Time for a sunbed ban

Time for a sunbed ban

Time for a sunbed banA Consumer NZ mystery shop of 60 sunbed operators found more than 40 percent failed to implement key safety checks. One operator also allowed a 14-year-old to use a sunbed, despite the industry’s voluntary standard restricting sunbed use to people 18 years and over.

Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin said the results show regulation of the sector is needed. Parliament’s Health Select Committee has recommended amending the law to make it illegal for operators to allow under-18s to use a sunbed. The amendment is contained in the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill. “We support the Bill but don’t think it goes far enough. We want to see a total ban on sunbeds and are disappointed the Health Select Committee didn’t endorse this,” Ms Chetwin said.

“Although this year’s survey has shown an improvement in compliance with the voluntary standard, many operators are still not complying with key safety criteria. Restricting sunbed use to people 18 and over won’t remedy the problems we’ve found.”

Under the voluntary standard, people using a sunbed should be given a consent form to sign that checks their age, spells out the risks of sunbed use, makes it clear who’s at high risk and emphasises the importance of wearing protective goggles. Thirteen operators didn’t provide this. Eleven operators didn’t do a formal skin assessment, which is important because certain skin types are more susceptible to UV damage.

Compliance with the standard requires notices in sunbed cubicles about the dangers of UV exposure and warning specific groups about their higher risk. Twelve operators didn’t display all the warnings recommended in the standard.

In 2011, the Commerce Commission warned the industry it shouldn’t make false or misleading claims about the health benefits and risks of sunbed use. Ms Chetwin said 12 operators displayed a poster that contained claims that implied sunbed use was beneficial. “Sunbeds are not a safe way to tan or boost vitamin D levels. We’ll be making a further complaint to the Commerce Commission.”

Some countries have already banned sunbeds. By the end of 2015 most Australian states will have banned solariums. Brazil introduced a ban in 2009.

 

Lifestream Essential Protein

Lifestream Essential Protein

Lifestream Essential ProteinINTRODUCING: NEW LIFESTREAM ESSENTIAL PROTEIN
100% Plant Protein containing all the essential amino acids!
Boost your daily protein intake naturally and easily with NEW Lifestream Essential Protein Powder – Another outstanding superfood formulated by Lifestream New Zealand.

 

NEW Lifestream Essential Protein is sourced from high quality Pea, Chia and sprouted Rice. This unique, non-acidic blend is low in fat, gluten free, lactose free and contains the full spectrum of amino acids in each serve.

 

Protein is an essential building block for bones, cartilage, skin and hair. It is required for growth, strength and repair of muscles as well as being supportive for energy levels, by encouraging normal metabolism.

 

Key qualities of NEW Lifestream Essential Protein:

  • 100% plant protein
  • Contains all essential amino acids
  • High protein, low fat
  • Natural fibre source
  • Great tasting
  • Easy to mix
  • No artificial flavours, colours or synthetic ingredients
  • Gluten free, dairy free, soy free, hypo-allergenic

 

HOW TO USE:

Include as a nutrient top up, breakfast alternative or in between meals as part of a healthy diet.

Simply add water or make a delicious ‘power smoothie’ by including other Lifestream superfoods.

 

NEW Lifestream Essential Protein 450g powder RRP $54.90        850g powder RRP$94.90

(Available in Natural Vanilla and Natural Chai flavours)
Always read the label and use as directed. Supplementary to a balanced diet.

www.lifestream.co.nz

 

Fat Blasting Fast

Fat Blasting Fast

Fat Blasting Fast

by Lee-Anne Wann

Fat Blasting FastLife is busy and hectic and, really, if you’re planning a wedding, this is really the understatement of the year! With so much to do, so much to be organised and so much to make just right, our own goals and desires to look amazing on our wedding day can fall by the way-side.

Don’t fret – there are very quick and very efficient ways to exercise to strip fat, tone up and feel amazing in a lot less time than you might think. Even three weeks of exercising using these special fat blast fast workouts four times per week will make some serious changes to your body, so never ever think it is too late!

First and foremost, if you haven’t done much training recently, make sure you first get clearance from your doctor and substitute the sprints that I am about to give you for some fast power walking. If you are in a regular training pattern and have no injuries, there are no excuses – it is time to work and burn fat fast!

