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December 23, 2018

WILDCHILDS by Eugenia Melián, A Novel About The Underbelly Of The Fashion Scene

WILDCHILDS by Eugenia Melián, a novel about the underbelly of the fashion scene with knowledge from a genuine insider. (Fiction)

“Only with fiction I could tell the truth,” says the Author, Eugenia Melián. “I wrote for three years, I wrote all day, every day, I wrote Saturdays and I wrote Sundays.”

This is her first novel.

 

Wildchilds

 

“If fashion photographs could talk, and felt like telling the truth, you’d have Wildchilds – an accomplished and compelling first novel by a true insider. Melian’s descriptions of the steamy rise of sexual attraction on a fashion shoot are matched only by her exquisite, enchanted descriptions of a dark and secret Paris unknown to visitors.”  –  Joan Juliet Buck, author of The Price of Illusion and editor in chief of French Vogue 1994–2001.

“A delight to read with real insight into the dark side of the 90s fashion scene. Wildchilds has gripping characters and a plot that makes it difficult to put down.” – Celia Forner, top model, founder of Alleven

“Wildchilds will take you beneath the surface of the beautiful and seductive fashion world, immersing you in a captivating dark tale where young beauties coexist with master manipulators.” – Peggy Sirota, photographer/director.

Feeling compelled to begin this journey through the dark world of the fashion industry, I am about to start reading Chapter One! Join me! Get your copy of  WILDCHILDS at Amazon

 

Eugenia Melian by Ethan James Green

Eugenia Melián photo by Ethan James Green

 

About the Author

Eugenia Melián is a former model, fashion photographers’ agent, producer, and music supervisor who was born in the Philippines to a Spanish father and an American mother. She was two years old when she and her family relocated to Andalusia, in the South of Spain.

Fast forward to the early 1980s in Paris, she discovered and launched the career of the groundbreaking iconic fashion illustrator and photographer Tony Viramontes. Since that time, and working out of Milan, Paris, London, New York, and Los Angeles, she has managed, art directed, and produced some of the most talented artists of our times.

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December 22, 2018

Healthy At-Home Dental Care For Healthy Teeth That Shine

Healthy At-Home Dental Care For Healthy Teeth That Shine

 Luster Power White Pro Sonic

Luster Power White Pro Sonic

Thank you Mom for your attention to my teeth and mouth as I was growing up and kudos to me for keeping up that healthy oral care routine.

During my dental exam, just last week, my dentist commented that I kept up a great at home dental regime. My teeth, mouth and gums looked healthy. He told me that I did a great job of flossing. He chuckled to say that most patients say they floss but, hey, he’s a dentist. He can tell. Floss people!

I brush my teeth twice a day (my tongue very gently also) and use a mouthwash after lunch. Floss is in my purse, my desk and my car. I use a fluoride toothpaste. Drink lots of water. Swish my mouth with water after drinking dental damaging and teeth darkening beverages like red wine or tea. I do the same after eating sugary foods and red or black berries.

I use a teeth whitening bleach sold at the dental office. I had trays made a few years back. I follow my dentists guidance so that I know there is no risk associated with the whitening, but recently, I noticed that the syringes of gel are getting thinner and smaller and the price is going up and up.  I am considering alternatives.

Here is some info that crossed my desk about Luster Power White Pro Sonic. It’s a three-step, at-home whitening system that is said to remove surface stains and deep stains too. The product packaging says it can whiten teeth by up to 6 shades in 3 days. It includes a sonic toothbrush.  It has no sulfates in the formula and contains fluoride.

The system includes a Power Sonic Toothbrush, Accelerinse, Stain Lifting Serum and Mint Power White Pro Anticavity Fluoride Toothpaste. There is a Luster Pro Light (sold separately) that can be used to boost the results. I would definitely want to try it with the light so I will look for info on that. I am going  to give this a try after I finish up my final syringe of bleach that I have on hand.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

Here are some tips for keeping white teeth from Web MD.

Avoid the consumption of or exposure to products that stain your teeth, such as coffee, tea, and red wine. If you do choose to consume beverages that stain, consider using a straw so that the liquid bypasses your front teeth.

Brush or rinse immediately after consuming stain-causing beverages or foods

Follow good oral hygiene practices. Brush your teeth at least twice daily, floss at least once daily to remove plaque, and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash at least once a day to kill bacteria  that cause plaque.

