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Recently I went to the Citizen Flagship store in Times Square for another #BetterStartsNow event, where Citizen gathers experts in a few different areas to give tips and tricks. The last event had some fantastic advice!
This event centered around advice for people who are getting married. And while I’m almost seventeen years past my own wedding (and hopefully almost as far away from it for either of my children), the advice was applicable to just about anybody.
First up was Amber Herring, who is an expert on personal style and weddings. She had some fantastic packing advice! I tend to pack complete outfits, and pat myself on the back for re-using shoes during a trip. But Amber takes it so much further!!
Here are some notes from Amber about packing for a trip. Obviously, this advice is geared towards a warm-weather destination (in her case, her recent honeymoon!):
- Your carryon bag is your “Worst Case Scenario” bag, in case your luggage gets lost. Use a beach bag so that you’ll have it to use later, and pack it with essentials!
- Don’t pack any article of clothing that can’t be worn at least two ways: A bathing suit that can also be worn as a top with a skirt or shorts, a daytime dress that can be dressed up for evening with big statement jewelry, a reversible top, etc. And everything should be made of wrinkle-free material!
- You should pack two shirts for every pair of bottoms.
- Pack shoes that can be worn day or night.
- Bring a kimono-style bathing suit cover up that can also be used for lounging around your hotel room.
- Wear a stylish watch that can go from day to night!
Christian Zamora had some great tips for special-occasion make-up.
- The camera automatically takes away 50% of your make-up, so for special occasions, more is more!
- Start with light layers of moisturizer, then primer, then foundation, and then set everything with translucent powder so that your make-up lasts all day.
- For eyes, using a light-colored shadow on the inside of the eye, a neutral color in the middle, and a darker color on the outside will make your eyes look bigger.
- Use waterproof gel eyeliner – it won’t budge, even if you cry!
- Christian prefers lash extensions (he’s an expert at applying them!), but in lieu of those, he recommends two coats of waterproof mascara.
- Brush a light bronzer under your cheekbones, and then apply a peach or apricot blush on the apples of your cheeks; blend with the bronzer.
- For lips, start with a waterproof lip liner that matches your lip tone, and apply it all over the lips. That way, if you lipstick wears off your liner won’t be noticeable. Put your lipstick over the liner.
All done and ready for your big day! You can get more tips from Christian on Twitter.
Alison Blackman from The Advice Sisters had this to say about relationships:
- Banish outside influences from your relationship, like nosey parents. Don’t let other people push or guilt you onto having the kind of relationship they think you should have.
- Respect your differences. No one is perfect. Learn to forgive.
- Break your routine. Activities bring life to your relationship and give you something new to talk about.
- Compromise creatively. Which one of us will be impacted more? Which one is the issue more important to? Try to make sure that each person gets something that they want.
- It isn’t the grand gestures that count, it’s the little ones.
- Be on time! Don’t keep your partner waiting. Wear a watch!!!
Hear more from Alison on Twitter.
Greg Blank had some very practical financial advice for people starting their lives together:
- Beginning a dialogue means talking about your goals, not talking about money.
- Think in 3-5 year increments.
- A joint bank account keeps things transparent. Separate accounts are fine as long as things aren’t kept secret!
- A successful relationship is one where you’re doing 60% of the work.
Get more info from Greg on Twitter.
Last, Ellen Seckler—Citizen’s VP of Marketing—showed us some gorgeous watches in his-her pairs. My favorites were both from the Axiom Collection, and both were stainless steel (I have a thing for stainless steel watches). The man’s version has a chronograph and date feature ($325), and the woman’s watch has diamonds to mark the hour ($300). Both feature Citizen’s amazing Eco-Drive, powered by light. Once fully powered, you could leave a Citizen Eco-Drive watch in a drawer for six months and it would still be working when you took it out again!
Another gorgeous watch that we saw that day (and that I got to take home with me) was the Ladies’ Axiom with rose gold-tone stainless steel case and white leather strap, with a white dial and date feature, as well as Eco-Drive. And the best part? I have another one to give away to a lucky reader!
This watch sells for $195 and I’m in love with it. It has a very summery feel to it. You can enter to win in the widget below. Good luck!
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