Summer Salad

BBQ Season is here!! This means lots of burgers, roasted veggies and summer salads! Here is one of my favorites!!

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Spinach

Pear

Almonds

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Easy peasy!! Enjoy your BBQ’s!!

I also added a link to BBQ heat plates that you may need to replace.  I’ve had to replace these on my BBQ.

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Lessons I Learned!

Last month I had the opportunity to attend The Kit Connect Conference at the historical venue The Great Hall!! This place is so stunning; I still cannot get over it’s beauty!!

As soon as I walked through the grand wooden doors onto the red carpet with lights sparkling through the crystal chandeliers creating an energetic environment, I knew I was in for a sweet treat. I’m not only talking about the delicious flavors of sparkling water, coffee, tea, donuts, & muffins, but also the jam-packed agenda with secret tips from the amazing panelists:

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Kimberley Newport-Mimran (Pink Tartan), Shiseido Team, Joanna Griffths (Knix), Dani Roche (Kastor & Pollux), Christine Faulaber (Faulhaber Communications), Lesley Hampton (Lesley Hampton The Label & Robust by Lesley Hampton), Emily Ramshaw (Bumble (Bizz)), Roger Gingerich (Fashion Group International – Toronto), Gillian Singerman (Creative Circle).

The panel was facilitated by the wonderful The Kit Team including Laura deCarufel (Editor-in-Chief), Katherine Lalancette (Beauty Director), Giorgina Bigioni (Publisher), and Caitlin Kenny (Digital Director).

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Me, being my enthusiastic self, ran to get my seat in the second row (first row was reserved for panelists!).  I was ready to learn, connect, and take in as much as I can so I can share it all with YOU.

“Sharing Knowledge” was one of the key messages delivered at the conference, so here I am sharing the lessons I learned with you:

How to achieve your dreams?

Never Giving up

Resilience is key

Hard-work

Understand WHAT you want to ACHIEVE

Learn as much as you can

Make a to-do list

Be passionate

Get started

How to achieve balance in life?

Try to make everything work, instead of aiming for a perfect balance.  We are ambitious, we want to be leaders, we want to be successful, but at the same time, we want to be with our family, cook a great meal, attend children’s school events, and spend time with family and friends.  That’s a lot packed into our lives, so aim to make everything work, don’t aim to achieve every single item on your list.  Prioritize your tasks, and work out a balanced life!! A life that makes you happy!

How to get hired?

LinkedIn time-line must match your resume time-line

Positive attitude

Well rounded personality

Appropriate social media accounts

Be unique and proud of yourself

YOU ARE A BRAND!!

What are some key tips for a good resume?

Clear/Concise

Highlight key points & strenghts

Simple fonts, appropriate spacing, no spelling, and accurate content

Show progression on resume

1 page for every 10 years (1-2 pages maximum)

Include concrete numbers, company names, and deliverables

Save the resume file with your NAME

How to shine in an interview?

Do your research

Know about the company

Know the tasks required for your position

Go above and beyond

Offer your unique skills

Believe in yourself

What are some key interview questions?

What do you think the role entails?

What does the Company mean to you?

What is your day-to-day responsibility?

What would you do differently in your current role?

What are your long-term goals?

Where does this new role take you?

How to prepare for an interview?

Practice answering questions with a family member or a friend

Be confident

How to negotiate your salary?

Do your homework

Know the salary grid for the position

Explain the reason for your desired salary

Provide salary guides for the position

Practice negotiations with a friend

Add a clause in contract to review salary at the 6 month mark

How do you start building a business?

Build one piece at a time

Turn negatives into a positive

Every set-back is an opportunity

Learn from your mistakes

Learn from others mistakes

Work for something bigger than you

How do you fund a business?

Grants & subsidies

Create a budget

Reduce your overhead costs

Get creative

How do you build your network?

Volunteer with the organization

Do an internship

Join Facebook groups

Attend events and network with others

Go for a quick coffee

Be kind: a little kindness goes a long way!!

The panelists answered every question before I even had the chance to ask them!! The Kit team pretty much READ our minds, was extremely PREPARED, and delivered BENEFICIAL messages.

After the panel, we had the OPPORTUNITY to connect with the panelists and The Kit team.  It was a venue filled with passionate and energetic women trying to make their dreams a REALITY!! I’m so GRATEFUL for the opportunity to attend this conference, and to LEARN from & MEET so many INSPIRATIONAL women!!

