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August 15, 2017

OLD WIVES’S TALES ABOUT DIET AND WEIGHT LOSS

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An estimated 45 million Americans go on a diet each year, and Americans spend $33 billion each year on weight loss products. Yet, nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. With all of this money expended, why are so many people unable to lose weight?  Dr. Christopher Calapai is, a New York City Osteopathic Physician board certified in family and anti-aging medicine. He says that, “People are dealing with dieting information overload. It is hard to know what is sound weight loss advice and what is a myth.”   He sets the record straight on some of our most commonly held diet and weight loss myths.

You can eat whatever you want if you workout

Unfortunately, a half hour on the treadmill isn’t going to help you lose weight if you reward yourself by downing a few slices of cake and an order of French fries. The treadmill told you that you burned off 500 calories, but those estimated machine readouts are not always accurate.  It’s near impossible to out-exercise a bad diet unless you plan to spend half your day in the gym. You must workout and eat smart to see results.

Organic food is diet food.

The word organic is enticing, but it’s also misleading. Organic means a food is grown without pesticides or other chemicals and is not genetically modified. But it says absolutely nothing about the nutrient value of the food itself, or whether it’s a good dietary choice, or whether it has excessive fat, sugar, or starch. Organic sugar is still sugar. Organic white flour is still white flour. Organic butter is still butter and organic lard is still lard. 

You Can Lose 10 Pounds in 2 Weeks.

You probably can lose 10 pounds in two weeks if you crash-diet, but that pace is rarely sustainable.  Most of the weight will return once you start eating normally. To truly lose 1 pound, you need to “eliminate” 3,500 calories—the amount stored in a pound of fat—by eating less and moving more. If you cut 500 calories (or cut 300 and burn 200 through exercise) every single day of the week, you’ll lose about a pound a week. And that’s real weight loss.

amount stored in a pound of fat—by eating less and moving more. If you cut 500 calories (or cut 300 and burn 200 through exercise) every single day of the week, you’ll lose about a pound a week. And that’s real weight loss.

Cleanses and detoxes are a good way to jump-start a diet.

Nobody needs to detox.

Unless you’ve been poisoned, you have a built-in, super-efficient system for filtering out most of the harmful substances you eat. It’s made up of two toxin-bashing organs: the liver and the kidneys. Our kidneys filter our blood and remove any waste from our diet, and our livers process medications and detoxify any chemicals we ingest. Paired together, these organs make our bodies natural cleansing powerhouses.

You can’t eat after 8pm

It doesn’t matter what time of day you eat. It is what and how much you eat and how much physical activity you do during the whole day that determines whether you gain, lose, or maintain your weight. No matter when you eat, your body will store extra calories as fat. If you want a snack before bedtime, think first about how many calories you’ve eaten that day.

You must keep your blood sugar topped up, and eat little and often to achieve it

This is one of the least accurate bits of advice. Every time you eat a carbohydrate, and your blood glucose levels rise, the body needs to release a substance called insulin (from the pancreas) to return your blood glucose levels to normal. Any “topping up” simply places a demand on the body to get the blood glucose levels back down again. This might be the  reason for the explosion in type 2 diabetes – the body is asked to release insulin too much, too often and has no way of recognizing some of the foreign substances we consume in modern man-made food. 

Wait Until You’re Hungry to Eat.

Myth!: By waiting to eat until you’re very hungry, your hunger simply builds and builds until it’s all consuming, causing your appetite to spiral out of control. In fact, new research reveals that by skipping breakfast, you’ll end up eating more calories in total and making less healthy food choices throughout the day than you would have otherwise. Research also shows that forgoing breakfast activates your body’s insulin response, triggering fat storage and weight gain.

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August 15, 2017

A CARDIGAN WILL UP YOUR GLAMOUR!

Knowing how to dress in the ‘in-between’ weeks from the end of summer to the start of fall can be a tricky business. Luckily, the humble cardigan is back in fashion.

The shoulder season has officially arrived, and knowing how to dress in the ‘in-between’ weeks from the end of summer to the start of fall can be a tricky business. Luckily, the humble cardigan is back in fashion, and available for all your layering needs.

