“HOUSTON: We have a solution!” by Wellness Warrior & Aesthetician Natalie Bolton

“HOUSTON: We have a solution!”

In honor of being back in this great Space City, and also for all of you other superb individuals abroad I have created a solution plan for combating the winter skin blues.

The official first day of fall has come and here we are.

FALL.

For some the change in season(s) is welcomed with parties, fluffy robes, champagne in hand and the dusting off of the most exquisite boots to ever be over worn. Let’s not forget the not so amazing boots that we all love to hate; a.k.a. the “moon boot”-we just can’t help but to have a nasty love affair with them.

And for others (myself being the ringleader of this category) any season NOT SUMMER offers up a bit of an emotional backlash. I immediately turn into the “weird, she- takes- a- sweater-everywhere- lady”, and I cry as anxiety washes over me when the sun goes down at 4:45. As we reminisce of summer days gone by we now must call out over the loudspeaker for a “cleanup on aisle 5!” in regards to our approximate 93 days of perpetual sun worship. So not only are we dealing with

  • STRIPPED
  • DRY
  • SUN-DAMAGED
  • DEHYDRATED SKIN

We must now off set the chill, chapped, and crepey flake machine we call our skin.

And here are my go to strategies, products and mindsets (mindsets probably leading the pack in importance).

-Peels for sun damage

Now is the time to erase boo boos made with those long hours in summer celebration. The great fact about peels is the technology is constantly changing and you can choose how aggressive or slow and steady you want to go. I use skincare lines that are pretty aggressive with zero downtime. So companies have come along with their formulations and ingredients.

-MORE WATER THAN YOU THINK. DRINK MORE WATER THAN YOU THINK. Going from dry heated rooms to bitter outdoor cold does its best to strip our natural moisture and water reserves. This dangerous combo impairs our skin’s barrier layer. Once cracked or impaired it becomes more difficult to repair damage as winter goes on. So drink up.

-Eat oil rich foods*. Great whole food oils work wonders internally and can’t help but to show externally resulting in supple skin.

  • Avocado-Hoooooooooly moly, guacamole! YES, GUAC IS GOOD!
  • Salmon*-Not only does it bear a beautiful hue; salmon is packed with life and skin enriching oils.
  • Coconut oil*-‘nuff said
  • Some good ol’ nut butters are always a great add…in moderation, and Nutella doesn’t count, sorry.

-The Bible had it right when the words in Exodus were spoken, “Go up to the land flowing with milk and honey…” Honey* heals everything!!! Mix a little honey with coffee grounds’ or sugar to make a glorious bath and body scrub. The honey will heal and soothe damaged skin and being a humectant, honey will seal in your skin’s own water helping against winter chapping. Milk* is a naturally acidic agent formally called lactic acid. Milk has a magical way of removing the skin layer that wants to flake off and peel. If you find that you are consistently dry-I suggest buying powdered milk like the one below and pouring a cup or two in a warm (not scolding hot) bath. After swirling and mixing the powder into the tub drop a few drops of chamomile, lavender, and/or natural rose oil. Chamomile and Lavender soothe and are great oils to use at bedtime, and rose oil is a humectant (locks in water for moisture) and rose oil is also a mood enhancer.

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So now that we covered the strategies portions lets swiftly move on to products, you ready? Let’s go!

PRODUCTS! PRODUCTS! PRODUCTS!

I am not going to bombard you with a ton of products. I am just gonna give you a few of my staples that keep me thriving and jiving all winter long.

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-BIOELEMENTS lip buff

Chapped lips? Oh, no ma’am not a good look. This buffing treatment has sugar cane crystals (exfoliating), vitamin E (water-binding), Shea butter (oil sheathing), jojoba and olive oil (moisturizing) with several essential oils to comfort and cool. Scrub a dub while you’re in the tub.

-IMAGE balancing lip enhancement complex

And if you have fine lip lines this complex helps soften those lines. This balm has a messenger peptide that tells your own collagen to start working better. The lubrication helps protect the extremely fragile barrier layer of the lips with all organic and petrochemical free ingredients. Puh puh pucker up!

-EPICUREN soothing dermal repair balm

This nectar from the gods has single handedly saved my skin the past few winters. This repair balm is so rich yet is formulated to penetrate so you don’t have to deal with that greasy layer that just sits on your skin’s surface not doing the job. In extreme cases you can wear it in the day as your moisturizer or it can be used only at night as your night cream. Easy peezy.

-BIOELEMENTS multi task eye oil

WHAAAAT? An eye oil? YES! This little bullet of power is chocked full of antioxidants and precious GLA oils. Let me just whet your pallet with a few ingredients: Bulgarian rose oil (moisturizing), Evening primrose (smoothing), and GLA-Gamma Linolenic Acid (essential fatty acids for nourishing). You can carry this with you and if you have to brave less than desirable elements just roll and dab, just roll and dab and you will have a protective curtain for the windows to your soul.

-IMAGE tinted moisturizer

This everyday moisturizer happens to be tinted and also happens to be built with broad spectrum UVA/UVB high sun protection at an SPF 30. This moisturizer provides an even skin tone (clap) and healthy glow (clap clap) so you are covering more ground with less steps and effort applied. Next generation blend of anti-oxidants and the lightweight, sheer formula makes this product one of my absolute MUST HAVES. Oh, and did I mention paraben free? Duh.

