Saturday, June 9, 2007

Why You Should Wear A Corset

The very first reason to wear a corset is because corsets look HOT! They are just one of the sexiest fashion items available, hands down.

Oh – you want details? More reasons?

Corsets will make you appear thinner, instantly. It’s true. Authentic corsets are designed to reduce your waistline, and flatten your stomach just by putting the corset on. An inexpensive corset with plastic boning will do this to a lesser extent, but the boning will not hold up to very much pressure, and the eyelets will pull out (as opposed to the steel boning of a real corset, and the grommets which are used instead of eyelets, and are much stronger). The structure of a corset will put pressure on your waist which will push the skin and flesh up (and down) and away from the waist making you lose inches in a matter of minutes. You can even “train” your waist to be even smaller by wearing a corset on a regular basis (called “waist training” or “tight-lacing”). Your internal organs may shift a bit while adjusting to the pressure placed on your waistline, but this is not harmful (as was previously thought by physicians of earlier times). Women, especially, are anatomically designed to allow their internal organs to shift safely. Our bodies do this naturally when we are pregnant. This does not mean you should wear a corset that is causing pain or serious discomfort, because if it does not fit well it can cause harm. A well fitted, properly adjusted corset will not cause pain, discomfort or shortness of breath.

Corsets feel good. Like a hug, or an embrace. Many people find comfort in the feeling of wearing a snug-fitting garment such as a corset, or even a girdle. Men and women have been wearing “support garments” for centuries – and not all just because they make them look better. We like the feel as well as the function. Corsets make us feel good.

Corsets can help you lose weight. Wearing a corset puts pressure on your stomach as well as your waistline. One of the reasons people lose weight when they have gastric bypass surgery is because their stomach is made smaller, so they feel full much more quickly. A corset will produce a similar effect by putting pressure on the stomach, causing us to feel full much more quickly. Food may also digest more slowly, keeping us from wanting to eat again for a longer period of time. Although a corset may not be the “magic diet pill” you’ve been searching for, it may help you along your weight-loss journey. (Always consult a physician before using a corset for medical purposes).

Corsets are great back support. I am often approached by people who have back problems who need a support brace. The medical “corsets” that are available are ugly, bulky and not custom fitted. They are made of thick, scratchy materials, and adjusted by Velcro straps. They do not work well under clothing. Authentic corsets can be custom fitted, made of lighter-weight fabrics, and will create a beautiful silhouette while giving you the back support you want or need. (Always consult your physician before ordering a corset for medical purposes).

Corsets will improve your posture. Just try slouching in a well fitted corset! The boning will hold you upright, and may poke into you if you are bent over. The pressure on your tummy will support your body and lift your upper chest. (Try it – pull in your stomach muscles and lift your chest pretending you have a corset on – do you feel your upper body fall into alignment?) Remember: put your stockings and shoes on before putting your corset on!

Corsets are SEXY! So, now the really fun part… the sex appeal. Imagine yourself or your partner surprised one evening with candle light, soft music, subtly fragrant flowers… walking into the room slowly … high heels, seamed stockings held up by strappy garters which are attached to a form fitting long-line corset nipped in at the waist… snugly laced all the way up the back… soft, delicious cleavage spilling over the top edge of the corset… posture-perfect form smiling and breathing heavily…. Well – you get the picture! What could be sexier??

And besides, who really needs another good reason to look and feel good? Corsets from Corset Connection are fun, exciting, sexy and are offered in styles ideal for any figure. They have been around for centuries, and will remain a fashion statement for many years to come

A Hot New Hairstyle for 2007

If you’re looking for a hot new hairstyle with which you can ring in the new year, we’ve got a few that might be of interest to you.

A ‘bob’ haircut with bangs is very reminiscent of Catherine Zeta Jones in “Chicago”. A bob is traditionally a cut that is about chin length along the sides and cut a little shorter in the back in order to add a little bounce. You can go with really short bangs, very much like Betty Paige or leave them longer to resemble Diane Keaton’s hair in Manhattan. If your hair has a natural tendency for curls, bobs aren’t a good idea as your hair will take on a triangular shape.

