How to Roll Up Shirt Sleeves

Rolling up your shirt sleeves is a great way to give your outfit a casual, effortless vibe or cool off when it’s hot outside. Whether you’re going for something classic or trendy, rolling up cuffed shirt sleeves is easy once you know what to do. You can even roll up t-shirt and sweater sleeves and secure them with rubber bands or safety pins so they’re not sliding down your arms all day.

EditSteps
EditClassic Cuffed Shirt Roll
Unbutton all of the buttons on the cuff of your shirt. Depending on the button-up shirt or blouse you’re wearing, there may be 2 or 3 buttons. If there’s a button higher up on the sleeve, unbutton it too.[1]
Unbuttoning the cuff buttons will prevent your sleeves from being too tight when you roll them up.

Fold the cuff over once. Fold along the line that separates the cuff from the rest of your sleeve. If you’re folding a stiff dress shirt, avoid folding the cuff in half before folding it over since you’ll crease the cuff and have a hard time getting it out later.[2]
If your shirt’s made of a softer fabric, you can fold the cuff in half before folding it over onto the sleeve to make your roll thinner, depending on your preference.

Fold the cuff over again to start the roll. The cuff should stay in place now, and you should see the beginning of your sleeve roll. Fold carefully to prevent any lumps and wrinkles.[3]

Repeat the process until you reach your mid or upper forearm. Avoid stopping before you reach the middle of your forearm or else your roll might be too loose. On the other hand, don’t roll your sleeve up above your elbow or it may look too bulky.[4]

Roll up your other sleeve in the same way. Make sure you roll both sleeves up to the same point so they look symmetrical. Also, if you folded the cuff in half before rolling up your first sleeve, do the same on your other sleeve so they match.[5]

EditExposed Cuff Roll
Unbutton each button on your sleeve cuff. Avoid leaving them buttoned since it will make your sleeve roll too tight. Make sure you get all of the buttons, including any that are higher up on the sleeve.[6]

Fold the cuff all the way up until it’s about above your elbow. It doesn’t need to be precise, but make sure the cuff itself is completely above your elbow and resting on your bicep. Your shirt sleeve should be inside out at this point.[7]
Your elbow should still be covered by some of the fabric below the cuff. If it isn’t, you may have folded the cuff too high up your arm.

Roll the bottom edge of your sleeve up over the cuff. Don’t cover the cuff completely. You want about of it peeking out of the top of the roll. The bottom of the roll should fall just below your elbow.[8]
You can leave more or less of the cuff exposed, depending on your preference.

Repeat the process with your other shirt sleeve. Bring the cuff up to the same point as you did on your other sleeve so your sleeves match. Also, make sure the same amount of cuff is poking out of the roll on each side.[9]
Look at your sleeves in a mirror when you’re finished and make adjustments if necessary.

EditT-Shirt Sleeve Roll
Fold up the hem of your t-shirt sleeve. Make the fold along the line that separates the hem from the rest of your sleeve. Depending on how thick your t-shirt is, you may need to hold the hem in place after you fold it up.[10]
If you’re wearing a t-shirt that doesn’t have hemmed sleeves, just fold the edge of the sleeve up about .

Continue to roll up your sleeve until it’s as long as you want it. Try to make each roll the same width as the hem of your sleeve so the roll lays as flat and evenly as possible.
The length you make your sleeves is a matter of preference. For big, boxy t-shirts, you may need to roll up the sleeves more than you would for a small, fitted t-shirt.

If you’re wearing a t-shirt made out of a thick, stiff fabric, your sleeves might stay up on their own. Otherwise, you may need to secure them in place.

Use a safety pin to hold your sleeve in place if it doesn’t stay rolled up. Start by taking a small safety pin and inserting it through one of the inner layers of the roll. Then, pass the safety pin through your sleeve and close it to hold the roll in place.[11]
Attach the safety pin to the part of your sleeve that rests over your armpit so it’s hidden.

Try securing the roll with a rubber band if you don’t have a safety pin. To use a rubber band, start by unrolling your t-shirt sleeve to expose the hem. Then, wrap a rubber band over your sleeve and bicep so it’s lined up with the top edge of the hem. Finally, roll your sleeve up as normal. The rubber band will hold your sleeve in place so it doesn’t unroll.[12]
You can also use a hair tie in place of a rubber band.

Make sure the band you use is big enough to not cut off your circulation when you’re wearing it. If it feels uncomfortably tight, look for something bigger.

Do the same thing with your other sleeve. Roll it up to the same point on your arm so your sleeves match. If you used a safety pin or rubber band to secure the roll on your other sleeve, do the same thing on this sleeve.

