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Spring Fashion Trends 2017

The 8 Most Wearable Spring 2017 Fashion Trends

From left: House of Holland, Prabal Gurung, Haider Ackermann, Christian Dior

After a fairly mild winter that teased us with spring-like weather back in February, suffice it to say we’re ready for official spring weather—and the clothes to accompany it. For us, we’ve had our eyes on the new spring trends since they debuted on runways last fall. Tons of our favorite designers, and yours, showed pretty, edgy, groundbreaking, inspiring—and totally wearable—looks that we’re ready to get our hands on. So take a look at our spring fashion roundup to get some outfit ideas, and start planning and plotting your style for this season…starting with the trend you see up above:

Slogan Tees

The slogan tee Maria Grazia Chiuri sent down the runway at her Christian Dior debut immediately stole our hearts. Indeed, we should all be feminists. And there will be plenty of others to choose from come spring—from House of Holland’s “Free to Roam” to Haider Ackermann’s “Be Your Own Hero” tops to Prabal Gurung’s dreamy literary and political-quote tees.


From left: Off-White, Alexander Wang, DKNY, Versace
From left: Off-White, Alexander Wang, DKNY, Versace

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The New Sport

2016 has officially been the year of the hoodie. So what about next year? We’re happy to report that this piece, made hugely popular by Vetements, is here to stay—at least through spring—as evidenced by lines from Alexander Wang to Versace. Thought it’s a little less street, and a bit more sport this time around.


From left: Acne Studios, No. 21, Roberto Cavalli, Rag & Bone
From left: Acne Studios, No. 21, Roberto Cavalli, Rag & Bone

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Romantic Patchwork

Call it the Balenciaga effect: after Demna Gvasalia showed patchwork florals for fall, we were convinced the look was anything but hippie dippy. Which is why we were very happy to see them return for spring in the form of floaty dresses at labels like No. 21 (with sequins no less) and Rag & Bone.


From left: Lacoste, Band of Outsiders, Ryan Roche, Jonathan Simkhai
From left: Lacoste, Band of Outsiders, Ryan Roche, Jonathan Simkhai

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Robes IRL

After a two seasons of pajama dressing and slip dresses, it was only a matter of time before we started wearing robes. Spring 2017 will offer them in a range—from uber laid-back (see Band of Outsiders) to evening appropriate (hey, Jonathan Simkhai). And by “evening,” we mean a night out, not in with Netflix.


From left: Balenciaga, Gucci, Céline, Valentino
From left: Balenciaga, Gucci, Céline, Valentino

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Pink Passion

There was a day in Paris during the spring 2017 shows when three designers—Balenciaga, Céline, and Valentino each showed some pretty lust-worthy pink dresses. And they weren’t your average rosy hues. We’re talking pink pink. And you know what they say about three making a trend… Could it be next spring’s Lemonade yellow?


From left: Monse, Chloe, Self-Portrait, Yves St. Laurent
From left: Monse, Chloe, Self-Portrait, Yves St. Laurent

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One Shoulder

You didn’t think the cold shoulder was going anywhere, did you? The spring 2017 fashion trends have an answer to this summer’s off-the-shoulder phenomenon: the one-shoulder top (or dress). The options range from ’80s-inspired (thanks, Saint Laurent) to deconstructed shirting, as seen at Monse and Self-Portrait.


From left: Altuzarra, Proenza Schouler, Opening Ceremony, Ports 1961
From left: Altuzarra, Proenza Schouler, Opening Ceremony, Ports 1961

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Vibrant Stripes

You’ll find stripes in several shows every season, but we can’t remember the last time they were this bright and bold. They’re especially fresh in the form of a knit dress, which popped up in collections from Altuzarra to Proenza Schouler.


From left: Adam Selman, Fendi, Alexnder Wang, Sies Marjan
From left: Adam Selman, Fendi, Alexnder Wang, Sies Marjan

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Iridescence

The unsung, not-not-done-to-death ’90s trend? Iridescence. For spring, it gets an update in pinks blues and greens. Done in sequins and sheers, it’s the 2017 way shine.

High Heels For Babies !

Children’s Company Slammed for Selling High Heels to Babies — Yeah, You Read That Right

“Sorry but this is sick! Children should be allowed to be children.”

babies wearing heels

PEE WEE PUMPS

A children’s footwear company called Pee Wee Pumps is facing backlash for selling heels for babies.

According to since-removed comments on popular parenting Facebook page Let Clothes Be Clothes, people found the photos of infants covered in feathers and pearls while wearing the soft, stiletto-inspired styles offensive because they “sexualize” children

One parent reportedly sounded off, “You have to be kidding me! Sorry but this is sick! Children should be allowed to be children, not dressed up to look like hookers.” Another added, “Do they realize that the reason heeled shoes are perceived as sexy is because the heel forces the wearer to walk with the chest/buttocks out for balance and exaggerated arch in the foot mimicking (apparently) feet during orgasm?” And another snarked, “Absolutely beyond a joke. Who the hell actually buys these monstrosities??? Sickos sexualizing babies & children.”

Pee Wee Pumps creator Michele Holbrook, who says her products face backlash regularly, isn’t taking the comments seriously. “They look at it like you’re sexualizing babies,” she told Footwear News. “That’s their opinion if they want to take it, but they are intended as a photo prop, and mothers want to use it as a fashion accessory. … It’s like putting a baby into a cute romper or tutu — it’s an accessory and there’s no more to it.” She added that the shoes, which retail from $10 to $25, aren’t made for walking and only go up to 6 months in sizing, “when babies start to crawl.”

Pee Wee Pumps
PEE WEE PUMPS

Yeah It’s National Puppy Day!

Our puppy Versace looks so much bigger compared to this puppy below.

To a Happy Friday and a Happy National Puppy Day !

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It’s National Puppy Day. I KNOW. So here is some special #puppycontent for you. All we know about our canine friend is that it’s a “micro chocolate poodle” and that it was designed to break your heart into teeny tiny little pieces.

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How to Do a Juice Cleanse

PRE-CLEANSE

POST-CLEANSE

DURING

Doing a juice cleanse has been said to help unleash the natural healing power of your body by ridding built up toxins. Juicing floods your system with powerful nutrients and antioxidants. It may be the first step toward a long-lasting lifestyle change, or jumpstarting a weight-loss regimen by helping to retrain your taste buds as well as psychological connection to food. Urban Remedy’s colorful juice cleansesare packed with so much delicious goodness, you’ll never believe something so healthy can be so satisfying.

How To Cleanse

3 DAYS PRE-CLEANSE


Drink 8 glasses of water per day

Eliminate the bad

DURING CLEANSE


Start your day with a glass of water with lemon

Drink your 6 juices per day in 2 hour increments

3 DAYS POST-CLEANSE


Day 1: Add in Fruits, Greens, 8 glasses of water

Day 2: Add in Nuts, Gluten-free grains

Day 3: Add in Organic meats, Fish, Gluten grains

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Diet, Time, Activities, Exercise & Attitude

3 DAYS PRE-CLEANSE


Diet

Upholding a healthy, light diet 3 days before your juice cleanse will ease the hunger cravings during the juice cleansing. Only eat organic fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and eggs and drink 8 glasses of water a day. Our egg taco recipe is a great pre-juice cleanse meal. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, sugar, processed foods, dairy, red meat and gluten.

Time

For an optimal juice cleansing experience, make sure you have the free time to reflect and rest. Do not do juice cleanses during an emotionally intense time or during a major life transition. Set yourself up for success: ask your friends and family to support you or even to do a juice cleanse with you! Offer them this list of reasons to juice for more information.

Attitude

Set an intention for your juice cleanse. An intention is a commitment to changing a part of your life that no longer serves you. What do you want to create through your juice cleanse? What do you need to heal (such as relationships, illnesses, thought patterns)? How will you know if your juice cleanse was a success? Write down your answers to these questions to reveal the intention for your juice cleanse.

DURING CLEANSE


Diet

We recommend a 100% juice cleanse because eating slows down the juice cleansing process. If you need to eat during your juice cleanse, choose organic fruits, vegetables or soaked nuts and seeds. Try the Urban Remedy meal replacement smoothiesand Nosh snacks, which are raw, gluten-free and very nutritious.

Exercise

Limit yourself to light exercise, such as walks, yoga, and stretching. Your energy levels will change when you’re on a juice cleanse, so pay attention to what your body needs before exercising.

Activities

We suggest doing introspective activities while juice cleansing such as writing in a journal, meditation, walks in nature and listening to gentle music. Avoid places with loud noise and a lot of activity; you might be more sensitive during your juice cleanse than usual. Make sure you have a lot of free time to take care of yourself.

3 DAYS POST-CLEANSE


Diet

Return gradually to eating solid foods after your juice cleanse. During the three days after completing your juice cleanse, follow a diet similar to the pre-cleanse diet. You can eat organic fruits and green vegetables the first day after your juice cleanse. On the second day, add brown rice, eggs and yogurt. Add chicken, fish or meat to the diet 5 to 6 days after the fast. Use your juice cleanse experience to create new, healthy eating habits!

Try our almond oat meal for a grain-free breakfast recipe.

Activities

Don’t jump into anything strenuous or exhausting right after your juice cleanse. Continue to take time to relax and integrate your juice cleanse experience back into your life.


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Easy and Delicious

This was an easy to follow, delicious detox cleanse ever..highly recommend to anyone

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First Juice Cleanse Ever – Loved it!

I’ll definitely do it again! This was my first-ever cleanse. I chose the 1-Day Low-Glycemic cleanse. The drinks taste great!

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Getting Rid of Facial Hair Naturally

How to Get Rid of Facial Hair Naturally and Permanently

How to Get Rid of Facial Hairimage: fotolia

Facial hair is the major problem, especially for women. Every year women spend thousands of dollars on beauty products to get rid of facial hair. There are several brands available in the market which offer effective and fast results for removal of facial hairs in fastest ways. Facial hairs can be embarrassing. Smooth clear skin seems the most flawless beauty feature for any woman. Some cures offer short term methods to remove hairs and some methods are the permanent and long term. Short-term methods such as waxing, hair removal gadgets, creams, and lotions are cheaper ways to get rid of facial hairs as compared to long term and permanent ways for hair removal. Laser, permanent waxing, and electrolysis are long terms and expensive way for a hairless, clean and smooth skin. These all short and long term ways for removal of hairs are expensive and time taking. If you are worried for the excess growth of hairs and are looking for convenient, inexpensive and easy ways to remove facial hairs you should try following home remedies at home. It will not only save you hundreds of dollars and time but will give you the long lasting appearance of smooth and clear skin.

1. Use Raw Papaya to get rid of Get Rid of Facial Hair

Papaya has enzymes which helps in weakening of hair follicle and inhibit hair growth. The home remedy for hair removal by using papaya is as follows

Things you need

  1. Papaya powder ¼ tablespoon
  2. Turmeric powder ¼ tablespoon
  3. Gram flour ¼ tablespoon
  4. Aloe Vera gels 4 tablespoons
  5. Mustard oil 2 tablespoons
  6. Essential oil 2 drops

How to use

  1. Combine all ingredients and mixture well to get a thick glue.
  2. Apply this glue to your face in the inverse direction of hair development.
  3. Leave it for 15-20 minutes or till it gets dry.
  4. Take a clean cloth and rub the other way of hair development.
  5. When the majority of the glue has been evacuated from the skin, wash off with water and pat dry.
  6. Take few drops of olive oil, cream or baby oil and back rub the skin with them
  7. Repeat this thrice a week and proceed for no less than 3 months

Read: How to Get Long Hair Fast at Home

2. Get Rid of Facial Hair with Turmeric

Turmeric has a calming nature which helps in clean and gleaming skin. It has properties and synthetic nature which stop hair development and support. It can be utilized to dispose of hairs at home easily

Things you need

  1. Turmeric 1-2 tsp
  2. Water or milk (enough to make glue).

How to use

  1. Soak turmeric powder in water or milk to make a glue which is not too tight the but rather which can remain focused on the face.
  2. Apply this to your face.
  3. Leave for 15-20 minutes or till it goes away.
  4. Wash off with warm water.

