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Monday, October 29, 2012

Have You Spent Three Years Of Your Life Shopping?

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Two words come to mind when pondering the results of the latest poll on women's shopping habits: No. Way. Do all those hours spent shopping for bargains really add up to three years? According to a new survey conducted on 2000 women by OnePoll.com, yes they do. In fact a woman living up to 63 years old is expected to spend 25,184 hours and 53 minutes or three years of her lifetime shopping.

Per year that's 49 hours spent window shopping, 40 hours trying on shoes (this is justifiable, we can prove it), 36 hours picking out gifts, 31 hours browsing books and 17 hours buying toiletries.

We can just see the news headlines now: Women wasting away their lives in pursuit of a bargain. We're not buying it. It's too easy to cast women as frivolous spenders who devote their lives to shopping for clothes and shoes, but we know that's not the whole truth. Even a spokesperson for the survey specified that most women "quite often shop for the entire family and that can be incredibly hard work." Take the fact that the average woman spends 94 hours and 55 minutes at the grocery store every year, just a few hours less than the 100 hours and 48 minutes she spends shopping for clothes. So men, there you have it: women spend almost as much time making sure there's food in the fridge as they do making sure their shoe game is on point.

Take that, boyfriends and husbands.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spring Forward Transformation

One of  the first things we think about when Spring arrives is spring cleaning. Not only cleaning out the cobwebs in the attic but also cleaning out our closets and fashion cobwebs.

Do you sometimes feel like you are wearing the same fashions that you wore 15 - 20 years ago?  When is the last time you updated your closet to compliment changes in your style and sophistication?  Do the colors and styles you wear date you and make you look years older than you feel?  If you answered "yes" to any one or all of these questions,  it's time for your Spring Forward Transformation!


First take a long look at yourself in the mirror.....  Is your hair shinny and flowing? Or is it dull and limp?  Youthful hair is light, flowing and full of fun.  Get rid of the grey, add a little gold highlights, some length and a bang!  I bet that made you feel 5 years younger just thinking about the transformation.  With today's new technologies, you don't even have to wait for your hair to grow a few inches.  Now spring into action and schedule an appointment with your hair stylist.  Get extensions, whether you need one, two or 12 inches, it can be achieve immediately!

Your complexion is the next most important item on our Spring Forward agenda.  Your skin must radiate from the inside out.  Nothing says cobwebs like dry, patchy, rough skin. Which means first and foremost a healthy diet.  Start eating plenty of fresh fruits and veggies.  I don't mean drink them in juices, but actually eat 3 or 4 servings per day.  Also, add a multivitamin, vitamin D, and echinacea to your morning regime.  Getting enough of the proper vitamins will help to cut down on cravings for unhealthy snack foods.

In addition to diet, exercise is important to keep that glow in your cheeks.  Staying active is not as difficult as it sounds. During spring cleaning, running errands and cooking, incorporate your workout within these chores. If you bend over to pick up an items, do it 5 extra times.  When going on an errand, park a block away from the place of business.  When cooking, march in place in front of the stove or sink while washing dishes.  These are little tricks you can use to stay fit and eliminate another 5-10 years.

Now for the most important part of our Spring Forward Transformation...Fashion Sense.  Fashion is a very individual and unique attitude that each of us possesses.  Begin your Fashion Transformation with the enhanced confidence that you have spent years perfecting.  You have it, now use it.  Be daring, be different, be the you that you have always wanted to be!  Everything you need to show how beautiful you feel is available right at your fingertips.  Start here and don't stop until you feel another 5 years have just been eliminated.

Now,  take a long look at yourself in the mirror.....Yes, your hair is shinny and flowing! Yes, your skin is radiant! Yes, you have relentless energy!  Most of all....Yes, you are once again showing your sense of style and sophistication.

Once you Spring Forward, you can view the authentic you by looking exactly as wonderful as you feel.  Enjoy your Spring Forward Transformation!


Ya Von
Best3 Fashion Sense

Monday, February 27, 2012

Are You PLUS Size?


Locating plus size clothing for larger women can be a difficult endeavor. Fortunately, more businesses have begun to cater to this previously under-served segment of the population with attractive and well fitting garments in a variety of styles and sizes.

Plus size clothing should be selected according to your own personal preferences such as vibrant colors or flagrant prints. Accessories such as belts and scarves can update an outfit that was in a style that is now out of fashion.

Is there a plus size bra in your lingerie collection? Recently, a study showed that 70-85% of women's bras are the wrong size. Getting measured for a well-fitting bra isn't embarrassing. Usually, you won't even need to take off your shirt. Most plus size clothing stores have someone on staff that's trained to find your bra size, and the perfect bra for you.


It's nearly time to set forth on your large size clothes shopping spree. Consider the events in your future. Are there any weddings on your calendar or maybe a cocktail party at work? This is the time to buy that perfect large size outfit.

Take the time to select a dress that's just right for you now that you can choose from so many large size fashions. Perhaps you would look best in an elegant gown with empress sleeves or maybe you'd enjoy a sexy little short-skirted shift. You may be a larger woman, but you needn't wear garments down to your ankles because of that.

Do not fear joining completely different eras and designs. Purchase items you enjoy wearing, and that complement your body type. Bigger ladies can more easily wear daring dresses and show more cleavage. That can be emphasized with showy necklaces to draw the eye to that area.

You should make sure to be honest with yourself. For instance, simply try clothes on and ignore the size numbers. If the item fits and feels good, buy it. Don't be upset if you are a size 18 and the item says a size 20. Remember, you are not your dress size, so make sure to buy what feels and looks best on you.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Celebrity Weight Loss

If you've seen photos of Glee's Amber Riley at the NAACP Image Awards on Feb. 17, you probably noticed that the 26-year-old actress looked a bit different. "I dropped two dress sizes!" she told People, about her new, slimmer figure.

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But how exactly did she do it? Riley credits the weight loss with a new diet and exercise plan. She cut out fast foods and "decided I was going to make a change and eat healthier."

The actress has been sticking with her regimen since last July, after she was forced to see a doctor due to chronic stomach pains.

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The seven-month health kick has obviously paid off. Riley says the costume department on set has had to tailor a lot of her pants and dresses to accommodate her slimmer frame. They've also had to buy "a lot of new clothes for me."

Even before losing weight, the Los Angeles-born actress considered herself a confident woman. "I've always been comfortable with my size," says Riley. "I just decided it was time to get healthy."

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