Dresses Made For Your Body

by Linda Franklin

Dress  Made For Your Body  Linda Franklin The Real Cougar WomanHow often have you tried on a garment and loved the fit the first time around? Sounds nearly impossible doesn’t it? I know it is for me. If the top works then the skirt is too tight. Or the bottom is fine but it pulls across the breasts. Those one-size-fits all sizes really takes the fun out shopping.

All of us are uniquely built and enjoy our own sense of style. You know only to well, that when we look good, we feel good which allows our confidence to radiate in everything we do.

A perfect wardrobe pick-me-up is coming to your shopping rescue. NUMARI offers custom fit women’s wear. Yes, that means the styles we love, custom fit to your body measurements, and even styling preferences. Prefer to wear your dresses shorter or longer? Those customizations are included too. The brand is entirely focused on delivering a better product, with better functionality – ultimately those “go-to” pieces that live in your wardrobe for a long period of time.

Founded by two women entrepreneurs Komal Kushalraj and Arti Anand, NUMARI is built on the principle that every woman’s body and style is uniquely hers. After their own personal frustration with the existing standard sized apparel and trouble finding perfectly tailored garments, Komal and Arti decided to start NUMARI with a vision to make made-to-measure apparel accessible and affordable.

Their initial preview collection of dresses was fashioned by celebrity designer Bert Keeter (you may have also seen him on Project Runway) and features dresses that can easily be transitioned from the boardroom to cocktails.

What’s more, NUMARI stands for what’s important to all of us fabulous females. It’s a brand about confidence, individuality, and fun. The company describes a NUMARI woman as someone who is kind, smart and unapologetically ambitious. A woman who has deep appreciation for fashion and believes in impeccable presentation. Sound familiar?

So before you begin the next year, ask yourself: “Does my wardrobe inspire a sense of empowerment?” If not, make the change. Love how you feel inside and out. And own your moment.

To learn more about NUMARI and how it’s changing the way we shop for clothes visit their website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

The Real Cougar Woman is a 5-carat diamond who knows the importance of taking care of her health, beauty, relationships, finances and spirituality. Linda Franklin says, ”there’s no stopping a woman who has a strong belief system, passion and a dream. All things are possible”. Linda’s book, Don’t Ever Call Me Ma’am helps women of all ages tap into their power and live life to the fullest.

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Karl Lagerfeld Calling Angela Merkel Fat?

by Linda Franklin

Karl Lagerfeld Calling Angela Merkel Fat? Linda Franklin The Real Cougar WomanKarl Lagerfeld is at it again!  When is he going to learn to keep his mouth shut?  A designer who amassed great wealth from dressing women, sure doesn’t have much respect for the female population.

Recently he had this to say about German chancellor Angela Merkel – “she should dress ‘according to her special proportions’.  How dismissive is that cutting statement? And, remember he previously called Adele too fat, Michelle Obama’s fringe haircut a bad idea and Pippa Middleton should only show her back.

This 79 year old fashionista is either losing his marbles or needs a few lessons on how to charm the population who has buttered his bread for so many decades.  Come on Mr. Lagerfeld get with the program.  Perhaps you need to take a long look in the mirror.

The Real Cougar Woman is a 5-carat diamond who knows the importance of taking care of her health, beauty, relationships, finances and spirituality. Linda Franklin says, ”there’s no stopping a woman who has a strong belief system, passion and a dream. All things are possible”. Linda’s book, Don’t Ever Call Me Ma’am helps women of all ages tap into their power and live life to the fullest.

 

Curvey Women Love These Summer Dresses

By Linda Franklin

This summer is a scorcher so ditch those pants and put on a dress that flatters your figure.

Don’t try to hide your sexy curves, There are lots of cute summer dresses for curvy women out there. Here’s a few that might work for you.I.

Solid Colors are Slimming

Did you know that a solid color head to toe like this is always more slimming than a few colors mixed together? That’s why I love this  Jessica Simpson sleeve belted Blouson dress in this pretty shade of orange.

If you have a warm skin tone, or just a great tan then this nectarine dress will make you glow like the sunset.  Be sure to accent this dress with some big chunky jewelry as shown here because that is what is really going to make this dress pop. This is the kind of dress that could take you from work to evening so you’d really get a lot of wear out of it.

 orange plus size dress
Circle Skirts Hide Hips  

If you have a little extra padding at the hips a great way to balance your figure is with a dress that has fit and flare. This sleeveless ruched dress is perfect for a gal with a pear shaped figure who want to show off her enviable waist but camouflage her hefty hips.

