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10 Rules for Wearing Jewelry To The Gym

To wear or not to wear jewelry to the gym? Although many women would never be caught dead flaunting their jewelry on the elliptical, others prefer to add personality to their cute workout gear with a few strategically placed accessories. So, what’s the right answer? It turns out that jewelry can be worn at the gym, as long as you follow these guidelines:

You need to pick and choose carefully what jewelry you will wear to the gym.

Take Off Rings for Weight Work

Lifting? Leave the rings at home. Yes, even your engagement ring! Some women have a hard time parting ways with this precious possession, but keeping it on while you lift weights could lead to a serious injury. Wearing rings while you lift could affect your grip on the weights and pose a serious safety risk if the weight slips and falls. Still not convinced? Gripping a weight could also damage the band, so it’s best to keep it at home.

Swim Solo

Ready to take a dive into the deep end to swim a few laps? Wait! Take off any gold or silver jewelry! Chlorine can interact with precious metals, even gold or silver, after prolonged exposure so it’s best not to take that risk. The good news? Chlorine does not have the same effect on platinum!

Wear Wearable Tech

What’s one accessory that will always be accepted at the gym? Wearable tech! Fitness trackers are always a must when it comes to exercising, so don’t be shy about rocking yours as you run on the treadmill. To add a little something extra to your look, try a piece of Tory Burch jewelry designed to disguise these trackers.

Pay Attention to Chain Lengths

Wearing a pendant on a long chain can spell disaster when you go for a jog on the treadmill. The faster you run, the harder the pendant will bounce up and down on your chest or even worse, smack you in the face. If you do choose to wear a necklace to the gym, keep the chain short to avoid injury.

Beaded Bracelets are Best

Beaded or leather bracelets are probably the best choice for workouts since the material won’t be impacted by sweat. Also, this style of bracelet tends to lay tightly around your wrist, meaning it won’t get in the way as you press down for that 10th push-up!

Say No to Nickel

Nickel, a metal that is commonly used in jewelry, can cause an irritating rash or make the skin temporarily turn green. One thing that speeds up the reaction between nickel and your skin? Sweat. If you wear nickel jewelry to the gym, expect to leave with a green mark or red, blotchy rash.

Keep an Eye on Gemstones

High intensity workouts are a great way to pump up your heart rate, but they can also damage your jewelry. As you’re moving through your workouts, you may accidentally hit rings or bracelets against equipment or the gym floor. A hard hit to jewelry could knock your precious gemstones out of their settings, so keep a close eye on these pieces if you insist on wearing them.

Wear Studs for Safety

Dangling earrings can get caught up in clothing or equipment, so it’s best to wear studs that stay close to your ears. Wearing a stud diamond or gemstone will add a little sparkle to your workout gear without getting in your way!

Store It Safely

Coming to the gym straight from work? Pack a small box in your gym bag where you can safely store all your jewelry so it doesn’t bang against other items. Then, make sure to keep your bag stored in a locker to prevent theft.

Clean It Thoroughly

If you do decide to wear jewelry while you work out, be sure to wash it thoroughly with soap and warm water afterwards to remove dirt and sweat. Otherwise, the build up of bacteria could lead to skin irritation or even worse, infections.

Follow these 10 rules and you will never feel out of place or unsafe while wearing jewelry at the gym!

Full-time freelance journalist, Naomi Shaw, writes about family focused topics. She helps her audience readers navigate the world of parenting, education, food, crafting and DIY, mompreneurship, and writing. This stay-at-home mom turned entrepreneur livings in Southern California with her husband and three children. @NaomiJShaw

Things to Consider When Buying Plus Size Jeans

A pair of jeans is one of the most worn piece of clothing so it is important to find the perfect pair –- something that is comfortable, stylish, and fits well. What’s great about jeans is that you can match it with any top from spaghetti straps to plain shirts. Plus Size Denim Jeans

This versatile clothing item can create different looks to match each occasion like blazers over jeans for work and sweatshirt over jeans for hanging out at the Eaton Centre. You don’t have to worry too much about getting your jeans crumpled, stained, or ripped because that makes your trousers unique and authentic. Instead of wearing a skirt at the park, you can do that more comfortably by wearing jeans.

