CRUISE SHIP QUESTIONS ANSWERED!

How many of you have been on a cruise ship? How many are looking to take a trip on one? Maybe work for a cruiseline? Well I am here to help you answer all of these questions. This is for the guests, the agents and the crew.

I consider myself an expert in this field because I have worked on over 20 ships all around the world. I went on as a guest every week for almost two years straight! Yes that means I had the joy of clearing customs every week as well! Fun times! Some ships I sailed for one week and others for 4-5 depending on where I was. I was also lucky enough to go back on a previous ship. I loved doing this as once I became friends with guests and crew I would go back on that ship to see them again and of course manage everything makeup while onboard.

My job on ships was to train all the Makeup Artists on board. I was a National Makeup Artist for an International Brand and was able to cruise around, train makeup artists and paint the faces of international guests on board. Oh! I also gave seminars to thousands at a time! Seriously! This was my job. Head mic and all! You will read all about that story in my book one day but basically I created this position after contacting every cruise line asking them why there were no positions like this? So I begged and begged and BOOM it finally happened…

Now back to cruising. I want to make myself available for everyone to ask me anything regarding cruises. I will be available all day on  Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

KAG

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TEN TRAVEL TIPS FROM A PRO

Everyone has their own way of preparing for a trip. You may start weeks ahead or be a pro at last minute packing. Either way it’s just nice to have a few back ups or new ideas. Sometimes that moment comes along when you’re like “Sh*t I can’t believe I forgot to bring that”! Or maybe a “Why didn’t I ever think of that”? Am I right?

So here are my top ten travel tips! Some you may already do and some may have you thinking I am crazy OCD! However, if you have been reading my How To Series all month you would know more about me and know that being organized times ten is just my norm…

TOP TEN TRAVEL TIPS

1: Do your research.

It does not matter if you are going away for business or pleasure, you should always do your research and prepare. You should look up local restaurants and shops because supporting local is important everywhere! Just saying. Contact a few people on social media that you may want to connect with later on. Ask them for their two cents on some places you’ve found online. I’m telling you this will really enhance your trip. And by doing it ahead of time you are not running around frantic or stressed. As trips are meant to be enjoyed. Even business trips.

2: Plan an itinerary and/or schedule.

You don’t want to be scheduled too much but you definitely want to have some sort of a plan to make sure you don’t overspend on traveling to each destination you are looking to visit. You also want to make sure you see everything on your list! Creating a schedule is just so you are able to see it on paper or a list on your phone. It may remind you of something else you wanted to do!

3: Packing and shipping.

The world we live in now is so different than 10-15 years ago. If you fly commercial you are sometimes charged for breathing room now! Just kidding! But the extra charges are getting to be a bit ridiculous. Not all airlines thank god just some of them. This is where shipping comes in. Next time you have a trip planned and have a lot to take I would definitely suggest looking into shipping a few things. It is cheaper to send a FedEx or UPS box than an checking an additional suitcase at the airport. Check it out. I’m sure you will be able to save some money in this department!

4: Stay charged up!

Bring your chargers for your chargers! Bring batteries. Bring extra batteries to charge the battery pack. These are on the list of you will spend a fortune buying them on vacation if you forgot them at home. Lay out all of your devices on the bed before packing to make sure you have everything you need for them. This is what I do! It makes it a lot easier. Then get those Ziplocs out and ready to go!

5:  Packing advice. Roll everything!

As you may have read this week I used to travel a lot. I would fly almost every week and to a completely different climate. One week I was in Panama, the next Alaska then sunny San Diego and Hawaii. I would have to bring an every day wardrobe as well as a formal work attire in one suitcase to fit all of these climates. How I did this was I rolled everything. I rolled things inside of other rolls of clothing and stacked them in rows. I would then pack my breakables in towels in between them to create layer. You will be shocked when you see how much more room you have packing this way. You also need Ziplocs and a lot of them. Ziplocs can be used to store everything! They will also help save you a ton of room in your luggage as well as keep it nice and organized.

6: Prepare what to eat and what type of food to eat.

