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Friday, January 28, 2011

Fill it. Drink it. Fold it.

This new products is perfect when your on the go!!! I can't tell you how many times I have forgotten my water bottle on my way to the gym, now I can just keep this Vapur reusable water bottle in my purse and its there when I need it. Once filled this folded water bottle stands like a real bottle. Its also freezer and dishwasher safe too.
Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Dress for your body type

Styling Rules are hardly generic! As a matter of fact, they should be customized to the individual; since everyone comes in different body sizes and shapes, we all need to learn what to wear and what to avoid in order to best flatter our body shape. Being compared to an object like an Hourglass or a Pear is not always flattering, especially when we carry a few extra pounds that we are trying to lose; it can be hurtful to stand in front of a mirror and look at our own body flaws trying to determine the body shape, but it is a necessary step.Remember: no one has a "perfect" body. It is extremely important to determine our body type - first and foremost- as it helps us to visualize a certain shape; then, we chose what to wear to best suit our body shape, making therefore, the most of our body by creating an illusion of a well balanced figure.

"Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions. "
Coco Chanel

The most important thing to analyze first is the body shape we currently have: keep in mind that it has nothing to do with size, it's all about proportions. All body types come in a mix of fuller and slimmer shapes.
Here I will present the most common body types and subdivide them in: Top Heavy, Bottom Heavy, then both Top and Bottom Heavy, and No Curves; decide where you fit and then follow the simple styling steps to better balance the body type.

The LOLLIPOP body shape: Big breasts, not too broad shoulders, short waist and long skinny legs.
The GOBLET body shape: Heavy and square on the top, large breasts, a big tummy and broad back sitting on slender legs.

The SKITTLE body shape: top half is long and slim and widens at the bottom with saddlebags and a big bum on short legs.
The BELL body shape: petite woman with small shoulders and breasts and a large bottom and waist.
The PEAR body shape: small at the top with small shoulders and breasts, tiny waist, big thighs (saddlebags), and the calves and ankles don't have much definition.

The APPLE body shape: is all round; small shoulders, big breasts and waist, big hips and buttocks and no definition in the calves and ankles.
The HOURGLASS body shape: Big shoulders and breasts, small short waist, big hips (bottom half and top half are equal in size).The VASE body shape: It's a stretched Hourglass, more length and a flatter bottom.
The CELLO body shape: broad shoulders, large breasts, very big buttocks, hips and thighs (bigger than the top).

The BRICK body shape: it's a masculine shape, broad shoulders, flat buttocks, no waist line, straight up and down short legs.
The CONE body shape: triangular shape, it's an athletic build with broad shoulders, little breast, no waist line, small hips and buttocks.The COLUMN body shape: very tall, statuesque build. No curves, the top half and bottom half are equal in size.


TOP Heavy body shapes:
Goal: Pick pieces that are shaped but not tight. Bring attention to the bottom half of the body.
Get a well fitting bra first, more than 85% of North American women wear the wrong size bra! Most stores offer a fitting session and service for free.
Don't wear tops with: ruffles or pastel shades, thin spaghetti straps, delicate camisole tops or complicated necklines. Avoid high neck lines, wear instead wide v-neck halves, not in a bulky material. Dresses should have strategic gathers under the breast to direct all eyes to your waist. Skirts should be fitted at the top and flaring at the hemline (to balance the top and the bottom), a cute tulip skirt works here. Avoid high waisted "anythings" at all cost! Bell bottom trousers balance out the breasts so you look less top heavy. Shoes should be high and a medium to slim heel to complement the shapely legs. Structured jackets, with one or two buttons under the breast, work well for a bigger bust, make sure the jacket can be buttoned; if a size bigger is necessary, then bring the jacket to the tailor and get both sides (at the waist) taken in, we want to achieve an hourglass shape!Don't Wear: A lot of women who have larger busts try to camouflage it with boxy blazers. A blazer hides a double-D bust, but it makes a waist and the rest of the body look much bigger as well.
Do Wear: A fitted, single-breasted fitted blazer, making sure it defines the waist but is roomy enough in the bust that it doesn't pull. The overall effect is slimming and shape-defining.

