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How To Dress Best For Your Body Type – Part 2

Part 2 – Rectangle Shaped

In Part 1, we discussed strawberry shaped bodies, so let’s move on to number two, rectangle shaped bodies. As mentioned in Part 1 it’s important to not only know, but also make peace with, your natural form. No one form is better than another. It’s all just a matter of learning how to enhance your favorite features and draw attention away from those you like least. Rectangle shaped bodies are often envied because they don’t usually require a lot of extra curve management, but all shapes can benefit from a few fashion tricks. The main trick with a rectangle shape is to give it feminine shape with soft lines and a few curves. Here’s how to do it! 

Rectangle Shaped Body Characteristics

  • Minimal curves
  • Undefined waist
  • Shoulder, waist, and hips are similarly proportioned
  • Smaller busts, slim shoulders

Best Clothes to Wear

  • Tops

    • Low and sweetheart necklines
    • Wide, structured straps, or spaghetti straps
    • Structured
    • Peplum
    • Empire waist
    • Ruffled
    • Bottom
      • High-waisted
      • Belted at natural waist
      • Flared skirt

Ways to maximize

  • Increase size of chest with an empire waist.
  • Create illusion of curves.
  • Cinch waist with a belt.
  • Celebrate your shape on special occasions with short, snug dresses.
  • Lots of feminine details and cuts to soften straight lines.
  • Wear decorative details on both top and bottom to create more visual interest.

Suggested outfit

  • Structured jacket, peplum top, slim jeans.
  • High-waisted shorts, ruffled blouse, waist cincher, boots.

Fall Date Nights

Fall has arrived and with Halloween just around the corner it is the perfect time of year to start thinking about fun dates that can help to spice things up during the cold months. Besides, after all of the summer months of hot weather, it will be nice to get out into the fresh, crisp fall weather. 


Especially with it being so close to Halloween, a little fright night might be just the thing to bring you and your partner closer. A haunted house is just the thing to add some thrills to the holiday season. Grab a bite to eat before and then head to the haunted house for a some fun scares. If your town doesn’t do haunted houses look into haunted hayrides. The haunted hayrides may also be more appropriate for nights you can’t find a babysitter and the kids need to come along as well. 


Another great date night for the fall is to find the closest apple orchard and take your partner apple picking. It’s the perfect activity to enjoy sparks between you, as you stroll through the apple orchards in the beautiful fall weather. With nothing to distract you from one another you are sure to enjoy stimulating conversation with one another while getting in a leisurely workout outside. To top the night out, bring the apples back and bake a delicious apple pie you can enjoy together.



Finally, what else could be better then spending the night carving pumpkins with each other. Perhaps carve them over your favorite scary movies, but be careful for the jump scares when you are using your pumpkin carving knife. Once you have your carvings perfected, roast the seeds for a side snack for the rest of your night. If you have children, you can include them too! Just be sure to chose a scary movie more geared towards their appropriate age. The kids are sure to love the roasted pumpkin seeds.


Whether you chose a romantic date night for just you and your partner to enjoy welcoming fall, or you also include the kids in on the fall fun, you are sure to have a great night out enjoying the cool fall weather.

Unusual Shelving Ideas – Part 2

We hope you are enjoying these fun shelving ideas so far. Let’s keep going and delve into some more creative ideas…

Drawers – These look so neat on the wall. Just as with the wine crate, attach the drawer by screwing the bottom of it into the wall. You can use shallow or deep drawers depending on what size items you want to display.

Vintage suitcases – If you’re decorating a space with a retro vibe you will love this shelving solution. Bolt the top half to the wall so it stays open, and support the bottom half with floating L brackets. If you want the bottom half to be a flush display surface, simply insert a cardboard structure and cover it with fabric. This way anything you display can be easily seen. Or you can leave it empty and store stackable things like folded towels. Don’t forget, vintage luggage often had pockets on the top half so you can easily use those to create a display of things peeking out.

Hat boxes – Yes, they’re beautiful stacked in a corner, but they also take up a lot of space. If you indeed store hats in them then leave them to their work. However, if you want adt’l storage options out of them, hang them on the wall. Screw the bottom of the box or the lid, or both, into the wall. Then fill with lightweight item that don’t require a flat, flush surface.

Ladder – We love the look of a vintage wood ladder when it’s attached to a wall. How, you ask? Simply find an old ladder that doesn’t require folding. (In other words, not the modern ones that open to stand.) Paint or stain it to match the room and hang it sideways. You now have lots of space to curate a quirky collection of shelf décor. 

Brackets without shelves – Give the appearance of floating stacks of books by using standard L-shaped wall brackets. Make sure the first book you plan to set atop them is large enough to completely hide the bracket. Then just keep stacking until you reach the weight load of the brackets.

Crown molding – This one is pretty simple. Rather than attaching it at the top of the wall, hang it at eye level and use it as a shelf display for shallow depth items. 