DAY ONE – JUMP & BALL THEM

As always, you need a good warm up to ensure that you’re not going to injure yourself. I usually start on the X-Trainer for 5-8 mins as this warms up both the upper and lower parts of the body very quickly. Then find a clear space in the gym with the following equipment: jump rope, mat and medicine ball.

• Begin with 3 minutes of skipping; make sure you lift those feet high.

• Move straight onto walking lunges while holding the ball above your head – this really gets the whole body working. Keep going for a whole minute.

• Straight after the lunges, again no rest, perform 10-15 triceps press-ups.

• That’s once through. Aim for another two sets.

• Back on the X-Trainer, perform ten sets of sprints – 20 second sprint and a 20 second rest. If this is a little too hard, try extending the rest to 45 seconds and build up as you get fitter.

• Finish with ten minutes of stretching or, if you are still standing, a 20 minute moderate walk.

DAY TWO – REST

DAY THREE – HILL HAVE NO FURY

Outdoor training is perfect for efficiency as the environment often challenges us more. You have uneven surfaces, wind etc all to combat as well. In fact, my favourite training location is outside for getting a sweat on and burning some of that good ol’ body fat.

• Try jogging up the hill and jogging down, perform ten Squats and ten Push Ups, then jog backwards up the hill and forwards down again. Repeat this warm up three times. Now you should be warm and ready for action.

• Begin with a lunge up the hill. As for all exercises, make sure you are sucking in your belly button to protect your lower back. When you get to the top, jog backwards down the hill and sprint to the top. Make sure there are no obstacles in your way when jogging backwards downhill.

• Once you are at the top, crab walk down the hill. To do this, sit on the ground facing downhill with your hands facing forward. Now lift your backside off the ground and walk yourself down the hill with your hands and feet.

• That is one set. Your goal is to repeat this five times through.

• Of course, you want to finish off with a good stretch that will stretch all of the muscles that you have just worked – a full body stretch where you hold each muscle for at least twenty to thirty seconds. This outdoor training session can be performed anywhere with a hill. It is a great fat blasting routine to ensure you burn fat in minimal time.

DAY FOUR – REST

DAY FIVE – BIKE BLAST

High intensity interval training is the way to go when short on time and wanting great results quickly. In fact, research has shown that high intensity interval training on a bike targets stomach fat the quickest, so get on that bike if you want to trim down that mid-section – and stay away from abdominal crunches as this will only make your stomach appear bigger!

• Begin with 3-5 minutes moderate, light pedalling. Once you’re warm you can begin the session – it’s only for 16 minutes, so go hard during this time.

• Pedal furiously for eight seconds and then recover by pedalling slowly for 12 seconds, then furiously again for eight seconds and then recover again for 12 seconds. Keep repeating this until 16 minutes is up.

• Continue pedalling for 5-8 minutes after finishing to bring your heart rate and breathing back to normal.

DAY SIX – EASY BREEZY

Go for a long recovery walk with some friends or along the beach. Keep your pace moderate and in the fat burning zone (meaning you should be able to hold a conversation) and aim for a minimum of 60 minutes. Today will help you recover, heal and repair by moving stiff and sore muscles and pushing blood into them. This is just as imperative for fat loss as the hard days.

DAY SEVEN – REST


 

Lee-Anne is perhaps best known for her role as the tough-talking trainer on New Zealand’s top rating health and fitness TV show “Downsize Me”. She not only delivers the workouts and programs on the show but is responsible for the creation and design of the participants’ exercise programs. Well known for her creative and effective programs, Lee-Anne believes that customising to each individual’s needs, goals and lifestyles is the only way to really get results. Lee-Anne is also a published author, fitness and nutrition editor, public speaker and motivator.

www.lee-annewann.com

The right gown for your body

The right gown for your body
The right gown for your body
EMPIRE GOWN

The right gown for your body

By Erika Unbehaun

Gowns : Pronovias

Congratulations! Your relationship status has changed from single to engaged and you’ve gone from girlfriend to fiancée. Now you finally get to shop for that gown you’ve been fantasising about since childhood!

A bride’s outfit should be a reflection of her personality and should make her feel beautiful, sexy, confident … an overall better version of herself.

You’ve probably had daydreams of yourself in a certain style wedding gown. The reality is that the gowns you see in magazines and on runways may look completely different on your body. My best advice would be to try on different styles and silhouettes, even if you don’t like the look on the hanger!

The silhouette is the shape of the gown which can enhance or downplay certain features. The most common silhouettes are: classic A Line, ball gown, sheath, mermaid, and empire.

