HOW TO GET ORGANIZED AND SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS IN 2020. TIPS, TRICKS AND LIFE HACKS REVEALED!

A few years ago, I wrote a blog post on how to get organized in the upcoming year and it was a hit! So today I have decided to use that information and add more of what I have done this past year for you to make it even better. All my tips, tricks and life hacks for you to use and implement into your home, office, business and personal life! Less is more my friends. It’s time to clear out the crap and what is no longer serving you. And make room for a cleaner, more enlightened area for you to live and work in.

Below are the tasks I complete every year in my personal life, my office area as well as online and on my devices. I have also decided to continue doing this quarterly throughout 2020 to keep me on my toes. I like to do a number of these on the first of every month as well, which you will see below. So, don’t stress about getting it all done at once. Just start! Light your favorite candle, put some drops in your diffuser, turn up the volume on your music and get this organizing party started today! And if you get stuck tag me on Instagram @thehappyworkaholic so I can see what you’re up to and help you out!

Office Tasks

Shred old paperwork, legal docs and tax info from years past. Not sure why I didn’t do this years ago. I was shredding docs from 1998. Really? Obviously keep what you will need to reference.

Create a Vision Board and Calendar System for your Personal, Business and Life/Family Goals. I am a very visual person so if I have something to look at every single day it helps me stay focused. I also need a daily tracking system so for me this really works!

I just posted a video on how I mapped out six solid months of goals here! 2020 is going to be life changing for me! And I am so ready for it! Are YOU?

Get rid of battery packs, chargers and electronics that are no longer working. Set up an eBay store and sell them if they do work! Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp and the Nextdoor App are great places to get rid of your items quickly and locally.

Organize folders, office supplies and paperwork. Labels, sharpies, decorative boxes, glass jars or vases and paperclips are best for this. I just cleaned out a storage unit, so this took the longest but felt so good when I finished.

Speaking of storage, I love clear bins to hold larger items such as photo albums, sports equipment and clothes. Being able to see items really helps when it comes time to shop! Use what you have first!

Create a special space for journals, old planners and notebooks. If you are like me and love to write everything down, then put them somewhere nice in case you need to ever reference them or feel like taking a break to look back at your accomplishments.

Put together a 12-month plan/calendar so you can see every day what needs to be worked on to stay ahead of the game. I have always focused on a month at a time. This year I wanted to map out all of 2020 and focus on my personal, business and life goals. So far, it’s working out for me.

Set up a work schedule and designated area for yourself. If you work from home like me, you must be scheduled, organized and love the office vibes you’ve created for yourself! Set up a routine. Try a few out and then choose the one that you feel the most creative and/or productive from. Choose a few days to work from a coffee shop or somewhere out of the house. A change of scenery is always a good idea!

Personal Tasks

Buy a planner you know you will use! It doesn’t have to be a $100 planner. It doesn’t have to be filled with stickers. By the way those give me such anxiety!

Just buy a notebook and basic planner and make them work for you! I am very particular with my planners. They first and foremost must have lines. I would be all over the place in those little boxes without them!

I am SO over the tops with my highlighting color coded system in my planner and notebook. But you know what? That is the system that works best for me and so I use it every single day! Find a system that works for you and it will change your life! I’m not kidding…

And if you really need your life changed check out my new program, The House of Organized Chaos and Successful Solutions here!

Donate everything you possibly can. Or sell, up to you! A couple of months ago I decided I wanted to travel more so I packed up my things (for the 500th time) and put them in storage. Throughout that process I realized I had so much more to donate and sell, so I did! I wanted to challenge myself and try to live as minimally as possible.

And can I just say I accomplished that task! I was able to get my clothes, makeup, all the beauty products, my office and my Iced Coffee essentials down to three bags. Check out that highlight reel on my Instagram here! I truly impressed myself!

Journal! Find a notebook that just speaks to you (design wise) and write down your thoughts every morning or evening. Whichever time you feel most empowered. I’ve been doing this since July 2014, filmed a tv pilot around a lot of those stories and then launched a podcast years later. Stay tuned for more life changing episodes coming to you in 2020!

