Brands That Offer Extended Girls’ Sizes and Small Women’s Clothes

Buying clothes for young girls who have outgrown children’s sizes can be a challenge for parents who want modest or age-appropriate clothes. Juniors’ fashions may be too risqué or have embellishments that parents of young girls may want to avoid. Fortunately, there are several brands of clothing that offer either extended girls’ sizes, extra small women’s clothes or both.

Extended Girls’ Sizes at Old Navy and Gap

Old Navy and Gap are two brands that offer both extended sizes and women’s sizes to fit young girls. Sizing is similar between these two brands, both owned by parent company Gap Inc. The international company has five distinct brands – Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime and Athleta, according to the Gap Inc. website.

Old Navy clothes can be trendy, but the company also offers staples like basic jeans and shirts. Girls’ sizes at Old Navy run from size 6 to 16. Many shirt styles are available (online only) in plus sizes L, XL and XXL. These shirts fit chest measurements up to 36 inches. Some pants are available in size 8 plus to 16 plus. These fit up to a 30-inch waist.


When girls have outgrown the children’s sizes, the women’s sizes pick up where the sizes for girls left off. Women’s clothes are available in sizes 0 to 20. Women’s petites are available for young girls and women up to 5’4″. Women’s pants are available in petite, short, regular, long and tall.

Sizing for clothes at the Gap are similar but prices are slightly higher and styles tend to be timeless. Sizes for girls at the Gap are available in XS to XXL. Girls’ plus-size shirts are available in M, L, XL and XXL. These fit chest measurements up to 35 1/4 inches. Girls’ pants are sold in regular and slim sizes 4-18, with plus-size pants available in 7 plus to 18 plus. The 18 plus pants fit up to a 31 ½ inch waist.

When girls move into women’s sizes, shirts are offered in sizes 0 to 22. Women’s size pants are available from 0 to 22 and are available in petite, ankle, regular, long and tall. Some jeans are available in size 00, which has a 23-inch waist measurement.

Wide Range of Plus Size Girls Clothing

Land’s End is one company that has an extensive offering of plus-sized girls’ clothes. Not only are girls’ clothes available in size small (7-8) through XL (16), but plus sizes are available in small to extra large, sizes 7 plus to 16 plus. Pants are offered in a similar size range, with regular and slim pants in 7 to 16 and plus sizes in 7 plus to 16 plus. Size 16 plus pants fit a waist measurement of 32 inches.

When girls are outsized in the children’s size range, women’s shirts and pants are available in size 00 through 26W. Jeans are available with 30-inch through 34-inch inseams. Women’s petites are available in sizes designed to fit women 4’11” through 5’3 ½” tall. Shirts in size 00 fit a bust measurement of 31 inches.

Land’s End clothes are known for their classic look. Prices may be slightly higher than other stores, but promotional codes for free shipping are often available. Land’s End offers extensive clearance and marked down items online.

European Sizing for Girls’ and Women’s Clothes

Hanna Andersson clothes use European sizing based on the child or tween’s height in centimeters. Sizes are available from 50 cm to 160 cm. The 160 cm-size fits girls 62 to 66 inches tall and weighing 88 through 110 lbs. Women’s sizes are available in XS through XL. The XS size is similar to a size 2 or 4 and fits a 32 ½ inch bust and 25-inch waist.

Although Hanna Andersson clothes sport a hefty price tag, there are some advantages to purchasing these clothes. Hanna Andersson offers styles that are more modest and age-appropriate than other retailers. The clothes are shrink-resistant, high quality and carry a recognized brand name. All of these factors improve the chances of reselling Hanna Andersson clothes to recoup some of the cost of the items.

Boden previously offered European sizing for their women’s clothes but now offers US sizing equivalents for women’s clothes. They added US size 2 and size 18 to their offerings in the fall 2010. Size 2 fits up to a 32-inch bust and up to a 25-inch waist. Pants, skirts and dresses are available in regular and long lengths.

