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6 Fashionable Tips for Pulling Off an All-White Ensemble

 

Rocking an all-white ensemble may look easy, but it requires more preparation than you expect. You’ll need nude undergarments, a watchful eye and a few key tips to ensure you’ll look ultra chic in white.

  1. Combine Different Textures

Who said monochromatic look have to be boring? Mix and match different textures for your all-white outfit. Match a pair of white, tattered skinny jeans with a tank top and knitted kimono for an all-white casual wear. The varying fabrics add visual interest, while keeping the classiness of the monochrome look.

  1. Get Tanned

White pops even more when you’re sun-kissed, but fake tanning is the only way to go. Get the J.Lo glow sans the harmful sun with self tanner or spray tan at least a day before. Let the tanning product get into your skin, and don’t forget to take a bath if you don’t want to be a white-hot mess.

  1. Accessorize Accordingly

Accessories are gifts from fashion goddesses. They can instantly perk up a plain outfit and make it look more stylish. Let your all-white attire be a backdrop for your accessories. Wear a pair of boho earrings or necklace to keep your look casual or a dainty piece of jewellery for an understated look.

  1. Throw in Some Neutrals

All white, including your shoes, bags and nails, can be daunting. How do you expect to stay clean at the end of the day in an outfit that’s a magnet for stain and dirt? Instead of white shoes, go for silver or nude pumps. These colours act as neutrals, while still preserving your monochromatic style.

  1. Match the Right Whites

Whether you believe it or not, white comes in different tones and shades: ivory, cream, winter white and many more, but they don’t always match or complement each other. If you decide to rock an all-white outfit, make sure to get the shades right. Before going out of the house, look at your outfit in different lights (bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, outdoors, etc.) Do the tones work together or does your bottom seem too bright for your top? Be mindful how the whites go together.

  1. Put Some Effort On Hair and Make-Up

The best thing about an all-white ensemble is that it allows you to be the center of attention. Go bold with red lipstick, sport a dark smokey eye or do some serious contours to highlight your best facial features. For the hair, do a bun, beachy waves, braid, top knot or whatever suits you. Your hair and make-up will surely get more attention with this classic outfit.

An all-white outfit is already a statement itself. Added with a few of these styling tips, you’ll look chic and timeless for any occasion.

Signs That You’re Doing Great As An Adult

 

“Adulting” can be very difficult to manage and it’s definitely one of the greatest challenges in life. Although, if you have already went through the tough times, then you might be in a place now much better than you think. Men and women in Singapore in their late 20s and early 30s, listed these seven signs to check if you’re in the right track and just doing great when it comes to being an adult.

  1. You treat yourself once in a while. If you’re an adult, you know when you’ve made it through stressful times and deserve to treat yourself. You think of ways on how to reward yourself, may it be a trip to the beach, an out of country adventure or buy anything you want and need. Sometimes adults tend to splurge since you only get the chance to treat yourself not that often.

 

  1. You eat healthy and maybe anything you want. You already know how to take care of yourself through eating healthy. You indulge yourself with nutritious food that you think could help fuel your mind and body. You also know that sometimes it’s okay to eat a box of pizza or three slices of chocolate cake.

 

  1. You are contented. Majority of adults are contented with what they have. Only those who are immature crave for more than what they have. Adults accept what they possess and they are fine with it.

  1. You know what you don’t want in life. When you reach this point in your life, you might still be unsure of what other things you want but pretty much know what you don’t want. These things will actually guide you into achieving your goals in the near future.

 

  1. You are independent. Independence is really one of the best signs of being an adult. You know how to support yourself and you no longer depend on your parents for financial support. Plus, you are your own happiness. You will no longer wait for other people to make you happy because you have already found that from within.

 

  1. You have identified your best friends. Unlike when we were just teenagers, we want everybody to be our friend. Nowadays, you make sure that you have a small, solid good set of friends who you know you can lean on during hard times. This dependable support group will be your best friends until you grow old.