These days most restaurants can accommodate any diet restrictions but you want to make sure you find those great places to dine beforehand so you are not stressed right before a meal. Going out to eat should absolutely be enjoyable not a stressful situation. Make a list of what type of dining you want to enjoy too! Italian, Mediterranean, Asian cuisine etc. In Vegas especially choosing your dining can be overwhelming because there are just so many options. And going off the grid aka off “the strip” is also a great choice! Pick a day of your trip to go where the locals go.

7: Carry on your essentials and back ups.

I am by no means telling you this to jinx you but you always need to plan and be prepared. God forbid your luggage gets lost and you are on your way to a deal making meeting. Please do not pack anything for that meeting in a suitcase you check! You MUST have those items on you or ahead of you. Feel free to refer back to Tip #3 packing and shipping if you need a reminder.

8: Download Apps and save money!

This is one of those tips that a lot of people don’t think about doing. Some apps are only available in certain cities and if you are a new customer you are sure to save! No matter what the case may be. Hotels also have many ways for you to save. A players card or VIP member of some sort. Just research these before you hop on that flight so that you can start saving as soon as you land. Social media is the easiest way to find these codes and/or apps. Contact me here if you need any Vegas deals…

9: Make lists on your phone.

I have lists for my lists. I am not kidding! I know that is extreme but it keeps me organized and prepared at all times. On the down time you have flying or sitting in the car put together a plan for your stay. This is to make sure you don’t forget the attractions, places or restaurants you really want to go to. We all know trips can be a bit stressful so why not try to avoid that!

10: Experience and enjoy!

You are on a trip for a reason. Whether it’s for work or personal you just need to enjoy every moment of it! Take lots of pics, videos and your journal if you have one. But not to the point where you are not fully present! Trust me I used to be one of those. Enjoy every moment because you deserve it…

As always, leave me a comment below or on my Facebook and Instagram.

KAG

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HAIR TIPS FROM PROS. PART TWO.

There is some great advice shared here to conclude the Hair Tips portion of Beauty Week. Just saying…

First off… I would just like to remind you of a little post I wrote a few weeks ago titled WHY COMMUNITY IS EVERYTHING!

About a year ago I became involved in a Facebook group and met an incredible woman Meg Blair. A group filled with some serious Lady Bosses.

Cut to a few months ago…

I knew Meg was involved with Monat hair products from seeing her posts so I messaged her as I was quite curious. I’ve been going through Chemo over the past few months and noticed I am loosing more hair and wanted some info on that line in the hopes that it could help me out!

Meg was amazing! Not only did she send me the link, she also sent me four full size products. If I never joined that Facebook community I never would have met Meg and/or tried these products. Building relationships in your personal and professional life is the key to happiness as well as success. This I know from experience!

I’ll admit I really need to start using my Monat products more religiously in order to see the best results but so far so good. It is amazing to see the result’s of others so I’m hoping I’ll end up like one of them soon. As of right now, it has kept my color in two weeks longer and the fullness and shine is on another level! That right there is pretty great considering the length of time I have been using them…

If you want to see what Monat products I am using check out my Instagram Stories later today…

To learn more about Monat follow Meg Blair below…

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Now I would like to introduce you to Tanya Ramirez aka @untamedinstinct on Instagram.

I met Tanya when I first moved to Beverly Hills. I went on Google my first day there searching for someone to save my hair because someone in Miami had just turned my hair to a pretty orange shade! That being said her incredible portfolio sold me! I booked my first appointment with her. She took a drastic unrealistic color and magically turned it into perfection and without damaging my hair one bit. From black to blonde is a pretty tough job! When I left LA for San Diego a few years later I still made the trips to LA to see her because she really is the best!

I asked Tanya to share some basic tips for us today. They are short, sweet and to the point…

