Don't talk yourself into an outfit that isn't flattering to your frame. There are only two kinds of clothes in this world. Clothes that flatter you and clothes that don't and avoid the latter regardless of how popular and trendy they are.
It is one thing to go shopping with your girlfriends because that can be very social and enjoyable but keep in mind don't shop with a competitive friend because she will cajole you into buying more and possibly unflattering items weather or not you need it.
If you are shopping for a cocktail (event) dress remember to bring your shoes. That way if you need to have in-store alterations you will be all set.
If you need to power shop remember to bring a list. This can help focus your attention and keep you on task.
Nothing good will come from buying uncomfortable shoes regardless of how fabulous they are.
Don't buy something you don't need because it is a fantastic sale price. I know we have all done this but it is a waste of money and closet space.
Don't buy on impulse. Ask yourself the following questions when deciding if to buy. Do I need this? Does it fit with my lifestyle or wardrobe? Where am I going to wear this? If you are still undecided then put it on hold and if you are still thinking about it at the end of the day -buy it.
Fashion Shopping tips for you
Spend money on great shoes because they can make or break an outfit. You can even wear them with jeans and look fabulous!
Buy items that fit your lifestyle. If you know you are going to live in your jeans then it is ok to spend $150 a pair especially if you had to try on dozens to find the right fit. Buy clothes to suit your lifestyle.
Spend money on staples on shoes, bags, a cashmere sweater, a black pair of pants and skimp on belts, socks, trendy tops, scarves, hats and sunglasses. .
Before you shop know what you own. Make a point to go through your closet at the beginning of every season.
Invest in undergarments because the right foundation garments can make everything you own look better
Sport basics: roller blade maintenance, care, and cleaning
A proper care, maintenance, and cleaning schedule is the key to maximizing your roller blade enjoyment and making your skates last longer.
Rollerblading (inline skating) is a great form of exercise, recreation, or competition. No matter how you choose to use your skates, a proper care, maintenance, and cleaning schedule is the key to maximizing your enjoyment and making your skates last longer. Additionally, proper maintenance of your skates will help ensure your safety while you are using them. There are several areas of your skates that you will want to carefully check, clean, and maintain each time you use them. Besides the skates themselves, you will want to thoroughly and completely check the wheels, bearings, and brakes for signs of damage or excessive wear.
Your wheels will begin to show wear with each use of your skates. In order to evenly distribute the wear on your wheels you must rotate, or turn them. How often you need to rotate your wheels will depend on several key factors. If you skate long distances, go skating often, or skate on rough surfaces, you will likely have to rotate your wheels more often. You should check and rotate your wheels as often as every day or as little as once a week depending on these factors. The inside of the wheel usually gets worn first, as the overwhelming majority of contact and pressure is centralized here during skating. To rotate, you will need to use the Allen wrench that came with your skates. Loosen the Allen screw, remove and wipe each wheel, and check that the bearings (small balls located inside your wheels to help them turn smoothly) are free-moving and clean off any dirt or debris from the skate itself. Turn the wheels so the side that is worn is facing the opposite direction. For example, if the inner side of the wheel is worn, you will turn the inner side so it is facing the outside. You also want to rotate the position of the wheels. If your front wheel has a lot of wear you will want to switch it with one of the middle wheels that may not have as much wear.
Once the wheels have experienced considerable wear, it is time to replace them. Wheels can be purchased at any sporting goods store in which skates are sold, or also from the manufacturer of your skates. When choosing new wheels, you will want to keep in mind which type of wheel would be best for your skating style and needs. Skinny, tall, hard wheels roll faster and wear slower, however they tend to vibrate more on rough surfaces and slip when making turns on smooth surfaces. Fat, short, soft wheels roll slower and wear faster; however they are better for turning and gripping with better balance.
Replacing your wheels will take a little extra time, but it can also be fun. You will need to remove each wheel using your Allen wrench. If the bearings from your old wheels are still in good condition you can use them in your new wheels, otherwise these will also need to be replaced. Remove and clean the existing bearings from the old wheels, place the bearings into the new wheels, and finally put the new wheels onto the skates.
