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July 22, 2015

FROM THE PROS: Can a Fitness & Wellness Regimen Empower Women

Celebrity Trainer Holly Perkins Explains 3 Reasons Why It Can

From an early age, women have foisted on them images of the “ideal” female body, and self-esteem can plummet when they fail to measure up.
But celebrity trainer Holly Perkins says it’s time women stop buying into those societal pressures.

“There’s this perception that all women need to look like perfect runway models,” says Perkins. “They can feel the anxiety building when they are trying to meet someone else’s expectations. That’s when the effort to lose weight or get fit can add to the stresses of life instead of relieving them.”

Certainly, women should want to improve their health, get fit and look gorgeous all at the same time, says Perkins, who recently released a home-exercise system designed specifically for women called baladea (, with regimens she developed to fuse fitness and wellness exercises.

But getting in shape needs to be something women want for themselves, and not an effort to mimic some airbrushed image on a magazine cover at the supermarket, she says.

Perkins realized several years ago that her clients met their weight-loss goals faster when she created programs that addressed both their fitness and wellness needs at the same time.

They also felt happier about themselves. So she incorporated yoga and other stress-relieving and relaxation techniques into the baladea program.

Perkins offers three reasons why the right fitness and wellness regimen can empower women and emancipate them from society’s image pressures:

• Because looking good makes you feel good. That’s especially true when you’re trying to look good to please yourself and not others, Perkins says. “There’s this sense of empowerment when you exercise, eat a healthier diet and lose weight because it’s what you want and not because of peer pressure or societal pressures,” she says.

Self-esteem rises when you improve your image on your terms, she says, and as a result “looking gorgeous never felt better.”

• Because the science says so. Research shows that stress can keep you from losing weight and might even cause you to add pounds. Even if you eat well and exercise, an excessive amount of stress can counteract all your efforts. That’s why meshing fitness and wellness works so well, Perkins says.

“Stress reduction and relaxation can significantly improve weight loss,” she says. “That allows you to look and feel your absolute best.”

• Because while improving your look, you also become healthier. You will feel amazing not just because of elevated self-esteem, but because your body really is functioning better because of the diet and exercise, Perkins says. Your energy level will rise and “you will feel ready for anything,” she says.

“You can look awesome and you can feel happy at the same time,” Perkins says. “It’s all about letting your true self shine.”

About Holly Perkins

Holly Perkins is a national fitness expert and developer of baladea (, a customizable fitness and wellness system for women. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), one of the most prestigious certifications in the industry. She believes that making fitness a fun lifestyle is the best way to achieve true change. As one of the nation’s leading weight-loss experts and a highly sought-after celebrity trainer, she has been featured in numerous magazines, newspapers and on national TV shows.

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July 22, 2015

Coming in for a “Soft Landing”

I love doing my nails, I mean all us women love doing or getting our nails done am I right? But the only downfall of doing our nails is the mess we have to endure with all the nail filings, glitter, and spilled nail polish the chaos seems never ending. That is until you find that you can now come in for a “Soft Landing” mani/pedi with Soft Landings Towels. Owned and operated by Kathy Weltman, Soft Landings makes clean up a breeze.

Soft Landings Towels Logo

Soft Landings Towels Logo

I wish I had known about these when I was a little girl. I can remember my mom would always get a little panicked when I painted my nails especially when designs got involved. Not much has changed but also this time with Soft Landings Towels, everything gets trapped within the fibers and can just be scooped up and tossed out. Soft Landings is also very beneficial for the salon professional when doing acrylics, and natural nail mani/pedis. Of course in the salon using the entire towel is the best so that it can cover the entire table top. But when I’m doing my nails at home, I cut the towel into sections big enough for one hand. That way you can have more than one.

Soft Landings Packaging

Soft Landings Packaging

Not only does Soft Landings Towels offer their line of Table Towels, they also have individual squares for removing gel or shellac polish. But that’s not it. Oh NO! A product like this is the true “jack of all trades” when it comes to uses. When in need grab them for your facial room or even for cosmetics. In fact some well known names proudly use the Soft Landings towels such as Essie, Milday Text books, Footlogix and Dazzle Dry… just to name a few.

So if you are tired of the mess, and don’t want to deal with anymore nasty lint bugs, or staining etc. check out “Put your hands on these”

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July 22, 2015

San Lorenzo unveils new bikini collections at SwimMiami


Miami, FL. – Hawaii based brand San Lorenzo bikinis showed their 2016 collection atop a glamorous candlelit runway over the pool at the W South Beach Friday night. The show opened with models channeling their inner “ohm” with stunning choreography ending in a Lotus pose that transported guests to a night of Balinese beauty and bikinis.

The collection, Mind Bali Soul, included a striking mix of one-pieces, bikinis in stunning prints and a tiger print one-piece that made the crowd go wild. Standouts included suits featuring lattice work details in soft, South Pacific hues and patterns including a floral print that served as the inspiration for the fresh flower hair details and flower-filled woven baskets the models carried.