Tips on the best way to part your hair. 
Heart-shaped face
Ideal hair parting: Side parting
A side-parting helps to shift the focus away from the widest part of the head: forehead. By creating this diagonal line across the face, there is more emphasis on the lower structure of the face: cheekbones, lips, chin. Keep the top sleek with any volume in mid-shaft through ends of hair.
Square-shaped face
Ideal hair parting: Middle or Side parting
A middle parting helps soften the edges/corners of the face both in the forehead, as well as, the chin area.
A side-parting also helps shift the focus away from the wide areas of the face. There is more emphasis on the eyes, cheeks, nose and lips. Keep any volume to a minimum to maintain a sleek profile.
Round-shaped face
Ideal hair parting: Middle or Side parting
A middle parting helps create a center focal point and softens the outer edges of the face for an elongated shape.
A side-parting can also help shift the focus away from the wide areas of the face. This way there is more emphasis on the eyes and cheekbones. Keep any volume to a minimum to maintain a sleek profile.
Oval-shaped face
Ideal hair parting: Middle or Side parting
A middle parting can highlight the overall symmetry and balance of the face. Be sure to create some volume at the sides of the face with your hair to avoid an over-elongated profile.
A side-parting can shift the focus and create the illusion of a wider face to help balance out the overall structure. This face shape benefits from volume at the top and sides of the face.
Want to get in touch with Tanya? Click her links below and be sure to tell her I sent you…
I really hope all these tips have helped you and my Monat story has peeked your interest. And of course if you have a comment for any of us please leave them below.

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Until next time…

KAG

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HAIR TIPS FROM PROS. PART ONE.

As Beauty Week continues I wanted to share some great hair tips straight from a few of my friends that happen to be amazing at their craft. To the extent that I consider them all Pros. And it is not just me but everyone else that sits in their chair! Check out what hair tips they had to share with us below…

And stay tuned for Hair Tips-Part Two…

As you may or may not know I currently live in Las Vegas so let’s see what a local Pro has to share…

Alana Castillo

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Tip #1: One thing people in Las Vegas do is mistake damaged hair with dry hair. They will always go for repair shampoos and treatments. Almost all of those “repair” products use a high amount of keratin protein which helps build the strength to the hair. But when over used on dry damaged hair it can build up the hair follicle too much and it will get too strong get brittle and break off. Instead of going for the “repair” products go for the Moisture or Hydration. The dry hair follicle needs moisture and hydration! It’s so dry and hot in Vegas and our water is harsh. Just like our skin gets dry our hair does too!

Tip #2: Everyone always wants to go lighter for summer and darker for winter….right? Well as a colorist I say do the opposite! Why you ask? Because in the summer you typically are more tan from being out in the sun so darker hair would look best since you will be tan unlike in the winter where you are typically pale. And vice versa… Go lighter in the winter cause you will be more pale and it won’t wash you out like dark hair would! 

Tip #3: My way to get three days out of your hair…

Day 1: Keep it straight or blown out!

Day 2: Curl it.

Day 3: Put it up…. Bun life or ponytail. Add a braid or headband! Then repeat! 

Now onto New Orleans…

Chelsea Barber

I think more clients should embrace their given texture and learn how to work with it. If your hair is curly, own it and nurture it with quality curl loving products.

Your hair is your crown so it cannot be hidden, but it can be taken care of.

The way clients take care of their hair can be a reflection of how they feel about themselves. So give it love. Find a stylist who is willing to turn you down and make better suggestions.

If they don’t believe your hair is cut out for a specific style and/or cut because it usually means they care about your hair. You want someone willing to guide you in the right direction and teach you how to take care of it.

These tips were great!  And thanks ladies for being a part of Beauty Week!

Beauty Week Q&A will be this weekend. So if you have a question just leave it in the comments below or on my social pages and we will answer it for you. How great is that?

If you happen to be in Las Vegas or New Orleans you must give Alana and Chelsea a call! Click on their names above and that will bring you to their contact info…

And make sure you let them know I sent you…

KAG

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HOW TO DO BEAUTY

Beauty Week is finally here! Over the NEXT seven days I will be giving you everything I know about beauty. And guess what? I called in some favors from a few of my PRO friends too!

We will be sharing our tips and tricks. Everything makeup, hair, skin, nails, brows, lashes and more…

Sounds incredible right? This is where you will want to come when you are looking to learn How To Do Beauty.

I will also be on my Instagram Stories all week so that I can actually SHOW YOU a few tricks I have up my sleeve. For example: How to wash your brushes properly. How to use the correct makeup brush for products and where. How to keep your makeup clean and organized etc.

Just in case you didn’t know why I have been so excited for this week to start. It is because I was (now retired) a Pro Makeup Artist for 16 years. I was extremely fortunate to be able to travel the world doing so. If you care to learn more about that world you can read my bio here.

