Thursday, October 23, 2014

The 12 Best Rainy Day Movies

Has anyone else been experiencing a lot of rainy days this Fall? We consider ourselves to be pretty productive, but there is just something about the rain that makes us want to snuggle up on our couches, cover ourselves in a blanket, and a movie. Now, it's not just any old movie, but 'Rainy day' movies! You know, the classics--the movies that you absolutely loved watching growing up?! Karen without fail cries every single time she watches Tom Hanks in "Forest Gump". Sakura is a sucker for the romance films so putting "Pretty Woman" on will bring back the nostalgia. To help you out on the rainy days ahead, we've compiled a list of our all-time favorite Rainy day movies.

  1. Wizard of Oz
  2. Annie
  3. Pretty Woman
  4. Jumanji
  5. Batman (original)
  6. The Lion King
  7. Shrek
  8. Breakfast Club
  9. Space jam
  10. Mary Poppins
  11. Forest Gump
  12. Dirty Dancing

    Be sure to snag them on DVD or just use Netflix!

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    The Art of Networking

    Networking is the key to so much success. It has helped us build our personal businesses, leading the way to bigger and better opportunities. For most people, networking is a daunting task. So many thoughts run through your mind: "What should I wear?" "Who should I talk to?" "How long should I mingle?" All of these thoughts are valid and we are here to share with you the art of networking at an event with these easy and helpful tips.

    Wear something cute & bright.
    It may sound like surface stuff, but sparking a conversation about your outfit is a sure fire way to successfully start a conversation. More than likely you are going to hear "Omg, I love your outfit!" and boom there is your foot in the door. Similarly, you complimenting someone you want to chat with is a great way to ease into a legitimate conversation. Rent The Runway is an awesome place to rent a classic, cute, bright dress for a networking event.

    Let the other person speak about themselves first.
    Even if you're dying to speak with someone important who could help you with your business or help you land a job, learn about THEM first. Ask them about what they do and their interests and then slowly segue into who you are and what you're hoping to get from them. It takes it from being a boring "elevator pitch" to a meaningful conversation.

    Bring your business cards (even if you don't have a business, per sé).
    Business cards are the face of who you are as a business or as a person. Many people make the mistake of thinking that business cards are only for established businesses....WRONG! YOU are a business too. Selling yourself is important so create a business card that displays you, your interests, and your contact information. Look at your business card as your mini résumé!

    Be selective.
    Just because you are at networking event, doesn't mean that you have to talk to every single person. You will exhaust yourself and chances are, the event won't allot you that much time to have meaningful conversations with everyone. With that being said, do your research beforehand and strategically think of who you want to spend your time networking with. 

    Bring a friend with different interests than yours.
    It is all about tag teaming when you bring a friend with you to a networking event. It is best to bring a friend who does not have the same exact interest as you, that way you're not feeling like you're competing with each other. You can both help each other work the crowd. Not only will they make you feel more comfortable because you actually know someone in the crowd, but you can use them to help with conversations. They can highlight things about you in conversation and make connections as they network too. 

    Now, you should be ready to take networking by the reigns and shine. Do you have any helpful tips that you use to make networking easier? Then, share with us below in the comments! 

    Happy Networking!

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    5 Must-Have Fall Boots

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    Even though it's super hot in Arizona right now, it doesn't stop us from dusting off our favorite Fall boots we've tucked away in our closets. Lucky for Co-Founder, Karen, she's had the chance to rock her boots in Seattle, Washington (jealous).  In Arizona back when we were in college, you knew it was Fall when all the sorority girls on campus had on UGGS (in 90 degree weather of course...haha). If you want to jump on the boots train then check out our favorite pairs above. Every girl should have a classic black boot in their Fall wardrobe so that's why we love this 'Andora' Over-the-Knee Boot from Nordstrom. Brown boots are no different! There are so many shades to choose from with brown boots, but our favorite color is a more tannish tone like this 'Pondrosa' Suede Boot from Nordstrom. Pair your boots with stylish jeans or a cute dress with tights. However you choose to wear your boots, rock them with confidence!

    Style tip: When you buy your boots, be sure to get socks that are easy to wear with boots. It will make a world of a difference down there!

