Lose The Loose Skin


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The reasons for developing loose body skin can be numerous, but the most common culprits include:

 

  • Weight changes. Loose skin might be associated with sudden weight loss, but any significant change in weight can leave your skin struggling to catch up with the change. The result of this is often loose skin, which may have a crinkled texture in appearance.
  • Ill health. If you have been unwell or suffer from a chronic illness, then you might develop loose skin due to malnutrition. Conditions like Celiac Disease and Hypothyroidism can lead to weight changes and malnutrition, meaning you are more likely to suffer skin problems.
  • Lack of exercise. While exercise might be seen as developing your body beneath the skin level, it also has an impact on the overall appearance of skin if the muscles beneath it are not taut.

 

There’s no doubt that excess loose skin can have a serious impact on your confidence. Clothes just don’t look right and have a tendency to wrinkle and bunch, emphasizing any problem areas. As for the idea of going without clothing covering the skin – such as bare arms if you have the horribly-nicknamed “bingo wings” – is unthinkable. It’s particularly problematic if you have made the effort to lose weight and now find yourself battling with another body problem you weren’t expecting!

 

So how do you get rid of loose skin? The most obvious and immediate answer is surgery, but this is something you have to think long and hard about. It’s a nuclear option. Surgery of any kind is inherently risky – especially if you’re not in the best of health to begin with – and it’s worth exhausting all possible alternatives before going down this route.

 

So what are the other options?

 

  1. Caffeine Stimulants

 

Caffeine might be a component we are most familiar with because of coffee, but it actually has a powerful impact on stimulating skin recovery. When applied topically in the form of a cream, it can help increase elasticity and reduce the fat cells that are dragging the skin down. Definitely worth a go, but make sure you use it regularly – develop a reliable routine to see the best results.

 

  1. Muscle Building

 

Toning the muscle beneath the loose skin is a given if you are trying to deal with the problem once and for all. Pick an exercise that works hard on the area you are most concerned about, and do it every other day without fail. To increase your likelihood of success, try a muscle building primer and eat plenty of protein to aid muscle development.

 

  1. Dietary Supplements

 

A diet rich in protein and healthy fats is useful for any health complaint, but you might need to supplement your food to help with loose skin. The key components here are gelatin and collagen; they’re easy to supplement and can make a big difference to skin texture and appearance.

Peace & Tranquility Can Be Found Just Outside Your Office


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Tough days are impossible to completely evade, they are just part of and parcel of your working life. It doesn’t matter how much you love your job, how much you enjoy the company of your colleagues or how satisfying you find your role; we all have days that stress us out. Even if the day itself wasn’t necessarily a bad day, chances are some part of it was stressful, some situation stressed you out.

 

That is why it is so important you learn how to cope with these stresses, shake it out of your system, and alleviate it. And to help you achieve this much sought after zen we have come up with a list of ways that will ensure you’re as relaxed as a yoga instructor by the time you hit the hay.

 

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The Soul Food That Is Music

This is nothing new. Since music playing devices were first invented, people have been dealing with their stresses by stepping out of the office doors and blowing them away with music. It doesn’t matter whether it plays through headphones or car speakers, whether it is R&B, heavy metal, rap or funk. People have been relying on music for a long time. But perhaps it is time you tried popping on some classic music. This has been proved to alleviate stress and promote good health. Buy some classic albums from the bargain bin, YouTube it, get up a playlist on Spotify; it doesn’t matter where you get it from it just matters that you get it.

 

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Become A Regular Massagee

Swedish, aromatherapy, hot stone, reflexology, Lomi Lomi; there are hundreds of different types of massage that you can enjoy, and you should. The reason for this is massage, in its most basic form, is a specialised treatment where a qualified individual manipulates the body’s muscle and soft tissue in such a way that it relieves stress. But that isn’t all. A body massage has also been proved to reduce pain, improve mood, better your sleep and give you a better body image. Now, what could be better than to leave the office stressed and get into bed utterly content with yourself?

