October 11, 2018

Shine ‘n Jam® Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil Styler

Shine ‘n Jam Black Castor and Flaxseed Oil Styler is Now Available in Variety Wholesale and Dollar General Stores Nationwide. NEW!!!

Ampro Industries announced today that their DIY-inspired Shine ‘n Jam® Black Castor & Flaxseed Oil Styler is now available at Variety Wholesale and select Dollar General stores nationwide.  The roll out of this well formulated and perfectly crafted product has resulted in huge consumer demand that is greatly benefitting its retail partners.  This release also marks another huge success for the Shine ‘n Jam® brand that boasts such winning products as the Shine ‘n Jam Extra Hold Conditioning Gel, Shine ‘n Jam Regular Hold Conditioning Gel, Shine ‘n Jam Silk Edges, and Shine ‘n Jam Shea Edges – which are all fan favorites of professional braiders.

Dare to Shine

Designed to help consumers with textured hair achieve a variety of trending hairstyles, the Shine ‘n Jam Black Castor & Flaxseed Oil Styler is light weight, gives great slip, and provides a firm hold while leaving the hair feeling soft to the touch – like there isn’t any gel on it at all.  Targeted at the consumer who is looking for a vegan gel formula that gives hair both shine and manageability, the Shine ‘n Jam Black Castor & Flaxseed Oil Styler is the perfect product because it is also easy on the pocketbook.  An 8 oz jar is available in retail for under $3.

“In a growing niche market where prices seem to ravage the purse strings, this product is amazing. It conditions the hair while easing frizz and leaving the hair soft and shiny.  There’s a huge cost savings in there and the consumer gets an extremely well formulated product.” says Camille Wright, Vice President of Marketing and Communications.

In October 2017, Ampro Industries, Inc., launched the product with a nationwide campaign – #Dare2Shine that features two stunning young ladies rocking daring, care free, textured hair looks.  Consumers have been charmed by the ad, taking to social media to upload looks they’ve created using the styler which also give a laidback vibe.

Consumers report being happy that the ingredients in the styler are friendly and good for all hair types.  Consumers also like the results they are able to achieve with the Shine ‘n Jam® Black Castor & Flaxseed Oil Styler – which will have them coming back to Variety Wholesale, Dollar General, and beauty supply stores nationwide.

About Ampro Industries, Inc.

Based in Memphis, TN, Ampro Industries, Inc., is a manufacturer of multicultural hair care and skin care products. For over 70 years, the company has been committed to producing affordable, reliable, and top quality personal care solutions for multicultural consumers.

Ampro products can be found in mass market and beauty supply outlets throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, South and Central America. The family of products includes over 30 unique personal care items, including America’s favorite Protein Styling Gels, Ampro Pro Styl®, Clear Ice®, Neutra Foam®, Shine ‘n Jam®, VIVAS®, the Pro Styl® line of hair accessories, and the new ABC Kids line, Ampro’s Beautiful Child®.

Ampro Industries, Inc. is proud to partner with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® in an effort to raise awareness and funds for the hospital’s mission of finding cures and saving children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Through this multi-year partnership, millions of loyal consumers of the Ampro Pro Styl® family of products are made aware of the work of St. Jude through an on-pack marketing campaign that utilizes the St. Jude logo.

SHARE THIS POST ON: Twitter | Share on Facebook | Google + | Pinterest
October 9, 2018

8 Tips for Healthy Weight Loss

Losing weight, the healthy way can be quite a struggle. Making simple changes to physical activity and eating habits can go a long way in ensuring that those who embark on a weight-loss journey achieve their target and remain healthy for the rest of their life. The following eight tips for healthy weight loss come in handy.

1. Focus on Healthy Behaviors

Most people who embark on a weight-loss journey tend to easily get discouraged since they focus too much on tracking their weight. Rather than focusing on their weight, such individuals ought to concentrate on adopting healthy behaviors. These include watching portions, exercising regularly and choosing healthy foods.

