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10 Tips On How To Turn Your Office Power Outfit Into Nighttime Ready Look

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Lifestyle

The lines of office appropriate and after-work chic are now being blurred as there is a heavy influence of tailored suiting in fashion today. Companies from Gucci to Zara are showing complete suit looks and we are seeing a ton of women off the clock sporting these tailored looks. The trick here learning how to blend both the day look with the after-work power look.

Here are some tips on how to keep your office day outfits versatile for a seamless nighttime transition.

1. Suit Up

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If the suit fits, it's appropriate for work and cool for that after-work event. The fit is the key here. Take the extra step in having the suit altered by a tailor. There is magic in alterations –– a minor nip and slight shortening can instantly elevate the power of the suit. A fun after work option would be to ditch the blouse and throw on a fun vintage tee.

2. Play With Proportion

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Contrasting proportions offer a fresh spin on office wear. This includes pairing longer jackets with shorter skirts and pant styles.

3. Don't Be Afraid Of Contrast In Length

Contrasting cuff and hem lengths further personalize the look. Three-quarter length sleeve blazers and sweaters pair perfectly with longer sleeves, thus providing the perfect opportunity to showcase a statement blouse. Asymmetrical skirt or dress hems have great movement and are fun for happy hour.

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4. Crop Fit Is Lit

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Cropped trousers are a must-have staple as they pair wonderfully with traditional work shoes and instantly transform once styled with sexy stilettos or sleek booties. For an edgier downtown look, shoes with creeper styles, clunky sneakers or aggressive Vetements style boots add that instant cool.

5. More shoe Talk

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Shoes are so essential, they deserve a second mention –– for they are the true game changer when it comes to making your looks versatile. After work, spice things up with up with a sassy stiletto or dress things way down with a fun sneaker. I am personally loving the taller glove booties because they feed nicely under pant thinning and elongating the leg.

6. Prints Please

There is an art to print mixing and once mastered, it completely ups your style game. It's a smart and dynamic method for work yet cool and fun for after. The key is to make sure contrasting prints share similar to complementary color schemes. The same print in different scales is a hot option. For a more fashion-forward look pair the same print in contrasting colors.

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7. Accessorize, Accessorize

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The powerful little details pack a major punch. Play around with statement jewelry for that extra oomph!

8. Make Your Outerwear Work For You

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With cold weather upon us, outerwear is an important factor in the overall look. Punch things up with a bright colored coat, add texture with wool/cashmere, or contrast with a clashing print. Don't be afraid to clash! It's a secret power.

9. Let Your Lips Do The Talking

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As you wrap up your to-do list and head out of the office, putting on a red or dark lip adds an instant dose of fabulousness to the look that will have you ready to go out on the town.

10. Own Your Nighttime Presence With A Fresh Scent

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On your way out from your desk, switch up your fragrance to a more seductive musky scent. Roll-ons are very convenient, easy and fit perfectly into your handbag or desk drawer.

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Health

7 Must-have Tips to Keep You Healthy and Fit for the Unpredictable COVID Future

With a lack of certainty surrounding the future, being and feeling healthy may help bring the security that you need during these unpredictable times.

When it comes to your health, there is a direct relationship between nutrition and physical activity that play an enormous part in physical, mental, and social well-being. As COVID-19 continues to impact almost every aspect of our lives, the uncertainty of the future may seem looming. Sometimes improvisation is necessary, and understanding how to stay healthy and fit can significantly help you manage your well-being during these times.

Tip 1: Communicate with your current wellness providers and set a plan

Gyms, group fitness studios, trainers, and professionals can help you to lay out a plan that will either keep you on track through all of the changes and restrictions or help you to get back on the ball so that all of your health objectives are met.

Most facilities and providers are setting plans to provide for their clients and customers to accommodate the unpredictable future. The key to remaining consistent is to have solid plans in place. This means setting a plan A, plan B, and perhaps even a plan C. An enormous amount is on the table for this coming fall and winter; if your gym closes again, what is your plan? If outdoor exercising is not an option due to the weather, what is your plan? Leaving things to chance will significantly increase your chances of falling off of your regimen and will make consistency a big problem.

The key to remaining consistent is to have solid plans in place. This means setting a plan A, plan B, and perhaps even a plan C.

