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Mojuba Wedding Day Emergency Kit Handbag For The Bride With A True Emergency!

6 Jul bride2


Looking for a great bridal shower gift?

The bride will love this ultimate wedding day survival kit

Attention, brides! We have someone we’d like you to meet. Jackie James is the creator of the one thing no wedding should be without: an insurance policy. James owns Mojuba Wedding Day Emergency Kits, fun little bags filled to the brim with solutions to any and every problem that Murphy’s Law (and Mothers-in-law) can possibly manifest on the big day. We’re talking everything from pre-threaded needles and shoe cushions, to L’Occitaine hand cream and a couture stain removal kit. James has thought of it all, because she’s seen it all. The kits are the culmination of her nearly 20 years of experience planning weddings and events for local bigwigs like Lettuce Entertain You and The Pump Room, as well as for her own wedding-planning business.

Mojuba began with a simple mission: to help brides and grooms experience a magnificent, memorable, stress-free wedding. Ask any couple about their wedding day, and you’ll hear about the fine champagne, the romantic dance, and the kiss-but they’ll also divulge that the bride’s lipstick got smudged, their shoes hurt their feet, or that they made the mistake of eating garlic at lunch.

Bride and Groom Mojuba Wedding emergency kits are luxurious bags that contain a collection of stylish, must-have items that brides and grooms need to feel confident that the wedding day is absolutely perfect for everyone involved.

What if…?

  • Your bridesmaid spills her wine
  • Your dress won’t stay up
  • The best man nicked himself shaving
  • You need to find vendor contracts
  • The maid of honor has a run in her stocking
  • The groom has dog hair on his tux
  • One of the usher’s shoes is scuffed
  • The flower girl is rambunctious, and ripped her dress
  • Your mother’s hair won’t stay up

With Mojuba, even the smallest challenge that may arise has been anticipated, so when you’re asked about your wedding day, you can say with complete confidence, “It was ‘perfect.”

The Bride and Groom Mojuba Wedding emergency kits have become wedding day essentials by helping to turn these unexpected, unplanned moments into simple moments that pass without worry or concern. We’re proud to be living our mission and helping happy couples every day.

Wedding Day Advice
1. Scuff your shoes.
“I always tell people to do this. The wedding party usually wears news shoes, and it’s so easy to slip—especially if the church or venue is carpeted or if there are stairs to walk down — so I always tell everyone to go outside and scuff the bottoms of their shoes on the pavement before the ceremony starts.”

2. Eat something.
“It sounds so obvious, but brides get caught up in getting ready and they forget to eat, or they’re nervous and don’t want to eat. But it’s so important to have even a little something … especially if you’ll be drinking champagne.”

3. Be prepared.
While James naturally endorses her own emergency kit, she suggests that every wedding party have one in some form. “Something always happens,” she says. “Someone will always lose a button, someone will always get a headache, someone will always get a stain on something. These might seem like little things now, but when your photographer is taking pictures and someone’s strap won’t stay up or the flower girl gets a grass stain, it can be stressful if you can’t fix it.”

4. Give the guys something to do.
James, who also makes an emergency kit specifically for grooms, suggests that ladies give their guys playing cards, or something else to keep them entertained while the bridal party gets ready. “It doesn’t take the guys as long, and they need something to do before the ceremony besides drink!” she jokes. “I’ve seen too many drunken groomsmen.”

5. Let go.
“Plan as much as you can and organize as much as possible, but then on that day just let it go. Things will happen, and the couples I’ve worked with who were the happiest on their wedding days were the ones who just let go and enjoyed themselves.”

Bride Mojuba is a collection of last-minute items that brides need-but didn’t know they needed-on their wedding day.

Bride Mojuba is a sophisticated, chic bag that unfolds to reveal one exquisite item after another, from essential everyday items to indulgent necessities for the bride and her bridal party.

It has a built-in mirror and is easy to throw over a shoulder or carry on the arm.

Whether bought to ease the stress of their own wedding day or given as a gift, brides across the country can breathe a sigh of relief-Mojuba Wedding will prepare them for the unexpected on their wedding day.

Bride Mojuba ~ $165- Order Here

Make’s a great gift for any Bride on her wedding day a true must have!

 

 

Jackie James, Wedding Expert and Entrepreneur

You don’t know her. But you’ll thank her.

