COMFORT IS BEAUTY

8 Ways to Get 8 Cups a Day

Water is a basic human need that keeps our bodies functioning properly.  From head-to-toe, our bodies contain of 50-65% water, depending on individual body mass and make up.  Part of keeping our hydration in balance is ensuring we get at least eight 8 oz. servings of water a day.

lemon-waterDo you have trouble get your 8 cups a day?  You’re not alone.  Today we’re sharing 8 ways to get 8 cups a day:

Citrus Twist:  Squirting some fresh citrus fruits into your glass gives your water a tangy twist while also adding some essential Vitamin C.  Lemons, limes, oranges, tangerines and grapefruits are all refreshing ways to enjoy your water.

Berry Infusion:  For a boost of sweetness, soak berries in a pitcher of water for a few hours before drinking it.  The natural sugars will infuse with your H2O for a delicious sweet treat.  Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries will enhance the taste and appearance of your water during a BBQ or cocktail party.  These bright berries add beauty and pizzazz, not to mention a dose of antioxidants.

Flavored Powder:  If you’re on the go and need to flavor your water bottle, try adding flavor powder.  These now come in individual servings and pack in some vitamins, minerals and antioxidants along with a tasty flavor.  Just be sure to find low-calorie versions without chemicals or unnatural food coloring.

Sparkling Water:  Getting sick of still water?  Try a sparkling variety.  These cost a little more than bottled water (and a lot more than tap water) but one a day to break up the monotony may be well worth the expense.  Be sure to select a zero calorie option with natural flavoring.

watery-fruits-vegetablesWater-Based Produce:  Most fruits and vegetables have high water content plus they have essential vitamins, minerals and other nutrients too.  Fruits with the highest water content include watermelon, strawberries, grapefruit, cantaloupe, oranges and pineapple.  Veggies that will keep you hydrated include cucumbers, lettuce, radishes, celery and zucchini.  If you eat a diet rich and hydrating fruits and vegetables, you can cross off one cup of water a day.

Water-Based Preparation:  The basis of soups, stews and hot cereals like oatmeal, grits and cream of wheat is water.  So don’t forget to count these as part of your water intake.  Eating your water is a great way to reach your 8 cups, and tasty one too.

Herbal Teas:  The myth that teas are dehydrating is simply not true.  The hydration factor outweighs any elements that may be dehydrating because teas are made primarily of water.  Drinking hot tea is another way to diversify your water intake so you don’t get bored with plain old water.  And there are endless herbal tea varieties that have a range of benefits beyond just hydration.

Set Goals:  If you make drinking water a fun part of your day, you’re more likely to reach your 8 cups.  One way to do this is to have a water routine.  For example, one glass as soon as you wake up, a glass with each meal, two glasses after exercise, etc…  You can also challenge yourself to reach water goals by certain times of day.  For instance, you can say, I’m going to have at least 4 glasses by noon.  Keep a mental tally so you know where you stand and how much further you have to go to reach your water goal every day.

Cheers x 8 to your best health and wellness!

The Best Belts for Your Body Type

Much like a fabulous full figure bra supports, smoothes and complements your wardrobe, so too can great belts.  In fact, belts can reshape, re-imagine and re-direct almost any outfit.  The key is knowing which belts are right for your body type and following belt trends that will keep you looking amazing and fashionable at the same time.

Today we’re breaking down the best belts for your body type and sharing some of this winter’s hottest belt trends:

Hourglass:  Belts can help you define your sensual feminine silhouette by drawing in your waist and letting your curves speak for themselves.  Wear your belt at the thinnest part of your waist and make sure it has some fun details such as an interesting buckle, bright jewels or a cool pattern.  Also, a dark belt on a lighter colored outfit will pop, such as a black belt on a white jumpsuit or a navy belt on a red dress.

thick-body-type-beltApple Shape:  Thick, bold belts in dark hues worn right beneath the bustline work best for an apple shape.  Forget your natural waistline and create more flattering look that will also show off your curves.  Be sure your top fits nicely without creating back bulge from your high-waisted belt.  Elastic materials work nicely for this body type.

