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081307FASHION.jpg  Have you ever been a victim of the dreaded toss and turns? One way to alleviate this problem and improve your nighttime log-sawing is by wearing more comfortable sleepwear. Follow these sleepwear comfort-enhancing tips to make counting sheep a thing of the past.

The Soft Factor
Wearing ratty old t-shirts or scratchy flannels to bed isn't conducive to a good night's sleep, so the first step to more comfortable sleepwear is choosing fabrics that are soft to the touch, such as pajamas made of fleece, jersey or silk. The softer the fabric, the more soothed the wearer will be. What's there not to like about wearing pajamas so soft you feel like you're clothed in feathers?

Through Thick and Thin
Another aspect of sleepwear that can affect the quality of your rest is the weight of the fabric. Depending on your personal preference or climate, the thickness or thinness of a nightgown can make all the difference. As to climate, the answer's obvious: hotter climes wear thinner versions, and vice versa. But preference is up to you. If you're hot blooded, thinner sleepwear is the answer, whether you live directly on the Equator or in the Antarctic. If you do get night sweats, you may want to consider a fabric with wicking properties to prevent skin breakouts.

Closely Fitted
A third thing to think about when choosing comfy sleepwear is fit. Again, this is up to an individual's preference, but for the most part, the roomier fitting options are ideal. Loose-fitting sleepwear allows the wearer to move freely, an important consideration if you tend to move around a lot during the night. However, if tight is your pajama penchant, still make sure your nighttime garments aren't restricting blood flow.

Extras, or Lack Thereof
Before you get all excited about that cute cami set with three-inch heart buttons, think about what you're going to feel like the next morning after sleeping on them for eight hours! In other words, some sleepwear is divine to look at, but may not be the most comfortable sleep option. With all good things, moderation is best. Look for sleepwear that is distinctive in its cut or style, such as a lacy tank paired with gaucho bottoms, rather than a nightgown with huge buttons.

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In recent years, workout wear has come into its own. Many of the newest trends for fall can be worn in the gym and out to lunch with the girls. So, let’s review what workout wear will make you feel so good that you can’t wait to get to the gym.

For those of you who love to run, products by Nike, New Balance and Triks are your answer. Aside from its always fabulous selection of shoes, Nike carries a great line of running shorts that remind me of the ‘80s, complete with neon colors and side-piping to match, a virtual guarantee you’ll stand out in a crowd. However, the Nike shorts can run a tad short, so if you are at all self-conscious about your legs, Nike isn’t the brand for you.

Another useful workout wear brand is New Balance, which has running shirts, shorts and skirts. This brand is designed for women, rather than teens, so the clothes have the added bonus of running a little bigger, though fashion may be sacrificed somewhat. The best places in the Cincinnati area to find New Balance workout apparel is at Fleet Feet Sports in Kenwood or at one of Bob Roncker’s Running Spot locations. By the way, when choosing workout wear, remember to pick pieces that have moisture wicking, which is a runner’s best bet to prevent leg chafing.

Finally, the running skirt by Triks,, is a great choice for the avid runner. The skirts come in two lengths: marathon for those of you who prefer a shorter skirt, and the gym girl for those who like a little bit longer length. The best part about Triks’ skirt is that it can be worn to the gym or on a run and when the workout is done you can just change your shirt and go out to lunch, the grocery store or the mall and still look fabulous. The skirts also feature moisture wicking compression shorts underneath, which prevents the wearer from get sweaty and prevents a peek-a-boo when doing abs at the gym. There are many skirts on the market, but this one is the best. It is designed by a female triathlete and every detail has been decided on for a women. There is even an MP3 pocket in the shorts and a hole in the side of the skirt to pull the MP3 cord through so that you can rock out while you workout.

