Georgina Grogan


Creator of SMB, Mother of Kittens, Make-up Magician and all round Goddess.

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5 Steps To Making Changes and Improving Your Life

It may feel like there are several aspects of our life that we don’t have control over. And in some cases, that can be true. When it involves other people and their actions, then it can take away some control. But there are so many things in our own lives that we can be in control of, including how we react to particular situations. So if you’re thinking that there need to be some changes in your life, here are some steps to help get you started, for a new and improved positive life.

Face Fears

If you have a particular fear of something, or can’t move forward because a fear of something is holding you back, then it is time to make a change. Moving forward with things can only be achieved when you face your fears, rather than avoiding them or dismissing them. It is all subjective, as what is a fear to you may not be a fear to others. Just think about what you’re fearing each day, and then what you can do about it.


Exercise Willpower

Of course, with anything that involves change, you need to have the desire. It could be the willpower to break a bad habit, or even the willpower to move your life in a different direction. You don’t have to repeat the previous years that you’ve had in your life if you don’t want to. Starting today, using your willpower, and changing the direction that you want to go can be amazing first steps to improving things.

Educate Yourself

We are so blessed in the day and age that we live in that we have access to plenty of information at our fingertips. But are you using that to the maximum potential? And as the old saying goes, you can never be overdressed or overeducated. Educating yourself, both formally or informally is important for growth. You might want to better your formal education be doing a masters of management online, for example, if it was to improve your career prospects and improve your life. You may want to start a blog and need to study and read up on website design and HTML, for instance. Whatever you choose, if formally or just for your general knowledge, educating yourself is one of the best things that you can do.

Refine Your Goals

It can all be very well talking about change and wanting to improve things, but you need to know what things that have been improved look like to you. Would it be feeling happier, being off medication, a bigger pay check, or certain people out of your life? Refine what you want to achieve, and it will be much easier to set yourself goals to get there.

Demand Integrity

Integrity, and integrity to yourself, is kind of like being loyal. It is something that you can have, but can’t demand of others. So be the best example of integrity that you can be, and it will make an impact to those around you and attract people of integrity to you too, which is a much nicer place to be in, when you want to make changes.

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4 Great Career Ideas for Fashion Lovers

4 Great Career Ideas for Fashion Lovers

A lot of people tend to have a limited idea of the scope of fashion jobs for some reason. However, fashion is one of the most diverse career fields out there and there are tonnes of great opportunities at every level. Anyone with a passion for the fashion world can make a living out of it if they know where to look and are ready to open their horizons. If you have a passion for the latest fashions and can’t imagine yourself working in any other industry, keep reading.  Below are four examples of great career ideas for fashion lovers.

Fashion Lovers


If you’re always on top of the latest trends, have an eye for fashion, and seem to always know which trends will go mainstream, then you should definitely consider becoming a buyer. Buyers are more than simply glorified shoppers; they have to be able to know what the public will want before they want it. It’s a high-stake business too; buyers have to prepare well in advance to know what will be in vogue the next season and they have to start planning their purchases a few seasons in advance.

Another part of this job that may be difficult for some is the ability to step into somebody else’s shoes.  You’ll have to be able to forego your personal taste and understand exactly what your shoppers actually like. Additionally, you’ll have to be able to master sales analytics and create detailed purchase databases as part of your function.

Design Assistant

If the designer is the queen bee of the atelier, design assistants are the worker bees. While designers will usually be in charge of the creative direction of a fashion brand, the assistants will be in charge of pretty much everything else. You might be in charge of choosing woven clothing label folds over others, tracking samples, fitting models or supervising production workers, among other things.

What’s great about working as an assistant is that it gives you a good insight into the inner workings of a label and can be used as a stepping stone to becoming a creative director yourself. As a matter of fact, some of the greatest designers started as humble assistants attaching clothing labels and tracking samples, and it was through doing this that they were able to make a name for themselves through experience.  Becoming a design assistant is definitely a fantastic option for those who want to progress and become a designer themselves one day.


