Archives for October 2017

October 30, 2017

Give Me Some Sugar

Wait, before you go trick or treating know what that sugar is doing to your body.  Sugar has many harmful affects to the body, we all pretty much have heard that too much sugar is bad for us, right?  Yes, sure we have, we’ve all heard that too much sugar contributes to weight gain and yuck mouth but what is too much sugar?  Too much sugar is more than 6 tsps (25 grams ) for women and 9 tsps (38 grams) for men a day.

Too much sugar is much more dangerous than we were taught as kids.  Did you know that too much sugar can age you?  I did not know that, of course when we were kids who cared? Now that I am a woman of a certain age, I care! Around the age of 35 is when most women really start paying attention to their skin.  Eating too much sugar weakens collagen and elastin in your skin.  It’s one thing to not to care about your waist line but we generally care about our skin looking dull and wrinkly.

Still not convinced?  I’ll give you another reason you may look at that candy side-eyed (too much sugar weakens our eyesight by the way) but I digress.  Sugar is addicting! The more you have the more you want. The craving prompted by sugar is compared to those induced by cocaine and nicotine.  Yup, sugar effects the brainwaves like opioids does, scary huh?  The bottom line is, sugar is in just about everything so don’t even try cutting sugar completely out of your diet.  However, you can easily limit your intake by cutting down on your sweets and reading your food labels.  Try to stick to 6 tsps for women and 9 tsps for men a day.

The older we get our bodies does change and we become more aware as to what is going on in there.  We can’t stop the aging process nonetheless, we can stop having too much sugar. 

Get more info about Elizabeth Colen, Health Coach on  Fit Mind, Fit Body and Fit Spirit.

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October 26, 2017

It’s a Glam Thing Loves Beauty Brands that give Back

 U Brands:

U Brands cares about our youth’s future. When you purchase their stationery or desk accessories, they will donate a portion of their proceeds to Kids in Need Foundation®. The Kids In Need Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed in the classroom by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need.


The USDA estimates that 42 million people in the United States are food insecure as of 2015. Of this number, 13,118,000 are children under age 18. That means 1 in 6 children live in a household without consistent access to adequate food. Sababa is a One into One™ company. For every product sold, Sababa gives a meal to a child in need, right back into the community where the product was sold.Sababa provides an opportunity for people to give back without changing their habits or daily routines. Sababa represents a way of life and making a difference in the community.


Building a better world through everyday elegance, Vessel’s Buy a Bag, Give a Bag program is the perfect combination of style and cause. With every bag purchased, Vessel gives a school backpack to a child in need. Since this purposeful program was implemented, Vessel customers have helped provide over 18,000 school backpacks! A company that believes life is an adventure filled with purpose, Vessel allows you to carry a customized design to inspire the world with your vision, creativity, and chic style.


When you purchase Mirenesse’s Limited Edition Shona Art Makeup Collection, they will give back to their Power through Beauty campaign. Mirenesse will be donating 10% of all proceeds from this line to help put an end to domestic violence.

Green Goo:

Green Goo is a woman-owned, family-operated business based out of Lyons, Colorado that strives to bring “farm to farmacy” by carefully selecting only the purest, most sustainable herbs and essential oils. Their products range from skin repairing salves to nourishing lip balms, softening bath soaps and so much more. As Green Goo’s success grows, so does their commitment to help the community. Their products were used to help heal at the Hargeisa Orphan Center in Somalia, to provide 600+ patients with pre-medical care in Honduras, as well as many other worthy causes worldwide. Some of the organizations they’ve partnered with are: World Vision, Mercy in Action, Mandela Foundation, Snowball Express, Summit for Soldiers, the Pacific Crest Trail, and John Hopkins, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Green Goo also partnered with Keep a Breast Foundation and Non-toxic revolution Donating $.05 per each sale!

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October 26, 2017

Change the Clocks Not Your Mood with These 5 Steps

As we prepare to switch the clocks and “fall back” this November 5, many of us may give up more than an hour of daylight. We may be giving up our good mood. Many people mark the clock change as the start of more darkness, cold weather and anxiety over holiday schedules and holiday shopping and travel. Dr. Saman Hafeez, a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services explains how setting the clocks back is, for many people the start the winter blues and offers tips on how not to slip into a funk.

Set a sleep regimen.

