Our goal at Current Boutique is to provide a fun, inviting environment for customers to fall in love with the consignment process. So today I’m here to give you the inside scoop about what consignment stores are—and the incredible benefits for consignment buyers and sellers. Here are 11 things you probably don’t know about consignment stores.
What are consignment stores?
The term “consignment stores” used to refer to neighborhood businesses who bought and sold local goods. They would usually offer a percentage of profits after the item sold or they’d give you the merchandise back.
Now, the digital era has transformed the consignment shop model dramatically. It’s no longer like a local pawn shop. Online consignment stores mean you can buy and sell goods from anywhere across the nation (or even across the globe). The goods are high quality, and these shops are run like any other major fashion organization.
There are also more specialty consignment shops now, like stores specifically for furniture, electronics, or purses. Current Boutique specializes in selling pre-loved designer fashion items—both timeless and trendy!
So what are some cool aspects about consignment stores? What do you need to know if you’re going to get involved in the fashion consignment lifestyle? (P.S. Welcome to the lifestyle! Trust us, you’ll love living the pre-loved life.)
1. Consignment stores aren’t the same as thrift stores.
Thrift stores are the cousin to consignment stores, but they’re not the same thing. Thrift stores usually accept any and all items, even if they’re damaged or worn. They don’t typically authenticate merchandise, and they may not clean the items. Consignment stores tend to do a little more digging into the items they procure, and they’ll always clean and market the products.
Plus, thrift shops often operate on donated merchandise. Consignors, on the other hand, purchase outright from or split the profits with the seller. This means you can actually make some cash on the goods you’re getting rid of.
(Note: Some people use the terms “consignment stores” and “thrift stores” interchangeably. We sometimes use them as synonyms too! Just do your due diligence and research the organization or store individually to make sure you’re getting the best products at the right price.)
2. The inventory is always changing.
One of the coolest parts about consignment stores is that the lineup of merchandise changes daily (sometimes even hourly!). What we stock is dependent upon what we buy from sellers. So you could browse our website or window shop our stores every single day and see new items displayed! If you’re obsessed with shopping like we are, consignment stores let you always discover new pieces to add to your wardrobe.
Check out our newest arrivals with our Just In tab.
3. You can find super unique pieces.
At Current Boutique, we only resell pieces from designers that we know and trust. Still, you never know what kinds of styles or looks will come through the door. You might see a Chanel dress from the ‘80s or a limited edition Oscar de la Renta. We love that you never know what’s going to end up in the store—and you can find some truly special gems.
What I love about running a consignment shop is watching the different trends and eras walk through the door. You realize just how cyclical trends are—what was hot in the ‘70s is back in 2020, and the jewelry from the ‘40s is worth a fortune now. Fashion styles are always trending, but there are some timeless and recurrent pieces too.
4. We have buyers.
Just like any other fashion store, we have “buyers” that select the clothing that will go on our shelves. We curate our store to fit the season and the trends, while also offering some one-of-a-kind finds.
When you look through quality consignment stores, you should find that the pieces are designed to meet their specific audience’s needs. It definitely shouldn’t be a hodge podge of anything and everything they can get their hands on.
5. Consignment stores don’t accept everything.
We care about the clothes we put in our store. Although we’re in the business of making money, we’re first and foremost in the business of making our customers happy. We’re not going to sell items that are super worn, broken, or tarnished. Our buyers are trained to triple check everything to make sure we only purchase the highest quality goods for our customers.
We believe that pre-loved items should feel just like new when you put them on!
6. We check authenticity.
At Current Boutique, we carefully inspect everything that comes through the doors to guarantee authenticity. We especially check leather goods, gemstones, and gold and sterling silver.
Our buyers also look specifically for natural fabrics like cotton, linen, silk, cashmere, and wool. We love that consignment stores are a sustainable model, so we look to further that sustainable impact by buying primarily high-quality, eco-friendly materials.
7. We clean everything.
Everything that comes through the boutique gets a thorough cleaning. It has to be up to our high standards before it gets put on a hanger. Most high-end consignment stores have their own cleaning process to ensure you’re getting fresh clothes without stains, stinks, or marks.
8. The environment loves consignment stores.
When you purchase from us or resell your items with us, you radically minimize your impact on the environment. We’re reducing the amount of goods going into landfills by giving merchandise a new home. Consignment stores radically increase the lifespan of clothing. Click to learn how consignment stores are reducing waste and enhancing the sustainability of the fashion industry.
Plus, at Current Boutique, we emphasize sustainability. We love designers that promote socially and environmentally friendly practices, and we’ll sometimes even pay more for sellers with sustainable designers.
9. We’re the best way to get paid for your items.
Selling with Current Boutique is insanely easy. You’ll love turning your pre-loved gems into cash. We pay for all of your merchandise up front, so you know exactly how much you’ll be getting in your pocket. Plus, consignment stores typically offer the most competitive pricing for your goods compared to other methods of selling.
