Nutrients That You Should Get From Food

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Nobody does it quite like Mother Nature, and Mother Nature does not make pills. Although no one can deny the vast contributions of science, try as man may, he has yet to manufacture a product, or pill, capable of healing and promoting growth in the same way Mother Nature can. That is why when it comes to seeking nutrition, there are some things science just can’t give us; and supplements don’t grow on trees. Here are some of the nutrients you should be getting directly from food sources.

Vitamin C
Citrus fruits are the best source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps your body absorb iron. One large orange contains 97.9 mg of the powerful stuff. That exceeds the recommended 90 mg a day for adult males and 75 for adult females. Other high C options include kiwi, tomatoes, and green and red pepper.

Kale

Calcium
Although not the most obvious source, Kale is a great way to get calcium to support nerve function and muscle movement. One serving of the leafy green contains 150 mg of calcium, which is a little over 10% of the recommended daily allowance. But rest assured, you can still get a good amount of calcium from dairy products, such as yogurt.

B Vitamins
Vitamin B 12 is one form of vitamin B usually taken in supplement form. It is important for the formation of red blood cells and neurological function. Eggs are a good source, and, while some shun them for their high levels of cholesterol, nutritional experts concur that this need not be the case. You can get 0.6 micrograms of B12 (about 10% of the RDA) from one large hard-boiled egg, and 3 oz of trout or salmon will just about do you for the daily intake.

B6, crucial for brain development and metabolism during pregnancy can be gotten for tuna, chickpeas, and nuts.

Vitamin A
We need vitamin A to maintain good vision and immune system function. It also plays a part in reproduction and supports the lungs, heart, and kidney.

Sweet potato

Sweet potatoes are particularly high in Vitamin A concentration. Just one baked sweet potato with the skin on has a whopping 28,058 IU of vitamin A per serving. That’s 561% of the recommended value. The National Institute of Health reports that 28-37% of the population take vitamin A supplements.

Vitamin E
Vitamin E is an antioxidant contain in the body which helps the immune system fight off virus and bacteria. Almonds, hazelnuts, and peanuts are all rich in vitamin A, with one ounce of dry roasted almonds containing 34% of the daily recommended value.

Magnesium
Consider trading your magnesium supplements for a handful of cashews. These nuts are rich in the nutrient which is important for maintaining nerve function and healthy blood sugar and blood pressure levels.

Cashews

One ounce of the cashews will provide you with a tasty way to get 74 mg of magnesium, 19% go the recommended daily amount.

Iron
Iron is a very popular supplement, especially for women who are at risk for not having enough. Men 19-50 should aim to get 8mg of iron each day, while women of the same age should get 18mg. You can get 3 mg of iron, around 17% of the daily recommended value in half a cup of drained, boiled spinach.

Vitamin D
Although most of our vitamin D needs to come from sun exposure, it is available in fatty fish like salmon and tuna. In fact, you can get 112% of the recommended daily amount from just three ounces of salmon, deliciously.

What about you? What supplements are you trading for foods? Let us know!

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Fashion and Style For The Full Figured Woman

If the average US women is 162.9 pounds, and wears a size 14, how did fashion brands and retailers ever get the idea that anyone over a size 10 could not be fashionable? Flemish Painter Peter Paul Rubens would have been horrified with the dimensions of the average runway model and the Venus de Milo would probably have been rejected by standard modeling agencies.

Marilyn Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe was certainly not waif -like, and Superwoman Lynda Carter was never shy about her curves. Rock and roll’s Queen sang the praises of the “Fat Bottomed Girls” in the 1970’s and even U2 had to admit that “Big Girls Are Best.”

So, why should it be that fuller figures are not accepted in the fashion world? Well, if Full Figured Fashion Week is anything to go by, things are changing. Here’s some expert style and fashion advice for the full figured woman.

Work To Play
According to Lawrence Zarian, a.k.a. the Fashion Guy, a white tailored French cuff shirt and a brick red sweater duster are must haves for every day fashion. These pieces can be worn separately, or paired with neutral colored boot cut slacks and a thick belt for waist line definition.

Jacket

The Icon Collection
Inspired by the runways of Fashion Week Milan, Paris, and London, the Icon Collection offers sophisticated women more savvy fashion choices. Try some black harem waist pants with a grey off the shoulder top for a touch of elegance; pair with a riding coat and signature jewelry pieces. Zarian ensures that harem pants can be a great look for fuller figured women, as long as it is balanced with a full cut top. The riding coat will lend the illusion of a sleek silhouette. See Jennifer Hudson modeling her new harem pants for inspiration!

Mad Women
Although the finale is behind us, the influence of the TV show “Mad Men” is still very much alive. The character of Joan Holloway, portrayed by Christina Hendricks, combines curvy with vintage in the hit show, putting the pencil skirt and skinny belt back on the list of “must have” items.