Boden sells children’s sizes, …

Emma Watson New Clothing Line with Alberto Ferretti Inspired by Jane Birkin

Life as Emma Watson is pretty good right now. The ‘Harry Potter’ actress has teamed up with Alberto Ferretti for an ethical clothing line which is nearing completion. The Hollywood starlet has released her third set of designs for the ethical clothing line People Tree. Reports are that Watson worked on a “green” capsule collection.

Who is Emma Watson?
The 21-year-old was born in Paris and moved back to England by the age of five. At the ripe old age of 10, Emma Watson landed the role of a lifetime as Hermione Grangerin the uber successful ‘Harry Potter’ film series. Over the next 10 years, Watson has grown up on the silver screen, continuing to play Grangerin in ‘Harry Potter’ films. Watson also manages to balance her time as a university student, studying at the prestigious Ivy-league Brown University. Watson then went on to become the face of Burberry for two campaigns and is now collaborating with People Tree for an ethical teen line.

Who is People Tree?
People Tree markets itself as ‘The Fair Trade fashion pioneer.’ They work with 50 Fair Trade groups in 15 countries in order to bring the most benefit to the greatest number of people. People Tree designers, located in the UK and Japan, enjoy using handmade fabrics to create not only beautiful, but caring garments.

Emma Watson and People Tree
“Emma had a Jane-Birkin-in-the-70s image in mind,” said The Times of India in a recent report about Watson’s collaboration with People Tree. When speaking of Emma Watson, Ferretti admits, “she is intelligent, with a strong personality, a young, modern girl of today but aware of social issues at the same time and very rigorous.”

The Emma Watson at People Tree line ranges from women’s dresses and skirts to men’s t-shirts and scarves.

The general population isn’t aware of animal cruelty and the impact the clothing business has on that industry. Clothing lines like People Tree collaborate with actresses like Emma Watson to raise awareness and c onsciousness of the growing issue.…

How to Be Fit at Fifty+

Keeping fit in your fifties and beyond, is no simple feat. As the years advance, I find my body says to me, “Just let me sag, just let me eat; it’s part of old age…” All these body arguments go against the fact that, as humans, we need to exercise and watch our food intake at whatever age, and if we don’t, we will pay for it big time in bodies that are less agile, sick and overweight. As I watched my weight creep up to a level I was not comfortable with, I rebelled against my complacent body and thought, “This is it. I’m getting back to the weight I used to be, pre-body-metabolism-slowdown, and I’m going to get in shape.” Even though it was only 10 pounds, I knew it was going to be a colossal struggle. I joined an online weight monitoring organization, and kept track of everything that went into my mouth, because at this age, just exercising is not enough to lose weight, although it is vital.

So, I stepped up my exercise program to include at least 3 times a week at the gym, two 40-minute walks a day, and, in the summer, biking when I wasn’t walking. At the gym I usually do 30 minutes on the elliptical trainer or cross trainer with ramp, or hour-long classes related to firming up various parts of the body, using light weights and bands. I also used the weight machines to firm up arms, abs, hips, and legs. I was amazed that when I teamed this up with cutting the calories and large portions, the weight began to drop off, and my body became more efficient at keeping it off, even though it still complained about sore and tired muscles!

In our 21st Century world there are just too many opportunities to eat high-calorie food and to sit and use technology, whether it be texting and surfing on your phone, watching movies and TV, sitting too long at outdoor patios and drinking and eating too much, or just sitting in your car on your way to work. Sitting is very hard on the human body; it was made to move and be active. Our ancestors spent little time sitting- there was too much to be done, just to survive. One of my most active pastimes is gardening, and I do it for exercise, but also to enjoy my own organic fruits and vegetables in the summer, and flowers from spring to fall, not to mention the connection it gives me to the earth and to all the creatures that inhabit it. There is no better exercise than emptying a compost bin and planting and weeding a garden. Sore muscles, yes, but good for the body!

