Archives for June 2015

June 11, 2015

From the PROS: The Beyonce Diet: Pros and Cons

Summer is here and that means time to get fit! With all these diets going around, do you know which one is best for you? The newest is Beyoncé’s standby 22 Day Vegan Diet, which promises quick and permanent results including a meal delivery service. Not sure if it’s for you? Let’s look at the Pros and Cons from Amanda Foti, Registered Dietitian for


1.       Eating Targeted Food Groups. As a rule of thumb, avoiding processed foods and increasing plant-based foods in your diet has been shown to improve a variety of health issues such as cholesterol levels and reduce risk of developing chronic diseases.

2.       Easily Available. The meal delivery option takes all the work out of it for the client. This makes it easy if you don’t have the time or knowledge to figure out exactly what you should be eating every day.

3.       Healthy Balance of Foods. Includes a healthy balance of unrefined carbs, plant based protein and heart healthy fats.

4.       Motivational. Following a very structured diet for 22 days could serve as a great kick starter to motivate those who want to change their eating habits.


1.       Expensive! To stick with their meals and products exclusively is going to require some cash, as it is quite expensive!

2.       Long Term Commitment. In terms of kick starting healthy eating habits, this takes several months of commitment and sometimes the additional support of an expert.

3.       Restrictive. To be successful in keeping the weight off, be prepared to adopt these restrictions long term. Once the diet is over and you go back to old eating habits, the weight will likely creep in once more!

4.       Lack of Personalized Treatment. Meeting nutrition needs on a vegan diet is possible, but takes work. As a dietitian, when a client informs me they are vegan I immediately inquire about certain essential nutrients that plants may not be adequate in providing, like B12 and iron. This often times warrants a supplement. Unless you are working 1-on-1 with an expert or have the time and resources to research on your own, how do you know

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June 10, 2015

Investing for charity


A new investment startup is targeting millennials looking to invest in causes and issues they care about.

Swell Investing’s cause-driven model allows you to choose from four different charity-themed stock portfolios — End Poverty, Fight Cancer, Uphold Human Rights and Improve Education.

The goal is to give investors a chance to make money and make a difference. This new investment program is hoping to get the attention of young investors who are passionate about giving back.

Each investment model is designed to move with the stock market and support your cause at the same time. Swell Investing does this by creating models that consist only of shares in top companies that champion the same causes as you. Swell Investing is partnered with Motif Investing, an innovative brokerage platform that allows you to easily invest in each model.

When you invest or rebalance your investment model, Swell receives a minimum royalty of one dollar from Motif Investing. From that revenue 20¢ out of every dollar in given to the causes that Swell Investing supports We give from our money, not yours.

That is 20% of Swell’s revenue that will go to charity!

Watch Liam Monaghan and Dave Fanger discuss what motivated them to create this charitable platform. (video will post soon)

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June 10, 2015

Its SHOWTIME in Orlando

4 student teams, 6 professional teams and one goal in mind.. to win the Orlando section of Global Beauty Masters. Last week the 3 teams from The Villages went to Orlando to take on the challenge. With the clock set they went to work. Then at 7 o’clock on Saturday May 30, SHOWTIME! In 2 categories, student and professional, the models walked the runway, complete with a panel of judges, to show off the teams hard work.

After much deliberation and bickering between the judges it was time for the teams to talk about their inspirations and time leading up to this. According to audience members it was like sitting in on American Idol. Team Shear Force created their mermaid with an octopus made out of hair. Team Teasetastic were inspired by “The Little Mermaid” making their model with bright colors because it was held in Orlando and the students wanted their mermaid to be from the dark part of the ocean. The students assumed that mermaids were always usually whimsical with bright colors, they wanted to stand out.

2 teams from the students and 2 teams from the professional group were chosen. Even though the teams from The Villages did not make it to the round in Las Vegas, I wanted to showcase their beautiful hard work. From what I saw on FB posts and talking to a few of them they said this experience was amazing and were very honored to be a part of it.