Tip 2: Stay active for both mental and physical health benefits

The rise of stress and anxiety as a result of the uncertainty around COVID-19 has affected everyone in some way. Staying active by exercising helps alleviate stress by releasing chemicals like serotonin and endorphins in your brain. In turn, these released chemicals can help improve your mood and even reduce risk of depression and cognitive decline. Additionally, physical activity can help boost your immune system and provide long term health benefits.

With the new work-from-home norm, it can be easy to bypass how much time you are spending sedentary. Be aware of your sitting time and balance it with activity. Struggling to find ways to stay active? Start simple with activities like going for a walk outside, doing a few reps in exchange for extra Netflix time, or even setting an alarm to move during your workday.

Tip 3: Start slow and strong

If you, like many others during the pandemic shift, have taken some time off of your normal fitness routine, don't push yourself to dive in head first, as this may lead to burnout, injury, and soreness. Plan to start at 50 percent of the volume and intensity of prior workouts when you return to the gym. Inactivity eats away at muscle mass, so rather than focusing on cardio, head to the weights or resistance bands and work on rebuilding your strength.

Be aware of your sitting time and balance it with activity.

Tip 4: If your gym is open, prepare to sanitize

In a study published earlier this year, researchers found drug-resistant bacteria, the flu virus, and other pathogens on about 25 percent of the surfaces they tested in multiple athletic training facilities. Even with heightened gym cleaning procedures in place for many facilities, if you are returning to the gym, ensuring that you disinfect any surfaces before and after using them is key.

When spraying disinfectant, wait a few minutes to kill the germs before wiping down the equipment. Also, don't forget to wash your hands frequently. In an enclosed space where many people are breathing heavier than usual, this can allow for a possible increase in virus droplets, so make sure to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Staying in the know and preparing for new gym policies will make it easy to return to these types of facilities as protocols and mutual respect can be agreed upon.

Tip 5: Have a good routine that extends outside of just your fitness

From work to working out, many routines have faltered during the COVID pandemic. If getting back into the routine seems daunting, investing in a new exercise machine, trainer, or small gadget can help to motivate you. Whether it's a larger investment such as a Peloton, a smaller device such as a Fitbit, or simply a great trainer, something new and fresh is always a great stimulus and motivator.

Make sure that when you do wake up well-rested, you are getting out of your pajamas and starting your day with a morning routine.

Just because you are working from home with a computer available 24/7 doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your entire day to work. Setting work hours, just as you would in the office, can help you to stay focused and productive.

A good night's sleep is also integral to obtaining and maintaining a healthy and effective routine. Adults need seven or more hours of sleep per night for their best health and wellbeing, so prioritizing your sleep schedule can drastically improve your day and is an important factor to staying healthy. Make sure that when you do wake up well-rested, you are getting out of your pajamas and starting your day with a morning routine. This can help the rest of your day feel normal while the uncertainty of working from home continues.

Tip 6: Focus on food and nutrition

In addition to having a well-rounded daily routine, eating at scheduled times throughout the day can help decrease poor food choices and unhealthy cravings. Understanding the nutrients that your body needs to stay healthy can help you stay more alert, but they do vary from person to person. If you are unsure of your suggested nutritional intake, check out a nutrition calculator.

If you are someone that prefers smaller meals and more snacks throughout the day, make sure you have plenty of healthy options, like fruits, vegetables and lean proteins available (an apple a day keeps the hospital away). While you may spend most of your time from home, meal prepping and planning can make your day flow easier without having to take a break to make an entire meal in the middle of your work day. Most importantly, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

Tip 7: Don't forget about your mental health

While focusing on daily habits and routines to improve your physical health is important, it is also a great time to turn inward and check in with yourself. Perhaps your anxiety has increased and it's impacting your work or day-to-day life. Determining the cause and taking proactive steps toward mitigating these occurrences are important.

For example, with the increase in handwashing, this can also be a great time to practice mini meditation sessions by focusing on taking deep breaths. This can reduce anxiety and even lower your blood pressure. Keeping a journal and writing out your daily thoughts or worries can also help manage stress during unpredictable times, too.

While the future of COVI9-19 and our lives may be unpredictable, you can manage your personal uncertainties by focusing on improving the lifestyle factors you can control—from staying active to having a routine and focusing on your mental health—to make sure that you emerge from this pandemic as your same old self or maybe even better.