Five years ago, I started my career in fashion retail. As a recent high school graduate from a small city in the middle of nowhere, this new job wasn’t quite an easy ride. I had to realize that I wasn’t as fashionable as I thought, that I hadn’t the right clothes in my closet, and that I had a total disadvantage for not having super rich parents with a faible for designer handbags. The lessons I learned, however, helped me make my way up in this tough industry.
1. Don’t be as superficial as the industry
The only thing people in the fashion industry appear to be good at is to party, look good, and not eat anything. Of course, this is not true at all. First of all: You should definitely eat something. Second: For being really successful there is no alternative to working hard. This means that you have to wake up early, be on time, and, most important of all, know what you are talking about. You will certainly meet many impostors, but they will stumble on their ways someday. There is a lot more to know than the latest trends and the hottest clubs.
2. Be a follower…sometimes
As the new gal in the business, it is clever to follow the crowd in the beginning. Orient yourself, every company is a microcosm with its own rules. You do not have to hide, but find out how to dress, where to go after work, or how to behave in front of the bosses without attracting negative attention… Read More
In this day and age, interviews are gold and each should be treated that way. It is the time to show the company you are a valuable asset and that you are truly interested in the position. Remember, actions speak louder than words. Here are 6 ways to show you want the job!
1. Preparation is key
– It is essential to know your CV (or resume as we call it here in the United States) inside and out and a mistake-free CV (Resume) is a must! You must be fully prepared to answer any and all questions regarding your past professional experiences, academic background, employment history gaps, and personal interests. Remember that little white lie you told about playing tennis on the weekends? Well, you might be asked which tennis club you have a membership! Honesty is most certainly the best policy when it comes to your CV.
2. Do your homework – It is very common for an employer to ask what you know about their company/business during the interview and it is your responsibility to find out everything humanly possible (this is an absolute must and you have no excuse not to do your research since information is easily accessible through the Internet). Some commonly asked questions include: when was the company established, who is the current director/CEO, what is the company ethos/motto, etc. A good tip is to perform a news search for the company to find out why they were most recently in the media. Some simple research can really turn the tables in an interview… Read More
This recipe is very fast and easy to make. It’s one of my favorite drinks whenever I’m detoxing and it only requires 5 ingredients!
Strawberries are wonderful antioxidants and I love to freeze them to use as ‘ice cubes’. Coconut Oil is beneficial to your hair and skin and it can also increase your metabolism. My favorite ingredient and my newest obsession is Agave Nectar. I try to avoid sweetening my foods with white sugar and honey can be a little too pricey. That’s when I remembered seeing Agave Nectar in my Nutrition class when I was in Culinary School and in the baking section of my local grocery store. A few days ago, I decided to give it a try and seriously guys, I’m in love! It is so easy to pour, unlike honey’s thick consistency and it’s surprisingly sweet!… Read More
You get up in the morning, lay out your outfit, hop into the shower, put on your makeup, and you are ready to step out the door, but oops… forgot something? What are you gonna do about your hair? It’s wet, it’s tangled, and you’ve read a thousand times that you should NOT brush your wet locks ‘cause they’ll break your hair and create frizz. At the same time, you want to do anything to avoid that wide-toothed comb, since getting that weapon to detangle your hair just hurts too much and you find yourself uncontrollably enraged not to mention pressed for time.
Well then, is there a solution to all this morning madness? Certainly, there is! Our CgC team recently stumbled upon this new product in the market that is said to be a miraculous find. It’s called the Wet Brush and it’s point of differentiation from other similar products is simple yet revolutionary: you can use the brush on wet hair and it doesn’t leave you with anger management problems every morning!… Read More
The key to a successful day at the office is when your outfit transitions to a successful night on the town. We all know the struggle of wanting to be in bed at a reasonable time, so not wanting to waste time in running home and swapping bags (who knew how much your bag accumulates throughout the day?) is a given. My favorite time saver (and life saver) is the LBH or my little black handbag.
What is this secret you may ask? The bag itself! Picking a bag that works with a suit AND that killer jeweled mini you have been waiting to wear. My go to is a bag like this one
from Forever 21. The quilted look is sophisticated and fun. The gold in the chain is easy to match and adds some unintended jewelry to an office look.
I styled two different outfits that show how this bag can be work friendly and a fashionable accessory… Read More
Today’s woman is the epitome of a multi-tasker. She cooks, she cleans, and she has a successful career as well as a buzzing social life. She hits happy hour with her girlfriends and squeezes in a hot date after she’s punched out for the day, but this is where she runs into a big dilemma: what to wear that is appropriate for a long day at the office and looks great for a night out on the town? Even though a buttoned up pant suit would say “I’m all business” and a flirty cocktail dress would scream “inappropriate for the office,” there are several styling options at your disposal that will help you seamlessly transition from work to happy hour at a local hotspot.
A slit skirt
is a must-have piece for any working woman in this situation because it’s a form fitting piece that modestly displays your shape in a flattering manner with the right length that’s appropriate for the office. There are so many variations available that it should not prove too difficult to find one that fits your personal style as well as your office’s specific dress code, but, if you’re still concerned about the slit of the skirt coming up too high, try opting for a zip up slit skirt. This will allow you to have precise control over the height of the slit, enabling you to determine just how demure or seductive you’d prefer your look to be… Read More
Today I have a non-dairy Spinach Pesto recipe for you that requires only 6 clean ingredients. I used to buy the organic powdered pesto sauce, but after looking more closely at the ingredients, I knew making it fresh with real ingredients was better, so that’s what I’ve been doing ever since. There are many different varieties of pesto you can make, like my Basil and Walnut Pesto, but I had a lot of extra spinach I needed to use so it became the main ingredient for this recipe. It’s really easy to make with a food processor and ready in a matter of minutes.
This clean pesto version is perfect to use on my Gluten-Free Pesto Pizza recipe, with some fresh zucchini pasta, or even as a dip.
And, it’s raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo-friendly too!… Read More
This is by far one of our favorite salads to make. The smoked salmon is absolutely mouthwatering and it is the perfect balance to this already flavorful salad. You’ll love it, we know! Now go create this easy, tasty, and kinda’ pretty looking plate.
It’s a friday night and you’ve been out dancing until 1AM. Your face is coated in makeup and you come home exhausted, crash, and *gasp* go to bed without washing your makeup off. Fast forward to the next morning when you wake up and your face looks like something out of a horror movie. We’ve all been there and we don’t judge, but we will give you our secret product to wash off last night’s dermatology mistakes.
Without further ado, we present Glamglow, a Biore strip for your entire face! Glamglow is a mud mask hat you apply to your entire face and, in 20 minutes, all the gunk that once clogged your pores is trapped in the mask (a little TMI, but just in case you’re still hesitant, you can actually see the gunk trapped in the mask so you know it’s working).This product has been tested by the CgC Team and we give it a serious thumbs up!… Read More