Every few days, a friend of mine invites to meet her at a fancy social club located in the heart of downtown.  It's a posh professional lounge with beautiful city views.  I've become somewhat masterful at turning down her generous request.  The thought of having to break out my business casual attire from my past life sends shivers down my spine.

 I've become fully immersed in a world of wearing casual, comfy clothing.  The thing with casual attire is there's a thin line between looking cute & comfy or looking like you've totally given up on life.  I have to admit that I've been guilty of crossing that line.  There have been times where I've silently prayed asking that I don't run into anyone I know while running errands.  That's not the way to live.

If I'm going to be a lifelong comfy dresser, I might as well learn to do it right.   There are certain rules that one must abide by that allow us to sport casual clothing while still looking like we care about ourselves.  Let's discuss.


Never go full baggy

Oversized clothes are the epitome of comfort wear.  With loose fitting clothes, we don't have to concern ourselves with certain details.  Baggy clothes always fit so they sometimes become a default option.  A while back, I made the commitment to avoid baggy clothes as much as possible. Whenever my wardrobe consists mainly of loose-fitting clothes,  I'll start to put on weight. It never fails.  Worst of all, I don't realize what's happening until it's too late. By then, my "normal" clothes barely fit.  That's why I've taken an oath to mix baggy and fitted items whenever possible.  One negative view of baggy clothes is that you didn't put much thought into your look. Pairing it with a fitted item balances out the entire outfit.  Suddenly, your clothing choices appear intentional. Not like you threw on what you had available until laundry day.

Accessorize Strategically
The easiest way to elevate lounge wear is by mastering the art accessorizing. The great thing about applying this strategy is that you have multiple options.   I like to layer on various tiny rings, chain bracelets or sparkly studs.  It really doesn't matter your jewelry preference, as long as you add something that requires an additional step. In doing so, you're sending a message that you care about the details.   And that's super important if you're a serial comfy dresser like me.

Add High-Quality Items
If you want to take your accessory game to the next level, you should seriously consider investing in a few designer pieces. A quality bag and the right pair of shoes can go a long way towards transforming your simple look into something magical.  Years ago I made the decision to stop buying a bunch of trendy clothes and redirect my finances towards securing high-quality pieces.  Best decision ever.  Now, I can walk into almost any situation and still get compliments, even when I'm wearing basics.

Fix Your Face
One habit I've been cultivating is to avoid walking out with a completely bare face. I don't have to go all out, just a 5-10 minute natural face routine is enough.  Once I experimented with going to Walmart with a full face just to see what difference it made.  I noticed a lot more looks than normal and a couple people even approached me.  I go grocery shopping pretty regularly and most of those trips are pretty uneventful.  But when I put in a little more effort in my appearance, I attract more.  People react to you differently when you present the best version of yourself. This even applies to you.  When you feel good, you make different (better) choices. Imagine the compounding effect of you looking and feeling good day after day.  There are real benefits to be had.  Take full advantage.

Invest in Quality Leisure Wear
One area I need to do better in is to sport better-looking loungewear.  I have to admit that most of my comfy clothes were bought for the purpose of wearing around the house or while running errands.  Needless to say, I didn't invest much in them and they look unimpressive.  Nowadays, athleisure is all the rage and the choices for designer active/loungewear is endless.  One of my goals for the remainder of the year is to toss out most of the stuff I have and replace with hand-picked quality pieces that are both stylish & comfy.
Focus on Your Signature
Lastly, I invite you to define a signature item that you'll maintain even when you're wearing a laid back look.  For some, that means maintaining immaculate nails (which looks great when you're wearing casual gear) or making sure your hair is on point.  Doesn't have to be fancy. Just make sure you have a few hairstyle options that typically attract compliments.