Plus, it’s a lot less work. The store buyers tell you which of your goods we’re going to buy, we pay you, and you give us or send us the goods. You don’t have to try to list and market the products yourself, like you would on Poshmark or Facebook Marketplace.
(Some consignment stores have the split-profit model. This means you get a portion of the profits they make after your item is sold. Current Boutique don’t do this because it’s too uncertain—we want our sellers to get paid!)
Do you love fashion as much as we do? But don’t want to break the bank by indulging? Consignment stores have to be your go-to option, then. You get the highest quality luxury goods at a fraction of their retail price. Seriously, sometimes you can snag a deal for hundreds of dollars off.
11. Some consignment stores are online and in-store.
Consignment stores can be all online, all in-store, or a mixture of both. Current Boutique offers it all! Want to browse from the comfort of your home? You got it. Want to shop the store and touch the goods firsthand? Check out our store locations.
We’ve had some of our online shoppers go out of their way to visit our Virginia stores just because they love us so much!
If you want to shake the quarantine blues, it’s time to get up and get dressed. Look great, feel great is the rule to live by this 2020. In this guide, we’re giving you tips on how to look chic and fashionable at home, so you can stay motivated, empowered, and confident right in your living room.
Self-isolation right now has us all feeling a little lazier. We’ve substituted our daily makeup routines for chocolate for breakfast and our favorite spring dresses for unwashed PJs. Although hanging around the house can be relaxing, there’s also a lot of stress and anxiety floating around. We’re all going a little stir crazy—we miss our friends, our coffee shops, entertainment. I never realized before just how much I enjoy just seeing strangers’ faces throughout the day!
But what’s really getting us all into a slump isn’t the isolation itself. It’s that we feel we’re losing our sense of freedom and individuality. You throw on sweatpants to sit and watch Netflix all day, video chat with friends, or work on your laptop from home. You’re in the same seat, wearing the same thing, doing the same stuff day after day.
The psychology of your clothes
We’re here to break out of that rut. By throwing on an outfit that looks good, you’ll start to feel good in turn. Clothes affect our psychology.
Research proves that if you’re in exercise clothes, you’re more likely to workout or take the stairs; if you’re in a suit, you’re more likely to take on leadership roles; and if you’re in your sweats, you’re more likely to feel chill and less motivated. One study found that putting participants in doctor’s lab coats actually caused them to be more aware and make fewer mistakes than those participants in their street clothes.
People embody the expectations of their outfit.
The same is true for what you’re wearing at home. I made the mistake of wearing PJs a few days in a row… and guess how much work I got done? Not a lot. So I threw on one of my favorite work outfits—a polka dot blouse with flexible pencil skirt—and I worked for 9 hours straight. Of course, I didn’t feel like wearing a pencil skirt every day just to sit at home, but simply throwing on jeans or a pair of black pants has radically improved my ability to focus on running my business.
Plus, if you’re reading this, you probably love fashion. Why give up on a passion of yours? Love your stay-at-home fashion just as much as your out-door outfits!
So let’s get down to the tips and tricks that can make you look effortlessly chic and stay motivated, so you can keep living life and pushing forward on your dreams this season. Here are my 11 Ways To Look Chic And Stay Motivated At Home
1. Choose fitted sweatpants.
You’ll feel better in fitted sweats that have a tailored look as opposed to pants that are falling down and ill-fitting. Ditch the oversized sweatpants and look for a form-fitting silhouette and tapered leg. All of your clothes should be fitted to your body, even your sweats.
Style Tip: Cuff your sweatpants. Really? Yup! If you’re loving the luxury of wearing sweats at home, just roll them up at the bottom. This takes the look from grunge-y to purposeful, which will leave you feeling more put-together in your comfy sweats.
2. Put on your skinny jeans.
A lot of people don’t want to lounge around the house in their jeans all day. But remember, you’re not looking to lounge all day! You’re here to stay motivated and get stuff done. Throw on a pair of skinny jeans to get back in that sexy, powerful mindset you rock on the regular.
You may even want to put on your “happy hour jeans” (the ones you wear out with the girls or on a date) to give you an extra boost of confidence and remember how stunning you are!
3. Black leggings are a must.
We all love our black leggings. And they might just be my quarantine fave piece right now. They’re so comfortable, but they’re also slimming and attractive. You can pair it with an oversized vintage tee for a casual ‘90s look, or you can throw on your favorite fitted sweater for a more elegant style.
I’m especially a fan of wearing black leggings with a crisp button up. Paired with gold earrings, and it’s my favorite WFH outfit to stay motivated and creative!
We recommend cotton leggings, as opposed to spandex or polyester. Cotton is a breathable (and sustainable) fabric that will give your body space and your skin freedom.
