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The Secrets Revealed: The Top Things Guys Notice First


Let’s face it: ladies, we all want to look good. Whether you spend hours grooming and styling yourself or are okay with a quick blow-dry and a dash of lipstick, you want to know that you look your best. Even on those days when you don’t want to As much as we’d like to think that physical attractiveness is just a small portion of what makes us great, it still counts for a lot. As hard as it is to admit, men are attracted by our physical attributes first. If you’ve ever wondered what men see or notice first, wonder no more – here are the secrets revealed: the top things guys notice first.

Your smile and laugh

When we meet someone for the first time, we automatically smile (unless you’re a complete fan of Resting B**** Face). The good thing is, your smile is the first thing guys notice, and it better be good. If you’ve got a great smile, don’t hesitate to highlight it with some awesome lipstick or gloss. When you smile, you can instantly attract someone – and then it’s just up to your fabulous personality to reel them in.

Your laugh is another aspect about you that guys notice first, too. If your laugh sounds like the tinkling of bells, then by all means, laugh as much as you can. If your laugh is like the screech of a banshee, maybe it’s better to lie low and just smile or giggle instead.

Your feet and your hands

You may not want to believe it, but a lot of guys do have a thing for feet. It doesn’t mean they have a foot fetish, though – it just means that they appreciate nice, well-kept feet. If your feet are dry and your nails aren’t properly taken care of, this can turn a guy off big time. The same is true for your hands – and, of course, your fingernails. Pay attention to your fingernails and don’t just make sure they’re clean –  If you don’t have time or the money to go to the salon try a set of press on nails.

Your eyes and face

Any decent guy would look into your eyes when you’re talking. But your eyes say a lot about you, and if you’ve got beautiful eyes, there’s no harm in accentuating them even more with the right amount of mascara and eye shadow. Of course, your face will be noticed, too, so it really pays to take care of your skin … exfoliation works wonders for that healthy glow, and make sure to hydrate your skin with skin care products such as masks and creams as often as you can.



How To Become A Modern-Day Wonder Woman

Do you dream of being the next business mogul, sporting heroine or leading light in the world of politics? In years gone by, the dreams of women have been suppressed, but opportunities are increasingly abundant. If you’re on a mission to be a modern-day Wonder Woman, take inspiration from these women at the top of their game and don’t give up on your goals.

One of the best pieces of advice you can take on board comes from Jessica Ennis-Hill, an Olympic champion who coped with immense pressure to take heptathlon gold at London 2012. If you ever doubt yourself or your confidence takes a knock, listen to Jess when she says, “The only one who can tell you you can’t win is you, and you don’t have to listen.” Recognise your strengths, be confident in what you can do and don’t let rejection get you down. As J K Rowling says, “It’s impossible to live without failing at something.” Learn from every experience, both positive and negative, but never doubt that you can get to where you want to be.

In this day and age, it can be easy to get pressured into being something that you’re not. To be a real-life superhero, you shouldn’t be afraid to be yourself. As the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern suggests, “I don’t think that the next generation should fear just being who they are, rather than conforming to an expectation of what they should be.” Just do you. You’ll be much happier in yourself.

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6 Rubbish Truths About Being A Woman That Women Won’t Talk About


Us women know we have to stick together. It’s a fact and one that is coming to light a little bit more in the wake of some massive movements that demand equality. However, there are still a bunch of things about being a woman that us women don’t tell other women enough. Okay, so if you’re a fan of Caitlin Moran then this isn’t so much of a problem because there is a woman that isn’t afraid to tell you like it is. But even she isn’t the answer to all the silent struggles faced by women everywhere.

Now, don’t get our intentions all mixed up and cross-wired because we’re not here to save the day and talk you through every big-slash-little ache that women feel and think they feel alone. Instead, what we’re going to (try and) do is tell you a few things about being a woman that most other women are too embarrassed/ashamed/worried/anxious to tell you firsthand.

Think of us at that oversharing friend that you are embarrassed to take to a restaurant but absolutely love hanging out with at home. That’s us. That’s who we are.

  1. Say The Word Feminism Proudly

Even now, with everything women have been through, ranging from the suffragette marches to the #metoo movement, we still seem a little scared to say the word ‘feminism’. It’s like we’re scared people will think we’re over-opinionated and about to launch into some crazed and passionate rant about how great we think we are, and how much better we are than others. In that sense, it’s similar to saying you’re an environmentalist or, to a lesser extent, a vegan. But the point is this: the world needs you to say these words with pride. The world is resting on your shoulders – it’s the legacy we should all try and leave behind – and that’s because feminism and environmentalism and veganism could all save the world.

