Friday, March 16, 2018

Friday Five | No. 25

Y'all I am ready for Friday! Let's get the work day over with and the weekend started!

ONE | The Arrangement

Season 2 of The Arrangement kicked off. So, I have to be honest. I started watching this show because it sounded very Scientology to me. I didn't think I would get hooked on it but here I am, still going strong with Season 2. It's my guilty pleasure.

TWO | The Royal Fab Four on Commonwealth Day


Some Royal chit chat for you all. Will, Kate, Harry and Meghan aka the The Royal Fab Four attended the Commonwealth Service. This was Meghan's first official appearance with the Queen and she was absolute perfection. By the looks of it, she must be getting some fashion tips from Kate and I am not upset by that!

THREE | Farewell Toys "R" Us

I was saddened when I learned that Toys "R" Us was closing their stores. I think most us remember the feeling of excitement you got as a kid when you stepped foot into this store. I can recall going in the store and first checking out all the supplies and books because that was the first section in the store and I am a nerd. Then I would make a b line to the Barbie section. I was obsessed with Barbies. It's so sad when I learn that stores that I remember going to growing up no longer exist. I understand that it's kind of "the way of life" but I guess I didn't think Toys "R" Us would be one of them.

FOUR | World's Most Beautiful Bar Bobbi Brown & Health Warrior

Bobbi Brown and Health Warrior collaborated on a limited-release bar, World's Most Beautiful Bar, in which 100% of the profits will go towards Girls, Inc - an organization aimed at empowering girls to be strong, smart and bold. I just thought that was a great idea

FIVE | The Pet Resource Center of Tampa

Yesterday, my team at work volunteered at The Pet Resource Center and it was so bittersweet. It broke my heart to see all the animals in these kennels. Some clearly scared to be there, others stressed and rambunctious. What are team was helping with was basically socializing with the animals. Playing with them and giving them some loving. PERFECT JOB FOR ME. If I could, I would have taken them all. But now that I know of this place, I want to see how I can volunteer more and bring donations. If you're in the Brandon/Tampa area, they are in need of Medium size milk bones and soft chew treats!


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Le Hair Donut

Oh heyyyy friend. Let's talk hair, shall we?

Confession. I don't wash my hair daily. Or every other day. More like twice a week. I know that probably sounds gross, but I don't really get oily hair until about Day 4/5. That is when I have start getting creative with my hair.

My typical hair schedule goes as follows:
  • Day 1: Hair down
  • Day 2: Hair down
  • Day 3: Hair half up, half down
  • Day 4: Bun
  • Day 5: Depending on what my evening was like the night before, I either have clean hair and can wear down or dirty hair and need to do another bun/up do.
I've been on this endeavor to spruce up the ol' bun. As much I attempt to do the 'messy bun' that looks effortlessly perfect on those chicks on Instagram *side eye*, I always end up looking like an old lady librarian. Not cute.

When I need hair inspiration, I always look to Allison (aka PinkLouLou) because her Instagram feed is pretty much #hairgoals, #makeupgoals, and #fashiongoals. Here are just a few pics that I snagged from her feed but you can go look for yourself.

She used to be a big blogger back in the hay day and she shared a lot of her hair & beauty tricks including sharing her secret that she wears hair extensions to give her hair some fullness. That is what I feel my up do's are missing, particularly the bun. I'm not adventurous enough to try extensions but I know there are other hair tool options that can help me obtain the fullness I'm in search of.

In comes the hair donut. Essentially a donut shaped hair tool that helps add volume to a bun.

A few week ago, I purchased two (small and large) from Forever 21 and began searching for tutorials on YouTube. After trying a couple ways, I think that I've figured out how to achieve the look that I've been wanting. I use the small size donut because the larger size was obnoxious.

**Please excuse the exhausted look on my face. This was taken after a 10 hour work day. 

Okay, so not at Pinkloulou level, but not bad for a beginner! I've even got a little baby poof action going on. I discovered the wonders of dry shampoo when you need a little umph. This picture doesn't really do it justice. I feel like it looks a little better in person, but you get the idea.

Y'all this is just the beginning! Let's see what other looks I can make happen...


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Interviewing 101: Day of Interview

Last week, I started this series Interviewing 101 after conducting several interviews and making some observations that I thought I would share with you. This post will be about the big day, Day of Interview.

Day of Interview can be a very stressful day. Your nerves and anxiety are probably at a 1000%. That's normal. This feeling can be minimized if you prepare properly for the interview. The key to have a successful interview is displaying professionalism and confidence. Here are a couple things to consider and prepare for the big day.

Dress to Impress
First impressions hold more weight in your interview than you think. Dressing in your best interview outfit not only shows the person conducting the interview that you are taking things seriously, but I believe that it makes you, as the interviewee, more confident. I am of the opinion that when interviewing, one should wear some type of business outfit with a blazer. This can be a full suit, pants or dress with blazer. This can vary depending on the field that you are in, of course.

If you need some outfit inspiration, Jean from Extra Petite has the cutest outfit ideas for work. Seriously, want her wardrobe!

Bring a copy of resume
Okay, so I feel like this one is a given, but have realized as of late, that it's not. Bring a copy of your resume to provide to each person you are interviewing with. We do panel interviews at my work, so we can have up to three people in the panel. Do not assume that the person(s) have a copy of your resume. Again, your resume outlines your skills and work experience. You want that information right in front of the interviewers eyes while they meet you. Also, bring any other copies of examples of work experience that you have in your portfolio that you want to provide to the hiring manager.

Be prepared to walk through your resume! You don't have to walk through each piece of it, but be comfortable to highlights any skills or experience that demostrate why you are the most qualified candidate for the job you are interviewing for.

Preset Questions
Have some questions in your back pocket to ask the hiring manager at the end of the interview. In most cases, the person conducting the interview will allow a few minutes at the end for you to ask questions. With a simple google search I found some examples of good questions. How will you measure the success of the person in this position? What are some of the challenges you expect the person in this position to face? Thinking back to people you’ve seen do this work previously, what differentiated the ones who were good from the ones who were really great at it? These questions demonstrate that you are taking this role seriously and are looking to fully understand the role and expectations of the hiring manager. Oh, and one more question to ask is: What is the anticipated timeline for the hiring process? When should you expect to hear an update on the job? I can't tell you how many times I forget to ask and then I am twiddling my thumbs waiting. Knowing what the tentative timeline is can help set expectations and hopefully, prevent the nerves of waiting for the call.

Next week, I will wrap this series and share some thoughts on After the Interview.