This cure is for the individuals who have almost no hair on the face or other areas. In the event that you have denser hair, turmeric must be utilized with some different fixings like gram flour, rice flour or ground oats along with milk.

3. Get Rid of Facial Hair with Chickpea Flour Mask

Chickpea flour has been utilized as hair anticipation home item since hundreds of years. Moms use Chickpea flour for their babies to evacuating their undesirable hairs amid right on time years in India.

Things you need

  1. Chickpea flour ½ dish
  2. Milk ½ dish
  3. Turmeric powder 1 teaspoon
  4. Fresh cream 1 teaspoon

How to use

  1. Take the chickpea flour in a dish.
  2. Add turmeric, milk and fresh cream to this and mixture well to make a smooth glue.
  3. Apply this glue all over toward your hair development.
  4. Ensure you have all your hair secured.
  5. Leave it for 60 minutes.
  6. After 30 minutes, begin rubbing the flour cover with a tender hand.
  7. If the glue has dried, you may wet your fingers a little to rub your face.
  8. Afterward, wash off your face with luck warm water.

Read: 9 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Lice Fast

4.Get rid of  facial hair with Sugar-Lemon Mixture

Sugar and Lemon are best exfoliating agents which prevent facial hair growth due to its granular nature. Lemon is citric in nature and plays a role of astringent. It is a natural bleach and gradually lightens the skin color.

Things you need

  1. Sugar 2 tablespoons
  2. Fresh lemon juice 2 teaspoons
  3. Water 10 tablespoons

How to use

  1. Mix sugar, lemon squeeze, and water.
  2. Sugar will break down, however not completely, in the water. There will be the granular impact of sugar.
  3. Apply this to your face toward hair development.
  4. Leave for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Wash off with water while rubbing delicately.
  6. Do this twice or thrice a week. Following a couple of weeks, you will see a perceptible decrease in hair all over.

read also: How to Get Rid of Sagging Skin

5. Get Rid of Facial Hair with the Sugar-Lemon-Honey Mixture

Lemon and sugar when mixed together work best due to the sticky nature to remove hairs. In case honey is mixed with lemon and sugar, it becomes a granular mixture which remove hairs for a long time.

Things you need

  1. Sugar 1 tablespoon
  2. Honey 1 tsp
  3. Lemon juice 1 tsp
  4. Corn flour or plain flour 1-2 teaspoon
  5. Strip of material OR Waxing strip
  6. Vessel 1
  7. Waxing spatula or a margarine blade
  8. Water if necessary to make the glue a bit denser

How to use

  1. Add the lemon juice with sugar and place them in the vessel.
  2. Heat the mixture to get a smooth glue. You might likewise utilize microwave broiler for the reason. In the case of utilizing microwave, heat it for around 3 minutes.
  3. If you see that the glue is getting too thick, utilize a little water as well.
  4. Now let the mixture heat up to a certain temperature where it is still a bit warm.
  5. Dust your face having undesirable hair with some cornstarch or plain flour.
  6. Using the waxing spatula or spread blade, spread a layer of this warm mixture on your face. Do this toward the hair development.
  7. Now promptly, cover the zone with the material strip or waxing strip, press to stick it to the glue and draw the other way of the hair development.

This is an agonizing procedure to evacuate undesirable hair yet is a characteristic one. In the event that you need an easy cure, use chickpea flour solution for facial hairs.

6. Get Rid of Facial Hair with Egg Mask

Egg white is as sticky as sugar and lemon mixture. It works best like an astringent and remove facial hairseffectively.

Things you need

  1. Egg white 1 egg
  2. Sugar 1 tablespoon
  3. Corn flour½ tablespoon

How to use

  1. Add sugar and corn flour with egg white.
  2. Beat till you get a smooth glue.
  3. Apply this egg veil to your face and let it dry.
  4. Once dried, it will turn into a dense layer connected to your face.
  5. Pull this egg cover with firm hand so that the hair too falls off with it.

7. Get Rid of Facial Hair with Banana- Oatmeal Scrub

Banana and oatmeal scrub is best for removing hairs and help in softening of the skin. Banana alone has less impact but when mixed with oatmeal or any other suitable agent, it works perfectly well for smoothening of skin after complete hair removal.

Things you need

  1. Ripe banana 1
  2. Oatmeal 1-2 teaspoon

How to use

  1. Mash the banana.
  2. Add oatmeal to it.
  3. Apply this paste to face rubbing in circular motion.
  4. Do this for about 15 minutes.
  5. Wash off with water.
  6. Repeat this twice a week.

Conclusion

The face is a delicate part of the body, it requires deliberate care to choose any suitable remedy for skin face skin problem. All above-mentioned home remedies are effective for getting rid of facial unwanted fairs. In case you have a sensitive skin, chose natural products according to you skin nature which may not give rise to any skin allergy and acne issues. Follow the remedies according to the prescribed way and enjoy a smooth and clear facial skin.

Banana Helps Removes Acne!

She Rubs a Banana Peel on Her Face and THIS Happens to Her Acne!

Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. It can develop as a result of bacteria, clogged pores, dead skin cells and oil production, and there are many factors that can make it worse, such as hormones, certain medications, diet and stress. Acne can be frustrating, embarrassing and difficult to treat, but without treatment, dark spots and permanent scars can appear on the skin.

There are tons of different acne treatments available, but many of them may end up breaking the bank, while others come along with unwanted side effects. If only there were an inexpensive, natural treatment for acne… Good news, there is! Instead of throwing the peel away the next time you snack on a banana, you might want to keep it and use it as a natural acne-destroyer.acne

Here’s why banana peels work:

  • Banana peels contain vitamins A, B, C and E, all of which contribute to healthy skin.
  • Banana peels contain zinc, manganese and iron, which help calm inflamed skin.
  • Banana peels work as natural exfoliants to remove toxins from pores.
  • Banana peels are anti-septic, so they’re able to prevent bacterial infections that cause acne.
  • Banana peels are rich in antioxidants that fight the germs that cause acne.
  • Banana peels contain enzymes that hydrate skin, heal scars and prevent new acne from forming.
  • Banana peels contain starch that helps dry out the excess oil clogging pores.

Try one of these six banana peel methods to help clear up your acne and reveal more smooth, clear and radiant skin:

1. Banana Peelbanana

  1. Wash your skin with cool water and a milk cleanser, then pat dry with a clean towel.
  2. Eat a banana then cut the peel into small pieces.
  3. Massage skin with the inside of the banana peel for 10 minutes.
  4. If a piece turns brown, discard it and start with a fresh piece.
  5. Wait 20 minutes for skin to absorb nutrients.
  6. Repeat the process 2-3 times a day.

2. Banana Peel with Oatsbanana oatmeal

Oatmeal works great as a natural exfoliant for the skin!

  1. In a blender, mix 1 banana peel with 1/2 cup of oatmeal and 3 tablespoons of sugar.
  2. Blend until smooth and pasty.
  3. Massage the paste onto the affected skin and leave on for 10 minutes.
  4. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
  5. Apply oil-free moisturizer.
  6. Repeat daily to get rid of acne.

3 Banana Peel Turmeric Scrubtumeric 2

Turmeric is a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory that can reduce swelling and redness, while working to kill the germs that cause acne.

  1. Mash a banana peel into a thick paste.
  2. Mix equal parts mashed banana peel and turmeric powder.
  3. Add water and stir until you create a fine paste.
  4. Massage onto skin as a spot treatment and leave on for 15 minutes.
  5. Rinse with lukewarm water then pat dry.
  6. Apply oil-free moisturizer.
  7. Repeat daily to clear acne.

4. Banana Peel and Lemonbanana and lemon

The natural acidity of lemons helps to kill the bacteria that causes acne, while working as a natural bleaching agent to reduce the appearance of scars.

  1. Mash a banana peel into a paste.
  2. Mix equal parts banana peel paste and fresh-squeezed lemon juice.
  3. Use a cotton ball to apply the paste onto the affected skin.
  4. Massage gently and leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water and pat dry.
  5. Repeat daily.

5. Banana Peel with Baking Powderbaking powder

Baking powder helps to remove toxins from the pores.

  1. Mash a banana peel until it forms a paste.
  2. Mix 1 tablespoon of banana peel paste with 1/2 tablespoon of baking powder.
  3. Add water until the mix turns into a fine paste.
  4. Use a cotton ball to massage the paste onto the skin using circular motions.
  5. Leave on for 2 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.
  6. Apply oil-free moisturizer.
  7. Repeat daily.

6. Banana Peel with Honeyhoney-1006972_1280

Honey is an antibacterial and it naturally moisturizes skin.

  1. Mash a banana peel into a paste.
  2. Mix 1 tablespoon of banana peel paste with 1/2 tablespoon of raw honey.
  3. Use a cotton ball to massage the paste onto the affected skin in circular motions.
  4. Leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.
  5. Apply an oil-free moisturizer.
  6. Repeat daily.

Check out the video below for a how-to!

Sources:
Family Freedom Health Network
American Academy of Dermatology
Mayo Clinic
Home Remedies For Life
David Wolfe
David Wolfe

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Can You Lose Weight Taking Apple Cider Vinegar Pills?

by JILL CORLEONE, RDN, LD

Can You Lose Weight Taking Apple Cider Vinegar Pills?

In the natural health world, apple cider vinegar is considered a cure-all, improving digestion, boosting immunity and promoting weight loss. While vinegar has been shown to help control appetite, it’s not a miracle cure for obesity. Plus, it’s not known whether taking it in pill form has the same effects. If you’re struggling to lose weight and seeking alternative aids such as apple cider vinegar, consult your doctor first to discuss options.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Weight Loss

There is very little evidence to support the claims that apple cider vinegar helps with weight loss. When taken as part of a drink mixed with wheatgrass, alfalfa and fulvic acid, along with an oral supplement consisting of various herbs such as cat’s claw and pau d’arco, apple cider vinegar helped a group of men and women lose a little more than 8 pounds in 21 days, according to 2013 study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. The participants, however, also followed a reduced-calorie diet, ranging from 1,200 to 1,800 calories daily. While the participants in the study lost a significant amount of weight in a short period of time, it’s difficult to determine if it was the apple cider vinegar, one of the other supplements or the low-calorie diet that helped with the weight loss. And there aren’t any weight-loss studies using apple cider vinegar alone.

Vinegar and Hunger Control

While it’s not quite certain if apple cider vinegar can help with weight loss, it may help you feel full faster. Highly acidic vinegar taken with bread helped decrease hunger in a small group of volunteers in a 2005 study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Part of the hunger control may be related to its ability to keep blood sugar levels steady. The researchers of this study found that the higher the acidity of the vinegar, the more it lowered blood sugar. Another study published in 2005 in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association reported that vinegar improved post-meal blood sugar and also noted that the participants ate fewer calories. Neither of these studies report what type of vinegar was used, however. The pH of vinegar ranges from 2.4 to 3.4. Apple cider vinegar has a pH of 3.1, which means it’s not the most acidic.