Long straight hair with a side part is also a great look for the New Year and the new you. This particular style looks best if your hair is shoulder length or longer and straight. The bangs are cut on an angle allowing a deep side part. You should consider Ann Margaret during the height of her popularity and style. Paris Hilton is another celebrity that wears this style well.

You could also opt for an asymmetrical 80’s style cut with one side shorter than the other. This was all the rage in the height of its day and seems to be making a comeback of sorts. Precisions cuts such as this work best with hair that is a solid color.

Another great hairstyle to start the coming year off right is the zig zag part. This particular hairstyle is particularly flattering to women who have low foreheads. While this look seemed to be at its height of fashion a couple of years back, it is still quite popular and can be spotted on celebrities such as Heather Locklear.

The Pixie cut is one that seems to continue making the rounds in and out of fashion news. For 2007 it seems this cut will definitely be in. First made popular in Rosemary’s Baby when worn by Mia Farrow, this cut has remained somewhat popular ever since. While it experiences times where it is more popular than others. It has become a recent hit, as it is a popular hairstyle worn by contestants on a popular model search show called “America’s Next Top Model”.

When it comes to color, there are many shades from which to choose and platinum seems to be a favorite among celebrities. Of course, this is an extremely difficult color to maintain for any length of time and is very hard on your hair as a result.

Another popular trend among certain crowds are the rather ostentatious purples and burgundy red colors of the early 90’s. The color of a glass of red wine is a good indication of this particular color.

If you have dyed your hair black you should consider the fact that the bluish shades of black are not quite the height of fashion they once may have been and softening those tones with gold or red highlights adds warmth which is a popular trend for the upcoming year.

Rob Buenaventura invites you to check out He provides a website on hairstyle ideas and the latest hair trends. Find out why medium hairstyles will be the popular hairstyle in 2007.

Sleepwear Doesn’t Always Have to be Worn Only in the Bedroom

There was a time that pajamas were only worn in the bedroom. The individual will have to change into something else when a visitor will drop by the house or put it over a robe before going downstairs.

Those days are gone now since sleepwear these days are now considered to be a fashion statement. How? By mixing the top or bottom of the pajamas with jeans or a jacket especially if the individual has to drive out into the middle of the night or early evening to buy some medicine at the drugstore.

An example is a camisole that is known as a sleeveless top. Since the weather may too warm outside, some women wear this with trousers or jeans then slip on a blazer and use this to go to work.

Outside the office, women can take it off then show those toned arms while partying the night away.

Some people think that every American has a nice set of breasts. This is not true since there are those who are flat chested and need to wear a chic bustier for better cleavage. THis can be worn under a denim shirt and jeans when going out into the mall to do a little shopping.

Not all the pajama tops are sleeveless. There is the novelty versions that come in sets. This can also be patterned with jeans or jogging pants that will look great when going out for a morning stroll near the house or by the beach.

Men on the other hand may use this to play basketball with friends or while working out in the gym. Some even this as an undershirt to work or wear it just the way it is when doing some chores in the house or going around the mall.

Most of the bottoms for sleepwear use garter to hold it at the waist so it will not fall off. Since this isn’t that secure anymore after some time, fashion designers have made drawstring ones. Consumer reports have shown that women and men use this quite often.

The males can wear a casual shirt or a polo on top and this can be used not only on the beach. Females on the other hand look great with the drawstring pants with some casual loungewear at the store.

There are two kinds of drawstring pants. The first is made using thin fabric like linen that is very light and cool when it is worn. When the weather is cold and the person needs to keep warm underneath, this is the time that something thicker is needed such as flannel.

Men are known to wear boxers at home. Some have replaced the briefs with this since it is more comfortable to wear even when going out. Fashion designers have also come up with a similar collection for women that can be used in the bedroom and for those who want to take it outdoors.

Those who want to try something new can visit the favorite retail outlet and try something new. If the store doesn’t have it, perhaps the right sleepwear can be found there.

