Chic Looks, Carry-on Luggage & More
Big, beautiful bras
So long, 34B. The new median bra size for an American woman is now a 36DD. Yet finding beautiful, supportive bras in plus-sizes may not be easy. OneStopPlus.com offers a wonderful selection of bras for women in a wide variety of feminine styles in close to 200 sizes.
Styles range from strapless to sporty, colorful to nude, and simple to luxurious. Whether you're naturally well-endowed, have enhancements or are temporarily a little larger due to pregnancy or nursing, you can look pretty in a sleek and sexy bra from OneStopPlus.com. Prices range from $7.99 to $49.99.
Carrying on for air travel
During the popular travel season, flying from point A to point B is a bit of an obstacle course with the fees and regulations associated with luggage. Many folks opt to carry on bags instead of checking them. If you're going the carry-on route, here are a few guidelines to help make those trips through security a little less stressful:
The standard dimensions for carry-on luggage is 22 inches by 14 inches by 9 inches.
The weight limit is generally 40 pounds for a standard carry-on.
One other bag is permitted as a carry-on, including a laptop computer, purse or small tote.
Liquids need to be in containers that are less than 3 ounces. All liquids and gels need to be in a quart-sized resealable clear plastic baggie that is easily accessible.
Eyewear benefits more than vision
If you're in the market for a new pair of sunglasses this season, consider chic specs that also do a bit of good. Amy Sacks offers exceptional quality handcrafted eyeglasses and sunglasses with bamboo frames that make them sustainable as well as stylish. Plus, each pair of specs comes with a lifetime warranty. But the best part is that all profits support the Pixie Project (www.pixieproject.org), which helps provide homes for animals as well as assists with training, spaying and neutering. Some Julian sunglasses are available from www.AmySacks.com.
A rosy glow
Don't wait for someone else to give you roses this Mother's Day. Treat yourself to delightful Rose Salve from C.O. Bigelow. A long-time favorite, this multitasker brings a rosy glow to lips and skin. Enriched with soothing rose extracts, the healing salve helps ease irritation and treats your skin well. Find it at www.bigelowchemists.com for $5.50. Save 20 percent off your purchase from the Web site with code "MomsDay" through May 10, 2010.
Landlubbers stash stuff in sails
When heading to the beach, pool or gym, stash your items in a cool, recycled tote bag from Ella Vickers. Made from recycled sails, marine-grade canvas, corrosion-resistant zippers and other durable materials, these bags are meant to withstand the harsh elements of the shore and beyond. Created by Ella Vickers in Wilmington, N.C., bags range in size from wristlets to diaper bags and large totes and offer functionality, durability and a flair for the seaworthy. From $40 to $158 at www.ellavickers.com.
Mary Michele Little is a style expert, image consultant and mother of two who lives in Raleigh. She is the author of Mama's Little Helpers: Bite-sized Beauty and Style Tips for Busy Moms. Read more of her tips at www.onechicmama.com.