4 obvious but helpful ways to safe money

So you want to save up a little extra money for that cheeky holiday you’re planning for the summer? Or you’re dreaming of finally owning your dream pair of designer shoes? We could all use a little bit of advice when it comes to money and babe, you got this. Here’s a reminder of a few little easy, obvious but helpful ways you can save some dollar billz… yo.

1. Hold off on the daily coffee

This may be hard to hear for coffee lovers, but you’ll be thanking yourself later! Think about it – if you grab a coffee every day, you might be already be spending double digits on hot beverages each week! Try brewing your own coffee at home and bringing it with you in a cute to-go mug, or if you just cannot resist a coffee from a barista, limit your cafe visits to 2 or 3 a week?

2. Don’t splurge on ‘wants’

Resist the thought! You don’t NEED those heels or that $200 pair of jeans! To make it easier, as weird as it sounds: don’t window shop so often. We always find ourselves “just looking” then somehow we’re at the checkout handing the sales assistant our money… oops! Think long term and use what you’re saving up for as incentive to save!

3. Shop around for sales

This goes hand in hand with the previous tip – if you do find yourself walking around at the mall and you need some new gear, take some time to look around for sales, deals and bargains. They’ll become your best friend.

4. Have 2 bank accounts

This one takes a little bit more effort, but so beneficial! Do yourself a favor and open up another bank account – have one for your daily spending on necessities and one for your savings. Make sure you manage these accounts regularly! Only put what you need into your daily spending account and put the rest in your savings account.

 

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SMARTY PANTS: Questions you should be asking at a Job Interview

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Picture this – you just aced a 15 minute interview for the job that you really, really want. Your interviewer is wrapping up your interview when they ask “Do you have any questions for me?”. Don’t think that the interview is over yet! This is a crucial question that many people stuff up, and I don’t want you to make that mistake, so I’m here to (hopefully) land you that job!

When your interviewer asks “Do you have any questions for me?”, what they really mean is “How well have you been listening and are you actually interested in this job?”

Now’s not the time to be polite and let the interviewer have all the power. Take this chance to be as intimidating as you like and really put your interviewer on the spot!

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So… what are some questions that you should be asking? Questions that basically inform you about the company and the role that you’ll be playing, such as…

  • Can you describe to me a typical day at this company?
  • If I were to get this job, what would be my main roles?
  • What skills would the ideal candidate have for this role?
  • What types of things will I learn at this company?
  • Where have successful employees of his company advanced to?
  • Where do you see this company in 5 years?
  • Are there any concerns about myself being a serious candidate for this job?
  • What are some challenges that this company faces?
  • Can you tell me about the team that I’ll be working with?
  • What happened to the last person who filled this job? Or is this a new position?
  • What’s your favourite thing about your job?

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Your interviewer has to work on a schedule and they probably have more than one person to interview in the space of a few hours, so it’s probably wise to not ask all of these questions in the one interview. Pick 3 or 4 questions that you genuinely want the answer to and bring them to your next job interview!

Good luck x

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Werkin’ on that bum!

It’s official. Everyone’s obsessed with the booty. Everyone is obsessed with bums, butts and booty’s. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you the secrets on how Kim Kardashian maintains such a lush bum, but what I can do, is lead you in the right direction so that you can get WERK hard for your own lush bum.

Ready? Let’s get to werrrk.

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What are some videos that I can follow?
Cassey Ho from Blogilates has workout videos that are so on point, you probably won’t want to stop after the one workout. Here are the best of the best bum workouts from Cassey! Click on the pictures to go straight to the video.

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6 Mins to a Sexy Body / Grab your exercise mat and start with this sexy workout! You’ll be doing some challenging moves like the Cross Butt Lift, Fire Hydrant and the Heel lift.

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What Makes You Bootyful Butt Challenge / An awesome exercise challenge for those who are just easing in to serious butt toning and firming. It’s a fun workout video that you can sing along to!

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Hips Butt ‘n Thighs Super Shaper Workout / Here’s some next level sh** for you. For this video, you’ll be focusing on not only your glutes, but your hips AND your thighs. You’ll love yourself after this – you can’t go wrong!

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Intense INNER THIGH Challenge / If you want to push yourself to be the strongest you’ve ever been. Do this challenge. You’ll mostly be doing a move called the Froggy Jump Squat, but don’t be fooled by the cute name because this workout will leave you seriously unable to move!

What can I do at the Gym?


Leg Press
/ Build up strength in your legs and your glutes by using the Leg Press at the gym.


