// Finding Time For Yourself In A Busy Schedule

Life can be a constant rush of things that need doing, from the moment that we wake up to the moment that we fall asleep you may find that you are rushed off your feet. Finding breathing space in a world that is moving at a thousand miles a minute can be tough. As women, there is are so many pressures that we face on a daily basis, it can be hard to manage family life, careers, our interests, while also living up to the need to look amazing while we do it. 

Taking control of your life will provide you the opportunity to create a better sense of balance. You may be able to unlock some time that you can spend on yourself, and as such find that you will be able to enjoy life a bit more. Here are a few ways that you can free up time in your life, whilst looking after yourself and keeping on top of everything that you need to. 


// Plan Your Days
Using a daily planner or an app on your smartphone, you should create a plan for your days. This will mean that you will be able to find the time to fit in everything that you need to do. Quite often, when things are not written down on a list, then they will get forgotten about. 

Allocate yourself half an hour once a week to go through your daily schedules and work things through. Give yourself a slot each morning in which to enjoy a healthy breakfast that will fill you full of energy to face your busy day. Five minutes of yoga, exercise, or meditation can be all that you need to spark your brain into a heightened sense of focus and tune yourself in to face everything that you have on your plate for the day. 

Look for ways that you can do more than one thing off your to-do list at once. If you can save time by cooking and cleaning at the same time, you should plan for this. If you are able to deal with life admin tasks from your phone on your commute, this will be helpful. 

Be sure and plan in some time to yourself each day. Even half an hour to catch up on a show that you love will give you the opportunity to unwind and push out any thoughts that may be stressing you out. 

If you live with anyone else, try and create a schedule of housework that you can all stick to. Sharing the load between you can make life much easier for you, especially if you continually find that you are always having to deal with it yourself. 

// Use Five Minute Makeovers
Contour makeup is the latest trend in beauty. This technique can take years off your appearance and leave you looking a million dollars. It can make any face shape appear slimmer, lifting your cheekbones, giving definition to your jawline and also creating a slimmer looking nose. 

Contouring need not take too long to do. You will need two different shades of contour stick, one dark, and one light. Using the darker stick, you will create a dark shade from the sides of your hairline. Then, moving to your cheeks, you will use the lighter tone to create a brightening lift. Your nose will use a line of each shade in order to give in a sense of shade and light, and then you will move down to your chin and jawline where you will create a sense of definition.

Getting used to creating a great look in minutes will reduce the amount of time that you spend each day on getting ready. If you can do this and not feel rushed, then you will be onto a winner. Getting your makeup time down to less than five minutes will be the ideal way to open up your day to wider opportunities. 

// Fit In Some You Time
In a busy life, taking an entire day to yourself may seem like a luxury, but sometimes it will be a bit of a necessity. Once in a while, you will need to make sure that you have a clear schedule. You can use this time to do whatever will help you relax. If that is a day on the sofa binging Netflix while eating all of the snacks that you can find, so be it. 

It may be good to plan a day out somewhere and take in some new sights and enjoy some time with friends. This can be as positive for your emotional wellbeing as having a day of doing absolutely nothing. 

// Be Kind To Yourself About Having You Time
How ever you choose to spend the day that you keep space, make sure that you allow yourself the opportunity to not feel guilty for taking time away from your normal commitments. So often we put ourselves last because we feel as though we are wasting time by doing nothing at all. Sometimes we need to say to ourselves that our own happiness and wellbeing is more important than fulfilling obligations. It is important that we are often firm about the need to look after ourselves. While we may feel as though it is counterproductive in our lives to put everything onto the back burner for a day or two, if we neglect our own health and wellbeing too much we will end up becoming ill.

Putting too much pressure on yourself will ultimately lead you to feel stressed too. Learning to forgive yourself for loosening up on the pressure will make things that bit less stressful for you, meaning that overall you have a much happier, balanced and productive life on the whole. 


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// Why You’ll Want To Hit Up Vegas Before You Die


Las Vegas is seen as probably the most electric place on the planet – if it’s not THE most, then it’s certainly in the top two or three. When you have lots of money saved, and you think about hitting a holiday destination, Vegas is always in your thoughts, right? It’s quite the cliché of a destination, but it’s a cliché because it’s such a good idea. How many people head to Vegas and leave disappointed? Not many. 