And last but definitely not least-

-GLYCOLIC 5% or 10% lotion

Glycolic Acid is magic! It is an alpha hydroxy acid that exfoliates the skin by dissolving dead skin cells. It reduces dead, layering, and smothering skin build up that is responsible for a lot of different kinds of common skin problems. Hyaluronic Acid is activated resulting in the skin’s own ability to bind moisture and lock it in. Glycolic Acid enhances the skin overall appearance by feeling and looking smoother, healthier, and more youthful. 


A few pros:

  • Eats away at sun damage and discolorations
  • Pores look smaller and more refined
  • Helps even out and brighten skin tone
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

So this is it.

This is all I have.

With a few of these tips Fall can be our best season yet. 

Small tweaks –  powerful impact.

Thrive on,

 Natalie.

* I try to use products and ingredients that are as pure as possible and eat foods that are ethically handled. I believe in being kind to our planet and to the other glorious inhabitants we share her with. This is why I choose the specific products in this blog.

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 From CBS’s SURVIVOR to skincare, my sister Natalie Bolton has landed at the VANITY LOUNGE in Houston, TX. (Yay, do you know how happy our mom is to have both her girls back in the Great State!!)  Having the opportunity to fulfill her desire to bring beauty, healing and a sense of well being to men and women alike, Natalie has found her calling. As a state-board licensed aesthetician and certified Epicuren specialist, Natalie enhances the appearance and condition of her clients’ skin and their sense of self. Her specialties include rejuvenation and anti-aging. Natalie is also an expert in the areas of acne and problematic skin.

In Natalie’s own words she shares her personal philosophy, “The mandate for my life is not only bringing beauty to people by external means with new technologies, and cutting-edge technique, my goal is to also refresh the spirit. I pray every morning to bring beauty to the spirit of everyone I touch-so they leave feeling more beautiful and at peace after they leave me. I want to live my life like that as well. I want to leave the world more beautiful than when I found it.”

To book your appointment with Nat, call 713-942-9177 or book online.   Vanity Lounge is located at 2800 Kirby Drive #B110
Houston, TX 77098 in the Tootsies shopping center across from Eddie V’s. 

 

 

 

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BE FAB FRIDAY: 4 Fashion Rules the Media Doesn’t Tell You By Guest Blogger Tina Hamilton

Fashion Rules the Media Doesn't Tell You

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It starts at a very young age for most of us with your mother telling you that you can’t go to school in your ballerina tutu. It continues when you hit middle school and your friends tell you that braces are dorky and weird. The issue furthers in high school when you are told that you need to look like all your favorite celebrities or you won’t be popular. Just when you think it would get better, it only gets worse as you reach your twenties and thirties when you are supposed to maintain a perfect look, the ideal corporate job and a stable relationship. We don’t even need to talk about the brutal scrutiny that women over the age of 40 are under!

Women are constantly given rules by our peers and the media telling us how to look. These standards seem impossible to maintain, and for many of us, they are simply unrealistic. We all have different bodies, different needs from our style and different tastes that do not always fit into the mold that the media creates.

Instead, we should create our own set of rules, rules that focus on the true meaning of style; to make every woman feel beautiful and confident every single day. Here are the fashion rules that the media doesn’t tell you, and why you should ditch everything else and follow them instead.

1. The garment should work for you, not the other way around

Every piece of clothing and every accessory should work only to enhance you and your beauty. You should never feel the need to squeeze into a tight pair of jeans in order to look skinnier if you are not comfortable doing so. Instead, take those jeans in the next size up. You will feel better and look better in clothes that fit you properly.

2. You should never cast out a style because of your size

Many girls are told they cannot wear certain styles and trends because of their body. For example, girls who are small on top are told they cannot wear sheath dresses. These ideas should be cast out for every woman, you need to try the look on yourself and find the right fit before you determine that the look works well for you or not.

3. Never buy anything before trying it on

Some big changes have been made in the world of online shopping, so the need to spend hours in a department store dressing room is no longer necessary. Most online stores offer free returns and exchanges and free shipping, so you can get the same items at lower prices without leaving the house. You can even buy bras online with new bra sizing apps that ensure that you will get the best fit possible.

4. You can wear trendy looks at any age

Celebrities today have proven that age does not need to determine your style anymore. You can still pull of trendy looks no matter what your age is. Look to celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Stacy London for trendy looks that are still age appropriate so you can maintain your fashion forward style.

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Tina Hamilton is a journalist, blogger and social media guru. You can usually find her online or walking along one of Southern California’s beaches with her dog, Joey. Look for her on Twitter.

 

NOT ME by Guest Blogger Christine Handy

Christine_couchChristine, today.

I remember some of the details of the days leading up to my breast cancer diagnosis and of the moment the doctor called me with the results. The initial memories I do have are memories of disbelief and fear, not anger. The memories are of deep sadness, but not pity. They are of confusion and guttural pain. It’s a day nobody wants to experience and a day I will never soon forget.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer October 1st 2013, I was 43 years young with no family history of the disease. I was one of those ladies that never took the self exam seriously. But on that one, very random evening in late September for no apparent reason at all, I gave myself a breast exam and found a lump. It was a hard mass below my left nipple and it seemed to appear out of nowhere. That night my husband and I convinced ourselves that it was a cyst, it couldn’t be cancer. Not only did I not have any family history, but I worked out 6 days a week. I’m allergic to sugar so don’t eat any and I’m a vegetarian. Other than the major debacle with my right arm I was otherwise very heathy. This could not happen to me.

