Friday, February 23, 2018

Interview with Families // What To Ask.

Hey Pretty Faces, so I am doing an Au Pair series for all you young, wanderlust, souls.

If you want to become an Au Pair, be sure to check out my post on The Road To Becoming An Au Pair. It will give you an understanding of the process. With all said and done, let's talk about when you finally get to interview the family via Skype.

First thing; if you are going for a job interview, you look polished and you put your best foot forward. So, this is the same. Just because you will be looking after kids doesn't mean you can't prepare for the Skype interview. Just keep that in mind.

1. What is needed before the interview:
  • Make sure you have a Skype account: as that would be awkward if you had a Skype interview and didn't have Skype, just saying.
  • Have a notebook next to you so that you can read the questions you have and make notes.
  • Water, for if you talk a lot (like myself), your throat won't get dry.
  • A noise free environment.
  • Dress appropriately, look appropriate. Shirts and jeans work too.  
  • Internet that works, well works for the time you will be skyping. 

2. Starting off the Skype session:

This is kinda just to kill the awkwardness. 
  • Greet your possible future family with a smile, 
  • Ask about the weather, sports, songs, bands, food ect.
  • Ask about the kids (because that is who you will be spending 90% of the time with) 
  • Make a joke or two, if you are funny and comfortable doing that. 
3. Questions to ask:

Now that we have broken the awkward silence let's get into the questions.
  • What does your schedule look like? (This includes the hours and off days)
  • Your duties, what is expected from you.
  • The weather. (if you are anything like me, you need to prepare yourself mentally for the weather)
  • Do the kids/parents have allergies?
  • What do the kids like/dislike?
  • Favourite color/park/food.
  • Will you have access to a car/How will you get around on your off days.

4. Clarify if you are uncertain. 

I can not stress enough on this point. After you have asked your questions and the family has asked questions and explained what is expected from you and you still are unsure/uncertain; PLEASE ask! Make sure you understand EVERYTHING before saying yes like boo boo the fool. I promise you; this will save you so much heartache and unnecessary trouble.

ALWAYS trust your gut. If you are not feeling the family after the first Skype call, trust me its okay to say no and wait. Because the right family will come. #TrueStory.

To be honest: the Au Pair journey can either be the best journey or the worst, you have the power to decide. 

Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations

xoxo
NotJustAPrettyFace


Friday, February 16, 2018

The Road To Becoming An Au Pair.

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Okay, I have received so many messages via Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, that I decided to FINALLY write a blog post.

Many know that I use to be an Au Pair for two years in America and so many young girls wanted to know how I became an Au Pair. This includes what I had to do, what was required and many more. So here it goes. I am going to share everything I had to do to become an Au Pair. Let's get started.

First thing, let's discuss what an Au Pair is:

As per the dictionary an Au Pair is "a young foreign person, typically a woman, who helps with housework or child care in exchange for room and board." But my explanation is easy. An Au Pair is and hotter version of a Nanny (hahaha) from a different country.


Now that you know what an Au Pair is, let's talk about the whole process.

1. Finding an Agency.

To be able to Au Pair in America, you need to go through an agency. I went through Au Pair In America. But there are many agencies. But BE CAREFUL of the agency you pick. Don't go spending so much money. If you know you are on a tight budget, pick an agency that fits your pocket.

Here are a few agencies:
- OVC


These are just a few as there are MANY other agencies out there.

2. Documents.

After you choose your agency, there will be documents that you will need to complete. Make sure that you have references and also people who are wiling to write you Character references. Attached all documents required and make sure that you have not missed anything. Make this a priority because the quicker you complete your documents, the quicker you are registered. 

3. Interviewing Families.

I can't stress out how important this step is! When interviewing with families, be sure to ask all the right questions, be yourself. Do not just agree for the fact of agreeing. If you don't understand what is required from you, ASK! Don't be a yes man. Many families do take advantage of that, so be careful. I will be doing a separate blog post regarding what questions to ask future host families. 