4. Rock the white T-shirt.
What is it about a white tee that seems so put together? A soft, clean white t-shirt feels like PJs while looking so fresh and chic. We recommend a more fitted T-shirt that will show off a few of those gorgeous curves.
Throw on a white tee with your jeans, leggings, or even sweatpants for an instantly composed look. You can also throw a neutral colored cardigan on top for a complete ensemble that will trick your mind into thinking your headed to work.
Barefoot or socks feel very casual. It’s pretty rare that you’re without shoes out of the house. So putting shoes on at home can trick your mind into feeling like you’re outside and at work.
You can still keep it casual, though. No need to wear heels around the house (unless that’s what you like!). There are a lot of super snug flats and loafers that will feel like slippers. Check out this list from SmarterTravel and another with Travel+Leisure to get some ideas.
You may want to have a separate pair of shoes just for the home. This lets you wear shoes around the home without tracking in bacteria and gunk from the outside, which is especially important during these uncertain times!
6. Put on a bra.
We’re all guilty of it. No one’s around, so let go. I’m a big proponent of not wearing a bra all the time, because doing so may have health benefits! However, you might want to wear it during “productive” at home times.
Most women wear a bra when they go to work. So your mind associates that tightness around your ribs with getting to work. If you don’t have that band there, your brain could actually feel a little looser and lazier. Plus, your bra likely makes your clothes fit better since you wear a bra regularly; and better fitting clothes make you feel better and stay motivated.
7. Wear minimalistic jewelry.
You probably don’t feel like wearing a lot of heavy jewelry when you’re hanging at home. (And if you have a pet, you probably don’t want them feeling the urge to bite your long necklace or paw at your earrings.)
Still, a few dainty pieces of jewelry will make you feel extra put together and gorgeous. Watch how your face will light up when you throw on your pendant necklace or add some pearls to your ears.
Want to climb into your pajamas a little early? No worries. But up the game a little bit with a set of matching silk pajamas. Your sweats and t-shirt might be comfortable, but silk feels insanely sultry and soft on your skin. Plus, it’s a totally chic silhouette that will have you staring at yourself in the mirror.
If you live alone, this is one of the most luxurious ways to treat yourself before bedtime. If you live with a partner, they’ll appreciate the little extra effort to go to bed together!
9. Get down with athleisure.
Athleisure is still in style, and it’s one of my favorite styles for working from home. Although it’s not as trendy as it once was, it’s a good in-between style if you don’t want sweats but also don’t want to get too dressed up. Plus, dressing in workout clothes makes you more likely to workout—so it might help you get off the couch and do some crunches in between Netflix movies.
10. Wear the “first two pieces”.
Start getting dressed like you normally would for work, for brunch, or for a date. Put on the first two or three pieces of clothing that you would for that outfit, like the jeans and blouse or the dress and shoes. You can get rid of all the rest, so you’re still “dressed down” while dressed up!
I’ve found that after I put on the first few pieces, I have so much fun getting dressed up that I want to add even more, like my belt and jewelry and a cute hat. It’s fun to get dressed!
11. Brush your hair and wash your face.
Listen, I’m guilty of it too. There have been a few days in the past couple weeks where I’ve rolled out of bed, gotten my coffee, and just stayed in my post-sleep look for hours. But that bed head is going to keep your head in bed!
First thing when you wake up, brush your hair, wash your face, and perform your regular morning routine. Your mind and body will thank you for it!
Don’t forget to drink water and eat healthy, too. We don’t have control over the situation around us, but we do control our own health and wellness. So treat yourself right—you deserve it!
How do YOU look chic and stay motivated during the quarantine? What makes you look and feel beautiful and motivated?
Want to look your best in every online conference you have? In this guide, we’re giving you the top 11 tips to look your best in an online video call. If you want to know how to look stunning in a video call keep reading!
It’s no surprise that video conferencing has become the primary method of communication during the coronavirus pandemic. Video calls have become the way to maintain friendships, work from home, and even have a dating life. Some people are even hosting virtual weddings!
I don’t think this is a temporary shift, either. I anticipate that video calls are going to be a lot more prominent moving forward, even after the quarantine is over. So, learning a few tips about how to look and feel great on camera can completely transform your professional and social life.
Looking good on Zoom or Skype is different than looking good in person. If you want to make an impression on your conference call participants, we’ve got a few tips and tricks of the trade for you. From what you wear to how you set up the room, there are several different elements that work synergistically to determine how you’ll appear on the video call.
So here are 11 tips to look stunning and feel confident on camera for your video calls.
1. Dress for the camera.
No one’s expecting you to dress to the nines when you’re at home. As a general rule of thumb, you can dress down “one level” from what you would in the office. If everyone in your office wears suits, you can probably get away with a nice blouse without the jacket. If you usually wear a button up blouse, you can likely get away with a more casual (though still professional) top. But if everyone wears T-shirts, stick to T-shirts. (Skip the PJs unless otherwise directed that it’s a “PJ party” by your poss.)
