10 Fashion, Style Tips For Plus Sized Women And Girls

10 Fashion, Style Tips For Plus Sized Women And GirlsWith size zero being the new fashion mantra, most fashionable girls who want to look good are dying to be thin. They are taking all sorts of crash diets, weight loss pills, starving themselves and exercising like crazy to get to that elusive hourglass figure.But does that mean you should dress u like a grumpy old hag just because you are a bit…er….on the larger side?Does being plus sized mean that you can’t or wouldn’t want to dress up smartly and look fashionable. The way your thinner friends do?It is not always easy for a woman who is size 14 and above to pick up the right clothes for herself.

Here are a few fashion tips for a plus sized woman:

Try following these basic dos and don’ts when you pick up your clothes to look hot and sexy:
  • Identify Your Problem Areas

Know about your best areas and the parts you would like to hide.If you have an amazing pair of legs, look for a dress that will help draw all attention to your legs while hiding your flabby tummy, for instance. You could go for a cut just above the knees (or mid-thigh, if you are comfortable with a shorter dress) so that your legs get all the attention instead of your paunch. If you don’t want to show off too much skin, put on a pair of sheer stockings.
  • Avoid Tight Clothes

While hanging or loosely fitted clothes are a strict no-no, you need to make sure that they aren’t too tight.Very tight clothes which are bursting at the seams will ‘showcase’ your bumps, bulges and extra pounds of flesh.Hunt till you come across dresses which are neither too tight nor too loose. It would be best to stick to body hugging clothes that fit you well instead of hanging on to you.Also pay special attention to the fabric you pick up.

  • Don’t Wear Clothes That Hang Either

Just because you are plus size or generously endowed doesn’t mean that you have to hide yourself under the most unfashionable clothes or wear ill fitting, outdated stuff.If you think that very loose clothes will help you hide your bulges, you’re probably right. But if they are a bit too loose or hang on to you, they will only make you look larger than you are.Avoid features like frills, drapes, ruffles and layered clothing because they will add to your frame.
  • Wear Longer Tops

If you don’t have a very well proportioned torso, do not pick up tops which are too short.Not only will they help hide you your not-so-sexy tummy, but also make your torso look longer and have the overall effect of adding to your height visually, making you look thinner than you actually are.Longer tops will help hide you the unseemly love handles that spill put from the sides of your jeans more easily. If you want to wear animal onesies fancy dresses then you can try them though.

  • Wear The Right Undergarments

It is as important, if not more, to wear the right undergarments with every dress. Not only will the right undergarments make you more comfortable but also add to the appeal of every dress you pick up.Wear undergarments that fit you fully without adding to your bulges.
  • Try Capri Trousers

If you have very heavy thighs, it would not be a good idea to wear shorts. But if you don’t want to wear full length trousers or jeans all the time and do want to show off a little leg, try capris or cut-off pants.Choose a length you’d be most comfortable with- just below the knees, midway between the knee and the ankle or just above the ankle.They look much more stylish than a pair of full length trousers or jeans and definitely help add to the oomph you can exude inspite of your size.
  • Opt For V-neck Tops

Tops with v necks look good on larger sized women. V necks help make your neck look longer and more slender.Tops that have embellishments or patterns around the neckline help draw attention away from the tummy and focus on the upper body.On the other hand, tops which have huge patterns or embroideries around the waist will add to your waist line.Similarly if you have broader hips, go for tops or dresses with wider lapels.
  • Say No To Tapered Pants

Inspite of the popular notion that tapered pants will make you look thinner, they DON’T work out in favor of plus sized women and girls.Tapered trousers will get your thighs much more attention than you’d want them to, making you feel miserable.Unless you have shapely thighs, stick to straight legged trousers.
  • Use Heels To Your Advantage

Try to use heeled footwear to your advantage.That will add a few inches to your height and make you look taller. And thereby, narrower.
If you are not petite or too thin, it does not mean that you have to wear boring loose fitting shirts and baggy jeans all the time.You just need to pick up the right clothes for yourself to look hot and sizzling.Just because you have a few extra kilos to your frame doesn’t mean that you can’t look fashionable or not want to look good.All you need to do to steal all the thunder from skinny girls is spend a few extra minutes while putting your wardrobe together.
While it would be good to see the ‘larger’ women and girls dress fashionably and smartly, you need not curse yourself for not looking reed thin like those skinny models. Remember that “Confidence is the sexiest dress a woman can wear”.
If you have any more fashion tips for plus sized women and girls which you’d like to share with our readers, please write to us in the comments below
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How to Make Pan-Grilled Pork Chops

How to Make Pan-Grilled Pork ChopsPork has had an unfortunate history in this country. As the child of a mother who learned to cook at a time when trichinosis scares were around, all of our pork chops were cooked to well-done. Couple that with the fact that the pork industry spent years catering to customer demands for leaner and leaner meat, and it led to a generation of kids that grew up knowing pork chops only as dry, pale slabs of meat as stringy as a burlap sack and as tough and leathery as Clint Eastwood with a sunburn. Yuck.

