Portrait of a Thirtysomething – Jamie Wiley

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We’re thrilled to bring you the third interview in our series, “Portrait of a Thirtysomething.” This time we were lucky enough to get the fabulous Jamie Wiley, of the blog Sincerely, Miss Design, to agree to be interviewed. Jamie’s got an inspiring story that reminds us that you can change the course of your life at any point and that’s it’s never too late for a new path. I also loved what she had to say about toxic relationships…Read on!

Name/Age/Location:  Jamie Wiley, 32, Allentown Pennsylvania

Occupation:  Real Estate Appraisal Coordinator (aka Glorified Secretary) and full time Graphic Design student

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What’s the accomplishment you’re most proud of in your 30s so far?

By the time I was 31 I came to the realization that the things I wanted career wise were not just going to fall into my lap. When I graduated college 13 years ago I…

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Design Tip – How to add social media icons to your blog

design tip social media iconsSocial media is important in many aspects of our daily lives. Whether it is utilized purely as a casual way to keep in touch with friends or on a professional level, it is now our primary source of communication. If you want to be easily accessible, prominently display your contact information on your blog. A great way of doing this is adding some customized social media icons.Use something a little more eye catching rather then the typical links or default icon sets.

Here are the steps to get custom icons onto your blog:

1.) First things first, either create your own icons or download a set. You can find some free sets here or some that are a little more fancy for a few dollars here. If you want to try creating your own I’d recommend using Photoshop or Picmonkey. Rather then reinvent the wheel I found this amazing tutorial here on the step by step process of creating icons and then mapping them.

2.) Once you have your icons ready make sure you save them to a hosting site like Photobucket or Flickr. I’m using WordPress and often use my library to host my images. This is absolutely crucial! Otherwise you’ll end up losing all that work you just created.

3.) As I mentioned previously, I use WordPress. So this next step is based on the way the WordPress blogging platform is set up. After you have your HTML code from the image map site, log into your WordPress Dashboard and click on Appearances then Widgets. Create a text widget and paste the code in there. At this point you should be able to place the widget where ever you’d like the icons to appear on your blog. Keep in mind if you are using a free theme you are limited to the locations you can put widgets. For example, I use the free Adelle theme and all of my widgets are placed on the right side column.

If you aren’t using WordPress and would like help on how to add custom icons to your site, please contact me. I’ll be happy to help!

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How to be more productive as a multi-tasker

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In every area of my life, whether it be school work or home, I multitask to the highest level. There are certain activities that I dub as “time wasters.” It is not that they are necessarily unimportant, but are things you can do while doing something else at the same time. For instance, do you have any idea how much you can get done while you are brushing your teeth? A lot! I can feed my cats, pick up around the house, and switch the laundry all within those 3 minutes. I already feel that I am productive person, however the constant multitasking leads me to “forget” to do things. My mind is not completely there while I’m doing one thing because I am thinking about or doing something else. So, I decided to take a breath, step back, and figure out how to be productive without multi-tasking so much.

1.) Write stuff down. I bought a tiny little notebook at Target for $2 that I can stick in my purse and pull out whenever I remember something that needs to be done. It also doubles as a place to jot down my grocery lists and any ideas I may get for designs, writing, etc. In addition to my mini notebook, I also have a mini calendar to keep track of appointments and assignment deadlines. Of course I could use my phone to do this, but I prefer to write it down.

2.) Get up early and get stuff done. When I have off on weekends I get up around 7:30 am without an alarm. This is because I try to maintain the same sleep schedule as I do during work days. Once I’m awake I like to tackle tasks as soon as possible. Like the grocery shopping. I don’t think anyone could hate grocery shopping as much as I do. Later I usually indulge in an afternoon nap, which I deserve.

3.) Stay away from social media. Most of us are guilty of mindlessly grabbing our phones or iPads only to spend countless minutes or hours scrolling through feeds. When you need to be productive, steer clear of social media and mindless Internet browsing. Removing yourself from social media can actually be very liberating. As my assignments in school began to pick up I had less time to browse Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. At first I felt so disconnected, but now I recognize how much time I was wasting on social media.

4.) Get some coffee. Eat some chocolate. Indulge. It’s no secret that I love my lattes. I can’t start the day without one or at least something caffeinated. Enjoying something you love before you get down to business makes doing monotonous tasks a little bit easier.

5.) Prioritize. Now that you are up early, have your coffee or treat, and your to-do list it’s time to prioritize. First and foremost I address the “must do” tasks like school assignments, paying the bills, making phone calls, etc. Then I move on to the “should do” tasks like exercising or putting away laundry.

Now, go get stuff done!

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Friday Favorites

friday favorites textFriday Favs Template1.) The Body Shop Body Butter, Blueberry – $14.50 – Several months ago I mentioned the Strawberry scented Body Butter in a favorites post. When I was almost out of it I visited my local Ulta, but it was sold out. In fact, every scent that I’d actually like was sold out. So, I went on Amazon and low and behold I found a blueberry scented one! Amazon has several other scents too that I have not seen in stores. Anyway, I love this just as much as the strawberry. It has a very light blueberry scent that is not over powering.

2.) Nyx Cosmetics Butter Lipstick in Little Susie – $5.99 -This product came in last month’s Ipsy box (that I did not review). At first glance the color looks like a light pink/coral, but once I applied it I was surprised how bright it actually was. It went on very smoothly and was not sticky. I felt it was more similar to lip gloss, but not as sheer. This isn’t a color I’d typically wear, but maybe I’ll throw it into the rotation.

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3.) OPI Nail Color in Bubble Bath – $9.50 – This is a very, very soft nude shade. I was concerned that it would require more then 2 coats to actually look like the color in the bottle, but two coats was plenty!

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Review – Too Faced Sexy St. Tropez Eye Shadow Pallette

review toofaced st tropez51KiF3weztLToo Faced has a really beautiful selection of palettes available. The Natural Matte, Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar, and this St. Tropez palette are just a few. This is my most recent purchase from Too Faced. The color selection is bright and tropical and as always heavily pigmented. Along with these palettes Too Faced includes a step by step tutorial on 3 different looks you can obtain with the palette. I feel that the color selection in these palettes are interchangeable. Meaning, any of these colors work well together and you don’t necessarily have to follow the recommended looks.

The shadows glide on and blend very easily. This is a super cute palette to pick up for spring/summer looks. I no longer see it on the Too Faced site, but it is available at Ulta.com for $36 and on Amazon for $28 with free prime shipping.

P.S. I’d love to do some swatches, but I can never ever get the lighting right! I’m open to some suggestions or tips on swatching!

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