What’s even more important than dressing for the office, though, is that you dress for the camera. You could put on your go-to office attire and the outfit could appear unappealing in the camera due to reflections, refractions, and shadows. You want to dress appropriately while also considering how the outfit will look through the screen.
Some rules of camera outfitting:
Neutral colors, pastels, and cool shades of blue or green look most flattering on computer cameras.
Very bright or dark colors, including black, doesn’t translate well. Bold colors, like reds and neons, also tend to look too overt through the camera lens.
Don’t dress in a color similar to your skin tone or the background of the room. Remember that you’re 2D on someone’s screen, so you don’t want to look like a floating head if you blend into the background or your clothes.
Avoid busy patterns like herringbone, houndstooth, stripes, animal prints, and plaids. They may be totally chic, but these patterns distort light and can cause a strobe effect on camera.
Skip the shiny (or loud) jewelry. You don’t want your jewelry to reflect light into the camera and blind the other participants. You also want to avoid bangles or layered jewelry that will cause noise on camera. People notice (and get distracted by) noises more on camera than they do in person.
Choose clothes that you’re comfortable and confident in. If you wouldn’t wear it to work, don’t wear it on a work call. If you wouldn’t wear it out to dinner, don’t wear it to your virtual date. Feeling confident in what you wear is critical to staying present during your call. (Check out this personal style quiz to rock your “look” on camera!)
Now, here’s the big question. Do you need to wear pants to your Zoom call?
We think yes. The clothes you wear impact your psychology. So if you’re pants-less or in sweats, you won’t be fully in “business mode” when the time comes. Plus, what if you really need to run to the bathroom and you stand up—forgetting you don’t have bottoms on? Just throw on a pair of jeans or leggings and you’ll be good to go. You don’t need to get crazy, but you should complete the outfit.
2. Pin your hair back or up.
You want your face to be as bright and illuminated as possible. One of the biggest mistakes people make on camera is how they do their hair. Wearing your hair down can cast shadows on your face that will hide or obscure your face through the screen.
Choose a hairstyle that will keep the hair out of your face, so you avoid casting shadows. This will also help minimize how often you’re fidgeting and playing with your hair, which is distracting to others on the call. Be aware that fidgeting comes off as unprofessional and not confident, so prep your hair and clothes to stay comfortable and relaxed.
You don’t need to get crazy with your makeup on a Zoom call. But if you’re looking to maintain your appearance and confidence while you WFH, a little makeup can revamp how you work and play.
Our biggest makeup tip: oil. Get a dewy, bright look with a facial oil. Oils are super hydrating and nourishing, which will do wonders for your skin during the stresses of this uncertain time period. Plus, the oil will give your skin a lift that will make you look glowing and dewy on camera. If you don’t have an oil, a hydrating mist or primer can do the trick too. No one will even know you stayed up all night binging Netflix.
Other Zoom camera makeup tips:
Skip the eye makeup. It either doesn’t show up on camera or it’s too dark and veils your eyes. A little bit of mascara is all you need (if anything).
Lipstick looks great on the computer camera. A bold red lip will “pop” on the screen, but it won’t look as bold as it would in person—so now’s the time to try a deeper shade than you normally would, if you’d like. If you’re not a lipstick fan, throw some Vaseline or petroleum-based moisturizer on your lips for a shine that works wonders, too.
Use concealer to add dimension to your face. Apply a few dabs around the eyes to hide dark circles and on the cheekbones as a substitute contour.
You can add a little blush if you want. This can help avoid looking washed out due to bright lighting.
4. Pick a spacious room.
How you look on camera depends a lot on what kind of setting is around you. Large, spacious rooms provide depth behind you that looks better than a shallow space when you’re on a two dimensional screen. A large room also provides better acoustics, so you’ll sound better whenever you give your input in the meeting.
I typically recommend you host your call in the living room or the largest room in your house. These rooms also tend to have the best natural light, so you’ll look better and brighter. Also, you’re used to hanging out in your living room at home, so you’ll feel comfortable and confident there.
5. Tidy up the room.
If your background is messy, you’ll look messy by extension. You want to minimize distractions as much as possible, while maintaining the same level of professionalism you have at work. That means you want to pick up the laundry, your pet’s toys, alcohol, and anything else that could draw the eye away from your beautiful face.
You can leave some personality in the room, though. One of the benefits of video calls is that people get to see a new side of you—the “home” side! So remove the distractions, but keep the parts of you that make you, you.
6. Set up your lighting.
You could have a gorgeous outfit, stunning makeup, and the perfect “look,” but no one will see it if you’re not properly lit.
First, open up all your shades and let natural light come into the room. You want the largest light source to be in front of you. If the light is behind you, you’ll look backlit and shadowy. Ideally.
