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Black Friday is approaching: How to prepare for it?

The end-of-year shopping season is one the best days of the year to catch deals on wanted current-year clothing, appliances, and electronics.

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving and it marks the beginning of shopping season in the US. A successful Black Friday shopping experience is only possible if you prepare beforehand.

Nowadays, this shopping mess on Black Friday is experienced in many other countries, besides the US. So, you need to get ready now if you want to make most of Black Friday’s killer deals. Yes, we said now. Don’t worry, we are here to guide you all the way. We’ve outlined all the things you need to do to be completely prepared for Black Friday. 

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Use social media

You need to follow your favorite retailers on social media since the deals will be advertised there. Visit the Instagram feeds or Facebook pages of your favorite stores. They’ll offer exclusives to their social media fans that the other won’t see. You’ll also get the opportunity to win stuff or get special coupons. 

Check retailers’ websites

The websites of your favorite stores should be one of your first stops. And take advantage of bookmarks. Bookmark all the websites you like, and make special folders for Black Friday. In this way, you can easily compare prices between different retailers. 

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Sign up for email newsletters

Signing up for different retailers’ newsletters takes just a few seconds, and costs nothing to receive them. Pay attention to the newsletter a few weeks before the big day. By receiving them, you’ll stay on top of all promotions. And they’re more accurate and efficient since they come straight from the source. And not only discounts – you’ll get insider information and tips on how to save money!

Set a budget (and stick to it)

Don’t jump directly into making a list. You need to determine your shopping budget first. In this way, you’ll know what you can include on the list. You won’t know the prices yet, but calculate how much money you’ll need approximately. Okay, you can set aside some money for ONE impulse buy.

Don’t fall into the trap of purchasing things you don’t need just because certain items are on sale. It’s not a deal if you don’t have the money! Setting a budget is the best way to prevent overspending.

Make a list (and stick to it)

Now that you have all the needed information about the best Black Friday deals, it’s time to make a list. The list will help you to eliminate impulse shopping and stick to the budget! You’ll probably make many changes to your list, but make sure it’s finalized before Black Friday. You’ll see deals that are hard to pass up once you’re out, but you have a limited budget and your list to help you stay focused on the things you need! 

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Shop only online this Black Friday

Given the COVID-19 situation, we strongly advise you to shop only online this year. Even if the malls are open in the place you live, stick to online shopping. Also, don’t forget that some retailers offer exclusive deals online, and they even offer free shipping.  

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Low-alcohol cocktails are the new trend

We all know that drinking alcohol is bad, but you do not have to give up drinking entirely. This is where low-alcohol cocktails come in.

You don’t have to give up alcohol, but you also don’t need to drink to get drunk. Low-alcohol cocktails are what they sound like: cocktails with less alcohol.  

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Why should you drink low-alcohol cocktails? 

There are many occasions when low-alcohol cocktails are a perfect choice. They are ideal for happy hour or day drinking because you will relax but still be functional. Who doesn’t love day drinking? But it isn’t realistic to do that all the time. But can you have an Aperol spritz at brunch? Yes, you can. 

Low-alcohol cocktails are an ideal place for those that do not want to give up the booze but just want to take it easier. It is a good option for people who want to be healthier and more mindful when it comes to their booze intake. Also, these cocktails contain a few components, so they are easy to pair with food. 

How to make low-alcohol cocktails?

The basic premise for these cocktails is the same whether you make your cocktails with a lot or a little alcohol. Low-alcohol cocktails are complex, layered, and interesting, and they aren’t difficult to make. 

Champagne and wine are an amazing place to begin playing around with these cocktails since they have a lower level of alcohol than most spirits. If you are a fan of Champagne, you are going to like a Champagne cocktail that is going to be with less alcohol. Add an aperitif, a vinegary shrub, or bitters, and you will get a wonderful cocktail that will even pair with your meals. 

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Elderflower spritz 

This liqueur adds a range of flavors – from peach to tropical fruit, citrus, and pear, topped off with honeysuckle. You will need 50 mL elderflower liqueur, 60 mL Champagne, and 60 mL club soda. Fill half a glass with ice cubes and add the liqueur, then the Champagne and club soda. You can add a lemon slice as well. If you want you can make an alcohol-free version of this cocktail by using elderflower cordial instead of the liqueur. Of course, you should skip the Champagne and add 120 mL club soda. 

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Sherry Cobbler

This cocktail is a work of art. Sherry, a wine that is common in Spain, is fortified, with a little brandy added. It is higher in alcohol than regular wine but is served with a splash of club soda. Also, it is mixed with lemon and orange slices, simple syrup, and mint for a bright flavor.

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Reverse Manhattan 

If you like classic cocktails, but they are too strong for you, try the Reverse Manhattan. It switches the proportions of vermouth and bourbon, resulting in a lower level of alcohol and sweeter drink. You just need 30 mL whiskey, 60 mL vermouth, 1 cherry, and ice cubes. Fill half a shaker with ice cubes, combine the ingredients, and stir until chilled. Don’t forget to garnish with a cherry.

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5 smart ways to break any bad habit

Are you wondering how to break bad habits? Well, we offer proven and smart ways to break any bad habit that annoys you.

