Archives for January 2018

January 25, 2018

How smart home automation systems could make our lives easier

It is projected that about 38.2 million North Americans will have smart home systems by the year 2019.  Today’s automation system is affordable, easy to use and highly convenient, thereby allowing you to control every activity in your home from one streamlined control panel or app. Here are six tested and proven smart echo buying guide that could make our lives easier.

Automated Light Control

The automated light control has the capacity to make your life easier and safer simultaneously. You can schedule to be having light in the evening only when you are around and/ or will have a need for it. If you or any member of your family forgets to turn off your light, you can do so remotely. This will surely save energy costs.

Some of these smart lighting systems come with ambient lighting that changes shades and colors to suit your preferred mood.

Alternatively, you can program your system to turn lights on or off randomly when you are not in town, thereby making it less venerable for break-ins. Leaving lights on timers is one of the most effective and innovative ways of scaring thieves from entering into your house. It gives them the impression that you are at home.

However, if you install standard timers, potential thieves can easily spot when you are not around, so the best remedy is to plug a lamp into a smart switch or lamp module, place it on your wall and pair it very well with your home system so that you can be able to turn lights on and off from any location you are.

In this way, you can control it through the web portal or app. There are different types of smart home systems in the marketplace, thus it is necessary for you to learn about them, so that you can choose the one that perfectly suits your specifications.

Automatic temperature control

Have you ever arrived home in the middle of winter and was greeted with freezing cold or excessive heat during summer vacation? If such is the case, the most effective thing you will need to do is to replace it with programmable thermostat. This will save you some monthly energy costs.

The outdoor automatic temperature understands the humid nature of your home, so it knows when you are at home, and adjusts the temperature of your home accordingly. Some utility companies provide homeowner rebates for people that installed smart thermostat in their homes. This could be one of the awesome ways you can save some money. Thus, you will enjoy the maximum benefits by installing it in your home.

Security cameras with SMS alert

The days are gone when the installer will have to hardwired the home security systems. Today, you can get as many webcams as you wish, and connect it to your home’s Wi-Fi. With this, you can know what is happening in your home through a Smartphone app by either peeking into your home or through SMS notifications the camera will be sent to you occasionally.

Some of these security cameras use lights, while some features night vision, which means they can work not only during daylight hours. Some of them use batteries, and this makes it possible for the cameras to be placed all through your home or outdoor spaces, especially beyond the reach of power coming from electric outlets.

Energy metering

Home automation systems enable you to save about 30% or more costs for energy by optimal regulation of electrical devices, lights, ventilation, air conditioning etc. Monthly payment of electricity bills can be a big worry for a number of homeowners, but such is not the case for those living in a smart home.

You will save some monthly utility bills. For example, if you have a smart home ideas, you will notice that smart lighting system comes with energy efficient bulbs. The beauty of automated controls is that they will turn on and off lights and appliances whenever they are not in use.

Access control via dropped calls

Every smart home comes with access control capacity, and with this, you can take absolute control of the things in your home while you are away. For example, with your Smartphone you can monitor the security; turn on or off your lights with ease.

SMS Controlled System

One of the greatest benefits of home automation system is that it guarantees safety. With the alarming system and digital cameras installed in your home, you can monitor whatever that is happening in your home even when you are not around.

You can watch when someone attempts to enter your home without your due consent. When such happens, you will simply get an SMS almost instantly.

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January 24, 2018

Hair, Skin and Nails Beauty Solution

Did you know that the life cycle of hair is different for each individual strand? Strands have a life span of 2 to 7 years. The cycle is through three phases which are characterized by how far inside the follicle the hair bulb lies: anagen (growth phase, deepest), catagen (transitional, medium), telogen (resting before expulsion, nearest base of scalp). Hair follicles change due to a many factors including age, stress, hormones, nutrition, and pollution.

Because many hair follicle changes are outside of our control, Bergdorf Goodman hair stylist, Lucy Garcia Planck, offers the following recommendations you can take to ensure your best chance of initiating new growth.

