Clothes Shopping Horrors (And Their Solutions)


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Clothes shopping is meant to be a good thing. Retail therapy, choosing to treat yo’self– there’s plenty of ways to express the simple fact that buying new clothes is meant to be something positive. You’re meant to come away from the store, new purchases in hand, already thinking about where you’re going to wear your new outfit.

Instead, so many of us walk away from clothes stores feeling angry, frustrated, and ready to give up and just wear a sack for the rest of our lives.

Okay, so it might not be quite that dramatic (even if it sometimes feels like it is), but the truth is that clothes shopping is usually more of a nightmare than a dream. Why not read through this list of common thoughts women have when shopping for clothes and see which of these thoughts you recognize– as well as a few ideas on how to overcome the issues they identify?

“Why isn’t clothes sizing standardized?”

Oh, how much easier life would be if sizing were standard across all stores! You’d be able to walk in, grab something off the rack, pay, and be out in less than 10 minutes. Instead, you find yourself frowning in the mirror of the changing room, trying to figure out why you suddenly can’t get your usual size over your hips. It’s not a fun experience.

What Can You Do?

Petitioning clothes manufacturers to actually standardize clothes sizes is about the best solution. Also try and consult size guides before you shop in a store; it’s the best way of having an idea of the sizes you want prior to wasting time trying things on.

“Why is one size too small, but the next size up is too big?”

It’s a mystery, but we’ve all been there. You try on one size, and it sort of fits, but it’s not exactly comfortable. You try the next size up, and it looks and feels like you’re being drowned in fabric. Unlike with shoes, clothing doesn’t come with half-sizes, so you’re stuck between a choice of choosing items that are too tight and restrictive and something that makes you feel like you’re wearing a maternity smock.

What Can You Do?

The best bet is to learn to alter clothes for yourself. Grab yourself a sewing machine for beginners and learn to adjust clothes; you’ll be surprised how quickly you can pick up the basics. You can then buy clothes in the larger size and alter them to suit your shape– bespoke is definitely better than off-the-rack anyway!

“Why is the lighting so terrible in here?”

Lighting in changing rooms is a menace. The lighting is usually on the ceiling — which is never flattering — and it’s also a harsh, yellow color. Everything that you try on will look terrible as a result, and you’ll leave the store feeling like your self-confidence is in tatters.

What Can You Do?

Ultimately, trying things on at home will give you a far better idea of how it really looks. Order online, try on at your leisure, and then send back the one that doesn’t work out.

While clothes shopping can be endlessly irritating, there’s no doubt there’s some fun to be found in there as well. Follow the advice to mitigate the damage of the experience, then enjoy!

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What’s on Your Winter Shopping List?

Our shopping habits tend to change with the seasons. For instance, during the summer we tend to buy a lot more dessert, cold drinks and refreshing fruit. When it comes to the Winter (which will soon be upon us) we switch to hot drinks, hot meals and big coats and jackets that will keep us warm. So the next time you head out to go on a shopping trip, consider a few of these things that should be on your winter shopping list.

 

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Frozen Finger Food

Planning a Christmas party? Then don’t forget about frozen finger food. During the months leading up to Christmas, you’ll find plenty of things like fries and chicken nuggets on sale. While they might not be the healthiest things to eat at Christmas, a party simply isn’t complete without finger food. If you have fancier tastes, then consider recipes like smoked salmon rotollos or meatballs that are easy to make and taste fantastic.

Winter Clothing

You don’t want to get cold during these winter months, so why not invest in some winter clothing? Be it a bulky and comfortable ski jacket or a fluffy scarf to wrap around your neck, there should be plenty of sales going on for all types of winter clothing. If you don’t already own a large winter coat or thicker socks, then you’ll want to purchase them before the cold starts to settle in.

Thicker Blankets and Covers

And it’s not just your clothing that will keep you warm, but also your blankets and covers. Ensure that you’ve got a replacement bed cover with thicker sheets, and consider buying an extra pillow or two to cuddle while you watch Christmas television with your family. Getting an extra blanket isn’t a bad idea either if you need something to wrap yourself in to keep warm.

