Archive for October, 2013
Fashion is an extremely versatile career path – the possibilities are endless! With your interest, work experience, and career training, there can be so many work opportunities available to you. Take a look at the following video, where our resident fashion expert Tylar Schweickert (of Ty Style Me) explains the job opportunities for fashion stylists. Keep reading the post! After the video, we break down exactly what you can expect in each of these career paths.
1. Personal stylist
As a personal stylist, you’ll coach your clients about the fashion and accessory choices that best work for them. This position can also be called a wardrobe consultant or a personal shopper.
Duties include: Finding new clients; client consultations; creating a wardrobe plan; and making fashion recommendations. You might also purchase items in the new wardrobe and get rid of any items from the existing wardrobe that aren’t working well. You’ll also educate your client on how to maintain this new image in the future.
Job opportunities: Retailers; production studios (in television or movies); self-employment.
2. Fashion blogger
As a fashion blogger, you’ll produce regular online content and deliver it in a unique and personal tone.
Duties include: Developing and planning your internet presence; create unique content, including text, images, and possibly video; respond to blog comments and emails; research, write, and edit blog posts; promote blog posts using social media.
Job opportunities: Many blogs start out as a hobby, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have professional benefits. As a successful blogger, you could be contacted from major companies to write sponsored posts. As well, the online presence you create on your blog can help you break further into the fashion industry.
3. Fashion merchandiser
As a fashion merchandiser, you’ll work in the retail industry to create the store’s ambience and ensure all products embody the store’s brand. You’ll work closely with buyers, and in some cases may be in charge of buying.
Duties include: Communicating with the sales team; planning the upcoming season; purchase merchandise that fits the brand; creating visual designs.
Job opportunities: Mainly large retail department stores and independent boutiques, although a fashion merchandiser could also find opportunities in the growing online retail market.
4. Retail sales associate
As a sales associate, you’ll work closely with customers to select outfits that suit their needs.
Duties include: Creating solid customer relationships; assisting customers with choices; providing product knowledge; operating cash register; manage inventory; stock shelves; maintain visual appearance of the store
Job opportunities: If you’re interested in moving up in the fashion world, starting as a sales associate is a great place to learn about the industry. Opportunities are available in any major department store and smaller independent boutique.
Why not get started now?
QC Style Academy offers at-home training in fashion styling – a great first step to your exciting career in fashion. To learn more, visit www.qcstyleacademy.com today!
Need some unique, last-minute fall decorations for your mantle or tablescape? Here at QC Design School, we turned an everyday pumpkin into a vase for an autumn bouquet. It’s an easy DIY that incorporates fresh fall materials and looks great! You could use any kind of floral arrangement (mums would look fabulous), but we love how vibrant the colors are in the bouquet below. Read on to do it yourself!
- One pumpkin. The rounder, the better
- The floral arrangement of your choice
- A Tupperware container, small vase, or glass
- Pen or pencil
- A pumpkin carving tool, like a serrated knife
Using your container, trace an outline on the top of your pumpkin around the stem. This will be the template for the mouth of your “vase”.
Using your serrated knife, carefully carve around the top of your pumpkin.
Remove the lid of the pumpkin. For those who are squeamish about pumpkin guts, don’t worry! You can leave them in (unless of course you’d like to roast the seeds!).
Place the container inside the hole of the pumpkin. You might need to carve away a bit more of the pumpkin to get a secure fit.
Trim the ends of your flowers on an angle. This is a good opportunity to get rid of any dead leaves, and pick the best flowers to showcase in your pumpkin vase.
Start arranging the flowers in your pumpkin. Play around with the bouquet until it looks good to you. We recommend you add some greenery to fill the gaps, and let some of the flowers hang over the pumpkin to cover the container, if it shows. Finally, add water to the container to give your flowers as long a life as possible!
There you have it! A homemade, funky pumpkin vase to add some autumn decor to your home or front porch. If you’d like to see our video tutorial, take a look below!
Give it a try, and let us know how you did on the Facebook page!
