The Fabulous Female: Episode 1

21 Feb

“13 She selects wool and flax
    and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
    bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
    out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
    and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
    and grasps the spindle with her fingers.”
 (Prov. 31)

superwoman

YIKES! So apparently the Proverbs 31 woman is superwoman. She knows her fabric, how to cook, is a real estate mogul, an entrepreneur, she works tirelessly, is profitable, and can weave. Yep, she’s superwoman. If there ever was really such a woman on this earth, she’s be a world-wide celebrity (and I personally would have a strong urge to spit in her face).

Not to worry- These verses were not written in the bible to show females how inadequate we are- in fact, if you read this passage closely, it reveals more about a woman’s character than what she can do. So what is the point of all this? Let me just say that even as young woman in my late twenties (not so old, I know), I’ve learned there are some basic skills EVERY modern female should know. WE can be young, capable, fabulous, and live with character. This is my first of a series of posts I will interject in the future full of quick and easy things to know from beauty to cars.

Things Every Fabulous Female Should Know

How-To Episode 1

Howto2

Put your hair up in a bun using only a pencil or pen. For those of you gasping at my #1 choice- don’t judge. Ever since I learned how to do this, I think I’ve used it almost every day. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve broken a hairtie or gotten frustrated at work because my hair won’t stay out of my face. With a twist of my pencil, all my hair problems are solved- it’s that easy! As a writer, I am NEVER without at least a pen in my purse. Although the pencil bun is not going to win any style awards, it’s a quick way to get your hair off your neck in a pinch! See the tutorial here: http://www.wikihow.com/Put-Your-Hair-up-With-a-Pencil

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Get rid of common laundry stains: Laundry is something I learned how to do very early in life- perhaps it’s because my absolutely wonderful mother has ruined more than a few items of clothing. I like to think of my wardrobe as an investment- I won’t buy anything I do not LOVE. When someone makes an investment, it needs to be cared for! I try to take care of my clothes as best I can. After many self-inflicted blunders of my own, I am a laundry master…

Offending Substance: Sweat

You’ll need:

6 tablespoons baking soda

1/2 cup water

Do this:

Combine ingredients to make a baking soda paste. Rub the paste onto the pit stain and let it sit for one to two hours before washing. Launder as usual.

Offending Substance: Grease
You’ll need:
1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
Do this:
1. Gently press the cornstarch into the stain with your fingers.
2. Let it stand for a few hours (overnight, if possible). Then simply brush it off.

And MORE….

Coffee or chocolate stains – Treat fresh stains immediately by sprinkling some baking soda on a damp cloth and wipe clean (as with all stains, the faster you take action the easier it is to get out.)

Ink stains – Apply hairspray to immediately loosen ink’s hold on fabric, then scrub in a little liquid detergent to clean thoroughly. (The active ingredient in hairspray is alcohol, so use rubbing alcohol first if it is more readily available.)

Grass stains – Use any liquid or powder detergent as a presoak. For durable fabrics like jeans, try soaking in a heavy-duty liquid detergent like Pine-Sol before washing.

For all delicate fabrics– Spot clean any stains with diluted vinegar or lemon juice, but test a small area first!

For more stain fixes, click here: http://housekeeping.about.com/od/stainremoval/Stain_Removal_Ideas_and_Tips.htm

howto3

Create the perfect cat-eye: There is nothing more fabulous than sleek, inky black liner. It is the only beauty tool you need to go from day to night in less than five minutes. I’ve tried many liners in my years of beauty exploration and I’ve found that just a plain, simple pencil works best. Liquid and gels always seem to run for me. Just make sure your pencil is soft as well as waterproof.

How to apply: Starting at the center of the eye at the lash line, trace outwards and flick the liner up slightly at the outer corner. Use your lower lash line as a guide for the correct angle – as if you were drawing an extended lower lash line. Go back and lightly line the inner half of your top lash line and thicken the outer flick.

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Play Guitar Hero: Video Gaming is a world I thought I could live without however it has become a staple at parties and get-togethers with friends. I grew up with sisters and have never owned a gaming system before last year when my BF surprised me with a Wii and a Mario Kart game. We have so much fun together.  Here is a How to guide to Guitar Hero- a more popular party game. If you’ve gotta play, you might as well win right? Here are some tips and tricks (from women’s health magazine).

Press and hold
Picking up your fingers takes more movement and time, and screws you up. As long as you hit the strum bar at the right time, you can get ahead on notes by pressing the colored buttons before they reach the bottom of the screen. If the same note comes up several times in a row, just hold it down and strum in time.

Strum both ways
The strum bar works in both directions, and so should you. A typical rookie mistake is to just strum downward; by going back and forth, you hit the notes much faster. But don’t double-strum! “If you miss a note, don’t panic and try to make up for it by strumming again,” Flores says. “Themore you strum and miss, the worse your score gets.”

Work the Whammy
When you have to hold a long note, wiggle the guitar’s Whammy bar to score extra points.

If all else fails, cheat (If you must!)
Putting the game in Hyperspeed mode gives you more time between notes. To use it, choose “Options” from the main menu and select “Enter Cheat.” Use the mnemonic “Oh boy, oh boy” to help you remember the code to go into cheat mode: Orange, Blue, Orange, Yellow, Orange, Blue, Orange, Yellow.

 howto5

Roast a Chicken: Don’t be appalled at my stereotypical, every-woman-should-know-how-to-cook stance. I am as modern and independent as they come. I’m educated, in a career, and know more about cars than my significant other. I never thought of myself as a domestic person but I definitely understand the importance of culinary skills . No, you may never love it quite as much as I learned to but there is truly no easier way to a man’s heart than through his stomach. Not out to impress a man? Well, Believe me, nothing will impress your family and friends more than the perfectly roasted chicken. You can pair almost any side with it- mashed potatoes, beans, corn, salad.. the list goes on and on. I have never met a single person who did not enjoy a nicely prepared bird. And it’s so much easier than you think. For a foolproof recipe click here: http://www.wikihow.com/Roast-a-Chicken

howto6

To tie a Scarf: I’ve said this before- nothing fixes a wardrobe crisis better than a scarf. For thousands of years, men and women on every continent, and in pretty much every culture, have worn lengths of fur, soft hide or woven fabric for warmth, to soak up sweat, for ceremonial or religious reasons, as protection from wind and dust, as a mark of status, or simply to appear attractive. For whatever reason you want to wear one, click here for 15 ways to tie this essential accessory: http://www.thefashionspot.com/style-trends/news/171363-15-chic-and-creative-ways-to-tie-scarves

And now, Episode 1 is complete. None of us will ever be superwoman- but there’s nothing wrong with a little push in the right direction!

Let’s recap shall we?

Steps 1-6 to Fabulous:

  1. The Pencil Bun
  2. A Master’s Degree in Laundry Stains
  3. The Fierce Cat-Eye
  4. A Gold Medal in Guitar Hero
  5. Roasting a Bird
  6. Making any Outfit Chic with a Scarf

~AJ

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