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First for Women May 17, 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 Patriotic cake “For my family, Memorial Day is about coming together to honor the heroes who have fought for our country,” says Charles Grayauskie, FIRST Associate Food Editor. “And at our get-together this year, I am serving a ‘remembrance’ cake dressed in red, white and blue. To make, I bake a boxed white cake mix in 3 (8") round greased cake pans. Next, I tint 1 (16 oz.) can of vanilla frosting light blue with food coloring, then spread it between the cake layers and on the top and side of the cake. To finish, I divide another can of frosting among 3 bowls, tint 1 red and 1 blue, then divide alternating colors among pastry bags fitted with star tips, pipe over the cake and decorate with…

2 min
smart you solutions

Speed through a closet clean-out! While transferring your pretty spring clothes from one closet to another, you discover you can only corral so many hangers before they begin to dig into your hands. Ouch! To speed the closet changeover without pain, simply hook handles onto the base of another hanger! This will keep the hangers from pinching your skin and help you make fewer trips between closets so you can get back to enjoying the rest of your day! QUICK POLL How do you make deodorant last? As the weather heats up, try one of these FIRST reader tricks to increase the longevity of your deodorant 57% ❤ this idea! Swipe it onto clean skin before bed, says June Fable. Sweat ducts are less active at night, so the product sinks in and lasts all throughout…

1 min
spring dresses

3 style secrets ✔ Subtracts 10 pounds The billowy style of a ruffled neckline and skirt tiers counteracts the middle-whittling design of a wrap dress, adding optical heft from top to bottom. The fix: A sleek style with ruffles on the sleeves and hem alone allows the nipped-in waist to shine while pulling focus vertically to streamline the silhouette. ✗ Widens the body Dizzying details like gingham print, floral embroidery and a fluted hem on a shoulder-baring sheath “broaden” the figure for a boxy-looking body. ✔ Looks long and lean A more structured off-the-shoulder sheath with a linear pattern allows the eye to seamlessly scan the body up and down for an instantly taller and trimmer-looking silhouette. ✔ Whittles the middle A two-sizes-too-big shirtdress masks feminine curves, causing the body to appear shapeless. But one with a more…

1 min
pretty in a printed hair wrap

Late for lunch or have a last-minute Zoom call, and your hair is just not behaving? Tie on a patterned hair wrap! Like headbands, without the pinching feel, fabric wraps hold hair gently in place for a more polished look, while bold pops of color detract from hair arghs like thinning or grays. Here, three styles that will beautify your’do—stat!…

2 min
look 10 lbs thinner with the right cover-up!

Belly bumps? Choose a halter ‘dress’ Tying a sarong into a halter dress strategically covers up the torso and skims over lumps and bumps—all without adding bulk to the body. That’s because wrapping it around the neck (rather than tying it around the waist), creates a tapered, diagonal appearance that “stretches” the figure for a more statuesque silhouette. Look for one with fringe accents, which draw attention up and away from the midsection. To tie into a dress, wrap a 66"x44" sarong under arms like you would a towel, then cross the left corner up and over the right shoulder, and the right corner up and over the left shoulder. Tie the two corners together behind the neck. Get the look: La Fleva, $18 (Amazon.com, 1 World Sarongs Women’s Solid Swimsuit Cover-Up Sarong) Thick…

6 min
bare… beautifully!

The all-too-familiar summer dilemma: We can’t wait to bask in the warm sun, but we’re in no rush to swap out our full-coverage loungewear with the skin-baring attire this season calls for. The confidence-boosting solution that will diminish everything from stretch marks to spider veins—effortlessly? Infusing your everyday personal-care products with natural ingredients that target beauty arghs! Read on for the affordable ‘recipes’ that will have you ready to rip off your sweats and throw on a swimsuit in four weeks or less! Fade stretch marks We can’t erase them completely, but adding rosehip seed oil to your body lotion can help make the scars left behind by pregnancy and weight fluctuations barely noticeable, says New York City dermatologist Michele Green, M.D. “The oil’s vitamin A penetrates skin and stimulates collagen production…