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21 Daily Do It Yourself Tutorials

21 Daily Do It Yourself Tutorials

Being interested in fashion does not mean huge expenses automatically. You can dress the way you like and accessorize yourself with a minimal cost only if you give wings to your imagination. Taking diy tutorials may actually help you live your dreams too. Think carefully first and then decide if you would like to get a little help to get started.

One of the first things that you need to do is to look at yourself in the mirror. No, your mirror cannot tell you that you are the ‘fairest of them all,’ but it sure can make you put things in the right perspective. What do you want to change? Your hairstyle? Makeup or dressing sense? Or are you really keen on a total make over?
A sneak peek at your wardrobe might help you to decide even more effectively! Why do you want all those whites and blacks and browns taking up space in your wardrobe? Take them all out and get yourself armed with a sharp pair of scissors, patterns as well as a few knick knacks that you can find at home. Sew, paste, cut and draw with total concentration for the next couple of hours. Hey Presto! Your outfits now have a classy look about them. Who would have thought that a piece of polka dotted patch on the knees of your old, worn out denims can make it look so trendy? What about the sad looking brown handbag that you had to retrieve from the darkest recesses of your wardrobe? A few beads here and there and the look has changed totally! Converting the torn dress into a bathrobe is so cool too and the faded tee looks smart with your handwritten message on it!

A few clever strokes of makeup especially on your eyes and lips will help you to regain confidence once again. So, imbibe the best of your diy tutorials and get going!

Pearly collar just for you

21 Daily Do It Yourself Tutorials

Rose enlivened blouse

21 Daily Do It Yourself Tutorials

High boots with a bow

21 Daily Do It Yourself Tutorials

Lip prints on shirt! How cool is that!

21 Daily Do It Yourself Tutorials

Make your eyes go dreamy

21 Daily Do It Yourself Tutorials

A hugging bracelet keeps you trendy

21 Daily Do It Yourself Tutorials

Great scarf made from tatters

21 Daily Do It Yourself Tutorials

Smoky eyes spell trouble?

21 Daily Do It Yourself Tutorials

Tee with a border

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Strings drawn from old jeans

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Great sarong for bathing

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Easy Dress

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Lace and crochet make a handbag worthy

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Tinkling handbag

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Ruffled wonder

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Beaded Neck-piece made by you

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Mr. Shoes-I made You

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Shirt Tied N Dyed

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Collared Beauty

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Neck piece

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How cute is my poncho!

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24 Stylish DIY Clothing Tutorials

24 Stylish DIY Clothing Tutorials

ake your old stuff and make something new and interesting.
It’s easy to craft stylish clothes with a few easy steps that will help you revamp your wardrobe.
Apply some of these nifty DIY clothing ideas to your own wardrobe.
With the help of these tutorials you can turn your old clothes into new trendy and stylish pieces.
24 Stylish DIY Clothing Tutorials
24 Stylish DIY Clothing Tutorials
24 Stylish DIY Clothing Tutorials
24 Stylish DIY Clothing Tutorials
24 Stylish DIY Clothing Tutorials
24 Stylish DIY Clothing Tutorials
24 Stylish DIY Clothing Tutorials
24 Stylish DIY Clothing Tutorials
24 Stylish DIY Clothing Tutorials
24 Stylish DIY Clothing Tutorials
24 Stylish DIY Clothing Tutorials
24 Stylish DIY Clothing Tutorials
24 Stylish DIY Clothing Tutorials
24 Stylish DIY Clothing Tutorials
24 Stylish DIY Clothing Tutorials
24 Stylish DIY Clothing Tutorials
24 Stylish DIY Clothing Tutorials
24 Stylish DIY Clothing Tutorials
24 Stylish DIY Clothing Tutorials
24 Stylish DIY Clothing Tutorials
24 Stylish DIY Clothing Tutorials
24 Stylish DIY Clothing Tutorials
24 Stylish DIY Clothing Tutorials
24 Stylish DIY Clothing Tutorials
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What I learned from online makeup tutorials

My addiction to beauty videos may have swallowed up hours of my life, but I have picked up a few tips worth knowing. From airbrushed skin to non-slip mascara, here’s what I found out …
Kate Moss at her 30th Birthday

