Shopping can verge on the traumatic sometimes after trying on clothes that pinch in odd places or sag in other areas. Often times a frustrating trip to the mall can convince us that we really do need to hit the gym so that we will actually fit in normal clothes. And while weight loss can be a good goal depending on your current health, your body may not necessarily be to blame.
Why Don’t Things Fit Right?
New research seems to suggest that nationally, the basic shape of both men and women’s bodies seems to be changing. SizeUSA began as a research project to identify what the modern figure actually looks like. “We heard a lot of complaints from consumers about not being able to find clothes that fit them,” explains project director Jim Lovejoy.
After scanning the shapes of 10,000 American men and women of various races, sizes and areas, SizeUSA mathematically calculated a real “average” body type. And “not surprisingly” the size of the average person was not the same as that which the fashion industry bases clothing on.
Most clothes today are made with an hourglass shape in mind for both men and women. But Lovejoy reports that today men “are now leaning more towards what we call the inverted triangular shape, their shoulders wider than their hips, while women are going the other way, pear-shaped, with hips wider than shoulders.”
This might help explain why clothing at the store doesn’t always fit like a glove on our frames.
Tailored for Your Body
With clothes that are not made for your body and endless options, from slim fit to wide legs, some individuals feel at a loss when it comes to clothes shopping. Many people have turned custom clothing. For instance, some shop bras can be ordered in custom sizes, even half sizes, designed specifically for your shape.
When customized clothing is not available or you fall in love with a department style but want an individual fit, tailoring can be the perfect option. Designer Rebecca Moses points out that “clothes are made for an average form, certain generic measurements, and no one really has the ideal average form. We all have something different body-wise.” And that can make finding the perfect fit tricky, if not impossible sometimes. That is why having your wardrobe tailored can be a fantastic investment. Just like maintenance on a piece of equipment, alterations can help your clothing perform better.
Understanding how clothes are designed today and how your individual body might not match the “average” type—which it turns out no one’s frame really does anyway—can help you find custom garments or a good tailor. With clothes made for your body, you can feel more comfortable and confident.
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I know it might seem ridiculously early to be thinking about 2015 already but in the fashion world seasons are thought of months and months in advance. The bridal catwalks for 2015 have just finished and the big trends have been released.
Let’s break them down into bite-size manly chunks. And don’t worry we haven’t forgot the men’s cravats or wedding attire!
From the glamour of 20s Gatsby up to the flamboyant 70s, vintage and retro glamour is all go for weddings. This means skinny ties and slim cut suits if you’re channelling a 60s feel with your bride in a fabulous full-skirted gown. For the 20s/30s there are deep V-Neck dresses with slim cut skirts and beautiful lace. For you, the Gatsby inspired theme is a super sharp three-piece suit and slick hair.
If you fancy an American Hustle 70s themed wedding, please send us an invite as we’d love to see this in action! Here you can go for the big collars and brown suits with fab yellow flowers as accents. This might not be to everyone’s taste though so be careful that it doesn’t look too fancy dress party. If 70s is your thing, perhaps go for retro inspired décor and stick to modern outfits.
This ties into the 20s Gatsby theme if your bride is going with a vintage and an embellished number but these sparkles can be made modern with flowing silhouettes and tiny gems to create a sophisticated boho feel. For this trend, we don’t suggest going for an all out crystal embellished morning suit, don’t worry. Perhaps leave this one up to her!
This can be encorporated into the décor much more easily that your personal wedding attire so why not try embellished table runners for a really opulent feel? Or suggest this to your bride to be for some serious future husband points.
As seen on the catwalks by designers such as Monique Lhuillier and Veronica Shaefer (ask your Mrs.), pastels were everywhere. They’ve been a huge trend for both menswear and womenswear for years now, when springtime rolls around, so do pastel colours. This season coordinate with your bride with pastel hues of mint, lemon, pale pink and lavender. Wedding ties and cravats can be easily picked up in coordinating pastels and look great juxtaposed against a grey suit.
This is a really pretty theme and looks fab encorporated into the whole of them wedding. Try pastel flowers and invitations if you don’t fancy going the whole hog with a pastel pink suit!
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So many of us are seeking different ways to make ourselves even more beautiful. While facials and beauty treatments are great for short term solutions, many of us seem to ignore the many wrinkle busting treatments we can obtain from our local plastic surgeon. While it may seem a slightly drastic approach, the treatments available are incredibly safe and non-invasive. Consider wrinkle busting treatments as a step forward from the mundane facial. If you are not entirely convinced, you will be after this article:
Wrinkle relaxers are going to be a big hit in 2014 and beyond, when people are looking for more permanent solutions to their big beauty dilemmas. Wrinkle relaxers cause minimal discomfort and are completely affordable. What is more, they can bust those pesky lines once and for all, without having to spend a fortune on lotions, potions and other miracle cures. You may as well clear you beauty shelf, as those products simply will not work.