Are you always on the lookout for the latest Saint Laurent bag or t-shirt?  If so, a career as a fashion blogger may be right up your alley. To be a fashion blogger, you need to have a keen eye on the latest fashions and be there at the forefront, unveiling the new trends the second they’re released.  If you have the time to browse luxury ready-to-wear items and the money to purchase the latest items from them as well as Calvin Klein and Givenchy, this will help as you can mix and match separates and photograph or video them for your readers to give them an idea of how pieces work together. There’s a big market out there for high-end clothing and showing off some designer pieces on your blog will definitely catch the eyes of fashion lovers.

The best fashion bloggers don’t just cover the styles that they like, though.  The best ones will live in fashion capitals like London, Paris, and Milan. They will attend runways and catwalk shows, interview designers, and pay close attention to what the celebs are wearing.  If all of this sounds like fun, and you are a pretty good writer, you may have what it takes to succeed in this. Some bloggers will receive an income through affiliate marketing, while others will make money from ads.  As you grow your name, it’s likely that you’ll be provided with free clothes and accessories to promote as well.

Retail Store Manager

If you ever thought of opening your own boutique one day, starting as a manager would be a great way to learn the ropes. Being a manager will not only give you a solid formation on how to manage and set up your own store, but it will give you more insight into the business aspect of the fashion industry.

Good managers are not only great at knowing what are great sellers and why, but they will also be able to find ways to increase sales as well. In addition, working as a manager could open you up to executive positions as well. Many chain stores will promote some of their best managers to higher positions, so there’s always chances for advancement.

All these career choices are attainable if you’re ready to put in the work and put yourself out there. Make sure that you have what it takes, however, before you choose a career path and know exactly what will be required of you.

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Not Been On Holiday Yet? Shop Fast!

It’s only the beginning of August and yet all the Autumn/Winter collections are rolling out in the stores and online in full force. Years ago we wouldn’t go away on holiday until mid/late August and so, I thought I’d help those of you who are yet to go on holiday. Whether it’s a staycation in your own country or you’re heading abroad, I’ve got you covered with the last of the summer dresses. With the odd piece of swimwear too as that’s selling out like hot cakes thanks to this never-ending heatwave.

Yours Clothing

Maroon Floral Drape Pocket Dress – £23.99


Available in sizes 16-28 and in multiple colours/patterns.

Aqua Blue Texture Print Hanky Hem Swim Dress – £39.99


Available in sizes 16-32 and in two colours.

Black & White Paisley Print Maxi Skirt – £23.99


Available in sizes 16-32.

Evans Clothing

Yellow Floral Maxi Dress – £35.00


Available in sizes 14-28 and in 3 patterns.


Black Spotted Maxi Dress – £35.00


Available in sizes 14-28 and in 3 patterns.

Simply Be

Layer Maxi Dress – £20


Available in sizes 10-32 and in multiple patterns and colours.

Neon Rose Floral Wrap Midi Dress – £32


Available in sizes 16-26.

Ax Paris Curve Floral Printed Dip Back Dress – £48


Available in sizes 14-30.

Ax Paris Curve Palm Printed Dip Back Dress – £48


Available in sizes 12-30.

Curvy Kate Maya Halterneck Swimsuit – £57


Simply Be Stripe Swimsuit – £35


Available in sizes 12-28.

Simply Be Zip Front Plunge Swimsuit – £38


Available in sizes 12-28.

Newlook Curves

Curves Rainbow Stripe Wrap Maxi Dress – £24.99


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5 Tips To Help You Home School Your Kids

5 Tips To Help You Home School Your Kids

The concept of home school has been around for many years. Some parents decide that it is better for their kids to stay out of the national schools in order to teach them the things that they’d like. There are many benefits to home-schooling, but it can be quite tricky for parents who have never tried it before. In this post, we are going to give you some tips on how to get started on your home-schooling adventure. Keep reading if you’d like to find out more about this.

