Are You Ready To Be Honest About Your Body?


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If there’s one thing that the vast majority of people have in common, it’s that they don’t have a particularly accurate perspective on their own bodies. It’s pretty understandable that this would be the case. The media is constantly bombarding people with images of the perfect body is supposed to be. You’re constantly told how you’re supposed to look, how you’re supposed to feel, who you’re supposed to be. It’s enough to make anyone feel as though their body isn’t good enough. But how can you get past that feeling? There’s no value in spending your entire life comparing yourself to anyone else, especially not completely unachievable images that are thrown around by TV and films. So what do you do? Well, it comes down to one simple thing: you need to start being honest about your body. That’s not always easy, but once you’re able to do it, it will be like a great weight lifting off your shoulders. Here are some simple things that you can do in order to start being more honest with yourself when it comes to your body.

 

Be proactive when it comes to your health

 

Far too often people hide their head in the sand when the time comes to have any kind of check-up. This could be anything from a routine physical exam to some worrying symptoms that people refuse to get checked. A lot of this is because going to the doctor involves confronting the reality of your health and your body in a way that many people aren’t comfortable with. There are plenty of things that you can do to make this less uncomfortable. One of the best is to talk to a Dr online. That way you don’t have to drag yourself to the Dr’s office and can speak to them from the privacy and comfort of your own home. Being proactive when it comes to your health is one of the best ways to start gaining a greater understanding of your body.

 

Understand the things that you’ll never be able to change

 

There are plenty of things that you can do to change your body. You can lose weight, build muscle, increase your energy levels, etc. But then there are things that simply aren’t within your power to change. Your body is going to be a certain shape and, unless you take some seriously drastic measures, you’re probably not going to be able to change that. The same goes for things like stretch marks. These are things that are a part of your body no matter what. And since you can’t do anything about them, you might as well just come to terms with them.

 

Acknowledge the things you love about it

 

Of course, being honest about your body doesn’t just mean being critical of yourself. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having things about your body that you love, in fact, it’s incredibly healthy! Being able to look at yourself in the mirror and point out things that you like is an incredibly important step towards accepting yourself for who you are. It might not be perfect, but it’s your body, and there’s nothing wrong with loving it!

Tummy Troubles? It Could Be Your Diet

 

Tummy troubles are both painful and a little gross. Nobody wants vomiting, cramping, constipation or diarrhea in the morning when they wake up. The good news is that the vast majority of tummy troubles are short-lived and related to eating contaminated foods. However, for some people, tummy troubles are chronic and can last for years.

 

According to ibsrelief.com, digestive issues can leave you feeling trapped and stressed. It’s not nice worrying all the time about whether you’re close to a loo and whether you’ll be able to excuse yourself if nature calls. It turns out, however, that many of your digestive issues could be the result of the foods that you’re eating, especially if those problems persist long term. Here are some of the foods that you might want to try cutting out to see whether they have an effect on your tummy troubles.

 

Refined Sugar

 

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Refined sugar is, in general, a health disaster. But not only can it spike your insulin and cause you to gain weight, but it can also affect your stomach. According to Robynne Chutkan, an assistant professor at Georgetown University, eating too much sugar can lead to an overgrowth of the wrong type of bacteria in your stomach. If you have too much sugar-digesting bacteria in your stomach, you can run into problems when you try to eat healthier food. Often there simply aren’t the bacteria present in your stomach in the numbers you need to process all that fiber, especially in the colon. This can lead to extreme flatulence where people are expelling more than 20 gallons of gas per day.

 

Dairy

 

From an evolutionary perspective, dairy is a relatively new food. Humans have only been consuming it for a few thousand years. People who have European heredity are genetically adapted to drinking milk, but many millions of people, especially in Asia, are not. This is because they do not produce the enzyme lactase which breaks down the lactose sugar in milk. Again, drinking milk when you don’t have the enzyme required to break down the sugars can lead to terrible flatulence.

