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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Michelle Obama Unveils Final White House Holiday Decor "The Gift of the Holidays"

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Michelle Obama welcomed the military families to the White House on Tuesday for the Obamas last Christmas season where she unveiled this year's final presidential holiday decorations. The event was part of the Joining Forces initiative, which aims to "ensure that service members, veterans, and their families have the tools they need to succeed throughout their lives."
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5 Tips for planning your 2017 wedding

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Congratulations, you’re engaged! But if your wedding planning has stalled, or just started and you are starting to feel overwhelmed, here are five key elements Lisa Antonecchia, of Creative Concepts by Lisa, LLC, wedding and event planning and design, says you should keep in mind while planning your big day.

1. THE BUDGET

Couples will often come to me with many ideas, however, no concrete budget. The first, and most important, element in planning your wedding is knowing what your budget will be. I will often encourage my couples to give themselves a small cushion, such as $2,000 to $4,000 extra that they can pull from for last-minute decisions and or that one or two must-have elements that just don’t fit in your original budget. The goal is not necessarily to spend this money but to know that if you want to make these purchases you do not have to be stressed out about it at the end. So remember having that cushion is always helpful.

2. TIMING

If you’re newly engaged or getting engaged over the holidays you’re probably wondering if it’s too late to get married in 2017. Rest assured, it is never too late. However, the two elements that you should be flexible on are: the date of the wedding and the venue. If you’re newly engaged but still want to get married in 2017 there are certainly many dates still available, however your specific date may already be booked. So having some flexibility in the date of the wedding will be helpful. Also, be flexible about your wedding location. When it comes to a Saturday night wedding, many of the peak season dates may already be booked. So if you have an end-all, be-all location, perhaps be a little bit flexible on your Saturday night event (keep in mind getting married on a Thursday, Friday or Sunday could also save you some money) but you may also have to look at other venues. Remember, as important as your venue is, Connecticut has so many incredible locations that if you keep an open mind you are sure a find an amazing place for your wedding day.

Read: How to Recycle Your Wedding Dress - 5 Tips

3. THE RIGHT WEDDING DRESS

Ladies, you may want to go and solidify your wedding dress as soon as the date and location are selected. It’s important to get the date first, in order to correctly select the style of your dress. Since some designers have a longer wait time on dress delivery, and some women may require extra appointments for alterations and fittings. Your bridal wardrobe would be another important element to complete as soon as possible.

If your venue does not have an on-site food and beverages, your caterer is certainly another important element to book as soon as possible. Keep in mind many of these alternative venues will have a master list of preferred caterers that they would like on site. Be aware that if you do not use one of these preferred caterers you may be paying an additional fee; this of course comes out of your bottom line. So do everything you can to use one of the on-site preferred caterers when possible. If you have religious or cultural requirements for a caterer, for example the need for a kosher caterer, try to negotiate any additional catering fees with your venue, so you do not have to pay them.

Related: 10 Mistakes You need to avoid when Shopping for a Wedding Dress

4. FOOD AND DRINKS

If your venue does not have an on-site food and beverages, your caterer is certainly another important element to book as soon as possible. Keep in mind many of these alternative venues will have a master list of preferred caterers that they would like on site. Be aware that if you do not use one of these preferred caterers you may be paying an additional fee; this of course comes out of your bottom line. So do everything you can to use one of the on-site preferred caterers when possible. If you have religious or cultural requirements for a caterer, for example the need for a kosher caterer, try to negotiate any additional catering fees with your venue, so you do not have to pay them.

5. DON’T PANIC

There is still plenty of time to plan your 2017 wedding. So do not make rash decisions, educate yourself and focus on one element at a time so that you do not become overwhelmed. Also, as fabulous as it is to involve your bridal party in your planning process, be careful that you do not have too many ideas and too many comments in the back of your head. Remember: stay focused on your sense of style, your budget, and the reason that you’re having this wedding is that you’re in love!

For more information on event planning and design don’t hesitate to ask for help, there are many great professionals to guide you in your process! Congratulations and good luck! For more information on these comments contact: Antonecchia at Creative Concepts by Lisa, Events

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Beyoncé releases Christmans-themed "I Sleigh All Day" sweaters

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Beyoncé has launched a new line of Christmas-themed merchandise in her online store.  The sweaters are available in red and green hoodies with the phrase " I Sleigh All Day" printed on them.  There are also sweatpants and t-shirts featuring a stocking full of lemons along with some Fomation-inspired wrapping paper.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Stylish FLOTUS! Michelle Obama dazzles in Dries Van Noten innovative design for an event

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First Lady Michelle Obama rocked a Dries Van Noten silk robe wrap dress to the Presidential Medal of Freedom Ceremony in Washington DC on Tuesday.  The event honoured individuals who have made "especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavours."