Home School

Test Things Out

If you are just going to stick to a curriculum set out by someone that you’ve found online or in a book somewhere then there’s not much point. When you home school you need to figure out what works best for you and your kids to ensure that they are making the most of this learning experience. Don’t be afraid to test different subjects out at different times and drop things that aren’t going so well. You have a lot of time so be flexible and allow your child some freedom on what they learn.

Create The Perfect Space

Before you start home school, it is important that you have the right sort of learning space. You don’t need to set up a makeshift classroom, but you should have the right conditions to ensure that your child is able to focus. Remove any sort of distractions from the room that you are using and make sure that there is some natural lighting coming in the room. If you have a big space and a few kids to teach, you could consider investing in a steel building like those from Armstrong Steel and create a classroom on your property.  Steel buildings are increasingly being used in schools, so there’s no reason why you can’t build a smaller structure in your home. Armstrong Steel allow you to create one that’s exactly to your specifications too which you can check out on their website.

Do a Variety Of Activities

When kids attend regular schools, they are given a whole host of different activities to do throughout the day. If you are going to educate your child at home, then you should make sure that you are able to provide different activities for them to do. They won’t want to just sit and listen to you talk for the entire day and this won’t achieve anything. Adapt the activities towards the way that your child learns and schedule in some play time or physical activities.

Create Rules

If you are teaching your kids by yourself then you need to make sure that you have some rules in place. The last thing you want to do is to let them walk all over you as this will slow everything down. Before you get started, you should write out a list of rules with your kids and show them that this is something serious!

Take A Break

It’s not often that parents get a break and if you decide to home-school then you will have a lot more on your plate. Make sure to give yourself a break every few hours to make sure that you’re able to keep yourself sane!

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How to Choose the Best Kids Clothes for the Back-to-School Season

How to Choose the Best Kids Clothes for the Back-to-School Season

You may be still enjoying the seaside with your kids swimming carefree and bathing in the sun, but the school year is creeping up and demands to be taken into account. Once you get back from your vacation, there is a long shopping list that waits to be completed. Apart from stationery and other school supplies and necessities, it certainly includes different types of kids clothes. Among the real needs, your budget and your kids’ desires, it won’t be easy to choose the things that are truly necessary and indispensable.

Even though your kid definitely shouldn’t lack anything, it is equally important not to exaggerate in fulfilling your children’s caprices and remain practical and objective. Moderne Child offers this compromise with their curated selection of children’s clothes. So here is a list of the things that are truly necessary for a smooth start of the school year

Kids Clothes

Start from What You Have

Before being swept out from the house by your children who are so eager to get their new clothes, go through the wardrobe and check what things from last year you can still use. First, do it on your own, then consult the kids to make sure they want to wear it.

There will certainly be some favourite t-shirt or hoodie in decent condition they don’t want to give up. So after this revision, you can see what the “weakest point” in your kids’ wardrobe is and plan your shopping spree. This wardrobe revision will also help you “build the case” of defence against your children’s requests and potential tantrums.

The Basics

It would be ideal to have one combination for each day of the week, not less and not much more, otherwise, you will have way much laundry to do. Depending on your child’s age, type of school, as well as the climate of the place you live, you should get seven pairs of pants/shorts/skirts.

If you have a girl, you can resolve the top-bottom combination with a dress. Also, get some t-shirts, and a few long-sleeve shirts for colder days. Don’t forget a couple of jumpers and hoodies, one or two coats, and maybe even some of the winter equipment, depending on your climate.


New sandals and flip flops can maybe wait for the next season, again depending on the place where you live. If the weather in your area is warm throughout the year, then keep them in mind as well.

But regardless of your climate zone, you should definitely get two pairs of sneakers, ones for playing around and others for school. Alternatively, you can use the old sneakers as the ones for playing, and then buy only one pair.

It would be good to get at least one pair of warm, water-proof boots, of course, unless you in live in dry places like Arizona or California or some similar place.

Another important thing which constantly slips my mind, don’t forget to renew your kids’ socks supplies for the new school season.

Dress Up

You have to take special occasions into consideration when shopping for the new school year. Again, you shouldn’t exaggerate, but it would be nice and practical to have at least two such combinations, ideally three, including one pair of adequate shoes.

