Archives for 2017

March 13, 2017

Your Skin’s Essentials

We know the winter can be harsh on our skin making it dry, scaly and dull. No worries, I have two products by Soleil Essentials Natural True Skincare that will have your skin radiant and glowing just in time for the warm weather.

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To start, the White Tea & Ginger Body Polish will exfoliate that dull, dry skin from the winter. This product is infused with Organic Shea Butter and Organic Coconut Oil, so you know the smell is heavenly. From the moment, you start rubbing this body polish on your skin, you will see how your skin shines and feels invigorated. Let the polish sit for about 5 minutes then rinse the scrub and dead skin off. You will see how the water beads up on your skin like you have an invisible layer of oil. Your skin looks hydrated and youthful immediately.

Don’t stop there because I promised that your skin would be radiant and glowing, so when you step out the shower reach for your towel and White Tea & Ginger Body Oil. Ladies, this product smells so good and feels so sleek that you feel as if you are in a high-end spa getting a special oil treatment. Apply the oil all over your damp body and pat dry. This is all you need to get smooth, radiant skin right from home. You and everyone around you will notice that your skin is dazzling and rejuvenated. Girl, get the tools you need to have smooth, hydrated glowing skin at https://www.soleilessentials.com and illuminate every room you walk into.

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March 12, 2017

Is your skin feeling a bit depleted after these winter months…It’s time for Inlight

 

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The Inlight Chocolate face mask is a super nourishing, very unique type of face mask. It’s 100% organic and smells amazing, so two great things right off the bat. The consistency is not like the typical clay mask, the formula is made up of cocoa and argan oil so a little bit goes a long way. The box also comes with a little spatula so you don’t contaminate the rest of the jar by touching it directly with your fingers. This was my first time trying an oil based mask and was surprised when it wasn’t the thick consistency I expected, but was more liquid and oil-like (go figure) when applied, especially after warming up from body heat being on the skin.

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There are small exfoliating beads that you rub into your skin after applying, and then let the mask sit for 10-20 min. When removing the mask, I’d recommend using a washcloth, that you don’t mind getting dirty, and warm water to help remove it fully. My skin felt very soft afterwards and definitely a good product to try out if your skin is feeling a bit depleted after these winter months.  Visit Inlight to view their Organic Skincare line.

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March 8, 2017

Get a “Tied & Tight” at home workout with Elizabeth, Jack & Megan

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1. Place the band around ankles and tie make sure it is nice and taunt. Keep legs apart and

step to the left keeping band taunt. Repeat for a count of 5 on the the fourth step lift left leg and

pulse for count of 5. Take step to right keeping band taunt. Repeat for a count of 5 and on the

5th step rise your right leg and pulse for 5.

2. Place band in the arch of right foot and press back for a count of ten. Switch legs and

repeat.

3. Place band just above the knees. Squat and step left for a count of 5. Stand tall. Get back in

squat position and step to right for a count of 5, stand tall.

Do each exercise once through. Repeat for 3 – 5 sets.

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March 7, 2017

My new find…The Source For Muscles from Born Skincare

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I found an incredible oil formulated for skin called “The Source for Muscles”, created by Born Skincare. When I read that this oil was recommended for sore and achy muscles I was quite intrigued. I also liked the fact that the oil contains Organic eucalyptus oil, Menthol and and is blended with 100% Pure Muscadine Oil, giving it anti-inflammatory benefits. “The Source for Muscles”  is perfect for soothing sore muscles, neck and back pain.  The scent is strong (and I mean that in a good way), is quite calming and it will pleasantly clear your nasal passages. After applying the oil to your skin, you will feel a slight cooling affect as the oil is penetrating to your muscles. I have been using the oil on my body after spin class and I feel amazing afterwards.

Other oils contained in this line include; The Source for Sensitive Skin, The Source for Skin, The Source for Men, The Source for Mothers as well as serums and moisturizers.

Simply apply a light layer of oil on your achy muscles twice daily until pain subsides. For added benefits, massage oil into skin and allow muscles to relax and oil to penetrate deep into the skin. The entire line of facial and body oils from Born Skincare  contain zero harmful ingredients.

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If you are looking for a facial cleanser that gets the job done, I recommend Born Skincare’s Pure Foaming Cleanser. It’s perfect for sensitive skin and is unisex. I love the fact that it is a foam so it does not drip. I leave it in the shower so my husband and I can both enjoy it. It works very well and it removes my makeup beautifully. Your skin will not feel dry after using this cleanser. Born Skincare’s Pure Foaming Cleanser is cruelty free, vegan free and contains no perfumes, parabens, phthalates or dyes. This is just the kind of skincare you want to pamper yourself with.