By focusing on these behaviors, one will undoubtedly experience healthy weight loss. It is equally advisable to set realistic weight-loss goals. Replacing unrealistic goals such as “I will lose 3 pounds every week” with specific goals such as “I’ll walk 30 miles every day,” will help those who wish to lose weight, to track lifestyle changes.

2. Eating Regularly

Individuals who skip meals simply because they want to lose weight often end up tucking into snacks and sugary foods in between meals since they tend to feel hungry more frequently. Eating many times than skipping meals enables the body to burn calories at a fast rate. Besides, it lowers the temptation to eat high-fat and sugary foods. When an individual skips meal, he/she is missing out on vital nutrients.

3. Planning Future Meals

While on their weight-loss journey, individuals should always plan their meals. Planning eliminates the “grab-what-you-see” food cravings that typically set in when one is hungry. When individuals eat whatever is at their disposal when they are hungry, they are likely to eat high-calorie and less nutritious food.

4. Incorporating Whole Grains and Vegetables in Meals

One of the wisest food choices that individuals make on their healthy weight loss journey is incorporating grains and whole vegetables in their meals. Eating a large of food rich in whole grains rather than processed or refined foods decreases the intensity and frequency of sugar cravings and hunger pangs.

On the other hand, vegetables and fruits are rich in fiber and low in calories. They are similarly rich in minerals and vitamins. To fully benefit from the nutrients contained in fruits and vegetables, individuals are advised to take up juicing rather than blending. To find a juicer that works best for them to assist with weight loss, they should read juicer machine reviews.

5. Working Out

One cannot lose weight if he/she is not active. Staying active not only helps one to shed weight but also keep it off. Besides providing many health benefits, exercise burns off excess calories that cannot be eliminated through dieting alone.

Simple exercises such as jogging and cycling can go a long way in helping an individual shed weight. One doesn’t need to undertake heavy gym routines to tackle their weight problem. There are numerous cardiovascular exercises that the human body can adapt to. Those wishing to lose weight ought to find activities that they enjoy and can fit into their routine.

6. Avoid making Hunger a Distraction

There are many diets that individuals choose in a bid to shed weight healthily. Nonetheless many deviate from their weight loss diets merely because they succumb to their cravings. Those who allow hunger to divert their attention typically find it difficult to stick to a weight-loss diet plan for even more than a week.

7. Psychological Preparedness

Many weight-loss journeys end up in futility simply because those involved do not prepare themselves psychologically. Those who are serious about their weight loss goals shouldn’t shy away from talking about it. They should tell family members and friends about it since this will help them toe the line whenever they want to engage in detrimental habits such as eating fatty foods.

Psychological preparedness may also involve manipulating oneself to minimize food intake. Eating slowly so that food is broken into many tiny particles similarly helps. Besides, individuals ought to consider taking small, numerous servings rather than big single servings.

8. Drinking Plenty of Water

Water is vital to the success of any healthy weight loss plan. To ensure they keep their muscles hydrated especially after exercising, individuals ought to take plenty of water. They should also drink water whenever they get hungry or when they are just about to have their meals. Water not only rejuvenates human body cells but is also a simple yet effective way of suppressing hunger to an extent. More rain in the body increases the rate at which calories get burnt.

Healthy weight loss can be an unattainable dream if individuals do not make the right choices. It is always advisable to choose the correct portion of healthy foods, which ought to get complemented with healthy exercise routines.

If you love this article, make sure to tell your friends about our blog It’s a Glam Thing.

SHARE THIS POST ON: Twitter | Share on Facebook | Google + | Pinterest
October 4, 2018

Shed but Don’t Stress – The Beauty Hack you NEED…Tubshroom

My family loves gadgets, all kinds of gadgets. Gadgets for tools, makeup, cooking and  barbeque, we have many. When I came across this item, I thought, what a great idea. If you have a problem with hair piling up after a bath, shower or after bathing the dog, This gadget, the Tubshroom is one you have to have.