  1. Don’t Be Scared Of That Woman Thing

As you can tell from this subheading, just writing the word period slightly freaks us out, and this seems to be the general consensus, even with women that are over the age of forty-two. How is this possible? Simple. Just because you are a woman that has been a woman for a long time doesn’t mean being a woman is a walk in the park. It doesn’t matter how many times you have faced the trauma of a period, it still comes as a total bloody surprise (excuse the pun). It’s not just the fact it happens either. It’s the fact you get really bad acne before periods, and that you don’t know when it is going to happen even though you kinda know when it is going to happen. Trying to explain all that womby-stuff to ourselves is hard enough, but to a man, wow, what comparison is there? Leaking a rank liquid – let’s say espresso coffee – from your bits, once a month, for the next three decades. Exactly.

  1. It’s Girlfriends Over Boyfriends

Let’s get one thing straight here: us girls would prefer to have deeper relationships with our boyfriends than our girlfriends, but it doesn’t work like that. It just doesn’t. Us girls have far deeper relationships with one another than we will ever have with a man and that’s because only girls know what it is like being a girl; the hardships, the exhaustion, the constant expectations we have to shoulder and live with. Girls can cry in front of other girls about anything and not get judged by some misunderstanding person that only has preconceived stereotypes to fall back on as a means of understanding. Girls can be open with girls. There is no judging one another or thinking we are being silly about something trivial. And that is something we haven’t been able to find with men, yet, or even a man. It’s a total bitch.

  1. Answering The Biological Clock Question

It’s the worst. It really is. But the worst part is this: there is no right answer. You could lock yourself away in a closet with a thick notepad, a pen and a torch for a week and still not come up with an answer that will please you or anyone else, especially now that most women aren’t having children in their (cough) “childbearing years”. But of course we aren’t. Right now, we do the childhood thing, go to school, go to college and then get a job to support ourselves financially and, at some point during all of this, we’re meant to be able to find a man that we can spend the rest of our lives with. Yes, that’s the simplistic version, but the detailed one is no better because, let’s be honest, not many of us are meeting men between the ages of 21 and 28 that are ready for that part of their lives. Men don’t want kids at the time we are going through our “childbearing years” and, if they do want them, they aren’t in a financial position to have them. Understand this and you can understand just how tricky this whole question is.

  1. The Humiliation Is Tiring

It really is. From the moment you became an adult – and sometime before – we have to endure getting wolf-whistled as we walk the streets, we have to put up with that weird uncle telling us we’ll be a heartbreaker when we’re older, we have to pretend to smile when people say we’re big-boned and all of it is tiring. But what is even more tiring is the fact nothing can help us. Not even fame and fortune, something we have seen with our female idols getting ripped apart in the media for doing nothing other than being human. “Ooooo, look how much weight so-and-so has put on” or “they must have gotten their eggs frozen”. It’s all total bull, as is all the leaked photos and sex-tapes getting put up for sale and whatnot. It’s as if being a woman is cause for humiliation a lot of the time and that, as you can probably feel, is absolutely knackering. As is all the stuff we went through above – from the delicate feminism thing to the biological clock thing. So, if you feel this way, don’t worry, we all do, and if we keep thinking like this then hopefully it will change.

  1. Stop Being Scared Of Being A Burden

This is another one of those painfully delicate parts of being a woman. It’s this idea that women should be more doormattish and less of a burden or, in all honesty, less of anything. Don’t follow this idea. In fact, shun with all of your might. You have every right to tell people what you want and how you feel and to ask questions. Men do and so should you. If you don’t then, the reality is, no one will know what it is you are after in life. It could be asking your lover to define what your relationship is or where they see it going. It could be asking your spouse to help fund your passion so that you can turn it into a legitimate business. It could be something as simple as asking the mechanic that just fixed your car to itemise your bill so that you can see why it cost as much as it did. And, come on, you’ve gotta ask your boss about your future at that company. These sorts of questions do not make you a burden, they make you an assertive human. They make you normal and reasonable and all of that sort of stuff.

What to wear to the races


Horse races have quite a long tradition in the UK, being not just a sports event but also a social event where everybody display’s their best attires. So, if you plan to attend the coming horse racing event, stirred by the betting odds released by WilliamHill or simply because you want to enjoy the occasion, you need to know what to wear. Believe it or not, horse races are rather sophisticated events, where, regardless of how appropriate it may seem, you cannot wear a casual attire. Yes, you are going to walk on grass and dirt, but you need to display a flawless attire, suitable for a lady like yourself, so you may want to follow the pieces of advice listed below.

