Tanning Beds, Should You Purchase One?Written by Ben Shar
Many people are often taken in with tanning beds. It seems like a great way to get a great tan, right? It is often a little more difficult than this. In fact, for those that do not take time to heed warnings, it can be a life threatening aspect as well. It is important to weigh your desire of a tanning bed with cost of one and risk involved. Here are some things to consider.
First of all, it is important for you to take time to know what you want to gain from a tanning bed. Will it provide for you something that you can not get from a salon?
Second, cost is a big one. Can you afford to invest money into something like this? Is it less expensive or even close to cost of weekly tanning visits to salon?
Third, consider why you are not going to salon instead. What is it that you are trying to gain from owning a tanning bed rather than going to a salon?
Stylize Your Wardrobe: 5 ways to make the most of what you already ownWritten by Kim Kristofferson-Magnusson
If you’re anything like Lovergirl, you have a closet jam-packed with clothes of all shapes and sizes, and NOTHING to wear! The very best example of this that I hear of, time after time, is jeans. Twenty-five pairs and none that look “perfect” – a panoramic view of your closet includes “Jeans-From-High-School”, your “Skinny/Normal/Fat Jeans”, and Maternity Jeans…you get picture. Here’s Lovergirl’s top five suggestions to make clothes you feel and look GREAT in come to forefront of jumble you call your wardrobe.
#1 – TRY EVERYTHING ON…EVERY SINGLE THING!
Be vicious. Take every single thing out of your closet and put it on. Look at it in mirror, and give your honest, unbiased opinion. If it doesn’t fit, pitch it. I don’t care if you are losing weight…by time you get into it again, it will be out of style, and you will want something new anyway. This could hurt a little, but be brave. Think of it as a psychological exercise in self-actualization…”I will never again fit into these jeans, and that is OK with me”. Say it until you believe it. This is hardest step, and you will feel much better when it’s over.
#2 – IF YOU HAVEN’T WORN IT FOR A YEAR, GET RID OF IT!
Say goodbye and good riddance to some of those shopping mistakes…like bright yellow peasant blouse you bought when you were in “cowgirl” stage, and when you bought into “leggings” trend…bad decisions, but hey, you’re human! If you think it still has some life in it, like a long skirt you could shorten to oh-so-current mid-length, attempt to alter it…you have nothing to lose. Try donating all usable items in good condition to your local women’s shelter.
#3 – CREATE A SMALL SECTION OF “SPECIALS”
The sexy dress you wore night you got engaged (hey, it worked, didn’t it!)…the fantastic stilettos you bought on whirlwind NYC shopping trip (you can’t walk in them, but they look so hot!)…the rhinestone belt from Vegas (it’s been around block too, ok?!). You are allowed to keep these, and add items to this “special” section of your closet which you deem “worthy” (the first jeans you were able to zip up post-pregnancy do NOT count). To quote a fashion icon, Cynthia Rowley – “A person’s closet is like a scrapbook. When you take something out of it, you think about all good times wearing that item” (as quoted in InStyle, March 2005).