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Shoes for Comfort That Look Good

I’ve been looking for shoes for comfort that look good on my aging feet. This has had me on a focused mission for the past few years. When I started to work full time again, taking a position that requires a lot of walking, while wearing a dress or business suit, it didn’t leave my size 12 wide feet too many options. Trying shoe after shoe that felt great in the store and for the first few days, I would always end up with discomfort in my toes, or have a difficult time keeping them on. There’s not a lot of style choices in size 12, so sometimes I would try to squeeze into an 11 or use adhesive heel supports to make a size 13 stay on.

When I came to a point where I was in so much pain, with numbness in certain toes, I went to see my friendly podiatrist. And my podiatrist is very friendly, and teach-y. He has tons of photos on the walls of his exam rooms so you can try to figure out what you have before he comes in. I found my hammer toes, with photos of pins stuck in the toes with the pin coming out of the top of the toe, and was pretty worried by the time he walked in. He had a great big cabinet filled with all kinds of foot and toe support thingys. Very odd shapes, and designs to be sure. He gave me a couple to try out, of which one works great, but I need a bigger “toe box” as he called it, in my shoes, and recommended a few specialty shoe stores that would have the styles I need.

I ventured to Sole Comfort in Newport Beach, where I met the very patient and kind Jerry who helped me greatly. The first shoe he brought out came with the announcement that this was a new shoe in the store and selling out very quickly. I tried them on, and could see why – they were wonderful!

The brand is A’rcopedico,

From their website:

Arcopedico® is a high-quality women’s comfort shoe brand specializing in lightweight, anatomically-designed, arch- and circulation-supporting shoes that are hand-made in Portugal. Arcopedico® shoes are lightweight, colorful, simple, and with ageless designs are a versatile and smart choice for any woman’s wardrobe and lifestyle.

Arcopedico® footwear exercises the foot, strengthens the muscles, assists the circulation of the blood and ensures more comfort in walking.”

http://arcopedicoshoes.com/store/index.php?route=common/home

The most popular shoe in the line

 

http://arcopedicoshoes.com/store/index.php?route=common/home

I purchased these – nice roomy toe box!

 

http://arcopedicoshoes.com/store/index.php?route=common/home

And these – also with roomy toe box – very comfy!

http://arcopedicoshoes.com/store/index.php?route=common/home

Cute – but not in my size!

 

http://arcopedicoshoes.com/store/index.php?route=common/home

If you’re looking for snazzy!

Jerry said they are a great shoe to walk in all day, but not a “walking shoe” per se, like if you are going to power walk or hike. He recommends a tennis shoe for athletic walking. The shoes I purchased are good to travel, walk on cobblestones and are great for all day. And they are! I really like that I can get a little extra walking in during the day without changing to tennis shoes. I was worried that they would look very orthopedic, but not too bad! Even though the toe box is roomy, it doesn’t look clompy like a frankenstein shoe, so I’m happy. Hope this helps someone with foot issues who is looking for a comfy shoe!

Longevity Genes

Longevity genes are genes involved in the regulation of cellular processes that determine cell health and lifespan.

http://www.useloveshare.com/FIC/candace/science?m=5

Four Core Influences of Aging

For example, genes that dictate metabolic capacity and the cell’s ability to respond to stresses are involved with determining longevity at the cellular level. With recent advancements in genomics and the science of aging, research suggests that targeting genes involved with cellular processes can help increase longevity by preventing cell damage and disease. Longevity gene modifiers are an essential component of Apriori Beauty’s NutrientReservoir™. For example, acetyl-resveratrol is known to activate enzymes in the cell known as sirtuins that regulate several cellular processes including metabolism, gene expression, and immune responses. Research has shown that increasing sirtuin expression results in increased cell health and lifespan.

REFERENCES:
Jazwinski SM. Longevity, genes, and aging. Science 1996; 273(5271): 54-59.

Wood JG, Rogina B, et al. Sirtuin activators mimic caloric restriction and delay ageing in metazoans. Nature 2004; 430: 686-689.

Source: Apriori Beauty Science Center

Fall-Winter 2016 Chanel Haute Couture

Chanel’s Haute Couture fashions are reminiscent of the late 70’s early 80’s this year. Gaucho’s are back, with long jacket-coats, mostly in tweeds – coarse, fine, embellished and appliqued. Midi-length skirts are definitely there, as are squared and boxy shoulders, high sitting collars and drop waists. There is a feel of a Russian Cossack or two, and the thigh high black boot is everywhere. A few sparkles thrown in with some feathers and flounce, there was much overall body coverage to this year’s presentation.

Most of all, I really liked the runway setting within mock designer-seamstress-tailor open rooms, as the fashion designers worked away, while the models strutted by. Very nice!

Haute Couture Winter /Fall 2016-2017 show

 

Enjoy the show!

Butter, Our Friend

Butter. The butter dish in my childhood home always held a full cube, softened at room temperature, so soft that my little brother would swipe his finger into it, then dip his butter gloved-finger into the sugar bowl on the way to his mouth.

http://gretchensbakery.com/butter-101/

Butter makes everything taste better when you cook with it, add it to your baking, or layer it on tasty browned bread. Now scientific research is showing that it is not the culprit to blame your clogged arteries on any longer.

(Researchers at) “Tufts University, Health Sciences Campus (provided this) Summary: An epidemiological study analyzing the association of butter consumption with chronic disease and mortality finds that butter was only weakly associated with total mortality, not associated with heart disease, and slightly inversely associated (protective) with diabetes.” ScienceDaily

Amazingly wonderful news! Not associated with heart disease, and a protective association with diabetes, which means it could help lower the risk of diabetes. Julia Childs was right all along, enjoying life and eating everything in buttery splendor to her hearts content!

 

Healthy Diet Keeps Aging Women Mobile

Who knew that a healthy diet plays such an important role in keeping women able to take care of ourselves and able to stay mobile as we age? Mobility is being able to complete your activities of daily living. Activities include maintaining personal hygiene, being able to move without impairment to shop and cook for yourself, go for a walk, or enjoy an active social life.

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Healthy Salad

“In a large study conducted by at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), researchers found an association between women who maintain a healthy diet and a reduction in the risk of developing impaired physical function as they age.”

Francine Grodstein, ScD, senior author of the study and a researcher in the Channing Division of Network Medicine at BWH made an appearance in the July issue of the Journal of Nutrition.  Her research gathered data from over 50,000 nurses from 1992 to 2008, looking at the quality of diet and the maintaining of independent mobility.

“The data indicate that women who maintained a healthier diet were less likely to develop physical impairments compared to women whose diets were not as healthy. They also found a higher intake of vegetables and fruits, a lower intake of sugar-sweetened beverages, trans-fats, and sodium, and a moderate alcohol intake, were each significantly associated with reduced rates of physical impairment. Among individual foods, the strongest relations were found for increased intakes of oranges, orange juice, apples and pears, romaine or leaf lettuce, and walnuts. However, researchers noted specific foods generally had weaker associations than the overall score, which indicates that overall diet quality is more important than individual foods.”

My Takeaway

I prefer apples, blueberries, cantaloupe and pineapple for my fruit. For veggies, it’s broccoli, asparagus, all colored salad greens (arugula, spinach, romaine, and butter lettuce), beets, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, and lettuce. It’s hard to keep away from the sweets some days. I will be adding walnuts now that I know they are the nuts to keep me moving!

 

(Quotes from Science Daily.)

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.

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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…]

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