Fashion- Blushing in this Satin Wrap Jumpsuit!

Hi ladies!

Hope your weekend is going great! 🙂

Today, I’m sharing with you this beautiful Satin Wrap Jumpsuit that I recently wore to a friend’s wedding. Let me tell you, the luxurious pink color is gorgeous for a spring wedding, and the satin material gives for such a feminine look. There are so many elements that I love about this piece, including the slit leg which allows you to show off your strappy heels, along with the fit itself (which is true to size btw- I’m wearing a size US 02/ AU 8/S ). I especially love the pockets, as it adds a relaxed feel to an otherwise classy piece and the self tie belt is the perfect detail to complete this sophisticated look!

If you’re thinking of buying this jumpsuit, now is the perfect time to take advantage of their 25% discount! See below for outfit details 🙂

I had so much fun accessorizing this outfit, and would you believe that my entire outfit- from the jumpsuit to the heels are all from Ever New Melbourne!
The link that I’ve shared with you for the actual jumpsuit is from the parent company, called Forever New Group, which is based in Australia (love Australian clothing!).
The peony tear drop earrings that I paired with this outfit matches so beautifully with the pink satin of the suit, and the plunging neckline is perfect for this rose gold stone statement necklace with hanging tassle (currently 37% off!).

To complete the look, this Ring Clutch dusted in a rose shimmer complements the elegant outfit and adds an extra touch of flair as it’s paired with matching rose gold heels.


Please do leave a comment below if you enjoyed this post! I’m always eager to engage with you all. Wishing you a wonderful day! xoxo

~ Lissy


Maddison Satin Wrap Jumpsuit – AU$119.95

Peony Tear Drop Mini Hoop Earrings – CA$14.99

Serena Tassel Torque Necklace – CA$16.95 (37% OFF!)

Lottie D-Ring Clutch – CA$54.99

Rosanna Asymmetric Stiletto Heels (rose gold) – $AU79.99 (similar to item worn in photo)

☀ Friday feels at the pool in this confetti bikini! 🌴

Happy Friday loves!!

I hope you’re all ready for some R&R this weekend- I know I am!

Today’s post features my new favorite bikini which has ALL the features that I absolutely love- the high waist cut, lace up style, stripe pattern, bright colors- everything! I’m wearing a size small in both top and bottom pieces. The top is a bit too tight because I do have a broad back, but I was worried that the medium would be too big as my cup size is small. However, the small bottom is perfect for that cheeky look! 😉 The brightly multicolored bikini screams ‘Summertime is here!’

I paired the bikini with this beautiful beach blanket which I absolutely adore!! From the pattern, print and colors, this blanket is a must for the summer season! I received several compliments on this one 🙂 I have to be honest, the material is not the best quality- it’s as thin as brown cotton, but the lightweight material makes for easy packing and a light load when you have to consider all the items required for a beach run (towel/s, sunscreen, water, book, etc.).

Of course I had to get on board the straw beach tote train as it’s all the trend for 2019! This uniquely crafted chic piece is exactly what I’ve been looking for all spring, and I finally found it at such an affordable price! The bag itself is not your regular beach bag, it’s great for small items and I’ve used it as more of a beach handbag/accessory to place sunglasses, a book, beach blanket (the lightweight material is perfect for folding into this bag!), sunscreen, wallet and keys. The tote is open and has no zipper/clasp, so do consider this if you decide to buy it. For some people, an open bag is not secure and can be the deciding factor on whether to buy or not, as weather conditions or possibility of theft is always a risk.

Finally, no trip to the beach is complete without a sun hat! I recently bought this floppy hat and I am so pleased with the coverage it provides! The black and white colors are basic which I did consider before buying, as any swimsuit can be paired with it, and I thought the label ‘Vitamin Sea’ is so clever and witty!

As always, I’ve included below the source of all items described, so be sure to check them out!

Wishing you all an amazing weekend! xo

~ Lissy

Bikini:
Source: Revolve
Bandeau Bikini Top in Confetti – CA$62.88
Lace Up Bikini Bottom in Confetti – CA$88.30

Beach Blanket:
Source: SHEIN
Ombre Feather Print Round Beach Blanket – US$10.00

Straw Beach tote:
Unfortunately Forever 21 no longer has this item in stock online, so I can’t link the exact product, but I’ve linked a similar one 🙂
Source: Amazon
Aolvo Natural Chic Hand-woven Straw Bag – CA$29.20


Floppy Hat:
Online product not available, so I’ve linked similar items below:

Source: Etsy
Vitamin Sea Floppy Hat – CA$69.86

Source: Amazon
Women’s Beachwear Sun Hat Black and White Striped Straw Hat – CA$14.57

Source: La Vie en Rose
Sun Hat: Neutral – CA$25.95

 
 
 

My top 5 techniques for acing the PMP Exam!