TubShroom // $12.95 – $13.95

Color Availability: Blue, Green, Orange, Gray, White, Clear and Chrome

** Chrome Edition = $13.95

·         Unlike regular plugs that go over the drain, TubShroom fits inside, neatly collecting hair around it

·         Designed to effortlessly catch human and pet hair without disrupting the flow of water

·         Time to cleanup? Simply wipe TubShroom off and GO! No harsh chemicals, no more tangled messes

·         Fits any standard tub drain and is guaranteed to catch every hair every time

·         Our bathtub drain hair trap fits any standard 1.5″ tub drain, NOTE: NOT FOR SHOWER STALL DRAINS

·         Color availability: Clean White, Marine Blue, Neutral Gray, Organic Green, Autumn Orange and Chrome

SinkShroom // $12.95 – $ 13.95

Color Availability: Blue, Orange, Green, White, Clear, Gray, Chrome and Nickle

** Chrome/Nickle Editions = $13.95

·         Unlike regular catchers placed over the drain, SinkShroom fits inside, neatly collecting every hair

·         No harsh chemicals and no more tangled messes

·         Our sink drain strainer fits any standard bathroom sink drain and will catch every hair every time

·         Fits any standard bathroom sink drain, built for maximum compatibility and ease of use


ShowerShroom // $12.95

Color Availability: Gray, White and Blue

·         Time to cleanup simply wipe ShowerShroom off and go! No harsh chemicals, no more tangled messes

·         Our drain strainer fits any standard 2 inch shower stall drain and is assured to catch every hair

·         Our stand-up shower stall drain hair trap fits any standard shower drain; place unit under the cover

·         You can also get TubShroom for 1.5 to 1.75 bath tub drains or SinkShroom for 1 to 1.25 Bathroom sink drains

·         Note: ShowerShroom has been updated for improved compatibility and hold

About TubShroom:

TubShroom is headquartered in Melville, Long Island and was created as a solution to a personal problem husband and wife co-inventors were having. The brand aims to minimize the use of harmful chemical drain cleaners, whose fumes can be dangerous and ingredients can wear away at pipes. Elena and Serge Karnegie are dedicated continuously coming up with more solutions for common, everyday problems. For more information about the products, please visit www.tubshroom.com or Amazon.com.


SHARE THIS POST ON: Twitter | Share on Facebook | Google + | Pinterest
October 1, 2018

Scandic Line Smoothing Serum with Chamomile. It’s On Our Skincare A-List!

Scandic Skincare by Scandic Beauty,  Swedish luxury skincare, recently shared their Ung / Young Line Smoothing Serum with us. Not only is this an A-List skincare product but the dispenser bottle is so pretty in a lovely powder blue hued container. The dropper applicator is another plus. We love the dropper for dispensing the perfect amount and for better beauty hygeine.


scandic skincare


Here is what is noted on the website about the Ung / Young Line Smoothing Serum.

“Restore Firm Revitalize. ‘Ung’ serum mimics the firming, skin tightening effects of snake venom (BOTOX®-like) effect- without the snake venom. The power of four potent peptides provides immediate and long-term firming and reduction of wrinkles.  It also provides the naturally soothing effects of Chamomile, Lavender and Orange peel oils, along with a plethora of botanicals to nourish the skin back to health and youthfulness. Excellent for all skin types – including sensitive skin.”

The price is $85 and let us tell you that it is definitely worth this price. I don’t know how many drops are in the jar but it seems like an endless amount.

I personally love that it goes on smoothly with no stinging or irritation. I use it twice a day. On my face and neck and decolletage. My upper lip lines are bothersome to me and my neck is starting to get some wrinkles and is a bit crepey.

The Ung / Young Line Smoothing Serum seems to be the start of something great for my skin!  The other gals here got to try a dab of the serum but I snatched it up super quickly for myself!  Thank goodness I did.