The female models, including top swim model McKenna Berkley, who pranced down the runway full of mystique and wrapped with primal intuition. The collection flowed effortlessness with pieces that could easily be interchangeable and featured reversible fabric.

San Lorenzo Bikinis stun the runway in Miami

San Lorenzo Bikinis stun the runway in Miami

About San Lorenzo

San Lorenzo Bikinis was founded in Lima, Peru. A young girl with an abundance of passion and love for the ocean, Lisseth Figueroa, moved to Hawaii from Lima to attend college, trading one tropical home for another. After moving to the Hawaiian Islands, she soon realized that there was a noticeable gap in the market for her favorite South American swimwear cuts. An idea began to flourish, and soon with the help of her family back in Lima, San Lorenzo Bikinis would start production to bring the latest trends in swimwear to the islands, introducing Hawaii to the fused vibes of sol, praia, and aloha.

San Lorenzo Bikinis reached the Hawaiian Islands in 2002, and instantly became the go-to bikini shop. Starting with a humble storefront next to the University of Hawaii, in just 6 years San Lorenzo has grown to eight stores located on Oahu, Maui, and in Southern California and has a loyal celeb following including Behati Prinsloo, Kate Hudson, Lily Aldridge, AnnaLynn McCord and Chrissy Teigan.

For more information on how you too can :stun in the sun” in a San Lorenzo Bikini check out

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July 22, 2015

Fall fashion starts online

Accessories – a careful combination of vintage and fashion-forward jewelry, hats, scarves, gloves, fragrances and leather goods including handbags from designers such as Jennifer Haley, Mackage, Rafe New York, Eugenia Kim, Paula Mendoza, Gas Bijoux, Anne Vaughn Designs, Lizzie Fortunato Jewels and Yarnz Cashmere.

Apparel – curated for the modern woman with a distinct style, the selection offers a collection of dresses, tops, denim, active wear, knits and jackets from brands including Hawico, Peace Love World, Calypso, James Jeans, Rory Beca, Alo, Bella Dahl and Jet Set.

Shop at Desirant Online Fashion & accessory

Shop at Desirant Online Fashion & accessory

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July 20, 2015

Mia Marcelle Swimwear return to Miami w/ WOW-Worthy Collection

Miami, FL. Napa Valley, California’s Mia Marcelle Swimwear, opened the show at SWIMMIAMI with a live electric violinist playing “When I Met You in the Summer” before golden clad models took to the runway.

The collection included sexy silhouettes, with a personal touch seen in every piece, including an original print, Cube, designed by her 8-year old son. Adding a twist on traditional one-pieces, plunging necklines and cut out sides featuring intricately braided straps complemented the barely-there bikinis.

Mia Marcelle Swimwear 2016 collection

Mia Marcelle Swimwear 2016 collection

The audience was captivated by the bold, golden beauty accents and beehive bouffants as the models walked the runway in the 2016 collection wearing gold ankle-strap stilettos and gold hoops. For the finale, model Johanna Da Ru strutted down the runway wearing a $1,500 handcrafted, custom teeny bikini covered in Swarvoski Crystals all fixed to the suit by hand.

Sexy yet functional, the many of the pieces such as the Paia Multi Way Bandeau & Nikki bikini as well as the Hot Coral Chantelle Top & Hana Bottom were expertly crafted with sustainable techno-fabric imported from Italy. This fabric, made with Econly, is 100% regenerated polyamide fibers from post-consumer materials; which when tested in real life conditions proved to be twice as resistant to elements such as chlorine, suntan creams and oils. The innovative construction and the presence of LYCRA XTRA LIFE allows for Mia Marcelle’s swimwear to successfully combine stylish and sexy with strength that will endure wear and tear.

VIP guests were gifted with incredible branded beach bags, packed with all the goodies you need for a flawless day at the beach, including a branded beach towel.

About Mia Marcelle Swimwear

Mia Marcelle designer Amber Wagner, along with her husband Joe Wagner, added some spice to their Napa Valley winery by making it the headquarters for their burgeoning swimwear line. Drawing inspiration from the beauty of confident women, the mother of six chose to chase her dream of fashion by diving head first into the swim world. Her pieces breathe femininity and sensuality, incorporating both sophistication and minimalism.

For more information on Mia Marcelle Swimwear check out:

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July 20, 2015

Back from vacation

On vacation with some awesome friends

On vacation with some awesome friends

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July 20, 2015

NYC HERE I Come!!!