4. Matching time. 

Now this is where your hard work starts to pay off. When you and the family like each other, you get to match. Meaning this will be your host family in America. Please, I beg of you, don't choose a family because of their location, choose them because you have a true connection with them. Reason why I say this is because you will be spending 80% of your time in America with them. 

5. Bon Voyage. 

Now what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and board that plane!!!


Exchange isn't a year in your life, its a life in a year - live fearless.blogg.se

xoxo
NotJustAPrettyFace

Friday, February 2, 2018

What Has Been Happening...

Not going to lie, I didn't want to write a blog at all but I got over it. The reason why I wasn't feeling  it, is because with all the change that has been going on in my life, I had to do some real soul searching and decide who I was and wanted to be. From moving, starting a new chapter, adapting and also figuring out life!

You all know it is not easy but also I had to take a step back from the "Social Media" world. I didn't like the person I was becoming due to always focusing on Social Media and numbers. About two weeks ago I FINALLY hit 1k followers on Instagram. I thought I would've been over the moon but I wasn't...

I was more disappointed than happy. Yes disappointed; disappointed in myself that my content was more to please "followers" than me being happy with what I saw on my feed. 

Instagram Account:

To tell the truth it disgust me to see what I have turned into, as that wasn't/isn't me. Don't get me wrong, I love my makeup, hair and all the finer things in life (when they fit the budget) but that was only a piece of who I am. There is so much more than meets the eye. 

So with this new month, February, I will be brining more of ME, the whole ME into social media. Of cause there is a line between a personal and public life. But I want to be real in a world were so many people only do it for the "gram". I am done doing it for the gram. I am doing it for me! 

What I have realized is Social Media started turning me into someone I saw but never wanted to be. I don't want to spend hours creating the "perfect" theme. I want to spend a few hours per week, creating MY perfect theme. Instagram is like my book and I am in control of the chapters. So sad that it had to take me so long to that figure out. 

Photo Credit: N.J.A.P.F_Photography and Edits by: Danne 

Don't Ever Doubt Your Worth

xoxo
NotJustAPrettyFace

Sunday, January 28, 2018

My Favorite Makeup For 2017 // Beauty and Hair Diaries

Lets's talk 2017 Makeup Faves.

Can't believe that it is almost the end of January. I survived this month! And so did you. The beginning of the January I share a Youtube video using some of my 2017 Makeup Favorites. 

But I did try the new powder foundation from Bareminerals and must say I was very surprised by the finish. What I noticed is that it is not a full coverage by first application but the more you apply, the more coverage you get. This foundation goes for $50.00 on the Bareminerals website but as you all know, I am a budget queen. So Gu-wee cannot be paying that much for foundation so I bought mine from TJ Maxx. 

Be sure to checkout my video on how I used my favorite products. 

Makeup is art, Beauty is spirit. 
xoxo
NotJustAPrettyFace

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Mint Lip Color // Beauty and Hair Diaries

Hello Pretty Faces. 

You know I love makeup and always love trying out new things and pushing my limits. 

A few weeks ago, I posted a video on my instagram, swatching the Bellá Pierre 12 Color Matte Pro Lip Palette. This palette is $50.00 on the website but I received it in a subscription box a few months ago. 

Some people really liked the Aqua color (but it looks like a mint color on my skin) a lot so I decided to create a look using the Aqua color. 

Personally, it was a bit bold for my liking but what do you think? Is it a Yay or Nay?

Be sure to follow my social media and share some love. 

On a bad day there's always lipstick

xoxo
NotJustAPrettyFace

Thursday, January 4, 2018

New Year, New Me? // SelfLove Diaries

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Let me start off by saying HAPPY NEW YEAR Pretty Faces. Yes its 2018. Can't believe how fast it came. I was not ready for 2018 but truth be told, I could not escape it even if I tried.

What did everyone do to celebrate the New Year? Me, for one, went to Vegas and I was supposed to go to the club to see The Chainsmokers but it didn't work out the way we planned. Instead, I ended up on the strip, stepping into 2018. Which was actually not that bad. It was fun and CROWDED! Oh my goodness.