She was in the company of her husband Barack Obama at the ceremony.  She has previously worn the dress at a World Innovation Summit for Education in Qatar last fall, 

Gorgeous style!


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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Spending more hours watching TV can lead to infertility in men - New Study

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Researchers at the University Department of Growth and Reproduction, University of Copenhagen, have said that men who spend five or more hours watching TV daily risk 29 percent lower sperm concentration and 34 percent lower sperm count than men who don’t watch any TV.

What this translates into is that watching too much TV can lower your sperm count, which in turn can result in infertility!

The researchers, led by Dr. Lærke Priskorn, add that they are still researching whether sedentary lifestyle interferes with testicular function, semen quality and reproductive hormones.

They, however, assure that the low sperm count may make it more difficult to father a child.
“It’s possible that all the stillness increases the temperature in the scrotum, which can mess with sperm production,” Priskorn says.

“The lack of exercise could also be to blame,” Priskorn notes; adding that the antioxidant enzymes that are normally sparked by physical activity and which can help protect the developing sperm cells against damage will be absent once an individual embraces sedentary lifestyle.

The bottom line: If you’re trying to become a dad, reduce the number of hours you spend sitting down to watch TV — or any activity whatsoever that makes you sedentary.

And when you opt to watch those long TV episodes, make it a point of duty to stand up once in a while, walk around, stretch yourself before sitting down again.
Thirty-minute intervals may do.

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Stylish Royal! Kate Middleton dazzles in Preen Dress for Place2Be Wellbeing in School Awards

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Awards at Mansion House


Kate Middleton wore a stunning A-symmetric flock during a charity event at Place2be Wellbeing in Schools Awards at Mansion House in London. Place2Be provides in-school support and expert training to improve the emotional being of pupils at the earliest possible stage. 


The mother of two looked gorgeous in the black dress by Preen.  Meanwhile, The Duchess of Cambridge has previously worn the red colour of the dress while on tour with her Prince William in Canada.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Awards at Mansion House
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Four Tips to Navigate Your career without taking a pay cut

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Today job-hopping and career changing is the norm. Employees are currently staying with their companies for an average of 4.2 years and the average Gen-Y employee tenure is even shorter (only 3 years). While some career changes may be linear progressions, moving from one company to another in the same industry to secure a pay bump or a promotion, other career changes can set you off on another path or career trajectory entirely. The latter could be described as a career pivot.

Conventional wisdom used to hold that changing course in your career would inevitably mean starting over and taking a substantial pay cut, but that isn’t necessarily true anymore as careers become more flexible and less linear.

Here are four ways to navigate a career pivot to avoid taking a pay cut.

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1. Boost your marketability.

Pivoting to a new career starts with a focused effort to make you a more attractive job candidate. Do an inventory of what skills and experiences you already have, and what skills you’ll need to build to make a smooth transition. This will help you to create a plan to fill in the gaps for skills and experience you may be missing. You’ll want to do this inventory of skills and work to fill the gaps before you leave your current position so when you do make a change, you’ve made yourself as marketable as possible.

Depending on the skills you need, your plan could include taking additional courses, volunteering or picking up freelance work on the side that aligns with your career goals. Think creatively about how you can gain the extra experience. For example, if you’re goal is to move into a digital marketing role and you need more social media experience, offer to manage a social media campaign for a local small business. While it may mean extra work now, it will strengthen your marketability so you’re able to go after a higher salary when you do make your career change.

2. Look to make a change in-house.

Tired of what you’re actually doing, but still happy with your current company? Try changing roles with your current employer. Transferring internally can help you change your career without taking a pay cut. While you may not have all of the skills required for the new role, your employer knows you, knows your work and would likely prefer to keep a great employee, rather than have you leave to pursue something new.

A woman that I interviewed for The Salary Chronicles started as an entry-level executive assistant and moved up through the ranks of her company. Once she had established herself as a valuable employee she began volunteering for projects outside of her function. After a year of meeting and working with other internal teams, she was able to make the switch from her role as an executive assistant to a director of internal operations. She was able to pivot her career quickly and without a pay cut because she had proven herself to not only be an asset in her current role but an employee who could take on more.

