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My Favorite BQ Bargains for October

If you like these items, head on over to the Fashion and Beauty Bargain Queens and comment on the posts. You could win one of their recommendations! Last month I won a lovely red leather clutch, which I will be taking with me to a party this weekend.

Free Accessory #2: Attitude

How does someone get away with wearing an outfit like this? Honestly, it’s about 90% confidence. Yes, I know she has a great figure, but that wouldn’t do her any good if she were slouching, staring at the ground, and tugging on the bottom of her dress.

While it’s good to wear clothes that are flattering and occasion-appropriate, you don’t necessarily have to do either if you’ve got enough confidence. Now, I’m not suggesting you go grocery shopping in your old prom dress (though doesn’t that sound like fun?). Projecting the right attitude means not having to worry endlessly about whether those pants make your rear look big or whether you’re overdressed for the wedding.

If you’re unsure about the way you look, you’re not looking your best. One way to improve your attitude is to just get rid of the clothes that give you problems. I have a dress I absolutely love that has gotten too small. If I’m constantly tugging on it and glancing down to make sure the buttons haven’t popped open, I look nervous and fidgety. So that dress is going to Goodwill.

It helps to think of your attitude like an accessory and to pick one that matches the look you want, whether it’s professional, sexy, fun-loving, hip, or anything else.

One of the best tips I found for putting on an attitude like you’d put on a hat comes from a book that my friends in college called "the little red book." While most of the book is not germane to this blog, a couple of passages from the first chapter are very relevant:

Feel sexy and you will be sexy.

No kidding. Try it and see. Many great philosophers have said that you are what you think you are. And it certainly holds true for sexiness. Even if you’re not gorgeous, or voluptuous – even if you’re not feeling particularly sexy at the moment. Just conjure up your own sexy self-image. Pretty soon you’ll feel sexy and therefore be sexy.

Related posts: Free Accessory #1: a Smile

Free Accessory #1: A Smile

"Hey hobo man, hey Dapper Dan
You’ve both got your style
But brother, you’re never fully dressed
Without a smile!"
- Annie the Musical

smileAfter my previous post about shopping I thought it would be appropriate to write about some free ways to improve your look. One obvious way to look good is to smile. You can be wearing $25 lipstick and $80 moisturizer, but if you’re scowling you’re probably not looking your most attractive.

As proof of the attractive power of a nice smile, look at the proliferation of tooth-whitening products and consmetic dentistry procedures advertised today. We want our smiles to look the best they can and are often willing to spend a lot of money on them. That’s not really necessary for most people, though. Just regular brushing and flossing will do a remarkable job of keeping your smile sparkling.

Even if you don’t have perfect teeth, a smile’s still more attractive than a frown. A small smile can even give you an air of mystery, and it’s cheaper than perfume.

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