There’s so much fuss surrounding the place, as you know already. Why, though? Why specifically do people want to go there? It’s obviously very famous, but what does it actually have other than the stereotypical stuff? Well, it’s jam-packed full of stuff to do. If you were to head there or a week or two, you’d have a lot on your plate! Here are a few reasons as you why you should probably visit Las Vegas, Nevada before you pop your clogs: 

There Are So Many Legendary Parts 
Las Vegas has all kinds of places that you should probably visit at least once in your life. When you think of Vegas, one of the first things that comes to mind is probably Caesar’s Place and all of its luxurious bits and pieces. There’s also the MGM Grand and T-Mobile Arenas that hold events such as boxing and mixed martial arts, respectively. The nightlife isn’t too bad. If you’re a partier, then you’ll be interested in the clubs Vegas has to offer. You can learn more about free entry to certain places here if you’re interested in gaining priority access some nights. Even the walkways and views are astonishing and breathtaking. Just being amongst all of that stuff would knock your socks off.

There’s Nothing Wrong With A Flutter!
Sure, too much gambling is obviously a problem because the bookkeepers tend to win nine times out of ten. There’s nothing wrong with a little bet every now and again, though! People enjoy the rush of potentially getting loads of money from a simple action. Las Vegas is obviously notorious for gambling! People choose to fly all the way over just to see if they can hit the jackpot. If they don’t, then they still have a great time anyway.

The Weather’s Not Bad!
Nevada is pretty much a desert – and those things are quite hot, wouldn’t you say? If you’re from a pretty lovely climate, then this kind of thing probably won’t attract you. Not everyone has the luxury of warm weather, though. In the summer, you’ll be nice and toasty, that’s for sure.

The Services And Amenities Are Amazing
Vegas has the grandest hotels you could imagine. With so many high-profile individuals entering this city, there needs to be some high-quality service. As we’ve said before, Vegas is caked in luxury, so if you find yourself in one of the big-name hotels, then you’re in for a treat. You’re treated like royalty, and there are so many things you can do – you’ll never run out of ideas.

You Can Say ‘I Was There’ 
As we said before, Las Vegas is one of the most famous places on the planet. Just being in this busy and crazy place will make you feel as though you’ve accomplished something. Exploring different parts of the world is awesome, and this is certainly a place you need to throw onto your bucket list – if you indeed write one out. 


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// Top Things To See And Do In New York

It's not a secret that you could spend a lifetime in New York City and still not manage to see everything, but there are some things that no one should miss.


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Have a look below at some of the places you should be adding to your list:

Top Of The Rock
Sitting at the top of the Rockefeller Centre, the famous sightseeing hotspot has three observation decks where you can see breathtaking views of the city. Definitely something you don't want to miss. It's open right up until midnight so what better reason to live like a movie star and watch the sun go down over the city skyline. 

Empire State Building 
Again another famous sightseeing destination for many who visit New York, it's an art deco masterpiece that is one of the most recognizable buildings in the world. The observation deck is open right from sunrise until 2 am, and on some of the days, you even have a live saxophone player to enjoy. 

The Theatre
You can't go to one of the most famous destinations for broadway without stepping foot into a theatre or two. Why not treat yourself to tickets to a show such as….. Dress up, buy your book of mormon tickets and enjoy a night on the town. 

Statue Of Liberty
It goes without saying that the Statue Of Liberty makes it on to many visitors lists. It's a world icon that is known worldwide. An inspiring symbol of New York City's immigrant history, its no wonder so many people taken the trip to Ellis Island to visit her and the Immigration Museum.

American Museum Of Natural History
It doesn't matter if your an avid museum visitor or just want to see something that will blow your mind, the Natural History Museum has something to amaze most. From dinosaur bones through to space exploration this place has it all. 

The Museum Of Modern Art (MoMA)
Hosting pieces of art from the likes of Vincent van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol and many more. This museum is a must-visit. It holds some of the best known and most influential pieces of art in the world of modern art. 

Big Bus Tours 
There certainly is a lot to see in New York and often people only visit for a few days at a tome, this means that it can be hard to see everything. A great way to up your chances and see as much as possible to use something like the Big Bus Tours. They cover a lot of ground and take you to places like Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Wall Street and the Brooklyn Bridge. Not only that it’s also a great way to get around.

9/11 Tribute Center And Walking Tour 
New York is complete without visiting here and although a more solemn occasion than most activities for visitors, the 9/11 Tribute Center and Walking Tour are a way to reflect on the events of September 11, 2001. For many, this experience is a powerful, memorable method of paying their respects. 

These are just a few of the top sightseeing points of New York that should be on your list. Do you have any other just see spots that you can share in the comments section? 



// this is a contributed guest post written for this charming life.

