7 Things That Age You Terribly, According to Science

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A new study from Harvard indicates that “higher intakes of fruit and vegetables were associated with lower mortality”—so have your 5 a day to live longer. But how can you look younger doing so? Rather than chase the Fountain of Youth, simply avoid the Pitfalls of Aging. “You can’t change what you were dealt with genetically but you can take control of other factors which will help to stay looking younger,” says Dr. Eugene D. Elliott of MemorialCare.

1. The Sun Can Cause “Photoaging” and Make You Look Older

A tan makes you look young and cool—but it can have disastrous effects that can lead to wrinkles—or worse. “The sun’s rays can take a toll on your skin. In the short-term, that can mean contending with a scorching sunburn,” reports Yale Medicine. “But, there can also be long-term consequences lurking within the skin, even if you don’t experience a burn. The sun prematurely ages the skin. Called photoaging, this can lead to skin cancer. Signs of this photo aging are:

  • Wrinkling
  • Pigmentation changes such as age spots, liver spots (solar lentigines) and freckles
  • Loss of skin tone (decreased elasticity) 
  • Rough, uneven skin texture
  • Broken capillaries (spider veins), usually around the nose and chest
  • Redness and blotchiness”

“My favorite sunblocks are mechanical, contain zinc and/ or titanium dioxide, and block the UVA damaging rays very effectively with frequent application,” says Dr. Elliott. 

2. Soda Can Make You Look Older

It’s true—drinking sugary soda can age your cells. “Sugar-sweetened soda consumption might promote disease independently from its role in obesity, according to UC San Francisco researchers who found in a new study that drinking sugary drinks was associated with cell aging,” says one notable study, as reported in Science Daily. “Regular consumption of sugar-sweetened sodas might influence metabolic disease development through accelerated cell aging,” wrote the authors of the study in their conclusion. “The extremely high dose of sugar that we can put into our body within seconds by drinking sugared beverages is uniquely toxic to metabolism.” Same goes for sugary foods.

3. Lack of Exercise Can Make You Look Older

“Imagine a 90-year-old,” writes the Wellspring School of Allied Health. “They’re almost always slumped over, right? Well, a lot of that comes from limited flexibility and spinal support in younger years. Low flexibility in your 20’s and 30’s could cause some problems later on, the main ones being joint or muscle pain, and an overall hunched-over look. There are certain types of exercises that can help you loosen your muscles and joints, like yoga or pilates. But you can also increase your flexibility even if you are only into cardio or weightlifting. Just make sure that you are going to start and end with warm-up exercises, and focus on stretching both before and after exercising every single time.”

4. Disrupted Sleep Can Age You

Those with sleep apnea may actually age faster than the rest of us; if you have it, see a doctor. “Increasing sleep disordered breathing (SDB) severity and sleep disruption was associated with epigenetic age acceleration, independent of measured confounders. These associations were stronger in women than in men, suggesting that women may be particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of SDB. Future work should study whether treatment reduces epigenetic age acceleration among those individuals with SBD,” according to one recent study. “A good night’s sleep can do wonders for your youthful appearance and since your face relaxes while you sleep that can also help soften fine lines on the face,” says Andrea Paul, MD. It is recommended that you get eight hours of sleep per night.

5. Stress Can Make You Look Older

Don’t stress out too much over this, but stress ages you. “The telomeres are the ends of the chromosomes—the structures inside each cell that contain the genes,” reports Harvard Health. “Over time, the telomeres get shorter. When they get short enough, the cell dies. Chronic stress leads to shorter telomeres. And people with shorter telomeres are at greater risk for several major diseases, including heart disease and some forms of cancer. This is one more reason to reduce the amount of chronic stress in our lives. It’s really not good for us.”

