5 Make Up Tips For Women Over 40 That Really Work

‘Tis the season of parties. I have experimented with a ton of different makeup tips. Below are the 4 tips that I swear by. They provide the best smoke and mirror tricks to try and keep my rapidly aging, sagging, wrinkling face at bay. Merry Christmas Mommas. Enjoy these tips.

Mascara Stamping — The New Way to Make Your Eyes Look Bigger


Red Lipstick Under Eye Concealer — My favorite of all make up tips







This amazes me every-time I do it. Check out the video below for instructions.



Brow Filling- A Huge Necessity after 40







I use a brow pencil to define top and bottom and then fill in with a brow powder and brow brush

Eye Shadow Primer – The Older I get the More Yucky My Eye Shadow Gets. Using Primer Makes All The Difference






I have used several different brands. They are all basically the same in my opinion.

I use my fingers to apply (after moisturizer) but you can use a brush too.

Bonus Tip – If You Use Eyeliner Switch to Gel

Honestly it is so much better. It is easier to apply and lasts all day so you don’t get those black flakes under your eyes and on your cheekscomparison-gel-liquid1

What your Closet is Begging for this Fall


Today’s informative piece is sent to us by guest blogger Jennifer Monahan. We are so excited to be able to feature her and her insight.

Jennifer Monahan is a freelance writer and a  mom of 2 fantastic kids out of Jackson Hole Wyoming. When she’s not working around the horse and cleaning up after her husband, she likes to keep up and write about the newest fashion trends. You can follow her on twitter @Jenmonahan76

scarf and bootsFall is one of the best seasons for your wardrobe because you have the ability to mix and match pieces to create different looks that show off your sense of style. You can pull from different seasons and layer them (or dress them down) so that it all feels season appropriate.

However, there are also many items that are fall specific that you might not have in your wardrobe yet.

These ten items are absolute essentials for your closet this year:

scarf1. Scarves of All Colors

Scarves are really the most versatile option for fall. Put them on in the mornings with a coat to keep you warm, and then use them in the office when the air conditioning gets to be too chilly. Scarves work well with sweaters, t-shirts, and even dresses to keep you looking put together.

Go for one that adds a pop of color to your outfit to beat those mid-October blues.

2. Skinny Jeans

Skinny jeans have been a staple in everyone’s wardrobe for the last few years, and they show no signs of leaving anytime soon. Tuck a pair into high-shafted boots to look a little more stylish or match them with a chunky, over sized sweater for a hayride. They are also great for those mornings when it is a little damp  outside – having pants with a wet hem is the worst!

3. Fun Flats

Mornings start getting slick in the fall, and that is not a time to be wobbling on your heels. Flats make more sense in the fall because you likely have to dodge leaf piles and walk on some questionable terrains. Add a pair of nude flats to make your legs longer and coordinate with a scarf for a put together look!

autumn boots4. Boots, Boots, and more Boots

Boots are the perfect shoe for almost everyone – they are comfortable, keep you warm, and can really transform any wardrobe into something special. Booties look great with tights and a dress or cropped pants, and ankle boots are perfect for picking apples or trick-or-treating. The clear winner, however, is the high shafted boot, which you pair with just about everything. Pair with high socks, skinny jeans, and a chunky sweater and you’ll get a cute, comfortable, and cozy look without much effort.


5. Not Your Dad’s Plaid

Plaid is going to be one of the hottest patterns of the fall, no matter where you are. Whether you want to go classic with a plaid shirt or flannel or you want to add some plaid to your accessories, it goes with just about everything. Try to add a plaid scarf or bracelet to your chic black looks or use a pair of plaid flats to spice things up. Remember that a little bit goes a long, long way!

6. Capes

Capes have been all over the red carpet lately, and there is a way to do them in everyday life. A great cape or poncho is a versatile look for weekends at home, hayrides, or while you are sitting under the Friday night lights. Most of the time, they are made from a warmer material so they can act as outwear when you don’t need a jacket at first, but once the sun goes down you will. Pair them with a simple outfit like jeans, a t-shirt, and boots to look a little more stylish.

7. Skirts

Skirts never really are “out,” are they? In fall, skirts have a great time because they are so versatile. Take a plain skirt and pair it with tights and some killer boots or get a longer skirt and match it with a great sweater. Color blocking in skirts has been huge this year, so make sure to color coordinate with a similar color shirt.