 

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Christmas Gifts

You either love it or hate it. Either way, it’s important to think about the gifts that you’re buying. Whether you plan to purchase something unique for a close relative or just need some random gifts to fill up a stocking, there are plenty of choices and it can end up overwhelming you. If you’re struggling to find the right Christmas gift, then take a look at GiftBeta gift lists or other sources of online inspiration to help get you started. Just don’t be afraid to ask for help because Christmas gift shopping is hard!

Cold and Flu Medication

You never want to get sick when it’s the holidays, so make sure you stock up on cold and flu medication. Just buy a box or two and stick them in your medicine cabinet for when you need them. If you’d prefer a natural remedy, then consider getting some lemon tea and mix it with honey to create a powerful immune-boosting drink.

Winter Decorations

Be it a Christmas tree or some simple festive lights to hang around your home, you can’t forget about winter decorations. It’ll help you and your kids get into the festive mood and it’s a fun way to spend time with your little ones.

Self Care Must Do’s For The Unwell

One of the most important, powerful things you can do for yourself when you’re sick, is care for yourself. While others may offer to care for you (and of course you can take them up on this), you’ll have a much speedier recovery if you choose to care for yourself too.

Here are the must do’s for when you’re feeling sick or under the weather:

Rest Up

First of all, you need to take some time to rest and recuperate. Even if you have a simple cold, attempting to carry on life as normal can hinder you in the long run. Going to the gym might not be the best idea and make you feel worse. Would it kill you to have a day off work too? Do you really want to spread your germs to others?

Getting ill can be annoying, especially if you’re really busy, but it can sometimes be a sign from your body that you need to slow down and relax, so take as much time for yourself as you can.

Take A Long Bath Or Shower

Staying clean will not only help you to avoid spreading those germs, it’ll make you feel much better. Take a bath or shower, whichever you prefer. If you can handle the heat, it could also help to clear your head and sinuses.

 

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Drink Plenty Of Liquids To Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated at all times is important, but especially when you feel unwell (unless you have been told to avoid drinking too much by a medical professional). Drink plenty of water, herbal tea, and potentially juice. You can also make yourself nice soups. These liquids will stop you from feeling too lethargic and groggy and clear up your sinuses further.

Have A Contingency Plan In Place

If you feel you need to carry on your life is normal even though you’re sick, then that’s how you feel. However, you should at least put a contingency plan in place so that you and others can have peace of mind. Save important numbers in your phone, and consider your options. For instance, medical flight services are available for serious instances. Ideally, you’ll take the time to rest, but we understand this isn’t always possible.

Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol, and Nicotine

Drugs like caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine will only make you feel worse and prolong your illness. They aren’t going to do your body any favors!

Enjoy The Simple Things

Now is a time to slow down and enjoy the simple things. Spend the day watching an old favorite film, reading a book, and doing other low-energy activities that make you feel good. Don’t wallow in your own despair!

Seek Help If Your Symptoms Persist

If your symptoms persist, it could be time to go and see a professional. They might not seem serious at first, but there could be something scarier at play. Make sure you take your health seriously if you have these symptoms for longer than a few weeks.

Care for yourself and you’ll likely recover much faster!

The Actions to Take When All Else Wont Work with Your Teeth

Everybody, whether they care to admit it or not, has a desire to have nice looking teeth. It’s not a bad thing — not by a long shot. Everybody wants to have the confidence to smile whenever and whenever they want. Everybody wants to have others compliment them on the state of their teeth. Everybody wants their teeth to look fabulous. Unfortunately, however, a lot people today are stricken with the plight that is an unhealthy looking set of gnashers. And what’s even more unfortunate is that a lot of people give up on their oral hygiene because of the fact that they don’t think anything works for them. But this may just be where they’re wrong — there may be hope out there yet. And that hope may come in the form of the advice found below, so make sure to read on!


