Monday, October 18, 2021

How to Vamp Up Your Fall Outfit

 


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Just because it’s fall, doesn’t mean that your outfits have to be dark and  dreary, like the weather. So instead of wearing the same old boring outfits, why not vamp them up a bit and make them more exciting. Here are some ideas to get you feeling inspired this fall. 


Include a Trendy Hat 


As well as keeping your head nice and toasty, a trendy hat can complete your outfit nicely. You could opt for a style that suits you which will never go out of fashion so that you can reuse it each fall. It will be good to choose a style of hat that also is a bit vibrant so that it brightens up your overall look

Add A Pop of Color 


Autumnal colors tend to be different warm tones of brown, grey and black. But after a while this gets boring so it’s nice to add a pop of color to your outfit to make it more interesting. Various shades of bright colors like yellow, pink, red and green can make you feel happier and remind you of the summer which could also help beat those winter blues. 



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Accessorize With Jewelry 


Whether it is gold, silver or Irish jewelry, necklaces, rings or bracelets can instantly add some glamor and sparkle to your outfit. It could be part of your casual day time look or to spice up your glam, evening look. Adding some jewelry to your outfit will provide a nice statement piece to an otherwise plain fall look. So why not try it next time you plan to go out. 



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Wrap Yourself In a Cozy Coat 


Each fall there is a new trend for coats and jackets, so you could treat yourself to a new one each year to freshen up your wardrobe and make your outfit choices more exciting. It will keep you warm which is important but will also keep your look on trend. 



Keep Your Feet Warm With Boots 


Thigh high boots add a great touch to your fall outfit. They can be worn over denim, or paired with a skirt or dress. They instantly smarten up your look, keep your legs lovely and warm whilst also providing a stylish fall look.  So don’t forget those boots in your next outfit planning session. 

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Buy a Bag 


You can’t head out without including a bag of some kind to your outfit. A small portable bag is great if you just need a few essentials whereas a bigger shoulder bag adds a touch of style to your fall look whilst also being practical. 




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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

How To Get A More Toned Look Easily

A lot of people are keen on getting a truly toned look, and if you are someone who is on the lookout for this kind of appearance then there are many things you might want to consider to make sure that you can do it right. The truth is that looking toned can take a lot of work and you might need to exercise a good deal of patience, but ultimately it is going to be worth all of the effort for how it will make you look and feel within yourself. Let’s take a look at some of the easier ways to get a more toned look.


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Get A Tan


One of the things that can help to trick the eye is if you have a tan. You will probably have already noticed that you look a little more toned when you have a tan, and this is largely down to the way in which having a tan creates lots of subtle shadows which then allow your muscle definition to stand out a little more. You should aim to be careful in the sun of course, and your personal safety is the most important thing, but getting a tan is going to help with the toned look, if that is what you want.



Try EMS


If you have not already looked into EMS, then you might be missing out on one of the easiest ways to get your body to look more toned. This comes down to a process known as LED red light therapy, where you use infrared on a belt to tone your muscles. It’s amazing how well this works, and it means that you can get the toned look that you are looking for without having to do a lot of the hard work. It’s something you might want to look into, at any rate.



Resistance Training


Of course, you will make the process a lot easier and quicker if you are also doing the right kinds of exercises, and one of the most important kinds of all is something known as resistance training. You probably know what this is already, but for the uninitiated: it’s essentially muscle training where you are working against the resistance of a force, such as gravity. This is very effective at building muscle and that is essential if you want to have the toned look, so make sure that you fit some resistance training into your schedule where possible.


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Diet


Of course, diet is also incredibly important here, and some would say it is even the single most important thing that you need to focus on if you want to have a toned body. You need to be eating plenty of protein, and all natural - fruits and vegetables, nothing processed. Doing that is going to make a huge change to how toned you look, even if you make no other alterations in your life, so this is definitely something to think about. All in all, it will help to boost anything else.



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Thursday, October 7, 2021

Femme Luxe Clothing Haul

I have another Femme Luxe fashion haul* for today's post, with three different items and two items in different sizes.
This time around what I decided to get is a few items that are more suited for a club night and dressing up.

Femme Luxe also has some great cold weather items, so keep that in mind if you're not in the market for club wear like these things in this post.  We has a little something different than basic black dresses today.