If supplementing your diet with apple cider vinegar helps you eat fewer calories, it may help you lose weight. One pound of fat contains 3,500 calories, and if you’re eating 250 fewer calories a day by taking apple cider vinegar, you’ll lose 1/2 pound per week.

Apple Cider Vinegar Pills

People who take apple cider vinegar typically take it as a liquid. But several supplement makers offer the vinegar in pill form for people who have a difficult time with the acidity and taste of the vinegar as a liquid. These pills contain a powdered apple cider vinegar, and the directions suggest one to three capsules or tablets, taken one to three times a day. Depending on the maker, one pill has 120 to 500 milligrams of apple cider vinegar, with 500 milligrams equal to about 2 teaspoons of liquid, according to one of the makers. As a liquid, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar is generally equal to one serving.

Safety Concerns With the Pill

Apple cider vinegar in pill form may not contain what it says on the bottle, according to a 2005 report published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Due to an adverse event caused by an apple cider vinegar capsule that led to an esophageal injury, tests were conducted to assess acidity, microbial content and pH of a number of different brands of apple cider vinegar in pill form. The tests showed a wide range of variability in all three categories, leading to questions about whether some of the supplements even contained apple cider vinegar, and ultimately to challenge both the quality and claims of apple cider vinegar supplements. Before adding apple cider vinegar pills to your daily regimen, be sure to first consult your doctor for advice.

The Asa- Morning Banana Diet Review

The Morning Banana Diet Review

Article  below written by Lisa Schweitzer.

The Promise

Get ready to go bananas! But that’s not all you’ll eat on this plan.

The Morning Banana Diet, also known as Asa-Banana Diet, comes from a husband and wife in Japan: Sumiko Watanabe is a pharmacist and preventive medicine expert. Her husband, Hamachi, has studied traditional Chinese medicine and counseling at the Japan Body Care Academy.

The diet encourages you to eat fruit, become aware of your hungerand fullness levels, and eat dinner by 8 p.m. There aren’t strict meal plans or calorie counts. For lunch and dinner, you’ll eat what you always have, but stop when you’re 80% full, and you’ll skip dessert after dinner.

The plan also recommends you go to bed by midnight and stresses the importance of a good night’s sleep, as well as keeping a diet journal.

You could lose weight simply because you’re eating fewer calories. Besides testimonials, there is no proof that this diet works.

What You Can Eat and What You Can’t

There are different versions of the diet, but the overall themes are similar.

For breakfast, you will eat bananas and drink room-temperature water. The bananas must be raw, never cooked or frozen. You may substitute other fruit, but only one type per meal. If you are still hungry, wait 15 to 30 minutes and you can eat something else.

You will eat normally for lunch and dinner. The diet says you can eat whatever you want, but it recommends Japanese food, especially rice for lunch.

You are allowed only one snack each day in the afternoon, which is also the only time sweets are allowed.

The diet also recommends avoiding dairy and ice cream most of the time.

Level of Effort: Low

You won’t have to overhaul what you eat, or cut way back on portions. You will need to cut out dairy and work on tuning in to when you’re starting to get full.

Limitations: This plan is very flexible but does restrict what you eat at breakfast to bananas or another type of fruit.

Cooking and shopping: You can cook or eat out as you usually do.

Packaged foods or meals: No.

In-person meetings required: No.

Exercise: The plan encourages you do some walking each day, but “not if it stresses you out.”

Does It Allow for Dietary Restrictions or Preferences?

The plan is flexible enough for vegetarians and people with any dietary restrictions.

What Else You Should Know

Cost: No special foods are required. You may even save money, since bananas are inexpensive.

Support: You can sign up for the Morning Banana Diet Journal, but for the most part, you will do this diet on your own.

What Dr. Michael Smith Says:

Does It Work?

The Morning Banana Diet will probably work simply because you’ll eat less. There is nothing, though, about a morning banana that specifically promotes weight loss.

There’s nothing magical about not eating anything after 8 p.m., however. But if you eat late now, this tip will likely cut out some calories. Stopping eating when you’re 80% full will help, as well.

Few other diet programs focus on sleep, like this one does, but multiple studies show that people who get 7 to 9 hours a night tend to weigh less. When you’re tired, you’re more likely to overeat and eat unhealthy foods.

Despite the diet’s concern that exercise might stress you out, working out can help with stress and sleep in addition to burning calories.

If you’re not up for huge changes, this diet should appeal to you, as it’s more of a gradual transition into healthy eating and weight loss. If you build these skills into your routine, you’ll see the weight drop off and stay off.

Is It Good for Certain Conditions?

Any healthy diet that leads to weight loss is good for diabeteshigh cholesterolhigh blood pressure, and heart disease. If you follow the concepts in the diet and cut back on how much unhealthy food you eat, you should be able to better manage your conditions.

The Final Word

The Morning Banana Diet will teach you good techniques that you can incorporate into any lifestyle. If you’re able to make the diet’s strategies stick, you’ll have a better chance at long-term weight loss and improved health.

Reviewing Fashion In America 2017

 

How can fashion represent America in 2017?

 February 17
A final look at the highlights of New York Fashion Week.

NEW YORK — The last show here for the fall 2017 season was mounted Thursday afternoon by Marc Jacobs and was inspired by hip-hop. Jacobs saw the documentary “Hip-hop Evolution” several months ago, and it made him nostalgic for his high school years in New York — when rap was emerging as popular music, a new fashion aesthetic was being created, and the definition of Americana was shifting.

His stripped-down production began at the stroke of the hour, when a single model began her walk across the cracked wooden floor of the Park Avenue Armory. There was no elaborate set design. In fact, there was no set at all. There were just two long rows of chairs lined up facing each other, only 326 in total. There was no music. The models walked in silence, without even the soft clicks of cameras —photographers were asked to wait outside to capture the models as they emerged.

It was a gorgeous and wondrous 10 minutes.

That’s how long it took for the women to saunter down the runway with their woven coats with furry collars, their gold sequined minis, flared trousers, throwback sweat suits, huge platform boots, giant gold hoop earrings and Stephen Jones-designed takes on Kangol caps.

It was a diverse cast of models walking in this show with its late ’70s/early ’80s retro vibe. They evoked a stylish, city girl look from the time before hip-hop turned ghetto fabulous and triggered an arms race for Gucci and Louis Vuitton. There was more style back then than fashion — at least the kind that came with fancy French and Italian labels.

The collection didn’t reproduce the clothes of the era. Jacobs isn’t doing hip-hop, per se. This was that time period as seen through the eyes of Jacobs, a New York City kid attending the High School of Art and Design. It was his memory — both accurate and false.

Or, as he put it in the show notes, “an acknowledgement and gesture of my respect for the polish and consideration applied to fashion from a generation that will forever be the foundation of youth culture street style.”

 

With this collection, Jacobs dove headlong into the murky waters of cultural appropriation, a phrase used here with some trepidation. American popular culture, after all, does not exist in hermetically sealed bubbles. Forms of dress and music spring up because of cross-fertilization. Sometimes styles are born in direct opposition to another.

But last season, Jacobs caused consternation with his use of multi-colored wool dreadlocks on the runway. His beauty team said the inspiration was punk and Boy George, among other things. But no where in that mix did they mention black people. And that omission caused outrage.

[The uproar over Marc Jacobs and dreadlocks is ridiculous]

Typically, Jacobs does not leave mission statements for his audience. So the inclusion of an insert explaining the source of his inspiration, a page headlined “Respect,” was an exception and served as a direct rebuke to those guardians of culture who would stand ready to call him disrespectful.

But there was no need for a statement: There was beauty and sophistication in this collection. There was humor. The collection wasn’t a caricature. And it wasn’t mocking. If anything, it struck a note of awe.

Jacobs served as a fine finish to the season here, with a collection that was deeply American in a manner that felt vibrant and particularly relevant. Hip-hop, after all, was nurtured in urban centers by black and brown youths. It spoke of ingenuity, ambition, protest and confidence. Now, of course, it is a global language — one that speaks just as profoundly to immigrants in the suburbs of Paris as it does to ambitious, middle-class young men recording mix tapes.

Ralph Lauren, with its enormous cultural footprint, speaks of a different vision of America. There is nothing messy, tumultuous, tacky or ugly in his version. He presented what he calls his February 2017 collection. In September, Lauren turned fashion’s seasonal calendar upside down when he decided to present a see-now/buy-now show. So the clothes that he put on the runway Wednesday evening are now available for purchase in various flagship stores and online.

He presented the collection in his Madison Avenue store where the walls were covered in thousands of white orchids and the sound of chirping birds greeted guests. The collection was filled with ethereal caftans, sparkling gold dresses, motocross leather leggings, distressed leather jackets and evening gowns with geometric cut-outs.

The collection was tasteful and restrained. Some of it was beautiful, especially a simple, gold silk caftan-style evening gown. But much of it was flat. Cold. Rote. The clothes could have been from five years ago or 10. In part, that is because Lauren is a classicist. He works within a vocabulary that he established decades ago. It defines his brand; it has built his legacy; it’s what customers understand. But Lauren has not used that powerful vocabulary to speak to the moment, to the right-now.

This is not a plea for Lauren to be political or to dive into some social issue. But while the brand is fretting about when exactly its merchandise should turn up in stores, it doesn’t seem to giving the same urgent attention to what is on the runway.

[Melania Trump picks patriotism and international glamour for her debut as first lady]

The clothes weren’t fanciful enough to be transporting. And they weren’t real enough to be soulful. They seemed detached. Do people wear leather motocross pants? Does a woman want silk britches? Maybe. But it will take some convincing, and Lauren doesn’t make much of a case. It is as though his name on the label should be convincing enough.

Clothes don’t have to have a message. They don’t need to come with a story attached. But what gives them a vibrancy are the details and flourishes from a designer who is forever curious — listening to new music, attending the reading of a new author, taking in an artful film. That awareness comes through the clothes in subtle ways. The collection that Lauren presented looked as though it was sketched in a soundproof room.

Mostly, though, this was a raucous season for women’s fashion. There were countless expressions of displeasure with the Trump administration and exhortations for female power, immigrant rights and human rights, in general.

The designer Sophie Theallet, who took an early stand against dressing the first lady, created a collection of printed dresses and multi-textured evening gowns that through their silhouettes and proportions are meant to serve as a kind of protective armor. She also included embellishments of bees — a symbol of femininity, Theallet said during a presentation at her showroom. And so the abundance of bees “represents an army of women.”

Other designers had nothing to say politically — at least not publicly. They simply created collections that elevated the needs of professional women. Victoria Beckham offered beautiful printed dresses and tailored blazers. And Gabriela Hearst, in her first formal show, exhibited a keen eye for a sleek overcoat and the kind of woolen separates that a woman could wear into the boardroom. Narciso Rodriguez offered distinct ideas on female power dressing, too. He likes lean trousers in black or bold colors paired with streamlined leather tops. In short, ladies, there are professional alternatives; you can give those sleeveless sheaths a rest.

Derek Lam once again showed his collection to editors and retailers in several small group presentations. It afforded him the opportunity to answer questions and gave his audience a chance to really see this clothes and not just glimpse them as a model rushed by.