EditSweater Sleeve Roll
Get 2 rubber bands or hair ties. Look for ones that can fit comfortably around your forearm without cutting off your circulation. Just make sure they’re tight enough to stay in place.[13]
If you’re trying to roll up the sleeves on a tight sweater, you may not need rubber bands or hair ties to hold them in place.

Wrap one of the bands over your sweater sleeve and forearm. Position it so it’s slightly lower than the middle of your forearm. Don’t worry if your sweater bunches around the band—it will be hidden.[14]
If the band feels too tight, look for something bigger so your arm doesn’t end up hurting later on.

Roll the end of your sleeve up over the band. Bring the end of the sleeve up far enough so that the fold lines up with the rubber band underneath it.[15]
If the roll is too big, try moving the band closer to your wrist. If it’s too small, move the band higher up on your forearm.

Continue to roll your sleeve up until you’re satisfied with the length. Try to avoid going above your elbow, especially if your sweater is large and thick, or the roll might look too bulky. When you’re finished, the band should hold your sleeve in place so it doesn’t slide down your arm throughout the day.[16]

Repeat the steps with your other sweater sleeve. Position the band at the same point on your forearm so your sleeves are symmetrical. Then, roll up your sleeve to the same point on your arm as you did with the other one so they’re the same length.
It might be helpful to look in a mirror to see if both of your sweater sleeves look the same.

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Today in History for 30th April 2019

Historical Events

1748 – Ceasefire at Aken ends
1857 – San Jose State University forms
1907 – Honolulu, Hawaii becomes an independent city.
1919 – Phillies beat Brooklyn Dodgers 9-0 in 20 innings
1980 – Terrorists seize Iranian Embassy in London
1984 – Strong winds cause a 30 min delay in Toronto Blue Jays game

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Famous Birthdays

1883 – David John de Lloyd, composer
1941 – Johnny Farina, rocker (Santo and Johnny)
1946 – Karl XVI Gustav F H, King of Sweden (1973- )
1959 – W. Thomas Smith, Jr, American author and columnist
1959 – Kamaran Abdalla, Iraq/Engl/Neth actor (Goede Tijden Selechte Tijden)
1983 – Troy Williamson, American football player

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Famous Deaths

1439 – Richard de Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick, English military leader (b. 1382)
1696 – Robert Plot, English naturalist, dies at 55
1943 – Beatrice Potter Webb, British sociologist, economist ( founded London School of Economics) and writer (My Apprenticeship), dies at 85
1989 – Yi, Bang-ja, Crown Princess of Korea (b. 1901)
1996 – David Michael Ifshin, British political campaign organiser, dies at 46
2017 – Ueli Steck, Swiss mountain climber, dies in a climbing accident in Nepal at 40

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How to Grow Onions in Water

Growing onions in water is a great way to reuse kitchen scraps, not to mention a fun activity that helps kids learn about vegetables. This method offers a front-row seat to plant growth, as you can watch the roots extend into the water and observe the sprout growing out of the onion top. The assembly of this project is super simple; all you need are some onions, a clear glass, and some fresh water. While onions can grow this way for a few weeks on your windowsill, you’ll want to eventually replant the bulbs in soil in order for the vegetable to grow to maturity.

EditSteps
EditGrowing Bulb Onions in Water
Fill a clear glass or jar with water. Pour tap or filtered water into your clear jar until it is almost entirely filled with water.[1]
Be sure to use a glass or jar that has a smaller circumference than the onion so that the onion doesn’t fall into the water.

Poke four toothpicks, equally spaced, around the circumference of an onion. In order for the onion to sit above the water without falling in, you will need to make sure the vegetable is supported. Make sure the toothpicks are placed just slightly below the middle of the onion.[2]
Preferably you’ll want to use an onion that has already sprouted. An onion that has already begun the growth process will have an easier time growing in water.

If you want to forgo the toothpick method, you can fill a clear glass jar nearly to the top with small rocks or pebbles. Then, place the onion on top of the pebbles, and fill the jar with water ensuring that just the roots and base of the onion are covered with liquid.[3]

Set the onion, roots down, on top of the glass with the toothpicks resting on the rim. The roots and base of the onion should be immersed in water. This way, the roots will be able to drink up water so the onion can grow, while the rest of the onion will be surrounded by air to avoid rotting.[4]
Take time to make sure the toothpicks are properly supporting the onion so it doesn’t fall into the water. At this point, you may need to push the toothpicks in further to be sure the onion doesn’t get wet.

Place the glass and onion onto a windowsill that gets plenty of sunlight. Onions need a lot of sunlight to grow. You also want to make sure you don’t forget about the onion, so find a nice sunny windowsill in a busy part of your home.[5] Now, all that’s left is to wait and watch your onion to grow. Over a week, you will see the roots elongate into the water, and a green sprout will rise from the top.
Regularly change the water before it gets murky or smelly to prevent rotting. To do this, gently lift out the onion, replace the water, and place the onion back onto the top of the jar.

