morning, making a warm cup of coffee, and sitting down at a writing desk? You can make that dream come true by turning to writing as a profession—it’s the perfect stay-at-home job.
There are so many different things you can write about! If you’re interested in marketing, you could try your hand at copywriting. You can produce product pages for businesses or you could create copy for websites. Whatever you’re interested in, you can find plenty of freelance writing opportunities on websites like Craigslist or Indeed.
If you love books, you might also consider writing fiction. Come up with short stories or work on that novel you’ve been dreaming up in your head. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be the next Danielle Steele (or Gillian Flynn, if you have a dark side).
2. Graphic Design
Graphic design is another creative career that you can do from your home office. There are tons of companies out there who are looking to have images designed, from logos and brochures to digital illustrations.
Graphic design requires more intensive equipment than writing does. Make sure you get a fast computer that can handle graphic design software and do some research on the best desktops if you don’t know where to start. Also make sure you get the right computer programs, like Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, to set yourself up for professional success. You can get all of Adobe’s programs with a subscription to Creative Cloud.
Look around online for freelance graphic design jobs and you use the Internet to promote your new graphic design company once you get started. Be sure to come up with an impressive logo for your business so you can demonstrate your creative prowess.
We could have lumped “blogging” in with “writing,” but blogging is truly a job that’s unique in and of itself. Blogging is an amazing way to express yourself, and there’s a vast community of bloggers online who you can connect with while getting paid. If you feel like you want to share your thoughts with others, create a blog and use it as your soapbox.
You can create your own website to host your blog posts, or you can use an online blogging platform like SquareSpace. Whichever route you take, be sure to personalize the visual style of your blog and make it your own.
Blogging can be a lucrative endeavor. If you gain a large enough following, you may get to sample and review free products from a variety of businesses. You might also be able to sell ads on your website. But don’t ever feel pressured to blog about things that aren’t interesting to you. The most successful bloggers are those who post passionately about subjects of interest to them.
4. Making Handcrafted Goods
All right, let’s step away from the computer now. If you prefer to work with your hands (and we don’t mean typing), consider selling handcrafted goods. You can make items at your home and sell them in an online marketplace. There are lots of different crafts you can make, such as:
- Fine art
Etsy is a popular website where you can sell your handcrafted items but you can also sign up for artisans’ markets. Set up a booth and sell your pieces to passers-by. You might also consider finding Mom-and-Pop fine art stores that are looking for locally-made products to display on their shelves.
Investing can be one of the most financially rewarding jobs you can do at home. Create an account with an online broker, like TD Ameritrade, and buy stocks in companies that you think are going to be very successful. As you earn dividends, buy more stock and slowly increase your wealth.
It’s important to remember that the most successful investors make long-term investments. You might have to be patient and wait for a long time for your stocks to increase in value. But you can also boost your short-term profits by buying bonds and common stock.
Write, create, invest—no matter what you pursue, take advantage of the luxuries at home and work hard at whichever job you choose!
Summer is on its way! It is time to get stocked up on all of your favorite summertime styles from Shinesty. I am crazy about Shinesty because they sell the quirkiest, yet coolest clothing and accessories ever! Their sense of humor is dry, just like my own.
Shinesty has curated the wildest beach & spring break party suits, funny bathing suits and trunks, 90s sunglasses, printed short sleeve button-ups and suits, Hawaiian shirts, and other identity-disguising clothing so you'll have the greatest mug-shot ever taken on your vacations- or STAY cations. Who cares, at least you will look cool.
I have chosen my FAVORITE pieces from this collection, and I am doing my best to portray them below. (My models had crappy cameras!) I will never hire them again! I will just be MY OWN MODEL, and show my OWN lumpy butt next time. But then again, MY camera isn't much better....but here goes:
Look at this adorable Tropical Flamingo wrap dress! My modeling pictures do not do it justice! It is so cute and comfortable!
