A belt can make you look fat and chunky—or create a waist and a sexy silhouette. It’s all about choosing the right style of belt for your body type, and knowing exactly where to put it.
Why the belt is your best friend
Belts are a really cheap and easy way of adding a little drama to a simple outfit. It is also a very good slimming tool, because it can accentuate curves (or create a curve where there was none), while simultaneously drawing attention away from parts of the body that you want to play down.
The trick is in the proportion. Nobody has a perfect body, just learn and understand what works for your body type.
The great thing about being short waisted is you probably have fantastically long legs. You want to help add to that sense of length. The first thing to do is to avoid really thick belts, which will totally overwhelm your already short waist. Pick thinner belts, and then position them a bit low on the hips. This makes your upper body look longer.
A wide version will provide balance between your top and bottom halves. You’re lucky enough to have the body type that can pull off a thicker belt. But your particular body challenge is to make your legs look longer. So, position your belt higher up the waistline (and add to the illusion by wearing high-waisted pants). Here’s another trick: picking a belt color that is very close to the color of your pants gives the sense of a long, unbroken line, which also helps you look taller.
Larger belts will overwhelm your small frame, so avoid them at all costs. It’s also best to pick a belt color that is very close to the rest of your outfit—or even choose monochromatic scheme (different shades of the same color) from shirt to shoes. That’s because a belt in a completely different color will “cut” your body and make you look even smaller.
If you want to add color to your outfit, choose a contrasting bag or necklace or earrings (which will draw attention to the face). You can also play with different textures and fabrics—for example, a sequin trim or a touch of lace.
Choose belts in colors that closely match your outfits, and avoid big belt buckles that can draw even more attention to your waistline. Choose a simple belt in a dark color and a matte finish.
If you have a very slim, boyish figure, try a skinny belt worn low on your hips to create the illusion of curves.
Spring is here!! Love the weather, but hate the cleaning that I feel HAS to be done (from societal pressure or childhood brainwashing - not sure)
Begin by filling in small cracks or scratches with toothpaste.
Wash your windows on a cloudy day. The heat from direct sunlight can dry the cleaning product before you have time to properly finish the job.
For the larger glass surfaces, use a long-handle squeegee to prevent streaks, much like you would on car windows or glass shower doors.
Tackle those pesky corners with Q-tips. Their small surface area allows you to hit those hard-to-reach spots and they'll absorb the residue instead of spreading it around.
For a blinding shine, polish your windows with clean cotton tee-shirts, cloth diapers or even a new blackboard eraser. Make sure that your windows have been dried before polishing.
Always clean from top to bottom to prevent drips, and remember that cleaning solutions can often harm woodwork. Be careful not to let your products drip onto the windowsill.
If you can't seem to ditch the streaks (or if you run out of paper towels) clean and polish your windows with newspaper. Not only is it absorbent and lint-free, it also leaves a film that is resistant to dirt.
An easy alternative to cleaning solutions is to use a recipe of 1/4 cup vinegar, 2 cups water and 1/2 cup liquid cleaning soap.
There are SO MANY couponing websites out there, it is overwhelming. I have not looked at every single one of them, but I do have my favorites.
www.southernsavers.com is free and has all the grocery stores AND drug store grocery lists. The lists are customizable and printable. She is always updating her posts with deals. There is even links to the on-line coupons if you do not like to cut them out of the paper.