Donna Raheb
September 11, 2018

Olivia Culpo Spotted Carrying the Henri Bendel Jetsetter Backpack!

Olivia Culpo was photographed wearing Henri Bendel in NYC recently! The Model Squad star looked sporty-chic carrying the Jetsetter Convertible Petrol Backpack ($328; www.henribendel.com) while leaving her hotel.

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September 10, 2018

Vanessa Hudgens Wears Silk Laundry!

Vanessa Hudgens shared a photo wearing Silk Laundry over the weekend! The actress completed her simple, yet classic look with the 90’s Silk Slip Dress in Emerald Green ($170, www.silklaundry.com).

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September 10, 2018

Coffee PM: 4 Ways to Enjoy Coffee After Hours

Lots of people enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee in the morning. Maybe it’s a simple black coffee on the way to work, or a piping hot Americano with plenty of cream and sugar. Either way, it’s a “pick me up” to start the day off right.

But what if you crave the bold taste of coffee in the evening? Here are four ways to enjoy coffee after hours in both beverage and food form.

Decaf Coffee
This first suggestion will seem obvious – drink decaffeinated coffee. Still, we bring it up because it is the essential building block to late-night coffee beverages. But what is decaffeinated coffee? How do they remove the caffeine?

The decaffeination process starts with green, unroasted coffee beans. The caffeine is then extracted using a chemical solvent or, in some cases, a process of water and osmosis to draw out the caffeine. This is an oversimplification, but it works for our purposes.

Unless you are looking to pull an all-nighter, decaf coffee is the way to go.

Luxury Coffee Cocktails & Nightcaps
So, you want a late-night coffee drink without the energetic buzz. We can understand that. But how do you feel about a boozy buzz?

Coffee cocktails and nightcaps are a great way to relax in the evening. You just can’t beat the complex taste of coffee and liquor. While there are dozens, if not hundreds of cocktail recipes, here are a few favorites to get you started.

  • Café Mocha Shakerato. This is an easy drink to make, especially if you use decaf luxury coffee pods from a brand like Caffé di Artisan since they don’t require a brew machine. Start with 2 ounces of strong coffee, add 1 ounce of simple syrup, and 1 ounce of chocolate syrup (Monin brand works best). Toss the ingredient into a shaker with ice, and vigorously shake until there is a nice froth. Strain the beverage into a glass and enjoy.
  • Spanish Coffee. Start with 1 cup decaf hot coffee, ½ ounce of rum, and 1.2 ounce of vanilla coffee liquor. Pour into a glass mug, top with whipped cream and garnish with a cherry. Delicious!

Affogato: Something Special on Top

Affogato is one of life’s simple pleasures. It’s espresso poured on top of another dessert, thus marrying the essence of bitter with sweet. It’s a match made in heaven all right.

While the most popular form of affogato is espresso coffee poured over vanilla ice cream, there are numerous ways to make your desserts extra special with the addition of coffee. You can add espresso to a bowl of tiramisu; add a drizzle of mocha or caramel sauce if you really want something special. Or pour hot espresso over flan just before adding whipped cream and cinnamon on top. Yum!

Desserts: Cooking with Coffee

Speaking of desserts, another spectacular way to enjoy coffee in the evening is by including it in your baking. Again, these are just a sampling of recipes to try. Feel free to get creative. After all, what is more fun than desserts with coffee?

  • Coffee Kahlua Brownies. We hope you like cocoa flavors, because this recipe is full of ‘em. Start by pre-heating the oven to 375. The rack should be 1/3 up from the bottom. Grease a 9x13x2 pan with butter. Melt 8 ounces of unsweetened chocolate with 1 cup of unsalted butter (tip: it helps to chop up the chocolate for quicker melting) in a separate sauce pan over low heat. Once even, set aside to cool. In a large bowl, beat five eggs before adding 2 cups sugar, 2 tablespoons liquid coffee, 1 tablespoon vanilla, and ½ teaspoon of salt. Mix until even. Next add 2 cups flour and mix into a batter. Next, combine 2/3 cup hot coffee (decaf) with ¼ cup Kahlua into a separate bowl, mix gently, then add to batter. Pour the batter into the prepped pan and heat in oven for about 35 mins. Cool at room temperature, and enjoy.
  • Decaf Coffee Fudge. Start with a tin of condensed milk (~400 g), 150 ml regular milk, 115g unsalted butter, and 450g fine sugar. Mix these ingredients together in a large saucepan until melted. Be careful to avoid chunks of sugar in your mixture. Turn up the heat to boiling, and simmer for 15 minutes; stirring gently, but continuously. This will keep the bottom of your fudge from burning. Pour the mixture into a bowl. Add 2.5 tablespoons liquid coffee and beat for 10 minutes. The result should be a caramelly thickness. Pour the contents into a lined, flat dish. Make sure the top is nice and even while cooling. Once solid, cut into squares, adding a single coffee bean to each piece for presentation. And there you have it: Coffee fudge.