 

  1. You don’t make the same mistakes twice. One mistake is enough for a wise adult. You will realize that you’re not a kid anymore and that mistakes should be learning grounds for you to improve and make yourself better. You are more intelligent when it comes to decision-making since you already know how things should be done through those mistakes.

Leadership Qualities Everyone Should Possess

 

In order to succeed in life, one needs to know when to follow and, more importantly, when to lead. Some of the greatest leaders in Singapore believe that one should possess the following leadership qualities in order to get ahead and thrive in life.

  1. Dreamer

In order to become successful, you have to set your goals and dream big. It is important that we know what we want, even if we’ve been told that our goals are impossible. The stories of the most successful people often show one thing in common—they had a set vision of what they wanted to achieve, and then put all their efforts to reaching that goal. Experts say that if you get to see your dreams and aspirations all the time, you will get reminded of the things that should do and will help you focus more to attain your goals.

  1. Passionate

In order to succeed, you should grow ideas from your passion. If we are doing the things that we love then working every day won’t feel tedious at all because we are enjoying what we are doing. It is advised that we find our passion and follow it to become not only successful but happier human beings.

  1. Confident

The first step to becoming prosperous is to believe that you can. If you think your goals are within your reach, then you won’t lose hope and will always strive for it. If you have earned and built up your confidence, then there is no doubt that you can reach your goals sooner than you might even think.

  1. Optimistic

There will always be times that we fail and we have to accept the fact that this is normal. It is normal that we experience problems and that we commit mistakes in reaching our dreams. What we need to do if faced with failures is to become optimistic, to not give up and continue on fighting. We should continuously learn from our mistakes and make use of it to become more successful in our succeeding attempts.

  1. Problem-Solver

There can be problems that are blatant and there are some that are not too obvious. We have to learn how to identify problems, as well as how to formulate solutions to every obstacle. There are some people who miss the mark and blame their incompetence to other factors—make sure to avoid falling into this mindset. Let us not forget that we are responsible of our own actions and if we own up into solving our problems and help other people in doing so, then we are one step ahead into becoming more successful in life.

Gainful Careers in Psychology

 

Psychology is all around every aspect of our lives, we may not be conscious about it but it’s working in all our human interactions not only to other but to ourselves, too. This alone makes Psychology a very interesting field to study on and offers many career options (unemployment is unlikely). No wonder why Psychology becomes a popular choice for students; In Singapore for example, approximately, an additional 10% increase of students per year is observed. On the other hand, Malaysia, its nearby country, continues to open more psychological programs. Here are some of the most sought after and viable careers to ponder on:

  1. Clinical Psychiatrist

Psychiatrists analyze, evaluate and treat patients with mental health disorders. The treatments they give out are not only medicines and therapies but they also conduct regular meetings with patients to assess and test response to treatments. Clinical psychiatrists may work in hospitals, offices or mental health facilities. In order to practice this profession, one must complete a 4-year bachelor’s degree program in Psychology or pre-medicine. After, student must finish medical school for another 4 years, satisfy residency requirements and pass the licensure exam.

In the US, the annual salary of a Psychiatrist is about $85 per hour or $177,250 annual salary. Despite the highly demanding effort, psychiatric industry offers stability in career opportunities and has six- figure salary which can go even higher for those who are interested to further specialize.

  1. Neuropsychologist

Neuropsychologists are in-charge of a human’s physical brain, its central nervous system and behavior. Due to the brain’s complexity and its cognitive functionalities, this area of specialization is challenging and requires immense preparation. Generally, Neuropsychologists run various tests related to brain and interact with patients who have suffered brain damage. Normally, they work in hospitals or healthcare facilities.

To successfully achieve this career, one must spend at least 8 years of education which would also include doctoral degree, post-doctoral residency and of course, must be a licensed clinical psychologist. According to Pay Scale survey report, the average annual salary of Neuropsychologist ranges from $80,000 to $150,000.