Recently QC Makeup Academy posted a picture on Facebook of a lovely fall-inspired smokey eye. Everyone was swooning over it so I was asked to recreate it for you guys in my own way. I hope you like it!
Here are the colors I chose. If you don’t have these exact colors, don’t worry! You can use ones close to these. Unfortunately a couple of these are discontinued or the label has rubbed off, so I can’t list the exact shadow names. Regardless, I thought I would show you what they look like so you can see if you have something similar. Never be afraid to mix colors to get your desired shade. I mixed the dark green single shadow with the lighter green shadow in the palette for the green I used below.
Here are the shadows I used…
Here’s the final look…
And here are the steps to re-create it yourself…
Start with a clean, primed eyelid. Apply your primer from the root of your lash line all the way up to the brow.
Take your desired green shade (I mixed the dark and light green you saw above) and apply it to the center of the lid. You’re applying at the roundest part, or the “peak”, of the lid.
Apply a bronzy gold into the inner corner of the lid and along the top of the green. Blend it into the first half of the crease.
Pick up the cranberry color on a blending brush and apply to the outer corner of the crease, blending into the green and bronzy hues.
Apply a brow highlight underneath the brow and into the inner tear duct. This will add a little pop!
Add liquid liner and lashes.
Smudge the cranberry shade along the outer lower lash line.
Smudge the bronzy shade along the inner lower lash line.
That’s all she wrote, folks! I hope you found these instructions comprehensive and are able to recreate this look with ease. If you have any questions, leave them for me in a comment below!
Brittany Hall has established herself as a freelance makeup artist, with over five years experience in the industry. She’s also an established blogger – on “Makeup by Brittany”, she blogs about fashion, beauty, home decor, and makeup. She brings her flair to the QC blog with regular posts about her experience in the beauty biz.
Day of the Dead, or Dia de Meurtos in Spanish, is a major Mexican holiday celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. It is a time when families honor and remember their loved ones who have passed away by leaving them food, flowers, and sugar skulls on homemade altars. For all you makeup lovers, the colorful and whimsical sugar skull makeup is a fun challenge to complete and a great look to pull off. The best part is that once you’ve got the basics down, you can personalize it with whatever shapes and colors you’d like! Read on for a step-by-step guide for a simple sugar skull look.
Cover those brows and prep the skin with the foundation of your choice. You can go a few shades lighter than your natural skin tone here if you like, just to give yourself that skeletal look. Try to create as flawless a finish as you can.
Map out your design with eyeliner by drawing large circles around the eyes (above the eyebrows). Depending on the overall look you’re trying to achieve, you can use whatever color you’d like. Black, purple, and blue are popular choices. Precision isn’t too important at this stage.
Prime the eyes inside your circle to make sure the pigment that you’re about to put on stays in place.
Taking a brightly pigmented powder, fill in the circle around the eyes. This is where you can start getting creative! Decorate the edges of the circles however you’d like, either by making a design with eyeliner (as seen above), or jewels. You can even add some eye glitter to the lid for an extra bit of sparkle.
Finish off your eyes with a thick liner on the upper and lower lashes (don’t forget the waterline!). If false lashes are your thing, feel free to use them here for a more dramatic look.
Buy or make some stencils for an extra bit of whimsy. You can use flowers, hearts, or just a fun design around your forehead, or on the chin. Fill them in with a bright pigment in the color of your choice.
Using a crème eyeliner and angled brush, outline the nose in black and fill it in. This will complete the skull look. You can add an extra bit of sparkle here too, if you like.
Paint the lips in the color of your choice. The above look went all white for an overall creepy effect, but you could also fill them with a bright red or coral for a more colorful, fun look. Extend the corners of the mouth and add “stitches” across the entire mouth using black eyeliner.
To really look like a skull, you’ll need some contouring! Take a dark gray and contour the cheekbones and jawline.
Voila! You’ve created an authentic sugar skull makeup look just in time for Day of the Dead. Why don’t you enter it in our Facebook Halloween contest? Click here for details.