I was out of town the night I felt the lump and as chance would have it, it was on a Saturday. During my initial frenzy I contemplated going to the emergency room, but I had to come to grips with the reality that I had to wait. The compulsion for an answer that gripped my every breath was intense and yet I could do nothing about it. By Tuesday, I was back home and called my obstetrician who referred me to a breast specialist. Oh boy , I thought, here we go. I called the specialist and begged my way into an appointment the following morning. More waiting. I look back to the waiting during those days and I still shake my head. It was agonizing.

The following morning my husband and I headed to the “specialist”. Something unexpected happened when I checked into the reception area that morning. I started to feel humiliation. I had a lump. I was a marked woman (I thought) and I actually felt shame. I can’t explain why I felt humiliation, but I can only surmise it was because of the stigma attached to the word cancer . I remember growing up and adults whispering to each other, ” oh she’s the one with cancer,” like it was shameful. I had already felt fear and now I felt the black mark.

The specialist’s office was typical and systematic. We got to speak to the doctor fairly quickly, a brief hello and off with the shirt and bra. He did a physical exam and said that he believed the mass on my left breast was a cyst just from the touch and from the way it “moved.” I felt a surge of relief. I may have even smiled. The doctor then asked my husband to head to the waiting room and I was shuffled over to the line for the mammogram. I sat next to another lady who was older than me, I recall. She was very pleasant and started to talk to me. She said that she was there for her 6 month check up. She also said she had been diagnosed with breast cancer the year before, but that it was stage one and therefore she didn’t have to undergo any chemotherapy treatment. I felt sorry for her. She, although older than me, was still way too young to have had cancer- I thought.

Shortly after my mammogram , I was back in an exam room feeling pretty confident and a bit more at ease. The doctor came back into the exam room, sat next to me while placing his hand on my knee and said in a quiet , genteel voice that possibly it wasn’t a cyst, but that I should not be concerned. He also said that they needed to do a needle biopsy the next day. This was some kind of roller coaster and my brief feelings of relief were washed away by total panic. I remember I started to cry. All the emotional courage I had mustered up collapsed right before me. I asked for the nurse to go get my husband and she did. My husband walked in a few minutes later with a swagger and a smile but when he looked at me he immediately stopped and asked ” what’s wrong”. I explained to him what the doctor had said to me and then he lowered his head and in a solemn manner spoke out an, “awwwwww” sound . I knew from his tone and expression the he knew at this point that this was serious. As much as he recovered quickly and tried to convince me that it was going to be fine, I knew he felt differently.

It was at this very moment when the anger began. We left the breast specialist’s office and as I walked to the car I started to sob. You see, in the 14 months prior to this very day, I had had surgery on my right arm that led to an infection which went misdiagnosed for 5 months. The infection- during those 5 months- literally ate away all of my cartilage in my right wrist and broke every single bone while decaying the bones that were left. The misdiagnosis led to 6 additional arm surgeries, somewhere around 14 different arm casts and months of ridiculously painful physical rehab. It also led to my having a PICC line that was inserted into my upper right tricep and threaded to my heart. This allowed my “new” infectious disease doctor (I didn’t even know this type of doctor existed) to pump me with what was described as ” World War 2 ” intensity antibiotics to stop the infection. Even after all this, I ended up with a permanently disabled right arm.

So, on this very sad solemn day in late September 2013 while walking to my car fearing the worst , I was still in a cast . You see the reason I was out of town when I found the lump was not because I was on some kind of vacation after the arm debacle. It was because I was in NYC seeing the surgeon that had just fused and bone grafted my wrist. It was my 6 week post surgery check up. I hadn’t even gotten a chance to realize the magnitude of my permanently fused arm and I was worrying about having breast cancer. By the time I got to the car that day in Dallas Texas, in the parking lot outside of the breast specialists office, I started to scream. Literally scream in broad daylight. I couldn’t wrap my brain around having any more pain, any more suffering and I especially couldn’t imagine having cancer. Was all that I had gone through with my arm not enough? Was I being punished? I screamed and screamed and screamed some more. Not me. Not me I cried. 

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Christine resides between Dallas and Miami. She is a wife and mom to two great teenage sons. She’s a former model and power athlete. Stay tuned for Christine’s next inspiring post! She is also writing a book about her dual journey with her battle with breast cancer and the fusion of her arm. 

 

SURGERY Vs. LIQUID FACELIFT: The Answer Is Written All Over Your Face By Guest Beauty Expert, Brooke Nichol R.N.

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Many times a week I have clients who come in, sit in my chair, and say to me, “all I see when I look in the mirror is my mother”, and when that happens, it might be time for an intervention. You eat right, stay out of the sun, and you’re even diligent about your nightly regimen of medical grade skin care and serums and yet you still see the same thing staring back at you in the mirror; your parents.  There is only so much that lotions and potions can do before its time for minimally invasive treatments or surgical procedures.  Please don’t hear me wrong, I am a HUGE advocate of prevention and taking good care of your skin, but I am also a realist. 

Whether we want to admit it or not, AGING HAPPENS.  So what can you do about it? 

