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Designer Style For Less Workout
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A Swimsuit That Flatters

(NAPSI)—Finding a flattering fit in a swimsuit can be a challenge. Fortunately, a few tips can make it easier to dive in.

1. First, identify your problem areas, then de-emphasize accordingly. For example, if you are hip heavy, wear a one-piece suit with a dark-colored, solid lower half and a lighter-colored top.

2. Choose suits with at least 15 percent spandex to minimize problem areas.

3. Need to lose a few pounds? Try a Miraclesuit, made with Xtra Life Lycra® fiber and Miratex, a fabric that delivers three times the control of ordinary swimwear fabrics.

These suits don’t rely on inner linings and constrictive control panels to shape and trim, and the high concentration of Lycra spandex means the suit keeps its shape.

With a bra constructed specifically for you, the suit offers excellent support, and there’s no bulky wire construction to poke through after you wear it a few times.

Strategic use of shirring and draping emphasizes curves and de-emphasizes areas you want to hide.

The suits’ fashion-forward designs and slimming silhouettes help build confidence, so you can make a beautiful splash on the beach.

For more information, visit www.miraclesuit.com.

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Warm-Weather Style Calls For Color

(NAPSI)—If you had to use one word to sum up this season's hottest looks, that word would be "color"—plenty of brilliant, eye-catching, mood-brightening color in apparel, shoes and accessories. The bright selection of seasonal fashion features on-trend pieces with pops of corals, blues, mint-green, red and fuchsia, and all can be perfectly balanced with white.

Not sure which color to try? Look for a variety of options at every T.J.Maxx and every Marshalls, as each store will get fresh shipments of unique designer pieces in this color trend every week throughout the season! With the rainbow of styles found on runways this season, here are a few key looks to try:

• Color Blocking: Pair colorful hues in complementary shades. Pick up a red silk top and skinny pink-colored denim or pair contrasting shades, like an emerald top with a violet maxi skirt, for an even bolder style statement.

• Pastels: Not in the mood for brights? Try a subdued hue. Mint green, the season's hottest color, is available in a variety of silhouettes, including denim shorts, flirty skirts and maxi dresses. T.J.Maxx and Marshalls buyers work directly with designers to stock the shelves with colorful pieces at unbelievable prices! Mix mint green tops and white pants with a shoe in a pastel print, or pull a pastel cardigan over a neutral dress for a pop of spring.

• Whites: Complement the color trend by adding a touch of white to any outfit for a classically crisp and chic look. Mix pieces with different textures such as eyelet, crochet, pleats or lace for an all-over white ensemble. Try white denim with a coral halter top or accent your outfit with a white tote bag.

• Prints: Florals are hot this season in feminine dresses, blouses and even skirts. Polka dots and stripes top the must-have print lists and can be found on dresses, sky-high wedges, shorts and peasant tops. Boho-inspired prints with lace, embroidery and fringed hemlines come through on tribal-printed maxi dresses and peasant blouses cinched with leather belts.

Accessorize with a pop of color, such as with captivating coral bib necklaces and sea-inspired turquoise handbags, or color block with a combination of fuchsia pants and cobalt wedges. Not sure about adding so much color to your wardrobe? Here are some tips:

Start out with a small splash—a scarf, a bag or a brightly colored shoe to add a splash of color to your outfit. Try wedges with prints, color-blocked heels or even bold ballet flats!

Replace a classic piece with something more colorful, like a fuchsia cropped jacket, or put a turquoise shell under your navy work suit.

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Study Highlights Factors Behind Fit Communities Across The Country

(NAPSI)—Healthy communities don’t just happen—they’re made.

That’s a key message of a new Healthiest Habitats study released recently by Sperling’s BestPlaces.

The study, which ranked the healthiest cities in the United States, revealed a number of factors these communities had in common—from the resources available to residents’ behaviors. They included:

• Easy access to gyms and health clubs;

• Hiking and running trails that are readily accessible;

• A significant percentage of the population getting daily exercise and following a healthy diet.

Some Surprises

The study revealed a number of results that many may find surprising. Carcentric Los Angeles, for example, has the highest concentration of hiking and running trails in and around a city. However, it was Minneapolis that had the highest score when it came to the percentage of residents getting regular exercise.

“Be it participating in outdoor activities, belonging to health clubs or the presence of fitness retailers providing resources and equipment, cities across the country are helping their residents stay active and in shape,” said Bert Sperling, president of Sperling’s BestPlaces.

