Part One: Enhancing with fashion
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Miss Piggy. What can I say about this fabulous, vivacious character from ‘The Muppets’? She’s bold, confident and through hard work and perseverance, took on Hollywood establishing herself amongst the greats and becoming a household name around the world. She has several successful books under her belt and has recently been presented with the Sackler Centre First Award; an accolade given to women who have broken and charted changes in all disciplines and areas. What I truly like about her is that she has never been embarrassed about her body size. She has always exuberated charm and femininity in everything that she has worn. Stylish and elegant throughout, she was never been afraid of showing off those curves, that voluptuous and full figured body of hers and like her, you can do this too!
Women’s body have changed tremendously over time and as such, the ‘Ideal Body Shape’ has followed suit. From the slender Egyptian, to the full figured Italian, the Roaring Twenties bob cut hair and loose fitting clothes to the hour glass figure of the Hollywood stars. The Swinging Sixties models with their slender body frames to the Eighties Supermodels and their tall, leggy physique accompanied with that ample cleavage. Recently we encountered the androgynous wasted look; the airbrushed tanned and worked out bodies look to the now talk of the town Booty look.
Thus as you can see, what was/is considered to be the ‘Ideal body shape’ is subjective and only ‘Ideal’ for a brief period of time which brings to mind a remark Sheldon’s mum on the ‘Big Bang Theory’ made about bacon fat, ‘Oh, doctors are always changing their mind. One week bacon grease is bad for you. The next week we’re not getting enough of it.’ (No offence intended Miss Piggy!)
So how short, how tall, how slim or how wide you are, love yourself and love your shape! There are plenty of good fashionable tips for you to use in helping you to achieve the appearance you want! So where do we start? Firstly ask yourself, ‘What body shape do I have?’ The answer to this will open up an entire world of fashionable items most suited for your shape in accentuating those curves you have or giving the illusion of those curves you don’t. Here are just a few ideas.
Do you have the hourglass figure? Wrap dresses and tops are excellent to wear for this shape. Experiment with colours and prints, try on those different styles of clothing in deciding whether you want to flaunt those curves or downplay them.
The Triangle or pear shaped body? Emphasize those shoulders! Choose tops that give volume and shows off your neckline while wearing articles of clothing that minimise your lower half. Play around with vibrant colours and patterns for your tops and combine them with dark and solid coloured skirts or trousers.
The oval or apple shape? Ladies get that waist of yours to look slimmer by wearing tops that nip in right below your bust. Wear those low V neck tops and dresses, coats and jackets that have structured shoulders. Add volume to your lower body with Boot cut or flared trousers. Get those wide belts out and find where it will look best on you!
The Inverted triangle shape? Balance that body shape of yours by getting clothes that add curves to your hip line such as cargo pants and full skirts. Define that waist and wear those tops that flare out from your waist or hip line. Choose dark and solid colours for your tops and various coloured or patterned items for your lower body.
Last but not least, no matter what body shape you have, treat yourself to an array of fashion accessories from jewellery to scarves just to name a few.
For every body shape, it’s all about creating that illusion of balance and on showing off those curves or not. That is what fashion is all about! In the end, it is entirely up to you on what you want to wear. The most important thing is that you are comfortable with your body shape and confident in what you wear. So get out there ladies, get those cheers and show the world that yes, this is me, I love my style of fashion and I love my body!
Are you a fruit or vegetable my irresistible tantalising Tomato
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I absolutely, unreservedly love eating tomatoes!!! Simply ask my husband and he’ll agree whole heatedly and even once remarked that my fondness for it reminded him of Gollum (Lord of the Rings) when he described to Sam how he likes his fish, an expression filled with uncontrollable zeal and enthusiasm! Now when I heard this, I of course pursed my lips and squinting my eyes playfully dared for him to continue on ‘with his little joke’. With a twinkle in his eye and upon his lips parting, I jumped in quickly and declared that if Gollum had been on a well-balanced diet with that little extra tomato on the side he wouldn’t have had that grey, lifeless appearance! Just look at what he ate or didn’t eat throughout the story! Do I think he would have liked tomatoes? I know he hated lembas (elven bread) and he could have believed that tomatoes were ‘poison apples’ (was it an apple that Snow White bit into or was it a tomato cleverly disguised?) as was given the name for nearly two hundred years! But how did this come about?