Yoga and pilates buffs also have a great selection of clothes for the fall. Lucy at has some awesome new lines that are really just extensions of what is hot in casual clothes. The brown, burnt orange, deep pink and heathered colors are all hot for fall. Camouflage still seems to be a staple in workout wear as well as the army green color. Lucy has a wonderful selection of pants in many colors that come in different lengths. Don’t forget a pant with some amount of spandex so that you can move into that downward dog pose. Also, the shirts for the fall have great prints that you may want to wear beyond the gym or yoga studio.

Finally, the piece of workout wear that every woman should have but few do: a sports bra that actually fits. O.K., I’ll be honest: at one time I was one of those large busted people who literally wore three or four sports bras to squish the girls and prevent any type of bounce. Then I found out about the Moving Comfort Selection of bras found at Fleet Feet and Dick’s Sporting Goods. The bras come in sizes AA to DD and they are wonderful. They have adjustable straps and fit like a regular bra, only comfier. If you shop at Fleet Feet they are trained to fit you for the right sports bra. The employees will also educate you about the importance of sports bras not squashing your girls but lifting and separating them to prevent movement. The cost is a bit high, but if you just wear one sports bra versus three or four you are already saving money and time doing laundry.

One last thought, your workout clothes should fit so well that you feel like a diva every time you go workout, but remember there are some workout clothes that don’t belong in the grocery store, such as bike shorts—save those for you spin classes. Also, velour is better fitted for Monday morning coffee with the girls than for running. Now go out and find your perfect workout wear and give that outfit the workout it, and you, deserve.

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We’ve all experienced the “looked great on the hanger” catastrophe. You fell in love with a pinstriped gray pencil skirt at first glance, but once it was on your body that first glance wasn’t so sweet. Know why? That skirt didn’t suit the shape of your body. Apple or pear, hourglass or petite—until you buy tops, pants, jeans and skirts that fit your shape the woes o’ clothes will never end.

Red Delicious

Apple-shaped ladies generally have fuller breasts, waists and upper backs with slimmer legs. When on the lookout for clothes, choose pieces that showcase your knockout legs and balance your larger upper half.

One way to accomplish this balance is to create a waist. Cinched-at-the-waist anything, tailored jackets and wraps draw the eye to your waist and slim your figure. Wearing darker-colored tops made of basic fabrics will also slim your figure by minimizing your upper body.

On your bottom half, show off your legs with pencil skirts or shorter hemlines. Pair either with a flowing peasant top to create proportion. Skirts with a flare or ruffle balance a larger top half. Flared and boot cut pants also ideal for accomplishing balance.

Sugared Pears

Ladies with a pear-shaped body have a smaller chest, bust and waist with bigger hips, thighs and booty. A pear’s main clothing concern should be finding a wardrobe that at once draws the eye to the body’s slimmer top half and balances the larger bottom half.

V-necked tops are a good choice for pear ladies, as they add definition to the smaller top half of the body. Embellished necklines with sequins, ruching or beading are also effective in adding shape and making your bust appear fuller.

Another pear-lady technique to draw attention to the upper half is wearing bold colored, patterned or detailed blouses. Pairing such a top with a dark or solid toned skirt, pant or denim will result in proportionate perfection.

For any occasion, be it casual or formal, the best dresses for a pear shape cinch at the waist and flow outward, such as a dress with an empire waist. This draws attention to your southern belle-esque mid section and sashays over the parts that need minimization. Knee-length skirts fitting loosely in the thighs are also a good choice because they accentuate slim calves and ankles.


Hourglass-shaped women look like they may have Marilyn Monroe as an ancestor; in other words, these women have wider busts and thighs and a small waist. These ladies should wear clothes that display their assets and hide the not-so-great parts.

An hourglass shape staple is the wrap top or dress. Or any clothing item that cinches or belts at the waist. This calls attention to a middle even Scarlett O’Hara would envy (and makes certain assets look even bigger.) Hourglasses can make said assets look ITAL***too*** big, however, by sporting high necklines. Avoid that problem by wearing v-necks instead, which narrow the torso.