Another really nice thing about this dress is the use of soft, muted colors in the tropical print. This dress gives you that Caribbean vacation feel you having to wear bright parrot colors which can often look and feel too loud.

 tropical plus size dress
Empire Waistlines Tame Tummies

If you have low belly fat (usually from having kids) that never seems to go away, a great way to get the attention off that spot is to take a look at summer dresses for women that have empire waists. This Short Sleeve Printed Empire with its flattering wrap style neckline visually raises your waist up, and in doing so moves the attention to your upper half. The skirt part gently flows over a jelly belly. Great trick!

 pink plus size dress
Color Blocking Magically Erases

Dark colors recede and make you look slimmer. That’s the reason so many women love black. But heck, you can’t be wearing black all the time, so here’s another great trick. Choose a dress like this DKNY colorblock dress that strategically uses black to knock off a few inches.

Black panels places here at the sides slims your figure by ” blacking” part of it out. No wonder color blocked dresses are one of the most popular summer dresses for plus size women out there.

black and white plus size dress
Simplicity is Slimming

A solid color + a simple tank top style make this Elemntz ruffle dress a winner. You’ll look long and lean but anything from boring because of the interesting texture that makes this dress feminine and gives it real personality.

green plus size dress
Maxi Dresses Make the Difference

Some curvy types prefer more modest summer dresses for women. If you are a gal who feel more comfortable not exposing your legs then a maxi dress is for you.  This is one of many  beautiful summer halter dresses for women that work well. You still get to show a bit of skin up top which is youthful but you don’t have to worry about feeling self-conscious about your legs.

halter plus size dress
Shirtdresses Balance Your Bottom

When you are heavier on the bottom than up top the way to balance that out is with a top that has a good shoulder and some structure. This Jones NY Shirtdress with its strong collar and short sleeves adds extra width across the shoulders which in turns makes your bottom half look more proportioned. Isn’t this a pretty, fresh look for summer?

white plus size shirtdress

The Real Cougar Woman is a 5-carat diamond who knows the importance of taking care of her health, beauty, relationships, finances and spirituality. Linda Franklin says, ”there’s no stopping a woman who has a strong belief system, passion and a dream. All things are possible”. Linda’s book, Don’t Ever Call Me Ma’am helps women of all ages tap into their power and live life to the fullest.

Dustin Hoffman Insights On Being A Woman

by Linda Franklin

Back in the day,  Dustin Hoffman made a movie called “Tootsie.” (iTunes.) It was a hilarious and touching movie about an actor who can’t get a gig, decides to become a woman to see if it helps, and scores a role on a soap opera. Hilarity ensued. But it was more than just a comedy. Here’s why.

 

The Real Cougar Woman is a 5-carat diamond who knows the importance of taking care of her health, beauty, relationships, finances and spirituality. Linda Franklin says, ”there’s no stopping a woman who has a strong belief system, passion and a dream. All things are possible”. Linda’s book, Don’t Ever Call Me Ma’am helps women of all ages tap into their power and live life to the fullest.

 

Middle Age Sexy Is The Best

by Linda Franklin

Middle Age Sexy Is The Best  Linda Franklin, The RealCougarWomanIt seems that scarcely a day passes without seeing a survey on some aspect of the middle-aged female experience. Maybe we should feel grateful, because according to one of the surveys I read, pollsters are the only people who find ladies of a certain age even slightly interesting.

This is a sad commentary, but unfortunately it’s true.  Of 2,000 women who were surveyed, most agreed that 46 is the age that they become invisible to men.. 

The good news (according to this survey) is that by the time we get to 60 we start feeling better. That’s the good news????  How about the 14 years we are sitting crying in our beer?  If we’re smart, and I know we are, we won’t let that happen.  We will appreciate who we are, the woman we have grown into at any age we happen to be.

None of us can turn back the clock.  In my middle 40’s, I believed I could.   I was wrong.   I had to figure out for myself, and we all do, how to hold onto your sexy and that fire in your belly.

Here’s a couple of tips I’ll pass on to you if you’re feeling blue because of our age:

  • Play up your assets – now it’s time to do what feels good to you  – it’s your turn
  • Stop Listening to the naysayers who say life is over at 50
  • Don’t hold on to relationships that no longer nurture your soul
  • Change your look – go from just OK to sexy sophisticated
  • Take a risk – get out of your head – say screw you to the fear  – and watch what happens

We are powerful, fabulous females and even though we may have to play up different assets as we go through the decades, our confidence, our sexy, and appreciation of life will shine through.  Your passion for life will be recognized.

I am convinced that middle-aged women of today are creating another template for aging and it’s not what the pollsters are telling us.

The Real Cougar Woman is a 5-carat diamond who knows the importance of taking care of her health, beauty, relationships, finances and spirituality.  Linda Franklin says,”there is no stopping a woman who has a strong belief system, passion and a dream. All things are possible”. Linda’s book, Don’t Ever Call Me Ma’am helps women of all ages tap into their power and live life to the fullest.

Hair Hair Everywhere And It’s Not Yours

by Linda Franklin

Hair Hair Everywhere And It's Not Yours Linda Franklin The Real Cougar WomanMore and more women are turning to false hair pieces to enhance their look.  It’s fast, it’s easy and for the most part it looks just like your own locks.

