Tips On How To Take Your Own Clothing Measurements At Home

When you’re shopping for clothes online, it’s important to have your most up-to-date body measurements on hand to help you find the perfect fit. At LTD, we’re trying to improve the customer experience by including more specific sizing details for select apparel products. But if you’re going to take advantage of the new sizing details, it definitely helps to have a few crucial clothing measurements to use as a reference point. Find some tips on how to take your own clothing measurements at home in this how-to guide for women’s apparel.

Tips On Taking Your Own Clothing Measurements At Home

Gather Your Measuring Tools

The most important tool you need to take your own measurements is a flexible measuring tape. Flexibility is crucial to finding your exact measurements. It is also a nice tool to have in the house for a variety of other tasks that require measurements on surfaces that aren’t perfectly linear. You’ll even find the flexible measuring tape very helpful for a variety of arts and crafts projects. It’s also important to try to take your measurements in front of a mirror.

Tips for Using Measuring Tape

It might seem obvious, but for most people who haven’t taken their own measurements, it is helpful to know right from the start that it’s easier for certain measurements if you don’t start at zero. It’s easier (and actually more accurate in some cases) to move in just a few inches, record the measurement and then subtract those few inches from the overall total.

Measuring Tip: Remove clothes that will get in the way of taking accurate measurements. But keep wearing clothes that you would wear with the specific garment you’re measuring for. For example, if you’re going to be wearing a bra under the blouse you’re shopping for, take your bust measurement wearing a bra to get the most accurate bust measurement.

Clothing Measurements – How to Measure Bust

When measuring the bust, wrap the tape measure around your back and under your arms. Then pull the tape measure around the most prominent part of the bust. Don’t pull too tight, and also try to make sure that the measuring tape is straight in the back, doesn’t dip, and doesn’t have any tangles that will distort the measurement. When measuring alone, try to do so in front of a mirror so you can check the back and ensure your measuring is level.

Tips On How To Take Your Own Clothing Measurements At Home

Clothing Measurements – How to Measure Waist And Hips

There’s a difference between measuring the waist and measuring the hips. For measuring the waist, wrap the measuring tape around your torso at the bellybutton. If measuring your hips, wrap the measuring tape around your hips at the fullest part of the hip area. The hips are typically a more helpful measurement than the waist when trying to determine the right fit for apparel like pants and capris, while the waist measurement comes in handy if you’re shopping for apparel like summer dresses, including those swing, sheath or maxi dresses.


LTD’s Garment Measurements – Definitions

When shopping for women’s apparel online at LTD, you’ll have access to size charts that will make it easy to compare your own measurements and find the perfect size. Here are the definitions included in the size charts to keep in mind while taking your measurements at home. These measurements include body measurements that you can measure, such as bust, waist and hips, as well as clothing measurements like sweep, length and inseam to help you get a better idea of how the garment is tailored or how it will hang on the body.

Bust is measured at the fullest point of the bust.

Waist refers to the natural waist, which is the narrowest part of the torso, located between the bottom of the rib cage and the navel.

Hip is measured around the fullest part of the hip area.

Sweep refers to the circumference of the bottom hem of the garment. Measure by laying the garment flat and measuring the hem from end to end. Then, double the measurement to get the circumference.

Length is measured from the highest point of the shoulder to the hem of the garment.

Rise is the distance from the middle of the crotch seam to the top of the waistband.

Inseam is the length from the crotch seam to the hem.


Remember to always double or triple-check your measurements to make sure they’re all accurate before you start shopping. Once you have your measurements recorded, you’re all set to start searching for new additions to your spring and summer wardrobe. LTD has an exciting new selection of women’s apparel for the season change. Check out a few of our new dresses, tops, fashion accessories and more to update your wardrobe for less!

4 Fun Facts About Four Leaf Clovers

There’s a reason why one of the most popular symbols of St. Patrick’s Day is the four leaf clover. For centuries, the rare little clover has been used as a good luck charm. Known for their “magical” ability to keep evil spirits away and prevent bad luck, four leaf clovers were said to have been carried by Ireland’s Celtic ancestors. It’s even said that the phrase “The Luck of the Irish” refers to the fact that Ireland is home to the most four leaf clovers on the planet. Even though the three-leafed shamrock is the true symbol of St. Patrick’s Day, four leaf clovers have been known to steal the spotlight. While you probably shouldn’t wear the four leaf clover this Friday, you can still learn these 4 fun facts about the good luck charm.