We bet you never knew coffee was so versatile. So, go ahead, try one of the above suggestions to enjoy coffee in the PM.

 

 

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September 9, 2018

Rachel Platten Wears Seraphine!

LOS ANGELES, CA – September 7, 2018 – Rachel Platten shared a photo on her Instagram wearing Seraphine! The songstress enjoyed a sweet treat wearing the Palm Print V Back Maternity Dress ($75; www.seraphine.com).
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August 8, 2018

Check out  freebeautyevents.com for free makeovers, free samples and a chance to win beauty products

Check out  freebeautyevents.com   for free makeovers, free samples and a chance to win beauty products in our monthly contest.

 

Details on the August Beauty Basket Giveaway
This month our basket includes products from Milani, KISS, Maybelline, Toppik, Dove and more! The Contest runs from now through 8/31/18, winners will be chosen on 9/10/2018 and notified by 9/15/2018. Please visit our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FreeBeautyEvents/app/355270434639042/) and like us, then enter to win on our page. They can also enter on our website at http://www.freebeautyevents.com/contest
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July 25, 2018

Live Your Best Life: How to Improve Your Financial Situation in 2018


While money isn’t everything, it can provide a person with greater freedom and less stress, which can improve their quality of life. For example, the more money you have in the bank, the more opportunities you will be able to enjoy throughout your life, such as moving into your own home, buying a new car, or booking a dream vacation.
If you’re struggling to keep up with bills, can’t secure a loan due to bad credit, or want to simply protect your money as much as possible, find out how to improve your financial situation in 2018.

Set Financial Goals

Setting financial goals will help you to effectively manage your cash flow, as it will increase your focus to reduce debt, increase your savings, and buy a new home. A set deadline will also give you a timeline to stick to, so you’ll realize there is light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to debt or saving money.
You should also place your financial goals onto a refrigerator or dressing room mirror, which will remind you to stick to a budget and you’ll see yourself getting closer to the finish line each month.

Learn from Your Mistakes

You cannot move forward unless you have learned from your financial mistakes. Before you do anything, you must identify the errors you have made in the past and make it your mission to avoid them in the future.
For example, a frivolous lifestyle could have led to substantial debt, or a lack of research could have resulted in you taking out a high-interest loan.

Stop Using Lines of Credit

If you’re serious about improving your finances, you must stop using all lines of credit you have accumulated, such as a credit card. Your sole goal now must be to pay down your debts and not increase them, which means avoiding adding more debt to your budget. If you don’t have the cash to pay for an item, it might be a smart idea to go without it if you can.

Improve Your Credit Score

A poor credit score could affect your ability to receive a loan, secure a mortgage, or could even prevent you from getting approved for an apartment. If you have bad credit, you must aim to increase it to help you secure a line of credit in the future. For example, pay every bill on time to increase your score. Read this article for more information on the best options for building a credit score.

Pay Off Your Highest Interest Debts First

High-interest debts can lead to you paying more money than you need to on a loan. If you want to improve your bank balance, you must aim to pay off your highest interest debt first and work your way down the list until you have eliminated your debts.

Look for a Second Job to Increase Your Income

Hard work pays off in the long-run. Sacrificing a little time to boost your income could help you to pay off your debts at a quicker rate, which will decrease your stress and increase your financial freedom. Look for a flexible second job that allows you to work in the evening or a day or two over a weekend.
For example, a few shifts in a restaurant, bar, or retail store might be ideal outside of your office job. You could even work in the comfort of your own home as a virtual assistant, marketer, or administrator to make a little extra money.

