Top 3 Fashion Problems For Petite Women

Being a petite woman offers many challenges in life, the dreaded top shelf and exhausting stairways, but more than every day annoyances; it can also affect the way you dress. Here are my personal top 10 fashion problems for petite women.

#1 – Forget Your Original Budget

So you’ve calculated your clothing budget, you have decided just how much you can sacrifice and you may already have decided on which dress / jeans / skirts you’re going to pick up first, right? That’s all good and well, until you remember that in addition to buying the clothes, you’ll also need to get them tailored just so they fit right! That’s roughly another £10 per piece right there… (here’s a price guide for one so you have some sort of idea)

Burning Money

#2 – “Are You Playing Dress-Up?”

Online shopping is great, I love it, It’s the perfect way for me to spend my money even when the high street stores are closed! The problem is that I am quite an impulsive person and if I see a top, dress or any other piece of clothing I like then it’s in my basket before you can say ‘measurements’. I often find myself thinking:

“Those models look about my size”

“Surely it can’t be that big?”


“I’m sure there small size will do”

If you ever find yourself telling yourself something along those lines then you’d better check, I made the same mistake about £300′s worth of times before finally adding things to my basket and coming back to them later once my impulsive streak has settled down! It’s pretty deflating tearing open your new dress delivery, only to find that you look like a little girl playing dress up. (click here for a guide on measuring yourself properly)

#3 – Thigh Boots – I wish…

There are many things that you may never experience as a petite woman, Oblivion at Alton Towers for example. Another big thing that you’ll probably miss out on is thigh high boots. If I knew I could wear them whenever I wanted then the chances are I never would, but knowing you can’t makes you want like nothing else on this earth. Luckily there are some good retailers of small/petite women’s shoes online (Dainty Feet is my one-stop-shop!) Nevertheless thigh high is probably a bit much to ask.

I want them

Reason Why Your Clothes Labels are Getting Bigger and Itchier!

Every item of clothing you buy is bound to have big, itchy label inside of it. They’re horribly itchy, they often leave a red mark on your skin, it’s clearly visible through the fabric and sometimes it’s four labels all joined together. The usual solution would be to just cut them out, but why do clothes suppliers feel the need to make the labels even bigger lately? Well it isn’t their fault!article-2295039-00DD93E91000044C-648_634x347

The reason for that unwanted piece of material is the fact that man high street clothing firms can now sell all their products to a larger numbers of countries than before. Therefore, they use the same label, describing the material and washing instructions in up to ten different languages. With little space on little labels, they obviously had to get bigger! So you can get the word ‘Cotton’ in for example, Slovenian, Italian, Portuguese, Estonian etc.

Mothercare have been know for doing this as the same garment can be brought all of Europe, so it saves a lot of time and effort for the company and it also causes no inconvenience for the customer, so where’s the problem?

But from 2014, it is going to be almost impossible to buy a garment with such a label. From next year almost item of clothing you buy will contain a label with over 23 languages on it! And obviously this brainwave has came from the European Union, the new label had quietly passed 18 months ago and will go into full force in 2014. The directive has been called “Textile Fibre Names and Related Labeling and Marking of the Fibre of Textile Products” Mouth full right?

It states that the labeling and marking of clothes shall be provided in the official language or languages of the Member of State on the territory of which the textile product are made available to the customer, unless the Member State concerned provides otherwise. In plain English (so to speak), it means that any product sold in Germany must have labels written in German, England is English and Estonia must be in Estonian and so on and so fourth.

Although this movement is not to take effect for several months, the directive is already having an effect on the British Clothing Industry.

John Miln, chief executive of the clothing industry trade body, says that the result will be that clothing sold in this country will have labels with 23 languages telling you what fibres on there, 23 times.

Many companies think the new direction is ‘nuts’ as they descibed, large labels are just going to be cut out and had no notice taken of it, no one cares about clothes labels. As long as the necessary safety products on there, nothing else should be.

It’s all just picky in my view, why do you need a 4 labels telling you how to say cotton in 23 languages, its bogus! And also a waste of time, money and effort. Why do you need to know how to wash your jeans in Estonian?


How to get the best from your photography course

The start of a new chapter is exciting and if you’re lucky enough to have signed up for a photography course then you have a real opportunity in front of you. However, as with anything, it’s really what you put in that determines how much you get out at the end – and during the experience. With that in mind here are some suggestions as to how to get the best from your photography course.

Get the best equipment that you can. Although you don’t have to have a top of the range camera to really excel at a photography course, buy yourself the very best that you can afford so that you’re working with a piece of kit that gives you some advantages from the start. For most people this will be a digital camera, possibly an SLR and potentially a professional grade model.

