Jet-Set Style On A Budget - Guest Post By Mia Taylor

If you’re one of those girls who pay a lot of attention to their outfits and fashion choices – welcome to the club! We completely understand you, and we’re here to teach you how to come up with a fabulous jet-set style on a budget. Here are five useful tips on how to make that happen, so check them out and nail your combos like a true fashionista!

Understand that money doesn’t define your personal style

Dressing expensive has more than one connotation, which means that you really don’t have to spend a lot of cash in order to look good. Of course, there have always been people who identify personal style with money, who are willing to spend thousands of dollars on expensive designer items that don’t even look good on them. Once you realize that you don’t need to spend a month’s rent on a brand new outfit, you’ll learn that your personal style comes from within and isn’t necessarily linked to your bank account.

Know where to shop

The previous point brings us to this one, as knowing where to shop is an essential step when you wish to look glamorous but still want to save some money at the same time. Even though a lot of people consider second-hand shopping quite weird, trust us that it isn’t – there are many such stores that offer brand new and even designer stuff for a fraction of the price, so you can end up with a vintage Dolce & Gabbana dress for just a couple of dollars. Off-the-rack stores are also a good choice, as well as thrift and consignment stores. All you have to do is to wash the clothes properly and they’ll be as good as new!

Invest in quality basics

You’ve probably already heard of the concept called ‘capsule wardrobe’ which incorporates basics like fitted blazers, simple T-shirts or V-necks, quality jeans, button-downs in neutral shades, and other similar garments. The main goal of creating a capsule wardrobe is to shorten your decision-making process by simplifying your outfits in general, since everyone knows that such combos look most glamorous and luxurious. If nothing else, you should definitely invest in quality shoes and bags, as owning these pieces is a characteristic of an impeccable personal style. However, if you can’t afford to buy designer pieces, you should opt for a minimalist leather handbag and match it with a pair of classy loafers – these will definitely do the trick and help you look like true jet-setter!

Shop on sale whenever you can

Shopping on sale is one of the best ways to get luxurious (designer) items at reasonable prices, which is of the utmost importance when you’re on a budget. This goes for all parts of your wardrobe, from basic pieces to accessories, but it particularly applies to seasonal items like swimwear or ski clothing. Buying such clothes on sale is exactly what you should go for, as these are the pieces you’ll wear for a limited amount of time throughout the year, which is why you shouldn’t spend hundreds of dollars on them. For example, fashionistas from the Land Down Under know that their swimsuit should always be on point since Australian summers are quite hot and they spend a lot of time at the beach or by the pool. So, buying affordable designer swimwear in Australia is an absolute must because spending too much money isn’t an option for everyone. Just make sure to complement your beach look with some simple yet effective accessories, and you’ll undoubtedly look fabulous!

Always, always keep it real

Stylish ladies who really mean business should always give their best to keep it real, which is essential for one simple reason – fakes are often easily spotted, and that’s why they won’t ever allow themselves to be seen wearing such pieces. If you don’t have enough cash to buy an extravagant leather coat at the moment, don’t buy one made from fake leather either. Instead, save some money and get a leather jacket which costs a lot less, but is still genuine. The same goes for designer bags and shoes – never opt for fakes if you can’t afford the original pieces, but find their counterparts made from quality materials and you’ll look equally glamorous and sophisticated, without any doubt!

As you can see, coming up with stunning jet-set looks is definitely possible, no matter if you’re on a budget or you have thousands of dollars in your bank account. Just remember that your personal style shouldn’t be based on money and designer items only – but on your ability to put together an ordinary clothing combo and still look flawlessly fashionable. That’s exactly how it should be done!

Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on the lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips. Twitter | Facebook

A Couple Of Tips When Writing Your CV*

*This is a collaborative post*

The Dreaded Job Search: Is Your CV Up To Scratch?

While working as a recruitment consultant in London a few years ago I had to process thousands of applications. A huge part of this entailed looking through people's CVs and deciding whether or not they were what we were looking for. Most of the roles I was recruiting for were graduate-level sales jobs based predominantly in the Greater London area. The reason I mention that we recruited for quite a specific sector of the market is because we were looking for a certain type of person with a particular type of qualification and background. Half of the applications would fail basic criteria at first glance, honestly you'd be surprised how many people have spelling mistakes and glaring errors on their CV. It is so easy to overlook such issues. It is also fairly evident that many people have never ever looked at a CV template as an example of how to layout and format their working life's story.