Once you've established the most complimentary hairstyle or accessory, you can dress down all you want and still demand attention when you walk into any room. Also remember, when you're dressing down, there are certain details that can't be missed. Your skin must appear to be healthy and hydrated, Your clothes must be in good condition.  You have to look like you put some thought into your look.  If these requirements aren't met, you end up looking like you just rolled out of bed and put on whatever was within reach.  That's not a good thing.  This is what leads to silent prayers hoping that you don't run into anyone you know.  Lucky for us, this situation is completely avoidable.

If you're looking for more inspiration on dressing down and looking pulled together, you'll find some great ideas by paying attention to paparazzi pics taken at an airport.  These celebrities are often dressed down yet they know there's a decent chance that they'll be photographed so dress accordingly.

Every few days, a friend of mine invites to meet her at a fancy social club located in the heart of downtown.  It's a posh professional lounge with beautiful city views.  I've become somewhat masterful at turning down her generous request.  The thought of having to break out my business casual attire from my past life sends shivers down my spine.

 I've become fully immersed in a world of wearing casual, comfy clothing.  The thing with casual attire is there's a thin line between looking cute & comfy or looking like you've totally given up on life.  I have to admit that I've been guilty of crossing that line.  There have been times where I've silently prayed asking that I don't run into anyone I know while running errands.  That's not the way to live.

If I'm going to be a lifelong comfy dresser, I might as well learn to do it right.   There are certain rules that one must abide by that allow us to sport casual clothing while still looking like we care about ourselves.  Let's discuss.


Never go full baggy

Oversized clothes are the epitome of comfort wear.  With loose fitting clothes, we don't have to concern ourselves with certain details.  Baggy clothes always fit so they sometimes become a default option.  A while back, I made the commitment to avoid baggy clothes as much as possible. Whenever my wardrobe consists mainly of loose-fitting clothes,  I'll start to put on weight. It never fails.  Worst of all, I don't realize what's happening until it's too late. By then, my "normal" clothes barely fit.  That's why I've taken an oath to mix baggy and fitted items whenever possible.  One negative view of baggy clothes is that you didn't put much thought into your look. Pairing it with a fitted item balances out the entire outfit.  Suddenly, your clothing choices appear intentional. Not like you threw on what you had available until laundry day.

Accessorize Strategically
The easiest way to elevate lounge wear is by mastering the art accessorizing. The great thing about applying this strategy is that you have multiple options.   I like to layer on various tiny rings, chain bracelets or sparkly studs.  It really doesn't matter your jewelry preference, as long as you add something that requires an additional step. In doing so, you're sending a message that you care about the details.   And that's super important if you're a serial comfy dresser like me.

Add High-Quality Items
If you want to take your accessory game to the next level, you should seriously consider investing in a few designer pieces. A quality bag and the right pair of shoes can go a long way towards transforming your simple look into something magical.  Years ago I made the decision to stop buying a bunch of trendy clothes and redirect my finances towards securing high-quality pieces.  Best decision ever.  Now, I can walk into almost any situation and still get compliments, even when I'm wearing basics.

Fix Your Face
One habit I've been cultivating is to avoid walking out with a completely bare face. I don't have to go all out, just a 5-10 minute natural face routine is enough.  Once I experimented with going to Walmart with a full face just to see what difference it made.  I noticed a lot more looks than normal and a couple people even approached me.  I go grocery shopping pretty regularly and most of those trips are pretty uneventful.  But when I put in a little more effort in my appearance, I attract more.  People react to you differently when you present the best version of yourself. This even applies to you.  When you feel good, you make different (better) choices. Imagine the compounding effect of you looking and feeling good day after day.  There are real benefits to be had.  Take full advantage.

Invest in Quality Leisure Wear
One area I need to do better in is to sport better-looking loungewear.  I have to admit that most of my comfy clothes were bought for the purpose of wearing around the house or while running errands.  Needless to say, I didn't invest much in them and they look unimpressive.  Nowadays, athleisure is all the rage and the choices for designer active/loungewear is endless.  One of my goals for the remainder of the year is to toss out most of the stuff I have and replace with hand-picked quality pieces that are both stylish & comfy.
Focus on Your Signature
Lastly, I invite you to define a signature item that you'll maintain even when you're wearing a laid back look.  For some, that means maintaining immaculate nails (which looks great when you're wearing casual gear) or making sure your hair is on point.  Doesn't have to be fancy. Just make sure you have a few hairstyle options that typically attract compliments.