 

Fizzy Drinks

 

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One of the main overlooked causes of tummy troubles is soda. Many people think that it’s the carbonation of soda that causes problems, but according to Chutkan, it’s actually the citric acid, the sweeteners and the preservative, sodium benzoate. These chemicals, he says, can be hard on the stomach and can make you feel as if your stomach is upset. The sweeteners can ruin the balance of bacteria in the gut too, making it more likely that you’ll suffer from obesity in the future.

 

Caffeine-Containing Food And Drink

 

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Another cause of an upset stomach is caffeine-containing foods, like coffee and chocolate according to health.com. Scientists have known for a while that caffeine relaxes the sphincter that connects the stomach to the esophagus. When it relaxes, it can lead to acid reflux from the stomach into the gullet which results in pain. Just like peppermint tea, chocolate and coffee can lead to just above the stomach, especially at night when you lay down.

 

Making A Gift Is Passé, It’s All About Surprising Now

Who doesn’t like receiving a gift? Everybody loves a gift. But it’s even better when the gift is unexpected. When it is a complete surprise that comes to make your day a little sweeter. The beauty of a surprise is that it immediately brings you back to your younger self. The surprise is the most direct way to your inner child. Do you remember him or her? It’s the innocent part of you that still wants to be amazed by the wonders of the world and play on the first occasion. While the fast pace of the adult life often pushes your inner child further away at the back of mind, you can be sure that a playful and cute surprise will bring him or her to the front. Time for laughter, fun, and amazement again, with fun surprises that you can make to your friends and relatives to smooth out their day. The good thing about surprises is that you don’t need a reason for it – that’s why they’re called a surprise. So here are a few ideas.

 

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Delight The Future Mother With An Unexpected Afternoon

A mother-to-be tends to receive a multitude of cute baby clothes and baby equipment. Often, you have two different ways of making a present: You could do it during the baby shower party – if there is one – or you could wait until you meet the baby for the first time. Why stick to the classic timing and presents when you could be creative? Your pregnant friend would appreciate spending an afternoon with friends like in the old days. Pregnant women, while they are always excited about having a baby, often feel that they are being treated with extreme caution by relatives and friends.They are worried that having a baby might come in between them and their friends. Spend an afternoon together, sharing sweet drinks and cakes while gossiping about the town news and the everyday life. It’s the best way to show them that you’re still friends!  

 

Make Someone’s Day A Little Better At Work

If you know of a friend who is having a stressful week or who is overworked, while not surprise them with a flower delivery to their office? It’s guaranteed to brighten up their day. Of course, it doesn’t take the stress away. But it will remind them that, whatever happens, you are thinking of them. The office delivery works with a box of chocolates too, by the way. So you are sure to find something for everyone!

 

Welcome Him Tonight And Revive His Playfulness

Do you remember the first weeks of your relationship, when everything was new and exciting? Long-term relationships can become part of the everyday routine, and while there is still a lot of love and tenderness, everything becomes a habit. So, why not break out of the routine vicious circle and surprise him for a romantic scavenger hunt tonight? All you need is to prepare the clues for him to follow, leading him to dinner… or to a hotel, if you are feeling adventurously naughty.

 

Make Your Home THE Staycation Destination


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Are you fed up the long queues, overzealous security staff, and flights where you’re squeezed into a tiny space for hours at a time? Instead of traveling away from home this year, why not treat yourself to a fantastic staycation instead? Here’s how you can use the money you would have spent on a trip to transform your home into the best place to holiday this summer:

 

Revamp Your Outdoor Space

 

Just because you won’t be traveling to a far-flung destination, doesn’t mean you can’t spend your summer relaxing in the sun, weather permitting. Spend some of your budget on transforming your garden into a relaxing entertainment space, and it’ll be just like lounging on an exotic beach.

 

As a minimum, you should set up a hammock, fire pit, and barbecue area, along with a seating area with enough comfy furniture for you and a few select guests. A gazebo might also be good and will allow you to spend more time outdoors, whatever the weather.