Below you will see a 68-year young client of mine who has never had ANY injections prior to our visit.  What you will notice first is her over arched brows that she subconsciously holds up to maintain her vision, making her a perfect candidate for an upper blepharoplasty (eye-lid surgery).  She is also a perfect example of who NOT to treat with neuro-modulators in the frontalis (forehead) because it will drop her lids and impede her sight.

We further discussed her options and I explained to her the amount of volume loss observed and mentioned that at her age a facelift would be a great option.  She, however, is not in the market for surgery ($7,000-$50,000) and does not want the down time that comes with the possible recovery time (2 weeks-6 months).

We discussed different filler options and what she can expect.  It has been said, for every ONE SYRINGE you erase ONE YEAR.  I injected 10 syringes and wouldn’t you agree that she looks 10 years younger!

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I always start injecting at the top and work my way down for which, in most cases, allows me to use less filler.  In the end I used the following to give her the result of a “liquid facelift.”

  • VOLUMA x (4) syringes in the malar (cheek) region and mid face.
  • Juvederm Ultra Plus x (4) syringes to treat the vertical lips lines, marionette lines and pre jowl sulcus (indentions to each side of chin).  (See previous blog on the importance of foundation).   
  • Juvederm Ultra x (2) syringes in the fine lines that were etched in her skin from either expressions or loss of volume.

When it comes to Surgery Vs. Liquid facelifts, I don’t feel it is one or the other.  The answer is different for all of us and for most; a combination of both could offer the best results. 

There are so many options these days and the list is getting longer with each FDA approval of modern medicines. Along side of every laser, light, peel, potions, and lotion, there are real benefits with dermal fillers, neuro-modulators and plastic surgery. Everyone has his or her own self-critic within that will nudge you consistently when it’s your time to take action. You might even get to a point where you cannot stand to look in the mirror and THAT is your sign to act! 

Brooke Nichol R.N.

Owner/Operator of Saving Face in Austin, TX

Learn more about Brooke & her services at http://savingfaceaustin.com 

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Top Eight Must Haves to Make Your Home A Glam Winter Wonderland! By Guest Blogger- Cortney Bailey

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I am thrilled to be a part of the Sanctuary of Style community!  Daily, I find inspiration through the fashionista herself, Tiffany Hendra’s, style tips and uplifting quotes!  Whew, it is amazing to have an army of women (and men) who are all cheering each other on, can I get an Amen!?!  When Tiff asked me to be a guest blogger for S.O.S. I was so excited and knew exactly what I wanted to share: The Top Eight Must Haves to Make Your Home A Glam Winter Wonderland!

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The Winter Season means something different to everyone!  Maybe you waited all year for January 1st when you started fresh with new goals or perhaps your kiddos were home for winter break.  Maybe you celebrated Hanukah or Christmas and entertained family and friends or you simply could not wait to cuddle up by the fire during the plummeting temperatures … or if you are like me who grew up in Northern Texas where it snows and freezes, but you now live in Southern California you find any excuse to light a fire and buddle-up in a cozy blanket and create your own winter!

I am excited to share with you all the top eight items to have to make your home ready for Winter!  No matter if you just want to have your home ready for yourself and a couple friends or if you are having a huge winter bash these eight items will leave your home memorable and inviting!

 You can find a full list of inspirational ideas, links where to shop and prices on my blog:

http://www.CortneyBaileyDreamDesignDwell.com

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Number One: You’re Welcome!

You don’t have to roll out the “Red Carpet” to make a great impression but you do have to make a great first impression! Your front door really does set the tone to the rest of your home sweet home.

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My first must have for Winter is a fresh doormat! No matter if you are pinching pennies or have a bottomless budget you can make this happen!  I promise you, you want all visitors, family, friends and even your delivery person to actually feel welcomed to your home and not think … “oh well” when they set foot on your threshold.

Your home can be perfectly pristine inside but if your doormat is faded or unraveling your first impression may be a flop. Let’s not let that happen!

Number Two: “What Does the Fox Say?”

img72o“What Does the Fox Say?” is one of 2013’s most watched videos on You Tube but it is right on trend with this year’s friendly animal must have!  That’s right, animal motifs are all the rage this year! From fashion to pop culture to home décor, having a splash of these beautiful creatures displayed in your wonderland is the second winter must have!

Number Three: Jewel Tones for Your Table! 

simplicity_colors_fsWant to add festive winter glam to your table this season?  Jewel tone glassware is the perfect accessory for various occasions during the winter months.  Amethyst, Sapphire, Ruby, Emerald and Amber are examples of deep jewel tone colors that represent reflections of the winter season. These colors will enhance even the most basic white dishware for not only winter but also during the holidays as well! If you love one color like Ruby Red then stick to it, but if you want to be a little more adventurous then think about using three colors or all five and watch your table or holiday party come-to-life!

  

Number Four: Not Your Grandma’s Humidifier!

Winter can bring out the best and worst in us all! It’s a festive time, yet the cold weather and extra heat, that we all need to stay warm, can be damaging to you and your home! Depending on where you live, dry or cold climates, you probably experience chapped lips, cracked hands, and a dry face that needs extra moister, plus a body that requires lots of water to keep it hydrated.  As you turn up the heat and light the fireplace inside your home, the same dryness that happens to your body applies to your furniture and hardwood floors! Eeeek … let’s not let this happen to you or your home!!!