Classic “A” Line:

One of the most popular silhouettes, the classic “A” line has a fitted bust line that flows outwards in an “A” formation to the hem. This style provides a nice balance for women with broad shoulders and can lengthen the look of a short waist. As there’s no defined waist in the “A” line, this style also camouflages wide hips. This classic silhouette looks great on most body types.

The right gown for your body
L-R: CLASSIC A LINE, BALL GOWN, MERMAID, SHEATH

The Ball Gown:

For the princess bride, this style suits a highly formal and dramatic wedding. This gown has a fitted bodice ending just below the waist, complimented by a full skirt. It’s a style that looks great on most women; however, it’s not recommended for short-waisted ladies. Known for being trés chic!

Sheath:

This style creates a sexy silhouette as it softly hugs the body using light fabrics. Well proportioned women will find this very flattering for their figure.

Mermaid:

The mermaid silhouette creates a tighter more fitted look for a bride with great curves. It is very fitted at the knee then flares down and out to the hem, resembling a mermaid’s tail. This silhouette is also known as “trumpet” or “fishtail”. It’s a wonderful shape for brides with shorter waists as it creates the illusion of length and height.

Empire:

The empire silhouette creates an illusion of a larger bust by inserting the waistline just underneath the bust line. The dress flows from the bottom of the bust to the floor, lightly brushing along the midsection. This style is great for petite brides as it also creates an illusion of height. Many pear shaped women are comfortable in an empire dress because of its loose fitting shape. ♥

Little Things Really Do Count

Little Things Really Do Count

Little Things Really Do Count

By Lee-Anne Wann

Little Things Really Do Count

Making the little things count in your life is a great way to either keep motivated if you have been outdoors enjoying the weather, or get you inspired if you find you’ve lost a little of your mojo after the summer break.

This is a time when life starts to get a little on top of us, the weather starts to change, and exercising and keeping fit and healthy are often pushed lower down on our ‘To Do’ lists.

By focussing on those little things, we can be sure to keep the ball rolling in the right direction and not lose ourselves completely. The results might be a little slower, but the important thing is to keep moving forward.

Below are my top 5 little things to keep you motivated and rolling in the right direction:

1. Focus on what you can do rather than what you cannot or don’t feel like doing? As I’ve said before “the best exercise is the one you actually do. If you can do 20 minutes at lunchtime, that’s great; don’t stress about missing a fitness class because you got caught in terrible traffic or because you just had no get up and go. The more you worry and beat yourself up, the more you’ll want to hit that cookie jar to feel better.

2. Be efficient! This is where the little things really are magic. We are all busy and have so many more things we’d rather be doing than hitting the gym or getting outdoors to train after work, so make what you do the most efficient thing you can.

If your goal is weight loss, dump the long walks and instead do 15 minutes of skipping; if you want to tone up, choose the area you want to focus on first and target that for a week. Then switch to another area and target that the following week rather than trying to fit it all in at each session.

3. Indulge a little – find an alternative that is a little better for your goals. If you have a craving for chocolate, choose 80% dark chocolate, grate it and place it on the roof of your mouth – this will help satisfy those cravings without you having to go through five blocks of the bad stuff. My favourite is ‘Well Naturally’ which is made with Stevia, a natural sugar substitute – no issues with sugar or cravings. Want potato chips? Swap for popcorn instead. The more you say NO, the more you’ll want it – pick an alternative and go for it.

4. A little work thing for you – Sitting at a desk all day can really bring you down and leave you feeling unmotivated to exercise after work. Try adding in a few little bits throughout the day to keep your energy and motivation up. Try the stairs at morning tea, do some chair dips while waiting for the computer to do it’s thing, walk to the lunchroom for some green tea, or try a couple of the office exercises below throughout the day. It all adds up and really can make a difference.

5. Media Motivate. The more you involve yourself with health and fitness, the more likely you are to stay focussed and motivated. Read fitness magazines, surf the net for health articles, subscribe to a fitness newsletter – it all helps to keep the mind on the job and focus you on what you want to achieve.

Little Things Really Do CountOffice Exercises

These exercises are a great way to include some movement and exercise into your day, at work or at home. All you need is a chair and some water bottles for some added toning benefits (a plus if you drink it, too – another little thing that really can make the world of difference especially for your energy levels and concentration at the office).