First off, we have this red, one shoulder jumpsuit with the matching fabric belt. 
I went with a size 6 UK and the fit is perfect other than that the legs are too long on me, but of course I'm used to that because I am 5' 2" tall. 
I will probably end up hemming the the legs a little bit shorter and then everything will be perfect. The fabric is a thicker type of polyester, I believe, and it feels structured and it holds me in well, and conceals things like cellulite, et cetera. 
I like that you can switch up the belts with this jumpsuit as well, so I could go for silver gold for example and totally change the look.  
They red is a nice shade, something that could work for all year round and it's one that I think is great for fall, especially. 
I was really happy that this jumpsuit fit me great in the shoulders and bust area, and didn't hang down on the sleeveless side. which is sometimes the case with one shouldered items like this.  It also fit me perfectly in the torso, which is great because I'm on the more petite side and sometimes that's an issue.
 I'm 5' 2 so if you're a lot taller than me though you may find this too short through the torso so keep that in mind and pay close attention to the measurements on the website.






Next up, we have this bright green dress that is super sexy and slinky and comfortable.  I love the ruching and the color is a lot of fun.  What looks like metal details at the top of the straps is plastic, so that makes it actually more more comfortable and the top ties behind the neck so you can adjust it for your comfort, as well. 
I went with the size 6 UK and the fit is great, in fact I put this on last night and danced the night away to salsa music and had a great time.  I love the fact that you can also cinch up the slit to be shorter if you like, which is what I did last night. 
The fabric is a little on the thinner side, so keep that in mind, you are probably going to need nude underwear and maybe breast petals if you're wearing this out and about. 
 I don't know about you, but I prefer dance as my favorite form of exercise and when I dance I like to wear something that's actually pretty like this dress, it totally gets me in the mood and I feel like I'm in a hot salsa club even if I'm just at home in my living room.  I love the green color, but if this is a little bold, Femme Luxe also has classics like white dresses, and many other colors options.




I'm wearing this jacket in a size 6 and also in an 8 UK. It is oversized, so I would go with the size 6 if you have the same measurements as me, which I'm around a 102 pounds, 34 bust, 26" in the waste and 35" in the hips. 
As I said, the jacket is thin and unlined and has these two large patch pockets on the front, which are great for storing things if needed.  The jackets have tortoise shell buttons on the front and of course the shade pink is the most fun part of these jackets because it is so bold and fun.  
I think I prefer this jacket with the sleeves kind of scrunched at the elbows.  The sleeves are a little bit long on me, so I could hem the shorter if I wanted to, but I'd probably just end up wearing this with the sleeves pushed up because that keeps it really simple and I can change my mind on how I want to style it.  
I think perhaps this jacket would look cool belted, as well, perhaps a perhaps a nice silver belt to really set off against the bold pink.  The jacket would also look great with something more on the casual side, like denim shorts





*Items were gifted.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

3 Things To Get Before You Travel Again

The world is opening up again little by little. If you have a bit of wanderlust and are more than ready to explore the wondrous sights around you, take some time to prepare so that you are ready for your next adventure.


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Compression Socks

With so much of your life moving from active to sedentary in the past months, it is essential to your health to consider your body when preparing for travel. Sitting on an airplane or in a vehicle in a tighter-than-usual space can lead to problems. Luckily, there are some ways to mitigate the effects of being stationary for long periods.


One item that many travelers turn to is compression socks. If you have not used them before, get the facts about wearing compression socks to know what to expect. These unique socks are specifically made to put pressure on your legs to help improve blood flow and decrease swelling. (Always consult with your healthcare provider if you need further guidance.)


Go ahead and purchase some compression socks in colors to complement your travel ware. Gone are the days where they need to be dull and boring. Find a fun pair or two to suit your personal style.


A Wrap

Toting along an item such as a pashmina or wide scarf might seem like too much to bring, especially if you are traveling to warmer climates. However, consider this: a wrap of any sort will serve double or triple duty for your needs. You can wear it in a variety of fun and playful ways to show off a favorite dress for an elegant dinner. A pashmina will keep you comfortably warm on the airplane or during cooler evenings out. You can even fold it up for an impromptu pillow when you need to rest.


Here is a fun video tutorial on how to wear a pashmina.


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Passport

If you are like many others itching to get back out there, you may not have used your passport in almost two years. Before planning any out-of-the-country expeditions, take out your most recent passport and give it a once-over. Check the expiration date first. If the expiration date will fall anywhere near your travel dates, apply for a new one as soon as possible. As you know, travel delays occur without notice due to forces of nature or mechanical difficulties. If your passport expires before you are scheduled to arrive home, you may find yourself in an unnecessarily frustrating situation.