 

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We Sweat You Can

Okay, so not an original recommendation by any stretches of any imagination; but exercising to beat stress doesn’t mean you have to hit the gym. You see, weirdly enough, you are not the only person who despises the gym on a molecular level, which is why there are thousands and thousands of alternatives. For example, you could find that the best way to alleviate your stress through exercise is by taking out all of your aggression on a punching bag at the local boxing gym, or to submerge yourself in the peace and tranquility of swimming, maybe you could take on some Zumba classes and replace your stressed mind with a toned body. The options are endless, and it could be that you go through a system of trial and error before finding the Captain Fantastic of the alternative gym opportunities.

 

Memorable Gifts Grandparents Will Love

At the heart of every family are grandparents. Without them, you wouldn’t be here and so appreciating them is an essential part of life. When it comes to special occasions, it can be difficult to stay original with gift ideas, especially when there are a lot of grandchildren also giving gifts! There are some fantastic gift ideas on the market but not all will be suitable for grandparents, so finding the right ones isn’t easy.

 

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The bit that matters most about gift giving is the person you are giving the gift to and understanding what they like is key. You’re not going to give your grandmother who has to use a wheelchair a pair of roller skates, so think carefully about what you buy. Staying original and creative is hard, but with our gift ideas, you can find it a lot easier!

Personal Gifts: The best gifts you could give grandparents are personalised ones. If there are a lot of grandchildren in the family, a family tree like this one to be hung on the wall is an excellent gift. For the glamourous grandmother, a personalised locket or bracelet always goes down a treat and it has precious, sentimental value. Engraved pocket watches are a stunning gift for the time-conscious grandfather and are a beautiful heirloom as it can be passed down the years. Just be careful with the engraving so that it can be passed down!

Photo Gifts: There’s one common gift idea among relatives, especially the older generation, and that’s photographs. They hold memories from years gone by and they are something that are simply timeless. Photos that are framed and canvases made are always a popular idea but you can go a little bit outside the box and get photos printed to hoodies and tops. You can also do photo printed gifts on cushions or collage blankets for the sofa so that the photos they cherish are in full view always. It also means they can literally wrap themselves in memories, and who would turn that down?

 

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Journal Gifts: Stationery is a gift that always goes down well, especially if it’s a beautiful pen and notebook set. Grandparent journals like this one are a wonderful idea for memories to be written down, life experiences to be recorded and they can be a diary of their life to tell the children of the future what the world was like.

Keepsake Gifts: Maps and posters are unusual gifts for grandparents, but if you live a fair distance away, are ones that are treasured. Check out personalised keepsake maps like these and see whether they would be the suitable keepsake gift for your grandparents. You can have the same effect with matching towels and clothing gifts as they can be kept for years.

Gift-giving is not easy in general, especially when you try to keep up with being original and different. Don’t worry though, there’s so much out there that you can choose from that giving your grandparents the perfect gift is getting easier!

 

Three Signs of Aging Skin- And How To Combat Them

When you start noticing signs of aging, it can be difficult to deal with. Many women report feeling less attractive, a loss of confidence and a strange realization of their own mortality. After all, old age is always ten years older than you are right now- right? While we should be lucky to grow older (since it’s a luxury denied to many), there are ways you can keep hold of your youthful good looks for as long as possible. Here are five common signs of skin aging, and what you can do to combat them.


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Wrinkles

As we age, hormonal changes in the body make skin thinner, drier and therefore more prone to damage. Collagen and elastin which keep the skin supple and elastic begin to diminish, and fine lines start to appear. Eventually, these lines become more pronounced, and the skin can take on a wrinkled appearance. While there’s nothing you can do about the body’s internal aging process, factors such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol and other drugs can all take their toll. Therefore quitting these will hugely benefit your skin. Keeping the surface of your skin hydrated and protected from the elements will also prevent the acceleration of aging. Eating the right foods to nourish from the inside out also keeps skin at its best, and can improve the overall appearance as well as slow down the aging process. 
Age Spots

Doctors are unsure of exactly why age spots develop in some people, but from a scientific point of view, we know that it’s the result of excess melanin or skin pigment. These flat brown or black spots aren’t dangerous, but they can look unpleasant and can cause distress and a lack of confidence. Spending time in the sun is a major risk factor, so quitting the tanning beds and sunbathing while you’re still young is advisable. Always wear SPF and cover up with light, long layers where you can. Age spots can be treated with prescription medication from the doctor causing them to fade, or you could look into skin whitening products which have been shown to be effective. Medical procedures such as lasers, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels are other alternatives.
Loss of Volume

