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Now that spring is coming to an end and summer is almost on its way, it’s time to get serious about your summer beauty prep. Whether you’ve got a beach vacation coming up or want to feel good about yourself and enjoy the warmer weather, putting the efforts in now will make your summer beauty steps so much easier. From the perfect kind of hair removal to trying out new styles, grab your beauty kit, head into the bathroom and get ready to fill your days with pampering.

 

Get Super Smooth

 

First up, you’re going to want to make sure that you work on your body hair. We all feel better when our skin is silky smooth. Regardless of your preferred style of hair removal, long-lasting smoothness should be your priority. There are some great products on the market at the moment that allow you to get salon style results at home using a laser. So if you’re not a fan of wet shaving every few days, you’ve got the option to invest in something more permanent.

 

Exfoliate

 

To help your hair removal last even longer and to get your skin glowing, you’re going to need to exfoliate – and a lot more often than you would in winter. Whether you choose to make a natural product yourself or invest in a high street body scrub, you’re going to need to make sure you commit to a routine once or twice a week to notice a difference in the appearance of your skin. To start, body brush before you get in the shower, then use a loofah to apply your product in circular motions. Then, once you’re out of the shower, follow with a moisturizer to lock in the softness.

 

Take The Plunge

 

If you’ve ever wanted to make any minor adjustments to your body, or if you’ve been saving up for a long time, spring is a great time to take the plunge. One of the best ways to make sure you are ready or to find out if a treatment is right for you is to talk to a plastic surgeon. Booking in a consultation can not only help you decide whether something is right for you, but you can then go on to book your treatment if you feel it is right. Then, by allowing yourself the proper healing period, you should be all set for your late summer vacation.

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Book In For A Trim

 

Winter is always hard on our hair. When it comes to spring, you’re going to want to book in for a much-needed trim ahead of the summer months. And now is the time to do it. By getting rid of those split ends, you will be able to enjoy healthier hair or summer. Plus, when your hair is feeling healthy, your hairstyles will hold for longer.

 

Hit The Gym

 

Even if you’re not the biggest fan of exercise, you will always feel better ready for summer when you get to the gym. Moving more, pushing your body and getting the blood flowing not only makes you feel a bit better, but you will start to look it too. If you need a summer body workout plan, you can find lots of tips and inspiration to help you online. Whether you decide to head out for a run, join a yoga class, or try out some squats, you’ll feel ready to hit that beach in no time at all.

 

Kick Start Your Skincare

 

Just like the effects on the hair, winter can take its toll on our skin. Now that we’re well into spring and summer is on its way, it’s time to supercharge your skincare routine. Focus on exfoliating to get rid of any dead skin and moisture more if your skin is feeling a little dry. You might even be interested in booking in for facial so that a dermatologist can diagnose your skin type and recommend a flawless routine to follow. With only a few months to go before summer is in full swing, now is a good a time as any.

 

Try Out Some New Styles

 

When you’re starting to feel completely pampered, it’s now time to have a little fun. Playing around with hairstyles is perfect in the summer months. As the weather warms up, you might want to get a bit more creative with your locks. With boho vibes coming through, creating new styles like messy braids, long flowing waves and even adding in some cool and quirky colors, the summer is the perfect time to let your hair down and enjoy a new style.

 

When it comes to a happy time such as pregnancy, there are many good and bad parts to go along with it. One of the not so fun parts of pregnancy is morning sickness. The nauseous, queasy feeling can actually happen at any time of the day, and can begin as early as six weeks into pregnancy. For some, it can be one of the first early pregnancy symptoms a woman experiences. However, there are a few things you can do to help combat morning sickness during your pregnancy.

Eat Right Away: Place some crackers beside your bed so that you can get something in your stomach before you even get out of bed in the morning. Take your time, don’t just jump out of bed and get moving. Taking a few minutes to get woken up in the morning can help to settle your stomach.

Go Small: Eating several small meals during the day can help to regulate your blood sugar and can help you from getting too full or too hungry during the day. Also make sure to drink plenty of water and fluids during the day to prevent becoming dehydrated.

