Archives for 2017

January 7, 2017

Turn Forty with a Smile from Tara Freeman

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by Lisa Gal

Knowing that you aren’t alone in this whole midlife crisis thing is somewhat reassuring, or at least humorous. Australian author Tara Freeman reveals insights into her life in “Fine Wine and a Midlife Crisis” in a straightforward yet startlingly honest way. Inspired to help others and fulfill her goal of writing a book before she turned 40, Tara has dedicated her memoir of sorts to “all the women who helped make the bad times good and the good times memorable.” So grab a glass of wine and read her telling look into her approach to 40. I’m sure you will be able to relate, but this time with tears of laughter. Lucky are the 2017 red carpet nominees and talent staying at the Four Seasons Hotel this weekend as they will each receive a copy in their Hollywood Swag Bag honoring the weekend event.

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January 7, 2017

Luxury Briefs for your Beau

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by Lisa Gal

As a woman I must admit, we have so many styles and fabrics for our unmentionables, but what about for men? You are pretty much stuck with cotton, most likely some kind of woven knit or cotton blend.  But men, what if you could have a velvet front panel and undercarriage incorporated (plush side in of course)? Pretty sure that would put a skip in your step. Well, wish no longer because the brainchild of Elephant Trunks, Ilenna Copley from Australia, has made her dream come to fruition. She has also expanded her brand to include Everyday Elephants, Wet Elephants (swimwear), custom elephants and more coming soon! Tomorrow these luxury briefs will be gifted in the Hollywood Swag Bags being giving to the nominees and talent staying at the Four Seasons Hotel this award show weekend.

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January 6, 2017

Elizabeth Colen’s Upper Body Workout

Today on Your Carolina with Jack and Megan, Elizabeth Colen showed us how to do an Upper body workout for Chest and Back…

Chest Press
Stand with legs hips width apart. Place band bend back, wrap band around hand and place palms down. Arms should be up like on a bookshelf. Press hand out touch thumbs and hold for 3 seconds, bring arms back to starting point (squeeze shoulder blades together)

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3 sets 5-20 reps

Shoulder Rise
Stand with legs hips width apart. Place band bend back, wrap band around hand and place palms down. Arms should be up like on a bookshelf but palms facing forward. Press arm up, touch thumbs and hold for 3 seconds, bring arms back to starting point

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3 sets 5-20 reps

Triceps
Stand with legs hips width apart. Place band bend back, wrap band around hand and place palms down. Arms above head palms touch, bend at elbow bring arms back to starting point (keep elbows close to your ears)

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3 sets 5-20 reps

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(Photo: previously on Your Carolina)

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January 5, 2017

Make All Year the Season of Giving

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by Lisa Gal

If you are looking for a new opportunity for giving this year, consider the California based Alabaster Mobile Clinic. According to Alabaster the clinic’s strategy of care is characterized by “a “household model,” which means health services are provided through individual home visits within each community.” Their focus was building a clinic in Kenya and bringing water to the location. This past summer they wanted to deepen their ties there, so in addition to continuing quality medical care through a series of clinics, they created a program aimed at building connections, empowering youth and understanding the community through the eyes of their hosts. The Alabaster Mobile Clinic is a non-profit, charitable healthcare organization that is the featured charity affiliated with the Hollywood Swag Bags this Golden Globe Weekend.

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January 5, 2017

The Makers of CeraVe® Skincare Declare “NATIONAL WINTER SKIN RELIEF DAY”

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Valeant Consumer Healthcare, the makers of CeraVe® Skincare, have declared January 8, 2017 as National Winter Skin Relief Day. This official day on the National Day Calendar is designed to educate consumers about the importance of skin protection during the coldest time of the year.

Let’s face it, we all know our skin could use some loving this season, and CeraVe Healing Ointment is available to provide your skin with the relief it needs!

To learn more about National Winter Skin Relief Day, please see here!

 

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January 4, 2017

Luxury Caps Straight Out of Brooklyn

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by Lisa Gal

Luxury and baseball cap are not two terms you usually hear together, unless of course you are talking Papá Originals baseball caps. Simply classic and fashioned after the caps from the 1860’s, founder Raphael brought back not only a traditional style with a high profile crown, but he also used one of the last cap factories in the US. Comprised of pure charmeuse silk, cotton canvas and stoned oil leather, the minimalistic, high class design lends itself to anything your wardrobe has to offer. They are sure to be a hit in the Hollywood Swag Bags being gifted to the guests and nominees of the Four Seasons Hotel this award show weekend.

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January 4, 2017

Tea for Days, 40 to be Exact

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by Lisa Gal

A taste for every occasion is inside the 40 Pyramid Tea Forte Tea Chest Tasting Assortment. If you can part with the elegant pyramid infusers long enough to submerge them in water, you will find their decadent aromas lead the way to a tasting experience like no other. Delicate yet refreshing is the White Ambrosia. Want something a little more euphoric that replaces dessert? Try a cup of the Hazelnut Truffle. Looking for something a little more bold and traditional? I would head for the Earl Grey. Whatever your poison, Tea Forte has the potion. This beautiful collection will be included in the Hollywood Swag Bags being gifted to the guests and nominees staying at the Four Seasons Hotel this red carpet weekend.