In all, there are many ways to keep fit that don’t cost a lot. Yes, the gym does cost, but it is minimal in relation to the benefit. Compare it to the cost of buying pop or junk food. Every day I try to think of how I can get exercise in the simplest ways, “Can I ride my bike to the store for milk? Can I walk to the library? Why not?” I will also save on gas, which has become a more and more expensive part of life. I’ll show those oil companies I can get along without them, at least some of the time, and become even more fit.…

Quick and Trendy Hairstyles in Under Five Minutes

When the weather is humid or we just don’t have enough time in a day, it can be hard to get your hair the way you’d like. There are always those days when you’re hair is a frizzy mess or just won’t hold a curl. When things don’t always go the way you’d hope, your hair can still look trendy and sleek. Try some of these quick, but gorgeous, hairstyles in less than 5 minutes.

Quick Hairstyles: The Basic Braid

When you just have a few minutes in the morning to put yourself together, you want an easy, but professional look. The basic braid is a quick and put-together look that can be made to look trendy.

Separate your hair into 3 sections and alternate the pieces over one another until you’ve created your basic braid. Start up your curling iron before starting this style to allow it to heat while you’re getting ready. Take pieces of hair around the face and curl to allow for a more elegant look.

Quick Hairstyles: Messy Up-Do

When you want your hair up and out of the way, but still sexy and seductive, try this quick messy up-do. After jumping out of the shower, scrunch your hair up with some anti-frizz spray as well as a scrunching mousse product.

Set a French twist and pin with a set of ornate chopsticks or a detailed hairpin or clip. Allow some pieces to fall around the face. The best part of this hairstyle is that it can be done with wet hair. For those with naturally curly hair simply set your locks with a curling gel product to make your curls bouncier.

Quick Hairstyles: Hair Accessories

When you’ve given up on your hair and every style in the book, try a trendy hair accessory. Add a colorful headband, soft scarf, hairpins, clips, and other versatile hair accessories. You can use most of these hair accessories in hair set in a pony tail, half up and half down, or just long and flowing hair.

You can find these great accessories for your hair at the dollar store, grocery store, drugstore, and many other shops. When you don’t have time to mess with your hair, simply pin it up or hide it using these handy hair goodies.

Quick Hairstyles: Conclusion

Battling with your hair day after day can become tedious. Don’t fret over a bad hair day when there are plenty of ways to overcome your problem. Try some of these quick hairstyles that you can do In less than 5 minutes…

A self-made man by Norah Vincent

Image from GoodReads.Com, find quotes from this book here.

Self-made man: My year disguised as a man is a book written by journalist Norah Vincent. Before discussing the book further, it must be said that this is a kind of experimentation which women have thought of doing to invade into traditional male spaces and know more about what happens there. Vincent recounts something similar in her book. She states that: 

  • Infiltrating male-dominated spaces: She did an 18-month-old experiment where she discussed herself as a man who she named “Ned” and integrated herself into traditional male-centric places or venues. This includes places like the bowling league as well as a monastery. In the book, she talks about what she and experienced in other men only places like strip clubs and such. She also details her experiences in men’s s support groups and on dates as well. 
  • Not a transgender but a lesbian: While some may construe this activity as her coming out or becoming a transgender but she stated it clearly in the book that she isn’t a transgender but only a lesbian. 

How did she do it?

Vincent got a buzz cut to pose as a man and even used a sports bra to flatten her chest. She got makeup artists so that she could have a fake beard shadow. That’s not all, she also trained her voice for months so that it sounded deeper and bulked up to gain more upper body muscle. 

What did she found out?

She said in an interview that: 

“Men are suffering. They have different problems than women have but they don’t have it better. They need our sympathy, they need our love, and they need each other more than anything else. They need to be together.” 

Apart from this she also states that many thought that her butch qualities (in female spaces) were considered to be effeminate in men’s circles. 

In the book, she expands more on how men suffer under older men and there is a very toxic cycle that continues. This results in the misogyny of course but it also results in depression and other issues in men who can’t even articulate it properly due to traditional unspoken male laws. …

How Massage Chairs Help While Relaxing And Reading?

