Thursday, September 30, 2010

Eye Glass Frames That Compliment Your Face

If choosing the right frames to suit your facial shape is proving to be a frustrating science and you simply have no clue about what to choose ... not to worry.

This dilemma strikes individuals nearly every time a purchase needs to be made so, consider yourself in great company. Many women find themselves standing before a store counter mirror trying on one pair after another until they just give up.

Sadly, a large number will mindlessly stockpile pairs the same way they do lipstick tubes and makeup compacts. Think of the money you can save if you only knew how to analyze your facial shape and match it up with the right style to enhance your overall look.

First, lets determine how to do that. Stand before a mirror and pull your hair back off your forehead and away from your face. Use the diagram below to determine which facial shape comes close to resembling your own.

ROUND - No round frames for you. You need to minimize the fullness with angular frames such as rectangle/octagon which will create an illusion that thins your face. Use classic patterns and darker colors. However, make sure most of the color is on the upper rim or temple area.

SQUARE - Oval and round shapes will soften your hard angles. No square and angular shapes, however. Glasses that frame out beyond your face and wrap around to your ears will look best on you if, you have a very strong square jawline.

- Stay away from super-sized lenses, high sides, wide tops and large heavy rims. You are a great candidate for a classic pair of aviators.

- The sky is the limit! If you're petite, stick to rimless, delicate frames. Otherwise, you can sport just about anything from bold styles to impressive shapes.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Jean Petite ~ The Denim For You

Jeans are a wardrobe staple every woman wants and must have.  We love the luxury of being able to go casual or dressing it up with a flirty top or jacket, jewelry and smashing heels.  There is just something about the look and feel of denim and how it compliments our figure when the fit is purrrfect.

Those of us who stand a mere 5'2" and under face more challenges than most ranging from no waist ... long legs, thick waist ... short legs ... big bootie ... flat bootie ... wide hips ... thin legs and simply being too dang short.

Not to worry though.  Designers have finally come to realize a whole other market is out there needing to be serviced and won over.  Just because they're designing them, doesn't mean that the style is right for you.  Jeans can be expensive and because of the issues we have to contend with, choosing the correct style begins with knowing what is right for your particular body shape.  Listed below are some great tips which should help you accomplish just that.

Petites who are extremely slender in the hips and legs and even have particularly long legs for their short height will do well in the skinny jean fit.
Got a curvy figure?  A boot cut will definitely help balance out an hourglass figure for sure.  Keep in mind, however, that you want to stay with a slight boot cut and not a full bell bottom variation as too wide will detract  from the long, lean line that short women need to establish in order to look taller.


Perhaps you weren't blessed with those ultra skinny "genes" and have a petite or fuller frame.  You can opt for straight leg because they are flattering for short women and form a vertical line that makes petites look longer and leaner. You'll do well to find jeans that sit higher on the waist though.

This tapered jean can help achieve a curvier look for hips that are relatively narrow. If the jeans also have some embroidery or other embellishment on the back pockets, this styling touch helps too.
 Other Key Points

1.  Selecting jeans with a dark wash, rather than a lighter or stonewashed blue denim will create a longer silhouette and make your thighs and buttocks appear slimmer.

2.  The strip of fabric located between the waistband and back pockets of your jeans is called a yoke.  You want to find jeans with a "V" shape in the back as it will give a lifted and curved illusion at the top. 

Knowing the secrets of the trade will definitely make you feel awesome in a style that compliments your figure.  Happy shopping!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Diet & The Yo Yo

For years, the yo-yo has proven itself a bothersome companion we as women can not shake despite all of our efforts. It is relentless as it teasingly takes pounds away one month and adds the little buggers back on the next.

The yo-yo haunts us all. Even though we may diligently count calories, follow portion control, cut back on carbs and eat boring rabbit food, the pounds still tend to attract to us like a magnet which, an attraction we all can do without. It's even harder when one is petite, in the midst of menopause or over 50.

We all receive those advertisements that promise loosing up to 11 pounds in 14 days eating such treats as cream-filled chocolate cake puffs or bacon & cheddar baked potato skins. Tempting? Oh yah! And then, there are those commercials claiming to remove unsightly deposits from the butt, hips and thigh area with a painless and seemingly inexpensive laser treatment. I won’t be taking them up on that offer any time soon, thank you very much.

Like the Energizer Bunny, companies continually target women who lack the will power and self-esteem to fight those demons alone. Women are targeted because sales figures taint us as vain, gullible or weak. Women falter for soulful reasons because they are beaten down caring for aged parents or a sick loved one, recuperating from a broken heart or contending with domestic violence, dealing with daily stress on the job or being over worked and under paid, PMS speaks for itself and pulled like taffy in all directions tending to a household, husband and children. That is the truth plain and simple. We appease ourselves by consuming what’s not good because of the satisfying quick fix it offers.

How do we stop the torture and truly become healthy? Let’s be honest. Yes, counting calories, portion control and cutting back carbs will help but, it is a simple eight letter word that will get us there even faster and that is called e x e r c i s e. It does not matter if you jump rope for 20 minutes; go on a power walk in the morning before your day begins or in the evening after dinner. It does not matter if you peddle a bicycle around the neighborhood a minimum of three times a week or go for a swim at your local “Y”. Over time with patience and persistence you will extricate that yo-yo from your lives forever. Making a commitment to free up just 20 minutes three times a week will go a long way. You will not only burn off calories and tone your body in the process but, immediately detox the stress from your life which can cause even greater harm in the long run. So ladies, no excuse … start today and stop the torture by taking back the control in your lives.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Miniature Perfumes

There is nothing more sensuous than the scent that perfume radiates when it blends with every woman's personal chemistry.  The beautiful mixture of essential oils and solvents creates aromas that are truly captivating and a proven luxury that every woman adds to her list of toiletry needs.