 

Mojuba was founded in 2008 by Jackie James, an adventurous entrepreneur and event planner. Jackie worked for 20 years planning and executing sensational weddings and events, becoming a treasure for her clients. Jackie was able to design events helping to create vision for her clients, anticipate and fix problems and make sure every moment went off without a hitch. Each wedding and event brought its own inspiration, challenges, and rewards.

After those 20 wonderful but hectic years, Jackie decided it was time for a new adventure in her life. Ambitious and motivated, Jackie gathered research and ideas for years, resulting in overstuffed bins of product ideas and binders bursting with inspiration.

Jackie’s pivotal “Ok, I’m going for it!” moment came from her late brother-in-law. He inspired her to take her passion and problem-solving skills and turn them into something of her own-something that would take her vast experience and creativity to the next level.

Jackie often saw new inventions or concepts and would say, “I thought of that years ago!” Her brother-in-law would counter playfully, “But you didn’t DO it.” He was South African and as a tribute and thanks to him for his inspiration, Jackie discovered the word “Mojuba,” which in some African cultures refers to a bag of magical items that bring joy and happiness, and a prayer of praise and tribute. With this inspiration, Jackie’s business began to fully take shape.

Jackie finds new ideas and inspiration everywhere-from the people she meets, every town (and country) she visits, every magazine she picks up, every company she Googles, and every product she comes across. In developing Mojuba, she worked with major retailers and boutique manufacturers all around the world to find the best and most sophisticated products. Jackie’s bins of ideas and tattered papers have evolved into an incredible, fashionable, essential part of any wedding day.

Ultimately, Mojuba bags were created from an entire world of inspiration-a perfect fit for the charm of these bags.

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Relaxing Notes Of Aromatic And Citrusy Perfumes Excellent Choices For Summer

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Ralph Lauren Summer Romance

You’ll fall head over heels with this tropical twist on a beloved vanity staple. ($78 for 3.4 oz; ralphlauren.com)

 

Carolina Herrera 212 Pop for Her

The heady concoction of bergamot and musk is certain to spice things up this season. ($59 for 2 oz; carolinaherrera.com)

 

 

Issey Miyake L’eau d’Issey Summer

This crisp, clean scent is as easygoing as it is exotic. ($64 for 3.3 oz; macys.com)

 

 

Thierry Mugler Angel Sunessence Silver Ocean Summer Edition

A sweet, citrusy blend of vanilla and kumquat is the perfect accessory for a carefree evening. ($80 for 1.7 oz; saks.com)

 

 

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb La Vie En Rose

This fragrance boasts a sophisticated bouquet of rose and lily of the valley. ($80 for 1.7 oz; saks.com)

 

 

Love to the Fullest, Live without regrets, and Laugh Often by Reese Witherspoon for Avon

This trio is packed with feminine florals like peony, gardenia, and rose. ($23 for 1.7 oz; avon.com)

 

 

Calvin Klein CK One Summer

With its mix of melon, lemon, and peach, this spray smells good enough to eat. ($46 for 3.4 oz; macys.com)

 

 

Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche Sheer Moisture Mist

Post-shower, spritz this alcohol-free formula all over to hydrate and softly scent skin. ($40 for 3.4 oz; chanel.com)

 

 

Coach Signature Summer Limited Edition Fragrance

Warm base notes of sandalwood and mahogany ground this subtle, sexy scent. ($65 for 1.7 oz; macys.com)

There are more and more fragrances created especially for summer, as limited summer editions. Whether these fragrances are the best solutions for summer, the market and consumers will answer. The consumers rate each fragrance by quality, longevity, uniqueness and personal inclination for designers.

It is difficult to answer this question. Summertime asks for lighter notes to refresh us and to accompany us in summer days and evenings. Relaxing notes of aromatic and citrusy compositions are an excellent choice for summer temperatures, as well as aquatic versions leaving a pleasant trace. Men can choose between aromatic, green and aquatic notes with a bit of sweetness and sexy spices.

 

Summary: Summer Fragrances are lighter and fresher and should be stored in a dark and cool place. Do not apply the perfume on the clothes as it may get stained. Also do not apply too much of perfume. The most popular summer perfumes are citrus based scents that chill the skin or floral perfumes which make you smell like blossomed flowers.

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Declare Independence From Food Cravings With Strategies And Expert Tips

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You’re entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of cheesecake—as long as you’re the one in charge of the food, and not the other way around. If you find yourself constantly surrendering to every delicious morsel that comes your way, it’s time to stage a revolution.