As well as being a cause of wrinkles, declining levels of elastin and collagen can also lead to the loss of volume in the skin. It’s suggested that we lose 1% collagen each year so is something that will get progressively worse. Anti-aging products containing magnolol, oligo peptides and hyaluronic acid are all said to help combat this effect. For more severe loss of volume- fillers, fat transfer procedures, and even cheek implants can help to restore a youthful appearance to the face. Of course, you should always carefully weigh up the pros and cons of a surgical procedure. Look into the risks and how long the treatment lasts for.
Do you take any steps to protect your skin, or reduce aging? Have you already started noticing some of these signs?

The Future Is Now…Or Not


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The future. It’s unknown, ever looming, and happens before we know it. There are many blog posts out there about how to embrace the future, or make it as good as you can. But, what if you’re not ready to embrace it yet? One thing few of us expect is how fast life goes. We think we’ll be ready for major hurdles when they come, but that’s rarely the case. Instead, we’re swept up by the winds of change and have little say in the matter. Or, do we? There may not be any way to stop the clock, but there are ways to hold the future at bay. In fact, it’s well worth doing. That way, you can prepare for when those significant moments come along. We’re going to look at some of the biggest moments in anyone’s life, and how you can get a better grip on them.

The first big moment is when you meet the love of your life. Love is all you need, and all that. It’s actually easier to hold the future at bay before you’ve met the one. Once you meet them, time moves faster, and those big decisions are on you before you know. If you’re desperately searching for the man of your dreams, stop. It’s important to realize that there’s no rush. If you rush this, you’ll be diving headlong into your future again. Instead, accept that you’re single and embrace it. Chances are, you’ll meet your man. But, it doesn’t have to happen today. And, embracing singledom means you’ll be ready for him when he comes.

Once you meet your man, you’ll have to think about children. That’s the natural way of things, and your body clock is ever ticking, right? It may be what’s expected, but that doesn’t mean it will be right for you straight away. In fact, rushing into children before you’re ready could do damage to your relationship. You don’t want to have a baby in a relationship that’s not solid. So, don’t worry about rushing. Women are having children older, and medicine makes it possible. Turn instead to family planning options. There was once a time when women didn’t have a choice about having children young. That time is long gone. Get to know your options, and make the most of them.

 

Last on our list – buying a house. This is a dream most of us have, and again, it’s what’s expected. But, it’s not cheap, and rushing in before you’re ready could leave you in debt. Don’t feel pressured to rush this step. Yes, it would be lovely to own a house. In reality, though, few people can do that before their forties, or even later. Houses aren’t cheap! If possible, staying in the family home is your best bet. That way, you can get saving. If that’s not an option, don’t be afraid to concede defeat and start renting. It’s still possible to save if you get on top of your finances.

Under The Sea!


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The sea remains a mystery to us all. Man may have walked on the moon, but we have yet to get to the depths of our very own planet. New sea life is discovered each day, and we still have no real grasp on what goes on under those choppy waters. In fact, it’s thought that 95% of the sea remains unexplored. Of course, that number could be even more. We have no real way to know. We may have developed ways to map out the seafloor, but few of us would consider that as a thorough exploration. The fact remains that most of the sea has never been seen by human eyes. What’s the betting there are some amazing sights to see?

But, instead of dwelling on what we don’t know, we’re going to focus on what we do. One thing everyone can be sure of is that the sea offers many health benefits. Mainly because of what it provides us to eat. It provides a wealth of tasty ingredients for us to sink our teeth into. Better, those ingredients are some of the healthiest foods we can eat. In fact, some of the health benefits can be hard to believe. But, the proof is in the pudding, or the main dish, as it were. People who eat a lot of seafood are a testament to how good the diet can be. There are a variety of reasons for that, and we’ll look at those later. For now, let’s talk about the types of things you should be eating.

