To look younger and slimmer, you don’t have to make a plastic surgery. With a few makeup moves and a hairstyle for round face to look slim, you can lose several years and pounds with a swing of scissors and a brush. The trick is easy but you will be impressed by the difference. Ready to get thinner? Let’s dig into the beautiful slimming haircuts for chubby faces and do the magic.

1. Long bob

The long bob, or simply the lob, is what will instantly change your look. The longer strands perfectly frame the face and make it look much thinner and younger and it’s much more versatile that the shorter counterpart. With the lob, you can wear your hair straight or curl it the end, make the pinup (we’ll talk about it later) or a messy bun and all of that styles will suit the round-ish face.

2. Long layers

If your hair is of medium length or a bit longer, the long layers can pretty much slim your face. This is not one of the most popular haircuts for round chubby face because some people think that the layers can make the face even fuller. But it’s not how it works. The long layered cut (somewhere about the collarbone) with the tresses framing the face will deflect attention from the problem zones and draw it to your neck and decollete area.

3. A messy pinup

And finally here comes one of the haircuts for chubby faces that require no scissors, just a few minutes and a pin. The styles like this, when half of the hair is pinned up and the rest is let down, visually make you younger and slim the face a little bit. To make the cute pinup, take a small section of hair from both sides of your head and pin them on the back to get a crown-looking style. It will look even more beautiful if you use the texture spray and curl your hair a little bit to get the soft beach waves. Don’t worry if the look is not polished and symmetrical — it should look a little bit messy, because you are young and reckless, aren’t you?

4. Ballerina bun

Ever wanted to feel like a ballerina? Try this high topknot that will not only give you that ballet vibes but will also make you younger and your face less round. This hairstyle looks more put-together with the sleek and straight hair so use a de-frizz serum or some styling gel before you start. When your hair is ready, make a nice high ponytail, then turn it around to make a bun and use a couple of pins to secure the hair. To get the more voluminous look, pull the hair on your forehead a little bit to make it looser.

5. Loose braid

The lists of hairstyles for fat faces rarely include braids but we want to fix this silly mistakes as braids are great to slim the complexion and make you look like a young princess. The secret is that the braid should be very loose and messy and never too tight. Use the volume spray at the roots, then braid your hair in the back or on one side for the asymmetric look. Do the regular braid or a French one if you are skillful enough and tug some parts so it doesn’t look tight.

6. Highlights

Besides cutting and styling the hair to make the face look slimmer and younger, you can dye it in a special way. It will not change your look completely but will make the look more lively. The highlights around the face will do great — try the light ones for the blonde hair and red or chocolate for darker hair tones. Ask your stylist for ombre or balayage technique (and check for examples on websites like  therighthairstyles) and see how it works for you!

These were six simple but effective ways to look younger and thinner without plastic surgeries and painful injections. Top your new beautiful hairstyle with good mood and your favorite lipstick and you will not recognize your own reflection!

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Turning 70 is not something to be sad about anymore. Many elderly these days are able to still enjoy their lives and get to do more. They are able to go on vacations, spend time with their grandkids, start on some projects and try out new adventures. These old people are able to do this because they duly prepared for it. They took care of their bodies and their finances and they are reaping the benefits of it. Many of them are also able to find affordable life insurance for elderly without health problems—a practical preparation for the inevitable and this allows them more freedom and fewer worries.

Aging should not be feared, it has to be celebrated beautifully. For some people in their 70s who feel that they are just looking at life slipping away, there is still much more you can do. Try out healthy living and get to do more and experience more. Here are some ways to step up to a healthier life:

  1. Amp Up Your Exercise

Being 70 is no time to sit on rocking chairs and complaining about back problems. If other people your age are able to do it, you can, too! Get up and start walking, or running if you can manage to. Do some basic exercises and light weightlifting. It is not too late to nurture your muscles. Move around and feel better about yourself.

  1. Healthy Diet

More fiber means less constipation and good digestion and we all know how a great thing that means. Start incorporating it into your meals. Of course, vitamins, minerals, and protein should never be out of the picture. Get rid of unhealthy food choices and start digging on those great dishes. An old body is susceptible to health problems and eating healthy will help you avoid those. You will thank yourself for this great decision.

  1. Plan Your Finances

Smart financial planning is only a financial advantage, but a health advantage. Getting your finances in order will give you great peace of mind and fewer worries, which means less stress. Many elderly are experiencing health problems because their psychological aspect is in trouble and this is something you should avoid at all cost. Moreover, good finances means being able to afford the right food, travel, and other things you need to enjoy your life more.

  1. Get Enough Rest and Sleep

An old body easily gets tired and this is not uncommon. Give it some due rest when they need, too and the right amount of sleep of course. They do great wonders for your well-being and your overall health. You get more energy on the next day.

  1. Visit Your Doctor Regularly

The guidance of a medical professional on your life choices is very valuable and having yourself checked regularly will help you avoid serious medical conditions. Make doctor visits a regular habit and get the right advice from a person who knows your body all too well.