6. Smoking Can Make You Look Older

A landmark study eight years ago proved cigarettes can age you. “In what is perhaps the best detail of the study, researchers used the annual Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio (the ‘Largest Annual Gathering of Twins in the World!‘) to round up the 79 identical pairs they include in the report. A panel of three plastic surgery residents compared the faces of the twins, one of which had been smoking for at least five years longer than the other,” reported the Today Show at the time. “They identified a few major areas of accelerated aging in the faces of the smoking twins: The smokers’ upper eyelids drooped while the lower lids sagged, and they had more wrinkles around the mouth. The smokers were also more likely to have jowls, according to the study, which was published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.”

Slide 8 of 8: "I think the single most important thing you can do to look younger is smile. It decreases the number of wrinkles that appear over time on your face," says Dr. Leann Poston. "Smiling makes you happier and gives you more energy. A positive attitude encourages better eating habits and more exercise!" And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these Signs Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise.

7. Not Doing This Can Make You Look Older

“I think the single most important thing you can do to look younger is smile. It decreases the number of wrinkles that appear over time on your face,” says Dr. Leann Poston. “Smiling makes you happier and gives you more energy. A positive attitude encourages better eating habits and more exercise!”

Source: 7 Things That Age You Terribly, According to Science (msn.com)

Slangs in English

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Slang words are an essential part of conversing in English. American slang is full of eccentric sayings and colloquialisms, which are useful in a wide variety of casual situations. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned English speaker, you’ll want to brush up on your command of American slang words!

“Slang” refers to informal vocabulary words that aren’t typically found in a dictionary. Many of these slang words have multiple meanings, so you’ll have to pay close attention to the context of a conversation in order to use them correctly. This makes it a good idea to practice your English slang words with friends before using them with strangers!

Here are 91 slang-words for your perusal.

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Common mistakes made with shade, soil and plant selection

By Tim Johnson,  Senior director of horticulture at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

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Gardening as a hobby has really taken off since last year, and there are many plants to choose from for your garden. I often see new plants installed in home gardens that will not perform at their best or will eventually fade away because of where they are installed.

It is easy to get confused when looking through books, magazines and plant catalogs or browsing at a garden center for plant ideas and purchases. Rest assured that there are many great plants to choose from that will thrive in your garden.

Plants perform better, have fewer pest problems and require less maintenance if you match the plants’ cultural preferences with the conditions in your garden. Focus on choosing the right plant for your particular site instead of a plant’s individual beauty or what you see in flower at the local garden centers. Just because there is a plant for sale at your local store does not necessarily mean it will be a good choice for your garden.

The amount of sun and shade in your garden are a couple of key factors to use to guide your plant choices and a good place to start when evaluating whether or not a plant is good fit for your garden.

Placing sun-loving plants in a shady site usually results in spindly growth and few, if any, flowers. The plants will gradually wither away. Similarly, planting a shade-loving plant in too much sun will cause scorched leaves and plants that fade over time.

Knowing a plant needs a half-day of sun may not always be enough information. Keep in mind that a half-day of morning sun will be much different from a half-day of afternoon sun — a partial shade-loving plant may be OK with full sun in morning and shade in the afternoon, but will burn with full afternoon sun.

The west side of your home will be hotter than the east side. Some hostas perform well on the east side of the house with morning sun, while the hot afternoon sun on the west side would burn the foliage, even though both sites have a half-day of sun. There are many different hosta cultivars to pick from, with some having more sun tolerance.

The amount of shade in your garden is also important — is it a light shade, like under a honey locust tree, or deep shade, like that in a more heavily wooded area? A plant that prefers light shade or a half-day of sun will typically struggle in a full, more deeply shaded site.

The type of soil that is in your garden is another important factor to keep in mind when choosing plants. Parts of Evanston have sandy soils that drain well and dry out quickly, while others have the heavy, clay loam soils more typically found in the Chicago region.

Astilbe is a common garden plant that generally prefers light shade and moist, but well-drained soil. If it is planted in full sun and in soil that is sandy and dry, then it will die out, while catmint (Nepeta), another perennial, will prosper in those conditions.