Be sure to read and understand the differing timelines for receiving your new passport depending on what you are applying for. Next, look at the condition and number of remaining pages in the passport itself. If necessary, make a new application based on your needs.


Finally, consider how you will be storing or transporting your passport during your travels. Investing in a security belt, hidden passport holder, or keeping it locked in the hotel safe are sound options.


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Get excited and get back out into the world around you. With a little preparation, you can have your best adventure yet.



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Friday, September 24, 2021

Tips To Overcome An Addiction

 An addiction isn’t just related to drugs or alcohol. It can be anything that you’ve got a lack of control over. For example, you could be addicted to spending money on shopping, an addiction to sex or to gambling. There are lots of different addictions out there but they’re all common in their difficulty to overcome or simply to prevent it causing you a lot of heartache and stress.


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With that being said, here are some helpful tips to overcome an addiction.



Recognize That You Have An Addiction

The first stage of any addiction is recognizing that you have one in the first place. It’s important to acknowledge that it exists because only then will you be able to seek out the help and guidance that you need.


No one likes to admit that they have an addiction because it has so many negative experiences and connotations. However, not all addictions lead to such an extreme spiral. Some addictions might be a little tamer in nature. So with that said, recognize if you have an addiction and if it’s someone you know that has one, try to find the right time to express your concerns.



Seek Help

Seeking help is the next thing you want to do because it’s not always possible to do it alone and without that resource of someone or something helping you along the way. With that in mind, it’s good to look for any organizations or resources that can help in fighting the addiction. For some, it might be that you speak to someone you trust first before approaching professional services and help.


For some addictions, there are places you can go to, like a detox center for example. These are a great way to step away and get the help you need in a safe environment.



Avoid Any Obvious Triggers

Triggers are something that as an addiction, you want to prevent where possible. There are certain scenarios in which you can avoid a trigger and if that’s the case, then it’s important to help yourself and to seek out those problem points that are encouraging the addiction, rather than making it better.


Try to find ways of coping with the triggers whenever they come about. It’s important to address them and remove them where possible or remove yourself from the situation.



Be Kind To Yourself

It’s important to be kind to yourself. A big challenge when it comes to overcoming an addiction is the pressure you can put on yourself. Sometimes, you’re going to fall back into the addiction and that’s natural to do. It’s important that overcoming an addiction is one that will take time and it’s nothing something that’s easy either. 


So with that in mind, try to be more aware of how well you’re progressing and celebrating those wins. However, make sure that you’re not bullying yourself simply because you’ve fallen back into a habit or slipped up once or twice.


These tips will certainly help to overcome an addiction and get the assistance you need.



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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Femme Luxe Fashion

It's been a while since posting, but for tonight's post I am back with another Femme Luxe fashion haul*. I hope everyone has been having a great week so far, I just celebrated my birthday on September 20th, and I've been taking a time off from posting on my blog it seems, but not intentionally.  

It's now officially fall and here and Virginia it's been rather rainy today. I am looking forward to wearing my fall and winter clothing for a change, but I will definitely miss the summer, as well.
For this haul, I have a few items that are going to be good for the fall season, especially.  
Now is a great time to update your wardrobe, and Femme Luxe has so many different styles and items to choose from, I have just three of those for today's post, including a black dress.  Just because it is after Labor Day, I still like wearing white dresses, as well!  

Let's start off with this two piece top and skirt set. This set is in a size UK 6 and the fit is really great. The fabric is thicker, but has some stretch and feels more like a nice thick T-shirt fabric, almost. 
I love the neutral color, especially because it's going to be great to wear with so many other colors and accessories and definitely makes me think of the autumn season, as well. 

This would be so cute with a pair of over the knee boots perhaps, and perhaps a pair of thick tights. Throw on a beautiful cardigan or jacket and a nice hat and this is definitely something that can transition right into fall.  
The skirt is a mini skirt and the top is cropped.  You can wear the skirt lower on the hips if you want or higher like I did in these photos.  I could see wearing the skirt separate from the included crop top with a nice chunky sweater for the fall and winter season,  I think it would be a very cute look.
The top would look cute with denim shorts in the summer, too!





