Happy 1st Birthday Circa 88!

Screen Shot 2015-03-15 at 3.36.12 PMbday1bday2Screen Shot 2015-03-15 at 3.55.41 PMI seriously can’t believe it’s been a year since the launch of Circa 88. It feels like just yesterday I was introducing myself to the blog-o-sphere and to you in my very first post! This has been one experience full of many inspirational posts and opportunities. I’ve met so many great people through Circa 88, from subscribers to fellow bloggers turned friends and more. And you –you make this whole thing work. You inspire me every single day to live life abundantly!

Thank you for your support – I’m so appreciative of the community this space has created and love sharing inspirational lifestyles with you. Xx

P.S. To shop this look head over to www.pinkclubwear.com and use code ‘CIRCA88’ for 30% off of this fit-and-flare tulle skirt or any other item on your wish list.

Outfit Details:

  • Top: Circa 88 Apparel … Coming Soon …
  • Skirt: Pink Club Wear
  • Shoes: Cosmopolitan

How To Grow Your Network Online

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 1.02.22 AMAt the end of the day, people only do business with those they feel comfortable with, those they like and those they trust. Your network can open many doors of opportunity for you and your business,  or it can be your worst nightmare. Having an online professional network is vital in today’s market especially if you are looking to connect with people who aren’t in your regional district. Throughout my growing career, most of my opportunities have derived from online connections with people and businesses whom I have networked with and built an outstanding reputation with. Here are a few tips on how to seamlessly build your network online while mixing your business background with your personal life.

1. Do Your Research. When searching for online connections, be mindful of who’s who. Before you just go following people on social media, or connecting with them on professional networks, you should really dig deep and to find out as much about a person as you can before ‘pursuing them online.’ Why? Well it helps if you are familiar with the person and also because you want to see if you need them if the first place. The last thing you want to do is waste someone’s time!

As you find out who these individuals are, you shouldn’t rush to follow them on any social media networks, instead monitor their online presence for a while just so that you can see what their daily professional lives consist of, and you will know if that’s someone you would like to move forward ‘rubbing elbows’ with.

2. Be Mindful of What You Post. As cliche` as it sounds, you really have to be careful of what you post online, because once it’s out there, it’s there forever. Picture it like this: just as you are ‘online stalking’ the people you look up to, they may be looking at you, too. You wouldn’t want to be ashamed of what someone you are trying to impress sees.

This doesn’t mean you have to be a bore on social media. You can still be your outgoing-self but be sure not to be any of these things: overly opinionated, inappropriate, or obnoxious. Have well-balanced social media accounts that show you are outgoing, social but still very ambitious and business savvy.

3. Open The Door For Opportunity. The worst you could possibly hear is, “No!” If there is someone you have been researching online and you’ve found a point of contact for that person, go for it! Be sure that you have something to offer, because nothing is free and busy people don’t want to waste their time on you.

4. Be Intentional. I believe the only true way to network with someone is if you are really interested in building a bond with that person. That means, if you are only using them to get ahead, it won’t work. In order to build your network, you have to really consider what you can offer that person, and in return what can you gain from them and their networks. After all, the bond you build with your  network will be a constant exchange, and that can’t be done with people you don’t want to deal with long term.

5. Think Long-Term. Connections may open doors, but relationships close deals. Always look to build a lasting relationship with those in your network, this means you must build trust and they must believe in you. Networking isn’t just connecting with someone on social media or exchanging business cards. It’s about creating long lasting relationships with colleagues that can always count on you. Make yourself needed and always keep in touch with those you are connected to. You don’t want to be the person who only comes around when they want or need something.

Dreaming Of Floral

Screen Shot 2014-05-06 at 6.13.40 PMScreen Shot 2014-05-06 at 8.15.22 PMScreen Shot 2014-05-06 at 8.15.59 PMScreen Shot 2014-05-06 at 8.15.42 PMScreen Shot 2014-05-06 at 8.16.08 PMThere’s been one sun shiny day after another. As long as my allergies allow, I’m enjoying every bit of this weather. Bright colors inspire me so much, they really make you feel as good as you look. Though I typically choose black pieces when I shop (there’s something about the polished look of black) … I felt like fun colors today.

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Nourishing Oatmeal Bath

Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 1.20.22 AMI vividly remember old fashioned oatmeal baths as a child. Fortunately, I didn’t suffer from eczema, but as warmer months approached my body would react to the sun resulting with itchy tiny heat bumps and minor hives. It was the most irritating thing as a little girl, wanting to scratch and being told not to. I was thankful for those milky-like water baths that soothed my skin.

I haven’t suffered from allergy breakouts since my childhood until recently. It’s May, the pollen level is at an all-time high and unfortunately it’s getting the best of me. Itchy eyes and skin, along with the occasional runny nose; allergy season for sure. After avoiding scratching my skin and searching high and low for something to sooth, it dawned on me to go back to my mother’s old trick. I pulled out the old fashioned Oatmeal!

Oats Heap

Suffering from irritated skin? Or just looking for a calming sensation? Try an oatmeal bath, to sooth and nourish your skin. You will need:

  1. A Sheer Stocking
  2. Oatmeal
  3. Warm WaterOatmeal Bath
  • Pour a cup of oatmeal into your sheer stocking, knotting the top to seal the oatmeal in the bag
  • To make this bath a little more relaxing add a little lavender essential oil to your oatmeal
  • Run steamy warm water in your tub
  • Submerge your oatmeal stocking into the steamy running water
  • Stir water until it looks ‘milky’
  • Allow stocking to sit in the water throughout the entire bath
  • Enjoy your nice oatmeal bath … a little tip, I take the stocking and rub it across my skin for even more contact with the oatmeal


Talk Tuesday

Screen Shot 2014-05-05 at 3.14.30 AMAll of our life we have been taught to have our own. The question is have we taken independency too far? Independency is a great attribute to have; but when it questions the status of your relationship or could be the reason you aren’t in a relationship, there may be a few things to consider.

You’re a boss, you’ve always been a self-motivated, focused individual. You can think for yourself, you march to the beat of your own drum. Any and everything that you want or need, you’ve got it handled. Could that be what’s wrong with your relationship? Are you wearing the pants? He may feel inferior to you. Better yet, are you the reason you’re single?

Gents: When do you want to be needed in your relationship? When are you needed too much? How independent is too independent?

Ladies: How do you find a balance in being the boss but still letting your man take the lead?

My Personal Story I am very strong-willed, I know what I like, don’t like, will tolerate and more, especially with business. I know how to find a balance of being the boss and needing my boyfriend. I always need him, and I always include him. I think for the both of us, as does he. Instead of being inferior to him or he being inferior to me, we have a healthy balance where we value you each other’s opinions, beliefs, differences, etc. He leads, I follow, I lead, he follows… we’re equal, and both bosses. I’ve learned, it’s best to be considerate of each others best ‘accents’ in a relationship, because it makes the relationship run smoother. Highlighting areas in which you are good at offers points of leadership in relationships. A minor example, H is excellent with finances, he leads in that area of our relationship. I’m great at planning, I lead in that area. It’s all about balance; when you have balance, someone is always needed.

Xo, Triena

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