Pale Skin Is In

Ever heard of the phrase “pain is beauty?” Yeah, me too.

As women we face many difficult lifestyle decisions. We may choose to wear 4-inch heels out in downtown Chicago, but we’ll pay for it the next day with blisters and a much-needed pedicure. Or we might choose to try a trendy short haircut and later decide it was a mistake. It is only after our mistake we realize our hair takes a really long time to grow back out.

Another one of these lifestyle decisions we make is what we are willing to risk for tan skin. Many women, especially Midwest millennials, have used indoor tanners since they were in high school.

Indoor tanning been proven to drastically increase skin cancer. It also quickens the aging process and leaves young women in their 30s and 40s with wrinkles galore. Not to mention it rarely looks anything like the “sun-kissed glow” many girls are trying to achieve.

Luckily, there is an alternative! Although, there is somewhat of a negative connotation to having pale skin – I am here to tell you otherwise. I took a pledge two years ago to never use an indoor tanning salon again, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made.

Some people say indoor tanning makes them feel more beautiful or self-confident, but there are just as many beautiful pale skinned celebrities as bronzed skinned. Here are just a few examples:

Zooey Deschanel and her sister Emily Photo from Modasplendida @ http://www.flickr.com

Zooey Deschanel and her sister Emily
Photo from Modasplendida @ http://www.flickr.com

Taylor Swift Photo Taken by: avrilllllla @ http://www.flickr.com

Taylor Swift
Photo Taken by: avrilllllla @ http://www.flickr.com

Jessica Biel Photo from Modasplendida @ http://www.flickr.com

Jessica Biel
Photo from Modasplendida @ http://www.flickr.com

Kristen Bell Photo Taken by: Captial M @ http://www.flickr.com

Kristen Bell
Photo Taken by: Captial M @ http://www.flickr.com

I know it can be hard to resist the temptation of indoor tanning during colder winter months, but there are serious health benefits to embracing your natural pale skin!

Preparing for Professionalism

Okay, so we all know that appearance is key. What we wear and how we look represent our personal brand. That’s why it is so important to take the time to prep. You can’t be a tough girl with chipped nail polish and split ends. Since many college students, including myself, are hot on the job hunt, I thought I would put together a list of tips I’ve learned from recruiters on preparing for professionalism.

PAINT YOURconservativeanils NAILS APPROPRIATELY. Yes, long acrylic nails with stripes, hearts or sparkles may be this year’s trend, but they aren’t professional. You have two option – keep them natural or keep them conservative. Personally, I opt for light pink or dark red OPI colors, because they look nice and don’t chip as quickly as other brands. Properly and conservatively painted nails show that you take the time to care for yourself.

IRON YOUR SHIRT. Now this is a tip I feel silly including, but you’d be surprised how many young women don’t iron! This tip goes back to attention to detail, but wrinkles look sloppy and careless.

CLEAN YOUR SHOES. One of the most surprising comments I’ve heard is how much recruiters and hiring managers pay attention to a candidIMG_0720ates shoes. First, choose appropriate and conservative shoes that you are comfortable walking in. Do not wear the same shoes you’d stumble out to the bar in ladies! Next, make sure your shoes are free of dirt and scuff marks. The attention to detail you pay to your appearance reflects onto the time you’ll pay attention to detail on the job. Personally, I recommend wearing heels to professional events, because not only does it exert professionalism and power – it boosts your self-confidence!

 GET A TRIM. Most of us are dying for long locks like the Victoria’s Secret Models all seem to have, and some young women sacrifice haircuts because they want their hair to grow out. But we’ve all heard trims every 8 weeks will help our hair grow faster anyways. Especially before a networking opportunity, go and get a trim. You’ll want to look polished and prepared, and it is very difficult to do so with split ends or unruly bangs.

WEAR NYLONS. This tip nylonstook me a bit by surprise, because nylons are somewhat generational. A few decades ago, a woman wouldn’t dare leaving the house in a skirt without wearing nylons, but now days we rarely wear them. Even though many of us still have young flaw-free legs, nylons are a must. Make sure your nylons are snag-free and you choose an appropriate color for your skin tone.

These five tips come directly from hiring recruiters in regards to career fairs, networking nights and interviews. The number one message emphasized by everyone I spoke with was that recruiters are trained to notice the little things. This means if you don’t think they’ll notice a stain on your shirt – they will.

The Power Ponytail

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The “power ponytail” is this year’s best business up-do.

Lately, we’ve been seeing a trend towards simple hairstyles. This is ideal for working women, because it saves time and makes it easier for us to look our best! My favorite so far this year is the power ponytail. For a young businesswoman with long hair, nothing is better. Styling your long locks takes longer than some mornings will give, and for those days the power pony is a simple solution.

Here’s some celebrities rockin’ the style:

Paula's Ponytail


Paula Abdul rocks a high flirty ponytail with her bangs down to soften the look of her up-do.

 

Jennifer's Ponytail


Jennifer Aniston is one of my favorite style icons. She’s able to keep her hair out of her face and look great while doing so. This ponytail is much more powerful and authoritative because of its sleek nature.

 

Jessica's Ponytail


Last, my personal favorite, Jessica Alba’s soft yet sleek power pony. The added volume makes her up-do look relaxed while remaining business appropriate.