Read 4 Reasons Why Online Courses Can Get You Out Of A Career Rut

3. Use your unique background as a strength.

When you begin applying and interviewing for roles in a new area, it can be defeating to look at the experiences that you are lacking. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, think about what you can bring to the table that others, without your experience, might be missing. How can you use your unique background to position your experience as a benefit, rather than a hindrance?

A friend of mine who had been a lawyer for years was looking for a way to pivot her career out of the legal profession, while still maintaining her salary level in order to help payoff her law school debt. She used her strengths in negotiation, mediation and contract review to pivot into a career in business development, where those strengths have served her well.

You may also want to think more broadly about what you can bring to the role, other than translatable skills. Companies are often looking for someone who can bring a unique perspective and fresh thinking to help solve their current business challenges. If you can give them an example of the new ideas you’d bring as an employee, based on your unique background, they’d likely view your experience as a benefit.

If you’re still doubtful about your unique background being seen as a strength, there is proof that it can actually help. A recent LinkedIn study found that changing job functions actually boosts your chances of becoming an executive. According to the study, “each additional job function provides a boost that’s, on average, equal to three years of work experience.”

It’s up to you to position your strengths well so the company can understand your value, rather than expect them do the work to understand how your background can add tremendous value in a completely different role.

4. Ask for more.

Once you’ve navigated the interview process and have successfully landed yourself a job offer, you may need to negotiate to ensure you don’t take a pay cut.

Do your research to understand the pay range for the position and review your strengths and skills that the employer values. You’ve likely done a great job of positioning yourself as a strong candidate for the job, so use those points again to make a strong case that the value you’re bringing to the position is worth a salary at the high end of the range.

Don’t let fear of a pay cut keep you from making a career pivot. With a little extra work to boost your marketability and a clear focus on the value your current skills can bring to a new career, pivoting won’t mean taking a pay cut.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Ciara Slays in bump-hugging turtleneck dress at the 2016 American Music Awards

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Ciara, 31, looked beautiful in a black and white dress as she flaunted her baby bump on the red carpet at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California on Sunday night (Nov. 20, 2016).  

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The singer who is expecting her first child with her NFL star husband Russell Wilson said in a pre-show interview with E! News that “I’m feeling great. I’m feeling awesome, actually,”

Gorgeous oufit!


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Zika Virus No Longer Global 'Health Emergency,' says WHO

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Just like the Ebola epidemic, the World Health Organization has announced that it no longer considers the Zika virus a global health emergency.  

"The Zika virus remains a highly significant and long term problem, but it is not any more a public health emergency of international concern," says the world health body's emergency committee chair Dr David Heymann.

WHO's executive Director Dr. Peter Salama further said,
"It is really important that we communicate this very clearly: We are not downgrading the importance of Zika,"  
"In fact, by placing this as a longer term program of work, we're sending the message that Zika is here to stay. And WHO's response is here to stay, in a robust manner."
The agency declared an emergency in February.  The WHO also reiterated the warning it issued in January that pregnant women should avoid traveling to areas where the virus was being transmitted.

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Michelle Obama 'The First Lady the world fell in Love with' on Vogue's November 2016

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Michelle Obama, "Mother-in-Chief graces the Cover of Vogue for the 3rd time.

First Lady Michelle Obama is the cover star on Vogue Magazine's November 2016 issue. This is the 44-year-old's third cover on the iconic magazine.

She graced the cover of Vogue twice before (2009 and 2012) and was the first of the First Ladies since Hillary to do so.

Gorgeous and classy.
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Friday, November 18, 2016

Top 10 Most Expensive Places To Get Married In America - Infographic

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Getting married is always a woman's dream to fulfill after she finds her soulmate or future husband. But to consider all the expenses that go with getting married is mind blowing these days. To prepare for a luxurious, grand wedding, you will need to dig deep into your pockets to consider the bride’s wedding gown and the attire of the whole entourage, the services of wedding planners, the menu to feed your guests, the church and reception areas, the city where you will get married at, the license, and other fees to pay.

In the United States alone, there are many expensive locations to consider for your wedding plans to be actualized, if you are willing to spend extravagantly. The reasons why fees in some cities are expensive are due to breathtaking views of the city, unique decors and preparations involved, historical venues, palaces, and mansions used, wedding packages and services (including entourage attire), length of stay in the city, and high cost of living. Of course, only the rich and famous people will be able to afford the grand wedding of the century.

However you put it, the how and where you will spend your wedding is really up to you. Consider getting the best deals so that you still have savings for other activities you and your relatives can enjoy after the actual wedding has taken place.

Let our creative infographic below help you decide which is the best location for your life changing wedding plans, if you want a GRAND wedding.