In summary, wrinkle relaxers in Perth, is the way forward to busting those unwanted facial lines. A small injection is applied to the face, and eliminates lines accordingly. Of course, you do not want to overdo the injections, as you may end up looking frozen. However, a good reputable surgeon will not allow you to overdo the treatments, ensuring that your face retains all its movements as well as your natural beauty.
Specifically, the injections are applied around the eyes and mouth, where most problem lines occur within women. While the injection will iron out your wrinkles and lines, your facial movements will still have freedom, meaning that you will not be left looking like an expressionless zombie! Your face will retain all movements and your beauty will be there for all to see. Wrinkle relaxers act as though you have had a fully fledged brow lift, but without the invasive surgery.
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Of course, this kind of treatment seems only to be available to celebrities, but why shouldn’t you treat yourself to something that you desire. You too can look like Jennifer Aniston in no time (although we cannot guarantee that her hot boyfriend will come as a part of the deal!)
So many women lack confidence in their looks and it is so sad to see. If you are feeling a little down on yourself and you need a lift, as well as boosting your confidence, then seek the advice of medical professionals who will be able to talk you through the process in its entirety. Of course, this guide should not act a replacement for surgeons and doctors, who are obviously the experts in their field.
Opting for a little lift is not cheating; it is giving you back years that you thought you had lost as well as giving you a huge confidence boost in the process. While many creams, lotions and potions claim to take over a decade from your face, the sad truth is, is that they do not. Treat yourself to a wrinkle relaxing treatment and you will never look back.
We all dream of the Carrie-inspired walk in closet from the movie – you know which one I’m talking about: when she steps into the new apartment with Mr.Big and discovers the gorgeous open space that’s meant to become her own personal closet. Even her own walk in closet in the small Manhattan apartment was to die for. We’ve also seen scenes of celebrity walk in closets,designed by some of the best interior designers and filled with gorgeous shoes and closets… a girl can only dream!
So we don’t all have the amount of space and designer-wear of celebritiesand movies, but we can still create a beautiful area for our clothes and for ourselves.
How do we create the ultimate fashionable walk in closet?
First thing’s first – think like an interior designer. What colors do you want for your closet? If you have the freedom to implement furniture or shelving, which and what size? Think of the design options you have available based on the shape and space of your area. Beautiful walk in closets will have a few mutual components: order, separation and color. If you stick to these three elements, you will have a strong start with your design.
Colors are important because they influence us psychologically. Is your closet a haven of relaxation or a trendy and fashionable spot? Pick the right color based on what you want your closet to ‘say’. If you’re all about glamour, an easy way to make the closet glamorous while adding a strong touch of color is by using wallpaper instead of paint. Wallpaper stores like http://www.wallcover.com will have a huge line of fashionable options to fit your design. They even have Versace-made designs available.. what could be a better fit?
Remember to maximize storage. Walk in closets are usually small and clothes and shoes pile up. Avoid this by ensuring that you’re maximizing use of the area and never keep any clutter in your closet. You will need an area for accessories to be stored neatly and safely, an area for shoes, for your pants, tops, seasonal clothing and other items. Everything must have a ‘home’ of it’s own where it’s easily and properly stored after use.
A great strategy is to look for inspiration online by searching for walk in closet designs. You will find a huge variety of ideas from both higher and lower end closets. Many sites offer DIY solutions, while others work with budget friendly products from affordable stores and yet manage to make their closets look so chic! HGTV (an interior design channel) has an entire section on walk-in closets that offers ideas for every budget and closet size.
Finally consider the smaller details. A full length mirror is a must – after all, how else will you be able to see how great you look in your attire? You also want a quality mirror, not one that gives you an unflattering reflection. Make sure you have proper lighting in your closet. If you don’t, glam up the space with a lighter bulb and consider a small chandelier to decorate the room.
Most importantly, enjoy your walk in closet and shape it to your needs and desires!
Hair loss in men and women can be a very traumatic event. The loss of hair can often cause an individual to lose their self confidence and to become fearful of going out in public. While there are many hair loss treatment techniques (1) that can transform the look of the scalp, many people are simply unaware of all the opportunities that there are to help combat the issue. Whether you are experiencing hair loss because of an illness, or if the problem is common in your family, there are several procedures you can have done that will help to restore your head of hair. Here are just a few different treatments and exactly how the procedure is performed.
