Archives for 2019

February 14, 2019

LORI LOUGHLIN WEARS J.ING!

 Lori Loughlin wore J.ING pants earlier today while doing press appearances in New York City. The Fuller House star completed her monochromatic look with J.ING’s Raven Pants ($128, www.jingus.com).  

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February 14, 2019

Catt Sadler posts JW PEI!

Catt Sadler shared an image on Instagram with her JW PEI bag while on her way to a speaking engagement for All Bright. The television host wore a beautiful winter white dress with JW PEI’s Fiona bag ($195, www.jwpei.com).  JW PEI is an ethical and sustainable handbag brand which uses only 100% vegan leather. 

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February 13, 2019

How To Plan Ahead For A Spring Break Vacation

The weather outside is still pretty lousy, but that can’t stop you from daydreaming about the future. Although it is still the heart of winter, it is not too early to start planning for that highly anticipated spring break vacation.

You know your destination and the mode of travel that you will use, so your next step is to plan which clothes to bring. Spring is an infamously unpredictable time of year, sometimes wet, sometimes dry, sometimes cold and sometimes unseasonably hot. To that end, when you plan to pack for a winter vacation, pick a fabric that stands up to all the options – go for Merino wool.

Merino wool is a favourite among travelers for outdoor apparel. Sheared from the Merino sheep, this is an all-natural fabric whose garments are not only biodegradable, but are also lightweight and breathable.

Merino wool is perfect for spring, especially outdoors trips, because of its superior moisture management. Thermal underwear, tee shirts, and socks made from Merino wool allow you to stay warm or cool, depending on the outside temperature. And while you might think the wool would be itchy, Merino wool is in fact incredibly soft.

For a closer look at some garments made specifically with travellers in mind, look at these options you can buy online – not only are they perfect for temperature regulation, but they also look very stylish, a combo you don’t often find. The link here is for socks, but this site also carries t-shirts, underwear, sweatshirts, and other great basics.

Another reason Merino wool is perfect for spring is because it allows for easy travel. It allows you to pack light, and it eliminates the need for constant laundering. These garments are made to withstand odour, because the lanolin coating the fibres has antibacterial properties, as well as moisture management properties. This means that the clothing will last for weeks without needing to be washed – yes, you heard that right. Because you will not need to pack as many clothes, you can have more room in travel bags for bringing back souvenirs. 

Another good benefit of merino wool is that it is wrinkle free. When you arrive at your vacation destination, just take the tee shirts out of the bags and give them a shake. Whether you fold, roll, or stuff them into your bags, they will come out looking like they were just pressed.

Planning your spring break vacation early will alleviate the stress that usually comes with “panic planning” – the anxious feeling of having to do everything at the last minute. You will have plenty of time to buy merino wool online, and try it on before braving the cold of your vacation destination.

You can feel confident that your body will be able to endure the weather while you are having an exciting time exploring the many outdoor adventures on your vacation schedule. Plan ahead for your spring break vacation with merino wool at the top of your list, for a clean, comfortable and light vacation.

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February 13, 2019

BOMA JEWELRY, Will You Be My Valentine?

Tomorrow, Valentine’s Day, I will be attending a Valentine’s Day lunch with my Dad and Mom. My Dad, my one and only “Forever” Valentine, is wearing a lovely Ralph Loren classic red crew neck sweater. Mom will be sporting a pretty red and white cut work blouse with her favorite ankle length black Chico’s skirt.

Red is a horrible color on me, blue red, orange red, any red. Plus, I just don’t do holiday color themed clothing, even if my parents look so adorable when they do. I’ll admit though, that I do favor family color coordination for portraits and holiday cards.

Tomorrow I chose to wear a Vici Collection Polka Dot button down blouse. It’s black with cream dots and Ellen Tracy classic trousers with a comfortable but sexy dance shoe. As for accessorizing, I am a fan of minimalist jewelry. I’ll wear simple stud earrings and a gold circle ring along with the perfect piece for Valentine’s Day. It’s a Scripted Love necklace from Boma Jewelry. For just $29 this was quite a nice find.

BOMA SCRIPTED LOVE NECKLACE
BOMA SCRIPTED LOVE NECKLACE

From the Boma Jewelry website, their jewelry is described as:

– Certified 925 fine sterling silver
– Handmade by artisan makers in Bangkok, Thailand
– Made with recycled silver from New Mexico, USA
– All Boma jewelry is nickel-free, naturally
hypoallergenic and antimicrobial

And comes with a Guaranteed by Boma for life warranty


Do good, feel good, look good.

