Fashionable Maternity Swimwear For Summer

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Summer is here! Time for the beach, the rays, the parties oh, the very stressful task of picking out the perfect bathing suit. It is not difficult to find an attractive bathing suit, and you certainly don’t have to be concerned with finding one that is suitable for the office, yet, the mere skimpiness of the piece may make it difficult to work with, especially if you’re not exactly in the supermodel category, and this year, there is a rather big body issue to take into account. You’re pregnant. That means that, while most years your biggest concern may have been Brazilian or full cut, this year you have a whole different set of considerations to deal with. But, worry not, when it comes to choosing maternity swimsuits, there are a whole lot of people who have already “been there, done that,” and they have a lot of advice for first-time mothers hitting the water this year. Here are some things you might want to know about fashionable maternity swimwear, so you and baby can hang ten this summer without a care.

First Trimester
The first trimester is usually assumed to be the easiest of the three when it comes to clothing options, and bathing suit choices are no exception. Most women can wear almost any suit in their drawer and be ok with it, and this may well be the case for you.

The thing to take into consideration during your first trimester is that you probably won’t look pregnant, but of course, that doesn’t mean you’re not. You may find your tummy starting to soften and your bust area, hips, and behind starting to expand, so it may be a good idea to try on that swimwear before you accept any beach or pool party invites.

If you do decide to go maternity wear for the first trimester, a tankini is probably the best choice. It will cover a soft middle and the halter top will provide support for the bust area. Plus, the tankini may be a good investment, as it will probably get you through part of the second trimester, as well.

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Second Trimester
In your second trimester, you should be basking in your pregnancy. You’ll have achieved that little round baby belly that everyone associates with a time of excitement and expectations, and you start getting little smiles and nods of approval from complete strangers. At this time, many women opt for a bikini. However, if you go this route, it is important to go with a maternity bikini, as maternity swimwear will give you that added support in the bust and under the belly, that’s so crucial at this time.

Another thing to be taken into account when choosing the bikini style is that it hides very little, and this includes stretch marks, as well as the “line Negra,” which is a dark line running from the belly button to the pubic bone that some women get during pregnancy. If either of these is a factor for you, you may want to stick with a tankini option.

When choosing a swimsuit for the second trimester, it is important to keep in mind that this will be the time in which your belly will experience a great deal of growth and it is important that you get a suit that will accommodate this growth. Make sure to read the label on your swimsuit to make sure it is made with a blend of fabric able to stretch as you grow, and/or, it features a set of adjustable ties that can be loosened or tightened accordingly.

Third Trimester
Coming down the home stretch, pregnant women may find themselves on a bit of a roller coaster ride when it comes to what to expect when you’re expecting. You may start this trimester with the ideal size manageable baby bump and end up feeling as big as a house. However, this is no excuse to skip the pool. In fact, swimming is a great way to relieve the discomfort of carrying a bigger belly,

The bikini associated with the third tA bikini is still an option in the third trimester, but the maternity design becomes crucial at this stage. You may want to choose one with a skirted bottom for additional support and coverage.The tankini is also still in the running and may be preferable to the bikini at this point because tankinis are usually fitted bellow the belly, making it more flattering to a pregnant stomach.

As for onesies, these are typically avoided. It just seems impossible to make a maternity swimsuit designed for all body types and the constraints of the onesie seem to make it harder to get the right coverage in the right places in a flattering manner.

Are you expecting? Have your expectations already come to fruition? Let us know your picks for the best and most comfortable maternity bathing suits. We love to hear from you!

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Dry Brushing For Overall Wellness

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It’s always nice when you buy a new cosmetic product and it comes with a brush. Brushes are great for applying products for a professional finish, but we all know it’s really the product we care about, right? After all, we usually don’t buy that $20 dollar eyeliner because we have to have the brush. But what about if the brush is the product? Dry brushing may be the newest thing in skin exfoliation, detoxification, stress relief, and reduction of cellulite, and just think, you’ll never have to worry about running out of product again. Take a look at some of the benefits of dry brushing, how to do it, and what to look for in a good dry brush. You may never go back to lotion!

Benefits
Good For Your Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system is the part of your body in charge of eliminating cellular waste. When the lymphatic system becomes congested, waste and toxins build up causing inflammation and disease. Dry skin brushing decongests your lymphatic system, helping the skin release harmful toxins.

Exfoliation
Exfoliation without the micro beads? Dry skin brushing helps to remove dead skin cells, opening clogged pores, and improving skin’s appearance for product- free exfoliation.

Promote Blood Circulation
If you’re looking to restore that healthy glow, the dry brushing of skin increases blood circulation to your skin, aiding in the elimination of metabolic waste.