The cardigan is that rare fashion jewel: a versatile, practical piece that can easily make (or break) a statement look. The Fall/Winter 2017 catwalks were awash with them. Here’s how the fashion industry is suggesting you cover up this season….

1) Monochrome: A lightweight cardigan is the perfect way to tap into the monochrome trend without the overall look becoming too overbearing. Matching loudly printed cardigans to trousers and turtle necks adds extra impact.

2) As a jacket: A sharp, belted cardigan can be an excellent way of elevating an outfit to business lunch level without actually adding formalwear. Think a tailored cardigan that is nipped in at the waist for a more formal silhouette.

3) Under suits: Alternatively, you could opt to throw on a cardigan under a formal suit jacket for a fresh take on three-piece formal-wear. Up your sex appeal by adding a glimpse of lingerie, replacing the shirt in the suit lineup.

4) Cropped: Crop tops and bra tops continue to rule the streetwear scene, so it comes as no surprise that cardigans are shortening their hemlines, too. The mini-cardigan is the statement for this season.

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August 15, 2017

THE GLAM LIFE OF A BIER BRO.

Partying, tasting, innovating various beer drinking ways, and then trying them out all day is a dream job that has become a reality for millennials Ryan, Brandon and Justin Siriann aka ‘The Bier Bros.’! These three “bros” have found a way to create a revolutionary syringe-like drinking device that has turned their jobs into one that others are truly jealous of.

With their product, The Bierstick, being named one of the top trending drinking products of summer 2017, It’s A Glam Thing sat down with the brothers to find out more about the glamorous world of beer-drinking-device inventors!

Nick Northstar: What is the most glamorous thing about being an inventor of a beer-related product?

Bier Bros: Being the inventors of a beer related product would be great, but we simply sell a device that allows people to put whatever they choose into it. The amount of people you meet and connections you make while promoting a fun party item is just incomparable to anything else. Everyone is always in a good mood and in a great social atmosphere, which makes work for us extremely fun. The Bier Bros have taken the ancient beer bong and revolutionized the way people will drink beer forever.

NN: What are your top favorite beverages to put into your Bierstick device?

BB: Well if you are 21 and you can drink responsibly, who doesn’t love an ice-cold brew? Some other beverages that you don’t really enjoy drinking are also great to put in the Bierstick, like a protein shake or pre-workout.

NN: How has social media played a part in spreading the word?

BB: Social media (follow on Instagram here) is our biggest source of advertising. When the Bierstick is out, the cameras are out. This is what runs our sales. When one person buys a Bierstick, almost all of their friends will see it because of Snapchat and Instagram. Recently we have had many viral videos hit Facebook and that is because of how shareable our product is.

NN: What crazy things have you seen people do with your product?

BB: Our customers are encouraged to send in the best/unique videos and pictures. This apparently is a competition in our customers eyes to see who can top the last video. From jumping off waterfalls, to Biersticking off of the school mascot, to a student’s grandma doing a Bierstick at a tailgate.

NN: What’s next for the Bierstick company?

BB: The Bierstick 2.0 is in prototyping and will be out as soon as we get everything perfected. Instead of taking on many products that are OK, we want to perfect one thing and that is the Bierstick.

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August 11, 2017

Top 5 Back to School Stressors and How to Bust Them

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While the start of a new school year comes with excitement for kids, it also comes with stress. It’s common for kids to feel overwhelmed this time of year especially as they navigate the challenges that crop up with a new school year. This stress can manifest itself in stomach aches, headaches, loss of appetite, even depression. Here are 5 common top back to school stressors and how parents can help their kids to bust them.

  1. Facing the bully.

For kids who are bullied, summer break also means a break from the relentless verbal and at times physical abuse that can be crushing to a kid’s self-worth. Oftentimes kids won’t tell parents that they are being bullied because they are embarrassed or fear telling school administrators will only escalate the bullying. As the school start date approaches, pay attention to your kid’s anxiety level. Communicate and ask them what they are looking forward to this school year. Ask them who are they most excited to see when they return to school. Listen for any negativity and seek to understand where it comes from. Ask if they ever witnessed bullying and what they would do if they did. If your child reveals that they don’t want to see a certain group of kids ask why and get as much information as you can. You want to show your kid that they have your support without judgement.

