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Dopamine dressing: does it really work?

Dopamine dressing is to do with wearing certain clothes to improve your mood. From injecting a splash of colour into your wardrobe to brighten up your day, to buying t-shirts with positive slogans on intended to make you and people around you smile. But, does it really work? Together with QUIZ, retailers of evening dresses, we find out more:

 

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What power does colour have?

When it comes to colour psychology, the research shouldn’t be underestimated. Studies have shown that different coloured objects and clothing can have different effects on individuals.

In one research project, students were presented with a coloured participant number that was either red, green or black. Results showed that students who were given a red number scored a significant 20% lower than those who presented with a green or black number.

What about when it comes to clothing? People can view the wearer in different ways, depending on what colour they’ve got on:

  • Red — demonstrates power and a strong social status, as well as gives the wearer more confidence. It can indicate good health and financial stability, too.
  • White — perceived to be the least arrogant colour and gives the impression that the wearer is optimistic.
  • Black — gives the impression of self-assurance and intelligence.

And, in sports, researchers discovered that red can lead people to act with greater speed and force. And, studies showed that sports teams dressed in mostly black kits, were more likely to receive penalties.

As we can see, colour can affect our psyche and tweak our moods and actions both positively and negatively. So, what about when it comes to dressing for your own happiness?

 

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Find out what makes you happy

It’s possible that it all depends on what you associate with being happy.

Consider colour differences across culture for example. Like the colour red? In China, this hue is a symbolism of good luck, yet in Africa it’s associated with death. Interestingly, in the African nation of Nigeria, it has connections with aggression and vitality.

Or, if you think of happiness when you see yellow, it’s likely that being around this colour will make you feel this way. This idea is supported by one experiment involving a coat. Here, participants were all handed the same white coat — the only difference was that some were told it was a painter’s coat, and others were told it was a doctor’s. When asked to complete tasks, results revealed that those who were told it was a doctor’s coat performed better. It’s likely that the connotations that they associated with a professional uniform were more positive and motivational than those associated with the painter’s coat.

There is the theory of power dressing too. Some women feel more confident in trouser suits or skirt and jacket combos when surrounded by men who are donning a similar outfit in the form of a three-piece suit.

Take time out to find which clothes are confidence and happiness boosters for you, then it’s likely that dressing in these garments will make you feel that way.

 

Wear clothes to complement your shape

Another way to boost your mood is to complement your shape with the clothes you wear. What you’re wearing will not only highlight your best features, but also make you feel comfortable. Here are some tips for perfectly dressing your body shape:

  • Pear-shaped — if you have a pear-shaped frame, you carry weight mostly in the lower areas of your body. You can elongate your legs with a straight or bootcut jeans. Avoid high-waisted trousers though, as these can make you look shorter.
  • Apple-shaped — this is where you carry weight around the middle. Bring focus to your legs with a straight-leg trouser and pair with heels.
  • Petite — it can be hard to find clothes that don’t overpower you if you’re petite. High-waisted trousers and crop tops are good if you’re this size, as they can create the illusion that you’re taller and show off your small physique!
  • Tall — if you want to extenuate your legs even further, you should go for a low-rise trouser with a skinny leg.

 

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And there we have it, the things that you wear do influence the way that you feel. Putting colours and shapes aside, the most important thing is that you’re comfortable in the clothes that you wear. This will ensure your confidence shines through — a guaranteed mood booster!

 

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Why Holidays are Important

With our busy our lives are, holidays have become necessities. It is great to get out of the regular routine and do something elsewhere for a change. Holidays are important. They help us relax and unwind. Holidays also help us reconnect with loved ones. I enjoy going on vacations. If I could afford it, I would go somewhere special every month.

 

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I am wearing Quiz Clothing from top to bottom.

 

I have decided to do as much travel as I can this year and going forward. There are many cities/countries I am yet to visit to fully explore, and I really can’t wait to get on with it. I would love to see the world and appreciate all it has to offer.