Do your homework. Whilst homework used to have some pretty negative connotations at school, with a photography course this simply means immersing yourself in taking pictures. Whether you get out and snap as many situations as you can in order to be able to understand the light, angles, the way faces react and the different surfaces and textures, or you spend time reading up on professional methods – or both – the more you can get into the subject matter outside of the course, the more you will get from the course itself.

Get involved. If you’re really passionate about photography then a photography course should stir up the desire to get stuck in. Ask lots of questions as they occur to you, share ideas with other people and don’t be afraid to ask for additional help when you need it, as the idea is to walk away from the course with the confidence to go and be a genuine photographer.

These are some of the best ways to get the most out of your photography course. Don’t forget that enthusiasm, commitment and motivation are the building blocks for success in most of these types of situations.

How To Organise Your School/Gym/Work Locker

A messy locker can become a real pain for you whenever you need to make use of it. Lockers can spew out things out at will until organised properly and if organised correctly you will have everything you need to hand and plenty more room to store those items that you need.

The first step is to think about how long it’s going to take you to organise your locker fully. Minor changes can be carried out willy nilly on breaks or before your session, however, tidying the whole locker or cleaning it out will take much longer. If you plan on cleaning out your work locker and don’t have time on your lunch break then you should either arrive early or finish late, both if necessary. While it might be a pain, it’s better to do an overhaul and then maintain it than do a little bit at a time.

To start the organisation step you should remove everything from your locker and lay it out on a desk or on the floor. At this point you should organise it into three different piles.

  1. Things that you want to remain in your locker.
  2. Things that you think should be thrown away.
  3. Things that you want to take home.

By doing this you will have a clear view of how many things you will have to organise into your locker. You should also take advantage of your empty locker and clean it out. Using a cloth soaked in warm water mixed with soap to clean the inside of your locker is advisable and it’s also advantageous to keep a spare cloth to hand to dry out your locker once cleaned.

Dispose safely of anything you set out to be thrown away and then organise anything you want to keep in your locker so that you know that you need it in your locker.

  • Will you use it soon? If not then you should take it home and bring it back when you need it.
  • Try to avoid leaving valuables in your locker, unfortunately there are some shady people in this world and they might choose to try and take valuables from your locker especially if they know valuable items are in there.

Place flat or durable objects at the bottom of your locker and then make use of any hook or rail fitted in your lockers. You might also decide to keep a container or tub in your locker to organise smaller objects that might be easily lost otherwise.

Cavitation and what it does

If you have never heard of the term’ cavitation’ then you may think that it is something to do with visiting the dentist for fillings in your teeth.  But you would be wrong.  The term Cavitation first appeared in the late 19th century when Lord Rayleigh carried out studies and investigated the breakdown of a round void with placed within a liquid environment.

So what actually happens in the process of cavitation?  Very simply, vapour cavities or holes are formed within a liquid.  These can be described as bubbles and they are often created when a fluid has rapid changes or pressure applied to it.  The cavities or bubbles form when the pressure is fairly low.  If the pressure is then increased, these bubbles will collapse creating a strong shockwave.

But where would you find this process of cavitation taking place in the real world?  Often this can take place in certain engineering scenarios.  When these voids break down and implode next to a metal surface they can create stress and damage.  If this action repeats itself then metal fatigue can occur, often also referred to as ‘cavitation’.  The types of sites where you may find this in action are within pump impellers or any place that has liquid contained within twists and curves.  There are two kinds of cavitation, transient and non-transient (sometimes referred to as inertial).

The differences between the two are this:

Transient cavitation happens when a bubble (void) breaks down quickly and sends out a shock wave.  This can happen naturally within nature as well as in engineering environments.

Non-transient cavitation can be seen when a bubble contained within a liquid is made to change in size and/or shape due to energy being inputted, thus creating intentional shock waves.  This process can be used in industry to do such things as ultrasonic cleaning and is also found within most propellers and pumps.  Because these shock waves can be pretty strong they can cause damage to moving parts if not kept under control, so non-transient cavitation that is not created on purpose is inconvenient and definitely something that needs to be kept in check.

The only time when this is not damaging is when the bubbles break down at a distance away from the machinery.  This is called super cavitation and is not as problematic.

So as can be seen, cavitation is a very useful process when controlled but can cause plenty of damage if not kept in check or identified.



Gourmet Foods Growing Reputation…

The Isle of Wight is a place which you would better known for their sandy beaches and beautiful coastlines, but it seems the island is growing a reputation for gourmet foods. The island produces fantastic crops of tomatoes, free range succulent meat, the best cheese in Britain, top notch dairy ice cream and the best shellfish on offer through the UK.1

If you decide to visit the Isle then you should be sure to check out the Isle’s Taste Trail. The new Wright Taste Trail booklet is a guide to local delis, specialist and farm shops and also restaurants and pubs.