You can listen to The Happy Workaholic Podcast on your favorite podcast channel right here!

Try to eat as healthy as possible. We all know what is good and what is bad so just make the right choice! I am giving up sugar for the first 100 days of 2020 and I also have a HUGE goal (Misogi) of dropping 100 pounds. I know I can do it and excited for the challenge and BIG WIN at the end of the year. My body has been through hell over the past three years and now that the healing and detoxing has begun, it’s simply time to get back in shape! PS Please don’t spam me with your products because I don’t want them. TIA…

Prepping meals has always been one of my favorite things to do. Cooking for me is therapeutic. It’s my stress relief. I am just in the zone when I cook! If I have a hectic work week, I will never have to worry about making bad food choices because the healthy meals are already prepared and waiting for me. If you’re into healthy soups, veggie burgers, vegan ice cream, simple stir-fry’s and more I have a ton of recipes over on my Instagram located in the highlights section here!

Some other kitchen tasks would be to throw away all the items and cans and spices in your pantry and cabinets you haven’t used in six months. Throw away food in your fridge you know will go bad. Be one step ahead of the game. Figure out which storage containers are missing their better half, recycle them and buy new ones for your meals. Design a new menu plan and shopping list every week!

I have so many more for the kitchen but that it a whole other blog!

Walk as much as you can throughout the week. It is just good to clear your mind, get fresh air and smile at strangers. Or at the birds, no judgement here! I’ll be doing this more myself as well as Yoga and Pilates in 2020.

Meditate daily. Even if you only have five minutes. Trust me! You will be so much calmer afterwards. I use the Insight Timer App the most!

Depending on my mood at night I will either watch a show or if my brain is just done I will put on my Hypnosis Sleep Well App or new meditations I found on YouTube that are guaranteed to give you a deep restful sleep. Search for the channel Nu Meditation Music on YouTube. They use Binaural Beats, Delta Waves and more.

I also love the Sleep Meditation for receiving love, money and support from Amanda Frances. Look for it on her YouTube Channel! These meditations are both over 8 hours long and play while you are sleeping.

Online Tasks

Upgrade your website and any channels and accounts that need backing up. A few months ago, I lost my website for 4 solid days. I legit had a mini heart attack. Twelve years of content and over 2 years of my podcast were gone! Luckily my servers were able to come back to life. Boy was I lucky!

It’s a New Year and a New Decade! Give all your social media pages a fresh look and updated bio. Show your followers how excited you are for this new decade!

Unsubscribe from all the emails you keep deleting. It literally is the most annoying task! I know because I just did it. A few weeks ago, both my Gmail and Outlook inboxes were full so that is when I poured myself a glass of wine and got down to business.

Delete social media accounts you are no longer using. Also delete the apps on your phone.

Create a thank you messages for all your new followers in the notes section on your phone. CTA’s are also great to have there as well as LinkedIn responses. You’ll need these when you upgrade your profile!

Change your email signature. Add your LinkedIn Profile, Podcast, favorite social channels and cell. People want to know and feel like they have a personal relationship with you so make that known!

Computer Tasks

Track all your social media numbers, podcast downloads, website traffic, income and email subscribers. I created a super simple Excel Spreadsheet a few years ago for this and use it every first of the month and track those stats. It is nice to have one place to refer to track your growth, savings etc.

If you don’t have a business you can change the titles in the Excel Spreadsheet to mortgage, bills, kids, groceries etc. Use it to keep your funds organized.

Grab the exact Excel Spreadsheet I use every month here!

Back up all files in a minimum of two different places. I have multiple clouds like Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive as well as a few hard drives. We live in such a tech driven world now. But guess what? Clouds can crash, accounts can be deleted. Do yourself a favor and back all your stuff up on an external hard drive that you own! It’s better to be safe than sorry! Trust me…

Organize Your Desktop! Put all the files that are all over the place on your computer (I’m looking at YOU) into a folder that makes sense and that you will be able to find the file in later!

Change the wallpaper/background image to something that excites, motivates and inspires you the moment you turn your computer on! I know it sounds a little out there, but it makes a difference. Implementing tiny little changes like this really change your mood and your overall vibe for the day.