You can solve it with a beautiful long-sleeve shirt, a pair of trousers, a skirt and a dress for girls, and two or three shirts and two pairs of trousers for the boys. Make sure that besides looking good, the dress-up clothes are actually comfortable and practical, as your kid really needs to feel good in that clothes.

Shopping for your children can be fun if you plan it out ahead of time, so make sure you know what you are getting yourself into before you start.

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Unlock Your True Beauty On The Big Day – Tips For Plus Size Brides

Getting married can be one of the most exciting time in anyone’s life, but the thought of having everyone looking at you can be a little daunting. The only way to calm those nerves is to ensure that your appearance is absolutely perfect and that you’re comfortable. Comfortable brides are always happier.

Even as a confident plus size woman, planning for the wedding day may test your self-confidence more than usual. Follow the five simple tips, and this needn’t be a problem any longer. Instead, you’ll cast the assured and beautiful figure that you do every day. Only 10x better!


Start With The Dress

Every bride-to-be dreams of wearing the perfect dress. While many designers will create their outfits in bigger sizes, they are still very much geared towards the petite woman. Specialised plus size wedding dresses will look better, feel better, and generally be far better. Do remember that plenty of plus retailers have started making affordable wedding dresses too, it’s definitely worth looking around. When you walk down the aisle with the confidence gained from wearing the dress that’s right for you, the impact is enormous. Use this as your platform, and everything else should fall into place. 

Be Comfortable

There’s no doubt that the right choice of footwear can have the most significant impact of all on your big day. You may want to go for something super high but if you don’t usually wear heels, you might find this straining on the day. You don’t want to feel uncomfortable or be in pain, so try opting for a kitten heel, wedge, or flat shoes instead. It’s your day, you can do whatever you want. 

Focus On The Hands

You’ll naturally want the entire wedding look to sparkle. However, it’s easy to forget that your hands will gain more attention than ever before. Classic engagement rings should be joined by equally elegant wedding bands. Meanwhile, a manicure is something that should be high on your agenda too. After all, your hands will be appearing in a lot of photos from exchanging rings to the first dance. Whether you want something nude and natural, or bright and colourful, make your hands look and feel perfect.


The preparations for the big day begin long before you walk down the aisle. So, when it does arrive, you’ll want a reason to smile. Improving the look of your pearly whites is the perfect way to do this. The easiest and most affordable option is to use home whitening kits. However, you can take this to the next phase with professional work such as wearing invisible braces for a few months leading up to the wedding. Smile in style, and your entire aura will improve.

Travel In Style

Before leaving for the venue, you’ll put a lot of effort into your hair and makeup while also ensuring your outfit fits perfectly. Unfortunately, the elements have the potential to disrupt this look completely. Riding in a vintage wedding car isn’t only an enjoyable experience. It provides the space and comfort needed to keep your look intact. As you walk through those doors and down the aisle, the reaction will be incredible. You’ll have never looked better.    


Dealing With Chronic Pain

According to, approximately fifty percent of people experience chronic pain.  When you suffer from chronic pain, it can be completely infuriating. It will impact almost every aspect of your life. There will be things that you wish you could do that you simply won’t be able to cope with. For instance, before you suffered from chronic pain, you might have been incredibly active. But after a while, suffering from a condition like this begins to take it out of you. This can lead you down dangerous paths, seeking out solutions that you may not be able to find. It’s important when looking for solutions that you don’t pursue the wrong path though. Otherwise, you could make things a lot worse.

Chronic Pain

The Medicine Path

The first path that you might consider is using medicine. This will usually begin with taking paracetamol or some other low-level form of medicine. You may do this before you even speak to a doctor, particularly if your pain began after an accident. Self-medication is quite common, often with the hope that taking medicine will simply make the pain go away. This doesn’t always happen. Instead, the pain can get worse and become more unmanageable. At this point, you’ll turn to a doctor for assistance. 