Access to Fitness Gear

San Diego, which ranked No. 4 in the study, has the most retail fitness stores per capita-a fact that comes as no surprise to Gary Barfield, executive vice president of the Russell Athletic apparel brand. “As a brand that is focused on providing high-quality, affordable athletic wear, we are certainly aware of the importance and benefits of living a healthy lifestyle, as well as the wide range of activities consumers participate in to achieve their personal fitness goals.”

To help, the brand recently developed the Dri-Power 360 line, its latest advancement in serious performance wear.

The styles in this line, which features both a men’s and women’s collection, feature a special cotton blend with moisture-wicking technology that helps keep people cool and dry.

More information about the line is available at www.russellathletic.com.

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Entertain With Designer Style For Less

(NAPSI)—This season is the time to gather friends and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. For any special occasion, you don’t have to compromise quality and brandname entertaining essentials in order to host the ultimate soiree. In fact, savvy shoppers can find a range of current-season selections at unbelievable prices with these helpful tips on preparing your home and yourself for a stylish and special party.

• Outdoor Living: Entertaining in the backyard is a great way to extend your living space. An easy way to give your patio a refreshed look is with new outdoor cushions and accent pillows in the season’s hottest hues, like spa blues and greens. Decor is just as important as the comfort of your guests, so if you need added seating, opt for a simple and sleek option, like folding director’s chairs. Patio umbrellas or tents provide shade for party guests during the day and hanging lanterns with scent-free candles illuminate the area at night. Spruce up the table with mix-and-match dishware and napkins in colorful prints. Or for simple pops of color, add vibrant vases for centerpiece arrangements.

• Food and Beverage: Serve dishes that are easy to prepare in advance in order to maximize time with your guests. Look for serving bowls with dividers to limit refills and stock up on fun bar accessories, including cocktail glasses, shakers and drink mixers for up to 60 percent off department store prices at T.J.Maxx. Get your grill ready with barbecue tools and choose food suitable for outdoor dining, like salads, grilled kebabs and noodle dishes. You don’t want to leave your guests hungry, so pick up a selection of gourmet foods and beverages, from gluten-free baking products to barbecue seasonings to great snacks like popcorn and pretzels, all available at Marshalls.

• Fashion: As the hostess, you want to be fashionable yet functional. This summer, style calls for plenty of eye-catching color. Try breezy maxi dresses from Marshalls or pastel denim with a printed top from T.J.Maxx. Consider statement jewelry in captivating corals and sea-inspired turquoise, and wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off, like espadrilles or metallic flat sandals.

• Pool Party Accessories: Make a splash with children by supplying fun pool accessories, like floats and water games. For the kids at heart, dive into the latest trend of retro-inspired bathing suits or even mix and match your bikini for a reinvigorated, colorblocked look. Men can find designer sunglasses and brand-name swim trunks for a complete poolside look.

• Hostess Gifts: If you’re a guest at the party, don’t show up empty-handed. Pick up a unique little something for less to say thanks, such as an iPod docking station, BBQ set or fancy apron.

• Learn More: For more tips and to see what shoppers are finding, visit www.facebook.com/marshalls and www.facebook.com/tjmaxx.

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Getting The Most From Your Workout—Top To Bottom

(NAPSI)—No matter the season, preparation is key if you want to get the maximum benefit from your workout. Warming up, for instance, is critical whether your sport is basketball, baseball, spring football, lacrosse or soccer.

The same is true when it comes to what you wear—top to bottom. Layering and fabrics all play a role in the success of a workout, especially when the weather is unpredictable.

To help, here are a few tips:

Choose The Right Apparel: Wearing comfortable clothing that wicks moisture away from the skin can also make a difference.

To help make finding the right clothing even easier, adidas has introduced Sport Performance Underwear. It features lightweight, ultrasoft, breathable fabric treated with an anti-microbial finish to inhibit odor. The underwear is designed to work with you during your activity for a more ergonomic fit. The company also offers Athletic Stretch and Athletic Cotton briefs and a variety of tops and bottoms made from premium soft cotton for maximum comfort.

To learn more, visit the website at www.adidas.com.

Warm Up: Warming up before starting your routine helps to reduce the risk of tearing or straining muscles.

Cool Down: Many believe gradually reducing the temperature of your muscles can help reduce injury and stiffness.

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One Day Without Shoes

(NAPSI)—Making a difference for millions of children around the world could be as easy as taking off your shoes.

In many developing countries, children walk barefoot for miles every day to get to school and clean water. Shoes protect feet from rough paths, sharp objects, contaminated soil, and the cold and heat.

Shoes act as a simple barrier, providing an extra layer of protection against soil-transmitted infections such as podoconiosis, a debilitating disease that affects 4 million people worldwide, and hookworm, a disease that affects 740 million people.

