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Fall 2016 Ready to Wear

The Ralph Lauren Ready to Wear Collection has always been a standby for me. The fabrics are solid, sizing a little roomier for a fuller figure, and colors classic. This year’s fall collection was true to the Ralph Lauren roots:

“The show opened with a passage of neutral looks, and the first models came out wearing billowing high-waisted pants and neatly tailored blazers in shades of beige, a color that has long been a Lauren signature. That monochromatic styling made way for more distinctive themes, starting with the plaid-on-plaid knit tube skirts and fringed capes, and a Navajo-inspired jacket that managed to conjure the outdoorsy spirit of the English countryside and an arid landscape of the American West all at once. One of the most appealing coats in the collection had a cozy, robelike silhouette and was cut from a patchwork of tweeds that could have been swiped straight from Sherlock Holmes’s closet.” Vogue

(For the full show click -> Ralph Lauren.)

Here are a few of my favorites:

  1. I have always loved high waists
http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2016-ready-to-wear/ralph-lauren

High Waist

2. Gauchos or a full skirt?

http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2016-ready-to-wear/ralph-lauren

Midi length skirt

3. Beautiful blue

http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2016-ready-to-wear/ralph-lauren

Beautiful Blue Brocade Coat

4. Perfect Fringe

http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2016-ready-to-wear/ralph-lauren

Just enough fringe

5. Assymetrical bodice – classy

http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2016-ready-to-wear/ralph-lauren

Asymmetrical Bodice

Simple Way to Plump Your Lips

Thin lips? Finding them thinning even more as you age?

Here’s a little cosmetic trick to give the appearance of plumper lips without injections or tattoos.

https://abeautyfullthing.com/2016/05/17/5-beauty-hacks-to-make-your-lips-look-plump/

Plumped Lips with Lip Liner

From WebMD:

“Forget lip injections. Plump up the appearance of your pucker with the trick celebrity makeup artists have been using for years. All you need is lip liner a shade lighter than your lipstick. Draw a line just outside the border of your top lip and fill it in with liner to give the illusion of fuller lips. Then, top with your lipstick.

Pro Tip: Open your mouth and make sure your lip liner is carefully connected at the corners of your mouth. That way you won’t end up with “I Love Lucy” lips.”

Great tips, hope it wears well without being obvious, right?

Let me know if you try it, and how it works for you!

Celebrating Accomplishments

Celebrating accomplishments is a definite must! One of my children has graduated college so let the celebration begin. I’m taking the grad (and his sister) on a little sight seeing trip we will all enjoy.

My goals for honoring and celebrating big achievements (like college graduation) – must be first rate, no worrying about diets, cost of a taxi, eating really low budget or staying somewhere cheap.

I’m saying how proud I am by treating him royally and creating an opportunity for making some fun memories. He gets to select where we go and where we eat each day, although I did do a little pre-planning as some sight seeing locations needed advanced reservations.

While I may skip a week of posting, I will share where we went and some of what we did when I return!

Congratulations to graduates everywhere!

Kentucky Derby Hats 2016

I love the pomp and silliness of the Kentucky Derby Hat tradition. This year was so fun, and so I lead you to the official Kentucky Derby site for their lovely slideshow of hats. Click on this photo of the four black – white – and – pink girlfriends below to see the ladies and gents hats for this special day! Enjoy!

https://www.kentuckyderby.com/history/traditions/hats

Kentucky Derby Hats 2016!

Prevent Blisters with Paper Tape

Feet blisters can happen to runners, walkers, workers or anyone whose shoes repetitively rub against the skin. Very painful, even leading to bleeding, and potential for infection, blisters can put an end to moving on your feet until the pain subsides and healing ensues.

An emergency medicine physician from Stanford University, Dr. Grant Lipman, looked for a method to better prevent them. He must have treated many long distance runners in his Emergency Room, or was a long distance runner himself, who wanted to find a better solution to prevent blisters from developing in the first place.

The solution he found was super simple, inexpensive and readily accessible. [Read more…]

New Cell Phone App for Palpitations

Some of us have heart palpitations, or skipped beats, throughout our lives. Others, have them begin with advancing age or menopause. Recording them over a 24 hour, or longer, period so your cardiologist can determine if they are serious enough for medication or treatment has always been done with a wearable device. Usually called a Holter Monitor, it’s like wearing a cell phone with wires attached to electrodes adhered to your chest for 24 hours. No showering during the recording, and you need to record your activities throughout the day, especially when you feel your heart doing odd things in your chest. You will need to take it back to your doctors office when you’re done, as someone else is waiting to wear it (and not shower for a day), right after you.

http://www.bgr.in/news/new-smartphone-app-to-help-cardiac-patients-monitor-heart-beats/

AliveCorApp

Now arrhythmia monitoring just got a whole lot easier! When I went for a routine checkup to my cardiologist, he told me to get an app that would record whenever I have an event of palpitations. An app???? Wait! What? [Read more…]

Chocolate Prevents Insulin Resistance?