Less daylight affects our mood and the further north you go the more intense it is. Dr. Hafeez explains that around 3 million people are affected by some form of Seasonal Affective Disorder. It’s more common in women than in men and it often lingers throughout the entire winter. How to beat it? Dr. Hafeez suggests getting to bed an hour earlier and adding in some time to wind down an hour before bed. “Don’t watch the news before sleep; read a book, write in a journal or meditate. Do something that eases you into a restful state,” she says.

Change up your exercise schedule.

It’s normal for the brain to get thrown off when it gets darker earlier. Less daylight means that the motivation to get outside for that early morning jog may fade. This is normal. “It’s important that you give your brain new stimulation. Try working out after work instead of in the morning or, if possible join a work out app that brings at home exercise routines right to your phone.

Book your calendar.

The more you have to look forward to the better your mood will be. Schedule weekly dinners with family and friends. Wintertime is hibernation time so set up a family movie schedule or game nights. It’s important to have weekends booked up with fun activities to keep the mind looking forward to fun events. “Social withdrawal is common in the winter when temperatures drop. Take turns hosting dinner events and get around people,” Hafeez encourages.

Study up!

Interested in learning a new skill? Use the wintertime to take seminars, attend workshops and commit to learning something new. When you engage the part of your brain responsible for learning you’re more inspired and alert. Even listening to podcasts and participating in interesting webinars on a topic you’re interested in will increase energy, Hafeez says.

Experiment with new recipes.

When the temperatures drop and we enter hibernation mode we tend to crave more comfort foods. According to Dr. Hafeez, a great way to lift our moods and stimulate our brains is through taste. Winter is a great time to explore new foods. With so many fresh food delivery companies out there you can get pre-portioned healthy food options with step-by-step prep instruction delivered to your doorstep. “I really like this idea because it engages the senses which stimulates the brain. You’re releasing positive brain chemicals triggered by excitement, adventure, task execution and enjoyment, plus you’re eating healthy.

About the doctor:

Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. a neuropsychological, developmental and educational center in Manhattan and Queens. 

Dr. Hafeez masterfully applies her years of experience connecting psychological implications to address some of today’s common issues such as body image, social media addiction, relationships, workplace stress, parenting and psychopathology (bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, etc…). In addition, Dr. Hafeez works with individuals who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), learning disabilities, attention and memory problems, and abuse. Dr. Hafeez often shares her credibl

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October 26, 2017

Michelle Trachtenberg & Keisha Castle Hughes wears Gabriel NY!

Los Angeles, CA – October 24, 2017 – Michelle Trachtenberg and Keisha Castle-Hughes were photographed wearing Gabriel NY last night. Michelle accented her black cocktail dress with Gabriel NY’s 18k White Gold Fashion Diamond Ladies’ Ring ($4,310) at the InStyle Awards, while Keisha Castle-Hughes wore Gabriel NY’s 14k Yellow Gold Wide Band Diamond Ladies’ Ring ($2,650, to the Thank You For Your Service premiere in Los Angeles.
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October 26, 2017

Camera in Focus – 6 Things to Keep in Mind When Using a Photobooth Outdoors

Photobooths are fast becoming a new trend in the age of DSLRs and hired photographers, and it’s easy to see why. A photo booth from Snappy Photobooths will set you back less than a professional photographer, won’t need to interrupt conversations for photo opportunities, and can take as many pictures as a memory bank can hold over the course of your event.

Much like a photographer, they’re available for nearly any kind of event and unlike a photographer they are not subject to late notice sick days or unexpected holidays. These monolithic machines of photography mastery will not only take your pictures, store your pictures, and look good doing it, but they’ll also provide you with props for silly shots too.

The only thing you need to keep in mind is where you put them when you’re using them outside, so to help with that one task, we’ve created a list of things to keep in mind when using a photobooth outdoors, and we believe it will help immensely.


As everybody with a phone camera knows, outdoor lighting is different to indoor lighting, and this difference is capable of ruining a shot in no time. One problem occasionally faced by photobooths is that they take on aspects of both outdoor and indoor lighIt’s a Glam Thingting when they are used in an outdoor setting.

This is because the unit is outside where light is bouncing off every blade of grass and tree in the immediately area, and the camera is housed on the inside of the unit. Make sure when placing it that you face the entryway away from where the sun will affect it, and everything should be a-ok.


Where the unit is in your event means everything, as you want it to be obvious to everyone and clearly intended for use. In an outdoor setting, this is a little harder to do because there aren’t the familiar and predictable lines of a house or walls to guide people to it, so instead you need to find a place people will flock to anyway. The food area tends to be the best place for this, as people are naturally moving toward it at all times, and it’s usually centrally located.