His trousers with double layers of light, contrasting fabric looked as comfortable as pajamas, but a lot more stylish. He also favored high-waisted, full pants and luxurious blouses. Lam also has a knack for a head-turning coat — and his black and white, dyed-mink coat could make one long for a polar vortex.

J.Crew showed a quirky mix of Fair Isle sweaters over pleated skirts and crinolines, as well as full trousers and dramatics blouses — all of it on nonprofessional models. This was good fashion and perhaps, if the quality and fit are as good as the aesthetics, the company may once again find its financial groove.

If there was any thread that connected the collections for fall, it was the question of what it means to be a U.S. designer. How do you speak your mind? How do you represent America in this moment? In the aftermath of the Women’s March, how do you create fashion that speaks to women’s desires and needs? What comes after pink pussy hats?

This was a season in which women of all color walked the runways. So did women wearing hijabs, as well as plus-size women, older models and women who are not professional models at all. Female poets recited quartets; female protesters raised their voices; and designers spoke up about everything from human rights to the humanity of the American story in all of its windswept, Midwestern glory.

And in the midst of it all, there were sleek and colorful trousers, fur-trimmed stadium coats, exuberant blouses and strong-shouldered tailoring. There were fanciful handbags, metallic fabrics and sexy, high-heeled pumps.

For fall 2017, Seventh Avenue reflected the times. And still managed to give us fashion.

Phone is Bugged and How it Effects Health

 6 Surefire Signs Your Phone Is Bugged

Bugged-Phones-Ear-Listening-To-ThemTracking applications are being increasingly popular as more individuals have begun to purchase programs that allow them to have full access to specific devices.

With that being said, these apps can be used against better judgement.

[Read More: 10 Effective Tips For Preventing Cell Phone Spyware]

If you think that your phone has become a victim of bugging, there are ways to determine whether you are right or not.

By paying attention to the below indicators, you can easily determine if it is bugged by someone!

No. 1: Troubles Shutting Your Phone Down

One of the most important indicators to be aware of is whether there is any inexplicable activity occurring. If you find that you are having issues with shutting it down, your device could very well be compromised.

One of the most common issues in regards to turning a tapped phone off is a significant delay while the shutdown process is occurring. This generally leads to the back-light remaining on even after it has been switched off.

No. 2: Look For Random & Strange Activity

As previously mentioned, inexplicable behavior may be another indicator that may suggest that you have been bugged. Weird activity can incorporate a variety of different events ranging:

  • From Distortions On Your Screen
  • To Installing Programs On Its Own

With that being said, it is imperative that you pay close attention to your phone if you suspect that someone else has access to it. The more you know your device, the easier it will be to determine if any strange events are occurring on it.

No. 3: Hearing Background Noises & Clicks While Making A Call

 

 
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Although this event has been glamorized by movies and television, hearing abnormal background noises and clicks while placing a call are factors that could indicate that you have been tapped.

Echoes and static are two other sounds that you may hear if you have been eavesdropped. The reason why you are hearing these sounds is because of the other individual who is listening to your conversations.

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Also, with many tracking applications, they often record your calls and transfer them directly to other individual. This event may also force you to hear strange noises while you are speaking with someone on the phone.

No. 4: Notice Increased Data Usage

Determining whether there has been a drastic increase in your online data usage can be easily tracked by logging into your mobile account and viewing your past invoices.

Considering that another person has access to your bugged device it means that they will be able to get to all of your apps, even internet browsers. If an individual is able to manage those using the internet, there will definitely be an increase in downloaded and uploaded data.

Another reason as to why this may be higher is due to the fact that these spy applications transmit information to another location. These transmissions are completed via the internet and occur 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

No. 5: Low Battery Life & Its High Temperature

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How to Tell If Your Phone Is Tapped

Two common issues that are experienced by people with bugged or tapped devices are low battery life and an its extremely high temperature.

Considering that the majority of individuals who tap phones wish to have 24/7 access, the application that they install will be running at all times during the day. This process can drastically drain your energy source due to the fact that it never shuts down or gives your a break.

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As with the majority of mobile devices, when they are running for an extended period of time, it will undoubtedly become extremely warm & hot to the touch. With the tracking application running stealthily in the background, your battery will overwork itself and get hot.

No. 6: Watch For Coded Text Messages

These could be a way for the bugger to attempt to contact you to show that you have been bugged. These could also be a simple indicator that anyone else has been accessing your incoming and outgoing text message logs.

If you experience any coded text messages, there is a high probability that someone has attempted to bug you and your information is no longer safe.

With the ample amount of spy applications available on the market, more people are beginning to find that their devices have been compromised. If you are worried about your phone possibly being bugged, determine if any of the above indicators apply to your situation.

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Hearing Aids Got Smarter

These hearing aids link to smart TVs, doorbells and smoke alarms so wearers never miss a beat

The Oticon Opn hearing aids connect to the web via IFTTT


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Oticon's Opn hearing aids can now connect to the web using IFTTT
Oticon’s Opn hearing aids can now connect to the web using IFTTT
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If you’re hard of hearing, missing everyday sounds can be frustrating but missing vital sounds like smoke alarms can be a matter of life and death.

Ahead of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Oticon has showcased the world’s first smart hearing aids designed to link directly to IoT devices.

For example, the hearing aids can link to a smart doorbell meaning the wearer always knows when someone has arrived at their home, or they can link to TVs to block out other noise. More significantly, though, is that they can link to smoke detectors in case of an emergency.

This means that a signal from the smoke alarm can be sent directly to the Opn instruments, letting the wearer know the smoke alarm has been activated.

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In fact, Oticon’s Opn connects to the web via IFTTT meaning it can, in theory, connect to any smart device or website using the Oticon ON app. This additionally means people can share their IFTTT recipes with others.

At its core, Opn also makes it easier for wearers to handle noisy environments that have multiple speakers. This is one of the key functions of the human ear and one that is most difficult to overcome during hearing loss. The smart hearing aids do this using machine learning to seek out sounds it recognises as voices, typically within certain frequencies, and by dulling all other background sounds.

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Inside each hearing aid is a Velox sound processor to power the firm’s proprietary BrainHearing technology. This alters only the parts of the signal that the individual ear doesn’t hear well, boosts softer speech and voices and removes feedback.

Additionally, each hearing aid can be customised to the person’s skin tone and fashion requirements and the specific sound profile can be acutely tailored to only address the areas of hearing loss they suffer from.

Oticon worked with audiologists and IoT specialists to develop Opn and is showcasing the hearing aids at CES 2017 by connecting them to smart doorbells, TVs, lighting, safety equipment and appliances.

As a result of its work, Oticon Opn has been awarded two 2017 CES Innovations Awards – Tech for a Better World and Wearable Technologies. Customers can visit Oticon’s website to find a hearing centre and get fitted for the aids. Prices depend on the style and sound profile.

Alexandar Wang Collaborates with Addidas And Models

Alexander Wang is a local designer from San Francisco, Ca.  He a designer of clothing, shoes, handbags and his line is unique and edgy , His line sells at Neiman Marcus,  and H&M and alexanderwang.com. 

 

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The headline from the Alexander Wangshow tonight (other than the last-minute arrival of Madonna—the girl has always known how to make an entrance) was the unveiling of the designer’s collaboration with Adidas Originals. The #WangSquad took their finale lap in black tees, sweatshirts, hoodies, basketball shorts, and tearaway pants bearing the iconic white stripes and inverted versions of the brand’s famous logo. Wang said the project was a year in the making: “I looked at what’s theirs, what they own, and I flipped it, literally and aesthetically.”

He approached his new Spring collection in similar ways: by deconstructing wardrobe basics like the button-down, merging male and female signifiers including pinstriped tailoring and black lace, suggesting seriously unlikely pairings such as Hanne Gaby Odiele’s sheared white mink bathrobe coat, bra top, and board shorts, and otherwise subverting the natural grown-up order of things. The kids are going to love it!

Wang was after a similar effect last season, but the way he went about it then was less subtle. It doesn’t get much more clichéd than pole dancer prints. Backstage he called this show, “50 Shades of Grey meets Lords of Dogtown.” Sex is still essential to the message, but he went about delivering it in a way that felt truer to brand Wang, tapping into his California roots. It didn’t all boil down to a bathing suit, but it came close. There were bikini tops made from button-down fabric and silk evening numbers modeled after bikinis. Rash guards morphed into clingy knit dresses and boudoir-ish slips were cut in neon tracksuit material. This wasn’t radical stuff, but it was cool. And it gibes with what a seatmate described as social media’s tendency to turn all of us, but maybe young women most of all, into exhibitionists. Wang has always been in step with the zeitgeist. In fact, it was so cool that anybody over, oh, say, 35 (with the exception, of course, of dear old Madge), might’ve left feeling alienated. For people like us? There’s the Adidas collab.

The First Lady Wearing Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren has dressed his fifth first lady.

On Friday, Melania Trump wore a powder-blue cashmere dress and matching bolero jacket by the designer as her husband, Donald J. Trump, was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Though Mr. Lauren’s designs have been worn by first ladies from Betty Ford to Nancy Reagan and Michelle Obama, the reference this time was clear: Jacqueline Kennedy. From bouffant to mock turtleneck collar to light pastel shade.

Mrs. Trump has said that she looks to Mrs. Kennedy as a role model, and at least as far as her image goes, it seems she is taking that literally.

The Ralph Lauren look was the third outfit by a New York designer that Mrs. Trump had worn since the inaugural festivities began, which connects Mrs. Trump not only to the American fashion establishment, but also to American history.

It was, in other words, a very considered choice. Especially because Mr. Lauren is a designer who has built his empire on selling the myth of the American dream. And especially because Mr. Lauren was most recently, and closely, associated with Hillary Clinton.

(Indeed, Mrs. Clinton also wore a Ralph Lauren suit to the swearing-in: a white trouser style very reminiscent of the Ralph Lauren suit she wore to accept the Democratic nomination for president — then and now a pointed nod to the color of the suffragists and the women’s movement. As it happens, and probably not coincidentally, Ivanka Trump also wore a white pantsuit to the swearing-in, though from Oscar de la Renta.)

If you wanted to send a message about putting the past behind you, learning from peers, and embracing both the establishment and the office, you couldn’t do much better than that.

Along with Mrs. Trump’s appearance on Thursday in a dress and military-inspired cashmere coat by indie brand Norisol Ferrari to the wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Ceremony, followed by a beige sequined gown by the Lebanese-born Reem Acra to the black tie donor dinner at Union Station, the choice of Mr. Lauren suggests that the new first lady and her team may indeed be thinking about how to use clothes to communicate.

A spokesman for Mr. Lauren explained the decision as being guided by his respect for the office. In a statement, he said: “The presidential inauguration is a time for the United States to look our best to the world. It was important to us to uphold and celebrate the tradition of creating iconic American style for this moment.”

Now the question is whether this theme continues at the inaugural balls on Friday night, or whether Mrs. Trump will wear a gown by, as has been rumored, Karl Lagerfeld. He is the creative director of both Fendi and Chanel, but his namesake line is licensed to G-III, an American group that also owns the license for the Ivanka Trump brand. We’ll find out soon enough.

Oprah , Michelle Obama, and Weight Watchers

While I tried to abstain away from Politics, I will  miss you Michelle Obama. Thank You for all you have done for health awareness.