People should remember that there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to making a fashion statement. After all, this is an expression of one’s individuality and if others like it, then that person started a trend.

Capri Rose is a freelance fashion writer and former fashion editor based in New York and London and now designs chic, sophisticated pajamas and sleepwear in modern and retro prints. Check them out at

Cosmetic Tips And Tricks - With A Little History

Women have been wearing cosmetics for thousands of years. Archaeologists have evidence of men and women using cosmetics in Egypt over 6000 years ago! Wealthy Egyptian women would paint their nails, massage their faces with creams and oils, apply lipstick and eyeliner, and even color their hair. Obviously, things haven’t changed that much over the last few millennia!

How Do You Put Cosmetics On?

The most important thing you can do when applying makeup is to start with a clean face. A clean face gives you the perfect palate for applying the rest of your cosmetics. A dirty face, on the other hand, will make it much more difficult. A clean face will also help keep your skin look clear and healthy.

After you have thoroughly cleaned your face, apply foundation smoothly and evenly. When applied correctly, it should not look like you’re wearing foundation. The purpose of foundation is to smooth out your skin colors to cover up any blemishes and to help you put your cosmetics on better. Your face should feel light and natural. If it is obvious that you’re wearing foundation, or if your face feels like it’s covered with guck, then you’ve put too much on. Also consider if you have the right type of foundation. To work properly, the foundation has to match your skin tone as closely as possible. If you are having trouble picking the right color of foundation, talk to a cosmetics consultant at one of the cosmetics counters at your local department store. If you’ve only put a bit too much foundation on, you can blot at your skin with some toilet paper to remove the excess foundation without having to start from scratch.

If required, you can then apply some concealer to your face with your fingers. Concealer can be particularly useful around your eyes so any dark circles don’t have you confused for a racoon! No matter where you use concealer, always remember to blend, blend, blend. If the concealer is not blended into the rest of your face, it will only draw attention to the spots your are attempting to cover up.

It is only after you’ve washed your face and applied foundation and concealer that you’re ready to move on to the more noticeable cosmetics such as eyeliner, eye shadow, mascara, blush and lipstick.

What are Cosmetics Made Of?

The ancient Egyptians mainly made their cosmetics from clay and oils (with the occasional dash of mercury). Modern cosmetics are made from an unbelievable array of products. Lipstick often contains fish by-products and blush can contain mica, a translucent mineral! While the Food and Drug Administration controls what can be used in cosmetics, the precise ingredients are often protected as trade secrets.

If you really want to know what’s going on your face, you can chose to buy organic cosmetics that will make their makeup from simple, natural materials. This can also be a useful strategy if you are concerns about animal testing. If you only want to buy cosmetics that have not been tested on animals, make sure to inquire whether the cosmetics you are purchasing were tested on animals or not.

About The Author

Mary Amos is a cosmetologist who likes to experiment with the latest in cosmetics. Find out the latest and greatest at

70 - 80% Of Women Do Not Wear The Right Size Bra!

Every woman knows the difficulty involved in finding the right bra. Questions like What cup Size are you now? What style do you require? Seem to never end!

Well...First and foremost it is essential that you know your correct size. A badly fitting bra can lead to back problems, muscle tension, and even headaches. If you are in your teen years, the strain caused by a badly fitting bra can lead to permanent problems with posture and even back pain. So that?s why teens should be fit by a bra expert at least twice a year or even after every noticeable growth pattern.

Your first consideration should be the reason you need the bra; is it for athletics, coverage, comfort or support? There are different types and styles of bras made for specific types of bodies and physical activities. Although it would be nice, no one bra can do it all; you have different bras for different jobs. A Sexy bra for those intimate private moments or a Sports Bra for when you want to perform arduous exercise.

First Bras

Training bras are for younger girls who have just started to develop breasts and are not able to fit into standard size bras. Age is not the concern, rather its getting the right fit and support for your breast size.