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Natural teeth whitening remedies

If it is the whiteness and brightness of your teeth that is stopping your smile then you’ve probably tried everything imaginable in trying to whiten them. You’ve probably tried all the teeth-whitening toothpastes on the market. You’ve probably done everything your dentist has told you to do. You may even have cut down on your tea and coffee intake, in the hope that doing so will stop your teeth from becoming stained! And, you’re probably still finding that your teeth are nowhere near as white as you would like them to be.

But, fear not as there are a host of natural remedies out there when it comes to teeth whitening — you just have to be willing to use them. And one kind of remedy that you should be willing to use, if you are serious about whitening your teeth, is the mixing in equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. When this done, and more to the point done correctly, a paste will be formed that is the number one fighter of plaque in the world of plaque fighting. What’s more, because of how strong a paste it is, any germs harbouring in the mouth won’t stand a chance. But, because it’s so strong a paste, you have to create and use this paste with caution. First of all, you have to be cautious with the way you mix the two substances because too much of either one will create a substance that will have the ability to seriously damage the enamel on your teeth when it touches it. And, you should never allow the substance to stay in your mouth for too long — 30 seconds will do.

Book an appointment with a different type of dentist

You can do everything right when it comes to oral health and still have a set of teeth you’re not proud of. You can visit your dentists regularly, take all the advice they give you and even floss, yet still have a set of teeth you’re not willing to show off in a smile. And it is because of this reason why you should be willing to book an appointment with a different type of dentist. If it is the positioning of your teeth that bothers you, then you should be thinking ‘where is the closest Orthodontist near me?’ — and you should then be booking an appointment with them! What an Orthodontist does is specialise in tending to the teeth of patients that improperly positioned or out of place. And whether it be surgery that they suggest, dentures or braces, they will find a cure to any teeth that are not positioned correctly in your mouth.
You could even go one step further and seek what is known as Digital Smile Design (DSD). What the dentists who are trained in this particularly unconventional branch of dentistry do is make their customers satisfied with their teeth using artistic vision. Basically, they go beyond and above what a normal dentist will do in regards to the aesthetics of the mouth and will fulfil the artistic potential of every set of teeth they work upon.

Your teeth are yours forever, and thus you should be proud to show them off forever. But, as you know, you can’t do this alone. You need help, but it’s down to you to seek that help and subsequently use it. Your dentist isn’t going to go out of their way to chase you up in regards to booking an apportionment. They aren’t going to come round your house to give you a check up. No, it’s down to you to seek the help you need — and that could very well be any of the help or advice found above.

Taking Ownership Of Your Life After Tragedy


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Sometimes life can test us, wouldn’t you agree? So often we can compare our life to pack of cards. Some hands you are dealt are life-changing and winning opportunities, others are sent to test us or certainly seek out our best poker face to get through. Life is challenging, there is no shying away from that fact. So what happens when tragedy strikes? Maybe you have lost a loved one, a marriage is ending or you have been involved in an accident that has left you with life-changing injuries, these are all things that can have an adverse effect on us. When the hand you have been dealt right now isn’t looking to promising there really is only two ways you can handle it, feel sorry for yourself or take ownership and move forward. I wanted to share with you some of the ways you can move forward when tragedy has struck. I hope it offers inspiration and hope that things can and will get better.

Fix what can be fixed

In some cases fixing something sounds extremely simple and often it isn’t as easy as that, I understand that. But fixing something can come in all shapes and sizes. For example, a tragic accident leaving you with a painful back injury could mean that a simple positive step to see a spine doctor could improve your lifestyle dramatically. Opening up a line of communication between you and loved one could be the positive step for reconciliation. A job loss can be fixed by being proactive with hunting for a new one. Money problems can be solved with budgeting and taking ownership for your current situation. I understand that not all situations can be fixed, but you can choose to take the right steps forward.

