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Created on: May 19, 2007
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Apples, oranges, grapes, melons, all good for you and abundant in vitamins that are essential for good health and a good diet, but have you ever heard of Mangosteen fruit? Not many westerners have. Mangosteen fruits are rich in iron, protein, calcium, vitamins B1 & B2, and a variety of other nutrients. The Mangosteen fruit contains xanthones, which are a vigorous family of nutrients that have antioxidant properties. The sweet ripe fruit sections are very tasty and are a rare delicacy. This little known fruit thrives in India and many places in Asia. It has been used for centuries to promote healing and health in other countries. But has been just recently discovered by western scientists and researchers who are fascinated by its health benefits. Ancient healers as early as 600 A.D. used it to treat dysentery and other intestinal problems, they also ground the pulp to produce poultices and brew medical tea. While the name hints at the well-known mango fruit, the Mangosteen should never be confused with that tropical fruit. Each Mangosteen contains up to 5 grams of fiber and is about the size of a tangerine. The Mangosteen is nicknamed, “The Queen of Fruits”, because of Queen Victoria’s interest in obtaining the heath fruit she had heard so much about. Another reason for its rarity is that all attempts to grow Mangosteen trees north of 20 degrees latitude have sadly failed. So, now with modern forms of refrigeration the Mangosteen fruit can be preserved and utilized in the west. Scientific studies have identified dozens of active and powerful xanthones in Mangosteen fruit that help maintain intestinal health, strengthen the immune system, neutralize free radical, support cartilage and joint function, and promote a healthy respiratory system. Still with its wonderful health benefits the Mangosteen fruit it is still very obscurely known in the U.S. and Canada. But over the last few years several nutrition companies have come out with a dietary blend of the Mangosteen juice.
Stylish suits paired perfectly with jewelry are sophisticated and polished – and show the world you mean business. What you wear speaks volumes about how seriously we take our jobs. Your coworkers may not be analyzing your every fashion choice, but you can bet your boss is. Read on to discover which office essentials you should keep in your closet. Plus: Is it time for a new job?
Dress to Impress
The first step to dressing well is to acknowledge that your clothes send a message about your work ethic.
“Whether it’s fair or not, people size you up by what you wear,” says Mary Lou Andre, fashion consultant and author of Ready to Wear (Penguin, 2004).
Ironed slacks and a crisp blouse will earn the boss’s applause, while scuffed pumps and fraying sweaters will draw attention you don’t want.
Shallow as it seems, the state of your shoes affects your coworkers’ view of you.
But look on the bright side – with the right clothes, anyone can make a great impression. (See related article: Office Wear Basics)
“When you present yourself in a professional manner, you come across as more credible,” says Andre.
“Dressing appropriately shows respect for your coworkers and puts everyone at ease.”
You have to get dressed every morning anyway. Why not dress well?
Baffled by “Business Casual”?
Even seasoned professionals scratch their heads over the terms “business casual” and “corporate attire.”
If you’re confused about the dress code in your office, sneak a peak at a female superior.
Taking a hint from a well-dressed coworker will keep your style on track and show her that you’re serious about your work.
– Does she wear hose under skirts or keep her legs bare?
– Are her shoes open- or closed-toe?
– Does she wear sweaters and slacks or skirt suits?
Don’t dress for the job you have. “Dress for the job you want,” says Andre.
Invest in the Classics
You don’t need a huge bank account to have impeccable style. Save money on items that you’ll wear infrequently, and invest in a few stellar pieces that will last for years.
You can’t go wrong with a tailored black pantsuit and a crisp white blouse, but it can become boring day in and day out.
Splurge on other items, but only if they’re high quality.
If you’re comfortable with your figure, try a sweater dress. It’s feminine but will keep you boardroom-appropriate.
Work the look by adding a leather belt or tall boots. Layer it over patterned tights if your office is casual; slip on nude hose for a more conservative look.
Andre also recommends every woman own a pair of classic black pumps or loafers, which lend polish to any outfit. Keep a brown or taupe pair of heels on hand, too.
When you shop, look for quality, versatility and sophistication. If you invest in well-made pieces, they’ll last for years.
“It’s not about having a lot of clothes,” says Andre, “but about having the right ones.”
Pull it Together
Once you have your staples, focus on the little extras.
Forget PDAs and Blackberries – lint rollers and irons are your best business tools. Make sure your clothes are clean, pressed and in good condition.