 

Create a Restful Nook


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Whether you have a spare room that you can totally transform into a restful retreat, or you only have a nook in the living room to transform into a comfy space, finding a restful nook that you can fill with comfy cushions, a supportive armchair and footrest is essential if you want to be able to relax and rejuvenate during your staycation.

 

Set Yourself Up for Entertainment

 

When you’re enjoying a staycation, most of your days will be spent relaxing in your outdoor space or your restful nook, but when night time rolls around, you will want to ensure that you have plenty of entertainment on hand. That’s why you should consider investing in the best tv under 1000 you can find so that you can enjoy movie nights, a wireless speaker, so you can enjoy your favorite music and all the supplies that you need to indulge in your favorite hobbies. So, when you’re not sampling the best the local restaurants have to offer, you’re never in danger of getting bored.

 

Redecorate


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It’s difficult to relax and truly enjoy the luxury of your own home if your property isn’t exactly inspiring. So, start looking at home décor websites, collect as many cool ideas for home improvements as you can find and start painting, wallpapering and rearranging your furniture to give your home more of a relaxing 5-star beach hotel feel. You needn’t spend much – just adding a new coat of paint or buying new sheets for your bed can make a huge difference – but do take the time to change things up and make your space more comfy before your staycation rolls around.

 

Bring Your Favorite Vacation Destination to Your Home

 

Last, but not least, once you’ve redesigned the garden and redecorated your home to make it more comfy and luxurious, you should think about adding little touches that remind you of your favorite destinations. Things like adding beach umbrellas to the garden or burning exotic incense in the bedroom will help you to feel like you’ve really escaped and this will aid your relaxation and ensure that your staycation is just as good as a real vacation.

 

Eye Caramba: Factors that Have a Surprising Effect on Your Visual Health


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It’s easy to take your eyes and sight for granted. But a deterioration or loss of sight would have the most dramatic of effects on your life. We worry so much about our weight, blood pressure and other health factors that our visual health is often swept under the carpet until there’s an emergency or seriously worrying change to our eyesight. But our eyes deserve just as much love as the rest of our body. Here are a few things that can have an astounding effect on your eyes without you even noticing it.

 

Diet

 

Okay, maybe the old wives tale of carrots holding the magical ability to help you see in the dark doesn’t hold up too well when it comes to scientific experimentation. But your diet can have a profound effect on how well your eyes function. Fill your plate with omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, and lutein. The easiest places to find these nutrients are citrus fruits and juices, leafy greens, eggs, nuts, beans and oily fishes like salmon and tuna. This will ward of eye problems like cataracts and macular degeneration.

 

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Regular eye tests

 

It’s recommended that you book in for an eye test every two years. Most people don’t bother going until they’re experiencing a noticeable degeneration in their sight. Why wait until there’s a problem? As we all know, prevention is better than cure. So book in with your local eye specialist, and if any problems are found, they can book you in for a further contact eye exam.

 

Avoid smoking

 

We all know the numerous risks that smoking poses to our health. But it even goes as far as to cause problems with our eyes! Smoking can damage your optical nerves, increase your risk of cataracts and sight degeneration. So if you do smoke, it might be the time that you look into quitting. Your body will thank you for it.

 

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Monitor your use of laptops and phones

 

You know when you were little and your parents would tell you off for staring at the TV for too long? “Your eyes will go square!” Well, maybe your eyes won’t go square, but there was a reason for their warnings. Staring at screens for too long can wreak havoc with your eyes. With jobs requiring the use of the web and the increased popularity of social media, we’re looking at screens more than ever before. But this can cause eye strain. To combat this, make sure that you are wearing the right prescription glasses or contacts (if you need them), avoid glare from windows and artificial lights and take regular breaks from the glow of the blue light emitted from your devices.

 

Wear Sunglasses

 

Summer is approaching, so the days are getting longer, and our general outlook is brighter. But remember to protect your eyes. We wear suncream to protect our skin from damaging UV rays. Your eyes aren’t immune to these. Wear sunglasses with sufficient UV protection on sunny days or on vacations to hot, sunny locations.