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My fourth “Must Have” for Winter is a humidifier! You may be a little shocked by this pick and ask why is this a “Must Have”?  I agree, it may not seem as fun as my other must have items, but it definitely serves a great purpose – and they actually can be very creative! Humidifiers don’t have to be boring, they actually are packed with a lot of punch, and are able to alleviate some of the minor but irritating causes of dry and cold to hot air – especially in the winter months. Cold air contains less moisture than warm air.  When you turn your heating system on, the blowing air makes a home even dryer, which can cause damage to your body and your home’s wood elements!

There are so many different humidifiers to choose from and I would suggest you research the various brands before you buy one, however just like most home appliances, humidifiers come in all sorts of creative shapes, amazing colors and perfect sizes. They are not just your Grandma’s humidifier they are now modern and sleek!

 

Number Five: Toss Me a Throw!

Who does not love to snuggle under a warm throw during the winter?  Well, I know I sure do!  Even in Southern California we have super chilly nights and one of my favorite things to do is to wrap myself up in a cozy throw and either sit by the fire, watch a movie or enjoy a nice glass of wine or a mug of hot chocolate, and yes sometimes I get to do all at the same time!

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Having a collection of throws literally tossed around your home is such a great way to embrace winter and is my fifth “Must Have” for the winter season! Throws always give a home a comfy feeling and make every one feel welcome.  Besides the practical use, throws are a great way to add a pop of color, texture and layering to almost any room.

QUICK TIP: I love to snatch up throws right after the holiday and winter season is over as many of them will be on sale – SCORE!

 

Number Six: Natural Beauty!

Create natural beauty indoors this winter by using influences from the outdoors to create a beautiful homey wonderland indoors. Natural and organic elements now rule the roost!  From a single natural object, that can introduce a vignette to the current winter trend to an entire home filled with organic winter influences your house will echo the perfect blend of warmth and style that blur the line between outdoors and indoors! Bringing nature inside is my sixth “Must Have” for Winter!

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If you love the Earth’s no-fuss beauty, then simple displays of natural design is perfect!  However, if you tend to be drawn to more glitz and glamour then you can easily achieve the natural look by adding some shine – this is simply done by enhancing the natural design with anything from ribbon and bells all the way to glitter and lights! Just like applying make-up to a natural face, you can simply add a little mascara or you can layer on the fake eye-lashes, there is no right or wrong and the sky is the limit!!!

 

Number Seven: Let There Be Light!

The seventh “Must Have” for this winter season is pretty simple, candles!  Who does not love a great candle?  Not only do they make fantastic gifts, everyone looks like a super model in a candle lit room! If you want to bring a cozy feeling and achieve the look of warmth into your environment during the winter months, then crab your matches and light a candle.

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Ideally, I’d love to fill my home with dozens and dozens of candles without having a fire risk, but since that is not possible here is an easy tip.  I like to purchase flameless candles and use them in the background or place them in gorgeous votives like mercury glass.  Then, I use one good candle in each room of my home to give my “wonderland” a heavenly scent that is not too overpowering. I accomplish the perfect effect without much risk – this is especially important if you have kids, pets or are throwing a holiday party – no fire risk – perfecto!!!

Number Eight:  Lip-Smacking Good!

The eighth and final “Must Have” for Winter are lip-smacking but simple snacks!  If it’s just you, yourself and I or if you have an entire heard to feed these munchies will be yummy to everyone’s tummy!!!  Don’t forget the presentation of your scrumptious snacks is just important as the treat itself. If you are having a party for one be kind to yourself and put a little effort into the arrangement of your goodies. It goes without saying, if you are having friends or family over, staging your snacks is key to the overall vibe of your event – no matter how casual or grand your get-to-gather may be, remember it’s all about the appearance.

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I’d love to hear from you! What are your favorite must haves for winter? I’m always looking for new ideas so leave me a comment below or follow me on one of the social network sites below and share your ideas!

Keep Dreaming Designing & Dwelling!

Cheers!

Cortney Bailey

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Cortney Bailey is a Texan living in Los Angeles! She is a TV Host & Licensed Real Estate Agent, who is obsessed with home design and is a fitness junkie! On any given weekend you will find Cortney cheering on The Dallas Cowboys and her Alma Mater, The Baylor Bears with her 3.5 pound Yorkie, Gus sitting beside her! 

 

Ready to Lose the WEIGHT and the DEPRESSION? with Guest Blogger- Health/Weightloss Expert Rayo Cole

I am excited to be on this  journey with you towards better health!   I promise you that by giving yourself 30 days to TRY ON a new way of eating, you will lose weight and feel great!  As you know, I lost 70 pounds without surgery  or weight loss pills.

I no longer suffer from depression, anxiety, body pains and allergies.

This wasn’t my reality two years ago. I was angry, depressed and very overweight!  My diet plan changed my life and I am now eager to help many people solve their health issues by changing their diet. If you are suffering from obesity, low body weight, allergies, depression/anxiety or any other ailments, my diet plan is the answer you have been looking for! I am committing myself to you! Only thing I ask from you is to be 100% committed to your health and fitness. Are you willing to take the challenge? If YES, please proceed to the diet plan below.