Taking care of your clothes will bring your look together and lend sophistication – no matter how much you paid for your wardrobe.
Don’t underestimate the power of a great tailor. Even a $10 blouse will look like a million bucks if it fits you just right.
“Every woman should make best friends with a seamstress,” as Andre puts it.
Fun with Fashion
Your clothes should fit your professional image more closely than they fit your body.
Even if you have great legs or amazing cleavage, you’re at the office to work. “More skin equals less power,” warns Andre. (See related article: 10 Fashion Disasters)
But you don’t have to hide your femininity under a potato sack to climb the corporate ladder. Follow Andre’s 80/20 rule:
Keep 80% of your outfit standard, and have fun with the other 20%.
If you love to dress sexy, slip on a conservative pantsuit – and your hottest pair of stilettos.
If you love animal prints, skip the head-to-toe jungle fever and rock a leopard cami under a classic blazer.
Experimenting is what makes fashion fun, and accessories are a great place to try out new trends.
You can rev up any office outfit by adding a colorful scarf, leather belt, detailed handbag, strappy shoes, or sparkly earrings. Attention-grabbing red accents are another of Andre’s top ten picks.
Pair a red handbag with a neutral suit or don a red A-line skirt with a black silk blouse and black boots. You’ll add pizzazz and still look professional.
For more on Mary Lou Andre, check out DressingWell.com.
Is It Time for a New Job?
You love your coworkers but hate the huge workload. The commute is crazy but the pay is great. So what makes a job a keeper? If you’ve been contemplating switching jobs, you should be confident in your decision, not conflicted. But how do you know if it’s best to send off that letter of resignation or stick it out? Take this career quiz to find out if it’s truly time for a new job.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
The colors you wear send not-so-subtle messages to everyone around you. They can soothe, flirt, excite, even threaten. A few examples of color psychology in everyday life: Police officers wear dark blue to convey authority. UPS carriers sport brown to show they’re reliable. And hospital staffers wear light green scrubs to evoke ease and tranquility. We asked a color expert how to make a rainbow of right impressions. Read on to find out more. Plus: Test your fashion personality…Leatrice Eiseman, nationally renowned color consultant and author of the forthcoming More Alive With Color (Capital Books, 2007), gives the low-down on what your favorite colors are communicating, whether you know it or not.
Out of the Blue
Conveys: Faithfulness, tranquility, dependability, sensitivity.
Blue connotes stability because it’s the color of the sky, Eiseman explains. “It will always be there for us,” she says. Even if the sky is temporarily gray or overcast, we know it’s still blue above those clouds and will be blue again eventually.
How to wear it: Darker hues are ideal for formal events (navy is a power color), while lighter shades work better in more casual settings. “For a touch of humor, try periwinkle,” which blends blue and purple, the color of creativity, Eiseman advises.
Shades of Gray
Conveys: Seriousness, dependability and stability.
Gray gets its reliable grounding from Mother Nature. In the great outdoors, everything gray is permanent (rocks and stones, for example), notes Eiseman.
How to wear it: “Gray is practical,” she says. “It’s also a power color.” Wear a gray suit to a job interview to show your future boss that you’re responsible. (See related story: Dress for Success)
But wear it head to toe and you might accidentally tell the world you’re boring. To stand out, pair a gray suit with something memorable like a printed blouse, a great pair of heels or sparkly earrings, Eiseman suggests.
Conveys: Love, affection, gentleness, femininity.
Pink is soft and delicate, but it lacks passion, Eiseman explains. It is also said to have a calming, soothing effect. Sports teams are rumored to paint the locker rooms used by their opponents pink to drain their energy.
How to wear it: Pink lacks the blatant sensuality that bolder colors (like red) convey, explains Eiseman. Charming and warm, soft pink is the perfect color for a romantic date – but not necessarily for a late-night rendezvous.
And don’t dismiss all shades as a “girly-girl.” Candy pink is usually thought of as quintessentially feminine, but a swap it out for hot magenta and you’ll make a splash on a night out on the town.
Conveys: Strength, power, confidence, passion.
