3 Quick Ways To Feel Good In A Bathing Suit: Guest Post By Brigitte Evans

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If Joe Manganiello invited you to a beach party, how big are the chances you’d actually attend? Hey, be honest! We somehow think you’d turn him down flat just because you feel too self-conscious about your body. Hey, a year ago we’d be with you and say “we get it, we wouldn’t go either” but not today; today we’ll tell you it’s all about the way you manipulate your curves to your advantage and the image you build of yourself and reflect on others.
But what about my cellulite, you ask?  What about it? It’s there, it’s manageable.
And the stretch marks? Fixable.
My stomach is flabby? We’ll tell you how to cover it.
Ladies, read on to dig into the ways of becoming a VIP at any summer party!

Embrace your shape


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The first step to success, i.e. looking good in a bathing suit, is embracing your shape and size, no matter what you look like. There’s nothing more beautiful than a woman owning who she is, and we have no doubt you are an amazing woman on a journey to finding a fantastic bathing suit.
Depending on your shape, different cuts will agree with your curves differently. For a traditional fix, embrace the following advice:
  • Pear – What is lacking in the top part of a pear-shaped body is compensated in the lower part. Your thicker bottom is actually very sexy and you should use that to your advantage. Avoid wearing shorts and ‘60s inspired pin-up bottoms you’d normally wear to “cover up”. All the extra fabric will visually enlarge the part you are trying to hide. Instead, wear a bikini or regular bottoms. To make your breasts appear larger, wear a puffed up top with fringe or other ornaments that would add to the volume of your top.
  • Apple – Your midsection is the focus of your figure but otherwise you’ve got a great figure, right? Easy to solve! Wear an A-line – a one-piece silhouette to conceal your tummy in all the right ways. Add a chic belt or wear a wrap-dress-inspired swimsuit to visually create a waist.
  • Hourglass – A big booty and breasts? Beautiful! Own it! Any clean cut with no added embellishment works. We’d recommend avoiding prints and patterns.
  • Banana – This shape works with pretty much anything.

Feel better instantly

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The best way to prepare your skin and body for the summer season falls down to just a few amazing tricks:
  • Drink a lot of water (up to 4l a day)
  • Avoid salty foods and you’ll feel skinnier instantly (salty foods make your cellulite go all jiggly!)
  • Prepare your skin the Japanese way (when have you seen a Japanese with a single pimple, really!). The Japanese are known to have always been the top nation in cosmetic and beauty procedures, with their acupuncture leading the way. We are not at all surprised that they’ve come up with ways to modernize acupuncture and turn it into a trend.  At this point, skin needling in Sydney and other beauty capitals around the world is becoming the number one procedure celebrities (and everyone else) are turning to in order to clear their skin of spots, lines and blemishes, and make it ultra-healthy.
  • Remove any extra hairs and do a body scrub
  • Get a nice hairdo

Work on your confidence


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With so many gorgeous women out there whose abs and a perfect shape you can spot from a mile away, how can a regular girl feel confident? Well, easy!  Although working on yourself is a process that never stops, there are a few things you can do to feel better immediately:
  • Focus on what’s beautiful on your body and hype it
  • Eliminate negative thoughts about the way you look
  • Accept that the size doesn’t matter
  • Surround yourself with supportive people
  • Practice confidence and body positivity (in your mind)
  • Refocus your thoughts from “this looks horrible” to “this looks so sexy”
  • Understand that YOU are your worst judge
Was this helpful? We hope it was! Remember: you are already beautiful… you just need to start feeling like it!















Brigitte Evans is a Cosmetic Skin Care Consultant and a writer from Australia, with a sweet tooth for makeup and everything sparkly. When she is not drooling over the next big thing in the beauty industry, she is reading mystery novels and making plans for her next trip. She is a proud aunt of Sophie, age 2 who rounded her Chanel lipstick but loves her anyway. Twitter/Facebook




Create An Ideal Work Environment*




*This is a collaborative post*



Creating an ideal work environment is crucial if you want to work productively. If you work from home or are lucky enough to have a say in how your office is decked out, then there are some factors you should take into account.

Space & Furniture



Before you give your working environment the re-haul, it's sensible to consider how much room space you have to play with. Feeling cramped will not help your mood when you're working to deadlines and feeling the pressure. If you are limited on space, consider investing in space-saving furniture such as a desk with built in storage. Ikea have a great selection. It's also important that you choose a comfortable and ergonomic chair especially if you're going to be spending several hours a day sat in it!

Walls


For the walls, consider opting for a calming neutral colour that won't be too distracting or garish to look at. Hanging inspirational pieces or art prints is a great way to jazz up otherwise plain looking walls and will also boost your creativity or motivation should it ever stagnate. I love prints by Jemma of Dorkface like this one above. 


Blinds






In Summer the days are longer and sunnier which obviously is great, but sometimes you need to be able to block out the bright glare so that you can concentrate. Blinds are an ideal solution for this and also will give your office that added edge. Ambition Blinds have an extensive range of quality, affordable blinds which also look fantastic. I particularly love the Wooden Venetian style!



