Your Curves Are Lovely, Find The Right Plus-Size Swimwear To Show Them Off

It’s officially swimsuit season, and many women have already been shopping for the swimsuit that will most flatter their bodies. For many women, this process isn’t difficult, and is actually enjoyable. They are able to find a swimsuit at the closest mall that not only flatters their body, but also fits their style. For a plus-size woman, the process of shopping for and buying a swimsuit can be a little more difficult. Despite a plethora of clothing and swimwear stores at your local mall, many of these retailers do not have a plus-size section. If a department store does have a plus-size section, the selection there can often be very disappointing.

Finding a plus-size swimsuit is difficult, and finding one that is cute and trendy, as well as flattering, can be even more of a challenge. In a world that values women with small waists, many stores do not feel the need to carry plus-size sections, let alone plus-size swimsuits — a fact that is insulting to women with beautiful plus-size bodies. If, by some miracle, a store does carry plus-size swimsuits, the patterns are old fashioned and the styles are unflattering. Simply put, a fruitless search from store to store in a mall or big box plaza will likely end in disappointment.  Shopping online for plus-size swimsuits can be much more satisfying.

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Shopping online opens many new windows of opportunity for a plus-size woman. Free from the confines of a traditional physical retailer, online shopping offers a much wider array of plus-size styles and selections often not available in regular stores. Other retailers only have a few exclusive locations that are not easily accessible to many women that do not live near a local mall or shopping complex, but when a plus-size woman shops online, the options are nearly endless, from outlets specializing in reduced-price designer brands to boutique stores that cater specifically to plus-size customers.

One of the difficulties faced by plus-size women when shopping for swimsuits is finding a suit that flatters their body. Often, this is due to a lack of knowledge about what will help flatter a woman’s best features, as well as what will help disguise the areas she feels are problematic. One major suggestion that will helpyou if you are a plus-size women is this — start by assessingyour body type, and find styles that flatter that particular body type. Luckily there are a number of online stores like swimsuitsforallthat can help a woman assess which type of suit best fits her body. Whether you’re looking for bikinis, separates, swimdresses, a one piece, a tankini, or any other plus-size suit, you should always check online to identify which kind of suit will most flatter your body type.

Once you have identified which swimsuit will most accentuate your curves and flatter your body type, take a look at women’s plus sized swimsuits from swimsuitsforall.com and toss your worries away. Now you are ready to start shopping for a fabulous new swimsuit for the summer—without all the hassle.

My Guide To Keeping Fit In London For Less

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As many of you might already know, I’m always on the lookout for ways to stay fit and healthy. And, I also have an eye for a bargain. Recently, I’ve been looking around the web for some inspiration for some new – and cheap – keep fit ideas, and I thought I would share them with you. Whether you are just starting out on a new health regime or want to push yourself that little bit further, there is plenty here for all. Let’s take a look at what I have found for you.

Get back on the saddle

I was in Soho the other day and popped into Shinola to look at some bags that had caught my eye. However, as soon as I walked in, my eyes were drawn to something else entirely: an incredibly gorgeous bicycle. Now, it’s been far too long since I have ridden a bike in earnest, but I think I might just climb into the saddle again. I’m very lucky to live in London because the vast majority of places are accessible by bike. There aren’t many enormous hills to scale, and it’s often quicker to cycle than it is to drive. Of course, you do need to be careful on the busy roads, but you can avoid them if you know where you’re going. Fancy joining me?

Free fitness classes

If you’re going to two or three fitness classes every week, it can chew into your finances, fast. So, why not trade one in for one of the many free classes that are run by some of the major sports brands? Nike, Reebok, Asics and many more all host free sessions at their fitness hubs. It’s a great way of saving a little money – and you should get to meet some new people, too. Time Out have a great guide to freebie classes, so check it out and find somewhere near you.

Get on the fitness trail

If you don’t mind the cold and wet during the winter months (and some of the summer ones, too!) then make use of some of London’s finest fitness trails. There are many outdoor gyms that you can use for the princely sum of zilch, and, as you get fitter, you could even run between them for a great workout. There are gyms in Battersea Park, Primrose Hill and many other places – head over to Muddy Plimsolls for a great little map. One thing to be aware of, though – these outdoor gyms can get busy, especially during lunchtimes. It might be best to use them early in the morning.

Say hello to Parkrun

Parkrun are a very cool organisation that hold 5K runs on a regular basis – for free. There are always loads going on in London, so keep an eye on their events page. All you need to do is turn up, and keep track of your personal best. Over time, you’ll soon be smashing your best times and becoming a faster, fitter runner.

Well, that’s all we have time for right now. Let me know if you hear about any free sports sessions anywhere in the capital – I’m always looking for new ways to workout

2 Fantastic Things You Can Do To Your Spare Room

A lot of people have a spare room in their house. This is a room that just sits there and doesn’t really serve a purpose. Over the years, it’s almost turned into a place to store old boxes and Christmas decorations.

