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How to Emphasise Your Pregnancy Bump

Those with a slim pregnancy physique are often looked upon with envy – no swollen ankles, no chunky thighs or bulging hips! However there is a downside to being naturally svelte during pregnancy, your bump will take longer to show.

If you’re desperate to put your bump in the spotlight, read on for tips on how to emphasise your midsection and give it the attention it deserves.

The key to emphasising your pregnancy bump comes mainly through garment fit.

Traditionally women were encouraged to hide away their changing pregnant figure, but now it’s common for ladies to choose figure hiding designs which show off every new curve.

If you want to proudly display your bump, however small, opt for a snug top with an empire bust cut or with a sash that ties around above your belly.

An empire style dress instantly separates your belly from your bust, and flatters your figure whilst showing off baby.

Stay away from loose straight cuts which will create a tent-shape; these garments may make you look bigger all over, but are unlikely to showcase your bump and can just leave you looking a little portlier!

Ballet wrap inspired tops are also elegant and shape revealing. Whilst jersey tops and dresses not only cling closely to your body but are super comfortable to wear as you expand.

Colour and patterns can also help emphasise your bump too. We all know that black is slimming, which means wear a black dress or top and instantly your bump will shrink away!

A bold colour like red will help that bump ‘pop’ (not literally) and catch the eye of others, whilst stripes help emphasise curves and even provide the illusion that your bump is bigger than it is.

Posture is another great way to emphasise your new curves. Take tips from Kate Middleton, who when on her royal duties is often seen gently holding her hands, or clutch bag, beneath her bump and emphasising exactly where it begins. This not only helps showcase your bump, but provides a gentle caress for your unborn inside and provide a little support for the weight that’s building up!

Are people still not noticing your hidden bundle of joy? If you’re feeling bold, and have the right sense of humour, why not try an obvious slogan t-shirt or vest top? A slogan reading ‘Baby on Board’, ‘Due in…’ or ‘Hands Off My Bump’ (like this one over here) will definitely do the trick!

Remember ladies, whilst emphasising your bump can be fun – don’t get caught up in worrying that your size is a reflection of your baby, or obsessed by the opinions of others on your new body. Many women carry small for their entire pregnancy, and whilst frustrating, can mean they’re a whole lot less uncomfortable than those women who double in size!

As long as your midwives appointments prove everything is on track, there’s no need to worry about the size of your belly – however bijou – just enjoy!

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How to Emphasise Your Pregnancy Bump | Fashion Style

Interview With Chetana Anagol Of StunnerHomes

Chetana Anagol spent 13 years in Silicon Valley with various technical roles. She moved to India 2003 and joined America Online to support revenue operations.

Chetana AnagolShe generated millions of dollars of revenue and was Vice President of Media supporting the US, APAC, and EU3 market audiences. She joined Ozone Media to head their Operations as Vice President and turned around their negative margins into 35%.

She started Stunnerhomes, a turn-key solution provider for construction where they offer architectural designs, structural engineering, and civil construction. She started the venture with her husband who is also a software engineer.

After moving to India, they met with several reputable architects who didn’t have time and mediocre ones who simply canned the designs to build their dream home.

So her husband built the home himself – designed it and built up a team. The house was show cased as “One of the best garden homes in India” by an MNC! So many NRI approached them to build their homes.

Chetana saw the opportunity and recognized her husband’s passion coupled with unique talent. She managed the operations and marketing while her husband focused on implementation.

Today, they’re one of the finest architectural and construction company and have architects with degrees from Spain working with them.

  • What inspired to become an entrepreneur? Did you always love it or was it something you got into?

One tends get limited by the vision, role, hierarchy, and structure in the corporate world. When you’re an entrepreneur, the only limitation you have is yourself! When you think about it, this is the most inspiring challenge for anyone who wants to explore their potential.

I’ve spent a long time in the corporate world in Silicon Valley as well as well as with MNC in India in leadership role and ran by unit like a start up. I loved it! While I didn’t always have the courage to break out of a smooth path of corporate ladder, I did know my free spirit and love to run a company of my own.

  • When do you know that it is no longer just an idea in your mind, and that you can really turn it into a lucrative business?

When you start executing strategy to grow business with a singular focus and are ready to evolve, idea shape into a reality and conviction into a proof point!

  • What inspired you to start out on your own or with your partners? What learning lessons can you share from your startup experience?