Once you've established the most complimentary hairstyle or accessory, you can dress down all you want and still demand attention when you walk into any room. Also remember, when you're dressing down, there are certain details that can't be missed. Your skin must appear to be healthy and hydrated, Your clothes must be in good condition.  You have to look like you put some thought into your look.  If these requirements aren't met, you end up looking like you just rolled out of bed and put on whatever was within reach.  That's not a good thing.  This is what leads to silent prayers hoping that you don't run into anyone you know.  Lucky for us, this situation is completely avoidable.

If you're looking for more inspiration on dressing down and looking pulled together, you'll find some great ideas by paying attention to paparazzi pics taken at an airport.  These celebrities are often dressed down yet they know there's a decent chance that they'll be photographed so dress accordingly.

Years back, I figured out that the common beauty secret of most A list celebrities is the copious amount of water they consume on a daily basis. Since then, I've been obsessed with increasing my water intake as much as possible.

This habit has served me well over the years.  And whenever I slack on my water intake, I truly notice a difference.  I'm also very aware that not all water is created equal.   At the bottom of the totem pole is plain ol' tap water.  But if you really want to nourish your body, you can opt for mineral water or maybe throw in a few lemon slices.   Or perhaps you might want to try switching out your plastic water bottle for a copper vessel.   I thought I had discovered all the ways to make your water a bit healthier.  Turns out that I knew nothing.  Because there's a water that so healthy that it's been shown to produce documented health benefits.

This might be the ultimate health and beauty water on the market.
The water I speak of has already been a craze in Japan for a while.  Japan has the highest aging population in the world which makes them hyper-focused on discovering ways to promote longevity and optimal health.  One of their past discoveries is now making its way to the U.S.  They've realized the key to turning water into a super health elixir.

Hydrogen water is quickly gaining popularity thanks to its super-antioxidant qualities.  Some of you might be scratching your head and asking "doesn't water already contain hydrogen?"  Yes and no.  Technically, the composition of water is 1 molecule oxygen and two molecules of hydrogen.  Hydrogen water actually contains a surplus of hydrogen. This surplus molecule is tiny and easily absorbed at the cellular level.  Once absorbed, wonderful things start to happen.

Japan is already aware of the wonders of hydrogen water because they've conducted several studies that support its beneficial qualities.  Basically, the extra hydrogen molecule is a super antioxidant that attacks damaging free radicals.  Hydrogen water proponents rave about its ability to fight inflammation and oxidative stress.  As you may know, free radicals and inflammation are a common factor in many of the diseases and ailments that we suffer from today.  Could hydrogen water become a strategy to help fight diseases?

One study of 20 participants showed some promising results.  The people who participated in the study were all overweight.  The only thing they were asked to do over the course of 8 weeks was to drink 1.5-2 liters of hydrogen water daily.  No change in diet was required.  Once the 8 weeks were over, they experienced a nearly 40% spike in an enzyme that helps the body fight free radicals.  They also enjoyed a reduction in cholesterol levels and a drop in a chemical compound that promotes oxidative damage.  Can your normal water do that?

Cancer patients who drank hydrogen water after undergoing radiation therapy experienced a higher Quality of Life (QOL) score than the placebo group which drank equal amounts of plain water.  There are also brain protection benefits of this wonderful hydrogenated water.  But the benefits don't stop there.  On an everyday level, hydrogen water is said to help shorten recovery time after your work outs.

