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Fitness Tip: Running Shoe Lacing Techniques

When most runners purchase their running shoes from a specialty running store they are usually already cross-laced and ready to go. Or are they? Did you know there are different ways that you can lace your shoes to make them more comfortable or to help customize your shoes for your feet? Here are some of the more common shoe lacing patterns that help combat some common shoe issues.  First, let’s cover the LOOP LACING LOCK. This technique can be used in a number of different lacing patterns to insure a tight and snug fit anywhere along the eye row of your shoe, depending on where your laces seem to be slipping. In this example, the loop lacing lock is at the top of the shoe. The shoe was cross-laced as usual to the top of the shoe. To accomplish the loop lacing lock, put each lace end back into the same hole it just exited, leaving a small loop on each side. Then thread each loose end through the loop on the opposite side of the shoe. Pull tight to make loops smaller. Then tie shoe as usual. PROBLEM: High Instep Near the toe of the shoe, start lacing with the cross-lacing technique. Once …

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Finding the Perfect Bathing Suit, Part 4: Pulling it All Together

Now that you know a little more about your body measurements and how they affect your look from Parts 1, 2, and 3, it is time to pull everything together and choose the perfect suit.  In order to do that, you need to pay attention to color, shade and accessories and determine the best ones for your particular skin, hair, eyes and body shape. The Eyes Have It Make the most of your features, especially the eyes, by choosing a shade that either compliments or contrasts them.  Some easy choices are: ·       Blue eyes—Bright blue, cobalt, white, pastels ·       Green eyes—Emerald green, purple ·       Hazel eyes—Light green, earth tones ·       Brown eyes—White, neons, blue, red You probably already know which colors bring out your eyes, so look for swimwear in those families of color for the best look. Complexities of Complexion Your skin tone will change over the summer if you are exposed to sunlight, so it is best to shop for bathing suits at two times of the year:  the beginning of the season when you are still light-skinned and the middle of the season when you have your summer tan.  You can skip the in-between by investing in …

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Finding the Perfect Bathing Suit, Part 3: Meet in the Middle

You have your measurements from Part 1, and chose your style in Part 2.  Ultimately, you will want to consider the length of your waist when making definitive choices within these groups. Short-Waisted or Long-Waisted? Look back at your final measurements from Part 1.  If your top measurement from armpit to waist was shorter than the measurement from your waist to the bottom of your butt, you are short-waisted.  If the second measurement was shorter, you are long-waisted. Short-waisted women generally need help to make their bodies look more elongated.  Avoid solid-color bikinis or tanks with little seam action; the smooth look can make you appear shorter and dumpy.  Instead, opt for something that draws the eye upward and downward, such as a bold print in a hip-covering and bust-flattering cut.  Monokinis can work if they are sewn asymmetrically across the front or feature a wrap, but avoid tank suits or monokinis that are too seamless and solid from bust to hip. Long-waisted women can generally play this feature up with a good bathing suit, but if you want to minimize your long body line, choose a solid color or a very subdued print.   Solid monokinis, tanks and even bikinis …

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Finding the Perfect Bathing Suit, Part 2: Use Your Measurements to Find the Right Style

Once you have your measurements (see Part 1), you are ready to shop for the right style of bathing suit to flatter your body.  LoveSurf offers tons of options for fit and style, so you can always choose a suit that makes you look great! Such Great Heights Your height has a great deal to do with what type of bathing suit looks best on you.  As we mentioned before, most bathing suit models are tall and angular, but not every woman fits this body type.  Therefore, if you are short or curvy, you should think about what type of suit will look great on you—not necessarily what looks good on a model. If you are short—say less than 5 feet 4 inches tall—it is important to buy a suit that draws the eye upward.  One way to make yourself look more leggy is to choose suits that are cut high in the thigh.  Short girls can get away with high-cut bottoms and V-necks that draw the eye upward. On the other hand, if you are very tall—more than 5 feet 7 inches—it is also very important to minimize the impact of your height so that you do not appear …

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Finding the Perfect Bathing Suit, Part 1: Getting the Right Measurements

LoveSurf offers tons of great bathing suits, but finding the right one for your figure can be a challenge.  The fact that almost all swimsuit models are tall and long-waisted does not necessarily give you the best idea of how a swimsuit will look on you if you happen to be short or have a different body shape.  The next few blog posts offer some tips on how to find the perfect fit for your body and make the right swimsuit choice to show your fashion flair at the beach or pool. Bust Measurements for a Great Top There are several important measurements you need to take in order to find the right size swimsuit for your body.  Experts suggest buying bikini tops and bottoms separately so you always have the best fit. In order to find the perfect fit, measure your bust just under the breasts and around your back.  Write this number down.  Now measure around the fullest part of the breast.  If this number is one inch more than the first, you wear an A cup; if it is two inches larger, a B cup; if three inches larger, a C cup; if four inches larger, a …

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