Straight Shape:  If you lack curves, you’ll need to create the illusion of a waist. Belts, of course, are perfect for that.  Straight shaped women will probably want to belt clothes that other may not, including long dresses, cardigans and coats.  This cinches the waist creating a more feminine appearance.  Wrap dresses, sweaters or coats with built-in or matching tied belts can also be flattering.

Pear Shape:  You’ve got a slim waist so show it off, lady!  Belting almost every outfit can help accentuate that waist of yours.  Thin or medium belts will work best but go high fashion to really call attention to your tiny mid-section.  A belt on a pear-shape woman can also help clothes drape nicely over your bottom for a smooth, sexy look.

Petite:  If you’re on the shorter side, elongate your torso by wearing a belt low on your hips.  But don’t over power your small stature with a huge belt.  Keep it thin and simple so your belt complements instead of conquers.

embedded_plus_size_belt_tipsBelts may have been designed for function, but they have evolved into high fashion statements.  Fashion belts can be appropriate for any body type if worn in the right way and for the right occasion.  Braided belts are popular for casual attire in both solids and multi-colored varieties.  Side-tie belts or structured belts that tie and dangle are on-trend.  Depending on how they are worn, this can create a soft, feminine look, or a more formal, business-like look.  When going out for a special occasion, sparkle, bling and metallic accents are in order.  Spruce up your black dress with a statement belt or just create a more polished, chic look for an otherwise ordinary combo.

Belts are one of the simplest ways to reshape your silhouette and add pizzazz to an otherwise hum-ho outfit.  When you wear the best belts for your body type, you’ll be rockin’ your most stylish, flattering look.

The Tutu Trend: Why We Love Tutus

Most little girls love the idea of being a ballerina.  Maybe because ballerinas are the closest thing to fairies or princesses we have in real life…unless you are Kate Middleton, of course.  Dressing in a tutu as a little girl probably helped you step into a different persona – one where you felt beautiful and special and elegant and graceful.  And who doesn’t want to feel that way?

Now, as a grown woman, you still have the same wants and desires as that little girl.  Yes, you’re a bit wiser, more grounded and you probably realize a prince or knight in shining armor won’t literally rescue you.  But returning to that girlish dream may not be such a bad thing, especially when tutus are extremely trendy and flattering.

We love the tutu trend and here’s why…

Tutus are Flattering – With a fitted waistband and a full skirt, this version of an A-line skirt is extremely complimentary to many body types.  If you’re hoping to cover some full figure tuttummy bulge or a wide bottom and thighs, a high-waisted tutu can do the trick.  With thin layers, a tutu adds volume and illusion without being bulky and cumbersome.

Tutus are Feminine – Nothing says “I’m a woman” like tulle!  This version of lace is as classic as ballet itself.  In a feminine pink, white or floral design, your skirt will do the flirting for you.

Tutus Show your Best Assets – A full skirt begs for a fitted top, which will allow you to show off some of your best assets, your breasts.  No need to wear a super tight or low-cut top, but a fitted sweater or blouse will create a lovely silhouette that balances a broader skirt.  Be sure to wear a seamless full figure bra to create a smooth, sleek line beneath your top.

Tutus Accentuate Great Legs – Tutus can be short, long or in-between.  If you’ve got great legs, show them off in an adorable short tutu and some killer heels.  Short tutus should have wider flair and are often more flattering with extra layers of tulle.

Tutus Work for Any Season – In the winter, tutus can be festive and snowy. In spring, tutus are wistful and flirty. In summer, tutus are breezy and light.  In fall, tutus are transitional and edgy.  No matter what season you’re dressing for, a tutu is always in style.

tumblr_inline_n5j2ijskkx1sfmydvTutus can be Casual or Dressy – Tutus are easy daytime wear with t-shirts, button-downs or tanks.  Or the same tutu can be dressed up for an elegant night out with a sparkly blouse, blazer or trendy sweater.  Just change your shoes and your jewelry and you’re all set for day or night in your fabulous tutu.