Read the Boma Mission HERE

Check out their wide selection of pieces and view the many collections .

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Have a Happy Valentine’s Day everyone and…

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February 13, 2019

Talking “Time” With Michael Galarza

Initially ridiculed by the public as a silly trend, wrist watches soon became the norm as their practicality made pocket watches obsolete.

However, given that everyone now owns a cell phone, some might argue that wrist watches are slowly becoming obsolete. Why should a modern man wear a wrist watch when he could easily consult his phone for a quick time-check? Well, besides the fact that wearing a watch/timepiece looks great, it can also be a matter of convenience, feeling good, a status symbol and a deeper meaning of actually paying attention to time and making every minute count, which being locked into your phone screen doesn’t really do/help that deeper meaning.

It’s A Glam Thing wanted to dive into the mind of a timepiece creator, and so we sat down with Michael Galarza, the founder of ERA Timepieces, a luxury timepiece company that has set out with one singular goal: to take haute horlogerie complications and make them accessible to the common man. After raising over a million dollars via crowdfunding, Michael and his team are proving this goal is within reach!

From his own personal style, to the watch industry, to advice for others, here’s our interview with Michael:

NICK NORTHSTAR: How would you describe your own personal style, both while at home and while working?

MICHAEL GALARZA: Since I work for myself, my personal style is my business style as well. I’m usually in a fitted quirky T-shirt and fitted jeans, with sneakers. I like to dress more casually typically.

NN: The word “Glamorous” can mean many different things… what is its definition to you?

MG: Glamorous to me means you are such a spectacle that others can’t help looking at you.

NN: Usually luxury timepieces cost tens of thousands of dollars… how are you able to make yours so affordable, yet still compare everything to other luxury brands?

MG: Even though our customers can easily afford to pay 5-6X more for our wares, we find there’s simply no reason to overcharge them like that. I believe in delivering a stellar product at a fair price, and selling direct to consumer lets me offer it at such competitive prices.

NN: What makes your products different than others on the market feature-wise?

MG: I do not think you can find a better value propositioned timepiece on the market at our price point. Tourbillons typically are only found in minimum 5 and 6 figure watches and we aim to recreate 99% of the experience (and then some) for a fraction of the price.

NN: What is your advice to anyone wanting to pursue their dreams and create their own products?

MG: Get market validation from people who aren’t obligated to be nice to you. What’s the brutal truth from your target customer who isn’t your friend? It’s better to find that out fast to fix the things that need to be fixed than spend time procrastinating and ultimately creating something no one wants.

NN: What other trends outside of the watch industry, but in the fashion world, do you see happening these days?

MG: I see a rapid speed up of using exotic materials and technologies (like synthetic spider DNA weaving) that creates even more high performance materials to be used in clothing and accessories. With the advent of 3D printing and other advanced manufacturing, it’s only going to happen more and more

NN: What is the biggest lesson you have learned so far from running your own company?

MG: Do the right thing and listen well to your customers because it’s ultimately only their opinion that matters.

NN: Who are some of your mentors?

MG: Most of my mentors have in the form of reading a ton like Eric Ries’s the Lean Startup, etc but I would say my co-partner Tim at ERA has been the biggest mentor in all aspects of business for me. His experience and insight into the macro view of how the entire world works and how all the parts fit together never ceases to amaze me.

NN: What other products are you currently working on for this year and next?

MG: We’re going to be releasing an entire line in likely May with a rare complication that hasn’t really been seen too much in the last 25 years. We’ll be making 2 different takes on it – one will be a Diver with a unique case featuring the complication by itself and a Swiss Movement, and the other will be mixing that complication with a Tourbillon, which I believe will be the first time that’s been done. Both of them will be custom movements that we’ve been designing for some time and slowly testing. Finally, we’ll be launching a more minimal dress watch for men/women with just the Tourbillon on it at a much smaller dial size, as there’s been some number of requests from people who want the Tourbillon but 44mm was too large for them.

NN: How do you want your customers to feel after wearing one of your timepieces?

MG: I’d say glamorous would be a good feeling — I’d want all my customers to feel like they are wearing a thing of such beauty that everyone HAS to be looking at them.