Ellipse Machine
/ Khlo√© Kardashian uses this at the gym… need I say more?


Kettle Weights
/ Do your research and look up the hundreds of amazing exercises you can do using a kettle weight at the gym (or even at home!).


Cardio!
/ You can’t escape cardio if you’re werking towards a lovely round, plump bum. Get on that treadmill and do a bit of cardio – hard work pays off!

What exercises can I do around the house?
We all find ourselves sitting around doing absolutely nothing at one point in the day and it’s also the best chance to pass the time with little exercises to work on that bum! You could do some good old squats (and you’d be surprised how many variations of squats there are out there). If you’ve got yourself a set of stairs, make use of them! Run up and down the steps for a good few minutes for an intense butt workout. If walking is just too mainstream to do around the house, swap it for lunges. It’s a stretch, a toning and strengthening exercise and if you do enough, you’ll still feel the burn tomorrow!

What else can I do?
As weird as it sounds, sit down less. If you’re at home or at an office, make your seat more cushioned for the comfort and benefit of your bum, or you could even replace your desk chair with an exercise ball.
Moisturize that backside for a complexion of a Goddess. Honey, you’ll make them boys cry wishing they had that booty!

 

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LOVE YOURSELF

Yes, Valentine’s Day may be over and done with and you’re probably sick of the word ‘love’, but back up for a sec now. It’s time to really focus on you and only you. It’s time to learn to love the person that you are. Don’t get me wrong, having that special someone in your life to love is an awesome thing, but it’s important that you’re 100% confident with yourself and oozing with positive vibes!

So you’re ready to love yourself? It’s simple and so amazing for your well-being. After you read this, hopefully you’ll feel inspired to go out there and do great things because why the hell not?

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1. Stop comparing yourself to other people. You’re your own original person and that’s what makes you, you. That persons’ Instagram you keep lurking because you think they have a ‘perfect’ life – they’re entire life isn’t revealed through a few little square photos, so it’s no use putting yourself down because you think you’re not living life to the fullest because everyone their has ups and downs (yes, even the Kardashian’s and the Jenner’s).

2. Learn to have a laugh at yourself every once in a while and have fun while doing it. Don’t you want to look back at your life when you’re 90 and think ‘That was such a laugh’?

3. It’s 2015 and unfortunately, there are still judgmental pricks that exist. But, a legend by the name of Rihanna once said “Don’t let the bastards get you down.” Take that advice and realize the beauty of your body – from the spots on your face to the stretchmarks on your thighs, they’re imperfections that should be embraced and loved. They’re a sign that you are an imperfect human and that you’re totally okay with that.

4. Take a moment to appreciate life. Yours in particular. Think about how much you’ve already accomplished so far and think to yourself “Damn, I’m a bad ass bitch”. Having the right attitude is key to fully understanding how to love yourself, so be inspired and do more awesome shit that you can be proud of.

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So, now it’s your turn to take action. Have you told yourself how beautiful you are today?

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5 ways to get over a breakup

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and if you’re feeling heartbroken, you’ve clicked onto the right place. Let me fix your heart because no girl (or guy) deserves to be feeling down and out this Valentine’s Day. Today’s a new day so get out there and carry on being amazing.

1. Cry sesh
Let it all out. It’s no use to bottle up all your emotions so if at one point in your breakup you feel like listening to sad music with a box of tissues in hand, do it. No doubt about it, you’ll feel so much better after you’ve released all your unwanted sadness and anger. It’ll feel like a massive weight has been lifted off your shoulders and you’re finally ready to go out and conquer anything!

2. Don’t think about them
It’s easier said than done, but if you find yourself thinking about your ex, stop yourself and ask yourself if this is good for your happiness (the answer is no). Do what you need to do to get this poisonous person out of your head – rip up and burn photos, delete them on Social Media, block their number, whatever you feel the need to do, do that and get over them.

3. Keep busy
If you’re just chilling all alone with your lonesome self during a breakup, you’re bound to over-think about things you really shouldn’t be thinking about… like your ex. Keeping yourself busy will help you to focus on other things other than dumb boys, so try to incorporate activities in your day like having a few friends over for some horror films, or even try your hand at some challenging DIY projects.

4. Know that your perfect guy/girl is out there
You know what they say – “there’s plenty of fish in the sea”. It’s totally true, except instead of fish, we’re talking about humans and the sea bit is a metaphor for Earth. Just think, there are billions of people that you haven’t met yet and you have the rest of your life to meet as many people as possible so don’t stay so fixated on one person because your perfect guy/girl is out there.

