January 3, 2012

New Year’s Resolutions

A New Year….filled with bright hope and promise. Like many people, I make New Year’s resolutions. In fact one of my closest friends and I make them and send them to each other to see how well we do. We became friends when we were 15, so you can imagine the resolutions have certainly changed. From passing chemistry, to finding a job, to losing weight, exercising more, eating healthier, I am sure that he has kept most of them, so they will be amusing to read and reflect on what our younger selves deemed as important. We’ve become smarter as we’ve gotten older!

In the past, we have compiled a list of tasks. Often while the resolutions may be lofty, some are also completely unrealistic. These tasks are laden with guilt and unknown inspiration to accomplish them. Not quite an unknown inspiration, rather our perception that by achieving these resolutions, we will have the “perfect “life. Or the perfect life as we think it to be.

This year we are looking at resolutions differently. While we can appreciate that we would like to do more, we are becoming more realistic as to what is resolutions are. Resolutions are not a way to achieve a “perfect” life, but they are a way to see our lives as being perfect, flaws and all. While I may not be able to become fluent in 3 different languages this year, I can see the beauty that is currently all around me. I need to take the time, stop, see it, and appreciate it. Technology is wonderful, but life seems to be moving at warp speed. I have no idea where 2011 went.

This year we want to find the time to include one thing that makes our day seem meaningful or worth-while. We have resolved to stop beating ourselves up for what we should have done and begin to recognize and be thankful for the one thing that we did do. Whether it is being nice to a stranger, calling a friend, trying a new recipe, spending time brushing a pet, even sleeping late and relaxing, it is being able to look back at one thing that you did that you are thankful for and appreciate.

It is to keep growing and learning, and also living life in the now. I am hoping that my New Year’s resolution will make me more conscious of doing things that I care about. You always hear how people near the end of their lives reflect on how they wished they had done things that were more meaningful to them. So here is to 2012. New beginnings. A time to realize that while I can’t change the past, I can be grateful for the lessons that I’ve learned. A time to realize that tomorrow isn’t here yet and spending time trying to anticipate its arrival wastes time today. Today is in my hands, make the most of it! Do the things that have meaning to you!

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January 2, 2012

New this year!

Happy New Year from KAMALIKULTURE coming to stores mid February. All styles under $100.

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December 26, 2011

Sharing a post from Lisa…


dpl® NüveBeauty Deep Penetrating Light Therapy treats fine lines and wrinkles. This light therapy is non-invasive and safe to use. I am about to begin Day 1 of the 15 Day treatment schedule for perioribtal wrinkles. Yes, I have them. They are the wrinkles and lines around the eyes commonly known as “crow’s-feet”. Mine are mild and I am set to keep them that way or even better, knock them down a notch! It’s a hand held system and it works like this… There are two heads. One is red and one is purple. You alternate between those two color treatments with a rest Day in between each one. Each treatment lasts 20 minutes. So, you have treatment on Day 1 with the red head and none on Day 2. You have treatment on Day 3 with the purple head and none on day 4. You have treatment on Day 5 with the red head and none on day 6 and so on to Day 15. You can do this yourself at-home. Now, I am OK with this and I am dying to see the results but if you have any concern learn more about it at the web link below and/or consult with your doctor.


(Taken from the home page at It’s a Glam Thing)

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December 7, 2011

Shop & Stroll at Rockefeller Center

Holidays…..the time not only for giving and getting gifts, but to realize how lucky you really are! This Thursday, shop and stroll at Rockefeller Center and help Safe Horizen keep families safe from domestic voilence.
(Bring an unwrapped toy.)
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October 1, 2011

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is an annual international health campaign organized by the partnership of professional medical associations, government agencies, and public service organizations such as major breast cancer charities to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer. It also has been instrumental in providing greater access to screening services.

Founded in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries, (now part of AstraZeneca, the maker of several anti-breast cancer drugs), National Breast Cancer Awareness Month has been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast cancer issues, and promoting mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer. While there have been many great strides made in breast cancer awareness and treatment, there remains much to be accomplished.