Unfortunately, cravings are hard to crack. Research has shown that everything from hormones, fluctuations in blood sugar levels, nutritional deficiencies, and emotional and psychological reasons can make you yearn for food, whether you’re hungry or not. But whatever the cause of your cravings, there are ways you can fight back. Make these strategies your first line of defense in every battle against chocolate, buttered popcorn, and any other tasty temptation.

 

Banish Blah Meals

A humdrum diet of unseasoned chicken breast and brown rice is a breeding ground for cravings—not because healthy foods are unsatisfying, but because your meal planning lacks variety (and your taste buds are snoring). A study published in the journal Physiological Behavior found that a nutritionally adequate but otherwise boring and restrictive diet leads to a large increase in the frequency of food cravings. Following a week of normal eating, the study participants were fed a monotonous diet consisting only of a nutritionally complete, vanilla-flavored liquid that was calorically equivalent to each participant’s normal diet. During the four days of the bland eating plan, participants experienced greater food cravings—especially for sweets and entrees, with 76 percent of cravings falling into those two categories.

No matter how delicious, the same three meals in rotation will get old really quickly. Plus, when you feel like a food is a punishment or unpleasant, you may be more susceptible to cravings because you’ll want to reward yourself for enduring it, says Bethany Thayer, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association and manager of wellness programs and strategies for the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. Make your healthy meals pop by sprinkling chicken with tasty herbs like rosemary and tarragon, trying exotic fruits and veggies like lychee and bok choy, and experimenting with new recipes. A little creativity in the kitchen will make your foods tastier and your diet seem less loathsome.

 

Take Food Off the Pedestal

Are daydreams of doughnuts your guilty pleasure? Unfortunately, our tendency to think about certain foods as off-limits only increases their appeal. This is especially true for dieters with long “do not eat” lists; studies consistently show that dieters report higher levels of food cravings than people on unrestricted diets. What’s more, even unappetizing foods can prompt cravings if they’re highly constrained. That was another surprising outcome of the Physiological Behavior study: Participants reported craving the bland vanilla drink even after they were allowed to return to normal eating—and despite disliking it.

The study’s lead author concluded in an article published in the Journal of Nutrition that the fact that even unpalatable foods could be desired and overeaten revealed that it may be the way in which foods are consumed, and not the taste, appearance, and smell, that gets us addicted. “Sometimes it doesn’t matter what the food is,” says Thayer. “As soon as you find out you can’t have it—you want it.” Placing fewer foods on the high-calorie restricted list and allowing yourself small tastes of your favorites could help keep cravings at bay.

 

Take Food Off the Pedestal

Are daydreams of doughnuts your guilty pleasure? Unfortunately, our tendency to think about certain foods as off-limits only increases their appeal. This is especially true for dieters with long “do not eat” lists; studies consistently show that dieters report higher levels of food cravings than people on unrestricted diets. What’s more, even unappetizing foods can prompt cravings if they’re highly constrained. That was another surprising outcome of the Physiological Behavior study: Participants reported craving the bland vanilla drink even after they were allowed to return to normal eating—and despite disliking it.

The study’s lead author concluded in an article published in the Journal of Nutrition that the fact that even unpalatable foods could be desired and overeaten revealed that it may be the way in which foods are consumed, and not the taste, appearance, and smell, that gets us addicted. “Sometimes it doesn’t matter what the food is,” says Thayer. “As soon as you find out you can’t have it—you want it.” Placing fewer foods on the high-calorie restricted list and allowing yourself small tastes of your favorites could help keep cravings at bay.

 

Confront Your Cravings

The next time you feel a hankering for something chocolate, don’t ignore the impulse altogether. Paying attention to the sensation could help you fight off cravings in the future, according to the findings of a recent study published in the journal Appetite. The research showed that participants who were taught to accept their cravings by acknowledging thoughts of food without judgment and without acting on those impulses reported significantly lower cravings overall. Among other exercises, study participants were instructed to perform a “body scan,” a technique where attention is brought to each area of the body, starting with the toes and moving up to the top of the head. The body scan was meant to increase awareness and acceptance of bodily sensations including hunger, satiety, and craving. Researchers concluded that by taking a step back and observing a food craving, participants were able to recognize cravings’ fleeting nature and learn that they eventually fade.

