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First for Women February 1, 2021

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 Tomato soup mmm “Snowy winter afternoons call for a wonderfully warm meal,” says Charles Grayauskie, FIRST associate food editor. “And my so-easy roasted tomato soup and grilled cheese leaves everyone feeling cozy. To make, I toss 8 plum tomatoes, 1 sliced onion and 2 cloves of garlic in oil, then roast at 400°F until tender, 25 min. I add the veggies and 2 cups of chicken stock to a pot and puree until smooth. Then I reheat the soup on the stove, stirring in 1⁄4 cup of heavy cream and seasoning to taste. I make 4 Cheddar cheese sandwiches, coat the outside with mayo and broil until toasted. The creamy soup and melty sandwiches always hit the spot!” Dazzling on a dime Fresh-picked joy! “Bright, happy-faced blooms are always the perfect…

2 min
smart you solutions

Secret to sidestep sneaky germs Placing your handbag on the floor in public spaces can leave it coated with germs, and hanging the straps on the back of your chair means it often slips and falls off. The secure fix? A small, over-the-door plastic hook! Simply stash one in your bag and place it over the back of your chair to hang your bag when needed. This keeps it off the dirty floor so it stays clean and you stay healthy. Bonus: also useful on public restroom doors! QUICK POLL What’s the best way to clean a blow-dryer? Hair dryers with fixed filters can be tricky to clean, but dust buildup can damage hair and the appliance. Unplug the dryer, then try a FIRST reader hack! 59% ❤ this idea! Use the bristles of an old…

1 min
winter sweaters3 style secrets

Cardigan Keep it sleek ✓ Looks long and lean The visual bulk of thickly rolled sleeves, large pockets, awkward side cuts and a loosely tied belt counteracts the body-elongating effects of the long, linear sweater. But a simply worn streamlined style directs focus up and down for a statuesque appearance. ✕ Thickens the body A short, chunky sweater with a wide hem that fans out over the hips, the widest part of the body, magnifies the area and hides the waist, erasing figure-flattering curves. Cropped Opt for fitted ✓ Carves out an hourglass Tucked in, a fitted crop top instantly showcases beautiful curves. Plus, pairing with a waist-cinching belt, leg-elongating skinny jeans and kneehigh boots offers bonus slimming. Poncho Try a wrap ✓ Whittles the middle A large, flowy ponchostyle sweater that billows out mid-torso gives the illusion of a full, puffy belly.…

1 min
wow in warm sassy style

Furry stole One to try: Campsis, $19 (Amazon.com, Campsis White Faux Fur Stole) Jeweled gloves One to try: Brio Stock, $15 (Amazon.com, Brio Stock Rhinestone Gloves) If you’re like us, you’ve spent the past year at home in comfy sweats and cozy loungewear. But if you’re itching to put a little pep back into your style step, the season’s crop of luxe-looking yet affordable body-warming accessories is a great way to do it. From bedazzled gloves to fauxfur stoles and animal-pattern scarves, the winter-weather add-ons are as chic and fun as they are functional. Here, 3 under-$20 extras that will jazz up your outdoor style Leopard print scarf One to try: Miarhb, $13 (Walmart.com, Miarhb Leopard Print Twill Scarf)…

6 min
winter-gorgeous for pennies!

Banish bloat with an Epsom salt + peppermint oil wrap Time spent cuddled up on the couch on cold winter days can result in head-to-toe puffiness, but it’s a cinch to fix with this detoxifying wrap. 1⁄2 cup Epsom salts2 cups warm water5 drops peppermint essential oil To do: Dissolve Epsom salts in a bowl with the water, then add the peppermint oil. Soak a hand towel in the mixture, wring out excess and place on bloated areas. Cover with plastic wrap and let it sit for 15 minutes; remove plastic wrap and rinse. Why it works: Warm water opens up pores, allowing the toxin and fluid-flushing vitamins and minerals in Epsom salts to absorb into skin, says medical aesthetician Holly Cutler. And peppermint oil’s menthol stimulates circulation to help the body further dispel bloat-causing…

1 min
secrets to a spa-worthy shower!

To enhance your mood An aromatherapy showerhead that infuses your water stream with mood-changing essential oils like relaxing lavender and energizing pine? Yes, please! Just clip the pod of your choice into the showerhead for instant aah! One to try: Moen Aromatherapy Handshower In Chrome With INLY Shower Capsules (Moen.com) To relieve sore muscles Set a tablet that contains healing Dead Sea salt on the shower floor before stepping in. Steam and water activate and release the salt’s anti-inflammatory magnesium, which then absorbs into skin to help soothe muscle aches. One to try: Manna Kadar Beauty Sea Minerals Bath Fizzers Aromatherapy Shower Tablets (Ulta.com) To soften skin & hair The surprising shower culprit causing dull skin and hair? Chlorine. Found naturally in your shower water, it can strip skin and hair of its natural oils and luster.…