Wednesday, June 4, 2014

How to Prepare for a Pageant

Whether this is your first pageant or you have been competing for years, there are a few things you must do to prepare for the big day. How well you are prepared is directly linked to your chances of coming away with a title. In addition, if you are sloppy about the process and wait until the last minute to prepare, you will continue to be on the losing end of the stage. 

Touch Up Those Pearly Whites 
Your smile -- and the teeth you show -- may be just as important as the dress you choose to wear for the pageant. Unfortunately, many contestants overlook their teeth, which may be dulled or stained from years of soft drink consumption. That is you should begin a teeth whitening regiment about one month to a week before the pageant takes place. Do-it-yourself teeth whitening strips and toothpaste are readily available and generally inexpensive. Another option is to visit a dentist to have your teeth professionally whitened. 

Practice Walking 
By practicing walking in the pageant shoes you will be wearing, you are helping to reduce your chance of trips and falls. If you are not use to the shoes, you may give off the impression to the judges that you lack confidence and poise. Furthermore, you should walk while keeping your hips straight and shoulders slightly back. When walking, put one foot in front of the other, and don’t look down at your feet. Instead, look straight ahead. 

Do Several Mock Interviews 
Pageant interviews will often ask you questions off your application. And answering with stutters or long pauses are frowned upon by the interviewers. To help prepare for the interview, ask your friends or family to ask you a few questions while you answer them. While answering the questions, keep your posture and answer ladylike -- don’t slouch -- and avoid any negative answers.

Make Your Choices Ahead of Time 
Your hair, makeup and outfit are vital to any pageant competition. That is why you should have all these planned out well in advance of the pageant. Once you have your ensemble, periodically try it on to make sure they still fit. Your entire outfit should fit well and not be overly reveling. For your makeup and hair, make sure to practice them regularly, that way when it comes time for the pageant, you will know how to do it perfectly and quickly.

Monday, April 14, 2014

5 Stylish Accessories for Winter

It can be difficult to stay fashionable in the dead of winter. When you're battling a snowstorm or trying not to slip on the ice outside your apartment, the last thing on your mind is style. These five accessories, however, make looking good as easy as throwing something on before you leave the house. Read on to learn how you can remain flawless no matter how the weather tests you. 

1: Scarves 
The ubiquitous winter accessory, scarves can be worn in a delightful number of ways depending on material, length and thickness. Female runway models are most often seen in cable-knit scarves; gentlemen usually prefer cashmere or wool. 

2: Pillbox Hats 
Easily dressed up or down, beanies are one of the most handy adornments of wintertime. Pair them with jeans for a casual look or use them to top off a sophisticated ensemble. 

3: Leather Gloves 
Leather jackets can be hit-or-miss depending on your overall ensemble, but a good pair of gloves matches everything, especially if they're in a neutral color like black or beige. 

4: Fur 
You don't have to purchase a full-length fur coat to rock the look of minxes and foxes. Fur vests, for example, can be found for a fraction of the cost, and fur hats and gloves are warm accessories for any outfit. 

5: Earmuffs 
For the coverage of a hat without the static electricity that ruins your careful hairdos, earmuffs are a must-have during winter. Buy a pair for every day of the week and never worry about frizz again!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Cheap Curtains that Give Aesthetic Appeal to Your Home

Buying a cheap item for your home improvement does not mean that you have to sacrifice the aesthetic value of your home. As a budget conscious homemaker, your task is to shop without draining your husband’s hard-earned money. As a conscientious wife and mother to your kids, you have other home necessities that you need to prioritize. But living in a bare home can be boring, so you are forced to stretch your budget for home decorating.

Cheap curtains are available in online stores and you can always find best quality curtains for your kitchen, bathroom windows and your sleeping quarters. When you buy the curtains, buy those designs that truly reflect your style and taste. Try to figure out the window covering designs and imagine how your room will exactly look like when you adorn the cheap curtain.

The technique on how to find the best buy is to spend time in searching them. One hour is not enough to enable you to find the curtain that can change the overall look of your home. Devote a few hours to make an online search and mind you, you’ll be surprised at the result.

Some online shops are offering discounts for their items to give way to new designs. This is the time that you can buy as many curtains for your windows because this seldom happens. Your patience will pay off during your search as you will be able to find coupon codes that offer 10 to 35% discounts for cheap yet high quality curtains.

Living with a meager income should not deter you from getting the best buy for your home improvements. Compare the prices offered from other websites and grab every promo that is offered to customers. A word of caution: don’t just grab curtains that do not complement with the architectural design of your home and do not match your needs.

February Fun in the Snow

Our first grader said that it is not supposed to snow in February, and I told her it could since it is still winter. As we know that the east coast and midwest were snowed in this past few weeks. We also had our share but not as much and melted right away after a day. So when we had that snowy Sunday, our little girls were having a blast playing outside. Took some pictures of them in between shoveling our driveway. 

They both enjoyed making snowman and the big sister was pulling her little sissy on the sled that we got when we were in Leavenworth. I thought we won't be able to use it this winter here. I like the snow and how the white just glistens, but the freezing cold is too much for me to handle, and also driving on an icy road is really stressing me out :-)

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