Halloween is nearly upon us, and that’s got us planning some spooky travels. The world is full of urban legends, ghost stories and dark corners that can make any trip just a little more exciting. Below, we put together a list of some of the world’s spookiest travel destinations. Take a look, but don’t visit after dark!
1. Salem, Massachusetts
You can’t say Salem without thinking about witches! The name Salem is referenced a lot in pop culture, but it’s actually the real-life place where 26 people were put to death for being witches. Despite this sad history, the town has embraced its spookiness, especially during Halloween. If you visit during October you can experience things like haunted tours, trial re-enactments, witches’ circles, fireworks, and a parade.
2. Highgate Cemetery, London, England
Any visit to London is not complete without a stop at the infamous Highgate Cemetery. It’s an interesting stop for history buffs, as the home to such influential people as Karl Marx, Douglas Adams, and more. The overgrown grounds of this Victorian Gothic Style park give it a creepy atmosphere, but also let you explore for hours (in the daytime, of course!). Rumors are after dark, some seriously spooky apparitions begin to appear. The most famous of these is the Highgate Vampire, a seven-foot tall man wearing a long black coat and top hat who vanishes into thin air…
3. Bran Castle, Romania
A lot of old castles are spooky, but this old Romanian castle is also known as Dracula’s Castle. That’s because it’s said to have been the home of Vlad the Impaler, the supposed inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
As a historical figure, Vlad the Impaler was pretty brutal (as his name suggests). It’s possible that a whole host of atrocities took place in this castle, including cruel torture and impalement of tens of thousands of his enemies. The castle is open to the public year-round, but Halloween is the time to go, because you can take a special Halloween tour.
4. The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado
It’s a beautiful hotel, located in a breathtaking Rocky Mountain landscape. It was also the inspiration for the seriously scary Stephen King novel The Shining. As if that weren’t spooky enough, it’s rumored to be haunted by at least three people, including the founder of the hotel, who is said to hang out in the billiard room with his wife in formal dress. Rather than shy away from this bad publicity, however, the hotel has embraced it. They offer ghost tours to guests.
5. Paris, France
There are some seriously spooky spots in the City of Light that are definitely worth a visit. Pere Lachaise Cemetery is an obvious one, with its miles of tombstones and famous residents. Even darker, however, are the Paris Catacombs. During the 1700s, bodies were dug up from the city’s cemeteries and relocated to this maze of underground tunnels. It is now home to nearly 7 million bodies, and is open to the public for a very scary walking tour.
Have you visited any of these spooky spots?
Are you ready to flex your writing muscles and take part in the literary challenge of the year? We’re talking about National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo for short). This online writing challenge gets participants to complete a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. Don’t feel quite ready to tackle the challenge this year? Consider brushing up on your skills by enrolling in one of Winghill Writing School’s seven courses. You’re sure to be ready for next November!
As any writer knows, we can be our own worst enemies when trying to get down to write. Be honest – how many first pages have you written without getting any further? That’s why NaNoWriMo is such a great exercise. It’s not about winning, it’s about banishing that inner editor who never lets you get any work done! It’s also about the personal satisfaction of completing the first draft of a novel in as little as a month. Most writing coaches will tell you to write first, and edit later. That’s the thinking behind NaNoWriMo. You’re not expected to finish the month with a masterpiece, and that’s okay! There will be plenty of time to edit after the month is done.
You can absolutely start preparing before November 1. Start coming up with ideas, doing research, and taking notes so that when the month starts, you’re ready to get writing! Sign up online at nanowrimo.org. Your progress will be tracked in your online profile, and you can view the progress of other writers from around the world who are typing their hearts out, just like you. Every few days, update your word count, or even post excerpts of your novel if you like.
Need some extra encouragement? You can use their online forum to connect with other NaNoWriMo-ers in your area and get together for a write in!
If you finish the goal of 50,000 words by November 30, you can upload your novel to the site for official verification. You’ll be added to their winner’s page. It’s not as difficult as you may think! Two years ago, 36,843 writers reached the goal (out of 256,618 participants). By writing about three or four pages a day, you can easily reach this goal.