Red is a versatile color that can symbolize everything from passionate love to violent warfare. Intense and aggressive, its influence isn’t only psychological – it’s physical, too. Studies have shown that seeing the color red not only speeds up your heart rate, it makes you breathe faster, too. (See related story: Red Lipstick and 9 Other Beauty Trends You’re Afraid to Try)
How to wear it: It’s a dynamic, dramatic hue that gathers attention and can be overpowering in professional settings. “Red is not a good idea for a job interview,” Eiseman warns. The same goes for negotiations or situations where there’s potential for conflict. To tone it down, pair it with muted hues: a red and blue striped sweater, for example, or a red camisole under a gray jacket.
Conveys: Youth, joy, imaginationYellow improves concentration, which explains all those legal pads and Post-It notes. It’s also the color of friendship (that’s why, come Valentine’s Day, we hope for red roses – not yellow ones).
How to wear it: “Many people shy away from yellow because they think it’s too bright,” says Eiseman. But remember that yellow comes in many shades, from pale pastels to deep, vibrant hues.
If you’re uncomfortable with it as a clothing choice, pair it with items you already love. Try a yellow tee with your favorite pair of jeans. Or, sneak yellow in with a mix of other colors in a floral print.
Conveys: Elegance, sophistication, power.
Black has a bad reputation. After all, it’s the required uniform for movie villains and comic book criminals. It’s also associated with mourning and death. But it has an entirely different side – timeless, classic and universally slimming.
How to wear it: Afraid you’ll be just one more woman in a sea of little black dresses at the next cocktail party?
“Add more excitement,” Eiseman advises.
Wear purple eye shadow and an amethyst necklace with a black blouse; paint your nails red and wear the sexiest pair of silver stilettos you can find.
“Black offers the perfect opportunity to accessorize,” Eiseman says.
Green with Envy
Conveys: Tranquility, good luck, health.
Green conjures lush images of nature – from tropical forests to parks on spring days. It’s the color of life and growth, and a symbol of fertility. (Brides in the 15th century wore green wedding gowns.)
How to wear it: Rich, jewel tones are best for dates and evenings. Switch to softer, pastel shades for daytime.
But unless you want to channel the ’80s, go light, not bright.
By Leslie Gonzales, a.k.a. MissusSmartyPants eDiets Contributor
Updated: August 25, 2007
Have you ever had a day when you put on whatever? Time was tight and you just flew out the door in a mad rush — and the rest of the day never went right. You figured you were having a bad day because you never got it together, but did you ever stop and think it may be the color you were wearing?
Perhaps coworkers asked if you were feeling alright, and when you looked in the mirror, you looked drained and dreary. Wearing the wrong colors can do this to you.
Colors have energy. The wrong colors can make you look dull and lifeless. The right colors make you glow and let your true beauty shine. When chosen correctly, colors can help you look vibrant and young. When you wear unflattering colors, they can make you appear sickly, old and tired. Just as it is with styles, don’t wear colors that are not flattering.
here are ways to incorporate your best colors into your wardrobe when the current fashion colors don’t suit you. The best way is with accessories. When you wear scarves, jewelry, belts and purses that are in your colors, you will show personal style and look great.
Learn which colors and tones are the most flattering for you before you make any purchases.
Colors have a remarkable affect psychologically on our mood. Colors can affect how you feel or how others perceive you. If you wear a pretty, vibrant red blouse, you will look energetic and have an air of authority. If on the other hand, you are wearing a dark brown blouse, you may feel more subdued or reserved.
Colors can also be used to camouflage your body’s imperfections or highlight your assets. Wearing a dark neutral pair of pants or skirt will help minimize a larger bottom. Or bring attention to a certain part of the body by wearing a lighter or brighter color. Dark colors recede or absorb light, while light colors jump out or reflect light.
When wearing the right colors you will naturally feel more confident.
If you think you already know your best colors, it can’t hurt to re-assess them and see if they are still pleasing on you. Your skin can become more sallow with age, and your natural hair color may change, too. It may be time to “tweak” your colors a bit.
The color-by-season theory is not an exact science, but it is a useful tool. These questions will help you select your “seasonal” colors:
1. The two main undertones that exist are cool undertones and warm undertones — or yellow and blue-based. Which undertones match your natural skin tone the best?
2. The next thing to keep in mind when selecting your complimentary colors is the depth of the colors. How intense are the colors? Do you look better in deep colors or are lighter colors better on you?
3. Is your appearance overwhelmed by bright shades or does your skin really come alive with brighter shades? Bright, clear coloring is found on women with a high contrast in hair, skin and eyes. If you are muted, you are fair and there is less contrast with hair, eye and skin color, and your coloring is softer and muted.
