Category: Beauty and Fashion Tips

5 Amazing Plants That Stimulate Breast Growth

breast growthHave you been struggling with low self-confidence and feeling unhappy about your body? Have you ever felt like increased breast size may be the solution for you?

There are primarily two ways to prompt breast growth. If you are looking for a fast and significant increase in your cup size, breast augmentation may be the solution you are looking for. Or, if you prefer a more natural and holistic approach, taking herbal supplements or incorporating foods rich in phytoestrogens into your diet would be the way to go.

Phytoestrogens are a source of estrogen which occurs naturally in herbs and plants. They are similar in structure to the estrogen hormone humans produce. There are three main types of phytoestrogens. These are Isoflavones, Lignans, and Coumestrol.

In this article, we will examine some natural ways to encourage breast growth. In no particular order, here are 5 plants to incorporate into your diet/lifestyle that can assist in stimulating growth in your breasts.

Focus on Phytoestrogens

1. Savor Soy

Soy is one of the most well-known isoflavonoids, a type of phytoestrogen which is found primarily in legumes and beans. There are many foods and dietary supplements rich in soy.

For example, there is soy milk, which is primarily composed of isoflavonoids.
Other soy-rich sources include edamame, miso, tofu, and soy sauce.

2. Fill Up On Flaxseeds

Lignans are another common type of phytoestrogen. Flaxseeds are among the richest sources of plant lignans in the human diet.

Incorporating more flaxseeds into your diet is one way to stimulate breast growth. Flaxseeds can be stirred into hot oatmeal or sprinkled atop cereal in the morning. It’s a quick, easy way to add more lignans into your diet!

3. Help Yourself to Hops

Hops, as you probably know, are primarily found in beer. What you might not know, however, is that they, too, contain phytoestrogens.

Additionally, hops are considered to be an anti-androgen. Anti-androgens can be defined as “any compound that has the biological effect of blocking or suppressing the action of male sex hormones such as testosterone within the human body.”

A reduction in testosterone can help promote increased production of estrogen. With a reduction in the testosterone hormone and increased production of estrogen, you’ll be on the path to hormonal breast enhancement in no time.

Add more hops into your diet with ease by sipping on a double IPA.

4. Find Some Fennel

Fennel has long been used in herbal medicine. It’s been used to treat lactation problems, infertility, and many other issues. It can also be used for breast enhancement.

Fennel supplements, which are often promoted as a natural breast enhancer, are another option for those looking to increase their cup size.

5. Spice It up with Sesame

Sesamin is a type of lignan which is found exclusively in sesame seeds. Both sesame oil and the seeds themselves are a rich source of the lignan phytoestrogen.

Sesame seeds can be sprinkled atop dishes like sushi or salad. Sesame oil can be added to dressings and sauces. These are just a few more easy ways to add additional hormones to your diet.

Tell Us!

Have you tried adding any of these phytoestrogens into your diet? How did you feel they worked for you? Leave a comment about your experiences below!

Why Women’s Fitness Attire Has Become Everyday Wear

fitness attireWomen’s fitness attire isn’t just for the gym: it’s for the house, the car, the store, and even the cafe.

As a matter of fact, it’s become everyday fashion.

How did we get here when just a few years ago none of us would dream of slipping out to get a bite to eat in our workout clothes? Keep reading to see what we found out about this trend.

Athleisure and Millennials

The young generation is at the forefront of this style trend. It started because of a need for comfy and casual clothing that was cooler than pajamas.

Quickly, they realized that this look could come from their gym clothes. Things like yoga pants and leggings could be both daily wear and workout clothes for women.

Finding stylish clothes could still be a challenge. Keep in mind that, when this trend was brand new, most fitness clothing companies just weren’t ready to see their clothes on the street.

While this was the first time that gym clothes were for more than just the gym, companies quickly realized there was money in selling stylish gym clothes under their brands.

Fitness Attire Companies Catch On

As the athleisure trend grew, so did the need for workout clothing companies to sell products fit for more than just the gym. The rich and famous became some of the top salespeople for this concept.

As celebrities ranging from Jessica Alba to Chrissy Teigen began to be photographed in their gym clothes (and looking great in them,) a trend became a full-fledged fever pitch. Soon, even sneaker companies were hiring celebrities like Kim Kardashian to advertise their brands.

The hiring of celebrities to represent brands became one of the two types of aspirational marketing associated with athleisure. The other was the communication of “the green smoothie woman.”

The Green Smoothie Idea

There’s a specific type of person we imagine wearing their yoga pants and running shoes to the supermarket: she loves to make green smoothies with her kids and starts her morning with a quick run.

The person who wears fitness attire everywhere is who we want to be because it implies that this person has their life together. This is a person who knows how to do every exercise with proper form, who doesn’t need a gym membership because she knows it’s possible to work out on a budget.