When it comes to skirts, knee-length is generally best for an hourglass shape, while pencil or high-waisted skirts are great for minimizing the tummy and elongating the body. As for bottoms style, flared denim makes thighs look smaller, while medium rise pants hide unwanted tummy bulges. Pants with high waists are also good for hourglass shapes, because it highlights the smaller waist and again hides the stomach if needed.

Petite Chic

Ladies with a smaller frame and broad shoulders and short legs are known as “petite.” Petite women should focus on finding clothes that create length and curves.

Petite shaped women can easily lengthen their frames by wearing tall boots, pumps or wedges. Skinny jeans also make a petite woman’s frame seem long and lean, but avoid pants or jeans that touch the floor. Pants that are too long draw the eye down. Instead, find bottoms that are at least an inch away from the floor.

Any clothes that cinch or are tailored to the waist and flare out will work on you to create curves. A jacket with darting, a pencil skirt with a flounced bottom or anything high-necked will bring out your body’s soft side.

Keep your size in mind while shopping. What may be the correct length or fit on a taller woman may not be the same for you. For instance, if you’re dying to wear a long pashmina, choose a smaller one—‘cause it’ll look bigger on you! In other words, buy all clothes and accessories in proportion to your body.

That goes for clothes with patterns also. Bolder, larger patterns or details can literally be too much for petite frames, and if worn, result in an almost cartoonish look. Thin pinstripes or polka dots are a better alternative.

Sporty Spice

Ladies with an athletic figure have very little curves with smaller breasts and bottoms. For these women, creating curves is the most important step to a balanced shape.

Sporty ladies can look curvier in a number of ways. Pleating, beading, prints, ruching and knits are your key words. Clothing that incorporates any of those styles create curves in all the right places. Cinched belts and tailored jackets flaring at the waist is another curve option, or if you’re a skirt kind of girl, a-line and fuller skirts pump up the volume of your frame. In dresses, a good choice is again the a-line for its flared bottom.

Clothing that is tailored to the body rather than loose-fitting is another rule to live by for the athletically-framed woman. Your body would just get lost in a sack-like garment. Wearing large jewelry and flashy colors around your neckline (i.e. scarves) add depth to a simple frame wanting decoration.

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Choosing the wrong dress can make an expensive purchase look cheap or send the wrong message before you speak. However, the right choice of clothing for the right body type transcends confidence and inner beauty. That's what it's all about.

Don't blame it on mom and dad or the pizza the night before. Your body type is a combination of many variables. Everyone has a body type. There are four different body types: round, hour glass, pear, and straight or "boyish."

Round or Apple Shape
This body type is usually round with a generous bustline, wider rib cage, fuller back, narrow hips and slender legs.

Your best dress: Show off those legs! Most women strive for legs like yours. Opt for one that skims the knee and flatters your shapeliness. The neckline should be v-neck, but not too plunging. An empire waistline softens the lines of the body while deflecting the eye upwards and away from the face. A printed wrap or elegantly draped silhoutte are good choices too.

What to avoid? Avoid tops that are too fitted. If you are wearing a jacket, make sure the lapels are narrow. Asymmetrical hemlines, skirts that hit the calf or clingy fabrics all take way from your best assets.

Patterns or colors: Opt for smaller prints and vertical lines. Don't feel like you have to wear black all the time. There are so many options including adding color in your accessories and shoes.

Pear Shaped
Feminine is the name of the game. This body type has a slender neck, narrow shoulders, small bust but is generous in the hip and thigh area. Go for balance by choosing a dress with a flattering fitted top with more volume on the bottom. Some call this "fit and flare."

Your best choice: Necklines should draw attention to the face and shoulders. Bodices with embellishments or detailing can do the trick too. This can be seen in empire, wrap or halters with a flowing bottom line enhance your best features.