One of the best ways to become of aware of cravings is to keep a food journal, suggests Thayer. “I encourage people to be very conscious of what they’re craving, as well as what’s driving that behavior. Do you feel physical hunger? Was there an experience that triggered the craving? If you keep track of all these things, you can identify patterns in your eating,” she says. Once you realize that your impulse is due to low energy or hunger, you can satisfy your body with a cup of coffee or a bowl of high-fiber cereal rather than reaching for a doughnut. You can also use a journal to monitor timing of meals and snacks—it’s best to eat every 4 hours to keep hunger (and snack attacks) at bay.

 

Say So Long to Stress

When the going gets tough, even the tough get snacking. A study published in the journal Nutrition Bulletin found a strong correlation between the secretion of cortisol, a hormone released during stress, and changes in food choice and increased caloric intake. Study participants ate 350 calories more on average and consumed greater amounts of saturated fatty acids and carbohydrates during stressful situations than they did during the baseline period.

Why do we carbo-load in times of distress? Foods with high energy density can temporarily boost levels of serotonin, a brain chemical that regulates mood. So after a bad day at the office or a big fight with a loved one, we reach for something sugary and carb-heavy to cope, according to a paper published in the journal Physiology and Behavior. “There could have been a time when you were feeling low or stressed—you ate something sweet, experienced that boost of serotonin, and then it became a conditioned response: Feel sad, eat sweets,” says Thayer.

Unfortunately, it’s a calorically expensive pattern to get into. While a simple carbohydrate such as sugar does boost serotonin, the feeling is fleeting, and you’ll have to reach into the candy bowl more times than you’d like to maintain it, says Thayer. One sweet snack turns into another to keep your energy up. A better way to fight sugar cravings long-term is to consume complex carbohydrates like whole grains rather than blood-sugar spiking white varieties, she says. And to stave off cravings in the moment, take a brisk walk or head to the gym for a full-blown workout if time permits. Studies show that people report a higher tendency to eat in order to distract themselves from stress; sidetrack yourself with a sweat session to curb cravings and get fit in the process.

 

Take a Lap

Studies show that chocolate is the most commonly (and intensely) craved food item. (It’s so prevalent that one Journal of Proteome Research study even links the type of bacteria living in the human digestive system to a desire for the sweet stuff.) While antioxidant-rich dark chocolate is a perfectly good snack in moderation, a relentless cocoa craving makes sticking to a single serving nearly impossible. But you can fight back. A study published in the journal Appetite found that a brisk 15-minute walk significantly reduces chocolates urges in regular chocolate eaters during and for at least 10 minutes following the completion of exercise. “Taking a walk provides distraction from your craving and reminds you of your long-term fitness goals,” says Thayer. “There’s also the mental component. If you’ve done something good for yourself—like taking a walk for exercise—it precipitates doing even more good for yourself. You’re less likely to eat the chocolate after the walk because it would undo the healthy practice you just performed.”

Can’t take a lap? Clench a muscle. A recent study in the Journal of Consumer Research found that firming muscles—whether in your hand, finger, calf, or biceps—can improve self-control, including overcoming the call of tempting foods when a craving hits.

 

 

Mally Roncal’s Beauty Smokey Eye Kit Original Collection And Tutorial

24 Jun Mally-Beauty-Make-Up-Artist

 

 

 

Eye Shadow

City Chick Smokey Eye Kit – Original Collection

Item #EY0001

$40.00 

 

Discover the secret to gorgeous, smokey eyes just like the ones Mally Roncal creates for her celebrity clients. Mally’s all-in-one eye kit has what you need for eyes that are smooth, real, and sexy never heavy or fake. Brownstone is gorgeous with neutral, earthy tones. Skyscraper is sultry in a rich slate/gray palette. Central Park flourishes with an assortment of greens. Nolita Navy is your perfect blue-never retro, Midtown Merlot is a collection of sweet Burgundies, Plum Chelsea is a warm set of natural plums. Eyeliner Pencil included.

Available in:

Brownstone, Skyscraper, Plum Chelsea, Central Park, Nolita Navy, Midtown Merlot, SoHo Silver.

