Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TSS Favorite Things {April}

Sakura- Flats | Primer | Brush

April is here and it officially is starting to feel like Spring!  This past month was a big month for us with birthdays, wedding celebrations, and lots of traveling.  We've gathered some of our favorite items of this month for you all to check out!  

Sakura's Tangle Teezer comb has been a big secret we have been wanting to share along with the super trendy initial earrings that we have been seeing on tons of celebrities!

What are some of your favorite items of April??

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The 10 Commandments of Lipstick

Just by adding lipstick, it can change your outfit or your "look"drastically!  I often hear a lot of people say, "I can't pull off red lipstick" or "Nude just doesn't look good on me", but it's probably because you just aren't used to yourself with a different lip color!  These 10 commandments will help you with any "lipstick problem" you may be having!

1. Start with a clean lip for a fresh base
Remove any and all previous lip color with your normal makeup remover.

2.  Know your formulas
Whether you want a neutral or vibrant color, knowing the different formulas can help perfect your desired look.

3. To intensify a color, use a lip pencil
A lip pencil can help add shape and volume to your lip lines.

4. A brush will help a lipstick last longer
Applying your lipstick with a brush can help the color last.

5. Blot the right way
After applying your lipstick, blot with a Kleenex to get rid of the unnecessary extras.

6. Don't get lipstick on your teeth
Every now and then, check your lipstick and teeth to make sure this embarrassing situation 
does not happen to you.

7. Top with gloss for a more dazzled look
Gloss is a glamorous way to show your flirty side.

8. Don't be afraid to go nude  
A nude lipstick can help add a classy look to any outfit.

9. There is a red for everyone
 Contrary to belief, there is a red for you! Try out different shades of red to find that perfect look.

10. Experiment with colors
A pop of lipstick color can always brighten your day. Don’t be afraid to mix it up every now and then.

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Low-Down on The Skinny Confidential's New Book!

When our friend Lauryn from The Skinny Confidential let us know that she was coming out with a book we couldn't wait to read it! As soon as we got our hands on it, we just could not put it down. The Skinny Confidential is like the women's version of a Bible. Lauryn gives you the low down on just about everything from fitness to healthy recipes and just every day tips to make life as a woman a little bit easier. We often struggle with healthy, quick snacks and meals so having her favorites in the book have been really helpful. We are always interested in staying in shape and portion control is a huge part of that. In The Skinny Confidential: A Babe's Sexy, Sassy Health and Lifestyle Guide, Lauryn provides an easy table that explains portion control. It is something you can easily make a copy of and hang it in your home or stick it in your binder as a friendly reminder.

The Skinny Confidential: A Babe's Sexy, Sassy Health and Lifestyle Guide is more than just a book that you shove into your bookshelf; it's a lifestyle guide that you can take with you anywhere. The Skinny Confidential: A Babe's Sexy, Sassy Health and Lifestyle Guide can be purchased at Barnes & Noble or Amazon. You won't regret it!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Last Minute Cute & Simple Easter Egg Decoration!

Holy moly! Easter is tomorrow!! 

For those that want to decorate Easter eggs, but don't want the plain ol' dyed egg- try this out!  Instead of dying an egg, why not paint them in your favorite pastel colors and add gold flakes to them?!  They're super easy, fast, and super cute!  Give it a try!

Things You’ll Need: Hard boiled eggs (keep the egg carton, too!), a paint brush, glossy Modge Podge, gold foil pieces (these can be found at most craft stores).

Step 1. Paint your eggs! Paint one half, and rest with the wet side up in the carton to dry. When that half is dry, paint the other half.

Step 2. Once all eggs are painted and fully dry, brush glossy Modge Podge on the bottom half of each egg.

Step 3. Dip your brush in the gold foil bits, and apply to the bottom of each egg. We placed more foil on the bottom and faded out toward the middle of the egg for a gradient effect.

Step 4. Apply another coat of Modge Podge all over the egg to smooth out the foil pieces and so that the egg has a glossy finish.

Happy Easter, everyone!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Sororities Best Dance Crew

Greek Week and philanthropies are so much fun and we really enjoyed participating in them when we were active sorority members. One of our most favorite competitions is when a dance off is involved. In lieu of Greek Week for many of you girls out there, we decided to compile a list of some of our favorite sorority dance performances. Check them out below! Also, if you know of any cool sorority dance performances, leave the link to them in a comment below.

