Chloe Anagnos

The Basics You Should Upgrade (Or Inspect) Each Year

Fashion may be a passion for some, but clothes are clothes and some wear out faster than others. These basics should be upgraded (or at least inspected and professionally repaired/cleaned) each year.

Underthings & Tights & Socks

Unless you wash and dry your underthings and footwear regularly, these things should be replaced each year, or at least until they fall apart!

Invest in quality pieces that don’t show through your wardrobe.

Jackets & Outerwear

Look over your jackets and outerwear each year for rips, tears, broken zippers, or holes in your pockets. Have professional repairs made and/or cleaning done at a dry cleaner as needed.

Do the same for winter hats, gloves, scarves, umbrellas, and other seasonal wear.

The Little (Or Long!) Black Dress

The little black dress is something you should have in your wardrobe. Of course, you can get a longer dress if that makes you feel more comfortable – a maxi style dress also works in all situations that call for more formal or sophisticated attire. 

Formal dresses are perfect for weddings, galas, and holiday parties. Just like your seasonal wear, inspect your LBD each year for rips or stains and be sure to try it on to make sure it fits! 

Shoes

Shoes complete an outfit. You want to be sure they look good, but you also want them to be comfortable.

Shoes that are a bit tight and awkward on your feet can shatter your confidence…no matter how stylish you think they are. 

Go over your shoe collection each year and make sure that you have shoes you can actually walk in! Keep your soles clean, replace broken laces or buckles, and donate the ones that aren’t doing you (or your feet) any favors.

Add a “wardrobe basics” inspection to your yearly “to-do” list and the next time you’re out shopping, keep an eye out for sales on quality, timeless basics that you can add to your wardrobe.

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Three Ways to Advance Your Career In 2020

If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to advance your career in 2020 and beyond,  consider these three (somewhat) easy tips.

Attend More Networking Events

Meeting new people is a fantastic way to create contacts and stay in touch with thought leaders in your industry. One way to meet new people is to attend industry events, like conferences, trade shows, and workshops.

Local businesses, chambers of commerce, or networking organizations like America’s Future Foundation regularly host events across the country to attract like-minded people. Utilize tools like Eventbrite or Facebook events to find new places to network in 2020.

Find a Mentor

If you want to really advance your career, having someone to advise you is incredibly useful.

Mentors can challenge you to grow, teach you new skills, and even introduce you to people in your field that can help you develop your personal and professional skills. 

Great mentors can be found at your workplace, networking events, or even in volunteer or charity organizations.

Specialize with a Master’s Degree or Graduate Certificate

Advanced degrees or graduate certificates can provide you with the tools and knowledge to advance your career along with meeting new colleagues.

Although I wouldn’t suggest getting a Master’s in marketing (unless your employer is paying for it) fields like law, education, data analysis, and accounting are especially worth it in the long run if you want to develop professionally and earn a higher income. 


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Easy Ways to Market Your Business

If you want to market your business to the best of your ability, then you need to try and think outside the box. Hone in on your target market. If you try and target everyone then you might not end up getting the solid customer base you’re looking for.

Here are a few easy ways to market your business even if you don’t have a huge budget.

Use Social Media

Utilize social media channels like Instagram, Pinterest, Linkedin, Twitter, and  Facebook. Each of these is all unique in their own right and they require a certain approach as well.

Choose a few that really appeal to you and try not to master everything at once. Focus on consistent and quality content on where your audience is, and then branch out to other platforms as you get more comfortable.

Create Content that is Valuable

Your customers love great content, and so does Google. At the end of the day, there are so many ways that you can share information. Some of them range from creating videos to hosting podcasts and even designing infographics. When you do things like this, you can then gain authority as an expert and you can also capitalize on traffic more too. Consistent blogging is also incredibly helpful to boost your brand authority and boost your SEO.

Contests and Giveaways

Everyone loves a good contest or a giveaway. A lot of businesses try and avoid things like this because they don’t understand the return on their investment. This is not the case at all, and there are plenty of ways that you can really benefit. One way would be for you to offer a voucher or discount code for your service. When creating a contest, it helps to engage your customers as much as possible. Crosswords or even word searches are fantastic here, as they generate interest and engagement. WordMint is a great source if you’d like to pursue this further.

Send out a Newsletter

Sending an email newsletter is also an inexpensive way to engage customers. When you do, you will be able to remind your customers of who you are, and you can also encourage them to buy from you. The best thing about newsletters is that you can create them yourself and use your database to gather your customer data. If you are planning on sending out email newsletters, then make sure to track your results! If you don’t then you may end up putting effort into something that just isn’t working for you.

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What to ACTUALLY Do Once You’re Engaged

You’re engaged! Congratulations! So…now what?

Once the initial shock and awe wear off, here’s what you actually need to do.

