Treat Yourself Tips

By Paulina A. Marinero & illustrator from Positively Present, Dani DiPirro

So I’ve been super busy preparing content, creating new visuals and just over all new ideas for my beloved, precious PBC Magazine. Although life does seem to catch up to me, sometimes I have to stop and smell the roses – which is me, I’m the rose and I need to water myself. By doing so, I properly invest time to allow myself to grow emotionally and physically while stimulating my mind for better and  greater things.

So I’m passing these tips onto you because you deserve them and I know with whatever you’ve been doing whether it’s a project or unnecessary stress, you should stop and smell the roses yourself.

TREAT YOURSELF, LOVE YOURSELF. 

  1. Paint your nails 

This might seem like a simple concept, but the amount of relaxation you take in mentally while focusing on painting your nails is almost life changing. You’re glamming yourself up ( for free ) and you’re choosing your favorite color of the month – what’s better than that? You’re practically decorating yourself with an expected beautiful outcome. Play some music or turn to your favorite Netflix show and indulge for the hour.

If you think you’re not good at painting your nails, try purchasing a small precise paintbrush and carve out the edges with nail polish remover for a natural cuticle look when you’re finished painting. Or you can wait till you’re in the shower to scrape off the edges with your nails, but don’t hurt yourself! Once you master basic nail painting, you can search on YouTube ways to design your nails and keep it interesting. Right now, I’m on the ‘glitter on one finger for each hand’ phase.

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2. Drink green tea regularly 

You don’t need me to tell you, but green tea has been proven time and time again to have ties supporting your immune system, your heart and your brain. While it’s increasing your blood flow to help you stay active, it’s also getting rid of free radicals that might have disturbed your stomach when you decided to eat that junk food late at night. I’ve been committed to drinking green tea every morning for the past few weeks and I have seen SUCH a huge difference with my skin. It’s radiant, fresh and not as texturized as it used to be.

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I’ve also been trying to switch my coffee urges with tea indulgences since the benefits outweigh the other, but just knowing I choose tea more often allows to me splurge on coffee when I desperately need it the most. It’s all about sacrifices and since green tea is also caffeinated, you know it has you covered you for the night or ready to start the day. In the morning, I feel accomplished drinking a whole cup of tea knowing it’s doing me good – and the results are stunning.

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3. Settle for a new show 

I used to not watch T.V as much or even Netflix – I never understood the hype about either. But when I started watching Netflix early last year and actually ENJOYING shows, it also became an episode of me time. I put my phone to the side, grab a snack and simply let the drama on-screen entertain me for the hour or two….or five.

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What helps finding a new show is watching what you LOVE. If you’re into modeling and that whole industry, binge the new seasons of ‘America’s Next Top Model’. If you’re into art, try watching ‘Skin Wars’ or ‘America’s Got Talent’. And if you’re into food like we all are, try watching ‘Cupcake Wars’ or ‘Chopped’. If you watch what you love, you won’t have a hard time putting your phone down and keeping up with it later. But while you’re on the frenzy of watching what you love, you can learn a lot more about your field and be inspired by what you see.

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4. Start saving

ENOUGH SAID. Don’t let me be the reason why you start saving up again. No, don’t do that to yourself. Save your money consistently and effectively. You will seriously thank yourself later when you plan for concerts and beach trips with your friends next year or even in a few months – don’t let yourself be that friend who doesn’t have money to hit the club or even go out for lunch. But most importantly, invest in your future experiences and precious moments.

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You might want to find a job first but stay committed to putting at least $5 in a savings account every pay check week. For some of you, putting $5 is too low – GOOD. Make the sacrifice and put to the side as much money as you realistically can into your savings account. Fight the urges to touch your savings unless for emergencies but trust me when I tell you this, once you start touching the treasure chest for small things, you’ll be back for more and more until it’s all gone. So not only should you save consistently, but save effectively too.

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5. Online shopping is therapy

After putting some money to the side every pay week, never forget that the rest of the money aside from gruesome bills to pay is ALL YOURS. The hard hours you spent working your ass off should be rewarded by purchasing the things you love and have been eyeing for the past week. You have every reason to feel entitled to your money and to use it whenever you’d like, that’s something no one can take away from you.

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So sit down and spend some time online browsing through your favorite store for the latest sales and newest arrivals. This is an amazing time to reflect on yourself and see how your style is constantly evolving for your fashion needs and dont’s. Scroll through, take your time and BAM you’ll be hit with the pair of shoes that’ll actually makes your jaw drop – pick those obviously. If you want to stay organized with your shopping, make a list or jot it down in your notes so when you get paid next week, you’ll know exactly where to look first.

Do yourself a favor and splurge on that stationary shelf from IKEA for your apartment. Or buy that new coffee machine you’ve been wanting for quicker and easier mornings. But if you also want to buy that bronzer blush from Too Faced Cosmetics, you got some cash to treat yourself.