  1. Extra work!

Kids who once did great may enter the new year and feel overwhelmed with the additional school work. Perhaps they aren’t grasping the material as quickly as they once did. This is common especially in math at the junior high level. Once parents can no longer help kids with homework, they may want to invest in tutoring. Before selecting a tutor it’s wise to have your child be evaluated to get clarity on how they learn best. Some kids are visual learners making a math tutor who helps the student to “see” how the equations play out in visual analogy are tremendously helpful. Another solution that can benefit the whole family is hiring a time management or accountability coach to help the entire family to manage schedules effectively.

  1. Tuition bills.

With the skyrocketing cost of education, many kids listen to parents discussing the stress they feel about college tuition and then take on that stress themselves. Money is a stressful topic because it is usually never spoken about openly and honestly. Some students may wonder if college is even a right option for them but fear voicing this opinion. Many feel that higher education leaves them ill prepared for “the real world.” Many parents and kids question the value of the six-figure tuition price tag. There has been a slow shift away from traditional education in favor of entrepreneurship. Perhaps an internship at a small business a few days per week after school can provide them with more hands-on experience on a path that truly interests them and can be even more lucrative. Showing your kids there are many ways to achieve success, presents options they may not have ever known existed.

  1. The unknown.

Whether your child is starting school for the first time or entering junior high, high school or even college; anxiety is common when we are uncertain. Anxiety doesn’t discriminate and older kids get anxious about the unknown just the same as the younger kids do. It’s common for small children to have separation anxiety at the start of school and for homesickness to strike college freshman living away for the first time. Touring the school, getting to know teachers in advance, and getting as much information beforehand helps kids to mentally prepare for what they can expect.

  1. Social status and drama.

The return to school comes with the return to more kids and more social drama. Usually in the summer, kids stick to their immediate group of best friends. During the school year, they are forced to get along with everyone. The gossip and constant pressure to fit in can cause anxiety. Simple things like choosing clothing, hairstyle and over all appearance can cause a lot of pressure. Teens especially are trying to get a handle on body image and are often feel anxious about being judged by other kids. It’s important to be supportive and understanding while reaffirming your child’s strengths and larger goals. When your kids are busy focused on what they want to achieve and what they enjoy doing, they’re less likely to have time to concern themselves with the opinions of others.

About the expert:

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 credible expertise to various news outlets in New York City and frequently appears on CNN and Dr.Oz.

 

Connect with her via twitter @comprehendMind or www.comprehendthemind.com

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August 11, 2017

Victoria Justice Loves Henri Bendel!

Los Angeles, CA – August 10, 2017 – Victoria Justice was photographed carrying Henri Bendel’s Influencer Wallet on a String ($198) while showing off her toned stomach leaving a workout in NYC yesterday. Victoria previously carried Henri Bendel’s
Influencer Tote in Black  ($298; www.henribendel.com) from the same collection, that allows you to personalize each bag with charms, key fobs and pins.
 Photo Credit: STARTRAKSPHOTO/Michael Simon
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August 10, 2017

Top Reasons for Doing Trampoline Exercises

Today everyone is concerned about promoting health and fitness. Now you could consider doing trampoline workouts for staying not only fit and active but for having loads of fun at the same time. If you feel that trampolines are meant only for kids, you are sadly mistaken. Trampoline workouts are supposed to be a fabulous way of staying fit and active for adults. Here are some of the top reasons why you must include trampoline exercises in your fitness regimen.

Fantastic Way of Burning Calories

You would be pretty surprised and impressed to learn about the speed at which your calories are burned thanks to a trampoline workout session. Trampoline workouts if performed properly have the capacity to burn as many calories in just 10 minutes, as you would be burning after dedicating solid 30 minutes to jogging. It is simply amazing, as far as, speed and efficacy are concerned.