Skip super-hot water. This can stress the follicle as well as exacerbate minor skin irritations like psoriasis.

Don’t pull your hair. You unknowingly do this every day. Improper brushing, towel drying (pat dry instead), and ponytail holders are culprits.

Pamper your scalp with vitamins and food to alternative medicine. There is no shortage of ways to do this.

Biotin is the essential B vitamin necessary for ensuring normal hair life cycle functioning. It can be found in a yummy gummy like Vitafusion Gorgeous Hair Skin and Nails.

Onion Juice is packed with antibacterial properties, onion juice wards off germs that cause scalp infection and lead to hair loss.

Coconut milk has rich proteins and essential fats that control hair loss, coconut milk stimulates growth and nourishes tissues and many people swear by the ancient Chinese medicine Acupuncture technique to stimulate follicle regeneration.

“Beautiful hair starts from the inside out! vitafusion Gorgeous Hair, Skin & Nails is my go-to to get essential nutrients for healthy hair everyday,” says Lucy.

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*This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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January 23, 2018

Healing Natural Oils for Face and more

Simply by Healing Naturals Oils is a product line worth looking in to. The average woman uses 16 beauty products a day. The more you are exposed to toxins the more concentrated and disruptive the chemicals are in your body. 12.2 million adults, one of every 13 women and one of every 23 men,are exposed to ingredients that are known or probable human carcinogens every day through their use of personal care products.

A 2004 scientific study found parabens in 18 out of 20 samples of human breast tissue. Parabens are in almost 100% of drugstore skincare products and cosmetics. Finally, only about 10% of the 10,000 chemicals commonly found in personal care products have safety data. Most mainstream skin care products lack essential minerals and vitamins. While consumers are seeing natural buzzwords, most of these natural ingredients are in small doses told by their late introduction in the ingredient list.

Natural Body Oil for All Skin Types. No

Natural Body Oil for All Skin Types.

Why should you try Simply by Healing Natural Oils? The products are made with high quality ingredients and with no fillers. The oils are 100% natural and gentle on your skin. They are perfect for people with sensitive skin. They are  backed with a 90 day guarantee. Simply by Healing Natural Oils products are manufactured in the USA to ensure integrity of oils and the process. Healing Natural Oils are just under $30 per bottle.

Healing Natural Oils frequently supports many local, regional and international charities and causes. They believe in giving back and protecting and nurturing our planet for our children and grandchildren to enjoy. Visit the company blog for more info on the brand.

Your skin deserves natural beauty

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January 23, 2018

Living Pain Free & Glamorous With Dr. Peyman Gravori

Dr. Peyman Gravori, who is an Interventional Pain Management doctor, directs the Pain Management department at ProMedSpine across California.

When some of your favorite celebrities are feeling the pain after long hours on set, or athletes are dealing with body issues after a hard fought game, they turn to Dr. Gravori and his fellow doctors to help them.

It’s A Glam Thing sat down and dug deeper into the life of Dr. Gravori, who even threw a Justin Timberlake reference our way…

NICK NORTHSTAR: Let’s start off with an easy question… What is the definition of “glamorous” to you?

DR. PEYMAN GRAVORI: Being “glamorous” to me is the inner confidence you exude in your every day life. While I believe glamorous is a feeling, it can also be reflected in the clothes you wear on the outside, which is just a continuation and expression of the confidence you have because of those inner feelings.

NN: Why is it important for someone to feel good & be pain free, in order to feel more confident in other aspects of their life?

DPG: Simply put, being without pain clears and frees your mind. When you have no pain, your mind is able to concentrate on those other aspects of life. Being in pain is not just a physical thing, there is a big mental component which limits you from moving forward. Plus, everything just easier in life when you don’t have to deal with any type of pain, unless of course you like pain?!

NN: What makes ProMedSpine here in Hollywood different than other practices?