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December 21, 2018

Pamper Yourself Without Busting Your Budget

Pamper Yourself Without Busting Your Budget

 

A girl getting her hair done

 

Living a glamorous lifestyle isn’t easy, and it certainly isn’t cheap. But you don’t need to put your pampering or glamour routines on hold. With these tips, you can pamper yourself without breaking the bank.

 

  1. Take Advantage of Deals and Specials

 

Not all beauty treatments are expensive. By doing a little research, you can get affordable treatments.

 

Start by keeping an eye on social media. Often, spas and beauticians will post specials and deals on their social media pages. In addition to taking advantage of those deals, you should join any contests. You might win yourself some free treatments.

 

Another way to get deals on your treatments is to patronize new shops. If someone new opens in your area, check out their shop. It’s likely that they will offer you an introductory rate. More importantly, you might find your new favorite pampering place.

 

  1. Stick to Your Budget

 

By creating a budget for yourself, you can prevent overspending. But creating a budget isn’t as easy as you might imagine. You need to spend time working on a budget that can help you save money.

 

To start your budget on the right track, you need to record your income and spending for about one month. Save your receipts and record everything. Then, you can get an idea of how much money you spend each month.

 

You also need to think about your goals. How much do you want to save each month? You might need to adjust your spending to meet those goals. Although you may need to sacrifice some of your pampering, you can find other ways of cutting your monthly expenses.

 

  1. Use a Credit Card with Rewards

 

Using a credit card too frequently could be a recipe for disaster. However, using one responsibly can actually improve your credit score.

 

You should choose your credit cards carefully. If possible, choose one that gives you rewards for your purchases. With the money that you get back, you can do a little self-care. Get your hair colored or enjoy a nice massage.

 

For the best results from your credit card usage, spend wisely. Don’t overextend yourself and don’t buy things you can’t afford. Instead, only use your card for small purchases that you can pay off easily. When your bill is due, pay as much of it as possible.

 

  1. Find Ways to Pamper Yourself at Home

 

If you don’t want to spend the money on pampering treatments, you can always try to do it on your own. There are many simple ways to pamper yourself at home.

 

First, you can give yourself a head massage. It’s easy enough to do and is extremely relaxing. Or, you can take a bath with essential oils. If you use the right oils, you can have calming experience that leaves you feeling refreshed. You can also learn the art of self-meditation. When you meditate, you can calm your body and your mind.

 

It’s important to remind yourself that you can pamper yourself on a budget. Accomplishing it is all about moderation and prioritizing. With these tips, you can pamper yourself without busting your budget.

 

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December 20, 2018

COUNTDOWN TO NEW YEAR’S EVE: HOW TO GET GREAT SKIN BEFORE THE BALL DROPS ON 2018

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As luck would have it, most women seem to experience skin care problems just when they want to look their best. Every woman can relate to waking up with a huge zit right at the tip of her nose, or huge dark circles under the eyes, and the list goes on. There are pre-emptive measure one can take with less than two weeks until the New Year to ward off these skin care evils. We turned to Dr. Manish Shah, a Denver board certified plastic surgeon for guidance on what to do without breaking the bank or having invasive surgery.

Facial Extractions by a licensed aesthetician– Dr. Manish Shah says, “When done correctly extraction facials can clear closed comedones (AKA those tiny, flesh-colored bumps that never come to a head, yet never really go away), remove whiteheads and blackheads, and give your skin a newer, fresher foundation for your skincare products to penetrate. Basically, extractions can be the kiss of life for your lifeless broken out skin.”

Drink Alcohol in Moderation

If you plan on ringing into 2019 with a few glasses of bubbly, Dr. Shah recommends moderating your alcohol consumption leading up to the big day. He explains, “Alcohol can dehydrate the skin and cause it to appear less fresh and vibrant, which can certainly hinder your skin care efforts.”

Cleanse your Face Every Night- You have just arrived home at 2 am from a holiday Party. It may be tempting to flop into bed without washing your face. Don’t do it! Dr. Shah says that, “Sun damage isn’t the only environmental factor you have to worry about. Small micro particles from air pollutants might just hurt your skin, too. Play it safe by remembering to take a minute to cleanse your face to remove debris that could be weakening your skin. In addition, that foundation and pressed powder you have been wearing all night can clog your pores and cause breakouts.”

Start Exfoliating

Want brighter, younger-looking skin? It starts with a great at home exfoliator! Dr. Shah explains that, “As your skin replenishes itself, dead skin cells start to build up on the top layer, leaving you looking dull. Exfoliating regularly removes this layer, revealing fresh, healthy skin. Regular exfoliation also allows your moisturizer and other topical products to penetrate more deeply, making them more effective.”