But the times they are a-changin', and things are looking up for pork. For one thing, we now have relatively easy access to much better meat. Heritage breed pigs that are bred for flavor instead of low fat content. We also have much safer pork—pork that can be eaten at a juicy medium or medium-rare, the way it was meant to be. On top of all that, we're in a virtual renaissance in terms of novel cooking techniques; better, smarter ways to maximize the flavor and texture of a pork chop. Today we're going to discuss a few of those techniques and see if we can't nail down the best.


  1. 4 to 6 boneless pork chops
  2. 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  3. 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder or other red pepper
  4. 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. fresh black pepper, about 1/8 teaspoon

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10 Safety Tips for Runners

10 Safety Tips for Runners“It’s never too late until you believe it is!” This saying certainly applies to running. Regardless of your age or fitness level, the road is always paved for you to start your amazing running adventure.Now that the weather’s gotten very nice, you might feel inspired to revive your New Year’s resolution and get on your running shoes. But if your body isn’t used to running, you could face some challenges in getting started and maintaining the habit. You must train yourself to warm up and stretch before a run, so that your muscles don’t lock up or risk a strain. Additionally, you need to listen to your body, remain aware of your surroundings, and pace yourself to prevent injury.

Visit a Physician

Better safe than sorry! It’s always recommended for new runners to check out with a physician especially under the following conditions: breathing problems, overweight, heart problems, chronic fatigue, above forty, and if you have no running background whatsoever.

Start with a walk/run Program

“Too much too soon” is a big NO unless you want to quite within weeks because of fatigue, injury or both! “Slowly but surely” is how all successful runners began their running journey. You must incorporate walking into your running routine especially if you’re an absolute beginner. In doing so, you’ll reap all the healthy rewards of walking while slowly and steadily building up your pace and, in the mean time, reducing the risk of injuries.

Check Your Heart Rate Regularly

Most beginning runners are so keen to monitoring their weight but they often forget to check their pulse. As you probably know, Running is mainly a cardiovascular activity. It actually trains your heart to pump more blood to your body with every heartbeat. As a result, you would eventually need less beats to work for you.

It’s highly recommended to check your pulse regularly and monitor your improvement. The ideal checking moment is just after waking up. Here’s how you do it: Count your heartbeats for ten seconds. Then, multiply the number by six to calculate your total pulse per minute.

If you’re running regularly and within your fitness level, you should notice steady improvement in your heart rate. Of course, it wouldn’t happen in a day or two but you should see measurable results within weeks or months in some cases.

It’s very important to remember that if your heart rate increased by five to eight beats per minute one day than the day before, chances are high that you’re overdoing it. In this case, it’s advisable to take a rest and check the pulse again the next day. Once it’s back to the old level, you could start running again.

Keep a Running Log

Most experienced runners assert that keeping a running log is by far the best way to keep track of their progress. The good news is: You don’t even have to buy a running log. Simply make up your own on a paper or computer spreadsheet. Your running log should include basic information about your runs including: time, distance, type of workout, weight and pulse.

It goes without saying that you will become extremely motivated to feel that all your effort is paying off, as you see your mileage increase while your pulse and weight decrease thanks to running.

Listen to Your Body

It’s never too late until you believe it is!You could become your own coach once you learn to listen to your body. Muscle pains and tiredness are perfectly normal running pains. However, beware if during or after the run, you start to feel dizzy or experience pain in the chest area, the legs, or the back.

In this case, you must stop running immediately and start walking or completely resting. Later on, you’d need to decrease your training load or even stop when necessary until the pain is ceased. If still in pain after all, you must check with your physician.

With experience, you’ll understand you body signals and learn when to keep going and when to stop.

Lower Your Intensity

Don’t fall into the trap of starting at a too high intensity. Paradoxically, the slower you go when you begin, the faster you will become in the end! “Base building” is by far the most essential part of your running. This will result in easy running in the future. Low intensity running for beginners is an excellent aid in avoiding overtraining. If, at the end of your workout, you would tell yourself: ’I could’ve gone a bit longer’, it’s a clear indication that you’ve been running at the right pace.

