Links à la Mode, August 3rd

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Links à la Mode, August 3rd
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7 Chic Outfits For a Hot Summer Night Out

Today's post is a contribution from guest writer Amy Mia Goldsmith. The lovely Amy Mia shares 7 Chic outfits perfect for a hot summer night out. 

Yes, we get it – you don’t want to think about anything else at this point besides spending yet another weekend chilling by the pool in your swimwear. But, you as well as we know you’ll start panicking about the outfit to wear the moment someone invites out to hang out. Are we right? Of course.

The “problem” with choosing the right outfit for this hot and sticky weather is that, unless you are ready to rock your shorts and a top at every single outing possible, finding the right combination that will help you look fashionable without melting away can get just a tad difficult.

Since we understand the struggle, we’ve put together a list of outfit choices for your hot summer night out to help you look dashing no matter the heat out: 

1. Just us Girls

A night out with the gals is always a perfect opportunity to show off your fashion sense but with a million degrees out does anyone have the strength to? Yes, you do.

Give your summer girls night a special flair by wearing an off shoulder stripy top and ripped denim jeans bottoms. If you feel like it’s too hot to wear denim in this heat, replace that option with a sporty, Adidas-inspired pair of bottoms. The juxtaposition of off shoulder elegance and sporty vibes will make your outfit stand out and give it a very modern, in-trend touch. Pair your combo with gladiator heels and you’re ready to go!

2. A Date Night Out

Let’s be brutally honest here – your date would be happiest if you showed up wearing nothing but a drop of perfume, but – that’s not the vibe we are going for (we’ll leave that for a private session, okay?). To look your best and still present yourself in a summery, effortless manner we suggest you go for a mix of golden elements and nudes that would make your bronze tan pop. Wear a mustard yellow bodycon dress with a see-through, barely-there flowy kimono to add some chic to the outfit. Let your hair down and wear it with golden hoop earrings for an extra exotic flair.

3. Dancing with The Stars

A hot night out dancing is all about a chill, yet an attractive combination. Although it may be a little daring, why not try it, after all: wear your favorite slogan one-piece swimsuit and those cute little shorts paired up in a very sexy outfit. Add a silk, floor-length cardigan to the mix to add drama and add a heel to take things to the next level. You can wear your hair up for a fierce look or down for a more carefree, laid-back attitude.

4. A Relationship Thing

When you are going out on a date with your boyfriend/hubby, you want to wear an outfit that will be both stimulating (to him) and ladylike. We’d suggest wearing a chic (loose) boyfriend shirt over nude Capri pants, paired with nude heels. Wear a golden choker for a fabulous pop of lux and tie your hair in a messy pony. Some lip gloss and mascara will do the trick as the makeup goes.

5. They Said it’s a Special Occasion

When you are invited to a special occasion whether it’s a birthday party, an engagement party, your friend’s wedding, a dinner party… you want to look dazzling without having drops of sweat rolling down your back.

A special occasion calls for any of the fabulous maxi dresses you own. Why a maxi? It’s luxurious, it’s charming and it covers almost everything while adding a touch of mystery to what’s under it. Let your chosen dress flow around your figure for a subtle chic vibe; opt for a clean color to add elegance and grace to the outfit. We love the idea of white and gold paired in a single outfit, especially if we are talking about a white, long dress paired with golden woven sandals, golden choker, diamond bud earrings and golden cuffing. Someone said Greek goddess?

6. Only Drinks and Nibbles 

A chill day out with the girls, your parents, family or co-workers calls for a bare shoulder floral dress or an embroidered caftan with flats or gladiators for a stylish, yet toned down vibe. We love the idea of summer dresses and skirts as they let the skin breathe, are easy to dress up or down and look fantastic every time. Plus, they flatter every body type and size!

7. That Beach Party 

Beach parties are our favorite summer thing ever! Remember Beyonce in ‘Drunk in love’? Well, that’s the kind of outfit we’d suggest you wear. A sheer maxi dress with a hot black bikini under. Be barefoot and let your hair down. You’re welcome.


3 Ways to Get Organized for Better Productivity

Are you currently busy, stressed, and overwhelmed but not sure how to fix it? Do you find yourself not being as productive as you could because of all thats going on around you? Trust me, I completely understand. Juggling the different aspects of life can be overwhelming to say the least. Sometimes I would find myself sitting in the middle of all of my mess; irritated and frustrated because my productivity was at an all time low. Whether you're a business owner or a new parent, utilizing your time effectively is important both mentally and physically. Here are 3 ways I organize and declutter for better productivity:

1. I Write Everything Down

To write or not to write, that is the question! When balancing so many different things on a daily basis it can become a bit difficult to remember everything that you have to do. Instead of relying on your memory, take out a few moments during your day to write everything down. Whether its jotting your to do list in your notebook or using a note taking app, putting all that you'll have to tackle in writing will help keep your brain organized. Be sure to also organize your to do lists starting off with what is the most important to complete.

