Try These Hair Colors Before Summer Ends

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Summer is a great time to dye your hair. Why? Because summer is bucket list time, time to cross off all those things you want to do before you kick it, and you know dying your hair every color under the sun takes up several places on that list. So, what’s it going to be this year, hologram pink? Gray matter? Violet hour? If you still haven’t made up your mind, here are some of the hottest color picks by celebrity hair stylists this season, but you better act quickly, summer won’t last long, and your roots are showing!

Neutral Blonde
If you’ve seen Nicole Kidman lately, you may notice that her skin tone is noticeably close to her hair color. That’s the neutral or nude blonde effect at work. It’s good for a subtle look, keeping the fun in blonde without the brassiness. Works great with peach-toned makeup for a natural radiance.

Cool Blonde
Cool blonde is a great way to play up those highlights and undertones. Says colorist Gion Vincent, “A lot of the new words you will be hearing when it comes to blonde this season are creamy ginger, creamy platinum ash, and smoke taupe.” Cool blonde is also a great way for loyal brunettes to get in on the blonde action.

Honey Blonde
Oh, honey. If you want to get an idea of what honey blonde looks like in action, check out Beyonce. Color consultant Tracey Cunningham says, “Baby lights weaved throughout the hair will lighten and brighten without losing dimension,” so it can handle summertime exposure to sun and chlorine like a pro. But do you really need more to recommend it thanBeyonce?

Strawberry Blond
The name alone makes you want to try this color at least once in your life. Strawberry blond is somewhat easier to wear than most traditional blondes because of its natural appearance as a highlight in most other hair colors. Says Cunningham, “The balance of red and blonde achieved through highlights and a gloss is perfect for a natural redhead of a blonde looking to experiment with a new shade of red.”

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Platinum
Always a head turner, platinum is one of the more glamorous options for blondes this summer. Just remember to stop by the pharmacy to stock up on some chlorine removing shampoo when you’re picking up the touch up formulas.

Defined Highlights
The definition may be the definition of hair color this summer. Colorist Chase Kusero says, “This season it’s about dimensional color. Really warm mixed with neutrals and a lot of reflective colors and not blended, but defined placement and definition.”

Peach
Peach is the new black this summer, or should we say the new blonde? Always a great summer color, Kusero says, “It looks especially good on bronze and sun-kissed skin, plus adds warmth to any skin tone.”

Tell us what your thinking interns of hair color this year? We want to know what dye to try before we die!

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The Healthiest Summer Foods

So you’ve made it past winter. Past the comfort foods, the mac and cheese, the long cold nights on the couch the endless turkey leftovers, the pumpkin spice lattes, the pumpkin spice potato chips, the pumpkin spice nut muffins and the pumpkin flavored ice cream, and now it’s summer. Time to turn over a new leaf, and hopefully one with a vegetable attached. Summer is time to get healthy, and that means eating healthy. Here are some great healthy summer foods to set you off on the path to health.

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Watermelon
It wouldn’t be summer without the taste of watermelon, and the added perks: the fruit can also help keep your memory sharp, your body cool, and your mood balanced. The great thing about watermelon is that it’s 92 percent water, which not only keeps your body hydrated but can also help to keep your weight down. Research shows that the water in the melon keeps you full without adding calories. Another watermelon plus: the lycopene will protect your skin from the sun.

Corn on the cob

Corn
Ah, sweet corn, a must for your summer barbecue, and get this, it actually may be nature’s sunglasses. The antioxidants in corn, lutein and zezxanthin form a macular pigment that actually helps to filter out the sun’s more damaging rays while helping to lower the risk of age related macular degeneration.

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Iced Coffee
What better way to start your summer morning than with an ice cold glass of coffee? Better yet, in doing so, you may be reducing your risk of skin cancer. According to a study of more than 9,300 women published in European Journal of Cancer Prevention, those who drank a daily cup of caffeinated coffee lowered their risk of non-melanoma cancer development by about 10%, and the more they drank, the lower the risk.

Cherries

Tart Cherries
It’s cherry eating season and if you’re looking to slim down, you may want to do a whole lot of it this summer. Scientists at the University of Michigan Health System found that rats who supplemented a high-fat diet with tart cherry powder gained less weight and body fat than those who got the same amount of calories from carbohydrates. Apparently, the anthocyanins in tart cherries activate a molecule that boosts fat burning in the body and decreases fat storage. Another tart cherry bonus: drinking tart cherry juice can help you sleep better and relieve pain after a taxing workout.