Kate Moss: get this smoky-eyed look yourself with a Charlotte Tilbury eye pencil. Photograph: David Westing/Getty Images

Can you give me some easy makeup advice for the party season?
Jane, by email
Ah, Jane, what a flatterer you are. For you to imagine I possess in-depth knowledge about makeup is very sweet indeed, especially as you have the evidence of my pasty-faced byline photo to suggest the contrary.
Of late, my inability to apply lipstick without resembling the clown from Stephen King’s It has begun to bother me. Not as much as my inability to iron bothers certain people in my life, but a hell of a lot more than my inability to iron bothers me. So I decided to remedy the problem because, dammit, it’s annoying not being able to do something that looks like a lot of fun. To the internet!
But my determination to master le maquillage has resulted in me developing a dark addiction. I really don’t know what to say. I’ve never had any addiction problems before. I’m just not the type, you know? But this stuff – damn, it got me good. And now I find myself up at 1am, reaching out and croaking: “Just … one … more… hit!”
I am, of course, talking about online beauty videos. I love them. I watch them, hypnotised, as women (it is largely women) fiddle-faddle about with brushes as they stare into the lens and say things such as: “Then, you just flick your eyeliner – like that!” They may as well be saying: “And then you kick one leg behind your head and effortlessly do a split – like that!” But nonetheless, I find these videos inspiring, fascinating and sometimes even helpful. So after a year’s immersion in beauty videos and tentative experimentation, I shall share what I have learned and what even those of us without opposable thumbs can manage.
First, I really love Sali Hughes’ videos for the Guardian and her beauty blog, salihughesbeauty.com. Yes, I know I’ve mentioned these before and, yes, I know she works for this paper, but hey, what can I say? She’s just really good and trustworthy and I’ve never had a duff recommendation from her.
Charlotte Tilbury is made from a different cast to Hughes. Where Hughes is plain speaking, Tilbury is all fabulous-fabulous Ibiza hyperbole, where everyone is “gorgeous” and everything is “amazing” and looking like a movie star is everybody’s aim. In the same way that I love reading Vogue, I love watching Tilbury’s videos because while she may be over the top, her makeup tips are easy to follow and useful.

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Those of us who cannot be faffed with foundation and are scared of looking like a dowager countess should use a tinted moisturiser and the best around is by Laura Mercier. There are loads of under-eye concealers that are far better than the overrated Touche Eclat by YSL, which makes people look faintly deranged in photos. My personal favourites are Touche Veloutée by By Terry and Radiant Creamy Concealer by Nars. If you want to make an extra effort, smear Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer all over your face, which will make your skin look airbrushed and helps when you come to blend in the concealer.
Before you start on your eye makeup, slick some Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion on your lids (a Hughes tip) as that will stop your eyeshadow and liner creasing up underneath your eyebrows. Once that has dried, you can whack on the colour and the easiest way to do that is with Tilbury’s brilliant Eyeshadow Pencils. You just scribble them on your lids like a crayon and they stay on for – I speak from scruffy experience here – 24 hours. They are even colour-coded so you know which to get, but don’t feel restricted. My eyes are brown but my favourites are Champagne Diamonds (such a Tilbury name), which is for blue eyes, and I scrawl in a V shape on the inner corner of my eyes to make them look a bit brighter (a Tilbury trick), and Black Diamonds, which will make you look like Kate Moss at her 30th birthday. Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick is lovely for a more subtle dust of sparkle, as are Bourjois’ always reliable eyeshadows. By Terry’s eye pencils are so soft and rich even I can use them (recommended by India Knight in the Sunday Times, proving I don’t have a Guardian bias) and they will make you look like a sooty-eyed demoiselle. Before putting on mascara, clamp your eyelash curlers as close to the eyelash roots as possible and pump them as this gives a bigger curl than just holding the curlers down (a Tilbury trick). My mascara choice is Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Mascara, which is so resistant to smudging I suspect it was actually made by Nasa. I personally find cream blushers easier to use than powder ones, plus they tend to stay on longer, and Bobbi Brown makes the prettiest and longest lasting ones. Finally, for lips, I’m sure lipliner is great but I personally cannot be bothered and recommend Revlon’s Lip Butter lipstick, which is a total bargain.
No, most of these products aren’t budget but I promise they’re easy to use and they will last you absolute yonks. They also make makeup what it should be, fun and confidence-boosting, as opposed to how it so often seems: an impenetrable world of expensive pointlessness.