8. Trending Trench Coats

Walk the streets of any major city, and you will see that some of the most stylish women have trench coats. Now, for most women a trench coat seems a little stiff, but many brands have been working on more feminine styles. Look for trench coats with a touch of velvet, ruffles, flowers, and even pleated skirts. If you are going somewhere that you need to look good in outwear, a trench coat is an absolute must have.

9. Cashmere

Cashmere has long been considered a luxury for many women, but it doesn’t always have to be. A cashmere scarf, beanie, or gloves can really take your look to the next level. There are even some pretty great cashmere-dupes on the market as well. Cashmere will never go out of style, so making an investment in a great cashmere sweater will pay off many times in the coming years. Plus, they go with everything! Wear them with a skirt for the office, or pair with some leggings and thick socks for a cuddly weekend indoors.

10. The Fall Classic Leather Jacket

Leather jackets are another wardrobe staple that if you play your cards right and invest in a great, quality jacket, you will have it forever. Their popularity for the normal fashionista may vary, but you will never be out of style in one. Pair on top of a flirty dress to add some edge to your look, or just match with boots and jeans for a classic look. Black or brown leather is the most popular option, but if you want, going outside of the box and picking a colored leather is gorgeous as well.

Fall is a great time to experiment with pieces from other seasons. If you mix and match the items on this list with what is currently in your wardrobe, you can never go wrong.

Photo credits  Flickr User pinprick , Flickr user Hola.Lucia or Idhren

Spring Fashion for Women Over 40

Hellooo Mommas,

Spring is almost here. It is the weaning season in fashion, weaning you from bulky layers and clothes that cover the parts we do not like to the time before summer where you end up showing almost all the parts you don’t like.

This is the season where you can still have some camouflage while you realize that summer is quickly approaching and that you should probably start exercising again.

Here are the hot trends this Spring

The 70’s scene is back. Frankly I like this style. Lots of fun to be had here. Plenty of age appropriate looks that still look fresh and hip.






Beautiful Blues – All shades, but with an emphasis on the darker blues







Blush  – oh how I love this color






Most pastels – think Easter Egg colors






Gingham – It just screams spring






The Shirt Dress – I love this look on other people. I have not found one yet that works for me but I am still trying because I think it is super cute. If you are not a teeny tiny person you can always wear this style with leggings which is fab)

shirt dress







All White – crisp and clean








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Military Green Jackets – Lightweight but can keep you warm on a brisk spring evening (plus they are darling)







Bold Florals –  not your little house on the prairie fabrics



10 Tips to Make You Look 10 Lbs Slimmer

Ok mommas I cannot lose the 10 lbs that I need to lose so I have decided to find work arounds.

Here are 10 tips on how to dress 10 lbs slimmer. (Hey it is the next best thing plus I can eat a cookie.)

  1. Cover those bat wigs – If your arms have those little bat wings underneath or are just a tad on the flabby, misshapen side wear a shrug or cardigan with tops that expose the upper part of your arm.  Choose t-shirts or blouses that cover that part of your arm shrug




2.Choose the right shoe – no ankle straps, they cut you off at the ankle and make you look shorter. Slimmer cut or kitten heels help elongate your look. Avoid chunky shoes if you are self-conscious about your legs






3. Slimming Jeans– they are by no means easy to find good ones, but really apply yourself. Try on as many brands & sizes as needed until you find the ones that give you a nice flat front and don’t give you muffin top. And remember the golden rule – darker is better

4. A line or Empire Waist – this cut of dress does wonders and a bonus is you do not have to suck in all day.

5. Wear a belt – I know women with a little meat on them tend to shy away from belts but they help so so much. If you are wearing a dress make sure you choose a bigger belt (no skinny belts) something that provides a corset type of look.







6. Shapewear – I know you hear me say it all the time, but it is so true and so easy. Go invest in a descent tummy, butt, thigh (whatever your problem area is) shaper. In fact I give this advice so often I am not even putting a picture.