Effective in Fortifying Leg Strength

While performing trampoline workouts you would be landing on your feet. You require engaging your legs for perfect landing. When your legs are involved in exercising, it makes your legs stronger. In this context, you must know that trampoline exercises are actually low-impact workouts that do not exert any pressure on your joints. So, you would not be experiencing any joint pains while you land on your feet. Within just seven days of doing trampoline exercises, your legs would be fortified. Browse http://getairfayetteville.com/ for more about trampoline and fun time.

Great for Making Your Bones Stronger

Trampoline workouts could be done with great ease and definitely without causing any kind of pain or injury. Trampoline workouts boost bone density that would, in turn, make your bones stronger. High-density bones would certainly be much less prone to injuries and fractures. Trampoline workouts are great for making your tendons and ligaments stronger. Trampoline exercises would effectively reduce your chances of arthritis and osteoporosis or any other bone-associated issues.

Perfect for Enhancing Heart Health

Trampoline exercises are best for your heart as they provide a tremendously vigorous aerobic exercise and that accelerates the rate at which your heart would be pumping blood to the rest of the body. A trampoline workout would be fortifying the muscles that are required for a fit and active cardiovascular system.

Fabulous for Building Strong Muscles

Your leg muscles are strengthened thanks to the power-filled jumping that is the characteristic of the trampoline. With repetitive trampoline exercises that involve a lot of jumping, your muscles are compelled to contract more frequently than they actually do with all other workouts that boost their stamina.

Conclusion

We have discussed some of the top few reasons why everyone should opt for trampoline workouts for boosting and maintaining overall health and wellness. There are numerous other reasons why trampolining is a good idea. It helps in boosting natural detoxification. Moreover, thanks to the jumping, your lymphatic circulation is enhanced. The lymph fluids would be traveling all through your body eliminating the toxins, fat cells, and impurities that come on the way. In short, trampoline exercises are the way to go if you wish to lose weight and stay fit and active.

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August 10, 2017

Dorm Room Decor-As Seen on IndyStyle Wish TV

Congratulations! You graduated and you’re off to college. Now it’s time to gather all the essentials and decorate your dorm room to reflect your unique personality. There are a few things that every college student needs for Dorm Room Décor such as; Bedding, Room Accessories, Study and Storage Organization. Here are some of my favorite money saving Dorm Room Decor products and tips to help you decorate.

1. Roomify
Need bedding? Not sure what you need for your dorm room? Feeling overwhelmed? I’ve got you covered! At Roomify it’s simple to achieve the perfect Dorm Room Decor look that fits your unique style. They offer dorm room and apartment kits that come in a bundle and save you time and money in three simple steps. Select your bundle, pick your pattern and colors, and have everything delivered at your doorstep in a box! It’s that simple! And when you bundle you save an additional 10%! Sleep, shower, organize, study, eat, accessorize, and decorate with Roomify! Prices range from $13.00 to $315.00. Available for purchase online at: www.roomify.com

2. Wall Pops/Nuwallpaper
I love Wall Pops and Nuwallpaper because they provide a great way to personalize and decorate your dorm room walls without damaging them. The have a variety of peel and stick removable decals and wallpaper in an array of eye-catching designs and patterns. I love the dry erase board wall decal dots to help you stay organized and their photo frame decal to create a collage on your wall with photos of your family and friends. They’ve got you covered with patterns and colors to suit everyone’s style and add some flair to your dorm room walls. Prices range from $3.75 and up.
Available for purchase in stores across the country and online at: www.wallpops.com
Special Promo code 35% off: DORM35                                         

3. Hang-O-Matic
Wall art is like the icing on the cake when it comes to bringing the design of a room together but it’s not easy to hang it right the first time. We’ve all been there, where we thought we measured correctly and went ahead and pounded the nail into the wall only to discover it’s not level and we end up with five holes in the wall when we only needed one! Hang-O-Matic allows you to measure, level, and mark your hole all in one! Now you can hang your artwork perfectly, on your first try, without a hitch! As a designer, I literally never leave home without it and I am telling you this is one of the best inventions since sliced bread! Everyone needs the Hang-O-Matic. It’s a must for at home, designers, the office, and now your college student to create the perfect gallery dorm room wall. Price $14.99
Available  for purchase online and at several retailers such as: Home Depot, Hobby Lobby, Bed Bath and Beyond and More! www.hangomatic.com