Tutus Allow You to Move – Perhaps the easiest skirt on the planet to wear, tutus allow maximum mobility.  Don’t believe us?  Try riding a bicycle in a pencil skirt.  OK?

Tutus Help Regain Youthfulness – It’s hard not to return to your youthful princess-like passions when you’re wearing a tutu.  We could all use a piece of that joy, innocence and belief in “once upon a time” in our lives.

 

Bedtime Habits that Improve Your Entire Life

At the end of the day – once all the dishes are done, the kids are asleep and you’ve put your daily work to rest – may be your best opportunity to do a few things that could really improve your life.  Yes, you may be exhausted, but taking time for you, even if it is just a few minutes before bed, is important.  Plus, bedtime routines help you relax and prepare for sleep, and they can make the next day be a lot more manageable, productive and creative.

Check out these nightly bedtime rituals that many highly successful people do before they doze off to sleep:

Take a Walk:  Walking increases the flow of ideas because you’re concentrating on other things. And most people are most creative at night when their brain is free from the “stuff” that has to be done, immediately!  Whether you’re trying to find a solution to a problem at work or you’ve just begun a creative project and need to get your juices flowing, walking can help you work out your thoughts.  It invigorates your body and mind at the same time, plus it has many health benefits to boot.

Stretch:  It may seem counterintuitive to get your heart pumping right before bed, but it will actually help you relax, soothe your worn-out muscles and improve your circulation. And all three of those things make for a more restful, restorative sleep.  Stretching relieves much of the tension that builds up in your body from physical activity and stress during the day.  By releasing your muscles, you can let go of your day and prepare for the reparation of sleep.

reading-in-bed-mflRead:  Watching a bright television or fooling around on your mobile phone or tablet is too stimulating for a night-time activity.  Instead, read a book, and make it a self-improvement book.  Mysterious, fantastical page-turners might make you want to read all night.  But if you select a book that is interesting and make actually make a difference in your life, you can go to sleep letting the advice soak in without being over-stimulated.

Plan:  You don’t have to map out every moment of the next day, but do think through the important things you want to accomplish.  These items will be top-of-mind when you wake up refreshed and they can be the first thing you tackle with a clear mind.  Also, get prepare a few things for the next day.  We all know mornings are very hectic as you try to get yourself and everyone in your family ready for their day.  The more you can get done the night before, the smoother your morning will be.

Meditate on Gratefulness:  After you’ve prepared and planned, let your mind slip into a peaceful state as a release from the tasks of your daily life.  A good way to do this is to think about the many things in your life for which you are grateful.  Studies show that counting your blessings, so to speak, gives people more emotional balance and they tend to have a more positive outlook on life.  Even during hard times, we are all grateful in some ways.

UHow-to-Remove-Eye-Makeup1n-Primp, Hygienate and Healthify:  Spend a few minutes un-grooming by removing your makeup, moisturizing, brushing and flossing your teeth and taking your vitamins (if you haven’t taken them already).  Nighttime is the best time for skin to breathe and repair.  By removing your makeup, you’ll allow your natural oils to protect and rejuvenate your skin.  Then hydrate your face and entire body with a natural moisturizer with essential oils.  Especially during winter months, your body needs extra moisturization overnight.  Brushing and flossing are an important nighttime hygiene routine, not only for good oral health and to prevent tooth decay and tooth loss later in life, but also to void many other unexpected health conditions that stem from your mouth.  Lastly, a daily vitamin is essential for a healthy lifestyle.

We hope you employ some of these highly effective healthy bedtime habits.  Get into the routine tonight for a healthier tomorrow!

Looking Younger: 10 Tips to Slow the Appearance of Aging

Getting older has some advantages.  We’re a little wiser from experience.  Our parents can’t tell us what to do anymore.  Our lives are coming together nicely.  But one disadvantage of getting older is the visible signs of aging.  Yes, those fine lines and wrinkles you may have noticed around your eyes and mouth.  Perhaps a little sagginess on your eyelids.  Some discoloration or coarseness on the surface of your skin.  Oh, and the graying hair.  It’s all caused by aging and most women wish it would just go away!

