Morning Happiness!

I wake up some mornings with a really bad attitude and a gloomy expression on my face. Life is too short to have even one day like this. Here are 5 things I do to prevent the morning (and afternoon) blues.

1) Drink coffee or tea!

My morning starts out with coffee to give me that energy boost I need. I have a few different creamers I like to add for flavor (I can’t drink my coffee black). Also, I have a thing for coffee mugs! Wherever I go I’m always on the lookout for a cute mug to bring home to enjoy my drink in. They just make me smile. I’m trying to get on the tea drinking band wagon but haven’t found any I like yet. Suggestions please!

2) Listen to a happy song

I have a playlist I regularly update with songs that just make me smile to improve my mood.

Currently this is what’s on it:

“This is the LIfe” -Two Door Cinema Club

“The Sound of Sunshine” – Michael Franti and Spearhead

“Life is Good” – Ritalin

“City of Blinding Lights” – U2

“Best Day of My Life” – American Authors

3) Pick Some Flowers or Find Some Greenery

springI am a true believer that something green and living in your office, house etc. lifts the spirits and does wonders for your health. During the winter, when everything was dead outside I would go to my local market and just pick up a cheap bouquet of flowers (not more then $5) and put it in my bedroom. Waking up to it every morning started my day off right.

4) Count Your Blessings

Sometimes we forget how much we have in the everyday hustle and bustle of life. Keeping up with the Jones’ is next to impossible and yet we keep trying. Some of the happiest people I have ever met have lived very simple lives. Everyday I go through my blessings and the things I’m thankful for by using the alphabet as a guide. For example, ‘A’ is for Amir (that’s my boyfriend’s name), ‘B’ is for the beach (my favorite place to go). Do this until you get to the end of the alphabet.

5) Quick Massage

Grab your favorite scented lotion and give your feet, legs, and hands a fast massage. Not only will it moisturize your skin, but it will also release tension in the your muscles. When I wake up in the morning I have incredibly tense muscles. I am an avid dreamer and sometimes those dreams are so real my entire body participate so to speak. If you have sensitive skin, try using CeraVeΒ as an alternative to other brands. My skin does not take kindly to products like Bath and Body Works and CeraVe is something my dermatologist recommended and it definitely works.

Comment and share!

Have a good Thursday πŸ™‚

-Liz

 


I found a fantastic artist that sketches pictures of girls in their everyday life. Inslee.net is her website. She’s amazing! I found this particular sketch on Pinterest which led me to figure out who the wonderful artist was (link below is to actual Pinterest pin).

-E.

 

insleeΒ Inslee


My Express Outlet find!

My Express Outlet find!

Since my first day of summer officially started today, I found myself with loads of free time and nothing to really occupy it. I spent the last 8 weeks working for my coveted 4.o semester GPA. One of my classes was public relations oriented which partly inspired this blog. As a developing writer, I am bound to talk about more than that. I like to write about what inspires me.

Inspiration comes in many forms. For me, a color, a smell, a place… that is inspiration. Fashion for me is dictated by this. I don’t care too much for the runway styles (though I admire the creativity of the designers) I prefer many of the classics. I am very inspired by New England and the classic attire that is associated with it. One of my favorite things to wear are my Sperry Top-Sider boat shoes. They go with most of my summer wardrobe for everyday activities and seem to last an eternity. Pearls are another accessory I find essential to almost any outfit. Go ahead, call me boring. I enjoy looking put together and knowing that the clothes I pick have been in many wardrobes for what seems like forever. There’s a reason they’re called classics.

I recently bought my first ‘Little Black Dress’ to add to my list of classics I own. I was at an Express outlet in Rehobeth Beach, DE and it was on clearance for $28 (originally around $100 I believe). It was a proud moment for me! I have determined that a dress like this is essential in any kind of wardrobe. However, before I owned this dress I got by with other dresses that essentially do the same thing. One of my favorites is a gray Calvin Klein I found for $15 at Ross. It has a square neckline that highlights my collarbone and fits nicely on my figure! Quite a steal if I do say so myself. Another great one I found for $25 was a DKNY red, fitted dress. It was a great purchase and has led me to believe that the ‘Little Black Dress’ doesn’t always have to be black. Many of the classics can be updated and made personal simply by a different cut or color and still maintain the class and dignity of the originals.

What are the classics you enjoy wearing? Do you personalize them?

-E.


I’m an avid pinner and enjoy being able to collect my thoughts and ideas in pictures! A waste of time? Possibly. But I love it πŸ˜‰


 

Thinking about what I wanted to write for this blog post made me realize that while fashion and PR go very well together so do travel and PR. Have you ever stopped to think that when we travel, especially outside America, that we are practicing public relations for the place we come from and for ourselves?

 

I’ve talked to many people from other countries and they all agree that Americans have a bad reputation abroad. I always wondered why this was. When I began my internship at Disney World I quickly realized why- we are rude and self-centered when we are on vacation or simply traveling. I can’t tell you how many people made complete fools of themselves over something as stupid as a 30 minute wait in line to ride an attraction.

When we are out in public, especially abroad, we represent where we come from. A large part of public relations is maintaining an image we want the public to see and associate us with. Why does this not translate to our personal lives and interactions with others? Public relations is not just at the corporate level. It is at the personal level as well.

 

 


Since I’ve introduced how fashion, marketing, and public relations are intertwined I think it would be appropriate to incorporate a better understanding of the latter two.

Marketing is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “the process or technique of promoting, selling, and distributing a product or service.” How we dress promotes our image. Many people will argue that what is on the inside is more important. Essentially, they are right. However, people who do not know you or barely know you do not understand a thing about who you are on the inside. They are judging you by what they can see.

Public relations is defined as “the business of inducing the public to have understanding for and goodwill toward a person, firm, or institution…,” (Merriam-Webster). Since we understand that we are marketing the image we possess, it is important to discuss how public relations correlates with our image. We want others to have a positive view of us. Maintaining this view involves public relations efforts. As I mentioned before, this positive view will stem from not only who we are on the inside but also how we look on the outside.

A person’s way of dressing alludes to many things about their being.

-E.

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