Avoid: Tight clothing or cinching the waist. It will draw the eye to the midline and puts more focus on the hip area. Steer clear of sheath dresses or bias cuts that cling in the wrong places.

Patterns and Prints: Avoid bold prints and patterns. Go for fabrics with soft textures and interesting small prints or florals.

Hour Glass
Lucky you! Beyonce is the Queen of the Hour Glass in the style magazines. She isn't afraid of showing off those curves, so neither should you. If you have a bustline, defined waist, curved hips, shapley legs and sometimes a protruding bottom this is your category.

Your best dress: Define your positives. Choose a dress with waist definition whether it's a contoured waist, belted, corseted or wrapped.

Avoid: Anything too clingy or baggy.

Patterns: Choose interesting fabrics and textures like metallics or go for jewel tones in emerald or deep purple.

"Boyish" or Straight
The straight body has an upper and lower torso that are equal in width, an average bustline, large ribcage, undefined waist, flat bottom and slender legs.

Your best choice: Choose a dress that draws more attention to your bustline, like a plunging neckline with ruffles. Or, go for a keyhole, assemtrical or halter neckline. The 60's sheath looks fabulous on your figure, too!

Avoid: Anything too tight. You want to soften your lines and create curves.

Patterns: Go for it. You can play with color and patterns. It's up to you.

Most of all, embrace who you are and what's right for you. Above all, have fun with your clothes and make a night out on the town even more special when you feel comfortable and confident.


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Where do the fashion conscious turn to find stylish gems for less? Every city has them, every woman wants to love them. The answer? Discount stores and sale racks. These bargain bases are filled with countless deals and bargain-hunting shoppers ready to put up their dukes to get that one of a kind deal. At times, they can make even the most experienced shoppers tense, with their overwhelming mounds of clothing mixed together in a clutter of fashion madness.

I can see it now… Upon entering your local discount store, you look around and see hangers shoved together and intertwined on racks. Suddenly you feel hot and the sweat beads start to form. The only thing you can make out is mountains of different colors and styles mixed together in a plethora of garment hell. You immediately want to run to the expensive boutique around the corner. The one where you find three items to a ten foot rack, hanging nicely, color coded, side by side. Too bad the extra zeros on the price tag will leave you with no money left over for a night on the town.

Don’t feel ashamed, most of us have had the same discount store experience. Avoid letting that mishmash of clothing steer you away from joys of fashion discount heaven. Follow these simple tips to find a that fashion gem hidden far beneath the surface of stained tees and butterfly-collared shirts. You’re a fashionable gal, wearing the latest hip and trendy styles. Why not achieve that star-status style while keeping extra money in your pocketbook?

Diamond in the Rough

You'll be searching the mine; be prepared so you don't get overwhelmed. You know what you’re about to face, so get ready to spend time doing a little digging. If you’re in a hurry, discount shopping may not be the right choice. Discount stores tend to have cluttered racks filled with varied sizes, styles and colors. Deep down in the trenches are those fashion diamonds for half the price. Knowing that is half the battle, so be prepared to spend some time looking for your fashion jewel.

Gems galore. Discount racks tend to have a mix of sizes and colors thrown together, even though they claim to be sorted. Think of colors that make you look and feel your best, and grab them when you spot them. It’s a simple way to sort through those crowded clothing racks and start your bargain shopping experience. The color that brings out your eyes may just be the right style and size!

Stolen jewels. Have you ever put something back, only to find it taken when you return? This shopping dilemma occurs all too often in discount stores. If there is a slight chance it may work, hold onto it and try it on. Chic fashion finds disappear quickly. Don’t let an item go unless you know for sure your wardrobe is better off without it.

A girl's best friend. Bring a fashion-forward friend or family member that is familiar with your wardrobe desires. Your style savvy cohorts will help cover more ground in less time, a one up on the other bargain shoppers. You’ll also get that second opinion you may need to make pertinent fashion choices. Two sets of terrifically trendy eyes are always better than one!