Aging is both natural and woman-made, meaning part of it is genetic and the rest is due to environmental and lifestyle factors.  On the genetic side, there are just some parts of the aging process that are out of our control.  We inherit it along with the color of our eyes, the shape of our nose and the length of our toes.  And we all age differently, with different effects at different times.  Some people start young and others are in their 40s before they see any signs of aging.  If you have beef with this natural aging process, you’ll have to take it up with your parents.

On the flip side, we do have control over some environmental and lifestyle causes of visible aging.  Some of the worst culprits include sun exposure, smoking, diet, dieting, facial expressions, hydration, gravity, grooming and sleep position.  Not sure what to do about these daily habits that could be causing you to look older?  We’ve got some tips on looking younger with some simple lifestyle adjustments:

Beautiful young lady applying lotion on her back1)      Always protect your skin from the sun.  Ultraviolet rays dangerous release free radicals into your skin, causing cell damage and potentially cancer.  Any amount of tan is the effect of UV rays on skin.  Use sunscreen, cover your body with protective clothing and hats, and avoid prolonged sun exposure.

2)      Don’t smoke.  If you smoke now, quit.  It’s bad for your health in SO many ways.  If you can’t quit for fear of life-threatening diseases, do it for vanity.  Skin ages exponentially when you smoke, including additional wrinkles, discoloration and a unattractive texture of skin.

3)      Eat healthy to nourish your skin from the inside out.  Nutrition is important for great skin.  When you consume a variety of vitamins including the B-complex vitamins and antioxidants like vitamin C and A, your skin will pay you back by looking brighter and refreshed.

4)      Don’t yo-yo diet.  When you lose a lot of weight and regain it, your skin will sag and you lose elasticity that is almost impossible to repair.  One area where this is especially apparent is the breasts.  Yo-yo dieting often causes unsightly stretch marks on the entire body too.

5)      Most of us would choose a few crow’s feet and laugh lines for a lifetime of expressions. But squinting is one facial expression that can be avoided.  Wear sunglasses to avoid squinting outdoors and wear necessary prescription glasses or contact lenses so you’re not constantly squinting to see.

6)      Drinking water is the most essential element our bodies need.  Skin needs it too.  Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, and more if you are very active.  Also, hydrate your skin with moisturizers that allow your skin to soak up natural nutrients.

151peri7)      Gravity is unavoidable when it comes to our face, but we can support ourselves to reduce its negative effects on our breasts.  Yes, gravity can cause sagging and droopiness of the breasts, just like it does on our entire bodies. Larger breasts tend to sag more due to more weight for gravity to take its toll.  But we can lift and support breasts with properly fitting full figure bras.  Breasts that sit firmly upright on the chest look more feminine and create a youthful silhouette.  Keep in mind, women with large breasts should always wear a bra, including a sleep bra at nighttime.

8)      A great skincare regimen can help reduce the signs of aging.  Great skincare doesn’t have to be expensive, but it should include natural nutrients that work best on your skin.  A good cleanser, moisturizer, exfoliant and eye cream are worth the investment.

9)      Smart grooming techniques can also help you look younger.  A mountain of makeup does not always hide wrinkles.  In fact, it can accentuate them when makeup lines creases.  Light makeup that covers, conceals and contours problem areas is ideal.  Also, keep eyebrows full, moisturize lips to reduce weathering cracks and add at least one non-neutral color to your cosmetic pallet to keep your look young and fresh.

10)  Over time, sleeping on your face causes wrinkles around the chin, forehead and eyes.  Try sleeping on your back to avoid unnecessary pillow aging.

 

Cheers to a more youthful look this year!