Make Sacrifices to Save Money

Eradicate debt or increase your savings by making some sacrifices each month. For example, rather than going out for an expensive meal or drinks with friends, use the money to pay for an upcoming bill.
Also, review your wardrobe to play with your style rather than buying clothing or accessories you don’t need. Cutting back on unnecessary expenses might feel like a chore at the time, but it will be worth it when you have more money in the bank and less pressure on your shoulders.

Talk to a Financial Planner

If you are struggling to get your finances in order, seek professional advice to improve your situation. For example, a financial planner will have the knowledge, tools, and experience to identify how to reduce debt, increase your savings, and scale back your lifestyle. It is a small fee that could lead to big savings, so it could be worth the investment.
Automate Your Bills to Avoid Missed Payments
Manually paying your bills could lead to you to missing a payment, which can damage your credit score. Ensure you never miss a payment again by automating your bills, so they’ll automatically come out of your bank on a select date each month. Write a list of all automated bills and their dates, and regularly review it to ensure you have enough money in your bank or savings account to cover the costs.

Build an Emergency Fund to Cover Unexpected Bills
If you want to enjoy greater financial stability in the future, you must aim to save at least six months of living expenses to cover any unexpected expenses. Life is full of surprises, so you’ll want to have cash in the bank should you need it, so an emergency fund will help you to recover your finances quickly and easily while minimizing stress.

Sell Your Unwanted Items

Rather than holding onto items you don’t really want or need, you should sell them to improve your cash flow. For instance, that old keyboard in an attic could go to a more loving owner, or you could sell all your old clothing to another fashion lover.
There are numerous ways you can sell your unwanted items; for example, you could hold a garage sale or sell items on an auction website, such as eBay or Craigslist. In addition to having more money in the bank, you’ll also declutter your living space.

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July 17, 2018

Try These 6 Eating Tips for Healthy Weight Loss

Weight loss has become one of the most popular topics among many people and discussions that many techniques have been put forward for it to be effective. There are plenty of ways ideas and even myths that have been suggested, but only a few of them have proven to really work maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Remember that not all diet tips are effective and healthy. One technique may work for someone, while another may not. Therefore, it’s good to choose techniques that are natural and proven to be effective. Here are 6 eating tips for a healthy weight loss.

  • Eat slowly

Take your time when eating. Chew your food well and swallow it properly. Chewing food well is essential to its full digestion and extraction of nutrients from the food you eat. On the other hand, not chewing well can result in indigestion and stomach ache.

Eat at the proper time of the day, too. Breakfast, lunch and supper times should be followed because these are specific times when your body need the most nutrients and energy that you get from your food.

  • Listen to your hunger

A diet technique of “not eating” is never an effective one. Depriving your body of food without proper medication can bring more problems in your health than solve them. Hunger is your body’s way of saying it needs more nutrients to see through the rest of the day, and if you do not feed your hunger, your organs may not function properly.

Online Phentermine information can be easily searched, and this drug can help with repressing appetite which is used on many weight loss programs.

  • Consume a low-calorie diet

Feeding your hunger does not mean you can eat anything you want. Of course, you need to be mindful of the food you choose to eat. Calories are the enemies when we talk about weight loss, instead of being an unhealthy choice, calories can add to your weight, instead of subtracting from it.

Choose food types that are low in calorie content. Check the nutritional contents of the food you buy from stores, or better yet, eat more fruits and vegetables instead of store-bought food.

  • Stay well hydrated

Hydration is a very important factor, not only for your general health but also for daily survival. Water is the only natural way to stay hydrated. Doctors recommend drinking eight glasses of water every day, the more the better.

Water does not only keep you hydrated, it is an effective and natural antioxidant that cleanses your body from toxic from the food that you ingest daily. The more water you drink, the cleaner your body inside and out will be.

  • Be mindful of trendy drinks

When we say trendy drinks, there are several types – coffee, unnatural tea, energy drinks and concentrated juices. These drinks, although you may argue that is needed by your body to give you the energy boost you need on a day to day basis, are actually toxic to the body.