The beauty benefits of hydrogen water are worth mentioning.  This water is so powerful that just bathing in it has the ability to affect fine lines and wrinkles.  People who bathed in hydrogen water for 3 months noticed "significantly improved wrinkles in the skin."  When hydrogen water is used daily in one's skin care routine, it "repressed UVA-induced skin damage." Hydrogen water was also said to "significantly prevent cell death" and DNA damage caused by sun exposure.  I read a review where a happy customer claimed that hydrogen water alleviated her eczema when nothing else helped.

Now that we're aware of the potential of hydrogen water, how do we get our hands on it?

If you want to incorporate hydrogen water into your routine, you've got several options.  If you're super serious about enjoying hydrogen water on a regular basis, you may want to consider investing in your very own hydrogen water making machine.  They even offer portable water bottles that generated hydrogen water for you on the spot!  For a more portable option, there are hydrogen tablets that you can drop right into your current water.  There are lots of options to fit into any budget.  Even Dr. Perricone has got into the hydrogen water game by launching his own brand of hydrogen water sourced directly from Japan.  There's lots of articles and content available on this miracle water.  Be sure to do your research.  I love the promise of this antioxident water and can't wait to try it.



Years back, I figured out that the common beauty secret of most A list celebrities is the copious amount of water they consume on a daily basis. Since then, I've been obsessed with increasing my water intake as much as possible.

This habit has served me well over the years.  And whenever I slack on my water intake, I truly notice a difference.  I'm also very aware that not all water is created equal.   At the bottom of the totem pole is plain ol' tap water.  But if you really want to nourish your body, you can opt for mineral water or maybe throw in a few lemon slices.   Or perhaps you might want to try switching out your plastic water bottle for a copper vessel.   I thought I had discovered all the ways to make your water a bit healthier.  Turns out that I knew nothing.  Because there's a water that so healthy that it's been shown to produce documented health benefits.

This might be the ultimate health and beauty water on the market.
The water I speak of has already been a craze in Japan for a while.  Japan has the highest aging population in the world which makes them hyper-focused on discovering ways to promote longevity and optimal health.  One of their past discoveries is now making its way to the U.S.  They've realized the key to turning water into a super health elixir.

Hydrogen water is quickly gaining popularity thanks to its super-antioxidant qualities.  Some of you might be scratching your head and asking "doesn't water already contain hydrogen?"  Yes and no.  Technically, the composition of water is 1 molecule oxygen and two molecules of hydrogen.  Hydrogen water actually contains a surplus of hydrogen. This surplus molecule is tiny and easily absorbed at the cellular level.  Once absorbed, wonderful things start to happen.

Japan is already aware of the wonders of hydrogen water because they've conducted several studies that support its beneficial qualities.  Basically, the extra hydrogen molecule is a super antioxidant that attacks damaging free radicals.  Hydrogen water proponents rave about its ability to fight inflammation and oxidative stress.  As you may know, free radicals and inflammation are a common factor in many of the diseases and ailments that we suffer from today.  Could hydrogen water become a strategy to help fight diseases?

One study of 20 participants showed some promising results.  The people who participated in the study were all overweight.  The only thing they were asked to do over the course of 8 weeks was to drink 1.5-2 liters of hydrogen water daily.  No change in diet was required.  Once the 8 weeks were over, they experienced a nearly 40% spike in an enzyme that helps the body fight free radicals.  They also enjoyed a reduction in cholesterol levels and a drop in a chemical compound that promotes oxidative damage.  Can your normal water do that?

Cancer patients who drank hydrogen water after undergoing radiation therapy experienced a higher Quality of Life (QOL) score than the placebo group which drank equal amounts of plain water.  There are also brain protection benefits of this wonderful hydrogenated water.  But the benefits don't stop there.  On an everyday level, hydrogen water is said to help shorten recovery time after your work outs.