Many gardens in this area have soils with a high pH, in which more acidic, soil-loving plants such as river birch and rhododendrons perform poorly. In time, a river birch growing in a heavy clay and high pH soil will develop chlorosis (yellowing) in the leaves and perform poorly and eventually die.Read up on the plant’s cultural needs to match it to what it prefers to grow in and skip planting it if its needs cannot be met by your garden’s growing conditions.

Many gardeners like to push plants’ limits in order to grow favorite plants, which results in the plants being installed in conditions that they tolerate versus prefer. Special site preparation and maintenance practices can also allow one to grow the plants that are more demanding or not ideally suited to your site’s conditions, if you are willing to put in some extra effort. It is important to buy plants that are hardy in this area, indicated by having USDA Zone 5 within their hardiness range. Plants only hardy to Zone 6 or higher will likely not survive a typical Chicago winter.

Some things to consider about the individual plants include their size, habit, foliage and seasonal interest, such as flowers and fall color. Evergreens provide good structure for winter. There are plants that are resistant to deer browsing; deer will generally eat yews and arborvitae, but leave boxwood alone.

Look for disease- and pest-resistant plants. Powdery mildew is a common disease on phlox — ‘David’ is a phlox cultivar that is resistant to powdery mildew. Go to the Chicago Botanic Garden’s website, chicagobotanic.org, to access Plant Evaluation Notes, which are reports on the performance of cultivars of various plant genera, such as Phlox, to find the cultivars that grew best at the Garden.

Understanding the growing conditions in your garden is an important first step in making good plant choices. Use this information as you research plant choices, or consult experts for advice. The better information you have about your site, the better advice you will get.

For more plant advice, contact the Plant Information Service at the Chicago Botanic Garden at plantinfo@chicagobotanic.org

Source: Haunted by last year’s garden fails? Here are common mistakes with shade, soil and plant selection to avoid this spring (msn.com)

This article first appeared in the Chicago Tribune.

Popular Drinks That May Cause Lasting Damage to Your Liver

We worry about our hearts stopping. We fret that we’re losing our marbles. Our stomachs send us so many daily signals that we can never forget it’s there, pressing against our belt buckle. But the liver? Whoever thinks about that 3-pound, reddish-brown blob that sits on top of the stomach, just under the diaphragm?

Your liver deserves better. It’s a life-giver and our natural detoxer. Without it, you’d be a goner. This unsung hero is one of your body’s workhorse organs, multitasking no fewer than 500 important functions.

“Your liver is a ‘detox center’ of your body—removing toxins and other harmful substances,” says Waqas Mahmood, MD, a physician at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

The liver also produces bile, which helps with digestion. It metabolizes proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, it stores vitamins and minerals, and is responsible for immunological functions, too, among others.

But let’s focus on its filtering function, clearing your blood of the drugs you take and the poisons you ingest. You’re probably aware that one of the most common of those poisons is alcohol and that heavy drinkers are at increased risk for cirrhosis, liver failure, and liver cancer. Studies show that repeated binge drinking can lead to severe forms of liver damage.

“Any beverage containing alcohol will adversely affect the liver by causing inflammation, fat accumulation, and potentially fibrosis (scar tissue) formation,” says biochemist Barry Sears, PhD, president of the Inflammation Research Foundation, and author of the Zone Diet series.

Women have a significantly higher risk of developing alcoholic liver disease than do men, according to the Mayo Clinic. One British study that followed women found that healthy women who reported drinking alcohol daily—but not with meals—were more than twice as likely to develop cirrhosis compared to those who did not drink daily.

“Sugar, especially fructose, is converted into fats in your liver,” says Dr. Mahmood. “Part of that fat is converted into triglycerides and gets into the bloodstream while the rest remains in your liver. If this situation continues over time, it can cause non-alcoholic fatty acid liver disease.”

By now, you may be thinking more about your liver than you ever have before. So, here are some popular drinks you might consider limiting in deference to that unsung hero under your ribcage.