More findings about how great chocolate is for your health! A study from the University of Warwick has shown that daily consumption of chocolate – and I would guess it would be a darker chocolate  – can potentially aid in preventing insulin resistance and diabetes.

http://thesoupblog.com/?attachment_id=1855

Dark Chocolate Chips!

What a wonderful finding! I love chocolate – the darker the better – and I am seeing my hemoglobin A1C beginning to climb. If you haven’t had yours checked yet, you should. HgbA1C is a measure of how well your blood sugars are consistently controlled over a period of weeks rather than a one time blood sugar measurement. I shows how you are doing overall in trending toward diabetes or staying on the road of good blood sugar control.

These research findings from the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH), the University of Warwick Medical School, the University of South Australia and the University of Maine. [Read more…]

Sunscreen Prevents Melanoma?

Melanoma is the most serious of skin cancers, so much so that prevention is key. We know to use sunscreen, wear protective clothing, reduce sun exposure during sun intense times of the day, and if you’re fair skinned, stay out of the sun as much as humanly possible. Up until now, there was no research that proved sunscreen prevented melanoma. We’ve known sunburn can lead to melanoma, and sunscreen prevents sunburn, but not a direct correlation that sunscreen prevents melanoma. Enter the mouse model, a little 30 SPF sunscreen and UVB light which is the ultraviolet light that burns the skin.

http://www.useloveshare.com/FIC/candace/product/?i=10

Day Defense Plus 25 SPF Sunscreen by Apriori Beauty

A study done by Cristin Burd, an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and the Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology & Medical Genetics at The OSUCCC — James, showed that “application of sun protection factor 30 (SPF30) sunscreen prior to exposure to ultraviolet-B (UVB) light delayed melanoma onset in a mouse model.” [Read more…]

Like Feeling Full?

When it comes to feeling full, not all foods are created equal. Did you know there are foods that fill you up in a way that satisfies hunger and keeps you feeling full longer?

As I was browsing Dr. David B Samadi’s blog today, I enjoyed his recently published blog post titled 7 foods filling you up without weighing you down.

http://samadimd.com/food-and-diet/2016/4/14/7-foods-filling-you-up-without-weighing-you-down

“7 Foods Helping to Fill You Up Without Weighing You Down!” By Dr. David B. Samadi

It was such a great read, I’m sending you all over there today, and please let us know which foods you like, and how they work for you as far as fullness and satisfying hunger goes.

My favorite is #7 which I enjoy just about every morning!

 

Blueberries May Help Relieve Depression

Depression is becoming more and more common, at younger ages. You don’t have to have been in combat to experience it. Many young people have faced traumatic life situations from family stress, bullying, to unexpected crises in health or relationships, and more. The skills and support needed for young persons to successfully cope with post traumatic stress, as well as for any one at any age, can be difficult to acquire. Pharmacological treatments have side effects, which can add to difficulty in coping and optimizing one out of depression.

http://worldtruth.tv/eat-blueberries-to-live-a-longer-life/

Beautiful, Healthy Blueberries!

Enter blueberries.

“For many people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), available medical treatments offer only limited relief. In a series of studies conducted in rats, researchers have found that eating blueberries could help to reduce the genetic and biochemical drivers behind depression and suicidal tendencies associated with the disorder.” [Read more…]

Cleansing to Nourish and Protect Your Skin

Cleansing helps remove dirt, oil, and other impurities from the skin’s surface and in pores. It is the first step in improving skin appearance, preventing blemishes, discoloration, inflammation, and general dullness. It is also the first step in nourishing skin and protecting the delicate structure that keeps skin functioning in a healthful manner!

http://www.useloveshare.com/FIC/candace/product/?i=7

When cleansing, it is essential that you choose a product that is gentle, natural, and devoid of harsh, irritating ingredients. Unfortunately, many cleansing products are designed with soaps and surfactants that can actually strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving it tight, dry, and susceptible to irritation. If you’ve ever washed your skin and feel it pull tight against your face afterwards, it’s likely that you have disrupted the natural layer that protects skin against bacteria and moisture loss. [Read more…]

Tiny House Anyone?