Coffee and tea have been proven to have good effects, as they have antioxidant properties that help rid the body toxic. However, too much consumption may not be a healthy choice. Energy drinks and concentrated juices may be effective in containing your hunger and giving you the energy boost needed, but these types of drink are toxic to the body.

  • Ditch sugary drinks and sodas

Juices, sodas and energy drinks are only a few of the most common sugary drinks that may seem harmless. Some types of coffee, especially iced and frappuccino, contain more sugar than the regular freshly brewed coffee. Sugar, as studies will tell you, is the leading cause of heart problems.

Sugary drinks and sodas can result to higher blood sugar levels; too much sugar consumption is not an ideal way to lose weight, and too much sugar can eventually lead to heart and/or kidney problems. Better lower your sugar intake not only on drinks, but from all other food choices.

An effective weight loss technique is not when you are eating less. You may still eat more, as long as you eat properly and choose food that is healthy. Dieting, or eating less, may make you lose weight, but be sure to accompany it with supplements that can balance the nutrients needed by your body.

Losing weight is not something that can happen just overnight. It takes time, discipline and self-control, but the result is always better – a longer, healthier, happier life.

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July 12, 2018

Heidi Klum Wears Silk Laundry!

Heidi Klum was seen wearing Silk Laundry earlier today while out in NYC! The super model kept it casual chic in the 90s Silk Slip Dress in Dahlia ($161, www.silklaundry.com).
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July 11, 2018

Shanina Shaik Wears gorjana!

 
Shanina Shaik shared a photo on Instagram wearing gorjana! The model showed off a sultry look in a silk dress accented with gorjana’s Rumi Confetti Adjustable Necklace ($75 , www.gorjana.com).
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July 11, 2018

5 Ways to Take Control of Your Health

It doesn’t matter if you’re old or young, male or female, are living with a medical condition or have a clean bill of health, there will be many ways you can improve your lifestyle.

A proactive mindset can help you to effectively care for your physical and mental health, which could add years onto your life. If you want to ensure you live to a grand old age, read the five ways to take control of your health.

  • Book an Appointment with Your Doctor

General health maintenance will allow you to care for your mind and body effectively. Book a monthly medical examination with your doctor, who can check your blood pressure, heart rate, and assess your risks for various diseases. It will also provide an opportunity for you to discuss your health goals with a doctor, such as losing weight, diabetes management, or lowering your blood pressure.

 

  • Seek Help

Sadly, many people might be living with a medical condition they do not want to confront head-on – or perhaps they do not have the mental health to see the issues clearly. However, doing so could be the difference between a swift recovery or severe or fatal repercussions. If you’re unaware of a health issue, such as an addiction or eating disorder, you can guarantee your body will be harder to heal, as well as your mental state.

You need to find the support you need to get on the path to recovery. For example, if you are living with a drug or alcohol addiction, check in to a reputable drug rehab center.

  • Get Enough Sleep

Sleep deprivation cannot only drain your energy levels, but it will also reduce your focus, creativity, and productivity. What’s more, a lack of sleep can lead to a low mood and long-term health issues, such as depression or obesity. Don’t allow your health to decline and ensure you enjoy enough sleep each night.

For example, adults between the ages of 18 to 64 will need between seven to nine hours of sleep per night. While those 65 or older will require seven to eight hours each night. To help you drift off, make sure your room is cool, quiet, and dark, and avoid caffeine several hours before your bedtime. You should also go to bed and wake up at the same time every day to develop an effective sleeping routine.

  • Schedule an Annual Eye Examination

Eye examinations cannot only detect visual impairments, but they can also spot early symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and hypertension. An annual checkup will also ensure you receive the right visual aids, such as glasses or contact lenses, which will match your prescription. This can prevent the development of eye strain and headaches.

  • Routinely Visit Your Dentist

Similar to your vision, a dental examination can detect a disease before other symptoms appear. For example, a dentist might spot the signs of various non-dental medical issues, such as diabetes, oral cancer, stress, HIV, osteoporosis, and poor nutrition. It doesn’t matter if your mouth appears clean, fresh and problem-free, you must routinely visit a dentist to review your oral health.

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