Choose any exercise and work through one at a time for 2-3 minutes during your day so we could go something like this

1. Morning Tea Break: Inner thigh squeeze Place the bottle between your legs and squeeze gently holding for 30-60 seconds. Be sure to sit nice and tall and draw in your belly button for great posture. Repeat 2-3 times.

2. Lunch Break: Shoulder Press & Seated leg extension Go for gold when you have a little more time and combine two exercises together.

Grab your drink bottle and hold in one hand at shoulder height – push towards ceiling for a count of 5 and lower for a count of 5 – again using the same nice posture as #1. Repeat 5 times before switching to the other arm and do the same.

Next pop the bottle down or grab a few sips. Then, sitting nice and tall, slowly straighten out one leg until it is full extended – hold for a count of 10 seconds, really squeezing that muscle. Then lower leg down and repeat another 5 times before switching to the other leg and doing the same thing.

3. Afternoon Tea: Standing Side bend A great exercise to help stretch out after being in the office all day. Take a walk to the staff room, fill up your water bottle and do a few bends while catching up on the office gossip. Aim for 5-10 each side taking it nice and slow, lowering your drink bottle down towards your knee and really feeling the stretch down your side.

It might be small and not enough to achieve anything but it really is the small things that make for great changes.♥

Lee-Anne is perhaps best known for her role as the tough-talking trainer on New Zealand’s top rating health and fitness TV show “Downsize Me”. She not only delivers the workouts and programs on the show but is responsible for the creation and design of the participants’ exercise programs. Well known for her creative and effective programs, Lee-Anne believes that customising to each individual’s needs, goals and lifestyles is the only way to really get results. Lee-Anne is also a published author, fitness and nutrition editor, public speaker and motivator.

www.lee-annewann.com

A SAFE AND NATURAL TAN

A SAFE AND NATURAL TAN

A SAFE AND NATURAL TANDo you know the best way to achieve a safe and natural tan?

Prepare, protect, soothe and tan safely with Thalgo’s Age Defence Range. Including Thalgo’s delicious Manoi fragrance, the range consists of several products designed to treat, protect and prepare your skin in four luxurious steps.

Pre-Sun

Thalgo’s Bronzing Activator Lotion is designed to activate and intensify tanning to rapidly reveal a lovely golden tan without excess sun exposure. The lotion stimulates melanin production through the activation of its key ingredient, Inositol, (a natural plant substance derived from the carob tree) aimed to intensify and prolong a natural tan. It is a safe go-to product for a quick, beach-ready glow.

Protection

The Thalgo Age Defence Sun Cream (SPF 30/ 50) for face and décolleté, and Thalgo Age Defence Sun Lotion (SPF 30) for body contain the exclusive, natural SUN’YTOL FUTURE® – a natural filter to repel UVA/UVB rays, completely protect the skin against sunburn and act as a powerful antioxidant that protects and repairs the skin’s DNA. The combined formula also helps maintain the skin’s elasticity whilst preventing wrinkles, fine lines and cell dryness.

Light and easily applicable, the range offers a fine, ultra-light and non-sticky texture which is easily absorbed and leaves the skin feeling bare, whilst offering an even tan and optimum protection from the effects of the sun.

After-Sun

Thalgo Sun Repair Cream-Mask for face and décolleté is the answer for anyone wishing to soothe skin and prolong their tan after sun exposure. This cream-mask melts deliciously into skin leaving it fresh, hydrated and supple. After sun exposure, this 2-in-1 product can be applied in a fine layer like a moisturising cream, or in a generous layer as a soothing mask.

Thalgo Hydra-Soothing Lotion immediately soothes your skin leaving it feeling intensely moisturised. With a fresh and flowery scent, it regenerates skin deep within while enhancing your tan with its iridescent pearlisers.

Sun-Free

Thalgo Self-Tanning Cream will envelop you in a golden, ultra-natural glow making skin brighter and more radiant, without the sun. This gel-cream is tailored for all skin types and is suitable for use on the face and body. Re-apply every 2-3 days to maintain a healthy glow.

Thalgo Sun Powder SPF15 is ideal to add a sun-kissed glow to your face and décolleté, imparting a natural looking sun-kissed glow while assisting to shield you from the sun’s harsh rays.

Whatever protection stage you’re after, Thalgo has you covered with its Age Defence range, making your holiday or honeymoon a breeze.

www.thalgo.com

DO’S AND DON’TS FOR AT-HOME WAXING

DO’S AND DON’TS FOR AT-HOME WAXING

DO’S AND DON’TS FOR AT-HOME WAXING

DO’S AND DON’TS FOR AT-HOME WAXINGDO: Exfoliate before you wax. Exfoliating beforehand will get rid of dead skin cells ensuring you get the best result first application.