7. Do you have big boobies that you want to minimize? – Check out last weeks post   for proper bra fit, an absolute must . Also V-necks are great. If you are wearing a button down try a cute tank


8. Larger jewelry – a big stylish statement necklace can make you look taller and it draws attention to areas where you want people to look



9.Monochromatic – all one color (tan, white or neutrals) can give you a polished, long & lean look

10. Longer sweaters and cardigans – they cover all the bumpy places and just look awesome.


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7 Fashion Mistakes that Age You

201306-orig-mistake-1-284x4261. BACK IN BLACK – You are wearing black as a slimming color – all the time. While this may be true black tends to make us look hard and more weathered as we get older. It is fine to incorporate black into your style, but soften it. Also please I beseech you avoid harsh black liner. It is no ones friend. A nice dark brown does wonders.


2. MUFFIN BACK – Wrong bra or wrong hook. We have all seen the gal who has little fat pads sqgood.vs_.bad_.2uishing out of her bra. If you wear a sweater and see rolls where the should not be please go to the lingerie department & get fitted for a new bra.



before-after-spanx-bra13. ROLLS AND LUMPS – And speaking of extra lumps and bumps…shapewear is your friend, all the time. Don’t just pull it out for special occasions. Make sure it fits snuggly but not too tight. You should be able to breathe.

  • Added bonus – they are coming out with some sexy new pieces so you don’t have to look like your mom in a girdle.


puffy4. INCORRECT CAMOUFLAGE – You are sporting baggy clothes. – Look, I know we all have problem areas. If I was trying to hide all of mine I would basically wear a garbage bag all the time. But this does nothing good for us. Try a tailored jacket/. Don’t go shapeless go tailored. Own those curves.

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5. OLD LADY KNEES –  I know our knees are no longer pretty but you can wear tights, a bit below the knee at most. Anything lower than that is just dowdy (unless it is one of those cute long summer skirts) that is a whole other story to be featured later.Avoid those below the knee, hanging out around the shin tea length skirts

jersey6. ALL THE WRONG PLACES – Jersey Fabric – I know it is super comfy but unless you are built like Heidi Klum stay away from jersey material. It has the uncanny ability to accentuate every problem area you have.



turtle neck7. GOBBLE GOBBLE – Do you have a turkey neck too? Is your skin looking similar to beef jerky when you wake up? I know the logical thing is to wear a turtle neck but try to avoid these. They really age us. Instead opt for a collared shirt of v neck.These actually draw attention away from the neck (but don’t show too much booby and cleavage)

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Hide Your Belly with the Right Clothes

Since my biggest area of concern is my jiggly belly I thought I would start off this session with some advice on how to hide your belly with the right clothes.

After 40 many of us mommas start to gain weight around our middles especially those of us going into perimenopause or menopause (another bonus of getting older.)

the-dreaded-muffin-topThere are so many styles and tips that can keep us looking stylish and hide our apple-shaped middles and muffin tops.



Let’s start with the obvious

1) DO NOT wear tight garments over your belly, t-shirts, knits of any kind etc.

2) Leggings are your friend. With all the long shirt styles now leggings can be a great addition to your wardrobe. They also push in your belly a bit.Plus they are super comfy, it is like wearing PJs all day but you still look cute

3) Layer with long cardigans or jackets. Even if it is summer you can opt for a light sweater. These pieces hide muffin tops and look stylish.








4) Stay away from belts. Who needs to draw attention to your problem area?

5) Do not tuck in your tops. Choose tops that go over your bottoms.

6) Choose tops that have some ruching or draping element on the belly. Also tops with patterns draw attention away from the middle

7) Asymmetrical is always a good call. They create vertical lines that draw attention away from your tummy

8) Shape-wear (like Spanx) – I know it sucks to have to wear shape-wear but if your belly is hanging over your clothes you may want to invest in a good brand of shape-wear. These pieces can really flatten your tummy

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Classic Styles to Incorporate into your Wardrobe

Happy Monday Mommas,

Below are some of my favorite fashion staples. Check out my Pintrest Board for some of my favorite looks and how to incorporate these pieces. http://www.pinterest.com/mogang5/style-for-women-over-40/


The Cool Black Leather Moto Jacket for women – this jacket never goes out of style. It is so versatile and chic. It can dress up or down any outfit depending on how you utilize it.  If the biker look is too much for you than you can always go with a softer color, brown beige or even pink.