Here are some pictures and videos of the night.


Makeup information - Eyebrows: Profusion eyebrow pencil, Essence eyebrow gel, Eyes: Juvias Place Masquerade Palette, Ardell lashes in the shape natural, Taste mascara, Face: Gerard Cosmetics Slay setting spray, Maybelline Fit Me Foundation and Powder, Model co blush, Becca Cosmetics highlighter, Lips: Makeup Geek nude matte lipstick and Gerard Cosmetics rose gold matte lipstick. 
New Years Eve outfit. 


Friends who step into 2018 together. 

So, now that 2018 is literally here, I need to start getting real with myself and know what I want in this beautiful thing, I call life. By now everybody knows that I am a retired Au Pair and I finished my 2nd year on December 7 2017. So ever since then, I have been in a stress ball. But what I have noticed is; it doesn't matter how much I am trying to plan and figure out things. God is in control, He knows what is going to happen, He knows the plans for my life and I know all will be revealed in His timing. Don't get me wrong, its not easy not "knowing" but it will be worth it.

Personally I do not believe in New Years Resolutions because I end up forgetting them. But this year its all about being a GOAL digger. Where I am just going to strive and go for gold and get what I want and deserve. A new year doesn't always mean a new you. It just means it a New Year for you to pursue your dreams and goals, a New Year to discover who you are and a New Year to grow and glow.

All I can say right now is: Watch this space!

This is YOUR year to sparkle!
Happy New Years Beauties!

xoxo
NotJustAPrettyFace

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Crochet Braids // Divatress

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

You know your girl is all about hair and makeup. The best part is doing it on a budget. My motto is always: "you can always look good on a budget". I have partnered with Divatress to show off some of their beautiful crochet braids that you can rock this winter.


These crochet braids are bomb. The size of the braid is all up to you and the best part is that one pack goes a long way. Which means more braids less spending. The hair is easy to install and comes in two colours: Jet Bland and Off Black. If you want to rock this style click here as you won't be sorry. And the fun part is; it's not expensive.

Crochet Braids
Crochet Braids


If you are looking for crochet braids that gives you volume, this would be the perfect style. All you need is 3-4 packs (depending on the volume you want), a crochet needle and then you are on your way to slay this look. Remember to lay those edges. This particular style comes in 8 different colours. Go check it out.

Crochet Braids


Know the twist has me twisted. If you know Gu-wee, you would know I like myself a good twist. And this is the perfect crochet braid twist; you can rock it during winter/spring time. Wanting to go to Hawaii or the Caribbean? Get yourself the FreeTress Equal Braid Cuban Twist. Look at this style and it comes in twelve different colours. Yes you read it right twelve colours, which one will you be rocking? 

Crochet Braids 
Crochet Braids
    

4. Outre X-Pression Curlette Braid - Small 20"

The Outer X-pression Curlette Braids is already pre looped. The curls are define and the more you crochet in the more volume you achieve. Look no further as the texture is soft and fluffy. You can rock this look for a long while without it getting all messy. I would suggest you take good care of it because its curly, the curls can get tangled and start creating knots. This style comes in 10 amazing colours. Go to the Divatress website to check out this crochet braids hairstyle.

Crochet Braids


5. Isis Collection Afri-Naptural Braids - Definition Blowout.

Looking for braids that looks natural and that give you endless styling possibilities? Look no further. Isis Collection Afri-Naptural Braids - Definition Blowout gives you a natural human hair texture. If you are natural and just want some inches, Isis Collection Afri-Naptural Braids - Definition Blowout is the way to go. It comes in 7 colours. Go order now on the Divatress website while it's still on sale.

Crochet Braids
Crochet Braids


Disclaimer all opinions are my own and was not compromised. I have not yet ordered from Divatress myself. But all opinions are based on the information I was provided with.

You can get all these styles and more on the Divatress website. The above mention styles are my top 5 picks, better watch this space as I will be rocking one of these styles soon.




Be sure to order your crochet braids at http://www.divatress.com/braids.html
xoxo
NotJustAPrettyFace 

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