Is it worth it to DIY?

DIY has become probably the “it” word since last year. It’s the latest movement that has taken our society by storm and especially thanks to Pinterest. I’ve become a big fan of DIY and for me I’ve found the beauty products and the recipes to be my favorites. However, I’m sure that some people wonder whether it is worth it to invest the time and try to do it yourself, and I’ll share the top three reasons why I think everyone should at least consider DIY:
– It IS cost efficient: obviously, that is usually one of the first reasons that most people will think but they usually assume so under the wrong idea. It is cost efficient because you can purchase the ingredients in bulk and thus make quite a few containers, not because you don’t have to pay for the name brand. However, that is also a very big factor in the low cost.
– You are able to customize your product: have you ever found a product that you loved but only wished it came in a different scent? By learning to make the same product, you are able to reproduce it in the particular scent that you are fond of.
– It is the most natural: this is my number one reason for DIY! You know exactly what goes into your product and this helps avoid allergies.

Here are a couple of DIY recipes that I use and hope you will find useful:

Homemade seasoning:
– 3 shoots of scallions
– 3 cloves of garlic
– ¼ of a green pepper
– ¼ of a red pepper
– Small handful of fresh parsley
– 1 tablespoon of yellow mustard
– ¼ cup of olive oil
Mix all of the ingredients in a food processor until smooth and store in a covered container in your refrigerator. This seasoning is very popular in my culture and is also the base for many Haitian dishes. It is very time saving when cooking as you can use it to season any meat and also when cooking rice and beans; for meats, just be sure to thaw the meat ahead of time and once it is ready to cook, simply coat the meat with the mixture and let it marinate for about half an hour. The best advantage of this seasoning is that it does not go bad and thus you can enjoy it until it finishes.

Avocado/Coconut hair mask:
– 1 small avocado hass
– 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
– 2 tablespoons of olive oil
Mix all ingredients in a food processor until it is smooth. Apply generously in hair and cover with a plastic cap for 30 minutes. This is a good mask especially for natural hair as the avocado helps keep the shine in your hair; the coconut oil helps retain moisture and prevent dandruff and the olive oil aids with hair loss and overall scalp health.

I hope you will find these two DIY recipes helpful and maybe it will help start your DIY adventure. Feel free to visit my Pinterest page for some more DIY recipes saved on my DIY Board: https://www.pinterest.com/GlamGirlOTG/diy-ideas/

Enjoy!

Reese

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Dressing Appropriately for the Office

Do you stress about planning your outfit for the office? Are you tempted like me to simply create your own uniform so that selecting your work clothes is no longer a daily task of remembering what you wore the past few days and also making sure that whatever it is you choose is appropriate? Here are a few key items that I have found very important over the years that have helped me ensure that my work attire never becomes a human resources issue:
Fit of your clothes – make sure that your clothes fit comfortably. Comfortably means that you did not have to squeeze yourself into them and that the closure (zipper or buttons) can easily complete its function of CLOSING the outfit and it does not stop half way! Your buttoned down shirts should not have any gaps showing after you’ve buttoned your shirt. If your bra and/or skin is visible through the gaps, or you are required to wear a tank top under the shirt, it’s time to go a size up! And if the shirt properly fits but there is too much space in between the buttons, you should invest in some double sided tape strips to use when wearing this shirt if you are truly attached to it.
Length of your clothes – this does not only apply to ladies and it’s not only for the obvious pieces of clothing! Gentlemen, your tie (if you wear one) should always meet with your belt without passing it. The tie should not stop at your navel and it should not reach your zipper either. Pants, for men should cover your socks and those are to be seen only when you sit or cross your legs and a glimpse should appear. Ladies, long pants should reach the top to the middle of the heel of your shoes so that they do not create a hazard as you walk but your shoes are adequately covered. Dresses and skirts are to fall right above your knees at best. If they are up to 4 fingers above your knee, I strongly recommend that you wear a pair of tights (if weather permits) to avoid being a distraction in the office or opt out of the option altogether. While it is ok to opt for a sleeveless top or dress for work, straps are never ok to wear in a professional setting and a sleeveless outfit should have a band that is at least three inches wide and allows you to wear proper undergarments. If the width of the band over your shoulder is less than three inches, I strongly suggest that you wear a cardigan or a jacket over the dress or top and keep it on while roaming around the office and for meetings.
Style of clothing – sometimes, just because all of the previous conditions are met, does not mean that the outfit is work appropriate. The following should NEVER be worn to in an office setting: beach dresses, maxi dresses, tops or bottoms with logos, workout outfits including track suits, yoga pants, and sneakers.
Accessories – while accessories help elevate one’s outfit, they should never be so present that they become the focus of your outfit in a work setting (unless it is simply a nice accessory that is out of the ordinary). You should keep your accessories to a minimum and please leave the matching of your purse, shoes, and accessories for your Saturday night outings.
Hairstyles – some of us consider our hair to be an extension of our outfit and it is understandable to want your hairstyle to match your outfit however, please keep in mind that your hairdo for the wedding you attended on Saturday is most likely not appropriate for the office on Monday if it added a few inches to your height. Be sure to keep your hair groomed and clean and be mindful of your colleagues when using treatments in your hair.
Overall, I’ve come to live to this rule that I was told by a member of HR close to ten years ago “If you would not feel comfortable wearing it to your grandmother’s house, you should not wear it to the office”.
I hope these guidelines will help you the next time you are looking for your next outfit for the office. For some tips on great ideas of outfits for the office, follow me on Pinterest by clicking on the widget on my site or simply going on this link: https://www.pinterest.com/GlamGirlOTG/fashion/
Have fun!
Reese