DPG: What makes ProMedSpine different is our focus on the patient. We refer to our patients as guests. Our philosophy is that we are here to help our guests everyday in anyway we can. We spend time with them to find out what really matters in their lives and then we work hard to make that possible. Some people require injects and/or surgery but most do not. What they do need is a caring soul who can help them improve their health so that they can enjoy their lives. Our doctors go to great lengths to find the most cutting edge technology and procedures and to bring them to our guests. We never stop or slow down. Every human deserves the best quality of life that he/she can have and to live a life they love. We strive to make this possible.

NN: What is the number one compliant or issue most people have when they come in for a consultation?

DPG: Initially, most people come into our offices complaining about neck or lower back pain, but once we sit down and dive deeper into their concerns, we find that most people have difficulties sleeping, exercising or doing simple household chores.

NN: What are the common symptoms one should look or feel for that could be leading towards a major spine/back problem?

DPG: The common symptoms people should be aware of are weakness in their legs, saddle anesthesia (which is a loss of sensation restricted to the area of the buttocks, perineum and inner surfaces of the thighs) and problems with their bladder/urinary tract.

NN: What is your advice to actors, athletes and other Hollywood folks to help them prevent having back issues?

DPG: My advice would be to strengthen your core, maintain a healthy diet, exercise and get plenty of sleep. And for actors who may be standing long hours on set, be sure to wear comfortable shoes, sit-down and take rest breaks. The key is to be mindful and always listen to your body.

NN: You treat a lot of Hollywood celebrities and athletes… do you ever get star struck?

DPG: Never. When I am at work, I am fully committed to helping everyone live a pain free life who walks in the door. Whether someone is “famous” or not doesn’t matter. I see everyone as a patient, as that is what I have been trained to do.

NN: You also walk the Hollywood red carpets… what is your “go-to” outfit away from the typical doctor scrubs?

DPG: As the great Justin Timberlake said in his hit song once, “As long as I’ve got my suit and tie”!

NN: How does it feel to be known as one of the top doctors in your medical fields here in California and what does the future hold for ProMedSpine?

DPG: It is honestly very humbling to hear that as I’ve committed many years to studying and getting to this point. It just feels good to be acknowledged, however, it is not something I ever seek. As for ProMedSpine, our vision is to help as many people as possible lead healthy, pain-free, fully realized lives. At ProMedSpine we do everything we can NOW. We work with our staff and our doctors to take better care of more patients on any given day and any given moment. We aim to communicate with this vision with the highest number of people we can. If we can do this throughout the world, one day, then it would be a dream come true for us.

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January 22, 2018

Amanda Warren Sparkles in Gabriel NY Jewelry!

Los Angeles, CA – January 21, 2018 – Amanda Warren was photographed wearing Gabriel NY jewelry to the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium earlier today. Amanda Warren, from the nominated film Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri,wore Gabriel NY’s18k White Gold Drop Diamond Earrings ($2,505).
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January 22, 2018

Celebrity Style at Sundance Film Festival!

Los Angeles, CA – January 22, 2018 – Celebrities have arrived in Park City, Utah this week and have been showing off their best 2018 Sundance Film Festival fashion.  Debra Messing was spotted out and about wearing Rudsak’s MELODIC Jacket ($795, for the second time this week.
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January 22, 2018

Kate Hudson’s Textured Pixie Cut at the SAG Awards!

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson has been rocking the short ‘do and keeping it fierce since buzzing her hair a few months ago. Riawna Capri, co-owner of NINE ZERO ONE salon in West Hollywood, helped keep the fierceness alive at the SAGs last night with a fresh textured look! Capri achieved the look using a flat brush to blow dry the hair in a downward motion, switching the direction of the hair from side to side to help create texture, volume, and no commitment to a certain part. After blow drying, she applied wax to the tips of her hair, twisting the hair from roots ends in different directions to create optimal texture and movement in her hair – and voila! Red Carpet magic.

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January 22, 2018

Red carpet updos at SAG Awards

Last night at the SAG Awards, polished updos were a hit with celebrities like Natalie Dyer, Alison Brie and Dakota Fanning. You can recreate their looks in a matter of seconds with the help of Hairdo.