There is a great selection of places to wine & dine and sample some of the finest delicacies and produce that the Isle of Wight has to offer to its visitors. There is also a pub for every square mile of the Island, they are all very friendly, characteristic pubs, the majority of them serve food and a lot of them offer cheap and friendly accommodation.

The Wight taste trail is a plotted course of 20 stops gourmet foods course which features the pick of the Island’s Wight food producers and restaurants which all demonstrate the Island’s strong commitment to cooking with the fresh Island ingredients

As well as having the best gourmet food the British Isles can offer, they also offer history trails, Wight safaris, church trails, cycling trails and many, many more. There is so much to do on this tiny Island and it’s good for the whole family to enjoy! With the many of different fun guides which are readily available from the Wight Link website, which tells you everything you need to know, you have no limit for your Isle of Wight get away! You can either download and print off the guides or even request your free brochures through the post by first class post.


It’s a great summer get away for any family of any size and you can even bring the dog!

6 Easy Steps to Weight Loss

Everyone always wants to lose a bit of weight, they take on so many tips and diets which all sound so easy and simple but weight loss is never simple until you understand it. Weight loss is 80% diet and only 20% exercise, so no matter how much you kill yourself in the gym, if you’re not eating right – then you’re not going to make much impact.slimming

You need to reduce your food intake if you’re having big meals all the time, not to the point where you’re eating nothing. But healthy sized portions are best and you need to make sure you reduce all the salty, fatty and greasy aspects of your meals.

Start to drink water or juice drinks rather than fizzy drinks- they contain a massive amount of much sugar and are one of the main culprits of people struggling to lose weight. Also beware natural fruit juices as sugar content in these can also be very high.

Walk as much as you can, even if it’s just up and down the stairs at your place of work rather than using an elevator, it all makes a difference. You should also try and do at least one hour of exercise per day whether that is cycling, jogging, weight lifting or a combination of the three.

Have a go at some ultrasound slimming treatments, they help break up the fat cells in your body and along with a healthy exercise and diet it helps you drop the pounds much quicker and also tones you.

Cut out the fast food, it’s easier to say than do. But making yourself pack lunches and dinners is so much better than constantly snacking on fat compacted burgers from the beloved McDonald’s, pizzas and other takeaways. Eating at home can also help you save a hell of a lot by actually buying fresh and healthy foods! The odd takeaway is okay, but your day in day out food should be well balanced and include plenty of fruits and veggies.


Take a before and after picture of your body, when you start to see the results improving in your after pictures it will give you that confidence to keep moving and keep shifting those pounds. The healthy lifestyle will also change you mentally because you’ll feel alive, alert, and healthy and all round confident!

Pro’s & Con’s of a Personal Trainer.

Thinking of hiring a personal trainer? Struggling to lose those pounds or failing with your body sculpting? The demand for persona trainers has escalated as the fitness revolution has truly taken a hold. Well before you go ahead and hire one, take a look at the pro’s and con’s I’ve drawn up and then make your decision. PersonalTrainer-photo



Personal trainers will have the knowledge to tailor and design a training program to your specific needs and goals. Your personal trainer will assess your fitness in a whole and discuss realistic goals with you and how you will reach them. A good program should be a very varied mix of cardio, strength and stretch. Remember though, anyone can call themselves a personal trainer, so if you have your doubts ask for their qualification proof.


A personal trainer will be monitoring your every move, making sure you’re doing exercises correctly in order to avoid injury or over straining. If you’re doing an exercise wrong, a good personal trainer will put it right.


The best thing about having a personal trainer is probably the amount of motivation you’ll get. The trainer will cheer you on to push that little bit further than last time, you’re paying them so they will try any method to get you moving and improving!


By having regular exercise appointments booked into your week, it will ensure you have a greater level of commitment and personal trainers won’t take dumb excuses for not being able to exercise, they won’t stand for attendance issues.


Not only will they help motivate you and ensure your exercising correctly, but they will also celebrate and award your little wins and give you more support if you’re having a tough time. Some trainers have been seen to be that dedicated to their clients, that the clients have to send pictures of their meals to their trainers!


As with most things, you cannot rely on someone else to be your solution to something as they can also have their cons.


First of the all, the cost of personal trainers. The demand for trainers has escalated and the cost for them has as well. Consider different options before you look into personal trainers. If you’re worried about motivation, ask a friend to train with you it’s free!

Over Reliance

You need to learn to exercise by yourself as well as with a trainer, most people can only afford 2 sessions a week with a trainer so you need to be exercising in between. You also need to think about if your trainer goes on holiday what you going to do for a week?