I love sharing everything I know about makeup and organizing. I still get asked questions at least five times a day. Hence, why I am taking a whole week to share everything beauty for you here and on Instagram.

Also, if there is something that you want me to go over then please leave it in the comments below and I will be sure to answer or post sometime this week in a blog.

Until tomorrow…

KAG

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HOW TO GET SOCIAL!

Happy Thursday! Keeping it short and sweet today!

How do you get social? Pick a few of your favorite social media platforms, local restaurants/bars or coffee shops to spend some time in this weekend.

I prefer Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn and small family run businesses to hang out in!

Introduce yourself in groups, at happy hour or when in line for your coffee!

Engage when you feel comfortable and as much as you feel necessary!

Meet new friends in person and online!

Just spread some love and positive juju this week.

Why?

Because everyone needs it these days…

Wouldn’t it feel nice to know that you were the one to brighten up someone’s day?

Now that is how you get social!

Until tomorrow…

KAG

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HOW TO CREATE VISION AND HAPPINESS BOARDS

Hello and Happy Tuesday!

How many of you have heard of vision boards? Or maybe even happiness boards? They have been around for so many years. I feel like the wave of talking about them comes and goes. And I see it trending everywhere right now! Hence, why I wanted to write about it and because I LOVE creating them obviously…

As a born creative of course I have one. I actually have two and once had three. That was just too much I know. I’ll admit it. Once I get into my creative zone I just cannot stop FOR REAL!

Just the other day one of my friends text me asking how to create one? We used to live together so clearly she remembered my wall of cork boards and so I think this is why she called.

My answer was that you need to think and visualize what you want and/or where you see yourself going. In your personal life and career. I am a HUGE fan of putting your thoughts into the universe and creating these boards is one very fun and entertaining way of doing do.

I actually see a lot of work shops for vision boards trending all over the world in fact. Celebrating with some bubbly and creating a special space for others to create together is genius. I think I actually need to be a part of these one day.

When you are creating a personal vision and/or happiness board you can put pictures (from magazines, newspapers, print outs) of where you would like to travel, your favorite quotes, a cocktail napkin from a bar you once celebrated at etc.

As far as your board type goes I personally prefer cork boards but white boards patterned quilt and a section of a wall. It honestly depends on your style…

Your boards can consist of fun items you collect in your travels and sometimes on the street. No joke! I have a very large screw that ended up in my tire rushing to the Golden Globes from a few years ago. Random but it reminds me of that crazy day of running from room to room doing makeup for my clients.

So that infamous screw is there to remind me of that accomplishment and also the not so happy part where I just got screwed! Get it!

My happiness board has fortune cookie messages (because I’ve been collecting them for years), ads from magazines that I just love. I mean some of these I have now framed because I just love them so much! And they are years old, so we can now call them vintage I guess! lol

Blue Lagoon in Iceland (that’s a bucket list trip of mine) my favorite quotes and mantras are absolutely on one of my boards.

When I get into a funk or need to switch things up I redo them. This is why I love using push pins. It’s easy to make changes without ruining your project you’ve spent hours working on. When it comes to my “work” boards I change them every first of the month!

It is so good to refresh your goals and plans. It’s called life and sh*t happens whether or not you are prepared for it. Your life can change in a second. Just look at mine for example. Insane, scary and absolutely annoying at times but honestly looking at work I have created on these boards continues to keep me inspired  and motivated in all aspects; business and personal.

If you are enjoying my How To Series please feel free to share along with anyone who you think could benefit from my writing everyday this month!

Until tomorrow…

KAG

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HOW TO PLAN AHEAD

Do you prepare your content, product or pitch ahead of time? How far out do you plan?

One year, Six months, three months, maybe even a few weeks.

These are questions you must know the answers to and follow through with if you want to run a successful business.

There are four things that you absolutely must need in order to this this correctly. A 12 month calendar, editorial or school holiday calendar, a calculator and Excel to track your numbers. Or another program if you prefer.

If you are using Social Media to enhance and advertise your brand message then you should absolutely have a content and/or editorial calendar for the topics you plan on posting throughout the week.