Top 10 Most Expensive Places To Get Married In America





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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Apple to launch wearable Google Glass-style AR glasses

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Bad times: The world's most valuable public company saw its stock price drop for a fifth straight day on Tuesday (Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks above at an October 2014 event)

Apple Inc. is working on a wearable device similar to Google Glass that would blend an augmented reality display with a standard pair of glasses.

The device would connect wirelessly to iPhones, show images and other information in the wearer's field of vision, and may use augmented reality.  The glasses may be Apple’s first hardware product targeted directly at AR,

The earliest time frame for the product to be reveal is 2018. According to Bloomberg, Apple has already had talks with potential suppliers for components like near-eye displays. It also has the expertise behind companies like PrimeSense, Metaio, and Flyby, all startups that were focused on AR software, 3D mapping, and computer vision before Apple acquired them over the course of the last three years. The goal is to develop a pair of glasses that could connect wirelessly to an iPhone and overlay information on the wearer’s field of vision.

We hope this will not be a massive flop like Google glass.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Malia and Sasha Obama step out together

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Malia looks like their father while Sasha resembles their mother.  Beautiful and Gorgeous ladies.
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The Career Mum: 5 Life Hacks to Make Life Easier for the Working Mum

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Shout out to my Momma!!!

I often wondered how she did it. Raising 3 kids while pursuing her career in a town filled with the daily hassle of its own.

Then as I got older and watched her, I realized joggling motherhood with a career is no easy feat!

I asked her once “Mum how did you do it?” She replied brightly “The fact that I wanted to give my kids the best things in life kept me moving”.

I adore her no doubt but I figured I only watched mama handle life through rose coloured glasses, all these years I was oblivious to the fact that she carried on with so much sacrifice and failed to enjoy life as much as she would have loved to.

A career mum is often caught between giving her best to two of some of the most important aspects of her life.

You wonder if taking a really demanding job is the best decision and you feel guilty when your hectic work schedule clashes with those amazing family times you would rather spend at your kid’s next recitation or school play.

Then you compensate yourself with the thoughts of a promising career and all it has to offer, convincing yourself it’s for the good of everyone, telling yourself this affords you the opportunity to provide your kids with the best education and every other goodies of life.

Here are a few tips on how to enjoy career fulfilment without compromising on the joy of a wonderful motherhood experience:

1. Do not guilt trip yourself:
Wallowing in self-pity never helped anyone, you only put yourself up for an emotional meltdown or outburst. This isn’t good for your family life and work.

Make a conscious effort to be as cheerful as possible, since you have a limited amount of time to spend with your kids daily.

This leaves you and your family members in high spirit and the kids are sure to remember their mum in a good light throughout the day.

2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help:

Are you planning to take a business trip? Don’t be afraid to have a trusted friend or family member look after the kids when you have an important errand or appointment but if truly have no one to cater to kids while you are away, take advantage of the provision of domestic helps and nanny services provided by some of the best hotels in Nigeria.

Teach the kids to do certain small tasks as they grow older. This way you end up with well-trained kids and relieve yourself of certain tasks so you can concentrate on work.

Read: Check out Top 5 Popular Events in Abuja

3. Set your priorities accordingly:

Learning to prioritize helps you break your workload and errands into smaller defeat-able tasks. Create little sticky notes with a priority list of things you have to do daily and tick off the most important ones.

4. Avoid procrastination as much as you can:
Telling yourself that an important task can be left until later is just a way of heaping up more workload. Check their homework, do the kids laundry and prepare their lunch boxes for the next day.

Do the things you can as soon as you are able to, at this rate you will get things done in time to get some rest.

5. A Super Hero needs rest too:

Every super mum needs to make time for adequate rest after a hectic week. Treat yourself to a well-deserved Spa treat, take the kids to granny’s and make out time to pamper yourself at the saloon. Hang out with friends or go on a dinner date at some of the best hotel restaurants in town. The Crockpot Restaurant located at the lobby level of the Sheraton Lagos Hotel, Ikeja offers delicious international buffet meal options.

Make a hotel reservation and indulge in a week of finesse and comfort at one of the luxury accommodations in Lagos or 5 star hotels in Abuja with the boo.

By all means, keep your leisure life lit!!



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Friday, November 11, 2016

Cristiano Ronaldo signs 5-year deal with shoe giant NIKE

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Cristiano Ronaldo has signed a new multi-million mega deal with the American sports giant, Nike. It is a 5-year contract.  The three-time World Player of the Year talking on the deal says,
“I have a great relationship with this brand, I have great friends here in the company,”
“We work as a family too,” he adds. “This is my brand.”
Ronaldo has been with the brand since 2003.   He has worn more than 60 different Nike Mercurial boots, scoring goals, breaking records, and amassing trophies along the way. The successful partnership between Nike and Ronaldo will continue well into the future with a new, long-term contract.