4 Fun Facts About Four Leaf Clovers

Exactly How Rare Are Four Leaf Clovers?

It’s typically said that you have a 1-in-10,000 chance of finding a four leaf clover. This is based on a general scientific estimate. People have actually been known to find several four leaf clovers growing right in their yard or garden, while others have searched many fields without stumbling on a single lucky charm–or worse, picking up the wrong clover.

Of course, in the search for four leaf clovers, some people are just luckier than others. According to Guinness World Records, the current record holder for the most four leaf clovers found is held by Edward Martin Sr, who picked the vast majority of his 111,060 four leaf clovers in Alaska. The record has likely grown. It was last updated in 2007.

What Country Has the Most Four Leaf Clovers?

Many people think the phrase “The Luck of the Irish” stems from the idea that there are more four leaf clovers in Ireland than anywhere else in the world. Such a thing would be difficult to verify, and there definitely have been quite a few lucky charms found in other parts of the globe. More importantly, the term “The Luck of the Irish” doesn’t mean what most people think it means. It actually first appeared in America during the Gold Rush.

Did Abraham Lincoln Carry A Four Leaf Clover?

One of the most popular facts about four leaf clovers is that Abraham Lincoln carried a four leaf clover at all times. According to the popular legend, President Lincoln forgot to bring his good luck charm with him to Ford’s Theatre on the night he was assassinated. He isn’t the only famous leader in history linked to the four leaf clover. It’s also believed that Napoleon luckily avoided an assassination attempt by bending down to pick one.

Where Does That Fourth Leaf Come From?

If you’re wondering why four leaf clovers are so rare, you’d have to look at their genetic traits. According to researchers, the regular three leaf clover (one of hundreds of clover species, and known as Trifolium repens, or the “white clover”) actually possess a gene that allows for a fourth leaf to grow. However, these clovers also have a more dominant gene that thwarts the fourth leaf from sprouting. Only rarely do fourth leaves break free.


Don’t forget to enter LTD’s Lucky Clover Sweepstakes to win a $50 LTD Gift Certificate! The contest will end on 3/19/17, so hurry over and get your entry in before it’s too late.

Vacation Destinations: 10 Beautiful Islands to Visit in the Caribbean

Everyone dreams of taking an island vacation. Every year, millions of tourists from around the world actually turn that dream into reality. For Americans, the islands of the Caribbean offer a nearby paradise that’s easily accessible. Traveling to the Caribbean is also more affordable than many people imagine. But with so many islands to choose from, where do you start? Whether you’re planning a Caribbean cruise or just trying to get a better handle on which island is best for you, take a look at these top ten Caribbean vacation destinations.

Vacation Destinations 10 Islands to Visit in the Caribbean

Barbados

Barbados is the eastern-most island in the Caribbean, so east that it’s considered to be more of an Atlantic island than a Caribbean one. No matter how it’s classified, Barbados is consistently named the number one tourist destination of any island. It’s biggest attraction is its countless beaches surrounded by beautiful, clear water. If you’re in need of rest, relaxation and maybe a little rum, the Barbados beaches will not disappoint.

Unique Feature: Aside from kicking back on the beach with a drink, the second thing many people imagine themselves doing on their Caribbean island vacation is surfing. Barbados is known for being home to some of the best waves in the world, like the famous “Soup Bowl” which attracts pro surfers from around the globe.

The Piton Mountains in St. Lucia

St. Lucia

One of Barbados’ neighbors to the west, St. Lucia has pretty much everything. Its perfect tropical weather is great for catching some sun on the beach, but there’s so much more to explore. The small island is home to a tropical rainforest, numerous waterfalls and the beautiful Piton Mountains. The mountains make it perfect for hiking and seeing the beautiful landscape, as well as more extreme adventure sports like rock climbing.