Wireless Bras

Light support or wireless bras usually have no underwire and are sometimes the preferred choice for those with smaller breasts. They are less constricting and more comfortable than full support bras. As they are wireless they offer less shaping and more freedom than other bras. You can find the padded and unpadded variety; what you choose is a matter of personal preference.

Underwire Bras

Full support or underwire bras usually have an underwire or plastic boning holding them up. It doesn't matter what breast size you are, however it is a must for those with larger cup sizes. They also are available in padded or unpadded varieties.

Push Up Bras

Sometimes referred to as padded bras and more famously attributed to the Wonderbra. They lift the breasts and add more shape to them with extra padding. There are some more innovative versions around that use silicone inserts or water sacks to enhance your look even further. They are known to "lift and separate" the breasts, creating a full cleavage and most importantly offer lots of support.

Plus Size Bras

Plus size bras have finally found a home away from the unsightly bras of yesteryear to the sleek and sexy bras of today. From sports to sexy to your everyday bra, plus size bras are know available in many styles and brands. You can get extremely feminine lacy plus size bras, or bras finished in satin, silk, lace and cotton, under wire and strapless bras.

Sports Bras

Probably the least flattering and sexy in the bra family but ironically the most important one for growing teens to have. As well as offering full support, they also stop the breasts from moving during strenuous activity. The tissue in your breasts is very delicate and growing tissue especially needs to be protected during high impact exercise.

Nursing Bras

Your breasts start changing shape from the fourth month of pregnancy. As a result, most women find their previous bra too small. Purchase a nursing bras close to your due date or shortly after your baby arrives, because your breasts will grow larger toward the end of your pregnancy and when milk comes in. Consider buying a bra that has flaps and can be opened and refastened easily. Since milk leakage is inevitable, it also makes sense to buy nursing pads to protect both your bra and clothes. It is always better to buy 100% cotton bras, as cotton is a breathable fabric. Synthetic fabrics trap moisture and encourage bacterial growth and soreness.

Mastectomy Bras

These types of bras are designed with pockets in the cup area to hold a breast prosthesis. There is a wide range of styles and colors available. The silicone breast prosthesis simulates the natural breast with regards to its shape and weight. The prosthesis's main advantage of is that it provides symmetry and balance to a persons body, who has survived from breast cancer. Wearing the right prosthesis is primarily important to your ultimate comfort level. With a superior fitting prosthesis, and a well-made and fitted mastectomy bra, you in turn will help to balance your posture and provide fortification for your chest and breast cancer scars.

Now you know the importance of the bra and the many types available, you should know firstly what size you need and how to determine that size. The following article gives you an insight into how to measure your self and the importance of a well fitted bra.

About The Author

Kalwant Rana is A Freelance Writer For You Can Find Lots Of Useful Information About All Kinds Of bras, from a simple sports bra to a plus size or nursing bra.

6 Secrets To Choosing The Perfect Evening Bag For A Night Out

After a hard day's work, there's nothing more exciting to do than hit the town at night. Don a sexy and sophisticated outfit, put on your stilettos, grab an evening bag and get out the door!

But wait, don't just grab any evening bag. You may be wearing the perfect outfit but if you're carrying the wrong purse, your total look is ruined. It may sound like an exaggeration but it isn't.

You can always go for the classic evening bag—black, shiny, and small—and be done with it. It is a safe choice, although it's not always the right one. If your outfit is already black to begin with, you run the risk of looking boring. But why would you want that? You're on a night out to relax and have fun. Let your evening bag reflect the high spirits you're in.

On the other hand, if you pair up a very funky evening bag with an already busy outfit, you're bound to catch everyone's attention for all the wrong reasons. You'll end up looking like a fashion victim who's trying too hard.

The secret is finding the balance, and here are some easy tips to help you find it:

1.) Spice up a plain outfit with a brightly colored evening bag.

Don't be afraid of prints, trimmings, and all that jazz! You have the license to carry an eye-catching bag if your outfit is austere. A little black dress comes alive with an evening bag decorated with red and gold sequins.