Leopard flats. Again super versatile and adds flair to any outfit

Striped shirt – Classic style. Never goes out. You can dress it up, dress it down, wear it with an opposite print (like polka dots) wear it under a blazer or with a sweater. You can almost wear this any way you would like. In fact I wear mine so much that I have 2 , one in navy and 1 in grey.

Banana Republic Wool-Blend PantsBlack Pants – sleek and stylish. Casual or dressy….enough said

Dark Jeans that fit you well

Red Flats Black, Red & Neutral Flats – summer, winter, spring or fall. These work with any combination and any season (unless you live where it snows and if you do I am sorry you are down to just Spring and Summer for these beauties) Choose red to give a pop of color to any outfit


 Black or Brown Boots – Spring, Fall, Winter, Knee high or ankle depending on which style your prefer. Side note, Marshalls, TJ Max and even Target have some great options. This doesn’t have to be a giant expense

Check out these 2 links on how to wear boots.

10 ways to wear ankle boots


10 ways to wear riding boots


Black BlazerBlack Blazer – feminine and just all round rad. Wear it with jeans, dresses, slacks, skirts. You name it and it goes

Statement Necklace A statement necklace – It doesn’t have to be expensive but it should be noticeable. It can make a simple outfit really standout and look stronger

These are some fun easy pieces to get you started. Check back next Monday for more tips.


Body Shapes and How to Dress for Them

OK MOMMAS, did you decide what body shape you were after last week’s post?

This post will contain some tips on what clothes to buy for each body type.






hourglassbodyshape-waistpoint-skinnyvscurvyHourglass – your body is curvy. You are busty and have a booty combined with a small waist. Think Marilyn Monroe or Sophia Vegara

How to dress the hourglass body type

You will want to accentuate your very feminine body so fitted clothes (at the right places) are key. Another objective may be to elongate your legs.


Upper body

  • A good bra is essential for this body type. Make sure you get a good supportive bra that will thrust your bust. You will want to wear mostly V-shaped tops or tops with a deep neckline. High necklines will just make your bust area too bulky
  • Look for dresses that fit your boobs and elongate your waist. They should fit very snugly around that area.
  • If you have some weight around the abdomen then make sure your buy your dress in supportive fabric.
  • T-shirts look nicest when they fit your waist, have a V-neck and have some accents on the shoulders.
  • Get a coat that highlights your waist and features a V-neck.
  • Wear single-breasted jackets that are tailored. They will often look best when left open to create a nice vertical line, which elongates
  • Choose shirts that accentuate your boobs and that don’t have buttons all the way to the top.
  • Tops that flare just below the boob area and go to below your crutch can be very flattering on trousers.
  • Little fitted jackets that tuck in your boobs will look great on you.
  • Use light scarves in winter to cover your open V-neck.
  • Wear darker colors on top to make your boobs appear smaller.

Lower body

  • Pencil skirts that fit well are ideal for the hourglass as they accentuate your wonderful curves.
  • Other skirts can work too but will usually look better when they end around the knee.
  • Opt for flat front boot cut trousers, preferably with stretch for a snug fit.
  • Choose shoes that accentuate your curves, like shoes with rounded toes, peep toes or bows.

What not to wear

  • Avoid too many thrills on your clothes as they will add extra bulk to places where you don’t need it.
  • Avoid excess fabric for the same reason.
  • Often it’s best to avoid obvious waistbands or belts. Let your clothes accentuate your small waist.
  • Flat lace-up shoes.
  • Be careful with casual clothes. They make  you look boxy.


verticalbodyshape-celebsTriangle or Pear – Smaller top with hips and a booty. Think J Lo or Jennifer Aniston

How to dress for your pear body shape?

Pears tend to store their weight on their thigh and their legs may be heavy. Often they have a very good upper body which is why much on the emphasis in dressing is on the upper side of the body.