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Another aspect of this skincare line that I love is that a portion of each Born Skincare purchase is donated to the Breast Cancer Fund.

View the entire line at www.bornskincare.com

 

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March 6, 2017

Kelsea Ballerini’s and Christina Milian’s iHeartRadio Music Awards Looks!

INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 05: Kelsea Ballerini attends the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum on March 5, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)

INGLEWOOD, CA – MARCH 05: Kelsea Ballerini attends the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum on March 5, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)

LOS ANGELES – March 5, 2017 – Kelsea Ballerini was photographed carrying Tyler Ellis and Christina Milian wore 21HM to the iHeartRadio Music Awards earlier today. Country star Kelsea Ballerini accented her sequin jumpsuit with a Tyler Ellis Mini Perry Clutch in Black (price available upon request, www.tylerellis.com), while Christina Milian hosted from the red carpet in a silver mini and the 21HM Mia Ring ($60, www.21hmboutique.com).
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March 6, 2017

Clyde Haygood styles Demi Lovato for the 2017 iHeart Radio Music Awards

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#HairTalks Make Your Statement

 

Last night, at the iHeart Radio Music Awards, Demi Lovato made a retro statement.

Inspiration: Clyde was inspired by Demi’s futuristic, metallic mini dress to create a mod-style, sleek look with extra oomph at the crown.

Step-by-step:

–       To start, apply John Frieda Frizz Ease Straight Fixation Smoothing Crème on wet hair before blow drying it smooth

–       Next, spray John Frieda Luxurious Volume Root Booster Blow Dry Lotion on the crown to help create extra lift in that area

–       Then, starting at the mid-lengths of the hair and working down to the ends, spray John Frieda Frizz Ease 3-Day Straight Flat Iron Spray before straightening the hair with a flat ironing the hair-Create the precise mid-part, and create even more volume at the crown by teasing the hair with a teasing comb

–       Finally, lock in the style with John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray

 

 

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March 6, 2017

Gigi Hadid Wears ROCKINS!

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LOS ANGELES – March 6, 2017 – Gigi Hadid was photographed wearing ROCKINS last night in Paris! The top model accessorized her ensemble with the ROCKINS Grebo Chic Bandana and Rivet Belt (prices avail upon request, https://www.rockins.co.uk/).

 

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March 6, 2017

Essence Co-Founder Edward Lewis, shares & his thoughts on personal style

Essence Magazine co-founder, Edward Lewis, shares his thoughts on personal style in the February/March Issue of AARP The Magazine. Below are quotes from Edward Lewis in this month’s AARP The Magazine.

Open with flair:

“I Love wearing my cashmere overcoat thrown around my shoulders. To me, it connotes strength and the idea that you can take care of yourself. If you have good posture, give it a try. Don’t just arrive – make an entrance.”

Look sharp:

“Even in grade school in the 1940s, I wore a tie and knickers. Dressing was more formal then, but it wasn’t that formal. I wanted to stand out. I didn’t want to match someone’s negative stereotype of who I was supposed to be. Today when I’m dressing casually, I’ll wear a turtleneck with a sport coat, or a suit but no tie. I like my appearance to reflect a sense of order.”

Sole mates:

“I have more than 40 pairs of shoes: wing tips, two-tone spectators, loafers. You’d be surprised how many conversations get started over footwear.”

Good advice:

“For the cover of my book, I wore bluish pants and a blue sweater. I had picked out a contrasting jacket, but my wife, Carolyn, insisted I wear a blue sport coat instead. She was adamant. And I can see now that she was right.”

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Gentle giant:

“As for shirts, I prefer pastel colors – pink, blue, soft grays – because they convey a warmer image. Yes, you may be the big boss, but with a pink shirt or pastel pocket square, you seem a little more approachable, more open to fresh ideas.”

March 6, 2017

Advice for addressing, managing, and coping with relationship issues when dealing with a chronic illness

Any relationship from time to time may have its challenges. In this article, we’ll present the ongoing struggles and difficulties a person with chronic rheumatoid arthritis must live with on a daily basis, and address relationship and intimacy issues, along with persistent daily coping, 

 

 Meet Logan  Levkoff, Ph.D.:

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Logan Levkoff, Ph.D.

Logan is nationally recognized as a relationship and intimacy expert. She was on the TV series Married at First Sight, in New York City, and has beneficial tips and knowledge on maintaining intimacy and a healthy relationship while coping with a chronic disease.

Many Americans, single or coupled, may be concerned by relationship and intimacy pressures.  We all struggle with these challenges, but they can be especially difficult  for people living with a chronic illness like rheumatoid arthritis and may include:

•   How to cope with intimacy when you’re just not feeling up to it

•   When to talk to a new partner about your chronic disease (2nd, 5th, or 10th date)?