Happy Tuesday folks! 

 

I hope your week is starting off to a great start! Many of us tend to dread the upcoming work week being stuck in our 9-5 desk jobs, but luckily, we turn to our hobbies to get through those down in the slump moments. And I for one, absolutely love what I do- most of you know that I recently began my blog- Living Lissy last April and while I’ve been making a huge effort trying to balance my work life, personal life and blog, I must admit, I could make more of an effort, which is what I intend to do in 2019!

If you haven’t already read my previous posts (only 2 posts created since my Christmas giveaway!), I had recently taken a 3 month hiatus to focus on attaining my Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. As I successfully passed my exam on March 27, 2019, I was overjoyed for two reasons- 1) those 3 months of intensive studying actually paid off, and 2) because I could finally resume blogging and reconnecting with you all! What I’ve learnt in my 1 year of creating a blog is that it takes 100% effort along with consistently creating valuable content.

Despite facing the possibility of losing my followers (which took all year to build!), I knew that I needed to do this certification, as it aligned with my career goals. I also told myself that with some hard work, dedication and discipline, just like acing the PMP exam, so too will I ace my blog this year! It will take time, but I’m committed to growing my blog and social presence and most importantly, connecting/re-connecting with you all!

This post is aimed at explaining why I’ve been so MIA as well as sharing with you my top 5 tips for successfully passing the PMP exam. So let’s get right into it, shall we?
The exam itself is not difficult; don’t be fooled by what you may have read from those websites trying to scare you into purchasing their courses, questions, exam preps, etc. The course is extremely comprehensive- that’s the key difference. It’s not difficult, because once you learn, conceptualize and understand the material, you can then transfer your knowledge and apply it to the real life situational based questions and in the project management world. However, the content itself can be overwhelming. Here are a few of the strategies that I used to prepare for the exam:
1.     Schedule your exam as soon as possible

Do it now! What are you waiting for? The only person holding you back is YOU. That moment when you have a firm date in mind, is when you can determine your studying strategy and how much time that you think you’ll need to be prepared for the exam. I did tons of research on the average PMP study time, and many resources advised at least 3 months to a maximum of 6 months – 1 year. While I did a 3 day boot camp PMP course provided through my work, I had no confidence that I would be ready for the exam even after the course. I knew that I myself needed to study on my own time in order to understand the concepts and retain the information at my own speed (people learn at different speeds and that’s completely fine!). I finally set my mind on attaining the certification in quarter 1 of 2019 and began studying on January 9, 2019 with the goal to write my exam on March 27, 2019.

I can’t tell you the number of times that I was tempted to change my exam date (literally- I had logged into my PMI account to see the alternative dates for the possibility of rescheduling), but in the end, I wanted the exam to be over and done with. If I didn’t pass, then at least I would know what my weak areas are and the areas for improvement and simply re-sit the exam. The thought of failure consumed me as the exam date approached, but I stuck with it and told myself that I would never know if I could do it in one try unless I actually wrote the test- and that was the best decision yet as I didn’t need to re-take the exam 😉

2.     Set a study schedule

I strongly urge you to create a study schedule and stick to it. This includes planning each day with the desired goal or objective, whether it is by Process Group, Knowledge Area, chart, accounting formula, etc. I purchased a monthly dry erase board- I’ve linked a similar board herewhich is only $13.99, which includes space for your own notes! 🙂

I cannot stress enough how important this schedule is for visually mapping your studying goals- trust me! You will refer to this board throughout your entire learning journey right up until the exam day, so do ensure that you invest in it.

3.     Read the Project Management Body Of Knowledge (PMBOK)

You need to read the book, it’s that simple. I strongly urge you to make a highlighter your best friend as the book is extremely dull- there are no colors or photos- the pages are grey and text is black. It’s almost as if the authors intended for the test taker to fall asleep while reading this book. The content itself is so useful and extremely important as the exam is based solely on the PMBOK (no other source, so don’t be fooled into buying related or similar books if you’re planning to study for the PMP exam), but it is worthwhile to invest in some colored writing material when making your notes. I used the PMBOK V6, but you will need to use the latest published version.

4.     Study time

I studied in the evenings after work, which averaged about 2 hours per night. I would usually get home around 6pm, eat/relax for an hour and begin reading and/or studying at 7pm until around 9pm. I found that this studying technique proved to be so effective when I studied in shorter spans of time, especially after a long day at work.