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Reduces Cellulite
Summer is beach time, and you don’t need pesky cellulite deposits getting in the way of your perfect bikini body. Dry brushing may soften hard deposits of fat causing them to become more evenly distributed while removing toxins that break down connective tissue. While some believe the cellulite removing effect to be temporary, as a result of the skin’s immediate plumping reaction to the brushing, The Huffington Post reported dry brushing to be, “one of the more successful ways to smooth away less-than -perfect spots on your legs.”

Stress Relief
Dry brush away your stress! Dry brushing has been reported to be meditative, calming the mind and relieving stress. Some even compare it to a whole body massage!

How To Do It
Choose a high-quality brush with natural bristles and a long handle to get those hard to reach spots. Aim to dry brush onto two times a day, gradually working it into your daily routine. Always brush toward your heart, which is most effective for your lymphatic system and circulation. Start at your feet and work your way up, avoiding the delicate skin on your face, or any easily irritated areas. Keep the pressure you apply firm but gentle. Your skin may be pink afterward, but not red or irritated. An average session of dry brushing should last between two and 20 minutes.

Have you tried dry brushing? Let us know what you think? Is this the next big thing in skincare?

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Toned And Defined Glutes

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The perfect booty. Songs have been written in its honor, plastic surgery has been used to enhance it, dances have been created around it. Yet, for many of us, it remains beyond our reach. How can we get this thing, so elusive, yet so desirable? Women of today want that perfect butt, and, these days, they want it sculpted, shapely, and defined. Gone are the days of “turn to the side and disappear.” Women are seeking roundness, and lift, and firmness, and exercise is a step in the right direction. Read on to find out how to get toned, defined glutes.

Before You Start
Before you begin to knock yourself out in pursuit of the perfect booty, you should know, it may not be fully attainable. According to the fitness trainer, Jonathan Ross, fat cells the body deposits around the thighs and hips are less responsive to exercise than other parts, but, “Progress is still possible. It just takes a lot of i- dotting and t- crossing when it comes to nutrition and exercise. ” Here are some great exercises to help you dot the I’s and cross the t’s.

Squats
This is one of the most widely expert recommended exercises for hips, butt, and thighs. Stand with your feet parallel, a shoulder’s width apart. Lower your hips slowly, making certain your knees do not extend past your toes.

If squats get too routine, variations are almost endless. Michele Olson, Ph.D., says, “I like plie squats to really work those deep rotator muscles.” You can do these by starting with your feet more than a shoulder’s width apart and your feet turned out. Squat, keeping knees over the ankles and press down on feet, squeezing glutes, until you return to a standing position.

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Lunges
Start with feet parallel, a hip’s distance from one another and take a big step backward or forward, lower your body slowly, bending both knees, no further than 90 degrees, making sure your front knee remains aligned over your front ankle. Bring your feet together and repeat.

Bridges
This is a great exercise for the lower back as well as the gluteus. Just lie on your back with your knees bent and feet planted on the floor, a hip’s width apart. Peel your spine off the floor slowly, starting at the bottom, moving one vertebra at a time, tightening the backs of the thighs and glutes until your body forms a diagonal line from your knees to your shoulder. Return to the starting position, one vertebra at a time.

Step Ups
You’ll need a weight bench or step for this one. Whichever you choose, step one foot on top and push through flute and top of leg, using your muscles to lift the bottom leg and tap the bench. Lower and repeat using the same leg.

Hip/Leg Extensions
Hip/ leg extensions involve reaching your leg behind your body to work your gluteus. Extend your leg behind your body using a carefully controlled motion and keep the core stable. Repeat 15 times, for three sets, and then switch legs.

Are you exercising your gluteus this summer? Let us know what you’re doing to get that shapely bod!

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Lifestyle Choices Of Timeless Beauties

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There she is, you think, her skin is flawless, her hair: perfect, her figure: toned, heck, you don’t even see a chip in her nail polish. And then it comes, the inevitable question: What is she doing that I’m not? How does she achieve that effortless cool while you struggle to keep your stockings from running? Well, you asked, we answered. Here are some of the lifestyle choices of timeless beauties that you may want to start making yourself.

Not Using Heat On Your Hair
If you want your hair to bounce with youth, the flat iron and hair dryer are not going to do the trick. Francesa Fusco MD, says she’s, “seeing lots of damage and breakage from women using multiple heat styling tools.” Instead, she advises declaring heat free days two days a week, opting for a wet bum, air drying, or dry shampooing.

Using Hand Lotion
Because the skin on the backs of your hands is so thin, it tends to age faster than the rest of your body. Dr Fusco says using lotion with sunscreen, “will greatly reduce sun damage, which appears as brown spots and wrinkles.”

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Applying SPF Daily
You must have guessed the timeless beauty is slathering on the SPF. According to a 2013 study, people who applied SPF formulas three to four days a week were less likely to show signs of aging skin than those who applied it less often. Rule of thumb according to the American Academy of Dermatology is a shot glass worth of SPF-30 every day.