All of the products in the line are  vegan and free of animal testing, gluten, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and SLS’s.

You can pair Ung with Klar, Ren, and Skön or Naturlig so you really want to spend some time learning about all the products on the Website.

Use this chart to find the best product to target your specific skin concerns – CLICK HERE

For best results choose a cleanser, a pre-serum, a serum and a moisturizer.

Scandic Skincare





SHARE THIS POST ON: Twitter | Share on Facebook | Google + | Pinterest
September 28, 2018

Post Summer Blues? Neuropsychologist with 5 Things to Do to Boost Your Mood This Fall


For many people the end of summertime means back to school and back to the grind. Companies launch into their 4th quarter which means the summer slack off season is done and it’s time to get serious as we close out the end of the year. Between the dip in temperatures, shorter days, work and family demands, it’s no wonder people feel sad to part with summer. We connected with Dr. Sanam Hafeez, Neuropsychologist and Teaching Faculty at Columbia University in New York City to explain why people get the post summer blues. We also offer some things to do to boost the mood as we say goodbye to summer and hello to fall.

  1. Ease into the routine.

A lot of people expect to hit the ground running immediately after Labor Day. Allow yourself a solid two weeks to a full month to get back into the swing of your fall routine. You can’t expect to go from a more relaxed summer mindset into a rushed pace. “A lot of people make the mistake of going from summer ease to fall hustle and they end up running themselves down leading to a cold. You want to get a realistic handle on the fall routine and make decisions about how much to take on. Planning ahead helps,” explains Dr. Hafeez.

  1. Go outside and play anyway!

The fall means a break in humidity and beautiful crisp air. It’s common to go from 80-degree temperatures to mid 60’s within a month. You can still enjoy your deck, barbecuing, reading in a lounge chair, having a catch in the yard, or going for a walk in nature. “Get outdoors and avoid spending weekends in hibernation which only makes people feel lethargic and depressed,” advises Dr. Hafeez who has been featured on national TV talking about Seasonal Affective Disorder.

  1. Get things done that you put off during summer.

Before the weather takes a turn for the cold and holiday hustle ensues, take advantage of the cooler fall temperatures by tending to things like, auto repairs, home projects, pet care, medical visits, and financial assessments. “When we make a decision to accomplish things we’ve put off and then follow through, we feel more in control and this reduces stress,” explains Dr. Hafeez. Something as simple as taking a few hours to tidy up the yard, clean out the garage, get rid of clothes can elevate the mood.

  1. Recap the summer with a look back at photos and gratitude.

At the end of each season it’s such a great ritual to do a recap. Look back into your social media feeds for the photos posted and memories made. Consider creating a summer photo album with highlights from vacations, pool days, family barbecues, weddings and any other fun that was had.

  1. Start brainstorming next summer’s vacation and must-do activities.

“You really want to move into a forward-thinking mindset instead of longing for the past. This summer is over and another one will come. Brainstorming with the family on where to go next, is a fun way to get excited about what’s ahead. When we think about possibilities it elevates our mood so grab an issue of a travel magazine and get inspired,” suggests Dr. Hafeez.

  1. When in doubt, get a makeover!

Nothing elevates the mood more than a day of primping and prepping. When we are putting the summer clothes away and pulling out the fall clothes we get to edit our wardrobes and make a list of the new things we want to add. Shopping for new clothes isn’t just limited to the kids heading back to school. A new hair color or style can also mark the start of a new season in a fun new way. “Self-care isn’t limited to meditation, juicing and massages. Finding that perfect fall jacket, shoes, new shades of cosmetics can do a lot to lift spirits,” Dr. Hafeez shares.