If you have a ring light available, these work well to brighten your face and make you the center of attention. You can buy inexpensive ring lights from Best Buy or Amazon, and they’ll be worth the money for Zoom calls—now and in the future. They’re also great for photos and videos, so you can always look your best! No ring light? Just put your brightest lamp behind your computer screen to have a similar effect.
Keep in mind that the light from your computer screen can over-highlight your face. This can make you look ghostly or washed out if you have too much white or blue light on your face. So reduce your screen brightness and rely on your other sources of light.
7. Put your camera at eye-level.
The camera angle is arguably one of the most important aspects of looking great in your digital call. If the camera angle is too low, you’ll get that “double chin” look. If it’s too high, you’re all forehead. You don’t want people in the chat to feel like they’re looking up or down at you.
You want your camera at eye-level, so it’s looking you head on. In most cases, your laptop on your dining room table will probably be too low to get the right angle. So put it on a stack of books, so the camera hole is at your eye level.
The camera should also be far enough away that participants see more than just your face and neck. Pictures look better from farther away—and the same is true for video calls. Plus, you want to show off your gorgeous blouse! I live by the “ribcage rule.” You want to have your camera angled from your ribcage to above the top of your head for the best vantage point.
8. Look at the camera.
At this point, you look absolutely gorgeous in your camera lens. But don’t get distracted by your own beauty! It’s blatantly obvious when you’re looking at yourself on the monitor, and the speaker will feel unheard by you. Plus, looking “down” at your monitor is a less flattering angle than looking straight at the camera.
So, whenever possible, keep your eyes on the little camera hole. This gives the impression of “eye contact” with others in the conference call, so they’ll actually feel a closer connection to you.
(We know it’s not always possible to look directly at the camera the entire time. If someone’s showing a slide on the screen or you’re taking notes, of course look away to do what you need to do to learn and be the best participant. Just look at the camera when you’re talking or actively listening to another speaker.)
If you find you’re getting distracted looking at yourself, you can usually hide the video preview of yourself. In Zoom, right click on your own video window and click “hide myself.” But remember that you’re still on camera, so don’t start picking your nose or doing push ups.
9. “Touch up” your appearance on Zoom.
A little Zoom trick to take it up yet another notch… Zoom has a “touch up my appearance” feature. On the lower left corner of your screen, go to video settings. From there, you can click, “touch up my appearance.”
This adds a light filter that essentially creates a more polished look for anyone on your screen. It brightens your appearance and softens the look of your skin for an even-tone complexion. It won’t make a huge difference, but it doesn’t hurt to add it for that extra little “wow”—especially if you’re not used to being on camera.
10. Test the video before the call.
Before you hop on the call, take a minute to test out the video. You want to make sure you feel comfortable before you get in the room. Most video platforms like Zoom have a preview of video before the call starts, but you can always use your computer’s photo feature (like Photo Booth) to get a preview as well. Fix your hair, adjust your top, make sure the lighting is perfect, and take note of your surroundings to put everything in order for the perfect video call.
Note: Clean your camera off. Just a swipe with a microfiber cloth can remove dust that could be causing light to refract. The cleaner your camera lens, the better you’ll look.
11. Love yourself.
Seriously. We know these are uncertain and anxious times. It’s easy to get down on yourself or get stressed out. But the best way to look stunning is to feel good. When you’re happy and stress-free, your smile will be absolutely radiant on the camera.
We truly believe that clothes make the difference. The novelty of hanging out in your PJs quickly wears off, and you might find yourself getting a little more stressed and lazy. But throw on something fashionable and chic, and you’ll be back to your radiant and confident self in no time. Check out these couchside career goal outfits that are perfect for video calls—and for feeling gorgeous!
If you’re not feeling your beauty-best this season, please know that we’re here for you. Our community at Current Boutique is stronger than ever, and we want you to be a part of it. Please reach out if you want support, to chat about fashion, or to just talk to some beautiful and inspiring women like you! We’re all in this global community together. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our fashion-forward, sustainability-driven community to join in on the fun.
“Glow up” has become a popular trend for gurus and influencers. So I wanted to jump on board to see what the hype was all about. And after my own glow up, I am a total believer!
Glow ups are about way more than just a physical makeover. Any influencers claiming that a glow up is designed to solely “make you prettier” is definitely missing the point.
A “glow” comes from the inside out. Being “prettier” is just a consequence of taking better care of your physical and mental health, feeling more confident, and doing more good in the world.
A glow up is about living a glowing, beautiful life!
In this article, I’m giving you super-specific tips that you can implement in your life to have an incredible 2020 glow up for yourself.
So let’s get glowing!
Why Glow Up?
What’s the purpose of a glow up?
Feel healthier and stronger
Learn more about yourself and your health
Develop good habits (and minimize bad ones)
Feel and look happier (a smile always glows!)