5.     Invest in resources

Last, but certainly not least, the resources used during my 3-month study journey. These resources were my biggest help, and I can honestly say that I could not have passed the exam without them. Thanks to technology, we’re so fortunate to have free resources at the touch of a button. Here, I’m sharing with you the following tools that aided in my studying:

       Mobile applications:

       PMP Certification Mastery – two Knowledge Areas are free, and there is an option if you choose to unlock the additional Knowledge Areas, but I just practiced the free ones and tracked my progress with the ‘Progress’ feature, which I thought was so handy!

       EduHubSpot – this app is also very useful for assessing your level of readiness and your areas for improvement with the offer of 3 free practice tests: Chapter 1- Introduction Management, Chapter 2- Integration Management and Chapter 3- Scope Management. There’s also a bonus Module practice test which simulates the real exam with 200 multiple choice practice questions in a given time of 240 minutes.

       YouTube:

EduHubSpotI absolutely love this channel! The instructor, Varun Anand, simplifies the concepts and terms and helps the student to really grasp the meaning of the concept itself as it relates it to Project Management (in several videos, he uses the example of an automobile shop for us to understand how these terms come into play in real life situations). I really need to give Varun well deserved credit, because he helped me understand and familiarize myself with the Project Management jargon and a special mention to the ITTO Cheat Sheet, to which I referred almost daily.

Praizion This channel was extremely effective in understanding several concepts which I couldn’t quite grasp by reading the text book- the instructor, Phil, clearly explains each Knowledge Area in detail and makes it relatable for easy comprehension. Some of my favorite videos include (in reference to the PMBOK Guide Sixth):

       ITTO Process Map

       One day to PMP Exam

       How to Do Your PMP Exam Brain Dump Like a Boss

       PMP Exam Tips and Tricks for Tough Questions

Engineer4Free– This was my go-to and hands down, my favorite tutorial for learning and mastering the Critical Path technique. This instructor teaches the basics of the Critical Path, from determining the sequence of activities, to mapping the activities, to calculating the Critical Path and project duration. He also teaches how to calculate the Free Float and Total Float which I could not understand from reading only the book (there are certain concepts that just need to be explained in video). 

 Facebook group

The Best PMP Exam Prep I joined this group, which allows for members to post questions, interact with each other and provides a sense of community and support while we’re on this PMP journey 🙂

Additional resources:

– Chapter 1- Introduction Management

– Chapter 2- Integration Management

– Chapter 3- Scope Management

– Chapter 12- Module test 1


Well, there you have it folks- my 5 key techniques on acing the PMP exam! Remember, the most important factor is your drive to succeed- without it, these tips won’t work. When feeling doubtful (and truth be told, the journey may seem daunting, but I promise it’ll be worth it!), always remember the 3 D’s of success: DRIVE, DETERMINATION & DISCIPLINE.

Once you set your goal and commit to achieving the PMP certification, I’m confident that you too will soon be displaying those three letters after your name 😉

I hope you enjoyed this post and be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comment section below!

Talk soon my future PMP colleagues,

~ Alicia ‘Lissy’ Balwant, PMP

Palm print bikini 🌴

Hi friend!
I’m writing this short post as I’m lounging by the pool with a cold beverage in hand 😎

I just wanted to share quickly with you this pink palm leaf bikini which is only CA$18.00! The knot bandeau and high cut bottom is such a fun tropical look for a vacation! The matching floral bikini set is so damn cute, that I had to take a picture! Click link below for swim details and take advantage of this fun swimsuit before it goes out of stock! 

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! xoxo

~ Lissy

Random Tropical Bandeau With High Leg Bikini Set




Hello Sunshine! Feeling sunny in this bright and bold bikini 🌞

Hello my loves!

I’m sorry for being so MIA but life has been super hectic this year! I spent the first three months of 2019 studying for my Project Management Professional exam and I aced it on the first try! I intend to share a post on all the resources that I used to successfully pass such a comprehensive exam, so look out for it! 😉
Apart from achieving the PMP designation, I recently visited the Caribbean for two weddings and I’m so excited to  share the tropical outfits that I wore on the trip!

Let’s start with this bright and bold swimsuit- I’ve been loving the high waist bottoms, and this piece is perfect for a sunny day at the beach or pool! I ordered a size Small and it’s only CA$19.00 (US$14.00). I especially love the pop of yellow against this multi-color feather patterned beach blanket, which is only CA$14.00 (US$10.00).
Finally, what’s a beach day without beach sandals? Even a beach outing deserves a cute pair of slides and this footwear is PERFECT for a day out, whether on the sand or the streets. The cute decorative bow adds a feminine touch, don’t you think? Scroll down for photos and links to each item!

With summer season fast approaching, I’ll be sure to post the perfect attire for every outing! Bye for now dolls! xoxo

~ Lissy

Textured Bandeau With High Cut Bikini Set – US$14.00

Ombre Feather Print Round Beach Blanket – US$10.00

Bow Slide – CA$25.95