What We’re Excited about for 2015: A New Clothing Line by Melissa McCarthy

There are many things to look forward to in a New Year.  One thing we’re ecstatic about for 2015 is the arrival of Melissa McCarthy’s new clothing line.  Set to launch in the fall of next year, it is sure to be a hit for women of all sizes.

melissa_mccarthy_a_pYou’d think that any Emmy winner and Oscar-nominee would have no trouble finding a slew of couture designers begging to dress her.  But that wasn’t the case for the loveable comedian Melissa McCarthy.  As a full figure woman, fashion designers were not interested in tailoring their dresses to her size, even for the red carpet.

But her struggle to find trendy clothes in her size isn’t the only thing that drives Melissa’s passion for fashion.  She says she’s always been into design.  As a child she would flip through fashion magazines and they toy around with her own patterns and designs.  Now she wants to bring some of her personal flare to modern women of all sizes.  And from her own experience dressing herself in a range of sizes, she plans to make casual, fun and functional sportswear for women of all shapes.

“I’m doing all sizes,” she said in a recent interview with Women’s Wear Daily. “It’s a strange thing to stop at a certain size. Women don’t, so why should clothes?”

Melissa McCarthyMelissa’s apparel line will not only be accessible to women of various sizes, it will also come at a reasonable price point and several retail options, including online.  Her theory: if you say accessible, you should be accessible.  That means every size, every price, every location.  She’s committed to bringing busy, modern women good options whether they live in Kansas or New York.  She already has plans to introduce accessories and beauty products to her brand in the next couple of years.

“I loved the playfulness of fashion. I think maybe that’s why I became an actress,” Melissa said in her interview. “You put on one outfit and feel one way, and another one will make you feel another way. Clothes are a wonderful tool.”

We are jazzed about Melissa’s rockin’ style and we can’t wait to see what her collection has to offer.  We’ll see you on the runway in 2015, Melissa.  Thanks for looking out for ALL of us!

9 Ways to Rejuvenate Yourself during the Holidays

It’s the holidays, a wonderful time to rejoice and relax.  Hopefully you have time off work or your busy schedule to do some special things to mark the holiday.  Unfortunately, with the hustle and bustle of the season and putting others before you, sometimes the holidays are more stressful than regular life.  One of the most important things you can do at the end of the year is to take a little time to rejuvenate yourself so you can head into the New Year with a bright outlook.

Need some help figuring out how to relax?  Don’t worry, we’ve compiled our list of 9 ways you can rejuvenate yourself during your holiday:

facialPamper Yourself:  If you’re the type that is always doing things for others – your kids, your family, your boss, your neighbors – it’s high time you relax and pamper yourself.  You probably don’t have time for a 2-week spa vacation, but you can spend 2 hours enjoying a massage or facial, getting your hair blown out or having your nails done.  Make this pamper time a personal retreat where you can pause your everyday thoughts and let your mind drift.  Don’t rush it – sit and sip tea after your facial or relax in the massage chair at your nail salon for a few extra minutes.  You deserve it!

Sleep In:  Even if it takes hiring a babysitter to come at 7 a.m. to watch your kids, let your body have some extra zzz’s over your holiday.  Sleep is the body’s way of recharging and refreshing.  Your brain needs that as much as your body.  You may think it’s a waste of time, but it will really save you a lot of time and make you a more pleasant person afterwards.

Get Dressed Up:  Every gal feels great in a swanky outfit, heels and beautiful makeup.  Find a reason to get dolled up and go out for a fun and festive night.  Be sure to take your picture so you can remember what it felt like to look so good!

Give Back to Others:  Spending time helping others in need is a wonderful way to rejuvenate yourself.  It works two-fold:  First, you’re doing a good deed for others who will greatly appreciate it.  Feeling appreciated and helpful are two important positive emotions for the human psyche.  Also, helping those less fortunate makes us feel grateful for what we have in our own lives.  The simple feeling of gratitude has proven to make people happier and live longer.

Drink-Water-All-DayCleanse:  A five-day body cleanse may not be your speed but you can take small steps to cleanse your body over your winter vacation.  First, drink lots of water.  Especially if you will be indulging in holiday treats and having a cocktail or two, water can help detoxify your body and flush out toxins and excess waste.  Additionally, you may want to spend a day or two eating a very simple, natural diet of fruits and vegetables.  This can often kickstart your body into a healthier state including not craving sugar and processed foods.

