Being single during the holidays can feel like a special kind of torture. Sure, everything is merry and bright — when you have someone to snuggle by the fire. If you don’t, it can feel like everywhere you turn, couples are holding hands in the snow and kissing under the mistletoe. And thanks to holiday cards, you can’t even check the mail without being reminded that everyone but you is happily married, engaged, or expecting. Rather than being bitter, take advantage of your single status to make your own solo holiday card. Who needs bae when you have a brilliant sense of humor?
Funny Family Shot
If your family still lets you in on their card without a SO, don’t cower behind your brother-in-law. Stand up and be proud of your single self, because simply being you is a huge accomplishment.
Single Ladies Celebration
If you have friends who also didn’t participate in cuffing season, consider sending out a joint card. This cute and creative holiday greeting says “I’m not alone when I’m with you.” Don’t forget to channel your inner Beyoncé in front of the camera.
Cats And Dogs Themed
If you have a cat or a dog, splurge a little and pose with them for some professional photos. Just like on Tinder, you can’t go wrong with a picture of your pet.
Tips And Tricks For Solo Female Travelers
Is it possible for a woman to travel the world and stay safe? Absolutely. Even if you steer clear of resorts. Even if you go to developing countries. Even if you don’t speak the local language. Even if you’re traveling alone.
But the women who took these trips did so well in part because they prioritized their safety while traveling. What does that mean? Well, this list of travel safety tips for women will give you an idea!
Travel During the Day When Possible
It is a fact that more incidents happen at night than during the day so, if you are going to be embarking on long journeys, try and travel during the day.
If you do have to take very long journeys, try using trusted transportation and looking for a private cabin or couchette that can be locked. It’s always helpful to plan on arriving at a destination during the daytime.
Fake It Until You Make It
Nobody starts out as a wonderfully confident solo traveler. This is something that comes over time as you become more comfortable finding your way by yourself and making your own choices.
However, solo women who look lost or confused can often attract the wrong kind of attention. Try to look confident and walk as though you know where you’re going until you develop your own natural confidence. If you ever do feel uncomfortable, use your best judgment and seek help.
Stay in Touch via Social Media
Letting people know where and when you will be traveling is a very good safety blanket. While friends or family at home may be limited in what they can do, leaving a breadcrumb trail of your travels on Facebook or a blog is a great way to reassure everyone that you’re safe and enjoying yourself.
As you meet fellow travelers, becoming friends on Facebook is a great way to keep in touch. I’ve met so many people throughout my travels that I still talk to regularly because of it.
Try To Blend In
One of the easiest ways to attract the wrong type of attention is to wear clothing and to carry yourself in a very different way than the local women. Avoiding outfits that scream “TOURIST!” is some pretty obvious advice.
If the country you are visiting has women that dress conservatively, do the same, as this will help you to avoid being singled out as a potentially vulnerable target.
Be Cautious With Your Possessions
Most people these days travel with a camera, a smartphone, and a tablet or laptop. These will all be very attractive items for thieves.
Try and avoid flashing these around and only take them out of your pack when necessary. It is also smart to keep these possessions within your reach at all times, along with key documents such as your passport, visa, and wallet.
It’s Nothing Like Cast Away
One of the biggest hurdles for those who are thinking about traveling solo to overcome is that it will be lonely. I promise you won’t be painting a face on a volleyball and crying over your friends back home. There may be times when a bump in the road makes you a bit homesick, but remember that travel is a journey.
In fact, traveling solo is one of the BEST ways to meet people abroad. It’s much easier to strike up a conversation with a complete stranger when you don’t have a travel partner. You’ll be more open to meeting new people and you’ll be more approachable.
It’s Time To Toss These 5 Items From Your Closet
Most people will clean their closet out every few months as the season changes. Swaping our winter clothes with summer ones are the usual chores. But other than that, there is another thing to do that should be on every person’s list. It’s called the donation or throw away list. The list are included a full drawer full of socks and old t-shirts you’ve owned for too long. Parting with these items on regular basis will keep your wardrobe well-organized and full of the freshest items. Plus, not only will this habit leave your overall appearance look perfectly polished, but it will also create more room for your wardrobe.
We all have that one sock that we are not sure where the other pair is. Often times, we are guilty into believing that we will somehow find the other pair and let the mismatched socks sitting there in our drawer. This is a habit that needs to be changed. Instead of letting the one sock sitting useless in the drawer, you can try some DIY crafts with the leftover sock. Google and Youtube are full of DIY ideas you can try.
Dingy White Tees
This happens to all of us. We have that one favorite white t-shirt that we wear on repeat. Unfortunately, as it is with all white t-shirts, the stains are catching up on us. Whether it’s the yellowish stains from our deodorant or a spill from a cup of coffee. Sometimes, the white t-shirt is simply not so-white anymore. Whatever the case is, whenever your white shirt has changed color, it is time to get rid of them from your wardrobe. Next, replace the old ones with a fresh, bright white t-shirt.
Heels You Can’t Walk In
Sometimes, you gain weights and your shoes don’t fit anymore. Other times, you find that the heels of your favorite shoes are torn so much, you can’t any longer walk in them. Whatever the reason is, once you find that those heels are no longer comfortable on your feet, it is time to say goodbye. If they are still in good condition, try to donate them. Otherwise, throwing them in the garbage can is a good idea.
Jeans That Don’t Fit
Just like any other piece of clothing, jeans can be worn too much and become unwearable. After many cycles in the washing machine, your favorite pair of jeans will, unfortunately, give away. Either the color is diminishing, they shrunk in size, or on contraries, they size up, it’s time to give up the jeans. Freshen your collection by emptying the wardrobe and purchase new, more flattering pairs.
