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You Can Be A Happy Working Mom

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Help Wanted. The STEM (science, technology.engineering, and mathematics) field is looking for a few good women. While women today make up half the workforce, there is a noticeable dearth of ladies in the STEM fields, and of the ladies intrepid enough to venture into these more scientific pursuits, very few remain beyond a certain age. Why? They leave to become mommies. Now nobody is knocking mommyhood, it’s an admirable pursuit, and definitely not one that should be done away with anytime soon, but we need girls in STEM. In fact, we need women to have a powerful voice in all areas of influence, and that means we need more working mommies. In that spirit, here are some tips for keeping ladies productive in more than one way.

Share and Share Alike
A family who shares is a family who cares, that’s why your family needs to share the chores. If you’re going to be working eight hours a day at a job, you certainly can’t be doing more work when you come home. Assigning the kids a few daily chores will not only lighten your load, it will also teach them a lesson about the value of responsibility.

Mom working with dad and kid in background

Reach Out
If you’re looking to take some weight off your shoulders, try and form a support network with other parents in your neighborhood. That way, you can trade off on bringing the kids to school and picking them up from soccer practice.

Scale Back
Forget about FOMO. Keep it simple by doing less. If the kids have too many outside commitments, scale back on a few. According to Parent’s Magazine, two extracurricular activities are more than enough to keep kids happy. Career expert Eve Tahmincioglu says, “At the beginning of the school year, find out what school field trips are being planned and then choose maybe two that you’ll chaperone.”

Schedule “Me Time”
The only way to truly maintain for sanity is to set aside some time for yourself. Even as little as a half hour can make a big difference. You’ll find yourself feeling more balanced and less resentful about all the sacrifices you make on a daily basis. If thirty minutes seems too ambitious, try breaking it up. Take ten-minute breaks to meditate or take a quick walk around the block.

Couple spending time together

Schedule “Us Time”
Make sure to take a few nights to reconnect with your spouse. If you can’t find time for a weekly date night, there are alternatives. Tahmincioglu says, “After the kids go to sleep is a good time to spend some quality time together.” Whatever the activity, just make sure that you are doing it in a way in which the focus remains on one another.

Keep A List
Keeping a list will help you to prioritize and stay focused. Just jot down what needs to be done over the next few days, and don’t make it too demanding. Motherboard spokesmom Maureen Petrosky says, “I find lots of moms are sunk before they even get started for the day by placing too many demands on yourself. I always say at the end o the day, if we got nothing else done besides keeping everyone alive, it was a great day.”

Are you a working Mom? How do you keep everyone happy, most importantly yourself? Let us know! We need more like you out there!

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Timeless Age Defying Beauty Tips

Charlize Theron

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Ah, Hollywood’s timeless age-defying beauties! The women who have seen it all, done it all, and lived to tell about it, five marriages and ten grandchildren later. The Christie Brinkleys who proudly pose with their grown daughters on the beach with barely a discernible age difference to be found! The Jane Fondas who can still wear the psychedelic space bikinis from their Barbarella days! The Heidi Klums who can still play a mean guitar in their underwear! How do they do it? While that info may be known only to the stars themselves, there are some tips you can follow for achieving your own timeless age-defying beauty.

Makeup

Base
A high-quality primer will camouflage fine lines and prevent makeup from creasing. Try one with an SPF for sun protection and added anti-aging benefits. When it comes to foundation, pick one tailored to mature skin and apply with your fingers, using a moist makeup sponge to avoid a caked-on appearance. If foundation is not your thing, try a light concealer to hide under eye circles and blemishes. Concealer with yellow tones are best for balancing redness and brightening.

If you have noticed the color in your cheeks decreasing as a result of age, you may want to add some blusher. Creams have to benefit of allowing you to gradually increase color, while powders last longer. Bronzers and highlighters can also help to create a youthful look, but try to avoid glittery formulas. Instead, look for finely milled products that build up to create a light sheen.

