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First for Women November 9, 2020

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 Easy meatball mmm “I’m always looking for ways to lighten up my recipes by subbing in healthy ingredients,” says Charles Grayauskie, FIRST associate food editor. “This week, I decided to surprise everyone with my famous meatballs—but I replaced some of the beef with mushrooms! To make, I simply mix ¾ lb. of ground beef, 2 cups of chopped mushrooms, ¼ cup of seasoned breadcrumbs, 1 egg, 2 Tbs. of grated Parmesan, ½ tsp. of chopped garlic, and ½ tsp. of salt, then I form into 12 balls and bake at 350°F for 30 minutes. I heat a 24-oz. jar of basil pasta sauce, add the meatballs and serve over cooked spaghetti. They’re tender and so tasty!” Crafting up smiles Lovely leafy wow! “Recently, my kids and I went ‘leaf-peeping’ all around…

2 min
smart you solutions

Twist away aches! Between running errands, pulling winter gear out of storage and prepping the week’s meals, boy, is your back stiff come Monday morning. This simple stretch can ease the pain fast: Sit on the floor, cross your legs, pull your right knee into your chest with your left arm and twist to the right while breathing deeply. Hold for 1 minute, then repeat on the other side. Deep breathing releases painkilling endorphins, while the gentle swivel boosts oxygen-rich blood flow to sore muscles so you can begin your week pain-free. QUICK POLL How do you halt annoying hiccups? If no amount of breath-holding or watergulping can stop the pesky spasms, try these readers’ tricks instead! 59% ❤ this idea! Gently tug on your tongue, says Amy Liu. This stimulates the throat’s hiccup-interrupting pressure points. 41%…

1 min
neutral toppers 3 style secrets

Furry vest Opt for a drape front ✓ Subtracts 10 pounds The puffiness of an unstructured, fullfur vest “bulks up” even the thinnest of frames. But the angles of a subtly furred draped vest that skims over hips creates definition for a svelterlooking torso. ✗ Thickens the waist A square, cropped jacket cuts the body awkwardly for a boxy-looking upper half. Plus, zipping to just below the bust causes fabric to pucker, further widening the middle. Leather jacket Choose a moto style ✓ Highlights an hourglass The figure-hugging and waist-nipping design of a moto jacket carves out curves to showcase a smaller waist. And vertical details like zippers and hanging fringe create a more linear look overall. ‘Teddy bear’ coat Avoid oversize ✓ Looks long and lean A baggy coat made of thick, bright-white fleece creates a bodymagnifying effect that stretches hips and…

1 min
stunning in readers

Dark hair? Try black FIRST pick: Firmoo, $26 (Firmoo.com, S939) Gray hair? Choose clear FIRST pick: Peepers, $25 (Peepers.com, Center Stage Blue Light in Clear) Since hitting 40, we’ve owned our fair share of cheap drugstore glasses—necessary for reading everything from medicine bottles to text messages. But the frames tend to be flimsy and the designs matronly. Great news! The latest crop of readers are sturdy and stylish and won’t break the bank! To find the most face-flattering pair, match the frame to your hair. The complementing colors will enhance features without overwhelming them, making you a youthful vision! Blond hair? Go neutral FIRST pick: Eye Buy Direct, $32 (EyeBuyDirect.com, Instance Rectangle White Eyeglasses)…

6 min
color that makes your hair thicker!

With the holidays on the horizon and so many of our celebrations slated for Zoom or FaceTime, we can easily hide a burgeoning menopot in comfy pants or manipulate the camera angle to mask a double chin. But our hair is front and center, putting thinning locks and sparse spots in the spotlight. So we asked hair pros for the hair colors that impart strand-boosting luster and vibrance, and the bonus styling tweaks that add bounce and body, for your healthiest, most voluminous locks on screen and in person! Discover the ones that work for you Champagne wisps “The silvery streaks in the bubbly-tinged shade catch the light, making hair luminescent, so it’s optically more dense,” says colorist Mike Petrizzi, who’s worked with Joan Jett and Mandy Moore. Plus, stacking layers around…

1 min
the fruity key to gorgeous hair!

Increase growth with procyanidin When ingested, procyanidin, a flavonoid extracted from apples, has been shown to stimulate follicles and keep them in an active growth phase to combat thinning. Plus, it fortifies hair at the root to prevent the shedding that makes hair look even thinner. Find it in: New Nordic Hair Volume, NewNordicUSA.com Boost shine with apple cider vinegar The apple-derived vinegar’s acetic acid dissolves color-dulling product buildup on the hair shaft, increasing vibrancy for a light-reflecting sheen that makes locks appear full, healthy and lustrous. To do: Mix 1 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of water, pour onto wet hair and let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing. Strengthen strands with pectin Apple’s potent fiber strengthens and hydrates weak, dry strands to stop the breakage that makes hair appear thin and straw-like,…