Tips To Save Your Ass From Overspending

Whatever age you are and whatever amount of money you earn there is always something that you feel like you have to get… and how many times have you said to yourself: “Fuck it we only live once, I’m going to pay for this!”. Yes, too many, I know same here.

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I am one of those people as well who said that above quoted sentence and I love to see my money hanging in my already full closet. I never say I have nothing to wear, I usually don’t know what to wear and I always still have something that I need and I can’t live without just to make that “I don’t know what to wear” harder.

So when I cleaned my closet I found so many clothes that I got, wore at least twice and never wore again. There are always clothes you will buy and not wear enough times and there will always be clothes you buy to update your wardrobe, which is fair enough. But you also want to be sensible, save money and get the most important things so you won’t have an overflowing wardrobe, but you will always have something to wear.

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To prevent overspending, too much clothes (it’s never enough of them, but let’s admit there is always too much of them) and to focus on the most important pieces here is a list I used sometimes in 2017 but I will 100% stick to in 2018:

  1. Think what you need and only buy that. Make a list!

Need a new pair of black shoes? Get one for a fair price that won’t go damaged after 2 night outs and you can easily clean and wear with anything. Think about colours, fabrics and patterns that you can wear with more than one outfit. They are the most useful pieces of your wardrobe. Don’t buy something just for one outfit, everything in your wardrobe has to be functional and useful.

 

  1. Think about basics. List them again!

We all need black/white/striped/etc t-shirts, black/blue jeans and all this basic stuff. It’s not a bad thing focusing either only on these, or having these (for a fair price again) and adding some “extras” that will keep the basic interesting.

 

  1. Don’t spend too much on those “extras”

First of all I hate when people get outfits for one and one occasion only. I have ball gowns as well that I only wore twice at least, but I got them because I saw the possibility of remaking them to short dresses for any occasion. Smart isn’t it? But if you can’t do that, before you go to any occasions, look through your wardrobe, and don’t be afraid to wear the same outfits again. Or be creative and wear something you would never wear but are two interesting pieces from your wardrobe. Experiment! It’s fashion, it’s creativity, it’s fun and this is how you save money.

 

  1. Sustainable fashion is a good thing. It’s unique.

So before you go for a clothes shopping obviously with your list of what do you need, check out second-hand and charity shops. Oh and vintage is a good idea as well, however I understand is you are not one of those people who are happy to wear old or used clothes. By the way in charity shops everything you can find is in a wearable conditions just for a cheaper price and you will definitely find things the previous owner forgot about and never wore. They only have one of everything so whatever you get, you won’t see it coming in front of you on the streets.

 

  1. Pay more for better quality once

Some people don’t like second-hand which is understandable, it’s not something everyone has to like. But if you have some money to spend and you are getting all the basic and the most useful stuff you need in your wardrobe to keep ready for any occasion, don’t worry about spending money on something a little more expensive. I know you can get a white t-shirt in some shops for £3, but that will last for exactly that long. When you get something think about how many times you will wear it and think how much it would per wear. That’s why you should spend more on basics and less on extras. Problem solved.

 

  1. Keep an eye out for sales and discounts! They save lives! And money.

Yes, some places offer discounts for students, people who work in the same building or there are seasonal offers on selected lines, or SALES! How much we love sales, don’t we? Just one thing about: just because it’s on sale and it’s beautiful and you can get it cheaper, if you don’t need it DON’T PAY FOR IT! It’s going to be useless or you will only wear it once and even if you got it for 30% off, it’s a huge price to pay for something useless. Imagine if you paid for a large pizza and you only got the box with only half a pizza in it! That won’t help your hanger, and it is not worth the price!

This is the mission impossible for some of us, isn’t it? Holding it back, getting exactly what we need and not everything we want. But on the long term it’s the best thing you can do for the perfect wardrobe that will always have something for you to wear and you will always be unique. Plus your bank card will love you for ever for not ruining that little chip on it before the expire date!

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You are welcome! Good luck! Any more ideas? Let us #FirstWorldPeople know because there is never enough knowledge on how to spend money.

Thanks, Dora! we’ll be putting some of these tips into practice!

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Blog: Dora’s Fashion Blog

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Valentine’s Day Slay

 

 

I’ve created two looks to inspire you all to look and feel great this Valentines Day, no matter how you’re spending it.

If you’re feeling daring the first look is a sultry and sexy “cat eye” with those beautiful Rose and Violet tones thrown in for a Valentines twist, and of course, paired with a pinky nude lip (what else?!).

