#194 Get New Eye Glasses

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#194

Get New Eye Glasses

Eye glasses are expensive – or at least the lenses are and so they are one of those things that we don’t update as much as perhaps would be good for us. I’ve talked to a number of people through the years that only get ‘new’ glasses when their prescription changes and yet they’ll buy new shoes or new purses for the sole reason that they’ve grown tired of the ones they wear all the time. Eyeglasses are perhaps more important because they sit on your nose most of the time you are awake during each day.

Fashion

Some people use their glasses as a fashion statement. For those of you who remember Sally Jessy Raphael, you’ll remember her iconic red glass frames; they were her trademark. Drew Carey is another who is easily recognized because of his eyeglasses. Have you thought about making a statement with yours??

Update

If you’re old enough and been wearing glasses long enough, you’ve more than likely collected enough photographs to clearly see a transition of your own style through the years. What’s important to look for is whether or not you’ve been stuck in the same ‘style’. Perhaps it is time to try something new and or just bring your spec look into the 21st century.

Styling Rules

When choosing new glasses you can get daring or different and yet still follow the basic rules that go along with choosing frames. Consider the shape of your face. Someone with a heart shaped face will want a different style than someone with an oval. Also pay attention to skin tone. If you have olive skin you’ll want to pick very different colors than if you have a pasty white complexion.  Perhaps the most important consideration is your personality. What style combo best fits your persona? If you’ve always been conservative, maybe it’s time to pick something a bit more edgy. If you’ve always been edgy, try something classic.

The point is to switch it up a bit and …

Get new eyeglasses

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#234 Wear a Bold Color

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#234

Wear a bold color

Take a good hard look in your closet. What colors do you see? Is the majority of your closet black, navy, grey, and white? Do you have a little pastel mixed in? Out of all the items, how many pieces are Bold?

I’m talking about your day to day wardrobe? How much color is really there?

Psychological hiding

Many of us don’t wear bold on purpose as it may highlight features we prefer to downplay. Others may simply not want to draw attention to themselves, although I rarely find this is a conscious decision.  Others still, may believe that a more modest, sterile combination is preferred in a business environment. Truth is, when we make these choices, we could be seeking to be background players, unseen by the masses, and blending into the crowd more often than not. We unconsciously choose clothing that will not draw attention to us.

Stand Out

Ironically however, it’s those times that we stand out appropriately that we tend to get the most compliments, the most accolades, and the most romantic interest. One of the ways that we can stand out without speaking, moving, or over performing, is to wear a color that is complementary to our skin tone but bold in contrast.

Choosing colors

First, you must know if you have warm or cool skin tones… look at the veins in your hands. What color are they? If they are blue or purple, you have a COOL tone. If they appear greenish, you have a WARM tone. Cool tones run in the turquoise, purple, and pink pallets while warm tones are reds, oranges, greens, and yellows.

Accessorize

I’m not suggesting that you don a St. Patrick’s day green suit so that you are bold from head to toe but a deep green blouse or tie may make a great statement to your business ensemble. Carrying a bright red bag and wearing matching shoes creates a dynamic look with an otherwise boring grey suit. A casual jeans and sweater evening can be taken to another level with a deep turquoise cardigan. Pick a few colors from your tone range and seek to add those colors in the add-on part of your wardrobe. Perhaps including a bold dress or polo shirt for those times when it’s important to be remembered.

The next time you want to quietly stand out or be noticed, do it with your clothing and …

Wear a bold color.

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#315 of 365 Ways to live Easier, Happier, & More Productive

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#315

Splurge on an outfit

If you’re on a tight budget, a mom, a dad, tightly focused on the future, or following a similar trajectory, there is a good chance that you fail to treat yourself once in a while. And, while I am the champion of practicality and budget focused financial achievement, there is a time that splurging on an outfit that helps you feels strong, beautiful (or handsome), and confident – is totally warranted.

Do it for your next job interview, or the next wedding you attend. Imagine the sensation of standing a little straighter or smiling a little brighter because you feel empowered by attire that is flattering, well constructed, and in fashion.

It doesn’t matter your budget. At one time, buying a pair of sandals that weren’t rubber was an upgrade for me and I felt confident in my stride. I splurged on a classic black dress by a well known designer at another point in my life and it was my ‘uniform’ whenever I had a cocktail event to attend for years (It’s still a classic and dresses up or down with jewelry accessories).

While classic purchases are the more practical consideration, an occasional splurge on something you may never wear again can be an uplifting accomplice for a very special occasion. When I finally earned my B.A. in midlife, I treated myself to a bright red patent leather belt and matching shoes. They were the perfect compliment to my black and white outfit and I just never had another occasion to for that combination. The accessory combination was more pricey than that designer dress I’ve worn dozens of times but my confidence that day was out the door and the belt was the icing on the cake.

This is not to say that what we wear is how we construct our personality or the basis of our identity but psychologically speaking, what we wear affects our mood. When we wear quality clothing that fits well, we feel better so treat yourself and …

Splurge on an outfit.

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