Jane Fonda

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Eyes and Brows
Eyebrows grow sparse over time, so fuller brows can create a younger appearance, but try to avoid overdoing it with the brow pencil, which can look harsh. You’re better off gently filling out brows with a matching powder and blush for a subtle touch.

Spidery lashes will also add years. When it comes to mascara application, apply just one coat and then wiggle the brush at the lash base to add definition and volume.

If reading glasses are among your daily accessories, be aware that they can magnify eye makeup imperfections. Avoid this by trading in your severe liquid liner for a more forgiving, softer kohl pencil. In addition, be wary of bright eyeshadows which can smudge and smear during the day. this can be avoided by using a primer formulated for the eyes. Use a q-tip moistened with makeup remover to mop up the excess.

Lips
While strong lipstick can bring color to your face, it also tends to bleed into the fine lines around your mouth. You can prevent this by using a good lipliner around the corners of the mouth and cupid’s bow.

Although matte lipsticks are popular, glossy finishes tend to be more flattering and create the illusion of fuller lips. The best way to achieve a natural look is the find a shade of pink that matches the color of the inside of your bottom lip; your perfect neutral.

Halle Berry

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Daily Advice

Beauty Sleep
No matter what new products and procedures come out, it seems that sleep is always number one on the list of anti-agers. Try and get 8-10 hours every night. Also, try to sleep on your back or side with a pillow propped under your ear, as sleeping with your face against the pillows can cause “sleep lines” with may evolve into wrinkles.

Fruits and Veggies
Antioxidant-rich diets are a known component in the prevention of disease and premature aging. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants like vitamins C and E, and beta-carotene, which fight free radicals that attack cell membranes. They also protect the nervous system, the immune system, and prevent the brain from oxidative damage leading to memory loss.

How do you achieve your timeless beauty? We want in on your secrets! Let us know!

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Putting Together A Vintage Inspired Ensemble

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What comes up when you think of the word vintage? Is it raiding mom’s old closet for her purple lace minidress with the tasseled scarf? Is it Lucille Ball with her pillbox hats and caped jackets? Is it Taylor Swift carousing with the Kennedys in Cape Cod in a polka dot bikini? Or is it Zooey Deschanel with her mod girl platforms and Anita Pallenberg bangs?

Whatever your definition of vintage, it has to be head to toe. No matter what era you harken back to-the hair, the earrings, the shoes – they all have to be perfect. That’s what makes vintage so much fun! Here are some ways to put together a great vintage inspired ensemble.

1950’s
If you want to get a 1950’s vibe, think Danny and Sandy crooning “Summer NIghts” on the bleachers of Hollywood High. It’s white t-shirts with motorcycle jackets and tight jeans for the guys, with pedal pushers and saddle shoes for the girls, poodle skirts and ponytails for the malt shop and a strapless evening gown with ballerina flats for the prom.

1960’s
Time to let the “freak flag fly.” The 1960’s brought the Beatles and the Beatles brought the revolution. The beehive hairdo was replace by longer hair for men and women alike. For a 1960’s ensemble, bell bottoms and minis with white vinyl “go-go”boots are a must. Look at pictures of Twiggy for makeup inspiration, noting the pale lipstick and dark liner. Accessorize with peace signs and experiment with paisley.

Man in vintage fashion

1970’s
Did someone say glam? Loads of lip gloss, blush, and mullet hair-dos scream seventies, as do glitter, disco shorts, spandex, headbands, and roller skates. Denim was paired with more denim and the pantsuit was worn by members of both sexes. Afros are a great 70’s staple, and so are wrap around skirts worn over leotards, although they were not very conducive to using the toilet (probably why the style did not outlast the decade.)

