Thursday, May 31, 2018

Off-Season Shopping: Coats & Choosing The Right Style For You

A great way to save money is to buy clothing offseason. Now that summer is just around the corner, it may seem a bit strange, but it's the perfect time to get a great deal on a coat. Fabulous toppers are a great way to pull an outfit together, but once fall is in full swing, you'll be hard-pressed to find a good deal on a gorgeous coat. Now's the time to prepare for your cold-weather layering.  Here are a few tips to make sure you're choosing the right style:



If you are going to invest in a coat, you will want to make sure that the coats you choose for yourself suit your body shape and your style. Here are some of the different body types alongside the type of coat that suits them.

Tall
If you have a long torso and long legs, choosing a coat to suit your body shape can be pretty annoying. A lot of the time taller women struggle finding a coat which is long enough, fits them right and has long enough sleeves. If you are familiar with this problem, you will be glad to hear that an oversized style will look great on your body type. Oversized coats can be left open throughout the day and will cover your frame bringing a sense of femininity to your body.

Petite
If you are on the opposite end of the scale and you are a small woman, you might feel drowned in many of the coats you pick up, and this can end up making you feel pretty dumpy. To accentuate your figure as well as accommodate your smaller size, you can go for a cropped pea coat which will end at the hips and help to make you feel more in proportion.

Athletic/ Boyish
If you are a woman who has a very slim and flat chested figure, the good news is that pretty much any style will suit your body shape. To accentuate your femininity and give the idea of a fuller bust and curves, you can go for a coat which has an exaggerated collar and frills. Navy style coats can be ideal for a woman of this shape and one which is cut just above the knee will always be flattering.

Busty
For women who have larger busts, it can be difficult to find a coat which flatters the body as well as fitting over the bust area. The best type of coats you can look for if you are this shape is a coat which accentuates that hourglass shape. You will want a coat which is simple in design and which cinches in at the waist. Look for a tailored coat which flairs out a little below the waist to really accentuate your figure. 



Remember, that shopping off-season may mean great deals, but you will have to search a bit harder to find the perfect piece. Make sure you check local and online retailers and familiarize yourself with the return policy before you buy.


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Monday, May 21, 2018

Best Baby Travel System for 2018



Primadonna Momma has been on the go with her little one for two years now (I can't believe he's two already!) and I realize that our stroller has gotten a lot of use and taken a ton of abuse. From family trips to NOLA festivals; it's so important to choose the right stroller because it's one of the pieces that you will use not for a few months like many baby items, but throughout your little one's early years.

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Finding the best car seat stroller combo can be quite overwhelming with all the different options out there in the market. Each of these travel systems come with their specific kind of features that makes the selection much more difficult for the parents. So if you need a well-researched guide regarding the best baby travel systems for 2018, read through and you are sure to find the perfect one for you and your baby as we have picked the top five for you based on rating and reviews of these products.

Who needs travel systems?

Travel systems are designed for parents who are always on the go and would prefer to spend less time switching between strollers, car seats and baby carriers etc. What’s more, the perfect travel systems can help the parents move the baby with the least movements and without frictions so that the change doesn’t disturb or wake up the kiddo who just slept off after a great battle. Another advantage of travel systems is that they allow you to use the strollers from new-born and up or as long the baby fits in the car.

Below are the reviews of our top-rated five based on our research.

1. Britax B Agile 3 &B Safe 35 Travel System
Britax B is one of the sturdiest & top-rated travel system found in the market. This 3-wheel jogging stroller has a swivel front wheel and can be folded easily with one hand. The B-Agile 3 is made for babies and toddlers up to 55 lbs (25 kg). 
Pros
  • Extremely easy to adjust and use while providing all the comfort and support for the baby. 
  • There is a high-quality head pad, and 5 points rethread harness
  • Comes with extra safety features when compared to other models. 
  • The three-wheel structure makes stroller easy to maneuver 
  • All-wheel suspension creates an effortless ride
Cons:
  • The system is bulky and heavy, so can be hard to carry around.

2. Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System

The Chicco KeyFit 30 is a rear-facing infant car seat and accommodates babies weighing between 4 and 30 lbs (1.8-13.3 kg) who are less than 30 inches (76.2 cm) in height. For babies between 4 and 11 pounds (1.8-5 kg), the car seat has a “newborn insert.”

Pros:
  • Comes with a removable seat 
  • Easy to assemble and install 
  • Has bubble levels on the car seat that shows if correctly positioned
  • Has parent cup holder and a tray for keys and phone
  • Once folded can easily stand on its own. 
  • Good storage compartment underneath
  • Height adjustable handle
Cons:
  • The fabric used in the stroller is not machine washable. 
  • A bit hard to steer around initially

3. UPPA Baby Cruz stroller with MESA Car Seat

The stroller system has an incredible amount of features loaded into a slim and compact profile. CRUZ stroller provides an adaptable frame and an easily removable “toddler seat” which can be used for infants as well. The MESA car seat accommodates babies from 4 to 35 lbs (15.9 kg) and up to 32 inches (81.3 cm) in height.

Pros:
  • Can be steered with one hand and can turn quickly. 
  • The MESA seat is reversible parent facing and front facing
  • Have a huge storage basket 
  • Comes with a telescoping extendable handlebar and red to the green light indicator on the car seat base which lets you know when properly secured. 
  • Versatile frame & extendable sunshade
  • Has breathable fabric and adjustable headrest
  • Easy latch adjustment. 
Cons:
  • The fabric is not machine washable 

4. Graco Fast Action Fold Travel System
Graco fast action fold is a lightweight 3-wheel stroller with a one-hand fold. An affordably priced stroller which accommodates new-born children from 4 to 50lbs (25kg) and up to 30 inches.
Pros:
  • Easy to assemble & use 
  • The car seat has multiple recline adjusts & fits comfortably in compact cars
  • Comes with a large storage basket & expandable back pouch
  • Has parent and child cup holders 
  • 3 or 5-point harness to match babies as they grow
  • Level indicators or markers as an extra safety measure
  • The car seat can be quickly released
Cons:
  • Remains loosely open when folded & doesn’t lock in place.
  • Not that easy to assemble

5. Peg Perego Booklet Travel System

Booklet is one of the lightest travel systems in the market as they weigh only 9 kg. The car seat can hold babies up to 35 lbs (15.9 kg) and up to 32″ tall.
Pros:
  • Super-easy to move around & manage 
  • The handle is height-adjustable with a hook under the hood
  • Suspension and ball bearings allow for 360-degree agility
  • Has color-coded belt paths for when the base is not in use
  • Both front wheels’ swivel and lock
  • Comes with a scalloped bottom to ensure more stability when used in vehicles. 
  • Has a no-rethread harness which adjusts to six different positions. 
  • Seat easily attaches to the stroller frame.

Cons:
  • Suitable for kids above 3 years and above

Choose the one you like the most or the one which satisfies your needs & wants a bit more than what you expected. A travel system is a major item you would be buying for your kid during the initial years and it needs to serve you in the long run. So go for the finest your budget will allow.


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Friday, May 18, 2018

Classic Fashion Pieces Every Thirty Year Old Needs


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By age thirty, most people hope to be pretty settled in life; working hard in a dream career and perhaps in a long-term relationship.

Your wardrobe should be in a similar good state as well. You should have outgrown your rebellious teenage fashion years, during which you might have worn some very questionable statement pieces! Now as you grow up and start to mature in other areas of life, it is also time to grow up and start to dress like the sophisticated woman that you are. One way to improve your wardrobe is to add some classic, timeless pieces of clothing to it. Here are a few suggestions:

A Smart Leather Handbag

The best way to top off an outfit has to be with an eye-catching handbag. Thankfully, bags don’t have to be in outlandish patterns or bright colors to catch the eye. In fact, a stylish black leather handbag should easily attract all the right attention. If you find one that is the right size, you will be able to use it for both work and play. You should see your handbag as an investment, so it’s worth considering a designer one, such as the ones from Gucci.