You always want to stay ahead of the game. You want to take advantage of popular used hashtags in order to gain visibility to your pages. I am not saying this do this all the time I am simply saying it is something you should really take a look at. If it makes the most sense as to what service or product your brand provides then by all means go for it!

If you have not hopped on the social media train yet no worries. This still applies to you. You want to grab a calendar and of course your computer and look at holidays, important business days and trending people or places. Research everything you can under this topic to see how you can use those days to help promote your business.

Advertisements and products are always designed and paid for months and sometimes years in advance so if this is your route then you probably already have a strategy in place. If you don’t then I think you may really need my help! I can absolutely help you put together the best plan of action and point you in the right direction which would be more sales in your business. However, I hope this part is already taken care of 🙂

If not, please feel free to check out The Happy Workaholic Network here!

I challenge you to create your next two months today as well as get to planning 2018. Pencil in the days you want to get more customers, guests or clients. How are you going to get them? What sales tactics will you choose to use? Print ads, flyers, direct marketing, social media posts, paid influencers?

I know. I know. So many questions but you will have to have answers for them in order to achieve the success that you deserve and have worked so hard for! Trust me when I say I have been there and done that many times!

Plan ahead and I promise your sales will see an increase. A boost in confidence and a hell of a lot less stress. Just sayn’…

What is one project you have prepped for that is coming up? Are you ready for 2018?

How long have you been working on it?

What is a puzzle piece that you are missing right now?

Let me know…

I’m always full of ideas and as you are fully aware love to help others build their brand.

Have a question? Comment below so I can answer…

Until tomorrow…

KAG

PS Did I mention you should plan ahead? Ok. You’re listening. Just wanted to double check! Now get to it. Times a tickn’…

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HOW TO MIND YOUR MANNERS

Hello and welcome to week two of my How To Series. This week is all about Business. And today’s topic I would like to discuss is Manners. Please and Thank You’s is a very important subject so let’s dive right in…

It does not matter if you are working digitally or in person with people every day.

Please please please use your manners.

Please, Thank You, Your Welcome. No Thank You. My pleasure. I’m not interested.

This all matters!

Are you with me?

Proper spelling of names, texts and voicemails are definitely included when it comes to manners. If you are texting make sure a happy tone is felt through the text. Not the bad mood you may happen to be in at the moment. However, make sure a text is the proper way to connect. I would prefer an introductory email then if the situation feels right move to text. This in my opinion is the right way of contact. However, every situation differs.

I know we’ve all received an email or text with “that tone”! Wasn’t it awful? Absolutely! So please do not be the person on the other end sending them because they are awful to read when you are the one in a happy mood. No one needs a Debby Downer especially when it comes to your business.

Have you ever had multiple that feels like hundreds of emails go back and forth with a client/customer? With my experience those emails are usually regarding the budget or creative. Did you then loose the deal? I have definitely been there a few times. You put in all of this hard work and then nothing!

I am telling you this is a good thing and it is all ok. Each deal lost will in turn create the possibility and opportunity for a better one. I am telling you the honest truth. However, it was hard to take the first few times. I am not going to sugar coat it!

We live in a crazy crazy world right now so let’s just be happy and kind towards one another. Speaking of HAPPY! Check out what I posted on my Instagram Stories this morning. 

First impressions are everything and keep in fact the six degrees of separation. In Vegas it is more like one or two. Everyone is connected here! And so is everyone in the digital world. Make sure to always leave a lasting impression. You never know where you or that contact will end up next.

If you make a mistake just admit it and honestly is always the best policy. If you lose that deal always thank them for their time and that you look forward to seeing or hearing from them soon.

Lastly, once your emails have led to that Zoom video call or an in person meeting always ALWAYS introduce yourself by your first and last name. It’s sooo much more professional and proper. It’s never “Hey! I’m Kelly” it’s “Such a pleasure to finally meet you. I am Kelly Ann Gorman”. See that? Sounds much better.

Question! Have you ever been in an uncomfortable position where someone did not use their manners? Have they spammed your inbox? Did they still harass after you politely declined?

Sharing is Caring. “Please” leave your story in the comments below and Iet’s talk about it.

Until tomorrow…

KAG

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