It’s important to state that battered fish is not going to help you. It may come from the sea, but the coating of saturated fat surrounding it can ruin the health benefits. Instead, you want to be eating fresh, pan cooked seafood. You don’t have to stick to fish here. There’s a wealth of seafood for you to try. Visit Citarella for more information about what’s available, or head down to your local store and see what they offer. Fresh is best, so buying local is a sure way to get top quality ingredients. Though, your options may be a little more limited that way. If you want to try something different, you might have to look further afield.


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Believe it or not, it’s not only seafood that can bring health benefits. Ever heard of a little thing called sea salt? The benefits you find in fish are also often in this little gem. The best thing about sea salt is that it’s natural. Unlike iodized salt, sea salt still has all its natural benefits. In short, that means it’s tastier. But, it also has health benefits galore. There’s no denying that it will cost you a little more, but it’s a price worth paying. This will give your meals a better taste, and help your health.

And, it’s important not to forget seaweed. This seemingly exotic ingredient is well worth getting your head around. It provides all the benefits that seafood, and sea salt offer. Plus, it has the advantage of being a versatile ingredient which you can use in many dishes. Seaweed is often used in Japanese dishes like sushi, yet many of us still curl our noses at the idea. It’s time to get our heads around seaweed as a diet staple. As well as being good for our bodies, it has significant benefits in the beauty department. You can get anything from seaweed face masks to shampoo with seaweed on the ingredients list. Seaweed is durable and has an astounding ability to regenerate.Therefore, it makes sense that it will have regenerative benefits for skin and hair.

 

So, that’s what you should be eating/applying to your face! But, why? You’re probably dying to know about those astounding health benefits we’ve been talking about. Well, you’re in for a treat. The first thing worth mentioning is heart health. Just about anything you can find in the sea seems to be good for your heart. Seafood, salt, and weeds, all have this in common. Where seafood is concerned, this is thanks to omega-3 fatty acids. We all try to avoid fats, but don’t let the fatty part of omega-3’s name put you off. Fat doesn’t get healthier than this. There are various reasons why omega-3 can help your heart. It has been proven to reduce blood pressure and lower heart rate. Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, associate professor of medicine at the Harvard School of Public Health states, “People who consume more fish have a lower risk of dying from heart disease.”

Sea salt can help your heart, too. Salt water can contribute to reducing high cholesterol and regulate irregular heartbeats. There’s less evidence of the heart health benefits of seaweed. Even so, animal studies have shown that it, too, makes a difference. Brown seaweed, especially, seems to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke!

But, what about the less likely health benefits? The main one worth mentioning is the fact that these foods can help stave off, and even treat, depression. This is a new revelation, but it’s now believed that omega-3 can help with general outlook and mental health. Sea salt can also help here. It’s thought to preserve serotonin and melatonin – two hormones linked to stress and wellbeing. Seaweed also has an effect on hormones but in a different way. It contains lignans, which can help to block estrogen chemicals linked to cancer.

And, the one we’ve all been waiting for – weight loss. There’s no magic link that means fish will help you lose weight. But, there’s no denying that individual choices have definite weight loss benefits. Halibut, salmon, and scallops are some to look out for. But, this is by no means a comprehensive list. It may also surprise you to find that sea salt has weight loss abilities of its own. This is because it can help your digestive system, and keep things clear. Which, in turn, reduces bloating and weight gain!

 

 

Don’t Let Home Become a Place of Stress


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If your home isn’t a place where you can unwind, then what other place can be? It’s important that you make sure your home is as stress-free as possible, especially when you consider how damaging stress can be for both your physical and mental health. Take some time to focus on making sure your home is a place where you can really relax, instead of letting stress-related problems fester!

 

Keep work at the office

 

You’re not going to have an easy time of relaxing at home if you keep mixing work up with your home time! Of course, there are a lot of people who are going to have a harder time of this than others. High-level positions such as you’ll find in law and medicine often require you to be thinking “off-the-clock”, and there are also people who work from home. But even when you work from home, there are ways to keep your free time and your work time a little more separate – for example, keeping your work to your home office and setting a strict schedule your yourself. Don’t get so tied up with work that you’re thinking about it in your free time!