There’s nothing like being your own boss! It is the biggest motivating factor to be only limited by your own self rather than the boundaries established.

Some of the learning has been that if one believes in the potential, one must be persistent about addressing them rather than questioning the potential. Often people interpret difficulties as a faulty model but most of the time it is lack of persistence and ever-evolving approach that fails one.

  • What are some challenges that you faced initially when you started out? Do you have some examples to share and advice to women entrepreneurs on overcoming them?

Coming from a software background and moving into architectural and construction domain was a tough sale! In the US, this is considered dynamism and you often find psychology major to be programming!

In fact, Siliconeer in the Silicon Valley covered us as “From Bytes to Brick” after receiving an amazing input from some of the NRI customers for whom we had built homes in Bangalore.

But when you’re passionate, honest, and competent, there’s very little that stops you from succeeding.

  • What are all the things that a woman entrepreneur needs to keep in mind? I.e. apart from your great idea, what do you need to be armed with?

Find the right complementary help even if it comes at a cost. Women are used to juggling many things and often don’t ask for help when needed. Business require multi-faced skills and when collaborating with the right people, you can jump start a business.

  • Do women entrepreneurs find it tougher to get funding for businesses? If yes, why do you think that is?

Women entrepreneurs may find it tougher to get funding for their business as it requires the right contacts. Given men have been in the business world for a long time, they inherently have wider network that help them connect with the right contacts. Apart from that, women may be looked upon as someone with constraints and less serious about their business priorities.

  • Is it beneficial to have a mentor when you’re starting out on your own? What does a mentor bring to the table?

It sure can be helpful to have a right mentor to kick off a business. They tend to alert a person about potential risks and provide a balanced view on the value of the proposition. It helps to have strategic guidance and connections to make things move in the right direction.

  • How did you recruit your first team? How difficult was it to get people on board during the initial stages?

In architectural and construction industry where semi-professionals are also part of the team, it is a challenge to build up a team that is quality conscious and driven. But after a lot of hiring and firing, we’ve been able to build reliable teams.

  • What are 3 key things that you have learned as an entrepreneur?

The 3 key things that I’ve learned are:

• Believe in yourself especially when you’re about to give up!

• Honesty and passion are amazing combination for word of mouth business!

• There is always a customer for what you are trying to sell—all you need to do is to find them or create them!

  • How important is social media in building a business today? How has it played a role in helping you build yours?

Social media is a great channel to spread the word about your business. We are in the process of leveraging it.

  • Can you share some tips for women entrepreneurs to maintain a balance between work and family life?

There’s no magic formula that can be defined to create a balance between work and family life. Each one of us has to decide for oneself about what’s important and what they want to achieve and proportionately devote the time and effort. But the balance can be struck for most part!

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Interview with Woman Entrepreneur, Preeti Mittal of BlueBit Systems

Preeti Mittal founded BlueBit Systems in 2010 and the company has it’s headquarters in Mumbai. Her passion for online marketing changed the course of her career and turned her into an entrepreneur.

She holds a bachelor degree (B.Tech) in IT and Masters Degree in International Business Management. As a founder of BlueBit Systems, she has served over 100 clients, including market leading brands from a range of industries. She has become renowned for their commitment to innovative techniques and technologies.

Preeti Mittal bluebitWe caught up with her to find out how and why she embarked on the entrepreneurial journey.

What inspired to become an entrepreneur? Did you always love it or was it something you got into?

I decided to become an entrepreneur after 5 yrs of my graduation when I was working for various companies but never felt challenged enough. I required some business and industry exposure before I start my venture. Entrepreneurship is doing something that I really love to do.

What learning lessons can you share from your startup experience?

Always trust your team but have checks and accountability.

Create an awesome culture at your startup and promote continuous learning.

Ask for inputs from your team and create transparency in communication.

What are some challenges that you faced initially when you started out? Do you have some examples to share and advice to women entrepreneurs on overcoming them?

When female starts business in India, it is mostly taken as hobby and not as a bonafide business. You need to overcome this challenge.

Women also face additional cultural pressures to be the “perfect mom” and a successful businesswoman at the same time, and this can cause tremendous stress for women entrepreneurs.

You need to outsource some of your homely chores; and spare time to devote to your family and business.

What are all the things that a woman entrepreneur needs to keep in mind? I.e. apart from your great idea, what do you need to be armed with?

Apart from great idea, you need to have a good work-life balance and a highly motivated and strong team. Leverage technology to increase efficiency.