About the Doctor:

Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. a neuropsychological, developmental and educational center in Manhattan and Queens. Dr. Hafeez masterfully applies her years of experience connecting psychological implications to address some of today’s common issues such as body image, social media addiction, relationships, workplace stress, parenting and psychopathology (bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, etc…). In addition, Dr. Hafeez works with individuals who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), learning disabilities, attention and memory problems, and abuse. Dr. Hafeez often shares her credible expertise to various news outlets in New York City and frequently appears on CNN and Dr.Oz. Connect with her via Instagram @drsanamhafeez or www.comprehendthemind.com

SHARE THIS POST ON: Twitter | Share on Facebook | Google + | Pinterest
September 28, 2018

Styling Tips to make you Taller in Your Casual Kurtis

If you consider yourself short, then there are an instance when thinking about what to wear, you may wish that you were just a few inches tall. If you love Indian wears, and you are under 5″4, you may find it challenging to find the right sizes of casual kurtis for your daily use. However, you should not let this temporary challenge in your way of getting most from your dressings.

There are a few tips and tricks you can use to create an illusion of height and rock any attire just as if you were actually of that height. Discussed herein are a few of the tricks you can use to style kurtis and look as great just as you would have if you were just a few inches taller.

Use slimmer palazzo pants to pair your kurti

Let your kurti and bottoms have the same color shades

The first tip to create an illusion of height for your casual-kurti is to pair it with slimmer palazzo pants. One thing you will appreciate about these pants in addition to making you look taller is that they are always in season all the time and you can’t also ignore the fact that they are smart, trendy and will suit most body types. Irrespective of your height, you will most certainly appear taller than you actually are with these pants.

If you create a strong contrast between your bottom and your kurti, it will be easy for people to quickly notice where the kurti ends, and this will not aid in helping you look taller since people can easily gauge your height from the height of the kurti. In as much as you may be uncomfortable in keeping the two in the same color family because you have a range of option to work with, it is one of the best ways to create an illusion of height.

With a solid color for both the kurti and the bottom, it is easy to create a vertical line in your frame which will easily fool people that you are taller. Also, ensure that both the kurti and the bottom will be of the right fit and if possible, you should consider colors such as purple, red, grey, navy blue, and black. You will never go wrong with these colors.

Use medium flared skirts for the bottom

Many ladies may not think of this as a good idea, but when you want to create illusions of height, with or without kurtis, flared skirts will always get the job done. With kurtis, consider a medium flared skirt with a straight kurti that terminates just below your knees. With such a setup, you will appear to have a petite frame which will create an illusion of height and it will also contribute towards your edgy looks.

Pair your kurti with slim pants

It is a fact that irrespective of your height, slim pants will always make you appear taller than you actually are, and this is one of the best ways you can use to look taller in casual-kurti if you are vertically challenged. All you have to do is to take your kurti then have it together with slim pants which will help to create a straight line in your vertical, thus making you appear taller. The best kurti for pulling this look should be the straight designs.

Use kurtis with elongated patterns

Kurtis will elongated patterns are very good in creating illusions of height compared to those with horizontal strips. While you shop and you wish to get kurti for more height, go for those with vertical plackets or those with vertical strips. Other than creating an illusion of more height, they will also make you look fuller if you had a slim or a petite frame.

Go for V-necks over mandarin collars

It is surprising that you can also use the shape of the kurti collar to create an illusion of height, though so many people never think of this. V-necks has a way of making you look taller, and this is a universal fact has been accepted all over the world. This is because V-necks make the neck to appear elongated unlike neck shapes such as mandarins which will make you look shorter since they are very close to the neck.

Don’t be afraid of wearing heels

Heels are being used be several short people all the time to create illusions of height, and if you are short and you wanted to appear tall in your casual kurtis, then despite every other thing we have talked about, you should never be afraid to rock your heels. The heels will add you a few inches which will not only make you taller but also give you some nice and stylish looks despite your height.

To completely nail it with heels in creating an illusion of height, consider going for straight kurtis that flatters your frame. If you are not comfortable with pencil heels, consider wedges or platforms that will come along with style and comfort.