The Art of Perfumery began  in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt and later refined by the Romans and Persians.  Did you know that the world's first recorded perfume chemist was a woman?  Her name wasTapputi and she was mentioned on what they call a cuneiform tablet from as far back as the second millennium BC in Mesopotamia, where it recorded her distillery process of mixing certain flowers with oil and other aromatics.  Pretty amazing don't you think?

     The scents we choose are as unique as the footprints we leave in the sand and the personality we exude in the presence of others.  Scents range from Floral which is made up of one particular flower or Floral Bouquet combining a mixture of a few.  Perhaps, you favor an Ambered/Oriental blend which is a sweet mix of vanilla, flowers and woods.  Some of us may prefer a natural Woody scent of agar, sandal or cedarwood blends.   There is the aroma of Leather which mixes honey, tobacco and wood or, the Citrus/Fruity varieties that offer a crisp, fresh zeal from peach, passion fruit, mango and others. 

Miniatures, or perfume minis many moons back were used as free samples much like sample vials are today.  However, like every thing else in modern day society, miniatures entered the world of collectibles and became very profitable.  Most miniature sizes today are available for purchase and generally priced between $10 - $20.

Their bottles make for beautifully exquisite displays on any dressing table or counter top.  If you might like to start a collection of your own, most collectors buy from very reputable sources where you can also purchase the matching box, which increases the value considerably.

Minis hold the same fragrance as the larger bottles that sell for much more, and the bottles are usually neat little replicas of the real bottles (granted, they are made inexpensively, using plastic caps instead of glass, for example).  If you don't generally use up a big bottle in a relatively reasonable time ... remember the scent will evaporate, miniatures may be the way to go for you. 

To check out the prices, famous brands and more beautiful bottles, click on the link below for Parfum Flacons.  They have been in the field of perfume miniatures since 1986.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Hairstyles To Compliment Your Face

Friday, September 3, 2010

The Perfect Dress Style For Your Shape

We all know how absolutely fab-u-lous the little black dress is. Not only has it outlived numerous trends through the decades but, it  works splendidly for any body shape and budget.

You may be someone who has had a bad experience purchasing dresses, bringing them home and realizing they do not flatter your shape at all.  It's happened to us all.

Not to worry ladies … here are some great examples to help you with your own personal dilemma. Black is complimentary, hides the flaws and absolutely stunning and chic when combined with the right accessories and heels.

Busty Figures - V-Neck, Halter & Scoop Neck shown below are what you need as well as a button down option not shown. You want to stay away from ruffles, puckering & shirring detail that runs across t he bust line and high empire waists.

Full Curvy Figures - Need to minimize but, don't hide. Again V-Neck, Scoop & Square Necklines will compliment your chest area. Belted dresses to accentuate your waistline and Wrap Dresses will adjust to your curves.

Pear Shapes - Small bust line with voluptuous hips bottom and thighs. Empire, scoop, square neck and diagonal cuts will compliment a small bust line. Stay away from a fitted bottom. Shirting should flair and the material should not be clingy.

Petite frame with Curvy Bottom - Need to elongate your body because you are short to begin with. Princess shape, belted, wrapped styles will compliment your curves. Again stay away from flimsy and thin fabrics that will cling to your curves.

Article compliments of The Girlz Korner.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Don't Let The Heel Hurt You

HEELS ... can't live with them ... can't live without them ... gotta have them in our wardrobe!

Now, reality check. They hurt, and they hurt really, really bad when we've been strutting around in them for any length of time. The question is, do you sacrifice style for comfort? Heck no! We love them because they make our legs look longer and our body slimmer. We love them because we know men think they're hot. We love them because they add "chic" to our outfits. There is just no denying that a good looking pump or, stiletto just makes our calves look fantastic and our legs as sexy as Beyonce's.

We can thank all those wonderful shoe designers out there for causing all this misery, and while the American Podiatric Medical Association tells us the easy way out is simply tossing them out with the trash ... shame on them ... let's give you some helpful hints on how you can make them work for you, and not against.

~ Granted a shorter heel (up to 2 inches) is right for comfort and health. Just keep in mind anything higher is going to place undue pressure on the ball of your foot and frontal bones. If you have to go with the height, try kicking them off when you can and keep a pair of flats/slippers under your desk for relief.

~ Believe it or, not, many women will sacrifice a smaller size because they fell in love with a certain style and the store doesn't have a pair left in their real size. Also, it's important to have your foot measured ever so often. Feet can grow as we get older and also longer and wider after pregnancy. You have to make sure there is at minimum a thumbs width between your longest toe and the shoe tip for proper room.

~ Pointed & Narrow Squared toes may be the fashion but, rounded toe shoes allow your toes to lie flat and spread out naturally. If you can't, then at least try and alternate once and a while. Pointed & narrow squared toes can cause joint pain, bunions and wrench your toes inward.

~ Many fashion shoes only come in a standard width. If you have wide feet, obviously this will cause a problem. If you love the style so much and must have them, a shoemaker can usually stretch them to widen the toe box to enhance comfort-ability.

~ Think about cushioning. We're on our feet more than ever and many shoes come with less than adequate padding. We've all felt that unbearable burning on the balls of our feet. You know and I know it will happen because heels shift our weight fully right to that area. Follow this link for the answer to that problem ... you're going to love it !!