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Tomatoes
Not only do tomatoes make a lovely addition to a summer salad or sandwich, they can also help to keep you from sunburn. Apparently, the lycopene, which is the carotenoid responsible for giving tomatoes their red color, can also protect skin from sunburn. In fact, according to one study, participants exposed to UV light had almost 50% less reddening after eating 2 1/2 tablespoons of tomato paste for 10 to 12 weeks.

What are you eating this summer? Let us know how you’re staying full and healthy this season. We want to know!

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Taking Care of Your Skin In The Air

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Literally and figuratively, flying is a trip. You get up at some ungodly hour in the climate and time zone you’re adapted to, get some air pressurized cabin pumping out some kind of mechanically generated excuse for oxygen, which you inevitably find uncomfortable by the middle of the trip, rise to an unnaturally high altitude, eat processed food, and wake up at a different ungodly hour in a different climate and time zone. If you think this is rough on the mind, just think about your poor skin. The following is a breakdown of exactly what happens to your skin on a flight, and some ways to keep it, and yourself, calm and glowing.

Humidity Factor
One of the main reason’s our skin does not do well on airplanes is because of the dry air in the cabin. According to Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, instructor of dermatology at Mount Sinai, “Typically, skin is comfortable when the humidity level is between 40 to 70 percent. Most airplanes are at about 20%. That’s less than half of what we’re used to.” That drop in humidity equals dry red and flaky skin. While you may think a good moisturizer is the best solution, Elizabeth Tanzi, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at George Washingon says, “When there’s no water in the air, moisturizers don’t work as well since there is nothing to grab on to.” Her advice? Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule with the ability to bind to water. Use a small amount of serum containing hyaluronic acid followed by a moisturizer with ceramides. The ceramics will create a barrier to prevent moisture from escaping.

Greasy Skin
When skin dries out, it may try and overcompensate for the dryness by producing too much oil. Make sure to keep skin moist so your skin won’t have to fight the super dry air alone. Blotting papers are a great way to soak up excess oil if the skin does get greasy.

Altitude
Most commercial aircraft become pressurized between 6,000 to 8,000 feet, comparable to what you might experience on the top of a mountain. Kanchanapoomi Levin warns that the increase in altitude means, “less blood flow to the skin, which may make for a dull appearance.”

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Water Retention
Sitting still on an airplane for a long time eating salty foods can make the body retain extra water, which can result in bloating and puffiness. Tanzi advises trying to get a little exercise in after you land to get the fluid back in circulation.

Sunscreen
You are closer to the sun, after all. According to Kanachanapoomi Levin, “UV rays are much more intense at higher altitudes, and with thinner air, there is less screening of harmful radiation.” If you’re flying during daylight hours, sunscreen in your carry-on is an absolute must.

Eyes, Nose, Lips, Cuticles
Perhaps one of the reasons airplane food is so notoriously bad has to do with the fact that the crew is counting on your impaired ability to taste properly on a flight. When mucous membranes dry out on a plane, side effects may include not only an impaired sense of taste, but dry lips, nosebleeds, and red itchy eyes. Make sure to keep some Vaseline closely for your nose and lips, and some moisturizing eye drops to keep your eyes refreshed.

How do you keep your skin from getting stressed during travel? Let us know what you do before during and after boarding.

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What to Wear For Your Long Haul Flight

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You are women who know that travel is glamourous. You will be meeting, greeting and sharing seat and you know that requires looking your best. However, you also know that chances are that if you wear anything for a thirteen-hour flight, you may want to it burn afterward. Not only will you be sick of looking at it, chances are, you will have slept in it, eaten in it, and possibly been a little sick in it. And herein lies the dilemma. What do you have in your closet that is elegant, evolved, and potentially disposable? If you are looking for something to wear for the long haul flight, here are a few suggestions.

The Turtleneck
Curling up in a blanket in a plane seat can be pretty hard to do, and scarves have a strange way of becoming misplaced; you may appreciate some less adjustable warmth. You can snuggle into a turtleneck during your flight, and still manage to look polished when you come off the plane.

The Cardigan
A longline cardigan sweater can serve as a blanket in disguise. Plus, you can always throw it over anything that gets dripped on, sweated on, or wrinkled during the flight.

The Hoodie
When is a hoodie not useful? When traveling, a hoodie with a slim fit and substantial hood is best; you don’t want to look like you’re going to the gym. Fashion hoodies are appropriate for daily wear, but you may not want to wear your sweats on the bottom.

Midi Skirt
A full, long length skirt provides comfort and range of movement. Look for one in a thick heavy material for maximum comfort and minimum wrinkles that will let you curl your legs or spread them in transit.

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Zip Boot
Ankle boots with a zip are the most stylish way to move quickly through a security line.

Gaucho Pants
Gaucho pants are a great way to go, provided the fabric is substantial enough to stand up to the challenges of a long flight. They’re cozy without being restrictive, are easy to move in, and will guarantee a smart and stylish arrival.