Next up, we have another great basic item, and it is this long and super figure flattering black dress, also in a UK size 6. 
This dress has a high mock neck and a zipper that goes down the front. 
The fabric is very nice and stretchy, and I really love black dresses, because they are such a blank slate for adding all types of colors and accessories.  This is one I could definitely see getting tons of use out of in the fall and winter season. 
This is the kind of dress that makes you, the wearer look great.  
The dress falls to just above the ankles on me on me, which is a length I do not have a lot of dresses in but I think it's especially great for cooler weather because it is going keep me nice and warm, and I would not even need to wear tights underneath if I didn't want to. 

This is the kind of dress I think we look stunning with a beautiful belt in gold or silver.  The thing about this is you can definitely go with either metal you would like, there are just so many ways to wear a basic black dress. 
I know I've written about it many times before and especially with Femme Luxe clothing hauls, but this is the kind of dress that I could see taking on a winter vacation because you can wear it to almost anywhere and dress it up or down.






Last, but not least we have this pair of black-and-white hounds tooth print pants, and they are in a size UK 8. 
These pants have pockets and a matching tie waist belt, although it would be really easy to switch it out for a black belt if you want to change up the look. 
I am such a fan of hounds tooth, and the great thing about it is it is kind of a neutral in my opinion so you could wear this with so many other colors like red, royal blue, etc., and it would look great.

For this look I decided to keep it super simple and just add a simple black cropped top. 
These pants would look really cute with a chunky sweater for the fall and winter season, though.
These pants have an elastic waistband and the fabric is slightly stretchy, so it makes them comfortable and easy to wear. These do come lower on the waist, so wearing them with a longer top is probably going to be what I do most of the time.




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The Easiest Way To Make Your Heels Comfortable

 Heels are hard on your feet, but they're popular for a reason. Do you love wearing heels but hate the pain? You are not alone. Most women struggle with finding comfortable shoes, especially for formal events. The good news is that there are many things you can do to make your high heel experience better,

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Get Proactive and Seek Physical Therapy for Your Back and Feet

This is especially important if your back or foot problems cause your discomfort. Being proactive is the best way to make your heels comfortable. Seek out physical therapy, particularly Chiropractic Care, for both your back and feet if you have trouble standing or walking in heels.

Doing this saves you from dealing with major problems that can arise from not getting the help you need. 

You will also be able to wear your heels more comfortably if you see a physical therapist and get corrective exercises.

Starting early and doing this before it becomes an issue makes it easier to avoid long-term damage, which could make wearing heels even harder in the future. 

Use Silicone Inserters

They refer to these as heel cushions, but they are silicone inserters. Silicone inserts have been around for a long time, and women who wear high heels use them to prevent pain.

Find some at the drug store or on Amazon and buy them in bulk online if possible because this will save money over buying every few months. Put them into your shoes before wearing them, then go about your day usually.

Silicon inserters are inserts that make your shoes feel like you're wearing flip-flops. The main advantage of getting silicone inserters is that they are cheap.

The second advantage is that you can wear these with all kinds of shoes. It's also easy to find silicone inserters on Amazon or at the drugstore. 

These babies will save your feet from unnecessary pain, blisters, corns, and calluses, as well as other foot ailments.

Silicon inserts are fantastic for making heels more comfortable.

Gradually Increase Your Heel Length

If you haven't worn heels before or have just started wearing them, it can be challenging to break in high-heeled shoes. Your foot is not used to the new position and often needs time getting adjusted to this change in height. This means that gradually increasing your use will help make your feet more comfortable over time. 

It also reduces the risk of injury associated with sudden changes. The end goal should be slowly adding an extra inch every month until you reach your desired height.

Besides, gradually increasing your heel length is a great way to unlock your best look because heels elevate all styles.

Use Heel Grips

The trick to making your heels comfortable- use heel grips. While not the most attractive accessory on a shoe, grips serve an essential purpose in making heels more wearable. Heel grips are typically rubber or silicone tabs that fit over the back of the stiletto and help keep it from slipping off. You can find them at any drugstore for about $15-20 bucks.

Conclusion

In conclusion, there are a variety of ways to make your heels more comfortable. The easiest way is by getting proactive and seeking physical therapy for your back and feet. Still, if that's not an option, you can try using silicone inserters or gradually increasing the heel length until it feels better on your foot. If none of these options work, use heel grips to keep yourself from slipping out while wearing heels.



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