They will provide you with a stronger form of medicine which will help your pain. However, if you do have a chronic illness, you need to remember not to skip your medication on days where you feel a little brighter. Medicine only works if you actually take it. Just be careful to take your meds responsibly and watch out for any signs that you could be addicted. If you are already in this situation visiting could help.


Some people find that medication alone doesn’t help their pain enough, and so they seek an alternative path, like alternative medicine. Natural herbs are not addictive and have been shown to have startling effects on levels of chronic pain, especially when you use them with medication too. 

Giving Up Isn’t Hard To Do

Giving up is easy. It won’t be your first choice when you start developing chronic pain, but it will almost certainly be a latter option that you consider. Essentially, you’ll try and do as little as possible. You might spend a lot of your day in bed or sitting in a chair, missing out on things.

That’s why once you learn you are suffering from chronic pain, you need to make sure that you are getting cognitive treatment for the emotional issues that come with it. Depression, anxiety and even suicidal thoughts are all common for sufferers of chronic pain. Cognitive therapy can help you with his a lot. Chronic Fatigue Services eventually go on to offer therapy like CBT. 

Numbing The Mind

Finally, you might consider numbing the mind to deal with your chronic pain, often through alcohol. Once again, this is not effective and could lead you down a very dark path. As well as this, the solution will only be temporary. Eventually, you will feel the pain again once the alcohol wears off and personally I find that my pain becomes even worse after I’ve drank. 

Instead, consider aquatherapy. This has been shown to be effective for various different types of chronic pain and can be quite relaxing. 

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Top Tips for Learning Whatever You Set Your Mind To

Still promising yourself that you’ll make some time to study that subject you’ve always dreamt of knowing more about? We know, it is way past New Year’s Resolutions season, and more time to be thinking about summer holidays. But if this lingering urge to better yourself is still whispering in your ear, here are some top tips to help you go about it.

Know your goals

Even if you are learning purely for fun, there is no point in setting out to learn anything if you don’t have an idea of what you want to achieve in mind. A little vocabulary in the language of the place you are taking your next holiday? Maybe some history to see if your favourite show is accurate or not?

Make sure that if you want to, for example, learn Portuguese before your big trip to Brazil this summer, that you know what points you want to cover. When using a language course provider such as or, be realistic about the amount of time you have for all the studying you’re planning. Be practical and make yourself a schedule that fits with your life instead of one that tries to make you work outside of it.


Find your style

Are you a mind-mapper, a highlighter, or a Post-It-notes-on-every-surface-around-the-house kind of person? Whatever you are trying to study, the best way to keep the information you need in your head is to find a memory system that works for you. Sounds pretty simple, we know, but while flashcards and quizzes might be the best method of remembering for some of us, others might find summarising texts in manageable chunks to be more effective. There is no one way to do it: try a few, and see which suit you best.


Timing it right

Are you an early bird or a night owl? This will help you determine what time studying works for you. If you find it easier to hold onto information that you read on your commute into work, or need the peace of the house to yourself after the working day is done, incorporate this into your study plan. There is no right or wrong answer—or time to study!


Be kind to yourself!

There is nothing more frustrating than wanting to have something done yesterday. Impatience when learning will eat into your motivation and make you feel like giving up altogether. Take regular breaks, and if the words just aren’t sticking today, then be honest with yourself and reschedule them for another time. Sometimes our minds are sponges and, at other times, they may as well be rocks. If it’s a rock day, postpone things until you are ready to learn.


Avoid quick fixes

We’ve all heard of passive learning, that mystical dream where we can absorb information and retain it without making any effort while fast asleep. And while scientific studies have shown some connection between say, replaying foreign language vocabulary in our ears when sleeping and improved word recollection, the key here is that you have to learn the words in the first place. You will not magically have an entire new vocabulary overnight!


The truth is, to learn anything, you have to want to know it. If you only ever talk about doing it then you probably don’t want it half as much as you think you do. So be honest with yourself. Whether it’s learning a new language for your holidays, or mastering new computer skills for work, think about what fits in with your schedule and make it work for you.

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