Congrats to Ronaldo.




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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Muslim Beauty Blogger Nura Afia becomes CoverGirl latest Ambassador

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24-year-old Nura Afia, a native of Colorado has been named as Covergirl latest Ambassador. She is the first woman to wear a hijab in the recent advertising by the largest cosmetics companies in the United States.

She will appear alongside fellow ambassadors James Charles (first male face), Katy Perry and Sofia Vergara in a new CoverGirl's So Lashy campaign next week.

In her word,
"I never thought I'd see women like me represented in such a global brand, and so it means the world to me and for me to be that woman representing women like me," she said. "It's unimaginable. It's my dream come true."
"I hope [this campaign] will show Muslim women that brands care about us as consumers and we're important, especially hijabis. [We] can be featured on TV, [we] can be featured on billboards in Times Square. [We] can be represented."
Afia, who has more than 300,000 subscribers on Instagram, works as a makeup artist at a Denver Sephora store.

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8 Ways to Build Good Relationships with Anyone in Your Life

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While building and nurturing good relationships with some people in our lives may come easy, there will always be those around us that we truly struggle to get along with, both at work and at home. We struggle with our spouses, we struggle with our extended families, with our kids, with certain co workers, our boss, our clients- and that struggle is always there. Upsetting us. Taking its toll on us. Leaving us unsure what to do. Saying some things and then regretting them. Not saying other things- and regretting that too.

For many people, the situation of struggling in our relationship with someone, comes with our deeming of them as “difficult”. As if deeming those people “difficult” gives us some kind of an excuse to try less, or not to try at all.

The reality is that deeming the other as “difficult” is not a reality, even if we can find 5, 10 or fifty people that would agree with us. It would still be a matter of opinion no matter how we look at it. What is difficult here for sure, and that is not a matter of opinion, is our dynamics with that person. Now, while we don’t have control over someone being “difficult”, which in a way excuses us from responsibility for our share of improving the relationship and the dynamics, we do have control over changing dynamics if we consider it difficult, simply because no matter how you look at it- dynamics takes at least two people.

And this is where the key to change truly is.

So once you have shifted from talking about “difficult people” to talking about “difficult dynamics”, here are eight things that you can start doing immediately that will change the dynamics with someone that you are struggling to get along with, which will lead you towards greater peace of mind, and overall improved happiness and health (its amazing what toll stressful relationships take on us. Truly something you want to avoid or reduce to an absolute minimum):

1. Accept and respect your differences:

Many times we judge others simply because they think differently. Our notion that the way we see things is the ‘right’ way, is of course completely in our mind and we have to accept the fact that in order to have good relationships with pretty much anyone in our lives, we cannot limit ourselves to having good relationships with those who agree with us. It is with those who think differently and our substantially different from us that our greatest challenge is- but also our greatest opportunity. If we teach ourselves to accept and respect diversity of opinions and points of view, we hold the key to more accepting relationships with challenging people in our lives. Keep in mind that feeling judged and unaccepted does not allow for good relationships to grow. Which leads us to the next point.

2. Don’t judge

Other than the fact that it is really not our place as human being to judge other human beings, judging someone causes them to feel attacked. Someone who judges you is not on your team, not your friend and not your ally. They are oftentimes perceived danger in the sense that they criticize who you are and what you do, and the general reaction is usually to stay away from them, physically and emotionally. Who wants to be close to someone that judges you? Judging works against good relationships, against teamwork and leads to much unnecessary hostility.

3. Listen courageously

I am sure you have heard before that listening attentively to the other person is important and that many of us are so caught up in what we want to say, that we neglect to listen to the other. Listening attentively is only half the work. Listening courageously means that you need to be completely open to feedback that the other person has on....you. Yes, you may not be as perfect as you like to think, and it takes a lot of courage to accept and listen to that too. Once you are able to do that, though, there is true opportunity for change and growth. Guaranteed.

4. Don’t assume

The reality is that we assume so many things about the people around us and why they do what they do, simply because we do not have much information about them. We fill in those gaps of information with our own assumptions and convince ourselves in our own theories, completely forgetting that these theories are in our minds only.

