Monday, August 18, 2014

Easy Ways to Stretch Out Snug Jeans

You do not have to walk around in too-tight jeans, because you can stretch them out a size or two.

Make Tight Jeans More Comfortable

It isn't much fun to wear too-tight jeans that cut into your waist and give you muffin-top. Even jeans that fit just right can end up shrinking when you wash them, but you can stretch them back out. Most jeans can be stretched up to a size or two.

Wet jeans are easier to stretch than dry jeans, so the best time to stretch them is as soon as you take them out of the washing machine. Skip the dryer, and go right to the stretching steps.

A pants stretcher is kind of an old-fashioned device that is regaining popularity because it works. Slide the pants stretcher into the wet jeans. Position the stretcher so the denim is smooth and pulled tight. the stretcher out until the fabric is pulled tight. Then, set the stretcher's clasp. Hang the jeans up to line dry, and do not remove the stretcher until they are completely dry.

Another way to stretch the width of your jeans is to put them on wet, just like they did in the old western movies. It won't be the most pleasant sensation, unless you like wearing wet clothes; but the jeans will be molded to fit your hips and legs. It might also seem like It takes the jeans a very long time to dry, but you can cut the time by standing near a fan or a heat register. Make sure you move around a lot, to get a thorough stretch on the tight areas.

If you find your jeans shrinking lengthwise, it is because of the way the fabric was cut, and stretching them will be a little bit harder, but you can get a little bit of length back. When the jeans are fresh out of the washer, not dripping wet, but before you dry them at all; stand on the hem and pull up on the inseam.

The inseam will usually be the toughest to stretch because of the type of seam used. Then pull up on the waist-band. This might start an unwelcome circle, though. To stretch the outer seam; you will probably lose a little bit of width when the jeans stretch, so then your jeans may be snug around again.

Sewing and Craft Alliance: Denim ... More Than Just a Pair of Jeans
Iowa State Extension: Consumer Choices: Textile Labels
Ohio State University Extension: Selecting Jeans

Friday, August 15, 2014

Top 5 Women's Rock Climbing Shoes

Feel like trying something new for some fun exercise?

Information on five great styles of women's rock climbing shoes.

"Stick" with Climbing Shoes that Give Good Friction

When buying a pair of rock climbing shoes the most important things to look for are proper fit and performance. Proper fit in a climbing shoe means snug. Good performance means it will 'stick' or have 'friction' to reduce the chance of slipping and falling. Five climbing shoes that are "sure-fire" winners are the Evolv Rockstar Climbing Shoe, La Sportiva Women's Katana, La Sportiva Mythos Lady, the Five Ten Women's Anasazi Velcro, and the Mad Rock Women's Onsight.

The Evolv Rockstar Climbing Shoe for Women has been a favorite with climbers since 2004 when it won awards from both Climbing and Rock Ice magazines. The Rockstar is a versatile mid-priced rock climbing shoe that is enjoyable for both beginners and experienced climbers. According to the experts at - the Rockstar "performs well on cracks, sport climbs, and all-day multi-pitch climbs without sacrificing performance for comfort."

La Sportiva Women's Katana is a good rock climbing shoe for climbing indoors (in the gym) or outdoor sport climbing, crack climbing, and 'bouldering'. It's a performance shoe with a Velcro closure to make it easy to put on and take off and for one hand adjusting. The sole is designed to be hard enough that it's durable and rubbery enough to be sticky and get proper friction. The Katana is lined to reduce the chances of it stretching out of shape but users find it does mold to the shape of their feet.

La Sportiva Mythos Lady is known as a versatile and comfortable rock climbing shoe. The Mythos Lady is made with unlined leather upper so it fits snug but quickly molds to the shape of your feet. The laces tighten down around the toe and heel so the chances of the shoe slipping are reduced.

The Five Ten Women's Anasazi Velcro is an excellent shoe for intermediate to experienced climbers. It has Velcro closures that make putting it on and taking it off easy and fast. The Anasazi is a slipper style of climbing shoe but it does not have an aggressive down-turned toe like some slippers do. The less aggressive toe lets the foot rest in a more natural position than an aggressively down-turned toe does - while the deep-cupped heel is positioned to drive the force forward to the toe area.

The Mad Rock Women's Onsight Climbing Shoe is a versatile all-around performance climbing shoe. The Onsight is designed specifically to contour and to be comfortable on a woman's feet. The narrow interior, heel, and higher instep of the Onsight create a climbing shoe that gives better fit and better performance.


Classic Oakley Sunglasses

Oakley sunglasses are a quality eyewear product. They are durable and appealing sunglasses.

Oakley has been a name associated with consistent quality in eyewear for many years now. Oakley sunglasses offer both style and function while standing up to scratches and occasional bumps. (I actually saw a pair of Oakley sunglasses get dropped and run over by a car about ten years ago - and they came out of it with only a small scratch on one lens. I have been an Oakley fan ever since.)
The Polarized Oakley Nanowire 3.0 is available through the Oakley website for around $300. The Nanowire is available in Olive Chrome, Brown Chrome, or Polished Black. The lens is one long, smooth surface rather than split for each eye. This allows for an uninterrupted field of vision. The frame is designed to ultra-lightweight and flexible.
Oakley Flak Jacket XLJ is an excellent sports sunglasses style. They can be purchased through for about $142. Flak Jacket has a rain and sweat repellent coating on the smudge and dirt resistant lens. Lenses are also UV resistant, lightweight, rimless, and offer impact protection. Easy change lenses are available for different light conditions. The Predator is available in different colors and also comes with a case for your easy storage convenience.
The military-inspired Fuente Antix is available through the Oakley website for approximately $265. The company originally had to set a limit of one pair per customer. Frames are available in black, tortoise, or red. (Red is cheaper - available for about $90) the polarized lenses balance light transmission and tame even the sharpest sun glares.
Limited Edition 4-Legged Frogskins are cute retro-style sunglasses that are available through the Oakley website for about $120. The frame colors are matte denim and turquoise. The lens shape is similar to the cat-eyed sunglasses that were popular in the fifties- though updated with a chunkier size. Frogskins come with an extra pair of stems. If you want a pair of these - you had better hurry - they are only available for a limited time - at this point - you may actually have to seek out vintage Frogskins on sites like eBay or Amazon.
Polarized Fives came out in 2009. They were available through the Oakley website for about $135. These dark sunglasses are perfect for bright days or for people with light-sensitive eyes. Fives are a slimmer, classic style of Oakley sunglasses. The lenses are created with Oakley wrap and rake curvature. Wrap and rake offers the wearer a wider field of vision, more protection from the wind, and better UV protection.