Don’t allow pop ups and make sure to do all the security checks and backups when needed. I choose to do this every first of the month.

Clean up task bar, cookies, search results and cache. You may feel this is extreme, but it just feels lighter and cleaner when working online. At least that is what I tell myself!

Phone Tasks

Delete apps you haven’t used in three months.

Reorganize your apps! Just do it for fun and make your brain work a little bit harder!

Delete email accounts you no longer need on phone.

Make sure you have all your music apps ready to go! When it comes time to sweat, put in a long work “sesh” on the computer or maybe you’re folding laundry and scrubbing the kitchen sink. YOU NEED MUSIC! So, find the best playlists for the tasks or create your own.

Delete notes that you are no longer using. This takes forever for me to do because I use this app all day long! It’s basically my assistant and the other half of my brain! It’s also THE BEST place to store all your hashtags from the “Gram. COPY/PASTE BABY!

Organize photos into new albums and delete what you do not need. I deleted over 1,000 pics yesterday. Mostly from my Stories…

Back your phone up to your iCloud or server when on Wi-Fi. Overnight is the best time for this. I would also recommend using this time for your phone’s software updates. We all know those are the biggest pain in the you know what!

Organize your Books App or the areas where your PDF’s live! I have all my media kits and important docs located there, so they are super easy to access when I am not on my computer and need to pitch or submit info to someone.

Well that’s it my friends. All my tips, tricks and hacks when it comes to getting organized in your personal and professional life! Don’t go getting all stressed out now. Just take it on by sections and you will feel so good once you declutter and get organized in the best way that works for you!

Oh! I almost forgot to mention my online schedule for you! This is so important so your followers know where to find you…And most importantly it keeps me accountable knowing that I must post and follow the outline I have created…

Monday: Content Creation Day. I usually don’t take any calls on Monday as they disrupt my creative process. I usually post motivating or inspiring content online on the first day of the week. You can always find me on the ‘Gram posting a little “bts” action of my day though…

Tuesday: LinkedIn Published Posts, podcast recording and LIVE videos coming soon. Patiently waiting for my feature…

Wednesday: Newsletters go out! You can subscribe here if you would like to receive the next one delivered to your inbox! This is also the day of the week I’ve chosen to do all my podcast production for my clients. You’ve got to be scheduled my friends…

Thursday: LinkedIn Published Posts and podcast recording and same as Tuesday. I’m still waiting over here…

Friday: New episode of The Happy Workaholic Podcast uploads to Apple Podcasts, iHeartRADIO, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts and more…

Lastly, I have been spending more time on Instagram Stories and LinkedIn so if we are not connected, let’s do that today! You can find me @thehappyworkaholic and on LinkedIn here!

WOW! You made it to the end! Congrats! This was a long post. I hope that you enjoyed it, learned something new and will refer back whenever you feel the need to. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and please share with a friend who is ready for a little life hacking and success in 2020!

Wishing you the most productive and successful year to come!

Kelly Ann-Founder/Creator of The Happy Workaholic Network

A ONE STOP SHOP FOR YOUR BUSINESS, PODCAST, LINKEDIN AND LIFE!

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PS Feel free to tag me on IG @thehappyworkaholic and LinkedIn @kellyanngorman when implementing some of my go-to life hacks and organizing tips! And if you need help in any of these departments I would highly suggest you check out my end of the decade sale because my virtual organizing sessions are included! You can view them all here.

My BIG Birthday Celebration Continues…

On Sunday June 10th I turned 40!

This year was a really big deal for me (I’ll be sharing more on that soon).

I’m a huge believer in numbers, luck and manifesting. I love documenting milestones as well as enjoying new experiences (I’m trying 40 new ones this month). I love sharing my knowledge, expertise and story any way I can because that’s the reason why I was put here. To help others (at least that is what I believe).

This is why I am a Business Coach. It was an incredible journey to get to where I am today and one that I talk a lot about on The Happy Workaholic Podcast.