5. Realize the complexity of what you don’t know
We know everything about ourselves and very little about the people around us. Always remember that there is a lot that you do not know about the person in front of you, and that coming up with assumptions about why they do what they do, does not really fill in the gaps- it is only an illusion. While asking people questions may give us some information, they may be completely unready to share things with us. We just have to accept and respect the fact that there is so much we do not know.

6. Don’t blame

Blaming the other person for a situation that was created is a dead end street. It takes us nowhere in achieving what we want and the only thing it accomplishes is ensuring that the other person completely resents us. Rather than blaming people (pointless and promotes hostility), blame dynamics or situations. Then you can think together how to improve the dynamics. Dynamics don’t mind being blamed.

7. Don’t handle a heated situation while it is still hot

Handling interpersonal situations while you are angry is a huge mistake. We are not in full control of our actions and words when we are very angry and are likely to say and do things that we will regret. Don’t touch the pot when it’s hot, is a sentence that I use a lot with my clients. Unless you want to get burned.

8. Don’t get stuck in the past

People spend a lot of energy in talking about things that happened in the past. The reality is that past talk is pointless, because the past cannot change, so there is no point discussing it over and over again. What can change is the future. Make the present and the future the focal point of your discussions. If something happened in the past that really bothers you, use it proactively- as something that you are looking to avoid or change going forward, and focus on that.

Remember, your happiness, health and longevity depends on the quality of your relationships with the people around you. The power is in your hands to change dynamics, improve interactions, and move forward.

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8 Tips to Reset Your Career

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As the year winds down, it's time to plan for your next move. You may not need to leave your job, but you should at least plan how you will reset or retool your career.

Getting stuck in a rut or falling asleep at the wheel are hazards drivers face, but these phrases mean danger to your career, too. What rut is your career stuck in? Do you feel stuck in a job you despise or have you become complacent or unaware of current trends impacting your company or job? Driving your career forward means you need to set your GPS on goals that are important to you and begin taking steps to achieve those goals. Are you ready to take the wheel? Here are eight things you can try.

Reassess your values and priorities. When you know who you are and what is most important to you, it helps prevent you from worrying about the trivial things at work you can't control. Reassess what's important to you now and write them down. If a flexible work schedule is most important to you at this point in your career, then don't compromise. Flexible, virtual or remote work might be negotiated after you've been extended a job offer. Aligning your priorities and values helps you find work that is meaningful.

Update skills and knowledge. LinkedIn just released their Top Skills of 2016 list, which includes skills employers are likely to need most based on the analysis of LinkedIn job postings and user profiles. Almost every skill involves technology. This is a good time for you to do some research and see if you have gaps in your technology knowledge based on job postings. Moving forward, find time to read current industry news and set job alerts so you can keep up with what employers are looking for. If you need to fill a skills gap, look for online training or ask people with those skills how they acquired them. Some people do not do well with online learning so make sure you enroll in a class you know you can and will complete.

Try something new. Whatever routine you find comfortable, switch it up and do it differently. Take a new route home, try out a new app or use the phone instead of email. Doing something new may seem difficult, but the initial struggle will keep you on your toes and help you stay agile and resilient.

Read: 4 Reasons Why Online Courses Can Get You Out Of A Career Rut

Keep your network alive. In order for you to secure your next role, either internally or externally, you will need an ally to help your application rise to the top. If you are planning an internal move, be sure you are visible at company events and among the managers of the group you want to join. Externally, network strategically with people who work inside companies you want to work for and attend industry networking events for greater visibility. Build networking time into your schedule. Your network is too important to ignore and you'll need it when it is time to make a move.

Know when to say "no." If you are like many people, you probably have a tendency to overcommit. Start saying no and see what happens. Maybe other people will step forward. Maybe your manager will find someone else to do the work. Saying no can be liberating and empowering, and it isn't as hard as you may think. Maybe you will actually feel less stressed and enjoy your work life more! And with your newfound time, you can work on projects that really interest you.

Unplug. When was the last time you took a vacation? If it's been awhile, you may need a mental holiday. Unplugging from work while you're out of the office will make it more relaxing. This requires planning well in advance. Start by talking with your manager and set the expectation that you will not be available to check email or respond to calls during your vacation. In most cases, this is possible as long as you have someone you can delegate your work to. Next, make sure everyone knows who will be handling your work while you are out of the office. Finally, in case of a true emergency, make sure you provide contact information to your manager.

Invest in your physical well-being. Why wait until January to start your new exercise regime? Begin today. Walking, running or even yoga gets the blood moving and can make you feel better almost immediately. Whether you make changes to the food you eat or the amount of exercise you get, starting sooner rather than later will make you feel better.