There all kinds of ways to format, layout and write a CV so for those of you who might be unsure it can do no harm in looking online at some examples. If you have access to the internet, make use of it's resources. As well as finding all kinds of great information and advice from professionals across all industries, there are also firms which operate within this field on a professional basis. TMI Resourcing are actually running a campaign at the moment all about the best CV tips out there for people currently in need of help with their CV. Click here to also read more about their vacancies.

One of the best pieces of advice I received regarding CV writing was to avoid the clichéd terms which everyone else uses, for example, please refrain from saying things like; 'I have excellent time management skills', 'I am hard-working', 'I have great interpersonal skills' etc. It is much better if you can include your selling points within the text. So you might be better off saying; 'I worked 40 hours a week in a local supermarket, as well as 30 hours blogging for clients online, as well as this I play football with my local club side twice a week and I do 5 gym sessions per week as well as raising 10 children and 12 foster children'. Obviously this is just an example, but you can see how anyone reading such a description would easily begin to deduce that you are indeed hard-working, time-efficient and the team sports hints that you would most likely have a decent level of inter-personal communication skills etc.

You Can't Handle The Truth!? (Sorry, I Couldn't Resist A Little Jack Nicholson Reference)

You might think this is a bit of a daft one, but I am sure we are all guilty of embellishing our CV at some point, I know I have. However, I would also say, try not to veer from the truth too much, if you tell blatant lies you will - more often than not - be caught out at some point. Usually, if you have told some porky pies on your CV, you will be found out at the interview stage as recruiters have a special way of finding out the truth of a person's history and can tell when things just don't add up. In such cases a couple of well directed questions can leave you flustered, flummoxed, turning a deeper shade of crimson and with a feeling that you'd like the ground to open up and swallow you.

Obviously the job market is highly competitive but in my opinion it is best to tell the truth. One of my best friends a few years ago secured a job with a financial firm in London and survived for the best part of a year before losing a couple hundred thousand dollars of the company's money on a bad day at the London Stock Exchange. This prompted an investigation and it was soon discovered that he had lied on his CV about his degree classification among other things. He was swiftly elbowed out of the company. If you have any queries related to any part of the job search you can also find a tremendous amount of free information online.

*Post written by Michael David of A Classic Gent*Images via Pixabay. 

Knowing The Big Moments That Will Cause You Anxiety In Life*

*This is a collaborative post*

As we gain life experience, many of us will feel anxiety in all of its forms. The transition as we go from child to adult, or making the next step up the rungs of the ladder of life, is always going to cause stress of some sort. As we get older, the bigger events in life become more commonplace. If you are concerned about the effects of anxiety, remember that knowledge is key. Here are some of the big events that can cause stress and anxiety;
Of course, the journey to marriage is an exciting one, but during the process of preparing for the big day, you will begin to ask yourself questions about your real friends, especially when it comes to deciding who you want there. Who will support you and who is there just for the free drinks? There are many questions you will also ask about your self-image because it's you that is the centre of attention after-all, but relax, the marriage and wedding industry is an industry that comes with many professionals. There are suppliers like Fairytale Brides, that work with brides to make them feel less self-conscious. Don't forget that the act of wedding planning can itself cause a lot of anxiety but this needn't be the case as you can always hire a wedding planner. Finances and relatives are also things that tend to cause problems, especially when it comes to deciding who to invite and who not to invite. This as you can imagine can cause a lot of family conflict. While you may want to enter into marriage, it's important to know that the process leading up to the big day can be pretty stressful and as a result some people don't find their wedding day to be the happiest of their life. However, if this is something that does cross your mind, you simply have to re-gain perspective, specifically between you and your partner.

The Death Of A Loved One
As we progress through life, we inevitably will start to lose more and more people we love. Earlier on in life, you may have had a grandparent pass away, but as you get older, the feelings of mortality may dawn upon you, and the realization that people closest to you could pass away is an unbearable thought. However, while it's a cliché to say that death is a part of life, the act of grieving is something that we appear to put off these days. Some people ignore it completely and think it's best to continue doing what they do, whilst others embrace this grief which is an incredibly therapeutic process. Grief is a process that everybody goes through differently, and as a result, if this happens to you, you shouldn't feel that you have to go back into the real world just yet. Take time to process it, after all, we process it in our own way, and we are all different. If you really struggle, there are people on hand such as The Samaritans who can help to see us through our darkest times. Remember, it's okay not to be okay!
Stress is a big part of life nowadays, but the trick is to learning how to cope with it. With enough practice, using breathing exercises and calming techniques, you can teach yourself how to remain calm in almost any situation. Obviously the big events in life will cause more anxiety and indeed you might find that you struggle, but just remember that you are only human and that these things take time.