Tiny Houses and Granny Pods seem to becoming more and more popular. When you look at the affordability, simplicity, and cuteness factors, you’ll want to take a second look. There’s even a show on HDTV called “Tiny House Hunters” where you can browse, along with a soon-to-be Tiny House owner, at several options in size, price and location. It leaves you thinking, “Hmmmm, how easy life would be” — and think of all the money you’d save and all the places to which you could travel ….with all the money you would save!

Here’s a sneak peek at a number of Tiny Houses in a variety of locations, courtesy of “Country Living”. While I’m a country cottage kind of gal, you will find log cabins, houseboats, covered wagons, A-frames and more while you click through 52 Tiny Houses they share. Click on this link to see them all: Country Living! Thank you, Country Living, for giving us such a great tour of Tiny Houses all across the world!

Here are a few to get you started:

Tiny House Hotel in Portland Oregon – Click the photo to learn more!

http://www.countryliving.com/home-design/g1887/tiny-house/?slide=17

Tiny House Hotel in Oregon

Then there’s the Wild West Wagon located in Cornwall, England:

http://www.countryliving.com/home-design/g1887/tiny-house/?slide=18

Wild West Wagon in Cornwall England

Here’s a darling little 260 square foot house on a Northern California Coast Dairy Farm – this one is my favorite!

http://www.countryliving.com/home-design/g1887/tiny-house/?slide=23

Northern California Diary Farm House

Can you imagine a gust of wind coming up one night? Who knows where you’d be in the morning with this one! I can hear the cows a-mooin’ and sheep a-bleatin’ and the smell?!?

http://www.countryliving.com/home-design/g1887/tiny-house/?slide=26

Wyoming Sheep Wagon

My other favorite is this darling little California Bungalow with a gorgeous garden in Redlands, California:

http://www.countryliving.com/home-design/g1887/tiny-house/?slide=50

California Bungalow

There are so many options to choose from style and location, and when you click the link, you can see many you might be interested in. There are even Tiny House communities like one in Washington, DC, as you will see.

It almost brings to mind the communities where many centurians live in small huts and all the villagers stop by during the day to visit and learn from the wisdom of the older folks. It would be a nice way to spend your retirement years!

Bacterium Decreases Food Allergy Symptoms

Do you have food allergies? The bacterium Bifidobacterium longum KACC 91563 is an intestinal bacteria that when taken as a probiotic shows promise of decreasing allergic reaction to foods in the intestine. Great news for food allergy sufferers, to be sure. Think gluten, seafood, eggs and anything else that causes mild to severe intestinal symptoms when eaten. This would be life changing for many.

Take a look at this great diagram by the Institute for Basic Science. The probiotic bacterium release extracellular vesicles which deliver a protein from the bacterium that cause the mast cells (your body’s allergic response) to self destruct. (I heart this illustration – so easy to understand!)

nstitute for Basic Science. "Protein from bacteria alleviates food allergy symptoms." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 16 March 2016. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160316085011.htm>.

B. longum’s affect on mast cells produced when food allergens appear.

[Read more…]

Meaningful Life if You Give Out Advice?

Want to have a more meaningful life? Just start giving out advice wherever you go. Wait, what?

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-image-chatting-garden-serious-old-man-talking-grandson-explaining-hand-image40723256

Older man giving advice to a young man

You know you run in the other direction when you see that older “advice giver”, the one who’s always got their nose in your business, who enjoys telling you how to do things differently. We say in our heads “I don’t need to hear it today” because life is just plain hard enough without someone telling you how to do it better or differently.

Reminds me of my general practitioner who I went to see a couple months ago, and we were catching up on family and the holidays. She told me her parents had visited, and it was especially painful to have her father there because he silently observed her family’s daily lives, then at the end of his two week visit handed her a hand written list of everything she was doing wrong and how she could do it better. Because it wasn’t me, I laughed, but I know I wouldn’t be laughing if it was my own father.

Why I bring this up is that there is new research that shows if you’re in your 60’s and give advice more freely (meaning others enjoy receiving your advice I gather), life has much more meaning for you. I can understand this. You will feel like your contributions are wanted, you are valued and validated. The key here is sharing with those who want to receive your advice. Not too many of those kinds around, right? [Read more…]

Time Off for Your Period?

Yes. It is true. There is a British company who is providing time off for women when they have their menstrual period. Where were they when I was young, experiencing monthly pain and short tempers? How lovely for the “younger generation” who won’t have to be whispered about behind their back when they’re cranky that “it’s that time of the month for her”.

https://www.active.com/fitness/articles/what-causes-menstrual-cramps

Painful menstrual cramps

“Coexist, which employs 31 people— seven of which are men— hopes their policy can change the stigma around “women’s issues,” community director Bex Baxter told the Mirror. [Read more…]

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