Massage chairs must seem like a gift from heaven after a long day at work. It helps one relax and some time in it seems to get rid of all kinds of body issues. While you were relaxing in that chair, you must have often wondered how did it manage to do it. So let’s talk about it along with all the benefits of it: 

It helps one heal quickly

Relieving tension from the body is very important if you want to function fully on an everyday basis. But this tension should be relieved in a harmless manner so that it doesn’t accidentally add on to your pain and worries. Massage chairs are able to do just that with the different kinds of settings that it has. You can gauge your own stress and tension levels and then proceed to set the level of massage which makes you the most comfortable and relaxed. This is certainly more effective than going to a masseuse who you won’t be able to dictate to about the speed and strength to be used. 

It costs less

Buying just one massage chair will be enough to last you for years. You can use it according to your wants and then get it tuned up when needed. This will certainly cost less than going to a masseuse and that too periodically. Moreover, a massage chair will relax your whole body but a masseuse might not be able to do so. 

Doesn’t disturb

You can easily take a book and then settle down in your massage chair. The vibrations or movements of the chair aren’t so powerful that it will disturb your reading rhythm. In reality, you will be fell relaxed, be able to read a book and then probably be able to go to sleep there as well if the chair setting is on low. Using a massage chair is a really great way to unwind after a long day. 

Get ahead and foot massage

One of the best parts of all massage chairs is that you will be able to get ahead and foot massage at least. Of course, there are massage chairs that allow you to get shoulder and back massage as well but a head and foot massage are common in all. This is possible due to airbags in the massage chair which moves in several different directions so that it gives your head and feet a full massage. These airbags commonly move in the S and L track as well so that you can get a variety of head and foot massages. After all, it’s your head and feet which bears the brunt of the day’s labour mentally and physically. 

Basically, in a massage chair, you will have a remote controller with you that will allow you to get the massage intensity you want. It will also allow you to set the timer so that you get to be in the mood and intensity you want. 

The whole massage session is always a deeply comforting and pleasing experience. In this, massage chairs will satisfyingly improve your mental well-being. The massage sessions will certainly help uplift your mood, help in ensuring you have better blood circulation and help you relax as well. …

Family and Buddha

Buddah photo Photo by Mennonite Church USA Archives

Holding the hearts of men so patient
Patience is key
The great emptiness of massice living things
Always become calm
The stars can be of dreams
When reticent living things are born
Did the Buddah know an old pair of shoes
No, he simply walked as you and I will
Did he see the triviality of life
Perhaps, but he did not make mention
The East becomes the West
Gladness comes form in only one
The thought of another person
The thought to live and love knowledgeably
Lotus forms in no arbitrary fashion
The bloom is of itself
It knows nothing of permanence of fashion
Only sleeps as it is told
Blooms when it blooms
The mind of you, Tony
Practices the prayer of the ancients
Ones that taught meditation is as essential as
The beating heart in your chest
Fancies do not exist ever in moments
The truest of times are spent in concentration
To have the central mind is to amaze
Others with non-false conceptions
As you walk the ego-personality fades
The night becomes as a silk handerchief
All becomes the brightness of mind’s helpful ground
And you walk
And you walk
And people see that you
Practice what you talk
The thinking mind can be as a foggy night
And clear it
And clear it

This was written for me, Tony, and my cat! There are three pics here. Please look at them. 🙂…

Family Dinner

family dinner
no one talks

temperature dropping 
icy frost

deadly stares 
heaving breathing

quiet fuming 
deadly planning

kicking and screaming

family dinner 
no ones eating…

Family Time


Of all the times of my life, I most enjoy family time. When I can get away from my 9 to 5 and just be me. When I can relax and enjoy my husband and three little boys. We always have endless fun.

We might decide to play games or with their toys. We might go on a picnic or to an Amusement Park. Whatever we decide, its just great being together.