Unique Feature: One of the most popular tourist attractions on St. Lucia, and in the entire Caribbean for that matter, is the St. Lucia Volcano Tour. Guided tours take you sightseeing through the hot springs and colorful landmarks of the Sulphur Springs It’s one of the few places in the world where you can safely tour a volcano.

Hammock Hanging on a Beach in Aruba

Aruba

This Dutch-governed island is located in the South Caribbean off the coast of Venezuela. It’s known for its stunning white sand beaches, refreshing breezes that cool down the sun and keep the temperatures more mild than most of the islands in the Caribbean. Traveling inland, you’ll get a unique Caribbean experience with Dutch-inspired architecture, an eclectic mix of local cuisine and a very different collection of plant life.

Unique Feature: If you’re hoping to get up off the beach chair and get out on the water, there’s arguably no better island than Aruba. Wind on the water from the Atlantic makes it perfect for windsurfing. Aruba is also known as the “wreck-diving capital of the Caribbean” so you can explore sunken ships while scuba diving.

Scuba Diver in Coral Reef in Bonaire

Bonaire

Bonaire is located off the coast of Venezuela as well. Along with Aruba and Curacao, they make up the ABC islands. Their popularity stems from the fact that they are a few of only several islands in the Caribbean that reside outside the Hurricane Belt. The island itself has one of the most interesting histories. It was occupied by the Spanish, Dutch, British, and even the Germans during WWII. It became a Dutch municipality in 2010.

Unique Feature: Bonaire was one of the first islands to start conserving their coral reefs. As a result, they’re consistently praised for their immaculate diving expeditions. While scuba diving, tourists can view some of the most diverse coral reefs in the world from award-winning instructors who lead experts and beginners.

Willemstad, the Capital City of Curacao

Curacao

Legend has it that Portuguese sailors used this island to recover from scurvy in the 16th century due to the plentiful resources of Vitamin C. The island is often referred to as a miniature European city. Like Bonaire, the island of Curacao has a complicated history and is also a premier diving destination. It’s the largest of the ABC islands, with a bigger population and economy, so it looks and feels less like a tourist destination.

Unique Feature: On an island getaway, it’s great to get off the beach or away from the water for a day. The island of Curacao is home to unique activities on land and even under the land. The Hato Caves lead you through gorgeous limestone caves and underground pools, perfect for adventurers or nature enthusiasts.

Turks and Caicos Blue Water White Sand Beach

Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos is actually a group of islands at the tail end of the Bahamas. Just a short plane ride from Miami, the beautiful, sunny temperatures that usually hover between 75 and 85 degrees make the islands perfect for sunbathing. With over 40 islands in the chain and hundreds of miles of beaches, it’s not hard to find that perfect patch of beach to call your own island paradise.

Unique Feature: Like Bonaire, Turks and Caicos is known for its awesome scuba diving. This is due to the fact that it’s home to one of the top three largest barrier reefs in the world. The crystal clear water and wide assortment of sea creatures make it ideal for snorkeling, and the spotless white sand is what we all picture when we imagine a classic Caribbean vacation.

Boats off the Coast of St Kitts

St. Kitts and Nevis

This two-island nation is like St. Lucia in its ability to combine the perfect beach vacation with the outdoor adventures of a tropical rainforest. One of the quieter tourist islands in the Caribbean, it is essentially split between the more lively resorts and parties on St. Kitts and the calmer, nature inspired activities on Nevis (which happens to be the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton–his childhood home still offers guided tours).

Unique Feature: If you’re not comfortable trekking into an active volcano, you can skip St. Lucia and take a tour of the dormant volcanoes on St. Kitts and Nevis. Incredible cliffs created by age-old volcanic eruptions can be seen as you’re guided up the mountain, which only increases your spectacular views of the islands.

Lighthouse in Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago

Bermuda might be the most popular tourist destination in the Caribbean, but Trinidad and Tobago is by far the wealthiest. The thriving twin islands are also two of the largest in the Caribbean, but not so big that you can’t explore what both islands have to offer. Like Turks and Caicos, these islands have a bit of everything, so if you’re trying to satisfy many different interests from snorkeling to rainforest sightseeing, it’s a safe bet.