Fashion Forecast

Find the facts, fashionista. Ask a knowledgeable store manager when new shipments come in, and plan accordingly. Deliveries are usually the same time and day each week. With this information, you’ll have a fashionable finger on the pulse of your favorite discount store. There will be more to choose from and you’ll find the fashion gems first!

The lay of the land. Frequent the same discount and thrift stores when bargain shopping. You’ll know the store layout like the back of your fabulous hand. This cuts down on time, getting you the first-class fashion finds first. Soon, you’ll be crowed the queen of the fashion mine, while others are left digging for imaginary gems.

Do your homework. Browse through updated fashion magazines for the latest style craze. Then sound off that trend alert by visiting your local thrift or discount stores to emulate the look for less. Take the time to try on selected items, and work them with current trendy accessories you find. You’ll be a stylish fashionista with money left in your pocket for a night on the town!

Fashion emergency. Check all your fashion finds for undue damage before purchasing them. All too often an item may be discounted because of flaws you may not want to live with. Look each item over thoroughly for devilish defects that can hinder your wardrobe ways.

Never feel that overwhelming anxiety when entering a discount store or searching through an intimidating sale rack again. Follow these guidelines, and you’ll be a keen shopper that can easily spot than shining fashion gem. You’ll rock that stylish wardrobe and have money left over for your happening social calendar. You’re today’s self-sufficient trendy woman, that knows you can achieve a high class look for less. See you at the sale rack!


Click on the below play button to see Missy in discount digging action.


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Every woman I know has a part of her body that she would like to switch with Halle Barry or Cindy Crawford. But since those two aren’t going to give up any part of their flawless figures, we need to work with what we’ve got.

Knowing your body type can be the first step to filling your closet with clothes that flatter your figure. Women with a small, narrow upper body and larger hips and thighs would be considered pear or diamond shaped. If you have a generous bust, round back and narrow hips, your body type is round. If you have a pronounced bust, small waist and curved hips you have an hourglass figure and may be related to Marilyn Monroe. For help identifying your body type and tips on how to dress to flatter your figure, visit Melange.

Clothing can be your best ally when it comes to disguising figure flaws. Feeling a little flabby in the gut? Address the problem with Tummy Tuck Jeans. There’s clothing designed with control panels and compression fabric to make you feel comfortable and look slimmer in pants, a camisole or a dress. Tummy Tuck Jeans, a Hide ‘n’ Sleek Camisole and a Hidden Slimmer dress are featured on About.Com Women’s Fashion here. Dressing down for summer and keeping your figure flaws under cover can be a challenge, but it can be done. You just need to know what works for you. Check out eHOW for tips on choosing the right shorts or sundress.

Remember, it’s not always about emphasizing or covering it up. It’s also about understanding what pieces work well together. We all have those days when we leave the house thinking, “I’m lookin’ oh so fine today!” Then you come home, look in the mirror and think, “I was out all day looking like this? Well, take comfort in the fact that it happens to all of us. Even celebrities have problems pulling an outfit together. Click here to check out Mr. Blackwell’s Big Fashion Misses.

Styles change. But you’ll be a classic once you understand your body type and know what looks good on you. Now that summer is half over, it's time to consider what you’ll be wearing this fall. View the new fall ’07 fashion forecast, click here.

My take away tip from all this…my pants will have back pockets to give my rump a little more bump.


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Every woman opens up her closet and says it: “I have absolutely nothing to wear.” When in actuality you’re standing in front of a closet full of potential. Here are a few ways to tap into that illusive potential:

The Blouse

The button down, collared shirt, whatever you'd like to call it; we all have it in our closet, and probably look at it as if it were calling us back to the office. NOOOOOOOOO! All you need to do is add belt around the waist (thin or wide belt), cuff the sleeve. Put on a pair of dark jeans, cute pumps and tahdah! You have successfully transformed that top into tiptop sexy, sophisticated shape.