Go Bland: This isn’t the time to eat spicy, greasy or new to you foods. Stick with what you know, and stick with foods that are bland and plain. This will help to keep your stomach settled. Make sure to get enough rest, even if you need to nap during the day. However, you might not want to nap after a meal, because that could make you feel sicker.

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2017 is nearly upon us and once again, we have to try and think of resolutions. It’s a wonder we even bother, really – 92% of resolutions will not live to see the following New Year’s Eve. But it’s a tradition, a habit that we find hard to break and therefore is worth indulging in.

 

There are probably all kinds of areas of your life you would fix and resolve to change, but what about your beauty regime? If you’re passionate about cosmetics and skincare, it’s a good idea to dedicate some of your resolutions to how you will improve your regime in the New Year. If you’re tempted to try something different or just want an excuse to shake things up, then why not make 2017 the year when you finally…

 

… Stop Using Face Wipes

 

They’re quick, easy, convenient – and they’re going to make any facial skin problems worse.

 

Face wipes are the ultimate “too good to be true”. It’s simply not possible to achieve a thorough and proper skincare cleanse, tone and moisturize using them. They’re not on your face for long enough, they have virtually zero chance of exfoliating dead skin cells, and they may even make acne worse.

 

Are they useful? Yes, but if you’re honest, it’s not that much effort to grab a cotton pad and a cleanser and do the same thing. Your skin will thank you for it.

… See The Importance of A Two-Step Cleanse

 

The idea of a two-step cleanse is nothing new in the professional world of cosmetics, but it’s only recently burst into the mainstream. The idea is simple: your first cleanse – usually done with an oil – is to remove makeup and any dirt or pollution you’ve attracted during the day. The second cleanse is the one that actually works on your skin and tries to improve the feel, texture or whatever other problems you have.

 

The one downside of the two-step cleanse is that it’s something of a pain. If you resolve to try it, however, you will never have seen your skin looking so good.

… Use A Primer For Everything

 

Primer is a makeup step too far for some of us. It adds so much time to the process of getting ready. First you have to cleanse, then prime, then apply your makeup – who’s got time for that on a daily basis?

 

Well, you should make time. Get yourself to stores like thankyourbeauty and pick a primer that suits you. Some are colored, so if you have problems with redness – for example – then pick a green-tinged primer to cancel it out.

 

Not only should you use a facial primer, but ideally one for every type of makeup that you use. Eyeshadow primer will keep your eyeshadow from falling onto your cheeks; a specialist lip version will let you drink without worrying about imprints on a glass.

Even if you try the above and decide they’re not for you, then at least you have done something different. Beauty and skincare are there to be experimented with, so perhaps your resolution for 2017 should be to play and enjoy these areas as much as possible!

 

Everyone wants to get their makeup on fleek, but sometimes it harder than it looks. If you are struggling to look polished when you step out the door, it could be for a number of reasons that are actually pretty easy to sort out. So read on to find out why you look isn’t quite on point and what you can do about it.

 

Have you taken notice of this season’s trends?

 

So the number one reason why your makeup look isn’t quite on point is that you are wearing colors that are a little outdated. If you have has the same look for the last few seasons, then it’s definitely time to change things up a bit. Like all fashion and trends at the moment, makeup looks change fast, so it pays to be on top of them.

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For example, did you know that one of the key trends for the FW16 season’s jewel tone eyes? So if you are still wearing the powder blue from the 80’s. Or, a tropical twist from summer, get on the internet and check out some tutorials with this season’s tones instead.

 

Another massive trend this season is for the red lip. But before you jump up and down for joy because you have a red lipstick already, you need to know it’s not at all about fire engine reds. In fact, it’s about dark berry, even violet reds like raisin shades. Also, to be bang on the point you need it in a liquid lipstick, in either a matt or metallic shade. BTW a metallic shades mean something akin to a foiled lip, not that icky gloss with little flecks of glitter. Just so you know!

 

Are you rushing?

 

Another huge reason why you makeup might not be as on point as you would like it to be is that you are rushing the application. Yes, of course, time is limited in the morning before work and school, and you have to do your best to get your look together in the space you have. But rushing your makeup application can be disastrous.