Unique Feature: Trinidad and Tobago offers an exciting nightlife unlike any other Caribbean destination. In the popular capital, Port-of-Spain, you can witness and participate in a variety of original musical styles and dances. And if you plan your trip the week before Ash Wednesday, you can experience its famous Carnival.

Waterfall in Dominica

Dominica

If the rainforests of St. Lucia or Trinidad and Tobago piqued your interest, you might want switch your flight to the lesser known island of Dominica. Very proud of its reputation in the Caribbean as the “Nature Island,” Dominica’s breathtaking natural landscape is more than two-thirds rainforest. It’s filled with must-see lakes, rivers, and waterfalls and thousands of different species of plants and animals, perfect for the nature lover.

Unique Feature: Dominica is more than its perfect rainforests. It has diverse European roots, but is also one of the only Caribbean islands with a population of Carib Indians. Tourists interested in learning more about pre-Columbian history can visit the Kalinago Territory to witness their ancestral talents, like canoe-building.

Cueva Ventana in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

As an official U.S. Commonwealth, you don’t even need a passport to visit Puerto Rico. It’s one of the largest islands in the Caribbean, and as expected is home to a multitude of traditional Caribbean vacation activities as well as more specific experiences you can only find in Puerto Rico. It’s known as one of the best culinary destinations in the Caribbean, with world class cuisine as well as can’t-miss local dishes you’ll never forget.

Unique Feature: Some of the beaches literally light up in Puerto Rico. Mosquito Bay and the Bioluminescent Bay are home to micro-organisms affectionately called “dinos” that illuminate the water in an incredible blue glow that you have to see to believe. Just make sure to visit on a night when the moon isn’t shining so bright.


Wherever you plan to spend your spring break or your summer vacation, stock up on your supplies at LTD Commodities. We have everything from beach towels and water toys to beachwear and travel essentials.

5 Iconic Films that Made Major Fashion Statements

Few things make a larger impact on the way we dress than the films we love. Hollywood’s been responsible for some of the biggest cultural fashion shifts of the past century, from elegant ensembles to rebellious outfits and just about everything else you can imagine. From Audrey Hepburn’s famous “Little Black Dress” to Uma Thurman’s edgy style in Pulp Fiction, take a look back at five of the best fashion statements from iconic films.

5 Iconic Films that Made Major Fashion Statements

Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961)

Few outfits in the film world stunned audiences and made a major impact on the future of fashion as Audrey Hepburn’s “Little Black Dress”. The iconic dress designed by Hubert de Givenchy was merely one example of the celebrated collaboration between the Academy Award winner and esteemed fashion designer. Other famous trends inspired by Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s include those slightly oversized sunglasses and decadent, elbow-length gloves. Her real dress sold at a charity auction in 2006 for close to a million dollars.

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961 (Photo from Trailer Screenshot, via Wikimedia Commons)

Annie Hall (1977)

To this day, fashion has never been challenged in any film like it was in Annie Hall. Like Aubrey Hepburn’s “Little Black Dress,” Keaton’s vintage, menswear-inspired outfits wasn’t the first of its kind. Suit-wearing stars like Katherine Hepburn challenged gender norms in fashion a few decades before in daring men’s-inspired suits and accessories. These daring outfits were too ahead of their time to weave their way into pop culture, However, even if Keaton’s fashion statements came at the right moment in time, her stylish ensembles were as original, enjoyable, adventurous, provocative and inspiring as any seen on the silver screen since then.

Blade Runner (1982)

Strange that a science-fiction film appears on a list with Audrey Hepburn and Annie Hall, but to look back at Blade Runner is to see the moment where Sci-Fi fashion shifted from over-the-top and out-of-this-world to a truly fashion-forward analysis of future style. Clashing elements of gritty film-noir fashion with bold style that preceded the inventive ambition of the 80’s fashion scene, Blade Runner arguably paved the way for genre films to influence fashion as more than counter-culture or commentary, giving it a chance in the mainstream.

