Sunday, January 25, 2015

Empowerment


A few months ago, I shared with you that I joined Younique (original post here) after trying out their #1 selling Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lash Mascara. I really had no expectations of where this was going to take me but just loved it and thought for a small investment of $99, it was worth the risk to try out some product and make some money.  

With the holidays, I really did not focus much on pursing the business but had great sales since the mascara made such a great holiday gift.  Fast forward to mid January and I still really haven't given much thought to it.  This past weekend, there was a seminar hosted by local presenters in Southern California so I decided to attend and see what the big fuss is all about.

I honestly did zero research on the company and what it represented.  So I learned a lot in this seminar.  For starters, this company just started in 2012 and there is about 160,000 representative worldwide. They currently ship to U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and United Kingdom.  All of the products is all natural and is free of paraben, carcinogen and chemicals and are not animal tested.  

Being a make up company, the seminar comprised mainly of women (there were a few gents in the audience).  When you think of a group of 200+ women in the same room selling the same product in a defined geographic location (Southern California), what type of atmosphere would you think it would create?  A bit of jealousy, a bit envious, a bit of curiosity of why this person is more successful than you?  

I was truly blown away with the feeling of empowerment and support from this seminar.  The ladies that presented were not professional motivational speakers, they were everyday people like you and me.  Many were able to retire from the day job due to the success of selling make up.  

Here were some of my take aways that you can really apply to anything in life:
1.  Find something that is your passion
2. Set goals
3. Believe in yourself and be sincere in what you are selling
4. Do your research and just do it
5. Make the time to do some work to make it happen

And most importantly, why are you doing this? 

I started this journey on a whim and now my goal is to have additional income stream and save up for a vacation for the family.  I am setting my goal low for now and will evaluate in a few months and see if I need to adjust it.  Having a goal will help motivate me to better myself in this business.

So my question to you, have you joined a direct marketing company?  If yes, what have you found successful?  

If you are interested in joining Younique or have any questions, please do not hesitate to send me an email at happinessatmidlife@gmail.com.


Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Cable Hi-Lo Hem Sweater Same on Clearance
Old Navy Leggings Similar
J Crew Factory Crystal Pendant Similar
Frye Melissa Boots Similar
Tory Burch Bombe Tote Similar


So I went on a bit about Youniuqe.  It's such a great organization that I don't want to keep it all to myself.   So now onto my outfit.  I have been living in leggings this past winter mainly because I have put on some weight.  I don't really like to wear leggings on a regular basis because it is too giving and you can neglect the weight management.  I have started to watch my eating again and in due time, I will be able to fit into my clothes again.  

Anyways, I digress.....I have always worn solid leggings.  Recently, I bought 2 pairs of printed leggings and love them.  Here I am sharing the leopard ones worn 2 ways.  The pairing with the poncho did not show the print well but I promise I am wearing them.  

This outfit of the belted poncho was inspired by this pin.  I love the idea of wearing ponchos but sometimes, I think it's fun to have it belted to give it a different look.


Outfit Details:
Forever 21 Fringe Poncho Similar
Loft Belt Similar


Linking up with these wonderful ladies: Sunday Sunday Link Up, Funday Monday, Mingle Monday, Visible Monday,  Mix It Monday, Corporate Chic,, I Would Rock This, Monday Bloom, Pink Soles, On the Daily Express, Her Heart and Soul and Rhea Et Cetera.



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Throw Back Thursday Fashion Link Up: Hot Pink Moto Jacket

I am not that shies away from bright colors. I wear them year round and do love wearing a bright jacket in the winter to help brighten my day.  This moto jacket from Gap is probably the brightest piece of clothing I own.  

I have only worn this jacket with dark colors and probably would not go crazy and wear it with another bright color.  

Are you comfortable with wearing brights in the winter?  



Outfit Details:
J Crew Sleeveless Heart Dots Print Top (last worn hereherehere & hereSimilar
Gap Moto Jacket (last worn here)  Similar
The Limited Leopard Calfhair Skinny Belt Same
Ann Taylor Dot Ankle Pants Same on Clearance
Tiffany & Co Heart Tag Pendant Same
Tory Burch Robinson Middy Satchel Same in Current Colors
Jessica Simpson Calie Heels Same


TBT Fashion Link up goes back to about a year ago when this pretty jacket made it's appearance on the blog (original post here)



Linking up with these fabulous ladies:  

Time for the link up.  I can't wait to see all the great styles out there.  Please also link back my blog page to your post.  I really appreciate it and thank you so much for linking up!





Monday, January 19, 2015

Tights

I don't get to wear tights too often since it really does not get that cold.  I was looking in my dresser the other day for tights and all I could find was black pattern tights.  I had everything from polka dots, houndstooth, fishnet to argyle but nothing plain.  This red pair is very bold and rarely used.  Since they were the only plain ones I could find, I wore them by default.  

How do you feel about colored tights?

P.S.  Hope you will be back on Thursday and join Throw Back Thursday Fashion link up.




Outfit Details:
Old Navy Chiffon Shirt Dress Same on Clearance for under $12!
J Crew Factory Buffalo Plaid Scarf Similar
Ann Taylor Cuff Similar
Frye Melissa's Boots Similar



Sunday, January 18, 2015

Black Watch Plaid 2 Ways

Today, we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr..  My son had to write his own speech at school and this what he wrote:

"I have a dream that I wished for a free world.  I also wish that nobody dies and that people are not poor and everybody has a home."  