Below you will find a sample diet plan and a healthy food list.  You have to commit to eating 5 small meals a day (eat every 3 hours), stay away from gluten laden carbohydrates (barley, wheat, rye, white flour products), high glycemic sugars ( agave, high fructose corn syrup, honey, evaporated cane juice ), soy, milk products, alcohol and processed foods. We are cutting these foods out because they have been found to cause: depression and anxiety, bloating and gas, inflammation, fatigue, headaches, aching joints, weight gain, poor concentration and mood swings.  These foods also cause cancer, liver issues, high blood pressure and many other health ailments. You will also have to commit to drinking 8-12  8 oz glasses of water per day, working out 5 times per week and taking a daily multivitamin. I recommend eating organic and non GMO products.

You will learn how to properly combine your foods to stabilize your mood and keep your blood sugar balanced. You will feel more: energetic, happier, no more inflammation/congestion, better digestion, no more skin issues, no more depression, mood swings and anxiety. You will finally feel what real HEALTH feels like!

Diet Plan For Women

Each of your 5 meals should contain proteins, gluten-free carbs, non-starchy vegetable and a fat.

How To Combine Each Meal:
*For weight loss, do not eat the starch at dinner time. *

1)Healthy Protein Options
4 oz or 28grams for breakfast, lunch and dinner and 2 oz or 14 grams for two small in between meals or snacks.

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Chicken
Beef
Turkey
Pork
Lamb
Eggs
Fish
Hemp Protein

2) Healthy Carbohydrate Options
1/2 cup  or 28 grams per serving for main meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and 1/4 cup or 14 grams for two mid day snacks.

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Potatoes
Sweet potatoes
Yams
Quinoa
Gluten free bread
Gluten free brown rice pasta
Brown or wild rice
Buckwheat
Beans
Lentils
Fruits
Plantains
Squash
Peas
Carrots
Corn
Beets
Pumpkin

3) Healthy Non- Starchy Vegetables Options
2 cups cooked or 4 cups raw for main meals and 1 cup cooked or two cups raw for snacks.

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Sprouts (bean, alfalfa, etc.)
Greens – lettuces, spinach, chard, etc.
Hearty Greens – collards, mustard greens, kale, etc.
Radicchio and endive count as greens
Herbs – parsley, cilantro, basil, rosemary, thyme, etc.
Bok Choy
Celery
Radishes
Sea Vegetables (Nori, seaweed)
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Cabbage (or sauerkraut)
Mushrooms
Jicama
Cucumber (or pickles without added sugars)
Peppers (all kinds)
Scallions or green onions
Asparagus
Bamboo Shoots
Leeks
Brussels Sprouts
Snow Peas (pods)
Green Beans and Wax Beans
Tomatoes
Eggplant
Artichoke Hearts
Fennel
Onions
Okra

4) Healthy Fat Options
Fats: 1tsp liquid(oils) , 12-15 nuts, 1 tbsp nut butter or 1/4 avocado. For in between meals, make sure you divide a regular serving by half.

Good_Oils
Flax seed oil ( mix in smoothies, oatmeal, not good to cook with)
Olive oil ( best not to cook on high heat because it destroys the healthy properties)
Coconut oil ( great for cooking on high heat or eating it right out the jar)
Grape seed oil ( great for cooking on high heat)
Avocado ( 1/4 of a whole fruit)
Nuts ( 12 -15 nuts) No peanuts because it is a high allergen food
Nut butter ( 1 tbsp) ( eliminate if you want to lose weight)

Example of a typical day:

Breakfast:
2 eggs, 2 egg white
1/2 cup cooked plain oatmeal cooked
1 tsp flax seed oil
2 cup steamed spinach

Mid Morning Snack:
2 scoop  hemp protein
1/2 cup blueberries
1 tsp coconut oil
blend above items w/ ice for an amazing smoothie!
1 cup steamed broccoli

Lunch:
4 oz turkey/lean beef burger wrapped in lettuce and topped w/ lots of veggies
1/2 grams cup baked potato
2 cups sautéed cabbage in grapeseed oil
1/4 avocado

Mid Day Snack:
Same as mid morning snack

Dinner:
4 oz Grilled Salmon
1/2  cup brown rice
2 cups Brussels sprouts sautéed in
1 tsp grape seed oil

Desserts/treats:

Check out my previous blog on healthy  desserts and dig in!

You can still have your favorite foods! Just substitute them with better alternatives.

Other Healthy Habits:
Vitamins: Take a multivitamin
Drink 8 cups of water per day
Exercise 5 times a week (cardiovascular,weight lifting, and flexibility workouts)

I am here to support you! Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!

Rayocole@gmail.com

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FEEL BETTER & START ENJOYING LIFE: 21 Day Challenge with Shirley Plant

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Whether you have food allergies, intolerances or dietary restrictions, it can be difficult when it comes to menu planning and feeding yourself.

I know only too well how difficult this can be. Diagnosed with over 20 food allergies and intolerances over twenty years ago, I wondered what I was going to eat and menu planning became a chore in itself.

Planning meals became depressing and some days I just went hungry as I had no idea what to eat.

One day a woman came into my life who also had dietary restrictions. She was a whiz in the kitchen and it was like her kitchen was her chemistry lab. The substitute foods she combined yielded the most amazing, tasty recipes. She not only helped me, she gave me the courage to go out and ask questions, look at different food options and learn for myself how to substitute certain foods for others while making my own favourite recipes.

Before I knew it I had recipes I could eat! The added bonus was that my friends and family enjoyed these new recipes as well, so I no longer had to make the allergy- free dinner, and the non allergy dinner. Wow, this was amazing.