1980’s
“And you may ask yourself, ‘Why such a big suit?'” Those who remember the eighties will remember David Byrne, The Talking Heads and the power suit with the big shoulder pads. Channel “Like A Virgin” era Madonna for fingerless lace gloves, rosary style necklaces, big hair, and bangle bracelets. Men can rock vests and 501’s and don’t forget the Boy George bowler hat.

1990’s
The 80’s gave way to the 90’s with bare midriffs, baggy pants and designer athletic shoes and sneakers. Bomber jackets, still on trend today, were all the rage with hooded sweatshirts and chain wallets. It was all about gangsta chic and colored hair in the 90’s, along with the explosion of henna tattoos.

Of course, there are many more decades to cover! Which is your favorite? Are you feeling “Great Gatsby” or “Greatest America Hero?” Let us know!

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Expert Advice For Fixing Sun Damaged Skin

“Beautiful skin today. Young-looking skin tomorrow.” This is a slogan from a vintage ad. Talk about false advertising! When looking back at some of the old ads for tanning products, it is sometimes hard to believe that extended periods of sun exposure were actually encouraged as recently as the 1970’s. One has to wonder if all those hunks and babes having fun in the sun in the ads are now singing the woes of damaged skin. Well, if you are one of those hunks or hunkettes battling with the results of a misspent youth, take heart, your days of woe may be over! Read on for some expert advice about fixing sun damaged skin.

Woman smiling in the sun

Exfoliate
Dead skin buildup can make skin look uneven and blotchy. In addition, the remains of self tanning products tend to collect in dry areas of the skin, like elbows, causing the to appear dull and even dirty. Scrubs, loofahs, alpha hydroxy cleansers, and home dermabrasion kits are all recommended to remove those dead skin cells and leave skin looking smoother and brighter.

Bleach Brown Spots
Skin lightener can help to lessen the appearance of brown spots. Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD for the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends over the counter products containing kojic acid used in combination with Retin-Q, hydroquinone, and a mild steroid cream to lighten discoloration and unwanted color.

Hydrate
Exposure to sun, salt water, and chlorine can all result in skin dryness. Moisturize with a hand and body cream, and a foot cream for dry heels and feet. Moisturizers with AHA and serums with hyaluronic acid can help to plump skin around eyes, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, and continuous use may even help the skin synthesize collagen, an important protein for maintaining skin elasticity.

Dermatologist checking skin

LED (Light-Emitting Diode)
Dr. Sarnoff recommends using these electronic light sources, which are available in home units as well as in salons. The low energy LED, Tanda is noteworthy for its effectiveness against fine lines, wrinkles, and acne.

Dermatologist Vist
If you have a skin problem, there is probably a laser treatment for it. IPL, or photodynamic therapy can work on anything for discoloration, to wrinkles, to removal of scaly skin patches

Sunscreen With SPF of 15 or Higher
Sunscreen is key for maintenance of young looking skin and may even lower risk of skin cancer. Sunscreen reduces your amount of sun exposure, allowing skin time to heal and giving your immune system time to fix existing damage.

How did you go from Tantastic to fantastic? Let us know!

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Styles That Work For Sophisticated Urbanites

When you hear the term “sophisticated urbanite”, what comes to mind? Gunmetal eyeglasses, shopping-and-meatballs at Ikea, an Emanuel Duca sterling silver necklace? According to the Urban Dictionary, a sophisticated urbanite is someone who is “urban and city-ish, but still sophisticated, with an impeccable sense of taste. No one ever questions their fashion choices.”
But what exactly earns you the title? If your goal is to become a sophisticated urbanite, Vine Vera shares the must-have brands for your ascent to glamour.

Urban girl with hat

Givenchy
Givenchy’s elite designer houses have just released a fashion line catering to lovers of street wear, called Resort Wear. Men’s fashion choices give relief from suits with black bomber jackets, loud prints, ski hats, and athletic sneakers. Ladies may prefer to try the platform lace up booties over-knee highs with a short black mini. Sweat pants, trench coats, and leather jackets round out the collection.