Stick with it. In order for new behaviors to stick and become habit, you'll need to keep working at them for 30 days. That's how long it's supposed to take for a new venture to become routine.

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Redefining Fashion for Curvy Women with an Extravagant Twist

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Fashion is there to make everyone happier and more unique, regardless of their body shape. So, while there are definitely certain cuts and styles that would best accentuate the curvy figure, there’s almost no rules left as to how to combine, mix and match your garments. With so many different styles being trendy nowadays, you can plan your outfits in the most personal and creative way to the very last detail.

Embrace the patterns

There was a time when clothes for curvier ladies were plain and boring and the trend of dark colors with no patterns was widely accepted. Thankfully, fashion nowadays is the complete opposite. With rising popularity of retro and vintage style, one can find many flattering cuts that are embellished with prints and patterns. Of course, if you’re opting for one garment with patterns you should keep the others relatively simple, but these are just your usual rules when it comes to outfit combinations. The great thing though is that pop of color is more than encouraged when those simpler garments are concerned. For example, if you’re going with patterned high-waisted pants, feel free to dress up your upper body with tops and cardigans that match or compliment the color scheme on the pants. Paired up with some bright shoes, this look is perfect for a more daring curvy lady. 

Retro all the way

High-waisted pants were already mentioned, but other retro garments such as playsuits, high-waisted bodycon skirts or A-cut skirts are all the rage these days as well. And the cuts are perfectly flattering for a curvy figure thanks to companies taking more interest in plus size fashion clothing and body acceptance movement. Of course, you don’t have to cram in your individuality and extravagant style into plain looking clothes in this case either. Go for colors that speak to you and frankly, there’s nothing more attractive than a combo of high-waisted skirt and a loosely tucked in patterned shirt on a lady who loves her curves. Make it all pop with statement jewelry, bright bags and high heels, and you’re going to turn a lot of heads as you confidently go about your day.

Show that gorgeous skin

You don’t have to wear short skirts if you don’t fancy those, but the trend of showing just a little bit of skin is one of the most attractive ones recently, and it screams extravagant and confident in its simplicity. A top that reveals the back and/or shoulders, combination of high-waisted bottoms with crop tops that show your waist as well as shorts and mid-thigh tights combo that reveal legs a little are all very delicate and elegant ways to bring out your feminine appeal and make your curves very seductive. Of course, you have the absolute freedom of choice when it comes to your preferred colors and patterns for these looks. 

Jessica Rabbit glamour

If you love your curves and want to accentuate them in the most glamorous and extravagant way look no further than the stylish icon Jessica Rabbit. Basically, bodycon dresses with strapless sweetheart bodice are the bomb for sexy curvy ladies. Just make sure to get the dresses that are well-made and provide proper support. With the makeup, hair and heels on point, you’ll look absolutely amazing. 


Read also: #Fashion: Your Complete Spring 2016 Trend Guide at a Glance

With body positivity, overwhelming confidence and alluring smile, you can pull off pretty much any look that you find to be representative of your sensibility and personal style. Life is too short for plain and boring outfits. Try out many different styles and combinations because that’s the best way to discover what makes you feel like a sexy powerful curvy goddess that you are.

About author:
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She’s passionate about fashion, home décor and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”
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Wednesday, November 09, 2016

WHO latest guidelines recommends eight Antenatal visits for Pregnant women to reduce risk of stillbirth

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The World Health Organisation has advised that women should have at least eight visits with midwives or health workers before they give birth, which is double the previous recommendation.

The new model increases maternal and fetal assessments to detect problems, improves communication between health providers and pregnant women, and increases the likelihood of positive pregnancy outcomes. It recommends pregnant women to have their first contact in the first 12 weeks’ gestation, with subsequent contacts taking place at 20, 26, 30, 34, 36, 38 and 40 weeks’ gestation.

In the news release, Dr. Ian Askew, Director of Reproductive Health and Research, WHO says,

 "Pregnancy should be a positive experience for all women and they should receive care that respects their dignity."

"If women are to use antenatal care services and come back when it is time to have their baby, they must receive good quality care throughout their pregnancy," 

Last year, an estimated 303 000 women died from pregnancy-related causes, 2.7 million babies died during the first 28 days of life and 2.6 million babies were stillborn. Quality health care during pregnancy and childbirth can prevent many of these deaths, yet globally only 64% of women receive antenatal (prenatal) care four or more times throughout their pregnancy. 

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Samsung apologizes for Galaxy Note phones explosion in US ads

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Advertisements for the Galaxy Note7, which is being recalled.

