What to wear for your body type

Have you ever wondered why a certain outfit looked good on a mannequin or your best friend but than looked terrible on you?

Most likely, it doesn’t fit your body type and, therefore, it’s not quite flattering once you put it on.

Irrelevant of the shape and size you are here are some quick tips on how to dress for your body’s shape taken from http://www.becomegorgeous.com/

Pear Shapes

Main traits for this body style: your hips, buttocks and thighs are wider than your upper body (shoulders), your waist is small and your bottom is prominent.

What to wear: Wear A-line skirts that help you minimize your wide hips. Go for the bootcut kind of pants to elongate your legs.

Wear accessories that flatter such as a belt to emphasize your tiny waist and pointy-toe shoes.

Apple

Main traits for this body type: You have a generous bust, a round stomach and broad shoulders. When you gain weight, it usually goes in the middle area of your body.

What to wear:

Put an emphasis on your legs, sculpt your waist and elongate your upper body.

Wear V-neck tops and dresses, as well as anything that boasts your cleavage to create the illusion of a slim waist and to balance your figure, add belts at the smallest part of your waist.

Flared and bootcut pants are also flattering, as well as monochromatic outfits.

Hour glass figure

Main traits for this body type:

Curvy, round and extremely feminine.

What to wear:

Emphasize your curves, go for skinny and straight-legged jeans, lightweight fabrics, A-line skirts and wrap dresses. Actually, the best dresses for your body type are those fitted, but not too tight.

Inverted Triangle

Main traits for this body type:

You have wide shoulders and a broad chest, small waist and narrow hips. To look your best, show off your legs , while downsizing your upper body.

What to wear:

Go for clothing such as wrap tops, full skirts, harem and high-waisted pants. Bold colors as well as prints are your friends as long as your wear them solely on your lower body.

You may also add belts to your outfit for an inverted triangle body type, making sure that they are statement accessories that shift the focus upon the middle area of your body (and, therefore, avoid the upper half). Opt for embellished, studded and even wide belts to get the desired effect.

By wearing the right clothes matching your body shape you can achieve a gorgeous look, leaving you feeling confident in your own skin.

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Beach body in 4 weeks – The clean way

So moving from Australia to North America I realised I had gained several kilograms of unwanted body fat regardless of maintaining a relatively healthy eating habit and keeping up my general exercise routine.

I blamed it on the urban lifestyle, reaching for more comfort foods, having less motivation to exercise on average particularly during the harsh Canadian winters and the denial that my metabolism was slowing down with age.

Sound familiar?

I’ve never been a believer in dieting rather in eating wholesome foods and complimenting it with exercise regularly on a weekly basis. Given those stubborn few kilograms of weight that I wanted to lose wasn’t coming off I decided with another friend to try Bodyism’s ‘bikini program’ devised by Elle McPherson’s trainer James Duigan.

These were our results after the 4 week bikini program:

1) Weight loss of 3.5 – 4 kgs
2) Increase in lean body tone – This is fairly obvious after 1 week in the program
3) Glowing skin – Received compliments from friends and colleagues on this
4) Faster and more clarity in thought processes
5) Increased positive mood
6) Increased energy levels
7) The weight stays off post program – 6 months after the program the weight was easy to keep off

So what are you waiting for? Check out Bodyism’s Bikini program and you won’t be disappointed.

Download the bikini program at http://bit.ly/1jkANwA.

Hopefully, you will feel so revived you won’t rush back into your old eating habits. Make a conscious effort to continue these clean- eating principles. By all means, enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, just don’t overdo it. However, a good rule to live by is 80/20: 80 per cent wholefood, 20 per cent indulgence. Dust off that bikini and hit the beach this year as a healthy, cleansed, lighter you.

If you have any questions about my experience with this bikini program, feel free to comment on the blog.

Laughter is good medicine

Have you ever wondered why you felt so good after a social gathering with friends where you’ve had a good laugh?

Well according to the helpguide.org laughter is great for the health.