•    Explaining your symptoms without sounding like a drag   

•   Why it’s okay to keep some things to yourself in a relationship 

There have been very few resources for people living with RA  to consult regarding these topics – until now! Logan is sharing her insights on Arthritis.com; Here you’ll be able to find advice, tools, and inspiration to help manage daily life with arthritis.  I highly recommend your taking a moment to peruse this extremely informational site!

In the following interview, Logan  was kind enough to answer some questions regarding the chronic disease, intimacy, and relationships:

1. Can you please share some additional suggestions that a person with Arthritis might be able to utilize to ‘express and communicate’ not only their limitations but be able to move forward in life within a more uplifted mindset, as well.

LOGAN: Acknowledge the discomfort in having the conversation. You’re not alone; people don’t like to talk about potential challenges and limitations so take comfort in that. Also, regardless of these limitations or challenges, all of us are still entitled to have meaningful and fulfilling intimate relationships. But good communication is also about listening, too. Before we jump to conclusions, keep in mind that you partner(s) may have questions or concerns. We are not minded readers so give them space to fully understand your needs, too.

2. What are some of the challenges in finding love? Are there any additional considerations when you have a chronic health condition like RA?

 LOGAN: There are always challenges in finding love. We have lots of expectations about how relationships are “supposed” to look. Many times, this fairytale model doesn’t mimic our lives or our realities. We also don’t always think about what we really want out of a relationship. What are our core values? What do we need? Until we give those questions some quality time, it will be difficult to find love. We can’t expect someone else to fulfill us if we don’t know what we need to be happy. When you have a chronic health condition, like RA, there are some additional challenges: when do we tell a partner about our RA? How do we explain what our limitations, at times, are? How do we allow a partner to take care of us without feeling like we are the patient, rather than the partner? These challenges are not insurmountable, but they have to be acknowledged.

 3. When it comes to relationships and intimacy, what would you say is the most important thing for someone with a chronic condition should inspire to attain?

 LOGAN: Pleasure – from physical and emotional intimacy – is an important part of our overall health, regardless of whether or not we have a chronic condition. We have the right to it as well the right to access information and strategies for how to navigate it best. Sometimes these issues have to be spoken about with our medical providers. Sexual function impacts us and our relationships, and there may be ways to assist in these areas. But of course, if you don’t talk about it, you’ll never find out the answer.

 4.  How can people living with chronic diseases like RA communicate their needs to their partner?

 LOGAN: No partner can know what it is like to live in your body. Talking about what feels good (and also, what doesn’t feel good) is important for any partnership. But, like everything else, delivery is important. Using “I” statements, focusing on the positives “I really like it when you….,” and giving a partner space and freedom to ask you questions, is always the best strategy, whether you have RA or not.

 5.  Where can people go to learn more?

LOGAN: I have been delighted to work with Pfizer on the launch of Arthritis.com, where we are tackling gaps in information tailored to the arthritis community. People visiting Arthritis.com will now find information on self-love, dating with a chronic condition, communicating intimacy needs, talking about sex and relationships with a doctor, and more. In addition to the tough topics like intimacy and relationships, people with arthritis will find inspiration, advice, tools and disease information to help manage arthritis day-to-day. I’ll be working with Pfizer to post regular updates, so if you’re hoping I’m going to cover a certain topic and you don’t see it yet – don’t worry! Chances are it’s on the way. You can also sign up for email updates on the site so that you know when new posts are up.

Thank you, Dr. Levkoff for your time, and very informative answers to these questions. I know they will be extremely helpful to not only patients dealing with RA but their families as well.

Meet Rheumatologist, Dr. Ara Dikranian:
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Dr. Ara Dikranian, a rheumatologist at Cabrillo Center for Rheumatic Disease and Sharp Memorial Hospital  shared some very interesting information and statistics about Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis in the following interview:

1.   What is RA? How many people in the U.S. have it?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disease that causes a range of symptoms that may include stiffness and swelling in the joints, particularly in the hands, feet, and knees. Approximately 1.6 million Americans are living with RA.

 2.  In your practice, do you find that Arthritis will often run in families, and if so, is it the same type of Arthritis? 

Certain genes play a role in the immune system—for some people, genetic factors may be involved in determining whether they will develop RA or other forms of arthritis, but research is still ongoing. In my practice, I have seen cases of arthritis run in families, and it can be the same type of arthritis. 

 3.  What is the average age of your patient’s diagnosis with Rheumatoid Arthritis & Osteoarthritis?

RA can occur at any time during adulthood, but it usually occurs between 40 and 70 years of age. The average age of the onset of osteoarthritis is around 50. 

 4.  What impact does a chronic condition, like RA, have on the lives of those who have been diagnosed with it?  What about on their relationships?