Use a skinny belt on your waist

Broad belts are known to divide the body into half and this will without a doubt make you look shorter. Skinny belts, on the other hand, will not create any division and will help to define your waist without necessarily diving your body into two parts. The belt you opt for, however, should share the same color with your kurti because you don’t want it attracting unnecessary attention to where people should not be focusing.

Go for minimal accessories

The other trick to make you appear taller in your casual kurtis is to consider very minimal accessories. As usual, less is always more when it comes to getting your accessories right. It is important that you avoid things like chokers, oversized necklaces, or any form of danglers. For the best looks, consider light jewelry such as sleek chains paired with matching pendants. You can also consider a pair of studs and a very trendy clutch bag to complete the casual look.  However, if you want to see things as they really are with the best affordable prices, you can visit stylecaret.


SHARE THIS POST ON: Twitter | Share on Facebook | Google + | Pinterest
September 26, 2018

Abbie Cornish Wears Accessory Concierge & LIVEN CO.

Abbie Cornish was photographed wearing Accessory Concierge and LIVEN CO. at the premiere of A Star is Born at The Shine Auditorium in Los Angeles last night. The actress accessorized her all white look in Accessory Concierge’s Gold Linear Cuff ($30, www.accessoryconcierge.com) and LIVEN CO.’s Crescent Moon and Star Pave Post Earrings ($350, www.livenco.com).
SHARE THIS POST ON: Twitter | Share on Facebook | Google + | Pinterest
September 26, 2018

What’s New: 8 Colors of Fall from Vienne Milano


At VienneMilano, we believe that legs are a canvas for texture and color and hosiery allows you to use it. As our brand continues to grow, we are excited to extend our portfolio to include knee highs stockings! Introducing SILVIA: 50 denier knee highs. Available in 8 colors, made in Italy, just in time for autumn.

SHARE THIS POST ON: Twitter | Share on Facebook | Google + | Pinterest
September 24, 2018

Plastic Surgery Can Make You Look Older! Expert Plastic Surgeon with Tips and Dish on Celebrity Inspiration

Plastic Surgery Can Make You Look Older!

According to expert Board-Certified Plastic surgeons, the goal of cosmetic surgery is to make a woman like look a refreshed, enhanced version of herself. While many seek cosmetic surgery to turn back the clock; (a respectable, personal choice) there is a downside. The eerie expressionless, puffy, distorted, look that makes people appear even older than they are. To help us understand and achieve a more maintained, elegant look,we tapped the expertise of Board-Certified Denver Plastic Surgeon Dr. Manish Shah.



Actress, Michelle Pfeiffer, age 60 photographed in June 2018, makes Dr. Manish Shah's list of Celebrities who look elegantly age appropriate.

Actress, Michelle Pfeiffer, age 60 photographed in June 2018, makes Dr. Manish Shah’s list of Celebrities who look elegantly age appropriate.



Most Common Culprit… Too Much Filler 

According to Dr. Shah, the best way to begin is to look at photos of the person decades younger to assess their aging progression and facial symmetry. “You want to look at the facial features to see where there is drooping or volume loss as not to run the risk of over filling the face. When too much filler is used, facial balance is thrown off.”

Dr. Shah explains that today we’re seeing young women in their 20’s trying to look like they’re photo filtered in real life. “They start Botox too young, or overfill their lips, breasts, and derrieres. The odd consequence is that that end up looking older. There are several celebrities who are under 25 and look 30, and 35 due to the work they’ve had done. The lips and cheeks are often the first facial features to be overdone in younger patients.” 

Facial Breakdown

Cheeks: Dr. Shah says, that “Over-suctioning cheeks through liposuction can make you look older. Stiffness or “puffy cheeks” can also occur if there is unnecessary fat transfer or filler injections are overdone.”

Brows: A highly arched eye brow, or a brow without any arch can instantly age you. “Getting the eyebrow height perfect to achieve a natural look is one of the most challenging techniques plastic surgeons face with Botox, be sure to find someone who specializes in brow area Botox.”