DO: Sprinkle baby powder lightly on underarm areas about to be waxed as it’ll absorb any excess moisture, so the wax and strip can adhere properly.

DO: Roll on wax in the direction of hair growth. After rolling on the wax, place the strip over the wax and press it down firmly using strokes in the same direction as hair growth. Leave strips on for a few seconds to set.

DO: Hold your skin taut and quickly pull strips off in the opposite direction to hair growth. Stay close and parallel to the skin – don’t lift the strip up in the air.

DON’T: Wax on sunburn – ouch!

DON’T: Draw out pulling off the strips. It may be more painful and the results may be patchy.

DON’T: Have hot showers/baths/fake tan etc. for at least 24 hours after you wax.

Best used for arms and legs, Veet EasyWax is an innovative self-heating wax applicator, designed so that you just plug it in and your wax will warm to the right temperature every time. The roll-on tip means you’ll be deadly accurate and won’t have to worry about dripping hot wax everywhere. Reusable strips are included to remove the wax.

www.veet.co.nz

The 1 hour tan

The 1 hour tan

The 1 hour tanST.TROPEZ SELF TAN EXPRESS ADVANCED BRONZING MOUSSE – THE 1 HOUR TAN

St.Tropez reveals their most advanced and fast-acting tan yet. Forget the fuss, now you can tan, shower and wash in as little as one hour.

For the times when you need a speedy tanning solution, or when the prospect of leaving your tan to develop for eight hours doesn’t appeal, turn to St.Tropez Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse.

Boasting a unique blend of actives this new tanning hero absorbs speedily into skin and starts to develop instantly on application so that you can achieve a faster finish and say goodbye to fuss and mess for good.

But that is not all: Aside from being quick drying, easy-to-apply and supremely lightweight, the new actives in St.Tropez Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse allow its wearer to pick the shade of tan they desire according to when they wash off the tinted guide colour. Whatever the outfit, occasion or mood, this fully customisable self tan can provide the perfect skin-finish to match.

Take note that post-shower skin will be light in colour, but the self tan actives in St.Tropez Self Tan Express will continue to work for up to eight hours, developing into your chosen shade, for a streak-free, natural looking tan that lasts for days.

St.Tropez Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse uses a 100% natural tanning agent and intelligent shade technology to ensure that your tan is tailored to your individual skin-tone for a natural looking, streak-free golden glow. It is also paraben, sulphate and phthalate free.

The 1 hour tanWHAT THEIR EXPERTS SAY:

“With ever increasing schedules and last minute tanning emergencies becoming more frequent the St.Tropez Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse couldn’t have come at a better time! A lot of my clients have busy itineraries and often need a tan in super quick time. The new St.Tropez Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse means you can customise your colour and shower off in as little as one hour.

Gone are the days of going out in your guide colour or staining the bed sheets – the Express Bronzing Mousse is quick, easy and convenient when you need to look gorgeous and golden fast”

– Nichola Joss, St.Tropez Tanning & Skin Finishing Expert

FIVE RULES FOR A FLAWLESS SUNLESS TAN:

1. One day prior to tanning exfoliate with St.Tropez Tan Enhancing Body Polish.

2. Always moisturise elbows, knees, ankles, feet and any light hair immediately before tanning to protect them from absorbing too much product.

3. Pump the mousse onto your Tan Applicator Mitt and apply in light sweeping motions, beginning at your legs and working your way upwards. When the whole body is covered, use the residue left on your mitt to glaze lightly over the back of well-moisturised hands and feet. Once touch-dry, dress and wash palms if required.

4. Wait 1, 2 or 3 hours depending on your desired finish, before rinsing off the tinted guide colour with warm water. Post-shower, skin will be light in colour but the self tan actives will continue to work for up to 8 hours, deepening into your chosen tan shade.

5. To prolong and maintain your tan, moisturise daily  to extend your tan by up to three days.

RRP $75.00

Available: September 15, 2014

Stockist: 0800 604 604

Tips & Tricks for a summer body

Tips & Tricks for a summer body

yonanaEveryone wants to be in the best shape for summer, that’s no surprise. But no one wants to miss out on the fun indulgences that we associate with summer either!

