J.K. Rowling is one of the most fascinating stories that took the world by storm came from a great writer, born on July 31st, 1965 J.K. Rowling is the woman behind the Harry Potter franchise becoming one of the best-selling authors today.
The craze and fan frenzy for Harry Potter series had multiplied manifold so much so that she withdrew the fourth book of the series from contention to give the other books a fair chance.
After the epic success of the Harry Potter series, she took a hiatus from the world of writing only to return to the book stands in 2012 with ‘The Casual Vacancy’ aimed at adults. A dark comedy about local election in small English town of Pagford, the book received mixed reviews but nevertheless sold about 1 million copies in its first three weeks of release.
Today, the Harry Potter franchise is worth an estimated $15 billion. A global brand, it has created world records in literary circles and continues to be the most loved fiction tale. For her outstanding contribution to the literary world, she has been conferred with the prestigious Legion d’honneur by French government and Order of the British Empire. She is the proud recipient of the National Book Awards, British Book Awards, Hugo Award, British Book of the Year award, Locus Award, Bram Stoker award, Hans Christian Anderson Literature award and many more. Furthermore, she has been offered honorary degrees from various universities and colleges.
Summer Beauty Essentials to Face the Heat is something we should all consider during the summertime .There is not better time then to spend it outside enjoying the day. You can take small trips such as a weekend getaway to a day at the beach. While you are out exploring the world it’s good to keep in mind some essential beauty tricks that will keep your hair and skin feeling refreshed, look vibrant and ensures coverage from the sun.
Fall in love with caring for yourself.
Summer products to consider
Sunscreen – it’s best defense against wrinkles, sun spots and sun damage. It ensures coverage for every inch of skin . Hot and humid conditions may sometimes feel heavy. Try out a mouse such as Super Good Super Power Sunscreen Mousse SPF 50, is ideal for your body combining the hydration benefits of a lotion with the weightlessness of a pray. Sunscreen is your best mate through summer. Always check your SPF and apply it at least 30 minutes before stepping out in the sun. If you decide to wear makeup, give the sunscreen some time to settle before applying any other products.
Long-wearing eyeliner – Gel eyeliner are the best. It glides perfectly, stays on all day and easy to apply.
Tinted moisturizer – it helps add a wash of even glow without feeling too heavy on the skin
Lip Balm with SPF: with heat and sun exposure, a lot of irritation can cause painful, chapped and dry lips. Make a point to carry a lip balm around and every time you’re thinking of applying lipstick , try and put it over your lip balm to give your lips some protection.
Waterproof mascara – a face just isn’t done without mascara. I helps create fullness and gives definition
Hot nails – create classic looks in the summer with a perfect red nail, which looks great with sunkissed skin. Summer is the time for flip-flops, chappals, peep-toes, string sandals, and all kinds of fun and open footwear. So this is the perfect time to give your toes some colour. While you have kept your feet wrapped up in socks and shoes in the winters, this is the time to get them ‘out’ and give them a bright pop of colour.
Light scent – be reminded of the summer breeze and the perfect mix of sweet and sexy. Trade your full-strength perfume for a body spray. Get a light scent and is not too overpowering, also it should last long as the humidity tends to dry them out.
Shades– switch your frames to a spunky look that will help polarize the chic style in you.
Frizz free hair – keep humidity from ruining a good hair day with products that add body but won’t weigh down strands such as lightweight wave sprays, root-lifting powder. Try to give your hair volume and smoothness at the same time. Soften dry strands and tame flyaways with a non greasy, silicone-free oil. Keep your frizz and dryness under control by using hair sprays and hair products that will keep those locks under control and make them look good too.
Find the right products that work with your beauty routine. Keep yourself refresh and vibrant with some essential products. Before heading out the door, glam up and keep your skin feeling smooth and clean.
So now you have your resume and portfolio prepared, and you’ve done your research on your potential employer. Next stop: what should I wear?
Appearance is a key factor. I’m a bit old-fashioned when it comes to making sure you wear casual formal attire for an interview. It makes you look serious about the position and prepared for the job ahead. Once you are in the interview, they will see your character and can see what a great person you are. You don’t want to wait until the last minute, scrambling to get ready for the interview. Regardless of the type of job, a first impression should be a great one. That doesn’t mean you have to wear a pantsuit; dress accordingly in business attire. Don’t go in your pajamas, obviously, but if you are applying for a position in a more casual environment, such as store or restaurant, it’s still important to be neat, tidy and well-groomed. Present yourself as a positive image to the employer. When wearing makeup and accessories, don’t go for flashy. Make it more reserved; you’re not going clubbing. This shows how seriously you are taking the opportunity and shows your level of respect for the interviewer. Startups tend to be a lax atmosphere and dress code, so if you show up for a job interview in a suit and tie or conservative dress, you may give off the impression you are too uptight for the laid-back culture. Another example is a creative agency, where the traditional interview outfit may come across as unoriginal or boring. You can usually get away with adding something extra to show your originality and personality. Of course, there are still organizations where employees are expected to wear suits every day, such as law offices or finance industry firms. This is where researching the company you are applying for comes in handy. You want to make sure that you are able to be a part of the team and help them and yourself grow.