The Casual Dress
A below the knee dress made of a jersey, soft cotton, or viscose can work really well on a flight. Look for something tight fitting that provides easy movement without fussy detail.

Silk Blend Top
Although silk is generally thought to be airy, it can actually be quite warm, which makes it great for a drafty cabin. However, whereas 100% silk notoriously wrinkles as soon as you move, a silk-poly blend will remain crisp for a longer time and is a better choice for flight. Prints are also a good bet if camouflaging wrinkles is a priority.

Trousers
Stretchy pants give a little without wrinkling too much. Aim to find a pair with a bit of Lycra and synthetic fibers for best staying power during your flight.

Vest
The vest is always good for keeping your body and neck warm while leaving your arms free to move. Plus, the pockets can be great for holding anything you need quick access to, like plane tickets and chapstick.

Are you traveling this year? Tell us how you maintain elegance while staying comfortable for the long haul.

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Airlines With the Best Fashion Sense

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The Cabin Crew. Even when you are most disheveled after a red-eye flight, you can count on the cabin crew to look immaculate. No matter how long and turbulent the flight, the traveler can take comfort in a smiling face, in a perfectly pressed suit, ready to deliver a fresh damp cloth or lunch tray. And perhaps, with all the headlines the airlines are making lately, it is well advised that the cabin crew be ready for an unexpected photo or a You-Tube appearance. If the landing strip is the new runway, it is important that the airlines stack up. Here are some of the airlines with the best fashion sense.

Emirates Airlines
Emirates is one example of an airline that knows the importance of a good looking crew. According to flight attendant Maria Pederson, one of the ethnically diverse crew members, “People are really impressed by the way we look. I think it makes us stand out, look professional and well put together.” Flight prep time for this group usually takes about an hour, and little wonder, as there are guidelines for the exact hat position (two fingers width above the eyebrows), the folding and tucking of the scarf, the signature red lipstick, and the grooming (hair cannot touch the shoulders). In addition, flight attendants are restricted from wearing uniforms while off duty, a big Emirates no-no.

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Singapore Airlines
The signature “Singapore Girl” uniform has barely been altered in the over 40 years of its existence. After all, what reason would there be for changing something so stylish, iconic, and instantly recognizable? The original, designed by French couture designer Pierre Balmain in 1968, is a take on the “Sarong Kebaya,” featuring the timeless colors and prints of traditional Singapore women’s wear, and a feast of pattern and colors in the friendly skies/

Air Canada Rouge
For a discount airline, these guys have cool uniforms! Check out their tight burgundy tees and gray belted slacks with the knotted print neck scarves. Sort of like “Grease” meets hipster. They also get to wear John Fluevog on their feet. Talk about low budget meets high fashion.

Thai Airways
Always stylish, always elegant, Thai Airlines uniforms give the passenger a taste of Thailand as soon as they board. While flight attendants wear the corporate purple outfits outside the plane, they change into the traditional Thai dress for the flight portion. Pardon us while we change into something a bit more comfortable? While beautiful and colorful in both versions, the passengers are in for an extra treat that may be well worth the price of the flight.

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Aeroflot
Although Russia is not always synonymous with fashion, the crisp red caps and angled neckties of the Aeroflot stewardesses may turn that around. Earning a top rating as the world’s most stylish airline from the Skyscanner flight booking website, the Aeroflot cabin crew may be the start of a fashion revolution.

Qantas
Even Miranda Kerr couldn’t resist a chance to model the Quantas collection on the runway. The new design is a study in traditional Quantas ruby red, fuschia, and French navy created by Australian designer Martin Grant. But the absolute must have in this collection? Check out the new Quantas trench coat! You’ll be signing up for the job tomorrow!

Are you a frequent flyer? What do you think of airborne fashion? Let us know your picks for best (and worst) dressed cabin crews!

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Different Insect Bites And What To Do About Them

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Here’s the news folks: We are all minority. Yes, no matter what race, religion, or sexual orientation we identify with, there is a species that far outnumbers us, relegating us to minority status, despite our relatively large number. That is the insect. Insects are the most diverse group of animals on this planet including over a million described species and comprising more than half of all known living organisms on the planet. So, when it comes to the attack, how are we to know which one of these antennae bearing, joint-legged, googly-eyed life forms bit us? Here is a short guide to determining which of these hexapod invertebrates sank their teeth into our skin, and what we can do about it.

Mosquito Bites
Probably the most common and most annoying of insect bites, the mosquito bite is characterized by the signature itchy round pink or red bump. Although it is usually harmless, it can cause serious illnesses such as malaria and the Zika virus, which can be the cause microcephaly in infants of infected women. Wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts and using an insect repellant containing DEET will help to protect from most bug bites. Antihistamines can be taken before going outside to decrease allergic negative reactions.