Patricia Manfield
Italian designer Patricia Manfield is known for her sporty and sleek street looks. She brings new meaning to athleisure with a tennis outfit and matching, “Tennis, Anyone?” logo sweatshirt paired with dress shoes and a bomber and she can also do a mean maxi dress.

Karl Kani
Look for the Karl Kani hip-hop fashion line to make a comeback in 2017. Carl Williams started the line at the age of 16 and went on to receive the “Urban Fashion Pioneer Award” in 2002. Look for women’s sports bras, leggings, cropped cameos, and long sleeved shirts for the modern lady. Men can expect logo hoodies, snapbacks, caps, and bucket hats.

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Alternatives to Skinny Jeans
Lose the skinny jeans? Perish the thought! They look great on everyone, go with everything, and always hit the fashion mark. However, every once in a while, we need to get the skinny on the unskinny. Here are some alternatives you may be seeing in the near future.

Demi-Boot Jeans
Featuring a flared bottom cropped above the ankle, these give you the opportunity to show off some really killer shoes. Try it with some lace up boots like Kate Bosworth did!

Rolled Up Jeans
If you still favor a vintage look, you can roll up any kind of jeans and look great, It’s comfort meets chic with a designer bag and cool boots.

Girl in denim jeans

Slit Cigarette Jeans
If tight is the way you roll, cigarette jeans are a great look for great legs. You can rock these everyday for some casual class.

Denim Overalls
Seventies baggy or modern body hugging denim, overalls are always a crowd pleaser. Easy to coordinate with classic white tees, button fronts, or turtlenecks.

Two Toned Jeans
Look out for this trend in the next couple of months. Wear them as an understated alternative to prints.

Have you been designated the term “urban sophisticate” yet? Let us know what you’re rocking this year!

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Chic, Casual Wardrobe Basics

Have you heard? Barbie’s gone casual chic. It should be no surprise. After all, if anyone has more clothes than all the Kardashians put together, it’s Barbie. Barbie’s casual chic 2-pack is standard Barbie fare. She’s got some black and pink leggings printed with electric guitars and a Barbie Rockers jersey, as well as a tie dyed denim shorts set. The only anomaly? The pack comes with a pair of patent leather lace up Lady Gaga boots with three centimeter heels. (scaled down, of course) Who is this woman’s stylist? While you can spend all day debating the propriety of Barbie dolls in S and M heels, it may be more productive for you to cultivate your own casual chic collection. Let’s talk about the comfortable basics no woman’s wardrobe should be without.

The White Cotton T
Crew neck or V neck, you need a white T shirt. Whether you’re layering or making a statement look, the white T shirt is an absolute casual essential.

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Crewneck Sweater
If you want to stay comfortable cozy in the cooler months, a lightweight knit is the way to go. Wear it over a collared blouse for a preppy look or as a sexy topper for jeans or a pencil skirt.

Skinny Jeans
Whether it’s Paris Hilton or Adam Levine, the importance of a great fitting pair of skinny jeans can never be overestimated. High rise styles help to lengthen and slim legs in classic blue or black.

Black Pumps
As any dyed in the wool fashionista will tell you, if there is anything no wardrobe should be without, it’s a pair of classic black pumps. They go with everything from jeans to business suits to cocktail dresses and can be suited to any occasion.

Bright Colored Cross Body Bag
Want to add some pep to your look? Grab a colorful cross-body. Smaller than a tote and larger than a clutch, these bags are just the right size to do some serious shopping while still being able to fit down the aisle.

White Button Down
You’ve got your crew neck sweater, now you’ve got the collared shirt to put under it. Do a crisp classic look in all white or put it under a blazer for some professional polish.

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Pencil Skirt
Slenderizing and slinky, the pencil skirt can be great for the office or for the weekends. Paired with a silk camp or t-shirt and go retro, glam or preppy.