What do you think? Will you be taking part in this literary challenge? Let us know in a comment!
Fall weddings can be wonderful. The colors of nature make a beautiful backdrop for photos, and the food is amazing. To top it all off, we’re seeing some truly lovely trends emerging this fall that we wanted to share with you. We really hope these ones stick around for a while!
Colors: Jewel and earth tones
We can’t stress this enough – just because you’re planning a fall wedding doesn’t mean you need to decorate in the colors of autumn leaves! This season is all about pairing rich, saturated jewel tones with the more traditional earthy shades. Emerald green continues to be the it color, as well as deep magenta, rich oranges and reds, and deep purples. Combine these dark colors with subtler tones like cream, ivory, or beige to create some depth in your color scheme.
Flowers: Full blooms
This summer, wildflowers were a big trend. Where that focused on creating a bouquet or arrangement filled with smaller, wispy flowers, this fall is all about the big blooms. The look is fresh from the garden, and many of summer’s most popular flowers are sticking around to fill these bouquets, too (we’re looking at you, garden roses!). Other popular flowers are dahlias, peonies, and chrysanthemums. In addition, a lot of non-floral elements are being used to fill the gaps, like feathers, wheat, barley, and gems.
Decor: Fruit and greenery
Outside, the fall harvest is in full swing. Why not bring some of that goodness in to decorate the space? This season, decorating with seasonal fruit and greenery is getting popular. You can use so much more than just pumpkins! Use fresh, hearty fruits and vegetables like fig, persimmon, kale, and artichoke to add richness to the decor. Add garland swags to the chair backs, or table runners made from moss.
Play off the natural beauty of this decor with soft candles in mercury glass. Choose flameless candles to make sure they last the night! Vintage accessories will keep the whole scene looking rustic and autumnal.
Cakes: Bare and elegant
This season, cakes are getting simplified. We’ve been seeing a lot of fondant-less ivory cakes decorated only with textured buttercream, and maybe some fresh flowers. Gold accents are also making an appearance for that extra touch of glam. To push it even further, some cakes are being left completely bare, like the one above without any icing at all! The traditional round shape is also giving way to the oval, or more geometric shapes like hexagons.
Food: Fresh from the farm
Autumn is harvest time, and that means a wide range of fresh, local foods are readily available. Wedding planners are taking advantage of that – a big trend this season is local, organic food. This fall is all about miniature versions of comfort food (like gourmet sliders). That means more courses and more variety, a trend that we are totally okay with. When it comes to drinks, the fruity summer cocktails are out in favor of ciders and pumpkin beer.
What’s your favorite fall wedding trend? Let us know in a comment!
Deck out your front porch
Help your home make a festive first impression with some simple fall decorations in warm autumn hues. A few pots of cheery mums in bright reds, yellows, and oranges is the perfect start. Layering different elements will make your decor eye-catching, so try wrapping a few dried corn stalks around porch railings. It’ll add a bit of height and rustic charm to the overall look. Spruce up outdoor furniture with some new cushion covers in autumnal hues, and top it all off with a homemade fall wreath.
Try this Nut Wreath DIY!
– Thick cardboard cut into a wreath-shaped circle
– Unshelled nuts
– Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Begin by cutting out a circle from your cardboard. To ensure your wreath is sturdy, we advise making it at least 4 or 5 inches wide all the way around. Then, all you need to do is start gluing the unshelled nuts to the cardboard. Don’t worry about distributing the nuts evenly – the charm is in the imperfections. Once you’re happy with the arrangement and all the nuts are secured to the cardboard, wrap a thick ribbon around the top and tie it off in a bow. Now just hang it up on your front door. Et voila! Your front porch is all set for fall.
Now let’s move inside…
Infuse your home with autumn aromas
In the chillier months, there’s nothing quite as welcoming as walking into a house and being greeted by the cozy scents of a wood fire and hearty cooking. Now, not everyone has a natural fireplace or is able to have a turkey roasting in the oven at all times, but it sure is easy to fake it ‘til you make it! Simply bring a pot of water to a boil and throw in some of your favorite spices.