Here is how Shinesty describes this fabulous dress:
Shinesty named this tropical pink flamingo dress the Flamingal because, well, it's a flamingo wrap dress for gals. Their inspiration for the design, however, was much more thought out. Although this tropical dress fits equally as well at any Miami club as it does on daybreak bender, it was designed for 3 specific reasons:
1. Flamingos are the international sign of swingers.(I am definitely NOT a swinger, however!)
2. Flamingos make excellent lawn ornaments, so nobody will bug you when you pass out on the lawn.
3. Flamingos only mate after 5:00 pm, the international time for drinking. So whether your bumping uglies or boozing, you'll instinctually fit in.
(sources not sited as statistics are not based in fact)
Here are a few more pics of me wearing this fun summery frock:
(I hated my hair that day, and I never seem to take very good selfies. But at least it was sunny outside, which is rare for Oregon in April!)
(My poor little twelve year-old son was bribed to take these pictures. He did the best he could. Thank you, Braxton!)
And look at these His & Hers swim suits! Does it remind you of anything in particular? I am smitten by this Dixie Cup swim wear! It is right up my alley!
I had asked my my daughter and son-in-law to model these hilariously classic swim suits, because I thought my body wasn't in shape enough, but Myelie took these crappy pictures with a dirty bathroom mirror. Next time, I will model the suit myself! (But then again, my bathroom mirror isn't much cleaner!)
Imagine all of the inquisitive looks and stares you will get when you arrive at a public swimming pool donning this duo! People will be thinking, "Hmmm, where have I seen THAT design before?" I can only imagine what a conversation starter the Dixie Cup swimsuit and trunks will be! I am jealous now, because I wanted that attention for myself! Just kidding! I HAD to share with my daughter and her husband because my girl fell in love with this quirky swim wear. (She shares my sense of humor!) Plus, her bum is perkier than mine, so it's all good!
Here is how Shinesty describes the Dixie Cup swimwear duo: (Not my words, haha.)
Bottom line, these swim trunks and one piece are nostalgic as shit. They carry the type of nostalgia AOL and Ask Jeeves are jealous of. They're made with a decade of bowl cuts, Tamagotchi pets, and Skip-Its.
We introduce to you the most notorious print design from the 90s for your nuts and girl bums. If Instagram celebrity and serial copy-paster Fuck Jerry can make a quick buck off this design, we will too.
Check out all of Shinesty's new summer styles here! And don't forget to enter the giveaway below, where you will get the chance to win the swimwear of your choice from Shinesty. (Up to a $100 value!)
Enter to win! One winner will receive the swimwear of their choice from Shinesty. (Up to a $100 value.)
How? It's easy! Just fill out the Giveaway Tools form below for your chance to win!
For more information, or to check out the rest of Shinesty's fun styles, visit: https://www.shinesty.com
Rodan + Fields is definitely one of the best skin care companies I have ever tried. Especially since I am actively seeking the most effective anti-aging products on the market.
I was given the honor to review the Active Hydration Serum. This serum is by far the most hydrating ever!
R+F Active Hydration™ Serum is an oil-free face serum that raises skin’s hydration level by 200% after just one use and maintains continuous hydration for eight hours,* transforming dry skin into younger-looking, younger-acting skin. This face serum balances moisture levels and preps skin to better receive products layered on top, amplifying their performance.
Powered by R+F’s proprietary 3D3P Molecular Matrix, a combination of Hyaluronic Acid and an unprecedented level of 30% Glycerin, this hydrating serum draws in moisture from the atmosphere and locks it onto the surface of the skin, forming a water reservoir on the skin’s surface that continuously hydrates your skin all day
Rodan + Fields Active Hydration Serum is my favorite daily facial serum because it perfectly hydrates my skin without any kind of greasiness. I apply it both morning and night, right after cleansing. I love to apply it to my entire face, neck and upper chest area. I am very impressed with how well it absorbs completely into my skin, leaving it supple. It feels nice and soft. I allow it to settle into my skin for about five minutes, and then I usually follow with my daily or nightly moisturizer.