I want to continue celebrating throughout the month of June. Not just for my 40th but for you as well. I want to support you and be there when you celebrate your wins. I want to help you get to the next level of your business. Branch out, collab and uplevel. If not for your business; make it happen in your personal life! Why? Because you deserve to live a happy and healthy life. You need to stay positive and productive to get sh*t done! And I am here to help you do so.

I have decided that this month I am going to offer a very special sale price of $610* for two months of business services! This is more than 50% off! This is also the last time you will see these prices as they will all increase July 1, 2018.

I know this may sound a bit crazy but I like to do something like this every year! I even dropped my WordPress Web Design packages to $610. They usually begin at $1500 so if you are in need of a new website now would be an excellent time to take advantage!

I am also launching a year long program on July 1st. So be sure you are following me on Instagram as that is where I am sharing the launch info first. You can find me on IG @thehappyworkaholic.

You have the option to choose between three of my coaching programs. Service, Sales and Social Media, LinkedIn or Podcast Coaching. You can choose two months of one program or two different. You can also add one additional month to cover all three coaching programs for an additional $305. All of my coaching programs have been strategically designed (by ME) to uplevel your business.

If you are ready to take your brand to the next level then joining The Happy Workaholic Network is just what you need! Once a part of a coaching program you will gain access to my private business networking Facebook Group. This is where you will meet other like minded entrepreneurs. A fun place for you to chat, collab and bounce ideas off of each other. A place where other business owners are there to support you!

If you are looking to grow now is the time to let me help you.

My special birthday pricing is more than a 50% savings so you will definitely want to act fast as space is limited.

All available coaching program options can be found right here!

When you are ready to hop on a call with me send me a message here!

I cannot wait to hear from you…

Kelly

To learn more about Kelly Ann Gorman, The Happy Workaholic Network, Podcast and Leverage Your LinkedIn Coaching click here…

MAKE TIME TO UNPLUG

From someone who used to be allergic to the word “unplug” I somehow managed to (years later) learn how to do so. Not so much to do it but I learned why I NEEDED to do it! For my mind, body and soul…

It doesn’t matter what career you are in, if you work from home or take care of your family. All of these are job and you MUST take the time to unplug, relax and maybe even meditate. Be grateful for what you have. Take the time to write these things down in a journal. Create a zen for yourself. Create a happy place to escape to even if it just in your mind.

When you take the time to do this you will come back to wherever you needed to get to faster because you are feeling so refreshed.

When I gave myself this challenge of writing 30 blogs in 30 days for my How To Series I thought it was honestly going to be a piece of cake.

Ummm…

That was not the case. I had to create a posting schedule for 30 days and five weeks that would make sense and excite my readers. Manage the professionals posts that were sent to me as I had many guests help me create a few posts each week. Then I had to share my story as well as a few others every day. Almost every post was at a minimum of 1,000 words.

And I am so happy and thrilled to share with you that today is Blog #30. The end of my How To Series. I am not going to lie when I tell you how proud I am that I achieved this personal goal of mine. Again…

That being said I am going to take my own advice and unplug this weekend. I’m going to take deep breathes, write in my journal and just escape from my norm…

Aside from unplugging I will be working on The Happy Workaholic Podcast!

I wanted to leave a few of my favorite “unplugged” quotes. Please enjoy them below…

It was true pleasure writing this series every day and I truly appreciated all of the comments here as well as all over my social media channels.

I want to connect and/or stay connected with you! Let me know what is going on in your world…

Comment below and let’s chat.

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Now it is time for me to officially unplug until Monday and I hope you do the same…

KAG

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FOOD IS YOUR FUEL

As someone who has always been up and down in weight it wasn’t until a few years ago that I began eating the right foods and just not the right portions. I finally realized that I needed to eat certain foods as they were actual fuel for my body. Giving me the nutrients and energy that I needed for the day. This is when I really started to listen to my body! My past story was always making sure to prep my meals and eat in portions but it was what I was putting in those meals that was all wrong. Too many bad carbs, sodium, gluten and sugar! These are definite no no’s in my book especially with having an autoimmune disease. There are certain things that just do not agree with me. Wheat and Soy are two of them. Now I know why I always looked swollen and bloated in pics. It wasn’t the alcohol it was the food! I’m not kidding…

I decided to go (almost) dairy free about four years ago. The reason behind this was I found out I could not have my iced coffee with milk in the hour after I took my thyroid medication in the am. So obviously, I had to find a resolution for that because I cannot go that long without my iced coffee in the morning. That is when I discovered my sugar-free vanilla almond milk. Which I still use every morning. Side Note: After a week my skin was clearer and all of my bloating went away. I was in shock when I realized it was dairy that was actually causing that.

