How To Start The New Year Like A Boss

Every year people make tons of new year resolutions. Although many of us try to see those resolutions through, the truth is that most of us never get past the end of February before we are back to old habits. Why is that?

I think we get caught up on the idea of starting something new or starting over but we don’t really figure out what we need to do to succeed…Like A Boss!

If you want to start 2016 like you own it, here are some ideas that will help:
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1. Know Yourself.

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There is nothing wrong with dreaming big. Actually, I recommend it. But being a boss means owning your life. And that means knowing yourself well enough to make changes you  know you can actually handle. For example: Planning to lose 65 pounds in two month on an all liquid diet may be a bit much. 

Access your lifestyle, find out your limits (time, finances, etc), and make reasonable changes that you can stick with long term. For larger changes, seek outside assistance to make sure you can handle everything that needs to be done. Whatever your plans are, do them well.

2. Share With Discretion. We have all seen the countless resolutions online. It’s actually become a series of joke memes and tweets. That’s not how a boss starts ma new year. The best idea is to show your results not share your plans.

If you need an accountability partner or two, confide in those closest to you who support your decisions. The last thing you need is someone in your ear mocking your goals or sabotaging your hard work.

👉A boss doesn’t talk about it, she is about it. Besides, when you finally reach your goals, then you can share them with the world. Then you’ll really have a story to tell.

3. Release Your Inhibitions. An inhibition is a force that prevents something from happening—and often comes from you yourself.

Don’t start your new year standing in your own way. If you want to cut your hair, do it. If you want to change careers, go for it. Whatever it is that you’ve wanted to do, see, or try, you owe it to yourself to do so.

The major regrets that most people have later in life are the things they didn’t do. DON’T let this be you.

4. Let The Haters Hate. Know this one thing to be absolutely true, Haters Gonna Hate!

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Seriously. No matter how great you are, how kind you are, or how giving you are, someone is bound to hate what you’re up to and there is nothing you can do about it. Now that that’s clear, it should be understood that their opinion is irrelevant because it really doesn’t have anything to do with your life.

Think of it like this, Haters are  just reminders that you’re living life on your own terms. And that my dear is awesome!

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I don’t know about you, but I plan to be wildly content with the life I live. That means going out there and creating the life I deserve. I hope you will do the same. 🙆

– Dawn B.

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3 Ways To Make Your Everyday Life More Fabulous

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Life can be stressful. We all know this. Often times we assume only the rich and famous can have a fabulous day-to-day life, but that isn’t true. Anyone can live life a bit more fab. Here’s how:

3. Focus On What You Love. Life is full of distractions. Often the expectations of others or even the expectations that we place upon ourselves force us to put what we love on the back burner. We are so busy working or doing for others that we have so little time to do what we love. Yet, focusing on what we love is crucial to truly having a fulfilling life.

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Hobbies You Love Such As Bike Riding Are A Must

2. Loose Yourself InThe Moment. If you think about it, the only time we truly have is right now. The past is done and we can’t be sure what tomorrow brings  So why not really make the most out of your time?  This may sound “extra” to some people, but I really believe in celebrating life in small glamorous ways. I randomly buy champagne just to have a glass, I put  fresh flower petals in my bubble baths, and sometimes on weeknights I book a really nice hotel room, order room service, and just relax with my phone on silent. I do these things because I don’t want to be a person who needs a reason to do something nice. Life should be celebrated every day in some kind of way, big or small.

1. Tune Out Bad Vibes. Have you ever noticed how draining some people can be? Always complaining or gossiping or whatever vibe-killing trait they tend to have. Well, if you don’t take anything else from this blog post I hope it is this: Separate Yourself From Draining People.

There is nothing fabulous about spending time with anyone who makes you feel low or judged. Associate with loving, positive people and keep everyone else at a distance. *That may include staying away from them on social media as well.

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I promise you, if you apply the three things listed above your days will become much brighter.

– Dawn B.

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Dressing Like A Millionaire

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You don’t have to be rich to look the part. All you have to do is remember some of these tips when putting together your look:

1) Uniform dressing: You can buy nondescript LBDs, cream-colored knits and dark wash jeans from anywhere. Having a handful of classic pieces in your closet allows for an array of looks that scream money.

2) Polished looks pricey: Messy will never equal “wealthy” at first glance, so keep things sophisticated with clean lines, polished accessories and neat hair and makeup.

3) The basics: If nothing else, invest in your shoes and bag. If you can’t afford to, carry a minimalist leather tote and wear simple ballet flats or loafers.

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4) Keep it real: Do not wear fake leather. Ever. You’re fooling no one.