What is the goal of a vacation?

If you are part of the working force, whether on a part-time basis or full-time, one of your favorite things about working is possibly when you go on vacation! Whether it is for an extended weekend or two weeks, you are focused on that last day before you leave the office for that extended period of time. If you are like me, on your last day, you are so happy that you let nothing deter your mood and your “out of office” message has already been programmed and is set to activate exactly at 5pm☺!

While we all know that we need to take a vacation once in a while and step away from the daily grind of the workplace, I found myself discovering during my vacation last week what it truly means to be on vacation! We have never truly asked ourselves what the real point of a vacation is and I’m sure that if 100 people were surveyed, the answers would differ one from another. However, most people would say that the point of a vacation is to have some time to relax away from their daily activities. While the intention is always to relax, in my past experience and from my conversations with friends I learned a long time ago that we usually return from vacation tired and sometimes more tired than when we left the office. There is a reason why the saying “I need a vacation to get over my vacation” is very common from those of us who are fortunate enough to take vacations. For the first time in my adult life, I can say that I truly experienced what the goal of a vacation is! It has now been 6 days since I’ve been back to my hectic life and I still have that huge smile on my face! You see, I’ve discovered that the goal of a vacation is not to visit 100 places (although that never hurts) but rather it is to recharge, recover, and overall reset your internal odometer! I went back home to Haiti for my vacation and for 7 days I allowed myself to let go and let flow. I did not let last minute changes to the schedule affect me, I did not worry about the time, and overall no matter what I was doing, I made sure to enjoy it to the fullest! From eating my first bowl of mango upon arrival at home to overlooking the whole northern side of Haiti from atop of the Citadelle fortress, I simply enjoyed each moment equally. The goal of a vacation is for you to stop the madness around you and just take in the beauty of your surroundings, enjoy the company you’re in, and appreciate it all.

It was not my first weeklong vacation, it was not the first time I went to Haiti however, this was the first time I actually stopped and truly appreciated being away from the computer, the phone, the meetings and all of the responsibilities. I was so into the moment that I forgot to capture many great events on film because my priority was to enjoy it! So my suggestion to you is this:

  1. TAKE SOME TIME OFF: you need this both physically and mentally! Even if you’re not going out of town, still take the time to decompress.
  2. Leave the work behind: I mean it! No emails, no phone calls, NOTHING! If you work for a company – trust me they can do without you for a week no matter the amount of missed calls you see on your phone! And if you are your own boss – this is the best thing you can do for your business because you will return with a fresh attitude and ready to move mountains!
  3. Take it all in: whether you are sleeping in at home on a staycation or enjoying the beach off of the coast of an exotic island – take it all in! We work so hard that we have made our jobs our lives and this is the main reason why our bodies are failing us more often these days. Take it in, breathe deeper, smile more, and if you’re unafraid like me: dance even when there is no music! Dance to the feeling of satisfaction that you feel inside when you finally take it in!

I hope you will all get to experience this Zen feeling that I’ve been on for the past week, it is truly priceless because even though my vacation has ended, it has truly changed my mindset and now anytime I feel some stress coming, I reflect back to that feeling and tell myself that this stressor is not worth me losing this feeling!

Take care,

Reese

P.S: The featured image in this article is of the Citadelle Laferrière in Milot, Haiti. For more information on this fortress, visit the following site: http://www.citadellelaferriere.com