Fashion Tips to Develop Your Signature Style

Sunday, December 30, 2012
Every woman wants to feel confident, beautiful and stay up-to-date. But not everyone knows the art of looking gorgeous. Selecting something that looks great on you and shows your signature style really matters a lot. To look smart, super-chic and stylish, you need to be more creative. In order to reach your style potential and make your signature style, you should follow the below mentioned style tips.

Find Your Own Fashion Style

Most women wear clothes that do not flatter their body type. Everyone has a unique figure and not all clothes look fit on all body types. It is very important to know what style and clothes will look best on you. For instance, women having a pear shape body i.e. small waist and bigger hips, are not advised to wear pencil skirts as they will greatly enhance their hips and thighs. However, those women might opt for an A-line skirt that will draw attention to their small waist and take the attention off their chubby hips and thighs.

Invest in Versatile Wardrobe Staples

Do a serious evaluation of your current style and determine how you can accomplish with your own signature style. To look trendier, you need to be more creative and incorporate current styles and trends into your wardrobe. Keep in mind that overdoing it will break your whole look. Invest in classic styles that will last for a few good years. Some versatile attire such as button-down shirts, polo shirts, jeans, skirts, jackets, vests and boots are a smart investment that can be updated with current styles and trends. These classic staples will enhance the longevity of your wardrobe and make it more functional and workable.

Enhance Your Style with Accessories

One of the best ways to improve your signature style is to accessorize. Clutches, belts, earrings, shoes, necklaces, bracelets, rings and sunglasses play a main part in completing an outfit. A stylish pair of shoes can make an everyday outfit extra special. Similarly, a statement necklace can transform a simple skirt and blouse dress to a stunning outfit. Therefore, it is highly recommended to invest in things such as leather belt, strand of pearls, earrings and more that will last longer and improve your overall look. Don't be afraid to choose timeless accessories that take your outfit to the next level of style.

Whatever you wear just make sure you are comfortable in the outfit and it perfectly suits your personality and style. Using your signature style will certainly draw attention to your best features. So, stay stylish, stay confident!

Try These Old Fashion Tomato Soups At Your House For Something Delicious

Monday, July 2, 2012
I love soups, especially homemade ones. And some of my favorites are the ones from my 1950s childhood that have continued on as I have made them for my children and grandchildren. Homegrown tomatoes were a big part of my childhood. Our gardens were full of them in the summertime and we canned them to enjoy all winter in our soups and stews. Today I know longer have a garden or home canned fruits and vegetables so I resort to items from the grocer's shelves. Either way, these soups are very good. The Tomato Bisque is an old homemade version that is a favorite since it has a potato, one of my favorite foods, in it! The second recipe is one my late mother got from a Hunt's Tomato Sauce can when I was a child in the 1950s. It is as good today as it was then. It was always a good way to warm up during those cold Indiana winters of my childhood. It is still a favorite with my own grandchildren today. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

TOMATO BISQUE
2 tbsp butter
3/4 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 cups peeled and diced potato
4 chicken bouillon cubes
3 1/2 cups water
1 bay leaf
1 tsp basil
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 can (28-oz) whole tomatoes, do not drain
4 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp sugar
sour cream for garnish, if desired

In a large saucepan, melt the butter then add the onion and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes until transluscent. Stir occasionally during the cooking so as not to burn.

Add the diced potatoes, bouillon, water, and seasonings to the onion. Cover the pan and cook for 15 minutes. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, and sugar to the potato/onion mixture. Stir well to blend. Replace lid and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the bay leaf.

Pour into blend in small batches and puree until smooth and thick. Pour into soup bowls and top with sour cream, if desired.

I like mine served with crackers or a crusty bread. Now that I am diabetic, it is usually a crusty whole-grain bread.

This soup can be made ahead of time, stored in the refrigerator and reheated to serve hot or may be served cold on hot summer days.

1950s HOMEMADE TOMATO SOUP
2 Tablesp. Wesson, pure vegetable oil
1/4 cup diced onion
1/4 cup diced carrot
1/4 cup diced celery
2 8-oz. cans Hunt's Tomato Sauce
1/2 teasp. whole pepper
1/8 teasp. thyme
2 sprigs parsley
3 cups beef stock or bouillon
1/4 teasp. salt
1/2 teasp. pepper

Cook onion, carrot and celery in oil 5 minutes. Add Hunt's Tomato Sauce, seasonings, and parsley. Cover and simmer 1 hour. Strain and add beef stock, salt, and pepper. Heat together. Makes 4 servings.