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Pulp Fiction‘s edgy style set the tone for the rest of the fashion-flustered 90’s. Truly considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, the only thing more refreshing to mid-90’s audiences than its unique narrative style, mesmerizing plot and original characters was the enticing feeling of the film. A huge component of the mood was created by the understated outfits the characters wore. Whether it was the foreboding black suits of Travolta and Jackson or the simple, throwback style of Uma Thurman, it remains one of the most popular film influences on everyday style, and serves as a welcome reminder that fashion doesn’t have to be flashy.

Atonement (2007)

With so many of the most memorable fashion statements being made in biopics and period pieces during the last couple decades, it’s hard to point to a film that does more for fashion than highlight a vintage style and present it in a different light. That’s why Keira Knightley’s unforgettable emerald dress in Atonement is so unique. In recent year’s it’s made many shortlists for “Best Movie Costume of All Time,” an achievement that may have a lot to do with the fact that the film’s costume designer, Jacqueline Durran, drew inspiration from several different decades, designing an outfit truer to the character herself than the exact time period.


Find new favorite outfits for spring and summer with stylish apparel, jewelry, fashion accessories and more at LTD Commodities. And feel free to add to this list with your favorite film fashions in the comments below.

LTD Update: New Size Charts for Women’s Apparel

At LTD, our Women’s Apparel team is always working hard to help you find the perfect fit. In addition to our current Women’s Apparel Size Charts provided on online product pages, selected garments in our newest Spring Catalog, as well as select apparel products in the future, will feature even more details to guide you to a better fit. Learn more about the new size charts, or start shopping to check out the details for yourself!

New Garment Measuring Details

Current Size Chart for Women’s Apparel

Here is the current women’s apparel size chart that can be found on many women’s apparel product pages. As you likely know, each size is represented from Small (6/8) to 3X (26/28) with measurements for the Bust, Waist and Hips. The new size chart will include measurements such as Sweep & Length. In addition, each new size chart will provide measurement instructions to help you get your personal measurements at home.

Size Chart for Women's Apparel


Where Can You Find the New Size Charts?

Apparel items that include a new size chart will feature a thumbnail image on the product page. If there is no thumbnail image on the product page, please use the original size chart located by the “Add to Cart” button.

Where to Find Our New Size Charts for LTD Commodities


What Details Are Included in the New Size Charts?

The new details will be specific to the garment you’ve selected. For example, new measurements provided for the Women’s Vintage Wash Smocked Waist Dress include Sweep and Length. These terms are defined beneath the garment measurements, and include instructions to help you find your measurements at home.

New Changes to LTD's Women's Apparel Size Charts


What Are Some Products With New Size Charts?

Check out the new size charts right now in our 2017 Spring Catalog by clicking on any of the apparel items below, and look forward to finding these new size charts on select women’s apparel from this point forward.

Women's Sleeveless Lace TunicsWomen's Plus Sunny Day Tank TopsWomen's Light and Airy Sleep Sets

Healthy Living: The Benefits of Walking at Work

Most office jobs keep people glued to their seats for hours on end. Often unavoidable, this necessity to work while sitting is the foundation of many sedentary lifestyles. Not only does sitting for extended periods of time have a negative impact on the body, it can also muddle up the mind. As more scientific evidence comes out revealing how damaging the sedentary lifestyle can be, more office workers are fixing the issue by adding a bit more walking to their daily routine. Learn more about how walking at work can help improve your health.

Healthy Living: The Benefits of Walking at Work

Walking Helps Strengthen the Body

It’s obvious that exercising more improves health, but one of the reasons why most people don’t start adding a walk to their work schedule is because they have a hard time believing that walking for 15 or 30 minutes a day can produce any major results. While walking won’t burn as much fat or as many calories as running, it will burn calories, boost the metabolism and maintain the body’s muscle. Walking also helps build stronger bones and reduces the risk of cardiovascular problems like high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes.

It’s Good to Get Away from the Chair

Sitting down for extended periods of time, day after day, week after week, isn’t exactly what our bodies were meant to do. A huge part of the reason why sitting is so bad for the body is because it typically goes hand in hand with bad posture, decreased blood flow (particularly to the legs), unnecessary strain on the lungs and spine–and therefore a decrease in the amount of oxygen distributed evenly around the body. These things aren’t taking place as soon as we sit down. They build up over time–and can be prevented with a daily walk.

