If you're craving something different, big or small, Dr. Lorraine Bennington, a Vancouver registered psychologist, shares her top tips for taking the leap.
If you feel like there's something missing in your life, it's time to figure out what adjustments you can make to improve your situation. Revisit the things that made you happy as a child, which Dr. Bennington says are part of your "life blueprint," to direct your first steps. That could mean taking jewellery-making classes if you've always wanted to be a fashion designer, or returning to university if you've long wanted to be a lawyer.
Visualize your future
If the idea of change overwhelms you, imagine what your life will look like in five years if things remain the same, then visualize what it will be like if you take the plunge. "Usually, people will say it looks better with the change," says Dr. Bennington.
Don't listen to toxic people
If you've found that a particular parent, sibling or friend doesn't believe you can succeed (in a new job, with a new partner or as a single parent), it's time to stop expecting that person to miraculously offer support. "Don't share your ideas with someone who is likely to respond negatively every time," says Dr. Bennington. Instead, seek people who are "consistently genuine and supportive."
Rewrite your story
Even if a transition (like a divorce or a layoff) is out of your control, you can choose to see the situation through a positive lens. Maybe there's a part of you that was unhappy for years or secretly wanted freedom from a controlling husband or a nosy boss. "Reframe the change as something good, rather than as something awful that's happened to you," says Dr. Bennington.
These expert tips will help you find jeans that fit and flatter your curves.
“The key to finding the perfect jeans is to try on a lot,” says Jennifer Patterson, communications manager at Addition Elle. “Set aside some time and try on 20 different pairs so you know what looks best.” If you've been wearing the same cut of jeans for years, broaden your horizons and try on a range of silhouettes. You never know how a pair of jeans will look on your body until you try them on. Fabric is also important to consider. “Most curvy women love the power-stretch fabric because it moulds to your shape and stretches where you need a little more room.”
Keep these top tips from Patterson in mind the next time you go shopping for jeans.
If you’re heavier on top with lean legs
Patterson suggests going for a straight-leg jean. “It’s just a really nice, classic shape. They aren’t tight but they have a narrower leg so that balances your proportions,” she says. She also believes that if you love your legs, there’s no reason why you can’t wear skinny jeans. “It’s a great way to show off what you got.”
If you’re heavier on the bottom with a lean upper body
Try a straight or boot-cut jean that can give you a leaner look. Patterson also recommends the universally-flattering flare style for curvy and plus-sized women. “I find that flare can really elongate your legs and make your legs look ten miles long. All it needs is a great heel and it’s a fabulous trend for plus-sized women.”
If you’re on the shorter side
Some women who are short and curvy think they should steer clear of cropped pants, but Patterson assures us that it's ok to ditch this fashion rule. “The ankle is a very sexy part of the woman and anyone can show it off.”
Here are a few denim brands we recommend for curvy and plus-sized women.
We love Addition Elle for offering jeans for all types of curves; best part is they've added a size 26! The sculpting jeans are a fan-favourite because it lifts and sculpts in all the right places.
Levi's 300 shaping series is our favourite for offering all styles in regular and plus-sizes. They're made of a stretch heavyweight denim that offers tummy-slimming technology.
Siwy doesn't actually carry plus-sizes but it's great for women with curvy hips and legs. The Felicity jeans are made without a side seam to offer maximum stretch and maximum comfort.
There's something for everyone here! All styles are offered up to size 24 with a variety of inseams and best of all, three different body types: straight, defined curve and well-defined curve.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Credits: Jeff Coulson
Be the star of the show with our 11 ultimate potluck dishes.
These brownies are Food Director Annabelle Waugh's secret recipe and are sure to be a hit at any potluck! We now use it as our classic brownie recipe at Canadian Living. You'll see that they live up to their name.
Creamy and comforting? Check. Rich and delicious? Check. This simple, classic side has everything you could ever ask for in a potato gratin. We guarantee you'll make it again and again – and again!
We gave our classic caesar salad a nutrient boost by adding tender baby kale. Crunchy pumpernickel croutons and Parmesan crisps really put this salad above the rest.
Serve this saucy pulled pork as sandwiches piled high on buns, with bowls of garnishes, such as pickled jalapeños, sour cream, shredded cheese and thinly shredded red cabbage (or better yet, red cabbage slaw), and let guests build their own sandwiches.
This recipe can easily be left to simmer away in a slow cooker for eight hours before adding the chicken. It yields a large quantity of sauce that freezes well if you're feeding a smaller group. Serve over hot steamed basmati rice.
This version of potato salad has all the comfort of a fully loaded baked potato and can be made ahead of time so it's ready when you need it.
No one will be able to resist these flaky savoury sausage rolls. Make them in advance of any party and reheat in the oven before serving.
Vegetarians won't feel left out of the pot luck with these delicious bites and your meat-eating guests will appreciate them too.
Our foolproof 5-ingredient roasted garlic dip couldn't be simpler to make. Serve it with your favourite vegetables, or alongside festive Christmas Tree Veggie Tray.
I know what you're thinking: Who brings biscuits to a potluck? One bite of Mile-High Bacon Cheese Biscuits and the answer will be you! They combine easy-to-work-with dough and the layering technique of puff pastry. They're great at brunch with poached eggs, with soup or – my favourite – warm from the oven with a slice of tomato and shredded iceberg lettuce tucked inside. Instant BLT.
This twist on an Italian classic combines lightly spiced layers of creamy mascarpone cheese and citrus-flavoured ladyfinger cookies in an everyday baking dish that's perfect for a large crowd. Top with praline dust just before serving so that it keeps its crunch.
Photography by Stacy Zarin-Goldberg
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