 

Not only will you feel more stressed and are likely to make more mistakes, and have to start over, but it won’t set as well either. Think of your makeup as like a painting on your face. When you paint, you have to make sure that the layer you have previously applied is dry before you put the next layer on. Otherwise, they will run into one another, and all you will get is a sludgy mess. This is exactly the same as your makeup.

 

You need to apply a layer and then wait for it to dry before putting the next one on. That means apply moisturizer, then take a break. Then apply your foundation. Then a break, and then finish with powder. Then you can pick out your individual features like eyes and mouth, and do your contours. Make sure of the time by getting dressed and fixing your hair.

 

In a pinch, you can apply translucent pressed powder to set a layer when you need to, but this often results in a cakey finish so be careful!

 

Is your makeup disorganized?

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Another issue that can stop your makeup looking spot on is that all your products are so disorganized you can’t find what you need. So you just end up using anything you can get your hands on.

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This is like a lucky dip for you face, and it’s probably not a good idea unless you are really into that ‘clown that got dressed in the dark look.’ To combat this problem take a peek at some of the makeup organizers that are available. Then you can have all of your foundations together, and all your nail polishes in one place. Which means you will always get to choose exactly the colors that you want to use in your look.

 

Are you applying your makeup in the proper way?

 

Another problem that can lead your makeup to not look on point is if you are applying it in the wrong way. There really is no excuse for this as there are a plethora of brushes, sponges and blenders on the market to help you get a pro look at every application.

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Some of the latest developments include oval toothbrush shaped brushes with very soft bristles. These can help you get a blended airbrushed look very easily, and it what all the celebrities and makeup artists are swearing by this season. You can even get teeny tiny ones to apply your lipstick and eyeshadow with. Remember you can’t do a good job unless you have the right tools.

 

 

When you think of exploring Malaysia. Mount Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur may be the first destinations that spring to mind.

One of the lesser known hotspots is Johor Bahru.  Fantastic for shopping, dining and as well as being home to Legoland Malaysia,  Johor has something for every intrepid explorer.

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Like most parts of west Malaysia, the climate is generally hot and humid with a mean temperature ranging from 27-30 degrees. Wet during the inter monsoon periods from April to October, during the rest of the year Johor is usually dry with occasional showers.

Accommodation is varied in style and expense but staying near the heart of the action isn’t difficult and there are many a budget hotel nearby Legoland Johor Bahru, The first 1st International Park in Malaysia, it opened in 2012.  Like its worldwide counterparts you are guaranteed a fun, if pricey, day out.

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An alternate is Danga Bay, the largest recreational park in Johor and location of choice during the festive season. Easily accessible through the network of main roads makes this place a frequently visited spot by the locals and tourists alike.

If the feel of the sands between your toes is calling the 22km long Pulai Desaru Beach is beautiful. Offering up a jaw-dropping view of the South China Sea with tropical rainforest backdrop. Sibu Islands also offer sun and fun with various activities including fishing trips and jungle trekking.

Shopping is a must in Johor with several malls on the have-to visit list. City Square Johor Bahru, Aeon Tebrau City, Holiday Plaza and Plaza Pelangi all offer various brands at affordable prices. Grab a bargain at  the Johor Premium Outlet, a haven for the designer brand buff.. Packed out a weekends it’s important to get there early.

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Food in  Johor s incredible with an enticing array of seafood that offers the fruits de la mer as fresh as they could be. The Grand Straits Garden Seafood Restaurant is one of the most reputable Chinese restaurants in Johor. The variety of seafood on offer here is amazing. If you can deal with Live seafood tanks offering you the option of choosing your dish from tank to tummy then it’s the restaurant of choice for the freshest seafood around. Dining costs a little more but it’s well worth it.

Locals also frequent the Ark Restaurant, an all-you-can-eat steamboat eatery. This place allows you to try a variety of foods for a set price, and a reasonable one at that. If you long for a taste of home, the place to go is the George & Dragon café. Hailing the best best steaks in town and the desserts are none too shabby either. You will always to pay more for Western food so try to be a little adventurous.

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Getting around is limited on public transport to buses and taxis, which can work out quite pricey so best to hire a car in order to get to all of the place of interest on offer.

So consider Johor and marvel at this jewel in Malaysia’s crown.