// Under Pressure: Reaching Milestones in Adulthood

There’s so much pressure to do things a certain way once you reach adulthood- as if your life has been pre mapped out for you without your say. There are all these timelines and milestones we’re expected to reach by certain ages, and these can add unnecessary stress to our lives. Just about all of us will feel like we’re ‘behind’ in some way or another, but that’s because these timelines don’t really exist. If you look at your peers also in their twenties and thirties you’ll notice that everyone is at a completely different point, where they’ve all prioritised different things. It doesn't mean any of you are right or wrong, it’s all about what’s right for you! At the end of the day we’re all only human with a set amount of hours in the day, you can only do so much meaning that you won’t always follow every typical milestone expected of you by a certain age. And that’s completely ok! It’s your life so live it as you wish, you could achieve all of these things or none of them and still live a happy life. Here are some examples of the expectations people tend to have in adulthood.


Overseas travel
There’s no denying that overseas travel is great- it educates you, opens up your eyes to different cultures and ways of life, it allows you to have incredible experiences. But not everyone can afford to take a gap year or go travelling overseas before starting university. In fact, many people only really have the luxury of travelling later on in life. If getting abroad and seeing more of the world is on your list, just do what you can with your time and budget. If getting away for six months, a month or a week isn’t possible- go for a few days instead. If you can’t travel abroad, do more in the country you live in. Anything from camping to boating to road trips can still give you wonderful experiences and memories. 

Higher education
The standard route into higher education tends to be leaving school, attending sixth form or college and then going to university shortly after. But again, it doesn’t work out this way for everyone. Maybe you hated school and couldn’t wait to leave, maybe you had a baby young or were caring for an unwell family member at the time. If years have passed and you’ve decided now is the right time to get the qualifications you want, there are lots of online colleges and universities you can sign up to these days that allow you to study from home. Since they can be done on a part time and flexible basis, you don’t need to give up your job to learn. 

Getting a good job
Speaking of getting a good job, this is another thing that’s expected in adulthood. It’s a little trickier these days, unlike in our parents and grandparents generations, a job is rarely ‘for life’ now. Things change so quickly that businesses come and go and a much quicker pace, the tasks that many businesses require their workers to do change and evolve along with technology. If you’ve still not found a job that you feel settled in, don’t panic. Consider doing some education or voluntary work if you can to make you more employable. You could even look into setting up your own business and working for yourself. 

Buying a house
Getting onto the property ladder by purchasing a house for sale is always going to be a good thing. It gives you security, stops you from wasting money on rent and is a great thing to achieve. But again it’s simply not something that everyone can do, especially in early adulthood. Renting can be a great option if you’re not sure where you want to live and want to try out some different neighbourhoods, cities or even countries. If you do want to buy a house, start a savings fund and even if you only save a small amount, it will add up over the years and you’ll reach your goal eventually. 

Getting married 
Getting married really isn't something you can rush. Most of us have to ‘kiss a few frogs’ so to speak before we find the person we want to settle down with. Maybe you’re happier being single or never getting married, and that’s ok too! The trick is to find someone with the same outlook as you, so you’re on the same page. 


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// The Art of Embracing Life and Saying Yes


In a lot of articles and self-help posts, you are likely to find that many posts talk about saying no more. The main points with these kinds of posts talk about in life we say yes to a lot of things that in reality, we don’t actually want to do it anyway. Saying yes can mean more pressure and responsibility, as your calendar will be filled up more than if you said no. The articles also cover points that if we say yes because we want to people-please, then it won’t be for the right reasons. So as a result, according to this mindset, people believe that we can start to lose sight of our own goals and priorities.

Of course, there can be some truth to this, because we do need to set some boundaries and make sure that we aren’t just doing things to please others. It is important to set up some priorities in our life, and being able to handle our own time. Life is short, so you don’t want to spend it doing things that you have no interest in or can’t help. Saying no for some people isn’t a problem, and if that sounds like you, then it might be that you need to say yes to some more things. Saying yes for some people, can be more of a challenge. 


Saying no means no failure. Is that worth it?

If you have an introverted attitude towards things, or have a fear that runs deep, when it comes to failure, then it can mean that saying no is a safe and happy thing to do. You don’t have to push yourself if you’re not doing anything. And if you’re not doing anything, then you won’t have anything to fail at. Saying yes can be something that can feel a little daunting, but it can also help to encourage some commitment, confidence, and self-belief. It is all going to be worth it, especially if things make you anxious or fearful? 