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February 13, 2019

Fashion Accessories That Give Back

aaina & co’s curated collections are designed to embrace and reflect the wearer’s inner beauty of their natural soul. Each piece incorporates the diversity inherent in fashion to inspire passion and love. The unique designs are simple but edgy, elegant, yet down to earth. Being a forward thinking conscientious fashion brand, aaina & co also pledges 10% of its profits to charity. All aaina & co products come in a triangular, eco-friendly vegan-leather pouch and a little booklet which includes the meaning of the symbols, the philosophy of the brand and the care instruction.

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February 12, 2019

Is Beauty Sleep a Real Thing? Plastic Surgeon explains how to anti-age while you snooze

RESEARCH SHOWS THAT BEAUTY SLEEP IS A REAL THING!

PLASTIC SURGEON EXPLAINS HOW TO MAXIMIZE YOUR ZZZ’s

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When it comes to your beauty routine, very few things are free, but sleep costs nothing and may be the closest thing to a fountain of youth. Dr. Manish Shah is a Board-Certified Denver, Colorado plastic surgeon.  A 2017 study found that two days of sleep restriction negatively affected participant’s perceived attractiveness, health, sleepiness, and trustworthiness. Dr. Shah explains that, “Your body repairs itself and recovers while you sleep, and that results in a long list of benefits for anti-aging and appearance.”  Most experts agree that 7-9 hours a night is ideal.  It’s time to maximize your shut eye for anti-aging.

Here are Dr. Manish Shah’s Tips for Beauty Sleep

Sleep on Your Back

“Sleeping on your stomach or on of your sides means there is constant pressure on your face. Over time, this action will produce unwanted sleep lines. You can remedy this by sleeping on your back,” says Dr. Shah. This way you will not apply any pressure to your face. For many people though, this might be uncomfortable, and you can’t control your involuntary sleep movement leading you to a side or stomach position. You can practice and can get used to it over time.

Use an overnight product and put a glass of water on your bedside table

Washing your face can dry it out and sleeping can also dehydrate skin, especially if you snooze in a low-humidity environment. While staying hydrated by drinking water can help to some extent, what your skin really needs at night is a topical moisturizer. For a more supercharged product, try an overnight sleeping mask such as https://brazilianskin.com/collections/all-product/products/acai-triple-stem-cell-complex-mask This is an Acai Triple Stem Cell Complex for $59.99.  Potent Açai Triple Stem Cell Complex Mask is an overnight mask application crafted with an innovative, breathable, and nourishing film ingredient that functions as a transdermal penetration medium to facilitate the complete absorption of the “Grams Triple Stem Cell Complex.”

Pillowcases Make A Difference

Dr. Shah explains that, “While facial creasing has a lot to do with sleep positioning, a change in pillowcase might be the answer. There are numerous benefits of silk for good sleep. Silk pillowcases are a great way to wake up creaseless in the morning. The smooth texture of silk is gentler than cotton and may help prevent sleep wrinkles, as well as reduce skin irritation. Its tightly woven fibers also don’t draw out moisture and natural oils as cotton does, leaving your skin better hydrated.”

Stay away from salty foods and alcohol around bedtime.

If you’re craving a midnight snack or drink, be mindful. While some foods, a light, carb snack like crackers or an apple, can actually help your sleep, many others can disrupt your sleep and wreak havoc on your appearance. Alcohol and salty food can have a dehydrating effect on the body. To compensate, your body starts collecting natural fluids around the eyes, among other places, leading to that dreaded puffy-eye look. Dehydration is claimed to lead to formation of dark circles under the eyes.

Wear your hair up — but not in a tight bun.

It’s a good idea to keep your hair out of your face while you’re sleeping to keep its natural oils from wreaking havoc on your complexion. But avoid pulling it into a really tight bun or ponytail because that can cause hair breakage, especially around the hairline. Dr. Shah suggests wrapping it up in a scarf (silk would be ideal).

Keep makeup remover by the bed

“No matter how tired/drunk you are, going to bed with your makeup on will only be worse the morning after (clogged pores, irritated eyes, oily residue etc.). Make it less of a chore by keeping some good-quality face wipes by the bed for a fast, effective cleanse. It’s not ideal to rely on convenience cloths every night in place of a deeper clean, but on late nights they’re skin saviors, says Dr. Shah.