Props are one of the best things about photobooths, and more and more companies are providing props for photographs that are relevant to the event. A large foam pair of love-heart glasses for a wedding, several sets of devil horns for a 21st birthday party, or even a toga for a university party.

These are all great ways to liven up phthe, otographs and encourage people to be more silly with the photobooth, however keeping in mind what you provide to your guests is a good idea, as drunk and disorderly guests might destroy props in their merriment. This adds to your bill, which is never a nice surprise at the end of a party.


How accessible your photobooth is for all of your guests will directly influence how many people use it and therefore how much use you get out of it. Accessibility should also be kept in mind for differently-abled individuals, so solid ground should be present when choosing the outdoor location for your photobooth, and a ramp is suggested for ease of access.


No matter where you are, surprise rain is a thing that affects us all. The fact that a photobooth is also an electronic device means that weatherproofing the outside of it if it isn’t already weatherproof is a very good idea.

Look for anything that might let dust or water into the unit and try to shelter it. It’s important that you don’t seal up these ports, as they can be venting locations for the machine, and sealing them could result in more damage occurring.


Finally, nature being the way it is you are sure to get bugs invading your photobooth at some point during the day of your event. Whether these are tiny gnats, harmless and almost non-existent for how much trouble they cause, or wasps that stand a chance of genuinely hurting someone is up to you.

It is recommended that you put a mosquito net around the unit if your soiree is taking place near troublesome insect nests or in areas or seasons known to be rife with critters.

These tips are the best ways to prepare your photo booth for the troubles of the outside world, and with some simple preparation you can not only ensure that the machine lives to photograph another day, but that your guests have a wonderful time filling up that memory chip with funny, wonderful photographs.

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October 25, 2017

Shantel VanSanten Celebrates the Grand Opening of Platt Boutique Jewelry & The Kit Vintage!

Los Angeles, CA – October 25, 2017 – Actress Shantel VanSanten helped celebrate the grand opening of Platt Boutique Jewelry & The Kit Vintage at their new location in Los Angeles last night. The actress posed in a chic light blue suit at the party while Kate Walsh enjoyed some vintage shopping. Guests sipped on wine from Miraval while enjoying a one-of-a-kind curated selection of vintage clothing and jewelry.
Platt Boutique Jewelry and The Kit Vintage boasts a huge celeb clientele including Jennifer Lawrence, The Kardashian family, Jennifer Lopez, Anne Hathaway, Emma Roberts and much more. The family owned and operated boutique has recently joined forces to create the ultimate vintage shopping destination in Los Angeles. Located on Beverly Blvd, the new store offers the finest curated vintage designer clothing (including Gucci, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Oscar De La Renta, Versace & more) courtesy of The Kit Vintage as well as the beautiful antique jewels from around the world that Platt Boutique Jewelry is renowned for.
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October 25, 2017

A Clear Future

Tis the season for dry skin. If you are like me, always on the move, you know the struggle is real. I’m either out in the weather playing tennis or sweating in hot Yoga, so I have to make sure I take extra time to give my skin some extra loving and I don’t necessary have the time or the patience to do so. But we must really pamper our skin, because we don’t want our skin to look dry and crackle like the bottom of a dried-up river, right?   Well, this product by Arbonne called Clear Future Soothing Overnight Mask is an easy light weight product that hydrates while you sleep. Just apply on clean face at bed time, let it dry and go to bed. Wake up, rinse your face and do your regular morning cleaning routine. Your face will be soothed and hydrated without you doing anything extra.

Call me lazy, but I like a product that I don’t have to fuss over, it works while I rest. If you are ready to give your skin that extra love without all the fuss check out,8598,1118.aspx.  Use Clear Future Soothing Overnight Mask 2 -3 times a week for improved skin tone and healthier looking skin.

Get more info about Elizabeth Colen, Health Coach on Fit Mind, Fit Body and Fit Spirit.

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October 24, 2017

Go with the Gut: 7 Foods to Eat for Better Skin, Hair and Mood

By Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O.

All symptoms of the body from thin, dull hair, and sallow skin, to acne breakouts, body aches and sluggish energy all point to the gut. Gut health is incredibly important making mindful eating an essential part of longevity and anti-aging. If you want to feel vibrant and maintain a youthful appearance up to 15 years younger than your actual age, start weaving these key foods into your diet.