    Monday, October 20, 2014

    2014 Best Fall Candle Scents

    We are loving Fall so far and nothing says Fall like some good old delicious Fall scents. Just like we wait for Starbucks to come out with the Pumpkin Spice Latte every year, so too do we wait for our favorite candle companies to deliver with the most amazing scents. Below are our must-buy Fall Scents for 2014.

    *Tip: Wallflower Fragrance Refills are the best products to use in a big space to make the whole room permeate with that specific scent. 

    What are your favorite Fall candle scents? Share with us in the comments!

    Thursday, October 16, 2014

    Fun Pinterest Pumpkin Designs

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    Last year we shared with you some helpful pumpkin carving tips, so this year we wanted to share with you some of our favorite carved pumpkin (or pineapple) designs as seen on Pinterest. Be sure to follow our 'Boo' Pinterest Board for some Halloween inspiration! Share with us your pumpkin designs by hash tagging #TSSPumpkinFun. We will feature some of our faves on our Instagram page!

    Happy October!

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    The Truth About Ebola

    The media has gone crazy these last couple of weeks revolving around Ebola. We want to keep you informed because a lot of satire and fabrications over this virus have been spreading like wild fire. Let's start with exactly WHAT Ebola is.

    Ebola is one of numerous viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHF) transmitted through direct contact with blood or body fluids of an infected person or exposure to objects (i.e. needles) that have been contaminated with the infected body fluids. This virus can affect both humans and non humans (i.e.: monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). Studies are showing that this virus came from a bat.


    • VHF (Ebola) can be transmitted through the air.
                  The Truth: VHF (Ebola) CANNOT be transmitted through the air.

    • Ebola came out of nowhere this year.

                 The Truth: Ebola did not just surface out of nowhere this year. Ebola was first discovered in 
                 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    •  Ebola has a cure.
                The Truth: No vaccine or medicine is available to cure Ebola. Experimental vaccines and   
                treatments for Ebola are under development, but they have not been fully tested.

    • You will catch Ebola if you travel to Africa.
               The Truth: Not necessarily. The places to avoid are Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone due to 
               the high level of Ebola cases. Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo have only  
              experienced a small number of Ebola cases so as long as precautionary measures are taken, 
              exposure should be limited.

    Overall, it's all about protecting yourself so that we can diminish the spread of this awful virus. How you can accomplish this is to simply keep yourself clean. Wash your hands frequently; avoid contact with blood and body fluids of any person, especially someone who is sick; don't touch bats and non human primates or their blood and fluids.

    For more information on how to properly treat Ebola and other great info on this virus, please check out our source, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

    Tuesday, October 14, 2014

    Favorite Things: October Special Addition *Breast Cancer Awareness*

    1. Chi-Breast Cancer Awareness 1" Flat Iron
    2. Tweezerman-Precision Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Slant Tweezers
    3. Comfort Revolution-Breast Cancer Research Foundation Hydraluxe Cooling Gel & Memory Foam Standard Pillow Bedding
    4. Anne Klein-Tone Pink Ribbon Accent Toggle Bracelet
    5. Essie - Breast Cancer Collection (I Pink I Can)- Beauty
    6. Manduka - Breast Cancer Awareness rSkidless by yogitoes (Pink) - Accessories
    7. Eos-2014 Breast Cancer Awareness 3-Pack Assorted
    8. Bicycle-The Breast Cancer Research Foundation Standard Playing Cards
    9. Smashbox-Limited Edition Breast Cancer Research Be Legendary Lip Gloss
    10. Sterling Forever-Gold Spike Bib Necklace

    If you haven't already noticed, there's a lot of pink that comes out during the month of October! This is all due to one thing: raising Breast Cancer Awareness. Besides taking the precautionary steps like breast self exams, another great way to raise awareness is to help raise money toward breast cancer research. Every month we share with you our 'Favorite Things' and this month we wanted to share with you our favorite PINK things. Every item that is our favorite pink thing is an item where a portion of the sale goes to breast cancer research. Buying for a cause is such a great way to raise funds so we encourage you to check our favorite items out and to spread PINK!
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