 

Order Your City Chick Smokey Eye Collection here: Mally Beauty Online Website

 

 

Ingredients:

Eye Shadow Base Ingredients:

Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isohexyl Caprate, Nylon 12, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyethylene, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline) Wax, Kaolin, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol

May Contain: Zinc Oxide (CI 77947), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides

(CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007)

Crease / Lipcolor / Browlighter Ingredients:

Talc, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Methylparaben, Tocopherol, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Ascorbyl Palmitate

May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499),

Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Silica, Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510),

Carmine (CI75470), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288)

 

Application Tips

I LOVE SMOKEY EYES! Sexy, mysterious, alluring, chic, cool! It seems really complicated, right? Not with my smokey eye kit! It absolutely takes all the guesswork out of it. Just smooth on my cream to powder base, this will keep your smokey eyes smoldering all day. Then, take the lightest shadow and lightly dust it all over the lid all the way to the browbone. Next, take the medium tone and lay it from the lashline to just past the crease of your eye. If you have a flatter shaped eye, like me, just go up right past where you can fell your eyeball sit in your socket, then blend up. Take the darkest tone and run that all over the lashline, top and bottom. Finally, finish off with the pencil liner on top.

The shades in all kits (Brownstone, Skyscraper, and Central Park, get it? CITY chick?) are softer than harsh blacks, so you can have smokin’ eyes anytime.

Mally Roncal Online Website

Hair Trend Photos: 14 Different Ways To Wear Your Hair To The Gym

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Side Braid: Lala Vasquez

If you have incredibly long hair, a side braid can help keep everything under control. After your gym session, undo the braid to reveal gorgeous, soft curls.

Ponytail with a Poof: Kim Kardashian

Whether your hair is long or short, a classic ponytail will never go out of style. Don’t forget to give the top of your head a little poof for emphasis—and to avoid that not-so-sleek sweaty look.

Tight Ponytail: Emma Roberts

A tight ponytail is a favorite for gym goers. Keep the hairstyle really neat by running over your head with a toothbrush! Its bristles will keep flyaways in check.

Loose Ponytail with Layers: Julianne Hough

Keep the rest of your mane flowing in a loose ponytail. This hairstyle works best for girls with layers and bangs.

Braided Bangs: Sarah Connor

Have bangs that you can’t (or don’t want to) pull back? Try braiding it across to keep it off your sweaty forehead and face.

Braid and Bun: Alexandra Fulton

Want extra control? Braid your bangs and tie the rest of your mane into a bun. You’ll be able to run, do Pilates, and head straight to happy hour with this hairstyle.

Crazy Curls: Teresa Palmer

Girls with curls, this hairstyle is for you! Create a super-natural ‘do by bringing your hair into a ponytail at the top of your head. Then, wrap your curls around using bobby pins to secure the chunky strands.

High Bun: Jamie Chung

We love a high bun for special occasions, but you can also rock the easy, chic look while exercising. Flip your head over when you work your hair for best results.

Pigtails: Brittany Curran

Pigtails aren’t just for kids. Try them for your next gym visit. Wear them high, low, or in the middle (as pictured).

Hat Head: Paris Hilton

Hello, hats! Don’t forget—you can use accessories other than rubber bands when you’re at the gym. Use a hat to keep your hair off of your face. Just beware of hat hair!

Lovely Waves: Vanessa Hudgens

Let it all hang loose. This hairstyle works best on girls with waves and curls. Flaunt those tresses, girlfriend!

Beautiful Bangs: Sofia Vergara

Don’t worry about your bangs—showcase them on or off the courts. Tie your ponytail high, and worry about your bangs later.

Which hairstyle do you tend to wear the most when your working out at the gym?

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Papaya Facial Mask Minimize’s Wrinkles Making You Look Younger

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Papaya is a tropical fruit, sweet and aromatic, and what is best, is extremely rich in vitamin A and contains a good amount of vitamin B5. Both vitamins are deeply related to the hydration of the skin and hair pigmentation.When you apply a mask of papaya, the fruit helps the cleansing and moisturizing your skin in depth. To prepare a face mask at home, just put in the blender a piece of papaya pulp and add 2 or 3 tablespoons of honey. The bats well until a smooth paste and apply it on face for 20 minutes. Then rinse with warm water and repeat this process once a week.

Unfortunately, not all of us have the funds for a fancy facial or a store-bought facial mask to help alleviate the visual signs of stress. Lucky for you though, we dug up a homemade facial mask recipe from Daisy Tang, founder of Aspara Aromatics, and it’s not just any ol’ home facial mask, but a papaya facial mask (yup, we’ve gone tropical on you). Papaya has enzymes in it similar to alpha hydroxy acid, which helps minimize wrinkles, and in turn will make you look less stressed. To boot, while you apply this facial mask, you can close your eyes and pretend you’re on an island somewhere far, far away from life’s craziness.