ZTA at SDT Greek Grind 2013

Chapman Delta Gamma Skit 2014 (skip to 1:50)

DST Atlanta Greek Picnic Step Show

Kappa Alpha Theta Skit 2014

BONUS! Catch Co Founders Karen & Sakura in their dance at ASU

Thursday, April 17, 2014

10 Ways to Nail An Interview

It’s already spring which means it’s time to start that summer job hunt if you haven’t already. One key aspect that will make-or-break your search will be the interview. Most likely, if you’re lucky enough, you will land one of these bad boys and they can be pretty intimidating. But have no fear! Here are ten ways you can nail your interview:

1. Arrive early. This means you need to be walking into the office, café, wherever the interview is, at the very least ten minutes early. Be sure to factor in traffic and parking! If you’ve never been there before, do a test drive the week leading up to the interview. Look up directions and know where you’re going ahead of time so you won’t get lost.

2. Dress to impress. You can never be overdressed for an interview. Always lean towards the more formal side unless the interviewer has specified otherwise. You can never go wrong with some straight-leg slacks, clean blazer, white blouse, and maybe a statement necklace for a little fun pop of personality. Stay away from cotton, denim, wild prints, sleeveless tops, loads of makeup, and cleavage. 

3. Have your resumé printed and in a folder. This is something people commonly overlook. Just because you applied for the job and got called back for an interview does not mean that they have your resumé printed and on hand. This way, when talking about your accomplishments or experience, you can easily point to them on your resumé. The folder will keep the page flat, clean, and free from wrinkles. It’s best for the interviewer to hang onto the resumé after the interview, but sometimes they don’t have a bag or anything to hold your resumé in. The folder provides them with that. 

4. Do your research ahead of time. Know the company’s mission statement, understand the specific requirements of the position you applied for, and know the interviewer’s background and position at the company. 

5. Shake their hand. Okay, this may sound silly, but when you first meet your interviewer, make eye contact, shake their hand firmly, and smile. This will prove your confidence and professionalism. First impressions are vital in an interview. They may not extend their hand first, but don’t be discouraged. Stand up, look them in the eye, and reach your hand out.

6. Ask questions. Interviewers love to ask, “So, do you have any questions for me?” Sure, you may not really have any questions, but you should have a couple in your back pocket for times like these. Ask about the company culture, the interviewer’s position in the company, what they’re looking for in a new hire, etc. This will show your interest in the company and the job. Don’t ask questions that could be answered by a Google search though!

7. Have specific examples ready. When you’re talking about your skills and qualities as an employee, be ready with a few concrete examples that support your statement. If you claim to be a problem solver, provide a specific example of a time you came up with a solution to an issue. Without evidence, it’s just empty words.

8. Avoid rambling. Don’t lose track of time when you’re talking. Yes, the interviewer is ultimately there to hear about you. However, they’re not there to hear a monologue. Avoid bragging about yourself for too long. Say everything with purpose and keep it concise. 

9. Email them immediately after. Send them an email within five hours of finishing the interview. Thank them by name and reiterate why you want the position. This should be a total of five sentences tops. 

10. Send a handwritten note the next day. Yep, you are thanking them twice. Sending a handwritten note takes much more time and thought. It will genuinely set you apart from your competition!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hot Pink {with The Stylist LA}

Dress: c/o The Stylist LA.  Shoes: Steve Madden.  Purse: Saint Laurent.  Sunglasses: Forever 21 (similar here).

With warm weather right around the corner, we welcome the change in season with one of our favorite hues: hot pink!  It's eye-catching, it's bold, it's a statement.  For any occasion, hot pink is always a brilliant choice.

When it comes to getting the perfect dress for that special occasion, constantly shopping for new items can be challenging.  Instead of shopping in your girlfriends' closets, our friends at The Stylist LA are the perfect solution to getting the outfit you're looking for-- both quickly & friendly on your wallet.  They offer fabulous dress rentals at a great price (like Ali's Naven dress pictured above) and it's yours for 7 days.  Simply mail it back when you're finished!  And if you're not sure which dress to choose, they will even help with styling advice to pick the best ensemble just for you.  Plus, a fun fact-- the Founder of The Stylist LA is a USC Kappa Kappa Gamma alum!

We love the beautiful dress selection from The Stylist LA.  We look forward to sharing both Karen & Sakura's favorite dress finds as well! Be sure to check them out for your next event,
special occasion, or date night!
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