Lack of Experience

Just because someone has the qualification or read the book, doesn’t mean they have the knowledge to put it into practice. Ensure your trainer has the right experience in working to goals and achievements.

Lack of Progression

Some trainers will get you to your goal and then be finished. Good personal trainers will get you to your goal and then see if you can improve on that, perhaps not lose anymore weight but improve your fitness and keep the weight off. They should also give you regular assessments and modify your program as you progress.

Getting too Familiar

Just because you’ll be spending a lot of time with a trainer, doesn’t mean you have a new friend. You have employed them for their services, don’t let a trainer get too comfortable around you or stop putting as much effort in because you’re ‘buds’.


Reverse the Years with a Pill?

I think we’re all in the same boat when I say how tired I am of hearing my mom moan about her wrinkles, how shes used everything and nothings working? She uses all sorts of lotions and potions everyday which all promise younger skin and she spends a lot of money on them.

But after reading an article this morning, it could be apparent that she’s wasting time and money! The cosmetic industry is now producing beauty supplements in pill form.


The theory of having a pill that works on wrinkles and skin from the inside isn’t a new one, the industry has been working on a pill which is packed with nourishing ingredients which actually work!

This first ever anti-ageing supplement, manufactured by dove was trialed and tested for more than five years, by a team of scientists, dermatologists and nutritionists and were tested by 272 woman over a 14 week period.

The pill has even persuaded even the most skeptical of it’s benefits, it contains a mix of soy isoflavones, lycopene, vitamins C & E and omega -3 fatty acids. It’s results showed visibly smoother skin with a huge reduction in those deep set crows feet! According to the manufacturers Unilever, the pills are working so well on skin because by swallowing them, the nourishing ingredients are getting in to your blood stream. Same principle say if you ate a well balanced diet, your skin is a hell of a lot better compared to someone who eats nothing but grease right? Same concept, the pill has natural nutrients in it which give you that flying complexion. Your skin is a reflection of what’s happening inside!

As we age, our bodies aren’t as good at extracting nutrients from what we eat and we can’t get enough vitamins and minerals from food because everything’s so processed and most vitamins in food which help our skin (vitamins A, C and E) are sensitive to light, heat and chemical. Which basically means vitamins are hardly even in our foods. I take oral vitamins everyday, which I have noticed have help not only my general health but my skin is so much clearer and I don’t have break outs hardly anymore! (Bonus!)

Like with any tablets, please take care. Read instructions carefully and don’t exceed the daily dosage, as some vitamins and minerals can be toxic if you take too many. Might sound boring but please check the labels or ask your pharmacist if you are taking any other vitamins supplements.



Tips for Driving in Snow

Winter is not a great season for driving and it’s important that you exercise extreme caution in adverse weather conditions throughout the year; winter doesn’t just bring snow but also fog, heavy rain, ice, hail and even high winds.


Snow can be very dangerous, especially when combined with any kind of motor vehicle.Snow Covered Tyre

  • Motorcycles- My only advice for riding motorcycles in snow is don’t. Snow is hazardous when you have four wheels planted on the ground, even on partially cleared roads, straying onto just one patch of remaining snow will teach you a very swift lesson.
  • Tyres- Poor tyre tread will take away the little grip that you have and if you live in rural areas that aren’t cleared then you might even think about investing in and fitting some winter tyres with deeper tread.
  • Screen-wash- Most good quality screen-washes work down to temperatures of below -30 and if yours doesn’t then it’s worth finding some that does. It could get you out of a sticky situation in extreme conditions.
  • Get up earlier- I personally know how difficult it is to force myself from bed on a cold and dark winter morning, however, it’s of paramount importance that you clear your car of snow and ice should you need to. Never leave snow on top of your vehicle as it may affect your own vision or the vision of another driver.
  • Acceleration- the accelerator should be used with extreme caution in snowy conditions and being gentle is the key. Over-reliance on low gears will result in wheel slip and therefore you should try to stick between 2nd and 3rd gear at slow speed.
  • Skidding- It can be very scary if your vehicle loses grip and begins to skid, however, you must try to remain calm and regain control of your vehicle, if you panic and go into shut-down or do the wrong thing then you won’t be able to regain control. Steer into the skid to regain traction e.g. if the rear of your car is skidding to the left then you must steer your car to the left. Do not just stamp on the brake pedal as this will only make the situation worse.
  • Speed & Manoeuvring- Each of these things should be maintained at minimal levels. Drive slowly and give yourself plenty of extra time to turn or brake as it’s easy to lose control in winter conditions.
  • Tyre Tracks- You should not be reliant on tyre tracks, the tracks of cars before you can freeze and deliver less traction to your tyres than unpacked snow will.


Tips and advice provided by a member of the team from CBR Motor Bodies, specialising in classic car transport and repair.

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