How to Feel Confident in Your Body

Everyone is living with insecurities. However, some people allow theirs to define their everyday lives. From the condition of your hair to your body weight, there might be things about your appearance you love or loathe. To help you feel happier in your own skin, we’re going to show you how to feel confident in your body.

Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
The first thing you must do is stop comparing your body to others. It doesn’t matter if you dream of looking like a celebrity or having a similar figure to a friend, you need to stop the comparisons. The less expectations you set, the more content you will feel in your own body.

Choose Your Friends Wisely
You may not realize that your friends might be the reason behind your body confidence issues. Ensure you only surround yourself with friends who do not judge or criticize who you are or how you look, which could dent your self-esteem.

Learn to Take a Compliment
Are you guilty of deflecting praise when it is given to you? Learn to take a compliment so you don’t give in to any negative thoughts. Don’t say you threw on your new top or that your hair doesn’t look as nice as they say it does. Simply say “thank you”. The more compliments you accept, the more comfortable you will feel when accepting them in the future – and you may finally start to believe them.

Be Open to Change
Nothing can boost your confidence quite like a new hairstyle, dress or makeup. Look for new ways to increase your confidence, so you can start living your life to the full. For instance, many people turn to Dr. Ramiro Morales for cosmetic surgery procedures that can considerably boost their self-confidence.

8 Fashion Trends to Spice Up Your Summer Style

Yes! It's summer again.  For fashion lovers like me, it sure is a season to stay rocking and try on as many amazing outfits as possible.  Or. . . since I'm doing Project 333, dream about trying on all the outfits.   Amidst all the heat, you have to go to work, attend school, be at events, go to the beach and stay classy at the same time.

Now, the most common challenge is finding the right combinations, but more importantly, the right fit for the occasion.  These are some of the outfits that will spice up your summer.  They are relaxing, chic and glam.

Off the shoulder and cut out tops.
Undoubtedly one of the sexiest forms of dressing in summer. They are cool, sophisticated and portray the 60s style.

Could be fitted or flowy; whichever suits your style. Off shoulders and cut outs are more alluring with embroidery designs, which is even cooler when you have a home embroidery machine from popular, but reliable brands as seen on DesignMy Costume. You could work it out yourself.  On denim shorts, trousers or pants; you are so good to go.

Cold Shoulder Tops
Cold Shoulder Tops by hbhl featuring a ruffle top

Micro Pleats
Pleats were once considered old fashioned and trust me they’re the real deal right now. Thankfully, they have evolved into many types; micro, mini and full.

micropleat skirt with simple tops

The micro pleats create the boldest and most pleasurable means of enjoying the sweet summer breeze at the beach. But, a little swish here or there in the office won’t wrinkle your style. Pleated skirts may be worn with off the shoulder tops, strapless tops and sleeveless tops. With the humid grip of summer, pleats allow for breathing space.

Hormones & Mood Swings -- An Infographic

Nurture and nature: That’s the constant debate in trying to predict how someone will turn out. Nurture, of course, means how the people and the environment you’re raised in affect the personality you have and the person you become. But nature? That’s just what you’re born with—your eye color, your hair color—and that you cannot, without huge efforts or outside intervention, radically impact.

                One of those nature factors is hormones. Every person, male and female, has them, and they impact much about our appearance. But for women, hormones have other effects that can make themselves apparent, including reproduction, metabolism, and overall emotional health, particularly during periods of increase or decline.

                However, instead of approaching hormones as this untouchable, uncontrollable factor, some women have started to embrace understanding what their hormones are doing, why it’s happening, and how they can make an impact. Read on for more insights into hormone levels.

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Organizing Chaos: Accepting That an Ideal Home is Not a "Perfect" One

If you read a lot of lifestyle magazines or watch home and garden channels on tv, you might be tempted to feel bad about the state of your home. Between exceptional natural lighting, perfectly complementary accents, and a complete lack of clutter, the tips that come with those lifestyle shows and articles might make you feel like a failure.

But no home that’s lived in is perfect. The sun will not always be shining directly in your windows. You’ll probably pick up or be given a home decor item or two that isn’t in perfect sync with the rest of your decor. And once in awhile, there will probably be toys, tissues, mail, and other clutter out in the open.

On the other hand, organization can help you find items you need and prevent your possessions from owning you. A clean home is a safer home, and it’s worth it to find a balance between not taking care of your home and obsessing over its cleanliness. Below are some common areas of concern in a home and how to find that middle ground of accepting little imperfections.


You’ll rarely see a staged home photo that doesn’t include tons of natural light. Of course, that does look better in photos, but that doesn’t mean you have to have tons of windows in order to have a well-lit space. Once you’ve optimized your existing windows with curtains or blinds that you like, think about what lighting would best suit each room. My living room has some globe ceiling lights, as well as a little side-table lamp for ambient lighting for at night or when we want the drapes closed.

Some areas in your home just won’t get very much natural lighting, like the bathroom or your hallways. There are lots of tricks to lighting hallways, like recessed and ceiling-flush lighting fixtures that don’t take up lots of room. Today you can find light bulbs in all sorts of tones, and some emulate natural lighting really well. Do some research to find the option that works best for you.

Lack of Space

A common theme in “perfect” home images is a lot of space. There’s no clutter, and most of the furniture is against a wall, leaving lots of room to move around in the middle. Sometimes, this aesthetic isn’t an option, especially for people with children. You need tables and other surfaces to put things on for easy access. There are lots of items required for raising kids, and those items need to be stored, usually in drawers or on shelves. This means that if you have small rooms, they will fill up quickly.

The first thing I do when feeling crowded is de-clutter. I get rid of junk mail, start a thrift store box, and figure out what I really need and what I might be able to sell or get rid of. Then, with the rest of the space, I look at function. Where do I want certain items to be accessible? How can I make them as aesthetically pleasing as possible?

In the living room and play areas, I use organizational tricks to make a small space look bigger. This can involve lighting, mirrors, and using vertical space. Built-in shelving and stackable furniture can be a lifesaver.

In the kitchen, I make use of compartmentalized storage. I love finding unique containers to keep often-used utensils handy. I’ve also hung pots and pans on the wall. Pinterest is full of fun ideas, and I always get inspired by bloggers with examples of how they organize their kitchens. If you’re a DIY-er, it’s not hard to find fun-looking projects that help you organize your kitchen on a budget.

Kids’ Stuff

No matter how much you try to limit the amount of possessions your kids accumulate, they will still collect massive amounts of stuff. People will give them presents. They’ll come home from parties with cheap toys and other favors. They’ll win prizes at game centers and bring home art from school.

While you’ll probably be able to get rid of party favors and other generic toys during your regular de-clutter, I think one of the most challenging things to organize is children’s art. Some may fit in binders and scrapbooks, but others you’ll definitely want to display. I’ve found fun ideas for both DIY and commercial options for hanging kids art. I love the idea of using a towel rack or curtain rod, since you can find those easily and hang them pretty much anywhere.

Your house may never look like a magazine cover, but what’s important is that you enjoy living in it. Organization is great for being able to find things and prevent household injuries due to too much clutter. Cleanliness prevents illness and pest infestations in your home. But perfection is not only unattainable, reaching for it will likely take your attention from the important things in life: building a happy life with your family.

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