One of the most successful hair loss treatment programs is laser light therapy.(2) This procedure not only stops the loss of hair, it has been clinically shown to actually regrow the hair. The reason this treatment is so effective is because the laser helps to stimulate the blood flow in the scalp and allows the tissue to absorb the energy from the light. The patient will experience a stop in hair loss, and a fuller and thicker head of hair after several treatments.
A hair transplant treatment procedure requires a small surgical procedure that requires local anesthetic. Hair is taken from the back and side of the scalp and those follicles are implanted into the area on the scalp where the problem exists. Once the surgery is completed, you will need to allow the hair follicles some time to fully develop. Under ideal conditions, the new hair will begin to grow about three to five months after the surgery has been successful.
One of the more noninvasive procedures is applying an all-natural liquid medication to the scalp in an effort to regrow the hair follicles. The solution is generously applied to the scalp and hair, and can either be done in your home or you can visit a clinic to have a professional apply the treatment. For optimal hair growth, it is recommended to combine both the laser light therapy and the natural liquid medications. This will produce a fuller head of hair in less time than simply using the solution on its own.
The carboxytheraphy treatment is a simple injection of CO2 gas that is applied using a small needle directly below the scalp. The gas helps to stimulate the circulation of the blood and causes your red blood cells to release O2 and pick up the CO2. When the scalp is oxygenated, your hair follicles become more nourished and begin to grow more consistently. The procedure can be done in only a couple minutes, which allows you to continue with your daily activities. There is no downtime or recovery time, so the procedure is only known to you and the physicians. With so many hair loss treatments to choose from, you are sure to find one that is perfect for you at a well-established clinic, such as Micron Labs (visit the Micron Labs website to learn more). There is no need to continue living with unwanted hair loss anymore!
Parties aren’t what they used to be. Nowadays they are sophisticated affairs no matter how wealthy the hosts are. These lavish celebrations were one reserved for the rich and famous who could afford the best designer gowns and accessories.
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At most, all the average person could expect was to find a small fancy dress shop somewhere within a twenty mile radius of their homes. Many would simply rely on the needlework skills of their mothers and grandmothers.
The internet has provided shoppers with a marketplace that spans the globe. At the click of a button, we can now browse shops in India, China, New Zealand; anywhere in the world. This has caused the demise of the high street to a great extent, but has provided consumers with more choice than they have ever had before. The fact that computers have dropped in price significantly has also contributed to the online shopping facility. Broadband speeds mean that we are no longer forced to make a cup of tea while waiting for the page to open on the browser, so shopping is fast. So now, if you are looking for a stylish fancy dress costume from Hollywood Fancy Dress or any other online shop, you can buy from the comfort of your chair.
Fancy dress costumes have come a long way too. They are now good quality garment sets that are designed to impress.
Here are some suggested costumes for those who wish to attend a party looking sexy rather than horrific.
- Naughty Nurse
- Lara Croft
- Police Woman
- Air Hostess
- French Maid
- Wild West Cowgirl
Of course, the costume alone isn’t everything. The effect needs to be completed with excellent makeup and accessories.
If you intend to arrange a party yourself, you may like to use some of these top tips that are sure to make it go off with a bang.
1 – Hire a room. Local community centres hire out the rooms at a very reasonable price. Why cram everyone into your own home when there is ample space available?
2 – Use caterers for the food. The last thing you need to worry about on the day is cutting sandwiches and laying out food. You are going to need all of your time to prepare yourself. It is the host’s job to look awesome.
3 – Hire a bar. Most community centers have a bar facility that can be hired. Employ a professional barman and serve drinks properly rather than providing a table with cans of beer on it.
4 – Use a theme. You are arranging the party, what would you like it to be? It could be a vicars and tarts party or maybe Pirates of the Caribbean. It is your choice, what do you think will enable people to look good in their costumes?
5 – Hire a professional DJ for the evening. They know the correct music to get people up and having fun at each stage of the party. Often they play party games with the guests too, so a great time is had by all.
Well, if you have completed all of the above suggestions and are dressed in your best costume, the night awaits you. As a last thought don’t forget to book the taxi home in case you are too drunk when the time comes.