The Lil Cotton Dress
Is it a dress? Is it a top? It’s both. Ladies, please don’t think that because something is marketed as one item, that’s all it can be. Wrong. Fashion wouldn’t be fashion if you didn’t play around with it and do your own thing.

For some reason, you’ve kept it or you’ve worn at ton and don’t want people thinking “is that the only dress this girl owns?” Add a pair of jeans or dress pants under it and wear it as a top. This is an oober trendy way to add style to an otherwise bland garment. Punch it up with a clutch, fun bracelet or diamond studs. Pin your bangs back and you’ve turned blah into bam! (Pssst! This is also a great way to hide when you’re feeling a little on the bloated side.)

The Tank
The tank is notorious in everyone’s closet. Some of us wear it as gym wear or everyday wear. An easy way to take the tank to the next level is to layer it over a long sleeve fitted cotton shirt. It gives the tank an artsy twist. Pair it with a pencil or mini skirt and that tank will be so happy to not be going to the gym. Put your hair in a pony tail with some soft curls, and you’ll be able to wear whatever shoes you choose.

The key to great style is actually not having one. Think about it. The fashion world tends to do some things that are strange at first, and then we all ride the trend train. Also, remember less is more! Don’t load up on jewelry and think you look great. You may look like a Christmas tree instead. If you go for large earrings, pass on the necklace that day. And visa versa. An outfit should revolve around one main piece and evolve from there. And as for clothing: You should wear them, they shouldn’t wear you.

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Do you own that wardrobe staple, the little black dress? The dress that transcends events, seasons and yes, even time. We all do. But even tried and true pieces like our beloved LBDs can use a little saucy va-voom every now and then. Local fashionistas clue you in on how to make your LBD draw a second (or even third) look.

“The biggest way I would change the little black dress is through the accessories,” says Diane Sweeney, owner of Coco’s on Madison. “Through accessories, and through colors, you can change the total look of the little black dress.”

But before beginning the LBD accessorizing process, you should decide which piece of your ensemble you would most like to showcase. For example, do you absolutely adore the dress, and want to make sure that’s the first thing seen, or do your shoes make you salivate at the mouth and should therefore be the featured object?

Or more simply, “Do I want to see the shoe or do I want to see the dress?” asked Vicky Schmidt, co-owner of Envy on Observatory Road in Cincinnati.

Neutral-toned shoes and accessories, in colors such as silver, gold, bronze or white, are better if you’d like your dress to be the first thing noticed about you. However, if you have to-die-for orange pumps, your dress can be the accessory.

Regardless of this question, Schmidt recommends not wearing a black shoe with a black dress, even though some may not feel comfortable wearing otherwise: “Soften the dress by putting on a neutral shoe,” she says.

Once you’ve chosen your featured piece of choice, you can begin the LBD jazz-up procedure. Sweeney recommends adding colors that will contrast nicely with the black, such as red and yellow. Cooler colors such as blue, purple or green will look good also, but warm colors work best.

“I think red and yellow are really popular right now,” Sweeney says. “Some people can’t wear yellow; so if you like the color, it’s a fun way to bring it into the handbag, jewelry or shoes.”

Belts are one of the most important steps for Schmidt, who says switching the belts can keep a dress completely new. Sheath-shaped dresses work best with belts (and everything else, Schmidt says: there are thousands of things you can do with a sheath), but many black dresses lend themselves to this accessory.

Varying width belts are popular this season, such as wide or skinny, but the choice of width depends on your body type, Schmidt says.

“Wide isn’t for everyone,” she says. If someone is tall and skinny, a wide belt cinched at the waist is best. But for more curvy types, a skinnier belt worn at the hip is better, because wearing belts at the hip have an elongating effect, according to Schmidt.

Another popular way to add to your LBD is with a neck scarf, Sweeney says. “Neck scarves are in right now even though it’s summer,” she says. “It’s just a different look, probably not practical, but it’s a cool look.” Again, when choosing the scarf, decide whether you want it to complement or contrast with your LBD.