Buy Yourself Something Nice:  If you are not on your own holiday gift list, add your name right now.  It’s hard to love others before you love yourself.  And as your own best friend, you deserve a present.  Splurge on one thing that you really want this season, perhaps a new handbag, necklace or gadget.  You’ll feel really good about using it or wearing it knowing that it was a well-deserved gift to yourself.

Reconnect:  Use your holiday to reach out to friends and family you haven’t talked to in awhile.  Set up a holiday lunch with old co-workers, find high school classmates on facebook, call an aunt or uncle you haven’t spoken to since your last family gathering.  Reconnecting with people from your past will bring back happy memories and establish good relationships and contacts as you move into the New Year.

Meditate:  In our active lives we often don’t have a chance to just BE.  The practice of meditation allows you to free yourself of daily activities and endless to-do lists for a short time while your mind can find tranquility and peace.  Often you can return to your day-to-day tasks with greater clarity, focus, creativity and productivity.

Write Down Your New Years Resolutions:  Whether your goals change from year-to-year or you’re still striving for the same things, writing down your New Years Resolutions increases the chance of achieving them.  Better yet, if you share your resolutions with loved ones so you feel accountable to accomplishing them, you have an even better shot at reaching your goals.

We wish you a warm holiday season filled with love, happiness and rejuvenation!

6 Winter Accessories that Make or Break an Outfit

Clothing may be the cake of fashion, but the icing is accessories.  What good is cake without icing?

Accessories can most certainly make or break an outfit.  Just like your wardrobe, accessories change seasonally.  Some winter accessories not only keep you warm, they can also spice up any outfit to make it a winner.  Others are universal, like bags and earrings.  And of course your most important accessory is a comfortable, stylish and properly fitting full figure bra.

Different-Ways-To-Wear-Winter-ScarfScarf:  Scarves have become very trendy in the past few years.  From traditional long scarves with fringe, to infinity scarves, you can jazz up any outfit with a fabulous scarf.  Feeling drab in all black?  Throw on a colorful scarf to brighten up your attire.  Don’t have the right chunky necklace to match your outfit?  Tie on a scarf instead.  Thinner scarves are easier to wear all day and won’t become a nuisance as you’re going about your daily business.  Thicker scarves are better for outdoors when you really need to stay warm.  Experiment with new ways to tie scarves – high on the neck, to the side, lower on the chest or loosely draped.  You can also use a button or pendant to enhance any scarf.

Coat:  If you shop strategically, you can probably get away with just one or two winter coats: a lighter daytime coat and a dressier nighttime coat.  Selecting styles that can be dressed up and dressed down will allow more flexibility.  For instance, a short daytime coat with a shiny zippers and buckles can be worn on a trendy or casual night out too.  Or a simple long, thick winter pea coat or wrap coat in a neutral color like camel or black can be worn day or night.  Dress up your coats by tucking scarves under your collar or adding a broach for a more elegant occasion.  Remember: while your coats from previous seasons may still fit, they may not be in style.  Check your winter trend report before busting out old coats.

Bag:  A great winter bag can be both chic and versatile.  Most busy women hate changing bags every day to match their outfit.  Instead, splurge on a well-made neutral bag that you can wear everyday during the winter season.  Camel, light brown or winter white are excellent choices, or you can go with a fun color that doesn’t clash with most of your attire, like a medium blue hue, dull red or lima green.  When you have your signature bag, it should suffice for most of your daytime needs and you can focus on clutches and high-fashion styles for dressier, trendy nights out.  These include jeweled bags, fur bags and shiny styles that will stand out as a gem among your accessories.  But even in your trendiest nighttime bags, try to pick colors and textures that will be versatile for your special occasion wardrobe.  A purse for every single outfit just isn’t practical.