Maintain Regular Workouts and Healthy Diet

To ensure maintaining steady progress, it’s far much better to run three to four times a week for thirty minutes than two run once a week for two hours. It’s very important to ensure that you follow an effective running schedule that takes into consideration slow yet regular build-up.

It’s important to maintain a healthy diet if you strive to make the most out of your running.  Poor eating habits could easily sabotage your effort and hinder your desired progress.

Warm Up and Stretch

These are actually two separate steps. Many people mistakenly regard stretching as part of their warm-up.But you’ll want to walk around and warm up your muscles before you start to stretch. Stretching cold, stiff muscles can lead to strain and injury.Try to focus on muscle groups and areas that are used during runs, such as the calves, hamstrings, glutes, IT band, hips, and core muscles.

Pace Yourself

Don’t try to force your body to complete a 5K run if you haven’t done one in a while. Understand your limits and work your way incrementally to your goals.If you’re completely new to running, try alternating between jogging and walking. Each day, walk a little less and jog a bit more. Bring a stopwatch so you can carefully measure out times and distances.

Listen to Your Body

Pain is your warning to stop. Whenever you feel discomfort, try to address it. Ignoring it will not make running injuries go away; in fact, they can become worse.Examine your gait and shoes to see if these play a role in generating pain when you’re running. If you cannot identify the source and the pain persists, then check with a sports medicine doctor.

Awareness of Surroundings

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How to Deal with Arrogant Boss

How to Deal with Arrogant Boss
These days you can hardly find someone satisfied with his boss. Whenever you ask someone about the reasons he doesn’t like his job he will tell you that he has a difficult boss.

We agree that some bosses are really difficult but the question you should ask yourself is, “what do I mean by difficult boss?”

People usually label someone with the term “difficult” when they fail to understand the inner works of that person.

People appear to be difficult as long as we don’t understand their real intentions, however as soon as we see things from their perspectives we can understand their actions and even end up accepting them.

We're not saying that you don't have a difficult boss or that you are imagining things but what we're trying to say is that this difficult boss can be seen in a different light.

Understand Your Role

Having a clear understanding of your role -- in writing -- is one of the first steps you can take to manage an arrogant boss.It's crucial that you know what's expected of you and what your specific duties are so you can draw on this information if you need to protect yourself. If your boss tries to criticize your work or put down your performance, you'll have documentation to support your role and contributions to the organization.

Don't Immediately React

Arrogant people often act the way they do because it gives them a sense of control and power. The wrong reaction can play a big part in reinforcing your boss's power trip, especially if you give him what he's after. An arrogant boss usually wish you to feel intimidated or for you to slip up and make a mistake. Even something like rolling your eyes when he speaks is enough to add fuel to his fire, and if you are thinking about criticizing his behavior, you might want to think again. Criticism is one of the biggest mistakes an employee can make when dealing with an arrogant boss. Try to stay calm and professional and avoid shooting from the hip, no matter how tempting. Keep a written record of your boss's attacks and criticisms for future reference.

Stay professional

You aren't going to get along with everybody all of the time, and you aren't required to be friends with your boss. You don't have to like your boss, but you should perform your job duties in a professional manner while you are at work.


Many conflicts are often resolved when people simply talk to one another and discuss the problems they are having in a mature manner. The best way to communicate is to simply ask your boss if you can have a conversation with him in a quiet setting away from other co-workers. Let your boss know about the issues you are having with him in a nonthreatening way. Ask him what expectations he has and what you can do to improve. Also tell him that you want a harmonious workplace relationship, and ask what can be done to achieve that.

Separate work 

Don't allow workplace negativity to affect how you feel at home. Instead, attempt to detach yourself as much as possible from your work life when you are off. This could be done by avoiding relationships with co-workers and maintaining relationships with friends and family that are unassociated with your workplace. Also, don't check work-related emails during your time off if possible.

Discuss Your Concerns

Discussing your concerns with an arrogant boss could be a scary proposition, but it might be helpful in resolving the situation. You have a right to work in a respectful workplace, and if your boss isn't fulfilling his end of the deal, he needs to be informed. This doesn't mean confronting your boss and starting a battle, however. It's best to schedule a quiet time to sit down with your boss and discuss the effects of his actions and comments on your work performance. Keep your statements as neutral and professional as possible -- avoid personal attacks or emotional statements.Using your boss's criticisms as a way to gain some common ground. Ask him what he would like you to improve or how the two of you can solve some of his concerns together.

File a Complaint

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