Oprah talks new cookbook, Weight Watchers, and Michelle Obama

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The media powerhouse is feeling “healthier, more alive, more connected” than ever before, she revealed Tuesday on “CBS This Morning.”

“People, particularly who watched the show with me all those years, have seen my struggles,” she said, pointing to her fluctuating weight, a thyroid issue and efforts to find balance with food.

“I was at my lowest point with food because I’d hurt my ankle in Maui, and I’d use that as an excuse not to work out. Actually, I couldn’t work out. And Weight Watchers called me. Which I always think is the funny point,” Oprah said.

She eventually ended up investing in Weight Watchers, which she said is not a diet, but a “support system” and community.

“I only invested because I believe if you’re going to do anything, go all the way,” Oprah said. “So, since, you know, the owning of my show, I learned that lesson. You’re going to be in it, go all the way. Own it.”

She lost 42 and a half pounds, she said, adding, “If I lose 10 more, 20 more, fine. If I don’t, I’m OK with it because I’ve finally gotten control.”

She spoke about a time when she stood in front of a mirror reflecting on her body, which she writes about in her book.

“I started to thank my body, my heart, that’s done this for now – soon it will be 63 years. I started looking at myself from head to toe and appreciating what my knees had done – as shaky as they are sometimes, I can’t run as fast as I used to – but appreciating my body for what it is,” Oprah said. “And so operating from the place of being thankful and grateful for what you have, then moving out into the world, becoming more conscious of what you’re eating. Balancing that. Food which I love. We love food. Balancing that with health has made me a happier person, too.”

Among her accomplishments in 2016, Oprah conducted first lady Michelle Obama’s farewell interview in the White House. Oprah said there was a “sense of transitioning” and “moving First Lady Michelle Obama on husband's legacy of hope

“The fact that she really was packing up to leave, at least telling other people what to pack up, to do – so there is a sort of resolve that comes with that,” Oprah said. “I felt that that special that we did here on CBS was a force at letting people see the work she’s done in the past eight years. And her work with girls. And her work with changing the way we think about food for young obese children. And I was really impressed with her.”

Oprah, who has known Mrs. Obama since President Obama was still a senator in Illinois, said she felt the first lady was “more willing to speak her true mind.” Asked what she thought Mrs. Obama will do when she leaves the White House, Oprah pointed to Mrs. Obama’s speech in New Hampshire denouncing then-candidate Donald Trump’s “locker room talk.”

“I told her this, actually. I go, ‘Your speaking fee just went up. It just quadrupled.’ I think she will be speaking around the world and will be a powerful force for that. That’s what I think,” Oprah said.

Wearing A Blazer Out Of The Office

7 Ways To Wear A Blazer Out Of The Office

Blazers aren’t just for the office, and these looks prove it! Contrast a sophisticated pinstripe blazer with a pair of light-wash jeans and statement earnings for an elevated everyday look. Alternatively, layer a blazer over a tank and accessorise with over-the-knee boots for a stylish look that will take you from day to night. How do you rock a blazer out of the office? Let us know below!

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Futuristic Massage Chair Inspired By A Sports Car

Sleek futuristic massage chair was inspired by a sports car

IMAGE: BRIAN KOERBER, MASHABLE
LAS VEGAS — The future is here and it’s super comfy and relaxing.Bodyfriend is a wellness company based in South Korea that makes extremely intricate massage chairs and medical devices to help you relax. Their latest creation, called Aventar looks more like a luxury sports car than something that will give you an impressive massage.

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The luxury chair, that Bodyfriend says was actually inspired by a sports car, has sleek lines and the models at CES were a shiny red and silver. The bucket chair envelopes your entire body, simultaneously massaging the fronts and backs on your arms, legs, hands shoulders, back, butt, neck and head.

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When you sit in the chair it scans your body and creates a special massage just for you by measuring your shoulder height and width, leg length, weight and height. Using its connected app, you can set preferences for individual users, and set specific massages for certain areas of your body, so if you just want to get a pain out of your feet and don’t want the full experience, you can select just a foot massage.

The chair is also heated, has audio guidance and has a 5.1 speaker system that you can connect to your TV via Bluetooth. Of course you can also hook it up while you’re playing video games to have the ultimate relaxing gaming experience.

I wasn’t able to try the Aventar but I was able to test out one of Bodyfriend’s other models, and it was unlike any massage chair I’ve ever experienced.

Bodyfriend plans to launch four stores in the Los Angeles area in 2017, and has high hopes of opening 150 across the U.S. in the next five years. They currently have 115 in South Korea. But its stores are more than just a chair store, some features cafes and have more of an Apple Store vibe than a Brookstone.

While pricing information for the Aventar wasn’t available, Bodyfriend’s other models can cost upwards of $10,000 so this is definitely a luxury product. However, the company is hoping to attract millennials and break the stigma that massage chairs are for old people with its lease to own program that it says was wildly successful in South Korea.

The Aventar is slated to be released in the U.S. in 2018.

What Came 1st Depression Or Weight?

By Matt McMillen 

They are both heavy burdens – weight problems and depression. And they often go hand in hand.Some people gain weight when they’re depressed. Others lose weight, to an unhealthy degree.Which comes first? And how can you untangle the link between depression and weight — especially if depression has sapped you of your energy to make changes? Here’s what experts say you need to know.

Depression and Weight Gain

A March 2010 review of 15 studies, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, linked obesity to a greater risk of developing depression – and vice versa.

But do people gain weight because they are depressed? Or do they become depressed because of the excess pounds they are carrying? No one knows.

“It’s a chicken and the egg phenomenon,” says psychologist Leslie Heinberg, PhD, who directs the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. “But we do know that depression has lots of symptoms that can worsen obesity – appetite disturbances, lack of energy, lack of motivation to do things.”

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In 2009, researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham reported that depressed people tend to gain weight faster than people who aren’t depressed.

The bulk of those extra pounds was concentrated around their waists. That’s not good. Belly fat is a risk factor for type 2 diabetesheart disease, and high blood pressure.

Depression, of course, comes with its own set of risk factors, including suicide, social isolation, drug and alcohol addiction, and anxiety.

Whichever comes first – depression or overweight/obesity – it is a very unhealthy combination. Often, it is a self-reinforcing combo as well.

Eating Yourself Blue

“Some foods, especially foods with high sugar and/or fat content, make you feel better, if only briefly,” says psychiatrist James Gordon, MD, author of Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey out of Depression.

“That good feeling makes you want to eat more, which in turn makes you feel bad about yourself,” Gordon says. “That leads to deeper depression, and more eating, and greater amounts of weight gain. It’s a vicious cycle.”

Getting out of that cycle can be a real challenge.

“When you are depressed, it is much harder to get out of bed, much less pay attention to what you are eating,” says Edward Abramson, PhD, an emeritus professor of psychology at California State University at Chico and the author of Emotional Eating: What You Need To Know Before Starting Another Diet.For doctors, it’s less important to know which came first: the patient’s depression or the weight problems. The question is, which one should get the most initial attention?“If someone comes to me who is severely depressed and overweight, the depression is going to be the primary focus,” says Abramson.However, he continues, an eating disorder that causes a patient to binge might need to be addressed first: “If their eating is out of control, that becomes the primary focus.”

Making Positive Thinking EASY!

Wish you could change the past? Learn to let go and create a life you love!

10 Tips to Overcome Negative Thoughts: Positive Thinking Made Easy

“See the positive side, the potential, and make an effort.” ~Dalai Lama

Even though I’m a yoga teacher, I still find it’s easy to fall prey to negative thinking. Having negative thoughts play out like a movie can only bring you pain, something that I’ve experienced many times throughout my life.

Negative thoughts drain you of energy and keep you from being in the present moment. The more you give in to your negative thoughts, the stronger they become. I like the imagery of a small ball rolling along the ground, and as it rolls, it becomes bigger and faster.

That’s what one small negative thought can turn into: a huge, speeding ball of ugliness. On the contrary, a small positive thought can have the same effect blossoming into a beautiful outcome.

I’d like to share with you an example of how one small thought can turn into a very negative experience.

I have lived on my own for the last ten years. Obviously, during this time I’ve grown accustomed to living in a particular way; I have my routines with cooking, cleaning, and living happily in my place.

My boyfriend of two years, who I have had a long distance relationship with, will soon be moving here and we will be living together. Lately I’ve had negative thoughts of moving in with him knowing that my living routine will have to change and we will have to create a new routine together.

Unfortunately, I’ve already jumped into the future and have had thoughts that we will not be able to come up with a living arrangement that will make us both happy. In my mind I have seen myself already getting angry about our cooking and cleaning situation.

He came for a surprise visit this past weekend, and boy, was it a surprise for him. We had a miserable weekend together.

I did not enjoy his company because I was already angry with him, and he was confused and equally frustrated with me. What could have been a really fabulous weekend ended up being a painful and heavy weekend.

When we start to have negative thoughts, it’s hard to stop them. And it’s much easier said than done to shift your focus to positive thoughts. But it’s the only way, especially if you want to avoid going down a path that is painful and unnecessary.

Here are ten things I did to help overcome my negative thoughts that you can also try:

1. Meditate or do yoga.

One of the first things I did was head to a yoga class. It took my focus away from my thoughts and brought my attention to my breath. Yoga is also very relaxing, which helped ease my mind. Yoga helped me stay present to my experience so instead of jumping to what could happen, it brought me back to the now—the only moment, the most important moment.

2. Smile.

I didn’t do much of this during the weekend, so I literally had to bring myself in front of a mirror and force myself to smile. It really does help change your mood and relieve stress. I also felt lighter because it takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown.

3. Surround yourself with positive people.

I called a friend who I knew could give me constructive yet loving feedback. When you’re stuck in a negative spiral, talk to people who can put things into perspective and won’t feed your negative thinking.

4. Change the tone of your thoughts from negative to positive.

For example, instead of thinking, “We are going to have a hard time adjusting to our living situation,” think, “We will face some challenges in our living situation, but we will come up with solutions that we will both be happy with.”

5. Don’t play the victim. You create your life—take responsibility.

The way I was thinking and acting, you would think I was stuck. Even if our living situation becomes unbearable, there is always a way out. I will always have the choice to make change happen, if need be.

6. Help someone.

Take the focus away from you and do something nice for another person. I decided to make a tray of food and donate it to the Salvation Army. It took my mind off of things and I felt better for helping someone else.

7. Remember that no one is perfect and let yourself move forward.

It’s easy to dwell on your mistakes. I felt terrible that I acted this way and that I wasted our weekend. The only thing I can do now is learn from my mistakes and move forward. I definitely don’t want to have a weekend like that again.

8. Sing.

I don’t remember lyrics very well and it’s probably the reason that I don’t enjoy singing, but every time I do sing I always feel better. When we sing, we show our feelings and this provides an amazing stress relief.

9. List five things that you are grateful for right now.

Being grateful helps appreciate what you already have. Here’s my list: my cats, health, a six-week trip to Asia, a new yoga class that I’ll be teaching, and for my mom’s biopsy coming out clean.

I like to place Post-It notes with positive quotes on my computer, fridge door, and mirror as reminders to stay positive. Also, I’d like to share with you a quote by an unknown author that was shared in a meditation class that I attended:

Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become your character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

Happy positive thinking!

Photo by Nasir Nasrallah

Jeggings or Leggings after 40

Wearing leggings is fun and comfortable and looks goods.