 

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Declutter

 

Clutter is common in homes, and it really doesn’t help your mindset. Of course, it wouldn’t be fair to make too sweeping a statement, here. Some creative people seem to thrive when things are a little messy! But, in general, clutter is suggestive of chaos – or, to use a slightly less dramatic word, disorder. It can affect your stress levels more than you think. It’s distracting. Not only that, but clutter is usually something that people mean to take care of at some point – which means that you’re actually procrastinating with a task, which doesn’t help matters either! Look into getting some decluttering done.

 

Make some changes

 

Decluttering is part of something else that you should think about with your home: making some changes to its look and feel. What you want to aim for is a calm, clean look. Introducing colors to your rooms’ schemes such as gold, cream, yellow, white, and turquoise can make a massive difference. Rearranging furniture so that things feel more open will also help. Introducing more natural light will also do wonders, so think about ways to maximize how much you’re getting. You should also think about the smells in the house, too! Essential oils such as those taken from cedarwood, jojoba, and lavender are great for their aromatherapeutic effects.

 

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Get out more often

 

Your home may be stressing you out simply because it’s becoming way too familiar! If you’re spending the vast majority of your time there, then that’s probably not going to help it turn into a relaxing environment. Of course, everyone is a little different, and there are certainly many people out there who relish being at home all the time. But going on trips, or even getting out on the daily to get some exercise, can help tremendously when it comes to helping squeeze some of the stressful atmosphere out of your home.

No Filter Required


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If you love taking selfies and posting snaps of you and your friends on Instagram, you’re probably used to using filters to show yourself in the best possible light, but what if that wasn’t necessary? Want to look your best all day every day, check out these tips to ensure there’s no filter required:

 

Prep

 

If you want to go filter-free, smooth skin is a must, which is why you should invest in a good facial scrub and take the time to cleanse, tone and moisturise twice daily, and before applying foundation, you should always apply a primer.

 

If you want your skin to have a natural glow about it, you might want to up your intake of fruit, vegetables and water, all of which will help to plump out and keep your skin fresh.

 

Blot It

 

If your face is prone to getting oily, after you’ve completed your facial regime, be sure to blot your T-zone with tissues or blotting papers. Do this throughout the day as and when needed, to ensure you’ll never be caught off-guard.

 

Foundation


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To look your best in any selfie, you will want to use a medium coverage foundation, which is as close a match to your natural skin colour as possible, and you will want to blend it expertly into the face and neck area.

 

Contouring

 

Contouring takes time, so it’s not for everyone, but if you don’t mind putting in the work, it can be a game- changer. You can find out more about how to get started with contouring at http://www.instructables.com/id/Highlighting-and-Contouring-for-beginners/. It might take a while for you to learn all of the techniques, but if you want cut-glass cheekbone, a defined jaw line and a thinner face, it is worth the effort.

 

Don’t Forget to Set

 

Once you’ve applied your makeup, be sure to set it with any product that ‘optically diffuses’. This means that it blends and lines and pores, leaving your face looking as smooth of that as a newborn baby.

 

Pearly Whites


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If you don’t want to filter your photos, a great smile is a must, which means you should be brushing your teeth thoroughly and flossing at least twice a day. It might also be a good idea to use teeth whitening strips to get rid of any staining. You can find them at Teethwhiteningathometips.com/best-teeth-whitening-strips/ and they will really help to improve the look of your teeth, especially if you avoid sugar, soda and other foods that will weaken and stain teeth at the same time.

 

Pluck Your Brows

 

It’s surprising how much a well-plucked brow can change your appearance. That doesn’t mean that you should go crazy with the tweezers though! In most cases, a thicker brow, which has been well-defined will give you a younger, more natural look. If you need help taming your brows, it might be worth investing in some eyebrow gel, and if your brows are very light, having them professionally tinted could help you take your selfie game to the next level.

 

All that remains now is to smile for the camera – say cheese!

 

The Key To Great First Impressions

We all know that there are plenty of different ways to make a good first impression. Eye contact and a firm handshake are probably the two most integral things that we hear about the most – but a lot can go for the way you look, as well. For many of us, a large bulk of our self-confidence is linked to the way we look. After all, if we look good and we know it, it’s one less thing to worry about, right? Plus, it is simply part of human nature to form a quick judgment on people based on the way they look – unfortunately, that’s just a part of life. Therefore, by getting these beauty basics down, you can ensure that no matter what scenario you’re in, you’ll always make a great first impression.

