Work and Play: Becoming A Fashionably Reliable Freelancer

The idea of becoming self-employed today may not be so difficult to contemplate since recent advances in technology have made this a feasible option. And it certainly has been gaining a lot of converts lately. Why wouldn't it? You can earn a regular income and you don't have to commute to and from work every day. Some people even think that you don't have to dress up. You can just lounge in your living room, wearing your pajamas, armed with just a cup of coffee and a laptop, and you'd be all set to work for the day.

However, in the interest of also avoiding becoming a veritable frumpy hermit, it would be good advice to somehow find a balance between becoming a reliable freelancer and having a respectable social life--one where you can go out with friends for a drink or go on a holiday once in a while. Besides, "all work and no play" might end up making you anti-social.

Kidding aside, it is indeed quite important to be able to also have time for some R&R once in while. A day at the beach perhaps? But how do you do this exactly? How do you balance work and leisure? Well, here are some nuggets of wisdom that you might find interestingly helpful in achieving that goal.

1. Have a chic list of goals.
Make a list of the things you want for yourself--that cute doll dress or those sexy pumps you spied at the mall last week, perhaps--and put it in a place where you can easily see it. Choose places where you usually work, like in your living room or if you have a study, on the wall in front of your desktop. This way, you are constantly reminded of the things you should be aiming for and you don't lose focus.

2. Set a daily routine.
It might also be quite helpful if you designate specific hours every day for work. If you do this, your mind would be able to get used to the idea of having regular working hours and in turn, you avoid procrastinating. Set your alarm, even if you don't need to. Greet every morning with a cup of coffee and some healthy breakfast. Don't laze around in your bed until you feel compelled by your stomach to get up and scrounge for food. As a freelancer, this might be difficult to do at first but with determination, you would be able to discipline yourself to keep regular working hours in no time.

3. Look fabulous every day.
Contrary to popular belief, just because you're working from home, it doesn't mean that it's all right to look unkempt. You have to take care of yourself, too. Usually, it helps set your mind to work if you also physically get ready for it. So, take a shower, have breakfast, and put on gorgeous clothes before sitting down in front of your laptop. Get ready for the day as if you're working for a multinational company with a prestigious office address. This way, when you look at yourself in the mirror you can tell from your reflection that you're ready for work. And if you get a surprise video call from a client, you don't have to scramble to your bedroom to get yourself decently clad. You'd be ready all the time.

4. Spruce up a stylish home office.
Choose a corner of your apartment or house and set it up as your home office. You don't have to have all the sophisticated tools right away. You can just start with the basics first, things like the appropriate furniture and the necessary equipment including a phone, a computer printer, and maybe a drawer for important files.

Aside from these, you might also want to eventually find a small office space. There are actually a lot of office space for rent in Cebu that you might consider looking at. This way, you will be ready to expand your freelance work and maybe turn it into an outsourcing business when the time comes.

Author Bio: Gina Ballesteros is a supernova writer for Regus, a global company that offers flexible workspaces, virtual offices, and IT support services for small and big businesses worldwide.


Say NO to Stretch Marks

Stretch Marks - almost every woman's worst body nightmare.
I remember back in college when I'd do anything NOT to gain weight so I wouldn't get to deal with stretch marks later on. I believe it's a bit embarrassing to look in the mirror and see those scars-like on your skin. Getting one would probably make us feel insecure about ourselves. You are lucky enough if you have stretchy type of skin, if not, you are not alone!
From one figure to another, no doubt that it's already worrisome for me to get dreadful stretch marks after this blessed situation. I can't imagine preventing myself from wearing bikini or those short shorts in the future and I might lose the confidence of showing off my skin as well. Good thing Unilab sent me Celeteque Dermoscience Maternity Anti-Stretch Mark Cream, am I just lucky enough? *wink
Celeteque Dermoscience Maternity Anti-Stretch Mark Cream helps strengthen skin elasticity to prevent and minimize new and recent stretch marks during and after pregnancy.

How the product works:

  • Elastonyl helps protect and restore the tone and elasticity of the skin.
  • Phyto Collage moisturizes the skin and minimizes the appearance of stretch marks.
  • Alchemilla vulgaris extract helps protect the skin to minimize stretch marks.
  • Shea Butter promotes the strengthening of the skin, as well as providing deep moisturization.

Here's my take:
It's always a good thing to know that a product is dermatologist tested and hypo-allergenic. But what I love most about this product is that it is OB-Gynecologist-certified safe for pregnant women which gives the assurance that it has no side effects on pregnancy. I actually do not have stretch marks in my belly yet, which I hope I won't be getting any later on, but got few lines in my thighs so it's where I focused on applying this Anti-Stretch Mark Cream. And BOOM! After a week of using the cream in the morning and at night, the lines are getting unnoticeable. The marks are still there though, but you can hardly see them this time. I also love the fact that this product can be applied to sensitive areas, so I don't have to worry anymore if ever I need to use it on my breasts. I'm also applying the cream under my belly button just in case the bump will get bigger and bigger. I hope this product will help prevent the appearance of stretchmarks in the future. I will just give up updates then after this stage. :)

You can never go wrong with a 100ml cream at (SRP)Php 445.00 and is available at Watson's, SM Department Stores, and Robinson's Department Stores. You can also buy it online. Try and it might do wonders on you too! xoxo


Get Brighter Eyes with Celeteque Dermoscience Brightening Eye Tuck plus Dark Circles Lightener

It is almost impossible not get eye bags, puffiness and dark circles today. And sometimes we are told that we look tired. Frustrating, isn't it? There are actually lots of reasons why we get those eye problems; stressed, crying, lack of sleep or even allergies are just few of them. But worry no more, Celeteque Demoscience Brightening Eye Tuck plus Dark Circles Lightener is a good solution to get rid of them. 
It's a good thing that Unilab (the biggest Pharmaceutical Company in the Philippines) is able to do the wonders of their product especially through Celeteque. This is actually my 3rd Celeteque product and so far I'm loving all of them.