Breast cancer affects everyone….men, women, children, any age, race, religion, economic bracket. As a child in elementary school, cancer was never a word that was even said out loud. I remember the first time I had even heard the words breast cancer. I was 9. A mother of a classmate of mine, who had been diagnosed with the disease, had taken her own life. It took the courage of Former First Lady Betty Ford, a breast cancer survivor herself, to publicaly speak out about the disease in a televised emotional appeal to call attention to the importance of screening and awareness. She pioneered the cause and soon after, other public figures, industry executives, government and community leaders, members of the media, philanthropic organizations, and many individual women further galvanized national public interest.

As we celebrate more than 25 years of awareness, let us take the time to thank those who have championed the cause. Let us thank businesses that give back to the cause and support them in their endeavors. Let us also remain dedicated to educate and empower women to take charge of their own breast health. Practice regular self-breast exams, schedule regular visits, and mammographies. For more information on Breast Cancer Awareness Month see http://www.nbcam.org.



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July 25, 2011

Say Goodbye to Dark Spots!


Skin 2 Skin™ Care
Controls Dark Spots with Vegan Peptide Technology!

Dark Spots, photodamage or sun damaged skin is something that most people will not escape. It occurs with exposure to sunlight starting at an early age with 25% of our exposure occurring before the end of our teens. Even if you limit your exposure as an adult and use SPF there is a real possibility you will develop dark spots.

The damage is not only limited to dark spots but uneven pigmentation, darkening of the skin, small spider blood vessels, Rosacea, sensitive skin, rough and scaly patches, freckles, thinning and fragile skin, pre skin cancer and skin cancer. The most advanced vegan peptide technology is in Skin 2 Skin™ Care’s Photoaging Repair Cream that can help solve darkening of the skin without sun sensitivity that is related to lighteners, glycolic acid and Retinol. Ever read the back of a product label that has glycolic acid, lighters or Retina l in the ingredient list. It is stated “Do not expose skin to sun” or “Stay out of the sun when using this product”. That’s nice but we don’t live in a cocoon.

Ken Simpson, (pictured below) founder of Skin 2 Skin™, knew that there had to be a better way to help control the appearance of photo- damage without hiding from the sun. He knew first hand since he lives in Palm Springs, Ca where sun is plentiful and there is no hiding from it. Before creating Skin 2 Skin™ out of necessity because of a brain tumor and radiation treatments that were destroying his skin, he had tried all the other products including lighteners, glycolic acid and Retinol. He had become severely sun sensitive with fragile skin because of the products. “l love the color red but it is not a flattering color for my skin,” says Ken.

Ken’s answer was to create a skin care product using two of the most advanced vegan peptides that would help reverse and prevent sun damage and dark spots. The formulation had to be perfect for the peptides to be delivered and work properly, and at the recommended dosage. Ken went to work and created Skin 2 Skin Care Photo aging Repair Cream, a result driven pure and organic multi functional skin care product.

Skin 2 Skin Care Photo Aging Repair Cream is formulated with the ingredient Kinetin N6. Kinetin exists naturally in our cells and is known as a “sensitive skin alternative to retinols” and a potent antioxidant. It promotes the natural cell division increasing natural exfoliation of dead skin cells. It works by improving the skin’s health by retarding and delaying natural cell aging and preventing future premature cell sun damage and death while restoring and recovering savable sun damaged cells. It is one of the most effective skin aging preventative measures in your anti-aging arsenal. It works in the deep cellular levels for the reduction of wrinkles, fine lines and dark spots plus improves the skin’s texture.

It’s also formulated with the newest advanced vegan peptide that lightens the overall appearance of the skin without damaging the skin, Melanostatine®5 . It inhibits the synthesis of melanin, dark or black pigment controlling dark spots and the darkening of aging skin. This helps to prevent hyper-production, dark spots and has the lightening ability for all skin tones Caucasian, Asian, Brown and African-American without long term damage, thinning if the skin, and the need to avoid the skin.

Visible signs of dark spots and overall skin darkening can be seen to diminish within 4 weeks with twice a day application of the Photoaging Repair Cream. It increases your skins hydration and improves the health of your skin’s barrier that naturally protects the skin from UV, Bacteria, Fungus, and chronic inflammation causing premature aging of the skin.

This is why the Photoaging Repair Cream is one of Anna Torv, of the TV show Fringe favorite products “I lather it on my neck and chest which seems to have taken most of the beatings the Australian sun has to offer.”



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June 2, 2011

Keeping Safe in Summer Sun!!