Avoiding Foods That Stain Teeth
Oh, how we love to eat and drink them, but when it comes to what they do to our teeth, it’s another story. Dentist Emanuel Layliev says dark, hot, sticky condiments like soy or barbecue sauce are the worst when it comes to staining teeth, followed not far behind by coffee, red wine, and soda. He advises swapping dark sauces with mango salsa or fresh herbs, and foregoing dark soda for seltzer.

Painting Your Nails
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, old looking hands can betray your age more easily than your face can. Distract from less than youthful hands by wearing jewelry and nail polish. “Jewel tones are the best bets for anti-aging,” advises manicurist Lynette Renee, who recommends rich reds and purples to clients seeking more youthful looking hands.

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Exercising Regularly
It should be no surprise to hear that timeless beauties take in exercise on a regular basis. “Exercise Improves healthy circulation, which allows the skin to look its best,” Dr. Fusco explains. A firmer body always makes for a more youthful appearance, and a study from McMaster University in Canada showed that exercise may even reverse signs of aging in the skin. Make an effort to clock in 30 minutes of physical activity daily.

Reducing Sodium
Salty foods can cause you to retain water, and that can result in puffiness, especially beneath the eyes. Try to pinpoint the hidden sodium sources in your food; common culprits include cereal, condiments, sauces, deli meats, and baked goods.

Limiting Smartphone Use
You may have heard that bending your neck when scrolling through your smartphone can cause neck wrinkles. Hanging photos at eye level in the places you text the most may be a good reminder to keep your head up when you’re on your phone.

Let us know how you achieve timeless beauty. We want to know your secrets.

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Summer Wine List

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Ah, sweet memories of summer. You and your significant other drinking wine slushies on the back porch watching the sun go down. You and your significant other drinking pineapple moscato sangria in bed watching the sun come up. You and your significant other drinking rose spritzers on the beach watching the sun go down again. Summer just wouldn’t be summer without wine. So, whether you’re barbecuing, throwing a little get-together, or just sipping for enjoyment, here are some of the wines you need to have on your summer wine list.

Rosés For Summer
When most people think of summer wines, rosés inevitably come up first. However, most wine aficionados would agree that any time can be a good time for any wine, and most who have had rosés in the winter would agree. As long as you pair the wine with a complementary dish, the weather kind of fades into the background. In fact, according to Allie Poindexter from Henrietta Red in Nashville, “During the summer months when there is a wider array of produce available, our menu gets lighter, with heavier items replaced by simple and seasonal offerings that pair will with subtler wines.'” Below are a few favorites that Poindexter says are, “all perfect for sipping on hot summer nights;” and she’s not necessarily limiting her selection to rosés:

Corvezzo Terre si Marca Prosecco, Veneto, Italy
Pondexter point sour that this prosecco, naturally fermented and made from organic grapes, may be a little different from what you expect from the typical sparking. Poindexter says its,”subtle effervescence and floral, funky quality…makes it the perfect pairing for cheese and charcuterie.”

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Christoph Hock Kalkspitz Pet Nat, Kamptal, Austria
Pet-nats are made using a traditional method of producing sparkling wine in which the wine is bottled without additives before the primary fermentation is finished. The result is an unfiltered naturally carbonated wine with a taste comparable to apple cider.

Pouillon And Fils Premier Cru Brut Rose, Champagne, France
This rose and sparkling wine combo is unique in that the Pouillon family grows their own organically farmed grapes; a process not normally used in the region. The result is a pleasurably drinkable wine perfect for summer nights.

Quinta do Montalto Medieval de Ourem Rose, Lisbon Portugal
Poindexter notes that, while the dark ruby color of this wine may not be typical of most roses, drinking the wine will clarify it as pure rose. “It drinks like a rose with lots of red berry fruit and a soaring acidity,” she says, “It has an interesting woodsy character, the result of being aged in chestnut barrels.

Mica Vinho Verde, Minho, Portugal
Made from biodynamic, organic grapes, Poindexter described this vinho verde as, “super light and drinkable, ” adding that it has a “pronounced mineralogy and a low ABV of 10 percent.” and is a “fantastic pairing for oysters and crudos.”

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Arndorfer Kamptal Vorgeschmack White, Niederosterreich, Austria
Poindexter informs, “Vorgeshmack means appetizer in German, and like an appetizer this wine is meant to be an introduction into the Arndorfer family vineyards.” Apparently, it’s an enticing one. The chef says, “Reisling lands fruitiness and dynamism while Gruner Veltliner brings florals and spice.”

What are you drinking this summer? Cocktails? Or are you more of a strict wine purist? Let us know!