Be more focused on giving
Grow more confident
The most important part of a glow up is an increased sense of confidence! Confidence can come in a lot of forms, and each of our tips and tidbits in this guide help you fall even more in love with yourself1
One Glow Per Week
A quick (but important) tip about your glow up process.
A lot of women are Googling “glow up overnight” or “glow up in a week”—but permanent change can NOT happen overnight. The goal here isn’t speed. You want this glow up to be a lifelong transformation that will have lasting impacts on your health and happiness. So don’t rush it!
I recommend making one change per week, or even one every other week. Focus 7 days on one specific change and see what it does for you.
It’s going to take time to see results, but don’t get discouraged. It will happen in due time when it’s meant to for you.
I’m so proud of you for taking the first step towards a renewed sense of life!
Glow Up… Your Emotions
Your emotions are the basis of your experience of life. Stress, overwhelm, anxiety, and exhaustion will instantly shrink your glow. Happiness, excitement, optimism, and joy will revitalize the glow on your face.
So every glow up has to start with mastering your emotions.
Learn about emotions.
High emotional intelligence can completely transform your life. Recognizing that we are in complete control of our emotions can give us a new and higher level of confidence and happiness. When you can control your emotional responses, you control your. life.
Some resources to get you started on your emotional journey:
You are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with. Spend time with negative, gossipy, or critical people and you’ll start to act the same way. We are much happier when we’re surrounded by people who light us up, support us, and love us on a deep level.
How do you know if you’re spending time with the right people? There’s one simple question to answer:
Do you feel drained or invigorated after hanging out with this person?
If you’re not feeling energized and happier after being with someone, they might be detracting from your personal glow. You have permission to change your circle to lift you up.
Meditation is about quieting your mind, removing negative thoughts, and getting into a more centered headspace. It has incredible benefits for physical, mental, and emotional health—from reducing stress to slowing the aging process to boosting your immune system.
Meditation doesn’t have to be daunting. There are a lot of different types of meditating that can work for you. It’s not all sitting quietly trying to think of nothing, if that’s not what you want to do. Find the meditation style that works for you!
Repeat your daily affirmations.
Meditation is a great way to slow down, but sometimes you also need a little hype up, right? Daily affirmations literally reprogram your unconscious mind to believe whatever it is you’re saying.
What we think is what we are.
So if you say, “I am beautiful,” you’ll start to feel more beautiful. Or if you get really specific, it’s more likely to true. For example, if you say “I will. live where there are palm trees,” you’re likely to end up on a palm tree-lined street one day.
So this might be the most important part of your glow up! Whatever you want to work on—whether it’s making more money, giving more to others, or feeling happier in your clothes—an affirmation can help you reach your goals.
“Decision fatigue” is a real thing! You can actually wear yourself out by making too many decisions. That’s why so many successful CEOs wear the same outfit every day. It’s not that they hate fashion. They’re just trying to minimize their wardrobe selection, so they can save their “decision energy” for other areas of their life. I definitely don’t recommend wearing the same thing every day, of course. Dressing up in new, exciting outfits is the fun of fashion (and of life)!
But I do recommend minimizing the amount of items in your closet. Cut it down to those pieces that you’re absolutely in love with, so you can never go “wrong” with your decision.
When it’s easier to choose what to wear, you’ll feel great in your clothes and you’ll have a clearer mental space to focus on other areas of your life as well.
Glow Up… Your Skin
Taking care of your skin is a great way to glow more on the outside—but it also gives you time to focus on self-care, which is so important for your mental and emotional health.
Give yourself a weekly facial.
Once a week, take 20-30 minutes out of your day to focus solely on skincare. This is the perfect time to relax and rejuvenate, taking time out of your day just for you.
Start by cleansing your skin with warm water (to help open your pores).
Exfoliate with a gentle exfoliator. (Exfoliating off your dead skin once or twice a week will give you an instant glow.)
Apply a face mask made with fresh, natural ingredients.
Use a cotton pad to gently apply a toner to your skin.
Use a serum to give your face a gentle massage.
End with a moisturizer that will lock in all the goodness from your facial.
Make sure all of your products are chemical-free to avoid doing damage to your skin. Check out your products on EWG’s Skin Deep database to see your products’ healthiness and eco-friendliness score.
Use a daily SPF.
The sun gives you that gorgeous tan—but the UV rays can also do serious damage (in the short- and long-term) to your skin. Even if you’re not spending the day sun tanning, a few UV rays here and there as you walk to and from your car can add up to a lot of damage over time.
So you should be wearing SPF every day to protect your skin from harmful rays. We recommend using a morning moisturizer with SPF15/30 in it. There are a lot of light, non-greasy moisturizers out there that won’t weigh your skin down while they protect you from the harsh rays.
Glow up… Your Makeup and Hair.
This is the part most people focus on with a glow up. Because it’s super fun!
But you don’t need to completely change everything and go from natural to totally done up. I’m all about enhancing and upgrading your current go-to routine. Just take it to the next level with a few easy shifts.