Challenge: Before heading to the grocery store, write down every item you need to purchase. Once you arrive, stick to only purchasing items on your list and nothing else (not even those chocolate chip cookies that are BOGO 50% off!). You'll find that you aren't spending nearly as much time in the store and can accomplish other things on your list!

2. I Declutter Virtually 

If you're an avid computer/phone user like I am, you know that a messy desktop/phone isn't the best. You may even find your brain more scattered if files are all over the place and unorganized. The best way to fix this issue is to create specific folders for different categories of your life. If you're a business owner this is extremely important because you'll want to easily access important documents and photos.  Decluttering virtually will help you think clearer and get rid of junk that you have been holding on to (not to mention it also frees up space on your hard drive!). 

Blogger Organization Tip: If you're a blogger that takes your own photos then you completely understand the struggle of having files ALL over the place. Start off by reviewing your blog to remember which photos belong to each post. Create a folder for your blog and subfolders for each post. Don't forget to create a folder just your branding (logo, icons, etc.) as well!

3. I Clear Up My Mind Each Day

I literally get hit with so many ideas, concerns, and thoughts in my head on a daily basis. With the creative side of my brain constantly moving, I tend to find myself overwhelmed. If you can attest to this, I would recommend dumping everything in your brain. Yes, dump it. These thoughts tend to use up so much brain power that by the end of the day you may find yourself mentally drained and frustrated because you didn't complete your initial important tasks at hand. After dumping the thoughts, the next thing to do is to organize them. I usually begin by determining if the idea/thought is something that I need to complete that day. If it is, I quickly add it to my To Do list. If it isn't, then I archive it by adding it to my notes as something to complete at a later date. Doing this each day will improve your ability to complete important tasks and focus. 

Tip: After clearing up your mind and organizing these thoughts, set reminders on your phone to complete any future tasks at hand. 

Hope these organization/declutter tips will help improve your productivity! 

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5 Lifestyle Changes I Made To Increase My Happiness

Lets face it. Life gets tough sometimes and difficult to balance. I can speak personally and say, as a relatively recent graduate I had so many expectations for life after college. I thought I would have jobs lined up from all over the country and salaries that would reassure that college was definitely worth the fight. Can I get real with you all? - This was SO not the case and everything I thought I really wanted to do didn't happen. Instead of sitting around wallowing in what I didn't have or what I couldn't do, I realized I had to create my own happiness. After a few self realization moments plus trial and error I came up with 5 changes I knew I had to make to increase my happiness.

1. I Invested In Myself 

What's not a better way to increase your happiness by putting some happiness back into yourself? Since I have more of a 'give' personality opposed to 'take', I have always been that person that tries to pour into others and really boost them up especially regarding what they want to accomplish. I realized that I too needed some of that for myself. I created a mental list of how I wanted to invest in myself which included perfecting my personal make up craft and rebranding my blog. Although they may seem small to some, these were really important to me because they are my personal interests (ya'll know I love branding). Pouring back into yourself truly makes a difference. 

2. I Became Focused On My Goals and Aspirations 

When I tell you there is nothing like truly focusing on a goal you want to accomplish. Staying focused and putting energy into that drive instead of what you don't have really helps. I would recommend either writing down or creating a mental list of things you want to accomplish - whether big or small. One of my true goals is to work for myself and help others, so lately I've been spending time along with my husband to reach these points. Stepping out of my comfort zone and working to achieve these goals has surged my happiness.

3. I Don't Compare Myself To Others 

One of the keys to true happiness is loving yourself and what God has blessed you with. Instead of telling myself I'm not good enough, I'm not at the level that someone is at, or down playing my growth; I celebrate all that I have accomplished. We're in the day and age where social media is everything so it can be difficult to not feel as if you're behind. The moment you realize that what you have is yours and not to focus on others trust me you'll see a surge in your true happiness.

4. I Got More Organized 

So you may be thinking, how the heck does organization lead to happiness? If you ever feel scrambled, confused, or overwhelmed with all that is going on; it may be because you have some fixing up to do. I recommend that you sit down and create a list of everything that is disorganized in your life and how to fix it. Once I did this I was able to increase my productivity which in turn made me happy!

5. I Made It My Mission To Do What I Love

Whether it's volunteering or starting a YouTube channel, actually making it your mission to do the things you enjoy will increase your morale. For example, in the back of my mind I always knew that I wanted to contribute to a publication but of course wasn't sure how that would happen. I was approached by the awesome magazine you see me reading in my photo above to become their Fashion Editor and I was so ecstatic!  Being able to write for Revived Magazine, a publication that is filled with relevant content regarding the Black community was perfect because not only did I envision this but it is for a good cause. Not letting anyone deter you from doing what you love is the major key!

I hope these tips can help someone out there who may feel down in the dumps because they aren't at a certain point in life or doing what they truly love. Give these a try and I hope they can help create your happiness as well!

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