It’s an example of aspirational marketing. And while a lot of us normally wouldn’t fall for it, the fact that we have workout clothes anyway makes this an actually thrifty way to be stylish.

More Ramblings

If you have workout clothes, you’re probably interested in getting your exercise in the right way.

Everybody needs to know the perfect way to take care of themselves. Whether it’s exercising properly, having a healthy diet, or just knowing when to engage in proper self-care: everybody can benefit from reading up on all of the useful tips out there.

If you’re interested in keeping up-to-date on all of the best health and fitness advice, check out this health blog.

How to Choose the Perfect Dress Shoes for Work

dress shoesWomen and our shoes. Thanks to the Internet, the possibilities are nearly endless. That doesn’t mean we can wear whatever we want, whenever we want.

Every day you open the closet and every day you ask yourself the same question: “What shoes do I wear to the office today?”

For the not-so-fashion-conscious lady out there, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Today, we’re talking about how to pick out the perfect dress shoes for work, so that your boss notices your killer pitch and not your worn-out soles.

The Best Dress Shoes for Work

Classic Black Pumps

When in doubt, throw on these dress shoes to wear to the office. They go with nearly every possible ensemble, from skirts to suits.

Just like the lady wearing them, they’re sophisticated and business-like, but can still be sexy when they need or want to be.

If you like having the illusion of longer legs, have a backup pair of neutral colored pumps. To keep it as professional as possible, go with a two-inch heel or shorter.

Flats

As long as the style is business-like, these shoes are great, especially if you’re in a busy office where you find yourself getting up and walking around. These shoes are the best for having style without sacrificing comfort or mobility.

Boots

Keep a pair of boots around. If a rainy day hits, you don’t want to ruin your pumps or flats.

It’s not hard to find a pair of these shoes for pretty much any occasion — not just a thunderstorm. Plus, they’re great for helping ladies who wear small sizes shoes look like they have more proportionate and balanced feet.

Shoes You Should Never Wear to the Office

Open-Toe Shoes

If your office attire is business formal, business professional, or business casual – and let’s face it, if you’re working in an office, it’s likely one of these three — open-toed shoes should not be considered dress shoes.

Crazy Colors

Pinks, yellows, and oranges. You love them and every lady has a pair or two in her closet. Unfortunately, they aren’t appropriate for work so Monday through Friday, leave them at home.

This rule includes shoes that have polka dots, zebra or leopard prints, and any other trendy patterns or designs.

Stilettos

You know what they say, “The taller the heel, the less appropriate it is for work.”

Who says that? We do.

These shoes are great for a girl’s night out or clubbing, but for business attire, they really aren’t doing it for us as dress shoes.

Flip Flops

If you’re looking to get canned, one great way to do so is to wear flip flops to work and see how many times you can walk by the CEO’s office before being reprimanded.

It won’t take long.

Wrapping it Up

So now you know what to wear and what not to wear. You can’t go wrong with a classy pair of pumps or even some nice Mary Jane’s.

A lot of your attire possibilities depend on your office’s dress code. To next level your outfit, match your shoes with your bag and any other accessories you’re rocking that day.

What do you think about today’s post? Leave us a comment below, we’d love to hear from you.

4 Natural Soap Recipes for Healthier Skin

soap recipesIt’s an unfortunate reality that many commercial soaps contain harsh dyes, fragrances, foaming agents, and other artificial chemicals that are harmful to our skin.

This is even true of soaps that are marketed as “natural.” Believe it or not, there is no regulation or quality standard for the use of that word. Beware of the marketing manipulation. The only way to truly know what goes into your soap is by making it at home.

Plus, making soap can be a fun and relaxing process. You can make soap for at home use, gifts, or even a business. All it takes is a little practice and some great natural soap recipes.

Read on to find our favorite natural soap recipes free of harmful chemicals that you can easily make at home.

4 Chemical-Free Natural Soap Recipes for Healthy Skin

Soap helps us wash away germs, bacteria, dirt, and all the products we put on our skin. Why would we want to use anything unnatural to achieve a clean slate?

Use these natural soap recipes to achieve healthy skin with soap that you can feel good about using.

1. Milk and Honey Soap

This moisturizing soap is great for your skin and smells delicious. You’ll need:

Just melt the soap base, add the remaining ingredients, pour into a mold and allow to cool until firm.

2. Kratom Soap

Kratom is a tropical tree that grows in Southeast Asia. Its leaves have been recognized for their healing properties, providing relief from chronic pain, muscle aches, anxiety, and stress.

In this soap, its healing properties are absorbed by the skin as well as through aromatherapy as it mixes with steam.