This particular day we are in the Park and the two oldest boys are romping. The baby is just learning how to walk, so my husband and I are helping him with that. Of course my two oldest need more space to play than our little cramped apartment, so they are very, very happy.

This is just what our family needs. That’s why there’s nothing better than family time.

My sister, who is single and childless, feels sorry for me. She is focused on her career and has no intentions of settling down or having a family. I tell her, “girl, you don’t know what you are missing! Just wait until you meet Mr. Right. ‘Cause once you do, its going to be on like neckbones”. She just laughs and says, “no thank you”, she is happy just the way she is. No need for any major changes in her life. But “whatever floats my boat is fine with her”.

Now don’t get me wrong, she loves her nephews. In fact, they are one of the main reasons she visits me. But she just seems to be a free spirit. So I say, “whatever floats her boat is fine with me”.

My husband laughs at our lighthearted banter. Whenever she visits it’s the same thing. We always seem to wear out the topic of her singleness. But we all love each other, so life is wonderful. God is good and He will provide.…

Life on the Outside: Five Jobs for Ex-Cons

Americans love an underdog. At least in theory. In real life, underdog equals loser. If your legal issues have left you an underdog, you’re going to find out fast that in a tough economy, underdogs lose out. And it gets worse. Ex-cons are more likely to end up back in prison if they aren’t employed. It seems employment of any sort gives those who have served their time on the inside a chance to stay on the outside. So, what is someone who has done time supposed to do?

The competition is as fierce as it has ever been, and everyone is bringing their A-game. The trick for recently released inmates is not to bring your best game in the wrong league. Most of you won’t be employable by mainstream standards, not at first. So, look outside the mainstream. Here are a five potential sources of work that most folks would pass by, but which might be your ticket to a long life on the outside:

  • Local performing arts theaters might seem a bit out of your league, but look closer. These small-scale theaters (and even the larger ones) hire people to the unload trucks carrying stage sets and costumes. Look in your local phone book, or do a Yahoo! search to find the theater near you. Often, the performer or show will have their own “roadies,” but find that they need an extra pair of hands for one or two local shows. This is a perfect way to develop a reputation as a hard worker
  • The carnival always needs help when it comes to town. Most are willing to hire people with a criminal record as long as they haven’t been convicted of a sex crime or a violent crime. Call the county clerk and ask for the name of the company they hire for the county fair and the name of the contact person. Give them a call and let them know you want to talk to them when they come to town. Once you have experience in the carnival business, you’ll be able to land a permanent position.
  • Many people, including ex-cons, believe that fast-food restaurants are beneath them. They don’t want to wear a paper hat and ask everyone in sight if they would like fries with their order. But before you rush to judgment about the job, remember how employers rush to judgment about you. Fast-food restaurants allow you to establish a solid work history, and most have opportunities for promotion. Granted, the pay isn’t great at first, but the company is putting a significant amount of resources into your training, and you get promoted, you learn more and more about business management. It can be a valuable experience if you decide to give it a chance.
  • If you’ve been incarcerated for any length of time, you might not have heard about jobs “Americans won’t do.” Jobs in like this include jobs on large commercial farms. If you live near one of these facilities and speak English, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to get hired. Commercial milk producers and vegetable growers will hire ex-cons who are willing to work. No experience necessary. You don’t even need to know the difference between a cow and a stalk of celery. If you’ll do the work they’ll show you how to do it.
  • No one wants to clean toilets for a living. That’s good news if you’re an ex-con looking for a job. Someone is always in need of a bathroom cleaner–event organizers, portable toiled suppliers, truck stops, gas stations, and every other business that has a pit stop open to the public. Put in applications with event organizers and sanitation providers, as well as individual businesses hiring for cleaning, maintenance, or janitorial work.

Don’t fall prey to the darkness of rejection. Even if it seems hopeless, you can still secure a job and earn an honest living if you are realistic about your prospects and willing to trade an honest day’s work for an honest, albeit low, wage.…