4. Should you listen to others? The good news is most people naturally select colors that appeal to them and also look good on them. Don’t let the fashion industry or your mother’s favorite colors dictate your choices. Pick the colors you instinctively like!
There are not always straight-forward answers to these questions. Sometimes you can be a bit of two seasons. For instance, you can be primarily a “winter,” but also be able to successfully wear some of the summer shades that are deeper in color. However, you may not be able to wear the lighter “summer” muted shades without looking dull. In other words, it is common to have some overlap.
When trying to find your season and color intensity, ask yourself while holding up different colors (one with warm undertones and another with cool undertones) next to your face: Do the warmer seasons (spring and autumn) suit me, or are the cooler seasons (winter and summer) more pleasing next to my face? Also, to determine your colors, ask yourself if bright colors or softer tones are better on you.
How to tell if you are a warm seasons — autumn or spring?
If your coloring is warm and clear, you are a spring. Springs have golden undertones and creamy white or peachy complexions. They have strawberry blonde, straw-colored hair, or they are redheads with freckles, rosy cheeks and green or blue eyes.
Springs can wear warm and light colors such as salmon, coral, lime, light moss green, apricot, bright yellow, light aqua, light gray and camel.
If your coloring is warm and muted with deep, rich shades, you are an autumn. Autumns have golden undertones and often are redheads or brunettes with brown eyes with golden flecks (their eyes have more contrast compared to the fairer springs).
Autumns do best with yellow undertones and rich, earthy colors such as camel, most browns, golden yellow, moss green, olive, mustard yellow and terracotta.
Are you a cool season — winter or summer?
If your coloring is cool and clear, you are a winter. Winters have blue or pink undertones with fair skin — olive or dark. Winters are often brunettes with dark eyes. Most African-Americans and Asians are in this category.
The primary colors and vibrant jewel tones are what winters look best in: black, navy, charcoal gray (for neutrals), hot pink, fuchsia, purple, periwinkle blue, icy blue, pure white, clear or blue-red and royal blue. Avoid oranges, medium browns and camel.
If your coloring is cool and muted, you are a summer. Summers have blue or pinkish undertones. They have pale, pink skin and have natural blonde hair or are brunettes with fair eyes.
Colors that are not overwhelming and strong are best for summers. Pick pastels such as soft pinks, rose, light blue, periwinkle blue, soft white, grey, lavender, peachy pink, clear red, chocolate brown. Avoid black next to the face.
Finding your seasons can take some experimentation, but it is well worth it. Instead of impulsively buying clothes, you’ll know if a color is right before you bring it home. Selecting your wardrobe in the right styles along with the right colors will help you stand out.
Leslie Gonzales, a.k.a. MissusSmartyPants, helps women by accessing their body types and building personal profiles to help each woman dress her best. Check out her Web site for more information, www.missussmartypants.com.
These days, office fashion seems to reflect an “anything goes” attitude. What ever happened to “dress for success”? You may think you’re sliding under the radar with those ill-fitting slacks and a blouse that’s seen better days. But that’s no way to get the boss to notice you (at least, not in a good way) or get that promotion you’ve been eyeing. How you dress each morning shouldn’t only reflect your work environment and the tasks you perform, but what kind of job you really want. Here are some office wear tips every successful career gal should know…
The easiest and perhaps cheapest way to accomplish a fashionable and work-appropriate wardrobe is to buy basic pieces to mix and match. This makes dressing professionally every morning a lot less complicated, plus it gives you an abundance of fashion options week after week. But a closet full of basics won’t help if you’re failing at all the other office fashion rules.
Want to learn how to avoid becoming a fashion disaster on the job? Whether you work in a business casual environment or a more formal setting, find out how you can not only make an impression, but the right one.
A basic, tailored suit
The first key to choosing a great suit is to pick a solid. Black is the best neutral, but don’t rule out shades of brown or gray. Navy is another great option, and can look especially powerful with bright pops of color underneath. A subtle or bold pin stripe will not only take a suit from nice to sharp, but it’ll add length to your silhouette, making you look slimmer. (See related story: How to Look 10 Pounds Thinner)
With a neutral suit, try a classic collared blouse or a bold-colored or patterned camisole to accent.