Del Mar Opening Day at the Horse Race Track

Del Mar Opening Day at the Race Horse Track


Ocean Kayaking in La Jolla


Pumped about NYC so I went dancing in the Rain

I have been running all over the place. Just was in Del Mar, San Diego for the weekend visiting a friend from college, and now I’m back in my favorite place: LA! But not for too long….I am off to Manhattan Thursday morning! I have missed the wonderful NYC and I’m ready to be back quite soon. I am very excited to announce that I will be doing a photo-shoot with the wonderfully talented, experienced and kind photographer Lora Warnick (IG: lorawarnick)! I am quite excited to officially meet her in the big city and do a very personalized shoot. Of course my amazing mom will be coming along for the ride and we will be catching some seats at a Broadway show, strolling through the park and eating our way through the humid weather and crowded streets. I can’t wait! New York is such a magical yet realistic place with so much to offer in all areas. Rich with culture and diversity, I am thrilled to be able to once again get a taste of the east coast that I oh-so love very much (but LA is always home). This is only the start of what’s to come! Thank you for being on the ride with me…

P.S. A few necessities in my travel bag include sunglasses, my travel “no worry” stone to ease any unhealthy stress, and of course my GERARD COSMETICS lipstick! Gerard Cosmetics just released their newest color called “Vintage Rose” and it is to die for! PLEASE go check them out, they never fail to give me just what I need for any occasion! GO TO:

AND check out Lora @ 🙂

peace and love


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July 20, 2015

Rock it out with MODELROCK Lashes

Now you can feel like a model everyday with MODELROCK Lashes. These beautifully constructed faux lashes will bring out the drama in any look or just even perfect for those everyday wear (with so many to choose from).

MODELROCK is the professionals number one choice when it comes to lashes. They are perfect for performers such as burlesque dancers, ice skaters, the possibilities are endless. As you can see in the video below they really do make a real difference on your look and really open the eye. They are comfortable and can be worn for hours at a time. (just be easy when taking them off).

Annie Hatcher's YouTube for MODELROCK Lashes

Annie Hatcher’s YouTube for MODELROCK Lashes

For more check out my video here and check out

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July 18, 2015

Bausch + Lomb TheraPearl® is no laughing matter.



Bausch + Lomb TheraPearl® Eyemask might look a bit funny when you are wearing it but, believe me, it is no laughing matter.  My daughter Adrienne (shown below) had been suffering from an “on again, off again” a headache for a few days, and she could not get rid of it. Finally one night it was so bad she asked for a cool facecloth to put over her eyes. That’s when I realized I had a Bausch + Lomb TheraPearl® Eye Mask in the freezer waiting to be used.

I used the mask as a cool pack on my eyes to calm the slight puffiness I had been experiencing due to allergy season. It worked very well for me. I found the mask to be very soothing and relaxing, and I used it often. When I no longer needed the mask, I put it in the freezer to have ready just in case I needed it again. Well, my daughter certainly did. It was a little cold for her at first, so she warmed the mask in her hands for a few seconds. She then placed the mask on her eyes and put her head back for a few minutes. After about 20 minutes, she told me her headache felt so much better. I was even upset with myself that I didn’t think to give her the mask sooner. As a matter of fact, the mask worked so well for her that she gave it to her friend’s mother that suffers from migraines. I’m off to buy another mask, just in case!
Bausch + Lomb TheraPearl® can be used cold by freezing,  or warm by microwave. Bausch + Lomb TheraPearl® is perfect for relieving headaches, soothing dry or puffy eyes, styes and so much more. The mask is reusable, non-toxic and is free if Latex, Lead, and BPA.  I suggest when heating and/or cooling the mask follow the instructions on the package for maximum results. You won’t be disappointed.

For more information on Bausch + Lomb TheraPearl®, please visit

Bausch + Lomb TheraPearl® is available at Target, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Kroeger, Ahold, Meijer, Harris Teeter and Publix.


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July 17, 2015

Friendships and healthcare ladies. Did you know August 1 is National Girlfriends Day?! Its a day of celebrating your female friendships with some health tips and tricks you can share with one another. Oscar Insurance has compiled an outline chart for The Center for Disease Control and Prevention to help clients maintain and keep track of their health 24/7. (posted below) on when women should get checkups.

Oscar Girlfriends Day health tips outline

Oscar Girlfriends Day health tips outline

As we all know friends are very important parts in our lives and so is our health. When hanging out with your best girlfriends you can support each other in whatever avenue of life they are coming from. Anything from eating healthy to knowing when to deal with clinical depression. I know in my life I have 2 friends that no matter where or what we have done we are always there for each other. Last year being diagnosed with anxiety, depression and paranoia I could count on them to help me snap out of my state of depression even though they both live in Ohio. When dealing with a mental illness such as anxiety having those friends behind you can make a world of difference.

Not only that but when you set a goal for health you can count on your friends to help you with that too. Such as when you are out to dinner lower your intake of unnecessary saturated fats, sugar and alcohol. But I not only encourage your to celebrate your friends just on August 1 but everyday of the year. When you find those perfect friends never let them go. Kick it with your girls and these great health tips and take control of your health today! Also be sure to check out Oscar Insurance if you’re in the market for health insurance in NJ or NY. They have many cool services like their Doctor on Call tool or Misfit incentive program that allows making these check-ups and staying proactive about your health even easier. Happy Girlfriends Day.

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