5. Workout and work hard
Zone the f*** out and do a bit of a workout, even if you hate the thought of vigorous physical activity. Put some of your favorite music on to pump you up and go for a run or swing a few punches at a punching bag (and pretend it’s your ex). Let off some steam and WERK towards a stronger, more confident you.

 

Alissa x

 

CONCERT GOERS 101

People get pretty excited about concerts/festivals – they’re a pretty big deal. You get the chance to spend time with some friends and watch someone you adore perform for you at the same time – what’s not to get excited about? If you’re new to the scene, you’re in for treat! I’ve prepared the only thing on the internet you’ll need to read for everything you need to know to be concert ready.

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It’s a hot topic and a burning question everyone asks no matter where they go. I’ve got the perfect combination of items that you need to be carrying with you to your next concert.

  • A small bag or no bag at all
    If you have a small cross-body bag or a small backpack, bring that! It’s a perfect size for a concert because you should only bring the essentials. If you insist on bringing heaps, check if the concert venue has a Cloak Room so you can check in your goodies safely.
  • Leave your cameras at home
    Don’t be one of those party poopers who film and photograph the entire performance and forget to be in the moment. There’s nothing wrong with filming 1 or 2 songs and taking a few photos on your phone, but don’t watch the concert through a screen.
  • Did you bring the tickets?
    I’ve seen it happen before to other people – they managed to forget their ticket to the concert. Check at least 5 times before you leave the house if you have everything!
  • These are the essentials
    Phone, Wallet (Only bring what you’ll use!) and your ID. That’s it.

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No matter what genre of concert you’re going to – you’re probably going to want to get up and enjoy yourself, whether that involves jumping in sync with the crowd, getting up just to sing along or to dance with no rhythm. It’s guaranteed that you’ll be on your feet and moving all night, so it’s an absolute must that you rock up wearing something comfortable, but stylish (of course!).

  • Shorts are always a good option
    They give your legs some air to breathe and you won’t get suffocated by jeans. There’s so many kinds of cute shorts out there, so go ahead and treat your booty to something cute! You can always add stockings underneath for cooler nights.
  • Chuck on some leggings for the cold
    They’re the best bottoms to wear if you’re out on a cold night or you plan on sitting for the night. They still give you allowance to move around and they prevent you from freezing!
  • Comfortable shoes are a must!
    Sorry gals but it’s probably not the best idea to wear your new Jeffrey Campbells to a concert. Wear shoes that you know can go through a beating, but can keep your feet happy. If you want some added height, you’ll benefit out of investing in some comfortable Flatform shoes.
  • Don’t go overboard on accessories
    The last thing you want at the end of your night is knowing that you’ve lost your favorite ring, so I strongly suggest that you leave the expensive stuff at home. Everyone wants to enjoy their time and no one wants to spend the entire night having wrists with excessive bracelets and chunky rings waved in front of their faces!

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There’s probably no need to be all glammed up if you’re going to (TMI warning) sweat it off anyway, plus, it might be bad for your skin. But if you want to, then no one’s stopping you!

  • Try Waterproof makeup
    It’s supposed to withstand water, right? Why not give it a go and end the night still looking perfectly made up.
  • Use lipstick that will last
    If you want to smack some color onto your lips, then use a Matte formula lipstick or a lip product that you swear by. You don’t want to be smudging color all over your skin and clothes!
  • Tie your hair up!
    If you’ve scored yourself a spot on the floor, you’re bound to be pushed up against random people left, right, center, front, back and every other angle possible. Your concert experience will, no doubt, involve major movement and sweat. The last thing you want to add to that mix is hair drenched in sweat whipped right in your face.

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You never know what might happen at a concert/festival. You might meet some lovely random people or you might leave thinking it was the worst night of your life.

  • The floor is where all the action is
    If you’ve found yourself smack bang in front of the performer on the dancefloor, then be prepared for one hell of an experience. Prepare yourself to be pushed in every direction, drenched in water, alcohol and sweat. It might sound bad, but at least you can say “Remember that time when I was covered in sweat and beer? Good times.”
  • It’s gonna get loud
    And I mean, really loud. If you leave with a high pitched ringing in your ears – that’s normal; you’re doing it right.
  • Not everyone will be nice
    You’ll overhear some pretty nasty conversations since everyone’s standing or sitting so close to each other. Whether it’s about the supporting act or about someone standing right next to them, they’ll bitch loudly enough so be nice. If you see someone struggling, help them. If you accidentally fall on someone, apologize and shoot a smile!

 

Alissa x