Congratulations to all teams for making it this far. You all did so great and I am happy that each of you had this opportunity. Check out their beautiful work here below.

Shear Force
Lindsey House – hair
Tyler Sponaugle – makeup
Livia Chestnut – nails

Photo by Molly Soltis Model: Bethany Bandy

Photo by Molly Soltis
Model: Bethany Bandy

Jerri Taylor – hair
Brandy Smith – makeup
Ivette Marti – nails

Photo by Molly Soltis Model: Leigha Miller

Photo by Molly Soltis
Model: Leigha Miller

Manna McCloud – hair
Cierra Mills – makeup
Joslyn Carcano – nails

Photo courtesy of Molly Soltis Model: Briana Rideout

Photo courtesy of Molly Soltis
Model: Briana Rideout

For more information on Salon Jaylee and The Salon Professional Academy in The Villages check out and

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June 10, 2015

Check out, it’s BEAUTY-ful Fun

 Check out for free makeovers, free samples, and a chance to win beauty products in their monthly contest.June’s  Monthy Basket Giveaway is Spectacular!!
Included are products from Hawaiian Tropic, Simple, Essie, CoverGirl, Beyonce Fragrances and more! The Contest runs from now through 6/30/15, winners will be chosen on 7/5/2015 and notified by 7/15/2015. Please go to  their Facebook page ( and like! Enter to win on their page. You can also enter on their website at

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At the site, you can enter your zip code to find beauty events in your area. You can also follow on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter. In addition to listing in-store makeovers, also features a blog on product reviews and a monthly contest.

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June 10, 2015

The DBelt Pro is perfect for exercise and for everyday life!


After trying and loving the DBelt Original, I did not hesitate to test out the DBelt Pro.  I honestly love both but being a hardcore workout nut, the DBelt Pro is suitable for me when I conquer my intense workouts!  For example:  Ready to run a half of marathon race, my family did not want to arrive at 6:30 am with me for registration before the race and then patiently wait around 3 hours until the race started.   They promised to be there to cheer me on at the finish line.  What is a runner to do with all their belongings and no one to hold and trust them with…. Well, thank you DBelt Pro because I had my keys to my car, my driver’s license, my insurance card, my cell phone and cash and no one to free me from my valuable belongings.  I placed everything in my DBelt Pro and ran the race with not a worry in the world.  The DBelt was comfortable, fashionable and held on to my valuables!  Even after 13 miles, no chafing!   I love when products do their job!  The DBelt Pro has a thinner cut of hi-tech, water resistant, polyester/spandex fabric which rest lower on your hips so you are able to have greater movement.  The DBelt is guaranteed to carry all your important items and ensure stability even with the endurance of any hardcore workouts like running, high impact aerobics, cross fit training, rock climbing, just to name a few.

The DBelt Pro has Xtra-Dry fabric which transports moisture from the skin to the belt’s exterior keeping you sweat free and comfortable. You are cooler and drier longer!  The DBelt Pro is bounce free keeping my belongings snug and secure.   The three pockets are lined with moisture-resistant material to keep your electronics and essentials dry.  It has a slide in velcro-secured pocket for phone access – large enough for the iPhone 6 Plus size.  It has a zippered essentials pocket for keys, credit cards, driver’s license and cash for safely.  The DBelt Pro is designed for both women and men — available in sizes from P to XXL.   Comes in a variety of colors!  After the race, my family left for home and I stayed for the big cook-out and a drink (I deserved it).  I changed out of my running gear and into dry clothes but kept my DBelt Pro belt on to hold my valuables so my hands were free ….  one hand for my hamburger and the other for my drink.  My metal that I received from the road race was also stored away in my DBelt Pro safe and sound!   The DBelt Pro is perfect for exercise and for everyday life!  Purchase yours now at



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June 10, 2015

That light in your eyes!