How To Dress Best For Your Body Type – Part 5

Part 5 – Hourglass Shaped

Welcome to the final installment in our series about ways to love your form by dressing in a way that celebrates it. In parts one through four we discussed strawberry, rectangle, apple, and pear shapes. We’re going to finish with hourglass, and the point that we’d like to make is that this shape is no different from the others in that it looks best when you play to its strengths. The hourglass shape has often been considered the ideal body shape, however it’s tricky too and you’re well served to know how to make it look its best. Here’s how!

Hourglass Shaped Body Characteristics

  • Full bust and hips
  • Small waist
  • Similar measurements at hips and chest with top slightly bigger

Clothing Attribute

  • Tops

    •  Cropped to show waist
    • Wrapped top
    • Surplice dresses
    • Bottom
      • Fitted waist
      • Knee length skirt
      • Jeans & Pants – flare, bootcut
      • High waisted shorts and pants

Ways to maximize

  • Place emphasis on the waist.
  • When needing to dress more conservatively choose lower skirt hemlines and higher necklines.
  • Maintain balance with equal emphasis on top and bottom.
  • Cinch waist with a belt when possible.
  • If hips are slightly wider, try a-line skirts or tops that fall slightly longer than the hips.
  • Two options for skinny jeans: If hips and bust are evenly proportioned, then wear skinny jeans.  If hips are noticeably bigger than bust, avoid skinny jeans.

Suggested outfit

  • Long sleeve jacket with knee length pencil skirt and pumps.
  • High-waisted shorts, ruffle sleeved blouse, belt at natural waist, and wedges.

Don’t forget to read Part 1 Strawberry Shape, Part 2 Rectangle Shaped, Part 3 Apple Shaped, and Part 4 Pear shaped, to be sure you’re getting advice about the body type you’re most similar to!

Unusual Shelving Ideas – Part 1

Have you ever noticed how shelving options are kind of boring? It’s true that what is displayed on a shelf is considered more important than the shelf itself, but we believe a design looks best when both the items and the shelf are interesting. Certainly you can find some well designed and beautiful shelving options in the retail world, but if character is what you’re going for it might be best to take matters into your own hands. The most impressive shelving ideas we’ve seen to date are those that rely on something other than a shelf to act as a shelf.

For example, think about spice racks. You know, the old school wooden ones that were typically attached to a cabinet in the kitchen. Create something different by painting them to match a piece of furniture such as a dresser. Then, attach them to either side of the dresser and you now have adt’l shelf space. (This one works especially well in children’s rooms.)

Now that you have the idea, enjoy our list of suggestions for all sorts of items that can be transformed into very creative shelving. If you live in a small home with storage issues, you may want to try several of these!

Benches – Find backless benches intended for sitting. Use 2-3 and stack them on top of each other. They are now shelves! If you want the design to be especially imaginative looking, use benches of different lengths.

Magazine Holders – We’re referring to the ones that usually sit upright on your desk. They are a very cool option for shelving in small corners. Simply turn one sideways and attach it to the wall. Don’t use fewer than three of them, though, because they’re too small for just one to look right.

Wine Crates – Hang on the wall by screwing the bottom of the crate to the wall. The effect will be a 3D shelf that offers a lot of depth. 

Wall Ideas for Childrens’ Rooms

Once children are old enough to care about the décor in their room, it is important to let them have a part in deciding what selections to make. Give them a creative outlet incorporated into their bedroom décor. There are many different ways to offer a creative outlet that inspires them to create things on their own or with friends and siblings. Utilize the walls, more specifically the lower section so they can reach this area easily.

Apply felt to the lower chair rail section of one wall, or several walls. Felt comes in many colors, therefore you can select the color that best fits the color scheme. You may want to let your child select the color they prefer. You can order felt character kits online. It is suggested to order several different packs; such as numbers and letters, animals, characters and animals. This way they can come up with many different story lines. The numbers and letters will help them learn and can be incorporated into the stories they create. This wall application will keep your child busy for hours and offer them creative play anytime they play in their rooms.

Create a chalk board on the lower section of a wall. This application is similar to the one above. The only difference is using a different media. Like felt, chalk paint is available in any imaginable color. You can purchase the desired color, or mix it yourself; making this application easy to fit into the existing color scheme. Painting the lower section of the wall gives your little ones all access to draw and create without actually harming the wall. Attach a small cup or bucket to the wall to corral pieces of chalk.

Make a border at waist height using your child’s handprints. They can even invite friends over to include their handprints into the pattern. This activity teaches kids about patterns and gives them a chance to create their own pattern in their bedroom décor. Let the kids initial their handprints to give each hand print individuality. Plan out the color pattern and practice making hand prints on paper before putting on the wall.

Utilizing the wall space in your child’s bedroom, allows them to personalize their room. Making an interactive wall, like the felt wall or chalkboard wall gives a creative spin to the room and provides hours of fun for your kids to enjoy every day! If they can fabricate story lines on the felt or chalkboard; the other walls within the house are much safer! 