  1. Forensic Psychologist

Interested in studying law and psychology? Forensic Psychology is a merger of both worlds and currently, one of the coolest and most glamorous jobs due to its portrayal in popular TV series and movies but its reality present not as much. While the job is highly exciting, it is also full of uncomfortable and stressful situations where one handles complicated legal disputes in a psychological perspective.

To be a Forensic Psychologist, one must study for 8-12 years to earn a bachelor’s degree (4 years), master’s degree (2 years) and a PHD (2-4 years). Forensic Psychologists earn $60,000-70,000 annually.

  1. Market Research Analyst

Psychologists are also in demand in a corporate setting especially because they trained to study underlying motivations and trends to human behavior. These areas are highly important in the ever changing business industry. Market Analysts analyze the current market conditions, customer preference and project the next viable steps to get ahead of the competition.

Spending 4-8 years of preparatory study for this career is needed to practice. The salaries for Market Analysts vary depending on education and experience but on an average, they earn $60,000 annually.

In a nutshell, there are more career options in psychology. The ones listed above are some of the most common and highest paid specializations. The type of industry also plays a key role in the stability of the salary and its viability that is why a lucrative career will be ranked at the bottom if it operates in a shrinking market.

Volunteer: Making Traveling More Meaningful

 

Volunteering is an experience only minority undertake but something that many consider of doing. Sure, traveling is fun but you add more value to it when there is a good cause behind and beyond mere touring. Stepping out of your comfort zone and doing a thing you’ve never done before is surely a journey of self-discovery and life. So if this is a first you’ve heard of or quite unsure of the program to choose, these opportunities might be aligned to your interests and help you decide.

  1. Wildlife Conservation Program

This volunteer program is best suited for the outdoor type. As a wildlife conservation volunteer, you will act as Mother Nature’s janitor and endangered animals’ custodian. Tasks involve handling animals and assisting staff in providing care to wildlife patients.

In order to participate well in this type of volunteerism, you must be in a good physical condition, have patience and good adaptability skills, comfortable with physical labor involving plants and animals and have the skill to relate well with diverse set of people. Most of the wildlife volunteer opportunities are available in various regions in the US.

  1. Construction/Building Projects

Living a house without access to a basic toilet or proper roofing is a sad reality to many communities from all over the world. Water, education, livelihood shortages are just many of the prevailing problems that can be attributed to low or no basic facilities and infrastructure. This building project is aimed at improving the quality of life of disadvantaged communities.

Building volunteers can expect breaking a sweat, getting fresh air, making friends with volunteers all over the world and attaining great experiences of a lifetime. Moreover, this can help your personal growth as you become more appreciative and grateful to what you have in your home country.

There are popular locations for this type of program that are accredited by some non-profit organizations such as Africa, Asia (Provinces of Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, India, etc.), Latin America and Europe.

  1. English Teaching

If you are language inclined, fluent and have the passion to teach English, then this might be a good volunteer option for you! You can contribute in enhancing the learning experience of many young students not only by inputting correct grammar but also through application which is conversational English. You just need to maximize your instructional materials and enjoy the experience of bonding with the children.

Teaching program destinations can be in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and South Pacific regions.

 

  1. Care for Disabled Persons

There is a need around the world for volunteers who have the heart and compassion in caring for people with disabilities (mental and physical). You can give these patients a chance to learn confidence and skills for them to become independent individuals. This program has various areas depending on the need of the disabled persons. Primary caretaker involves tasks such as washing, feeding and changing children or adults with disabilities. Coaching on the other hand include playing physical games with children or adults with a goal to improve their social skills while tutoring entails problem solving and language lessons to help patients process information.

9 Ways Your Car Tires is Telling You Something

It’s the middle of summer here in Singapore, which means you are driving on hot roads. While you are comfortably tucked inside your vehicle with the air conditioner on, your car tires are rolling away on the scorching hot asphalt road.