How to wear leggings over 40, an extensive guide

by SYLVIA

How to wear leggings over 40 | 40plusstyle.comLeggings can be an extremely comfortable piece of clothing to wear in winter or in cooler weather. Leggings are thicker than tights so they are nice and warm and give good coverage for your legs. But how do you wear leggings so they also look good as well?

How to wear leggings so you look stylish?

In my opnion you should not wear leggings like normal trousers. I would not do that at any age, but it certainly does not look very classy when you are over 40. As they reveal all curves of your legs, I feel it is much nicer to wear leggings as a supportive element for the rest of your clothes, rather than a main garment. I’m also a big fan of looser fitting leggings or tight pants. These will not show every curve in your legs and provide nice vertical lines and make your legs looks nice and slim

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Have a look at how loose fitted leggings were worn at Chanel below. All were combined with nice tunics and dresses that would suit many a women over 40, as it is both comfortable to wear while at the same time looking very stylish.

How to wear leggings over 40 chanel

For which body type would leggings be suitable?

If you follow some of the guidelines below, all body types will be able to wear leggings. It can work especially well for the apple body type. Your long tunic or top covers your belly and the leggings show off your fantastic legs. You could never tell that Anja does have a tummy from these images.

Although women with the pear body shape can wear leggings as well, it is important that they choose a top with sufficient length over them.

I would not wear leggings if you have very big calfs. Leggings would just accentuate those and you would usually look nicer with straight leg or wide legged pants. However, you could wear leggings with nice knee-high boots.

What garments work well with leggings?

What to wear with leggings

Leggings are ideal to combine with tunics and short dresses. I often wear a short dress over pants but they would look equally nice over leggings. Leggings are also great contenders to wear with boots.

Below are a few combinations that would be great for winter.

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In general, your ideal garments to combine with leggings include:

  • Tunics
  • Asymmetric tops and tunics
  • Short dresses
  • Knit dresses
  • Long knitted sweaters
  • Longer asymetrical pieces
  • Long cardigans
  • Big wide sweaters
  • Sweater dresses

Here are a few more summer looks with leggings.

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I especially love asymmetric tunics and tops as they create an interesting silhouette and lengthen you through additional vertical lines. Here is how I recently wore a super asymmetrial black top with white over the knee skinnies and a high / low tunic with very stretchy skinnies.

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Here is how I wore black and white leggings on a recent holiday. Tunic by Stella CarakasiWinter version here.

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Black tunic over capri leggings.

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Here are some more examples of women wearing asymmetrical tops over leggings. You can always find a great selection of tunics at Eileen Fisher and Stella Carakasi. In winter, layer these looks with sweaters and cardigans.

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What not to wear with leggings over 40

  • Avoid any tops that are higher than mid thigh
  • Don’t wear tops that are too tight
  • Avoid animal prints and disco fabrics for your leggings; the classier the top the better leggings will look. The luxury fabric of silk, wool or cashmere will create a great contrast with the comfortable jersey leggings.

What is the ideal length of your leggings

You can never go wrong with full length leggings. These elongate and will make your legs appear longer.

Ankle high leggings can also look sexy especially with heels or booties. If you are short though, mid calf and short leggings should be worn with caution as they will make you look smaller.

Here is a look with an asymmetrical tunic and draped leggings which are available in many colors.

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Another length I like in warmer weather is just below the knee. These Second Nature Capri leggings  from Stella Carakasi are super fab. Not too thin and very stretchy and comfortable. They are also great for tucking in your tummy. Worn here with the printed Attitude is Everything tunic and the long camisole in serene.

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Which shoes to wear with leggings?

As you could see from the images above, it is great to wear a shoe in the same colour as your leggings as it elongates your legs even further. Tall flat boots can work really well with leggings, but short booties and ballet flats can work equally good. I would not wear leggings with stilettos or very high boots over 40, unless you really know what you’re doing and you’re sure you’re not looking trashy.

What about jeggings and skinny jeans?

how to wear skinny jeans over 40

For me the same rules that apply to leggings also apply to jeggings. They can be a great asset for any wardrobe of over 40 women, but they usually look better when worn with longer pieces on top.

Skinny jeans are usually a bit thicker and roomier so can be worn with shorter tops. Be sure to wear the right underwear though so there is no clear VPL (visible panty line). When your skinnies are very tight, many women will look better and more stylish with longer tops. As you may know I’m actually quite a fan of wearing dresses over pants, although I also do that with wide legged pants and not just over leggings and skinnies.

Which leggings to buy?

You will want to make sure that your leggings are thick enough and have a good stretch, yet are still firm enough to give your legs a great shape. For that reason, it’s wise to invest in a good pair.

Ponte leggings are also a good choice. If you like even thicker leggings, you may consider jeggings or elastic skinny jeans. I would steer clear of shiny or sheer leggings.

Leather or faux leather leggings are great for a more edgier look and can be easily ‘softened’ with a silk tunic.

Some great brands for leggings include:

Fore some leggings or great tunics to wear with them, here are some fabulous items currently available online.

Reiss


$320.00

 

Reiss


$320.00

 

Anthropologie


$68.00

 

Anthropologie


$108.00

 

Anthropologie


$78.00

 

Anthropologie


$118.00

 

Eileen Fisher


$248.98

 

Stem


$52.26

 

Eileen Fisher


$106.79

 

Eileen Fisher


$94.80

 

Paige Denim


$153.43

 

NORDSTROM


$798.00

 

NORDSTROM


$108.00

 

 

 

 

Yummy Tasty & Healthy Weight Loss

Mung Dal Soup for Nourishment and Weight Loss

Ingredients

  1. • 1 cup green mung dal (spilt mung beans)
  2. • 4 cups of  water
  3. • 1 Tbsp. ghee or olive oil
  4. • 1 ½ tsp. of freshly grated ginger
  5. • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  6. • ¼ cup of cilantro leaves chopped
  7. Instructions
  1. • ½ tsp. of black mustard seeds
  2. • 1 tsp. whole cumin seeds (or ground cumin & coriander mix)
  3. • 1 bay leaf
  4. • ½ tsp. of turmeric powder
  5. • 1 tsp. of garam masala
  6. • 1 teaspoon of  rock salt
  7. • 5-6 fresh or dried curry leaves
Notes
  1. 1. Wash mung dal twice and soak in for an hour. (I personally soak all my grains, beans and lentils overnight to speed up the cooking process and to break down the enzyme inhibitors.)
  2. 2. Drain water after soaking and rinse once.
  3. 3. Get all the spices ready and set them aside. For example, get all the dry spices in a bowl; mince garlic, ginger and cilantro leaves.
  4. 4. In a soup pots put the mung dal and water; and bring it to a boil. Add turmeric, kokum and salt. Cook on a medium-high heat for 25 minutes without covering the pot. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  5. 5. Add more water if needed. In a pressure cooker the mung dal will take 20-25 minutes to cook however in a regular soup pot it may take up to 40 minutes to cook.
  6. 6. Once dal is cooking, turn off the heat and using a hand held blender – blend the soup to a smooth consistency. Set the soup aside.
  7. 7. For Tempering: Heat ghee or sunflower oil in a small saucepan until the oil becomes medium hot.
  8. 8. Add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, and hing. When the seeds start to pop turn down the heat and add ginger, garlic, curry leaves, cilantro leaves, bay leaf, and garam masala powder.

The Best Haircut For You

Find Out Which Haircut Is Best for You

by JENNA GRUTTADAURIA 

Find Out Which Haircut Is Best for You

“A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.” —Coco Chanel. We’ve all made the mistake of walking into the hair salon with a picture of Jennifer Aniston or Taylor Swift and walking out looking like…well, not like the picture. But here’s the hard truth, ladies: It’s not fair to your stylist or yourself to have unreasonable expectations of what your “dream” haircut will look like in reality. Understanding your face shape and your hair’s texture and type is key to choosing the right style for you — and guaranteeing you’ll walk out of the salon happy with the result.

What’s the Shape of Your Face?

WHAT’S THE SHAPE OF YOUR FACE?

Figuring your face shape is the first step to choosing a haircut that will be flattering on you. Do you have a round face like Kirsten Dunst or Michelle Williams? This shape is widest at the cheeks, with the length and width nearly the same. Or is your face closer to Beyoncé or Kim Kardashian? Then you have an oval face. People with this face shape tend to have a wider forehead and a jawline that tapers down to the chin. Is your jawline a prominent feature on your face, with your cheekbones and forehead aligned with it? Then you have a square face like Olivia Wilde and Keira Knightly. People with long faces, like Sarah Jessica Parker and Liv Tyler, tend to have an oblong shape from chin to hairline. A heart-shape face has a strong taper to the chin, which many times is pointy and can also have a prominent forehead. Selena Gomez and Reese Witherspoon are good examples of this type of face. Finally, a diamond-shape face is quite angular, especially at the cheekbones, and tends to be wider at the temples. This is the least common of face shapes and is well expressed on Ashley Greene and Rihanna.

Find Out Which Haircut Is Best for You

“A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.” —Coco Chanel. We’ve all made the mistake of walking into the hair salon with a picture of Jennifer Aniston or Taylor Swift and walking out looking like…well, not like the picture. But here’s the hard truth, ladies: It’s not fair to your stylist or yourself to have unreasonable expectations of what your “dream” haircut will look like in reality. Understanding your face shape and your hair’s texture and type is key to choosing the right style for you — and guaranteeing you’ll walk out of the salon happy with the result.

What’s the Shape of Your Face?

WHAT’S THE SHAPE OF YOUR FACE?

Figuring your face shape is the first step to choosing a haircut that will be flattering on you. Do you have a round face like Kirsten Dunst or Michelle Williams? This shape is widest at the cheeks, with the length and width nearly the same. Or is your face closer to Beyoncé or Kim Kardashian? Then you have an oval face. People with this face shape tend to have a wider forehead and a jawline that tapers down to the chin. Is your jawline a prominent feature on your face, with your cheekbones and forehead aligned with it? Then you have a square face like Olivia Wilde and Keira Knightly. People with long faces, like Sarah Jessica Parker and Liv Tyler, tend to have an oblong shape from chin to hairline. A heart-shape face has a strong taper to the chin, which many times is pointy and can also have a prominent forehead. Selena Gomez and Reese Witherspoon are good examples of this type of face. Finally, a diamond-shape face is quite angular, especially at the cheekbones, and tends to be wider at the temples. This is the least common of face shapes and is well expressed on Ashley Greene and Rihanna.

Related: The Secret to Creating the Best Beach Waves

What’s the Type and Texture of Your Hair?

WHAT’S THE TYPE AND TEXTURE OF YOUR HAIR?

Once you’ve figured out what shape face you have, knowing the type and texture of your hair is the next important step in deciding the best style for you. If you have any wave or curl, it needs to be treated differently than super-straight hair. Is your hair fine or coarse? Coarse hair tends to be thick and slightly to severely dry. Fine hair is limp and lays flat to the head. It’s important to know the type of hair you have, because not all haircuts will work with all types of hair. A choppy, short bob will look chic and modern on a woman with fine hair, but a woman with thick, coarse hair will run the risk of this style losing its shape and becoming frizzy because it needs the weight of their hair to help control it.

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Find Out Which Haircut Is Best for You

“A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.” —Coco Chanel. We’ve all made the mistake of walking into the hair salon with a picture of Jennifer Aniston or Taylor Swift and walking out looking like…well, not like the picture. But here’s the hard truth, ladies: It’s not fair to your stylist or yourself to have unreasonable expectations of what your “dream” haircut will look like in reality. Understanding your face shape and your hair’s texture and type is key to choosing the right style for you — and guaranteeing you’ll walk out of the salon happy with the result.