 

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When my taxi driver arrived at my Croatian villa to pick me up to take me back to the airport he looked perplexed.

‘Just you?’ he asked, in his best English.

‘Yep, just me,’ I said. (I was getting an earlier flight to Bristol, so everyone else in the group had gone truffle hunting.)

He looked at me:

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Very important to wear a hat in hot weather you know.

He looked at the villa:

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‘How you pay for this place?’ he asked me.

Rude.

I wanted to say ‘because I am a successful woman of independent means’, but I wasn’t sure how that would translate. Also, I was staying as a guest of James Villas, so actually I didn’t pay, although I could have if I had wanted to.

‘I didn’t,’ I said, ‘I write about it.’ I mimed using a pen. I don’t think it helped.

Anyway, my point is that a villa holiday in Croatia is NOT AS EXPENSIVE AS YOU THINK. Read on… View Post

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I am quite possibly the messiest cook on the planet. Somehow the kitchen looks like it has been hit with a weapon of mass culinary destruction anytime I’ve been near it. Fortunately, long-suffering husband assures me that the ends justify the means, although I may have caught him groaning a couple of times while doing the washing up.

I’ve learned to accept my bad habits and that the place will look like a Jackson Pollock painting once I’m done. One thing I can do is ensure that my kitchen looks beautiful once we’ve finally managed to get it clean in preparation for the next onslaught. The good news is that you don’t need to spend thousands for a kitchen facelift to make this a reality. Here’s how you can use everyday items to make yours look wonderful without spending a fortune:

Take a Pot Shot

Great quality cookware sets are not only the key to churning out delicious meals, but they can also make your kitchen look gorgeous. Cast iron or aluminium will help create a more rustic look, while copper cookware gives your space a warm, classic feel.  Alternatively, complement your modern kitchen with clean, elegant stainless steel or hard anodised sets, depending on the existing décor. For the full effect, install a wall rack from which you can hang your pots and pans, rather than keeping them hidden in the cupboard.

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Spice Things Up

Cooking with exotic herbs spices presents an opportunity to use the incredible variety of colours and textures to add flavour to your decor. My handy hubby rigged up an elegant spice shelf that we populated with glass canisters filled with our extensive collection. From the rich, earthy colours of paprika, turmeric and cumin, to the deep greens of sage and marjoram and eye-catching geometry of star anise and nutmeg, this addition brings our kitchen to life.

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Not by Bread Alone

If you’re like me and have teenage children, you will be familiar with the terrifying rate at which they consume anything edible in sight. In our house, bread is the mainstay and mid-morning or afternoon sandwich binges appear to do little to dent their voracious appetites when mealtimes arrive. Given the importance that bread plays in our home, I cottoned on to the idea of using a beautiful bread box as a visual focal point on the counter top. I went with modern with a bit of a retro feel, but it is easy to find bread boxes to suit any taste online or in stores.

Herbal Harmony

For a more natural feel, a friend of mine maintains the most delightful herb garden hanging from racks across her kitchen window. Whether you go with this option, place them on a free wall, or the more traditional line up on the window sill, you will not only have a welcome source of fresh herbs, but add a vibrant splash of living color to your workspace.

Tools of the Trade

I confess that I am a bit of a kitchenware junkie. Over the years, I have collected a staggering array of utensils and implements that make my life easier. What better way to keep these accessible and visible than by hanging them from the wall? Most of my utensils are metal, so I have them attached to a magnetic rack, but hooks or a combination of the two can work just as well.

The great thing about all these ideas is that they are not only a feast for the senses, but also incredibly practical. Try them out yourself or let us know if you have any tricks that make your kitchen beautiful.

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If you’d have asked me this time last year if I thought I’d ever be able to afford to buy a house I would have laughed heartily. No one can right? And then I CASUALLY went into an estate agent, just wanting to nose at some new apartments that had been built in our town, and it turns out there’s such a thing as a 5% mortgage, and suddenly it all seemed rather more feasible.

But no one would ever give ME a mortgage surely?

Even at business networking groups people look at me suspiciously when I say I BLOG for a living – imagination the reaction of a financial institution??

Except oh. It turns out that actually I’m worth a punt.

Right, so we’ll just go and look at a few places, no pressure. Except this one which we see in our first round of visits is actually pretty nice. It’s way over what we can afford but we may as well make an offer?

And then it’s accepted, and nothing goes wrong, and here we are.

And it’s lovely, and it was the right decision, and I have the SHELVES OF DREAMS but there is also a part of me that feels deflated and overwhelmed and a bit ‘well what now?’ about the whole thing.

I think I spent so many nights in the three months between the offer and the move lying awake, imagining all the things I was going to do and how amazing it was going to be, that when I got here, it felt like everything was over before it began. Yes, I still have all of these projects do to, but it turns out they take hard work and money AS WELL AS Pinterest boards (who knew!) and I want everything perfect NOW. View Post

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