I do cheat and have dairy every now and then. Sometimes (monthly) I am in need of a soft-serve cone and on Friday night I need pizza. I am still searching for a dairy free cheese without soy that I love. So if you have any names please send them my way. I grew up on pizza every Friday night. I have to have the mozzarella and that is that! I am such a high maintenance East Coaster. Pizza and Iced Coffee! Hello! I cannot live without them. Cannot!

Over the last few months I’ve been creating vegan and vegetarian meals! Lentil Vegan Falafel, Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes, Detox Soups, Vegan Ice Cream, Fresh Juices, Hummus and my favorite so far are to make homemade Veggie Burgers. I have about five different variations now. Cooking is also a huge stress reliever for me so spending hours in the kitchen just puts me at ease. Using random ingredients and leftovers in my meals is usually one of the ways I end up making the most unique but delicious meals.

Throughout the process of cooking my meals I usually post on my Instagram Stories. And then the final result is posted on my Pinterest. I honestly just love to share my recipes. And find new ones that I attempt to create as well! I definitely need to up my baking skills. I will not deny that but at least I am trying right? lol

If you have been reading my How To Series all month long you may have read a few times about a Facebook group I am a part of that has literally changed the way I think, speak and live. The best way to describe it is that I got an attitude makeover. It was created by Cara Alwill Leyba aka creator of the blog The Champagne Diet and the book Girl Code as well as many others. This group is filled with the most inspirational, motivational and empowered women from all around the world. Yes! That actually exists. If you would like to see what The Slay Baby Collective is all about just click here...

I hope that you enjoyed today’s post. If you would like to get caught up on the rest of the How To Series posts click here. I cannot believe tomorrow is the last day! 30 straight days of blogs. Wow! Almost there and then it’s CHALLENGE COMPLETE for me!!! I am so proud of myself and thankful for everyone who was a part of the How to Series. As I could not have made it as good as it is without you…

Please let me know what you thought about the post today. Leave a comment below. Please and Thank You.

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Wishing you a wonderful week!

KAG

 

 

MEAL PREP FOR DAYS…

Hello! Happy Sunday and first day of Health and Wellness Week!

Today I want to talk all about Meal Prep. Obviously, if you’ve been reading my posts or know anything about me you are aware of how obsessed I am with being organized both personally and professionally. This goes for food too!

For the last few years I have been prepping my meals in advance. I usually choose Sunday so that when Monday morning rolls around I am back on track and ready for what ever the week may throw my way. Chances are if you are running around like crazy you may choose to eat something not so healthy. Versus is you have a meal prepped you can just grab it and go and be healthy!

Prepping a few meals in advance and storing them in containers whether it be the fridge or freezer will allow you more time to enjoy your days. Less time spent on cooking meals every single night. Crock pot meals and soups are great but you will get sick of them. And they tens to have a little too much salt! Trust me I’ve gone down that road before…

Since finding out about my autoimmune disease (NMO) I have tried really hard to eat gluten free, dairy free and mostly sugar free. When I really need a drink I will enjoy a glass of wine or beer but try to keep it in moderation. However, today is an exception as I am celebrating my Thanksgiving. That could change one day but right now I am trying to do what is best for my body. Prepping my meals to help keep my mind and body healthy.