What’s the Shape of Your Face?

WHAT’S THE SHAPE OF YOUR FACE?

Figuring your face shape is the first step to choosing a haircut that will be flattering on you. Do you have a round face like Kirsten Dunst or Michelle Williams? This shape is widest at the cheeks, with the length and width nearly the same. Or is your face closer to Beyoncé or Kim Kardashian? Then you have an oval face. People with this face shape tend to have a wider forehead and a jawline that tapers down to the chin. Is your jawline a prominent feature on your face, with your cheekbones and forehead aligned with it? Then you have a square face like Olivia Wilde and Keira Knightly. People with long faces, like Sarah Jessica Parker and Liv Tyler, tend to have an oblong shape from chin to hairline. A heart-shape face has a strong taper to the chin, which many times is pointy and can also have a prominent forehead. Selena Gomez and Reese Witherspoon are good examples of this type of face. Finally, a diamond-shape face is quite angular, especially at the cheekbones, and tends to be wider at the temples. This is the least common of face shapes and is well expressed on Ashley Greene and Rihanna.

Related: The Secret to Creating the Best Beach Waves

What’s the Type and Texture of Your Hair?

WHAT’S THE TYPE AND TEXTURE OF YOUR HAIR?

Once you’ve figured out what shape face you have, knowing the type and texture of your hair is the next important step in deciding the best style for you. If you have any wave or curl, it needs to be treated differently than super-straight hair. Is your hair fine or coarse? Coarse hair tends to be thick and slightly to severely dry. Fine hair is limp and lays flat to the head. It’s important to know the type of hair you have, because not all haircuts will work with all types of hair. A choppy, short bob will look chic and modern on a woman with fine hair, but a woman with thick, coarse hair will run the risk of this style losing its shape and becoming frizzy because it needs the weight of their hair to help control it.

Related: How to Rock Easy, Stylish Braids at the Gym

Haircuts for Round Faces

HAIRCUTS FOR ROUND FACES

If your face shape is round, you’re looking for styles that lengthen and create definition. Long layers will help to form the illusion of a longer face. If you want a shorter look, opt for a “lob,” or longbob, or an asymmetrical bob, which has an angular appearance that will give your face definition. Both of these looks should be below the jawline. Stay away from short layers or any styles that add volume to the areas around the sides of your face — these will make your face appear more round.

What’s the Shape of Your Face?

WHAT’S THE SHAPE OF YOUR FACE?

Figuring your face shape is the first step to choosing a haircut that will be flattering on you. Do you have a round face like Kirsten Dunst or Michelle Williams? This shape is widest at the cheeks, with the length and width nearly the same. Or is your face closer to Beyoncé or Kim Kardashian? Then you have an oval face. People with this face shape tend to have a wider forehead and a jawline that tapers down to the chin. Is your jawline a prominent feature on your face, with your cheekbones and forehead aligned with it? Then you have a square face like Olivia Wilde and Keira Knightly. People with long faces, like Sarah Jessica Parker and Liv Tyler, tend to have an oblong shape from chin to hairline. A heart-shape face has a strong taper to the chin, which many times is pointy and can also have a prominent forehead. Selena Gomez and Reese Witherspoon are good examples of this type of face. Finally, a diamond-shape face is quite angular, especially at the cheekbones, and tends to be wider at the temples. This is the least common of face shapes and is well expressed on Ashley Greene and Rihanna.

Related: The Secret to Creating the Best Beach Waves

What’s the Type and Texture of Your Hair?

WHAT’S THE TYPE AND TEXTURE OF YOUR HAIR?

Once you’ve figured out what shape face you have, knowing the type and texture of your hair is the next important step in deciding the best style for you. If you have any wave or curl, it needs to be treated differently than super-straight hair. Is your hair fine or coarse? Coarse hair tends to be thick and slightly to severely dry. Fine hair is limp and lays flat to the head. It’s important to know the type of hair you have, because not all haircuts will work with all types of hair. A choppy, short bob will look chic and modern on a woman with fine hair, but a woman with thick, coarse hair will run the risk of this style losing its shape and becoming frizzy because it needs the weight of their hair to help control it.

Related: How to Rock Easy, Stylish Braids at the Gym

Haircuts for Round Faces

HAIRCUTS FOR ROUND FACES

If your face shape is round, you’re looking for styles that lengthen and create definition. Long layers will help to form the illusion of a longer face. If you want a shorter look, opt for a “lob,” or longbob, or an asymmetrical bob, which has an angular appearance that will give your face definition. Both of these looks should be below the jawline. Stay away from short layers or any styles that add volume to the areas around the sides of your face — these will make your face appear more round.

Related: 12 Beauty Essentials for Your Gym Bag

Haircuts for Oval Faces

HAIRCUTS FOR OVAL FACES

Lucky girls with oval-shape faces can rock just about any style. This face shape has just enough length and width, and everything is in balance, so be adventurous! But don’t forget about your hair texture: Just because you have the ideal face shape for most cuts doesn’t mean your hair type will allow for your desired style. If you have thick hair, try long, tousled layers. If your hair is fine, get crazy and try a pixie cut. Bottom line: There isn’t a hairstyle that won’t look good on you.

Shakers and Makers

The Next Generation of Fitness Shakers

My brother moved from New York to Seattle to work for Microsoft and then Amazon, and in the process, he became super environmentally-conscious (Before, he was freaking out over the lack of good steaks there…now he’s a mostly vegan triathlete). What does that mean? It means that when he came back to NYC to visit my parents and me, and he saw how many water bottles I go through every day, he literally yelled at me (YELLED!). This led me to do research into fitness shakers and bottles to replace my pile of Fiji and Poland Spring ones. I hate to admit this, but not only did I go through five to six a day, but I was also horrible about recycling them. Luckily, it turns out a lot has changed since those shabby, old plastic bottles ruled the market, which impart nasty plastic-like “flavoring” to beverages and can easily accumulate bacteria over the course of usage. Here’s a look at three next-generation shakers and bottles that really stand out.

The Next Generation of Fitness Shakers
Umoro

Umoro ($28.99) is somewhere between the Zoku and SmartShake options below. It’s a 20 oz. bottle that comes with a 50 g. supplement compartment that holds about one big scoop of protein powder. While it won’t house as many different things as the SmartShake can (there’s no room for supplements in pill form), that also means that there’s no need to screw open any compartments. All you do is press a button and a ball containing your protein or energy powder drops into your bottle of water (the container is BPA-free and the supplement container is “screwed” onto the top). When I work out, this is my go-to. I use it as a regular water bottle beforehand, then a few minutes before exercising, I press the top button to “drop” my EBOOST in. After the workout, I use it as a regular water bottle once again. You could do the same if you use post-gym protein powder. There isn’t any flavor or odor residue lingering in your drink.

The Next Generation of Fitness Shakers
Smart Shake

If you regularly consume supplements or powders, check out the SmartShake Original2Go (around $9.99 depending on the retailer), which is the easiest way that I’ve seen to tote everything with you in one convenient portal. It comes with three storage compartments designed for protein powder, vitamins, supplements, and more, and the actual bottle is made of 100% leak-proof, toxic-free, food-grade plastic. The bottle is also microwave-safe, dishwasher-safe, freezer-safe, and recyclable. The taste isn’t as crisp as with the Zoku below, but if you’re a supplement buff, there’s no better option.

The Next Generation of Fitness Shakers
Zoku

Pictured above are Zoku’s Glass Core Bottles, which are about to launch in two sizes ($24.99 for the 12 oz. and $29.99 for the 16 oz.). You probably know Zoku for their quick pop maker, though I’m personally obsessed with their iced coffee maker(Seriously works like a charm! I put in two shots of steaming espresso and in a matter of minutes they’re cold without the use of ice.) and now their new bottles. They look gorgeous with their double-wall suspended glass core, and they’re designed to be as sturdy as they look. You can fill them with either a hot or cold beverage and because of the glass you’ll be able to enjoy the drink in its best form (the bottles are also BPA and phthalate-free). Since the glass used is insanely durable, you can drop it without worrying that the Zoku will shatter into a thousand pieces, and there’s 1/4-turn lock cap, making it leak-proof. Lastly, the mouthpiece doesn’t hold on to flavors, so if you plan on using the bottle for water, but also for shakes, no worries; you can switch between beverages without leftover residue.

I still do sometimes indulge in a plastic water bottle, but I’m happy to say that these options make those few and far between!

Summer Fruit Protein Drink

MANGO PROTEIN LASSI

“Cool your taste buds with this sweet Indian beauty”

INGREDIENTS

  • 40g (four yellow scoops) of Slender Blend (vanilla/naked)
  • 1 ripe mango, cut into chunks or I use a can of mango pulp
  • 125g natural yoghurt
  • 150mls almond milk
  • Pinch of cardamom
  • Ice cubes
  • 1tsp of crushed pistachios to serve

NUTRITIONAL INFO

  • 388 Calories
  • 40g Protein
  • 44g Carbohydrate
  • 36g Sugar
  • 6g Fibre
  • 7g Fat

METHOD

  • Put all the ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth – add ice cubes to achieve the right consistency

Good Health & Less Stress For High School Students

 

Back to School Tips for High School Students

 

Starting school in the fall means several things – school work beginning, new classes, making friends and managing your time. Whether you are an upperclassman or a freshman, having your day and schedule run smoothly will ensure a successful school year and less stress.

 

Ten Tips for a Great Year

Don’t just assume a great year is going to fall into your lap. You have to work to make it happen. Whether you’re already super organized or you like to procrastinate until the very last minute – the time to plan ahead is before school starts. Use specific strategies to help you not only stay afloat during the school year, but really thrive.

Get Plenty of Restbtsschoolessentials

Having an adequate amount of sleep is imperative to a successful high school career. Students who tend to sleep less than eight hours a night may not be as awake or alert during the day. In addition to school work, if you plan to participate in after-school activities or sports, you will need to rest up to do your best.

Eat Breakfast and Lunch

Always start your school days off with a healthy breakfast to get you through the day until lunch. If you are not a big breakfast eater, then consider eating a protein bar or smoothie to stave off hunger. If you tend to eat later in the morning, you may want to carry a small snack to munch on between classes before lunch. If you do not like the school lunch, you can pack lunch to take to school. This way you have exactly the kinds of foods you enjoy.

Keep Your Locker Organized

There are several types of locker organization systems available. Choose a shelving system that allows you to store your books and folders in an upright position. This will be especially helpful for when you are rushing to your locker between classes. In addition, hang a magnetic, dry erase board on the inside door to help you keep track of the day’s to-do list.

 

Scrambled Indian Tofu With Spinach

 I made this dish yesterday for dinner and it was delicious and only took 15 minutes to make.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound firm silken tofu, drained and crumbled
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

 

  • HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE
  1. Spread the tofu on paper towels to drain for 20 minutes. 
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the oil until shimmering.  Add the garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the cumin, coriander and turmeric and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. 
  3. Stir in the tofu and cook over moderately high heat until warm, about 2 minutes. Add the spinach and scallions and cook, stirring occasionally, until the spinach is wilted, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon the scramble onto plates and serve. 

Gaining Weight during Menopause

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Most women gain weight as they age. Is this inevitable? Is there a connection between menopause and weight gain? Can anything be done to prevent this weight gain?

