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First for Women December 9, 2019

First for Women is a women's interest magazine that gives its readers the tools and inspiration they need to feel great, look beautiful and love every dimension of their life. Published every three weeks, First delivers positive information on everything from health and nutrition, to beauty and fitness, to home and family.

United States
Bauer Publishing
17 Issues

in this issue

2 min
7 things making us happy

Bliss in every bite Spiced apple mmm “My warm, flaky apple strudel is a family favorite this time of year,” says Charles Grayauskie, FIRST associate food editor. “The cinnamon-spice aroma fills the house and puts everyone in the holiday spirit. To make, I cook 4 chopped apples with ¼ cup of raisins, ¼ cup of brown sugar, 1 Tbs. of butter and ¼ tsp. of apple pie spice for 10 minutes. I roll out 1 sheet of thawed puff pastry, spread the apples down the center, fold the dough over and press the edges to seal. Then I brush with egg, sprinkle with sliced almonds and bake at 400°F for 25 minutes. To finish, I dust with powdered sugar. The buttery crust and Crafting up smiles So-cute snowmen “I was prepping for our annual holiday…

2 min
smart you solutions

This easy move helps droop-proof the bust! You know exactly which dress you’ll wear to the annual office brunch, but “the girls” could use a boost to make the outfit look even better. To tone up just in time for the festivities to kick off, try this: Hold two full 24-oz. water bottles and extend your arms out in front of you. Pull your elbows back so they form a straight line with your shoulders, then press back out. Do three sets of 12 daily for results in four weeks. This move strengthens the pectoral muscles beneath breasts to help lift the bosom. QUICK POLL How do you remove tree sap from fingers? The tree has been topped, but now your fingers are covered in sticky sap, and soap won’t cut the mess. FIRST…

1 min
festive ensembles 3 style secrets

Flashy suit Opt for single-breasted ✓ Highlights an hourglass The square shape of a double-breasted suit jacket hides curves and makes hips look boxy. The fix: a single-breasted jacket. Its center-set button nips in to define the waist and create rounded feminine curves. Dazzling dress Avoid oversize details ✕ Broadens the body A baggy dress with puffy sleeves, head-to-toe pleats and allover shine creates a body-widening effect that adds optical pounds to even the thinnest of frames. ✓ Subtracts pounds Fitted sleeves, vertical buttons and strategically placed pleats on a more structured midi keep the eye moving up and down for a more statuesque and slimmer-looking silhouette. Sparkly skirt or top Keep it vertical ✓ Looks long and lean The width of a horizontal-striped top paired with a bulky “bubble” hem skirt “shortens” the body so it looks squat. But a top with…

1 min
the new cut that erases years!

Casual chic crop Ask your stylist for: An asymmetrical, jaw-skimming cut with long, sideswept bangs and blended layers throughout. Edgy elegant pixie Ask your stylist for: A pixie that’s 1" shorter on one side with sideswept bangs and blunt, stacked layers. Gone are the blunt bobs that once made their way across every Hollywood head. The new age-defying strand style? An asymmetrical cut. “The uneven length, whether from side to side or front to back, is fresh, youthful and easy to style,” says hairstylist Gregory Patterson, who’s worked with Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore. Plus, the slanted look tricks the eye into seeing thicker hair while “contouring” the face to lift eyes and slim cheeks! Here, three ways you can wow in slightly askew style! Graceful glam bob Ask your stylist for: A beveled bob that’s…

2 min
i panicked - my hair was thinning!

Maya was shocked by the change in her hair. Fullness and volume were replaced by thin and lifeless hair. She had to do something. “The hair I found on my brush, in the shower, and on my cardigan was unfamiliar to me. It was thinning like never before. How could this be happening?” I had to do something “I found out my mother experienced the same problems when she was younger, but she accepted her fate. But since much of my personality is in my hair, I did not want to have the same issues. I read about the importance of hair nutrients, so I went looking for a good supplement.” My hair now feels fuller “I was recommended a dietary supplement from Sweden called Hair VolumeTM, which contains a patented apple extract. I’ve…

6 min
holiday-gorgeous from head to toe

Statement heels add leg-toning height and detract from leg flaws HOLIDAY WISH: Flawless legs Granted…with a cranberry ‘lotion’ No need to shy away from leg-showcasing dresses and skirts due to those pesky blue and purple spider veins, says aesthetician Danné Montague-King, who’s worked with stars like Oprah Winfrey and Cindy Crawford. His recipe to gorgeous-looking gams just in time for party season? A DIY lotion made of cranberry, cinnamon and coconut oil. Cranberries have diuretic properties that relax veins to increase healthy blood flow and antioxidants that reinforce vein walls, says Montague-King. This makes blood less likely to pool and leak, reducing web-like clusters and preventing new ones from forming. Plus, cinnamon is a vasodilator, which means it widens blood vessels to promote better blood circulation. And coconut oil hydrates so legs look silky-smooth. To…