If you are looking for a fun-filled and seasonal break this winter, why not treat yourself to a long weekend in beautiful Vancouver? Vancouver is a city of contrasts, where the wilderness is never far away, even if you are in the heart of the urban sprawl. So sit back and relax and read on to find out what you can do for a 48-hour stay.

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Trip Preparation

 

As you are traveling under such a short time constraint, it’s best to do a little preparation before the weekend you travel. This should include checking that your passport and documents are present and correct. Some travelers will need and eTA to gain access into Canada. To see if this applies to you, you can find out more, by clicking the link.

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It is also worthwhile checking out what season activities are available such as ice skating or skiing. You will want to plan your time well, so you get to experience everything in the city that you want to do. Luckily below you ‘ll find a guide to the things you won’t want to miss.

 

Exploring The Wilderness

 

First of all, you will be able to get out and enjoy the mountain ranges. This is perfect if you are into walking or running. There are also organized tours and trails that you can make use of like the Tofino Plane Crash Hike. This is where you get to go on a stunning and challenging walk to the site of a downed plane.

 

It is important that you are aware of the safety information when you are in the countryside. This is because the weather can get pretty extreme during the winter. If the snow is coming down and you still want to get out and about to explore the surrounding areas, then it might be best to do it by dog sledge or snow cat.

 

There is also the opportunity to go caving or climbing depending on the weather conditions. Of course, it’s is always recommended that you pick a professional company that offers these experiences. That will ensure that they know the terrain well, and are up to date on any safety concerns.

 

Do you want to escape all the hustle and bustle of modern society by staying out in the wilderness? But so you need little more style that a traditional tent and bucket situation? Then try out a site that offers glamping.

 

If you choose to glamp, you can spend the night in a hidden tree house at Shuswap Lake. They come complete with your own wood burning stove to keep warm, a rocking chair and a draped bed. Who said when camping you have to rough it?

 

Nightlight

 

As a big and bustling city, there is plenty to do in Vancouver once the sun goes down. You could try your luck on the roulette tables at the casino or dance the night away in one of the many clubs like Caprice or The Roxy.

 

Then there are some more cultural things to do. Check out the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. They play in sites across the city such as the Anvil Centre, Michael J. Fox Theatre: and St. Andrew’s-Wesley Church. Or, you can catch one of the many dramatic performances like Christmas presence at the Pacific Theatre. Or the Christmas Carol at Capilano University.

 

If you are looking for a more traditional night out with drinks and dancing, then Granville Street is a good location to try out. Craft beer joints and pubs can be found here. But be warned it is often full of students that get a little rowdy after one too many beers

 

If you are looking for a more classy socialite focused hangout, then why not try Yaletown instead. There you will find the well-dressed elite sipping on cocktails after a hard days work. Quieter but more refined than Granville street you can spoil yourself with a little luxury while still having a great time.

 

Food

 

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Of course, no winter weekend in Vancouver would be complete without sampling some of the delicious local cuisines. As it is a coastal city, Vancouver is well known for its high-quality seafood.

 

One of the best places to try the bounty of the sea is at the Blue Water Cafe. It has an interior like a French bistro with black and white tiles, low-level lighting and crisp white tablecloths. So, you may be surprised to discover that it serves sushi as well as traditional seafood dishes. But when the fish is sourced from your doorstep, why not.

 

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There is also the five sale restaurant, which is located right on the harbor. It’s easily spotted as it actually does have five canvas sails affixed to the roof. Well known in Vancouver for its seafood, it has a more a la carte vibe. Choose from lobster bisque, caviar, carpaccios or even oysters if you are feeling really luxe. Of course, there are delicious stress and desserts for those who don’t want to indulge in the fruits of the sea.

 

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Also if you find yourself by the harbor in the day, you can always pick up some delicious deep fried fish and chips from the food shack Go fish. OK, so it’s not so much at the high end of things, but it’s fresh, crisp and delicious. So it makes the perfect lunch on the go.

 

City Activities

 

If the cold weather is too much for you and you’d rather stay in the city and check out the things to do there, then you are in luck. That is because there is plenty that you can fill your days with in Vancouver.