Statistics show that during a two year period, menopausal women gain between two and ten pounds. Many women notice their clothing fitting more snugly, especially around the middle. Why do many women gain this weight during this stage of life? There may be several factors which can trigger weight gain during menopause. One factor is the hormonal changes that can cause a woman to gain more weight around the abdomen rather than the legs and thighs. Another factor may be a more sedentary lifestyle. Additionally, metabolism slows with age. During the time of menopause, many women lose muscle which results in a decrease in the rate the body uses calories. (i.e. a slower metabolism). Finally, genetics also plays a role in weight gain. If parents or close relatives carried extra weight around the middle, chances are that you will too.

The problem of excess weight is more than a cosmetic one. Extra weight increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and various cancers including breast cancer.

How can women avoid middle age weight gain? I recommend the following strategies:

  • Switch to a healthier lifestyle before weight gain occurs. Being proactive can help prevent unwanted weight gain.
  • Be more active. Find an activity that you like and do it regularly. The recommendation is aerobic exercise for at least 30 minutes 5 times/week. Walking, jogging, dancing, and swimming will help you burn fat and calories.
  • Strength train. Exercise using weights can help maintain or even increase muscle mass so that your metabolism will not slow. Building muscle can also protect against future weight gain. Strength training is recommended twice a week.
  • Watch what you eat. Reduce refined carbohydrates, eat more vegetables, lean proteins, and fruit. A woman in her 50’s may need to consume 200 fewer calories than she did in her 30’s. Remember that menopausal women are at a higher risk for losing bone density. Remember to consume calcium with vitamin D either through the foods you eat or with a supplement.
  • Surround yourself with friends and family that support your efforts to live a healthier lifestyle.

Weight gain does not have to be part of menopause, nor does it have to be part of your life at any time. You can make positive dietary chances and commit to regular exercise so that you can live a longer, healthier, happier life.

NBA- FIRST ATHLETE BRAND AMBASSADOR

NBA KEVIN LOVE IS BANANA REPUBLIC’S FIRST ATHLETE BRAND AMBASSADOR

WRITTEN BY JRICH IN ATHLETES FASHION,NBA STYLE ON MAR 3RD 2016
NBA Kevin Love Is Banana Republic’s First Athlete Brand Ambassador

NBA star Kevin Love hoping to inspire sports fans to wear Banana Republic.

The classic brand recently announced the 6″10 forward as their first athlete brand ambassador (thats a good look Kev.)

“Banana Republic is such a classic brand, and I am excited to be chosen as the first athlete ambassador for the brand,” Love told Us Weekly of his new venture. “Since I am always on the move, it is important that my clothes are not only stylish but are functional as well. Banana Republic absolutely hits the mark on both.”

“Kevin embodies the confidence and optimism our customers find inspiring,” Aimee Lapic, SVP and General Manager of Customer Experience at Banana Republic told US Weekly.

 

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$More Money For Mental and Healthy LifeStyle

One Weird Trick for Keeping Female Employees From Quitting

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We all know the narrative about why women leave the workforce. By now — decades after “the second shift,” five years after Sheryl Sandberg asked us to lean in, four years after we learned why “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” — conventional wisdom says that employers lose women in their 30s because those women are starting families, and need more flexibility than the workplace is designed to grant them.

Well, here’s a shocker: A new global study of women in their 30s found they don’t leave jobs because they’re worried about family obligations. They leave because employers won’t pay and promote them. “Surprisingly,” reads the report, “young women identified finding a higher paying job, a lack of learning and development, and a shortage of interesting and meaningful work as the primary reasons why they may leave.”

This is only surprising if you have never spoken to a woman in her 30s. Most women don’t have to be exhorted to care more about work or apply themselves more vigorously. They are all in — no lean about it. The problem is that, all too often, their efforts are not recognized, cultivated, and compensated in the way their male colleagues’ are. This is often spun into a complex issue that some of corporate America’s brightest minds have struggled to solve — the stuff of Supreme Court cases and contentious legislation.

But the reality is that, if you’re an employer, you can retain your female employees longer and keep them happier by taking just three simple steps:

1. PAY WOMEN MORE. Pay us what you pay our male co-workers who do similar jobs. Pay us enough that if you were to accidentally email the entire office a spreadsheet containing everyone’s salary, you wouldn’t be ashamed. Pay us what you know we deserve, even if we haven’t demanded it. Pay us what we’ve earned.

2. PAY WOMEN MORE. Don’t assume we want to become mothers. And if we already are mothers, don’t assume that we’d rather have fewer hours or responsibilities. Assume, in all cases, that we work hard and we want money. More money. As long as we keep showing up and doing the job well, and until we tell you that we need different hours or a new role, just pay us more. And keep paying us.

3. PAY WOMEN MORE. Do it. Now.

So now that you’re paying your female employees on par with the men, let’s take a look at what else you might be able to do to retain women. You could work with them to develop their skills and use their talents in interesting, meaningful ways. If that seems too time-consuming and “managerial” for you, don’t worry. You can default to paying them evenmore money, and you just might get lucky and have them stick around a while longer. All you have to do is recognize that women’s potential is equal to that of men. Yes, even if the women in question are mothers.

The brilliant thing about this three-step plan is that, even though it’s not explicitly about mothers, it accounts for the opt-out question. If your primary concern is enabling mothers to stay in the workforce, paying women more money solves that problem, too. For privileged hetero couples I know, these days the decision about which partner stays home with the kids is fundamentally financial. If his position pays more, which it usually does, they tend to decide that she’ll be the one to stay home when child care is too expensive. It’s gendered, but less because of roles at home and more because of pay at work. Pay inequity and caregiving obligations are actually not two separate workplace issues facing women: They are one and the same.

The opt-out problem is, in other words, a money problem. Of course biology plays a role — women are more likely to physically need time off after the birth of a child. But if they were fairly compensated at every stage of their careers, they’d be on equal footing with their male partners and co-workers even after becoming parents. Guaranteed paid family leave for all workers and flexible work environments would help, too. But paying women more, from their first job onward, is a game-changer.

In a slightly older study of Harvard Business School graduates, men and women were equally career-driven in their first years in the workforce, and both men and women slowly grew more invested in their lives outside of work as they aged. The only difference was that women tended to rate “opportunities for career growth and development” as slightly moreimportant to them than men did — probably because those opportunities proved more elusive to women. The study also found that only 40 to 50 percent of women were satisfied with their professional accomplishments and opportunities for career growth.

The great thing about paying women more is that it doesn’t just help business-school grads. For years, conversations about working women have centered on those who are college-educated and pursuing prestigious jobs. The great thing about simply paying women — all women — more money is that it benefits those who are usually left out of these debates, too. This innovative strategy works for hourly wage-earners as well as it does for corporate executives, and every woman in-between. The formula is simple. Is she a woman? Are you in charge of paying her? Pay her more.

Look Good For $15.00

How to Make a $15 T-Shirt Look Totally Chic

Lauren Eggertsen 

Here at Who What Wear, we love finding new ways to wear some of the more basic items in our closets, like T-shirts. So when one of our favorite street style stars, Miroslava Duma, was seen wearing an adorable Coca-Cola tee in the chicest way possible, we couldn’t wait to copy her look (for $15, we might add).

She styled hers with a sleek long trench coat, high-rise beaten-up denim, and those dreamy Gucci mules all the fashion girls are craving right now. This outfit couldn’t be any easier to re-create, so don’t be shy—try this elevated way to style a simple tee ASAP!

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Conclusion Of My Ideal Protein Diet Experience

Mission Accomplished

I followed the Ideal Protein diet for over a year.  Finally, I re-introduced some fruits back into my life as well as toast.  I had lost all of the weight that I targeted and finished at 118 pounds. – Yay me!  All of my clothes were too big, such as my size 8 pants – Wow!

Less Size Less Weight

Please see earlier articles on where I started my journey of losing weight.  I had lost so much weight and size on this program!

A Diet Is a Diet As Long As You Are On the Diet

I stopped following the Ideal Protein diet over a year ago and wanted to revisit the topic.  Since stopping the diet, I resumed eating what my husband and 2 teenage boys eat.  This did not end well as I have since put all of my weight back :-(. Alert to everyone who wants to go on a diet (please don’t follow me as I haven’t been a good mentor), if you start a diet make sure you follow through and stay on it and always know what you are eating.  If you start a diet you must always stay on that diet!  Because the weight will Rebound!

 

To everyone who reads this: Eat healthy and exercise.

Ideal Protein Goes On Vacation In Paradise

Summer Vacation

Summer vacation this year for my family and me was on Hawaii’s big island at Kona.  This was an excellent trip, except for the fact that I was still on the Ideal Protein Phase 1.  I must plain forwardly say that it sucks to be on a diet while traveling because I am limited to restaurant’s that only serve Ideal Protein acceptable foods.  The added challenge in Hawaii is that their delicious meals are loaded with carbs and sugars such as rice and spam.  To stay on plan, I packed a suitcase with 13 days worth of Ideal Protein foods.  This was necessary as the big island does not have an Ideal Protein office.

 

No One Is An Island

I am IMG_1815lucky that my family supported me during our trip and in particular my boys really kept a close eye on everything I ate.  My husband on the other hand…well, lets just say that he did his best because he feels that when we are on vacation we should eat local foods, like the show Bazaar Foods with Andrew Zimmern (yes, he does think that if a food looks good, eat it).  I tried to make my diet not stand out so much with the Ideal Protein foods and drinks by blending them into the same plates and glasses as everyone else; most of the time it worked out fine.  For example, I ate delicious local fish, which was Ahi tuna. Also, we stayed in a condo that came with a beautiful kitchen, which was equipped with all the kitchen wear needed to cook some of our own meals.

 

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No Mai TPinaColadadrinkfrontai’s for me but I did have Ideal Protein cocktail drinks that are comparable to the fruits that are in season in Hawaii. For example, my pineapple drinks were delicious and the Pina Colada, mango and peach drink packets that I brought along were very refreshing.

 

Can’t Go To Kona And Not Try The Coffee

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Simply put, Kona Hawaii has the best coffee. Every morning I woke up to a cup of Kona coffee because on the Ideal Protean diet, coffee is permitted as long as you follow it up with a glass of water for each cup of coffee (yes, it does add up so stay close to a rest room).

 

Acupuncture and Weight Loss

 

As part of my weight loss program with Ideal Protein, my coach Dr. Bob advises me to not exercise.  Also, I had a series of fantastic acupuncture treatments with Kaiser Permanente (thank you Mr. Josef Inderkum, LAC) prior to the trip as part of my ankle surgery recovery.  Those pins and needles really did the job!!  I believe that both of those allowed me to go on hikes through botanical garden, rain forest, see the volcano, and walk the tour at Kona coffee with my family.  It has only been a year since my ankle surgery and I feel very lucky and blessed to be able to have gone on this trip and be very active.  Nobody should take good health for granted!

 

Back To the Mainland and Back To the Maintenance

I have been on phase 1 of this diet now for over 20 weeks and have lost more than 40 pounds without exercising.  This, to me anyway, has been a very long trek to follow but the results speak for themselves.  If you are thinking to start on this diet, just know that it is safe because the weight loss is gradual.  I am at 115 pounds now and my primary care physician has advised me that it is time for me to start to maintain my weight as I have lost enough for my height, age, and bone structure.  The journey though does not end here but shifts to phase 2.