Clean Your Makeup Brushes

You would not eat food on dirty dishes, would you? Applying makeup with dirty brushes is not so different. Not only will dirty brushes give you a spotty application, but they can harbor bacteria, dirt and oil, leading to acne and breakouts which necessitates piling on even more makeup to cover it up.

Don’t Squeeze Your Pimples!

Here’s a secret that many a supermodel or actress use: Steroid shots. Dr. Shah explains that, “when we discuss treating acne with cortisone or “steroid” shots, we are referring to the process of gently placing a very dilute quantity of a “glucocorticoid” steroid into the cyst. Glucocorticoids are a class of steroid molecules that are naturally produced by our bodies and have numerous functions including the regulation of human metabolism, immunity, and inflammation. They have very potent anti-inflammatory effects, so they are often used to treat inflammatory diseases in medicine. They can be formulated as creams to treat skin rashes or as pills to treat systemic disease. They can also be injected directly into local areas of inflammation such as in arthritic joints and inflamed acne cysts. Within one or two days of injection into a cyst, the steroid will shrink the inflammation producing relief of pain and almost immediate cosmetic improvement.”

Peels

Look for AHA/BHA/PHA peels that will exfoliate the skin and help release the top layers of dead skin cells allowing for a more radiant underlay to come through.

Microdermabrasion

This professional treatment exfoliates at a deeper level (similar to a peel), with a mechanical handheld device that buffs away the upper layers of the skin.

Add vitamin C to your routine.

Dr. Shah suggests applying several drops of vitamin C serum underneath SPF each morning to target free radical damage, help lighten brown spots, and even out your skin tone.

Moisturizer

It may seem obvious, but when it comes to dewy, glowing skin, moisturizing is essential. “When your skin is dry, it looks dull, so hydrating ingredients can help bring back that glow,” says Dr.  Shah. For skin types already prone to shine, adding moisture may seem like the last thing you need, but an oil-free hydrator with ingredients like hyaluronic acid could actually help reduce your sebum production and even out slickness into a sleek glow.

About Dr. Manish Shah      www.drmanishshah.com

Manish Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S. was born in Canada and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. He graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a degree in biomedical engineering. He then completed his medical training at the University of Virginia, earning his Medical Doctorate. During this time, he also completed a one-year fellowship in microsurgery research at the New York University School of Medicine / Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. As a prelude to his plastic surgery training, Dr. Shah completed a rigorous five-year training program in General and Trauma Surgery at Emory University and the Medical College of Georgia. His formal training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery was completed at the Univ. of Tennessee College of Medicine – Chattanooga Unit. After completing his plastic surgery training, he moved to New York City when he was selected for the prestigious Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. He underwent extensive, advanced training in aesthetic surgery of the face, breasts, and body at the hands of some of the most renowned cosmetic surgeons in the world. This fellowship is widely considered to be the best of its kind in the world. Dr. Shah is one of only a select few plastic surgeons in the country who have undergone formal post-graduate training in aesthetic surgery.

Dr. Shah’s specialties include revision facial aesthetic surgery, rhinoplasty (“nose reshaping”), and aesthetic surgery of the breast (breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction). He is, however, well-trained in all areas of aesthetic surgery.

Dr. Shah’s aim is to obtain a natural appearing transformation that complements the real you!

Dr. Shah is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.  He maintains a private practice in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in the Cherry Creek neighborhood of Denver.

Dr. Shah is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the Rhinoplasty Society, and the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Shah is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

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December 20, 2018

Olivia Culpo’s Chic Hat Attack Beret!

LOS ANGELES, CA – December 19, 2018 – Olivia Culpo was photographed wearing Hat Attack recently in LA! The model was all smiles wearing Hat Attack’s Wool Beret ($32; www.hatattack.com) while holiday shopping.
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December 20, 2018

Plan A Romantic Wedding Getaway

Planning a wedding can be a thrilling, but at time daunting, experience. Couples are flooded with so many options that it can be hard to narrow down the field. If you are looking for a terrific suggestion, Scottsdale, Arizona, is both romantic and quaint. This would be a lovely and unique location for your wedding. Here are some ideas for an unforgettable wedding in Scottsdale:

Venues

First, you will want to select a venue. Scottsdale is teeming with beautiful outdoor and indoor locations. The Hyatt Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows is a luxurious resort perfect for a wedding. It has both gorgeous interior rooms for events and also has a breathtaking backdrop of the desert and mountains if you desire an outdoor wedding. Your guests can relax at the pool or stay in one of the private bungalows on site and take advantage of the spa and other great amenities there. The Hyatt will ensure that your big day is both stress free and beautiful.

