New Year Resolutions…….

……. are meant to be broken but it doesn’t hurt to keep them going as long as possible.

Weight loss is the number one resolution which to tell the truth is dead in the water right after Valentine’s Day.  If someone is lucky enough to get a box of Godiva or Neuchatel chocolates for that holiday occasion, what are the chances the box won’t be empty within a week, maybe less?   I hear chocolates have been heralded by nutritionists as good for your health. Especially the dark variety.  So it stands to reason chocolates not only sooth a sweet tooth they are a healthy food so dive into the box.  But everything in moderation ….that is if you have good self control!

Next resolution on the list is staying on budget.  To tell the truth that is a hard one to keep especially with all the wonderful after-Christmas-sales taking place at every store.   Electronics, fashion accessories, apparel, furniture, automobiles, the list is endless and so are the discounts.  I have tried to figure out how retailers can make a profit when initially a sweater on special promotion was 25% off and that same sweater after Christmas gets another 75% off to the original 25%?  Doesn’t that make the sweater free?  I’m no mathematician but even I can add this up in my head and come up with 100% off the original price. Shopping will be hard to resist at these prices!

My favorite is getting in touch with friends I haven’t heard from in a long time.  If you haven’t noticed, this decade has buried the telephone RIP.  Everyone communicates via email, facebook, twitter, instagram,  texting.  I don’t know ….call me old fashioned but I want to have a conversation with a voice.  There’s nothing like hearing a familiar voice on the other end especially when catching up with news about friends and family.  I would rather pick up the phone than let my fingers do the walking across a key board.  Gives the fingers exercise but how unsocial!

Speaking of exercise, for all the procrastinators who have vowed they will join a gym or work out with a trainer, this one should be a no brainer for a New Year’s resolution.  Newspapers, magazines, and on-line editorials all acknowledge that any exercise no matter how low key leads to better health.  So reason dictates that we should take time out to walk, run, lift weights, jump rope, bike, ski, hike…. not at the same time but you get the idea. Remember, summer is not that far off and the beach will be beckoning soon enough.

All bets are off that any resolutions made in the New Year will be honored past the first month.  So enjoy the chocolates, go out on that buying spree, get those fingers nimble enough to send out messages, and did you know bike handles are great hangers for clothes?

Happy 2014!

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A Bra Recommended by an On-Line “Buddy”

Between Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other social media platforms one would think there would be enough sites on which to network.  Today people need people to interact for support, to share information, and to buddy up with, therefore the more outlets the better.

When it comes to fashion, women love to get affirmation from their friends about their “finds” or about a special product they thought was especially worth sharing.  Networking is one of the ways they discover each other and get tips, ideas and friendly advice.

There is never enough information about bras.  What is more of a challenge than finding that perfect bra?  I mean, haven’t we all gone through bras that dig into our skin, where our cup runneth over, where one size in one style isn’t the size in another, where we have to visit more than one store for that perfect workout bra? And then, what with designers finding every way to cut away a neckline or create “peek-a-boo” openings it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack to find an undergarment that will suit what you need.

Now, if you’re like most women they feel more comfortable with a bra under their outer layers.  Really doesn’t matter if it’s a tee, a halter, a strapless or backless number, what one wears underneath is the foundation for that perfectly turned out look.  A good bra that fits makes the difference in looking and feeling good.

Many of us have made the trek to department stores to look for a style that suits our bodies and lifestyles.  Try and find someone in a department store to help guide you to styles that might fit you or what you’re looking for. Then there are the specialty stores where you are being fitted by an expert who convinces you what she has brought you to try on will be what you will always wear.  Until that company no longer manufactures that style and then you’re back to square one.

Let me introduce you to a very unique site called Brayola.  It’s not just a site that tells you to take out a tape measure and measure here, there, and everywhere to get to the size you wear.  I don’t know about anyone else but I have never found the right size following these directions.  And, usually these measurements that take a good amount of time sends me into contortions.

Brayola invites you to join their website by asking a few pointed questions such as the name of your favorite bra, your size in that particular bra, your lifestyle, etc.  This connects one to the site where you are matched up to “buddies” who present similar size and pastime characteristics.  Think match.com or eharmony.com where you are supposedly being matched with the love of your life; except you will get better results with Brayola. And you will love your next bra! Really!  Because your “buddy” is recommending it.  She is your size, has similar fashion tastes, leads a similar lifestyle, has tried and worn the bra.

It’s also fun because your bra horizons will open up to almost every bra manufacturer that exists around the globe. You will be exposed to a world of bras you never knew existed because Brayola has almost every brand, style and size you would ever want to try.  If you’re not happy with what you wind up with, you just return it. You will thank your “bra buddy” and Brayola for making the introduction to your next favorite bra…that fits.