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The Swimsuit Style Guide for Women Infographic

From Swim University

Well, it is the end of the summer, which means it is the time of the year in which swimsuits and the fashion industry are looking ahead to fall.  This means that it is the perfect time to pick up a swimsuit or bathing suit bargain!  Most women struggle with what particular type of suit to choose to best accentuate their body type, which is why this post from Matt Giovanisci from Swim University is so timely.  With this guide to choosing the perfect swimsuit, in which Matt collaborated with Susan Bodack, the Director of Social Media Marketing at InStyleSwimwear.com, you'll be armed with all of the information that you need to stock up with the most flattering suits for your vacation, as well as next summer at the pool!

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At Swim University and InStyleSwimwear.com, we believe that no two women are shaped exactly alike. Regardless of your shape or size, all women are beautiful! These notions are good to remember but also easy to forget while you're shopping for a swimsuit. We hear it far too often–"I hate swimsuit shopping." But it doesn't have to be a frustrating or an unpleasant process! Once you know what styles work best for your general body type, you'll find your perfect swimsuit in no time flat.

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The top 10 luxury bikinis to be seen in this Summer

From A Luxury Travel Blog

This article is a bit of a throwback to the begnning of the summer. Ahh, remember the beginning of Summer?  Well, the good news is that the hottest swimsuit trends that are outlined in this post are most likely on sale now, as next year's designs are already in the works.   Not only does this post give a great description and pictures of the hottest trends from this past year from Beach Bourn, Coco Bay, and Heidi Klein, it also gives you the price, and a handy link on how to purchase right online.  Go ahead and check out these styles from the past year, and see if you can hunt out some season-ending bargains!

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Summer is finally upon us and so what better time to do a round-up on the top 10 luxury bikinis to be seen in this Summer. Whether you're heading for the beach, lounging by the pool, or just want to look good on your own private yacht, you are sure to find something here to suit... please tell us your favourites by adding a comment at the end!

Brights collection from heidi klein

Welcome the Summer with heidi klein's fresh and bold bikini collection which entails the classic heidi klein shape and signature silhouettes. These are designed with hidden support, secret padding and under wiring to ensure the perfect fit and sit together with their sensual new prints and textures, including exotic oranges and ocean blues giving off a year long summer vibe.

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Friday, 22 August 2014 08:21

A Step-by-Step Guide to Purchasing a Hot Tub

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Six Steps Toward Owning a Hot Tub

Buying a hot tub is an exciting prospect, but don't forget to follow these six steps as you begin the purchasing process

From Pool and Hot Tub APSP

Buying a hot tub can be as simple as going to your local pool and spa store, or even your local Lowe's or Costco, and picking out a tub, having it delivered, and starting to soak.  There are many factors to consider, however, that will not only maximize your enjoyment of the tub, it will make your purchasing decision more efficient and prudent.  This post from the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals gives you six steps to making the process of selecting and purchasing a hot tub more enjoyable.

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1. Ask how your hot tub will give you what you'd most enjoy.

What do you need and why? From an intimate environment to a relaxing oasis, focus on your desires and envision how they can be fulfilled by owning a hot tub. What is the primary use? Relaxation? Relaxation after exercise or sport? Hot water therapy for body and joint relief? Entertainment? Also, how many people will use the hot tub? Consult an APSP member professional to discover what's available to meet your needs.

2. Ask how you can customize your hot tub selection.

What size and shape would be best? Will you entertain or keep it personal? Your APSP member professional can help you explore the many opportunities for buying, installing, and creating the most enticing setting for your hot tub.

3. Think about equipment.

How many jets will you need or want? Will you want lighting, sound systems, wireless remote control – even aromatherapy? Would you appreciate an automatic cover or cover lift? Automated or alternative sanitizing systems? How about a lounger in the hot tub?

4. Where will your hot tub be placed?

From balcony to basement, deck to patio, there's a hot tub for almost any setting. What hot tub features will enhance your hot tub environment? Will you create an indoor oasis or an outdoor room? Will you need landscaping or fencing to complete the picture?

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Thursday, 21 August 2014 12:02

Hot Tub Health--How To Perform a Hot Tub Pedicure

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How to Give Yourself a Hot Tub Pedicure

From Hot Tub Cover Pros

The health benefits related to soaking in a Hot Tub of super-heated water have been well expounded upon.  Newer topics such as Hot Tub workouts and Hot Tub Yoga have made health-conscious people aware of the ancilarry benefits that Hot Tubs can provide.  This post from Hot Tub Cover Pros gives a thorough lesson in this very topic--How a hot tub can facilitate a salon-quality pedicure for both men and women.  

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Every woman – and many a man – loves a pedicure, but they are expensive and time-consuming, so most don't get as many as they'd like. If you own a hot tub, however, you have a great chance to up the amount of foot-pampering in your life by doing it yourself. Although it may at first sound daunting, your hot tub is the perfect accessory to at-home spa treatments.watermelon-pedicure

First, prep everything you're going to need ahead of time: a few towels; nail trimmers; a nail file; cuticle scissors; a pumice stone; a moisturizing lotion; a bowl of cool water; and a bottle of nail polish (if you want to paint your nails; otherwise leaving them plain is fine). Set the temperature ahead of time so the hot tub will be ready when you are, and set all your supplies up on a tray or table next to your tub. Be sure to move hot tub covers out of the way so that you don't trip or spill anything on them.

Start by soaking your feet for at least 15 minutes. Obviously this doesn't mean you can't soak the rest of your body, so hop on in and enjoy yourself. When you've sat for the required time, or longer, step back out and towel off. Wrap up in a robe to keep warm while you attend to the next step.

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New sunscreen labels offer clearer sunburn, skin cancer information

From Harvard Health Publications

While most people instinctively grab the highest SPF factor that they can buy, most really don't know the difference between a 6 SPF and a 50 SPF.  Does the higher number necessarily provide more protection?  What about the difference in Ultra Violet rays?  Does a higher number protect from UVA as well as UVB?  How does waterproof sunscreen affect the protection?  Well, fear not, intrepid sun seeker.  New labeling from the FDA aims to clarify this somewhat confusing situation, as outlined in this post from Harvard Medical School.

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With the unofficial start of summer just a few days away, many people will soon be stocking up on sunscreen. The products they'll be seeing in stores look different than they have in the past. That's because new rules for sunscreen labels are now in effect. The changes are good ones for consumers.

The new rules, mandated by the FDA, are making sunscreen more informative with less misleading information. For example, the term "sunblock" is banned because none of these products can block all of the sun's ultraviolet rays. "Waterproof" is also banned, replaced by "water-resistant"—which must be accompanied by a set time for reapplication. Another big change has to do with SPF, or sun protection factor.

When sunlight hits your skin, it is being exposed to ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. UVB rays are the main cause of sunburn, while UVA can prematurely age and wrinkle skin. Both contribute to skin cancer. Sunscreens vary in their ability to protect against UVA and UVB.

The best protection comes from a sunscreen that provides broad spectrum protection, meaning it filters out much of the UVA and UVB. Under the new FDA rules, if a label says "broad spectrum," the product must pass tests proving that it truly protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

SPF is a measurement of how much longer it takes for your skin to turn red from the sun after applying the sunscreen. Say your skin turns red after 10 minutes in the sun. Sunscreen with an SPF of 15 would prevent your skin from turning red for 150 minutes under the same conditions. You'd think that an SPF of 30 would work twice as well as an SPF of 15. But that's not necessarily the case. While SPF 15 filters out approximately 93% of all incoming UVB rays, SPF 30 filters out 97% and SPF 50 boosts that to 98%.

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