The answer for so many of us is going to be yes, it is worth it. So many fun, interesting, and exciting things can happen when you are out of your comfort zone. You could be offered the chance to move to a new city with your job, for example. Moving can be stressful, of course, but you can get help from companies like MyBekins, and you can also think of the life lessons and growth that you could experience as a result. You can learn new things and push yourself when something like that comes along in your life. Just imagine learning a whole new language or customs from another culture. What about learning how to live a fast paced lifestyle if you've always been accustomed to the slow and steady? Even more challenging, in my opinion, would be to learn to slow down and savor all that a new city has to offer. Another example of this is meeting new people. Can you meet the one for you if you’re just sitting at home? In reality, that is unlikely; you need to make an effort. You could be introduced to a wide array of people, with so many fascinating stories to share. New people help us see the world through different lenses, and they open our minds to all the possibilities out there. Saying yes to meeting new people is a great way to network and grow your community, too. So don’t think about the fear and what could go wrong, but think about all that you will gain as a result. 

Find some new ways to say yes in your life, for the things that are going to really benefit you. Saying no has its place, but so does saying yes.


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// 3 Myths You Probably Believe About Apple

Apple is one of the largest companies on earth. They are so large in fact that there is barely a person who doesn’t own or hasn’t owned one of their products. Being the size they are, Apple has been subject to many myths and fallacies over the years.

Today we are going to attempt to separate fact from fiction and squash those pesky little myths, once and for all.




The Apple Logo

One of the most prominent and most twisted tales when it comes to apple is the story of its logo. Many people will claim to know why the Apple logo is what it is, the truth, however, despite what teachers have told the students has nothing to do with Turing.

The myth that circulated for many years, and still today is that the apple is inspired by the bite that Alan Turing took from the apple. The amusing thing is that Rob Janoff, the graphic designer who created the apple logo that we know, didn’t know a fat lot about Alan Turing.

Another myth that followed the apple logo was that the bite from the apple was meant to represent a metaphorical ‘byte.’ The reason for the bite is far more amusing. Janoff decided to include the bite as a way of stopping people believing the image was that of a cherry tomato.

Apple Computers Are Difficult To Use

This has been something that has been circulating incorrectly for years now. There seems to be a convoluted myth that apples are far more difficult to operate than a pc.

The truth behind this matter is quite simple; it’s a matter of what you are used to. Most schools across the world had a tendency to adopt a windows based system when it came to educating the world in the way of computing.

With the lack of initial users in comparison to windows, it just became a ridiculous notion that spanned across the ages. The truth is, it is just as easy to access activity monitor on Mac as it is with Windows.

One of the most controversial things that could be said is that a Mac may be slightly more user-friendly that a Windows PC nowadays.

Macs Work Better With Apple Accessories

If you have ever visited the apple store and spoke to one of their “Geniuses”, you may be fooled into thinking that when it comes to your mac, you better have apple products for optimum performance. 

This is one of the biggest myths that surrounds Apple, and it is generally pedalled by Apple itself. Apple has a fantastic ability to try to make the use of third party products as difficult as possible. 

Unfortunately for Apple, the Chinese market is always quick to follow up any apple release with a cheaper solution, and in all honesty, as the Apple graveyard in China does put out some quality alternatives. 


// Improving Your Ethical Wardrobe


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There is a problem that is facing the clothing industry. Fast fashion has long been convenient, filling our wardrobes with cheap and cheerful items. But the cost of these items is far greater than the small number that we see on the price tag. These garments have a big impact on the world, from environmental concerns through to the ethical concerns of the way that they are produced, the fact of the matter is that these throwaway items are costing us the earth. 

There is also the way that they have affected our outlook on clothing as a whole to think about. Where quality was often the benchmark of a good item of clothing in years gone by, these days we vote with our purses and demand disposable items that we may wear just once before casting aside. If you did choose to wear these cheaper clothing items through to the end of their lifespan, you may well find that they don’t even last that long. If you are buying this type of clothing for practical reasons, it suddenly becomes a false economy as you will probably replace it multiple times in comparison to the lifespan of a well-made item. 

Changing Into Something More Environmentally Friendly

One of the major problems with fast fashion is the effect that it has on the environment. The textile industry is a huge polluter. It causes problems when it comes to growing and producing the materials used to make the items, through to pollution in the actual production. Once the items have been made, they need to be shipped. Very often these products find their way from China and when you go to your local high street you will see stores and stores crammed full of items that have had to be transported the length of the world to be worn once or twice before finally ending up in a landfill. 

As shoppers, there are things that we can all do to help reduce the carbon footprint. Learn about the way that clothes are made, and look for environmentally friendly clothing suppliers. There are a number of clothing manufacturers out there that are attempting to make a positive change. One example of how companies are fighting to alter the way that their industry is affecting the environment is to change the materials that they are using. For example, Ralph Lauren has created a version of their classic polo shirt that is made entirely out of recycled plastic. You can see more about Polo Ralph Lauren in SVD.