If you have any questions, please leave me a comment or send me an e-mail!! I would love you hear from you!!

~ Happy Learning ~

Jap!!

 

Dream Closets

Every time I visit one of my favorite stores, I always wonder if I could display my clothes, jewelry, shoes and bags in a similar fashion.  Of course I can, why not? I ordered myself a few items from Amazon, and organized my closet!! Love organizing, I found so many pieces that I had forgotten!! Now that I have my closet organized, I can actually wear everything I like, and give away anything I do not!! I’m sharing some of my closet organization tips with you:

#1: Sort by category: I sort my clothes by tops, skirts, dresses, jeans, cardigans, blazers, & other.

#2: Sort by Color & shades: I start with black, grey, white, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, brown, etc.

#3: Invest in Good Hangers: I use a uniform set of felt hangers so my clothes do not slip off and fall on the floor. The same hangers also give a very clean look to the closet.

                                               

#4: Fold chunky sweaters: I fold sweaters by size, largest at the bottom, to stack them on shelves for easy access.  (PS: you can spray paint the shelves any color!!)

                                        

#5: Categorize shoes: I use stack-able shoe boxes to save space and protect my shoes from dust.  Marilyn Monroe once said “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” So go on, protect your shoes, wear them, and take over the world!!

                            

#6: Organize Purses/Bags: I keep my designer bags in original packaging, or stuff them with bubble wrap, or dust bags to maintain their shape.

                                         

#7: Display Jewelry: I organize my jewelry in separate compartments for easy access and keep the jewels sparkling!!  It’s so easy to tangle your necklaces, mix up your earrings, and forget about those pieces at the bottom of the box.  These compartment boxes keep them all separately displayed.

               

How about a sunglasses organizer?

#8: Highlight Favorites: I showcase some of my favorite pieces on my dresser, or closet shelves for inspiration.  Some of these pieces are presents from special people in my life, and seeing them on display makes me happy!!

    

I hope these tips were helpful!!  How do you organize your closet?

Share your secrets and tips in the comments below!!

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Self Care

Self care is a very important part of your life.  You probably already know that but here I am still talking about different ways of Self Care: exercising, eating healthy, meditating, and relaxing.  I discovered this new mat and pillow set on Amazon the other day to add to my relaxation process.

How do I use it?

1. Neck Pain Relief: We sit while driving, working, watching TV, using our phones, and all the other time.  To relieve neck pain, I lay on this mat for 10 minutes.  The acupressure from the mat & pillow releases endorphins that block pain and relaxes neck muscles.

2.  Back Pain Relief: Slouching in chairs, lounging on couches, and sitting in traffic for a long period of time can harm our natural posture.  This could result in back pain and stiffness. To relieve back pain, lay on this mat for 10-15 minutes to massage pressure points that help release tight muscles and reduce stiffness.

3. Increase Circulation: Individuals invest thousands of dollars and hours in obtaining acupuncture treatments.  This mat allows you to incorporate regular acupressure & massage to your daily routine.

Please read instructions in the package prior to using.

 

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How to maintain winter boots!

The sky is blue, the sun is shinning, the birds are chirping and flowers are blooming!! Spring is almost here! This weekend I stored away all of my winter boots (is it too early?!).  Well, I did it anyway.  I am so excited to wear my spring flats, and colorful pumps.  Every year, at the end of winter, I clean my boots and store them back in their boxes so they are maintained properly.  Here are the steps I follow:

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Red & Roses

A red and pink combination works well with my South Asian outfits.  So, I went out and tried it with my dress, and I absolutely love it.  What do you think?

Valentines is just around the corner!! Are you planning this year, or waiting for a surprise from your significant other?  The lines up at bakery & chocolate shops will be around the corner.  Last year Prairie Girl Cupcakes packed special cupcakes with balloons for all valentine’s day orders.  Godiva offered special chocolate packages.  Flower shops will be filled (or emptied out by the end of day) with gorgeous and fresh bouquets.  Restaurants will have special menus for valentines.  Love will be in the air!!

Some people don’t think valentine’s day is a big deal, and some people think it’s the biggest day to declare your love.  I think it’s a great excuse to dress up, spend quality time together, and express your gratitude and love.  It’s a darling time!! So, here’s a lovely outfit for love day!!

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