Holiday season is looming large, and many of us are planning our summer jaunt in the hope of sun, sea and romance. The great thing about getting away from the humdrum of daily life is that you get to stay in far flung places and be waited on hand and foot. There is a plethora of weird and wonderful hotels at home and across the continent each offering something truly unique and in typical British fashion, some of the holiday homes are downright eccentric. The only disadvantage is that you may not be able to choose which one you want to go to:
Wagons and Gypsy Caravans:
While the thought of camping may not be an entirely pleasant one, based on memories of family holidays from yesteryear, camping in a wagon or gypsy caravan is camping: but not as we know it. These little slices of camping luxury are perfect for those wanting to get back to nature while taking their home comforts with them. Some are even themed, so depending on your holiday preference, your camping trip may akin to a little visit to the Bahamas. Aside from being flung into the great outdoors, wagons and gypsy caravans are so perfectly pretty, that you may not want to come home!
VW Camper Van Hire:
Should you and your travelling companion not be able to decide on a location, and then what better way to see the sites via a VW Camper Van. VW campers have had a serious resurgence in the past few years with the vintage brigade taking the classic camper van into their hearts. Aside from the fact you have everything you need on board; you will look the epitome of vintage, hippy chick when driving this bad boy around. What better way to explore your homeland than in one these?
Across the UK, a glut of themed hotels have sprung up, ranging from beach themed hotels, country themed hotels, as well as the usual pick of boho and vintage inspired hotels from years gone by. With such a wide range of hotels to choose from, you will be spoiled for choice. Just remember to include your hotel bathrobe, and you are on your way to a magical holiday! A particular favourite is a Peruvian themed hotel located in Cumbria, which is home to real-life llamas. What a way to enjoy your holiday!
Yes, that’s right, a windmill. From the quirky to the bizarre, the little windmill in Norfolk is home to one of the most eccentric places to holiday. Perfectly proportioned and offering all that a self-catering holiday has to offer, this is surely the most alternative holiday destination of them all. It is great for couples wanting a romantic retreat for the weekend as it is homes the pre-requisite four poster beds that are perfect for romance. With hidden nooks and crannies, you will spend your entire stay exploring the inside of your holiday retreat. It will definitely be a talking point when you get back home and back to reality!
We have all been guilty of saying at some point that we can’t go out because we literally don’t have a thing to wear.
This is usually something of an exaggeration and often just means that we aren’t sure what to wear for the occasion. However, what if you genuinely don’t have a thing to wear that appears to be suitable? Maybe one of the following ideas could help you out in this case.
Stay at Home
Would staying at home really be so bad? You might be looking forward to going out but the option of staying in is often a tempting one once you look at it in detail. For example, if you were planning to go out with friends to a posh bar maybe you would all feel more comfortable with a night in instead. Another situation in which staying at home can be even better is when you are looking to place a few fun wagers. It has become trendy to go the casino or to a bingo hall but you could always go online instead. After all, it doesn’t matter what you wear when you go to play on a site such as GameVillage Bingo. This can be just as much fun as going out to play and can work out a lot less expensive as well.
Borrow from a Friend
Have you ever borrowed clothes from a friend or loaned them some? Some people get into the habit of doing this regularly while others prefer to steer clear of it. It can make a lot of sense if you have a good friend who wear the same size of clothes as you and has the same sort of taste. By borrowing clothes from each other you can both greatly expand the options you choose from and find suitable garments for just about any occasion. You might feel a bit nervous about first suggesting this idea but you could be surprised to find that your friend loves the idea. Some ladies even find that lead to a stronger bond with their friend and more opportunities to get together and talk about clothes.
Modify or Create a Garment
Would you be happy trusting your skills in modifying or creating a garment to wear out? If you have never tried this before then you might find that you are better at it than you could have ever expected. It is incredibly satisfying to be able to make or modify clothes and it also means that you will never again be again be short of something to wear. If you have never done this sort of thing before then you can either look online for tips or else look for a local course you can attend to pick up the skills needed. Who knows, you might even end up being the person that other people turn to when they don’t have anything to wear for a special occasion. Over time you could consider turning this into a business venture as well if you like.
Today’s society, it seems, sets out a million little traps when it comes to women and expectations of beauty. If it’s not one thing, it’s another! We want beautiful skin, luscious hair in all the right places and none at all in others. We want to get rid of our scars, tighten our skin, erase our acne and do everything else under the sun in order to look like the most perfect versions of ourselves that we can be. While we’re caught up in these obsessions, though, it’s important to examine the reasons why we might want to look this way. Is it to make ourselves happy? Or is it to fit in with what we see on TV, in the movies and in advertisements?