Season is something else to consider when accessorizing your LBD. In the summer, Schmidt says less is more. A pretty shawl or brooch will do the trick, she says. However, heavy accessories like strands of pearls in addition to belts lend themselves better to winter or fall.

“Clean and basic jumpers that are sleeveless, round necked and straight to floor are great for fall because you can put something underneath,” Schmidt says.

Other accessory recommendations: lots of jewelry, sheer, patterned or colored stockings, dramatic hats and makeup to match.


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Do three-way mirrors, fluorescent lights, and the thought of seeing your own pasty skin squeezed into a form-fitting garment usually scare you right out of shopping for a swimsuit? Well, it’s time to face your fears. With the help of Jessica Dole with Jimmy Swimmy, try these tricks to make this year’s suit shopping painless:

  • Shorter people should not wear bulky bathingsuits with an overlap. They should also stick to bathing suits that are thin on the sides of the hips. This helps elongate and thin out the legs, while taking emphasis off the midsection.
  • Are you a tall drink of water? Try a longer line tankini and coordinate with separates.
  • For a large bust, try a tankini, because it emphasizes your upper curves in a classy way. Also, look for suits with built-in bras for support.
  • The one-piece is in. You see more and more people – large, small and everywhere in between – with uniquely styled one-peice suits.
  • Bright colors in the summer emphasize tans and pedicures.

Fortunately, online retailers like are starting to really help women shop for bathing suits. Instead of numerical sizes, the sizes are color-coded, and the online shopping experience may decrease your public bathing suit shopping anxiety.

According to , here are more simple shopping tips:

  • Go shopping for a swimsuit on a day you are feeling confident and are in good spirits. Selecting a suit will be all the easier if you feel good about yourself.
  • Do not set limits – especially time limits. The more time you have, the smarter your final choice will be.
  • Know your body. Certain body types can’t wear certain suits. That’s just the way it is. Once you get that settled, you’ll avoid a lot of tear-fests.
  • Just because your dresses are size 8, don’t assume your bikini will be. Swimsuits tend to run smaller than clothing, so be prepared to try on a few sizes larger than you are used to. Is the suit creating bulges or muffintops? That’s an instant hint to go up a size.
  • Be comfortable – not just physically, but mentally. Thongs are hot, but you won’t be if you feel like a dork wearing one.

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Colors: greens are very popular. Some great combinations are green and raspberry pink, but not a feminine pink. Together they look crisp and fresh. Green and browns- a softer green, paired they are very inviting. Reds, in many shades, are in; rusty reds to a claret color.

Paint: faux finishes that are heavily textured are everywhere. There is a lot of depth of color to these because of the multi-layered processed used. Some have a stencil piece that has irregular borders; that fading in and out treatment gives it an aged feel. Sometimes they can only be seen at certain angles.

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The whole house revolves around the kitchen, and they are magnificent! Beautiful cabinetry, embellished with carved onlays. Painted or stained, there are a lot of details. They are also very well thought out, everything has a function.

Huge refrigerators and freezer drawers. Appliances are all top of the line. People like to invest in things they use this frequently.

Pubs on the first floor are a trend. This is a great spot for entertaining (breaks up the bottleneck in the kitchen) or just an adult place to unwind at the end of the day.
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TVs are everywhere!

This is new – one of our homes has a dedicated soccer room! Astroturf and padded goals. It's great fun for the kids!

Some old styles are being revisited:

  • Detailed woodworking details are rich, elaborate and timeless
  • Wider width hardwood floors, great for the open spaces on which they are being used.
  • Iron railings, with lots of detail, really make a statement in the foyer.
  • Brick inside – one of our homes has gorgeous arched doorways in brick.


– Holly Burtschy Rebensdorf, Interiors by Nancy Paul & Julie Bell