7 Summer Holiday Fashion Essentials

It’s almost here! We’re on the brink of Summer and for most people that means one thing – Summer Holiday! The soft, luscious sand between your feet, the hot sun warm against your skin and a cold cocktail in your hand. The only thing left to plan is keeping yourself looking fabulous for seven days straight on a 15kg baggage allowance. Don’t worry; it’s easier than you think. Here are your 10 Summer holiday fashion essentials.

 

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Sunglasses

They’re an absolute essential. Not only because they’ll protect your eyes from the sun, but also because you don’t want to be walking around squinting 24/7. It isn’t an attractive look. Luckily, you can go wild when it comes to fashion style with sunglasses. There are so many too choose from. From oversized to leopard print to My Little Pony. Remember, you only need 2 pairs, max.

 

Beach Bag

You’ll probably spend a lot of time on the beach while you’re away, and you’ll need a fashionable way of transporting your belonging to and fro. A beach bag should be able to hold important items like your purse, hotel room key, a bottle of water and a beach towel. This year, bird prints are the go to look.

 

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Walking Sandals

It’s surprising how much walking you do while on holiday. Whether it’s just from the hotel to your beach or you decide to go on a tour of the attractions, you’ll need reliable foot wear. If the weather is hot, your only option is a sandal because you don’t want to suffocate your feet. Look for a sandal you’re comfortable in before jetting off.

 

Versatile Clothing

Every girl needs a dress that can be worn in the day and in the night. Sometimes all you need is a belt to make a huge difference. Take some clothing that you know can work for different occasions. For example, a skirt that can double up as beach wear and still look good for a night on the town. If you need to do this on a budget, take a look at some tips here – http://tools2tiaras.com/shopaholic-rein-fashion-spending/

 

The Perfect Bikini

Sometimes, all you need for your body to be Summer ready is the perfect swimwear. Take your time and search for a bikini or one-piece that’s flattering for your body shape. Take this quiz to find out what bikini you should be wearing.

 

Hair Accessories

Ever noticed how you prefer your hair more natural when you’re on holiday? Natural waves are a fashionable look while you’re away and you may find that all you need is a good hair clip or band to feel at your best. If your hair hates humidity, you may want to take some frizz ease products with you too.

 

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Kaftan

When in Rome! While you’re away, you may notice the locals selling fashionable kaftans. Not only are they beautiful but they have a brilliant way of keeping you cool in the days and keeping you warm in the evenings. Pick one up as a treat for yourself.

 

Beyond Your Health – Working Out To Sculpt And Tone

We all know we need to be active and exercising about five times a week. It’s a bit tricky fitting all that in though. Being healthy simply isn’t an easy thing to achieve! You need strict diets and grueling workouts, right? It all depends on what you’re trying to achieve. If you’re looking to adopt a healthier lifestyle, then changing your daily habits for life could be the toughest challenge. But what about improving the appearance of your body? Can sculpting and toning be a healthy option too?

 

Yes. Any activity that moves your body is going to be beneficial. Even gentle stretching boosts the circulation, warms the muscles, and keeps your tendons, joints, and skeleton mobile. Think of it as the first step towards a healthy body. Of course, if your activity happens to tone the muscle at the same time, then that’s an added benefit! So what kind of workouts are best when you’re focusing on a more sculpted look?

 

Stretching is always the first thing to tackle. If you want to do anything with your muscles, you need to get the blood flowing to them, so they won’t overstretch as you work. It’s best to stretch everything if you can, but if you’re short on time, make sure you’re focusing on the muscle group you want to work.

 

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Now your muscles are warm, you can start selecting the best exercises to tone them. If you don’t want to bulk up your muscles, stick with lighter weights. Using hand weights is a great way to give the arm, back and shoulder muscles a little extra work, without bulking up. Gentle reps and rotations can help you tone the forearms as well. Keep your posture strong and straight while you work, controlling your core and your breathing.