Cut the entire green sprout from the top of the onion to use as an edible garnish. A beautiful green sprout will begin to emerge from the top of the onion within a few days. The entire sprout is edible and has a deliciously sharp and herbal taste. Take scissors and cut the green sprout from the top of the onion, then cut it into thin strips. Add the cut pieces to soup or salad as a tasty garnish.[6]

Plant the onion in soil when you notice a flower stem emerging from the top. Growing an onion in water is a really fun way to watch the early steps of vegetable growth. However, the onion cannot grow this way forever. After a few weeks, a flower stem will emerge. At this point, you can either plant the entire onion in soil, or just discard the onion.[7] After the onion has started to flower, it can no longer grow in water and must be potted in soil.

EditReviving Green Onion Scraps in Water
Slice whole green onions where the white stalk meets the green leaf. Perhaps you already have a pile of cut green onions that you were going to throw away. If so, great! Just use those. If not, grab a fresh bunch of green onions (also known as scallions or spring onions) and carefully use a knife or scissors to make the proper cut.[8]
At this point, you should have a piece of white bulb around the size of an adult’s pinky finger. It’s okay if there is a bit of green left as well.

Use the discarded green onion bits as an ingredient. Green onions make an excellent garnish on top of dishes like ramen noodles or tacos. Slice it thinly and sprinkle over your meal to brighten up the dish wish color and flavor.

Place the green onion scraps root down into a clear glass. Find a glass or jar that is relatively narrow, so that the green onion scraps will be supported and held up vertically.[9] These will be growing on your windowsill for a while, so you may want to use a decorative glass or a vase that will look nice in your kitchen.
You can use a rubber band to tie the bunch together to provide additional support.

One of the best parts about growing kitchen scraps is being able to watch them grow, so be sure to use a clear vessel so you can watch the magic happen.

Add enough water to cover the roots of the green onion stalks. You want the roots to be completely immersed in water, but pouring water a little higher up will make sure the green onions don’t use up all the water before you have time to refill it.[10]
You can use tap or filtered water for your green onions, just make sure it is clean, fresh water.

Place the glass filled with green onions on a sunny windowsill. Now, all you need for your green onions to grow is sunlight and time.[11]
Placing the green onions on a windowsill in your kitchen (or somewhere you walk past often) will give them enough light to grow while making sure you don’t forget about them.

Replace the water every 3 to 5 days. The onions will drink up the water you’ve provided them, so keep a watchful eye on the water level so that they don’t dry out.[12] After a few days, remaining water can get murky or develop a bad smell. If that happens, dump it out and refill your glass with clean water.

Remove the green onions when they have tripled in size. Within a few days, you will notice that green stalks are sprouting out of the white bulbs. Once they grow to about long, remove the stalks from the water.[13]

Cut the green sprigs off the stalk or plant the entire bulb in soil. The green onions will only grow so tall. Once the green stalk is or more, you can either cut off the green stalk and use the green onion as an ingredient, or you can plant the entire thing in soil (roots, white bulb, and green stalk) and continue to watch it grow.[14]
If you cut the green part off the stalk at this point, you can place the bulb back in clean water, and it will regrow. Although this will work once or twice, within a few cycles the plant will stop growing.[15]

EditTips
Use fresh onions and avoid onions that have mold or that have started to rot. Since the onions are submerged in water, any mold or rot will continue to spread throughout the rest of the bulb.

EditThings You’ll Need
EditGrowing Bulb Onions
An onion (sprouted are best)

Toothpicks or small rocks

A clear glass or jar

Clean water

EditReviving Green Onions
A bunch of green onions

A narrow glass cup

Clean water

A knife or scissors

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How to Choose a Swimsuit

Choosing a swimsuit can be an overwhelming task! There are so many options and new style trends every year. However, the best suit for you is whatever you find appealing and comfortable. Make sure to consider quality, fit, color, and style as you choose your new swimsuit.

EditSteps
EditChoosing a Flattering Style
Choose a one-piece if you want full coverage. A traditional one-piece swimsuit will cover your entire torso, so this is the most modest option. One-piece swimsuits are also often better for exercise, so you might go with this option if you plan to swim laps or do water aerobics.
You can find more daring one-piece styles if desired, such as a swimsuit with a deep v-neck, low-back, 1 strap, no straps, or side cutouts.[1]
Go with a high back one-piece to hide back fat and a low-back one-piece to show off your back.