You could also consider the Starfire Golf Club. They have several banquet rooms for rent, and their outdoor green spaces are perfect for the ceremony. As an added bonus, you and your guests can play a round of golf before or after the wedding.

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch is another terrific option for a wedding venue. Located in a charming residential area of the city, this resort offers several indoor and outdoor options for your wedding. They also have wedding packages that include catering and flowers if you are looking for a one-stop shop.

Bridal Shops

After you’ve secured your venue, you will want to go dress shopping. There are several dress stores right in Scottsdale. Lillian Lottie Bridal Couture has a wide selection of high-end gowns for you to try on. Be sure to schedule an appointment in advance as they book up quickly.

Schaffer’s Bridal is another fantastic store. In addition to luxury gowns, they also sell sample dresses at a fraction of the price. So, if you are on a tight budget, you can hunt through the sample sale dresses for some true gems at about 80% off of the retail price.

Florists

Moonchild Event Company is a great option for flowers. They specialize in seasonal arrangements that incorporate large leaves and other plants local to Arizona. Because of their professional attention to detail and quality, prices can be fairly steep. You can expect to pay up to $3,000 for all the flowers for your wedding. La Paloma Blanca Floral Designs offers more traditional floral arrangements but can also incorporate indigenous plants into their arrangements.

Favors

Many couples are opting for favors that have a local flare. Scottsdale certainly has its own style, so it gives you many different options. Some Arizona couples like to give their guests a small, potted cactus to take home. Just be sure to include at-home care instructions and include a travel box with bubble wrap so that your guests can get the cacti safely home. If you’d rather have an edible favor, you can check out one of Scottsdale’s local bakeries for authentic and delicious Arizona treats.

We all hope to just get married once, so you’ll want to make sure your wedding is everything you wished it would be. Scottsdale is a stunning location with astonishing views. Your guests will delight in local activities and cuisine, while the mountains and desert add a unique pizzazz to your festivities. Since Scottsdale is so popular with brides and grooms, be sure to plan everything well in advance so that you don’t find your favorite vendors and location already booked.

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December 20, 2018

Your Carolina TV Today with Megan, Jamarcus and Enya

Your Carolina with Jack and Megan aired live just a few minutes ago.  Enya Flack with  It’s a Glam Thing presented beauty and accessory “Award Winning” items.  We missed Jack today,  but we are always happy to see Jamarcus and Megan of course.  If you would like additional info on any of the products featured, below are the links. Note the SPECIAL DISCOUNT Code provided by S&G THESIGN.

 

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Jamarcus Gaston, Enya Flack and Megan Heidlberg

 

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Check back later to watch the presentation.

 

 

 

 

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December 19, 2018

Add Sophistication and Class to Your Wedding Plans

The accent for weddings in the U.S. is on all things Americana. There is no better way to plan a wedding with sophistication and historical flair than at the Bellevue Hotel in Philadelphia. Lovers of history know the city of Philadelphia transports visitors and wedding guests back in time and provides a large slice of Americana in all its glory. The Bellevue is listed on the U.S. List of Registered Historical Places which befits Philadelphia history.

The Grandest Downtown Philadelphia Hotel

If you’ve always wanted to plan a wedding with a unique theme, choose a venue like the grandest downtown hotel in Philadelphia. That hotel is the historic Bellevue Hotel.

It is without doubt the most upscale hotel in Philadelphia. The most famous feature of this historic hotel is the stunning Grand Ballroom. This beautiful marvel of architecture was built in 1904 by the pioneering designer George C. Boldt.

When you plan your wedding at the Bellevue, you will invite wedding guests to enjoy the same elegance of the “Gilded Age” of the late 19th Century. This was an historic era when famous names like Astor and J.P. Morgan and their wives, dressed in the latest fashions and glittering jewels danced under enormous crystal chandeliers in the Grand Dame of Broad Street, as the Bellevue is known.

In the past, the Bellevue was the choice for The Charity Ball, the Assemblies, the Academy Ball and U.S. Republican Convention in 1936 and 1948 and U.S. Democratic Convention in 1948. Basically, your wedding guests are going to be treated like celebrities.

The Best Hotel in Philadelphia for Wedding Guests

Additionally, your wedding guests will enjoy French Renaissance architecture and gleaming marble opulence of the Bellevue. You might want to provide a list of a few of the sites your wedding guests can see in Museum Row located within walking distance.