 

In addition to being wallet-friendly, this homemade facial mask is super easy to make. In fact, it only involves three ingredients: oatmeal, honey and — wait for it — papaya. You most likely have the first two in your pantry, right? So all you need to do is pick up the latter from your local market.

 

Here’s how to make a homemade facial mask:

Papaya Homemade Facial Mask Ingredients:

 

3 tablespoons of blended papaya

1/3 cup oatmeal

1 tablespoon honey

 

Directions: Mix all of the ingredients together. Spread mask all over your face and leave on for 10 minutes. Then, rinse off the homemade mask with warm water.

 

 

Why Is Vitamin K Important Nutrient For Heart And Bone Health?!

7 Jun Vitamin-K-102939

 

Vitamin K is one of those vitamins that you do not seem to hear a lot about in the media or in the doctor’s office. So what is vitamin K and why should you care about it?

Vitamin K is an important nutrient for heart and bone health. There are two natural forms utilized by the body, including Vitamin K1 and K2. Vitamin K1 is used for blood coagulation, while K2, which is mostly found in meat, liver, cheese, and egg yolks, is used for calcium regulation. With prevailing low-fat and vegetarian diets, many of us eat reduced amounts of meat and opt for egg white omelets, basically eliminating the richest source of this essential vitamin. As a result, many people may be deficient in K2.

Natto, a fermented form of soy, native to Japan, is an excellent source of K2, but is not common in the United States. K1 is found in leafy greens such as kale, spinach, chard, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, parsley, and romaine lettuce. To get enough K1, however, you would need to eat an abundance of these foods daily, which unfortunately, most of us do not do. While K1 is also not very well absorbed by the body (usually about 10%, but absorption is improved when consumed in conjunction with fatty oils, so pour on that olive oil!), K2 is more bioavailable for the human body. Both vitamins work together to prevent cardiovascular disease in that K2 controls calcification in your arteries and K1 helps to thin the blood. Find out more by visiting http://www.DrEliaz.org.

Calcification of the arteries is a form of cardiovascular degeneration that can begin at an early age but usually goes unnoticed until more serious problems arise. K2 helps prevent this process by deciding where calcium gets delivered in the body. K2 ensures that the calcium you consume is deposited in your bones, not in your blood vessels and other soft tissues. Heart Disease Specialist, Dr. William Davis explains, “Normal deposition of calcium occurs only in bone and in teeth. Abnormal deposition of calcium in the body occurs in three places: the inner lining of the arteries of the body (the intima) that causes atherosclerotic plaque; the muscle layer of arteries (“medial calcification”); and heart valves. K2 appears to be the form of vitamin K responsible for controlling these phenomena (not K1, the form that plays a crucial role in blood clotting).” It is easy to see why Vitamin K2 is important in preventing heart disease and osteoporosis.

Without enough vitamin K (both K1 and K2), the vast majority of the population are at risk for age-related disease. Your arteries receive calcium they do not need or want, and your bones become more porous since the calcium is not delivered to them.

K2 also helps promote blood vessel elasticity by safeguarding elastin, the core protein in the muscle fibers primarily responsible for the elasticity of the arterial wall. Existing elastin is damaged and new production is inhibited by calcium deposition. If you are at risk for cardiovascular disease and/or osteoporosis, consider adding full spectrum Vitamin K supplementation to your diet. And if you are vegan or on a strict diet, it may be wise to consider K2 supplements. Adding some hard cheese to your diet or a hardboiled egg for a fast breakfast may greatly improve your heart health and decrease your risk for osteoporosis.

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How To Stay Cool In Summer With Effortless And Stylish Updos

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The Elegant Updo—Instead of a simple bun, try this tucked-up look from Dolce & Gabbana’s fall ’11 show. Apply a root-lifting spray to dampen hair and blow-dry. Start with a middle-part and lightly twist low sections on each side until they meet in the back, and secure with bobby-pins. Gather the rest of the hair, twist up, tuck in the ends, and then loosely pin. Finish with a light mist of hairspray.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Lavish Lift Root Booster, $5.99, available at Drugstore.com; Redken Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray, $15, visit Redken for salons; Dolce & Gabbana fall ’11 images courtesy of Redken.

The Braided Swoop—We love a good braid, but we also love that these mini-plaits work for ladies with bangs, too. First, apply a lightweight finishing serum to tame flyways. Then, start on one side of the head and braid across. Pull the braids across your forehead and secure with bobby-pins. Finish with hairspray.