Slide 2 of 7: This orange-flavored citrus punch boasts 5% real fruit juice. The rest of the drink is water and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), labeled as the first and second ingredient on the nutrition label. HFCS is a lot cheaper (and sweeter) than sugar, so food manufacturers love it. But your liver is not a lover of HFCS.While several observational studies have linked HFCS to fatty liver disease, scientists were unsure just how fructose might cause NAFLD. Recently, National Institutes of Health scientists explored fructose's role by giving groups of mice either a high-fructose diet or a control diet of glucose, the sugar that cells use for energy, for several months. The researchers found that the mice fed high fructose had inflamed livers. Experiments showed that HFCS caused intestinal damage that leaked toxins into the bloodstream of the mice that prompted the production of immune system proteins. Those proteins boosted levels of enzymes that convert fructose into fatty deposits on the liver."When your liver is inflamed, it does not work properly," says nutritionist Jay Cowin, RD, with ASYSTEM and founder of FunctionalU Health Consultants. "If your body can't eliminate toxins they go back into your bloodstream and the effects can be deadly."Here are 23 Surprising Foods That Contain High Fructose Corn Syrup.

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1. Sunny D Tangy Original

This orange-flavored citrus punch boasts 5% real fruit juice. The rest of the drink is water and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), labeled as the first and second ingredient on the nutrition label. HFCS is a lot cheaper (and sweeter) than sugar, so food manufacturers love it. But your liver is not a lover of HFCS.

While several observational studies have linked HFCS to fatty liver disease, scientists were unsure just how fructose might cause NAFLD. Recently, National Institutes of Health scientists explored fructose’s role by giving groups of mice either a high-fructose diet or a control diet of glucose, the sugar that cells use for energy, for several months. The researchers found that the mice fed high fructose had inflamed livers. Experiments showed that HFCS caused intestinal damage that leaked toxins into the bloodstream of the mice that prompted the production of immune system proteins. Those proteins boosted levels of enzymes that convert fructose into fatty deposits on the liver.

“When your liver is inflamed, it does not work properly,” says nutritionist Jay Cowin, RD, with ASYSTEM and founder of FunctionalU Health Consultants. “If your body can’t eliminate toxins they go back into your bloodstream and the effects can be deadly.”


Slide 3 of 7: Can drinking a lot of soda every day lead to weight gain? Sure. Is being overweight associated with fatty liver disease? Yes. No wonder your dietary habits are a prime driver of developing metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. All are related to the Western diet pattern of increased consumption of simple sugars like glucose and high fructose corn syrup. And it's showing up most dramatically in kids. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is the most common liver disorder in children and has doubled over the past 20 years, according to the American Liver Foundation. Researchers have hypothesized that fructose and high fructose corn syrup may predispose someone to fatty liver infiltration by creating an adverse metabolic profile.In 2015, researchers from Tufts and Harvard universities linked regular drinking of sugar-sweetened beverages with a higher risk of fatty liver disease, particularly in overweight and obese people. The study analyzed both sugar-sweetened beverage and diet drink consumption using food frequency questionnaires from participants in the Framingham Heart Study. The researchers determined that drinking one or more sugary drinks correlated with an increased risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease but that drinking diet beverages did not. (Other studies, however, have linked diet beverages to NAFLD.)Related: Popular Foods That May Cause Lasting Damage to Your Gut.

2. Coke, Pepsi, and other Sugary Sodas

Can drinking a lot of soda every day lead to weight gain? Sure. Is being overweight associated with fatty liver disease? Yes. No wonder your dietary habits are a prime driver of developing metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. All are related to the Western diet pattern of increased consumption of simple sugars like glucose and high fructose corn syrup. And it’s showing up most dramatically in kids. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is the most common liver disorder in children and has doubled over the past 20 years, according to the American Liver Foundation. Researchers have hypothesized that fructose and high fructose corn syrup may predispose someone to fatty liver infiltration by creating an adverse metabolic profile.