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6. Touch yourself 

And I mean your breasts. Or that too. But I never thought this was an actual issue until I took a second to think about it myself. Touching my breasts isn’t something that I normally do just because my hands are occupied by other things like work and grabbing my phone. But take the time to touch your breasts and take care of them as best as you can. Touching yourself can increase the blood flow in your breasts and allow the cells to move around instead of stick in one place in risk of disease.

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How do I do it? While I take a shower and shave my armpits, I use Dove soap as my shaving cream because its creamy and super moisturizing – but aside from that, I use the left over Dove soap in the palm of my hand and make my way down to each breast and give a little massage. So not only am I moisturizing the skin around my nipple, but I’m finding the time to circulate the blood flow in my breasts. And besides, your girls are your best friends – LOVE THEM. *If you like feminine self care tips like these, comment below!

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So there you have it, my tips for the beautiful rose that you are. Use them, incorporate them into your routine and create your own. You are the master of your world, your own mind. In order to think clearly and positively, set away some time for yourself and indulge in self care practices. xoxo

 

 

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New school year, new school style

By Paulina A. Marinero – 

So you’re about to embark on a new journey as a college freshie or you’re returning back to school after a reviving summer of pool dates and Netflix nights – either way, you’re almost ready to start a new academic year with promising grades and a new attitude to life.

You got it figured out until you’re starting to pack for school and you forget the most important influence to a new you, your new wardrobe.

There’s no mystery to the saying, “when you look good, you feel good” and having a positive mindset to a new school year can be the difference between late-night panic attacks and waking up early to start your coffee for a bright, new day in front of you. Dressing for success can alter your energy for the day and the way you approach people and new ideas for the upcoming week.

Before you start your first week of classes, take an opportunity to evaluate your wardrobe and the new you. Does the new you reflect your current style? Now before you make any irrational decisions, let’s talk about what it means to dress for success as a college student and what it means for a brighter, more intuitive you.

The first week of school is all about first impressions – meeting your professors and peers for the first time, you want to leave an unforgettable impression that you’re here to conquer campus and leave your mark. What better way to show that than with your style?

You’ll want to wear something casual and maybe add a little glam if you’re extra like me. Light wash jeans, bedazzled shorts, a “Clueless” inspired skirt – anything you’re comfortable in that you would wear on a regular basis. Although there isn’t really a dress code enforced at most campuses, feel free to wear your favorite tank top or keep it super simple with a white v-neck or a floral bodysuit! Can you envision yourself at the mall with your new outfit, even proudly discussing where you picked it up?

Grab a necklace and pair it with a few bracelets to complete the outfit! Adding accessories can lift your style from simple to glam in seconds. Be sure to match your gold necklace with gold bracelets or with silver, vice versa. Take some inspo from two of my favorite and affordable chic stores, Charlotte Russe & Forever 21.

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When it comes to shoes, don’t kill your feet! Especially if you live on a big campus or have to walk from building to building in less than 10 minutes – it’s a death wish and you’ll thank me later. Stick to print flats, classic Adidas sneakers or if the weather permits, wear those cute sandals you bought over the summer! Try your shoes out before the big day to see if they still fit and make sure you’ll be able to walk in them for at least more than 2 hours. You’ll find yourself walking a lot more with the amount of errands you’ll end up having by the first week.

Congratulations, you’re now college bait! Don’t be afraid to show off your school spirit and buy some cute tee’s and sweatshirts from your bookstore. You’ll be surprised to see how many people wear their college gear on a daily basis, it’s festive with little thought yet casual enough to go to class and even the gym after!

When it comes to your handy dandy backpack, the classic 2-strap will suffice to alleviate any back pain you may have from your textbook buildup. I personally carry a tote around from Scoutbags.com ($39) because they manage to keep all my shenanigans in place including my laptop, they contain several pockets and the designs online are to die for. I would definitely check them out if you’re on the hunt for a new school bag and if you’re a tote kind of person.

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Lastly, dressing for success means preparing for any and all situations. Keep this list in mind and evaluate anything you may want to bring with you to class as you walk to and from your dorm room/apartment.

  • Headphones for the walk to class
  • Gum to keep you focused, it’s good for stimulation but don’t be a loud chewer!
  • Your wallet and school I.D
  • Pads/tampons: you never know whose life you might save!
  • A snack just in case you have back to back classes and can’t make it to the dining hall.
  • Finally, deodorant and perfume. It may sound strange at first, but on incredibly hot days and long walks, you might find yourself needing some as you head to the bathroom before class. As you walk out of the bathroom, mist some body spray for a fresh, sweet smell.

I hope you take my list and spin it to the best version for yourself. Of course as you get adjusted to college you’ll find out what’s best for you and what’s best to simply leave in your dorm.

Take my fashion advice with a grain of salt and be you. You’ll find friends right away for just being yourself and you might get some compliments here and there throughout the day for adding that extra glam to your natural shine.

Have an amazing first week of classes, I know you’ll do amazing. Xoxo