Christina Hendricks

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Pair your classic tweed pencil skirt with an electric blue light weight sweater; something with a ribbed waistline can be very flattering. Top with a leather jacket for a modern twist on this 60’s look and grab a croc bag to complete it.

Beyond the Workplace
If you’ve got a dinner date planned after your nine to five shirt is over, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to go home and change. You can wear your turtle green key-hole neck dress with your faux leather belt topped by a cardigan for a chic workplace look, and strip off the cardigan and belt before dinner. Grab your croc bag and you’re good to go.

LBD
No female wardrobe should be without the little black dress, regardless of size.

LBD

A black drape front dress is a great sexy look, and don’t forget to show off those shoulders. As for jewelry, Zarian says, “The hottest trend right now is to double up on your cuffs and bump it with bohemian pieces.” He recommends a back smoothing bra for a smooth, shapely look.

What other items do you think belong in the full figured wardrobe? Let us know your version of sexy!

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Choosing Perfect Bridesmaids Gifts

Let’s hear it for the bridesmaids. They’re your besties. They’ve been with you through thick and thin. They’ve seen your bad hair days and your bad hair years. They know how your first boyfriend looked and they knew you before the nose job. That’s why you need to treat them well. Make sure they have sexy dresses, throw the bouquet in their general direction, and get them some really nice gifts to show how much you appreciate all they’ve done for you.

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Here are some ideas for choosing the perfect gifts for bridesmaids.

Play on Their Tastes
Are your girls total fitness buffs? How about some workout gear or a session with a personal trainer (make sure he’s cute)? Send them to an introductory ballroom or hip-hop dance class to show off their strong calf muscles. If they cook, get them the latest cookbook or a first edition classic by Julia Child. Include a subscription to a cooking magazine, or, if  they’re into horticulture, offer them a blossoming flower plant or a couple of useful gardening tools.

Entertain Them
Show them a good time! You can buy them tickets to a musical, film, dinner theater, or movie venue for a little night on the town.

Girls' night out

If they’re more the stay-at-home type, give them a movie-themed gift basket or a set of movies themed around their favorite actors. If reading is their thing, consider a magazine subscription or an e-reader. Include a bottle of bubbly and they’ll be set for the evening.

Make Them Something
If you’re the artsy-craftsy type and have the time to invest, a homemade gift can be more precious than anything you can buy at a store. Make a necklace with their favorite gems, or knit a scarf in their favorite colors. Brighten their homes with a platter or vase, and accompany that with a scented candle. Let them explore their earthy side with all natural soaps or holistic beauty treatments or brighten their kitchen with some homemade jams and scones.

Pamper Them
Give your bridesmaids a taste of the good life. Dress them in silk pajamas or a Morrocan-inspired robe.

Spa friends

Give them the monogrammed set of bath towels they’ve always wanted for some upscale lavatory luxury. Treat them to designer wallets so they have somewhere to put their gift certificates for hair and makeover sessions at a salon. Offer them a luxury boudoir photo session.

Food and Drink
You can’t go wrong by giving your bridesmaids chocolate! Give them a decadent assortment or gift basket. Of course, they will need to complement that with some good wine or gourmet coffee. You can also leave the choosing to them by giving them gift certificates to a gourmet grocer. Help them set the table with some luxe table linens, napkin rings, and card holders and buy them some caviar to help break them in.

If you’re getting married, congratulations! Don’t forget to let us know what you’re doing to celebrate your bridesmaids!

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Streamline Your Beauty Routine

If you keep apprised on beauty news, you’ve probably been intrigued by the 10-step beauty routine. While it is hard to deny the apparent agelessness of Korean skin, keep in mind that Koreans prepare for this from an early age. While Western children are learning how to consolidate their earnings and 401Ks, Korean children are busy learning how and when to apply their essences and ampoules and the benefits of the double cleanse.

Woman smiling in nature

True, modern Western women do need to be concerned about their skin, but they also need to be concerned about being superheroes, and sometimes that doesn’t leave time for a ten-step beauty program. If we’re going to multitask, why shouldn’t we ask the same of our beauty products? Here are some ways of streamlining your beauty routine for maximum beauty with minimum energy.

All In One Cleanser
Eliminate the need for multiple products by purchasing and all in one cleanser. Find a whole family friendly soap in a neutral scent to act as a shampoo, bubble bath and body wash.

Dry Shampoo
Need to clean, but have no time to wash and style. Spray some dry shampoo into your roots to absorb excess oil. You can also boost volume by massaging dry shampoo into your roots with your fingers to add a little texture to fine, thin hair.

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Jumbo Eye Pencil
Avoid the hassle of separate shadows, liners, and highlighter. Use a bronze or nude jumbo eyeliner crayon to do triple duty. Use it as an eyeshadow by coloring lids from crease to lash line and then contour cheeks by drawing a light line just below your cheekbones and blending back toward your hairline.

