How Many Bras Should You Own?

It seems like subrasch a simple question, but knowing how many bras you should own is actually difficult. There are many factors that have to be taken into consideration. If you ask most women how many bras they should own, the answer will vary from three to ten. So, how many bras does a woman need to own? Let us start by determining the different types of bras a woman should own and this will help us determine how many bras a woman needs to own in total. Here is a list of the bras every woman should own.

1 – The T-Shirt Bra

The t-shirt bra is the bra most women wear under their more casual clothes, like t-shirts. These bras are seamless and smooth but still provide the cover and support that a woman needs under her clothing. A woman should have a minimum of two of these in her lingerie drawer.

2 – Sports Bra

Women today are more active today than ever. They are out hitting the gym, power walking, doing yoga, or jogging. On these occasions sports bras are ideal. If doing low impact exercises a compression sports bra is perfect, if your workout is more intense, an encapsulating bra is the optimal choice as it offers more support.

3 – Strapless Bra

There are going to be occasions where a woman needs to wear a strapless bra because the top she is wearing requires on such garment. Perhaps you are going to be a bridesmaid at your friend’s wedding and you are wearing a strapless gown, a well-designed strapless bra will give a woman the coverage she needs and allows for more diversity in her wardrobe.

4 – The Balconette Bra

When looking for a sexy bra style that offers the coverage and support that you need while affording cleavage you desire, the balconette bra is a great option. This type of bra is great when wearing tops with a low-cut neckline, but is suitable under a variety of clothing options.

5 – The Plunge or Push-up Bra

Women that like beautiful sheer lingerie, or want to dress in a more provocative fashion, such as wearing wrap dresses or blouses or dresses with a plunging V-neck need to incorporate a plunge or push-up bra into their wardrobe. These will provide a bit of cleavage and look great under V-neck style blouses; these should not be worn under shirts with scoop necklines or crew necks.

6 – The Racerback Bra

When the weather gets warmer and the light summer dresses and tank tops start coming out of the closet a woman needs a bra she can wear underneath them without worrying about her bra straps showing. The racerback is perfect for this as it offers the support and coverage a woman needs and her breasts, while keeping the straps hidden from view.

As you can see, if you are a woman that wears a wide variety of clothing styles you are going to need a much larger bra selection than the woman that basically lives in her casual clothing or workout wardrobe. Ideally, every woman should a bra that will suit every occasion. Even if you only wear a plunge or a strapless bra once or twice every three years, you should have one sitting in your lingerie drawer. Regarding the bras that you wear the most, sports bras or t-shirt bras, it is definitely a good idea to have two or three of each of these on hand so you always have one to wash, one to wear, and a spare.

Changing Lives: Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeons

clearskin1To many people, the terms “plastic surgery” and “cosmetic surgery” are interchangeable. The mixing up of terminology exists among medical professionals, too. Many plastic surgeons tend to focus on cosmetic surgery while still describing the nature of their practice as plastic surgery. It’s no wonder, then, that the public believes that either term means the same thing. Technically, though, there’s a difference.


They exist for different reasons

Plastic surgery is functional medicine: Plastic surgery predates cosmetic surgery. It got its start as a way to help people suffering from disfigurations so that they could regain both a regular appearance and normal function in life. Victims of burn injuries and other accidents and also people who suffer from deformities at birth, both benefit from reconstructive plastic surgery. From breast reconstruction after mastectomy to the repair of cleft palates and scar revisions, plastic surgeons help patients with problems that are debilitating in nature.

Cosmetic surgery is aesthetic medicine: Some cosmetic surgeons begin their careers as plastic surgeons. To enter the field of cosmetic surgery and help people achieve aesthetic improvements to features that are already normal, they accept further training in aesthetic and cosmetic surgical skills. Not all cosmetic surgeons have primary training in plastic surgery, though. Cosmetic surgeons often come from a number of different medical backgrounds. They accept training in the procedures that they wish to specialize in — breast enhancement or augmentation, facial enhancement, body contouring and so on — before entering practice.


Plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons are overseen by different trade bodies

Plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery require different forms of training. The American Board of Plastic Surgery oversees professionals in six different categories, cosmetic surgery being only one of them. Cosmetic surgeons have the choice of being overseen by either this body or the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery that specializes only in surgery for aesthetic reasons.


Surgeons receive different types of training for each specialization

To gain board certification in plastic surgery, a physician needs to complete a residency in general surgery, and then go through a program in plastic surgery for a further two years before practicing. Most residency programs specialize in areas such as trauma surgery, reconstruction surgery or congenital defect repair. Some surgeons choose cosmetic surgery. Such plastic surgeons tend to only have limited exposure to this side of their craft.

When you see that a doctor wears the title of board-certified plastic surgeon, then, it should tell you that he or she has a plenty of training in plastic or reconstructive surgery, but very little in aesthetic cosmetic surgery.


Certified cosmetic surgeons have more specific training

Cosmetic surgeons have far more specialized training in achieving aesthetic results than board-certified plastic surgeons. During their year-long fellowship training, cosmetic surgeons receive intense exposure to every cosmetic surgery procedure — something that plastic surgeons do not have the benefit of. They are also required to perform at least 300 cosmetic surgery procedures prior to receiving certification.  Such concentrated training is important to achieving aesthetically pleasing results. If you have a choice, you should always take a cosmetic procedure to a cosmetic surgeon.

You do need to be aware, though, that in many parts of the country, cosmetic surgeons use the same interchangeable terminology as consumers do in order to better be able to connect with them. Advertisements for plastic surgery in Sacramento and other parts of California, for instance, are often actually by cosmetic surgeons specializing in aesthetic surgery.

It’s important to keep choice of terminology in mind while looking for the right surgical skills for the procedure that you have in mind.


GUEST BLOGGER: Shelly Ward is a retired office manager for a dermatologist. She likes to research and write about topics that will help others by posting on the web. Look for her helpful and interesting articles on various websites and blog sites today.


Sew Gorgeous: A Beginner’s Guide to Clothes Modification

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Be under no illusions, when you’re learning to sew, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to produce something worthy of the Givenchy Spring Summer 2015 collection immediately. Despite what watching RuPaul’s Drag Race might have led you to believe, if you attempt to produce a flawless creation from little more than some cleaning cloths, refuge bags and a hula hoop, you’re going to look more rundown than designer. But invest a little of your time, buy a good sewing machine and stitch before you style, and before you know it, you’ll find a million and one reasons to dredge up your sewing basket on a wintry afternoon.

Earnest hemming ways

From taking up curtains to altering the length of your cotton slacks, this skill might be sewing 101, but hemming is notoriously tough to do well if you don’t know how. Master it, and you’ll look sharp as a needle on every occasion. You’ll need some chalk, a needle and thread colour that matches your garment seamlessly, some pins, scissors and a straight edge. When pinning your hem, do it while the pants are on the body for a perfect line. To avoid seeing the stitches on the outside of the material, sew into the vertical seam allowance to secure in place, and then around the hem evenly, picking only a few threads at a time. When you’ve stitched around the inside of each leg, press the hems with a steam iron from the inside for a beautiful finish.

Preppy patching

Add an elegant touch (and a little longevity) to the elbows or shoulders of tired knitwear with some custom patching. Select your material in a contrasting colour (moleskin, corduroy and velvet are all popular choices). Cut out an oval shape, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, opt for something a little quirky, like a heart or star. Try on the garment, and have someone help you pin the patch into position. Then, sew into place and prepare to rock college professor chic. Geeky glasses entirely optional.

Button up

One of the easiest ways to transform a dull, ready to wear garment is by sewing on some new buttons. Try looking around thrift stores for some quirky, unique styles, and you’ll find some inexpensive gems. Use strong thread, or, in a fix, double-thread your needle, and use a pin as you sew to keep a little give between the button and the surface of the garment. Always secure your work with a few stitches on the reverse to reinforce.