Flooring & Rugs




You don't necessarily need to go all out on flooring. By simply adding an attractive rug you can really change the way your office space looks. I love the choice from Next and with such a varied range, you can choose according to your budget. Of course if money is no object and you fancy a brand spanking new floor, wood parquet floor panels look great! 


Plants



Having plants in your office environment is essential, they'll liven up the place but also more importantly, studies have shown that having plants in the office leads to a reduction in stress levels. Cactus seems to be the plant of choice amongst bloggers lately. I've seen them popping up on plenty of feeds! 


Are you planning on giving your office a makeover? What would your ideal work environment be? Feel free to share your thoughts below.



Create Your Ideal Living Space*



*This is a collaborative post*

Okay hands up. How many of you have watched 'Homes Under The Hammer' and have dreamt of buying an auction house to redevelop? I know it's one of my goals. One day hey!? If you do seriously want to take on a huge project like the redevelopment of a property or even if you just want to extend your own home, there are particular things you need to consider first. 

It's not just a case of knocking down walls and adding a lick of paint. For starters you'll need a detailed representation of your property, a plan for your architect or interior designer so that they can produce your design or submit for planning application. These plans are known as building and topographical surveys and are not just a necessity but are crucial if you want your project to be a success. 

They'll be used alongside designs and reports during the three stages of your project - Planning, Designing And Construction. In a nutshell, the surveys are just existing dimensions of your property but in the required format and standard that your planning officers, architects and builders will both need and understand. 


Where can you source these surveys? Companies such as Icelabz cater to homeowners and small businesses and produce accurate building and topographical surveys. On their website you'll even find an online portal so you can put in a request without the need to pick up a phone. There's also an online calculator so that you can learn about the cost involved with your project. Always a huge help when budgeting right?




With the professionals at Icelabz on-hand to deal with the surveys and jargon that is quite frankly - all a bit beyond me - I can get on with daydreaming about my dream property. And you never know, maybe just maybe you might see me one day on 'Homes Under The Hammer.' Better get saving for my auction house hey? :) 


Do you have plans to redevelop your property? Feel free to share your thoughts below.



July Catch Up


Hello lovelies. You may have noticed a lot of collaborative content on GGD of late but today this is just going to be one of my rambling catch up posts. Phew. I'm exhausted tbh. Work (as in my day job) has been so full on. No change there I guess as it's such a busy practice. And then I've literally had blog collaborations coming out of my ears. I'm thrilled of course as it means this little website is doing quite well, but it's becoming increasingly difficult to juggle my full time job and keep up with blogging. I'm just about managing. I usually finish my day at the practice between half five and six, then I start work on GGD. This involves writing draft posts, typing up and publishing my latest, applying for blog opportunities, social media promotion and networking. I usually sit down to chill at about half ten for an hour or so before going to sleep and starting all over again the next day. 

I'm taking two weeks annual leave mid August which I am so ready for. I'm off to Scotland for a week with my sister and nephews which I'm super excited about. At four and a half hours, it'll be the longest road trip I've ever done with me doing all the driving so wish me luck! Thankfully one of my patients has kindly lent me a sat nav. Life saver!  It'll also be my 35th birthday while we're away and it'll be the first time I'll have been away from home for it. Apparently the internet signal is dire where we're staying so it'll be the perfect excuse to take some time off from blogging too. I'm going to use the time to work on my novel. Speaking of which, for those of you who have been asking - my debut novel is a heart warming rom com designed as a feel good 'pick me up.' I can't wait to share it with you all.
A few recommendations for you before I go...

Recommended reads this month - Victoria Cooke 'The Secret To Falling In Love'
Recommended listen - Little Mix 'Power'
Recommended watch - Gilmore Girls - My mum and I are currently re-watching the whole series. It's just so easy to watch and very addictive.
Recommended blog of the month - PhasesOfRobyn

What's new with you in July? Until next time... xxx




July Favourites ft. Tangle Angel





I've not done a favourites post for a while because I just haven't had any new items to rave about. But then these little beauties turned up in my mailbox and I just had to show them off to you lovely lot. Super pretty, pink and girly, I immediately knew that they'd be the perfect gift for my friend's little girl! (FYI she loves them!)

I received both the original Tangle Angel brush and the Tangle Angel Baby in 'Fab Fuchsia.' The smaller brush is ideal for carrying around in your handbag or gym bag and the larger version is perfect for detangling both wet and dry hair.

Something new that I'd never come across before in a hairbrush is the antibacterial additives which are actually embedded in the plastic of the brush making it ultra-hygienic and safe to use. I'd definitely recommend this as a girly gift idea for a friend or sister. 




This might surprise some of you who know me pretty well, because I am a huge Little Mix fan. For some reason I'd never bought their first album... until now. I've had this CD on constantly in the car since it arrived a week or so ago. Wings and Change Your Life are two of the most inspiring and uplifting songs - ever! Overall I'd describe DNA as a real feel good album. My nephew loves it too.





Other mentions: I'm loving that I've been so busy with blog work of late, but I am slightly exhausted what with juggling a full time job and the amount of hours that GirlGoneDreamer demands. I'm also loving the sunshine! Aren't we all? Roll on my annual leave...

What are you loving this month? 

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