Maximize your potential: When Do you need to buy a new bra?

Your posture and what you wear under your clothes together make a big difference in how you look.  Undergarments have a huge role in your appearance.

Good posture conveys the message that you are confident.  It’s easy, practice it – a few years ago, after my back surgery my posture was terrible because of walking in weird ways for months to avoid the pain, so my coach made me walk around the gym a few times each time before the workout! I was embarrassed but I was determined to get my body & my posture back.

Stand tall, throw your shoulders back, but not too much, chin parallel to the floor and in line with your sternum, tuck the tummy in, take a deep breath, and don’t forget to smile. This will instantly make you look years younger.

Now, the bra test: This is for everyone, regardless of being small or large-busted.  Stand in front of a mirror, tie a string around your waist then hold a stick on the base of your neck (the two little bones) – the space between these two is all the space you have for your chest, now look in the mirror, the fullest part of your bosom should be in the middle, no lower than half way. If it’s closer to your waist you guessed it, it’s time for a new bra! But, try to adjust your bra straps first, this might be the issue, but if that doesn’t solve the problem then you need to purchase a new bra.

There is another test that I will share with you in my next blog.  Have a fabulous week everyone! ;)

Ciao

 

 

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DIY Jogger Pants & Mc Call’s top

When the track pants started showing up I wasn’t a big fan of those, until I made my first one & I just loved how comfortable they were. So, recently I saw this BurdaStyle pattern in the May 2015 issue:

& I happened to have a fabric from Joann in my stash that that resembled it, so, I just had to make another one. I also made the top using McCall’s M6751. Both pieces were very easy & quick projects.

I love this combination, it’s very comfy and I put it in my weekly rotation for work with a cardigan over it. Do you like track / jogger pants trend?

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DIY Fleece Cape – perfect for Spring

Fleece fabric comes in so many beautiful prints & I always wanted to make something out of this fabric. When I saw this print at Joann Fabrics I thought it’s perfect for a cape.  Easy, quick project – self drafted pattern & very practical. I’ve used it so much in the last couple of months & the best thing is that it only cost about $7 all together.

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SPRING’S SWING OF THINGS

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Tropical Prints

We don’t need to be in the Caribbean to be able to enjoy fun and flirty look. Available in a plethora of colors, this is a look that can be worn for more than one occasion, whether for a walk in the park with your boyfriend, or as something to be worn on the beach or pool side, this is sure to be an awesome staple to snag this spring season.

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Gingham Prints

This spring season is showing many looks from the 90’s. One of the growing favorites is the gingham print. Once thought best looking in the kitchen or for a family picnic, this look has since been revamped and is now a fave of celebrities and fashionistas alike who want to have either the classy or edgy look.

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1970’s Retro

And it’s all just a little bit of history repeating. Well at least we can be happy to know that it’s the best that’s being repeated. This fun psychedelic look has once again been revived. From floral prints to a-symmetrical line and fringe dresses, every style lover is sure to have fun with this look.

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The Off/Power Shoulder

Whoever said that less is more knew what they were talking. This demure take on sexy is another runway this fashion season. Whether worn as a dress or as a shirt, you will be sure to go noticed.

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The Black and White Statement Stripe

Forget your fears about looking like a jail-bird. These looks are just too fierce not to trot. This look is perfect for party wear, work wear and formal. Who would dare call the fashion police once they see you wearing this?

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Modern Safari

This take on classy city girl meets the wild is the new rage on the fashion runway this season. This look screams empowerment and independence. And when added with a pop of color, it can show the world that you still have an elegant girly side. On a scale of 1-10, this gets a 20.

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What’s your favorite look?

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Choose the Right Bra: Do you know what size you are?

Many women, perhaps even most, are wearing the wrong size of bra.  Perhaps it was once the correct size, but weight can change, elastic loses elasticity, and gravity does its wok over the years–meaning you should check your bra size periodically and replace ageing undergarments with new ones.

