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Sweetheart inside and out

Sweetheart
If you have a top or dress that has a sweetheart neckline and no straps your best off with a bra that reflects this shape.
I can personally recommend this Wonderbra strapless bra. I purchased it because I needed a strapless bra but at the time I wasn’t too fussed about a sweetheart neckline. I’m glad it has that lower sweetheart feature neckline as I can wear it with more things.
For me the fit was really good and the anti-slip band is actually anti-slip! The structure and design inside the cups gives very good support and uplift (although if you have very big lovely boobies you may not be able to get all the support you need). The band fastens with 3 hook and eyes which makes for a very sturdy back. As well as being very practical the bra has some pretty lace on top!
 
STELLA McCARTNEY bustier corset top
$340 – brownsfashion.com

Lacy bra
$61 – figleaves.com
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Take the plunge

Take the plunge

What bra should I wear under a wrap dress?

Because the right bra can make all the difference especially if you want to look smart and professional. Choosing a moulded cup will avoid lumps and bumps giving you a smooth seam free finish under close fitting tops and dresses. The plunge shape gives you good coverage and is the perfect shape for a v-neck wrap dress.

The dress featured in this picture is from my Silk Line clothing collection.

The Freya Deco Vibe bra pictured above comes in three tones, blush (pictured), mocha and black. If you have a difficult to find size this bra might be a good option. It starts at 28D, 30D and 32B and goes up to 36GG or 38G.

Other examples…

Smooth it over

T-shirt Bra

Lace back distraction

Clear back Bra

 

Endless combinations

Multiway Bra

Sweetheart

Strapless Bra

Be a racer

Racer back bra

Halterneck and low back

Halterneck bra


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Do you fancy 5 meals a day?

I’ve been thinking that I need to make a change to my diet, add a bit more energy to my step!  I’ve been looking into what I can add or change in my food to improve my energy and mood! Perhaps you could do with a bit of a mood or energy pick me up too, especially when you have a busy work and personal schedule!

A key change might be to have 5 small healthy meals a day. (some more info on this that might explain the concept!) – Please note that I think this may take some organisation and I think I’m going to try allocating my Sunday afternoons for weekly food prep!

Mood and Energy Ingredients and recipes to try:

  • A sugar-free museli will keep your blood sugar levels even – stop mood swings.
  • Walnuts are great for energising iron and mood stabilising zinc.
Suggested meal no.1: For breakfast try a sugar-free museli and add your own fresh fruit, nuts and yogurt. This one on Pinterest looks good.
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Museli, fruit and yoghurt


  • Nuts are rich in omega-3 fats.These help restore the structure of cells in our brains so they communicate better. Boosts mood and memory.
  • Great quality dark chocolate (70% + cocoa content) in moderation has some great health benefits – such as improving blood flow to the brain and possibly improve brain function. For more great chocolate benefits head here. Dark chocolate is high in magnesium. This calms muscles and reduces anxiety. Also rich in antioxidants which regulate the neurotransmitters associated with mood function – keeping them stable!

Suggested meal no.2: Snack time for me. A little tub of my favorite mixed nuts like almonds, waltnuts and some broken up dark chocolate make a great pick me up between meals.


  • Tomatoes and avocados are rich in B vitamins. Lack of Vitamin B can lead to irritability.6d12a2a00de82307813ca85ea25c08dc
  • Soy Beans (Edamame) have very high tryptophan. Trytophan is converted to serotonin in the body. This is the hormone that makes you feel happy!

Suggested meal no.3: Have a lunchtime salad and not just a boring salad of a load of old leaves! Salads in my book need to be fresh, tasty and filling. This salad from SkinnyTaste that I found via Pinterest looks amazing: Spiralized Raw Zucchini Salad with Avocado and Edamame | Skinnytaste. Last year we had a glut of courgettes/Zucchinis from the allotment and discovered how amazing they are raw very thinly sliced in a salad using a vegetable peeler. I think this is the recipe I used!

 


 

  • Lemon juice on top of carbohydrate based foods can lower their GI. This could reduce any blood sugar swings. “Fat and acid foods (like vinegar, lemon juice or acidic fruit) slow the rate at which the stomach empties and slow the rate of digestion, resulting in a lower GI.” (full info here)

Suggested meal no.4: Small potato salad with a lemon vinaigrette with a small portion of grilled chicken on the side (with a nice sauce). Or maybe try something smaller: pop the dressed chicken in a brown pita bread.

Or perhaps an afternoon snack like a piece of fruit can beat those afternoon sweet cravings! (A twist of lemon in a glass of water can help beat cravings.)


  •  Choose slow-releasing carbs such as brown rice, wholemeal bread and oats- encourage a gradual release of sugar into the blood. This will stabilise your moods.
  • Spinach and Kale contain great vitamins which are great for stabilising the brain.
Suggested meal no.5: Try and combine slow-release carbs where ever you can. This salmon and oatmeal burger looks good and is a different twist to the normal fish dish. Serve with a peppery salad of mixed leaves like rocket, baby spinach leaves and watercress and dress with a squeeze of lemon.

Salmon with oat crust


  • Try not to have too much coffee. Studies show more than 700mg of caffeine (about 5 cups of coffee) is associated with depression and mood swings.

Suggested drink no.1: Whilst working at your office desk it can be easy to get sucked into the cycle of teas and coffees. Next time reach for a green tea. Green tea made with steamed leaves has an amazing array of beneficial properties including “prevent clogging of the arteries, burn fat, counteract oxidative stress on the brain”.

Suggested drink no.2: Warm water with lemon juice in it has many benefits include producing digestive juices! Read more about it here.

 Suggested drink no.3: Have a cup of Chamomile tea before bed. This can help with mild depression, relieve anxiety and sooth you to sleep.

Shades of Grey

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Shades of Grey

Grey can look very professional for work. You need to pick the right grey for you. A very dark grey could be perfect or it could overpower you. A pale grey could work wonders or could wash you out. As with all colours you need to see them against your skin tone and preferably in a natural light.
A friend with an honest opinion helps and you can compare different grey’s against your skin tone.

A sales assistant who tells you the truth is worth her weight in gold – ask her opinion, get her suggestions and show your appreciation. All sales assistants should be honest (but this isn’t always the case), if you get home and you hate it then you’ll just take it back, a waste of everyone’s time.

Add colour to a grey dress

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Add colour to a grey dress

Adding colourful accessories could work just as easily with a grey trouser suit.
The colour you wear has an instant impact in a first impression, a meeting and a presentation.
It doesn’t need to be a full coloured outfit – accessories work just as well. Choose one colour, for instance, purple.

You can add purple in a variety of areas of your outfit:

nail varnish, purse, handbag, cardigan, shoes, scarf, belt or jewellery!