4 Tips On How To Lead Your Life Positively | Clozette


As much as we want to live in bliss and harmony, life can be really challenging at times. And it can take a toll on us, especially if crazy things keep stacking up. But when everything seems like a never-ending torrent of uncertainty, we're telling you that it's no reason to totally succumb to the negativity. There are definitely a lot of reasons to keep smiling despite the downs of life, and we assure you that they're quite easy to find. 

So if you've been feeling under the weather for the past days, weeks or months, don't worry! You can give your life a dash of positivity with these simple tips. 

There is no such thing as a perfect day — it will only be perfect if we choose it to be



Every day, there will be things that will make us sigh. But if we focus only on the instances that make us want to roll our eyes rather than the things that actually make us smile, the murky mood we're leaving the day with will definitely continue until we wake up the next morning.

So even if you've had one of the craziest days of your life, think about how amazing it is that you survived it and how great you are at managing this 'rollercoaster ride of a day.' That's one good note to think of before hitting the hay.

Understand the relationship between sadness and joy



Have you ever seen the Disney-Pixar movie Inside Out? If not, basically it's one of the movies that perfectly illustrate the relationship between the seemingly contrasting concepts of sadness and joy. We tend to disassociate one from the other, but we need to understand that, in reality, you can't really see the beauty if you don't feel sadness once in a while. 

Instead of feeling defeated in the face of sadness or frustration, seeing these things as motivation to strive for the better — which can translate to your own happiness in the distant future — is what you should lean towards. It can be hard, especially if you're overwhelmed with negative emotions, but do remember that once you've overcome intense sadness, it will be replaced by an immense feeling of bliss.

Give yourself time to breathe



One thing we always seem to forget, especially with the busy modern-day lifestyle we have, is to give ourselves a chance to take things slow, stop, and just breathe. Something to consider important literally and figuratively is giving yourself a moment to stand firm and think things through in the midst of all that has been going on. It is one way to meet situations with a clearer mind and a more positive outlook. 

Remember that you are the master of your fate



When we are faced with circumstances we find hard to deal with, there is a common tendency to find situations, things, and even people to blame. But we have to remember that each of our decisions has led to a series of events which has gotten us to where we are now. And if we have gotten ourselves into something that we find challenging, then surely we can also find a way to lead ourselves out of it. 

Knowing that you are the one holding your destiny will truly make you see life in a new light. That's why you have to keep in mind that you hold the map and the torch, and where you are treading will lead to another adventure. It takes true courage to face this inevitable journey called 'life,' so face it head-on with a light heart instead of a negative and resentful one.



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Are you one of those people who have difficulty finding the right fashion piece because you feel like not every store caters to your body type? Well, let me tell you that you are not alone. Just the other day, I was shopping for clothes and it was really difficult, especially because I'm too curvy for the regular selection but still not bordering on plus-size.

Now, to be fair, the previous year opened a lot of opportunities for the fashion industry to grow and become more diverse. But when it comes to the definition of curvy, things still get a little tricky. Usually, women with bigger frames come to mind, and we tend to forget that there are skinny women and averagely built women (or in-betweeners, as some people call them) who can also have issues when it comes to finding the right pieces for their curves. And yes, skinny curvy, hourglass curvy, plus-size curvy, and more curvy body types do exist. 

In general, a curvy woman is described as voluptuous and shapely, with her bosom, waist, and hips setting the curves of her body in a proportional or semi-proportional manner. Simply put, if any of the three is well-defined, then you are considered curvy. 

So taking inspiration from my shopping experience, I say it's time to say goodbye to dressing room dilemmas! Give your shape some love. Keep reading as I give you tips on how to complement your curves in style.

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Know your body type



Start off by figuring out which body type you have. If you are said to have an inverted triangle or apple-shaped body, it means you have a big bust, as compared to your waist and hips; a triangle-shaped or pear-shaped body is one where the hips are wider than the waist and the bust; and an hourglass-shaped body is one where the bust and the hips are in proportion to each other, with your waist fully defining your shape. As mentioned earlier, these types apply whether you're skinny, tall, or plus-sized, etc. 

Embrace your curves



I have a pear-shaped body and I used to wear baggy tops just so I could make the top half of my body match the width of my hips. Needless to say, it only made me look chunkier than I really am. That was until I figured that making my curves work to my advantage can really improve the way I dress. 

With this, I say that instead of trying to hide your curves and covering them up, wear clothes that hug you in all the right places without making you feel uncomfortable. Don't be afraid to go one size up or down, depending on which one you feel more at ease with, and discover the magic of alteration and tailoring. If the shops cant get our shapes right, then we have to take matters into our own hands, right? 

Create illusions



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Just like how contour and highlight work for our face, we can also create shape and structure using our clothes. If you want to create balance, for example, give your waist a pinch by using a thick belt to weave your outfit together. Wearing a fit and flare dress can also help make your bust and hips more proportionate to each other if you have an inverted triangle body shape. Using lines, patterns, and colours can also help add width or length to your figure, like vertical lines for making your abdomen look longer, or darker pants for toning down the width of your hips. 


Confidence is key



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As a last point, and as clichéd as it may be, believing that you can pull off any outfit is the foundation for actually pulling it off. Yes, it can be a little frustrating to go to a store and find a piece you love but can't buy simply because you feel like it's not good on you, but it doesn't mean that you have to give up. 


Don't let your clothes wear you. Instead, find the confidence to see the beauty in the ensembles that you create. As long as you're not compromising your comfort and your happiness, remember that who you are and how you dress are what truly define 'fashion' and 'personal style.'


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Priyanka Chopra said it best: “Working out is an acquired taste.” And we understand how hard it is to jump on the bandwagon despite the fitness craze going on. If you haven't found the type of workout that will excite you, why not try drawing inspiration from outfits to get you in the mood? Because, let's be honest, new clothes are great for cheering you up and energising you. Now, here are a few of the things we're eyeing.


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Bright colours


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Fun, bright colours are perfect for setting a positive mood. Have fun with your picks and go for vibrant hues. Go for reds and pinks to really amp up your energy, or if you're feeling a bit more serene but ready, go for blues and greens.


Pop of colour


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If you're not ready to go full force in wearing colour, just a pop of it on your outfit can be a refreshing touch. It doesn't even have to be your top or bottom. Go for a pop of color on your socks or shoes. Be adventurous and go for a striking hue.

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Print party


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Prints are a great way to spice up any outfit — including ones for fitness. If you're feeling a bit modest, go for stripes. Looking to sport something more exciting? Play with something bolder like animal prints. Amp it up even more by choosing prints with vibrant colours.


Twists and knots


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Fitness outfits are no longer just utilitarian. Now they're fresh and fun. Try switching from a basic bra to something that has a different cut — from crisscross to halter, there are already a variety of styles to choose from.


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Neutral


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If you're the type to get inspired by neutral colours instead of brights, you can definitely choose to stay within your comfort zone. And of course, just because it's neutral doesn't mean it's boring. Look for something with a conventional cut. Go monochromatic or pair different neutral colours together. The choices are aplenty.



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