Upper body

  • Create vertical lines with vertical stripes
  • Open necklines and collars, like halter necks, v-necks and scoop necks
  • Wear soft feminine textures to soften the shoulder line
  • Avoid extra width and wear single breasted tailored jackets
  • Wear jackets open to create a vertical line
  • Wear jackets that are well structured at the shoulder
  • Look for tops that will accentuate the waist, like tops with banding or nipping at the waist or wrap style tops
  • Wear tops that accentuate a vertical line, so go for V-necks and keep your shirts unbuttoned
  • Also find tops that balance the bust with your hips (if you have a large bust)
  • Wear tops just below the hip bone
  • Wear a darker color on top
  • Wear strapless gowns and tops
  • Use belts to define your waist even more

Lower body

  • Create more width and overall balance below with A-line or full skirts.
  • Use bold textures to create more bulk.
  • Horizontal stripes will make the lower body wider.
  • Fuller leg width in trousers, full or bootleg pants.
  • If trousers don’t fit your waist or bum, get them altered at the tailor.
  • Have pockets or embellishments on your trousers or skirts.
  • Wear bold and eye catching shoes.

What not to wear

  • Avoid shoulder pads or anything that accentuates the shoulders
  • Boat necks
  • Horizontal lines on top
  • Over-sized collars or lapels on jackets
  • Very chunky knits (if you want to wear these, choose a dark color)
  • Big bold pattern and graphics on top as it has a widening effect
  • Tapered skirts

celebs-with-inverted-triangle-body-shapeInverted Triangle –  Strong Shoulder, not much waist or hip definition. Think Cindy Crawford or Demi Moore

The aim of dressing for this body type

If you desire to have what is considered to be the most ideal body shape, hourglass, you will want to draw attention away from your broad shoulders or big upper chest and draw attention to your slim lower body and often lean legs. You can apply the following guidelines dressing for this body type.


How to dress for your inverted triangle shape

Upper body

  • Create vertical lines with vertical stripes
  • Open necklines and collars, like halter necks, v-necks and scoop necks
  • Wear soft feminine textures to soften the shoulder line
  • Avoid extra width and wear single breasted tailored jackets
  • Wear jackets open to create a vertical line
  • Wear jackets that are well structured at the shoulder
  • Look for tops that will accentuate the waist, like tops with banding or nipping at the waist or wrap style tops
  • Wear tops that accentuate a vertical line, so go for V-necks and keep your shirts unbuttoned
  • Also find tops that balance the bust with your hips (if you have a large bust)
  • Wear tops just below the hip bone
  • Wear a darker color on top
  • Wear strapless gowns and tops
  • Use belts to define your waist even more

Lower body

  • Create more width and overall balance below with A-line or full skirts.
  • Use bold textures to create more bulk.
  • Horizontal stripes will make the lower body wider.
  • Fuller leg width in trousers, full or bootleg pants. Colottes will work for you too.
  • If trousers don’t fit your waist or bum, get them altered at the tailor.
  • Have pockets or embelishments on your trousers or skirts.
  • Wear bold and eye catching shoes.

What not to wear

  • Avoid shoulder pads or anything that accentuates the shoulders
  • Boat necks
  • Horizontal lines on top
  • Oversized collars or lapels on jackets
  • Very chunky knits (if you want to wear these, choose a dark color)
  • Big bold pattern and graphics on top as it has a widening effect
  • Tapered skirts



celebs-with-rectangle-body-shapesRectangle – Bust and hips are about the same with no real waist definition. Think Natalie Portman or Gywneth Paltrow



How to dress for your rectangle body shape?

This is one of the easier body types for dressing. Many models tend to have this body shape or the inverted triangle shape. A lot of clothes will usually suit you and fit you well, although some of the taller women may have trouble finding clothes that fit properly. Still, many rectangles will find dressing a bit more of a challenge as they are likely to get extra weight around their tummies as they age (usually after menopause).

As a rectangle you will want to create more curves and a pleasing silhouette. You can do this by defining the waist and creating curves on the bottom or top.

On the other hand, you can also get away with a straight look and surrender the waist line altogether.


What not to wear?

  • Avoid shapeless clothes
  • If you want to add curves then avoid straight dresses, but you can also opt for the waistless look!

Which garments are good for a rectangle body shape?