To make kratom soap, you’ll need to source the leaves in the form of a powder from a reputable kratom strains supplier. After that, just follow the instructions below:

  • 3 cups glycerin soap base
  • 1/4 cup lemongrass leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil (or essential oil of your choice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon seaweed oil
  • 1 teaspoon kratom powder

Infuse the kratom powder and lemongrass leaves in water and simmer for 15 minutes.

Melt the glycerin soap base in a double boiler and add the infused lemongrass kratom mixture and the remaining ingredients.

Mix well, pour into silicone molds, and let cool for at least 30 minutes.

3. Lavender Oatmeal Soap

To make this soothing aromatic soap that gently exfoliates the skin, you’ll need:

  • 1 pound goat’s milk soap base
  • 2 tablespoons dried lavender
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon lavender essential oil

Melt the soap base, add the dried lavender flowers, oats, and essential oil and mix well. Pour into molds and allow to cool.

4. Salt & Grapefruit Soap

This energizing soap is excellent for your skin with gentle exfoliation from both the grapefruit acid and the salt crystals. Here’s how to make it:

  • 1 pound goat’s milk soap base
  • 1/4 cut pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon grapefruit essential oil

Melt the soap base, stir in the remaining ingredients, pour into molds and allow to cool.

Easy Peasy!

These soap recipes are fun, easy, and safe. Try making soaps for a fun activity with kids! All of these recipes are free of harsh chemicals, lye, or difficult to find ingredients.

Do you have a favorite soap recipe that we missed? Comment below!

Love this article? Check out our other great posts like this one on healthy eating!

Get a Brighter Smile on a Budget With These Whitening Products

whitening productsEver look in the mirror while you’re wearing a white shirt and realize your teeth are not as white as you thought? Note to self: time to buy some Crest whitening strips.

But aren’t whitening products expensive? Luckily, they’re really not. And whitening products aren’t only for celebrities and the wealthy.

Look Like a Celeb

Even those who won’t admit it would love the broad, white smile of a Hollywood hero. Is a large vanity budget all that sets them apart, or do they know something you don’t?

Before thinking too much about removing the stains, consider what’s causing the stains in the first place–because once you DO erase the stains, you’ll be back to square one pretty fast if you don’t tackle the source.

Coffee, black tea, and red wine leave dramatic stains. Unfortunately, those are pretty hard to give up. Instead, consider diluting your coffee and tea with milk, and either brushing immediately after drinking any of these beverages or at least rinsing with water.

Also, avoid carbonated drinks–they will erode your teeth, creating tiny craters where stains will become unreachable.

Whitening Products for Everyone

Whitening products are for anyone who cares about their appearance. Better yet, they’re for every budget.

In fact, for very little, you can buy Crest 3D whitening toothpaste and Crest 3D whitening rinse and see results in as little as 14 days. Now, if the stains are severe, this isn’t the answer–but it is a place to start.

Higher-priced kits are also available in most places that sell tooth care products. These are great and can be used every three to six months after you do the initial de-staining.

Seeing a Professional

Of course, if you have the resources, having a professional whitening treatment is also simple and effective. Is that how celebrities manage? Probably.

A dentist registered with the General Dental Council can perform professional-grade laser treatments to eliminate stains. Note: this should only be performed by a dentist–whitening salons without a real dentist are illegal and dangerous.

Laser treatments are done over several visits, so don’t expect to pop in before a big date and leave with perfect teeth.

Another great though costly tool a dentist can provide is dental trays that are created from a model of your own teeth. Once you have the trays, you use a special gel to whiten on a prescribed schedule.

Do What You’re Able

Pearly white teeth don’t have to come at a high price. Remember the basics before you stress about pricey treatments:

  • Brush at least twice a day. Be gentle! Use a toothpaste with hydrogen peroxide in it.
  • Either avoid coffee, tea, and wine or rinse and brush after you drink them.
  • Try the products you can afford, like whitening strips, whitening toothpaste, and whitening rinses.
  • Whatever treatment you choose, do it before bed to maximum effectiveness–you won’t be eating or drinking for hours.
  • Even if you don’t plan to have your dentist whiten your teeth, still inquire about the proper (and less costly way) method to use at home.

That next look at your teeth when you’re wearing white will soon not be as startling if you start following these steps today!

5 Fabulous Steps to Happy, Beautiful Feet

beautiful feetThe gift of nice weather means it’s time to take out those cute little sandals and let our beautiful feet have their moment to shine. But if you suffer from cracked or overworked feet, you might feel inclined to hide them away from the world.

Extra humidity can be potentially good for dried out skin, but somehow our feet never want to soak up that extra moisture. They hold us up for hours on end every day, take us over to our favorite ice cream shops but still, they are often unappreciated.

So it’s up to us to give them the good treatment they deserve!

Read on to learn more about how to do it!