Have fun with a makeup makeover.
Go to a makeup counter and get a mini makeover! Sephora workers love applying makeup on customers who are interested in a glow up. They’ll be able to give you specific tips about what looks best for your face and style, and you can have a fun experience in the process.
Be really specific with them about what you want to try. You want products that are without chemicals and/or cruelty-free, for example. You’ll also want to let them know which features you want to accentuate—like eyes, lips, or cheekbones.
Also be honest about how much makeup you use now. Remember that you don’t want to make a lot of huge changes, because they probably won’t stick! So if you take 10 minutes to do your makeup now, you probably don’t want an hour long routine.
Add white eyeliner to your repertoire.
This is one of my favorite tips, and I think you’ll love it too. Line the corner of your eye (the corner close to your nose) with white eyeliner. Draw along the waterline of your eyes, so it’s not very visible. The white actually lightens and brightens the look of your eyes, which makes you look more awake and vibrant!
Remove makeup with microfiber cloths.
Make sure you always remove your makeup before going to sleep! Waking up with mascara raccoon eyes or cakey foundation is super bad for your skin. It clogs pores that can cause breakouts and wrinkles.
To take even better care of your skin, remove makeup with microfiber cloths as opposed to harsh makeup remover wipes or alcohol. Just use a light cleanser, like micellar water, and swipe a microfiber cloth over your face to easily remove makeup. This ensures you’re not using chemicals on your skin, and the microfiber towel helps reduce micro-tearing of your skin that can lead to fine lines and wrinkles.
Try out new hairstyles.
Do you measure phases of your life based on the hairstyle you wore the most… or is that just me? “That was my side ponytail phase.” or “Oh, that’s when I had bangs.”
It’s fun to have a go-to hairstyle, but a little bit of novelty every once in a while can have a huge impact on our appearance. So don’t be afraid to try out different hairstyles to what looks and feels best on you! Even going from a high ponytail to a high bun can change your mood and your style.
I find that even just switching up where I part my hair can make a difference! (Changing your part every once in a while also helps keep volume in the roots of your hair.)
Rinse your hair with cold water.
Hot water strips your skin and hair of its moisture. If you tend to take hot showers, it could be doing damage to your hair. But you don’t have to stop the luxury of the hot shower.
Shower as normal. At the very end of your shower, turn the water to cold (or at least lukewarm, if you can’t stand the cold). The cold water will help lock in moisture and restore the strength of your hair strands, so it’s less likely to break off or dry out during the day.
Tip: Use a microfiber towel to dry your hair and minimize damage even more.
Know how to shampoo and condition.
Shampoo should focus on the scalp. This helps remove oil and dirt that accumulate on your scalp throughout the day. A clarifying shampoo once a week can especially help cleanse your hair and restore its natural pH.
Focus your conditioner on the ends of your hair. This helps prevent split ends and maintain the strength of your hair. Avoid putting conditioner on the scalp, as this can cause the scalp to be oily and weigh down the roots (so you’ll have flatter, finer hair).
Glow Up… Your Health
Glowing up isn’t just about how your body looks. It’s about living a healthier life so you look and feel andlive better.
Drink more water.
Staying hydrated is the best way to improve your health. It’s good for your skin, hair, nails, and your organs! Dehydration is the primary reason people look and feel fatigued!
You should be drinking at least half your weight (in ounces) of water. So if you weigh 140lbs, you should aim for at least 70oz of water per day.
Tip: Invest in a pretty BPA-free water bottle. This will encourage you to drink more water, and it will minimize negative impact on the environment too!
Exercise every day.
Just 15 mins of movement every day can change your life—and make you absolutely glow. Exercise is great for your skin, your health, your physical appearance, your mood, your hormones, and your confidence.
Do any sort of exercise that makes you happy! Whether it’s going to the gym, dancing, or taking the dog for a walk, it doesn’t matter what you do as long as you’re moving and having fun with it on a regular basis!
Minimize exposure to chemicals.
There are chemicals and toxins everywhere around us—affecting us all the time. These chemicals are actually worsening our health, and they’re killing the environment around us. So it’s best to avoid exposure whenever possible.
Where should you especially be on the lookout for hidden chemicals?
Fast fashion (fast fashion is made with a lot of chemicals that can seep into your skin; but high quality fashion is made with fewer chemicals and toxins that won’t harm you or the environment)
Personal care products (especially avoid parabens, dyes, and fragrances)
Foods (opt for organic, without pesticides, and antibiotic free foods)
Household cleaning products (choose natural solutions or DIY your own with essential oils)
Trust me. The fewer chemicals in your life, the better you’ll feel and the healthier you’ll be!
Try not eating sugar for a week or two and see what it does to your skin, energy, and health. You’ll be feeling way better, I guarantee it!