5 Ways to Make Your Outfit Stand Out

5 Ways to Make Your Outfit Stand Out

As someone who has always loved to dabble in photography and art, I keep an eye out for things that stand out from the rest. Including people and their choice in outfit. Many people want to know how to stand out in a crowd, but don’t know how to do so without looking like a sore thumb. While dying your hair a shade of lime green will certainly do the trick, adding a bit of a pop to your look doesn’t have to be so drastic.

These 5 changes are easy and seemingly simplistic, but can give you a look that is much bolder in appearance.

Red lips

It’s well known that red lips add a burst of color to any outfit. When you’re going for bold, there’s not much that can go wrong with red lipstick. The only caution I would give would be to make sure that the shade of red works well with your skin and doesn’t clash with your outfit. Not all red lipsticks are created equal.

Scarves or bulky necklaces

One way to turn a plain shirt into the center of attention is to wear a suiting scarf or bulkier necklace. The added volume and change in color around the neck illuminates the face and dresses up an otherwise ordinary outfit. It can be a little trickier to find a scarf or necklace that works for you, but it’s undeniable that if one of these accessories is well placed, it can make one stand out from the crowd.

Unusual sunglasses

We all want to look like a fashion blogger sometimes, don’t we? Nah, I’m just kidding. However, a more unusual pair of sunglasses can add interest to any outfit. I saw someone recently with neon purple and lime green sunglasses that really pulled her outfit together and I’ve seen my sister sport these large sunglasses with more angular, oval shaped eyes. Both really stood out to me and had so much potential in them.

Bright accents

Nothing adds interest to an outfit like a bright pop of unexpected color. It could be brightly colored heels with a more neutral outfit or a colorful bag to carry along in a monochrome outfit. Like the red lips, you can add minuscule pops of color to your outfit in many different ways.

Note: Other bright lip colors can be fun to play around with, as well.


Remember that old song from Annie? “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.” When making your look stand out, it really comes down to your level of confidence. No matter what you’re wearing, confidence is what really cinches it all together. So hold your head high, keep those shoulders back, and own your look.

What’s your favorite way to make your outfit stand out? Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below!

5 80’s Trends to Keep On Loving

80s Trends

While most of us probably look at the 80’s as a fashion disaster, I have to admit that a few of the trends were actually kind of fun and fashionable. Once you push away some of the more outrageous hair and jewelry, that is. With many retro trends coming back today, I thought I’d share a few 80’s trends that I happen to love.

5.) Blazers with shoulder pads

Now, t-shirts with shoulder pads strikes me as a bit ridiculous, but one has got to admit that a well worn blazer or business suit with shoulder pads actually looked sharp and fashionable. Sure, sometimes things got a little bit crazy with the loud prints and neon, but when done right?

All I can say is that I wouldn’t mind this part of the shoulder pad trend coming back.

4.) Oversized tops

This one has actually been coming back and I find it exciting. While I’m more comfortable in clothing that is a little more fitted, I have to say that oversized tops look fabulous–especially with a belt at the waist. Apparently I’m not alone in thinking so, either.

3.) Fingerless gloves

I have loved fingerless gloves since I was a kid. Perhaps it was because I felt pretty powerful while wearing them or because I could keep my hands warm and still have use of my fingers. Either way, I’ve always found fingerless gloves to be a really neat accessory, especially for the fall. Knit, leather, lace. . .they still seem to come in every possible variety!

2.) Tropical prints

Before I go much further here, I have to say that I’m biased. I come from Florida and have an unhealthy love for the beach and palm trees. Therefore, it is safe to conclude that my love for tropical prints may be a tad bit opinionated. At least I can say it’s a fun and relaxed look.

1.) Neon

Apart from the big hair, this is probably the fashion trend that the 80’s is best known for. Sure, sometimes the use of neon can easily become excessive, but it’s so fun and exciting. We could all use a little pop of color in our closets anyways, can’t we?

What are your favorite 80’s fashion trends? Let me know in the comments below!