Similar to your white t-shirt case, there is a big possibility that your favorite blouse will get a stain on them. If what you have is a dark color blouse, you are lucky as they don’t show much. But a light color one is a nightmare once you spilled that soup in the office. Stained blouse, wherever the stain comes from is not worth the trouble of keeping them. Toss them away and replace them with a newer, better one.
12 Woman Body Shapes And To Wear According To Your Shapes Part 1
You are what you wear. And what you wear depends on your body shape as well, isn’t it? There is something most of us simply don’t know. That there is a lot of science behind body shape and dressing. When it comes to making a style statement, this could be the most important thing. But hey, there’s more to it.
Wondering what I am talking about? Just keep reading and you will figure out yourself!
Pear Body Shape
If you have large hips and a tiny bust, you have a pear body shape. This type of body is also known as the triangle shape. Your body has a very well-defined shape and shows off those curves well. You have broad hips and your waist section can look beautiful if you dress up the right way. So, let’s help you out choose your outfit!
What To Wear
Wearing bright and beautiful scoop-neck and boat-neck tops. This will make your shoulder look wider. Gorgeous bracelets and accessories should be used to highlight the appearance. Also, wear a pushup bra or a padded bra to make your upper body and lower body look balanced. But you cannot wear all types of cuts and patterns. Here is what you should avoid wearing.
The Straight Body Shape
You know you have a straight body type if you have the same measurements for all sections of your body. This body shape is popularly known as the supermodel body. This type is also been called rectangular or ruler body. Since it does not have a well-defined waistline, the body tends to look straight. Here is what you should wear.
What To Wear
Tube tops or dresses would look charming on you. Not only does it suit the shape of your body, but also highlights your features. A nice and snazzy belt along with a tube dress would be a stunner. This will also help you create that slim and sexy hourglass shape you must have desired for. You should wear bright colors, try different textures, and cuts. Great ideas right? Let’s find out what you should avoid wearing.
Apple Body Shape
You know you have an apple body shape if you have a larger bust than the hip section, undefined waist, round shoulders, smaller hip, and slimmer legs and arms. You also tend to put on weight first in the upper body section than the rest. The apple body shape or the Inverted triangle body shape is beautiful and can look gorgeous when you wear the right kind of clothes. Here is what you should wear.
What To Wear
Wear soft, textured fabrics, A-line dresses, shirts with a tie below the bust line, tops that fall lower than the hip bone, tops with cuff sleeves, well-fitting clothes, V-necks, scoop tops, ruched t-shirts or shirts in the middle to give more definition to your mid-section, flowy dresses from down your bust line, necklaces that come till your bust and not lower or higher, short dresses, dresses which have darker sides and lighter middle section all the way down, well-defined shouldered blazers, summer jackets, waistcoats, boot-cut jeans, flared bottom jeans, jeans with back pockets to give more definition to your hips, low waist jeans, define your waist by wearing high-waisted shorts, heels, sandals with straps, wedges, and platform shoes. Lot’s of options for you, just avoid wearing the following.
Spoon Body Shape
This one is also quite fascinating and beautiful to look at. Spoon body shape or the pear body shape is characterized by large hips that are bigger than the rest of the body. This creates a nice shape that resembles the number 8. You tend to gain weight in the upper section, especially the stomach region. Love handles are your biggest issue and you tend to easily gain weight in your thighs and arms section whereas your legs and lower arms are worth flaunting. Here is how you can make your body look perfect.
What To Wear
Choose clothes that have lighter color in the upper body region but darker in the middle and lower body region, strapless, boat necks, wide necks, short skirts and shorts to show off your great legs, tops with embellishments or patterns that add volume to your bust line, A-line skirts, boot cut jeans or trousers, mid-rise jeans, padded bras, chunky earrings and necklaces, well-defined shouldered jackets, dresses, and tops, well fitted dresses around the waist, bags that come till your hip bone, peep-toes, flats, and ballerina shoes with pointed toes. These are really cool and upbeat options, just take care not to wear the clothes mentioned below.
Hourglass Body Shape
Lucky you! Your buttocks and bust lines are very well balanced and the waist is also defined beautifully. Your buttocks are round naturally and your body is in proportion throughout. You have slightly rounded shoulders that align perfectly with your shapely buttocks, and your legs are in proportion with your upper body. Though your figure is the most attractive, you can go wrong if you don’t wear the right clothes. Here is what you should do.
What To Wear
Accentuate your waist and wear clothes that show off your perfect curves. Wear broad belts over your shirt or dress, wrap-around tops and skirts, flowy dresses, skirts, well-fitting tops, fitting jackets, tops or dresses with pleated waist, pencil skirts, ¾ skirts with side or back slits, jeggings, boots, strappy sandals, high heels, peep toes, and necklaces that fall till your navel. Though you can look beautiful and hot in any attire, you should avoid wearing the following.
Oval Body Shape
If you have a body that is oval in shape, your bust will be larger than the rest of your body. The hips will be narrow and the midsection shall look full. Women with these body shapes tend to gain weight in their stomach before anywhere else. The waist is not very well-defined and ends up being the widest section of the body. The buttocks are flat and legs are slender. Since your legs are the best asset, you should flaunt this the most. Here is what you should wear.
What To Wear
Wear square neck, V-neck, and U-neck tops or shirts. You should also wear wrap around tops, skirts, and jackets to slim down your mid-body area, vertical stripes, peplum tops, tunic tops, belted dresses and tops, wide collared jackets, fish-cut or flared skirts, cargo pants with pockets near your hip, empire waisted dresses or tops, dresses or skirts just above your knee to show off your legs and make you look well proportioned, high heels, long and slender earrings, and necklaces that fall till your cleavage. Those are some pretty sexy options you have got there. Just make sure not to wear the clothes mentioned below.
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