 

If you’re wondering how to get a bigger butt, then consider what positions your body is in when you’re using those upper legs. Squats, or standing and lowering to sit, are one of the best approaches. They’re not always popular though. Instead, get down on all fours on your workout mat. Be aware of your core and use it to help you retain your straight back and balance. Now straighten and lift one leg up and behind you. Don’t let your head hang or neck tense as you work. Try ten repetitions on each side.

 

Love those slender ankles and defined calves? Believe it or not, rollerblading or skating can be excellent for ankle strength and definition. If you’re not keen on donning your wheels, a simpler approach is to stand with feet together. Then raise up onto your toes and lower slowly. Focus on the sensation in your lower calves as you do this, and use your core for good balance.

 

Sculpting and toning the muscles that others see can help boost your confidence. Most importantly, it can help keep those muscles healthy. They will be strong enough and flexible enough to support your body through all the different activities you enjoy. And they look pretty good too!

 

Stay Hydrated In The Heat With These Four Simple Tips

When the weather hots up in the summertime, it is so important to make sure that we stay hydrated. Now, don’t get me wrong; it is important to stay hydrated all year round. But it is especially important to stay hydrated in hot weather, as we lose more water from our body when it is warm. So if you’re going to be doing about your daily business, as well as exercising, then you need to be drinking more water than ever. But are there any other things that we should be doing to make sure that we stay hydrated? Here are a few ideas for you.

 

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Eat Food High in Water Content

 

While drinking lots of water is important, you can help yourself by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables that have a high water content. Plus, as they are fruits and vegetables, you’ll be getting a vitamin or antioxidant boost from them too. The best fruits to look out for and consume plenty of are things like watermelon (or any melon in fact), as well as grapefruit, strawberries, and pineapple. There are lots of veggies to consume that have a high water content too. Tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini, cabbage, lettuce, and broccoli all have a water content of over 90%. So it is no wonder that we crave salads in the heat. Have one with lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, strawberries, and a glass of water, and that will be a great meal.

 

Juice Your Veggies

 

As has been just said, there are plenty of veggies that have a high water content. One way to make sure that you get all of that important water but with the nutrients that come from the veggies is by juicing. Juices are different to smoothies because they just take the juice and you’re left with some pulp, unlike a smoothie that will include it all. So alongside drinking plenty of water, you could mix things up with a kale and cucumber juice from time to time, for example.

 

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Use Ice

 

Ice is, you guessed it, made of water. But consuming it in different ways just makes it easier to get hydrated, without having to drink gallons and gallons of pure water. I know a lot of people like to chomp on crushed ice, so that is a good way to feel like you’re eating something, as well as helping your hydration. You could also make things like Hawaiian ice as a treat, with some fruit puree for the sauce or syrup, as well as make yourself some frozen popsicles using water and fruit. There are a lot of ways to use ice to keep hydrated and keep you cool.

 

Limit Your Alcohol Intake

 

It can be tempting to drink cocktails all summer long in the sunshine. But alcohol is actually dehydrating, and you get a hangover because you’re dehydrated. So where you can, limit how much alcohol you are consuming. It is a good idea to have a glass of water alongside an alcoholic drink to help to keep you as hydrated as possible.

 

 

Holistic Treatments To Keep You Healthy

While doctors and medicines will always have their place in this modern world, there was a time when our bodies knew how to heal themselves during illness. Of course, our lifestyles were vastly different back then, and we fought disease with natural remedies and holistic treatments. These treatments are now making a comeback, as people are educating themselves to the benefits of alternative medicine, in terms of both health and finances. Many complementary and alternative therapies are now offered in clinics and hospitals around the country and their use and acceptance is growing rapidly. Here are a few holistic treatments you can use to fight minor illnesses.


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Acupuncture

Although it is a 3,000-year-old healing technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine used by millions of Americans each year, there is still a lot of debate about the effectiveness of acupuncture. Some believe it works like a placebo, while most patients have found it helpful for treating chronic pain and depression. The theory is that acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites–commonly referred to as acupoints. The most common method used to stimulate acupoints is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin. Other stimulation techniques include manual massage, heat therapy, and the application of topical herbal medicines and linaments.