  • Choose the right dress

Before you choose the dress you will wear at such an event, you need to know that there is a dress code you need to respect. If this is not enough, each horse race may have its own dress code, so make sure you check this first. It is enough to access the website of the horse race that interest you and you’ll find there the information concerning the accepted dress code. But, as a general rule, short dresses should be avoided, as mid-length ones are more suitable. They should not be embellished with sequins or be too cropped, and they should not allow your underwear to be seen. So make sure you assort the underwear with the color of your dress.

  • Don’t forget about the hat

Hats are elegant accessories, so if you always wanted to wear one, but never had the chance to do so, a horse race is the best occasion. Again, check the website of the race to see if there are any specifications concerning the hat particularities that are accepted. But, whatever you do, choose a hat that will flatter your attire and body size and shape. For example, if you are not too tall, a hat shaped like a mushroom will make you look even shorter. Never choose the hat and then the dress, as it may turn out to be more complicated. It is easier to find the dress first and then find the hat that is right for it.  

  • And yes, you must wear heels

It may not seem like such a good idea to wear heels somewhere where walking on grass may be involved, but horse races are all about elegance, so you will have to make this sacrifice and leave your practical sense at home. Of course, you can avoid walking on grass, for the sake of your shoes, and only do it if there’s no other way. Concerning the heels, make sure they are clean and that they do not present any scratches or scruffs. You will be very well analyzed by the rest of the participants at the race, so you need to protect your image. But, even so, it is not a good idea to wear new shoes at a horse race, as you’ll end up with painful blisters. Try breaking them in by wearing the shoes around the house.

  • A light makeup will be the winner in this case

The makeup you will use when getting ready for a horse race should complement your natural traits and not cover your face. You are not going to a nightclub, so forget about smoky eyes and bright red lipstick. If the day will be sunny, your makeup will be even more visible, an extra reason to opt for something light, like rosy blush and pastel eyeshadows. And if you really want to have a flawless appearance, ask the help of a hairdresser to match your hairstyle and hat in a way that will make you look amazing and chic.

What To Do If You Have An Accident At Work

Having an accident at work can put you in a really difficult position. If you’re off for a while then you’ll struggle financially and being stuck at home all of the time can take its toll on you emotionally. But you can make the whole process a lot easier if you take the right steps in the days and weeks after the accident happens. Here is a step by step guide that you should follow in the event of an accident in the workplace.


Report It

It’s important that you report it right away so your employer can start to do everything that they need to in this situation. It can take a bit of time for them to sort out sick pay etc. and the longer you wait before telling them, the more likely you are to be left without money. It’s also important that they are made aware of any dangers around the office, otherwise, somebody else might get injured in the same way. You’ll also need solid records of the incident if you’re going to make a claim and that’s a lot more difficult if you report it later on.

Make A Claim

If you sustain a serious injury like a spinal injury, for example, you’re going to be out of action for a while. If the accident happened because of negligence on the company’s part, you’re eligible to make a claim. Get in touch with spinal cord injury lawyers to find out what you’re entitled to. This compensation money will be such a huge help if you end up being out of work for an extended period. It can be a lengthy process so make sure that you get it started right away before your sick days run out.

Take Photos

By the time that your claim process is underway, a lot of the physical signs of damage might have faded. Your employer can then use that as a way to play down the serious nature of the injury. To avoid that happening, it’s important that you take photos of your own injuries as a record. If the accident happened because of a danger in the workplace, it’s important that you get good photos of that to document it as well. If you don’t, your employer is likely to fix whatever the problem is and then they can deny that the accident was their fault. If you can’t prove that you were injured through somebody else’s fault, you might not be able to make a claim at all.

See A Doctor

When you’re trying to document your injuries, your word doesn’t carry a huge amount of weight in a court of law because you aren’t an expert. You may claim that your injuries are serious but you need an expert opinion to back that up. You should see a doctor right away anyway get any treatment that you need but while you’re there, ask them to do a full report of your injuries and how it will affect your ability to work. This information will be vital when you’re trying to make a claim for compensation further down the line.

Keep A Diary

One of the main things that affects how much money you’re entitled to when you make a claim is the long-term effects of the injury. Any permanent damage will seriously boost the amount that you’ll get. To keep a good record of this, you should write a daily diary of your symptoms and your ability to carry out normal day to day tasks. Don’t just focus on work either, think about how it hinders you when you’re in the home as well. You can use this diary as evidence when you’re making your compensation claim. In this diary, you should also keep a note of the financial impact and any loss of earnings that might make life difficult for you because that will all be taken into account as well.

Find A Reliable Colleague

A lot of things will change while you’re out of work which can make the transition difficult when you come back. You should find a reliable colleague that can keep you up to speed with any major changes in the company that you need to be aware of. They’ll also be able to take on some aspects of your work, with your advice, so you don’t end up getting pushed out by a new employee that comes in to cover you while you’re off.

