Why Paper is Important

We live in a digital world. We live in a digital era. Millennials, in particular, are likely to forget how important paper is. Why write down you schedule when you can tap it into your phone complete with an alarm reminder? Why write a journal in a notebook when you can save one in your computer? Well, hard drives crash and data can be lost. I’m sure anyone reading is, at this point, telling themselves that that’s why you back up all your files.

Yes, you could keep all your namesakes and memories in digital form, but I think there is something so much more authentic and genuine about real paper. Images and words that aren’t just pictures or text but the paper they were written or printed on, the composition of the ink that made them, the time that went into them. I have kept journals since I was 7. I used to journal every day. Then I puberty happened and I only wrote in my journal when things happened with my parents or boys hurt my feelings. Then I went off to school and became so busy that my writing slowly dwindled so special life events only. Tomorrow is my 21st birthday and I will write every glorious moment down.

Today, I found something else I had written earlier – my new year’s resolution list. My new years list is more of a to do list. I make my goals very specific, reasonable, and I organize them by time until completion i.e., “6 month goals”, “goals for the semester.” Despite having forgotten all about making the list, as many people do, I was pleased to discover that I have met all but one of the goals that I had for myself. This is why paper is important over a digital file. Even when I clean my computer there is not the same curiosity that caused me to open and read through the list I found while cleaning my apartment. Just one of my thousands of thoughts of the day.

-Jaz

How To: Color at Work

So as someone in the medical field, I spend a fair amount of time around professionals. They are busy people. These are people who wake up early to start seeing patients. If you wake up at the crack of dawn, have kids, and have to get to work where you know your patients are not caring what you’re wearing, it’s easiest to go for the basic black. That is what most women do. Fortunately, I was raised by a woman who takes great pride in her wardrobe and has no fear of color so here are some of my favorite colorful outfits for work.

Red:

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The best way to do red in a professional outfit is with red slacks. I would advise straying from the brighter red tones and go for the darker or deeper ones. Instead of a red top to pair with the outfit, I would consider a cute patterned flow-y blouse. For transitioning to a fall look I would pair with black accessories and to make sure you have an outfit that is both chic and practical check out these shoes.

Pink:

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I am sure there are a lot of you who think about adding a pop of pink into a professional outfit and automatically go to a pink blazer. I am not judging, considering I have three in different shades of pink. However, as time goes on and fashion evolves, I strongly believe that a solid pair of pink slacks is the way to go. Once again I would urge you to stay away from the bright pink colors and go for something closer to a blush color, particularly for a professional setting. If you just have to go bright and you feel it in your soul I say splurge and go for these.

Orange:

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This may perhaps be the hardest color to pull off, but thankfully there are so many options. This would look great in a pair of slack, a dress, or even a jumpsuit if you are as bold in your work wear as I tend to be. The skirt in the example is probably too short for most professional settings but this dress should work perfectly. Plus, if you’re a fan of mixing colors these shoes along with a pastel blue bag would be just enough.

Yellow:

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I tried to mix it up and find a skirt look that I loved and I couldn’t make it happen. I guess I am just a really big fan of the colored pant. Brighter linen varieties are better for summer but darker mustard varieties are good for winter. If you live in an area that gets particularly cold, you can rock a pair of tailored mustard corduroys. Be forewarned, I spent 2 years on the hunt for the perfect pair of quality tailored mustard cords only to find them in a tiny resale boutique in the middle of what seemed like nowhere. The blue blazer paired with it looks great for a more business casual look. For a more professional look I would advise pairing it with neutrals. Keep the neutrals in the range of dark browns, beige, and tan so as to avoid the harsh contrast from the black.

Green:

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The above picture almost doesn’t do the look justice. I love a green button down professional dress. I would highly recommend the one from White House Black Market this season. It is a deep jewel toned one made of satin and then cut, shape, and lines are flattering on everyone. I first saw the beautiful fabric and color on my mother in both the form of a dress and a blouse before buying the matching one for myself.

Blue:

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Blue is hard to mess up. Navy looks good on a blazer or a skirt and for the perfect professional coat a slightly brighter royal blue can also be a chic statement piece. I like to pair navy blue slacks with unexpected colors such as black. I like the above picture because the one blue thing that I do not own is a blue pencil skirt. I don’t see them that often in stores either, but it is a fabulous look and I was able to find one from Ann Taylor that is equally as fabulous as Miranda Kerr looks here.

Purple:

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My personal favorite and quite possibly the least appreciated color for professional clothes. Lots of people like to pair a purple pencil skirt with a neutral palate or do a monochromatic look like pictured above. For those who want a challenge, I say pair it with a pop of color in the red, pink, or orange genres. Don’t believe this will be a good look? Check these out:

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You can’t tell me that Solange and JLaw don’t look amazing in this color combo. The key to pulling it off like the best of them? Quality fabric. I love purples in a good satin or silk. Another tip: Always be sure to check your fabrics. If you’re paying more for a sweater made of cashmere it’s okay but if an item is priced high and its a cotton polyester blend, wait for the sale price and then consider purchasing.

As you guys know you are always welcome to follow on Instagram or Tumblr and submit photos. Show me how you pull of pops of color at work 🙂 I would love to reblog and regram all the fabulous looks.