A LBD

You never know when you will get a surprise party invitation, so it’s always a good idea to have the perfect dress in your wardrobe that you can pull out at any time. This is why so many women love their little black dress (LBD). Black dresses suit most occasions, and you can easily dress them down with a denim jacket if the situation doesn’t call for such formal attire.

Diamond Jewelry

By now, you should also have the perfect jewelry to match with all of your outfits. And it’s impossible to go wrong with diamond jewelry. Not too sure what kinds of diamonds to buy? Don’t worry; for all the bling advice you will need, you should take a look at this James Allen review online. It should give you an idea of the best cut and clarity of the diamond to suit your needs.


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A Pair Of Court Shoes

Most women love their high heels. If you are the same, then you should get a cute pair of court shoes to add to your shoe closet if you haven’t done so already. You will be able to pair these with any skirt or dress, and they fit perfectly for most formal or casual situations. What’s more, they are often very comfortable so you won’t have to worry about painful feet towards the end of a night.

A Trouser Suit

Looking to advance your career? If so, you might want to invest in a trouser suit. All professional women should consider these elegant suits, as you will really stand out in the workplace.

So, which of these classic fashion pieces is missing from your wardrobe? Time to rectify that right away!


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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Lose Belly Fat With Science!



Belly fat is a big problem for many people, not only aesthetically, but also because it has been identified as a causal factor in a range of illnesses including type 2 diabetes and heart disease. So, if you have it, it really is in your best interest to get rid of it, but how exactly do you do that? With science that’s how!

Here are some scientifically proven ways to banish that belly fat once and for all:

Avoid Added Sugar

Added sugar is seriously unhealthy. Because it is made up of 50 percent glucose and 50 percent fructose, the liver has a very hard time metabolizing it in any significant quantities. That means if you take too much in, it will be turned into fat, which accumulates in the belly and around the liver, almost immediately. If you have a sweet tooth and your belly is suffering, look for a natural alternative such as stevia or stick to fruit instead.

Kill it With Coolness

Did you know that you can actually kill your fat cells if you freeze them at a low enough temperature? Pretty cool, huh? This link liposuctionsydney.com explains exactly how it’s done and it’s worth looking into if you struggle with stubborn belly fat. There are few other things that can explode fat cells and have you looking slimmer in an hour!

Eat More Protein

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Eating more protein is a great way to banish belly fat and keep it off long-term. Why? Because protein is a vital macronutrient which can cut cravings by as much as 60 percent, and according to studies, boost out metabolism by as many as 100 calories every day as well as cutting your intake by as many as 441 calories daily. If you switch some of your refined carbs with protein, you will reduce your risk of belly fat, lose weight and feel more satiated - what’s not to like?

Cut Carbs

Going carb-free, or eating far fewer carbs than you usually would allows you to lose lots of water weight which will help to flatten your stomach. Not only that, but research has shown that when you ditch carbs, your appetite shrinks too, and you can expect to lose 2-3 times more weight than people who still consume them.

There is also evidence to suggest that when you’re on a low-carb kick - check out this guide to low-carbing https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb - your body targets dangerous belly fat, using that first for fuel, thus helping you to flatten your stomach and lower your risk for a whole host of diseases at the same time. Brilliant!

Aerobic Exercise

It might not be the most exciting thing in the world, but aerobic exercise is one of the best things you can do to get rid of belly fat fast. A lot of people think that doing crunches or other abdominal exercises is the way to go, but studies have shown that spot-reducing of belly fat is not possible and you need to work the whole body to flatten the belly. Walking, running, swimming - anything that gets the heart rate up for prolonged periods is your route to a flatter belly, and a thinner else too for that matter!

Buh-Bye belly fat!



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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Fine Jewelry vs Costume Jewelry

The accessories you choose can jazz up and complete an outfit. Jewelry that you use can be an easy way to set the tone for your outfit and make it more formal, classy, or casual. You’d be surprised at just what the jewelry you accessorize with says about you. One of the two different styles that you’d decide between for your jewelry are fine jewelry and costume jewelry, both with varying styles and varying uses. But if you’re not too sure about both, then here is a bit of a breakdown, and how it can amp up your outfit.