5) Logo is a no-go: Avoid putting brands on display. A purse covered in logos is nothing you want to be seen carrying. 👏👏👏 ( I really agree with this!)

6) Sweater weather: Drape your cardigan over your shoulders like our favorite ’80s prepsters.

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7) Tip-top shape: If you’re going to wear something, make sure it’s still in good condition. Nicks and scratches on shoes, bags, or anything else you’re wearing are a no-no.

8) When it comes to sunglasses, listen to Jackie O: Wear tortoiseshell eyewear à la Jackie Kennedy.

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9) Simply cinched: Cinching an oversized coat or classic button-down adds instant polish to any outfit.

10) Nail it: Keep eccentric nails to a minimum.
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11) Dark denim: The darker the wash, the more sleek your denim looks.

12) Like a lady: Ladylike dresses that make you look like you just stepped out of a Kennedy family portrait give off an old money, new clothes feel.

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13) Your scent can be just as wealthy as your look.

14) Draped in jewels: Don’t be afraid to put your jewelry front and center. From simple diamond studs to that borderline-gaudy statement necklace, this kind of jewelry ups the ante.

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15) The “I have money” combo: Own a navy blazer. Own a turtleneck. Wear them together.  👉 If you’re  very top heavy and/or short you may want to skip a turtleneck.

16) Status staples: Embrace conservative status symbols like Gucci loafers.

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17) If you don’t know, now you know:Two words: Camel. Coat.

18) Make sure it fits: Clothing is instantly downgraded when it doesn’t fit correctly. Stay away from items that swallow you whole or cut off circulation/create imprints in your skin.

19) Wear your pearls, girls: When in doubt, a classic strand of pearls adds elegance (and dollar signs) to your style.

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20) Head to toe: Monochrome is the perfect way to give off that “everything I’m wearing is chic and cost a fortune” vibe.

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21) Timing is everything: A nice watch is the ultimate power-play accessory, even if it can’t be a Rolex or Cartier Tank. 👉If you’re on a budget opt for a brand like Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors.

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22) Into the wild: Tread carefully when it comes to animal print. There’s a fine line between a leopard-print heel and a zebra-print jumpsuit. 👍👍

23) Make sure your hair is clean and healthy looking. 👉 Invest in great hair products including a silicone based hair serum for shine.

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Tips received from Harper’s Bazaar

My Dream Tub

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Being an apartment renter, I don’t have the luxury of building out my living space the way I wish I could. So, all I can do is dream of the house I plan to build out in the next few years.

I have started a vision board just for my future home that includes my dream closet, bathroom, and kitchen. Today, I added images for my master bathroom and fell in love with so many options I added them all and will figure it out when the time comes. Until then, I can only drool over them. Here are a few of my faves: 

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In-ground Bathtub ♡

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Bathtub for Two

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😍😍😍

– Dawn B.

The Right Necklace

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Have you ever wondered what necklace to wear with your outfit? Don’t worry, many women have. You’d be surprised by how many times I see a great look ruined by the wrong necklace and/or earring combo. The trick is matching your necklime with a necklace that compliments its style. I came across the following diagram on Paper Blog and decided to share:

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Here is another diagram with similar information:

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– Dawn B.

Oh My Cube

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To know me is to know that I truly adore animals, especially dogs. So today when I heard that the new trend in Japan is to groom your pooch to have cube shaped fur I was tickled. I had to post a few images I found online.

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Idk if I would let my pet be trimmed into a box shape but this has certainly made me smile.

When I Grow Up

Aging has always been a frightening topic amongst most women. For some reason many of us view getting older as a sad, at times overwhelming thing when in reality it represents the gift of time… Time to master the art of living. That’s why seeing images in the media of gorgeous mature women is such a fantastic thing. It celebrates womem who have aged both proudly and gracefully. Here are a few of the women I can only hope to look as great as when I grow up:

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Tina Knowles Lawson (Beyonce's Mom) - Age 61

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Actress Jane Fonda- for W Magazine - Age 77

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Supermodel Iman- Age 59

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Fashion Model Carmen Dell'Orefice- Age 84

Cheers to these fabulous women and others like them for promoting a positive image of aging for the next generations.

– Dawn B.

Something To Love About Summer

There are so many things I love about summer. Long days, swimming, road trips, bronzer, and  even denim shorts. But the one thing that stuck out in my mind today was just how much I adore a beautifully decorated warm weather event. Here are a few images I snagged from Pinterest while deciding on ideas for an upcoming event that I’m hosting:

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Of course, I will put my own twist on my event next month. So stay tuned for pics.

– Dwan B.