If you want the easiest tips on how to meal prep this is what you do…

  1. Put on some great cooking music to get you in the zone. You will be in the kitchen for a few hours.
  2. Pick a protein, carb and veggie out for each meal if needed. I go through phases with meats. I’ll crave them so badly that I will have it for a few days in a row. Other times I won’t have any for weeks. I’ve had to really start listening to my body over the last few months and pay attention to what it is I am really craving.
  3. Once meals are good to go, just portion them out evenly in containers. I prefer same size and shape this way they are stackable and allow more room in fridge or freezer.
  4. Once they are put away you are done! It really is that simple. Well I guess fill the dishwasher and then you can be done! lol

Prepping for fresh juices and smoothies can be a bit annoying sometimes. You cut up all the fruit and veggies but it goes bad in the fridge after a few days. And you need it to last a week or so. How many times has this happened to you? My trick is that I freeze everything.

I cut up all my fruits and veggies and portion them into Ziploc baggies. Sometimes I blend my spinach and kale to liquid and pour them in ice cube trays. This way they last longer. Definitely cut up your bananas so they don’t turn brown and freeze as well. Adding a frozen banana to a juice or smoothie will create a milkshake-like texture.

When you wake up in the morning take out what you need for your juice or smoothie and place in blender. If it needs a little help defrosting I always add Green Matcha and/or Cleansing Cranberry Tea to help liquefy as well as add some additional benefits and antioxidants to my drink.

Over the past few months I have been posting my healthy recipes on my Pinterest so I have a great place to share and save them. If you would like some healthy items added to your menu follow me on Pinterest here. I usually create something new every week.

My current obsessions are Vegan Pancakes, Protein Balls and Veggie Burgers. I make them both from scratch. Takes me a few hours but it is so worth it!

I usually post my meals and prepping on my Instagram Stories so if you want to check that out follow me here.

Cooking for me is stress relieving. I absolutely love it! I’ve cooked on a few yachts which was incredible but my no means am I a Chef! Side Note: Really miss that unlimited food budget to create amazing meals.

One thing I always tell my friends when it comes to cooking and meal prep is to use what you have. Be creative. I bet you never would have thought to use your rice/grains or leftover veggies to make veggie burgers? Or your left over meats in the fridge to create some dam good meatballs! Try it out! You will save yourself some money as well as create a new dish that could potentially end up a family favorite!

And again if you want to check out my meal prepping and recipes click the Instagram and Pinterest links below.

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KAG

PS Did I mention I have a few friends joining me this week?

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WHAT TO EXPECT FROM MY TRAVEL WEEK SERIES

Greetings from Las Vegas! I cannot wait to share what I have in store for you throughout this entire week…

Are you are looking for travel tips? Are you looking to get into the travel industry as a new career? Are you looking to make a big purchase? Well folks this is where you need to be to read up on all the info I have in store for you! I am not just giving you advice on where to travel. I am giving you the inside scoop. The behind the scenes. And the answers to your most asked questions…

All this week I will be posting about private aviation, yacht charters, commercial flights, must-see destinations as well as a few more ideas I’ve been keeping up my sleeve for this week.

I have Captains, Pilots, Recruiters, Chief Stewardesses, Owners, Crew and other Las Vegas Industry and Service Professionals ready to share their knowledge, advice and piece of their world with you too! Discreetly of course…

How amazing is that? Not sure you can find that info anywhere else. But you will here and all this week! Did I mention how excited I was?

Please let me know if you have any questions you would like answered so that we can answer them for you this weekend. You can leave them in the comments.

In case you didn’t know I have been working in the luxury travel industry for more than ten years. I’ve had a number of people contact me about how to get a job, where to book a charter or where to find crew. So I decided that this week was the time to give you all that information! I’m giving you everything I know plus bringing in a team of pros that I know and trust that do their job to 150 percent which is why I asked them to be involved in Travel Week.

Cannot wait to share more with you tomorrow. And if you can’t wait until then you can find me on Instagram.

KAG

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LOVE YOUR LASHES

I wanted to write this post for all of the lash extension lovers out there! As many of you go for full sets and your fills there are a few maintenance rules for you to follow to keep them looking as perfect as possible.

I asked my friend Soup Vannasing owner of Glamif-Eye here in Las Vegas what she suggests.