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But, if your planning on going a little more low key this Valentines, I’ve still got you covered. This look is quite natural. Glowy, fresh skin and fluttery lashes paired with a classic matte, red lip to make it pop! And not to fear, this particular lipstick is totally kiss proof …

 

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Find more of Olivia’s fabulous looks here:

Instagram: @oliviammakeup_

Facebook: @oliviammakeup

IXAR Design – Artist Opportunity

“SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISTS”

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CALLING ALL ARTISTS!

Looking for a free platform to display your fabulous work on your own page/portfolio? Look no further than IXAR Design.

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IXAR was created by two twenty something year olds in the hopes to help young artists and creatives like yourself gain more recognition… We like their thinking! Allowing you to promote your artwork and latest projects for free, the boys at IXAR also give you the opportunity to print your own artwork onto T-shirts, crews and hoodies… so people can wear YOUR work, pretty cool huh?

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So essentially, IXAR Design is an online platform for talented artists, a creative collective and a clothing brand all at once! With exciting new ideas, don’t hesitate to get involved with this ambitious brand that has been created with your creative opportunities in mind.

Checkout the IXAR website and email their team at jointhefamily@ixardesign.com to see how you can get involved.

See more work from IXAR:

Website: ixardesign.co.uk

Instagram: @ixardesign

Facebook: IXAR Design

 

The Mothman Prophecies

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On November 15, 1966, in the small town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, USA, a young couple, Scarberry and Mallette were harassed by two strange red eyes, similar to those of an insect, while they were walking to their car, near an abandoned explosives factory.

After a few minutes, they realized that a giant human figure two meters tall, gray and with two huge wings, was watching them. The strange stalker, in an instant, spread his wings and began to chase the young couple’s car, which accelerated rapidly, towards the town. That same month of November, the strange being appeared more times to many neighbors at Point Pleasant, reason why the local press soon informed on the strange events, baptizing to the strange creature as “the mothman”.

One month later, on December 15, a terrible event occurred, which caused the entire town to forget the strange being: the Silver Bridge, the Point Pleasant bridge, which crossed the Ohio River, suddenly collapsed. 46 people died.

John Alva Keel (March 25, 1930, Hornell, NY – July 3, 2009, NY), better known as John Keel, was a writer, journalist and paranormal researcher, who was convinced that this fateful event it was related to the strange apparitions of the “mothman”.

Keel continued investigating this case, to finally publish an essay in 1975, titled The Mothman Prophecies, where he presented some theories about revolutionary paranormal phenomena. There he introduced the famous “men in black”; strange characters, it is not known whether humans or not, always dressed in black, behaving strangely, and often persuaded the witnesses of the “mothman” or UFO sightings, so they do not tell anyone anything.

The Mothman Prophecies was his most famous book (in 2002, the film director Mark Pellington, premiered a film with the same title, starring Richard Gere), and signified the confirmation of his general theory about the paranormal world, which he already suggested in an earlier essay, titled Operation Trojan Horse (1970).

For John Keel, the strange “mothman” was not an extraterrestrial being, but rather a creature “from within the earth”, very similar to the monsters, goblins or devils of the ancient legends of the folklore of our civilization, which he tried to communicate with the inhabitants of Point Pleasant. In the same way, the explanation of the sightings of flying saucers, would not be more than a current manifestation of the old magical beings of thousands of years ago, that are presented to us in different ways.

The conclusion that came from Keel, after a lifetime of paranormal research, was that we never get to understand the extraterrestrial UFO phenomenon, since it would be something like a fisherman who speaks to the fish that he has just caught. So, if ever, one of you witness a UFO sighting, or stumbles upon a strange being with insectoid features, do not be afraid. Just ask the question that Keel always asked himself: What do these people want from us?

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Check out more of Vincente’s work here: Vincente Aguado

New Year, New Trend!

I very rarely step out my comfort zone with makeup on myself, I’m a warm neutrals kinda gal. So if like me you’re a little scared when it comes to adding colour to your makeup this could be the perfect look for you!

 

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Adding a pop of colour to your lower lash line or your water line is a very understated way of pulling it off whilst still keeping your look classy. On myself (pictured above) I’ve used a dark purple to really make my green eyes pop! And on one of my beautiful clients (pictured below) I’ve used a bright blue to emphasise her gorgeous ocean blue eyes.

 

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New Year, new look! When’s a better time to try out a new trend?

 

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Capture Emotions

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My name is Amanda, I am a 23 year old Canadian/Jamaican living in Glasgow and I take photos of people. I first got into it in High School during a media class project. I was really into DSLRs and Photoshop during the beginnings of my journey but I knew something was missing. My art was too structured and edited so I bought a film camera on Craigslist. There is something emotional about photos taken on film. I feel they are more authentic to myself and the people I take photos of.

