Choosing The Right Bra

No matter how amazing your clothing choices are, to look good you need the right foundations, and this means your underwear. Most women are aware that choosing pants with a non visible panty line can make all the difference to the look of an outfit, particularly if it is form fitting look. But the wrong bra can be equally perilous when it comes to looking your best, with women choosing the wrong style, the wrong shape, and even the wrong size.

Here are a few tips that you should consider when choosing your bra.

Is it the right size?

So many women wear the wrong sized bra due to not having a regular bra fitting. Yet many bra companies will do bra fitting for free, with most fittings no longer requiring the old fashioned tape measure method when it comes to sizing. A bra fitting is essential if you have had a child, have lost or gained weight, or if your bra is just feeling loose or tight.

To wire or not to wire?

The type of support you need from your bra depends on the size of your bust. Smaller busts may be able to get away with wearing a softer bra without underwiring. Larger busts may need the support and scaffolding that underwired bras offer.  These days underwired bras are as pretty and elegant as their non wired sisters, companies like David Nieper have glamorous underwired bras that come in a range of colours and fabrics.

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What style of bra do you need?

Is there anything worse than unsightly bra straps ruining an outfit? Two bra straps either side of a halter neckline? A bra fastening looking totally out of place with a backless dress? A multi ways bra should address all these issues, and allow you to get the support you need for your look to be flawless. Even if your look is one that doesn’t allow for a traditional style bra, there are now stick on styles that give you coverage and support from the front so that you avoid having nipples showing through your dress, especially important for formal occasions, or if you are a wedding guest.


A no brainer really. Make sure you are wearing the right colour bra for your outfit. Unless you are aiming to be edgy and make a statement, a white dress needs a white bra. If you are wearing black, you need a black bra, particularly if you are having photographs taken – flash photography can often reveal what you are wearing underneath your outfit.

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7 Tips for Protecting Your Skin from the Sun Damage

Did you know that an estimated 100,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the UK each year?


And, unfortunately, the vast majority of these cases will be caused by the sun…


Why would you allow your skin to be damaged when there are easy ways to protect it?


Sun damage continues to build over time…


It can weaken the skins natural barrier, cause it to lose moisture and become dry, and even make breakouts worse – making it almost impossible to eradicate acne due to damaged skin.


You are probably thinking, “I don’t live by the beach, so I am not in the sun that much.”

But, you’re wrong. Sun damage can occur anywhere, at almost any time. Even though it might be a cloudy day, those harmful UV rays are still beating down and slowly damaging your skin.

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So, if you are looking to hang on to that young, smooth and soft skin for as long as possible, protect your skin from sun damage by:


  1. Wearing sunscreen…every day.

    The key is to apply, and reapply, regularly. Since about 80 percent of the average person’s lifetime involves sun exposure, sun exposure is incidental – meaning it occurs during daily activities, not just sunbathing. Try an SPF 30 or higher if you plan to be in the sun for longer than 15 minutes.

  2. Moisturizing regularly – even your lips, they age too!

    Lip-protection balm should be applied prior to sun exposure and reapplied at least every hour during sun exposure. Your lips are thin-skinned and are particularly vulnerable to painful sunburns and wrinkles that come with aging.

    Aside from your lips, repeated sun exposure can also dry out the rest of your skin as it sucks the water and moisture right out of it. Always apply a moisturizer to keep your skin smooth and soft!

    Pro Tip: Invest in an SPF that already includes a moisturizer in the ingredients – it will save you a step later, leaving you to only moisturize your lips.

  3. Watching the clock if you plan to be outside.

    The UV rays from the sun are the strongest between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Keep the time in mind when planning to be outside, extra sun exposure calls for extra precautions.

    Pro Tip: If you aren’t sure if the UV rays are strong, check your shadow. If it is very short, it is a sign that it is a bad time to be outside.

  4. Wearing a hat for added protection.

    Wearing a hat not only provides you added shade for your eyes – which works great in collaboration with sunglasses. But, if also helps protect the skin on your ears, face, and neck from any additional sun.

  5. Taking note of areas with reflected light.

    Light is easily reflected off of snow, sand, concrete and several other common surfaces found outside. Always be sure to protect surfaces such as the under part of your chin with sunscreen, as an umbrella or shade tree won’t protect the underneath areas of your skin that are affected by reflected light.

  6. Knowing the side effects of your prescriptions.

    Some prescribed medication can make your skin extra sensitive to sun exposure and can increase your risk of a sunburn – even some herbal medicines have this same effect. Make yourself aware of any threats from the sun posed by your medication.

  7. Investing in UFP protectant clothing.

    There are special garments which contain a special coating designed to absorb both UVB and UVA rays. Similar to SPF, the higher the UPF the more protection the item provides. However, regular clothes can also provide a shield from the sun.

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Your beauty regime should always include proper care for all your skin – not just your face. After all, you only get the skin you’re in…forever. Take care of it now to avoid irreversible issues with it later.


Claiming Compensation As A Victim Of Abuse

“People are now asking me why Sir Jimmy Saville’s victims were not able to ask for help. The thing about sexual abuse is that people suffering it feel defiled – they take on the shame and the guilt.”
– Esther Rantzen

If you have been a victim of childhood abuse, the mental scars will remain long after the abuse has stopped. You may struggle to keep your life on track, find it hard to maintain adult relationships,  to find it hard to trust anyone. “Life can be a struggle, but a small comfort could be that you may be entitled to compensation against the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. CICA UK is a non-government run site, set up by TDP Solicitors, that claims from CICA on behalf of victims of abuse”

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There are certain criteria’s that you should meet, although each case is examined on a case by case basis. One of the main criteria is that you needed to have reported the case to the police, even if a passage of time has gone and the abuse had occurred some years previously. Other criteria could be:-

  • Make your application to the CICA within 2 years of the crime
  • OR within 2 years of first reporting the matter to the police
  • OR by your 20th birthday

The type of abuse that you can make a claim about varies. It could be sexual, physical or mental abuse, and there are people you can speak to, in full confidence, through CICA UK. Talking could help you to understand your own emotions and the type of abuse you faced, and this can then help you make a decision on how you know want to proceed.  CICA UK can also advise you if you think an organisation, rather than an individual was responsible for your abuse, for instance, if you were in the case system during childhood. They will be able to advise you. Even if you do not wish to look for compensation, their help and support may help you turn a corner.

Victims of abuse often feel that they are abused both by the perpetrator, and then by the system that should protect them. CICA UK may well offer the support and help that you need to move on.