If you eat a lot of sugar, a cleanse will be hard at first. Your body will crave it, thinking it needs it for energy. But if you stick to the cleanse, you’ll start to crave sugar less and less. Suddenly, you won’t crave it at all. Then, you can make sugar more of a treat than a lifestyle—and you’ll see your appearance and health radically transform.
Talk to a doctor before making any changes in your diet, especially if you have an insulin-related condition.
Brush your teeth with a whitening toothpaste.
A bright, white smile is an easy fix that can make your entire face glow. And when you feel good about your teeth, you’ll be encouraged to open your mouth and SMILE.
So a simple glow-up technique is just to implement a whitening toothpaste or whitening strips to remove years of coffee and tea from your enamel.
Focus on your posture.
Standing up straight can instantly change your appearance and your mood. There are so many incredible benefits to good posture—including less pain, a flatter stomach, and a happier mood.
There’s no one “right” way to dress. Everyone has a different body type with unique features, so you want to dress in a way that accentuates the uniqueness that is YOU. That doesn’t mean showing more or less skin; it simply means dressing in a way that brings out your best and makes you feel great.
Learn more about how to accentuate your features with this piece by Whowhatwear.
Own clothes that you love.
You want to look in your closet and get excited. You don’t want to dread the process of getting dressed in the morning—because that can put a damper on the rest of your day. If you only own clothes that you love, you’ll wear confidence-boosting outfits every single day. Over time, that can have a huge impact on how you feel about yourself and your body!
If you put on an article of clothing that makes you cringe in the mirror, sell it or donate it. Don’t keep things that don’t bring you joy, like Marie Kondo preaches.
Invest in designer pieces.
Designer pieces are designer for a reason. They’re high quality and made with timeless—yet trendy—fashion in mind. Quality clothes fit better, look better, and feel better!
Quality clothes are made for a quality woman. Find out more about why this is so important for your physical and mental glow up here… It really is the key to the whole process!
You don’t have to hurt your wallet if you want to incorporate more quality designer items into your closet. That’s one of the reasons preloved fashion is the hottest craze right now! Buy designer clothes on consignment for an incredible deal!
Dress for today. Too many people make the mistake of keeping jeans that are too small or dresses that are too big. Clothes that fit well can make all the difference in going from drab to fab!
Note: If you’re in the process of losing weight, it’s okay to have some jeans that are a few sizes smaller to keep you motivated. But you still want jeans that fit today, otherwise you risk damaging your confidence in the process.
You can even make sweatpants look fashionable with the right accessories! You could wear a little black dress every single day, and it can look completely different based on the jewelry, scarves, glasses, hats, and shoes you wear!
We always feel better when we’re giving more than when we’re taking. There’s something magical about the connection we can create with other people and with the environment when we focus on others, rather than on ourselves.
When you glow up, you want to make sure you’re adding even more beauty and love to the world! It will create a more authentic, lasting, and stunning glow!
Buy sustainable clothing.
One of the simplest and most effective ways you can minimize your negative impact on the environment is to buy sustainable clothing. When you invest in circular fashion, you reduce expended resources and waste, you minimize the use of chemicals (that contribute to pollution), and you encourage healthy social practices for laborers. Plus, it’s better for your health too!
Another way to help the environment is by not throwing out your clothing. There’s a huge textile waste problem worldwide, especially in America. Rather than ditching your clothing, consider selling them to Current Boutique or donating them to a local homeless shelter. You’ll reduce the textiles ending up in landfills, and you can make some extra cash in the process!
Do a random act of kindness.
Has a stranger ever made your day just by doing something nice, like holding the door or giving you a compliment? Be that light in someone else’s day! With just one or two acts of kindness, you never know whose life you might change!
Getting involved with the community is a great way to get out of your own bubble and really become a part of something “bigger” than yourself. There are so many options for volunteering out there, from spending time at a local animal shelter to feeding the homeless at a soup kitchen to mentoring people in your area. A quick Google search can help you come up with some good ideas.
Find a cause that speaks to you and dedicate yourself to it!
Glow Up… Your Skills
Growth is the key to life. Like a flower, if we’re not growing, we’re dying. So focus on glowing up your “growth,” and you’re guaranteed to feel more confident and bright in response!
Learn something new.
Take a class at your local community college. Join Masterclass. Check Groupon for local classes. Even watch YouTube videos and Ted talks!
Take some personality quizzes.
I love taking legitimate personality quizzes to learn more about my natural strengths, how to emphasize those strengths, and how to grow further in areas where I’m not as strong. The more you know yourself, the more you can follow your life’s path.
Note: These can tell you a lot about yourself, but take them with a grain of salt. They’re just a starting point to help you learn more about the beauty that is you!
Set glow up goals.
What is the purpose of your glow up? What are you trying to achieve in the short-term and the long-term? Setting goals is the best way to know where you’re headed and WHY you’re headed there, so you can make an effective course of action. Move with a purpose and you’re bound to see major success.