Summer Fun and UVA and UVB Rays

Summer fun and summer sun! By now we all know that exposure to the sun is one of the major causes of our skin’s aging. In addition to aging the skin, medical studies have found an association between sunburns and the enhanced risk for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Because the sun is stronger, we become more aware of the sun and its effect on our skin in the summertime. We may think we need sunscreen only in the summer, but in reality, we need to use sunscreen daily.

Sunlight consists of two types of harmful rays: ultraviolet A (UVA) rays and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. We become more aware of the UVB rays in the summertime, because these are the rays from the sun that lead to sunburn.  These are also the rays most responsible for skin cancer. The rays aren’t always the same strength year round. They are more prevalent in the summer, but they are able to reflect off water or snow, so sunscreen that protects against UVB rays is needed year round. If you’ve heard the advice to stay out of the mid-day sun, it is because these are the hours that the UVB rays are the strongest, and can damage the skin more quickly.

While the UVB rays are more commonly attributed to being the cause of skin cancer, the UVA rays are the rays that are mainly responsible for aging the skin. The sun emits the same strength UVA rays all day long. These rays can pass through windows (UVB rays are blocked by window glass). The rays penetrate into deeper into the skin’s dermis layer, leading to signs of premature aging such as wrinkles and ages spots.

Even though the UVA rays cause only 1/1000th of the redness caused by UVB rays, they are even more damaging to your skin. With exposure to UVB rays, you feel the heat; see the redness and quickly take cover…..with UVA rays you don’t. You may be exposed to the UVA rays more than you think. Hours at a sunny window, driving, etc.,  can cause as much, if not more damage than an hour in the sun!

Not all sunscreens are created equal. Some are good at blocking UVB rays, but not the UVA rays. You need a sunscreen that blocks both. Without out double protection, you could think you are being protected, stay out longer and end up giving yourself an overdose of the UVA rays with the additional sun time. Sunscreens that contain PABA, Cinnamates, and Salicylates block only UVB rays. Sunscreens that contain Benzophenones will block both UVA and UVB rays, but is water soluble, so ordinary sweat and water remove them. Look for sunscreens that use physical agents, such as white zinc oxide and titanium oxide. They block UVA and UVB rays and are not water soluble.

A sunscreen that is not water soluble is also a must. It will not be washed away by water or perspiration. Personally, I am VERY fair. To protect myself as much as possible from the strong summer sun, I change my routine. I avoid mid-day sun as much as possible, and try to do errands in early morning or after sunset. Having said that, I am also quite the water baby! I snorkel, scuba dive, sail, and love doing anything on the water. I use a scuba skin, boots and gloves pretty much every time I am in the water and utilize my light weight safari wear that not only keeps me covered,but is UV protective so  it blocks the sun’s rays as well. Sunglasses are a must, as is a hat. I keep sunscreen and a lot of water on me at all times!

As you age, as seasons change, even medication that you may be taking can change your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. What SPF you used last summer may not work for you this summer. Have some sunscreen that has different levels of SPF at hand and adjust them. You change and so does your skin. Your sunscreen needs to as well!

Be sure to read Lisa’s piece on areas that we need to pay extra special attention to before stepping out into the sun at http://www.examiner.com/beauty-in-tampa-bay/warning-ignored-areas-you-must-protect-before-stepping-out-into-the-sun-fillin

For those of you who worry that using sun screen every time you are out in the sun will not give you any vitamin D, you can increase the amount of foods you eat with vitamin D (fish, eggs, milk, etc.), take a dietary supplement and /or use a body lotion such as Dr. Goldfaden’s Vitamin D Body Lotion. Dr. Goldfaden’s Vitamin D Body Lotion (www.goldfaden.com) contributes to skin cell growth, repair and metabolism. It will as motivates your skin’s immune system and helps destroy free radicals that can cause premature aging. It is easier to increase levels of vitamin D than it is to repair skin damage!

I would like to thank Peter Lamas for sending me a copy of his book The Truth about Sun Exposure. It is  a very easy read and extremely informative  on the subject. This book will provide you with the facts about sun exposure and what you can do to limit the damage to your skin and your children’s skin. It was an invaluable asset! (www.peterlamas.com)

So who needs sunscreen? We all do! Make it a daily habit!

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