The beauty benefits of hydrogen water are worth mentioning.  This water is so powerful that just bathing in it has the ability to affect fine lines and wrinkles.  People who bathed in hydrogen water for 3 months noticed "significantly improved wrinkles in the skin."  When hydrogen water is used daily in one's skin care routine, it "repressed UVA-induced skin damage." Hydrogen water was also said to "significantly prevent cell death" and DNA damage caused by sun exposure.  I read a review where a happy customer claimed that hydrogen water alleviated her eczema when nothing else helped.

Now that we're aware of the potential of hydrogen water, how do we get our hands on it?

If you want to incorporate hydrogen water into your routine, you've got several options.  If you're super serious about enjoying hydrogen water on a regular basis, you may want to consider investing in your very own hydrogen water making machine.  They even offer portable water bottles that generated hydrogen water for you on the spot!  For a more portable option, there are hydrogen tablets that you can drop right into your current water.  There are lots of options to fit into any budget.  Even Dr. Perricone has got into the hydrogen water game by launching his own brand of hydrogen water sourced directly from Japan.  There's lots of articles and content available on this miracle water.  Be sure to do your research.  I love the promise of this antioxident water and can't wait to try it.



Near the end of last year, I set a somewhat lofty profit goal for my business.  It was a number I wanted to reach since I first launch because, to me, it was a huge milestone.  About six months into the year, I realized that I was on track to actually reach this goal.

At first, I was super excited.   But after a few weeks,  a new feeling started to settle in.  With half the year ahead of me, I felt obligated to rewrite my goal.  If I kept the profit number the same, I would probably start to get comfortable.  And comfortable is never a good thing.  Although I had a good chance of reaching my numbers, I didn't want to just sit back and rely on my default future to manifest.


As you may recall, our default future is the predictable outcome that we will experience based on our current actions.  You can pretty much predict how your life will look at the end of the year based on the past and what you are doing currently.  If both of these factors are consistent, your life will essentially stay the same (or become slightly worse).

I'm on a mission to systematically alter the course of my future in several areas of my life.  Using my past advice of creating an unbalanced force, I plan on many 1-2 significant shifts in my actions that will have a long term positive effect on the outcome of my goal.  I believe the 1-2 actions are enough. If you try to do too much as once, you may not be able to maintain the actions long-term.  As long as you identify the right actions, 1-2 of them should be enough.

In the case of my business, I reviewed all of my current expenses and identified the top 2 that could bring in the most revenue.  Number one on that list was a monthly expense of $350 that I invest to be a part of this training program. Each month we get access to new training videos and get to ask questions.  I have to be honest and confess that I haven't been maximizing the potential of this training program.  I did in the beginning.  But once my business started running smoothly, I lost the sense of urgency.  I'm now recommitting to taking the course seriously and implementing at least 1 new action a month taken directly from the course.  I know this will be a huge game changer that can really alter the future trajectory of my business.

This is a big example but I plan to implement this strategy on a micro level as well.  Last week, for example, looked and felt very much like most weeks.  But I did implement a few small actions that will have a positive (and real) impact on the days and months ahead. This week, I'm determined to do that same.

As I plan my weekly to-do list, I'm careful to include tasks that have lasting power.  Sure, there are pressing items that must be done today, but I should also be mindful to incorporate activities that have a real impact. A friend of mine will sometimes say "Nadege, today I'm working on actions that impact my future."  She didn't always think this way. But ever since we talked about the concept of a default future, she's changed her mindset.   This method works incredibly well and you can start enjoying the benefits of it fairly quickly.

I'm gonna let you in on a little secret......the more I focus on actions with lasting impact, the less I have to work to enjoy the results I now have.  I get to do less and enjoy more.  That's the way it should be.

With only a handful of months remaining, it's time to get serious about which areas that you want to alter the course of your future.  No need to wait 'till the end of the year to create a bunch of flimsy resolutions.  By New Year, I want to be setting up fresh new goals that on a whole nother level. Our future is liquid and we're in complete control of it.  Let's take full advantage by engaging the type of actions that are investments for the days and months ahead.  Your future self is counting on it.