1. Let Them Breathe

It’s a little-known fact that our feet actually sweat when cooped up in our socks and our shoes. An overly long build up of not taking care of this extra layer of unneeded moisture can lead to diseases such as athlete’s foot.

After a long day at work or after a session of exercise, make sure to take the time to let your feet out and dry off from the activity of the day. Simply taking off your shoes to air out should do the trick!

2. Wear Proper Fitting Shoes

Those of us who are thrifty-minded can sometimes decide to stick with an old pair of shoes because who wants to go out and buy new ones when these old ones are perfectly functional?

However, if your shoes are too old, too small or even too big, it’s best to change them out. Poor fitting shoes can cause blisters and other sores that will hurt. They’ll also leave behind marks on your feet you just don’t want.

Always choose good fitting shoes. You don’t want your footwear to keep you from having beautiful feet!

3. Give Them a Good Soak

Not only can this be a relaxing ritual after a long day’s work, but it’s great for the health of your feet, too! There are a bunch of different varieties you can try, such as simple hot water and essential oils or a special Listerine foot bath!

All you have to do is soak your feet for about 10 to 15 minutes or so, but try not to go too long. If your feet are starting to get all pruney, it’s best to take them out and give them a rest.

The great thing is that this goes along perfectly with our next tip!

4. Scrub

The best time to scrub your feet is after a good soak. They’ll be softer than normal which leads to getting the most out of the scrub.

Use a pumice stone while they are still damp and you’ll have beautiful feet in no time! Make sure to go with the grain of your foot, not against. This will ensure you don’t end up damaging your feet in the process!

5. Always Moisturize

Your feet need a stronger cream than other parts of your body due to the thicker skin. A good tip is to use coconut oil or creams with Vitamin E!

Massage your feet with your chosen moisturizer and relax for an hour or two to really let it work into your skin before rinsing it off. Or, if you prefer, you could choose to let it stay on overnight. Just put on some socks to protect your furniture from getting moisturizer everywhere!

Beautiful Feet Are Just a Step Away!

With these steps in place, you’ll have perfect feet to show off your new pair of sandals on that special weekend getaway you’ve been planning! Go out there are show them to the world!

Have more great tips? We’d love to hear them! Let us know in a comment below!

The Must-Have Trendy Accessories for Summer

summerAs the summer heats up, the need for all the latest trendy accessories rises up with it! We know that the best accessory is always your beautiful confidence, but at the same time, it’s nice to find some cool new things to add to your wardrobe’s collection!

Continue reading for some inspiration to spice up your styles this summer!

1. Fanny Packs

Yep, you read that right!

These useful little bags are being revived in a big way. With high-end versions being made by the likes of Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Alexander Wang, the stigma of these being “out of date” or even “dorky” is long gone. We’ve seen several that look incredible!

Who could have guessed, right?

Searching out one of these cute bags will be certain to keep your hands free as you enjoy your time out in the sun this summer.

2. Straw Bags

Another item to carry your things in a usefully stylish way is a straw bag. We’ll admit, it doesn’t particularly sound stylish when you think of a bag made of straw.

But don’t let their humble beginnings fool you. They’re great for a more down-to-earth style but can totally be dressed up to match any style you want to pair them with! They look amazing with a nice summer dress, too.

These trendy accessories practically scream out “Summer!” when you look at them.

They’re pretty resilient and hardy, too. Straw bags can be brought out to the beach without needing to worry about the sea water or the sticky sand ruining them.

3. Slide Sandals

Who doesn’t love a quick and easy but still completely stylish choice of footwear? This style of sandal is growing in popularity every day, from simple and chic to embellished and dazzling.

People everywhere are finding them the perfect way to get up and go for some summer adventure to a beloved boutique or easily slipping out of them for a nice dip in the pool.

4. Scarves

Stash away those fluffy ones and bring out the light and airy summer scarves instead! They can be a great accessory to give the same outfit a whole new look. Summer scarves can pair up beautifully with one of your favorite Chanel handbags or perhaps a cute overly-large hat.

The cool thing is that while they are stylish and delicate, they won’t make you overheat in that summer sun. Though, once the sun sets, they’ll provide you with a bit of extra warmth during the night.

Plus, who doesn’t love to wrap something snug around themselves? So comfy!

5. Metallic Tattoos

No longer are temporary tattoos just a fun thing for kids. Now you can indulge in the old past time while using some really beautiful designs in sparkling metallic colors.

It’s like a temporary bit of art adorning your body!

You can find them these days in any kind of shape or color, from silver feathers to coppery dream-catchers. You can also try out some abstract shapes or lines if you prefer something a little less concrete.

Give These Trendy Accessories A Try!

We’ve listed five of our favorites, but it’s always up to your own personal style as to what accessories really work for you. Don’t be afraid to experiment until you find those items that you absolutely adore.

Comment below to let us know some of your favorite accessories you’ve tried this summer!