4. BBB Functional Desk Lamp
I love Bed Bath and Beyond because they always have unique gadgets and accessories at an affordable price. Not to mention there is always a 20% off coupon. I love their space-saving multi-functional desk lamp that comes in a variety of colors. It has a built in USB port and slots to fit your phone, tablet, paperclips etc. They have created the perfect dorm room checklist to make sure you have everything that you need. You can find it here. https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/registry/campuschecklist/ they also have a college dorm room registry so you can select your favorite dorm room decor and accessories and get a little help from your family and friends. And they are hitting the road making college visits across the country where you can make your purchases on campus so be on the lookout! Price $19.99 Available for purchase in stores, online, and on select college campus’s. www.bedbathandbeyond.com

5. PureSwitch® WIRELESS SMART PLUG/Charge Hub
PureSwitch lets you easily manage your energy use. Remotely switch household appliances ON/OFF using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch the PureSwitch app. This 2-in-1 Plug & Charger can also be controlled using Siri®. I love the built in security that allows you to have your lamp plugged into the outlet and using your smart devices you can switch your light on before entering your dorm room. They also have a charge hub that allows you to charge multiple devices at one time! Pure Gear is the leader in smart device and computer accessories and a trendsetter in the industry. Designed in California. Price $49.99 Pure Gear is available for purchase in stores around the world and online at: www.pure-gear.com

6. Award Winning Yogibo-The only furniture in the world that molds to your body!
Although it’s exciting to go off to college let’s face it dorm room furniture is not as comfy as your furnishings at home. I have the perfect solution for both style and comfort! Yogibo Pod and Yogibo Support! The Pod is a beanbag feel with zero pressure points meaning it distributes weight evenly and molds to your body. In my opinion, it’s the most comfortable beanbag on the planet! It’s lightweight, machine washable and comes in 10 trend-setting colors! The Support provides some of the best back support on the planet, with many chiropractors using Yogibo’s full line of products. It can be used alone or combined with the pod or any of Yogibo’s furniture to create a recliner and so much more! And it comes in 16 colors! Price range $19.99- $249.00
Back-to-School sale starts Friday August 11th. Get 15% off the entire site with Promo code: BACKTOSCHOOL
Yogibo is available for purchase online at: yogibo.com

What was your favorite product from today’s roundup on Indystyle Wish TV? Decorating your first dorm room or apartment is such an exciting time so have fun making your dorm room decor your own! Be sure to send me before and after photos of your dorm room for a chance to be featured on my blog and social media.

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August 9, 2017

InGrown Hairs? Razor Bumps? My Skin & Co has just what you need

It’s “Daughter approved”… that’s good enough for me. When I asked my daughter if she wanted to try a new beauty item designed to comfort razor burns and ingrown hairs, she jumped at the chance. She is in her twenties and shaving is a big part of her grooming routine. She doesn’t have as big a problem with ingrown hair as she does with irritation from shaving. The results are in and MY SKIN & Co. Clinical Strength Liquid Treatment worked so well for her that she is going to continue using it.

I have to agree with her that MY SKIN & Co. Clinical Strength Liquid Treatment does the trick. I applied the treatment to my underarms after shaving and it helped with some minor irritation I usually get after shaving. It does have a medicinal smell but is very refreshing and has cooling feel on your skin. This treatment reduces redness and inflammation fairly quickly as was our experience.

MY SKIN & Co. Clinical Strength Liquid Treatment is formulated with organic tea tree oil and white and black willow bark both helping to decrease bacterial clogging of the pores and helps eradicate ingrown hairs and razor bumps.

Visit www.gomyskin.com and view their line of skin treatments. MY SKIN & Co. offers not only liquid treatments but roll ons, creams and exfoliating scrubs.

 

 

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August 9, 2017

Fashion Trends to Watch in 2018

Fashion is a constantly evolving industry, and one with a long and rich history. Changes in fashion trends reflect changes in society and technology; whereas all clothes were once made by hand, advances in manufacturing now allow us to mass produce clothes cheaply. This has added value to clothes that are still made by hand and elevated them to luxury item status. In addition, this ease of manufacturing has meant that fashion trends can now be set by just about anyone.