-Jaz

Head 2 Head: Makeup Removal Products

Hi Guys! So today we are talking about makeup removal. I have found a new love in life. Up until about a year and a half ago, I only wore face makeup for special occasions. My primary method of removal was when I washed my face. That’s still an option for some, but if you prefer to keep your wash cloths looking pretty, I would recommend using makeup removing wipes. I like the freshness and the feel of makeup removing wipes. Now, you’re probably wondering,  “Why wipes?” Why not a makeup remover solution and cotton balls? Firstly, let me touch upon the difference in cotton balls and cotton rounds. These are two different things meant for different things when it comes to beauty. For anything involving your face, use cotton rounds. More to the point, I prefer makeup removing wipes or pads better than a solution and any form of cotton simply because it’s more efficient and doesn’t leave behind wisps of cotton on my skin. Plus it’s more versatile. I can stick a packet of wipes into a purse for touch up or travel and not have to worry about anything spilling or it being over the 3 oz. limit.

My natural default is cheap. I am in school full time in a competitive field. My schedule doesn’t allow for an extra job so I am at the mercy of loans and my family, neither of which I like to use any more than I have to. This is the case for many of us, so we’re on the same page. I wasn’t picky about where I got my makeup remover. It was a step up from ruining my washcloths, right? Wrong. I’m not saying go out an buy the most expensive thing you can find, but be picky and check dates. A lot of times these are in the aisle at you local super market, but depending on how popular that market is and how often they restock things like that that packet of wipes could’ve been there for a while. I have had the displeasing experience of opening a package only to find they were dried out. Know your store or order online. I actually found that it was easier to ask questions about when they got the product in from the manufacturer when using Ebay or Amazon.

First Try: Garnier Clean Cleansing Towlettes

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These really weren’t my favorite. The ones I got were dried out on the top, so I ended up throwing out almost half the pack to get to the ones that still had moisture. Even the ones that were in the condition they should be didn’t seen to do much in terms of getting my makeup off. Normally, I wash my face after removing my makeup and my wash cloths still did a lot of the work. They didn’t feel super soft, and didn’t smell good or bad.

  • Average Price: $5-6 for 25 count
  • Average number used: 4
  • Final Verdict: Pass on these

Trial #2: Revlon Makeup Removing Towelettes with Pomegranate and Chamomile

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These were better. They got more of my makeup off they felt softer and they smelled good. There is a fair amount of fragrance in these so if you have more sensitive skin or have had previous skin allergies or conditions, I would avoid these. I liked them. Were they the greatest thing I’ve ever tried for removing my makeup? No, but that probably makes these better for on-the-go touch up work.

  • Average Price: $6-7  for 25 count
  • Average number used: 3
  • Final Verdict: Go for it.

Trial #3: The Creme Shop Cleansing Towelettes with Aloe

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This is what I call the “Mom approved contender.” Thankfully for me as I was running out of Revlon makeup removing wipes, my mom came into town and dropped these off. These I love for makeup removal! They are soft and plush and super moisturized. I swipe it all over and there is enough moisture for me to feel without it dripping everywhere. By the time I am done, it feels as if my face is freshly washed.  Plus these are not labelled specifically as makeup wipes, they are meant to be multipurpose wipes for skin. These are also great for sensitive skin as they lack irritating agents. I use these after the gym and they are also great for ladies who like to be thoroughly clean in the groin area during periods. So these are the perfect tool to stick in your backpack, purse, or gym bag.

  • Average Price: $6 from what I found online
  • Average number used: 1.5
  • Final verdict: Love these purely for the versatility. BUY THESE if you have an on-the-go lifestyle.

Last but not least: Signature Club A Makeup Remover Pads

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This was actually the best product of the four for makeup removal. For layered on, professional grade makeup this WORKS! And the pads actually use argan oil for the removal so these are great if you have dry skin and they are significantly less likely to ever dry out. I only had to use 1 pad. I had to use both sides but still that’s pretty amazing. Plus, despite the deceptive picture this case is small, so these pads are not big. I would keep this on hand for special events to remove your makeup afterwards.

  • Price: $9
  • Average number used: <1
  • Final Verdict: If you wear full face makeup or model get these. Today. Right now. If you don’t or aren’t a model get them anyway for special events. No special events coming up? Get a life, go out, find a reason to dress up! 

Jaz

Beauty Lessons: Wig Clips

Hello every one!! Today’s post is about wigs, more specifically wig clips. So remember that wig that I was slaying in the pic I recently posted to the Twitter and Instagram? Well, that wig came with elastic in the back but did not have wig clips. Now I have seen enough videos to what they were and that some wigs had them, but before now I had not developed an opinion on them. I have a lot of hair, wig caps almost never fit me; a discovery I made as I was wig shopping. To fix that problem I had my hair cornrowed down underneath. I found that with the use of a cap the wig slid more throughout the day resulting in many trips to the restroom to readjust. I gave up on caps all together. I tried pinning it down and that certainly helped, but then I had to take out all of the pins at the end of the day and occasionally they awkwardly would pop through the lace. I decided to order wig clips off Ebay for $1.99 for a set of 6 (I ended up with extra to total 15). For those of you who don’t know wig clips look like this:

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Now my wig had elastic to tighten it, but it had one elastic band with a different kind of clip that pulled on my hair every time I went to take it off. I cut off that clip, which fastened in the back, and sewed each end of the elastic to one end of a single clip. I then put in three additional clips at the front of the wig.

The result:

I love wig clips. I think it speaks to the quality of the wig if they have them already installed at purchase. They make sure that your wig isn’t going to slip anywhere! Played on monkey bars with a friend’s children and forgot I had my wig on. It STILL stayed. Get wig clips. They cost next to nothing and they make “wig life” even easier. My one piece of advice would be that if you are going to use wig clips and not use a cap make sure you are washing your wig! I give myself a hot oil treatment every 2 weeks, give or take a couple days, and usually wash my wig at the same time.