Acceptance can be a vital step

As previously pointed out, often in some cases things can’t be fixed. The loss of a loved one or family member can be devastating, and you can’t exactly bring them back into your life, but acceptance of this time could be the positive step to take to move forward. Perhaps a relationship has broken down for good, maybe something unforgivable was done, so accepting instead of feeling hatred or hurt could be the ideal next move to make. It’s important to understand what you can do and what you can’t. But acceptance in both parts is a vital step.

Positivity can get you far

Positivity is something that has already been mentioned and it is something that can get you far with the process of moving forward and taking ownership of your life after tragedy. Negativity breeds negativity and you may find that the black hole you feel you are in now is only going to get worse if you wallow in self-pity. Make a habit of a positive thought process and don’t allow yourself to dwell for too long on anything negative.

Start taking care of you

Finally, start by taking care of yourself a little more. Accept when you need time, indulge in what makes you feel good and take care of yourself. No one can run on empty and it is vital to fill yourself up with your own fuel of positivity and energy. That might come from a long soak in the bath or some time doing a hobby you enjoy. Look at what you love and enjoy and make time for more of it. You will be a better person for it.

7 Golden Rules For Healthy Looking Skin

There’s much we can do to feel our best, but don’t we, ultimately, also want to look as good as we feel? If our skin is looking tired, lifeless, and lacking that punch of zest that makes it look healthy, then it’s impossible to look the best we can. The good news is that there’s no mystery when it comes to having healthy looking skin; we just have to follow some simple rules give us that glow. Below, we take a look at seven golden rules you need to incorporate into your skin regime.


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Don’t Overdo the Cleaning

Yes, it is, of course, important to wash your face and get rid of the buildup of dirt and grime that daily life brings. However, it’s crucial you remember that there is such a thing as washing your skin too much. If you’re using too many products to scrub away the dirt, you’ll be liable to dry out your skin too much, which could result in breakouts and other things that limit how good we look. There’s such a thing as scrubbing too hard; go soft, with products that agree with your skin.

Get the Right Vitamins

Having the right diet will ensure that you’re able to keep a great figure, but the importance of what we eat goes beyond keeping our weight under control. It’s also important when it comes to how healthy our skin looks. There are four vitamins you need to have in your diet, and these are: vitamins D, C, E, and K. If you have a diet that includes plenty of fresh fish, raw vegetables, and grain-based meals, then you’ll be getting the good stuff you need. Also, if you were looking for another excuse to give up those fatty fast foods, then the effect it has on your skin is it!

Biggest Danger: The Sun

The sun is the biggest threat to your skin. While it can be nice to lounge out on a sunny day, it’s crucial that you limit how much time you’re exposing your skin to the sun’s harmful rays. Spending time too much time outside on a sunny day won’t just age your skin prematurely, it can also induce conditions such as Cutaneous Lupus. If spending time in the sun is beyond your control, then make sure you’re fully topped up with suntan lotion, and wear sunglasses, so you don’t develop wrinkles around your eyes.

 

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Stay Calm

There’s a lot of things in modern life that can induce stress. This can have terrible effects on other areas of your health, such as your mental well-being and your chances of serious heart conditions, but it can also affect how our skin looks. Having a chaotic lifestyle will make your skin more prone to breakouts. If you’re beginning to feel overwhelmed by life, it’s time that you take a look at some tried and tested techniques to keep the stress out of your life, such as yoga, mindfulness, and spending time in nature.

Keep Things Moisturized

It doesn’t matter where you live: the elements will be wreaking havoc on your skin. This is especially the case when you live in areas that have a lot of wind and rain. If you live in places like that, your skin will receive a battering on a daily basis. To ensure that its effects are minimal, make sure you’re keeping your skin well moisturized. It’ll be the first layer of defense when you’re going out about your daily business.  

Getting Active

Everyone knows that it’s important to have an active lifestyle if you want to have positive all-around health. As well as ensuring everything is in good working condition, you’ll also be improving your circulation, and will end up with a healthy ‘glow’ after you’ve finished working out. If your skin looks tired in the morning, go for a quick fifteen-minute jog, and your skin will look fresh and alert.