Walking Also Improves Your Mood

In addition to staving off larger health problems and preventing muscle loss, daily walking routines can also help improve mental health. All those things that benefit the body also benefit the mind, while simple things like a change of scenery, socializing with walking buddies or just getting out into fresh air can have a direct and immediate impact on improving how we feel during the day. A lot of it has to do with blood flow. Getting up and walking gets blood and oxygen flowing to the brain, improving focus while decreasing stress levels.

And Optimizes Your Other Workouts

Walking at work has the highest benefit for people who try to remain active outside of work. Many people try to compensate for sedentary lifestyles by hitting the gym on a regular basis. However, exercising outside of work to make up for hours upon hours of sitting in one place might not be enough. Simply put, sitting all day at work might cause more damage than high-intensity workouts at the gym can make up for. On the positive side, walking a few minutes every hour, or for 15 to 30 minutes at lunch, can make exercise outside of work even more effective. Whatever walking option you choose, remember to drink more water during the day.

Women's Sporty CaprisWomen's Canvas Slip-On ShoesSet of 2 Fitness Bands

If you’re tired of sitting at your desk all day and want an easy way to start improving your health, a short walk during working hours might be the solution for you. Find easy, slip-on shoes for work walking, fitness bands for stretching at home and fitness apparel to get you moving outside the workplace with products from LTD.

10 Easy Ways to Warm Up Your Bathroom this Winter

In the winter, those tile floors and cold surfaces can make us dread getting out of bed in the morning. It’s not the most comforting room in the house during the colder months of the year, but with a few easy updates the bathroom can become a warm, relaxing place. Warm up your bathroom this winter with these simple ideas.

10 Easy Ways to Warm Up Your Bathroom for Winter

1. Bath Mats

Eliminate cold feet from your daily bathroom routine with a plush bath mat or runner. Almost every bathroom has one already, but these mats might be worn down from ordinary wear and tear. Adding a brand new bath mat is the most affordable way to make a big impact on the warmth and comfort of your bathroom this winter.

3 Piece Monogram Bath Set58 Inch Cotton Bath Runners20 X 40 Inch Foam Bath Runners

2. Warm Colors

If you live in a cold-weather climate, you’ve probably taken the age-old advice to stick with the most neutral color palette that will satisfy your decor all year ’round. But that slate of neutral colors isn’t as limited as you might imagine. Check out this list of warm neutral paint colors if you’re ready to apply a fresh coat of paint.

3. Plush Towels

Aside from bath mats, the quality of your bath towels, washcloths and bath mitts has the biggest impact on how warm your bathroom feels. The hotter the water, the colder it is stepping out of the shower or bathtub. Like bath mats, all towels eventually wear thin from everyday wear, so swap yours for some fresh options.

34 X 68 Oversized Zero Twist Cotton Bath SheetsSet of 6 Wash Mitts2 Pack Quick Dry Cotton Bath Sheets

4. Wood Accents

If you’re not in the mood to update your bathroom with a warm neutral paint color, another quick option is to increase the amount of wood accents in your small bathroom space. Lighter woods like pine, hemlock and birch can give your bathroom a sharp, clean look, while red oak, cherry and mahogany add instant warmth.

5. Coastal Curtains

After the holiday decorations are taken down, there’s usually a long winter lull between the start of the New Year and the first signs of spring. Instead of waiting around for the snow to melt, go ahead and update your bathroom with your favorite spring or summer decor. Or–why not–just keep your bath coastal all year long.

Flip Flops Bathroom CollectionBarbados Bathroom CollectionCoastal Retreat Bathroom Collection

6. Different Bulbs

Changing your white light bulbs out for a warmer tone will automatically make your bathroom feel warmer in the winter. Warm white light bulbs trending toward the warm orange-like glow you prefer will be lower on the temperature scale (2500K-3000K), while changing the shape of your bulb can create a warm effect as well.

7. Country Appeal

Of all the decorating styles, country is typically more effective at creating that warm, cozy feeling your winter bathroom requires. It doesn’t have to be a complete makeover. Adding a few unique country accents makes any room feel a bit more comforting. If you’re more modern, rustic or vintage accents create a similar effect.