5044 blackBra:  We like to say, “You’re not fully dressed without a great bra.”  And when we say great bra, we mean one that makes you look and feel amazing.  That includes proper fit to support your breasts and take pressure off your back and shoulders; a comfortable feel without jabbing, pinching or gapping; and a fashionable look to match your personal style.  Like any other accessory, bras should be selected based on your outfit and activity.  Everyday wirefree or underwire full figure bras, sleep and leisure bras, sports bras and sexy special occasion bras all have their place in your wardrobe.  While most people won’t see your bra, you’ll feel good knowing you’re in a cute style, fun color or coordinating pattern.  And just like a good accessory should, bras support the rest of your outfit by lifting breasts, smoothing your chest and creating a sleek line in your clothes.

Earrings:  Not every outfit needs a necklace or bracelet, but most women choose to wear earrings every day.  On casual days, it may be simple studs or hoops.  For dressier events, you may select something more elegant that complements your attire.  And for those super trendy days, big, bold, loud earrings are in order.  Earrings help add color and keep the focus of your look on your face, your most precious asset.  They frame the face and even help bring out some of your best facial features, such as your eyes or your lips.  Many women believe they have to spend gobs of money on their earrings, but it just isn’t true.  You can find fashionable earrings in most women’s retailer shops, even discount stores, for reasonable prices.  Plus you can replicate couture jewelry styles easily for a fraction of the price.  Longing for diamond studs?  Try crystal ones instead, or maybe a pearly stone with sparkles around it.

bootsShoes:  Boots are the official shoe of the winter season, of course.  Riding boots, heeled boots or wedge boots; knee high boots, mid-calf boots or ankle boots; black boots, tan boots or red boots; buckled boots, zippered boots or quilted boots. They are all in style for winter and will keep you looking good and feeling warm.  Heels add length, lift the bum and can create a slimming look.  Riding boots or wooly boots with leggings and oversized sweater balance nicely in winter.  And a slight wedge helps support the legs and back for long days of standing.  For those few winter occasions where boots aren’t appropriate, try a trendy sneaker or a printed flat.  And for business or elegant events, you can never go wrong in a great pair of black pumps.

Have your cake and eat it too.  Stay on trend this season with our 6 make-or-break accessories for winter!

Dressing Your Lower Curves

We’re all about embracing our curves at Leading Lady. Our product line is specific to your upper body curves, ensuring your bras offer support, comfort and style for every occasion.  But today we’re bringing you some fashion tips and tricks for your lower body curves.  Yup, we’re talking about your booty.  Because if your upper half is looking good, your bottom half should too.

Just like your curvy chest, we believe in embracing an ample booty.  No more hiding under baggy sweats or oversized dresses.  Today’s confident woman uses her curves as the asset they are.

Not sure how to tastefully dress those luscious curves on your lower half?  We’ve got a few tips to keep you curvalicious and fashionable.

Balance Your Bottom for Perfect Harmony:  Just like everything else in life, your outfits need a harmonious balance.  If you have curves – top or bottom – they may need some counter-balancing, compliments of your natural body shape and a few strategic pieces in your wardrobe.  First, if you have the good fortune of awesome curves on the top and the bottom, you may balance yourself naturally.  Otherwise, by wearing a top with a voluminous neckline, a chunky necklace or big belt, you can off-set the booty the bit.  Also, boot leg pants can equalize a larger bottom.

LEVI'SR CURVE ID size 27-700x564Wear Heels for a Firm Bottom: Whether you wear them every day or just on special occasions, heels lift and tighten the bottom.  When you walk in heels, you have no choice but to clench your backside.  It makes a big difference in tight jeans or skirts.  Don’t believe us?  Do a mirror or smart phone camera test and see for yourself.  This will also give you a chance to practice wearing heels if you’re not accustomed to them.

Accentuate the Waist:  Many curvy women are afraid to put any emphasis on the waist, but when you have a large booty, it’s the way to go.  Fitted waist skirts and pants draw in the waistline to create a classic hourglass silhouette that couldn’t be sexier.  If you don’t naturally have a slim waist, create the illusion with a thick, wide belt or high waistband.