Do you love putting your mascara on in the morning? I know I do. It is really my favorite part of my whole routine. But have you ever run out of time and just don’t seem to have time to put your on? Or maybe you need a touch up and your in a dimly lit place? NEVER FEAR Dakota Vox is here! Dakota Vox Light up mascara offers you a rich black color that coats and lengthens each lash individually. Also, with an added mirror you don’t have to worry about poking yourself in the eye because you don’t have to worry about holding a compact while putting it on. Its all in the palm of your hand.

TO see how Dakota Vox works check out my little video below. I hope you enjoy!

Dakota Vox

Dakota Vox

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June 10, 2015

Eugenia Kuzmina, a good friend of IAGT and client of former IAGT Men’s Editor, Anthony Turk shares her story with Renee’ Ward

In an exclusive Q&A with Renée Ward, Russian-born supermodel turned actress and stand-up comedian Eugenia Kuzmina shares how she landed modeling jobs in her early teens and how working early in life shapes who she is today.


Eugenia Kuzmina

Kuzmina’s modeling career took off when she started working with Ford Models Europe.

She was the cover girl for the August 2004 edition of Glamour and has been featured in advertisements for Armani Jeans, Dior sunglasses, GAP, Arden B, Express, Kenzi, Replay Jeans, Sephora, and L’Oreal. She has also been featured in magazines, such as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Japanese and Russian Vogue, GQ, Self, Shape, as well as catalogs for Hermès and Cartier.

In 2015 Kuzmina portrays Gulla opposite Danny McBride , Scott Caan and Bill Murray in the film, Rock The Kasbah, appears in a scene with Christopher Walken in a Jason Bateman film, The Family Fang and another feature, Dirty Grandpa directed by Dan Mazer , where she portrays a judgmental hippie Cathy, opposite Zac Efron.

Kuzmina is passionate about comedy and can frequently be seen doing stand-up at The Comedy Store and Flappers.

This is another in a series of articles about the “first jobs” of successful people, their advice for today’s teens, and reflects the value of work early in life. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Ward: What was your first paying job?
 I started modeling for pay when I was 14 years old. It was a time when several American companies came to Russia to scout young models. I was featured in national commercials for RC Cola and M&M’s. I was obsessed with all the products. It was a great opportunity for me to make some money for my family because we were poor even though my father worked for the government he wasn’t paid well. We grew up in food lines. Then, my father passed away when I was 15 and it was just my mom, little sister and me.

I had been approached by several people to go to France to model but up until then my mom was afraid that I would be sold and end up in Turkey to dance on tables or worse. It was like the Wild West. At that time it was a huge thing in Russia. Even now I try to advise young women to be aware of this situation especially if someone just comes up to them on the street.

A scout came to my school and asked to meet with me and my mom. He had all the contract papers from the agency and we checked it out and found it was all legitimate. It was a big step because I had to go by myself and stay in my first apartment. I was 15 and in Paris when I landed my first big paying job. The agency started sending me out to a lot of fashion shows. I remember that I didn’t have any fashion sense whatsoever.

They sent me to audition for Yves Saint Laurent. But before I could meet with him I had to buy something special to wear because they told me he was very visual and particular. I bought these expensive shoes and dress which for me was a lot of money. I went into this beautiful house which was like a palace. It was a real Cinderella moment for me. I had not yet learned how to walk in high heels. The casting director looked me over and gave me the go ahead to audition before Laurent. It was shortly before his death and one of his last fashion shows.

I had to go through full hair and makeup first. Backstage there were all these skinny models that were gorgeous creatures. They transformed me completely. I remember red lips and dark eyes. As a 15 year old, I was like oh my God, who is that. I was really shocked with what they could do.

The room he was in was full of smoke because he smoked a lot. The French smoke a lot and still live to be 100. I don’t know how they can do that. I earned the right to be on the catwalk alongside fashion icons like Naomi Campbell and Carla Bruni. It was crazy because I never thought about it.

Ward: Why do you feel you earned that opportunity? What made you stand out?
 At that point I was not aware of anything. As a teenager, I was just learning about myself. I would definitely say it was more for my look. I was not this wise creature. I would say I was just a normal teenager.