Outhouse Bathroom CollectionCountry Tissue Box CoversDecorative Towel Stands

8. Window Fixes

If you have a window in your bathroom, the temperature could fluctuate pretty drastically. It’s a good idea to check that your window is caulked, sealed and free of air leaks. Even the smallest crack can filter in cold air and cool down the small area of the bathroom pretty quickly, and eventually spread to the rest of your home.

9. Warm Glow

Whether you change the bulbs in your bathroom to a warmer tone or not, you can either accent those lights or create a similar effect with the warm glow of candlelight. It also gives you a chance to combine that warm country style, start decorating for the spring season early or add an attractive scent with fragrance warmers.

Decorative Fragrance Warmers or Wax MeltsVintage Inspired Candleholder SetSet of 2 Star Pillar Candleholder

10. Fresh & Clean

Sometimes the warm feeling in your bathroom has nothing to do with the actual temperature. Similar to light and paint color, the cleanliness of your bathroom can play a major role in determining the overall comfort of the space. Dirty spaces make us feel uncomfortable, so cleanliness is as important as temperature in winter.


Give the bathroom in your house the spring update they deserve with new bathroom essentials from LTD.

Love Your Clothes: Tips to Take Care of Your Spring Wardrobe

We’re not even halfway through winter, but most of us are already dreaming of spring. Sometimes it helps to get ahead on our spring planning. Winter organizing and home improvement projects are great for keeping our minds occupied and helping us get our home’s in shape for the warmer months, but it’s a lot more fun to start assembling spring wardrobes, and equally important to make sure we’re taking good care of these new additions. Get a few tips to take better care of your spring wardrobe and explore new LTD apparel additions.

Love Your Clothes: Tips to Take Better Care of Your Spring Wardrobe

Create An Efficient Closet

When we think of extending the life of our clothes, we rarely consider the place where they spend the most time–the closet. Whether on hangers, in drawers or atop shelves, the way we store our clothes can have a major impact on their longevity. Make sure every article of clothing is hanging on the proper type of hanger, that drawers and shelves are clean, fresh and free of dust, and that the closet itself has access to fresh air.

Hanger Solutions6 Tier Storage Shoe RackSet of 10 Nonslip Colorful Hangers

Rethink Your Laundry Room

Aside from the closet, the laundry room is where your clothes spend most of their time. It’s easy to forget the basics or cut corners when we’re washing, drying, folding and ironing our clothes, especially if we’re doing the job for the entire family. If you haven’t in awhile, consider updating everyday items like hampers or totes, laundry bags or old ironing boards, and never forget to thoroughly clean your washer and dryer regularly.

Hang and Dry RackQuality Monogram Utility TotesWoolite 6 Piece Mesh Wash Bag Set

Invest In Quality Clothes

No clothes will last forever, and the lives of most clothes can be extended if we care for them properly, but the entire process is so much easier if we invest in quality clothes the first time. It’s better to splurge on the elegant dress you’ve had your eye on that will last several years rather than having to update every year. However, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have quality clothes, like these new spring looks from LTD.

Women's Embellished Tunic SweatersWomen's Flowy Knit Swing TopsWomen's Extended Size Set of 2 Lace Layering Tops

Style for Every Season

It takes some time to build our wardrobes. For many years, those of us aspiring to do so have to get by with what we have, exposing our favorite outfits to more wear and tear over time. Even though it can be hard to tell, there is a difference between having too many clothes and having the right amount of clothes for each season. Build your spring wardrobe this season, and look forward to warm weather with summery options.

Women's Cover-Up Swing DressesWomen's or Women's Plus Sporty CaprisWomen's Border Print Maxi Dress

Top 5 Modern Romance Novels Adapted Into Movies

Novels have been fueling the movie industry since the very beginning. In fact, so many movies are based on books that sometimes we don’t even realize our favorite movies wouldn’t exist without them. In the romance genre, it can be easy to spot the obvious adaptations. Movies like Gone with the Wind, Pride and Prejudice, or Sense and Sensibility are forever linked to the classic works of literature that preceded them. But it’s a bit more difficult to determine whether some of our more recent favorites can be found on bookshelves as well. Take a look at these five modern romance novels that have been adapted into movies you might recognize.

