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Whether you’re going on into town to meet with your banker, or you want to impress people at the next town hall meeting, it’s important to know how to dress to make a good impression. Having the right outfit can also make a big difference in how you feel about yourself.

Basic Pieces

You’ll need a few basic pieces of good quality that can stand up to multiple wearings and washings. Today, most farm girls can expect to have to make multiple trips into town for one reason or another, so you’ll probably want to wear something comfortable too. And a mix-and-match wardrobe can help you keep the costs down.

Here are some ways to save money on basic pieces:

  • Choose a couple of neutrals and one pop of color to change things up. For example, you can have a single pair of black pants that go with multiple tops, jackets, and scarves.
  • Shop at thrift stores and consignment shops for timeless pieces that never go out of style, such as a knee-length pencil skirt or straight-legged pants. You’ll be able to afford a higher quantity of these items at a resale store.
  • Shop end-of-season sales for pieces such as tank tops and sheath dresses that can be worn under blazers and sweaters.
  • Enroll in rewards programs with department stores to save money at the register.
  • Don’t be afraid of off-price retailers and discount stores for things to go with what you already have in your wardrobe. If you choose classic styling and make sure it’s wrinkle-free, no one will know where you purchased your clothes.

Accessories

Accessorize, but don’t overdo it. Here are some ways to embellish your outfit and still look professional:

  • A pair of pearl stud earrings gives you a polished, professional look.
  • If you need a pop of color, look for a scarf in a flattering color. You can wear it under your collar, around your waist, or tied to your handbag.
  • Instead of having a different pair of cheap shoes for each outfit, invest in a well-made neutral shoe in black, taupe or skin-tone to go with all of your professional clothes.
Attitude

Regardless of what you paid for your wardrobe, wear it with confidence. Hold your head up, smile, and be the first to extend your hand to introduce yourself.

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Herbal Skin Care: Your New Favorite Ingredient is Growing in Your Garden

For the farm girl who has little time for self-care but is determined to make it a priority, DIY skin care is the ultimate solution. You can use herbs that you grow yourself, customize low-cost recipes to meet your needs, and make enough to last for weeks at a time.

Your skin is the largest organ you have, and it’s important to keep it healthy by not slathering it with unnecessary ingredients. This is especially important when it comes to your face, which has delicate skin and yet is also subject to a lot of wear and tear. Luckily, your face’s new best friend may be growing right in your garden.

Chamomile, that pretty and unassuming little flower, grows quite abundantly when properly cared for. This herb is a known calmative, and it’s just as calming when you apply it to your skin. Setting aside some flowers from your garden will allow you to make two simple products that both soothe and heal the face.

Lavender and Chamomile Face Scrub

This gentle facial scrub works well on all skin types. It exfoliates away dead skin cells and grime while also calming any irritation or redness. You only need a bit of this scrub at a time, but feel free to make extra batches for later. Customize it with the essential oil of your choice if lavender’s not your thing.

You need:

  • A round jar or pot
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 tsp chamomile flower powder
  • Lavender essential oil

Use dried chamomile flowers to blend into a rough powder. You only need a teaspoon of powder for this recipe, but you can make extra to use for other things — like the tea for the recipe below!

Combine with the baking soda. Add lavender essential oil to your preferred strength, starting with one or two drops.

This mask can be combined with coconut or jojoba oil to make a more moisturizing scrub, or it can be applied solo to a wet face. Rinse thoroughly after use.

Aloe Vera and Chamomile Facial Spray

This soothing facial spray somehow manages to be both calming and refreshing. Rose hip oil provides a ton of vitamins and minerals and reduces signs of aging, while chamomile and aloe vera are natural anti-inflammatories. Chamomile also tones and reduces puffiness.

You need:

  • A spray bottle
  • Chamomile tea
  • Rose hip oil
  • Aloe vera

First, brew a small pot of chamomile tea to high strength — brewing it for about an hour is preferable.

If you have aloe vera growing, you can use a leaf from your own plant. Simply cut one large leaf and remove a small slice. Scoop out the gel and use as-is. If you don’t have a plant of your own, look for aloe vera leaves at a local health food store.

Fill the spray bottle about halfway to three-quarters full of chamomile tea. Add a few drops of rose hip oil. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with aloe vera and shake.

Use this spray after washing your face at night and throughout the day for a refreshing pick-me-up.


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