 

Why Holidays are Important

 

I get to relax

Staying in hotels whenever I am on holiday is important to me. Even when I have a free place to stay with family/friends, I rather stay in a hotel. We work very hard on a good day, so when on holidays, we like to put my feet up and do nothing.

I don’t want to do anything while on holidays so the idea of room service, breakfast in bed, someone cleaning up after me (for a change) is right up my street. I would rather spend the money and unwind properly.

 

See the world

Going holiday means I get the opportunity to explore a different city. I want to see the world, and so far, I have seen quite a bit of it. I have visited Dubai, Oman, New York, Maryland, Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Milan, Düsseldorf, Miami, Ireland and many more.

There are still a couple of countries on my travel list I need to see. I am slowly ticking them off one by one. The world is beauty and it would be a shame not to explore its beauty. I love every city I have seen for different reasons. Some are loved for their urban architecture, others for their party spirit, amazing food and great shops.

 

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Create memories

I enjoy holidays because I get to create memories with my family. I take a lot of photos and make videos to keep these memories fresh in mind. Souvenirs are always bought as well. I never leave a city without a souvenir. It is my own way of taking something back home with me to remember the holiday.

 

Improve your health

Holidays help reduce our stress levels, which will in turn improve our health. Health is wealth, so taking time off to holiday is very important. Many of us are extremely busy juggling childcare, work, running a business and dealing with life in general. It can get so busy that all the hustle and bustle can begin to take a toll on your health. We need to remember to take things easy for the sake of our health.

Research has now shown that those who take less than one holiday every two years are more likely to suffer from depression and stress/burnout. It has also shown that those who fail to take annual holidays have a 21% higher risk of death from all causes and were 32 percent more likely to die of a heart attack.

I am not surprised by this results. I find that I laugh more while on holiday. Maybe it is the change of environment that amuses me or just a change of routine that makes me happy. Whatever it is, I like it. It keeps me in a good mood, even these Saturday quotes can’t put me in such a happy mood.

 

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If all these does not make you book a holiday, I don’t know what will. I know many of us may struggle with going abroad on holiday, but you can holiday in your country or even in your city. There is a lot to see regardless of where you are based. You just need to find it.

It is also a good idea to schedule in some vacation time if you get the chance to go on a work trip or wedding abroad. Make the most of every new place you visit. Even if it means having an extra day or 2 set aside to be a tourist in the area, that will do you a whole lot of good. Whenever I go away for a wedding abroad, I make time to explore the city. I won’t want the only memory of my trip to be that of princess brides. That won’t be smart at all.

 

Why do you think holidays are important?

 

*Collaborative post.

 

 

Fashion – January 2018 Outfits

It is that time of the month and I have an outfit recap post for you. January 2018 was an interesting on Fashion and Style Police. I published 33 posts, with a good number of them being fashion themed. I had also had the opportunity to feature 4 different outfits for your viewing pleasure. Here are the outfits featured in January 2018.

 

Cheers to the new year

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This was my first outfit post of the year. It was quite popular, with loads of views and engagement. The highlight of this look is the sparkly Quiz Clothing dress. I wore it to dinner and received quite a couple of compliments. It is a great fitted dress and looks so beautiful. It is one dress I know I will wear over and over again.

Another highlight for me is the purple Michael Kors bag. It is a new addition to my bag collection, and it is currently one of my favourites. I just love it.

 

Staying warm this winter

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This was my second look in January. The highlight here is the stunning Apricot Clothing Cardigan. It is an amazing piece, that can take you from day to night effortlessly. It can also be styled up or down, which is great. The stunning blue slip-on sneakers by Russell and Bromley is another highlight. I adore the cute bow design.

 

Fashion Bloggers please dress warm

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This outfit was all about the beautiful blue jacket from LOTD. I have been wearing this jacket almost everyday now, and I really like it. It is super warm and the added belt makes it look so chic. Loving it!

 

What I wore on my birthday

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This was my last look in January. My highlight here is the tall brown Kurt Geiger boots; I really them. The black lace Dorothy Perkins top is another highlight here. It is a beauty.

 

Which outfit do you like the most?

 

 

 

 

 

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