All the celebs wear them and the women you see everyday do too.  It’s fast and its easy when you are in a rush and don’t have time to wash, dry and style.

“It’s not necessarily about poor quality hair — it’s actually about time,” said Peter Gray, a New York editorial and commercial hairstylist.  Human-hair wigs (the gold standard of wigdom) are part of Mr. Gray’s regular bag of tricks for photo shoots and fashion shows. They can provide a new look in an instant, without commitment or damage. They can be washed and styled with regular products and lengthened with extensions. “They’ve become so high quality, you can stand a foot away from someone with a wig on and not be able to tell,” he said.

Human hair wigs are expensive but you do have choices.  I personally like the synthetic versions, because unlike real hair they don’t react to humidity and they are affordable.  You can experiment without breaking the bank.  Just yesterday I ordered a phony pony and a messy bun – getting ready for the summer.  This way I can cut my own hair and still have he flexibility of other fun styles.

Try one – it just might set you free.

The Real Cougar Woman is a 5-carat diamond who knows the importance of taking care of her health, beauty, relationships, finances and spirituality.  Linda Franklin says,”there is no stopping a woman who has a strong belief system, passion and a dream. All things are possible”. Linda’s book, Don’t Ever Call Me Ma’am helps women of all ages tap into their power and live life to the fullest.

Pre-Oscar Red Carpet Beauty Treatments

by Linda Franklin

Pre-Oscar Red Carpet Beauty Treatments  Linda Franklin The Real Cougar WomanSunday night some of us will be glued to the TV for the Red Carpet Star Walk.  I imagine that the A-list women, who prepare for this event for months, will be breathing a huge sigh of relief when it’s finally over.

The Los Angeles practioners who administer the treatments are bombarded with clients for weeks prior weeks before to the big event.  That’s good news for them.  Ka-Ching.

To get clients red carpet-ready, Nurse Jamie, a registered nurse and the co-owner of Beauty Park Medical Spa in Santa Monica, California, says every appointment is like a racing car pit stop.  ‘We usually have two or three people in the room, no-one has time, so we have one person tightening the body and another giving a treatment on the face’.

Here is a list of the 10 favorite procedures used to make the stars shine brighter – well at least for one night.

Baby Drop Fillers: A special ‘Gucci’ needle and baby drops of filler can smooth wrinkles even on the day of an event. Nurse Jamie uses a hyaluronic acid- based filler for natural, bruise-free results.

Head-to-Toe Instant Tightening: A ‘non-surgical team’ of registered nurses will tighten every inch with a radio frequency device. Nurse Jamie says: ‘Instantly the skin looks incredibly taut and there is no downtime.’

Botox Lite: ‘For a softer, more relaxed look, we inject tiny amounts of the toxin into multiple areas of the forehead,’ Nurse Jamie says. ‘This way, people still have full motion… without the skin looking like an accordion!’

Vitamin IM Injection Facial: An aesthetician tends to the skin, while a registered nurse administers an IM injection, which includes B Vitamins and Vitamin C. It’s better to take them together rather than one at a time. It helps to maintain collagen and protect the skin from sun damage.

Zit Killer: On its own, the acclaimed ‘cort shot’ (cortisone injection) can shrink colossal zits with in 48 hours. As a follow up, skin is smoothed with the Near Infrared light.

Cue the ‘Q’: This is the no downtime facelift. It target redness in the skin and works wonders on the skin’s texture and tone. If a star can’t get in to see Jamie, she tells them to pick up a EGF Stem Cell Repair serum and Beauty Stamp which uses a similar technology.

Vaginal Rejuvenation: ‘Before you pass judgement on this treatment, apparently this  includes front-to-back skin tightening in the bikini area and removal of ingrown hairs, skin tags and discoloration.

Body Fat Tightening: ‘We’ll essentially redo the entire surface of their body,’ says Jamie, who uses radio frequency to tighten loose skin. Also in demand is i-Lipo, a fat-busting device that targets belly bulges and love handles.

Electric Facials: This facial uses different types of current to boost radiance, enhance lymphatic drainage, kill acne bacteria, wipe out dark circles, and even spark cellular repair.

Bacteria-Busting Facials: Facials with extractions can trigger more blemishes than they treat. Jamie’s team applies gauze dipped in liquid nitrogen to kill bacterial and sooth the skin.

Phew!! My body is tingling just writing about these beauty fixes.

The Real Cougar Woman is a 5-carat diamond who knows the importance of taking care of her health, beauty, relationships, finances and spirituality. Linda Franklin says, ”there is no stopping a woman who has a strong belief system, passion and a dream. All things are possible”. Linda’s book, Don’t Ever Call Me Ma’am helps women of all ages tap into their power and live life to the fullest.