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3. Diet Coke

Fructose is not the only risk factor for liver disease, according to researchers reporting in The Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology in 2008. The study followed people who drank regular Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, and sweetened fruit beverages. It and added to the growing body of research connecting sugar-sweetened beverages with fatty liver disease, but this study noticed something different: 40% of the people in the study drank Diet Coke sweetened with aspartame, not sugar or HFCS. The researchers note that aspartame is metabolized by the liver to form chemicals, including methanol, which disrupt mitochondria and may contribute to the accumulation of fat.

Slide 5 of 7: The sugar content of milkshakes and hot chocolates alone should put those drinks in your crosshairs, but nutritionist Andrea Ovard, RD, a sports dietetics specialist with IdealFit, points out another correlation to fatty liver."Too much sugar processed in the liver is usually associated with excess calorie intake," says Ovard.Is a chocolate shake your go-to order with your McDonald's cheeseburger and fries? Even before you get to count the fat and calories in the burger and French fries, a medium chocolate shake saddles you with 81 grams of sugars and 16 grams of fat (18 grams saturated) in its 620 calories. Knock that out for your liver's sake by ordering an unsweetened iced tea instead.

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4. McDonald’s Chocolate Shake

The sugar content of milkshakes and hot chocolates alone should put those drinks in your crosshairs, but nutritionist Andrea Ovard, RD, a sports dietetics specialist with IdealFit, points out another correlation to fatty liver.

“Too much sugar processed in the liver is usually associated with excess calorie intake,” says Ovard.

Is a chocolate shake your go-to order with your McDonald’s cheeseburger and fries? Even before you get to count the fat and calories in the burger and French fries, a medium chocolate shake saddles you with 81 grams of sugars and 16 grams of fat (18 grams saturated) in its 620 calories. Knock that out for your liver’s sake by ordering an unsweetened iced tea instead.

Slide 6 of 7: Smoothie King calls this a "strength and recovery" shake on its website alongside a photo of a dude doing a pullup. Make a regular habit of "The Hulk" and you may not be able to do a pullup. "The Hulk" delivers a gut punch to your liver with an enormous amount of added sugars, 183 grams, or the equivalent of eating 26 Tate's Chocolate Chip Cookies. We're talking the large 40-ounce version, but why would you order anything smaller of The Hulk? What's more, you get 1,770 calories in that "recovery" smoothie and 32 grams of saturated fat or four and a half Burger King Bacon Cheeseburgers' worth.Get even more healthy eating tips straight to your inbox by signing up for our newsletter!

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5. Smoothie King “The Hulk” Strawberry Shake

Smoothie King calls this a “strength and recovery” shake on its website alongside a photo of a dude doing a pullup. Make a regular habit of “The Hulk” and you may not be able to do a pullup. “The Hulk” delivers a gut punch to your liver with an enormous amount of added sugars, 183 grams, or the equivalent of eating 26 Tate’s Chocolate Chip Cookies. We’re talking the large 40-ounce version, but why would you order anything smaller of The Hulk? What’s more, you get 1,770 calories in that “recovery” smoothie and 32 grams of saturated fat or four and a half Burger King Bacon Cheeseburgers’ worth.

Slide 7 of 7: Even moderate drinking may end up negatively affecting your liver because alcohol increases levels of triglycerides, a type of blood fat. Beer, wine and cocktails are high in calories and, in your body, any calories that you don't use immediately for energy are converted to triglycerides. The accumulation of triglycerides in your liver that don't get used can lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.A Korean study followed nearly 60,000 young and middle-age adults with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease for 8 years and identified those whose disease had progressed. It turned out that those who were moderate drinkers were 29% more likely to have worse fibrosis or scarring on the liver.Another study in JAMA analyzed cases of alcohol-related liver disease from 2001 to 2018 and found that severe cases were on the rise, primarily in younger adults. The increasing deaths from alcoholic cirrhosis were driven largely by binge drinking among people aged 25 to 34 years, the researchers found.Binge drinking for men is defined as consuming five or more drinks within two hours and, for women, four drinks within two hours. The American Liver Foundation defines heavy drinking as six drinks a day and says that almost anyone who has more than that will almost certainly have alcoholic fatty liver disease, and up to 20% of them will have cirrhosis."We are told that alcohol is good for the heart and therefore good for our health," says Dr. Sears. "This is great news for the alcoholic beverage industry, but not so true for the rest of us. Alcohol is a toxic substance."Here's What Happens to Your Body When You Give Up Alcohol.