5 Ways to Cure Absenteeism

5 Ways to Cure Absenteeism

High absenteeism not only affects company morale, it affects the bottom line for any business. There are ways you can lower the rate of employee absences, and cut down on the high costs associated with them, without having to resort to termination. We offer managers some insight on changing employee behavior in this article.

1. Proactive Recruitment

When hiring workers, pay special attention to verifying their previous employment histories and attendance. During the interview phase, ask guided questions which will gauge the potential hire’s attitude towards missing work. Draw up employment contracts that specify the job description being hired for and clearly outline your absenteeism policy. Having the prospective worker sign the contract after reading and understanding the policy will ensure you have something to work from if absenteeism becomes an issue.

2. Flexible Scheduling

Many managers are finding the addition of flexible scheduling drastically cuts down on absenteeism in the workplace, if it’s implemented properly. Custom-designed work schedules and the allowance to work from home if possible may form predictable work habits that can be relied upon. If proper accountability systems are in place, a more flexible work environment has the potential to be more beneficial, not just for the overall profitability of the company, but for the customer base as well. Today’s work environments are based on a 24/7 work pattern more than ever before, so having employees working more flexible schedules and creating a better balance between their home and work lives may be an actual boon to the company.

3. Positive Reinforcement

Every company has some sort of attendance policy in place, whether it’s strictly enforced or only loosely followed. Emphasize the importance of proper attendance, and focus on the importance of everyone’s attendance as much as possible. If you apply tangible actions to the attendance policy people are more likely to respect it. Some ways might be to offer small perks and bonuses for steady attendance after a week, month, year etc. Positive reinforcement can encourage workers to strive for better attendance, especially when it’s recognized as a “real” policy.
Conversely, micromanagement can be a complete detriment and increase absenteeism drastically. As a manger, you have to be on top of absences and call people to task when they’re unjustified, without being overbearing or questioning those with valid reasons for being away. Micromanaging the absentee rate can cost you even the good employees in the long run.

4. Communication

Communication is an important key to lowering absenteeism rates in the workplace. Is there a particular manager or managers for whom attendance is a bigger problem than others? Investigating their higher numbers may turn up answers that are surprising. If certain employees are showing higher absentee rates than others, take them aside and ask them how you might help; there may be childcare or transportation issues that are easily rectified, or other issues the employee may feel helpless about that a good manager can easily overcome.
An open door policy is a critical part of effective communication in decreasing employee absenteeism. If you create an environment where you’re easily approachable, people are more likely to speak about their issues rather than simply calling in sick. By the same token, being firm and sitting down to talk with employees who have missed a lot of work is also required. Being too lenient or not following up will create an atmosphere conducive to many absences and give the air of a lack of professionalism.

5. Teambuilding

Dissention among employees and managers can severely impact the absenteeism rate of a company and negatively affect business practices. Stress, negativity and rumors can all be factors which can be virtually eliminated by effective teambuilding. Build teams who are responsible for planning and problem-solving. When employees feel they have a hand in the decision-making processes for the company they work for, they tend to have a vested interest and higher morale. Effective teambuilding must have leaders who are facilitators and level-headed rather than dictatorial. In a team environment, everyone’s strengths are emphasized and utilized for a common goal, which can detract from negativity and harsh competition. People working in an effective team environment also have an increased sense of responsibility since their contributions are required and tend to have lower absenteeism rates.
As a manager, there are many solutions to improving the absenteeism rates in your firm without having to resort to termination. Begin with investigating any possible issues surrounding the absences and systematically implement changes which will encourage employee participation. Take proactive measures to reinforce good attendance, and build effective teams which will put responsibility in the hands of your employees. Communicate effectively with your workers to ensure their needs are being met, and you’re addressing issues early on before absenteeism becomes an expensive habit.
Being a good manager is one of the most important ways to cure employee absenteeism, and keep morale high within your company. Review your company’s stats, and develop a policy for absenteeism that is followed yet encourages workers to take responsibility for their actions. Make sure to enforce the policy with positive action when possible and with appropriate consequences when it’s not. Following these helpful tips will help you reach your goals to lower absenteeism.