“I’ve always had a difficult time connecting with people on a real human to human level. A lot of people I meet have just lost their way from their true self.  Photography really helped me realize this. When we come together and express ourselves truthfully without judgement. That’s what matters. That is what society is missing. I see the turn out of my photos and I am always in awe of how you see who the person really is. I have met beautiful souls from this art form. I usually shoot friends because I already have that relationship where we are on the same vibe but I love to challenge my introverted self and message people on Instagram who I literally have never met before and just set up a shoot. It’s a really fun time we live in and I don’t think anything can beat just vibing with others through art.”

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“I really enjoy making people feel comfortable enough to show me who they are in their raw form. I don’t believe in fancy shoots with tons of equipment and lighting so with me, there is really nothing involved except for the human, my film camera and the world as we know it. Society is really confusing and self identity is not an easy thing to pinpoint with a lot of people my age. But when I take photos of these amazing people, it’s like everything makes sense.”

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If you are ever in Glasgow and would like to have a fun photoshoot get in contact with Amanda on instagram! It’s always nice to meet new people.

Checkout more work from Amanda:

Instagram: @7alien

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Caterina – The Jill of All Trades

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Meet 27 years old Italian photographer/make up artist Caterina Romano. The Jill of all trades we would call her being able to jump from make up artistry, to photography and to photoshoot styling, you go girl! Caterina moved over to the U.K after graduating from her native country of Italy, at the Istituto Italiano id Fotografia in Milan. Settling in the small city of Dundee in the East coast of Scotland we couldn’t help but ask her what the major difference was between fashion and make up between us brits and Italians:

“People in the U.K are more free to express who they are without thinking about others judgement. In Italy I would say we are more conscious, so people are always scared to express their own personality. I have noticed that people here go heavy on the foundation though, make up is a lot more natural in Italy.” 

We can agree with that statement, crazy fashion is fun and maybe some of us do need to go get our shade of foundation re-checked again… We know we were guilty of this when we were teenagers!

We went on to ask Caterina about her work and what really inspires her to pursue her passion.

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When did you first notice your creativity and that you wanted to pursue a career within the creative industries?:

“I have always been attracted by the world of beauty, make up & fashion. So I decided to  attend art high school in my home town and there I learned that art was my real passion, my soul is art itself. I’m a very creative and moody person and I think this defines me as an artist. I think I like what my eyes see and my eyes see most art as beautiful.”

What inspired you to become a make up artist?:

“When I first studied photography I understood that behind a single picture there is an entire world of creativity. You can create what you have in your mind and I decided to self-teach myself make up artistry (or at least try) to produce the exact image in my mind.”

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How would you describe your style?:

“As an artist, I would describe myself as artistic with that creative beauty touch.”

Where do you find your inspiration for your work and make up looks?:

“My favourite photographer and biggest inspiration is David La Chapelle. I think his extreme way to create an image is what I like most, it’s not ordinary but extraordinary.”

Do you have a design process?:

“I usually create the image in my mind, then I start to look for all the objects, decoration, make up that I need… Don’t really do anything before the actual photoshoot. I like to improvise and always challenge myself.  So far, it has always worked ahaha!”

Which celebrities make up would you most love to do?:

“Well I think I would love to shoot and maybe try to do the make up for any of the characters that Tim Burton creates… especially if it is for Johnny Depp’s face (ahahah)”

What or who is your biggest inspiration for all your work?:

“Probably my mum and dad. They love my artwork, they always let me travel around the world because they think this is the only way to keep an open mind. They are quite artistic too… my dad is a fantastic writer and travel blogger, my mom is a fantastic travel photographer – what a team!”

What do you think are the biggest misconceptions about make up if any?:

“I think that people still think that the more is better…but in make up I think it’s quality over quantity, if you have nice skin then why cover it? You still have to be able to recognise yourself when you remove it!”

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Do you think make up is dependent on the season or the holiday?:

“Yes make up is, but depends of the person also, personally, I love burgundy lipstick even during a summer night in Italy!! But of course red and glitter for Christmas is a must!”

Do you have any advice for someone thinking of pursuing a career as a make up artist or other jobs in the creative industries?:

“hmm STUDY PLASTIC SURGERY INSTEAD?? ahaha no just joking.. I think it is a very hard world but never give up because if makes you happy then you can’t go wrong!”

Check out more work from Caterina on Behance: romanocaterina