I tend to confuse the attire for interviews at times. It’s been a while since I’ve done one, but some details that I use to help me decipher office dress codes are:
Business professional: In a business professional atmosphere, suits are common and the basis of daily wear. Women might wear a skirt or pantsuit with heels.
Business casual: Don’t worry about having to wear a suit when interviewing at a business casual company. You might consider wearing a conservative dress, a blouse (or sweater) with a skirt, or dress pants and dress shoes or boots.
Casual: When interviewing at a casual office, it’s still important to look polished and professional. That doesn’t mean you should go all the way with jeans and flip flop before getting hired. You might want to wear a collared shirt with pants or a pencil skirt or work dress.
The interviewer is going to notice everything about you, including your interview attire, hairstyle, and makeup. With your skills, experience, and capability, you will ultimately win the job, but how you present yourself can impact the hiring manager’s impression of you. Your appearance is the reflection of your level of professionalism.
Your defenses descend around you when you bring your wall down. Your vulnerability becomes invigorating and beautiful once you have the chance to make small changes. My self-consciousness about my arms is one of those vulnerabilities that I wish to break. I tend to hide my arms under cardigans and avoid shirts or dresses that require my arms to be exposed. Sleeveless dressing was a no, no for me for quite sometime.
I’ve always had big arms. I have been consumed by the one-type-of-beauty and image-based society where body fat is seen as a negative thing. I was able to get out of that trap when I had to endure the summer heat in Savannah. It became so hot and humid that my fear went out the window. I didn’t care if my flabby arms would be exposed; I would rather have that than be sweaty and smelly.
“Accept yourself as you were designed “
-Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey
I found myself more comfortable after several attempts. I was able to feel free and unafraid. I’m sure there will be some people who are not too friendly and would like to say negative things, but it’s not in me to care. When you take the power of fear away, you feel more confident. Baring your arms can be a little thing, but it helps build small steps to be less fearful. Accept that you are not perfect, and your flaws can be traits that you can improve through time. Now I embrace the sleeveless styles and feel comfortable.
Bringing in the springtime with this no-sleeve dress that I found at TJ Maxx.
One of the many women who have inspired me through my journey of opening a business is Susan B. Anthony. In 1869 she founded the National Woman’s suffrage Association along with a friend, Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Susan devoted most of her time to the Abolitionist cause and became and agent for the American Anti-Slavery …
For this week’s Women Who Rock, Nancy Johnson has shown us that you can be a creator regardless of your position in life and you can change things no matter what position you find yourself.
Who can resist the sweet taste of ice cream?
Summer heat waves are here and what sweeter way to enjoy the summer than with a delicious cone of ice cream. With so many flavors to choose from, makes me wonder if I could create them all at home!
Nowadays you can find several recipes online to make the perfect match for your taste buds.
I have to thank a New England housewife, Nancy Johnson who is helped bring the art of creating ice cream to the home. She is known as the inventor of the first hand-cranked ice cream churn back in 1846. She created an “artificial freezer” containing a tub, cylinder, lid, dasher, and crank, a design that is still popular today. She patented her design but without the capital to manufacture and market it, she sold the patent to a kitchen wholesaler who began producing the churn and selling it publicly.
Making ice cream at the time was time consuming and difficult to create. It would take longer periods of producing causing high costs and time. Johnson’s solution was simple: instead of opening the bucket to stir the liquid by hand, she attached a hand crank to the outside of the bucket which twisted the pot on the inside. Her invention was a huge step forward for ice cream. It didn’t only make the process easier—it also made ice cream with a smoother texture.
Nancy Johnson is an inventor. She had the strength and ability to come up with a dream and create it.
We can learn from her accomplishments ,we ourselves can become an inventor and create something that can move us forward. We can aspire to do more and accomplish things that help us all move forward.
Winter woos Starting a new year can be both exciting and dreary. You feel like a fresh start or another year to put in the bag. Make this year your year, the time to make a change and develop a new technique in your life. Challenge yourself spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially. My …