We are here to remind you that everything is possible! You should combine your dedication and these five smart ways below to start your bad habit-breaking journey!

First, you need to identify your triggers because the triggers are the first step in developing a bad habit. Identifying them is also the first step in moving past them. And it should be clear to you why you want to break a certain habit. It can be easier to change your habits when the change is beneficial or valuable to you. If you think about it, you will see the benefits of the change.

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Okay, now it is our turn to reveal to you the smart ways to break any bad habit. 

Get to the root of your bad habit

A bad habit is often a comfort blanket during emotional turmoil. Bad sleeping habits, poor eating, and drinking can be signs of stress or unhappiness in aspects of your professional or personal life.  In identifying the stressors of the habit, you can understand it, so you will be able to target the root of the bad behavior. In this way, you will be better equipped to beat this behavior. 

Accountability 

Accountability is crucial when it comes to changing habits. If you monitor your behaviors through tracking and journaling, you will have a record of your performance. It is good to have a visual representation of your behavior, which will hold you accountable. When you track your diet, water consumption, and goals you can see patterns in where you fell short and where you excelled. When you can see your poor performance and behavioral patterns, this accountability will be a motivation for you to do better tomorrow. 

Smart ways to break any habit: Replace it with another 

It is easier to break a bad habit if you replace the unwanted behavior with new, better behavior. Don’t just stop the unwanted behavior – it doesn’t work that way. Of course, the new habit needs to benefit you spiritually, physically, and mentally. For example, if you like eating fast food, try to replace this habit with learning to cook healthy meals that will satisfy your cravings. Or let’s say you’re stuck in a rut of social media scrolling. In that case, you should practice meditation or pick up a book to improve your mindset. The impulse to follow the new behavior will develop as you repeat it. 

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Visualize breaking the bad habit

Breaking a bad habit doesn’t have to be only a physical process. You should practice new behaviors mentally, too. Imagine how you would typically react in the morning before your work presentation. You might see yourself eating sweets or anxiously biting your nails. Now, imagine how you could react instead. Visualize yourself going over your presentation, practicing deep breathing, tidying your office, or going for a walk – anything that keeps you busy and calms you.

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Motivate yourself with rewards for success

Don’t forget that breaking a bad habit can be incredibly difficult. Acknowledge how far you have come, and give yourself rewards along the way. Celebrate your wins! Even small rewards, like telling yourself what an amazing job you are doing, will increase your drive to keep going. Focus on the progress you make, and you won’t engage in negative self-talk or become discouraged. 

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The biggest fashion trends of 2021

Although it has been a quiet year for the fashion world, this season has unveiled bold and stylish fashion trends.

It is time to check out the fashion trends of 2021 that are already in your closet, along with the others that are worth investing in. 

As you remember the viral TikTok created by Lorena Pages, we really had so many cute outfits planned for 2020 that we couldn’t wear. Who would buy pilgrim collars or strange denim shapes in the middle of a pandemic? We all have spent the last year tucked in sweatshirts and leggings. We strongly hope and pray that 2021 will be different and that we will get a chance to wear so many of these fashion trends. 

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We must admit that one of our New Year’s resolutions was to get dressed up often and keep up with the latest fashion trends. And, we bring good news: this year’s fashion trends won’t cost you a dime. Since many pieces never truly had their moment to shine in 2020, they will be still going strong this year.

Here you can find some style inspiration with the top fashion trends spotted at the latest Fashion Weeks.

Belts

As you can notice, more fashion icons and influencers are bringing back the belt. Yes, we are talking about a midsection belt that makes every dress or shirt look more fashionable.  You can use your old belts this year to cinch a blazer, dress, or even a sweater. 

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Oversized boyfriend jackets

You can easily create a long line silhouette with an 80s-inspired oversized boyfriend blazer. Also, there are endless shapes you can play with. The shoulder pads elongate your legs and cinch in your waist. You should rock this look with leather shorts or a pair of straight-leg trousers for an ultra-modern style. This trend suits colors like charcoal, neutrals, and powder blue.  You can dress this up or down for a chic aesthetic.

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Sorbet pastel tones

Pastel tones will continue to dominate this year. These sorbet-inspired pastel tones are perfect for spring and summer. Also, they suit every skin tone. Choose from an oversized trench coat in cool mint green or boiler suit in soft lavender. Or even better – you can style them both simultaneously. Separates and suits in the buttery and soft tones elevate your aesthetic and will continue to be one of the chicest styles for many seasons to come.

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White boots

Of course, we are talking about knee-high boots! Swing it back to the 1960s with this amazing item of footwear. These boots are from the Youth Revolution in the mid-century. And this Nancy Sinatra-approved look is a fashionable way to freshen your outfit. You can wear them with a roll neck, patterned mini skirt or dress, or a pair of leggings. You can choose tight ones for a sexy look or a slouchy style for an effortless look and feel. 

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Matching sets

Yes, we wear sweatsuits and matching sets around the house, but they work perfectly for social settings, as well. You can style your sets with a pair of white boots, layered necklaces, a blazer, or a turtleneck. But, if you do not own a matching set, you can create a similar monochromatic vibe with pieces in the same color.

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