Phyto Phytolisse Finishing Serum, $30, available at Sephora; Davines Glam Power Hairspray, $25, visit Davines for salons; image courtesy of Pixie Market.

The Twisted Bun—We’ve been digging the side-twist for a while now, mainly for its ease and versatility. Pair it with hair piled into a bun and secured with a cute accessory, and you’ve got an effortless summer updo. Perfect the look by applying either a texturizing sea spray or frizz-fighting gel on damp hair, blow-dry or let hair air dry, then twist—starting at the crown—and secure. Voilà!

Bumble and bumble Surf Spray, $23, available at Bumble and bumble; Tresemme Tres Gel Extra Firm Hold, $4.99, available at CVS; Urban Outfitters Leather Bun Holder, $14, available at Urban Outfitters

Hair Beauty Tips: 5 Inexpensive Ways To Care For Your Hair

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Your hair is your crowning glory. Look after it and it will shine for all the world to see. You don’t always need expensive treatments, or visits to a hair salon to manage your hair professionally. There’s so much you can do yourself.

 

1. For shiny, healthy hair think first of your body’s intake. Your hair is really just a reflection of what you are inside. A good balanced, nutritious and healthy diet will do more to make your hair shine than any shampoo or conditioner. And drink eight to ten glasses of water a day too; hair is 25% water, so don’t let yours go thirsty!

 

2. Dry your hair after washing in the ambient temperature of your room after using an absorbent towel to soak up the excess moisture, but don’t rub hard. If possible, don’t use blow-drying, flat irons, curling irons or hot rollers. Artificial heating will leave your hair brittle and damaged in time. Be natural whenever you can.

 

3. Prevent unnecessary hair damage by using the right kind of hairbrush. Only comb wet hair with a wide-tooth comb, combing from end to root, but avoiding touching the root. Detangling wet hair with a hard steel comb can create a lot of damage, so don’t!

 

4. Remove trichoptlosis, or split ends, like this: take small sections of your hair and carefully twist them in a gentle downward motion. The split ends will stick out. Using sharp scissors, carefully cut into the twisted section, but not right through, to remove the damaged cuticles and leave a natural layered look. Cut roughly the same amount from each twist to balance the effect.

 

5. Hair loss can be slowed, or even reversed by applying a few simple tips, though they probably won’t cure an underlying condition. Biotin can help to regenerate hair follicles: blend bananas with honey, yoghurt and low-fat milk, and drink it daily. Supplements such as Vitamin B6, zinc and saw palmetto will help too, but eliminating stress and getting plenty of sleep may work just as well.

 

We are all obsessed with our hair, whether we are 9 or 90, male or female. Look after yourself first and foremost and your hair will reflect that care and attention. The Biblical Samson’s strength lay in his fine flowing hair. Your hair reflects your strength too.

Swimwear Trends To Watch Out For In Spring/Summer 2011

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Belted
Michael Kors Belted Halter, $239, available at Bergdorf Goodman; Fogal 497 Portofino Coral Swimsuit, $131.58, available at Pret a Beaute; Marc by Marc Jacobs Arielle Bloom Swimsuit, $164, available at Saks.

Neon
BCBG Hampton Ruffle Top, $78, and Bottom, $68, available at BCBG; Full Tilt Neon Swimsuit Top and Bottoms, $19.99 each, available at Tilly’s; Blasting Rock One Piece, $218, available at Free People.

Metallic Sheens
Moonlight Shore Angel Bandeau Bikini, $44, available at Roxy; Zimmermann Lyre Lyre Frill Bikini, $115, available at Zimmermann; Gottex Plunging Metallic One-Piece, $168, available at Bloomingdale’s.

Flattering Ruching
J.Crew Ruched One-Piece, $88, available at J.Crew; Seventh Wonderland Te Amo one piece, $155, available at Seventh Wonderland; Reiss Nina Suit, $55, available at Reiss.

Swimwear is one of the few things that we end up replacing and updating each season since we exhaust each and every opportunity to get into those babies. Therefor, by the end of the warm months, we and our suit of choice have been in enough photos on Facebook together to warrant a relationship status update. That’s why, when picking out a suit to live in this summer, we like to go a little trendy. Check out picks for the top swimsuits of the season, and which 2011 swimwear trends to watch out for. Here’s to making a splash!

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