2.) On the other hand, go for a plain and sleek evening bag if your outfit has loud prints and trims. The bag will tone down the busy design of what you're wearing. You'll manage to look trendy and classy at the same time. If you're wearing a Pucci-print dress, a suede evening bag in solid brown will complement the brazen quality of your outfit.

3.) Ditch the one-texture look because it makes you look like you're wearing a costume.

If you're wearing a metallic top, carry an evening bag with a matte finish. Going metallic from head to toe is just overdoing it. The same goes with other textures.

4.) Size does matter.

Evening bags are tiny to begin with, but they're still meant to carry your essential stuff. Besides, a lot of evening bags are more spacious inside than they seem from the outside. Your bag should be large enough to carry the basics: lip gloss, compact, cell phone, driver's license, keys, credit card, and a few bills.

5.) Various evening bags differ not only in design and color but in the way they are carried.

Some bags have straps or handles while others don't. Deciding on what kind to choose depends on the items you'll bring and the activities you'll do. If you're worried about losing your stuff, an evening bag with a strap is good choice. You can keep your bag close to you and still have your hands for eating dinner. If you're planning to hit the dance floor, you can go for a clutch bag. You can easily leave it on the table. When you're done, you can just as easily pick it up.

6.) To really make an impact, your evening bag should not only complement your outfit, but it should also be a beautiful and unique accessory on its own right. Evening bags made of exotic and rich materials like pineapple fiber and Thai silk provide any outfit the added pizzazz an ordinary bag just can't give. The best thing about them is they're not expensive in spite of their high quality. They're just usually hard to find, but thanks to online stores like Siam Sensibilities, they're made more accessible than ever.

There tips mentioned above are not really clear-cut rules. They're just guidelines to help you make an informed decision. But in the end, it's all up to you. Let yourself go! Feel free to experiment. Mix leather and lace. Go for sequins and feathers. Just don't do it all at once. Surely, there will be other nights to try other combinations.

About The Author

Rex Freiberger sells his beautfiul & funky line of unique handmade handbags at budget friendly prices. Sign up for The Siam Newsletter at and get his exclusive Aromatherapy E-book and 10% off all future purchases.

The Smart Woman Manifesto: What is a Smart Woman?

A Smart Woman uses her entire toolbox of experiences, talents, feelings, logic, intuition, education, and yes, even her mistakes, to live her life authentically engaged. She takes the time to care for herself, evaluate what she really thinks and feels, and acts and reacts from a place of patient love, energized compassion, and balanced accountability. Choices are opportunities and she welcomes them. Opportunity leads to her future and she faces that future with a ready and willing heart and a nimble and open mind.

A Smart Woman respects others’ points of view while still making her own choices. She gives generously to others while nurturing herself. She knows the value of boundaries and is skillful in using them to build stronger relationships. She speaks up when she needs to and she knows how and when to supportively listen as she keeps her vision of peace and tolerance in sight. She knows when to walk away, wishing luck and best wishes to those who are on another path. She knows and values her true worth.

Adaptable, caring, capable, and clever, a Smart Woman embraces life and triumphantly whoops and hollers her way to joy. She claims her power and her divine birthright, as each of us do, in a myriad of infinitely beautiful and unique ways, creating a fulfilling life as a Smart Woman. She's not out to prove anything to anybody. She is here to learn, live, love, laugh, and contribute.

I believe we all have a lot to share, to communicate, to witness, and to celebrate. I would feel honored and thrilled to know you are by my side. So, what do you think? Are you ready to explore? I hope so, because today, I am making firm plans and those plans include you. I am a Smart Woman with firm plans. Are you?

Here's to you and your Smart Woman path!

About The Author

Vicki Flaugher, creator of, is on a mission to nurture and empower the 35-55 year old Coming of Age female audience. Her website is a worldwide community site where Smart Women everywhere can submit articles about their own experiences surrounding topics like aging, health, entrepreneurship, relationships, spirituality, and sex and sensuality (to name a few).

How To Create Charisma With Colors And Style

Ever seen all those celebrities on television and how they just exude so much radiance and magnetism, that you cannot help but stay glued watching them? What is it about them that keep them attractive and desirable?