6. Beer, Wine, and Liquor

Even moderate drinking may end up negatively affecting your liver because alcohol increases levels of triglycerides, a type of blood fat. Beer, wine and cocktails are high in calories and, in your body, any calories that you don’t use immediately for energy are converted to triglycerides. The accumulation of triglycerides in your liver that don’t get used can lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

A Korean study followed nearly 60,000 young and middle-age adults with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease for 8 years and identified those whose disease had progressed. It turned out that those who were moderate drinkers were 29% more likely to have worse fibrosis or scarring on the liver.

Another study in JAMA analyzed cases of alcohol-related liver disease from 2001 to 2018 and found that severe cases were on the rise, primarily in younger adults. The increasing deaths from alcoholic cirrhosis were driven largely by binge drinking among people aged 25 to 34 years, the researchers found.

Binge drinking for men is defined as consuming five or more drinks within two hours and, for women, four drinks within two hours. The American Liver Foundation defines heavy drinking as six drinks a day and says that almost anyone who has more than that will almost certainly have alcoholic fatty liver disease, and up to 20% of them will have cirrhosis.

“We are told that alcohol is good for the heart and therefore good for our health,” says Dr. Sears. “This is great news for the alcoholic beverage industry, but not so true for the rest of us. Alcohol is a toxic substance.”

Article by Jeff Csatari for EatThis,NotThat

Source: Popular Drinks That May Cause Lasting Damage to Your Liver, According to Experts (msn.com)

The Most Beautiful Agave Plants and How to Care For Them

 Jerry Pavia

Use these versatile and stunning succulents for adding drama to pots and sunny gardens

When Sunset published its book Succulents and Cacti in 1970, agaves definitely took a back seat to sedums—there were only about a half dozen species mentioned. Now, we could fill a whole book on these knockouts alone. Growing beautiful agave plants has never been easier — there’s a variety for every garden and more choices than ever. Grow them alone as a specimen for dramatic statement, or combine with other succulents for a stunning sea creature landscape. Check out these agave images for inspiration (or just because they’re drop-dead gorgeous) and pick up a few tips for how to grow them while you’re at it.

Source: The Most Beautiful Agave Plants and How to Care For Them – Sunset – Sunset Magazine

All agaves do best in full sun and sandy, well-drained soil, and thrive on the scantest amount of water. Some are more cold-tolerant than others, but they can’t handle damp cold. When they do bloom—a rare feat—these slow-growing yucca-cousins eject a giant asparagus-looking flower spike straight to the heavens.

If you want more pointers on how to grow agave, check out these care tips.

I Agree With Gen Z: Skinny Jeans Are Over

TikTok has decided it’s time to retire this ’00s trend. Here’s what to wear instead.

By Samantha Sutton

Last week, I, along with many millennials, found myself down a TikTok rabbit hole, getting schooled on what’s ‘cool’ according to Gen Z. Long story short? Apparently, it’s time to stop side-parting our hair, using the laugh-crying emoji, and wearing skinny jeans — unless you’re OK with looking totally out of the loop.

Personally, I was surprised; the side-part is super flattering, and the laugh-crying emoji is still my go-to. However, when it comes to jeans, I have to agree. In my book, skinnies have been over for a while, and breaking up with this style was one of the best fashion choices I’ve made in a long time.

I can barely remember a time when people didn’t wear skinny jeans, but I can tell you about one of my earliest pairs, which I bought right when the trend started to rise in the mid-2000s. They were dark blue from dELiA*s (my go-to store in high school, mostly for the cute graphic tees), and I’m pretty sure I sacrificed a full lifeguarding check to buy them. At the time, I prided myself in being one of the first people I knew to wear all the things, so when teen magazines and CW shows signaled that skinnies were the new “it” item, you can bet I rushed to add them to my wardrobe (alongside super high-waisted shorts and pointed-toe flats, since this was circa-2006).