To recreate one of your favorite styles, try Hairdo Style-A-Do/Mini-Do. It’s $25 at This dynamic duo can be worn separately or together to create perfect up-dos and high chignons. Just wrap these patented elastic-band pieces around your bun to maximize and doll-up your style.

Hairdo Highlight Wrap classic piece easily wraps around any bun or chignon with the secure comfort elastic band holder. It incorporates multi-tonal shades and varying lengths to get you the messy yet chic style. Get it for $19,

POP by Hairdo Wavy Wrap, $14 at, will help you to create the perfect side chignon or top notch bun with these softly curled layers. Just wrap and style with your fingers or hot tools to take you from street to red carpet ready.

The aforementioned celebrities did not wear Hairdo products at the SAG Awards.

Dakota Fanning at SAG Awards

Dakota Fanning at SAG Awards

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January 22, 2018

dental perfection is on the rise

In the next three years, the persistent quest for dental perfection is expected to raise the industry of cosmetic dentistry to a new high of $22,362.4 million. The steady growth of the cosmetic dentistry market is attributed to rising disposable income in the middle-class population and expanding consumer awareness of cosmetic dentistry. There is a rising focus on cosmetic dentistry fueled by absolute dental perfection in fashion and entertainment and social media. CDA is a leader in this trend.

The cosmetic dental market is expected to hit a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of nearly 13% in the next four years. The expansion of the global dental market overall has been led by a surge in crowns, implants and cosmetic dentistry.

The key factors impacting general dental market growth include an improvement in the oral care needs of individuals, poor oral hygiene, and the rise in oral disease within the elderly population. Technology has also played a major role. Dental CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and manufacturing), as well as 3D imaging, have resulted in improved diagnosis and dental designs. Decrease in chair time is also a factor.

“It’s no surprise to us at all to be witnessing such phenomenal growth in our industry,” said world-renowned cosmetic dentist Dr. John Moore, Jr., founder of Cosmetic Dental Associates. “Throughout the time of my practice, and particularly in the Internet age, I’ve seen a consistent rise in the quest for dental perfection. I’ve even seen whole lives turned around by dental appearance in our patients.”

A good 50% of Dr. Moore’s practice comprises the correction of botched dental jobs. “As the cosmetic dental industry has grown, so, unfortunately, have the number of incorrectly performed procedures,” Dr. Moore added. “This has been an additional reason for our continued growth.”

The United States is the leading country in dental expansion. This is followed by various European countries. Another key region is Asia-Pacific, where Japan is a relatively mature market. Market growth is also being experienced in countries such as India and China. This is due to rising middle-class disposable income, rising consumer awareness and awareness of dental care.

World-renowned cosmetic dentist John Moore, Jr., DDS, established Cosmetic Dental Associates (CDA) in San Antonio, Texas, more than 35 years ago. Dr. Moore is a pioneer of true aesthetics in cosmetic dentistry. Additionally, CDA is among a select group of ultra-modern cosmetic dental offices that offer patients treatments with solutions designed in an in-office dental lab. Visit 

Dr. Moore decided to dedicate his life to dentistry after an orthodontist literally saved his smile from buck-toothed ruin at a young age. In addition to the run-of-the-mill training in traditional math and sciences that most dentists do, Dr. Moore took the highly unusual step of engaging in formal art education, as well. This combination has enabled a career of creating beautiful smiles that sparkle: life-like, diamond-cut teeth that have empowered his patients to command the careers and live the lives they’ve always wanted.

woman smiling

January 22, 2018

Millie Bobby Brown wears Converse to SAG Awards

Millie Bobby Brown SAG Awards

Millie Bobby Brown attends the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

(Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Millie Bobby Brown attended the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018. She could not have looked cuter! She rocked a pair of white Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Low Top sneakers.

The 13-year-old Stranger Things star was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series. She explained to reporters of her choice of sneakers “I always dance,” she said, “You always dance at the SAG Awards!

The hair and the bows added to this adorable look. Finally, her nails were compliments of Essie and she shows them off on Twitter.

Millie Bobby Brown

Millie Bobby Brown nails by Essie

As a result, perfection for this 13 year old.

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