Buying second-hand items are one way that you can help to reduce your own clothing carbon footprint. While an item may not be new, it is new to you and may provide you with a similar sense of joy than one bought in a fast-fashion outlet. 

If you are handy with a sewing machine, you could always bring new life into worn or tired fast-fashion items. Turning them into something completely new and useful will mean that their lifespan has increased and they won’t be destined for the dump. 

Check Out The Ethics Of Fast Fashion

Fast fashion is big business. Shops make big money out of the stack-it-high, sell-it-low mentality. The quantities of the items that they buy mean that they are paying almost nothing per unit. Consider that a garment that costs you barely anything will have tax added, so the government get a fair-sized chunk of the sale. Then, the store they are sold in as staff costs, store running costs. The item will have been shipped and there may have been import or export duties at differing stages of the journey. After all of this is accounted for you will be left with the actual cost price that goes back to the original manufacturer which will be barely anything per item. Take out factory costs, raw materials, and by the time you pay the staff that made it you can imagine that they will earn barely anything. 

Factories overseas won’t have the same labour standards as at home. They can work their staff for longer hours in harsher conditions and for much less pay. This is the major reason that fast fashion outlets choose to buy their clothing overseas. 

Try and read into the companies that you like to buy from and make buying choices that don’t fund sweatshops and poor environmental practices. There are things that we can all do as consumers to make the world a better place, and our wardrobes are as good a place to start as anywhere else. 


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// Traveling The World: How Will You Do It?

If you are a travel enthusiast, you have probably come across a variety of holidaymakers. Some enjoy a historical visit through a new city, as a way to embrace a new culture and make a new one their own. Others prefer a peaceful sunbathing holiday instead. However, how about picking your holiday destination based on your favorite mean of transport? Sounds odd? Don’t let this disturb you. If you want a cultural holiday, you need to consider spending a lot of time on the road, from a place to another. So why not make your holiday a transport-centered experience that takes you to the very heart of a new culture?


Mediterranean holidays: get that scooter ready
If you want to discover the sweet charm of the Mediterranean region, from the Provence to the south of Italy, then you need to look for a scooter or a small bike to make the most of your time. Can there be anything more iconic than riding through the tiny streets of a seaside village? If you have got a car driving license, you will be pleased to know that you can still hire a small bike or a scooter because these don’t require any additional license. However, you might need a few tips before you take your darling for a ride – make sure that you do your research about everything you need to prepare before the ride, and what you need to pay attention to as you ride. Picture yourself riding an old scooter from the 1950s or 1960s, with a basket attached at the back for your picnic. How idyllic does that sound for a discovery of the Med?

Metropolitan holidays: tube and cabs 
If you are one for quick and easy transportation and you do not like to wait, you might prefer to stick to Metropole cities. From London to New York, there are plenty of exciting cultural spots to discover: museums, prestigious restaurants – the View, the spinning restaurant at the top Marriott in NYC is a great address – and historic buildings. The best way to navigate from one spot to the other is the ally of all urbanites: public transport and cabs. It is a safe way to be part of the everyday life of the locals. However, if you fancy something a bit different, think about getting a charter bus service to get around from place to place. 

Nordic holidays: give your legs some action
If you have a soft spot for Nordic landscapes and the beauty of flat lands, you will love the idea of a cycling holiday. Is there any better way to discover Sweden or Norway during the warm months than to on a bicycle, pedaling slowly along the canal or the sea front? Get your legs into action and love the fresh smell and the green landscapes.

Take a canal tour through Europe
How about taking some time off work to discover the old water ways across Europe? You can hire a barge for a few weeks or book a room on a bigger boat to enjoy the slow pace of life. Reconnect with the elements: water under your feet and fresh air in your hair. Canal holidays are a big hit in England, France, and the Netherlands.

Road trip through the US
Hit the iconic Route 66 in an open-top car and experience what America really has to offer. This historic route will take you on an unforgettable self-drive journey filled with captivating Americana and the history of the old west. You will visit Chicago and St Louis, experience the highlights of Las Vegas and Los Angeles and discover the captivating beauty of the Grand Canyon and the vast lands of the Texas Panhandle.

Cruise the world
The ultimate luxury in traveling holidays is a cruise. The good thing about a cruise is that someone else does the hard work for you, while you lie back and enjoy cocktails on the deck. Cruise around the med or the Carribean, soaking in the crystal blue waters and make the most of every opportunity to hop on to dry land and explore your stopover points. 

So what will be your take on the traveling world? Are you one for a trendy ride, stretching your legs or do you prefer the peacefulness of the water?