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Try These Hair Colors Before Summer Ends

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Summer is a great time to dye your hair. Why? Because summer is bucket list time, time to cross off all those things you want to do before you kick it, and you know dying your hair every color under the sun takes up several places on that list. So, what’s it going to be this year, hologram pink? Gray matter? Violet hour? If you still haven’t made up your mind, here are some of the hottest color picks by celebrity hair stylists this season, but you better act quickly, summer won’t last long, and your roots are showing!

Neutral Blonde
If you’ve seen Nicole Kidman lately, you may notice that her skin tone is noticeably close to her hair color. That’s the neutral or nude blonde effect at work. It’s good for a subtle look, keeping the fun in blonde without the brassiness. Works great with peach-toned makeup for a natural radiance.

Cool Blonde
Cool blonde is a great way to play up those highlights and undertones. Says colorist Gion Vincent, “A lot of the new words you will be hearing when it comes to blonde this season are creamy ginger, creamy platinum ash, and smoke taupe.” Cool blonde is also a great way for loyal brunettes to get in on the blonde action.

Honey Blonde
Oh, honey. If you want to get an idea of what honey blonde looks like in action, check out Beyonce. Color consultant Tracey Cunningham says, “Baby lights weaved throughout the hair will lighten and brighten without losing dimension,” so it can handle summertime exposure to sun and chlorine like a pro. But do you really need more to recommend it thanBeyonce?

Strawberry Blond
The name alone makes you want to try this color at least once in your life. Strawberry blond is somewhat easier to wear than most traditional blondes because of its natural appearance as a highlight in most other hair colors. Says Cunningham, “The balance of red and blonde achieved through highlights and a gloss is perfect for a natural redhead of a blonde looking to experiment with a new shade of red.”

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Platinum
Always a head turner, platinum is one of the more glamorous options for blondes this summer. Just remember to stop by the pharmacy to stock up on some chlorine removing shampoo when you’re picking up the touch up formulas.

Defined Highlights
The definition may be the definition of hair color this summer. Colorist Chase Kusero says, “This season it’s about dimensional color. Really warm mixed with neutrals and a lot of reflective colors and not blended, but defined placement and definition.”

Peach
Peach is the new black this summer, or should we say the new blonde? Always a great summer color, Kusero says, “It looks especially good on bronze and sun-kissed skin, plus adds warmth to any skin tone.”

Tell us what your thinking interns of hair color this year? We want to know what dye to try before we die!

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The Healthiest Summer Foods

So you’ve made it past winter. Past the comfort foods, the mac and cheese, the long cold nights on the couch the endless turkey leftovers, the pumpkin spice lattes, the pumpkin spice potato chips, the pumpkin spice nut muffins and the pumpkin flavored ice cream, and now it’s summer. Time to turn over a new leaf, and hopefully one with a vegetable attached. Summer is time to get healthy, and that means eating healthy. Here are some great healthy summer foods to set you off on the path to health.

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Watermelon
It wouldn’t be summer without the taste of watermelon, and the added perks: the fruit can also help keep your memory sharp, your body cool, and your mood balanced. The great thing about watermelon is that it’s 92 percent water, which not only keeps your body hydrated but can also help to keep your weight down. Research shows that the water in the melon keeps you full without adding calories. Another watermelon plus: the lycopene will protect your skin from the sun.

Corn on the cob

Corn
Ah, sweet corn, a must for your summer barbecue, and get this, it actually may be nature’s sunglasses. The antioxidants in corn, lutein and zezxanthin form a macular pigment that actually helps to filter out the sun’s more damaging rays while helping to lower the risk of age related macular degeneration.

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Iced Coffee
What better way to start your summer morning than with an ice cold glass of coffee? Better yet, in doing so, you may be reducing your risk of skin cancer. According to a study of more than 9,300 women published in European Journal of Cancer Prevention, those who drank a daily cup of caffeinated coffee lowered their risk of non-melanoma cancer development by about 10%, and the more they drank, the lower the risk.

Cherries

Tart Cherries
It’s cherry eating season and if you’re looking to slim down, you may want to do a whole lot of it this summer. Scientists at the University of Michigan Health System found that rats who supplemented a high-fat diet with tart cherry powder gained less weight and body fat than those who got the same amount of calories from carbohydrates. Apparently, the anthocyanins in tart cherries activate a molecule that boosts fat burning in the body and decreases fat storage. Another tart cherry bonus: drinking tart cherry juice can help you sleep better and relieve pain after a taxing workout.

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Tomatoes
Not only do tomatoes make a lovely addition to a summer salad or sandwich, they can also help to keep you from sunburn. Apparently, the lycopene, which is the carotenoid responsible for giving tomatoes their red color, can also protect skin from sunburn. In fact, according to one study, participants exposed to UV light had almost 50% less reddening after eating 2 1/2 tablespoons of tomato paste for 10 to 12 weeks.

What are you eating this summer? Let us know how you’re staying full and healthy this season. We want to know!

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