Fast forward to today and through the study of Nutrition and years of dedication and dietary consulting, I have a cookbook filled with tasty, healthy recipes that are free of dairy, wheat, yeast, eggs, corn, sugar, soy, gluten and more. In Finally… Food I Can Eat, I dedicate chapters to substitution, knowing the difference between allergies and intolerances, proper food combining, natural food chemicals and rotation diets. A quick glance allergy avoidance index at the back of the book tells you which recipes omit which allergen foods. I found it frustrating when I bought an allergy cookbook and got home only to realize I could only make a few of the recipes, because all the others contained foods I couldn’t eat.

My passion is helping people come up with healthy, tasty options within their dietary needs and I am thrilled to be able to offer to you my 21 Day Gluten- Free, Dairy- Free, Sugar- Free Challenge!

It can be scary and very stressful to find out that you can no longer eat certain foods. I see a lot of Mothers in my practice who are so worried about what to make for their food intolerant child. That is where this Challenge can help.

There is no need to struggle the way I did with what to eat. Allow me to share my knowledge with you and let’s bring fun back into menu planning and eating! Food is life!!

What’s included in my 21 Day Challenge-

  • Recipes and Menu Plans
  • Helpful dietary and emotional tips throughout the Challenge
  • Closed Facebook Group for added support from me and other Challengers
  • 3 one hour live calls with me each Monday with Q&A at the end- recorded
  • Audio clip from Integrative Medical Specialist Dr Richard Nahas Founder of the Seekers Centre, as to why he recommends his patients go gluten free
  • Audio clip from hypnotherapist Johanna Lynn, with a 30 minute hypnosis to help you with the
  • stress and emotions that come up when changing your diet
  • A chance to win a one on one thirty minute consult with Shirley Plant.

Why not make your menu planning easier and stress free, join me on November 4th and start enjoying everything life has to offer!

 http://www.deliciousalternatives.com/21day/

 

WALKING BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT: Celebrating Christine

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Hey Sweet Sistas!

How do I graciously begin a post about a topic like Breast Cancer? There’s really no gracious way to go about it except to say cancer sucks and when it hits the body parts that makes women feel feminine and sultry…well, it’s like one bad nightmare. On top of potentially losing your breasts, add losing your crowning glory? WHAT?

We all know or indirectly know a woman who has fought this battle and lived this nightmare. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I invite you in joining me in celebrating a courageous woman who is my SHEro, Christine Handy. Now, SHE is the epitome of GRACE. Throughout her battle this past year, she has worn a smile (even through tears) and refused to become a victim, but a VICTOR! Yes, she has battle wounds, but remains a warrior. She has awaken from the nightmare and is living life! Did she want to give up? I’m sure she did, but she showed up every day- for herself, for her family, for her friends and kept putting one foot in front of the other walking by Faith. Here’s a glimpse into her battle: 

October 1, 2013, marked the one year anniversary of my BC diagnosis. (it’s a yucky story but here goes) I was home, unfortunately alone, about 8:30 AM…..I saw my cell phone ringing, picked it up and there was a very soft, but firm voice on the other line. My doctor told me quickly that I had Stage 2 Malignant Breast Cancer. He was unsure yet if my lymph nodes were involved and that I also had the most aggressive type, Level 3.

All I could remember after that was sitting down gingerly on my chair in my bedroom….tears started flowing. I didn’t want to embarrass myself over the phone with the doctor so I think I just sat quietly and listened.  I hid my tears…..

And then I remember asking one question….”Am I going to die?”

I will never forget the doctor’s answer…..

He said , “I would like to meet with you and your husband to discuss”. That was it………that’s all he said. That is almost all I remember from that entire day. I do know we told our son Noah that night because I couldn’t stop crying. We tried to wait, but it was impossible for me to hide my fear, sadness and utter despair. Noah needed to know. Luke was at boarding school and so we kept it from him until Peter could fly up there and tell him in person. I went straight to Arizona for my lumpectomy with my parents.  My parents flew me home and Peter flew up to Luke’s ‘Parent Weekend’ that I obviously would have to miss. Peter told him then.

 That said, we are replacing that horrible memory with a new memory and a beautiful day. OUT with the OLD in with the NEW.

I spent the entire day of October 1st, 2013, out of my house with friends and family who love me and they made it a FABULOUS day.  Now, we just have to go through the motions to the finish line….. MY SURGERY. I have delayed my reconstructive surgery indefinitely as it is too much on my body. I need to rebuild. I will get through the holidays after the final CHEMO which is now DECEMBER 3rd and decide then. I have had ENOUGH.

I have amazing friends, a loving family, parents that care so much, kids that love me and I am CANCER FREE!

WALK BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT.

XO, Christine 

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TOP 5 KITCHEN ITEMS FOR EVERY SKIN TYPE By Guest Blogger- Asia DeMarcos aka BEAUTASIA

Hi Superhero’s in-training!

I’ve had a few clients text me today with skincare emergencies. One wanted a hydrating mask, the other had just burned herself. So I got to thinking. Why not blog about this to share with you. Here are my top 5 kitchen collaborators for every skin condition.

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1. Avocados- Skin Types: Dry, dehydrated, red, inflamed or rosasea. I love having plenty of these on hand. They contain a rich natural oil that’s great to condition your skin and hair. It also contains niacin, which has been great for inflammation. Perfect for rosacea. Mash it up and put it on you face for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with luke warm water. Beautasia note: Rinse off in kitchen sink where there’s a garbage disposal. 