Wear A Silk Sleep Mask

Avoiding light when you sleep is crucial to getting quality rest. Dr. Shah explains that, “An eye mask completely eliminates vulnerability to light, preventing it from interfering with your sleep. For the best results, use a silk eye mask. Since skin is susceptible to wrinkling, make sure that the material pressing against your face is as soft as possible.”

Keep the Temperature Low

At night, your body’s natural temperature declines. Keeping the temperature in your bedroom low is good for both your metabolism and your blood flow. Dr. Shah explains that, “This is important because improving your blood flow helps oxygenate your skin, keeping it plump and even-toned for the day ahead. Maintaining a cool temperature in your bedroom will also help reduce redness in your skin.” The National Sleep Foundation recommends keeping your bedroom between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit for an optimal night’s sleep.

About Dr. Manish Shah

Plastic Surgeon Colorado | Dr. Manish Shah, M.D. | Denver https://drmanishshah.com/ 

Manish Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S. is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. After completing his formal plastic surgery training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Univ. of Tennessee College of Medicine, he moved to New York City and 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. 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!

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February 12, 2019

Miss Universe Catriona Grey Carries KACYYOM

Miss Universe Catriona Grey was photographed carrying KACYYOM twice during NYFW yesterday! Catriona posed with KACYYOM’sDan-Bi Pebbled Top Handle Tote in Aegean Blue ($850) outside of the Bibhu Mohapatra fall 2019 runway show, as well as showed off her KACYYOMCho-Rong Mini Crossbody in Lime ($650, www.kacyyom.com) at the Alice & Olivia by Stacey Bendet FW19 Collection Presentation. 

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February 12, 2019

Stop Spending so Much Money at the Dry Cleaners

If paying for your dry cleaning bill leaves you feeling winded, you need to ask yourself if you’re making the right decision. Read this handy guide to see if you can save yourself some money when it comes to washing your wardrobe.

Find Out What Should Go to The Cleaners

Certain garments will be sensitive to heat from dryers and tumbling from washing machines. For instance, tossing a heavily embellished dress into the machine and running it through a spin cycle could send hundreds of beads into the basin.

One of the ways you can tell if clothes should go to the dry cleaners or not is by checking the material. Materials that need professional care and specific chemical solutions usually include:

  • Leather
  • Suede
  • Chiffon
  • Rayon
  • Fur
  • Dark silk

Find Out What Clothes Can Stay Home

An excellent way to confirm whether you should dry clean clothes is to check the tag ahead of time. A tag will say “Dry Clean Only” if it must go to the professionals. A tag that only says “Dry Clean” means that it’s recommended, but it’s not the only way to properly wash the item. In many cases, this tag means that you can do it on your own.

You should always check the tags to find out exactly how to wash clothes at home without ruining them. It will have symbols that indicate specific washing, bleaching, drying and ironing instructions. Print off a copy of laundry tag symbols and put it up in your laundry room so that you don’t make the wrong guess and shrink your favorite blouse by accident.

As long as they don’t have embellishments, these fabrics are usually fine to wash at home:

  • Linen
  • Wool
  • Cashmere
  • Nylon
  • Polyester
  • Cotton
  • Denim

Delicate garments like wool, lingerie, hosiery, and light silks can be cleaned at home, but not by machine. You should hand-wash delicates by submerging them in a tub of cool water mixed with a mild detergent and letting them soak. Rinse them, then carefully squeeze out the water and lay them on a flat white towel to dry.

If you really want to get professional results but you don’t want to pay the price, one way to cut your dry cleaning bill is to buy an at-home dry cleaning kit. All you have to do is pre-treat clothes with a special spray for removing stains and odors, then place them in a reusable garment bag and toss it in the dryer. You can get the kit for the cost of one visit to the cleaners.  

Learn Basic Alterations

A lot of people go to their local dry cleaners to fix up their clothes after they’ve cleaned them. While it’s convenient to have the cleaner do the alterations, you could shave the additional costs from your bill by learning to do simple repairs on your own.

Now, taking in a suit jacket is not a task recommended for a beginner, but you can replace buttons and learn how to hem pant legs, skirts, and dresses with the help of online resources. These skills will make sure you trim your regular bill and keep your clothes in good condition. Another reason to learn simple alterations is that you can get thrift store clothes and make them look brand-new.

If you want to see what other ways you can cut costs when it comes to your clothes, you should check this out — it’s a guide to creating a fashionable and professional wardrobe while staying frugal. You’ll find practical tips on what garments to prioritize, what mobile apps to use, and how to calculate your shopping budget.