Everyone has one or two things they don’t like about themselves; acne scars, visible wrinkles, and a unibrow that won’t go away no matter how hard we try to pluck it. These are things that may be blocking your self-confidence and harming your ability to flourish as a person and to grow to your full potential. These are the things that beauty treatments offered at places like anti-aging clinics can actually help you with by working to treat and eventually eliminate the small things that are holding you back.
For some, excessive hair is a problem that simply won’t quit – which is why laser hair removal has become one of the most popular beauty treatments the world over. An ideal solution for anyone who hates waxing, plucking or dealing with stubble, these treatments (which involve a particular kind of light being focused on specific hair follicles, destroying them while leaving the surrounding skin intact) allow patients to stop worrying about the way excess hair may be making a change to their physical appearance, and stop hiding behind makeup and strategically placed clothing
>Laser hair removal doesn’t even hurt as much as a treatment like waxing does. Some people report that the treatment feels like a rubber band snapping lightly against the skin, but others say it is closer to a pleasant, warm, tingling feeling. Your treatment times will vary, but no matter what, it’s important to understand that this treatment isn’t just effective – it’s non-invasive and painless. Plus, it makes financial sense – the money you can save through a treatment like this is actually extremely substantial when you consider the cost of a few separate laser treatments alongside the money you’d be throwing away on a lifetime of shaving, waxing, threading and whatever else.
Hair removal can be used to treat unwanted hair growth on a person’s underarms, back, upper lip, bikini line, legs, arms, chest, and shoulders. In order to determine exactly what kind of laser treatment is right for you, making an appointment with a well-reviewed and experienced skincare or anti-aging clinic, such as the Hairfree Laser Skin Clinic is your best bet (you can find them at Hairfreeclinics.com). A specialist will consult with you about your goals, explain the options available to you, and you can set a schedule for treatment that will see you back to your old, self-confident ways in no time at all.
Most women will wear high heels at some point in their lives; some women wear them every day! However, can wearing our favourite shoes be causing more damage than we think? High heels have been reported to cause back pain, joint pain and even sprains, but what about arthritis? We look at whether wearing those gorgeous Louboutins is doing real damage to our bodies.
What is Osteoarthritis?
A type of arthritis, osteoarthritis commonly affects the joints in your knee. According to various Arthritis groups and charities, this is caused by the surfaces within your joints becoming damaged, which then restricts the movement in your knee. The cartilage will then become thin and rough, whilst the bone underneath thickens up. Tissues in the knee will become overactive, as the body tries to repair the damage. This condition can be extremely painful, especially as it progresses, making it almost impossible to move your knee. There are many signs and symptoms that you have osteoarthritis in the knee, including:
- Pain and discomfort
- Stiffness in the joint
- Swelling of the knee
- Crepitus, which is when the joint creaks or crunches when moved
- Not being able to move the joint as far as normal, or lack of movement in the knee
Depending on the severity of the osteoarthritis it can cause great amounts of discomfort and distress. If you notice any unusual symptoms then it is important to see your doctor immediately, as they can run various tests to check for osteoarthritis. Luckily, there are a wide range of osteoarthritis treatment options, which can help ease the symptoms and help sufferers regain proper use of the joint.
What are the causes of osteoarthritis?
There are a wide range of factors which can lead to a patient getting osteoarthritis; normally a combination of several different of the following:
- Genes – There are some forms of osteoarthritis that are passed down through families. If you have a family member with this condition then you are more likely to be diagnosed yourself.
- Age and Gender – Women over the age of 45 are far more likely to get osteoarthritis, however, this isn’t an exclusive condition.
- Obesity – Being overweight can put pressure on your joints, which can cause this condition to develop.
- Injury or abnormalities – An injury of the joint can increase the chances of getting osteoarthritis. Also, any joint abnormalities that you may have been born with can develop into arthritis.
Can walking in high heels give you osteoarthritis?
It doesn’t seem as though walking in high heels can give you osteoarthritis, looking at the causes. However, some medical experts beg to differ! Various studies have been conducted over the last 5-10 years, looking at the impact on women who wear heels. Taking the other factors into account, there is a chance that osteoarthritis can develop from wearing high shoes; especially for women over their late 40s and those who are overweight. The evidence is so far inconclusive, but this is something that experts will be looking into until a more definitive answer is provided. If you’re worried about the impact wearing heels could be having then talk to your GP or medical professional. They will be able to run tests, such as an x-ray, to see whether wearing your favourite shoes every day is causing problems.
We should all be able to enjoy wearing the shoes we want, but we should also be aware of the possible implications. If you do wear high heels on a regular basis then make sure you give yourself some time off, at least once a week, in order to reduce the risk of osteoarthritis.