The answer is one word: charisma. The process on how to achieve and possess such similar charismatic flair involves another word: colors.

The following are basic tips and advice to help you have your own charisma with the use of colors and style techniques.

First things first, know yourself.

It helps to get the varied opinions of people who know you best. Ask around and interview family members, friends, relatives, or colleagues, and try to make them give an opinion – an honest one of course – of what it is they think are the colors that best suit you. Alternatively, you could always ask and engage the services of a consultant that specializes on image enhancement.

Such a professional could readily determine the kind of colors that work best for your particular eye color and tone of your skin, as well as your hair.

Choose the colors that work best for you.

A very effective way to test which colors are best for your skin is to face a mirror, preferably with natural available daylight, while holding a fabric or a piece of clothing under your chin or beside your eyes. Now, observe which stands out. Does the color stand out or do your features stand out?

Appropriate colors should focus more on you, and not on the dress or garment. If you have eyes as blue as the ocean, then wearing a dress that is similarly blue in color will help make your very own eyes attractive and stand out.

Wrong colors are those that make your appearance dull. It may even look repulsive, or it could cast a shadow on you. Wrong colors also give people the impression that you are sick or tired, even if you feel perfectly fine.

Apply prints and shapes.

Prints in any garments you plan to wear should just as well be proportionate to your physical features, as based on the naturalness of your body’s geometry. If your features are between medium to small, it is just as perfect that any patterns or jewelry you are to wear are sized in a similar manner.

Also, your face’s shape and features should also determine the shapes and kinds of accessories you are to wear. Oval faces may just as well wear oval earrings as well. However, a combination of features is present sometimes. Eyes that are oval sometimes belong to a face with a chin that is square. Look in the mirror and analyze what goes best with what.

Layer your clothes.

Sometimes, this is the best recourse for anyone, so as not to appear overly dressed or under dressed for the occasion. Wearing layers makes it convenient for anyone to take off that scarf, jacket, or tie, so as not to appear too formal.

Overall, practice makes perfect. Eventually, getting used to the colors you have on you will make you more confident and attractive, as you get to determine which makes you feel more magnetic and charismatic. The important thing is being comfortable with your own skin, your own color, and your own style. Work on those features, enhancing them without the need to change them. You are unique; embrace your uniqueness. That charisma cannot be bought or sold.

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About The Author

Sue Brubaker shares information gathered from years of study and research on Anti-Ageing and Self Improvement.

Plus Size Women - 4 Tips To Shop For The Right Apparel

If you are shopping for plus size women apparel, then you might want to take note of the following tips. Remember, however, that these are only a few pointers that you might want to check out. You will learn much more about your body as you fit more clothes, and as you study what colors, cuts, and patterns suit you.

1. Do not be afraid to ask questions! Many malls will contain shops that sell plus size women apparel, and many department stores will house such a section. Ask your local sales representatives and assistants about such apparel, and don't give up if you don't find any at one mall. Keep searching, and if you do find a store that you like, don't spend all your money there. You need to have variety in your wardrobe, so look for different stores that sell different styles.

2. Go for darker, deeper colors, such as chocolate brown, navy blue, and black. Dark colors can make you appear leaner and thinner. They can also hide bulges or excess curves, especially if you use well-tailored dresses. If you must go for patterns, invest in clothes that have vertical lines, such as candy stripes, folds, and pleats. These can make you appear more slender and less bulky.

3. When shopping for plus size women apparel, make sure that you check the most common parts of your body that such apparel might not fit well on. Due to certain measurement standards, some clothes might not fit you well, and you might need to have them altered.

4. Go for the high heels! These can make you appear leaner and taller, and to some extent, they can make you feel sexier, and even walk in a certain appealing way. However, if you have back problems, go for heels that are no more than two inches tall. You don't want to damage your spine all because you want to look sexy.

Shopping for plus size women apparel need not be difficult. All you need to do is to know your body well, and to find the best clothes with the right cuts and patterns to fit you.

To learn more shopping tips on plus size women clothing, visit