Clean Living

The biggest factor that’ll determine how healthy your skin looks will be your environment and lifestyle. If you’re having too many late nights, or you drink and smoke alcohol, then it’ll begin to show on your skin. Cut out the things you know are bad for you, get a few more early nights through the week, and you’ll be back looking your best in no time.

We sometimes think of our skin as something that’ll just do its own thing, but as we’ve shown above, you have much more control of how it looks than you think you do!

Don’t Get In Your Own Way, Tackle Your Motivation Issues

Some people occasionally feel like the wind has been taken from their sails. Others feel like it has never been there to begin with. Motivation is a key factor in life, one that we don’t always take as seriously as we should. If we’re motivated, we might not find it easier to work through the strain in life, but we find ourselves more equipped to dig in and keep doing it. So, if you feel like you have the get-up-and-go that others do, what do you do to get it?

 

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Make your goals clear

Naturally, finding what motivates you is key to your motivation. You might very well have a sense of what kind of life you want to lead and what aspects you don’t like and want to change. But if you don’t take the time to actually create actionable goals out of them, it’s very easy to treat them like something nebulous and far away. Whatever your long-term wants are, start taking them seriously. Break them up into goals and give yourself a place to start even if you don’t know the whole journey yet. Actually writing them down, reading them aloud, and acknowledging them is important, too. It gives you the sense that you’re laying out something concrete rather than dreaming up a what-if scenario.

Find your mantra

When you write them down, they can also become something more valuable. You can call it a mantra, you can call it inspiration, you can call it support. Finding a source to replenish your motivation over time is crucial. It can come from all kinds of places. A supportive group of friends to help keep you accountable. A role model or mentor who inspires you to keep going. You might even serve as your own mantra. For instance, you can create a journal in which you recount every attempt and every bit of progress you make towards your next goal. Seeing how far you’ve come and getting a positive emotional kick for seeing what you’ve accomplished can keep you engaged with the goal.

The body matters

Motivation isn’t all mental, either. Our physical reserves of energy, the balance of hormones in our body, these are also important. For instance, exercising helps you not only become more physically active. It also sharpens the mind. Carb-heavy foods are well known to make people feel mentally sluggish as well, so they might be worth avoiding. There are even supplements that can help you improve your energy and motivation, too. Testosterone might be considered a “male hormone”, but even women can benefit from balancing their body with a Tongkat Ali dosage. The body and the mind are intrinsically linked. If you make changes to one of them, you’re going to feel some effect on the other as well.

Motivation is vital to exercise, to career, to your personal pursuits and development. It helps us focus on what’s important in life and the feeling of using that motivation to get a “win” is the kind of fulfillment that can stop us from getting in a rut. Take your motivation seriously.

Leopard On A Mission – Week Two


Hello and happy Sunday! How did week one go for you all? I’d love to hear, so please leave a comment!

Here is this week’s mission: Be only positive on Social Media! Post happy pictures, share good news, leave supportive and uplifting comments.

These things can really add some happiness to a person’s day. On your posts, remember to use the hashtag: #LeopardOnAMission!

Have an awesome week everyone!

The Cocoon: Dealing With Transitional Life Stages

“Everything I have ever let go of has claw marks on it, “ said David Foster Wallace, and the words ring true to anyone going through major changes. Some of the changes are subtle and welcome, even a bit expected – while others are dramatic and turbulent, shaking you up with your roots and making it difficult to get back to normal.

While you’re going through this transition, the rest of the world is going on with their lives, just passing you by, and you may be left wondering how long you have to wait until you feel like yourself again.

 


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It doesn’t matter what kind of changes you’re going through, really, if it’s moving to a new place, going through a divorce or welcoming a child into your life – a few tricks from psychologists will make it all better.

Here is a quick guide to how you can take better care of yourself during this time, and make sure you grow out of your cocoon when it’s time to come out.