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January 4, 2017

Retailer Launches Charity to provide Underprivileged Girls Dresses for Dances

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The Founder of UsTrendy which specializes in fashion for juniors and young women, has launched a philanthropic foundation called “The Believe in Yourself Project.”  The program provided thousands of dresses to girls and young women who could not otherwise afford them, to wear at their upcoming school dances. In 2017, The Believe in Yourself Project will be providing dresses for winter dances and homecoming.

In conjunction with donating dresses, Sisakhti seeks to create a mentor program that will provide mentoring services and other support and also bring in women speakers to talk to the girls. The aim is to promote a positive body image and healthy self esteem among young women at an early age, empowering these young girls to take on active social roles within their school communities and to feel good about themselves.

Donations began last winter. “It is truly amazing experience to hear many of the girls say that they now have the confidence to attend their first school dance, now that they have a dress that they feel good about wearing,” says Sisakhti.

This coming week, UsTrendy will be delivering more dresses to the Boys and Girls Clubs around country.

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January 4, 2017

“Strong Like a Woman”, Elizabeth Colen takes on Menopause

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Elizabeth Colen, Fitness Expert, TV Personality, It’s a Glam Thing

Elizabeth is “Strong like a woman” strong and confident enough to talk about menopause.

“Just a change in the weather?!” – Watch here: https://youtu.be/8j6NUyH74Iw

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January 4, 2017

From the Pros: 10 Easy Tricks to Improve Your Posture in 2017

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Your mother may have told you to walk with a book on your head or stand up straight with chin up, but in today’s tech world, how many of us actually follow that advice? Make 2017 the year you straighten up, feel strong and look your best! Author and exercise physiologist Alice Ann Dailey shares her top ten tips for proper form to improve your posture at any age! Do this every day.

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Top 10 Tips to Better Posture:

  1. Stand and walk with knees pointing forward.  This places the thigh bones in the healthiest position into the hip sockets. It will balance core and surface hip muscles, strengthen abdominals, and provide blood circulation and lubrication to the hip sockets.
  1. Point toes, especially the middle toes, forward. It aids in placing the knees forward and improves body balance.
  1. Fit your feet with shoes that do not bind your toes together, but allow movement for your toes. Your toes are your second heart. When the toes are able to move, there is better blood circulation from your feet to your heart and more oxygen to your toes, which can help prevent toenail fungus.
  1. Carry pelvis with tail bone pointing down toward the heels of your feet. Unlike a rooster tail or sad-dog tail position, this places the pelvis in a balanced position that lengthens the lumbar spine, strengthens abdominal and gluteal muscles, and places organs inside the pelvis in a healthy position.
  1. Stand up shoulders wide with the sternum (breast bone) vertical.  This alignment increases inhalation and prevents rounded shoulders, forward head position, and weakened abdominal muscles.
  1. Turn elbows outward.  With collar bones open, shoulders wide, and elbows pointing outward, three core rotator cuff muscles are activated along with core muscles of the front and back of the shoulder girdle and latissimus dorsi (love handle) muscles.
  1. Keep head level.  With the opening of the ear vertical, the chin pointing downward, and back of the ears upward, the cervical curve of the neck will have enough length in the back and strength in the front. The balance sensors inside the inner ears will be in the healthiest position. Before turning your head to look at something up, down, right or left, turn your eyes first as children look. The eye movements activate many muscles of the body.
  1. Unlock knee joints.  Locked knees limit blood flow to the knee joints and eventually will cause knee pain and necrosis. Maintain weight away from the heels and toward the ball of the foot bones with the knee joints unlocked and ready for movement.
  1. Walk like you are walking on a straight line or balance beam.  It will maintain the knees and feet facing forward, narrow your gait, lengthen stride, increase strength of core and surface muscles of the legs, hips, pelvic girdle, and balance sensors. Supermodels do this and so can you!
  1. When walking upstairs, alternate right/left foot placed on the first step. What is your habit when walking upstairs? Which foot do you stand on when the other foot is placed on the first step? There are often an uneven number of stairs.  How we climb up stairs may create an imbalance in muscle strength of our thighs and hips.

Bonus Tip: To avoid “tech neck” discomfort requires correct posture. The healthy seated position for people at a desk/computer all day is to have shoulders and head aligned straight above the hips. Most of us round our shoulders with the head in a forward position. When we must lean forward, it is best to lean from the hips, without slumping at the back of the waist.

Discover Dailey’s Secret!

In a few short minutes, fitness expert and author Alice Ann Dailey can demonstrate her “Top 10 Tips to Better Posture” showing anyone the right way to move and ensure improved posture! Whether you want to walk the runway like a supermodel, present your best self at a business meeting, or glide regally down the aisle on your wedding day, Alice Ann Dailey can help all of us improve our posture.

Alice Ann Dailey is the author of Dailey Strengthening: Six Keys to Balance Core Muscles for Optimal Healthpublished by Brown Books Publishing Group.

The book can be purchased on her Dailey Strengthening website: www.DaileyStrengthening.com

It is also available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

 

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