Ward: Did anything go wrong? If so, how did you overcome the challenges?
 I definitely went through insecurities. I would go to places where people didn’t speak English very well or my English wasn’t good enough and I would feel like an outcast as if it was my fault that people wouldn’t speak to me. The good thing is I learned French.

As a teenager, it was hard for me to say no. I still hadn’t learned the boundaries yet. There were times when the photographers would push to make me do a shoot that was really uncomfortable. At the time I was not okay with saying, no, I’m not going to do that. I really needed the money for my family, so I went through shoots that I regret.

As a model you live with everybody watching you. I went through stages fighting with food. I had to go to doctors to learn how to be healthy. There were periods where I would not eat anything because people would tell me I had to lose weight. I remember my hair falling out and having no energy. A lot of things were thrown at me that affected my self-esteem. I remember crying after casting calls when I wasn’t chosen.

It took me a long time to realize that it wasn’t about me, it was about their vision.

Thank God I had a feeling of hope always. I knew at some point that I had to leave Paris and go to London which changed my life completely. I started trusting myself more and building better friendships. I always felt that I had to do things besides modeling. In the U.S. I think there are better laws and they are much more civilized in a way. Modeling is not such a crazy industry today like it was back then.

Ward: Was there anyone in your life as a teen that you would consider a mentor?
 Well, you know, there were people like in and out of my life and different kinds of experiences but I’m a Capricorn and I think I had the strength of character to just move forward and trust my instincts. I would listen to people but at the end of the day think how does this make me feel. I jumped into a relationship when I was 18, a quasi-mentorship with an older man that became controlling and I knew I had to get out of it. I knew it wasn’t normal. I would never just follow somebody’s lead just because they said so.

Ward: What have you learned from your teen work experiences that have prepared you for what you are doing now?
 I learned that I am a strong person. I can trust myself. That I can achieve anything I want to and I do not have to depend on anyone to be happy.

Ward: What advice do you have for teens today seeking their first jobs?
: Pursue what you love to do. Don’t necessarily listen to others. Ask yourself, what are you passionate about? It doesn’t matter about the amount of money involved. You can start from a small position.

Don’t have an ego that you have to be at the top straight away.

Reach out to the people that are in the business that you like and talk to them.

Start from a place of service. It’s about what can you contribute to the job and in that way… things will change over time.


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June 7, 2015

Longer lasting color with “Gold”

You just got your hair colored. Its vibrant, crisp and beautiful but then you start to fear that in about week or so it will not look that way anymore. Well your fear is over when you use Goldwell’s Dual Senses Color Rich line of shampoo, conditioner, leave in spray and treatment. Every use makes it look like you just walked out of the salon.

Goldwell Color

Goldwell Color

Being a red head the worst part is knowing that my hair will fade a lot faster than most so anything I can do to make it last longer I did. After one use of the Dual Senses Color Rich, my color looked very refreshed and vibrant that it looked like I just had it done. At the time of my first use was 3 weeks after my color was done. You could seriously see all the different tones of red and just how hydrated my hair was.

The treatment, having a little red tint to it, gives the red a beautiful look but don’t freak if you don’t have red hair. This will not stain the hair. I have a few family members with blonde hair I have had try it and it made their blonde appear brighter. So if you are wanting to have beautiful, vibrant just out of the salon hair then check out for more info on where you can get your very own Goldwell Dual Senses Color Rich. Make everyday your red carpet!

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June 5, 2015

NEW YORKERS !! Don’t Miss The Celebration of Urban Outfitters Herald Square One Year Anniversary – TONIGHT !!







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June 4, 2015

100 years of Fashion!

Fashion is ever-changing, with trends going in and out of style at warp speed in this fast-moving, social media-obsessed world. To help viewers navigate the last century of female fashion, Mode Studios created a two minute video tour highlighting the best of the past 100 years of fashion.

While most "evolution of" videos only focus on the shoulders up, this clip gives viewers a full-length tour of what ladies donned when looking to turn heads starting in 1915 through the present day using authentic clothing from each period.

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