Here are some of the health benefits of laughter:

Physical Benefits

  • Boosts immunity
  • Lowers Stress hormones
  • Decreases pain
  • Relaxes your muscles
  • Prevents heard disease

Mental Health Benefits:

  • Eases anxiety and fear
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves mood
  • Enhances resilience

Social Benefits:

  • Strengthens relationships
  • Attracts others to us
  • Enhances teamwork
  • Helps defuse conflict
  • Promotes group bonding

With all of these benefits that laughter produces, this gives us even more of a reason to integrate laughter and humour in our busy lives.  More laughter will encourage more creativity and you will find news discoveries for playing with friends, coworkers, acquaintances, and loved ones will occur to you daily. Humour takes us to a higher place where we can view the world from a more relaxed positive, creative and joyful, and balanced perspective.

So how do you stay as happy as Bobby McFerrin singing ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’?

Here are a few tips:

  • Laugh at yourself
  • Attempt to laugh at situations rather than bemoan them
  • Surround yourself with reminders to lighten up
  • Keep things in perspective
  • Deal with Stress
  • Pay attention to children and emulate them

So why not go out and find an excuse to laugh after reading this blog.

Good luck and keep smiling (or laughing)! 🙂

5 reasons to start yoga

Have you ever wondered why you feel so good after a yoga class? It’s almost like you are standing on top of the world?

In yoga, there is a strong mind body connection that keeps us in touch with ourselves, each other and helps keeps us grounded. By practicing yoga it’s almost we evolve, grow and we come more in tune with ourselves.

There are many benefits to yoga and here are just a few:

1. Reduces Stress

Bringing our awareness to our breath triggers the relaxation response in our bodies. Aligning our breath with the physical practice, releases body tension.

2. Heals

The poses, conscious breathing and visualisations reduce physical pain as well as emotional anxiety. Yoga reduces stress, improves sleep, reduces cortisol levels, lowers blood pressure and heart rate.

3. Breaks Bad Habits

Yoga helps discard limiting beliefs of ourselves. Letting go of habits allows us to see more clearly what is possible both on and off our mats.

4. Build’s muscle strength

Strong muscles protect us from conditions such as arthritis and back pain and helps prevents falls in elderly people. When you build strength through yoga, you balance it with flexibility. In contrast, lifting weights at a gym may build strength but at the expense of flexibility.

5. Healthy lymph

Contracting and stressing muscles, moving organs around, and come into and out of yoga postures, this increases the drainage of lymph. In effect this helps the lymphatic system fight infection, destroy cancerous cells, and dispose of the toxic waste products of cellular functioning.

With these benefits why not look into your finding some local yoga lessons and get started?

Or if you are on a budget there are various cheap or free yoga websites that I recommend and these are:

www.doyogawithme.com/

www.myyogaonline.com/

www.yogaglo.com/

www.gaiamtv.com/yoga-fitness/yoga

Namaste.

10 reasons why I loved Greece and why you will too

So here is what I have experienced and I’m sure many others have too. If you need that little extra push to book those flights to Greece while sitting there umm-ing and ahh-ing about visiting this destination. Read on, because it has been hands down my favorite summer travel destination by far.

So if you aren’t convinced yet, I’ll let the photos do the talking.

1. Greeks enjoy taking their time and know how to enjoy the present moment

Greece travel

2. Their beaches are absolutely…

Greece Beaches

Swimming in the pristine ocean. Source: http://www.boomsbeat.com


Breathtaking….

3. The towns and villages looks like this…

Greek Village

4. Their Mediterranean diet looks like this…

Greed Food

Enjoyed with views like this…

Santorini Sunset
5. You start with breakfast or finish with dessert looking like this…

Greek Yogurt

Traditional Greek Yogurt.

6. Mykonos is summer’s biggest beach party

Mykonos parties

Partying in Mykonos.
Source: http://www.paradiseclubmykonos.com

7. And how does one forget, that famous sunset from Oia on the the island of Santorini

OIa Sunset

Oia Sunset

8. You get to watch live traditional dances in late summer evenings in an open theater like this…

Traditional Greek Dancing

Traditional Greek Dancing

9. Greeks are friendly and hospitable.

Greek customer service

Greeks greet you with a genuine smile. So friendly and hospitable you won’t even need to book accommodation before arriving on the island!
Source: http://flashpackatforty.com

10. You get to ride a donkey…

Greece donkey rides

Donkey transportation on Santorini.