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Fine Jewelry

Fine jewelry is the more traditional jewelry that you might think about, much like these rings: https://www.whiteflash.com/engagement-rings/designer-rings.aspx. They are made from fine and precious metals, and there may be real diamonds or gemstones set in them; making them a more expensive option to wear.

Fine jewelry can be your go-to pieces, as they will be long lasting and durable. A pair of gold diamond stud earrings, for example, can be left in your ears for everyday wear. The same goes for necklaces or rings. They can be stored away, but don’t necessarily need to be. The care for them is pretty low, as the metals are real and genuine, unlike their costume jewelry counterparts that will need to be taken off each night (or you’ll get a nice green stain round your ears or fingers). So to style your outfits, these are great for a simple everyday look, depending on the piece as well as a for a fine and formal look, for something more sophisticated (again, depending on the pieces that you choose).

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Costume Jewelry

The idea behind costume jewelry came from the queen that is Coco Chanel, according to this article: http://www.susanjanejewels.com/costume-jewelry-pearls-history-coco-chanel/. She experimented with the idea of having specific pieces of jewelry for each outfit that would be pretty inexpensive. For instance, some faux pearls each time you wore a certain wool jacket. This trend then grew and grew. These will be the pieces of jewelry that are cheaper, and that you choose to wear with one-off outfits. They tend to be more statement pieces, that are bolder and brighter.

As they can be made from pretty much anything, including plastic, they aren’t the kind of things that can be worn as you shower or sleep. They would be uncomfortable to do so, and in some cases, will even leave marks or stains on you. They can add pops of color to an outfit, and are affordable so you can get new pieces for new outfits, as and when you want them.

Having a mix of the two in your closet is a good idea so that you can mix and match, and change the look of an outfit. A black dress with fine jewelry could look totally different when styled with more statement costume jewelry. Have you got a favorite to wear?


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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Upcycling Old Clothes Into Something New



Fashion doesn’t have to be complicated. You can make great fashion choices without spending a huge chunk of money on a shopping spree. Sometimes sorting through, cleaning out your old 
clothes, or looking at what you have with fresh eyes can provide the perfect opportunity to make room for new pieces to enjoy. Here are some of the fun ways you can upcycle your old clothes to make new fashion pieces this year!

Print an old tee to make it feel brand new

Most of us have a massive pile of t-shirts in our wardrobe that we never even wear. It is tempting when we go shopping to stock up on plain tees, but often they end up gathering dust at the back of the closet. One of the things you can do to jazz up these t-shirts is to take inspiration from graphic tee companies like www.theartdepartment.com/designer and make a graphic tee of your own. Vinyl cutting machines, inkjet transfer paper, or simple fabric paint can be helpful materials in creating your custom tee.

Turn old leggings into a crop top

If you have a pair of old leggings which are becoming a bit worn and boring, you can make them into a fun crop top instead! All you need to do is fold the leggings so that the legs are on top of each other. Once you have done this you can cut a semi-circle where the crotch is stitched. You can make this semi-circle bigger if you prefer a wider neckline.  Unfold the leggings, push your head through the hole and place your arms in the leg holes! You’ll have a cute, simple crop top to wear for the summer.

Make a skirt out of a scarf

Scarves are a diverse accessory which you can make the most of in a number of ways. You can use them to jazz up a plain outfit, to keep you warm in the winter, and even to make a cute mini skirt. To make a skirt out of your scarf you simply need to wrap the scarf around your legs and tuck it in. It will give you a classic look which can be used for any occasion!

Turn a tee into a cute crop top

If you have an old tee shirt which just isn’t doing it for you anymore, the easiest thing you can do to upcycle it is to turn it into a cute crop top. You can either make things super simple for yourself and trim an existing top shorter, or you can be a little more creative to make a cute wrap top. To do this, you need to lay a t-shirt flat on your work surface and cut off both sleeves. Now, measure the exact center of the t-shirt and draw a vertical line in pencil. Cut the front of your t-shirt so that it resembles a cardigan. Now, all you need to do is slip your arms through the sleeves, wrap the top around your waist, and tie it in the back.




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