Between the seventeenth and nineteenth century, many wealthy Europeans used pewter plates which were high in lead content. Little did they suspect that by serving tomatoes (with its high acidity) on them that it would cause a chemical reaction resulting in lead poising! Such an injustice for the simple, mild manner and humble tomato, who on top of that was even classified as coming from the deadly nightshade, a poisonous family of Solanaceae (flowering plants, many of which are edible, while others are considered poisonous). Luckily, there were those who dared to be different and opposed the way that it was being treated declaring that it was instead an aphrodisiac. Thus the ‘poison apple’ became the ‘love apple’ (pomme d’amour).
Filled with a multitude of vitamins and the all famous and important inflammation-fighting and antioxidant lycopene which can help to prevent various forms of cancer begs me to ask…what is all the fuss about in labelling it a fruit or vegetable! For those determined to know, well…it’s both! Botanically it is a fruit (edible plant structure of a mature ovary of a flowering plant) but is considered a vegetable by cooks around the world as it is used in salads, starters and main dishes and not as a desert as it has a much lower sugar content than that found in other edible fruits. Hooray for those waists, hips and thighs as it is working for your well-being from within! What is even more remarkable is that tomatoes are also being used in skin, hair care products and fragrances! What more do I need to say to persuade you into loving these gems!
If you are, though, still sitting on the fence about them, why not go and enjoy one of the many world-wide festivals held in celebration of its existence, especially the ‘La Tomatina festival’ in Buñol (near Valencia). Here you will be able to experience tomatoes in their full glory. From the big, ribbed and meaty ones (now ladies control yourselves we’re talking about tomatoes here) to those voluptuous and firm ones (well we can’t exclude the guys from the pleasures exuberated by the tomato!). Colours…your choice from luscious red, vibrant orange, sunny yellow and even the mysterious blackish-purple! The best ones will always be vine ripened and the longer it stays on the vine the better it tastes! Cherry variety is a great example. Tearing it from its stem, popping it into your mouth and feeling the juices explode as you bite into it is such a heavenly delight!
So to avoid that ‘Attack of the Killer Tomatoes’ (as like everything else, there’s always that bad one in the bunch) grab those pots, pans, mixers, chopping boards and knives! Slice, dice, and pulverised those tomatoes and turn up your imagination and heat when you create those saucy, sizzling sauces, that scrumptious soup, the concentrated aromatic paste and when it gets too hot, create your own refreshingly chilled juice to rehydrate yourself. The tomato is there for you, anyway you like it! As for me, like Gollum, I like to have them refreshingly raw and riveting in a sandwich or salad!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Here is a special message from Oscar Wilde: “To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance”.
Oscar Wilde is a renowned British author who has summarized in this simple quote a concept that may take many of us a lifetime to learn. We are taught to give to others, but very seldom do we really learn to give back to “us” since this is a concept that can be misinterpreted in many ways.
Love starts with ourselves. Sometimes, daily activities, work, family, time famine and other factors create a constant battle to get everything done just so that we can cope with what “we need to do”. And due to this, many times, the first person who gets neglected is ourselves.
Just as important as it is to dedicate time to all activities in our life, it is also important to give the same value and priority to yourself – after all, you have to live with yourself your whole life. An just as you are responsible for many other things, you are also responsible for your own care and well-being. By being our best, we can provide more for those around us and put that into our daily tasks.
It may seem like an impossible task at first with our busy schedule, but making “you” your number one priority will allow you to get everything else done as you will feel better about your own self and this will project positively in all other aspects of your life.
This change can happen gradually, take just 5 minutes everyday whenever it is most convenient for you to relax, take a break or do whatever it is that you want to do for yourself and sooner than later you will start to notice the difference. Make a routine of this, enjoy your 5 minutes and look forward to them. You will notice how your image about yourself starts to change as well as the outlook that you may have on things.
Also, don’t forget to share this feeling with others, and when things get tough, remember that you will still have your 5 minutes waiting for you. Please don’t skip them, specially in very busy situations since these are the times where you will need this break the most.
We hope that you have a very special weekend ahead of you filled with good things.
Make Over Body – Wishing you a Very Happy Valentine’s 2015
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