As a rheumatologist for more than 15 years, I have heard from many of my patients about the lifestyle challenges that people with chronic conditions like RA face, such as those related to relationships and intimacy. Based on my experiences in speaking with people living with RA, these lifestyle challenges can impact physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. These challenges can affect self-love and self-esteem, as well as relationships with a partner or family members. While it’s common for healthcare providers and people living with RA to talk about the typical symptoms of RA, other aspects of life with RA, such as relationships and intimacy, may not be discussed.

 RA can affect every part of a person’s life, including relationships and intimacy. This may include pain, fatigue, stiffness, swelling, reduced function, vaginal dryness, and reduced libido. These factors are a part of overall quality of life for people with RA and should be addressed as part of managing their overall wellbeing.

 5.  What tips do you give people living with RA about managing their condition, specifically related to these topics?

If RA symptoms are inhibiting a relationship, it’s important for people living with RA to talk to a professional to figure out the best way to manage the challenges that come with a chronic condition, like RA.

From my experience, I believe that there is a lack of resources on these topics, and we need to do a better job of shedding light on lifestyle challenges while living with a chronic condition. Now, with the availability of some of this information on Arthritis.com, people with chronic diseases like RA have an additional source of information on these topics. 

 6.  Can an open dialogue with their healthcare provider help a person living with RA with their personal relationships?

Having an open dialogue with a healthcare provider can help people living with RA determine an individual disease management plan that works best for them to address those challenges.

 At times, people living with RA may feel uncomfortable saying how they really feel, especially when it comes to topics like this. I try to ask my patients proactive questions about their lives to get the conversation started, and I encourage my patients to come to me with any concerns related to their life with a chronic condition, like RA. It’s through conversations like these that I’m able to assess better how my patients’ symptoms are being managed and if a tweak to their care plan may be required.

 7. Where can people go to learn more?

I encourage anyone who is living with a chronic disease like RA, or who knows someone who is, to talk to their doctor about all facets of their lives impacted by RA. They can also visit Arthritis.com for more information. Arthritis.com is a newly updated support site where people with arthritis can find inspiration, advice, tools, and disease information to help manage arthritis day-to-day.

Many thanks, Dr. Ara Dikranian, for sharing your time and expertise regarding RA, and encouraging ongoing communications with your patients to help keep their chronic RA in check. 

 

 

(Any quoted or paraphrased information used in this article was obtained from a provided PR-Fact Sheet, and interviews with Logan Levkoff,  Ph.D.,  Dr. Ara Dikranian, and  the website: Arthritis.com  )

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March 5, 2017

The secrets behind youthful looks

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We all know people who look significantly younger than the rest of their generation, and sometimes it’s difficult to believe that they are their actual age. Their teeth look great, their hair looks glossy, their skin radiant, and then there’s the body, which looks like it hasn’t aged at all.

So what exactly is the secret behind these people who annoyingly seem so much younger than they actually are? Unfortunately, there isn’t an anti-aging pill that can magically stop your body from the onset of old age. Achieving a younger looking body and youthful face takes a number of things: dedication, research, and in some cases, money!

Some of the more expensive ways in achieving youthful looks include plastic surgery or dental treatment, such as dental implants. For people that are affected by hair loss, money can also help when buying youth. Hair transplants are a popular solution for many celebrities and people with enough money to afford such treatment.

However, less expensive hair loss solutions are available to those without a few million in their bank. Successful hair growing products can be bought at very reasonable prices and have proven to be successful in hair regrowth.

Your skin is another telltale sign of aging, so investing in your skin can be a key factor in accomplishing that youthful look. There are many different moisturizing products available that can help slow down the aging process. Skin products can vary hugely in price, ranging from a few dollars, to a few hundred. The effectiveness of each product has been reviewed by many beauty experts, so if you have time, you can research into which are the most likely to work for you, and if they fall within your budget.

Avoid drastic weight loss and smoking as these can both have significant aging effects on your skin. Celebrities pay for personal trainers, dieticians, and many will even resort to surgery when losing weight. To get similar results, you are going to have to put in a lot of time and effort.

Exercising regularly will help you to stay younger looking, and developing some muscle tone will help to reduce those annoying physical signs of aging such as flabby upper arms for women, and rounded bellies for men. If you don’t have a personal trainer, then you will have to find other ways to motivate yourself, such as joining a class, setting a long-term target that you will need to train for, or exercising with a friend.

The way that you dress can also massively impact how old you look. If you research some of the styles adopted by the people who master the art of looking younger, then you can learn what will work for you. Celebrities will pay their stylists to achieve the right look for them, so you can copy the look without the expense of a stylist.

Finally, smile and look happy. This always makes people appear younger, as opposed to looking old and miserable!

 

 

 

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