10 Best Romance Novels That Also Made Great Movies

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

Matthew Quick’s novel is about the unexpected romance between Pat, just trying to get his life back on track after separating with his wife and spending time in a mental health facility, and Tiffany, an “odd” woman also on the mend after suffering through the recent death of her husband. The heartwarming story was made into a movie starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in 2012, for which Lawrence won her first Oscar.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

With the Great Depression as its backdrop and a second-rate American circus as the traveling setting, Sara Gruen unveils the tale of Jacob Jankowski, an aspiring veterinarian who drops out of college, joins the show and is charged with caring for an elephant that must be trained to save the future of the circus. In the process Jacob falls in love with Marlena, the wife of the villainous ringmaster. The bestselling book was adapted into a movie that was released in 2011 starring Robert Pattinson as Jacob and Reese Witherspoon as Marlena.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Jojo Moyes adapted her own bestselling novel into one of the most successful romantic movies of the past year. The story follows Louisa (Emilia Clarke), who accepts a caretaking position for the recently paralyzed Will, who is having trouble adjusting to the limitations of his physical condition. At times uplifting and just as often heartbreaking, Moyes is one of the few authors able to successfully translate their novel to the screen.

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

It might be one of the most popular romance movies of all time, but not everyone knows that the famous film was an all-time bestseller nearly ten years earlier. The film, which starred Ryan Gosling in his breakout role as Noah and Rachel McAdams as Allie, was one of the first in a line of successful adaptations from romance author, Nicholas Sparks, the more recent titles being Safe Haven (2013) and The Longest Ride (2015).

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Audrey Niffenegger’s debut novel introduced an entirely new twist on the well-versed subject of time travel. The love story follows a man named Henry who suffers from an extremely rare genetic disorder that causes him to involuntarily travel back and forth through time. His marriage to Clare is routinely complicated by his condition. It was adapted into a movie of the same name in 2009 starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams.


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Find a few new romance novels for Valentine’s Day with our selection of popular bestsellers at LTD! And don’t forget to search our collection of Valentine’s Day gift ideas to make someone’s holiday extra special.

NFL Playoff Gear: Do You Believe In Your Team?

The NFL Divisional Playoffs take place this Saturday (Jan. 14) and Sunday (Jan. 15). The top 4 teams from the NFC and the AFC will battle it out for a trip to the NFL Conference Championships a week later. Whole seasons are on the line and just one team will be left standing come February 5th. If you’re one of the lucky fans still cheering on their team, commemorate the season, get pumped for the playoffs and believe in your team with LTD’s NFL selection. Check out NFL playoff gear from every team taking the field this weekend!


Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons

Saturday, January 14th — 4:35 p.m. (ET)
The Falcons are dangerous, but the Seahawks may have found their rhythm at the perfect time.NFL Sofa Covers   Personalized NFL Quarterback Prints
NFL Sofa Covers vs. Personalized NFL Quarterback Prints


Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots

Saturday, January 14th — 8:15 p.m. (ET)
The Patriots are favored, but the Texans have come a long way since their earlier loss at Foxborough. Personalized NFL Stadium Prints   Personalized Framed Sports Pub Print
Personalized NFL Stadium Prints vs. Personalized Sports Pub Print


Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday, January 15th — 1:05 p.m. (ET)
The Steelers offense is clicking, but the Chiefs defense has proven they can shut down anyone.Personalized NFL Action Collages   Personalized NFL Locker Room Prints
Personalized NFL Collages vs. Personalized NFL Locker Room Prints


Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys

Sunday, January 15th — 4:40 p.m. (ET)
The Cowboys are the team to beat, but the Packers haven’t lost a game since before Thanksgiving.NFL Chair or Recliner Covers   NFL Team Helmet Pillows
NFL Chair or Recliner Covers vs. NFL Team Helmet Pillows


Even if your team doesn’t make it to the next round of the playoffs, there’s still plenty to be proud of and even more to be excited about for next year. LTD Commodities is always stocked with fun and useful NFL gear for the year-round super fans and seasonal decorators so you can show some team pride at home or on the go.