Try a swim-dress if you also want coverage for your hips and thighs.[2]

Select a bikini if you are comfortable baring your midsection. Bikinis are the most daring type of swimsuit because they only cover your breasts and private area. This means that your entire midriff and back will be visible. If you are comfortable showing off your body, then this is a great option for you.
You can purchase a bikini as a set, or get a coordinating top and bottom to wear together, such as a string bikini top with a bikini skirt bottom, a high-waisted bottom with a strapless top, or a full coverage top with a low-rider boyshort.[3]
Keep in mind that you may need a different sized bottom and top, which is another reason why it may be better to buy them separately.[4]

Opt for a tankini if you want a more modest two-piece. You can find tankinis that provide full coverage of your waist, or that show part of your midsection. Select a tankini that shows an amount of skin you are comfortable showing. This is also a great option if you are pregnant since you can get a loose-fitting top to drape over your belly.[5]
For example, if you want full coverage, then get a tankini top that overlaps the bottom.

If you want to show part of your hips and waist, then get a tankini that falls just above your belly button.

Look for details on top to enhance a small chest. Ruffles, bold colors and prints, and padding can all help to accentuate your chest. If your chest is on the small side and you want to make it seem bigger, then opt for a swimsuit with extra elements to enhance and draw attention to your chest.[6]

Get a supportive top if you are full-chested. Whether you are opting for a bikini, tankini, or 1 piece, you will want to have good support if you have a full chest. Check the straps and cups on any suit you consider to see if they are well-constructed and sturdy. Go with a halter, racerback, or something with thick straps.[7]
Avoid string bikinis, strapless suits, and less supportive swimsuits if you have a full chest.

Wear dark colors to minimize and light colors to accent a body part. Light colors draw attention while dark colors are less noticeable. Choose light colors for the part of your body you want to stand out or highlight, and dark colors for the part you want to minimize.[8]
For example, you could pair a black bottom with a bright red top to minimize your backside and accent your bust.

Or, pair a white bottom with a navy blue top to minimize your bust and accent your bottom.

Choose full-coverage bottom to distract from your hips. These types of bottoms provide full coverage for your hips, which can help to make them seem smaller and hide imperfections. Go with one of these types of bottoms if your hips are a concern for you.[9]
For example, you could opt for a bikini, tankini, or one-piece with a sash-bottom, swim-skirt, or boycut bottom.

EditPicking a High-Quality Suit
Opt for a suit that fits you well above all else. Try on any type of swimsuit that appeals to you, but don’t get a swimsuit that does not fit you well. The swimsuit should be snug, but not uncomfortably tight on your body.[10] You can also go with something that provides more or less coverage depending on what feels best to you.[11]
For example, if you feel more comfortable in a string bikini than a one-piece, then that is what you should look for. However, if you don’t like showing this much skin, choose something that provides more coverage, such as a one-piece or tankini.

If the swimsuit is baggy or you find it difficult to breathe, then you might want to go with another option.

Move around in the swimsuit to ensure that it moves with you. Walk around, squat, do some jumping jacks, and bend over. Try a variety of movements to make sure that the swimsuit will not come off, bunch up, or expose you as you move in it.[12]
For example, if the swimsuit bunches up along your backside when you walk, then it might not be a good choice.

Check the thickness of the swimsuit to see if it’s durable. Feel the material of the swimsuit. If it feels flimsy or cheap, then it will probably not last very long. Opt for swimsuits made from materials that feel durable and thick.[13]
Even if the swimsuit is lined well and you cannot see through it, thinner materials will not hold up over time.

Look at yourself from behind to make sure your bottom does not sag. The way your backside looks in the swimsuit can also give you a hint about its quality. Check to see if the back of the swimsuit is taut and flattering. If the bottom of the suit looks baggy or saggy, it may not be a high-quality suit.[14]

EditSelecting a Color and Style That Works for You
Compare the color of the suit to your skin tone. Swimsuits come in a wide range of solids colors and prints, so you can express your style with the color you choose. Find a color or print that appeals to you and that will complement your skin tone.[15]
For example, you might opt for a red and white polka dot swimsuit for a vintage look, a swimsuit with pink roses on it for something feminine and romantic, or a dark brown swimsuit that complements your skin tone.

Look for swimsuits with built-in hardware. It can be fun to pair a necklace or pair of earrings with your swimsuit. However, you run the risk of losing jewelry while at the beach or pool. Instead, try getting a swimsuit with built-in hardware. This gives the appearance of jewelry without the risk of losing it.[16]
For example, you might opt for a black one-piece swimsuit with silver accents along the neckline or a bright blue string bikini with rainbow-colored beads on the ends of the ties.

Pick a chic coverup to wear over your swimsuit. Choose a coverup that matches or complements your swimsuit and wear it on your way to and from the pool or beach. This will make it easy for you to slip it off to go for a swim, and back on again to go about your day.[17]
For example, you could opt for a lavender-colored coverup to wear over a plum one-piece suit, or pair a zebra print coverup with a white bikini.

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