While overlooking the ocean like this….

Santorini
So while the rest of the world worries about the Greek economic crisis, why not take advantage of all this and the cheaper than average European living/tourist costs to see and experience all of this?

If not for your benefit, do it for the greater good of contributing to the Greek economy.

Go on… you know you want to!

Top 5 reasons people drop everything to travel abroad

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So you are sitting at your work desk and you may have one of numerous questions and thoughts running through your head.

Some of these questions might be along the lines of:

Is there more to life than this 9-5 job? What is the meaning of life? Is this really it? 40 hour work weeks with only 2-4 weeks of leave a year? The same old routine day in and day out? Am I in the right career? If I don’t travel now, will I be able to do it once I start a family?

Some days you imagine what you would do if you had won the lottery. The first thought that usually comes to your mind is travel. Right?

As an Australian currently working and traveling abroad. I thought I’d share some common reasons why I myself and others I’ve met traveling have dropped everything at home to travel or work and travel.

1.Breakup – We have all been through these before. Getting over a rough break up is never easy. It seems for a few people, that simply getting away to travel/work and travel abroad for a period of time can mend a broken heart, or at least it allows a person to find themselves again.

2.Flying Solo (single) – At one stage or another there may be a period in your life where you are single and it seems that your once socially active friends are all coupled, settled and generally become socially unavailable to you (You know you’ve all been there!). The feeling of isolation quickly emerges, when it seems the only people that you are spending your time with on weekends is your family or in solitude if family are not available in the city you live in.

3.Career crisis – We invest and study for years to work up to the career we all thought we wanted. Finally, you enter the workforce and everything you thought the industry would be, wasn’t quiet cracked up to what you thought it would be. We expect to do something that we are passionate about, however there is a feeling of disappointment and waste when that love and passion is nowhere to be found. That dream career you long hoped for is lacking so eventually you ask yourself, ‘do I need more schooling to transition into a new career?’ But the next question that arises is, ‘am I mentally prepared to become a student once again?’. So on and so fourth. I have to admit since leaving Australia, I have personally gained much more clarity on what I don’t want in my career.

4.Boredom/Monotony in life – Does “I’m so tired of doing the same, old, shit all day, everyday. I go to work, cook, eat and sleep” sound familiar? Most people I have met traveling have mentioned that they were just bored of their everyday life and felt they needed a complete change.

5.Quarter-life Crisis – Another reason, I experienced, was a quarter-life crisis (QLC). Jessica Girdwain’s article ‘How to Survive a Quarter life Crisis’ on self.com describes a QLC as being in the 25-35 age range and it is a sense of panic that your life – career, relationships, etc. – isn’t where you want it to be. In my personal experience, I felt the quarter life crisis was multitude of factors including the reasons stated above. It felt like a snowball of problems that lead to this quarter life crisis.

So, that’s my take on 5 top reasons people drop everything in their home country and decide to travel and work abroad long term.

Are you traveling abroad or currently working and traveling in a foreign country? If so, what was your reason behind leaving?

50 Faces in Everyday Places

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Have you ever looked at an object or building and thought, “hey that kind of looks like a face!”? It’s actually a psychological phenomenon known as pareidolia. Pareidolia involves a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant; it’s a form of apophenia (seeing meaningful patterns or connections in random or meaningless data).

Online you can find entire communities dedicated to finding faces in everyday objects, places and buildings. On Flickr, the group FACES IN PLACES has over 6,365 members and a staggering 23,563 pictures. And on Reddit, there is a subreddit called /r/Pareidolia with nearly 40,000 members!

You can also find countless Tumblrs, blogs and hashtags dedicated to this fascinating phenomenon that so many of us experience. Below you will find a collection of some of the Sifter’s favourite examples. There are literally thousands more, so be sure to check out the…

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