Well, no more! Move those boxes elsewhere and start working on this spare room. Here are two fantastic things you can do with a spare room:

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Chillout Room

Now, a chillout room is pretty much a room that you chill in. Pretty self-explanatory right? The aim of a room like this is just to relax and unwind. It’s a great way to turn a spare room into something you can enjoy. There are so many things you can do to turn it into the perfect room to chill in.

Firstly, you have to think about the floor. Now, call me old-fashioned, but I like a good bit of carpet in my chillout room. I know it may not look as modern or cool as laminate flooring, but it’s cosy. And that’s what this room is all about, being nice and cosy. Get a lovely thick carpet on the floor and the room already starts to take shape. Plus, another benefit of carpet is that you can just lay on the floor if you want to. If you have people over to hang out, and there’s not enough room, just chill on the floor. It will be perfectly comfortable if you’ve picked a good carpet!

Then, you have to think about the walls and how you want them decorated. Remember, this room is all about you and making you relax. I think simplicity is the key to the walls here. Either go for a very simple wallpaper design or paint the walls yourself. If you decide to paint, then pick a colour that you like. Pick something that will compliment the mood and set a nice relaxing tone. Colours like pale pink and lavender are proven to help reduce stress. That’s exactly the kind of thing we want in this room. We want it to be a stress-free zone! Picking the right wallpaper is a great start to keeping this room free from stress.

So you’ve got the colour of the walls sorted, and you’ve got the carpet down, what’s next? The furniture of course! Now’s the time to have a look around for some great furniture to have in your room. Remember what I said, this room is about cosiness and comfort. A hard, wooden chair has no place in a room like this! I’d also refrain from an office style chair too, you don’t want to remind yourself of work. A good idea could be to get a small comfy sofa to fit in this room. Something that can fit two to three people, it doesn’t have to be massive. Or, even better, a sofa bed! This means if you’re in the room late at night and can’t be bothered to move, you can have a nice sleep there instead. I also think that bean bag chairs are great for a chillout room like this. They’re a fun piece of furniture that screams relax and de-stress. Hell, if you want to go up a level, why not think about an indoor hammock too? Obviously there’s probably not enough room for all these things in your spare room, so just pick a few.

The final thing to think about is entertainment. Fill the room with all the things that entertain you. Get a TV in there so you can watch box sets on Netflix on a rainy weekend. Have a bookcase full of your favourite books. Whatever pleases you, put it in this room!

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Home Office

The second option, for your spare room, is to convert it into an office. Turn it into a lovely little area for you to get some work done at home. A home office can be a great idea if you’re often given extra work to do at home. It’s a lot easier to power through work when you have a nice working environment. Plus, it can be great if you’re running a self-employed business or work as a freelancer. Either way, a home office can be perfect for you.

To start things off, you’ll need to think about the general look and feel of the office. Unlike the other option, I wouldn’t go for carpet here. I’d choose something that looks more professional. Also, I’d go for a plain colour on the walls like white or a shade of black/grey. These colours aren’t too distracting and can help you get some work done.

After that, you’ll need to make a list of all the office furniture you need. The first thing that pops into my mind is a desk. All offices need a desk for you to work on. Now, there are certain things that make a perfect office desk. It needs to be the correct height, have lots of space, and contain storage compartments. If you find one that ticks all three things, then you’re on to a winner. The second, obvious, thing is a chair. You need to find an office chair that’s comfortable to sit in. Something that won’t cause you any back trouble and that has an adjustable height. Once you’ve found the perfect office chair, your home office is nearly complete.

Last, but not least, consider what equipment/office supplies you’ll need. Starting with the supplies, you’ll want to have the obvious things like pens, paper and staplers. Then, think about the equipment you require. More likely than not, you’ll want a PC or laptop for your office. Generally speaking, PC’s are the better choice because they have better specs. But, if you want a laptop then that makes a great, portable, option too. Just make sure you buy a computer that’s good for business use. Also, think about printers, scanners and photocopiers. You can normally pick up a device that can perform all three actions. This means you only need one machine, and it will do the job of three machines. So, it saves a lot of space.

At the end of the day, both of these options are great choices for your spare room. Don’t let a room go to waste, turn it into something new!

Fantastic Ideas For Personalising Your New Pad

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Anyone who’s recently moved into a new property will want to personalise it as soon as possible. Sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start. You’ve probably got lots of ideas floating around in your head. Well, the best first move involved writing them all down. You can then ensure you don’t forget or overlook anything. On this page, you’ll find a wealth of fantastic ideas. All of them were designed to give you some inspiration. So, there’s no need to worry if you’re not a creative person. I’ve made life easy for you by listing lots of recommendations. Of course, you don’t have to take them all on board.