 

How about exploring nature in a more civilized way by visiting the VanDusen Botanical Gardens. There you will find a rose garden in the English Tradition. You will also be able to explore the maze and other botanical delights.

 

If you have a credit card that is just burning a hole in your pocket, then you might want to head over to Robson Street. There you will find all the big name and luxury stores, so you can shop your heart’s desire. Or why not head over to SoMa or South Main to the non-locals, there you will find some quirky antique shops and stylish Canadian boutiques.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not enjoying the autumn weather. It makes the trip to work painful, and it affects all our weekend plans. And as well as this, there are pumpkins everywhere; is is necessary for everyone to have pumpkin soup at this time of the year? Therefore, autumn is the perfect time to get away and do some traveling. However, it’s hard to know where to go this season to have an enjoyable holiday. After all, you don’t want to visit somewhere that’s going to be just as cold as where you are now. Therefore, here are some of the most amazing places to visit this autumn.

 

Lisbon

 

If you fancy enjoying some last-minute Mediterranean sun, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Lisbon in Portugal. It’s still warm during fall so you can enjoy some heat away from your hometown. As well as this, it’s less expensive to find a hotel to stay in during autumn. It means that you can stay in a charming hotel in the city without having to splurge the cash. As well as spending some time on the beach, you can do some sightseeing at the fabulous National Azulejo Museum. Remember to take your camera as you will get some beautiful photos in Lisbon during the fall.

 

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Morocco

 

A lot of people don’t consider Morocco as somewhere they really want to visit. But it should be on your radar as there is so much to see and do. And as well as this, the best time to visit is during autumn, so it’s the perfect place to escape to now. The warm weather means you can head to the beach for some sunbathing in November! Also, the markets are amazing, and you will buy plenty of items to take home with you. The food is also incredible; you need to try the sizzling meat skewers! You can also expect some fantastic service while you are staying in Morocco. A lot of people don’t realize how great typical Moroccan hospitality can be. You can check out my previous blog for everything you need to know about visiting beautiful Morocco.

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Florida

 

If you are looking for the sun, you should book a trip to sunny Florida. The sunshine state stays hot all year round. Therefore, you can enjoy some hot weather on your holiday. You can either head to the Florida Keys or Miami, if you are looking for some amazing beaches. Or have some fun at one of the many parks at Walt Disney Land!

 

Paris

 

When you head to Paris, you are always going to find a lot of people in the center. After all, it’s one of the most popular cities in the world. But going there in autumn, you will find it a lot quieter. In fact, it’s a pleasure to walk around and look at the top landmarks without the hustle and bustle of thousands of people. And you will find hotels bring down their prices, so you will get a good deal if you head to the city of love this fall.

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You can check out this feature for more places to visit this autumn to escape the bad weather.

 

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So you’re trying to choose your next travel destination. There are so many factors to consider. Weather, culture, safety, affordability. You want to be able to afford the trip without breaking the bank, but you also don’t want some bog standard trip that will leave you yawning. You’d like a break from the chill of home. You want to try out new foods. You want to be able to walk the streets without fear of harassment. So where do you head? Well, Malaysia would be a good place to start.

Malaysia is a cultural hub, with influences from cultures across the globe. There’s a range of delicious cuisine on offer here. Restaurants serve Mexican, Chinese, Continental and Malaysian dishes that will leave you full but still wanting more. Beyond delectable cuisine lies architectural genius and marvelous displays of historical artifacts. Beautiful churches and museums a plenty. Take time out to take a look at St Paul’s Church and the Sultanese Museum in particular.

Whether active or sedentary, there are places and activities that will fulfill all of your wishes. Vast areas showcase clean beaches, vibrant rainforests, impressive waterfalls and beautiful landscapes. If you’re on holiday to relax and recuperate, lie back in a hammock with a fruity cocktail. If you’re restless and always need to be doing something, there are plenty of alternative options to basking in the sun. Go on treks or try out snorkeling. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the region.

Maybe you’re a shop-a-holic. If so, you’re in luck. Kuala Lumpur is one of the shopping capitals of the world. The city’s huge shopping complex offers everything. From designer brands to handmade trinkets. Amazing discounts, offers and sales are frequently available to travellers. If this sounds right up your street, book a hotel room in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Saving Money

Believe it or not, all of these things are relatively affordable. You just have to be smart with your spending and make choice purchases as you go. Here are a few tips and tricks to make great savings on your Malaysian holiday.