Chin: “The overall balance of your face can be thrown off if a chin implant is too large,” says Dr. Shah. He adds, “Facial structure goes from more of a heart shape to a square shape. Also, the softness of your face gets lost.”

Neck: Removing too much fat from the neck can result in an excessive deep and sharp angle that gives more of a harsh look.

Midface: Some women get a facelift before it’s needed. Think of many of the stars of Bravo’s Real Housewive’s franchise. “When it’s unnecessary or not done properly, the underlying facial tissues give an unnatural fullness in the cheeks that makes the face look aged, explains Dr. Shah.”

Eyes: Fat removal under the eyes is popular in younger patients. The problem is that removing too much fat can really make a patient look hollower rather than refreshed.

Injectable Toxins: The Frozen Look

Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are all effective in reducing lines by temporarily paralyzing facial muscles to stop movement. Problems arise when they are overdone. The face can look very severe and certain facial features can become exaggerated. It is strange to see a woman over 50 with fewer forehead and brow mobility than a pre-teen!

Dr. Shah offers a tip and reminds us that injectable toxins are not permanent, and the result will fade away in time. “It’s best to let the product completely wear off before getting injectable toxins applied to the face again. It’s always best to start off with much less because you can always work your way up to more,” he advises.

Too Large Breast Implants:

Implants that do not fit a woman’s frame and are overexaggerated, are never a good idea at any age. The older a woman gets, the more this is going to scream, “look at me” and be incongruous with the rest of her appearance. Jane Fonda is a perfect example of a woman in her 80’s with implants that match her body in a flattering way.

Ignoring Your Hands and Décolleté:

So many women make the mistake of obsessing over their face, legs, derriere, breasts, and abdomen that they completely forget their hands and décolleté. The latter are a dead giveaway of age, no matter how young the rest of you looks.

Examples of Elegance:

According to Dr. Shah, here’s who he feels has “gotten it right” when it comes to aging gracefully whether they have had plastic surgery or not include, Jane Fonda, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez, Halle Berry, Angela Bassett, Katie Couric, Raquel Welch, Kathie Lee Gifford, Kris Jenner, Naomi Campbell, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jayne Seymour, Ellen DeGeneres, Sharon Stone, and Padma Lakshmi. Use these celebs for inspiration when contemplating cosmetic enhancements.

About Dr. Manish Shah

Plastic Surgeon Colorado | Dr. Manish Shah, M.D. | Denver

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!


SHARE THIS POST ON: Twitter | Share on Facebook | Google + | Pinterest
September 20, 2018




If you’re thinking about taking a post summer break from booze -do it. You may get turned onto a whole new mindset about how you choose to consume alcohol. We connected with Rehab Expert, Carrie Carlton, Clinical Director (LCSW) of Beachway Therapy Center in Boynton Beach, Florida; who offered us numerous benefits of taking a “Booze Break.” Studies have shown that a month-long respite from alcohol can significantly benefit one’s mental and physical health. Here’s why…

  1. Do the math! Less booze means more cash.

According to Fortune magazine in 2018, thanks to the “craft cocktail trend” the overall price for alcoholic beverage and therefor the general cost of alcohol has increased. Let’s say you hit a happy hour twice weekly and bought a round of drinks for 3 people at $15-$20 each, with tip that could be between $80 and $100. More if you are in major metropolitan cities. Then multiply that by twice per week for weeks in a month and you’re saving close to $400 per month just on after work happy hours. Add more money saved if you’re also a weekend social drinker. Add way more money if you’re buying bottles in the VIP for hundreds of dollars.

“People are often amazed at how much free cash they have to put towards other things they want to do such as paying down debt, vacations, car repairs, gym memberships, upgrades to their homes, etc., explains Carrie Carlton of Beachway Therapy Center, one of the most comprehensive Rehab programs on the East Coast.