Also, many children are not allowed to attend school because shoes are a required part of their uniform.

To raise awareness of the millions of children who grow up without shoes, at risk of disease and infection, TOMS is hosting its fifth annual One Day Without Shoes event on April 10.

You are encouraged to take part by doing whatever it is you do during that day, without shoes. Go to work, wash your car, play at the park—and when people ask why you’re not wearing shoes, tell them. Last year, more than 1 million people went without shoes at events in over 25 countries around the globe.

It was on a trip to Argentina that the company’s founder, Blake Mycoskie, witnessed the devastating effects of children growing up without shoes. He discovered that having a simple pair of shoes can prevent disease and infection and allow access to education. He created his company on a One for One™ model; for every pair of shoes purchased, a new pair is given to a child in need.

Shoes are given through a network of humanitarian organizations, called Giving Partners, that serve impoverished communities. Each organization provides TOMS shoes to children in need along with pre-existing health, education and community development programs.

“We believe that a single idea can make a big difference in the world, as well as encourage others to share their ideas about what they believe can change the world,” said Mycoskie.

By working to change the world, social entrepreneurs such as Mycoskie are also changing the marketplace. Amidst a struggling economy, as consumers are more cautious and selective with their purchasing power, many are turning to companies that give, rather than other brands on the market.

The company encourages neighborhoods, classrooms and corporations to take a stand and host a One Day Without Shoes event in their community. To learn more, visit www.onedaywithoutshoes.com/learn-more.

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This Autumn’s Designer Must-Haves For Less

(NAPSI)—When the weather forecast predicts cooler temperatures, the fashion forecast features lots of color in rich hues, bold graphics and textured prints. This season’s selection of on-trend looks incorporates some of the warmest colors including spiced orange, burgundy, red orange and golden yellows in addition to cool shades of teal, jade green, marine and gray.

Want to look your best this season in colorful designer pieces for less? Buyers from T.J.Maxx and Marshalls scoured the globe for fashionable items you want now. Here are the top stylish trends that T.J.Maxx and Marshalls have identified this season:

Ladylike with an Edge: Look for pieces cut with classic feminine details yet with a modern twist. Try a retro-Hollywood glam look such as a jewel-tone peplum dress from T.J.Maxx paired with color-block platform heels from Marshalls. And indulge in fall’s luxe landscape with rich fabrics and dimensional details. Mix textures—don’t shy away from leather details on pieces like pencil skirts or tailored blazers, layered textiles like lace and studs on this season’s hottest handbags—and work in some fabulous faux fur into your outfit. For an even edgier twist, opt for metallic brocade-patterned pants with a feminine sheer blouse.

Animal Print: Fashion will also take a walk on the wild side this season with bold leopard, zebra and giraffelike prints, some even detailed with leather trim and textured fabric or studs. Take one of this season’s most popular shoes—the smoking shoe—made with black-and-white zebra print as a simple way to elevate any outfit. An animal-print wraparound scarf will not only protect you from the chill, it also pairs well with neutrals for an effortless look. For an evening look, choose a silk jade-green leopard-print top or blue-and-black python clutch.

Navajo: Strong and graphic prints, inspired by American folk art and the modern-day artisan, are due to make a big impression. Think vintage and free-spirited ethnic prints. Pair autumn warm-tone printed denim from T.J.Maxx and a lightweight top with suede crocheted booties from Marshalls for the ultimate on-trend look. The most stylish way to transition the season is with an Aztec-inspired wool cape. To complete the look, consider jewelry with mixed metals or a two-toned, braided belt.

If you want to make your summer outfits last, layering is key. Transition a summer maxi dress into fall with a chunky sweater and boots or wear a blazer over your favorite floral top with skinny jeans and oxfords.

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Mix And Match

(NAPSI)—Dressing your kids for school this year may be easier if you mix and match-and mix in some global influences.

Here are a few tips to help make school shopping a snap:

• Think layers. Short-sleeve T-shirts are not just for summer. In winter, you can wear them under a solid long-sleeve tee.

• Shop online—it’s easier.

• Buy clothes with similar color themes that can be mixed and matched. For example, Tea Collection’s sets are a great deal—buy five pieces and get six complete outfits.

• Brighten your kids’ wardrobes with global trends. Each season, Tea Collection designers visit a different destination and draw inspiration from its culture.

The Fall 2012 Back to School line for kids is influenced by Nordic design and travels to Scandinavia.

For more information, visit www.teacollection.com or call (866) 374-8747.

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