The post comes from the MoneyKey blog, which is a company offering online loans for people who need to make quick payments. These loans are not designed for clothing purchases — these are for minor emergencies like unexpected car repairs, surge electrical bills, and broken toilets. When your life is interrupted by a problem that requires immediate attention, but you don’t have the money to take care of it, you can apply for a loan and get approved fast.

A better way to deal with these dilemmas is to have a rainy-day fund with money stored away, so you can fix that toilet or pay that bill right off the bat. Reducing the money that you spend at the dry cleaners every month is a great way to start building up this fund.

Don’t assume that you always need to send your favorite clothes to the cleaners. The owner won’t tell you that you can safely wash and fix the items at home — they will gladly accept the extra payment. Check the fabric, inspect the tags, and see if you can do it yourself for a mere fraction of the price.


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February 12, 2019

TRESemmé NYFW AW ‘19 TREND ALERT: Carolina Herrera / Alice + Olivia

TRESemmé brought on the glam by creating two showstopping looks for Carolina Herrera and Alice + Olivia!  

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Stylist Tip: “This look is all about enhancing your natural texture and style. Accentuate your individual texture with TRESemmé Curl Hydrate Leave-In Curl Cream to add extra body and definition.” –Odile Gilbert, TRESemmé NYFW Stylist

Step 1: Start by washing hair with TRESemmé Botanique Curl Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner – it’s important to start this look from wet as it’s all about accentuating your individual style.

Step 2: Towel dry hair and then apply TRESemmé Curl Hydrate Leave-In Curl Creamevenly from root to tip.

Step 3: Spritz TRESemmé Between Washes Style Refresh All-in-1 Spray through hair for a boost of hydration and to prime hair before blow styling then turn hair upside down and rough dry with a blow dryer to bring out your natural texture.

Step 4: Comb hair through with a wide tooth comb and spritz generously with the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protect Spray to protect tresses from heat styling.

Step 5: Using a flat iron, lightly move down the lengths of the hair in a zig zag motion to create natural waves, adding additional body and movement.

Step 7: To add texture and volume, spray TRESemmé Between Washes Volumizing Dry Shampoo, and finish by misting with TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hairspray inLevel 1: Texture.

TRESEMMÉ PRODUCTS USED: TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protect Spray, TRESemmé Curl Hydrate Leave-In Curl Cream, TRESemmé Between Washes Volumizing Dry Shampoo, TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Level 1: Texture

Tools Used: hair dryer, flat iron

THE “SLICKED BACK KNOTTED BUN FROM” FROM ALICE + OLIVIA

Stylist Tip: “To make the look extra polished, fill in unevenness along the hairline using a brow powder or the NEW TRESemmé Root Touch-Up Sprays!” – Justine Marjan, TRESemmé Global Stylist

Step 1: Prep hair by spritzing the TRESemmé Repair & Protect 7 Pre-Styling Spray or the TRESemmé Thermal Creations Blow Dry Accelerator Spraythroughout to protect tresses from heat styling.

Step 2: Apply a few pumps of the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum from roots to ends to tame frizz andblow dry hair straight using the ghd air® hair dryerand a smoothing brush, directing hair away from the face.

Step 3: Flat iron small sections of hair from roots to ends with the ghd platinum® + styler.

Step 4: Separate hair in front of the ears, then clip it out of the way. Working on the back section only, apply TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Gel.

Step 5: Spritz TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hairspray in Level 4: Extend and brush hair into a low pony tilting the head back as you secure the hair with an elastic.

Step 6: Brush hair that was clipped around the face forward so it frames the face like a curtain. Then apply more TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Gel to fingertips, and work into remaining sections of hair and secure into the original pony with another elastic.

Step 7: Twist the length of the hair into a knot and use bobby pins to secure.

Step 8: Finish by misting TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hairspray in Level 4: Extend all over for style without stiffness and spray directly onto a toothbrush to tame pesky flyaways.

TRESEMMÉ PRODUCTS USED: TRESemmé Thermal Creations Blow Dry Accelerator Spray, TRESemmé Repair & Protect 7 Pre-Styling Spray, TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum, TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Gel, TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hair Spray Hold Level 4: Extend, TRESemmé Root Touch-Up Sprays

Tools Used: ghd air® hair dryer, ghd platinum® + styler

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