Book Accommodation Early

It’s frequently the case that the earlier you book, the greater savings and discounts you can get. Check out price comparison sites for good deals. Remember that you can often bargain. Prices are often negotiable and some hotels and rooms to let will negotiate prices. Especially if you are staying for a week or longer.

Indirect Flights

If you’re not in a rush, you might like to consider indirect flights. These are often cheaper. They might see you stopping over in a different location for a few hours as you change flights, but the saving is often worth it.

Peak Times

Avoid peak times. This is when prices go through the roof. If possible, don’t travel during school holidays, as the travel industry takes advantage of parents who only have select slots to get away for a summer break.

Cut Back On Excesses

Some things just aren’t necessary. Extra leg room might be more comfortable, but that money can be better spent somewhere else. Pack light to avoid excess baggage fees. Many of us overpack and realize we’ve barely touched some of the things we’ve taken on holiday with us.

 

Back-to-school shopping is in full swing- From the metallic accents to the bold pops of color, the super chic desk accessories below will work for any workspace and will have you rocking that fierce Fall 2016 office decor style. Happy accessorizing!

 

1. ban.do Rose Gold Stars Sticker Pack ($8): You can totally rock stickers in the workplace. Jazz out everything from your laptop case to your binders with this shiny rose gold sticker pack.

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2. Design Ideas ClipNote Desk Organizer ($12): Keep track of mail, office memos and business cards with this desk organizer shaped like a giant paperclip. As fun as its design is, it’s also *pretty* practical.

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3. Kate Spade Strike Gold Stapler ($28): Boring office supplies are a thing of the past with this fancy stapler. You can breathe new life into this everyday item with an acrylic and gold design.

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4. Anthropologie Easel Desk Calendar ($68): If you prefer a desk calendar, consider this stunning easel one. It comes with 13 sheets of gorgeous colored calendar paper.

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5. ModCloth Tone Day at a Time 2016-2017 Wall Calendar ($30): Brighten up your office or cubicle with this colorful wall calendar. It features a different set of gorgeous hues to complement each month.

 

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6. ban.do Deluxe Hot Stuff Thermal Mug But First Coffee ($18): Take your morning cup of joe to go with this thermal mug featuring stylish gold lettering. Its design is every bit as cool and collected as you’ll be when you bring it to work.

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7. Poppin Small Metallic Journal ($8): Classy and elegant, this metallic finished journal is the stationery must-have come fall. Its modern gleam of copper will tie right into your autumn-inspired arsenal of back-to-school goodies.

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8. Urban Outfitters Message Board + Magnets Set ($39): Use magnets to display important reminders on this clear message board. It’s big enough for your memos but small enough so it won’t take up space on your desk or end table.

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9. Poketo Gradient Checklist ($6): Don’t risk forgetting anything important! Jot down memos, grocery lists and more on these beautiful gradient checklist pads.

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10. Tom Dixon Brass Clips Set in Numbers ($28): Avoid unnecessary clutter with these organizing brass clips. The numbers give these ordinary office supplies a unique and stylish twist.screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-1-55-17-pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This post is sponsored but all opinions are my own

Who doesn’t love a spa day, I know i do! But unfortunately i don’t have the time or money to do them that often.

Thats why I love Groupon, although they can’t give me more time Groupon CAN save me money

Groupon offers plenty of different types spa treatments Including deep tissue, Swedish and couples massages

Plus you can get a extra 25% off your first purchase through Groupon

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Here are a few of my tips to have a relaxing spa day

-Pick yours spa well-Groupon allows you to view reviews from people who have purchased the same spa treatments you are interested in

-Make sure to arrive early so that you get to experience your full treatment

-Make sure to silence your phone so you can be distraction free

-See if you can find a complete spa package so that you can get a full day of pampering

-Drink plenty of water the day before and during- the last thing you want is to feel dehydrated and groggy after your day of pampering

 

Along with spa services Groupon also offers restaurant, hotel and getaway package  so why not turn your spa day into a weekend pamper session with the girls

 

 

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