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7 Tips for a Career

7 Tips for a Career Boost Through Your Self Evaluation

Annual reviews can be a stressful time, but it can also be a time for positive career development. The self evaluation is a tool to describe how well you’ve performed the previous year. You can use the self evaluation to help drive the performance appraisal process and instead of letting your manager decide the path to take, you can help steer the conversation to the positives that will help boost your career. These 7 tips will not only help you with a career boost, but they will also help you create a career development plan that will change your path at a company.
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1. Speak in Terms of Career Development

Managers are looking for staff who they can trust. Writing your self evaluation in terms of career development will demonstrate your desire to work at a company long term. It demonstrates leadership capability: you want to take responsibility for yourself and how you can contribute in your role. As you write your self evaluation, discuss how goals fit into your career path and how your accomplishments contribute to the department and company.
For example, if you’re answering a question about teamwork, discuss your role and how it relates to the team

As a team, we’ve had a number of resource challenges this year. I’ve worked hard to compensate for these challenges by including people in projects in the places that are a best fit for them. I’ve also contributed to a number of projects my co-workers are working on, specifically the software refresh project, one we delivered two weeks ahead of schedule. Teamwork is a core principle for our department and one which I am working hard to fulfill.

When you craft your answers to the bigger picture and to career development, you’ll find your manager will review you based on the foundation you’ve set.

2. Be Specific About Successes

This is your self evaluation. Be specific about what you’ve accomplished the past year. You’ll find that the successes you discuss will inevitably end up on your performance review. Most managers have a ton of performance reviews, 360 evaluations, self reviews, and HR paperwork to complete during the performance review process. Writing a detailed self evaluation, highlighting your successes, will increase the likelihood these details will end up in your performance evaluation.

I created a new customer service manual to be used for level 2 incidents. I performed thorough research and testing and designed the manual to improve customer care. After rollout, we saw a 22% decrease in calls needing to be escalated to level 3 and a 26% increase in customer care satisfaction surveys.

3. Ask How Your Self Evaluation Will Be Used

Ask your manager what he will use the self evaluation for. Ask if he will share it, if it will be used for raises, or if it will be in your HR file. Many managers use the self evaluation to help them prepare the performance review, so as you write, think about how you can make it easy for your boss to use it. Knowing the larger audience that will read your self evaluation will help you decide how to write it.

4. Carefully Acknowledge Mistakes

Instead of highlighting your mistakes, write about development opportunities. Writing about shortcomings can be a difficult process and one which can be used against you in the future. Instead, write about an area you need to work on and how you are going to improve in the future.

One area I am focusing on this year is improving my communication skills. Due to geographically distances between team members, we often have difficulty being on the same page. I am increasing the number of meetings I have with fellow staff and shifting my schedule a day a week to improve in this area.

5. Rate Yourself Objectively

When you have facts and examples for a specific topic area, it’s easy to rate yourself an “Exceeds Expectations,” when it’s less clear, you may have to settle on a “Meets Expectations.” Think about each area you’re rating and how you would be rated objectively. If in doubt, think about how your manager will rate you and how you can justify your rating if your manager rates you lower.
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6. Ask for Training, Mentoring, and Coaching

Managers love employees who ask for help. Review the areas you’re challenged in and judiciously as for training, mentoring, and coaching. Use the performance appraisal process as a career development opportunity. Remember: if you don’t ask for it, you won’t receive it.
Be specific in your requests and how your manager can help.

As I was promoted to supervisor this year, I’ve worked hard to help develop staff and improve performance for our team. Over the next year, I’d like coaching to help further develop my team and continue the path we’re on to high performance.

7. Plan for Next Year

Turn the performance review process into a positive one by framing your self evaluation by asking for what you can do over the next year. Ask questions like, “What tasks would help you or the team that I can take over?” or “What projects do you see me working on over the next year?”
Building your self evaluation into one that helps develop you as an employee will chance the dreaded process into one that you both enjoy and benefit from.

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