Most of the advice in this article has come from personal experience. I moved into a new property last year, and it needed a lot of work. After performing some research online, I came up with some amazing concepts. The bulk of them are pretty basic. However, I think it’s important that you don’t overdo things. Sometimes less is more if you know what I mean? With all that in mind, let’s get started!

Change your flooring solutions

Modern properties tend to come with laminate or real wood flooring. That is because sellers think it makes the home more appealing to buyers. They’re not wrong, but there are more suitable solutions now you own the house. Wooden flooring makes rooms look bigger and cleaner. So, you can probably understand why people install it before a sale. However, it does not offer good levels of comfort. Considering that, you should think about buying some carpet. You can choose from an endless range of colors and styles. Try to find something that suits your personality. If you’re a bubbly person, opt for bright and vibrant shades.

Buy alternative lighting devices

There are lots of ways in which you can illuminate your new home. Using the big light in the middle of your rooms is sometimes a bad idea. They are often too bright for the living room when you want to relax. The same is usually true when it comes to the bedroom. At the very least, you should purchase and install some dimmer switches. You can then dim the lights whenever you want to create a better atmosphere. It makes sense to spend a little more and get remote control dimmers. That way, you won’t have to worry about leaving your seat to make the changes. Lamps are also brilliant for your new home. Search online to find bespoke items that are guaranteed to impress your guests.

Don’t be afraid of wallpaper

For whatever reason, most people paint the interior walls of their home. They tend to think it is easier than the alternative solution. However, wallpaper could be perfect if you want to create something special. We don’t advise that you cover your entire room in the product. Just use it to draw attention towards your feature wall. You can find lots of different designs on the high street. Some websites even allow you to create custom paper from your photographs and images. You just upload them to the website and use to tool to build the design. Contrary to popular belief, wallpapering your home is not a difficult process.

Get some custom canvas artwork

Most people like to display artwork in their homes. You could make some original pieces if you have a creative streak. For those of you who are terrible at that sort of thing, there are lots of solutions. Creating custom canvas artwork could help to give your rooms something a little extra. You use the same basic process as you would designing wallpaper. Simply upload your images to a suitable site, and mess around with them. There is a vast array of print companies offering that service these days. You just need to select one with a good track record for sending quality products.

Find the best bed your money can afford

Ladies often want to work on a romantic bedroom design. However, the most important element is your bed. It doesn’t make sense to look for bargains when purchasing such an important piece of furniture. You should invest a lot of time and money in finding the right product. At the end of the day, you will spend a large portion of your life in that place. So, you need to make sure it is suitable. I found an amazing four-poster bed for my home last year by searching online. I couldn’t afford to pay more than around £500, so I was concerned about products within my price range. I ended up using an online auction website. Thankfully, I found a liquidated bed specialist who was selling excess stock cheap.

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Renovate the bathroom

Presuming you’ve purchased an old property, you might need to work on the bathroom. If your new home has had the same suite for more than five years, you should look for a replacement. I wouldn’t dream of undertaking the installation myself, and neither should you. Once you’ve found a new suite, you need to contact the professionals. Messing around with pipework with no experience could result in lots of damages. It is possible that you might flood your home and have to spend thousands on repairs. So, do yourself a favour and leave it to the experts.

Having read those ideas, you should feel a little more confident. As I said at the beginning of this post, there are lots of concepts you should consider. I just wanted to give you some ideas to start the process. You should now get your pen and paper out. Start making lists of all the things you would like to achieve over the coming months. You can then tick them off one by one as you finish the tasks. It might take a while before your new property meets your personal tastes. However, you’ll get there in the end if you just keep moving forward. Make sure you discuss everything with your partner if you don’t live alone. Don’t forget that he might want to put his mark on the house too.

Ways to give your mind a workout

We all pay attention these days to what we eat and how much exercise we do. We’re keen to preserve our youth, our shape and our vitality. But what about what’s going on inside – how do we keep our brains in good shape?

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Online Gaming

You wouldn’t necessarily think that a simple game such as bingo could help keep the grey matter in shape, but different research over the years has shown that playing bingo is a great way to retain mental agility.

Today, many of us choose to play the easiest way, playing online at sites such as bgo and Tidy Bingo. Most people playing at bgo.com/bingo will play using the autodaub method, where the numbers on our cards which match the calls are ticked off automatically by the software. However, you can choose to keep up with the calls yourself and, on some sites, you can switch the autodaub feature off. But even just following the game mentally and visually will mean that you’re using your cognitive skills to look out for patterns and ensure that you spot any numbers to cross off in order to increase your chances of winning.