I would say it's pretty wise for a 6 year old.

We have the day off today so I am off so  I am going to enjoy the day with my family.  I am sharing with you 2 looks  that I wore recently with my black watch plaid jacket.  Please disregard how long the pants are, I swear they didn't bunch up when I wore them.  I guess it's time to get these pants hemmed.



Outfit Details:
J Crew Factory Black Watch Plaid Blazer Same on Clearance
J Crew Sleeveless Drapey Top in Cove Floral (worn herehere & hereSimilar
Loft Tuxdeo Pants Similar
Ann Taylor Liz Zipper Leather Heels Same
Ann Taylor Modern Classic Pave Pendant Same in Silver
The Limited Pave Loops Ring Same




J Crew Factory Sequins Polka Dots Top (worn here & hereSimilar
J Crew No2 Pencil Skirt in Cotton Twill Same on Sale in Different Colors
Sam Edleman Leopard Heels Similar
BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring Same
WHBM Necklace Similar
The Limited Flat Pave Oval Ring Same


Linking up with these wonderful ladies: Sunday Sunday Link Up, Funday Monday, Mingle Monday, Visible Monday,  Mix It Monday, Corporate Chic,, I Would Rock This, Monday Bloom, Pink Soles, On the Daily Express, Her Heart and Soul and Rhea Et Cetera.


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Throw Back Thursday Fashion Link Up: Yellow Midi Skirt

I normally do not wear my lighter weight clothes in the winter even with our mild weather.  It just feels a bit out of sync.  When I saw Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb in her yellow maxi skirt all bundled and looking so great, I thought I would give it a try.  

So glad I gave this a try, I loved how everything came together.  The brightness in my skirt helped cheer up a dreary day.

I love when I find inspiration from other bloggers.  It really does help me think outside of my comfort zone.  What risk have you taken as a result of reading other blogs?



Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Stripe Sweater (worn hereSimilar
Loft Faux Leather Sleeve Blazer (worn here & hereSame
Loft Midi Skirt (worn hereherehere & hereSimilar
Ann Taylor Scarf Similar
Banana Republic Boots Similar


My TBT goes back to the first time I wore this sunny yellow skirt (original post here).  This was back in June 2012.  Oh how 2 1/2 years have changed. This was when I was at my fittest (I am working on getting back on track), used my fancy iPhone and too afraid to even take photos outside of my house.    Thank goodness this skirt is elastic so I can still fit into it.



Linking up with these fabulous ladies:  

Time for the link up.  I can't wait to see all the great styles out there.  Please also link back my blog page to your post.  I really appreciate it and thank you so much for linking up!




Monday, January 12, 2015

Beanie

How often do you wash your hair?  I used to wash it daily and then discovered dry shampoo and that put a stop to washing my everyday.  FYI, I use Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo.  I love this brand because it works and it is inexpensive.  Even with sweating like crazy because of working out, using dry shampoo keeps my hair looking pretty decent.  Depending on how my hair looks, I wash my hair every 2-3 days.  

Some days, my hair just does not agree with me and I can't style it no matter what I do.  And that day was this day, it just would not flat iron the way I wanted to lay.  So in my frustration, I pulled out my beanie.  I have totally forgotten that the beanie is perfect to hide bad hair days (dirty or clean).  

So how often do you wash your hair?  And any styling tips for stubborn hair?

P.S.  Hope you will be back on Thursday and join Throw Back Thursday Fashion link up.




Outfit Details;
The Limited Sweater Similar
J Crew Factory Buffalo Plaid Scarf Same
Loft Denim Skirt (worn herehere & hereSimilar
H & M Beanie Similar
Frye Melissa Boots Similar



Sunday, January 11, 2015

Now & Later: Polka Dot Dress

How did everyone adjust back to work/normal schedule last week?  Even though I worked through the holidays, it was pretty easy and laid back so it felt like i was on semi vacation.  Last week getting back to the full swing of things was rough.  I could not for the life of me get up on time.  I was about an hour late from getting up each day and had to rush to get everything and everyone ready to leave the house.  Let's hope this week goes a lot easier.

This dress was one of my favorite purchase last year.  I just love the fit of it and the easy care.  Nothing having to dry clean or iron automatically ups the love factor of this dress.  So this dress is perfect for days when I need to get ready quickly.  BTW, I do love layering with a shirt underneath to keep me warm and another plus...I don't need to iron my wrinkly shirt either!

When you shop for clothes, do you pay attention to washing instructions?  Does that sway you one way or another to purchase?



Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Star Print Perfect Shirt Same on Clearance
Loft Jacket Similar
The Limited Polka Dot Dress Similar
WHBM Belt Similar
WHBM Polka Dot Tights Similar
WHBM Boots Similar



Original Post 12

Linking up with these wonderful ladies: Sunday Sunday Link Up, Funday Monday, Mingle Monday, Visible Monday, The Style Record Link Up, Mix It Monday, Corporate Chic,, I Would Rock This, Monday Bloom, Pink Soles, On the Daily Express, Her Heart and Soul and Rhea Et Cetera.

Pin It button on image hover