Measure for Correct Fit

Get a tape measure and determine your correct bra size while wearing a bra:

  1. Measure around the rib cage just below the breasts. Round to the nearest whole inch.  Add 4 inches to an even number or 5 inches to an odd number to get your band size.
  2. Measure the fullest part of your bust, keeping the measuring tape parallel to the floor. Round this number to the nearest whole inch.
  3. Subtract your band size from your bust measurement. This difference will be used to determine the proper cup size.

Find the Right Cup Size

If the difference in your two measurements is half an inch or less, your cup size is AA.  A difference up to 1 inch is an A cup.  2 inches equals B, 3 inches equals C, and 4 equals D.  After D, manufacturers may vary, so check the size chart for the brand you are considering if you are a well-endowed lady.

 

Check the Fit

Try on a bra in the size you measured to check the fit.  The band should be firm and snug when hooked at the loosest hooks (this allows you to tighten the band as the elastic stretches with age and washings.)  There should be no riding up in the back (band too loose) or flesh spilling over the sides (band too tight.)  Cups should fit smoothly, without bulges around the edges.  If you need to go down in band size, you might go up a cup size and vice versa.  Then you can also try different styles and see which is the most comfortable for you, I, for instance need a style with underwire and high center gore (the part that sits between the two cups).

Start with your measurements, then try on for a fine-tuned perfect fit.

Thanks for stopping by :)

 

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DIY Cowl Neck Jersey Dress

When I touched this medium weight poly/Rayon jersey fabric at JoAnn Fabrics, it felt so good & I immediately thought of this BurdaStyle dress. It was very easy to sew, the only adjustment was my usual tapering at the hem of the skirt (about an inch on each side, but I wish I had taken in a bit more) and also, I shortened it about 3 inches (I’m 5’ 5″) – Can you believe that this is my first long sleeve dress!! I own a couple of sweater dresses that I never get a chance to wear in our pretty much warm weather in Los Angeles, I only use those when I travel to Europe :)) I’m pretty happy with this except that no matter what I did, I couldn’t get that square neckline look!

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Happy New Year

Wishing you a spectacular, rewarding and productive new year.

Remember:
“You have done what you could—some blunders and absurdities have crept in. Forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Fashion Shopping Calendar – January

I hope you are all enjoying the Holiday Season.  Stores are so busy, I am trying my best to stay away. I just don’t have the patience for it anymore.  And, I am not missing much – since Nov and Dec normally is for resort & holiday wear and I have no plans for a resort vacation, and this year I haven’t been invited to a lot of holiday events (hmmm… I wonder why? :) )  So, on to January.  This is the month when stores want to get rid of their stock to make it easier for the end of the month inventory.  Therefore, all winter items go on sale.  You may see very few Spring items coming in, such as crocheted handbags, cruise wear like flowing print pants and linen jackets.  Also, because Valentine’s Day is around the corner, lots of red teddies and items with hearts on them will appear. This is the best time to buy that beautiful coat you have been longing for because it will be on sale – let’s just hope you will find the size/color that you want :)

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Selecting Fabrics and Fibers for Your Wardrobe

Selecting Fabrics and Fibers for Your Wardrobe

Great style means little unless you start with great fabric.  Choosing the right fiber for the season and purpose is the key to buying a garment that becomes a wardrobe favorite.  Here is a basic guide to your fiber options.

Plant Fibers

Cotton, linen, and hemp all start with a plant.  The fibers are spun into yarn and woven or knit into fabrics that can keep you cool and comfortable.  All these natural fibers are breathable and absorbent.  Cotton knit is ideal for T-shirts, panties, and other garments worn next to the skin.  Cotton is also woven into denim for jeans and batiste or broadcloth for blouses.  Linen ranges from fine handkerchief linen to heavier fabrics used for summer pants and jackets.  Hemp makes a fabric similar to linen, but coarser.

While these fabrics are comfortable, they also are prone to wrinkle easily unless blended with some polyester.  Plant-based fabrics also take longer to dry than synthetics, so they can leave you chilly if they get damp from a workout or sudden rain.