Of course, there are other games that can keep your mentally agile. Giving your brain different mental exercises and fun activities to work with may really help you in the future. According to research published by the New England Journal of Medicine, adults who participate in mentally stimulating activities are 63% less likely to develop dementia compared with those who don’t take part in those kinds of activities. Playing mentally challenging games can improve your memory as well as your mental agility.

Here are just a few brain workouts you can try anytime you have a few minutes to spare.

A day of opposites

Challenge yourself to use your non-dominant hand during a day to perform regular tasks such as brushing your teeth, brushing your hair and eating meals. So where you would usually use your right hand, substitute with your left, or vice versa. You could try writing – but it may take some time to get that letter down! With practice, performing basic tasks with the other hand should become easier, and this will enable your brain cells to form new and vital connections.

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Reverse counting

You may not like maths, but we can all count. Now try counting backwards to keep your brain on ‘its toes’. Start with 200 and count backwards, knocking five off each time (200, 195, 190…etc). Then start at 150 and subtract seven each time. Finally, begin in 100 and take away three each time. There’s nothing complicated about doing this simple subtraction work, but completing the task will give your brain a worthwhile workout.

Make up a story

See what kind of a story you can tell using only seven words. Not only will this utilise your creativity, but saying things in shorthand is a handy skill for Twitter and Facebook updates, too.

When you start playing these kinds of games to exercise your brain, you generally develop more of an appetite for them, and so there’s a snowball effect. The more you play, the more you’ll improve and the more your brain will be stimulated. One thing’s for sure – it can’t do your brain any harm to have a little more exercise!

Business Growth and Employment in Manchester

Over the years people have talked a lot about London being the home of British business, and if you want to become a real success in your chosen field then you’ll probably have to live and work in London.

Part of the reason for this belief is that all of the foreign investors look to London, and they are more likely to visit the capital than they are, for example, Birmingham or Sheffield. To some extent this was understandable, as it has all the necessary transport (whatever your feelings are about the crowded Underground and congested roads).

However, nowadays this view is somewhat dated, as this infographic created by Alexander & Co shows. The accountants in Manchester compiled the graphic to show that the North West is now becoming a major player in British employment and business in general, offering significant opportunities to graduates and those looking for a change of career.

For example, in the past five years employment has grown by more than 68,000 in Greater Manchester and the government are now backing the initiative known as Tech North in which they are looking to provide support and backing to startups in the digital sector.

The plan is to open the campaign in the trendy Northern Quarter, a stone’s throw from the city centre, in order to boost the digital sector in the north just like the Tech City plan in the capital.

It is expected that business and employment will continue to boom in Manchester in the next five years, with experts believing that it will soon become one of the most influential cities in the world – and when the likes of the BBC and ITV are relocating to the city it’s easy to see why.

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My Guide to Seeing London Like a Londoner

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I love living in London, and I like that so many people want to come and explore the city for themselves. However, often when you go to a new place, you only see it through the eyes of a tourist. Anyone who comes to see Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London won’t see the London that I know. If you want to see the city like a local, you have to be prepared to go off the beaten track. Don’t spend too long visiting the usual sights when there are so many places to explore. Here’s my guide to enjoying London like a Londoner.

Stay in an Apartment

The first thing you must do is avoid hotels. You can’t see anywhere like a local if you base your stay from a hotel room. You will only be able to eat in restaurants, and you’ll be surrounded by other holidaymakers. You can feel comfortable in a hotel, but you won’t ever feel at home. A better option is to visit HouseTrip or a similar site to book an apartment. Not only will a flat save you money, but you’ll be more relaxed too. You can cook your own food and come and go as you please, without having to let anyone in to clean your room.

Give the Sightseeing a Miss

Whenever you visit any new city, the first thing you want to do is go to all the iconic landmarks. It’s understandable, as they’re some of the things that make the city so great. But there are lots of reasons not to bother. For one thing, they can be very expensive, and for another, they get extremely busy. The truth is, if you walk around the centre of London, you’re going to see a lot of the famous landmarks anyway. If you want to see the sights, take an open-top bus around the city for a couple of hours and then be done with it.

Go Wandering

A lot of people say that the best way to explore a city is to get lost. Of course, you don’t have to get so lost that you have no idea how to get back to your accommodation. But sometimes you have to take a chance and just start walking. Don’t plan your day and follow a map to where you’re going. Just leave your holiday apartment and go wherever looks interesting. You never know what you might stumble across. You could find an incredible restaurant, a beautiful park or something unexpected.

Eat Your Way Through London

London is a multicultural city, which means the food is multicultural too. From curries on Brick Lane to pop-up restaurants around the city, you could spend your whole holiday eating. Don’t just stick to restaurants and cafes, though. Explore the many markets on offer and keep an eye out for food trucks too.

You won’t become a Londoner on your first visit, but you can begin to see the city through their eyes. Put down your map and camera and see London organically to have the best experience.