If the price tag of a suit has you running for the door, remember that it’s an investment piece. Not only can you mix and match the jacket and pants with other garments, but you’ll always have something to wear for an important meeting or impromptu business dinner.
Keep in mind that how the suit fits is of utmost importance. The hem of the pants should end just above the tip of your heel. The jacket should be large enough to button it, but fitted enough that you don’t look like a burlap sack.
Smaller-chested women can get away with wearing a one-button jacket. But, if you have a larger chest, go for a two- or three-buttoned jacket, which will keep “the girls” comfortably tucked away.
Since a suit isn’t likely to fit you near-perfect right off the rack, visit a tailor for any necessary adjustments.
A crisp white shirt or blouse
The ultimate mix and match piece, a short or long-sleeved white blouse can dress up any plain or textured pant or skirt. You can also pair it with a nicely fitted vest. Two very important rules for wearing your white blouse: 1) Iron it before each wear; and 2) If the shirt material is too thin or sheer, always wear a neutral camisole underneath.
A sweater set in neutral or colorful shades
Not just for your grandmother, sweater sets are comfortable and versatile, and always office-appropriate.
A professional dress
Wrap, sweater and shirt dresses are all suitable for work. Just make sure the material isn’t too form-fitting or short. Avoid baby-doll or trapeze dresses; they look too young and trendy, and often show off too much skin.
An A-line or pencil skirt
An appropriate-length work skirt should fall right above or right below your knees. Choose A-line skirts for a larger lower body and a pencil skirt for slimmer hips. Both of these shapes are classy and flattering. And while black or brown are classic colors, feel free to mix it up with different textures or patterns to pair with a neutral top.
A basic pair of black and brown heels
Closed-toed with no more than a 3-inch heel (or less if your job requires you to be on your feet a lot) is always work-appropriate. You’ll need at least one pair of each color. Red heels are also a pseudo-neutral choice, and metallic browns and gold can add a little pizzazz to a basic outfit. Stay away from strappy stilettos though, no matter what color they are.
Whether you’re sporting heels, boots, flats, or loafers, make sure your shoes are clean and free of holes and scuff marks.
7 Tips for Appropriate Work Attire
1. When in doubt, check your company handbook for their dress code. If it’s business casual, you don’t need to wear a suit every day. But casual also doesn’t mean flip flops or message-tees. And while you may think it’s a good idea to take your cue from your coworkers, they may not be following proper dress code. Pick out your best dressed coworker and mimic what she’s wearing. Or better yet, check out what your boss is wearing. (See related article: Dress for Success)
2. Always make sure your clothing is properly ironed. Avoid fabrics that wrinkle too easily, like linen. Choose durable fabrics that won’t have to be dry-cleaned often.
3. Skin is not in at the office. Be aware of cleavage-revealing tops, gaping button-holes on blouses and mini-skirts. Tank tops, especially those with spaghetti straps, aren’t work-appropriate. They expose too much of your arms, shoulders and chest.
4. Body piercings and tattoos should not be visible. Use makeup to hide any markings that can’t be covered with clothing. Don’t wear more than two earrings in each ear.
5. Add accessories like jewelry, belts and purses to individualize your style. But don’t let your jewelry, like loud bangles, speak for you. And you don’t need to accessorize every inch of your body. Think classic, not trendy.
6. Your hair, makeup and nails should polish your professional look. Always err on the conservative side.
Avoid crazy dye-jobs and unkempt hair, and don’t come to the office with wet hair. Keep your makeup minimal and your nails manicured.
7. Colors and prints can often convey your role, or the role you want, in your company. Red means power and bold animal prints may suggest you’re aggressive, while grey and flower prints are more conservative and feminine.
Use the psychology of color to your advantage in certain work situations.
Remember, when dressing for the office, a good rule of thumb is to dress like you are always looking to climb that corporate ladder. Not only are you judged on your work performance, but on your appearance as well.
Market yourself as the total package.
People who dress professionally are more likely to feel and act professional. The more thought you put into your appearance, the more likely you are to be taken seriously by your coworkers and boss.
And if you dread putting on a suit or heels, remember, at least you have casual Fridays to look forward to.
What’s Your Fashion Personality?
Do clothes make the woman or does the woman make the clothes? Whether you love to sew your own threads or prefer to browse Rodeo Drive, your wardrobe reflects your personality. Find out what your clothes are saying about you with our fashion quiz.