Wedding Plans Made Easy

Wedding plans are full of details. One way to avoid additional planning is to contact this hotel for detailed information about wedding arrangements.

Your guests will luxuriate at the Arthur Kirsh Salon and Spa and shop at the Nicole Miller, Tiffany & Co. and Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland and several others in the hotel.

Car rental services are available as well as a “Park and Polish” auto detailing service.

Your wedding guests can also visit the The Sporting Club, a premier health and fitness club while they stay in beautifully appointed luxury rooms. The rooms and suites have to be seen to be fully appreciated. The Grand Ballroom is every bride’s dream.

The Best Part of a Wedding at the Bellevue

For busy brides and grooms the most essential part of wedding planning is a professional wedding event planner. The Bellevue offers the most experienced wedding planners from the wedding ceremony to the reception.

Every detail is carefully managed to make your wedding a sophisticated historic event that will be remembered for a lifetime.

The two-tier Grand Ballroom is a breathtaking site for up to 1450 guests or if you prefer, choose the Rose Garden Ballroom.

You’ll have a choice of wedding menus and packages that include a five-hour open bar serving deluxe brand liquors and a full bar staff.

One really nice treat for the bride and groom is a special honeymoon package that can earn the bridal couple free nights on their honeymoon. Start your wedding planning early with a wedding at the Bellevue. Visit https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/pennsylvania/the-bellevue-hotel/phlph to start planning your wedding today.

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December 18, 2018

Vegan Fashion Week Los Angeles

Vegan Fashion Week Los Angeles presented by LEFRENCHLAB, tickets are on sale Now.

 

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Early buyers receive a discount on the GA and VIP ticket price.

Buy your tickets now.

 

 

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December 17, 2018

There Is So Much To See And Do In Oklahoma City!

Deep in the heart of America lies Oklahoma City. This classic midwest city boasts a myriad of interesting things to see and do, making it a perfect getaway destination at any time of the year. A wide variety of Oklahoma City hotels offer accommodations to suit every personal taste and preference. Although it can be challenging to narrow down your list of activities, here are five of the must-see attractions to hit while visiting the crown jewel of the Sooner State:

NATIONAL COWBOY AND WESTERN MUSEUM

Explore the rich history and culture of the region with a trip to the National Cowboy and Western Museum. Founded in 1955, this gem features a comprehensive collection of art, artifacts, and western memorabilia. Children will delight in the special interactive exhibits engineered to engage visitors with hands-on activities. Be sure to allow several hours to fully experience all that this museum has to offer.

NIGHT OUT IN BRICKTOWN

The Bricktown area of the downtown Oklahoma City is home to many of the area’s best restaurants and bars. There are many hotels in Bricktown to choose from, enabling you to make a night out of this bustling entertainment district. The centrally located Hyatt Place Oklahoma City/Bricktown provides the perfect jumping off point for an evening of revelry as you connect with locals and learn what makes Oklahoma City so special.

OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO

As one of the region’s premier zoos, the Oklahoma City Zoo is an ideal place to head to during favorable weather. Over 800 animals are on display in the zoo’s many exhibits, highlighted by the 11 distinct life zones showcasing the unique topography of the state. A newly opened 7-acre sanctuary is home to many of Asia’s endangered animals, including Komodo dragons and red pandas. Visitors can also choose to participate in a variety of hands-on experiences such as stingray petting and giraffe feedings. An expansive botanical garden is also included with a visit to the zoo.

OKLAHOMA CITY NATIONAL MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM

April 19, 1995. This date will go down in infamy in United States history. 168 people were killed when a bomb ripped through the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building at the hands of a domestic terrorist. Included in the victim count were 19 children who were at the building’s daycare center. The moving museum delivers an expansive history of the day and its long-lasting effects on the nation’s psyche. Outside of the museum, visitors will find the Field of Empty Chairs. This touching component of the museum honors every victim of the attack with an individual chair embossed with their name. The memorial is especially moving at night when the lights of the Gates of Time illuminate the experience.

SCIENCE MUSEUM OKLAHOMA

Covering more than eight acres, this attraction boasts an imaginative look at a myriad of science fields. People of all ages will appreciate the focus on a bevy of topics, including astronomy, engineering, aviation, and art. Included in the museum are a planetarium, a two-story tree house, and a 20,000-square-foot city replica. In addition to the many exhibits, the complex also boasts a gift shop and cafe.

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