Tell Close Family and Friends

A quick phone call, text, or FaceTime goes a long way. Start with immediate family, then extended family, and then close friends. Even though you may be tempted to make a social media post, those closest to you might feel snubbed if they aren’t told personally.

Get Your Ring Insured 

Seriously, seriously, seriously. Engagement rings are expensive and if you aren’t used to wearing jewelry, then it could be easy to accidentally damage or lose your ring! It’s a boring chore, but it’ll pay off in the long run if the worst were to happen.

Before You Do Any Planning, Watch Coach Mike Leach’s Rant

All jokes aside, Coach Leach is right. Understand that some people just lose their minds when it comes to wedding planning. I’ve done a ton of event planning in my career and confirmed the majority of my vendors in four days. (I’m not even kidding!) I knew what I wanted and what my non-negotiables were going into planning with my fiance. Speaking of which…

Determine Your Budget and Non-Negotiables

Crack open a bottle of wine and talk through your finances with your significant other and what your non-negotiables are when it comes to your wedding. For example, if you know that you only care about getting married in your hometown church, then make sure the two of you agree and plan around your “must-haves,” then fill in with vendors as they’re available. Also, realize that you don’t have to spend big $$$ to have a fabulous wedding! I think too many couples try to “keep up” and play the comparison game when it comes to their wedding.

I’m a Greek-American and have been to a TON of weddings. The only thing that truly matters is if 1) the couple looks great 2) the food is yummy and 3) the reception was fun. That’s it!

I’ve been to very expensive weddings that were downright awkward, and inexpensive weddings that were so fun I still talk about them. (Cost doesn’t matter!)

Make a Preliminary Guest List, Then Cut That Sh*t Down

When scoping out vendors, everyone is going to ask you how many guests you’re inviting. Your guest list is going to determine almost every aspect of your wedding – from the headcount for catering to the number of favors, invitations, save-the-dates and so on. Make an initial guest list and then cut. it. down.

This is probably the hardest part of planning a wedding, but when the average catering cost for a wedding in the U.S. is $4,000+, the cost adds up quickly.

Enjoy Being Engaged! 

Just ENJOY! The first few weeks can feel overwhelming, but there’s no rush to have your entire wedding planned in four days. (Unless you’re crazy like me!)

If you’re not sure what you want for your big day, take your time interviewing vendors and ask friends and family who have got married recently for their recommendations too.

Enjoy this time planning with your significant other and remember that the day is really about the two of YOU and your vision to kick off married life together.

21 Inspiring Quotes About Paris

I had to spend my first time on the European continent in Paris. I studied French from grades 7 – 12 and even earned a minor in college! I wish I would have had the time to study abroad when I was younger, but I’m grateful that I was able to experience Paris in the winter of 2018. (Not to mention I was able to find such a cheap flight from the States!)

There’s something magical about wandering the halls of the Louvre and warming up with a café au lait during a light snowfall.

From the art to the food, the fashion and awe-inspiring architecture, the City of Lights has a little something for everyone.

Here are 21 quotes to inspire you to experience one of my favorite European cities:

“America is my country and Paris is my hometown.” – Gertrude Stein

“An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.” – Thomas Jefferson

“He who contemplates the depths of Paris is seized with vertigo. Nothing is more fantastic. Nothing is more tragic. Nothing is more sublime.” – Victor Hugo

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” – Ernest Hemingway

“I had forgotten how gently time passes in Paris. As lively as the city is, there’s a stillness to it, a peace that lures you in. In Paris, with a glass of wine in your hand, you can just be.” – Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale

“I like The Eiffel Tower because it looks like steel and lace.” – Natalie Lloyd

“I’m not a complicated girl; she laughed, I just want to run away with you, rob a bank, fall in love and eat ice creams in Paris.” – Michael Faudet

“Just add three letters to Paris, and you have paradise.” – Jules Renard

“London is a riddle. Paris is an explanation.” – G. K. Chesterson

“Paris is a hard place to leave, even when it rains incessantly and one coughs continually from the dampness.” – Willa Cather

“Paris is always a good idea.” – Audrey Hepburn

“Paris is not a city; it’s a world.” – King Francis I

“Paris is the only city in the world that starving to death still considered art.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Shadow of the Wind

“Secrets travel fast in Paris.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“That Paris exists and anyone could choose to live anywhere else in the world will always be a mystery to me.” – Marion Cotillard, Midnight in Paris

“There is but one Paris, and however hard living may be here, and if it became worse and harder even—the French air clears up the brain and does good – a world of good.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“To know Paris is to know a great deal.” – Henry Miller

“We’ll always have Paris.” – Howard Koch

“When good Americans die, they go to Paris.” – Oscar Wilde

“Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant.” – Honoré de Balzac

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