BOTTOM Heavy body shapes:
Goal: bring attention to the top half of the body and away from problem areas.
Clingy skirts and tapered pants are a no-no as they highlight the hip, so trow them out of the closet; fuller leg trousers and flared skirts hide bulges. Wear any vertical pattern on the bottom half (to slim the appearance) even if it is in the seaming. Darker colors recede, so go dark on the bottom half of the body (no shiny fabrics) and wear lighter colors on top. To broaden shoulders and bring the attention up to the top half, wear big lapels, color and embellishment on the neckline, even a small shoulder pad will bring balance to a wider bottom.
Avoid side pockets, opt instead for a flat-front trouser. Super-slim jeans and pencil skirts are not a good choice. A defined waist, full skirt and strapless cut dress will bring all the focus to the smaller upper half. High-waisted, belted skirts draw attention to a slimmer waist line (hem it just above the knee), but wear them only if you have smaller breasts. Avoid Empire waist dresses that hide the waistline, choose instead a defined waist and an A-line skirt (wrap dress) to accentuate the upper half. Get a full, pleated Knee-length skirt to conceal a wide hip. Full, wide-leg gauchos drape without clinging and are a fashionable choice. Avoid tapered cut pants that emphasize a wide middle area, try a boot-cut pant and jeans to create a straight, lean line. Pleats are dangerous and so are too-high waist lines on pants, a flat front trouser on a medium rise (1 inch below belly button) is more flattering on this body shape.
A funnel shaped coat (buttons on the top half) is very flattering, also a coat with belt will bring attention to the waist, like a classy trench coat. In the summer wear a thigh-skimming Craftan over the bathing suit, it's a classy and fashionable way to cover up and balance a wider hip.
Cone heels on a dressy shoe will help balance out the bottom half of the body. Straight winter boots will look fashionable and also help cover shapeless calves and ankles. Don't do ankle straps, they brake the line of the leg.
Don't Wear: A straight button-dress that hugs the curves at the hips, making them appear larger, not to mention the pull on the buttons in curvy areas can draw unwanted attention.
Do Wear: A wrap dress to emphasize the smallest part of the body (the upper half), allowing the bottom to A-line over the rest, camouflaging large hips and thighs. A print, especially over a darker background is slimming and will diffuse the attention on the pattern, not on the curves.

"Highlight the positive and delete the negative."

Donna Karan

TOP and BOTTOM Heavy body types:
Goal: The secret is not to hide any part of the body, but to show it off, nobody looks good in a straight oversized tent dress. The clothes must be fitted (not tight) and curve hugging.
Wear V-neck fitted cardigans, scooped necks and pencil skirts. Skirts should be fastened on the side and flat-fronted, to avoid extra bulk. Sewn down paneling on the top half of a bottom-pleated skirt holds the tummy at the front and cuts the buttocks in half. Asymmetric pleats on a tulip skirt will lift and bring out the bottom. Wear jackets with a single button (which will emphasize the narrowest area of the body). Traditional jeans don't always work, so go for a tailored, wide legged denim trouser. Avoid tight, wide-cut pants, which can make the bottom look wider; a straighter leg style (full but not flared), that doesn't pull at the hips, is more flattering. Avoid pleats around the hips and belly (they add bulk) or anything high-waisted. Wear waist defining pieces and empire-waist dresses. A fitted trench with belt is great as a coat. Pick chiffon dresses, with a corset. As for shoes, avoid stilettos, curvy girls need curvy shoes! Go for a small, shaped wedge sandal, and a rounded or peep toe shoe.

No CURVES body types:
Goal: Create curves and an ideal hourglass shape.
Draping dresses with patterns will create curves in all the right places (size the pattern to the body- small frame= small pattern, and vice versa). Don't assume any bra with padding will work; it must fit so the seams and padding can't be seen (P.S. Avoid deep Vee shirts with padded bras). Never go bra-less under flimsy fabrics, no matter how small the breast, it's not classy.
A feminine chiffon dress will soften the shape. Halter tops create soft curves. Gathering and pleating on a shirt (at the sleeves and waist) creates curves. Skinny jeans will hug the skinny shapeless hips, giving them more definition. Choose delicate heels to highlight slim ankles. Accessorize, to keep you looking very stylish and feminine (use lace, beads and other feminine detailing). Invest in some cute waist-defining belts to wear over shirts, cardigans, coats, etc.

"Accentuate your best features and disguise what you are not so happy with. Choose outfits that fit and make you look comfortable rather than those that are up-to-the-minute."
Giorgio Armani

Now that you know what to wear, a few last minute tid-bits of advice: Practice the art of camouflage. A well known fashion truth: darker colors minimize, while lighter or shiny ones highlight. To play down a large chest, avoid wearing bright metallic tops. Have a thicker waist? A dark brown belt is better than a white one. Horizontal stripes make anything look wider. To look taller and leaner wear monocromatic tops and bottoms (match shoes to trousers for a longer leg line). To do color safely, accessorize!
Get a Tailor: You can't expect every size 12 dress to fit every size 12 woman in the bust, waist and hips perfectly. That means find a reliable tailor so that the clothes fit the body. A tailor can make a cheaper item look expensive, when it's fit to the body.Styling Dos and Don'ts have nothing to do with size. These days, flattering choices abound for women of all shapes. Love your body, be stylish and confident, it shows that you appreciate and respect yourself.