Chiropractic

Chiropractic is pretty widely accepted in the medical community, and thus qualifies more as a complementary medicine than an alternative one. However good it may feel, seeing a Chiropractor is more than just getting your back cracked. Chiropractors correct the cause of pain through spinal manipulation, or “adjustments.” The idea is that joints’ movements become restricted when surrounding tissues are injured either during a single event (exercise) or through repetitive stress (sitting with poor posture for extended periods). Chiropractic adjustments provide powerful pain relief for headaches, lower back pain, and even sciatica.

Reflexology

Reflexology involves applying pressure to specific areas on the feet, hands, or ears, believing that these points correspond to different body organs and systems. Pressing them is believed to positively affect these organs and a person’s overall health.

Whether you believe in its effects or not, you can’t deny the benefit of having someone massage your feet on a regular basis. Many of us find ourselves on our feet all day at work, and even if you work in an office you put a lot of weight and stress on your feet every day. We know that stress has an overall effect on your body, so it makes sense that massaging our feet can relieve the symptoms of stress that have manifested in other parts of our body. After all, we’ve all felt how a back massage alleviates stress and other symptoms in our body, so why shouldn’t the same logic apply to reflexology.

Thousands of alternative physicians around the world have been using reflexology for generations, with surprisingly positive results. Regular patients have reports that reflexology improves nerve function, energy levels, circulation, and other issues.

Comfy But Not Frumpy: Looking Good at Home

We’ve all been there. You’re sitting at home, loafing around on the sofa, wearing your comfiest and ugliest clothes. Then, suddenly, there’s a knock at the door. There’s no telling who might be on the other side, and you look like you just rolled out of bed (which you possibly have). Or you’re seeing someone new, and you want to be comfy while they’re visiting, but you’re not ready to completely let your guard down just yet. Or maybe you just want to be comfortable at home without feeling frumpy. Even the most glamorous of people just want to be comfy sometimes, but how can you do it?

 

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Choose Comfy But Formfitting

 

Comfortable clothes don’t have to be shapeless. Sure, it’s nice to snuggle into an oversized hoodie sometimes. But other times, you don’t want to feel like you’re swimming around in something that’s much too big for you and hangs on you like a sack. It’s possible for clothes to be comfortable and for them to fit you well. Stretchy fabrics can be your friends here. You can wear clothes that hug your figure but still feel super comfortable and allow you to breathe. Think yoga and lounge pants and simple, stretchy tank tops. These items make great PJs, and they double up as outfits for lounging around the house too.

 

Go for the Cute Look

 

If you’re going to spend the day being a slob (which is your right to do occasionally), you might as well look cute while you’re doing it. At least if you have to answer the door to an unexpected visitor, you can own your laziness in the cutest way. If this is your goal, there are lots of cute onesies for adults that are perfect for this. Onesies have become a perfectly acceptable item for adults to wear, whether it’s when they’re lazing about at home or going on a wild night out. And why not? They’re warm and snuggly, and they’re fun too.

 

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Get PJs You Can Wear Outside

 

Would you be happy to wear your pajamas outside of the house, without anyone suspecting that you’re still in your PJs? If not, it might be time to rethink them. You can get lots of quality outfits for wearing to bed or around your home that are also perfectly acceptable for wearing in public. Just as long as you’re wearing them to the store, not to the office. The previously mentioned yoga pants and tank top work well, but there are other options too. You can even get away with a good pair of silk pajamas.

 

Wear Your Worn Clothes

 

Some clothes you buy for everyday wear eventually become a bit too worn for their original purpose. But they can still be great for wearing at home, giving you both the comfort and style you’re looking for. If you have clothes you’ve worn for a while, they might have become super comfy, if slightly less presentable.

 

Being comfortable doesn’t have to mean feeling frumpy, even when you’re at home. You can look and feel good too.