This is why your tires need to be regularly checked by a car maintenance company. During this time of the year, the roads are hotter and you’re likely to take longer road trips with more cargoes. The bottom line is that your car tires take a beating, and it’s ideal to have it regularly checked to ensure their safety and excellent running condition.

But what could be the possible signs of problems with vehicle tires? What can car owners do to secure safe driving? Here are nine different ways your tires are telling you that it’s time for a tire inspection from a reliable car servicing company.

1. Cracking and Bulging
Cracking in the rubber is usually caused from hitting debris, curbs, or potholes, or could also be because of the age of the tire. Bulging, on the other hand, occurs when an external impact cause an internal damage to the tire. If you can see noticeable cracks and bulging, you should start looking for a replacement. The tire should be removed as it will not last much longer.

2. Center Wear
If only the center ring of your tire is worn down as found out from a trusted car servicing workshops in Singapore it is likely because the tire was over-inflated, causing only the center part of the tire to contact the road. To inflate the tire to its correct pressure, refer to the placard in the driver’s door or read the user’s manual. If the pressure is just right but there’s still center wear, this could mean that the tires and wheel are not matched.

3. Cupping
Cupping is when the tire develops a pattern of alternating valleys and hills in its surface. This happens when a damaged suspension doesn’t absorb the shock well when driving, causing a harder bounce on some spots of the tires. A damaged shock absorber is the most common cause of cupping, though it could also be anything that connects the wheel to the body of the car. Be extra cautious with your diagnosis. Even car repair shops sometimes incorrectly diagnose a heel/toe wear or feathering as cupping.

4. Outer-Edge Wear
When the outside and the inside edges of the tire is worn down, but the middle is not, it is usually a sign that your tire is under-inflated. Lack of pressure is the most unsafe tire condition as the rubber bends more and the heat easily builds up, possibly causing a tire blowout. Cars with under-inflated tires also won’t absorb bumps well and may cause misalignment of the wheels or damage the car’s suspension.

5. Flat Spots
Spots of wear appear when a car intensely slams the brakes. If you’re driving a vehicle without anti-lock braking system, your car will likely lock up the wheels under heavy braking, causing flat spots. Also, cars that are on standby for weeks can get flat spots as the car’s weight weighs the tire down.

6. Heel/Toe Wear
This happens when one side of the tread block is more worn down than the other side of the block. According to car servicing shops in Singapore, this is one of the most common tire conditions they encounter—so common that most car owners ignore this because they believe it’s normal. Heel/toe wear is usually a sign that you car is not getting enough tire rotation intervals. So, make sure to follow your car maintenance schedule to detect misalignment before it takes a toll on your tires.

7. One-Side Wear
If only one side of the tires wears down, it could possibly be that your car’s camber angle setting is off, which causes the tires to lean more on one side. Bring your car to a car servicing shop to adjust the wheel alignment. Damaged ball joints, springs, and suspension can cause one-side wear as could incorrect toe setting, inconsistent tire-rotation maintenance, and carrying excessive loads frequently.

8. Feathering
Feathered tires can be detected by the eye, but it’s easier to feel this texture by running your fingers over the tire surface. Feathering happens when one side of the tread has rounded edge and the other edge is sharp. Oftentimes, the feathering of the tire means that the car and the wheels are misaligned. If the alignment is correct but still has this condition, the damage could be because of a suspension problem that’s causing a shift to the car’s alignment as you drive.

9. Tucked Away Tread-Wear Indicators
Those ridges between your tire’s tread blocks are called tread-wear indicators. They sit tucked away between treads where they don’t get in contact with the road. When the tread blocks wear down and the tread-wear indicators start to get more visible, this means that your tire has reached its full capacity and should already be replaced. However, car maintenance shops suggest that you should not wait for the indicators to flush with the tread before you replace it with a new one.

The tires are among the important safety features of a vehicle. Even so, many car owners in Singapore overlook the importance of having high-quality, well-maintained car tires. If you see any of these signs in your tires, talk to a car repair expert right away.