Fashion designers maintain a high degree of control over which trends emerge and which fall by the wayside, whereas trends used to be set by the preferences of those with a higher social status. It is notoriously difficult to predict which fashion trends will catch on, and the industry regularly throws up many surprises, but below is a guide to some of the emerging trends worth keeping an eye on during the next year.

Psychotropic

Psychotropic is a throwback to the psychedelic trends of the 1960’s. So-called hippy fashion has never really gone away and has remained popular as a cornerstone of youth counterculture since its inception. This is in spite of the commercialization involved that runs counter to the initial goals of the hippy movement. Modern manufacturing and textile techniques allow designers to be more creative in producing multi-colored, multi textured clothes and more complex patterning. Both psychedelic and psychotropic fashions take their cues from the natural world and the colors, patterns and textures combine to evoke memories of sunsets, flora and other examples of natural beauty. These natural evocations sit alongside bright and vibrant synthetic colors, highlighting the contrast between the synthetic clothes and the natural world they are trying to emulate.

The original psychedelic movement was largely inspired by the rise of psychedelic drugs which rapidly gained popularity among the youth counterculture of the time. The range of sensations, the nature of the epiphanies, and the hallucinations users experienced while under the influence of psychedelics such as LSD have since inspired a broad range of art, music and literature and, of course, fashion. The psychedelic fashion trend was not only a celebration of what many considered to be the most important aspects of this newly discovered youth culture but was also a way of expressing what many considered to be the most positive aspects of participating in the culture to outsiders.

A key theme of the psychedelic movement was its communal nature, valuing shared experiences and ideas as well as a sense of communalism over the individualism that conservative America was trying equally hard to push upon people at the time. This attitude is perhaps best demonstrated by the lack of big fashion names associated with the movement; it was a movement created by and for the hippy youth and resoundingly rejected any attempts to capitalize on it or twist it into a commercial venture.

As time went on the staples of hippy fashion such as the homemade tie-dye t-shirts were replaced with mass produced offerings that replicated the style and, gradually, the initial goals and purpose of psychedelic fashion fell away and was replaced by a commercialized imitation of what once was.

Psychotropic fashion is an attempt to rectify this injustice and to retain the style to its roots. Some argue that, when removed from the broader context of the concurrent social movement and the broad political consensus it generated, any attempts to replicate the aesthetics of the fashion will always be missing a key ingredient and therefore will never quite have the same impact or relevance as the original movement.

Futurism

Futurist fashion takes advantage of the technological leaps we have made over the last decade or so and is greatly inspired by concurrent advances in artificial intelligence. As with psychotropic designs, futurism embraces the increasingly synthetic nature of our world, but unlike psychotropics, it celebrates this aspect of our modern world and makes no attempt to balance it with natural themes.

With computers becoming smaller and more sophisticated, we are rapidly approaching an age where even our clothes will be connected to the world around us in the same way that our smartphones are now. Ultra light, protective, and thermos regulating clothes are all being designed and some are expected to enter the prototype stage before the year is out. Futurism also marks the first time that the fashion industry will collaborate extensively with other industries, in particular the technology and computing fields, whose own work is driving the development of the necessary advances that are making futurist designs a possibility.

In the same way that psychotropic fashion evokes natural themes, futurism is designed to evoke otherworldly themes. The materials involved are unlike anything previously seen in the fashion world which aids in creating a true sense of the future. The incorporation of LED lights and flexible screens opens up new worlds of possibilities for designs and individual customization. They represent the first steps on the road to programmable clothing whose appearance can be set and altered at will by the wearer.

3D printing has radically transformed our approach to manufacturing in a variety of areas, but the technology is still in its infancy, although it is maturing fast. As it does so, we move ever closer to being able to 3D print fabrics as well as incorporating metal fibers resembling cotton that are capable of conducting electricity into the design. Sportswear manufacturer Nike has already turned to 3D printing in order to produce a running shoe that it describes as being the most advanced ever made.