Of course, I’m also a firm believer in doing what makes you feel your best, so if skinny jeans bring you joy, don’t let the Internet trick you into giving them ’em up. (Admittedly, I’m still holding onto a single leopard pair that are just the right amount of stretchy and fun.) Now that I’m not in high school, I value personal style and preference over hopping on whatever is ‘hot’ for the moment — so, yes, I’ll continue parting my hair on the side and laugh-crying when it feels appropriate.

However, if you, like me, are actually kind of over skinny jeans, I have plenty of ideas for making — and nailing — this simple transition.

Let Loose

Jeans

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Opt for styles that are looser, much like the celeb-loved wide-leg jeans, boyfriend jeans, mom jeans, or even flares. There are tons of options out there, and all of them are just as versatile as your old favorite.

Worried about wind escaping up your pant leg without the protection of something skin-tight? Look for jeans that are in the carrot-leg territory, meaning they’re roomy up top but get thinner toward the bottom, providing a barrier on chilly days.

Keep ‘Em Cropped

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As a petite woman, some of my favorite jeans are actually cropped or have a kick-flare design. Even Sarah Jessica Parker is a fan of these styles, since they tend to have a leg-elongating effect.

Remember to Roll

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The good news about non-skinny jeans is that they’re easier to alter without the help of a tailor. If you have a boot-cut pair that seems a tad too long, or you want to show off your shoes a little more, roll or cuff your pants before heading out the door.

Start Wearing Socks

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Another big trend that won’t quit is showing off longer-length, chunky socks, which is easier to embrace with loose, cropped, or rolled jeans. Think of this look as the more modern but just-as-warm take on tucking your jeans into your boots (although, you can still pull that trick, too, by using bulkier boots styles such as Dr. Martens).

Find Versatile Footwear

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At first, you may feel a bit stumped choosing shoes to wear with your wide-leg, boyfriend, mom, or kick-flare jeans. But, there’s no need to over-complicate it. I’ve found that most denim styles look great with a simple white sneaker or white bootie, but you can even dress up your look with heels or go super preppy with loafers. It’s all about experimenting, so leave some time to try on a few different pairs before heading out the door.

Source: Are Skinny Jeans Still in Style? What to Wear Instead of Skinny Jeans in 2021 | InStyle

‘Sand Pools’ Are The Latest Backyard Trend

If you don’t live near the sea or just can’t travel this summer because of COVID-19 restrictions, there’s one more way to get your beach vacation — bring it to your own backyard.

A Spanish company called Piscinas de Arena NaturSand is offering just that. Well, kinda. Piscinas de Arena NaturSand specializes in “sand pools” — custom pools that are as close to real beaches as it gets. And if people already have a pool of their own, the company can simply convert it into something straight out of a Mediterranean paradise.

Piscinas de Arena NaturSand says that it can “provide an environment similar to that of a piece of natural beach” and judging by their product photos, that’s not an exaggeration.

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“Our patented sand finish for pools is grainy but solid,” a Piscinas de Arena NaturSand spokesperson told Bored Panda. “It is not made out of loose sand, it’s completely attached to the concrete surface of the pools’ structure with binding agents.”

However, it does not make the maintenance of these pools more difficult than that of regular tile pools.

Piscinas de Arena NaturSand makes its sand pools with a special concrete mix that’s covered with compacted sand

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Image credits: piscinasdearena

Not only does the surface of these pools never get hot, it’s anti-slip dry and wet

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Image credits: piscinasdearena

The pools come in various shapes and forms and can have multiple levels of depth.

Not yet available in the U.S., but to dream a little more, click below.

Article source: ‘Sand Pools’ Are The Latest Backyard Trend | Bored Panda