Read her advice below… 

Tip #1: Cleanse your lashes with water and baby shampoo! The more clean you keep your lashes and extensions, the longer they will last.
Tip #2: Avoid waterproof and hard to remove eye makeup.
Tip #3: Reshape your extensions after your shower. Gently comb your lashes to fan them out or use a blow dryer set on “cool” to fan them back into place. (Hold it arm length away from face).
I mean can it be any more simple? Listen to this advice and love those lashes that you’ve invested in…
Looking for Lash Extensions in Las Vegas? Contact Soups here. And be sure to tell her I sent you!
Until next time…
KAG

THE CLIENT PERSPECTIVE

Throughout Beauty Week I have been giving you tips, tricks and advice from experienced professionals in their own craft. Today I wanted to switch it up a bit! I wanted to share a client’s perspective as well as some more info on brows…

Let’s jump right in…

Sabrina Dandridge is an actor and model currently living in NYC. I had the pleasure of meeting Sabrina many years ago when she modeled for my makeup line in Rhode Island where we both happen to be from. She was fantastic of course! I asked Sabrina to share her thoughts with me about getting her makeup done professionally.

Hear Sabrina’s point of view below on what it is like to be the one sitting in the chair…

In my opinion, brows are the bane of the face. It is important to have a groomed brow, and shaped nicely. I get my makeup done fairly often in the line of work I am in (actor, model) and the one thing I notice, that is consistent across the board, is the lack of knowledge, attention and tools involving eyebrow presentation. I almost always have to touch up my brows with my own researched products and proven tools, in order to achieve a more polished and flattering look. Glossier has a product, called Boy Brow, that has changed the game of brow enhancing (for me). I can’t recommend the product enough. It is by far one of the best on the market right now. I’m not being paid to say that, either. Makeup Artists, listen up!

A few things I love about getting my makeup done are the obvious pampering aspect. I won’t deny I enjoy that! Another is access to knowledge. I learn something valuable from every Makeup Artist I meet and work with. They are the experts, after-all, and they all have different information, tips, techniques and tools I like to absorb. I then apply what I learn to enhance my own routines and add to my beauty regime necessities.

Lastly, I love the creative aspect of what can be created and the stories that can be told through the medium of makeup and beauty platforms. I love being a canvas for that sort of expression. It’s a type of art, and I can appreciate the artistry that goes into it.

Want to learn more about Sabrina? Visit her on Instagram @theladymuse or her website here…

Chelsea Barber has another perspective I would like to share. Chelsea also modeled for my makeup line many years ago when we both lived in Los Angeles. She is now living in New Orleans and is one of the hair stylists I featured in HAIR TIPS-PART ONE.

Hear what Chelsea has to say below… 

Getting your makeup done is fun because it’s someone’s else’s vision of the beauty they see in you. Whether it is enhancing your eyes, your jawline, lips etc. a canvas through an artist’s unique mind.

You get to see different versions of yourself. Find out what you like and do not like.

Are you in the New Orleans area? Click here for more info on Chelsea Barber.

Back to BROWS…

Eyebrow Microblading is becoming more and more popular by the day. I know I have been dying to get them done. I just wish I was in Florida right now so that my good friend Gina could help a sister out!

What is Microblading?

It’s a Semi-Permanent tattooing technique that has hair like strokes to look like real hair. You will no longer need to fill in your sparse eyebrows or if you don’t have any.

Great for people who have lost their eyebrows or just want to open up their eye area.

As eyebrows frame your face for an amazing natural lift and feel like you can leave the house without any makeup.

Thanks again Gina for being a part of Beauty Week! If you are in Southern Florida you can find Gina’s contact info below. Be sure to tell her I sent you!

Ageless Beauty by Gina Bianca. Boca Raton, FL.

Ageless Beauty on Instagram

As always if you have a question for any of us leave it in the comments.

KAG

 

MAKEUP TIPS FROM THE PROS

As promised I have asked a few fellow Pro Makeup Artists to share some of their favorite tips. I must say they are pretty dam good.

As always if you have a question let us know in the comments and we will be more than happy to answer them this weekend for our Q&A.

Ready for some fab tips? Here we go…

Carly Ryan

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Tip #1: Skin Care is just as important as Makeup! I cannot tell you how many times clients sit in my chair and do not care for their skin properly. I find in particular, woman who have oily skin. Either they don’t use moisturizer at all OR they overdo it when it comes to exfoliating & masks.