Triple Nutrition Oil
A blend of natural oils. like olive, almond, and avocado, can work on your dry skin and your flaky scalp. Use it head to toe for great skin and lustrous hair.

Tinted Lip Balm
Just one tube of tinted lip balm can bring color to your cheeks and lips. Just dab a little on the apples of your cheeks and blend with your fingertips for a natural, rosy tone.

Tinted lip balm

Complexion Correction Perfection
Surpass your basic lightweight foundation by using one which incorporates an anti-aging complex with a broad spectrum SPF to protect from sun exposure.

Glow on the Go
For instant radiance, try a blotter paper booklet filled with pages pressed with blush and highlighting powder. Simply tear out a page and rub on areas where the light naturally hits. Use the reverse side to blot excess oil.

What do you use to streamline your routine? Tell us your favorite time savers!

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Fashion For Work, Play and Travel

The modern woman wears many hats, and for each hat, there should be a number of corresponding outfits to suit the situation. After all, it would be a fashion fans pas to wear your party dress when donning your work hat or your power suit when we are wearing your party hat: mistakes in line with wearing white after labor day or wearing black panties under white pants. That is why it is so important that we have separate outfits for work, play, and travel. Here are some ideas for outfits to go with each of your many dimensions.

Work

Work outfit

Tailored
For a tailored work look, you want to emphasize a strong silhouette, adding structured accessories. Consider an all white look with a Banana Republic top and matching tailored slacks. Add metal cuffs to the wrists with a matching statement ring. Add a classy neutral clutch with coordinating Manolo Blahnik pumps.

Suits
When it comes to suits, you can mismatch separates or keep your pieces together. Try Diane Furstenberg blazer with matching pants in a beautiful ochre tone. Layer it it with a silky button down blouse and some cat eye sun glasses for a power look. Finish with a geometrical Proenza Schouler Clutch, delicate choker and showstopping Calvin Klein sandals.

Play

Woman in sequin dress

Sequins
For women, the ultimate playtime clothing would have to be the party dress. You can’t go wrong with black sequins, and Ashish is the name in sequined dresses. Match with killer heels.

Classic
If you’re looking for a more demure classic approach, you may want to try a Lanvin. Try a one shoulder design with a structured ruffle and figure hugging pencil skirt in a neutral beige. Add a colorful clutch for a color contrast.

Athleisure
If you want to wear your yoga pants all day long, fashionistas say, “Go ahead!” Invest in pieces which combine fashion with function., like Vie Active’s compression tights with moisture wicking performance. Accessorize with a pair of sleek sunglasses and a structured leather jacket to keep things classy.

Travel

Woman in trench coat

Mixed Prints
Travel clothing can be tricky. You need to be comfortable and practical, yet you need to arrive ready to make a statement, and running through airports in stiletto heels may not be the best idea. One way of maintaining comfort and style while traveling is by sticking to soft fabrics and bold prints. Why not go for an Alberta Ferretti multicolored printed shirt with blue and white multi patterned pants? Add a panama hat for an add of mystery and keep the jewelry to a minimum. Complete your look with Robert Vivier patent flats and brightly colored Globe Trotter suitcases to complement your color scheme.

Classic
Add and air of intrigue with a gray transparent Maison Martin Margiela trench coat. Layer over a white shirt and tailored slacks and pack the rest of your fashions in a Bettega Venteta suitcase.

What are your go to looks for work travel and play? Let us know how you dress for all your adventures!

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Accessories That Make Your Shirt Dress Look Chic

What is it about the shirt dress that is so appealing? Is it because the image of a woman wearing a men’s shirt conjures postcoital images? After all, doesn’t the emergence of a woman wearing a shirt belonging to her male partner from a bedroom indicate an omitted sex scene? Was it Jane Fonda emerging from an interrupted six days from a suite at the Plaza Hotel in “Barefoot in the Park” that made the style so desirable?

Woman in shirt dress

A “shirtdress” is a dress which borrows details of a man’s shirt such as a button front, collar, or cuffed sleeves. Because they are usually but without a seam at the waist, they often rely on a belt for definition. However, when it comes to accessorizing a shirtwaist, there are vast options for additions.

History of the Shirt Dress
Shirtdresses became fashionable in the 1950’s when Christian Dior launched his “New Look” line of couture designs. These early versions featured a full skirt supported by a crinoline. They were often characterized by a notched collar and elbow length cuffed sleeves. The T-shirt dress is a variation on the original shirtdress and first gained popularity in the 1960’s.

Accessories for the Shirt Dress

Belts
The greatest accessory for emphasizing the female waist, the belt is a crucial component in shirtdress fashion. Belts are available in chain, ribbon, beaded, or leather styles and complement a multitude of outfits. They are especially important in completing the look of a shirtdress because, in many cases, they are the only way to define the waist as most shirt dresses feature no seam at the waistline. Consider a bow belt for an ultra feminine look.