Take your time

Turbulent changes can affect your external world right away, such as going into a new relationship, getting divorced, or experiencing the loss of a loved one – but your internal life needs time to cope. Whatever it is you’re going through, make sure you don’t act for the sake of action; meaning, you don’t have to do anything about it right now just to have it over with.

We tend to rush this transitional stage because it feels uncomfortable and unsettling, but your inner life needs more time to cope and come to terms with things.

When you rush this phase, you may end up finding yourself in the same situation in a little while as you never had the time to grow out of your cocoon. Find temporary structures to handle your emotions, in the meantime, and take little breaks during your day to address these changes.

Imagine your future

Going through a transitional stage you never wanted to be in, in the first place, may mean that you’re also resisting the turbulence that have yet to come. By allowing yourself to explore the changes, you’re triggering your imagination, and you might even realize that the future doesn’t look so grim, after all.

Don’t rush this step, though, and remember that it may take a lot of time before you’re even willing to explore the changes. First of all, you need to take care of yourself and dedicate time to working through the changes within – then you may start exploring the idea of what your life will look like in the future.

People have different ways of dealing with this, and an excitement for the unknown can be found in an online psychic reading as much as in conversations with your friends. It’s all about triggering a certain curiosity for what is to come and a sense of excitement, even if you never wanted the changes and have resisted them all along.

Accepting your new situation and imagining your new life is a great way to burst out of your cocoon by the time you’re ready for it.

The stage you’re in now, the transitional phase, should be a time of peace and comfort until you’re ready to face the world again with new vigor and an excitement for what is to come.

Vitamin B-eautiful: Natural Ways To Healthy Skin

When it comes to looking youthful, going natural is all the rage now. With every aspect, there are plenty of benefits, not just for your mind and body, but also your skin. The fact is that there are lots of products that have a high amount of chemicals in them nowadays, so when it comes to maintaining youthful skin, what are the best approaches to take?

Your Diet


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People may work hard to find the fountain of youth, but when it comes down to it, a healthy diet is the foundation of great skin. Ultimately if you have toxins in your body or things that your internal system cannot deal with, it will show up as unsightly spots on your face. Your body is trying to get rid of any of these toxins, so it’s best to make sure that you operate from the inside out. The best way to do this? Plenty of antioxidants, there are, of course, plenty of fruits and berries that are high in antioxidants, but if you’re looking for ways to maintain a healthy diet while you are on the go constantly, there are berries like goji berries, blackberries, blueberries and, in fact, any sort of berries are beneficial. Don’t think you need to just snack on berries; a great diet is all about having a wide variety of vitamins and minerals.

Checking Your Beauty Products


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You need to make sure that the products that you are purchasing are, in fact, natural. There are many different chemicals added to your favorite foundation, makeup remover, or any product you can think of, that will have a detrimental impact on your skin. You can go shopping online for cosmetics that have natural products, and these will be stated in the ingredients list. Overall, if we try to limit our exposure to toxins in general on all of the products that we own, it’s going to have a beneficial impact on our skin. So, much like when you look at the ingredients on food packages, make sure you look for unnecessary additives on your beauty products.

The Letter S…


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When you think about what will impact your skin, the three main things all begin with the letter S. Sun, of course, we know the impact of this on the aging of the skin, and the importance of using a high-quality sun blocker. Sugar, this depletes your body of essential minerals and vitamins that are essential for youthful skin and a nice complexion. And finally, stress, we’ve all seen someone that has looked like they’ve aged terribly due to a stressful situation. So if you are of a stressy disposition, start to think about ways to minimize the stress. From things like meditation to mindfulness, to just having a better outlook on life, these are very simple ways to keep that youthful complexion.

Rejuvenating Properly


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Life now appears to be all about burning the candle at both ends, if this is you, expect it to show up on your face. So make sure you get adequate sleep and take it easy when you know you are stressing yourself out. They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing.

A lot of these ways to having better skin is actually from the inside out, and a lot of people don’t think about that. Your skin is a sign of what is going on inside you, so be sure to look after yourself on the inside and out.