There are some people who find it difficult to choose the right jeans for them especially plus size women. To make things easier for you, check out some of these things that you need to consider when buying plus size jeans:

1. Choose dark-colored trousers such as black or dark blue because these colors make you look slimmer. Old Navy has some dark-wash fit jeans for plus size women that can be worn from morning ’til evening.

2. Avoid wearing super tight jeans as well as baggy trousers because they will not flatter your shape. I highly recommend the Gap curvy jeans and Levis defined waist boot cut jeans because it is not too tight or too loose.

3. Make sure to choose stretchable jeans so you won’t have a hard time moving. The common problem of plus size women is sitting down or bending in their jeans so this kind of trouser will be their best friend.

4. If you have a larger behind, choose jeans that have pockets on the back to give an illusion of having a smaller rear.

5. Be patient and try different styles before buying a pair of jeans. Initially, instead of buying online, it is best to visit the outlet or stores so you can fit different styles and see what looks best on you.

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Christmas Party Fashion

What’s hot and what’s not…

The Christmas party season is upon us and with only one shopping weekend until Christmas day (which means even less until the Christmas party) it is time to hit the shops for that perfect party outfit. There is a certain standard to uphold in the Christmas party outfit stakes, it must be glamorous and have a certain sparkle to it. You can afford to be a little more outrageous at this time of year and there is no such thing as being overdressed!

It Is Time to Hit the Shops

Now you have convinced yourself that the party season is close enough to warrant some serious shopping do you find yourself disappointed when every outfit you find that you love seems to only be available in the minute sizes 6 to 8? It is the same when it comes to the shoe sale where those heels you have just got to have are only available in three sizes smaller or four sizes bigger. There is no point trying to squeeze into a smaller size when you are going to be enjoying plenty of festive treats so look for one of those perfect evening dresses in sizes 14 to 32 this winter.

Plus Size Evening and Cocktail Dresses

Choosing the Right Shoes

Shoes are an important accessory to any outfit but never more so than to the Christmas party outfit. You need to balance the right mixture of style and comfort as you do not want to be the one being carried home by your work colleagues at the end of the night because your beautiful yet dangerous five inch heels have left you crippled. Neither do you want to be the wet blanket who cano not (or will not) get up and have a dance because their new shoes leave them looking more like a strictly come dancing knock out than having ‘the moves like Jagger’.

Sparkle and Shine

It is the season to sparkle and shine! Each year the diamante and glitter make an appearance in some form or another and this Christmas they are bigger and better than ever. Gorgeous embellishments are cropping up on shirts and dresses all over the catwalk and the high-street is taking note of incorporating shine into its fabrics with a fantastic range of Jacquard material.
Once you have got your perfect outfit ready the last thing to do is start enjoying the festive season so start filling the calendar with wonderful winter parties now!

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10 Feng Shui Wealth-Producing Tips for Handbags

It’s an indispensable tool, a valuable fashion asset and a source of all manner of important things like breath mints, a safety pin to fix a broken zipper, or keys to entertain a toddler. A woman’s purse is a collector of things – and sometimes those things are downright unhealthful.

According to recent studies, a woman’s purse ranks as one of the top ten germiest items we come in contact with on a regular basis. Ironically, a woman’s handbag is also the place where she carries her wealth and financial power.

Is your purse a symbol of wealth or is it a danger to your health? Maybe it’s a little of both.

Interestingly, for women, a purse is often a symbol of the self. An attractive, organized purse makes us feel better and more in control of our lives.

When our purses are a mess and we can’t find anything, we feel lost and our bank accounts often reflect that scattered state.