Belt

Bolster
Hats, fascinators, shoes, and bags. They can change your look from day to night. Whether you choose a baseball cap or elaborate fascinator, sneakers or stiletto pumps, a shirtdress can take them all on. You can use a shirtdress as a light jacket in the summer over a pretty summer dress, Keep it fun and casual with high top sneakers and incorporate feminine accessories to remain stylish.

Layers
There are several options when it comes to layering your shirtdress. You can keep it open and add an underskirt that hits right above or below the hemline to vary the fullness of the skirt. You can also use it as a jacket and experiment with proportions underneath or over. For a real head turner, consider a bustier underneath a flouncy, silky dress, adding tough rocker accessories like cowboy boots, chain belts and sunglasses.

Other Options
When it comes to shirtdress style, the options are almost unlimited. Button all the way up for a preppy look or all the way down for some sexy dishevelment. Belts can be made of any materials, and suitable shoe styles are endless. When choosing the ideal shirtdress, remember less is more. Try and avoid distracting ruffles and attached belts and make sure the buttons go all the way down. Extra touches will limit the versatility of the piece.

Woman in shirt

Also, you might want to take the following into consideration:

Quality
Don’t skimp on fabric. Make sure the garment is durable and breathable and that buttons and seams are well sewn. Look for a specimen that is easy to care for and will last a long time.

Fit
Make sure your shirtdress is comfortable and not too tight. Look for simplicity in style and make sure you feel great when you put it on and can wear it with confidence.

Application
Make sure it will work with the pieces already in your closet. You don’t want your purchase to require more purchases.

Tell us about how you accessorize your shirtdress! We want to hear about your personal style!

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Choosing The Power Outfit

Ah, the power outfit. Did it begin with the suit of armor that Joan of Arc so bravely, and rather unflatteringly, wore to do battle in the 1400’s, or was it the traditional business suit, immortalized by Coco Chanel and the suffragettes of the 1920’s? Or perhaps it was the famous red bathing suit worn by Farrah Fawcett on her 1976 pinup poster, or the shoulder pads and white sneakers worn by Melanie Griffith in her 1990’s portrayal of business woman Tess McGill.

Whatever the interpretation, it is undeniable that behind every good woman there must be a good power outfit. Let’s look at what you should be considering when you choose yours.

Woman working at desk

International Standard Business Attire
Sometimes, the professional world calls for a strictly professional look. Standard business attire generally refers to tailored dresses and skirts paired with blouses and jackets. When in doubt, this dress code is always safest.

Business Casual
Business casual is a little more open to interpretation. For some companies, Capri pants may be fine in the office, but they may not send the right message for certain business meetings. Here are some tips for sending the right messages.

Tailored clothing
Clothing always looks more polished when its been properly tailored. That means investing in a few interchangeable high quality pieces, as opposed to a lot of poor quality outfits.

Patterns and Colors
Conservative colors are standard business attire for man and women alike. Dark grey and navy are powerful neutrals, and women can also wear black, provided the clothing is professional. (No LBDs, ladies).

Woman in purple outfit

Avoid Extreme Colors and Patterns
Although your polka dot dress may be the height of fashion, it may not impress business executives. You need to appear solid and so does your clothing. If patterns are your thing, choose plaids that appear solid from a distance and avoid wide stripes that make a bold statement.

Pants and Suits
When it comes to pants, think Marlene Deitrich in the tailored pantsuit of the 1930’s, with a crease. Twill, khaki and corduroy will make a good impression, as will suits made from wool and wool blends, but try to avoid denim and heavy cotton, which tend to give a less professional appearance. Also, avoid synthetic fabrics like rayon and polyester that tend to wrinkle. Pants should be pressed and hems should cover the ankle, but not drape to the floor. Tight pants are also a business no no.

Skirts and Dresses
When it comes to dresses, the most important criteria is length. If you see too much thigh when you sit in a chair, the skirt is too short. If the skirt features a slit, it should be centered and in the back and should not rise above the back of the knee. Skirts should not impede mobility and, if you cannot walk comfortably in it, you probably don’t want to wear it to a business meeting.

Woman in black power outfit

Sweater and Shirts
Cleavage is a big no no for business. Go for a tailored blouse which coordinates with your outfit and avoid see- through materials.

Undergarments
Bras and panties should not show through clothing. if your panty line shows, consider wearing something looser, or adding a slip.

Shoes
The classic woman’s business shoe has been, and still is, a closed toe pump. Avoid stilettos. clunky heels, and flats. Do not sacrifice comfort, as it is important to walk confidently. Shoe color should match your purse.

How do you dress for power? Let us know what you wore to your most successful meetings! We want to know!

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