Take these steps as soon as you’ve suffered an injury and the whole process will be hassle free.

What will be the legacy you leave behind?


While the festive season is the perfect time for high spirits, excitement and as much fun as you can handle, it’s also a time for reflection on the year just passed and a look forward to the future. The turn of a brand new year is the ideal chance to remember those you may have lost during the year but also planning ahead and making some changes to your own way of living.

Unique personality traits

Monetary value or material inheritance is important to many people but for some people, non-tangible things like personality traits and memories are invaluable. When reminiscing about somebody who is sadly no longer here, you will usually always find yourself chuckling about their unique personality quirks or habits. Whether it’s for making everybody laugh, always offering a solution to a problem or just being the kind of loyal, trustworthy person everyone can rely on – personality is always something that sticks in everybody’s mind.

A financial footprint

As I mentioned above, monetary value, material possessions and financial inheritance are also highly important to many people. Lots of people want to leave behind a substantial chunk of cash, property or valuable goods in their legacy in order to pass them down to their loved ones. Being in the position to pass on money or valuable possessions when you are no longer here means you are then able to help the people who are still here realise their dreams and invest in their futures. Companies like Slater & Gordon are on hand to assist with the legal side of things but remember, money doesn’t have to be devoid of emotional attachment or sentiment when it comes to leaving a legacy behind.

Contributions to charities or causes

If somebody doesn’t have family or close friends that they want to leave money or material possessions to, or they don’t have the financial means by which to do so – they might prefer to be remembered for their work for charity while they were still alive. Regularly donating to a good cause or partaking in voluntary work for a charitable organisation is most definitely something to be proud of and something I would certainly want to leave behind in my legacy.

A specific talent or career achievement

Most of us have a specific talent that we are known for. From painting and photography, to nature conservation and sports, many of us have ‘our thing’; something we excel in or enjoy spending our spare time doing – or both! Maybe you have competed in a sport for many years and won a whole host of trophies or awards and you’d like this to be your legacy. Maybe you reached a certain level in your career that gained you some impressive accolade or title. Maybe it’s even your blog and your writing. Whatever it is, there is something we all work hard on and would like to be remembered for when we’re no longer here.

It’s always interesting finding out what other people would like their legacies to be and how other people would like to be remembered so do feel free to share your thoughts on Twitter. Use the hashtag #ALegacyOfMe to join the conversation and find out what everybody else is saying!

How a random act of kindness could change a life this Christmas

‘Tis the season to be jolly but it’s also the season for sharing and giving to those less fortunate than we are. Having said that, kindness is certainly not just for Christmas so here are just a few of the ways you can make a massive difference to somebody else’s life without even realising it with random acts of kindness.

Donate to a charity of your choice

This may seem like an obvious choice but donating money to a good cause is always a great way to carry out a random act of kindness and help out somebody less fortunate than yourself. Charities such as Oxfam are working hard all year round to improve issues such as poverty, schooling, healthcare and drought around the world but they can’t do what they do without the funds to make it happen. It really doesn’t have too much and you don’t even have to move from the comfort of your Christmas pyjamas to do this. It’s true what they say – every penny counts and every little really does help.  

Give food to a local food bank

While many of us will be looking forward to filling up on the luxurious and indulgent festive treats that are filling the shelves at the moment, there are some people who won’t have a Christmas dinner to look forward to this year. In fact, there are an alarming number of people around the world who struggle to access the food they need to survive all year round and one way you can help this cause is by donating to your local food bank(s).

If you find yourself with a spare five or ten pounds, consider spending it on non-perishable goods such as tinned soups, instant noodles, biscuits, tea bags, coffee and cereal or toiletries such as toothpaste and shampoo. Once you’ve got some items together, take them to your nearest drop off point where there will be plenty of people who will be grateful in making use of them.

Stop to help a stranger in the street

The festive period is one the busiest times throughout the whole entire year. We’ve all got presents to buy, fridges to stock and a million and one tasks on a never-ending to-do list to complete. However, one of the best, easiest and cheapest ways you can offer a helping hand to somebody who might need it is to slow down a little bit and take check of what’s going on around you.

While you might be whizzing around the place in the warmth of your car, or taking advantage of public transport to carry you quickly from A to B, have a thought for the less fortunate or elderly people who may not be afforded those luxuries. If you see somebody on foot struggling with heavy shopping bags, consider helping them across the road, to the bus stop or even to their front door if nearby. You won’t realise how much a simple gesture like that could transform someone’s day.  

If you’ve got any of these on your new year’s resolution list, or if you’ve been on the receiving end of a random act of kindness recently, let me know in the comments below or on Twitter using the hashtag #KindnessChangesLives.

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