6 of the Best Home & Garden Shows in the Country

If your passions in life include a wander lust that is matched by a love for home improvement it may time to consider an H & G travel vacation. If you’ve lived in the same place for awhile, there’s a good chance that you’ve been to the local shows at least a dozen times. There’s only so much information you can glean from a single resource and traveling is fun. Why not hit the road and see what the rest of the country has to offer?

 Try attending one of the spectacular shows:

  1. SAHBA Fall Home and Garden Show October 23, 24, & 25, 2015. Held at the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, AZ. Admission $8. Includes emphasis on topics such as home improvement trends, remodeling ideas, and outdoor living. Hosted by the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association.   
  2. Cincinnati Home and Garden Show February 27 – March 6, 2016. Cincinnati, OH.  Includes landscape companies, interior designers, specialty companies, remodeling specialists, manufacturers, retail stores, and contractors.
  3. The Great Big Home and Garden Show February 5-14, 2016 at the I-X Center in Cleveland, OH. Admission $15. Unique for its impressive list of guest celebrities and experts such as Matt Muenster of the TV show Bath Crashers and BATHtastic on the DIY Network.
  4. MinneapolisHome and Garden Show February 26 – March 6, 2016 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Admission $14. Highlights include: Idea Home, Glorious Feature Gardens, Spring Boutique, Upcycle Designer Rooms, Innovation Avenue, Garden Theater, The Warners’ Stellian Kitchen Stage, and The Floral Display and Market.
  5. WBAY-TV Home and Garden Show March 10-13, 2016 at Shopko Hall, Veterans Memorial Arena in Green Bay, WI. Admission $9. A wide range of exhibitors include expertise in remodeling, home building, landscaping, interior design, pools/spas, bedding, and bath. The area’s top professionals converge in an 80,000 square foot facility for four full days of fun and education.
  6. Pueblo Home and Garden Show March 6-8, 2016 in Pueblo, CO at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, CO. Presented by the Pueblo Association of Home Builders. Running for 27 consecutive years.  A well rounded event that includes a Friday night VIP experience and numerous free seminars throughout the weekend.  The theme for 2016 is “Go Green, Save Green.”

How To Dress Best For Your Body Type – Part 4

Part 4 – Pear Shaped

If you happened to just now stumble upon our series about dressing for your body type, welcome! We are talking about ways to celebrate you shape by dressing to enhance it. So far, in parts one through three, we talked about strawberry, rectangle, and apple shapes. In this installment we hope to help you feel your very best by understanding how to play to the strengths of a pear shape. All shapes are beautiful and pear is no exception to the rule!

Pear Shaped Body Characteristics

  • Smaller busts, slim shoulders
  • Wider hips and thighs, hips and rear are most prominent
  • Defined waist
  • Hip and rear are largest section of the body

Best clothes to wear

  • Tops

    • Draw focus to the top of the body

      • Decorative straps, strapless
      • Bottom
        • Shaped to flatten the tummy
        • High cut to make legs look longer
        • A-line, flows away from the body

Ways to maximize

  • Place emphasis on smallest part of torso at the waist or under the bust.
  • Embellish at neckline or highlight shoulders, to create balance between top and bottom and draw the eye upward.
  • Cinch waist with a belt when possible.
  • Avoid details on bottom such as embellished jeans, oversized pockets, garments that make hips look larger than they are.
  • Wear pants & jeans that are fitted and slim.

Suggested outfit

  • Slim fit top embellished at the neck, a-line skirt, and cropped jacket.
  • High cut shorts, strapless top, statement necklace, and sheer thigh-length kimono that skims straight down the sides of the body. 

How To Dress Best For Your Body Type – Part 3

Part 3 – Apple Shaped

Moving along in our five part series about body shape, here in part three we will discuss the best ways to dress for an apple shape. In part one, we covered strawberry shaped and in part two we covered rectangle shaped. Apple shaped is a little different because the goal is to know what not to wear, as opposed to what to wear, as was the case with strawberry and rectangle. There are some things with an apple shape that are tough to pull off, but if you know what to focus on you can rock a great look with this shape!

Apple Shaped Body Characteristics

  • Carry majority of weight in the middle

Best Clothes to Wear

  • Tops

    • Empire waist
    • Necklines – V, deep V, scoop
    • Structured
    • Corset shape
    • Bottom
      • A-line dresses
      • Skirts and dresses that flow away from the body
      • Straight cut pants with rise at the natural waist

Ways to maximize

  • Use color blocking to highlight attractive shapes, and patterns to distract from less desirable areas.
  • Focus on highlighting chest, shoulders, and legs.
  • Avoid halter, boat neck, and embellished necklines.
  • Wear fabrics with structure and weight so they don’t cling to the body.
  • Avoid skinny pants and leggings because they will make the middle of body look larger.
  • Avoid heavy boots or shoes that visually increase size of ankles and decrease slenderness of calves.
  • Create shape with corset or peplum shaped tops.
  • Wear mid-high rise bottoms to smooth shape of torso.

Suggested outfit

  • Structured jacket, deep v-neck silk camisole, a-line skirt, heels.
  • Short dress with scoop neck.