*Contributed by Sam Jones. *Image via Pxhere

Let's Get Thrifty - Bargain Hunting*

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I love a good bargain and any reader who has been following GGD since the beginning knows it! There's something highly satisfying about grabbing a freebie or purchasing an item that's been slashed to half price but is still in perfect or near perfect condition. If you're trying to be more frugal then why not take a leaf out of my book and check out the best places to find bargains. Who knows, with the money you save you could end up treating yourself to a last minute summer holiday!

Clothing - Charity Or Second Hand Shop

Don't knock charity or second hand shops until you've tried them. Getting thrifty doesn't necessarily mean you're going to be buying a moth eaten hand knitted cardigan that belonged to someone's grandma! These days charity shops have all sorts of knicks, knacks, trendy costume jewellery and modern clothing. I suppose this is because so many of us are now donating to charity shops once we've had a wardrobe clear-out. Obviously up-cycling and recycling is much better for the environment and if it keeps clothes away from landfills then I'm all for it. Here's a blog challenge for any fashion bloggers who are reading; visit your local charity shop and put together an 'outfit of the day' post. Don't forget to tag me on Twitter once your post is live so I can see the results. 

Books - Libraries

Libraries are so underrated these days and it's really sad. As a child - and right up to being a twenty something year old - I used to pop to the library on a regular basis. Who needed to buy books when you could simply borrow several for free? Granted there were frustrating times when I couldn't get my hands on a book - usually when a brand new best seller had been released and I'd have to wait for it to come in - but for the most part the local library had everything I needed and was my quiet haven away from life. The library near me closed down from what I heard but it's worth checking out the library in your area if indeed you have one.

Makeup And Free Samples - UK Freebies Websites 

UK freebies websites such as Gratisfaction are ideal when you're in a real bargain hunting mood as they have a constant steady stream of UK consumer offers, free samples, freebies, money saving coupons and voucher codes. There's usually something for everyone and if you have a look at the Gratisfaction website you'll notice a categories section on the left hand side. Whether you're after makeup, skincare, tea samples, chocolate, free kindle books or something else entirely, there are various offers to choose from. If music is your life then you won't want to miss out on this website for cheap vinyl records. There's even a price alert feature that you can set up if you don't want to miss any price drops.

Almost Anything - eBay

I'm going to be completely honest and say I have mixed feelings about eBay. For all the good experiences I've had with them, I've also had my fair share of crappy dealings. Just a few years ago I bought some Chanel perfume which turned out to be fake and I had to fight tooth and nail to get my money back. Having said that, overall I've had mostly positive experiences and I've bought some fantastic bargains over the years! 

Where do you go bargain hunting? Can you recommend any good thrift shops or freebie websites?

*Photos via Pexels

Looking For A New Career Or A Step Up The Ladder? Discover How To Boost Your Job Hunt*

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If you have decided that you are ready for a change of career or you are looking for a better job in your current industry, it is important to approach the job hunt with care. After all, competition is fierce in the current day and age, and so you need to make sure you do everything to stand out while also narrowing down the best vacancies. So, with that in mind, read on to discover the various ways you can boost your job hunt to increase your chances of success.
Get active on LinkedIn – LinkedIn is the most powerful social media tool for professionals today. If employers cannot find you on LinkedIn, you are not only missing out on a big opportunity, but this could be a negative in terms of the employer. After all, most employers will head to LinkedIn once they have checked out a candidate’s CV in an attempt to find out more about them.
Invest in professional CV services – As mentioned, competition is incredibly fierce today, and one of the best ways to make sure that your CV stands out for all of the right reasons is to invest in the services provided by CV writing professionals. These experts know exactly how to put a CV together that stands out from the crowd and ticks all of the boxes in terms of what the employer is looking for. This will give you a distinct advantage over the other applicants that have applied for the job in question.
Use relationships – Hopefully, you will have already built a decent network and this is something you can use to your advantage in a number of different ways when looking for a new job. Of course, the most obvious way would be to find out if there are any vacancies and put yourself at the front of the queue by having a personal recommendation. However, this is not the only way that your contacts can help you. They can also endorse your services, which will help you to build up a quality reputation.
Be a good researcher – The fourth and final thing you need to do in order to ensure your job hunt is successful is be a good researcher. You need to find out everything that you can about the job in question and the company that is offering it. Employers want people that have taken the time to understand their company, that are passionate about the job role, and that will fit into the company culture.
As you can see, there are a number of different ways you can boost your job hunt so that you can increase your chances of securing the type of vacancy you have your sights set on. Follow the advice that has been provided and you should be able to experience a considerable improvement in terms of the efficiency and success of your job search.

*Contributed by Sam Jones. *Photo via Pexels

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