Since this serum is so light, I am able to apply my daily moisturizer on top of it (for sunscreen purposes.) It does not feel heavy. I have also found that my foundation glides effortlessly on top of the serum, which creates the perfect canvas for my makeup.
A little goes a long way, so this bottle will last you awhile. You can even get it on Amazon!
My kitty, Arlo seems to think my skin is soft!
To learn more about Rodan and Fields, visit: https://www.rodanandfields.com
Whether you are in college seeking an internship, or further on in your career and looking to advance your position, making basic and careless mistakes on a job interview can cost you that opportunity even if you have the experience, credentials, and intelligence.
First impressions count!
If you are in doubt, studies have shown that within the first seven seconds of meeting, people will have a solid impression of who you are — and some research suggests a tenth of a second is all it takes to start determining traits like trustworthiness. Katherine M. Rothman is the CEO of KMR Communications, a public relations firm she founded at the age of 28. The firm specializes in beauty, health and fitness PR. Since the agency’s inception in 1998, Ms. Rothman has interviewed hundreds of applicants for positions ranging from interns to directors and vice presidents.
Here are 14 tips on interviewing straight from the CEO herself:
Don’t Be Late
Ms. Rothman really dislikes the excuse, of, “I’m sorry I am 15 minutes late, I didn’t know where to park.” When you confirm the interview time and place, it is the applicant’s responsibility to ask questions about where to park. If it sounds like it might be mildly confusing, do a dry run to the interview location so that you don’t drive around aimlessly minutes before the interview. When you show up late to an interview, you seem unreliable, unorganized, and you have to dig yourself out of a black hole by making a really amazing impression.
Be on Your Best Behavior the Moment You Enter the Building
From the minute your feet enter the building of the interview, assume that anyone you encounter could be a potential interviewer. If you are talking on a cell phone in the lobby, censor your conversation and comments. In the elevator, make polite eye contact with everyone. Treat the receptionist like royalty! If you use the restroom prior to the interview, give a nice hello to anyone you encounter. The person who was just your stall mate could be the head of HR!
Research the company
Google the company. Visit their website. Know who their clients, are, what they do, who they serve, who their competition is, and find out what sets them apart from their other businesses in their field. It is important to do your research prior to the interview. It will give you greater command of the topics you will be asked about and make you feel more confident which will transmit into a better impression. If you are asked why you want to work at company XYZ, you will be able to answer intelligently and specifically instead of in a cookie cutter manner.
Dress to Impress
Do your best to do some sleuthing and find out what the culture of the company is. Perhaps read some reviews on Glassdoor, Google, or ask friends.
If the company is artsy, it’s better if you don’t come in looking like a corporate stiff. Conversely, if the atmosphere is corporate, ripped jeans and a tank top won’t get you far. When in doubt, it is better to be overdressed than underdressed. When you are asked back for a second-round interview you can better tailor your attire to the office norm.
Don’t Let Your Body Language Give You Away- Skilled interviewers are adept are reading non-verbal clues, i.e. body language. Most likely, the handshake will be your only moment of physical contact with the interviewer. Studies say that handshakes play a significant role in first impressions, so make it count. Your shake should be neither bone crushing, nor limp fish. Aim for a firm handshake, and as you shake, make eye contact and smile. Once seated, do not slump, fidget or lean back in your chair which can signal boredom or arrogance. Lean slightly forward to indicate interest. Don’t cross your arms as this can make you look defensive or like you are hiding something.
Don’t Give Cliché Answers to Questions
If you are asked what your best qualities are, avoid saying, “I am an organized, self-starter and team player and my biggest weakness is that I am a perfectionist.” These may all be true but find another way to state these attributes. Instead, if asked about a weakness, choose a real weakness and put a positive spin on it. You may say, for example, “I always want to meet my deadlines, but sometimes in doing so, I rush too much. I am trying to slow down and be more meticulous.”
Don’t talk incessantly and ramble on
You are being judged on how articulate you are and how you present yourself in a corporate situation. An interview should not be your own monologue. Answer the questions concisely and wait for the interviewer to ask the next. As you are speaking, try to gauge if you are keeping the interviewer engaged in what you are saying. If their eyes are glazed over and they are tapping their pen, you have spoken enough.