Animal Fibers

Wool, alpaca, cashmere, and other wool or hair fibers offer many of the same benefits to humans as they provide their animal sources.  These fibers are warm even when wet, making wool yarn popular for winter socks.  In lighter weights, some wool fabrics can be worn almost year round due to their breathable properties.  Alpaca is warmer than wool and cashmere is much warmer than alpaca, making them good choices for lightweight warmth in cold climates.

Silk is also an animal fiber, from the cocoon of the silkworm.  The caterpillar spins the fibers which are unwound by human engineering and used to create silk fabrics.  A silk thread is stronger than a steel thread of the same diameter.  It is also luxuriously soft and lustrous, and can be dyed easily in bright colors.  Silk is great for special lingerie, blouses, and dresses.

Synthetic Fibers

Synthetic fibers such as nylon, rayon, acrylic, and polyester are created through chemical processes and engineered to imitate natural fibers.  Synthetics are generally less expensive than natural fibers.  They are also less breathable and absorbent, but wrinkle less and dry faster.  Many clothing fabrics use blends of natural and synthetic fibers to take advantage of the best properties of each.

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T’is the Season to be Stylish!

Many women find themselves in a funk during the holiday season as they are clueless at to what to wear to Thanksgiving and Christmas events. Some ladies desire a look that is chic and classy, whereas, other ladies want to ensure that they make a bold statement. Regardless of your personal preference, these styles will certainly whet your appetite for holiday style.

The Peter Pan Dress

Perfect for the family Thanksgiving dinner, the Peter-Pan dress is a great way to add a bit of whimsy to your evening.

The Peter Pan Dress

The Front Zipped Midi Skirt

Forget the pencil skirt! It’s time to boldly step out with the flawless front zipped middi skirt. You’ll be sure to look fun and fierce in this paired with a tee-shirt and leather jacket.

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The LBD

No true lady of style should be without a perfectly sexy little black dress. These dresses come in a variety of styles ranging from simply elegant to full on luxe. This timeless piece makes a perfect wardrobe staple for the holidays.

The Red Dress

Nothing says ‘I’ve arrived’, more than a killer red dress! Whether it is for the family dinner, or a black tie affair, you are sure to avoid being a wallflower in this number.

Metallics

If what you’re seeking is a look that is show stopping, then metallic is the solution for you. Whether worn as a dress or a skirt, you will certainly have fun with this bold futuristic look.

The Graphic Print Skirt

Be the wild card of the hour and dazzle your family and friends with this striking and offbeat look. Nothing shows that you came to have a good time than the graphic skirt.

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Fash-Tips to Consider When Choosing Your Holiday Wardrobe

– Bright and shiny fabrics may give the illusion of a wider body. So ensure that the cut chosen is one which is flattering.
– Dark and matte fabrics will give a more slimming and flattering effect.
– Loose jerseys will make you look sloppy, so avoid these for festive affairs.
– For an edgier look, sport a black biker jacket.
– When sporting metallics, try keeping extra baubles at a minimum. Your outfit will speak for itself.
– Do wear bold red lipstick.

Now, one party that needs a little extra attention to detail is the company office holiday party. You may have already planned all your party outfits but the office party needs extra planning. Because, at this event you can either have some fun and advance your career or misbehave and cripple your career.
Remember that even though office parties are social events to show appreciate to employees, but they remain strictly business events. So, ask whether the attire for the party is formal or casual, and either way, do not pull the nightclub outfit from your closet for the event. The party is still a business function, so conservative party clothes are a good choice. Skip anything too revealing or too flashy and keep your reputation for good taste intact. Check out this link for some outfit ideas:
And finally, make sure you don’t drink excessively just because they offer an open bar, and appoint a designated driver or call for a cab. Uber is a great alternative and it costs less too. So, you have no excuses… Don’t drink and drive. Happy Holidays and be safe!

Love,
JP

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