Cropped Moto Jacket
Add a bit of tough to your sexy. The moto jacket is an ageless fashion piece that can be worn with jeans or over a silky slip dress, it’s worth the splurge.

Menswear Look Watch
Women know the sexy look and feel of wearing men’s clothing, why not a men’s watch. It can be a great fashion piece for basics and can also be layered with a chain bracelet and bangle.

Wrap Dress
No need to coordinate an outfit. If you’ve got a wrap dress, it’s all grab, wrap and go. Plus, it makes for a flattering silhouette,

What’s your casual chic go to? Let us know what you think every woman needs to put in her wardrobe! We love to hear from you.

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Anti-Aging Commandments – Vine Vera Reviews

There are specific skin care requirements expected of you if you want to have the most beautiful, bright, clean and pure skin possible. Vine Vera has written somewhat of a commandment list of our own to share with you, helping you learn the tricks of the trade to better skin overall. Be sure you put all of these into practice by making them an essential part of your daily regime.

Woman feeling her freshly cleansed face.

You Must Cleanse – Twice
Because once isn’t good enough, we want you to cleanse twice. Once right after the other. There is no other option. You see, the first cleansing rids your skin of oil and grease, and impurities from within the pores. The second cleansing is to open your pores, get in them deep by giving yourself a facial massage with the cleanser, and then rinse with cool water. The facial massage actually serves a dual purpose – the first being that it feels amazing, and it also releases stress and tension pent up within the skin (and believe us, stress can live there) and also, stimulates the lymphatic system to release itself. This will ultimately give you brighter, more beautiful skin. It’s a win-win situation!

You Must Eat Antioxidants         
Eating a diet rich in antioxidants will provide your skin and body with the essentials to fight aging, combat sickness, and appear more youthful and vibrant. You can find antioxidants in food such as:

  • Blueberries (most berries, for that matter)
  • Beans
  • Granny Smith Apples
  • Plums

There are many antioxidant rich foods in which you can consume to provide your body with the essentials you need to stay healthy and have beautiful skin. A quick Google search will provide you with many lists of antioxidant rich foods to consume.

Woman drinking water from a glass.

You Must Remain Well Hydrated
Drinking 8-10 glasses – 12 if at all possible – will provide your skin with the moisture it needs to stay youthful, blemish free, and free from dryness. This is an essential part to anti-aging skin care.

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You Must Get Active (Very Active)
You need to be active enough to break a serious sweat – at least a few times a week.  This will eliminate toxins, clogged pores through the release of sweat, and tighten and tone your skin and body. You will also enable more oxygen to find its way to the skin’s surface and aid in skin cell renewal and production, and enable stress release – which, at any age, can cause acne and breakouts.

You Must Consume Less Sugar
Those refined carbs and excess sugar could cost you – in looking years older than you really are. Sugar ages your skin, so it’s best to stay away from it as much as possible. Opt for sugar free foods and drinks, and choose whole wheat grains as white flours convert to sugars in the bloodstream.

Women enjoying a spa day with a facial.

You Must Get a Facial – Monthly!
Getting a facial is now a mandatory requirement – so tell the hubby it’s not your fault you need to spend that extra money, but that it’s something you simply must do! Monthly facials can help you control skin conditions and help you to appear younger, sometimes years younger, than you really are. Microdermabrasion is something many spas also incorporate into their facial regime, so be sure to opt for that as well.

Woman meditating in a park.

You Must Reflect and Meditate
It may sound silly, but meditation releases stress from the body – and this is essential to turning back the clocks of time on your skin’s age. Stress can trigger free radical release into the blood stream, which in turn causes acne, damage to the skin, and other skin uglies. Help your skin by taking a few minutes to relax, breathe, and focus with some mood music – it just might become your new favorite hobby.

Vine Vera hopes you have found these commandments to be do-able, fun, and easy to implement into your daily life, and we wish you health and beautiful skin for years to come.

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