- May I get you a drink?
- Would you like a nap?
- Can I bring you a copy of your favourite movie to watch while I fold the laundry for you?
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Whether you're curvy, plus-size or big-busted, our columnist Meredith Shaw has a supportive and sexy lingerie pick that will work for you.
When it comes to choosing a mate, we all know that it's what's on the inside that counts, but while deciding on an outfit, we often overlook what's underneath. Big mistake. Huge! I've experience a series of blush-worthy Bridget Jones-esque granny-panty moments, like the time my tutu got tucked into my undies post-bathroom visit, which meant the whole room for to have a look-see—and it was an event I was hosting! If my embarrassment has taught me anything, it's that what we choose to hug and support our curves with can have the biggest impact of all. Think of lingerie as your undercover confidence.
I used to shy away from the body-conscious trend, until I realized, Oh, it's not my body that's the problem; it's my lack of support! Undergarments, especially shapewear, are kind of like a permanent Instagram filter. It's still you, but better. Now, if you don't own any lingerie, girrrl, you are missing out! Buy it for yourself, wear it for yourself—and, hey, if someone gets to see you in it, lucky them.
Here are some of our favourite styles of the season:
Bodysuits are so in this season, they're out. Wear one in the boudoir or pop one under a skinny jean and a blazer for a sexy night-out look. Being able to get more mileage out of just one piece allows you to justify spending a little more, giving you the best fit and fabric for your budget.
Anita comfort corselet (sizes 4 to 22 and cups B to H), $165, anita.com.
BE MY VALENTINE
Few things are sexier than a well-fitted bra and matching briefs. When it comes to buying sexy underwear, don't dress to hide; instead, dress to show it off. If you love your cleavage but hate your hips, choose lingerie to maximize your chest rather than purchasing a piece to minimize what you don't like.
Ashley Graham Showstoppers bra (sizes 36DD to 44DD), $70, and underwear (sizes X to 3X), $30, additionelle.com.
MAKE SHAPEWEAR YOUR BFF
Underpinnings with purpose have got a bad rap over the years, but the technology has come a long way. No you won't fee like a sausage, and yes, you can still go pee—I know you were wondering. I love this bodysuit from Maidenform because it goes all the way from your thigh up to your underarm (buh-bye, back fat), plus you can wear your own bra with it making it great for a body-con dress.
Maidenform Wear Your Own Bra singlet (sizes M to 2X), $77, thebay.com.
Dita Von Teese, Christina Hendricks and Downtown Abbey's Lady Mary Crawley are to blame for my new obsession. Corsets are a stunning complement to a curvy shape. The style is made for us, with its perfect balance of sex appeal and coverage.
J'Adore corset and matching underwear (sizes 2X to 4X), $56, curvynbeautiful.com.
As a curvy woman, I searched for a strapless bra like it was a mirage in the desert. But with brands such as Addition Elle and Torrid, we now have the option to be both supported and strap-free. Look for a strapless bra with a convertible strap option.
Ashley Graham Phenomenon bra (sizes 36DD to 44DD), $70, additionelle.com.
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Ginger may not be the first spice you think of to incorporate in your snacks, salads and dinners but it's one of the healthiest on the planet! Here's why:
1. It's healthy for your heart.
Research has shown that ginger may lower cholesterol and help prevent blood clotting, which could, in turn, help prevent blood vessel blockages that can lead to heart attacks or strokes.
A recent study out of Pennsylvania State University found that a meal made with a spice blend that included ginger (along with garlic, rosemary, oregano, cinnamon, cloves, paprika, turmeric and black pepper) reduced levels of triglycerides by 30 percent when compared to an identical non-spiced meal.
2. It helps your tummy!
Ginger has long been associated with relieving nausea and morning sickness, motion sickness, and even menstrual pain, as it's original use was for pain relief. A 2012 study shored up that wisdom, showing that ginger can reduce nausea after chemotherapy when taken as a supplement.
3. It can help you breathe easy.
Ginger tea is a classic remedy purported to ease cough and cold symptoms. And it turns out, there’s some science to its soothing powers when you’re sick. In 2013, research out of Columbia University found that ginger might help asthma patients breathe more easily.
4. It has anti-inflammatory effects.
Osteoarthritis causes joint pain and stiffness, but the anti-inflammatory effects of ginger can help that. In a trial done by the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, participants who took ginger extract had less pain and needed less pain medication than those who didn't.
*Although rare, too much ginger can cause heartburn, diarrhea and irritation of the mouth, according to the University of Maryland. There can also be interactions with medications, such as acetylsalicylic acid.
But most of us can indulge in ginger for its flavour and health benefits. Try it in:
Apple Cran-Curry Salsa
Apricot Almond Energy Bars
Asparagus and Orange Salad With Ginger Dressing
Broiled Tofu With No-Cook Peanut Sauce