Thursday, September 17, 2009

Guest Annie Solomon talks body shape

I'm happy to officially kick off our Guest Blogger Fridays with a long-time friend and fellow writer Annie Solomon. Annie took time away from penning award-winning, fantastic romantic suspense novels to share her love of a site I'm eager to explore myself. Here's Annie...

We all know that diet and exercise play a key role in health—whether or not you’re a writer. But there’s another aspect to health that is often overlooked: a healthy attitude. But when it comes to our bodies, most of us are so critical it’s hard to get to that zen outlook. I’m here to give you a tip on how the reach that seemingly Sisyphean goal.

It’s not a mantra or a potion or a pill. It’s a Web site:

MyShape helps you find clothes that fit and flatter your body. That’s the key to making you look great—no matter what shape your body is in. And we all know that looking great can make you feel great.

But before you can dress your body, you have to know it.

Are you an apple? A pear? A cello? A stick? It’s not always easy to figure out your shape.
MyShape does it for you. Like many things, there’s a certain amount of drudgery involved in the beginning: you have to measure yourself from head to toe. But once you’ve filled in all the requested measurements, the site will pick out clothes that suit your shape, and determine the correct size. You can narrow the focus by style (modern classic, artistic trendy, glamour, etc.) or lifestyle (casual, work, dressy, etc.). You can peruse outfits the site puts together, or create your own. The clothes are fashionable and interesting, and, once you’ve set up your Personal Shop, all shipping is free (oh—and 15% off your first order!)

Warning: this is not a discount site. But there’s a wide range of designers--from the moderate Rafaella to the pricey Nannette Lepore—and there are loads of sales throughout the year.
I bought the dress for my daughter’s wedding (at right) at myShape. I’ve also bought jeans and tops and a fun summer dress. I love everything and it’s all flattering.

Finding clothes that fit your body can not only make you look great, they can make you look thinner and younger—without losing a pound or forgetting a birthday. There’s nothing like looking great to give you confidence and motivation—for making it to the gym or finishing that last chapter. And that’s an attitude that can boost anyone’s health.

Tips and stuff for my shape, ‘M’:

What to wear by shape:


Wednesday progress:

Calorie intake: 1,200
Exercise: 20 minutes walking, 45 minutes house cleaning
Steps: 10,111

Thursday progress:

Calorie intake: 1,360
Exercise: None other than running lots of errands and my steps
Steps: 10,135


Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) on September 18, 2009 at 12:33 AM said...

I can't wait to explore this site, Annie. I think I goofed in resizing the photo, but I'm going to leave it like it is because it shows the great details of that dress.

Keep the blog rocking today, peeps. I'll check in tonight after getting back from taking Mom to another doctor's appointment.

Annie Solomon on September 18, 2009 at 7:16 AM said...

yikes! I look like a giant! LOL! Don't let me scare you off, folks...

Phyllis Bourne on September 18, 2009 at 7:51 AM said...

Wow! I'm taking my pear-shaped behind over there ASAP!

Annie, you look gorgeous! I love that color on you!

Michelle Butler on September 18, 2009 at 8:18 AM said...

Annie, you look great in that photo. What a beautiful color. Thanks so much for the tip! I can't wait to play around with that Web site. I don't think I've ever been able to identify my shape - get a real, clear, non-judgmental idea of what it really is. I'm looking forward to it.

Rae Ann Parker on September 18, 2009 at 8:43 AM said...

This sounds like a great site, Annie. Thanks for sharing. I hate shopping and always wish that I could have a personal shopper wave a wand and fill my closet with clothes that look good on me. Sounds like this might do the trick.

Annie Solomon on September 18, 2009 at 8:57 AM said...

thanks y'all for the compliments!! I so loved wearing that dress. Phyllis, be interesting to see which shape your pear bootie ends up being!

Annie Solomon on September 18, 2009 at 8:57 AM said...

Michelle--one of the reasons I love that site is it takes the guesswork out of everything--including figuring out your shape.

Annie Solomon on September 18, 2009 at 8:58 AM said...

Rae Ann, I love shopping--but now I do it on my computer. And myshape IS kind of like a personal shopper.

Annie Solomon on September 18, 2009 at 8:59 AM said...

Oh, hey--one last thing I forgot to mention. myShape now has a new feature where you can "shop with friends". So it would be cool to shop with any of you who check out the shop and like it. Let me know!!!

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) on September 18, 2009 at 9:36 AM said...

Sounds like you've got everyone excited about myShape, Annie.

Monica McCabe on September 18, 2009 at 11:17 AM said...

Wow. As soon as I'm back from vacation I'm going to check this out. What a cool thing to explore! Thanks for sharing the site with us Annie!

Annie Solomon on September 18, 2009 at 11:42 AM said...

You are welcome, Monica!

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) on September 18, 2009 at 10:13 PM said...

Thanks for guesting with us today, Annie. I need to get a measuring tape and do the dreaded measuring so I can check out the site.

Annie Solomon on September 19, 2009 at 8:25 AM said...

I enjoyed it, Trish. Thanks for asking me!! And yes, do get out that dreaded MT. It's a pain but it's worth it!

Theresa Ragan on September 20, 2009 at 10:36 AM said...

Annie, what a great website! I am definitely going to start measuring my body. You look amazing! Love that dress.

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