Do women entrepreneurs find it tougher to get funding for businesses? If yes, why do you think that is?

Our business is self sufficient and we never tried for funding. I don’t think women find it difficult to get funding these days. Now the mindset of venture capitalists is different and we have lots of successful women entrepreneurs.

I don’t think there are any such road blocks. If you have the courage and determination, then nothing can stop you from becoming successful.

How did you recruit your first team? How difficult was it to get people on board during the initial stages?

Building my first team was a unique and fun experience. I wanted to have a team by the time I have the possession of my office. So I arranged the interviews in a nearby mall and finalized the candidates.

It’s quite challenging to form a startup team. You need people with high enthusiasm and innovation. People are not aware of your brand and attrition rate remains high. Make sure you understand in details the skills you require.

What are 3 key things that you have learned as an entrepreneur?

While you are working, make sure you are open to feedback from your clients. Always welcome constructive criticism.

I think networking is very important and hugely beneficial especially in the early stages. Take time out to network often.

Entrepreneurs! Don’t waste your time and get your business running. Why do something tomorrow when you can do it today?

How important is social media in building a business today? How has it played a role in helping you build yours?

I setup BlueBit with the simple vision of helping startups leverage technology to improve their advertising, and till today this vision drives us. I have realized that online marketing and social media marketing is one of the most effective ways to build brands.

Can you share some tips for women entrepreneurs to maintain a balance between work and family life?

Definitely, it’s tough for women entrepreneurs to strike a work-life balance. I utilize my time only on activities that add value to my work.

I set my priorities and work on them. As I plan my schedule for weekdays, I make a plan for the weekend so that I have sufficient time with my family as well.

© Naaree.com

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Lamb 101: Cuts and Ways to Cook Them

Make the most out of those delicious lamb cuts you bought from the local butcher or grocery store. Learn which cooking method is best suited for each cut.

Here are the different cuts of lamb and their recommended cooking methods.

Lamb Chop

A lamb chop, which is traditionally the priciest cut per pound, is the rib or the loin. The loin stretches across the lamb’s back. This is a tender cut of meat and is most suitable for quick cooking methods to prevent it from drying out. A lamb chop with very little fat in the muscle can dry out fast when it is cooked for a long period of time.

The tender and flavourful rib portion of lamb is covered with a layer of fat, which then melts and bastes when cooked. When serving the rib, you can either slice it into small rib chops or plate it as a whole rack consisting of several ribs at a time.

As for the loin, you can either cut it into loin chops or excise the small tenderloin from the top loin chops. A loin roast consists of the entire bone-in loin section, while the saddle is a double loin roast complete with a backbone still clinging to the lamb meat and fat.

Best for: broiling, grilling, and pan-searing until the lamb chop is medium rare for optimal flavour.

Leg of Lamb

The leg of lamb cut is usually sold either bone-in or boneless. The boneless leg is normally tied when the meat is roasted. This relatively large cut contains a muscle used frequently by the animal. Thus, it is best suited for cooking over low temperatures for long periods of time.

If you want to grill a boneless leg, butterfly-cut it first so it cooks evenly throughout. The butterflied leg of lamb spreads flat and thinly.

Best for: liquid-braising over several hours or roasting in low temperature.

Shoulder Chop or Steak

Lamb steaks are fairly thin cuts of muscle interspersed with fat, which adds flavour and helps keep the meat moist.

Best for: grilling and quick stovetop braising.

Ground Lamb

Fresh and frozen ground lamb can be used for any cooking method that applies to ground beef, including grilled burger.

Now that you know the cooking methods recommended for each lamb cut, learn how to pick quality meat from the local supermarket or butcher shop. Good quality lamb cuts are lean ones. They are firm to the touch, and the fat interspersed with the meat is creamy white.

Avoid ones with too much fat. Fat that looks crumbly or yellowish may mean old meat. Very young lamb has pale pink flesh, while an older animal’s flesh ranges from light to dark red in colour.

To properly store lamb cuts, quickly freeze them. Quick-freezing helps retain the meat’s succulence. Take note that the fatty portion of the lamb is always the first to turn rancid. Thus, it is best to buy lean lamb cuts if you intend to store them for a period of time.

Peter Richardson is a retired butcher who still has a passion for preparing meats. He enjoys sharing his know how on various food and cooking sites. To find lots more delicious lamb recipes, just go to this webpage.

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