Bearings are small steel balls located inside your wheels which allow them to turn smoothly and easily. The type, size, and quality of the wheel bearings will affect both speed and smoothness of the ride. You will want to make sure that you clean the bearings often to keep them running smoothly. This doesn?t need to be done every time you rotate the wheels, however if the bearings are exposed to dirt, debris or water, they should be wiped down. Try to avoid going through puddles, sand, or dirt in order to keep your bearings clean and dry.
As soon as your bearings have a sandy or gritty feel it is time to replace them. Bearings are rated on a scale from the Annual Bearing Engineering Council (ABEC). This scale ranges from ABEC 1 to ABEC 7 with 1 being the lowest quality to 7 being highest. Ask your sporting goods professional for help in selecting the correct bearings for your replacements.
You will normally have only one brake pad on your pair of skates. However, you may be able to choose which foot to wear the brake on so you can position it according to your liking. You should check your brake each time before you skate. Your brake should be adjusted so that is not too low and in the way while you are skating. Many brake pads have a wear line to indicate when the pad needs to be replaced. The pad should be replaced just before it reaches the wear line to maintain proper braking ability. If your pad does not have a wear line, you should replace it before you reach the screw which attaches the pad to the skate.
After cleaning and maintaining all the intricate parts of each skate, you will also want to remember to check the skates themselves. Each skate may have laces, buckles, Velcro, or clasps that will wear, stretch or potentially even break - and therefore need to be adjusted or replaced. You can contact the manufacturer or look in a sporting goods store that sells inline skates for proper replacement for each of these skate parts.
After using your skates you should keep/store them in an open area to allow any perspiration inside to dry out. If the tongue of the skate is covered with plastic you should store them with the clasps closed as if you were wearing the skate. This keeps the tongue from getting bent and becoming uncomfortable.
By following these simple care and maintenance guidelines, you will keep your skates in great condition and you will thus be well prepared each time you slip into your skates.
Relieve stress with these simple stress management techniques.
Stress is caused by many different reasons, not all of which we have any control over. Stress is labeled into one of two categories: external and internal. External stressors may be as simple as being too hot or too cold, or complicated and come from the environment we are in, such as bad working conditions, abusive relationships. Internal stressors may be physical problems such as a cold or the flue, or be psychological, such as worrying, anger and loneliness. These two forms can be further broken down into acute or chronic.
Short term, or acute, stress is an immediate reaction to something around us. This applies to situations such as danger, harassment, imagined events and recalled memories. Also know as 'flight response', once the situation has returned to normal, the body does also.
Long term, or chronic, stress is continuous. This can be work pressure, relationship concerns or money woes.
Many forms of stress are brought on by ourselves. Sometimes we set to high of expectations or allow inconsequential things to provoke us or make us angry. It has been proven that stress can make people ill and is known to cause hypertension and impairs the immune system. Stress has also been linked to strokes and miscarriages.
The best thing you can do for yourself is learning ways to manage the stress in your life. As in all things, sometimes the smallest things can bring the most relief.
1. Breathe. When you find yourself in a stressful situation, take a deep breath. Continue doing so until you feel calmer. 2. Get away from the situation or go outside for fresh air. Taking a deep breath of fresh air can do wonders. Go back to the situation when you feel calmer. 3. Learn to let go. The next time you find yourself getting stressed, decide if the matter is really important to you. If it is not, make the conscious choice to ignore the situation. Heated discussions and anger not only cause stress, but also raise blood pressure levels. 4. Reward yourself. Anytime you've had a very stressful day, reward yourself with small pleasures. This can be as simple as a candy bar, a long bath, watching a movie or reading a few chapters of that best seller you haven't found time to read. By allowing yourself some downtime, it rejuvenates your mind and body, giving you the energy you need to face the next stressful situation. 5. Manage your time. It doesn't matter what you read in magazines or what the television tells you, the fact remains; you can't do it all. Learn to prioritize, worry about accomplishing the things you have to do, not the things you think you should do. Learn to delegate, ask for help when you need it. Pick one thing that has been bugging you and take care of it. Get it out of the way, and move on to the next. As you cross things off your list, your attitude will change and you will feel better and less stressed.
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