  • Use strong blocks of color to help define your body
  • As for most body types, be sure to wear a good bra to define what bust you have
  • Wear tops and jackets that emphasize the waist
  • Choose a coat with a good waist or that is belted at the waist
  • Any jacket tailored around the waist will look great
  • You can use some shoulder padding (don’t overdo it though)
  • Medium to high necklines usually work well, especially if you have s small bust and long neck
  • If you like to create the illusion of bigger breasts, choose tops with pockets, rushes, pleating and other front details
  • Halter necks will also give the appearance of a bigger bust and shows off your back
  • Accessorize with belts around the waist. Heavy belts can be really good if you’re also long waisted
  • If you have no waist at all, then a belt is best avoided
  • 3/4 sleeves usually work really well for a rectangle
  • Blouses can look really good if they are tucked in
  • Shift dresses and empire line dresses work well, but I also like to break the rule with dropped waist dresses!


  • A-line skirts work really well for this shape
  • You can also go the other way and wear a tight skirt or pants to highlight the curves that you DO have
  • You can wear almost any shape trousers but slightly flared trousers will look great on you as it will add more shape to your body. Low to mid waited pants are usually best.
  • A knee length pencil skirt that tapers in at the side will also add some curves and look good
  • If you like the waistless look you can opt for straight skirts and shirt dresses
  • For shoes, opt for curvier and rounded options like ballerinas and pumps.

celebs-with-apple-body-shapeApple – Slender legs and arms with your challenge being your middle section which is round (this is my body type…deep sigh) Think Jennifer Hudson or Elizabeth Hurley

How to dress the apple body shape

This is a body shape that often develops after 40 when you start to experience symptoms of (peri)menopause and may gain weight around your waist.

To be honest this is not the easiest body shape to dress as many women with this shape will be well aware of. Some women tend to cover it all up with loose garments, which in most cases is not the right thing to do.

What you DO want to do is to create the nicest silhouette possible. For many apples you can do that by creating the illusion of a waist, highlight your cleavage and create nice vertical lines.

Below are some rough guidelines what will and will not work for many apple shaped women over 40.


What not to wear?

  • Big puffy jackets
  • Big shapeless garments that don’t show any waist
  • Bulky trousers with lots of pockets and zippers at the front
  • High necklines
  • Tight clingy T-shirts
  • Avoid wearing everything in one solid coloour. Better to mix color with a texture

Which garments are good for an apple body shape?


  • First of all, since a lot of attention is going to be drawn to the top part of your body, get yourself a good fitting bra.
  • Tops that highlight your body at the slimmest point which is often just underneath your bust. They should have enough space for your belly but not be too wide.
  • Buy t-shirts that are ruched in the middle. This will confuse the eye and you can’t tell that there’s a big tummy underneath.
  • Get Tops with a V-neck to break up the size of your chest and create a lean line.
  • Look for tops with a thicker texture that don’t cling so much. Woven tops can be great.
  • The best height for tops is just belong your hipbone (when worn with pants)
  • Patterns tend to look very good on an apple shape body as they flatter and camouflage.
  • Tops should cover the whole belly area and end just below the hip bone.
  • Shirts look nicest when they are tight just underneath the boobs and then go out. Also try to get the v shape with your shirts.
  • Choose tailored jackets that have a nice v shape at the top.
  • Tops that draw attention to your arms with e.g. flares, a flit or embroidery will draw attention from your belly
  • Having a tie at the waist is great as it highlights the waist and hides the belly.
  • A straight duster coat that ends just above the knee will create a nice long silhouette.
  • Structured jackets help to create a nice silhouette. Wear them over tops and make sure that they define your waistline.
  • Make sure that the jacket fits the shoulder perfectly, so choose the size for your shoulders, not your belly. If you can’t close the jacket, you can always use a scarf to fill the gap if you like.
  • Dresses should have their waistline just below the bust.
  • It’s always good to have some detailing on the tummy area for camouflage.


  • Get trousers that have zippers at the side to avoid adding extra bumps on the front.
  • Trousers should be flared or straight and not cling to tummy or thighs. Avoid pleats.
  • Also choose jeans that are tailored and  either straight or flared. Trouser jeans are ideal.
  • Pants with a high rise will create a nice silhouette.
  • It’s best to get trousers with some stretch for extra comfort and a good fit.
  • Choose skirts that have their zippers at the side.
  • Structured pencil skirts work well, but keep them at knee length.
  • Make sure that any pleats of skirts start below the belly to avoid adding extra volume.

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