How the product works:
  • With Eyeseryl Tetrapeptide Complex that effectively counters the formation of loose skin around the eyes by improving skin elasticity and fighter water accumulation - the 2 main drivers of puffiness around the eyes. It also significantly lightens the skin around the eyes for a brighter and stress-free look, in just 4 weeks.
  • Proven and backed up by an open clinical trial conducted among women aged 30-60 years old with puffy eye bags and dark under-eye circles.

Here's my take:
I like how the product comes in an easy squeeze tube which makes applying easier. Plus it is a dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested, non-comedogenic, hypo-allergenic and fragrance free which gives me the assurance that it's safe to use. Although I didn't notice the lightening effect after a week of use, I can feel that the skin around my eyes is no longer puffy. There's actually a little feeling of skin tightening after 2 to 3 days, and I bet it's a good sign that the product is really effective. No irritation occurs so I'm sure that if I'll continue using this product specifically in the morning and at night, I'll get better result.

Do you use this product too to get rid of those eye problems?


For The Love of Your Lips

Chapped lips -  one of the struggles almost every woman is facing and maybe to some men. Weather, dry air, sun exposure, frequent licking are just few of those we can consider causes why our lips get flaky. Isn't it embarrassing to go out with such lips? Some might think you are sick or got a disease, exaggerating but possible. I am also one of those women who have chapped lips that is why I don't usually invest on lipsticks (only to some glosses) because it only worsen the condition of my lips. I even tried getting some natural/home remedies but didn't work. Thanks to Unilab for sending me a product that would surely help. Cheers to Celeteque Dermoscience Sun Care Soothing Lip Balm.

How the product works:
  • It contains UVA/UVB filters which prevent UV radiation from damaging and rapidly aging the lip area.
  • Its Moisturizing Oils keep the lips healthy with their softening and smoothening benefits.
  • While the Mulberry Extract helps brighten and lighten discolored lips previously darkened by smoking.
Why protect our lips? Because unlike the skin on our body, our lips don't have the oil that helps protect them. So the job of protecting our lips is actually on our hands. Choosing the right protection is never that easy since we have to consider a lot of factors and we might not be able to handle the consequences of a wrong choice. Putting in mind that the appearance of our lips somehow adds a beauty to the face.

Here's my take:
I love how the product comes with an SPF 15 that protects the lips from the damaging sun exposure. It really moisturizes the lips and I can feel a not so strong menthol effect and it is not so greasy so it gives a good feeling as well. And because it has a Mulberry Extract, it actually lightens my lips after a week of using the balm. I honestly have dark lips so this made me  use the product religiously. When it comes to packaging, it's very light and can be brought anywhere. I just hope that there's a stick version on this for an easier application and for hygiene as well. I'm actually using the product as a primer on my lips. I always make sure that I applied the balm first before any glosses. 

How about you? How do you protect your lips? Do you use Celeteque Dermoscience Sun Care Soothing Lip Balm too?


The Perfect Wedding

How would you describe the perfect wedding?

Would it have a specific theme or would it be classy and traditional?

Should the wedding be noisy and super funny or just quiet and emotional? What about the wedding portrait, how important it is for everyone to have a good one?

Every single person for sure, would give different answers and would imagine different weddings but at the same time every bride wants the best of the best. If the bride decides to be Fiona and her future husband to be Shrek, in the wedding photographs they should have the perfect Far Far Away Background. If the bride is Rose and the groom is Jack who survived, the pictures should have a real “We survived Titanic“ air.

The thing is that the bride, when it comes to her wedding photographs, has a critical and a riveted look at all the details that for someone will seem small but for her, all the details have huge importance. That’s why it is essential to have your own wedding bells tiny perfection expressed into photos that in the first place are memories and not framed papers or digital characters. There are hundreds of wedding pictures with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background, and all of them are special. It is clear that the couple that’s in the picture searched for the perfect SanFrancisco Wedding Photographer to make from the same idea and the same place something different that will mean a lot to the couple. There is only one sky, but it always looks like a new one on the wedding photographs.

The sacred celebration of two souls becoming one should be memorized and honored. It can be done by capturing the whole event in order to have it today, tomorrow and always. That’s what makes pictures timeless and priceless at the same time. The wedding photography should be imaginative, intimate and authentic because it is pure art. And when all the details matter there is no place for “it’s ok, no one will notice”, people who care about it will look at the photos with eagle eyes and will notice everything. The big story that’s behind every wedding influences the photos and makes them powerful and breathtaking. A simple formula, that gives the photographer the ability to capture the beauty of a person’s essence and the style within. Also it is all about love and putting this strong thing into everlasting portraits which can give a special feeling that do not expire, its’ truly powerful.

Starting with the photo session before the celebration itself where the bride and the groom show their affection and special story or the reception and finishing with the cake and the tired but happy faces guests have, every moment should be captured and later remembered.

Because you weren't born into a fairy tale and you get a chance to make one to live a night in, it is important how you’ll get to reveal the memories of that special celebration.