  1. Wow! Your face looks great! What have you done?

While alcohol doesn’t directly cause acne it certainly messes with hormone levels and immune function which then lead to sallow skin, breakouts and puffy, flushed complexion. If you’re they type who can easily “Rose all day” and love mixed drinks featuring more sugar, syrups and other additives; you’ll quickly see a major change to the texture and tone to your skin. “It’s always great to snap selfies in the same room with the same light so you can really see the difference. Also pay attention to compliments. There will be a visible difference, encourages Carlton.”

  1. Are you losing weight? YES!

A study in the journal of Obesity said that people who don’t drink eat less simply because alcohol heightens the senses. It makes the sauce and cheese on that pizza or those late-night bites all the more delicious. When you remove alcohol intake it diminishes your calorie intake. Think about 3 beers or glasses of wine at about 150 each. Those calories add up. “Your blood sugar and cholesterol levels start to really improve, and since alcohol dehydrates the body’s organs, taking a break from booze with help the body function better overall,” explains Carlton.

  1. You’re more energetic, creative focused and are getting a lot more done.

One of the other benefits of opting to go booze-free for a month is that you’ll notice you’re not sluggish. You’re no longer fading in the afternoon or hitting the snooze 3 times in the morning. You are clear and focused on what you want to accomplish in the day and you have the ability to follow through with a better mood. You’ll be able to concentrate on tasks which also helps you stimulate the part of your brain where memory takes place. This keeps us sharp as we age.

  1. More you time and new friends!

Often when we make a major change to our lives like choosing to lay off alcohol for a month our crew of cohorts changes. This frees up time for you to focus on you. Self care is important and often neglected when going out to socialize over drinks is the norm. When you’re no longer invited out to drink away the work day, you’re now free to get an after work fitness class in, take a workshop, listen to some audio books and check out a cool lecture. You start to realize there is plenty to do that doesn’t involve liquor and you start to meet new friends to do these things with.

“What’s interesting to note is that people who consider themselves “social drinkers” experience these improvements within a few days. People who struggle with alcoholism may actually cause more harm to themselves if they just decide to stop drinking cold turkey. Because there are many social drinkers teetering on the line of having a “drinking problem” given they tend to binge on the weekends with casual drinks with dinner mid-week; committing to going without alcohol may reveal there actually is a bigger issue going on. If someone can’t last a week without alcohol and feels nausea, gets terrible headaches, sweats, and are physically shaky and ill, consulting a doctor would be an important next step,” cautions Carrie Carlton.

  1. What It Does For Your Liver

As much as people might want to believe that taking a vacation from drinking makes up for the excess, Carrie Carlton says it’s simply not true. Excessive boozing and “drying out” for a month won’t even out the score with your liver. A month-long hiatus won’t heal your liver — which processes the sugar in alcohol and can be damaged by excessive drinking. Are you really “healing your liver”? No, though you are taking a month off from causing it any more damage. 

About the expert:

Carrie Carlton, Clinical Director (LCSW), Clinical Supervisor at Beachway Therapy Center

Carrie holds a BSW and MSW in social work from Florida Atlantic University, an MA from Barry University (Miami), and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She also has a background in medical social work. Her understanding of cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, and family systems guide her treatment of addicts and families. Her clients thrive under her guidance because of her honesty, empathy, and compassion. Recognizing the severe impact of addictions on both the addict and the families, Carrie is dedicated to consistently serve her clients.

About Beachway Therapy Center

Beachway provides a continuum of care, from PHP (Partial Hospitalization Program) to Outpatient services. The facility offers a fully individualized treatment plan that meets the clinical and medical needs of each client usually lasting between 30 and 90 days. Beachway provides an extremely low client to therapist ratio and under high level professional supervision, clients can begin to recover in a safe, residential-like environment.  CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) motivational interviewing, addiction counseling, 12-Step orientation, DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy,) trauma-informed practices and a wide variety of supportive group therapies are offered.

SHARE THIS POST ON: Twitter | Share on Facebook | Google + | Pinterest