Please do your research and invest in your skin, not only is it preventative care but it also affects the way your Makeup wears. I also highly recommend using a Foundation Primer, my favorite is Colorscience Skin Brightening Primer.

Tip #2: Foundation! If I had a dollar for EVERY TIME someone told me that they don’t wear Foundation because they like to look natural but then bust out a FULL COVERAGE foundation POWDER….I’d be Rich! I have news for you, you are wearing FOUNDATION.

Thick powder is not Natural and has the tendency to look more cakey than any liquid or cream and let me tell you why…

When you are using a Full coverage powder, most likely you are going to touch up with it right? Right!

The thing about that is that you are actually caking on layer upon layer of full coverage.

For a natural look, I like to build coverage with the liquid or cream foundation and set with a translucent powder.

Tip #3: Not everyone needs to be contoured to the Gawds! Yes, I said it! Of course we’ve all seen that Meme of Mona Lisa with and without contour and yes, some of us feel invincible with a good contour…

But this technique is called Corrective Makeup. Not EVERY face needs correcting. Some people are blessed with beautiful bone structure and really don’t need this at all, but with the contouring trend being so huge I find that almost every woman that sits in my chair says “I need to learn how to contour!” The fact is that there is no need to go so Hammer Time.

I personally show clients that subtle is always better, especially if you are someone whose daily makeup routine is 5–15 min. I really stray away from making a road map out of any face (you’ve seen it, especially with beauty gurus on YouTube and Instagram where they lay down both the light cream and dark creams at the same time and then try to blend everything like nobody’s business).

In my opinion, you are creating so much more work and it feels more complicated and scary to the everyday woman who needs simplicity in her routine. I always recommend to do foundation first, and then build on that. If you choose to contour, I usually suggest to use a cream as that is the easiest to blend out and looks most natural. This will help you ensure that you don’t apply more than you need to and you will still feel like yourself when you look in the mirror.

Lisette Reeves

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Tip #1: Lighting. Always do your makeup in front of a window if possible, you get natural light and you can see exactly how the makeup looks on you. From the correct color to how dark it’s going on.

Tip #2: Always layer a light powder over any foundation before adding contour or blush so it won’t get muddy.

Tip #3: Use a correcting concealer with some salmon to deep orange depending on your skin tone to cancel out dark circles, before applying foundation.

Don’t use a concealer that’s 3 shades lighter because it won’t cancel out the blue undertone in the dark circles it will just make it look ashy.

Angella Dutton Theriault-Boston Beauty By Angella

My favorite makeup tip is to put your moisturizer in the fridge. Not only does it help keep a bit longer, nut the cool application helps to soothe, tighten skin, minimize the look of pores, and reduce inflammation and puffiness in the skin. It’s a must for me!

Lastly, here are a few of my suggestions I love sharing with clients…

Tip #1: If you are going to do a heavy eye makeup please do that before any foundation is placed on skin. It will allow for a much cleaner look. To clean up the fallout (excess shadow) use a clean foundation brush with a touch of moisturizer on it. It will act just like an eraser. Once clean and dry move on to foundation, powder, bronzer, etc.

Tip #2: Keep your brushes clean. Bacteria and dust can build up in your brushes over time. If they are not clean you are placing that into your skin which can cause an infection or allergic reaction.

Use a brush cleaner once or twice a week. This will not only clean but strengthen the hair of the brush. Once a month I clean them in baby shampoo and then let them air dry overnight. Make sure you lay them flat after washing so that the water does not go through the barrels and un-glue the brush.

Tip #3: Products that I tell clients they should always have on them for touch ups are concealer, powder, lipstick, gloss. Products you should have period are lash primer, skin primer and setting spray.

WOW! These ladies definitely have some pretty amazing tips!

So I haven’t updated my portfolio in forever but if you would like to see some of my work you can find it on YouTube right here…

Well I hope that you enjoyed some of these tips and learned a few tricks. Feel free to reach out to any of us for questions or leave a comment below in the comments.

Until next time…

KAG

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

Want to see what I am using for my hair? Check out my Instagram Stories later today…