Biting Flies
Biting flies are a motley crew consisting of deer flies, horseflies, blackflies, no see ums and sandflies. Bites from this gang of pests tend to be more painful and irritating than those of mosquitoes and can sometimes cause allergic reactions.

Red and Black Fire Ants
Found mostly in the South, red and black fire ants give bites, which form a small blister, or pustule that usually appears a day or two after receiving the bite itself and tends to go away within a few days.

Yellow Jackets, Hornets, Bees and Wasps
Causing fear among children and grown men alike, these winged buzzers almost never attack unless provoked. Never swing or swat at them, and don’t smash them, as this can trigger an alarm scent that may stimulate others to attack. If you feel threatened by a bee, cover your face and keep still or walk away slowly; resist the urge to run.

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Treatment

Normal Reaction
When most insects bite or sting, they inject a small amount of venom under the skin, usually causing a small area of swelling redness, itching and /or pain. These symptoms should resolve relatively quickly and can be eased by taking over the counter pain medicines, applying cold compresses or ice, and using calamine lotion to control itching.

Large Reactions
Dramatic immune responses can cause significant pain and swelling over a large area of the body. These often require prescription medication, such as pednisone, an oral steroid, to fight inflammation. Seek medical health if the swelling does not get better after a few hours, or if it affects more than one-third of your leg or arm.

Life-Threatening Reactions
Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction that spreads through the entire body. It is characterized by itching that commonly occurs far from the bite or sting, and trouble breathing. Antihistamines can slow the process, but urgent medical attention is urgent and should be sought immediately.

How are you dealing with insect bites this summer? Let us know which of these critters bit you and for family and how you handled it.

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Summer Sun Dress Styles To Look For

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For every red-blooded American “hot mess on a hot day, ” the sundress is truly a godsend. While our grandmothers sweated it out in flower-printed shirts, wrap around skirts, and unwieldy loafers, with the ever-present shirt tail flopping our awkwardly somewhere, we pull a ready-to-go outfit effortlessly from our closet, strap on some sandals, and leave the house looking sexy and confident. Since Lily Pulitzer first introduced the sundress to America in 1966 with the motto, “Everything is possible with sunshine and a little pink dress,” it seems almost unthinkable that any woman survived summer without one. Here are some variations on a classic style.

Creating Summer Outfits
Sundresses can be extremely versatile in going from day to night with a few basic changes. Just start out with a cute sundress in a basic color. For a casual look, add some practical sandals and a few choice necklaces. For the night, trade the sandals for some studded heels and throw on a leather jacket and you’re set.

For a day out with friends, booties can liven up a casual outfit, and a pair of heels and light sequined jacket can be added for date night.

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Florals, Laces, And Linens
The floral sundress is an absolute wardrobe staple and great for daytime wear. You can go light by pairing it with sandals or make it boho chic with a pair of suede or cowboy boots.

Lace dresses are perfect for special occasions and parties. If you’re looking for something to wear to a wedding or cocktail party, lace embellishments are a great summer look.

Loose comfortable linen dresses are not just for the beach. Simple lines and closures are key to these elegant and casual summer time options.

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Maxi Dresses
Long gowns are no longer just for evening wear. Maxi summer dresses can be great on the beach, or even for a day of shopping. They flatter every height and body shape, so you can’t go wrong.

Maxi dresses come in a series of styles. There are strapless, v-neck, backless, and halter maxis, maxis with side slits, maxis with graphic prints, bold prints, ruffles, layers and lace. In considering what maxi is right for you, consider your personal style, the part of your figure you want to call attention to ( or away from) and the occasion you are looking to wear it to. You may want to channel your modern boho princess, or go for a long sexy halter.

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Vintage Summer Dresses
Vintage summer dresses tend to be more fitted and may have less of the “throw on” appeal than most sun dresses, but are well worth the sacrifice considering the fashionability. Channel your inner Elizabeth Taylor with cinched waists, padded tops and flared skirts. Off shoulder looks are a common feature of the vintage summer dress, as are bright prints and colors. Halter looks also often fall into the vintage category.

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Clubwear Summer Dress
Just because it’s called a “sundress” doesn’t mean you can’t wear it at night. Try a sequined club dress with a halter top or super sexy strapless number tight-fitting number with a sweetheart bodice. Looking for something more free-flowing? Try a loose sequined dress in silver with some drapy necklaces or go for a sexy cut out with geometric print.

What’s new in your closet this summer? Let us know how you are effortlessly beating the heat and looking chic, We love to hear from you!

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