Try this recipe!
– cinnamon sticks
– orange peels
In a soup pot, combine a few cups of water with a few handfuls of the spice listed above. Leaving the lid off, bring the pot to a boil. And that’s it! All you have to do now is sit back and relax with the fragrant aroma of fall.
Fireplace mantels were made to be decorated, and turning yours into a festive focal point is easy! You probably already have your mantel decorated, so it’s as simple as swapping out a few key elements to reflect the season. We love mixing different types of small gourds and grouping them together in an over-sized glass lantern. This keeps the decor from looking cluttered, and oozes effortless chic. If you feel this looks a bit bare, try draping a fall garland over the edges of the mantel.
One of our favorite mantel toppers is a framed chalkboard where seasonal quotes can be handwritten. This is a great way to keep the kids busy during the decorating process, and is an easy way to switch up the look of your decor should you become bored with it.
If you’re not lucky enough to have a fireplace mantel, the ideas above can easily be adapted to decorate a bookcase and/or a Thanksgiving tablescape. Get creative!
Don’t forget about pumpkins!
Pumpkins are a must! Even if you’re not into getting down and dirty to carve them, there are many ways dress them up and incorporate them into your fall decorating scheme.
DIY a monogrammed pumpkin!
– old fashion thumbtacks
– black sharpie or any writing utensil
This one’s simple, and there’s no carving needed! First, map out your letters by dotting an outline with your sharpie. Then, just press in the tacks along the dotted line! You might be surprised at how well this turns out, and it only takes a bit of time.
It’s easy to take this DIY even further by first painting your pumpkin in a color of your choice (we like using metallic). Or, brush your pumpkin lightly with Elmer’s glue (or give it a once over with a spray adhesive) and sprinkle it with glitter. If you look at your pumpkin like a blank canvas, you’ll come up with some really neat ideas!
These are just a few of our favorite ways to cozy up our spaces with fall decorations. We’d love to hear your fall decor plans in the comments below!
At QC, we believe in the benefits of multidisciplinary learning. After all, you probably have a lot of different interests, and your education should reflect that! That’s why we’re trying to make it as easy as possible to personalize your courses with our Buy One Get One 50% Off* discount, making your continuing education both simple and rewarding. Once you start developing your skills with QC, you might not want to stop!
Here are just a few benefits of multidisciplinary learning…
Set yourself apart from your competition
Let’s say you’re looking to break into the event planning industry. You submit your resume to a local hotel, highlighting your event planning training. The problem is that nearly everyone who applies for this job has received similar training…you need a way to make yourself stand out.
Now let’s say that along with your event planning course, you also took business communications. Most of your competitors will not have formal training in business writing, so right away you look a little different, and a little more interesting, to the hiring manager.
The benefits can be even greater if you own your own business. For example, you’re a recent graduate offering interior decorating services. So are a dozen other people in your area. BUT – you added Feng Shui training to your education. Now, you’re able to offer your potential clients an experience that most of your competitors cannot.
Enhance your skill set
As a professional in any industry, you should be continuously adding to your skills and upgrading your education. After all, the more you know, the greater are your career opportunities will be. A multidisciplinary education is a great foundation for this kind of lifelong learning and skill-building. You’ll be able to tackle a wider variety of projects and maybe even expand your services into niche markets.
Expand your creativity
One of the pleasant side-effects of a well-rounded education is an increased ability to think outside the box. It’s all too easy for our brains to get in a rut, and to think about things only one way. It might be easier, but it’s no good for an ambitious graduate looking to break into a new career!
When you learn more than one subject, you’re better able to think of creative ideas that will help in so many ways, like boosting your business, for example. You can pull from different areas of your training and experience to tackle things in fresh, new ways. And when problems arise (which they will), you’ll be better prepared to come up with quick, creative solutions to solve them.
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