Near Field Communication (NFC) is the technology that underpins contactless card payments, it allows a device to emit a small field that, when in range of a device capable of reading it, can transmit and receive information. In the future, it could be incorporated into clothing, allowing the wearer to experience a previously unthinkable level of immersion and interaction with technology around them.

Metamaterial science is the science of designing and producing materials with specific desired properties. There are endless applications for such technology in everyday life and the fashion world is quickly waking up to the potential offered for designing clothes. For example, fabrics that change color according to temperature or weather conditions may soon be within our reach.

Bohemianism

Bohemian fashion, much like psychedelic fashion, has never really gone away since its inception, although its popularity has waxed and waned. Starting in 2013, bohemianism has seen a popular resurgence and is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, bohemianism is now spawning offshoots that are also proving to be increasingly popular. The most recognizable features of bohemian fashion and the ones most commonly associated with the trend are flared denim, sandals, and loose, flowing clothes.

Bohemian fashion first emerged as early as the 1860’s when the bohemian lifestyle referred to someone who had made a conscious decision to withdraw from the usual conventions of the society they lived in. In those early days, it was loose, flowing clothes and more relaxed hairstyles that typified the movement and the accompanying fashion trend. During the 1920’s, the bohemian fashion trend underwent what is now referred to widely as a ‘jazz age’ during which bobbed hair replaced the previous trend for naturally flowing, untamed hair. The beginning of the great depression and the arrival of World War 2 and its accompanying rationing led to widespread re-evaluation of the trend and the emphasis switched to sourcing cheaper materials and employing them creatively in designs.

Following the end of the war and the transition to a more globalized world, bohemianism began to take inspiration from other fashion trends from around the world, kaftans from the Middle East, kimonos from Japan, and exotic Hungarian embroidery were all incorporated into the Western bohemian style, and their influence has remained strong ever since.

One of the contemporary offshoots of bohemianism that looks set to become even more popular in 2018 is the ‘surf gypsy’ style. It is one of the subsets of bohemianism that has arisen from the influence of other cultures and fashions from around the world. The style revolves around multi-colored, lightweight fabrics and a relaxed surfer inspired vibe. The style has attracted the attention of manufacturers looking to promote sustainable fabric production and as such is attracting a large number of those who would previously have opted for psychedelic or hippy options. Clothes in this style match well with bedroom décor from VisionBedding.

Few industries move as fast or as unpredictably as fashion and, while predicting the future trends of the industry is very difficult, by looking at the history of what has come before and how trends that have fallen out of favor re-emerge down the line we can make an educated prediction as to what direction the industry is heading in. 2018 looks set to be another year full of twists and surprises, but hopefully it will also see the arrival of new technological innovations and gives us our first glimpse at what the future of fashion might look like.

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August 9, 2017

Safe In The Summer

Bring on the heat!   There are two types of people. The ones that love the heat and the ones that retreat from the heat.  Which one are you?  Well, either way Summer is here and it’s time to get out and play but be smart about it.  Here are a few things to keep in mind when you are out in the sun for fun.

Listen to your body If you feel dizzy, have a sticky or dry mouth, headache, muscle cramps you may be dehydrated.  If that happens drink at least 10 glasses of water to replace the fluid you lost and stay hydrated.

Hydrated – keep a drink with you.  A water bottle works or if you are working out longer than an hour you may want to grab a sports drink to replace those electrolytes you lost.  I know it is tempting to grab an ice-cold drink, but beware ice cold drinks can cause stomach cramps (the blood vessels in the stomach constrict) but cool drinks absorb faster.

Protect your skin – Don’t leave out the door without sunscreen.  I don’t care what color you are. All skin needs to be protected, light, dark and in between.  Sunscreen with 30 SPF protects 97% of UVA and 15 SPF protects 93%, so you don’t have to pay extra for that SPF 50, nothing protects 100%.  You can add more protection by wearing a visor or hat and shades.

Get out and enjoy the sun.  Don’t let the heat beat you, you beat the heat!

Get more info about Elizabeth Colen, Confidence Coach on www.MsFitOne.com.  Fit Mind, Fit Body and Fit Spirit. 

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