Pick Pockets:  If you feel your bum is overpowering your look, pick jeans, pants and shorts with pockets.  The best pocks will be mid-sized, placed centrally on the back and with no bling.  These help slim the backside, as will a solid, dark stain.

pleated skirtDrape Your Curves Ideally:  Adding a little flair right above your curvy bottom can bring attention in all the right ways.  A peplum feature on tops, jackets or skirts achieves this very nicely.  If that’s not your style, try a high-waisted pleated skirt that sits atop the booty for a fun and flirty look.

Tailor Your Clothes to Fit Your Exact Curves:  Not all of us can pick out clothes straight from rack and walk onto the runway.  Most of us need a little tailoring, especially with a larger back side.  Rather than buying pants that are too tight on the tush, buy a size larger and have your tailor cinch in the waist to fit your butt and thighs.  This way you’ll get your perfect fit every time.  Yes, it costs a little more, but looking fabulous is priceless, right?

Never Let Your Booty Get You Down:  Even when dressing is a little more challenging, never let your finer assets frustrate you.  Think about it this way, tons of clothes look better when they have curves to fill them out.  Case in point: yoga pants, leggings, pencil skirts, shorts and most jeans.  So turn that frown upside down and start loving your curves.

 

Protect Your Hair from Winter Weather

Baby, it’s cold outside!  The winter weather has arrived and unless you’re vacationing in a tropical locale for the next three months, your entire body may be affected by the chilly weather.  Coldness and wind can have an especially big impact on your hair.  And, just like a fabulous bra and a rockin’ pair of shoes, your hair is one of your best accessories.

The cold weather and wind tends to dry out hair.  To make matters worse, when your heater is on indoors, it dries hair even more.  But get this: your hair doesn’t have to be a disaster during the winter.  If you’re sick of fighting with your locks day-in and day-out, use our winter-time tips for keeping your hair shiny and luscious this season:

Wash Your Hair Less:  Washing your hair may get it squeaky clean, but it can also drain out moisture at the same time.  Try washing hair every 2-3 days.  We’re not telling you not to shower, just pin your hair up and avoid getting it wet.  Added bonus, you get to sleep for a few extra minutes since you don’t have to wash and dry your hair!

Watch Out for Dry Shampoo:  Dry shampoo can often be a bit too dry.  If you feel your hair getting oily between washes, use a dry shampoo but brush it away from your roots to avoid excessive dryness.

wash hairDeep Condition:  You can do a deep conditioning treatment from the comfort of your own home.  Try this once a week during the winter to moisturize and hydrate hair.  Some are leave-in and others wash out after 5-10 minutes.  These are especially helpful for color-treated hair that tends to get drier than usual.

Oil Up:  Oil is the perfect nourishing hair product during the cold and windy winter months.  Try massaging oil into your scalp at bedtime the night before you plan to wash the next morning.  Be sure to pin back your hair so oil doesn’t come in contact with your face. Alternatively, dampen your fingertips with oil and brush them over the tip of your hair to repair dry split ends.

Trim the Tips:  If you find yourself with a ton of pesky dead-ends, get regular trims during the winter.  Think of it as an excuse to pamper yourself and have someone else deal with your winter-hair problems for a change.  Sit back, relax, and let a pro work her magic.

beanieCover Up:  Try protecting your hair from winter damage by wearing a hat, beany or head scarf outdoors.

Watch Your Neck:  Scarves, sweaters and coats often create a knotty mess of hair at the back of the neck.  Move hair to the sides before layering your clothes to avoid a tangle.

Humidifier Please:  Give your hair a steam bath overnight with a humidifier.  It may cause a little frizz, but it’s worth all the extra moisture you’re adding back into your hair.

Go Natural:  Try to limit the use of heat tools on your hair.  That means less blow-drying, flat ironing and curling.  Save the chic hairdo for your holiday parties and go natural for your every-day style.

Here’s to your best hair day, every day!

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