Celebrity Body Type Examples:
Bigger on top: Scarlett Johansson, Salma Hayek, Lindsay Lohan, Carmen Electra, Nikki Blonsky.
Bigger on bottom: Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Shakira, Rihanna.
Hourglass: Jordin Sparks, Beyonce, Jessica Simpson, Halle Berry, Oprah Winfrey, America Ferrera, Tyra Banks.
Apple shape: Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Osbourne, Mary J. Blige, Britney Spears.
No curves: Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, Hilary Duff, Pink, Keira Knightley.
Beauty By Bella Blog

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Snowshoeing can burn MORE calories than skiing

If you can walk you can snowshoe (well OK you need snow). When you snowshoe you can burn up to 45% more calories than walking or running at the same speed. Several factors contribute to this....first exercising in cold weather increases your metabolic rate, second you are walking with added weight on your feet and third there is added resistance walking through the snow. Add poles to help walk over hilly terrain and you can burn over 1,000 calories an hour.
Snowshoe yourself thinner this winter!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Zero Gravity Treadmill

Have you seen this yet? Its called the G-Trainer and as the worlds first and only zero gravity treadmill, it promises one of trainings "Holy Grail". Its like running in space. It works like this- a person slots themselves into a a big plastic bag which inflates around your lower half and supports up to 80% of your weight. This is a great solution for injured athletes or accident victims that need to regain their strength slowly.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Forks over Knives

This new movie speaks for itself. Please take a second and click on the image above, as the trailer alone is extremely POWERFUL!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Save $$

Its that time of year again.... the mountains are open! We recently just took a family vacation up to the Pocono mountains and had a great time. Not only do you burn a ton of calories but you have a blast doing it! Use these sites below to help save money on your next trip. - photos, live ski cams and snow reports help you determine the best resort. Plus you'll find tips on sneaky ways to save on lift tickets, lodging and there is a trip planner tool that organizes it all. Save up to 85% by prepurchasing lift tickets for 170 resorts nationwide - want to venture beyond the beginner slope? During January resorts throughout the country will be offering free or discounted lessons as well as deals on rental packages.

Fitness Magazine Jan 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

For a better check up!

Next time your doctor asks about your health history, have the answers at your fingertips. Use the online tool at to plug in your relatives' info and print out a medical family tree before your visit.

Fitness Magazine Jan 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

Activity comes in all shapes and sizes

Play frisbee or play catch with your friends
Clean your house

Take a hike


Go horseback riding

Play outside with your kids

Hate the outsdoors, try mall walking (plus you can shop too!)

Park further away

Take the stairs instead of the elevator
Remember you don't need a gym to add activity into your daily routine. Use some of these examples to get started but remember the trick is you must enjoy it. So if your not someone who wants to join the latest Zumba class at the gym, try salsa lessons or ballroon dancing. Make it interesting so you don't give up!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Rethink and Reorganize your day!

Number of minutes in a day. Use just 30 of them to exercise and you'll see a tigher body in no time!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Kick off a year of healthy living for free!

Education is the best form of prevention. That's one of the reasons why the National Institute of Health's Office of Research on Women's Health is offering a free book A Primer for Women's Health: Learn About Your Body In 52 Weeks. Each chapter provides information about a specific topic, from dental health to uterine fibroids, as well as stay-healthy moves. To order a copy visit I have already ordered mine and all I entered was my name and address.

Shape Magazine Jan 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Move over Mayo!

Ami's has launched the first ever squeezable hummus!! You know what this means.... NO MORE DIPPING!!! This spread has 2g of protein, 1 gram of fiber and just 80 calories, plus it comes in 5 flavors. Our lunches are getting a taste upgrade! Enjoy!

Monday, January 3, 2011

2011 is a year all about I CAN! If we make small changes toward a healthy lifestyle then we won't look back in 2012 saying we gave up on our resolutions. This year I have two resolutions.... they are not to lose XX number of pounds or to give up french fries but to make a conscience effort to choose a healthy option.... and if I do choose to eat a slice of pizza, just have one slice not 4. My resolution is to live for health. My second resolution is to follow my passion of nutrition and go back to school. You have heard it first and I commit to myself to gain additional knowledge so I can help others live a longer, happier, healthier life.

My moms New Years resolution is to eat 5 fruits and vegetables each day. What a great way to bulk up meals and keep hunger at bay during the day! So I ask you whats your resolution for 2011?

**I also want to share an eye opening thing that happened to me over the holiday break. I ate "ok" for the past week, didn't go over board but definitely indulged daily and I slept in which reduced my activity levels. Let me honestly tell you that in one week my body now hates me. I have an upset stomach, migraines and fatigue. I never would relate these symptoms directly to my diet but today I pushed myself to get up early, eat a breakfast of oatmeal and berries and head to the gym. Wouldn't you know all those symptoms are gone!? Its crazy what we find when we actually listen to our bodies. So take this experience and start to pay attention to your diet and activity levels, you will notice a drastic change for the BETTER.

I leave you with this inspiring quote I just heard "Many days we talk ourselves out of going to the gym and then are mad that we didn't go. But how many days have we actually gone to the gym then were mad at ourselves for going?"

Wishing you the healthiest 2011!
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