When we have an overgrowth of candida in the gut we experience things like acne breakouts, bloating, and constipation. Garlic mitigates all of this because it kills candida. Garlic also aids in digestion and immunity. Garlic also has anti-inflammatory properties making it ideal for joint aches. Allicin, which serves as an anti-aging, antifungal benefit to garlic aids in smoothing skin and preventing acne and other skin conditions.

Ground Flaxseed:

Responsible for helping food to travel effortlessly and smoothly through the GI tract, flaxseed keeps us regular. Flaxseed also contains cancer fighters called lignans which also ward off heart disease. Flaxseed helps to minimize rashes, skin flare ups and irritation. When you consume flaxseed your skin becomes more even toned and less sensitive.

Apple cider vinegar:

One of the best ways to address any digestive issues is to combine a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water or in tea and drink it before a meal. It helps your body to break down food. It helps with to prevent indigestion and stomach issues after eating. Anytime you can aid the digestive process you’ll notice glowing skin and a youthful radiance.

Celery & Celery Juice:

Another anti-inflammatory and cancer fighter celery also lowers blood pressure and rids us of sugar cravings (and sugar makes the skin sallow and leads to breakouts). The natural salts in celery juice maintain a healthy gut pH. The common recommendation is to drink 16 ounces on an empty stomach and improvements to digestion and physical appearance will be evident within 10 days.



High in fiber, cauliflower helps the gut maintain healthy microbes. This is important because when microbes or gut flora are out of whack a whole slew of symptoms become evident. These include digestive issues, depression or anxiety, and skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne.

Fermented foods:

Kimchi is delicious and sauerkraut or pickled vegetables can make for a nice topping to a salad or mid-day snack. These fermented foods are packed with good bacteria which balances the microbiome, which is the anchor for our health and immunity.


Another “prebiotic” fiber that keeps the gut healthy and balanced is asparagus. You can add garlic to it and broil it in the oven offering a 1 -2 punch of gut friendly foods in one delicious side dish. It’s important to note that people who suffer from stomach pain may not do well with prebiotics in larger amounts. If the gut is already inflamed these foods can cause a flare up.

About the Doctor:

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S. His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson’s. He has worked with Mike TysonMickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Gotham’s, Donal Logue; and as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers. Connect with him via twitter @drcalapai or at


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October 23, 2017

Elizabeth Arden Plush Up Lip Gelato is not your grandmother’s lipstick


Elizabeth Arden Plush Up Lip Gelato line is a sheer, moisturizing formula that softens lips while giving them a pop of color. Lipstick is something I generally don’t gravitate towards in my
make-up purchases. It always struck me as something an older woman would wear and I wanted to avoid having a clown-mouth look, when I’ve tried it on, it always seemed like way too much. I have relatively small lips so any tiny lipstick mark outside of my lip line made me look slightly crazy and ready for a Halloween party.

The Plush Up Lip Gelato by Elizabeth Arden is not your grandmothers lipstick though. I was pleasantly surprised when I first tried it on before work, make-up remover wipe in hand ready to wipe off the mess I was about to make, and found that zero touch ups were required after one quick swipe across my top and bottom lip. The gel formula with vitamin A, E & rosemary extract glides on smoothly and conditions your lips which not only makes them appear fuller, but you don’t need to worry about it looking dry and cracked. The color is sheer, so you can easily have a
more subtle look, or build it up for a night out with another coat or two.

The colors are complimentary so you can easily mix shades for a more unique color. I tried Strawberry Sorbet and Pink Lemonade which worked nicely together for a pinky, orange hue. There are over 20 shades available, so definitely worth checking out if you want to step up your lip color game with controllable color that protects and locks in moisture.


Elizabeth Arden

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October 23, 2017

Halloween Beauty Looks Right At Home with YouCam Makeup

YouCam Makeup just released its first-ever 3D AR Halloween costume collection so users can now try out hyper-realistic Halloween beauty looks right at home. In addition to trying out these realistic beauty looks, YouCam Makeup partnered with Lancôme to help users bring these looks to life through product recommendations for in-app purchases – with just a few taps you can try on the looks and purchase the products!


This extensive Halloween beauty series marks the launch of YouCam Makeup’s newly revamped AR 3D engine that makes virtual beauty trials more accurate and realistic than ever before. The powerful new feature reconstructs a real-time three-dimensional face model based on a facial scan of 100+ landmarks per second allowing users to experience the styles in live camera for a unique true-to-life try-on. This advanced technology enables users to experience unprecedented virtual makeup effects that bring these striking Halloween styles to life.

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