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2. Honey- Skin Types: Dry, dehydrated, Sun Damaged, Acne, Aging. This sweet tea compadre is also good for dry skin. It’s a humectant. Which means it will draw moisture into the skin. This amber colored delight is also an anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial so its also perfect for aging and acneic skin types. Take 1 tablespoon of honey and apply to face. Leave on 15-20 minutes. Rinse with luke warm water.

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3. LemonSkin Types: Oily, Acneic, Sun Damaged, Non Sensitive. This amazing liquid is a natural antiseptic and contains natural acids that will exfoliate the face.  These acids will also naturally brighten sun damaged skin. It can be a little drying, so don’t use it if you have super sensitive skin. The acid and antiseptic will also kill those zits! Apply directly from the fruit of squeeze in a bowl and apply with cotton ball or round leave on skin. Beautasia note: Best to sleep on face overnight.

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4. Apple Cider VinegarSkin Types: Oily, Enlarged Pores, Acneic and burned skin. Apple cider vinegar or ACV as it’s known on the streets is great for balancing the body’s ph inside and out! Pour it on a burn and it will draw out the sting. Apply to acne or oily skin so the malic acids and lactic acids with gently exfoliate and kill bacteria. Apply directly on areas with cotton round.

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5. Olive Oil- Skin Types: Dry and Aging. This favorite cooking companion is a nice bath counterpart too. Add a few tablespoon in your bath and watch the dry scaly legs go bye bye. Olive oil is rich in anti-oxidants that will protect you skin from further environmental damage. Mix a little of this with avocado or honey for SUPER hydrating mask. Leave on face as a moisturizer or blot with paper towel. I personally love it as an eye makeup remover. Watch this video I made on how to properly remove it.

Try and mix some of these ingredients together for multiple skin issue. My all time favorites that make my skin soft and bright is 1/4 mashed avocado and 1 teaspoon honey. Please share some of your kitchen favorites in the comment section below. Happy mixing!

 xoxo ~ Beautasia

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Asia DeMarcos is a Los Angeles-based, medically-trained Aesthetician, Makeup Artist and Beauty Blogger. She is the brains behind the “Hollywood Beautiful” concept, lifestyle, amusement and brand. Disguised as her online alter ego, “Beautasia” (Superhero by day, SuperMOM by night)  was created by the distress calls of men, women and teens faced with the challenges of juggling a career, education, and family, all while neglecting a healthy lifestyle.

Pizza, Pasta & Cheese…YES PLEASE! By Guest Blogger- Health/Weight Loss Expert Rayo Cole

Last month, I talked about healthy dessert options to satisfy your sweet tooth!  After losing 70 pounds on a gluten, refined sugar and dairy free diet,  I learned how to recreate my favorite foods and can eat cake, cookies, and ice cream without the guilt.  How about savory, starchy and salty foods? What are we supposed to do when we are craving pizza, macaroni & cheese and bread? Should we cheat and break our diet? These foods are a NO NO when it comes to losing weight, right? WRONG! This is a myth, the good news is you can have your cake and now pizza too! Recreating your  favorite dishes and removing the junk will keep your mouths happy without the extra pounds.

Remember to combine the following items with a protein source, non-starchy veggie and a fat at every meal. Combining foods and eating 5-6 times a day will keep your metabolism high and your fat burning machine revved up! The purpose of combining your food is to balance your blood sugar and keep it stabilized to avoid cravings, fatigue, irritability and mood swings.

Here are my favorite no guilt savory dishes.

Amy ‘s Rice Macaroni  and Cheeze:

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Macaroni and cheese is an all-time favorite because it is  yummy and an amazing comfort food.  While dieting, mac and cheese is usually avoided because of it’s fat, carbs and all of that gooey high calorie cheese. No worries, “Amy’s Rice Macaroni and Cheeze”, is gluten and dairy free! It will tantalize your taste buds without adding inches to your waistline. It is made of rice flour pasta with dairy free cheddar cheese. Your taste buds will not be fooled because it tastes like the real thing! It is cheesy, creamy and tasty without the guilt!

Z Pizza’s Gluten and Dairy Free Pizza

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Pizza is tasty,salty, greasy and very starchy.  It is  one of the guiltiest dishes to eat.  While dieting, pizza is usually  avoided  because one slice can rack up over 500 calories per slice!  Ouch! “Z Pizza”‘, makes gluten and dairy free pizzas which are less  calories than it’s  full fat cousin.  You can call your local franchise and they will deliver this tasty goodness right to your door!

Food For Life’s Gluten Free Breads

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Enjoy English muffins, tortillas  and  sliced breads with,  “Food For Life”, gluten  free  breads.  This line is great because their bread contains minimal ingredients and taste just like real bread without the  high levels of carbohydrates.  Enjoy burgers, wraps, toast, sandwiches and more!

Eating healthy and losing weight  while enjoying your favorite foods is easy! Enjoy pizza, pasta and breads without the added calories and guilt. Stock up on gluten free pastas, breads and flour and recreate your favorite dishes. Remember to keep it sugar and dairy free. A healthy cheese substitute is called, “Daiya Cheese”. You can find it in your local health food stores. Daiya comes in many flavors such as, cheddar and mozzarella.

Create your favorite gluten and dairy free recipes and submit it below. The winning recipe will be featured in my next  blog!

Enjoy Beauties!

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