Ask not what the company can do for you, ask what you can do for the company
To loosely paraphrase JFK on his inauguration speech, make it clear how your skills can help the company you are interviewing with. A first interview should not be about, how many vacation days do I get? Do you have a 401K? Do you have summer hours?
What are your benefits? These questions should be saved for second round interviews when the company has indicated that they have a sincere interest in you. Round 1 should be strictly about what you bring to the table.
Wipe Your Social Media Clean of Anything That is Embarrassing or Simply Don’t Post That Content in the First Place
A company need not be the FBI to find pictures/comments that pertain to you on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Be mindful of what you are posting. Anything that looks undignified, shows illegal activity, prejudice, anger management issues or castes you in a poor light can be a mark against you even if you had a stellar interview. Watch your social media, one post is not worth the sacrifice of your dream job!
Remove Tongue Piercings, Nose Piercings and Cover Large Tattoos
These things may be en trend with your age group, however, if you are interviewing with a conservative company, these might negate you right away. The same would go for pink hair or other extreme styles for men and women. I am not saying having your own sense of style and living outside the box are bad things, it can be quite fabulous. But in reviewing the environment of the company you want to work for, consider if the way you are presenting yourself showcases you as the best candidate to represent the culture of that company. When you are entrusted with the interests of a company you become an ambassador. You need to adapt to that company.
Do not walk in smelling like you sampled every fragrance in a department store
If you must wear fragrance, keep it light and subtle. Fragrance is a very personal thing. The last thing you want is an interviewer sneezing with watery eyes because you have gone overboard on the perfume or cologne.
Bring Ample Resumes
If you are meeting with one or even several people, there is nothing that makes you look more unprepared than assuming the interviewer has your resume handy. Make sure that you carry ample resumes in a professional looking portfolio/binder so that the paper is not wrinkled when you hand it over.
Don’t forget to write a thank you
Write a thank you follow-up e-mail to every person with whom you met. Do this even if you do not want the position. It’s a small world and being polite goes a long way! If you want the position, and it comes down to you and another candidate with identical credentials and you are the one who writes the note, most likely you will be “the chosen one.”
Don’t be silent when the interviewer asks at the end if you have remaining questions
Too often, applicants say, “no, thanks I think you covered everything.” You may feel you are being polite by saying this, but you actually come across as disengaged and docile. Come up with at least one thought-provoking question that refers to something the interviewer commented on or asked.
Spring has sprung! What better way to get in the spirit of the new season than to replenish your bath and shower stash with floral scents? Luxury bath and fragrance company, Molton Brown, has the perfect mix of scents to set the tone for warmer days and blooming flowers.
I am a huge fan of Molton Brown, so I am excited to introduce these beautiful fragrances, which are also the perfect Mother's Day gift idea!
Orange & Bergamot
With floral top notes of bergamot, middle notes of citrus neroli oil and base notes of warming musk and Sevillian orange extract.
With fragrant lily, ginger and cardamom, Heavenly Gingerlily exudes thoughts of warmer weather.
STAY FRIZZ-FREE DURING THOSE APRIL SHOWERS
Don’t let the rainy weather scare you, use these stylers from John Frieda Hair Care to tame those frizzy strands.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Extra Strength 6 Effects + Serum ($9.15, Amazon.com)
Got caught in the rain? No problem. Infused with Aloe and Vitamin E, this serum dramatically blocks and transforms any frizz into an ultra-sleek look all day.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Touch-Up Crème ($7.49, Amazon.com)
Just because the weather is dull, doesn’t mean your hair has to be. Designed to instantly convert puffy and dry hair to silky soft strands. With this crème, your hair will outshine through the rainy weather.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray ($9.49, Amazon.com)
Humidity has met its match. This fast-drying, shine-boosting formula creates an instant barrier that helps seal out humidity and combats frizz, rain or shine.