We’ve put together a list of tips and tricks that will help you achieve that summer body, without feeling like you’re missing out.

1. There’s no use being stuck inside a gym while the sun is shining, find a way to enjoy the summer sun while racking up those exercise hours. Go for a walk along the beach with friends, do some resistance aerobics in the water, start up a game of beach volleyball or backyard cricket – and there’s no better way to start the day than with a few stretches in the open air.

2. Invest in a yonanas machine. This brilliant gadget turns frozen bananas and other frozen fruits into a soft-serve like “ice cream” – but without any dairy, fat, cholesterol or added sugar. Now there’s a way to have your cake and eat it too!

3. Summer cocktails can be very high in sugar, and those calories add up! If you’re having a cocktail night with friends, alternate every cocktail with a glass of sparkling water with a squeeze of lime or some frozen raspberries. It’s fun, refreshing and looks like a cocktail, so you won’t feel like you’re missing out.

4. Barbeques are the best way to spend a summer evening – but sausages and chops can be very fatty, not to mention stacks of white bread and butter. Keep your BBQ healthy by choosing lean meat, and including lots of veges – capsicum halves, courgette and eggplant all taste fantastic hot off the barbie. If you’re going to a friend’s house, take a big, nutritious salad so you know there’ll be at least one healthy option for you to fill up on – that way you don’t have to miss out on enjoying a BBQ with your mates!

www.yonanas.co.nz

The bathing suit dilemna

The bathing suit dilemna

Cartoon by Trevor McDonald

The Bathing Suit

ED: This story came to me via email and had me chuckling away merrily. I have no idea of the source, but thought I would share it with you as we face our own bathing suit purchasing dilemmas this summer.

When I was a child in the 1960’s, the bathing suit for the mature figure was-boned, trussed and reinforced; not so much sewn as engineered. They were built to hold back and uplift, and they did a good job.

Today’s stretch fabrics are designed for the prepubescent girl with a figure carved from a potato chip. The mature woman has a choice – she can either go up front to the maternity department and try on a floral suit with  a skirt, coming away looking like a hippopotamus who escaped from Disney’s Fantasia, or she can wander around every run-of-the-mill department store trying to make a sensible choice from what amounts to a designer  range of florescent rubber bands.

What choice did I have? I wandered around, made my sensible choice and entered the chamber of horrors known as the fitting room. The first thing I noticed was the extraordinary tensile strength of the stretch material.  The Lycra used in bathing costumes was developed, I believe, by NASA to launch small rockets from a slingshot, which gives the added bonus that if you manage to actually lever yourself into one, you are protected from shark attacks – as any shark taking a swipe at your passing midriff would immediately suffer whiplash.

I fought my way into the bathing suit, but as I twanged the shoulder strap in place, I gasped in horror – my boobs had disappeared! Eventually, I found one boob cowering under my left armpit. It took a while to find the  other. At last I located it flattened beside my seventh rib.

The problem is that modern bathing suits have no bra cups. The mature woman is meant to wear her boobs spread across her chest like a speed bump. I realigned my speed bump and lurched toward the mirror to take a  full view assessment.

The bathing suit fit all right, but unfortunately it only fit those bits of me willing to stay inside it. The rest of me oozed out rebelliously from top, bottom, and sides. I looked like a lump of play dough wearing undersized cling wrap. As I tried to work out where all those extra bits had come from, the prepubescent sales girl popped her head through the curtain, ‘Oh, there you are,’ she said, admiring the bathing suit. I replied that I wasn’t so  sure, and asked what else she had to show me.

I tried on a cream crinkled one that made me look like a lump of masking tape, and a floral two piece which gave the appearance of an oversized napkin in a serving ring. I struggled into a pair of leopard skin bathers with  ragged frills and came out looking like Tarzan’s Jane, pregnant with triplets and having a rough day. I tried on a black number with a midriff and looked like a jellyfish in mourning. I tried on a bright pink pair with such a high  cut leg I thought I would have to wax my eyebrows to wear them.

Finally, I found a suit that fit … a two-piece affair with a shorts style bottom and a loose blouse-type top. It was cheap, comfortable, and bulge-friendly, so I bought it. My ridiculous search had a successful outcome, I  figured.

When I got home, I found a label which read — ‘Material might become transparent in water’. So, if you happen to be on the beach or near any other body of water this year and I’m there too, I’ll be the one in cut-off  jeans and a T-shirt! ♥