Samsung has apologized for the problem caused by the Galaxy Note 7 phones in major newspapers in the US.  The full-page advertisements appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The New York Times on Monday.


The letter was signed by Gregory Lee, the president and CEO of Samsung Electronics North America.

The South Korean manufacturer was forced to recall some 2.5 million of the flagship Note 7s due to battery explosion while charging.

The company also had to recall the first replacements it sent out to consumers after they proved just as dangerous.


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Read 4 Reasons Why Online Courses Can Get You Out Of A Career Rut

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Especially in recent years, online courses have officially claimed their place as the future of affordable, accessible education. Whether you’re just entering the workforce and want more skills and credentials to pad your resume, you’re looking to upskill early to late in your career, or you want to change careers entirely, here’s why taking courses online should be at the top of your priority list.

1. They’re Cheap (Or Free)

Most of us have had enough student loan debt for one lifetime. Why incur more? Through programs like MIT OpenCourseware, edX, OEDb, and Coursera, you have access to excellent courses from top-rated universities and instructors, either for free or at a fraction of the cost. “You can do programs on EdX and really upskill and it can set you on the path of a much better career,” says edX CEO Anant Agarwal. “The beauty of this is that it is free to try.”

2. You Can Acquire Some Impressive Credentials

It’s worth exploring the online programs that leave you with something to show for them, such as a certificate or micro-degree. One relative newcomer to the scene: MicroMasters programs via edX. An ideal option for those looking to enter a specific career, a MicroMasters consists of a series of graduate-level courses chosen for their real-world relevance. Topics range from UX research and design to Android development to entrepreneurship.

Each MicroMasters program is put together by the university providing the courses, so each one is unique. “It’s free to learn, so you can try it out for free,” says Agarwal. If you want a certificate to post on LinkedIn or show employers, “it costs you only around $1000.”

Read: 67 Lessons from Richard Branson - "Screw it, let's do It"

3. Location And Schedule Are Flexible

Live in the middle of nowhere? Have a job, family, or responsibilities that rule out a regular class schedule? Online courses allow you to fit your education into the cracks of your life. As Agarwal says, “You don’t have to leave the house. You can do it in your pajamas with a hot cup of coffee or tea next to you. You can do it at night after your work, you can do it in the morning. You can do it at your own pace. It’s very flexible and it’s free.”

Although it’s not the case for all online courses, many of them are self-paced, so you can blaze through them or take your time. “You can do a MicroMasters if you choose to in 3-6 months,” says Agarwal. ” You can also choose to devote 20% of your time to it and then do it over 2 years.”

4. You Can Study Exactly What You Need to Know

Attending a physical college means that you’re limited to whatever courses they offer — which can be especially troublesome since many courses are only offered during certain semesters or times, require prerequisites you lack, or don’t have a specific enough focus. Given the wide variety of online courses, you’ll face no such limitations if you choose this route. Simply choose a subject, and there’s a good chance you’ll find a course for it.

Read also: Check out 7 Career Strategies for When You're in Between Jobs

Certainly, learning online comes with its fair share of challenges as well — whether it’s struggling to find the motivation after work, adjusting to the out-of-classroom experience, or pushing through to understand concepts that just aren’t clicking. However, if it fits your learning style and you can muster up the discipline, the right online course can change your career, and your life.

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Rihanna wins 'Shoe Of The Year' award with her Fenty x Puma collection by #FNAA

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Rihanna would be honoured with the Shoe of the Year Award by Footwear News.  The singer won the honor from her Fenty x Puma line.  This is the third time the award has been handed out.  Kanye West won the award in 2015 for his Yeezy Boost 350 sneaker and tennis great Stan Smith in 2014 for his beloved Adidas shoe.

In a press release Rihanna said, “In my wildest dreams, I never would have imagined an honor like ‘shoe of the year,’”

“It means so much to me to make a mark like this in the shoe and sneaker industry and to have so many people share my love for the creeper.”

On her page the singer wrote:
To God be the Glory 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿!!!
What a blessing to be honored with this prestigious award, and to be the first woman receiving "SHOE OF THE YEAR" at #FNAA !!
Never could I have imagined the amount of support and love we got from around the world for #THECREEPER !!! Thank you to everyone who represented and made the movement!!! One Love ❤️.#FENTYxPUMA

Rihanna is the first woman to win the award.  The awards ceremony holds on November 29, 2016 in New York City.

Congrats to Riri.

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Tuesday, November 08, 2016

JLo steps out in matching outfits, looks fabulous

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She is beautiful, sexy and awesome.  She rocks.
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