Simply put, a purse with good feng shui is a purse that is organized, a handy resource, and supports its principal purpose: holding your money and financial wherewithal.

Read these tips to get your purse in tip top feng shui shape — and make you more prosperous!

1. Elevate your purse.
You’d never see a man put his wallet on the floor, yet women put their purses on the floor all the time – in the restroom, at restaurants, at work. Always keep your purse elevated and off the floor. And never, ever, put it on the floor of the restroom. Hang it on a door hinge or the corner of the door. A great idea is to buy a purse hanger for those times when you want to put your purse down, but not on a floor.

2. Keep it clean.
Resist the temptation to throw gum or food wrappers, bits of paper or used tissues into your purse. What does it say when you carry trash in the same place as your money? Garbage should go in a trashcan and never into a purse.

3. Mind the change.
Avoid throwing change into your purse where it will fall to the bottom of the bag. This is disrespectful to money. If it’s too inconvenient to put change into a zippered coin compartment in your wallet, buy an old fashioned coinpurse that makes collecting change easy – and getting it out for tolls or parking meters — convenient too.

4. Be prepared.
Carry a small safety pin, a tiny container of dental floss, a small notepad with pen, a small pocketknife, highlighter pen and bottle of eye drops. Little items that make your purse a point of refuge in the world make you love your purse even more. Better still, when someone has a broken zipper they will forever remember you and your purse of wonders! Lastly, carry a $100 bill, but don’t spend it. Having a purse (and some cash) at the ready helps you be prepared for financial surprises.

5. Activate your purse.
If you see pretty hanging Chinese ornaments or tassels put some of these on your purse. These hangers are great for pumping up the feng shui volume of your purse and activating it for wealth. Choose hangers that appeal to you and that look especially pretty and coordinated. Yes, pretty is good feng shui!

6. Buy thoughtfully.
Like a bra, never buy a purse just for the fashion name or for how it looks. Make sure the purse hangs on your shoulder comfortably, and like a good bra, stays there. Even better, find a purse with enough compartments to hold small items like pens, your cell phone, and other items you need to get to quickly. Make sure you can easily close your purse for security sake, that you can find what you need and that the purse is working for you, not the other way around.

7. Use a key keeper.
These small hooks fit onto your purse and keep you from fishing around for your keys, which can endanger you if you’re trying to find them at night in an empty parking lot. By hanging on the edge of your purse, you can access your keys faster and more easily. This says you can find your way financially too.

8. Avoid wallet clutter.
Get a wallet that helps you stay organized with your money. Your money should be easily arranged, not rammed into a wad, and your credit cards should be easily accessible. Also, have only as many credit cards as you absolutely need. Too many credit cards becomes a financial trap, a credit score nightmare, and, well, clutter. When the clerks ask if you want one of the store-name-credit cards, tell them “No thanks; I’m cutting down on wallet clutter.” Who can argue with that?

9. Buy a purse in your personal wealth color.
Selecting a purse in a color that resonates with your personal wealth energy will help stimulate your wealth and money-making opportunities. If you don’t want to buy a purse in your personal wealth colors, other good options include red, metallic, white, black, and blue. Greens are also fine and a nice choice in 2010. The best choice for the year? Blue.

10. Pursue love.
The No. 1 feng shui rule for your purse? Don’t buy it unless you absolutely love it – and then treat it that way. Keep it clean, organized, and off the floor. Your money mojo will be activated and you’ll have more to spend and save. Show some purse love!

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Kathryn Weber is the publisher of the Red Lotus Letter Feng Shui E-zine and certified feng shui consultant in classical Chinese feng shui. Kathryn helps her readers improve their lives and generate more wealth with feng shui. For more information and to receive her FREE Ebook “Easy Money – 3 Steps to Building Massive Wealth with Feng Shui” visit and learn the fast and fun way how feng shui can make your life more prosperous and abundant!