 

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Facial disfigurement

Whether you have a legitimate facial disfigurement or just a part of your face that you are self-conscious about, it can impact your ability to meet new people with confidence. Constantly worrying about your image can easily make you appear shy or nervous when meeting new people, even if you are otherwise a pretty confident person. If this sounds like you in any way, finding a facial plastic surgeon could be the best option for you. It gets to the very root of the issue and while some may consider it drastic, if it makes you feel better, where is the harm? Cosmetic surgery procedures have come on in leaps and bounds in recent years and are all performed by expert surgeons, so you can rest assured that you will be in a safe pair of hands.

 

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Teeth

Ask anyone what the first thing they notice about someone’s face is, and chances are it will be their teeth. We hold teeth in quite a high regard in our society, mainly because they are a sign of good personal hygiene. The issue with our teeth is that it doesn’t take much for them to become damaged – simple things like drinking too much soda or not brushing for as long as you should easily lead to gum disease. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, which can be a very distressing condition for an adult to go through. Plus, when you meet a new person, you want to be able to flash a smile without feeling embarrassed. Implement and stick to a great dental health routine along with regular check-ups, and you shouldn’t have to worry about your teeth ever again.

 

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Your outfit

This mainly depends on the context in which you are meeting a new person. For example, if you are meeting someone in a formal or professional environment, it is wise to ensure you are dressed appropriately. Turning up in something either too revealing or too casual can immediately give the other person a bad first impression, as it shows you have disregarded the situation (whether it was intentional or not). There’s nothing wrong with adding a bit of your personality to your outfits, but try to make sure you have dressed appropriately for the occasion.

Better Than A Diet – The Slim Look With Less Hassle

So many women feel they are struggling with their weight. The trouble is, you might be well within your normal range for your height. So why do you feel you need to shed a few more pounds? The slim look is gorgeous, but it seems to be really hard to achieve. However, there are lots of secrets adopted by the It girls and celebrities to help create the illusion of that perfect silhouette. It doesn’t involve diets, and it’s much easier to stick to!

 

Dressing for your shape is one of the best ways you can create that beautiful slim look you’re working so hard for. We tend to forget that most of those bargain items of clothing look great in the store but aren’t necessarily flattering for our figure. Yes, supportive underwear can work wonders. No, you shouldn’t wear it all the time. Those special cocktail dresses you wear once a month are usually the only outfits you would wear them with.

 

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Instead, have a look in the mirror. There are plenty of websites out there to help you determine the shape you are most like. Generally speaking, the illusion of the perfect feminine form starts with the chest. If you’ve got plenty none of your tops will do you justice. If you are athletic in build, then you’ll find lots of tops are going to hang there and emphasize a smaller shape. What you need to do is find the right style of top. Start with the necklines that flatter your beautiful bosom the most. Don’t forget to try it with more than one bra!

 

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Some of us can get stuck in a rut when it comes to style. This can leave you looking a little older than you really are. Instead, check out new fashion outlets. If you’re not sure, stick with the promos, like the current Forever 21 deals so you can get a feel for something fresh. Sometimes a complete change of direction in your fashion choices can boost your confidence too.

 

If you genuinely need to lose a little weight, then don’t buy clothes that fit the size you should be. Flatter the shape you are today. You can always try a few of our little tricks to shred a pound or two. Love the body you have today. It can always be improved tomorrow if that’s the direction you want to go. Squeezing holiday weight into old clothes definitely won’t do you any favors so check out a couple of different items.

 

Your posture is the easiest thing to adjust and the easiest thing to alter your silhouette. Carrying extra weight can sometimes bring out the timid, shy you. This causes necks to shrink down as the shoulders hunch up. If you feel bloaty, you might leave your stomach to roll out. If you don’t hold your body correctly every day, your core will weaken, and your metabolism might slow down. So extend the neck and hold your head high. Adjust the derriere and hold that tummy firmly in place. Walk with confidence and love your body.